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The Spoonbill, Vol. 41, No. 12, December 1992 - Image 6. December 1992. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 30, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/189/show/184.

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 41, No. 12, December 1992
Alternative Title The Spoonbill, Vol. XLI, No. 12, December 1992
Contributor (Local)
  • Mueller Boyce, Judith
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date December 1992
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Ornithology
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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Original Item Location ID 2007-023, Box 12, Folder 11
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Transcript Mexican Chickadee, Bridled Titmouse, more Painted Redstart and Acorn Woodpecker. Interestingly, the woodpeckers were pounding acorns not just into light poles but also into a stone wall around loosely placed mortar. After a cold night in an unhealed motel room in the mountain village of La Cienega (the marsh), we headed west, out of the mountains and toward the city of Saltillo. Never heard of it? It was once the capital of Texas. Diverting us en route were a beautiful male Townsend's Warbler and White-throated Swifts, plus many of the birds already seen. Not diverting us were Gray-silky Flycatcher, Crescent-chested Warbler, Olive Warbler and Brown-backed Solitaire-birds we had hoped for. Do they leave the high mountains in winter? Did the cold weather drive them south? Oh, well. Live and learn. South of Saltillo is an altiplano, surrounded by mountains and populated by the adorable Mexican prairie dog. The setting suggested Prairie or Aplomado Falcon, but raptors actually seen were Ferruginous Hawk and American Kestrel. This sweeping landscape is also home to Worthen's Sparrow, a near look-alike to our Field Sparrow. We had been advised we would have to traipse the grassy fields to kick up this elusive creature. But no sooner had we parked than a flock of 60 or more sparrow-like birds landed nearby on bushes, fence and the ground. Several fed almost at our feet, with Canyon Towhees. With plain breast, pink bill and chestnut cap, the bird does closely resemble FieWSparrow. But the white eye ring is prominent and complete. There is no line behind the eye. And the legs are blackish. Yep, that must be a Worthen's Sparrow. The nearby village of Tanque Emergencia (Emergency Tank, presumably something to do with the nearby railroad) contained something completely different: cultivated cactus gardens of prickly pear and century plant. Drawn to this habitat were Western Bluebird, Lark Bunting, House Finch, Cactus Wren, Black-throated Sparrow, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Red-shafted Flicker and Vermilion Flycatcher. A resident proudly showed us her caged "red sparrow," in actuality a male House Finch. Our last stop was an improvised campsite alongside a nearly dry creekbed near Sombreretillo, in the foothills of the Sierra Picacho, two hours' drive west of Falcon Dam. Habitat was thorn scrub but also oaks, "olive" and other substantial hardwoods. A dam at a fann house had created a small pond. That's where we saw a tree full of Audubon's Orioles, a good-sized flock of Pine Siskins, plus Great Kiskadee, Black-headed Grosbeak, Tropical Parula, Black- and-White Warbler and a pair of Hepatic Tanagers. Feeding in the rocky creekbed was an unexpected Rock Wren. More Clay-colored Robins were seen close by.Further down the creekbed, such Valley specialties as Brown Jay, Green Jay, Plain Chachalaca and White-tipped Dove were located. At dusk, and again at dawn, both Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl and Eastern Screech Owl were heard clearly. Also heard, but not seen, in the rocky creekbed in the middle of the night was an extremely loud cow. The stampeded scene from "Red River" flashed to mind, but troubled thoughts receded and sleep soon returned. In summing up the trip, birds seen were species more of the temperate forest than the neotropics. Yet the sighting of numerous Painted Redstart (but not the hoped- for Slate-throated), Yellow-eyed Juncos and Bridled Titmouse in the rugged mountain setting, plus the Worthen's Sparrow in the stark altiplano, made the trip very much worthwhile—even if it meant exchanging traditional Thanksgiving turkey for enchiladas suizas and Cerveza Corona. CLEARING HOUSE November. 1992 Editors: Phyllis and Tony Frank A total of 202 species were reported for the month. Interesting sightings this month included the second UTC record for Mountain Bluebird. Other notables included some lingering or out- of-range flycatchers. Read the remainder of the reports to find the other surprises. Many thanks to everyone who submitted reports and documentation. Reports are due by January 3rd, but early reports are welcomed. The CH format remains the same this month. The listing uses the following format: bird name, early late dates, reports/total and summary by county oi^ detailed listing. The format of the county summary is as follows: county designation - number of reports/number of birds. The detailed listing format is as follows: county- (number of birds) day, observer code. Very rare birds are underlined. Birds with no previous record on date or vagrant status appear in bold. Birds new to the checklist are capitalized and underlined. Please remember to submit notes on all those good birds. And with all the reminders completed - on to the birds. Loon, Common 7-28 3/5 GA-1/1 JE-2/4 Grebe, Pied-bill 1-28 13/104 BR-5/31 CH-1/3 FB-1/40 GA-3/25 HA-2/4 JE-1/1 Pelican, Amer Uht 7-30 15/1576 U-1/2 BR-3/154 FB-1/2 GA-4/695 HA-3/353 JE-3/370 Pelican, Brown 7-26 5/936 GA-4/466 HA-1/470 Corn, Dbl-crested 1-28 16/691 U-1/6 BR-2/7 FB-1/2 GA-3/176 HA-5/383 JE-4/117 Corm, Olivaceous 7-30 10/105 FB-1/8 GA-5/42 HA-1/40 JE-3/15 Anhinga 8-14 2/3 FB-(2)14,HAFT; HA-UHC(1)8,BBT Bittern, American 7-15 3/3 BR-2/2 CH-1/1 Heron, Great Blue 1-30 33/257 U-4/40 BR-7/36 CH-4/13 FB-1/30 GA-5/56 HA-8/66 JE-4/16 Egret, Great 1-30 30/276 U-4/51 BR-5/38 CH-3/21 FB-1/15 GA-5/41 HA-8/83 JE-4/27 Egret, Snowy 1-30 25/211 U-2/13 BR-5/28 CH-4/17 FB-1/20 GA-4/61 HA-3/14 JE-6/58 Heron, Little Blu 7-28 12/36 BR-4/8 CH-1/1 FB-1/10 GA-2/2 HA-1/4 JE-3/11 Heron, Tricolored 1-28 13/36 BR-3/13 CH-2/2 FB-1/6 GA-4/11 HA-1/2 JE-2/2 Egret, Reddish 7-26 3/5 BR-1/1 GA-2/4 Egret, Cattle 1-30 18/511 U-2/80 BR-2/31 CH-2/12 FB-1/8 GA-1/10 HA-9/367 JE-1/3 Heron, Grn-backed 14-14 1/1 FB-BB(1)14,HAFT