Advice to the Birder
Vfoen you see a duck :>n etc water- this time of year take a good
long look, for you will find it is hard to distinguish between the
McCoy and the decoy.
Excerpts from article in the HOUSTON PRESS, November 8, 1954
"Whooping Cranes Sing Swan Song; Or: There Ain't No Good in Man"
by Carl Victor Little -
I whoop from bleak Saskatchewan
Back home to Rockport, Texas;
I whoop because we!ll soon be gone--
Platonic grew our sexes.
We cranes whooped when the dinosaur
Conked out in Mesozoic fen,
Yet to the age of Eisenhower
We have survived, alas, amenl
We watched the happy Dodo Goose
That got along just swell;
But when man came, said, Whatrs the use?
With people we wonft dwell!-
We cranes cavorted with great Awks
Who one day grew disgusted—
Came man. Awks cried, Oh, gosh it talks,
Such creatures can't be trusted.
Going, going, ftwonrt be long,
Mohicans we're the last;
We Whooping Cranes, two dozen strong,
Are fleeing man—but fast!
ULy crane swan song I'm singing,
I'm whooping out the words—
To man this message bringing:
You're not even for the birds!
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FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Houston's Christmas Counts for the last two years have been most
impressive, as the following chart shows:
Christmas Counts in the U.S.
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1954 ~ Species Rank by Area
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1 - Wilmington, N.C.
2 - Laguna Atascosa, Texas
3 m Sabine Refuge, La,
3 - Los Angeles, Calif*
5 - St. Marks, Fla.
6 - Cocoa, Fla.
7 ^ HOUSTON, TEX.
The graphic history of the Hou*
SPOONBILL gives a clear picture of the progress of the census through
the years. A repeat performance of last year's !tall-out-effort" is
vrcicipated this Jan. 2 and should therefore-reflect a continued rise
in total species, individual birds, and observers*..
The following persons are now enrolled in the Ornithology Group
of the Outdoor Nature Club, thus bringing the total up to 66l
Miss Mabel Cline Mr. Francis MacMahon
Dr. Charles Hall Lloyd Lambert
Mr. Dan Hanby Mr. Alfred Schultz
Mrs. Agnes Andrews
Mrs. Nettie Barnes
Mr. George Charlton
DID YOU KNOW
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That of the 100,000-or-so species of vertebrate animals in the
world, some 14,000 (14$) are birds—as compared with 3,500 mammals
(3-1/2$). 5.800 reptiles (5.8$), 1,000 amphibians (1$), and 40,000
fishes \*\0/qj ...?
TO EACH AND EVERYONE
MERRY CHRISTMAS MD A HAPPY MEW YEAR
Noel Pettingell, Editor, 1814 Berry Street, Houston 4, Texas.