Volume 6 No„ 7
THE VESPER SPARROW =Edith M. Thomas
Against the fading west,
A small bird sings alone,
Then dives and finds Its nest.
The evening star has heard
And flutters Into sight.
0, childhood's vesper bird *
My heart calls back, "Good night." *
November 28 - December 1 - Texas Ornithological Society four-day field trip
to the Valley, Consult the T. 0. S. Newsletter for more
Wednesday - Bi-monthly meeting to be held at the Woman's Club,
407 Stratford. Refer to the article on page 3 for details of
this most unusual-meeting.
- Sunday = Houston Christmas Bird Count. All who wish to
participate"~Tn~thTI~anr=d"iy search-for birds should begin
making plans now. More details in the December "Spoonbill".
Oetober 27 - 0, G. Field Trip to Western Harris County - (Mr,
What a contrast'. The September field trip in a downpour of rain, and
the Oetober trip in beautiful, crisp sunshine,
A group of enthusiastic birders to the number of thirty-one assembled
at Cypress, and under the capable leadership of Mrs. Sally Longenbaugh, headed
west from that point, stopping at frequent intervals to identify various
A pienie luneh was thoroughly enjoyed on a clay bank along a ditch. The
sun was warm, the food nourishing, and within a short time everyone was
prepared to continue with the business of the day,
Mrs. Longenbaugh left us at this point, and leadership of the group was
taken over by Carrie Holeomb„
We continued on to an Interesting area In the Longenbaugh Ranch where
there was much water, thousands of acres of prairie, and some woods. Although
the outstanding sight in this area was the thousands of ducks in flight and on
the various ponds, we were particularly happy to find a Long-billed Marsh Wren
and an Olive-backed Thrush.
Ducks observed Included Baldpate, Mallard, Pintail (in astronomical
numbers), Ring-neeked, Shoveler, and Fulvous Tree, as well as both Blue and
Green-winged Teal. A great many Anhingas were In view and the sparrows
observed were Field, House, Lincoln's, Savannah, Vesper and White-throated.
Other species included Redwing Blackbird, Caracara, Cardinal, Ghiokadee, Coot,
Cowblrd, Crow, Mourning and Roek Doves, Common Egret, Yellow-shafted Flicker,
Vermilion Flycatcher, Blue-gray Gnateateher, Boat-tailed Grackle, Pied-billed
Grebe, Marsh, Red-tailed, and Sparrow Hawks, Great Blue Heron, Killdeer,
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Meadowlark, Mockingbird, Semipalmated Sandpiper,
Loggerhead Shrike, Starling, Brown Thrasher, Black and Turkey Vultures,
Downey, Red-bellied, and Red-headed Woodpeckers, and one Soissor-tail
Flycatcher. White-crowned Sparrows also made their appearance.