"°"ABaTscope Is" now available to members of the Ornithology Group for
rental ($1.00 per day) at any time when it is not in use on a regular 0. G.
field trip. The scope is in charge of the Field Trip Chairman, Miss Ruth
Moorman, Sam Houston Hotel (San Jaeinto and Prairie), GA-2-1351, It will
be rented on a rotation basis and members wishing to use the scope on
private trips should make arrangements with Miss Moorman as far in advance
as possible. The scope is not a substitute for binoculars but Is best
suited for distant shore or water birds. Can be set-up either on a tripod
or ear window.
A-B-C Sale at December 4th Meeting
In or3irTo~earh"ibney to pay for the scope, the Balscope Committee
has planned an Auction-Bazaar and Cake sale to be held in conjunction with
the December 4th regular meeting.
Members have been asked to check their "hall closets" for useful items
whieh have been stored away and no longer used --- but which might appeal
to a purchaser at our sale. Those having articles to donate should notify
any member of the Balscope Committee. Home-made cakes, pies, cookies, etc.
will also be on sale and a most outstanding bargain will be coffee and cake
served for only 15jzfl
The sale and meeting will be held at the Women's Club, 407 Stratford.
Stratford Is a short street and rather tricky to locate. The easiest way
Is to go to the corner of Westheimer and Taft, (there's a traffic light at
that corner) drive two blocks north on Taft to Stratford -- then one block
west on Stratford to No. 407 which is the Women's Club and the meeting.
The salesroom will open at 6:00 p.m. with the first auctions between
7:00 and 7:30, The program will consist of a movie at 8:00 with more
auctions and sales after the picture.
This should be an Interesting evening so come and bring guests'.
Balscope Committee = Leota Stilwell (Chairman), Thelma Smith, Carrie
Holcomb, Louise and Henry Hoffman, Josiephine Wilkin, Edna Miner, Norma
Oates, and Ruth Moorman.
THE ESKIMO CURLEW = (Ludlow Grlscom)
From ™^ur~Endangered Wildlife", a publication of the National Wildlife
The Eskimo Curlew is one of the smallest of a group of shorebirds
characterized by their fairly large size, brownish-streaked coloration, and
arched or decurved bills. It is from 12 to 14 inches in length and has a
downcurved bill from if to 2-J inches in length. Its darkest coloration is
seen above and on top of the head In the feathers with warm buffy-brown
tips. Underparts are conspicuously lighter. The bill is arched, slightly
downcurved only. Technically, the Eskimo Curlew is the only curlew in the
world with unbarred primaries. Cinnamon-buff wing linings are conspicuous
in flight. The legs are green.
In older books and manuals the Eskimo and Hudsonian Curlews are badly
confused, the bill length and leg color were given erroneously and the mor*
technical characters omitted. Actually, the Hudsonian Curlew is much larger
having a total length of 15-18 inches, and a downcurved bill that is 2f-4
inches long. It Is more uniformly colored than the Eskimo Curlew, grayish-
brown with head more sharply striped, the primaries always barred, and no
bright color in the wing linings. The legs are dull grayish blue or bright
bluish gray in color. It becomes apparent that many sight records of
Eskimo Curlew have been erroneous, nothing but young, small Hudsonians with
particularly short bills. And many actual specimens have been wrongly
identified. The call or flight notes of the Hudsonian are loud, rapid
whistled ku-ku-ku-ku-ku, that of the Eskimo a sharp squeak with a squealing
quality suggesting a single note of the Common Tern, only weaker, Henoe
the New England name "bee bird".
Eskimo Curlews formerly occurred In flocks of several thousands. They
were known to breed entirely within the arctic from northern Mackenzie to
Arctic Alaska, but only 32 definite nests and eggs have been recorded.
These birds follow a double migration route to wintering areas in the pampas
of southern South America, Uruguay, Argentina and Patagonia, The course
followed on the return trip in spring is unknown as there are only two
migrant records, one from Guatemala and one from Mexico. Birds once arrived
in numbers on the coastal prairies of eastern Texas in March and then moved
north through the Great Plains states in April and May to reach Canada in