at Cayo del Oso (local mudflat), found a strange shorebird which he was not familiar
with. The 23rd it was positively identified as a Ruff!!
Informing me of his find, I made it to Corpus two weeks later. On the morning of
November 2, I watched his Ruff for 45 minutes. Our best view was on a mudflat with
Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Black-bellied Plovers and a dowiteher, from 20 feet
for five minutes. It was flushed three times and the tail was seen clearly. A cold
front came through that night but the next morning the bird was still there. Total
observation time: 2 hours.
Our Ruff was an adult male in winter plumage. It was distinctive from surrounding
shorebirds with its scaly back and dumpy size. It had bright orange legs, a grayish wash
on its breast, a stout black bill with an olive-yellow base, and a faint eye-line. It
had an unusual "white-faced" appearance with white cheeks and throat meeting over the bill-
The white sides of the tail were not clear-cut ovals.
The bird to date, Hovember
who have seen previously.
has been seen by fourteen people including three people
More on Gannets by Bessie G. Cornelius
I am not sure whether I or Sharon Davis gave you the information about the dead Gannet
found in the same locality where the live ones were seen, but to follow up on the Gannets
here is the information: On October 6, 1968, Dr. Jed J. Ramsey, Lamar State College of
Technology, Dr. Howard Mackey also of Lamar and his son Tiger, found a dead Gannet on the
beaoh about 150 feet east of the High Island Fishing Pier. It was immature.
So that is the last report I have received on the Gannets and I thought it might sort of
wrap up the other two reports I made to you.
From Marian Washburn: Credit lines for several cartoons were omitted from the roster,
due to an error on the part of the editor, and said editor wishes to try to make amends.
The "Marmaduke" cartoon should have carried the line: "Reprinted by permission, Houston
Post and National Newspaper Syndicate." The two delightful pictures of "The Girls"
appeared by courtesy of the artist,Franklin Folger. The poem by Gwen Frostic was also
printed by permission.
The roster editor has apologized personally to the artist, the poet and the syndicate and
it is hoped that they will not sue us for a million dollars in damages!
December 2, I968
December 5, 1968
Let's travel with H. Charles Laun, our Audubon Wildlife Film
speaker, who will take us to visit the land above the timber-
line in the mountains, where life is forever a survival story.
His program will be "The Alpine Tundra," shown at the Greater
Houston Builders Auditorium, 2710 West Alabama at 8:00 P. M.
There will be the usual dinner at Suzanne's Cafeteria where
there will be an opportunity to meet the speaker before his
program. (Suzanne's is located at 2912 S. Shepherd in Houston.)
Regular meeting of the Ornithology Group at the Downtown
Recreational Center (Fondl" Recreation Center on Memorial Blvd.
behind the Houston Coliseum),at 7=30 P. M. Wallace C. Mebane,
Jr., Chairman, reports that Melba Drake, Chairman of the "Save
The Spoonbill" Committee, has been successful in obtaining
copies of all "Spoonbills." We must now vote on the price to
pay to have them bound. Melba will report on competitive bids
and give us her recommendations. - The Nominating Committee,
composed of Mr. Richard Miller, Chairman, Mrs. Clayton Oilman,
and Miss Louise Rogers, will report on their nominations for
Club officers. The names of the nominees will be published in
the January Spoonbill. At the February Meeting, additional
nominations may be made from the floor before the election.
- - Our speaker will be Mr. Bill Brummel, the Area Manager
for the Sheldon Wildlife Management Area. (Texas Parks and
Wildlife). Mr. Brummel has studied at Arlington State College,
Texas Christian University and Texas A & M, majoring in
Wildlife Management. He has been with the Department for 5