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The Spoonbill, Vol. 17, No. 6, October 1968 - Image 2. October 1968. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 7, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/2464/show/2457.

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 17, No. 6, October 1968
Alternative Title The Spoonbill, Vol. XVII, No. 6, October 1968
Contributor (Local)
  • Bradley, Ewell C.
  • Bradley, Julia
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date October 1968
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Ornithology
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Houston, Texas
Genre (AAT)
  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Location ID 2007-023, Box 10, Folder 1
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Original Collection Outdoor Nature Club Records
Digital Collection Outdoor Nature Club Newsletters
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections/
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Transcript Page 2. Baytown, who with her husband are living in The Hague, Netherlands. September 11, 1968 is quoted in part below: Her letter dated "We are now in the last half of our stint in Holland, and my conscience has pricked me long enough. I did promise to write to you, and haven't forgotten that promise for one minute. To be honest, I've been a little embarrassed to write, as it has seemed to me that there is not nearly so much to report as there should be, after three months in Europe. There have been obstacles to birding here. First, there is no organized group of birders in The Hague, according to the WV, and I've met no one who knows anything about birds, or seems to oare. So all my birding has been done alone, and mostly on week-ends, of which I must say we have made the most, traveling all over Holland. My husband has not been able to take his vacation, but did take off two days in August, so we flew down to Zurich, and spent a long week-end, four wonderful days, in Switzerland. We took the daily excursion tours from Zurich to the different parts of Switzerland. It was wonderful, but of course it's difficult to do much birding from a moving bus. So the only new birds I saw there were the Great Crested Grebe and the Chaffinch, The two week-ends we spent in Belgium and Koblenz, Germany yielded nothing more than I had seen in Holland. Our time was so limited in Germany that we weren't able to get down to Worms, and I'm sorry about that. ..I have come to the conclusion that the best birding in Holland can be done in our immediate neighborhood, if not from my windows. We are in Kijkduin, only 20 minutes' walk from the North Sea. Across the street from our apartment house is a canal and just beyond it a small, thickly-wooded park. Then just a block away is a very large park with a lake. Our apartment is on the 4th floor (no elevator!), and the wall facing the park is all glass. So a good part of my birding has been done in an armchair in my living room. These birds I have seen, and identified, from my apartment: (The two starred, I believe are uncommon here.) Grey Heron, Mallard, Kestrel, Wood Pigeon, Rock Dove, Lapwing, Herring Gull, Common Gull, Black-headed Gull, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Swift, Swallow, Nutcracker^, Jay, Starling, Short-toed Tree Creeper, Blue Tit, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Swamp Warbler (Sp?), Leaf Warbler (Sp?), Grey Wagtail, Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher*, House Sparrow. (These warblers are extremely difficult to identify, even at close range.) Most of the birds on that list and the following birds are to be found in the large park: Moorhen, Coot, Collard Dove, Magpie, Huthatch, Great Tit, Marsh Tit, Robin, Tree Sparrow. "Not all the birds, of course, are that close to home. On the beaoh near us, and in other parts of Holland, we've seen: Cormorant, Mute Swan, Shelduek, Ringed Plover, Avocet, Oystercatcher (by the thousands along the dikes in Zeeland), Curlew, Great Black-backed Gull, Common Tern, Black Tern, Pheasant, Crested Lark, House Martin and Sand Martin. I think the happiest times have been spent feeding the Great Tits and Marsh Tits peanuts in my hands. They are not a bit shy, and come as soon as I go into the park and call them. The Blue Tit and Nuthatch aren't quite so brave, and hover around just above my head, but maybe after a few more sessions, I can win them over. "Last Sunday we drove up to Texel. I had expected to see clouds of birds, and was very disappointed not to find anything but gulls and a few terns. And the excitement of seeing the Great Black-backed Gull for the first time caused what I thought was a catastrophe. We were on the beach at the northern tip of the island, and this huge gull was standing on a sand bar a short distance off the beach. So as to watch the bird carefully and be able to refer to the book at the same time, I put my 'Birds of Britain and Europe' down on the top of a piling. Naturally, when the bird flew away and we left the beach, that book stayed. About 15 minutes later, and several miles away, I realized that it was missing. We sped back to the beaoh - and it was gone! Too late I remembered that it had only my Baytown address in it. So even if the finder were to return it to me, it would only be after we were back in the States. Oh, but I was sick! What wag I going to do for three more months without that' book? It has been my only help here. I had to have some kind of book, so went looking yesterday for just anything that might suffice. I still can't believe my good luck - I found the very same book, printed in Dutch. That doesn't hamper me at all, since I have a wonderful dictionary, and - bless R. T. Peterson's heart - he has included, along with the Dutch, German and French, the English names. My daughter is forwarding 'The Spoonbill' to me, and as always I'm enjoying it so much. It's nice to know what you people are doing back home. I hope the fall migration is great, and that you see lots of 'goodies.' Sincerely, Nettie."