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The Spoonbill, Vol. 10, No. 11, March 1961 - Image 4. March 1961. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 21, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/2603/show/2600.

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(March 1961). The Spoonbill, Vol. 10, No. 11, March 1961 - Image 4. Outdoor Nature Club Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/2603/show/2600

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 10, No. 11, March 1961
Alternative Title The Spoonbill, Vol. X, No. 11, March 1961
Contributor (Local)
  • Deshayes, Mabel
  • Deshayes, Bob
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date March 1961
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 9, Folder 15
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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 It immature ring-billed). The bird had a pink bill with a definite dark ring. The legs were flesh colored. We concluded we had an Albino Ring-billed Gull. (P.S. - John Easter reported this Albino Ring-billed again on March 5th at Offats Bayou at 61st Street. It was also observed at the same location at close range on March 11th by N.Oates and L.Stillwell. - ed.) GLAUCOUS GULL - by Linda Snyder Despite a very poor November and December, I finished last year with a count of 27ll species for our area. January and February of this year did prove very interesting with the visiting hawks (Broad-winged, etc.), the hummingbird, the Oldsquaws and early migrants (Barn and Tree Swallows, Stilt Sandpiper). The real highlight came on March 1st as follows: Birding with Hazel Nichols (Dallas) down at the Texas City Dike, March 1st, brought an unexpected dividend. We had been scanning the water for Goldeneye or Oldsquaw when, after a few moments rest, we happened to look elsewhere. There, sitting up, like a king on a rock was a very large pure white full — a very beautiful and impressive creature! The only pure white gull I could think of was the Glaucous, so we started checking field marks and field books (fortunately we had Pough's). The bird was very large, especially heavy in the body (almost like a small goose), his feathers were very white with only a few faint pinkish-beige streaks underneath the body. He had a heavy pinkish bill with blackish tip and he had pink legs and feet. Also he was bow-legged, waddling somewhat like a duck when he walked. While we were studying the gull, he picked up and flew like a great white hawk out the dike. It was easy to follow him the mile or so out to the end of the dike where he came down amid a large flock of gulls. Then came the clincher that he was a second year Glaucous Gull for as he stood next to the Herring Gulls, he dwarfed them! Ring-bills and Laughing Gulls appeared to be walking under his bill. In the three hours or so that we watched the Glaucous Gull, we saw him go back to the edge of the road where again he showed his very erect and majestic stance. Also, he chased away the Herring Gulls nearby and from the bread we threw out of the car. As the afternoon wore on, he (being an Artie bird) got hot and held open his bill as though panting. Several times he flew out into the water to cool down, but each time he came back to his percho Just as we were leaving, he flew out over the water to join a large flock of birds. Though some 3/1* of a mile out, we could still pick him out of the crowd. On March 2nd, Mrs. Kokesh and I found him again. I wanted to try photographing him. We watched the gull eating fish and a very large jelly-fish besides the bread thrown from the car. The second year phase of the Glaucous Gmll is fortunately its most distinctive one. This bird will rank along with the Eskimo Curlew and Clark's Nutcracker as most important on my own list for the area which now includes some 16 accidentals. "HOFFMAN" The American Bittern is convalescing on a forced diet of shrimp and smelt under the close scrutiny of your medically oriented editors. This fine bird was reported to be in an injured condition in the Meyerland area by Mrs. John O'Neal (Not our John's mother). Its broken leg has been set and immobilized in a cast but Hoffman has not yet recognized its handlers as friends. The Travis Audubon Society and the O.G. have begun a reciprocal trade agreement regarding newsletters. In return for copies of the SPOONBILL, the Travis Society will send us monthly copies of their newsletter the SIGNAL SMOKE. There is a wealth of conservationist information available in this publication which the SPOONBILL traditionally does not carry. This newsletter will be catalogued and filed at the home of Dudley A. Deaver for the information of all SPOONBILL subscribers.