The weekends of March 22-23. 29-30 and April 19-20. 26-27 have been designated spe-
Arkansas and Louisiana. Please choose a
ill day if possible at least one of these
report forms, contact Mrs. Gladys Donohue,
of North America, Rt. 6, Box 6I6D,
report forms to the same address immedi-
artlcipate In the Rio Grande Close-st+e
watch may receive Information from the
cial hawk watch periods in Texas, Oklahoma,
site that is convenient to you and man it a I
days. If you need further instructions or
Regional Editor, HaWk Migration Association
Mission, Texas 78572. Send your completed
ately after the watch. Those wishing to par
Study on March 30 and the coastal acclpiter
On page II of the January SPOONBILL, David Dauphin wrote "Despite poorly detailed
Eastern warblers on the Freeport Count, this is perhaps the best year in my memory
for a virtual fallout of Southern and Western rarities this year". David says that
though it was printed exactly as he wrote It, he meant to say "Despite a heavy tally
of Eastern warblers on the Freeport Count, with only a few poorly detailed, this is
perhaps the best year in my memory for a virtual fallout of Southern and Western
rarities this year". He wanted the context to show that Freeport had lots of Eastern warblers but Southern and Western rarities drove all counts up. He says he Is
galng to owe Jim Morgan another case of beer for falling to proofread his writing
a little better! He doesn't want anyone to question a great count, Freeport, which
he considers this country's most prestigious count.
PAST EVENTS 00 Field Trip to W. Harris County
On January 19, about 50 OG'ers met tn W. Harris County for a field trip Into this
rapidly developing area. The trip began at Bear Creek Park where 5 species of woodpecker were found in addition to Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Purple
Finch and a good-sized flock of Rusty Blackbirds.
At our next stop, near S. Mayde Creek, we received permission to bird on the property where Margaref Anderson and Marilyn Crane found a Green-tailed Towhee on the
Cypress Creek CC. Just as Margaret was pointing out the bush where the towhee was
first seen, up popped the bird! While trying to flush the bird back out for a better view, a real surprise occurred. We were treated to a second rare bird—an Ash-
throated Flycatcher! After good looks at this bird we located a second Green-tailed
nearby while the first individual was still being watched by some of the group.
Other good birds seen on the day were Cinnamon Teal at Borgstedt's Pond, 2 White-
tailed Kites and a Cooper's Hawk near Clay Rd. and Katy-Hockley Cutoff Rd., both a
Harlan's and Krlder's Red-tall, Ground Doves, and 5 Groove-billed Anis, in addition
to the usual birds more common to W. Harris Coun+y. In all, 93 species were recorded on the day.
MINUTES OF OG MEETING, February 7, 1980
David Dauphin opened the meeting and asked for announcements, which were made as
1) Our bank balance is $4,813.00. Much of this money will be used for printing the
2) Thanks were expressed to Mr. & Mrs. J.G.G.frost (long-time SPOONBILL subscribers from Sandusky Ohio) who donated $25.00 for the new tripod for the 0G scope.
3) Another appeal was made for volunteers for help In typing the CH.
4) Our new Upper Texas Coast Checklist will be ready soon, and will sell for I0«
apiece at the 0G meeting, lOtf plus postage by mail.
5) Call David Dauphin (383-3955) for Information on rare birds (or unusual birds)
before going birding, especially to the Rio Grande Valley.
6) There will be a showing of Linda Roach's paintings at The Chickadee, beginning
Jack Gillette introduced the evening speaker. Dr. Barry Hinderstein, who gave an informative program on his study of the relation of House Sparrows to encephalitis
epidemics. Carol Meyer reported on her work on disabled raptors and showed slides
of the common owls around Houston.
Ellen Red. Secretary