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The Spoonbill, Vol. 28, No. 10, February 1980 - Image 18. February 1989. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. May 6, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/2645/show/2642.

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 28, No. 10, February 1980
Alternative Title The Spoonbill, Vol. XXVIII, No. 10, February 1980
Contributor (Local)
  • Jones, Margaret
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date February 1989
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 11, Folder 7
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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
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Transcript Page 18 DECEMBER BIG DAYS: 1938/1979—A COMPARISON by Noel PettingelI On Dec. 26, 1938 Arlle K. McKay found 120 species in NW Chambers County and thereby established a new Texas and Upper Texas coast all-time high record for most species in one day (any month) by a single observer (or party). It was also a new all-time high UTC Christmas Count record (see Bird-Lore's 39th Christmas Bird Census supplement, Jan/Feb.1939, p.26). It wasn't until 1949 that a group of 21 observers in 4 separate parties were able to exceed Mr. McKay's total when they recorded 123 species in the Houston Christmas Count circle. But no single observer or team surpassed Arlle McKay's remarkable record during the month of December until this year when Ben Feltner and the writer found a total of 138 species along a route extending from NW Harris County to Bolivar Peninsula. Mr. McKay's incredible field ability (and agility!) are readily apparent in the following table of comparisons: FeItner/Pett i nge11 Dec. 8, 1979 Total Miles by car: " " on foot: Total MITes Max. area covered/air miles: Arl Dec ie K. . 26, McKay 1938 12 19 31 10 279 6 1/2 285 1/2 Plus 6.4 Ferry mi, 82 To+al species—NW Chambers Co.: 120 Total species—W.Harris Co./W.GaIveston Co.: Species outside UTC—SW Montgomery County: (BF-I38/NP-I29) 4 A significant footnote to the above: the 1979 team covered 230 car miles before the list total exceeded the 1938 record, viz., 121 species at 5 p.m. just prior to reach ing Bolivar Flats. The following comparison of species recorded exclusively either in 1938 or 1979 indicates those with significant population fluctuations (P) or generally found in coastal habitat covered in 1979 but not In 1938 (H): A. K. McKay - Dec. 26, 1938 (NW Chambers County) • Brown Pel lean (P) American Bittern Ruddy Duck Hooded Merganser Black Vulture Sandhill Crane King RaiI Red-cockaded Woodpecker (P) Tree Swa11ow Winter Wren Bewick's Wren (P) Marsh Wren Sedge Wren "Eastern Bluebird *GoI den-crowned Kinglet Palm Warbler Rusty Blackbird *Purple Finch Pine Siskin LeConte's Sparrow Field Sparrow *Found 12/8/79 outside UTC (Plus Brown-headed Nuthatch) just inside SW Montgomery Co. FeItner/Pettinge11 - Dec 8, 1979 (W.Harris & W. Galveston Counties) Eared Grebe Anhinga Reddish Egret (H) Yellow-crowned Night Heron White Ibis Canada Goose Ross' Goose White-tailed Kite (P) Sharp-shinned Hawk , Cooper's Hawk Clapper RalI Sora American Oystercatcher (H) Semlpalmated Plover (H) Piping Plover (H) Snowy Plover (H) Wilson's Plover (H) Ruddy Turnstone (H) Red Knot (H) Marbled Godwlt (H) Sanderllng (H) Laughing Gull (H) Common Tern Sandwich Tern (H) Downy Woodpecker Vermilion Flycatcher Barn Swallow Gray Catbird Cedar Waxwing WiI son's Warbler Fox Sparrow