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The Spoonbill, Vol. 3, No. 5, September 1954 - Image 1. September 1954. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 28, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/2671/show/2663.

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 3, No. 5, September 1954
Alternative Title The Spoonbill, Vol. III, No. 5, September 1954
Contributor (LCNAF)
  • Pettingell, Noel
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date September 1954
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 3
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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 / Volume III Number 5 SEPTEMBER 1954 XS3 5X3E3 Published by the Ornithology Group,Outdoor Nature Club, Houston,Texas FOHTHC OiZKG- AC TIVITISS Sept,19, Oct. 7, Lunar Watch , See "Clearing House" 6:00 A.M. .Field Trip to Galveston-Hich Is....Buffalo Stadium 8:00 P.M. .Business Meeting 5315 Schuler RFPORT OF AUGUST 14 FIELD TRIP "'''*■ ' ' "•«'■ iiw»«»>iiiwiIWI 1 i m »—», mmwmm*mmmmmmmmmmmm» m -m » >■ H wmt m i>» |MM n ■ mm*" i Wi » ■ <*»OTa»»-*M»4MMff«« Hot weather (it was 96° in Pious ton) didn't stop the 11 birders who followed Field Trip Chairman Josiephine Wilkin along Miller Road near Juliff on a late afternoon bird watching "Safari.11 However, like our Houston weather, birds can be most unpredictable—as the members of this particular field trip soon found out. Few of the birds anticipated in the August SPOONBILL were seen (probably due to the extreme heat and drought) and virtually all of the birds observed were in the process of moulting. Oddly enough, two of the three highlights of the trip did not involve birds! The first was the discovery of a snake caught in a spider's web some 7 feet above the ground! True, the snake was small (about 7 inches long) and the spider large (about a 5-inch leg-spread) but it was still a most unusual sight to behold. The second highlight took place shortly after this and it, too, involved a snake—a Copperhead to be exact—which our daring young Chairman, fee Ramsey, immediately seized by the neck with his bare hands! Of course, the snake was rather small (about 14 inches long), and Mr. Ramsey did use a stick in order to pin its head down, but even so the incident aroused considerable anxiety for the welfare of our "too~young~to~dien Chairman on the part of the female contingent of the "expedition"! Before releasing the reptile (a move of which the general public would not approve—but which the O.G. felt was justifiable in that reptiles are the ancestors of birds!) Mr-Ramsey carefully pointed out the characteristics of the poisonous species. So much for the herpetological highlights of the field trip—and back once again to the birds. A Summer Tanager chasing a Bluebird at fairly close range provided the group with an interesting red and blue color contrast between two birds of widely-separated families. Other species of interest recorded during the trip included Crested Flycatchers, a Wood Pewee (feeding Phoebe-like along a fence), Barn Swallows (vanguards of the big fall movement described under "Clearing House11), and Barred Owls (heard calling). At dusk, Mrs. Wilkin opened her ever-ready picnic basket, and everyone enjoyed r late snack by the light of a beautiful, full Texas moon—a most appropriate and memorable way to wind up the dayTs activities » • o The ardent birders who defied 90-plus temperatures in order to make the trip: Jerry Baker, Betty Crowley, Conrad Beats, John Frels, Harriet Hunt, Ruth Moorman, Jamos Murray, Norma Oates, Noel Pettingell, Mac Ramsey, and Josiephine Wilkin.