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The Spoonbill, Vol. 17, No. 5, September 1968 - Image 1. September 1968. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 1, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/2715/show/2705.

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 17, No. 5, September 1968
Alternative Title The Spoonbill, Vol. XVII, No. 5, September 1968
Contributor (Local)
  • Bradley, Ewell C.
  • Bradley, Julia
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date September 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
ArchivesSpace URI /repositories/2/archival_objects/9853
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/
Use and Reproduction No Copyright - United States
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Transcript '__: _b__a VOLUME XVII, NO. 5 September, 1968 The first field club in the British Isles was formed in Belfast in 1821. The first United States bird group the Nuttall Club, was organized in Cambridge, Mass., in 1873; it was the forerunner of local and regional bird clubs throughout the land, Henry David Thoreau, bom just 150 years ago, was perhaps America's first authentic bird watcher—and certainly its most articulate one. Roger Tory Peterson PUBLISHED BY THE ORNITHOLOGY GROUP. OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB. HOUSTON. TEXAS A LARGE MARTIN ROOST IN HOUSTON by Margaret Anderson On August 10th I happened to see a large congregation of Martins at the corner of University Blvd. and Morningside Dr. about 7:00 P. M. in the evening. They completely lined the telephone wires for two blocks and were in the trees also. At nearby Rice University they were around the stadium in large numbers, even perched on the ground in one group of 500 or so. They apparently went out into the fields to feed during the day and returned to roost at this location at night. On August 10th I estimated the number at 6,000+. By August 17th they had built up until there were about 15,000+. This was evidently the peak of the numbers as there were fewer on August 18th. On August 22nd only about 1,000 remained. Just before dark they would all circle the area, swirling in the air so thick that it seemed they must collide. The wires were so solid with birds that it appeared there was not room for one more. At the peak period the wires were covered for a space of four blocks like this. Various other members of the Ornithology Group also saw them, as well as non-birding neighbors in the area. AN ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD IN SOUTHWEST HOUSTON - by Margaret Anderson On August 15th I saw a hummingbird feeding on the shrimp plant that at first glance appeared completely reddish brown. I observed the bird with ten power glasses in full sunlight at a distance of 12 to 30 feet. It was a male in full breeding plumage. The throat was a paler shade of red than the throat of the ruby throated hummingbird. The belly was reddish brown. The tail and lower back were also reddish brown. The upper back and cap on the head were green. I came to the conclusion that it was an Allen's Hummingbird in full male breeding plumage. The bird was chased off by ruby-throats but returned three times that day. On August 16th I saw him one time and on this occasion he lit in a tree where he preened and raised his wings for a very good look on my part. I am very well aware that this is a remarkable record for the Upper Gulf Coast and I was very careful in checking out every detail with the sun at my back so that I could see well. I called two other people to come and try to see it, but the bird did not return while they were present. My husband also checked the bird with binoculars, but no other member of the OG Group saw it. However, in view of the fine plumage of the bird, my excellent observations of it, I hope this record will be accepted as valid.