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Volume IV No. 10
* KILLDEER *
* A farmer by choice, the Killdeer leaves *
* the sea to follow the plow. His harvest *
* is the grub in the furrow. Loud and swift*
* handsome and watchful, he is easy to know *
* by his two black collars, his long tail, *
* his burnished rump and his boast "Kill- *
* deer". He is no deerslayer despite his *
* remarks, but has bagged many a foul worm *
* in open country. *
* E. B. White - November 1955 FORD TIMES *
Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club, Houston, Texas
February 19 - Sunday - Ornithology Group field trip to the Velasco-Lake Jackson
area. Meet - 7:30 a.m. at Sears Parking Lot - 4200 Fannin.
Leader - Armand Yramategui.
February 24 - Audubon Screen Tour "Penguin Summer" Mr. Olin Sewell Pettingill,Jr.
Lamar Sr. High School, 3325 Westheimer, at 8:00 pju,
February 25 - Regular Monthly field trip of the Outdoor Nature Club — "Sandhill
Crane Convention." Meet - Post Oak and l-'estheimer Road at 9:00 a.m.
Leader - James F. Murray,
ORNITHOLOGY GROUP REPORTS
January 23 ■* Field Trip to Cove Area - (Noel Perley) ("fJoei. Pe-r-r«~**t.i.^)
This was the Ornithology Group's third trip to the Cove Area in NW Chambers
County (Previous trips; Oct, 25, 1953 and March 13, 1955). Our guide, of course,
was Mr. Arlie K. McKay, who is to the Cove Area what Connie Hagar is to Rockport,
Irby Davis is to the Valley, and Edgar Kincaid is to Austin. Mr, McKay's life
list (1934-1955) for IB'f Chambers County stood at 334 species at latest count -
truly a phenomenal total.for so small an area. (See Sept. 1953 "Spoonbill")
We were 16 strong when we left Busch Stadium at 8:20 a.m. heading for the
San Jacinto Battlegrounds, which we had decided to work en .route to Cove. Here
(at the reflection pool by the monument) we saw large numbers of eanvasbacks and
hajdpotoc. ...Although, the .Bettl«s»,<>urids were in our Christmas Count Area, we missed
the canvasback that day, as the hunting season was still open.
We left the San Jacinto area at 10:35 a.m. enroute to the Baytown Tunnel via
Miller Cut-off Road. Mr. Henry Aldrich spotted an Eastern Kingbird (white-tipped
tail and all) - the second one this month! (Jimmy Murray saw one in the Sheldon
area January 2nd). Further along Miller Road (still in the Christmas Count circle)
we saw several tree swallows - the first of many seen throughout the day.
Shortly before we moved on to the Baytown Tunnel we were approached by a boy
with a tame crow parched on his shoulder! Birds — and bird-lovers - of a feather
flock together! fe-V^v
It was nearly noon by the time we left the Baytown Tunnel (and the Christmas
Count area), our list numbering some 60 species - 4 of which we had missed on the
Count (viz. canvasback, eastern kingbird, tree swallow and bobwhite).
We reached Mr. McKay's place near Cove at 12;30 p.m. ate a somewhat belated
lunch, and then went pa a foot-tour of the nearby marshes, woodland, and pasture
areas, with sharp-eyed' Arlie McKay in the lead. His "staked-out" barn owl wouldn't
flush but we were pleasantly surprised when we discovered the owner of a phoebelike call — a female purple finch.
We also found field sparrows and, with the aid of an Audubon bird call, a
curious ruby-crowned kinglet which actually flew up against Vic Emanuel's leg in