Volume XXVIII, No/'9
PUBLISHED BY THE ORNITHOLOGY GROUP OF THE OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB, HOUSTON, TEXAS
DUES DATE WAS JANUARY I, 1980 /U^.
If you overlooked sending in your membership or subscription dues during the past
holidays, please take a moment to write that check now ($7.00 for members, and $4.00
for subscribers), and mall to Mrs. J. M. Gillette, 5027 Longmont, Houston 77056.
Tuesday Brazosport Birders' regular meeting, 7:30 p.m. at Brazosport College of
Jan. 15 Arts & Sciences In Clute. Gene Blacklock of Welder Wildlife Foundation
will speak on Bird Identification.
Saturday CO field trip to W. Harris Co. Meet at 8:00 In front of small white
Jan. 19 church on Hwy 6 just north of 1-10. Bring lunch and car pool.
Wednesday Photography Group regular meeting, 7:30 p.m. at Bayou Manor auditorium,
Feb. 6 4141 So. Braeswood.
OG regular meeting, 7:30 p.m. at Bayou Manor auditorium. Barry Hinder-
stein will present Information gathered during a several—years-research
project on Urban Birds of Houston. Remember to bring aluminum.
ONC regular meeting, 7:30 p.m. at Garden Center in Hermann Park. "Trees
and Southern Landscaping" Is the subject which will be discussed by Bill
Adams and Bill Basham. Now is the time to plan changes and additions to
your yard, so come hear "how-to" and "what-to".
CO field trip to Cooling Ponds.
Jacinto river at 7:30 a.m.
Meet at Rest Area on 1-10, east of San
June 8-29 A dream will come true! On Christmas morning, the Clearing House Editor
gave the SPOONBILL Editor a place on Ben Feltner's Merlin - HAS Birding
Tour to Great Britain. (Limiffed to*20 participants, available spaces
left are few, reserve one for yourself now and join me...we'll have such
Most birders have heard of James Vardaman's odyssey in search of 700 species of birds
seen during 1979. During the year he traveled 161,331 miles (137,145 by plane,
20,305 by car, 3,337 by boat, 160 by bicycle, and 384 on foot). He was seasick four
times, a record he didn't try for. He spent 159 days birding. This includes most
of his travel time, but it might be more accurate to add I I more for a total of 170
days to account for the hours when he left home or office early at the end of a day
+o ca+ch a plane. December 30 found him adding #698, a long pursued Great Skua, and
there his odyssey ended, time and birds had run out. A valiant effort, and a record
not soon to be duplicated.
COMING NEXT MONTH IN THE SPOONBILL
The February SPOONBILL will have the final chapter of Bessie Cornelius' saga of
her birding in Scotland and England, Noel PettingelI will compare Arlle Mackey's
December Big Day record of 1938 with the recent Big Day he and Ben Feltner had.
There will be a review-of a new book found at The Chickadee: "A Guide to the Behavior of Common Birds" by Donald W. Stokes, published In 1979. And we will try to
update our list of new members and subscribers, plus changes of address. And more.
If you have something for THE SPOONBILL, remember our deadline Is the 25th. Clearing House deadline Is the 3rd of each month.