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The Spoonbill, Vol. 32, No. 1, January 1983 - Image 3. January 1983. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. May 7, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/2931/show/2925.

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 32, No. 1, January 1983
Contributor (LCNAF)
  • Robison, B. C.
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date January 1983
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  • Ornithology
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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Transcript Our duck watching was Interrupted suddenly by the discovery of an Australian Pratincole, newly alighted on the road ahead of us. What a delight! Pratincoles are among the most beautiful and graceful of the charidriformes. The first Impression is that a plover and a swallow have interbred and produced a long- winged shorebird with the soft plumage of a waxwing. As it turned out there were hundreds of Pratincoles on the pond and each one was a charmer. ^vt""-**^ Other posi t were tai1ec shoreb surrou elegent ;d Sandp Godwit of th spite field ness thele qui ne the b chest the s a man bi rd. HiTa e most its na mark, as the ss, the d. Its right r band i ides wi tie of irds ndin Gre i per clu g ea ensh stere ch of anks, ry s beau me t and red lit head ed b s ex th c soft and pott tifu he r may on a tie and ill pand hest bro an o ed a 1 plo ed kn be re Red- plove chee and p ed in nut, wn on don the int ccas Red- vers ees gard bell r is ks a rist to a and thi arrow ing p sed w Black the n settl ersper ional kneed Dotte we we are no ed wi t ied Wo hands re bla ine wh black the ba s Pi pi re to t muc h the odpec omely ck, s ite t vest ck an ng PI sludge de- onds. There 1th Sharp- -tailed rel , one see. Deli of a same seriou- ker. Non- harl e- etting off hroat. The trimmed on d wings form over-si zed Ith the shorebirds on the shelf was a small, olive- Folored passerine which confused us at first, but eventually proved to be a Rufous-banded Honeyeater, a member of a large group of birds found throughout Australasia. The total incongruity of finding a honeyeater feeding in sewage was not lost on the group. As sunset rapidly approached our trip around the dike was taking on a degree of urgency. The aim of identifying even half of the birds there was ludicrous, but Australian Pel lean, Black and Whist!1ng Kites and Pied Stilt were added to our list be- fore we settled down to scope the thousands of ducks on the water. More Grey Teal, Black Ducks, and Burdekins were everywhere, but careful scrutiny found large numbers of White-eyed Ducks and finally a small number of Pink-eared Ducks. This strange apparition was built like a shoveler, and turned out to be one of our most desired finds as it capped off a perfect day at "rose acres". Although later in the trip we were to visit the sewage ponds at Alice Springs where we got another infusion of water birds, Darwin will always remain for me a gem among the world's treatment plants. FREEPORT CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT RECORDS 222 SPECIES by Jim Morgan A Freeport record of 159 participants, aided by nearly perfect weather and a good year for wintering birds recorded the second highest CBC in 26 years, and the third highest ever in the U.S. - a grand total of 222 species! Hats off to all who made this count such a huge success! In addition to the near record total, two new species were recorded for the UTC - a Wil1iamson 's Sapsucker and a Tropical Parula. Kelly Bryan, one of our steady out-of-town participants, found the woodpecker, and the bird was later seen by Tony Gallucci and three other observers. Details and a good sketch of the bird have been submitted to the Clearing House. The warbler was located in a yard 1n Jones Creek and was seen by Victor Emanuel, Fred Collins, Walter Piper, Kurt Huffman, Louis Lopilato (from New York) and Bob Warren (from Florida). Other good species recorded with supporting details were: Red-necked Grebe, Masked Booby (adult), Yellow Rail, Whimbrel, Black-necked Stilt, black-backed gull species, two Black-legged Kittiwakes, two White- winged Doves, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, myiarchus species (not Ash-throated), Rough-winged Swallow, Red- breasted Nuthatch, three Bewick's Wrens, Warbling Vireo, Tennessee Warbler, two Northern Parulas, Western Meadowlark, Western Tanager, Pyrrhuloxia, two Clay- colored Sparrows and a Harris' Sparrow. The Freeport CBC co-compilers Tom Collins, Victor Emanuel and Jim Morgan wish to thank all participants for their efforts on this great count. In addition, we want to thank the count's area leaders for their continuing hard work which is a major reason the Freeport CBC is so successful. We also thank the generous and kind property owners who allow us access to their land, and Dow Chemical who always hosts our count-down dinner. Special thanks also goes out to the Houston Audubon Society for its continuing sponsership of the count, and to the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service for access to the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge and for use of the marsh buggy and air boat. I also wish to thank the many participants who came from so far out of our area to help out. Again, many thanks to all of you!