SECTION I - L. A. M. Barnette, 4801 Linden, Bellaire - Ma3-4200
SECTION 2 - Mrs. Eva Gilman, 10110 Telephone Road - Mi 9"77l6
SECTION 3 - Mrs. Norma Oates, 5908 Charlotte, - Ma 3-6140
SECTION 4 - A. K. McKay, Hte 2, Box 184, Baytown
or Vic Emanuel, 2228 Dorrington ■■ Mo 7-06l2
Steve Williams - 2732 University - Ha 3-1573
SECTION 6 - Mrs. J. A. Snyder, Box 3095, Baytown - LaPorte 7643
Dr. Ernest P. Edwards, 523O Grape Road - Mo 4-2115
The area and sections are the same as last year, and all who desire to participate
are requested to contact the leader of the section in which they prefer to operate,
which leader will issue the necessary instructions.
Instructions, lists and maps are being furnished each of the section leaders, and
additional copies are available if needed.
Please remember that the National Audubon Society requires a fifty cent (50(0 fee
from each participant, to assist in defraying the cost of publication of the results.
Let's make every effort to lead the nation this year.
Clayton B. Gilman, chairman
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ORNITHOLOGY GROUP REPORTS:
). G. FIELD TRIP TO SHELDON RESERVOIR
- REPORTED BY BEN FELTNER
On November the 9th at 7:30 a.m. a group of ornithology addicts assembled at Sears
parking lot on Wayside and Harrisburg, under a heavy shroud of fog. Enthusiasm ran high,
however, and we were soon on our way to Sheldon Reservoir under the proficient leadership
of Jimmie Murray.
The initial stop was made on a cut-off road between Park Drive and Sheldon. Here the
habitat was comprised of open pine woods cluttered with slash piles and second growth
brush. Chickadees, titmice and gnatcatehers were found in profusion along with lesser numbers of whitethroats, pine and myrtle warblers. A pleasant surprize was afforded several
members of the group when a short-billed marsh wren was flushed from a palmetto clump.
The tiny mite was completely fearless, and after scrutinizing the observers for several
seconds continued unperturbed to forage in the undergrowth in a manner more becoming a
mouse than a bird. Before adjourning for first coffee break we observed and added to the
growing lists red-bellied woodpecker, yellow-shafted flicker and eastern towhee.
The ride to Sheldon was briefly interrupted twice, once for a downy woodpeeker, and
again for a mysterious bird, which proved to be a bunch of dead oak leaves animated by
the wind. At the reservoir, birds were found in amplitude and variety wherever one looked.
A resplendent male Vermillion flycatcher posed long enough for most alert binoculars to
find him, and then disappeared. Elsewhere coots, American egrets, Louisiana herons, pied-
billed grebes, belted kingfishers and anhingas were turned up. The latter monopolized the
dead cypress trees to the extent, that birds and trees together presented an effect not at
all unlike giant candleabras. The high mark of the day, I think, must be accredited to
the ducks at Sheldon. Of the ten species observed, the majority were lesser scaup and
fulvous tree dueks, a sprinkling of redheads and canvasbacks were distributed throughout
the lake, and occasional ruddy's could be seen. Clinton Snyder turned up a pot hole,
which, with the aid of the balscope yielded a harvest of pintails, mallards, baldpate
and gadwall presenting a kaleidoscopic potpourri of color against the dark green of a-
quatic vegetation, and everyone was afforded ample opportunity to study them. It may
be added that before leaving Sheldon one undesirable specimen of Red-faced Duck Poacher
was flushed and successfully put to flight. This miserable creature became shy and elusive while under observation; and showed marked wisdom in repairing to cover on discovering the presence of his natural enemies: the conservationists!
We held luncheon in an informal manner as the guests of Jimmie Murray at his San Jacinto River place. Here some members sauntered off on impromptu tours turning up the local hermit thrush and a pileated woodpeeker, while others admired the glorious fruiting
dogwoods arrayed along the drive. The waggish Mr. Gilman (a veritable storehouse of information) promptly heightened my gross ignorance by sallying off on a botanical classi-