Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Clii> Houston, Texas
Judith Mueller Boyce, Editor; Don Richardson, Technical Consultant
VOLUME XXXIX, No. 10
Smday. November 4: OG "pelagic" field trip out of Port
Aransas on the Scat-Cat. Leaders: Peter Gottschling and
Lynne Aldrich. The boat departs from Fisherman's Uharf at
the north end of McAlister Street in Port Aransas at 6:00
A.M. (not 5:30 as previously reported) and will return about
4:00 P.M. Ninety people have signed up to go and there is
a waiting list, but call David Bradford if you want to go
just in case there are cancellations. A special rate for OG
members of $30.00 per room is available at the Best Western
Seaside Motel (512/749-4105) in Port Aransas. That's $30.00
per room, not per person. You can have from one to four
people per room for $30.00! Ask for Gigi when you call. If
there are enough OG members to warrant it, the motel will
open their restaurant at 5:00 A.M. for breakfast and they
wilt make sack lunches on request.
Tuesday. November 6: Ornithology Group meeting. 7:30 P.M.
Harris County Bayland Community Center (north side of
Bissonnet just west of Hillcroft). Dr. Mike Austin will
discuss identification of sparrows found on the Upper Texas
Coast. Mike is currently serving as Vice President of
External Affairs of the Houston Audubon Society. In addition
to teaching bird identification classes at Armand Bayou
Nature Center, Mike writes articles on birds and nature, and
in December two of his articles will be published in Birding
magazine and Bird Watcher's Digest Learning Corner meets at
7:00 P.M. as usual.
Saturday. November 10: Birding trip to Brazoria National
Wildlife Refuge sponsored by the Galveston Bay Foundation
and the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center. Bob Honig and
Doug Williams will lead this leisurely and comprehensive
field excursion. 6 A.M.-2 P.M. Call Doug Williams (681-8433)
for more information.
Saturday. November 17: OG "owling" field trip. Details
will be announced at the November 6th Ornithology Group
meeting or you may call David Bradford at 855-2615 for
Tuesday. December 4: Ornithology Group meeting. 7:30 P.M.
Harris County Bayland Community Center. Program to be
announced in November issue of The Spoonbill. Learning
Corner at 7:00 P.M.
AND YARD REPORTS
Uhen the last individual of a race of living things
breathes no more, another heaven and another earth must pass
before such a one can be again. William Beebe (1877-1962),
author and curator of ornithology at the New York Zoological
Society in 1899.
1991 OG dues will be due in January, but if you pay
up early, in November or December, your dues will be
credited through December 1991. Send dues to Dr. Arch
Dillard, 142 Imperial Drive, Friendswood, TX 77546-3827.
Single membership-$15.00; double membership-$30.00; and The
Spoonbill subscription only is $13.00. Each membership
includes dues of $5.00 for the Outdoor Nature Club
The Ornithology Group thanks ONC Conservation
Chairman, Jack Gillette for writing and running the computer
program to revise (capitalize!) the OG mailing labels.
Peggy Milstead reports that the post office has been using
the lack-of-a11-caps as an excuse of some tardy deliveries
of The Spoonbill. Peggy is most grateful to Jack as it
would have taken her a year AND many, many hours on the
computer to revise the mailing label list.
Correction to U.T.C. Checklist Statement and Update
published in the August 1990 Spoonbill: Number 8. Lesser
Black-backed Gull. Dates should read 9/5/89-3/31/90, not
Bev and Al Clarke of the Brazosport Birders attended
the HLumer/Bird Celebration in Rockport in September and
they reported a "Hum-dinger" of a weekend. Bev and Al
reported the lectures were well attended, deservedly so, and
that the speakers were on hand generally throughout the
weekend to answer questions and to autograph books. Over
300 people attended this, the 2nd Annual Hummer/Bird
Celebration, sponsored by the Coastal Bend Audubon Society
and the Rockport/Fulton Chamber of Commerce. On one of the
birding excursions, Bev and Al reported sighting Acadian and
Great-crested Flycatcher, Ladderback Uoodpecker, Wood Stork,
Magnificent Frigatebird and lots of hummers, Ruby-throated
and one Rufous.
An old friend, Ben Feltner, Hill be returning to
Texas to lead six days of Tex-Mex birding along the Rio
Grande. The aim of the trip is to "find all of the South
Texas specialties and rarities." For an itinerary, write:
Tropical Texas Birding, P.O. Box 4251, Seattle, WA 98104.