Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Clito Houston, Texas
Judith Mueller Boyce, Editor; Don Richardson, Technical Consultant
VOLUME XXXIX, No. 12
Tuesday. January 8: Ornithology Group meeting. 7:30 P.M.
Harris County Bayland Community Center (north side of
Bissonnet just west of Hillcroft). Photographer and birder
Carlos Hernandez will, with slides and maps, discuss birding
in Costa Rica: the best times and the best places to bird,
where to stay, what to wear and what birds you will see
(trogons, aracaries, hummers, motmots, among others).
Learning Corner at 7 P.M.
Saturday. January 12: OG field trip to west Harris County
for sparrows, hawks, ducks, geese, and other wintering
birds. This is expected to be an excellent trip offering
views of numerous sparrows and covering many miles. Meet at
the small white church on the east side of Highway 6 just
north of 1-10 Uest at 7:30 A.M. Leader to be announced at
January meeting. Bring lunch.
Sunday. January 13: This OG field trip is designed for the
novice birder. Slow and easy, we'll spend time learning how
to find and identify sparrows and other birds of Harris and
Waller counties. Meet trip leader, David Bradford (855-
2615), at the small white church on the east side of Hwy. 6
just north of 1-10 Uest at 7:30 A.M. Bring lunch.
Friday-Monday. January 18-21: OG field trip to the Texas
Panhandle. Ken Seyffert from Amarillo will lead us Saturday
and Sunday in seach of longspurs, American Tree Sparrows,
Northern Shrikes, Rough-legged Hawks and other panhandle
specialties. Hotel reservations can be made at the
Travelodge East in Amarillo at 806-372-8171. A double room
is $32.77 if you mention the OG. On Friday, Cliff Stogner of
Lubbock will guide us through Muleshoe N.U.R. Plan to meet
at the refuge visitor center Friday at 11:00 A.M. Saturday
and Sunday mornings we will meet Ken in the hotel lobby at
7:00 A.M. A rough itinerary will be left at the hotel desk
for those missing the group. Monday's activities will
depend on what we have seen, missed and want to see and what
is on the rare bird tape. For carpool information,
questions or suggestions, call David Bradford (855-2615).
21-day advance reservations with Southwest is $90.00
roundtrip. If you fly, perhaps ground transportation can be
provided by carpooling with OG members who drove.
Monday. February 4: Ornithology Group meeting. 7:30 P.M.
Harris County Bayland Community Center. The program will be
David Dauphin on North American Shorebirds. This
entertaining and informative talk with slide presentation
will cover identification of all North American shorebirds.
Learning Corner at 7:00 P.M.
.Mark your calendars: OG meetings will be held on the
first Monday of each month beginning with the February 4th
meeting! In order for the OG to have the large meeting room
every month, the meeting date had to be changed to the first
Eleven birders joined their diligent leader, Ruthie
Helton, and her husband Don on December 1 tor the OG's Lake
Texana field trip. Uhat a great birding spot! Twelve
species of ducks fed, floated and slept in the water, 72
Wood Ducks perched in the water-killed trees, a Peregrine
Falcon and Red-tailed Hawk lurked in the distant trees,
Laughing Gulls and pelicans flew overhead and both Ruby and
Golden-crowned Kinglets and woodland associates flitted in
the reserve trees. After a perfect morning the seven
birders joined the three couples camping at lovely Lake
Texana State Park for lunch and then spent the afternoon
birding. Eighty species were seen...not a bad day's work!
A quick stop at the boat ramp on the way home Sunday was
rewarded with the Cinnamon Teal, which was missing on
Saturday. Our gratitude to Ruthie for a great day. Report
by Karen Stoley.
The Houston Audubon Society (HAS) office has acquired
checklists and brochures from most of the wildlife refuges
and state parks in Texas. If you are planning a birding
trip anyplace in the states and want information on what is
where, call the HAS office at 932-1639. They will be glad
to send you what you need to plan your birding. If they
don't have the particular checklist you need, they will help
you find it. A donation to cover postage would be welcome.
The Texas Parks and Uildlife Department has banded
and color tagged Bald Eagle nestlings since 1985. If you
are an Eagle watcher, keep an eye out for and report these
birds. The birds have numbered and marked color patagial
tags which can usually be seen only in flight. The right
wing is marked with a yellow patagial tag and the left wing
is marked with a blue (light) patagial tag with a yellow
spot. If you see one of these birds, please report it to:
D. W. Mabie, Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept., 715 South
Bronte, Rockport, TX 78382. Submitted by Richard Uzar.
The December 4th meeting of the Ornithology Group was
called to order by Chairman Richard Uzar. Treasurer Arch
Dillard presented the 1991 budget and announced that it
would be printed in the December SPOONBILL and would be
voted on at the January 8th meeting. Dr. David Marrack asked
that a "moment of silence" be observed to honor all those
who helped plant the 1000 tree seedlings and shrubs at