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The Spoonbill, Vol. 35, No. 1, January 1986 - Image 3. January 1986. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 30, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/312/show/302.

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 35, No. 1, January 1986
Alternative Title The Spoonbill, Vol. XXXV, No. 1, January 1986
Contributor (LCNAF)
  • Robison, B. C.
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date January 1986
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  • Ornithology
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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Transcript THE FREEPORT CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT by Jim Morgan On Sunday, December 22, one hundred and forty-seven participants recorded 207 species of birds on the 29th annual Freeport Christmas Bird Count. ^ The species total was down sig nificantly from the 222 species recorded in 1984 and below our five and fifteen year averages of 214 and 211 respectively. Reasons " for the lower count appear to be threefold. First, due to a shifting of the count period by National Audubon Society, the Freeport CBC was necessarily held on a later date than any count we' ve had in over 10 years.Second, two hard freezes were encountered within the count circle prior to count day, a natural occurrence we had not encountered for many years. And third, lingering migrants and passerine birds have been in lower numbers this season with but a few exceptions. Notwithstanding these drawbacks, when 147 observers are in the field during exceptionally good weather within the Freeport count circle, one can expect some good birds to be found. This year three new birds were added to the count - Thayer's Gull, Lazuli Bunting and Scott's Oriolel The last was the "bird of the count," being not only a first for Freeport but only the second UTC record. The bird was discovered and observed by Bill and Will Graber of Beaumont, Texas. Bill gave an impeccable description of the bird at our countdown dinner, based on views of the bird at close range through a Questar. The Thayer's Gull was discovered by Ted Eubanks, Jr. and was carefully observed by Ted and his wife, Virginia. As expected, Ted's description of this bird was feather-by feather and flawless. The Lazuli Bunting was discovered by Sherry Colins and observed by Sherry and five other participants. Sherry's description of this bird was excellent. The oriole and the bunting were both relocated and observed the day after the count by Tom Collins and Greg Lasley. In addition to these three new species, a species absent for over 15 years was observed by David Dauphin and the other participants on the Quintana jetty - a Brown Pelican. It would be very rewarding to begin observing this species regularly again on the Freeport count. Other outstanding finds this year were Least Grebe, Bald Eagle, Crested Caracara, three Peregrine Falcons, Solitary Sandpiper, Common Nighthawk, three Tree Swallows, Northern Rough- winged Swallow, Black-throated Gray Warbler (same location as one of last year's birds), Black-headed Grosbeak and Blue Grosbeak. In general, numbers of geese, scoters, Osprey, dowltchers, terns, rails and blackbirds were up this year over years past. But a significantly high number of 28 species had to be flagged as in very low numbers this year. Even worse, we had a few big "misses" this year, including Black Skimmer (first time in over 15 years), Nashville Warbler, Dark-eyed Junco and Purple Finch. Also absent were some hard-to- find but regular species such as Black- chinned and Anna's Hummingbirds and Fox and Harris' Sparrows. We also missed Wood Thrush and Rusty Blackbird, two species which have now sadly fallen into a status of being seen only two times in the last five years. All-in-all, under the circumstances, we had a rewarding count and a count we should be proud of. As usual, the Freeport CBC was successful due to the efforts of so many people and organizations. Thanks must go out to the 147 participants for their efforts and to the special efforts of the eleven area leaders and the "hummingbird patrol". Freeport also benefits from the efforts of so many out-of-town participants who come year after year. Special thanks to those of you who do this. Finally, a very special thanks to the Houston Audubon Society for sponsoring the Free- port CBC and to Dow Chemical Company for hosting our count-down dinner and giving us permission to enter the many properties they own within the count circle. Both the Scott's Oriole and Lazuli Bunting were found on Dow properties. The count compilers and area leaders are also grateful to the other property owners within the count circle who so graciously allow us access to their land each year. If you are interested in Texas birding and you do not take part in the Freeport CBC, you are missing somethingl Come join us next yearI NINTH ANNUAL BUFFALO BAYOU C.B.C. After last year's record-breaking total of 106 species, the 1985 Buffalo Bayou C.B.C. netted 99 species. Less than optimal weather plus a signifi- gant drop in the number of participants were undoubtedly the major factors contributing to the lower total. Although a number of unexpected bonuses were seen, the elusiveness of several regular species resulted in our just missing the century mark. Barker Reservoir provided moSt of the highlights, including a Short-eared Owl before dawn, a Black- shouldered Kite, 3 White-tailed Hawks, and a pair of Hooded Mergansers flushed out of a drainage ditch (this is all within the Houston city limitsl). Other noteworthy birds were: 3 American Woodcock, numerous Sedge Wrens, 3 Marsh Wrens, a Catbird, 3 Red-breasted Nuthatches, a Palm Warbler, 13 LeConte's Sparrows, a Fox Sparrow, a Dark-eyed Junco, and 35 Purple Finches. Species expected but missed were Brown Creeper, Wil- ( continued)