Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club
Houston, Texas B. C. Robison, editor
Vol. XXXIV, No. 9
Thursday, Oct. 3, 1985:
Group meeting, 7:30 PM, Bayou
Manor Auditorium, 4141 South
Braeswood. Jim Morgan will
speak on hawk identification.
Deadline for Spoonbill articles and announcements.
Tuesday, Oct. 8
Outdoor Nature Club
meeting, 7:30 PM, Garden Center, Hermann Park; Paul
Harcombe, Associate Professor
of Biology at Rice University
will speak on the plant life
of the Big Thicket.
Saturday, Oct. 19;
to Galveston Jet-
Flats to look
led by David
ties and Bolivar
Dauphin and Ted Eubanks.
tails to be announced at October OG meeting.
AUGUST FIELD TRIP REPORT
by Robert Thacker
Twenty-six OG members met at
Freeport to spend a ten-hour birding day
concentrating on shorebirds. The group
birded the Freeport Marshes, Bryan
Beach, and then, after lunch, went on
to the Brazoria National Wildlife
The highlight of the day was
. the abundance of Wood Storks at Brazo-
'ria. The area was very dry and most of
the ponds had dried up. Yet where there
was water available the wading and shore-
birds were concentrated in large num
bers. Each large pond had several hundred wading birds packed in together.
This concentration was most evident at
the Brazoria Refuge where one large
flock of 100 or more Wood Storks mixed
with about 50 Spoonbills. Suddenly,
this giant flock of Wood Storks and
Spoonbills became airborne and mixed,
wheeling and turning in a medley of
black and white and pink that everyone
on the outing will long remember.
The group saw 89 species with
only about 30 minutes spent looking for
passerines at the Big Slough. Twenty-
three species of shorebirds and fourteen
species of wading birds were observed.
This shows one can have a great day even
in August, and even without looking for
warblers I At the Freeport Marshes numerous herons, egrets and ibis were observed and an Osprey was found perched
on a pole. At Bryan Beach Stennie
Meadours found two very early Bonaparte's Gulls on one of the large spoil
reservoirs. Also at Bryan Beach, Wilson's, Piping and Semipalmated Plovers
were observed, and the group picked up
several Seaside Sparrows. During lunch
at Quintana Park three Magnificent Fri-
gatebirds flew over. The Brazoria Refuge yielded a Black-shouldered Kite,
a Northern Harrier, and more shorebirds
including Pectoral Sandpipers, Wilson's
and Stilt Sandpiper.
group ended the day at the Big Slough.
Special thanks to Tom Taroni
of Lake Jackson for providing the key
to the Brazoria Refuge and assisting
Stennie Meadours and myself with the
leadership of the trip.