Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club
Houston, Texas B. C. Robison, editor
Vol. XXXIV, No. 1
Deadline for Spoonbill
etc. and Clearing House.
OG meeting at Bayou Manor
at 7:30 p.m. Randy Pinkston
will present the program.
Details to be announced.
OG field trip led by David
Marrack. Meet at 7:45 am
on the 1-45 northbound
feeder road on the north
side of Hwy. 830 (take exit
for Hwy. 830, Panorama
Village). This location is
4 miles north of the exit
for Hwy. 336 in Conroe.
Allow 75 to 90 minutes from
Houston to the meeting
location. We will continue
north to Willis, then west
to the Lewis Power Plant
cooling ponds (waterfowl),
then on to woods and scrub
Expect wet ground and mosquitoes. Bring lunch.
John Werler, Director of
the Houston Zoo, will be
the guest speaker at the
ONC meeting, held at the
Garden Center in Hermann
Park at 7:30 p.m.
Mr. Werler's talk will
introduce ONC members and
their guests to the Houston
Zoo, the changing role of
zoos in general and their
ecological importance to
The Buffalo Bayou Coalition will
be offering a series of seminars concerning
various aspects of Buffalo Bayou. They
will be held on 4 consecutive Thursdays
in February (7, 14, 21 and 28) and will
deal with topics such as drainage, water
quality, habitat preservation and recreational use of the bayou. Place: American
General Tower, Meeting Rooms A and B;
2727 Allen Parkway.
More information is available at
the Citizen's Environmental Coalition,
1984 SPRING CREEK CHRISTMAS
by Mike Austin
The fourth annual Spring Creek
Christmas Bird Count was held on Saturday,
December 15th. Thirty-four observers
covered the count circle which encompasses
river bottom woodlands, pine woodland,
agricultural areas and suburban subdivisions in southern Montgomery and northern
Harris Counties. Although birding conditions on count day were sub-optimal
(warm and windy), 88 species and one exotic
were seen, comprising the second highest
species total for the count. Total number
of individual birds was comparable to 1982,
another warm, windy day with an excellent
wild food crop.
Best species are Green-backed
Heron followed closely by White-eyed Vireo
and a pair of nesting Monk Parakeets.
Eleven new species were seen for the count.
Besides those above, these were: Greater
White-fronted Goose, Northern Pintail,
Blue-winged Teal, Gadwall, Ring-necked
Duck, Cooper's Hawk, Lesser Yellowlegs and
Rufous-sided Towhee. Species with unusually
high numbers were Snow Goose, Northern
Cardinal, Brown-headed Cowbird and Vesper
Sparrow. Common Grackles were unusually
scarce. Surprising misses were Red-cockaded
Woodpecker and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.