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The Spoonbill, Vol. 38, No. 1, January 1989 - Image 3. January 1989. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 14, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/3187/show/3181.

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 38, No. 1, January 1989
Alternative Title The Spoonbill, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 1, January 1989
Contributor (Local)
  • Price, Libby
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date January 1989
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  • Ornithology
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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Transcript FREEPORT CBC RECORDS 208 SPECIES IN AN "OFF" YEAR by Jim Morgan On Sunday, December 18, 1988, 170 observers recorded 286,761 individuals of 208 species of birds on the 32nd annual Freeport Christmas Bird Count (CBC). In spite of our best weather in 10 years, and our second highest number of participants, the species total was lower than our 5, 10 and 15-year average totals of 212, 214 and 210 species respectively. No new species were added to the cumulative count list, but several good sightings were in evidence, such as Fulvous Whistling-Duck (3), Harris1 Hawk, White-tailed Hawk, American Oystercatcher, Solitary Sandpiper, Whimbrel (2), Least Flycatcher (2), empidonax sp. (not Least Flycatcher), (Plumbeous) Solitary Vireo, Yellow-throated Warbler, Northern Waterthrush (3), Painted Bunting, Bronzed Cowbird (6), Northern (Baltimore) Oriole (2), Northern (Bullock's) Oriole and an adult-plumaged male Lesser Goldfinch, plus six species of hummingbirds (for the third year in a row). Even in "off" years good birds are to be found! The biggest miss was Groove- billed Ani! From the early reports of other UTC counts, most were down in their species totals. Why was it an "off" year? It Is easy to blame the o"bvious— the year-long drought. But who knows for sure? From observation we do know that there was no more than the average number of lingering neotropical migrants, and an absence of western rarities. In addition, at Freeport the north wind prior to count day had flattened the sea, making the count day an "off" day on the jetties as well. Keeping our perspective, it is worth noting that three other counts during the last 10 years were lower in total species than the 1988 count. So, while we had an "off" year, it was not that bad! The Freeport CBC continues to be a very successful count because of the efforts of so many people and organizations. All 170 observers are to be thanked for putting in a long, hard day, which for many is fun! Extra special thanks go out to our ten area leaders, the jetty party and the "hummingbird team," whose efforts provide the" impetus for a CBC that is always competitive and fun. Out-of-town participants also receive special thanks, as do the Houston Audubon Society for sponsoring the count, and Dow Chemical Company for hosting the countdown dinner and granting permission to census birds on their many properties within the count circle. The count compilers and area leaders are also grateful to the other property owners who so graciously allowed access to their land for our observers on count day. If you did not participate in this year's Free- port CBC, please contact one of the compilers or area leaders for participation in next year's count. Freeport CBC is part of Texas birding. It is fun, exciting and a worthwhile endeavor. Come join us in the future and help us keep It that way! FOR OG information, checklists, maps, contact Maxine Davis, 10602 Cedarhurst, Houston 77096, 723-8559. SEND bird sightings for Clearing House to: Clearing House (OG), P.O. Box 271374, Houston TX 77277. UTC RARE Bird Alert Tape, sponsored by Piney Woods Wildlife Society: 821-2846. FOR LOCAL nature societies' meetings and field trips call the Audubon Society's "Voice of the Naturalist" tape: 932-1392. LONE STAR Rare Bird Tape, sponsored by Audubon Society. In 713 area call 747-8826. Out of town call 1-800-TBT-BIRD. When in town do NOT call the 800 number, please - it costs! SEND material for Spoonbill to Editor, Libby Price, 3715 Sunset, Houston 77005, 665-1159. SEND dues, subscriptions and address changes to Jerry Patrick, 814 St. Francis, Houston 77079. Members' annual dues: $15 (ONC $5, OG $10). Spoonbill subscriptions for non-members: $13. CAMERON PRAIRIE A NEW REFUGE The 9,600-acre Cameron Prairie in Cameron Parish, Louisiana will become the 447th national wildlife refuge, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced. The service will take possession in March, 1989, and thereby add this prime waterfowl habitat to the Gulf Coast Joint Venture, a cooperative effort to provide more wintering habitat to help disperse wintering flocks and reduce the chance of disease from overcrowding. The new refuge is located about 15 miles southeast of Lake Charles. Besides the normal marsh and waterbirds Peregrine Falcons and Wood Storks have been seen there.