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The Spoonbill, Vol. 38, No. 1, January 1989 - Image 4. January 1989. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 11, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/3187/show/3182.

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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 HIGHLIGHTS OF SOME 1988 CHRISTMAS COUNTS by Ellen Red Reports' from all the 1988 Christmas counts told of incredible dryness. Former sloughs and marshes were baked and cracked, lakes were dried to little puddles or nonexistent, and everywhere there were fewer birds. However, there were good numbers of birders. Dryness has its advantages. It was downright pleasant not having to slosh through wet fields. On the Cypress Creek count, the day dawned with a spectacular sunrise. Birders in the fields of Josey Ranch stopped to marvel at the sight of geese on their early morning flights, long ribbons of them, silhouetted against the beautiful pink clouds. In the high grass, the LeConte's Sparrows were hopping up to perch for everyone to see. It was a great beginning to the fourteenth annual Cypress Creek count, always held on New Year's Day. The December 20th Christmas count at the San Bernard NWR, on the other hand, began with mist and an occasional shower. The wetness ended by mid-morning, and was not enough to have any effect on the birders or the drought. One group, assigned to wetlands on the property adjoining the refuge, walked for miles in an area where darkened tree trunks showed evidence of water two feet high in wetter times. Now, of course, there were only dry leaves to kick through. There were no marsh birds, of course, and only a few woods birds. However this group and the count as a whole saw quite a good number of species before the day ended. The count circle included the huge marshland of the refuge, the beach, a little town nearby and residences along Clear Lake Creek. The rangers at the refuge served all the birders gumbo and rice for supper, a wonderful treat. If they keep that up, future counts there will have more participants than they can handle. The Galveston Christmas count, held the day after Christmas, was a different kind of outing for some of the participants. The "town group" toured the gardens of residents of Galveston, and picked up a number of warbler species, including Black-and- White, American Redstart and Wilson's. This group also saw a Red-headed Woodpecker, a Blue Jay and a Titmouse, but, no Chickadee. All of these birds are very rare on the island. The group ate lunch at the lovely, historic home of Martha Micks, and then went to the East Beach jetties. The fog was close to shore, and the waves were crashing over the rocks. A Pomerine Jaeger startled everyone by suddenly appearing, flying low over the jetty. Further down the beach a Gannet flew along out near the fog. The Freeport Christmas count on December 18 is considered the biggest and best of all the counts. It always gets the most birds and the most birders, and attracts a lot of attention from the rest of the country. The dinner given by the Dow Chemical Company is very exciting, because often a good number of rare birds are seen on this count. Everyone listens as birders give details. You can flap your arms to show how the bird flew, as Victor did, but, as with all our counts, the committee wants to be absolutely certain you saw that bird. Susan Drennan, Editor in Chief of American Birds, was a distinguished visitor at the dinner this year. She gave everyone a boost when she stated that the Freeport count sends in the best documentation of any count in the nation. In the December Spoonbill Mark Brown drew a diagram of eighteen Christmas counts within seventy-five miles of Houston's center. Did anyone go on all of them? It would be fun to know who went on the most. If you went on six or more, let your editor know. MINUTES OF OG MEETING JAN. 5, 1989 Mr. David Dauphin of our very own OG presented the January program on the "Owls of North America." Dave has been studying these primarily nocturnal raptors for twenty years. This informative and entertaining talk was accompanied by beautiful slides and tape recorded calls of the 19 species of owl. Dave encourages all of us to practice owl calls; he "talks" to owls regularly, and says if he can call up owls, anyone can. The largest crowd this writer ever remembers seeing at an OG meeting was present for the owl program; and over heard later in the evening was the comment, "This is the best meeting we've had all year." Thanks, Dave. In our business portion of the evening, Jerry Patrick gave the Treasurer's report, detailed copies of which are available to any member upon request. Dues are due, Jerry reminds, and Peggy Milstead urges those members who pay dues for two people please to specify with the payment so as not to be confused with single members making a two-year payment. Ed Rozenburg announced programs on "Birds of South Africa" and "Predators" available at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Call 526-1763 for information. Ed also reminded us of the relentless pressure on the natural world, especially in the matters of the proposed West Harris County airport and the proposed road extension through the Armand Bayou Nature Center. We are encouraged to write letters expressing our views to the proper authorities, whose names and addresses can be found in Nature Notes. Changes in the Checklist Committee were announced. Jim Morgan and Ted Eubanks have resigned, and in their place Dave Dauphin, Steve Gast and Ed Rozenburg will be joining Noel Pettingell. They anticipate the revised checklist will be ready to publish sometime this summer. Caroline Callery made a motion that the OG express its gratitude for the many, many hours of tireless and dedicated service afforded to the OG by Jim Morgan and Ted Eubanks over the years. The motion was seconded and passed by landslide proportions. Thank you, Jim and Ted. Margaret Jones was present and brought two beautiful paintings treasured by her late husband, Paul. These paintings were originally acquired by Paul from an OG auction, and are to be "recycled" and auctioned at the March meeting. Thank you, Margaret, for your donation to the OG. Richard Uzar, Secretary