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The Spoonbill, Vol. 38, No. 1, January 1989 - Image 5. 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/3183.

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(January 1989). The Spoonbill, Vol. 38, No. 1, January 1989 - Image 5. Outdoor Nature Club Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/3187/show/3183

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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
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Ornithology
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Houston, Texas
Genre (AAT)
  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Location ID 2007-023, Box 12, Folder 5
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Original Collection Outdoor Nature Club Records
Digital Collection Outdoor Nature Club Newsletters
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections/
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Transcript QttMr\^k\c4A4t - DECEMBER, 1988 After much discussion, the editors have selected a new format for the Clearing House which they believe will increase the usefulness of the data for the typical OG member. The new format attempts to present the data in a readable way so that trends in locations and dates are easier to see. The format of the Clearing House is influenced by two principles: maximize the information shown and minimize the space used. In the past, the second principle has resulted in summary reports for the more common birds which have been lacking in any geographical data. Now that the county is being submitted with most sightings, it is possible to break the species into nine columns. The first, DATES, gives the reported early and late dates for the species. The next, TOTALS, gives the total number of reports and the total number of individuals seen. For commonly reported species, the following seven columns, headed with the names of the seven counties in the Upper Texas Coast, contain the number of reports and total number of individuals for each county. For birds with up to three reports, a complete report showing county-location (number) date,observer is possible. It is up to the editor which birds warrant complete reports. The most important advantage of the new format is that it is much easier to read. A quick glance at the DATES column shows migration date trends. More data on the locations of widely reported birds is available. Although information on specific locations, dates and observers is printed only when complete reports are given, all data submitted are entered into the database. Due to column width limitations, the bird names have been shortened to 17 characters. If you find the abbreviations incomprehensible and can improve on the ones used, let the editors know. Reports submitted using U (UTC) for the county are shown only in the TOTALS column of the summary reports, since they cannot be broken out by county. For this reason, we would like to suggest limiting use of the U code to occasions when three or more counties are birded. It is possible to divide the space on the report form for numbers and use the same form for two counties. A revised report form will soon be available with extra room to make this easier. If a bird is seen in only one county, please note the county and improve the quality of the reported data. The Clearing House database is available to anyone who would like to use the powerful capabilities of computerized searching to find information on specific locations, dates, observers or species. The computer can locate information in seconds that would require hours of shuffling through thick stacks of pink Spoonbills. Enough of this stuff, let's get to the birds! The 18 reports submitted in December recorded a total of 176 species and two identifiable subspecies. Highlights this month include a Least Grebe at Brazos Bend SP; a Tundra Swan at Brazoria NWR; Harris', Swainson's, Harlan's and Ferruginous Hawks; and a Nashville Warbler. Some other rarities seen this month were recorded on area Christmas counts, which will be reported separately in a later Spoonbill. Thanks to all who took the time to send in their sightings. The Clearing House is a monthly record of bird sightings made on the upper Texas Coast. How to interpret the data: SPECIES DATES TOTAL BRAZ CHAM FBEND GALV HARR JEFF WALL Bird Name early/late reports/individuals rpts/individuals listed by county OR county-location ((t) date, observer Noteworthy sightings will be underlined (very rare on date), capitalized (no previous sighting on date), or underlined and capitalized (no previous sighting on the UTC). Birds with very rare, vagrant, accidental or no status on the checklist at the date of the sighting require notes. However, due to space considerations, only the notes on sightings which affect the checklist will consistently be published. Notes on very rare at date of sighting may be published at the editor's discretion if space allows.