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also quite although we did get
looks at several Black-crowned
Night-Herons in the usual winter roost in the tall cattails across
the pond from the observation
platform. At our next stop we
were able to locate a few Marsh
Wrens and a Common Yel-
By now it was time to
join Kelly McDowell for the rest
of the tour. When we met up
with him he surprised us by
taking us along with a group
from TAMU who were working
on a Ph.D. project studying
Yellow Rails. After a few minutes of instructions and introductions. A few of us grabbed
ropes and nets to help flush and
capture rails for the study.
We attempted to flush
Yellow Rails towards the main
group from the field trip. We
"weren't very successful in getting rails out where everyone
could see them, but we did
manage to flush 4 Yellow Rail,
1 Black Rail, 1 Sora, and many
sparrows and Sedge Wrens.
Sparrows that I was able it identify were Seaside, Savannah, Le
Conte's, White-throated, and
Swamp. I regret that we were
not able to get more of the
group in a position to see the
Yellow Rails, although it sure
was exciting for us out on the
prairie chasing and trying to
help capture the rails.
I would like to try another Yellow Rail field trip with
the OG. Watch the Spoonbill for
details. I'm going to stay in
touch with the Yellow Rail study
at Anahuac. I've some ideas on
how to flush the rails so that
more can see them. I'm considering a much longer line of rope
and flushers, maybe 200' and
working in a V concentrating
and flushing birds towards the
main group. Watch the Spoonbills for details for this tentative
trip sometime in late February or
Report filed by David
Sarkozi, Field Trip Coordinator
Future Field Trip Set
David would like to designate the Houston Christmas
Bird Count (CBC) as the OG's
December field trip. The Houston CBC is set for Sarurday
December 21. Call P.D. Hulce at
(713) 863-1142 for details.
Sunday January 12,1997
is a "Beginners" OG Field Trip to
West Harris County. Meet at
7:30 am in the Bear Creek Park
jogging trail parking lot.
Directions from Houston: 1-10 west to Hwy 6, exit
north, then turn right or east on
Clay Road. Continue past the
golf course to jogging trail lot.
Our leader for this field
trip is the "beginning birder's
best friend" David Bradford.
Bring lunch. Contact David
Sarkozi (713) 520-5906
Beginning Birding Course
Once again, Don and
Houston Audubon Society, are
in this joint venture for beginning birds. The joint venture
features classes taught over a six
month period and includes all
the birding habitat accessible in
the Houston area. It offers an
excellent way for people to get
into birding. As in years past,
classes are led by the very capable Don Richardson.
Classes are taught in the
field and begin in late winter,
run through spring and end in
early summer of 1997. The students learn identification, technique and where to bird. Besides looking for and at birds,
students also learn from discussion about birding materials.
Doris personal experience and
hard won advice are also shared.
The combination builds confidence in the beginner.
Class size is limited to 12
participants to enhance the learning process. Each class will
participate in five day-long field
classes, one per month from
February through June of 1997.
Students pick a day-in-the-week
most convenient for them
The schedule follows:
2/7, 3/7, 4/4, 5/2, 6/6.
Saturday class (A):
2/1, 3/1, 4/5, 5/3, 6/7.
Saturday class (B):
2/9, 3/9, 4/6, 5/4, 6/8
Students pay $125 each.
Interested? Know someone who
is? Call Don Richardson at (713)
661-1365 for more information.
December 21. OG Field Trip/
Houston CBC. Call P.D. Hulce
at (713) 863-1142 for details.
January 12. OG Field Trip.
Begginers trip to West Harris
County. Call David (713) 520-
5906 for details.