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The Spoonbill, Vol. 1, No. 3, November 8, 1952 - Image 1. November 8, 1952. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. May 25, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/3447/show/3443.

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(November 8, 1952). The Spoonbill, Vol. 1, No. 3, November 8, 1952 - Image 1. Outdoor Nature Club Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/3447/show/3443

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 1, No. 3, November 8, 1952
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date November 8, 1952
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  • Ornithology
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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Original Item Location ID 2007-023, Box 9, Folder 1
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Transcript 1 JJC3S3 VOLUME 1 - HUMBa0-fJov/t £ \q^\ Many of you folks may not know it, but our Recorder, Frank G. Watson, is also reporter for Audubon Field Notes in the South Texas Region, We want you to have the benefit of his experience in reporting and are sure you will appreciate his efforts. * Following is the South Texas report prepared for Audubon Field Notes for the summer season of 1952. It summarizes weather conditions which affected bird life during the period, it tells who submitted reports and what they saw. It is a guide to you in that it will indicate what type of information you should send our recorder to assist him in preparing these reports and thus make the reports for our area more complete. These reports are prepared four times a year, each covering one of the following: winter season, spring migration, summer season and fall migration. In the Texas coastal area the summer months, June, July and August, were warmer and drier than usual. The season started with adequate rainfall, however before the summer was over the region was suffering a serious drought. Conditions in the Houston area are outlined as follows.. The lowest temperature was 64° on June 1 while the highest was 98 > registered on four days in August. The entire three-month average was 1.2 above average. Rainfall which averages 4 to 4-1/2 inches per month in the summer was about 20 percent below normal in June and 10 percent below normal in July, however it was only about one- quarter of normal in August. The high temperatures of August, combined with its rather drastic dryness, resulted in a very listless small bird population and a seemingly birdless woods in most deciduous woodland areas. Strangely, birds typical of the pine woods areas to the north and east of Houston had a very good season in terms of numbers of nesting pairs and number of young raised* Notable were the Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Common Bluebird, Yellow-throated Warbler, and Pine Warbler. In the Rio Grande Valley the drought was more serious. After a very dry spring rain fell on May 24 and on June 7 and 8 and put water in natural depressions, reservoirs, and ditches. There was no appreciable rain later in the season. The rains of late May were too late for several species which therefore nested in considerably reduced numbers. Species particularly affected were the Mottled Duck, only 4 broods of which were observed on the Laguna Atascosa Refuge, the Gallinules, and the Coot. On the other hand birds of the Rio Grande area which are accustomed to dry conditions, such as the Verdin, Curve-billed Thrasher, Cassin's Sparrow, and Black-throated Sparrow, had an excellent season. A cold front which passed over the Gulf Coast area on July 8 and 9, and which reduced both maximum and minimum temperatures to 5 below normal was an unusual occurrence for mid-summer. The effect of this was not immediately evident since apparently no one was in the field on those days; however, it probably was responsible for the presence of a young Solitary Vi-reo, a Black-and-White Warbler, and a moderate influx of Orchard Orioles, all observed at Santa Ana Refuge, near Hidalgo, on July 12 (LOG, GEH, FGW). Those whose observations, either specific or general, contributed to this report are Donald Bleitz (Los Angeles, California), Miss Nance Cunningham, John Galley, Donald J. Gamble (Audubon Warden, Second Chain of Islands), Luther C. Goldman, J. M. Heiser, Jr., C. E. Hudson, Jr., Mrs. Minor A. Hurst, Henry W. Isham (Pasadena, California), William S. Jennings (Biologist, Texas Game and Fish Commission), John Larson (Audubon Warden, Green Island), Fred W. Loetscher, Jr. (Danville, Kentucky), Arlie K. McKay, R. J. Montgomery, John Morony, Noel Pettingell, Miss Lucile Robey, Alexander Sprunt, IV (Audubon Warden, Vingt'un Islands), Lawrence Tabony, Frank G. Watson, Stephen Williams, and Armand Yramategui. Grebes.. Pelicans. Herons, and Ibises. — On July 11 a pair of Mexican Grebes with their nest and 5 newly hatched chicks was seen on a resaca south of Barreda (LCG, FGW) and another pair seen,August 31 on a resaca near Progresso had four half grown young (FGW). Brown Pelicans, which decreased in numbers at the time of the heavy freeze early in 1951, had a much improved nesting season this year. At Green Island in Laguna Madre the nesting wading birds had a more successful season than last year. Food was more plentiful and the condition of the brush which was defoliated last year by the freeze was more suitable for nesting this year. Species occupying the island are Great Blue Heron, Common Egret, Snowy Egret, Reddish Egret, Tricolored Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, White-faced Ibis, and White Ibis. The White Ibis established their customary colonies while the White-faced Ibis nested at random over the island (JL). Wood Ibis -over-