Volume 6 No. 4
*. What is a Brewer's Duek? *
* BreweFT dusk, named by Audubon after *
* a friend, Thomas Brewer, is not a *
* species but a mallard - gadwall *
* hybrid. Audubon once thought It was *
« a separate species, but it is new
* recognized as a cross.
"Published "by'TEe"Ornithology Group^ Outdoor Nature Club,, Houston,"Texas
August 25 - Sunday - Monthly 0. G. field trip to Galveston. Meet at
ls30 p.m„ at the Thornhill's Calfeterla just off the Gulf
Freeway. Miss Ruth Moorman will be the trip leader.
October 3 - Thursday/ - The exact location of the next bi-monthly meeting
of the Ornithology Group has not yet been decided. It will
probably be held at the River Oaks Garden Center, 2503
Westheimer. A more definite notice will be given in the
ORNITHOLOGY GROUP REPORTS
July 14 - 0. G. Field Trip to Angleton and Freeport - (Noel Perley)
High temperatures and humidity are the rule along the Texas Gulf Coast
during the summer months and July 14, was no exception. Temperatures
ranged from 76 to 94 In Houston, (56% humidity at 12s30 p.m.) and 81 to 92
at Galveston. Consequently, a relatively small group of fifteen hardy
birders was on hand to brave the intense heat in order to observe an
equally small, but Interesting, variety of summer birdlife.
By 8s00 a.m. we were well on our way toward Freeport, in S. Brazoria
County. Enroute to Angleton, we turned off highway 288 for a side trip
along Miller Road, near Juliff. Here we found the bird of the day, an Indigc
Bunting (rare summer resident). It was singing, so we were able to compare
its song with that of the Painted Bunting, a fairly common summer resident
Proceeding south along Old Angleton Road some 5^ miles, we arrived at
the Angleton Hunting & Fishing Olub. Here we found a Black Tern and Green
Heron. By noon we had reached Lake Jaekson, our lunch stop (65 car miles
traveled). Carrie Holcomb and Norma Oates soon joined our group as
observers sixteen and seventeen.
After lunch we headed for Bryan Beach, south of Freeport, Here we
found Piping and Thick-billed Plovers and Horned Larks. Times 2s00 p.m.
Enroute to Surfside Beach (east of Freeport) we saw a Long-billed Curlew
(uncommon summer resident). It was 4s00 p.m. by the time we reached the
beach, where the group turned to such non-bIrd-watching activities as
beaoheomblng, wading, and swimming.
Our party (incl. Carl Aiken and the Klaisches) arrived in Houston, by
6s00 p.m. However, yours truly decided to do a little more birding on his
own. Another two hours and I had added several species (incl. Wood Thrush
at Murray's and Screech Owl at Hermann Park), bringing my day's list up to
62 species - 17 more than my previous highest July list. However, Arlie K.
McKay of Cove, has listed as many as 73 species during this month - and
without any companions.
Total species, all parties; 65,
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