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The Spoonbill, Vol. 1, No. 4, January 30, 1953 - Image 2. January 30, 1953. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 16, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/3743/show/3740.

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(January 30, 1953). The Spoonbill, Vol. 1, No. 4, January 30, 1953 - Image 2. Outdoor Nature Club Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/3743/show/3740

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 1, No. 4, January 30, 1953
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date January 30, 1953
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • 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 2
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Original Collection Outdoor Nature Club Records
Digital Collection Outdoor Nature Club Newsletters
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Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript 2. October 16 about 20,000 Snow Geese arrived at Rockport (JH). During the evening of October 17 Snow Geese by the hundreds went over Houston (CHK) and on October 18 Snow Geese and Blue Geese in a ratio of about 20 to 1 were seen moving eastward along the coast at Point Bolivar all day. Probably 5*000 birds were involved (JWA). Black- bellied Tree Ducks reached a peak of 300 on the R. J. Montgomery ranch near Rio Hondo on September 27 (LCG). Fulvous Tree Ducks were last observed in the upper coastal area at Dickinson on October 9 (SGW)Q Wood Ducks, usually scarce, were present in some numbers. At Austin 22 were reported on October 30 (RSP), two on November 2 and 14 on November 5 (EBK). They were particularly common along the lower Trinity River where they were reported in numbers near Rye in November (RR), and from the vicinity of Liberty where hundreds were seen on October 27 with fewer being seen on later days up to November 13 (AKM). Hawks and Eagles. - Between 7-30 AM and noon on September 28, while watching hawks migrate at the southwest tip of Galveston Island, 59 Cooper!s Hawks were observed (FGW). None were seen at the same spot on September 21 and only scattered individuals were reported elsewhere during the season. The Broad-winged Hawk migration in the upper coastal area was short but fairly well reported. On September 21 seven were seen migrating over Galveston Island (FGW). On September 23 flocks estimated to total 3*000 to 5,000 birds came to roost near Kountze (KR)0 On September 24 about 300 were seen just north of Houston (MAH). On September 26 large numbers, perhaps 10,000, were seen south of Kountze (KR). On September 27 flocks took most of the afternoon to pass over the village of Lake Placedo 22 miles southeast of Victoria (MB). The Harlan's Hawk, the Rough-legged Hawk, and the Ferruginous Hawk, for the first time in the memory of contemporary observers, showed up in some numbers this fall. The Rough-legged Hawk and the Ferruginous Hawk were first reported from Rockport, both on October 18 (JH), and the Harlan's Hawk first from Aransas Refuge on October 26 (WG). Rough-legged Hawks have been reported fairly generally since, whereas the other two species have been seen only sporadically. A Ferruginous Hawk seen at Cove on November 30 by A. K. McKay was his first in eighteen years of observation at that location. On October 30 two Golden Eagles were observed near Austin (RSP), and on November 27 three were seen near Hockley (MAH), these being the first known records for this part of the state. Red-tailed Hawks and Krider's Red-tailed Hawks, accompanied the above northern species in greater than usual numbers. A single Prairie Falcon, rare along the upper Gulf Coast, was seen migrating southwestward over Galveston Island on September 28 (FGW). Sparrow Hawks arrived in Houston on August 26 when six were seen (SGW). A curious fact was noted on both September 21 and 28 at Galveston Island in that the Sparrow Hawks followed a northeastward course, flying exactly counter to the stream of other species in migration on those days (FGW)0 Gallinaceous Birds. Cranes« and Rails. - Reports of the Bob-white were fewer than usual and coveys seemed small. A possible cause of low population is the drought of May through October. Whooping Cranes arrived at Aransas Refuge as fallows: One October 14, a pair October 16, two single birds, a pair and a pair with one young all on October 26. Later arrival brought the total to 22 birds by November 23 (JAH)« A noteworthy observation was that of a Whooping Crane migrating along Lake Austin just west of Austin. Marshall C. Johnston observed the bird about 7*00 A. M. on October 19 approaching from the north at a fast rate. It passed within 100 yards of the spot where observation of the migration of other birds was being made. A group of 14 Sandhill Cranes reached the Rio Grande Valley on October 9, one day later than last year. The migration of rails recieved more notice than usual. On October 12 Soras and Black Rails were found at Rockport (JH). On October 21 a Yellow Rail was found in a weedy meadow that had been invaded by the waters of Lake Austin (RSP). The same area was flooded with Soras that day (RSP) and these were present until November 9 (EBK). The only Sora noted on the upper Gulf Coast was one at Cove on October 29 (AKM). Virginia Rails also made a heavy flight through the Austin region arriving on October 26 (MCJ) and departing about a week later (EBK). Shorebirds, Gulls, and Terns. - Wilson's Plover stayed late at Rockport, the last one being seen on December 12 (JH). Golden Plover, very rare in fall, were observed as follows in the Trinity River marshes near Cove; two September 28, one October 5* and three October 12. These birds were taking advantage of the hordes of army worms mentioned in the introductory remarks. Also present were Black-bellied Plover which reached a peak of 115 birds on October 11. Woodcock were present in greater numbers than usual the first being seen at Austin, where they have never been recorded before^ on November 2 (MCJ, EBK). One showed up at Cove on November 4 and by late November they were present in numbers. Wilson's Snipe were present at Cove on August 31 (AKM) and at Galveston on September 20 (SGW)j however it was not until October 10 that they appeared in moderate numbers at Cove (AKM). On October 28 they arrived at Rockport (JH). The first Upland Plover were noted on July 25 when two were seen at Houston (FGW). Two were reported at Cove July 26 (AKM). Knots were seen on Galveston Island as follows, one September 7, fourteen September 21, and twenty on September 28 (FGW). Buff-breasted Sandpipers arrived earlier than previously recorded by one day, eight being seen at Cove on August 17 (AKM), and four being seen at Galveston the same day