IV) MISCELLANEOUS IBFORMATIOB
A) Contributors to the first volume of the Handbook include such prominent
ornithologists as RoberbP. Allen, Oliver L. Austin, Jr., Eugene Eisenmann,
Pauline James, Roger Tory Peterson, A. W. Schorger, and Robert W. Storer.
Note: A considerable amount of literature by innumerable other authorities
is also cited in the Handbook.
B) Descriptions of the general characteristics for all 5 orders and 15 families
are included in the Handbook.
C) The Handbook of North American Birds - Volume I sells for $15.00 and may be
ordered from the Service Dept. of the Bational Audubon Society, 1130 Fifth
Ave., New York 28, N. Y. Copies are also available at the Houston Public
Library (McKinney and Smith)-for reference purposes only (i.e., may not be
borrowed) - and at Rice University's Fondren Library.
D) The initial volume of the Handbook series consists of 577 pages of text,
maps, and drawings plus 6 color plates and a 2-page-spread color chart.
SIXTH ANNUAL FREEPORT CHRISTMAS CEBSUS
Dec. 23, 1962
compiled by Victor L. Emanuel
Freeport continued its series of spectacularly successful counts, which has
been marred only by last year's Carla-induced slump to 134 species, by springing back
with a whopping record-breaking 158 species count. The previous record high count for
Freeport was 1960's 150 species total. This year there were 12 observers in 4 parties.
An unusually large number of species which are rare in the area at this time of the
year were reported including a Western Kingbird, three Cinnamon Teal, a Kentucky
Warbler, three Parula Warblers (all singing in the woods across from the gun club), an
unusually high count of Palm Warblers (ll - two parties), a Knot, a black phases
Rouge-legged Hawk, and a Red-throated Loon. These bonuses were partially offset by our
failure to find a number of expected species including Bobwhite, Sora Rail, Semipalmated Plover, Cooper's Hawk, Screech Owl, Bufflehead, Bald Eagle, Common Loon,
Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-headed Woodpecker, Brown Pelican and Roseate Spoonbill.
Freeport's future is bright. For several years it has produced more birds
per observer than any of the top twenty counts in the U.S. With more observers and a
few lucky breaks Freeport -will break 180 within the next five years.
Jerry Strickling, Nancy Strickling
Vic Emanuel, Carl H. Aiken,
Trevor B. Feltner, Jim Ellis 92
Dudley Deaver, Mr. & Mrs. Bill Pettit
Linda Snyder, Clinton Snyder 108
C omorant, spe c ie s
Heron, Great Blue