Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club
Hmiston, Texas B. C. Robison, editor
Vol. XXXV, No. 2
Monday, March 3, 1986: Deadline for
Clearing House reports.
Thursday, March 6, 1986: Ornithology
Group meeting at Bayou Manor,
4141 S. Braeswood, 7:30 PM.
Gene Blacklock of the Welder
Wildlife Refuge will present
Part II of "The Sane Approach
to Bird Identification."
Deadline for Spoonbill articles
Saturday, March 8, 1986: Ornithology
Group Field Trip to Attwater
Prairie Chicken NWR. Jim Morgan
will be our leader. Expect to
hear the dawn "booming" and see
the courtship display of the
Attwater's form of the Greater
Prairis Chicken, one of the
most interesting displays in
the bird world. Numerous Hawks,
including the White-tailed, can
be observed in the area. Jim
says it may be a little late
for some sparrows, but there
should be several species.
To reach the refuge take Interstate 10 West to Sealy, exit
at Hwy. 36 and head south a
short distance to FM 3013, turn
right on 3013 and proceed to
the refuge just beyond the San
Bernard River on the right.
Meet at 7:00 AM just off 3013
on the entrance road. We meet
here so that refuge personnel
can direct us to the chicken
lek with a minimum of habitat
disturbance. Bring lunch for
an all-day trip.
Tuesday, March 11, 1986: Outdoor Nature
Club meeting, 7:30 PM, Garden
Center, Hermann Park. Jennifer
Lindgren of Austin will speak
on the National Wildflower Research Center.
The Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary is updating its bird checklist.
If any of you have records of your birding trips to the sanctuary please send
copies to Stan Perkins, ELMNS, 440 Wil-
chester, Houston, TX 77079.
SPRING CREEK CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
The fifth Spring Creek C.B.C.
was held January 4th. The count had
nine more observers than last year. On
this cloudless, virtually windless seventy-six degree Saturday participants tallied three fewer species than last year
(86), but observed a 750% increase in
total number of individuals. This increase was due in large part to an abundant wild food crop and a phenomenal number of American Robins (25,224), including a roost estimated at sixteen thousand birds in the bottomlands'along the
San Jacinto River in Montgomery County.
Thirteen species were in higher
than usual numbers including Red-cock-
aded Woodpecker (13), Brown-headed Nuthatch (88), Yellow-rumped Warbler and
American Goldfinch. Only two species
were in lower than expected numbers.
Unusual finds on the count were
a Black-and-White Warber along Kuyken-
dahl Road by Liz McCarty and a Greater
Scaup on Lake Woodlands by Gary Clark.
Several parties of intrepid
nocturnal birders managed to out-owl
even the prestigious Freeport count and,
as a result, all four of southeast
Texas' common owl species were recorded
for the first time.
Many thanks from the Piney
Woods Wildlife Society to all those who
participated in our count.