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The Spoonbill, Vol. 11, No. 11, March 1963 - Image 7. March 1963. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. May 10, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/3861/show/3853.

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(March 1963). The Spoonbill, Vol. 11, No. 11, March 1963 - Image 7. Outdoor Nature Club Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/3861/show/3853

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 11, No. 11, March 1963
Alternative Title The Spoonbill, Vol. XI, No. 11, March 1963
Contributor (Local)
  • Ellis, Pat
  • Ellis, Jim
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date March 1963
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Ornithology
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Houston, Texas
Genre (AAT)
  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Location ID 2007-023, Box 9, Folder 21
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Original Collection Outdoor Nature Club Records
Digital Collection Outdoor Nature Club Newsletters
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections/
Use and Reproduction No Copyright - United States
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Transcript 5:44 PM - The natives are getting restless. Pan beating begins. You can follow the route <tsf the beater by the birds in the air above him. He is not doing any good, however. The birds just rise into the air, circle a few times and come right back down again. The number of small birds coming in seems to be increasing. The number of birds coming from due West is growing. 5:50 PM - A very loud sound - like a shot or a large firecracker - just occurred. That really got the birds up - Spectacular. Almost all of the birds perched on wires are Starlings. Two of the hihgline wires between two of the towers are completely full of Starlings. 5:53 PM - Cowbirds are beginning to roost in the trees. Most of the small birds seen milling around overhead seem to be cowbirds. A few Redwings are mixed in. There is now an almost constant stream of birds coming in from the West. 5x55 PM - Third loud noise. Still can't decide exactly what is making the noise. The rate of birds moving into the area now must be at least 1000 per minute. Scanning the sky to the West shows that the sky is full of flocks of birds heading this way. The natives continue their ruckus. Little effect. 6:00 PM - Numbers of Cowbirds increasing greatly. They are now in the majority. Looking at a tree about 200 yards away with a 30 power telescope shows that about half of the field is birds. That's a lot of birds. 6:05 PM - A new native has begun his ritual dance. The numbers of birds in the sky are so great that one cannot tell if he is causing any disturbance. A small flock of about 1000 Cowbirds is feeding on the ground near us. Other flocks are in several of the open spaces getting a snack before bedtime. 6:09 PM - I can't estimate the number of birds here. There must be at least 2-300,000 with flocks arriving in undiminished numbers. 6:13 PM - Flocks in the distance seem to be decreasing. Lots of birds still milling around overhead. The size of the flocks of Starlings seems to be increasing, however. 6:20 PM - Numbers of birds in the distance is greatly reduced. There are only small scattered bunches. 6:22 PM - Left the area. A SUMMARY OF UPPER TEXAS COAST CHRISTMAS COUNTS, 1913-1962 Compiled by Noel Pettingell Christmas counts from six localities within the upper Texas coastal area (Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, and Harris Counties) have been officially accepted and published by the National Audubon Society. An arbitrary total of 264 species has been recorded on the 52 counts conducted in these areas from 1913 through 1962, a span of 50 years. The writer uses the term "arbitrary total" because some of the data published by the NAS required editing in order to conform to certain standards established by the writer for the purpose of providing as much consistency and accuracy as possible throughout the 52-count compilation. The arbitrary standards by which the entire count tabulation is governed are as follows: (1) Additional subspecies excluded and all lists based on the 5th edition of the AOU Checklist, except that Rock Dove deleted from all counts in accordance with NAS procedure since 1947. (2) All data on species essentially derived from lists as published by NAS (except for 1962 counts), with appropriate revisions as noted in (1) above plus others made at the writers discretion (e.g., deletion of questionable species, correcting of erroneous species listings and totals, etc). The following tables summarize species, individuals, and observer totals for all 52 upper Texas coast counts. (We would like to know which species were deleted because they were questionable and what the criteria were for the deletions and corrections. Eds.)