VOLUME XI No. 1
* IN MEMORIAM #
Mrs. Bruce Reid beloved Texas folk- *
* lorist, naturalist, conservationist, *
* writer and lecturer who passed away in *
* Beaumont April 28. The many friends of *
* Mrs "Bess" Reid in the Ornithology Group *
* will feel her loss greatly and wish to *
* extend their sympathy to Mr. Reid in his *
* loss. *
PUBLISHED BY THE ORNITHOLOGY GROUP, OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB, HOUSTON, TEXAS
JUNE 7 - 0. G. PICNIC - 7:00 P.M., Memorial Park Picnic Area. Bring your own supper.
JUNE 10 (Sunday) - FIELD TRIP to be led by newly-ordained leader (baptism by Curlew
Watch) Jim Ellis to pine woods near Spring. Meet at 8:00 A.M.
at intersection of Hwy 75 and North Shepard.
SUMMER VACATIONS - news of special birding interest will be appreciated by your editors.
PASSERINES OBSERVED OFFSHORE TEXAS
submitted by Harvey L. Patten
On March 29, 1962 Paul Kaminsky, a Shell Oil Company geologist observed a
small yellow bird with black wings in a room of one of the buildings of an offshore
drilling rig, then drilling a well for Shell. The location is in the Federal Lease
Block 391 at the approximate coordinates 28° 37' N. Lat. and 95° 05' W. Long. The
bird was quite tame and could be approached to within arms length.
Early on Saturday morning, March 31, 1962, two days later, Tom Zimmerman, a
Shell Oil Company paleontologist, observed, at the same location, a person sweeping
"many birds" into the gulf from the drilling platform. They were all very small and
among them were some red birds with black wings.
Offshore drilling rigs, just as those on land, are well lighted at night to
permit round the clock operations. Apparently the dead birds observed by Tom Zimmerman
on Saturday morning were part of a very large migrating flock which were attracted to
the lights mistaking them for a land installation. The coast, however, was still about
40-50 miles away. How many birds perish during their northward flight even before approaching the coast?
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A DAY IN AUSTIN
April 21, 1962
by Dudley Deaver
Take two Feltners (one Ben and one Ann), add one Deaver (a Dudley), mix well
in Austin and a good days birding results. Add to this mixture a liberal amount of
Webster (one Fred) and the yield was a total of twenty-seven species added to various
life lists (Ann thirteen, Dudley ten, and Trevor four). Fred took us to Zilker Park and
pointed to a tree. Immediately, a Golden-fronted Woodpecker flew to the appointed place.
We then drove through the hills West of Austin (over roads going mostly straight up or
straight down) to areas rich in Austin specialities. Fred stopped the car, said, "Listen", and a Golden-cheeked Warbler began to sing. At this point we began to wonder
whether Fred was lucky. Bewitched, or had a superior knowledge of the area and the birds
in it. After several more stops with lifers at almost every .place, we ruled out luck;
but to this day have not decided between the latter two choices. Around 11 O'clock, we
drove to the flat lands East of Austin to look for the Bell's Vireo, but he wasn't singing. We were rewarded with Verdins and Clay-coloured Sparrows, however. A little after
1 O'clock, the god returned to his mountain and we returned to Houston with sixty