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Volume XXVIII, No.
LATE NEWS: Page 17, Rare Bird Alert Listings
Page 18, Flsh-eatlng Bird Survey
PUBLISHED BY THE ORNITHOLOGY GROUP OF THE OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB, HOUSTON, TEXAS
The April SPOONBILL lacked a page last month, due to an ironic coincidence. The Editor numbered two s+enclls the same (page 10), and the mimeograph frus+ra+ingly misbehaved, causing much gnashing of teeth and doing and re-doing. Jumping over the
painful whys and wherefors, the upshot was that the Clearing House jumped from
Scissor-taI led Flycatcher to Louisiana Waterthrush! You will find the missing page
(numbered 10-A) Inserted at the end of this issue. Those of you who keep your
SPOONBILLS, please detach and Insert that page between pages 10 and II of your copy
of the April SPOONBILL. Sorry about that, folks! (The really painful part Is that
It cost $70.00 and 2 trips with it to A.B. Dick to get the machine fixed.)
SOMETHING ELSE MISSING?
Russ Clapper sent In the following notice: FOUND: in good con. itlon at Anahuac
National Wildlife Refuge, paperback edition of Birds of North America containing
notes of personal value recording "lifers". Owner may call (713) 267-3337 or pick
pick up at Anahuac Refuge office (In the town of Anahuac). [Sadly, no name was on
this book. Be sure your name and address Is on your field guideU
Included in this Issue Is the first of our up-dated birding maps, a newly drawn and
keyed map of West Harris Coun+y. 1+ was prepared and keyed by Ted Eubanks, Jr., who
has birded +ha+ area extensively. With development rolling westward in an inexorable lava-like flow, we wonder how soon another up-date will be needed. We suggest
you put the map with your field birding guide, so that you will have it with you
when you bird this area. Get familiar with West Harris County In all seasons, not
just the spectacular winter waterfowl display at Warren Lake! There will be other
updated maps in future issues of the SPOONBILL, as well as a new one or +wo. Look
May 18-19-20: 0G field trip +o Mo Ranch.. Reservations made by the OG have been
filled, but check with Jim Morgan, 461 3080, for cancellations or possible additional available reservations. To get there from Kerrvllle, take Hwy 27 to Ingram,
then Hwy 39 to Hunt, then FM l3-'0 to Mo Ranch.
May 26-27-28-: OG picnic on Saturday, May 26, at the Li++le Thicket Nature Sanctuary.
Come early (as early as Friday night, if you wish), stay late, or stay for the
entire weekend. Bring food, water, binoculars and walking shoes! On Sunday there
will be a grand demolition of the rotting "pie house", so bring muscles and crowbars, etc. This is a much needed project that the OG Is undertaking, and we need
your help. We've had a hustling, bustling migration this spring, now let's go to
the Sanctuary and see some nesting birds amidst quiet woodlands. The lovely song
of the nesting Swainson's warbler is one of many bird songs you will hear (you
might even get to see one of the elusive little creatures). Those new members
who have never been there are urged to attend this annual get-together and see
what a jewel of wilderness the Outdoor Nature Club has. To reach the Ll+tle
Thicket, take 1-45 north to Willis, turn right on FM 1097, right again on FM 150,
then right again on FM 945, go 2 miles to gate on left (gate Is set back from road,
drive winds around to it).
June 26-30: Spring Branch I.S.D.'s Continuing Education Dept. Is having a Natural
History Tour to Big Bend, guided by Randy Beavers, director, and Charles Peterson,
Asst. director of the Environmental Science Center (and ONC-OG members). This
sounds like a winner....carefully planned and pre-run. Registration Is May 15-16,
space Is limited, call 464-1511, Ext. 304 or 305, or call 465-9628 for fuller
details. ^ f .'