Published by the Ornithology Grots), Outdoor Nature Club Houston, Texas
Judith Mueller Boyce, Editor; Don Richardson, Technical Consultant
VOLUME XLI, No. 9
Sunday. October 4: 06 PELAGIC TRIP OUT OF PORT ARANSAS.
Trip leader is Hike Austin. To reserve your spot on this
trip, call Dave Bradford at 713/855-2615. Lodging is still
just $35.00 a night at the Seaside Inn in Port Aransas, just
five minutes from the dock. For more details refer to
previous issues of The Spoonbill.
Monday. October 5: ORNITHOLOGY GROUP MEETING. 7:30 P.M.
Harris County Bayland Community Center (north side of
Bissonnet just west of Hillcroft). Greg Lasley will present
a program about birding the llanos of Venezuela, one of the
great physical features of South America. The llanos
resemble more the plains of Africa than the jungles of
Amazonia and are teeming with hundreds of bird species.
Greg recently accompanied Roger Tory Peterson on a
photographic expedition through this area, and he will
provide us with some stunning looks at spectacular birds.
Greg is actively involved in the documentation of rare birds
in Texas, currently serving as Secretary of the Texas Bird
Records Committee of the Texas Ornithological Society and as
co-editor of the Texas Region for American Birds magazine.
He has been birding in Texas for more than fifteen years and
has authored over twenty published articles. Come visit
with Greg and enjoy a fun and informative program. Join us
at 7:00 P.M. for Learning Corner. Karen Beekman will
discuss migrating hawks.
Saturday. October 10: 06 FIELD TRIP TO BOLIVAR FLATS AND
HI6H ISLAND to enjoy migrants. Meet our leader at 8:00 A.M.
at Bolivar Flats. To reach the Flats take the Bolivar Ferry
to Bolivar Peninsula. Turn right, toward the Gulf of Mexico
on Loop 108, which is 3.7 miles from the ferry on Hwy. 87.
Turn right again when you reach the beach. Follow the
shoreline to the new Bolivar Flats sanctuary. Bring a sack
Saturday. October 17: OG FIELD TRIP TO MITCHELL LAKE IH SAN
ANTONIO, we will meet our leader, Willie Sekulla, at the
entrance gate to Mitchell Lake at 7:30 A.M. Numerous
migrant shorebirds use the lake as a stopping place during
migratioin. Red-necked Phalarope are often seen on the lake
in October. To reach the entrance gate, take 1-10 west from
Houston to San Antonio's 410 Loop. Go south on the loop
past 281 to Moursand Blvd. Exit Moursand and go south 0.4
miles to J&R Party House. Opposite the Party House, on the
east side of Moursand Blvd., is the entrance gate. Willie
is an excellent leader and in the past this trip has
produced many "good" birds. Bring a sack lunch for a full
day of birding. A reasonably-priced motel nearby is the
Coachman Inn (512X337-7171). Contact David about carpool ing
or other concerns at 855-2615.
Monday. November 2: ORNITHOLOGY GROUP MEETING. 7:30 P.M.
Harris County Bayland Community Center. 06 member Jim
Morgan will present a program about the various color morphs
of Red-tailed Hawk, an abundant raptor on the UTC in winter.
Currently a member of the Texas Bird Records Committee and
a former member of the 0G UTC Checklist Committee, Jim is
also co-compiler of the renowned Freeport Christmas Bird
Count. He has authored several articles for ornithological
journals and, in 1984, he and other birding friends
discovered and documented two new U.S. species, the Yucatan
Vireo and the Greenish Elaenia. Both records were accepted
by the A.O.U. and the A.B.A. Jim is an expert on both
raptors and field identification so join us to learn more
about this variable and beautiful bird.
AND YARD REPORTS
MINUTES OF AUGUST 31, 1992 06 MEETIH6: For the
Learning Corner, Winnie Burkett presented slides of fall
warblers and shared her knowledge of how to identify them.
David Bradford, Vice Chairman, opening the meeting
at 7:30 P.H. by announcing that Bob Schwarz has assumed the
responsibilities of Aluminum Chairman.
Frank Peace, Treasurer, reported an account balance
of $8,150.00 as of August 31, 1992.
Gretchen Mueller announced the September 19, 9:00
A.M. to Noon beach cleanup on Bolivar Flats. A field trip
led by Bob Behrstock beginning at 7:30 A.M. will preceed the
Gail Luckner announced the hawk count at Smith Point
wil be from September 12 through October 16 [See details
below in Newsbriefs.]
David Riskin of Texas Parks and Uildlife Department
presented a program about management of Galveston Island
State Park. The park consists of 1600 acres, with 1200
acres of marsh and coastal grasslands. The land was
previously grazed by cattle, and David noted that grassland
anywhere in the world, once disturbed, usually reverts to
shrub land. The management objective is to restore the park
to a representative grassland community by removal of shrubs
and exotic plant species, controlled burning, selective
mowing to control spread of Chinese Tallow trees and
planting motts of native trees which act as, neotropical
migrant traps. Christine Bourgeois, Secretary