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Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Mature Club, Houston, Texa
SCHEDULED: Ifay 23 Vint !un Island Field Trip
May 29-30 Little Thicket Nesting Census
June 3 0, G. Meeting
June 8-10 T.O.S. Big Bend Field Trip
Our annual Spring Roundup on May 2nd was a huge success; 58 observers in 21 parties produced a total of 230 species in the 100-mile
area. This exceeds our '53 total by 9 species (excluding Rock Dove
in both counts) and is 2.more than the Rio Grande Valley's 228 this
year! Further details on Roundup will be in the forthcoming 1954
Spring Roundup Supplement.
May 23 - Island Birdlife - Vint!un Island
The Vint'un Island trip is one trip anyone interested in birds will
not want to miss, as it is always one of the outstanding trips of the
year. Details in the May ?th Nature Club Notes.
May 29 - 30 - Annual Nesting Census - Little Thicket Sanctuary .
Vfe have been informed by Director of Sanctuaries, Joe Heiser, that
the bird population at the Little Thicket Sanctuary is increasing.
Vfe missed only 6 of the known nesting birds last year with 15 observer
To ascertain the changes taking place, the 0. G. consented to
conduct this census yearly. Therefore, in an effort to find all nesting birds, we will camp overnight again this year so as to get an
early start. You should arrive at Camp Cove In ample time Saturday
evening to arrange your sleeping quarters. A good time was had by all
last year and we are looking forward to the same on this trip. Area
assignments will be outlined Saturday night and Sunday morning.
June 3 - 8>?M -0.G. Meeting - Library - Second Floor T.7ing
Results of the Nesting Census and a discussion of plans and activities for the coming year.
June 8-10 - Big Bend National Park
The Texas Ornithological Society is mailing tentative plans to conduct a major field trip to Big Bend National Park on June 8, 9, and 10
Conducted tours will be led on each of these dates. Mrs. Harold L.
Milliams Rt. 2, Box 45-B, Midland, Texas is arranging trip leaders for
each day. It is suggested that those planning to participate write
DID YOU KNOW
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That thousands upon thousands of birds roost in the
heart of downtown Houston..';' At dusk, horde of English Sparrows may
be seen flying into the trees surrounding the old County Courthouse at
Preston and Fannin, while at thc same time, just a few blocks away at
Capitol and Fannin, thousands of Chimney Swifts may be seen streaming
into the chimney atop the Shell Building. Then, too, a great many
Rock Doves (Domestic Pigeons) and Nlgjhthawks nest amidst the downtown
FOR YOUR INFORMATION. .—The following is an excerpt from Vance Packard
irSie Human Side of Animals" (1950) :
One of the most astounding acts performed by any bird is part of
the behaviour pattern of the Honey-guide Bird of Central Africa. Thiy
creature is so rare that it is difficult to say just what goes on in
its mind during its amazing performance, but presumably it acts from
At any rate, it teams up with ground animals to get its food. 7/hen-
ever it spots a bees1; nest in the forest the Honey-guide Bird goes
tearing out over the forest emitting a harsh, distinctive noise,
"NYSTEH-IIYSTEH" , which apparently is produced by the vibration of its