Bob Honig, field trip chairman, announced the field trip for Saturday, August 6, at Bolivar. He has a good line up for future trips,
which will appear in the SPOONBILL.
Ted Eubanks, leader for August 6 field trip is banding birds at night
on Bolivar Flats. He suggested arriving early.
Linda Feltner announced that an article she wrote and several of her
pictures appear in the new "Animal Kingdom" magazine.
Program Chairperson, Linda Douglas, announced the programs for the
coming season. She would like suggestions for a few more programs.
Steve Williams presented the evening program on Fall Migration and
Migrants. He explained differences in the spring and fall warblers
and sandpipers and their migration routes. Thank to Steve for an
The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.
1983 SPRING ROUND-UP REPORT, UTC
This year's OG Spring Round-up was held on May 7. A south wind had
been present for the several days prior to the count and continued
through Round-up day. Many observers noted that migrants were hard
to find, especially early in the day. The day began generally overcast with some light mist and drizzle. The wind was 0-15 m.p.h. from
the south. In the middle of the day the cloud cover broke up, the
wind died down, and the sky became clear. A very local push of migrant
warblers was noted about 2:30 p.m. in Galveston County, but not in
Matagorda or Chambers Counties, at the same time.
Fifty-six observers submitted their observations. All of the submitted
reports have been sent to the Clearing House, where individual species
totals and the list of participants will be found. All but two parties
submitted complete report forms, making my life simpler. The county-by
^county efforts of^tfie~se observeTS"~are tabfHatedr~b"eTOWl
Birding Effort by County
*0ne party did not report this information.
#0ne party did not report any effort numbers.
1 Plus 1.5 miles on a bicycle.
Most of the parties birded more than one county. In the table, they
are considered to be separate parties and observers for each county
birded. Altogether, nearly 200 hours and over 1600 miles of walking and
driving were devoted to counting birds. Because no limits were placed
on coverage, many of the 41,000 birds were counted twice. Like last
year, the greatest number of individual birds and of species were seen
by the parties which covered the most miles.
In almost all categories fewer bird species were seen this year than
last. The likely cause for this difference was the date of this year's
Round-up, two weeks earlier in migration than last year's. In addition,
twenty thousand fewer individual birds were found this year. The number
of observers and party hours were about the same (59 and 56, 204 and
193), but there were about 25% fjewer party miles this year. I think the
latter accounts for the fewer individuals, with only two large scale
Round-ups for comparison, it is difficult to make comparisons of
Despite the fewer numbers, just about every expected bird was found.
This year several observers made special efforts to find species not
seen on last year's Round-up. A Least Grebe was reported with details
by Carolyn Dill from the Brazoria NWR. Eight Least Bittern from three
counties were a good number. Five Snow Geese seen by the Austins at
Warren Ranch Lake were late. The number of Black-bellied Whistling
Ducks jumped from two in 1982 to 193 this year. A highly significant
report were the three Bald Eagles in Brazoria County reported by the
Taroni and Collins parties; an adult and two immature were on the nest.
Robert Thacker and Sam Fruehling heard a Ring-necked Pheasant, an exotic
barely established, at Anahuac NWR. The bird of the day was the Sulphur-
bellied Flycatcher found by Peter Vennema at the Johnson Property on
Bolivar Peninsula. His details were excellent and many observers were
able to see and identifiably photograph the bird the next few days.
This sighting should provide the second record for the UTC. The only
two Fish Crow were found by the Meyers family in Jefferson County.
Fifteen Yellow-headed Blackbird, remnants of the large invasion of April
23,were found in Chambers County by the McHenrys.
A few species were not seen, which would not have been surprises. Among
these are the following: Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Yellow Rail,
Franklin's Gull, Bonaparte's Gull, Ringed Turtle Dove, Common Ground
Dove, Chuck-will's Widow, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Yellow-bellied
Flycatcher, Willow/Alder Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Olive-sided
Flycatcher, Wilson's Warbler, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Henslow's
The following species were reported the same day in the TOS Region 8,
not in the UTC (Covered counties were Austin, Colorado, Matagorda,
and Wharton) : Gadwal1, White-tailed Hawk, Crested Caracara, American
Flycatcher, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Water Pipit, Solitary Vireo,
Louisiana Waterthrush, Mourning Warbler, Black-headed oriole, and
Below is a table of species of which only one
spotted on Round-up day.
Snowy Plover ^-:---
Black-throated Blue Warbler
two individuals were