Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club Houston,
Texas, Judy Boyce, Editor; Don Richardson, Technical Consultant
VOLUME XXXIX, No. 8
birders. And more importantly, your efforts will advance
environmental awareness in those who see or hear of our
work. For more information please call David Bradford at
Tuesday. September 4: Ornithology Group meeting. 7:30 P.M.
Harris County Bayland Community Center (north side of
Bissonnet just west of Hillcroft). Nancy L. Newfield,
Master Hummingbird Bander, will present slides and lecture
on the hummingbirds of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Published in "Condor," "Louisiana Conservationist," and
"Birdwatcher's Digest," among others, Ms. Newfield is
currently supervising three sub-permitees banding and
studying hummingbirds in Louisiana and Texas. Bayland
Community Center is providing us with a large meeting room.
You are encouraged to bring friends and family. LEARNING
CORNER will meet at 7:00 P.M.
Saturday-Sunday. September 8-9: Ornithology Group field
trip to the Rockport/Fulton area for the 2nd Annual
Hummer/Bird Celebration. Although we will officially meet
as a group at 7:30 A.M. Saturday morning at the Paws and
Taws Building by Fulton Harbor on Fulton Beach Road, there
are activities scheduled Thursday and Friday which you may
choose to attend. Saturday we will bird from 8:00 A.M. to
Noon, attend Ed Kutac's lecture at 2:30 P.M., then do a
little birding before Don and Lillian Stokes speak at 7:00
P.M. On Sunday we wilt bird from 8:00 A.M. to Noon before
departing for home. This unique trip combines birding,
lectures and the opportunity to observe many species of
hummingbirds. A few rooms have been reserved at the
Surfside Motel (512/729-2348) and the Sand Dollar Resort
(512/729-2381). Mention that you are with the OG. The rooms
will not be held indefinitely. Camping is available at
Goose Island State Park. If you are planning to attend or
have questions about the full schedule, please call David
Bradford at 855-2615.
Saturday. Septenfeer 22: Fifth Annual Texas Coastal Cleanup
and OG Field Trip. We will meet at Bolivar Flats at 7:00
A.M. for some early morning birding. The Beach Cleanup will
follow from 9:00 A.M. to Noon. Bring sunscreen, lunch, a
hat and plenty of insect repellent. Gloves are suggested
for the Cleanup. For those stilt willing and able, our
leader Richard Uzar will show us more birds at Anahuac NWR
I and the Amoco oilfield ponds following the Cleanup. Make an
effort to come out. We always have a good time looking at
the fall migrants while collecting trash. Your good deed
will translate into a safer environment for both birds and
Saturday. September 29:
Message for more details.
UTC HAWKWATCH See Chairman's
Tuesday. October 2: Ornithology Group meeting. 7:30 P.M.
Harris County Bayland Community Center. Ted Eubanks will
talk about the Piping Plover, its life history and its
status on the UTC. As a member of the Piping Plover Recovery
Program, Ted is directing the International Piping Plover
Survey in Texas and Mexico. He will be asking for volunteers
to help with the Survey to be held the third week in January
Sunday. November 4: OG "pelagic" field trip out of Port
Aransas on the Scat-Cat. 5:30 A.M. to approximately 4:00
P.M. Lynne Aldrich and Peter Gottschling will be our
leaders as we look for shearwaters, jaegers, boobies,
gannets, etc. This is a joint venture with many other local
and distant birding groups in Texas. In order to reserve
the boat for a full day of birding (no fishermen), we need
a minimum of 75 participants. The cost is $40.00 per
person. A $20.00 non-refundable deposit is due by October
6. The balance of $20.00 will be due on boarding the boat.
If we fail to receive 75 deposits by October 6, the trip
will be cancelled, deposit checks will be destroyed and
fishermen will get our boat! Let's give the fish a break!
Make your checks payable to David Bradford and mail as soon
as possible to David Bradford, 18046 Green Hazel Drive,
Houston, TX 77084. For more information about this trip,
call David at 855-2615.
AND YARD REPORTS
FIRST FLIGHT OUT I STAND CORRECTED. I
(inadvertently, of course!) skipped two lines in the second
paragraph of Jim Morgan's article, "The May 6 Fallout,"
which appeared in last month's Spoonbi 11. The last two
sentences of the second paragraph should read as follows:
"The abundant rainfall notwithstanding, the migrant
passerines were seemingly 'pushed' through the rain by the