About the Ornithology Group
The Ornithology Group (OG) is a division of the Outdoor
Nature Club (ONC), a non-profit organization dedicated to
greater knowledge about the environment and wildlife of the
Upper Texas Coast. The OG is a club of individuals interested
in all aspects of birding, including bird identification, listing
bird sightings, competing in birding events, and preserving bird
habitat. Some members study bird behavior, biology,
distribution and migration, while others just enjoy watching
birds. The organization is designed to accommodate these
diverse birding interests. Monthly meetings and field trips
provide an opportunity to interact with and learn from experts in
local and international birding.
Michael Williams 713-228-9064
Bernice Hotman 713-782-7889
Shirley & Raymond Mondshine
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Minutes of the December 4,2006 Meeting
Bayland Community Center
1. Learning Comer: Fred Collins gave a brief account of the
splitting of Cackling Goose from Canada Goose. Both species
have many subspecies, making ID difficult unless one sees the
bill, which is more sloping and larger on the Canada Goose.
Though most Canada Geese are larger than Cackling, one
cannot always go by this as size varies considerably. Cackling
are more common than Canada in west Harris County. Winter
numbers of geese in our part of the state are dropping because
of loss of rice farming lands.
2. Welcome: With a Ho Ho Ho, Chairman Michael Williams
opened the meeting at 7:15.
3. Bird Sightings: Fox Sparrow, Cackling Goose, Cave
Swallows, Great Kiskadee, White-tailed Hawk, Red Phalarope,
Pintail, Northern Shoveler, Blue-Winged Teal, Redhead, Ring-
necked Ducks, Red-tailed Hawk with squirrel in mouth, Red-
shouldered and Cooper's Hawks, Osprey with a fish, Ruby-
crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets, Blue-headed Vireo,
4. Minutes: Minutes of the November meeting were approved.
5. Membership: Margaret asked all to please sign in and stated
that dues can be paid now.
6. Texas eBird Announcement: Robin Leonard is now at the helm of Texas eBird and asked all to please send rare sightings
and stories to her and she will put these in The Spoonbill, Any images will be accepted.
7. Newsletter: Michael asked for submissions to The Spoonbill by December 10th. We now have new printer and mailer for
The Spoonbill and expect to benefit from more efficient handling.
8. Field Trips: The OG trip to Sheldon Lake was a great success with great views of Le Conte's Sparrows. The quarterly
trip in January will be to NE Texas; there are a few openings left. The SE Arizona trip in June is filled, with a waiting list.
David Sarkozi needs volunteers for Houston Christmas Bird Count, especially for the San Jacinto monument area. Adam
Wood will lead the Nelson's Farm area of the Katy Prairie CBC, and needs volunteers. Skip Almoney reported the trip to
Hermann Park was well attended and mosquitoes were out in force. The next midweek trip is to Edith Moore Sanctuary.
Skip also asked for any old Spoonbills (50's & up) as he is compiling an archive. Volunteers are needed for FeatherFest,
March 30 - April 1; Kevin Karlson will be back.
9. Budget: Jim Winn reported $7,068 in the bank. He also had handouts on "How to Preserve Birds and Wildlife for Future
Generations." This will help each of us to be participants in helping not only our State Parks but also surrounding parks.
He urged all of us to be more active in contacting our state representatives about this very grave matter. His excellent
presentation will be of great use.
10. Speaker: Fred Collins, creator and director of Kleb Woods Nature Preserve in Northwest Harris County, is well known
throughout the area for his birding expertise and the many positions he has held. His talk, "Ivory-billed Woodpeckers in
Texas - Fact or Fiction," was most informative and convinced us it may be Fact. In the 1970's when he began studying the
Big Thicket area he was going on information from James T. Tanner's book, 'The Ivory-billed Woodpecker." Tanner was
the last to take photos of this bird. Recent tantalizing but inconclusive reports give hope that Ivory-bills may be found in
Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Florida. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Nature Conservancy, and the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service are backing extensive searches. Fred believes the bird will be found in Texas.
11. Meeting adjourned at 8:45 pm.
— Shirley Mondshine