Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club
Houston, Texas Wanda Smith, editor
Vol. XXV, No. 11
Wednesday, Dec. 3: Deadline for Spoonbill
articles, announcements and
Clearing House reports.
Thursday, Dec. 4:
Bayou Manor, 4141
at 7:30 PM. The
program topic will be "Christmas
Bird Counts, Their Past and
Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec 7: Open
House Weekend at Brazoria NWR,
8 AM to 5 PM. The refuge is
located along Hoskins Mound Road
(CR 277) just off FM 523 between
Angleton and Freeport.
Tuesday, Dec. 9;
Outdoor Nature Club
meeting, 7:30 PM, Garden Center
in Hermann Park. Harry Brister
will present "Little Thicket
Saturday, Dec. 27
|_ Houston C.B.C. See
this issue for infor-
this and other area
The Ornithology Group's program
at the January meeting will offer an
opportunity for its photographers to show
off some favorite slides of birds. Interested persons should contact Carol
Sloan at (h) 681-2088 or (w) 781-0700.
Each participant may
will be held at 7:30
TUESDAY, JANUARY 6.
show up to five
that the meeting
PM, Bayou Manor,
Recently a female Broad-tailed
Hummingbird claimed the title of oldest
known hummingbird in North America,
according to The Shreveport Times, September 14, 1986. The tiny bird had been
banded on June 21, 1976 at the Rocky
Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic,
Colorado and reappeared there this past
August, much to the scientists' surprise.
Dr. William Calder of the University of
Arizona has been studying hummingbirds
for 17 years and contends that, based
on calculations which correlate body
weight with life expectancy, a Broad-
tailed Hummingbird should live about 4
or 5 years. "The Grand Old Lady," as
she has been dubbed, is at least 11 years
old and has survived at least 10 migration trips.
BRAZOS BEND C.B.C. OFFICIAL
The first official Brazos Bend
Christmas Bird Count will be Sunday,
December 28, 1986. Last year an unofficial Brazos Bend C.B.C. tallied 130
species; a diversity of habitats promises
to yield higher species numbers (perhaps
150?) as count circle coverage improves.
Meet in the Interpretive Center at Brazos
Bend State Park at 6:00 AM. Take US 59
south from Houston past Hwy 6, cross the
Brazos River, exit at Crabb River Rd.
and follow signs to the park. Ask for
instructions at the entrance. At the
end of the day we will have a countdown
at the Interpretive Center, so bring dinner and join us after the count. Call
Bob Honig (776-8619) or Doug Williams
at the Houston Arboretum (681-8433) if
you plan to participate or for information. A few area leaders are needed.