VOLUME XV, No. 4
*"A well-laid scheme doth that small head contain
* At whieh thou work'st, brave bird with might and
* In truth, I rather take it thou hast gp'i-
* By instinct wise much sense about thy,lot..."
* Jane Welsh Carlyle (1801-1866)
* To a Swallow Building Under Our Eaves
PUBLISHED BY THE ORNITHOLOGY GROUP, OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB, HOUSTON, TEXAS
August 27 (Saturday) OG field trip South, of Almeda, led by Dr. Hardin Craig. Meet at 8 AM at the
American Gas Station at Almeda-Genoa Rd. and Highway 288.
September 24 (Saturday) 00 field trip led by Elric McHenry. please note change in the date. We
plan to be birding in the freeport area and will meet at Gulfgate, in the
Cinema #1 and #2 parking lot between 7s30 and 8 AM.
September 24 (Saturday) ONC field trip led by Mrs. Kay Lewis. See details in your Nature Club Notes.
October 22, 23 (Saturday and Sunday) ONC field trip to the Little Thioket Nature Sanetuary. More
November 19, 20 (Saturday and Sunday) ONC field trip to Welder Wildlife Refuge, led by Mr. and Mrs.
Daniel T. Washburn. More information later.
JULY FIELD TRIP by Nell Ray
Twenty-three birders went out in Galveston's noon-day sun Saturday, July 16, and were
rewarded with some rare treats.
While the group gathered at the east end of the island, we watched,the beautiful, Avocets. and
the very handsome Black-necked Stilts feeding nearby. Two Spoonbills flew directly overhead, banking and circling, and displaying for appreciative onlookers their gorgeous color. Down on the beach
numbers of Black Skimmers were neetingo They protested vigorously as we walked in the area where
their eggs lay about in the sand. We were most certainly not welcome and moved on so that they
might resume their nesting.
With the help of the scopes we studied identification of terns. The Common,"Sandwich, Black,
and Gull-billed Terns, and Piping, Snowy, and Wilson's Plovers wes-g of specif*- interest.
As the party proceeded west, all cars screeched to a .halt when someone sighted the Magnificent
Frigatebird, He was a lifer for some and thrilling for all.
Out Anderson Ways we found Lesser Scaup, Belted Kingfisher, Orchard Oriole and many Cattle
Egrets and Louisiana Herons. The young and immatnre of the Black-neoked Stilts,2Black Skimmers
and Terns were a bonus and a family of Clapper Rails kept us entertained for some time.
Forty-four species of birds and some rather nice blue erab furnished a morning of fun fors
Harvey Patten (leader), Sarah Gordon, Jerry Baker, Leota Stilwell, Jane Dodge, Betsy Perry, Melba
Brake," Robert Anderson, Margaret Anderson, Tom Hews, Mr. andMrs. S. G. Davis, Nell Ray, David
Marrack, Dick and Orbie Miller, Josephine Wilkin, Norma Oats, aad Bill and Betty Wright.
ALONG THE WAY...
The following article, submitted to us by Mrs. Dan Washburn of Galveston, is written by Marcus
Diek;ey. "Along *he Say ..." was pabllshed in the Galveston Island Mirror on June 9? 1966 and is
being used by $heir permission.
"These are the days, now, in June, when the skimmers lay their eggs in hollowed places in the
grasses near an inlet off the ship channel.
"The rookery is within minutes from downtown Galveston. It seems another world.
"S____ers are the black and white birds with a touch of red. They skim. They fly low and wheel
above the water, makiag long swoops and glides with, just their opened beaks touching the surface,
feeding with a great and delicate finesse.