Volume XXIX, No. 7
PUBLISHED BY THE ORNITHOLOGY GROUP OF THE OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB, HOUSTON. TEXAS
is the time to put up your hummer feeders so you will be ready
for our winter hummers. Margaret Anderson already has a Rufous
coming to her yard, though not yet regularly coming to the feeder.
Last year saw an explosion of Anna's hummingbirds in the UTC.
While Rufous Is the dominant winter hummer here, an occasional
Black-chinned or Buff-bellied can enliven the picture, and we hope
that some year we can net and document an Allen's, a species that
Is reported now and then but which must have documentation to be
accepted. An occasional mystery hummer always provokes much discussion David Matson recently had two groups of sightings of a most Interesting hummer, a developing gorget showed
flashes of azure blue! And the Editor remembers fondly "her"
vagrant Broad-tailed which lived in her backyard for weeks a few
years ago (SPOONBILL, May 1976). So get out your October 1978
SPOONBILL, re-read Anne Speers' delightful advice, "Try a
Hummingbird Cafeteria", get your feeders up and be prepared to
Bird Research Group meeting, 7:30 p.m. at Edith L. Moore Sanctuary. All who are Interested In volunteering to assist the shore-
bird banding project, plan to attend this meeting. All OG members
who would like to Increase-their "expertise" on shorebirds, while
helping document blrdllfe on our coast, are urged to take part In
this Important project.
SPOONBILL deadline for articles, announcements, e+c.
Sa+urday Henslow Sparrow s+udyt Meet Kel+h Arnold a+ 7:00 p.m., San+a Fe
Nov. 29 facllt+y on Telephone Rd. (past Hobby airport).
Sa+urday HAS field trip +o Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at
Nov. 29 7:30 a.m. on the southslde of County Courthouse In Angleton. Davtd
Marrack will lead the trip, along with someone from the Refuge.
Bring lunch and Insect repellent, and be prepared for mud, mud,
glorious mud. BIrdtng should be great for waterfowl, raptors and
Wednesday Clearing House deadline. Please send your October sightings to
Dec. 3 Ted Eubanks well In adv; 9 of that da+e.
Wednesday Photography Group's regular meeting, 7:30 p.m. tn Bayou Manor
Dec. 3 auditorium, 4141 South Braeswood Blvd. A slide show on "Majorca,
a Look Into the Past", your Show & Tell slides (perhaps you would
like to bring a slide or +wo and ask for a group crt+tque on
techniques?), and Information on the field trip are on the program.
Thursday OG meeting, 7:30 p.m. at Bayou Manor auditorium. Ted Eubanks and
Dec. 4 Jim Morgan will again have I.D. time, concentrating this session on
difficult birds you may find on area Christmas Bird Counts. Paul
Nimmons will tell us about the Houston CBC, and there will be Infor-«
matton presented on some Mexican CBCs. The December meeting ts
always an tnteres+tng one, with much discussion and Information on
birds which are in the UTC area In December.
Saturday OG field trip +o Cinco Ranch, always a pleasure In sparrow season.
Dec. 6 Mee+ a+ 8:00 a.m. a+ +he tn+ersec+ion of FM 1093 and Cinco Ranch
Road (5.8 miles west of Hwy 6, on +he rfgh+). Bring lunch. This
Is a half day trip.