Arizona, and Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland,
bird was an immature Goshawk. —John Trochet
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I am fully convinced that this
BLACK PHOEBE: Observed on an emergent stump was a dark bird about the size of an
Eastern Phoebe, but somewhat chunkier of body. The head, including the eye, bill
and throat were black. The back and breast were very dark gray, the wing also dark
gray, tending to a somewhat lighter shade on the posterior Con the folded secondary
flight feathers). The tall appeared all black. The belly andundsrtall cover+s were
whi+e. The legs were dark. The perched bird was somewhat more elongated than nearby
Eastern Phoebes. It was observed several times to sally forth over the water In pursuit os flying Insects and to return to its perch where It would repeatedly wag its
tall. 1+ was heard +o u++er a call no+e which was very reminescent of the Eas+ern
Phoebe, bu+ readily distinguishable by an attentive listener. The notes were more
musical, slightly high pitched and slightly more prolonged monotone vocalizations.
Though I did not see the white in the outer tail feathers I am certain this bird was
a Black Phoebe. This is to my knowledge only the second UTC record, the first recorded In I960. —John Trochet
BLACK-THROATED SPARROWS: Adult, Dark grayish, brown back and wings without wingbars,
tall edged In white, dark and rounded. Dark crown, white patch above eye, dark streak
through the eye, white patch below this with a black throat, black feathers extending
to dark nape and forming a black triangle to upper chest. Lower chest and belly
white. Flushed into brush about 25 feet away. Observed for four minutes with .8x50
binoculars. Seen 4:03 - 4:07 p.m.—overcast. The fartherest east I have seen this
specie is In the Trans-Pecos, we have also seen him In Arizona and Colorado. —Larry
TWO VERY IMPORTANT LATE BULLETINS
Re: OG field trip to Meridian State Park, May 6,7. Five screened shelters and eight
trailer sites have been reserved by the OG (Fees paid) for Saturday night, May 6
(reservations extend from 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tentative plans are for us +o
meet about noon on Saturday). For the shelters, you will need sleeping gear (cots
or bags) and of course your food. Four +o six people could be comfortably accommodated in them. The 0G has already paid the fees, and these spaces are available on
a "first-come, first-served" basis, so send your checks to Mary Gillette, made payable +o Ornithology Group, and marked "shel+er" or "si+e". The shelters are $5.00,
and please indicate how many will be In your shelter, while the camping sites are
$5.50 C$2.00 reservation fee, $3.50 campsite fee). For those cars which do not have
an annual entry sticker, there will be a $1.00 entry fee, which will be paid at the
park. Mary's address is: 5027 Longmont, Houston, Texas 77056.
If you want to stay more than Saturday night, you must make your own arrangements
with the park. The address'ts MERIDIAN STATE PARK, Box 188, Meridian, Texas 76665.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has started a reservation system for campsites in some heavily used parks, this small park included. Phone: 817/435-2536.
Re: ONC dues now due: Last fall the ONC board decided to begin their fiscal year
In January of each year. Therefore, your ONC dues of $5.00 are now due. While your
0G dues are not due until May I, you may prefer, as a convenience, to pay them with
the ONC dues. If so, please send you-check for $7.00 to Mary Gillette (at the above
address), check made payable to Ornithology Group. Do not send 0G dues to the ONC,
if you decide to remit ONC dues direct to them.
WHO BORROWED THE FEBRUARY TROGON NEWS?
We have two excellent new exchange newsletters: THE TROGON NEWS, Huachuca Audubon
Society, Sierra Vista, Arizona, and THE ROADRUNNER, Maricopa Audubon Chapter of
National Audubon Socle+y, Phoenix area. All our exchanges are brought to our meetings for members to peruse there, or borrow for awhile. Will whoever borrowed the
February Issue of THE TROGON NEWS at our February meeting please call Margaret Jones
at 665-4197, for there Is some information contained therein that another member