Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club
Houston, Texas Wanda Smith, editor
Volume XXV, No. 12
Saturday, Jan. 3: Deadline for Spoonbill
articles, announcements and
Clearing House reports.
Tuesday, Jan. 6;
Bayou Manor, 4141
at 7:30 PM. The
permit the bird
photographers among us to show
favorite slides. If you would
like to participate, choose up
to five of your slides and call
Carol Sloan at (h) 681-2088 or
OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB MEETING: There will
not be a meeting in January.
A new meeting place for February
will be announced.
Saturday, Jan. 24: OG field trip to west
Harris and southeast Waller
Counties. Meet at the playground area .near the west-most
Clay Rd. entrance of Bear Creek
Park. Bring ^lunch and prepare
for cold weather and wet ground.
Hoped-for species are: Purple
Finch, Rusty Blackbird, Bewick's
Wren, Harlan's Hawk, dark-phased
Red-tailed Hawk, bittern, rails,
longspurs, Grasshopper, Field
Harris, Fox and LeConte's Sparrows, eagles, White-tailed Hawk,
Black-shouldered Kite, Ferruginous Hawk, Crested Caracara,
ducks and geese, possibly even
Ross' Goose. Leaders will be
Ron and Marcia Braun.
by Libby Price
On a recent trip to Miami my
friends and I were lucky enough to see
two Snail Kites hunting snails behind
the Miccosukee Restaurant. They were
still quite close as we started to leave.
Just then, a man dove into his car for
his camera, adjusted it, and carefully
photographed a Boat-tailed Grackle in
the parking lot.
BIRDER'S LIFE LIST AND DIARY
For new birders who do not have
this book, it is a must. For the birders who already have one, take note of
this new 1986 version. The Dieterts,
who for 26 years had published and updated this book, have passed along the
duty to Cornell's Laboratory of Ornithology. The new edition has just been
printed and it looks terrific. One of
the best new features is that it contains all 920 bird species that are
known to occur in North America north
of Mexico, in accordance with the 6th
edition of the A.O.U. checklist (including all of those nice South Texas
specialties). Another new feature is
the numerical life list which goes up
to #828 (certainly adequate for most
birders). There are a few other improvements but why don't you check them out
for yourself? Copies are available for
$6.95 at "The Chickadee" or by mail order to Crow's Nest Bookshop, Cornell
Laboratory of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker
Woods Rd. Ithaca NY 14850.