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The Spoonbill, Vol. 2, No. 6, December 1953 - Image 1. December 1953. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 28, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/5156/show/5144.

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(December 1953). The Spoonbill, Vol. 2, No. 6, December 1953 - Image 1. Outdoor Nature Club Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/5156/show/5144

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 2, No. 6, December 1953
Alternative Title The Spoonbill, Vol. II, No. 6, December 1953
Contributor (LCNAF)
  • Pettingell, Noel
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date December 1953
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Ornithology
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  • Houston, Texas
Genre (AAT)
  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Location ID 2007-023, Box 9, Folder 2
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Original Collection Outdoor Nature Club Records
Digital Collection Outdoor Nature Club Newsletters
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections/
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Transcript f Volume II Number 6 DECEMBER 1953. • & ) »!ic3£3 * "... The Christmas Bird Count has become * * to me and my friends our way of celebra- * ting the holidays •• an ornithological * ritual that has come to represent Yule- * tide more than Santa Claus or the * Christmas tree*" —- Roger Tory * Peterson in "Birds Over America11. * (Paraphrased), * * # Published by the Ornithology Group of The Outdoor Nature Club, Houston, Texas »»^^»m^mmmm»mmmmmmmwmmmmmmmtmmmmmwmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmw^tmmm^m^mmm^ SCHEDULEDi Dec. 5th Nature Caravan Dec. 12 - Jan, 2 Preliminary Christmas Census Dec. 17th Final Elementary Bird Study Class Jan. 3rd *.,.,. Christmas Count THE HOUSTON CHRISTMAS COUNT, Final plans for our annual winter version of the ,fBig Day* are now being worked out by "Captainff Frank Watson. Houston's "iu:my of Bird Watchers", some 30-odd strong, will stage practice maneuvers on week ends from December 12th to January 2nd, and then launch the big campaign on Jan* 3rd as we stated in the August SPOONBILL, last year's count broke all previous records. In fact, only 5 areas in the whole U.S. exceeded our species total of 139* (Erroneously given as ll|0 in the august SPOONBILL and the April "Audubon Field Notes", due to erroneous inclusion of Broad-winged Hawk), We will be hard pressed to exceed last year*s mark, but if we do a good job of thoroughly scouring our assigned areas — and have gdod weather and a fair share of luck — we could well top 11*0. If you would like to participate in the Christmas Count and have not yet been assigned to an area by Dec, 8#h, please call Mrs. Massengill at F* 7766. (See "For Your Information", this issue, for further details on the Houston Christmas Count). ELEMENTiJIY BIRD STUDY CUSS - FIELD TRIP. NOVEMBER 22nd. '---■■- ■ ■ . - Beginners and Oldtimers (Let's face it, 2 and 3-year Birders) attended the field trip to the San Jacinto Monument that, in spite of a 15> and 20 mile an hour cold wind (about 38°), gave us a good variety of bird life. The route covered the Battleground area, the Prairie Chicken area, and the Market Street Bridge area. The outstanding birds were about IiQ Aypcets feeding and, as they were at close range, their upturned bills and swinging feeding motions were clearly observed; some late Rough-winged Swallows„(detained several weeks by the apparent lack of strong cold fronts); one beautiful male Wood Duck that was seen flying about 15>0 feet away; 2 immature Spoonbills that still were in the area} White Pelicans; Blue Snow and Canada Geese flying overhead; and the usual assortment of Chicadees; Titmice; Bluebirds; and 1 Magnolia Warbler (late) with some Myrtle Warblers* Those attending were —• Norma Oates, Nance Cunningham, Mr, & Mrs. McKnight, Mack and Nell Ramsey, Maude Hutton, Dr John P. McGraw.and his son, lAle. VJolfcr and a gucct froti out-of toferi, and jlrmarid Yroiiatcgui, TRIP TO ROCKPORT iiND ARiiNSAS - NOVEMBER 28th. * complete report of this excursion will be found in the Texas Ornithological Society's Newsletter No, 11. DID YOU KNOW That the Bald Epgle was officially adopted as our Nation1 s emblem by .:ct of Congress on June 20, 1782? .., That there are 26 racial variations (subspecies) of the Song Sparrow, and 16 each of the Fox Sparrow and Horned Lark in North America? (Uth *.0.U. Check-List), ... That for some unaccountable reason all Grebes have the habit of eating and retaining in a ball in their stomachs large quantities of their own feathers?