Volume XVIII, No.'1
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
PUBLISHED BY THE ORNITHOLOGY GROUP, OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB, HOUSTON, TEXAS
WESTERN STATES STANDBY FOR SANDHILL CRANE ALERT from the Department of the Interior
Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife's Regional Director William T. Krummes,
Albuquerque, New Mexico, reported today 103 greater sandhill cranes carrying
varying combinations of plastic markers to improve knowledge of their movements
will soon start their southward migration. The marking is the result of cooperative
studies conducted by two graduate students working on Grays Lake National Wildlife
Refuge, Idaho, and Malheur Rational Wildlife Refuge, Oregon.
"Sightings of these birds will help biologists discern the exact migration and
wintering areas to give them special attention," said Krummes.
Grays Lake birds are marked above the ankle joint with 2 1/4" square green, orange,
yellow or red plastic markers. Thirty-one of 46 eranes marked at Malheur are
banded with 1 1/2" brightly colored plastic bands placed above the conventional metal
bands more commonly used on birds. In addition, all Malheur birds are carrying
colored plastic streamers 1 1/2" wide and 4" long attached to the metal bands.
Twenty-five Malheur birds are dyed green,
"Anyone sighting birds so marked is urged to write the Regional Director, Bureau of
Sport Fisheries and Wildlife, P, 0, Box 1306, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87103, stating
date and place of sighting and nature of the markers.
The greater sandhill crane, which stands over three feet tall, is officially listed
as a rare bird by the Bureau. It has two close relatives, the endangered whooping
orane and more common lesser sandhill crane whieh it closely resembles. Greater
sandhill eranes mingle with the smaller lesser sandhill cranes in migration and
wintering areas. Separation is difficult, even for trained biologists. Since the
greater sandhill crane is a species requiring special management, the Bureau of
Sport Fisheries and Wildlife is anxious to learn more of the migratory and wintering
MASKED DUCK - ANAHUAC HATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE by Dirk Hagemeyer
This is the tird consecutive year that the MaskedDuck has been a resident on Shoveler
Pond on the Anahuac Refuge. This is probably also the third year in a row that
they nested on Shoveler Pond. In the fall of 1968 3 Masked Duck were seen on Shoveler
Pond. At that time these were believed to be immature birds, however they were always
at too large a distance to be certain. This year however, like in the fall of 1967,
there is no question.
Was Isurprised when Hoel Pettingell informed me on the evening of October 26, 1969
that he and Vic Emanuel had sighted 8 young and 1 adult Masked Duck in the N.W, corner
of Shoveller Pond that same afternoon. They estimated the ducklings to be about 2 weeks
old. I was surprised, even though I had expected the brood. Earlier, in August and
September, a drake and hen had been seen in the same corner. But no sightings at all
after September 4th,
The following is a resume of some of the sightings that I know of;
August 20. - A beautiful MALE Masked Duck was sighted by Fred Abshier at the N.W. corner
of Shoveller Pond.
August 21. - Fred showed the male to Russ Clapper. They also saw a female on this day.