Volume XXV, No. I I
PUBLISHED BY THE ORNITHOLOGY GROUP, OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB, HOUSTON, TEXAS
Weekend ONC Annual Open House at Little Thicket Nature Sanctuary. Come Saturday
Mar. 19-20 or Sunday, or both days, camping will be allowed Friday and Saturday
nights. Bring food, water, and insect repellent. Weekend will end at
3:00 PM Sunday.
Audubon field trip to Austin to look for the Golden-cheeked Warbler and
Black-capped Vireo. If interested call Elaine Robinson — 461-2589.
ONC bus trip to Waco, sponsored by Botany Group.
Barbara Duryea — 668-1979.
If i nterested, caI I
ONC Wildlife Film, 8:00 PM, Pershing Jr. High Auditorium, 7000 Braes Blvd.
"The Real Yellowstone" is the film being presented.
Photography Group regular meeting, 7:30 PM, Bayou Manor, 4141 S. Braes-
wood. Slide show, "Contrasts in the Chisos", will be presented.
0G regular meeting, 7:30 PM at Fonde Recreation Center, Sabine at Memorial Dr. Kay Lewis will present a film on Birds of the Houston Area.
Audubon field trip to look for the Black Francolin. Meet in Beaumont at
7:30 AM, Ramada Inn (llth St. exit off IH-10). Bessie Cornelius, leader.
ONC regular meeting, 8:00 PM,
program will be presented by
Garden Center, 1500 Hermann Drive. The
)r. Carmine Stahl on "Edible Wild Plants.
OG field trip to High Island. Meet at 8:00 AM at roadside park in High
Island. Bring lunch and insect repel lent.
The Houston Audubon Society is sponsoring a four day birding andwildlife
tour of Tropical Texas (Santa Ana, N.W.R., Bentsen State Park, Falcon
Dam). The tour, which will originate and end In Houston, will be conducted under the leadership of T. Ben Feltner and Elaine Robinson. See South
Texas bird specialties as well as wildflowers, which should be in profuse bloom after the wet season just past. Cost is $140 per person and
includes bus transportation, hotels and lunches. For further information
write: H.A.S. Tours, P.O. Box 19687, Houston, Texas 77024.
OG field trip to Jones State Forest: The rain finally stopped on Friday which allowed the OG field trip on February 12 to take place with only standing water and mud to
contend with. Thirty-two observers met near the headquarters of this State Forest In
Montgomery County to begin what turned out to be a successful day of birding. Even
at the meeting place the Brown-headed Nuthatch was being heard and seen by a few of
the gathering birders. After organizing we moved to one of the picnic areas near two
ponds south of FM 1488. We were greeted there by 50+ Purple Finch plus some Pine
Warblers and, again, the Brown-headed Nuthatches. We then split into smaller groups
to look for the Red-cockaded Woodpeckers. This paid off as one of the groups found
them as well as two male Black-headed Grosbeaks. The other groups proceeded to the
site and the birds cooperated by staying in the area for all to see. It was at this
time that one of the better events of the day took place. While observing four Red-
cockadeds working on a dead pine tree a Hairy Woodpecker flew into the tree giving
many observers a very good look at this hard-to-fInd woodpecker. Of course, in mostly pine woods one does not expect to run up a long list of species. A half-day tally