Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club
Houston, Texas, libby Price, Editor; Ellen Red, Asst. Editor
VOLUME XXXVII, No. 5
Friday June 3: Deadline for Clearing House reports.
Send to P.O. Box 271374, Houston TX 77277.
Saturday, June 18: Ornithology Group field trip with
Gary Clark as leader. We'll start at Jones
Forest where all the locally nesting woodpeckers
can be found, including the endangered Red-
Cockaded Woodpecker. Yellow-billed Cuckoos,
Pine Warblers and Brown-headed Nuthatches
also nest here. The next stop is Huntsville
State Park where many more singing breeders
are possible: Hooded, Parula and Prothonotary
Warblers, and in some years even American
Redstarts breed here.
If you wish to continue with us for the afternoon, bring a lunch to eat in the park. The
afternoon looks as promising as the morning,
for we'll move on to Lake Livingston and the
upper Trinity River. Gary says he'll show us
his secret spot where, if all goes well, we'll
see roosting Wood Storks. The meeting place
will be Jones Forest at 7:30 AM at the west
entrance road. From Houston drive north on
1-45 to FM 1488 (5 mi. south of Conroe). Go
west on FM 1488 for 2.5 miles. Pull in to
the dirt road on the left which is the western
boundary of the forest, or else park on the
highway and walk in about 200 yards to meet
the group. Bring insect repellent.
No meeting in June; no meeting or field trip in July.
Sunday, July 3: Deadline for Clearing House reports.
- APRIL, 1988
CLEARING HOUSE - APRIL 1988 The month of April has brought the
migrant shorebirds and warblers with it, with at least one party
(EH) reporting .seeing all 36 of the expected shorebirds in a
single day. There were a total of 258 species reported by 27
observers. 35 species of warblers have been reported this month.
The heavy rains occuring on April 29 with overnight light rains
continuing into early morning of April 30 made that day one of the
best fallouts of the season. 27 species of warblers were reported
for that date alone. There were several birds of note seen in
April which have been highlighted according to status (underline -
early/late date: capitalized - unusual siting of rare bird: both =
vagrant or accidental siting. Among those species reported which
will affect that species status on the current UTC checklist are
Red Necked Phalarope, Painted Redstart and Lazuli Bunting, (see
write ups) For this report, the sighting of common or widely
distirbuted species will be detailed by total number reported,
early/late date and hi/low count. Unusual sightings will include
the observer as well as county/location. CLEARING HOUSE SUBMITTAL
FORMS MUST BE POSTMARKED HO LATER THAN THE FIRST OF THE FOLLOWING
MONTH. We would like to thank each of you for your prompt
submittals utilizing the new Clearing House submittal forms.
Please feel free to offer us suggestions in making your Clearing
House a useful and productive endeavor.
Heron, Little BI.
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