Volume XXVII, No.
March, 1979 ^j
PUBLISHED BY THE ORNITHOLOGY GROUP OF THE OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB, HOUSTON, TEXAS
Mar. 23, 24, 25 — Remember the special hawk watch period, mentioned in last month's
SPOONBILL. Send sightings to CH edi+or and +o Mrs. Gladys Donohue, Regional Director, Hawk MIgra+ion Association of North America, Rt. 6, Box 6I6D,
Mission, Texas 78572
Saturday Audubon field trip to airport near Dickinson to see Prairie Chickens.
March 24 Meet at 5:45 a.m. at Welngarten's Shopping Center off 1-45 In Dickenson.
Take Hwy 517 exit and go east to shopping center parking lot. For late
risers, join the goup at 8:30 at the Holiday Inn parking lot at the beginning of Texas Ci+y Dtke for birding +he Dike, and la+er in Galves+on.
Bring lunch, this Is planned for all day.
Sunday Deadline for SPOONBILL articles, announcments, etc. Have you had an in-
March 25 teresting birding experience lately? Share 1+ wl+h us, please.
Tuesday Deadline for Clearing House repor+s. No+e: +he CH edi+or mus+ have your
April 3 repor+s by this date for March sightings to be included in the next issue.
Wednesday Photography meeting, 7:30 p.m., at Bayou Manor auditorium, 4141 So.
April 4 wood. Alfred Sshul+z will present a slide show on hummingbirds.
Aprl I 5
OG regular meeting, 7:30 p.m.. Bayou Manor auditorium, 4141 So. Braeswood.
Bob Moore will "Show & Tell" us about Alaska and Its birds. Those who
have been there will want to relive their trip(s), those who haven't been
that lucky so far will have the opportunity to find out just where to go
when you do make that desired trip.
Sanctuary Open House Weekend, with special emphasis on Saturday, April 7
as Youth Day. Much ac+lvi+y +ha+ day, wi+h hikes, bake sale (con+ribu+or's
and buyers bo+h needed!), welner roast that night, etc. Camping Friday
and Saturday night if desired. Bring water, food (including welners for
the roast), children, and enjoy our Sanctuary. Proceeds of the sale will
be for the benefit of the Junior Education CommI++ee.
Thursday ONC regular mee+Ing, 8:00 p.m., Garden Cen+er in Hermann Park. The program
April 10 speaker will be John Maison, who will show how slides can become works of
All mon+h RAIL BUGGY TRIPS!! Russ Clapper of Anahuac NWR, Is offering buggy trips,
April on a reservation basis, weekdays and Saturday (not Sunday) during the
month of April only (on any given day there must be enough reservations
to make the trip worthwhile or It will be cancelled). Call the office In
Anahuac, 1-267-3337, give Dene your request. She has a chart In the office and can give you info about days available. Russ is particularly
anxious for new birders, or any who have never been on a marsh buggy trip
to avail themselves of this opportunity. The 0G is having a field trip
there on Saturday, April 28, but if you can't make It, or want a less
crowded trip, try for another day. Yellow Raits will be leaving by the
end of April, and Black Rails will be coming in during the month, so this
Is a chance to see both coveted species.
Russ said Ronald Bisbee of Brazoria & San Bernard NWR will be making some
buggy trips also. The scope of them' is unknown to the editor at this
time, try calling that off ice in Angleton, 1-849-6062, for information.
URGENTLY NEEDED INFORMATION
A graduate student, Caroline Riddel I, Is working on
She would like to locate and radio-tag Individuals In the
behavior of barn owls.
Harris Coun+y area. She needs +o learn of locations where barn owls are currently
living. She would appreciate hearing from anyone in the next few weeks who knows of
such locations. Cathy may be.reached by writing her at Texas A&M Univ., Dept. of
Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences, College Station, Tex. 77843, or call 713/845-6751.