being seen at Loggy Bayou, 30 miles south of Shreveport (for directions call Bruce
Crider, AC504/344-8059), and a strange black-headed gull with a vermilion bill was
seen around the Bolivar ferry, between the 17th and 23rd of February. Few local
birders got the word on this, though some Louisiana birders came twice to see and
photograph It. These slides have been sent various places, hopefully some decision
will be reached as to Its identity; John O'Neil, after a preliminary look at the
slides, told Jerry Strickling it was a very Interesting bird, probably not a Laughing gull, though possibly a hybrid, and Indicated further research on his part. So
If you are in the area look the gulls over carefully, you may see a black-headed
gull with a bright vermilion bill, brown wings darker toward primaries, with a darker
brown W on wings, a tail with a dark terminal band, and a gray back. These strange
gulIs generate a lot of interest, research and discussion, which is good for one
thing especially: It shakes one out of careless acceptance of all gulls being faml-
I far ones!
NEW PHONE NUMBER FOR RARE BIRD ALERT CHAIRMAN
David and Jan Dauphin have moved to 7315 Cottonwood Dr., Baytown, Texas 77521. Their
new number is 383-3955. Remember to keep David posted on any unusual as well as
rare birds you see. New members take note, when you are planning to go out birding,
check wi+h David or Jan to see what may currently be seen. The more who tell David
of unusual birds seen, the be++er birding i+ will be for many.
MINUTES OF OG MEETING, March I, 1979
The March I meeting of the Ornithology Group of the Outdoor Nature Club was held at
the Vines Environmental Center. The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by
Chairman Ted Eubanks. The minutes of the February I meeting were approved as published In the February SPOONBILL. The new OG secretary was Introduced. Treasurer
Mary Gillette reported that for February the OG had Income of $281.61, expenses of
$221.27, and balance on hand of $2,849.72. She said that from the members at last
month's meeting, Mr. Wes Brannan had received $300.00. She had heard from Mrs. Brannan that he is better and is up and about. Ted congratulated the group on the gift.
Mary also asked for help with out-of-town visitors who want to go birding in the
Houston area. If you are Interested In taking visitors to see our area birds, let
Maxine Davis reported that she needs some volunteers she can call on occasionally to
help with mailing the SPOONBILL. If you are interested, please call her. Resource
Chairman, Avis Brister reported on new books acquired this month. She also reported
that April 7 wl11 be Youth Day at the Little Thicket Nature Sanctuary. All ages are
invited. In connection with Youth Day there will be a bake sale. Pies, cakes, etc,
are needed. Also cash. The Outdoor Nature Club trip to George West is March 17 and
18. Bobby Duryea has a few spaces left on the bus.
Ted reported that the Bahama Pintail is back and that a dark-phase Ferruginous Hawk
was seen at the Attwater Prairie Chicken Refuge. Field trip Chairman Jim Morgan reported that the OG wl11 go to that refuge on March 3. There will be a buggy trip
at Anahuac the end of April. The Mo-Ranch trip (west of Kerrville) will be May 18,
19, 20. The cost will be $5.75 per night in the lodge. There are also ten campsites, two with electric hook-ups, for about $1.00. Call Jim, 461-3080, if you are
Interested In this trip.
Ted suggested an owl trip In West Harris Coun+y for next year and received favorable
response. He repor+ed a growing Interest In the Houston Arboretum and need for a
checklist there. He also stated that the 6th Edition of the OG Checklist was coming
Sarah Gordon introduced new members, Dr. B.C. Robinson and Be++y Young. Wes Cure+on
repor+ed there were 60 people present. Bob Moulton said the program for the next OG
meeting would be a report on the birds of.Alaska by Bob Moore. Ted said the next
ONC meeting was for the election of officers and urged everyone to a++end. Dick
Pra++ repor+ed on an upcoming Audubon Socle+y trip +o Spaceland Airport March 24
and meeting on March 28.
Jack Gillette Introduced the speaker for the evening, Randy Beavers, who gave a very
Interesting program on the evolution of birds. (After the meeting adjourned, many
walked around the Environmental Center viewing the exhibits there).
Respectfully submitted, Ellen Red.