journals. Jon ako served as chief consultant for both
editions of the National Geographic Society Birds of North
America and is considered one of North America's top field
identification experts. Jon's excellent slides and thorough
coverage of the-subject will open your eyes with a better way
to view this difficult family of birds. Learning Corner is at
Wilson's Phalarope, Solitary Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper,
Merlin, Tree, Bank and Rough-winged Swallows, Lesser
Golden Plover and -seven -species of herons and egrets and
twenty-one-species of-shorebirds. Easy to find and just off
the highway, Hornsby Bend ponds—check it out. [Ed.]
JHLEASE WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Kathleen G.
Johnson, Larin G. Schunnan, Kathryn W. Pyne, Roger W.
Thompson, Walter L. Kkh, Karen S. Hall and Maggie Dinse,
all of Houston.
.THE 1993 NOMINATING COMMITTEE
WELCOMES YOUR SUGGESTIONS and names for
consideration for the 1993 Ornithology Group officer slate.
If you would like to suggest names for consideration or are
interested in being considered for a more active role in the
OG, please contact Lynne Aldrich (996-1109), Peter
Gottschling (996-1109) or Bob Honig (665-6963).
—AFTER, GREG. LASLEYS PROGRAM ON THE_
LLANOS OF VENEZUELA you may be eager to travel
there yourself. Here's your chance. Travis Audubon Society
is offering a birding trip to Hato Pinero, the world famous
private ranch and wildlife sanctuary situated in the middle of
the llanos. The trip, February 13-21, 1993, will be led by
Bob Barth and Jane Lyons. Approximate cost from Caracas
k $1,500, based on 14 participants. For more information or
to reserve-space, call Bob Barth at (512) 327-1173 or (512)
471-1675. $200.00 deposit per person is due December 1,
__-QUICK-STOP BIRDING SPOT: The next time you
drive to Austin you may want to check out Hornsby Bend
Sewage Treatment Facility ponds. Take Hwy. 71 from I-10
to Austin. Just before reaching Bergstrom Air Force Base
(approximately 15 miles outside of Austin), turn right on
Hwy. 973. You will see the Hornsby Bend sign on your left
after crossing the Colorado River, about one-half mile off of
Hwy. 71. Turn left into Hornsby Bend and follow the road
around the ponds. In mid-October, Red-necked Phalarope,
Ruff and Surf Scoter were spotted on the ponds. In late
October, I spotted 15 Common Snipe, Peregrine Falcon,
numerous Green-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Spotted
Sandpiper, Black-bellied Plover, Avocet, Lesser Scaup, Blue-
winged Teal, dowitchers, and Dunlin. Other birds reported
at Hornsby Bend in September were King Rail, Sora,
___JMINUTES OF NOVEMBER 2,1992 OG MEETING:
David Bradford shared his knowledge of sparrow
identification, habitat and behavior for the Learning Corner.
Bob Honig, Chairman, opened the brief business
meeting by announcing that he, Peter Gottschling and Lynne
Aldrich will be the nominating committee for 1993 officers.
Bob noted the 70th anniversary of the ONC will be
celebrated April 4, 1993 at the Houston Arboretum. OG
members interested in leading a short nature walk that day
were encouraged to volunteer. You may call Bob at 665-
Treasurer Frank Peace reported a balance of
$7,766.62 in the OG account. Membership is down by 40-50
members from last year.
Jim Morgan gave his excellent presentation on the
various Red-tailed Hawk color morphs. With all seven
subspecies, both adults and immatures appearing on the
Upper Texas Coast identification offers a challenge. With
an excellent selection of slides, Jim stressed diagnostic
markings such as the ptagiak, which are obvious on lighter
morphs, but blended into invisibility on the dark morphs.
He also noted the tail was not always obviously red due to
available light during observation. Of interest was the
Harlan's Hawk, which Jim has observed for thirteen
consecutive years just west of Mason Road on Clay Road.
He's back! Christine Bourgeois, Secretary
___ANTIFREEZE KILLED RELEASED CONDOR. A
rare California Condor that died in the wild last month
suffered kidney failure after drinking antifreeze. Officials
said the bird, named Chocuyens, apparently came across a
puddle of antifreeze left by a vehicle at the Pyramid Lake
recreation area. Chocuyens was found dead October 8 on a
rocky ledge near the lake's dam in southern California's
Angeles National Forest. Officiak said the bird was
probably attracted by the sweet flavor of ethylene glycol, one
of the ingredients of antifreeze. Only 63 California Condors
exkt, all but one in zoos. Six more are to be released in
December. Houston Chronicle, November 9,1992.
HYBRID CRANE OBSERVED IN NEW MEXICO.
What appears to be a hybrid Whooping/Sandhill crane
juvenile arrived at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife
Refuge south of Socorro, New Mexico. The young bird k
part of the family group of an adult male Whooping Crane