Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club Houston, Texas
Judith Mueller Boyce, Editor; Don Richardson, Technical Consultant
VOLUME XXXX, No. 10
Saturday. November 23: ORNITHOLOGY GROUP FIELD TRIP TO
JONES STATE FOREST AND HUNTSVILLE STATE PARK. We will look
for the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Brown-headed
Nuthatch, Purple Finch and five other species of
woodpeckers. Other birds to be seen include the typical
woodland birds of the Piney Woods, we will meet our leader,
James Stewart, at 7:30 A.M. at Jones State Forest
headquarters. To reach the headquarters from Houston,
travel north on 1-45 approximately 35 miles to FM 1488 and
turn west (left!). The headquarters is 1.4 miles west of I-
45 on the north (right) side of the road. After birding
Jones State Forest we will travel as a group to Huntsville
State Park to meet our new leader (to be announced). Bring
a sack lunch and a friend for this full day of birding.
David Bradford can answer any questions you may have about
this trip. 855-2615
Monday. November 4: ORNITHOLOGY GROUP MEETING. 7:30 P.M.
Harris County Bayland Community Center (north side of
Bissomet just west of Hiltcroft). Jim Morgan will present
a program about sparrows of the Upper Texas Coast.
Currently a member of the Texas Bird Records Committee and
a former member of the 06 UTC Checklist Committee, Jim is
also co-compiler of the renowned Freeport Christmas Bird
Count. He has authored several articles for ornithological
journals and, in 1984, he and other birding friends
discovered and documented two new U.S. species, the Yucatan
Vireo and the Greenish Elaenia. Both records were accepted
by the AOU and the ABA. Among his many birding specialties
are field identification, migration and sparrows, a
combination that should provide an informative and exciting
Thursday. November 14: ONC MEETING. 7:30 P.M. Houston
Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway. Mike Queary will
take us on a photo journey through Kenya, the eastern
Serengeti, Kilimanjaro and Tsavo Uest National Park in his
slide presentation, "Uildlife in Kenya's National Parks."
Monday. December 2: ORNITHOLOGY GROUP MEETING. The birds of
the Florida Keys and the Dry Tortugas is the subject of the
presentation to be given by Greg Lasley, Long known as a
North American birding "hot spot," these small tropical
islands host the only nesting colony of Brown Noddies and
the only large colony of nesting Sooty Terns in the U.S.
Much like High Island, the Dry Tortugas also serve as a
migrant trap for warblers, thrushes, vireos and other
passerines in the spring and fall. Greg is actively involved
in the documentation of rare birds in Texas, currently
serving as Secretary of the Texas Bird Records Committee of
the Texas Ornithological Society and co-editor of the Texas
Region for American Birds magazine. He has been birding in
Texas for more than fifteen years and has authored over
twenty published articles. In addition to the program
subject matter, Greg will be pleased to address
documentation of rare birds during the question and answer
session. This is absolutely a "don't-miss-it" presentation.
14: OB'S HOUSTON CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT.
Details of the Houston count and many other counts in will
appear in the November Spoonbill. Compilers P. D. Hulce,
863-1142, and Richard Uzar, 527-0454.
Saturday. December 21: BUFFALO BAYOU CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT.
Details will appear in the November Spoonbill or contact
compilers Bob Honig, 665-6963, or Doug Williams, 443-8731.
AND YARD REPORTS
.THE ORNITHOLOGY GROUP EXTEHDS HEARTFELT THANKS TO
PHILLIPS PETROLEUM FOUNDATION of Bartlesvilie, Oklahoma for
the $947.52 received in September for the cutting and
folding of 10,000 Upper Texas Coast checklists and to Steve
Gast, a Phillips employee and OG member, who facilitated
ORNITHOLOGY GROUP MEETING MINUTES, OCTOBER 7, 1991.
Preceding the meeting Don Richardson conducted an
informative discussion on fall warblers. His topic next
month wilt be ducks in flight.
Chairman Bob Honig opened the meeting with good
news. Phillips Petroleum Foundation submitted the check to
cover UTC checklist cutting and folding costs. A round of
applause was given to Steve Gast for making the arrangements
Trip Chairman Dave Bradford announced detai Is of the
October and November field trips. No trip is planned in
December and everyone was encouraged to participate in the
Christmas Bird Counts.
Treasurer Ed Lebeau noted September had little
expense activity with the exception f receipt of the check
from Phillips Petroleum. The newsletter mailing was paid in
full with some money left over.