Volume 5 No. 8
* J£'/f frg £■ ****** ***************
* "The Christmas Bird Couni is essentially a sport. "'
if: The National.Audubon Society earr-ies on the pro-'
,* j joct chiefly because'it has proved to bo one
* way of stimulating greater interest in birds.
* One reason many people participate so enthusi-
* astieally is the additional feeling of doing
* something worthwhile. It is probably the
* largest organized cooperative bird-watching *
* activity in the entire world." *
* Allan D. Craickshank *
* /.'.Audubon Field Notes - April, 1956 *
Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club, Houston, Texas
December 23 - Houston Christmas Bird Count - The 1956 (21st) Houston Census will be eon-
same 15-mile eircle as last year, viz., between Houston
in tho all-day intensive
may do so by contacting
ducted within the
and Cedar Bayou. Those who wish to participate
search for birds (both species and individuals)
one of the following persons:
Hrs. Jerry Baker ... WA 1-2644
Jimmie Hurray .... UN 1-8837
Norma Oates -HA 3-6140
Noel Perley ..... JA 4-7663
C. B. Oilman HI 9-7716
There will be an entry fee of 50# per participant (initiated last year by
the National Audubon Society for publication expenses). Christmas Count
Editor, Allan D. Craickshank wrote as follows in Audubon Field Notes,
"Once it is understood that the 50f* contribution is needed, if
the publication of the CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT is to continue,
there are not apt te bo valid objeetions."
See Page 7 for additional Christmas Count information.
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ORNITHOLOGY GROUP REPORTS
Field Trip to Sheldon Reservoir-Lake Houston area, November 25th - (Vie Emanuel)
At about 8:30 a.m. the grenp set out from the Sears parking lot on Wayside for the
Sheldon Reservoir. Wo turned off the Beaumont Highway on Ralston Road and drove toward
Garrett Road. Birding along the way, we found Brown creepers, Lincoln's sparrows, Common goldfinch, Song sparrows and many other ccmmon birds. Driving up Lockwood Road and
catting over to tho pumping station road we added Slate-colored juncos, Vesper sparrows,
Pileated and Hairy woodpeckers, Brown-headed nuthatches, a Caracara, pine warblers, $>
Chipping, Field and Savannah sparrows, Bluebirds and a Hermit thrush. In a pecan orchard
we found a large flock of Rusty Blackbiias and noted examples of the three types (Male,
autumn Immature and female), At Buckhorn Lake we found Canvasbacks, Hallards, Redhead,
Wood and Ring-necked'ducks as well as Anhlngas aad Double-crested cormorants. We then
drove to Jimmie Hurray's cottage for a picnic lunch. Several Pileated woodpeckers wot* -
observed here, attracted by the Dogwood berries.
Baek on Garrett Road we searched in vain for the Vermilion flycateher. Farther —
down the road we found many sparrows- (Chipping, White-throated, Field) and numerous
Slate-colored Jnncos; We also found two unusual sparrows-tho Ihlto-crown (4WR) and the"
find of the day a Harris' sparrow (6WV).
A group whieh wont to Lake Houston found Double crested cormorants and Ruddy ducks.
A few members drove down to San Jaeinto, arriving there Just -before dark. In the reflection pond we added Eared grebes, Baldpates and Pintails. A total of 76 speeies