Other naites for the Common -nipes Wilson's,
English, American, Meadow, Harsh, Bog or Gutter Snipe, Jaeksnipe, Shadbird, Alewife-bird.
VOLUME XX, No.
PUBLlSriSD BY THE ORNITHOLOGY GhOUP, OIT-OOR NATURE CI.U3, HOUSTON. TEXAS
MINUTES, REGULAR MEETING. ORNITHOLOGY GROUP, AUGUST 5. 1971 bv Louise Rogers
Chairman Sarah Gordon called the meeting to order at 7s 35 P.'.M.
The minutes of the June 6, 1971, meeting were approved as read.
The Treasurer's Report for June 1 through July 31, 1971, was accepted. It showed receipts of $159.02, disbursements of $138.48, and balance on hand of $208.05.
On behalf of the editors of The Spoonbill, t-iss Gordon asked that all articles be in by the
7th of the month. Write-ups of birding trips and vacations would be welcomed, and more information for the Clearing House would be helpful.
Word was received from iat Ridge that plans are coming along for the Tub meeting in Houston over the Thanksgiving weekend. Field trip leaders will be OG members. Registration
will not be necessary for CO members who want to go on the field trips, but they must pay
the registration fee if they wish to attend any of the evening meetings or banquets.
Three new members and five guests were introduced by Avis Brister,
it was reported that the Purple Martins have moved from "vest University to the Keyerland
The Clayton a. Oilmans have added to our library a copy of Peterson's Guide to Western
Sarah Gordon called attention to an article in the Post whieh said that the Canadian Government has purchased Bonaventura Island off the Gaspe Peninsula as a bird sanctuary. She
expressed the wish that we eould think of some way to save South Deer Island for the same
There being no further business Frank Hsu showed his slides on the Galapogos islands. Outstanding were hir __ose-ups of the wildlife, many taken at arm's length,
The meeting adjourned at 8:45 P.M.
HOT-: .-■ X NOEL PETTINGELL
I received a newswoithy letter from Ted Parker III of Lancaster, Pa., which reads, in part,
"Just writing to th-nk you for the helpful information you sent me in May. The Big Day
information on Galveston Island was particularly helpful. In three days we saw 31 species
of shorebirds in the Galveston-Bolivar area. The pond at 6-mile itoad (Ave. j.) was very
productive with three Hudsonian Godwits, one BAIRD'-. SANDPIPER (5/21), and many others.
There were five BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIP3R5 at Anahuae (near headquarters) on 5/22. Pour Fulvous Treedueks circling Buckhorn Lake (east of Sheldon .tes,) on 5/23 might have been unusual for that localitv. We heard several Swainson's .narblers in areas near Sheldon Keser-j
voir. Our final total for trip was 263 (including Big Bend and Rio Grande Valley)-9 days."
Glad to see that Bald and Golden Ragles are makinp a comeback in west Texas, 1 also read
that Brown Pelicans are now breeding successfully again in louisiara, where they have been
"introduced" (so ironic for the State bird!) af well as in Corpus area and that ibises are