VOLUME X1T, No. 1
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, Close to the sun in lonely lands, ^
# Ring'd with the azure world, he stands. g
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PUBLISHED BY THE ORNITHOLOGY GEOUP, OUTDOOR NATURE GLBB, HOUSTON, TEXAS
June 3 (Thursday) Annual OG Picnic Meeting.
Bring your supper.
6:30 P. M. at the Memorial Park picnic grounds.
June 7 (Monday) Deadline for receipt of material for the June issue of the Spoonbill. For the
present, anyway, your new editors will maintain this same closing date as
used by the Ellises.
June 12 (Saturday) Field trip at Galveston Beach lead by Dr. and Mrs. Bill Harwell. Meet at
8:30 A. M. in the parking lot at the Galveston Jetty's (3ast end of Seawall
Drive). The organized portion of the trip will "n^ with a picnic lunch on
the beach. Hope to see you then! '-i^ti
July field trip. No details yet, but we do know that there will be a guest leader: Dr. George
RARE BIRD SAID SEEN IN EAST TEXAS (Report from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department-)
TYLER, May —Regional headquarters of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has learned
that a rare, almost non-existent, ivory-billed woodpecker was. seen in East Texas by Mrs. J.
McCratic of Longview.
Once common in East Texas, the bird has become very rare, and some ornithologists believe it
to be extinct. Probable reasons for the gradual disappearance-of tithe bird are the destruction of its habitat, inability to adapt to changing conditions, a restricted diet, and wanton
shooting of the species for its ivory bill.
Past reports have noted such sightings, only to find that the observer has mistaken the
similar pileated for the ivory-billed species.
BRIEF REPORT ON SHORT MEXICAN TRIP IN APRIL by Hardin Craig, Jr.
One place to see wild parrots is at the Rio Corona, about 20 miles north of Ciudad Victoria on
Highway 101 to Brownsville. If approaching from the north, don't stop,at the high level bridge
over the river but go on to a turn-off between the 29th and 28th kilometer posts. There is a
sign, facing south, which says "Parque Nacional. Rio Corona." Turn sharp right, almost
reversing your course, and go along a.rock and gravel road (not too bad) for about.two miles..
The trees get bigger and bigger, and you coriie to a parking and picnic area on fttti Ljiuiks of the
tropical river which flows through this arid country. There are great Gypresstrees growing
out of the river banks, and toward evening at least these trees are hanging full of green
parrots (the Red-crowned type was the only one we saw), all screaming at once. ._".'"