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This is the first issue of what we hope will be a continuing series of ■•■■'
bulletins uublished by the Ornithology Group of the Outdoor Nature Club and giving
an account of its activities, j
The Group was organized April 11, 1952 when the following officers were
elected: Charles McNeese, chairman, Francis MacMahon, first vice-chairman
(projects), Noel Pettingell, second vice-chairman (field trips), Frank Watson,
recorder, and Carrie Holcomb, secretary-treasurer. Edna Miller has been appointed
as member of Executive Board to act with elected officers. Membership is £L»00
per year for paid up members of Outdoor Mature Club.
The-Board-has- selexrbed "The Snoonbill^ as -the name of this bulleM-nv We
hope you like it. If not, we hope you will tell us and offer a good substitute.
Because of the newness of the Group it has taken some time to get the organization
perfected. As a result this bulletin is a little late getting started but we hope
to be running on time by fall. The following will give you a resume of the results
of our field trips so far, so those of you who did not attend will know what you
Field Trip No. 1: The first field trip of the Ornithology Group on April 20/21,
1952 was a good one. In fact, it was twice as good as most trips because it lasted
two days. The lucky people who were able to make the trip were Joe Heiser, Carrie
Holcomb, Doris Massingill, Charles McNeese, Edna Miner, Noel Pettingell, Ruth Stamm,
B. H. and Josiephine Wilkin, Ellen Watson and Armand Yramategui. On Sunday morning
the group headed for High Island by way of Keiuah, Galveston and Bolivar Ferry. At
Kemah numerous Warblers were observed in the mulberry and hackberry thickets.
Galveston Island was explored thoroughly and revisited on the return trip. The group
spent the night at High Island with Mrs. J. L. Hooks, observing an early migration
of Warblers and small land birds. A total of 152 species was observed including
Spoonbills, 5 species of Herons, 6 species of Terns and 17 species of Warblers.
Field Trip No. 2: May 4, 1952 was BIG DaY for a group which included Betty Crowley,
Nance Cunningham, Joe Heiser, Harriet Hunt, Edna Miner, Noel Pettingell, Lucile
Robey, Leota Stilwell, Joseph Strehle, Ellen Watson, Josiephine Wilkin and Armand
Yramategui. This trip covered much of Harris and Galveston Counties, trying to
establish a record number of species seen in one day. The record was established
at 159. The route generally was from Houston to Sheldon Reservoir, Lynchburg
Ferry and San Jacinto Battlegrounds, near which the thrill of the day was a good
look at Attwaterfs Prairie Chickens; the group continued to Seabrook, Kemah and
Galveston Island. Of the total count only 65 species were water or shore birds.
The Spoonbill was seen again, and 9 species of Sandpipers. Included in the land .
birds were 5 species of Woodpeckers, 5 species of Swallows, 5 species of Thrushes
and 18 species of Warblers. Other species were well represented.
Field Trip No. 3: The first long expedition was made over Memorial Day weekend to
Del Rio where the Houston contingent was met by a group from Midland, led by
Margaret and John Galley and including Harold and Frances Williams and Don Curry,
Those who made the trip from Houston were Nel Amthor, Charles McNeese, Ruth Stamm,
Ellen Watson and Josiephine Wilkin. The Houston group left home Friday morning and
went directly to Del Rio. Saturday and the morning on Sunday were spent covering
the territory around Del Rio and a side trip was made to Devil's River Canyon. The
return trip was made on Sunday afternoon with stops at roadside parks which added
a few birds to the list. Probably the highlight of this trip was Saturday evening
dinner in Villa Acuna, combining pleasure with pleasure, as well as doing a little
shopping. In all 75 species of birds were seen by the Houston group on the 790
mile trip. Many of these species were additions to the life lists of the members,
such as Audubon!s Caracara, Ground Dove, Inca Dove, Black-chinned Hummingbird,
Golden-fronted and Ladder-backed Woodpeckers, Ash-throated and Vermilion Flycatchers,
Black Phoebe, Black-crested Titmouse, Verdin, Cactus and Canyon Wrens, Sennettfs
Thrasher, Hooded and Bullock1s Orioles, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, Green-tailed
Towhee and Black-throated Soarrow.