VOLUME XLV, No. 12
* "Birds all the sunny day flutter and quarrel *
* Here in the arbor-like tent of laurel. *
* Here in the fork the brown nest is seated; *
* Four little blue eggs the mother keeps heated. *
* While we stand watching her, staring like gabies?
* Safe in each egg are the bird's little babies. *
* Soon the frail eggs they shall chip, and up *
* springing *
* Make all the April woods merry with singing. *
* Younger than we are, 0 children, and frailer, *
* Soon in blue air they'll be, singer and sailor. *
* We, so much older, taller and stronger, *
* We shall look down on the birdies no longer. *
* They shall go flying with musical speeches *
* High over head in the tops of the beeches. *
* In spite of our wisdom and sensible talking, *
* We on our feet must go plodding and walking." *
* "Nest Eggs," A Child's Garden of Verses by *
* Robert Louis Stevenson *
PUBLISHED BY THE ORNITHOLOGY GROUP, OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB, HOUSTON, TEXAS
April 23 (Saturday) The Annual Spring Roundup (Big Day Run). You may go anywhere you wish within
75 miles of the Harris County Courthouse. Send your list of species (numbers of
individuals optional) in AOU order to Mrs. Carl Dodge (Jane) 5420 Pine St., Bellaire, Texas 77101, by April 30. Rare and unusual birds must be substantiated by
complete description of observation including exact location and names of observers. Include route covered, hours spent in the field, ear miles, foot miles,
and names of those in party.
May 10 (Tuesday) Regular ONC meeting in the Garden Center, 1500 Hermann Drive at.8 P. H, Don't
miss this Annual Business Meeting and Six Sensational Synopses by the Groups.
May 21-22 (Saturday and Sunday)- Day Is TOS Region 8 Field Trip to a Spooabill aad long-legged
wader rookery on Sidney's Island ia Sabiae Lake led by Mr. & Mrs. Roy W. Clark.
OGers meet at Rainbow Bridge on Hwy 87 between Orange and Port Arthur at 9 AM.
Optioaal Readesvous at the Holiday Inn in Beaumont at 9, Day 2sOG Field Trip to
Big Thicket to look for the Red-Coekaded Woodpeckers that eluded us last October,
Meet our leaders, Dr. and Mrs. Bill Graber, at the Holiday Inn,990 23rd St.,
Beaumont at 9 AH. Make reservations for both trips with Betty Williams, 5122
Braeburn, Bellaire 101, Texas, so that an adequate number of boats may be waiting
and Bill will know how many woodpeckers to stake out. Hint for Day Is Wear
"birding" clothes. Overnight visitors will be treated to a special film showing
arranged by Roy Clark, but RSVP to Betty Williams again.
May 21-22 (Weekend) ONC Field Trip to Avery Island, Louisianna and vicinity. $ 11.15 covers cost
of bus and all admissions, but not motel and meals. Make reservations with Clayton
Gilman, 10110 Telephone Roar., Houston, 77034 ao later than May 10 (Day of receipt,
not postmark. Refer to ONC Notes for April for complete details and Motel reservation form.
March Field Trip to Galveston Island by Joyce Wildenthal
Fifteen members of the Ornithology Group signed in with several "fledgling birders" and
visitors to begin a drizzly morning's tramp through Kempner Park, around the Estate and then by
car to the Menard House and points west out Stuart Road. Those whose spirits were not dampened
enough to keep them home included Doug Hagemeyer, Wallace and Lyvonda Mebane,'Bill Goloby, Mar-
jorie Richardson and sons, Bill and Betty Wrighfe, Noel Pettingell, Marian Washburn, Rick Waddell,
Orbie and Dick Miller, Norma Oates, Josephine Wilkins, Etta Coffman, Sara Paul, Joyce Wildenthal,
and Tess Barry of Beaumont.