Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club Houston, Texas
Judith Mueller Boyce, Editor; Don Richardson, Technical Consultant
VOLUME XXXX, No. 11
Monday. December 2: ORNITHOLOGY GROUP MEETING. The birds of
the Florida Keys and the Dry Tortugas is the subject of the
presentation to be given by Greg Lasley. Long known as a
North American birding "hot spot," these small tropical
islands host the only nesting colony of Brown Noddies and
the only large colony of nesting Sooty Terns in the U.S.
Much like High Island, the Dry Tortugas also serve as a
migrant trap for warblers, thrushes, vireos and other
passerines in the spring and fall. Greg is actively involved
in the documentation of rare birds in Texas, currently
serving as Secretary of the Texas Bird Records Committee of
the Texas Ornithological Society and co-editor of the Texas
Region for American Birds magazine. He has been birding in
Texas for more than fifteen years and has authored over
twenty published articles. In addition to the program
subject matter, Greg will be pleased to address
documentation of rare birds during the question and answer
session. This is absolutely a "don't-miss-it" presentation.
Learning Corner will meet at 7:00 P.M. before the meeting.
Don Richardson will review identification of diving clucks in
Thursday. December 12: ONC MEMBERSHIP MEETING. 7:30 P.M.
Houston Arboretum, 4501 Uoodway. Dr. Carolyn Sumners,
Director of Astronomy and Physics at the Houston Museum of
Natural Science, will present "Keeping Up Uith the Sun."
She will discuss the astronomy of ancient Americans from the
mountains of Wyoming to the jungles of the Yucatan noting
the special contributions of Monte Alban. Photographs of
the total eclipse of the sun from Monte Alban will be shown.
Saturday. December 14: OG'S HOUSTON CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT.
Call P.D. or Richard for meeting place and time. P.D.
Hulce, 863-1142, Richard Uzar, 527-0454.
Saturday. December 21: BUFFALO BAYOU CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT.
Meet at 6:00 A.M. at the Houston Arboretum and Nature
Center, 4501 Woodway. For information call Doug Williams at
660-7625 or Bob Honig at 665-6963. Those interested in
feeder watching can pick up a checklist at the 2 December OG
Monday. January 6. 1992: ORNITHOLOGY GROUP MEETING. 7:30
P.M. Harris County Bayland Community Center. Ed Kutac will
present a program entitled, "Some Good Texas Birds with
Emphasis on the Lower Rio Grande Valley." Ed has authored
several books including Birder's Guide to Texas and Texas
Birds: Where They Are and How to Find Them. A native Texan,
Ed is a past president of the Texas Ornithological Society
and the Travis Audubon Society and a past treasurer of The
Nature Conservancy (Texas Chapter). He currently teaches
local bird identification classes in Austin. Come on out
and meet the man who wrote the books on finding birds in
Texas! Learning Corner will meet at 7:00 P.N. before the
Saturday. January 11: 06 FIELD TRIP TO WEST HARRIS COUNTY
for sparrows, hawks, ducks and geese and other wintering
birds. This trip is expected to view many sparrows and
cover many miles. Bring a lunch and drinks. Meet our
leader, David Bradford, in the bank parking lot at 7:30 A.M.
just opposite the small white church on the east side of
Highway 6 just north of 1-10. For more information call
David Bradford, 855-2615.
Sunday. January 12: THIS 06 FIELD TRIP TO WEST HARRIS
COUNTY is designed to accommodate the novice birder. Slow
and easy, we will spend time learning how to find and
identify sparrows and other birds. Meet trip leader, David
Bradford, in the bank parking lot at 7:30 A.M. opposite the
little white church located on the east side of Highway 6
just north of 1-10. Bring a sack lunch and the desire to
Friday-Sunday. February 15-17: OG/ONC FIELD TRIP TO THE RIO
GRANDE VALLEY OF TEXAS for a taste of some subtropical
birding. Our leader. Bill Tarbox, has lived in the Valley
and birded all the "hotspots." We will meet him at the
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge headquarters at 7:30 A.N.
Areas to be birded will include Santa Ana NWR, Bentsen Rio
Grande State Park, Falcon Dam Recreation Area, Salineno and
possibly the Brownsville area, if you are interested please
contact David Bradford at 855-2615. More details to follow
in the next issue of The Spoonbill.
06 FIELD TRIP REPORT, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19: ANAHUAC,
HIGH ISLAHD AND SMITH POINT. Our leader, Don Richardson,
rounded up about 35 eager birders and headed them out to Joe
Whitehead's property just north of Smith Point. Here Don
pointed out some typical woodland species as well as a few
hawks. Later, Gail Luckner brought us to Candy Abshier
W.M.A. (Smith Point) to study those most difficult of
accipiters. Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks. From Smith
Point, Don led us to Anahuac NW.R. for a tour of the refuge
that ended with rails calling tantilizingly close to us but
which never exposed themselves to our peering eyes. Thanks
to Don and Gait for an enjoyable day of birding. David