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The Spoonbill, Vol. [40], No. 11, November 1991 - Image 3. November 1991. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. June 20, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/6807/show/6801.

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(November 1991). The Spoonbill, Vol. [40], No. 11, November 1991 - Image 3. Outdoor Nature Club Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/6807/show/6801

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. [40], No. 11, November 1991
Alternative Title The Spoonbill, Vol. XXXX, No. 11, November 1991
Contributor (Local)
  • Mueller Boyce, Judith
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date November 1991
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Ornithology
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Houston, Texas
Genre (AAT)
  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Location ID 2007-023, Box 12, Folder 9
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Original Collection Outdoor Nature Club Records
Digital Collection Outdoor Nature Club Newsletters
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections/
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Note Incorrect volume number, XXXX, printed on front page.
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Transcript UNCOMMON BIRD OF THE UPPER TEXAS COAST by P.D. Hulce A single bird was seen on the 1982 Houston Christmas Bird Count, and in 1983, three individuals were observed on the Freeport Christmas Count, and single birds were seen on the Attwater and Brazoria counts. The next sighting of Henslow's Sparrow on the UTC occurred on the Freeport count in December, 1990. This individual remained until at least March, 1991. During this same period, one and possibly two individuals were discovered at the Candy Abshire UNA in Chambers County. It is conceivable that another undiscovered colony of breeding Henslow's Sparrow exist somewhere on the UTC, in suitable but inaccessible or unbirded habitat. Reserves such as Candy Abshire WMA and Brazoria NUR offer access to areas where this species has over-wintered in the past. Even if this bird is reported as a stake-out, you still have to get out and walk the prairies to have a chance of seeing this one. 1991 CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS Compiled by P. P. Hulce (Henslow's Sparrow by Gail Diane Luckner) Henslow's Sparrow (Passerherbulus henslowii) When seen well, the Henslow's Sparrow is a quite distinctive bird, with a large, flat, olive-green head and nape, and reddish-brown wings and back. However, this secretive and elusive species often allows only quick glimpses as it reluctantly flushes across the prairies. It is possible for a group of observers walking the prairie, to repeatedly flush this bird, in the hope that it may perch in the open. With patience, and not too much harassment, even a lone observer can sometimes flush this bird into a small bush or bare patch of prairie where it can be approached to within a few feet. Under such close observation, Henslow's Sparrow shows a very striped head, with two malar stripes, an irregular line at the rear of the ear patch, and a lighter center crown stripe. The lores and front end of the supercilium may be bright yellowish-green, and the back of the crown and nape are finely streaked with black. The bill is large and may have a paler lower mandible. There is a thin dingy white eye ring. The rusty back has a few rows of black and nearly white stripes. Fine streaking extends across the buffy breast and onto the sides. The tail is generally dark, thin and short, when flushed, this bird flies low and erratically, with a characteristic twisting of its tail. Although it may occasionally be found in pine woods in winter, the Henslow's Sparrow is primarily a bird of the prairies. It is found in wet, weedy fields, meadows and grasslands. It seems to prefer areas with a varied mixture of tall weeds and grasses and occasional scattered groves and woody outgrowths. In the late 1970's, a small colony of Henslow's Sparrow was discovered breeding in southeast Houston near Mykawa Road. This represented an isolated population and presumably, a distinct subspecies. For several years, census work, collecting for research and birding field trips used and enjoyed this small colony and reports of Henslow's Sparrow to the Clearing House were regular. By 1982, however, the Henslow's Sparrow had become virtuatly extirpated at this site. Saturday. Deceafaer 14: Houston P.D. Hulce 863-1142 or Richard Uzar 527-0454 Brazoria Tom Taroni (409) 297-5563 Uest Corpus Christi--Gene Blacklock (512) 882-7232 Victoria Peter Riesz (512) 575-4600 Sunday. December 15: Freeport Jim Morgan 461-3080 or Houston Audubon Society 932-1639 Corpus Christi (Flour Bluff) Frank Bachman (512) 853-6774 Monday. Deceafaer 16: Port Aransas Scott Holt (512) 749-5656 Tuesday. Deceafaer 17: San Bernard Mike Lang (409) 849-6062 Uelder WR Tom Blankenship (512) 364-2643 Wednesday. Deceaber 18: Attwater NWR Refuge Headquarters (409) 234-3021 Thursday. December 19: Chaparral WMA Jaime Rutledge (512) 676-3413 Aransas NUR Tom Stehn (512) 286-3559 Saturday. December 21: Galveston Arch Dillard 996-0107 Buffalo Bayou Bob Honig 665-6963 Armand Bayou George Regmund 474-2551 Choke Canyon Doug Booher (512) 369*2966 Sunday. December 22: Bolivar Bill Graber (409) 866-5452 (h) or 833-8160 (w) Kingsville Paul Palmer (512) 592-7558 Friday. December 27: Old River Jonelle Buckles 1-576-2504 Saturday. Deceatoer 28: Brazos Bend Lynne A Idrich/Peter Gottschl ing 996-1109 Turkey Creek David Baker (409) 899-1878 Sunday. Dece-ber 29: Rio Corona Gene Blacklock (512) 882-7232 El Naranjo Hick Jackson (512) 257-2052 Wednesday. January 1: Cypress Creek Ted Eubanks, Jr. 666-7639 Saturday. January 4: Beech Creek David Baker (409) 899-1878 (Note: this count is after the official count period.)