VOLUME .XV, No. 5
e Hark! how the cheerfull birds do chaunt'theyr l»ies,tt
.s The merry Larks Mr mattins sings aloft? _.
a The Thrush reply-as the Mavis descant playess s
a The Ouzel! shrills! the Suddook warbles soft"."""," . fi
Edmund Spenser (1552-1599), Epithalamicm #
PUBLISHED BY THE ORNITHOLO&T GROUP, OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB, HOUSTON, TEXAS
October' 6 (Thursday) Regular OG Meting at the Downtown Recreation Center at 7s30 PM. Mr.
Clayton Oilman will show slides from fee Gilman's June vacation to the
Pacific Northwest, ......
October 16 (Sunday) Linda Snyder will lead a trip to Anahuac and High Island. Meft at 8s30 AM
at the'parking lot on the Galveston. a__e of the Galveston-Bolivar Ferry..
October 22 & 23 (Saturday and Sunday) 0&C field tr£p'to the. little' Thicket Nature Sanetu-try.
See Nature Club Holes for details. 7 "*;'**""^Pr-i
November 19 & 20 (Saturday and Sunday) fne OS- ___X"3«"in the ON- in a field trip to Weldaar "
Wildlife"Refuge and Aransas National Wildlife Refuge lyd by Mr. and Mrs,
Daniel T. ¥ashbur_p -". There is tentatively planned an optional trip aboard
th« Whooping Grsass' on Sunday morning, Saturdays Welder? Sunday! Araasfip
and the Whooping Crane.
AUGUST FIELD TRIP by. Sharon Davis ■''i'io.-s .'--^^I-A "Mi ^~;'~
Twenty-six birders' act"en Aimed* Road for the August te Meld Trip. Our leader, Dr. Hardin
Craig, led the caravan to Kitty Hollow Lake near Areola.
The morning was foggy, but the birds were there. Anhingas were the main attraction. They
were everywhere8 Flying, swimming, 'aad sitting about with their wings spread to dry after their
There were flocks of Mottled Dueks and Blue-winged Teal along with. the waSiJrs.
There were only a few ahorefejjedsjpresent, but some of them JffW rather puakling for everyone
as their plumages didn't quite _^,len'anyof Peterson's plates. Ho doubt they were either immature
or changing from Spring to Pall dress.
Always, impressive, the Spoonbills were sweoping the shallows with their namesakes. Shree
rather ragged looking White Ibis flew aver and a. Great Blue Heron kept flying back and forth as
if adding us all to his lifslist of birdwatchers.
While we were pionicing, a Blue Jay began aiaklng a. awful ruckus. Dr. Craig informed us that
it was no Blue Jay making that noise, but a Red-shouldered Hawk and,sure enough he flew over
screaming for all to see. ".' >//":
Altogether fifty-four birds were recorded and Dr. Marrack's children found a slightly beat
up^cow stall, so the day was a great success for everyone.
SUMMER HOME FOR SECMI_RS Reprinted from The Dow Texas, Vol 22, No. 8, August 11, 1966.
Would you believe a bird sanctuary inside a chemical plant? :**;.,a*r"
Well, would you believe a nesting place? ' '->;.,V
''-'". That's exactly what the case is, and because a whole clan of black skimmers chose a Plant i.
Parking let to aest, they're beiag given sanctuary by Bow. ...-.-
I_«r•■ "I-ey*ve been there most of the summer. The mothers laying eggs on "the shell, hatching them,
• -*__*,l,U_I_ng. at their young! and the fathers walking around yapping, giving encouragement, and
flying about for food. ."" 'f"x']k<':
They also fly about diving at intruders with those long, sharp beaks aimed menacing. It
looks like a murderous charge, but the birds veer off just in time, so: that one's chance of being
actually struck Vv them is slight.