Volume 5 No. 7
* SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER *
Vanity, thy name might well be Seissor-tailod *
Flycetcherl His flight a poem, his train a *
June Bride's dream, his choreography the envy *
of stunt pilots, acrobats and ballerinas, he *
is tho Texas Bird of Paradise, high praise in- *
deed for any bird this side of itt He catches *
more grasshoppers than flies, but who wants to *
be called a Seissor-tailod Grasshoppereateher? *
Charles Harper - Nov. 1956 Ford Times *
Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club, Houston, Texas
1956, at 8:00 P.M., River Oaks Garden Center
Regular Meeting - Thursday December 6,
Our Program Chairman, Leota Stilwell, has arranged to have Mr. Horace Jeter (a
Louisiana ornithologist) show us some interesting color movies of his travels in Colorado
and Louisiana. Lot's all show our appreciation of Loota's sfforts in preparing such
entertainment and have a record-breaking attendance at our meeting. Those who have belonged to the group for a long time and have not been coming to the meetings should make
it a point to attend. We also hope new members will attend so they can get acquainted
with their fellow members. The Christmas count plans will be announced and anyone interested should be at the meeting for assignment to one of the greups making the count.
Jimmy Murray, Chairman.
Monthly Field Trip - Sunday November 25th
Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Soars Parking Lot, South Wayside and Harrisburg Blvd. We plan
to cover the Sheldon Reservoir and Lake Houston areas with stops at Buekhern Lake and
"The Hurrays" summer eemp on the San Jacinto River for pienie lunch.
ORNITHOLOGY GROUP REPORTS
Field Trip to Cypress-Katy-Hoekloy area, Oetober 14 - (C. B. Gilman)
Although not a regularly scheduled field trip, nevertheless, by reason of the very
efficient functioning of a capable telephone committee, an interesting and profitable (bird-
wise) caravan was enjoyed by the largest group to participate during the current season.
The meeting place was at Cypress, and the time eleven in the morning. Before leaving
the point of assembly we were favored by the sight of a Yellow-shafted flicker, and started
our lists therewith, together with Barn swallows, Loggerhead shrikes, Blue jays and the
usual eommon species.
The reute then led northwest to Hockley where we turned east toward the Bob Robertson
ranch. We had not driven far before a fine specimen of Barred owl presented itself for our
inspeetien, and a Red-tailed hawk was seen. At a spot near the ranch house, and between
two ponds, we wore fortunate enough to find tho Clay-eolored sparrow, and found the first
wator birds - Common egret, Coot, Blue-winged teal. We also had the pleasure of watehing
a Nutria in one of the ponds.
With Mrs. Sally Longenbaugh acting as guide, we then headed west to her ranch and
the pienie grounds whieh proved to be an ideal spot for birding. Within this area were
seen many water and shore birds including Great Blue, Green and Trioolored herons; Glossy
Ibis; Blue, Canada, Snow and White-fronted geeae; Pintail dueks and Blue-winged teal;
Aveeets; Dowitehers; Westera Sandpiper; Greater and Lessor Yellowlegs and Common snipe.