Volume XXVII, No. 3
PUBLISHED BY THE ORNITHOLOGY GROUP, OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB, HOUSTON, TEXAS
Tuesday THE SPOONBILL dealine for articles».'notlces, e+c. Remember, we want +o
July 25 hear about your most interesting (amusing, joyous, breathtaking?) birding experience of your summer. And The Learning Corner needs your tips.
In its short exis+ance, this section has received a warm welcome, but we
need to keep It alive and kicking with a^steady diet of information. A
long article Isn't always necessary, sometimes what is most helpful is
one particular diagnostic mark, or a point of behavior, which you find
is a "plnpointer" bu+ which +he most regularly used Field Guides fail +o
emphasize. Since our readers run +he gamu+ from veriest novice to pretty
good birder, plus a few considered expert, your shared information will
be most welcome.
Thursday Clearing Worse deadline. If you can bear to get out of your airconditlon-
August 3 ed cocooWfhls month to do some birding, remember to send in your sightings.
Thursday OG regular meeting, 7:30 p.m. at Bayou Manor auditorium, 4141 So. Braes-
August 3 wood Blvd. The thermometer may say It Is summer, but this meeting kicks
off our fall season, so let's gather and get back Into birding. We want
to meet our new members and enjoy an Interesting program, so y'all come!
Saturday OG field trip to Galveslfoji and Bolivar Flats.
August 26 next month's SPOONBILL.
Fu11 de+aIts will be in
Trips +o North Carolina Gulf Stream Pelagic Trips—Sun. Aug. 20...Sat., Sep. 2...
plan for: Sun. Sep. 13...Sun. Oct. 8. Robert Ake and Paul riymont plan and lead
these ADP Gulf Stream Trips which leave from Hatteras Village, Nor+h Carolina Ou+er Banks. Only 1-2 hours pu+s you along and In +he GuIf .Sikream,
so most of your day Is spent birding instead of traveling. For fucther
information write Paul Ake, 615 Carolina Ave., Norfolk, Va. 23508.
FOLLOW UP ON "THE ANSWER?"...by Jim Morgan
In the April, 1978 SPOONBILL, my article titled "The AnswSm?" proposed that the
sharp decline in numbers of many wintering species on the UTC was due to the mortality of many birds during the previous winter. Evidence at the time of the article came from UTC records of numbers of birds observed this winter coupled with
observations cited in the Nesf-lng Season Reports of 1977 in American Birds, November 1977. Since April, the next two volumes of American Birds have been published
which contain The Breeding Bird Surveys and The Fall Migration Reports of 1977.
Widespread regional reports, utilizing hundreds of observers and.numerous banding
stations, from north and east of our area correlate remarkably well with data and
observations taken this past winter on the UTOJi''
The da+a from American Birds shows +ha+ those sp«stes whose numbers were down on
the UTC this pds*winter (see ar+icle In AprN, 1978 SPOONBILL) were also in below
average numbers on +he nesting grounds and during fall migration. For an example,
take the case of the kinglets. Active UTC bIrders on the UTC noticed-the sharp
decline in both kinglet species this past winter. Data from the Appalachian Region,
Fall Migration Report, shows that Ruby-crowned Kinglets were down 56$ at one banding Station, down 65? at a second banding s+a+ion, and a+ a third banding station
only 10 Ruby-crowned Kinglets were banded compared with a normal 400+! The figures
for Golden-crowned Kingte+s were simMt$r> -This-pattern was similar for many species, in many regions, and these species'were precisely those that concerned the
UTC birders'and Christmas Count CompiIer$ +hIs past winter.
The facts now seem to be clear. .-/The severe winter of .1976-77 did Indeed wreak