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The Spoonbill, Vol. 11, No. 12, April 1963 - Image 6. April 1963. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 11, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/967/show/958.

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 11, No. 12, April 1963
Alternative Title The Spoonbill, Vol. XI, No. 12, April 1963
Contributor (Local)
  • Ellis, Pat
  • Ellis, Jim
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date April 1963
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 9, Folder 21
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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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Transcript MORE ON LOONS AT THE TEXAS CITY DIKE TREATISE ON LOONS SEQUEL TO THE STRICKLING by Linda Snyder On March 14, after a brisk norther, I went to see what was happening at the Texas City Dike. I was greeted by one very odd sight - a group of fifteen loons near the dike were all riding into the wind with their bills pointing upwards. Twelve of these were obviously Common Loons in almost full spring plumage with checkered backs and heavy bills. The other three required more attention because they were in drab winter plumage still and looked slightly smaller. But a careful study showed the stout bill and the grey-brown back with whitish underparts of the immature or winter Common Loon. The whole head and bill were tilted up into the wind rather than the bill itself being curved upward! The color pattern in the Red-throated Loon is a pale sandy-grey, with white speckles on the back and little or no body contrast. Its size is close to that of a Merganser or Canvasback. That, coupled with the slender upturned bill,makesit a distinctive bird. In the Arctic Loon, the slender, straight bill, the small size are marks which, coupled with the sharp body contrast of dark grey back and whitish underparts, make it separable from both the Red-throated and the Common Loon in winter plumage. Hope this settles any confusion from Texas City Dike. ADDITIONAL DETAILS ON THE UPPER TEXAS COAST SPRING BIRD COUNT and other communications from Noel Pettingell Inasmuch as many Ornithology Group birdBrs (including even "hard core" observers) are not overly enthusiastic about conductohg a spring census within the Christmas Count circle only 4 months after an "all-out" winter count effort for the 4th consecutive year, the general concensus is that a "roundup" of migrants and resident species present within a radius of 75 miles from the Harris County Courthouse (Houston) would be far more preferable and of much greater value. It is anticipated that the list resulting from this large-scale survey will represent an excellent cross- section of the great variety of birdlife which can be found at the peak of the spring migration period within two hours* drive in any direction from the heart of Houston. For the convenience of SPOONBILL readers who will be out birding within 75 crow-flight miles of Houston (including back yards!), we are featuring an outline map upon which are indicated the principal towns and roads enclosed by the 150 mile diameter circle. Undoubtedly we will have excellent coverage of the major portions of Harris, Galveston, and Chambers Counties on the Big Day (April 28 - lest you forget) so that any birders who are more interested in accumulating "exclusive" species (i.e., recorded by no other parties) rather than the longest possible list of species (viz., sacrificing quantity for quality) are urged to concentrate on counties outside the above three. This will give us a clearer picture of the distribution of birds within 75 miles of the City of Houston at this time of year and will thus encourage others to explore the rarely-birded areas more frequently in the future. Here are the areas outside of the "Big Three" counties which those who are willing and able "should plan to do their birding in on April 28: East of Houston: W. Jefferson and Hardin Counties; Liberty County. North of Houston; SW Polk County; San Jacinto County (Notes Little Thicket Sanctuary will be covered by Joe Heiser, et al); S. Walker County; Montgomery County; S. Grimes County; SE Brazos County. West of Houston: E. Washington County; Waller County; Austin County; E. Colorado County (Steve Williams and the writer expect to cover much of this area). South of Houston: Fort Bend County; Wharton County; Brazoria County; NE Matagorda County. Miscellaneous Memos; 1) Most useful Texas maps: Shell and Phillips 2) Most useful Houston-Galveston maps: Mobil, Gulf, Texaco, Enco (Humble). 3) Most useful bird references: A- "A Field Guide to the Birds of Texas" Peterson, 1960 B- "Checklist of the Birds of the Upper Texas Coast" Williams, 1962 C- "Checklist of the Birds of Texas" Wolfe, 1956