January 2015 Newsletter

                                                          
Editor Kathy Griffith 991-8922
E-mail: grifkm@sbcglobal.net

Meetings are held at the Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 8545 S Staples, at 6:45 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, October through May.

GUADALUPE DELTA FIELD TRIP
January 24
Start: We will meet at the Rockport Cinema at 7:30am. We plan on birding the Guadalupe River Road. If you would like to meet us there, the River Road is 2 miles north of Tivoli. We will bird this 4- mile stretch of road all morning. We plan on having lunch at the bridge at the end
of the River Road. Please be sure to bring a sack lunch, water, and insecticide! We will probably be back in Rockport in early afternoon. Leader: Debra Corpora, 361-727-0730

KING RANCH FIELD TRIP
January 31
Limited to 16 participants. Call Jo Creglow, 361-241-0422.
Brushy upland habitat with small ponds and a large reservoir
Where to start & time: King Ranch Visitor Center, 7:30 a.m.  Leader(s): Tom Langschied,      361-522-7849, TLangschied@king-ranch.com, and Jim Sinclair, jm.sinclair@gmail.com
Directons: From South Texas Botanical Gardens – take Staples west 2.9 miles, turn left on Highway 286, then go 4.5 miles and turn right on FM 70, take FM 70 all the way
to Hwy 77, go south on Hwy 77 to Kingsville, exit on to King A/Hwy 141 going west, travel 3.5 miles on King Ave/141 until yellow flashing light at edge of town turn left into King Ranch and then follow signs to King Ranch Visitor Center . Approximate driving time: 55 minutes
Scheduled end is at 11:30 a.m. The fee has been discounted from $40 to $29.00+tax.
It can be paid prior to tour at the gate.

BLUCHER PARK WORKDAYS
We will be on our regular every Monday schedule. We meet at 4:00 P.M and work until sundown. Bring your gloves, favorite garden tools, bug spray and something to eat during our "chat and chew". We usually sit, visit and eat our bag supper together. Come on out for a lot of fun and meaningful work in the best nature park around! -Karen Smith

FRED JONES SANCTUARY,  SCHEDULED WORK DAYS 
All are Sundays. 9:00 till noon. Water and snacks provided.
January: Sunday 25th
February: Sunday 1st and Sunday 15th
Hope to see you all or some of you all some of the time. Bob and I go to Sinton to eat at the Butter Churn which has a buffet 11 AM to 3PM. We go grimey as weare. Come join us after we work. We have many new trees down in the last two weeks including an whole grove of
hackberries just by th Butler building and along the roadway just outside our gate.
Thank you all. -Jo and Bob Creglow

ADOPT A BEACH CLEANUP
February 6 - 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Mollie Beattie Coastal Habitat Community
Where: State Highway 361, between Zahn Road and Newport Pass Road, on the west side of the highway.
How: Map of location on CBBF website www.baysfoundation.org
Call 361-882-3439 for more information and to volunteer.
Mollie Beattie Coastal Habitat Community on Mustang Island is home to numerous bird species and other wildlife. It sits adjacent to Packery Channel, providing ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. However, many passersby and recreational users don't clean up after themselves, leaving hazardous fishing line, plastic bags and bottles, and other unsightly and harmful litter behind.

“SOUTH TEXAS BIRDING”, KIII-TV 3 News
First Edition, Second Saturday of the Month
For early risers, this program airs at approximately 6:43 a.m. It is sponsored by Coastal Bend Audubon Society and UT Marine Science Institute with KIII News.

AOC BIRD RECORDS
Maintained by Nancy Devlin & Marge DiClemente, 949-3552, mitchmillerA1A2@yahoo.com. Report all sightings. Sightings reported here will be posted to ebird.org.

BIRDING REPORT:  INDIAN POINT
Friday, Dec. 5, I took a trip down to Indian Point to see how the construction was progressing. Apparently it is completed - the large earth moving equipment was being removed. The stone used for the breakwater is lovely, but I can't say I agree with the design. One cannot walk on top of the breakwater so we can't get out farther to see the birds in the bay. Also the stones surrounding the parking lot are piled so high that it prevents viewing along some of the
beach areas. I suppose the designers were really concerned with saving the park from washing away with storm surges. I've been begging councilmen and city manager for years to project the park. Government moves slowly!! I am hoping the tides and wave action will bring in more sand and eventually increase the beach area. I think all the noise and activity with the
construction has deterred the birds from settling in. The numbers of species and individuals was much lower than should be there at this time of year. I was able to see:
3 Godwits, 2 GBH, 1 G. Egret, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Grackles, 2 Dunlin, 4 Willet, 1 immature & one adult Ring-billed Gull, 1 Ruddy Turnstone, a pair of Oystercatchers, 1 B. Pelican, 4 Stilts, 1 Grasshopper sparrow and about a dozen or so Laughing Gull.
That looks like a substantial list but not at all as high as in years past. I hope that now that that construction activity is over, the usual birds will return. Beth Hoekje

GENE BLACKLOCK CLASS
January 23
Winter finch/Sparrow identification class
Friday evening, 6:15 pm - 9:15 pm
Field Trip - Saturday, 7 am - 1:00 pm
Course is designed for beginners and/or those with a special interest in the skill of field identification and natural history of winter finches and sparrows. Class sessions: Education Station at South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, Corpus Christi, TX.
Class registration fees: $45.00 (members) and $60.00 for non-members); Registration requested by January 20th. Information: Botanical Gardens (361 852 2100) or
Gene W. Blacklock 361- 558-1829.

FESTIVALS AND BIRD WALKS
Bird Walks At Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, Port Aransas                                               We meet at the Picnic Bench every Wednesday at 9 a.m. -Nan Dietert

February 4-7
Laredo Birding Festival
laredobirdingfestival.com

MEMBERSHIP
PLEASE WELCOME NEW MEMBERS:
McClanahan, Jeff & Marie
208 Nueces Drive
Portland, TX 78374
Cell (Jeff) 361-548-9133
Cell (Marla) 361-688-1510
Email (Jeff): jeffm@onyx-engineering.com
         (Marla): marlamcclanahan@gmail.com

TOS MEETINGS AND FIELD TRIPS
For information on Texas Ornithological Society (TOS)
twice yearly meetings and fund-raising field trips,
www.texasbirds.org.

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WHERE TO TAKE INJURED BIRDS                                                                                         ARK, UT-Port Aransas, 361-749-6793 (most birds, turtles etc).
TX State Aquarium, 881-1219 (water birds and some raptors only, no land birds)
Second Chances Wildlife Rehabilitation Program via TX State Aquarium, 881-1219 (injured birds)