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The BrownPelican
The Newsletter of the Golden Triangle Audubon Society

Vol. 6  No. 4                                                                                      April   2000


Membership Meeting

Thursday, April 20, 2000
6:30 PM, Garden Center, Tyrrell Park, Beaumont

Purple Martins

Jace Stansbury
Purple Martin Conservation Association

 Jace Stansbury has been interested in nature since childhood. He says he has been bird watching for about eight years and watching Purple Martins for six years. He maintains 32 gourds and two conventional martin houses. He has erected gourds for the last three years. In 1999, he had 22 nesting pairs which laid 194 eggs and fledged 70 young.
 As usual, the doors will be open no later than 6:30 p.m., and the proceedings will start at 7:15 p.m. approximately.


March Meeting Report

 David Bradford was our speaker at the March 16, 2000 membership meeting. David teaches biology at Westbury High School. He has served as chairman of the Ornithology Group of the Outdoor Nature Club of Houston and as vice-president of programs for the Houston Audubon Society. He is presently serving as executive vice president of the Outdoor Nature Club of Houston and until recently was the Upper Texas Coast Subregional Editor for North American Birds, the successor to Field Notes. He is an active member of the American Birding Association and the Texas Ornithological Society. I met David several years ago on a Penfeathers Tours that he was co-leader for. He has been leading tours to West Texas and out-of-state for Penfeathers Tours since 1989.
David has birded Southeastern Arizona several times on his own and by leading birding tours. According to David, Southeastern Arizona is a unique place because it is located near the Mexican border; therefore, you have the possibilities of the Mexican strays. There is a diverse habitat: lush riparian habitat near the rivers, Sonora Desert, and within the Sonora Desert there are large continuous mountain ranges sometimes referred to as “sky islands”. All of these habitats are available within a short period of time and distance.
 David introduced us to the birds of Southeastern Arizona through a slide program he had prepared based on the last tour he led in July and August of 1999. The tour began in Tucson for one night, then to Portal for three nights in the Chiricahua Mountains, then to Sierra Vista for two nights in the Huachuca Mountains and finally to Santa Rita Lodge for the last three nights in the Santa Rita Mountains. They were going from “sky island” to “sky island” hitting the desert in between. 
The first time David went to Southeastern Arizona, he added a hundred lifers to his list. I could have added the following birds to my life list if I had been on that tour:  Gilded Flicker,  Lucy’s Warbler,  Lucifer Hummingbird,  Elegant Trogon,  Gambel’s Quail,  Crissal 
Thrasher, Le Conte’s Thrasher, Bendire’s Thrasher, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Strickland’s Woodpecker, Black-chinned Sparrow, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Juniper Titmouse, Magnificent Hummingbird, Yellow-eyed Junco, Steller’s Jay, Hairy Woodpecker, Pygmy Nuthatch, Mexican Chickadee, Grace’s Warbler, Olive Warbler, Red-faced Warbler, Evening Grosbeak, Hutton’s Vireo, Painted Redstart, Golden Eagle, Prairie Falcon, Abert’s Towhee, Virginia’s Warbler, Tropical Kingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ruddy Ground-Dove, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Anna’s Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Blue-throated Hummingbird, White-eared Hummingbird, Violet-crowned Hummingbird, Costa’s Hummingbird, Berylline Hummingbird, Calliope Hummingbird, Allen’s Hummingbird, Plain-capped Starthroat, White-throated Swift, Buff-breasted Flycatcher, Greater Pewee, Red Crossbill, Spotted Owl, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, Rock Wren, Rose-throated Becard, Thick-billed Kingbird, Bridled Titmouse, Whiskered Screech-Owl, Mexican Jay, Common Poorwill, Buff-collared Nightjar, Cassin’s Sparrow, Botteri’s Sparrow, Rufous-winged Sparrow, Five-striped Sparrow, and Mountain Chickadee. As you can see, if you have never birded Southeastern Arizona, you could increase your life birds tremendously. 
This was my second time to see this program and it was just as interesting this time as it was the first time. If you were not at the meeting you really missed an excellent program. David keeps your interest with his stories and educates you by pointing out specific field marks and habitat. His next tour to Southeastern Arizona will be July 21 - 30, 2000. For more information contact him P>O. Box 38157, Houston, Texas 77238, tel. (281) 445-1187; email Our next membership meeting will be Thursday, April 20, 2000. Hope to see you there! 

Nancy Fisher