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Prothonotary Warbler,©Barry Kent Mackay

19 Sep Cackling Goose [thomas finnie ]
19 Sep Dr. Clint Jeske ["James W. Beck" ]
18 Sep FW: eagle cam ["Shively, Steve -FS" ]
18 Sep Re: eBird Report - Folsom - Blackwell Ln backyard list, Sep 18, 2014 [janine robin ]
17 Sep Birding Event in Southwest Louisiana [Jay V Huner ]
17 Sep Richfield Riversilt Wood Storks [Winston and Linda Caillouet ]
17 Sep Re: eBird Report - Bogue Chitto SP, Sep 16, 2014 [janine robin ]
16 Sep Re: rfi: matt pontiff contact info ["James V. Remsen, Jr." ]
16 Sep Re: Mockingbirds and lead ["Sherry, Thomas W" ]
16 Sep rfi: matt pontiff contact info [Bill Fontenot ]
16 Sep Intracoastal Canal Bridge area, Hwy 319, Sep 16, 2014 [Michael Musumeche ]
16 Sep Mockingbirds and lead ["Ribeiro, Renata D" ]
15 Sep Fwd: eBird Report - City Park--Couturie Forest, Sep 15, 2014 [Claire Thomas ]
15 Sep Cameron [Melvin Weber ]
15 Sep Cameron Area September 13, 2014 [Jay V Huner ]
15 Sep unsubscribe ["McLaughlin, Robert" ]
15 Sep gridlock at the watering dish = new deck birds + a new yard bird.... [Bill Fontenot ]
15 Sep Re: Kingbirds [Bill Fontenot ]
15 Sep moderate movement at South Point this morning [Peter H Yaukey ]
14 Sep Crested Caracara ["H. Putnam" ]
14 Sep Birds in mimosa tree [janine robin ]
13 Sep Re: Kingbirds [Lizette Wroten ]
13 Sep Re: Kingbirds ["Nancy L. Newfield" ]
12 Sep Re: Kingbirds ["Steven W. Cardiff" ]
12 Sep Re: Kingbirds [Bill Fontenot ]
12 Sep Roseate Spoonbills [William Bergen ]
12 Sep Kingbirds [RON DURAND ]
11 Sep Hummers [John Dillon ]
11 Sep Crested Caracara [Winston Caillouet ]
11 Sep WW Doves and hummers [Roselie Overby ]
10 Sep Male/female hummer IDing [Elias ]
10 Sep Re: Hummers and ducks? ["Nancy L. Newfield" ]
10 Sep Hummers and ducks? [Sandra Barbier ]
10 Sep Fourchon, yesterday [dan purrington ]
10 Sep Elmer's sunday [dan purrington ]
10 Sep BRAS presentation 7PM, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, BBS *Education Center* (Note new time and location) [Crystal Johnson ]
10 Sep Big Day talk on Friday [Robb Brumfield ]
9 Sep Re: LABIRD-L Digest - 10 Aug 2014 to 11 Aug 2014 (#2014-217) [Linda Stewart Knight ]
9 Sep Re: LABIRD-L Digest - 10 Aug 2014 to 11 Aug 2014 (#2014-217) [Linda Stewart Knight ]
9 Sep Re: Fwd: eBird Report - 19170 Antenor St., Sep 7, 2014 [Glenn Ousset ]
8 Sep Central Vermilion Parish, Sep 8, 2014 [Michael Musumeche ]
8 Sep Black-bellied whistling ducks Covington, St Tammany parish [janine robin ]
7 Sep Fwd: eBird Report - 19170 Antenor St., Sep 7, 2014 [Claire Thomas ]
7 Sep Folsom backyard today [janine robin ]
7 Sep Fwd: Visiting New Orleans ["Nancy L. Newfield" ]
7 Sep Fwd: eBird Report - Claire D. Thomas, Tall Timbers Sub, Mandeville, Sep 7, 2014 [Claire Thomas ]
7 Sep Cameron 6 Sept. [Mac Myers ]
7 Sep Update RE Yellow Rails and Rice Festival 2014 ["Steven W. Cardiff" ]
7 Sep FOS Folsom backyard [janine robin ]
6 Sep RRNWR Bayou Pierre Unit, Yates tract shorebird survey 09/06/14. Red River Parish [Terry Davis ]
6 Sep Re: FOS Folsom backyard [Mary Mehaffey ]
6 Sep FOS Folsom backyard [janine robin ]
5 Sep Peveto Woods today [Dave Patton ]
5 Sep they're baaaaaaaaack [Toddy Guidry ]
5 Sep LA Western Winter Hummingbird Report #2 ["Johnson, Erik" ]
5 Sep This month's Birding Magazine [Robb Brumfield ]
4 Sep Black Terns etc. Livingston Par. ["James V. Remsen, Jr." ]
4 Sep Re: This month's Birding ["Nancy L. Newfield" ]
4 Sep Re: This month's Birding [Jay V Huner ]
4 Sep Re: This month's Birding [James Bishop ]
3 Sep Re: Fwd: [LABIRD-L] This month's Birding - Other Louisiana News - Erik Johnson [Harriett Pooler ]
3 Sep Fwd: [LABIRD-L] This month's Birding - Other Louisiana News - Erik Johnson [Jay V Huner ]
3 Sep Jena observations [Jonathan Clark ]
3 Sep Alexandria Area Birding - Lost Bayou Bottoms, Sep 3, 2014 [Jay V Huner ]
3 Sep Re: Empidonax ID help ["James V. Remsen, Jr." ]
2 Sep Empidonax ID help [Jody Shugart ]
2 Sep This month's Birding [Kevin Morgan ]
2 Sep Mouton Cove and vicinity, Sep 2, 2014 [Michael Musumeche ]
1 Sep Buff-bellied hummingbird [Beth Maniscalco ]
1 Sep Grand Isle Sunday [Phillip Wallace ]
1 Sep Ruddy Turnstone at South Farm (Iberville) 8-31 ["James V. Remsen, Jr." ]
31 Aug Warbler watching [janine robin ]
31 Aug Re: Fishkill in City Park this morning at the C.Woods [Jay V Huner ]
31 Aug Fishkill in City Park this morning at the C.Woods [Tony Barnes ]
30 Aug Roseate Spoonbill [William Bergen ]
30 Aug 8-26/8-29 Central/Southern Lousiana Bird Notes [Jay V Huner ]

Subject: Cackling Goose
From: thomas finnie <finnie.tom AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:39:25 -0500
Labirders,

An up-close picture of a Cackling Goose that should help for ID purposes.

Pictures at http://tfinnie.blogspot.com/

Have a Great Weekend.

Go TIGERS !!

Best, :)
Tom
Subject: Dr. Clint Jeske
From: "James W. Beck" <carpodectes AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:49:00 -0500
Friends,

I bring this news with a severely broken heart.....One of my best friends,
colleague and former supervisor, Clint Jeske passed away Sunday night by
taking his own life.  He and I were more than just casual
acquaintances....I'd look forward to every Sunday when he would come over
and watch the Saints game with me and Ellen.  Despite the fact that he was
a life-long Broncos fan, it was all in good jest.  We spent countless hours
in the field birding, surveying shorebirds, collecting vegetation and
arthropod samples in the coastal cheniers.  He was a damn fine individual
that would give you the shirt off of his back without hesitation.  He will
be sorely missed and thought of every single day.

On behalf of Tommy "T-boy" Michot, Wylie "Clark" Barrow and Tom Doyle, I
have been asked to pass along the following specifics in regards to his
passing and memorial services.

May my good buddy finally rest in peace with his torturous demons.....We
love and miss you, Clint......   -j

_______


Dr. Clinton W. Jeske Obituary

Clinton William Jeske was born in Boulder, Colorado, on Dec. 6, 1960, and
died in Duson, Louisiana, on September 14, 2014. He is greatly mourned,
though his family also knows he is at last at peace. Clint's abiding
passions and loves in his life were his children (Emily, Dayton, and
Danielle), birds of all kinds, especially ducks and geese; other animals of
all kinds, hunting, fishing, coaching soccer and other sports, and carving.
He was most joyous when outdoors with family and friends. Clint grew up in
Colorado, mostly on ranches, and even as a child he was fascinated by
birds. He received a full scholarship to Cornell for his undergraduate work
in wildlife. From there he moved to Florida where he received his Master's
degree in wildlife ecology at the University of Florida, studying ducks.
His first child, Emily Jeske Moran, was born in Gainesville, Fla. From
Florida, Clint and his family (and many animals) moved to Colorado where he
received his Ph.D. in wildlife ecology at Colorado State University in
1991. His son, Dayton Jeske, was born in Alamosa, Colorado. That same year,
Clint and his family moved to Louisiana where Clint spent the next 23 years
as a research scientist studying birds at the USGS National Wetlands
Research Center in Lafayette, La. His daughter, Danielle Mauldin, was born
in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Clint will always be missed and mourned in the lives of his children,
family, friends, and the scientific community. He also positively
influenced the lives of hundreds of children that he coached throughout the
years and their families. He is survived by his children, Emily Moran and
Dayton Jeske of Gainesville, Florida; his daughter, Danielle Mauldin of
Lafayette, La.; his mother and stepfather, Connie and Philip Swan; his
siblings Monty Jeske and Cindy Baker, and many others who loved him and
whose lives were touched by him.  May this beloved man be at peace.

A Memorial Service will be held in the Sanctuary of the First Baptist
Church, 1100 Lee Ave., Lafayette, LA, Sunday, September 21, 2014, at 3:00
p.m.  The family will receive visitors at 2:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary until
the Memorial service begins.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that
gifts and donations in Clint’s honor be made to Alcoholics Anonymous or a
suicide-prevention organization.
____________

James W. Beck
Lafayette, Louisiana
carpodectes AT gmail.com
Subject: FW: eagle cam
From: "Shively, Steve -FS" <steveshively AT FS.FED.US>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:38:31 +0000
We're not quite there, but we're moving closer to having the Kincaid Lake eagle 
cam accessible to the world. We replaced the two cameras this summer, one of 
which is still malfunctioning, but the other is doing pretty well. Click the 
links below to a couple of videos obtained yesterday. 


Steve Shively
Wildlife Biologist
Calcasieu Ranger District, Kisatchie National Forest
9912 Hwy 28 West, Boyce, LA 71409
318-793-9427
318-793-9430 (fax)
318-452-0584 (cell)

From: Fryar, Jonny S -FS
Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2014 2:23 PM
To: FS-pdl r8 kisatchie afc employees; FS-pdl r8 kisatchie all district emp
Subject: FW: eagle cam

See the eagles on the following clips. We will try to soon have these clips on 
our district webpage as well as the live cam put on KNF webpage. 


From: Chad McKay [mailto:chad AT alexandriacomputer.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2014 12:27 PM
To: Shively, Steve -FS; Fryar, Jonny S -FS; Albert, Donavan -FS
Subject: RE: eagle cam

Still working on several things.

Check out these 2 videos.

Chad



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6c38KXMyEc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyIvc8FIQN8



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Subject: Re: eBird Report - Folsom - Blackwell Ln backyard list, Sep 18, 2014
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:05:12 -0500
FOS in Folsom backyard
On Sep 18, 2014 2:58 PM,  wrote:

> Folsom -  Blackwell Ln backyard list, St. Tammany, US-LA
> Sep 18, 2014 6:40 AM - 7:15 AM
> Protocol: Area
> 0.5 ac
> Comments:     Birded a small part of the backyard, Managed to see clearly
> a chestnut sided warbler. So a report was in order.
> 18 species
>
> Mourning Dove  6
> Chimney Swift  1
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird  12
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
> Pileated Woodpecker  1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
> White-eyed Vireo  2
> Blue Jay  5
> American Crow  1
> Carolina Chickadee  2
> Tufted Titmouse  2
> Carolina Wren  3
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
> Chestnut-sided Warbler  1     FOS for yard. Only the second one recorded
> here. I had a really nice look at her as she beat up a caterpillar b4
> eating it. The other sighting was in Oct of 2007.
> Pine Warbler  1
> Northern Cardinal  6
> Indigo Bunting  1     I suspect this is the same bird I have seen since
> mid-summer. The last few times  he appeared he is obviously molting into
> his winter plumage. Now all the blue is just on his shoulders and rump.
> Scraggly tail also.
> House Finch  12
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19868203
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
Subject: Birding Event in Southwest Louisiana
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660 AT LOUISIANA.EDU>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:02:24 -0500
Received an American Birding Association news alert earlier and it featured 
"Bayou Birding & Cajun Cuisine" 24 February - 1 March 2015. This is an 
Institute of Field Ornithology event and leaders are Dan Lane and George 
Armistead. Nice to have birders coming directly to Louisiana to see our bird 
fauna as opposed to slipping across the Sabine River from SE Texas in birding 
trips identified as Texas tours! 


By the way, Dan is going to be one of the LSU MNS team members attempting to 
break the world birding record in Peru next year - featured in the most recent 
issue of "Birding", ABA's magazine. 


Jay Huner
Subject: Richfield Riversilt Wood Storks
From: Winston and Linda Caillouet <lincwinc AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:39:57 -0500
I birded Richfield Riversilt this morning from 9:30 to 10:40 am.  Seeing 
twelve Wood Storks today was a treat.

Winston Caillouet 
Subject: Re: eBird Report - Bogue Chitto SP, Sep 16, 2014
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:04:01 -0500
On Sep 17, 2014 10:53 AM,  wrote:

> Bogue Chitto SP, Washington, US-LA
> Sep 16, 2014 8:20 AM - 11:40 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 7.1 mile(s)
> Comments:     Temp ranged from 78 to 88,very humid and sunny. Only
> warblers seen/heard were Pine. Several  red-headed woodpeckers seen and
> only one was an IM. Very large Tom turkey was seen at the group meeting
> bunkhouse...he was at the front door. Pewees and Acadian flycatchers were
> vocal. Walked about .5 miles.
> 30 species
>
> Wild Turkey  1     one tom with long beard
> Black Vulture  2
> Turkey Vulture  1
> Red-shouldered Hawk  2
> Spotted Sandpiper  1     Seen at the Interpretive center pond along with a
> kingfisher and a gator
> Mourning Dove  8
> Chimney Swift  1
> Belted Kingfisher  1
> Red-headed Woodpecker  9
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
> Downy Woodpecker  1
> Northern Flicker  3
> Eastern Wood-Pewee  3
> Acadian Flycatcher  3
> White-eyed Vireo  30
> Yellow-throated Vireo  1
> Blue Jay  12
> American Crow  5
> Carolina Chickadee  8
> Tufted Titmouse  5
> Brown-headed Nuthatch  3
> Carolina Wren  6
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
> Eastern Bluebird  1
> Brown Thrasher  5
> Northern Mockingbird  1
> Pine Warbler  9
> Eastern Towhee  2
> Summer Tanager  6     Flagged...Saw all 6 of the birds.  Females all
> yellow/greenish with no wingbars and yellow/white bill. The one male  was
> brilliant red with no wingbars and a yellow/white bill. Were seen mostly in
> twos.
> Northern Cardinal  20
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19857450
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
Subject: Re: rfi: matt pontiff contact info
From: "James V. Remsen, Jr." <najames AT LSU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:19:27 -0500
On Sep 16, 2014, at 10:57 AM, Bill Fontenot 
 wrote:

> I've lost matt pontiff’s email address…..matt/somebody, can u send to 
natrldlite AT cox.net? 

> 
> 
> 
> sorry for clogging LABIRD-L, but dis IS official Louisiana bird bizness……
> 


Bill and others looking for contact information … you can always check LABIRD 
first by sending the REVIEW LABIRD-L command to "listserv … ", and the 
instructions are at the LABIRD-L web page. Matt is on LABIRD, and his address 
is there. 



=================
Dr. J. V. Remsen
Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
najamesLSU.edu
Subject: Re: Mockingbirds and lead
From: "Sherry, Thomas W" <tsherry AT TULANE.EDU>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:03:21 +0000
Hi Renata,

You're correct about the mockingbirds resuming their singing, coming out of 
their post-nuptial molts and advertising their presence aggressively with songs 
and fights involved in defending territories. They're abundant in my 
neighborhood on the Westbank, and you're welcome to use our yard for your 
studies. 


--Tom

Thomas W. Sherry, Professor
4024 Stern Hall (personal office)
Dept. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
400 Boggs Hall
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA  70118
tsherry AT tulane.edu
(504-862-8296)

________________________________________
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds 
 on behalf of Ribeiro, Renata D  

Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 10:50 AM
To: LABIRD-L AT LISTSERV.LSU.EDU
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Mockingbirds and lead

?Hello, fellow bird lovers.


As a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Liz Derryberry from Tulane, I am in the 
initial stages of a research project that looks to investigate whether lead 
contamination may affect song learning and song performance in Northern 
Mockingbirds (you may remember my request a few weeks ago for mockingbird 
pictures - thank you so much for all the beautiful pics!). 



You may have noticed that mockingbirds are just starting to sing again after 
their summer break - time to get busy! 



I am looking for people that live in New Orleans, who have seen mockingbirds 
around their houses and would be willing to aid us with this research. I am 
particularly interested in the Marigny/Bywater area (our high-lead treatment 
area) and in the Metairie/Lakeview/Lakeshore areas (our low-lead treatment 
area). If this is something you think you can help with, please contact me at 
rduraes AT tulane.edu! 



Renata Durăes Ribeiro
Adjunct Professor and Post-doctoral Fellow
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

email: rduraes AT tulane.edu
website: duraesribeiro.tulane.edu
Subject: rfi: matt pontiff contact info
From: Bill Fontenot <natrldlite AT COX.NET>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:57:25 +0000
I've lost matt pontiff’s email address…..matt/somebody, can u send to 
natrldlite AT cox.net? 




sorry for clogging LABIRD-L, but dis IS official Louisiana bird bizness……




bill fontenot

lower prairie basse

upper Lafayette parish, LA
Subject: Intracoastal Canal Bridge area, Hwy 319, Sep 16, 2014
From: Michael Musumeche <mjmusumeche AT COX.NET>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:56:48 -0500
LaBirders,

This morning I birded the wooded areas and adjacent fields near the 
Intracoastal Canal bridge near Weeks Island, LA.  Activity was somewhat 
slow.

Mike

Intracoastal Canal Bridge area, Hwy 319, St. Mary, US-LA
Sep 16, 2014 7:10 AM - 10:35 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
37 species

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 


Great Egret  5
Snowy Egret  13
Little Blue Heron  1
Cattle Egret  21
Green Heron  2
Turkey Vulture  7
Common Gallinule  2
Laughing Gull  1
Mourning Dove  11
Eastern Screech-Owl  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  12
Red-bellied Woodpecker  7
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Alder Flycatcher  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  4
White-eyed Vireo  25
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  5
Purple Martin  1     Large female-type swallow with broad wings, light 
colored stomach and vent, dingy throat and upper breast, dark dorsally, 
slight forked tail.
Carolina Wren  6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Brown Thrasher  2
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  6
Worm-eating Warbler  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Tennessee Warbler  1
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  13
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  3
Painted Bunting  14
Red-winged Blackbird  13
Common Grackle  2
Boat-tailed Grackle  6

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19849509

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



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Mike Musumeche
New Iberia, LA 70560
mjmusumeche AT cox.net 
Subject: Mockingbirds and lead
From: "Ribeiro, Renata D" <rduraes AT TULANE.EDU>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:50:52 +0000
?Hello, fellow bird lovers.


As a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Liz Derryberry from Tulane, I am in the 
initial stages of a research project that looks to investigate whether lead 
contamination may affect song learning and song performance in Northern 
Mockingbirds (you may remember my request a few weeks ago for mockingbird 
pictures - thank you so much for all the beautiful pics!). 



You may have noticed that mockingbirds are just starting to sing again after 
their summer break - time to get busy! 



I am looking for people that live in New Orleans, who have seen mockingbirds 
around their houses and would be willing to aid us with this research. I am 
particularly interested in the Marigny/Bywater area (our high-lead treatment 
area) and in the Metairie/Lakeview/Lakeshore areas (our low-lead treatment 
area). If this is something you think you can help with, please contact me at 
rduraes AT tulane.edu! 



Renata Durăes Ribeiro
Adjunct Professor and Post-doctoral Fellow
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

email: rduraes AT tulane.edu
website: duraesribeiro.tulane.edu
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - City Park--Couturie Forest, Sep 15, 2014
From: Claire Thomas <claire AT CLAIREDTHOMAS.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:23:00 -0500
Arrived just after the rain.

Claire Thomas
claire AT clairedthomas.com



Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Subject: eBird Report - City Park--Couturie Forest, Sep 15, 2014
> Date: September 15, 2014 at 10:22:19 PM CDT
> To: claire AT clairedthomas.com
> 
> City Park--Couturie Forest, Orleans, US-LA
> Sep 15, 2014 9:04 AM - 12:23 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Birded Couturie Forest and Scout Island. 
Submitted from BirdLog World for iOS, version 1.7.6 > 35 species > > Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) 4 > Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1 > Great Egret (Ardea alba) 2 > Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) 3 > Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1 > White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) 8 Scout Island near the front entrance under the Oaks > Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1 > Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 2 > Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 5 > Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 1 Scout Island > Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 6 2 were on Scout Island > Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 2 One heard in Couturie and one seen on Scout Island > Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens) 6 2 seen on Scout Island > Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 8 Flyover - Scout Island > Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 3 1 in Couturie and 2 together on Scout Island > Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 7 > American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 5 > Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 5 > Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 5 > Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 4 1 on Scout Island > Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 5 > Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) 4 > Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 1 Scout Island > Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea) 1 Scout Island > Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 4 Scout Island > Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrina) 3 > American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) 5 > Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) 1 Scout Island > Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) 1 Female > Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 6 Scout Island > Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) 4 > Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 9 > Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea) 15 Scout Island > Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 3 > Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 5 Scout Island > > View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19846466 > > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) >
Subject: Cameron
From: Melvin Weber <mweber AT RTCONLINE.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:27:25 -0500
Robbie Bacon and i did Cameron today 9-15-14. For the most part, the woods were 
dead. We did manage a few noteworthy birds overall. 


Olive-sided Flycatcher (1) at northwest corner of Little Florida subdivision. 
One Lark Sparrow on Johnson Bayou loop and another on East Jetty road. One 
Whip-poor-will in Willow island along with an immature female Vermilion 
Flycatcher. At East Jetty we had 2 Marbled Godwits and 2 American 
Oystercatchers. Other nice stuff were one Swainson’s Hawk, one Caracara, at 
least 10 Reddish Egrets (mostly white morph), 10 or more Snowy Plovers, about 
the same Semipalmated Plovers, 6 Piping and 2 Wilson’s. We did find one 
warbler, a single Yellow at Peveto along with two Red-eyed Vireos. Lightly 
scattered along our whole path were Baltimore Orioles with a single Orchard and 
a few Summer Tanagers. 


Not like real migration yet, but still a lot of fun.

Melvin Weber
Subject: Cameron Area September 13, 2014
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660 AT LOUISIANA.EDU>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:50:18 -0500
This report is a bit late but shows that one cannot fool Mother Nature. The 
birds come when it's time for them to come not just because a nice cool front 
came along. Of course, there might have been a fair diversity of birds along 
the coast Sunday morning following the front's passage. 


Went to Cameron yesterday from the Gardner area anticipating possible good 
birding associated with the frontal passage. Joined the Gulf Coast Birding Club 
at Peveto Woods. My path included Gardner - Hineston - Oakdale - Iowa - Sulphur 
- Hackberry - Holly Beach - Johnson's Bayou - Holly Beach - Cameron/East Jetty 
Beach - Rutherford Beach - Cameron Prairie NWR - Sweet Lake - Iowa - Oakdale - 
Hineston - Gardner. Saw about 15 Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks, 1 Mottled Duck 
and 1 Blue-winged Teal. This despite the fact that the teal season opened 
yesterday. Didn't hear a shot fired in the morning. 


My list is 67 birds. This doesn't include Chuck-will's-widow and Barn Owl seen 
by the GCBC at a site north of LA 82 east of Peveto Woods. The GCBC list may 
have included a few more birds than those I have listed. I might have seen Rock 
Pigeon along the way but just don't recall for sure and might have had a 
cardinal cross the road some place. 


Peveto Woods was basically quiet. 

Mike Musumeche who took a different route, more or less, and was with GCBC when 
the group found the Chuck-will's-widows and Barn Owl recorded only 63 birds for 
the day. So, it's unlikely that the overall list could have been much more than 
70, at best. 


Jay

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 
Mottled Duck 
Blue-winged Teal
Neotropic Cormorant 
Double-crested Cormorant 
Brown Pelican 
Great Blue Heron 
Great Egret 
Snowy Egret 
Little Blue Heron 

Tricolored Heron 
Reddish Egret 
Cattle Egret 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 
White Ibis 
White-faced Ibis 
Roseate Spoonbill 
Black Vulture 
Turkey Vulture 
Broad-winged Hawk 

Red-tailed Hawk 
Clapper Rail 
Purple Gallinule 
Common Gallinule 
American Coot 
Black-bellied Plover 
Killdeer 
Spotted Sandpiper 
Willet 
Whimbrel 

Long-billed Curlew 
Ruddy Turnstone 
Sanderling 
Laughing Gull 
Lesser Black-backed Gull 
Least Tern 
Gull-billed Tern 
Caspian Tern 
Black Tern 
Common Tern 

Forster's Tern 
Royal Tern 
Black Skimmer 
Eurasian Collared-Dove 
Inca Dove 
Mourning Dove 
Eastern Whip-poor-will 
Downy Woodpecker 
Crested Caracara 
Peregrine Falcon 

Eastern Wood-Pewee 
Great Crested Flycatcher 
Eastern Kingbird 
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 
Blue Jay 
American Crow 
Tree Swallow 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 
Barn Swallow 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 

Northern Mockingbird 
European Starling 
Prairie Warbler 
Common Grackle 
Boat-tailed Grackle 
Great Tailed Grackle 
House Sparrow 
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Subject: gridlock at the watering dish = new deck birds + a new yard bird....
From: Bill Fontenot <natrldlite AT COX.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:35:19 +0000
upon awakening from a wonderful Saturday afternoon nap (13 sept 2:40pm) the 
first thing I noticed was a commotion at the lil’ watering dish on our deck 
rail outside the bedroom window……it initially involved 3 locals: a 
chickadee, a titmouse, a cardinal -- all apparently simultaneously desiring a 
bath…..as I continued watching the plot thickened: a very worn and obviously 
migrating male painted bunting put the argument to rest by directly plopping 
into the dish, scattering the 3 locals to the sidelines…….then, within a 
half-minute, “deck bird” #65, a young female-type Baltimore oriole landed 
heavily/ungainly into an adjacent gardenia bush then onto the deck rail for an 
attempted drink…..the PaBu held its ground, however, holding the BaOr at 
bay……within another few seconds “deck bird” #66/yard bird #179, a 
female-type blackburnian warbler landed in a holly tree overhanging the 
watering dish (giving great views of both its underside and upperparts) before 
plopping on the deck rail and joining the fray…….. 



whoa!


yes, I've been keeping a “deck birds” list at my place for the past couple 
of deck-ades (ha!)…..to qualify, a bird must land either directly on the deck 
or upon vegetation which touches or overhangs the deck………thus far, 66 
species have been recorded, 27 of which have landed directly on the 
deck……………some years ago Lydia placed a small watering dish -- about 
the size of a salad plate -- at the corner of the deck rail where it is nicely 
protected by the adjacent gardenia & holly………..she recharges it with 
fresh water every day……….this has resulted in a boon for my deck list! 
since placing the watering dish, warbler numbers in particular have 
sky-rocketed…………of the 27 “directly-on-the-deck” species recorded, 
17 (!) have been warblers… 



if any of u labird photographers out there happen to have a pic of a 
female-type blackburnian warbler that they’d care to share, i’d love to 
post in on “the nature dude” facebook page…..please contact me at 
natrldlite AT cox.net. 



bill fontenot

lower prairie basse

upper Lafayette parish, LA
Subject: Re: Kingbirds
From: Bill Fontenot <natrldlite AT COX.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:46:04 +0000
Lizette (et al) --


your am. crow/s. mag report represents a new bird/fruit interaction for our la. 
bird frugivory survey records……as does Cardiff's report of scissor-tailed 
fly (and bluejay[!]) on s. mag….. 



“A Survey of Bird Frugivory in Louisiana” ( Jour. La. Ornith. vol. 4 no. 2) 
was published in 1998, reporting 325 distinct bird/fruit interactions (from a 
total 1041 interactions recorded) involving 67 species of birds on 50 species 
of plants in la…..that study ran for nearly 5 years (1994-98)…..since then, 
I've been cataloguing new bird/fruit interactions via a combination of personal 
observations, or as they come up in LABIRD-L, or in casual conversations with 
other la. birders……over the ensuing years I've added around 16 new 
bird/fruit interactions which include the additions of several new bird species 
(i.e. bh grosbeak, harris’ sparrow, gt towhee, most recently, Cardiff's 
report of scissor-tailed fly on s. mag, etc.) and a few new plant species…… 



i’m hopeful that such data would prove useful for wildlife/natural area 
managers and private interests alike in planning restoration and other 
plantings on their respective properties….. 



I don’t know about the period of time which has elapsed since 1998, but prior 
to 1998 data involving wild bird/fruit interactions anywhere in the u.s. was 
paltry at best……which freaked me out…….to my knowledge only one major 
u.s./Canadian reference, “American Wildlife & Plants: A Guide to Wildlife 
Food Habits” (Martin, Zim, Nelson; Dover Publications) exists; and the vast 
majority of its data comes from the early 20th century (ca. 
1900-1940)………… 



anyway, I still welcome bird/fruit interaction reports, esp. those judged new 
or unusual……over the past 15 years the botanical IQ of la. birders has 
jumped up significantly, and i’m hopeful that we could add a similarly 
significant volume of data to what already exists…………please email me 
privately at natrldlite AT cox.net with records, questions, comments……..I do 
have a .pdf copy of “A Survey of Bird Frugivory in Louisiana” (includes a 
copy of donna dittmann’s lovely drawing of a WeVi eating spicebush berries) 
for anyone interested………… 



happy birding,


bill Fontenot

lower prairie basse

upper Lafayette parish, LA








From: Lizette Wroten
Sent: ‎Saturday‎, ‎September‎ ‎13‎, ‎2014 ‎11‎:‎09‎ ‎PM 

To: LABIRD-L AT LISTSERV.LSU.EDU





   "I regularly see Red-eyed Vireos eating the fruits."  NLN

Me too, Nan. I've been watching the giant one across the street, but no
vireos yet. Did see a crow partaking, though. Is there anything they DON"T
eat...?

Lizette Wroten
Harahan, La.

On Sat, Sep 13, 2014 at 8:13 PM, Nancy L. Newfield 
wrote:

> Y'All,
>
> On 9/12/2014 1:24 PM, Steven W. Cardiff wrote:
>
>> This has already been going on (Eastern Kingbirds feasting on ripe fruit)
>> for at least a couple of weeks at the big magnolia next to Foster Hall on
>> the LSU Campus.  At last year's Yellow Rails and Rice Festival, we were
>> also seeing Scissor-tailed Flycatchers feeding on ripe magnolia fruit at
>> the Lake Arthur cemetery in late October.  So, I guess depending on the
>> individual tree/variety and location, the fruiting magnolia bird magnet
>> phenomenon can occur from mid-late August to late October.
>>
>
> I regularly see Red-eyed Vireos eating the fruits.
>
> NLN
>
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Subject: moderate movement at South Point this morning
From: Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey AT UNO.EDU>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 03:00:52 +0000
About 100 birds/hour crossing Lake Pontchartrain northbound. Usual fare, 
including 3 Dickcissels and some probable Bobolinks. Details at my blog, 
birdingneworleans.blogspot.com 


Peter Y
Subject: Crested Caracara
From: "H. Putnam" <0000003a70918a06-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.LSU.EDU>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:36:23 -0700
Yesterday, I drove from Basile to Lake Charles via Pine Island and Roanoke on 
Highway 395 in Jeff Davis Parish to I-10. About two miles prior to reaching 
I-10, I was fortunate enough to see not one…..not two….but four (4) Crested 
Caracaras on the east side of the highway. Initially, two flew across the 
highway from west to east about 50 yards in front of me, and as I slowed down 
to follow their movement, I saw them land on fence posts where two others were 
already perched. When I stopped the car (in the middle of the road, no doubt) 
to look, there they were, all in a row, each on a fence post and all looking in 
the same direction. Thank goodness there was no traffic coming because I think 
I was in a state of shock! I am not sure how long my eyes were fixated on this 
incredible scene but this sighting has been burned in my memory forever. What 
an incredible surprise. I have read of them being seen south of I-10, but I 
never expected to 

 encounter them in this particular area! I searched for them on my trip back 
home, but to no avail! I suppose I should have gone and bought a lottery 
ticket! 


Helena Putnam
Basile, Louisiana
Subject: Birds in mimosa tree
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 09:10:40 -0500
Hi,
Just saw Eastern Wood- pewee, American redstart, Black and white warbler
and a Blue-gray gnatcatcher at the same time in a large, semi-bare mimosa
tree in the backyard. Very nice to see!
Janine in Folsom
St Tammany parish
Subject: Re: Kingbirds
From: Lizette Wroten <lkwroten AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 23:09:35 -0500
   "I regularly see Red-eyed Vireos eating the fruits."  NLN

Me too, Nan. I've been watching the giant one across the street, but no
vireos yet. Did see a crow partaking, though. Is there anything they DON"T
eat...?

Lizette Wroten
Harahan, La.

On Sat, Sep 13, 2014 at 8:13 PM, Nancy L. Newfield 
wrote:

> Y'All,
>
> On 9/12/2014 1:24 PM, Steven W. Cardiff wrote:
>
>> This has already been going on (Eastern Kingbirds feasting on ripe fruit)
>> for at least a couple of weeks at the big magnolia next to Foster Hall on
>> the LSU Campus.  At last year's Yellow Rails and Rice Festival, we were
>> also seeing Scissor-tailed Flycatchers feeding on ripe magnolia fruit at
>> the Lake Arthur cemetery in late October.  So, I guess depending on the
>> individual tree/variety and location, the fruiting magnolia bird magnet
>> phenomenon can occur from mid-late August to late October.
>>
>
> I regularly see Red-eyed Vireos eating the fruits.
>
> NLN
>
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> Casa ColibrĂ­
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Subject: Re: Kingbirds
From: "Nancy L. Newfield" <nancy AT CASACOLIBRI.NET>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:13:55 -0500
Y'All,

On 9/12/2014 1:24 PM, Steven W. Cardiff wrote:
> This has already been going on (Eastern Kingbirds feasting on ripe fruit)
> for at least a couple of weeks at the big magnolia next to Foster Hall on
> the LSU Campus.  At last year's Yellow Rails and Rice Festival, we were
> also seeing Scissor-tailed Flycatchers feeding on ripe magnolia fruit at
> the Lake Arthur cemetery in late October.  So, I guess depending on the
> individual tree/variety and location, the fruiting magnolia bird magnet
> phenomenon can occur from mid-late August to late October.

I regularly see Red-eyed Vireos eating the fruits.

NLN

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Subject: Re: Kingbirds
From: "Steven W. Cardiff" <scardif AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:24:25 -0500
This has already been going on (Eastern Kingbirds feasting on ripe fruit)
for at least a couple of weeks at the big magnolia next to Foster Hall on
the LSU Campus.  At last year's Yellow Rails and Rice Festival, we were
also seeing Scissor-tailed Flycatchers feeding on ripe magnolia fruit at
the Lake Arthur cemetery in late October.  So, I guess depending on the
individual tree/variety and location, the fruiting magnolia bird magnet
phenomenon can occur from mid-late August to late October.

Steve Cardiff

On Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 12:43 PM, Bill Fontenot  wrote:

> any day now the cones of native magnolias will be opening up to reveal
> juicy fruits which migrating EaKis dearly love…….woodpeckers too…… et
> al……..take a good look up into every magnolia you encounter in 
sept-oct…….. 

>
>
> bill fontenot
>
> lower prairie basse
>
> upper Lafayette parish, LA
>
>
>
>
>
>
> From: RON DURAND
> Sent: ‎Friday‎, ‎September‎ ‎12‎, ‎2014 ‎11‎:‎13‎ ‎AM
> To: LABIRD-L AT LISTSERV.LSU.EDU
>
>
>
>
>
> We had more than 30 Eastern Kingbirds in trees in front of my house
> yesterday afternoon. Saw 8 Monday, then a large flock came flying in around
> 3:00 pm Thursday. Counted 31 perched in top of the trees. Amazing site,
> first here for us in 50 years. Saw a male Baltimore oriole Monday also.
> Cheryl Durand
Subject: Re: Kingbirds
From: Bill Fontenot <natrldlite AT COX.NET>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:43:38 +0000
any day now the cones of native magnolias will be opening up to reveal juicy 
fruits which migrating EaKis dearly love…….woodpeckers too…… et 
al……..take a good look up into every magnolia you encounter in 
sept-oct…….. 



bill fontenot

lower prairie basse

upper Lafayette parish, LA






From: RON DURAND
Sent: ‎Friday‎, ‎September‎ ‎12‎, ‎2014 ‎11‎:‎13‎ ‎AM
To: LABIRD-L AT LISTSERV.LSU.EDU





We had more than 30 Eastern Kingbirds in trees in front of my house yesterday 
afternoon. Saw 8 Monday, then a large flock came flying in around 3:00 pm 
Thursday. Counted 31 perched in top of the trees. Amazing site, first here for 
us in 50 years. Saw a male Baltimore oriole Monday also. Cheryl Durand 
Subject: Roseate Spoonbills
From: William Bergen <wpbergen AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:29:29 -0500
Hi All.

Here’s a shot from years past when I was shooting with film, I was shooting at 
Port Fourchon, LA, it’s located in lower Louisiana at the Gulf Of Mexico. I 
scanned the slide using a Nikon 4000 slide scanner. 


Here’s the link to the image: 
http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/731403651/photos/3022724/roseate-spoonbills 


Hope you enjoy

Bill Bergen
Subject: Kingbirds
From: RON DURAND <rondurand AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:13:07 -0700
We had more than 30 Eastern Kingbirds in trees in front of my house yesterday 
afternoon. Saw 8 Monday, then a large flock came flying in around 3:00 pm 
Thursday. Counted 31 perched in top of the trees. Amazing site, first here for 
us in 50 years. Saw a male Baltimore oriole Monday also. Cheryl Durand 

Subject: Hummers
From: John Dillon <kisforkryptonite AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:44:16 -0500
Been too busy to bird for months because of working in the yard, but much of my 
work involved putting in a respectable hummingbird garden. It's paid off, 
attracting lots and lots of hummers. Wednesday morning I shot video of 12-14 
Ruby-throats at the feeder outside my bedroom window. There are only 4 ports on 
this particular feeder, but it's their favorite. On at least 3 of the ports 
(couldn't see the one opposite me), 2-3 birds were sticking their tongues in at 
the same time. 2 would perch side by side and drink from 1 port, and a 3rd 
would sometimes hover behind and over them and drink, too. I went through about 
a gallon of nectar that day. 


It's slowed down some; there are only 2-6 at the aforementioned feeder at any 
given time right now. But I assume the impending front will bring plenty of 
thirsty birds. 


John Dillon
Athens, LA

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Subject: Crested Caracara
From: Winston Caillouet <lincwinc AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:25:18 -0500
Observed five juvenile Crested Caracara on south side of Tom Hebert Rd where it 
intersects Helms Rd in Calcasieu Parish. Time 1:55 pm. 

Winston Caillouet

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Subject: WW Doves and hummers
From: Roselie Overby <rosebird8791 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:22:30 -0500
I counted 23 White-winged Doves at the back feeder this morning.  I think
there were more in the trees above.  There were 7 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
in view around the front porch feeders.  At least 2 were adult males.
That's not counting those that may have been at the 2 other feeders around
the house and the turk's cap scattered around the large yard.

I heard an Am. Robin give a few notes of its song as another fussed.  N.
Mockingbirds have been in territorial mode the last few mornings--chasing
and fussing between bits of song.  A female N. Cardinal was feeding a fairly
large youngster this morning.  I haven't heard an oriole in over a week.  I
guess everything is right on schedule. 
Roselie Overby
Subject: Male/female hummer IDing
From: Elias <ejlandry AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:19:22 -0500
Is there any sure-fire way to tell the difference between male and female Ruby 
Throats when you can't get a good look at the throats. Adult males are a gimme, 
but the immature males and females give me fits sometimes. 

Thanks, 
Elias LandryAvery Island, Louisiana(where they are starting to swarm…and 
patiently waiting for some winter hummers) 
Subject: Re: Hummers and ducks?
From: "Nancy L. Newfield" <nancy AT CASACOLIBRI.NET>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:04:39 -0500
Sandra,

On 9/10/2014 8:14 PM, Sandra Barbier wrote:

> If anyone cares to comment, please do. This evening at late dusk and
> watching from the back yard in LaPlace several small flocks flew overhead,
> some in formations like modified Vs. It was too dark for me to see them
> well but they were slim with longish necks and wings, so I figured they
> were smaller egrets or ibises, but then I realized they were making
> whistling noises. Could these be whistling ducks? I suppose ibises and
> egrets have calls but I've never heard them. There were probably a half
> dozen small flocks, probably 15-30 per flock, while I watched. They were
> flying from the direction of Lake Pontchartrain, maybe the Bonnet Carre
> Spillway, southwest, maybe to the river or the west bank? Checking the web,
> they did sound like black-breasted whistling ducks. Is it likely that is
> what they were?

This morning about daybreak, I observed a flock of about 30 
whistling-ducks fly over the house travelling in a south southeastward 
direction.  Although it was too dark to distinguish any field marks, I 
am confident that they were Black-bellieds insofar as Fulvous are very 
uncommon in southeastern Louisiana.

> Also, there was one male and one female hummingbird feeding simultaneously
> on a feeder this morning. Another female approached and almost landed but
> the male chased her off. I think they were all ruby-throateds. I've never
> had that many at one feeder before.

We are probably at or near the peak of Ruby-throated Hummingbird 
migration.  I have received several reports of 'swarms'.  My little yard 
is not at its best, but there was a very good showing Labor Day and 
today as well.  It is really difficult to know how many birds you might 
be hosting though.  For about a week, I have been seeing 1 adult male 
that I thought might be a returning winterer.

I trapped him to check for a band, but found no band and he was fairly 
fat as a migrant should be.  I color-marked him and quickly found that 
he was not the one that had been hanging out in back.  In short order, I 
spied 2 more unmarked adult males - in addition to some immature males 
and a few females.  This morning, I saw 4 adult males, including the 
color-marked bird, in front and there was an unmarked male in back, so I 
had at least 4 and maybe 5 adult males at one time.  I don't know that 
I've ever had that many before.

NLN

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Subject: Hummers and ducks?
From: Sandra Barbier <sandabar10 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:14:37 -0500
If anyone cares to comment, please do. This evening at late dusk and
watching from the back yard in LaPlace several small flocks flew overhead,
some in formations like modified Vs. It was too dark for me to see them
well but they were slim with longish necks and wings, so I figured they
were smaller egrets or ibises, but then I realized they were making
whistling noises. Could these be whistling ducks? I suppose ibises and
egrets have calls but I've never heard them. There were probably a half
dozen small flocks, probably 15-30 per flock, while I watched. They were
flying from the direction of Lake Pontchartrain, maybe the Bonnet Carre
Spillway, southwest, maybe to the river or the west bank? Checking the web,
they did sound like black-breasted whistling ducks. Is it likely that is
what they were?
Also, there was one male and one female hummingbird feeding simultaneously
on a feeder this morning. Another female approached and almost landed but
the male chased her off. I think they were all ruby-throateds. I've never
had that many at one feeder before.

-- 
Sandra Barbier
LaPlace, LA
Subject: Fourchon, yesterday
From: dan purrington <oceanites1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:47:27 -0500
This is a message which apparently did not get sent on 4/14.  If it did,
please ignore.


"I estimated 29,000 shorebirds on the edge of the impoundment on in Port
Fourchon yesterday.  They were almost all too far away to identify, and
there was no way to approach the area, but my guess is that at least 2/3
were Dunlin/dowitchers, and the latter would be mostly SBDOs.  Certainly
upwards of 8-10,000 of each.  Peeps would number in the low thousands, I
think, and there were a few Marbled Godwits.  Still a few avocets
remaining, but well down from their peak of well over 1000 earlier in the
winter—always in the same area.



I had my first Mississippi Kite at Cutoff/Larose on the way back."



Dan Purrington
Subject: Elmer's sunday
From: dan purrington <oceanites1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:45:26 -0500
It won't be much of a surprise to those who comb Louisiana beaches, but I
had a Buff-breasted Sandpiper on the beach at Elmer's Island on sunday,
virtually in the surf.  I guess we've had another 2 or 3 there in past
years.  As I'm sure everyone knows, these are generally short-grass birds.

This was my 4th sunday in a row at Elmer's with the only other interesting
bird being a first year LBBG on Aug. 31 with Phillip W.  I had one Snowy
Plover on sunday (9/7) also.

I was remiss in not letting locals know that my first Calliope in Durango
(CO) was on July 20.

Dan Purrington
Subject: BRAS presentation 7PM, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, BBS *Education Center* (Note new time and location)
From: Crystal Johnson <cnjohnson AT LSU.EDU>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:18:38 -0500
 

BRAS Monthly Presentation 

Antibiotic resistance: What are the birds telling us?

Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM 

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center's Education Center

Please join us for Baton Rouge Audubon Society's continuing speaker series.
Attendance is free for all BRAS Members, $3 at the door for non-BRAS Members
and $2.50 for non-BRAS seniors (price of admission at the Bluebonnet Swamp
Nature Center).  

 

Please note that the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center's Education Center is
the newly renovated building just to the south (the left) of the Nature
Center.  Parking is accessible by turning west onto North Glenstone Place;
the Education Center will be straight ahead on the right as the street
curves.

  

Title: Antibiotic resistance: What are the birds telling us?


 

Presenter: Alex Haun

 

Date and time: Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM at the Bluebonnet
Swamp Nature Center's Education Center

 

Summary: Runnels High School senior Alex Haun spent the summer of 2014
collecting cloacal and fecal samples from songbirds banded by the Louisiana
Bird Observatory group as an intern in the Molecular Microbiology Lab at
LSU.  He screened them for antibiotic-resistant bacteria and used polymerase
chain reaction (PCR) to determine which bacteria were present.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria mostly arise and persist because of use of
antibiotic drugs by humans in various ways, e.g., in clinical and
agricultural settings.  Birds are exposed to and colonized by these bacteria
in their environments.  It is unknown to what degree birds are colonized by
antibiotic-resistant bacteria (nor is it known how well these bacterial
mutants survive in the environment).  Alex will be presenting the results of
his internship, work which will be the basis of a future graduate student's
thesis or dissertation project.

 

 

 

Crystal N. Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

(Energy Coast Env. Bdg, Room #2283)

 

Shipping address:

Crystal N. Johnson

LSU Department of Environmental Sciences

Energy Coast Env. Bdg, Room #2070

Baton Rouge, LA  70803

 

Mailing address:

Crystal N. Johnson

LSU Department of Environmental Sciences

Energy Coast Env. Bdg, Room #1273

Baton Rouge, LA  70803

 

Email:  cnjohnson AT lsu.edu

Website: http://www.sce.lsu.edu/profile/crystal-johnson/

 
Subject: Big Day talk on Friday
From: Robb Brumfield <robb AT LSU.EDU>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:39:51 +0000
Of potential interest to Louisiana birders because LSU Museum of Natural 
Science birders will be attempting to break the Big Day record this October 
..... 


Both talks are in the main exhibits gallery of Foster Hall

At noon on Friday Scott Robinson (University of Florida) will be giving a 
presentation about his world record Big Day that he and the late Ted Parker set 
in Peru back in 1983. 


At 3:30 he'll be giving a talk on his research in Peru (Biotic and Abiotic 
Constraints on the Elevational Distribution of Andean Birds). 


As you're aware, LSU is gated so anyone without a pass needs to arrive early so 
that they can get a visitors parking pass from the Visitor Center at the corner 
of Dalrymple and Highland. 






Robb Brumfield, Director and Roy Paul Daniels Professor
Museum of Natural Science and Department of Biological Sciences
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

office telephone: 225-578-3081
cell: 225-202-8892
fax: 225-578-3075
Subject: Re: LABIRD-L Digest - 10 Aug 2014 to 11 Aug 2014 (#2014-217)
From: Linda Stewart Knight <stewknig AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 22:47:45 -0500
my bad sent e to  laba by error . pls forgive

Sent from my iPad

> On Aug 12, 2014, at 12:00 AM, LABIRD-L automatic digest system 
 wrote: 

> 
> There are 3 messages totaling 118 lines in this issue.
> 
> Topics of the day:
> 
>  1. Email Distribution
>  2. LOS Fall Meeting, October 24-25
>  3. Birding Vermilion Parish, help with an ID and eBird etiquette
> 
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:02:38 -0500
> From:    Brad Price 
> Subject: Email Distribution
> 
> I want to stop any emails to this address.
> 
> Brad Price
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:59:20 -0700
> From:    JOELLE FINLEY 
> Subject: LOS Fall Meeting, October 24-25
> 
> 2014 LOS FALL MEETING
> Friday and Saturday, October 24-25
> Cameron
>  
> Please pre-register by October 17th
>  
> Friday Evening:  First Baptist Church in Cameron, 110 School
> Street off of Marshall Street (the main street)
>  
> 6 P.M.-7 P.M.  Registration: Light snacks will be
> provided by the Cameron Parish Tourist Commission.
> 7 P.M.-8 P.M.  Meeting and Evening Program
>  
> New Guinea: Birds,
> People and Natural Beauty
>  
> John Sevenair is
> a retired chemistry professor from Xavier University in New Orleans who has
> been an avid traveler/photographer/birder for most of his adult life.
> Retirement has given John the opportunity to add to his life list of birds,
> countries, mammals and more. He has traveled literally to the four corners of
> the world! At this writing, John has not yet been to New Guinea but in 
October, 

> he will present his “up to the minute” report on what his travels 
revealed. 

> Just in case, we do have a fall back plan from one of his many slide shows!
> Join us for a fun filled evening from the wilds of New Guinea. Will there be
> any photos of Birds of Paradise? 
>  
> Saturday
>  
> 7:00 A.M.  Field
> Trip   Meet in the parking lot of the Cameron Motel. Ed
> Wallace and Marty Floyd will lead a field trip to the Cameron Parish hot 
spots. Bring lunch, drinks, bug spray and 

> walkie talkies if you have them. 
>  
> Saturday Evening: First Baptist
> Church in Cameron, 110 School Street off of Marshall Street (the main street)
>  
> 6:00 P.M.-6:30 P.M.
> Registration 
> 6:30 P.M.-7:30 P.M.  Dinner- chicken/sausage gumbo dinner, potato
> salad, bread, dessert
> 7:30 P.M. Meeting and
> Evening Program  
>  
> Election of officers   
>                                  
>                                   
> Program: Toucan-driven Seed Dispersal in Fragmented
> Costa Rican Rainforest
>  
> Landon Jones is a
> 6th year PhD student in the Environmental and Evolutionary Biology
> Program at ULL, advised by Dr. Paul Leberg. He received his BS and MS degrees
> in 
> Wildlife Conservation at Brigham Young University in Utah,
> where he got hooked on birds and studied Ring-necked Pheasants. Landon
> conducted his PhD fieldwork in Costa Rica, where he trapped and tracked two
> species of toucans to estimate their contribution to seed dispersal in
> fragmented habitats. Landon enjoys birding and traveling, and has studied and
> observed birds in North and Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, the 
Middle East 

> and Africa.
>  
> Cameron Accommodations:
> The phone number for the Cameron Motel
> is 337-775-5442. The Cameron Motel also has sites
> available for RV campers.  Several lunch
> places are open in Cameron and Johnson Bayou and gas is available. Bring your
> own breakfast food. Other accommodations can be found in Sulphur or Lake
> Charles. East Jetty also has camper spaces with hook-ups.
>  
>  
>  
>  
> Please pre-register by October 17th!
>  
>  
> 
********************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************* 

> Pre-registration Form
> LOS 2014 Fall Meeting October 24-25
> Cameron, LA
>  
> Name(s)_________________________________________________________________
> 
> Address: ________________________________________________________________
>  
> Email:__________________________________________________________________
> 
> Number registering for meeting _______ at $10.00/person= $_________ 
>  
> Number
> registering for Saturday’s dinner________ AT  $15/person=$________
> 
> Membership Dues ____________ enclosed
>  
> Donation_____________________
>  
> Total
> ____________ enclosed
> 
> 
> Please make check payable to LOS, and mail to: Judith
> O’Neale,
> 504 Whitebark Drive, Lafayette LA 70508
> jloneale AT aol.com
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:00:34 -0500
> From:    Jody Shugart 
> Subject: Birding Vermilion Parish, help with an ID and eBird etiquette
> 
> I've been working south of Erath, LA since last week so I'm a little out of
> my area, but can someone help me with an ID?
> 
> I saw it at the corner of Hwy 668 and 331 while I was heading back to Don's
> Boat Landing to see if the smorgasbord of swallows from last week was still
> calling their power lines home (they weren't, at least not this evening).
> I was photographing some kingbirds and shrikes when I saw something yellow
> go from the side of the sugar cane field, to the power line to a tree row.
> 
> 
https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/ymuyqTxbjOkJzRt8aSXtWdMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink 

> The photo is in the sun so there are a few bright yellow spots that are
> just leaves, but I assure you, it had a yellow belly, a grayish wing and a
> greenish-yellow back.  I saw it in full shade and in the top of the tree.
> Some of my other pictures made it look like it could have a darkish cap.
> 
> It looks like it could be a goldfinch to me though the colors don't leave
> me feeling too confident.  The beak is too stubby to be a tanager, right?
> I went to post on eBird as "american goldfinch" and it came up as rare.
> What do you do if you have a photo of a bird you can't positively ID but
> comes up as rare.  Post it with a photo and all your observations and see
> what happens?  Maybe ask around until you've got a consensus?  Just don't
> post it?
> 
> thanks,
> 
> -- 
> Jody Shugart
> 985-237-5091 (cell)
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> End of LABIRD-L Digest - 10 Aug 2014 to 11 Aug 2014 (#2014-217)
> ***************************************************************
Subject: Re: LABIRD-L Digest - 10 Aug 2014 to 11 Aug 2014 (#2014-217)
From: Linda Stewart Knight <stewknig AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 22:45:26 -0500
Sent from my iPad

> On Aug 12, 2014, at 12:00 AM, LABIRD-L automatic digest system 
 wrote: 

> 
> There are 3 messages totaling 118 lines in this issue.
> 
> Topics of the day:
> 
>  1. Email Distribution
>  2. LOS Fall Meeting, October 24-25
>  3. Birding Vermilion Parish, help with an ID and eBird etiquette
> 
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:02:38 -0500
> From:    Brad Price 
> Subject: Email Distribution
> 
> I want to stop any emails to this address.
> 
> Brad Price
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:59:20 -0700
> From:    JOELLE FINLEY 
> Subject: LOS Fall Meeting, October 24-25
> 
> 2014 LOS FALL MEETING
> Friday and Saturday, October 24-25
> Cameron
>  
> Please pre-register by October 17th
>  
> Friday Evening:  First Baptist Church in Cameron, 110 School
> Street off of Marshall Street (the main street)
>  
> 6 P.M.-7 P.M.  Registration: Light snacks will be
> provided by the Cameron Parish Tourist Commission.
> 7 P.M.-8 P.M.  Meeting and Evening Program
>  
> New Guinea: Birds,
> People and Natural Beauty
>  
> John Sevenair is
> a retired chemistry professor from Xavier University in New Orleans who has
> been an avid traveler/photographer/birder for most of his adult life.
> Retirement has given John the opportunity to add to his life list of birds,
> countries, mammals and more. He has traveled literally to the four corners of
> the world! At this writing, John has not yet been to New Guinea but in 
October, 

> he will present his “up to the minute” report on what his travels 
revealed. 

> Just in case, we do have a fall back plan from one of his many slide shows!
> Join us for a fun filled evening from the wilds of New Guinea. Will there be
> any photos of Birds of Paradise? 
>  
> Saturday
>  
> 7:00 A.M.  Field
> Trip   Meet in the parking lot of the Cameron Motel. Ed
> Wallace and Marty Floyd will lead a field trip to the Cameron Parish hot 
spots. Bring lunch, drinks, bug spray and 

> walkie talkies if you have them. 
>  
> Saturday Evening: First Baptist
> Church in Cameron, 110 School Street off of Marshall Street (the main street)
>  
> 6:00 P.M.-6:30 P.M.
> Registration 
> 6:30 P.M.-7:30 P.M.  Dinner- chicken/sausage gumbo dinner, potato
> salad, bread, dessert
> 7:30 P.M. Meeting and
> Evening Program  
>  
> Election of officers   
>                                  
>                                   
> Program: Toucan-driven Seed Dispersal in Fragmented
> Costa Rican Rainforest
>  
> Landon Jones is a
> 6th year PhD student in the Environmental and Evolutionary Biology
> Program at ULL, advised by Dr. Paul Leberg. He received his BS and MS degrees
> in 
> Wildlife Conservation at Brigham Young University in Utah,
> where he got hooked on birds and studied Ring-necked Pheasants. Landon
> conducted his PhD fieldwork in Costa Rica, where he trapped and tracked two
> species of toucans to estimate their contribution to seed dispersal in
> fragmented habitats. Landon enjoys birding and traveling, and has studied and
> observed birds in North and Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, the 
Middle East 

> and Africa.
>  
> Cameron Accommodations:
> The phone number for the Cameron Motel
> is 337-775-5442. The Cameron Motel also has sites
> available for RV campers.  Several lunch
> places are open in Cameron and Johnson Bayou and gas is available. Bring your
> own breakfast food. Other accommodations can be found in Sulphur or Lake
> Charles. East Jetty also has camper spaces with hook-ups.
>  
>  
>  
>  
> Please pre-register by October 17th!
>  
>  
> 
********************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************* 

> Pre-registration Form
> LOS 2014 Fall Meeting October 24-25
> Cameron, LA
>  
> Name(s)_Linda stewart Knight
     
> __________________________________________________________
> 
> Address: ____604 chevelle, btr, la 70906 
____________________________________________________________ 

>  
> 
Email:______stewknig AT bellsouth.net____________________________________________________________ 

> 
> Number registering for meeting ___1____ at $10.00/person= $_________ 
>  
> Number
> registering for Saturday’s dinner________1 AT  $15/person=$________
> 
> Membership Dues _______life_____ enclosed
>  
> Donation_________$50____________
>  
> Total
> ________$75____ enclosed/at the door
> 
> 
> Please make check payable to LOS, and mail to: Judith
> O’Neale,
> 504 Whitebark Drive, Lafayette LA 70508
> jloneale AT aol.com
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:00:34 -0500
> From:    Jody Shugart 
> Subject: Birding Vermilion Parish, help with an ID and eBird etiquette
> 
> I've been working south of Erath, LA since last week so I'm a little out of
> my area, but can someone help me with an ID?
> 
> I saw it at the corner of Hwy 668 and 331 while I was heading back to Don's
> Boat Landing to see if the smorgasbord of swallows from last week was still
> calling their power lines home (they weren't, at least not this evening).
> I was photographing some kingbirds and shrikes when I saw something yellow
> go from the side of the sugar cane field, to the power line to a tree row.
> 
> 
https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/ymuyqTxbjOkJzRt8aSXtWdMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink 

> The photo is in the sun so there are a few bright yellow spots that are
> just leaves, but I assure you, it had a yellow belly, a grayish wing and a
> greenish-yellow back.  I saw it in full shade and in the top of the tree.
> Some of my other pictures made it look like it could have a darkish cap.
> 
> It looks like it could be a goldfinch to me though the colors don't leave
> me feeling too confident.  The beak is too stubby to be a tanager, right?
> I went to post on eBird as "american goldfinch" and it came up as rare.
> What do you do if you have a photo of a bird you can't positively ID but
> comes up as rare.  Post it with a photo and all your observations and see
> what happens?  Maybe ask around until you've got a consensus?  Just don't
> post it?
> 
> thanks,
> 
> -- 
> Jody Shugart
> 985-237-5091 (cell)
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> End of LABIRD-L Digest - 10 Aug 2014 to 11 Aug 2014 (#2014-217)
> ***************************************************************
Subject: Re: Fwd: eBird Report - 19170 Antenor St., Sep 7, 2014
From: Glenn Ousset <gousset AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 14:28:36 -0500
Claire, Labird,
Soras show up in strange places. Last year, one landed on my street in 
Chalmette and ran into a yard. The one that was seen running around the 
gardening dept in a Home Depot in Metairie in late April was still present and 
running around last Saturday. 

Glenn Ousset

Sent from my iPhone

> On Sep 7, 2014, at 8:24 PM, Claire Thomas  wrote:
> 
> Begin forwarded message:
> 
>> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
>> Subject: eBird Report - 19170 Antenor St., Sep 7, 2014
>> Date: September 7, 2014 at 8:22:44 PM CDT
>> To: claire AT clairedthomas.com
>> 
>> 19170 Antenor St., St. Tammany, US-LA
>> Sep 7, 2014 7:00 PM
>> Protocol: Incidental
>> Comments: I was surveying my yard after dinner. As I approached the mailbox 
at the end of the driveway a bird popped out and ran under a large rosemary 
growing in the mailbox garden. Could it be a long legged baby Mockingbird with 
only half a tail? From the split second glimpse I got I couldn't imagine what 
it could be. It was shaped like a shorebird! I found it under the bush using 
binoculars and was able to take a couple photos. Needless to say I was 
surprised to see a Sora under my rosemary! I waited in my garage out of sight 
until dark to see if it would emerge…it didn't. :-( 

>> 1 species
>> 
>> Sora (Porzana carolina) 1  

>> 
>> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19766973 

>> 
>> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
> 
> Claire Thomas
> Mandeville, LA 70471
> Tall Timbers Sub
> Hwy. 90 & I-12
> claire AT clairedthomas.com
Subject: Central Vermilion Parish, Sep 8, 2014
From: Michael Musumeche <mjmusumeche AT COX.NET>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 14:47:18 -0500
LaBirders,

This morning I birded Pine Island Road near Forked Island and areas west of
the community of Mouton Cove, both in Vermilion Parish.

Mike

Central Vermilion Parish, Vermilion, US-LA
Sep 8, 2014 7:25 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
52.0 mile(s)
64 species (+1 other taxa)

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 


Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  250
Fulvous Whistling-Duck  165
Mallard (Domestic type)  11
Blue-winged Teal  23
Wood Stork  3
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  38
Snowy Egret  65
Little Blue Heron  6
Tricolored Heron  3
Cattle Egret  185
Green Heron  6
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  6
White Ibis  13
White-faced Ibis  22
Roseate Spoonbill  23
Black Vulture  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  3
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Black-necked Stilt  212
American Avocet  13
American Golden-Plover  1     Plover transitioning from alternate to basic,
broad white stripes on both sides of head and neck connecting at forehead,
brownish/golden dorsally, mottled black on breast and stomach, thin
bill, photos
Killdeer  28
Greater Yellowlegs  16
Lesser Yellowlegs  46
Marbled Godwit  9
Ruddy Turnstone  3
Stilt Sandpiper  8
Least Sandpiper  92
Pectoral Sandpiper  26
Semipalmated Sandpiper  16
Western Sandpiper  115
Long-billed Dowitcher  3
Black Tern  23
Eurasian Collared-Dove  2
Mourning Dove  10
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Barred Owl  3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  4
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  10
Downy Woodpecker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  7
Loggerhead Shrike  1
White-eyed Vireo  22
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  13
American Crow  10
Barn Swallow  8
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  17
Carolina Wren  12
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  5
Northern Mockingbird  6
European Starling  20
Northern Cardinal  11
Blue Grosbeak  45
Painted Bunting  5
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  13
Boat-tailed Grackle  32
Brown-headed Cowbird  20
House Sparrow  13

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19774336

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



_______________________________________________________________
^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^
Mike Musumeche
New Iberia, LA 70560
mjmusumeche AT cox.net



_______________________________________________________________
^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^
Mike Musumeche
New Iberia, LA 70560
mjmusumeche AT cox.net 
Subject: Black-bellied whistling ducks Covington, St Tammany parish
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 10:22:38 -0500
Two adults at the retention pond behind JC Penney.
Looking at them now.
Janine Robin
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - 19170 Antenor St., Sep 7, 2014
From: Claire Thomas <claire AT CLAIREDTHOMAS.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 20:24:22 -0500
Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Subject: eBird Report - 19170 Antenor St., Sep 7, 2014
> Date: September 7, 2014 at 8:22:44 PM CDT
> To: claire AT clairedthomas.com
> 
> 19170 Antenor St., St. Tammany, US-LA
> Sep 7, 2014 7:00 PM
> Protocol: Incidental
> Comments: I was surveying my yard after dinner. As I approached the mailbox 
at the end of the driveway a bird popped out and ran under a large rosemary 
growing in the mailbox garden. Could it be a long legged baby Mockingbird with 
only half a tail? From the split second glimpse I got I couldn't imagine what 
it could be. It was shaped like a shorebird! I found it under the bush using 
binoculars and was able to take a couple photos. Needless to say I was 
surprised to see a Sora under my rosemary! I waited in my garage out of sight 
until dark to see if it would emerge…it didn't. :-( 

> 1 species
> 
> Sora (Porzana carolina) 1  

> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19766973 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
> 

Claire Thomas
Mandeville, LA 70471
Tall Timbers Sub
Hwy. 90 & I-12
claire AT clairedthomas.com
Subject: Folsom backyard today
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 19:03:28 -0500
Three highlights today were blue-winged warbler, cerulean warbler  and a
female bobwhite. I am hoping to see her and her mate come out of the
bordering woods again at the end of this month. Last year eleven of them
marched out into the yard on 9/26. The remainder of my list for the day is
the usual, but it can be seen at the below link if you care to look.
Janine Robin
Folsom  St Tammany parish
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19765620
Subject: Fwd: Visiting New Orleans
From: "Nancy L. Newfield" <nancy AT CASACOLIBRI.NET>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 17:52:48 -0500
LABIRDers,

Recently, I was contacted through 'birdingpals' and am not going to be 
able to help this person out.  If anyone in the New Orleans area can 
help her find some of our great southern birds and show her some 
southern hospitality, please contact her directly at the email or phone 
number at the bottom of the message.  Thank you,

NLN


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	Visiting New Orleans
Date: 	Mon, 1 Sep 2014 21:41:48 -0400
From: 	Mira Furgoch 
To: 	nancy AT casacolibri.net



I am originally from around Ottawa, Canada but am currently working on 
my M.S. in New York. In mid-September (16-21) I am going to be in New 
Orleans for a conference and I am planning on sneaking in as much 
birding as I can!

I am a fairly keen birder and I am very excited to be visiting 
Louisiana, as I have never really been birding south of NY. I have been 
doing some reading up on what I might be able to look for while I am 
down south and (as I am sure you are aware) there are so many wonderful 
birds in the area, if you know where to look!

I was wondering if you might be available during that period to show me 
around some of the local birding hotspots. If you are not available I 
would be so grateful, if you know other birders in the area, if you were 
willing to pass along my information to anyone who may be open (or of 
course providing any contact information to me).

Take care and happy birding,
Mira Furgoch

mirafurgoch AT gmail.com 
914-230-3134







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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Claire D. Thomas, Tall Timbers Sub, Mandeville, Sep 7, 2014
From: Claire Thomas <claire AT CLAIREDTHOMAS.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 16:59:03 -0500
Canada Warbler was a treat! Also think this may be the first record for my 
neighborhood. Maybe the Yellow-crowned Night Heron too. Four Black Vultures was 
more than usual here too. 


Claire Thomas
claire AT clairedthomas.com



Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Subject: eBird Report - Claire D. Thomas, Tall Timbers Sub, Mandeville, Sep 
7, 2014 

> Date: September 7, 2014 at 4:56:40 PM CDT
> To: claire AT clairedthomas.com
> 
> Claire D. Thomas, Tall Timbers Sub, Mandeville, St. Tammany, US-LA
> Sep 7, 2014 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Just keeping my eyes open for whatever may be passing through. I 
was not disappointed! CAWA was a treat. As are the antics of the RTHU's. 

> 32 species
> 
> Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)  1
> Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)  4
> Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis)  1
> Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
> Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  4
> Inca Dove (Columbina inca)  2
> Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  8
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  6
> Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)  4
> Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  3
> Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  3
> Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)  1
> White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)  2
> Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  2
> Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  5
> Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus)  2
> Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)  8
> Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  5
> Brown-headed Nuthatch (Sitta pusilla)  1
> Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  3
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  3
> Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)  2
> Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  2
> Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  6
> Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis)  2
> Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  2
> Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)  2
> Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  8
> Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  5
> Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  2
> House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  4
> House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  5
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19761746 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
> 
Subject: Cameron 6 Sept.
From: Mac Myers <budogmacm AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 16:34:07 -0500
Saturday, the 6th, Paul Conover and I went to Cameron: Hackberry to Holly
Beach; drove beach; Peveto Sanctuary; Johnson Bayou area, including driving
beach west from Mae's Beach/Erbelding Rd. toward Texas Pt.; east across
ferry; brief stop in Oak Grove/Rutherford Oaks; Chalkley and Fruge Rds.
Very humid, warm to hot, very heavy rains around midday, fairly bad
mosquitoes but flies not bad.

We could not relocate the WWPewee found by Dave Patton Friday. Birds were
not numerous at the sanctuary, but there were a few orioles, warblers,
pewees, etc., including 2 Canadas. Both Holly Beach and the beach west of
Mae's Beach were good with lots of gulls (not much diversity), terns, and
shorebirds. No real surprises for the day, but we had good numbers of
Gull-billed Terns (beaches and inland near J. Bayou), an adult Lesser
Black-backed Gull, a White-tailed Kite, four caracaras, decent number of
Reddish Egrets including some white morphs.

It's a long way out, but the outlook for front(s) for next weekend and the
following week is promising. We sure could use some cool fronts!

Details for the day at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19762164

Mac
Subject: Update RE Yellow Rails and Rice Festival 2014
From: "Steven W. Cardiff" <scardif AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 10:51:27 -0500
Hello Labirders-
     Just wanted to notify/update everyone that the Sixth Annual Yellow
Rails and Rice Festival will take place in SW Louisiana from 29 October to
2 November.  Check out the YRARF 2014 website for full details:


http://www.snowyegretenterprises.com/Snowy_Egret_Enterprises/Yellow_Rails_%26_Rice_Festival.html 


Participation is limited due to logistics, and the festival is currently
around 75% full.  Registration remains open until 10 October, but will be
closed if full capacity is reached prior to that date.

     Regarding the main festival Wednesday 10/29- Sunday 11/2:

--The Sweet Lake tour 10/29 is FULL
--The Lacassine Bayou pontoon boat tour on 10/31 is FULL
--The Lacassine Bayou pontoon boat tour on 11/01 has only one space
remaining


     Space is still available for all other offerings (festival package
required), including:

--LSU Museum of Natural Science bird research collection tour on Wednesday
10/29
--Pineywoods trips on Wednesday 10/29 and Saturday 11/1
--Cameron Parish coast field trips on Saturday and Sunday 11/1-2
--Lacassine Bayou kayak tour on Friday 10/31

     And, don't forget about the *BIRD BANDING WORKSHOP* on Thursday 10/30
thru Saturday 11/1 with Dr. Erik I. Johnson and his capable crew.  This is
a great opportunity to learn about bird banding, including capture,
identification of individual birds to species/age/sex, and the actual
banding and data-recording process.  You can register for the Bird Banding
Workshop either combined with, or separate from, the main festival.

     This year we are also offering post-festival rail searches on
Thursday-Friday 6-7 November (with Saturday 8 November as weather backup),
and there are only a few folks signed up.

     And, finally, we are experimenting with pre- and post-festival
extensions to Grand Isle, which include 3 nights lodging on Grand Isle.
 The pre-festival Grand Isle dates are Sunday PM-Wednesday AM 26-29 October
and the post-festival Grand Isle dates are Sunday PM-Wednesday AM 2-5
November.  NOTE that you must also register for a festival package (either
the main festival package or the post-festival rail search package) to
qualify for the Grand Isle offerings.

If you have questions, please contact us at:

yellowrailsandrice AT gmail.com

Cheers,

Steve Cardiff & Donna Dittmann
Subject: FOS Folsom backyard
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 08:59:15 -0500
Good morning,
I just got a short, but clear look at a blue-winged warbler. Black eye
line, obvious white wing bars that looked like a patch, yellow underneath.
It then stayed hidden in the oak leaves for a minute or two, then flew out
and away.
Because of it's bright colors and obvious white wingbars, I am thinking it
was an adult male....jus say in'.
Janine in Folsom
St Tammany parish
Subject: RRNWR Bayou Pierre Unit, Yates tract shorebird survey 09/06/14. Red River Parish
From: Terry Davis <terkchip AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 17:04:38 -0500
Hello birders, Jim Ingold and I surveyed the barn pond area of the refuge,
then moist soil units only. Ronnie Maum was there separately but
simultaneously and taking photos. Decent birds today were-

Wilson's Snipe- 2- possibly 4. Units 4 and 2. Photos by Ronnie of those in
unit 2

Short-billed Dowitcher- 1. Juv in unit 4- obtained photos.

Western Sandpiper- 1. Juv in U 4- obtained photos. We also had 4 worn ad
Semipalmated Sandpiper

Orchard Oriole- ad male along the levee on the way in observed by Jim.
Flagged but not extremely late.

Some other expected shorebirds were also present in fairly good numbers,
especially Least Sandpiper, Pectoral and Lesser Yellowlegs. Waders were
dominated by Cattle Egret, Great Egret and White ibis. Most land bird areas
usually surveyed were not covered today.

More details at

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19752590

Leaving there, we drove on south of Powhatan. We birded a small area near
Mibermel for the slowest survey that I can remember. Best bird there was a
lone American Coot. There were 7 Common Moorhen but notably few waders and
ducks. It appears that this rookery is now well past it's prime. Maybe the
ragged, yet fairly extensive patches of button bush there will now have a
few seasons of rest so that they can be restored to their former profuse
glory.

Looking forward to cooler weather here in Bossier City,

Terry
Subject: Re: FOS Folsom backyard
From: Mary Mehaffey <m11mehaffey AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 07:52:16 -0700
nice morning gifts!!!  Hope you are feeling  good!!

Mary


On Saturday, September 6, 2014 9:37 AM, janine robin 
 wrote: 

 


Hello,
Saw a Baltimore oriole a little while ago. IM.....totally orange/yellow
with light gray on head. Wings very black with white wing bars . Stayed
above me while I walked under the oaks and played it's song. Watched it eat
several  caterpillars. Last year FOS was on 9/16.
Also one yellow warbler and one IM green heron seen.
Janine in Folsom
St Tammany parish
Subject: FOS Folsom backyard
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 09:37:24 -0500
Hello,
Saw a Baltimore oriole a little while ago. IM.....totally orange/yellow
with light gray on head. Wings very black with white wing bars . Stayed
above me while I walked under the oaks and played it's song. Watched it eat
several  caterpillars. Last year FOS was on 9/16.
Also one yellow warbler and one IM green heron seen.
Janine in Folsom
St Tammany parish
Subject: Peveto Woods today
From: Dave Patton <wdpatton AT COX.NET>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 21:29:11 -0400
I spent the morning with a crew installing new signs on the highway for the 
sanctuary. I walked the sanctuary for a couple of hours after finishing around 
noon. It was very hot and humid. Good news..the deer flies were not too bad. 
Much better than a week ago. Bad news.. the mosquitoes were out in full force. 
I still like them better than deerflies. 

It was interesting for flycatchers, but not a lot else. I did see some 
Baltimore Orioles, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, a B&W Warbler, and a mystery chirpy 
warbler that stayed in dense cover. There were at least 2 Olive-sided 
Flycatchers, 2 or 3 Trails, 1 Least, and a couple of unid'ed empids. There 
sounded like 1 Eastern Wood Peewee, and what looked and sounded like Western 
Wood Peewee. It called on one occasion giving the raspy breeyeaarrr call about 
10 times before going silent. It hung around the Port-o-let area along with 
several other flycatchers. 


Dave Patton
Lafayette
Subject: they're baaaaaaaaack
From: Toddy Guidry <guidrys AT COX.NET>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 15:31:21 -0500
FYI - it seems a tad early, but I saw an adult Bald Eagle Thursday crossing
hwy 90 near Amelia.  Seems I remember the presentation at the Eagle Expo on
the GPS study of Louisiana eagles saying returnees begin showing up
mid-latter September, but I could be mistaken and this might be just another
routine Morgan City eagle sighting!

 

 

Toddy

Lafayette

 
Subject: LA Western Winter Hummingbird Report #2
From: "Johnson, Erik" <ejohnson AT AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 13:22:09 +0000
Louisiana birders,

Congrats to all who have attracted their first non-Ruby-throats of the year! So 
far as expected its been mostly Rufous with one Buff-bellied Hummingbird 
reported. Some of you will likely have your birds stay through the winter, but 
in some cases you may have gotten a migrant just passing through, so please be 
sure to update me with your last observed dates. 

Please continue to report your western winter hummer observations to me 
(ejohnson AT Audubon.org), LAbird, or HUMNET for recording in our weekly report 
and database, providing the following information: 

- Your name
- Your address (town only is acceptable)
- First observed (FO) date (or, if discovered while banding or marking other 
birds, the date it was observed) 

- Species
- Age (Adult, immature, unknown)
- Sex (Male, female, unknown)
- Whether banded, when and by whom.

If additional information is learned through further observation or banding or 
if a mistake needs to be corrected, please report those updates and I'll make 
the changes. 


Happy hummingbirding,
Erik Johnson
S Lafayette, LA

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

THIS IS LOUISIANA WESTERN WINTER HUMMINGBIRD WEEKLY REPORT # 2 FOR THE 
2014-2015 SEASON. 


Following are the reports received and added to our database since report # 1 
dated 8/21/2014 . 


1.Mike & Sally Allen, Baton Rouge, LA (East Baton Rouge)
 #1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens (Rufous) Ad M FO 8/26/2014 (banded returnee) 


2.John Conover, Raceland, LA (Lafourche)
     #1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens  Ad  F  FO 9/1/2014

3.Linda Keefer, Covington, LA (St. Tammany)
     #1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens  F  FO 8/29/2014

4.Kimberly Lanka, Baton Rouge, LA (East Baton Rouge)
     #1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens  (Rufous) Ad  M  FO 8/10/2014
     #2 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens  (Rufous) Ad  M  FO 8/19/2014
     #3 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens  Im  M  FO 8/23/2014

5. Joan LeBlanc, Baton Rouge, LA
 #1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens (Rufous) Ad M FO 8/22/2014 (banded returnee) 


6.Cindy Macolini, Baton Rouge, LA (East Baton Rouge)
     #1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens  (Rufous)  Ad  M  FO 8/31/2014

7.Beth & Sammy Maniscalco, Thibodaux, LA (Lafourche)
     #1 Buff-bellied Hummingbird  FO 9/1/2014

8.Amy O'Quain, Lafayette, LA (Lafayette)
     #1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens  (Rufous)  Ad  M  FO 9/2/2014

9.Dave Patton, Lafayette, LA (Lafayette)
     #1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens  (Rufous)  Ad  M  FO 8/28/2014

10.Malise Prieto, Mandeville, LA (St. Tammany)
     #1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens  (Rufous)  Ad  M  FO 8/23/2014

11.Vicki Vance, Baton Rouge, LA (East Baton Rouge)
 #1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens (Rufous) Ad M FO 8/31/2014 (banded returnee) 


12.Jean Wall & Bud Snowdon, Baton Rouge, LA (East Baton Rouge)
     #1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens  (Rufous)  Ad  M  FO 8/22/2014
________________________________
Summary of Reports as of 9/5/2014

Buff-bellied Hummingbird
   1 report
   1 parish
   1 site
Selasphorus Rufous/Allens
   22 reports
   6 parishes
   19 sites
--Identified Rufous
   19 reports
   6 parishes
   17 sites
________________________________
BUFF-BELLIED HUMMINGBIRD

Lafourche Parish:  1 report  1 site

1. Beth & Sammy Maniscalco, Thibodaux, LA
#1 Buff-bellied Hummingbird  FO 9/1/2014
________________________________
SELASPHORUS RUFOUS/ALLENS

East Baton Rouge Parish:  11 reports  9 sites

1. Joan LeBlanc, Baton Rouge, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens  (Rufous) Ad  M  FO 8/22/2014  (banded returnee)

2. Vicki Vance, Baton Rouge, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens  (Rufous) Ad  M  FO 8/31/2014  (banded returnee)

3. Cindy Macolini, Baton Rouge, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens  (Rufous) Ad  M  FO 8/31/2014

4. Russ & Lisa Norwood, Baton Rouge, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens  (Rufous) Ad  M  FO 8/13/2014

5. Robb Brumfield, Baton Rouge, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens  (Rufous) Ad  M  FO 8/15/2014

6. Mike & Sally Allen, Baton Rouge, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens  (Rufous) Ad  M  FO 8/26/2014  (banded returnee)

7. Jean Wall & Bud Snowdon, Baton Rouge, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens  (Rufous) Ad  M  FO 8/22/2014

8. Linda Stewart, Baton Rouge, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens  (Rufous) Ad  M  FO 8/16/2014  (banded)

9. Kimberly Lanka, Baton Rouge, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens  (Rufous) Ad  M  FO 8/10/2014
#2 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens  (Rufous) Ad  M  FO 8/19/2014
#3 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens  Im  M  FO 8/23/2014

Evangeline Parish:  1 report  1 site

1. Helena & Mike Putnam, Basile, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens  (Rufous) Ad  M  FO 8/1/2014  LO 8/2/2014

Lafayette Parish:  3 reports  3 sites

1. Rose and Jack Must, Lafayette, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens  (Rufous) Ad  M  FO 8/18/2014

2. Dave Patton, Lafayette, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens  (Rufous) Ad  M  FO 8/28/2014

3. Amy O'Quain, Lafayette, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens  (Rufous) Ad  M  FO 9/2/2014

Lafourche Parish:  2 reports  2 sites

1. Janelle Bergeron, Thibodaux, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens (Rufous) Ad M FO 8/11/2014 (Banded on left leg) 


2. John Conover, Raceland, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens  Ad  F  FO 9/1/2014

Morehouse Parish:  1 report  1 site

1. Beth Erwin, Collinston, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens  (Rufous) Ad  M  FO 8/12/2014

St. Tammany Parish:  4 reports  3 sites

1. Linda Keefer, Covington, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens  F  FO 8/29/2014

2. Noel Venezia, Slidell, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens (Rufous) Ad F FO 8/3/2014 ("Ms. Pink"; first 
banded by LB 11/26/2006) 

#2 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens  (Rufous) Ad  F  FO 8/4/2014  (banded)

3. Malise Prieto, Mandeville, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens  (Rufous) Ad  M  FO 8/23/2014
________________________________
Subject: This month's Birding Magazine
From: Robb Brumfield <robb AT LSU.EDU>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 05:46:50 +0000
Jim/LABIRD,

Here is a link to a pdf of the article, courtesy of Ted Floyd (Editor, Birding 
Magazine): 

http://aba.org/birding/2014-JUL-AUG/Gorton_Peru_big-day.pdf

It's a great read with lots of history about the ornithology program at the LSU 
Museum of Natural Science. 


The impetus for the article is an upcoming attempt by the LSUMNS to break the 
world big day birding record. More details on that can be found here: 
http://www.lsubigday.org 


We're using the event to raise awareness about the ornithology program and also 
to raise funding for graduate student research. Please spread the word. 



Robb Brumfield, Director and Roy Paul Daniels Professor
Museum of Natural Science and Department of Biological Sciences
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

office telephone: 225-578-3081
fax: 225-578-3075
Subject: Black Terns etc. Livingston Par.
From: "James V. Remsen, Jr." <najames AT LSU.EDU>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 11:54:45 -0500
LABIRD: a fun thing about birding under-birded parishes is that turning up 
species that would be yawners elsewhere can generate new records for their 
eBird bar chart etc. A quick, impulsive trip to restricted-access wetlands in 
Livingston Parish this morning yielded the first (as far as I can tell) Black 
Tern records for the parish, as well 2nd records for Caspian Tern and Western 
Sandpiper. Otherwise slow. Gory details: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19715279. 


Van Remsen


=================
Dr. J. V. Remsen
Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
najamesLSU.edu
Subject: Re: This month's Birding
From: "Nancy L. Newfield" <nancy AT CASACOLIBRI.NET>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 09:04:46 -0500
Jay, Jim,

On 9/4/2014 8:31 AM, Jay V Huner wrote:

> Have you tried going to the ABA website? It might be available on line for 
non-members if you are not a member. 


I looked and it is not even mentioned.  However, it might be available 
in 6 months to a year.  Otherwise, a member might scan the article and 
send it to Jim as a pdf.

NLN

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Subject: Re: This month's Birding
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660 AT LOUISIANA.EDU>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 08:31:30 -0500
Jim,

Have you tried going to the ABA website? It might be available on line for 
non-members if you are not a member. 


Jay H. 

----- Original Message -----
From: "James Bishop" 
To: LABIRD-L AT listserv.lsu.edu
Sent: Thursday, September 4, 2014 7:06:12 AM
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] This month's Birding

Possible to get a copy of the article?  Jim Bishop, Kuwait​


On Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 9:56 PM, Kevin Morgan  wrote:

> Today's mail brought the latest issue of the ABA Birding magazine, which
> has
> a stellar article on the LSUMNS and plans for a very ambitious Big Day in
> Peru by the Museum and some of the students there. Most of you will
> recognize a lot of the names mentioned therein. Kudos to all for getting
> more of the recognition they so richly deserve.
>
> Kevin Morgan
> Baton Rouge LA
>
Subject: Re: This month's Birding
From: James Bishop <bishopjmarcus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 15:06:12 +0300
Possible to get a copy of the article?  Jim Bishop, Kuwait​


On Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 9:56 PM, Kevin Morgan  wrote:

> Today's mail brought the latest issue of the ABA Birding magazine, which
> has
> a stellar article on the LSUMNS and plans for a very ambitious Big Day in
> Peru by the Museum and some of the students there. Most of you will
> recognize a lot of the names mentioned therein. Kudos to all for getting
> more of the recognition they so richly deserve.
>
> Kevin Morgan
> Baton Rouge LA
>
Subject: Re: Fwd: [LABIRD-L] This month's Birding - Other Louisiana News - Erik Johnson
From: Harriett Pooler <harriett.pooler AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 16:10:46 -0500
Thanks so much Jay for bringing attention to Erik's work and Audubon
Louisiana. Erik is doing great work and I'm glad that he got the
recognition in our national magazine. The state office has been open 2 1/2
years in Baton Rouge but I'm not sure how many people realize that.  The
office has been mainly centered on coastal work, especially with Rainey's
26,000 acre refuge, but is steadily migrating all over the state. I wanted
to bring this up on LaBird but was trying to respect the List Emperor's
wishes and stick to bird news only!


Harriett Pooler
Audubon Louisiana
Marketing and Development Manager
Baton Rouge, LA


On Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 4:02 PM, Jay V Huner  wrote:

> Back in July or early August, I opened my copy of the Audubon Magazine and
> came across a feature article about Green Herons. Just looking at the
> pictures I realized that it was a report about Erik Johnson's project at
> the Rainey Refuge. That was excellent PR for Audubon work in Louisiana. I
> suspect those who do not receive the Audubon Magazine can go to the Audubon
> site and secure access to the report. I kept waiting for someone to
> announce the article on LABIRD but no one did. So, Kevin's report gives me
> an opportunity to mention the article before it becomes ancient history.
>
> Best,
>
>
> Jay Huner
>
> ----- Forwarded Message -----
> From: "Kevin Morgan" 
> To: LABIRD-L AT listserv.lsu.edu
> Sent: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 1:56:16 PM
> Subject: [LABIRD-L] This month's Birding
>
> Today's mail brought the latest issue of the ABA Birding magazine, which
> has
> a stellar article on the LSUMNS and plans for a very ambitious Big Day in
> Peru by the Museum and some of the students there. Most of you will
> recognize a lot of the names mentioned therein. Kudos to all for getting
> more of the recognition they so richly deserve.
>
> Kevin Morgan
> Baton Rouge LA
>
Subject: Fwd: [LABIRD-L] This month's Birding - Other Louisiana News - Erik Johnson
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660 AT LOUISIANA.EDU>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 16:02:01 -0500
Back in July or early August, I opened my copy of the Audubon Magazine and came 
across a feature article about Green Herons. Just looking at the pictures I 
realized that it was a report about Erik Johnson's project at the Rainey 
Refuge. That was excellent PR for Audubon work in Louisiana. I suspect those 
who do not receive the Audubon Magazine can go to the Audubon site and secure 
access to the report. I kept waiting for someone to announce the article on 
LABIRD but no one did. So, Kevin's report gives me an opportunity to mention 
the article before it becomes ancient history. 


Best,


Jay Huner

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "Kevin Morgan" 
To: LABIRD-L AT listserv.lsu.edu
Sent: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 1:56:16 PM
Subject: [LABIRD-L] This month's Birding

Today's mail brought the latest issue of the ABA Birding magazine, which has
a stellar article on the LSUMNS and plans for a very ambitious Big Day in
Peru by the Museum and some of the students there. Most of you will
recognize a lot of the names mentioned therein. Kudos to all for getting
more of the recognition they so richly deserve.

Kevin Morgan
Baton Rouge LA
Subject: Jena observations
From: Jonathan Clark <falloutbird1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 13:33:52 -0700
   I've not gotten out much to do 'serious' birding lately. Only a trip to
Catahoula NWR a few days ago that I've yet to post to ebird. But, one can't
help but to pick up bits of bird activity what ever one is doing. A few
observations are below.

Today, 9/3/14, a spent a little over an hour at the Jena walking track.
There was the usual sorts (RH Woodpecker, N Mockingbird, BH Nuthatch, etc),
but the Mississippi Kite spotted soaring up high to the southwest was maybe
a bit of a highlight.

Today, 9/3/14, at my home in the NE quarter of Jena, I had a Swainson's
Warbler singing a partial version of the song. Didn't see the bird and was
sans binocs (putting out birdseed).

Recently, American Robins have been hanging around the yard.

Always impressed when I go to Wal-Mart lately and see the roving flock of
House Sparrows. "The Brown Wave". That group must have had a bumper crop of
young'n's this breeding season, judging from the increase noted in their
numbers I always see when walking between vehicle and store. I know these
guys aren't the most popular sp., but they seem rather restricted in Jena
to the more developed/degraded parts and I've noted the sp. at my yard, for
example, which is about a mile from down town on only one or two occasions,
and those as flyovers. Hey, if they lend some life and a touch of something
wild to the concrete savannah (super w-mart parking lot), then I welcome
them. I know the situation is different in other towns, though.

Loggerhead Shrike pair that inhabits the area around the Super Wal-Mart/The
Hill/the rodeo arena area had been seen some weeks ago with several
juveniles. Hadn't noted the family together lately, though seen in ones or
twos regularly, but I'm sure if I go with binocs and the intention of
birding, I could locate them. Spotting the shrikes is usually the best part
of going to the store. : )

Just thought I'd share what's been noted around town here in Jena that I
could remember right now, not been able to bird much. Hope to get out and
do some serious birding tomorrow though and maybe find a few migrants (got
a hankerin' for Yellow Warbler).

Keep an eye to the sky, guys!
Jonathan Clark
Subject: Alexandria Area Birding - Lost Bayou Bottoms, Sep 3, 2014
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660 AT LOUISIANA.EDU>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 13:21:53 -0500
Not mentioned below - there is a cypress/tupelo slough at the base of the 
escarpment. I find it especially impressive and well worth the regular visits I 
make to the area. I was surprised to not find good numbers and diversity of 
water birds in the main 40 acre slough. Two passing White Ibis were the only 
water birds I found. Usually, the slough has 5-6 species of water birds. 
Walking on the levee was difficult because the vegetation was waist high and 
reasonably thick. But, the only snake I found - a 3' moccasin - was on the 
trail under the canopy before I got to the levee! There were many large spider 
webs along the trail but most were fairly high so they did not block the trail. 


By the way, bow season for deer starts October 1st in Kisatchie and Lost Bayou 
Bottoms is part of that unit. So, wear some hunter orange if you visit on that 
date or afterwards. 


Also, there is a big sign at the entrance to the access road at Messina Road. 
It lists the "partners" who are responsible for Lost Bayou Bottoms including 
Ducks Unlimited. 


Jay Huner


> Lost Bayou Bottoms, Rapides, US-LA
> Sep 3, 2014 7:55 AM - 10:25 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.2 mile(s)
> Comments: Site is located off Messina Road about 3 miles easterly from LA 28 
W. The bottoms themselves are at the base of the highlands adjacent to the Red 
River Valley. However, the road to the trail head at the edge of the escarpment 
is about a mile long. It has been pretty much impassable for anything except 
high wheel base 4-wheel drive vehicles for about 5 years. The road was recently 
re-worked. This morning the road was wet and there were at least 4 dicey places 
where the wheels on my 2-wheel drives Tacoma started to spin. Once the road 
dries, it will be bumpy in those areas but more easily passed. A major problem 
is that Bozos with off road vehicles are sure to make it a point to wallow 
their vehicles in soft spots during wet weather. But, unless enforcement people 
catch them in the act, not much can be done. So, if you want to go to the 
Bottoms, now is the time to do it. 

> Of course, I have been in the habit of parking near Messina Road and walking 
back to the Bottoms and back. It's a nice walk for those with the time. One 
goes from the western highlands in mixed but mostly pine forest to the 
escarpment and then down into the Red River Valley. 

> It was especially odd to not find many cardinals in habitat that was ideal 
for that species. Guess they are going through a molt and not responding to 
screech-owl play back and/or have moved into a more desirable area. 

> 29 species (+1 other taxa)
> 
> White Ibis  2
> Red-shouldered Hawk  1
> Mourning Dove  3
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo  3
> Eastern Screech-Owl  1
> Barred Owl  2
> Chimney Swift  2
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
> Downy Woodpecker  2
> Pileated Woodpecker  3
> Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
> Acadian Flycatcher  1
> Great Crested Flycatcher  4
> White-eyed Vireo  7
> Yellow-throated Vireo  1
> Red-eyed Vireo  1
> Blue Jay  4
> American Crow  6
> Fish Crow  1
> swallow sp.  2
> Carolina Chickadee  5
> Tufted Titmouse  6
> Carolina Wren  14
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
> Hooded Warbler  2
> Northern Parula  1
> Pine Warbler  2
> Summer Tanager  3
> Northern Cardinal  3
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19657932 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Re: Empidonax ID help
From: "James V. Remsen, Jr." <najames AT LSU.EDU>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 09:10:42 -0500
Jody/LABIRD: ID of empids from photos, especially singles, is a minefield, and 
so no surpise that no one has responded. However, if forced at gunpoint to give 
a "most likely" ID for this one, I would agree with Yellow-bellied, for the 
reasons you outline plus very blackish wings, possibly a yellowish throat 
flanked by olive (a good mark for the species), and unimpressive primary 
projection. 


The date is within the expected range for the species in LA in fall - -they 
just aren't very common. 


However, empid coloration seems exceptionally volatile with respect to ambient 
light, and then you add the problems of colors in digital photos … 


Van Remsen

On Sep 2, 2014, at 9:16 PM, Jody Shugart  wrote:

> I was working today at the southern end of Bayou Blue Road way south of
> Grosse Tete, LA and I came across an empid that I couldn't ID (surprise
> surprise).  I'm used to photographing Acadian Flycatchers, but something
> about this one struck me as a little different.
> 
> Click here for link to the photo
> 
 

> 
> Anyway, I got a photo of it and I'm leaning towards Yellow-bellied although
> when I checked eBird, it looks like almost no one has seen those this year
> in this area so that makes me doubt myself greatly.
> I got a relatively clear picture of it although its back was turned.  Using
> Sibley's for diagnostic marks: I could see a bold eyering (not
> Alder/Willow), yellow on the belly (not Alder/Willow) and a dusky throat
> rather than white (not Acadian?).  The tail is at a weird angle, so I can't
> tell if it's thin or not.
> 
> It did not vocalize although I had heard Acadians earlier that day.
> 
> Is it possible to make an ID using this photo?
> Follow-up question: What's your favorite resource/guide/book for
> distinguishing flycatchers?
> 
> -- 
> Jody Shugart
> 985-237-5091 (cell)

=================
Dr. J. V. Remsen
Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
najamesLSU.edu
Subject: Empidonax ID help
From: Jody Shugart <jodyshugart AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 21:16:29 -0500
I was working today at the southern end of Bayou Blue Road way south of
Grosse Tete, LA and I came across an empid that I couldn't ID (surprise
surprise).  I'm used to photographing Acadian Flycatchers, but something
about this one struck me as a little different.

Click here for link to the photo

 


Anyway, I got a photo of it and I'm leaning towards Yellow-bellied although
when I checked eBird, it looks like almost no one has seen those this year
in this area so that makes me doubt myself greatly.
I got a relatively clear picture of it although its back was turned.  Using
Sibley's for diagnostic marks: I could see a bold eyering (not
Alder/Willow), yellow on the belly (not Alder/Willow) and a dusky throat
rather than white (not Acadian?).  The tail is at a weird angle, so I can't
tell if it's thin or not.

It did not vocalize although I had heard Acadians earlier that day.

Is it possible to make an ID using this photo?
Follow-up question: What's your favorite resource/guide/book for
distinguishing flycatchers?

-- 
Jody Shugart
985-237-5091 (cell)
Subject: This month's Birding
From: Kevin Morgan <cowboyinbrla AT COX.NET>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 13:56:16 -0500
Today's mail brought the latest issue of the ABA Birding magazine, which has
a stellar article on the LSUMNS and plans for a very ambitious Big Day in
Peru by the Museum and some of the students there. Most of you will
recognize a lot of the names mentioned therein. Kudos to all for getting
more of the recognition they so richly deserve.

Kevin Morgan
Baton Rouge LA
Subject: Mouton Cove and vicinity, Sep 2, 2014
From: Michael Musumeche <mjmusumeche AT COX.NET>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 12:16:39 -0500
LaBirders,

This morning I birded ag/wetlands west of the community of Mouton Cove in 
Vermilion Parish.  There were many fields that were in excellent condition 
for shorebirds and other water-associated species.

Mike


Mouton Cove and vicinity, Vermilion, US-LA
Sep 2, 2014 6:30 AM - 10:35 AM
Protocol: Traveling
20.0 mile(s)
55 species (+1 other taxa)

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 


Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  75
Fulvous Whistling-Duck  38
Wood Duck  2
Mallard (Domestic type)  12
Blue-winged Teal  3
Wood Stork  13
Neotropic Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  5
Great Egret  35
Snowy Egret  95
Little Blue Heron  30
Cattle Egret  53
Green Heron  2
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  27
White Ibis  32
White-faced Ibis  75
Roseate Spoonbill  19
Turkey Vulture  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Black-necked Stilt  46
Black-bellied Plover  35
Semipalmated Plover  33
Killdeer  20
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  11
Willet  4
Lesser Yellowlegs  14
Dunlin  5
Baird's Sandpiper  1
Least Sandpiper  61
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  1
Pectoral Sandpiper  7
Semipalmated Sandpiper  1
Western Sandpiper  71
Long-billed Dowitcher  46
Laughing Gull  10
Black Tern  105
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  5
Eurasian Collared-Dove  10
Inca Dove  2
Mourning Dove  11
Loggerhead Shrike  3
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  6
Tree Swallow  2
Bank Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  30
Cave Swallow  2
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  23
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  30
Boat-tailed Grackle  46
Great-tailed Grackle  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  38
House Sparrow  21

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19649215

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



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Mike Musumeche
New Iberia, LA 70560
mjmusumeche AT cox.net 
Subject: Buff-bellied hummingbird
From: Beth Maniscalco <beth.maniscalco AT NICHOLLS.EDU>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:09:38 -0500
Returned home today after a seven day absence to filthy feeders and a
Buff-bellied hummingbird!  Thank goodness for an abundance of flowers
keeping it, and the many Ruby-throats happy.

Erik,

Lafourche Parish, Thibodaux, LA

Buff-bellied hummingbird, FO September 1, 2014   Beth and Sammy Maniscalco

Hope this is the first of many winterers!

Good birding,
Beth and Sammy Maniscalco
Thibodaux, La
(Approx. 60 miles SW of New Orleans)
Subject: Grand Isle Sunday
From: Phillip Wallace <PhillipWallace AT NEWMANSCHOOL.ORG>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:27:43 +0000
Labirders,

Dan Purrington and I braved the heat Sunday to bird Elmer's Island and Grand 
Isle. 


Had a total of 12 Reddish Egrets (8 at Elmer's).

7 species of warbler

Worm-eating 4
Waterthrush sp 2
B&W 3
Proth 8
Kentucky 3
Redstart 2
Canada 1

Interesting Odonate - Phantom Darner; David Muth and I had 3 of this species 2 
weeks ago. 



Good Birding,

Phillip Wallace
Subject: Ruddy Turnstone at South Farm (Iberville) 8-31
From: "James V. Remsen, Jr." <najames AT LSU.EDU>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:10:56 -0500
LABIRD: yesterday we (Matt Brady, Dan O'Malley, Ryan Terrill, and new LSU 
ornithology grad student Oscar Johnson) surveyed South Farm. Generally slow for 
both waterbirds and especially land birds, but an. adult Ruddy Turnstone in 
alternate=breed. plumage was a nice find, and almost certainly a first for 
Iberville. Other mentionables: Glossy Ibis, 7 Semi Plovers, 1 Western 
Sandpiper, 1 Least Tern, 3 Black Terns, 8 Alder Flycatchers. Gory details = 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19636362 



=================
Dr. J. V. Remsen
Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
najamesLSU.edu
Subject: Warbler watching
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:29:54 -0500
Watching a Black and white warbler working a large oak near my observation
futon in the sunroom(way too hot outside for me!).
Looks to be a Fall Im male. No buff on flanks.
Janine in Folsom
St Tammany parish
Subject: Re: Fishkill in City Park this morning at the C.Woods
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660 AT LOUISIANA.EDU>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:57:14 -0500
Well,

Think how happy the fish eating birds are and how happy the scavengers will be 
when the fish that die, bloat and float! 


What happens when you have several days of inclement weather in nutrient rich 
systems like the referenced lagoon, the algae blooms die and no longer generate 
enough oxygen to carry over to the next day. Remember most of the oxygen 
generated in ponds/lagoons is produced by the phytoplankton - algae to most 
people. They can do this ONLY during the day when the sun is shining and 
produce oxygen through photosynthesis. Those same phytoplankton must use oxygen 
24-7 just like animals and bacteria. 


Cloudy days in the hot summer are a fish farmer's nightmare. They must monitor 
oxygen levels 24-7 and use huge aerators for emergency situations like the one 
in the lagoon Tony talks about. 


Wouldn't surprise me a bit if the fishing is lousy in the other lagoons and 
that the dissolved oxygen levels are low but not low enough to force the fish 
to the surface. 


Jay Huner - Fisheries Biologist in Another Life

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tony Barnes" <00000056fa0cc43c-dmarc-request AT listserv.lsu.edu>
To: LABIRD-L AT listserv.lsu.edu
Sent: Sunday, August 31, 2014 8:44:09 AM
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Fishkill in City Park this morning at the C.Woods

Fishkill in City Park this morning at the C.Woods

7am this morning, City Park / C Woods, between the fishing pier and gravel 
road, large quantities of fish were struggling for air, head out of the water, 
and beaching themselves… Bass, bream, shiners, carp… very sad to see.. I 
had fished in other lagoons earlier in the morning and had not seen any similar 
activity. 


Tony Barnes / New Orleans
Subject: Fishkill in City Park this morning at the C.Woods
From: Tony Barnes <00000056fa0cc43c-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.LSU.EDU>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 06:44:09 -0700
Fishkill in City Park this morning at the C.Woods

7am this morning, City Park / C Woods, between the fishing pier and gravel 
road, large quantities of fish were struggling for air, head out of the water, 
and beaching themselves… Bass, bream, shiners, carp… very sad to see.. I 
had fished in other lagoons earlier in the morning and had not seen any similar 
activity. 


Tony Barnes / New Orleans
Subject: Roseate Spoonbill
From: William Bergen <wpbergen AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:33:33 -0500
Hi all,






Here is the link to the roseate spoonbill taken in Lafreniere Park located in 
jefferson parish 



jpg
http://g3.img-dpreview.com/95DF1A75811543A7987DD200EBBFA289.
Subject: 8-26/8-29 Central/Southern Lousiana Bird Notes
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660 AT LOUISIANA.EDU>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:44:27 -0500
During the past week, I was in the Church Point area on 8-26 and the Sorrento 
area 8-27/28 returning home on 8-29 to the Gardner area on Cotile Lake. Some 
might be interested in a few notes. 


Jay Huner

- Church Point Area - all but two of the crawfish ponds in the area I identify 
on ebird as the Richard Smith (Restricted Access) Working Wetlands have been 
drained. The rice fields in the area are either being harvested or will soon be 
harvested. So, there was nothing like the waterbird density of the May-early 
August period. However, I found individual Semipalmated Plover and Long-billed 
Dowitcher shorebirds and 5 Black-bellied Plovers. I also found a Yellow Warbler 
and a pair of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers in riparian vegetation along a coulee. The 
warbler was surely a migrant and the gnatcatchers might have been migrants. I 
found at least 19 American Coots and 330 Black-necked Stilts in the two 
crawfish ponds that are still flooded. 


- Sorrento Area - This is an area of old field succession, working wetland 
units, bottomland hardwood, and wetland mitigation units that I identify on 
ebird as McElroy Swamp (Restricted Access). I found enough Eastern Kingbirds to 
suggest that they were migrants and the Alder Flycatcher I found was certainly 
a migrant. I did manage a single Blue-winged Teal on Thursday morning. I was 
participating in a meeting in Baton Rouge so didn't have a chance to do as much 
birding as I might have otherwise done. I would have expected to have found 
some incoming Yellow Warblers and more flycatchers had I been able to do more 
birding. 


- Cotile Lake - Near dark, no less than 75 Eastern Kingbirds were coming to 
roost in the trees adjacent to the lake in our front yard. They are certainly 
migrants. And, for what it's worth, the House Finches seem to have had a fairly 
successful nesting season based on the fledglings that are coming to our 
feeders.