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Razorbills,©Jan Wilczur

19 Dec Yellow Throated Warbler []
19 Dec Brooklyn-Camp Shelby CBC Tues Dec 30 ["Diane Lafferty" ]
18 Dec Good spots?? [R Smith ]
18 Dec Re: rfi winter hummers []
18 Dec Brooklyn-Camp Shelby CBC ["Larry Basden" ]
18 Dec rfi winter hummers ["bill ." ]
17 Dec Rusty Blackbirds [Joe McGee ]
17 Dec Common Mergansers/Oktibbeha Co., MS/continues ["Schiefer, Terence" ]
15 Dec Wild turkey color phase []
14 Dec One of the coolest things I've ever seen [Rob Heflin ]
14 Dec House Wren & Fox Sparrow LBSP [Pullen Watkins ]
13 Dec Sparrow, Wrens, Snipe [William B Woodard ]
13 Dec Dahomey Christmas Bird Count ["Maureen & Bucky Brooks" ]
12 Dec Sardis Dam Area [Robert Briscoe ]
10 Dec Re: Junco ["Larry Pace" ]
9 Dec Re: Junco ["Larry Basden" ]
9 Dec Re: Junco ["Jeffrey W. Harris" ]
9 Dec Junco ["Larry Pace" ]
8 Dec Two adult Bald Eagles have been shot in Rankin County [Christopher King ]
8 Dec JAS CBC. [Mary Stevens ]
7 Dec north Delta birding [Jason Hoeksema ]
5 Dec Lauderdale County CBC [Nancy Donald ]
5 Dec Northern Waterthrush/Lowndes Co.,MS ["Schiefer, Terence" ]
5 Dec Fall Bird record reminder ["Schiefer, Terence" ]
4 Dec Tupelo CBC ["Fields, Carol" ]
3 Dec Re: November duck abundance [Regina George ]
3 Dec November duck abundance [JR Rigby ]
30 Nov Arkabutla Lake and Tunica County [Jason Hoeksema ]
30 Nov common goldeneye [Jim & Dianne Patterson ]
29 Nov Fwd: Duck Stamps [van harris ]
29 Nov Fwd: Duck Stamps [van harris ]
29 Nov Re: Duck Stamps [Billie Cantwell ]
29 Nov Duck Stamps [van harris ]
29 Nov Duck Stamps [van harris ]
28 Nov Sardis Lake Dam Area Panola County [Wayne Patterson ]
28 Nov please report winter hummingbirds! [Jason Hoeksema ]
28 Nov Common, Red-breasted and Hooded Mergansers at Oktibbeha Co. Lake ["Jeffrey W. Harris" ]
26 Nov Ross's Goose at Oktibbeha Co. Lake ["Jeffrey W. Harris" ]
26 Nov Oktibbeha Co. Lake ["Jeffrey W. Harris" ]
26 Nov Common Mergansers persist at Oktibbeha Co. Lake ["Jeffrey W. Harris" ]
26 Nov Common Mergansers persist at Oktibbeha Co. Lake ["Jeffrey W. Harris" ]
25 Nov Ducks [William B Woodard ]
26 Nov common goldeneyes []
25 Nov Tanzania expedition [van harris ]
24 Nov North Delta Birding [JR Rigby ]
24 Nov Horned Grebe [Hal Mitchell ]
24 Nov Panola County SPRAGUE'S PIPIT returns, other highlights [Jason Hoeksema ]
24 Nov Common Merganser [Robert Briscoe ]
24 Nov Cackling Geese ["J.R.Rigby" ]
24 Nov Summer Tanagers - Brandon, MS ["" ]
24 Nov Buck Rd. [Ken Hackman ]
23 Nov Another Long-tailed Duck [Ned and Lucy Boyajian ]
23 Nov FOS Juncos ["John M. Bonelli" ]
22 Nov Ducks [Rynetta Coetzee ]
22 Nov Ducks at Turcotte Lab, Madison, MS [Rynetta Coetzee ]
22 Nov Re: Coast Field Trip Nov 29th [Janet Wright ]
22 Nov Re: Coast Field Trip Nov 29th ["Diane Lafferty" ]
22 Nov Coast Field Trip Nov 29th ["Diane Lafferty" ]
22 Nov Arkabutla Lake CBC [van harris ]
22 Nov Jackson County CBC [Sharon Milligan ]
22 Nov Fuzzy Photo [Robert Briscoe ]
21 Nov Painted Bunting and Hummingbird in Pascagoula []
21 Nov Common Mergansers Friday/Oktibbeha Co.,MS ["Schiefer, Terence" ]
20 Nov Fox Sparrow ["Larry Pace" ]
20 Nov Common Mergansers continue/Oktibbeha Co.,MS ["Schiefer, Terence" ]
19 Nov Brewer's Blackbird [William B Woodard ]
20 Nov Re: Christmas Bird Counts ["Allyson Harrison" ]
19 Nov Buck Island Rd. [Robert Briscoe ]
19 Nov Re: Common Merganser/Oktibbeha Co.,MS ["" ]
19 Nov Common Merganser/Oktibbeha Co.,MS ["Schiefer, Terence" ]
18 Nov Forster's Terns [William B Woodard ]
18 Nov Moon lake ms [Billy Bump ]
17 Nov North Delta guided birding trip: Saturday, Dec. 6 [Jason Hoeksema ]
16 Nov Tunica County Rough-legged Hawk [Wayne Patterson ]
16 Nov Re: New Arrival [Martha Swan ]
16 Nov New Arrival [Robert Briscoe ]

Subject: Yellow Throated Warbler
From: billysimmons119 AT bellsouth.net
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:16:39 -0600
I saw a Yellow Throated Warbler this morning in Lake Caroline neighborhood in 
Madison County. 


Billy Simmons

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 17, 2014, at 5:18 PM, Joe McGee  wrote:
> 
> A flock of approximately 100 Rusty Blackbirds was foraging at the Hickory 
Post Office between 3:55 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. today, December 17, 2015. The birds 
were actively feeding on the open lawn area immediately north of the post 
office and also on the open area behind (west of) the post office. 

> 
> 
>  
Subject: Brooklyn-Camp Shelby CBC Tues Dec 30
From: "Diane Lafferty" <dlaffert AT netdoor.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:36:44 -0600
Tony sent me a map.  I have the southwest corner with Cindy and her husband.
This is their first CBC and need help.  I think Larry Basden has the south
east.

Diane Lafferty



 

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From: missbird-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:missbird-bounce AT freelists.org]
On Behalf Of Larry Basden
Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2014 11:08 AM
To: Mississippi Bird List 
Subject: [missbird] Brooklyn-Camp Shelby CBC

 

I am posting this for the compiler who does not currently have access to
this list.

 

This is to announce the First Annual Brooklyn-Camp Shelby Christmas Bird
Count.  The count will be held on Tuesday, December 30.  The count circle is
centered just north of Brooklyn, MS and includes a portion of Camp Shelby,
the Ashe Tree Nursery, and Paul B. Johnson State Park.

 

The compiler for this CBC is Tony Crowe, Natural Resource Specialist at Camp
Shelby.  If you would like additional information or to volunteer to help
get this new circle off the ground, contact Tony by email or his cellphone.

 

Tony Crowe

Email - Admiral (UNDERSCORE) crowe (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

Phone - 601-596-8625

 

Larry Basden

Compiler - Hattiesburg CBC

 

 
Subject: Good spots??
From: R Smith <res_jackson AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:32:34 -0600
Hi folks, 
 
Can anyone guide me to some good spots this weekend to see the migratory birds 
in the Jackson area. I have been to the spot off 43 up the trace, but just 
don't want to miss other sights. 

 
Rich S.
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: rfi winter hummers
From: <james.bell AT shell.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:35:14 +0000
Bill,

Good question, I have one or two around the house in Hide-A-Way Lake Carriere 
MS, there are a few I know of in Diamondhead MS, possible one over in Van 
Cleave MS. One in Columbia MS, all appear to be Rufous, I 'll be checking them 
out after Dec 25 as I have time. If anyone else has a winter Hummer guest, 
please let me know. 


James Bell
Hummingbird Bander
jbellbirds AT bellsouth.net
New Cell number  601 569 2474



From: missbird-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:missbird-bounce AT freelists.org] On 
Behalf Of bill . 

Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2014 3:58 AM
To: missbird AT freelists.org
Subject: [missbird] rfi winter hummers

I am new to the list so may be mistaken but i haven't seen any reports of 
winter hummers in southern MS while there are tons just across the line in LA. 
Do they not commonly come farther east or am i missing something? 


peace,
-bill
enid ok

from my windows phone
Subject: Brooklyn-Camp Shelby CBC
From: "Larry Basden" <larryb AT basdenfamily.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:08:19 -0600
I am posting this for the compiler who does not currently have access to
this list.

 

This is to announce the First Annual Brooklyn-Camp Shelby Christmas Bird
Count.  The count will be held on Tuesday, December 30.  The count circle is
centered just north of Brooklyn, MS and includes a portion of Camp Shelby,
the Ashe Tree Nursery, and Paul B. Johnson State Park.

 

The compiler for this CBC is Tony Crowe, Natural Resource Specialist at Camp
Shelby.  If you would like additional information or to volunteer to help
get this new circle off the ground, contact Tony by email or his cellphone.

 

Tony Crowe

Email - Admiral (UNDERSCORE) crowe (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

Phone - 601-596-8625

 

Larry Basden

Compiler - Hattiesburg CBC

 

 
Subject: rfi winter hummers
From: "bill ." <billwx AT live.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:57:52 -0600
I am new to the list so may be mistaken but i haven't seen any reports of 
winter hummers in southern MS while there are tons just across the line in LA. 
Do they not commonly come farther east or am i missing something? 


peace,
-bill
enid ok

from my windows phone
Subject: Rusty Blackbirds
From: Joe McGee <joe_mcgee43 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:18:25 -0600
A flock of approximately 100 Rusty Blackbirds was foraging at the Hickory Post 
Office between 3:55 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. today, December 17, 2015. The birds were 
actively feeding on the open lawn area immediately north of the post office and 
also on the open area behind (west of) the post office. 



   		 	   		  
Subject: Common Mergansers/Oktibbeha Co., MS/continues
From: "Schiefer, Terence" <TSchiefer AT entomology.msstate.edu>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:11:28 +0000
MISSBIRDers:

I was surprised to see the two female COMMON MERGANSERS still present at 
Oktibbeha County Lake, Oktibbeha County, Mississippi this morning, Wednesday, 
17 December. I had not seen them since 1 December, even though I check the lake 
nearly every morning. This morning they were near the fishing pier at the 
campground. Almost always they have been seen close to the shore. 


Terry

Terence Lee Schiefer
Mississippi Entomological Museum
Box 9775
Mississippi State, MS 39762-9775
ph: 662-325-2989 (W); 662-324-3748 (H)
FAX: 662-325-8837
email: 
tschiefer AT entomology.msstate.edu 
Subject: Wild turkey color phase
From: rs57610 AT comcast.net
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:00:13 +0000 (UTC)
Greetings All, 
When I checked my trail cam over the weekend in northeastern Claiborne County 
I found quite a surprise.  This wild turkey happened to wander by right in 
front of the camera and give me a good look at her rare red (erythritic) color 
phase.  I have seen quite a few smoky, or dusky, gray hens over the years, 
including one very near where this one was found, but the red phase is much 
less common.  I do remember seeing a gobbler with the red trait (though I 
recall more white overall) back in the1970s near my home in Pike County.  I 
hope to get a chance to see this bird in person as deer hunting season 
progresses and will try to be sure I have a camera at hand to get a better 
photo, if I do. 

  
Randy Spencer 
Brandon, MS 
Subject: One of the coolest things I've ever seen
From: Rob Heflin <robheflin73 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:56:50 -0600
This afternoon I was sitting in the drive-through line at the McDonald's in 
Belzoni. Right behind one of the menu signs was a large flock of house sparrows 
sitting right outside of my truck window in the top of a large bush. I thought 
how strange it was that they were sitting there seemingly unafraid that I was 
right beside them. It was then that I realized why they were not afraid of me. 
They flushed into a bush that was about knee high just as a Cooper's or 
sharp-shinned (I can't ever tell the difference) zoomed by. These little house 
sparrows literally dove into this small bush that was about 2 feet tall. The 
hawk landed beside the bush on the concrete and stood there. The sparrows never 
came out. The hawk then started crow-hopping around the bush, yet still the 
sparrows held tight. The hawk then flew on top of the small bush and over the 
back. Sparrows went everywhere! The hawk emerged from the back side with a 
sparrow in his foot and he flew away! 


Ma Nature in action. 

Rob Heflin
Isola, MS


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Subject: House Wren & Fox Sparrow LBSP
From: Pullen Watkins <pullenwatkins AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:25:11 -0600
Hi Guys,

I birded Le Fluers this morning got a Fox Sparrow and House Wren. Also to note 
signing Blue-Headed Vireos, lots of Hooded Mergansers, and high numbers of 
golden-Crownded Kinglets. 


Happy Holidays All,

Pullen
Madison, MS 

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Subject: Sparrow, Wrens, Snipe
From: William B Woodard <ben_woodard AT icloud.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 21:32:47 -0600
Hello All,

The shooting facility  AT  Ross Barnett Reservoir held good numbers of 
Green-Winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, and others. 


Lake Harbor Rd. produced a Wilson's Snipe, Fox Sparrow, Golden-Crowned Kinglet, 
Sedge Wren, and multiple Marsh Wrens. 


Pictures from the day below. Happy birding to all.






Best,
Ben Woodard

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Subject: Dahomey Christmas Bird Count
From: "Maureen & Bucky Brooks" <maureenbucky AT cableone.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 14:54:46 -0600
The Dahomey Christmas Bird Count will be held on Tuesday, December 30.  The
count is in western Bolivar County near Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge
and the town of Rosedale.

For more information, contact Becky Rosamond.
     662-226-8286
     becky_rosamond AT fws.gov
Subject: Sardis Dam Area
From: Robert Briscoe <rbriscoe2012 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:46:34 -0600
The Common Merganser, reported at the south end of the dam, is still here. I 
found another Common Merganser on the shore with a flock of gulls. It was on 
the north shore near the state park. I saw the Black-Backed Gull also. Big 
numbers of Gulls and Pelicans were on the main lake. 

 
Robert Briscoe
53 CR 327
Oxford Ms 
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Junco
From: "Larry Pace" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "larrypace64@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 22:03:59 +0000 (UTC)
Thanks for the input guys.  As usual I appreciate the wide range of expertise 
in the Mississippi birding world.  One of these days (maybe) I will not have 
to ask for so much help. 

Larry 

 On Tuesday, December 9, 2014 2:20 PM, Larry Basden  
wrote: 

   

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{}#yiv5828386236 Hey Larry,  There seems to be a wider range of shades than I 
would expect in most species.   As a result I don’t see enough here to lead 
to any other identification.  A long way of saying I agree with Jeff J. 
 Whenever doing PP it is possible to alter hues, etc.  Even with minimal PP 
just slight changes in white balance can result in real differences.  I am 
really enjoying your backyard setup photos.  It brings out the desire to try 
such a setup in my own yard but the “inertia” has yet to be overcome. 
 Larry Basden  From: missbird-bounce AT freelists.org 
[mailto:missbird-bounce AT freelists.org] On Behalf Of Larry Pace (Redacted sender 
"larrypace64 AT yahoo.com" for DMARC) 

Sent: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 1:45 PM
To: missbird AT freelists.org
Subject: [missbird] Junco  Hi guys  Need a little help.  I photographed this 
Junco at around 8:00 AM this morning.  The shot was very underexposed 
resulting in some PP work to get an identifiable image.  My question:  Is 
this possibly any Junco sub species other than a Slate Colored female?  I 
think maybe the early light and the underexposure may have altered the colors 
somewhat (darker and more orangish).  The black tipped bill seems a little odd 
also.  Any thoughts?  LP 


   
Subject: Re: Junco
From: "Larry Basden" <larryb AT basdenfamily.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 14:19:58 -0600
Hey Larry,

 

There seems to be a wider range of shades than I would expect in most species. 
As a result I don’t see enough here to lead to any other identification. A 
long way of saying I agree with Jeff :). 


 

Whenever doing PP it is possible to alter hues, etc. Even with minimal PP just 
slight changes in white balance can result in real differences. 


 

I am really enjoying your backyard setup photos. It brings out the desire to 
try such a setup in my own yard but the “inertia” has yet to be overcome. 


 

Larry Basden 

 

From: missbird-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:missbird-bounce AT freelists.org] On 
Behalf Of Larry Pace (Redacted sender "larrypace64 AT yahoo.com" for DMARC) 

Sent: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 1:45 PM
To: missbird AT freelists.org
Subject: [missbird] Junco

 

Hi guys

 

Need a little help. I photographed this Junco at around 8:00 AM this morning. 
The shot was very underexposed resulting in some PP work to get an identifiable 
image. My question: Is this possibly any Junco sub species other than a Slate 
Colored female? I think maybe the early light and the underexposure may have 
altered the colors somewhat (darker and more orangish). The black tipped bill 
seems a little odd also. Any thoughts? 


 

LP
Subject: Re: Junco
From: "Jeffrey W. Harris" <jwharris30 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 13:57:15 -0600
Hello Larry,

To me it seems to be a Slate-colored female.  The brownish hue does not
seem rich enough to be an Oregon.

Jeff Harris

On Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 1:45 PM, Larry Pace 
wrote:

> Hi guys
>
> Need a little help.  I photographed this Junco at around 8:00 AM this
> morning.  The shot was very underexposed resulting in some PP work to get
> an identifiable image.  My question:  Is this possibly any Junco sub
> species other than a Slate Colored female?  I think maybe the early light
> and the underexposure may have altered the colors somewhat (darker and more
> orangish).  The black tipped bill seems a little odd also.  Any thoughts?
>
> LP
>
Subject: Junco
From: "Larry Pace" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "larrypace64@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 19:45:07 +0000 (UTC)
Hi guys
Need a little help.  I photographed this Junco at around 8:00 AM this morning. 
 The shot was very underexposed resulting in some PP work to get an 
identifiable image.  My question:  Is this possibly any Junco sub species 
other than a Slate Colored female?  I think maybe the early light and the 
underexposure may have altered the colors somewhat (darker and more orangish). 
 The black tipped bill seems a little odd also.  Any thoughts? 

LP
Subject: Two adult Bald Eagles have been shot in Rankin County
From: Christopher King <birdnerd42 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 20:17:32 -0600
Here's the story.

http://www.myfoxal.com/story/27578015/bald-eagle-found-shot-near-the-reservoir

-- 
Peace,
Chris
Subject: JAS CBC.
From: Mary Stevens <stevenswaterbird AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 19:44:18 -0600
Folks. The JACKSON CBC will be the SATURDAY after xmas, Dec 27. Please send me 
an email if you plan to participate. OR call my cell below. Hope to hear from 
you ASAP. I need to hear from u by Thursday, the 11th so I can get everyone 
lined up. Thanks. Mary. 


Mary Stripling
Museum Librarian, Retired
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
2148 Riverside Drive
Jackson, MS 39202
Home: 675 Lakewood Rd
Vicksburg, MS 38180
Cell: 601.832.6788
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Subject: north Delta birding
From: Jason Hoeksema <hoeksema AT olemiss.edu>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 21:09:20 -0600
Missbirders,
A group of 30+ birders joined Delta Wind Birds
 for a trip to Arkabutla Lake and Tunica
County yesterday. Although temperatures were reasonable, the stiff north
wind provided some challenges, and made it quite cold by the end of the
day. Below is a quick summary of the trip / some highlights:
Arkabutla Lake provided fairly close views of RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS,
AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, and BONAPARTE'S GULLS, among other water birds.

Gum Pond Road provided us with mind-blowing views of a mixed goose flock
(SNOW, ROSS'S, and GREATER WHITE-FRONTED) numbering well over 30,000. Quite
a spectacle! The north Delta has a lot of geese right now, to say the
least, and flocks were overhead most of the day. Nearby, the Battle Catfish
Ponds on the west side of Little Texas Rd held quite a few ducks of several
species.

We encountered several very large flocks of blackbirds, and one mixed flock
along Arkabutla Dam Road held roughly 500 BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS.

In fading light, we found a nice big flock of LAPLAND LONGSPURS along the
south end of Buck Island Rd (north of Arkabutla Dam Rd and south of
Hambrick), and everyone who wanted to, got to see them in the scope.
Eventually, they flew right over our heads, allowing everyone to hear their
distinctive rattle and 'tew' calls.

An owl vigil at the old uncut field near the north end of Buck Island Road
(on its east side), which has been a great spot for Short-eared Owls the
last few years, and where the Burrowing Owl was found a few weeks ago, left
us cold and owl-less, although seemingly satisfied by a fun afternoon of
birding together.

Trip participants may be a bit chagrined to know that a few of us who
lingered at the end decided to drive south along Buck Island Rd, in hopes
of catching a Short-eared Owl in our headlights. One car turned east at
Hambrick Rd heading home, but the other car continued south on Buck Island
Rd, and after a short distance, as we approached the spot where the
Longspurs had been earlier (between Hambrick and Arkabutla Dam Rd), we
flushed a single SHORT-EARED OWL from near the road. We drove a short
distance further, panning the field with our headlights, and were able to
watch it for a few minutes, hunting near the road.

Of course, I regret not thinking to send our trip participants home this
direction, but *c'est la vie*.  LESSON: If you go to Tunica County seeking
Short-eared Owls (this winter or in the future) do not just rely on one
single location. My recommendation this year is to start at the location on
Buck Island Road south of Hambrick Road, where Buck Island curves to the
west, where we saw the owl last night. Watch for the owls from about 4:45
until 5:15 p.m. or so. If you have not seen them yet, then drive north
slowly with your brights on, ~1.5 miles until you reach the north end of
Buck Island Rd (near the Casino Blvd), paying particular attention when
driving past the old field at the north end of the road. Perhaps linger a
bit in this area, listening and looking. Then do it again from north to
south, back to the original spot.  If you spend enough time in the right
habitat, you will eventually see these amazing birds.

As a side note, I wanted to mention that I heard 2nd-hand that several
birders today and yesterday were successful locating the SPRAGUE'S PIPIT
along Holly Grove Rd in Panola County (as well as a large group of SANDHILL
CRANES nearby), and that the adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL is showing up
reliably at Lower Sardis Lake near the spillway, along with a possible
small group of CACKLING GEESE. I'll leave to the actual birders to confirm
or report more details on these birds to missbird if they care to.

Thanks again to all who participated (supporting our shorebird conservation
efforts in the process), and good birding!
Jason Hoeksema
Oxford, MS
Subject: Lauderdale County CBC
From: Nancy Donald <nmdonald55 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 22:07:42 -0600
Hey, just a reminder that our CBC is scheduled for Friday 1/2/15.  Give me
a heads up if you would like to help.  It is appreciated.  Contact me here
or call/text me at 601-527-1746

Thanks

-- 

Nancy Donald

Meridian, MS

After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality,
and so on - have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently
wear - what remains? Nature remains.

Walt Whitman 
Subject: Northern Waterthrush/Lowndes Co.,MS
From: "Schiefer, Terence" <TSchiefer AT entomology.msstate.edu>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 21:24:03 +0000
MISSBIRDers:

I was surprised to see a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH at Columbus Lake, Lowndes Co., 
Mississippi today, Friday, 5 December. The previous latest fall date locally 
was in October. There are only a few other December records in Mississippi. 


Terry


Terence Lee Schiefer
Mississippi Entomological Museum
Box 9775
Mississippi State, MS 39762-9775
ph: 662-325-2989 (W); 662-324-3748 (H)
FAX: 662-325-8837
email: 
tschiefer AT entomology.msstate.edu 
Subject: Fall Bird record reminder
From: "Schiefer, Terence" <TSchiefer AT entomology.msstate.edu>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 17:25:05 +0000
MISSBIRDers:

Its time to send your fall (Aug.-Nov.) season records to me.  They
should reach me by 20 December or sooner in order to insure that they make
the deadline for the fall season report in "North American Birds" (aka
"Field Notes", aka "American Birds").  Records received after this date can
still be included in "Birds Around the State", but timely submission of
records is strongly encouraged.  Drop me an E-mail if you need any blank
"Bird Record Cards" or "Rare Bird Report Forms" on which to submit your
records.  We'd love to have your records.

What bird records should be turned in?  Turn in any records of uncommon or
rare species, arrival or departure dates, unusual numbers of individuals, or
any other record of interest. Your record can have state-wide significance
or just be a good record for your neck of the woods.  Records of species on
the Mississippi Review List should be submitted with full details as on a
"Rare Bird Report Form". A copy of the 'Review List' and 'Rare Bird Report 
Form' 


can be accessed at: 
http://www.mississippiornithologicalsociety.com/Resources.htm 


All records submitted are archived and become part of the permanent file of
bird records available for the future study of Mississippi Birds.  Note
that birds reported in your posts to MISSBIRD do NOT become part of
Mississippi's ornithological record unless you also submit the record on a
Bird Record Card (or similar card) or Rare Bird Report Form.

Thanks.

Terry

Terence Lee Schiefer
Mississippi Entomological Museum
Box 9775
Mississippi State, MS 39762-9775
ph: 662-325-2989 (W); 662-324-3748 (H)
FAX: 662-325-8837
email: 
tschiefer AT entomology.msstate.edu 
Subject: Tupelo CBC
From: "Fields, Carol" <carol_fields AT nps.gov>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 07:17:48 -0600
The Tupelo Christmas Bird Count will be on December 21.  Contact Carol
Fields for more information-  choops_ AT hotmail.com

-- 
Carol Fields
Lead Fire Effects Monitor
Barrens to Bayous Network
Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo, MS
662 840 7571
Subject: Re: November duck abundance
From: Regina George <reginaluvselvis AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 10:05:02 -0600
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On Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 10:03 AM, JR Rigby  wrote:

> MDWFP recently conducted an aerial waterfowl survey (blurb below) and
> found increases in November duck numbers relative to recent years. This
> fits with my recent observations at the Sardis Waterfowl Refuge where
> Mallards have been consistently and notably abundant recently. Most
> surprising, though, was a flock of 88 American Wigeon (!) on Nov 30 grazing
> with the Mallards and a few Green-winged Teal. That's my high count for
> wigeon.
>
> JR
> Oxford
>
>
>
> *Aerial Waterfowl Survey Shows Increase in Duck Numbers *
>
>
> MDWFP conducted an aerial waterfowl survey November 17 - 20. Overall, duck
> estimates were considerably greater than recent years' November estimates.
> Mallard numbers were nearly double that of estimates in November of 2011.
> Dabbling duck (other than mallards) estimates were also greater than those
> from past November surveys. Dabblers comprised over half of all duck
> observations with northern shovelers comprising the majority of these
> observations. Diving duck estimates were very similar to estimates in
> recent years.
>
>
>
> In contrast to most November surveys, waterfowl habitat availability was
> greater. However,  a lack of actively pumped water was still observed in
> most of the Mississippi Delta, especially the northwest and southern
> regions. Also, an abundance of harvested agricultural fields have been
> disked, resulting in less available food for waterfowl. Similar to recent
> years, flooded habitat generally increased as survey transects moved
> further northeast.
>
>
>
> The northeastern portion of the Delta contained the greatest abundance of
> ducks overall, as well as the greatest amount of flooded habitat across the
> landscape. Mallards were more abundant in this region than other portions
> of the Delta. The northeastern region of the Delta contained the greatest
> abundances of dabbling ducks other than mallards and diving ducks as well.
>
>
>
> Most mallards were observed using flooded agricultural fields, followed by
> moist-soil habitat (natural vegetation, shallowly flooded). Most other
> dabblers and diving ducks were observed using large catfish pond complexes,
> moist-soil, and permanent wetlands such as oxbow lakes and sloughs. Few
> ducks were observed using isolated patches of habitat. Ducks were highly
> concentrated within large contiguous complexes of flooded habitat.
>
>
>
> The November aerial waterfowl survey conducted by the Arkansas Game and
> Fish Commission showed similar trends to those observed in Mississippi with
> total duck estimates remaining similar to recent years, but with much
> greater mallard observations. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and
> Fisheries' aerial survey also reported much greater total duck numbers than
> their past November surveys, especially for species such as gadwall, scaup,
> and northern pintail. This could explain why Arkansas and Mississippi did
> not observe the same trends in dabbler and diver abundance as observed for
> mallards. Many early migrant dabblers observed in recent weeks in
> Mississippi leading up to this week's survey may have migrated south.
>
>
>
> Hunters are reminded that quality waterfowl habitat is in relatively short
> supply during this time of year. Although there are many factors
> influencing waterfowl migration, this shortage in habitat may cause ducks
> to be concentrated in certain areas, which could lead to excellent hunting.
> For the full November survey report, visit our website at
> http://www.mdwfp.com/waterfowl
> 
. 

> The next aerial waterfowl survey will be conducted December 15 - 18, 2014.
>
>
Subject: November duck abundance
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 10:03:13 -0600
MDWFP recently conducted an aerial waterfowl survey (blurb below) and found
increases in November duck numbers relative to recent years. This fits with
my recent observations at the Sardis Waterfowl Refuge where Mallards have
been consistently and notably abundant recently. Most surprising, though,
was a flock of 88 American Wigeon (!) on Nov 30 grazing with the Mallards
and a few Green-winged Teal. That's my high count for wigeon.

JR
Oxford



*Aerial Waterfowl Survey Shows Increase in Duck Numbers *


MDWFP conducted an aerial waterfowl survey November 17 - 20. Overall, duck
estimates were considerably greater than recent years' November estimates.
Mallard numbers were nearly double that of estimates in November of 2011.
Dabbling duck (other than mallards) estimates were also greater than those
from past November surveys. Dabblers comprised over half of all duck
observations with northern shovelers comprising the majority of these
observations. Diving duck estimates were very similar to estimates in
recent years.



In contrast to most November surveys, waterfowl habitat availability was
greater. However,  a lack of actively pumped water was still observed in
most of the Mississippi Delta, especially the northwest and southern
regions. Also, an abundance of harvested agricultural fields have been
disked, resulting in less available food for waterfowl. Similar to recent
years, flooded habitat generally increased as survey transects moved
further northeast.



The northeastern portion of the Delta contained the greatest abundance of
ducks overall, as well as the greatest amount of flooded habitat across the
landscape. Mallards were more abundant in this region than other portions
of the Delta. The northeastern region of the Delta contained the greatest
abundances of dabbling ducks other than mallards and diving ducks as well.



Most mallards were observed using flooded agricultural fields, followed by
moist-soil habitat (natural vegetation, shallowly flooded). Most other
dabblers and diving ducks were observed using large catfish pond complexes,
moist-soil, and permanent wetlands such as oxbow lakes and sloughs. Few
ducks were observed using isolated patches of habitat. Ducks were highly
concentrated within large contiguous complexes of flooded habitat.



The November aerial waterfowl survey conducted by the Arkansas Game and
Fish Commission showed similar trends to those observed in Mississippi with
total duck estimates remaining similar to recent years, but with much
greater mallard observations. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and
Fisheries' aerial survey also reported much greater total duck numbers than
their past November surveys, especially for species such as gadwall, scaup,
and northern pintail. This could explain why Arkansas and Mississippi did
not observe the same trends in dabbler and diver abundance as observed for
mallards. Many early migrant dabblers observed in recent weeks in
Mississippi leading up to this week's survey may have migrated south.



Hunters are reminded that quality waterfowl habitat is in relatively short
supply during this time of year. Although there are many factors
influencing waterfowl migration, this shortage in habitat may cause ducks
to be concentrated in certain areas, which could lead to excellent hunting.
For the full November survey report, visit our website at
http://www.mdwfp.com/waterfowl

. 

The next aerial waterfowl survey will be conducted December 15 - 18, 2014.
Subject: Arkabutla Lake and Tunica County
From: Jason Hoeksema <hoeksema AT olemiss.edu>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 20:38:20 -0600
Missbirders,
Scoping at Arkabutla Lake from 2 locations (Kelleys Crossing and the south
end of the dam) produced a decent diversity of waterfowl, including a
smattering of both HOODED and RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, but the Cackling
Geese at the dam (found recently by JR Rigby) were not present. The scene
was dominated by 1500+ BONAPARTE'S GULLS, which could be seen in every
direction.

The ag lands of Tunica County held many of the expected winter visitors,
including one big flock of BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS along Counce Rd and 100+
LAPLAND LONGSPURS (with American Pipits & Horned Larks) along Buck Island
Rd. My favorite bird was a very cooperative adult HARLAN'S RED-TAILED HAWK,
just west of the DeSoto/Tunica County boundary along Arkabutla Dam Road. At
first I thought I had re-found Wayne Patterson's dark-morph Rough-legged
Hawk, but this bird was much broader-winged and heavy-chested, with heavy
white streaks on the black underparts, banded primary tips, and a
dingey-white tail with a dusky terminal band. According to Clark & Wheeler
(1987), Audubon named *Buteo jamaicensis harlani* after Dr. Richard Harlan,
and called it "Black Warrior." Harlan's Hawk nests only in northwestern
Canada and Alaska, and mostly winters in w. Arkansas, e. Texas, Oklahoma,
and Kansas. It's a good example of the 'western flavor' of birding the
north MS Delta in winter.

Large gulls (i.e., Herring and associated rarities) do not seem to have
arrived much yet in northern MS, with only Bonaparte's and Ring-bills at
all my stops today (and recently elsewhere).

Here's my best photo of the hawk:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/j_hoeksema/15917001621/

Good birding!
Jason Hoeksema
Oxford, MS
Subject: common goldeneye
From: Jim & Dianne Patterson <hummers2 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 15:44:13 -0800
 4 common goldeneyes still on pond on section line road off hwy 50.
columbus ms.
Subject: Fwd: Duck Stamps
From: van harris <shelbyforester1223 AT rittermail.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 15:56:14 -0600
Duck Stamps are also available at www.fws.gov/duckstamps

vh
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: van harris 
Date: Sat, Nov 29, 2014 at 3:38 PM
Subject: Duck Stamps
To: missbird , tn-birds 


The 2014-2015 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, aka. "Duck
Stamp" is available at many US post offices, sporting and outdoor stores.
It features a stunning portrait of a pair of Canvasbacks.

Since 1934, the Duck Stamp has generated over $800M in funds for
conservation in the US, mainly in the National Wildlife Refuge system.
Over 6M acres have been purchased or leased.

The $15 stamp is required to hunt migratory waterfowl in the US, but one
need not hunt or even approve of hunting to purchase it.  It also allows
access to those National Wildlife Refuges that charge admission.  Of the
$15, $14.95 goes directly to conservation, not to administration or
fundraising.  No other conservation program is as cost effective.

Duck Stamps make great holiday gift items for conservation minded friends
and those who should be.

Van Harris
Millington, TN
Subject: Fwd: Duck Stamps
From: van harris <shelbyforester1223 AT rittermail.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 15:56:14 -0600
Duck Stamps are also available at www.fws.gov/duckstamps

vh
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: van harris 
Date: Sat, Nov 29, 2014 at 3:38 PM
Subject: Duck Stamps
To: missbird , tn-birds 


The 2014-2015 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, aka. "Duck
Stamp" is available at many US post offices, sporting and outdoor stores.
It features a stunning portrait of a pair of Canvasbacks.

Since 1934, the Duck Stamp has generated over $800M in funds for
conservation in the US, mainly in the National Wildlife Refuge system.
Over 6M acres have been purchased or leased.

The $15 stamp is required to hunt migratory waterfowl in the US, but one
need not hunt or even approve of hunting to purchase it.  It also allows
access to those National Wildlife Refuges that charge admission.  Of the
$15, $14.95 goes directly to conservation, not to administration or
fundraising.  No other conservation program is as cost effective.

Duck Stamps make great holiday gift items for conservation minded friends
and those who should be.

Van Harris
Millington, TN
Subject: Re: Duck Stamps
From: Billie Cantwell <bfcantwell AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 16:55:51 -0500
If you buy the duck stamp through the ABA it will give value to "Birders".

On Saturday, November 29, 2014, van harris <
shelbyforester1223 AT rittermail.com> wrote:

> The 2014-2015 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, aka. "Duck
> Stamp" is available at many US post offices, sporting and outdoor stores.
> It features a stunning portrait of a pair of Canvasbacks.
>
> Since 1934, the Duck Stamp has generated over $800M in funds for
> conservation in the US, mainly in the National Wildlife Refuge system.
> Over 6M acres have been purchased or leased.
>
> The $15 stamp is required to hunt migratory waterfowl in the US, but one
> need not hunt or even approve of hunting to purchase it.  It also allows
> access to those National Wildlife Refuges that charge admission.  Of the
> $15, $14.95 goes directly to conservation, not to administration or
> fundraising.  No other conservation program is as cost effective.
>
> Duck Stamps make great holiday gift items for conservation minded friends
> and those who should be.
>
> Van Harris
> Millington, TN
>
>
>


-- 
*Billie Cantwell*
*Knoxville, TN*

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds
discuss people.

 


ELEANOR ROOSEVELT (1884 - 1962)
Subject: Duck Stamps
From: van harris <shelbyforester1223 AT rittermail.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 15:38:30 -0600
The 2014-2015 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, aka. "Duck
Stamp" is available at many US post offices, sporting and outdoor stores.
It features a stunning portrait of a pair of Canvasbacks.

Since 1934, the Duck Stamp has generated over $800M in funds for
conservation in the US, mainly in the National Wildlife Refuge system.
Over 6M acres have been purchased or leased.

The $15 stamp is required to hunt migratory waterfowl in the US, but one
need not hunt or even approve of hunting to purchase it.  It also allows
access to those National Wildlife Refuges that charge admission.  Of the
$15, $14.95 goes directly to conservation, not to administration or
fundraising.  No other conservation program is as cost effective.

Duck Stamps make great holiday gift items for conservation minded friends
and those who should be.

Van Harris
Millington, TN
Subject: Duck Stamps
From: van harris <shelbyforester1223 AT rittermail.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 15:38:30 -0600
The 2014-2015 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, aka. "Duck
Stamp" is available at many US post offices, sporting and outdoor stores.
It features a stunning portrait of a pair of Canvasbacks.

Since 1934, the Duck Stamp has generated over $800M in funds for
conservation in the US, mainly in the National Wildlife Refuge system.
Over 6M acres have been purchased or leased.

The $15 stamp is required to hunt migratory waterfowl in the US, but one
need not hunt or even approve of hunting to purchase it.  It also allows
access to those National Wildlife Refuges that charge admission.  Of the
$15, $14.95 goes directly to conservation, not to administration or
fundraising.  No other conservation program is as cost effective.

Duck Stamps make great holiday gift items for conservation minded friends
and those who should be.

Van Harris
Millington, TN
Subject: Sardis Lake Dam Area Panola County
From: Wayne Patterson <wrp6 AT att.net>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:08:10 -0800
This afternoon I went to the Dam area to see if I could find the Common 
Merganser that had been seen during the past week or so. Unfortunately no luck. 
However, I moved to Cypress Point to have the sun at my back during the last 
hour of so before sunset. Birds of note on the lower lake were five 
Red-breasted Mergansers, three Snow geese and a single Ross's goose. Sitting on 
one of the plastic posts out from the beach area was the Lesser Black-backed 
Gull reported earlier by Robert Briscoe. I immediately headed to the beach area 
to try for a photo. The bird proved surprisingly cooperative and allowed a very 
close approach. If you look closely at pic you can see a couple dark 
sub-terminal markings on the bill that are mentioned in "Gulls of North 
America, Europe and Asia" for a winter adult LBBG. There is also a mark deep in 
the gape area. 


 http://www.pbase.com/wpatterson/image/158373426/original

Wayne Patterson
Shannon, MS  Lee Co.
Subject: please report winter hummingbirds!
From: Jason Hoeksema <hoeksema AT olemiss.edu>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:09:17 -0600
Missbirders,
Now is the season when interesting, non-Ruby-throated Hummingbirds visit
feeders in Mississippi. Keeping an active hummer feeder in the winter can
sometimes bring really neat rewards!  However, ID of winter hummers can be
tricky. For example, Rufous can be very difficult to distinguish from
Allen's, and Black-chinned is very similar to (and perhaps more likely in
winter than) Ruby-throated.

If you have a winter hummer that you're willing to let other birders see,
please consider posting a short note to missbird. If you don't want to post
to missbird, and/or you would like help identifying your winter hummer,
please contact Gene Knight, chair of the MOS Bird Records Committee:
gsknight AT hughes.net.  In addition, bird banders may be able to visit your
yard to safely band your hummingbird, which would contribute to scientific
knowledge of winter hummingbird movements. One hummingbird bander is James
Bell (james.bell AT shell.com), who lives near the coast (James, please chime
in if you have anything to add), and Gene Knight may also be able to put
you in touch with a hummingbird bander.

Thanks, and good birding!
Jason Hoeksema
Oxford, MS

-- 
Dr. Jason D. Hoeksema, Associate Professor
Department of Biology
University of Mississippi
phone: 662-915-1275
lab website 
Subject: Common, Red-breasted and Hooded Mergansers at Oktibbeha Co. Lake
From: "Jeffrey W. Harris" <jwharris30 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:56:39 -0600
Hello Birders,

All three species were on the lake at 10:00 am.  The two Commons were near
the shore in the extreme SE corner.  The Hooded are scattered across the
lake.  Four Red-breasted were in the center of the lake near the eastern
edge with the DC Cormorants.

There were also four Wilson's Snipe, Killdeer and peeps on the western
shore.

Sincerely,

Jeff Harris
Subject: Ross's Goose at Oktibbeha Co. Lake
From: "Jeffrey W. Harris" <jwharris30 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:05:42 -0600
Hello. MS Birders,

I did not have a field guide with me earlier today, and the distance to the
bird was far.  But, I did take notes.  The goose was very white with a
distinct eye line that extended to the bill.  There was also a blackish
smudge on the back of the head that extended to the neck.  The bill
appeared two toned - blackish base with orange color more distally.  The
thing that bothered me in the field was that the goose was only slightly
longer than the Ring-billed Gulls.   I also saw the base of the legs, which
appeared grayish black rather than orange.  The obvious eye line was not
something that I had seen in adults of either Snow or Ross's Goose.

After looking at the field guides, I think the bird is an immature Ross's
Goose.

Sincerely,

Jeff Harris
Subject: Oktibbeha Co. Lake
From: "Jeffrey W. Harris" <jwharris30 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:22:44 -0600
Hello Birders,

I just wanted to relay that there is also a white morph Snow Goose on the
extreme west end of the lake with the Ring-billed Gulls that are perched in
the shallows.

Sincerely,

Jeff Harris
Subject: Common Mergansers persist at Oktibbeha Co. Lake
From: "Jeffrey W. Harris" <jwharris30 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:29:10 -0600
Dear MS Birders,

I just saw them in the SE corner of the lake where Terry Schiefer found
them last week.

Also, unusual for here, there is a blue morph Snow Goose on the north
shoreline towards the KOA campground end of the lake - almost exactly
parallel with location of the C. Mergansers.

Sincerely,

Jeff Harris
Subject: Common Mergansers persist at Oktibbeha Co. Lake
From: "Jeffrey W. Harris" <jwharris30 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:25:22 -0600
Dear MS Birders,

I just saw them in the SE corner of the lake where Terry Schiefer first
found them.

Also, unusual for this location, a single blue morph Snow Goose is on the
lake.  It is on the north shoreline close to the KOA campgrounds end of the
lake.

Sincerely,

Jeff Harris
Subject: Ducks
From: William B Woodard <ben_woodard AT icloud.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:54:57 -0600
Hello All,

The Pearl River Waterfowl Refuge was once again filled with ducks this 
afternoon. 12 species total. 


Canvasback
Redhead 
Bufflehead
Ruddy
Mallard
Green Winged Teal
Blue Winged Teal
Wood
Ring Neck
Shoveler
Gadwall
Lesser Scaup 

I've included a few pictures. The blind on property provides great 
opportunities to directly compare similar species. 


Regards,
Ben Woodard

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: common goldeneyes
From: <hummers2 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:23:33 +0000
found 3 common goldeneyes , several canvasbacks and a small flock of cedar 
waxwings at Columbus lock and dam this afternoon. 







Sent from Windows Mail
Subject: Tanzania expedition
From: van harris <shelbyforester1223 AT rittermail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:19:49 -0600
​Having organized two successful birding and wildlife observations to
Africa in the last twelve months, I am organizing another for 2015.  The
destination is Tanzania and the dates are November 4 - 18, 2015.  For a
complete itinerary and more information, contact me by email at
shelbyforester1223 AT rittermail.com.

The attached photograph was taken by me at Serengeti National Park,
Tanzania, May, 2011.

Van Harris
Millington, TN
Subject: North Delta Birding
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:22:32 -0600
Missbirders,

While it is fair to say that most of today was more of the usual winter
suspects, that doesn't make Tunica County any less interesting. A pre-dawn
arrival at Buck Island Rd did not yield any owls, but the bird movement as
the sun broke the horizon was stunning - mostly geese and gulls in the
thousands. And even in 10-15mph wind with 30mph gusts, there were still
plenty of birds.

The dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK found by Wayne Patterson continues in the
area. I saw it at least three times over the course of the day - at Buck
Island Rd., the Tunica Landfill, and Arkabutla Dam Road (near Hwy 3). In
addition a dark morph RED-TAILED HAWK was also present near the Tunica
Landfill.

LAPLAND LONGSPURS were present at Buck Island Rd. in increasing numbers
throughout the day. There was also a small flock of BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS
along the road in the morning.

As previously posted, five CACKLING GEESE were present at Arkabutla Dam
this morning and continued late this afternoon.

Two large flocks SNOW GEESE numbering in the tens of thousands were present
on Arkabutla Dam Rd. near the junction with Hwy 3. Within the flock could
be found good numbers of ROSS'S GEESE and a few GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE
along the margins.

I checked Buck Island Rd. several times throughout the day in hopes of a
day-time encounter with the Burrowing Owl, to no avail.

Finally, the COMMON MERGANSER posted by Robert Briscoe was present in
precisely the same spot at Sardis Dam just above the spillway at sunset
this evening as I was passing through.

Photos of almost everything reported here are available at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123863674 AT N04/

Good birding,

JR
Oxford
Subject: Horned Grebe
From: Hal Mitchell <halmitchell AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:33:43 -0600
Hey All

Had a single horned grebe in the small lake behind my house in Southaven this 
afternoon. It was constantly feeding. I would be surprised if it's here 
tomorrow. Amazingly red eyes. 


Hal
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Subject: Panola County SPRAGUE'S PIPIT returns, other highlights
From: Jason Hoeksema <hoeksema AT olemiss.edu>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:27:28 -0600
Missbirders,
Some out-of-town friends and I birded northwestern MS today, and below are
some highlights:
At Sardis Dam (Panola Co), Robert Briscoe showed us the female-type COMMON
MERGANSER that was resting on the concrete, near the spillway entrance on
the lake side of the dam. An obliging FRANKLIN'S GULL was also on the beach
on the lake side of the dam. No sign of the Lesser Black-backed Gull, but
thousands of gulls were far out over the lake, and not concentrated at all
near the dam on either side.

We next headed for the crop-duster airstrip on the west side of Holly Grove
Rd (south of Silo Rd, north of Ballentine Rd, Panola County), and quickly
found a SPRAGUE'S PIPIT (and probably a 2nd one).  It's possible this is
the same bird that Gene Knight found last December, and which obliged so
many birders. What good news that it seems to be back! As we drove south on
Holly Grove Rd along the airstrip, it flushed from near the road, calling,
and landed a short distance into the airstrip, allowing close views and
decent photos from the car. When we got out of the car, it flushed, flying
very high, and eventually setting down near the road further south for a
brief time, before heading west and eventually into the cotton field. We're
pretty sure we saw/heard a 2nd one join it. If you go look for this bird,
it is definitely useful to have studied its squeaky flight call (see here
for some examples, and scroll down to "flight call":
http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Anthus-spragueii).

Further south along Holly Grove Rd, we encountered a delightful flock of
more than 200 SANDHILL CRANES, which continue to use this area in the
winter.  Heading west along Ballentine Rd, we encountered gigantic flocks
of white (Snow and Ross's) geese, thousands of ducks in one spot (mostly
Mallard and Shovelers) big mixed flocks of blackbirds (primarily
Red-winged, Brewer's, and Brown-headed Cowbirds), and a very pale (at least
partial Krider's) Red-tailed Hawk that seems to have re-occupied the same
area it was found in last winter (just west of where the paved road
transitions to dirt).

Coldwater River NWR (Quitman and Tallahatchie Counties) provided
spectacular views of about 20,000 white geese, plus good numbers of Greater
White-fronted Geese and many other waterfowl species. The wooden
observation tower was a good vantage point from which to view the
spectacle. It now also has a pretty decent permanent spotting scope, which
can be useful in viewing ducks on the distant ponds.  To reach the tower,
head south from the town of Crowder several miles, until you can't drive
much further and you see the tower on your right.

A few photos from today can be found here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/j_hoeksema/sets/72157639373949605/

Good birding!
Jason Hoeksema
Oxford, MS
Subject: Common Merganser
From: Robert Briscoe <rbriscoe2012 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:38:50 -0600
I made this photo today at the spillway of Sardis Dam. It was on the main lake 
side of the dam. I don't know if this is a female or a first winter male. 

Robert Briscoe
53 Cr 327
Oxford Ms 
 		 	   		  
Subject: Cackling Geese
From: "J.R.Rigby" <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:26:53 -0600
Missbirders,

There are currently five Cackling Geese near the beach at the south end of 
Arkabutla Dam. 


Many thousands of geese and gulls between here and Buck Island Rd this morning. 


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Subject: Summer Tanagers - Brandon, MS
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "djohns110@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:02:11 -0500
Hello all,


My sister reported a Adult Male + Adult Female Summer Tanager pair at her 
feeder in the Crossgates area of Brandon, just off of Grants Ferry Road this 
morning. She's an avid birder, and she is certain of the ID. 



Danny Johnson
Vicksburg, MS
Subject: Buck Rd.
From: Ken Hackman <khackman AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:25:26 -0600
Can someone give me directions to Buck Rd? I could not find my old DeLorme 
Atlas this morning, and I can't find it on the online map of Tunica County. 
Heading north today! 


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Subject: Another Long-tailed Duck
From: Ned and Lucy Boyajian <nedlucyboyajian AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:26:16 -0600
Hi Missbirders
There was a good variety of ducks along the Hancock coast this afternoon 
following the southwesterly storm.
Best was a Long-tailed Duck at Bayou Caddy. It was virtually identical 
in appearance to the bird photographed at Seaman Road this past Thursday 
by Sharon Milligan and Libby Graves but likely a different individual.
Also at this site was a fly-by flock of eleven Surf Scoters, an 
unusually high count for Hancock Co

Scattered along the shore eastward to Washington St were numerous Lesser 
Scaup and Bufflehead and a few Greater Scaup , Red-breasted Mergansers. 
and Redheads.

There were also numerous fly-by flocks too far offshore to be identified.
Ned Boyajian
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Subject: FOS Juncos
From: "John M. Bonelli" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "jmbonelli@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:05:10 -0600
My little Dark-Eyed Junco friends from up North have made their appearance on 
my deck this morning. Of course, I'm on the rankin county side of the 
reservoir. I've also seen the White Pelicans and Buffleheads this week. 


Last week, on the Natchez Trace between Ridgeland and Hwy 43, there were a 
couple hundred Hooded Mergansers swimming about. 


JMB

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Subject: Ducks
From: Rynetta Coetzee <rynetta.coetzee AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:12:30 -0600
Sorry, I forgot to mention that there were at least 10-20 times more ducks
than I recorded on the list as the grass is very high and overgrown. Ducks
were flying up allover the place.
Rynetta
Subject: Ducks at Turcotte Lab, Madison, MS
From: Rynetta Coetzee <rynetta.coetzee AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:09:56 -0600
I'm sending a copy of my ebird list of species at Turcotte Lab at the
Reservoir including a few species down Pipeline Road at the Pearl River
WMA. I could not go very far down the road as my car would have gotten
stuck on a ridge in the middle of the road. It was a nice few hours outside.
Rynetta Coetzee
Jackson, MS


Turcotte Education and Shooting Center, Madison, US-MS
Nov 22, 2014 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
34 species

Gadwall  10
American Wigeon  10
Mallard  25
Blue-winged Teal  10
Northern Shoveler  30
Green-winged Teal  30
Canvasback  100
Redhead  2
Ring-necked Duck  20
Lesser Scaup  30
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  100
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  2
Black Vulture  7
Turkey Vulture  3
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Virginia Rail  1
Sora  6
American Coot  200
Bonaparte's Gull  3
Forster's Tern  15
Eastern Phoebe  1
American Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  5
Marsh Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  5
Swamp Sparrow  7
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  80
Common Grackle  20

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20636474
Subject: Re: Coast Field Trip Nov 29th
From: Janet Wright <jwright01 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:40:57 -0600
This is right.  One posting says 7:15 but that’s close enough.

> On Nov 22, 2014, at 4:29 PM, Diane Lafferty  wrote:
> 
> I found this finally.  Is this right?    Diane
> NOVEMBER 29:  SHORE BIRDS OF THE COAST (Hancock and Harrison County)      
> Meeting Place:  Washington Pier, Bay St. Louis 7:30 
>  
>  
> From: Diane Lafferty [mailto:dlaffert AT netdoor.com 
] 

> Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2014 4:14 PM
> To: 'missbird AT freelists.org '
> Subject: Coast Field Trip Nov 29th
>  
> I lost the plans for the Coast Field Trip Sat Nov 29th. Anyone know them? The 
Hattiesburg group may join you. 

>  
> Diane Lafferty
> Hattiesburg
Subject: Re: Coast Field Trip Nov 29th
From: "Diane Lafferty" <dlaffert AT netdoor.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:29:40 -0600
I found this finally.  Is this right?    Diane

NOVEMBER 29:  SHORE BIRDS OF THE COAST (Hancock and Harrison County)      

Meeting Place:  Washington Pier, Bay St. Louis 7:30 

 

 

  _____  

From: Diane Lafferty [mailto:dlaffert AT netdoor.com] 
Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2014 4:14 PM
To: 'missbird AT freelists.org'
Subject: Coast Field Trip Nov 29th

 

I lost the plans for the Coast Field Trip  Sat  Nov  29th.  Anyone know
them?  The Hattiesburg group may join you.

 

Diane Lafferty

Hattiesburg
Subject: Coast Field Trip Nov 29th
From: "Diane Lafferty" <dlaffert AT netdoor.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:13:51 -0600
I lost the plans for the Coast Field Trip  Sat  Nov  29th.  Anyone know
them?  The Hattiesburg group may join you.

 

Diane Lafferty

Hattiesburg
Subject: Arkabutla Lake CBC
From: van harris <shelbyforester1223 AT rittermail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:42:30 -0600
​The Arkabutla Lake Christmas Bird Count will be Tuesday, December 30,
2014.  Contact Van Harris at this email or at 901-876-3337.

Van Harris
compiler, Arkabutla Lake CBC
Millington, TN
Subject: Jackson County CBC
From: Sharon Milligan <2sharon123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:09:59 -0600
The date for the Jackson County CBC is January 3,2015.
Contact Millie Page at millie.page AT gmail.com
or Sharon Milligan at
2sharon123 AT gmail.com
Subject: Fuzzy Photo
From: Robert Briscoe <rbriscoe2012 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:46:39 -0600
I made this photo yesterday and checked with an expert to confirm the ID. We 
thought it might be the same Lesser Black-backed Gull that Jason reported last 
year. The Gull was at Sardis Dam. It was hanging out at the first swimming area 
below the outlet channel. 

Robert Briscoe
53 CR 327
Oxford Ms
 		 	   		  
Subject: Painted Bunting and Hummingbird in Pascagoula
From: johnston127235 AT bellsouth.net
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:13:37 -0800
The male Painted Bunting, Burt, who wintered over with us at our house in 
Pascagoula last winter showed up again on Wed, Nov 19. He is coming to his 
feeder just the way he did all last winter. He has chased the sparrows off his 
feeder several times, and even chased off a Red-wing Blackbird. Burt did not 
arrive in our yard last year until Dec 6, so about 2 1/2 weeks earlier this 
year. 


We also have a hummingbird coming to our feeders. We are pretty sure now that 
he is an immature male Ruby-throated. He had been pretty elusive at the feeders 
until this week, and maybe its the cold weather bringing him more to feeders 
this week. I have seen him at the feeders five times this morning so far. 


Our Buff-bellied Hummer, Bufford, who wintered over here last year has not 
returned yet, and may not, since he arrived last year by Oct 16, so he's late. 
But very few Buff-bellied hummers are showing up on ebird anywhere in the SE so 
far this fall. I have heard of one over around Apalachicola, FL, a returnee 
from last year. Bufford got banded at our house last Jan, so if he doesn't show 
up here, we are hoping he shows up somewhere else. Has anyone heard of any 
Buff-bellied hummers this fall in MS, Ala or further east? 


Also in Pascagoula yesterday at the IG Levy pond at Lakeside Housing off Chicot 
Rd were about 70 Hooded Mergansers. 

At the other IG Levy park/Scranton's Museum lake yesterday were about 55 
Ringneck Ducks, 4 Scaups, 4 Redheads, 4 Buffleheads, and a Ruddy Duck, just to 
cover the ducks. 

Brian J.   Pascagoula, MS
Subject: Common Mergansers Friday/Oktibbeha Co.,MS
From: "Schiefer, Terence" <TSchiefer AT entomology.msstate.edu>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:33:51 +0000
MISSBIRDers:

The two female Common Mergansers continue at Oktibbeha County Lake, Oktibbeha 
County, Mississippi. This morning, Friday, 21 November, they were in the 
southeast corner of the lake near the dam. 


Terry


Terence Lee Schiefer
Mississippi Entomological Museum
Box 9775
Mississippi State, MS 39762-9775
ph: 662-325-2989 (W); 662-324-3748 (H)
FAX: 662-325-8837
email: 
tschiefer AT entomology.msstate.edu 
Subject: Fox Sparrow
From: "Larry Pace" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "larrypace64@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:15:28 +0000 (UTC)
Two Fox Sparrows flew in for a brief visit this morning.  Fortunate to be able 
to record one.  These two Fox Sparrows are new birds for me on my back 8.   
OtherSparrows include the usual: White Throat, White Crowned (adult and first 
winter), Song, and Field.  Jays, Cardinals, and Mockingbirds are everywhere. 
 More Bluejays than I have seen in years. 

LP



Subject: Common Mergansers continue/Oktibbeha Co.,MS
From: "Schiefer, Terence" <TSchiefer AT entomology.msstate.edu>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:42:01 +0000
MISSBIRDers:

There are now two female Common Mergansers at Oktibbeha County Lake, Oktibbeha 
County, Mississippi this morning, Thursday, 20 November. They were in the same 
location where one was seen yesterday: the south side of the lake, east of the 
old boat launch on Riviera Road. 


Terry


Terence Lee Schiefer
Mississippi Entomological Museum
Box 9775
Mississippi State, MS 39762-9775
ph: 662-325-2989 (W); 662-324-3748 (H)
FAX: 662-325-8837
email: 
tschiefer AT entomology.msstate.edu 
Subject: Brewer's Blackbird
From: William B Woodard <ben_woodard AT icloud.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:58:24 -0600
Hello All,

Large multi-species flocks present at Yazoo NWR produced Brewer's Blackbird 
today. Flock composition is dominated by Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, 
Brown-headed Cowbird, and European Starling. 


Also, Field Sparrow has not been reported South of Aberdeen, MS since August 
(Ebird). There were plenty out today so I will be completing a checklist later 
with all species seen today. 


Good luck to everyone!
Best,
Ben Woodard










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Subject: Re: Christmas Bird Counts
From: "Allyson Harrison" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "ally6765@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 02:31:28 +0000 (UTC)
The Vicksburg Count will be Saturday Dec 20th.  All are welcome.
Allyson HolmanVicksburg

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 Subject: [missbird] Christmas Bird Counts
   
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Subject: Buck Island Rd.
From: Robert Briscoe <rbriscoe2012 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:09:20 -0600
I saw 92 Sandhill Cranes on the way to Tunica County. They were east of Pride 
Road and south of Ballentine Road in Panola County. Out near that above ground 
irrigation device. I checked Buck Island Road about every hour. At 11:00 AM two 
men came out. They started one combine and made one pass, west to east and 
back, in the field south of the electric car plant. They looked at a handful of 
beans and left. I came back at 1:00 PM There were three combines and two 
tractors with bean buggies working that field. I parked at the little cemetery. 
It took three and one half hours to harvest that whole field. I went to the 
south end of Buck Island Road and stayed until after dark. The combines were 
west of Buck Island Road when I left. I did not see an owl but there were big 
numbers of Hawks, Harriers, Killdeer, Horned Larks, Meadowlarks, Ducks, and 
Geese. Two places the ground was covered with Geese and more were trying to 
land. 

Robert Briscoe
53 CR 327
Oxford Ms 
 
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Common Merganser/Oktibbeha Co.,MS
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "Qgray@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:11:46 -0500
A Common Merganser was also seen late yesterday afternoon sitting
on the rocks near the outlet channel at Sardis Lake. After me watching  for
about 45 min. the Merganser flew down the channel past the boat ramp
to the open water.
 
Q.B. Gray
Nesbit Ms.
 
 
In a message dated 11/19/2014 8:41:39 A.M. Central Standard Time,  
TSchiefer AT entomology.msstate.edu writes:
 
 
MISSBIRDers:


A female Common Merganser was at the Oktibbeha County Lake, Oktibbeha  
County, Mississippi, this morning, Wednesday, 19 November. The bird was on the 

south side of  the lake just east of the old boat launch on  Riviera Road.


Terry





Terence Lee  Schiefer 
Mississippi Entomological Museum 
Box  9775 
Mississippi State, MS 39762-9775 
ph: 662-325-2989 (W);  662-324-3748 (H) 
FAX: 662-325-8837 
email: _tschiefer AT entomology.msstate.edu_ 
(mailto:tschiefer AT entomology.msstate.edu) 



Subject: Common Merganser/Oktibbeha Co.,MS
From: "Schiefer, Terence" <TSchiefer AT entomology.msstate.edu>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:40:55 +0000
MISSBIRDers:

A female Common Merganser was at the Oktibbeha County Lake, Oktibbeha County, 
Mississippi, this morning, Wednesday, 19 November. The bird was on the south 
side of the lake just east of the old boat launch on Riviera Road. 


Terry


Terence Lee Schiefer
Mississippi Entomological Museum
Box 9775
Mississippi State, MS 39762-9775
ph: 662-325-2989 (W); 662-324-3748 (H)
FAX: 662-325-8837
email: 
tschiefer AT entomology.msstate.edu 
Subject: Forster's Terns
From: William B Woodard <ben_woodard AT icloud.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:40:38 -0600
A quick stop at Ross Barnett Reservoir produced multiple Forster's Terns and 
Bonaparte's Gulls. Ring-billed gulls and Buffleheads also present. The 
Forster's are FOS for me at Ross Barnett. 


Good Birding,
Ben Woodard

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Subject: Moon lake ms
From: Billy Bump <billbobumpo AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:00:37 -0600
Anybody know anybody that would allow birders to use thier dock to bird on moon 
lake. Or if not any good places on the west side of the lake to view ducks and 
geese. Moon lake east side of ms river from West Hellen's Ar. 


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Subject: North Delta guided birding trip: Saturday, Dec. 6
From: Jason Hoeksema <hoeksema AT olemiss.edu>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:13:56 -0600
Missbirders,
Delta Wind Birds will guide a birding trip to North Delta hotspots on the
afternoon and early evening of Saturday, December 6, departing from
Coldwater, MS at 1 p.m.  We'll start by looking for gulls and waterfowl at
Arkabutla Lake, then head west into Tunica County, where we expect to find
huge flocks of Snow, Ross's, and Greater White-fronted Geese, some Lapland
Longspurs, and possibly other local specialties and rarities, such as
Brewer's Blackbirds, Western Meadowlarks, Sandhill Cranes, rare western
color morphs of Red-tailed Hawks (such as Krider's), and Rough-legged Hawk
(found this past Saturday by Wayne Patterson). We'll finish the day by
watching for Short-eared Owls coursing over the fields at dusk, and by
holding a hopeful vigil (until about 6pm) for the recently reported
Burrowing Owl (found Tuesday by JR Rigby).

To register for the event, please visit this web page:
https://www.deltawindbirds.org/product/north-delta-winter-birding-2/
Please note that registration is free for students of all ages. All
proceeds support Delta Wind Birds' efforts to create habitat for migratory
shorebirds ('wind birds') in the Mississippi Delta.

We hope to see you there! If you register for the trip, further details
will be sent to you by e-mail during the week leading up to the trip, but
please feel free to e-mail with any questions.

Good birding,
The Delta Wind Birds field trip team:
Jason Hoeksema
Gene Knight
Wayne Patterson
JR Rigby
Subject: Tunica County Rough-legged Hawk
From: Wayne Patterson <wrp6 AT att.net>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 18:48:13 -0800
Missbirders,

Sorry for the delayed post but I wanted to be positive of my ID. I arrived at 
Buck Island road the first time around 1:30 pm after spending about an hour at 
Arkabutla Lake There were NO combines at this time and I saw a dark hawk flying 
low across the field to the West of Buck Island coming from the direction of 
the Owl location at the North end of Buck Island Rd. flying South-west. I'm 
thinking dark-morph Western Red-tail. It then begins to gain altitude and start 
to circle up in the air and drifting in my direction. I see what I believed to 
be dark wing patches with my binoculars but I did not discern the white in tail 
or the dark terminal tail band for a definitive Rough-legged ID due, I think, 
to it being backlit. But this morning I lightened up the photo and the white in 
the tail and dark terminal band jumped out at me. So we have at least two nice 
birds along Buck Island Road. 


Photo link here :   http://www.pbase.com/image/158261802

Wayne Patterson
Shannon, MS, Lee Co.
Subject: Re: New Arrival
From: Martha Swan <marthaswan AT starband.net>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 17:14:59 -0600
Missbirders,
We also had Siskins and not just one, a couple of dozen at least, along
with equal numbers of goldfinches and several purple finches. Looks like a
big year for finches! We're in western Pontotoc County, about midway
between Oxford and Pontotoc.
Stay warm and dry,
Martha & Dana

On Sun, Nov 16, 2014 at 3:34 PM, Robert Briscoe 
wrote:

> I had one Pine Siskin and about fifteen Goldfinches on my feeder at 3:15
> today. The Pine Siskin was FOS for me.
> Robert Briscoe
> 53 CR 327
> Oxford MS
>



-- 
Martha Swan
1665 Toccopola Junction Road
Thaxton, MS 38871
Subject: New Arrival
From: Robert Briscoe <rbriscoe2012 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 15:34:52 -0600
I had one Pine Siskin and about fifteen Goldfinches on my feeder at 3:15 today. 
The Pine Siskin was FOS for me. 

Robert Briscoe
53 CR 327
Oxford MS