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Snowy Owl,©Julie Zickefoose

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 ]
15 Nov Buck Island Road, Tunica County [Wayne Patterson ]
15 Nov Northwest MS (from Q.B. Gray) [Martha Swan ]
14 Nov Tunica Co. Burrowing Owl continues [Jason Hoeksema ]
14 Nov Birding N. MS Style [Gene Knight ]
14 Nov Re: Yazoo NWR ["Mark K. Dolan" ]
13 Nov Re: Yazoo NWR [JR Rigby ]
14 Nov Yazoo NWR [Ben Woodard ]
12 Nov Delta Ducks [William B Woodard ]
12 Nov Re: Ramblin [JR Rigby ]
12 Nov Ramblin [Robert Briscoe ]
11 Nov Burrowing Owl (Tunica Co) + other Delta birds [JR Rigby ]
11 Nov Western Meadowlark/Oktibbeha Co.,MS ["Schiefer, Terence" ]
11 Nov Purple Finch in Starkville ["Jeffrey W. Harris" ]
10 Nov Orange crowned Warbler [Mary Stevens ]
9 Nov Re: Eared grebe [Wayne Patterson ]
9 Nov Surf Scoter at Oktibbeha Co. Lake ["Jeffrey W. Harris" ]
9 Nov Eared grebe [Wayne Patterson ]
6 Nov Coldwater Refuge [Robert Briscoe ]
5 Nov Inca Doves in Pass Christian [Sharon Milligan ]
04 Nov Re: Purple Finches arriving [Gene Knight ]
4 Nov Purple Finches arriving [Jason Hoeksema ]
3 Nov life bird 200 [Billy Bump ]
3 Nov field trip to north MS reservoirs, Sunday Nov. 9 [Jason Hoeksema ]
1 Nov Ocean Springs CBC Jackson Co ["Diane Lafferty" ]
30 Oct Ship Island trip tomorrow [Sharon Milligan ]
29 Oct Fwd: Fw: Trip to Ship Island on Friday, Oct. [Ned and Lucy Boyajian ]
29 Oct Pascagoula River Audubon Center Nature Fest 2014 (PLEASE SHARE) ["Odom, Amanda" ]
29 Oct Audubon Coastal Bird Survey Volunteer Training Class (PLEASE SHARE) ["Odom, Amanda" ]
29 Oct Fw: Trip to Ship Island on Friday, Oct. [JOHN GRAVES ]
29 Oct A. Avocet-Oxford SL [Gene Knight ]
29 Oct MS Coast Audubon at Peter Anderson Festival [Janet Wright ]
28 Oct Yard Birds [Robert Briscoe ]
27 Oct Shore birds [Randy Palmer ]
27 Oct CAMERAS FOR BIRDERS Fwd: Best Superzoom 2014: 8 competitors, 2.5 clear winners [Mary Stevens ]
27 Oct Roseate Spoonbills []
26 Oct water birds at Sardis Lake (Panola County) [Jason Hoeksema ]
26 Oct astounding day at ship is. [Ned and Lucy Boyajian ]
25 Oct New yardbird [Wayne Patterson ]
24 Oct Yellow Rumped Warbler [William B Woodard ]
24 Oct Important address correction: RCW at Noxubee NWR [Gaynell Perry ]
23 Oct Red-cockaded Woodpeckers at Noxubee NWR [Martha Swan ]
22 Oct Hancock Coast Today [Ned and Lucy Boyajian ]
21 Oct Magnolia and BTG Warblers PRWMA [William B Woodard ]

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

      From: Diane Lafferty 
 To: missbird AT freelists.org 
 Sent: Monday, September 8, 2014 11:00 AM
 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
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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 
 		 	   		  
Subject: Buck Island Road, Tunica County
From: Wayne Patterson <wrp6 AT att.net>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 20:31:09 -0800
Missbirders,

A little after 4pm I arrived at Buck Island road from the south and immediately 
saw dust rising from two combines cutting soybeans to the South and West of the 
grass field location Short-eared Owls and Burrowing Owl have been seen. There 
was also a large tractor trailer and pickup parked on the edge of road. They 
were apparently trying to get the beans out before tomorrows rain. Very soon 
after I arrived Jay Walko drove up. We parked our vehicles at the south end of 
the cyclone fence around the small factory facing our vehicles South. An 
immature Coopers Hawk landed on the fence unseen behind us and gave me a 
moments start. Around 4:30 or so Billy Bump and his wife Kim and granddaughter 
Lilly drove up and joined the search. Up until dark or a little after we saw 5 
Harriers, 1 male and 4 females. Around 5:15pm Cindy Mitchell joined us and we 
stood outside watching and listening until around 5:50pm. Unfortunately we had 
no luck with either Short-eared 

 or the Burrowing Owl. I'm pretty sure the combine noise and the truck traffic 
in and out did nothing to help our chances but we did enjoy our short time 
birding together. 


Wayne Patterson
Shannon, MS  Lee Co.
Subject: Northwest MS (from Q.B. Gray)
From: Martha Swan <marthaswan AT starband.net>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 11:02:28 -0600
Missbirders,

Reposting this for Q.B. Gray:

Friday on the 14th I made the rounds from Arkabutla Lake to  Tunica Co.
Ark. Lake has lots of Bonaparte's Gulls patrolling the open  lake water with
a mixture of 50+ Bonaparte's, Ring-bills gulls, and Foster  Terns around the
beach area near the dam. The gulls are using the area around  the beach as
a springboard to feed on shad in the spillway.

Our other gull area at the Tunica Co. dump is hosting lots of  gulls also
but to
now none are using the resting areas in the fields next to  Counce road.
They
are all staying in the fenced in area at the dump and making  it almost
impossible
to I.D.

No waterfowl was seen in this area of Tunica Co. but to the  South west of
Pritchard , it is a different story. A mixture of Snow and  White-fronted
geese
numbering in the 1000s  along with a like no. of ducks  were on the move
trading
one field for the next and being very vocal about  it.

Not to be outdone, hawks are showing up to claim  their favorite hunting
spots.

Q.B. Gray
Nesbit Ms.

-- 
Martha Swan
1665 Toccopola Junction Road
Thaxton, MS 38871
Subject: Tunica Co. Burrowing Owl continues
From: Jason Hoeksema <hoeksema AT olemiss.edu>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 23:37:11 -0600
Missbirders,
I spent some time late this afternoon and evening looking for the BURROWING
OWL found by JR Rigby Tuesday in Tunica County, at the north end of Buck
Island Road.  During the last 1.5 hours of daylight, I spent some time
trying to find where its roosting spot might be, including walking the
perimeter of the electric car factory (after getting their permission). But
I found no sign of it.  As darkness fell, I lingered around my car, which
was parked at the southwest corner of the factory fence (where JR
originally found it, and from where Gene Knight heard it yesterday).
Harriers coursed over they fields, and a couple of coyotes played in the
distance, but no owls appeared (neither BUOW or SEOW). Around 5:45, I just
about gave up--this seems to be an important part of the strategy for
seeing this bird--and got in my car to drive the road a bit. As soon as I
headed south, I flushed a Burrowing Owl-sized bird from next to the road. I
jumped out of my car, waited a few minutes, and then it flew across the
road right in front of my headlights, about 30 feet away--definitely the
Burrowing Owl!  A few minutes later, I turned the car around, heading
north, and got the best look yet as it stood on the road in my headlights
briefly before flushing (just in time to avoid getting its photo taken).

So, this awesome bird seems to be lingering, and seems most apt to show
itself after dark, along that stretch of Buck Island Road just south of the
south end of the factory fence. Such a very cool little owl.  If you look
for it, please let the rest of us Missbirders know how it goes! Definitely
learn the calls before you go, as it may only let you hear it...

Good birding,
Jason Hoeksema
Oxford, MS
Subject: Birding N. MS Style
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:30:44 -0600
MISSBIRDERS,

Yesterday I set off looking for Scoters at several waterbodies and then 
up to Tunica County hoping to see the BURROWING OWL found by JR Rigby on 
Tuesday. Temperatures were ideal as the 1st major COLD WAVE marches 
across the US. Hopes for rarities really peak when these weather phenoms 
hit. I 1st hit the Oxford Sewage Lagoon for ducks. NOT a single duck was 
present!!!!  A lingering Lesser Yellowlegs and Least Sandpiper plus 
Killdeer and Snipe were the only waterbirds present. Next I hit Grenada 
Lake with Pelicans, Bonaparte's and Ring-billed Gulls along with a 
sprinkle of diving ducks was about it. Grenada Sewage Lagoon was loaded 
with ducks!!! 5-6,000 were present in the hazy, foggyish water (cold 
temps meeting warmer water). The temps in the low 30's and NW wind at 
15-20 mph made ideal duck watching---but cold!!! Shovelers and Ruddy 
Ducks dominated the scene with descent numbers of Scaup, Bufflehead, 
Ring-necked, Redheads, Canvasback and throw in a few Gadwall and A. 
Coot. The wind spooked up a Sora to call several times. 3 Tree Swallows 
joined the mix. The Bonaparte's and Ring-billed Gulls have found the 
lagoon as well.

Enid Dam was similar to Grenada with small numbers of Bony's and 
Ring-billeds and a few Ruddy Ducks and Coots. The juvenile Osprey was 
again perched on the white pole on the south end of the dam (it was seen 
Sunday with the Ole Miss Bird Club).

Arkabutla Lake was also similar to the other two lakes in waterbirds but 
Pelican numbers were higher with over 500 seen and 50+ Forster's Terns 
flew amongst the Bonaparte's Gulls.

I arrived at the small factory (totally fenced in) on the north end of 
Buck Island Road about 4:00 and sat looking all around the grounds (to 
the west and south) for the Burrowing Owl for 1.5 hours with no luck. 
Many Mourning Doves were all around the area. I had ridden west and 
north in the surrounding area trying to locate this small owl. The wind 
and cold temps made it worse. Back at the owl location I watched the 
fence where JR had seen the owl perch. Lots of action with birds going 
to roost about 5:15. A Cooper's Hawk flew within 20 feet of me sitting 
in the truck. Watching the long fence and down the gravel road I was 
about to give when I heard the owl calling (a rattling call--not the 
bark call) from the south end of the factory. It must have been flying 
because I never saw it as it moved to the west!!! This owl has to be 
present somewhere on or near this little factory grounds. Good Luck in 
trying to see it. The call I heard can be heard online. FYI--this is the 
first report of BUOW in MS since 2004!!!

Gene Knight
Oxford, MS



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Subject: Re: Yazoo NWR
From: "Mark K. Dolan" <mdolan AT olemiss.edu>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:21:26 +0000
Greetings,

Are we talking about the area below the dam at Sardis, or just where is the 
sparrow habitat? 


Thanks,
Mark



Mark K. Dolan
Associate Professor of Multimedia Journalism
Meek School of Journalism and New Media
The University of Mississippi
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University, MS 38677-1848
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From: missbird-bounce AT freelists.org [missbird-bounce AT freelists.org] on behalf 
of JR Rigby [jr.rigby AT gmail.com] 

Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2014 8:32 PM
To: Ben Woodard
Cc: MISSBIRD
Subject: [missbird] Re: Yazoo NWR

I had my FOS Fox Sparrow up at the Sardis Refuge today too. We now have a full 
contingent of winter sparrows up here. 


JR

On Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 8:25 PM, Ben Woodard 
> wrote: 

Hello All,

Today at Yazoo NWR I grabbed a few FOS species:

Fox Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Bufflehead

Duck and sparrow diversity is increasing. There is habitat currently holding 
numbers of Eastern Meadowlark and Vesper Sparrow that if left unadulterated 
should produce pipits and longspurs in the near future. 


Best,
Ben Woodard

[70DDelta 231.JPG]
[70DDelta 216.JPG]
Subject: Re: Yazoo NWR
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:32:34 -0600
I had my FOS Fox Sparrow up at the Sardis Refuge today too. We now have a
full contingent of winter sparrows up here.

JR

On Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 8:25 PM, Ben Woodard  wrote:

> Hello All,
>
> Today at Yazoo NWR I grabbed a few FOS species:
>
> Fox Sparrow
> Vesper Sparrow
> Bufflehead
>
> Duck and sparrow diversity is increasing. There is habitat currently
> holding numbers of Eastern Meadowlark and Vesper Sparrow that if left
> unadulterated should produce pipits and longspurs in the near future.
>
> Best,
> Ben Woodard
>
> [image: 70DDelta 231.JPG]
> [image: 70DDelta 216.JPG]
>
Subject: Yazoo NWR
From: Ben Woodard <ben_woodard AT icloud.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 02:25:10 +0000 (GMT)
Hello All,

Today at Yazoo NWR I grabbed a few FOS species:

Fox Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Bufflehead

Duck and sparrow diversity is increasing. There is habitat currently holding 
numbers of Eastern Meadowlark and Vesper Sparrow that if left unadulterated 
should produce pipits and longspurs in the near future. 


Best,
Ben Woodard

Subject: Delta Ducks
From: William B Woodard <ben_woodard AT icloud.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 23:17:35 -0600
Hello All,

The delta produced good numbers of ducks today. Catfish ponds on 82 between 
Greenwood to Greenville held numbers in the thousands with the following 
species represented. 


Mallard
Wood Duck
Lesser Scaup
Northern Shoveler
Ruddy Duck
Blue Winged Teal
Hooded Merganser
Gadwall

Northern Shoveler and Ruddy Duck were the most abundant.

There was also a Bald Eagle in the delta today at the CR136 Complex. It made an 
attempt on a Ruddy Duck at one point but was unsuccessful. 


Last notable observation was a large flock of White Pelicans flying against the 
wind headed North and making good progress. Had to be 200-300. 


Best,
Ben Woodard


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Subject: Re: Ramblin
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:45:08 -0600
Robert,

I also had four Sandhill Cranes fly over the Sardis Waterfowl Refuge this
afternoon.

JR
Oxford

On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 5:41 PM, Robert Briscoe 
wrote:

> My first stop was the Coldwater Refuge. There were thousands of ducks.
> About 700 White-fronted Geese and 200 Coots. From the refuge, I went to the
> Ballentine area of Panola county. I saw 9 Sandhill Cranes there. They were
> east of Pride Road and south of Ballentine Road. From there I went to
> Tunica coumty. The  east end of Fishlake Road and along Hot Thornton road
> is where I saw the most ducks. There were about 300 Snow Geese on the north
> side of Beatline  or Pfc Dawson Road. I think it is Pfc Dawson Road now. I
> drove from the north end to the south end of Buck Island Road and did not
> know about J. R's owl sightimgs until now. Had I checked my e-mail, I
> would  have looked closer and stayed longer. The Sandhill Cranes and Snow
> Geese were FOS for me.
> Robert Briscoe
> 53 CR 327
> Oxford Ms
>
Subject: Ramblin
From: Robert Briscoe <rbriscoe2012 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:41:55 -0600
My first stop was the Coldwater Refuge. There were thousands of ducks. About 
700 White-fronted Geese and 200 Coots. From the refuge, I went to the 
Ballentine area of Panola county. I saw 9 Sandhill Cranes there. They were east 
of Pride Road and south of Ballentine Road. From there I went to Tunica coumty. 
The east end of Fishlake Road and along Hot Thornton road is where I saw the 
most ducks. There were about 300 Snow Geese on the north side of Beatline or 
Pfc Dawson Road. I think it is Pfc Dawson Road now. I drove from the north end 
to the south end of Buck Island Road and did not know about J. R's owl 
sightimgs until now. Had I checked my e-mail, I would have looked closer and 
stayed longer. The Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese were FOS for me. 

Robert Briscoe
53 CR 327
Oxford Ms
 		 	   		  
Subject: Burrowing Owl (Tunica Co) + other Delta birds
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:19:49 -0600
Missbirders,

To cap a full day of birding around the north Delta I stopped at Buck
Island Rd. to check for the Short-eared Owls. I arrived at 4:30pm and
waited until about 5:15pm in the waning light and wintery conditions
without luck. As I made my way out at the north end of the road I noticed a
long-legged raptor-ish looking bird, larger than a kestrel but smaller than
a Short-eared Owl, standing on the fence. There was just enough light to
make out the bird through my binoculars at about 15m distance. When it
turned to face me, it was clearly an owl. It took a few beats before it hit
me that it was a BURROWING OWL!

The bird flew while I was fumbling for the camera. I decided to drive up
and down the road in hopes that I might see or here something more of the
owl. About 400m south of the fence a bird came into my headlights on the
road! What luck! But this was a chunkier bird with no indication of long
legs. When it turned to face me, I saw the round white face of a
SHORT-EARED OWL. Not where I expected to find that guy.
Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/123863674 AT N04/15150389013/

Backing away from the SEOW in the road, I turned around and headed north
again. About 100m from the fence I again saw a bird in the road... a
smaller, leggier bird! The BURROWING OWL was standing facing me at the edge
of the road. As I stopped the car it flew west northwest over the
defoliated soybean field and I lost it in the darkness. Several more trips
up and down the road did not result in further encounters, though I did see
the terrestrial Short-eared a couple more times.

Other birds of note: Walls Slough had a nice selection of waterfowl
including several hundred GREEN-WINGED TEAL and GADWALL as well as good
representation of NORTHERN PINTAIL, RING-NECKED DUCK, and LESSER SCAUP and
two AMERICAN AVOCETS. Arkabutla Lake was challenging in the mist, but
RING-BILLED (100s), BONAPARTE'S (100s), HERRING (2), and FRANKLIN'S GULLS
(4) were present in the dam area (but only 1 FORSTER'S TERN??). Large rafts
of waterfowl were visible on the lake beyond range for ID, but numbering in
the thousands. Several stops at points around the lake did not result in
better views of the waterfowl.

I stopped at the Tunica Landfill to check the gull situation. There were a
couple of hundred gulls visible intermittently "on the hill" but the
surrounding fields were barren of Larus.

Good birding,

JR
Oxford
Subject: Western Meadowlark/Oktibbeha Co.,MS
From: "Schiefer, Terence" <TSchiefer AT entomology.msstate.edu>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 18:35:35 +0000
MISSBIRDers:

A Western Meadowlark was at the Oktibbeha County Lake, Oktibbeha County, 
Mississippi this Morning, Tuesday, 11 November. It was along County Lake Road 
on the dam levee on the opposite side of the road from the lake and about half 
way between the dirt parking lot at the south end of the dam and the spillway. 
The bird was seen by several observers and heard giving diagnostic 'Chuck' call 
notes. The yellow and black in the bird's plumage is vieled by pale feather 
edges of fresh plumage, and a scope is probably necessary to see plumage 
details distinguishing it from Eastern Meadowlark, such as the yellow of the 
throat extending onto the malar area and the thinner black barring on the wing 
coverts, tertials, and tail. Several folks looked for the Surf Scoter today 
without success. 


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: Purple Finch in Starkville
From: "Jeffrey W. Harris" <jwharris30 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 09:07:44 -0600
Dear MS Birders,

A female Purple Finch visited my feeders this morning.  This is the 1st of
this species that I have seen in a couple of years.

Sincerely,

Jeff Harris
Subject: Orange crowned Warbler
From: Mary Stevens <Library AT mmns.state.ms.us>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 01:48:52 +0000
Our Orange crowned Warbler is back eating suet at our feeder in Lakewood 
subdivision in Vicksburg. 

Good birding to all, Mary and Bill Stripling

Mary Stripling, Retired
Museum Librarian
Museum Volunteer
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
2148 Riverside Drive
Jackson, MS  39202
Home: 675 Lakewood Road
Vicksburg, MS 39180
WORK: 601 354-7303
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Subject: Re: Eared grebe
From: Wayne Patterson <wrp6 AT att.net>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 12:16:30 -0800
A photo of the Eared Grebe on Bay Springs Lake. 
http://www.pbase.com/wpatterson/image/158168680 

 
Wayne Patterson
Shannon, MS  Lee Co. 


On Sunday, November 9, 2014 9:45 AM, Wayne Patterson  wrote:
  


A single Eared Grebe was hanging out at McDougal boat ramp on Bay Springs Lake 
this morning. Beautiful day but a little chilly. 50 Common Loons there as well. 


Wayne Patterson
Shannon, Ms. Lee Co.

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Subject: Surf Scoter at Oktibbeha Co. Lake
From: "Jeffrey W. Harris" <jwharris30 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 12:44:15 -0600
Dear MS Birders,

Marion/Terry Schiefer texted me that there was a Scoter at the county
lake.  I visited it and found a female Surf Scoter amongst the other
ducks.  Best vantage was from the old boat ramp off of Rivera Drive near
the house built like a log cabin.  The complete eBird list follows.

Sincerely,

Jeff Harris

eBird Report - Oktibbeha County Lake, Nov 9, 2014.pdf

 
Subject: Eared grebe
From: Wayne Patterson <wrp6 AT att.net>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 09:45:05 -0600
A single Eared Grebe was hanging out at McDougal boat ramp on Bay Springs Lake 
this morning. Beautiful day but a little chilly. 50 Common Loons there as well. 


Wayne Patterson
Shannon, Ms. Lee Co.

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Subject: Coldwater Refuge
From: Robert Briscoe <rbriscoe2012 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 16:44:59 -0600
There were thousands of ducks, 300 White-fronted geese, 7 northern harriers, 4 
red-tailed hawks and one bald eagle at the refuge today. 

Robert Briscoe
53 CR 327
Oxford Ms 
 		 	   		  
Subject: Inca Doves in Pass Christian
From: Sharon Milligan <2sharon123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2014 16:47:22 -0600
​Posting for Alison Henry......

On Tues, November 4th, Alison Henry observed 2 inca dove coming to a feeder
in Pass Christian Ms. If anyone would like details of location you can call
Alison at 228 861 1956 and she will liaise with home owners.

Sharon Milligan
Biloxi
Subject: Re: Purple Finches arriving
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Tue, 04 Nov 2014 07:31:20 -0600
MISSBIRDERS,

DITTO!!! We also heard PURPLE FINCH call notes this morning at our home 
south of Oxford.

Gene and Shannon Knight
Oxford, MS


On 11/4/2014 6:56 AM, Jason Hoeksema wrote:
> Missbirders,
> This morning I had a flock of about 6 PURPLE FINCHES flying over my 
> house in Oxford (Lafayette Co.), making their distinctive 'bik, bik, 
> bik' call.  With reports on eBird in Arkansas, Tennessee, and Georgia, 
> it looks like they are pushing south, and hopefully we will get to 
> enjoy them frequently this winter!
> Good birding,
> Jason Hoeksema
> Oxford, MS

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Subject: Purple Finches arriving
From: Jason Hoeksema <hoeksema AT olemiss.edu>
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2014 06:56:23 -0600
Missbirders,
This morning I had a flock of about 6 PURPLE FINCHES flying over my house
in Oxford (Lafayette Co.), making their distinctive 'bik, bik, bik' call.
With reports on eBird in Arkansas, Tennessee, and Georgia, it looks like
they are pushing south, and hopefully we will get to enjoy them frequently
this winter!
Good birding,
Jason Hoeksema
Oxford, MS
Subject: life bird 200
From: Billy Bump <billbobumpo AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 20:49:44 -0600
Today my wife and I drove over to the Ghost River WMA south of Lagrange
Tn.  We saw a number of regularly seen birds on our lists. Later in the
afternoon we spotted a hawkish bird and set up our scope. It was a
Peregrine Falcon.  This was Life Bird number 200 for me, since I have
started listing.

Billy Bump

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Subject: field trip to north MS reservoirs, Sunday Nov. 9
From: Jason Hoeksema <hoeksema AT olemiss.edu>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 13:53:03 -0600
Missbirders,
This coming Sunday, I'll be leading a field trip for the Ole Miss Birders,
and anyone is welcome to join. We'll be visiting Sardis and Enid
reservoirs, seeking waterfowl, gulls, and whatever else we can get our
binoculars on.  We'll meet at 11:00 a.m. to carpool from the University of
Mississippi's Jackson Avenue Center, at 1111 Jackson Ave W. in Oxford
(north side of Jackson Ave., across from the westernmost entrance to the
Ole Miss campus). From there, we'll probably head first to the Sardis Dam
area.

Hope to see you on Sunday!
Jason Hoeksema
Oxford, MS
Subject: Ocean Springs CBC Jackson Co
From: "Diane Lafferty" <dlaffert AT netdoor.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2014 11:49:51 -0500
Dec  or  Jan     date?         Ocean Springs     CBC  Jackson Co

 

Can anyone give the date for this?

 

Diane Lafferty

Hattiesburg Pine Woods Audubon
Subject: Ship Island trip tomorrow
From: Sharon Milligan <2sharon123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:00:19 -0500
Posting for Libby (Olivia) Graves......

The ferry to Ship Island is scheduled to run tomorrow between 10:00-10:30
am, so I would be there at 10:00.
Bring your lunch and beverages.
Plan is to stay on the island for three hours, returning to Gulfport harbor
about 4:00 pm​
Subject: Fwd: Fw: Trip to Ship Island on Friday, Oct.
From: Ned and Lucy Boyajian <nedlucyboyajian AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:57:04 -0500
To All
I am relaying this message for Libby Graves.
  It may give you a chance to see the rarities she and I found on Oct 26
If you have any questions contact Libby at the address below
Good Luck
Ned Boyajian



-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	[missbird] Fw: Trip to Ship Island on Friday, Oct.
Date: 	Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:28:45 -0700
From: 	JOHN GRAVES 
Reply-To: 	oliviaphotos AT bellsouth.net
To: 	missbird AT freelists.org 





On Wednesday, October 29, 2014 2:06 PM, JOHN GRAVES 
 wrote:


I talked to Captain Louis Skrmetta about a trip to Ship Island.  Sunday 
was the last scheduled trip, but he has scheduled a special trip for a 
group of 29 persons interested in the history of the island. He invited 
birders to go on the trip.  He will be departing the Ship Island dock at 
10 am on Friday, arriving at the island at 11 am.  He will depart the 
island at 3 pm giving us a three hour visit at the island. No food will 
be available, therefore please bring your lunch, snacks, and 
beverages.   The Sage Thrasher, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbirds and 
other birds were seen in the fort and around the fort.  No guarantee 
that the birds are still there.
Details:
Ferry depart from the Ship Island dock in Gulfport.  Follow Hwy 49 
south, cross Hwy 90 in Gulfport, take 1st left and park near the 
pavilion.  The boat is docked in the Small Craft Harbor just south of 
the pavilion.  I will be there at 9:30 am.
Please check with me early Thursday evening so I can give Louis a head 
count and to inform you if the trip has cancelled due to weather.
228-860-1966
I will put a message on missbird as soon as I hear from Louis.
COST: $27 per person or $25 for senior.
Olivia (Libby) Graves
oliviaphotos AT bellsouth.net



Subject: Pascagoula River Audubon Center Nature Fest 2014 (PLEASE SHARE)
From: "Odom, Amanda" <aodom AT audubon.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:03:10 +0000
[Audubon Nature Fest]
Pascagoula River Audubon Center will be hosting Audubon NatureFest 2014 at the 
downtown Moss Point Riverfront, November 8, 2014, 2:00pm-5:00pm. There will be 
fun-filled activities for children and adults of all ages! Bring the family or 
the entire neighborhood and enjoy a Bird Scavenger Hunt, Fun Paddle, Food, Live 
Music, Book reading of "Among the Animals" , and make a Bird Feeder to take 
home! This event will provide local families and nature tourists the 
opportunity to learn about birds, wildlife, and high-quality habitats present 
in the lower Pascagoula River basin located in the Jackson County and George 
County area. Event located downtown Moss Point, Mississippi at McInnis Ave and 
Main Street: CLICK HERE FOR 
MAP 


For more information, please call the Pascagoula River Audubon Center at (228) 
475-0825 or visit their website at http://pascagoulariver.audubon.org/ 






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Amanda Odom, Volunteer Manager
Audubon Mississippi Coastal Bird Stewardship Program
4200 Audubon Way, Moss Point Mississippi 39563
Phone: (228) 285-0449     Email: aodom AT audubon.org

Visit us on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/AudubonMississippiCoastalBirdStewardshipProgram


Subject: Audubon Coastal Bird Survey Volunteer Training Class (PLEASE SHARE)
From: "Odom, Amanda" <aodom AT audubon.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:45:02 +0000
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Audubon Coastal Bird Survey Volunteer Training

Are you interested in coastal birds and their habitats, conservation, and 
making a difference? 

Volunteer to participate in the Audubon Coastal Bird Survey (ACBS), a 
volunteer-driven, Citizen Science effort that was developed through the 
Pascagoula River Audubon Center in response to 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon Oil 
Spill. ACBS engages community volunteers in the monitoring of coastal birds and 
their habitats. The survey provides critical data on diversity and population 
trends, and allows conservation managers to assess threats and identify 
remedial actions. Survey sites are located along the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 
Jackson, Harrison, and Hancock counties. 


To become an ACBS Volunteer:
You must have an interest in learning about coastal birds and field monitoring, 
have the ability to walk at least 2 miles in adverse weather conditions on 
beaches and difficult terrain, and participate in the required ACBS training. 
No previous birding experience is required but is helpful. Training will be 
provided! Volunteering with the Audubon Coastal Bird Survey program requires a 
one year commitment. 


Can't commit to a year: Find out how you can help with bird identification, 
data collection for eBird, outreach and education, habitat restoration, and 
photography. 


To volunteer with Audubon Mississippi, please contact Amanda Odom, Volunteer 
Manager at (228) 285-0449 or aodom AT audubon.org to 
register. Each training class is limited to 25 persons. 


Visit us on Facebook!
https://www.facebook.com/AudubonMississippiCoastalBirdStewardshipProgram

ACBS Training Dates:
November 22, 2014
10:30am-2:30pm

December 13, 2014
10:30am-2:30pm

Training Location:
Biloxi Public Library
580 Howard Avenue
Biloxi, MS 39530

2015 Bird Survey Pulses:
Mid-Winter (10 Jan-20 Feb)
Spring (20 Mar-30 May)
Fall (20 Aug-30 Oct)
Surveys take place every ten days during pulses. Winter pulse will have 3 
surveys per site. Spring and Fall pulses have 6 surveys per site. 


Equipment provided:
Binoculars, spotting scope, bird identification guide pamphlet, data sheets, 
notebook, digital camera, Audubon shirts and hats 


Optional equipment:
Personal safety equipment such, sunscreen, bug repellant, gloves, goggles(if 
necessary) 



Audubon Mississippi Coastal Bird Stewardship Program






Subject: Fw: Trip to Ship Island on Friday, Oct.
From: JOHN GRAVES <oliviaphotos AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:28:45 -0700
 

 
On Wednesday, October 29, 2014 2:06 PM, JOHN GRAVES 
 wrote: 

  


I talked to Captain Louis Skrmetta about a trip to Ship Island. Sunday was the 
last scheduled trip, but he has scheduled a special trip for a group of 29 
persons interested in the history of the island. He invited birders to go on 
the trip. He will be departing the Ship Island dock at 10 am on Friday, 
arriving at the island at 11 am. He will depart the island at 3 pm giving us a 
three hour visit at the island. No food will be available, therefore please 
bring your lunch, snacks, and beverages. The Sage Thrasher, Say's Phoebe, 
Western Kingbirds and other birds were seen in the fort and around the fort. No 
guarantee that the birds are still there. 

Details:
Ferry depart from the Ship Island dock in Gulfport. Follow Hwy 49 south, cross 
Hwy 90 in Gulfport, take 1st left and park near the pavilion. The boat is 
docked in the Small Craft Harbor just south of the pavilion. I will be there at 
9:30 am. 

Please check with me early Thursday evening so I can give Louis a head count 
and to inform you if the trip has cancelled due to weather. 

228-860-1966  
I will put a message on missbird as soon as I hear from Louis.
COST:  $27 per person or $25 for senior. 
Olivia (Libby) Graves
oliviaphotos AT bellsouth.net
Subject: A. Avocet-Oxford SL
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:47:27 -0500
MISSBIRDERS,

At noon today there was a single A. AVOCET at the Oxford Sewage Lagoon 
located south of Oxford. Present also were 20+ Least Sandpipers and 2 
Lesser Yellowlegs.

Gene Knight
Oxford, MS
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Subject: MS Coast Audubon at Peter Anderson Festival
From: Janet Wright <jwright01 AT cableone.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:45:36 -0500
Planning on coming to the Peter Anderson Arts Festival in Ocean Springs this 
weekend (Nov 1-2, 9:00-5:00)? Be sure to drop by the Mississippi Coast Audubon 
chapter’s booth, at the east end of the Festival on Government Street, near 
the “Mary C” Cultural center. Featuring photos by Sharon Milligan, Larry 
Dees, Libby Graves, and Michael Sandoz, in a superb layout by Suzanne 
Schneidau. Come by for a chat and to be excited about birds and habitats on our 
Coast while enjoying the arts. 

Subject: Yard Birds
From: Robert Briscoe <rbriscoe2012 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:05:06 -0500
My yard was swarming with Chippies, White-throats and Juncos today. They were 
not at my feeder, but in the Red Oak trees. I read that there were about 400 
species of caterpillar that feed on Oak Trees. I assumed that the birds had 
found some tasty morsels. 

Robert Briscoe
53 CR 327
Oxford Ms 
 		 	   		  
Subject: Shore birds
From: Randy Palmer <randyp AT hghhardware.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:37:02 -0500
Miss birders, those of you interested in viewing hundreds of a variety of
shore birds. Travel west on 82 8.4 miles from Double Quick store in Ita
Bena. Turn left on Kroeker Road go .7 miles cross road travel .9 miles on
Trans Fishery Rd. (Gravel road) turn left on catfish pond road. Look at
pond on right.
Good birding
Randy Palmer
HGH Hardware Supply
601-862-0432
Subject: CAMERAS FOR BIRDERS Fwd: Best Superzoom 2014: 8 competitors, 2.5 clear winners
From: Mary Stevens <stevenswaterbird AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:37:25 -0500
SUPERZOOMING: BEST LONGEST ZOOMING CAMERAS OF 2014
My husband, Bill, who is a bird photographer found this article and thought 
some folks might be interesting in the ratings for this smaller camera. See 
link below. 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
Library AT mmns.state.ms.us
Stevenswaterbird AT bellsouth.net
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Begin forwarded message:

> From: Bill Stripling 
> Date: October 27, 2014 at 10:16:27 AM CDT
> To: Mary Stripling 
> Subject: Best Superzoom 2014: 8 competitors, 2.5 clear winners
> 
> Below is a link to a multi page article on small digital cameras with long 
focal length zoom lenses. The winner is the Nikon, but it does not do raw 
files. The 2nd place is the Fuji which will do raw files. Third place is a 
Cannon which is not their latest model. 

> 
> 
> 
> 
http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2014/10/25/best-superzoom-2014-8-competitors-2.5-clear-winners 

> 
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
> Bill Stripling
> 675 Lakewood Road
> Vicksburg, MS 39180
Subject: Roseate Spoonbills
From: tshombe AT suddenlink.net
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:39:56 +0000
Saw a pair of the pink birds yesterday, Sunday 10/26 in NW Leflore County. 
Dudley Stewart 

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Subject: water birds at Sardis Lake (Panola County)
From: Jason Hoeksema <hoeksema AT olemiss.edu>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:12:14 -0500
Because I could not be on West Ship Island today (!!!), I birded the Sardis
Dam area (Panola County) this afternoon. Birding from the parking area atop
the south end of the dam was fairly productive, with flocks of GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (70) and PINE WARBLERS (25) flying over, and with
gigantic flocks of water birds to scope out on the lake. Unfortunately, the
rafts were quite distant, with significant heat interference. But among the
roughly 4000 birds, I was able to make out:
~200 FRANKLIN'S GULLS (my first of fall)
~60 HORNED GREBES (my first of fall)
~400 NORTHERN PINTAIL
~20 REDHEAD
+ 6 other duck species

Complete eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20343582

Good birding!
Jason Hoeksema
Oxford, MS
Subject: astounding day at ship is.
From: Ned and Lucy Boyajian <nedlucyboyajian AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:02:36 -0500
Today, Oct 26, I accompanied Libby and John Graves to Ship Is to search 
for the Say's Phoebe they had found and photographed the previous day.
We found it fairly quickly atop the fort and had good, though brief,  
views. While waiting for it to reappear, we were astounded to have a 
Sage Thrasher pop into view. Libby got photos which should be of ID 
quality. Unlike the phoebe, the thrasher was quite confiding and was 
seen repeatedly over the next few hours.
I knew some birders were at Clower-Thornton and tried to phone them 
since they would have had time to get to the marina for the noon sailing 
but unfortunately could not make contact

If accepted  by the MOS BRC, the phoebe would be a first record for the 
six coastal counties, the thrasher would be a new state bird.
Full accounts will be posted to ebird and submitted to the BRC.

Some lesser fry
A difficult juv cuckoo which based on ventral tail pattern was  a 
Black-billed
Two Scissor-tailed Flycatchers
One Western Kingbird
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Subject: New yardbird
From: Wayne Patterson <wrp6 AT att.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:30:38 -0700
Greater White-front geese are not that common in my area but certainly one I've 
never seen from my yard. Around 6pm this evening there were approximately 55 
that flew over the house heading West. They were flying quite high. 

 
Wayne Patterson
Shannon, MS  Lee Co.
Subject: Yellow Rumped Warbler
From: William B Woodard <ben_woodard AT icloud.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:10:20 -0500
Hello All,

Had FOF YRWA today  AT  Pearl River WMA (Jackson MS)
Also had 5 Marsh Wrens (One Pictured Below)
Solid mix of Swamp, White-Throated, and Song Sparrows as well.

Good luck to everyone this weekend,
Ben Woodard

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Subject: Important address correction: RCW at Noxubee NWR
From: Gaynell Perry <gcperry1 AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:21:03 -0500
email address correction for comments: should be underscore (rather than 
hyphen) 


laura_housh AT fws.gov

CCP comment period ends Oct. 27.


Gaynell Perry 
Memphis







On Oct 24, 2014, at 12:10 AM, FreeLists Mailing List Manager 
 wrote: 


> missbird Digest	Thu, 23 Oct 2014	Volume: 02  Issue: 219
> 
> In This Issue:
> 		[missbird] Red-cockaded Woodpeckers at Noxubee NWR
> 
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:08:24 -0500
> Subject: [missbird] Red-cockaded Woodpeckers at Noxubee NWR
> From: Martha Swan 
> 
> Missbirders,
> I am posting this message for Margaret Copeland, who has been monitoring
> the Noxubee NWRs  plans for managing Red-cockaded Woodpeckers :
> 
> 
> The Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment for
> Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge public comment period ends
> October 27, 2014. To view a copy of the CCP, visit
> *http://southeast.fws.gov/planning
> *; select the refuge's name under Draft
> CCP Documents tab.  Noxubee Refuge's phone number is 662-323-5548 if you
> have questions. Comments should be emailed to Laura Housh (
> laura-housh AT fws.gov), mailed to 13723 Bluff Lake Road, Brooksville, MS
> 39739, or faxed to 662-323-6390. The 800 plus pages are the plans for the
> next 15 years.
> 
> 
> 
> For birders, a very controversial part of the plan reduces the total number
> of red-cockaded woodpecker clusters from 88 called for in the 2003 RCW
> Recovery Plan down to the 27 active clusters that exist at the refuge at
> this time.  These clusters will be managed to remain active forever--with
> no real allowance for cluster expansion, RCW disbursal, etc.  The
> "historical" forest conditions are being used for justification that the
> refuge can only support 27 clusters with GQFH (good quality foraging
> habitat) called for in the 2003 RCW Recovery Plan. Thus, the 21,000 plus
> pine/mixed hardwood forests of the 2005 CCP which planned for the
> 88 clusters has been "reduced" to about 9,000 acres of "historical pine
> habitat", which is the basis for the 27 cluster number that these acres
> will support (120 acres of GQFH and 188 acres of "regenerating" pine for
> future use--a total of 308 acres per cluster). This re-classification of
> pine (coupled with extreme budget and staff limitations) has prompted this
> re-evaluation of their forestry conditions and the reduction of proposed
> clusters (from 88 down to 27). Figure 12 (page 81) actually shows the
> target locations for RCW cluster centers after 50 years--still allowing for
> only 27 clusters. Ask for more RCW clusters and to use pine that they don't
> consider "historical".  The mature pine is there on the refuge--just what
> the RCWs need!
> 
> 
> 
> A further concern includes the proposed cuts scattered throughout the
> bottomland hardwood forests to encourage shade intolerant species (Red
> Oaks) to sprout to supply food for hunted species on the refuge.
> These canopy openings (from 1/2 acre up to 7 acres in size) propose
> to "increase the diversity" of the bottomland hardwood forests by
> encouraging Yellow Warblers, Prothonotary Warblers, Rusty Blackbirds, and
> other species to nest and/or forage in these open (regeneration) areas.
> Cavity trees would be saved in these cuts. Ask for minimal or no entry in
> the bottomland hardwoods--there is enough edge around all of it anyway!
> 
> 
> 
> 
> -- 
> Martha Swan
> 1665 Toccopola Junction Road
> Thaxton, MS 38871
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> End of missbird Digest V2 #219
> ******************************
> 
Subject: Red-cockaded Woodpeckers at Noxubee NWR
From: Martha Swan <marthaswan AT starband.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:08:24 -0500
Missbirders,

I am posting this message for Margaret Copeland, who has been monitoring
the Noxubee NWR’s  plans for managing Red-cockaded Woodpeckers :


The Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment for
Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge public comment period ends
October 27, 2014. To view a copy of the CCP, visit
*http://southeast.fws.gov/planning
*; select the refuge's name under Draft
CCP Documents tab.  Noxubee Refuge's phone number is 662-323-5548 if you
have questions. Comments should be emailed to Laura Housh (
laura-housh AT fws.gov), mailed to 13723 Bluff Lake Road, Brooksville, MS
39739, or faxed to 662-323-6390. The 800 plus pages are the plans for the
next 15 years.



For birders, a very controversial part of the plan reduces the total number
of red-cockaded woodpecker clusters from 88 called for in the 2003 RCW
Recovery Plan down to the 27 active clusters that exist at the refuge at
this time.  These clusters will be managed to remain active forever--with
no real allowance for cluster expansion, RCW disbursal, etc.  The
"historical" forest conditions are being used for justification that the
refuge can only support 27 clusters with GQFH (good quality foraging
habitat) called for in the 2003 RCW Recovery Plan. Thus, the 21,000 plus
pine/mixed hardwood forests of the 2005 CCP which planned for the
88 clusters has been "reduced" to about 9,000 acres of "historical pine
habitat", which is the basis for the 27 cluster number that these acres
will support (120 acres of GQFH and 188 acres of "regenerating" pine for
future use--a total of 308 acres per cluster). This re-classification of
pine (coupled with extreme budget and staff limitations) has prompted this
re-evaluation of their forestry conditions and the reduction of proposed
clusters (from 88 down to 27). Figure 12 (page 81) actually shows the
target locations for RCW cluster centers after 50 years--still allowing for
only 27 clusters. Ask for more RCW clusters and to use pine that they don't
consider "historical".  The mature pine is there on the refuge--just what
the RCWs need!



A further concern includes the proposed cuts scattered throughout the
bottomland hardwood forests to encourage shade intolerant species (Red
Oaks) to sprout to supply food for hunted species on the refuge.
These canopy openings (from 1/2 acre up to 7 acres in size) propose
to "increase the diversity" of the bottomland hardwood forests by
encouraging Yellow Warblers, Prothonotary Warblers, Rusty Blackbirds, and
other species to nest and/or forage in these open (regeneration) areas.
Cavity trees would be saved in these cuts. Ask for minimal or no entry in
the bottomland hardwoods--there is enough edge around all of it anyway!




-- 
Martha Swan
1665 Toccopola Junction Road
Thaxton, MS 38871
Subject: Hancock Coast Today
From: Ned and Lucy Boyajian <nedlucyboyajian AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:29:14 -0500
Hi to all:
I had a couple of interesting observations this morning, October 22.
Franklin's Gull
Just after sun-up at my lots at Heron Bay, I had a flock of 6 appear out 
of the NNW heading SSE towards the coast. First sighting here since Nov 
11, 2001 when I had a flock of 16 which behaved similarly.
Later in the morning I found 1 at Bayou Caddy and another near Ladner Pier.

Snowy Plover
On the beach at Bayou Caddy with a variety of shorebirds. When something 
flushed them, all but the SNPL circled about a bit then settled down 
again. The SNPL climbed  to a great  height and flew rapidly off 
inland.  Weird.

Ned Boyajian
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Subject: Magnolia and BTG Warblers PRWMA
From: William B Woodard <ben_woodard AT icloud.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:23:12 -0500
Hello All,

Pearl River WMA had a good amount of activity this evening. Several Black 
Throated Green Warblers, a Redstart, and a tricky first winter Magnolia Warbler 
were present. The following pictures show the Magnolia Warbler and the BTGs. 


Happy Birding,
Ben Woodard









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