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30 Sep SWALLOW-TAILED KITES: Upcoming Birdy Events: MMNS & JAS [Mary Stevens ]
30 Sep TN Warbler-Knight's Yard [Gene Knight ]
29 Sep Re: Hurricane Landing, Sardis Lake (Lafayette Co.): Ole Miss Birders field trip [Nancy Donald ]
28 Sep Re: Hurricane Landing, Sardis Lake (Lafayette Co.): Ole Miss Birders field trip ["J.R.Rigby" ]
28 Sep Hurricane Landing, Sardis Lake (Lafayette Co.): Ole Miss Birders field trip [Jason Hoeksema ]
27 Sep Field Pbservations - Grand Bay NERR/NWR []
27 Sep FOS migrants - Cerulean- Oxford ["J.R.Rigby" ]
26 Sep Northeast MS Migrants [Wayne Patterson ]
25 Sep Grosbeak [Robert Briscoe ]
24 Sep "Marsh hawk" [Rob Heflin ]
24 Sep Re: Lesser and/or Greater [Wayne Patterson ]
24 Sep Lesser and/or Greater ["Larry Pace" ]
24 Sep Re: FOS Ruby-crowned Kinglet [Dana Swan ]
23 Sep FOS Ruby-crowned Kinglet [Dana Swan ]
23 Sep Jerry Jackson to speak at special Audubon meeting Sept. 25 [Marion Schiefer ]
22 Sep Re: Limited Edition Sibley Painting - for MS Shorebirds! [Rob Heflin ]
22 Sep Limited Edition Sibley Painting - for MS Shorebirds! [JR Rigby ]
22 Sep Sandpiper ["Larry Pace" ]
22 Sep MOS Fall Meeting Highlights from this weekend [Gene Knight ]
21 Sep Tunica County, MS Buff-breasted Sandpipers [Jason Hoeksema ]
21 Sep Tunica County, MS Buff-breasted Sandpipers [Jason Hoeksema ]
21 Sep Okay, How Many Can You Identify-Part I [Dana Swan ]
21 Sep Okay, How Many Can You Identify-Part II [Dana Swan ]
21 Sep Olive-sided Flycatcher - Coahoma Co ["J.R.Rigby" ]
20 Sep Red-necked phalaropes - near Greenwood [JR Rigby ]
19 Sep Re: Hummer harassment ["" ]
19 Sep Re: Hummer harassment []
18 Sep Hummer harassment [Harley Metcalfe ]
18 Sep Wilson's Phalarope in Lee County [Wayne Patterson ]
18 Sep Warm Season Grasses Workshop ["Robinson, Mitch" ]
16 Sep Avocet-Oxford Sewage Lagoon [Gene Knight ]
16 Sep JAS HAWK WATCH & BIRDING SE ARIZONA PROGRAM [Mary Stevens ]
15 Sep Map to predict migrations ["e gelbard" ]
01 Jan Bob Sargent Memorial Service [Gene Knight ]
14 Sep Monroe and Lee Co. [Wayne Patterson ]
14 Sep Nashville Warbler [Ben Woodard ]
14 Sep Blue-winged Teal [Martha Swan ]
14 Sep Bald Eagle, BB Cuckoo, and BW Hawks-Knight's Yard [Gene Knight ]
14 Sep Blue winged warbler [Mary Stevens ]
12 Sep northwest Mississippi Golden-Plovers [Jason Hoeksema ]
12 Sep FW: HUMMINGBIRD FESTIVAL [Marsha Kazal ]
11 Sep shorebird cam [JR Rigby ]
11 Sep Re: identification help ["Barbour, Philip - NRCS, Fort Worth, TX" ]
11 Sep Re: identification help []
11 Sep Re: identification help ["Matt Smith" ]
11 Sep Re: identification help []
11 Sep identification help []
10 Sep jaeger [Ned and Lucy Boyajian ]
09 Sep More Wood Storks [William B Woodard ]
08 Sep Re: Dowitcher [William B Woodard ]
8 Sep First sora if the season [Rob Heflin ]
8 Sep Dowitcher ["Larry Pace" ]
8 Sep FOS Canada and Magnolia Warblers - Rowan Oak [JR Rigby ]
8 Sep Re: Christmas Bird Counts ["Barbour, Philip - NRCS, Fort Worth, TX" ]
8 Sep Re: Christmas Bird Counts [Mary Stevens ]
8 Sep Re: Christmas Bird Counts [Nancy Donald ]
8 Sep Christmas Bird Counts ["Diane Lafferty" ]
08 Sep Master Bob at work [Gene Knight ]
07 Sep Yellow-Throated Vireo Jackson MS [William B Woodard ]
07 Sep St Catherine Creek NWR-RNPH-NO [Gene Knight ]
07 Sep Deer and Horn Island Birding [Gene Knight ]
07 Sep Sad News about Bob Sargent [Gene Knight ]
07 Sep Wood Stork's Yazoo City [William B Woodard ]
6 Sep World Shorebirds Day [Janet Wright ]
6 Sep Baltimore Oriole ["J. Allen Burrows" ]
05 Sep Re: Shorebirds []
05 Sep Update on Bob Sargent [Gene Knight ]
4 Sep Re: Shorebirds [Jason Hoeksema ]
4 Sep White Ibis [Randy Palmer ]
4 Sep Shorebirds ["Larry Pace" ]
3 Sep World Shorebirds Day 2014 & t-shirt [JR Rigby ]
3 Sep Fwd: OCAS Fall meetings [Nancy Donald ]
3 Sep Inca Doves in Pascagoula Sept 3 []
3 Sep Davis Sod Farm Pontotoc, MS [Wayne Patterson ]
3 Sep Labor Day Delta shorebirds ["Barbour, Philip - NRCS, Fort Worth, TX" ]
03 Sep Re: UPPY and BUFFY--A&D Turf Farm [Gene Knight ]

Subject: SWALLOW-TAILED KITES: Upcoming Birdy Events: MMNS & JAS
From: Mary Stevens <Library AT mmns.state.ms.us>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:49:29 +0000
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science , Jackson, will host our monthly noon 
lecture. 

Museum First Tues Lecture
OCTOBER  7, 2014
Tuesday, Noon Lecture 12-1pm
TITLE: Population Ecology of Swallow-tailed Kites Breeding in Mississippi and 
Louisiana 

SPEAKER: Jennifer Coulson, Ph.D, Biologist, President, Orleans Audubon Society.
SUMMARY: Jennifer Coulson is studying the population ecology of the 
Swallow-tailed Kite. She is trying to determine: the geographic range of this 
species within Louisiana and Mississippi, the current population size, and 
factors that may limit the current population size. Aspects of her study 
include nest monitoring, a radio-telemetry based survivorship study, 
characterization of nesting and roosting habitat, and aerial surveys of 
premigration roosts. 


Jackson Audubon Field Trips and Chapter Meeting
Oct 4, 2014
Saturday, 8am-10am
First Saturday LeFleur’s Bluff State Park Bird Walk
Campground Entrance off Lakeland
Meet at Picnic area
Leader: Pullen Watkins, Expert JAS Birder
$3.00 park entrance fee per vehicle

Oct 28, 2014
4th Tuesday
Meet & Greet: 6:30p
JAS CHAPTER MEETING
Business Meeting: 6:45pm
PROGRAM: AUDUBON MS & BIRD CONSERVATION
SPEAKER: Jay Woods, Executive Director, Audubon MS. Jay Woods will talk about 
the many achievements of Audubon MS including our 2 nature centers, the Restore 
Act, Our Web-based Coastal Birding Trail, an $8.2 million grant for bird 
conservation and MORE. 

Place: Welty Library, 300 N. State Street

Nov 1, 2014
Saturday, 8am-10am
First Saturday LeFleur’s Bluff State Park Bird Walk
Campground Entrance off Lakeland Meet at Picnic area
Leader: Pullen Watkins, Expert JAS Birder
$3.00 park entrance fee per vehicle

Nov 8, 2014
Saturday Bird Field Trip, 8am
Eagle Lake, Warren County: Ride the Mississippi River Levees looking for flocks 
of migrating White Pelicans, waterfowl, Meadowlarks, Bald Eagles, hawks and 
other winter birds. 

Meet at Eagle Lake Boat Ramp. Directions: Go north on Hwy 61 toward 
Rollingfork. Turn left onto Hwy 465 toward Eagle Lake. Turn at Eagle Lake Shore 
Road and proceed to boat ramp parking lot. 

Leader: Mary Stripling or Judy Shearer



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
CELL: 601 832-6788

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Subject: TN Warbler-Knight's Yard
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:22:38 -0500
MISSBIRDERS,

Tennessee Warbler (FOF) was with warbler group at the baths at noon 
today. The very dry air and hot afternoon temps have brought the birds 
to the baths here at our house south of Oxford,

Gene Knight
Oxford, MS
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Subject: Re: Hurricane Landing, Sardis Lake (Lafayette Co.): Ole Miss Birders field trip
From: Nancy Donald <nmdonald55 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:43:57 -0500
Jason, this is wonderful to hear! Good job!

Nancy

On Sunday, September 28, 2014, Jason Hoeksema  wrote:

> Missbirders,
> This morning, Gene Knight, JR Rigby, and myself had the pleasure of
> leading the first ever field trip for Ole Miss Birders, a student birding
> club at the University of Mississippi. Ten students joined us at Hurricane
> Landing on Sardis Lake (Lafayette Co.), which is almost always interesting
> this time of year. We were glad to start with scope views of and adult BALD
> EAGLE and hundreds of AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS. Subsequent highlights
> included several species of warblers, a PEREGRINE FALCON kettling with
> vultures, and a nice little handful of wind birds. A checklist from the
> student field trip is here:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19968463
>
> (although JR and Gene found quite a few more species earlier during their
> scouting efforts--Hurricane Landing was hopping this morning).
>
> Good birding,
> Jason Hoeksema
> Oxford, MS
>


-- 

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: Re: Hurricane Landing, Sardis Lake (Lafayette Co.): Ole Miss Birders field trip
From: "J.R.Rigby" <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 21:43:27 -0500
Just a follow to Jason's message: Gene and I earlier in the morning had FOS 
Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, my FOS Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, a Least Flycatcher, 
and nine warbler species. 


The pelicans have arrived in numbers. 

JR

> On Sep 28, 2014, at 9:35 PM, Jason Hoeksema  wrote:
> 
> Missbirders,
> This morning, Gene Knight, JR Rigby, and myself had the pleasure of leading 
the first ever field trip for Ole Miss Birders, a student birding club at the 
University of Mississippi. Ten students joined us at Hurricane Landing on 
Sardis Lake (Lafayette Co.), which is almost always interesting this time of 
year. We were glad to start with scope views of and adult BALD EAGLE and 
hundreds of AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS. Subsequent highlights included several 
species of warblers, a PEREGRINE FALCON kettling with vultures, and a nice 
little handful of wind birds. A checklist from the student field trip is here: 

> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19968463
> 
> (although JR and Gene found quite a few more species earlier during their 
scouting efforts--Hurricane Landing was hopping this morning). 

> 
> Good birding,
> Jason Hoeksema
> Oxford, MS
Subject: Hurricane Landing, Sardis Lake (Lafayette Co.): Ole Miss Birders field trip
From: Jason Hoeksema <hoeksema AT olemiss.edu>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 21:35:15 -0500
Missbirders,
This morning, Gene Knight, JR Rigby, and myself had the pleasure of leading
the first ever field trip for Ole Miss Birders, a student birding club at
the University of Mississippi. Ten students joined us at Hurricane Landing
on Sardis Lake (Lafayette Co.), which is almost always interesting this
time of year. We were glad to start with scope views of and adult BALD
EAGLE and hundreds of AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS. Subsequent highlights
included several species of warblers, a PEREGRINE FALCON kettling with
vultures, and a nice little handful of wind birds. A checklist from the
student field trip is here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19968463

(although JR and Gene found quite a few more species earlier during their
scouting efforts--Hurricane Landing was hopping this morning).

Good birding,
Jason Hoeksema
Oxford, MS
Subject: Field Pbservations - Grand Bay NERR/NWR
From: msw103 AT ra.msstate.edu
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 23:40:17 -0500
Good evening fellow birders:

I spent several hours in the marshes at Grand Bay this afternoon  
looking for study sites for some marsh bird work we are planning to  
start this fall.  Attached is a copy of my eBird checklist  for the  
birds I observed while in the field.

Bird Up!

Mark




Grand Bay NWR/NERR, Jackson Co., MS, Jackson, US-MS
  Sep 27, 2014 1:00 PM - 4:45 PM
  Protocol: Traveling
  5.0 mile(s)
  Comments:     Habitats visited included shell midden, sand/mud  
flats, brackish bayou, and open water bay.
  42 species (+1 other taxa)

  Mottled Duck  7
  Double-crested Cormorant  8
  American White Pelican  94
  Brown Pelican  85
  Great Blue Heron  12
  Great Egret  20
  Snowy Egret  9
  Tricolored Heron  11
  Reddish Egret  2
  Black-crowned Night-Heron  5
  White Ibis  5
  Osprey  6
  Bald Eagle  2
  Clapper Rail  36
  Black-necked Stilt  2
  American Avocet  1
  American Oystercatcher  18
  Black-bellied Plover  6
  Semipalmated Plover  1
  Willet  22
  Ruddy Turnstone  8
  Sanderling  14
  Dunlin  1
  Least Sandpiper  60
  Western Sandpiper  13
  Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher  80     Birds were observed at a  
great distance so could not definitively identify this group of  
dowitchers. I addition, most of the birds were in a sleeping posture  
(i.e., roosting at high tide) with heads tucked into their back feathers
  Laughing Gull  37
  Gull-billed Tern  1     Heard this bird calling as it flew over at  
about 10 meters.  Upon looking up, I observed a medium sized tern with  
white underparts, gray wings above, distinct black cap with heavy  
black, gull-like bill.
  Caspian Tern  12
  Forster's Tern  17
  Royal Tern  23
  Black Skimmer  35
  Belted Kingfisher  3
  Merlin  1
  Barn Swallow  8
  Marsh Wren  13     I initially heard several individuals while  
pishing for marsh birds and followed-up by observing each individual  
bird.  They were mostly associated with several patches of Spartina  
alterniflora-dominated salt marsh habitats.  All individuals were  
observed at less than 10 meters with 8.5 x 42 binoculars.
  Common Yellowthroat  8
  Yellow Warbler  1
  Palm Warbler  3
  Prairie Warbler  2
  Nelson's Sparrow  2
  Seaside Sparrow  31
  Red-winged Blackbird  37

  View this checklist online at  
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19963372

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

-- 
Mark S. Woodrey, Ph.D.
Research Coordinator/Research Biologist

Mississippi State University - Coastal Research and Extension Center
Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
6005 Bayou Heron Road
Moss Point, MS  39562

Phone: 228-475-7047
Mobile: 228-697-0460
E-mail: msw103 AT ra.msstate.edu



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Subject: FOS migrants - Cerulean- Oxford
From: "J.R.Rigby" <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 09:52:04 -0500
Finally a few migrants somewhere other than the Knights' yard here in Oxford ;) 


With some persistence Rowan Oak yielded a Cerulean Warbler and a Black-throated 
Green Warbler plus a Philadelphia Vireo. All FOS for me and found near the 
front gate. My first fall Cerulean period. 


Still no migrant thrushes to be found here. 

Good birding,

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Subject: Northeast MS Migrants
From: Wayne Patterson <wrp6 AT att.net>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:36:25 -0700
Thanks to some nudging by recent posts of Dana Swan and Robert Briscoe I did a 
little birding in some small "migrant traps" in Pontotoc and Chickasaw 
Counties. In Pontotoc there was a House Wren and a couple of Magnolia Warblers. 
In Chickasaw county were Blue-headed Vireo, Philadelphia Vireo, Black-throated 
Green Warbler and again a couple of Magnolia Warblers. The Blue-headed Vireo 
sighting was an early date record for me. This weekend ought to be good. 


Wayne Patterson
Shannon, MS  Lee Co.
Subject: Grosbeak
From: Robert Briscoe <rbriscoe2012 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:10:04 -0500
I had a Rose-breasted Grosbeak in my backyard yesterday. FOS for me.
Robert Briscoe
53 CR 327
Oxford Ms 
 		 	   		  
Subject: "Marsh hawk"
From: Rob Heflin <robheflin73 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2014 18:04:05 -0500
Yesterday, while teal hunting, I saw my first northern harrier of the season. 
We were also buzzed by a single snipe, but I saw my first snipe of the fall the 
prior Sunday. Yellowlegs and blacked-necked stilts teased us and tried to land 
n the decoys as we hunted. I could see my breath in the cool, pre-dawn air. 
What a lovely first day of fall. 


Rob Heflin
Isola, MSIMPORTANT ADDRESSES

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Subject: Re: Lesser and/or Greater
From: Wayne Patterson <wrp6 AT att.net>
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2014 12:45:05 -0700
Larry,

Both of these photos are of Greater Yellowlegs. Longer necked with Adams Apple 
look Mr. Karlson spoke about. Bills are one and half times width of head from 
bill base to back of head and also the bill is bi-colored and slightly up 
curved which are also signs of Greater. Your left photo is so good and in 
profile one can actually do the measurement with a ruler. 


Wayne 


On Wednesday, September 24, 2014 2:23 PM, Larry Pace 
 wrote: 

  


 Just when I thought I could do this--I am thoroughly confused. Both birds were 
photographed this morning at Capps WMA. They are in different light and head 
angles are slightly different. The bills look different--the Yellowlegs on the 
left has what appears to be a slightly longer upturned bill with a longer 
greenish base. Body shapes are somewhat different but that could be because of 
the angles Plumages do not appear the same. I think both are juveniles but are 
they both Lesser? My eyeballs hurt from looking. The ID is obvious to you guys, 
I am sure. Please elucidate for me and my tired eyes. 


Larry 
Subject: Lesser and/or Greater
From: "Larry Pace" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "larrypace64@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2014 12:22:38 -0700
 Just when I thought I could do this--I am thoroughly confused. Both birds were 
photographed this morning at Capps WMA. They are in different light and head 
angles are slightly different. The bills look different--the Yellowlegs on the 
left has what appears to be a slightly longer upturned bill with a longer 
greenish base. Body shapes are somewhat different but that could be because of 
the angles Plumages do not appear the same. I think both are juveniles but are 
they both Lesser? My eyeballs hurt from looking. The ID is obvious to you guys, 
I am sure. Please elucidate for me and my tired eyes. 


Larry 
Subject: Re: FOS Ruby-crowned Kinglet
From: Dana Swan <danaswan AT starband.net>
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:43:25 -0500
I have been informed that I failed to list where I saw the Ruby-crowned
Kinglet.  Our patio is in North Toccopola in Pontotoc County.  Since I am
on fairly good terms with the list owner, I think she will give me a pass
on this one.  I will do better in the future.  [?]

On Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 7:55 PM, Dana Swan  wrote:

> While sitting on our back patio this afternoon, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet
> landed in a Lantana Bush only about five feet from me.  I got a good look
> at the wing bars and eye ring without the need of binos.   A Hummingbird
> landed right next to him and I got to observe that the Kinglet was only
> slightly larger than the hummer.   Put a nice smile on my face.
>
Subject: FOS Ruby-crowned Kinglet
From: Dana Swan <danaswan AT starband.net>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:55:10 -0500
While sitting on our back patio this afternoon, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet
landed in a Lantana Bush only about five feet from me.  I got a good look
at the wing bars and eye ring without the need of binos.   A Hummingbird
landed right next to him and I got to observe that the Kinglet was only
slightly larger than the hummer.   Put a nice smile on my face.
Subject: Jerry Jackson to speak at special Audubon meeting Sept. 25
From: Marion Schiefer <marion_schiefer AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:19:47 -0500
If any of you MissBirders would be interested in hearing Jerry Jackson's 
program about the history of the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpeckers at Noxubee 
Wildlife Refuge, you would be welcome to attend this meeting Thursday night. 
Below is the notice we sent out about the special meeting. 

 
Marion Schiefer, Starkville
 

 
The Oktibbeha Audubon Society will have a special program Thursday, September 
25, at 7:00 p.m., at MSU's Clay Lyle Entomology Building. Dr. Jerome Jackson, 
former MSU biology and ornithology professor, and Professor Emeritus, 
Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences, Florida Gulf Coast University, 
will present a program about the history of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers at Noxubee 
Wildlife Refuge. 

 
Many of you know Dr. Jackson (Jerry), but if not, most of you have probably 
heard of him in relation to his study of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and his 
book, In Search of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, that was published a few years 
ago. Please join us in welcoming him back to Starkville and MSU and in hearing 
what he has to say about our endangered Red-cockaded Woodpeckers at Noxubee 
Refuge. 

 
 
 



 		 	   		  
 		 	   		  
                        
 		 	   		   		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Limited Edition Sibley Painting - for MS Shorebirds!
From: Rob Heflin <robheflin73 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:57:55 -0500
Fantastic!

> On Sep 22, 2014, at 9:32 PM, "JR Rigby"  wrote:
> 
> Missbirders,
> 
> David Allen Sibley, author of The Sibley Guide to Birds, has prepared a 
limited edition print for sale on his website to support shorebird conservation 
here in the Lower Mississippi River Basin. 

> 
> It is a real honor for Mr. Sibley to prepare a custom print for this cause, 
so I hope you will show your support for shorebirds and appreciation for Mr. 
Sibley's involvement by purchasing one of these beautiful prints for yourself 
or as a gift for another. A portion of the proceeds will go to Delta Wind Birds 
to support shorebird habitat in the region. While proceeds go to Delta Wind 
Birds, we hope the greater impact of Mr. Sibley's artwork will be to raise 
awareness of shorebird conversation efforts by groups throughout the region. 

> 
> Additional information and purchasing options, as well as an image of the 
print, can be found at Mr. Sibley's website: 

> http://www.sibleyguides.com/2014/09/print-to-benefit-delta-wind-birds/
> 
> You can also show your support by "Liking" the post on Mr. Sibley's Facebook 
page: https://www.facebook.com/DavidAllenSibley 

> 
> Good birding,
> 
> J.R. Rigby
Subject: Limited Edition Sibley Painting - for MS Shorebirds!
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:32:17 -0500
Missbirders,

David Allen Sibley, author of *The Sibley Guide to Birds*, has prepared a
limited edition print for sale on his website to support shorebird
conservation here in the Lower Mississippi River Basin.

It is a real honor for Mr. Sibley to prepare a custom print for this cause,
so I hope you will show your support for shorebirds and appreciation for
Mr. Sibley's involvement by purchasing one of these beautiful prints for
yourself or as a gift for another. A portion of the proceeds will go to
Delta Wind Birds to support shorebird habitat in the region. While proceeds
go to Delta Wind Birds, we hope the greater impact of Mr. Sibley's artwork
will be to raise awareness of shorebird conversation efforts by groups
throughout the region.

Additional information and purchasing options, as well as an image of the
print, can be found at Mr. Sibley's website:
*http://www.sibleyguides.com/2014/09/print-to-benefit-delta-wind-birds/
*

You can also show your support by "Liking" the post on Mr. Sibley's
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DavidAllenSibley

Good birding,

J.R. Rigby
Subject: Sandpiper
From: "Larry Pace" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "larrypace64@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:46:41 -0700
My thanks to the MOS folks, the Delta Windbird folks, and to Kevin Karlson for 
a fun and informative meeting over the weekend. Unfortunately I missed the 
field trips but gleaned a ton of info from the evening meetings. I have been in 
the field for two mornings attempting to apply newly learned techniques for 
IDing shorebirds. It still remains a daunting task. After applying Kevin 
Karlson"s "Birding by Impression" techniques plus a couple of guidebook 
sketches, photos, and descriptions, I think I can safely ID my photo as a 
juvenile Semi-palmated Sandpiper. Jason, J.R., Phillip, or any of you 
accomplished shore birders please either verify my ID for me or tell me why it 
is not a Semi-- More birds have moved into Capps WMA over the weekend, 
including a ton of "peeps", Yellowlegs (working on which one or both), a group 
of 9 immature White Ibis, more Snowy Egrets, Solitary Sandpipers, and the usual 
Great Blues and Great Egrets. 


Larry Pace
Subject: MOS Fall Meeting Highlights from this weekend
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:58:41 -0500
MISSBIRDERS,

The Fall 2014 MOS Meeting was held this past weekend in Greenwood 
located in the MS Delta. The newly formed Delta Wind Birds hosted the 
meeting with emphasis on shorebirds. World renowned shorebird expert and 
photographer, Kevin Karlson was the featured speaker. He shared his 
knowledge of shorebirds with many photos and helpful ID tips.  A David 
Sibley shorebird print, specifiably painted by Sibley for a fundraising 
DWB event, was unveiled at the meeting and put on sale.

Saturday's shorebird workshop took place west of Greenwood at the 
Tackett Fish Farm. Several thousand shorebirds were present giving 
MOS'ers an opportunity to bird with Kevin and apply his ID tactics. 
Everyone present had extensive close-up looks at 15 species of 
sandpipers, Roseate Spoonbills, Egrets, and Wood Storks.
About 50 MOS Members and visitors endured the warm 90+ delta temps and 
mild SE winds to talley about 90 species for the weekend. Below are some 
of the highlights from the weekend.
***********************
Wood Stork
Neotropic Cormorant (a fly over with several Double-cresteds for direct 
size comparison)
Great Blue Heron (65 at one set of ponds-spooked by crop-duster) large 
number of this species
Great Egret-100's
Snowy Egret-42 in one pond
Roseate Spoonbill- 20+
Bald Eagle
18 species of shorebirds
     (including Black-necked Stilt,
     A. Avocet,
     Black-bellied Plover-juvenile,
     Short & Long-billed Dowitcher for direct comparison
     Wilson's Phalarope-3
     Red-necked Phalarope-3 (seen only on Friday)
Least Tern-3
Peregrine Falcon
5 species of Swallows
Bewick's Wren (a review species)
8 warbler species (including 30+ Yellow Warblers at one location)
Painted Bunting- male and female

Gene Knight
Oxford, MS
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Subject: Tunica County, MS Buff-breasted Sandpipers
From: Jason Hoeksema <hoeksema AT olemiss.edu>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:44:20 -0500
apologies for the partially-finished e-mail a minute ago. here is the whole
thing:

Missbirders and TN-birders,
This afternoon JR Rigby, Kevin Karlson, and I found 11 BUFF-BREASTED
SANDPIPERS at Battle Sod Farm, which is located on the north side of Hwy 4,
just west of Hwy 3.

I also wanted to mention an interesting shorebird behavior that we
witnessed earlier in the day, at a catfish farm in Leflore County, MS. An
American Avocet and a Pectoral Sandpiper were both injured or ill, and
unable to walk, settling in the mud and occasionally struggling to move.
(We could not figure out how to get to them without sinking into deep mud
ourselves). After we had been present about 1.5 hours, we noticed that
hundreds of other shorebirds (of several species) had begun to congregate
around them, making a lot of noise and acting very interested. Especially
in the case of the Avocet, this behavior seemed to correlate with extra
effort on the part of the Avocet to get itself un-stuck from the mud. JR
captured a bit of this scene on video, which you can see here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123863674 AT N04/15312417341/

Some photos of mine from the weekend of birding around the MOS meeting are
here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/j_hoeksema/
(including photos of an Olive-sided Flycatcher from Coahoma County earlier
today, and 3 Red-necked Phalaropes from Lefore County on Friday).

Good birding,
Jason Hoeksema
Oxford, MS
Subject: Tunica County, MS Buff-breasted Sandpipers
From: Jason Hoeksema <hoeksema AT olemiss.edu>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:29:35 -0500
Missbirders and TN-birders,
This afternoon, JR Rigby, Kevin Karlson, and I found 11 BUFF-BREASTED
SANDPIPERS

-- 
Dr. Jason D. Hoeksema, Associate Professor
Department of Biology
University of Mississippi
phone: 662-915-1275
lab website 
Subject: Okay, How Many Can You Identify-Part I
From: Dana Swan <danaswan AT starband.net>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:06:01 -0500
Taken Saturday morning at a drained catfish pond near Greenwood,
Mississippi at the Fall 2014 MOS meeting.   How many birds can you identify?
Subject: Okay, How Many Can You Identify-Part II
From: Dana Swan <danaswan AT starband.net>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:03:13 -0500
Taken Saturday morning at a drained catfish pond near Greenwood,
Mississippi at the Fall 2014 MOS meeting.   How many birders can you
identify?
Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher - Coahoma Co
From: "J.R.Rigby" <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:47:24 -0500
Jason Hoeksema, Kevin Karlson, and I just had an Olive-sided Flycatcher on the 
MS River levee approx 1.5 mi south of Robinson Rd access to the levee at Friars 
Point, MS. The bird was hawking from the dead branches at the top of a 
cottonwood tree on the river side of the levee. Great photos to post later. 


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Subject: Red-necked phalaropes - near Greenwood
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 06:35:20 -0500
Missbirders,

Kevin Karlson, Jason Hoeksema and I found three juvenile Red-necked
Phalaropes on a drained catfish pond northwest of Itta Bena yesterday
around lunch time (west of Greenwood, MS). Several other birders in
town for the MOS Meeting also saw the birds later in the day in the
same area on the north end of the large catfish complex east of
Sunflower, west/northwest of Itta Bena, entering from Cross Rd/CR 546.

Photo (more to come): https://www.flickr.com/photos/123863674 AT N04/15273386496/

In addition we had 2 Wilson's Phalaropes (possibly as many as 6 in
flight), ~100 Stilt Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs, Greater Yellowlegs,
Western Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, and Least Sandpiper. The
number of peeps reported varied from 1000-2500 over the course of the
day. An MOS group is going to the same area this morning.

This is private property with restricted access, but MOS has
permission to bird this area from the owner for the weekend. If you
chase these birds outside of the MOS group, please be respectful and
stay out of farm workers' way while around the ponds.

JR
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Subject: Re: Hummer harassment
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "skipperand@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:12:38 -0400
 Both of these could be bird food, so hopefully this on subject or close 
enough. 


I saw a small mantis (maybe two and a half inches) that seemed to be wrestling 
with a wasp. On closer look, the mantis had been be-headed and also lost both 
arms. The wasp was chewing on it's neck. Maybe your mantis is big enough to get 
the wasps. One sting though and the mantis might down and out. Any thoughts on 
wasp vs. mantis (fully grown)? 


 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Harley Metcalfe 
To: missbird 
Sent: Thu, Sep 18, 2014 10:29 pm
Subject: [missbird] Hummer harassment


This afternoon I had a preying mantis on my hummingbird feeder that appeared to 
be trying to catch the birds. They didn't like it one bit. The hummers hovered 
but would not eat . I removed the mantis for the second time this week, taking 
it 50 feet out into the yard and placing it on some bushes where some wasps are 
known to live. I hope the mantis will feast on the wasps and leave the birds 
alone. 

Harley Metcalfe
Greenville
Subject: Re: Hummer harassment
From: <james.bell AT shell.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:18:47 +0000
Harley,  All,
The mantis is a killer of hummingbirds. It can kill the bird in only seconds 
and then eat the entire bird. The mantis digests its food very fast, just as 
fast as it eats. I saw one take a hummingbird once, before I could get out of 
the house and down the steps to the bird, the mantis had killed it. The 
hummingbird is so lite the mantis just grabs it, pulls it in, bights in and 
death is quick. One mantis might kill who knows dozens of hummers during 
migration. Think I have made the point. 


James Bell
Hummingbird Bander

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Behalf Of Harley Metcalfe 

Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2014 10:29 PM
To: missbird
Subject: [missbird] Hummer harassment

This afternoon I had a preying mantis on my hummingbird feeder that appeared to 
be trying to catch the birds. They didn't like it one bit. The hummers hovered 
but would not eat . I removed the mantis for the second time this week, taking 
it 50 feet out into the yard and placing it on some bushes where some wasps are 
known to live. I hope the mantis will feast on the wasps and leave the birds 
alone. 

Harley Metcalfe
Greenville
Subject: Hummer harassment
From: Harley Metcalfe <harleymetcalfe AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:29:05 -0500
This afternoon I had a preying mantis on my hummingbird feeder that
appeared to be trying to catch the birds. They didn't like it one bit. The
hummers hovered but would not eat . I removed the mantis for the second
time this week, taking it 50 feet out into the yard and placing it on some
bushes where some wasps are known to live. I hope the mantis will feast on
the wasps and leave the birds alone.
Harley Metcalfe
Greenville
Subject: Wilson's Phalarope in Lee County
From: Wayne Patterson <wrp6 AT att.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:20:42 -0700
This afternoon I looped by the Tupelo Treatment Ponds for a quick look before 
heading to Greenwood tomorrow. Among the 95 shorebirds was a single Wilson's 
Phalarope. It was a nice surprise. Finally have some shorebird habitat after 
several years now of almost none. All the birds were pretty close for easy 
scope views and not too spooky. There are a couple of nice sized habitats 
developing on the South pond. The Phalarope was on the Eastern side of the 
South pond. 

http://www.pbase.com/image/157441097
 
Wayne Patterson
Shannon, MS  Lee Co.
Subject: Warm Season Grasses Workshop
From: "Robinson, Mitch" <mrrobinson AT audubon.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:37:11 +0000
MISSBIRDERS,

Strawberry Plains will be hosting a native warm season grasses workshop next 
Saturday, 9/27. As many of you know, part of effective birding is knowing your 
habitat, including native grasses - e.g., the elusive LeConte's Sparrow's 
preference to Aristida spp. and other specific varieties. Contact me to 
register. More information below. 




Warm Season Grasses Workshop

Saturday, September 27th, 10 am

SPAC Center Building



Ever wonder what that grass is blooming on the side of the road or in the field 
beside your home? Come join us as we learn about our native grasses and the 
important habitats they create. The days are getting shorter, the temperature 
is dropping and the grasses are in full bloom. Now is the time to learn how to 
identify these important plants. The program will consist of an indoor lecture 
followed by an outdoor field study. Dress for the weather and feel free to 
bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the program. 




Cost: $5 per person

Spaces limited, RSVP required. Contact Mitch Robinson via email 
mrrobinson AT audubon.org or phone (662) 252-1155 
to reserve your spot. 




Mitchell Robinson
Conservation Education Manager
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center
285 Plains Road
Holly Springs, MS 38635
[StrawberryHrgb]
Subject: Avocet-Oxford Sewage Lagoon
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:25:50 -0500
MISSBIRDERS,

There was a single A. Avocet at the Oxford Sewage Lagoon south of Oxford 
this morning. 2 N. Shovelers, 75+ Blue-winged Teal, 1 Pectoral 
Sandpiper, and other regular shorebirds were present as well. The 
present work on the facility has stopped again leaving lots of juicy 
shorebird habitat exposed.

Gene Knight
Oxford, MS
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Subject: JAS HAWK WATCH & BIRDING SE ARIZONA PROGRAM
From: Mary Stevens <Library AT mmns.state.ms.us>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:45:09 +0000
JAS FIELD TRIPS AND CHAPTER MEETING PROGRAMS

Sep 20, 2014
Saturday Bird Field Trip, 9am-Noon
Annual Hawk Migration Watch -- Fort Hill, Vicksburg National Military Park
Meet: Fort Hill in the military park.
Leader: Skipper Anding, Expert JAS Birder
601/856-7661
$8 Park entrance fee per vehicle.

Sep 23, 2014
4th Tuesday
Meet & Greet: 6:30p
JAS CHAPTER MEETING
Business Meeting: 6:45pm
Program:  BIRDING SOUTHEAST ARIZONA.
Speakers:  Mary and Bill Stripling
Place: Welty Library, 300 N. State Street

Sep 25-Oct 23, 2014
Basics of Bird Watching Class Part I, Thursday Evenings
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: Millsaps College Campus
Instructor: Chris King, Expert JAS Birder & JAS Education Chair
Class Field Trip:   October 25 at LeFleurs Bluff State Park 8:00am
Learn to identify birds by sight and sound in this exciting introduction to 
bird watching. Topics covered include taking good field notes, identifying 
birds by their songs and calls, making tough IDs, observing and predicting 
migration patterns, attracting birds to your yard, and using your observations 
to directly contribute to ongoing scientific research. Students are requested 
to purchase the book: David Allen Sibleys, The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of 
Eastern North America for class. Books can be purchased through Wild Birds 
Unlimited, LeFleur's Gallery near Piccadilly, 4800 N Hwy 55, Jackson, MS 39211 
(601) 366-9973 

TO REGISTER: Contact Millsaps College Enrichment Series
Call: (601) 974-1130 or go to 
http://www.millsaps.edu/news_events/enrichment_series.php to register online 

SPONSORS:  Millsaps Community Enrichment Series / Jackson Audubon Society

Oct 4, 2014
Saturday, 8am-10am
First Saturday LeFleurs Bluff State Park Bird Walk
Campground Entrance off Lakeland
Meet at Picnic area
Leader: Pullen Watkins, Expert JAS Birder
$3.00 park entrance fee per vehicle

Oct 28, 2014
4th Tuesday
Meet & Greet: 6:30p
JAS CHAPTER MEETING
Business Meeting: 6:45pm
PROGRAM: AUDUBON MS & BIRD CONSERVATION
Jay Woods will talk about the many achievements of Audubon MS including our 2 
nature centers, the Restore Act, Our Web-based Coastal Birding Trail, an $8.2 
million grant for bird conservation and MORE. 

SPEAKER: Jay Woods, Executive Director, Audubon MS.
Place: Welty Library, 300 N. State Street

Nov 1, 2014
Saturday, 8am-10am
First Saturday LeFleurs Bluff State Park Bird Walk
Campground Entrance off Lakeland Meet at Picnic area
Leader: Pullen Watkins, Expert JAS Birder
$3.00 park entrance fee per vehicle



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
CELL: 601 832-6788

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Subject: Map to predict migrations
From: "e gelbard" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "dancelaine@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:13:58 -0700
From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Regional Migration Forecast: 12-19 September 2014 : BirdCast

  
             
Regional Migration Forecast: 12-19 September 2014 : Bird...
Continental Summary   
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Subject: Bob Sargent Memorial Service
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Thu, 01 Jan 2009 19:59:00 -0600
MISSBIRDERS,

Bob's Memorial Service will be October 25, 2014 at the Trussville Civic 
Center, 5381 Trussville-Clay Rd, AL 35173 from 2-5 pm.

Gene and Shannon Knight
Oxford, MS
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Subject: Monroe and Lee Co.
From: Wayne Patterson <wrp6 AT att.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:22:07 -0700
Missbirders,

This morning in the Tombigbee River bottom I had my first of season 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. A very spiffy juvenile. Stayed up in the dense part 
of the woods but gave me some pretty good looks. Also had a single Canada 
Warbler and a couple of Swainson's Thrushes. 


Back in Tupelo early this afternoon at the Treatment ponds there was a single 
Buff Breasted Sandpiper. It was also a very crisp plumaged juvenile. 


Wayne Patterson
Shannon, MS  Lee Co.
Subject: Nashville Warbler
From: Ben Woodard <ben_woodard AT icloud.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:15:55 -0500
Afternoon trip to Vicksburg National Military Cemetery produced a few warblers.
Nashville 1
Worm Eating 3
Black and White 2
American Redstart 1 

And a few other birds...

Yellow-Billed Cuckoo 4
Summer Tanager 9
House Finch 3
Eastern Bluebird 1
Eastern Wood Pewee 6
Carolina Wren 4
Tufted Titmouse 6
Cardinal 12+
Carolina Chickadee 2
Red Bellied Woodpecker 2
Empid Sp.



Best of luck to everyone,
Ben W.


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Subject: Blue-winged Teal
From: Martha Swan <marthaswan AT starband.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:32:40 -0500
Missbirders,
We had our first Blue-winged Teal of the season today - a group of about 18
on our lake in western Pontotoc County.
Dana and Martha

-- 
Martha Swan
1665 Toccopola Junction Road
Thaxton, MS 38871
Subject: Bald Eagle, BB Cuckoo, and BW Hawks-Knight's Yard
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:12:23 -0500
MISSBIRDERS,

Earlier today we had a lot (6) Cuckoos in and about the yard some 
chasing one another and others just feeding from one end of the yard to 
the hwy. I managed to spot a single BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO alone away from 
the other cuckoos--which I ID'd at least 4 of them as Yellow-billed. The 
gray undertail of the BBCU was obvious and led me to continue viewing 
until I saw the bill and red orbital eye.

Before noon I spotted 52 Broad-winged Hawks, 1 adult Red-tailed Hawk, 
and an adult Bald Eagle all moving south.

Gene and Shannon Knight
south of Oxford, MS
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Subject: Blue winged warbler
From: Mary Stevens <stevenswaterbird AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:41:40 -0500
We had a blue winged stop by our bird bath dripper today at 2:30. He took a 
spit bath for quite a while and gave us great looks. Mary and Bill 


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: northwest Mississippi Golden-Plovers
From: Jason Hoeksema <hoeksema AT olemiss.edu>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:49:24 -0500
Missbirders & TN-birders,
Yesterday afternoon, there were at least 6 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS at
Battle Sod Farm in Tunica County, MS. The plovers were at the back / right
of the sod farm, when viewed from the sod farm entrance with a scope.

The Battle Sod Farm is on the north side of Hwy 4, less than a mile west of
Hwy 3, at 34.62886,-90.24749. This spot is less than an hour from Memphis,
TN and also from Batesville, MS. Please stay at the gravel entrance area
outside the front gate, unless some is there to ask permission from for
getting closer to the birds.

Good birding!
Jason Hoeksema
Oxford, MS
Subject: FW: HUMMINGBIRD FESTIVAL
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Subject: shorebird cam
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:35:31 -0500
Missbirders,

For all of you in your offices who'd rather be shorebirding, you can see a
live feed from a pond in the Delta with shorebirds here:
http://www.deltawindbirds.org/wind-bird-cam

We will have the live feed up during daylight hours for most of the fall
migration, hopefully. So check in periodically to see what's around!

Right now there are some Black-necked Stilts, an American Avocet, and
assorted peeps.

Good birding!

JR
Subject: Re: identification help
From: "Barbour, Philip - NRCS, Fort Worth, TX" <Philip.Barbour AT ftw.usda.gov>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:30:49 +0000
Matt and Ken,

Setaria is correct.  Likely Setaria pumila (used to be S. glauca)

http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=SEPUP2

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Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2014 9:10 AM
To: khackman AT comcast.net
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Subject: [missbird] Re: identification help

Ken,

Looks to me like one of the foxtails, Setaria.

Matt Smith

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I forgot to add the attachment. My apologies! 


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Subject: identification help

Missbirders:

I need some help identifying a grass that I have been asked about. I cannot 
find it in any of my field guides, but I have seen it here in Mississippi all 
of my life. As a kid, we called them jump ups. I have a colleague that wants to 
know, and I was hoping someone here could help. If this is not appropriate for 
the list, please forward to someone that can answer the question and have them 
contact me off list. 


Thanks,

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Subject: Re: identification help
From: khackman AT comcast.net
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:18:16 +0000 (UTC)
It appears after looking at photos of the foxtail Seteria , that we have a 
winner, thanks to Matt Smith and J.K. Cliburn. After checking photos, that was 
the culprit. I original thought of foxtails, but always thought the foxtails 
inhabited marshy environments. Thanks for helping me clear this up. I apologize 
for it not being bird related. 


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Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2014 8:21:41 AM 
Subject: [missbird] identification help 

Missbirders: 

I need some help identifying a grass that I have been asked about. I cannot 
find it in any of my field guides, but I have seen it here in Mississippi all 
of my life. As a kid, we called them jump ups. I have a colleague that wants to 
know, and I was hoping someone here could help. If this is not appropriate for 
the list, please forward to someone that can answer the question and have them 
contact me off list. 


Thanks, 

Ken Hackman 
Subject: Re: identification help
From: "Matt Smith" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "mcsmitfl@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:09:48 -0500
Ken,

Looks to me like one of the foxtails, Setaria. 

Matt Smith

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> On Sep 11, 2014, at 9:01 AM, khackman AT comcast.net wrote:
> 
> I forgot to add the attachment. My apologies! 

> 
> From: khackman AT comcast.net
> Cc: "MISSBIRD" 
> Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2014 8:21:41 AM
> Subject: identification help
> 
> Missbirders:
> 
> I need some help identifying a grass that I have been asked about. I cannot 
find it in any of my field guides, but I have seen it here in Mississippi all 
of my life. As a kid, we called them jump ups. I have a colleague that wants to 
know, and I was hoping someone here could help. If this is not appropriate for 
the list, please forward to someone that can answer the question and have them 
contact me off list. 

> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Ken Hackman
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: identification help
From: khackman AT comcast.net
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:01:15 +0000 (UTC)
I forgot to add the attachment. My apologies! 

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From: khackman AT comcast.net 
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Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2014 8:21:41 AM 
Subject: identification help 

Missbirders: 

I need some help identifying a grass that I have been asked about. I cannot 
find it in any of my field guides, but I have seen it here in Mississippi all 
of my life. As a kid, we called them jump ups. I have a colleague that wants to 
know, and I was hoping someone here could help. If this is not appropriate for 
the list, please forward to someone that can answer the question and have them 
contact me off list. 


Thanks, 

Ken Hackman 


Subject: identification help
From: khackman AT comcast.net
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:21:41 +0000 (UTC)
Missbirders: 

I need some help identifying a grass that I have been asked about. I cannot 
find it in any of my field guides, but I have seen it here in Mississippi all 
of my life. As a kid, we called them jump ups. I have a colleague that wants to 
know, and I was hoping someone here could help. If this is not appropriate for 
the list, please forward to someone that can answer the question and have them 
contact me off list. 


Thanks, 

Ken Hackman 
Subject: jaeger
From: Ned and Lucy Boyajian <nedlucyboyajian AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:57:43 -0500
Hi to all:
This A.M. (10 Sep 2014) while taking an ACBS at Bayou Caddy I had a 
striking but much too brief view of a jaeger.  It flashed into a flock 
of  Laughing Gulls and Black Terns that were actively feeding on/just 
above the surface, did an almost back-flip sort of cavort, then fled on 
westward. Maybe it felt that whatever they were feeding on wasn't worth  
while stealing.

What  I was able to take in inclined me to think it might actually have 
been a Pomarine but the whole thing was just too quick for me. So of the 
six jaegers I have seen to date in MS, this becomes unident number five.
Ned Boyajian.
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Subject: More Wood Storks
From: William B Woodard <ben_woodard AT icloud.com>
Date: Tue, 09 Sep 2014 23:13:53 -0500
Headed from Greenwood to Greenville on 82 is typically un-eventful. Today 
however, there where 317 Great Egrets and 19 Wood Storks clustered together at 
one catfish pond. The banks where covered with birds and I would venture a 
guess as to that being the largest single gathering of Great Egrets not at a 
rookery that I have ever seen. I don't know what aspect of this single pond was 
that attract them but they sure seemed to like it. Below is a small window into 
the scene. 


Best Luck Birding,
Ben W.



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Subject: Re: Dowitcher
From: William B Woodard <ben_woodard AT icloud.com>
Date: Mon, 08 Sep 2014 21:52:27 -0500
I am not an expert but I think you are good with Long-Billed. The fade and 
residual barring look good for it as does that little bump in the back on the 
second photo. 


That's my swing at it given the photos.

Best of Luck,
Ben W.

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> On Sep 8, 2014, at 9:23 PM, Larry Pace  
(Redacted sender "larrypace64 AT yahoo.com" for DMARC) wrote: 

> 
> Will one of you experienced shore birders please confirm my ID that this is a 
Long Billed Dowitcher?A well worn one, I might add. Photo from Tackett Fish 
Farm in Sunflower County. 9/8/2014 

> <_G8A5824.jpg>
> <_G8A5828.jpg>
Subject: First sora if the season
From: Rob Heflin <robheflin73 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 21:31:27 -0500
I was riding a combine today with a friend, in a dry soybean field miles from 
any standing waster, when a sora flushed and flew into the neighbor's beans. 
I've seen them in rice fields but there was no rice in this area. 


I thought it an odd location for a sora. 

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Subject: Dowitcher
From: "Larry Pace" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "larrypace64@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 19:23:37 -0700
Will one of you experienced shore birders please confirm my ID that this is a 
Long Billed Dowitcher?A well worn one, I might add. Photo from Tackett Fish 
Farm in Sunflower County. 9/8/2014 
Subject: FOS Canada and Magnolia Warblers - Rowan Oak
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 17:42:55 -0500
Missbirders,

A few migrant warblers showing up here. Still not a lot of activity, but
lone Canada and Magnolia Warblers along the northern edge of the grounds at
Rowan Oak.

JR

Photos:
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/123863674 AT N04/15182940122/in/photostream/
Subject: Re: Christmas Bird Counts
From: "Barbour, Philip - NRCS, Fort Worth, TX" <Philip.Barbour AT ftw.usda.gov>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 18:16:28 +0000
Diane,

The Sidon CBC (MSSI) will be held on Sunday, December 28.

I have not sent an announcement out yet but will soon.

Thanks,

Philip

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Behalf Of Diane Lafferty 

Sent: Monday, September 08, 2014 11:00 AM
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Subject: [missbird] Christmas Bird Counts

I am working on the Hattiesburg Field trips and need to know the Christmas Bird 
Counts in the state to see which we can take part in. The Hattiesburg Count 
will be Sat Dec 27. 


Diane Lafferty
Hattiesburg





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Subject: Re: Christmas Bird Counts
From: Mary Stevens <stevenswaterbird AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 11:53:58 -0500
Jackson CBC at Barnett Rez will be sat after Xmas. Dec 27. 

Mary Stripling
Museum Librarian, Retired
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
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Jackson, MS 39202
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> On Sep 8, 2014, at 11:00 AM, "Diane Lafferty"  wrote:
> 
> I am working on the Hattiesburg Field trips and need to know the Christmas 
Bird Counts in the state to see which we can take part in. The Hattiesburg 
Count will be Sat Dec 27. 

>  
> Diane Lafferty
> Hattiesburg
>  
Subject: Re: Christmas Bird Counts
From: Nancy Donald <nmdonald55 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 11:24:20 -0500
Hey all,  I've scheduled the Lauderdale county CBC for Friday 1/2/15.

Thanks
Nancy Donald
Meridian, MS

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>   I am working on the Hattiesburg Field trips and need to know the
> Christmas Bird Counts in the state to see which we can take part in.  The
> Hattiesburg Count will be Sat Dec 27.
>
>
>
> Diane Lafferty
>
> Hattiesburg
>
>
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Subject: Christmas Bird Counts
From: "Diane Lafferty" <dlaffert AT netdoor.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 11:00:10 -0500
I am working on the Hattiesburg Field trips and need to know the Christmas
Bird Counts in the state to see which we can take part in.  The Hattiesburg
Count will be Sat Dec 27.

 

Diane Lafferty

Hattiesburg

 
Subject: Master Bob at work
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:33:13 -0500
  MISSBIRDERS,

The Sargents banded a Black-chinned Hummer at the residence (Meridian, 
MS) of Franklin Chalk in Dec 2011. Franklin wanted to share a few of his 
photos from there and Fort Morgan. Enjoy!

Isn't that precious with the little girl! Then he sees your Hooded 
Warbler and raises you 2 Prothonotary Warblers!

Then Bob banding Franklin's BCHU.

Great pics Franklin. Thanks for sharing.

Gene Knight
Oxford, MS
Subject: Yellow-Throated Vireo Jackson MS
From: William B Woodard <ben_woodard AT icloud.com>
Date: Sun, 07 Sep 2014 22:24:28 -0500
Took a quick day trip over to the Pearl River WMA north of Jackson on the 
reservoir. Findings summarized below along with two heavily cropped pictures of 
a YTVI. The pictures where taken with a cell phone through binoculars so I 
apologize for the lack of quality. 


Yellow Throated Vireo
Purple Gallinule
Common Gallinule
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron
Green Heron
Barred Owl
Eastern Wood Pewee
Indigo Bunting
Red-Winged Black Bird
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Blue Gray Gnatcatcher 
Pleated Woodpecker
And probably a few others I am forgetting. Anyway.

Best Luck,
Ben W.









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Subject: St Catherine Creek NWR-RNPH-NO
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Sun, 07 Sep 2014 22:09:14 -0500
MISSBIRDERS,

Today Wayne Patterson and I joined Chris King in the search for the 
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE seen on Friday at St. Catherine Creek NWR south of 
Natchez. We didn't find the RNPH but did see 3 Wilson's Phalaropes. 
Other shorebirds of note were 35 Stilt Sandpipers and 13 A. Avocets. 
Dozens of Black-necked Stilts, Wood Storks, and Roseate Spoonbills were 
a treat as well. 42 NEOTROPIC CORMORANTS gave us excellent looks with 
one breeding plumaged adult showing the white plumes on the side-neck.

Gene Knight
Oxford, MS
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Subject: Deer and Horn Island Birding
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Sun, 07 Sep 2014 22:00:56 -0500
MISSBIRDERS,

Saturday, 6 September, Wayne Patterson, Ned Boyajian, and I birded Deer 
Island and Horn Island from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. The weather was very 
cooperative as the MS Sound was like glass, the winds were light out of 
the SE and the temps were into the low 90's. Here are some of the 
Highlights:

Deer Island
****************
Osprey- 14
Bald Eagle-1 adult
A. Oystercatcher-3
Spotted Sandpiper-7
Lesser Black-backed Gull-1 adult just off the west end of the island 
near the small craft harbor
Yellow Warbler-2

Horn Island
*****************
Blue-winged Teal-115
Reddish Egret-4 (dark morph)
Osprey-8
Snowy Plover-7
Piping Plover-4
Wilson's Plover-1
Marbled Godwit-5
Black Tern-50
Common Tern-8
Yellow Warbler-2

Gene Knight
Oxford, MS




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Subject: Sad News about Bob Sargent
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Sun, 07 Sep 2014 20:36:22 -0500
MISSBIRDERS,

Bob Sargent passed away this morning at 2 am. It is hard to overestimate 
the wonderful legacy Bob is leaving behind.
There will not be a funeral. His body is to be cremated. There will be a 
celebration of Bob's wonderful life some time in the near future.

Please keep Martha Gail in your prayers.

Gene and Shannon Knight
Oxford, MS

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Subject: Wood Stork's Yazoo City
From: William B Woodard <ben_woodard AT icloud.com>
Date: Sun, 07 Sep 2014 00:03:10 -0500
Spotted 21 WOOD STORK on 49W outside of Yazoo City near Coker Road. A rather 
active group. Thought I would share. 


Happy Birding,
Ben W



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Subject: World Shorebirds Day
From: Janet Wright <jwright01 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 14:07:27 -0500
I didn’t see World Shorebirds Day until a day or so ago - this is a worldwide 
count of shorebirds, being held this weekend (Sept 5-7). Too bad Mississippi 
missed out on planning, but if you logged any shorebirds anywhere in the state 
during those days, you can still submit your site and your count, and register 
for prizes! A good place to find out about it is the current page on ebird 

http://ebird.org/content/ebird/

Or if it’s not still there, 
https://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com/global-shorebird-counting/
and
https://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/data-submission-with-ebird/

If you already submitted on ebird, you can still route that checklist to World 
Shorebirds day. Just do this: 

1. Go to the worldshorebirdsday website (the link above) and register your 
site. 

2. Get on ebird —> myebird —> manage my checklists and find the checklist you 
want to submit 

3. Choose “share,” and on the share page, under “manage my contacts,” add 
worldshorebirdsday as a contact 

4. then “share” with worldshorebirdsday.

Next year let’s be ready!

Janet


Subject: Baltimore Oriole
From: "J. Allen Burrows" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "rotteral@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 04:21:18 -0500
I'm still hearing a Baltimore Oriole singing in the big trees off Meadowbrook 
Road in Jackson. And I heard the Gray Catbird again among all the White-eyed 
Vireos yesterday. 


J. Allen Burrows
Jackson MS

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Subject: Re: Shorebirds
From: msw103 AT ra.msstate.edu
Date: Fri, 05 Sep 2014 13:04:20 -0500
Folks:

Two related comments to this topic.  First, more open areas with open  
sight-lines are really important for shorebirds so as Jason pointed  
out, larger ponds tend to have more open sight-lines so are preferred  
by shorebirds.  The most important aspect that drives their  
distribution if food resources.  In a lot of areas of the delta where  
folks are intentionally managing water levels for shorebirds (i.e.,  
flooding areas and then drawing them down to create habitat) is that  
the areas must be flooded for a minimum of two weeks to produce  
necessary invert populations.  So although an area may appear to be  
flooded when you drive by and look, it could have been flooded for a  
just a few days and thus not have invert populations may not have  
developed yet.  So, keep an eye on areas because likely birds will  
begin using them in the following week or two.

Bird Up!

Mark

Quoting Jason Hoeksema :

> Larry,
> Without seeing the habitat in person, it is hard to say. But my impression
> (and there is some research to back this up) is that migratory shorebirds
> are attracted disproportionally to areas that have LOTS of potential
> habitat, i.e., lots of water, so you might find more birds per acre on
> mudflats in a gigantic catfish pond complex, compared to the same acrea of
> mudflats in a smaller network of ponds.  This might be part of it.  But
> mainly to get a lot of shorebirds you just need a lot of good habitat, with
> shallow water and mudflats rich in invertebrate animals for them to feed
> on.  Not having visited Capps WMA, it is hard to say why numbers might be
> lower there than elsewhere.
> Jason
>
>
> On Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM, Larry Pace 
> wrote:
>
>> Since there seems to be a lot of interest in shorebirds this time of year,
>> thought I would share this Solitary Sandpiper from Capps WMA.  At Capps in
>> late summer and early fall after the receding water levels have created
>> extensive mud flats, "some" of the migrating shorebirds can be observed.
>>  My question to those of you who study the shorebirds extensively is: why
>> are you seeing a greater number of shorebird species in counties adjacent
>> to Bolivar County to the South and East (Sunflower County) and around
>> Tunica,  than I see at Capps. So far I have only seen the Spotted,
>> Solitary, Pectoral, Least, and Semi-palmated Sandpipers. Capps WMA is
>> located in West Central Bolivar County not far from the Mississippi River.
>>
>> LP
>>
>>
>
>
> --
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> Department of Biology
> University of Mississippi
> phone: 662-915-1275
> lab website 
>



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Subject: Update on Bob Sargent
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Fri, 05 Sep 2014 11:30:21 -0500
MISSBIRDERS,

Bob is set up in a hospital bed in their living room with no I.V.'s or 
such. A visitor described when they approached he responded and started 
to get up! But of course he cannot get up at all, not even in a 
wheelchair. His eyes are closed and never attempted to open them. His 
speech is not very good. A hospice nurse takes his blood pressure and 
vitals. Bob's daughter and Martha's daughter have been visiting, which 
is helping Martha Gail. Bob is 77 and the two have been doing 
hummingbird stuff for 30 years.

This is not good news but so many of the Sargents friends have inquired 
about him that we felt like they would want to know. Keep sending the 
cards and notes to let him know how much of an impact the hummer group 
had on many, many people lives.

Hang in there Martha Gail and family. We are all hoping and praying the 
big guy will walk once again.

Gene and Shannon Knight
Oxford, MS
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Subject: Re: Shorebirds
From: Jason Hoeksema <hoeksema AT olemiss.edu>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 21:39:22 -0500
Larry,
Without seeing the habitat in person, it is hard to say. But my impression
(and there is some research to back this up) is that migratory shorebirds
are attracted disproportionally to areas that have LOTS of potential
habitat, i.e., lots of water, so you might find more birds per acre on
mudflats in a gigantic catfish pond complex, compared to the same acrea of
mudflats in a smaller network of ponds.  This might be part of it.  But
mainly to get a lot of shorebirds you just need a lot of good habitat, with
shallow water and mudflats rich in invertebrate animals for them to feed
on.  Not having visited Capps WMA, it is hard to say why numbers might be
lower there than elsewhere.
Jason


On Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM, Larry Pace 
wrote:

> Since there seems to be a lot of interest in shorebirds this time of year,
> thought I would share this Solitary Sandpiper from Capps WMA.  At Capps in
> late summer and early fall after the receding water levels have created
> extensive mud flats, "some" of the migrating shorebirds can be observed.
>  My question to those of you who study the shorebirds extensively is: why
> are you seeing a greater number of shorebird species in counties adjacent
> to Bolivar County to the South and East (Sunflower County) and around
> Tunica,  than I see at Capps. So far I have only seen the Spotted,
> Solitary, Pectoral, Least, and Semi-palmated Sandpipers. Capps WMA is
> located in West Central Bolivar County not far from the Mississippi River.
>
> LP
>
>


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Subject: White Ibis
From: Randy Palmer <randyp AT hghhardware.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 12:26:47 -0500
Two juvenile White Ibis on small lake on Herrington Road, Petal, Ms.
Subject: Shorebirds
From: "Larry Pace" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "larrypace64@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 08:00:47 -0700
Since there seems to be a lot of interest in shorebirds this time of year, 
thought I would share this Solitary Sandpiper from Capps WMA. At Capps in late 
summer and early fall after the receding water levels have created extensive 
mud flats, "some" of the migrating shorebirds can be observed. My question to 
those of you who study the shorebirds extensively is: why are you seeing a 
greater number of shorebird species in counties adjacent to Bolivar County to 
the South and East (Sunflower County) and around Tunica, than I see at Capps. 
So far I have only seen the Spotted, Solitary, Pectoral, Least, and 
Semi-palmated Sandpipers. Capps WMA is located in West Central Bolivar County 
not far from the Mississippi River. 


LP
Subject: World Shorebirds Day 2014 & t-shirt
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 22:11:16 -0500
Missbirders,

This Saturday, Sept 6, has been dubbed the first annual World Shorebirds
Day to celebrate shorebirds and their amazing migrations as well as to
raise awareness of shorebird research and the conservation of vital
habitat. I know what you're thinking, "Isn't *every* day a shorebird day?"
Surprisingly, no - at least not officially.

So, to recognize this special day, we encourage you to get out this weekend
and do some shorebirding whether it's on the coast or in the Delta. And if
you already committed to celebrate hummingbirds this weekend at Strawberry
Plains Audubon Center, no worries! Just drop in at 2pm on Sunday for a
little shorebird presentation given by yours truly.

*Conserve habitat - Buy a t-shirt:*
There just aren't enough birding t-shirts in the world. So, as a fundraiser
for the Delta Wind Birds habitat programs, we have designed a t-shirt that
may be purchased online here:
https://www.booster.com/dwb

The shirts will be available for order through Sept 21. Once the ordering
period has closed, as long as we receive the minimum order for the shirts
to be printed, the shirts will be automatically shipped to your address.
Obviously, you will not be charged if the minimum order is not reached.

I hope you'll help us reach our completely arbitrary goal of selling fifty
shirts (which is significantly more than the minimum necessary to print the
shirts).

Good shorebirding!

J.R. Rigby
Secretary, Delta Wind Birds

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Subject: Fwd: OCAS Fall meetings
From: Nancy Donald <nmdonald55 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 18:55:40 -0500
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Subject: Fwd: OCAS Fall meetings
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Subject: OCAS Fall meetings
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Cc: LaSalle Mark , msw103 AT ra.msstate.edu


Hey all,

Hope you have all had a great summer.  Meetings start back next Tuesday 9/9
at 7 pm Room 115 of MSU-Meridian.  We have some great programs lined up so
I hope to see a nice group in attendance!

9/6     OCAS booth at Earth's Bounty 8 to 1.  T-shirts, info about Audubon
and birding in
         Lauderdale County and surrounding areas.

9/9    Mark LaSalle with the Pascagoula River Audubon Center will be
bringing Jay                  Woods, Executive Director of MS Audubon to
bring us up to date on what is                  happening with Audubon
across the state and I'm sure bring a little attention to              the
MS Coastal Birding Trail.
         For more info:  http://ms.audubon.org/
                               http://pascagoulariver.audubon.org/
                               http://mscoastbirdingtrail.audubon.org/

10/14 TBA - suggestions for a fall field trip welcomed!

11/11 Robert Smith of Wildlife Mississippi will be giving a program on
Longleaf Pine                     Habitats.  Robert is coastal programs
coordinator for Wildlife MS and also a                   great
photographer.
              For more info:  http://www.wildlifemiss.org/
                                    http://photobiologist.com/

12/9  Mark Woodrey of Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve will be
giving a              program on grassland birds.
             For more info:  http://grandbaynerr.org/

1/2/15 Christmas Bird Count with a planning meeting tentative for 12/30.

Please pass this information along to your friends or someone interested in
birding but not on this list.  For more information about Okatibbee Creek
Aububon see our facebook page.https://www.facebook.com/OkatibbeeCreekAS  I
will be posting these events and anything else that pops up on there.

Thanks and good birding!

Nancy Donald
Chapter Pres, Okatibbee Creek AS
601-527-1746

welcome to call, text or email me at nmdonald55 AT gmail.com






-- 

Nancy Donald

Meridian, MS

601-527-1746

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 



-- 

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: Inca Doves in Pascagoula Sept 3
From: johnston127235 AT bellsouth.net
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 11:44:26 -0700
We had another Inca Dove feeding in our Pascagoula yard this morning with other 
Doves. We had first seen an Inca Dove in our yard on April 21, 2014 and have 
seen them 12 other days since, in every month except none in August. All of our 
sightings have been of one single Inca Dove, except one day there were three 
feeding at one time. 


I had about decided that they moved on and left the area until this one showed 
up again this morning. The last sighting had been 7/22/14 until this morning. 
We have recorded all of our Inca and other good sightings on E-bird. 

Brian Johnston,  Pascagoula, MS
Subject: Davis Sod Farm Pontotoc, MS
From: Wayne Patterson <wrp6 AT att.net>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 10:57:33 -0700
There are (5) Black-necked Stilts on the back side of this farm located 2 miles 
north of Highway 276 on highway 15. 


Wayne Patterson
Shannon, MS  Lee Co.
Subject: Labor Day Delta shorebirds
From: "Barbour, Philip - NRCS, Fort Worth, TX" <Philip.Barbour AT ftw.usda.gov>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 17:34:11 +0000
Miss Birders,

Monday, 1 September 2014, Katherine and I spent Labor Day looking for 
shorebirds in the Delta - Leflore, Humphreys, and Sunflower counties. 


Noteworthy was the lack of shorebird habitat due to many of the old abandoned 
and recently in-production catfish ponds being converted back to row crops. 


In 1989 I drew the Sidon CBC (MSSI) circle to include most of the catfish ponds 
around Morgan City (SW quadrant). Unfortunately, many of these are no longer 
there. 

The few extant ponds are still potentially good habitat depending on what 
condition or state the ponds are in. 


The Morgan City ponds (Leflore County) had a lot of Black Terns present. They 
appeared to be foraging for insects over the ponds as they had very little 
contact with the water but were diving and dipping for something. 

The farm manager (Andy Lloyd) had just photographed an adult Bald Eagle 
catching a fish from his ponds. These ponds have the only operating pump jack 
(oil/gas well) that I know of in the Delta. 

Coordinates: 33d 18' 04.8", W90d 22' 14.0"
Black Tern 30+
Snowy Egret 3
Great Blue Heron 4
Ruddy Duck 2
Eastern Kingbird 1
Red-winged Blackbird 10
Double-crested Cormorant 6
Least Sandpiper 2
Red-tailed Hawk 2

Many of the Moorhead and Indianola historically good ponds were/are converted 
or totally grown up and no longer function as shorebird habitat. 


After driving around for two hours I decided to go to Tackett Fish Farms 
northwest of Itta Bena. 

We went to the aquaculture headquarters (Leflore County) where the staff showed 
us a very large map of all the ponds and directed us to what we were looking 
for - drained, drying ponds. 


We hit pay dirt on ponds T4 and T11 (further west in Sunflower County) on the 
south side of Fisackerly Road. 

Coordinates are: N33d 35' 29.3', W 90d 30' 28.3".
This pond was ideal with very shallow water on about 50% of the pond bottom 
with the rest in wet to drying mud. 

We saw and estimated:
American Avocet 60+
Black-necked Stilt 20+
Least Sandpiper 100+
Western Sandpiper/Semi-palmated Sandpiper 50+
Semi-palmated Plover 3
Stilt Sandpiper 10+
Killdeer 20+
Long-billed Dowitcher 30+
Marbled Godwit 10+
Pectoral Sandpiper 1
Great Blue Heron 4+
Snowy Egret 10+
Great Egret 3
Least Tern 200+ (mostly loafing)
Black Tern 30+
Blue-winged Teal 3
Mallard 6+
Barn Swallow 2
Double-crested Cormorant 6
Rock Pigeon 6 (within the complex)
Ruddy Duck 4 (on deep water ponds)

Philip
Sidon, MS (Leflore County)
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Subject: Re: UPPY and BUFFY--A&D Turf Farm
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Wed, 03 Sep 2014 12:18:13 -0500
Missbirders,

The 4 white egrets were Cattle Egrets. The Killdeer numbers were higher 
at 100+ on around the sod at different spots. There was also 12 Pectoral 
Sandpipers near the Steel business (east end).

Gene Knight
Oxford, MS


On 9/3/2014 11:22 AM, Stu Nielsen wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> UPDATE: I stopped by the turf farm briefly this morning to try and 
> spot the UPLAND SANDPIPER and a single individual is *still present*, 
> and was very close to the road (west of the cell tower). I didn't see 
> any other shorebirds (with the exception of 10s of Kildeer), but the 
> MURDER of Crows was still there accompanied by a CORNUCOPIA of 
> Starlings (I'm not sure what the real term is there... haha). There 
> were also 3 of 4 white egrets but I didn't spare the time to ID them 
> correctly (little help, Gene!).
>
> May the birds be with you,
>
> Stuart of Oxford