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Updated on Saturday, February 28 at 11:15 PM EST
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Great Hornbills,©Jan Wilczur

28 Feb Rusty Blackbird Blitz starts tomorrow! [Jason Hoeksema ]
27 Feb Wilson's Snipe [William B Woodard ]
27 Feb Ecology and Mgmt of Eastern Wild Turkeys ["Robinson, Mitch" ]
27 Feb Winter Sparrow Workshop, 3/7/14 ["Robinson, Mitch" ]
27 Feb Snowy Oriole [Gene Knight ]
25 Feb SNAKE LECTURE: Museum Noon Lecture [M P STEVENS ]
24 Feb Panola Co - Two Sprague's Pipits Confirmed [JR Rigby ]
24 Feb Say's Phoebe still present ["Schiefer, Terence" ]
24 Feb Western Meadowlark/Oktibbeha Co., MS ["Schiefer, Terence" ]
24 Feb Re: Cold casualties [Joan Clarke ]
23 Feb Wite-winged Scoter [Ned and Lucy Boyajian ]
23 Feb Cold casualties [Rob Heflin ]
23 Feb Upcoming Coastal Bird Trainings-Spring 2015 ["Odom, Amanda" ]
23 Feb Say's Phoebe/Oktibbeha Co./Monday, 23 Feb. ["Schiefer, Terence" ]
23 Feb MCAS/Pine Woods birding field trip 9 AM Sat, Feb 28!! ["Diane Lafferty" ]
21 Feb JAS CHAPTER MEETING CANCELLED [M P STEVENS ]
21 Feb Ducks Barnett Res [Ben Woodard ]
19 Feb MOS Review Species List Changes [Gene Knight ]
19 Feb Audubon Naturalists spaces available ["Robinson, Mitch" ]
18 Feb MCAS/Pine Woods birding field trip 9 AM Sat, Feb 28!! ["Diane Lafferty" ]
17 Feb Gull ID Workshop postponed until Feb. 27 [Jason Hoeksema ]
17 Feb MCAS/Pine Woods birding field trip 9 AM Sat, Feb 21 [Janet Wright ]
17 Feb Another New Feeder Bird [Hal Mitchell ]
16 Feb Aberrant Duck - Waveland ["Joshua Hodge" ]
16 Feb Re: New Feeder Bird [Tom Hoar ]
16 Feb New Feeder Bird [Hal Mitchell ]
16 Feb Baltimore Oriole continues [Gene Knight ]
14 Feb Annual President's Day Gull Run ["Joshua Hodge" ]
14 Feb Bay Springs Pacific Loon [Wayne Patterson ]
12 Feb Orange Crowned Warbler ["Larry Pace" ]
11 Feb Upcoming Audubon Coastal Bird Survey (ACBS) Dates-additional time/location ["Odom, Amanda" ]
11 Feb Upcoming Audubon Coastal Bird Survey (ACBS) Dates ["Odom, Amanda" ]
10 Feb Purple martins [Rob Heflin ]
9 Feb Re: bird nests entirely of fishing line [Ken Hackman ]
8 Feb Re: bird nests entirely of fishing line ["Scott Somershoe" ]
8 Feb Re: bird nests entirely of fishing line ["J.R.Rigby" ]
08 Feb Swallows [William B Woodard ]
8 Feb Re: bird nests entirely of fishing line [Ken Hackman ]
8 Feb bird nests entirely of fishing line [JR Rigby ]
7 Feb Early arrivals? ["Jesse Yancy" ]
07 Feb Tropical Kingbird [Ned and Lucy Boyajian ]
07 Feb Baltimore Oriole still present [Gene Knight ]
6 Feb Corrected phone # for May 9 Pascagoula River trip [Janet Wright ]
5 Feb Re: GBBC eNews: Halftime Report Finds the Count on Record Pace ["Diane Lafferty" ]
5 Feb Re: GBBC eNews: Halftime Report Finds the Count on Record Pace ["Diane Lafferty" ]
4 Feb MCAS Spring field trip schedule [Janet Wright ]
4 Feb Sandhills in Sunflower Co [Rob Heflin ]
3 Feb Tunica Co and Panola Co birding [JR Rigby ]
3 Feb Woodcock event: space available [Jason Hoeksema ]
4 Feb Say's Phoebe/Oktibbeha Co., MS/Tuesday, 3 February ["Schiefer, Terence" ]
2 Feb Tanzania adventure [van harris ]
2 Feb Peregrines on Dauphin Island [Rob Heflin ]
2 Feb Short-eared owls [Nancy Donald ]
1 Feb Mannikins / Munias ["Lucy & Bob Duncan" ]
1 Feb Mannikins / Munias ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
30 Jan Baltimore Oriole in Knight's Yard [Gene Knight ]
30 Jan Museum lecture [Mary Stevens ]
29 Jan Say's Phoebe/Oktibbeha Co., MS/Thursday, 29 Jan. ["Schiefer, Terence" ]
27 Jan Re: Sardis Spillway [Dick Burkepile ]
27 Jan Re: Over-zealous Ranger (UNCLASSIFIED) [JR Rigby ]
27 Jan Over-zealous Ranger (UNCLASSIFIED) ["Freeman, Deborah A MVK" ]
27 Jan Re: Sardis Spillway [Dick Burkepile ]
27 Jan Say's Phoebe/Oktibbeha Co./Monday, 26 Jan. ["Schiefer, Terence" ]
27 Jan Sardis Spillway [Tommy Ray ]
26 Jan JACKSON AUDUBON MTG [Mary Stevens ]
26 Jan Re: Fwd: Tags on birds ["Johnson, Erik" ]
26 Jan Fwd: Tags on birds [Nancy Donald ]
26 Jan Re: White Pelicans [Mary Stevens ]
26 Jan Re: White Pelicans [Jason Hoeksema ]
26 Jan Re: White Pelicans ["Diane Lafferty" ]
22 Jan SPAC Winter Bird Count ["Robinson, Mitch" ]
20 Jan Ramblin [Robert Briscoe ]
20 Jan Say's Phoebe Oktibbeha Co. ["Linda Cambre" ]
19 Jan what to do when you think you see a rare bird [w/ new web links] [JR Rigby ]
19 Jan what to do when you think you see a rare bird [Jason Hoeksema ]
19 Jan Laughing Gull, Snow Geese - Sardis Lower Lake, Panola Co [JR Rigby ]

Subject: Rusty Blackbird Blitz starts tomorrow!
From: Jason Hoeksema <hoeksema AT olemiss.edu>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:44:42 -0600
Missbirders,

Welcome to International Opening Day of the *Rusty Blackbird Spring
Migration Blitz!*  The Blitz challenges birders to seek Rusty Blackbirds
throughout this species’ entire migratory range, from the southeastern U.S.
through the Northeast, Midwest, Canada, and Alaska. With Rusties already
beginning their northward migration, birders in southern U.S. states will
start to conduct targeted searches for Rusty Blackbirds tomorrow.  Each
participating state and province is assigned target Blitz dates based on
historical peak migration timing.  In Mississippi, *our turn to Blitz
begins tomorrow and runs through the end of March*, and we encourage all
birders to participate in the Blitz.  During March, bird as you normally do
and search especially carefully for Rusty Blackbirds; then, report your
results to eBird under the “Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz” survey
type.  For more information on Blitz objectives, along with Rusty Blackbird
identification tips, data collection instructions, and data reporting
information, you can find additional resources at
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/.  We hope you’ll “get
Rusty” with us to help conserve this elusive and vulnerable songbird! Also,
follow us on Facebook to hear about Rusty sightings, see Rusty pictures,
and get the latest Blitz news:
https://www.facebook.com/rustyblackbirdspringblitz


Jason Hoeksema
Oxford, MS
Subject: Wilson's Snipe
From: William B Woodard <ben_woodard AT icloud.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:32:26 -0600
Hello All,

JR posted several days ago regarding the seemingly docile and photogenic 
behavior being currently exhibited by Wilson's Snipe. I have noticed the same 
behavior both in the Delta and here in Jackson. Groups of snipe are out in the 
open foraging near buildings and in yards. Check wet areas thoroughly and you 
might be very surprised. I was able to find snipe in good numbers today both in 
yards and on roadsides in Ridgeland. I will attach pictures! Good luck to 
everyone this weekend. 




Best,
Ben Woodard

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Ecology and Mgmt of Eastern Wild Turkeys
From: "Robinson, Mitch" <mrrobinson AT audubon.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:47:31 +0000
Ecology and Management of Eastern Wild Turkeys, March 5th, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

We still have space available for Thursdays program on Turkeys. Contact Mitch 
at mrrobinson AT audubon.org to reserve your spot. 


https://www.facebook.com/events/1446514702305919

Adam Butler, wildlife biologist with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, 
Fisheries, and Parks, will discuss the ecology and management of Mississippi's 
largest game bird, the Eastern wild turkey. This presentation will focus on 
field and forest management practices that landowners can undertake to improve 
habitat for these majestic birds. 

Cost: $5 per person; $15 per family.
Space is limited, please register with Mitch at mrrobinson AT audubon.org or 
662-252-1155 



Mitchell Robinson
Conservation Education Manager
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center
285 Plains Road, Holly Springs, MS 38635
662-252-1155
[StrawberryHrgb]
Subject: Winter Sparrow Workshop, 3/7/14
From: "Robinson, Mitch" <mrrobinson AT audubon.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:26:54 +0000
Winter Sparrow Workshop, March 7th, 9:00 am - noon

We still have space available for next Saturdays Winter Sparrow Workshop. JR 
Rigby from Delta Wind Birds will give a fascinating indoor lecture before we 
head out into our various habitats in search of these 'little brown jobs'. 

Contact Mitch at mrrobinson AT audubon.org to 
register or get more info. 


https://www.facebook.com/events/945897035423019

Strawberry Plains Audubon Center is partnering with Delta Wind Birds (DWB) to 
host a Winter Sparrow Workshop, March 7th at Strawberry Plains. The workshop 
will begin with an indoor session where key identification points will be 
highlighted for wintering sparrows in our region. Participants will also learn 
important vocalizations for identifying sparrow species wintering in 
Mississippi. An outdoor field session will follow, participants utilizing our 
property, as well as a visit to a nearby, restored native grassland in 
Hudsonville. Participants can expect to encounter up to seven species at each 
workshop, including the elusive Le Conte's Sparrow. 

Please dress for the weather and remember to bring your binoculars.

The cost for each workshop is $30,
Lunch and educational materials will be provided at the SPAC workshop.
Register with Mitch at mrrobinson AT audubon.org





Mitchell Robinson
Conservation Education Manager
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center
285 Plains Road, Holly Springs, MS 38635
662-252-1155
[StrawberryHrgb]
Subject: Snowy Oriole
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:19:29 -0600
  MISSBIRDERS,

The young female Baltimore Oriole, at our home south of Oxford, has made 
it through temps below 10 degrees with many nights in the teens and days 
in the 20-30's, sleet, ice, rain, and now 4+ inches of snow. She feeds 
on our P-nut butter/grits mix, pancake pieces, bread, biscuits, 
sunflower hearts, and even hangs on the thistle bag with the finches. 
She is probably the only bird on the feeder with a Blue Jay present at 
the same time!! She will actually peck or jump on the Pine Siskins (200 
or more!!!) for more room on the feeder so she is pretty savy of staying 
alive. We have tried to keep enough food available for 250+ birds 
visiting our feeders. I have made 3-4 pounds of our PB/Grits mix every 
week this month. 15+ Juncos love the mix as well. Between them, 3 Pine 
Warblers, Hermit Thrush, Cardinals, Woodpeckers and the Blue Jays it's a 
never ending task to keep the log, 2 holes in a nearby tree, and 3 wipe 
spots on the tree filled. She has now been present here for the month of 
Feb. WHEW!!!

Gene and Shannon Knight
Oxford, MS
Subject: SNAKE LECTURE: Museum Noon Lecture
From: M P STEVENS <stevenswaterbird AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:19:02 -0800
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
2148 Riverside Dr., Jackson
601 832-6788
Lecture 

Please join us for our monthly lecture.  Free to museum members.

March 3, 2015
12 Noon Lecture
TITLE:  Snakes and Snake Bites ‘and Maybe a Bit
on Spiders.’
SUMMARY: Why do snakes have
venoms anyways?  Learn how dangerous
Mississippi snakes really are. What to do if you are bitten and the definitive
care. 
SPEAKER:  Robert Galli, MD, Professor Emergency
Medicine, Medical Toxicology, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 
Jackson. 


Mary Stripling
Vice President/Membership Chair
Jackson Audubon Society
675 Lakewood Road
Vicksburg, MS 39180
Cell: 601-832-6788
Subject: Panola Co - Two Sprague's Pipits Confirmed
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:39:30 -0600
Missbirders,

This morning Jason Hoeksema and I birded northwestern Panola Co including
the Sardis Lake Dam area. Sardis Lake had a sparse representation of
waterfowl and gulls with the notable exception of approximately 50
RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS. The dam area hosted several thousand COMMON
GRACKLES as well as smaller flocks of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and a fairly
large flock of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS (~110).

At Holly Grove Rd, we confirmed the presence of a *pair* of SPRAGUE'S
PIPITS along the airstrip. The birds were initially found along the ditch
on the east side of the road, but flushed onto the airstrip and back to the
ditch again. We got good looks at and heard the flight calls of both
individuals only moments apart as they flushed from the ditch near the
center of the air strip. (photo: https://flic.kr/p/qpo6YH, in flight:
https://flic.kr/p/r4zVkb)

SANDHILL CRANES continue on Curtis Rd just down the hill from the
intersection with Macedonia Rd (as I reported previously) although numbers
were much lower today.

We encountered only two SNOW GOOSE flocks and those of small to moderate
size.

WILSON'S SNIPE and NORTHERN PINTAILS were present at several stops in
notable abundance. The snipe were quite tame today and allowed very close
approach at multiple locations (e.g., photo: https://flic.kr/p/rm9B1R),
including a flock of at least 35 foraging around a small graveyard (an
interesting scene).

Along Hwy 6 east of Batesville on the way home this leucistic AMERICAN
ROBIN flew across the highway (https://flic.kr/p/rm4WzC).

And, just for fun, for anyone who shares my fascination with Le Conte's
Sparrows, here's a nice shot that I got just before Valentine's Day (
https://flic.kr/p/r8Kqm3).

Good birding,

JR
Oxford
Subject: Say's Phoebe still present
From: "Schiefer, Terence" <TSchiefer AT entomology.msstate.edu>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:38:23 +0000
MISSBIRDers:

Ignore my previous post stating that the SAY'S PHOEBE was not seen today 
(Tuesday). Marion saw the Phoebe this afternoon while searching for the Western 
Meadowlark. 


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: Western Meadowlark/Oktibbeha Co., MS
From: "Schiefer, Terence" <TSchiefer AT entomology.msstate.edu>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:27:06 +0000
MISSBIRDers:

A WESTERN MEADOWLARK was at the Mississippi State University South Farm, 
Oktibbeha County, Mississippi at noon today, Tuesday, 24 February. The specific 
location was behind the Beef Unit Buildings on West Line Road. As I drove by, a 
large group of Meadowlarks flew up from the fields and into the trees and began 
singing. Among the numerous Eastern Meadowlark songs was one Western. I 
eventually was able to pick out which bird was singing the Western song and was 
able to watch it through the scope. I was able to see the all yellow malar 
area, and as I watched the bird sing it occasionally gave the diagnostic 
"chuck" call note between songs. There are a large number of Meadowlarks at 
South Farm, so relocating this bird might be challenging, unless it is singing. 


I did not see the SAY'S PHOEBE today, but I have missed it other days. 
Hopefully it is still here. 


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: Re: Cold casualties
From: Joan Clarke <clarkes AT cablelynx.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:04:00 -0600
I hate to see that too since Purple Martins seem to have become a rarity in our 
area. 

Joan Clarke
Vicksburg

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 23, 2015, at 5:07 PM, Rob Heflin  wrote:
> 
> Found these in the yard this afternoon. Tried to catch another that was on 
the ground but she flew up to the gourds. The breastbone on the male was very 
pronounced. I'm guessing starvation. I hate this. 

> 
> 
> 
> 
> Rob Heflin
> Isola, MS. 
> 
> 
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Subject: Wite-winged Scoter
From: Ned and Lucy Boyajian <nedlucyboyajian AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:48:17 -0600
I saw an adult male White-winged Scoter today, Feb 22, from the eastmost 
of the two pull-outs at Buccaneer SP, Hancock Co.
Ned Boyajian
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Subject: Cold casualties
From: Rob Heflin <robheflin73 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:07:23 -0600
Found these in the yard this afternoon. Tried to catch another that was on the 
ground but she flew up to the gourds. The breastbone on the male was very 
pronounced. I'm guessing starvation. I hate this. 



Rob Heflin
Isola, MS. 

Subject: Upcoming Coastal Bird Trainings-Spring 2015
From: "Odom, Amanda" <aodom AT audubon.org>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:49:24 +0000
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Audubon Mississippi Coastal Bird Stewardship Program
4200 Audubon Way, Moss Point Mississippi 39563
Phone: (228) 285-0449     Email: aodom AT audubon.org
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Subject: Say's Phoebe/Oktibbeha Co./Monday, 23 Feb.
From: "Schiefer, Terence" <TSchiefer AT entomology.msstate.edu>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:00:12 +0000
MISSBIRDers:

The SAY'S PHOEBE at the Mississippi State University South Farm, Oktibbeha 
County, Mississippi continues as of today, Monday, 23 February. Drop me a note 
if you see (or have seen) this bird as I am trying to compile a list of 
observers and the dates they saw it. 


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: MCAS/Pine Woods birding field trip 9 AM Sat, Feb 28!!
From: "Diane Lafferty" <dlaffert AT netdoor.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:49:08 -0600
This is a place recommended to eat lunch Sat in Wiggins.  Diane

 



Subject: [missbird] MCAS/Pine Woods birding field trip 9 AM Sat, Feb 28!!

 

A few corrections.  The trip is Sat Feb 28.  I think this weekend will not
be good weather anyway.  Hope the 28th will be.  We will meet at Country
Girl Creamery.  Eat lunch in Wiggins.  Anybody have a suggestion there?
Then drive through Flint Creek Water Park.  We birded Buttercup Flats and
did not see any birds.  The botanical part was on the very brown side.  So
thinking we could save that til it is blooming.  Forward to eskimmer.  I am
not on it.

Here is a map.  We will drive down 59.  The coast may come up 49.  It is off
Hwy 26 about half way across from Wiggins and Poplarville.  GPS may help to
find it easy.

 Leader:  Diane Lafferty -   (601) 264-9654   c
(601) 307-7940

 



 

 

Both 'arms/roads' had good birds

 

  _____  

From: missbird-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:missbird-bounce AT freelists.org]
On Behalf Of Janet Wright
Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 3:50 PM
To: eskimmer AT yahoogroups.com; MissBird ListServ
Subject: [missbird] MCAS/Pine Woods birding field trip 9 AM Sat, Feb 21

 

MCAS/Pine Woods Audubon Society - Stone County Field Trip, 9 AM Saturday,
Feb 21

            Leader:  Diane Lafferty -   (601)
264-9654   (601) 307-7940

Join Mississippi Coast Audubon and Pine Woods Audubon Society for a trip to
the Country Girl Creamery, Buttercup Flats and Flint Creek Water Park. Meet
at the dairy farm around 9 am for a walk through the pasture. Birds to be
expected: Pine Warbler, hawks, Inca and Ground Dove and Wilson's Snipe to
name a few. Bring a cooler to purchase fresh farm items from the dairy!

The group will then travel past Wiggins to Buttercup Flats (this trip is for
those with a botanical interest as well as birds) followed by a drive
through the Flint Creek Water Park ~ who knows what we'll see! Plan on lunch
in downtown Wiggins.

For information on the dairy go to:  
www.countrygirlscreamery.com
Subject: JAS CHAPTER MEETING CANCELLED
From: M P STEVENS <stevenswaterbird AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 13:31:27 -0800
Due to possible icy conditions predicted for Tuesday evening, Feb 24, we have 
cancelled the JAS chapter meeting to be held at Welty Library, Jackson. 


CANCELLED !!
Feb
24, 2015         
4th Tuesday
Meet & Greet: 6:30p
JAS CHAPTER MEETING
Business Meeting: 6:45pm
Program:  Difficult Identifications: How to Make Those Tough Splits. 
(Brings
your field guides and notebooks.  Audience participation required.)  
Speaker:  Chris King, Expert Birder, JAS webmaster,
Bird Class Instructor
Place:
Welty Library, 300 N. State Street


Hope to see you at our upcoming March Bird Field Trips: JAS Bird Trips and 
Meeting Calendar 2015 


Mar 7, 2015
Saturday, 8am-10am
First Saturday LeFleur’s Bluff State Park Bird Walk
Campground Entrance off Lakeland
Meet at Picnic area
Leader: Judy Shearer, Expert JAS Birder
$4.04 (this is not a typo)  park entrance fee per vehicle

Mar 14, 2015
Saturday 7:45 am - NOON
Early
Migrants Bird Field Trip 
Turcotte Lab, Pearl River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and Lake Harbor Road,
Near Canton, MS at Hwy 43 and Natchez Trace.  Meet at Brown’s Boat Launch
Landing right off Natchez Trace on Hwy 43 to carpool.
Leader:  Rynetta Coetzee,  Expert JAS Birder
REMEMBER TO GET YOUR ANNUAL WMA PERMIT: $15 AT ANY SPORTING GOODS STORE OR
WALLMART or MS Dept Wildlife Fisheries & Parks (Folks 65 & older exempt).
See JAS website for more info. 
Look for ducks, Bald Eagles, winter birds, potential early migrants & many
marsh & waterbirds.


WebSite: jacksonaudubonsociety.org
Phone: 601 832 6788
 
Mary Stripling
Vice President/Membership Chair
Jackson Audubon Society
675 Lakewood Road
Vicksburg, MS 39180
Cell: 601-832-6788
Subject: Ducks Barnett Res
From: Ben Woodard <ben_woodard AT icloud.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 06:56:43 +0000 (GMT)
Hello All,

Just wanted to quickly post regarding the continuation of waterfowl 
concentrations on the Ross Barnett Res. There have been consistent 
concentrations of various duck species but current (as of two days ago) surveys 
have mainly yielded CANVASBACK, BUFFLEHEAD, and GREATER SCAUP. Among the larger 
groups I was able to pick out RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, HOODED MERGANSERS, 
RUDDY-DUCKS, HORNED GREBES and others. The birds tend to concentrate near 
Natchez Trace Pkwy in the evening for decent views with binoculars. I would 
recommend a scope for picking out the less dominant species. The pictures below 
should give you an idea and if you check closely there's a hooded merganser 
trying to be sneaky in one of them. Good luck to all those going out this 
weekend. 


Best Birding
Ben Woodard

https://www.flickr.com/photos/128590412 AT N06/15717337543/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/128590412 AT N06/15976216964/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/128590412 AT N06/16572398116/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/128590412 AT N06/16411344570/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/128590412 AT N06/16411159308/



Subject: MOS Review Species List Changes
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:38:13 -0600
MISSBIRDERS,

The MS Bird Records Committee met in January and one of the items on the 
agenda was to review both the MOS Checklist of Birds of MS and the 
Review Species List.
The entire Checklist was reviewed and many changes were made in the 
status portion. This list is being updated as we speak.
The Review Species List is a list of the species that need full details 
of the sighting and will be reviewed by the MBRC. The changes made to 
this list are as follows: ADD New species for the state-- Brown Booby, 
Razorbill, Tropical Kingbird, and Sage Thrasher (the last two being 
voted on now); 4 species are moved from the Rare/Uncommon List to the 
Review Species List: Golden Eagle, Mourning Warbler, Black-throated Blue 
Warbler, and Red Crossbill. Some movement on the Rare/Uncommon List 
includes moving White-winged Scoter and Calliope Hummingbird to the 
Statewide category from Inland Only category. We removed Le Conte's 
Sparrow completely from the list. And from the Inland Only category we 
moved Wilson's Phalarope and Least Tern to the Away From Delta & Coast 
category.
To check these current changes out go to this MOS website link

http://www.missbird.org/Files/Rare%20Bird%20Files/REVIEW_SPECIES_LIST_January_2015.pdf 



This should help you in determining what species to report.

Thanks
Gene Knight
MBRC Chair
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Subject: Audubon Naturalists spaces available
From: "Robinson, Mitch" <mrrobinson AT audubon.org>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:23:02 +0000
We still have a few spots available for our Audubon Naturalists course at 
Strawberry Plains. 


Information below

Audubon Naturalists 2015
When: Every Friday, March 13th - May 22nd
Where: Strawberry Plains Audubon Center
Cost: $200 (includes 8 Field Guides and Course Materials)
Registration: contact Mitch Robinson

mrrobinson AT audubon.org, 
662-252-1155 

The Audubon Naturalist Program is designed for educators, conservation 
professionals, college students, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone interested in 
learning more about our natural world. Over a 10-week period (1 day/wk), 
participants meet at Strawberry Plains for survey courses on our local 
habitats. From watershed ecology to climate, habitat succession to geology, the 
Naturalist Program teaches the processes that create and affect our landscape 
and its inhabitants, while describing their ecological relationships. 

Participants will graduate with an understanding of land use change, native vs. 
exotic species, and an array of topical social and environmental issues 
relevant to even the novel naturalist. Classes are instructed by leaders in 
their field, including professional and university biologists, geologists, 
ecologists, and local experts, who volunteer their time to be part of this 
unique and valuable program. 

Extensive course material will be provided, including eight field guides valued 
at well over $100. 

To register, contact Mitch Robinson at 
mrrobinson AT audubon.org 
or 662-252-1155. 




Mitchell Robinson
Conservation Education Manager
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center
285 Plains Road, Holly Springs, MS 38635
662-252-1155
[StrawberryHrgb]
Subject: MCAS/Pine Woods birding field trip 9 AM Sat, Feb 28!!
From: "Diane Lafferty" <dlaffert AT netdoor.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:46:14 -0600
A few corrections.  The trip is Sat Feb 28.  I think this weekend will not
be good weather anyway.  Hope the 28th will be.  We will meet at Country
Girl Creamery.  Eat lunch in Wiggins.  Anybody have a suggestion there?
Then drive through Flint Creek Water Park.  We birded Buttercup Flats and
did not see any birds.  The botanical part was on the very brown side.  So
thinking we could save that til it is blooming.  Forward to eskimmer.  I am
not on it.

Here is a map.  We will drive down 59.  The coast may come up 49.  It is off
Hwy 26 about half way across from Wiggins and Poplarville.  GPS may help to
find it easy.

Diane



 

 

Both 'arms/roads' had good birds

 

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To: eskimmer AT yahoogroups.com; MissBird ListServ
Subject: [missbird] MCAS/Pine Woods birding field trip 9 AM Sat, Feb 21

 

MCAS/Pine Woods Audubon Society - Stone County Field Trip, 9 AM Saturday,
Feb 21

            Leader:  Diane Lafferty -   (601)
264-9654   (601) 307-7940

Join Mississippi Coast Audubon and Pine Woods Audubon Society for a trip to
the Country Girl Creamery, Buttercup Flats and Flint Creek Water Park. Meet
at the dairy farm around 9 am for a walk through the pasture. Birds to be
expected: Pine Warbler, hawks, Inca and Ground Dove and Wilson's Snipe to
name a few. Bring a cooler to purchase fresh farm items from the dairy!

The group will then travel past Wiggins to Buttercup Flats (this trip is for
those with a botanical interest as well as birds) followed by a drive
through the Flint Creek Water Park ~ who knows what we'll see! Plan on lunch
in downtown Wiggins.

For information on the dairy go to:  
www.countrygirlscreamery.com
Subject: Gull ID Workshop postponed until Feb. 27
From: Jason Hoeksema <hoeksema AT olemiss.edu>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:29:59 -0600
Missbirders:
The Delta Wind Birds Gull Identification workshop, originally scheduled for
this Friday afternoon, has been postponed one week due to expected
inclement weather. The workshop will start at NOON (and finish in late
afternoon) on Friday, Feb. 27, with an indoor session near Arkabutla Dam in
DeSoto County, followed by a local field trip to gulling hotspots. At
Arkabutla Dam and spillway, we will be able to study plumages up close,
including likely good photographic opportunities for Bonaparte's and
Ring-billed Gulls. At Tunica Dump, we will practice our skills by picking
through large numbers of Ring-billed Gulls and modest numbers of Herring
Gulls, while also striving to find something more rare.

The workshop is being held on a weekday because the Tunica Dump, arguably
one of the top gull hotspots in the mid South, is much more attractive to
gulls on weekdays (due to trash movement by tractors).  With this arctic
blast, maybe we will get lucky and find some goodies from up north.  For a
bit more info and to register, visit:
https://www.deltawindbirds.org/product/gull-identification-workshop/
We still have lots of space available, and this is likely to be a
relatively small group, so we hope you can join us. All net proceeds from
DWB events support DWB's efforts to provide habitat for migratory
shorebirds in the MS Delta.
Good birding,
Jason Hoeksema
Oxford, MS
Subject: MCAS/Pine Woods birding field trip 9 AM Sat, Feb 21
From: Janet Wright <jwright01 AT cableone.net>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:49:45 -0600
MCAS/Pine Woods Audubon Society - Stone County Field Trip, 9 AM Saturday, Feb 
21 

 Leader: Diane Lafferty - (601) 264-9654  

Join Mississippi Coast Audubon and Pine Woods Audubon Society for a trip to the 
Country Girl Creamery, Buttercup Flats and Flint Creek Water Park. Meet at the 
dairy farm around 9 am for a walk through the pasture. Birds to be expected: 
Pine Warbler, hawks, Inca and Ground Dove and Wilson's Snipe to name a few. 
Bring a cooler to purchase fresh farm items from the dairy! 

The group will then travel past Wiggins to Buttercup Flats (this trip is for 
those with a botanical interest as well as birds) followed by a drive through 
the Flint Creek Water Park ~ who knows what we'll see! Plan on lunch in 
downtown Wiggins. 

For information on the dairy go to: www.countrygirlscreamery.com 
 
Subject: Another New Feeder Bird
From: Hal Mitchell <halmitchell AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:47:08 -0600
Hey All

Wanted to report out latest new feeder bird. Yesterday we had a large mixed 
blackbird flock move into our yard. We scanned for awhile and eventually picked 
out a single Rusty Blackbird. Today we have a high count of 6 Rusty’s. We 
also had a couple of additions to the lake behind our house with a lone Greater 
White-fronted Goose and a pair of Hooded Mergansers. Still no Purple Finch. 
Maybe another day of freezing temps will do the trick. 


Hope all is well

Hal
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Subject: Aberrant Duck - Waveland
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Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 10:09:22 -0800




Subject: Re: New Feeder Bird
From: Tom Hoar <tomndar AT ms.metrocast.net>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 10:10:34 -0600
Interesting, Hal. We've got more than 100 Purple Finches today (and have
averaged more than 50 all winter). Dozens of regulars -- White-throated
Sparrows and Juncos, 10 Siskins, and two Pine Warblers.

Hope you get the Purple Finches. It's a "birdy" kind of day!

Tom & Darlene Hoar
College Hill, north of Oxford


On 2/16/15 9:50 AM, "Hal Mitchell"  wrote:

> Hey All
> 
> Had a new feeder bird this morning in this cold weather.  An Orange-crowned
> Warbler was actually picking through seeds on one of the feeders.  I only got
> a brief look but appeared to be eating the sorghum seeds.  Also got our first
> Pine Siskin.  Still no Purple Finches but maybe today is the day!
> 
> Hope all is well
> 
> Hal Mitchell
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Subject: New Feeder Bird
From: Hal Mitchell <halmitchell AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:50:00 -0600
Hey All

Had a new feeder bird this morning in this cold weather. An Orange-crowned 
Warbler was actually picking through seeds on one of the feeders. I only got a 
brief look but appeared to be eating the sorghum seeds. Also got our first Pine 
Siskin. Still no Purple Finches but maybe today is the day! 


Hope all is well

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Subject: Baltimore Oriole continues
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:06:04 -0600
MISSBIRDERS,

The young female BAOR continues to spend the winter with us here at our 
home south of Oxford. With freezing temps and ice all over the feeder 
this morning she had no problem picking up sunflower pieces. As the icy 
rain froze over the seeds she found the p-nut butter/grits mix that I 
stuff in knot holes on a nearby (1 foot away) tree. This will be her way 
of feeding for the next 4-5 days a temps will drop to the single digits 
by Wed!!!! She has gotten, shall we say, not so wary of us standing in 
the patio door looking at her. When too many Pine Siskins get in her way 
she is not scared to peck at them and even jump onto their backs to make 
them scatter!!! We watched her yesterday--for the first time--- drink 
and bathe in the water pools in the side of the hill. She is learning 
not to back off from the Blue Jays this morning--you go girl!!!

Gene and Shannon Knight
Oxford, MS



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Subject: Annual President's Day Gull Run
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Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 18:28:47 -0800




Subject: Bay Springs Pacific Loon
From: Wayne Patterson <wrp6 AT att.net>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 17:30:19 -0800
Missbirders,

Gaynell Perry & I saw a Pacific Loon out from Cotton Springs Boat Ramp around 2 
pm. today. Most of the Loons seemed to be hanging out on the far side of the 
lake so a scope is a must. 


Wayne Patterson
Shannon, MS  Lee Co.
Subject: Orange Crowned Warbler
From: "Larry Pace" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "larrypace64@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 03:09:16 +0000 (UTC)
I know all of you have been busy chasing Short Eared Owls, Sprague's Pipits, 
LeConte"s Sparrows. Say's Phoebes and all of the other seldom seen birds in 
Mississippi but I would like to share with you this infrequently seen, in my 
backyard, Orange Crowned Warbler. For three days and counting an offering of 
suet mixed with grape jelly has had him/her visiting my feeders on a regular 
basis. Thanks for keeping us updated on the sightings of "rare" birds 
throughout the state. 

Larry
Subject: Upcoming Audubon Coastal Bird Survey (ACBS) Dates-additional time/location
From: "Odom, Amanda" <aodom AT audubon.org>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:31:10 +0000
Audubon Coastal Bird Survey (ACBS) Harrison County

Friday, February 13, 2015
Join Audubon Biologist, Allison Anholt at four locations:

  *   9:00am-10:30am Biloxi Beach
  *   10:30-12:00pm Gulfport Beach
  *   2:00pm-3:30pm Long Beach
  *   3:30pm-5:00pm Pass Christian Beach

Contact Allison at aanholt AT audubon.org or (609) 
751-7972 for meeting location. Weather forecast: Hi 58 Lo 57 Sunshine, patchy 
clouds 



Saturday, February 14, 2015
Join ACBS Site Supervisor, Jay Morris:

  *   10:00am-12:00pm Moses Pier-Gulfport

Contact Jay at falconsgrip6 AT gmail.org or (228) 236-5240 
for meeting location. Weather forecast: Hi 63 Plenty of sunshine. 



For a full list of scheduled Audubon Coastal Bird Survey(ACBS) sites, please 
visit our website at 


http://app.volunteer2.com/Public/Organization/fb88f60d-ae22-4234-a99a-51c2607450d9/1 



Happy Birding!

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Audubon Mississippi Coastal Bird Stewardship Program
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Subject: Upcoming Audubon Coastal Bird Survey (ACBS) Dates
From: "Odom, Amanda" <aodom AT audubon.org>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 16:50:23 +0000
Audubon Coastal Bird Survey (ACBS) Harrison County

Friday, February 13, 2015
Join Audubon Biologist, Allison Anholt at three locations:


       9:00am-10:30am Biloxi Beach

       2:00pm-3:30pm Long Beach

       3:30pm-5:00pm Pass Christian Beach


Contact Allison at aanholt AT audubon.org or (609) 
751-7972 for meeting location. Weather forecast: Hi 58 Lo 57 Sunshine, patchy 
clouds 



Saturday, February 14, 2015
Join ACBS Site Supervisor, Jay Morris:


       10:00am-12:00pm Moses Pier


Contact Jay at falconsgrip6 AT gmail.org or (228) 236-5240 
for meeting location. Weather forecast: Hi 72 Lo 54 Rain and a t-storm. 



For a full list of scheduled Audubon Coastal Bird Survey sites, please visit 
our website at 


http://app.volunteer2.com/Public/Organization/fb88f60d-ae22-4234-a99a-51c2607450d9/1 


Happy Birding!

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Audubon Mississippi Coastal Bird Stewardship Program
4200 Audubon Way, Moss Point Mississippi 39563
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Subject: Purple martins
From: Rob Heflin <robheflin73 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 09:25:19 -0600
3 purple martins at my gourds just now in Isola. 

Rob Heflin
Isola, MS


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Subject: Re: bird nests entirely of fishing line
From: Ken Hackman <khackman AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 17:43:02 -0600
I meant to mention that these were Baltimore Orioles. They were hanging right 
beside the trailer of the campground host at the time. Right next to the water 
at the same location was a nesting pair of White-breasted Nuthatches. 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 8, 2015, at 4:59 PM, Ken Hackman  wrote:
> 
> J.R.
> 
> Several years ago I found several oriole nests made entirely of monofilament 
line around the campground at Sardis. It seems they had become quite adept at 
making them. I went back a few years later when I started photographing things 
digitally, and with better results. I could not locate them, even though I knew 
their exact location. They were gone. I recall they were very interesting, in 
that they still had hooks, plastic bobbers, etc., woven into them. They were 
fascinating, indeed. 

> 
> Ken
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
>> On Feb 8, 2015, at 2:05 PM, JR Rigby  wrote:
>> 
>> Missbirders,
>> 
>> I'm curious if anyone knows what small to medium-sized passerine species 
might be making nests almost entirely of fishing line around Sardis Lower Lake. 
The nest appears to me to be structurally like that of a White-eyed Vireo nest, 
i.e., fairly deep, pendulous nest, densely woven, and hung in the fork of the 
outer branches of an oak tree (twigs <1cm diameter) 10-20 ft above the ground. 
I counted seven of these nylon nests in two adjacent large oak trees at Lower 
Lake this morning in varying states of repair. This suggests to me that perhaps 
the same passerine pair is building a new nest each year and repeatedly 
scavenging fishing line as their primary nest-building material. 

>> 
>> Photos of two such nests:
>> Nest 1) https://flic.kr/p/r6MBXU
>> Nest 2) https://flic.kr/p/qPrL2a (forked branch anchoring the nest seems to 
have broken) 

>> 
>> Good birding,
>> 
>> JR
>> Oxford
Subject: Re: bird nests entirely of fishing line
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Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 20:49:52 -0800




Subject: Re: bird nests entirely of fishing line
From: "J.R.Rigby" <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 18:49:49 -0600
Thanks all. Consensus supports an oriole, probably Baltimore. I'll check again 
in the coming months. 


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Subject: Swallows
From: William B Woodard <ben_woodard AT icloud.com>
Date: Sun, 08 Feb 2015 18:13:25 -0600
Hello all,

Just wanted to send a quick email regarding the return of tree swallows to the 
Ross Barnett Reservoir! Had a group of 16 today. 


Regards,
Ben Woodard

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Subject: Re: bird nests entirely of fishing line
From: Ken Hackman <khackman AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 16:59:40 -0600
J.R.

Several years ago I found several oriole nests made entirely of monofilament 
line around the campground at Sardis. It seems they had become quite adept at 
making them. I went back a few years later when I started photographing things 
digitally, and with better results. I could not locate them, even though I knew 
their exact location. They were gone. I recall they were very interesting, in 
that they still had hooks, plastic bobbers, etc., woven into them. They were 
fascinating, indeed. 


Ken

Sent from my iPad

> On Feb 8, 2015, at 2:05 PM, JR Rigby  wrote:
> 
> Missbirders,
> 
> I'm curious if anyone knows what small to medium-sized passerine species 
might be making nests almost entirely of fishing line around Sardis Lower Lake. 
The nest appears to me to be structurally like that of a White-eyed Vireo nest, 
i.e., fairly deep, pendulous nest, densely woven, and hung in the fork of the 
outer branches of an oak tree (twigs <1cm diameter) 10-20 ft above the ground. 
I counted seven of these nylon nests in two adjacent large oak trees at Lower 
Lake this morning in varying states of repair. This suggests to me that perhaps 
the same passerine pair is building a new nest each year and repeatedly 
scavenging fishing line as their primary nest-building material. 

> 
> Photos of two such nests:
> Nest 1) https://flic.kr/p/r6MBXU
> Nest 2) https://flic.kr/p/qPrL2a (forked branch anchoring the nest seems to 
have broken) 

> 
> Good birding,
> 
> JR
> Oxford
Subject: bird nests entirely of fishing line
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 14:05:40 -0600
Missbirders,

I'm curious if anyone knows what small to medium-sized passerine species
might be making nests almost entirely of fishing line around Sardis Lower
Lake. The nest appears to me to be structurally like that of a White-eyed
Vireo nest, i.e., fairly deep, pendulous nest, densely woven, and hung in
the fork of the outer branches of an oak tree (twigs <1cm diameter) 10-20
ft above the ground. I counted seven of these nylon nests in two adjacent
large oak trees at Lower Lake this morning in varying states of repair.
This suggests to me that perhaps the same passerine pair is building a new
nest each year and repeatedly scavenging fishing line as their primary
nest-building material.

Photos of two such nests:
Nest 1) https://flic.kr/p/r6MBXU
Nest 2) https://flic.kr/p/qPrL2a (forked branch anchoring the nest seems to
have broken)

Good birding,

JR
Oxford
Subject: Early arrivals?
From: "Jesse Yancy" <jlyancy AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2015 20:12:20 -0600
Any news of arriving swallows or swifts on the coast? Early warblers?

 

Jesse Yancy

www.jesseyancy.com

 
Subject: Tropical Kingbird
From: Ned and Lucy Boyajian <nedlucyboyajian AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sat, 07 Feb 2015 18:07:08 -0600
Hi to all:
If anyone has a date later than 12 January 2015  for the Tropical 
Kingbird at Bay St Louis please forward details to
Gene Knight 

Thanks
Ned Boyajian
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Subject: Baltimore Oriole still present
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Sat, 07 Feb 2015 14:42:24 -0600
MISSBIRDERS,

The female Baltimore Oriole is still present at our home south of 
Oxford. We have tried to entice the bird to feed on the orange, seen 
here (in the attached photo) on the feeder, without any success. However 
it does like our p-nut butter/grits mix we feed the woodpeckers (and 
many others). After several days of not seeing it the weather changed to 
colder temps and it came back and stays around all day from 7:30 am-4:00 
pm. She obviously hasn't been exposed to hummer feeders either as we 
have one hanging 15 feet away!!! After all orioles are blackbirds and 
all blackbirds like seeds.

Gene and Shannon Knight
South of Oxford, MS
Subject: Corrected phone # for May 9 Pascagoula River trip
From: Janet Wright <jwright01 AT cableone.net>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2015 20:01:10 -0600
CORRECTION TO RESERVATION CONTACT NUMBER:  
The Mississippi Coast Audubon Society field trip for May 9, Pascagoula River 
Birding Trip with leaders Mark LaSalle and Benny McCoy (Captain). 

We published an ERRONEOUS PHONE CONTACT NUMBER for reservations. Mark’s 
CORRECT NUMBER is (228) 475-0825. 


Boating/birding on the Pascagoula River; $25 Fee & Reservations required. This 
trip is limited to 22. Meet at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, 7001 Frank 
Griffin Rd. Moss Point, MS. Birds: Least Bittern, Seaside Sparrow, marsh and 
river birds. 
Subject: Re: GBBC eNews: Halftime Report Finds the Count on Record Pace
From: "Diane Lafferty" <dlaffert AT netdoor.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 14:46:02 -0600
The answer to this mornings note.  Maybe I have this sorted out.    Diane

 

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From: Great Backyard Bird Count [mailto:gbbc AT cornell.edu] 
Sent: Thursday, February 05, 2015 11:57 AM
To: Diane Lafferty
Subject: RE: GBBC eNews: Halftime Report Finds the Count on Record Pace

 

Hi Diane,

 

I'm afraid you still get me. The reason there were fewer birds is that some
monstrously big roosts were counted the year before-roosts with millions of
birds. They did not appear in the last count, so the overall number of
individual birds dropped considerably.

 

You can enter tallies either way-through eBird or through the GBBC
website-they all go to the same database now, as of 2013.

Pat

 

Pat Leonard
GBBC Coordinator
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

 

From: Diane Lafferty [mailto:dlaffert AT netdoor.com] 
Sent: Thursday, February 05, 2015 12:52 PM
To: Great Backyard Bird Count; 'Audubon Society'; 'Mississippi Bird List '
Subject: RE: GBBC eNews: Halftime Report Finds the Count on Record Pace

 

Hi All

 

This note I sent to GBBC site -

I need to settle an argument in MS.  People have cell phones with e Bird.
They are tuning in their results there.  Some of us were concerned that it
was not being counted for GBBC.  Some even turned it in twice since it was
not showing up on GBBC.  What are we to do next year?  My group thinks
listing to eBird is OK.

 

I got the answer below.  I was looking at the results last year and the
birds counted were half [33 vs 17 million] of the year before.  They are
counting birds from e-Bird and GBBC but posting only the GBBC results.  I
wonder if it half because people are posting directly to  e-Bird  and not to
GBBC e-Bird.

 

Diane Lafferty

 

Feb 13-16   GBBC  [next weekend!!]

  _____  

From: Great Backyard Bird Count [mailto:gbbc AT cornell.edu] 
Sent: Friday, June 27, 2014 8:08 AM
To: Diane Lafferty
Subject: RE: GBBC eNews: Halftime Report Finds the Count on Record Pace

 

Hi Diane,

 

I'm sorry for the delayed response-I've been away for a good chunk of June.

 

The way it works is that any checklists submitted to eBird during the four
days of the GBBC are considered part of the GBBC. However, when looking ONLY
for GBBC results, you have to use the GBBC website. At the moment, eBird is
not set up to only show results for those four days-a week is the smallest
amount of time for which you can view results.

 

Hope that makes sense!

Best wishes,

 

Pat Leonard
GBBC Coordinator
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

 
Subject: Re: GBBC eNews: Halftime Report Finds the Count on Record Pace
From: "Diane Lafferty" <dlaffert AT netdoor.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 11:51:37 -0600
Hi All

 

This note I sent to GBBC site -

I need to settle an argument in MS.  People have cell phones with e Bird.
They are tuning in their results there.  Some of us were concerned that it
was not being counted for GBBC.  Some even turned it in twice since it was
not showing up on GBBC.  What are we to do next year?  My group thinks
listing to eBird is OK.

 

I got the answer below.  I was looking at the results last year and the
birds counted were half [33 vs 17 million] of the year before.  They are
counting birds from e-Bird and GBBC but posting only the GBBC results.  I
wonder if it half because people are posting directly to  e-Bird  and not to
GBBC e-Bird.

 

Diane Lafferty

 

Feb 13-16   GBBC  [next weekend!!]

  _____  

From: Great Backyard Bird Count [mailto:gbbc AT cornell.edu] 
Sent: Friday, June 27, 2014 8:08 AM
To: Diane Lafferty
Subject: RE: GBBC eNews: Halftime Report Finds the Count on Record Pace

 

Hi Diane,

 

I'm sorry for the delayed response-I've been away for a good chunk of June.

 

The way it works is that any checklists submitted to eBird during the four
days of the GBBC are considered part of the GBBC. However, when looking ONLY
for GBBC results, you have to use the GBBC website. At the moment, eBird is
not set up to only show results for those four days-a week is the smallest
amount of time for which you can view results.

 

Hope that makes sense!

Best wishes,

 

Pat Leonard
GBBC Coordinator
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

 
Subject: MCAS Spring field trip schedule
From: Janet Wright <jwright01 AT cableone.net>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 19:49:55 -0600
Mississippi Coast Audubon's SPRING FIELD TRIP SCHEDULE FOR 2015! Mark your 
calendar and join us! 


Schedule is also posted at mscoastaudubon.org . Got 
questions? Contact us at mscoastaudubon AT gmail.com 
. 



FEBRUARY:

2/7       MCAS Field Trip - Grand Bay NERR SPARROW SWEEP 1pm - 4pm
            Leader - Mark Woodrey, Phone: (228) 697-0460
 
Henslow sparrows will be our target species, also Sedge and Marsh wrens. Join 
Grand Bay NERR for an afternoon of sparrow watching. Come learn about the 
different species of sparrows that winter in south Mississippi and how to spot 
them in the field. Activities include field observation, pine savanna hiking, 
and mist netting observations. 

Please dress accordingly for the weather and wear either rubber boots 
(preferably) or shoes that you wouldn’t mind getting wet. Note that the 
ground in the savanna is extremely uneven, so watch your footing. 

For the field, bring your binoculars, birding field guides, water, and bug 
spray (bugs are not amiss in the south. 

Meet at the Visitors Center, 6005 Bayou Heron Road, Moss Point, MS 39562
 
2/14 MCAS Field Trip - Pascagoula River Audubon Center - Morning 
Workshop/Afternoon Bird Count 

            Leaders: Mark LaSalle (228) 475-0825/Janet Wright (228) 238-4099

In conjunction with the Great Backyard Bird Count and Pascagoula River Audubon 
Center a morning clinic will be held at the center followed by participation in 
the GBBC at PRAC. A great learning experience for new and/or beginning birders. 
An opportunity to match up one-on-one with seasoned birders. 

Meet 9:00 am at the center at 7001 Frank Griffin Rd. Moss Point, MS 39563
 

2/16 FYI - Hattiesburg Audubon will be on the Coast for the Annual Presidents 
Day Gull Run. 

They incorporate it into a "Birding Along the Coast" trip. Interested in 
joining in? Call Diane Lafferty (601) 264-9654 with the Pine Woods Audubon for 
more information 

 
2/21     MCAS/Pine Woods Audubon Society - Stone County Field Trip
            Leader:  Diane Lafferty - (601) 264-9654
 
Join the Pine Woods Audubon Society for a trip to the Country Girl Creamery, 
Buttercup Flats and Flint Creek Water Park. Meet at the dairy farm around 9am 
for a walk through the pasture. 

 
Birds to be expected: Pine Warblers, Hawks, Inca and Ground Doves and Snipe to 
name a few. Bring a cooler to purchase fresh farm items from the dairy! 

The group will then travel past Wiggins to Buttercup Flats (this trip is for 
those with a botanical interest as well as birds) followed by a drive through 
the Flint Creek Water Park ~ who knows what we'll see! Plan on lunch in 
downtown Wiggins. 

 
For information on the dairy go to: www.countrygirlscreamery.com 
 

 
2/28 For Your Information: Gulf Islands National Seashore (Ocean Springs) bird 
"Walk in the Park." 

 Meet at the parks Visitors Center at 9:00 am for an easy bird walk with Dr. 
Olivia (Libby) Graves. 

 
MARCH SATURDAY DATES:
 
3/7       MCAS Field Trip - Seaman Road Lagoons - Jackson County
            Leaders: Sharon Milligan (228) 861-1622 (+2)
 
Likely birds: wintering waterfowl; shorebirds, Green herons, Glossy Ibis and 
other marsh birds; raptors, including Bald eagles. This is the easiest site to 
find MS Sandhill Cranes. Also, by this time Am Golden-Plovers may be due and 
the waterfowl variety might pick up a bit. 

 
Meet at the park and ride at I-10 exit 50, Ocean Springs; next to Denny's, 
between 7:15 and 7:30 AM. 

Bring your binoculars, scope, refreshments, etc.
You may call Sharon Milligan for any more information at 228-861-1622
 
3/14     MCAS Field Trip - Ship Island
Leader: Libby Graves (228) 860-1966
 
Opening day of Ship Island Excursions. Birds -Piping, Snowy, Wilson's Plovers 
good possibilities; Red Knot and/or one of the rarer gulls not unreasonable. 
Depending on weather could be a variety of early migrants. 


Meet at Gulfport Harbor around 8:30 to board the boat which departs at 9am. Fee 
required. 

 
3/21     MCAS Field Trip - Graveline Bayou & Bellefontaine Area, Jackson County
            Leaders: Janet Wright (228) 238-4099/Charley Delmas

Usually a nice variety of shorebirds. Excellent spot for Nelson's and Seaside 
Sparrows. Also Sedge wrens, shorebirds, terns & gulls. Bellefontaine - 
depending on weather could be an interesting variety of early migrants. 


Meet at 8:00am at the Kangaroo corner of Hwy 90 and Hwy 57. (Take Exit 57 south 
off of I-10). 


3/28     MCAS Field Trip - Grand Bay NERR Boat Trip
            Leader: Mark Woodrey
 
 A birding boat trip. Fee and reservations required. This trip has limited 
space. 

            Times to be announced.
 
APRIL SATURDAY DATES:

4/4       MCAS Field Trip - Beaches of Hancock County
 Leaders: Jason Pyron (228) 223-0720/Jay Morris (228) 236-5240/Ned Boyajian 
(228) 332-1329 

            
Including but not limited to Washington St. Pier, the new Marina, the Yacht 
Club & some of the forested areas north of Hwy 90. 

 
Meet at the Washington Street Pier in Bay St. Louis at 7:30 am.
 
4/11     MCAS Field Trip - Dauphin Island, Alabama
            Leader: Don McKee (228) 238-2473 or (251) 861-2473
 
Barrier Island Migration. A spring and fall migrant trap. This can be a 
spectacular outing with many colorful species of warblers, vireos, tanagers, 
orioles, swallows, etc. A plethora of migrants! 

 
            Meet at 8:30 at Cadillac Square Park 
 
4/18     MCAS Field Trip - Migration in Logtown & Ansley
 Leaders: Jason Pyron (228) 223-0720/Jay Morris (228) 236-5240/Nancy Madden 
(228) 229-7108 


Birds-Highly dependent on weather but by this time at least most of the desired 
bottomland forest breeders ( kites, Kentucky, Swainson's Warblers, etc) should 
be back on territory. 

 
Meet at Stennis Welcome Center (Exit 1) off the I-10 at 7:00am

4/25     MCAS Field Trip - Seaman Road Lagoons - Jackson County
            Leaders: Sharon Milligan (228) 861-1622 (+2)
 
Should be good shorebird movement- Approaching peak time for Upland, 
White-rumped, Bairds's Sandpipers, Wilson's Phalarope. Some Golden-plovers 
should still be around. Warbler flight possible. Maybe Bobolink and Dickcissel. 
Occasionally breeding plumage Eared grebe during this season. 

 
Meet at the park and ride at I-10 exit 50, Ocean Springs; next to Denny's, 
between 7:15 and 7:30 AM. 

Bring your binoculars, scope, refreshments, etc.

MAY SATURDAY DATES
 
5/2 MCAS joins Orleans Chapter Audubon - Big Branch National Wildlife Refuge, 
LA 

            LEADER: Ed Wallace (504) 343-1433
 
We will join the Orleans Audubon chapter for a half day trip to Big Branch 
National Wildlife Refuge. 

Take Hwy 190 west of Lacombe, LA to Transmitter Road, turn toward Lake 
Pontchartrain and drive to T-Junction. Turn right and go to the second parking 
lot on the left. Meet at 8am at Boy Scout Parking Lot. 

 
Bird possibilities are: Bachman's sparrow, Red-cockaded, Red-headed, 
Red-bellied and Pileated woodpeckers. Bald eagles and osprey and perhaps late 
migrating warblers. 

 
5/9       MCAS Field Trip - Pascagoula River Birding Trip
            Leaders: Mark LaSalle (228) 475-0823/Benny McCoy (Captain)
 (http://pascagoulariver.audubon.org/mccoys-swamp-and-river-tours 
) 

 
 Boating/birding on the Pascagoula River; $25 Fee & Reservations required. This 
trip is limited to 22. 

Meet at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center at 9:30 at 7001 Frank Griffin Rd. 
Moss Point, MS 39563 

 
            Birds: Birds Least Bittern, Seaside Sparrow to name just a couple.
            
5/16     MCAS Field Trip - Boneyard Rookery, George County
            Leader: Larry Dees 
            
Birds that can be expected: nesting warblers, vireos, nesting wading birds 
including White ibis, Little Blue herons, Cattle egrets. Spectacular heronry; 
variety of marsh-oriented birds. Wood Storks 

have been showing up rather early on recent years so it is a possibility.
            
 Wildlife Management Area User Permit required. Cost for a year permit is 
$17.29 (www.mdwfp.com/license/hunting-license.aspx 
). 

Subject: Sandhills in Sunflower Co
From: Rob Heflin <robheflin73 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 04:12:41 +0000
I received pictures today from Carroll County game warden, Tyler Murphy, of 
sandhills in a harvested cornfield just off of Hwy 49 about a mile north of the 
Hwy 442 turnoff. 



Rob Heflin

Isola, MS






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Subject: Tunica Co and Panola Co birding
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2015 20:54:53 -0600
Missbirders,

Today I made a circuit from Oxford through Tunica Co and down through
Panola Co to check some hotspots. Lots of raptors out today. Mostly the
usual suspects. Some notes from the journey below.

Tunica Co.
Buck Island Road had the usual good showing of NORTHERN HARRIERS early in
the morning. I checked a few areas for signs of the previously reported
Burrowing Owl several times through the morning with no luck. LAPLAND
LONGSPURS were present on the northern end of the road in small numbers but
not vocal (photo: https://flic.kr/p/r3xo96). By mid-morning Counce Rd
(Tunica Landfill) had very few gulls roosting in the fields but the
ditch/stream that crosses the road boasted GREEN-WINGED TEAL, NORTHERN
PINTAIL, NORTHERN SHOVELER, a PEREGRINE FALCON and two (!) COOPER'S HAWKS.
The fields around the landfill also had a large flock of LAPLAND LONGSPURS
and the only AMERICAN PIPITS I've seen lately. Despite the shortage of
gulls, there were a comparatively large number of HERRING GULLS for the
area with 31 in a single group of 84 gulls (the rest RING-BILLED). See, for
example, this photo with 10 HERG in a tight group: https://flic.kr/p/qLgGhz.
There were large flocks of SNOW GEESE moving overhead most of the morning
(flying west and northwest), but the only flock I saw on the ground in
Tunica Co was on Hwy 304 and Hwy 713.

Arkabutla Dam (Desoto Co) was very slow bird-wise. The spillway had only
about two dozen gulls, 2/3 of which were BONAPARTE'S, the rest RING-BILLED
with a lone HERRING GULL.  Lake levels are very low and, while gulls were
on the water along the dam, they had completely abandoned the beach at the
south end of the dam.

Panola Co.
Ballentine Rd. was hot for RED-TAILED HAWKS today. Between Hwy 3 and Holly
Grove Rd. I counted 19 (!) Red-Tailed Hawks including 11 in one binocular
view (kettling) and one Krider's (or Krider's x Eastern?, a few photos
beginning here: https://flic.kr/p/r3BTXY). At Holly Grove Rd I checked for
the SPRAGUE'S PIPIT and found it pretty easily near the center of the
airstrip (photo: https://flic.kr/p/r3xL6x). It was not vocal, but once
flushed can be distinguished easily from the Savannah Sparrows in the area
by its regular, undulating flight action compared with the more harried,
erratic flight of the sparrows. Silo Rd and Samuel Rd had very large
numbers (500+ over three close flocks) of BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS, by far the
largest collection I have seen. A flock of EUROPEAN STARLINGS and
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS accompanied the Brewer's, but interestingly, when
flushed by a male NORTHERN HARRIER passing over, the three species formed
coherent flocks that coalesced and diverged with one another overhead, each
as a unit, making the relative abundance easy to gage. Ducks were plentiful
with NORTHERN PINTAIL and NORTHERN SHOVELER dominating. I had to do some
searching to find the SANDHILL CRANES and, following Robert Briscoe's
earlier post, eventually found them on Curtis Rd. just west of the
intersection with Macedonia Rd. The group included a few juveniles, a
plumage I had not seen before (photo: https://flic.kr/p/q6Gvaq).

Good birding,

JR
Oxford
Subject: Woodcock event: space available
From: Jason Hoeksema <hoeksema AT olemiss.edu>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2015 20:44:02 -0600
Missbirders and TN-birders,
This coming Saturday, Delta Wind Birds will host an event oriented around
the mating display of the American Woodcock, at Strawberry Plains Audubon
Center in Holly Springs, MS (in northern MS not far from Tennessee).  The
late afternoon / evening event will include some good food and drink, a
screening of Epic Journeys (an excellent short film about shorebird
migration), a silent auction including limited-edition prints from David
Sibley and an amazing Hudsonian Godwit photo from Kevin Karlson, and an
opportunity to potentially witness the stunning mating display of the
American Woodcock.  All proceeds will benefit Delta Wind Birds' efforts to
create habitat for migratory shorebirds in the MS Delta. For more info or
to register, visit:
https://www.deltawindbirds.org/product/woodcocks-and-wine/
Jason Hoeksema
Oxford, MS
Subject: Say's Phoebe/Oktibbeha Co., MS/Tuesday, 3 February
From: "Schiefer, Terence" <TSchiefer AT entomology.msstate.edu>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 00:32:39 +0000
MISSBIRDers:

The SAY'S PHOEBE continues at Mississippi State University's South Farm, 
Oktibbeha County, Mississippi as of today, Tuesday, 3 February. 


Also, the two female COMMON MERGANSERS were still at Oktibbeha County Lake 
today. 


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: Tanzania adventure
From: van harris <shelbyforester1223 AT rittermail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 12:58:16 -0600
​In 2013, I led a birding and wildlife observation trip to Botswana for
some friends and their families.  In 2014, I led a similar expedition to
South Africa.  Both trips were very successful (see attachments).
Photographs are available at www.flickr.com/photos/shelbyforester1223/sets/I
am arranging another African trip, this to Tanzania, for November 4 - 18,
2015.  There are two vacancies available.

In 2011, I travelled to Tanzania and Kenya.  A list of species that I
observed there ia also attached.

If you are interested in the Tanzania adventure, please contact me at this
email address for references and an itinerary.

Van Harris
Millington, TN
Subject: Peregrines on Dauphin Island
From: Rob Heflin <robheflin73 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 16:12:13 +0000
I’m not a member of the Alabama list server but I thought y’all might find 
this interesting. I took a trip down to Gulf Shores and over to Dauphin Island 
last week. On Wednesday morning, I landed at the Dauphin Island airport, which 
juts right out into the water of the bay. A pair of peregrines was standing on 
the runway, and as I rolled up to them, they flew over to the edge of the 
water. When I turned around they were again standing in the runway. They took 
off once more and flew down the water’s edge. I stopped and got out at the 
end of the runway and they were calling and flying very low. Very dark looking 
birds with a lot of grey on them, but I could see the “helmet” on their 
heads as they flew by. I’ve seen one peregrine in my life, so seeing a pair 
at such close proximity was pretty neat. They were also doing a pretty good job 
of keeping the airport “bird free”. 



Rob Heflin

Isola, MS






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Subject: Short-eared owls
From: Nancy Donald <nmdonald55 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 09:00:25 -0600
Hey all,

Several of us were able to locate one Short-eared owl Saturday night about
6:20 pm.  We arrived on Buck Island Road in Tunica County a little after
5.  We watched 11 Northern harriers feeding in the field behind the
electric car facility.  They disappeared around 6 pm.  We drove to the end
of the road and returned to the same field and turned the headlights over
the area where the harriers had been earlier.  After about 10 minutes, the
owl flew through the lights hunting in a manner similar to the harriers.
We got 3 good looks at the owl before it moved on.  Worth the cold and the
wait!

Thanks,


Nancy Donald

Meridian, MS

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

Walt Whitman 
Subject: Mannikins / Munias
From: "Lucy & Bob Duncan" <town_point AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:45:33 -0600
Hi All,

 

I'm sending this as a weekend reminder for those of you who might have
Scaly-breasted Munias, aka Spice Finches or Nutmeg Mannikins [the old name],
at feeders or in your yard or neighborhoods.

               It has been 15 years since the first nesting Nutmeg Mannikins
(now named Scaly-breasted Munias, [Lonchura punctulata] ) were reported in
our area of Northwest Florida and then south Alabama. According to the
Florida Ornithological Society's criteria for placing a species on the
official Florida state list, a bird must have an established population for
at least 15 years. In 2009, I requested reports from birders in our area
whom I was able to contact and an estimate of 135 - 144 individual Mannikins
were reported (Florida Field Naturalist 37:3). Since then I have gotten
numerous reports of birds from as far away as the Miss. Gulf Coast and
Milton FL. A specimen was salvaged from a road kill as well and nests and
both have been deposited in the Florida Museum of Natural History (FMNH) in
Gainesville. So we are in a good position here in the Pensacola area to add
a species to the Florida list. Therefore, I am requesting birders in the
area whom I am able to contact to send me their reports. Also, if birders
know of someone not in the "birding scene" whom I can't contact, I would
appreciate their reports as well. For you folks in MS who receive this
information, I would appreciate your reports too.

Please record the maximum number of Mannikins seen at your feeders or
elsewhere on each of the following days: Friday Jan 30, Sat Jan 31,  Sun Feb
1, Mon Feb 2. If you can't report for each of those days, send whatever days
you are able to record. Please give your location where the birds are being
seen and the maximum number each day.

Many thanks again,

Bob Duncan

Regional Compiler, Field Observations Committee

Florida Ornithological Society

Gulf Breeze, FL  

850-932-4792

 
Subject: Mannikins / Munias
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:45:33 -0600
Hi All,

 

I'm sending this as a weekend reminder for those of you who might have
Scaly-breasted Munias, aka Spice Finches or Nutmeg Mannikins [the old name],
at feeders or in your yard or neighborhoods.

               It has been 15 years since the first nesting Nutmeg Mannikins
(now named Scaly-breasted Munias, [Lonchura punctulata] ) were reported in
our area of Northwest Florida and then south Alabama. According to the
Florida Ornithological Society's criteria for placing a species on the
official Florida state list, a bird must have an established population for
at least 15 years. In 2009, I requested reports from birders in our area
whom I was able to contact and an estimate of 135 - 144 individual Mannikins
were reported (Florida Field Naturalist 37:3). Since then I have gotten
numerous reports of birds from as far away as the Miss. Gulf Coast and
Milton FL. A specimen was salvaged from a road kill as well and nests and
both have been deposited in the Florida Museum of Natural History (FMNH) in
Gainesville. So we are in a good position here in the Pensacola area to add
a species to the Florida list. Therefore, I am requesting birders in the
area whom I am able to contact to send me their reports. Also, if birders
know of someone not in the "birding scene" whom I can't contact, I would
appreciate their reports as well. For you folks in MS who receive this
information, I would appreciate your reports too.

Please record the maximum number of Mannikins seen at your feeders or
elsewhere on each of the following days: Friday Jan 30, Sat Jan 31,  Sun Feb
1, Mon Feb 2. If you can't report for each of those days, send whatever days
you are able to record. Please give your location where the birds are being
seen and the maximum number each day.

Many thanks again,

Bob Duncan

Regional Compiler, Field Observations Committee

Florida Ornithological Society

Gulf Breeze, FL  

850-932-4792

 
Subject: Baltimore Oriole in Knight's Yard
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:28:51 -0600
MISSBIRDERS,
This morning for a few hours we had this Baltimore Oriole feeding on the 
platform feeder with the finches. It was eating sunflower bits and 
pieces. This is a 1st for us in winter.
 From the Knight's Yard here south of Oxford.

Gene Knight
Oxford, MS
Subject: Museum lecture
From: Mary Stevens <stevenswaterbird AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:07:17 -0600

NATURALIST LECTURE: MS MUSEUM NATURAL SCIENCE, 2148 Riverside Drive, Jackson 
Gulf Sturgeon Update 
Tuesday, February 3 from Noon - 1:00 p.m. 

"An Update on Gulf Sturgeon of Western Gulf of 
Mexico Drainages"

SPEAKER: Todd Slack, Ph.D., U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center 
Waterways Experiment Station EE-A, Vicksburg 


Dr. Slack will provide an update on the status of Gulf sturgeon in the Pearl 
and Pascagoula River drainages based on collaborative research efforts that he 
has been involved with over the past five years. These efforts include several 
telemetry based projects within both systems and at Ship Island as part of the 
Mississippi Coastal Improvement Program's restoration efforts at Camille Cut. 



Mary Stripling
Museum Librarian, Retired
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
2148 Riverside Drive
Jackson, MS 39202

Cell: 601.832.6788
Library AT mmns.state.ms.us
Stevenswaterbird AT bellsouth.net
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Subject: Say's Phoebe/Oktibbeha Co., MS/Thursday, 29 Jan.
From: "Schiefer, Terence" <TSchiefer AT entomology.msstate.edu>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:59:39 +0000
MISSBIRDers:

The SAY'S PHOEBE continues at Mississippi State University South Farm, 
Oktibbeha County, Mississippi as of today, Thursday, 29 January. As a reminder, 
the gate to the South Farm is closed on weekends. 


Also, the two female COMMON MERGANSERS were still at Oktibbeha County Lake 
today. 


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: Re: Sardis Spillway
From: Dick Burkepile <dicklburk AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:13:02 -0600
Thanks to all for the replies and explanations. I never considered that
taking pictures of pelicans could be a possible security threat.
We use binoculars, scopes and sometimes cameras during the annual Christmas
bird count and have never been approached by the Rangers.

Dick Burkepile

On Tuesday, January 27, 2015, Tommy Ray  wrote:

> Jason is quite right about the Pelicans near the spillway at Sardis.  I
> would
> caution that it's not a good idea to shoot up close to the spillway
> itself.  Not
> too long ago I was approached by a ranger who had seen me shooting via
> camera surveillance that's there.  He was very strong in suggesting I move
> away from the spillway.  There are no signs warning of this restriction.
>
> T. J. Ray
> Oxford, MSIMPORTANT ADDRESSES
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Subject: Re: Over-zealous Ranger (UNCLASSIFIED)
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:44:20 -0600
Thanks for the inviting comments, Deborah. I frequent the dam and spillway
at Sardis and see rangers around but thus far have only ever been
approached by other birders and, once, a newspaper reporter who wanted to
know what on earth I was staring at.

On pelicans, there has been a consistent small population around Sardis
Lower Lake of 50-100 birds lately, usually near the middle of the lake or
over at Big Acres swim beach with a handful swimming up into the spillway
channel. But the numbers of pelicans and diversity of waterfowl so far are
nothing like last winter.

JR
Oxford

On Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 11:36 AM, Freeman, Deborah A MVK <
Deborah.A.Freeman AT usace.army.mil> wrote:

> Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
> Caveats: NONE
>
> As Rangers, we are always on the look-out for suspicious people taking
> photographs of our dam & facilities.  Birders are typically not terrorists
> and  photographing pelicans is not suspicious behavior...in my opinion!
>
> Come to Enid Lake...we have pelicans, eagles, ducks, etc... and will only
> hassle you about what birds you've seen that day!
>
> Deborah A. Freeman
> Natural Resources Specialist, Ranger
> U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
> Enid Lake Field Office
> P.O. Box 10, 264 CR 39
> Enid, MS 38927
> 662.563.4571 ext. 19965
>
>
>
>
> Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
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>
>
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Subject: Over-zealous Ranger (UNCLASSIFIED)
From: "Freeman, Deborah A MVK" <Deborah.A.Freeman AT usace.army.mil>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:36:48 +0000
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

As Rangers, we are always on the look-out for suspicious people taking 
photographs of our dam & facilities. Birders are typically not terrorists and 
photographing pelicans is not suspicious behavior...in my opinion! 


Come to Enid Lake...we have pelicans, eagles, ducks, etc... and will only 
hassle you about what birds you've seen that day! 


Deborah A. Freeman 
Natural Resources Specialist, Ranger 
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
Enid Lake Field Office 
P.O. Box 10, 264 CR 39 
Enid, MS 38927 
662.563.4571 ext. 19965 




Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE


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Subject: Re: Sardis Spillway
From: Dick Burkepile <dicklburk AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:44:44 -0600
I'm confused. Were you shooting a gun near the spillway or did the ranger
tell you to not take pictures of the pelicans?  Either choice strikes me as
strange.

Dick Burkepile
Oxford, Mississippi

On Tuesday, January 27, 2015, Tommy Ray  wrote:

> Jason is quite right about the Pelicans near the spillway at Sardis.  I
> would
> caution that it's not a good idea to shoot up close to the spillway
> itself.  Not
> too long ago I was approached by a ranger who had seen me shooting via
> camera surveillance that's there.  He was very strong in suggesting I move
> away from the spillway.  There are no signs warning of this restriction.
>
> T. J. Ray
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Subject: Say's Phoebe/Oktibbeha Co./Monday, 26 Jan.
From: "Schiefer, Terence" <TSchiefer AT entomology.msstate.edu>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:10:33 +0000
MISSBIRDers:

The SAY'S PHOEBE at Mississippi State University's South Farm, Oktibbeha 
County, Mississippi, continues as of yesterday, Monday, 26 January. 


Also, the two female COMMON MERGANSERS were still present at Oktibbeha County 
Lake yesterday. 


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: Sardis Spillway
From: Tommy Ray <tjmaryjo AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:24:07 -0600
Jason is quite right about the Pelicans near the spillway at Sardis.  I would
caution that it's not a good idea to shoot up close to the spillway itself. Not 

too long ago I was approached by a ranger who had seen me shooting via
camera surveillance that's there.  He was very strong in suggesting I move
away from the spillway.  There are no signs warning of this restriction.

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Subject: JACKSON AUDUBON MTG
From: Mary Stevens <stevenswaterbird AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:51:54 -0600
Jan 27, 2015 
4th Tuesday
Meet & Greet: 6:30p
JAS CHAPTER MEETING
Business Meeting: 6:45pm
PROGRAM: 'Dave’s Birding Series'
Speaker: Dave King, Ph.D., Expert Birder, JAS Board Member, Editor of Christmas 
Bird Counts for Mississippi and Alabama. Engineer at Corp of Engineers, 
Research and Development Center, Coastal and Hydraulics Lab., Vicksburg. 

Place: Welty Library, 300 N. State Street

Feb 7, 2015
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

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
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Subject: Re: Fwd: Tags on birds
From: "Johnson, Erik" <ejohnson AT audubon.org>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:39:20 +0000
Hi Nancy,

First, it’s a Purple Finch, so congratulations on getting a neat winter bird 
like that. This does seem to be a reasonably good year for them in the south. 
Second, there are federally licensed banders all around the country and any one 
of them may have banded this bird at their banding station. The bands would be 
read as “1234” on the top row and “56789” on the bottom row. In the top 
row, I can see it starts with “2” and the bottom row begins with “6”, 
but that’s all that can be seen. Do you have any other photos perhaps with 
the band rotated slightly? Ideally, you would want that numbers on the opposite 
end of the band (well, ideally you would want all 9 numbers). 


To all, if you ever find a banded bird, you can report your sighting to the 
Bird Banding Laboratory, a part of the USGS that manages all federal banding 
permits, distributes bands, and houses the banding data. 

https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/bblretrv/index.cfm

Erik Johnson
S Lafayette, LA
Ejohnson AT Audubon.org



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

Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 3:29 PM
To: MISSBIRD
Subject: [missbird] Fwd: Tags on birds



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Joe Chance >
Date: Monday, January 26, 2015
Subject: Tags on birds
To: Nancy Donald >



Any idea what organizations may be tagging this bird. Assume it is some type of 
sparrow. I've got many image of this bird from my feeder and the band does look 
better in some others - but nothing showing the complete band.. 




--

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: Fwd: Tags on birds
From: Nancy Donald <nmdonald55 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:29:20 -0600
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: *Joe Chance* 
Date: Monday, January 26, 2015
Subject: Tags on birds
To: Nancy Donald 



Any idea what organizations may be tagging this bird.  Assume it is some
type of sparrow.  I've got many image of this bird from my feeder and the
band does look better in some others - but nothing showing the complete
band..



-- 

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: White Pelicans
From: Mary Stevens <stevenswaterbird AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:35:24 -0600
There are at least 1,000 white Pelicans on eagle lake, Warren County, with 500 
being in photographable range. They are on the West side of the lake but they 
move around. Might be able to get a group flying. Start at the boat ramp. They 
were all along the shoreline feeding with lots of cormorants. Take hwy 61 north 
from vicksburg; go west on hwy 465. Also Pelahatchie Bay, in rankin county east 
of Barnett rez has 30+ WP's which can be seen from pelahatchie bay bridge and 
might be photographable. 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
Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 26, 2015, at 9:59 AM, Jason Hoeksema  wrote:
> 
> Diane & Scottie,
> There are typically at least a few (and sometimes more) American White 
Pelicans within reasonable photographic distance at the spillway from Sardis 
Lake dam into Lower Sardis Lake (Panola County). Birders and photographers can 
closely approach the spillway from either side (north or south). Also, there is 
often a group of pelicans loafing on the beach just west of the spillway, on 
the north side of lower lake. This area can be reached by walking from the 
parking areas near the spillway or further west. The Sardis Dam area can be 
reached from Hwy 35 from Batesville, or from Hwy 315 if you're coming from 
Oxford or from Memphis. In winter, this is also usually a nice spot to 
photograph Bonaparte's Gulls, sometimes other gull species, Pied-billed Grebes, 
and sometimes waterfowl. 

> Good birding,
> Jason Hoeksema
> Oxford, MS
> 
>> On Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 9:39 AM, Diane Lafferty  
wrote: 

>> Scottie
>> 
>> Sometimes I think you can see more at the lake in Jackson.  But here is
>> asking.  Anybody know where you can take pictures of White Pelicans?  We see
>> them fly over in Waveland sometimes.
>> Diane
>> 
>> P.S.  Scottie - If you reply to missbird she can sign you up.
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Scottie Whigham [mailto:scottiewhigham39401 AT gmail.com]
>> Sent: Sunday, January 25, 2015 5:18 PM
>> To: dlaffert AT netdoor.com
>> Subject: White Pelicans
>> 
>> Hey Dianne, do you know any Audubon society's on coast who would know where
>> some white Pelicans are?  Figured you'd know.  Wonder if we could get up a
>> trip this month or maybe a few of us could photograph some.
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Re: White Pelicans
From: Jason Hoeksema <hoeksema AT olemiss.edu>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:59:21 -0600
Diane & Scottie,
There are typically at least a few (and sometimes more) American White
Pelicans within reasonable photographic distance at the spillway from
Sardis Lake dam into Lower Sardis Lake (Panola County). Birders and
photographers can closely approach the spillway from either side (north or
south).  Also, there is often a group of pelicans loafing on the beach just
west of the spillway, on the north side of lower lake. This area can be
reached by walking from the parking areas near the spillway or further
west. The Sardis Dam area can be reached from Hwy 35 from Batesville, or
from Hwy 315 if you're coming from Oxford or from Memphis.  In winter, this
is also usually a nice spot to photograph Bonaparte's Gulls, sometimes
other gull species, Pied-billed Grebes, and sometimes waterfowl.
Good birding,
Jason Hoeksema
Oxford, MS

On Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 9:39 AM, Diane Lafferty 
wrote:

> Scottie
>
> Sometimes I think you can see more at the lake in Jackson.  But here is
> asking.  Anybody know where you can take pictures of White Pelicans?  We
> see
> them fly over in Waveland sometimes.
> Diane
>
> P.S.  Scottie - If you reply to missbird she can sign you up.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Scottie Whigham [mailto:scottiewhigham39401 AT gmail.com]
> Sent: Sunday, January 25, 2015 5:18 PM
> To: dlaffert AT netdoor.com
> Subject: White Pelicans
>
> Hey Dianne, do you know any Audubon society's on coast who would know where
> some white Pelicans are?  Figured you'd know.  Wonder if we could get up a
> trip this month or maybe a few of us could photograph some.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Re: White Pelicans
From: "Diane Lafferty" <dlaffert AT netdoor.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:39:38 -0600
Scottie

Sometimes I think you can see more at the lake in Jackson.  But here is
asking.  Anybody know where you can take pictures of White Pelicans?  We see
them fly over in Waveland sometimes.
Diane

P.S.  Scottie - If you reply to missbird she can sign you up.

-----Original Message-----
From: Scottie Whigham [mailto:scottiewhigham39401 AT gmail.com] 
Sent: Sunday, January 25, 2015 5:18 PM
To: dlaffert AT netdoor.com
Subject: White Pelicans

Hey Dianne, do you know any Audubon society's on coast who would know where
some white Pelicans are?  Figured you'd know.  Wonder if we could get up a
trip this month or maybe a few of us could photograph some.  

Sent from my iPhone


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Subject: SPAC Winter Bird Count
From: "Robinson, Mitch" <mrrobinson AT audubon.org>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:45:52 +0000
We had wonderful weather on Saturday for our Winter Bird Count at Strawberry 
Plains. Our staff and 21 volunteers (including J.R. Rigby's 2yr old daughter) 
recorded a total of 69 species, with highlights of a Lincoln's Sparrow and 
American Black Duck. 


To view or download the list, which includes all species counts back to 2002, 
visit the link below. 

http://strawberryplains.audubon.org/documents/spac-winter-bird-count

Mitchell Robinson
Conservation Education Manager
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center
285 Plains Road, Holly Springs, MS 38635
662-252-1155
[StrawberryHrgb]
Subject: Ramblin
From: Robert Briscoe <rbriscoe2012 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:22:22 -0600
I started at the Coldwater Refuge at about 9:00 AM. Things were kind of slow at 
first. I picked up the trash under the big shed and around the tower. After a 
few more minutes ducks and geese were coming from all directions. I watched 
thousands of birds landing near the tower. I left after about an hour and birds 
were still coming in to the Refuge. I checked the Ballentine area of Panola 
County for Sandhill Cranes but did not see any. There were mixed flocks of 
Geese on both sides of Ditchbank Road and also along Samuels Road. I traveled 
Highway 315 west of Sledge to the Coldwater East Levee and turned north. I 
drove on the levee to Crenshaw Road. The fields on the east side of the levee 
were wet nearly all the way. There were some Ducks but I was surprised at the 
number of Yellow Legs, Dowitchers and Snipes. Tunica County also had big 
numbers of Ducks, Geese, Hawks and Gulls. I came back down through Panola 
county and found the Sandhill Cranes on the north side of Curtis Road and about 
one half mile west of Bluff Road. It was about 5:30 PM when I found the cranes. 
The light was not very good. I counted 300 plus and then realized that the big 
blob to the right was also cranes. They were standing so close together, my 
first thought was a patch of weeds. I did not finish counting but there was a " 
bunch" of cranes there. 

Robert Briscoe
53 CR 327
Oxford Ms
 		 	   		  
Subject: Say's Phoebe Oktibbeha Co.
From: "Linda Cambre" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "cambrelinda@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:19:56 -0600
The Say's Phoebe was present at 11:20 this morning on the fence on West Line Rd 
on MS State's South Farm, adjacent to the Horse Park. 


Linda Cambre
Starkville

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Subject: what to do when you think you see a rare bird [w/ new web links]
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:51:23 -0600
I am reposting Jason Hoeksema's earlier message with the appropriate links
updated to the new MOS website. Sorry for any confusion. --JR

***********

Missbirders,

I thought I would take a minute to provide a few reminders, for what to do
when you find a rare bird in Mississippi.  Keep in mind, this is all
optional of course--this e-mail is for those of you who want to participate
in the exchange of info about rare bird sightings, and try to document your
sightings and have them become part of the ornithological record for our
state. We hope you will, but pleas ignore if you're not interested. Also,
many of you know this stuff already--feel free to ignore, or chime in if
you disagree.

*First, how do you know what's rare or unusual? * A good starting point is
to consult* this list *that is revised almost every year by the Mississippi
Bird Records Committee (MBRC):

http://www.missbird.org/Files/Rare%20Bird%20Files/REVIEW_SPECIES_LIST_January_2013.pdf 

Anything on the top part of that page is a 'Review Species' and anything on
the bottom part of that page is considered uncommon enough to warrant some
form of report. This list was recently revised slightly by the MBRC, and
will be updated online soon.

Also, the *state checklist* has a lot of info on which species are rare,
when and where:

http://www.missbird.org/Files/Mississippi%20State%20Checklist/MOS_Checklist_January_2014.pdf 


as does the* annotated checklist of birds in the coastal counties*:

http://www.missbird.org/Files/Mississippi%20State%20Checklist/coast_checklist_2014.pdf 


*Please note that the statewide checklist was *thoroughly *revised at a
recent meeting of the MBRC, and the revised version will be posted online
soon.

If you use eBird (which I hope you do!), the functional definition of a
rare bird is if eBird 'flags' your record and asks for more "Details."

*OK, so you're pretty darn sure you've found a rare bird. What do you do?*
First, tell some people!  If you're really not sure of the ID, consult some
other birders to try to nail down the ID. One place you can consult other
birders, either with a question or by posting a photo of a bird you're not
sure of, is at the Mississippi Birding Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1432365546994059/

Once you nail down an ID, the rest of us would really like to hear about
your sighting on missbird. Please post!

If your bird is flagged in eBird, you will be asked to enter "Details."  A
key point is that in these Details, it is most important for you to *describe
the bird* in as much detail as you are able to, emphasizing key field
marks, behavior, vocalizations, etc. that helped you distinguish it from
similar species. A few comments on the context, situation, etc. are fine,
but please focus on providing a thorough description of the bird.  If you
don't provide a sufficient description of the bird, Ned or someone else
will have to write to you to ask for more details, so it is really helpful
if you can just give sufficient details up front. If you have photos, you
can embed them in your e-bird checklist, or provide a link, or just mention
that you have photos, so that we can ask to see them later.

If you see a Review Species (top half of that rare bird list from the
MBRC), or a species not seen before in the state, PLEASE send a report to
Gene Knight using this form:

http://www.missbird.org/Files/Rare%20Bird%20Files/MS_Bird_Records_Committee_Doc_Form-Jan_2012.doc 

***Even if someone else found the bird, and you went and saw it later,
please send a report!*  For example, the recent rare flycatchers, Say's
Phoebe and Tropical Kingbird, are both* review species*.  If you chase them
and see them, we want reports from you. Ditto the Sprague's Pipit in Panola
County. We've gotten hardly any review forms submitted for these birds,
despite dozens of people chasing and finding these birds.

**When completing the review form, as mentioned above for eBird,
please *describe
the bird* as it appeared to you in the field, noting important field marks,
behavior, vocalizations, and other clues that helped you distinguish it
from similar species.

If you found a bird that is "Rare or Uncommon," i.e. it is on the bottom
half of that list from the MBRC, the Mississippi Ornithological Society
would appreciate hearing about it. A 'long form' (used for reporting Review
Species) is not required, but you can report these sightings using archival
3 x 5 cards (which Terry Schiefer will mail you if you ask him). There has
been recent discussion of providing an online/electronic alternative for
submitting those records--stay tuned.

*Have you read this far, and want more?*  Haha, you asked for it. Last
year, Gene Knight and I gave a program on this topic at the Museum of
Natural Sciences in Jackson, and our talks are available online here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfSRFL3Zd99kklx0u3BWizw
A full 3 hours of this stuff!

OK, that's probably enough for now.  Thanks for tolerating this long post.
Jason Hoeksema
Oxford, MS

p.s. if you go birding somewhere in the state, we've love to hear a trip
report on missbird, even if you didn't find anything particularly rare.
What is happening in the bird world, in your corner of the state?  Such
trip reports are a great way for many of us to keep up with what's going on
out there, to learn about locations for birding, and your reports can help
motivate others to get out and bird!
Subject: what to do when you think you see a rare bird
From: Jason Hoeksema <hoeksema AT olemiss.edu>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:35:52 -0600
Missbirders,
I thought I would take a minute to provide a few reminders, for what to do
when you find a rare bird in Mississippi.  Keep in mind, this is all
optional of course--this e-mail is for those of you who want to participate
in the exchange of info about rare bird sightings, and try to document your
sightings and have them become part of the ornithological record for our
state. We hope you will, but pleas ignore if you're not interested. Also,
many of you know this stuff already--feel free to ignore, or chime in if
you disagree.

*First, how do you know what's rare or unusual? * A good starting point is
to consult* this list *that is revised almost every year by the Mississippi
Bird Records Committee (MBRC):

http://www.mississippiornithologicalsociety.com/Files/Rare%20Bird%20Files/REVIEW_SPECIES_LIST_January_2013.pdf 

Anything on the top part of that page is a 'Review Species' and anything on
the bottom part of that page is considered uncommon enough to warrant some
form of report. This list was recently revised slightly by the MBRC, and
will be updated online soon.

Also, the *state checklist* has a lot of info on which species are rare,
when and where:

http://www.mississippiornithologicalsociety.com/Files/Mississippi%20State%20Checklist/MOS_Checklist_January_2014.pdf 


as does the* annotated checklist of birds in the coastal counties*:

http://www.mississippiornithologicalsociety.com/Files/Mississippi%20State%20Checklist/coast_checklist_2014.pdf 


*Please note that the statewide checklist was *thoroughly *revised at a
recent meeting of the MBRC, and the revised version will be posted online
soon.

If you use eBird (which I hope you do!), the functional definition of a
rare bird is if eBird 'flags' your record and asks for more "Details."

*OK, so you're pretty darn sure you've found a rare bird. What do you do?*
First, tell some people!  If you're really not sure of the ID, consult some
other birders to try to nail down the ID. One place you can consult other
birders, either with a question or by posting a photo of a bird you're not
sure of, is at the Mississippi Birding Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1432365546994059/

Once you nail down an ID, the rest of us would really like to hear about
your sighting on missbird. Please post!

If your bird is flagged in eBird, you will be asked to enter "Details."  A
key point is that in these Details, it is most important for you to *describe
the bird* in as much detail as you are able to, emphasizing key field
marks, behavior, vocalizations, etc. that helped you distinguish it from
similar species. A few comments on the context, situation, etc. are fine,
but please focus on providing a thorough description of the bird.  If you
don't provide a sufficient description of the bird, Ned or someone else
will have to write to you to ask for more details, so it is really helpful
if you can just give sufficient details up front. If you have photos, you
can embed them in your e-bird checklist, or provide a link, or just mention
that you have photos, so that we can ask to see them later.

If you see a Review Species (top half of that rare bird list from the
MBRC), or a species not seen before in the state, PLEASE send a report to
Gene Knight using this form:

http://www.mississippiornithologicalsociety.com/Files/Rare%20Bird%20Files/MS_Bird_Records_Committee_Doc_Form-Jan_2012.doc 

***Even if someone else found the bird, and you went and saw it later,
please send a report!*  For example, the recent rare flycatchers, Say's
Phoebe and Tropical Kingbird, are both* review species*.  If you chase them
and see them, we want reports from you. Ditto the Sprague's Pipit in Panola
County. We've gotten hardly any review forms submitted for these birds,
despite dozens of people chasing and finding these birds.

**When completing the review form, as mentioned above for eBird,
please *describe
the bird* as it appeared to you in the field, noting important field marks,
behavior, vocalizations, and other clues that helped you distinguish it
from similar species.

If you found a bird that is "Rare or Uncommon," i.e. it is on the bottom
half of that list from the MBRC, the Mississippi Ornithological Society
would appreciate hearing about it. A 'long form' (used for reporting Review
Species) is not required, but you can report these sightings using archival
3 x 5 cards (which Terry Schiefer will mail you if you ask him). There has
been recent discussion of providing an online/electronic alternative for
submitting those records--stay tuned.

*Have you read this far, and want more?*  Haha, you asked for it. Last
year, Gene Knight and I gave a program on this topic at the Museum of
Natural Sciences in Jackson, and our talks are available online here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfSRFL3Zd99kklx0u3BWizw
A full 3 hours of this stuff!

OK, that's probably enough for now.  Thanks for tolerating this long post.
Jason Hoeksema
Oxford, MS

p.s. if you go birding somewhere in the state, we've love to hear a trip
report on missbird, even if you didn't find anything particularly rare.
What is happening in the bird world, in your corner of the state?  Such
trip reports are a great way for many of us to keep up with what's going on
out there, to learn about locations for birding, and your reports can help
motivate others to get out and bird!
Subject: Laughing Gull, Snow Geese - Sardis Lower Lake, Panola Co
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:33:58 -0600
Missbirders,

While abundance was not high, gull diversity got a 25% bump at Lower Lake
this morning with the usual Ring-billed, Bonaparte's, Herring, and Lesser
Black-backed (adult, continuing) being joined by a stray Laughing Gull
(photo: https://flic.kr/p/qzvSW1). Both the Herring Gull and the Lesser
Black-backed Gull were vocal, a nice bonus for the local gulling scene.

The parking area overlooking the Marina/Engineer's Point afforded the best
views of roosting gulls along the shore. The ~100 gulls were overwhelmingly
Ring-billed with an age breakdown of 79 adult, 8 2nd-Year, and 3 1st-Year
type plumages.

Two flocks of Snow Geese, not a usual sight from Lower Lake, each 100+ and
totaling about 300 birds flew over, both headed north.

We're easily impressed up here.

Good birding,

JR
Oxford