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White-winged Wood-Duck,©Jan Wilczur

23 Oct Red-cockaded Woodpeckers at Noxubee NWR [Martha Swan ]
22 Oct Hancock Coast Today [Ned and Lucy Boyajian ]
21 Oct Magnolia and BTG Warblers PRWMA [William B Woodard ]
21 Oct Arkabutla [Robert Briscoe ]
20 Oct Marsh Wren [William B Woodard ]
20 Oct Airshow [Robert Briscoe ]
19 Oct new bird from Dahomey ["Larry Pace" ]
19 Oct Sardis Waterfowl Refuge FOSs - Lafayette Co [JR Rigby ]
18 Oct Few Finds [William B Woodard ]
18 Oct siskins arriving [Jason Hoeksema ]
18 Oct black praire wildlife birding [Jim & Dianne Patterson ]
17 Oct Re: Black Billed Cuckoo [JR Rigby ]
17 Oct Black Billed Cuckoo ["Larry Pace" ]
17 Oct Sparrows [William B Woodard ]
17 Oct BTNW [Billy Bump ]
16 Oct coastal sightings [Ned and Lucy Boyajian ]
16 Oct Rowan Oak - FOS Kinglets and Yellow-rumps [JR Rigby ]
14 Oct Re: New arrival [JR Rigby ]
14 Oct New arrival [Robert Briscoe ]
13 Oct Program at science museum. [Mary Stevens ]
13 Oct Scissor-tailed flycatchers [pbarbour1 ]
11 Oct Least Flycatcher, Philadelphia Vireos - Rowan Oak - Lafayette Co [JR Rigby ]
10 Oct Enid Lake [Robert Briscoe ]
10 Oct Yellow-headed Blackbird [Ned and Lucy Boyajian ]
9 Oct few migrants - Sardis Waterfowl Refuge [JR Rigby ]
8 Oct Rails [Robert Briscoe ]
08 Oct Hurricane Landing-1st Yellow-rumps [Gene Knight ]
7 Oct 25th Annual Sidon MS (MSSI) CBC Sunday, 28 Dec. 2014 ["Barbour, Philip - NRCS, Fort Worth, TX" ]
6 Oct Re: Bird ID ["Jeffrey W. Harris" ]
6 Oct Yard birds [Nancy Madden ]
06 Oct Re: Bird ID [William B Woodard ]
6 Oct Bird ID ["Diane Lafferty" ]
3 Oct migrants in northern MS [Jason Hoeksema ]
3 Oct introducing WWW.MISSBIRD.ORG [JR Rigby ]
2 Oct Re: CBC tool for compilers ["Larry Basden" ]
2 Oct CBC tool for compilers ["Barbour, Philip - NRCS, Fort Worth, TX" ]
1 Oct Help! [Ken Hackman ]
1 Oct Re: BACKYARD BIRD FEEDING NOW LEGAL AGAIN!! [Rob Heflin ]
1 Oct BACKYARD BIRD FEEDING NOW LEGAL AGAIN!! [M P STEVENS ]
1 Oct Warblers in North MS [Regina George ]
1 Oct FOS Wilson's Warbler & Northern Harrier - Hurricane Landing [JR Rigby ]
30 Sep SWALLOW-TAILED KITES: Upcoming Birdy Events: MMNS & JAS [Mary Stevens ]
30 Sep TN Warbler-Knight's Yard [Gene Knight ]
29 Sep Re: Hurricane Landing, Sardis Lake (Lafayette Co.): Ole Miss Birders field trip [Nancy Donald ]
28 Sep Re: Hurricane Landing, Sardis Lake (Lafayette Co.): Ole Miss Birders field trip ["J.R.Rigby" ]
28 Sep Hurricane Landing, Sardis Lake (Lafayette Co.): Ole Miss Birders field trip [Jason Hoeksema ]
27 Sep Field Pbservations - Grand Bay NERR/NWR []
27 Sep FOS migrants - Cerulean- Oxford ["J.R.Rigby" ]
26 Sep Northeast MS Migrants [Wayne Patterson ]
25 Sep Grosbeak [Robert Briscoe ]
24 Sep "Marsh hawk" [Rob Heflin ]
24 Sep Re: Lesser and/or Greater [Wayne Patterson ]
24 Sep Lesser and/or Greater ["Larry Pace" ]
24 Sep Re: FOS Ruby-crowned Kinglet [Dana Swan ]
23 Sep FOS Ruby-crowned Kinglet [Dana Swan ]
23 Sep Jerry Jackson to speak at special Audubon meeting Sept. 25 [Marion Schiefer ]
22 Sep Re: Limited Edition Sibley Painting - for MS Shorebirds! [Rob Heflin ]
22 Sep Limited Edition Sibley Painting - for MS Shorebirds! [JR Rigby ]
22 Sep Sandpiper ["Larry Pace" ]
22 Sep MOS Fall Meeting Highlights from this weekend [Gene Knight ]
21 Sep Tunica County, MS Buff-breasted Sandpipers [Jason Hoeksema ]
21 Sep Tunica County, MS Buff-breasted Sandpipers [Jason Hoeksema ]
21 Sep Okay, How Many Can You Identify-Part I [Dana Swan ]
21 Sep Okay, How Many Can You Identify-Part II [Dana Swan ]
21 Sep Olive-sided Flycatcher - Coahoma Co ["J.R.Rigby" ]
20 Sep Red-necked phalaropes - near Greenwood [JR Rigby ]
19 Sep Re: Hummer harassment ["" ]
19 Sep Re: Hummer harassment []
18 Sep Hummer harassment [Harley Metcalfe ]
18 Sep Wilson's Phalarope in Lee County [Wayne Patterson ]
18 Sep Warm Season Grasses Workshop ["Robinson, Mitch" ]
16 Sep Avocet-Oxford Sewage Lagoon [Gene Knight ]
16 Sep JAS HAWK WATCH & BIRDING SE ARIZONA PROGRAM [Mary Stevens ]
15 Sep Map to predict migrations ["e gelbard" ]
01 Jan Bob Sargent Memorial Service [Gene Knight ]
14 Sep Monroe and Lee Co. [Wayne Patterson ]

Subject: Red-cockaded Woodpeckers at Noxubee NWR
From: Martha Swan <marthaswan AT starband.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:08:24 -0500
Missbirders,

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


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



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



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




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

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

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

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


Happy Birding,
Ben Woodard









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Subject: Arkabutla
From: Robert Briscoe <rbriscoe2012 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:04:55 -0500
At 3:00 PM, I drove across Arkabutla Dam and saw these birds:
1000+ White Pelicans
350 DC Cormorants
230 Ring-billed Gulls
40 Great Egrets
Robert Briscoe
53 CR 327
Oxford Ms
 		 	   		  
Subject: Marsh Wren
From: William B Woodard <ben_woodard AT icloud.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:50:21 -0500
Was lucky enough to get good looks at a MARSH WREN today at Pearl River WMA. 

Also had...
Palm Warbler
Black and White Warbler
Song Sparrow
White Throated Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow

Best,
Ben Woodard


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Subject: Airshow
From: Robert Briscoe <rbriscoe2012 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:46:06 -0500
I attended an Airshow at Millington, Tennessee, last Saturday. 250 White 
Pelicans made a flyover about the middle of the show. 

Robert Briscoe
53 CR 327
Oxford Ms 
 		 	   		  
Subject: new bird from Dahomey
From: "Larry Pace" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "larrypace64@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:04:36 -0700
Always exciting to see and photograph a new bird (for me) at Dahomey. I do not 
see the numbers (variety) of warblers as in other areas of the state, but 
occasionally a good bird pops up. I am IDing this bird as a Nashville Warbler. 
Agree or disagree? 


LP
Subject: Sardis Waterfowl Refuge FOSs - Lafayette Co
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:04:01 -0500
Missbirders,

A wonderful autumn morning out at the Sardis Waterfowl Refuge. Several
first arrivals including Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow,
White-throated Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Sedge Wren, Palm Warbler and
Orange-crowned Warbler.

Besides the new arrivals, there was a lot of activity in general with
several small groups of Northern Flickers and Eastern Meadowlarks flying in
from the northern side of the lake. American White Pelicans were present in
numbers approaching 1,000 or possibly more with lots of movement coming
from the north.  Eight sparrow species in all (plus junco and towhee), and
three wren species.

eBird list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20276888

Some photos:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123863674 AT N04/

Good birding,

JR
Oxford
Subject: Few Finds
From: William B Woodard <ben_woodard AT icloud.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 23:38:38 -0500
Hello,

Vicksburg NMC produced FOS White-Throated Sparrows 12+
(Thanks Jason for the suggestion)

Pearl River WMA produced

Northern Parula 3
Yellow Warbler 1
White Eyed Vireo 1
Swamp Sparrow 4
Lincoln Sparrow 1
Indigo Bunting 12+
Barred Owl 1

Yellow Warbler and one of the many White-Throated Sparrows Pictured Below

Best,
Ben Woodard





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Subject: siskins arriving
From: Jason Hoeksema <hoeksema AT olemiss.edu>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:34:19 -0500
Missbirders,
I've had fly-over PINE SISKINS twice in the last two days here in Oxford
(Lafayette Co)--yesterday at Rowan Oak, and today in the Timber Lake
neighborhood. Anyone else had them yet?  Keep an eye out (or better yet an
ear--that little husky call is really distinctive once it is on your
radar). On eBird, they've made it down to North Carolina, Arkansas, and
Louisiana...
Good birding,
Jason Hoeksema
Oxford, MS
Subject: black praire wildlife birding
From: Jim & Dianne Patterson <hummers2 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 03:25:20 -0700
 found a few winter arrivals, 1 Harlan's red-tailed, sparrows: white-throated, 
song, Lincoln's and savannah also several Philadelphia vireos passing thru, 3 
warblers,. We also saw 2 male adult ring-necked pheasants that survived the 
summer heat. 

columbus ms.
Subject: Re: Black Billed Cuckoo
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:02:51 -0500
Larry,

It looks like a young bird either way, and YBCU have dark bills for a
couple of months. Do you have any shots of the undertail, or profile shots
of the bill?

JR

On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 6:52 PM, Larry Pace 
wrote:

> Hi guys,
>
> I observed and photographed (attempted) this Cuckoo early AM at Dahomey
> NWR.  If it is a Black Billed Cuckoo (juvenile) as I suspect and others have
> corroborated, it is a lifer for me.  Am I correct to assume that the BBC is
> not a common sighting in the West Central Delta? Some of you may have
> already seen these pics on the MISSISSIPPI BIRDING FB page so forgive the
> duplication of effort.  Thoughts?
>
> LP
>
Subject: Black Billed Cuckoo
From: "Larry Pace" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "larrypace64@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:52:24 -0700
Hi guys,

I observed and photographed (attempted) this Cuckoo early AM at Dahomey NWR. If 
it is a Black Billed Cuckoo (juvenile) as I suspect and others have 
corroborated, it is a lifer for me. Am I correct to assume that the BBC is not 
a common sighting in the West Central Delta? Some of you may have already seen 
these pics on the MISSISSIPPI BIRDING FB page so forgive the duplication of 
effort. Thoughts? 


LP
Subject: Sparrows
From: William B Woodard <ben_woodard AT icloud.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:49:53 -0500
Hello all,

Today my good friend Alex Harper contacted me (as he is one to do fairly often) 
regarding a stand out day he had in the Florida Keys. Alex is currently on 
staff with the Florida Keys Hawk Watch and reported the following verbatim: 


"Killing it today. Bay-breasted, Philly Vireo, Clay-colored, scissor-tailed, 
sixteen warbler species all-in-all. Both tanagers, both grosbeaks, both 
buntings and thrushes" 


By far the most species rich day he has reported recently. I know we are all 
for the most part in Mississippi and not the Florida Keys but I thought the 
movement interesting and worthy to share. Having discussed birding for a good 
part of the day I decided to venture out this evening to see what, if any, 
movements had occurred here in Jackson. I headed to the Pearl River WMA in 
Jackson MS and did in fact note some new arrivals and movements. Swamp Sparrow 
has arrived in numbers. Young patchy Indigo Buntings are grouping. One gray 
catbird was annoyed with my phishing and made an appearance. Common 
Yellowthroat, Eastern Towhee, and Brown Thrasher are dashing to and fro. And 
thousands upon thousands of Red Winged Black Birds are gathered in the reeds. 
They produced quite a cacophony this evening at dusk. 

I am hopeful that the weekend holds clear and cool and that birds are on the 
move. If anyone more experienced in Mississippi has suggestions of places to go 
I would be receptive to suggestions. Fingers crossed for a interesting weekend. 


Best of luck to everyone,

Ben Woodard


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Subject: BTNW
From: Billy Bump <billbobumpo AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:53:14 -0500
About 10+ Black-throated green warblers in our yard today. 

Billy Bump
Olive Branch
Billy Bump
Olive Branch
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Subject: coastal sightings
From: Ned and Lucy Boyajian <nedlucyboyajian AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:22:53 -0500
To All
Some recent noteworthy observations.
Yesterday, October 15
The female Yellow-headed Blackbird was still present at my feeders at 
the end of East Gulf Road in the Heron Bay sub-division south of 
Waveland. It is traveling with a small flock of Redwings. There is 
birdseed in the two metal garbage pails. Spread some out on the cement 
padding. .The season's first sizable flock of Brown-headed Cowbirds has 
also arrived, so remember to watch for Shiny Cowbird. There have been 
two sightings in the past couple of years.
In the Ansley Chenier there was a Black-billed Cuckoo and a Barn Owl
There was a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on Sugarfield Road about 1/2 mile 
in from Hwy 43. Sugarfield road runs east from Hwy 43 about half way 
between U.S. 90 and I-10.

Today at the Seaman Road Waste Treatment Facility there was 14 Wood 
Storks and 2 Cave Swallows.
Ned Boyajian

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Subject: Rowan Oak - FOS Kinglets and Yellow-rumps
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:24:34 -0500
Missbirders,

Both Kinglets were present this brisk fall morning at Rowan Oak here in
Oxford (Lafayette Co). While I've had Ruby-crowned out at Sardis Lake
recently, this is the first I've seen of them around Oxford. I noticed that
Jeff Harris also had an FOS Golden-crowned over in Oktibbeha Co this
morning. A half-dozen Yellow-rumped Warblers made their FOS appearance at
Rowan Oak this morning as well.

eBird List:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20246627

Good birding,

JR
Subject: Re: New arrival
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:21:08 -0500
The Sardis Waterfowl Refuge had an FOS Swamp Sparrow and House Wren to add
to the recent arrivals this afternoon. And there were indeed about 50
American White Pelicans roosting at the shoreline near the refuge.

Also, Jason Hoeksema and I had an FOS pair of Savannah Sparrows in
Humphreys County yesterday as we birded just ahead of the approaching
storms for much of the day. Besides the sparrow, it was a raptor kind of
day with a half-dozen Bald Eagles (Humphreys and Yalobusha Counties - one
adult, four juveniles on Enid Lake), a Peregrine Falcon (Yalobusha), Osprey
(Yalobusha), and both accipiters (Humphreys) to go with the usual American
Kestrels, Red-shouldered and Red-tailed Hawks. Broad-winged was the only
big miss.

Good birding,

JR
Oxford

On Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 6:09 PM, Robert Briscoe 
wrote:

> I checked the Sardis Dam area, this afternoon, for new migrants. White
> Pelicans were scattered across the lake. They were probably near the
> Coontown landing or the Rufuge.  About 45 White-fronted Geese flew over
> when I was at the north end of the dam. They were headed west. I arrived at
> home about 5:30 PM and there was a White-throated Sparrow in my backyard.
> FOS for me.
> Robert Briscoe
> 53 CR 327
> Oxford Ms
>
>
>
>
>
>
Subject: New arrival
From: Robert Briscoe <rbriscoe2012 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:09:23 -0500
I checked the Sardis Dam area, this afternoon, for new migrants. White Pelicans 
were scattered across the lake. They were probably near the Coontown landing or 
the Rufuge. About 45 White-fronted Geese flew over when I was at the north end 
of the dam. They were headed west. I arrived at home about 5:30 PM and there 
was a White-throated Sparrow in my backyard. FOS for me. 

Robert Briscoe
53 CR 327
Oxford Ms
 
 
 
 
 
 		 	   		  
Subject: Program at science museum.
From: Mary Stevens <stevenswaterbird AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 14:02:05 -0500
 
MissBirders. 
Libby Hartfield asked me to share this upcoming program on understanding how 
our fish and seafood choices affect marine and estuarine environments in 
Mississippi and around the world? There will be a panel discussion. See info 
below. 


Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 9, 2014
American Catch Workshop to be held at Museum on October 21st
 
Where does our favorite seafood come from … really? Which of our freshwater 
fish is highest in Omega-3’s? How do our seafood choices affect marine and 
estuarine environments in Mississippi and around the world? These and other 
questions will be discussed at a panel discussion and workshop with best 
selling author and fisherman Paul Greenberg at the Mississippi Department of 
Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science on Tuesday, October 
21, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Greenberg is the author of the recently 
published book American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood. Admission to 
the event is free and includes refreshments. 

 
The event is based on Greenberg's most recent book, American Catch, about 
reconnecting Americans to the river and seacoasts in their own backyards and 
the sustainable food available locally as opposed to imports. American Catch 
workshops are being held around the country, particularly in areas featured in 
the book. Greenberg’s chapter on the Gulf of Mexico is focused on the shrimp 
fishery but also includes stories about other coastal fisheries, seafood 
distribution, and conservation efforts. Greenberg is a fisherman, cook, and 
food writer, so his interest in increasing support for buying local and 
sustainable comes from many fronts. 

 
American Catch workshops are being held around the country to bring together 
fishermen, chefs, seafood distributors, conservationists, and seafood lovers to 
discuss the issues around local and sustainable fish and shellfish. Fishermen, 
fish farmers, chefs, and historians from around Mississippi will lead 
discussions on Gulf, river, and farmed fish and shellfish at the local 
workshop. 

 
Panel 1: Gulf fish and shellfish: TJ Tate: Sustainability Director for Gulf 
Wild, former Executive Director of the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ 
Alliance; Derek Emerson: Executive Chef and owner of Walker’s Drive-In in 
Jackson, MS and Local 463 Urban Kitchen in Madison, MS; Grady Griffin: Director 
of Education and Training for the Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant 
Association; 

 
American Catch Workshop, 2
 
Panel 2: River fish and shellfish: Wiley Prewitt: independent scholar 
interested in the history and the contemporary practice of hunting, fishing, 
and wildlife conservation in his native Mississippi and the broader south; 
Allen Kimble: third generation commercial fisherman in Simmesport, Louisiana; 
Nick Wallace: Executive Chef and consultant at the Mississippi Museum of Art. 

 
Panel 3: Farmed fish and shellfish: Katy Simmons Prosser, Marketing and Brand 
Development, or Harry Simmons, President/Simmons Farm Raised Catfish. 

 
American Catch is a project of The Safina Center with funding provided by the 
Walton Family Foundation and support from local partners across the country. 

Visit www.mdwfp.com/museum.aspx or call 601-576-6000 for details about this and 
other Museum events. 

For more information regarding outdoor recreation in Mississippi, visit our 
website at www.mdwfp.com or call us at (601) 432-2199. Follow us on Facebook at 
www.facebook.com/mdwfp or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDWFPonline. 

 
###
2

Mary Stripling
Museum Librarian, Retired
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
2148 Riverside Drive
Jackson, MS 39202
Home: 675 Lakewood Rd
Vicksburg, MS 38180
Cell: 601.832.6788
Library AT mmns.state.ms.us
Stevenswaterbird AT bellsouth.net
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Subject: Scissor-tailed flycatchers
From: pbarbour1 <pjbarbour1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:01:06 -0500
MISSBIRD:
Saturday, 11 Oct 2014  AT  12:21:57 pm
Had a STFL in Humphreys Co 4.7 mi. S of center on bridge at Swiftown on MS 7. 
Sitting on phone line on E side of hwy. N 34.24773d, W 90.48293d. 

Another in Leflore Co. about 1:30 pm 
On old hwy 49 E SW of Greenwood close to LC 512 on E side of Hooper/Sanders 
Bridge. Again on phone wires. 

33d 26' 55" N
90d 13' 34" W
Philip Barbour
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Subject: Least Flycatcher, Philadelphia Vireos - Rowan Oak - Lafayette Co
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 16:59:10 -0500
Missbirders,

A soggy visit to Rowan Oak this afternoon yielded a handful of migrants
including LEAST FLYCATCHER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO (2), SWAINSON'S THRUSH (1),
BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER (2), MAGNOLIA WARBLER (2), and a SCARLET
TANAGER. There weren't a ton of birds, but it was a big step up from recent
visits. Most of the birds were feeding on berries from Virginia Creeper and
a Muscadine vine in the exposed canopies of a couple of trees.

A few photos of the migrants available here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123863674 AT N04/

Good birding,

JR
Oxford
Subject: Enid Lake
From: Robert Briscoe <rbriscoe2012 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:10:05 -0500
I went to Wildcat Break area first. There were 2 Bald Eagles. A few Great 
Egrets and DC Cormorants. One Solitary Sandpiper. Not much shore for 
shorebirds. There was more mud flat at Water Valley boat landing. 300 White 
Pelicans, 9 Ring-billed Gulls, 1 Bald Eagle. Also a few Great Egrets and DC 
Cormorants. The Long Branch area had the most mud flats. There were 85 Canada 
Geese and 19 Coots. The only shorebird that I saw was the Solitary Sandpiper. 

 
I checked the fields just west of Cleveland for Dowitchers. They were too dry. 
Then to Rosedale. I have had good times birding on that huge sandbar at the 
Great River Road State Park. The gate was locked. I came back up Highway 1 and 
cut across to Highway 61 just south of Clarksdale. I took Highway 315 East just 
north of Clarksdale. When I came across Sardis Dam I did not see a coot. There 
were 3 Mallards and a Pied-billed Grebe near the Marina. On the lower lake 
there was an Adult Bald Eagle. Cormorants were taking off and flying over the 
dam to the east. 

Robert Briscoe
53 CR 327
Oxford Ms
 
 
 		 	   		  
Subject: Yellow-headed Blackbird
From: Ned and Lucy Boyajian <nedlucyboyajian AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:06:35 -0500
To All:
FOS female YHBL at my feeders, Heron Bay, Hancock Co.today Oct. 9.
Ned Boyajian
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Subject: few migrants - Sardis Waterfowl Refuge
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 17:59:11 -0500
Missbirders,

While butterflies outnumbered birds many times over, I was lucky enough to
wring a few fun birds out of the Sardis Waterfowl Refuge this afternoon
including an FOS Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Nashville Warbler, and a low-flying
Peregrine Falcon. Most abundant passerine (after Crows) was Common
Yellowthroat with its ubiquitous call note in the tall brush.

Good birding,

JR
Oxford
Subject: Rails
From: Robert Briscoe <rbriscoe2012 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 20:00:21 -0500
I have been to the Coldwater Refuge about once a week for the last five weeks. 
Three weeks ago, I was walking up the ramp to the tower. Becky, the refuge 
manager, stopped her truck near the ramp. The Sora Rails were very vocal that 
morning. She told me that sometimes when she closed the truck door the Sora's 
would call. She said "I think they will call if you clap your hands". I thought 
about that for a week. Playing a recording of a Rail was the only way I knew to 
get a response from the Rails. I went back the next week and stopped at the 
south end of the ramp. I made a "phhissing sound", kiss the back of my hand 
squeak, a Bobwhite whistle and even stamped my foot on the floor. The Rails 
responded to all of the noises. 

Today there hundreds of coots, 50 Shovelers, Blue and Green-winged Teal, 7 
White-fronted Geese. A few shorebirds were too far for me to ID. 

 
Tunica County Shorebird habitat was dry. Big cracks in the dirt. Good numbers 
of Great Egrets, DC Cormorants, Shovelers and Teal on the ponds with water. 

 
I came across Sardis Dam at about 4:30 PM today. A thunder storm had just 
passed to the east. There were rafts of Coots all the way across the lake. They 
were close to the dam. I met a couple of cars and lost count but I'm sure there 
were a thousand or more Coots. 

Robert Briscoe
53 CR327
Oxford Ms
 
 
 
 		 	   		  
Subject: Hurricane Landing-1st Yellow-rumps
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 10:53:32 -0500
MISSBIRDERS,

This morning after viewing the Blood Moon Eclipse I drove to Hurricane 
Landing to bird for a couple of hours. I had 3 flocks of migrating Gr. 
White-fronted Goose totally about 125 birds. The lake is falling rapidly 
exposing lots of mudflats but I could only find 6 species of shorebirds 
(Killdeer, Spotted, Gr. Yellowlegs, Least Sand., Pectoral Sand., and a 
lone LB Dowitcher); 5 Ring-billed Gulls; dozens of DC Cormorants and 
White Pelicans; and a single Bald Eagle. A single Barn Swallow flew over 
with a dozen A. Goldfinches not far behind. I had the 
FOF-Orange-crowned-1, Nashville-1, and Yellow-rumps Warblers-6. Other 
warblers were Blue-winged-1, Black-and-white-1, C. Yellowthroat-5, 
Hooded-female, N. Parula-6, Magnolia-5, Pine-3, and Black-throated 
Green-4. I could find no sparrows but did have 3 Indigo Buntings.

Gene Knight
Oxford, MS
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Subject: 25th Annual Sidon MS (MSSI) CBC Sunday, 28 Dec. 2014
From: "Barbour, Philip - NRCS, Fort Worth, TX" <Philip.Barbour AT ftw.usda.gov>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 20:19:06 +0000
MissBirders and past Sidon CBC participants,

The 25th Annual Sidon CBC (MSSI) will be held on Sunday, 28 December 2014.

As usual we will begin (0530 AM) and end (0530 PM) from my house SW of Sidon.

Please join us if you can, all day or whatever you can manage.
Please forward to anyone that may be interested.

Thank you,

Philip J. Barbour
Compiler Sidon CBC
662 458 2989
28534 County Road 511
Sidon, MS 38954
33.39904N, 90.22576W (copy & paste into Google Maps)



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Subject: Re: Bird ID
From: "Jeffrey W. Harris" <jwharris30 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 15:06:00 -0500
Common Yellowthroat!

On Monday, October 6, 2014, William B Woodard 
wrote:

> Looks like a Common Yellowthroat to me as well. Don't see any yellow in
> the supraloral or supercilium that would be indicative of Kentucky warbler
> (both dimorphs). Unfortunate that it hit a window.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Oct 6, 2014, at 1:38 PM, Diane Lafferty  > wrote:
>
>   This warbler hit a window yesterday.  My husband and I are arguing
> about Kentucky or young Yellowthroat.  I vote Com Yellowthroat.  The tail
> coverts are a little more yellow than the picture shows.
>
> Diane Lafferty
>
> Hattiesburg
>
>
>
> 
>
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> 
>
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Subject: Yard birds
From: Nancy Madden <cwren2judy AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 14:24:39 -0500
Hi to all,
Had 2 scissor tailed flycatchers at Heron Bay Estates on Saturday morning.
Today in Gulfport my yard is getting more interesting with catbirds
fighting mocker for poke weed berries. A wood thrush and summer tanager are
trying to get to the water drip despite the blue jays' baths. The heat and
humidity are back after a very delightful weekend. Cruisers are everywhere
and I wonder if the birds will be drawn to all the wild colors of the
vehicles like we humans are?​
Have fun,
nancy m
Gulfport/Ansley
Subject: Re: Bird ID
From: William B Woodard <ben_woodard AT icloud.com>
Date: Mon, 06 Oct 2014 13:48:40 -0500
Looks like a Common Yellowthroat to me as well. Don't see any yellow in the 
supraloral or supercilium that would be indicative of Kentucky warbler (both 
dimorphs). Unfortunate that it hit a window. 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 6, 2014, at 1:38 PM, Diane Lafferty  wrote:
> 
> This warbler hit a window yesterday. My husband and I are arguing about 
Kentucky or young Yellowthroat. I vote Com Yellowthroat. The tail coverts are a 
little more yellow than the picture shows. 

> Diane Lafferty
> Hattiesburg
>  
> 
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> 
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Subject: Bird ID
From: "Diane Lafferty" <dlaffert AT netdoor.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 13:38:26 -0500
This warbler hit a window yesterday.  My husband and I are arguing  about
Kentucky or young Yellowthroat.  I vote Com Yellowthroat.  The tail coverts
are a little more yellow than the picture shows.

Diane Lafferty

Hattiesburg

 



 



 

 
Subject: migrants in northern MS
From: Jason Hoeksema <hoeksema AT olemiss.edu>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 21:36:36 -0500
Missbirders,
Birding this morning at Rowan Oak / Bailey's Woods in Oxford (Lafayette
Co.) was good for JR Rigby and myself (although perhaps not as exciting as
we hoped, with the big line of storms coming through last night).
Headlining were good numbers of SUMMER TANAGERS, PHILADELPHIA VIREOS (at
least 6), 6 species of warblers, and a flyover MERLIN.
Good birding,
Jason Hoeksema
Oxford, MS
Subject: introducing WWW.MISSBIRD.ORG
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 20:04:53 -0500
Missbirders,

Over the next few months MOS will be working on a new website. The new
website will also have a new address: *www.missbird.org
*. We hope this new url is memorable, descriptive,
and easy to type. Feel free to give it a whirl and start using missbird.org.
For now, the new address will simply forward you to the old website. We
hope to have a redesigned website up in early 2015.

Good birding,

JR
Oxford
Subject: Re: CBC tool for compilers
From: "Larry Basden" <larryb AT basdenfamily.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 09:38:22 -0500
Philip,

 

Would be interested in seeing and getting a copy of this worksheet to see if
it can be applied to my area.  I "cobbled together" a spreadsheet for my own
purposes but it still requires paper data-gathering sheets and my
transcription of the data into the spreadsheet (not nearly so easy or
foolproof as "cut and paste").  Look forward to further information.

 

Larry Basden

Compiler Hattiesburg CBC (MSHA)

 

From: missbird-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:missbird-bounce AT freelists.org]
On Behalf Of Barbour, Philip - NRCS, Fort Worth, TX
Sent: Thursday, October 2, 2014 9:04 AM
To: MISSBIRD (missbird AT freelists.org)
Subject: [missbird] CBC tool for compilers

 

MissBird (mainly for CBC compilers)

 

See below from the LABird List Serv regarding CBC's .  I've requested a copy
but have not actually seen or validated it.

Taking Toddy Guidry's word for it.

 

Philip J. Barbour

Compiler Sidon MS CBC (MSSI)

Leflore County 

~ 10 miles SW of Greenwood 

 

 

On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 7:46 PM, Toddy Guidry  > wrote:

 

> Hey folks

> 

> With CBC season not that far off, I wanted to help some of you out. 

> Last year for the Lafayette CBC , Dr J (Erik Johnson) and I came up 

> with a very nice compilation worksheet that calculates all the 

> pertinent statistics for you automatically.  I also created an input 

> sheet so that if you compilers can get your observers to fill in a 

> very simple  one column Excel  sheet with their totals and email to 

> you, you can simply copy and paste the numbers in that particular area of
the count and everything else is done.

> 

> It is REALLY a timesaver and never makes mistakes!   All you really need
to

> do is update your specific count area titles, as this book has the 

> Lafayette quadrant areas  in it.  If you need more, just insert a 

> column and carry down the calculations from the column next door. Need 

> less, just delete a column or better just leave it blank just in case 

> you need it in the future.

> It even has feeder watches built in to it.

> 

> The input sheet and the compilation sheet have the same birds on the 

> same rows, so copy and paste works great. That is, row 30 on the input 

> sheet is the same bird as row 30 on the comp workbook, same order etc.

> 

> 

> 

> I'll be happy to give anyone a tutorial if needed, but did I mention 

> it is REALLY a timesaver?

> 

> 

> 

> If you would like a copy, email me offlist at guidrys AT cox.net
  

> 

> 

 

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Biologist
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Subject: CBC tool for compilers
From: "Barbour, Philip - NRCS, Fort Worth, TX" <Philip.Barbour AT ftw.usda.gov>
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 14:03:56 +0000
MissBird (mainly for CBC compilers)

See below from the LABird List Serv regarding CBC's . I've requested a copy but 
have not actually seen or validated it. 

Taking Toddy Guidry's word for it.

Philip J. Barbour
Compiler Sidon MS CBC (MSSI)
Leflore County
~ 10 miles SW of Greenwood



On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 7:46 PM, Toddy Guidry 
> wrote: 




> Hey folks

>

> With CBC season not that far off, I wanted to help some of you out.

> Last year for the Lafayette CBC , Dr J (Erik Johnson) and I came up

> with a very nice compilation worksheet that calculates all the

> pertinent statistics for you automatically.  I also created an input

> sheet so that if you compilers can get your observers to fill in a

> very simple  one column Excel  sheet with their totals and email to

> you, you can simply copy and paste the numbers in that particular area of the 
count and everything else is done. 


>

> It is REALLY a timesaver and never makes mistakes!   All you really need to

> do is update your specific count area titles, as this book has the

> Lafayette quadrant areas  in it.  If you need more, just insert a

> column and carry down the calculations from the column next door. Need

> less, just delete a column or better just leave it blank just in case

> you need it in the future.

> It even has feeder watches built in to it.

>

> The input sheet and the compilation sheet have the same birds on the

> same rows, so copy and paste works great. That is, row 30 on the input

> sheet is the same bird as row 30 on the comp workbook, same order etc.

>

>

>

> I'll be happy to give anyone a tutorial if needed, but did I mention

> it is REALLY a timesaver?

>

>

>

> If you would like a copy, email me offlist at 
guidrys AT cox.net 


> 

>

Philip J. Barbour, Ph.D.,Certified Wildlife Biologist (r)|Central Region 
Biologist 

ND, SD, NE, KS, OK, TX, LA, AR, MO, IA, MN, WI, IL, IN, MI
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service|Central National Technology Support 
Center 

501 West Felix Street, Building 23|Fort Worth, Texas 76115
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Subject: Help!
From: Ken Hackman <khackman AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 23:34:27 -0500
Sorry to use the listserv, but I need to get in touch with Vicksbirder David 
King! Please call 601-906-8676 or email me off list. I'm trying to finalize 
this weekend and can't seem to locate your contact info. 


Ken Hackman

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Re: BACKYARD BIRD FEEDING NOW LEGAL AGAIN!!
From: Rob Heflin <robheflin73 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 20:19:13 -0500
Dang. I had already scoped out 14 illegal hummingbird feeders. ;)


> On Oct 1, 2014, at 6:26 PM, "M P STEVENS"  
wrote: 

> 
>  
> See blog post below from Brian Broom, Outdoor writer for Clarion Ledger. 
Chris King also has a bird blog on this Outdoor blog. The Mississippi 
Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks have corrected the wording in their 
regulation. 

> 
> 
> 
http://www.clarionledger.com/story/outdoorsreport/2014/09/29/bird-feeders-legal-again/16435161/ 

> 
> 
> Mary Stripling
> Vice President/Membership Chair
> Jackson Audubon Society
> 675 Lakewood Road
> Vicksburg, MS 39180
> Cell: 601-832-6788
Subject: BACKYARD BIRD FEEDING NOW LEGAL AGAIN!!
From: M P STEVENS <stevenswaterbird AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 16:25:20 -0700
 
See blog post below from Brian Broom, Outdoor writer for Clarion Ledger. Chris 
King also has a bird blog on this Outdoor blog. The Mississippi Department of 
Wildlife Fisheries and Parks have corrected the wording in their regulation. 




http://www.clarionledger.com/story/outdoorsreport/2014/09/29/bird-feeders-legal-again/16435161/ 



Mary Stripling
Vice President/Membership Chair
Jackson Audubon Society
675 Lakewood Road
Vicksburg, MS 39180
Cell: 601-832-6788
Subject: Warblers in North MS
From: Regina George <reginaluvselvis AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:51:03 -0500
I'm very shaky when it comes to warblers and find it hard to identify them.
I believe I saw a warbler in the tree behind my apartment yesterday
evening. It was yellow on the breast and stomach with I believe a dark grey
back. It had a light colored line above its eye. Could it possibly be a
Philadelphia Vireo? Are they known to travel through or live in North MS?
It wasn't a Pine Warbler because I know their distinctive song/call.

Thanks!

Regina George
Oxford, MS
Subject: FOS Wilson's Warbler & Northern Harrier - Hurricane Landing
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:32:47 -0500
Missbirders,

Had a nice amount of bird activity near the point at Hurricane Landing this
morning. FOS Wilson's Warbler (m) and Northern Harrier (f) among the
usuals. While diversity was only slightly up, abundance of most migrants
seems to have increased since this weekend especially for Northern Parula,
Black-throated Green, and Magnolia Warblers. Mimids (Gray Catbird and Brown
Thrasher) were also higher in abundance and Easter Wood-pewees continued to
be numerous. A Peregrine Falcon from this weekend continues at the landing
and was terrorizing a small group of Pectoral Sandpipers and a lone
dowitcher sp. this morning.

Wilson's photos:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123863674 AT N04/15411238102/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123863674 AT N04/15224827789/in/photostream/

eBird list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19998183

Good birding,

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

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

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


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

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

Place: Welty Library, 300 N. State Street

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

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

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

Leader: Mary Stripling or Judy Shearer



Mary Stripling, Retired
Museum Librarian
Museum Volunteer
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
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Jackson, MS  39202
Home: 675 Lakewood Road
Vicksburg, MS 39180
WORK: 601 354-7303
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Subject: TN Warbler-Knight's Yard
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:22:38 -0500
MISSBIRDERS,

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

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

Nancy

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

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


-- 

Nancy Donald

Meridian, MS

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

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


The pelicans have arrived in numbers. 

JR

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bird Up!

Mark




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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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


Still no migrant thrushes to be found here. 

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


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


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

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


Wayne 


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

  


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


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


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

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

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

 
Marion Schiefer, Starkville
 

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

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

 
 
 



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good birding,

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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


James Bell
Hummingbird Bander

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

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

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

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

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

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




Warm Season Grasses Workshop

Saturday, September 27th, 10 am

SPAC Center Building



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




Cost: $5 per person

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SPONSORS:  Millsaps Community Enrichment Series / Jackson Audubon Society

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

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

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

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



Mary Stripling, Retired
Museum Librarian
Museum Volunteer
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
2148 Riverside Drive
Jackson, MS  39202
Home: 675 Lakewood Road
Vicksburg, MS 39180
WORK: 601 354-7303
CELL: 601 832-6788

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

  
             
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Subject: Bob Sargent Memorial Service
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Thu, 01 Jan 2009 19:59:00 -0600
MISSBIRDERS,

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

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

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


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


Wayne Patterson
Shannon, MS  Lee Co.