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Ruby-crowned Kinglet,©Julie Zickefoose

19 Apr Lauderdale County birding [Nancy Donald ]
18 Apr Re: Puskus Lake - Cerulean Warblers ["Joan Clarke" ]
18 Apr Re: Puskus Lake - Cerulean Warblers [Gene Knight ]
18 Apr Puskus Lake - Cerulean Warblers [JR Rigby ]
18 Apr Wilson's Phalarope ["Jeffrey W. Harris" ]
17 Apr Wilson's Phalarope ["Jeffrey W. Harris" ]
17 Apr Cerulean, Blackburnian, Scarlet Tanagers at Jeff Busby [Marion Schiefer ]
16 Apr Re: Bird song app [Rob Heflin ]
16 Apr Yahoo subscribers please take note! ["Martha E. Swan" ]
16 Apr New Arrivals - North MS [JR Rigby ]
16 Apr FW: Re: Bird song app ["Martha E. Swan" ]
16 Apr Re: Bird song app []
16 Apr Re: Bird song app [Eunice Benton ]
16 Apr Re: Bird song app ["J.R.Rigby" ]
16 Apr Re: Bird song app [Pullen Watkins ]
16 Apr Re: Bird song app [JR Rigby ]
16 Apr Bird song app [Rob Heflin ]
16 Apr mystery bird [Larry Smith ]
16 Apr Spring arrivals ["Martha E. Swan" ]
15 Apr Mystery bird [Larry Smith ]
14 Apr Wall Doxey State Park [JR Rigby ]
14 Apr AM SWALLOWTAIL KITE [tapi sue ]
14 Apr New Arrivals in Oxford [JR Rigby ]
14 Apr Test - please delete ["Martha E. Swan" ]
11 Apr Chuck-will's-widow [Dick Burkepile ]
10 Apr Re: Please report Swallow-tailed Kite Sightings [Jennifer Coulson ]
10 Apr Re: Please report Swallow-tailed Kite Sightings []
10 Apr Please report Swallow-tailed Kite Sightings [Jennifer Coulson ]
09 Apr Fwd: Western Empidonax ID made easy [Ned and Lucy Boyajian ]
9 Apr Chimney Swifts []
9 Apr Warbler Walk ["Robinson, Mitch" ]
8 Apr Re: Anhinga - Yard bird # 163 [Eunice Benton ]
8 Apr Anhinga - Yard bird # 163 [Wayne Patterson ]
8 Apr orchard oriole [M P STEVENS ]
8 Apr Upland Sandpipers on North Farm, MSU ["Jeffrey W. Harris" ]
8 Apr Puerto Rico photographs [van harris ]
8 Apr Yellow-crowned Night-Herons ["James and Dianne Patterson" ]
8 Apr BBWD [Rob Heflin ]
8 Apr FOS Worm-eating Warbler and Wood Thrush [JR Rigby ]
07 Apr MOS Spring Meeting Highlights [Gene Knight ]
7 Apr FOS Blue-winged and Hooded Warblers [JR Rigby ]
5 Apr Wilson's phalaropes [Rob Heflin ]
5 Apr Re: Chimney swifts [Billy Bump ]
5 Apr Chimney swifts [Billy Bump ]
4 Apr FOS Kentucky warbler ["J. K. Cliburn" ]
4 Apr Re: Whimbrel, Yellow-headed Blackbird, BB Whistlers, Singing River Island [Don McKee ]
4 Apr Re: Behavior question [Robert Smith ]
4 Apr Re: Behavior question [William Mitchell ]
3 Apr Whimbrel, Yellow-headed Blackbird, BB Whistlers, Singing River Island [Jason Hoeksema ]
3 Apr Rose-breasted Gros [Sharon Milligan ]
3 Apr Wall Doxey Trip with Memphis TOS This Sunday [Judy Dorsey ]
03 Apr BW Hawk movement-Knight's Yard [Gene Knight ]
3 Apr Info [Robert Briscoe ]
3 Apr Behavior question []
03 Apr E. Kingbird-Oxford Sewage Lagoon [Gene Knight ]
03 Apr Black-throated Green-Knight's Yard [Gene Knight ]
2 Apr Re: OCAS Meeting [Nancy Donald ]
2 Apr OCAS Meeting [Nancy Donald ]
2 Apr FOS Indigo Bunting and Little Blue Heron in Starkville Yard ["Jeffrey W. Harris" ]
02 Apr Red-eyed Vireo- Knight's Yard [Gene Knight ]
2 Apr FOS Whippoorwill [Dick Burkepile ]
2 Apr Re: FOS Ruby-throated Hummer-Knight's Yard [Dick Burkepile ]
1 Apr Recommendations for European field guide [Judy Dorsey ]
1 Apr FOS White-eyed vireos and hooded warblers [Adam Rohnke ]
1 Apr Re: Recommendations for European field guide [Adam Rohnke ]
1 Apr FOS Chuck Will's Widow ["J. K. Cliburn" ]
1 Apr Bird Photos & Oil Spills []
31 Mar Different strokes for different birders ["Martha E. Swan" ]
31 Mar JAS April 5 Bird Walk Canceled [Christopher King ]
31 Mar FOS Wood Thrush [Christopher King ]
30 Mar Re: documenting birds []
30 Mar Re: Field notes ["James V. Remsen, Jr." ]
30 Mar Fw: Re: Field notes [Lew Proudfoot ]
30 Mar Re: Field notes ["James V. Remsen, Jr." ]
30 Mar Re: Field notes [Janet Wright ]
30 Mar Re: Field notes []

Subject: Lauderdale County birding
From: Nancy Donald <nmdonald55 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:57:48 -0500
Hey all

A group of  us from OCAS birded Valley Rd and Tommy Webb Dr. here
yesterday.  Hooded warblers, gnatcatchers and lots of Indigos and Blue
grosbeaks.  Rose-breasted on lady's feeder on Valley Rd.

Tommy Webb Dr. is a great area to bird. Not much traffic and meanders along
Sowashee Creek.  Spotted Scarlet and Summer tanagers in the area close to
the unused power station and an old water tower in the woods. Lots of
swifts and swallows too.

Nancy Donald
Meridian, Ms
Subject: Re: Puskus Lake - Cerulean Warblers
From: "Joan Clarke" <clarkes AT cablelynx.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:14:23 -0500
I think this is a Cerulean Spring.  We also had a Cerulean pass through our 
yard this morning.

Joan Clarke
Vicksburg

-----Original Message----- 
From: Gene Knight
Sent: Friday, April 18, 2014 11:22 AM
To: missbird AT freelists.org
Subject: [missbird] Re: Puskus Lake - Cerulean Warblers

JR and MISSBIRDERS,

This may be the year of the Cerulean Warbler--at least up here in N MS.
With multiple sightings at Rowan Oak/Bailey's Woods (Oxford, MS) this
week AND 2 singing males just this morning at the Knight's Yard this
warbler may be on the rebound.

Gene Knight
Oxford, MS


On 4/18/2014 10:43 AM, JR Rigby wrote:
> MissBirders,
>
> CERULEAN WARBLERS were numerous and vocal on the walking trail around 
> Puskus Lake east of Oxford first thing this morning. I saw three for sure, 
> but there may have been more as the song was ubiquitous along the trail. 
> In all I tallied 15 species of warbler including FOS NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH 
> and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT.
>
> Directions to Puskus Lake trail:
> Take Hwy 30 approx 9mi east of Oxford to CR 2089 and turn north onto the 
> gravel road. It's a couple of miles down the gravel road until you reach 
> the lake. Follow signs toward the boat ramp. A walking trail leaves from 
> the kiosk on the south side of the boat launch area. The trail is marked 
> with blue tags. The birdiest area this morning (including CEWAs) was 
> between the right fork in the trail and the bridge with handrails (~1/4 of 
> mile from the parking area).
>
> eBird list:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17942758
>
> Good birding,
>
> JR
> Oxford

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Subject: Re: Puskus Lake - Cerulean Warblers
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:22:50 -0500
JR and MISSBIRDERS,

This may be the year of the Cerulean Warbler--at least up here in N MS. 
With multiple sightings at Rowan Oak/Bailey's Woods (Oxford, MS) this 
week AND 2 singing males just this morning at the Knight's Yard this 
warbler may be on the rebound.

Gene Knight
Oxford, MS


On 4/18/2014 10:43 AM, JR Rigby wrote:
> MissBirders,
>
> CERULEAN WARBLERS were numerous and vocal on the walking trail around 
> Puskus Lake east of Oxford first thing this morning. I saw three for 
> sure, but there may have been more as the song was ubiquitous along 
> the trail. In all I tallied 15 species of warbler including FOS 
> NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT.
>
> Directions to Puskus Lake trail:
> Take Hwy 30 approx 9mi east of Oxford to CR 2089 and turn north onto 
> the gravel road. It's a couple of miles down the gravel road until you 
> reach the lake. Follow signs toward the boat ramp. A walking trail 
> leaves from the kiosk on the south side of the boat launch area. The 
> trail is marked with blue tags. The birdiest area this morning 
> (including CEWAs) was between the right fork in the trail and the 
> bridge with handrails (~1/4 of mile from the parking area).
>
> eBird list:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17942758
>
> Good birding,
>
> JR
> Oxford

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Subject: Puskus Lake - Cerulean Warblers
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:43:42 -0500
MissBirders,

CERULEAN WARBLERS were numerous and vocal on the walking trail around
Puskus Lake east of Oxford first thing this morning. I saw three for sure,
but there may have been more as the song was ubiquitous along the trail. In
all I tallied 15 species of warbler including FOS NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT.

Directions to Puskus Lake trail:
Take Hwy 30 approx 9mi east of Oxford to CR 2089 and turn north onto the
gravel road. It's a couple of miles down the gravel road until you reach
the lake. Follow signs toward the boat ramp. A walking trail leaves from
the kiosk on the south side of the boat launch area. The trail is marked
with blue tags. The birdiest area this morning (including CEWAs) was
between the right fork in the trail and the bridge with handrails (~1/4 of
mile from the parking area).

eBird list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17942758

Good birding,

JR
Oxford
Subject: Wilson's Phalarope
From: "Jeffrey W. Harris" <jwharris30 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:18:28 -0500
Please excuse the typo in my last message, I meant:

"Hello MS Birders'"

Jeff Harris
Subject: Wilson's Phalarope
From: "Jeffrey W. Harris" <jwharris30 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:02:49 -0500
Hell MS Birders,

Today I stumbled upon 2 Wilson's Phalaropes among about 170 Greater/Lesser
Yellowlegs (most were Greaters) in a drying catfish pond near the Black
Bayou Ranch at GPS coordinates (N 33.41171, W90.47923).  I apologize for
not knowing the road, but this area is south of Indianola.

Sincerely,

Jeff Harris
Subject: Cerulean, Blackburnian, Scarlet Tanagers at Jeff Busby
From: Marion Schiefer <marion_schiefer AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:43:35 -0500


Late this morning at Jeff Busby Park on the Natchez Trace (mile marker 193, 11 
miles south of Mathiston exit), I found a group of migrants that included 
Cerulean, Blackburnian, and Black-throated Green Warblers, and several Scarlet 
Tanagers. The Cerulean was singing on and off, mostly off, so made it difficult 
to locate him, but after about an hour of patience, I finally got a decent 
look. Not quite the look that Gene and Shannon had last year in their bird 
bath, but more of my typical look at one--mostly high up seeing the underside 
and occasionally a little of the side view; but still, always good to see one. 
Scarlet Tanagers do nest at Jeff Busby and there was one singing near the 
bottom of the hill that was probably territorial, but these were higher up and 
there were four males tolerating each other's presence, so I assumed they were 
migrants. There were a lot of Hooded Warblers and Red-eyed Vireos in the park 
singing, evidently working out their territories. There was a Broad-winged Hawk 
soaring overhead--not sure if he was a nester or a migrant. Also of note, I 
heard two Swainson's Warblers singing at two different locations along the 
Trace between mile marker 204 and 193--got a look at one of them. There is some 
good nesting habitat for them along the Trace in that area. Good spring birding 
to everyone. Marion SchieferStarkville 

 
 

 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Bird song app
From: Rob Heflin <robheflin73 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:46:37 -0500
Thanks everyone for the suggestions. With y'all's help, I've narrowed it down 
to 18 apps. ;) Just kidding. Thank you very much for the advice. 

 
Rob
 
> Subject: [missbird] Bird song app
> From: robheflin73 AT hotmail.com
> Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:29:33 -0500
> To: missbird AT freelists.org
> 
> Looking for a bird song app for iPhone. Any suggestions?
> 
> Thanks,
> Rob

> 
> 
> 
 		 	   		  
Subject: Yahoo subscribers please take note!
From: "Martha E. Swan" <ulswan AT olemiss.edu>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:00:41 +0000
Missbirders,

Thanks to a tip from a Missbird subscriber who is also on LA-Bird, I found out 
that Yahoo has made technical changes which cause messages that Yahoo users 
send to mailing lists to bounce from most other email accounts, including 
Bellsouth, Comcast, hotmail, even Yahoo itself! In turn, ALL these messages 
consequently bounce back to my email account as list administrator. I would 
like to urge all of our Yahoo subscribers to complain loudly to Yahoo and 
insist that the changes be undone. The only alternative is to ask Yahoo 
subscribers to resubscribe from a different email account, or prevent you from 
sending messages to the list. 


For those interested in further details, here is a link to an article in 
Computerworld: 



http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9247512/Yahoo_email_anti_spoofing_policy_breaks_mailing_lists 


Thanks for your cooperation. Yahoo users, please email me privately if you have 
any questions or concerns. 


Now back to spring migration...just heard and saw an Orchard Oriole...

Martha




Martha Swan
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Subject: New Arrivals - North MS
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:55:35 -0500
MissBirders,

New arrivals showing up daily in north MS. I checked Hurricane Landing on
Sardis Lake early this morning and also hit Rowan Oak at lunch with Gene
Knight, Jason Hoeksema, and Elaine Gelbard. At Hurricane Landing produced a
WARBLING VIREO, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, ORCHARD ORIOLE, PALM WARBLER and YELLOW
WARBLER. At Rowan Oak we had ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, OVENBIRD, and a very
nice male BALTIMORE ORIOLE - all near the entrance to Bailey's Woods.

Good birding!

JR
Oxford

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Rowan Oak eBird list:
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Subject: FW: Re: Bird song app
From: "Martha E. Swan" <ulswan AT olemiss.edu>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:48:17 +0000
Missbirders,
I am forwarding this message from Dr. Frank Hensley because it bounced from 
most of your Missbird addresses. This is the second time in the last few days 
this has happened, and both messages were sent from Yahoo accounts. The 
messages even bounced from other Yahoo users accounts! If anyone has any ideas 
about what the problem is, please let me know. 

Thanks,
Martha

Martha Swan
1665 Toccopola Junction Road
Thaxton, MS 38871
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From: missbird-bounce AT freelists.org [missbird-bounce AT freelists.org] on behalf 
of dr_frank_hensley AT yahoo.com [dr_frank_hensley AT yahoo.com] 

Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 1:03 PM
To: robheflin73 AT hotmail.com
Cc: Missbird
Subject: [missbird] Re: Bird song app

BirdTunes is more comprehensive than the field guide apps. Song variants and 
regional dialects for many species. 


> On Apr 16, 2014, at 11:29 AM, Rob Heflin  wrote:
>
> Looking for a bird song app for iPhone. Any suggestions?
>
> Thanks,
> Rob
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Subject: Re: Bird song app
From: dr_frank_hensley AT yahoo.com
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:03:58 -0500
BirdTunes is more comprehensive than the field guide apps. Song variants and 
regional dialects for many species. 


> On Apr 16, 2014, at 11:29 AM, Rob Heflin  wrote:
> 
> Looking for a bird song app for iPhone. Any suggestions?
> 
> Thanks,
> Rob
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Subject: Re: Bird song app
From: Eunice Benton <eunice.benton AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:58:42 -0500
I am new to trying it (3 weeks) but am having good luck so far with Cornell's 
Merlin Bird ID. Free - so a low risk experiment! 


Eunice Benton
Oxford

Set your body straight,
See everything as one,
And natural harmony will be with you.
        Chuang Tzu (369-286 B.C.)

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 16, 2014, at 11:44 AM, "J.R.Rigby"  wrote:
> 
> FYI For the species included in iBird South, the Pro version doesn't offer 
any additional info. 

> 
> JR
> 
>> On Apr 16, 2014, at 11:33 AM, Pullen Watkins  
wrote: 

>> 
>> Hey Rob, 
>> 
>> I'd suggest IBird PRO and Audubon Birds both. I say that cause you get a 
good comparison between the two. 

>> 
>> Pullen 
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> 
>>> On Apr 16, 2014, at 11:29 AM, Rob Heflin  wrote:
>>> 
>>> Looking for a bird song app for iPhone. Any suggestions?
>>> 
>>> Thanks,
>>> Rob
>>> IMPORTANT ADDRESSES
>>> 
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Subject: Re: Bird song app
From: "J.R.Rigby" <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:44:54 -0500
FYI For the species included in iBird South, the Pro version doesn't offer any 
additional info. 


JR

> On Apr 16, 2014, at 11:33 AM, Pullen Watkins  wrote:
> 
> Hey Rob, 
> 
> I'd suggest IBird PRO and Audubon Birds both. I say that cause you get a good 
comparison between the two. 

> 
> Pullen 
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Apr 16, 2014, at 11:29 AM, Rob Heflin  wrote:
>> 
>> Looking for a bird song app for iPhone. Any suggestions?
>> 
>> Thanks,
>> Rob
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Subject: Re: Bird song app
From: Pullen Watkins <pullenwatkins AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:33:25 -0500
Hey Rob, 

I'd suggest IBird PRO and Audubon Birds both. I say that cause you get a good 
comparison between the two. 


Pullen 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 16, 2014, at 11:29 AM, Rob Heflin  wrote:
> 
> Looking for a bird song app for iPhone. Any suggestions?
> 
> Thanks,
> Rob
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Subject: Re: Bird song app
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:32:50 -0500
My two cents:

Larkwire is the best for studying/learning songs.
Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs (recordings) is a good resource but fairly
spartan.
iBird is the best app I know for combining visual and audio ID info
including guidance on similar looking and similar sounding birds.

JR


On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 11:29 AM, Rob Heflin wrote:

> Looking for a bird song app for iPhone. Any suggestions?
>
> Thanks,
> Rob
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>
>
Subject: Bird song app
From: Rob Heflin <robheflin73 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:29:33 -0500
Looking for a bird song app for iPhone. Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Rob
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Subject: mystery bird
From: Larry Smith <jlarrysmooth AT aol.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:59:33 -0400 (EDT)
My apologies, the picture did not show for anybody. I have no reason why, other 
than possibly I had copied it from another email. Interestingly, the photo was 
there for me to see on all of the replies I received saying "no photo" 


I will try again later.

Larry Smith
Hattiesburg
Subject: Spring arrivals
From: "Martha E. Swan" <ulswan AT olemiss.edu>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:28:49 +0000
Missbirders,
We had a nice treat yesterday evening with the arrival of a little flock of 
Blue Grosbeaks in our backyard - counted six feeding in the grass. Then a 
couple in Indigo Buntings dropped in, and finally a stunning male Rose-breasted 
Grosbeak on a sunflower seed feeder. Surely Spring is finally here, in spite of 
the cold temperatures! 

Cheers,
Martha


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Subject: Mystery bird
From: Larry Smith <jlarrysmooth AT aol.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:38:03 -0400 (EDT)

What bird is this! Seen beneath feeders in a residential yard in Hattiesburg.on 
April 15. As many as 3 have been seen together. 

Albino sparrow?
 

Subject: Wall Doxey State Park
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:33:49 -0500
MissBirders,

Stu Nielsen and I birded around the lake at Wall Doxey SP today in
conditions reminiscent of last year's MOS Spring Meeting. It was a
short-tailed warbler kind of day with good and photos of a

KENTUCKY, 


SWAINSON'S, 


WORM-EATING, 

and 
PROTHONOTARYamong 

11 species of warbler. We also had SCARLET and SUMMER TANAGERS, both
FOS for us.

Stu also spotted the nest of a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER
(photo)
as the bird was servicing the nest. Sharp eye!

Good birding!

JR
Oxford

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Subject: AM SWALLOWTAIL KITE
From: tapi sue <tapiyoga AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:57:26 -0500
 Today, Monday, April 14th at about 1:00 PM I saw a pair of Am Swallowtail 
Kites float by my home on Northridge Drive and head toward a tall stand of 
pines to the south of my residence (Mary Walker Bayou direction). I frequently 
see a single kite but today I saw TWO! 



Best In Birding, Sue Seely Gautier MS 
Subject: New Arrivals in Oxford
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:26:51 -0500
MissBirders,

Activity at Rowan Oak first thing this morning suggests that last night's
front dropped some new birds in the area. Nine species of warbler around
this morning including CERULEAN (!,FOS), BLACK-THROATED GREEN, PRAIRIE
(FOS), TENNESSEE (FOS), WORM-EATING, BLACK-AND-WHITE, N. PARULA, HOODED,
AND COMMON YELLOWTHROAT.

Also FOS for Rowan Oak were five SUMMER TANAGERS (including one
first-spring male in transitional plumage) and a GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER
(both, of course, spotted in the Knights' yard a few days earlier).

Good birding!

JR
Oxford

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Subject: Test - please delete
From: "Martha E. Swan" <ulswan AT olemiss.edu>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:39:03 +0000
test


Martha Swan
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Subject: Chuck-will's-widow
From: Dick Burkepile <dick_burkepile AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 23:49:27 -0700 (PDT)
We heard our FOS Chuck Will's tonight (Friday, 4/11) at our house two miles 
south of Ole Miss's Swayze Field in Oxford. 


Dick Burkepile
Oxford, Mississippi
Subject: Re: Please report Swallow-tailed Kite Sightings
From: Jennifer Coulson <jacoulson AT aol.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:59:14 -0400 (EDT)
Hi Brian and MISSBIRD,

Yes, I should have mentioned that I do check eBird regularly. Please send the 
sighting reports if you do not use eBird or if you have a very hot lead...as in 
an active nest or a kite carrying nesting material. 


Many thanks!

Jennifer

 

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: johnston127235 
To: jacoulson ; missbird 
Sent: Thu, Apr 10, 2014 7:03 pm
Subject: Re: [missbird] Please report Swallow-tailed Kite Sightings



Jennifer,
Are you also monitoring these sightings when we report them on E-bird? That is 
where I have been posting all of my sightings, including Swallow-tailed kites. 

 Thanks to you and your group for this effort to study and help these great 
birds. 

                    Brian Johnston,   Pascagoula, MS          
 
 




From: Jennifer Coulson 
To: missbird AT freelists.org 
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2014 4:42 PM
Subject: [missbird] Please report Swallow-tailed Kite Sightings



Dear MISSBIRD,


Just a reminder that the Swallow-tailed Kite population ecology study is still 
going on in Mississippi and Louisiana and sighting reports are greatly 
appreciated. Please send the report to Jennifer Coulson (contact information 
below). 


          

The Orleans Audubon Society is collecting much needed demographic data. We are 
determining how many nests are successful, how many young are produced, and the 
causes of nesting failure. We are also monitoring populations by counting kites 
in their pre-migration roosts. 



Sighting reports help us locate nests and roosts and monitor the population. Of 
particular interest are sightings of nests, roosts, kites carrying nest 
material or food, sightings of more than one kite, and locations where kites 
are seen often. 


 
            Please report sightings to:                         What to report:
 Jennifer Coulson Date and location of sighting - Please provide as much 
information about the location as possible. 


            Orleans Audubon Society                   Number of kites observed
 Email: jacoulson AT aol.com Carrying food or nest material? 

 Cell: (504) 717-3544 Nest or roost observed? 

 Contact information for observer 

 
Thank you!


Jennifer


P.S. For more information about the project visit: http://www.jjaudubon.net/






Subject: Re: Please report Swallow-tailed Kite Sightings
From: johnston127235 AT bellsouth.net
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:03:44 -0700 (PDT)
Jennifer,
Are you also monitoring these sightings when we report them on E-bird? That 
is where I have been posting all of my sightings, including Swallow-tailed 
kites. 

Thanksto you and your group for this effort tostudy and help these 
greatbirds. 

Brian Johnston, Pascagoula, MS



From: Jennifer Coulson 
>To: missbird AT freelists.org 
>Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2014 4:42 PM
>Subject: [missbird] Please report Swallow-tailed Kite Sightings
>
>
>
>Dear MISSBIRD,
>
>
>Just a reminder that the Swallow-tailed Kitepopulation ecology study is still 
going on in Mississippi and Louisiana and sighting reports are greatly 
appreciated. Please send the report to Jennifer Coulson (contact information 
below). 

>
> 
>The Orleans Audubon Society is collectingmuch needed demographic data. We are 
determining how many nests are successful, how many young are produced, and the 
causes of nesting failure. We are also monitoring populations by counting kites 
in their pre-migration roosts. 

>
>
>Sighting reports help us locate nests and roosts and monitor the population. 
Of particular interest are sightings of nests, roosts, kites carrying nest 
material or food, sightings of more than one kite, and locations where kites 
are seen often. 

>
>
> Please report sightings to:  What to 
report: 

> Jennifer Coulson Date and location 
of sighting- Please provide as much information about the location as possible. 

>
> Orleans Audubon Society Number of kites observed
> Email: jacoulson AT aol.com Carrying food or nest 
material? 

> Cell:  (504) 717-3544 Nest or roost 
observed? 

>  Contact 
information for observer 

>
>Thank you!
>
>
>Jennifer
>
>
>P.S. For more information about the project visit: http://www.jjaudubon.net/
>
>
Subject: Please report Swallow-tailed Kite Sightings
From: Jennifer Coulson <jacoulson AT aol.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:42:52 -0400 (EDT)
Dear MISSBIRD,


Just a reminder that the Swallow-tailed Kite population ecology study is still 
going on in Mississippi and Louisiana and sighting reports are greatly 
appreciated. Please send the report to Jennifer Coulson (contact information 
below). 


          

The Orleans Audubon Society iscollecting much needed demographic data. We are 
determining how many nests are successful, how many young areproduced, and the 
causes of nesting failure. We are also monitoring populations by counting kites 
in their pre-migration roosts. 



Sighting reports help us locatenests and roosts and monitor the population. Of 
particular interest are sightings of nests, roosts, kites carryingnest material 
or food, sightings of more than one kite, and locations wherekites are seen 
often. 


 
            Pleasereport sightings to:                         What to report:
 Jennifer Coulson Date andlocation of sighting - Please provide as much 
information about the location as possible. 


            Orleans Audubon Society                   Number of kites observed
 Email: jacoulson AT aol.com Carryingfood or nest material? 

 Cell: (504) 717-3544 Nest or roost observed? 

 Contact information for observer 

 
Thank you!


Jennifer


P.S. For more information about the project visit: www.jjaudubon.net
Subject: Fwd: Western Empidonax ID made easy
From: Ned and Lucy Boyajian <nedlucyboyajian AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:29:31 -0500


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	Western Empidonax ID made easy
Date: 	Wed, 9 Apr 2014 08:54:07 -0400
From: 	P.A. BUCKLEY 




Subject: Chimney Swifts
From: skipperand AT aol.com
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 16:24:17 -0400 (EDT)
We had Chimney Swifts in Ridgeland on April 4.

Skipper Anding
Ridgeland, MS
Subject: Warbler Walk
From: "Robinson, Mitch" <mrrobinson AT audubon.org>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 18:19:59 +0000
Warbler Walk
Where: Strawberry Plains Audubon Center
When: Saturday, April 26th
Cost: $5 per person
Time: 8am - noon
Curious about the diverse, often brilliantly colored warblers that grace our 
skies during spring migration? Join renowned birder, Gene Knight, for a brief 
indoor presentation on warblers of the area, before he leads a walk along Sandy 
Creek, wooded trails and open prairies to catch a glimpse of these new arrivals 
in our various habitats. 

Spaces are limited so RSVP to Mitch mrrobinson AT audubon.org or call 
662-252-1155. The cost is $5 per person; be sure to dress for the weather and 
definitely bring binoculars. 




Mitchell Robinson
Conservation Education Manager
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center
285 Plains Road
Holly Springs, MS 38635
[StrawberryHrgb]
Subject: Re: Anhinga - Yard bird # 163
From: Eunice Benton <eunice.benton AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:05:04 -0500
Woo Hoo!!

Just saw one in a pond in the 'low country' of S. Carolina two weeks ago --
but this is thrilling!

Eunice Benton
Oxford


On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 6:57 PM, Wayne Patterson  wrote:

> While an Anhinga may not mean anything to most on this list, I can count
> the number seen in my area of NE MS on one hand with fingers to spare.
> Imagine my surprise to spook one from the edge of a small lake beside the
> house and then for it to land and "spread anhinga" for a nice photo op and
> become a yard bird.
>
> http://www.pbase.com/image/155157215
>
> Wayne Patterson
> Shannon, MS  Lee Co.
>



-- 
All things are inventions of holiness.
Some more rascally than others.
I'm on that list, too . . .

                               Mary Oliver, poet

- - - - -

Eunice Milton Benton
Cell:  770-356-1057
9 County Rd. 1058
Oxford, Mississippi 38655
Subject: Anhinga - Yard bird # 163
From: Wayne Patterson <wrp6 AT att.net>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 16:57:48 -0700 (PDT)
While an Anhinga may not mean anything to most on this list, I can count the 
number seen in my area of NE MS on one hand with fingers to spare. Imagine my 
surprise to spook one fromthe edge of asmall lake beside the house and then 
for it to land and "spread anhinga" for a nicephoto op and become a yard bird. 


http://www.pbase.com/image/155157215

Wayne Patterson
Shannon, MS Lee Co.
Subject: orchard oriole
From: M P STEVENS <stevenswaterbird AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:16:14 -0700 (PDT)
Finally had a mature male orchard oriole visited our oranges today. I have 
seen him 4-5 times in the yard today. Yea! The oranges are working. Our male 
Prothonotary is eating hot pepper suet and singing his heart out for a mate and 
the Orange-crowned Warbler is still coming to the hotpepper suet. Good 
Birding, Mary 


MaryStripling
675 Lakewood Road
Vicksburg, MS 39180
Cell: 601-832-6788
Subject: Upland Sandpipers on North Farm, MSU
From: "Jeffrey W. Harris" <jwharris30 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 11:58:55 -0500
Hello All,

Terry Schiefer found 5 Upland Sandpipers on North Farm, Mississippi State
University this morning.  I went after him and saw them on the far eastern
end of the sod plots.  The best views were from the eastern end of the Rose
Garden.

Sincerely,

Jeff Harris
Subject: Puerto Rico photographs
From: van harris <shelbyforester1223 AT rittermail.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 11:19:37 -0500
Dick Preston and I birded Puerto Rico with Borderlands Tours March 27 -
April 2.  My photographs from that expedition are available at
www.flickr.com/photos/shelbyforester1223/sets/

For those interested, photographs were taken with CanonXS50HS.

Van Harris
Millington, TN
Subject: Yellow-crowned Night-Herons
From: "James and Dianne Patterson" <hummers2 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 10:18:55 -0500
On Ridge Road between Perkins Rd. and Jesse Lyons Rd. we have been seeing 4 
adults and 1 imm. Yellow-crowned Night-Herons. All the rain had made large 
puddles on south side of the road at tree line. They have been seen for the 
last week. 

Jim & Dianne Patterson  
jim and dianne patterson
columbus
Subject: BBWD
From: Rob Heflin <robheflin73 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 09:39:40 -0500
I spied 13 BBWD yesterday in Silver Creek on Hwy 16 just south of Louise in 
Humphreys Co. They were standing/ sleeping at the water's edge with about 16-18 
blue-winged teal. I rarely see that many whistling ducks together. The striking 
colors of the drake teal and the red bills of the whistlers made for a 
beautiful sight! 


Today I spotted my first anhinga of the year in the beaver pond off of Dowling 
Bayou Rd at Sunflower WMA in Sharkey Co. 


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Subject: FOS Worm-eating Warbler and Wood Thrush
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 09:34:08 -0500
Missbirders,

A morning walk at Rowan Oak was rewarded with my best ever views of a
WORM-EATING WARBLER  (FOS) foraging near the ground in a privet thicket
among a few White-throated Sparrows and a HOODED WARBLER (Bailey's Woods
near the cabled walkway).

Also saw a WOOD THRUSH (FOS) near the trail entrance.

It has been pretty easy to get close looks at Hooded Warblers the last
couple of days. I had three beautiful males this morning. It's still pretty
quiet in the woods besides the Cardinals, Titmice, and Robins. No sound
from the Hermit or Wood Thrushes. Hooded Warblers are singing occasionally
and I heard my first singing Yellow-rump this morning. Worm-eating Warbler
was silent.

eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17801524

Good birding!

JR
Oxford
Subject: MOS Spring Meeting Highlights
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Mon, 07 Apr 2014 22:37:47 -0500
MISSBIRDERS,

The 2014 Spring MOS Meeting was held on the MS Gulf Coast this past 
weekend (4-6 April). 15+ MOS'ers dealt with windy, rain threatening 60 
degree weather to tally 166 species along the 3 coastal counties. 
Birding was slow as many winter species lingered and the cool weather 
kept nesting species quiet. Here are some of the highlights:
**********************************************************************
15 species of waterfowl including 35+ Black-bellied whistling-Ducks, 
Gadwall, N. Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, 7 Redheads, a male White-winged 
Scoter, and a pair of Hooded Mergansers
12 raptor species including Swallow-tailed Kite and Bald Eagle
Sandhill Crane-2
20 species of shorebirds including Wilson's Plover, Piping Plover, and 
30+ Marbled Godwits
3 species of hummingbirds including adult male Rufous and Calliope
Red-cockaded Woodpecker
Only 13 species of warblers but it included male Cerulean and Blackburnian
Bachman Sparrow
Henslow's Sparrow
Bronzed Cowbird


Gene Knight
Oxford, MS
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Subject: FOS Blue-winged and Hooded Warblers
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 12:13:21 -0500
Rowan Oak yielded a tricky FOS Blue-winged Warbler hiding in a foraging
flock that included several Goldfinches (in Bailey's Woods on the far side
of the creek from the house). Also, a FOS Hooded Warbler was singing near
the trail entrance.

Also of note: several N. Parula, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Yellow-throated
and White-eyed Vireos.

Good birding!

JR
Oxford
Subject: Wilson's phalaropes
From: Rob Heflin <robheflin73 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 19:26:24 -0500
I spotted two Wilson's phalaropes this afternoon in a small group of yellowlegs 
and blue-winged teal on the place. 


Rob Heflin
Isola, MSIMPORTANT ADDRESSES

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Subject: Re: Chimney swifts
From: Billy Bump <billbobumpo AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 19:11:31 -0500
Crazy phone sent email before I was ready. FOS chimney swifts in olive branch 
ms this morning 



Billy Bump
Olive Branch

> On Apr 5, 2014, at 19:10, Billy Bump  wrote:
> 
> God chimney swifts in 
> 
> Billy Bump
> Olive Branch
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Subject: Chimney swifts
From: Billy Bump <billbobumpo AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 19:10:01 -0500
God chimney swifts in 

Billy Bump
Olive Branch
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Subject: FOS Kentucky warbler
From: "J. K. Cliburn" <jcliburn AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2014 18:32:02 -0500
FOS Kentucky warbler (3 of them) in the woods around my home this afternoon
in Lawrence County MS, near New Hebron.  I'm new to eBird, and it
challenged me for details, claiming the sighting to be rare (for the date,
I presume).

I have photos to substantiate the claim.
--
Jay Cliburn
Subject: Re: Whimbrel, Yellow-headed Blackbird, BB Whistlers, Singing River Island
From: Don McKee <dmckee001 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2014 10:01:20 -0500
Singing river island is indeed a great place to bird. MCAS and Pascagoula River 
Audubon Center has work very hard in keeping access to this island open to 
birders. Jackson County Port Authority owns the island. Most of the island's 
facilities are leased by Ingalls Shipbuilding and US Coast guard station is 
also located there. Our main point of contact there is Mr. Frank Kirby. Before 
going out there you should call Mr. Kirby at (228) 990-0422 to get permission. 
Birders should stay out of all buildings and the Coast Guard area. Ask Mr Kirby 
when in doubt. Pretty much all outdoor green areas are accessible by car or by 
walking. If approached by security please obey their concerns. Call me at 
228.238.2473 if you have further questions. 

Don McKee 

PS.... Frank Kirby is probably retiring in the near future. 
Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 3, 2014, at 8:23 PM, Jason Hoeksema  wrote:
> 
> Missbirders,
> Stu Nielsen and I ventured out to Singing River Island (Jackson Co.) this 
afternoon, to see if we could poke around and find some birds, not knowing if 
we would be allowed. On the drive out there, we did not see any signs 
indicating that we were not welcome--just one sign indicating that we were 
subject to search. We stopped into the Jackson County Port Authority office, 
and were given a phone number to call to ask permission, and our call was not 
returned all afternoon. So...we looked around a bit, and no one seemed to care. 
More info on access would be appreciated, if anyone has it--we are just 
ignorant northern-Mississippians bumbling around down here. Anyhow, on to the 
bird highlights: 

> The most prominent birds were several large groups of BLACK-BELLIED 
WHISTLING-DUCKS, totaling 47 birds. They were mostly lounging around on the 
lawn. 

> In a mixed flock of Starlings & BH Cowbirds, we found 1 YELLOW-HEADED 
BLACKBIRD. Our most exciting moment came when two large shorebirds with 
longish, decurved bills flew over: 2 WHIMBRELS, heading west. Very birdy out 
there on that island... 

> Good birding!
> Jason Hoeksema
> Oxford, MS
> 
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Subject: Re: Behavior question
From: Robert Smith <rsmithent AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2014 08:22:15 -0400
I tend to agree with Bill. I've watched vultures drag carrion around fields and 
open areas where there was no traffic whatsoever. It looks like they are 
unintentionally moving it while trying to tear portions of it off to me. But 
they DO tend to drag it off of roads onto rights-of-way - perhaps because the 
road offers so little resistance to carrion movement compared to the grass, 
forbs, & brush of the rights-of-way? 

 
Good observation.
 
Robert
 
Robert Smith
rsmithent AT msn.com
www.photobiologist.com
Biloxi, MS 



 

 
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2014 02:00:50 -0700
From: bill.unit AT att.net
Subject: [missbird] Re: Behavior question
To: tippyg AT aol.com; missbird AT freelists.org

I have watched vultures drag a carcass off the road before. The degree to which 
this is a response to the traffic situation may be debatable, but I assumed it 
was normal behavior. 

I've also seen vultures begin feeding on an injured gray fox while it was alive 
and biting back. Disturbing to watch. 

Billy MitchellPelahatchie Bay
        From: "tippyg AT aol.com" 
 To: missbird AT freelists.org 
 Sent: Thursday, April 3, 2014 3:23 PM
 Subject: [missbird] Behavior question
   

On a fairly busy street in my neighborhood, during the afternoon rush yesterday 
I noticed two black vultures trying to get to a road kill in the street. They 
would hop back and forth as the traffic came by trying to get to their meal. 
This morning the road kill was now off the road and in the middle of the yard. 
Is this learned behavior? Did the vultures move the carcass for better feeding? 
I can't image any human moving the dead animal for a vulture. 


 

Thanks

Tippy Garner

Jackson, MS


     		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Behavior question
From: William Mitchell <bill.unit AT att.net>
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2014 02:00:50 -0700 (PDT)
I have watched vultures drag a carcass off the road before. The degree to 
which this is a response to the traffic situation may be debatable, but I 
assumed it was normal behavior. 


I've also seen vultures begin feeding on an injured gray fox while it was alive 
and biting back. Disturbing to watch. 


Billy Mitchell
Pelahatchie Bay
 

________________________________
 From: "tippyg AT aol.com" 
To: missbird AT freelists.org 
Sent: Thursday, April 3, 2014 3:23 PM
Subject: [missbird] Behavior question
  


On a fairly busy street in my neighborhood, during the afternoon rush yesterday 
I noticed two black vultures trying to get toa road kill in the street.They 
would hop back and forth as the traffic came by trying to get to their meal. 
This morning the road kill was now off the road and in the middle of the yard. 
Is this learned behavior? Did the vultures move the carcass for better 
feeding? I can't image any human moving the dead animal for a vulture. 


Thanks 
Tippy Garner 
Jackson, MS 
Subject: Whimbrel, Yellow-headed Blackbird, BB Whistlers, Singing River Island
From: Jason Hoeksema <hoeksema AT olemiss.edu>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 20:23:38 -0500
Missbirders,
Stu Nielsen and I ventured out to Singing River Island (Jackson Co.) this
afternoon, to see if we could poke around and find some birds, not knowing
if we would be allowed.  On the drive out there, we did not see any signs
indicating that we were not welcome--just one sign indicating that we were
subject to search. We stopped into the Jackson County Port Authority
office, and were given a phone number to call to ask permission, and our
call was not returned all afternoon. So...we looked around a bit, and no
one seemed to care. More info on access would be appreciated, if anyone has
it--we are just ignorant northern-Mississippians bumbling around down
here.  Anyhow, on to the bird highlights:
The most prominent birds were several large groups of BLACK-BELLIED
WHISTLING-DUCKS, totaling 47 birds. They were mostly lounging around on the
lawn.
In a mixed flock of Starlings & BH Cowbirds, we found 1 YELLOW-HEADED
BLACKBIRD.  Our most exciting moment came when two large shorebirds with
longish, decurved bills flew over: 2 WHIMBRELS, heading west.  Very birdy
out there on that island...
Good birding!
Jason Hoeksema
Oxford, MS
Subject: Rose-breasted Gros
From: Sharon Milligan <2sharon123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 18:22:07 -0500
Just had my FOS Rose-breasted Grosbeak at my feeder here in Biloxi, female.
Sharon Milligan
Biloxi
Subject: Wall Doxey Trip with Memphis TOS This Sunday
From: Judy Dorsey <judydorsey AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 17:29:46 -0500
Mississippi birders are invited to join the Memphis chapter of the
Tennessee Ornithological Society this Sunday, April 6, for a field trip to
Wall Doxey State Park, south of Holly Springs, MS.

Meet at the picnic area parking lot at 8:00 am. $3 per car park entrance
fee. Target birds include Louisiana Waterthrush, Northern Parula, and other
early spring migrants. Bob and Ginger Ilardi are our guides.

More Info: http://is.gd/M41Tlb
Directions: https://www.mdwfp.com/media/52699/directions.pdf

Judy Dorsey
Hickory Withe, TN
Subject: BW Hawk movement-Knight's Yard
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:28:55 -0500
MISSBIRDERS,

Between 4:30 and 5:15 pm we saw 16 Broad-winged Hawks, 4 Red-tailed 
Hawks, and 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk heading NNE from our yard south of Oxford.

Gene and Shannon Knight
Oxford, MS

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Subject: Info
From: Robert Briscoe <rbriscoe2012 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 16:02:27 -0500
The observation tower at the refuge south of Crowder, Mississippi, has a nice 
new telescope installed at the upper level. There were hundreds of ducks and 
coots on the ponds. I saw one Northern Harrier, one Osprey. and one immature 
Bald Eagle fly over. 

Robert Briscoe
53 CR 327
Oxford Ms
 		 	   		  
Subject: Behavior question
From: tippyg AT aol.com
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 16:23:16 -0400 (EDT)
On a fairly busy street in my neighborhood, during the afternoon rush yesterday 
I noticed two black vultures trying to get to a road kill in the street. They 
would hop back and forth as the traffic came by trying to get to their meal. 
This morning the road kill was now off the road and in the middle of the yard. 
Is this learned behavior? Did the vultures move the carcass for better feeding? 
I can't image any human moving the dead animal for a vulture. 


Thanks
Tippy Garner
Jackson, MS
Subject: E. Kingbird-Oxford Sewage Lagoon
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:55:08 -0500
MISSBIRDERS,

This morning there was a single FOS E. Kingbird at the gate to the 
Oxford Sewage Lagoon south of Oxford.

Gene Knight
Oxford, MS
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Subject: Black-throated Green-Knight's Yard
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2014 09:37:05 -0500
MISSBIRDERS,

Here at our house south of Oxford lots of Gnatcatchers are present along 
with several Black-and-white Warblers, N. Parula, Yellow-rumps, and our 
FOS Black-throated Green Warbler (a singing male). A Hermit Thrush 
lingers on at the P-nut butter log.

Gene and Shannon Knight
Oxford, MS
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Subject: Re: OCAS Meeting
From: Nancy Donald <nmdonald55 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 19:43:15 -0500
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Hey all, Just one more thing!

You folks who live out from Meridian and Lauderdale county, like Clarke,
Kemper, Newton, Neshoba and over in west AL are all more than welcome to
come.  We would also like to hear from you on facebook about what you're
seeing in your area. Lady posted a photo of a Scarlet tanager she had at
her feeder here in Lauderdale county.  Anyone else seeing something that
special, please share!

Thanks,
Nancy


On Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 7:33 PM, Nancy Donald  wrote:

> Hey all,
>
> Okatibbee Chapter meeting is Tuesday April 8 at 7 pm at MSU-Meridian
> Campus, Room 20 on the main floor. Our program is presented by Chris King
> on "Principles and Pitfalls of Field Identification".  Chris is from
> Brookhaven and is retired from the veterinary industry where he worked with
> with the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey. He also served as the raptor
> rescue coordinator for Volusia County FL. He has been a bird watcher since
> childhood, and a "serious birder" for about ten years.
>
> This promises to be an interesting program.  If you know of someone who
> might be interested in attending that I have not included in the above
> list, please forward this to them or invite them. If for some reason the
> room number changes there will be a sign on the front door of the MSU
> building and one of our members to direct you to the correct room.
>
> Look forward to seeing you all there.  If you have any questions, please
> let me know at  this email or you may call or text me at 601-527-1746
>
> !!! Donna has the t-shirts in!!!!
>
> Thanks
> Nancy Donald
> Meridian, MS
>
> find us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/OkatibbeeCreekAS
> for updates and sightings
>

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Hey all, Just one more thing!

You folks= who live out from Meridian and Lauderdale county, like Clarke, Kemper, New= ton, Neshoba and over in west AL are all more than welcome to come. =A0We w= ould also like to hear from you on facebook about what you're seeing in= your area. Lady posted a photo of a Scarlet tanager she had at her feeder = here in Lauderdale county. =A0Anyone else seeing something that special, pl= ease share!

Thanks,
Nancy


On Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 7:33 PM, N= ancy Donald <nmdonald55 AT gmail.com> wrote:
Hey all,

Okatibbee Chapter meeting is Tuesday April 8 at 7 pm at MSU-Meridian Campu= s, Room 20 on the main floor. Our program is presented by Chris King on &qu= ot;Principles and Pitfalls of Field Identification". =A0Chris is from = Brookhaven and is=A0retired from the veterinary industry where he worked wi= th with the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey. He also served as the raptor = rescue coordinator for Volusia County FL. He has been a bird watcher since = childhood, and a "serious birder" for about ten years.=A0

This promises to be an interesting program. =A0If you k= now of someone who might be interested in attending that I have not include= d in the above list, please forward this to them or invite them. If for som= e reason the room number changes there will be a sign on the front door of = the MSU building and one of our members to direct you to the correct room. = =A0

Look forward to seeing you all there. =A0If you have an= y questions, please let me know at =A0this email or you may call or text me= at 6= 01-527-1746
=A0
!!! Donna has the t-shirts in!!!!

Thanks
Nancy Donald
Meridian, MS

for updates and sightings

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Subject: OCAS Meeting
From: Nancy Donald <nmdonald55 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 19:33:36 -0500
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Hey all,

Okatibbee Chapter meeting is Tuesday April 8 at 7 pm at MSU-Meridian
Campus, Room 20 on the main floor. Our program is presented by Chris King
on "Principles and Pitfalls of Field Identification".  Chris is from
Brookhaven and is retired from the veterinary industry where he worked with
with the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey. He also served as the raptor
rescue coordinator for Volusia County FL. He has been a bird watcher since
childhood, and a "serious birder" for about ten years.

This promises to be an interesting program.  If you know of someone who
might be interested in attending that I have not included in the above
list, please forward this to them or invite them. If for some reason the
room number changes there will be a sign on the front door of the MSU
building and one of our members to direct you to the correct room.

Look forward to seeing you all there.  If you have any questions, please
let me know at  this email or you may call or text me at 601-527-1746

!!! Donna has the t-shirts in!!!!

Thanks
Nancy Donald
Meridian, MS

find us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/OkatibbeeCreekAS
for updates and sightings

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Hey all,

Okatibbee Chapter meeting is T= uesday April 8 at 7 pm at MSU-Meridian Campus, Room 20 on the main floor. O= ur program is presented by Chris King on "Principles and Pitfalls of F= ield Identification". =A0Chris is from Brookhaven and is=A0retired fro= m the veterinary industry where he worked with with the Audubon Center for = Birds of Prey. He also served as the raptor rescue coordinator for Volusia = County FL. He has been a bird watcher since childhood, and a "serious = birder" for about ten years.=A0

This promises to be an interesting program. =A0If you k= now of someone who might be interested in attending that I have not include= d in the above list, please forward this to them or invite them. If for som= e reason the room number changes there will be a sign on the front door of = the MSU building and one of our members to direct you to the correct room. = =A0

Look forward to seeing you all there. =A0If you have an= y questions, please let me know at =A0this email or you may call or text me= at 601-527-1746
=A0
!!! Donna has the t-shirts in!!!!<= /div>

Thanks
Nancy Donald
Meridian, MS

find us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/OkatibbeeCreekAS=A0
for updates and sightings
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Subject: FOS Indigo Bunting and Little Blue Heron in Starkville Yard
From: "Jeffrey W. Harris" <jwharris30 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 10:26:40 -0500
Hello All,

Reporting some FOS birds from the yard today.  The bunting was visiting
feeders with American Goldfinch.  Of course, the heron was a flyover --
heading northwest (probably out of the heronry at Noxubee NWR).

Sincerely,

Jeff Harris
Subject: Red-eyed Vireo- Knight's Yard
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Wed, 02 Apr 2014 07:58:53 -0500
MISSBIRDERS,

This morning the FOS Red-eyed Vireo was singing along with multiple N. 
Parulas, Yellow-rumped and Black-and-white Warblers in our yard south of 
Oxford. Yesterday afternoon our first female Ruby-throated Hummingbird 
was greeted by the male. 3 Dark-eyed Juncos don't seem to want to leave 
our p-nut butter log but most have departed.
A single Purple Finch is sporadically seen with 40-50 Goldfinches.

Gene and Shannon Knight
Oxford, MS
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Subject: FOS Whippoorwill
From: Dick Burkepile <dick_burkepile AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 00:34:59 -0700 (PDT)
Judy heard ourFOS Whippoorwill Tuesday, April 1, at our home2 miles south of 
OleMissSwayze Field in Oxford. 


Dick Burkepile
Oxford, Mississippi
Subject: Re: FOS Ruby-throated Hummer-Knight's Yard
From: Dick Burkepile <dick_burkepile AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 00:29:30 -0700 (PDT)
That little rascal arrived at our house on the other side of Oxford, off Old 
Taylor Road, Monday, 3/31. We sawone again Tuesday.Last year we saw our 
firsthummer on March 18. 


DickBurkepile
Oxford, Mississippi 
On Sunday, March 30, 2014 9:41 AM, Gene Knight  wrote:
  
MISSBIRDERS,

About 9:15 this morning we saw our FOS Ruby-throated Hummingbird at our 
feeders here south of Oxford. Right on schedule!!

Gene and Shannon Knight
Oxford, MS
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Subject: Recommendations for European field guide
From: Judy Dorsey <judydorsey AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 21:31:35 -0500
 A friend who lives in the UK gave me this as a gift several years ago:
http://www.amazon.com/Watchers-Pocket-Mitchell-Beazley-pocket/dp/0855331488

He highly recommended it. Have yet to use it, though, but hope to rectify
that.

Judy Dorsey
West Tennessee
Subject: FOS White-eyed vireos and hooded warblers
From: Adam Rohnke <atrohnke AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 21:12:54 -0500
I was participating in my FOS 9-hole round of golf with a buddy this
evening at Live Oaks Golf Course on HWY 49 (just north of Clinton, MS and
before Flora, MS).  During my hacking of the course spooked up several
white-eyed vireos, and hooded warblers as I searched for my many lost golf
balls.  It was good distraction to say the least.

BTW if you want to see some beautiful 150 to 200 yr live oaks in central MS
with vast horizontal branching this is a great spot.  Under new ownership
which they intend to rehab the course and build a new club house with
restaurant over looking the sprawling oaks all over the property.

Adam
Subject: Re: Recommendations for European field guide
From: Adam Rohnke <atrohnke AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 21:00:36 -0500
All:

Thank you for all your comments and recommendations.  Very helpful.  Much
appreciated. Order my books for the trip.

Adam


On Sun, Mar 30, 2014 at 11:43 AM, Lew Proudfoot  wrote:

> I have used the RSPB Handbook of British Birds.  Despite the title, it
> covers most of the birds of Northern Europe as well.  I had no trouble in
> Italy, although I didn't go south of Rome.  Another great book is "Bird
> Songs and Calls of Britain and Northern Europe," a Collins Field Guide with
> two CDs.
>
> Lew Proudfoot
> The Wind In My Face
>
> Annandale, VA
>   On Sunday, March 30, 2014 8:12 AM, "Dance, Gayla" 
> wrote:
>  I bought BIRD GUIDE by Mullarney, sevens son, setter storm, and Grant
> for our trip last year.  It was fine, but I was surprised how few birds we
> saw.  (We were in Greece, Sicily, and Italy.  )
>
> Gayla Dance
>
> On Mar 29, 2014, at 4:52 PM, "Adam Rohnke"  atrohnke AT gmail.com>> wrote:
>
> All:
>
> Do you have any suggestions for a field guide for England, France,
> Switzerland, Germany and Netherlands. Need something small as we are
> traveling light...and trying to take a break from electronics :)
>
> I found these 2 after a quick search...any reviews from those they have
> used either one?
>
> http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0300074557?pc_redir=1395768727&robot_redir=1
>
> http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0691143927?pc_redir=1395793916&robot_redir=1
>
> Thanks,
>
> Sent from my iPhone
> 0�S
>
>
Subject: FOS Chuck Will's Widow
From: "J. K. Cliburn" <jcliburn AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 19:54:05 -0500
Heard just now in my woods a few miles outside New Hebron, Lawrence County,
MS.
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Jay Cliburn
Subject: Bird Photos & Oil Spills
From: Qgray AT aol.com
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 15:11:01 -0400 (EDT)
Missbirders,
 
I have posted some bird pictures taken from a recent trip  we made while
in southern Texas and also along the coastal bend of  Texas. If interested,
they can be viewed here.
http://www.pbase.com/pintail1/texas_birds_2014
 
As we came thru Houston Tx. we learned of an oil spill in the  Houston 
Shipping
Channel. As some of you know, Boliver Flats; on of the best  birding spots 
on
the Texas Coast and home to 1000s of wintering shore birds, is  next to the
channel. I have posted below a link to an A.B.A. blog written  by Laura
Erickson with a note added from Marge Gibson shedding light on  this oil
spill as well as thoughts on other spills including the B.P.  spill we 
endured
along the Miss. coast.
 
http://blog.aba.org/2014/03/galveston-bay-oil-spill-what-we-birders-can-do.h
tml
 
Q.B. Gray
Nesbit Ms.
Subject: Different strokes for different birders
From: "Martha E. Swan" <ulswan AT olemiss.edu>
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:29:16 +0000
Missbirders,
I read an interesting article in the Cornell Lab newsletter a few years ago and 
managed to find a reference to it on their website. While their focus was on 
gender differences, I thought their characterization of different approaches to 
birding was interesting: 



"Where do you fit in?

Our study categorized bird-related recreation on a spectrum of competitiveness, 
and then checked where men and women tend to fall along it: 


Supportive: Non-competitive. Membership in bird organizations such as the 
Cornell Lab and British Trust for Ornithology 


Participatory: Activities with little competition, such as citizen-science 
projects 


Competitive: Sharing or ranking lists; entering a birding contest

Authoritative: Leading trips, compiling Christmas counts, serving on records 
committees Our results showed slightly more women than men tended to do 
activities toward the top of the list. More men than women participated in 
roles toward the bottom of this list. 



Dont fit? Break the stereotype! Our findings in no way suggest that all men 
are competitive listers and all women are casual bird watchersor that one end 
of the spectrum is better than the other. The most famous lister of all is a 
woman, and plenty of up-and-coming young birders are female." 


The link to the report, which also contains a link to the article in a research 
journal, is: 


http://www.birds.cornell.edu/page.aspx?pid=2090

Cheers!
Martha


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Subject: JAS April 5 Bird Walk Canceled
From: Christopher King <birdnerd42 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:18:55 -0500
Due to flooding the JAS April 5 bird walk at LeFleur's Bluff State Park will be 
canceled. 


Peace, 
Chris

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Subject: FOS Wood Thrush
From: Christopher King <birdnerd42 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 05:51:08 -0600
FOS Wood Thrush here in Brookhaven.

-- 
Peace,
Chris
Subject: Re: documenting birds
From: msw103 AT ra.msstate.edu
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:56:09 -0500
Well said Rynetta...

Mark

Quoting Rynetta Coetzee :

> I don't think anyone is really "missing" something here. It entirely
> depends on what you expect from your "hobby" of birding.
>
> 1. Are you birding because it is relaxing, you enjoy nature and love
> watching birds and you keep a private list and mark it off in your book?
> Then you do just that and when you are convinced about the ID of the bird
> when you see it for the first time, that is your affair and you don't have
> to explain and keep a book to make notes.
>
> 2. If you are a serious birder that likes to keep lists of birds every time
> you go out AND post your lists on eBird, that is entirely another affair
> because if you see a bird that is out of range, out of season or a rarity
> and you post it on eBird, it is going to get flagged and you will have to
> explain what, where, when and why. THAT is where you need field notes and
> if you don't have it and have to rely on your memory, believe me it's not
> that easy and it might not be accepted simply because you say " it looked
> exactly like the one in the field guide" and you will want to kick your own
> butt.
>
> I participated in the South African Atlas project for several years and had
> to do a lot of explaining so I know what is required. Make notes or be
> sorry afterwards!
>
> Rynetta Coetzee
> Jackson, MS
>
>
> On Sat, Mar 29, 2014 at 3:03 PM, Cindy Mitchell  
> wrote:
>
>> I would love a class in this, too.
>>
>>
>> On Sat, Mar 29, 2014 at 11:22 AM, e gelbard  wrote:
>>
>>> Count me in for the class! The more immersion I get in any/every aspect
>>> of birding, the more I learn, and the more my pleasure increases.
>>> Elaine
>>>   On Friday, March 28, 2014 10:06 AM, Jason Price <
>>> JasonP AT mdwfp.state.ms.us> wrote:
>>>   Me too....
>>>
>>> Jason L. Price
>>>
>>>  *From:* missbird-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:
>>> missbird-bounce AT freelists.org] *On Behalf Of *Nancy Donald
>>> *Sent:* Thursday, March 27, 2014 9:01 PM
>>> *To:* Christopher King
>>> *Cc:* Gene Knight; MISSBIRD (missbird AT freelists.org)
>>> *Subject:* [missbird] Re: documenting birds
>>>
>>>  Chris, Gene and Missbirders
>>>
>>>  I would love a class in this!.  You know a lot of this depends on how
>>> someone comes to birding.  Mine started as a casual thing that my brother
>>> got me started on. I joined Audubon to find other birders.  That was a slow
>>> process. I didn't start out even keeping a list of the birds I was seeing,
>>> much less notes; then when I did it was more first sightings and the start
>>> of a life list.  Other people who came to birding from a college class or
>>> their chosen field of study are taught how to take field notes and their
>>> importance. Now I'm way more into it and see the need for my own notes and
>>> to share with others.
>>>
>>>  I remember being asked to send a Rare Bird report for a Yellow-headed
>>> blackbird I saw here in Lauderdale County. I was being asked for
>>> information I just did not know how to give.  I was so intimidated that I
>>> just didn't do it. That bird is on my life list but it's not in the state
>>> records.  That was not laziness. That was lack of knowledge at that point
>>> in my birding experience.  Yes, Gene, give us a workshop. After attending
>>> Jason's gull class, I realized a good teacher breaking down what is in the
>>> field guides helps you in the field so much more than propping up a field
>>> guide and looking from the guide to the bird. Which I have done many a
>>> time.
>>>
>>>  Just wait til after spring migration. I'm going birding.!
>>>
>>>  Thanks
>>>
>>>  Nancy Donald
>>>  Meridian, MS
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>  On Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 7:12 PM, Christopher King 
>>> wrote:
>>>  Gene,
>>>
>>>       I really think that it is becoming a lost art.  If you'll indulge
>>> me a brief story?  I've seen this type of thing happen time and time again.
>>>  I was birding with a fellow in his 30s, and he thought he saw what was a
>>> rare empid for the area.  We disagreed, but he went forward with it.  His
>>> write up for ebird, which was done about 3-4 hours later and from memory,
>>> consisted of one short sentence, and, to my surprise, he became disgruntled
>>> when his sighting was rejected.  It's either that, or I've seen countless
>>> people write up birds with their field guide propped open listing all the
>>> identifying characteristics straight out of the book.
>>>
>>>  I'm sure as a birder matures the need for a field journal and guides
>>> decreases somewhat, but there's a long row to hoe to get to that point.
>>>  While I can't guarantee its success, I know I would make the trip from
>>> Brookhaven all the way up Oxford to attend a seminar on the subject, and I
>>> know of at least a few others that would be interested as well.  I think
>>> and I hope that if you decide to go through with this that you'll be
>>> pleasantly shocked.  I've created a FaceBook group titled Mississippi
>>> Birding, and if you decide to move forward with a seminar I'll push it
>>> heavily.  The group currently has 171 members, and I'm pretty sure several
>>> people would be interested.
>>>
>>> Thanks for listening, Gene.
>>>
>>>  Sincerely,
>>>  Chris
>>>
>>>  On Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 6:43 PM, Gene Knight 
>>> wrote:
>>> Chris,
>>>
>>> So you think we need to have some workshops on field note taking and
>>> documentation. We had one several years ago for MOS.
>>> I guess as us older birders see the change in ways young birders are
>>> trying to learn we tend to ignore them. Maybe this can be an awakening of
>>> sorts. Do you think this type of workshop will fly?
>>>
>>> We have been accepting photo only birds for a few years now--some from
>>> nature lovers and some from lazy birders. As long as we get the pertinent
>>> data from them. BUT the birds still belong in the database of bird life of
>>> MS. I would entertain conducting a class on the process on keeping notes
>>> etc.
>>>
>>> Gene
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On 3/26/2014 7:31 PM, Christopher King wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> Gene,
>>>
>>> I appreciate your response and advice, but judging from it I don't think
>>> I articulated myself very well regarding the subject of field notes. While
>>> I'm most certainly not an expert birder I do have fairly decent working
>>> knowledge of the subject. What I was driving at is that most people have
>>> don't carry any kind of journal into the field, much less know how to use
>>> it. The average birder has no idea how to even begin to transfer
>>> observations into field notes, and that is, in my opinion, one of the
>>> points of frustration between record committees and birders. And this
>>> knowledge gap is what has, again in my opinion, led to the photo only
>>> documentation that was considered by Texa
>>>   You are correct that there are very small sections in field guides
>>> devoted to taking field notes, but I don't feel that that is by any means
>>> sufficient. There are numerous specialty guides devoted to sparrows and
>>> gulls, but yet myself and many others have greatly benefited from the
>>> lectures both you and Dr. Hoeksema have provided on the subjects. My point
>>> is, I feel that the subject deserves far more attention than a few
>>> paragraphs in a field guide or on a web site that few people will ever
>>> read, and to give the subject its due would be, I believe, of benefit to
>>> both the records committee and birders alike.
>>>
>>>
>>> Respectfully,
>>>
>>> Chris
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>  --
>>>  Peace,
>>>  Chris
>>>
>>>
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Subject: Re: Field notes
From: "James V. Remsen, Jr." <najames AT LSU.edu>
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:49:39 -0500
MISSBIRD: two points I should have included:

The real goal of good field notes is to supply enough information that someone 
wishing to replicate your survey can do so, within reason. eBird is great in 
terms of requiring start time, total time, and distance, but unless you add 
your own further details on weather, itinerary, etc., in the Comments section, 
then a simple eBird entry usually does not allow replication. 


One of the glorious things about the digitial era is the ease with which one 
can snap off a zillion photos AND include them in your notes, or at least links 
to them. In addition to allowing verification of IDs of good birds, this also 
allows inclusion of habitat shots, which if GPS'd or otherwise locatable, 
provide invaluable historical records of habitat change. I have been trying to 
take habitat photos routinely during most of my birding, and now eBird allows 
you to embed those in your report, as long as you have a Flickr account. I 
think Cornell is moving towards their own digital image repository, which will 
be amazing for archiving habitat and bird photos. 


So, for example, today's eBird entry from my place: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17661653 


Van Remsen


On Mar 30, 2014, at 3:22 PM, "James V. Remsen, Jr."  wrote:

> MISSBIRD: Although the digital age has brought massive improvements to 
field-note taking, I worry a little about totally abandoning hard copies. I 
suspect that with multiple digital back-ups and archives, concerns over total 
loss of electronic copies is probably just paranoia  nonetheless, with 
viruses, cyberwarfare, and who knows what, consider printing at least one hard 
copy. 

> 
> Relevant to the current discussion is that scanned versions of hand-written 
field notes CAN be searched electronically using optical character reading 
systems -- see http://bscit.berkeley.edu/mvz/volumes.html?, where searchable 
scans of ancient field notes have provided an invaluable source of historical 
data and have led to an entire "resurvey" project at Berkeley. 

> 
> Even non-electronically, old field notes can be searched fairly efficiently 
if trecorded and organized according to the "Grinnell system" -- you can 
download an ancient paper that I wrote on this at: 
http://www.museum.lsu.edu/~Remsen/1977AFN.PDF 

> 
> Anyone who has hand-written field notes that provide historical information 
on bird distribution and abundance should make sure those are archived or 
willed to a local research library or museum for posterity. It's also never too 
late to start taking good field notes, and eBird will train you to do just 
that. 

> 
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> LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
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Subject: Fw: Re: Field notes
From: Lew Proudfoot <lewis_s_proudfoot AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 14:17:12 -0700 (PDT)
I accidentally sent this to the old server!
 
Lew Proudfoot
The Wind In My Face

Annandale, VA
On Sunday, March 30, 2014 4:43 PM, Lew Proudfoot  
wrote: 

 
Thank you, sir, for this wonderful write-up.  I am very familiar with the area 
described in the paper, as I grew up in Twentynine Palms, and moved to Yuma as 
a teenager. It has changed a great deal since then! 

 
Lew Proudfoot
The Wind In My Face

Annandale, VA
On Sunday, March 30, 2014 4:23 PM, "James V. Remsen, Jr."  
wrote: 

 
MISSBIRD:  Although the digital age has brought massive improvements to 
field-note taking, I worry a little about totally abandoning hard copies.  I 
suspect that with multiple digital back-ups and archives, concerns over total 
loss of electronic copies is probably just paranoia … nonetheless, with 
viruses, cyberwarfare, and who knows what, consider printing at least one hard 
copy. 


Relevant to the current discussion is that scanned versions of hand-written 
field notes CAN be searched electronically using optical character reading 
systems -- see http://bscit.berkeley.edu/mvz/volumes.html?, where searchable 
scans of ancient field notes have provided an invaluable source of historical 
data and have led to an entire "resurvey" project at Berkeley. 


Even non-electronically, old field notes can be searched fairly efficiently if 
trecorded and organized according to the "Grinnell system" -- you can download 
an ancient paper that I wrote on this at: 
http://www.museum.lsu.edu/~Remsen/1977AFN.PDF 


Anyone who has hand-written field notes that provide historical information on 
bird distribution and abundance should make sure those are archived or willed 
to a local research library or museum for posterity.  It's also never too late 
to start taking good field notes, and eBird will train you to do just that. 


=================
Dr. J. V. Remsen
Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
najamesLSU.edu


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Subject: Re: Field notes
From: "James V. Remsen, Jr." <najames AT LSU.edu>
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 15:22:41 -0500
MISSBIRD: Although the digital age has brought massive improvements to 
field-note taking, I worry a little about totally abandoning hard copies. I 
suspect that with multiple digital back-ups and archives, concerns over total 
loss of electronic copies is probably just paranoia  nonetheless, with 
viruses, cyberwarfare, and who knows what, consider printing at least one hard 
copy. 


Relevant to the current discussion is that scanned versions of hand-written 
field notes CAN be searched electronically using optical character reading 
systems -- see http://bscit.berkeley.edu/mvz/volumes.html?, where searchable 
scans of ancient field notes have provided an invaluable source of historical 
data and have led to an entire "resurvey" project at Berkeley. 


Even non-electronically, old field notes can be searched fairly efficiently if 
trecorded and organized according to the "Grinnell system" -- you can download 
an ancient paper that I wrote on this at: 
http://www.museum.lsu.edu/~Remsen/1977AFN.PDF 


Anyone who has hand-written field notes that provide historical information on 
bird distribution and abundance should make sure those are archived or willed 
to a local research library or museum for posterity. It's also never too late 
to start taking good field notes, and eBird will train you to do just that. 


=================
Dr. J. V. Remsen
Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
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Subject: Re: Field notes
From: Janet Wright <jwright01 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 14:51:27 -0500
Thanks for the link, Mark. I read the documentation, but I think the birdlog 
app falls short of being a field log. It is really designed to interface with 
ebird to submit lists. It does allow comments, and even encourages you to do 
voice-to-text, but often seems to require going back in later back at home to 
edit - not a great feature. And everything seems to be publicly posted. Might 
be great for some people, but Im thinking more of a personal field note app 
that you can use to record date, locality, conditions, whatever plants, 
roadkills or other biota you see, people met, gas prices, travel times, closest 
beer, all the stuff we traditionally put in field notes (!). Ideally would 
allow sketches and would make instant maps. This could archive to cloud 
storage. I can dream. 


Thats great that your field notes from the 70s are in demand today!

I hope this isnt too off topic for Missbird - a lot of people did seem 
interested. 

Janet

On Mar 30, 2014, at 1:23 PM, msw103 AT ra.msstate.edu wrote:

> 
> Follow this link to an article about a phone app (BIRDLOG) for taking field 
notes in eBird. 

> 
> http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/birdlog/

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Subject: Re: Field notes
From: msw103 AT ra.msstate.edu
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 13:23:55 -0500
Robert, Janet and others:

Follow this link to an article about a phone app (BIRDLOG) for taking  
field notes in eBird.

http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/birdlog/

Although I enter field notes into eBird, I have not, and likely will  
not, migrate to this app because I have been taking hand-written field  
notes since 1971 after birding for a couple of years.  I have tried,  
but just cannot bring myself to head to the field without a notebook.   
Although Janet is right about these notebooks not being easily  
searchable, I am VERY GALD I have them and am working my way through  
entering these into eBird.

Interestingly, I have been entering data from the early 1970s for Ohio  
and the state eBird coordinator keeps e-mailing me about observations.  
  Turns out many of the places where I have observations are no longer  
natural habitats but are now parking lots, strip malls, or housing  
developments.  At least we know what we have lost.

Bird Up!

Mark

Quoting Robert Smith :

> That makes great sense, Janet.  And those notes could be associated  
> in a relational database with images/movies if such were captured as  
> well...
>
> Robert Smith
> rsmithent AT msn.com
> Biloxi, MS
>
>
>
>
>> From: jwright01 AT cableone.net
>> Subject: [missbird] Field notes
>> Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2014 08:02:48 -0500
>> To: missbird AT freelists.org
>>
>> This is an interesting discussion about field notes vs photos.  As  
>> one who was trained in the old tradition (for mammmalogy, not  
>> birds) with field notebooks dating back to 1976, I do believe in  
>> their usefulness.  But in a digital age, the disadvantages of  
>> single-copy, unindexed and unsearchable notes outweigh the  
>> advantages, and you will never get young birders committed to  
>> written field notes.  Instead, I think we need smartphone apps that  
>> can record spoken comments in the field, transcribe them to text,  
>> and archive them in a searchable database (along with photos).  The  
>> technology exists -- who can point us to an appropriate app, or  
>> should we urge the folks at ebird to create one?
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