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Red-crowned Parrot,©Julie Zickefoose

1 Aug Cicada brood correction [Martha Swan ]
1 Aug Re: Nest Cam - Mississippi Kites [Martha Swan ]
31 Jul BIRDS & MS RIVER. Museum Noon Lecture Aug 5 [Mary Stevens ]
29 Jul Year of Catbird ["J. Allen Burrows" ]
28 Jul Re: Quite a morning,,,, ["Randy Richardson" ]
27 Jul Yellow Warblers [Wayne Patterson ]
27 Jul MIKI nest - nearly fledged [JR Rigby ]
27 Jul Quite a morning,,,, [Ken Hackman ]
27 Jul Clarke County Observations [Robert Smith ]
27 Jul Re: Rubythroat nest [Ken Hackman ]
27 Jul Madison County Roseate Spoonbill [Ken Hackman ]
23 Jul OT: Louisiana (Port Fourchon) Pelagic Trip [Devin Bosler ]
23 Jul Re: Fwd: [TN-Bird] IN MEMORY OF BOB HATCHER [Mary Stevens ]
23 Jul Fwd: [TN-Bird] IN MEMORY OF BOB HATCHER [van harris ]
22 Jul Fall MOS Meeting Sep 19-21, featuring photographer and ID expert Kevin Karlson [Jason Hoeksema ]
21 Jul Re: Golden eagle [Jason Hoeksema ]
21 Jul Golden eagle [Billy Bump ]
21 Jul Kites [Robert Briscoe ]
20 Jul Join MOS online [JR Rigby ]
19 Jul Nest Cam - Mississippi Kites [JR Rigby ]
19 Jul Coastal Yearbirds [Gene Knight ]
14 Jul Re: Annotated List [JR Rigby ]
14 Jul Scissor-tailed flycatcher in Madison county [Lane Rushing ]
14 Jul Annotated List [Ned and Lucy Boyajian ]
14 Jul Re: Young Mississippi Kites - Yazoo Co ["Johnson, Erik" ]
13 Jul Young Mississippi Kites - Yazoo Co [JR Rigby ]
13 Jul Re: Fwd: Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher west of Canton [JR Rigby ]
13 Jul Re: Fwd: Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher west of Canton ["" ]
13 Jul Re: Fwd: Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher west of Canton [Adam Rohnke ]
12 Jul Botswana Birds [Martha Swan ]
12 Jul MS kites [Nancy Donald ]
12 Jul MS kite [Nancy Donald ]
12 Jul Fwd: Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher west of Canton [EVELYN RUSSELL ]
12 Jul Sardis Lake [Robert Briscoe ]
11 Jul Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher west of Canton [Billy Mitchell ]
11 Jul Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher west of Canton ["Smith, Carl G -FS" ]
10 Jul Fwd: National Academy of Sciences Gulf Research Program Fellowship Opportunity []
10 Jul Eastern Bluebird [Regina George ]
10 Jul A&D Turf Farm-South of Oxford [Gene Knight ]
8 Jul Common Ground Dove & Scissortale Flycatchers [Randy Palmer ]
08 Jul Scissor-tailed Flycatcher west of Canton [Gene Knight ]
7 Jul Re: Scissor Tailed Flycatcher in Madison County, MS [Billy ]
6 Jul Re: Scissor Tailed Flycatcher in Madison County, MS [Billy Mitchell ]
6 Jul Re: Raided Cardinal Nest wrap-up [Dana Swan ]
6 Jul Scissor Tailed Flycatcher in Madison County, MS [Billy ]
06 Jul Avocets and Storks [Gene Knight ]
4 Jul Re: Raided Cardinal Nest wrap-up [Judy Dorsey ]
4 Jul Raided Cardinal Nest wrap-up [JR Rigby ]
4 Jul Grasshopper Sparrows and Snakes [JR Rigby ]
3 Jul Bronzed Cowbird Brookhaven [Christopher King ]
02 Jul Trucking Baby SUTA [Gene Knight ]
02 Jul Summer Tanager babies-Knight's yard [Gene Knight ]
01 Jul black-bellied whistling duck [Mona ]
29 Jun Summer Tanager nestling-Knight's Yard [Gene Knight ]
27 Jun Bronzed Cowbird in Brookhaven [Christopher King ]
27 Jun (no subject) [Libby Hartfield ]
26 Jun We have babies-Knight's Yard [Gene Knight ]
26 Jun Bronzed Cowbird Brookhaven [Christopher King ]
26 Jun Bronzed Cowbird, Brookhaven [Christopher King ]
26 Jun HERP PHOTOGRAPHER LECTURE BY ROBERT SMITH [Mary Stevens ]
24 Jun South Africa [van harris ]
22 Jun Grasshopper Sparrows ["Jeffrey W. Harris" ]
22 Jun Possible Least Flycatcher @ PRWMA [Ben Woodard ]
21 Jun Grasshopper Sparrow [Wayne Patterson ]
19 Jun MOS Presentation in Jackson this Saturday [Christopher King ]
19 Jun Taking Notes ["Jeffrey Pilgrim" ]
16 Jun Re: CSWA []
14 Jun Re: Need photo of birders ["Robinson, Mitch" ]
12 Jun Re: American Goldfinches - Sept. breeding records [Marion Schiefer ]
12 Jun Re: Goldfinch [Mark Goodman ]
12 Jun Need photo of birders [Mary Stevens ]
11 Jun Re: Goldfinch & thistle ["Diane Lafferty" ]
11 Jun Re: American Goldfinches ["Twedt, Daniel" ]
10 Jun Re: American Goldfinches [Joe McGee ]
10 Jun Re: Goldfinch [Gaynell Perry ]
10 Jun Re: Goldfinch ["" ]

Subject: Cicada brood correction
From: Martha Swan <marthaswan AT starband.net>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:25:56 -0500
Sorry, ours in north MS is Brood XIII. Brood XII should have emerged this
year in southwest MS. I love the genus name: Magicicada.
Martha

-- 
Martha Swan
1665 Toccopola Junction Road
Thaxton, MS 38871
Subject: Re: Nest Cam - Mississippi Kites
From: Martha Swan <marthaswan AT starband.net>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 07:55:06 -0500
JR and Missbirders,
I've enjoyed your reports on the nesting Mississippi Kites. Some of you
newcomers may not be aware that next year (2015) we can look forward to the
emergence of "our" periodical cicadas, Brood XII (13-year cycle)I. I wonder
if the bounty will boost the kite population. Would there be any data?
Martha


On Sat, Jul 19, 2014 at 8:07 PM, JR Rigby  wrote:

> Missbirders,
>
> I've been watching the Mississippi Kites nesting in my neighborhood again
> this year. The pair have a single nestling as they did last year. At the
> beginning of this week Junior had a nearly full set of coverts, was still
> growing his flight feathers, and his new body plumage was still in pin
> feathers, particularly visible on the top of the head.
>
> I've been watching primarily how the two adults attend the nest. The
> female maintains the strongest contact with the nest. She is also the only
> one of the pair that I have witnessed spend any substantial amount of time
> on the nest. Most evenings she has settled onto the nest sometime between
> 17:00 and 19:00, ostensibly for the night (for example, this evening she
> was continuously on the nest 16:55-18:30, evidenced by video, and has been
> there each time I've checked since), but has been off the nest again by
> 06:30 each morning when I generally check the nest for the first time and
> remains in the area but off the nest for the rest of the day. When she is
> not on the nest, she is frequently perched at one of two or three sentinel
> locations in the crowns of neighboring trees within 50m or so of the nest
> where she watches over the nest and occasionally hawks a passing cicada or
> dragonfly, most often for her own appetite. I have only seen her bring food
> to Junior twice in the last week, both today in a span of 10min.
>
> The male comes to the nest irregularly and has otherwise been out of sight
> (i.e., not perching at similar nest-watch sites as the female). When he
> brings food to the nest, moreover, I have not seen him spend more than 5 to
> 10 seconds on the nest at any one visit in more than a dozen such trips.
> The time between his visits varies considerably, from 2 min to over 120
> min. The latter hiatus was not broken by a visit from the female either.
> There seems to be some, but not perfect, correlation between the size of
> the food item brought and the time lapse until the next visit. Yesterday
> afternoon, Junior worked on one unidentified, but fleshy, food item
> vigorously for over half an hour.
>
> Mississippi Kites are one of the species known to exhibit "helper"
> behavior at nests, where an additional adult or sub-adult will provide
> assistance to the mated pair in providing food and defending a nest. I was
> very curious whether last year's nestling might return as a helper this
> year, but to this point I have seen no evidence of a third MIKI involved at
> this nest.
>
> Today I managed to get video of each adult bringing food to the nestling.
> On a routine feeding visit, though the female doesn't stay long, in
> comparison with the rather business-like male (5 sec) she seems to linger
> (15 sec). Each adult has a more or less consistent "tell" when approaching
> the nest with food (allowing me to avoid filming copious amounts of
> continuously dull
> nestling-lies-on-nest-and-turns-his-head-every-two-minutes material in an
> effort to catch the adults). The female has a particular flight approach
> wherein she flies through my line of sight to the nest, but continues
> beyond the nest to an adjacent tree where she briefly perches out of sight.
> A few seconds later, she appears at the nest. The male approaches directly
> but most often vocalizes on his approach. The vocalization is not the
> typical "phee-phew" one hears from MIKI, but a softer poly-syllabic
> "phee-peeterit" (not that such descriptions ever helped anyone with a
> vocalization). The majority of the male's visits are preceded by this sound
> a second or two before he reaches the nest. I am not sure whether the
> female uses the same vocalization or not.
>
> Video clip of female adult feeding the nestling (~1min):
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/123863674 AT N04/14508304300/
>
> Video clip of male adult feeding the nestling (~1min):
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/123863674 AT N04/14508417857/
>
> Good birding!
>
> JR
> Oxford
>
>
>


-- 
Martha Swan
1665 Toccopola Junction Road
Thaxton, MS 38871
Subject: BIRDS & MS RIVER. Museum Noon Lecture Aug 5
From: Mary Stevens <stevenswaterbird AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:27:07 -0500
Folks. Some of u might be interested in Paul Hartfields work on the mighty 
Mississippi River with the endangered Interior Least Tern that nests on 
sandbars in the river along our state. Hope to see u at the museum. 


Free to museum members. Entrance fee for non members. 

AUGUST 5, 2014  
Tuesday, Noon Lecture
TITLE: Conservation and Management of the Lower Mississippi River: A New 
Paradigm. 

SPEAKER: Paul Hartfield, Endangered Species Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, Jackson Office 

SUMMARY: The Mississippi River is one of the most highly engineered rivers in 
the world. Even so, the Lower Mississippi River has experienced no extinctions 
or extirpations, and retains a highly functional aquatic ecosystem. Over the 
past decade, the US Army Corps of Engineers, US Fish and Wildlife Service, the 
Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee, and other partners have 
developed and implemented a management strategy and partnership to maintain and 
improve ecosystem values of the River. On the Mississippi River, Paul heads up 
the endangered species recovery programs for the Interior Least Tern, the Fat 
Pocketbook freshwater mussel and the Pallid Sturgeon. He will discuss the 
ecology of the river and these endangered species. 


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: Year of Catbird
From: "J. Allen Burrows" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "rotteral@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:02:08 -0500
We have Gray Catbirds again in the garden where I work. None for about ten 
years and now singing, calling and bouncing around on the ground like Robins. 
It's something. 


J. Allen Burrows
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Subject: Re: Quite a morning,,,,
From: "Randy Richardson" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "rxr388@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:38:37 -0700
Ken, 
I also found a RT hummer nest with a female raising2 chicks in Augustin the 
mid 1990's in State Line , MS in Wayne County. She raised them in a red oak 
treethat had a limb hangingabove our barn door. Seems like it was the 2nd or 
3rd week in August when they chicks left the nest. 


Randy Richardson
formally from State Line, MS

 

________________________________
 From: Ken Hackman 
To: missbird AT freelists.org 
Sent: Sunday, July 27, 2014 1:07 PM
Subject: [missbird] Quite a morning,,,,
  

I posted a couple of what I thought were nice birds earlier, including the 
Roseate Spoonbill and the Ruby-throated Hummingbird nest. I failed to mention 
that we also had a pair of Common Ground Doves along Pipeline Road. All three 
of us got good looks at the pair as they flushed right beside us while we crept 
along. I have to check my notes, but I am certain that I've never seen them 
away from coastal or river counties. That's not to suggest they aren't found in 
other places, just that those are the only places I've seen them. 


I'm not sure how many records there are of Spoonbill in the Ross Barnett area. 
I remember one a number of years ago that I think was found by Gene Knight. If 
I recall that one was only the first or second record. Please correct me if I'm 
wrong. At any rate, the spoonbill was last seen flying toward the Rankin County 
side of Pipeline Rd. I would love to know how many records there are of 
spoonbills at the Ross Barnett Res. 


I know that the RTHU obviously nest here, but I thought it was late in the 
season for that. Her chicks are young. We could barely make out their beaks as 
she fed them. I am thinking two from the way she moved. Also, after feeding, 
she sat on the nest, presumably for shading her offspring. It was very hot out. 


Any info on the rarity of the three sightings would be appreciated. It was the 
most I've been out since my surgery. I'm slowly getting my walking ability 
back. I just hope I'm ready for MOS weekend. I'm definitely coming, but I may 
have to pace myself. Thanks for the kind words from those of you who have 
contacted me. It meant a great deal to me as I went through my many 
complications. 


Ken Hackman


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Subject: Yellow Warblers
From: Wayne Patterson <wrp6 AT att.net>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:57:31 -0700
The last few weeks I have been seeing an increase in the breeding birds in the 
area which I thought may have been migrants but the three Yellow Warblers I saw 
today in Chickasaw County are the first I am sure are migrants. My first 
yellow warblers last year were on this date. Also the swallows are really 
beginning to congregate as I saw many Cliff Swallows with some Barn and 
Rough-wing flying near and over maturing soybean fields. 


Yellow Warbler http://www.pbase.com/image/156764102 

Wayne Patterson
Shannon, MS Lee Co.
Subject: MIKI nest - nearly fledged
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:09:44 -0500
Missbirders,

The juvenile Mississippi Kite here is getting very close to fledging.
Yesterday it was hopping around the nest at times, and at other times
gripping the nest tightly and flapping its wings vigorously. At least once
or twice he left the nest for nearby limbs, returning to the nest for
feedings (still primarily from the male). His primaries and secondaries
appear to be fully grown now. It's harder to tell about the tail, but with
the banding visible, it looks very nearly grown as well.

As of this morning junior has moved out of the nest and has spent the day
so far on a branch about 10ft from the nest. It took me a while to find
him. At first I thought perhaps he had left for good. The female's presence
at one of the sentinel spots suggested that the juvenile was still in the
tree somewhere. At one point the male returned to the nest with food, and
quickly left when the juvenile was not there. I found this still more
puzzling. On the next visit, however, the male landed on a branch to the
left of the nest, revealing the juvenile's new perch - well camouflaged by
surrounding leaves and dappled sunlight.

Feedings have been more frequent this weekend with a fairly uniform diet of
cicadas. I was able to get the nest-approach vocalization on audio, albeit
faintly, (here: http://yourlisten.com/Rigby/mikinestcall) and found the
same vocalization that I found on Dan Lane's upload at xeno-canto. Lane
reported this vocalization while the MIKI was defending the nest from a
Blue Jay. Interestingly, I also got a video of the female performing this
vocalization as the male *brought her a cicada*! The female had been
standing watch over the nest from her perch for over an hour and a quarter
when he arrived with the cicada. I thought perhaps he was bringing them
both food. Instead, the female held the cicada for some time and then left
her perch to visit the juvenile and pass off the cicada. She then did not
return to her watchpost for a full five minutes. Perhaps finding her own
meal?

Here's a video clip of the interaction between the adults:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123863674 AT N04/14758199022/in/photostream/

This may answer another question I had about the nest-approach
vocalization. It always seemed to precede the male's arrival at the nest
with food, so I ascribed it to the male. As the male invariably arrived at
the nest with food items in his bill, however, I wondered if he could
vocalize while also holding the item. He also did not seem to vocalize
*every* time he approached, only most of the time. In the video you can see
the female vocalizing and very faintly here the nest-approach vocalization,
suggesting that perhaps it has been the female vocalizing from a nearby
perch to announce the male's approach.

With the juvenile off the nest, the adults don't seem to mind other
visitors to the nest. A Blue Jay visited the nest at least twice scavenging
food items from the interior of the nest with no harassment from the Kites.

Finally, while recording the Kites, I also inadvertently recorded what
sounds like a naive Carolina Wren making such a thorough mess of its song
that, hearing it on playback, I puzzled over it for a while, knowing that
it ought to be a wren despite the unrecognized pattern:
http://yourlisten.com/Rigby/birdsongclip26july2014
On the other hand, if there's something about this song that I've missed,
please speak up.

Good birding!

JR
Oxford
Subject: Quite a morning,,,,
From: Ken Hackman <khackman AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:07:53 -0500
I posted a couple of what I thought were nice birds earlier, including the 
Roseate Spoonbill and the Ruby-throated Hummingbird nest. I failed to mention 
that we also had a pair of Common Ground Doves along Pipeline Road. All three 
of us got good looks at the pair as they flushed right beside us while we crept 
along. I have to check my notes, but I am certain that I've never seen them 
away from coastal or river counties. That's not to suggest they aren't found in 
other places, just that those are the only places I've seen them. 


I'm not sure how many records there are of Spoonbill in the Ross Barnett area. 
I remember one a number of years ago that I think was found by Gene Knight. If 
I recall that one was only the first or second record. Please correct me if I'm 
wrong. At any rate, the spoonbill was last seen flying toward the Rankin County 
side of Pipeline Rd. I would love to know how many records there are of 
spoonbills at the Ross Barnett Res. 


I know that the RTHU obviously nest here, but I thought it was late in the 
season for that. Her chicks are young. We could barely make out their beaks as 
she fed them. I am thinking two from the way she moved. Also, after feeding, 
she sat on the nest, presumably for shading her offspring. It was very hot out. 


Any info on the rarity of the three sightings would be appreciated. It was the 
most I've been out since my surgery. I'm slowly getting my walking ability 
back. I just hope I'm ready for MOS weekend. I'm definitely coming, but I may 
have to pace myself. Thanks for the kind words from those of you who have 
contacted me. It meant a great deal to me as I went through my many 
complications. 


Ken Hackman


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Subject: Clarke County Observations
From: Robert Smith <rsmithent AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:28:17 -0400
I was up in Clarke County, Mississippi yesterday, not really birding, but I saw 
lots of birds. 

 
The two observations that stood out in my mind were: 1) an adult American robin 
near the exit of "Campground B" at Archusa Creek Water Park and 2) a 
swallow-tailed kite soaring just to the south of Highway 18 near Bucatunna 
Creek. 

 
I saw a lot of the "usual" birds for the area including: black vulture, turkey 
vulture, yellow-crowned night heron, great egret, great blue heron, snowy 
egret, cattle egret, Cooper's hawk, killdeer, morning dove, ruby-throated 
hummingbird, barred owl, belted kingfisher, red-bellied woodpecker, red-headed 
woodpecker, pileated woodpecker, Acadian flycatcher, white-eyed vireo, blue 
jay, American crow, purple martin, barn swallow, tufted titmouse, Carolina 
chickadee, Carolina wren, eastern bluebird, northern mockingbird, northern 
cardinal, and red-winged blackbird. 

 
Robert Smith
rsmithent AT msn.com
Biloxi, MS
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Rubythroat nest
From: Ken Hackman <khackman AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:53:56 -0500
Birding with Rynetta Coetzee and Angus Emmott from Australia. I've just found 
an active hummer nest at Mayes Lake. Isn't this pretty late? 


Ken 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 27, 2014, at 5:59 AM, Ken Hackman  wrote:
> 
> Just had a Roseate Spoonbill flyover at Pipeline Rd. At the Ross Barnett 
Reservoir. Only my second st this location 

> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Jul 23, 2014, at 9:02 PM, Devin Bosler  wrote:
>> 
>> MISSBIRD,
>> 
>> ATTENTION LOUISIANA/ MISSISSIPPI SEABIRDERS, NATURALISTS, and MARINE 
WILDLIFE ENTHUSIASTS: 

>> 
>> Here's another excellent opportunity to join your fellow Louisiana birders 
and outdoorsman to the deep, cobalt blue, offshore waters of the Louisiana 
Gulf. We've had a few fairly successful pelagic trips with Capt. John Coulon of 
Delta Blue Sport Fishing aboard the 47' F/V Cougar out of Venice Marina over 
the last five years. However, it's time for a change in captain, vessel, port, 
scenery, coverage area, etc. Over the years, the only real challenge has been 
finding an offshore vessel large enough to accommodate as many passengers as 
possible. Believe it or not, there are only three such vessels in service out 
of coastal southeast Louisiana. After some online browsing and phone calls, I'm 
proposing that we give Capt. Ed Petri of the 65' F/V Louisiana, the new owner 
of Steve Tomeny Charters, out of Port Fourchon a try this time around. This 
spacious, fishing vessel with air-conditioned cabin, showers, and other 
amenities will accommodate upwards of 25-30 birders 

> ,
>> perhaps more, depending upon level of interest and demand. So, there should 
be plenty of room for all interested persons. Not to mention, the cost per 
person will be much lower than on the other charter. We're looking at about 
$100 or less per person at this point, which is unbeatable and rather 
unbelievable for 2014 pelagic trips. Please consider joining if you can make it 
out. 

>> 
>> As of now, we plan on making the run to Mississippi Canyon and Sackett Bank 
area as we have before. We'll probably depart by about 5 or 6 AM and return by 
late afternoon/ evening. It'll be a full-day trip running about 12-14 hours 
from dock back to dock. It'll take approximately 2 hours or so to reach the 
continental shelf break and blue water, so prepare accordingly. You'll need 
sunscreen, plenty of liquids, snacks, and of course, optics and cameras. I'll 
have more details and information as this and other future trips develop. 

>> 
>> This upcoming trip will be tentatively scheduled for Saturday, 4 October 
2014. Early October should be a good timeframe for transient seabirds, 
especially shearwaters, out in the Gulf. Along with the more expected 
summer-visiting Cory's and Audubon's Shearwater, we'll have a chance, albeit 
unlikely, at a stray Great and/ or Sooty Shearwater. It'll be too late in the 
season for storm-petrels but maybe we'll luck into Masked Booby and/ or 
Red-billed Tropicbird. Who knows what else? A Texas pelagic (out of SPI) has 
had a Yellow-nosed Albatross on 26 September 2003 and the state's first South 
Polar Skua on 1 October 2004. So, you never know what we'll come across out 
there. We will have hundreds, if not thousands, of Black Terns along with other 
common inshore/ nearshore waterbirds. We may even have some migrant landbirds 
stop to rest onboard. That opens up another realm of possibilities. Plus, 
marine mammals (e.g. various spp. of whales and dolphins), many marin 

> e
>> fishes (we've had a couple of spp. of sharks, ocean sunfish, etc.), and 
we've had good looks at four different species of sea turtles. 

>> 
>> If you're interested, please contact me via email at devinbosler AT gmail.com 
and/ or mobile phone at 717-203-1795. You can always leave a voice message or 
send a text message as well. The more participants, the better, so don't 
hesitate to contact me. Please feel free to cross-post this message to the 
LABIRD listserv, as I'm not subscribed. Spread the word! 

>> 
>> best, 
>> Devin Bosler
>> 
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Subject: Madison County Roseate Spoonbill
From: Ken Hackman <khackman AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 05:59:26 -0500
Just had a Roseate Spoonbill flyover at Pipeline Rd. At the Ross Barnett 
Reservoir. Only my second st this location 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 23, 2014, at 9:02 PM, Devin Bosler  wrote:
> 
> MISSBIRD,
> 
> ATTENTION LOUISIANA/ MISSISSIPPI SEABIRDERS, NATURALISTS, and MARINE WILDLIFE 
ENTHUSIASTS: 

> 
> Here's another excellent opportunity to join your fellow Louisiana birders 
and outdoorsman to the deep, cobalt blue, offshore waters of the Louisiana 
Gulf. We've had a few fairly successful pelagic trips with Capt. John Coulon of 
Delta Blue Sport Fishing aboard the 47' F/V Cougar out of Venice Marina over 
the last five years. However, it's time for a change in captain, vessel, port, 
scenery, coverage area, etc. Over the years, the only real challenge has been 
finding an offshore vessel large enough to accommodate as many passengers as 
possible. Believe it or not, there are only three such vessels in service out 
of coastal southeast Louisiana. After some online browsing and phone calls, I'm 
proposing that we give Capt. Ed Petri of the 65' F/V Louisiana, the new owner 
of Steve Tomeny Charters, out of Port Fourchon a try this time around. This 
spacious, fishing vessel with air-conditioned cabin, showers, and other 
amenities will accommodate upwards of 25-30 birders 

 ,
> perhaps more, depending upon level of interest and demand. So, there should 
be plenty of room for all interested persons. Not to mention, the cost per 
person will be much lower than on the other charter. We're looking at about 
$100 or less per person at this point, which is unbeatable and rather 
unbelievable for 2014 pelagic trips. Please consider joining if you can make it 
out. 

> 
> As of now, we plan on making the run to Mississippi Canyon and Sackett Bank 
area as we have before. We'll probably depart by about 5 or 6 AM and return by 
late afternoon/ evening. It'll be a full-day trip running about 12-14 hours 
from dock back to dock. It'll take approximately 2 hours or so to reach the 
continental shelf break and blue water, so prepare accordingly. You'll need 
sunscreen, plenty of liquids, snacks, and of course, optics and cameras. I'll 
have more details and information as this and other future trips develop. 

> 
> This upcoming trip will be tentatively scheduled for Saturday, 4 October 
2014. Early October should be a good timeframe for transient seabirds, 
especially shearwaters, out in the Gulf. Along with the more expected 
summer-visiting Cory's and Audubon's Shearwater, we'll have a chance, albeit 
unlikely, at a stray Great and/ or Sooty Shearwater. It'll be too late in the 
season for storm-petrels but maybe we'll luck into Masked Booby and/ or 
Red-billed Tropicbird. Who knows what else? A Texas pelagic (out of SPI) has 
had a Yellow-nosed Albatross on 26 September 2003 and the state's first South 
Polar Skua on 1 October 2004. So, you never know what we'll come across out 
there. We will have hundreds, if not thousands, of Black Terns along with other 
common inshore/ nearshore waterbirds. We may even have some migrant landbirds 
stop to rest onboard. That opens up another realm of possibilities. Plus, 
marine mammals (e.g. various spp. of whales and dolphins), many marin 

 e
> fishes (we've had a couple of spp. of sharks, ocean sunfish, etc.), and we've 
had good looks at four different species of sea turtles. 

> 
> If you're interested, please contact me via email at devinbosler AT gmail.com 
and/ or mobile phone at 717-203-1795. You can always leave a voice message or 
send a text message as well. The more participants, the better, so don't 
hesitate to contact me. Please feel free to cross-post this message to the 
LABIRD listserv, as I'm not subscribed. Spread the word! 

> 
> best, 
> Devin Bosler
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Subject: OT: Louisiana (Port Fourchon) Pelagic Trip
From: Devin Bosler <devinbosler AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:02:45 -0500
MISSBIRD,

ATTENTION LOUISIANA/ MISSISSIPPI SEABIRDERS, NATURALISTS, and MARINE WILDLIFE 
ENTHUSIASTS: 


 Here's another excellent opportunity to join your fellow Louisiana birders and 
outdoorsman to the deep, cobalt blue, offshore waters of the Louisiana Gulf. 
We've had a few fairly successful pelagic trips with Capt. John Coulon of Delta 
Blue Sport Fishing aboard the 47' F/V Cougar out of Venice Marina over the last 
five years. However, it's time for a change in captain, vessel, port, scenery, 
coverage area, etc. Over the years, the only real challenge has been finding an 
offshore vessel large enough to accommodate as many passengers as possible. 
Believe it or not, there are only three such vessels in service out of coastal 
southeast Louisiana. After some online browsing and phone calls, I'm proposing 
that we give Capt. Ed Petri of the 65' F/V Louisiana, the new owner of Steve 
Tomeny Charters, out of Port Fourchon a try this time around. This spacious, 
fishing vessel with air-conditioned cabin, showers, and other amenities will 
accommodate upwards of 25-30 birders, 

 perhaps more, depending upon level of interest and demand. So, there should be 
plenty of room for all interested persons. Not to mention, the cost per person 
will be much lower than on the other charter. We're looking at about $100 or 
less per person at this point, which is unbeatable and rather unbelievable for 
2014 pelagic trips. Please consider joining if you can make it out. 


 As of now, we plan on making the run to Mississippi Canyon and Sackett Bank 
area as we have before. We'll probably depart by about 5 or 6 AM and return by 
late afternoon/ evening. It'll be a full-day trip running about 12-14 hours 
from dock back to dock. It'll take approximately 2 hours or so to reach the 
continental shelf break and blue water, so prepare accordingly. You'll need 
sunscreen, plenty of liquids, snacks, and of course, optics and cameras. I'll 
have more details and information as this and other future trips develop. 


 This upcoming trip will be tentatively scheduled for Saturday, 4 October 2014. 
Early October should be a good timeframe for transient seabirds, especially 
shearwaters, out in the Gulf. Along with the more expected summer-visiting 
Cory's and Audubon's Shearwater, we'll have a chance, albeit unlikely, at a 
stray Great and/ or Sooty Shearwater. It'll be too late in the season for 
storm-petrels but maybe we'll luck into Masked Booby and/ or Red-billed 
Tropicbird. Who knows what else? A Texas pelagic (out of SPI) has had a 
Yellow-nosed Albatross on 26 September 2003 and the state's first South Polar 
Skua on 1 October 2004. So, you never know what we'll come across out there. We 
will have hundreds, if not thousands, of Black Terns along with other common 
inshore/ nearshore waterbirds. We may even have some migrant landbirds stop to 
rest onboard. That opens up another realm of possibilities. Plus, marine 
mammals (e.g. various spp. of whales and dolphins), many marine 

 fishes (we've had a couple of spp. of sharks, ocean sunfish, etc.), and we've 
had good looks at four different species of sea turtles. 


 If you're interested, please contact me via email at devinbosler AT gmail.com 
and/ or mobile phone at 717-203-1795. You can always leave a voice message or 
send a text message as well. The more participants, the better, so don't 
hesitate to contact me. Please feel free to cross-post this message to the 
LABIRD listserv, as I'm not subscribed. Spread the word! 


best, 
Devin Bosler

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Subject: Re: Fwd: [TN-Bird] IN MEMORY OF BOB HATCHER
From: Mary Stevens <stevenswaterbird AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:35:59 -0500
Van. Thank you for sharing this about Bob Hatcher. He was very kind and 
supportive to me years ago when I was involved w eagle nest monitoring in MS. 
Mary 


Mary Stripling
Museum Librarian, Retired
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
2148 Riverside Drive
Jackson, MS 39202
Home: 675 Lakewood Rd
Vicksburg, MS 38180
Cell: 601.832.6788
Library AT mmns.state.ms.us
Stevenswaterbird AT bellsouth.net
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> On Jul 23, 2014, at 2:49 AM, van harris  
wrote: 

> 
> Conservation in the Mid-South has lost a great friend.
> 
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Wallace Coffey 
> Date: Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 10:44 PM
> Subject: [TN-Bird] IN MEMORY OF BOB HATCHER
> To: Tn Bird List 
> 
> 
> 
> 
>  
> 
> IN MEMORY OF BOB HATCHER
> 
>  
> 
> American Eagle Foundation Eagle Consultant
> 
> and Retired Eagle Project Leader,
> TN Wildlife Resources Agency (1978-2001)
> 
>  
> 
> 
> ​Van Harris
> Millington, TN​
> 
Subject: Fwd: [TN-Bird] IN MEMORY OF BOB HATCHER
From: van harris <shelbyforester1223 AT rittermail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:49:13 -0500
Conservation in the Mid-South has lost a great friend.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Wallace Coffey 
Date: Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 10:44 PM
Subject: [TN-Bird] IN MEMORY OF BOB HATCHER
To: Tn Bird List 


*[image: Bob HATCHER.jpg]*



*IN MEMORY OF BOB HATCHER*



*American Eagle Foundation Eagle Consultant*

*and Retired Eagle Project Leader,*
*TN Wildlife Resources Agency (1978-2001)*



 *​Van Harris*
*Millington, TN​*
Subject: Fall MOS Meeting Sep 19-21, featuring photographer and ID expert Kevin Karlson
From: Jason Hoeksema <hoeksema AT olemiss.edu>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:49:02 -0500
Missbirders,
The Mississippi Ornithological Society (MOS) will hold its *fall meeting*
in Greenwood, MS the weekend of September 19-21, 2014. You won't want to
miss this meeting. Our special guest will be *photographer and ID expert
Kevin Karlson  *(*The Shorebird
Guide*

), 

who will give presentations on the amazing lives and varieties of
shorebirds as well as his impressionistic approach to bird identification.
In addition, Kevin will lead an interactive 1/2-day field workshop on
Saturday to put shorebird identification to practice and showcase Delta
birding. Meeting events will be scheduled for Friday evening through
Saturday evening with field trips Saturday and Sunday morning. During the
weekend, we expect to find 14+ species of shorebirds (including American
Avocets, Black-necked Stilts, and their more cryptic cousins), along with
thousands of waders (including Wood Stork & Roseate Spoonbill), and migrant
passerines. Delta birding can be fantastic this time of year.

For *additional details* including speaker bio, lodging information, and
itinerary, please visit this page:
http://www.mississippiornithologicalsociety.com/fall_meeting_announcement.pdf

For online (or mail-in) meeting *registration*, please visit this webpage:
http://www.mississippiornithologicalsociety.com/FallMeeting.htm

Also: You can now *join MOS online*. MOS members will receive discounted
registration for this event, are eligible to register for a meet & greet
with Kevin Karlson on Sept. 19, and also will receive discounted
registration for future field trips led by Delta Wind Birds
 (who is co-sponsoring this fall MOS
meeting). To join MOS, please visit this webpage:
http://www.mississippiornithologicalsociety.com/Membership%20info.htm

We hope to see you in Greenwood in September!

best wishes,
Jason Hoeksema & J.R. Rigby
Oxford, MS
Subject: Re: Golden eagle
From: Jason Hoeksema <hoeksema AT olemiss.edu>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:59:49 -0500
Billy,
Maybe you were already aware of this, but you can find 8-10 sightings of
Golden Eagles in Mississippi, and more in western TN, using the eBird Range
& Point Map tool, for example:

http://ebird.org/ebird/map/goleag?neg=true&env.minX=&env.minY=&env.maxX=&env.maxY=&zh=false&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=1-12&bmo=1&emo=12&yr=all&byr=1900&eyr=2014 


Of course, not all historical sightings have been put into eBird
(especially in MS), so MOS would likely have some additional records.
best wishes,
Jason Hoeksema
Oxford, MS



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> Is any one aware of any golden eagle sightings in north MS. Or western TN?
>
> Billy Bump
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Subject: Golden eagle
From: Billy Bump <billbobumpo AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:56:06 -0500
Is any one aware of any golden eagle sightings in north MS. Or western TN? 

Billy Bump
Olive Branch
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Subject: Kites
From: Robert Briscoe <rbriscoe2012 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:06:01 -0500
The Mississippi Kites nesting in my backyard had one chick. I could not find 
the adult birds this morning. The chick was perched on the edge of the nest. At 
8:30 the chick jumped out of the nest and glided behind some other trees. After 
a few minutes, the chick came back and landed in a tree where he had a good 
view of my hummingbird feeders. It sat in that tree for a few minutes and made 
a shallow dive across my backyard. The hummers scattered. The kite chick went 
back to the nest. Both adult birds landed in the nest right behind the chick. 
They seemed to be excited to see their baby take it's first flight. 

Robert Briscoe
53 CR 327
Oxford Ms
 		 	   		  
Subject: Join MOS online
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:00:06 -0500
Missbirders,

The membership webpage at the Mississippi Ornithological Society website
has been updated with the new dues structure. Additionally, anyone
interested in joining MOS may do so online.

http://www.mississippiornithologicalsociety.com/Membership%20info.htm

As this is brand new, please let me know off-list if you have any
difficulties using the PayPal interface. Please note that you do NOT have
to have a PayPal account to use this feature.

JR
jr.rigby AT gmail.com
Subject: Nest Cam - Mississippi Kites
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:07:03 -0500
Missbirders,

I've been watching the Mississippi Kites nesting in my neighborhood again
this year. The pair have a single nestling as they did last year. At the
beginning of this week Junior had a nearly full set of coverts, was still
growing his flight feathers, and his new body plumage was still in pin
feathers, particularly visible on the top of the head.

I've been watching primarily how the two adults attend the nest. The female
maintains the strongest contact with the nest. She is also the only one of
the pair that I have witnessed spend any substantial amount of time on the
nest. Most evenings she has settled onto the nest sometime between 17:00
and 19:00, ostensibly for the night (for example, this evening she was
continuously on the nest 16:55-18:30, evidenced by video, and has been
there each time I've checked since), but has been off the nest again by
06:30 each morning when I generally check the nest for the first time and
remains in the area but off the nest for the rest of the day. When she is
not on the nest, she is frequently perched at one of two or three sentinel
locations in the crowns of neighboring trees within 50m or so of the nest
where she watches over the nest and occasionally hawks a passing cicada or
dragonfly, most often for her own appetite. I have only seen her bring food
to Junior twice in the last week, both today in a span of 10min.

The male comes to the nest irregularly and has otherwise been out of sight
(i.e., not perching at similar nest-watch sites as the female). When he
brings food to the nest, moreover, I have not seen him spend more than 5 to
10 seconds on the nest at any one visit in more than a dozen such trips.
The time between his visits varies considerably, from 2 min to over 120
min. The latter hiatus was not broken by a visit from the female either.
There seems to be some, but not perfect, correlation between the size of
the food item brought and the time lapse until the next visit. Yesterday
afternoon, Junior worked on one unidentified, but fleshy, food item
vigorously for over half an hour.

Mississippi Kites are one of the species known to exhibit "helper" behavior
at nests, where an additional adult or sub-adult will provide assistance to
the mated pair in providing food and defending a nest. I was very curious
whether last year's nestling might return as a helper this year, but to
this point I have seen no evidence of a third MIKI involved at this nest.

Today I managed to get video of each adult bringing food to the nestling.
On a routine feeding visit, though the female doesn't stay long, in
comparison with the rather business-like male (5 sec) she seems to linger
(15 sec). Each adult has a more or less consistent "tell" when approaching
the nest with food (allowing me to avoid filming copious amounts of
continuously dull
nestling-lies-on-nest-and-turns-his-head-every-two-minutes material in an
effort to catch the adults). The female has a particular flight approach
wherein she flies through my line of sight to the nest, but continues
beyond the nest to an adjacent tree where she briefly perches out of sight.
A few seconds later, she appears at the nest. The male approaches directly
but most often vocalizes on his approach. The vocalization is not the
typical "phee-phew" one hears from MIKI, but a softer poly-syllabic
"phee-peeterit" (not that such descriptions ever helped anyone with a
vocalization). The majority of the male's visits are preceded by this sound
a second or two before he reaches the nest. I am not sure whether the
female uses the same vocalization or not.

Video clip of female adult feeding the nestling (~1min):
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123863674 AT N04/14508304300/

Video clip of male adult feeding the nestling (~1min):
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123863674 AT N04/14508417857/

Good birding!

JR
Oxford
Subject: Coastal Yearbirds
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:52:30 -0500
MISSBIRDERS,

Shannon and I spent a day and a half (Wed and Thurs) between lots of 
rain on the coast searching for some resident year birds we had missed 
this spring. We arrived on the MS Gulf Coast on Wed morning and quickly 
added Gull-billed and Sandwich Terns along the Harrison Co beaches. 
Traveling over the Biloxi/Ocean Springs bridge (Hwy 90) Shannon spotted 
a single male Magnificent Frigatebird flying right at us. With northerly 
winds that day we knew we were two lucky birders.
The next morning--temps around 64 degrees---near record setting lows for 
July--and nice low humidity we set off for Graveline beach area of 
Jackson Co for Seaside Sparrows and were rewarded by several singing. 
 From there we headed north to the Pascagoula WMA off Hwy 614. A couple 
of hours watching 12's of White Ibis fly by, a single male Anhinga, and 
other local birds we finally spotted a single Swallow-tailed Kite 
soaring at mid-day. Year Bird # 5.
We then traveled west into Hancock Co off Hwy 603 north of Kiln and 
found a single C. Ground-Dove at a site that is regular for this hard to 
see local nester. On back south and east to Pass Christian to find Inca 
Doves. This is the area where the INDO's were first seen in the state in 
1996. Driving thru the streets we found a single bird walking on the 
sidewalk on E. 2nd Street. Year Bird # 7.
We ended the day at Gulfport Harbor looking at our final year bird for 
the trip--a beautiful adult plumaged Black Tern, the first southbound 
BLTE seen this season.
Great Cool weather, NO BUGS, No Humidity--On the MS Gulf Coast in 
Summer!!!! Go figure!

Gene and Shannon Knight
Oxford, MS

ps--We loved seeing all the Least Terns
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Subject: Re: Annotated List
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:09:09 -0500
Missbirders,

The annotated list for the coastal counties is also now up on the MOS
website:

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


JR


On Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 11:15 AM, Ned and Lucy Boyajian <
nedlucyboyajian AT bellsouth.net> wrote:

> Missbirders
> The Annotated List of Birds MS Coastal Counties has been updated through
> June 30, 2014. Copies are available at both the MOS and Pearl River Audubon
> Center websites.
> Ned Boyajian
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Subject: Scissor-tailed flycatcher in Madison county
From: Lane Rushing <lanerushing12 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:57:51 -0500
Pair of Scissor-tails are still hanging out in the pasture on Hwy 22 north
side of road between Canton and Flora. West of Caroline Blvd entrance to
Lake Caroline--west of Mcmillon rd and east of entrance to Charleton
subdivision as previously reported by Billy Mitchell and others.  Captured
one of them perched and in flight this morning before 8am.  Shot this with
a Nikon D600 with 300mm f4 and 1.7 teleconverter (500mm equivalent).
Cropped pretty heavily.
Subject: Annotated List
From: Ned and Lucy Boyajian <nedlucyboyajian AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:15:31 -0500
Missbirders
The Annotated List of Birds MS Coastal Counties has been updated through 
June 30, 2014. Copies are available at both the MOS and Pearl River 
Audubon Center websites.
Ned Boyajian
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Subject: Re: Young Mississippi Kites - Yazoo Co
From: "Johnson, Erik" <ejohnson AT audubon.org>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 01:23:02 +0000
Hi JR,

What is going on with the MIKI molt is that these are 2nd calendar year (SY) 
birds molting into their second basic plumage. Like Wheeler and Clark (and also 
Pyle 2008) state, no primaries or secondaries molt in a juvenile’s first 
fall, only body feathers and sometimes (but not always) some to all rectrices. 
Because juvenile flight feathers all grow simultaneously, the inner feathers 
wouldn’t look fresher than the outer feathers. What your birds seem to show 
are the unmolted juvenile rectrices, secondaries, and outer primaries from 
their juvenile plumage acquired in 2013, and the inner primaries are the 
incoming 2nd basic growing this summer/fall. This prebasic molt can start on 
the breeding grounds, then would suspend for migration, and then complete on 
the wintering grounds. I’d bet your bird has either just dropped p4 or has 
already suspended flight feather molt for migration. They’ll also replace 
those juvenile rectrices for second basic rectrices at some point, perhaps 
after they arrive on the wintering grounds. 


Happy birding,
Erik Johnson
S Lafayette, LA
ejohnson AT audubon.org



From: missbird-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:missbird-bounce AT freelists.org] On 
Behalf Of JR Rigby 

Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2014 7:25 PM
To: MISSBIRD
Subject: [missbird] Young Mississippi Kites - Yazoo Co

Missbirders,

This afternoon about 14:00 I watched a large flock of 25+ Mississippi Kites 
hunting over a catfish farm and surrounding fields north of Yazoo City. The 
majority of those seen well with binocs from the ground were juveniles, 
distinguishable by banding in the tails and much messier coloration including a 
lot of mottled brown from below. I got a few photos, none great: 


Juvenile MIKI (note the darker inner primaries... comments below):
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123863674 AT N04/14647269682/in/photostream/

Juvenile MIKI with what looks to be a large prey for a Kite, perhaps a small 
bird or mammal (pic is too bad to tell): 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123863674 AT N04/14644366301/in/photostream/ 


Juvenile MIKI diving for prey:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123863674 AT N04/14667480853/in/photostream/

Juvenile MIKI diving for dragonfly:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123863674 AT N04/14460952879/in/photostream/
Sure, that might be a fortuitous little accident (how close is that dragonfly 
to the MIKI really??? But, it tells a nice story, so go with it.). 


Two bits of info were notable for me:
1) I've never seen a Kite carrying any prey larger than an Anole Lizard or a 
small frog, so whatever that MIKI in the second picture has is the new standard 
for me. And kudos to that youngster for trying to eat that chunk on the wing. 

2) At least a couple of these juvenile birds have inner primaries (looks like 
P1-P3) that are distinctly darker than adjacent outer primaries and 
secondaries. I haven't seen many juveniles in flight, so this was new to me. I 
initially thought that these darker primaries might be newly molted 
post-juvenile plumage, but according to Clark, Wheeler and Peterson's Field 
Guide to Hawks of North America, juveniles will not molt their flight feathers 
for a full year, that is, until returning to the breeding grounds next year. So 
perhaps these are just the freshest of the primaries in the first plumage. 


Good birding,

JR
Oxford

Subject: Young Mississippi Kites - Yazoo Co
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:25:29 -0500
Missbirders,

This afternoon about 14:00 I watched a large flock of 25+ Mississippi Kites
hunting over a catfish farm and surrounding fields north of Yazoo City. The
majority of those seen well with binocs from the ground were juveniles,
distinguishable by banding in the tails and much messier coloration
including a lot of mottled brown from below. I got a few photos, none great:

Juvenile MIKI (note the darker inner primaries... comments below):
*https://www.flickr.com/photos/123863674 AT N04/14647269682/in/photostream/
*

Juvenile MIKI with what looks to be a large prey for a Kite, perhaps a
small bird or mammal (pic is too bad to tell):
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123863674 AT N04/14644366301/in/photostream/

Juvenile MIKI diving for prey:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123863674 AT N04/14667480853/in/photostream/

Juvenile MIKI diving for dragonfly:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123863674 AT N04/14460952879/in/photostream/
Sure, that might be a fortuitous little accident (how close is that
dragonfly to the MIKI really??? But, it tells a nice story, so go with it.).

Two bits of info were notable for me:
1) I've never seen a Kite carrying any prey larger than an Anole Lizard or
a small frog, so whatever that MIKI in the second picture has is the new
standard for me. And kudos to that youngster for trying to eat that chunk
on the wing.
2) At least a couple of these juvenile birds have inner primaries (looks
like P1-P3) that are distinctly darker than adjacent outer primaries and
secondaries. I haven't seen many juveniles in flight, so this was new to
me. I initially thought that these darker primaries might be newly molted
post-juvenile plumage, but according to Clark, Wheeler and Peterson's Field
Guide to Hawks of North America, juveniles will not molt their flight
feathers for a full year, that is, until returning to the breeding grounds
next year. So perhaps these are just the freshest of the primaries in the
first plumage.

Good birding,

JR
Oxford
Subject: Re: Fwd: Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher west of Canton
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 17:37:21 -0500
Missbirders,

I made it by to see the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher yesterday at 16:30 in the
top of the same dead tree across from McMillon Rd. I only saw one bird, but
was only in the area for about 15min.

Photo:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123863674 AT N04/14667423783/in/photostream/

Thanks to all who have posted on this birded.

JR
Oxford



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> Just came from seeing the flycatcher, great directions, thanks!  tg
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Adam Rohnke 
> To: evrusse 
> Cc: missbird 
> Sent: Sun, Jul 13, 2014 12:03 pm
> Subject: [missbird] Re: Fwd: Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher west of Canton
>
>  [image: image.jpeg]The scissor tail is still here and hawking
> constantly....exact same spot as other descriptions. See horrible I phone
> pic. Attached.
>
>  Great bird!!!
>
>  Adam
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Jul 12, 2014, at 11:51 AM, EVELYN RUSSELL  wrote:
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
> *From: *"EVELYN RUSSELL" 
> *To: *carlsmith AT fs.fed.us
> *Sent: *Saturday, July 12, 2014 11:49:13 AM
> *Subject: *Re: [missbird] Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher west of Canton
>
> I just saw THEM.  There were two....one smaller than the other.  Put on
> quite a show for me and I got pictures....not very good because I don't
> have a great camera.  Is this a pair??? I live about two miles from
> them....Evelyn Russell
>
> ------------------------------
> *From: *"Carl G Smith -FS" 
> *To: *"MISSBIRD" 
> *Sent: *Friday, July 11, 2014 10:21:43 AM
> *Subject: *[missbird] Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher west of Canton
>
> Missbirders,
> The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was directly across Hwy 22 from the entrance
> to Mcmillon Rd yesterday (July, 10th) at 4:30pm.  It was in the top of a
> big dead tree (maybe the same dead tree Gene saw it in).
> Carl Smith
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: missbird-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:missbird-bounce AT freelists.org]
> On Behalf Of Gene Knight
> Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:12 PM
> To: MISSBIRD
> Subject: [missbird] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher west of Canton
>
> MISSBIRDERS,
>
> I saw the STFL about 11:30 am this morning directly north of the set of
> light wires that Billy Simmons has been seeing it. There is a large grown
> up field with a large old dead tree here and the STFL was perched in the
> top. Several times it sallied out and scissored about only to return to the
> top of the old dead tree.
>
> Here is Billy's original post for directions: Just saw sc tail flycatcher
> on light wire along Hwy 22 north side of road between Canton and Flora.
> West of Caroline Blvd entrance to Lake Caroline--west of Mcmillon rd and
> east of entrance to Charleton subdivision.
>
>
> Gene Knight
> Oxford, MS
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Subject: Re: Fwd: Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher west of Canton
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "tippyg@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 17:48:53 -0400 (EDT)
Just came from seeing the flycatcher, great directions, thanks!  tg



-----Original Message-----
From: Adam Rohnke 
To: evrusse 
Cc: missbird 
Sent: Sun, Jul 13, 2014 12:03 pm
Subject: [missbird] Re: Fwd: Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher west of Canton



The scissor tail is still here and hawking constantly....exact same spot as 
other descriptions. See horrible I phone pic. Attached. 



Great bird!!! 


Adam

Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 12, 2014, at 11:51 AM, EVELYN RUSSELL  wrote:







From: "EVELYN RUSSELL" 
To: carlsmith AT fs.fed.us
Sent: Saturday, July 12, 2014 11:49:13 AM
Subject: Re: [missbird] Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher west of Canton


I just saw THEM. There were two....one smaller than the other. Put on quite a 
show for me and I got pictures....not very good because I don't have a great 
camera. Is this a pair??? I live about two miles from them....Evelyn Russell 




From: "Carl G Smith -FS" 
To: "MISSBIRD" 
Sent: Friday, July 11, 2014 10:21:43 AM
Subject: [missbird] Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher west of Canton

Missbirders,
The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was directly across Hwy 22 from the entrance to 
Mcmillon Rd yesterday (July, 10th) at 4:30pm. It was in the top of a big dead 
tree (maybe the same dead tree Gene saw it in). 

Carl Smith

-----Original Message-----
From: missbird-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:missbird-bounce AT freelists.org] On 
Behalf Of Gene Knight 

Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:12 PM
To: MISSBIRD
Subject: [missbird] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher west of Canton

MISSBIRDERS,

I saw the STFL about 11:30 am this morning directly north of the set of light 
wires that Billy Simmons has been seeing it. There is a large grown up field 
with a large old dead tree here and the STFL was perched in the top. Several 
times it sallied out and scissored about only to return to the top of the old 
dead tree. 


Here is Billy's original post for directions: Just saw sc tail flycatcher on 
light wire along Hwy 22 north side of road between Canton and Flora. West of 
Caroline Blvd entrance to Lake Caroline--west of Mcmillon rd and east of 
entrance to Charleton subdivision. 



Gene Knight
Oxford, MS
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Subject: Re: Fwd: Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher west of Canton
From: Adam Rohnke <atrohnke AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:02:39 -0500
The scissor tail is still here and hawking constantly....exact same spot as 
other descriptions. See horrible I phone pic. Attached. 


Great bird!!! 

Adam

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 12, 2014, at 11:51 AM, EVELYN RUSSELL  wrote:
> 
> 
> 
> From: "EVELYN RUSSELL" 
> To: carlsmith AT fs.fed.us
> Sent: Saturday, July 12, 2014 11:49:13 AM
> Subject: Re: [missbird] Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher west of Canton
> 
> I just saw THEM. There were two....one smaller than the other. Put on quite a 
show for me and I got pictures....not very good because I don't have a great 
camera. Is this a pair??? I live about two miles from them....Evelyn Russell 

> 
> From: "Carl G Smith -FS" 
> To: "MISSBIRD" 
> Sent: Friday, July 11, 2014 10:21:43 AM
> Subject: [missbird] Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher west of Canton
> 
> Missbirders,
> The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was directly across Hwy 22 from the entrance to 
Mcmillon Rd yesterday (July, 10th) at 4:30pm. It was in the top of a big dead 
tree (maybe the same dead tree Gene saw it in). 

> Carl Smith
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: missbird-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:missbird-bounce AT freelists.org] On 
Behalf Of Gene Knight 

> Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:12 PM
> To: MISSBIRD
> Subject: [missbird] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher west of Canton
> 
> MISSBIRDERS,
> 
> I saw the STFL about 11:30 am this morning directly north of the set of light 
wires that Billy Simmons has been seeing it. There is a large grown up field 
with a large old dead tree here and the STFL was perched in the top. Several 
times it sallied out and scissored about only to return to the top of the old 
dead tree. 

> 
> Here is Billy's original post for directions: Just saw sc tail flycatcher on 
light wire along Hwy 22 north side of road between Canton and Flora. West of 
Caroline Blvd entrance to Lake Caroline--west of Mcmillon rd and east of 
entrance to Charleton subdivision. 

> 
> 
> Gene Knight
> Oxford, MS
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Subject: Botswana Birds
From: Martha Swan <marthaswan AT starband.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:30:43 -0500
Missbirders,

Here is a link to a photo album on Flickr of birds we saw in Botswana.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/m_and_d_swan/sets/72157645461311494/

Some photos are useful only for ID purposes, but I hope that the album
gives you a glimpse of the incredible beauty and diversity of the birdlife
there. Thanks to those who advised on choosing a photo sharing service.
Please let me know if you see any ID errors or if you can ID the mystery
birds.

Although the Flickr account is in my name, of course Dana was the
photographer!

Enjoy,
Martha

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1665 Toccopola Junction Road
Thaxton, MS 38871
Subject: MS kites
From: Nancy Donald <nmdonald55 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:00:42 -0500
Hey all

I saw 8 MS kites soaring over a field on the south side Old Country Club
Rd. W this afternoon.  There were 3 in the same location around 10:30 this
morning then the
8  this afternoon around 2.  Some were in molt. Beautiful birds to watch.



Nancy Donald

Meridian, MS

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and so on - have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently
wear - what remains? Nature remains.

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Subject: MS kite
From: Nancy Donald <nmdonald55 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 16:10:28 -0500
Hey all

Saw 8 MS kit


-- 

Nancy Donald

Meridian, MS

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and so on - have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently
wear - what remains? Nature remains.

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Subject: Fwd: Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher west of Canton
From: EVELYN RUSSELL <evrusse AT hughes.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:51:32 -0400 (EDT)

----- Forwarded Message -----

From: "EVELYN RUSSELL"  
To: carlsmith AT fs.fed.us 
Sent: Saturday, July 12, 2014 11:49:13 AM 
Subject: Re: [missbird] Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher west of Canton 


I just saw THEM. There were two....one smaller than the other. Put on quite a 
show for me and I got pictures....not very good because I don't have a great 
camera. Is this a pair??? I live about two miles from them....Evelyn Russell 


----- Forwarded Message -----

From: "Carl G Smith -FS"  
To: "MISSBIRD"  
Sent: Friday, July 11, 2014 10:21:43 AM 
Subject: [missbird] Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher west of Canton 

Missbirders, 
The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was directly across Hwy 22 from the entrance to 
Mcmillon Rd yesterday (July, 10th) at 4:30pm. It was in the top of a big dead 
tree (maybe the same dead tree Gene saw it in). 

Carl Smith 

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From: missbird-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:missbird-bounce AT freelists.org] On 
Behalf Of Gene Knight 

Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:12 PM 
To: MISSBIRD 
Subject: [missbird] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher west of Canton 

MISSBIRDERS, 

I saw the STFL about 11:30 am this morning directly north of the set of light 
wires that Billy Simmons has been seeing it. There is a large grown up field 
with a large old dead tree here and the STFL was perched in the top. Several 
times it sallied out and scissored about only to return to the top of the old 
dead tree. 


Here is Billy's original post for directions: Just saw sc tail flycatcher on 
light wire along Hwy 22 north side of road between Canton and Flora. West of 
Caroline Blvd entrance to Lake Caroline--west of Mcmillon rd and east of 
entrance to Charleton subdivision. 



Gene Knight 
Oxford, MS 
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Subject: Sardis Lake
From: Robert Briscoe <rbriscoe2012 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 07:51:07 -0500
Yesterday, I saw 20 Ospreys from the second boat ramp at Hurricane Landing.
Robert Briscoe
53 CR 327
Oxford Ms
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher west of Canton
From: Billy Mitchell <bill.unit AT att.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:30:03 -0500
Still there at noon today.

Billy Mitchell

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 11, 2014, at 10:21 AM, "Smith, Carl G -FS"  
wrote: 

> 
> Missbirders,
> The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was directly across Hwy 22 from the entrance to 
Mcmillon Rd yesterday (July, 10th) at 4:30pm. It was in the top of a big dead 
tree (maybe the same dead tree Gene saw it in). 

> Carl Smith
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: missbird-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:missbird-bounce AT freelists.org] On 
Behalf Of Gene Knight 

> Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:12 PM
> To: MISSBIRD
> Subject: [missbird] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher west of Canton
> 
> MISSBIRDERS,
> 
> I saw the STFL about 11:30 am this morning directly north of the set of light 
wires that Billy Simmons has been seeing it. There is a large grown up field 
with a large old dead tree here and the STFL was perched in the top. Several 
times it sallied out and scissored about only to return to the top of the old 
dead tree. 

> 
> Here is Billy's original post for directions: Just saw sc tail flycatcher on 
light wire along Hwy 22 north side of road between Canton and Flora. West of 
Caroline Blvd entrance to Lake Caroline--west of Mcmillon rd and east of 
entrance to Charleton subdivision. 

> 
> 
> Gene Knight
> Oxford, MS
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Subject: Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher west of Canton
From: "Smith, Carl G -FS" <carlsmith AT fs.fed.us>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:21:43 +0000
Missbirders,
The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was directly across Hwy 22 from the entrance to 
Mcmillon Rd yesterday (July, 10th) at 4:30pm. It was in the top of a big dead 
tree (maybe the same dead tree Gene saw it in). 

Carl Smith

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From: missbird-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:missbird-bounce AT freelists.org] On 
Behalf Of Gene Knight 

Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:12 PM
To: MISSBIRD
Subject: [missbird] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher west of Canton

MISSBIRDERS,

I saw the STFL about 11:30 am this morning directly north of the set of light 
wires that Billy Simmons has been seeing it. There is a large grown up field 
with a large old dead tree here and the STFL was perched in the top. Several 
times it sallied out and scissored about only to return to the top of the old 
dead tree. 


Here is Billy's original post for directions: Just saw sc tail flycatcher on 
light wire along Hwy 22 north side of road between Canton and Flora. West of 
Caroline Blvd entrance to Lake Caroline--west of Mcmillon rd and east of 
entrance to Charleton subdivision. 



Gene Knight
Oxford, MS
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Subject: Fwd: National Academy of Sciences Gulf Research Program Fellowship Opportunity
From: msw103 AT ra.msstate.edu
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:11:05 -0500
Folks:

Please share with students as appropriate.  Thanks in advance for sharing...

Mark

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Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program

The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship  
Program is designed to engage early career individuals in the  
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obtain essential skills and knowledge needed to work in science and  
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The Gulf Research Program will host a Christine Mirzayan Fellow in  
2015, so we encourage you to spread the word among potential  
candidates. The Fellow will be part of a cohort of about two dozen  
other Fellows learning about the role of science in the federal  
government and will work directly with the Gulf Research Program and  
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We will be looking at candidates who are forward-thinking and  
cross-disciplinary. Graduate and professional school students and  
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Applications are due September 1, 2014. The stipend for the 12-week  
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Subject: Eastern Bluebird
From: Regina George <reginaluvselvis AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:26:38 -0500
Just saw my first Eastern Bluebird! I almost wrecked my car craning my neck
to do a double take. It's the small things for this learning birder. :)

Regina George
Oxford, MS
Subject: A&D Turf Farm-South of Oxford
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:52:00 -0500
MISSBIRDERS,

Knowing it's time for southbound shorebirds I checked the turf farm out 
this am with not much to report. 30 Killdeer and a single male Pectoral 
Sandpiper were the only shorebirds seen. A pair of Horned Larks were on 
the west end with a couple of juveniles feeding about.

A single adult Least Sandpiper was spotted on one of the large bubbles 
sticking up out of the grasses/duck weed that has flourished in the 
summer rains at the Sewage Lagoon south of Oxford.

Gene Knight
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Subject: Common Ground Dove & Scissortale Flycatchers
From: Randy Palmer <randyp AT hghhardware.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 19:08:01 -0500
Common Ground Dove life bird & Scissortale Flycatchers in Ruston, La.

Randy Palmer
HGH Hardware Supply
601-862-0432
Subject: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher west of Canton
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:11:35 -0500
MISSBIRDERS,

I saw the STFL about 11:30 am this morning directly north of the set of 
light wires that Billy Simmons has been seeing it. There is a large 
grown up field with a large old dead tree here and the STFL was perched 
in the top. Several times it sallied out and scissored about only to 
return to the top of the old dead tree.

Here is Billy's original post for directions: Just saw sc tail 
flycatcher on light wire along Hwy 22 north side of road between Canton 
and Flora. West of Caroline Blvd entrance to Lake Caroline--west of 
Mcmillon rd and east of entrance to Charleton subdivision.


Gene Knight
Oxford, MS
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Subject: Re: Scissor Tailed Flycatcher in Madison County, MS
From: Billy <billysimmons119 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 16:48:53 -0500
As of 4:30 pm today the scissor tail was in same spot as yesterday. I looked 
several times earlier today without finding it. 


Billy Simmons

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 6, 2014, at 11:13 AM, Billy  wrote:
> 
> Just saw sc tail flycatcher on light wire along Hwy 22 north side of road 
between Canton and Flora. West of Caroline Blvd entrance to Lake Caroline--west 
of Mcmillon rd and east of entrance to Charleton subdivision. 

> 
> Billy Simmons
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Jun 21, 2014, at 3:00 PM, Wayne Patterson  wrote:
>> 
>> This morning two Grasshopper Sparrows were across Highway 8 from the West 
end of the Black Swamp Mitigation Bank land West of Aberdeen. At the 
intersection of 45 bypass and Highway 8 in Aberdeen go West approximately one 9 
tenths of mile. On the left or South of 8 you will see a White House with white 
fence sitting up on a hill. The first bird was found on this house's fence that 
runs parallel to 8 East of the driveway. There are a couple of signs in this 
area and the closest to the bird was "Adopt a Highway Mississippi" sign. There 
is another fence East of this house that runs South at the bottom of the hill 
before this house coming from Aberdeen. Approximately 100 yards or so south on 
this fence another bird was keeping vigil on a wooded support section of the 
fence. I did not here either one sing but here a couple of photos. 

>>  
>>  http://www.pbase.com/wpatterson/image/156203287/large
>>  
>> http://www.pbase.com/wpatterson/image/156203362
>>  
>> Wayne Patterson
>> Shannon, MS  Lee Co.
Subject: Re: Scissor Tailed Flycatcher in Madison County, MS
From: Billy Mitchell <bill.unit AT att.net>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 15:14:07 -0500
As of now, 3:10 PM, bird is still at location described.

Billy Mitchell

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> On Jul 6, 2014, at 11:13 AM, Billy  wrote:
> 
> Just saw sc tail flycatcher on light wire along Hwy 22 north side of road 
between Canton and Flora. West of Caroline Blvd entrance to Lake Caroline--west 
of Mcmillon rd and east of entrance to Charleton subdivision. 

> 
> Billy Simmons
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Jun 21, 2014, at 3:00 PM, Wayne Patterson  wrote:
>> 
>> This morning two Grasshopper Sparrows were across Highway 8 from the West 
end of the Black Swamp Mitigation Bank land West of Aberdeen. At the 
intersection of 45 bypass and Highway 8 in Aberdeen go West approximately one 9 
tenths of mile. On the left or South of 8 you will see a White House with white 
fence sitting up on a hill. The first bird was found on this house's fence that 
runs parallel to 8 East of the driveway. There are a couple of signs in this 
area and the closest to the bird was "Adopt a Highway Mississippi" sign. There 
is another fence East of this house that runs South at the bottom of the hill 
before this house coming from Aberdeen. Approximately 100 yards or so south on 
this fence another bird was keeping vigil on a wooded support section of the 
fence. I did not here either one sing but here a couple of photos. 

>>  
>>  http://www.pbase.com/wpatterson/image/156203287/large
>>  
>> http://www.pbase.com/wpatterson/image/156203362
>>  
>> Wayne Patterson
>> Shannon, MS  Lee Co.
Subject: Re: Raided Cardinal Nest wrap-up
From: Dana Swan <danaswan AT starband.net>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 11:48:32 -0500
During our recent trip to Botswana, while traveling down the Chobe River
our guide pointed out a flock of White-fronted Bee-eaters attacking a large
Water Monitor who was trying to raid a nest.   Not only did the parents
attack the Monitor, the rest of the flock did also.   We didn't stay around
long enough to find out the outcome.


On Fri, Jul 4, 2014 at 11:45 PM, Judy Dorsey  wrote:

> In Louisiana once I saw a Brown Thrasher attack a water snake in a small
> pond that was heading straight toward a clueless young Cardinal.  This was
> a scene I never forgot.
>
> A year or so later I found an Audubon print of four  thrashers attacking a
> snake at a nest and bought it: http://www.wildbirds.org/birds/thrash.htm
>
> If you Google the words brown thrasher snake, some interesting videos
> appear.
>
> Judy Dorsey
> West Tennessee
>
>
> On Fri, Jul 4, 2014 at 8:20 PM, JR Rigby  wrote:
>
>> Missbirders,
>>
>> A couple of natural history notes from the aftermath of the snake
>> encounter today. The snake did return. I (quite literally) caught him back
>> at the nest a half hour later in the act of swallowing the last egg. I
>> guess once a predator finds the nest, it's over.
>>
>> ON NEST DEFENSE:
>> It's interesting that the NOCAs couldn't or wouldn't defend the nest. The
>> female would display, raising her crest and fanning her tail, very near the
>> nest while the snake was in the act of swallowing the eggs, but I never saw
>> either male or female attack the snake. Through it all the female
>> maintained much closer contact with the predator than the male who was
>> equally agitated but kept a slightly larger radius between himself and the
>> snake, and at times moved to adjacent trees from which to protest. The
>> female never left the immediate vicinity of the nest, generally within
>> inches.
>>
>> I've read that nest defense behavior varies widely among passerines. Some
>> are fearless and aggressive, others will make a lot of noise but otherwise
>> stand by while a nest is raided. Also, I wonder if a fearless species is
>> only fearless in defense of its own nest, or as the wren and finch came to
>> assist the scolding cardinals, would a more "courageous" species actually
>> defend the nest of a different species against a marauding snake?
>>
>> ON SNAKE MEMORY:
>> When I removed the snake the first time, I wondered whether a snake
>> could/would remember that there was another egg to be had. He did return,
>> but why? Was it because he knew there was another egg, or because he knew
>> he'd been disturbed while he was in the middle of something and needed some
>> closure one way or another? I checked the nest and surroundings a few times
>> after I removed the snake the *second* time, and he did not return to my
>> knowledge, at least suggesting that the snake knew the nest was played out
>> at that point and also that he had indeed returned for that third egg after
>> our first encounter.
>>
>> Good birding and mind the predators,
>>
>> JR
>>
>>
>>
>
>
Subject: Scissor Tailed Flycatcher in Madison County, MS
From: Billy <billysimmons119 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 11:13:58 -0500
Just saw sc tail flycatcher on light wire along Hwy 22 north side of road 
between Canton and Flora. West of Caroline Blvd entrance to Lake Caroline--west 
of Mcmillon rd and east of entrance to Charleton subdivision. 


Billy Simmons
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> On Jun 21, 2014, at 3:00 PM, Wayne Patterson  wrote:
> 
> This morning two Grasshopper Sparrows were across Highway 8 from the West end 
of the Black Swamp Mitigation Bank land West of Aberdeen. At the intersection 
of 45 bypass and Highway 8 in Aberdeen go West approximately one 9 tenths of 
mile. On the left or South of 8 you will see a White House with white fence 
sitting up on a hill. The first bird was found on this house's fence that runs 
parallel to 8 East of the driveway. There are a couple of signs in this area 
and the closest to the bird was "Adopt a Highway Mississippi" sign. There is 
another fence East of this house that runs South at the bottom of the hill 
before this house coming from Aberdeen. Approximately 100 yards or so south on 
this fence another bird was keeping vigil on a wooded support section of the 
fence. I did not here either one sing but here a couple of photos. 

>  
>  http://www.pbase.com/wpatterson/image/156203287/large
>  
> http://www.pbase.com/wpatterson/image/156203362
>  
> Wayne Patterson
> Shannon, MS  Lee Co.
Subject: Avocets and Storks
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Sun, 06 Jul 2014 09:16:48 -0500
MISSBIRDERS,

Yesterday while returning from a family gathering near Winona we side 
tracked over into the delta to check out a set of catfish ponds west of 
Greenwood. The ponds are off Hwy 82 on Leflore CR 136. Here are some of 
the highlights.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Mallard-2
Wood Stork-27
Double-crested Cormorant-6
A. White Pelican-300
Great Blue Heron-10
Great Egret-1020
Snowy Egret-75
Killdeer-28
Black-necked stilt-2
A. Avocet-218 (alt pl)
Spotted Sandpiper-1
Least Sandpiper-42
Loggerhead Shrike-family of 4
Painted Bunting-1 heard singing

Gene and Shannon Knight
Oxford, MS


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Subject: Re: Raided Cardinal Nest wrap-up
From: Judy Dorsey <judydorsey AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 23:45:45 -0500
In Louisiana once I saw a Brown Thrasher attack a water snake in a small
pond that was heading straight toward a clueless young Cardinal.  This was
a scene I never forgot.

A year or so later I found an Audubon print of four  thrashers attacking a
snake at a nest and bought it: http://www.wildbirds.org/birds/thrash.htm

If you Google the words brown thrasher snake, some interesting videos
appear.

Judy Dorsey
West Tennessee


On Fri, Jul 4, 2014 at 8:20 PM, JR Rigby  wrote:

> Missbirders,
>
> A couple of natural history notes from the aftermath of the snake
> encounter today. The snake did return. I (quite literally) caught him back
> at the nest a half hour later in the act of swallowing the last egg. I
> guess once a predator finds the nest, it's over.
>
> ON NEST DEFENSE:
> It's interesting that the NOCAs couldn't or wouldn't defend the nest. The
> female would display, raising her crest and fanning her tail, very near the
> nest while the snake was in the act of swallowing the eggs, but I never saw
> either male or female attack the snake. Through it all the female
> maintained much closer contact with the predator than the male who was
> equally agitated but kept a slightly larger radius between himself and the
> snake, and at times moved to adjacent trees from which to protest. The
> female never left the immediate vicinity of the nest, generally within
> inches.
>
> I've read that nest defense behavior varies widely among passerines. Some
> are fearless and aggressive, others will make a lot of noise but otherwise
> stand by while a nest is raided. Also, I wonder if a fearless species is
> only fearless in defense of its own nest, or as the wren and finch came to
> assist the scolding cardinals, would a more "courageous" species actually
> defend the nest of a different species against a marauding snake?
>
> ON SNAKE MEMORY:
> When I removed the snake the first time, I wondered whether a snake
> could/would remember that there was another egg to be had. He did return,
> but why? Was it because he knew there was another egg, or because he knew
> he'd been disturbed while he was in the middle of something and needed some
> closure one way or another? I checked the nest and surroundings a few times
> after I removed the snake the *second* time, and he did not return to my
> knowledge, at least suggesting that the snake knew the nest was played out
> at that point and also that he had indeed returned for that third egg after
> our first encounter.
>
> Good birding and mind the predators,
>
> JR
>
>
>
Subject: Raided Cardinal Nest wrap-up
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 20:20:40 -0500
Missbirders,

A couple of natural history notes from the aftermath of the snake encounter
today. The snake did return. I (quite literally) caught him back at the
nest a half hour later in the act of swallowing the last egg. I guess once
a predator finds the nest, it's over.

ON NEST DEFENSE:
It's interesting that the NOCAs couldn't or wouldn't defend the nest. The
female would display, raising her crest and fanning her tail, very near the
nest while the snake was in the act of swallowing the eggs, but I never saw
either male or female attack the snake. Through it all the female
maintained much closer contact with the predator than the male who was
equally agitated but kept a slightly larger radius between himself and the
snake, and at times moved to adjacent trees from which to protest. The
female never left the immediate vicinity of the nest, generally within
inches.

I've read that nest defense behavior varies widely among passerines. Some
are fearless and aggressive, others will make a lot of noise but otherwise
stand by while a nest is raided. Also, I wonder if a fearless species is
only fearless in defense of its own nest, or as the wren and finch came to
assist the scolding cardinals, would a more "courageous" species actually
defend the nest of a different species against a marauding snake?

ON SNAKE MEMORY:
When I removed the snake the first time, I wondered whether a snake
could/would remember that there was another egg to be had. He did return,
but why? Was it because he knew there was another egg, or because he knew
he'd been disturbed while he was in the middle of something and needed some
closure one way or another? I checked the nest and surroundings a few times
after I removed the snake the *second* time, and he did not return to my
knowledge, at least suggesting that the snake knew the nest was played out
at that point and also that he had indeed returned for that third egg after
our first encounter.

Good birding and mind the predators,

JR
Subject: Grasshopper Sparrows and Snakes
From: JR Rigby <jr.rigby AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 14:27:18 -0500
Missbirders,


GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS:

Gene Knight and I made an early trip over to Monroe Co. to the spot where
Wayne Patterson had previously reported Grasshopper Sparrows near the
junction of Hwy 8 and Hwy 45 west of Aberdeen, MS. We worked along the
fence at that pasture for 45 minutes around 7:45 this morning with no luck
either seeing or hearing the sparrows, though Dickcissels and Loggerhead
Shrikes were abundant. We then went north on Hwy 45 Alt to the junction
with Okolona Rd and, with some effort, found two Grasshopper Sparrows in
the fields on the west side of the highway and south of Okolona Rd at
8:30am. Note that the sparrows were in the fields with taller grass, not
the cow pasture. Gene spotted the first one on the fence by the highway. We
got good views for a moment or two before it flew off toward the middle of
the field and dipped into the grass. A second bird perched in a tall piece
of vegetation in the field and was observed for five minutes through a
scope. Neither of us could confirm hearing a Grasshopper Sparrow sing at
either location.

SNAKE RAIDING NORTHERN CARDINAL NEST:

Back home here in Oxford, I was in the yard a few minutes ago listening to
a couple of Northern Cardinals calling frenetically from a bush at the
corner of our house and observed a Carolina Wren and a House Finch join in.
I figured there must be a snake around. Poking around the bush for a few
minutes revealed an Eastern Kingsnake (holbrooki) raiding the Cardinal
nest. The snake had already swallowed at least two eggs, as evidenced by
tell-tale bulges in his profile. Honestly, I never know what's the right
course of action in such situations: let nature take its course, or chip in
on the side of the cardinals the way the wren and the finch had done. I
decided that since the snake already had two eggs, removing the snake from
the nest to save the last egg was a reasonable compromise. I'll give the
snake full credit for effort, though. It wasn't leaving that last egg
without a fight, and the process of removing the snake jostled the
remaining egg out of the nest and into the tall grass in my yard. I moved
the snake to the other side of the yard and then rummaged around until I
found the egg and replaced it. Perhaps I just delayed the inevitable return
of the snake.

I wonder what happens next. Will the snake return for the remaining egg?
Will the Cardinals start another nest and move the egg? Is this the first
brood for this pair of Cardinals? It seems late given how many juveniles
have already fledged. Or is it possibly a second brood? Or maybe a second
nest after an earlier one failed.

Photos:
Kingsnake in the nest:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123863674 AT N04/14573115392/in/photostream/

Cardinal egg: https://www.flickr.com/photos/123863674 AT N04/14594009613/

Good birding,

JR
Subject: Bronzed Cowbird Brookhaven
From: Christopher King <birdnerd42 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 12:59:40 -0500
The Bronzed Cowbird is still present in Brookhaven.  He has been at my
feeder multiple times everyday since June 26.

-- 
Peace,
Chris
Subject: Trucking Baby SUTA
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:51:33 -0500
MISSBIRDERS,

As promised here is the photo of the fledgling Summer Tanager in the bed 
of my truck just as I found it early this morning--after it fledged from 
it's nest 25 feet above my shop. I put on a glove and picked it up with 
it trying to peck me and squalling all the way to the woods. Mama joined 
it as it scurried off into the woods. All is quiet now in the Knight's Yard.

Gene Knight
7 miles south of Oxford, MS
Subject: Summer Tanager babies-Knight's yard
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Wed, 02 Jul 2014 08:49:17 -0500
MISSBIRDERS,

The saga of the SUTA's in our yard continues. Being able to witness the 
goings on in the lives of this pair of tanagers has been informative to 
say the least. The male still wore his 1st spring garb so that really 
intrigued me as I wondered when he would become all red. It hasn't to 
this day!! One doesn't get a chance every year watch them court, to see 
her build the nest, be able to see the young in the nest, watch the 
adults feed the young, takes some photos and THEN see the young flutter 
out down into the woods. This happened yesterday afternoon (6:00 pm or 
so). Still fuzzy headed and barely feathered 2 of the 4 juveniles came 
out, with coaxing from the adults, and glided (or something similar, 
fluttering little wings type of thing) off down into the woods. Within a 
couple of hours a third bird then came out onto the edge of the nest and 
hung out til dark and then back into the nest! This morning I go out and 
hear a bird call coming from the back of my truck and low and behold one 
of the babies is sitting in amongst the ladders and work things of my 
truck!!!!! Go Figure!!! And of course the way I figure this out is that 
the nestling has been seeing us watching them for 5 days and we may be 
it's parents!!!! So he came to daddy!! Anyways I finally (after taking a 
photo of it in my truck) pick it up and took it to the woods. It quickly 
fluttered off and the mama SUTA was quickly on the scene feeding it. 
WHEW!!! Back to the nest with scope watching the last??? baby hunkered 
down taking it all in.
A photo of the truck baby is forthcoming when I get back from work.

Gene and Shannon Knight
7 miles south of Oxford, MS
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Subject: black-bellied whistling duck
From: Mona <mona AT jwhitten.com>
Date: Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:39:22 -0500
When I went out to get the paper this morning there were 2 black-bellied 
whistling ducks in the cypress tree in the bayou in front of our house.

Mona Whitten
Sumner, Tallahatchie County
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Subject: Summer Tanager nestling-Knight's Yard
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2014 12:39:41 -0500
MISSBIRDERS,

My apologies for such a bad photo that I posted last week of one of the 
juvenile SUTA's. I have watched this particular tanager pair for a month 
now courting around our yard. The male is a 1st spring plumaged bird 
that _still_ has his 1st year (greenish/yellow belly and undertail 
coverts) feathering. His song is also not completely sung as an adult 
with much of the latter part of the song eliminated. We can find him in 
the trees by his song and know it from another adult male singing off to 
the south of our yard!! We never saw him participate in the nest 
building but today he was seen feeding one of the two nestlings. 
Photographing birds up in the trees amongst the leaves where the sun 
hardly hits is very hard to do, so this pic is much better--shot between 
MORE rain showers and a little sunshine. Enjoy!

Gene and Shannon
7 miles south of Oxford, MS
Subject: Bronzed Cowbird in Brookhaven
From: Christopher King <birdnerd42 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:15:54 -0500
The Bronzed Cowbird continues to be seen here in Brookhaven.  The sighting
are sometimes hours apart, but if you wish to try your luck shoot me an
email and I'll provide directions.

There are better photos available.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/86385150 AT N06/14336215537/

-- 
Peace,
Chris
Subject: (no subject)
From: Libby Hartfield <Libby.Hartfield AT mmns.state.ms.us>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 03:22:02 +0000
A man from Wilkerson County called Creature Comforts radio show this morning to 
say that he had a white hummingbird at his feeder but he would not leave a 
phone number or any contact information. He had not gotten a good enough look 
to know if the legs and beak were pink. Does anyone know more about this bird? 

Libby hartfield
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Subject: We have babies-Knight's Yard
From: Gene Knight <gsknight AT hughes.net>
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:55:11 -0500
MISSBIRDERS,

The attached photo barely shows a bill of one of the baby Summer 
Tanagers we have currently in our yard south of Oxford. Mama is also in 
the pic to the upper right. Hopefully a better photo is forthcoming!!!

Gene and Shannon Knight
Oxford, MS



Subject: Bronzed Cowbird Brookhaven
From: Christopher King <birdnerd42 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:02:17 -0500
https://www.flickr.com/photos/86385150 AT N06/14514333472/

It's been back 3-4 times to the feeder this afternoon.

-- 
Peace,
Chris
Subject: Bronzed Cowbird, Brookhaven
From: Christopher King <birdnerd42 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:37:16 -0500
I've got one lone Bronzed Cowbird that is running around with a group of
BHCO.  I'm attempting to get a photo.  It's been to the feeder twice now.

-- 
Peace,
Chris
Subject: HERP PHOTOGRAPHER LECTURE BY ROBERT SMITH
From: Mary Stevens <Library AT mmns.state.ms.us>
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:11:59 +0000
MISSISSIPPI MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE, MDWFP
Tuesday, Noon Lecture (NOON-1PM)
Free admission to museum members.
2148 Riverside Drive
Jackson, MS  39202

JULY 1, 2014

TITLE: Up Close with Under-Appreciated Models: Some Thoughts on Herp 
Photography 


SPEAKER: Robert Smith, Biologist, Coastal Program Coordinator, Wildlife 
Mississippi 


SUMMARY: Robert's formal training is in forest and wildlife management, but he 
has carried a camera in the field for the last 27 years photographing our 
natural world. He has been published in many magazines, books, and calendars. 
He has led nature photography workshops throughout the southeastern US. He will 
talk about reptiles and amphibians as photographic subjects, helpful gear, and 
photographic techniques. While the program will focus on photographing reptiles 
and amphibians, the techniques presented will work on any number of smaller 
subjects, including flowers. 


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: South Africa
From: van harris <shelbyforester1223 AT rittermail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:10:36 -0500
​The birding and wildlife viewing expedition to Tanzania that I had planned
for November has been cancelled.  I am now organizing another expedition to
South Africa for August 24 - September 2.  Contact me for further
information.

Van Harris
Millington, TN
Subject: Grasshopper Sparrows
From: "Jeffrey W. Harris" <jwharris30 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2014 20:02:37 -0500
Hello All,

I thank Wayne Patterson for his post yesterday about these two Grasshopper
Sparrows.  I found them in exactly the same places he did -- almost to the
exact spots.  When I arrived at about 10:15 AM this morning, one of the
birds was perched on the barbed wire fence directly adjacent to the
Adopt-A-Highway sign.  I videotaped that bird.

I then heard the second bird signing from the east end of the fence line.
 I found it on the wire about 30-35 feet from the east-south corner of the
fence.

For those who may have missed Wayne's original post, the location is on HWY
8 at ca. 0.9 miles west of HWY 45 near Aberdeen.

Sincerely,

Jeff Harris
Subject: Possible Least Flycatcher @ PRWMA
From: Ben Woodard <ben_woodard AT icloud.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2014 19:37:19 -0500
First of all let me say hello. I am brand new to Mississippi. Previously banded 
RCWs and birded avidly on the gulf coast of Florida. I have had the opportunity 
to investigate some of the nearby WMAs and NWRs. I will provide a quick 
breakdown of the locations and more interesting sightings: 


Vicksburg National Military Cemetery 
Painted Bunting
Mississippi Kite
Yellow Breasted Chat
Indigo Bunting
Eastern Bluebird 

Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge
Possible Wood Stork
White Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Black Bellied Whistling Duck
Dickscissel
Great Crested Flycatcher 
Indigo Bunting
Yellow Billed Cuckoo
Wood Duck
Common Gallinule
Anhinga
Prothonotary Warbler

Pearl River Wildlife Management Area
Possible Least Flycatcher
Summer Tanager
Indigo Bunting
Orchard Oriole
Yellow Breasted Chat
Purple Gallinule
Common Gallinule
Yellow Billed Cuckoo
Common Yellow Throat
Kentucky Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Anhinga

Now... Those sightings are spread out amongst last weekend and this weekend 
with Pearl River being the most recent. I am omitting the more common sightings 
(waders, red wings, others) 


The least flycatcher was see two days in a row and was calling both days. I can 
give more info on any of the above listed birds as to specific times, location, 
etc. 


Happy Birding Everyone

Ben W.


 

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Subject: Grasshopper Sparrow
From: Wayne Patterson <wrp6 AT att.net>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2014 13:00:04 -0700
This morning two Grasshopper Sparrows were across Highway 8from the West end 
of the Black Swamp Mitigation Bank land West of Aberdeen. At the intersection 
of 45 bypass and Highway 8 in Aberdeen go West approximately one 9 tenths of 
mile. On the left or South of 8 you will see aWhite House with white fence 
sitting up on a hill. The firstbird was found on this house's fence that runs 
parallel to 8 East of the driveway. There are a couple of signs in this area 
and the closest to the bird was "Adopt a Highway Mississippi" sign. There is 
another fence East of this house that runsSouth at the bottom of the hill 
before this house coming from Aberdeen. Approximately 100 yards or so south on 
this fence another bird was keepingvigil on a wooded support section of the 
fence. I did not here either one sing but here a couple of photos. 


http://www.pbase.com/wpatterson/image/156203287/large

http://www.pbase.com/wpatterson/image/156203362

Wayne Patterson
Shannon, MS Lee Co.
Subject: MOS Presentation in Jackson this Saturday
From: Christopher King <birdnerd42 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:48:23 -0500
Don't forget the MOS presentation this Saturday in Jackson.  Here's a copy
and paste from the original notification.

Missbirders,
During the excellent missbird discussion several months ago about the
different approaches to birding, reporting birds, taking notes, and
documenting bird sightings, several missbirders expressed a desire for a
seminar or class of some kind. Well, Gene Knight and I have put something
together, which we'll present on Saturday, June 21, at MS Museum of Natural
Science in Jackson. We'll provide suggestions on how to keep your bird
records, how to report your rare bird findings, how to submit your bird
sightings to eBird, as well as a brief history of collecting bird data in
Mississippi.

**Important note: This workshop is for anyone who is interested in birds
and who also wants information on some recommended ways to do these things.
We recognize that there are all sorts of different and perfectly acceptable
ways to approach birding and experience birds--we will simply be providing
our own suggestions for those who *desire *such suggestions. Hopefully,
there will be a little something for everyone, ranging from beginners to
experts, so bring your friends and we'll have a good time!  Details are
below (and in an attached flyer, if you care to advertise the event or pass
it along to others).  Hope to see you there!
best wishes,
Jason Hoeksema
Oxford, MS

Where: Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

2148 Riverside Dr.

Jackson, MS

When: Saturday, June 21, 2014

Time: 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. (lunch break on your own)

Who: All bird enthusiasts

Cost: Free!

-- 
Peace,
Chris
Subject: Taking Notes
From: "Jeffrey Pilgrim" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "pilgrimjeffrey@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:39:59 -0700
Hey,
I know it is long past since anyone sent out an email concerning note taking, 
and being somewhat new to birding I see a lot of birds that I can't pinpoint 
their exact identity. I have had about three different kinds of what I thought 
were warblers outside my apartment at Warrenton Lakes in south Vicksburg. So 
Monday morning, I decided to take notes on a pair of yellow birds I see easily 
every single morning and just concentrate on those since I have little time 
before going to work. After Monday, I came to the solution that the birds 
looked a lot like blue winged warbles to me but not the answer. Though I am 
colorblind, I had taken note that the colors on the birds head and back were a 
little darker than the yellow breast, which may not even be yellow. I won't go 
into full detail but I noted on the beak, eyes, movement, and flight patterns 
and still not a 100% ID. This morning I realized I was under estimating the 
birds' size and that they had to 

 be bigger than most warblers. So instead of searching through my trusty app I 
stayed till finally they were chattering loudly which made all the difference 
in the world though I still had the wrong idea of what they could be. While 
observing the two birds skip around and chatter a brightly colored male orchard 
Oriole perched on a branch only 15 feet in front of me. The other two were 
going no where so I observed him for a little bit since I hadn't seen one in 
about a week or so and he called. The same exact call as the two birds I had 
been trying to identify all week. Sure enough, I observed the two females a bit 
longer, then crossed my notes with the information about orchard orioles on my 
app and everything matches up. I know Orchard Orioles aren't are a rarity but I 
just wanted to share my first and successful experience taking notes on birds 
since I got the idea of note taking from this group. 


Jeff Pilgrim
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Subject: Re: CSWA
From: msw103 AT ra.msstate.edu
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 08:57:03 -0500
Hi David:

WOW... What a great bird for this time of year here on the MS coast.  
Below I have cut and pasted the Chestnut-sided Warbler account from  
Ned Boyajian's Annotated Checklist of Birds of the MS Coast (link:  

http://pascagoulariver.audubon.org/sites/default/files/documents/sept_2013_annotated_list.pdf). 
As you can see from the account, there are no records for this species in June 
or July along the MS coast. Thus, this is a good find for this time of year. 
For folks who want to see if they can find this bird, please share the location 
details of where you found the bird singing. I will be sure to listen for the 
bird later this week when I will be conducting some point counts surveys at the 

Park.

I hope your classes at the Gulf Coast Research Lab are going well.  Cheers,

Mark



Chestnut-sided Warbler - Setophaga pensylvanica

A regular transient from mid April to early May and early September to  
late October.

Early/Late Dates Spring
East Ship I 9 April 1989 FM, et al. (Schiefer, 1990 MK 20-1)
Ocean Springs 21 May 1989 JPe (Schiefer, 1990 MK 20-1)

Early/Late Dates Fall
Waveland 31 August 1988 CC, JT, et al. (Hodges, 1988 MK 18-2)
Bellebeach 11 October 1979 JT (Jackson and Schardien, 1980 MK 10-1)
Wavelag 18 November 1985 LG, TGa, JT, et al. (Hodges, 1985 MK 15-2)
Toups and Jackson, 1987 cite a January 6 but provide no further details.
Numbers
10 Jackson Co 4 May 1978 LG, JT (Jackson and Cooley, 1978 MK 8-2)
12 Hancock Co 25 September 1985. (Toups and Jackson, 1987)
10 ORWMA 8 September 2008 NB (ebird)
Only one or two are more typical

Documentation-Specimen LSUMZ


Quoting David Hollie :

> Hi Dr. Wodrey,
>
> I thought I would let you know that I had a CSWA singing at Davis Bayou
> today. When I first heard it I thought that I was crazy, but thankfully I
> got a visual to confirm. I've been there almost every day for the past 4
> weeks and this is the first time I have heard it, so I think it must just
> be a messed up male that is wandering around. The amount of chestnut on the
> flanks was really low for the typical male (see photo in checklist).
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18789771
>
> Do you know of the summer occurrence of CSWA in the area? I would assume
> it's pretty rare (no June records in MS on eBird).
>
> David
>



-- 
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: Re: Need photo of birders
From: "Robinson, Mitch" <mrrobinson AT audubon.org>
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2014 16:48:25 +0000
Hi Mary,
This is a photo from one of our Winter Sparrow Workshops with Gene Knight.



Mitchell Robinson
Conservation Education Manager
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center
285 Plains Road
Holly Springs, MS 38635




-----Original Message-----
From: missbird-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:missbird-bounce AT freelists.org] On 
Behalf Of Mary Stevens 

Sent: Thursday, June 12, 2014 12:38 PM
To: MISSBIRD
Subject: [missbird] Need photo of birders

Folks. 
Does anyone have a good pic of birders birding. Portico mag would like to 
highlight the jackson Audubon bird walks at LeFleurs bluff state park. I need a 
JPEG. Good exposure for birding events. Deadline: now or ASAP. Thanks. Mary. 


Mary Stripling
Museum Librarian, Retired
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
2148 Riverside Drive
Jackson, MS 39202
Home: 675 Lakewood Rd
Vicksburg, MS 38180
Cell: 601.832.6788
Library AT mmns.state.ms.us
Stevenswaterbird AT bellsouth.net
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Subject: Re: American Goldfinches - Sept. breeding records
From: Marion Schiefer <marion_schiefer AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:56:25 -0500
We have had breeding Goldfinches in our yard west of Starkville for several 
years now - 3 or 4 pairs in recent years. They seem to nest late in the summer. 
We have seen a pair feeding young in our yard in September. Not sure if they 
nest on our property or just nearby, but they feed in our yard and bring their 
young to feed them here. 

 
Marion Schiefer
near Starkville

 
From: joe_mcgee43 AT hotmail.com
To: missbird AT freelists.org
Subject: [missbird] Re: American Goldfinches
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:07:58 -0500




Low numbers of American goldfinches in alternate plumage are routinely seen at 
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center near Holly Springs during the hummingbird 
festival which takes place annually the first weekend following Labor Day. The 
goldfinches--presumably present at the Audubon Center throughout the 
summer--are sometimes seen drinking water from ant guards to which hummingbird 
feeders are attached. Of course, seeing American goldfinches in the northern 
part of the state in September is not nearly as exciting as seeing them in 
central Mississippi in June. 

-Joe McGee




 
 		 	   		   		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Goldfinch
From: Mark Goodman <sps642460 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:54:04 -0500
I have attached a copy of where American Goldfinches were found nesting
when we ran the bird atlas project.

Mark Goodman
Starkville


On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 6:21 PM, Redacted sender Qgray AT aol.com for DMARC <
dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> wrote:

>  I live in the north-west corner of Ms. and have as many as 6 Goldfinches
> at my feeders at one time.
>
> Q. B Gray
> Nesbit Ms.
>
>  In a message dated 6/10/2014 3:23:39 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
> sps642460 AT gmail.com writes:
>
> A handful of goldfinch breed in Mississippi
>
> Mark Goodman
>
>
> On Sun, Jun 8, 2014 at 8:15 PM, William Mitchell 
> wrote:
>
>>  Just wanted to ask if this was unusual, but I think not.  A solitary
>> male Goldfinch has been around the yard for two days now.  I suspect he's
>> old and retired from the dating scene, living out his last days.
>>
>> Billy Mitchell
>> Pelahatchie Bay
>>
>
>
Subject: Need photo of birders
From: Mary Stevens <stevenswaterbird AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:37:38 -0500
Folks. 
Does anyone have a good pic of birders birding. Portico mag would like to 
highlight the jackson Audubon bird walks at LeFleurs bluff state park. I need a 
JPEG. Good exposure for birding events. Deadline: now or ASAP. Thanks. Mary. 


Mary Stripling
Museum Librarian, Retired
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
2148 Riverside Drive
Jackson, MS 39202
Home: 675 Lakewood Rd
Vicksburg, MS 38180
Cell: 601.832.6788
Library AT mmns.state.ms.us
Stevenswaterbird AT bellsouth.net
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Subject: Re: Goldfinch & thistle
From: "Diane Lafferty" <dlaffert AT netdoor.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:58:45 -0500
Years ago I got the impression that Goldfinches liked to nest in areas of
Thistle.  We don't have much in the Hattiesburg area.  I got the impression
there was lots in north MS.  I know cattle people don't like thistle and get
rid if it.  Does this sound right?

Diane

  _____  

From: missbird-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:missbird-bounce AT freelists.org]
On Behalf Of Gaynell Perry
Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 6:49 PM
To: missbird; Carol Fields
Subject: [missbird] Re: Goldfinch

 

Reading the missbird Goldfinch summer occurrence discussion prompted me to
look at Ben Coffey historic field cards of Tishomingo State Park and Iuka
area. Those curious about historic sightings may be interested in these
summer findings from those locations which do contain higher elevations. 

 

Low numbers of Goldfinches were observed on the following dates, sometimes
while driving an area:

 

July 3 & 4, 1938 (Tish State Park to Iuka)

 

June 12 - 19, 1939 (Tish State Park)

 

July 10, 1949 (Tish State Park; also Iuka to Eastport)

 

June 4, 1950 (spent night atop Woodall Mtn)

 

July 4, 1953 (Tish State Park)

 

It will be interesting to see the results of the 2014 BBS conducted along
the Natchez Trace in NE Mississippi.

 

We are trying to finish entering the Tishomingo County cards into eBird.  

 

Gaynell Perry

Memphis
Subject: Re: American Goldfinches
From: "Twedt, Daniel" <dtwedt AT usgs.gov>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:15:29 -0500
Partners in Flight population estimate for breeding American Goldfinch in
Mississippi is ~17,000 birds (2,422 in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley &
14,495 in the East Gulf Coastal Plain).

My ongoing analysis of BBS route data suggests population in the  East Gulf
Coastal Plain of Mississippi is 96,781 birds (95% Conf Interval = 25,455 –
308,251 birds)


Daniel Twedt
USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
University of Memphis, South Campus,
Building 8, Room 208,
950 Getwell Road, Memphis, TN  38111

601-218-1196 (mobile); 901-327-0174 ext 3 (office); 901-327-8046 (fax)




On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 9:07 PM, Joe McGee  wrote:

> Low numbers of American goldfinches in alternate plumage are routinely
> seen at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center near Holly Springs during the
> hummingbird festival  which takes place annually the first weekend
> following Labor Day.  The goldfinches--presumably present at the Audubon
> Center throughout the summer--are sometimes seen drinking water from ant
> guards to which hummingbird feeders are attached.   Of course, seeing
> American goldfinches in the northern part of the state in September is not
> nearly as exciting as seeing them in central Mississippi in June.
> -Joe McGee
>
>
>
>
>
>
Subject: Re: American Goldfinches
From: Joe McGee <joe_mcgee43 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:07:58 -0500
Low numbers of American goldfinches in alternate plumage are routinely seen at 
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center near Holly Springs during the hummingbird 
festival which takes place annually the first weekend following Labor Day. The 
goldfinches--presumably present at the Audubon Center throughout the 
summer--are sometimes seen drinking water from ant guards to which hummingbird 
feeders are attached. Of course, seeing American goldfinches in the northern 
part of the state in September is not nearly as exciting as seeing them in 
central Mississippi in June. 

-Joe McGee




 
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Goldfinch
From: Gaynell Perry <gcperry1 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 18:48:42 -0500
Reading the missbird Goldfinch summer occurrence discussion prompted me to look 
at Ben Coffey historic field cards of Tishomingo State Park and Iuka area. 
Those curious about historic sightings may be interested in these summer 
findings from those locations which do contain higher elevations. 


Low numbers of Goldfinches were observed on the following dates, sometimes 
while driving an area: 


July 3 & 4, 1938 (Tish State Park to Iuka)

June 12 - 19, 1939 (Tish State Park)

July 10, 1949 (Tish State Park; also Iuka to Eastport)

June 4, 1950 (spent night atop Woodall Mtn)

July 4, 1953 (Tish State Park)

It will be interesting to see the results of the 2014 BBS conducted along the 
Natchez Trace in NE Mississippi. 


We are trying to finish entering the Tishomingo County cards into eBird.  

Gaynell Perry
Memphis







On Jun 8, 2014, at 9:41 PM, Ken Hackman  wrote:

> I have been told by my radio listeners that they have actually been seeing 
Goldfinches in the Canton area on and off for several years. They may be 
expanding in this direction. 

> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
> On Jun 8, 2014, at 8:15 PM, William Mitchell  wrote:
> 
>> Just wanted to ask if this was unusual, but I think not. A solitary male 
Goldfinch has been around the yard for two days now. I suspect he's old and 
retired from the dating scene, living out his last days. 

>> 
>> Billy Mitchell
>> Pelahatchie Bay
Subject: Re: Goldfinch
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "Qgray@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:21:48 -0400 (EDT)
I live in the north-west corner of Ms. and have as many as 6  Goldfinches
at my feeders at one time.
 
Q. B Gray
Nesbit Ms.
 
 
In a message dated 6/10/2014 3:23:39 P.M. Central Daylight Time,  
sps642460 AT gmail.com writes:

A handful of goldfinch breed in Mississippi  


Mark Goodman



On Sun, Jun 8, 2014 at 8:15 PM, William Mitchell <_bill.unit AT att.net_ 
(mailto:bill.unit AT att.net) > wrote:


 
Just wanted to ask if this was unusual, but I think not.  A  solitary male 
Goldfinch has been around the yard for two days now.  I  suspect he's old 
and retired from the dating scene, living out his last  days.


Billy Mitchell
Pelahatchie  Bay