Date: 10/8/17 7:53 pm From: Ed Wallace <mottledduck...> Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Magnificent Frigatebirds etc. St. Tammany Parish
I tried in several locations along the New Orleans Lakefront today as well. No luck for wayward pelagics. There were lots of warblers in the wood lots.
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds <LABIRD-L...> on behalf of David Muth <MuthD...>
Sent: Sunday, October 8, 2017 8:35 PM
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Magnificent Frigatebirds etc. St. Tammany Parish
Joan Garvey, Mark Meunier and I decided to chase storm birds as well. We made three early stops in New Orleans on Lakeshore Drive, Haynes Blvd. and at Pte. Aux Herbes and scanned the lake, and then scanned the lake again from the north side after crossing the Hwy 11 bridge. Except for high water, the only sign of the storm and the only waif was a single frigatebird seen at Pte aux Herbes.
We then drove west down 433 observing a flooded Fritchie Marsh (3 latish Least Bitterns) to Highway 90. From there we drove Hwy 90 east along the Mississippi coast stopping to check flocks for storm waifs among lots of birds, including three oystercatchers and two Piping Plovers (one banded). We got as far as Biloxi Bay. There was minimal sign of storm damage--the beach had been scoured, there was a thin rack line, but only in Biloxi did we see any tree damage--a few limbs and trunks of decrepit trees down, plus small branches strewn about.
The sole evidence of storm related birds were two widely separated Clapper Rails seeking cover on the beach, and at the end of the day, at Point Cadet Park on Biloxi Bay, a manicured grass park with few trees, we found a Seaside Sparrow using a few 18 inch high shrubs along a walkway as cover while it foraged on the lawn. A shrike tried hard to put an end to this situation, but the sparrow was alive when we left. Another curious sight was a young Red-eyed Vireo foraging in live oak branchlets scattered on the lawn. The only other birds of note were 3 late E. Kingbirds there.
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds [mailto:<LABIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of James V Remsen
Sent: Sunday, October 08, 2017 7:18 PM
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Magnificent Frigatebirds etc. St. Tammany Parish
LABIRD: 6 of us (Dan Lane, Vitek Jirinek, Matt Brady, Oscar Johnson, Marky Mutchler) searched this morning for H. Nate birds at the Mandeville Lakefront, Northshore area, and Howze Beach. We had something like 10 Magnificent Frigatebirds at Mandeville and 14 more at Northshore (no eBird parish records later than early Sept). Other mentionable were fly-by calling Short-billed Dowitcher (few records for St. Tammany), 10 fly-by Stilt Sandpipers (only 5 eBird records for the parish), 10 Black Skimmers, 1 Sandwich Tern (7 previous eBird records, none later than early Sept.), 4 fly-by N. Pintails (no eBird records before mid-Nov.), and 3 Semipalmated Plovers. Not bad for being on wrong side of landfall.
Dr. J. V. Remsen
Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 najames<at>LSU.edu