Date: 10/8/17 8:03 pm
From: Matt Brady <podoces...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Magnificent Frigatebirds etc. St. Tammany Parish
LABIRDers, after leaving Van and Dan in Slidell, Vitek, Oscar, Marky, and I
saw six Magnificent Frigatebirds circling over I-10 in New Orleans East: We then continued to the
North Shore via the causeway, where we saw four Brown Boobies at the usual
spot (mile marker 16.5), as well as a pair of Sanderlings flying by
(flagged in eBird).

Matt Brady
Baton Rouge

On Sun, Oct 8, 2017 at 9:53 PM, Ed Wallace <mottledduck...> wrote:

> All,
> 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.
> Ed Wallace
> ________________________________
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> <LABIRD-L...> on behalf of David Muth <MuthD...>
> Sent: Sunday, October 8, 2017 8:35 PM
> To: <LABIRD-L...>
> 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.
> David Muth
> New Orleans
> -----Original Message-----
> 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
> To: <LABIRD-L...>
> 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>
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