Date: 12/21/17 11:29 am
From: Rob Dobbs <rcdobbs...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Lacassine-Thornwell CBC preliminary report

The Lacassine-Thornwell CBC was held last Friday, 15 December 2017, for the
16th time (1997-2003, 2009-present). We had a good turnout with 25
participants--THANK YOU everyone! We had to endure a cold, and worse still,
windy day, but rain only hampered efforts for brief periods. Mercifully,
the wind lessened a bit, and the clouds even broke apart briefly, in the

Still waiting to see data for a couple of key areas, so its too early to
predict the total species number, judge bad misses, etc. But we did have
some nice birds... including a first for the count Northern Parula. Other
highlights that I've heard about: three Short-eared Owls (tough to find in
recent years), White-tailed Kite and Common Ground-Dove (both miss-able),
Least Flycatcher, Say's Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Black-and-white
Warbler, Summer Tanager (only one previous record for count), and Painted
Bunting (4 previous records).

Louisiana has a fine tradition of Christmas Bird Counts, and being in the
field on count day with a cadre of dedicated observers is a great way to
find remarkable birds. The Lacassine-Thornwell count, alone, has turned up
two state firsts in recent years (Mountain Plover in 2012, and Pyrrhuloxia
in 2015). Please consider getting out to count this holiday season!

Rob Dobbs
Lafayette, LA
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