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 mid-afternoon.
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!