Date: 5/1/18 8:37 am From: Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...> Subject: [LABIRD-L] LOS Spring Meeting
Labirders- Last weekend's LOS Spring Meeting at Cameron was a great success. Although there weren't any blockbuster vagrants and the beaches were packed with non-birders, everyone saw plenty of birds and the Friday and Saturday night meetings were interesting and well attended. I want to especially congratulate Dr. R. D. "Dan" Purrington, recipient of the 2018 George H. Lowery Award. Well-deserved and overdue! We will post up the Saturday bird list soon.
Donna Dittmann and I led the LOS Field Trip Series "Cameron Parish Big Day" tour with 7 participants, which began at the Lacassine NWR HQ area and subsequently visited other Cameron Parish locations including Lacassine Pool, Sweet Lake, Rutherford Beach Road, Willow Island, and Davis Road/East Jetty Beach. Although none of us saw every species, Donna and I had a combined 155 species for the day, not bad given the distance covered, lack of fallout conditions, and many "easy misses." Highlights were adult Bald Eagle at Streeter Road, Northern Harrier at Lacassine Pool, Yellow-headed Blackbirds at Sweet Lake, spectacular numbers of shorebirds at Rutherford Beach Road, and Long-billed Curlew and Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Rec Center fields) and Bronzed Cowbird at Willow Island. Of course, the group was thrilled with point blank looks at Purple Gallinules, Wilson's Phalaropes, Least Bitterns, Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, Veery, Gray-cheeked, Swainson's and Wood thrushes (on the lawn at Willow Island), and Dickcissels eating mulberry fruit (Pine Pasture Road).