Thanks Bob, it's a crap shoot right now with DI more northerly banked birds setting down here for a final feed or are they south of Montgomery and waiting for a straight shot from there across the Gulf? And will Sunday's trending more Easterly in the Gulf but northerly on the mainlsnd get them down here then bottle them up? But regardless, for those who want to see birds other than flitterbirds, an hour and a half on radically changed Pelican this evening revealed well over a thousand birds, of some 30 species, mostly effectively stationary allowing 10-15 minute plus persusal of the groups in good light, at eye level, no leaves in the way etc. A thousand birds in the Shell Mounds in 90 minutes all easily seen in good light and studied, photographed etc at leisure! Pretty much unheard of! Species on the beach included Great Blue Heron, Reddish Egret, Great Egret, Caspian Tern, Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern, Forster'sTern and Common Tern, Black Skimmer, Herring, Ring-billed and Laughing Gull, Western Willet, Short-billed Dowitcher, Red Knot, Sanderling, Dunlin, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Piping Plover and Snowy Plover. Plus pelicans and Ospreys, and some generic passerines. And I'm sure I've omitted a few.
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From: "'Lucy and Bob Duncan' <robertaduncan...> [albirds]" <albirds-noreply...>
Date:10/10/2018 8:39 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: <albirds...>, <nflbirds...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Birding prospects
We dodged the bullet here in the Pensacola - Gulf Breeze area. We got NE to
W winds about 25 - 30 mph most of the day but except for losing planks on
our pier, we came out OK. This was not a situation for pelagics in Pensacola
Bay, with strong offshore winds prevailing. We did salvage a sighting of 10
Frigatebirds though. If anyone in Georgia is reading this, I would strongly
suggest you check your lakes and reservoirs for pelagics, if possible under
the circumstances. How often do you get a Cat 3 hurricane in interior
Birdcast is predicting high movements of birds through our area tonight
through Friday night. I have reservations about tonight for us here on the
coast as winds currently are W pretty strong and it looks like right now
there is precipitation in N. GA. and N. AL. So I think tomorrow night, with
clear skies and N winds 13 - 20 mph, should be the night birds should be
flying south. Friday may be good as well with N winds continuing and clear
skies. This bodes well for the Alabama Ornithological Soc. meeting at
Dauphin Island this weekend.
We coastal birders need a break as this fall has been really slow. Let's
hope the break comes this weekend.