Date: 10/28/19 8:39 am
From: David Muth <MuthD...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Vermilion Parish birding 10/26, 27

Visits to Bayou Sauvage NWR on Saturday (w/ Joan Garvey) and Grand Isle on Sunday (w/ Joan and Wendy Rhiner) yielded similar landbird migrant action. We tripped a number of filters for late birds or late migrant numbers. Tennessee Warblers on GI led the way among 16 species of warbler with 50+ individuals. We also had a late Acadian, a Swainson's Thrush and multiple Woods, lots of pewees and White-eyed Vireos, and a W. Kingbird at the state park. The most astonishing sight was 3 Bay-breasted and a Magnolias feeding on the close-cropped lawn beneath the observation tower at the state park.

The number of birds in the impoundment at Recovery 1 in Bayou Sauvage NWR Saturday was very impressive (5,000+), as reported earlier by Peter Yaukey. The highlight there was two Wood Storks, a parish bird for me, which I have been looking for these many years.

Best bird Sunday on Grand Isle was a Calliope Hummingbird in the first patch of Turk's cap along the asphalt trail at Griletta. We saw this bird briefly and all felt it was a Calliope but the look was very brief so it went into the list as "hummingbird sp." However, at one point later a hummer zipped over our heads in the direction of the patch of flowers. Quick eyed and quick draw Joan managed to get off a couple of camera shots when it stopped briefly at ruellia along the path, but did not realize it was in fact the Calliope until she looked at the photos this morning.

David Muth
New Orleans

-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds [mailto:<LABIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of Paul Conover
Sent: Sunday, October 27, 2019 6:54 PM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Vermilion Parish birding 10/26, 27


      I birded Vermilion Parish Saturday and Sunday and found the birding noteworthy. It'll be interesting to see how this report compares to reports from Cameron and Grand Isle.

     Long story short, I spent a lot of time birding small woodlots in ag land and int the marsh. In the marsh, some of those woodlots amounted to one or two small hackberries. Regardless of where I stopped, migrants were varied and numerous. Every stop had a good variety of warblers.

    Notable in terms of what made eBird lists were 73 individuals of 16 warbler species including double digit Magnolia and Tennessee, multiple Bay-breasted, only 2 redstarts, and zero Yellowrumps. Pewees were all over; at the end of the highway I kicked up a bunting flock that settled in rattlebox plants; one rattlebox plant about 5 feet tall held 6 or so buntings, 1 Tennessee, and 2 pewees. White-eyed Vireos were also abundant.

    Two Common Ground Doves feeding in the road miles apart on Freshwater City Road (a highway through the marsh) seemed like they might have found themselves in a place they'll want to leave soon. I was hoping some stranger ground feeders might find themselves in the same place, but if so, I missed them.

     Birds a bit late or soon to be were Swainson's Thrush, multiple Yellow-throated Vireos, Acadian Flycatcher...

Most notable bird of the weekend was a Calling Couch's Kingbird on Cemetery Road south of Wright. The kingbird was pretty cooperative; location is on this checklist if anyone is interested to see if it's still there:

Paul Conover


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