LABIRD
Received From Subject
11/16/18 4:25 pm janine robin <janinerobin1982...> [LABIRD-L] Vermilion flycatcher in Washington parish
11/16/18 12:02 pm Terence Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Black Scoters, Baton Rouge
11/16/18 12:02 pm Debra Canatella <2256361688...> [LABIRD-L]
11/16/18 11:35 am Jody Shugart <jodyshugart...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Black Scoters, Baton Rouge
11/16/18 11:33 am James V Remsen <najames...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Black Scoters, Baton Rouge
11/16/18 11:06 am Jody Shugart <jodyshugart...> [LABIRD-L] Looking for swifts at LSU
11/16/18 9:57 am Matt Brady <podoces...> [LABIRD-L] Black Scoters, Baton Rouge
11/15/18 5:43 pm Kevin Colley <kcolley71...> [LABIRD-L] Falcon
11/15/18 4:59 pm Missy Bowen <missybowen...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Bald eagles by Orpheum
11/15/18 4:18 pm Terence Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] Eagles in Metairie
11/15/18 4:17 pm Terence Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] Bald eagles by Orpheum
11/15/18 4:00 pm Jay V Huner <jvh0660...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Vaux's Swifts Univ. Lake
11/15/18 12:32 pm James V Remsen <najames...> [LABIRD-L] Vaux's Swifts Univ. Lake
11/15/18 9:36 am Terence Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] Bald Eagles Bonnabel in Metairie
11/14/18 8:22 am Charles Lyon <lyon5516...> [LABIRD-L] Fwd: eBird Report - Cross Lake, Nov 13, 2018
11/14/18 7:53 am Marty Floyd <000000188c541d04-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] Tensas CBC change
11/13/18 11:51 pm Charles Lyon <lyon5516...> [LABIRD-L] Cross Lake 11-13-18
11/13/18 7:55 pm Jay V Huner <jvh0660...> [LABIRD-L] Waterfowl in St. Landry Parish
11/13/18 2:31 pm Terence Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] Eagles on Cleveland and Kawanee
11/13/18 2:15 pm William Matthews <willie_lilly...> [LABIRD-L] Bald Eagle on Lake Rd.
11/13/18 12:37 pm Oscar Johnson <ojohns7...> [LABIRD-L] Baton Rouge recent rarities
11/13/18 12:31 pm Christian Walker <christian.icapadjuster...> [LABIRD-L] New Orleans Birding
11/13/18 9:22 am James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] Brown Creeper - New Orleans East
11/12/18 8:47 am Cameron Rutt <cameronrutt...> [LABIRD-L] Late Neotropical migrants including 11 spp of warblers (11/10-11/11) - Cameron Parish
11/12/18 7:09 am Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...> [LABIRD-L] possible Shiny Cowbird - Grilletta Tract
11/12/18 6:38 am Jay V Huner <jvh0660...> [LABIRD-L] Pine Siskin in Central Louisiana
11/12/18 4:25 am Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...> [LABIRD-L] Louisiana Western Winter Hummingbird Report #3
11/11/18 10:51 pm Jonathan Clark <falloutbird1...> [LABIRD-L] Catahoula NWR HQ Unit
11/11/18 8:20 am Jonathan Clark <falloutbird1...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Purple Finch - Marrero
11/11/18 7:21 am James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] Purple Finch - Marrero
11/11/18 5:26 am Paul Conover <zoiseaux...> [LABIRD-L] Good bird movement yesterday and last night
11/10/18 2:41 pm Philip Bradley <0000018eaa441e8c-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] FOS
11/10/18 9:31 am Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Sage thrasher south point
11/10/18 8:55 am Jack Rogers <jack...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Sage thrasher south point
11/10/18 6:32 am James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] Wood Storks - Marrero
11/10/18 6:19 am Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Sage thrasher south point
11/10/18 5:55 am Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...> [LABIRD-L] Sage thrasher south point
11/9/18 2:56 pm Mark Meunier <memeunier...> [LABIRD-L] Couch's / tropical kingbird
11/9/18 1:45 pm James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] Black-chinned Hummingbird - Marrero
11/9/18 1:34 pm James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] Millaudon Canal this morning
11/9/18 1:25 pm John Dillon <kisforkryptonite...> [LABIRD-L] Purple Finches
11/9/18 1:16 pm James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] Buff-bellied Hummingbird - Marrero
11/9/18 11:47 am Fleury, Bruce E <bfleury...> [LABIRD-L] New intro bird class from Teaching Company
11/8/18 9:52 am Jennifer Coulson <jenniferocoulson...> [LABIRD-L] Michael Seymour speaks about VHF Network for Migration Tracking - Tues., Nov. 13
11/7/18 5:19 am Nancy L Newfield <nancy...> [LABIRD-L] Also Have
11/7/18 5:10 am Nancy L Newfield <nancy...> [LABIRD-L] Red Buckeye
11/6/18 6:39 am programs braudubon.org <programs...> [LABIRD-L] REMINDER: BRAS Presentation Thurs, Nov 8th
11/6/18 6:31 am Jennifer Coulson <jenniferocoulson...> [LABIRD-L] Bayou Sauvage NWR birds seen Sat., Nov. 3
11/6/18 6:04 am Jennifer Coulson <jenniferocoulson...> [LABIRD-L] Birding Diamond & Venice - Sat., Nov. 10
11/3/18 7:10 pm cecil tarver <exk5hdl...> [LABIRD-L] Woodstork in white castle
11/3/18 12:43 pm Roselie OVERBY <rosebird8791...> [LABIRD-L] Cedar Waxwings in W Carroll Parish
11/2/18 9:21 pm Katherine Gividen <katherine...> [LABIRD-L] American Bittern
11/2/18 3:19 pm James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] Swainson's Hawk - Marrero
11/1/18 1:40 pm Rosemary Seidler <rseidler...> [LABIRD-L] Parish checklists
11/1/18 1:22 pm wright.949 <000001a667a979f1-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] Say's Phoebe Chaukley Road
10/31/18 8:04 pm Jay Huner <jvh0660...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Golden Eagle Lacassine Pools 10/31/18
10/31/18 4:33 pm Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Golden Eagle Lacassine Pools 10/31/18
10/31/18 4:32 pm James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] Inca Dove - Marrero
10/31/18 3:08 pm Jay Huner <jvh0660...> [LABIRD-L] Golden Eagle Lacassine Pools 10/31/18
10/31/18 9:20 am Marty Floyd <000000188c541d04-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] LA CBCs
10/30/18 8:00 pm Kevin Leigh <kevinleigh...> [LABIRD-L] LOS Fall Meeting
10/30/18 7:21 pm Judith ONeale <losbirdlady...> [LABIRD-L] LOS Fall Meeting Checklist
10/30/18 4:51 pm Philip Bradley <0000018eaa441e8c-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] Quick trip
10/30/18 9:44 am Janafw <000000346f893a94-dmarc-request...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Buff-bellied
10/30/18 7:32 am Marty Floyd <000000188c541d04-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] LA CBCs
10/30/18 6:13 am Joan <joanmgarvey1...> [LABIRD-L] Buff-bellied
10/29/18 5:00 pm James V Remsen <najames...> Re: [LABIRD-L] LOS ebird lists
10/29/18 4:54 pm Joelle Finley <jjf1946...> Re: [LABIRD-L] LOS ebird lists
10/29/18 4:51 pm Terence Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] LOS ebird lists
10/29/18 2:15 pm Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...> [LABIRD-L] question about state max count of Rb Nuthatches
10/29/18 1:10 pm joan garvey <joanmgarvey1...> [LABIRD-L] Bald Eagles
10/29/18 8:19 am Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...> [LABIRD-L] Yellow Rails and Rice Festival begins Wednesday
10/28/18 7:17 pm Jay V Huner <jvh0660...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Red-breasted Nuthatch
10/28/18 6:25 pm Rosemary Seidler <rseidler...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Red-breasted Nuthatch
10/28/18 2:35 pm Jay V Huner <jvh0660...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Brown Boobies on Causeway
10/28/18 10:48 am David Muth <MuthD...> [LABIRD-L] Red-breasted Nuthatch
10/28/18 10:24 am Wendy Rihner <wrihner...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Red-breasted Nuthatch - Marrero
10/28/18 10:20 am James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] Red-breasted Nuthatch - Hahnville
10/28/18 10:16 am Mark Meunier <memeunier...> [LABIRD-L] Yellow "Mangrove"warbler on Grand Isle
10/28/18 8:51 am Joelle Finley <jjf1946...> [LABIRD-L] Another? Harris's Hawk
10/28/18 8:41 am zoiseaux <zoiseaux...> [LABIRD-L] Brown Booby, Big Lake
10/28/18 8:13 am James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] Common Loon - Marrero
10/28/18 8:00 am Joelle Finley <jjf1946...> [LABIRD-L] Harris hawk
10/28/18 7:33 am Nancy L Newfield <nancy...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Red-breasted Nuthatch - Marrero
10/28/18 7:20 am James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] Red-breasted Nuthatch - Marrero
10/28/18 6:26 am Claire Thomas <claire...> Re: [LABIRD-L] St Tammany birders...looking for a Red-breasted nuthatch?
10/28/18 4:50 am Jennifer Coulson <jenniferocoulson...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Fw: [LABIRD-L] St Tammany birders...looking for a Red-breasted nuthatch?
10/27/18 4:33 pm Beth Willis <p.willis...> [LABIRD-L] Red breasted nuthatch
10/27/18 12:58 pm Tom Trenchard <trench19...> [LABIRD-L] Fw: [LABIRD-L] St Tammany birders...looking for a Red-breasted nuthatch?
10/27/18 11:18 am Jennifer Coulson <jenniferocoulson...> [LABIRD-L] Birding Bayou Sauvage NWR - Sat., Nov. 3
10/27/18 11:16 am Jennifer Coulson <jenniferocoulson...> Re: [LABIRD-L] St Tammany birders...looking for a Red-breasted nuthatch?
10/27/18 9:57 am janine robin <janinerobin1982...> [LABIRD-L] St Tammany birders...looking for a Red-breasted nuthatch?
10/26/18 3:28 pm Jay Huner <jvh0660...> [LABIRD-L] Glaucous Gull at East Jetty Park
10/26/18 3:21 pm Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...> [LABIRD-L] Update on Louisiana Black Rail research
10/26/18 1:18 pm James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] Couturie 26 October 2018
10/26/18 10:46 am Claire Thomas <claire...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Brown Boobies on Causeway
10/26/18 9:41 am janine robin <janinerobin1982...> Re: [LABIRD-L] MacGillivray's Warbler, Veery - Couturie Forest
10/26/18 8:47 am Nancy L Newfield <nancy...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Brown Boobies on Causeway
10/26/18 8:18 am James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] MacGillivray's Warbler, Veery - Couturie Forest
10/26/18 5:15 am Robert Thomas <rathomas...> [LABIRD-L] Brown Boobies on Causeway
10/23/18 2:53 pm Tom Trenchard <trench19...> [LABIRD-L] Junco
10/23/18 12:29 pm Judith ONeale <losbirdlady...> [LABIRD-L] LOS Fall Meeting
10/23/18 7:45 am Marty Floyd <000000188c541d04-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] Sabine CBC
10/23/18 7:11 am janine robin <janinerobin1982...> Re: [LABIRD-L] RBNH in Metairie
10/23/18 6:59 am Wendy Rihner <wrihner...> [LABIRD-L] RBNH in Metairie
10/22/18 8:32 pm James V Remsen <najames...> [LABIRD-L] Late Yellow-bellied Flycatcher etc. Honey Island Swamp
10/22/18 6:42 pm James V Remsen <najames...> [LABIRD-L] Surf Scoters at Lake Rd., Big Branch NWR
10/22/18 3:34 pm cecil tarver <exk5hdl...> [LABIRD-L] White Ibis
10/22/18 2:28 pm Jane Patterson <seejanebird...> [LABIRD-L] Fontainebleu SP today - BWWA, YBCH, YBCU flagged
10/22/18 12:58 pm John Dillon <kisforkryptonite...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Golden Eagle photographed in North Louisiana
10/22/18 12:46 pm Paul Dickson <Paul...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Golden Eagle photographed in North Louisiana
10/22/18 12:37 pm John Dillon <kisforkryptonite...> [LABIRD-L] Golden Eagle photographed in North Louisiana
10/22/18 10:52 am Jack Rogers <jack...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Macgillivray's Warbler is back
10/22/18 8:14 am David Muth <MuthD...> [LABIRD-L] Macgillivray's Warbler is back
10/22/18 5:29 am janine robin <janinerobin1982...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Cameron, 21 October
10/22/18 4:37 am zoiseaux <zoiseaux...> [LABIRD-L] Cameron, 21 October
10/22/18 12:42 am Charles Lyon <lyon5516...> [LABIRD-L] Cross Lake 10-21-18
10/21/18 8:49 pm Paul Conover <zoiseaux...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Glaucous gull
10/21/18 6:22 pm David Booth <david...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Glaucous gull
10/21/18 3:34 pm Judith ONeale <losbirdlady...> [LABIRD-L] LOS Fall Meeting
10/21/18 2:48 pm Cathy DiSalvo <cedisalvo1...> [LABIRD-L] Tropical and western kingbird
10/21/18 2:03 pm James V Remsen <najames...> [LABIRD-L] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in West Baton Rouge Par.
10/21/18 12:39 pm zoiseaux <zoiseaux...> [LABIRD-L] Glaucous gull
10/20/18 2:32 pm Jane Patterson <seejanebird...> [LABIRD-L] Swallow tornado north of Baton Rouge
10/19/18 9:41 pm Holly Morales <tashayoda3...> [LABIRD-L] Possible Western/Tropical/Couch's Kingbird and Scissor-tailed flycatchers at Sunset point
10/19/18 7:51 pm Tom Trenchard <trench19...> [LABIRD-L] Northshore-Slidell CBC
10/19/18 5:52 pm Dave Patton <wdpatton...> [LABIRD-L] Grooved-bill Ani at Peveto
10/19/18 3:22 pm Toddy Guidry <guidrys...> Re: [LABIRD-L] LA CBCs so far
10/19/18 2:31 pm Philip Bradley <0000018eaa441e8c-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] Mimic
10/19/18 1:43 pm James V Remsen <najames...> [LABIRD-L] Tropical Kingbird at Pass Manchac, St. John Parish
10/19/18 1:14 pm David Muth <MuthD...> Re: [LABIRD-L] LA CBCs so far
10/19/18 11:57 am Jane Patterson <seejanebird...> Re: [LABIRD-L] LA CBCs so far
10/19/18 11:54 am Glenn Ousset <gousset...> Re: [LABIRD-L] LA CBCs so far
10/19/18 10:59 am Melvin Weber <mweber...> [LABIRD-L] CBC
10/19/18 6:41 am Roselie OVERBY <rosebird8791...> [LABIRD-L] White-throated Sparrows.
10/19/18 6:39 am Roselie OVERBY <rosebird8791...> [LABIRD-L] White-throated Sparrows
10/18/18 10:44 am John Romano <birderjuan...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Red-breasted Nuthatch mimics?
10/18/18 8:21 am programs braudubon.org <programs...> [LABIRD-L] BRAS Presentation Thurs, Nov 8th
10/18/18 7:55 am Joan <joanmgarvey1...> [LABIRD-L] FW: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box
10/17/18 9:14 pm David Muth <MuthD...> Re: [LABIRD-L] thrushes overhead
10/17/18 8:32 pm Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...> [LABIRD-L] thrushes overhead
10/17/18 6:37 pm James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Red-breasted Nuthatch mimics?
10/17/18 6:33 pm bill fontenot <natrldlite...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Red-breasted Nuthatch mimics?
10/17/18 6:14 pm James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box
10/17/18 4:47 pm Martha Avegno <elliea...> Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box
10/17/18 4:33 pm Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...> Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box
10/17/18 3:24 pm glenn ousset <gousset...> Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box
10/17/18 2:18 pm John Dillon <kisforkryptonite...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Red-breasted Nuthatch mimics?
10/17/18 12:14 pm Philip C Stouffer <pstouffer...> [LABIRD-L] Red-breasted Nuthatch mimics?
10/17/18 9:51 am David Muth <MuthD...> Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box
10/17/18 9:24 am Cagnolatti, David A. <David.A.Cagnolatti...> Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box
10/17/18 9:19 am Elizabeth Wiggins <000001a37a8a60cf-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] Z
10/17/18 9:10 am Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...> Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box
10/17/18 8:20 am Nancy L Newfield <nancy...> Re: [LABIRD-L] change the subject
10/17/18 8:14 am Nancy L Newfield <nancy...> [LABIRD-L] More Owl Fun
10/17/18 8:13 am Joan <joanmgarvey1...> [LABIRD-L] change the subject
 
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Date: 11/16/18 4:25 pm
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Vermilion flycatcher in Washington parish
Hello. Glenn O and Warren P found an adult male VEFL on Bethel rd(LSU AG
Center SE Research Center area, HOTSPOT) this morning. I drove over there
and after a bit of a wait, I saw it also.
Looking in ebird, this is the first record of one in this parish.
Tally one more species for Washington parish!Great find, Glenn and Warren.
Janine Robin
Folsom, LA
 

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Date: 11/16/18 12:02 pm
From: Terence Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Black Scoters, Baton Rouge
Thanks for the heads up and the warning about the game!
I can't make it today, but I will try to go next week.
Thank y'all so much for passing this on!
I would love to see scoters!
Y'all have a safe holiday!
Terri


-----Original Message-----
From: Jody Shugart <jodyshugart...>
To: LABIRD-L <LABIRD-L...>
Sent: Fri, Nov 16, 2018 1:35 pm
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Black Scoters, Baton Rouge

Swift flock is currently near roundabout at Dalrymple and w Lakeshore dr.

On Fri, Nov 16, 2018, 1:33 PM James V Remsen <najames...> wrote:

> Matt’s Black Scoters were still there as of 1PM or so.  Tame … at least
> until they see that you’re looking at them.  Beware there is virtually no
> legal place to park along Sorority Row.  I think one might be able to park
> at Old Cook Hotel and walk along shore,.
>
> Beware anyone planning chasing various U. Lake birds tomorrow that it is
> home LSU football game, which means campus will be a madhouse, traffic and
> parking bad.  If you go tomorrow, be sure to go early AM
>
> ===================
>
> Dr. J. V. Remsen
> Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
> Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
> LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
> najames<at>LSU.edu
>
> > On Nov 16, 2018, at 11:57 AM, Matt Brady <podoces...> wrote:
> >
> > LABIRD, I’m looking at four BLACK SCOTERS on the LSU Lakes in Baton
> Rouge.
> > They are close to shore, across West Lakeshore Drive from University
> > Relations, a ong Frat Row. They’re all adult female types (eg obvious
> white
> > cheek patches).
> >
> > At least one GREATER SCAUP continues along the south side of the May
> Street
> > causeway, but no sign of the Royal Tern; Marky Mutchler just reported a
> > swift at the University Rec Center. Lots of good birds around!
> >
> > Matt Brady
> > Baton Rouge
>
>
 

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Date: 11/16/18 12:02 pm
From: Debra Canatella <2256361688...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L]
I spotted what appears to be a female Bufflehead at the capital lake. It's at the back tip of the lake in the vicinity of flock of over 70 hooded merganzers.
--Debra Babin Canatella, Baton Rouge
 

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Date: 11/16/18 11:35 am
From: Jody Shugart <jodyshugart...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Black Scoters, Baton Rouge
Swift flock is currently near roundabout at Dalrymple and w Lakeshore dr.

On Fri, Nov 16, 2018, 1:33 PM James V Remsen <najames...> wrote:

> Matt’s Black Scoters were still there as of 1PM or so. Tame … at least
> until they see that you’re looking at them. Beware there is virtually no
> legal place to park along Sorority Row. I think one might be able to park
> at Old Cook Hotel and walk along shore,.
>
> Beware anyone planning chasing various U. Lake birds tomorrow that it is
> home LSU football game, which means campus will be a madhouse, traffic and
> parking bad. If you go tomorrow, be sure to go early AM
>
> ===================
>
> Dr. J. V. Remsen
> Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
> Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
> LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
> najames<at>LSU.edu
>
> > On Nov 16, 2018, at 11:57 AM, Matt Brady <podoces...> wrote:
> >
> > LABIRD, I’m looking at four BLACK SCOTERS on the LSU Lakes in Baton
> Rouge.
> > They are close to shore, across West Lakeshore Drive from University
> > Relations, a ong Frat Row. They’re all adult female types (eg obvious
> white
> > cheek patches).
> >
> > At least one GREATER SCAUP continues along the south side of the May
> Street
> > causeway, but no sign of the Royal Tern; Marky Mutchler just reported a
> > swift at the University Rec Center. Lots of good birds around!
> >
> > Matt Brady
> > Baton Rouge
>
>
 

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Date: 11/16/18 11:33 am
From: James V Remsen <najames...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Black Scoters, Baton Rouge
Matt’s Black Scoters were still there as of 1PM or so. Tame … at least until they see that you’re looking at them. Beware there is virtually no legal place to park along Sorority Row. I think one might be able to park at Old Cook Hotel and walk along shore,.

Beware anyone planning chasing various U. Lake birds tomorrow that it is home LSU football game, which means campus will be a madhouse, traffic and parking bad. If you go tomorrow, be sure to go early AM

===================

Dr. J. V. Remsen
Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
najames<at>LSU.edu

> On Nov 16, 2018, at 11:57 AM, Matt Brady <podoces...> wrote:
>
> LABIRD, I’m looking at four BLACK SCOTERS on the LSU Lakes in Baton Rouge.
> They are close to shore, across West Lakeshore Drive from University
> Relations, a ong Frat Row. They’re all adult female types (eg obvious white
> cheek patches).
>
> At least one GREATER SCAUP continues along the south side of the May Street
> causeway, but no sign of the Royal Tern; Marky Mutchler just reported a
> swift at the University Rec Center. Lots of good birds around!
>
> Matt Brady
> Baton Rouge

 

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Date: 11/16/18 11:06 am
From: Jody Shugart <jodyshugart...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Looking for swifts at LSU
If anyone wants to join me, or give me some tips where to see them, I'm
heading to the LSU Lakes to look for the Vauxs Swifts and probably see some
scooters as well. Just give me a call or text. I'll be there from about
1:30-3pm.

985.237.5091
 

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Date: 11/16/18 9:57 am
From: Matt Brady <podoces...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Black Scoters, Baton Rouge
LABIRD, I’m looking at four BLACK SCOTERS on the LSU Lakes in Baton Rouge.
They are close to shore, across West Lakeshore Drive from University
Relations, a ong Frat Row. They’re all adult female types (eg obvious white
cheek patches).

At least one GREATER SCAUP continues along the south side of the May Street
causeway, but no sign of the Royal Tern; Marky Mutchler just reported a
swift at the University Rec Center. Lots of good birds around!

Matt Brady
Baton Rouge
 

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Date: 11/15/18 5:43 pm
From: Kevin Colley <kcolley71...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Falcon
While driving back home from birding in Diamond/Venice with the Crescent Bird Club on Saturday, John Valliant, my friend/passenger spotted a Peregrine Falcon on the downriver side of the Crescent City Connection bridge. I didn't see it unfortunately.

Sorry for the late report.

Kevin Colley


Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 11/15/18 4:59 pm
From: Missy Bowen <missybowen...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Bald eagles by Orpheum
On a similar note, the Algiers eagles on Wall Blvd. are back and active in
the area. Pretty neat!

On Thu, Nov 15, 2018, 6:17 PM Terence Skelton <
<00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> Hi, all,
>
> Coming home from the vet and spotted a pair of adult bald eagles on the
> light pole right by the station at the corner of Orpheum and Hyacinth.
> At first, I thought it was one, but when I made a turn and pulled over, I
> could see it was a pair sitting very close together on the same pole.
> Wow, four eagles in one day! (Or perhaps the same pair twice!)
>
 

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Date: 11/15/18 4:18 pm
From: Terence Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Eagles in Metairie
Oops, forgot to include.  This second sighting was also in Metairie.
We are lucky to have lots of canals and the lake and some nice oak trees in Metairie to house such awesome birds!
Happy birding, y'all!
Terri
 

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Date: 11/15/18 4:17 pm
From: Terence Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Bald eagles by Orpheum
Hi, all,

Coming home from the vet and spotted a pair of adult bald eagles on the light pole right by the station at the corner of Orpheum and Hyacinth.
At first, I thought it was one, but when I made a turn and pulled over, I could see it was a pair sitting very close together on the same pole.
Wow, four eagles in one day!  (Or perhaps the same pair twice!)
 

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Date: 11/15/18 4:00 pm
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Vaux's Swifts Univ. Lake
Some years ago, Tom Sylvest had reported that Vaux's Swifts did roost in the chimney/belfry? of the First Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, LA - 930 North Boulevard. He said you had to be at the church just before sunset and watch carefully.

Jay Huner

----- Original Message -----
From: "James V Remsen" <najames...>
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Sent: Thursday, November 15, 2018 2:32:27 PM
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Vaux's Swifts Univ. Lake

Cameron Rutt and I are watching 2 Vaux's Swifts among a dozen (!) Chimneys from Presbyterian church parkinglot Dalrymple x w. State street next to University Lake LSU


*****************************
Dr. J. V. Remsen
Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
najames<at>LSU.edu
 

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Date: 11/15/18 12:32 pm
From: James V Remsen <najames...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Vaux's Swifts Univ. Lake
Cameron Rutt and I are watching 2 Vaux's Swifts among a dozen (!) Chimneys from Presbyterian church parkinglot Dalrymple x w. State street next to University Lake LSU


*****************************
Dr. J. V. Remsen
Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
najames<at>LSU.edu
 

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Date: 11/15/18 9:36 am
From: Terence Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Bald Eagles Bonnabel in Metairie
Driving west on I-10 this morning about 10 am and had a pair of adult bald eagles above I-10 near the Bonnabel exit.  Boat launch is not too far from there, so probably hunting on the lake.  A good ways from the Cleveland site, so may be a different pair.
 

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Date: 11/14/18 8:22 am
From: Charles Lyon <lyon5516...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Fwd: eBird Report - Cross Lake, Nov 13, 2018
LA-birders,
Last link did not work. Hit the link at the end of the list below for comments and photos.
Charlie Lyon

Sent from my iPhone. C Lyon

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Date: November 14, 2018 at 1:42:34 AM CST
> To: <lyon5516...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Cross Lake, Nov 13, 2018
>
> Cross Lake, Caddo, Louisiana, US
> Nov 13, 2018 2:30 PM - 5:40 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 6.0 mile(s)
> Comments: With Jeff Trahan 36-38 degrees overcast 100% cloud cover wind 8-12 mph NW wind chill sub 30 degrees with white caps. We were the only boat on the lake!
> 32 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Northern Shoveler 2
> American Wigeon 2
> Mallard 8
> Mallard (Domestic type) 12
> Green-winged Teal 2
> Ring-necked Duck 1
> Lesser Scaup 9
> Black Scoter 1 Female See multiple photos. Dot Rambin had reported a male and two females earlier in the day in a cove near where we found this female. In the last photo, the female Black Scoter is flying over a male Ruddy Duck.
> Bufflehead 156 1x1 count conservative
> Red-breasted Merganser 1
> Ruddy Duck 2394 In the second photo, a Ruddy Duck is swimming with an American Coot.
> Pied-billed Grebe 3
> Horned Grebe 1
> American Coot 715
> Killdeer 1
> Bonaparte's Gull 9
> Franklin's Gull 98
> Ring-billed Gull 2200
> Herring Gull 11
> Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 Photos of adult third year returnee.
> Forster's Tern 12
> Neotropic Cormorant 2 Photos of both.
> Double-crested Cormorant 1680
> American White Pelican 36
> Great Blue Heron 2
> Great Egret 6
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Blue Jay 2
> Tree Swallow 1400 Conservative count by 100’s
> Carolina Wren 1
> Northern Mockingbird 1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
> House Sparrow 6
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49920308
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 11/14/18 7:53 am
From: Marty Floyd <000000188c541d04-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Tensas CBC change
Date for Tensas NWR CBC has changed from 27th to Dec 28. 
Anyone interested please contact Andrew Morang at <moranga...>

Thanks
Marty Floyd
 

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Date: 11/13/18 11:51 pm
From: Charles Lyon <lyon5516...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Cross Lake 11-13-18
LA-birders,
Brutal conditions to take a boat out on Cross Lake Tuesday afternoon 11-13-18, but the results were
worth it I guess. Jeff Trahan was crazy enough to come along for the ride. (36 degrees with strong NW winds and whitecaps)
The link to the eBird list with comments and photos is below.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/email?subID=S49920308

Charlie Lyon
Shreveport, LA
 

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Date: 11/13/18 7:55 pm
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Waterfowl in St. Landry Parish
I was in the area between Church Point and Eunice late this afternoon where LA 358 and LA 751 intersect. There were no less than 1500 ducks crowded into the area using crawfish ponds that hadn't been drained last summer and newly flooded crawfish ponds. In terms of abundance, most to least, species included: Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, Ruddy Duck, and Ring-necked Duck. There might have been some other species present but lighting was poor and birds were some distance from roads.

It was very cold and windy. I'm guessing the ducks arrived in association with the current passing of a very strong cold front.

Also saw around a thousand White Ibis pounding shallow, newly flooded crawfish ponds along with about 200 Great Egrets.

Jay Huner
 

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Date: 11/13/18 2:31 pm
From: Terence Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Eagles on Cleveland and Kawanee
A few weeks ago, my husband and I spotted two eagles, each on a light pole across from each other on the West Esplanade canal in Metairie.  We observed one of the eagles hunting in the Wilson canal when we made the round to check out the old Cleveland nest.
Today, I drove down Kawanee and spotted a car stopped on James, across from the nest, so I went by after my errand and talked to the driver who was still there.  She and her friend had seen the eagle pair tending to the nest earlier that day, and they were hoping the pair would come back.
This is great news!  My husband and I had hoped the pair we had seen a few weeks ago might be an indication of a return to the Cleveland nest.
I'll try to check on them when I can and keep y'all posted if they come back and hopefully have a productive nest this year!
Happy birding!
Terri
 

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Date: 11/13/18 2:15 pm
From: William Matthews <willie_lilly...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Bald Eagle on Lake Rd.
I came across this BAEA enjoying breakfast on Lake Rd. in St. Tammany Parish Sat. AM until the bird and I both received an abrupt surprise. Photos in attached list.

Willie Matthews, Mandeville, LA

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49835501
 

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Date: 11/13/18 12:37 pm
From: Oscar Johnson <ojohns7...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Baton Rouge recent rarities
Birders,


We've had a few good birds in Baton Rouge the last day, mostly on University Lake right by the LSU campus. A small flock of Scaup on the northwest corner of the southern lake has 2 GREATER SCAUP, which are quite rare here.


Yesterday Cameron Rutt found a large flock of Chaetura swifts, which is very late in the fall. Most of them looked like Chimney Swifts, but a few we think might be VAUX'S SWIFTS. Most were over the South Frat Lot on the LSU campus.


Today, Eamon Corbett saw 3 FRIGATEBIRDS over the lakes, which quickly flew off to the southwest not to be seen again.


Also on the lakes today was a COMMON LOON, which quickly flew off to the north.


Yesterday there was a COMMON GOLDENEYE on the lake, also very rare in Baton Rouge.


Oscar


--
Oscar Johnson

Ph.D. Candidate
Brumfield lab
Museum of Natural Science, Department of Biological Sciences
Louisiana State University
119 Foster Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
<ojohns7...> http://www.oscarjohnson.net/
 

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Date: 11/13/18 12:31 pm
From: Christian Walker <christian.icapadjuster...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] New Orleans Birding
Hey there,

I’m a birder from the Irving Texas area. I’m coming down to New Orleans with a few non-birding friends this coming weekend, arriving Saturday afternoon. I won’t have a car but I would love to try to get away for a day and find some birds. Would anyone be available/willing to let me come along on for some birding in the NOLA area? I’d be able to do Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday.

Good birding,

Christian Walker
<christian.icapadjuster...>
Independent Adjuster
Irving, Texas
(512) 431 2495
 

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Date: 11/13/18 9:22 am
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Brown Creeper - New Orleans East
I just had a Brown Creeper in a mixed species flock in the parking lot of
the police station off Read Blvd. and Dwyer. -jz
 

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Date: 11/12/18 8:47 am
From: Cameron Rutt <cameronrutt...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Late Neotropical migrants including 11 spp of warblers (11/10-11/11) - Cameron Parish
Hollis Jones and I enjoyed a brisk, but birdy, weekend in Cameron Parish,
in what might prove to be one of the final pushes of Neotropical migrants
for 2018. In all, we found 11 species of warblers, highlighted by two
Bay-breasted Warblers and a very late, very drab Blackburnian Warbler.
Other highlights in the straggler department included at least 6
Broad-winged Hawks, 3 Eastern Wood-Pewees (all heard calling), Wood Thrush,
2 Painted Buntings, and a Summer Tanager. Many of these birds were at
Peveto Woods yesterday morning:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49881537

Yesterday (11/11) also featured an impressive push of Pine Siskins along
the coast, where we tallied ~50 birds, mostly flybys at Peveto. Counting
became tricky, however, because some flocks of small finches contained both
calling Pine Siskins and American Goldfinches. In all, there were ~100
Spinus finches that flew past Peveto in the AM. We also found and
photographed 3 Cave Swallows heading east along Holly Beach, though I
suspect the weekend tally might have been closer to 10 had I been quicker
and had better light.

The migrant waterfowl that Paul Conover reported on Saturday (11/10)
continued into at least yesterday morning (11/11) with approaching 1000
ducks in the first 1.5 hours after sunrise. This was primarily dominated by
flocks of eastbound Northern Pintails, Green-winged Teals, and Lesser
Scaup, but also included 25 Blue-winged Teals, 1 American Wigeon, 3
Mallards, and 3 Canvasbacks in the mix. Similarly, Saturday (11/10)
produced a large flight of high-flying Snow Geese (~3000) that were
crossing the Sabine River from Texas, also heading NE. About 1% of these
were Ross's Geese, as far as I could tell, although this is likely a
considerable underestimate as distant flocks were more difficult to pick
through.

Cheers,
Cameron


--
Cameron L. Rutt

PhD Candidate
Louisiana State University
School of Renewable Natural Resources
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
 

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Date: 11/12/18 7:09 am
From: Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] possible Shiny Cowbird - Grilletta Tract
LAbirders,

Sorry for the belated report. I've been wrestling with this bird in my head since I saw it Saturday afternoon (Nov 10), partially because I didn't get great looks, and partially because a Shiny Cowbird, as rare as it is, would be especially unlikely in mid-November given the pattern of accepted records in LA. Arriving at a Shiny Cowbird ID by process of elimination is not my preferred method of approach, and I wish I had better photos to support/refute the ID.

I've submitted a summary along with a few photos to eBird, and will submit to LBRC.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49881630

Cheers,
Erik Johnson
S Lafayette, LA
Ejohnson AT Audubon.org
 

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Date: 11/12/18 6:38 am
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Pine Siskin in Central Louisiana
Had a Pine Siskin at my feeder in cold rain about 8 AM today 10/12/18 on east side of Cotile Lake, Rapides Parish, LA

Jay Huner
 

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Date: 11/12/18 4:25 am
From: Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Louisiana Western Winter Hummingbird Report #3
LAbird and HumNetters,

I'm pleased to report on the status of the 2018-2019 winter hummingbird season. Thanks to all for continuing to submit their western hummingbird records!

For Ruby-throated Hummingbirds still present on or after NOVEMBER 15, I will add those to the database.

Please continue to report newly arrived birds, and share photo evidence that will help confirm the ID, age, and sex.

- Your name

- Your address (town only is acceptable)

- First observed (FO) date (or, if discovered while banding or marking other birds, the date it was observed)

- Species

- Age (Adult, immature, unknown)

- Sex (Male, female, unknown)

- Whether banded, when and by whom

If additional information is learned through further observation or banding, please report those updates and I'll make the changes.
Also, please report the last observed (LO) date, if possible, when the bird leaves. This you can do more easily when the hummer has been banded and marked.

Happy Hummingbirding,
Erik Johnson
S Lafayette, LA
Ejohnson AT Audubon.org



This is Louisiana Western Winter Hummingbird Weekly Report # 3 for the 2018-2019 season.

Following are the reports received and added to our database since report # 2 dated 10/2/2018:
1.James Beck & Linda Kingsland, Marrero, LA (Jefferson)
#1 Black-chinned Hummingbird F FO 11/9/2018 (ID/sex confirmed with photos)
#1 Buff-bellied Hummingbird FO 11/9/2018
2.Sandra DeHart, Perry, LA (Vermilion)
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens Im M FO 10/24/2018 LO 10/24/2018 (age/sex confirmed with photos)
3.Bill & Lydia Fontenot, Carencro, LA (Lafayette)
#1 Black-chinned Hummingbird FO 10/14/2018
4.Tom Garvey & Joan Garvey, New Orleans, LA (Orleans)
#2 Buff-bellied Hummingbird FO 10/16/2018
#3 Buff-bellied Hummingbird OBS 10/30/2018 (probable returnee)
5.Jennifer Gibson, Dulac, LA (Terrebonne)
#1 Broad-billed Hummingbird Ad F FO 10/18/2018 (possible 3rd year returnee)
6.Toddy Guidry, Lafayette, LA (Lafayette)
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens Im M OBS 10/20/2018 (shared with E. Johnson)
7.Erik and Ceci Johnson, Milton, LA (Lafayette)
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens Im M FO 10/19/2018
8.Joan LeBlanc, Baton Rouge, LA (East Baton Rouge)
#1 Black-chinned Hummingbird Ad M FO 10/31/2018
9.Sybil McDonald, Baton Rouge, LA (East Baton Rouge)
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens Ad F FO 9/10/2018 (age/sex confirmed with photos)
10.Nancy Murrill, Baton Rouge, LA (East Baton Rouge)
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens F FO 8/22/2018
11.Rose and Jack Must, Lafayette, LA (Lafayette)
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens Im M FO 10/26/2018
#1 Buff-bellied Hummingbird FO 11/8/2018
12.David Muth, New Orleans, LA (Orleans)
#1 Broad-billed Hummingbird Im M FO 10/19/2018
13.Bob and Karen Pierson, Baton Rouge, LA (East Baton Rouge)
#1 Black-chinned Hummingbird Ad M FO 11/1/2018 (probable returnee)
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens F FO 10/31/2018
14.Evelyn Pilgreen, Lake Charles, LA (Calcasieu)
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens Im M FO 11/9/2018 (age/sex confirmed with photos)
15. Southern Accent Landscape Con., Algiers, LA (Orleans)
#1 Buff-bellied Hummingbird FO 8/24/2018
16.Tommy Walker, Kenner, LA (Jefferson)
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens (Rufous) Ad F FO 10/12/2018 (Banded by NLN 10/13/2018)
17.Phillip Wallace, Abbeville, LA (Vermilion)
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens Im M FO 11/10/2018 (age/sex confirmed with photos)
________________________________

Summary of Reports as of 11/12/2018

Black-chinned Hummingbird
4 reports
3 parishes
4 sites
Broad-billed Hummingbird
2 reports
2 parishes
2 sites
Buff-bellied Hummingbird
9 reports
6 parishes
7 sites
Selasphorus Rufous/Allens
29 reports
12 parishes
27 sites
--Identified Rufous
13 reports
8 parishes
12 sites
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BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD

East Baton Rouge Parish: 2 reports 2 sites

1. Joan LeBlanc, Baton Rouge, LA
#1 Black-chinned Hummingbird Ad M FO 10/31/2018

2. Bob and Karen Pierson, Baton Rouge, LA
#1 Black-chinned Hummingbird Ad M FO 11/1/2018 (probable returnee)

Jefferson Parish: 1 report 1 site

1. James Beck & Linda Kingsland, Marrero, LA
#1 Black-chinned Hummingbird F FO 11/9/2018 (ID/sex confirmed with photos)

Lafayette Parish: 1 report 1 site

1. Bill & Lydia Fontenot, Carencro, LA
#1 Black-chinned Hummingbird FO 10/14/2018
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BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD

Orleans Parish: 1 report 1 site

1. David Muth, New Orleans, LA
#1 Broad-billed Hummingbird Im M FO 10/19/2018

Terrebonne Parish: 1 report 1 site

1. Jennifer Gibson, Dulac, LA
#1 Broad-billed Hummingbird Ad F FO 10/18/2018 (possible 3rd year returnee)
________________________________
BUFF-BELLIED HUMMINGBIRD

East Baton Rouge Parish: 1 report 1 site

1. Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, Baton Rouge, LA
#1 Buff-bellied Hummingbird Ad FO 8/31/2018

Iberville Parish: 1 report 1 site

1. Donna Dittmann & Steve Cardiff, St. Gabriel, LA
#1 Buff-bellied Hummingbird FO 9/15/2018 (possible returnee)

Jefferson Parish: 1 report 1 site

1. James Beck & Linda Kingsland, Marrero, LA
#1 Buff-bellied Hummingbird FO 11/9/2018

Lafayette Parish: 1 report 1 site

1. Rose and Jack Must, Lafayette, LA
#1 Buff-bellied Hummingbird FO 11/8/2018

Lafourche Parish: 1 report 1 site

1. Beth & Sammy Maniscalco, Thibodaux, LA
#1 Buff-bellied Hummingbird FO 8/27/2018

Orleans Parish: 4 reports 2 sites

1. Tom Garvey & Joan Garvey, New Orleans, LA
#1 Buff-bellied Hummingbird Ad FO 9/10/2018 (possibly banded, age confirmed from photos)
#2 Buff-bellied Hummingbird FO 10/16/2018
#3 Buff-bellied Hummingbird OBS 10/30/2018 (probable returnee)

2. Southern Accent Landscape Con., Algiers, LA
#1 Buff-bellied Hummingbird FO 8/24/2018
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SELASPHORUS RUFOUS/ALLENS

Ascension Parish: 1 report 1 site

1. Sue Broussard, Gonzales, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens (Rufous) Ad M FO 8/10/2018 (probable returnee)

Calcasieu Parish: 1 report 1 site

1. Evelyn Pilgreen, Lake Charles, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens Im M FO 11/9/2018 (age/sex confirmed with photos)

East Baton Rouge Parish: 5 reports 5 sites

1. Bob and Karen Pierson, Baton Rouge, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens F FO 10/31/2018

2. Vicki Vance, Baton Rouge, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens (Rufous) Ad M FO 8/22/2018 (banded, probable returnee)

3. Sybil McDonald, Baton Rouge, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens Ad F FO 9/10/2018 (age/sex confirmed with photos)

4. Nancy Murrill, Baton Rouge, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens F FO 8/22/2018

5. Jean Wall & Bud Snowdon, Baton Rouge, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens (Rufous) Ad M FO 8/28/2018

Iberville Parish: 1 report 1 site

1. Van Remsen, St. Gabriel, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens Ad F FO 9/1/2018 (possible returnee)

Jefferson Parish: 3 reports 3 sites

1. Cathy and Phil DiSalvo, Harahan, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens (Rufous) Ad F FO 8/30/2018 (banded, probable returnee; age/sex confirmed with photo)

2. Tommy Walker, Kenner, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens (Rufous) Ad F FO 10/12/2018 (Banded by NLN 10/13/2018)

3. David Whipple, Metairie, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens (Rufous) Ad M FO 8/24/2018

Lafayette Parish: 5 reports 5 sites

1. Paul & Ashleigh Conover, Lafayette, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens (Rufous) Ad M FO 8/11/2018

2. Rose and Jack Must, Lafayette, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens Im M FO 10/26/2018

3. Toddy Guidry, Lafayette, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens Im M OBS 10/20/2018 (shared with E. Johnson)

4. Erik and Ceci Johnson, Milton, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens Im M FO 10/19/2018

5. Amy O'Quain, Lafayette, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens F FO 10/1/2018 (ID and sex with photo - spread tail suggests Rufous)

Lafourche Parish: 2 reports 2 sites

1. Beth & Sammy Maniscalco, Thibodaux, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens Ad F FO 7/27/2018 (Probably a banded returnee)

2. Mike and Jessica Glaspell, Lockport, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens Ad F OBS 8/30/2018 (Apparently around for "about a month" when reported)

Orleans Parish: 2 reports 2 sites

1. Wild-City Park New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens (Rufous) Ad M FO 8/28/2018 (banded, probable returnee)

2. Tom Garvey & Joan Garvey, New Orleans, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens Im F FO 8/16/2018 LO 8/16/2018 (sex confirmed with photos - suspected immature)

St. Tammany Parish: 4 reports 2 sites

1. John and Margaret Owens, Covington, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens Ad M FO 8/23/2018 (Returnee recaptured 8/25/2018, first captured 12/9/2017)
#2 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens (Rufous) Im M FO 9/1/2018 (Banded by NLN 9/1/2018)
#3 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens (Rufous) Im M FO 9/15/2018 (Banded by NLN 9/15/2018)

2. Noel Venezia, Slidell, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens (Rufous) Ad F FO 7/29/2018 (banded returnee "Mrs. Green")

Tangipahoa Parish: 1 report 1 site

1. Jane Patterson, Ponchatoula, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens (Rufous) Ad M FO 8/21/2018

Terrebonne Parish: 2 reports 2 sites

1. Diana Meterjean Coupel Bailly, Shriever, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens (Rufous) Ad M OBS 9/23/2018

2. Jason and Samantha Nguyen, Bayou L'Ourse, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens F FO 9/10/2018 (Sex confirmed with photos)

Vermilion Parish: 2 reports 2 sites

1. Sandra DeHart, Perry, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens Im M FO 10/24/2018 LO 10/24/2018 (age/sex confirmed with photos)

2. Phillip Wallace, Abbeville, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens Im M FO 11/10/2018 (age/sex confirmed with photos)
________________________________
 

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Date: 11/11/18 10:51 pm
From: Jonathan Clark <falloutbird1...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Catahoula NWR HQ Unit
labirders,

I birded the Headquarters Unit of Catahoula NWR Sunday 11/11/18. Ducks
were arriving and geese were passing over, and sparrows seem to have become
more numerous. One mixed flock had 50 or so (maybe more) Yellow-rumped
Warblers (!). Highlights were a Purple Finch and a Merlin. The Merlin was
in a tree beside the path I was walking, clutching a dead Cedar Waxwing. It
allowed me to pass multiple times to photograph and video it and continue
on my way to and return from the lake. Quite tame. I watched as it started
plucking, and then eating the waxwing. Videos and photos of Merlin (poor
image quality) in eBird report at link below.
ebird.org/view/checklist/S49874963

Here's a link to last week's visit to this location on 11/6 as well.
ebird.org/view/checklist/S49721919

Happy Birding ;
Jonathan Clark
Jena, LA
.
 

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Date: 11/11/18 8:20 am
From: Jonathan Clark <falloutbird1...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Purple Finch - Marrero
Labirders,

I just saw female type Purple Finch at entrance to Catahoula NWR
Headquarters Unit. With large mixed flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers,
Chipping Sparrows, etc.

Jonathan Clark

On Sunday, November 11, 2018, James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> wrote:

> Just had a very vocal flyover Purple Finch with a House Finch over the
> house here in Marrero. -jz
>
 

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Date: 11/11/18 7:21 am
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Purple Finch - Marrero
Just had a very vocal flyover Purple Finch with a House Finch over the
house here in Marrero. -jz
 

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Date: 11/11/18 5:26 am
From: Paul Conover <zoiseaux...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Good bird movement yesterday and last night
Labird,

       Yesterday on the SW coast, there was a conveyor belt of birds.
Ducks offshore were speeding by flock-after-flock going west to east,
while raptors (and others) were soaring east to west.

       This morning in the yard I had a new crop of birds: junco,
sapsucker, Blue-headed Vireo, Pine Warbler in a flock mixed with the
resident chickadees.

       This might be a good day to get out birding or at least to drive
around seeing what the wires and fences hold.

Paul Conover

Lafayette
 

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Date: 11/10/18 2:41 pm
From: Philip Bradley <0000018eaa441e8c-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] FOS
I had my FOS Yellow-rumped Warblers today. They were feeding on the crepe myrtle seeds...they did this last year, too.
Phil Bradley
Shreveport

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 11/10/18 9:31 am
From: Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Sage thrasher south point
A had a few birds of possible interest on the walk out around 10 AM, if anyone else is headed up into the area:


Vesper Sparrow where you first climb onto the levee to start walking to the point (with Savannahs in the grass).


American Woodcock, Purple Finch (female)- in the small woodlot at the base of the Highway 11 bridge. The woodcock flushed from deep inside it


(I was in there making yet another unsuccessful search for Saw-whet Owl in the tangles... I still think this woodlot has the best odds for finding one in our state in daylight, esp. after November cold fronts)


I only really watched the corrective flight for about 40 minutes this morning before becoming focused on the thrasher and kingbird, but in that time 1545 robins passed, with small numbers of waxwings and yellowrumps, and single Indigo and Blue Grosbeak. There were also two Indigos in the scrub at the point.


I resumed skywatch from 820-900, but the flight had dwindled: 170 more robins, but mainly Tree Swallows (several flocks totalling 285*). Sapsucker crossed also, and a Cave/Cliff Swallow that looked more like a Cave but gave too brief a view of the head to be sure.


*I have never been sure whether to interpret tree swallows passing South Pt in November as active migrants engaged in corrective flight like the other birds, or as just commuters that have left the large swallow cane roosts upriver from the city and eventually reached South Pt during their daily foraging dispersal.

________________________________
From: Jack Rogers <jack...>
Sent: Saturday, November 10, 2018 10:55:08 AM
To: Peter H Yaukey
Cc: <labird-l...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Sage thrasher south point

LAbirders,
A group of 4 birders, including myself, were unable to relocate the Thrasher as of this email. 3 of us watched the Kingbird fly off into the horizon, unidentified.
Jack Rogers

On Sat, Nov 10, 2018, 8:19 AM Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...><mailto:<PYaukey...>> wrote:
Sage still here. Get off i10 at Irish bayou, go to start of hwy 11 bridge but double back West along unpaved frontage Rd to crabbing bridge where gate across Rd. Park and walk further west on that road , turning north on the marsh levee to South PT, which is base of railroad bridge across lake. Walk is about 30 min. Birdhas been favoring edge of cement driveway over levee at point. Also a trop/couch's is confirmed, but silent.
________________________________
From: Jack Rogers <jack...><mailto:<jack...>>
Sent: Saturday, November 10, 2018 8:09:51 AM
To: Peter H Yaukey
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Sage thrasher south point

Peter,
I'm hoping to chase this bird. Would you happen to have coordinates or further directions?
Thanks,
Jack Rogers

On Sat, Nov 10, 2018, 7:55 AM Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...><mailto:<PYaukey...>> wrote:
Five minutes ago
Hanging out, not flying by.
Scrub at point.
Also a yellowbellied kingbird, prob trop/couch's, that I had to ditch when I got on the sage
NOTICE: This message, including all attachments transmitted with it, is intended solely for the use of the Addressee(s) and may contain information that is PRIVILEGED, CONFIDENTIAL, and/or EXEMPT FROM DISCLOSURE under applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution, or use of the information contained herein is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. If you received this communication in error, please destroy all copies of the message, whether in electronic or hard copy format, as well as attachments and immediately contact the sender by replying to this email or contact the sender at the telephone numbers listed above. Thank you!
--

Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, SC

--

Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, SC
 

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Date: 11/10/18 8:55 am
From: Jack Rogers <jack...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Sage thrasher south point
LAbirders,
A group of 4 birders, including myself, were unable to relocate the
Thrasher as of this email. 3 of us watched the Kingbird fly off into the
horizon, unidentified.
Jack Rogers

On Sat, Nov 10, 2018, 8:19 AM Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...> wrote:

> Sage still here. Get off i10 at Irish bayou, go to start of hwy 11 bridge
> but double back West along unpaved frontage Rd to crabbing bridge where
> gate across Rd. Park and walk further west on that road , turning north on
> the marsh levee to South PT, which is base of railroad bridge across lake.
> Walk is about 30 min. Birdhas been favoring edge of cement driveway over
> levee at point. Also a trop/couch's is confirmed, but silent.
> ------------------------------
> *From:* Jack Rogers <jack...>
> *Sent:* Saturday, November 10, 2018 8:09:51 AM
> *To:* Peter H Yaukey
> *Subject:* Re: [LABIRD-L] Sage thrasher south point
>
> Peter,
> I'm hoping to chase this bird. Would you happen to have coordinates or
> further directions?
> Thanks,
> Jack Rogers
>
> On Sat, Nov 10, 2018, 7:55 AM Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...> wrote:
>
> Five minutes ago
> Hanging out, not flying by.
> Scrub at point.
> Also a yellowbellied kingbird, prob trop/couch's, that I had to ditch when
> I got on the sage
> NOTICE: This message, including all attachments transmitted with it, is
> intended solely for the use of the Addressee(s) and may contain information
> that is PRIVILEGED, CONFIDENTIAL, and/or EXEMPT FROM DISCLOSURE under
> applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby
> notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution, or use of the
> information contained herein is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. If you received this
> communication in error, please destroy all copies of the message, whether
> in electronic or hard copy format, as well as attachments and immediately
> contact the sender by replying to this email or contact the sender at the
> telephone numbers listed above. Thank you!
>
> --
>
> Jack Rogers
> Mt Pleasant, SC
>
--

Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, SC
 

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Date: 11/10/18 6:32 am
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Wood Storks - Marrero
Unbelievably, Linda and I just had and photographed two Wood Storks
soaring over our house here in Marrero. -jz
 

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Date: 11/10/18 6:19 am
From: Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Sage thrasher south point
Sage still here. Get off i10 at Irish bayou, go to start of hwy 11 bridge but double back West along unpaved frontage Rd to crabbing bridge where gate across Rd. Park and walk further west on that road , turning north on the marsh levee to South PT, which is base of railroad bridge across lake. Walk is about 30 min. Birdhas been favoring edge of cement driveway over levee at point. Also a trop/couch's is confirmed, but silent.
________________________________
From: Jack Rogers <jack...>
Sent: Saturday, November 10, 2018 8:09:51 AM
To: Peter H Yaukey
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Sage thrasher south point

Peter,
I'm hoping to chase this bird. Would you happen to have coordinates or further directions?
Thanks,
Jack Rogers

On Sat, Nov 10, 2018, 7:55 AM Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...><mailto:<PYaukey...>> wrote:
Five minutes ago
Hanging out, not flying by.
Scrub at point.
Also a yellowbellied kingbird, prob trop/couch's, that I had to ditch when I got on the sage
NOTICE: This message, including all attachments transmitted with it, is intended solely for the use of the Addressee(s) and may contain information that is PRIVILEGED, CONFIDENTIAL, and/or EXEMPT FROM DISCLOSURE under applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution, or use of the information contained herein is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. If you received this communication in error, please destroy all copies of the message, whether in electronic or hard copy format, as well as attachments and immediately contact the sender by replying to this email or contact the sender at the telephone numbers listed above. Thank you!
--

Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, SC
 

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Date: 11/10/18 5:55 am
From: Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Sage thrasher south point
Five minutes ago
Hanging out, not flying by.
Scrub at point.
Also a yellowbellied kingbird, prob trop/couch's, that I had to ditch when I got on the sage
NOTICE: This message, including all attachments transmitted with it, is intended solely for the use of the Addressee(s) and may contain information that is PRIVILEGED, CONFIDENTIAL, and/or EXEMPT FROM DISCLOSURE under applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution, or use of the information contained herein is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. If you received this communication in error, please destroy all copies of the message, whether in electronic or hard copy format, as well as attachments and immediately contact the sender by replying to this email or contact the sender at the telephone numbers listed above. Thank you!
 

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Date: 11/9/18 2:56 pm
From: Mark Meunier <memeunier...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Couch's / tropical kingbird
Perched in a mulberry at the front of the Grilletta tract on Grand Isle this morning. Also some late migrants ( 2 magnolias, 1 redstart, 2 eastern wood pewee, 1 black and white, 2 ovenbirds, and a couple indigos. I'm sure this front is going clear them all out.

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 11/9/18 1:45 pm
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Black-chinned Hummingbird - Marrero
Aha! Now we also have a female Black-chinned to go with our Ruby-throat
and Buff-bellied! -jz
 

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Date: 11/9/18 1:34 pm
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Millaudon Canal this morning
Linda and I birded Millaudon Canal here in Marrero this morning and
highlights included Yellow-billed Cuckoo, American Redstart (female),
Northern Parula (female), three Indigo Buntings and two Blue Grosbeaks.
Checklist below. -jz

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49792760

--
James W. Beck
City of New Orleans Mosquito & Termite Control Board
2100 Leon C. Simon Dr.
New Orleans, LA 70122
<loxosceles928...>
<jwbeck...>
 

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Date: 11/9/18 1:25 pm
From: John Dillon <kisforkryptonite...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Purple Finches
I’ve been seeing lots of reports of PUFI in Arkansas, as well as other conifer birds like PISI and crossbill, and I just had 3 female PUFI at my feeders with about 10 goldfinch. Also had another Red-breasted Nuthatch.

Be on the lookout for conifer species like these, especially Red Crossbill.

John Dillon
Athens,
LA

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 11/9/18 1:16 pm
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Buff-bellied Hummingbird - Marrero
Linda and I now have a Buff-bellied Hummingbird to accompany our
Ruby-throat. Perhaps a returnee from last year, banded by Nancy. -jz
 

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Date: 11/9/18 11:47 am
From: Fleury, Bruce E <bfleury...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] New intro bird class from Teaching Company
I'm pleased to announce the release of a new course on bird biology and behavior from the Teaching Company's Great Courses series:


https://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/the-scientific-wonder-of-birds.html?fbclid=IwAR1NhhIBvtu9Eyb6De-4dCpYITovrHHZFrJCUzWXa01h98vR1tiB0u1y9r4


The six hour series of 12 lectures is distilled from my Tulane ornithology class, and is intended for a general audience. A big thank you to my fellow LA birders who have helped me and inspired me over the years.


Dr. Bruce E. Fleury
Senior Professor of the Practice Emeritus
Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Tulane University NOLA 70118
 

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Date: 11/8/18 9:52 am
From: Jennifer Coulson <jenniferocoulson...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Michael Seymour speaks about VHF Network for Migration Tracking - Tues., Nov. 13
Orleans Audubon Society PROGRAM
*Casting a Net for Bird Movements: Louisiana’s SPDOR VHF Network for
Wildlife Tracking*
*Speaker:* Michael Seymour, Nongame Ornithologist, Louisiana Department of
Wildlife and Fisheries
*Date:* Tuesday, November 13
*Time:* 6:30 p.m. social, 7:00 p.m. program
*Location:* Community Church Unitarian Universalist, 6690 Fleur de Lis
Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana 70124, is located in Lakeview, on the
southwest corner of Fleur de Lis Drive and 38th Street.

Michael Seymour will tell us about the relatively new, and ever-expanding,
Motus Wildlife Tracking System and how it is being used in bird research
and conservation. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has VHF
receiver stations, creating a digital fence of detection along our coast.
Michael will discuss the latest technology that has made this major advance
possible, the state of our current network and its projected footprint for
2018, and the most up-to-date detections from the Louisiana stations.

This presentation is free and open to the public.
To sign up for free email notices from OAS, send a request to:
<OrleansAudubon...>

Jennifer Coulson
OAS President
 

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Date: 11/7/18 5:19 am
From: Nancy L Newfield <nancy...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Also Have
Seed of Red Morning Glory and of Yellow Morning Glory. Free to good homes.

Iron Nan
 

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Date: 11/7/18 5:10 am
From: Nancy L Newfield <nancy...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Red Buckeye
HummerFolks,

If anyone local would like Red Buckeye seeds, I have an abundance of
them. They need to be put into the ground or into pots of soil rather
soon after harvest, but these are superb hummer plants in spring.

They can live happily in containers for several years. My plant is about
9 feet tall, but some will grow larger. The seeds are large, so a
prospective grower will have to come to get them in Metairie. Contact me
if interested.

Iron Nan
 

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Date: 11/6/18 6:39 am
From: programs braudubon.org <programs...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] REMINDER: BRAS Presentation Thurs, Nov 8th
**REMINDER: Baton Rouge Audubon Society Presentation this Thursday, November 8th**

PRESENTATION TITLE: “Recent LSU Museum of Natural Science expeditions to South America; science, discoveries, and exploration”

DESCRIPTION: The LSU Museum of Natural Science maintains an active program of field work in tropical regions throughout the world, conducting exploratory research to document the fauna of remote regions. Oscar Johnson will share the results from recent expeditions to Peru and Bolivia, highlighting recent discoveries and the cutting-edge science that results from those expeditions.

DATE: Thursday, November 8th

TIME: 7:00 - 8:00 PM; Refreshments offered 6:45 - 7:00 PM

LOCATION: BREC's Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center's *Education Building*

10533 N. Glenstone Place, Baton Rouge, LA 70810

*Please note that the location is NOT the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center. It is the Education Building, which is located on the back corner of N. Glenstone Place, a U-shaped street off of Bluebonnet Blvd. The Education Building has a swamp mural painted on the front.

Attendance is free for all BRAS Members, $3 at the door for non-BRAS Members and $2.50 for non-BRAS seniors (price of admission at the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center).
Please RSVP if you plan on attending (<programs...>) so that we can add your name to the guest list.

Thank you!
Katie Percy
Programs Chair
Baton Rouge Audubon Society
www.braudubon.org
 

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Date: 11/6/18 6:31 am
From: Jennifer Coulson <jenniferocoulson...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Bayou Sauvage NWR birds seen Sat., Nov. 3
Dear LABIRDers:

The Orleans Audubon Society's and Crescent Bird Club's birding trip to
Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge yielded some nice birds under clear
skies and cool temperatures. We had a great morning. The link below
includes some gorgeous photos by Joan Garvey, Glenn Ousset and Janine Robin.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49647492

Highlights included a juvenile Swainson's Hawk circling directly overhead
near the railroad tracks on Recovery One Road. This hawk was also seen an
hour later from the landfill. Perhaps it may stick around for awhile.

If you continue along Recovery One Road past the landfill, pass the yellow
gate and then climb up onto the levee. In this open water area there have
been hundreds to thousands of ducks and plenty of avocets, stilts, and some
peeps.

We started at the Ridge Trail and encountered the flock that had the
Northern Parula and Worm-eating Warbler on October 30th. The latter could
have left on the cold front that happened between those dates, or we could
have missed seeing it.

The exceptional number of Yellow-billed Cuckoos could possibly be due to
the number of tenting caterpillars in the area.

Jennifer Coulson
President
Orleans Audubon Society
 

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Date: 11/6/18 6:04 am
From: Jennifer Coulson <jenniferocoulson...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Birding Diamond & Venice - Sat., Nov. 10
*Birding Trip to Diamond and Venice*
*Date:* Saturday, November 10
*Time:* 8:00 a.m., all-day trip
*Location:* Cross the Crescent City Connection, on Westbank Expressway,
exit Hwy 23 (Lafayette St/Bell Chase Hwy), drive 5 miles and meet in
Balestra’s Associated Grocery parking lot, on the right just past the
Intersection with Hwy 406 (Woodland Hwy)
*Leaders:* Joelle Finley and Ken Harris (504) 715-2647

Birding trips are co-hosted by Orleans Audubon and the Crescent Bird Club.
All are welcome. Bring binoculars and drinking water, wear hiking shoes or
boots. A hat, sun screen, other protection from the elements and insect
repellent are advisable. Call the trip leader if you have questions.

Jennifer Coulson
President
Orleans Audubon Society
 

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Date: 11/3/18 7:10 pm
From: cecil tarver <exk5hdl...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Woodstork in white castle
Got a picture from my daughter of a wood stork on hwy 69 about a mile from
railroad track at pumpkin ridge this afternoon
--
Cecil Tarver
8273 Aubin St
Denham Springs
La
70726

<exk5hdl...>
 

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Date: 11/3/18 12:43 pm
From: Roselie OVERBY <rosebird8791...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Cedar Waxwings in W Carroll Parish
I saw a flock of 20 Cedar Waxwings feeding on dried grapes up on a water oak at Poverty Point World Heritage Site this morning. First of season for me. I also heard 2 Am Goldfinches fly over. Will post list to ebird when I can get to a computer. Mine retired.

On trip home I also saw an adult Bald Eagle flying over Forest at Hwys 17 & 582

Roselie Overby.

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Date: 11/2/18 9:21 pm
From: Katherine Gividen <katherine...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] American Bittern
This is my first time posting on LaBird. I hope I do it correctly. Today at 5:45 PM I saw an American Bittern while driving Pintail Wildlife Drive just past the boardwalk on the left hand side of the road. I posted a pic on the Facebook page. The weather was around 62 degrees and the sky was clear.

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Date: 11/2/18 3:19 pm
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Swainson's Hawk - Marrero
Linda just found our first (and amazing, but wish list) Swainson's Hawk
over our house here in Marrero. Beautiful adult!
Adult Buteo with white patagials and dark brown primaries, secondaries and
tertiaries with a clean, unmarked underbelly and a lightly banded tail with
a dark brown terminal band. -jz
 

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Date: 11/1/18 1:40 pm
From: Rosemary Seidler <rseidler...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Parish checklists
Greetings,

All parish checklists have been updated and are now on line at:

http://birdstudygroup.org/ or http://losbird.org/ then click on The Louisiana Parish Checklist Project.

The changes are shown in RED on the EXCEL master spreadsheet. I also updated eBird totals for each parish on the master spreadsheet.

Thanks to Jeff Trahan for updating the Shreveport Bird Study Group webpage, to David L'Hoste for putting this project on the LOS web page and to so many of you who keep me informed of additions.

If you have trouble downloading checklists or the master spreadsheet email me and I'll try to get a list to you.

Rosemary Seidler
Shreveport, LA


P.S. If you use eBird then you know that the taxonomy has been scrambled. Don't know who the warblers offended but they have been moved way down the list. DNA is a bitch!
 

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Date: 11/1/18 1:22 pm
From: wright.949 <000001a667a979f1-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Say's Phoebe Chaukley Road
Say's Phoebe .4 miles from Highway 27 on Chaukley Road, before Sweet Lake Land Company. On south side of road, along fence line


Sent via the Samsung Galaxy Note8, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 10/31/18 8:04 pm
From: Jay Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Golden Eagle Lacassine Pools 10/31/18
That’s the default bird. I can only report what I saw. If LBRC disagrees, so be it.

Jay

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 31, 2018, at 6:33 PM, Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...> wrote:
>
> There were two immature Bald Eagles working that area this morning.
>
> Steve Cardiff
>
>> On Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 5:08 PM Jay Huner <jvh0660...> wrote:
>> About 2:45 PM today I was leaving Lacassine Pools and had reached the entrance kiosk area and entrance road. I saw a huge raptor in a snag along the brush line on the north side of the road between the pools and the harvested field just west of the gas plant. I had been looking for a Ferruginous Hawk reported in the area last Saturday but the bird was obviously an eagle.
>>
>> I never saw it well but it did not have diffuse ventral white of young Bald Eagle or distinct white patches of a young Golden Eagle. There was some white in lines along the underwing coverts as described by Sibley.
>>
>> I was trying to maneuver my truck to get a clear photo of the perched Bird when it flushed!!! Should have tried to take picture through my rain splattered windshield!
>>
>> I make this report to alert people to be looking for the bird.
>>
>> It’s my understanding that Golden Eagles in Louisiana are eastern birds that specialize in preying on Waterfowl accounting for reports from areas like Lacassine NWR where waterfowl concentrate.
>>
>> There are more details in my ebird report which I don’t know how to link with an iPhone.
>>
>> Jay Huner
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 10/31/18 4:33 pm
From: Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Golden Eagle Lacassine Pools 10/31/18
There were two immature Bald Eagles working that area this morning.

Steve Cardiff

On Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 5:08 PM Jay Huner <jvh0660...> wrote:

> About 2:45 PM today I was leaving Lacassine Pools and had reached the
> entrance kiosk area and entrance road. I saw a huge raptor in a snag along
> the brush line on the north side of the road between the pools and the
> harvested field just west of the gas plant. I had been looking for a
> Ferruginous Hawk reported in the area last Saturday but the bird was
> obviously an eagle.
>
> I never saw it well but it did not have diffuse ventral white of young
> Bald Eagle or distinct white patches of a young Golden Eagle. There was
> some white in lines along the underwing coverts as described by Sibley.
>
> I was trying to maneuver my truck to get a clear photo of the perched Bird
> when it flushed!!! Should have tried to take picture through my rain
> splattered windshield!
>
> I make this report to alert people to be looking for the bird.
>
> It’s my understanding that Golden Eagles in Louisiana are eastern birds
> that specialize in preying on Waterfowl accounting for reports from areas
> like Lacassine NWR where waterfowl concentrate.
>
> There are more details in my ebird report which I don’t know how to link
> with an iPhone.
>
> Jay Huner
>
> Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 10/31/18 4:32 pm
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Inca Dove - Marrero
Just had our first-ever INDO for our yard list in the waning moments of the
light. -jz
 

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Date: 10/31/18 3:08 pm
From: Jay Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Golden Eagle Lacassine Pools 10/31/18
About 2:45 PM today I was leaving Lacassine Pools and had reached the entrance kiosk area and entrance road. I saw a huge raptor in a snag along the brush line on the north side of the road between the pools and the harvested field just west of the gas plant. I had been looking for a Ferruginous Hawk reported in the area last Saturday but the bird was obviously an eagle.

I never saw it well but it did not have diffuse ventral white of young Bald Eagle or distinct white patches of a young Golden Eagle. There was some white in lines along the underwing coverts as described by Sibley.

I was trying to maneuver my truck to get a clear photo of the perched Bird when it flushed!!! Should have tried to take picture through my rain splattered windshield!

I make this report to alert people to be looking for the bird.

It’s my understanding that Golden Eagles in Louisiana are eastern birds that specialize in preying on Waterfowl accounting for reports from areas like Lacassine NWR where waterfowl concentrate.

There are more details in my ebird report which I don’t know how to link with an iPhone.

Jay Huner

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 10/31/18 9:20 am
From: Marty Floyd <000000188c541d04-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] LA CBCs
Here is list of LA CBCs in chronological order


| 2-Jan | | CA | Catahoula NWR |   | Marty Floyd | <Progne99...> | | |
| 3-Jan | | PI | Palmetto Island | | Toddy Guidry | <guidrys...> | | |
| 4-Jan | | PP | Pine Prairie |   | Marty Floyd | <Progne99...> | | |
| 5-Jan | | BR | Baton Rouge |   | K Percy/R Condrey | <kpercy...>/<coecnd...> |
| 5-Jan | | CR | Creole | |   | Erik Johnson | <ejohnson...> | |
| 14-Dec | | BC | Bossier-Caddo (Red River) | Terri Jacobson | <Terri_Jacobson...> |
| 14-Dec | | JB | Johnson Bayou |   | Gary Kelley | <garymke...> | |
| 14-Dec | | WL | White Lake |   | Michael Seymour | <mseymour...> | |
| 15-Dec | | DA | D'Arbonne |   | Joan Brown | <bljnbr...> | | |
| 15-Dec | | LT | Lacassine-Thornw |   | Rob Dobbs | <rcdobbs...> | |
| 15-Dec | | SH | Shreveport |   | Charlie Lyons | <lyon5516...> |
| 16-Dec | | SA | Sabine NWR |   | Jeanie Pousson | <jeanie.pousson...> |
| 17-Dec | | SC | Sweet Lake-Cam Pr |   | Samatha Collins | <Scollins...> | | |
| 18-Dec | | NS | Northshore-Slidell |   | Thomas Trenchard | <trench19...> | |
| 19-Dec | | CW | Crowley | |   | Marty Floyd | <Progne99...> | | |
| 19-Dec | | GI | Grand Isle |   | Chris Brantley | <chrisbrantley...> |
| 20-Dec | | CB | Claiborne |   | John Dillon | <kisforkryptonite...> |
| 20-Dec | | FR | Franklin | | | Michael VanEtten | <mlvanetten...> |
| 21-Dec | | LC | Lake Charles | | Irvin Louque | <irvinlouque...> | |
| 22-Dec | | NA | Nachitoches |   | Larry Raymond | <lrraymond...> | |
| 22-Dec | | NO | New Orleans |   | Glenn Oussett | <goussett...> | |
| 26-Dec | | RB | Reser-Bonnet Carre |   | Melvin Weber | <mweber...> | |
| 27-Dec | | LA | Lafayette | |   | Erik Johnson | <ejohnson...> | |
| 27-Dec | | TN | Tensas | | | Andrew Morang | <moranga...> | |
| 28-Dec | | NI | New Iberia |   | Erik Johnson | <ejohnson...> | |
| 28-Dec | | VE | Venice | |   | Robert Purrington | <danny...> | | |
| 29-Dec | | CL | C'ville-Lecompte |   | Marty Floyd | <Progne99...> | | |
| 29-Dec | | NZ | Natchez* | |   | Stratton Bull | <strattonbull...> | |
| 29-Dec | | ST | St Tammany |   | Chris Brantley | <chrisbrantley...> |
| 30-Dec | | TH | Thibodaux | | Delaina LeBlanc | <delaina...> | | |
| ?? | | FP | Fort Polk (limited access) | Abigal Arfman | <arfmanar...> | |
| | | | *part of this count is in LA | won't know Ft Polk until mid-Nov


| | | |
 

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Date: 10/30/18 8:00 pm
From: Kevin Leigh <kevinleigh...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] LOS Fall Meeting
This weekend was a good combination of good weather and a good variety of birds. Listed below is a collection of some of images from the weekend:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/27240392@N05/albums/72157702869744744
 

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Date: 10/30/18 7:21 pm
From: Judith ONeale <losbirdlady...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] LOS Fall Meeting Checklist
Please send corrections and additions to <jloneale...>

Thanks,

Judith
LOS Fall Meeting October 27, 2018 Cameron Parish Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Greater White-fronted Goose Canada Goose Gadwall Mallard Mottled Duck Blue-winged Teal Northern Shoveler ___Ring-necked Duck Ruddy Duck Pied-billed Grebe Rock Pigeon (I) Eurasian Collared-Dove (I) Inca Dove White-winged Dove ___Mourning Dove ___Yellow-billed Cuckoo Ruby-throated Hummingbird Clapper Rail King Rail Sora Purple Gallinule Common Gallinule American Coot Black-necked Stilt American Avocet Black-bellied Plover ___Snowy Plover Semipalmated Plover ___Piping Plover Killdeer Marbled Godwit Ruddy Turnstone Sanderling Dunlin Least Sandpiper Western Sandpiper Short-billed Dowitcher Long-billed Dowitcher ___Wilson's Snipe Spotted Sandpiper Greater Yellowlegs Willet Lesser Yellowlegs Laughing Gull ___Franklin's Gull Ring-billed Gull Herring Gull Lesser Black-backed Gull Gull-billed Tern Caspian Tern Forster's Tern Royal Tern Sandwich Tern Black Skimmer Wood Stork Neotropic Cormorant Double-crested Cormorant Anhinga American White Pelican Brown Pelican American Bittern Least Bittern Great Blue Heron Great Egret Snowy Egret Little Blue Heron Tricolored Heron ___Reddish Egret Cattle Egret Green Heron ___Black-billed Night-Heron Yellow-crowned Night-Heron White Ibis White-faced Ibis Roseate Spoonbill Black Vulture Turkey Vulture Osprey White-tailed Kite Bald Eagle Northern Harrier ___Sharp-shinned Hawk ___Cooper's Hawk Red-shouldered Hawk Red-tailed Hawk ___Ferruginous Hawk Belted Kingfisher Red-bellied Woodpecker ___Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Downy Woodpecker Northern Flicker Crested Caracara ___American Kestrel Merlin Peregrine Falcon Eastern Wood-Pewee Eastern Phoebe Vermilion Flycatcher Western Kingbird Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Loggerhead Shrike White-eyed Vireo ___Yellow-throated Vireo ___Philadelphia Vireo Blue Jay Tree Swallow Northern Rough-winged Swallow Barn Swallow Red-breasted Nuthatch ___Brown Creeper ___House Wren ___Winter Wren Sedge Wren Marsh Wren Carolina Wren ___Blue-gray Gnatcatcher ___Golden-crowned Kinglet ___Ruby-crowned Kinglet Swainson's Thrush ___Hermit Thrush Gray Catbird Brown Thrasher Northern Mockingbird European Starling (I) Tennessee Warbler Orange-crowned Warbler Nashville Warbler Common Yellowthroat ___American Redstart Northern Parula Magnolia Warbler Bay-breasted Warbler Blackburnian Warbler Palm Warbler ___Pine Warbler ___Yellow-rumped Warbler Yellow-throated Warbler Black-throated Green Warbler ___Wilson's Warbler ___Eastern Towhee ___Chipping Sparrow ___Clay-coloered Sparrow ___Vesper Sparrow Savannah Sparrow ___LeConte's Sparrow ___Nelson's Sparrow Seaside Sparrow ___Song Sparrow ___Lincoln's Sparrow ___Swamp Sparrow ___White-throated Sparrow White-crowned Sparrow Summer Tanager Northern Cardinal Rose-breasted Grosbeak Indigo Bunting Red-winged Blackbird Eastern Meadowlark ___Yellow-headed Blackbird Common Grackle Boat-tailed Grackle Great-tailed Grackle Brown-headed Cowbird Total 164 SUNDAY ADDITIONS FOR CAMERON PARISH ___Long-billed Curlew ___Harris's Hawk

Judith O'Neale
Lafayette LA
 

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Date: 10/30/18 4:51 pm
From: Philip Bradley <0000018eaa441e8c-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Quick trip
I just made a quick trip to the Shreveport Observatory, Wallace Lake Dam, and the Lucas Water Treatment Plant. Nothing but dragonflies at the Observatory. At the intersection of the Dam Rd. and Elerbe Rd. there was my FOS American Kestrel, woohoo! At the Treatment Plant there were ten Scissortailed Flycatchers. I also had two Red-tailed Hawks as I drove down LA 1 to the Observatory. Also, there were uncountable numbers of European Starlings (1,000's)

Phil Bradley
Shreveport

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 10/30/18 9:44 am
From: Janafw <000000346f893a94-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Buff-bellied
Which plants do your buffies like the most?

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 30, 2018, at 8:13 AM, Joan <joanmgarvey1...> wrote:
>
> Erik,
>
>
>
> I suspected, but now am sure I have a #3 Buff-bellied Hummingbird, probable
> returnee.
>
> Also noted a song Sparrow (and a RBNU.) The first 2 Buffies are still here
> as well.
>
>
>
> Joan Garvey and Tom Garvey residence
>
> #3 Buff-bellied hummingbird
>
> FO 10/30/2018
>
> New Orleans, LA
>
>
 

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Date: 10/30/18 7:32 am
From: Marty Floyd <000000188c541d04-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] LA CBCs
Here is what I have for CBCs so far. Still looking for compiler for Sabine.
Final list will be printed in the newsletter.


| 5-Jan | | BR | Baton Rouge |   | K Percy/R Condrey | <kpercy...>/<coecnd...> |
| 14-Dec | | BC | Bossier-Caddo (Red River) | Terri Jacobson | <Terri_Jacobson...> |
| 2-Jan | | CA | Catahoula NWR |   | Marty Floyd | <Progne99...> |
| 20-Dec | | CB | Claiborne |   | John Dillon | <kisforkryptonite...> |
| 5-Jan | | CR | Creole | |   | Erik Johnson | <ejohnson...> |
| 19-Dec | | CW | Crowley | |   | Marty Floyd | <Progne99...> |
| 29-Dec | | CL | C'ville-Lecompte |   | Marty Floyd | <Progne99...> |
| 15-Dec | | DA | D'Arbonne |   | Joan Brown | <bljnbr...> |
| ?? | | FP | Fort Polk (limited access) | Abigal Arfman | <arfmanar...> |
| 20-Dec | | FR | Franklin | | | Michael VanEtten | <mlvanetten...> |
| 19-Dec | | GI | Grand Isle |   | Chris Brantley | <chrisbrantley...> |
| 14-Dec | | JB | Johnson Bayou |   | Gary Kelley | <garymke...> |
| 15-Dec | | LT | Lacassine-Thornw |   | Rob Dobbs | <rcdobbs...> |
| 27-Dec | | LA | Lafayette | |   | Erik Johnson | <ejohnson...> |
| 21-Dec | | LC | Lake Charles | | Irvin Louque | <irvinlouque...> |
| 22-Dec | | NA | Nachitoches |   | Larry Raymond | <lrraymond...> |
| 29-Dec | | NZ | Natchez* | |   | Stratton Bull | <strattonbull...> |
| 28-Dec | | NI | New Iberia |   | Erik Johnson | <ejohnson...> |
| 22-Dec | | NO | New Orleans |   | Glenn Oussett | <goussett...> |
| 18-Dec | | NS | Northshore-Slidell |   | Thomas Trenchard | <trench19...> |
| 3-Jan | | PI | Palmetto Island | | Toddy Guidry | <guidrys...> |
| 4-Jan | | PP | Pine Prairie |   | Marty Floyd | <Progne99...> |
| 26-Dec | | RB | Reser-Bonnet Carre |   | Melvin Weber | <mweber...> |
| 16-Dec | | SA | Sabine NWR |   | Jeanie Pousson | <jeanie.pousson...> |
| 15-Dec | | SH | Shreveport |   | Charlie Lyons | <lyon5516...> |
| 29-Dec | | ST | St Tammany |   | Chris Brantley | <chrisbrantley...> |
| 17-Dec | | SC | Sweet Lake-Cam Pr |   | Samatha Collins | <Scollins...> |
| 27-Dec | | TN | Tensas | | | Andrew Morang | <moranga...> |
| 30-Dec | | TH | Thibodaux | | Delaina LeBlanc | <delaina...> |
| 28-Dec | | VE | Venice | |   | Robert Purrington | <danny...> |
| 14-Dec | | WL | White Lake |   | Michael Seymour | <mseymour...> |
| | | | *part of this count is in LA | won't know Ft Polk until mid-Nov | |
 

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Date: 10/30/18 6:13 am
From: Joan <joanmgarvey1...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Buff-bellied
Erik,



I suspected, but now am sure I have a #3 Buff-bellied Hummingbird, probable
returnee.

Also noted a song Sparrow (and a RBNU.) The first 2 Buffies are still here
as well.



Joan Garvey and Tom Garvey residence

#3 Buff-bellied hummingbird

FO 10/30/2018

New Orleans, LA


 

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Date: 10/29/18 5:00 pm
From: James V Remsen <najames...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] LOS ebird lists
Terri — contact the individual leaders directly
Trip leaders — please share your lists to participants so that I don’t have to deal with duplicate submissions in eBird


===================

Dr. J. V. Remsen
Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
najames<at>LSU.edu

> On Oct 29, 2018, at 6:51 PM, Terence Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
> Hi, all,
> I was wondering how we can get the ebird list for our field trip groups from LOS.
> I don't know the email address for the list keeper, and she probably doesn't know my email either, as I didn't get the usual "shared list" email, but the group lists are posted on eBird.
> I had several lifers this weekend, and I would like to be shared on those lists so I can add them to my eBird account.
> Thanks for any help!
>
> Terri

 

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Date: 10/29/18 4:54 pm
From: Joelle Finley <jjf1946...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] LOS ebird lists
Terri,

I will share the list with you. You just need to email the leaders of your
trip.

Joelle Finley,
New Orleans

On Mon, Oct 29, 2018 at 6:51 PM Terence Skelton <
<00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> Hi, all,
> I was wondering how we can get the ebird list for our field trip groups
> from LOS.
> I don't know the email address for the list keeper, and she probably
> doesn't know my email either, as I didn't get the usual "shared list"
> email, but the group lists are posted on eBird.
> I had several lifers this weekend, and I would like to be shared on those
> lists so I can add them to my eBird account.
> Thanks for any help!
>
> Terri
>
 

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Date: 10/29/18 4:51 pm
From: Terence Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] LOS ebird lists
Hi, all,
I was wondering how we can get the ebird list for our field trip groups from LOS.
I don't know the email address for the list keeper, and she probably doesn't know my email either, as I didn't get the usual "shared list" email,  but the group lists are posted on eBird.
I had several lifers this weekend, and I would like to be shared on those lists so I can add them to my eBird account.
Thanks for any help! 

Terri
 

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Date: 10/29/18 2:15 pm
From: Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] question about state max count of Rb Nuthatches
Van-


If you have a moment, could you report to the listserve the state high count for Rb Nuthatches in one day?


Peter



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Date: 10/29/18 1:10 pm
From: joan garvey <joanmgarvey1...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Bald Eagles
Two are sitting on the tower at the Coast Guard Station on Old Hammond Hwy in Jefferson.

Joan Garvey b

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 10/29/18 8:19 am
From: Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Yellow Rails and Rice Festival begins Wednesday
Dear Labirders-
In advance of the Tenth Annual YRARF, I would appreciate any intel
regarding flooded fields with good concentrations of waterbirds. If you
were birding SW LA this past week or are in that area the next few days and
come across good spots, then please email me. We are mainly interested in
Jefferson Davis Parish and adjacent portions of Calcasieu, Cameron, and
Acadia parishes, but we would also like to know about any particularly good
locations along the Cameron Parish coast.

Cheers,

Steve Cardiff
 

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Date: 10/28/18 7:17 pm
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Red-breasted Nuthatch
I have heard one RBNU in the Lakes District, Alexandria, LA Rapides Parish. I have seen one RBNU along Reeds Bridge Road, between Oakdale and Oberlin, Allen Parish. I know that Connie Guillory has found at least one RBNU in her yard in Alexandria and at least one in the Catahoula Hummingbird and Butterfly Garden, near Bentley in Grant Parish.

Jay Huner

----- Original Message -----
From: "Rosemary Seidler" <rseidler...>
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Sent: Sunday, October 28, 2018 8:25:33 PM
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Red-breasted Nuthatch

David,


If you follow the eBird reports you'll note that most of the reports are from south Louisiana. The Red-breasted Nuthatches seem to have overflown north Louisiana. John Dillon has had a very few in the NE/Ncentral part of the state and Larry Raymond has had 2 separate individuals in the NW part of the state. I have been to every site where I have ever seen a RB nuthatch - several times - and nothing. I had to go to Cameron this week-end to see one.


10 in Grand Isle in a single day and 2 in Shreveport during the past month! What's happening here?


Rosemary Seidler

in, devoid of RBNU, Shreveport



________________________________
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds <LABIRD-L...> on behalf of David Muth <MuthD...>
Sent: Sunday, October 28, 2018 12:47:54 PM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Red-breasted Nuthatch

Obviously there is an amazing invasion underway. Yesterday on Grand Isle we found more than ten individuals, including as many as three together in the scrub in the state park, so it is a fair guess that they are everywhere you might want to look.

May I suggest that you take the opportunity to add nuthatch to your favorite birding spots in eBird, especially parks and refuges that keep lists?

The question will be do they stay the winter or continue moving. Some fall invasions evaporate, perhaps, one might speculate, when birds head back north or west?

In the meantime may I gently suggest, before the LISTOWNER or some other irascible LABIRDER responds and is accused of grumpiness, that we refrain from reporting each one found to LABIRD? If you are interested, you can track the invasion easily in eBird--it has reached Tampa and South Padre Island.

David Muth
New Orleans
 

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Date: 10/28/18 6:25 pm
From: Rosemary Seidler <rseidler...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Red-breasted Nuthatch
David,


If you follow the eBird reports you'll note that most of the reports are from south Louisiana. The Red-breasted Nuthatches seem to have overflown north Louisiana. John Dillon has had a very few in the NE/Ncentral part of the state and Larry Raymond has had 2 separate individuals in the NW part of the state. I have been to every site where I have ever seen a RB nuthatch - several times - and nothing. I had to go to Cameron this week-end to see one.


10 in Grand Isle in a single day and 2 in Shreveport during the past month! What's happening here?


Rosemary Seidler

in, devoid of RBNU, Shreveport



________________________________
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds <LABIRD-L...> on behalf of David Muth <MuthD...>
Sent: Sunday, October 28, 2018 12:47:54 PM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Red-breasted Nuthatch

Obviously there is an amazing invasion underway. Yesterday on Grand Isle we found more than ten individuals, including as many as three together in the scrub in the state park, so it is a fair guess that they are everywhere you might want to look.

May I suggest that you take the opportunity to add nuthatch to your favorite birding spots in eBird, especially parks and refuges that keep lists?

The question will be do they stay the winter or continue moving. Some fall invasions evaporate, perhaps, one might speculate, when birds head back north or west?

In the meantime may I gently suggest, before the LISTOWNER or some other irascible LABIRDER responds and is accused of grumpiness, that we refrain from reporting each one found to LABIRD? If you are interested, you can track the invasion easily in eBird--it has reached Tampa and South Padre Island.

David Muth
New Orleans
 

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Date: 10/28/18 2:35 pm
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Brown Boobies on Causeway
I simply don't recall the name of the fellow who manages the bridge pilings but he indicated at least 8 months ago that the boobies were long gone. He passes the area daily during the week.

However, Paul Conover reported a Brown Booby at Big Lake today.


Jay Huner

----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert Thomas" <rathomas...>
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Sent: Friday, October 26, 2018 7:15:04 AM
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Brown Boobies on Causeway

eBird has the most recent sighting of Brown Booby on the Causeway as
2-2-18. Are there any more recent records? What are the theories other
than the obvious that the freeze knocked them out? Any evidence they died,
or did they just "fly south?"

--
*Robert A. Thomas, Ph.D., Professor & Director*
Loyola Distinguished Scholar Chair in Environmental Communication
Center for Environmental Communication
School of Mass Communication
&
Environmental Program Faculty
Loyola University Box 199
New Orleans, LA 70118 USA
Office: 327 Communications/Music Complex
Voice 504-865-2107
Cell 504-909-6568
Fax 504-865-3799
@DrBobNatureNote
www.loyno.edu/lucec
 

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Date: 10/28/18 10:48 am
From: David Muth <MuthD...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Red-breasted Nuthatch
Obviously there is an amazing invasion underway. Yesterday on Grand Isle we found more than ten individuals, including as many as three together in the scrub in the state park, so it is a fair guess that they are everywhere you might want to look.

May I suggest that you take the opportunity to add nuthatch to your favorite birding spots in eBird, especially parks and refuges that keep lists?

The question will be do they stay the winter or continue moving. Some fall invasions evaporate, perhaps, one might speculate, when birds head back north or west?

In the meantime may I gently suggest, before the LISTOWNER or some other irascible LABIRDER responds and is accused of grumpiness, that we refrain from reporting each one found to LABIRD? If you are interested, you can track the invasion easily in eBird--it has reached Tampa and South Padre Island.

David Muth
New Orleans



 

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Date: 10/28/18 10:24 am
From: Wendy Rihner <wrihner...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Red-breasted Nuthatch - Marrero
Yesterday, we had another or the same one from earlier in the week.

W Rihner
Metairie

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 28, 2018, at 9:32 AM, Nancy L Newfield <nancy...> wrote:
>
> Still waitin' for mine!
>
> Iron Nan
>
> On Sun, Oct 28, 2018 at 9:20 AM James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
> wrote:
>
>> Finally!!! Linda and I just got a RBNU for our yard! -j
>>
>
>
> --
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> Nancy L Newfield
> Casa Colibrí
> Metairie, Louisiana USA
> <nancy...>
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

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Date: 10/28/18 10:20 am
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Red-breasted Nuthatch - Hahnville
Tommy Walker just called me and said he had a RBNU in his Hahnville yard.
-jz

--
James W. Beck
City of New Orleans Mosquito & Termite Control Board
2100 Leon C. Simon Dr.
New Orleans, LA 70122
<loxosceles928...>
<jwbeck...>
 

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Date: 10/28/18 10:16 am
From: Mark Meunier <memeunier...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Yellow "Mangrove"warbler on Grand Isle
Just re-found in same location as last year. With Cathy, Phil Disalvo , and Joan Garvey.

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 10/28/18 8:51 am
From: Joelle Finley <jjf1946...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Another? Harris's Hawk
5142 w Creole Hwy.

On telephone pole.

Joelle and Ken
 

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Date: 10/28/18 8:41 am
From: zoiseaux <zoiseaux...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Brown Booby, Big Lake
One adult, on platform way out. 
Paul Conover Lafayette 


Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 10/28/18 8:13 am
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Common Loon - Marrero
Just had a flyover loon - only the second one we've ever had over the
house. -jz
 

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Date: 10/28/18 8:00 am
From: Joelle Finley <jjf1946...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Harris hawk
6021 hwy 27/ 82 west of Creole but just flew.
Joelle and Ken
 

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Date: 10/28/18 7:33 am
From: Nancy L Newfield <nancy...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Red-breasted Nuthatch - Marrero
Still waitin' for mine!

Iron Nan

On Sun, Oct 28, 2018 at 9:20 AM James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
wrote:

> Finally!!! Linda and I just got a RBNU for our yard! -j
>


--
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Nancy L Newfield
Casa Colibrí
Metairie, Louisiana USA
<nancy...>
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

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Date: 10/28/18 7:20 am
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Red-breasted Nuthatch - Marrero
Finally!!! Linda and I just got a RBNU for our yard! -j
 

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Date: 10/28/18 6:26 am
From: Claire Thomas <claire...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] St Tammany birders...looking for a Red-breasted nuthatch?
I had 2 in my backyard on Friday. Im in Mandeville by the intersection of 190 and Fairway Dr. in Tall Timbers.

Claire Thomas
<claire...>



On Oct 27, 2018, at 11:57 AM, janine robin <janinerobin1982...> wrote:

> I saw 2 yesterday at the Water St boat launch in Covington. Pretty easy.
> Got out the car and heard them. Called them in with their "toot" call.
> Click on the link below for the checklist, then click on "map"for
> directions to the boat launch.
> Janine Robin
> Folsom, LA
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49470415
>
 

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Date: 10/28/18 4:50 am
From: Jennifer Coulson <jenniferocoulson...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Fw: [LABIRD-L] St Tammany birders...looking for a Red-breasted nuthatch?
All: My parents, Curtis and Sue Outlaw, had one at their feeder yesterday
(10/28/2018) in Covington, and also one in Mandeville in the parking lot of
Rouse's. This is proving to be quite an invasion!

Jennifer Coulson
Pearl River, LA

On Sat, Oct 27, 2018 at 2:58 PM Tom Trenchard <trench19...> wrote:

> Janine, Jenn, LaBirders,
>
>
> I just go in my backyard. There are a couple hanging around.
>
> Today, one was near a Brown-headed in a Loblolly Pine.
>
>
> Tom T.
>
>
> **************
> Tom Trenchard
> Covington, LA
> **************
>
>
> ________________________________
> From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds <
> <LABIRD-L...> on behalf of janine robin <
> <janinerobin1982...>
> Sent: Saturday, October 27, 2018 11:57 AM
> To: <LABIRD-L...>
> Subject: [LABIRD-L] St Tammany birders...looking for a Red-breasted
> nuthatch?
>
> I saw 2 yesterday at the Water St boat launch in Covington. Pretty easy.
> Got out the car and heard them. Called them in with their "toot" call.
> Click on the link below for the checklist, then click on "map"for
> directions to the boat launch.
> Janine Robin
> Folsom, LA
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49470415
>
 

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Date: 10/27/18 4:33 pm
From: Beth Willis <p.willis...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Red breasted nuthatch
Am excited to report a red breasted nuthatch at my feeder today! Had heard it several times earlier this am, then this afternoon ‘he’ showed up.
Beth Willis
Catahoula Parish

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 10/27/18 12:58 pm
From: Tom Trenchard <trench19...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Fw: [LABIRD-L] St Tammany birders...looking for a Red-breasted nuthatch?
Janine, Jenn, LaBirders,


I just go in my backyard. There are a couple hanging around.

Today, one was near a Brown-headed in a Loblolly Pine.


Tom T.


**************
Tom Trenchard
Covington, LA
**************


________________________________
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds <LABIRD-L...> on behalf of janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
Sent: Saturday, October 27, 2018 11:57 AM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] St Tammany birders...looking for a Red-breasted nuthatch?

I saw 2 yesterday at the Water St boat launch in Covington. Pretty easy.
Got out the car and heard them. Called them in with their "toot" call.
Click on the link below for the checklist, then click on "map"for
directions to the boat launch.
Janine Robin
Folsom, LA
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49470415
 

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Date: 10/27/18 11:18 am
From: Jennifer Coulson <jenniferocoulson...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Birding Bayou Sauvage NWR - Sat., Nov. 3
*Birding Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge* Half-day Trip
*Date:* Saturday, November 3
*Time:* 8:00 a.m.
*Location:* Meet at the Bayou Ridge Trail entrance located on US 90 (Chef
Menteur Highway) across from Recovery Road in New Orleans East. Exit I-510;
go left on Hwy 90, about 4 miles to parking area on the left.
*Leaders:* Jennifer and Tom Coulson, (504) 717-3544

Birding trips are co-hosted by Orleans Audubon and the Crescent Bird Club.
All are welcome. Bring binoculars and drinking water, wear hiking shoes or
boots. A hat, sun screen, other protection from the elements and insect
repellent are advisable. Call the trip leader if you have questions.
 

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Date: 10/27/18 11:16 am
From: Jennifer Coulson <jenniferocoulson...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] St Tammany birders...looking for a Red-breasted nuthatch?
One this morning on Fogg Lane in Pearl River, LA, across the street from my
mailbox.

Jennifer Coulson

On Sat, Oct 27, 2018 at 11:57 AM janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
wrote:

> I saw 2 yesterday at the Water St boat launch in Covington. Pretty easy.
> Got out the car and heard them. Called them in with their "toot" call.
> Click on the link below for the checklist, then click on "map"for
> directions to the boat launch.
> Janine Robin
> Folsom, LA
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49470415
>
 

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Date: 10/27/18 9:57 am
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] St Tammany birders...looking for a Red-breasted nuthatch?
I saw 2 yesterday at the Water St boat launch in Covington. Pretty easy.
Got out the car and heard them. Called them in with their "toot" call.
Click on the link below for the checklist, then click on "map"for
directions to the boat launch.
Janine Robin
Folsom, LA
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49470415
 

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Date: 10/26/18 3:28 pm
From: Jay Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Glaucous Gull at East Jetty Park
Seen by Mike Musumeche and me around 4:30 PM on beach just east of base if Jetty.

Jay Huner

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 10/26/18 3:21 pm
From: Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Update on Louisiana Black Rail research
Hello all,

The USFWS- and LDWF-funded Black Rail surveys that Audubon Louisiana is conducting will continue this winter. Bird banding surveys in Cameron Parish will happen most Friday and Saturday nights from November through March, and if you would like to join the effort sometime, please contact Justin Lehman (jlehman AT Audubon.org), Audubon's marshbird biologist.

Last winter we located 8 Black Rails and caught 7 across 28 of these surveys, but also we also caught 43 of 65 flushed Yellow Rails...amazingly, Yellow Rail is the dominant rail in the habitats we are searching! They are virtually guaranteed to see on each survey. Banding surveys begin 30 minutes AFTER sundown, and last about 3-4 hours. It is strenuous walking in this terrain with lots of mosquitos, but this is really the best way in the state to see these two species (outside of rice harvest for Yellow Rail). And your participation is extremely helpful in advancing this interesting research.

In other news, the USFWS announced a draft decision on Oct 9 to list the Eastern Black Rail (east of the Rockies) as "Threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. This population has an extremely small population size across its range, and is declining drastically in places along the Atlantic Coast where they have been reasonably well monitored for a couple of decades. A final decision for listing will be announced within a year from now. In the meantime, the USFWS is accepting public comments through December 10, 2018 on the draft listing decision.
https://www.fws.gov/southeast/wildlife/birds/eastern-black-rail/

Also, the Times-Picayune just published a nice article on the Louisiana survey efforts, and the current risks the Black Rail is facing.
https://www.nola.com/environment/2018/10/rising-seas-could-put-an-elusive-red-eyed-marsh-bird-on-the-endangered-species-list.html

Finally, I would like to ask birders to not "chase" Black Rails with playback, especially given the draft ESA decision. Because this is a species that many birders want to "tick" for their life, state, and year lists, the few reliable spots in the state could become magnets for birders, and we want to minimize the potential deleterious effects of playback overuse. We do use playback as part of our research on the species, but each site is only visited 3 times per season (6 times per year), and playback is used only briefly. There are a few places that are quite reliable for singing Black Rails, and if you would like to join Justin on any of these surveys, he would be happy to have you along.

Thanks!
Erik Johnson
Director of Bird Conservation, Audubon Louisiana
Ejohnson AT Audubon.org
 

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Date: 10/26/18 1:18 pm
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Couturie 26 October 2018
Linda and I braved the winds today in hopes of migrants at Couturie this
morning. It was pretty slim pickings...as posted earlier, our best birds
were the continuing MacGillivray's Warbler, a Veery and a Bay-breasted
Warbler (originally found by David Muth). Our complete eBird list is
below, with images of the Veery and Bay-breast. -j

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49470121

--
James W. Beck
City of New Orleans Mosquito & Termite Control Board
2100 Leon C. Simon Dr.
New Orleans, LA 70122
<loxosceles928...>
<jwbeck...>
 

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Date: 10/26/18 10:46 am
From: Claire Thomas <claire...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Brown Boobies on Causeway
Bob, I think the idea was that they would probably leave once they reached breading age. And it was really cold over the winter and that might have made them leave. Of course Im no expert just a casual observer.

Claire Thomas
<claire...>



On Oct 26, 2018, at 10:47 AM, Nancy L Newfield <nancy...> wrote:

> Bob,
>
> Thanks for bringing this up. My first Louisiana Brown Booby experience was
> 31 August 2013 as we, the pelagic trip participants, were headed downriver
> for a less than scintillating excursion out into the Gulf of Mexico. A
> single adult booby flew across the channel just a few miles below our
> embarkation point at Venice. It proved to be the most exciting vision of
> the entire trip.
>
> I never invested much time musing over the possibility of seeing Brown
> Boobies in Lake Pontchartrain until I saw what I thought was a booby while
> Steve Locke and I were travelling home from a Covington banding session in
> March 2015. Because I was unsure and because the very idea of Brown
> Boobies on Lake Pontchartrain seemed so very 'off the wall'. However, the
> very next week, both of us got a nice close view as 5 boobies flew across
> the bridge near the 16 mile marker.
>
> In July 2016, Steve Locke and I observed 2 flying southward over the I-10
> twin spans as we were driving toward Mississippi. That was the only time
> that we observed boobies away from their causeway haunts.
>
> After that, a lot of other birders began reporting their sightings on
> LABIRD. I made a point to make an eBird report each time I observed any
> Brown Boobies. Hopefully, most other LABIRDers did likewise. Over the
> period of residence, I logged 50 sightings - and I still search for them
> each time I cross the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.
>
> Several people or groups made boat trips to the causeway, where as many as
> 35 were counted.
>
> Iron Nan
>
> On Fri, Oct 26, 2018 at 7:15 AM Robert Thomas <rathomas...> wrote:
>
>> eBird has the most recent sighting of Brown Booby on the Causeway as
>> 2-2-18. Are there any more recent records? What are the theories other
>> than the obvious that the freeze knocked them out? Any evidence they died,
>> or did they just "fly south?"
>>
>> --
>> *Robert A. Thomas, Ph.D., Professor & Director*
>> Loyola Distinguished Scholar Chair in Environmental Communication
>> Center for Environmental Communication
>> School of Mass Communication
>> &
>> Environmental Program Faculty
>> Loyola University Box 199
>> New Orleans, LA 70118 USA
>> Office: 327 Communications/Music Complex
>> Voice 504-865-2107
>> Cell 504-909-6568
>> Fax 504-865-3799
>> @DrBobNatureNote
>> www.loyno.edu/lucec
>>
>
>
> --
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> Nancy L Newfield
> Casa Colibr
> Metairie, Louisiana USA
> <nancy...>
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>
 

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Date: 10/26/18 9:41 am
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] MacGillivray's Warbler, Veery - Couturie Forest
Very cool!

On Fri, Oct 26, 2018, 10:18 AM James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
wrote:

> The MacGillivray's Warbler at Couturie Forest in City Park continues and
> Linda and I just found and photographed a Veery. -j
>
 

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Date: 10/26/18 8:47 am
From: Nancy L Newfield <nancy...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Brown Boobies on Causeway
Bob,

Thanks for bringing this up. My first Louisiana Brown Booby experience was
31 August 2013 as we, the pelagic trip participants, were headed downriver
for a less than scintillating excursion out into the Gulf of Mexico. A
single adult booby flew across the channel just a few miles below our
embarkation point at Venice. It proved to be the most exciting vision of
the entire trip.

I never invested much time musing over the possibility of seeing Brown
Boobies in Lake Pontchartrain until I saw what I thought was a booby while
Steve Locke and I were travelling home from a Covington banding session in
March 2015. Because I was unsure and because the very idea of Brown
Boobies on Lake Pontchartrain seemed so very 'off the wall'. However, the
very next week, both of us got a nice close view as 5 boobies flew across
the bridge near the 16 mile marker.

In July 2016, Steve Locke and I observed 2 flying southward over the I-10
twin spans as we were driving toward Mississippi. That was the only time
that we observed boobies away from their causeway haunts.

After that, a lot of other birders began reporting their sightings on
LABIRD. I made a point to make an eBird report each time I observed any
Brown Boobies. Hopefully, most other LABIRDers did likewise. Over the
period of residence, I logged 50 sightings - and I still search for them
each time I cross the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.

Several people or groups made boat trips to the causeway, where as many as
35 were counted.

Iron Nan

On Fri, Oct 26, 2018 at 7:15 AM Robert Thomas <rathomas...> wrote:

> eBird has the most recent sighting of Brown Booby on the Causeway as
> 2-2-18. Are there any more recent records? What are the theories other
> than the obvious that the freeze knocked them out? Any evidence they died,
> or did they just "fly south?"
>
> --
> *Robert A. Thomas, Ph.D., Professor & Director*
> Loyola Distinguished Scholar Chair in Environmental Communication
> Center for Environmental Communication
> School of Mass Communication
> &
> Environmental Program Faculty
> Loyola University Box 199
> New Orleans, LA 70118 USA
> Office: 327 Communications/Music Complex
> Voice 504-865-2107
> Cell 504-909-6568
> Fax 504-865-3799
> @DrBobNatureNote
> www.loyno.edu/lucec
>


--
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Nancy L Newfield
Casa Colibrí
Metairie, Louisiana USA
<nancy...>
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

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Date: 10/26/18 8:18 am
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] MacGillivray's Warbler, Veery - Couturie Forest
The MacGillivray's Warbler at Couturie Forest in City Park continues and
Linda and I just found and photographed a Veery. -j
 

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Date: 10/26/18 5:15 am
From: Robert Thomas <rathomas...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Brown Boobies on Causeway
eBird has the most recent sighting of Brown Booby on the Causeway as
2-2-18. Are there any more recent records? What are the theories other
than the obvious that the freeze knocked them out? Any evidence they died,
or did they just "fly south?"

--
*Robert A. Thomas, Ph.D., Professor & Director*
Loyola Distinguished Scholar Chair in Environmental Communication
Center for Environmental Communication
School of Mass Communication
&
Environmental Program Faculty
Loyola University Box 199
New Orleans, LA 70118 USA
Office: 327 Communications/Music Complex
Voice 504-865-2107
Cell 504-909-6568
Fax 504-865-3799
@DrBobNatureNote
www.loyno.edu/lucec
 

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Date: 10/23/18 2:53 pm
From: Tom Trenchard <trench19...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Junco
LaBirders,


Just a few minutes ago, FOS Dark-eyed Junco in the backyard.


Tom T.


**************
Tom Trenchard

Penn Mill Lakes Subdivision

Near Lake Ramsey

Covington, LA

St. Tammany Parish
**************
 

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Date: 10/23/18 12:29 pm
From: Judith ONeale <losbirdlady...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] LOS Fall Meeting
If you registered for the meeting and didn’t get an email back from me, please let me know. It’s cutoff time for dinner.

Thanks,

Judith

Judith O'Neale
Lafayette LA
 

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Date: 10/23/18 7:45 am
From: Marty Floyd <000000188c541d04-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Sabine CBC
Louisiana's long running Sabine CBC is in need of a compiler. I can not take on compiling a fifth CBC but will be happy to help some with tallying results and entering data.
Marty <FloydProgne99...>
 

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Date: 10/23/18 7:11 am
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] RBNH in Metairie
Very cool!

On Tue, Oct 23, 2018, 8:58 AM Wendy Rihner <wrihner...> wrote:

> In the light rain of the morning, we had a very, very fleeting glimpse of a
> RBNH in neighbor's large oak. We heard the characteristic yank, yank, yank
> before we saw the bird.
>
> Wendy Rihner
> Metairie
>
 

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Date: 10/23/18 6:59 am
From: Wendy Rihner <wrihner...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] RBNH in Metairie
In the light rain of the morning, we had a very, very fleeting glimpse of a
RBNH in neighbor's large oak. We heard the characteristic yank, yank, yank
before we saw the bird.

Wendy Rihner
Metairie
 

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Date: 10/22/18 8:32 pm
From: James V Remsen <najames...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Late Yellow-bellied Flycatcher etc. Honey Island Swamp
LABIRD: Cameron Rutt and I ended our day working for migrants in bottomland forest at Honey Island Swamp, Pearl River WMA. Highlight of the day was a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, somewhat late and nowadays a rare migrant in LA. Also of note: 8 Philly Vireos, 3 Y-t Vireos (getting late), marginally early Hermit Thrush, and a decent number and variety of warblers for the date. Cameron also spotted a southbound Common Loon overhead.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49385733

===================

Dr. J. V. Remsen
Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
najames<at>LSU.edu
 

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Date: 10/22/18 6:42 pm
From: James V Remsen <najames...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Surf Scoters at Lake Rd., Big Branch NWR
LABIRD: Cameron Rutt and I did a dawn vigil at the end of Lake Rd. on L. Pontchartrain with hopes of a good day for aerial migrants, given the weather, but migrants were few. Gadwalls, Wilson’s Snipes, a flock of juv. Ring-billed Gulls, 2 am. Kestrels, and other odds and ends were all we saw in terms of active migrants. I think Jane P. did better at Fontainbleu.

We did, however, get 2 female Surf Scoters on the Lake, thanks to a miracle spot by Cameron. Unfortunately, a boat flushed the birds and they flew out of sight to the west. Cameron got some flight shots, which he may post later tonight or tomorrow

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49383653

===================

Dr. J. V. Remsen
Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
najames<at>LSU.edu

 

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Date: 10/22/18 3:34 pm
From: cecil tarver <exk5hdl...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] White Ibis
Had 25 adult and 22 imm white ibis in a yard on Wax rd between Juban Rd and
Hwy 16

--
Cecil Tarver
8273 Aubin St
Denham Springs
La
70726

<exk5hdl...>
 

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Date: 10/22/18 2:28 pm
From: Jane Patterson <seejanebird...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Fontainebleu SP today - BWWA, YBCH, YBCU flagged
I was really hoping to pick up some interesting flycatchers or even some
migrant warblers at Fontainebleu State Park today. It really seems like
we'd see more pile up of migrants on the north shore due to the lake
effect, but they all seem to make it across the lake to Couturie Forest!
Anyway, I had a few things flagged when I entered the list into ebird, so
thought I'd mention them. Counted 21 Broad-winged Hawks flying east to
west over the morning. There well could have been more as I didn't watch
the sky the whole time. 3 YB Cuckoos were also flagged. They actually
startled me because they flew up from near the ground as I walked by! They
were all together and appeared to be eating tent caterpillars. Also found
a Yellow-breasted Chat near the yellow camp that was flagged. Two Merlins
duking it out were entertaining, although the Blue Jays objected loudly to
their presence.

Full list here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49378826

--Jane Patterson
Ponchatoula
 

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Date: 10/22/18 12:58 pm
From: John Dillon <kisforkryptonite...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Golden Eagle photographed in North Louisiana
All,

I’ve now found out the eagle was actually photographed at Yates Tract.

JD

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 22, 2018, at 2:46 PM, Paul Dickson <Paul...> wrote:
>
> I have two other Red River records from the first week of November. This is probably a regular immature dispersal timing and route (Red River alluvium) that lacks sufficient prey base to retain them. More in Arkansas and SE OK. Along the Red.
> Paul Dickson
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Oct 22, 2018, at 3:37 PM, John Dillon <kisforkryptonite...> wrote:
> >
> > LABIRDers,
> >
> > Be advised: an amateur birder got a very clear photo yesterday of a juvenile Golden Eagle in flight near Mansfield. Lots of ag fields in the area and only about 15 miles as the eagle flies to Yates Tract.
> >
> > The photographer has been sent a link to submit the sighting to the LBRC.
> >
> > Athens,
> > LA
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
 

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Date: 10/22/18 12:46 pm
From: Paul Dickson <Paul...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Golden Eagle photographed in North Louisiana
I have two other Red River records from the first week of November. This is probably a regular immature dispersal timing and route (Red River alluvium) that lacks sufficient prey base to retain them. More in Arkansas and SE OK. Along the Red.
Paul Dickson

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 22, 2018, at 3:37 PM, John Dillon <kisforkryptonite...> wrote:
>
> LABIRDers,
>
> Be advised: an amateur birder got a very clear photo yesterday of a juvenile Golden Eagle in flight near Mansfield. Lots of ag fields in the area and only about 15 miles as the eagle flies to Yates Tract.
>
> The photographer has been sent a link to submit the sighting to the LBRC.
>
> Athens,
> LA
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
 

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Date: 10/22/18 12:37 pm
From: John Dillon <kisforkryptonite...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Golden Eagle photographed in North Louisiana
LABIRDers,

Be advised: an amateur birder got a very clear photo yesterday of a juvenile Golden Eagle in flight near Mansfield. Lots of ag fields in the area and only about 15 miles as the eagle flies to Yates Tract.

The photographer has been sent a link to submit the sighting to the LBRC.

Athens,
LA

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 10/22/18 10:52 am
From: Jack Rogers <jack...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Macgillivray's Warbler is back
LAbirders,
Thanks to David's instructions I was able to refind the MacGillivray's this
afternoon, though I only had a brief look and got no pictures, but the bird
was being quite vocal. Plenty of bonus birds too, including Alder
Flycatcher, Swainson's Thrush, Philadelphia Vireo, Blackburnian Warbler,
Wilson's Warbler, and several Tennessee and Black-throated Greens all in
the same mixed flock just on the other side of the footbridge. Would've
loved to stay longer but got a 2:30 class to get to!
Great birding,
Jack Rogers

On Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 10:14 AM David Muth <MuthD...> wrote:

> In Couturier Forest in City Park, New Orleans, same location-- vine
> tangles east of lower picnic tables.
>
> David Muth
>
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
>
--

Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, SC
 

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Date: 10/22/18 8:14 am
From: David Muth <MuthD...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Macgillivray's Warbler is back
In Couturier Forest in City Park, New Orleans, same location-- vine tangles east of lower picnic tables.

David Muth



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
 

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Date: 10/22/18 5:29 am
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Cameron, 21 October
Thanks for the update! Sounds like a very birdy day indeed.

On Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 6:37 AM zoiseaux <zoiseaux...> wrote:

> Labird,
> Cameron was pretty birdy in the wake of the front. Never a dull moment but
> no really thrilling ones either, asde from the overall beauty of the day.
> The beaches had plenty of birds, with Lesser Black-backs and Franklin''s
> gulls mixed in. Large unmixed flocks of Sanderlings and Black-bellied
> Plovers seemed to be recent arrivals. Also saw a few scaup--with teal mixed
> in...
> In the woods, there was a good mix of fall and winter birds, including
> numbers of the later warblers. Hermit Thrushes and Eastern Phoebes appear
> to have arrived en masse judging by their behavior. I saw 4 phoebes perched
> together in one bush, for example, and similar scenes in good Hermit
> habitat. Warblers were the predictable mix except for one Bay-breasted at
> Willow Island and an elusive "Baypoll" that appeared to be a Blackpoll at
> Peveto. Only 2 yellowrumps. Kinglets were also still scarce.
> Lots of Scissortails everywhere, in groups over 20 in spots, but no odd
> friends with them.
> Birds in transit overhead included a mix of raptors. The flight of
> roughwinged swallows was impressive, with over 100 per minute zipping by
> most of the day.
> Lots of dragonflies and butterflies, not many mosquitoes.
> Probably forgetting something, but it's about to get early and I want to
> see what's in my own backyard....
> Paul Conover Lafayette
>
> Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 10/22/18 4:37 am
From: zoiseaux <zoiseaux...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Cameron, 21 October
Labird,
Cameron was pretty birdy in the wake of the front. Never a dull moment but no really thrilling ones either, asde from the overall beauty of the day. 
The beaches had plenty of birds, with Lesser Black-backs and Franklin''s gulls mixed in. Large unmixed flocks of Sanderlings and Black-bellied Plovers seemed to be recent arrivals. Also saw a few scaup--with teal mixed in...
In the woods, there was a good mix of fall and winter birds, including numbers of the later warblers. Hermit Thrushes and Eastern Phoebes  appear to have arrived en masse judging by their behavior. I saw 4 phoebes perched together in one bush, for example, and similar scenes in good Hermit habitat. Warblers were the predictable mix except for one Bay-breasted at Willow Island and an elusive "Baypoll" that appeared to be a Blackpoll at Peveto. Only 2 yellowrumps. Kinglets were also still scarce. 
Lots of Scissortails everywhere, in groups over 20 in spots, but no odd friends with them. 
Birds in transit overhead included a mix of raptors. The flight of roughwinged swallows was impressive, with over 100 per minute zipping by most of the day.
Lots of dragonflies and butterflies, not many mosquitoes. 
Probably forgetting something, but it's about to get early and I want to see what's in my own backyard....
Paul Conover Lafayette 

Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 10/22/18 12:42 am
From: Charles Lyon <lyon5516...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Cross Lake 10-21-18
LA-birders,
Below is the link to the list of birds seen on Cross Lake Sunday afternoon 10-21-18. Four species of gull were notedno Glaucous,
a couple of Eared Grebes, and early Common Loon, and a number of duck species including Redhead and early Lesser Scaup.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49356287

Charlie Lyon
Shreveport, LA
 

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Date: 10/21/18 8:49 pm
From: Paul Conover <zoiseaux...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Glaucous gull
Thank you James, David, and Thomas.

The bird is in a fresh state of plumage that isn't often seen in
Louisiana, and the bird is so tame that it walked 3-4 feet in front of
me, very slowly, and only flew when it ran out of boardwalk. It seems to
split its time between the boardwalks on both sides of the landing, and
on the rocks perhaps 20 feet away on the upstream side of the landing.

Very cool bird.

Paul Conover

Lafayette


On 10/21/2018 8:21 PM, David Booth wrote:
> Finder was a Thomas Morris.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Oct 21, 2018, at 2:38 PM, zoiseaux <zoiseaux...> wrote:
>>
>> Labird, Yesterday, I think, I saw that a glaucous gull had been seen in cameron. I dont recall the finder, so if anyone knows, please post the name. Anyway, the bird is still there, at the landing on Davis road just before the jetties. It's a juvenile and is tame, tame. Great photo op.
>> Paul conover
>>
>>
>> Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 10/21/18 6:22 pm
From: David Booth <david...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Glaucous gull
Finder was a Thomas Morris.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 21, 2018, at 2:38 PM, zoiseaux <zoiseaux...> wrote:
>
> Labird, Yesterday, I think, I saw that a glaucous gull had been seen in cameron. I dont recall the finder, so if anyone knows, please post the name. Anyway, the bird is still there, at the landing on Davis road just before the jetties. It's a juvenile and is tame, tame. Great photo op.
> Paul conover
>
>
> Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 10/21/18 3:34 pm
From: Judith ONeale <losbirdlady...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] LOS Fall Meeting
Tomorrow is the last day to reserve dinner for the fall meeting Saturday, October 27.

There is a choice of Fried Catfish or Chicken Gumbo.

It helps if we know about attendance, so please let me know if you plan to attend.

Thanks,

Judith


Judith O'Neale
Lafayette LA
 

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Date: 10/21/18 2:48 pm
From: Cathy DiSalvo <cedisalvo1...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Tropical and western kingbird
Phil and I tried Van’s tropical king bird site on old hwy 51 on way home ( kinda) from having great views ( about 3 ft) of Janine Robin’s 3 Red breasted nuthatches and amazing yard. no luck with the tropical or western kingbirds after about a 40 min search. But we did have fairly good views of the scissor- tailed flycatcher, on the wire behind the bar to the east. The winds were steady from the NE at 14 mph. Not likely for flycatchers to be perching on top of trees. There were plenty of trees that they could have remained unseen. Good directions, Van, thanks.

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Date: 10/21/18 2:03 pm
From: James V Remsen <najames...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in West Baton Rouge Par.
LABIRD: on a whim this morning, I headed to under-birded WBR Par. to see if a post-frontal dawn skywatch at the Miss. R. might yield some good birds. A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was new for WBR (sampling artifact). The skies were reasonably active with 45 juv. Herring Gulls headed down-river being the most interesting (to me). Other obviously moving birds were 20 Shovelers, 15 Lesser Scaup, 20 duck sp., 2 teal sp., 1 getting-late Chimney Swift, 1 Gr. Yellowlegs, 1 Roseate Spoonbill, 1 N. Harrier, 1 late-ish Bank Swallow, and 1 early-ish Am. Pipit.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49336258

The rest of the morning checking other spots in WBR was mostly uneventful, although 400+ White Pelicans were nice. I did, however, remember that poor little WBR lacked a Red-breasted Nuthatch record (sampling artifact), so I ended by looking for tall pines in Brusly, finding a good spot, and photographing the first and only bird that came into scolding: a Red-breasted Nuthatch: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49343201

===================

Dr. J. V. Remsen
Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
najames<at>LSU.edu
 

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Date: 10/21/18 12:39 pm
From: zoiseaux <zoiseaux...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Glaucous gull
Labird,       Yesterday, I think, I saw that a glaucous gull had been seen in cameron. I dont recall the finder, so if anyone knows, please post the name.  Anyway, the bird is still there, at the landing on Davis road just before the jetties. It's a juvenile and is tame, tame. Great photo op. 
Paul conover 


Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 10/20/18 2:32 pm
From: Jane Patterson <seejanebird...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Swallow tornado north of Baton Rouge
As I was driving south on highway 61 about 4 pm today I noticed a large
group of birds overhead. Glanced to my left (east of the highway) and there
was a huge concentration of birds swirling. Managed to turn around safely
and get back to Thomas Rd where I could look a little more safely. The
birds were circling over a large oil tank farm and appeared to be going
down to roost. There were at least 10 thousand birds , maybe more. It’s NOT
a safe place to stop and look, between the traffic on Scenic Hwy and the
oil company private property, but I thought I’d report it anyway.

Jane Patterson
Passing through Baton Rouge
 

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Date: 10/19/18 9:41 pm
From: Holly Morales <tashayoda3...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Possible Western/Tropical/Couch's Kingbird and Scissor-tailed flycatchers at Sunset point
Labirders, at Sunset Point, Mandeville lakefront, today around noon, I went
to find the reported scissor-tailed flycatchers. I found four - 3 juvenile
and 1 adult, in the grassy/gravelly area between the 2 canals, near the
shed. They were flycatching in the area, and perching on either a low
leafless shrub, or the high power line. Interestingly the juveniles were on
the low shrub and the adult on the high wire, mostly. Inside the park, at
the end by the circle, I saw a kingbird with a yellow belly. It was
flycatching in tree with a bunch of redwing blackbirds. Unfortunately no
camera or vocalization, and it flew off before I could note more details,,
so i'm not sure of Western, Couch's or Tropical. Maybe somebody can re-find
it and get a better I.D. I will try to go back out this weekend. Also
while there, an adult bald eagle flew over.
Holly Morales
 

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Date: 10/19/18 7:51 pm
From: Tom Trenchard <trench19...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Northshore-Slidell CBC
Set for Tuesday, December 18th.


Tom T.





**************
Tom Trenchard
Covington, LA
**************
 

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Date: 10/19/18 5:52 pm
From: Dave Patton <wdpatton...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Grooved-bill Ani at Peveto
I spent most of the day at Peveto Woods Sanctuary, and found a Grooved-bill Ani in the live oak thickets on the east side near the fence. It was calling it's two note call and being mobbed by a couple of mocking birds. I heard again just before leaving at 4:30. There were a few warblers as well, but not a lot of migrant action.
2 - Hooded warblers
2 - Am Redstarts
1 - Ovenbird
2 - Magnolia Warblers
2 - Black and White Warblers
1 - Red-eyed Vireo
1 - White-eyed Vireo
1 - E Wood Peewee
4 - Ruby-throated Hummers
3 - B-g Gnatcatchers

Dave Patton
Lafayette
 

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Date: 10/19/18 3:22 pm
From: Toddy Guidry <guidrys...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] LA CBCs so far
Palmetto Island Jan 3


-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds
<LABIRD-L...> On Behalf Of David Muth
Sent: Friday, October 19, 2018 3:14 PM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] LA CBCs so far

Venice is Friday Dec 28th.



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: Jane Patterson <seejanebird...>
Date: 10/19/18 1:57 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] LA CBCs so far

Baton Rouge is January 5

On Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 1:54 PM Glenn Ousset <gousset...> wrote:

> The New Orleans CBC will be held on December 22, 2018.
>
> Glenn Ousset
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Oct 19, 2018, at 10:00 AM, Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...>
> wrote:
> >
> > Thanks Marty and all,
> >
> > Lafayette - Dec 27
> > New Iberia - Dec 28
> > Creole - Jan 5
> >
> > Also, Michael Van Etten has let me know that he is trialing a new
> > CBC
> this year in Franklin, potentially Dec 20 or 22. Copying him here to
> see if he has
>
>
> >
> >
> > From: Marty Floyd <progne99...>
> > Sent: Friday, October 19, 2018 8:49 AM
> > To: Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...>; <arfmanar...>;
> <irvinlouque...>; <lrraymond...>; <strattonbull...>;
> <gousset...>; <trench19...>; <mweber...>;
> <moranga...>; <jeanie.pousson...>
> > Subject: LA CBCs so far
> >
> > Attached are the LA CBCs I currently have. Donna needs these dates
> > for
> the LOS newsletter and deadline is fast approaching.
> >
> > Please let me know your count date so I can fill in the blanks.
> >
> > Thanks.
> >
> >
> > Marty Floyd
> > 337-459-0445
> > <Progne99...>
> >
>
 

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Date: 10/19/18 2:31 pm
From: Philip Bradley <0000018eaa441e8c-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Mimic
I was at a stop sign on E. Kings Hwy. in SE Shreveport when I heard a beautiful Baltimore Oriole song. I was very excited as they are rare at this time. Unfortunately, my eagle eyes were able to find the singer...it was a Mockingbird. Still many Scissortails hanging out. I'm waiting for a FOS Kestral; there's always one near LSUS along Kings Hwy. during the fall.

Phil Bradley

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 10/19/18 1:43 pm
From: James V Remsen <najames...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Tropical Kingbird at Pass Manchac, St. John Parish
LABIRD: Gary Byerly and I ended our birding today at the St. John Par. side of Pass Manchac (off I-55) with a Tropical Kingbird. Eagle-eye Gary somehow spotted two yellow-bellied kingbirds in the treetops in bad light 200 hundred yards (says Google Earth) east of the bar at the base of the bridge; after considerable maneuvering, we finally were able to approach within 25 yds or so. One was a Western Kingbird, which was interesting enough, but the other was a Tropical Kingbird, of which we got badly lit but extensive video and photos. The Tropical gave the diagnostic high-pitched stuttering whistle sequence twice, once as we got close, and then again when we had given up trying to get the call on video. It did not respond directly to extensive playback of TRKI (or COKI) vocalizations. Both birds seem to have moved off, and so we left after about 20 mins.

We started the day before sunrise at Tickfaw SP at a glorious 61degrees with high hopes for migrants. Three Wood Thrushes and a Swainson’s calling before sunrise had us primed for a migrant-filled morning, but after 3 hours of intensive birding, we failed to find a single migrant warbler. In fact, the only pure transients of any kind we found were, of all things, 2 separate Philadelphia Vireos. The skies were also devoid of bird movement, not even an INBU. We did, however, have 5 Red-breasted Nuthatches (photos of 4 of 5).

===================

Dr. J. V. Remsen
Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
najames<at>LSU.edu

 

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Date: 10/19/18 1:14 pm
From: David Muth <MuthD...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] LA CBCs so far
Venice is Friday Dec 28th.



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: Jane Patterson <seejanebird...>
Date: 10/19/18 1:57 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] LA CBCs so far

Baton Rouge is January 5

On Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 1:54 PM Glenn Ousset <gousset...> wrote:

> The New Orleans CBC will be held on December 22, 2018.
>
> Glenn Ousset
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Oct 19, 2018, at 10:00 AM, Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...>
> wrote:
> >
> > Thanks Marty and all,
> >
> > Lafayette Dec 27
> > New Iberia Dec 28
> > Creole Jan 5
> >
> > Also, Michael Van Etten has let me know that he is trialing a new CBC
> this year in Franklin, potentially Dec 20 or 22. Copying him here to see if
> he has
>
>
> >
> >
> > From: Marty Floyd <progne99...>
> > Sent: Friday, October 19, 2018 8:49 AM
> > To: Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...>; <arfmanar...>;
> <irvinlouque...>; <lrraymond...>; <strattonbull...>;
> <gousset...>; <trench19...>; <mweber...>;
> <moranga...>; <jeanie.pousson...>
> > Subject: LA CBCs so far
> >
> > Attached are the LA CBCs I currently have. Donna needs these dates for
> the LOS newsletter and deadline is fast approaching.
> >
> > Please let me know your count date so I can fill in the blanks.
> >
> > Thanks.
> >
> >
> > Marty Floyd
> > 337-459-0445
> > <Progne99...>
> >
>
 

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Date: 10/19/18 11:57 am
From: Jane Patterson <seejanebird...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] LA CBCs so far
Baton Rouge is January 5

On Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 1:54 PM Glenn Ousset <gousset...> wrote:

> The New Orleans CBC will be held on December 22, 2018.
>
> Glenn Ousset
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Oct 19, 2018, at 10:00 AM, Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...>
> wrote:
> >
> > Thanks Marty and all,
> >
> > Lafayette – Dec 27
> > New Iberia – Dec 28
> > Creole – Jan 5
> >
> > Also, Michael Van Etten has let me know that he is trialing a new CBC
> this year in Franklin, potentially Dec 20 or 22. Copying him here to see if
> he has
>
>
> >
> >
> > From: Marty Floyd <progne99...>
> > Sent: Friday, October 19, 2018 8:49 AM
> > To: Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...>; <arfmanar...>;
> <irvinlouque...>; <lrraymond...>; <strattonbull...>;
> <gousset...>; <trench19...>; <mweber...>;
> <moranga...>; <jeanie.pousson...>
> > Subject: LA CBCs so far
> >
> > Attached are the LA CBCs I currently have. Donna needs these dates for
> the LOS newsletter and deadline is fast approaching.
> >
> > Please let me know your count date so I can fill in the blanks.
> >
> > Thanks.
> >
> >
> > Marty Floyd
> > 337-459-0445
> > <Progne99...>
> >
>
 

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Date: 10/19/18 11:54 am
From: Glenn Ousset <gousset...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] LA CBCs so far
The New Orleans CBC will be held on December 22, 2018.

Glenn Ousset

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 19, 2018, at 10:00 AM, Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...> wrote:
>
> Thanks Marty and all,
>
> Lafayette – Dec 27
> New Iberia – Dec 28
> Creole – Jan 5
>
> Also, Michael Van Etten has let me know that he is trialing a new CBC this year in Franklin, potentially Dec 20 or 22. Copying him here to see if he has


>
>
> From: Marty Floyd <progne99...>
> Sent: Friday, October 19, 2018 8:49 AM
> To: Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...>; <arfmanar...>; <irvinlouque...>; <lrraymond...>; <strattonbull...>; <gousset...>; <trench19...>; <mweber...>; <moranga...>; <jeanie.pousson...>
> Subject: LA CBCs so far
>
> Attached are the LA CBCs I currently have. Donna needs these dates for the LOS newsletter and deadline is fast approaching.
>
> Please let me know your count date so I can fill in the blanks.
>
> Thanks.
>
>
> Marty Floyd
> 337-459-0445
> <Progne99...>
>
 

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Date: 10/19/18 10:59 am
From: Melvin Weber <mweber...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] CBC
The Reserve CBC will be on Dec 26.

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 10/19/18 6:41 am
From: Roselie OVERBY <rosebird8791...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] White-throated Sparrows.
I’m not good at phone typing. The FOS and other birds was from me.
Roselie Overby
Oak Grove in W Carroll Parish.

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Date: 10/19/18 6:39 am
From: Roselie OVERBY <rosebird8791...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] White-throated Sparrows
White-throated Sparrows showed up yesterday in the yard. There were 3 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds; I’ve only seen one this morning. A Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher was feeding in the yard. While A Va Creeper vine on property attracted Am Robins, Su Tanager, Red-eyed Vireo, and a thrush I think was Hermit but I didn’t get a great look.
Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 10/18/18 10:44 am
From: John Romano <birderjuan...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Red-breasted Nuthatch mimics?
Having come down from Wisconsin 7 years ago, I thought that I was pretty
familiar with the tin horn of the Red-breasted Nuthatch. I think I have
entered 5 reports of said species since being here. The yank yank yank
drew my attention, and I did see 2 of the birds - I other 3, I think not.
While I have come to appreciate some of the whistles of the Blue Jay, in
the fall especially, I was unaware that a Blue Jay would mimic the RBNU so
perhaps one or more of the non-sighted RBNU could be bogus, I am a firm
believer in the efficacy of birding by ear, but I do realize this is by no
means foolproof, especially down here with so many mimics, of which I would
include the White-eyed vireo which I have heard do a Chuck-wills-widow and
a Great-crested Flycatcher. One of the more baffling experiences up north
that a group of 8 of us experienced was a Blue-winged Warbler doing a
perfect Prairie Warble call. So much for the musings of this amateur birder.

John Romano
Lafayette La


On Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 8:33 PM bill fontenot <natrldlite...> wrote:

> very much so John Dillon......
>
> what with all the recent reports, including south of me (Dobbs/Conn), i
> was ready to believe the nasal toot toot i heard yesterday morning to be my
> first ever RbNu yard bird.....the toot toot was uttered but 3x.....i was
> just about to conclude “yes!”
>
> i was wanting to tell myself for the thousands of thousands of blue jay
> vocalizations that i’ve heard, including those that have uncannily sounded
> like RbNus, i’d never heard one like THIS......
>
> something in my oft-humiliated birder-mind disagreed.....it said
> “Grasshopper, you’ve indeed been waiting for so long.....but.....please
> check RbNu vocalizations on your smartphone....”
>
> i did.................it wasn’t......
>
> still, i played it back at full volume....once.....twice.....and again.....
>
> nothing..............,...........not even the #%+€¥• blue jay that
> obviously started the whole thing.........
>
>
> bill “hang-dog” fontenot
> n lafayette parish, LA
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Oct 17, 2018, at 4:18 PM, John Dillon <kisforkryptonite...>
> wrote:
> >
> > I’ll emphasize this caution. Last year, I swore I heard a RBNU nasal
> toot toot, and it turned to be a Blue Jay. So, try to get visuals.
> >
> > John Dillon
> > Athens, LA
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> >> On Oct 17, 2018, at 2:14 PM, Philip C Stouffer <pstouffer...>
> wrote:
> >>
> >> Labirders,
> >> I think I'm the only birder left who hasn't seen a rbnu this fall.
> This is a particularly exasperating gap in my self-propelled list. Twice
> I've thought I've heard a couple of yank calls. In one case, at the
> Enchanted Forest at LSU, I searched hard in the handful of pines where I
> thought the bird must be, then eventually tried some playback to no avail.
> This place is loaded with Blue Jays that make a lot of noises. Anyone have
> any comments on Blue Jays or mimids giving yank calls? I'm a bit gun shy
> on the voice only id based on just 2-3 quick calls. In the past few weeks
> I've been fooled first by a mockingbird giving a perfect Summer Tanager and
> then by a mockingbird giving an Eastern Phoebe (on the day I saw my first
> phoebe of fall). And let's not get started with Blue Jays and flickers or
> Red-shouldered Hawks.
> >> Thanks,
> >> Phil
> >>
> >>
>
 

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Date: 10/18/18 8:21 am
From: programs braudubon.org <programs...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] BRAS Presentation Thurs, Nov 8th
Good morning. For those interested, our next Baton Rouge Audubon Society Presentation will be Thursday, November 8th.

PRESENTATION TITLE: “Recent LSU Museum of Natural Science expeditions to South America; science, discoveries, and exploration”

DESCRIPTION: The LSU Museum of Natural Science maintains an active program of field work in tropical regions throughout the world, conducting exploratory research to document the fauna of remote regions. Oscar Johnson, Ph.D. candidate at LSU, will share the results from recent expeditions to Peru and Bolivia, highlighting recent discoveries and the cutting-edge science that results from those expeditions!

DATE: Thursday, November 8th

TIME: 7:00 - 8:00 PM; Refreshments offered 6:45 - 7:00 PM

LOCATION: BREC's Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center's *Education Building*
10533 N. Glenstone Place, Baton Rouge, LA 70810

*Please note that the location is NOT the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center. It is the Education Building, which is located on the back corner of N. Glenstone Place, a U-shaped street off of Bluebonnet Blvd. The Education Building has a swamp mural painted on the front.

Attendance is free for all BRAS Members, $3 at the door for non-BRAS Members and $2.50 for non-BRAS seniors (price of admission at the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center).

Please RSVP if you plan on attending (<programs...>) so that we can add your name to the guest list.

Thank you!

Katie Percy
Programs Chair
Baton Rouge Audubon Society
www.braudubon.org
 

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Date: 10/18/18 7:55 am
From: Joan <joanmgarvey1...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] FW: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box
LABIRD,

I have to say, as an amateur eBird contributer this service is invaluable to me and I have just scratched the surface of what it has to offer. In addition, Van, Dr. Remsen, has graciously aided me in bird identification and one big step further, explanation of the ID even after sending out links to articles over the years with pictures of specimens that I should have been able to recall. Never once losing his patience and always gently correcting me, never making me feel like I didn't belong.

Thank you Van!
Joan

-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds <LABIRD-L...> On Behalf Of glenn ousset
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 5:23 PM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box

To all and Labird:I am one of the more or less average ebirders who uses up a generous share of Van's time spent to maintain the integrity of ebird data. It would be difficult to over estimate the value of this service to me and all of us who value ebird as a means of making our tiny but unique contribution to the collection of scientifically useful bird occurrence and life history data. Glenn Ousset

On Wednesday, October 17, 2018 11:51 AM, David Muth <MuthD...> wrote:


And not to mention, of course, that there would be no LABIRD for any of us to have these discussions if Van had not set up this LISTSERV and continued to volunteer his time for the last many, many years to keep it up and running...

David Muth
New Orleans

-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds [mailto:<LABIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of Johnson, Erik
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 11:10 AM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box

Mary, LAbird, etc.

eBird is highly touted as a citizen science platform, and as such, local, regional, and hemispheric analyses are being used by scientists and conservationists in Louisiana and around the world to learn about birds. If the data going into this powerful online platform do not meet basic standards of quality, then at best eBird will not meet its potential, and at worst, could actually misinform where limited conservation dollars should be spent. The latter is a real and honest concern.

I can assure you that Van's "rant" is not about snobbery, or at least not in the sense that you may be interpreting. He spends countless hours of his own personal time reviewing and improving the data, and interacting with many hundreds of people, to ensure that this platform is of quality that can be used to accurately understand birds. He does not get paid to do this, and frankly, it's often a thankless job (current case in point). This immense work that he and hundreds of other volunteer reviewers do around the world ensures that eBird is a platform that can directly inform conservation of the animals we all love, as well as of their habitats.

If you do not want to contribute to eBird, that is each person's prerogative, but if you do, please consider using it for more than a personal list-keeping service and help those of us "in the industry" use it to advance conservation.

For the birds,
Erik Johnson
S Lafayette, LA
Ejohnson AT Audubon.org



-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds <LABIRD-L...> On Behalf Of Wendy Rihner
Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 11:10 PM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Fwd: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box

Yes, that’s why I asked criticisms NOT be sent to listserv!

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 16, 2018, at 11:04 PM, Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>
> And by the way if there's a message that addresses everyone and
> dismisses who you believe is ignorant to birding, it's actually
> hurting your passion. I'm sad. Really sad,
>
>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:56 PM Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>> I'm out, so don't care l I'll find another way to love nature or
>> birds, not getting anything from labird
>>
>>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:54 PM Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>>> The list is going the wrong way and sad
>>>
>>>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:52 PM Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>>>> I was hoping for a change, I first joined this list 20 years ago!
>>>> A. Reporter, then dropped. And now it sucks, share your list of
>>>> birds, the end... No beginner birder has "a list" every birder
>>>> should feel like there needs to be a change, noone feels invited
>>>>
>>>>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:46 PM Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>>>>> Phfft I'm out anyway, but yea
>>>>>
>>>>> On Oct 16, 2018 10:44 PM, "Wendy Rihner" <wrihner...> wrote:
>>>>> Perhaps it would be best to email a response to sender instead of the entire listserv, especially if one feels disgruntled...
>>>>>
>>>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> > On Oct 16, 2018, at 10:23 PM, Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>>>>> >
>>>>> > ---------- Forwarded message ---------
>>>>> > From: Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...>
>>>>> > Date: Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:21 PM
>>>>> > Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box
>>>>> > To: James V Remsen <najames...>
>>>>> >
>>>>> >
>>>>> > Yeah your rant is wayyyyy to long
>>>>> >
>>>>> > On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:20 PM Mary Jimenez
>>>>> > <mary.jimenez509...>
>>>>> > wrote:
>>>>> >
>>>>> >> Ugh.. What is this post about? Sharing or providing expert post
>>>>> >> about birds? Or both? ", no new birder - me would ever want to
>>>>> >> apart of your snobby world, so what is the goal? If the snobs
>>>>> >> die it dies., I'm so disappointed, if I want to learn how do I?
>>>>> >> Or how does anyone else feel welcome?
>>>>> >>
>>>>> >>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:10 PM James V Remsen <najames...> wrote:
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> LABIRD eBirders: A fairly long rant on details and
>>>>> >>> descriptions in eBird
>>>>> >>> lists:
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> When a species is flagged because it is rare, the primary
>>>>> >>> function of the Details box for sight-only records is to
>>>>> >>> provide a description of what the bird looked like, and why
>>>>> >>> you thought it was that species, no matter how obvious the
>>>>> >>> species might be. Also, include an indication of duration of
>>>>> >>> sighting and rough distance — even the most obvious species
>>>>> >>> can be misidentified at a distance (I once confidently
>>>>> >>> identified a bleached stump as a "Snowy Owl") or flash looks
>>>>> >>> (I once identified a bounding jackrabbit as a "Rough-legged
>>>>> >>> Hawk"). Too many Details sections include only
>>>>> >>> “circumstances”, e.g., “on roadside wire” that are of minimal use to a reviewer in evaluating a record. Also, as I have preached frequently, some description of behavior is also helpful.
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> Many eBird reviewers no longer send requests for additional
>>>>> >>> details on a sighting for fear of ex-post-facto embellishments
>>>>> >>> by the observer. I now follow that policy most of the time.
>>>>> >>> If an observer doesn’t understand the importance of providing
>>>>> >>> such details, why should I spend my time trying to extract
>>>>> >>> after-the-fact details, the accuracy of which is always subject to error?
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> Also, if you see a species unusual for that location or
>>>>> >>> habitat, even if not flagged, consider adding some details so
>>>>> >>> that a reviewer can see that you knew that the sighting was unusual.
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> We’re not asking for much — a few extra seconds to maybe a
>>>>> >>> minute to add a few critical phrases that help evaluate the record.
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> If you’ve made an identification mistake, don’t stress about
>>>>> >>> it — learn from it and move on. No matter how hard we try, ALL
>>>>> >>> of us botch identifications of birds — it’s impossible for humans not to do this.
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> eBird does not require any formal training on this, thereby
>>>>> >>> forcing us volunteer reviewers to clean up the mess this
>>>>> >>> creates. The instructions on documenting rarities are here:
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> https://help.ebird.org/customer/en/portal/articles/973980-repo
>>>>> >>> n=help.ebird.org
>>>>> >>> rting-rarities--elements-of-a-bird-description?b_id=1928
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> But seldom is the entire range of details outlined therein
>>>>> >>> required, depending on observer experience and how unusual the sighting would be.
>>>>> >>> Nonetheless, more is generally better. The eBird article is
>>>>> >>> excellent except that behavior is barely mentioned despite its
>>>>> >>> importance in field ID. Perhaps that is not surprising given
>>>>> >>> the painful neglect of this aspect of field ID in most recent field guides.
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> A few veteran LA birders seem to resent being questioned and
>>>>> >>> having to provide details. A couple of other veterans go to
>>>>> >>> great lengths to show off their awareness of local status and
>>>>> >>> distribution in the Details sections, as well as provide
>>>>> >>> excruciating and often fanciful detail on age-sex-subspecies
>>>>> >>> information, yet never actually describe what the bird looked
>>>>> >>> like, Although I cut all these veterans a lot of slack
>>>>> >>> because I’m aware of their general reliability, keep in mind
>>>>> >>> that this awareness will not be necessarily be shared by eBird
>>>>> >>> reviewers in the future. Likewise, when you bird
>>>>> >>> out-of-state, don’t expect the reviewers there to know who you
>>>>> >>> are. Typically however, the best and most reliable observers
>>>>> >>> provide the richest details — they understand the importance of making their sighting robust to reviewers’ personal knowledge of their reliability and recognize the benefit of spending an extra minute or so to do this.
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> ===================
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> Dr. J. V. Remsen
>>>>> >>> Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds Museum of
>>>>> >>> Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences LSU, Baton Rouge, LA
>>>>> >>> 70803 najames<at>LSU.edu
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>>
>>>>>



 

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Date: 10/17/18 9:14 pm
From: David Muth <MuthD...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] thrushes overhead
I just went out and checked from my much more urban location in New Orleans, with a lot of competing ambient noise. 19 calls in 5 minutes, all thrushes. They sounded ok for Swainson's Thrushes, though I am rusty on nocturnal flight calls, and it was hard to hear notes clearly, but Swainson's is the default right now I believe.

This is a great resource:

http://oldbird.org/pubs/fcmb/start.htm

David Muth
New Orleans

-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds <LABIRD-L...> On Behalf Of Peter H Yaukey
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 10:33 PM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] thrushes overhead

Thrush notes fairly easy to pick out over my house in Old Jefferson just now, aided by the cloud cover. A bit too much competing city noise to get much on species id. Perhaps 10 notes in 2 minutes or so.


Peter Yaukey

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Date: 10/17/18 8:32 pm
From: Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] thrushes overhead
Thrush notes fairly easy to pick out over my house in Old Jefferson just now, aided by the cloud cover. A bit too much competing city noise to get much on species id. Perhaps 10 notes in 2 minutes or so.


Peter Yaukey

NOTICE: This message, including all attachments transmitted with it, is intended solely for the use of the Addressee(s) and may contain information that is PRIVILEGED, CONFIDENTIAL, and/or EXEMPT FROM DISCLOSURE under applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution, or use of the information contained herein is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. If you received this communication in error, please destroy all copies of the message, whether in electronic or hard copy format, as well as attachments and immediately contact the sender by replying to this email or contact the sender at the telephone numbers listed above. Thank you!
 

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Date: 10/17/18 6:37 pm
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Red-breasted Nuthatch mimics?
Indeed...when I worked on an Ivory-billed Woodpecker project with Wylie
Barrow, Tommy Michot and the late Clint Jeske, I was handed many recordings
(especially from one source in Mississippi), which ALL turned out to be
Blue Jays. -jz

On Wed, Oct 17, 2018, 20:33 bill fontenot <natrldlite...> wrote:

> very much so John Dillon......
>
> what with all the recent reports, including south of me (Dobbs/Conn), i
> was ready to believe the nasal toot toot i heard yesterday morning to be my
> first ever RbNu yard bird.....the toot toot was uttered but 3x.....i was
> just about to conclude “yes!”
>
> i was wanting to tell myself for the thousands of thousands of blue jay
> vocalizations that i’ve heard, including those that have uncannily sounded
> like RbNus, i’d never heard one like THIS......
>
> something in my oft-humiliated birder-mind disagreed.....it said
> “Grasshopper, you’ve indeed been waiting for so long.....but.....please
> check RbNu vocalizations on your smartphone....”
>
> i did.................it wasn’t......
>
> still, i played it back at full volume....once.....twice.....and again.....
>
> nothing..............,...........not even the #%+€¥• blue jay that
> obviously started the whole thing.........
>
>
> bill “hang-dog” fontenot
> n lafayette parish, LA
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Oct 17, 2018, at 4:18 PM, John Dillon <kisforkryptonite...>
> wrote:
> >
> > I’ll emphasize this caution. Last year, I swore I heard a RBNU nasal
> toot toot, and it turned to be a Blue Jay. So, try to get visuals.
> >
> > John Dillon
> > Athens, LA
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> >> On Oct 17, 2018, at 2:14 PM, Philip C Stouffer <pstouffer...>
> wrote:
> >>
> >> Labirders,
> >> I think I'm the only birder left who hasn't seen a rbnu this fall.
> This is a particularly exasperating gap in my self-propelled list. Twice
> I've thought I've heard a couple of yank calls. In one case, at the
> Enchanted Forest at LSU, I searched hard in the handful of pines where I
> thought the bird must be, then eventually tried some playback to no avail.
> This place is loaded with Blue Jays that make a lot of noises. Anyone have
> any comments on Blue Jays or mimids giving yank calls? I'm a bit gun shy
> on the voice only id based on just 2-3 quick calls. In the past few weeks
> I've been fooled first by a mockingbird giving a perfect Summer Tanager and
> then by a mockingbird giving an Eastern Phoebe (on the day I saw my first
> phoebe of fall). And let's not get started with Blue Jays and flickers or
> Red-shouldered Hawks.
> >> Thanks,
> >> Phil
> >>
> >>
>
 

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Date: 10/17/18 6:33 pm
From: bill fontenot <natrldlite...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Red-breasted Nuthatch mimics?
very much so John Dillon......

what with all the recent reports, including south of me (Dobbs/Conn), i was ready to believe the nasal toot toot i heard yesterday morning to be my first ever RbNu yard bird.....the toot toot was uttered but 3x.....i was just about to conclude “yes!”

i was wanting to tell myself for the thousands of thousands of blue jay vocalizations that i’ve heard, including those that have uncannily sounded like RbNus, i’d never heard one like THIS......

something in my oft-humiliated birder-mind disagreed.....it said “Grasshopper, you’ve indeed been waiting for so long.....but.....please check RbNu vocalizations on your smartphone....”

i did.................it wasn’t......

still, i played it back at full volume....once.....twice.....and again.....

nothing..............,...........not even the #%+€¥• blue jay that obviously started the whole thing.........


bill “hang-dog” fontenot
n lafayette parish, LA


Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 17, 2018, at 4:18 PM, John Dillon <kisforkryptonite...> wrote:
>
> I’ll emphasize this caution. Last year, I swore I heard a RBNU nasal toot toot, and it turned to be a Blue Jay. So, try to get visuals.
>
> John Dillon
> Athens, LA
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Oct 17, 2018, at 2:14 PM, Philip C Stouffer <pstouffer...> wrote:
>>
>> Labirders,
>> I think I'm the only birder left who hasn't seen a rbnu this fall. This is a particularly exasperating gap in my self-propelled list. Twice I've thought I've heard a couple of yank calls. In one case, at the Enchanted Forest at LSU, I searched hard in the handful of pines where I thought the bird must be, then eventually tried some playback to no avail. This place is loaded with Blue Jays that make a lot of noises. Anyone have any comments on Blue Jays or mimids giving yank calls? I'm a bit gun shy on the voice only id based on just 2-3 quick calls. In the past few weeks I've been fooled first by a mockingbird giving a perfect Summer Tanager and then by a mockingbird giving an Eastern Phoebe (on the day I saw my first phoebe of fall). And let's not get started with Blue Jays and flickers or Red-shouldered Hawks.
>> Thanks,
>> Phil
>>
>>
 

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Date: 10/17/18 6:14 pm
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box
I too have been a subscribed member of LABIRD since 1996 and my only
complaint is people disrespecting Van whenever he posts topics of
importance that others cannot grasp. I am in 100% agreeance with his eBird
post. These records are invaluable and I for one have certainly been
guilty of "vague details" and can absolutely appreciate his concern (along
with other eBird moderators) when it comes to this. It's quite comparable
to when someone brings me a completely smashed insect to identify and get
offended when I inform them that it simply isn't possible. Hats off to Van
and all the other hard working ornithologists that volunteer their time to
this and receive little to no thanks. -j

On Wed, Oct 17, 2018, 6:47 PM Martha Avegno <elliea...> wrote:

> LISTSERVR has been a valued assest for me as an always learning birder.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
> M. Ellie Avegno
>
>
> > On Oct 17, 2018, at 5:22 PM, glenn ousset <gousset...> wrote:
> >
> > To all and Labird:I am one of the more or less average ebirders who uses
> up a generous share of Van's time spent to maintain the integrity of ebird
> data. It would be difficult to over estimate the value of this service to
> me and all of us who value ebird as a means of making our tiny but unique
> contribution to the collection of scientifically useful bird occurrence and
> life history data.
> > Glenn Ousset
> >
> > On Wednesday, October 17, 2018 11:51 AM, David Muth <MuthD...>
> wrote:
> >
> >
> > And not to mention, of course, that there would be no LABIRD for any of
> us to have these discussions if Van had not set up this LISTSERV and
> continued to volunteer his time for the last many, many years to keep it up
> and running...
> >
> > David Muth
> > New Orleans
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds
> [mailto:<LABIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of Johnson, Erik
> > Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 11:10 AM
> > To: <LABIRD-L...>
> > Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box
> >
> > Mary, LAbird, etc.
> >
> > eBird is highly touted as a citizen science platform, and as such,
> local, regional, and hemispheric analyses are being used by scientists and
> conservationists in Louisiana and around the world to learn about birds. If
> the data going into this powerful online platform do not meet basic
> standards of quality, then at best eBird will not meet its potential, and
> at worst, could actually misinform where limited conservation dollars
> should be spent. The latter is a real and honest concern.
> >
> > I can assure you that Van's "rant" is not about snobbery, or at least
> not in the sense that you may be interpreting. He spends countless hours of
> his own personal time reviewing and improving the data, and interacting
> with many hundreds of people, to ensure that this platform is of quality
> that can be used to accurately understand birds. He does not get paid to do
> this, and frankly, it's often a thankless job (current case in point). This
> immense work that he and hundreds of other volunteer reviewers do around
> the world ensures that eBird is a platform that can directly inform
> conservation of the animals we all love, as well as of their habitats.
> >
> > If you do not want to contribute to eBird, that is each person's
> prerogative, but if you do, please consider using it for more than a
> personal list-keeping service and help those of us "in the industry" use it
> to advance conservation.
> >
> > For the birds,
> > Erik Johnson
> > S Lafayette, LA
> > Ejohnson AT Audubon.org
> >
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds
> <LABIRD-L...> On Behalf Of Wendy Rihner
> > Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 11:10 PM
> > To: <LABIRD-L...>
> > Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Fwd: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box
> >
> > Yes, that’s why I asked criticisms NOT be sent to listserv!
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> >> On Oct 16, 2018, at 11:04 PM, Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...>
> wrote:
> >>
> >> And by the way if there's a message that addresses everyone and
> >> dismisses who you believe is ignorant to birding, it's actually
> >> hurting your passion. I'm sad. Really sad,
> >>
> >>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:56 PM Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...>
> wrote:
> >>> I'm out, so don't care l I'll find another way to love nature or
> >>> birds, not getting anything from labird
> >>>
> >>>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:54 PM Mary Jimenez <
> <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
> >>>> The list is going the wrong way and sad
> >>>>
> >>>>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:52 PM Mary Jimenez <
> <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
> >>>>> I was hoping for a change, I first joined this list 20 years ago!
> >>>>> A. Reporter, then dropped. And now it sucks, share your list of
> >>>>> birds, the end... No beginner birder has "a list" every birder
> >>>>> should feel like there needs to be a change, noone feels invited
> >>>>>
> >>>>>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:46 PM Mary Jimenez <
> <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
> >>>>>> Phfft I'm out anyway, but yea
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> On Oct 16, 2018 10:44 PM, "Wendy Rihner" <wrihner...> wrote:
> >>>>>> Perhaps it would be best to email a response to sender instead of
> the entire listserv, especially if one feels disgruntled...
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> Sent from my iPhone
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>> On Oct 16, 2018, at 10:23 PM, Mary Jimenez <
> <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
> >>>>>>>
> >>>>>>> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
> >>>>>>> From: Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...>
> >>>>>>> Date: Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:21 PM
> >>>>>>> Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box
> >>>>>>> To: James V Remsen <najames...>
> >>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>
> >>>>>>> Yeah your rant is wayyyyy to long
> >>>>>>>
> >>>>>>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:20 PM Mary Jimenez
> >>>>>>> <mary.jimenez509...>
> >>>>>>> wrote:
> >>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>> Ugh.. What is this post about? Sharing or providing expert post
> >>>>>>>> about birds? Or both? ", no new birder - me would ever want to
> >>>>>>>> apart of your snobby world, so what is the goal? If the snobs
> >>>>>>>> die it dies., I'm so disappointed, if I want to learn how do I?
> >>>>>>>> Or how does anyone else feel welcome?
> >>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:10 PM James V Remsen <najames...>
> wrote:
> >>>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>> LABIRD eBirders: A fairly long rant on details and
> >>>>>>>>> descriptions in eBird
> >>>>>>>>> lists:
> >>>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>> When a species is flagged because it is rare, the primary
> >>>>>>>>> function of the Details box for sight-only records is to
> >>>>>>>>> provide a description of what the bird looked like, and why
> >>>>>>>>> you thought it was that species, no matter how obvious the
> >>>>>>>>> species might be. Also, include an indication of duration of
> >>>>>>>>> sighting and rough distance — even the most obvious species
> >>>>>>>>> can be misidentified at a distance (I once confidently
> >>>>>>>>> identified a bleached stump as a "Snowy Owl") or flash looks
> >>>>>>>>> (I once identified a bounding jackrabbit as a "Rough-legged
> >>>>>>>>> Hawk"). Too many Details sections include only
> >>>>>>>>> “circumstances”, e.g., “on roadside wire” that are of minimal
> use to a reviewer in evaluating a record. Also, as I have preached
> frequently, some description of behavior is also helpful.
> >>>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>> Many eBird reviewers no longer send requests for additional
> >>>>>>>>> details on a sighting for fear of ex-post-facto embellishments
> >>>>>>>>> by the observer. I now follow that policy most of the time.
> >>>>>>>>> If an observer doesn’t understand the importance of providing
> >>>>>>>>> such details, why should I spend my time trying to extract
> >>>>>>>>> after-the-fact details, the accuracy of which is always subject
> to error?
> >>>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>> Also, if you see a species unusual for that location or
> >>>>>>>>> habitat, even if not flagged, consider adding some details so
> >>>>>>>>> that a reviewer can see that you knew that the sighting was
> unusual.
> >>>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>> We’re not asking for much — a few extra seconds to maybe a
> >>>>>>>>> minute to add a few critical phrases that help evaluate the
> record.
> >>>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>> If you’ve made an identification mistake, don’t stress about
> >>>>>>>>> it — learn from it and move on. No matter how hard we try, ALL
> >>>>>>>>> of us botch identifications of birds — it’s impossible for
> humans not to do this.
> >>>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>> eBird does not require any formal training on this, thereby
> >>>>>>>>> forcing us volunteer reviewers to clean up the mess this
> >>>>>>>>> creates. The instructions on documenting rarities are here:
> >>>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>> https://help.ebird.org/customer/en/portal/articles/973980-repo
> >>>>>>>>> n=help.ebird.org
> >>>>>>>>> rting-rarities--elements-of-a-bird-description?b_id=1928
> >>>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>> But seldom is the entire range of details outlined therein
> >>>>>>>>> required, depending on observer experience and how unusual the
> sighting would be.
> >>>>>>>>> Nonetheless, more is generally better. The eBird article is
> >>>>>>>>> excellent except that behavior is barely mentioned despite its
> >>>>>>>>> importance in field ID. Perhaps that is not surprising given
> >>>>>>>>> the painful neglect of this aspect of field ID in most recent
> field guides.
> >>>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>> A few veteran LA birders seem to resent being questioned and
> >>>>>>>>> having to provide details. A couple of other veterans go to
> >>>>>>>>> great lengths to show off their awareness of local status and
> >>>>>>>>> distribution in the Details sections, as well as provide
> >>>>>>>>> excruciating and often fanciful detail on age-sex-subspecies
> information, yet never actually describe what the bird
> >>>>>>>>> looked like, Although I cut all these veterans a lot of slack
> because I’m
> >>>>>>>>> aware of their general reliability, keep in mind that this
> >>>>>>>>> awareness will not be necessarily be shared by eBird reviewers
> >>>>>>>>> in the future. Likewise, when you bird out-of-state, don’t
> >>>>>>>>> expect the reviewers there to know who you are. Typically
> >>>>>>>>> however, the best and most reliable observers provide the
> >>>>>>>>> richest details — they understand the importance of making
> >>>>>>>>> their sighting robust to reviewers’ personal knowledge of their
> reliability and recognize the benefit of spending an extra minute or so to
> do this.
> >>>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>> ===================
> >>>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>> Dr. J. V. Remsen
> >>>>>>>>> Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds Museum of
> >>>>>>>>> Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences LSU, Baton Rouge, LA
> >>>>>>>>> 70803 najames<at>LSU.edu
> >>>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>
> >
> >
> >
>
 

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Date: 10/17/18 4:47 pm
From: Martha Avegno <elliea...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box
LISTSERVR has been a valued assest for me as an always learning birder.

Sent from my iPhone
M. Ellie Avegno


> On Oct 17, 2018, at 5:22 PM, glenn ousset <gousset...> wrote:
>
> To all and Labird:I am one of the more or less average ebirders who uses up a generous share of Van's time spent to maintain the integrity of ebird data. It would be difficult to over estimate the value of this service to me and all of us who value ebird as a means of making our tiny but unique contribution to the collection of scientifically useful bird occurrence and life history data.
> Glenn Ousset
>
> On Wednesday, October 17, 2018 11:51 AM, David Muth <MuthD...> wrote:
>
>
> And not to mention, of course, that there would be no LABIRD for any of us to have these discussions if Van had not set up this LISTSERV and continued to volunteer his time for the last many, many years to keep it up and running...
>
> David Muth
> New Orleans
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds [mailto:<LABIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of Johnson, Erik
> Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 11:10 AM
> To: <LABIRD-L...>
> Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box
>
> Mary, LAbird, etc.
>
> eBird is highly touted as a citizen science platform, and as such, local, regional, and hemispheric analyses are being used by scientists and conservationists in Louisiana and around the world to learn about birds. If the data going into this powerful online platform do not meet basic standards of quality, then at best eBird will not meet its potential, and at worst, could actually misinform where limited conservation dollars should be spent. The latter is a real and honest concern.
>
> I can assure you that Van's "rant" is not about snobbery, or at least not in the sense that you may be interpreting. He spends countless hours of his own personal time reviewing and improving the data, and interacting with many hundreds of people, to ensure that this platform is of quality that can be used to accurately understand birds. He does not get paid to do this, and frankly, it's often a thankless job (current case in point). This immense work that he and hundreds of other volunteer reviewers do around the world ensures that eBird is a platform that can directly inform conservation of the animals we all love, as well as of their habitats.
>
> If you do not want to contribute to eBird, that is each person's prerogative, but if you do, please consider using it for more than a personal list-keeping service and help those of us "in the industry" use it to advance conservation.
>
> For the birds,
> Erik Johnson
> S Lafayette, LA
> Ejohnson AT Audubon.org
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds <LABIRD-L...> On Behalf Of Wendy Rihner
> Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 11:10 PM
> To: <LABIRD-L...>
> Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Fwd: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box
>
> Yes, that’s why I asked criticisms NOT be sent to listserv!
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Oct 16, 2018, at 11:04 PM, Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>>
>> And by the way if there's a message that addresses everyone and
>> dismisses who you believe is ignorant to birding, it's actually
>> hurting your passion. I'm sad. Really sad,
>>
>>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:56 PM Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>>> I'm out, so don't care l I'll find another way to love nature or
>>> birds, not getting anything from labird
>>>
>>>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:54 PM Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>>>> The list is going the wrong way and sad
>>>>
>>>>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:52 PM Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>>>>> I was hoping for a change, I first joined this list 20 years ago!
>>>>> A. Reporter, then dropped. And now it sucks, share your list of
>>>>> birds, the end... No beginner birder has "a list" every birder
>>>>> should feel like there needs to be a change, noone feels invited
>>>>>
>>>>>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:46 PM Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>>>>>> Phfft I'm out anyway, but yea
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On Oct 16, 2018 10:44 PM, "Wendy Rihner" <wrihner...> wrote:
>>>>>> Perhaps it would be best to email a response to sender instead of the entire listserv, especially if one feels disgruntled...
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> On Oct 16, 2018, at 10:23 PM, Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
>>>>>>> From: Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...>
>>>>>>> Date: Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:21 PM
>>>>>>> Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box
>>>>>>> To: James V Remsen <najames...>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Yeah your rant is wayyyyy to long
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:20 PM Mary Jimenez
>>>>>>> <mary.jimenez509...>
>>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Ugh.. What is this post about? Sharing or providing expert post
>>>>>>>> about birds? Or both? ", no new birder - me would ever want to
>>>>>>>> apart of your snobby world, so what is the goal? If the snobs
>>>>>>>> die it dies., I'm so disappointed, if I want to learn how do I?
>>>>>>>> Or how does anyone else feel welcome?
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:10 PM James V Remsen <najames...> wrote:
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> LABIRD eBirders: A fairly long rant on details and
>>>>>>>>> descriptions in eBird
>>>>>>>>> lists:
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> When a species is flagged because it is rare, the primary
>>>>>>>>> function of the Details box for sight-only records is to
>>>>>>>>> provide a description of what the bird looked like, and why
>>>>>>>>> you thought it was that species, no matter how obvious the
>>>>>>>>> species might be. Also, include an indication of duration of
>>>>>>>>> sighting and rough distance — even the most obvious species
>>>>>>>>> can be misidentified at a distance (I once confidently
>>>>>>>>> identified a bleached stump as a "Snowy Owl") or flash looks
>>>>>>>>> (I once identified a bounding jackrabbit as a "Rough-legged
>>>>>>>>> Hawk"). Too many Details sections include only
>>>>>>>>> “circumstances”, e.g., “on roadside wire” that are of minimal use to a reviewer in evaluating a record. Also, as I have preached frequently, some description of behavior is also helpful.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Many eBird reviewers no longer send requests for additional
>>>>>>>>> details on a sighting for fear of ex-post-facto embellishments
>>>>>>>>> by the observer. I now follow that policy most of the time.
>>>>>>>>> If an observer doesn’t understand the importance of providing
>>>>>>>>> such details, why should I spend my time trying to extract
>>>>>>>>> after-the-fact details, the accuracy of which is always subject to error?
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Also, if you see a species unusual for that location or
>>>>>>>>> habitat, even if not flagged, consider adding some details so
>>>>>>>>> that a reviewer can see that you knew that the sighting was unusual.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> We’re not asking for much — a few extra seconds to maybe a
>>>>>>>>> minute to add a few critical phrases that help evaluate the record.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> If you’ve made an identification mistake, don’t stress about
>>>>>>>>> it — learn from it and move on. No matter how hard we try, ALL
>>>>>>>>> of us botch identifications of birds — it’s impossible for humans not to do this.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> eBird does not require any formal training on this, thereby
>>>>>>>>> forcing us volunteer reviewers to clean up the mess this
>>>>>>>>> creates. The instructions on documenting rarities are here:
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> https://help.ebird.org/customer/en/portal/articles/973980-repo
>>>>>>>>> n=help.ebird.org
>>>>>>>>> rting-rarities--elements-of-a-bird-description?b_id=1928
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> But seldom is the entire range of details outlined therein
>>>>>>>>> required, depending on observer experience and how unusual the sighting would be.
>>>>>>>>> Nonetheless, more is generally better. The eBird article is
>>>>>>>>> excellent except that behavior is barely mentioned despite its
>>>>>>>>> importance in field ID. Perhaps that is not surprising given
>>>>>>>>> the painful neglect of this aspect of field ID in most recent field guides.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> A few veteran LA birders seem to resent being questioned and
>>>>>>>>> having to provide details. A couple of other veterans go to
>>>>>>>>> great lengths to show off their awareness of local status and
>>>>>>>>> distribution in the Details sections, as well as provide
>>>>>>>>> excruciating and often fanciful detail on age-sex-subspecies information, yet never actually describe what the bird
>>>>>>>>> looked like, Although I cut all these veterans a lot of slack because I’m
>>>>>>>>> aware of their general reliability, keep in mind that this
>>>>>>>>> awareness will not be necessarily be shared by eBird reviewers
>>>>>>>>> in the future. Likewise, when you bird out-of-state, don’t
>>>>>>>>> expect the reviewers there to know who you are. Typically
>>>>>>>>> however, the best and most reliable observers provide the
>>>>>>>>> richest details — they understand the importance of making
>>>>>>>>> their sighting robust to reviewers’ personal knowledge of their reliability and recognize the benefit of spending an extra minute or so to do this.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> ===================
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Dr. J. V. Remsen
>>>>>>>>> Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds Museum of
>>>>>>>>> Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences LSU, Baton Rouge, LA
>>>>>>>>> 70803 najames<at>LSU.edu
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>
>
>
 

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Date: 10/17/18 4:33 pm
From: Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box
Not to mention, I have been able to use it profitably as a teaching tool, in class projects as a professor. Recently, one class used it to compare tolerances to urbanization of a variety of Louisiana birds- by comparing eBird rates of detection inside urban New Orleans vs. in the less developed habitats immediately surrounding.


I also cited eBird data in a recently published academic paper, in a discussion of the status of Marsh Wren along the Gulf Coast.


Peter Yaukey

________________________________
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds <LABIRD-L...> on behalf of glenn ousset <gousset...>
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 5:22:46 PM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box

To all and Labird:I am one of the more or less average ebirders who uses up a generous share of Van's time spent to maintain the integrity of ebird data. It would be difficult to over estimate the value of this service to me and all of us who value ebird as a means of making our tiny but unique contribution to the collection of scientifically useful bird occurrence and life history data.
Glenn Ousset

On Wednesday, October 17, 2018 11:51 AM, David Muth <MuthD...> wrote:


And not to mention, of course, that there would be no LABIRD for any of us to have these discussions if Van had not set up this LISTSERV and continued to volunteer his time for the last many, many years to keep it up and running...

David Muth
New Orleans

-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds [mailto:<LABIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of Johnson, Erik
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 11:10 AM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box

Mary, LAbird, etc.

eBird is highly touted as a citizen science platform, and as such, local, regional, and hemispheric analyses are being used by scientists and conservationists in Louisiana and around the world to learn about birds. If the data going into this powerful online platform do not meet basic standards of quality, then at best eBird will not meet its potential, and at worst, could actually misinform where limited conservation dollars should be spent. The latter is a real and honest concern.

I can assure you that Van's "rant" is not about snobbery, or at least not in the sense that you may be interpreting. He spends countless hours of his own personal time reviewing and improving the data, and interacting with many hundreds of people, to ensure that this platform is of quality that can be used to accurately understand birds. He does not get paid to do this, and frankly, it's often a thankless job (current case in point). This immense work that he and hundreds of other volunteer reviewers do around the world ensures that eBird is a platform that can directly inform conservation of the animals we all love, as well as of their habitats.

If you do not want to contribute to eBird, that is each person's prerogative, but if you do, please consider using it for more than a personal list-keeping service and help those of us "in the industry" use it to advance conservation.

For the birds,
Erik Johnson
S Lafayette, LA
Ejohnson AT Audubon.org



-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds <LABIRD-L...> On Behalf Of Wendy Rihner
Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 11:10 PM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Fwd: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box

Yes, thats why I asked criticisms NOT be sent to listserv!

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 16, 2018, at 11:04 PM, Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>
> And by the way if there's a message that addresses everyone and
> dismisses who you believe is ignorant to birding, it's actually
> hurting your passion. I'm sad. Really sad,
>
>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:56 PM Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>> I'm out, so don't care l I'll find another way to love nature or
>> birds, not getting anything from labird
>>
>>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:54 PM Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>>> The list is going the wrong way and sad
>>>
>>>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:52 PM Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>>>> I was hoping for a change, I first joined this list 20 years ago!
>>>> A. Reporter, then dropped. And now it sucks, share your list of
>>>> birds, the end... No beginner birder has "a list" every birder
>>>> should feel like there needs to be a change, noone feels invited
>>>>
>>>>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:46 PM Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>>>>> Phfft I'm out anyway, but yea
>>>>>
>>>>> On Oct 16, 2018 10:44 PM, "Wendy Rihner" <wrihner...> wrote:
>>>>> Perhaps it would be best to email a response to sender instead of the entire listserv, especially if one feels disgruntled...
>>>>>
>>>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> > On Oct 16, 2018, at 10:23 PM, Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>>>>> >
>>>>> > ---------- Forwarded message ---------
>>>>> > From: Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...>
>>>>> > Date: Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:21 PM
>>>>> > Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box
>>>>> > To: James V Remsen <najames...>
>>>>> >
>>>>> >
>>>>> > Yeah your rant is wayyyyy to long
>>>>> >
>>>>> > On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:20 PM Mary Jimenez
>>>>> > <mary.jimenez509...>
>>>>> > wrote:
>>>>> >
>>>>> >> Ugh.. What is this post about? Sharing or providing expert post
>>>>> >> about birds? Or both? ", no new birder - me would ever want to
>>>>> >> apart of your snobby world, so what is the goal? If the snobs
>>>>> >> die it dies., I'm so disappointed, if I want to learn how do I?
>>>>> >> Or how does anyone else feel welcome?
>>>>> >>
>>>>> >>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:10 PM James V Remsen <najames...> wrote:
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> LABIRD eBirders: A fairly long rant on details and
>>>>> >>> descriptions in eBird
>>>>> >>> lists:
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> When a species is flagged because it is rare, the primary
>>>>> >>> function of the Details box for sight-only records is to
>>>>> >>> provide a description of what the bird looked like, and why
>>>>> >>> you thought it was that species, no matter how obvious the
>>>>> >>> species might be. Also, include an indication of duration of
>>>>> >>> sighting and rough distance even the most obvious species
>>>>> >>> can be misidentified at a distance (I once confidently
>>>>> >>> identified a bleached stump as a "Snowy Owl") or flash looks
>>>>> >>> (I once identified a bounding jackrabbit as a "Rough-legged
>>>>> >>> Hawk"). Too many Details sections include only
>>>>> >>> circumstances, e.g., on roadside wire that are of minimal use to a reviewer in evaluating a record. Also, as I have preached frequently, some description of behavior is also helpful.
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> Many eBird reviewers no longer send requests for additional
>>>>> >>> details on a sighting for fear of ex-post-facto embellishments
>>>>> >>> by the observer. I now follow that policy most of the time.
>>>>> >>> If an observer doesnt understand the importance of providing
>>>>> >>> such details, why should I spend my time trying to extract
>>>>> >>> after-the-fact details, the accuracy of which is always subject to error?
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> Also, if you see a species unusual for that location or
>>>>> >>> habitat, even if not flagged, consider adding some details so
>>>>> >>> that a reviewer can see that you knew that the sighting was unusual.
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> Were not asking for much a few extra seconds to maybe a
>>>>> >>> minute to add a few critical phrases that help evaluate the record.
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> If youve made an identification mistake, dont stress about
>>>>> >>> it learn from it and move on. No matter how hard we try, ALL
>>>>> >>> of us botch identifications of birds its impossible for humans not to do this.
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> eBird does not require any formal training on this, thereby
>>>>> >>> forcing us volunteer reviewers to clean up the mess this
>>>>> >>> creates. The instructions on documenting rarities are here:
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fhelp.ebird.org%2Fcustomer%2Fen%2Fportal%2Farticles%2F973980-repo&amp;data=01%7C01%<7CPYAUKEY...>%7C98c8c7250b9d41ba19f608d6347f495d%7C31d4dbf540044469bfeedf294a9de150%7C0&amp;sdata=Kk4Is2QqPbo0j2uQrTu80A9eE9H3KVw0nP%2BlZtkHSYA%3D&amp;reserved=0
>>>>> >>> n=help.ebird.org
>>>>> >>> rting-rarities--elements-of-a-bird-description?b_id=1928
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> But seldom is the entire range of details outlined therein
>>>>> >>> required, depending on observer experience and how unusual the sighting would be.
>>>>> >>> Nonetheless, more is generally better. The eBird article is
>>>>> >>> excellent except that behavior is barely mentioned despite its
>>>>> >>> importance in field ID. Perhaps that is not surprising given
>>>>> >>> the painful neglect of this aspect of field ID in most recent field guides.
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> A few veteran LA birders seem to resent being questioned and
>>>>> >>> having to provide details. A couple of other veterans go to
>>>>> >>> great lengths to show off their awareness of local status and
>>>>> >>> distribution in the Details sections, as well as provide
>>>>> >>> excruciating and often fanciful detail on age-sex-subspecies information, yet never actually describe what the bird
>>>>> >>> looked like, Although I cut all these veterans a lot of slack because Im
>>>>> >>> aware of their general reliability, keep in mind that this
>>>>> >>> awareness will not be necessarily be shared by eBird reviewers
>>>>> >>> in the future. Likewise, when you bird out-of-state, dont
>>>>> >>> expect the reviewers there to know who you are. Typically
>>>>> >>> however, the best and most reliable observers provide the
>>>>> >>> richest details they understand the importance of making
>>>>> >>> their sighting robust to reviewers personal knowledge of their reliability and recognize the benefit of spending an extra minute or so to do this.
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> ===================
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> Dr. J. V. Remsen
>>>>> >>> Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds Museum of
>>>>> >>> Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences LSU, Baton Rouge, LA
>>>>> >>> 70803 najames<at>LSU.edu
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>>
>>>>>




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Date: 10/17/18 3:24 pm
From: glenn ousset <gousset...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box
To all and Labird:I am one of the more or less average ebirders who uses up a generous share of Van's time spent to maintain the integrity of ebird data. It would be difficult to over estimate the value of this service to me and all of us who value ebird as a means of making our tiny but unique contribution to the collection of scientifically useful bird occurrence and life history data. 
Glenn Ousset   

On Wednesday, October 17, 2018 11:51 AM, David Muth <MuthD...> wrote:


And not to mention, of course, that there would be no LABIRD for any of us to have these discussions if Van had not set up this LISTSERV and continued to volunteer his time for the last many, many years to keep it up and running...

David Muth
New Orleans

-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds [mailto:<LABIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of Johnson, Erik
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 11:10 AM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box

Mary, LAbird, etc.

eBird is highly touted as a citizen science platform, and as such, local, regional, and hemispheric analyses are being used by scientists and conservationists in Louisiana and around the world to learn about birds. If the data going into this powerful online platform do not meet basic standards of quality, then at best eBird will not meet its potential, and at worst, could actually misinform where limited conservation dollars should be spent. The latter is a real and honest concern.

I can assure you that Van's "rant" is not about snobbery, or at least not in the sense that you may be interpreting. He spends countless hours of his own personal time reviewing and improving the data, and interacting with many hundreds of people, to ensure that this platform is of quality that can be used to accurately understand birds. He does not get paid to do this, and frankly, it's often a thankless job (current case in point). This immense work that he and hundreds of other volunteer reviewers do around the world ensures that eBird is a platform that can directly inform conservation of the animals we all love, as well as of their habitats.

If you do not want to contribute to eBird, that is each person's prerogative, but if you do, please consider using it for more than a personal list-keeping service and help those of us "in the industry" use it to advance conservation.

For the birds,
Erik Johnson
S Lafayette, LA
Ejohnson AT Audubon.org



-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds <LABIRD-L...> On Behalf Of Wendy Rihner
Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 11:10 PM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Fwd: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box

Yes, that’s why I asked criticisms NOT be sent to listserv!

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 16, 2018, at 11:04 PM, Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>
> And by the way if there's a message that addresses everyone and
> dismisses who you believe is ignorant to birding, it's actually
> hurting your passion. I'm sad. Really sad,
>
>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:56 PM Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>> I'm out, so don't care l I'll find another way to love nature or
>> birds, not getting anything from labird
>>
>>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:54 PM Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>>> The list is going the wrong way and sad
>>>
>>>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:52 PM Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>>>> I was hoping for a change, I first joined this list 20 years ago!
>>>> A. Reporter, then dropped. And now it sucks, share your list of
>>>> birds, the end... No beginner birder has "a list" every birder
>>>> should feel like there needs to be a change, noone feels invited
>>>>
>>>>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:46 PM Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>>>>> Phfft I'm out anyway, but yea
>>>>>
>>>>> On Oct 16, 2018 10:44 PM, "Wendy Rihner" <wrihner...> wrote:
>>>>> Perhaps it would be best to email a response to sender instead of the entire listserv, especially if one feels disgruntled...
>>>>>
>>>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> > On Oct 16, 2018, at 10:23 PM, Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>>>>> >
>>>>> > ---------- Forwarded message ---------
>>>>> > From: Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...>
>>>>> > Date: Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:21 PM
>>>>> > Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box
>>>>> > To: James V Remsen <najames...>
>>>>> >
>>>>> >
>>>>> > Yeah your rant is wayyyyy to long
>>>>> >
>>>>> > On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:20 PM Mary Jimenez
>>>>> > <mary.jimenez509...>
>>>>> > wrote:
>>>>> >
>>>>> >> Ugh.. What is this post about? Sharing or providing expert post
>>>>> >> about birds? Or both? ", no new birder - me would ever want to
>>>>> >> apart of your snobby world, so what is the goal? If the snobs
>>>>> >> die it dies., I'm so disappointed, if I want to learn how do I?
>>>>> >> Or how does anyone else feel welcome?
>>>>> >>
>>>>> >>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:10 PM James V Remsen <najames...> wrote:
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> LABIRD eBirders: A fairly long rant on details and
>>>>> >>> descriptions in eBird
>>>>> >>> lists:
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> When a species is flagged because it is rare, the primary
>>>>> >>> function of the Details box for sight-only records is to
>>>>> >>> provide a description of what the bird looked like, and why
>>>>> >>> you thought it was that species, no matter how obvious the
>>>>> >>> species might be.  Also, include an indication of duration of
>>>>> >>> sighting and rough distance — even the most obvious species
>>>>> >>> can be misidentified at a distance (I once confidently
>>>>> >>> identified a bleached stump as a "Snowy Owl") or flash looks
>>>>> >>> (I once identified a bounding jackrabbit as a "Rough-legged
>>>>> >>> Hawk").  Too many Details sections include only
>>>>> >>> “circumstances”, e.g., “on roadside wire” that are of minimal use to a reviewer in evaluating a record.  Also, as I have preached frequently, some description of behavior is also helpful.
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> Many eBird reviewers no longer send requests for additional
>>>>> >>> details on a sighting for fear of ex-post-facto embellishments
>>>>> >>> by the observer.  I now follow that policy most of the time.
>>>>> >>> If an observer doesn’t understand the importance of providing
>>>>> >>> such details, why should I spend my time trying to extract
>>>>> >>> after-the-fact details, the accuracy of which is always subject to error?
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> Also, if you see a species unusual for that location or
>>>>> >>> habitat, even if not flagged, consider adding some details so
>>>>> >>> that a reviewer can see that you knew that the sighting was unusual.
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> We’re not asking for much — a few extra seconds to maybe a
>>>>> >>> minute to add a few critical phrases that help evaluate the record.
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> If you’ve made an identification mistake, don’t stress about
>>>>> >>> it — learn from it and move on. No matter how hard we try, ALL
>>>>> >>> of us botch identifications of birds — it’s impossible for humans not to do this.
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> eBird does not require any formal training on this, thereby
>>>>> >>> forcing us volunteer reviewers to clean up the mess this
>>>>> >>> creates.  The instructions on documenting rarities are here:
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> https://help.ebird.org/customer/en/portal/articles/973980-repo
>>>>> >>> n=help.ebird.org
>>>>> >>> rting-rarities--elements-of-a-bird-description?b_id=1928
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> But seldom is the entire range of details outlined therein
>>>>> >>> required, depending on observer experience and how unusual the sighting would be.
>>>>> >>> Nonetheless, more is generally better.  The eBird article is
>>>>> >>> excellent except that behavior is barely mentioned despite its
>>>>> >>> importance in field ID. Perhaps that is not surprising given
>>>>> >>> the painful neglect of this aspect of field ID in most recent field guides.
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> A few veteran LA birders seem to resent being questioned and
>>>>> >>> having to provide details.  A couple of other veterans go to
>>>>> >>> great lengths to show off their awareness of local status and
>>>>> >>> distribution in the Details sections, as well as provide
>>>>> >>> excruciating and often fanciful detail on age-sex-subspecies information, yet never actually describe what the bird
>>>>> >>> looked like,  Although I cut all these veterans a lot of slack because I’m
>>>>> >>> aware of their general reliability, keep in mind that this
>>>>> >>> awareness will not be necessarily be shared by eBird reviewers
>>>>> >>> in the future.  Likewise, when you bird out-of-state, don’t
>>>>> >>> expect the reviewers there to know who you are.  Typically
>>>>> >>> however, the best and most reliable observers provide the
>>>>> >>> richest details — they understand the importance of making
>>>>> >>> their sighting robust to reviewers’ personal knowledge of their reliability and recognize the benefit of spending an extra minute or so to do this.
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> ===================
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> Dr. J. V. Remsen
>>>>> >>> Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds Museum of
>>>>> >>> Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences LSU, Baton Rouge, LA
>>>>> >>> 70803 najames<at>LSU.edu
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>>
>>>>>



 

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Date: 10/17/18 2:18 pm
From: John Dillon <kisforkryptonite...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Red-breasted Nuthatch mimics?
I’ll emphasize this caution. Last year, I swore I heard a RBNU nasal toot toot, and it turned to be a Blue Jay. So, try to get visuals.

John Dillon
Athens, LA

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 17, 2018, at 2:14 PM, Philip C Stouffer <pstouffer...> wrote:
>
> Labirders,
> I think I'm the only birder left who hasn't seen a rbnu this fall. This is a particularly exasperating gap in my self-propelled list. Twice I've thought I've heard a couple of yank calls. In one case, at the Enchanted Forest at LSU, I searched hard in the handful of pines where I thought the bird must be, then eventually tried some playback to no avail. This place is loaded with Blue Jays that make a lot of noises. Anyone have any comments on Blue Jays or mimids giving yank calls? I'm a bit gun shy on the voice only id based on just 2-3 quick calls. In the past few weeks I've been fooled first by a mockingbird giving a perfect Summer Tanager and then by a mockingbird giving an Eastern Phoebe (on the day I saw my first phoebe of fall). And let's not get started with Blue Jays and flickers or Red-shouldered Hawks.
> Thanks,
> Phil
>
>
 

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Date: 10/17/18 12:14 pm
From: Philip C Stouffer <pstouffer...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Red-breasted Nuthatch mimics?
Labirders,
I think I'm the only birder left who hasn't seen a rbnu this fall. This is a particularly exasperating gap in my self-propelled list. Twice I've thought I've heard a couple of yank calls. In one case, at the Enchanted Forest at LSU, I searched hard in the handful of pines where I thought the bird must be, then eventually tried some playback to no avail. This place is loaded with Blue Jays that make a lot of noises. Anyone have any comments on Blue Jays or mimids giving yank calls? I'm a bit gun shy on the voice only id based on just 2-3 quick calls. In the past few weeks I've been fooled first by a mockingbird giving a perfect Summer Tanager and then by a mockingbird giving an Eastern Phoebe (on the day I saw my first phoebe of fall). And let's not get started with Blue Jays and flickers or Red-shouldered Hawks.
Thanks,
Phil


 

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Date: 10/17/18 9:51 am
From: David Muth <MuthD...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box
And not to mention, of course, that there would be no LABIRD for any of us to have these discussions if Van had not set up this LISTSERV and continued to volunteer his time for the last many, many years to keep it up and running...

David Muth
New Orleans

-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds [mailto:<LABIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of Johnson, Erik
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 11:10 AM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box

Mary, LAbird, etc.

eBird is highly touted as a citizen science platform, and as such, local, regional, and hemispheric analyses are being used by scientists and conservationists in Louisiana and around the world to learn about birds. If the data going into this powerful online platform do not meet basic standards of quality, then at best eBird will not meet its potential, and at worst, could actually misinform where limited conservation dollars should be spent. The latter is a real and honest concern.

I can assure you that Van's "rant" is not about snobbery, or at least not in the sense that you may be interpreting. He spends countless hours of his own personal time reviewing and improving the data, and interacting with many hundreds of people, to ensure that this platform is of quality that can be used to accurately understand birds. He does not get paid to do this, and frankly, it's often a thankless job (current case in point). This immense work that he and hundreds of other volunteer reviewers do around the world ensures that eBird is a platform that can directly inform conservation of the animals we all love, as well as of their habitats.

If you do not want to contribute to eBird, that is each person's prerogative, but if you do, please consider using it for more than a personal list-keeping service and help those of us "in the industry" use it to advance conservation.

For the birds,
Erik Johnson
S Lafayette, LA
Ejohnson AT Audubon.org



-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds <LABIRD-L...> On Behalf Of Wendy Rihner
Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 11:10 PM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Fwd: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box

Yes, that’s why I asked criticisms NOT be sent to listserv!

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 16, 2018, at 11:04 PM, Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>
> And by the way if there's a message that addresses everyone and
> dismisses who you believe is ignorant to birding, it's actually
> hurting your passion. I'm sad. Really sad,
>
>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:56 PM Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>> I'm out, so don't care l I'll find another way to love nature or
>> birds, not getting anything from labird
>>
>>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:54 PM Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>>> The list is going the wrong way and sad
>>>
>>>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:52 PM Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>>>> I was hoping for a change, I first joined this list 20 years ago!
>>>> A. Reporter, then dropped. And now it sucks, share your list of
>>>> birds, the end... No beginner birder has "a list" every birder
>>>> should feel like there needs to be a change, noone feels invited
>>>>
>>>>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:46 PM Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>>>>> Phfft I'm out anyway, but yea
>>>>>
>>>>> On Oct 16, 2018 10:44 PM, "Wendy Rihner" <wrihner...> wrote:
>>>>> Perhaps it would be best to email a response to sender instead of the entire listserv, especially if one feels disgruntled...
>>>>>
>>>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> > On Oct 16, 2018, at 10:23 PM, Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>>>>> >
>>>>> > ---------- Forwarded message ---------
>>>>> > From: Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...>
>>>>> > Date: Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:21 PM
>>>>> > Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box
>>>>> > To: James V Remsen <najames...>
>>>>> >
>>>>> >
>>>>> > Yeah your rant is wayyyyy to long
>>>>> >
>>>>> > On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:20 PM Mary Jimenez
>>>>> > <mary.jimenez509...>
>>>>> > wrote:
>>>>> >
>>>>> >> Ugh.. What is this post about? Sharing or providing expert post
>>>>> >> about birds? Or both? ", no new birder - me would ever want to
>>>>> >> apart of your snobby world, so what is the goal? If the snobs
>>>>> >> die it dies., I'm so disappointed, if I want to learn how do I?
>>>>> >> Or how does anyone else feel welcome?
>>>>> >>
>>>>> >>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:10 PM James V Remsen <najames...> wrote:
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> LABIRD eBirders: A fairly long rant on details and
>>>>> >>> descriptions in eBird
>>>>> >>> lists:
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> When a species is flagged because it is rare, the primary
>>>>> >>> function of the Details box for sight-only records is to
>>>>> >>> provide a description of what the bird looked like, and why
>>>>> >>> you thought it was that species, no matter how obvious the
>>>>> >>> species might be. Also, include an indication of duration of
>>>>> >>> sighting and rough distance — even the most obvious species
>>>>> >>> can be misidentified at a distance (I once confidently
>>>>> >>> identified a bleached stump as a "Snowy Owl") or flash looks
>>>>> >>> (I once identified a bounding jackrabbit as a "Rough-legged
>>>>> >>> Hawk"). Too many Details sections include only
>>>>> >>> “circumstances”, e.g., “on roadside wire” that are of minimal use to a reviewer in evaluating a record. Also, as I have preached frequently, some description of behavior is also helpful.
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> Many eBird reviewers no longer send requests for additional
>>>>> >>> details on a sighting for fear of ex-post-facto embellishments
>>>>> >>> by the observer. I now follow that policy most of the time.
>>>>> >>> If an observer doesn’t understand the importance of providing
>>>>> >>> such details, why should I spend my time trying to extract
>>>>> >>> after-the-fact details, the accuracy of which is always subject to error?
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> Also, if you see a species unusual for that location or
>>>>> >>> habitat, even if not flagged, consider adding some details so
>>>>> >>> that a reviewer can see that you knew that the sighting was unusual.
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> We’re not asking for much — a few extra seconds to maybe a
>>>>> >>> minute to add a few critical phrases that help evaluate the record.
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> If you’ve made an identification mistake, don’t stress about
>>>>> >>> it — learn from it and move on. No matter how hard we try, ALL
>>>>> >>> of us botch identifications of birds — it’s impossible for humans not to do this.
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> eBird does not require any formal training on this, thereby
>>>>> >>> forcing us volunteer reviewers to clean up the mess this
>>>>> >>> creates. The instructions on documenting rarities are here:
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> https://help.ebird.org/customer/en/portal/articles/973980-repo
>>>>> >>> n=help.ebird.org
>>>>> >>> rting-rarities--elements-of-a-bird-description?b_id=1928
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> But seldom is the entire range of details outlined therein
>>>>> >>> required, depending on observer experience and how unusual the sighting would be.
>>>>> >>> Nonetheless, more is generally better. The eBird article is
>>>>> >>> excellent except that behavior is barely mentioned despite its
>>>>> >>> importance in field ID. Perhaps that is not surprising given
>>>>> >>> the painful neglect of this aspect of field ID in most recent field guides.
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> A few veteran LA birders seem to resent being questioned and
>>>>> >>> having to provide details. A couple of other veterans go to
>>>>> >>> great lengths to show off their awareness of local status and
>>>>> >>> distribution in the Details sections, as well as provide
>>>>> >>> excruciating and often fanciful detail on age-sex-subspecies information, yet never actually describe what the bird
>>>>> >>> looked like, Although I cut all these veterans a lot of slack because I’m
>>>>> >>> aware of their general reliability, keep in mind that this
>>>>> >>> awareness will not be necessarily be shared by eBird reviewers
>>>>> >>> in the future. Likewise, when you bird out-of-state, don’t
>>>>> >>> expect the reviewers there to know who you are. Typically
>>>>> >>> however, the best and most reliable observers provide the
>>>>> >>> richest details — they understand the importance of making
>>>>> >>> their sighting robust to reviewers’ personal knowledge of their reliability and recognize the benefit of spending an extra minute or so to do this.
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> ===================
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> Dr. J. V. Remsen
>>>>> >>> Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds Museum of
>>>>> >>> Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences LSU, Baton Rouge, LA
>>>>> >>> 70803 najames<at>LSU.edu
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>>
>>>>>
 

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Date: 10/17/18 9:24 am
From: Cagnolatti, David A. <David.A.Cagnolatti...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box
I read a lot of posts on LABIRD, but I don't say much. It's time I speak up.

Louisiana birding in general, and LABIRD list in particular, has some of the best birding mentors you will find anywhere. I have birded and interacted with birders in about 20 states. The community in Louisiana is more supportive, more encouraging, and more willing to assist novice birders than any state I have experienced. We have very knowledgeable people who have spent their lives teaching us about birding, and about why its important to report your sightings. Please don't take their instruction the wrong way. Try to be mature enough to accept constructive criticisms, and by all means KEEP REPORTING.

Sorry for the rant.

Dave Cagnolatti

-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds [mailto:<LABIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of James V Remsen
Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 10:11 PM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: [EXTERNAL][LABIRD-L] eBird Details box

LABIRD eBirders: A fairly long rant on details and descriptions in eBird lists:

When a species is flagged because it is rare, the primary function of the Details box for sight-only records is to provide a description of what the bird looked like, and why you thought it was that species, no matter how obvious the species might be. Also, include an indication of duration of sighting and rough distance — even the most obvious species can be misidentified at a distance (I once confidently identified a bleached stump as a "Snowy Owl") or flash looks (I once identified a bounding jackrabbit as a "Rough-legged Hawk"). Too many Details sections include only “circumstances”, e.g., “on roadside wire” that are of minimal use to a reviewer in evaluating a record. Also, as I have preached frequently, some description of behavior is also helpful.

Many eBird reviewers no longer send requests for additional details on a sighting for fear of ex-post-facto embellishments by the observer. I now follow that policy most of the time. If an observer doesn’t understand the importance of providing such details, why should I spend my time trying to extract after-the-fact details, the accuracy of which is always subject to error?

Also, if you see a species unusual for that location or habitat, even if not flagged, consider adding some details so that a reviewer can see that you knew that the sighting was unusual.

We’re not asking for much — a few extra seconds to maybe a minute to add a few critical phrases that help evaluate the record.

If you’ve made an identification mistake, don’t stress about it — learn from it and move on. No matter how hard we try, ALL of us botch identifications of birds — it’s impossible for humans not to do this.

eBird does not require any formal training on this, thereby forcing us volunteer reviewers to clean up the mess this creates. The instructions on documenting rarities are here:

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__help.ebird.org_customer_en_portal_articles_973980-2Dreporting-2Drarities-2D-2Delements-2Dof-2Da-2Dbird-2Ddescription-3Fb-5Fid-3D1928&d=DwIGaQ&c=SAbiaX0r7qzgR-m0orrYZqJBC6x6dhYqv2k9zfIfhj4&r=eGFR6U9wsT3_t4WjZEUcFSgdU4pNWJQM9_-r3rq6G60&m=iwnaf_4dG7uMDBG0sh-c4QmfX7bnWSJW-26D38nnOPU&s=seZqQC-3_nI7B0K2AunKpJBHHwmFwEohXApyYdls60Y&e=

But seldom is the entire range of details outlined therein required, depending on observer experience and how unusual the sighting would be. Nonetheless, more is generally better. The eBird article is excellent except that behavior is barely mentioned despite its importance in field ID. Perhaps that is not surprising given the painful neglect of this aspect of field ID in most recent field guides.

A few veteran LA birders seem to resent being questioned and having to provide details. A couple of other veterans go to great lengths to show off their awareness of local status and distribution in the Details sections, as well as provide excruciating and often fanciful detail on age-sex-subspecies information, yet never actually describe what the bird looked like, Although I cut all these veterans a lot of slack because I’m aware of their general reliability, keep in mind that this awareness will not be necessarily be shared by eBird reviewers in the future. Likewise, when you bird out-of-state, don’t expect the reviewers there to know who you are. Typically however, the best and most reliable observers provide the richest details — they understand the importance of making their sighting robust to reviewers’ personal knowledge of their reliability and recognize the benefit of spending an extra minute or so to do this.


===================

Dr. J. V. Remsen
Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 najames<at>LSU.edu

 

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Date: 10/17/18 9:19 am
From: Elizabeth Wiggins <000001a37a8a60cf-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Z
Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 10/17/18 9:10 am
From: Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box
Mary, LAbird, etc.

eBird is highly touted as a citizen science platform, and as such, local, regional, and hemispheric analyses are being used by scientists and conservationists in Louisiana and around the world to learn about birds. If the data going into this powerful online platform do not meet basic standards of quality, then at best eBird will not meet its potential, and at worst, could actually misinform where limited conservation dollars should be spent. The latter is a real and honest concern.

I can assure you that Van's "rant" is not about snobbery, or at least not in the sense that you may be interpreting. He spends countless hours of his own personal time reviewing and improving the data, and interacting with many hundreds of people, to ensure that this platform is of quality that can be used to accurately understand birds. He does not get paid to do this, and frankly, it's often a thankless job (current case in point). This immense work that he and hundreds of other volunteer reviewers do around the world ensures that eBird is a platform that can directly inform conservation of the animals we all love, as well as of their habitats.

If you do not want to contribute to eBird, that is each person's prerogative, but if you do, please consider using it for more than a personal list-keeping service and help those of us "in the industry" use it to advance conservation.

For the birds,
Erik Johnson
S Lafayette, LA
Ejohnson AT Audubon.org



-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds <LABIRD-L...> On Behalf Of Wendy Rihner
Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 11:10 PM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Fwd: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box

Yes, that’s why I asked criticisms NOT be sent to listserv!

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 16, 2018, at 11:04 PM, Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>
> And by the way if there's a message that addresses everyone and
> dismisses who you believe is ignorant to birding, it's actually
> hurting your passion. I'm sad. Really sad,
>
>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:56 PM Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>> I'm out, so don't care l I'll find another way to love nature or
>> birds, not getting anything from labird
>>
>>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:54 PM Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>>> The list is going the wrong way and sad
>>>
>>>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:52 PM Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>>>> I was hoping for a change, I first joined this list 20 years ago!
>>>> A. Reporter, then dropped. And now it sucks, share your list of
>>>> birds, the end... No beginner birder has "a list" every birder
>>>> should feel like there needs to be a change, noone feels invited
>>>>
>>>>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:46 PM Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>>>>> Phfft I'm out anyway, but yea
>>>>>
>>>>> On Oct 16, 2018 10:44 PM, "Wendy Rihner" <wrihner...> wrote:
>>>>> Perhaps it would be best to email a response to sender instead of the entire listserv, especially if one feels disgruntled...
>>>>>
>>>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> > On Oct 16, 2018, at 10:23 PM, Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...> wrote:
>>>>> >
>>>>> > ---------- Forwarded message ---------
>>>>> > From: Mary Jimenez <mary.jimenez509...>
>>>>> > Date: Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:21 PM
>>>>> > Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird Details box
>>>>> > To: James V Remsen <najames...>
>>>>> >
>>>>> >
>>>>> > Yeah your rant is wayyyyy to long
>>>>> >
>>>>> > On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:20 PM Mary Jimenez
>>>>> > <mary.jimenez509...>
>>>>> > wrote:
>>>>> >
>>>>> >> Ugh.. What is this post about? Sharing or providing expert post
>>>>> >> about birds? Or both? ", no new birder - me would ever want to
>>>>> >> apart of your snobby world, so what is the goal? If the snobs
>>>>> >> die it dies., I'm so disappointed, if I want to learn how do I?
>>>>> >> Or how does anyone else feel welcome?
>>>>> >>
>>>>> >>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:10 PM James V Remsen <najames...> wrote:
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> LABIRD eBirders: A fairly long rant on details and
>>>>> >>> descriptions in eBird
>>>>> >>> lists:
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> When a species is flagged because it is rare, the primary
>>>>> >>> function of the Details box for sight-only records is to
>>>>> >>> provide a description of what the bird looked like, and why
>>>>> >>> you thought it was that species, no matter how obvious the
>>>>> >>> species might be. Also, include an indication of duration of
>>>>> >>> sighting and rough distance — even the most obvious species
>>>>> >>> can be misidentified at a distance (I once confidently
>>>>> >>> identified a bleached stump as a "Snowy Owl") or flash looks
>>>>> >>> (I once identified a bounding jackrabbit as a "Rough-legged
>>>>> >>> Hawk"). Too many Details sections include only
>>>>> >>> “circumstances”, e.g., “on roadside wire” that are of minimal use to a reviewer in evaluating a record. Also, as I have preached frequently, some description of behavior is also helpful.
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> Many eBird reviewers no longer send requests for additional
>>>>> >>> details on a sighting for fear of ex-post-facto embellishments
>>>>> >>> by the observer. I now follow that policy most of the time.
>>>>> >>> If an observer doesn’t understand the importance of providing
>>>>> >>> such details, why should I spend my time trying to extract
>>>>> >>> after-the-fact details, the accuracy of which is always subject to error?
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> Also, if you see a species unusual for that location or
>>>>> >>> habitat, even if not flagged, consider adding some details so
>>>>> >>> that a reviewer can see that you knew that the sighting was unusual.
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> We’re not asking for much — a few extra seconds to maybe a
>>>>> >>> minute to add a few critical phrases that help evaluate the record.
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> If you’ve made an identification mistake, don’t stress about
>>>>> >>> it — learn from it and move on. No matter how hard we try, ALL
>>>>> >>> of us botch identifications of birds — it’s impossible for humans not to do this.
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> eBird does not require any formal training on this, thereby
>>>>> >>> forcing us volunteer reviewers to clean up the mess this
>>>>> >>> creates. The instructions on documenting rarities are here:
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> https://help.ebird.org/customer/en/portal/articles/973980-repo
>>>>> >>> rting-rarities--elements-of-a-bird-description?b_id=1928
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> But seldom is the entire range of details outlined therein
>>>>> >>> required, depending on observer experience and how unusual the sighting would be.
>>>>> >>> Nonetheless, more is generally better. The eBird article is
>>>>> >>> excellent except that behavior is barely mentioned despite its
>>>>> >>> importance in field ID. Perhaps that is not surprising given
>>>>> >>> the painful neglect of this aspect of field ID in most recent field guides.
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> A few veteran LA birders seem to resent being questioned and
>>>>> >>> having to provide details. A couple of other veterans go to
>>>>> >>> great lengths to show off their awareness of local status and
>>>>> >>> distribution in the Details sections, as well as provide
>>>>> >>> excruciating and often fanciful detail on age-sex-subspecies information, yet never actually describe what the bird
>>>>> >>> looked like, Although I cut all these veterans a lot of slack because I’m
>>>>> >>> aware of their general reliability, keep in mind that this
>>>>> >>> awareness will not be necessarily be shared by eBird reviewers
>>>>> >>> in the future. Likewise, when you bird out-of-state, don’t
>>>>> >>> expect the reviewers there to know who you are. Typically
>>>>> >>> however, the best and most reliable observers provide the
>>>>> >>> richest details — they understand the importance of making
>>>>> >>> their sighting robust to reviewers’ personal knowledge of their reliability and recognize the benefit of spending an extra minute or so to do this.
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> ===================
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>> Dr. J. V. Remsen
>>>>> >>> Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds Museum of
>>>>> >>> Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences LSU, Baton Rouge, LA
>>>>> >>> 70803 najames<at>LSU.edu
>>>>> >>>
>>>>> >>>
>>>>>
 

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Date: 10/17/18 8:20 am
From: Nancy L Newfield <nancy...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] change the subject
Joan,

Loss of all rectrices at one time is not an uncommon occurrence among
members of this species. Usually happens in October and they usually lay
low until it grows mostly back.

I don't know if it is still the case, but years ago, the Buff-bellied
Hummingbird was the most poorly studied of all hummer species that breed in
North America, north of Mexico. Guess I need to check the BNA account.

Iron Nan

On Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 10:13 AM Joan <joanmgarvey1...> wrote:

> No wonder Buffy #2 has been laying low, he's got no tail!
>
> I am able to see a band but can't get numbers, will work on that.
>
>
>
> Joan Garvey
>
> New Orleans
>
>
>
> https://flic.kr/p/2b3J2Xb
>


--
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Nancy L Newfield
Casa Colibrí
Metairie, Louisiana USA
<nancy...>
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

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Date: 10/17/18 8:14 am
From: Nancy L Newfield <nancy...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] More Owl Fun
LABIRDers,

Got in late from the Orleans Audubon/Crescent Bird Club banquet last
evening and I missed any owl activity, but I rose early this AM and saw
just 1 at 0644.

At 0920, I played the calls a couple of times and did not get an immediate
response, so I quit. However, about 3 or 4 minutes later, 2 began
vocalizing from the western fenceline that is hidden by 2 large Junipers.
The calling persisted for 3 minutes.

Now, I'll give them a break for a few days.

Iron Nan
--
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Nancy L Newfield
Casa Colibrí
Metairie, Louisiana USA
<nancy...>
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

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Date: 10/17/18 8:13 am
From: Joan <joanmgarvey1...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] change the subject
No wonder Buffy #2 has been laying low, he's got no tail!

I am able to see a band but can't get numbers, will work on that.



Joan Garvey

New Orleans



https://flic.kr/p/2b3J2Xb
 

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