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9/19/18 6:43 pm Terence Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] Photo of "bridge" on LABIRD facebook page
9/19/18 3:26 pm Terri Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] "Bridge"
9/19/18 2:42 pm Terri Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] Correction on peeps
9/19/18 2:22 pm Terri Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] Crossed bridge
9/19/18 2:10 pm Terri Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] Wood storks at Morganza spillway
9/19/18 12:09 pm James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] FOS American Kestrel -New Orleans
9/19/18 10:15 am Jennifer Coulson <jenniferocoulson...> [LABIRD-L] Birding Trip to Jean Lafitte National Park - Sat., Sept. 22, 8:00 a.m.
9/19/18 7:57 am programs braudubon.org <programs...> [LABIRD-L] BRAS Presentation Thurs, Oct 4th
9/18/18 2:43 pm Philip Bradley <0000018eaa441e8c-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] FOS birds
9/17/18 6:38 pm R. Martin Guidry <guidryrm...> [LABIRD-L] Sabine NWR CBC
9/15/18 6:38 pm Jay V Huner <jvh0660...> [LABIRD-L] Spoonbills and Storks in East Feliciana Parish, LA
9/14/18 3:16 pm Judith ONeale <losbirdlady...> [LABIRD-L] Membership Form - LOS News
9/13/18 6:53 am James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] Email contact for Black-headed Grosbeak in Lafayette
9/12/18 3:54 pm James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] info on Lafayette Black-headed Grosbeak
9/12/18 3:23 pm James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] Black-headed Grosbeak in Lafayette
9/11/18 7:29 am programs braudubon.org <programs...> [LABIRD-L] REMINDER: BRAS Presentation Thurs, Sept 13th
9/10/18 12:54 pm James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] Peregrine Falcon - Seabrook
9/10/18 12:23 pm Joan <joanmgarvey1...> [LABIRD-L] Buffy
9/10/18 11:48 am Joan <joanmgarvey1...> [LABIRD-L] Buff-bellied
9/9/18 10:33 am Judith ONeale <losbirdlady...> Re: [LABIRD-L] LOS Fall Meeting
9/9/18 9:23 am Terence Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] LOS Fall Meeting
9/8/18 9:25 am janine robin <janinerobin1982...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Fwd: [LABIRD-L] Cross Lake 9-7-18
9/8/18 9:20 am jftrahan <jftrahan...> [LABIRD-L] eBird Report - Cross Lake, Sep 7, 2018
9/8/18 8:58 am Charles Lyon <lyon5516...> [LABIRD-L] Fwd: [LABIRD-L] Cross Lake 9-7-18
9/7/18 10:03 pm Charles Lyon <lyon5516...> [LABIRD-L] Cross Lake 9-7-18
9/7/18 6:05 am bill fontenot <natrldlite...> Re: [LABIRD-L] LABIRD-L Digest - cedar elms
9/7/18 4:12 am Kelby Ouchley <rockybranch...> Re: [LABIRD-L] LABIRD-L Digest - cedar elms
9/6/18 8:20 pm Paul Conover <zoiseaux...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Elm tree food offerings
9/6/18 8:39 am janine robin <janinerobin1982...> [LABIRD-L] Elm tree food offerings
9/5/18 9:22 pm Charles Lyon <lyon5516...> [LABIRD-L] Cross Lake Doldrums 9-5-18
9/5/18 8:34 pm Jane Patterson <seejanebird...> [LABIRD-L] Volunteers needed!
9/5/18 9:15 am Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...> [LABIRD-L] 2600 Eastern Kingbirds at South Point yesterday
9/5/18 9:09 am Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...> [LABIRD-L] LOS field trip opening - Sept 9
9/5/18 7:02 am Lewis Cartee <lcartee...> [LABIRD-L] Anhinga kettle
9/4/18 8:31 pm David Muth <MuthD...> [LABIRD-L] Radar
9/2/18 10:04 pm Charles Lyon <lyon5516...> [LABIRD-L] Red River NWR Yates Tract 9-2-18
9/1/18 8:07 am James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] First migrant Red-tailed Hawk - Marrero
8/30/18 12:13 pm Nancy L Newfield <nancy...> [LABIRD-L] International Hummingbird Day
8/30/18 11:42 am Judith ONeale <losbirdlady...> [LABIRD-L] LOS Fall Meeting registration correction
8/30/18 9:43 am Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Cruise ship pelagics in the Gulf of Mexico
8/30/18 8:25 am James Holmes <jfholmes...> [LABIRD-L] Cruise ship pelagics in the Gulf of Mexico
8/30/18 6:07 am janine robin <janinerobin1982...> [LABIRD-L] Hooded warblers
8/28/18 10:56 am Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Cameron Motel Reservations - October LOS Meeting
8/28/18 9:35 am Jay V Huner <jvh0660...> [LABIRD-L] Cameron Motel Reservations - October LOS Meeting
8/27/18 3:36 pm Beth Maniscalco <beth.maniscalco...> [LABIRD-L] Buff-bellied hummingbird
8/27/18 9:14 am programs braudubon.org <programs...> [LABIRD-L] BRAS Presentation Thurs, Sept 13th
8/26/18 7:32 pm John Dillon <kisforkryptonite...> [LABIRD-L] WHIPS WHIPS WHIPS!!
8/26/18 6:16 am James Holmes <jfholmes...> [LABIRD-L] Aug 25 deep water pelagic
8/25/18 10:33 am Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...> [LABIRD-L] Louisiana Western Winter Hummingbird Report #1
8/25/18 8:16 am James V Remsen <najames...> Re: [LABIRD-L] backyard 3x5er
8/25/18 7:25 am bill fontenot <natrldlite...> [LABIRD-L] backyard 3x5er
8/24/18 9:50 am Jane Patterson <seejanebird...> [LABIRD-L] Fall Birding Classes - register now!
8/23/18 8:01 am Phillip Wallace <wallap424...> Re: [LABIRD-L] whoopers
8/22/18 1:29 pm Melvin Weber <mweber...> [LABIRD-L] Fall Migration For Real
8/21/18 9:08 pm Mac Myers <budogmacm...> [LABIRD-L] whoopers
8/21/18 12:01 pm John Romano <birderjuan...> Re: [LABIRD-L] New Hackberry Hotel
8/21/18 9:18 am James Holmes <jfholmes...> [LABIRD-L] Aug 20 deep water pelagic
8/21/18 7:11 am Terence Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] New Hackberry Hotel
 
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Date: 9/19/18 6:43 pm
From: Terence Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Photo of "bridge" on LABIRD facebook page
Hi, guys,

I just posted on the LABIRD Facebook site a photo of a wood stork flying over what I was calling the bridge. I'd love to know the correct name for this structure so I can properly identify it in future posts.

I just have a little Sony Cyber Shot so my pictures are not great, but I hope you can get the gist if you blow it up on your computer.

I drove home the whole way on Highway 1 South, and as I was exiting off the road along the beautiful False River, a big wind came up and I got caught in heavy thunderstorms, so who knows what that will bring.

Hope y'all all have a safe weekend, and I look forward to birding with y'all this fall!

Happy birding

Terri



Terence Skelton
<tadskelton...>
 

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Date: 9/19/18 3:26 pm
From: Terri Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] "Bridge"
So sorry for confusion. I'm calling the bridge what may be the forebay

If you are traveling la 1 north you will pass spillway cafe then some ponds with cattle then get to a fenced structure that has a gravel lot. Right after that is what I call the bridge.

Hope this helps!

Terri D. Skelton
Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 9/19/18 2:42 pm
From: Terri Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Correction on peeps
You can't see ponds from bridge

Peeps or shorebirds are in first pond on right after you cross bridge.

Now sitting in gravel parking area writing this last post before heading back to metairie and wood storks are still crossing from right to left over bridge.

Happy birding all!

Terri D. Skelton
Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 9/19/18 2:22 pm
From: Terri Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Crossed bridge
Just crossed the bridge and there are a couple of roseate spoonbills in last pond before levee

May be some shorebirds in ponds toward mid bridge but not bringing my Camry down to road. Eagle nest beautiful and ready but no sign of eagle yet. Forgot to mention Fock of about eight glossy/white face flew over before bridge.

Surprised at number of birds in 97 degree heat!

So glad I made the trip!

Terri D. Skelton
Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 9/19/18 2:10 pm
From: Terri Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Wood storks at Morganza spillway
I worked in new roads today and drive to Morganza spillway afterwards. Still here. There are about 60 wood storks. A few black neck stilts. Hundreds of white Pelicans and great egrets. Pulled over into parking area before crossing bridge. Spillway cafe was on my right hand side. Most Pelicans are on right but storks are now on left. Initially on right but crossing back and forth

Terri D. Skelton
Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 9/19/18 12:09 pm
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] FOS American Kestrel -New Orleans
Just had my first Fall kestrel (male) on Jourdan Rd. in New Orleans. -jz
 

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Date: 9/19/18 10:15 am
From: Jennifer Coulson <jenniferocoulson...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Birding Trip to Jean Lafitte National Park - Sat., Sept. 22, 8:00 a.m.
*Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve* Half-day Trip
*Date:* Saturday, September 22
*Time:* 8:00 a.m.
*Location:* Meet at the Visitors’ Center Parking Lot in the Barataria Unit
of the park located on Hwy. 45. Follow signs off of the West Bank Exp. for
the National Park.
*Leader:* Wendy Rihner (330) 348-3810

*BIRDING TRIPS*
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.


*Orleans Audubon Society *<orleansaudubon...>
www.jjaudubon.net
 

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Date: 9/19/18 7:57 am
From: programs braudubon.org <programs...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] BRAS Presentation Thurs, Oct 4th
Good morning. Our next Baton Rouge Audubon Society Presentation will be held on Thursday, October 4th.

PRESENTATION TITLE: “Monitoring Waterfowl Populations in Louisiana”

Larry Reynolds, Waterfowl Program Manager with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, has been conducting aerial surveys to project the number of migratory waterfowl in our state each duck season. Mr. Reynolds will present results from these aerial surveys, as well as bird banding and harvest data.

DATE: Thursday, October 4th

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: 9/18/18 2:43 pm
From: Philip Bradley <0000018eaa441e8c-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] FOS birds
I saw my FOS American White Pelicans today. There was a flock of nine soaring over the Red River in southern Bossier and Caddo Parishes. I also saw a male Belted Kingfisher perched on a power line near LSU-Shreveport.

Phil Bradley
Shreveport

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 9/17/18 6:38 pm
From: R. Martin Guidry <guidryrm...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Sabine NWR CBC
As of this date, it appears that the Sabine NWR CBC (Cameron, LA area) may
not hold a bird count in 2018. Currently we have no compiler for the
Sabine NWR CBC.

We have tried to find a compiler, but no one has agreed to accept the
position. The last compiler has all of the maps and landowner contact
information. The members of the Gulf Coast Birders in Lake Charles are
willing to help with the count and with the supper, etc., but none want to
compile the CBC.

This is one of the longest-running CBC's in Louisiana with a history of
being one of the top CBC's in North America. Prior to Hurricane Katrina,
it ranked in the top 25 CBC's in the U.S. and Canada. It has been inching
back upward and has great potential.

We are looking for a compiler. This is a great opportunity to take over an
outstanding CBC and have a team at your side. If you are interested in
compiling the Sabine NWR CBC, send me an email at <guidryrmartin...>
and I'll get you in touch with the previous compiler to get all the
information and materials.

Otherwise, there will be no Sabine NWR CBC in 2018.

Marty Guidry

--
Martin Guidry
6139 North Shore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
225-571-9726 (cell)
guidryrmartin@ <guidryrm...>gmail.com
Les Guédry et Petitpas d'Asteur, Inc.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guedrylabinefamily
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/Guedry-Labine
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/clotiaux
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/butaud
 

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Date: 9/15/18 6:38 pm
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Spoonbills and Storks in East Feliciana Parish, LA
Well,

One of my hobbies is parish bird listing. When I learned that Roseate Spoonbills and Wood Storks were found in East Feliciana Parish earlier this week, I had time to make a trip to seek them out today. The birds have been present at a place called Taylor Lake on LA 10 directly north and across the highway from the Veteran's Home. I got there about 9 AM and met a Mr. Young who had made the original report of the birds on ebird. I was disappointed to learn that he had last seen the birds Thursday. After a nice visit with Mr. Young, he left and I decided to walk down the levee of the mostly dry 15+ acre pond. As I turned around to go back to my truck, low and behold, in flew a flock of 6 Roseate Spoonbills. But, still no Wood Storks. After viewing the spoonbills for a time, I went west along the levee back to the area around my truck to look unsuccessfully for song birds. After about 15 minutes or so, I walked back east and immediately saw a young Wood Stork near the levee near the east side of the pond. Then, a second stork flew in and circled several times.

According to Mr. Young, Taylor Lake is "public". He birds the area regularly.

I went east along LA 10 to a site Mr. Young suggested might be good for song birds. I returned to Taylor Lake about 11:30 AM and the spoonbills and storks were still present.

Jay Huner
 

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Date: 9/14/18 3:16 pm
From: Judith ONeale <losbirdlady...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Membership Form - LOS News
Please make a note that the membership form in the LOS News is incorrect for some categories.

You can find the form on our website: http://losbird.org/membership.htm

LOS MEMBERSHIP FORM
RENEWAL____ NEW MEMBER____

NAME____________________________________ PHONE______________________

ADDRESS_________________________________ E-MAIL_____________________

___Regular - $20.00/yr.
___Family - $25.00/yr.
___Junior (16 and under) - fee waived ___Student (>16) - $10.00/yr.
___Senior (>65) - $15.00/yr.
___Senior Family - $20.00/yr. ___Contributing - $50.00/yr.
___Sustaining - $100.00/yr.
___Life - $300.00
___Family Life - $500.00 (installment plan available)
___Library Subscription - $15.00/yr.*
*Please add $2.00 for foreign subscriptions Make checks payable to the "LOS" and send to:
 
Judith O'Neale, LOS Treasurer
504 Whitebark, Lafayette, LA70508
337.981.1011

Judith O'Neale
Lafayette LA
 

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Date: 9/13/18 6:53 am
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Email contact for Black-headed Grosbeak in Lafayette
Labirders,

For those interested in attempting to see the BHGR in Lafayette, please
email Charles at the address I supplied in a previous post (
<Charles.Sawyer...>). I will be in the field most of the day and
in the lab the rest, so I will be unable to reply to most emails. For
those simply wanting to see his images, I will *try* to post them to my
website at some point today. Charles is brand new to birding, so please be
patient with him and respect his schedule and hospitality. Thanks! -jz
 

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Date: 9/12/18 3:54 pm
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] info on Lafayette Black-headed Grosbeak
LABIRD,

Charles gave me permission to pass along his location and images of the
female BHGR to the listserv. His email address is
<Charles.Sawyer...> and I can supply his physical address to those
interested if y'all email me privately. Likewise, with the images, I can
forward them privately. -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: 9/12/18 3:23 pm
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Black-headed Grosbeak in Lafayette
LABIRD,

Charles R. Sawyer posted images of a female Black-headed Grosbeak in the
"Louisiana Birds and Birdwatching" Facebook group from earlier today. I do
not personally know Charles, nor his exact location in Lafayette. I am
working on obtaining those details and will pass them along when I do. -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: 9/11/18 7:29 am
From: programs braudubon.org <programs...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] REMINDER: BRAS Presentation Thurs, Sept 13th
Reminder: Baton Rouge Audubon Society presentation this Thursday.

PRESENTATION TITLE: “Black Rails: Do they exist?”

Justin Lehman, Marshbird Biologist with Audubon Louisiana, will present ongoing research on Black Rails in Louisiana.

Prior to 2017, there were 13 accepted records of Black Rails in Louisiana. In an effort to learn more about this elusive species, LDWF and USFWS partnered with Audubon Louisiana to conduct point count and drag-line surveys for Black Rails. In summer 2017, 10 point count surveys were conducted. Ninety more surveys were conducted in both winter 2017 and summer 2018. Twenty-eight drag-line surveys were conducted during winter 2017.

Justin will discuss what makes Black Rails such an elusive bird, results from the point count and drag-line surveys, a potential listing on the Endangered Species Act, the exciting future of the project, and ways to get involved!

DATE:  Thursday, September 13th

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!
 

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Date: 9/10/18 12:54 pm
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Peregrine Falcon - Seabrook
Just had a Peregrine Falcon (with a nearby Cooper's Hawk) on the avgas
tanks by Seabrook Bridge in New Orleans. -jz
 

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Date: 9/10/18 12:23 pm
From: Joan <joanmgarvey1...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Buffy
Got a couple of subpar photos but it is a Buff-bellied Hummingbird, may have
a band?



https://flic.kr/p/29RGsR7

https://flic.kr/p/2aXfDQr
 

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Date: 9/10/18 11:48 am
From: Joan <joanmgarvey1...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Buff-bellied
Just heard a Buff-bellied hummingbird as I stepped out of my front door to
hang fresh feeders...YAY!



Joan Garvey and Tom Garvey residence.

New Orleans, LA
 

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Date: 9/9/18 10:33 am
From: Judith ONeale <losbirdlady...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] LOS Fall Meeting
Just got a call from the Cameron Motel and they are taking reservations now. Please share.

Thanks,

Judith

Judith O'Neale
Lafayette LA

From: Terence Skelton
Sent: Sunday, September 9, 2018 11:23 AM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] LOS Fall Meeting

Hi, all,



I just got back in town from visiting my son in Minnesota. I just registered for the LOS Fall Meeting, and I was wondering if we were able to make reservations yet at the Cameron Motel. I had called before my trip, and the owner asked that I call back next month, so I'm hoping I can make my reservation before I get busy with work.


On a birding note, although I did not get to "bird" in Minnesota, it was delightful to have flocks of geese fly overhead at the end of the day. We also saw some nice red tailed hawks as we drove along the highways running errands. We passed by the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge where there was a huge body of water with birds on it, too far away to identify, but that is definitely a place I will revisit when I go back.


We made many stops at various Culver's while errand running, and a few of them were actually overlooking lakes, ponds, creeks. We watched a double crested cormorant flying back and forth over what we later learned was Hanslo's Pond. What looked like a prothonatory warbler flew back and forth in the parking lot and across the street to the trees around the pond. There was a nice little dock area, like the one at Scout's Island in City Park, that I will definitely have to revisit there. We also visited a Culver's next to Purgatory Creek, which looked like an awesome birding area. It was raining that day, but I did see a great blue heron there. It was just so amazing to me that one could just enjoy a simple lunch with such a beautiful view.


Looking forward to an awesome fall of birding with you guys!


Take care and happy birding!


Terri















Terence Skelton
<tadskelton...>
 

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Date: 9/9/18 9:23 am
From: Terence Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] LOS Fall Meeting
Hi, all,



I just got back in town from visiting my son in Minnesota. I just registered for the LOS Fall Meeting, and I was wondering if we were able to make reservations yet at the Cameron Motel. I had called before my trip, and the owner asked that I call back next month, so I'm hoping I can make my reservation before I get busy with work.


On a birding note, although I did not get to "bird" in Minnesota, it was delightful to have flocks of geese fly overhead at the end of the day. We also saw some nice red tailed hawks as we drove along the highways running errands. We passed by the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge where there was a huge body of water with birds on it, too far away to identify, but that is definitely a place I will revisit when I go back.


We made many stops at various Culver's while errand running, and a few of them were actually overlooking lakes, ponds, creeks. We watched a double crested cormorant flying back and forth over what we later learned was Hanslo's Pond. What looked like a prothonatory warbler flew back and forth in the parking lot and across the street to the trees around the pond. There was a nice little dock area, like the one at Scout's Island in City Park, that I will definitely have to revisit there. We also visited a Culver's next to Purgatory Creek, which looked like an awesome birding area. It was raining that day, but I did see a great blue heron there. It was just so amazing to me that one could just enjoy a simple lunch with such a beautiful view.


Looking forward to an awesome fall of birding with you guys!


Take care and happy birding!


Terri















Terence Skelton
<tadskelton...>
 

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Date: 9/8/18 9:25 am
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Fwd: [LABIRD-L] Cross Lake 9-7-18
Hi Charlie. I turned my Droid off and back on still get same error message.
I saw your list by going through Explore to Caddo parish.
Photos are great and so good for ID.
Glad you made it to shelter b4 that storm!

On Sat, Sep 8, 2018, 10:58 AM Charles Lyon <lyon5516...> wrote:

> LA-birders,
> I am resending this as several people have replied to me stating the link
> is not working for them. If this doesn’t work, let me know offlist and I’ll
> send the eBird list to you directly. It may be an eBird server problem.
> Charlie
> Sent from my iPhone. C Lyon
>
> Begin forwarded message:
>
> > From: Charles Lyon <lyon5516...>
> > Date: September 8, 2018 at 10:51:09 AM CDT
> > To: Charles Lyon <lyon5516...>
> > Subject: Fwd: [LABIRD-L] Cross Lake 9-7-18
> >
> >
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone. C Lyon
> >
> > Begin forwarded message:
> >
> >> From: Charles Lyon <lyon5516...>
> >> Date: September 8, 2018 at 12:03:32 AM CDT
> >> To: <LABIRD-L...>
> >> Subject: [LABIRD-L] Cross Lake 9-7-18
> >> Reply-To: Charles Lyon <lyon5516...>
> >>
> >> LA-birders,
> >> I made it out to Cross Lake this afternoon in the boat between
> thunderstorms and brought Jeff Trahan with me. He knew the
> >> risks and has been with me in the boat numerous time before. The lake
> was flat calm during most of our two hour mid day
> >> bird survey, but at about 4 pm we were chased off the lake by an
> approaching thunderstorm, which initially did not appear that
> >> severe. Jeff who has more common sense than I, fled the scene and
> high-tailed it home as soon as we made it back to the dock.
> >> What appeared at first to be a spot shower transformed into a massive
> violet thunderstorm that engulfed the entire lake within
> >> minutes, and I was immediately under the red color of the radar. The
> thunder was deafening and vibrated everything around
> >> me, and the lightning show was both frightening and spectacular. I
> hunkered down under the lower level of the main yacht club building
> >> for 45 minutes before the thing passed. Had we not pulled off the lake
> when we did, it could have been really really bad. Such are the
> >> risks of birding by boat, but it is all risk vs. benefit.
> >>
> >> On the plus side, one can see and study birds in their world and gain a
> different perspective of their behavior. Birds one may normally
> >> need a spotting scope to view from land can be examined face to face
> via the boat. During today’s brief trip, we were able to study and
> >> photograph three different species of migrating terns, all of which
> probably would have gone unnoticed if we were not in the boat.
> >> We noted Black Terns, Forster’s Terns, and Common Terns. Of the three
> species, Common Terns are quite uncommon as migrants here.
> >> Embedded in the eBird list below are multiple photos of multiple ages
> and plumage types of all three species, which may be useful to some.
> >> My ears are still ringing.
> >>
> >> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/email?subID=S48351936
> >>
> >> Charlie Lyon
> >> Shreveport, LA
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> I
>
 

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Date: 9/8/18 9:20 am
From: jftrahan <jftrahan...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] eBird Report - Cross Lake, Sep 7, 2018
From: Charles Lyon <lyon5516...>
To: <janinerobin1982...>; jftrahan <jftrahan...>; Charles Lyon <lyon5516...>
Sent: Saturday, September 8, 2018 11:08 AM
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Cross Lake, Sep 7, 2018



Sent from my iPhone. C Lyon 
Begin forwarded message:


From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: September 8, 2018 at 10:58:44 AM CDT
To: <lyon5516...>
Subject: eBird Report - Cross Lake, Sep 7, 2018



Cross Lake, Caddo, Louisiana, US
Sep 7, 2018 1:59 PM - 3:59 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.0 mile(s)
Comments:     With Jeff Trahan Bird survey done by boat. 91 degrees mostly cloudy wind 4-7 mph SSW. Violent thunderstorm engulfed entire lake 10 minutes after we got off lake. This time the noise were eerie...loudest thunder I’ve ever heard with really impressive lightening show.
20 species (+1 other taxa)

Mallard (Domestic type)  2
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Black Tern  28
Common Tern  7     1x1 count See photos
Forster's Tern  20
Anhinga  2
Double-crested Cormorant  22
American White Pelican  5     Summer survivors and not migrants.
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  17
Snowy Egret  7
Turkey Vulture  5
Osprey  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
Blue Jay  3
Fish Crow  8
Carolina Chickadee  1
Carolina Wren  2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48351936

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)




 

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Date: 9/8/18 8:58 am
From: Charles Lyon <lyon5516...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Fwd: [LABIRD-L] Cross Lake 9-7-18
LA-birders,
I am resending this as several people have replied to me stating the link is not working for them. If this doesn’t work, let me know offlist and I’ll send the eBird list to you directly. It may be an eBird server problem.
Charlie
Sent from my iPhone. C Lyon

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Charles Lyon <lyon5516...>
> Date: September 8, 2018 at 10:51:09 AM CDT
> To: Charles Lyon <lyon5516...>
> Subject: Fwd: [LABIRD-L] Cross Lake 9-7-18
>
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone. C Lyon
>
> Begin forwarded message:
>
>> From: Charles Lyon <lyon5516...>
>> Date: September 8, 2018 at 12:03:32 AM CDT
>> To: <LABIRD-L...>
>> Subject: [LABIRD-L] Cross Lake 9-7-18
>> Reply-To: Charles Lyon <lyon5516...>
>>
>> LA-birders,
>> I made it out to Cross Lake this afternoon in the boat between thunderstorms and brought Jeff Trahan with me. He knew the
>> risks and has been with me in the boat numerous time before. The lake was flat calm during most of our two hour mid day
>> bird survey, but at about 4 pm we were chased off the lake by an approaching thunderstorm, which initially did not appear that
>> severe. Jeff who has more common sense than I, fled the scene and high-tailed it home as soon as we made it back to the dock.
>> What appeared at first to be a spot shower transformed into a massive violet thunderstorm that engulfed the entire lake within
>> minutes, and I was immediately under the red color of the radar. The thunder was deafening and vibrated everything around
>> me, and the lightning show was both frightening and spectacular. I hunkered down under the lower level of the main yacht club building
>> for 45 minutes before the thing passed. Had we not pulled off the lake when we did, it could have been really really bad. Such are the
>> risks of birding by boat, but it is all risk vs. benefit.
>>
>> On the plus side, one can see and study birds in their world and gain a different perspective of their behavior. Birds one may normally
>> need a spotting scope to view from land can be examined face to face via the boat. During today’s brief trip, we were able to study and
>> photograph three different species of migrating terns, all of which probably would have gone unnoticed if we were not in the boat.
>> We noted Black Terns, Forster’s Terns, and Common Terns. Of the three species, Common Terns are quite uncommon as migrants here.
>> Embedded in the eBird list below are multiple photos of multiple ages and plumage types of all three species, which may be useful to some.
>> My ears are still ringing.
>>
>> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/email?subID=S48351936
>>
>> Charlie Lyon
>> Shreveport, LA
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> I
 

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Date: 9/7/18 10:03 pm
From: Charles Lyon <lyon5516...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Cross Lake 9-7-18
LA-birders,
I made it out to Cross Lake this afternoon in the boat between thunderstorms and brought Jeff Trahan with me. He knew the
risks and has been with me in the boat numerous time before. The lake was flat calm during most of our two hour mid day
bird survey, but at about 4 pm we were chased off the lake by an approaching thunderstorm, which initially did not appear that
severe. Jeff who has more common sense than I, fled the scene and high-tailed it home as soon as we made it back to the dock.
What appeared at first to be a spot shower transformed into a massive violet thunderstorm that engulfed the entire lake within
minutes, and I was immediately under the red color of the radar. The thunder was deafening and vibrated everything around
me, and the lightning show was both frightening and spectacular. I hunkered down under the lower level of the main yacht club building
for 45 minutes before the thing passed. Had we not pulled off the lake when we did, it could have been really really bad. Such are the
risks of birding by boat, but it is all risk vs. benefit.

On the plus side, one can see and study birds in their world and gain a different perspective of their behavior. Birds one may normally
need a spotting scope to view from land can be examined face to face via the boat. During todays brief trip, we were able to study and
photograph three different species of migrating terns, all of which probably would have gone unnoticed if we were not in the boat.
We noted Black Terns, Forsters Terns, and Common Terns. Of the three species, Common Terns are quite uncommon as migrants here.
Embedded in the eBird list below are multiple photos of multiple ages and plumage types of all three species, which may be useful to some.
My ears are still ringing.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/email?subID=S48351936

Charlie Lyon
Shreveport, LA





I
 

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Date: 9/7/18 6:05 am
From: bill fontenot <natrldlite...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] LABIRD-L Digest - cedar elms
‘Drake’ elm is a cultivar of the Chinese elm, Ulmus parvifolia (aka “lacebark elm”)....it too is a fall/winter fruiter.....

perhaps your spring-fruiting elm is a winged elm (Ulmus alata; native), Janine?

bill fontenot

Sent from my iPhone

> On Sep 7, 2018, at 6:12 AM, Kelby Ouchley <rockybranch...> wrote:
>
> Cedar elm is the only native elm that fruits in the fall. Waterfowl and squirrels also relish the seeds.
>
> -Kelby
>
> -----Original Message----- From: LABIRD-L automatic digest system
> Sent: Friday, September 7, 2018 12:00 AM
> To: <LABIRD-L...>
> Subject: LABIRD-L Digest - 5 Sep 2018 to 6 Sep 2018 (#2018-212)
>
> There are 2 messages totaling 79 lines in this issue.
>
> Topics of the day:
>
> 1. Elm tree food offerings (2)
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2018 10:38:40 -0500
> From: janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
> Subject: Elm tree food offerings
>
> Hello all,
> Just after Katrina blew through here, an acquaintance offered Paul and I
> free, large potted trees. He had purchased land a few years before The
> Storm which was a closed down wholesale nursery.
> There was a period of weeks after Katrina when we had no rain, so all the
> potted trees at the old nursery were dying. So, the acquaintance decided to
> give the plants away.
> Some of the trees we brought home were Drake elms and others were Cedar
> elms ( I think 🤔). All 8 survived. The Drake elms make small seed pods in
> the spring which birds and bees love.
> The other elms which I think are Cedar elms are blooming now. There are
> tiny blossoms that have loads of seeds. Yesterday, I had gnatcatchers,
> House finches, titmice, cardinals and vireos foraging along with many bees
> that attracted a fine looking Summer tanager.
> Who knew?.... not us! We were just trying to plant trees to replace what we
> lost in The Storm!
> What a treat for the birds, Paul and me.
> Best,
> Janine Robin
> Folsom LA
> NW corner of St Tammany parish
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2018 22:19:50 -0500
> From: Paul Conover <zoiseaux...>
> Subject: Re: Elm tree food offerings
>
> Janine,
>
> Gary Broussard used to live on a piece of bottomland that held a
> couple of large Cedar Elms. It was my first experience with the species,
> which I had never even heard of before that. The Cedar Elms caught our
> attention because we regularly found Bay-breasted Warblers feeding in
> the tops of these trees in the fall. I've often wished I had the space
> to plant one.
>
> Paul Conover
>
> Lafayette
>
>
>> On 9/6/2018 10:38 AM, janine robin wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> Just after Katrina blew through here, an acquaintance offered Paul and I
>> free, large potted trees. He had purchased land a few years before The
>> Storm which was a closed down wholesale nursery.
>> There was a period of weeks after Katrina when we had no rain, so all the
>> potted trees at the old nursery were dying. So, the acquaintance decided to
>> give the plants away.
>> Some of the trees we brought home were Drake elms and others were Cedar
>> elms ( I think 🤔). All 8 survived. The Drake elms make small seed pods in
>> the spring which birds and bees love.
>> The other elms which I think are Cedar elms are blooming now. There are
>> tiny blossoms that have loads of seeds. Yesterday, I had gnatcatchers,
>> House finches, titmice, cardinals and vireos foraging along with many bees
>> that attracted a fine looking Summer tanager.
>> Who knew?.... not us! We were just trying to plant trees to replace what we
>> lost in The Storm!
>> What a treat for the birds, Paul and me.
>> Best,
>> Janine Robin
>> Folsom LA
>> NW corner of St Tammany parish
>>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> End of LABIRD-L Digest - 5 Sep 2018 to 6 Sep 2018 (#2018-212)
> *************************************************************
 

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Date: 9/7/18 4:12 am
From: Kelby Ouchley <rockybranch...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] LABIRD-L Digest - cedar elms
Cedar elm is the only native elm that fruits in the fall. Waterfowl and
squirrels also relish the seeds.

-Kelby

-----Original Message-----
From: LABIRD-L automatic digest system
Sent: Friday, September 7, 2018 12:00 AM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: LABIRD-L Digest - 5 Sep 2018 to 6 Sep 2018 (#2018-212)

There are 2 messages totaling 79 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. Elm tree food offerings (2)

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Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2018 10:38:40 -0500
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
Subject: Elm tree food offerings

Hello all,
Just after Katrina blew through here, an acquaintance offered Paul and I
free, large potted trees. He had purchased land a few years before The
Storm which was a closed down wholesale nursery.
There was a period of weeks after Katrina when we had no rain, so all the
potted trees at the old nursery were dying. So, the acquaintance decided to
give the plants away.
Some of the trees we brought home were Drake elms and others were Cedar
elms ( I think 🤔). All 8 survived. The Drake elms make small seed pods in
the spring which birds and bees love.
The other elms which I think are Cedar elms are blooming now. There are
tiny blossoms that have loads of seeds. Yesterday, I had gnatcatchers,
House finches, titmice, cardinals and vireos foraging along with many bees
that attracted a fine looking Summer tanager.
Who knew?.... not us! We were just trying to plant trees to replace what we
lost in The Storm!
What a treat for the birds, Paul and me.
Best,
Janine Robin
Folsom LA
NW corner of St Tammany parish

------------------------------

Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2018 22:19:50 -0500
From: Paul Conover <zoiseaux...>
Subject: Re: Elm tree food offerings

Janine,

Gary Broussard used to live on a piece of bottomland that held a
couple of large Cedar Elms. It was my first experience with the species,
which I had never even heard of before that. The Cedar Elms caught our
attention because we regularly found Bay-breasted Warblers feeding in
the tops of these trees in the fall. I've often wished I had the space
to plant one.

Paul Conover

Lafayette


On 9/6/2018 10:38 AM, janine robin wrote:
> Hello all,
> Just after Katrina blew through here, an acquaintance offered Paul and I
> free, large potted trees. He had purchased land a few years before The
> Storm which was a closed down wholesale nursery.
> There was a period of weeks after Katrina when we had no rain, so all the
> potted trees at the old nursery were dying. So, the acquaintance decided
> to
> give the plants away.
> Some of the trees we brought home were Drake elms and others were Cedar
> elms ( I think 🤔). All 8 survived. The Drake elms make small seed pods
> in
> the spring which birds and bees love.
> The other elms which I think are Cedar elms are blooming now. There are
> tiny blossoms that have loads of seeds. Yesterday, I had gnatcatchers,
> House finches, titmice, cardinals and vireos foraging along with many bees
> that attracted a fine looking Summer tanager.
> Who knew?.... not us! We were just trying to plant trees to replace what
> we
> lost in The Storm!
> What a treat for the birds, Paul and me.
> Best,
> Janine Robin
> Folsom LA
> NW corner of St Tammany parish
>

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Date: 9/6/18 8:20 pm
From: Paul Conover <zoiseaux...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Elm tree food offerings
Janine,

     Gary Broussard used to live on a piece of bottomland that held a
couple of large Cedar Elms. It was my first experience with the species,
which I had never even heard of before that. The Cedar Elms caught our
attention because we regularly found Bay-breasted Warblers feeding in
the tops of these trees in the fall. I've often wished I had the space
to plant one.

Paul Conover

Lafayette


On 9/6/2018 10:38 AM, janine robin wrote:
> Hello all,
> Just after Katrina blew through here, an acquaintance offered Paul and I
> free, large potted trees. He had purchased land a few years before The
> Storm which was a closed down wholesale nursery.
> There was a period of weeks after Katrina when we had no rain, so all the
> potted trees at the old nursery were dying. So, the acquaintance decided to
> give the plants away.
> Some of the trees we brought home were Drake elms and others were Cedar
> elms ( I think 🤔). All 8 survived. The Drake elms make small seed pods in
> the spring which birds and bees love.
> The other elms which I think are Cedar elms are blooming now. There are
> tiny blossoms that have loads of seeds. Yesterday, I had gnatcatchers,
> House finches, titmice, cardinals and vireos foraging along with many bees
> that attracted a fine looking Summer tanager.
> Who knew?.... not us! We were just trying to plant trees to replace what we
> lost in The Storm!
> What a treat for the birds, Paul and me.
> Best,
> Janine Robin
> Folsom LA
> NW corner of St Tammany parish
>
 

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Date: 9/6/18 8:39 am
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Elm tree food offerings
Hello all,
Just after Katrina blew through here, an acquaintance offered Paul and I
free, large potted trees. He had purchased land a few years before The
Storm which was a closed down wholesale nursery.
There was a period of weeks after Katrina when we had no rain, so all the
potted trees at the old nursery were dying. So, the acquaintance decided to
give the plants away.
Some of the trees we brought home were Drake elms and others were Cedar
elms ( I think 🤔). All 8 survived. The Drake elms make small seed pods in
the spring which birds and bees love.
The other elms which I think are Cedar elms are blooming now. There are
tiny blossoms that have loads of seeds. Yesterday, I had gnatcatchers,
House finches, titmice, cardinals and vireos foraging along with many bees
that attracted a fine looking Summer tanager.
Who knew?.... not us! We were just trying to plant trees to replace what we
lost in The Storm!
What a treat for the birds, Paul and me.
Best,
Janine Robin
Folsom LA
NW corner of St Tammany parish
 

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Date: 9/5/18 9:22 pm
From: Charles Lyon <lyon5516...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Cross Lake Doldrums 9-5-18
LA-birders,
I made a brief boat run on Cross Lake this evening from 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm, with hopes that the light
6-7 mph NE wind would drop a few migrants on the lake. Tropical Storm Gordon was well to the east moving
through Alabama, and was of no consequence other than assisting with the NE winds. The lake was virtually
devoid of any life forms, and the only birds on the lake proper were a single tired Pied-billed Grebe which must
have recently dropped down, and a few Double-crested Cormorants which were recent arrivals. The only other
migrants were the flocks of Cattle Egrets containing a few Snowy Egrets all flying in a SSW direction with no intent
in stopping. The rookery at Buzzard Island has been abandoned for some time now, and not bird of any sort was
to be found on the island. There were very few birds to be found anywhere, with no hint of a gull or tern. The solitude
was gratifying after my work day, but the silence was eerie. There are a mass of birds further north right now waiting
to be pushed down by the next cold front. Pelagic birding on Cross Lake can only get better from here. The link to
the eBird list and photos is below.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48318675

Charlie Lyon
Shreveport, LA
 

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Date: 9/5/18 8:34 pm
From: Jane Patterson <seejanebird...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Volunteers needed!
I really shouldn't put that as the subject; it's almost a guarantee that
most people won't even open the email :)

But I need some help! I have two events coming up and need some helping
hands. I will be at the Feliciana Wildlife Expo in Clinton LA on Sept 15
from 9am to 4pm with the Bird Identification game. I would love some help
from a few people. If I get at least 2 to help, one can take a morning
shift and one the afternoon. If more can help, we can split it up into
shorter shifts. No bird expertise required; just need to be willing to
talk to people!

I also need help on September 22. This event is the annual Hunting and
Fishing Day at Waddill Wildlife Refuge in north Baton Rouge. It's all
about teaching the kids about outdoor activities, and what better than
birding! Unfortunately, I have a conflict for the 22nd so I won't be able
to be there, so I'd need someone to take the lead and then at least two
helpers besides. I have all the materials and can deliver them to you
before the event. This would also be using the Bird Identification game
(easy-peasy, even if you're not a birder).

Please let me know ASAP if you can help with either one of these events!
Email me at <seejanebird...>

thanks,
Jane Patterson
 

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Date: 9/5/18 9:15 am
From: Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] 2600 Eastern Kingbirds at South Point yesterday
LaBirders:


The winds produced by Gordon were northeasterly enough to produce a decent flight of Eastern Kingbirds at South Point, 2607 in 2 hours and 20 minutes (650-910 AM). All using the shortened 5-mile water gap at this point for crossing Lake Pontchartrain, as usual for the site and conditions. This is a fairly standard number for South Point this time of year, when the desired NE winds occur.


I had been hoping that Gordon would stimulate a giant flight, like the 30,000 recorded in 2003 when an analogous synoptic setup occurred, with a tropical system in the eastern Gulf. But, Gordon did not turn the winds from easterly to northeasterly until late at night, perhaps limiting the amount of nocturnal movement down onto the coastal marsh that I suspect is a necessary prerequisite for having a large corrective movement the following morning. Winds also were clocked a bit around toward ENE rather than due NE, generally a less favorable situation for South Point because birds flying upwind to correct for wind drift hit the lakeshore less broadside and this lessens the shoreline's funneling geometry.


This is all based on my mental working model of how South Pt flights are driven, which of course could have multiple flaws. And who knows- maybe the big 2003 flight was entirely unrelated to there being a tropical system present.


At any rate, 2600 was enough to make it highly enjoyable anyway! The peak half-hourly passage rates were 819 from 730-800, and 749 from 800-830.


There were surprisingly few other land birds mixed in- just 19 warblers, of which only 10 were identifiable (all Yellows). A few Purple Martins were foraging at the point, a regular occurrence there on early Sep flight days and interesting because they have basically disappeared from the city proper by this time of the season. The only other crossers were a Blue Grosbeak, a likely Painted Bunting, 2 Rough-winged Swallows, 2 Swifts, and perhaps some of the local foraging Barn Swallows. A White-winged Dove came to the point but did not cross. A Sandwich Tern flew by, which would normally be very surprising on the lake, but the species has already been turning up down the shore at the Lakefront Airport this year.


On the way out, I spent 15 minutes at the base of the Highway 11 bridge (another crossing point for birds), and from 930-945 saw four Purple Martins, an unidentified (square tailed) swallow, a Gnatcatcher and a Hummingbird cross. Another Sandwich Tern worked the shoreline.


I wondered whether the approach of the storm might be stimulating any westward movement of birds from Mississippi into our area, and figured the Slidell shoreline might be the best place to try and detect such a movement, so I crossed the Hwy 11 bridge and poked around the shore a bit at Lakeshore Drive. No obvious movement, but another SandwichTern (!) and a kettle of 38 Anhingas. I saw eight from the kettle eventually peel, and they headed east, so were apparently not engaged in retreat from Gordon.


Good birding,


Peter



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Date: 9/5/18 9:09 am
From: Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] LOS field trip opening - Sept 9
LAbird,


I am leading a LOS birding trip to a private property near New Iberia this Sunday, with a focus/emphasis on empid ID. Two spots have opened up, so please contact me off list if you would like to attend. Requirements are that you must be an LOS member, and that you provide at least 24 hours notice if you need to cancel.


First come first serve, and I'll create a wait-list if necessary.


More details about this trip can be found on Page 10 of the spring LOS newsletter:

http://losbird.org/news/1803_244_news.pdf


Cheers,

Erik Johnson

S Lafayette, LA

ejohnson AT audubon.org
 

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Date: 9/5/18 7:02 am
From: Lewis Cartee <lcartee...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Anhinga kettle
There were a dozen Anhinga kettling above Lafreniere Park in Metairie a few
minutes ago. I usually see no more than 2 or 3 Anhinga in the Park at any
given time.

--
Lewis Cartee
 

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Date: 9/4/18 8:31 pm
From: David Muth <MuthD...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Radar
LABIRD:

On radar right now one can see T.S. Gordon coming ashore just east of the Mississippi-Alabama line. You can also see what appears to be a pretty large flight of nocturnal migrants taking off west of the storm.

Go to:

http://weather.rap.ucar.edu/radar/

Once there click on "Regional Reflectivity" then set the loop duration at about 3-4 hours, then click on LIX on the map for Slidell Nexrad Radar. You can then see the combined radar array as TS Gordon moves ashore. But you can also see what appear to me to be birds taking off-first from the Pearl River bottoms and the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain as the winds shift to the north.

I am hardly a radar expert and it could be that something besides birds is causing the echoes, but it sure looks like birds to me given that the heaviest echoes are rising out of the bottomlands and along the north shore of the lake. In contravention to my interpretation though is the fact I hear nothing overhead when I step outside. Perhaps someone with more expertise will correct me.

Obviously any birds taking off from near the coast will be long gone by dawn, but we might see birds tomorrow if the flight from farther north is sustained until daybreak.

David Muth
New Orleans
 

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Date: 9/2/18 10:04 pm
From: Charles Lyon <lyon5516...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Red River NWR Yates Tract 9-2-18
LA-birders,
Rosemary Seidler and I did a bird survey of the Red River NWR Yates Tract in Red River Parish today, and found
11 species of shorebirds as well as good numbers waders, Blue-winged Teal, and a few Northern Pintail. We did
manage to find a calling Alder Flycatcher, but passerine migrants were sparse. The link to the eBird list with a large
number of embedded photos is below.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48252289

Charlie Lyon
Shreveport, LA
 

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Date: 9/1/18 8:07 am
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] First migrant Red-tailed Hawk - Marrero
I just had my first Fall migrant RTHA (borealis) here in Marrero, just off
Barataria Blvd. An adult, likely male. -jz
 

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Date: 8/30/18 12:13 pm
From: Nancy L Newfield <nancy...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] International Hummingbird Day
In 1996, I casually mentioned to the late Olga Clifton that 15 August was
going to be International Hummingbird Day and we are going to celebrate
here at your place in Abita Springs. And Olga in her own inimitable way
said, "Great, I'll get out a press release!"

Olga was a great promoter. That first year, with a couple of week's
notice, the Clifton yard hosted 92 eager hummingbird watchers. Numbers of
hummingbird lovers nearly tripled the next August and very soon, the ad hoc
festival outgrew Walter & Olga's splendid property. The festival then moved
to Mizell's nursery in Folsom, where it was a huge success.

At some point, the event shifted to September and my own attentions shifted
elsewhere. Linda Beall very ably held down the fort at that very busy
event.

I have lost the time line, but recently, Ross Hawkins asked me about
International Hummingbird Day and even amidst so many early fall
activities, I want to say: 1 September is International Hummingbird Day.

Celebrate these unique birds by putting out a feeder, or another feeder.
Keep 'em clean and filled through the southward migration and beyond. Make
a list of nectar-producing plants to get started.

At my place, a major push of southbound Ruby-throateds began yesterday and
I've gotten calls from other humfolks commenting on increasing numbers.
Feel free to pass this along to any other venues where it might be
appropriate. WOOHOO! Enjoy!

NLN
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Nancy L Newfield
Casa Colibrí
Metairie, Louisiana USA
<nancy...>
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Date: 8/30/18 11:42 am
From: Judith ONeale <losbirdlady...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] LOS Fall Meeting registration correction
If you are registering with the LOS fall meeting form in the newsletter, please note that my zip code is 70508.

Thanks. Look forward to seeing many of you in Cameron – October 26-27.

Judith O'Neale
Lafayette LA
 

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Date: 8/30/18 9:43 am
From: Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Cruise ship pelagics in the Gulf of Mexico
Jim-


Thanks for this interesting report, and kudos for working to expand strategies for Louisiana birding.


For many summers I rode a cruise ship (the Princess of Acadia) that operated as a 10 hour (each way) ferry between Portland, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia enroute to/from a family vacation spot on the southern tip of Nova Scotia. I just wanted to say that even on this ship- from which I was forced to scan from essentially amidships on the top deck since there was no bow access- I never felt I was missing storm petrels. So, I suspect your paucity of storm-petrels was real rather than an artifact of being high off the water.


Peter Yaukey

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Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2018 10:24:48 AM
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Subject: [LABIRD-L] Cruise ship pelagics in the Gulf of Mexico

We just got back from our Carnival Cruise trip from Galveston to the Bahamas (August 19-26). For those interested, here is some information on seabirding from a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico.

As many of you probably know, birders have been regularly taking cruise ships to access deep water off the US Pacific Coast (even bird tour companies are now doing trips on cruise ships). I have looked at taking a cruise ship into the Gulf of Mexico for years hoping to get access to deep water off the Louisiana coast. Unfortunately, cruise ship trips originating from New Orleans and Mobile likely offer limited daylight hours in Louisiana waters (within 200 miles of land).

Cruise ships, however, also depart from Galveston, Texas. Those that go from Galveston to the Yucatan Peninsula or Jamaica probably do not spend any/enough daylight hours in Louisiana waters. However, some trips go directly from Galveston to Key West and then on to the Bahamas. It appeared to me that these 7 or 8 day trips spend substantial time in Louisiana waters (150-200 miles from land) during daylight both on the way to Key West (day 2) and on the way back to Galveston (next to last day). I ultimately found three cruise lines (Carnival, Disney and Royal Caribbean) that did the Galveston-Bahamas route although this particular route seems to be much less common than trips from Galveston to the Yucatan Peninsula/Jamaica.

I tried to get information from Carnival cruises on the timing/exact route the ship would take but was unable to get much information. There are a few eBird reports for cruise ships in the Gulf of Mexico, but they generally provide very limited data, and it is likely many of the reported species are from outside of Louisiana waters. My family and I ultimately settled on a 7 day trip from Galveston to Key West/Bahamas that left Galveston on August 19 on the Carnival Breeze. We were certainly worried about hurricane/tropical storms but I wanted to go as close to September as possible and just before school started for the kids (they start today).

Cruise ships generally provide more than enough stability to use a scope and you should absolutely bring a scope on these trips. Seabirding with just binoculars would have been very disappointing and I would have missed at least 4 species without using my scope. Due to the low density of birds, I used the scope so much that it seemed like a seawatch. I was also discovering birds that I would had never seen/identified just scanning with binoculars. Plenty of these birds, however, went unidentified (60% of the tropical terns that I saw went as Sooty/Bridled).

Due to the speed of the ship on August 20 (20-22 mph), I did 20 minute eBird (pelagic protocol) lists so about ~7.5 miles/list. Our speed was slower on August 25 so it was ~6.5 miles/list. I spent most of my time at the front of the ship either on deck 5 or deck 6 (and moved around a lot on these decks). Deck 5 allowed me access around the port/starboard sides of the ship in case a bird (that I needed to follow) went down the side of the ship. Deck 6 seemed to provide more protection from the wind (which can be a problem on cruise ships), but I was not able to walk down the sides. As my family was travelling with me, we got a balcony room on Deck 9 near the front of the ship so that we could have easy access to the upper decks where much of the ship action was (food, pool, kids club). Had it just been me looking for birds, I would have gotten a balcony/inside room near the front of the ship on Deck 6 (to allow quick access between my room and where I was positioned for birding). I did a couple of counts from my room balcony, but I think deck 9 is too high and you are only birding one side of the ship.

Birding was more frustrating than my prior cruise ship experiences (likely due to the lower density of birds). Photography was much more challenging and for several birds the photos were either unidentifiable or the bird was so far away, I was not able to find the bird in the camera.

We left Galveston around 4pm on August 19. At 7:30pm I had 5 Brown Boobies come up close to the ship that mapped in eBird to Louisiana waters but I think are in Texas waters. https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fview%2Fchecklist%2FS47984563&amp;data=01%7C01%<7CPYAUKEY...>%7Ca753ffca6ccb4d35ee1108d60e8cc058%7C31d4dbf540044469bfeedf294a9de150%7C0&amp;sdata=6eQ6%2B4WTmIP64utQgrbA%2BlDhay1yAocCnmGjlK1286U%3D&amp;reserved=0

On August 20, I started at sunrise (6:30am) in deep waters off Terrebonne Parish (26.852, -90.517). I did not see my first bird (my only Band-rumped Storm-Petrel of the trip) until 6:59am: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fview%2Fchecklist%2FS47984599&amp;data=01%7C01%<7CPYAUKEY...>%7Ca753ffca6ccb4d35ee1108d60e8cc058%7C31d4dbf540044469bfeedf294a9de150%7C0&amp;sdata=actO1PEtnQM%2FEifv564kawBe8sT7q9vxU78ghPJsjGc%3D&amp;reserved=0 We were in Louisiana waters (Terrebonne, Lafourche and Plaquemines Parishes) for just over 7 hours to 25.769, -88.269. The number of birds steadily decreased as the day progressed.

On August 25, I started at 6:51am in deep waters off Plaquemines Parish (25.971, -88.578) and we were in Louisiana waters the entire day (ending in shallow water as we went up the shelf at 27.702, -92.208). We went through several good patches of sargassum in the morning (and that had the most birds).

I put an image of the route of our return trip in my ebird lists: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fview%2Fchecklist%2FS48080435&amp;data=01%7C01%<7CPYAUKEY...>%7Ca753ffca6ccb4d35ee1108d60e8cc058%7C31d4dbf540044469bfeedf294a9de150%7C0&amp;sdata=jMeONeELf7yG9qQHZVLuXZIYzuHXlJCZnF3qKofDooY%3D&amp;reserved=0

A photo of my set up on Deck 6 is here: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fview%2Fchecklist%2FS48079914&amp;data=01%7C01%<7CPYAUKEY...>%7Ca753ffca6ccb4d35ee1108d60e8cc058%7C31d4dbf540044469bfeedf294a9de150%7C0&amp;sdata=KokF%2FVyZBuSamuu4EqZ8WBAIx4gLRtyS5TDp823tjYk%3D&amp;reserved=0

August 20 highlights in Louisiana: Red-billed Tropicbird, Arctic Tern, Sooty and Bridled Terns, Band-rumped Storm Petrel, Audubon Shearwaters, Brown and masked boobies.

August 25 highlights in Louisiana: Red-necked Phalaropes, Sooty and Bridled Terns, Audubon and Great Shearwaters, Brown Booby and a tropicbird species (poor photos at https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fview%2Fchecklist%2FS48080112&amp;data=01%7C01%<7CPYAUKEY...>%7Ca753ffca6ccb4d35ee1108d60e8cc058%7C31d4dbf540044469bfeedf294a9de150%7C0&amp;sdata=%2FJ2v%2F0GSbYRuEpZx4kHIUx5o2LnMI0fC4oAOYF1wUY8%3D&amp;reserved=0) There were more birds on August 25 perhaps because we were around sargassum for a good portion of the morning.

Details for the above species are in my eBird lists.

* Audubon's Shearwaters were common (over 30 for the 2 days including a group of 13) and seemed to be most common around sargassum. Except for one, they did not approach the ship.

* Sooty and Bridled Terns were also common although most went unidentified. The Bridled Terns were primarily associated with sargassum and/or flotsam.

* The Red-necked Phalaropes were also in the sargassum.

* The first tropicbird was distant and+ I could not find it in the camera. The 2nd tropicbird was sitting on the water so easier to find but was too far to definitively identify.

Landbirds were sparse which was disappointing as some prior eBird reports from cruise ships had good numbers of migrants. I saw Cattle Egret (1), Bank Swallow (1), Barn Swallow (51), Cliff Swallow (2), Ovenbird (1 landed on the ship), and Yellow Warbler (1). I had more migrants, however, in the Florida Straights on August 24, but was unable to identify most.

I saw 4 whales (3 sperm and the other unidentified) and a few dolphins.

I was surprised by several issues including

* Lack of Storm-Petrels (only one) but it may be a function of the cruise ship as I believe seeing storm-petrels from cruise ships is more difficult than smaller fishing boats.

* Only one large shearwater (Great) and no Cory's/Scopoli's.

* No jaegers.

* Several of my 20 minute lists had zero birds.

* I had almost no "coastal" seabirds that do get offshore. No Laughing Gulls, Black, Sandwich, or Common Terns and only one Royal Tern. Perhaps this is because of the distance offshore (150-200 miles).

Some additional thoughts:

1) A trip out of New Orleans likely only has ~3 hours of birding on the first morning before you get over 200 miles from land and perhaps ~5 hours of birding (once you get within 200 miles) on the final afternoon back to New Orleans. A trip out of Mobile would have fewer daylight hours in Louisiana waters (within 200 miles of land)

2) Access to the front of the ship and good visibility from the front is critical. This is not possible on all cruise ships. The Carnival Breeze has plenty of room in the front of the ship. Wind, however, was a problem. I was unable to be sure that I could access the front on Disney Wonder which also does this route (Galveston to Bahamas).

3) The Galveston-Bahamas route stops in Key West; Freeport, Bahamas; and Nassau, Bahamas. Land birding is possible at all sites. You can walk to Ft. Zachary in Key West from the port. You can also walk to a couple good sites in Nassau from the Nassau port. At Freeport, you would be best served to rent a car at the port (there are two companies offering cars at the port). Taking taxis to the various sites around Freeport/Grand Bahamas would be very expensive.

4) I thought the August 24 route through the Florida Straights (between the keys and Cuba) would be good for pelagics, but only had Band-rumped Storm-Petrel, Brown Booby, Red-necked Phalarope, Brown Noddy, Sooty and Bridled Terns. Surprisingly, I had no shearwaters or jaegers.

5) There are a lot of people on a cruise ship and although the front of the ship was generally empty of people (occasionally people would walk by and ask me what I am doing), the rest of the ship was full of people during the days at sea.


I am happy to answer any questions, especially if you are interested in doing one of these.

Thanks

Jim Holmes

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Date: 8/30/18 8:25 am
From: James Holmes <jfholmes...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Cruise ship pelagics in the Gulf of Mexico
We just got back from our Carnival Cruise trip from Galveston to the Bahamas (August 19-26). For those interested, here is some information on seabirding from a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico.

As many of you probably know, birders have been regularly taking cruise ships to access deep water off the US Pacific Coast (even bird tour companies are now doing trips on cruise ships). I have looked at taking a cruise ship into the Gulf of Mexico for years hoping to get access to deep water off the Louisiana coast. Unfortunately, cruise ship trips originating from New Orleans and Mobile likely offer limited daylight hours in Louisiana waters (within 200 miles of land).

Cruise ships, however, also depart from Galveston, Texas. Those that go from Galveston to the Yucatan Peninsula or Jamaica probably do not spend any/enough daylight hours in Louisiana waters. However, some trips go directly from Galveston to Key West and then on to the Bahamas. It appeared to me that these 7 or 8 day trips spend substantial time in Louisiana waters (150-200 miles from land) during daylight both on the way to Key West (day 2) and on the way back to Galveston (next to last day). I ultimately found three cruise lines (Carnival, Disney and Royal Caribbean) that did the Galveston-Bahamas route although this particular route seems to be much less common than trips from Galveston to the Yucatan Peninsula/Jamaica.

I tried to get information from Carnival cruises on the timing/exact route the ship would take but was unable to get much information. There are a few eBird reports for cruise ships in the Gulf of Mexico, but they generally provide very limited data, and it is likely many of the reported species are from outside of Louisiana waters. My family and I ultimately settled on a 7 day trip from Galveston to Key West/Bahamas that left Galveston on August 19 on the Carnival Breeze. We were certainly worried about hurricane/tropical storms but I wanted to go as close to September as possible and just before school started for the kids (they start today).

Cruise ships generally provide more than enough stability to use a scope and you should absolutely bring a scope on these trips. Seabirding with just binoculars would have been very disappointing and I would have missed at least 4 species without using my scope. Due to the low density of birds, I used the scope so much that it seemed like a seawatch. I was also discovering birds that I would had never seen/identified just scanning with binoculars. Plenty of these birds, however, went unidentified (60% of the tropical terns that I saw went as Sooty/Bridled).

Due to the speed of the ship on August 20 (20-22 mph), I did 20 minute eBird (pelagic protocol) lists so about ~7.5 miles/list. Our speed was slower on August 25 so it was ~6.5 miles/list. I spent most of my time at the front of the ship either on deck 5 or deck 6 (and moved around a lot on these decks). Deck 5 allowed me access around the port/starboard sides of the ship in case a bird (that I needed to follow) went down the side of the ship. Deck 6 seemed to provide more protection from the wind (which can be a problem on cruise ships), but I was not able to walk down the sides. As my family was travelling with me, we got a balcony room on Deck 9 near the front of the ship so that we could have easy access to the upper decks where much of the ship action was (food, pool, kids club). Had it just been me looking for birds, I would have gotten a balcony/inside room near the front of the ship on Deck 6 (to allow quick access between my room and where I was positioned for birding). I did a couple of counts from my room balcony, but I think deck 9 is too high and you are only birding one side of the ship.

Birding was more frustrating than my prior cruise ship experiences (likely due to the lower density of birds). Photography was much more challenging and for several birds the photos were either unidentifiable or the bird was so far away, I was not able to find the bird in the camera.

We left Galveston around 4pm on August 19. At 7:30pm I had 5 Brown Boobies come up close to the ship that mapped in eBird to Louisiana waters but I think are in Texas waters. https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47984563

On August 20, I started at sunrise (6:30am) in deep waters off Terrebonne Parish (26.852, -90.517). I did not see my first bird (my only Band-rumped Storm-Petrel of the trip) until 6:59am: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47984599 We were in Louisiana waters (Terrebonne, Lafourche and Plaquemines Parishes) for just over 7 hours to 25.769, -88.269. The number of birds steadily decreased as the day progressed.

On August 25, I started at 6:51am in deep waters off Plaquemines Parish (25.971, -88.578) and we were in Louisiana waters the entire day (ending in shallow water as we went up the shelf at 27.702, -92.208). We went through several good patches of sargassum in the morning (and that had the most birds).

I put an image of the route of our return trip in my ebird lists: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48080435

A photo of my set up on Deck 6 is here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48079914

August 20 highlights in Louisiana: Red-billed Tropicbird, Arctic Tern, Sooty and Bridled Terns, Band-rumped Storm Petrel, Audubon Shearwaters, Brown and masked boobies.

August 25 highlights in Louisiana: Red-necked Phalaropes, Sooty and Bridled Terns, Audubon and Great Shearwaters, Brown Booby and a tropicbird species (poor photos at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48080112) There were more birds on August 25 perhaps because we were around sargassum for a good portion of the morning.

Details for the above species are in my eBird lists.

* Audubon's Shearwaters were common (over 30 for the 2 days including a group of 13) and seemed to be most common around sargassum. Except for one, they did not approach the ship.

* Sooty and Bridled Terns were also common although most went unidentified. The Bridled Terns were primarily associated with sargassum and/or flotsam.

* The Red-necked Phalaropes were also in the sargassum.

* The first tropicbird was distant and+ I could not find it in the camera. The 2nd tropicbird was sitting on the water so easier to find but was too far to definitively identify.

Landbirds were sparse which was disappointing as some prior eBird reports from cruise ships had good numbers of migrants. I saw Cattle Egret (1), Bank Swallow (1), Barn Swallow (51), Cliff Swallow (2), Ovenbird (1 landed on the ship), and Yellow Warbler (1). I had more migrants, however, in the Florida Straights on August 24, but was unable to identify most.

I saw 4 whales (3 sperm and the other unidentified) and a few dolphins.

I was surprised by several issues including

* Lack of Storm-Petrels (only one) but it may be a function of the cruise ship as I believe seeing storm-petrels from cruise ships is more difficult than smaller fishing boats.

* Only one large shearwater (Great) and no Cory's/Scopoli's.

* No jaegers.

* Several of my 20 minute lists had zero birds.

* I had almost no "coastal" seabirds that do get offshore. No Laughing Gulls, Black, Sandwich, or Common Terns and only one Royal Tern. Perhaps this is because of the distance offshore (150-200 miles).

Some additional thoughts:

1) A trip out of New Orleans likely only has ~3 hours of birding on the first morning before you get over 200 miles from land and perhaps ~5 hours of birding (once you get within 200 miles) on the final afternoon back to New Orleans. A trip out of Mobile would have fewer daylight hours in Louisiana waters (within 200 miles of land)

2) Access to the front of the ship and good visibility from the front is critical. This is not possible on all cruise ships. The Carnival Breeze has plenty of room in the front of the ship. Wind, however, was a problem. I was unable to be sure that I could access the front on Disney Wonder which also does this route (Galveston to Bahamas).

3) The Galveston-Bahamas route stops in Key West; Freeport, Bahamas; and Nassau, Bahamas. Land birding is possible at all sites. You can walk to Ft. Zachary in Key West from the port. You can also walk to a couple good sites in Nassau from the Nassau port. At Freeport, you would be best served to rent a car at the port (there are two companies offering cars at the port). Taking taxis to the various sites around Freeport/Grand Bahamas would be very expensive.

4) I thought the August 24 route through the Florida Straights (between the keys and Cuba) would be good for pelagics, but only had Band-rumped Storm-Petrel, Brown Booby, Red-necked Phalarope, Brown Noddy, Sooty and Bridled Terns. Surprisingly, I had no shearwaters or jaegers.

5) There are a lot of people on a cruise ship and although the front of the ship was generally empty of people (occasionally people would walk by and ask me what I am doing), the rest of the ship was full of people during the days at sea.


I am happy to answer any questions, especially if you are interested in doing one of these.

Thanks

Jim Holmes
 

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Date: 8/30/18 6:07 am
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Hooded warblers
Good morning.
We have 2 HOWA gracing the backyard daily for the last few weeks, an adult
male and an immature female(I think). They both have taken to eating the
crumbled up SUET that we put in a hanging basket. I think they were
attracted to it by the many House finches, cardinals and Red-bellied
woodpeckers that are at all the seed feeders and suet holders.
The only warblers I have ever seen at the suet have been Pine warblers.
Janine Robin
Folsom LA
NW corner of St Tammany parish
 

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Date: 8/28/18 10:56 am
From: Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Cameron Motel Reservations - October LOS Meeting
Jay/LABIRD-
Same thing happened in advance of the Spring LOS meeting. Be patient.

Steve Cardiff

On Tue, Aug 28, 2018 at 11:35 AM Jay V Huner <jvh0660...> wrote:

> Good Morning,
>
> I tried to make reservations for the LOS meeting about 2.5 weeks ago. The
> response was "Call back after the first of September. We are not taking
> reservations now."
>
> So, after receiving my LOS News over the weekend where readers were
> encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible, I called the Cameron
> Motel just now. Spoke to different person. Response - "Call back after 3
> days." That would be after the first of September.
>
> So, "maybe" those who stay at the Cameron Motel for LOS meetings will be
> able to make reservations?!
>
> Jay Huner
>
 

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Date: 8/28/18 9:35 am
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Cameron Motel Reservations - October LOS Meeting
Good Morning,

I tried to make reservations for the LOS meeting about 2.5 weeks ago. The response was "Call back after the first of September. We are not taking reservations now."

So, after receiving my LOS News over the weekend where readers were encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible, I called the Cameron Motel just now. Spoke to different person. Response - "Call back after 3 days." That would be after the first of September.

So, "maybe" those who stay at the Cameron Motel for LOS meetings will be able to make reservations?!

Jay Huner
 

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Date: 8/27/18 3:36 pm
From: Beth Maniscalco <beth.maniscalco...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Buff-bellied hummingbird
Mid-afternoon we were treated to a visit from a Buff-bellied hummingbird.
First observation of this species this season

Yoohoo!

Beth and Sammy Maniscalco
Thibodaux, LA
(Approx. 60 miles SW of New Orleans)
 

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Date: 8/27/18 9:14 am
From: programs braudubon.org <programs...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] BRAS Presentation Thurs, Sept 13th
Presentation title: “Black Rails: Do they exist?”

Justin Lehman, Marshbird Biologist with Audubon Louisiana, will present ongoing research on Black Rails in Louisiana.

Prior to 2017, there were 13 accepted records of Black Rails in Louisiana. In an effort to learn more about this elusive species, LDWF and USFWS partnered with Audubon Louisiana to conduct point count and drag-line surveys for Black Rails. In summer 2017, 10 point count surveys were conducted. Ninety more surveys were conducted in both winter 2017 and summer 2018. Twenty-eight drag-line surveys were conducted during winter 2017.

Justin will discuss what makes Black Rails such an elusive bird, results from the point count and drag-line surveys, a potential listing on the Endangered Species Act, the exciting future of the project, and ways to get involved!

Date:  Thursday, September 13th

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.

**The parking lot is still under construction. There is space to park, but please be cautious.

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!
 

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Date: 8/26/18 7:32 pm
From: John Dillon <kisforkryptonite...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] WHIPS WHIPS WHIPS!!
After seeing Bill’s and Van’s posts about late August Whip-poor-will’s, I decided to get off my lazy duff and go to my spring Whip spot just north of Homer and see if any were out there. I’ve never had fall Whips, but then again, I always have to go back to work at this time of the year, so I just don’t bird much at this time.

Had some great luck! Had 3 Whips, 2 of which put on a show for me. The first bird came out in response to playback and zoomed around my head and landed about 15 feet to my right on the dirt road. I heard a distant bird, but then another popped up, and he and the first bird interacted off and on for over 20 minutes. They would countersing, but they also chased each other a few times. They gave their aggressive (but undeniably cute) popping vocalization while they chased each other. At one point this was through pines that are all about 6-8 feet tall; I have a video of it on my phone I’ll try to post to LABIRD Facebook, but eBird doesn’t like my phone videos. If you want to listen to the recordings, the eBird link is https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48099587 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48099587>

If anyone in the area wants to meet me in town and follow me to the location, check with me off-list, and we’ll see if we can set up a night to go.

John Dillon
Athens, LA
 

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Date: 8/26/18 6:16 am
From: James Holmes <jfholmes...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Aug 25 deep water pelagic
We spent almost the entire day on August 25th in deep water off the Louisiana coast.

Highlights included great and audubon's Shearwaters, red-necked phalaropes, bridled and sooty turns, brown booby, and a tropicbird that was too far to identify to species.

I will send an email later with further details on the trip and photos of some of these species.

Thanks

Jim Holmes
 

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Date: 8/25/18 10:33 am
From: Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Louisiana Western Winter Hummingbird Report #1
HUMNETters and LABIRDers:
I'm pleased to share the first report of the western winter hummingbird season (scroll to the bottom). The first few Rufous have arrived - seven birds across seven parishes. Please continue to report new winter hummer observations for recording in our weekly report and database, providing the following information:
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 you have photos, please feel free to share as that can help confirm the ID, age, and sex. If additional information is learned through further observation or banding, please report those updates and I'll make the changes. Also, if possible, report the last observed (LO) date, 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 the first Louisiana Western Winter Hummingbird Report for the 2018-2019 season.
1.Sue Broussard, Gonzales, LA (Ascension)
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens (Rufous) Ad M FO 8/10/2018 (probable returnee)
2.Paul & Ashleigh Conover, Lafayette, LA (Lafayette)
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens (Rufous) Ad M FO 8/11/2018
3.Tom Garvey & Joan Garvey, New Orleans, LA (Orleans)
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens Im F FO 8/16/2018 (sex confirmed with photos - suspected immature)
4.Beth & Sammy Maniscalco, Thibodaux, LA (Lafourche)
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens Ad F FO 7/27/2018 (Probably a banded returnee)
5.Vicki Vance, Baton Rouge, LA (East Baton Rouge)
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens (Rufous) Ad M FO 8/22/2018 (banded returnee)
6.Noel Venezia, Slidell, LA (St. Tammany)
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens (Rufous) Ad F FO 7/29/2018 (banded returnee "Mrs. Green")
7.David Whipple, Metairie, LA (Jefferson)
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens (Rufous) Ad M FO 8/24/2018
________________________________
Summary of Reports as of 8/25/2018
Selasphorus Rufous/Allens
7 reports
7 parishes
7 sites
--Identified Rufous
5 reports
5 parishes
5 sites
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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)

East Baton Rouge Parish: 1 report 1 site

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

Jefferson Parish: 1 report 1 site

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

Lafayette Parish: 1 report 1 site

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

Lafourche Parish: 1 report 1 site

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

Orleans Parish: 1 report 1 site

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

St. Tammany Parish: 1 report 1 site

1. Noel Venezia, Slidell, LA
#1 Selasphorus Rufous/Allens (Rufous) Ad F FO 7/29/2018 (banded returnee "Mrs. Green")
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Date: 8/25/18 8:16 am
From: James V Remsen <najames...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] backyard 3x5er
LABIRD: in an eerily similar event, Amy came inside to get me yesterday at dusk to listen to a whip-poor-will singing at our place in St. Gabriel. My last fall record was …. (drum-roll) 24 Aug. 2014.

Van Remsen

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

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 Aug 25, 2018, at 9:25 AM, bill fontenot <natrldlite...> wrote:
>
> this morning (25 august) at about 5:45 am Lydia heard a whip-poor-will vocalizing in the woods ca. 50 yds east of our back porch.....i later interrogated her until i could see she was getting annoyed.....she said she heard it “several times”.......checking Lowery 1974 he shows whip as a rare fall migrant with an early (fall) date of 12 September — 18 days away.
>
> our place here in the floodplain woods of bayou vermilion (n lafayette parish) and whip-poor-will have an uncannily-odd relationship....in all but 2 of the last 26 springs we’ve detected vocalizing whips in a super-thin window of april 07-09, always between 8-10pm, and always from only 2 distinct wooded locales around our place.......up until now we’ve never heard a whip at any other date.
>
>
> bill fontenot
> n lafayette parish, LA
>
> Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 8/25/18 7:25 am
From: bill fontenot <natrldlite...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] backyard 3x5er
this morning (25 august) at about 5:45 am Lydia heard a whip-poor-will vocalizing in the woods ca. 50 yds east of our back porch.....i later interrogated her until i could see she was getting annoyed.....she said she heard it “several times”.......checking Lowery 1974 he shows whip as a rare fall migrant with an early (fall) date of 12 September — 18 days away.

our place here in the floodplain woods of bayou vermilion (n lafayette parish) and whip-poor-will have an uncannily-odd relationship....in all but 2 of the last 26 springs we’ve detected vocalizing whips in a super-thin window of april 07-09, always between 8-10pm, and always from only 2 distinct wooded locales around our place.......up until now we’ve never heard a whip at any other date.

so i trust lydia’s assertion....when i mentioned chuck-will’s-widow she looked threatningly at me (living in the piney woods in union parish 1979-81 we heard chucks singing incessantly for weeks at a time each summer)....

in other 2018 fall migration news, we’ve had a thin but steady stream of flycatchers moving through over the past 2 weeks....a number have been giving call notes around sun up & sundown......i’ve heard a couple of pewees, a couple of acadians, and at least 8-10 of which — after reviewing empid call note recordings — appear to be alder fly.....the single note variety, “pip” .... “wetter” (to me) than the more abrupt “peet” of the acadian (which breeds here)....

ruby-throated numbers have been down a tad, probably because we’re between local breeder departures and the main migrant stream to come....

we’ve heard a substantial number of unidentified warbler chips (not locals like howa, kewa, or prow) at different times of day....

bill fontenot
n lafayette parish, LA

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 8/24/18 9:50 am
From: Jane Patterson <seejanebird...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Fall Birding Classes - register now!
Fall Birding Classes

The next round of beginning Birding classes will ramp up in September. For
all classes, loaner binoculars and field guides will be offered.

For those of you in the Hammond/Ponchatoula area, classes will start on
September 12th at 9am at the Ponchatoula Area Recreation District center
at 42074 N. HOOVER RD. PONCHATOULA, LA 70454. The first class will start
in the classroom with an introduction to binoculars and field guides.
Then, on the following 3 Wednesdays, class will start with a bird walk
around the park at 7:00 am, with class following in the classroom from
9-10:30. Check with PARD at www.pard1.com for registration information.
There may be a nominal fee.

Two classes will be offered in Baton Rouge through the LSU Continuing
Education system. The Leisure classes will begin on Monday, September 24
from 6:30-8:30 pm. Classes will follow on Oct 1, 8 and 15th at the same
time.. But I can only tell part of the story in the classroom. For the
real education, you should plan to participate in the field trips which
will be held on the weekends following each class at a birding destination
around Baton Rouge. Please visit http://www.outreach.lsu.edu/Leisure for
registration information. A fee is charged for this course. (note:
apparently the LSU Leisure Class system did not survive budget cuts and
will not be offered after this semester.)

Birding Basics will also be offered as an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
course. For the first time, this class will be held at the LSU AgCenter
Burden Museum and Gardens on Essen Lane in Baton Rouge. The first class
will be on September 24 at 7:30 am with an introduction to binoculars and
field guides, A short bird walk will follow on the grounds. For the
following 3 weeks (Oct 1, 8, and 15), class will start with a bird walk at
Burden at 7:30 am and then be followed up with a classroom session from
9-10:30 am. Please visit the OLLI at LSU website for more information
http://www.outreach.lsu.edu/Enrichment/OLLI-at-LSU A fee is charged for
this course.

For more information on any of these classes, please contact Jane Patterson
(<education...>) Also watch our website and Facebook page for
more information about new Birding Beyond the Basics courses coming up in
the fall!
 

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Date: 8/23/18 8:01 am
From: Phillip Wallace <wallap424...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] whoopers
That is great news.

On Tue, Aug 21, 2018 at 11:08 PM Mac Myers <budogmacm...> wrote:

> Remarkable news.
> http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/news/42237
>
 

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Date: 8/22/18 1:29 pm
From: Melvin Weber <mweber...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Fall Migration For Real
Ronald Stein and I did Grand Isle today 8-22-18. We expected little so didn’t get down there till 8 and planned on leaving at noon. 4 hours should have been enough. Surprisingly, the woods were alive with migrants. A list of the woodland migrants follows:

Olive-sided Flycatcher 2 (both in Centenni’s yard)
Eastern Wood Pewee 25. Very common and conspicuous. Twice I had 3 in sight at once.
Great Crested 6
Eastern Kingbird 12 but many additional ones on the wires on the way down and back.
Red-eyed Vireo 30 Everywhere eating catipillers. I checked all I could and all were Red-eyes.
Louisiana Waterthrush 1
Northern Waterthrush 1
Black and White Warbler 6
Prothonotary Warbler 2
Kentucky Warbler 1
Northern Parula 5
Yellow Warbler 30 Probably more usually in small groups
Summer Tanager 1

Most of the birds were high in the canopy. My guess is that I identified about 1/5 to 1/10 of the birds I saw.

Other birds of interest:
Double-crested Cormorant 75 (don’t know if they ever left or just coming back)
Bronzed Cowbird 22 in one flock with 2 Brown-headeds.
American Oystercatcher 3 at roads end on Elmers Island
Marbled Godwits 6 on Elmers island road.
Reddish Egret 2 on Elmers Island road
Purple Martin 4 on wires near Centenni.

Lots of birds, lots of fun but too little time to do it right, but good enough to get me excited about fall birding.
 

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Date: 8/21/18 9:08 pm
From: Mac Myers <budogmacm...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] whoopers
Remarkable news.
http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/news/42237
 

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Date: 8/21/18 12:01 pm
From: John Romano <birderjuan...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] New Hackberry Hotel
I think you are asking about the MainStay Suites. I found it by
accident when it first opened less than a year ago - it is clean and a nice
place to stay. I thought it was a little pricey but I did somehow get a
better rate. The nearby boardwalk referred to is probably south down the
road in the Sabine National Wildlife Area. Well that is to the best of my
memory, which might not be too good, as I been hearing this high whistle
all summer around south park in Opelousas thinking I should probably know
what it is, then when walking dogs with my girlfriend a few days ago, I
saw a Mississippi Kite fly by doing the whistle. So either forgot or did
not know in the first place. Can't remember.
As far as a good place for convention, you do have to cross water on the
Ferry Boat to get to Cameron.

John Romano
Opelousas La

On Tue, Aug 21, 2018 at 9:11 AM, Terence Skelton <
<00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> Sorry if this is not the appropriate forum for this question, but I'm
> considering going to the LOS meeting in October, and perhaps taking my
> husband along.
>
>
> I just worked with someone who had stayed at the Hackberry Hotel for a
> fishing trip, and he said there was a boardwalk nearby.
>
>
> I wanted to check with y'all to see if, number one, you had stayed at the
> hotel and how it was, ie, clean, and also, whether there is a boardwalk
> nearby. Also, what is the exact name of the hotel so I make sure I book a
> room at the right place?
>
>
> Of course, most importantly, would it be a good location for attending the
> LOS meeting and the field trips.
>
>
>
> Thanks so much, and I'm really excited about birding season starting up
> again!
>
>
> Happy birding, y'all!
>
>
> Terri
>
>
>
>
>
> Terence Skelton
> <tadskelton...>
>
 

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Date: 8/21/18 9:18 am
From: James Holmes <jfholmes...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Aug 20 deep water pelagic
I am currently on a cruise ship from Galveston to the Bahamas. We traversed deep water well off the SE Louisiana coast on Monday morning from 6:30 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m.

I will send a better email when I get back but highlights from Monday included Red-billed Tropicbird, Arctic Tern, Sooty Tern, Bridled Tern, band rumped storm Petrel, Audubon Shearwater, Brown and masked boobies.

Thanks

Jim Holmes
 

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Date: 8/21/18 7:11 am
From: Terence Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] New Hackberry Hotel
Sorry if this is not the appropriate forum for this question, but I'm considering going to the LOS meeting in October, and perhaps taking my husband along.


I just worked with someone who had stayed at the Hackberry Hotel for a fishing trip, and he said there was a boardwalk nearby.


I wanted to check with y'all to see if, number one, you had stayed at the hotel and how it was, ie, clean, and also, whether there is a boardwalk nearby. Also, what is the exact name of the hotel so I make sure I book a room at the right place?


Of course, most importantly, would it be a good location for attending the LOS meeting and the field trips.



Thanks so much, and I'm really excited about birding season starting up again!


Happy birding, y'all!


Terri





Terence Skelton
<tadskelton...>
 

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