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2/25/18 11:58 am James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] article on scale insect Nipponaclerda biwakoensis damaging our marshes
2/23/18 10:22 am Jay Huner <jvh0660...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Bachman's sparrow
2/23/18 9:55 am Shively, Steve -FS <steveshively...> [LABIRD-L] Bachman's sparrow
2/23/18 8:36 am Clairedthomas <claire...> [LABIRD-L] Say’s phoebe
2/22/18 10:48 am Shively, Steve -FS <steveshively...> [LABIRD-L] spring
2/21/18 9:38 am William Brown <bljnbr...> [LABIRD-L] Rough-leggedHawk
2/21/18 5:44 am Jonathan Clark <falloutbird1...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Update: Re: [LABIRD-L] Rough-legged Hawk--Yes!
2/20/18 12:09 pm Charles Williams <chazbizz91...> [LABIRD-L] Crazy ants' ecological impact (aka Rasberry crazy ants)
2/20/18 11:51 am Martha Avegno <elliea...> [LABIRD-L] Bluebirds
2/20/18 9:29 am Tom P <drtomdude...> [LABIRD-L] Update: Re: [LABIRD-L] Rough-legged Hawk--Yes!
2/20/18 9:07 am Tom P <drtomdude...> [LABIRD-L] Rough-legged Hawk--Yes!
2/20/18 6:35 am programs braudubon.org <programs...> [LABIRD-L] *Reminder: BRAS Presentation Thurs, Feb 22nd
2/19/18 6:20 pm Rob Dobbs <rcdobbs...> [LABIRD-L] Rough-legged Hawk--NO
2/19/18 4:11 pm James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] FOS Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - Marrero
2/18/18 12:21 pm Christine <cjkooi...> Re: [LABIRD-L] continuing Rough-legged Hawk East Carroll Parish 2-17-18
2/17/18 10:58 pm Charles Lyon <lyon5516...> [LABIRD-L] Fwd: eBird Report - US Hwy 65 at Washington Rd., Feb 17, 2018
2/17/18 10:04 pm Charles Lyon <lyon5516...> [LABIRD-L] continuing Rough-legged Hawk East Carroll Parish 2-17-18
2/17/18 7:46 pm Bob Thomas <rathomas...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Lake Ponchartrain Brown Boobies
2/17/18 7:44 pm Charlotte Seidenberg <charlotte.seidenberg...> [LABIRD-L] screech owl
2/17/18 6:26 pm Jay Huner <jvh0660...> [LABIRD-L] Lake Ponchartrain Brown Boobies
2/17/18 9:55 am Jay Huner <jvh0660...> [LABIRD-L] Spring first
2/17/18 9:26 am John Dillon <kisforkryptonite...> [LABIRD-L] Western Meadowlark and Purple Martins; Claiborne Parish
2/17/18 7:37 am Paul Conover <zoiseaux...> [LABIRD-L] Rough legged hawk
2/16/18 9:11 pm Charles Lyon <lyon5516...> [LABIRD-L] Vermilion Flycatcher Lake Bistineau 2-16-18
2/16/18 12:49 pm dan purrington <oceanites1...> [LABIRD-L] sloth
2/15/18 5:53 pm David Fox <thedavefox...> [LABIRD-L] Reminder: Barataria Preserve Winter Bird Count this Saturday 17 February
2/15/18 4:49 pm Jay Huner <jvh0660...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Limpkin update
2/15/18 4:32 pm Aelita J Pinter <apinter...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Limpkin update
2/15/18 3:15 pm Teri Ferguson <terif2009...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Limpkin update
2/15/18 3:12 pm Cathy DiSalvo <cedisalvo1...> [LABIRD-L] Limpkin update
2/15/18 2:59 pm Jennifer Coulson <jenniferocoulson...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Great Backyard Bird Count starts this Friday
2/15/18 2:56 pm Jennifer Coulson <jenniferocoulson...> [LABIRD-L] Raptor Identification Workshop - Sat., March 3
2/15/18 8:32 am Jane Patterson <seejanebird...> [LABIRD-L] Plants for Birds event February 24, 2018
2/15/18 5:24 am William Matthews <willie_lilly...> [LABIRD-L] Rough-legged Hawk
2/14/18 8:08 pm John Romano <birderjuan...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Rough-Legged Hawk still in E. Carroll
2/14/18 7:53 pm Jennifer Coulson <jenniferocoulson...> [LABIRD-L] Great Backyard Bird Count starts this Friday
2/14/18 7:48 pm Jennifer Coulson <jenniferocoulson...> [LABIRD-L] Dr. Caz Taylor talks about declining migratory bird populations -Tues., Feb. 20
2/14/18 7:46 pm Jennifer Coulson <jenniferocoulson...> [LABIRD-L] Sat., Feb. 17 birding trip: Phoenix to Bohemia
2/14/18 1:39 pm Roselie Overby <rosebird8791...> [LABIRD-L] Rough-Legged Hawk still in E. Carroll
2/14/18 10:25 am Jay Huner <jvh0660...> [LABIRD-L] Grand Isle Limpkin Report
2/13/18 3:59 pm janine robin <janinerobin1982...> [LABIRD-L] Washington parish new record.
2/13/18 3:42 pm Wendy Rihner <wrihner...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Rough-legged Hawk near Transylvania
2/13/18 3:02 pm James V Remsen <najames...> [LABIRD-L] Rough-legged Hawk near Transylvania
2/12/18 7:15 pm Jack Rogers <jack...> [LABIRD-L] Limpkins-Houma, Terrebone par.
2/11/18 5:44 pm Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...> [LABIRD-L] Western Kingbird in Reggio
2/11/18 8:43 am Charles Williams <chazbizz91...> [LABIRD-L] Rusty blackbirds
2/10/18 2:19 pm Jay Huner <jvh0660...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Martin Sightings
2/10/18 1:07 pm James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Martin Sightings
2/10/18 12:58 pm James V Remsen <najames...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Martin Sightings
2/10/18 12:34 pm James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Martin Sightings
2/10/18 12:18 pm James V Remsen <najames...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Martin Sightings
2/10/18 11:57 am James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Martin Sightings
2/10/18 11:57 am L.M. Lalonde <maisondorla...> [LABIRD-L] Martin Sightings
2/9/18 6:44 pm James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] Harris's Hawk - Atchafalaya NWR
2/9/18 3:29 pm James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] Limpkins - probable nest building
2/9/18 1:21 pm David Fox <thedavefox...> [LABIRD-L] Barataria Preserve Winter Bird Count: postponed until 2/17
2/9/18 11:01 am Elias <ejlandry...> [LABIRD-L] Sandhill Cranes
2/7/18 8:18 am Paul Dickson <Paul...> [LABIRD-L] Black Duck x Mallard in Red River Parish
2/6/18 4:24 pm Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Limpkins - mating behavior and copulation ?
2/6/18 2:08 pm John Romano <birderjuan...> [LABIRD-L] Limpkins - mating behavior and copulation ?
2/6/18 1:51 pm R. Martin Guidry <guidryrm...> [LABIRD-L] Limpkins
2/5/18 11:48 pm David Fox <thedavefox...> [LABIRD-L] Barataria Preserve Winter Bird Count, Saturday 10 February
2/5/18 8:09 pm Charles Lyon <lyon5516...> [LABIRD-L] Houma Limpkins
2/5/18 5:19 pm Jay V Huner <jvh0660...> [LABIRD-L] Rare Bird Reports
2/5/18 12:24 pm Puget Sound Birds <pugetsoundbird...> [LABIRD-L] Source of Local Bluebird Boxes
2/5/18 11:57 am BRAS Programs <programs...> [LABIRD-L] BRAS presentation Thurs, Feb 22nd
2/4/18 7:02 am Teri Ferguson <terif2009...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Limpkin - LBRC reports
2/4/18 6:05 am Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...> [LABIRD-L] Limpkin - LBRC reports
2/3/18 2:11 pm Roselie Overby <rosebird8791...> Re: [LABIRD-L] AWOL robins and blackbirds? NE LA
2/3/18 12:58 pm James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> Re: [LABIRD-L] AWOL robins and blackbirds?
2/3/18 12:43 pm Charles Williams <chazbizz91...> Re: [LABIRD-L] AWOL robins and blackbirds?
2/3/18 6:20 am janine robin <janinerobin1982...> [LABIRD-L] Northern bobwhites Folsom
2/2/18 5:09 pm Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Limpkins near Houma
2/2/18 10:15 am Trond Nilsen <trond.nilsen...> Re: [LABIRD-L] ABA Code of Ethics in Birding
2/2/18 10:06 am Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...> [LABIRD-L] ABA Code of Ethics in Birding
2/2/18 9:54 am Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Limpkins
2/2/18 9:48 am Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Limpkins
2/2/18 8:23 am Jay Huner <jvh0660...> [LABIRD-L] Limpkins
2/2/18 7:25 am Matt Conn <mconn...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Northern Gannet Question
2/1/18 5:58 pm James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] First singing Yellow-rump
2/1/18 5:48 pm John Romano <birderjuan...> [LABIRD-L] Northern Gannet Question
2/1/18 2:55 pm Philip C Stouffer <pstouffer...> Re: [LABIRD-L] "Mangrove" Yellow Warbler
2/1/18 12:23 pm Dan O'Malley <danomalley87...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Egyptian Goose LSU Lakes
2/1/18 11:05 am Paul Dickson <Paul...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Egyptian Goose LSU Lakes
2/1/18 9:25 am Matt Conn <mconn...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Egyptian Goose LSU Lakes
2/1/18 9:21 am James V Remsen <najames...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Egyptian Goose LSU Lakes
2/1/18 9:12 am Matt Conn <mconn...> [LABIRD-L] Egyptian Goose LSU Lakes
2/1/18 7:58 am David Muth <MuthD...> Re: [LABIRD-L] "Mangrove" Yellow Warbler
2/1/18 7:38 am Jane Patterson <seejanebird...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Limpkins near Houma
2/1/18 7:34 am Rob Dobbs <rcdobbs...> Re: [LABIRD-L] "Mangrove" Yellow Warbler
2/1/18 6:52 am dan purrington <oceanites1...> [LABIRD-L] Limpkins
1/31/18 9:05 pm David Muth <MuthD...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Limpkins near Houma
1/31/18 4:16 pm L.M. Lalonde <maisondorla...> [LABIRD-L] d Crested Caracara
1/31/18 8:43 am Jane Patterson <seejanebird...> [LABIRD-L] Limpkins near Houma
1/31/18 6:38 am Jane Patterson <seejanebird...> [LABIRD-L] Limpkins near Houma
1/30/18 1:50 pm Jay V Huner <jvh0660...> [LABIRD-L] Pintail Loop/Drive Management
1/29/18 8:13 pm Philip C Stouffer <pstouffer...> Re: [LABIRD-L] "Mangrove" Yellow Warbler
1/29/18 8:10 pm Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...> Re: [LABIRD-L] henslows and white-winged thanks
1/29/18 7:15 pm Claire Thomas <claire...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Pine Siskin in Metairie
1/29/18 5:57 pm David Muth <MuthD...> [LABIRD-L] "Mangrove" Yellow Warbler
1/29/18 3:25 pm Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...> [LABIRD-L] LOS Winter Meeting bird list
1/29/18 1:45 pm Jay Huner <jvh0660...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Pine Siskin in Metairie
1/29/18 1:12 pm James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] Huge flock of White-winged Doves - New Orleans East
1/29/18 11:59 am Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...> [LABIRD-L] henslows and white-winged thanks
1/29/18 11:49 am Kevin Colley <kcolley71...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Mangrove Warbler
1/29/18 8:13 am Bill Vermillion <bill.gcjv...> Re: [LABIRD-L] AWOL robins and blackbirds?
1/29/18 7:35 am Nancy L Newfield <nancy...> [LABIRD-L] Pine Siskin in Metairie
1/29/18 6:39 am Charles Williams <chazbizz91...> [LABIRD-L] Drought of robins and blackbirds ends
1/28/18 11:08 pm Charles Lyon <lyon5516...> [LABIRD-L] Henslow's Sparrows/LeConte's Sparrows
1/28/18 5:33 pm glenn ousset <gousset...> Re: [LABIRD-L] another request- White-winged Doves
1/28/18 10:47 am James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird - down
1/28/18 10:38 am James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] eBird - down
1/28/18 9:15 am Holly Morales <tashayoda3...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Waxwings/Late Arrivals
1/28/18 8:43 am janine robin <janinerobin1982...> Re: [LABIRD-L] another request- White-winged Doves
1/28/18 8:00 am David Muth <MuthD...> [LABIRD-L] Mangrove Warbler
1/28/18 7:01 am Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...> [LABIRD-L] another request- White-winged Doves
1/27/18 8:45 pm Jay Huner <jvh0660...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Waxwings/Late Arrivals
1/27/18 3:28 pm Philip C Stouffer <pstouffer...> Re: [LABIRD-L] request for advice- Henslow's Sparrow
1/27/18 3:10 pm bill fontenot <natrldlite...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Waxwings
1/27/18 2:34 pm Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...> [LABIRD-L] request for advice- Henslow's Sparrow
1/27/18 11:06 am Richard Bello <rbello...> Re: [LABIRD-L] NOooooo!!!
1/26/18 7:08 pm Mac Myers <budogmacm...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Waxwings
1/26/18 6:13 pm Nancy L Newfield <nancy...> [LABIRD-L] Waxwings
1/26/18 1:28 pm janine robin <janinerobin1982...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Buff-bellied Hummingbird - Marrero
1/26/18 12:42 pm James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] Buff-bellied Hummingbird - Marrero
1/26/18 7:07 am David Muth <MuthD...> [LABIRD-L] Cinnamon Teal at Pintail Loop
 
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Date: 2/25/18 11:58 am
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] article on scale insect Nipponaclerda biwakoensis damaging our marshes
Some of you are already aware of this, but being that it directly impacts
our marshes and wildlife, I thought it would be relevant to pass along
here. -j

http://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2018/02/insects_feast_on_louisiana_wet.html?ath=8e36ece921952b821352674255234b22#cmpid=nsltr_stryheadline

--
James W. Beck
City of New Orleans Mosquito & Termite Control Board
2100 Leon C. Simon Dr.
New Orleans, LA 70122
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Date: 2/23/18 10:22 am
From: Jay Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Bachman's sparrow
Heard also in gravel road area along Messina road near primitive camp ground west of La 488.

Rapides Parish also.

Jay Huner

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 23, 2018, at 11:54 AM, Shively, Steve -FS <steveshively...> wrote:
>
> Bachman's Sparrows singing this morning in the pineywoods west of Woodworth, Rapides Parish.
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Date: 2/23/18 9:55 am
From: Shively, Steve -FS <steveshively...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Bachman's sparrow
Bachman's Sparrows singing this morning in the pineywoods west of Woodworth, Rapides Parish.




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Date: 2/23/18 8:36 am
From: Clairedthomas <claire...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Say’s phoebe
Bird present at Howze Beach. At end of Oak Harbor Blvd. to right of bridge leading to subdivision.

Claire Thomas
<Claire...>
 

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Date: 2/22/18 10:48 am
From: Shively, Steve -FS <steveshively...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] spring
Redbuds blooming and blue corporal and baskettail dragonflies flying in central Louisiana. It's spring. Oh, yeah, birds. Bunch of tree swallows swarming over the tops of the pines.




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Date: 2/21/18 9:38 am
From: William Brown <bljnbr...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Rough-leggedHawk
LABIRDERS,


I just got a call from Steve Pagans saying he is looking at the Rough-legged Hawk.  It is near the intersection of Hwy 65 and Washington St.  It is east, towards the levee.  This is in East Carroll Parish.  At this time, the rain has not started there.




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Date: 2/21/18 5:44 am
From: Jonathan Clark <falloutbird1...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Update: Re: [LABIRD-L] Rough-legged Hawk--Yes!
labirders,

I finally got photos uploaded of yesterday's observation of the
continuing Rough-legged Hawk. Here's a link to the ebird report with
embedded photos. https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43033458 Interesting to
see the presumed Krider's and the Rough-legged "hanging out" like that.
An unusual-looking Red-tailed we spotted on LA-580 in East Carrol Parish
might also be of interest to some. Photos in ebird report.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43033629

Happy birding, and good luck to those making the trip to see the Roughie!
Jonathan Clark
Jena, LA

..

On Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 11:29 AM, Tom P <drtomdude...> wrote:

> Rough-legged Hawk (RLHA) was quickly refound on a metal fence/corral just
> north of Washington St. As Jonathan Clark and I were watching the RLHA, an
> apparent Krider's type Red tailed hawk flew in, landed on the fence about
> 10 feet away from the RLHA (which did not budge when the Krider's landed).
> Noted that Roselie Overby encountered what was probably this exact same
> bird we saw. Perhaps the two birds are 'friendly' with each other??? They
> certainly bear a resemblance....
>
> Tom Pollock
> Cenla
>
> On Feb 20, 2018 11:07 AM, "Tom P" <drtomdude...> wrote:
>
> Jonathan Clark and I are on the bird now. It's in a lone tree on the east
> side of HWY65 about 500-600ft south of Washington road in the area
> previously described by Van Remsen and others. (Transylvania, E. Carroll
> parish)
>
>
> Just now flew north up towards Washington
> Tom Pollock
> Central Louisiana
>
 

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Date: 2/20/18 12:09 pm
From: Charles Williams <chazbizz91...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Crazy ants' ecological impact (aka Rasberry crazy ants)
I'm now concluding the second year of my 1.5 acre lot's (EBR Parish)
infestation by these damaging creatures. I want to share a few of my
experiences with LA- BIRDERS as the impact on my birds has been
disastrous. Maybe I can help someone avoid these consequences.

So what has happened? I first noticed the ants in the spring of 2016.
Bluebird boxes occupied dropped from two each year (2007-2015) to zero the
past two years. Prothonatary warbler nesting (for 10 years dependable at
two clutches with four fledged birds each time) dropped to one nesting with
two fledged (2016) to no nesting activity (2017); all tree frogs
disappeared (two species); great reduction in anoles and fence lizards;
only one red-headed woodpecker nesting vs two in prior years; brown
thrashers were a no-show for both nesting seasons. That's just the
highlights. Because crazy ants are omnivorous, the entire ecology of my
yard has been devastated as they have eaten everything at the base of the
food web, leaving nothing for the birds, among other creatures.

These ants first showed up in the BR area in 2012 when they were found in
Port Allen. Now they are also firmly entrenched in neighborhoods of
northern and eastern EBR parish. Their primary way of spreading is by
human agency.

There is no good pesticide solution to this problem. A massive infestation
like I had, with numbers in the billions in a little more than an acre, can
be somewhat contained by early identification and response. Untreated, an
infestation will over-forage an area and their numbers will eventually
decline, a process that can require 2 to 10 years to work its course.

The best way to avoid these creatures is to be very careful about potted
plants, bags of soil/mulch, etc. that you bring onto your property. Early
detection is helpful. Watch for small, reddish ants that move in a curvy,
zig-zaggy pattern. Left untreated, they will balloon incredibly in numbers
that peak in September and may infest various electrical equipment and
systems. My ants ruined my irrigation control box, costing me several
hundred dollars to replace. Use of ant baits is ineffective--don't waste
your time or money.

Anyone on LA-BIRD who wants more information on my battle with these ants
may feel free to contact me off-line. There are no easy solutions.

Charles Williams, Greenwell Springs

P.S. Ironically, these small ants tend to displace fire ants. If you've
had fire ants and the mounds start disappearing, that's an ominous sign and
you better start looking for crazy ants.
 

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Date: 2/20/18 11:51 am
From: Martha Avegno <elliea...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Bluebirds
I have a wooden Bluebird house ready to hang.
Any advice or suggestions on the best direction it should face?
How high?

Sent from my iPhone
M. Ellie Avegno
 

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Date: 2/20/18 9:29 am
From: Tom P <drtomdude...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Update: Re: [LABIRD-L] Rough-legged Hawk--Yes!
Rough-legged Hawk (RLHA) was quickly refound on a metal fence/corral just
north of Washington St. As Jonathan Clark and I were watching the RLHA, an
apparent Krider's type Red tailed hawk flew in, landed on the fence about
10 feet away from the RLHA (which did not budge when the Krider's landed).
Noted that Roselie Overby encountered what was probably this exact same
bird we saw. Perhaps the two birds are 'friendly' with each other??? They
certainly bear a resemblance....

Tom Pollock
Cenla

On Feb 20, 2018 11:07 AM, "Tom P" <drtomdude...> wrote:

Jonathan Clark and I are on the bird now. It's in a lone tree on the east
side of HWY65 about 500-600ft south of Washington road in the area
previously described by Van Remsen and others. (Transylvania, E. Carroll
parish)


Just now flew north up towards Washington
Tom Pollock
Central Louisiana
 

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Date: 2/20/18 9:07 am
From: Tom P <drtomdude...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Rough-legged Hawk--Yes!
Jonathan Clark and I are on the bird now. It's in a lone tree on the east
side of HWY65 about 500-600ft south of Washington road in the area
previously described by Van Remsen and others. (Transylvania, E. Carroll
parish)


Just now flew north up towards Washington
Tom Pollock
Central Louisiana
 

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Date: 2/20/18 6:35 am
From: programs braudubon.org <programs...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] *Reminder: BRAS Presentation Thurs, Feb 22nd
Join us for the next Baton Rouge Audubon Society (BRAS) program presented by Dr. Peter Marra, Director of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center! Please note, to accommodate a larger crowd we will host Dr. Marra at the *East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library.*

Program title: Keeping Cats and Birds Safe: A History and a Future

Speaker: Dr. Peter Marra

Date: Thursday, February 22nd

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 PM; Refreshments offered 6:30 - 7:00 PM

Location: *East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library; large meeting room*

7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806


Dr. Marra, an ornithologist and conservation biologist, will give a presentation about his new book that tells the story of the threats free-ranging cats pose to biodiversity and public health throughout the world. This compelling book and lecture traces the historical and cultural ties between humans and cats from early domestication to the current boom in pet ownership, along the way accessibly explaining the science of extinction, population modeling, and feline diseases. It charts the developments that have led to our present impasse--from breakthrough studies on cat predation to free-ranging cat-eradication programs underway in Australia today.

In his book, “Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer,” Dr. Marra paints a revealing picture of a complex global problem--and proposes solutions that foresee a time when birds and other wildlife, as well as humans, are no longer vulnerable to the impacts of free-ranging cats.


This program is sponsored by the Baton Rouge Audubon Society and is free to the public. No formal registration is required, but please RSVP if you plan on attending (programs AT braudubon.org) so we can plan accordingly.
 

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Date: 2/19/18 6:20 pm
From: Rob Dobbs <rcdobbs...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Rough-legged Hawk--NO
FYI: The Rough-leg that has been hanging out south of Transylvania was a
no-show today, at least while I was there, which was about 10 AM - 2 PM.
Wind averaged 15-20 mph.


--
Rob Dobbs
Lafayette, LA
 

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Date: 2/19/18 4:11 pm
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] FOS Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - Marrero
Just had my first YCNH of Spring over our house here in Marrero. -jz
 

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Date: 2/18/18 12:21 pm
From: Christine <cjkooi...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] continuing Rough-legged Hawk East Carroll Parish 2-17-18
The Rough-legged Hawk was still present this morning around 10:30. He was in a tree at a field edge on the east side of Hwy 65, just south of the corner with Washington St. A beautiful bird. And Charlie is right; it's truly in the middle of nowhere.


Christine Kooi

Baton Rouge


________________________________
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds <LABIRD-L...> on behalf of Charles Lyon <lyon5516...>
Sent: Sunday, February 18, 2018 12:04 AM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] continuing Rough-legged Hawk East Carroll Parish 2-17-18

LA-birders,
The Rough-legged Hawk, first found by Van Remsen on 2-13-18 in East Carroll Parish was still present as of late
this afternoon on 2-17-18. Jeff Trahan, Rosemary Seidler and I made the leisurely drive from Shreveport over to
the the far reaches of northeast Louisiana in a continuos rain so as to view a bird in the continuous rain, and then drove
back home in the near continuos rain. Only a birder would do something like this, and thanks to Rosemary finally spotting
the very wet bird, we all thought the trip was quite worthwhile. Why Van would drive from the most populous parish in the
state (444,275 people) at great distance to the third least populous (7,572 people) is a mystery to me, but the unexpected? bonus
of one Rough-legged Hawk is greatly appreciated by myself and many others. The link to the eBird report with multiple embedded
photos is below. The photos are not as good as I would like, but Ive included multiple angles which should help others who are interested in looking
for the bird to have a better idea of what they are looking for.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/email?subID=S42915282

Charlie Lyon
Shreveport, LA
 

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Date: 2/17/18 10:58 pm
From: Charles Lyon <lyon5516...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Fwd: eBird Report - US Hwy 65 at Washington Rd., Feb 17, 2018
LA-birders,
The link below should work. The link with my initial post didn’t go through.
Charlie

Sent from my iPhone. C Lyon

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Date: February 18, 2018 at 12:05:12 AM CST
> To: <lyon5516...>
> Subject: eBird Report - US Hwy 65 at Washington Rd., Feb 17, 2018
>
> US Hwy 65 at Washington Rd., East Carroll, Louisiana, US
> Feb 17, 2018 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments: with Jeff Trahan and Rosemary Seidler 51 degrees overcast with continuous rain wind 2mph NW
> 22 species
>
> Snow Goose 900
> Ross's Goose 6
> Greater White-fronted Goose 120
> Wood Duck 2
> Great Blue Heron 1
> Red-tailed Hawk 2
> Rough-legged Hawk 1 Continuing light phase juvenile first discovered by Van Remsen on 2-13-18. See multiple photos showing the bird at rest and showing multiple flight angles. It was raining with really poor light conditions when I took the photos.
> Killdeer 6
> Eurasian Collared-Dove 4
> Mourning Dove 6
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 1
> Loggerhead Shrike 1
> Blue Jay 1
> American Crow 2
> Carolina Wren 1
> American Robin 18
> Northern Mockingbird 1
> European Starling 50
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
> Red-winged Blackbird 300
> Common Grackle 50
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42915282
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 

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Date: 2/17/18 10:04 pm
From: Charles Lyon <lyon5516...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] continuing Rough-legged Hawk East Carroll Parish 2-17-18
LA-birders,
The Rough-legged Hawk, first found by Van Remsen on 2-13-18 in East Carroll Parish was still present as of late
this afternoon on 2-17-18. Jeff Trahan, Rosemary Seidler and I made the leisurely drive from Shreveport over to
the the far reaches of northeast Louisiana in a continuos rain so as to view a bird in the continuous rain, and then drove
back home in the near continuos rain. Only a birder would do something like this, and thanks to Rosemary finally spotting
the very wet bird, we all thought the trip was quite worthwhile. Why Van would drive from the most populous parish in the
state (444,275 people) at great distance to the third least populous (7,572 people) is a mystery to me, but the unexpected? bonus
of one Rough-legged Hawk is greatly appreciated by myself and many others. The link to the eBird report with multiple embedded
photos is below. The photos are not as good as I would like, but Ive included multiple angles which should help others who are interested in looking
for the bird to have a better idea of what they are looking for.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/email?subID=S42915282

Charlie Lyon
Shreveport, LA
 

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Date: 2/17/18 7:46 pm
From: Bob Thomas <rathomas...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Lake Ponchartrain Brown Boobies
I had a reliable report of a brown boobie in the normal area about one week
ago.

On Sat, Feb 17, 2018 at 8:26 PM, Jay Huner <jvh0660...> wrote:

> Here is first hand information about the status of the boobies. Source is
> Noel Brumfield who is on the water along the causeway daily.
>
> Jay Huner
> >>
> >> Jay, I don’t know what to tell you. I am the UNDERWATER inspector for
> the Causeway. I am back and forth under the Causeway every week. I have
> taken several groups out to see the Brown Boobies that were living on the
> ends of the CAPS that are part of the bridge structure. I simply observe
> that they are not where they use to be. I don’t see them in the air,
> water, or bridge. I suppose all those other people driving at 70mph can
> identify the types of birds better that I. I hope that the Boobies come
> back, but like my Muscovy duck I fear that they are gone in the wind.
> Regards, Capt. Noel Brumfield
> >>> On Feb 15, 2018, at 9:30 PM, <jvh0660...> wrote:
> >>>
> >>> You're welcome. I still see reports on the state bird listserv every
> 10 days or so. People crossing the causeway see them around miles 16-18.
> >>>
> >>> So maybe they're okay.
> >>>
> >>> Jay
> >>>
> >>> Sent from my iPhone
> >>>
> >>>> On Feb 15, 2018, at 8:33 PM, noel brumfield <captnoel...>
> <mailto:<captnoel...>> wrote:
> >>>>
> >>>> Jay. thanks for getting back to me. The person that I got the
> muscovy hen from is named Hunter and I suppose I made a mistake. I fear
> that the brown boobies either died in the long freeze or found a better
> place to live. If they show up I will let you know ASAP. Thanks Noel
> Brumfield
> >
>



--
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Loyola Distinguished Scholar Chair in Environmental Communication
Center for Environmental Communication
School of Mass Communication
&
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New Orleans, LA 70118 USA
Office: 327 Communications/Music Complex
Voice 504-865-2107
Cell 504-909-6568
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Date: 2/17/18 7:44 pm
From: Charlotte Seidenberg <charlotte.seidenberg...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] screech owl
I heard screech owls calling in my woods a couple of months ago, but didn't
see one in the nest box until today. For about 15 minutes this morning,
all my yard birds flocked around the next box, screaming & fussing: blue
jays, cardinals, Carolina wrens, chickadees, titmice, mockingbirds, even a
robin. The titmice kept perching on the edge of the nest box entrance and
peeking in. This afternoon, the owl him/herself popped up. Nice.

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Date: 2/17/18 6:26 pm
From: Jay Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Lake Ponchartrain Brown Boobies
Here is first hand information about the status of the boobies. Source is Noel Brumfield who is on the water along the causeway daily.

Jay Huner
>>
>> Jay, I don’t know what to tell you. I am the UNDERWATER inspector for the Causeway. I am back and forth under the Causeway every week. I have taken several groups out to see the Brown Boobies that were living on the ends of the CAPS that are part of the bridge structure. I simply observe that they are not where they use to be. I don’t see them in the air, water, or bridge. I suppose all those other people driving at 70mph can identify the types of birds better that I. I hope that the Boobies come back, but like my Muscovy duck I fear that they are gone in the wind. Regards, Capt. Noel Brumfield
>>> On Feb 15, 2018, at 9:30 PM, <jvh0660...> wrote:
>>>
>>> You're welcome. I still see reports on the state bird listserv every 10 days or so. People crossing the causeway see them around miles 16-18.
>>>
>>> So maybe they're okay.
>>>
>>> Jay
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>
>>>> On Feb 15, 2018, at 8:33 PM, noel brumfield <captnoel...> <mailto:<captnoel...>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Jay. thanks for getting back to me. The person that I got the muscovy hen from is named Hunter and I suppose I made a mistake. I fear that the brown boobies either died in the long freeze or found a better place to live. If they show up I will let you know ASAP. Thanks Noel Brumfield
>
 

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Date: 2/17/18 9:55 am
From: Jay Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Spring first
First male Brown-headed Cowbird of season at our feeders this morning.

No rare raptors.

Jay Huner

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 2/17/18 9:26 am
From: John Dillon <kisforkryptonite...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Western Meadowlark and Purple Martins; Claiborne Parish
I stopped by the LSU Hill Farm (private - restricted access) this morning to relocate the continuing Say's Phoebe and ended up getting some vocal recordings of a Western Meadowlark among a vocal tree top flock of about 85 Easterns. No way to know how many WEME there were, but the one continued vocalizing for 15 minutes or so. 3rd or so record for the parish. While scanning and counting the group, I saw 4 soaring Purple Martins.

John Dillon
Athens, LA

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 2/17/18 7:37 am
From: Paul Conover <zoiseaux...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Rough legged hawk

Labird,         Hawk found by Remsen still present at same site this a.m. fog was dense and bird was not visible from 7 to 850, then seen in lone tree e of hwy and s of holt farm at 850. We stayed in car at a fair distance and bird did not seem to mind us. After a while it flew to pecan grove around holt farm buildings. Still there. 
Paul Conover Lafayette

Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone powered by miniaturized rodents. 
 

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Date: 2/16/18 9:11 pm
From: Charles Lyon <lyon5516...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Vermilion Flycatcher Lake Bistineau 2-16-18
LA-birders,
There is a very accessible as well as brilliant adult male Vermilion Flycatcher present at the Grice Boat Landing
along the east edge of the Lake Bistineau Dam in Bienville Parish. It was first reported on eBird by Gerry Click
and John Dillon on 2-11-18, so Jeff Trahan and I followed up today. The bird was fairly distant in the cypress trees
on the lake, so the photos are not stellar, but the bird is absolutely brilliant in color. This is a species that is
uncommon in the northern part of the state, so if their are any northerners looking to see a Vermilion Flycatcher, the
probability of seeing this one is excellent. The eBird list with embedded photos is below. Associated with the site location
title on the eBird list is the word (map) and you can hit this to get the exact location of Grice Boat Landing.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42865238

Charlie Lyon
Shreveport, LA
 

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Date: 2/16/18 12:49 pm
From: dan purrington <oceanites1...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] sloth
I have been very desultory in mentioning some recent observations. So here
goes.

On Feb. 4 I had a White-tailed Kite at the Lockport location where they
tried to breed last year, on the east side of the bayou.

I censused the BBWDs on the Audubon Park lagoon (NOLA) on Feb. 7, at noon,
and had 9,100 (+/- 5% at least). How many might come in at dusk, I can't
tell. My highest total.

At Diamond on Feb. 11, I had 9 Scissor-tails and not much else. And on the
same day on W. Ravenna Rd. (Plaquemines Par), I had one Yellow-hd Blackbird.

Dan Purrington
 

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Date: 2/15/18 5:53 pm
From: David Fox <thedavefox...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Reminder: Barataria Preserve Winter Bird Count this Saturday 17 February
If you're able to bird a trail at the Barataria Preserve this Saturday for
our Winter Bird Count, and coincidentally the Great Backyard Bird Count,
please contact me at <David_m_Fox...> and we'll get you assigned to a
trail.

So far, we have only one volunteer, so the data set is at risk of a
cancellation unless we can scrounge a couple more people to cover the trail
system.

It's a very relaxed count, just complete your count before noon, record
your observations in eBird, and share your list with me to collate.

Thanks for your consideration.
 

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Date: 2/15/18 4:49 pm
From: Jay Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Limpkin update
The visibility of the pair may ensure that some bozo doesn't harm them!

And it may lead to location of others including those reported back in December.

Jay Huner

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 15, 2018, at 6:32 PM, Aelita J Pinter <apinter...> wrote:
>
> Cathy, great observations! Always enjoy watching the male cardinal in my back yard suddenly turn into The Great Provider, most solicitously courtship feeding his female - whom he had been treating a bit shabbily throughout the winter.
>
>
> I have mixed feelings about the publicity. Although the birds seem well accustomed to people, that kind of information can, unfortunately, attract vandalism. Hoping for the best, nevertheless.
>
>
> Lita Pinter
>
>
>
> ________________________________
> From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds <LABIRD-L...> on behalf of Cathy DiSalvo <cedisalvo1...>
> Sent: Thursday, February 15, 2018 5:11 PM
> To: <LABIRD-L...>
> Subject: [LABIRD-L] Limpkin update
>
> Phil and I revisited the Houma Limpkin location today to bring my 89 year
> old dad to see the Limpkins. He is the one responsible for teaching me the
> difference between a downy and red-bellied woodpecker, a cattle from a
> snowy egret and the call of a common yellowthroat. The so accessible
> location was perfect for one who is no longer mobile, with poor vision ,
> and hearing. What a treat for him! (and myself)
> At arrival to location both birds were heard calling from tall reeds.
> After about 30 minutes both emerged from the vegetation and walked along
> the bank, feeding. Interesting behavior of note was one limpkin remained
> on shore while the second bird walked into the water, picked up an apple
> snail and brought it back on shore and dropped it at the feet of the first
> bird, where it proceeded to peck at the shell and feed. This continued for
> at least 4 snails. I guess this is considered the Limpkin equivalent
> to"wine and dine" .
> Also interesting while we were there, Terrebonne city workman was there
> measuring for a fence that is to be placed along the water edge "to keep
> viewers from getting too close and disturbing the birds". I must say I
> was impressed with the cities sensitivity for the wildlife. The fence was
> not for preventing parking if one could go by the red lines. Also before we
> left a person from the Houma area convention and visitor bureau was there
> to take a photo of the birds for their web site. Not sure if more
> publicity is good for the pair and a potential nest.
>
> NOTICE: This message, including all attachments transmitted with it, is intended solely for the use of the Addressee(s) and may contain information that is PRIVILEGED, CONFIDENTIAL, and/or EXEMPT FROM DISCLOSURE under applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution, or use of the information contained herein is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. If you received this communication in error, please destroy all copies of the message, whether in electronic or hard copy format, as well as attachments and immediately contact the sender by replying to this email or contact the sender at the telephone numbers listed above. Thank you!
 

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Date: 2/15/18 4:32 pm
From: Aelita J Pinter <apinter...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Limpkin update
Cathy, great observations! Always enjoy watching the male cardinal in my back yard suddenly turn into The Great Provider, most solicitously courtship feeding his female - whom he had been treating a bit shabbily throughout the winter.


I have mixed feelings about the publicity. Although the birds seem well accustomed to people, that kind of information can, unfortunately, attract vandalism. Hoping for the best, nevertheless.


Lita Pinter



________________________________
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds <LABIRD-L...> on behalf of Cathy DiSalvo <cedisalvo1...>
Sent: Thursday, February 15, 2018 5:11 PM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Limpkin update

Phil and I revisited the Houma Limpkin location today to bring my 89 year
old dad to see the Limpkins. He is the one responsible for teaching me the
difference between a downy and red-bellied woodpecker, a cattle from a
snowy egret and the call of a common yellowthroat. The so accessible
location was perfect for one who is no longer mobile, with poor vision ,
and hearing. What a treat for him! (and myself)
At arrival to location both birds were heard calling from tall reeds.
After about 30 minutes both emerged from the vegetation and walked along
the bank, feeding. Interesting behavior of note was one limpkin remained
on shore while the second bird walked into the water, picked up an apple
snail and brought it back on shore and dropped it at the feet of the first
bird, where it proceeded to peck at the shell and feed. This continued for
at least 4 snails. I guess this is considered the Limpkin equivalent
to"wine and dine" .
Also interesting while we were there, Terrebonne city workman was there
measuring for a fence that is to be placed along the water edge "to keep
viewers from getting too close and disturbing the birds". I must say I
was impressed with the cities sensitivity for the wildlife. The fence was
not for preventing parking if one could go by the red lines. Also before we
left a person from the Houma area convention and visitor bureau was there
to take a photo of the birds for their web site. Not sure if more
publicity is good for the pair and a potential nest.

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

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Date: 2/15/18 3:15 pm
From: Teri Ferguson <terif2009...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Limpkin update
I love that info about one feeding the other...so glad your dad got to see them. Grateful to our parish for protecting the area
Won’t it be exciting if we have babies 😊

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 15, 2018, at 5:12 PM, Cathy DiSalvo <cedisalvo1...> wrote:
>
> Phil and I revisited the Houma Limpkin location today to bring my 89 year
> old dad to see the Limpkins. He is the one responsible for teaching me the
> difference between a downy and red-bellied woodpecker, a cattle from a
> snowy egret and the call of a common yellowthroat. The so accessible
> location was perfect for one who is no longer mobile, with poor vision ,
> and hearing. What a treat for him! (and myself)
> At arrival to location both birds were heard calling from tall reeds.
> After about 30 minutes both emerged from the vegetation and walked along
> the bank, feeding. Interesting behavior of note was one limpkin remained
> on shore while the second bird walked into the water, picked up an apple
> snail and brought it back on shore and dropped it at the feet of the first
> bird, where it proceeded to peck at the shell and feed. This continued for
> at least 4 snails. I guess this is considered the Limpkin equivalent
> to"wine and dine" .
> Also interesting while we were there, Terrebonne city workman was there
> measuring for a fence that is to be placed along the water edge "to keep
> viewers from getting too close and disturbing the birds". I must say I
> was impressed with the cities sensitivity for the wildlife. The fence was
> not for preventing parking if one could go by the red lines. Also before we
> left a person from the Houma area convention and visitor bureau was there
> to take a photo of the birds for their web site. Not sure if more
> publicity is good for the pair and a potential nest.
 

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Date: 2/15/18 3:12 pm
From: Cathy DiSalvo <cedisalvo1...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Limpkin update
Phil and I revisited the Houma Limpkin location today to bring my 89 year
old dad to see the Limpkins. He is the one responsible for teaching me the
difference between a downy and red-bellied woodpecker, a cattle from a
snowy egret and the call of a common yellowthroat. The so accessible
location was perfect for one who is no longer mobile, with poor vision ,
and hearing. What a treat for him! (and myself)
At arrival to location both birds were heard calling from tall reeds.
After about 30 minutes both emerged from the vegetation and walked along
the bank, feeding. Interesting behavior of note was one limpkin remained
on shore while the second bird walked into the water, picked up an apple
snail and brought it back on shore and dropped it at the feet of the first
bird, where it proceeded to peck at the shell and feed. This continued for
at least 4 snails. I guess this is considered the Limpkin equivalent
to"wine and dine" .
Also interesting while we were there, Terrebonne city workman was there
measuring for a fence that is to be placed along the water edge "to keep
viewers from getting too close and disturbing the birds". I must say I
was impressed with the cities sensitivity for the wildlife. The fence was
not for preventing parking if one could go by the red lines. Also before we
left a person from the Houma area convention and visitor bureau was there
to take a photo of the birds for their web site. Not sure if more
publicity is good for the pair and a potential nest.
 

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Date: 2/15/18 2:59 pm
From: Jennifer Coulson <jenniferocoulson...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Great Backyard Bird Count starts this Friday
All: If you already use ebird, any of your checklists during these dates
will be included in the Great Backyard Bird Count. You do not need to sign
up separately through the GBBC portal.

Good birding!

Jennifer Coulson

On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 9:52 PM, Jennifer Coulson <
<jenniferocoulson...> wrote:

> *21st Annual Great Backyard Bird Count *
> February 16-19, 2018
>
> The 21st Great Backyard Bird Count <http://www.birdcount.org/> (GBBC)
> will take place Friday, February 16 through Monday, February 19—in
> backyards, parks, nature centers, on hiking trails, school grounds,
> balconies, and beaches. This global event provides an opportunity for bird
> enthusiasts to contribute important bird population data that help
> scientists see changes over the past 21 years. To participate, bird
> watchers count the birds they see for at least 15 minutes on one or more
> days of the count, then enter their checklists online.
>
> "The 2018 GBBC again promises to provide an important snapshot of bird
> occurrence in February," says the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Marshall
> Iliff, a leader of the eBird program
> <http://ebird.org/?__hstc=64079792.4479916c23e058b29962855de923053c.1479135369302.1484680468437.1484684686412.45&__hssc=64079792.11.1484684686412&__hsfp=1106922304>.
> "Some stories to watch in North America are mountain birds moving into
> lowland valleys and east to the Great Plains, crossbills on the move across
> much of the continent, and many eastern birds responding to extremes as the
> winter temperatures have oscillated between unseasonably warm
> and exceptionally cold."
>
> During the 2017 count, an estimated 240,418 bird watchers from more than
> 100 countries submitted 181,606 bird checklists reporting 6,259
> species–more than half the known bird species in the world!
>
> Please help by participating in this global study. To register or sign in,
> and for more information, visit: http://gbbc.birdcount.org/
>
>
>
> *Orleans Audubon Society *<orleansaudubon...>
>
>
 

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Date: 2/15/18 2:56 pm
From: Jennifer Coulson <jenniferocoulson...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Raptor Identification Workshop - Sat., March 3
*Orleans Audubon Society Birding Workshop*

*Raptor Identification Workshop*
Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Instructors: Jennifer and Tom Coulson
Workshop fee: $25.00

Join raptor biologists, Jennifer and Tom Coulson, on a half-day field trip
to the outskirts of New Orleans and Arabi in search of raptors. During the
field trip the Coulsons will provide tips on finding and identifying native
birds of prey. This trip involves 1 to 1.5 miles of hiking. Bring
binoculars, a notepad, snacks, water and sunscreen. Conditions could be
muddy.

Location: Meet at the Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Platform (marsh overlook),
2677 Caffin Avenue New Orleans, LA 70117, located at the intersection of
Caffin Avenue and Florida Avenue in New Orleans. (This meeting location
does not have a restroom.) After spending about 45 minutes here, we will
bird the nearby closed landfill on the Orleans-St. Bernard parish line.

Registration: Make check payable to “Orleans Audubon Society” and mail to:
Orleans Audubon Society, 64340 Fogg Lane, Pearl River, LA 70452
<https://maps.google.com/?q=64340+Fogg+Lane,+Pearl+River,+LA+70452&entry=gmail&source=g>.
Provide your name, address, phone number and *email address* with your
payment to receive workshop materials. If you do not have an email address,
please contact Jennifer to make other arrangements.
Contact Jennifer for more information: 504-717-3544 <(504)%20717-3544>,
<jacoulson...><jacoulson...>


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

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Date: 2/15/18 8:32 am
From: Jane Patterson <seejanebird...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Plants for Birds event February 24, 2018
I am seeking volunteers for this event. Hands are needed to help
load/unload plants, set up tables and chairs, serve food and clean up
afterward. Please email me directly (<seejanebird...>) if you'll be
able to help. Thanks!
--Jane
====================================
On February 24, 2018, Baton Rouge Audubon and Hilltop Arboretum are
presenting a seminar featuring information regarding gardening with native
plants for birds.

The event will kick off at 10 am, with speakers, plants sales, experts on
hand to answer questions, free food , a silent auction and giveaways. The
event will be free to the public.

Speakers will include:

10am - Jane Patterson - "Plants for Birds: Why Native Plants Matter"
11am - Bill Fontenot - " Wildlife Garden Design: Concepts and
Considerations"
1pm - Helen Peebles - *"Native Plants for the Urban Landscape in the Baton
Rouge Area" *
2pm - Dennis Demcheck - "Gardening for Hummingbirds"

Rick and Susan Webb from Louisiana Growers will have native plants for sale
and be able to answer questions about growing them in your yards and
gardens.

Hilltop Arboretum Hodge Podge volunteers will also be on hand to help with
plant sales and to answer questions.
 

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Date: 2/15/18 5:24 am
From: William Matthews <willie_lilly...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Rough-legged Hawk
LA Birders
RLHA continues where Van found it early this AM.
Willie Matthews

William Matthews, Monroe, LA
 

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Date: 2/14/18 8:08 pm
From: John Romano <birderjuan...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Rough-Legged Hawk still in E. Carroll
Nice light phase Rough-legged - Lots of this species in southern Wisconsin
in the winter - and I'd guess about 1/3rd of those are dark phase. The
thing one notices up there is if you see a large hawk perched very high in
a tree on branches that could not seem to possibly support a hawk of that
size, it would be a Rough-legged.

John Romano
Breaux Bridge


On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 3:39 PM, Roselie Overby <rosebird8791...>
wrote:

> After a couple of swings past the area were Dr. Remsen found the hawk and
> the distraction of a pale Red-tailed Hawk (Kriders?), I found the
> Rough-legged Hawk around 1 pm sitting on a power pole. Arthur Liles
> stopped
> at about the same time so we teamed up to follow it and photo it. The RLHA
> was very nervous and kept flying around the Tim Holt farm, landing on power
> line poles and in pecan trees. Thanks to Dr. Remsen for posting the info
> on
> LABIRD.
>
> Roselie Overby
>
> Rough-legged Hawk
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42756479
>
> Red-tailed Hawk--Kriders?
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42756703
>
 

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Date: 2/14/18 7:53 pm
From: Jennifer Coulson <jenniferocoulson...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Great Backyard Bird Count starts this Friday
*21st Annual Great Backyard Bird Count *
February 16-19, 2018

The 21st Great Backyard Bird Count <http://www.birdcount.org/> (GBBC) will
take place Friday, February 16 through Monday, February 19—in backyards,
parks, nature centers, on hiking trails, school grounds, balconies, and
beaches. This global event provides an opportunity for bird enthusiasts to
contribute important bird population data that help scientists see changes
over the past 21 years. To participate, bird watchers count the birds they
see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, then enter
their checklists online.

"The 2018 GBBC again promises to provide an important snapshot of bird
occurrence in February," says the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Marshall
Iliff, a leader of the eBird program
<http://ebird.org/?__hstc=64079792.4479916c23e058b29962855de923053c.1479135369302.1484680468437.1484684686412.45&__hssc=64079792.11.1484684686412&__hsfp=1106922304>.
"Some stories to watch in North America are mountain birds moving into
lowland valleys and east to the Great Plains, crossbills on the move across
much of the continent, and many eastern birds responding to extremes as the
winter temperatures have oscillated between unseasonably warm
and exceptionally cold."

During the 2017 count, an estimated 240,418 bird watchers from more than
100 countries submitted 181,606 bird checklists reporting 6,259
species–more than half the known bird species in the world!

Please help by participating in this global study. To register or sign in,
and for more information, visit: http://gbbc.birdcount.org/



*Orleans Audubon Society *<orleansaudubon...>
 

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Date: 2/14/18 7:48 pm
From: Jennifer Coulson <jenniferocoulson...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Dr. Caz Taylor talks about declining migratory bird populations -Tues., Feb. 20
*Orleans Audubon Society PROGRAM *

*Why are wood thrushes and other migratory birds declining, and what can we
do about it?*
Speaker: Caz Taylor
Date: Tuesday, February 20
Times: 6:30 p.m. social, 7:00 p.m. program
Location: Community Church Unitarian Universalist, 6690 Fleur de Lis Drive,
New Orleans, Louisiana 70124, is located in Lakeview, on the southwest
corner of Fleur de Lis Drive and 38th Street.

Caz Taylor is an Associate Professor in the Ecology and Evolutionary
Biology Department at Tulane. She has been trying to understand the ecology
and population changes in migratory animals, especially birds, for more
than a decade and has worked on shorebirds and songbirds; including Western
Sandpipers, Semipalmated Sandpipers, Tree Swallows, and Wood
Thrushes. Every species is a new adventure.

This meeting is open to the public. Please join us!
 

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Date: 2/14/18 7:46 pm
From: Jennifer Coulson <jenniferocoulson...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Sat., Feb. 17 birding trip: Phoenix to Bohemia
*Orleans Audubon Society & Crescent Bird ClubBirding Field Trip:*

* Phoenix to Bohemia and to the End of the Earth (half-day trip) *
Date: Saturday, February 17
Time: 8:00 a.m. Meet in the back parking lot of the Walgreens at the corner
of Paris Road and Judge Perez Dr. in Chalmette. All are welcome.
Leader: Glenn Ousset (504) 495-4284
 

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Date: 2/14/18 1:39 pm
From: Roselie Overby <rosebird8791...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Rough-Legged Hawk still in E. Carroll
After a couple of swings past the area were Dr. Remsen found the hawk and
the distraction of a pale Red-tailed Hawk (Kriders?), I found the
Rough-legged Hawk around 1 pm sitting on a power pole. Arthur Liles stopped
at about the same time so we teamed up to follow it and photo it. The RLHA
was very nervous and kept flying around the Tim Holt farm, landing on power
line poles and in pecan trees. Thanks to Dr. Remsen for posting the info on
LABIRD.

Roselie Overby

Rough-legged Hawk
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42756479

Red-tailed Hawk--Kriders?
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42756703
 

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Date: 2/14/18 10:25 am
From: Jay Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Grand Isle Limpkin Report
When cleaning up my inbox I found reference to a Limpkin report from Grand Isle for winter 16-17. Apparently no images.

Jay Huner

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 2/13/18 3:59 pm
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Washington parish new record.
Hello,
I birded this afternoon at LSU Ag Center SE Research station in Washington
parish this afternoon. At the pond on Bethel road, I came across one Wood
duck, two Northern shovelers and a male Green-winged teal. Ebird didn't
flag the teal, but when I looked in the species list for Washington parish,
Green-winged teal was not listed. I also checked the Louisiana Parish
Checklist Project and saw no GWTE for Washington parish.
Here is my checklist from today with photos if anyone would like to view it.
Happy Mardi Gras and Happy Birding!
Janine Robin
Folsom, LA
St Tammany parish
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42735814
 

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Date: 2/13/18 3:42 pm
From: Wendy Rihner <wrihner...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Rough-legged Hawk near Transylvania
Will you post that video, Van? I would love to see it, as Roughies are my
favorite raptor.

Wendy Rihner

On Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 5:01 PM, James V Remsen <najames...> wrote:

> Just finished videotaping handsome Rough-legged Hawk south of Transylvania
> in East Carroll Parish at Hwy 65 x Washington. Still present when I left.
>
> *****************************
> Dr. J. V. Remsen
> Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
> Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
> LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
> najames<at>LSU.edu
>
 

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Date: 2/13/18 3:02 pm
From: James V Remsen <najames...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Rough-legged Hawk near Transylvania
Just finished videotaping handsome Rough-legged Hawk south of Transylvania in East Carroll Parish at Hwy 65 x Washington. Still present when I left.

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

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Date: 2/12/18 7:15 pm
From: Jack Rogers <jack...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Limpkins-Houma, Terrebone par.
LAbirders,
I saw the continuing Limpkins at the highway pulloff in in Houma, Terrebone
parish. They were very vocal. One bird was definitely nest building,
going to the edge of the small marsh island they seem to live on and
breaking off marsh reeds, bringing them to the inside of the island where
(through an obscured view) I could see the other bird place them down. I
also observed the pair copulating; the bird that was gathering the reeds
(i.e, the male) went into the marsh, and mounted the female. Hopefully
this will become a breeding record for Louisiana!
Hope to see you all in the near future,
Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, South Carolina


--

Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, SC
 

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Date: 2/11/18 5:44 pm
From: Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Western Kingbird in Reggio
Continuing the trend of interesting flycatchers seen in Lower St. Bernard Parish this winter, another Western Kingbird was at the intersection of routes 300 and 46 yesterday around noon, on a wire.


This is in Reggio, but is perhaps more easily recognizable as the intersection where you must choose either the road to Delacroix or the road to Shell Beach/Hopedale.


Peter Yaukey

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Date: 2/11/18 8:43 am
From: Charles Williams <chazbizz91...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Rusty blackbirds
In the past two weeks the number of rusty blackbirds I have in my
neighborhood has increased, beginning a week ago with a flock of 250
rusties that was sprinkled with a few grackles. They emerge in the
mornings between 7:30 and 10 and move through the neighborhood in flocks
ranging from 50 up. Rarely see them in the afternoons and don't know where
they roost. When the yards dry out, they often are no-show for the day.
On those days, I tend to assume they remain down in the nearby Comite River
floodplain. Still not seeing red-wing blackbirds, which in previous years
have been numerous by now and often mixed with rusties.

Note: this is a heavily treed neighborhood (oaks of various species)
and flat ground with heavy clay soils that hold water in low spots.

Charles Williams (Greenwell Springs, EBR Parish)
 

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Date: 2/10/18 2:19 pm
From: Jay Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Martin Sightings
And that's the beauty of ebird. It's free!

Jay Huner

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 10, 2018, at 2:58 PM, James V Remsen <najames...> wrote:
>
> James et al.— they have different but complementary roles — it’s not and either/or thing. My point is that eBird makes this type of query largely superfluous.
>
> Not everyone is an eBird participant, but anyone with an internet connection can use eBird by simply visiting the site and going to Explore Data
>
> ===================
>
> 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 Feb 10, 2018, at 2:34 PM, James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> wrote:
>>
>> Not everyone is an eBird user, period. Should they be? Perhaps. It took
>> me a long time to even consider using eBird. I guess times are
>> a-changing...Van doubtlessly works very hard to manage many avenues of bird
>> reports. The potential extinction of the LABIRD listserv may be
>> inevitable, but I still prefer it leagues over eBird...although I may have
>> to surrender sooner or later. Purrington and I are still in the same
>> camp...I think! ; ) -j
>>
>> <http://www.avg.com/email-signature?utm_medium=email&utm_source=link&utm_campaign=sig-email&utm_content=webmail>
>> Virus-free.
>> www.avg.com
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>> <#DAB4FAD8-2DD7-40BB-A1B8-4E2AA1F9FDF2>
>>
>>> On Sat, Feb 10, 2018 at 2:18 PM, James V Remsen <najames...> wrote:
>>>
>>> LABIRD: Mainly because to see usual sightings, one can go to eBird, then
>>> Explore Data, then Species Maps, then, in this case, Purple Martin and
>>> Current Year, and see that they have been reported from 2-3 dozen
>>> localities, starting 15 Jan., nearly 1 month ago. Therefore, this former
>>> function of LABIRD is largely superfluous — eBird covers it far more
>>> efficiently given the very high rate of eBird participation in Louisiana,
>>>
>>>
>>> ===================
>>>
>>> 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 Feb 10, 2018, at 1:57 PM, James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Traffic for usual sightings has been disappointingly low lately on
>>> LABIRD.
>>>> I admit, I failed to post our first Purple Martins here in Marrero - 27
>>>> January. -j
>>>>
>>>>> On Feb 10, 2018 13:53, "L.M. Lalonde" <maisondorla...> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>> I haven’t seen or heard of any Martin sightings so far this year.
>>>>> Normally people
>>>>> are posting sightings at this time of year. My earliest sighting was on
>>>>> January 25
>>>>> at my Martin houses in downtown Ponchatoula.
>>>>>
>>>>> Leon Lalonde
>>>>> Ponchatoula, LA
>>>>>
>>>>> Sent from Mail<https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for
>>>>> Windows 10
>>>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>> --
>> 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: 2/10/18 1:07 pm
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Martin Sightings
Understood, Van. I'm not arguing with you here...I guess I am just too
adjusted to the listserv. Hah...I remember the days of calling the rare
bird alert number managed by John Sevenair. I suppose ultimately I need to
accept the progress of disseminating bird information. -j

On Feb 10, 2018 14:58, "James V Remsen" <najames...> wrote:

> James et al.— they have different but complementary roles — it’s not and
> either/or thing. My point is that eBird makes this type of query largely
> superfluous.
>
> Not everyone is an eBird participant, but anyone with an internet
> connection can use eBird by simply visiting the site and going to Explore
> Data
>
> ===================
>
> 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 Feb 10, 2018, at 2:34 PM, James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
> wrote:
> >
> > Not everyone is an eBird user, period. Should they be? Perhaps. It
> took
> > me a long time to even consider using eBird. I guess times are
> > a-changing...Van doubtlessly works very hard to manage many avenues of
> bird
> > reports. The potential extinction of the LABIRD listserv may be
> > inevitable, but I still prefer it leagues over eBird...although I may
> have
> > to surrender sooner or later. Purrington and I are still in the same
> > camp...I think! ; ) -j
> >
> > <http://www.avg.com/email-signature?utm_medium=email&
> utm_source=link&utm_campaign=sig-email&utm_content=webmail>
> > Virus-free.
> > www.avg.com
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> > <#DAB4FAD8-2DD7-40BB-A1B8-4E2AA1F9FDF2>
> >
> > On Sat, Feb 10, 2018 at 2:18 PM, James V Remsen <najames...> wrote:
> >
> >> LABIRD: Mainly because to see usual sightings, one can go to eBird, then
> >> Explore Data, then Species Maps, then, in this case, Purple Martin and
> >> Current Year, and see that they have been reported from 2-3 dozen
> >> localities, starting 15 Jan., nearly 1 month ago. Therefore, this
> former
> >> function of LABIRD is largely superfluous — eBird covers it far more
> >> efficiently given the very high rate of eBird participation in
> Louisiana,
> >>
> >>
> >> ===================
> >>
> >> 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 Feb 10, 2018, at 1:57 PM, James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
> >> wrote:
> >>>
> >>> Traffic for usual sightings has been disappointingly low lately on
> >> LABIRD.
> >>> I admit, I failed to post our first Purple Martins here in Marrero - 27
> >>> January. -j
> >>>
> >>> On Feb 10, 2018 13:53, "L.M. Lalonde" <maisondorla...> wrote:
> >>>
> >>>> I haven’t seen or heard of any Martin sightings so far this year.
> >>>> Normally people
> >>>> are posting sightings at this time of year. My earliest sighting was
> on
> >>>> January 25
> >>>> at my Martin houses in downtown Ponchatoula.
> >>>>
> >>>> Leon Lalonde
> >>>> Ponchatoula, LA
> >>>>
> >>>> Sent from Mail<https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for
> >>>> Windows 10
> >>>>
> >>
> >>
> >
> >
> > --
> > 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: 2/10/18 12:58 pm
From: James V Remsen <najames...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Martin Sightings
James et al.— they have different but complementary roles — it’s not and either/or thing. My point is that eBird makes this type of query largely superfluous.

Not everyone is an eBird participant, but anyone with an internet connection can use eBird by simply visiting the site and going to Explore Data

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

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 Feb 10, 2018, at 2:34 PM, James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> wrote:
>
> Not everyone is an eBird user, period. Should they be? Perhaps. It took
> me a long time to even consider using eBird. I guess times are
> a-changing...Van doubtlessly works very hard to manage many avenues of bird
> reports. The potential extinction of the LABIRD listserv may be
> inevitable, but I still prefer it leagues over eBird...although I may have
> to surrender sooner or later. Purrington and I are still in the same
> camp...I think! ; ) -j
>
> <http://www.avg.com/email-signature?utm_medium=email&utm_source=link&utm_campaign=sig-email&utm_content=webmail>
> Virus-free.
> www.avg.com
> <http://www.avg.com/email-signature?utm_medium=email&utm_source=link&utm_campaign=sig-email&utm_content=webmail>
> <#DAB4FAD8-2DD7-40BB-A1B8-4E2AA1F9FDF2>
>
> On Sat, Feb 10, 2018 at 2:18 PM, James V Remsen <najames...> wrote:
>
>> LABIRD: Mainly because to see usual sightings, one can go to eBird, then
>> Explore Data, then Species Maps, then, in this case, Purple Martin and
>> Current Year, and see that they have been reported from 2-3 dozen
>> localities, starting 15 Jan., nearly 1 month ago. Therefore, this former
>> function of LABIRD is largely superfluous — eBird covers it far more
>> efficiently given the very high rate of eBird participation in Louisiana,
>>
>>
>> ===================
>>
>> 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 Feb 10, 2018, at 1:57 PM, James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
>> wrote:
>>>
>>> Traffic for usual sightings has been disappointingly low lately on
>> LABIRD.
>>> I admit, I failed to post our first Purple Martins here in Marrero - 27
>>> January. -j
>>>
>>> On Feb 10, 2018 13:53, "L.M. Lalonde" <maisondorla...> wrote:
>>>
>>>> I haven’t seen or heard of any Martin sightings so far this year.
>>>> Normally people
>>>> are posting sightings at this time of year. My earliest sighting was on
>>>> January 25
>>>> at my Martin houses in downtown Ponchatoula.
>>>>
>>>> Leon Lalonde
>>>> Ponchatoula, LA
>>>>
>>>> Sent from Mail<https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for
>>>> Windows 10
>>>>
>>
>>
>
>
> --
> 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: 2/10/18 12:34 pm
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Martin Sightings
Not everyone is an eBird user, period. Should they be? Perhaps. It took
me a long time to even consider using eBird. I guess times are
a-changing...Van doubtlessly works very hard to manage many avenues of bird
reports. The potential extinction of the LABIRD listserv may be
inevitable, but I still prefer it leagues over eBird...although I may have
to surrender sooner or later. Purrington and I are still in the same
camp...I think! ; ) -j

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On Sat, Feb 10, 2018 at 2:18 PM, James V Remsen <najames...> wrote:

> LABIRD: Mainly because to see usual sightings, one can go to eBird, then
> Explore Data, then Species Maps, then, in this case, Purple Martin and
> Current Year, and see that they have been reported from 2-3 dozen
> localities, starting 15 Jan., nearly 1 month ago. Therefore, this former
> function of LABIRD is largely superfluous — eBird covers it far more
> efficiently given the very high rate of eBird participation in Louisiana,
>
>
> ===================
>
> 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 Feb 10, 2018, at 1:57 PM, James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
> wrote:
> >
> > Traffic for usual sightings has been disappointingly low lately on
> LABIRD.
> > I admit, I failed to post our first Purple Martins here in Marrero - 27
> > January. -j
> >
> > On Feb 10, 2018 13:53, "L.M. Lalonde" <maisondorla...> wrote:
> >
> >> I haven’t seen or heard of any Martin sightings so far this year.
> >> Normally people
> >> are posting sightings at this time of year. My earliest sighting was on
> >> January 25
> >> at my Martin houses in downtown Ponchatoula.
> >>
> >> Leon Lalonde
> >> Ponchatoula, LA
> >>
> >> Sent from Mail<https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for
> >> Windows 10
> >>
>
>


--
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: 2/10/18 12:18 pm
From: James V Remsen <najames...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Martin Sightings
LABIRD: Mainly because to see usual sightings, one can go to eBird, then Explore Data, then Species Maps, then, in this case, Purple Martin and Current Year, and see that they have been reported from 2-3 dozen localities, starting 15 Jan., nearly 1 month ago. Therefore, this former function of LABIRD is largely superfluous — eBird covers it far more efficiently given the very high rate of eBird participation in Louisiana,


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

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 Feb 10, 2018, at 1:57 PM, James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> wrote:
>
> Traffic for usual sightings has been disappointingly low lately on LABIRD.
> I admit, I failed to post our first Purple Martins here in Marrero - 27
> January. -j
>
> On Feb 10, 2018 13:53, "L.M. Lalonde" <maisondorla...> wrote:
>
>> I haven’t seen or heard of any Martin sightings so far this year.
>> Normally people
>> are posting sightings at this time of year. My earliest sighting was on
>> January 25
>> at my Martin houses in downtown Ponchatoula.
>>
>> Leon Lalonde
>> Ponchatoula, LA
>>
>> Sent from Mail<https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for
>> Windows 10
>>

 

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Date: 2/10/18 11:57 am
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Martin Sightings
Traffic for usual sightings has been disappointingly low lately on LABIRD.
I admit, I failed to post our first Purple Martins here in Marrero - 27
January. -j

On Feb 10, 2018 13:53, "L.M. Lalonde" <maisondorla...> wrote:

> I haven’t seen or heard of any Martin sightings so far this year.
> Normally people
> are posting sightings at this time of year. My earliest sighting was on
> January 25
> at my Martin houses in downtown Ponchatoula.
>
> Leon Lalonde
> Ponchatoula, LA
>
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Date: 2/10/18 11:57 am
From: L.M. Lalonde <maisondorla...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Martin Sightings
I havent seen or heard of any Martin sightings so far this year. Normally people
are posting sightings at this time of year. My earliest sighting was on January 25
at my Martin houses in downtown Ponchatoula.

Leon Lalonde
Ponchatoula, LA

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Date: 2/9/18 6:44 pm
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Harris's Hawk - Atchafalaya NWR
I am forwarding this on behalf of Timothy White, who is not currently
subscribed to the list. He found an adult Harris's Hawk at Atchafalaya
NWR. Details below. -j

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42626632

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Date: 2/9/18 3:29 pm
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Limpkins - probable nest building
I had not seen this posted here and had Marielle McCaa not told me about
it, I might have not heard about it until much later. Apparently, Chuck
Cantrell witness the Limpkin pair beginning likely (?) nest-building. The
only information I was able to glean from Facebook was Chuck's reply to
Erik Johnson's inquiry:

" The male was cutting marsh grass and laying it down inside of the big
clump where they have been hanging out. The female was further inside. "

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

-j

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Date: 2/9/18 1:21 pm
From: David Fox <thedavefox...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Barataria Preserve Winter Bird Count: postponed until 2/17
Mardi Gras ruins everyDavid__thing, except Mardi Gras. We're postponing
the winter Bird Count until next Saturday. So, if you might be free to
help bird a trail for us that morning, please contact me at
<David_m_fox...>, and we'll make it as easy as possible on you.

Thanks,
Dave
 

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Date: 2/9/18 11:01 am
From: Elias <ejlandry...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Sandhill Cranes
Made a run to Pintail Loop by way of Hwy14with a stop at Laccasine Pools. Waterfowl were numerous didn't spot the Cinnamon Teal. Got to see a good size flock of Sandhill Cranes in the fields just passed Lionel Derouen Road on Hwy 27. Do I have to send a 3x5 card or is this flock to be expected in the Holmwood area? Conservitive estimate of150+

Elias Landry
 

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Date: 2/7/18 8:18 am
From: Paul Dickson <Paul...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Black Duck x Mallard in Red River Parish
Labird: We captured, banded, photographed and released an American Black Duck while banding ducks in Red River Parish yesterday. Upon close examination it was identified as a hybrid with mallard though mostly, appears as a Black Duck. Records for Black Duck are very few in northwest Louisiana since the demise of the central Canada population of Black Duck in the mid twentieth century. This is the first recent record. Having such a rarity in hand we took the opportunity to photograph it next to captive specimens of Mottled Duck and American Black Duck from the Pinola Conservancy Aviary. All are after-second-year males. The photo sets include all plumage areas. This set of photos of the three similar specimens in hand is unprecedented as far as I know. These can be a useful resource for identification both in the field and in the hand. These photos are available on the blog at the Pinola Conservancy web site. http://www.pinola.net/american-black-duck-mallard-hybrid/ .
Paul Dickson
 

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Date: 2/6/18 4:24 pm
From: Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Limpkins - mating behavior and copulation ?
Nice view of the outermost primary in the third pic as well, as per Erik Johnson's post on determining age. I don't have a reference handy to diagnose what that photo reveals though...


Peter Yaukey

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Sent: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 4:08:08 PM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Limpkins - mating behavior and copulation ?

Katy Richard and I were at the Limpkin spot about mid-day. The Limpkins
were at the back of the marsh and one flew in close to us by the road.
After a while it vocalized for about 3 minutes straight and the other flew
in. There was vocalizing another minute or two and then I got the enclosed
photos in the e-mail link I am enclosing. There was a woman whose name I
did not get with a better view who said they were copulating. Anyway photos
that I have are in the E-bird llink.

https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fview%2Fchecklist%2FS42540456&data=01%7C01%<7CPYAUKEY...>%7C80b1df492277474eaebe08d56dae1f16%7Cb77f359c415b4b61a04d8237867fba4f%7C0&sdata=o4W2uBuiVBBebrOqvkst18nkMHxhJNl8SSG0DSzUk3I%3D&reserved=0

John Romano
Breaux Bridge. LA

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Date: 2/6/18 2:08 pm
From: John Romano <birderjuan...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Limpkins - mating behavior and copulation ?
Katy Richard and I were at the Limpkin spot about mid-day. The Limpkins
were at the back of the marsh and one flew in close to us by the road.
After a while it vocalized for about 3 minutes straight and the other flew
in. There was vocalizing another minute or two and then I got the enclosed
photos in the e-mail link I am enclosing. There was a woman whose name I
did not get with a better view who said they were copulating. Anyway photos
that I have are in the E-bird llink.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42540456

John Romano
Breaux Bridge. LA
 

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Date: 2/6/18 1:51 pm
From: R. Martin Guidry <guidryrm...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Limpkins
The two limpkins continue near Houma, LA as of this morning (Tuesday, 6
February). They were on North Hollywood Road about 0.2 miles from St.
Louis Canal Road. There is a cut in the woods lining the side of the road
(the side opposite the canal) and they were in that area. Initially they
were in the tall canes to the left of the cut (as you face away from the
road) and then they came walking out of the cane and to the marshy area.
They were seen about 7:15 am.

Marty

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http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guidryrm/butaud
 

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Date: 2/5/18 11:48 pm
From: David Fox <thedavefox...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Barataria Preserve Winter Bird Count, Saturday 10 February
The Barataria Preserve is seeking birders to help conduct its annual Winter
Bird Count, this Saturday, 10 February.

The count is relatively informal, just contact me off-list, I'll assign you
a trail to survey before noon on that day, and you can submit your
observations through eBird's Barataria Preserve hotspot.

You can reach out to me at <David_M_Fox...>, and I'll respond with all
the information and my cell number.

Maybe you can help take some of the burden off our perennial contributors?

Thank you all for your consideration. We can't maintain this effort
without your help!
 

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Date: 2/5/18 8:09 pm
From: Charles Lyon <lyon5516...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Houma Limpkins
LA-birders,
If you have not yet made the trip to Houma to see the Limpkin pair, I
believe this is a trip that would very much be worthwhile to you. The birds are
confiding and the supply of apple snails is abundant. I suspect they are not going
anywhere soon, and I also suspect these birds may be part of a pioneer group that
is colonizing the area. Well find out soon enough if their numbers start to multiply.
The eBird list with embedded photos is below.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/email?subID=S42530594

Charlie Lyon
Shreveport, LA
 

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Date: 2/5/18 5:19 pm
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Rare Bird Reports
I'd like to remind birders that there are three ways to report bird sightings in Louisiana: ebird, 3x5 cards, and long forms.

An ebird report does not go to the official LSU Museum of Natural Sciences data base. 3x5 cards and long forms do.

3x5 cards involve reports of out of season birds, unusual numbers regardless of season, and rare birds. Long forms are restricted only to rare birds like Cinnamon Teal, Limpkin, Tropical Kingbird, etc. However, a long form report DOES NOT become a 3x5 card. SO, if you report Limpkin on a long form, YOU ALSO NEED to make a 3x5 card.

Sort of complicated and a bit of a bother BUT the data set at LSU MNS for 3x5 cards and long forms long predates ebird.

Jay Huner
 

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Date: 2/5/18 12:24 pm
From: Puget Sound Birds <pugetsoundbird...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Source of Local Bluebird Boxes
Does anyone know a good source of bluebird boxes. I am staying up east of
Folsom, and Sandy has riding contacts at about 5 different horse farms all
of which have bluebirds but no boxes.

Not being too familiar with the northshore, does anyone know of any place
to get them, or some inexpensive kits. Since I'm often at these horse
farms, I could put some up and see how they do..

Please contact me offline, or if it is general info, online.
don

Donald Norman
<pugetsoundbird...>
 

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Date: 2/5/18 11:57 am
From: BRAS Programs <programs...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] BRAS presentation Thurs, Feb 22nd
Join us for the next Baton Rouge Audubon Society (BRAS) program presented by Dr. Peter Marra, Director of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center! Please note, to accommodate a larger crowd we will host Dr. Marra at the *East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library.*

Program title: Keeping Cats and Birds Safe: A History and a Future

Speaker: Dr. Peter Marra

Date: Thursday, February 22nd

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 PM; Refreshments offered 6:30 - 7:00 PM

Location: *East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library; large meeting room*

7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806


Dr. Marra, an ornithologist and conservation biologist, will give a presentation about his new book that tells the story of the threats free-ranging cats pose to biodiversity and public health throughout the world. This compelling book and lecture traces the historical and cultural ties between humans and cats from early domestication to the current boom in pet ownership, along the way accessibly explaining the science of extinction, population modeling, and feline diseases. It charts the developments that have led to our present impasse--from breakthrough studies on cat predation to free-ranging cat-eradication programs underway in Australia today.

In his book, “Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer,” Dr. Marra paints a revealing picture of a complex global problem--and proposes solutions that foresee a time when birds and other wildlife, as well as humans, are no longer vulnerable to the impacts of free-ranging cats.


This program is sponsored by the Baton Rouge Audubon Society and is free to the public. No formal registration is required, but please RSVP if you plan on attending (programs AT braudubon.org) so we can plan accordingly.
 

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Date: 2/4/18 7:02 am
From: Teri Ferguson <terif2009...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Limpkin - LBRC reports
Thanks for the interesting information! I do have pictures I will post later today

Sent from my iPad

> On Feb 4, 2018, at 8:05 AM, Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...> wrote:
>
> Hello LAbirders,
>
> As Steve Cardiff and others so often do on LAbird, I wanted to encourage people to submit LBRC reports of the Houma Limpkins. Having open wing shots in particular may be helpful in narrowing down subspecies and age of these birds, so don't just assume that because the whole world is seeing these Limpkins that your photos and videos are duplicative.
> https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Flosbird.org%2Flbrc%2Fsubmitreport.html&data=02%7C01%7C%7C67f0921927c5426664c308d56bd84df9%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636533499120640650&sdata=MHwyIvnSamWa3r2GjBQym%2FPGCxIksfasc%2Bav3lgJCPM%3D&reserved=0
>
> One of the neatest things about Limpkins for me is that they molt like almost no other species on the planet (I know of only one other similar example - apparently, the Lesser Jacana). They molt backwards, meaning starting at p10 (the outer primary) and progressing inward to p1 (the inner primary). The also do what's called a Staffelmauser progression, meaning one or more blocks of flight feathers are skipped with each annual molt, much like large herons, raptors, pelicans, etc.
>
> Limpkins also have a distinctly shaped bent p10 as an adult, and Pyle (2008) describes the shape to be distinct among juveniles, 2nd cycle, and after 2nd cycle birds. WHAT ALL THIS MOLT AND FEATHER SHAPE STUFF MEANS IS THAT OPEN WING SHOTS CAN BE EXTREMELY USEFUL TO AGE THE BIRDS.
>
> Furthermore, there are three contender subspecies of Limpkins that I suppose would have potential to show up in Louisiana, although certainly Florida seems like the most likely origin. From what I understand both the Florida and Mexico populations are possibly expanding in range. This is from Cornell's Birds of North America account:
>
>
> - A. g. pictus (Meyer, 1794). Florida, Bahamas, Cuba (including Isle of Youth), and Jamaica. Averages large with broad white marks on scapulars and wing coverts; no white at base of secondaries.
>
> - A. g. elucus Peters, 1925. Hispaniola, Puerto Rico (formerly). Similar to A. g. pictus, perhaps averaging slightly smaller in size, darker, and white markings on wing coverts reduced to narrow shaft streak.
>
> - A. g. dolosus Peters, 1925. From Oaxaca on Pacific coast and Veracruz on Atlantic coast of s. Mexico south to w. Panama. Averages smaller than A. g. pictus, but larger than A. g. guarauna; darker and more glossy than A. g. pictus; white markings reduced, approaching A. g. guarauna but with white streak on outer web at base of secondaries.
>
> - A. g. guarauna (Linnaeus, 1766). Central and e. Panama south on west coast of South America to w. Ecuador and east of Andes to the Guianas and south to e. Peru, Bolivia, n. Argentina, and Uruguay. Small (especially so in north) compared with northern races (above); white markings only on head and neck.
>
> So gather your photos, and submit them with a form to the LBRC. Many thanks!
>
> Happy birding,
> Erik Johnson
> S Lafayette, LA
> Ejohnson AT Audubon.org
 

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Date: 2/4/18 6:05 am
From: Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Limpkin - LBRC reports
Hello LAbirders,

As Steve Cardiff and others so often do on LAbird, I wanted to encourage people to submit LBRC reports of the Houma Limpkins. Having open wing shots in particular may be helpful in narrowing down subspecies and age of these birds, so don't just assume that because the whole world is seeing these Limpkins that your photos and videos are duplicative.
http://losbird.org/lbrc/submitreport.html

One of the neatest things about Limpkins for me is that they molt like almost no other species on the planet (I know of only one other similar example - apparently, the Lesser Jacana). They molt backwards, meaning starting at p10 (the outer primary) and progressing inward to p1 (the inner primary). The also do what's called a Staffelmauser progression, meaning one or more blocks of flight feathers are skipped with each annual molt, much like large herons, raptors, pelicans, etc.

Limpkins also have a distinctly shaped bent p10 as an adult, and Pyle (2008) describes the shape to be distinct among juveniles, 2nd cycle, and after 2nd cycle birds. WHAT ALL THIS MOLT AND FEATHER SHAPE STUFF MEANS IS THAT OPEN WING SHOTS CAN BE EXTREMELY USEFUL TO AGE THE BIRDS.

Furthermore, there are three contender subspecies of Limpkins that I suppose would have potential to show up in Louisiana, although certainly Florida seems like the most likely origin. From what I understand both the Florida and Mexico populations are possibly expanding in range. This is from Cornell's Birds of North America account:


- A. g. pictus (Meyer, 1794). Florida, Bahamas, Cuba (including Isle of Youth), and Jamaica. Averages large with broad white marks on scapulars and wing coverts; no white at base of secondaries.

- A. g. elucus Peters, 1925. Hispaniola, Puerto Rico (formerly). Similar to A. g. pictus, perhaps averaging slightly smaller in size, darker, and white markings on wing coverts reduced to narrow shaft streak.

- A. g. dolosus Peters, 1925. From Oaxaca on Pacific coast and Veracruz on Atlantic coast of s. Mexico south to w. Panama. Averages smaller than A. g. pictus, but larger than A. g. guarauna; darker and more glossy than A. g. pictus; white markings reduced, approaching A. g. guarauna but with white streak on outer web at base of secondaries.

- A. g. guarauna (Linnaeus, 1766). Central and e. Panama south on west coast of South America to w. Ecuador and east of Andes to the Guianas and south to e. Peru, Bolivia, n. Argentina, and Uruguay. Small (especially so in north) compared with northern races (above); white markings only on head and neck.

So gather your photos, and submit them with a form to the LBRC. Many thanks!

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

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Date: 2/3/18 2:11 pm
From: Roselie Overby <rosebird8791...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] AWOL robins and blackbirds? NE LA
I saw flocks of Am Robins today in large yards as I went to town. Redwing
Blackbirds did their usual thing of showing up in moderate numbers at the
feeders in January, but I've only seen large CO Grackle flocks during the
cold spell. As usual, I've seen only one Yellow-rumped Warbler lately. An
AM Goldfinch was giving a partial song Thursday afternoon when it was a
little warmer.
Roselie Overby
Oak Grove in W. Carroll Parish
 

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Date: 2/3/18 12:58 pm
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] AWOL robins and blackbirds?
As well here in the Marrero/Westwego area, with close to 200 robins and
similar numbers of yellow-rumps yesterday from Bayou Segnette. -jz

On Feb 3, 2018 14:43, "Charles Williams" <chazbizz91...> wrote:

Robins and blackbirds have been increasing this week and are now here
(Greenwell Springs, EBR Parish) in typical numbers.

On Jan 29, 2018 10:13 AM, "Bill Vermillion" <bill.gcjv...> wrote:

Prior to this thread I too was thinking about the absence of robin flocks
this winter - though the resident birds in my downtown Lafayette
neighborhood were singing yesterday. But from my limited sampling, Killdeer
numbers seem to be up this winter. Has that been true elsewhere in the
state?

Bill V

On Mon, Jan 22, 2018 at 7:48 PM, James V Remsen <najames...> wrote:

> Charles/LABIRD: from my experience so far, this does seem to be a down
> year for all three. Lowest-ever count in my Baton Rouge CBC area for
> Robins and Red-wings, and no big swarms of Robins noted by me anywhere so
> far. I have yet to see a Rusty this winter.
>
> Impressions are one thing, but CBC data will address the issue. eBird
> would as well if there were an easy way to compare birds per party hour
> each winter without having to download masses of raw data.
>
> ===================
>
> 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 Jan 22, 2018, at 4:51 PM, Charles Williams <chazbizz91...>
> wrote:
> >
> > Usually by this time in the winter I have experienced many flocks of
> robins
> > and they will be all over my neighborhood. Also, by this date I usually
> > have daily flocks of blackbirds, usually mixtures of redwings and
> rusties,
> > numbering from dozens per flock to hundreds. I have had zero so far
this
> > year and am wondering if others are noticing the same.
> >
> > Charles Williams (Greenwell Springs, EBR Parish)
>
 

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Date: 2/3/18 12:43 pm
From: Charles Williams <chazbizz91...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] AWOL robins and blackbirds?
Robins and blackbirds have been increasing this week and are now here
(Greenwell Springs, EBR Parish) in typical numbers.

On Jan 29, 2018 10:13 AM, "Bill Vermillion" <bill.gcjv...> wrote:

Prior to this thread I too was thinking about the absence of robin flocks
this winter - though the resident birds in my downtown Lafayette
neighborhood were singing yesterday. But from my limited sampling, Killdeer
numbers seem to be up this winter. Has that been true elsewhere in the
state?

Bill V

On Mon, Jan 22, 2018 at 7:48 PM, James V Remsen <najames...> wrote:

> Charles/LABIRD: from my experience so far, this does seem to be a down
> year for all three. Lowest-ever count in my Baton Rouge CBC area for
> Robins and Red-wings, and no big swarms of Robins noted by me anywhere so
> far. I have yet to see a Rusty this winter.
>
> Impressions are one thing, but CBC data will address the issue. eBird
> would as well if there were an easy way to compare birds per party hour
> each winter without having to download masses of raw data.
>
> ===================
>
> 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 Jan 22, 2018, at 4:51 PM, Charles Williams <chazbizz91...>
> wrote:
> >
> > Usually by this time in the winter I have experienced many flocks of
> robins
> > and they will be all over my neighborhood. Also, by this date I usually
> > have daily flocks of blackbirds, usually mixtures of redwings and
> rusties,
> > numbering from dozens per flock to hundreds. I have had zero so far
this
> > year and am wondering if others are noticing the same.
> >
> > Charles Williams (Greenwell Springs, EBR Parish)
>
 

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Date: 2/3/18 6:20 am
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Northern bobwhites Folsom
https://flic.kr/p/FTY79b
Hello,
Four NOBO just came marching out of the flower bed to join other birds in
eating seed sprinkled on the ground. It has been a few years since they
graced my backyard. Three males and one skittish female (can you blame
her?).
Janine
Folsom LA
NW corner of St Tammany parish
 

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Date: 2/2/18 5:09 pm
From: Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Limpkins near Houma
Ebird shows a spate of wandering Limpkin records last May and June, extending up to tidewater Virginia, Greenville SC, Chattanooga, Atlanta, and central Alabama. The Atlanta bird was still present into at least October.


I wonder if our birds were part of that movement, and escaped detection until now....


Peter Y

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From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds <LABIRD-L...> on behalf of Jane Patterson <seejanebird...>
Sent: Thursday, February 1, 2018 9:38:03 AM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Limpkins near Houma

I posted a few videos of the Limpkins harvesting apple snails, clams, and
calling on the LABIRD facebook page today. At some point, when I have
time, I'll combine my videos into a full length feature film on YouTube :)

Such cool birds!

--Jane

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Date: 2/2/18 10:15 am
From: Trond Nilsen <trond.nilsen...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] ABA Code of Ethics in Birding
Good point Erik!


Trond

> 2. feb. 2018 kl. 19:06 skrev Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...>:
>
> The Limpkin situation brings up something that I know has been hashed out on LAbird in the past, but maybe it's a good reminder for all of us to review the ABA Code of Ethics in Birding. There are times when it may be ethically, ecologically, and legally, not a good idea to use playback.
>
> http://listing.aba.org/ethics/
>
> I bring this up as a huge proponent of the use of playback - I use it for general pleasure (birding), citizen science (CBC, Atlas project), and in research.
>
> For stakeouts that are sought after by many, and in heavily birded areas where you may be attracting more birders than birds, playback may not be a good idea. On NWR and some other refuges, it's actually prohibited.
>
> Not trying to point fingers or call any one person out, just reminding that we all (myself included) should be good stewards of birds and other birders.
>
> Erik Johnson
> S Lafayette, LA
> Ejohnson AT Audubon.org
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds [mailto:<LABIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of Steven W. Cardiff
> Sent: Friday, February 2, 2018 11:54 AM
> To: <LABIRD-L...>
> Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Limpkins
>
> Paul/Labird-
> Chasers should go there expecting to have to be patient. There's no indication so far that the birds move more than a few feet from their favorite clump of reeds.
>
> Steve Cardiff
>
>> On Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 11:51 AM, <pyak...> wrote:
>>
>> the limpkins were inside the cutgrass and one finally came out into
>> the open after the play back. there were several birders enjoying the limpkin!!
>> I just returned from there a few minutes ago the limpkin spot is very
>> close to my home.
>>
>> Paul Yakupzack
>>
>> ------------------------------
>> *From: *"Steven W. Cardiff" <scardif...>
>> *To: *<LABIRD-L...>
>> *Sent: *Friday, February 2, 2018 11:48:00 AM
>> *Subject: *Re: [LABIRD-L] Limpkins
>>
>>
>> Jay/Labird-
>> So, why would anyone have to use playback at that location,
>> especially if the birds were out in the open?
>>
>> Steve Cardiff
>>
>>> On Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 10:23 AM, Jay Huner <jvh0660...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Heard clearly in response to playback.
>>>
>>> In cut grass patch. Were out in open in early morning.
>>>
>>> Jay Huner 10:20 AM.
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>
>>
>>
 

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Date: 2/2/18 10:06 am
From: Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] ABA Code of Ethics in Birding
The Limpkin situation brings up something that I know has been hashed out on LAbird in the past, but maybe it's a good reminder for all of us to review the ABA Code of Ethics in Birding. There are times when it may be ethically, ecologically, and legally, not a good idea to use playback.

http://listing.aba.org/ethics/

I bring this up as a huge proponent of the use of playback - I use it for general pleasure (birding), citizen science (CBC, Atlas project), and in research.

For stakeouts that are sought after by many, and in heavily birded areas where you may be attracting more birders than birds, playback may not be a good idea. On NWR and some other refuges, it's actually prohibited.

Not trying to point fingers or call any one person out, just reminding that we all (myself included) should be good stewards of birds and other birders.

Erik Johnson
S Lafayette, LA
Ejohnson AT Audubon.org



-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds [mailto:<LABIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of Steven W. Cardiff
Sent: Friday, February 2, 2018 11:54 AM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Limpkins

Paul/Labird-
Chasers should go there expecting to have to be patient. There's no indication so far that the birds move more than a few feet from their favorite clump of reeds.

Steve Cardiff

On Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 11:51 AM, <pyak...> wrote:

> the limpkins were inside the cutgrass and one finally came out into
> the open after the play back. there were several birders enjoying the limpkin!!
> I just returned from there a few minutes ago the limpkin spot is very
> close to my home.
>
> Paul Yakupzack
>
> ------------------------------
> *From: *"Steven W. Cardiff" <scardif...>
> *To: *<LABIRD-L...>
> *Sent: *Friday, February 2, 2018 11:48:00 AM
> *Subject: *Re: [LABIRD-L] Limpkins
>
>
> Jay/Labird-
> So, why would anyone have to use playback at that location,
> especially if the birds were out in the open?
>
> Steve Cardiff
>
> On Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 10:23 AM, Jay Huner <jvh0660...> wrote:
>
> > Heard clearly in response to playback.
> >
> > In cut grass patch. Were out in open in early morning.
> >
> > Jay Huner 10:20 AM.
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
>
>
 

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Date: 2/2/18 9:54 am
From: Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Limpkins
Paul/Labird-
Chasers should go there expecting to have to be patient. There's no
indication so far that the birds move more than a few feet from their
favorite clump of reeds.

Steve Cardiff

On Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 11:51 AM, <pyak...> wrote:

> the limpkins were inside the cutgrass and one finally came out into the
> open after the play back. there were several birders enjoying the limpkin!!
> I just returned from there a few minutes ago the limpkin spot is very close
> to my home.
>
> Paul Yakupzack
>
> ------------------------------
> *From: *"Steven W. Cardiff" <scardif...>
> *To: *<LABIRD-L...>
> *Sent: *Friday, February 2, 2018 11:48:00 AM
> *Subject: *Re: [LABIRD-L] Limpkins
>
>
> Jay/Labird-
> So, why would anyone have to use playback at that location, especially
> if the birds were out in the open?
>
> Steve Cardiff
>
> On Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 10:23 AM, Jay Huner <jvh0660...> wrote:
>
> > Heard clearly in response to playback.
> >
> > In cut grass patch. Were out in open in early morning.
> >
> > Jay Huner 10:20 AM.
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
>
>
 

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Date: 2/2/18 9:48 am
From: Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Limpkins
Jay/Labird-
So, why would anyone have to use playback at that location, especially
if the birds were out in the open?

Steve Cardiff

On Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 10:23 AM, Jay Huner <jvh0660...> wrote:

> Heard clearly in response to playback.
>
> In cut grass patch. Were out in open in early morning.
>
> Jay Huner 10:20 AM.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
 

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Date: 2/2/18 8:23 am
From: Jay Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Limpkins
Heard clearly in response to playback.

In cut grass patch. Were out in open in early morning.

Jay Huner 10:20 AM.

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 2/2/18 7:25 am
From: Matt Conn <mconn...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Northern Gannet Question
I have been surveying with BTNEP on Elmer's Island (Grand Isle) the last few years, and it is not uncommon to see them off the shore a few times during the winter each year. And usually when I do I see a good number. (And we are only there 2 times a month).

My 2¢,

Matt Conn
Lafayette

-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds [mailto:<LABIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of John Romano
Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2018 7:49 PM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Northern Gannet Question

I noticed very large numbers of Northern Gannet being reported from the beaches in Cameron Parish on 01/30/18. Was there something unusual going on or do they occur seasonally that close to land ?

John Romano
Breaux Bridge
 

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Date: 2/1/18 5:58 pm
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] First singing Yellow-rump
I heard my first singing Myrtle Warbler of the season already today in the
Lower Ninth Ward. -jz
 

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Date: 2/1/18 5:48 pm
From: John Romano <birderjuan...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Northern Gannet Question
I noticed very large numbers of Northern Gannet being reported from the
beaches in Cameron Parish on 01/30/18. Was there something unusual going
on or do they occur seasonally that close to land ?

John Romano
Breaux Bridge
 

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Date: 2/1/18 2:55 pm
From: Philip C Stouffer <pstouffer...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] "Mangrove" Yellow Warbler
Thanks Rob and David for these reports and insights. It is interesting to hear that nowa are in these scrawny mangroves during passage. Rob, please keep us posted if you are out there this spring.
Best,
Phil


-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds [mailto:<LABIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of David Muth
Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2018 9:58 AM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] "Mangrove" Yellow Warbler

Labird:

Fascinating subject Phil.

To echo a bit of Rob's analysis and comment on Phil's question, I have similar experiences as Rob in Louisiana mangrove. I am personally a little skeptical about the increase in wintering NOWA seen in eBird. For one thing, people like me have entered very few checklists from more than ten years ago, and the last decade included the winter atlas effort, which meant a lot more people making an effort to bird in difficult and non-traditional areas.

I have posted before that I suspect that NOWA is in fact a more common wintering bird in Louisiana than records indicate. During my years in the Barataria Preserve I found one or two of them annually in winter, both on swamp edges (as along the Bayou Coquille and Ring Levee trails) and on forested bayou and canal edges. Given the hundreds of thousands of acres of such habitat in Louisiana, and the relatively few access points available, one could extrapolate a pretty large population, just not one that is well sampled.

I think Phil has properly posed the question about mangroves on the northern Gulf coast and I'm going to guess "punctuated by major diebacks". Assuming that as climate change accelerates it will bring steady average warming, I also might expect what we seem already to be seeing, major and severe weather swings into severe events. That will be hard on mangroves--greater areal coverage but then major die-backs in infrequent but major freezes. That may or may not call into question the strategy of planting mangroves to prevent coastal erosion.

In addition, mangroves have moved north faster than mangrove specialists, and that includes not just birds but mangrove estuarine organisms. It will be interesting to watch it all play out.

David Muth
New Orleans


-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds [mailto:<LABIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of Rob Dobbs
Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2018 9:34 AM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] "Mangrove" Yellow Warbler

Per Phil's request, another mangrove report -- On the Isles Dernieres (Terrebonne Parish), about 50 mi WSW of Grand Isle, mangroves are in a similar state... badly burned with brown leaves on mid-upper branches, but a fair bit of green down low--where relatively warm, saturated soil/standing water presumably provided a bit of a buffer.

To keep this post bird-related, we have not found any Northern Waterthrushes overwintering during the past five years that we've conducted regular surveys of the site, but the mangroves only average 4-5 ft tall (and our surveys are not of mangroves, per se, although we do cover the edges). NOWA can be common in those low-stature mangroves during migration... even on spring days when few other passerines stopover, there are often NOWA in those mangroves, suggesting that its descent habitat, or has enough familiarity that some birds use it when they could keep flying over. But all of the NOWA that I have seen overwintering in Louisiana have been in taller woods, or at least situations with some taller structure, and at least some open areas in the understory. The vertical veg profile of most LA mangroves is so different from the taller mangroves typical of NOWA winter habitat (at least that I'm familiar with, in the Caribbean). The low-growth, shrub stage of our mangroves does not have much in the way of open areas or bare ground, unlike the taller tropical mangrove forests that typically have a relatively open understory and more bare ground/water. I wonder if the thick understory of the shrubby LA mangroves deter them from settling in for the winter, given their foraging behavior.

Rob

On Mon, Jan 29, 2018 at 10:13 PM, Philip C Stouffer <pstouffer...>
wrote:

> Labird,
> David, thanks for the update on the bird and the mangrove status after
> the cold weather. I'd be interested in other reports of mangrove
> dieback on the coast. It is pretty clear that climate change will
> bring more mangroves to the northern gulf, but the question is whether
> it will be a steady trajectory or punctuated by major diebacks.
> Another species that should benefit from mangroves is Northern
> Waterthrush, which loves mangroves in winter. eBird makes it appear
> that wintering nowa have become more common in coastal LA in about the
> last 10 years, but that statement needs to be taken with a bit of
> salinity until the comparison includes effort.
> Maybe wintering Prothonotary Warblers are next.
> Good birding,
> Phil Stouffer
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana
> Birds [mailto:<LABIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of David Muth
> Sent: Monday, January 29, 2018 7:57 PM
> To: <LABIRD-L...>
> Subject: [LABIRD-L] "Mangrove" Yellow Warbler
>
> Labird:
>
> As previously posted, yesterday Wendy Rihner, Joan Garvey, Mark
> Meunier
> (discoverer) and I were lucky enough to re-find the 'Mangrove' Warbler
> on Grand Isle that was first discovered on the Grand Isle CBC Dec. 20
> by Christie Riehl. This is a new taxon for Louisiana, of a very
> distinctive member of the Yellow Warbler complex. It has been regarded
> as a species, a sub-species, and as a member of an taxonomically
> unresolved super species complex, in the past. The Yellow Warbler
> complex forms a complicated geographical conundrum, with groups of
> them breeding in mangrove forests in the Caribbean, south Florida,
> Mexico, Central America, South America, the Galapagos Islands, and in
> both the Atlantic and Pacific drainages, in addition to an incredibly
> broad range of highly migratory populations in central and northern North America.
>
> How do you explain a "species" that can breed in tropical mangroves,
> willow flats in Alaska, early successional forests in North Carolina
> and New Brunswick, riparian forests in California, but not in Louisiana?
>
> Presumably, the Grand Isle bird is a member of the northeastern Mexico
> mangrove complex which has recently expanded into southernmost Texas
> mangrove "forests" in extreme south Texas on Padre Island and in the
> Laguna Madre. Presumably.
>
> The black mangroves on Grand Isle were getting as old and large as any
> I have ever encountered in Louisiana-presumably the ones that have
> been growing since the big freeze of 1989. Louisiana is the
> northernmost outpost of the most cold tolerant species of "mangrove"-a
> taxonomically meaningless word best translated as "tree (or shrub)
> that grows in saltwater". South Florida has three species of
> "mangrove" conveniently named Red, White and Black mangrove. The
> tropics have many more. In parts of the tropics mangroves can have
> canopies more than 80 feet high. But in North America, no. Even in
> Florida mangroves are by comparison somewhat stunted, because though infrequent, freezes and cold weather happen.
> Climate Change may well make them less frequent but more severe. We do
> not know.
>
> Interestingly, black mangroves in Louisiana, which rarely get past the
> designation "tall shrub", got about as far north before this freeze as
> in the 1930s when Chabreck mapped vegetation.
>
> In any case, the Grand Isle mangroves, some almost 15 feet high, got
> burned by the freeze. Many, however, retain some green leaves,
> especially near the ground and over standing water.
>
> So we can now wait and see-is this warbler a freakish vagrant, or part
> of a vanguard?
>
> To see Joan Garvey's great photos, obtained through layers of
> vegetation,
> see:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42308494.
> org
>
> Good birding.
>
> David Muth
> New Orleans
>



--
Rob Dobbs
Lafayette, LA

 

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Date: 2/1/18 12:23 pm
From: Dan O'Malley <danomalley87...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Egyptian Goose LSU Lakes
Egyptian Goose is a widespread and expanding feral species in Florida and Texas. I guess it comes down to your definition of "wild" but this species is here to stay in my neck of the woods and with its history of establishing breeding populations following introductions worldwide, I wouldn't underestimate the chance the same could happen in Louisiana. Choot em!

Dan O'Malley
West Palm Beach, FL

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 1, 2018, at 14:05, Paul Dickson <Paul...> wrote:
>
> Egyptian Goose is somewhat like mallard and Muscovy in becoming a domestic bird, just not as abundantly as the others. There is a white form and various intermediates. It is kept as poultry, as a ‘weeder goose’ somewhat like helmeted guineafowl are. The feral populations are dependent on urban resources and limited. In short, not to be considered a wild species in North America.
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Feb 1, 2018, at 12:25 PM, Matt Conn <mconn...><mailto:<mconn...>> wrote:
>
> Roger that. Friend just sent a pic of one today at the Lake so I thought it was worth an ask. Thank you much.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: James V Remsen [mailto:<najames...>]
> Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2018 11:21 AM
> To: Matt Conn <mconn...><mailto:<mconn...>>
> Cc: <LABIRD-L...><mailto:<LABIRD-L...>
> Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Egyptian Goose LSU Lakes
>
> Matt — there have been a few of these floating around Baton Rouge - Denham area for many years and are best treated as local escapes (although we’ll never where they came from, except that it was NOT Africa).
>
>
> ===================
>
> 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>https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https://LSU.edu&c=E,1,Eq6uJjRmdaZmi8tkQmrlfBPnJmoRvhgCTU8Xrv0ZAR1QtOi4x9G2LpYUFRSReNaBLUBdybQ7D-ymHw4eUzr4ptOXvE1HZ3V-o_JlDeknU6QOAEm4Xt6q0g,,&typo=0<https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https://LSU.edu&c=E,1,Eq6uJjRmdaZmi8tkQmrlfBPnJmoRvhgCTU8Xrv0ZAR1QtOi4x9G2LpYUFRSReNaBLUBdybQ7D-ymHw4eUzr4ptOXvE1HZ3V-o_JlDeknU6QOAEm4Xt6q0g,,&typo=0>
>
>> On Feb 1, 2018, at 11:12 AM, Matt Conn <mconn...><mailto:<mconn...>> wrote:
>>
>> I know it's not native and there are some Texas and Florida populations but does anyone know if it is normal or a resident there at the Lake?
 

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Date: 2/1/18 11:05 am
From: Paul Dickson <Paul...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Egyptian Goose LSU Lakes
Egyptian Goose is somewhat like mallard and Muscovy in becoming a domestic bird, just not as abundantly as the others. There is a white form and various intermediates. It is kept as poultry, as a ‘weeder goose’ somewhat like helmeted guineafowl are. The feral populations are dependent on urban resources and limited. In short, not to be considered a wild species in North America.


Sent from my iPhone

On Feb 1, 2018, at 12:25 PM, Matt Conn <mconn...><mailto:<mconn...>> wrote:

Roger that. Friend just sent a pic of one today at the Lake so I thought it was worth an ask. Thank you much.

-----Original Message-----
From: James V Remsen [mailto:<najames...>]
Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2018 11:21 AM
To: Matt Conn <mconn...><mailto:<mconn...>>
Cc: <LABIRD-L...><mailto:<LABIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Egyptian Goose LSU Lakes

Matt — there have been a few of these floating around Baton Rouge - Denham area for many years and are best treated as local escapes (although we’ll never where they came from, except that it was NOT Africa).


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

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>https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https://LSU.edu&c=E,1,Eq6uJjRmdaZmi8tkQmrlfBPnJmoRvhgCTU8Xrv0ZAR1QtOi4x9G2LpYUFRSReNaBLUBdybQ7D-ymHw4eUzr4ptOXvE1HZ3V-o_JlDeknU6QOAEm4Xt6q0g,,&typo=0<https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https://LSU.edu&c=E,1,Eq6uJjRmdaZmi8tkQmrlfBPnJmoRvhgCTU8Xrv0ZAR1QtOi4x9G2LpYUFRSReNaBLUBdybQ7D-ymHw4eUzr4ptOXvE1HZ3V-o_JlDeknU6QOAEm4Xt6q0g,,&typo=0>

> On Feb 1, 2018, at 11:12 AM, Matt Conn <mconn...><mailto:<mconn...>> wrote:
>
> I know it's not native and there are some Texas and Florida populations but does anyone know if it is normal or a resident there at the Lake?
 

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Date: 2/1/18 9:25 am
From: Matt Conn <mconn...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Egyptian Goose LSU Lakes
Roger that. Friend just sent a pic of one today at the Lake so I thought it was worth an ask. Thank you much.

-----Original Message-----
From: James V Remsen [mailto:<najames...>]
Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2018 11:21 AM
To: Matt Conn <mconn...>
Cc: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Egyptian Goose LSU Lakes

Matt — there have been a few of these floating around Baton Rouge - Denham area for many years and are best treated as local escapes (although we’ll never where they came from, except that it was NOT Africa).


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

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>https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https://LSU.edu&c=E,1,Eq6uJjRmdaZmi8tkQmrlfBPnJmoRvhgCTU8Xrv0ZAR1QtOi4x9G2LpYUFRSReNaBLUBdybQ7D-ymHw4eUzr4ptOXvE1HZ3V-o_JlDeknU6QOAEm4Xt6q0g,,&typo=0

> On Feb 1, 2018, at 11:12 AM, Matt Conn <mconn...> wrote:
>
> I know it's not native and there are some Texas and Florida populations but does anyone know if it is normal or a resident there at the Lake?

 

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Date: 2/1/18 9:21 am
From: James V Remsen <najames...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Egyptian Goose LSU Lakes
Matt — there have been a few of these floating around Baton Rouge - Denham area for many years and are best treated as local escapes (although we’ll never where they came from, except that it was NOT Africa).


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

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 Feb 1, 2018, at 11:12 AM, Matt Conn <mconn...> wrote:
>
> I know it's not native and there are some Texas and Florida populations but does anyone know if it is normal or a resident there at the Lake?

 

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Date: 2/1/18 9:12 am
From: Matt Conn <mconn...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Egyptian Goose LSU Lakes
I know it's not native and there are some Texas and Florida populations but does anyone know if it is normal or a resident there at the Lake?
 

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Date: 2/1/18 7:58 am
From: David Muth <MuthD...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] "Mangrove" Yellow Warbler
Labird:

Fascinating subject Phil.

To echo a bit of Rob's analysis and comment on Phil's question, I have similar experiences as Rob in Louisiana mangrove. I am personally a little skeptical about the increase in wintering NOWA seen in eBird. For one thing, people like me have entered very few checklists from more than ten years ago, and the last decade included the winter atlas effort, which meant a lot more people making an effort to bird in difficult and non-traditional areas.

I have posted before that I suspect that NOWA is in fact a more common wintering bird in Louisiana than records indicate. During my years in the Barataria Preserve I found one or two of them annually in winter, both on swamp edges (as along the Bayou Coquille and Ring Levee trails) and on forested bayou and canal edges. Given the hundreds of thousands of acres of such habitat in Louisiana, and the relatively few access points available, one could extrapolate a pretty large population, just not one that is well sampled.

I think Phil has properly posed the question about mangroves on the northern Gulf coast and I'm going to guess "punctuated by major diebacks". Assuming that as climate change accelerates it will bring steady average warming, I also might expect what we seem already to be seeing, major and severe weather swings into severe events. That will be hard on mangroves--greater areal coverage but then major die-backs in infrequent but major freezes. That may or may not call into question the strategy of planting mangroves to prevent coastal erosion.

In addition, mangroves have moved north faster than mangrove specialists, and that includes not just birds but mangrove estuarine organisms. It will be interesting to watch it all play out.

David Muth
New Orleans


-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds [mailto:<LABIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of Rob Dobbs
Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2018 9:34 AM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] "Mangrove" Yellow Warbler

Per Phil's request, another mangrove report -- On the Isles Dernieres (Terrebonne Parish), about 50 mi WSW of Grand Isle, mangroves are in a similar state... badly burned with brown leaves on mid-upper branches, but a fair bit of green down low--where relatively warm, saturated soil/standing water presumably provided a bit of a buffer.

To keep this post bird-related, we have not found any Northern Waterthrushes overwintering during the past five years that we've conducted regular surveys of the site, but the mangroves only average 4-5 ft tall (and our surveys are not of mangroves, per se, although we do cover the edges). NOWA can be common in those low-stature mangroves during migration... even on spring days when few other passerines stopover, there are often NOWA in those mangroves, suggesting that its descent habitat, or has enough familiarity that some birds use it when they could keep flying over. But all of the NOWA that I have seen overwintering in Louisiana have been in taller woods, or at least situations with some taller structure, and at least some open areas in the understory. The vertical veg profile of most LA mangroves is so different from the taller mangroves typical of NOWA winter habitat (at least that I'm familiar with, in the Caribbean). The low-growth, shrub stage of our mangroves does not have much in the way of open areas or bare ground, unlike the taller tropical mangrove forests that typically have a relatively open understory and more bare ground/water. I wonder if the thick understory of the shrubby LA mangroves deter them from settling in for the winter, given their foraging behavior.

Rob

On Mon, Jan 29, 2018 at 10:13 PM, Philip C Stouffer <pstouffer...>
wrote:

> Labird,
> David, thanks for the update on the bird and the mangrove status after
> the cold weather. I'd be interested in other reports of mangrove
> dieback on the coast. It is pretty clear that climate change will
> bring more mangroves to the northern gulf, but the question is whether
> it will be a steady trajectory or punctuated by major diebacks.
> Another species that should benefit from mangroves is Northern
> Waterthrush, which loves mangroves in winter. eBird makes it appear
> that wintering nowa have become more common in coastal LA in about the
> last 10 years, but that statement needs to be taken with a bit of
> salinity until the comparison includes effort.
> Maybe wintering Prothonotary Warblers are next.
> Good birding,
> Phil Stouffer
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana
> Birds [mailto:<LABIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of David Muth
> Sent: Monday, January 29, 2018 7:57 PM
> To: <LABIRD-L...>
> Subject: [LABIRD-L] "Mangrove" Yellow Warbler
>
> Labird:
>
> As previously posted, yesterday Wendy Rihner, Joan Garvey, Mark
> Meunier
> (discoverer) and I were lucky enough to re-find the 'Mangrove' Warbler
> on Grand Isle that was first discovered on the Grand Isle CBC Dec. 20
> by Christie Riehl. This is a new taxon for Louisiana, of a very
> distinctive member of the Yellow Warbler complex. It has been regarded
> as a species, a sub-species, and as a member of an taxonomically
> unresolved super species complex, in the past. The Yellow Warbler
> complex forms a complicated geographical conundrum, with groups of
> them breeding in mangrove forests in the Caribbean, south Florida,
> Mexico, Central America, South America, the Galapagos Islands, and in
> both the Atlantic and Pacific drainages, in addition to an incredibly
> broad range of highly migratory populations in central and northern North America.
>
> How do you explain a "species" that can breed in tropical mangroves,
> willow flats in Alaska, early successional forests in North Carolina
> and New Brunswick, riparian forests in California, but not in Louisiana?
>
> Presumably, the Grand Isle bird is a member of the northeastern Mexico
> mangrove complex which has recently expanded into southernmost Texas
> mangrove "forests" in extreme south Texas on Padre Island and in the
> Laguna Madre. Presumably.
>
> The black mangroves on Grand Isle were getting as old and large as any
> I have ever encountered in Louisiana-presumably the ones that have
> been growing since the big freeze of 1989. Louisiana is the
> northernmost outpost of the most cold tolerant species of
> "mangrove"-a taxonomically meaningless word best translated as "tree
> (or shrub) that grows in saltwater". South Florida has three species
> of "mangrove" conveniently named Red, White and Black mangrove. The
> tropics have many more. In parts of the tropics mangroves can have
> canopies more than 80 feet high. But in North America, no. Even in
> Florida mangroves are by comparison somewhat stunted, because though infrequent, freezes and cold weather happen.
> Climate Change may well make them less frequent but more severe. We do
> not know.
>
> Interestingly, black mangroves in Louisiana, which rarely get past the
> designation "tall shrub", got about as far north before this freeze as
> in the 1930s when Chabreck mapped vegetation.
>
> In any case, the Grand Isle mangroves, some almost 15 feet high, got
> burned by the freeze. Many, however, retain some green leaves,
> especially near the ground and over standing water.
>
> So we can now wait and see-is this warbler a freakish vagrant, or part
> of a vanguard?
>
> To see Joan Garvey's great photos, obtained through layers of
> vegetation,
> see:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42308494.
> org
>
> Good birding.
>
> David Muth
> New Orleans
>



--
Rob Dobbs
Lafayette, LA

 

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Date: 2/1/18 7:38 am
From: Jane Patterson <seejanebird...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Limpkins near Houma
I posted a few videos of the Limpkins harvesting apple snails, clams, and
calling on the LABIRD facebook page today. At some point, when I have
time, I'll combine my videos into a full length feature film on YouTube :)

Such cool birds!

--Jane
 

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Date: 2/1/18 7:34 am
From: Rob Dobbs <rcdobbs...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] "Mangrove" Yellow Warbler
Per Phil's request, another mangrove report -- On the Isles Dernieres
(Terrebonne Parish), about 50 mi WSW of Grand Isle, mangroves are in a
similar state... badly burned with brown leaves on mid-upper branches, but
a fair bit of green down low--where relatively warm, saturated
soil/standing water presumably provided a bit of a buffer.

To keep this post bird-related, we have not found any Northern
Waterthrushes overwintering during the past five years that we've conducted
regular surveys of the site, but the mangroves only average 4-5 ft tall
(and our surveys are not of mangroves, per se, although we do cover the
edges). NOWA can be common in those low-stature mangroves during
migration... even on spring days when few other passerines stopover, there
are often NOWA in those mangroves, suggesting that its descent habitat, or
has enough familiarity that some birds use it when they could keep flying
over. But all of the NOWA that I have seen overwintering in Louisiana have
been in taller woods, or at least situations with some taller structure,
and at least some open areas in the understory. The vertical veg profile of
most LA mangroves is so different from the taller mangroves typical of NOWA
winter habitat (at least that I'm familiar with, in the Caribbean). The
low-growth, shrub stage of our mangroves does not have much in the way of
open areas or bare ground, unlike the taller tropical mangrove forests that
typically have a relatively open understory and more bare ground/water. I
wonder if the thick understory of the shrubby LA mangroves deter them from
settling in for the winter, given their foraging behavior.

Rob

On Mon, Jan 29, 2018 at 10:13 PM, Philip C Stouffer <pstouffer...>
wrote:

> Labird,
> David, thanks for the update on the bird and the mangrove status after the
> cold weather. I'd be interested in other reports of mangrove dieback on
> the coast. It is pretty clear that climate change will bring more
> mangroves to the northern gulf, but the question is whether it will be a
> steady trajectory or punctuated by major diebacks. Another species that
> should benefit from mangroves is Northern Waterthrush, which loves
> mangroves in winter. eBird makes it appear that wintering nowa have become
> more common in coastal LA in about the last 10 years, but that statement
> needs to be taken with a bit of salinity until the comparison includes
> effort.
> Maybe wintering Prothonotary Warblers are next.
> Good birding,
> Phil Stouffer
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds
> [mailto:<LABIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of David Muth
> Sent: Monday, January 29, 2018 7:57 PM
> To: <LABIRD-L...>
> Subject: [LABIRD-L] "Mangrove" Yellow Warbler
>
> Labird:
>
> As previously posted, yesterday Wendy Rihner, Joan Garvey, Mark Meunier
> (discoverer) and I were lucky enough to re-find the 'Mangrove' Warbler on
> Grand Isle that was first discovered on the Grand Isle CBC Dec. 20 by
> Christie Riehl. This is a new taxon for Louisiana, of a very distinctive
> member of the Yellow Warbler complex. It has been regarded as a species, a
> sub-species, and as a member of an taxonomically unresolved super species
> complex, in the past. The Yellow Warbler complex forms a complicated
> geographical conundrum, with groups of them breeding in mangrove forests in
> the Caribbean, south Florida, Mexico, Central America, South America, the
> Galapagos Islands, and in both the Atlantic and Pacific drainages, in
> addition to an incredibly broad range of highly migratory populations in
> central and northern North America.
>
> How do you explain a "species" that can breed in tropical mangroves,
> willow flats in Alaska, early successional forests in North Carolina and
> New Brunswick, riparian forests in California, but not in Louisiana?
>
> Presumably, the Grand Isle bird is a member of the northeastern Mexico
> mangrove complex which has recently expanded into southernmost Texas
> mangrove "forests" in extreme south Texas on Padre Island and in the Laguna
> Madre. Presumably.
>
> The black mangroves on Grand Isle were getting as old and large as any I
> have ever encountered in Louisiana-presumably the ones that have been
> growing since the big freeze of 1989. Louisiana is the northernmost outpost
> of the most cold tolerant species of "mangrove"-a taxonomically
> meaningless word best translated as "tree (or shrub) that grows in
> saltwater". South Florida has three species of "mangrove" conveniently
> named Red, White and Black mangrove. The tropics have many more. In parts
> of the tropics mangroves can have canopies more than 80 feet high. But in
> North America, no. Even in Florida mangroves are by comparison somewhat
> stunted, because though infrequent, freezes and cold weather happen.
> Climate Change may well make them less frequent but more severe. We do not
> know.
>
> Interestingly, black mangroves in Louisiana, which rarely get past the
> designation "tall shrub", got about as far north before this freeze as in
> the 1930s when Chabreck mapped vegetation.
>
> In any case, the Grand Isle mangroves, some almost 15 feet high, got
> burned by the freeze. Many, however, retain some green leaves, especially
> near the ground and over standing water.
>
> So we can now wait and see-is this warbler a freakish vagrant, or part of
> a vanguard?
>
> To see Joan Garvey's great photos, obtained through layers of vegetation,
> see: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42308494
>
> Good birding.
>
> David Muth
> New Orleans
>



--
Rob Dobbs
Lafayette, LA
 

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Date: 2/1/18 6:52 am
From: dan purrington <oceanites1...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Limpkins
The two limpkins are still there, 0.2 mi east of St. Louis canal rd,150 feet n of Hollywood in trees/brush. Exactly @ given gps cords.
90.7211
 

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Date: 1/31/18 9:05 pm
From: David Muth <MuthD...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Limpkins near Houma
Labird:

This afternoon Joan Garvey and I drove to exact location Jane provided. Joan spotted one of the Limpkins before she completely braked as we pulled onto the shoulder. There were two very close to the road, who occasionally vocalized for us. Jody Shugart joined us shortly after we arrived.

There are culverts under Hollywood Rd., feeding Lake Houma, which can be seen through the gap in the forest. It is a lovely spot--garbage, numerous dead filleted fish rotting away, and lots of empty apple snail shells. While we were there a strong current was flowing through the culverts into the lake basin, perhaps explaining the concentration of birds foraging with the Limpkins. See:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42392450

The location is just a few miles from Lake Bouef where the first Limpkins were found, and structurally and hydrologically they are good analogs of each other flanking the Bayou Lafourche Ridge--interdistributary depressions filled with shallow water, flanked by floating marsh and baldcypress swamp.

Joan and I circumnavigated the lake as best we could, but found no other Limpkins in the few areas with similar habitat visible. Of course, there are hundreds of thousands of acres of inaccessible similar fresh marsh/swamp ecotone in Louisiana.

David P. Muth

________________________________________
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds <LABIRD-L...> on behalf of Jane Patterson <seejanebird...>
Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 10:42 AM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Limpkins near Houma

Im looking at it right now.

Lat 29.6117 long -90.7211

Jane Pattersons Location
https://maps.apple.com/?ll=29.611733,-90.721091&q=Jane%20Patterson%E2%80%99s%20Location&_ext=EiQplZNokJqcPUAxhpnkWyauVsA5lZNokJqcPUBBhpnkWyauVsA%3D&t=m



On Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 10:35 AM Paul Yakupzack <pyak1951...> wrote:

> I check on the Limpkin about 1/2 hour ago I didn't see it, but an
> immature white ibis was there. however the photo on facebook is a Limpkin
> so I missed it!! it is a great spot to bird I saw about 10 species there
> from the road shoulder!!
> pyak
>
> On Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 8:37 AM, Jane Patterson <seejanebird...>
> wrote:
>
>> A Terebonne Bird Club birder, Michael Autin just shared a photo on
>> Facebook
>> of a Limpkin taken near Lake Houma on Hollywood rd. He said there are two.
>>
>> Jane Patterson
>>
>
>
>
> --
> Paul Yakupzack
> Wildlife Consulting
> 244 St. Paul Street
> <https://maps.google.com/?q=244+St.+Paul+StreetHouma,+LA+70364+985&entry=gmail&source=g>
> Houma, LA 70364
> <https://maps.google.com/?q=244+St.+Paul+StreetHouma,+LA+70364+985&entry=gmail&source=g>
> 985
> <https://maps.google.com/?q=244+St.+Paul+StreetHouma,+LA+70364+985&entry=gmail&source=g>
> -232-6929
>


 

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Date: 1/31/18 4:16 pm
From: L.M. Lalonde <maisondorla...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] d Crested Caracara
LA Birders,

Yesterday while traveling from Kenner to Morgan City on Hwy 90 I witnessed a Crested Caracara west of Des Allemands flying southward across the highway.

Leon Lalonde
Ponchatoula, LA

Sent from Mail<https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for Windows 10
 

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Date: 1/31/18 8:43 am
From: Jane Patterson <seejanebird...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Limpkins near Houma
I’m looking at it right now.

Lat 29.6117 long -90.7211

Jane Patterson’s Location
https://maps.apple.com/?ll=29.611733,-90.721091&q=Jane%20Patterson%E2%80%99s%20Location&_ext=EiQplZNokJqcPUAxhpnkWyauVsA5lZNokJqcPUBBhpnkWyauVsA%3D&t=m



On Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 10:35 AM Paul Yakupzack <pyak1951...> wrote:

> I check on the Limpkin about 1/2 hour ago I didn't see it, but an
> immature white ibis was there. however the photo on facebook is a Limpkin
> so I missed it!! it is a great spot to bird I saw about 10 species there
> from the road shoulder!!
> pyak
>
> On Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 8:37 AM, Jane Patterson <seejanebird...>
> wrote:
>
>> A Terebonne Bird Club birder, Michael Autin just shared a photo on
>> Facebook
>> of a Limpkin taken near Lake Houma on Hollywood rd. He said there are two.
>>
>> Jane Patterson
>>
>
>
>
> --
> Paul Yakupzack
> Wildlife Consulting
> 244 St. Paul Street
> <https://maps.google.com/?q=244+St.+Paul+StreetHouma,+LA+70364+985&entry=gmail&source=g>
> Houma, LA 70364
> <https://maps.google.com/?q=244+St.+Paul+StreetHouma,+LA+70364+985&entry=gmail&source=g>
> 985
> <https://maps.google.com/?q=244+St.+Paul+StreetHouma,+LA+70364+985&entry=gmail&source=g>
> -232-6929
>
 

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Date: 1/31/18 6:38 am
From: Jane Patterson <seejanebird...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Limpkins near Houma
A Terebonne Bird Club birder, Michael Autin just shared a photo on Facebook
of a Limpkin taken near Lake Houma on Hollywood rd. He said there are two.

Jane Patterson
 

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Date: 1/30/18 1:50 pm
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Pintail Loop/Drive Management
Friends,

When the issue of getting out to view birds along Pintail Loop/Drive at Cameron Prairie NWR came up, I contacted Billy Leonard, a USFWS biologist stationed at the headquarters there. He asked if I would communicate the following information about management of the loop/drive to LABIRD.

Please note that there are plans to make additional pull out areas there.

Jay Huner

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "Billy Leonard" <billy_leonard...>
To: "Jay V Huner" <jvh0660...>
Sent: Monday, January 29, 2018 9:18:53 AM
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Pintail Loop

thanks!

>>
>> Jay,
>>
>> I agree wholeheartedly on the harassment. But, we unfortunately cannot be
>> there all of the time. Also we only have 2 Law Enforcement officers for 3
>> refuges and they are largely dealing with poaching and other issues. What
>> we plan on doing, as soon as we get a budget, is getting some more parking
>> signs and some more rock to create 6 well marked parking areas to cover all
>> 4 corners plus a couple of other viewing area to get as much of a view as
>> possible from each of those areas.
>>
>> We all here value our birding visitors, they are the best and most
>> appreciated by us of all our visitors, we do not want to alienate any of
>> you. So, bear with us until we can get this sorted out.
>>
>> Billy
>>
>> On Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 2:18 PM, Jay V Huner <jvh0660...>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Billy,
>>>
>>> I really think that designated pull off/get out areas should include, if
>>> they don't already, the SE corner, the NE corner and the NW corner. All
>>> permit scoping of the area for birds and other wildlife, get vehicles out
>>> of the way and add to the ability of people to enjoy wildlife.
>>>
>>> I don't think addition of these areas would, in any way, cause problems.
>>>
>>> Now, people harassing alligators and chasing geese and other birds
>>> should not be permitted or tolerated whether or not a person is a "birder".
>>>
>>> Your thoughts?
>>>
>>> Jay
>>>
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: "Billy Leonard" <billy_leonard...>
>>> To: "Jay V Huner" <jvh0660...>
>>> Sent: Thursday, January 25, 2018 12:06:25 PM
>>> Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Pintail Loop
>>>
>>> Jay,
>>>
>>> I met with the managers and one of our Law Enforcement Officers this
>>> morning. The sign will remain the same, see the attached photo.
>>> Designated parking lots are areas where visitors may exit their vehicles. I've
>>> attached a link to the brochure that shows where the designated parking
>>> lots are located.
>>>
>>> https://www.fws.gov/southeast/pdf/brochure/cameron-prairie-n
>>> ational-wildlife-refuge.pdf
>>>
>>> Billy
>>>
>>> On Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 7:46 AM, Leonard, Billy <billy_leonard...>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>> > Jay,
>>> >
>>> > One of your statements is key, "I've never seen *birders* harassing
>>> > wildlife at Pintail Drive. " That is the crux of the matter, we
>>> actually have no problems with birders, but there at lots of other visitor
>>> users on Pintail Loop. We had two photographers this week out of their vehicle,
>>> > walking to flush the snow geese just to get "great" photographs of them
>>> > flying. We also had a gentleman with out of state plates out of his car
>>> > throwing rocks at alligators, because he wanted to get their attention
>>> so he could feed them.
>>> >
>>> > Not all visitors know how to behave in a responsible manner. It is
>>> > unfortunate that we have to set policy to cover the bad behavior of
>>> the uninformed.
>>> >
>>> > We still have not had a policy meeting with all of management on this
>>> > topic. I will let you know the result of that meeting when it happens.
>>> >
>>> > Billy
>>> >
>>> >
>>> >
 

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Date: 1/29/18 8:13 pm
From: Philip C Stouffer <pstouffer...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] "Mangrove" Yellow Warbler
Labird,
David, thanks for the update on the bird and the mangrove status after the cold weather. I'd be interested in other reports of mangrove dieback on the coast. It is pretty clear that climate change will bring more mangroves to the northern gulf, but the question is whether it will be a steady trajectory or punctuated by major diebacks. Another species that should benefit from mangroves is Northern Waterthrush, which loves mangroves in winter. eBird makes it appear that wintering nowa have become more common in coastal LA in about the last 10 years, but that statement needs to be taken with a bit of salinity until the comparison includes effort.
Maybe wintering Prothonotary Warblers are next.
Good birding,
Phil Stouffer

-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds [mailto:<LABIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of David Muth
Sent: Monday, January 29, 2018 7:57 PM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] "Mangrove" Yellow Warbler

Labird:

As previously posted, yesterday Wendy Rihner, Joan Garvey, Mark Meunier (discoverer) and I were lucky enough to re-find the 'Mangrove' Warbler on Grand Isle that was first discovered on the Grand Isle CBC Dec. 20 by Christie Riehl. This is a new taxon for Louisiana, of a very distinctive member of the Yellow Warbler complex. It has been regarded as a species, a sub-species, and as a member of an taxonomically unresolved super species complex, in the past. The Yellow Warbler complex forms a complicated geographical conundrum, with groups of them breeding in mangrove forests in the Caribbean, south Florida, Mexico, Central America, South America, the Galapagos Islands, and in both the Atlantic and Pacific drainages, in addition to an incredibly broad range of highly migratory populations in central and northern North America.

How do you explain a "species" that can breed in tropical mangroves, willow flats in Alaska, early successional forests in North Carolina and New Brunswick, riparian forests in California, but not in Louisiana?

Presumably, the Grand Isle bird is a member of the northeastern Mexico mangrove complex which has recently expanded into southernmost Texas mangrove "forests" in extreme south Texas on Padre Island and in the Laguna Madre. Presumably.

The black mangroves on Grand Isle were getting as old and large as any I have ever encountered in Louisiana-presumably the ones that have been growing since the big freeze of 1989. Louisiana is the northernmost outpost of the most cold tolerant species of "mangrove"-a taxonomically meaningless word best translated as "tree (or shrub) that grows in saltwater". South Florida has three species of "mangrove" conveniently named Red, White and Black mangrove. The tropics have many more. In parts of the tropics mangroves can have canopies more than 80 feet high. But in North America, no. Even in Florida mangroves are by comparison somewhat stunted, because though infrequent, freezes and cold weather happen. Climate Change may well make them less frequent but more severe. We do not know.

Interestingly, black mangroves in Louisiana, which rarely get past the designation "tall shrub", got about as far north before this freeze as in the 1930s when Chabreck mapped vegetation.

In any case, the Grand Isle mangroves, some almost 15 feet high, got burned by the freeze. Many, however, retain some green leaves, especially near the ground and over standing water.

So we can now wait and see-is this warbler a freakish vagrant, or part of a vanguard?

To see Joan Garvey's great photos, obtained through layers of vegetation, see: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42308494

Good birding.

David Muth
New Orleans
 

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Date: 1/29/18 8:10 pm
From: Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] henslows and white-winged thanks
As someone pointed out to me, Lake Rd is of course in Lacombe not Folsom.


PY

________________________________
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds <LABIRD-L...> on behalf of Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...>
Sent: Monday, January 29, 2018 1:59:04 PM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] henslows and white-winged thanks

Thanks to everyone who provided advice for Henslow's Sparrow and White-winged Dove.


We got both this morning, Henslows in the TNC preserve at Lake Ramsey (across from trailhead- one and several other probables) and White-winged on a spur road off Lake Rd in Folsom.


The Boy Scout Rd Red-cockaded Woodpeckers made their usual dawn exodus from their holes beside the parking lot. Today they came out at 7:02 AM, and were around noisily foraging in that immediate vicinity for at least another 20 minutes. Interesting to hear their drum roll- noticeably shorter than Downy, with taps noticeably more closely spaced.


PY

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Date: 1/29/18 7:15 pm
From: Claire Thomas <claire...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Pine Siskin in Metairie
Had 7 at my feeder here in Mandeville yesterday.

Claire Thomas
<claire...>



On Jan 29, 2018, at 3:45 PM, Jay Huner <jvh0660...> wrote:

> For what it's worth I seem to have 25-30 siskins at my feeders in northwest Rapides Parish. They showed up before New Years.
>
> Jay Huner
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Jan 29, 2018, at 9:34 AM, Nancy L Newfield <nancy...> wrote:
>>
>> LABIRDers,
>>
>> I cannot recall the last time that I observed a Pine Siskin here in old
>> Metairie, but I just spied one in a sapling Water Oak near the office
>> window. This is surely testimony to the severity of this winter season -
>> as if we needed any additional proof.
>>
>> ​Nan​
>>
>> --
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> Nancy L Newfield
>> Casa Colibrí
>> Metairie, Louisiana USA
>> <nancy...>
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>
 

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Date: 1/29/18 5:57 pm
From: David Muth <MuthD...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] "Mangrove" Yellow Warbler
Labird:

As previously posted, yesterday Wendy Rihner, Joan Garvey, Mark Meunier (discoverer) and I were lucky enough to re-find the 'Mangrove' Warbler on Grand Isle that was first discovered on the Grand Isle CBC Dec. 20 by Christie Riehl. This is a new taxon for Louisiana, of a very distinctive member of the Yellow Warbler complex. It has been regarded as a species, a sub-species, and as a member of an taxonomically unresolved super species complex, in the past. The Yellow Warbler complex forms a complicated geographical conundrum, with groups of them breeding in mangrove forests in the Caribbean, south Florida, Mexico, Central America, South America, the Galapagos Islands, and in both the Atlantic and Pacific drainages, in addition to an incredibly broad range of highly migratory populations in central and northern North America.

How do you explain a "species" that can breed in tropical mangroves, willow flats in Alaska, early successional forests in North Carolina and New Brunswick, riparian forests in California, but not in Louisiana?

Presumably, the Grand Isle bird is a member of the northeastern Mexico mangrove complex which has recently expanded into southernmost Texas mangrove "forests" in extreme south Texas on Padre Island and in the Laguna Madre. Presumably.

The black mangroves on Grand Isle were getting as old and large as any I have ever encountered in Louisiana-presumably the ones that have been growing since the big freeze of 1989. Louisiana is the northernmost outpost of the most cold tolerant species of "mangrove"-a taxonomically meaningless word best translated as "tree (or shrub) that grows in saltwater". South Florida has three species of "mangrove" conveniently named Red, White and Black mangrove. The tropics have many more. In parts of the tropics mangroves can have canopies more than 80 feet high. But in North America, no. Even in Florida mangroves are by comparison somewhat stunted, because though infrequent, freezes and cold weather happen. Climate Change may well make them less frequent but more severe. We do not know.

Interestingly, black mangroves in Louisiana, which rarely get past the designation "tall shrub", got about as far north before this freeze as in the 1930s when Chabreck mapped vegetation.

In any case, the Grand Isle mangroves, some almost 15 feet high, got burned by the freeze. Many, however, retain some green leaves, especially near the ground and over standing water.

So we can now wait and see-is this warbler a freakish vagrant, or part of a vanguard?

To see Joan Garvey's great photos, obtained through layers of vegetation, see: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42308494

Good birding.

David Muth
New Orleans
 

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Date: 1/29/18 3:25 pm
From: Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] LOS Winter Meeting bird list
Dear Labirders-
Pasted below is a list of bird species detected (Marked with an "X")
during the LOS Winter Meeting at Alexandria on Saturday 27 January
(hopefully the formatting will survive emailing). Please check the list
for accuracy and please let me know OFF LIST of any changes to the Saturday
list and/or if you observed additional species in the target area on SUNDAY
28 January. In a couple of days I will post the final results.

Note that the list reflects observations by *registered meeting
participants only* and that this will be our policy with the official LOS
weekend lists going forward.

Thanks for your support!

Sincerely,

Steve Cardiff, President
Louisiana Ornithological Society

################################


sightings mainly from Rapides Parish but also from adjacent parishes
including Sabine, Grant, LaSalle, Avoyelles, Evangeline, Allen, Vernon, and
Natchitoches
SPECIES Saturday 1/27/18 SUNDAY 1/28/18
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck X
Fulvous Whistling-Duck
Greater White-fronted Goose X
Snow Goose X
Ross's Goose
Brant
Cackling Goose
Canada Goose (feral) X
Trumpeter Swan (Q)
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck X
Gadwall X
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard X
Mottled Duck
Blue-winged Teal X
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler X
Northern Pintail X
Green-winged Teal X
Canvasback X
Redhead X
Ring-necked Duck X
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup X
King Eider
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead X
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser X
Masked Duck
Ruddy Duck X
Northern Bobwhite
Greater Prairie-Chicken (e)
Wild Turkey X
American Flamingo
Least Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe X
Horned Grebe X
Red-necked Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Rock Pigeon (I) X
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove (I) X
Passenger Pigeon (E)
Inca Dove
Common Ground-Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove X
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Mangrove Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Greater Roadrunner
Smooth-billed Ani
Groove-billed Ani
Lesser Nighthawk
Common Nighthawk
Antillean Nighthawk
Chuck-will's-widow
Eastern Whip-poor-will
Chimney Swift
Vaux's Swift
Mexican Violetear
Green-breasted Mango
Magnificent Hummingbird
Blue-throated Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Anna's Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Allen's Hummingbird
Calliope Hummingbird
Broad-billed Hummingbird
Buff-bellied Hummingbird
Yellow Rail
Black Rail
Clapper Rail
King Rail
Virginia Rail
Sora
Purple Gallinule
Common Gallinule X
American Coot X
Sandhill Crane X
Whooping Crane (e)
Black-necked Stilt X
American Avocet
American Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden-Plover
Lesser Sand-Plover
Snowy Plover
Wilson's Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
Killdeer X
Mountain Plover
Upland Sandpiper
Eskimo Curlew (E?)
Whimbrel
Long-billed Curlew
Black-tailed Godwit
Hudsonian Godwit
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Ruff
Stilt Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Sanderling
Dunlin
Purple Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper X
White-rumped Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe X
American Woodcock X
Spotted Sandpiper X
Solitary Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs X
Willet
Lesser Yellowlegs X
Wilson's Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope
Red Phalarope
Pomarine Jaeger
Parasitic Jaeger
Long-tailed Jaeger
Razorbill
Ancient Murrelet
Black-legged Kittiwake
Sabine's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull X
Black-headed Gull
Little Gull
Laughing Gull
Franklin's Gull
Mew Gull
Ring-billed Gull X
Western Gull
California Gull
Herring Gull X
Thayer's Gull
Iceland Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Glaucous Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Kelp Gull
Brown Noddy
Sooty Tern
Bridled Tern
Least Tern
Gull-billed Tern
Caspian Tern
Black Tern
Common Tern
Arctic Tern
Forster's Tern
Royal Tern
Sandwich Tern
Black Skimmer
Red-billed Tropicbird
Red-throated Loon
Pacific Loon
Common Loon X
Yellow-nosed Albatross
Cory's Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
Great Shearwater
Manx Shearwater
Audubon's Shearwater
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Leach's Storm-Petrel
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel
Jabiru
Wood Stork
Magnificent Frigatebird
Masked Booby
Brown Booby
Red-footed Booby
Northern Gannet
Neotropic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant X
Anhinga X
American White Pelican X
Brown Pelican
American Bittern
Least Bittern
Great Blue Heron X
Great Egret X
Snowy Egret X
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Reddish Egret
Cattle Egret X
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
White Ibis X
Glossy Ibis
White-faced Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill
Black Vulture X
Turkey Vulture X
Osprey X
Swallow-tailed Kite
White-tailed Kite
Mississippi Kite
Bald Eagle X
Northern Harrier X
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk X
Northern Goshawk
Harris's Hawk
White-tailed Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk X
Broad-winged Hawk
Swainson's Hawk
Zone-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk X
Rough-legged Hawk
Ferruginous Hawk
Golden Eagle
Barn Owl
Flammulated Owl
Eastern Screech-Owl
Great Horned Owl X
Snowy Owl
Burrowing Owl
Barred Owl
Long-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Ringed Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher X
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker X
Williamson's Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker X
Red-naped Sapsucker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker X
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-cockaded Woodpecker X
Northern Flicker X
Pileated Woodpecker X
Ivory-billed Woodpecker (E?)
Crested Caracara
American Kestrel X
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon X
Prairie Falcon
Carolina Parakeet (E)
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Western Wood-Pewee
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Acadian Flycatcher
Alder Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Hammond's Flycatcher
Gray Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Cordilleran Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe X
Say's Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Brown-crested Flycatcher
Great Kiskadee
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher
Crowned Slaty Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Couch's Kingbird
Cassin's Kingbird
Western Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird
Gray Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Fork-tailed Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike X
White-eyed Vireo X
Bell's Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Cassin's Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo X
Plumbeous Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Yellow-green Vireo
Black-whiskered Vireo
Blue Jay X
Clark's Nutcracker
American Crow X
Fish Crow
Chihuahuan Raven
Horned Lark
Purple Martin
Brown-chested Martin
Tree Swallow X
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Cave Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee X
Tufted Titmouse X
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch X
Brown Creeper X
Rock Wren
House Wren X
Winter Wren
Sedge Wren
Marsh Wren
Carolina Wren X
Bewick's Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher X
Golden-crowned Kinglet X
Ruby-crowned Kinglet X
Northern Wheatear
Eastern Bluebird X
Mountain Bluebird
Townsend's Solitaire
Veery
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin X
Varied Thrush
Gray Catbird
Curve-billed Thrasher
Brown Thrasher
Sage Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird X
European Starling (I) X
Cedar Waxwing X
House Sparrow (I) X
White Wagtail
American Pipit X
Sprague's Pipit
House Finch (I) X
Purple Finch
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin X
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch X
Evening Grosbeak
Lapland Longspur
Chestnut-collared Longspur
Smith's Longspur
McCown's Longspur
Ovenbird
Worm-eating Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush
Bachman's Warbler (E?)
Golden-winged Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Swainson's Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler X
Lucy's Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Virginia's Warbler
Connecticut Warbler
MacGillivray's Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Common Yellowthroat X
Hooded Warbler
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Northern Parula
Tropical Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler X
Yellow-rumped Warbler X
Audubon's Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
Hermit Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Canada Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Red-faced Warbler
Painted Redstart
Yellow-breasted Chat
Green-tailed Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Eastern Towhee X
Cassin's Sparrow
Bachman's Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow X
Clay-colored Sparrow
Brewer's Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow X
Lark Sparrow
Lark Bunting
Savannah Sparrow X
Grasshopper Sparrow
Baird's Sparrow
Henslow's Sparrow
LeConte's Sparrow
Nelson's Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow X
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow X
White-throated Sparrow X
Harris's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow X
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco X
Gray-headed Junco
Oregon Junco
Hepatic Tanager
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Western Tanager
Northern Cardinal X
Pyrrhuloxia
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Black-headed Grosbeak
Blue Bunting
Blue Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting
Indigo Bunting
Varied Bunting
Painted Bunting
Dickcissel
Bobolink
Red-winged Blackbird X
Eastern Meadowlark X
Western Meadowlark
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird X
Brewer's Blackbird X
Common Grackle X
Boat-tailed Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Shiny Cowbird
Bronzed Cowbird
Brown-headed Cowbird X
Orchard Oriole
Hooded Oriole
Bullock's Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Scott's Oriole

TOTAL species for Saturday 111
Additional species seen Sunday ?
 

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Date: 1/29/18 1:45 pm
From: Jay Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Pine Siskin in Metairie
For what it's worth I seem to have 25-30 siskins at my feeders in northwest Rapides Parish. They showed up before New Years.

Jay Huner

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 29, 2018, at 9:34 AM, Nancy L Newfield <nancy...> wrote:
>
> LABIRDers,
>
> I cannot recall the last time that I observed a Pine Siskin here in old
> Metairie, but I just spied one in a sapling Water Oak near the office
> window. This is surely testimony to the severity of this winter season -
> as if we needed any additional proof.
>
> ​Nan​
>
> --
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> Nancy L Newfield
> Casa Colibrí
> Metairie, Louisiana USA
> <nancy...>
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

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Date: 1/29/18 1:12 pm
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Huge flock of White-winged Doves - New Orleans East
At 4500 Gawain, behind the church, I just had the largest flock if WWDOs I
have ever seen in southeast Louisiana - ca. 200 (!), counting by both 5's
and individually. Also present in the woodlot was a female Black-throated
Green Warbler. -jz
 

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Date: 1/29/18 11:59 am
From: Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] henslows and white-winged thanks
Thanks to everyone who provided advice for Henslow's Sparrow and White-winged Dove.


We got both this morning, Henslows in the TNC preserve at Lake Ramsey (across from trailhead- one and several other probables) and White-winged on a spur road off Lake Rd in Folsom.


The Boy Scout Rd Red-cockaded Woodpeckers made their usual dawn exodus from their holes beside the parking lot. Today they came out at 7:02 AM, and were around noisily foraging in that immediate vicinity for at least another 20 minutes. Interesting to hear their drum roll- noticeably shorter than Downy, with taps noticeably more closely spaced.


PY

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Date: 1/29/18 11:49 am
From: Kevin Colley <kcolley71...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Mangrove Warbler
The Mangrove Warbler continues in the same spot. Thanks David.



Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 28, 2018, at 9:59 AM, David Muth <MuthD...> wrote:
>
> Refound and photographed Grand Isle just west of WLF Lab end of Ludwig. Enter mangroves walk west on track to end, turn towards gulf.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/29/18 8:13 am
From: Bill Vermillion <bill.gcjv...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] AWOL robins and blackbirds?
Prior to this thread I too was thinking about the absence of robin flocks
this winter - though the resident birds in my downtown Lafayette
neighborhood were singing yesterday. But from my limited sampling, Killdeer
numbers seem to be up this winter. Has that been true elsewhere in the
state?

Bill V

On Mon, Jan 22, 2018 at 7:48 PM, James V Remsen <najames...> wrote:

> Charles/LABIRD: from my experience so far, this does seem to be a down
> year for all three. Lowest-ever count in my Baton Rouge CBC area for
> Robins and Red-wings, and no big swarms of Robins noted by me anywhere so
> far. I have yet to see a Rusty this winter.
>
> Impressions are one thing, but CBC data will address the issue. eBird
> would as well if there were an easy way to compare birds per party hour
> each winter without having to download masses of raw data.
>
> ===================
>
> 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 Jan 22, 2018, at 4:51 PM, Charles Williams <chazbizz91...>
> wrote:
> >
> > Usually by this time in the winter I have experienced many flocks of
> robins
> > and they will be all over my neighborhood. Also, by this date I usually
> > have daily flocks of blackbirds, usually mixtures of redwings and
> rusties,
> > numbering from dozens per flock to hundreds. I have had zero so far this
> > year and am wondering if others are noticing the same.
> >
> > Charles Williams (Greenwell Springs, EBR Parish)
>
 

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Date: 1/29/18 7:35 am
From: Nancy L Newfield <nancy...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Pine Siskin in Metairie
LABIRDers,

I cannot recall the last time that I observed a Pine Siskin here in old
Metairie, but I just spied one in a sapling Water Oak near the office
window. This is surely testimony to the severity of this winter season -
as if we needed any additional proof.

​Nan​

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

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Date: 1/29/18 6:39 am
From: Charles Williams <chazbizz91...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Drought of robins and blackbirds ends
So finally on Friday (Jan 26) my yard got its first smallish flock of
robins (a dozen) and one small flock (20) of grackles. Then yesterday,
more robins but no blackbirds. Finally, however, this morning a few robins
and a flock of 40 blackbirds, a mix of red-winged and rusties.

Charles Williams, Greenwell Springs, EBR Parish
 

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Date: 1/28/18 11:08 pm
From: Charles Lyon <lyon5516...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Henslow's Sparrows/LeConte's Sparrows
LA-birders,
Jeff Trahan and I made it out to Bodcau Wildlife Management Area in Bossier Parish Sunday afternoon and successfully
found both Henslows Sparrows and LeConte Sparrows. This is the time of year in the winter doldrums that many become
interested in locating some of our rarer winter specialities. Henslows Sparrow is one of those, and this site is a dependable
location to find this species, as well as LeContes Sparrow. The eBird list with embedded photos is below.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42332584

Charlie Lyon
Shreveport, LA
 

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Date: 1/28/18 5:33 pm
From: glenn ousset <gousset...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] another request- White-winged Doves
Peter,Add to your list residential Chalmette south of Judge Perez Dr., either side of Paris Rd. I also have seen them on Carr Dr and in the Nature Center area.. I usually see them as a flock perched in trees and sometimes flying over.  I usually see them in the morning, perhaps because that is when I am out. The most reliable place may be Carr Dr, if only a few are needed. Rock Pigeons, Mourning Doves, and White-wings all perch on wires and trees around the homes. Just drive slowly and look for them.In the Nature Center area, they can be seen perched in the dormant trees in the wood lots in Deer Park, north side of Lake Forest Blvd, opposite JB Park and Nature CenterI have also seen them in the Nature Center, in the woods off the boardwalk. Being there hit and miss.In Chalmette, I have seen them most often east of Paris Rd, in groups perched in large dormant trees. This morning there was a flock of about 40 going to the ground from Live Oaks, 2 blocks west of Paris Rd behind Prompt Succor School. 
Good luck,Glenn

On Sunday, January 28, 2018 9:01 AM, Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...> wrote:


I am also interested in finding some White-winged Doves for my visitor tomorrow...I see that ebird has series of sightings on Lake Rd in Folsom, on Carr Drive in Slidell, and in the Joe Brown Park/Nature Center area in NO East.  Does anyone know more specifics about where they are most likely to be found within these areas?

Thanks

Peter Yaukey

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Date: 1/28/18 10:47 am
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird - down
Hal Mitchell just emailed me saying that it loaded for him and of course,
as soon as I read his email, it opened for me as well. Seems it is just
running slow, or perhaps just my laptop. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Thanks! -jz

On Sun, Jan 28, 2018 at 12:38 PM, James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
wrote:

> It seems eBird is experiencing technical difficulties. I've been unable
> to get it to load anything all morning. Anyone else experiencing this?
> Thanks! -jz
>
> --
> James W. Beck
> City of New Orleans Mosquito & Termite Control Board
> 2100 Leon C. Simon Dr.
> New Orleans, LA 70122
> <loxosceles928...>
> <jwbeck...>
>



--
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: 1/28/18 10:38 am
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] eBird - down
It seems eBird is experiencing technical difficulties. I've been unable to
get it to load anything all morning. Anyone else experiencing this?
Thanks! -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: 1/28/18 9:15 am
From: Holly Morales <tashayoda3...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Waxwings/Late Arrivals
On the way back from Lake Charles we stopped briefly at the Oil and Gas
Park at the Jennings exit, and there was a group of about 35 there.
Holly Morales

On Sat, Jan 27, 2018 at 10:44 PM, Jay Huner <jvh0660...> wrote:

> Birded SW Natchitoches Parish Thursday-Mora-Kisatchie Road. Found 200+
> robins and a flock of about 25 waxwings as well. The scrubby pine hills had
> lots of yaupon shrubs loaded with berries.
>
> Could these two fruit eating have plenty to eat in rural areas and have no
> reason to invade populated areas? At least not yet?
>
> Jay Huner
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Jan 27, 2018, at 5:10 PM, bill fontenot <natrldlite...> wrote:
> >
> > interesting......we’ve had small groups (10-15/ea.) in and out all
> winter, beginning somewhat early (mid-nov) for us...over the past 3 days a
> larger group has been steadily cleaning out the remaining hackberries......
> >
> > basically we live in a hackberry grove
> >
> > bill fontenot
> > upper lafayette parish, LA
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> >> On Jan 26, 2018, at 9:08 PM, Mac Myers <budogmacm...> wrote:
> >>
> >> First waxwings of the season in the neighborhood today, scarfing up
> water
> >> from somebody draining into the gutter. Lots of goldfinches, too, but no
> >> siskins or PUFA.
> >>
> >> In Eunice.
> >>
> >> <https://www.avast.com/sig-email?utm_medium=email&utm_
> source=link&utm_campaign=sig-email&utm_content=webmail&utm_term=icon>
> >> Virus-free.
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> source=link&utm_campaign=sig-email&utm_content=webmail&utm_term=link>
> >> <#DAB4FAD8-2DD7-40BB-A1B8-4E2AA1F9FDF2>
> >>
> >> On Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 8:12 PM, Nancy L Newfield <
> <nancy...>
> >> wrote:
> >>
> >>> A couple of days age James *Beck said:*
> >>>
> >>> In a shortage year, for me and others, anyway, I just had my first
> waxwings
> >>>>
> >>>> of the season south of the lake - a total of three on Saux St. in
> >>> Algiers.
> >>>>
> >>>> The only other ones I've had at all this season were a group of 15 in
> >>> Abita
> >>>>
> >>>> with Jody Shugart and Aaron Mitchell.
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>> ​I too have noted a scarcity Cedar Waxwings, at least until this
> morning,
> >>> when I recorded 11 small flocks passing over. The largest flock
> numbered
> >>> 21 individuals while the smallest totaled 5. ​
> >>>
> >>> ​NLN
> >>>
> >>> --
> >>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> >>> Nancy L Newfield
> >>> Casa Colibrí
> >>> Metairie, Louisiana USA
> >>> <nancy...>
> >>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> >>>
>
 

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Date: 1/28/18 8:43 am
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] another request- White-winged Doves
Hi,
The Lake Rd you mentioned is in Lacombe, Big Branch Marsh NWR. In the past,
I have seen WWDO on Mildred and Elenore. Both of those streets are off of
Lake Rd near the bridge. Also have seen them just over the bridge on Lake
rd while heading south(towards the lake).
On Carr Dr in Slidell, they are along Carr on the utility wires usually.
No special spot.
Good luck!

On Jan 28, 2018 9:01 AM, "Peter H Yaukey" <PYaukey...> wrote:

I am also interested in finding some White-winged Doves for my visitor
tomorrow...I see that ebird has series of sightings on Lake Rd in Folsom,
on Carr Drive in Slidell, and in the Joe Brown Park/Nature Center area in
NO East. Does anyone know more specifics about where they are most likely
to be found within these areas?

Thanks

Peter Yaukey

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Date: 1/28/18 8:00 am
From: David Muth <MuthD...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Mangrove Warbler
Refound and photographed Grand Isle just west of WLF Lab end of Ludwig. Enter mangroves walk west on track to end, turn towards gulf.

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/28/18 7:01 am
From: Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] another request- White-winged Doves
I am also interested in finding some White-winged Doves for my visitor tomorrow...I see that ebird has series of sightings on Lake Rd in Folsom, on Carr Drive in Slidell, and in the Joe Brown Park/Nature Center area in NO East. Does anyone know more specifics about where they are most likely to be found within these areas?

Thanks

Peter Yaukey

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Date: 1/27/18 8:45 pm
From: Jay Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Waxwings/Late Arrivals
Birded SW Natchitoches Parish Thursday-Mora-Kisatchie Road. Found 200+ robins and a flock of about 25 waxwings as well. The scrubby pine hills had lots of yaupon shrubs loaded with berries.

Could these two fruit eating have plenty to eat in rural areas and have no reason to invade populated areas? At least not yet?

Jay Huner

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> On Jan 27, 2018, at 5:10 PM, bill fontenot <natrldlite...> wrote:
>
> interesting......we’ve had small groups (10-15/ea.) in and out all winter, beginning somewhat early (mid-nov) for us...over the past 3 days a larger group has been steadily cleaning out the remaining hackberries......
>
> basically we live in a hackberry grove
>
> bill fontenot
> upper lafayette parish, LA
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Jan 26, 2018, at 9:08 PM, Mac Myers <budogmacm...> wrote:
>>
>> First waxwings of the season in the neighborhood today, scarfing up water
>> from somebody draining into the gutter. Lots of goldfinches, too, but no
>> siskins or PUFA.
>>
>> In Eunice.
>>
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>> On Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 8:12 PM, Nancy L Newfield <nancy...>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> A couple of days age James *Beck said:*
>>>
>>> In a shortage year, for me and others, anyway, I just had my first waxwings
>>>>
>>>> of the season south of the lake - a total of three on Saux St. in
>>> Algiers.
>>>>
>>>> The only other ones I've had at all this season were a group of 15 in
>>> Abita
>>>>
>>>> with Jody Shugart and Aaron Mitchell.
>>>>
>>>>
>>> ​I too have noted a scarcity Cedar Waxwings, at least until this morning,
>>> when I recorded 11 small flocks passing over. The largest flock numbered
>>> 21 individuals while the smallest totaled 5. ​
>>>
>>> ​NLN
>>>
>>> --
>>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>>> Nancy L Newfield
>>> Casa Colibrí
>>> Metairie, Louisiana USA
>>> <nancy...>
>>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>>>
 

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Date: 1/27/18 3:28 pm
From: Philip C Stouffer <pstouffer...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] request for advice- Henslow's Sparrow
Hi Peter/labird,
Lake Ramsey no doubt has some hesp. Look for them in fields with toothache grass or Muhlenbergia that aren't overgrown with woody plants like yaupon and gallberry. Different fields in the complex get burned at different times, so it is a matter of finding the right field.
Good luck,
Phil

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Subject: [LABIRD-L] request for advice- Henslow's Sparrow

I am going to be taking a birder out in a couple days in St. Tammany area who is interested in Henslow's Sparrow. Does anyone have any tips about where a good field might be? I see there were a lot found at Lake Ramsey last winter, and one there earlier this month.


Thanks


Peter Yaukey

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Date: 1/27/18 3:10 pm
From: bill fontenot <natrldlite...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Waxwings
interesting......we’ve had small groups (10-15/ea.) in and out all winter, beginning somewhat early (mid-nov) for us...over the past 3 days a larger group has been steadily cleaning out the remaining hackberries......

basically we live in a hackberry grove

bill fontenot
upper lafayette parish, LA

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> On Jan 26, 2018, at 9:08 PM, Mac Myers <budogmacm...> wrote:
>
> First waxwings of the season in the neighborhood today, scarfing up water
> from somebody draining into the gutter. Lots of goldfinches, too, but no
> siskins or PUFA.
>
> In Eunice.
>
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> On Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 8:12 PM, Nancy L Newfield <nancy...>
> wrote:
>
>> A couple of days age James *Beck said:*
>>
>> In a shortage year, for me and others, anyway, I just had my first waxwings
>>>
>>> of the season south of the lake - a total of three on Saux St. in
>> Algiers.
>>>
>>> The only other ones I've had at all this season were a group of 15 in
>> Abita
>>>
>>> with Jody Shugart and Aaron Mitchell.
>>>
>>>
>> ​I too have noted a scarcity Cedar Waxwings, at least until this morning,
>> when I recorded 11 small flocks passing over. The largest flock numbered
>> 21 individuals while the smallest totaled 5. ​
>>
>> ​NLN
>>
>> --
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> Nancy L Newfield
>> Casa Colibrí
>> Metairie, Louisiana USA
>> <nancy...>
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>>
 

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Date: 1/27/18 2:34 pm
From: Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] request for advice- Henslow's Sparrow
I am going to be taking a birder out in a couple days in St. Tammany area who is interested in Henslow's Sparrow. Does anyone have any tips about where a good field might be? I see there were a lot found at Lake Ramsey last winter, and one there earlier this month.


Thanks


Peter Yaukey

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Date: 1/27/18 11:06 am
From: Richard Bello <rbello...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] NOooooo!!!
That is truly sad!

Rick Bello
Huntsville, Texas

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Subject: [LABIRD-L] NOooooo!!!

Eagle Optics is closing!

"As if the natural world's been turned upside down." Lord Mandrake
 

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Date: 1/26/18 7:08 pm
From: Mac Myers <budogmacm...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Waxwings
First waxwings of the season in the neighborhood today, scarfing up water
from somebody draining into the gutter. Lots of goldfinches, too, but no
siskins or PUFA.

In Eunice.

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On Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 8:12 PM, Nancy L Newfield <nancy...>
wrote:

> A couple of days age James *Beck said:*
>
> In a shortage year, for me and others, anyway, I just had my first waxwings
> >
> > of the season south of the lake - a total of three on Saux St. in
> Algiers.
> >
> > The only other ones I've had at all this season were a group of 15 in
> Abita
> >
> > with Jody Shugart and Aaron Mitchell.
> >
> >
> ​I too have noted a scarcity Cedar Waxwings, at least until this morning,
> when I recorded 11 small flocks passing over. The largest flock numbered
> 21 individuals while the smallest totaled 5. ​
>
> ​NLN
>
> --
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> Nancy L Newfield
> Casa Colibrí
> Metairie, Louisiana USA
> <nancy...>
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>
 

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Date: 1/26/18 6:13 pm
From: Nancy L Newfield <nancy...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Waxwings
A couple of days age James *Beck said:*

In a shortage year, for me and others, anyway, I just had my first waxwings
>
> of the season south of the lake - a total of three on Saux St. in Algiers.
>
> The only other ones I've had at all this season were a group of 15 in Abita
>
> with Jody Shugart and Aaron Mitchell.
>
>
​I too have noted a scarcity Cedar Waxwings, at least until this morning,
when I recorded 11 small flocks passing over. The largest flock numbered
21 individuals while the smallest totaled 5. ​

​NLN

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

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Date: 1/26/18 1:28 pm
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Buff-bellied Hummingbird - Marrero
Very cool!

On Jan 26, 2018 2:42 PM, "James W. Beck" <loxosceles928...> wrote:

> Linda just called me from home to inform me that she has found and
> photographed our first EVER Buff-bellied for the yard! Three species this
> Winter with 9-10 individuals, respectively (5 or 6 Black-chins and 3
> Ruby-throats). Now I just have to wait until 5:00 to get off work.....
> -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: 1/26/18 12:42 pm
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Buff-bellied Hummingbird - Marrero
Linda just called me from home to inform me that she has found and
photographed our first EVER Buff-bellied for the yard! Three species this
Winter with 9-10 individuals, respectively (5 or 6 Black-chins and 3
Ruby-throats). Now I just have to wait until 5:00 to get off work..... -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: 1/26/18 7:07 am
From: David Muth <MuthD...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Cinnamon Teal at Pintail Loop
LABIRD:

On January 6 a group of birders ticked off the stakeout Cinnamon Teal at Cameron Prairie along Pintail Drive. The drake CITE was at first snoozing on the marsh edge, but eventually swam off to forage. It was joined in very tight company by a hen teal. Several of us got some photos that day, including here

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41711490

by Joan Garvey. Unfortunately, the light was extremely harsh and glary that day, so it was hard then to study the hen through scopes and the photos we did get don't show much detail and are distorted by poor lighting. Obviously we wondered if the hen was a CITE at the time, and Eric and I are just getting around to revisiting the question of whether the hen can be successfully identified.

In looking through eBird reports, I see that several people photographed the pair, but only one entered them as two CITE:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41485902

In those photos, she looks convincingly different enough to me from a typical hen BWTE to be a hen CITE, but I am hardly qualified to make the identification. I have no experience of wintering CITE within their normal winter range, and have never studied them as an i.d. problem in the west. And I have even less expertise when it comes to the nasty hybrid problem.

So I'm wondering if others have better photos or if more experienced observers care to comment on the photos in eBird.

David Muth
New Orleans
 

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