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6/23/17 8:04 pm John Romano <birderjuan...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Seabirds in Rapides Parish / No Show
6/23/17 6:27 pm Jonathan Clark <falloutbird1...> [LABIRD-L] and no storm birds in La Salle, either
6/23/17 12:44 pm Roselie Overby <rosebird8791...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Seabirds in Rapides Parish / No Show: Ditto E. Carroll
6/23/17 11:28 am Jay V Huner <jvh0660...> [LABIRD-L] Seabirds in Rapides Parish / No Show
6/23/17 9:59 am James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] Frigatebirds over Westbank Expressway
6/22/17 11:52 am Jay Huner <jvh0660...> [LABIRD-L] Toledo bend dam
6/22/17 11:10 am Jay Huner <jvh0660...> [LABIRD-L] Sooty terms Lake Vernon
6/22/17 9:50 am Matt Brady <podoces...> [LABIRD-L] Sooty Tern, Baton Rouge
6/22/17 9:48 am James V Remsen <najames...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Sooty Tern False River
6/22/17 9:46 am James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] eBird -- Millaudon Canal - 35 frigatebirds (Restricted Access) -- Jun 22, 2017
6/22/17 8:52 am James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] Fwd: Re: More frigatebirds - Metairie
6/22/17 8:48 am Rob Dobbs <rcdobbs...> [LABIRD-L] Sooty Terns - Lake Martin (St Martin)
6/22/17 8:45 am James V Remsen <najames...> [LABIRD-L] Sooty Tern False River
6/22/17 8:41 am janine robin <janinerobin1982...> [LABIRD-L] frigatebirds Northshore Mandeville
6/22/17 8:06 am James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] Frigatebirds - Millaudon Canal, Marrero
6/22/17 5:29 am Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...> [LABIRD-L] Storm bird - New iberia
6/21/17 4:39 pm Wise, Jon <Wise...> [LABIRD-L] Frigatebirds
6/21/17 1:58 pm janine robin <janinerobin1982...> [LABIRD-L] Frigatebirds
6/21/17 12:24 pm Jonathan Rotondo-McCord <jrmtomburg...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Frigatebird
6/21/17 12:06 pm James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] More frigatebirds - Metairie
6/21/17 9:10 am Clairedthomas <claire...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Frigatebird
6/21/17 9:08 am joshuasylvest <joshuasylvest...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Frigatebird
6/21/17 8:32 am Clairedthomas <claire...> [LABIRD-L] Frigatebird
6/21/17 5:06 am Jay Huner <jvh0660...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Toledo Bend looking like a pelagic refuge
6/20/17 10:37 pm James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] Fwd: eBird Report - 800+ Magnificent Frigatebirds - Algiers, Jun 20, 2017
6/20/17 10:35 pm Matthew Pontiff <mpontiff...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Toledo Bend looking like a pelagic refuge
6/20/17 7:04 pm Paul Dickson <Paul...> [LABIRD-L] Toledo Bend looking like a pelagic refuge
6/20/17 5:55 pm Steven Liffmann <sliffmann...> Re: [LABIRD-L] 100's of Frigate Birds - Algiers Point (NOLA)
6/20/17 4:13 pm Steven Liffmann <sliffmann...> Re: [LABIRD-L] 100's of Frigate Birds - Algiers Point (NOLA)
6/20/17 3:45 pm Paul Conover <zoiseaux...> Re: [LABIRD-L] 100's of Frigate Birds - Algiers Point (NOLA)
6/20/17 3:32 pm Steven Liffmann <sliffmann...> Re: [LABIRD-L] 100's of Frigate Birds - Algiers Point (NOLA)
6/20/17 3:14 pm Steven Liffmann <sliffmann...> [LABIRD-L] 100's of Frigate Birds - Algiers Point (NOLA)
6/19/17 11:54 am Jeffrey Cowell <jeffrey.g.cowell...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Speaking of Crows . . .
6/19/17 11:08 am James V Remsen <najames...> [LABIRD-L] Venice pelagic boat trips
6/19/17 10:00 am John Dillon <kisforkryptonite...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Speaking of Crows . . .
6/19/17 6:26 am Jay Huner <jvh0660...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Speaking of Crows . . .
6/19/17 5:32 am Nancy L Newfield <nancy...> [LABIRD-L] Speaking of Crows . . .
6/18/17 8:44 pm James V Remsen <najames...> Re: [LABIRD-L] American Crows in Cameron Parish
6/18/17 8:23 pm Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...> Re: [LABIRD-L] American Crows in Cameron Parish
6/18/17 7:37 pm James V Remsen <najames...> Re: [LABIRD-L] American Crows in Cameron Parish
6/18/17 7:34 pm John Romano <birderjuan...> Re: [LABIRD-L] American Crows in Cameron Parish
6/18/17 6:29 pm David Muth <MuthD...> Re: [LABIRD-L] American Crows in Cameron Parish
6/18/17 5:58 pm James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> Re: [LABIRD-L] American Crows in Cameron Parish
6/18/17 4:50 pm James V Remsen <najames...> [LABIRD-L] American Crows in Cameron Parish
6/16/17 12:39 pm David Muth <MuthD...> Re: [LABIRD-L] 2017 LBRC Newsletter now online
6/16/17 11:18 am Bill Vermillion <bill.gcjv...> Re: [LABIRD-L] 2017 LBRC Newsletter now online
6/15/17 2:37 pm Trond Nilsen <trond.nilsen...> Re: [LABIRD-L] 2017 LBRC Newsletter now online
6/15/17 8:40 am Paul Conover <zoiseaux...> [LABIRD-L] 2017 LBRC Newsletter now online
6/15/17 4:44 am Dorothy Rambin <rambindot...> [LABIRD-L] Can I be removed from this list fora month?
6/13/17 9:49 am Martha Avegno <elliea...> Re: [LABIRD-L] RT Hummingbird observations this spring?
6/13/17 7:36 am Duane Huval <duanehuval47...> [LABIRD-L] Test my gmail account
6/12/17 2:11 pm Roselie Overby <rosebird8791...> [LABIRD-L] RT Hummingbird numbers
6/12/17 1:57 pm Jay V Huner <jvh0660...> Re: [LABIRD-L] RT Hummingbird observations this spring?
6/12/17 11:02 am bill fontenot <natrldlite...> Re: [LABIRD-L] RT Hummingbird observations this spring?
6/12/17 8:07 am Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...> Re: [LABIRD-L] RT Hummingbird observations this spring?
6/12/17 7:50 am James V Remsen <najames...> Re: [LABIRD-L] RT Hummingbird observations this spring?
6/10/17 11:44 am Alicia Plotkin <tess...> [LABIRD-L] RT Hummingbird observations this spring?
6/9/17 9:59 am janine robin <janinerobin1982...> Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird app for Android
6/9/17 9:23 am janine robin <janinerobin1982...> [LABIRD-L] eBird app for Android
6/6/17 11:54 pm Trond Nilsen <trond.nilsen...> [LABIRD-L] off topic: Bird feeding in the tropics
6/5/17 8:55 pm Percy, Katie <kpercy...> [LABIRD-L] **Reminder: BRAS presentation - Thurs. June 8, *6:45 PM*
6/5/17 9:14 am James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] Fwd: eBird -- Millaudon Canal (Restricted Access) -- Jun 05, 2017
6/4/17 4:27 pm Steven Liffmann <sliffmann...> [LABIRD-L] Brown Booby - Lake Pontchartrain
6/2/17 8:14 pm Paul Conover <zoiseaux...> [LABIRD-L] Cameron, 2 June
5/30/17 4:23 pm Bill Penning <wlpenning...> [LABIRD-L] RFI RCWO & SWWA Thank you!
5/30/17 6:31 am Heather M. Wilson <hmm1778...> [LABIRD-L] Magnificent Frigatebirds I-10 mile marker 218 before the 3-10 split
5/29/17 6:21 pm Bill Penning <wlpenning...> [LABIRD-L] RFI RCWO & SWWA
5/29/17 1:53 pm janine robin <janinerobin1982...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Wild turkey on Damiano road in Folsom, LA St Tammany parish
5/29/17 1:51 pm janine robin <janinerobin1982...> [LABIRD-L] Wild turkey on Damiano road in Folsom, LA St Tammany parish
5/29/17 8:16 am Jack & Rose Must <must4wbu...> [LABIRD-L] Change of email address
5/27/17 4:16 pm Jay V Huner <jvh0660...> [LABIRD-L] Heronry in the Middle of Nowhere!
5/27/17 1:14 pm janine robin <janinerobin1982...> [LABIRD-L] Bachman's sparrow in Tangipahoa parish
5/26/17 1:32 pm Jay V Huner <jvh0660...> [LABIRD-L] Birding Caldwell Parish 5/25/17
5/26/17 11:24 am James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] Swainson's Hawk - Vermilion Parish
5/25/17 8:31 am Katherine C. King <kking...> Re: [LABIRD-L] LABIRD-L Digest - 22 May 2017 to 24 May 2017 (#2017-134) LOCATION of COPENHAGEN HILLS
5/24/17 6:36 pm Jay Huner <jvh0660...> [LABIRD-L] Location of Copenhagen Hills?
5/24/17 12:48 pm James V Remsen <najames...> [LABIRD-L] Gray Kingbird Holly Beach
5/24/17 11:00 am Jonathan Rotondo-McCord <jrmtomburg...> [LABIRD-L] Aggressive mourning dove
5/24/17 4:24 am Percy, Katie <kpercy...> [LABIRD-L] BRAS presentation - Thurs. June 8, *6:45 PM* BBS Education Center
 
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Date: 6/23/17 8:04 pm
From: John Romano <birderjuan...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Seabirds in Rapides Parish / No Show
Would not some birds go up the Atchafalaya River and Atchafalaya Basin too
? I hung by the west most channel this morning for a couple of hours just
north of the Butte LaRose exit and saw a bird that looked promising for a
Frigate Bird but as it came into view better it turned out to be a
Swallow-tailed Kite. Still a pretty nice bird though.

John Romano
Breaux Bridge

On Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 1:28 PM, Jay V Huner <jvh0660...> wrote:

> Well,
>
> I looked for seabirds at Cotile, Kincaid and Buhlow lakes here in Rapides
> Parish this morning. NONE. Maybe something might pass by later today but
> the birds apparently went up the Sabine and Mississippi rivers and likely
> will go back the way they came.
>
> Jay Huner
>
 

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Date: 6/23/17 6:27 pm
From: Jonathan Clark <falloutbird1...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] and no storm birds in La Salle, either
labirders,

Much like Jay and Roselie, today I checked for seabirds blown in by
Cindy, but found none. I went to Catahoula NWR HQ Unit where I spent a
while at north end of Duck Lake (good view of significant chunk of the
lake) and saw nothing out of the ordinary. Then drove around to Catahoula
Lake Recreation Area at the spillway on the diversion canal (w/ a limited
view of the lake itself) off hwy 28. It's a good place to find gulls and
terns during fall migration and in the winter. Nothing odd their either.
Stopped at Little River Rec Area (Catahoula Parish) on the way back,
same deal there. None the less, birding was decent considering the late
morning-through-early-afternoon time.
eBird lists for locations:
Catahoula NWR HQ Unit:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37761418
Catahoula Lake Rec. Area:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37761512
C NWR French Fork Unit:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37761560
Little River Rec. Area:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37761618

Good Birding;
Jonathan Clark,
Jena, LA
 

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Date: 6/23/17 12:44 pm
From: Roselie Overby <rosebird8791...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Seabirds in Rapides Parish / No Show: Ditto E. Carroll
I did a quick drive around Lake Providence after lunch--nothing on the lake
and very little could be seen from the small part of the levee I could get
on. I can't get very close to Miss R, but could see nothing soaring in that
direction.
Roselie Overby

-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds
[mailto:<LABIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of Jay V Huner
Sent: Friday, June 23, 2017 1:29 PM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Seabirds in Rapides Parish / No Show

Well,

I looked for seabirds at Cotile, Kincaid and Buhlow lakes here in Rapides
Parish this morning. NONE. Maybe something might pass by later today but the
birds apparently went up the Sabine and Mississippi rivers and likely will
go back the way they came.

Jay Huner
 

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Date: 6/23/17 11:28 am
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Seabirds in Rapides Parish / No Show
Well,

I looked for seabirds at Cotile, Kincaid and Buhlow lakes here in Rapides Parish this morning. NONE. Maybe something might pass by later today but the birds apparently went up the Sabine and Mississippi rivers and likely will go back the way they came.

Jay Huner
 

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Date: 6/23/17 9:59 am
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Frigatebirds over Westbank Expressway
Just had two frigatebirds soaring over the intersection of the Westbank
Expressway and Central Ave...heading south. -j
 

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Date: 6/22/17 11:52 am
From: Jay Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Toledo bend dam
Visibility poor from rain but have seen no seabirds from Texas or Louisiana sides. 1:50 pm.

Jay Huner

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 6/22/17 11:10 am
From: Jay Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Sooty terms Lake Vernon
Several at La 111 bridge-south side over main body of lake.

Jay Huner 1:10 pm

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 6/22/17 9:50 am
From: Matt Brady <podoces...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Sooty Tern, Baton Rouge
Oscar Johnson just texted me to say he had a SOOTY TERN slowly drifting
down the East Baton Rouge Parish side of the Mississippi River. He was
observing the river from under the I-10 bridge. He also had a LAUGHING GULL
earlier, on the West Baton Rouge Parish side of the river, and a BLACK TERN
at University Lakes in Baton Rouge.

Matt Brady
Baton Rouge
 

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Date: 6/22/17 9:48 am
From: James V Remsen <najames...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Sooty Tern False River
Another Sooty, an adult, fly by at Cut Pointe on NE corner False River
________________________________________
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds <LABIRD-L...> on behalf of James V Remsen <najames...>
Sent: Thursday, June 22, 2017 10:45:01 AM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Sooty Tern False River

I just arrived at the boat launch on 413 on East shore of False River and one of first birds seen was juv Sooty Tern


*****************************
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: 6/22/17 9:46 am
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] eBird -- Millaudon Canal - 35 frigatebirds (Restricted Access) -- Jun 22, 2017
Millaudon Canal (Restricted Access)
Jun 22, 2017
9:35 AM
Traveling
2.18 miles
70 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:
Submitted from eBird Android 1.3

(eBird breeding codes included)

3 Black-bellied Whistling-Duck - OS
35 Magnificent Frigatebird
53 Anhinga - OS
4 Great Blue Heron - OS
4 Great Egret - OS
1 Snowy Egret - OS
3 Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - CM
18 White Ibis - OS
19 Black Vulture - FO
16 Turkey Vulture - FO
11 Mississippi Kite - OS
54 Laughing Gull - FO
9 Gull-billed Tern - FY
2 Mourning Dove - OS
1 Chimney Swift - FO
1 Great Crested Flycatcher - OS
4 Blue Jay - OS
10 American Crow - OS
2 Fish Crow - OS
2 Purple Martin - FO
2 Carolina Chickadee - OS
1 Tufted Titmouse - S7
2 Carolina Wren - S7
1 Eastern Bluebird - OS
9 Northern Mockingbird - OS
5 European Starling - OS
6 Northern Cardinal - OS
1 Red-winged Blackbird - FO
1 Brown-headed Cowbird - FO
1 House Finch - OS
9 House Sparrow - OS

Number of Taxa: 31
 

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Date: 6/22/17 8:52 am
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Fwd: Re: More frigatebirds - Metairie
Forwarded for Terri Skelton.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Terri Skelton" <tadskelton...>
Date: Jun 22, 2017 10:15
Subject: Re: More frigatebirds - Metairie
To: "James W. Beck" <loxosceles928...>
Cc:

Just saw about 20 on NORTHSHORE as got off causeway about 830 am

Terri D. Skelton
Sent from my iPhone

On Jun 22, 2017, at 8:48 AM, "James W. Beck" <loxosceles928...>
wrote:


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Date: Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 2:05 PM
Subject: More frigatebirds - Metairie
To: LABIRD <labird-l...>


Terence Skelton reported 30 frigates over Craig Ave. and Schouest St. in
Metairie about an hour ago. She is not subscribed to LABIRD, but posted in
one of the Facebook birding groups. -j

--
James W. Beck
Marrero, Louisiana
<loxosceles928...>



--
James W. Beck
Marrero, Louisiana
<loxosceles928...>
 

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Date: 6/22/17 8:48 am
From: Rob Dobbs <rcdobbs...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Sooty Terns - Lake Martin (St Martin)
LABIRD: I checked the open water of Lake Martin this morning. Despite zero
gulls or terns milling around on the lake, suggesting few coastal/marine
birds may have been pushed inland in this area, one adult and one juv Sooty
Tern flew by at 9:55. They were together, flying low, north to south,
directly into 20-30 mph wind. They did not circle or use the lake at all,
and were apparently booking it back to the gulf, perhaps dropping down just
to check out the open water.

--
Rob Dobbs
Lafayette, LA
 

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Date: 6/22/17 8:45 am
From: James V Remsen <najames...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Sooty Tern False River
I just arrived at the boat launch on 413 on East shore of False River and one of first birds seen was juv Sooty Tern


*****************************
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: 6/22/17 8:41 am
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] frigatebirds Northshore Mandeville
Just saw 5. Three over 190 near Causeway bridge and two more over 1261 W.
Causeway.
 

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Date: 6/22/17 8:06 am
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Frigatebirds - Millaudon Canal, Marrero
Up to 21 so far, with the majority of them flying south into the wind.
Roughly three or four took off east and Linda just called to say she had
three over the house. -j
 

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Date: 6/22/17 5:29 am
From: Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Storm bird - New iberia
I just saw what looked to be a juvenile Sooty Tern flying Northeast over us-90 near New Iberia. Looked too powerful for Black Tern. There were reports from Coastal Mississippi yesterday of Bridled and Sooty Terns, so keep an eye out!

Erik Johnson
 

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Date: 6/21/17 4:39 pm
From: Wise, Jon <Wise...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Frigatebirds
Just came back from Linear Park east of the Treasure Chest Casino along Lake Pontchartrain in Kenner. Saw 3 Magnificent Frigatebirds above the lake. One was barely visible while the second two came close to shore- one actually gliding over the levee for a moment. They were all headed east, fighting the wind.

Jon W. Wise


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Date: 6/21/17 1:58 pm
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Frigatebirds
8 at Howze Beach. Lots of skimmers also.
 

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Date: 6/21/17 12:24 pm
From: Jonathan Rotondo-McCord <jrmtomburg...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Frigatebird
(forwarded for John Cork)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: John Cork <drjohn28...>
Date: Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 7:33 AM
Subject: Frigate birds

There were 4 frigate birds over the Twinspans this morning. Not sure if
Great or Magnificent.
--
Jonathan Rotondo-McCord
<jrmtomburg...>

"Esto fidelis, et noli iudicare."

"This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man."
 

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Date: 6/21/17 12:06 pm
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] More frigatebirds - Metairie
Terence Skelton reported 30 frigates over Craig Ave. and Schouest St. in
Metairie about an hour ago. She is not subscribed to LABIRD, but posted in
one of the Facebook birding groups. -j

--
James W. Beck
Marrero, Louisiana
<loxosceles928...>
 

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Date: 6/21/17 9:10 am
From: Clairedthomas <claire...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Frigatebird
4 birds now

Claire Thomas
<Claire...>

> On Jun 21, 2017, at 11:08 AM, joshuasylvest <joshuasylvest...> wrote:
>
> I had 2 of them over Bayou Lafourche at the Tiger Dr. Bridge this morning around 6:45am. No luck yet adding it to my "office window bird list" though.
>
> Josh Sylvest
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
>
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Clairedthomas <claire...>
> Date: 6/21/17 10:32 AM (GMT-06:00)
> To: <LABIRD-L...>
> Subject: [LABIRD-L] Frigatebird
>
> Frigatebird over Mandeville harbor right now.
>
> Claire Thomas
> <Claire...>
 

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Date: 6/21/17 9:08 am
From: joshuasylvest <joshuasylvest...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Frigatebird
I had 2 of them over Bayou Lafourche at the Tiger Dr. Bridge this morning around 6:45am. No luck yet adding it to my "office window bird list" though. 
Josh Sylvest

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: Clairedthomas <claire...> Date: 6/21/17 10:32 AM (GMT-06:00) To: <LABIRD-L...> Subject: [LABIRD-L] Frigatebird
Frigatebird over Mandeville harbor right now.

Claire Thomas
<Claire...>
 

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Date: 6/21/17 8:32 am
From: Clairedthomas <claire...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Frigatebird
Frigatebird over Mandeville harbor right now.

Claire Thomas
<Claire...>
 

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Date: 6/21/17 5:06 am
From: Jay Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Toledo Bend looking like a pelagic refuge
My findings in Rapides Parish are storm from east lucky to see an odd frigatebird. Storm from west sea birding interesting on Kincaid and Cotile lakes. Through time I've recorded most of the birds Matt lists.

Jay Huner

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 21, 2017, at 12:35 AM, Matthew Pontiff <mpontiff...> wrote:
>
> Paul, others,
> While impossible to predict where they'll be, I agree with Paul's thoughts that Toledo Bend will probably be worth a visit. Here's a short list of storm birds from extreme southern Toledo Bend following Hurricane Ike in September of 2008 -
>
> Magnificent Frigatebird - 1 male
> Brown Pelican - 5 imm
> Long-billed Curlew - 1
> Jaeger sp. - 1
> Laughing Gull - 16
> Ring-billed Gull - 2
> Royal Tern - 15
> Caspian Tern - 6
> Forster's Tern - 21
> Black Tern - 150
> Sooty Tern - 2
> Black Skimmer - 4
>
> Matt Pontiff
> Rosepine
 

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Date: 6/20/17 10:37 pm
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Fwd: eBird Report - 800+ Magnificent Frigatebirds - Algiers, Jun 20, 2017
Steve Liffmann called me after our outing to inform me that Tom Sherry had
an additional 110 frigatebirds closer to Chalmette, so it is certainly
possible that well more than 1,000 individuals are cruising the river. -j

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Jun 20, 2017 22:17
Subject: eBird Report - Algiers, Jun 20, 2017
To: <loxosceles928...>
Cc:

Algiers, Orleans, Louisiana, US
Jun 20, 2017 5:13 PM - 7:28 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: Steve Liffmann & James W. Beck
13 species (+1 other taxa)

Mallard (Domestic type) (Anas platyrhynchos (Domestic type)) 2
Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) 800 MASSIVE flock of
frigatebirds originally found and reported by Steve Liffmann around 1713,
reported originally as "100's". An additional post by Liffmann an hour
later indicated a marked increase in numbers, thought to be near 1,000. I
joined Liffmann at his residence in Algiers and together we recorded
footage and obtained still images of roughly 800 individuals along the
Mississippi River. There were continuous waifs of frigatebirds moving
along the river for at LEAST 1/3 of a mile. Individuals were estimated by
counting by 10's.
Links to videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v&#61;zfn2vLNc3-w
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v&#61;3k33K0qiA4E&t&#61;15s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v&#61;15ydkrmezJk
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) 2
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) 1
Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) 10
Least Tern (Sternula antillarum) 20
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2
Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor) 1
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 4
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1
Purple Martin (Progne subis) 2
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 4
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 8

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S37714358

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Date: 6/20/17 10:35 pm
From: Matthew Pontiff <mpontiff...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Toledo Bend looking like a pelagic refuge
Paul, others,
While impossible to predict where they'll be, I agree with Paul's thoughts that Toledo Bend will probably be worth a visit. Here's a short list of storm birds from extreme southern Toledo Bend following Hurricane Ike in September of 2008 -

Magnificent Frigatebird - 1 male
Brown Pelican - 5 imm
Long-billed Curlew - 1
Jaeger sp. - 1
Laughing Gull - 16
Ring-billed Gull - 2
Royal Tern - 15
Caspian Tern - 6
Forster's Tern - 21
Black Tern - 150
Sooty Tern - 2
Black Skimmer - 4

Matt Pontiff
Rosepine
 

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Date: 6/20/17 7:04 pm
From: Paul Dickson <Paul...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Toledo Bend looking like a pelagic refuge
Labird: I wish I had Friday free because if I did I would be on Toledo Bend looking for storm waifs. Looks to me like that 120 square mile inland sea-like body of water is in just the right location to catch what rides this storm inshore.
Paul Dickson

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Date: 6/20/17 5:55 pm
From: Steven Liffmann <sliffmann...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] 100's of Frigate Birds - Algiers Point (NOLA)
James Beck came over and we jumped across the levee to get a true look.At this point they moved closer to the French Quarter and were taking up from the Lowe's Hotel to St Louis Cathedral, maybe 1/2 mile or so. Incredible! Then, they shifted back down river, not wanting to dare the bridge, I guess... and came directly overhead. 
Here's a link while on the river.
 https://youtu.be/rxs83-qLiJQ





Best regards, 
Steven Liffmann Stone Source Int'l, Inc. 
Cell # 504.416.1615 
Website: www.yoursourceforstone.com


------ Original message------From: Steven LiffmannDate: Tue, Jun 20, 2017 6:13 PMTo: <LABIRD-L...>;Cc: Subject:Re: [LABIRD-L] 100's of Frigate Birds - Algiers Point (NOLA)
----- Original message------From: Steven LiffmannDate: Tue, Jun 20, 2017 6:11 PMTo: Paul Conover;Cc:Subject:Re: [LABIRD-L] 100's of Frigate Birds - Algiers Point (NOLA)
I believe my count was way too low. Likely to be close to 1000 +. Wild stuff. I live within a 1/2 mile of downtown NOLA. 
They are still coming from down river, however, it appears they don't like the bridge too much and they are starting to back up. 



Best regards, 
Steven Liffmann Stone Source Int'l, Inc. 
Cell # 504.416.1615 
Website: www.yoursourceforstone.com
 

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Date: 6/20/17 4:13 pm
From: Steven Liffmann <sliffmann...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] 100's of Frigate Birds - Algiers Point (NOLA)
----- Original message------From: Steven LiffmannDate: Tue, Jun 20, 2017 6:11 PMTo: Paul Conover;Cc:Subject:Re: [LABIRD-L] 100's of Frigate Birds - Algiers Point (NOLA)
I believe my count was way too low. Likely to be close to 1000 +. Wild stuff. I live within a 1/2 mile of downtown NOLA. 
They are still coming from down river, however, it appears they don't like the bridge too much and they are starting to back up. 



Best regards, 
Steven Liffmann Stone Source Int'l, Inc. 
Cell # 504.416.1615 
Website: www.yoursourceforstone.com
 

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Date: 6/20/17 3:45 pm
From: Paul Conover <zoiseaux...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] 100's of Frigate Birds - Algiers Point (NOLA)
Steven, Labirders,
Amazing footage. Keep us updated. Nothing unusual in
Lafayette, but I imagine that your wave of frigates could be passing
through here in a day or two.

Paul Conover
Lafayette


On 6/20/2017 5:32 PM, Steven Liffmann wrote:
> Video link as they headed back down river. I presume they didn't like the looks of the bridge. This went on for 15 min. Wild!
> https://youtu.be/meWBt6BqvvU
>
>
>
>
> Best regards,
> Steven Liffmann Stone Source Int'l, Inc.
> Cell # 504.416.1615 Website: www.yoursourceforstone.com
>
>
> ------ Original message------From: Steven LiffmannDate: Tue, Jun 20, 2017 5:14 PMTo: <LABIRD-L...>;Cc: Subject:[LABIRD-L] 100's of Frigate Birds - Algiers Point (NOLA)
> 100's of Frigates coming up river at Algiers Point. Wow!
>
>
>
> Best regards,
> Steven Liffmann Stone Source Int'l, Inc.
> Cell # 504.416.1615
> Website: www.yoursourceforstone.com
>
 

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Date: 6/20/17 3:32 pm
From: Steven Liffmann <sliffmann...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] 100's of Frigate Birds - Algiers Point (NOLA)
Video link as they headed back down river. I presume they didn't like the looks of the bridge. This went on for 15 min. Wild! 
https://youtu.be/meWBt6BqvvU




Best regards, 
Steven Liffmann Stone Source Int'l, Inc. 
Cell # 504.416.1615 Website: www.yoursourceforstone.com


------ Original message------From: Steven LiffmannDate: Tue, Jun 20, 2017 5:14 PMTo: <LABIRD-L...>;Cc: Subject:[LABIRD-L] 100's of Frigate Birds - Algiers Point (NOLA)
100's of Frigates coming up river at Algiers Point. Wow! 



Best regards, 
Steven Liffmann Stone Source Int'l, Inc. 
Cell # 504.416.1615 
Website: www.yoursourceforstone.com

 

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Date: 6/20/17 3:14 pm
From: Steven Liffmann <sliffmann...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] 100's of Frigate Birds - Algiers Point (NOLA)
100's of Frigates coming up river at Algiers Point. Wow! 



Best regards, 
Steven Liffmann Stone Source Int'l, Inc. 
Cell # 504.416.1615 
Website: www.yoursourceforstone.com

 

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Date: 6/19/17 11:54 am
From: Jeffrey Cowell <jeffrey.g.cowell...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Speaking of Crows . . .
Sibley states that about 1 in 200 crows has white underwing patches. In
the field the patches seem similar to a black vulture's. Haven't seen any
leucistic ones yet. Would hope I would not dismiss it as a pigeon without
inspection!

On Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 12:00 PM John Dillon <kisforkryptonite...>
wrote:

> Nancy,
>
> I assume it would have to be pretty rare based on the tens of thousands of
> crows I've seen and only having seen maybe 2 or 3 with leucistic features.
> I think all the ones I've seen had some white primaries or secondaries.
> That's been during winter in huge flocks in harvested ag fields. Don't
> recall ever seeing any other white feathers on them. But like you, I don't
> get too excited over it, so it's not something I would keep numbers on.
>
> John Dillon
> Athens, LA
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Jun 19, 2017, at 7:32 AM, Nancy L Newfield <nancy...>
> wrote:
> >
> > LABIRDers,
> >
> > How common is albinism/leucism among crows?
> >
> > I don't usually get excited to see oddly colored members of common
> species,
> > but this morning while watching from the front porch, I saw what appeared
> > to be an albino crow of undetermined species. It is apparently a
> recently
> > fledged juvenile because it began begging when it was approached by a
> > normally colored crow.
> >
> > This individual was approximately 200 feet away, on a utility wire. At
> the
> > distance, I was not able to assess eye color, but the legs, feet, and
> bill
> > were dull pink. I don't recall ever seeing an albinistic/leucistic
> corvid
> > of any species.
> >
> > Nan
> >
> > --
> > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> > Nancy L Newfield
> > Casa Colibrí
> > Metairie, Louisiana USA
> > <nancy...>
> > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>
--
Jeff Cowell
<jeffrey.g.cowell...>
Baton Rouge LA
(615) 870-4892

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Date: 6/19/17 11:08 am
From: James V Remsen <najames...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Venice pelagic boat trips
LABIRD: I am organizing boat trips out of Venice on the following dates, with cost $180. These are pre-dawn to dusk trips, fairly grueling, and there is a moderate chance for these trips being near busts in terms of pelagics. If interested, let me know (OFF LABIRD):

Sunday Aug. 6
Saturday Sep. 2
Saturday Sep. 23

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

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: 6/19/17 10:00 am
From: John Dillon <kisforkryptonite...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Speaking of Crows . . .
Nancy,

I assume it would have to be pretty rare based on the tens of thousands of crows I've seen and only having seen maybe 2 or 3 with leucistic features. I think all the ones I've seen had some white primaries or secondaries. That's been during winter in huge flocks in harvested ag fields. Don't recall ever seeing any other white feathers on them. But like you, I don't get too excited over it, so it's not something I would keep numbers on.

John Dillon
Athens, LA

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 19, 2017, at 7:32 AM, Nancy L Newfield <nancy...> wrote:
>
> LABIRDers,
>
> How common is albinism/leucism among crows?
>
> I don't usually get excited to see oddly colored members of common species,
> but this morning while watching from the front porch, I saw what appeared
> to be an albino crow of undetermined species. It is apparently a recently
> fledged juvenile because it began begging when it was approached by a
> normally colored crow.
>
> This individual was approximately 200 feet away, on a utility wire. At the
> distance, I was not able to assess eye color, but the legs, feet, and bill
> were dull pink. I don't recall ever seeing an albinistic/leucistic corvid
> of any species.
>
> Nan
>
> --
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> Nancy L Newfield
> Casa Colibrí
> Metairie, Louisiana USA
> <nancy...>
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

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Date: 6/19/17 6:26 am
From: Jay Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Speaking of Crows . . .
When I was in my early teens, we were fishing on Bayou Grosse Tete in iberville parish around 1960 when there was a continuous east to west movement of crows to roost. Didn't even know there were two Crow species then. Hundreds of crows passed over of us and there was a conspicuous presence of pie-bald, leucistic crows! I've never seen anything like that since.

Jay Huner

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 19, 2017, at 7:32 AM, Nancy L Newfield <nancy...> wrote:
>
> LABIRDers,
>
> How common is albinism/leucism among crows?
>
> I don't usually get excited to see oddly colored members of common species,
> but this morning while watching from the front porch, I saw what appeared
> to be an albino crow of undetermined species. It is apparently a recently
> fledged juvenile because it began begging when it was approached by a
> normally colored crow.
>
> This individual was approximately 200 feet away, on a utility wire. At the
> distance, I was not able to assess eye color, but the legs, feet, and bill
> were dull pink. I don't recall ever seeing an albinistic/leucistic corvid
> of any species.
>
> Nan
>
> --
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> Nancy L Newfield
> Casa Colibrí
> Metairie, Louisiana USA
> <nancy...>
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

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Date: 6/19/17 5:32 am
From: Nancy L Newfield <nancy...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Speaking of Crows . . .
LABIRDers,

How common is albinism/leucism among crows?

I don't usually get excited to see oddly colored members of common species,
but this morning while watching from the front porch, I saw what appeared
to be an albino crow of undetermined species. It is apparently a recently
fledged juvenile because it began begging when it was approached by a
normally colored crow.

This individual was approximately 200 feet away, on a utility wire. At the
distance, I was not able to assess eye color, but the legs, feet, and bill
were dull pink. I don't recall ever seeing an albinistic/leucistic corvid
of any species.

Nan

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

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Date: 6/18/17 8:44 pm
From: James V Remsen <najames...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] American Crows in Cameron Parish
Erik et al. — good points, and long those lines, Matt Brady makes great recordings from his phone with an additional plug-in microphone: i-Microphone, EIM-001 by Edutige. I got one, and it works well on my Android phone (but I don’t use it very much because I am usually video-taping and often birding with real recordists such as Dan Lane.


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

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 Jun 18, 2017, at 10:22 PM, Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...> wrote:
>
> Most excellent, Van and David. If I may add, the "begging call" of the American Crow is something that one may erroneously ID as a Fish Crow if not careful. For example:
> http://www.xeno-canto.org/187481
>
> And more on this topic here:
> http://www.birds.cornell.edu/crows/FishCrow.htm
>
> Another possibility for documentation (that I don't use nearly enough): everyone who carries a smartphone has a voice recorder in their pocket. There are lots of apps that can boost the phone's input gain - many are free, many others are a few bucks. These recordings are reasonably easy to upload into eBird.
>
> Happy birding,
> Erik Johnson
> S Lafayette, LA
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds [mailto:<LABIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of James V Remsen
> Sent: Sunday, June 18, 2017 9:37 PM
> To: <LABIRD-L...>
> Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] American Crows in Cameron Parish
>
> John/LABIRD: sufficient for such an easily identified species would be a description of the voice in the Details section — just a phrase or so would do it, along with some indication that you recognized the significance of the record AT THE TIME and heard the bird clearly and unambiguously.
>
>
>
> ===================
>
> 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 Jun 18, 2017, at 9:34 PM, John Romano <birderjuan...> wrote:
>>
>> Dr Remsen - what would constitute a documented record for American Crow in this case ? Now that I know this is an issue, if I were to see a crow and hear its vocalization, and then put in the notes that I saw and heard an American Crow, would this be a documented record ? I personally only ID crow species where they overlap by vocalization and I am pretty sure that I can tell the difference in the vocalizations.
>>
>> John Romano
>> Breaux Bridge
>>
>> On Sun, Jun 18, 2017 at 6:50 PM, James V Remsen <najames...> wrote:
>> LABIRD: American Crow is nearly unknown in Cameron Parish south of the Intracoastal canal. I have been discussing this with Steve Cardiff and Paul Conover this afternoon to help clarify the status. There are just a handful of documented records that we know of, and none of us has more than 2-3 records in a combined 500+ full days of intensive fieldwork in the area. However, until this afternoon, eBird had something like 100 records mapped to that area, only a handful of which had any notes. Although some of these may have been good records, I have invalidated all of the ones without details because I suspect the vast majority are Fish Crows. Even Fish Crow is now much scarcer than it used to be (post-Rita, fide Paul). Please pay attention to IDs of any crows seen in the parish.
>>
>> I have also set the Cameron eBird filter to zero because of this problem. That will mean annoying queries for legitimate American Crows in areas where they are know to be fairly common, e.g. Lacassine area. The status north of the Intracoastal in western Cameron needs to be worked out.
>>
>>
>> ===================
>>
>> 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: 6/18/17 8:23 pm
From: Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] American Crows in Cameron Parish
Most excellent, Van and David. If I may add, the "begging call" of the American Crow is something that one may erroneously ID as a Fish Crow if not careful. For example:
http://www.xeno-canto.org/187481

And more on this topic here:
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/crows/FishCrow.htm

Another possibility for documentation (that I don't use nearly enough): everyone who carries a smartphone has a voice recorder in their pocket. There are lots of apps that can boost the phone's input gain - many are free, many others are a few bucks. These recordings are reasonably easy to upload into eBird.

Happy birding,
Erik Johnson
S Lafayette, LA



-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds [mailto:<LABIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of James V Remsen
Sent: Sunday, June 18, 2017 9:37 PM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] American Crows in Cameron Parish

John/LABIRD: sufficient for such an easily identified species would be a description of the voice in the Details section — just a phrase or so would do it, along with some indication that you recognized the significance of the record AT THE TIME and heard the bird clearly and unambiguously.



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

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 Jun 18, 2017, at 9:34 PM, John Romano <birderjuan...> wrote:
>
> Dr Remsen - what would constitute a documented record for American Crow in this case ? Now that I know this is an issue, if I were to see a crow and hear its vocalization, and then put in the notes that I saw and heard an American Crow, would this be a documented record ? I personally only ID crow species where they overlap by vocalization and I am pretty sure that I can tell the difference in the vocalizations.
>
> John Romano
> Breaux Bridge
>
> On Sun, Jun 18, 2017 at 6:50 PM, James V Remsen <najames...> wrote:
> LABIRD: American Crow is nearly unknown in Cameron Parish south of the Intracoastal canal. I have been discussing this with Steve Cardiff and Paul Conover this afternoon to help clarify the status. There are just a handful of documented records that we know of, and none of us has more than 2-3 records in a combined 500+ full days of intensive fieldwork in the area. However, until this afternoon, eBird had something like 100 records mapped to that area, only a handful of which had any notes. Although some of these may have been good records, I have invalidated all of the ones without details because I suspect the vast majority are Fish Crows. Even Fish Crow is now much scarcer than it used to be (post-Rita, fide Paul). Please pay attention to IDs of any crows seen in the parish.
>
> I have also set the Cameron eBird filter to zero because of this problem. That will mean annoying queries for legitimate American Crows in areas where they are know to be fairly common, e.g. Lacassine area. The status north of the Intracoastal in western Cameron needs to be worked out.
>
>
> ===================
>
> 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: 6/18/17 7:37 pm
From: James V Remsen <najames...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] American Crows in Cameron Parish
John/LABIRD: sufficient for such an easily identified species would be a description of the voice in the Details section — just a phrase or so would do it, along with some indication that you recognized the significance of the record AT THE TIME and heard the bird clearly and unambiguously.



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

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 Jun 18, 2017, at 9:34 PM, John Romano <birderjuan...> wrote:
>
> Dr Remsen - what would constitute a documented record for American Crow in this case ? Now that I know this is an issue, if I were to see a crow and hear its vocalization, and then put in the notes that I saw and heard an American Crow, would this be a documented record ? I personally only ID crow species where they overlap by vocalization and I am pretty sure that I can tell the difference in the vocalizations.
>
> John Romano
> Breaux Bridge
>
> On Sun, Jun 18, 2017 at 6:50 PM, James V Remsen <najames...> wrote:
> LABIRD: American Crow is nearly unknown in Cameron Parish south of the Intracoastal canal. I have been discussing this with Steve Cardiff and Paul Conover this afternoon to help clarify the status. There are just a handful of documented records that we know of, and none of us has more than 2-3 records in a combined 500+ full days of intensive fieldwork in the area. However, until this afternoon, eBird had something like 100 records mapped to that area, only a handful of which had any notes. Although some of these may have been good records, I have invalidated all of the ones without details because I suspect the vast majority are Fish Crows. Even Fish Crow is now much scarcer than it used to be (post-Rita, fide Paul). Please pay attention to IDs of any crows seen in the parish.
>
> I have also set the Cameron eBird filter to zero because of this problem. That will mean annoying queries for legitimate American Crows in areas where they are know to be fairly common, e.g. Lacassine area. The status north of the Intracoastal in western Cameron needs to be worked out.
>
>
> ===================
>
> 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: 6/18/17 7:34 pm
From: John Romano <birderjuan...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] American Crows in Cameron Parish
Dr Remsen - what would constitute a documented record for American Crow in
this case ? Now that I know this is an issue, if I were to see a crow and
hear its vocalization, and then put in the notes that I saw and heard an
American Crow, would this be a documented record ? I personally only ID
crow species where they overlap by vocalization and I am pretty sure that I
can tell the difference in the vocalizations.

John Romano
Breaux Bridge

On Sun, Jun 18, 2017 at 6:50 PM, James V Remsen <najames...> wrote:

> LABIRD: American Crow is nearly unknown in Cameron Parish south of the
> Intracoastal canal. I have been discussing this with Steve Cardiff and
> Paul Conover this afternoon to help clarify the status. There are just a
> handful of documented records that we know of, and none of us has more than
> 2-3 records in a combined 500+ full days of intensive fieldwork in the
> area. However, until this afternoon, eBird had something like 100 records
> mapped to that area, only a handful of which had any notes. Although some
> of these may have been good records, I have invalidated all of the ones
> without details because I suspect the vast majority are Fish Crows. Even
> Fish Crow is now much scarcer than it used to be (post-Rita, fide Paul).
> Please pay attention to IDs of any crows seen in the parish.
>
> I have also set the Cameron eBird filter to zero because of this problem.
> That will mean annoying queries for legitimate American Crows in areas
> where they are know to be fairly common, e.g. Lacassine area. The status
> north of the Intracoastal in western Cameron needs to be worked out.
>
>
> ===================
>
> 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: 6/18/17 6:29 pm
From: David Muth <MuthD...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] American Crows in Cameron Parish
LABIRD:

Van's note gives me an opportunity to make the opposite point about southeast Louisiana--the coastal areas of the delta. For whatever reason, the opposite holds true in southeast Louisiana as in southwest Louisiana--the default coastal crow is American, not Fish. In lower Plaquemines Parish, Grand Isle, Elmer's Island and Fourchon, Fish Crow is a vagrant.

Fish Crows are common year-round in residential New Orleans, and in winter they are often abundant--forming roosts of thousands of birds. But you don't have to get very far outside the city to enter Fish Crow-free zones. They are decidedly rare at Bayou Sauvage NWR in eastern New Orleans. At the Barataria Preserve, adjacent to suburban New Orleans' West Bank, I had only a handful of records in 15 years of intensive coverage, almost all in winter. During exhaustive atlassing in both winter and summer in lower Plaquemines Parish--below Jesuit Bend, I recorded none, and I was looking for them. I have not recorded a Fish Crow in the 21st century downriver from Alliance--and I have been paying close attention.

And yet reports from others continue to roll into Ebird (and the Atlas for that matter). Some are doubtless legitimate--I am not in these places all the time--birds fly and I don't see but a tiny fraction of them. But my coverage of these areas, usually in the company of others with similar years and hours off experience, represents a very statistically significant fraction of the coverage. Therefore, most reports that stray from what we have reported are false, statistically speaking.

Places like Grand Isle and coastal Cameron present special problems. Expected species are missing--especially ultra-common eastern woodland species. At Grand Isle there were no crows of any kind in the first 20 years I birded there. A small group of American Crows is now resident.

I suspect that a lot of species get put on lists when done at the end of the day because subconsciously we know "they had to be there" and we fill in the blank with a false memory. (if you doubt you suffer from "false memories" please take some time to research the subject.) So people report chickadees from Grand Isle or Peveto that were not there. Ebird's coarse parish-wide filters don't pick them up as unusual. Chickadees and Carolina Wrens and titmice and odd woodpeckers do show up in these places, rarely--but that should be a cause for astonishment--not a routine checkmark on a checklist.

So the bottom line--assume nothing, and try to divine the strangeness of routine birding locations. Fish Crow is the default and American Crow is the vagrant in coastal southwest Louisiana. American Crow is the default and Fish Crow is the vagrant in coastal southeast Louisiana. (And please, I know that one or two individuals have been long running exceptions to the rule. They got somewhere new and did not perish or depart for a few seasons. But they prove the rule I am discussing.)

Good birding.

David Muth
New Orleans

-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds [mailto:<LABIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of James V Remsen
Sent: Sunday, June 18, 2017 6:50 PM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] American Crows in Cameron Parish

LABIRD: American Crow is nearly unknown in Cameron Parish south of the Intracoastal canal. I have been discussing this with Steve Cardiff and Paul Conover this afternoon to help clarify the status. There are just a handful of documented records that we know of, and none of us has more than 2-3 records in a combined 500+ full days of intensive fieldwork in the area. However, until this afternoon, eBird had something like 100 records mapped to that area, only a handful of which had any notes. Although some of these may have been good records, I have invalidated all of the ones without details because I suspect the vast majority are Fish Crows. Even Fish Crow is now much scarcer than it used to be (post-Rita, fide Paul). Please pay attention to IDs of any crows seen in the parish.

I have also set the Cameron eBird filter to zero because of this problem. That will mean annoying queries for legitimate American Crows in areas where they are know to be fairly common, e.g. Lacassine area. The status north of the Intracoastal in western Cameron needs to be worked out.


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

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: 6/18/17 5:58 pm
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] American Crows in Cameron Parish
Van,

While I certainly agree with your post (i.e. I cannot specifically recall
AMCR from lower Cameron Parish), I DO have two from this year, which I
suspect may be erroneous entries. I'll double check my written notes, but
doubt anything will come of it. -j

On Jun 18, 2017 6:50 PM, "James V Remsen" <najames...> wrote:

> LABIRD: American Crow is nearly unknown in Cameron Parish south of the
> Intracoastal canal. I have been discussing this with Steve Cardiff and
> Paul Conover this afternoon to help clarify the status. There are just a
> handful of documented records that we know of, and none of us has more than
> 2-3 records in a combined 500+ full days of intensive fieldwork in the
> area. However, until this afternoon, eBird had something like 100 records
> mapped to that area, only a handful of which had any notes. Although some
> of these may have been good records, I have invalidated all of the ones
> without details because I suspect the vast majority are Fish Crows. Even
> Fish Crow is now much scarcer than it used to be (post-Rita, fide Paul).
> Please pay attention to IDs of any crows seen in the parish.
>
> I have also set the Cameron eBird filter to zero because of this problem.
> That will mean annoying queries for legitimate American Crows in areas
> where they are know to be fairly common, e.g. Lacassine area. The status
> north of the Intracoastal in western Cameron needs to be worked out.
>
>
> ===================
>
> 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: 6/18/17 4:50 pm
From: James V Remsen <najames...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] American Crows in Cameron Parish
LABIRD: American Crow is nearly unknown in Cameron Parish south of the Intracoastal canal. I have been discussing this with Steve Cardiff and Paul Conover this afternoon to help clarify the status. There are just a handful of documented records that we know of, and none of us has more than 2-3 records in a combined 500+ full days of intensive fieldwork in the area. However, until this afternoon, eBird had something like 100 records mapped to that area, only a handful of which had any notes. Although some of these may have been good records, I have invalidated all of the ones without details because I suspect the vast majority are Fish Crows. Even Fish Crow is now much scarcer than it used to be (post-Rita, fide Paul). Please pay attention to IDs of any crows seen in the parish.

I have also set the Cameron eBird filter to zero because of this problem. That will mean annoying queries for legitimate American Crows in areas where they are know to be fairly common, e.g. Lacassine area. The status north of the Intracoastal in western Cameron needs to be worked out.


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

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: 6/16/17 12:39 pm
From: David Muth <MuthD...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] 2017 LBRC Newsletter now online
Bill:

Generally, Louisiana's coastal waters--state-owned as opposed to Federally owned, extend three miles from the coast--it can be different for other state (like Texas, which came into the union under a treaty giving them 3 leagues--about 9 miles if I remember correctly). Beyond three miles you are in Federal waters. Because Louisiana's coast is retreating, the state and Feds agreed for oil and gas purposes on a fixed boundary.

So most offshore sightings are not technically in any state--they are in the territorial waters of the United States. The international convention is that nations can claim up to 200 miles from their coast (I think that is statute not nautical, but I could be wrong). Where the 200 mile boundary overlaps another jurisdiction, the "closest point of land" rule is generally applied. This is why China is building land on shoals in the South China seas and why nations fight wars over offshore rocks.

For certain purposes (e.g. sharing offshore oil and gas revenue; fishing regulations), the convention is that the Federal government treats offshore lands as "belonging" to the state that houses the nearest point of land. Thus Louisiana with its Birdsfoot gets an outsized slice of the central Gulf, claiming much of the shelf space from Mississippi and Alabama. Very little of the Gulf is less than 200 miles from land, so there is only a small section of "international waters" out in the Gulf. The rest is U.S., Mexico, or Cuba.

None of this means anything to bird records, except that the American Birding Association, and, more importantly, the Louisiana Bird Records Committee, have adopted the nearest point of land standard. So when you report your offshore sightings to ABA from within the 200 miles boundary, they are reported as being a record for the state (or county) that is the nearest point of land. The LBRC adopted the same principle for records within its "jurisdiction" and by extension records within Louisiana are reported to the Parish with the nearest point of land. This too gives Plaquemines outsize influence. Ebird seems to have adopted the same reporting standard. (I don't know if the AOU has formal rules...)

Obviously none of this has any force or effect, except to those choosing to play by the rules of ABA, LBRC, or Ebird. Some years ago some birders proposed making the boundary between Gulf States, or at least between and among Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, north-south lines. This would give Mississippi a tiny sliver of deep water. The idea was that it would be an enticement to Mississippians to participate in offshore birding trips to build their personal and cumulative state list. Curiously, some of the proponents of this idea, from Texas, did not feel the need to make the Louisiana-Texas offshore boundary north-south. Obviously the big loser of offshore territory in this arrangement would be Louisiana. The LBRC declined to endorse the idea, and ABA has never adopted it.

But I emphasize again that it is all just monopoly rules--and the world is full of players who change monopoly rules.

David Muth
New Orleans

-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds [mailto:<LABIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of Bill Vermillion
Sent: Friday, June 16, 2017 1:18 PM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] 2017 LBRC Newsletter now online

Hi Labird,

I have been enjoying reading the latest LBRC newsletter, and have a question. Are there American Ornithologist's Union or other guidelines for what constitutes a state record for bird seen offshore the continental U.S.? Currently our LA state offshore boundary is 9 miles (I think), but many of the records listed in the current LBRC newsletter are further offshore than that.

Thanks!

Bill Vermillion

On Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 10:40 AM, Paul Conover <zoiseaux...>
wrote:

> Labird,
>
> The 2017 LBRC Newsletter/LBRC Report is now online at the
> LOS-LBRC webpage <http://www.losbird.org/lbrc/lbrc.htm>.
>
> As we have become accustomed to (spoiled by, really), the
> newsletter is a feast for the mind and the eyes. And as usual, I hope
> you'll all join me in thanking Donna Dittmann for the months of work
> that she puts into each edition of the newsletter--in addition to her
> workload as LBRC Secretary. As you read the Newsletter and Report, I
> think you'll all appreciate how much effort is involved in creating
> what's both a scientific document and a work of art. Enjoy!
>
> Paul Conover
>
> Lafayette
>

 

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Date: 6/16/17 11:18 am
From: Bill Vermillion <bill.gcjv...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] 2017 LBRC Newsletter now online
Hi Labird,

I have been enjoying reading the latest LBRC newsletter, and have a
question. Are there American Ornithologist's Union or other guidelines for
what constitutes a state record for bird seen offshore the continental
U.S.? Currently our LA state offshore boundary is 9 miles (I think), but
many of the records listed in the current LBRC newsletter are further
offshore than that.

Thanks!

Bill Vermillion

On Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 10:40 AM, Paul Conover <zoiseaux...>
wrote:

> Labird,
>
> The 2017 LBRC Newsletter/LBRC Report is now online at the
> LOS-LBRC webpage <http://www.losbird.org/lbrc/lbrc.htm>.
>
> As we have become accustomed to (spoiled by, really), the
> newsletter is a feast for the mind and the eyes. And as usual, I hope
> you'll all join me in thanking Donna Dittmann for the months of work that
> she puts into each edition of the newsletter--in addition to her workload
> as LBRC Secretary. As you read the Newsletter and Report, I think you'll
> all appreciate how much effort is involved in creating what's both a
> scientific document and a work of art. Enjoy!
>
> Paul Conover
>
> Lafayette
>
 

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Date: 6/15/17 2:37 pm
From: Trond Nilsen <trond.nilsen...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] 2017 LBRC Newsletter now online
Hear hear!


Trond,
SE Norway

> Den 15. jun. 2017 kl. 17.40 skrev Paul Conover <zoiseaux...>:
>
> Labird,
>
> The 2017 LBRC Newsletter/LBRC Report is now online at the LOS-LBRC webpage <http://www.losbird.org/lbrc/lbrc.htm>.
>
> As we have become accustomed to (spoiled by, really), the newsletter is a feast for the mind and the eyes. And as usual, I hope you'll all join me in thanking Donna Dittmann for the months of work that she puts into each edition of the newsletter--in addition to her workload as LBRC Secretary. As you read the Newsletter and Report, I think you'll all appreciate how much effort is involved in creating what's both a scientific document and a work of art. Enjoy!
>
> Paul Conover
>
> Lafayette
 

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Date: 6/15/17 8:40 am
From: Paul Conover <zoiseaux...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] 2017 LBRC Newsletter now online
Labird,

The 2017 LBRC Newsletter/LBRC Report is now online at the
LOS-LBRC webpage <http://www.losbird.org/lbrc/lbrc.htm>.

As we have become accustomed to (spoiled by, really), the
newsletter is a feast for the mind and the eyes. And as usual, I hope
you'll all join me in thanking Donna Dittmann for the months of work
that she puts into each edition of the newsletter--in addition to her
workload as LBRC Secretary. As you read the Newsletter and Report, I
think you'll all appreciate how much effort is involved in creating
what's both a scientific document and a work of art. Enjoy!

Paul Conover

Lafayette
 

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Date: 6/15/17 4:44 am
From: Dorothy Rambin <rambindot...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Can I be removed from this list fora month?
Thank you.
Dot Rambin

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 6/13/17 9:49 am
From: Martha Avegno <elliea...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] RT Hummingbird observations this spring?
I have a male & female Ruby, and about the same during migration.
My numbers are down in my town home garden near Riverbend. They love the blue-black salvia and ugly shrimp plant, but use feeders too.
When the Buckeye was in bloom, they stayed all over it. Numbers significantly down from five years ago.
Ellie

Sent from my iPhone
M. Ellie Avegno


> On Jun 12, 2017, at 10:07 AM, Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...> wrote:
>
> Alicia-
> Spring migration seemed pretty normal with decent numbers of combined
> breeders and migrants. But, by mid May (after the vast majority of migrants
> had passed through), numbers tanked. This implies that the breeding
> population has taken a serious hit. At this time of year I normally have
> 10 to 20 8 oz feeders concentrated along the front of the house and those
> would be drained daily. We should be seeing 10-20 birds in view at once.
> Prior to being out of town during late May, I switched from the large
> feeders to perky-pet "little beginners." I have 15-20 of those hanging
> from the house and another 8-10 scattered in the yard. Upon returning to
> the yard in early June, numbers seem to have rebounded somewhat, but still
> seem way below normal. Of course, there are surges during rain events and
> then activity drops off when it's hot and dry, so it is difficult to assess
> numbers. I'm getting 5-10 counts and occasional 15 counts now, but numbers
> are being augmented by juveniles.
>
> Steve Cardiff
>
>
>
>> On Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 9:50 AM, James V Remsen <najames...> wrote:
>>
>> Alicia/LABIRD: numbers of Ruby-throats this summer in the Pecan Dr. Area,
>> where my feeders and those of Steve/Donna are typically swarmed all summer
>> long, are barely being used. For me, this started precipitously in summer
>> 2016, but this year is even worse. From 1990 to 2015, sugar consumption
>> and extrapolations from max-in-view counts of 15-20 suggested populations
>> in the hundreds using the feeders. Right now, I may have a couple of birds.
>>
>> Van Remsen, near St. Gabriel
>>
>> ===================
>>
>> 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 Jun 10, 2017, at 1:44 PM, Alicia Plotkin <tess...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Hi,
>>>
>>> I signed up for this list when I visited Louisiana two years ago and
>> am nursing my denial about not living there by staying subscribed, but
>> actually I live smack in the middle of NYS. Normally RT Hummingbirds are
>> common nesters in this area each summer. However, this summer our area has
>> seen many many fewer hummingbirds - for example, usually beginning within a
>> few days of Mothers' Day there are regular hummingbirds visits, several
>> times an hour, to our flowers every day until September. The flowers have
>> been in riotous blossom but I have yet to see even one hummingbird - a full
>> month late! It seems as though most people on the local listserv, which
>> covers over 100 sq miles of great hummingbird habitat, also are seeing many
>> fewer than usual.
>>>
>>> What was the experience in Louisiana during migration? Are the
>> hummingbirds abandoning just us or was this a thin year for migrating RT
>> Hummingbirds generally? Please reply off list - if you like, I'd be happy
>> to compile answers into a single response.
>>>
>>> Thanks!
>>>
>>> Alicia in the Finger Lakes
>>
 

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Date: 6/13/17 7:36 am
From: Duane Huval <duanehuval47...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Test my gmail account
Testing my gmail account
 

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Date: 6/12/17 2:11 pm
From: Roselie Overby <rosebird8791...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] RT Hummingbird numbers
As I told Alicia, I had very few hummers during migration which is hit or
miss here. It was heavier last spring. Right now, I'd normally be seeing
fledglings but have only seen a single male at flowers and feeders.
Roselie Overby
Oak Grove in W. Carroll Parish
 

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Date: 6/12/17 1:57 pm
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] RT Hummingbird observations this spring?
Well,

Here in central Louisiana on Cotile Lake, the ruby-throats showed up when they were supposed to and moved on when they were supposed to with the exception of the one (maybe two) pairs that nest here annually.

Jay Huner

----- Original Message -----
From: "bill fontenot" <natrldlite...>
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Sent: Monday, June 12, 2017 1:02:28 PM
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] RT Hummingbird observations this spring?

interestingly, our 2017 spring migration numbers seemed normal and our breeding numbers have tracked normal here ..... we're in the same bottomland hardwood habitat as remsen/cardiff/dittmann, only 65 mi WNW across the atchafalaya basin swamp......

bill fontenot
upper lafayette parish, LA

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 12, 2017, at 10:07 AM, Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...> wrote:
>
> Alicia-
> Spring migration seemed pretty normal with decent numbers of combined
> breeders and migrants. But, by mid May (after the vast majority of migrants
> had passed through), numbers tanked. This implies that the breeding
> population has taken a serious hit. At this time of year I normally have
> 10 to 20 8 oz feeders concentrated along the front of the house and those
> would be drained daily. We should be seeing 10-20 birds in view at once.
> Prior to being out of town during late May, I switched from the large
> feeders to perky-pet "little beginners." I have 15-20 of those hanging
> from the house and another 8-10 scattered in the yard. Upon returning to
> the yard in early June, numbers seem to have rebounded somewhat, but still
> seem way below normal. Of course, there are surges during rain events and
> then activity drops off when it's hot and dry, so it is difficult to assess
> numbers. I'm getting 5-10 counts and occasional 15 counts now, but numbers
> are being augmented by juveniles.
>
> Steve Cardiff
>
>
>
>> On Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 9:50 AM, James V Remsen <najames...> wrote:
>>
>> Alicia/LABIRD: numbers of Ruby-throats this summer in the Pecan Dr. Area,
>> where my feeders and those of Steve/Donna are typically swarmed all summer
>> long, are barely being used. For me, this started precipitously in summer
>> 2016, but this year is even worse. From 1990 to 2015, sugar consumption
>> and extrapolations from max-in-view counts of 15-20 suggested populations
>> in the hundreds using the feeders. Right now, I may have a couple of birds.
>>
>> Van Remsen, near St. Gabriel
>>
>> ===================
>>
>> 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 Jun 10, 2017, at 1:44 PM, Alicia Plotkin <tess...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Hi,
>>>
>>> I signed up for this list when I visited Louisiana two years ago and
>> am nursing my denial about not living there by staying subscribed, but
>> actually I live smack in the middle of NYS. Normally RT Hummingbirds are
>> common nesters in this area each summer. However, this summer our area has
>> seen many many fewer hummingbirds - for example, usually beginning within a
>> few days of Mothers' Day there are regular hummingbirds visits, several
>> times an hour, to our flowers every day until September. The flowers have
>> been in riotous blossom but I have yet to see even one hummingbird - a full
>> month late! It seems as though most people on the local listserv, which
>> covers over 100 sq miles of great hummingbird habitat, also are seeing many
>> fewer than usual.
>>>
>>> What was the experience in Louisiana during migration? Are the
>> hummingbirds abandoning just us or was this a thin year for migrating RT
>> Hummingbirds generally? Please reply off list - if you like, I'd be happy
>> to compile answers into a single response.
>>>
>>> Thanks!
>>>
>>> Alicia in the Finger Lakes
>>
 

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Date: 6/12/17 11:02 am
From: bill fontenot <natrldlite...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] RT Hummingbird observations this spring?
interestingly, our 2017 spring migration numbers seemed normal and our breeding numbers have tracked normal here ..... we're in the same bottomland hardwood habitat as remsen/cardiff/dittmann, only 65 mi WNW across the atchafalaya basin swamp......

bill fontenot
upper lafayette parish, LA

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 12, 2017, at 10:07 AM, Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...> wrote:
>
> Alicia-
> Spring migration seemed pretty normal with decent numbers of combined
> breeders and migrants. But, by mid May (after the vast majority of migrants
> had passed through), numbers tanked. This implies that the breeding
> population has taken a serious hit. At this time of year I normally have
> 10 to 20 8 oz feeders concentrated along the front of the house and those
> would be drained daily. We should be seeing 10-20 birds in view at once.
> Prior to being out of town during late May, I switched from the large
> feeders to perky-pet "little beginners." I have 15-20 of those hanging
> from the house and another 8-10 scattered in the yard. Upon returning to
> the yard in early June, numbers seem to have rebounded somewhat, but still
> seem way below normal. Of course, there are surges during rain events and
> then activity drops off when it's hot and dry, so it is difficult to assess
> numbers. I'm getting 5-10 counts and occasional 15 counts now, but numbers
> are being augmented by juveniles.
>
> Steve Cardiff
>
>
>
>> On Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 9:50 AM, James V Remsen <najames...> wrote:
>>
>> Alicia/LABIRD: numbers of Ruby-throats this summer in the Pecan Dr. Area,
>> where my feeders and those of Steve/Donna are typically swarmed all summer
>> long, are barely being used. For me, this started precipitously in summer
>> 2016, but this year is even worse. From 1990 to 2015, sugar consumption
>> and extrapolations from max-in-view counts of 15-20 suggested populations
>> in the hundreds using the feeders. Right now, I may have a couple of birds.
>>
>> Van Remsen, near St. Gabriel
>>
>> ===================
>>
>> 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 Jun 10, 2017, at 1:44 PM, Alicia Plotkin <tess...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Hi,
>>>
>>> I signed up for this list when I visited Louisiana two years ago and
>> am nursing my denial about not living there by staying subscribed, but
>> actually I live smack in the middle of NYS. Normally RT Hummingbirds are
>> common nesters in this area each summer. However, this summer our area has
>> seen many many fewer hummingbirds - for example, usually beginning within a
>> few days of Mothers' Day there are regular hummingbirds visits, several
>> times an hour, to our flowers every day until September. The flowers have
>> been in riotous blossom but I have yet to see even one hummingbird - a full
>> month late! It seems as though most people on the local listserv, which
>> covers over 100 sq miles of great hummingbird habitat, also are seeing many
>> fewer than usual.
>>>
>>> What was the experience in Louisiana during migration? Are the
>> hummingbirds abandoning just us or was this a thin year for migrating RT
>> Hummingbirds generally? Please reply off list - if you like, I'd be happy
>> to compile answers into a single response.
>>>
>>> Thanks!
>>>
>>> Alicia in the Finger Lakes
>>
 

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Date: 6/12/17 8:07 am
From: Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] RT Hummingbird observations this spring?
Alicia-
Spring migration seemed pretty normal with decent numbers of combined
breeders and migrants. But, by mid May (after the vast majority of migrants
had passed through), numbers tanked. This implies that the breeding
population has taken a serious hit. At this time of year I normally have
10 to 20 8 oz feeders concentrated along the front of the house and those
would be drained daily. We should be seeing 10-20 birds in view at once.
Prior to being out of town during late May, I switched from the large
feeders to perky-pet "little beginners." I have 15-20 of those hanging
from the house and another 8-10 scattered in the yard. Upon returning to
the yard in early June, numbers seem to have rebounded somewhat, but still
seem way below normal. Of course, there are surges during rain events and
then activity drops off when it's hot and dry, so it is difficult to assess
numbers. I'm getting 5-10 counts and occasional 15 counts now, but numbers
are being augmented by juveniles.

Steve Cardiff



On Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 9:50 AM, James V Remsen <najames...> wrote:

> Alicia/LABIRD: numbers of Ruby-throats this summer in the Pecan Dr. Area,
> where my feeders and those of Steve/Donna are typically swarmed all summer
> long, are barely being used. For me, this started precipitously in summer
> 2016, but this year is even worse. From 1990 to 2015, sugar consumption
> and extrapolations from max-in-view counts of 15-20 suggested populations
> in the hundreds using the feeders. Right now, I may have a couple of birds.
>
> Van Remsen, near St. Gabriel
>
> ===================
>
> 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 Jun 10, 2017, at 1:44 PM, Alicia Plotkin <tess...> wrote:
> >
> > Hi,
> >
> > I signed up for this list when I visited Louisiana two years ago and
> am nursing my denial about not living there by staying subscribed, but
> actually I live smack in the middle of NYS. Normally RT Hummingbirds are
> common nesters in this area each summer. However, this summer our area has
> seen many many fewer hummingbirds - for example, usually beginning within a
> few days of Mothers' Day there are regular hummingbirds visits, several
> times an hour, to our flowers every day until September. The flowers have
> been in riotous blossom but I have yet to see even one hummingbird - a full
> month late! It seems as though most people on the local listserv, which
> covers over 100 sq miles of great hummingbird habitat, also are seeing many
> fewer than usual.
> >
> > What was the experience in Louisiana during migration? Are the
> hummingbirds abandoning just us or was this a thin year for migrating RT
> Hummingbirds generally? Please reply off list - if you like, I'd be happy
> to compile answers into a single response.
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> > Alicia in the Finger Lakes
>
 

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Date: 6/12/17 7:50 am
From: James V Remsen <najames...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] RT Hummingbird observations this spring?
Alicia/LABIRD: numbers of Ruby-throats this summer in the Pecan Dr. Area, where my feeders and those of Steve/Donna are typically swarmed all summer long, are barely being used. For me, this started precipitously in summer 2016, but this year is even worse. From 1990 to 2015, sugar consumption and extrapolations from max-in-view counts of 15-20 suggested populations in the hundreds using the feeders. Right now, I may have a couple of birds.

Van Remsen, near St. Gabriel

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

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 Jun 10, 2017, at 1:44 PM, Alicia Plotkin <tess...> wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
> I signed up for this list when I visited Louisiana two years ago and am nursing my denial about not living there by staying subscribed, but actually I live smack in the middle of NYS. Normally RT Hummingbirds are common nesters in this area each summer. However, this summer our area has seen many many fewer hummingbirds - for example, usually beginning within a few days of Mothers' Day there are regular hummingbirds visits, several times an hour, to our flowers every day until September. The flowers have been in riotous blossom but I have yet to see even one hummingbird - a full month late! It seems as though most people on the local listserv, which covers over 100 sq miles of great hummingbird habitat, also are seeing many fewer than usual.
>
> What was the experience in Louisiana during migration? Are the hummingbirds abandoning just us or was this a thin year for migrating RT Hummingbirds generally? Please reply off list - if you like, I'd be happy to compile answers into a single response.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Alicia in the Finger Lakes
 

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Date: 6/10/17 11:44 am
From: Alicia Plotkin <tess...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] RT Hummingbird observations this spring?
Hi,

I signed up for this list when I visited Louisiana two years ago
and am nursing my denial about not living there by staying subscribed,
but actually I live smack in the middle of NYS. Normally RT Hummingbirds
are common nesters in this area each summer. However, this summer our
area has seen many many fewer hummingbirds - for example, usually
beginning within a few days of Mothers' Day there are regular
hummingbirds visits, several times an hour, to our flowers every day
until September. The flowers have been in riotous blossom but I have yet
to see even one hummingbird - a full month late! It seems as though
most people on the local listserv, which covers over 100 sq miles of
great hummingbird habitat, also are seeing many fewer than usual.

What was the experience in Louisiana during migration? Are the
hummingbirds abandoning just us or was this a thin year for migrating RT
Hummingbirds generally? Please reply off list - if you like, I'd be
happy to compile answers into a single response.

Thanks!

Alicia in the Finger Lakes
 

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Date: 6/9/17 9:59 am
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] eBird app for Android
Thanks for suggestions. I did uninstall the app after trying other
suggestions. I re-installed it and it ran through several updates...maybe
that is what it needed. That worked! I only had one active list to put in,
so I had to re-enter it. The other 3 lists i had manually entered in
ebird.org already out of frustration. All the older lists on the app are
gone, but they were already submitted to the ebird database.
So that is the fix...I hope.

On Fri, Jun 9, 2017 at 11:53 AM, Rob Dobbs <rcdobbs...> wrote:

> Janine,
> When I've had that problem, it has rectified itself within an hour or
> two... I've never had it for days. Perhaps someone will have a better
> solution, but you could try uninstalling the app, and then reinstalling it.
> **You would, of course, need to manually enter your pending checklists into
> eBird on a computer before uninstalling.
>
> Best of luck,
> Rob
>
> On Fri, Jun 9, 2017 at 11:23 AM, janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
> wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>> Anyone out there in birdland having trouble submitting their list on
>> android type mobile phone? Mine worked fine until a few days ago and now I
>> can't submit to eBird database. I get a message that "There was an error
>> submitting your checklist". This has happened on the last 4 lists. I have
>> rechecked all my entries on these lists and I am not leaving anything off.
>> Suggestions welcomed.
>> Janine robin
>>
>
>
>
> --
> Rob Dobbs
> Lafayette, LA
>
 

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Date: 6/9/17 9:23 am
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] eBird app for Android
Hi,
Anyone out there in birdland having trouble submitting their list on
android type mobile phone? Mine worked fine until a few days ago and now I
can't submit to eBird database. I get a message that "There was an error
submitting your checklist". This has happened on the last 4 lists. I have
rechecked all my entries on these lists and I am not leaving anything off.
Suggestions welcomed.
Janine robin
 

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Date: 6/6/17 11:54 pm
From: Trond Nilsen <trond.nilsen...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] off topic: Bird feeding in the tropics
Friends:

I`m contemplating a long stay in the south-western region of Sri Lanka next year - probably several weeks. I will stay at a friend`s house and thought I would try to put up some feeders in my friend`s garden to attract birds (and maybe get my friend interested...).

Any of you know anything about bird feeding in the tropics or know of anyone who knows - or know of relevant articles about this, please e-mail me privately at <trond.nilsen...>

Thanks!


As allways: Take care & good birding!

Trond,
SE Norway
 

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Date: 6/5/17 8:55 pm
From: Percy, Katie <kpercy...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] **Reminder: BRAS presentation - Thurs. June 8, *6:45 PM*
Reminder: Baton Rouge Audubon Society presentation this Thursday, June 8th.

Presenter: William R. Fontenot

Title: Avian Frugivory in Louisiana

Date: Thursday, June 8

Time: 7:00 - 8:00 PM

*Refreshments offered 6:45 to 7:00 PM*

Location: BREC's Bluebonnet Swamp **Education Center**

** Education Center address: 10533 N. Glenstone Place, which is a U-shaped street. The Education Center is the building in the back corner with a swamp mural painted on the front.**

All are welcome. If you have not already done so, please RSVP to let me know if you will be attending (<kpercy...><mailto:<kpercy...>) so that I can add your name to the guest list.

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


***Bill Fontenot will also have copies of his book Native Gardening in the South for sale ($25, cash or check).


Thank you,
Katie

Baton Rouge Audubon Society
braudubon.org
 

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Date: 6/5/17 9:14 am
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Fwd: eBird -- Millaudon Canal (Restricted Access) -- Jun 05, 2017
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "James W. Beck" <loxosceles928...>
Date: Jun 5, 2017 08:57
Subject: eBird -- Millaudon Canal (Restricted Access) -- Jun 05, 2017
To: "Linda Kingsland" <Lakrm821...>
Cc: <loxosceles928...>, "Tommy Walker" <birdman3607...>

Millaudon Canal (Restricted Access)
Jun 05, 2017
6:20 AM
Traveling
0.99 miles
90 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:
Submitted from eBird Android 1.3

36 Black-bellied Whistling-Duck - OS
1 Double-crested Cormorant -- Lingering?
6 Anhinga - OS
27 Great Blue Heron - OS
30 Great Egret - OS
2 Snowy Egret - OS
3 Little Blue Heron - OS
2 Tricolored Heron - FO
6 Cattle Egret - OS
1 Black-crowned Night-Heron - OS
4 Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - FL
62 White Ibis - FO
4 Black Vulture
2 Turkey Vulture
7 Mississippi Kite - CC -- Copulation
1 Red-shouldered Hawk - OS
6 Laughing Gull - FO
4 Gull-billed Tern - FY
12 Mourning Dove - OS
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo - S1
6 Chimney Swift - FO
4 Red-bellied Woodpecker - OS
1 Hairy Woodpecker - OS
5 Great Crested Flycatcher - FY
1 White-eyed Vireo - S7
2 Blue Jay - OS
11 American Crow - OS
3 Fish Crow - OS
6 Purple Martin - FO
10 Barn Swallow - OS
5 Carolina Chickadee - OS
8 Carolina Wren - OS
1 Eastern Bluebird - S1
7 Northern Mockingbird - SM
7 European Starling - FL
1 Northern Parula - S7
14 Northern Cardinal - SM
4 Red-winged Blackbird - OS
17 Common Grackle - FO
1 Brown-headed Cowbird - FO
2 House Finch - S7
6 House Sparrow - OS

Number of Taxa: 42
 

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Date: 6/4/17 4:27 pm
From: Steven Liffmann <sliffmann...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Brown Booby - Lake Pontchartrain
Been a while since I've seen one driving. Heading N @ 17.4, one flying S bound on W side. 
Need to take a spin by boat 



Best regards, 
Steven Liffmann Stone Source Int'l, Inc. 
Cell # 504.416.1615 Website: www.yoursourceforstone.com

 

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Date: 6/2/17 8:14 pm
From: Paul Conover <zoiseaux...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Cameron, 2 June
Labird,

I took a trip to Cameron today expecting heat and deerflies,
but was pleasantly surprised by a cool east breeze and no bug issues.

I was hoping to catch some tail end migration stuff, but on
Holly Beach the only obvious migrants I can recall were a Franklin's
Gull and some Common Terns. In the woods I had only one definite
migrant, but it was a pretty nice one, a Cape May Warbler.

All of the beaches were messed up by recent bad weather, so I
was only able to access a small part of any. On Rutherford, the most
exciting moment was seeing a bird coming out of the light straight
toward me at high speed. I thought it was going to kamikaze my
windshield, and in silhouette I couldn't put my finger on it until it
flared and I saw it was a jaeger. I assume it was a Pomarine based on
its bulk and bill size, but its actions were bizarre: After going over
my vehicle, it went down the beach and then flared out to sea, ascended
to several hundred yards at high speed, then continued in flight out to
sea. A mile or so down the beach, I spooked what appeared to be the same
bird out of the debris, and it flew out and landed on the rough seas
where I lost it.


Paul Conover

Lafayette
 

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Date: 5/30/17 4:23 pm
From: Bill Penning <wlpenning...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] RFI RCWO & SWWA Thank you!
LA Birders,

Thank you to the many birders who responded to my request! If I fail in my
search it wont be for lack of good information.

One of the best parts of being a birder is other birders!

Bill Penning
Lakeville, MN
 

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Date: 5/30/17 6:31 am
From: Heather M. Wilson <hmm1778...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Magnificent Frigatebirds I-10 mile marker 218 before the 3-10 split
There are two Magnificent Frigatebirds flying over Interstate I-10 around mile marker 218 before the 3-10 split.

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 5/29/17 6:21 pm
From: Bill Penning <wlpenning...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] RFI RCWO & SWWA
LA Birders,

I will be in NOLA in mid-June and will have about a day and a half to bird.
I am looking for information on reliable spots for Red-Cockaded and
Swainsons Warbler.

From what I've read on the LOS web site it looks like Fontainebleau SP and
Big Branch Marsh NWR are good for RCWO and the Pearl River WMA (Oil Well,
Old Hwy 11 and Po Boy Roads) are good for SWWA. However, these areas are
big and I'm not sure how old the info from the web site is. I would greatly
appreciate any local knowledge that you would be willing to share!

You can email me directly at <wlpenning...>

Thank you!

Bill Penning
Lakeville, Minnesota
 

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Date: 5/29/17 1:53 pm
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Wild turkey on Damiano road in Folsom, LA St Tammany parish
That is one turkey flew down...not me..sorry for the typo.

On Mon, May 29, 2017 at 3:51 PM, janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
wrote:

> I have to say.....this very large WITU looked funny perched atop a fence.
> There were two on the fence, but I flew down....probably heard me laughing.
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/52328705@N06/34133035014/in/
> dateposted-public/
>
 

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Date: 5/29/17 1:51 pm
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Wild turkey on Damiano road in Folsom, LA St Tammany parish
I have to say.....this very large WITU looked funny perched atop a fence.
There were two on the fence, but I flew down....probably heard me laughing.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/52328705@N06/34133035014/in/dateposted-public/
 

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Date: 5/29/17 8:16 am
From: Jack & Rose Must <must4wbu...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Change of email address
Please change my email address from <must4wbu...>
<mailto:<must4wbu...> TO <rosemmust...>
<mailto:<rosemmust...> .



We have retired from Wild Birds Unlimited and the store is closed. Thanks.



Rose Must
 

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Date: 5/27/17 4:16 pm
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Heronry in the Middle of Nowhere!
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37186035

Several years ago, a friend in Pitkin, told us about a heronry along LA 463 on the east side of Fort Polk about 5 miles north of the community. The site is along the "range". There is a boggy area located between the highway and the field road in the "range" with wetland trees that were hosting a large number of nesting Cattle Egrets and a few nesting Little Blue Herons. Last year it was pretty dry and there weren't many birds there. This year - today - there were plenty of birds there. I think my estimation of numbers was conservative as far as Cattle Egrets is concerned. There is no where to park on LA 463 where the speed limit is as fast as you want to go! The field road is restricted to military traffic. Perhaps the bird monitors at Fort Polk are aware of this heronry?

Jay Huner
 

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Date: 5/27/17 1:14 pm
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Bachman's sparrow in Tangipahoa parish
Hi, If anyone is looking to see Bachman's sparrows, they are easily seen at
Sandy Hollow WMA in Tangipahoa parish. I was put on the birds today by
fellow birder Jody Shugart. Drove out there and could hear them singing
before exiting my car. Saw 2 and heard at least 3, maybe more.
Janine Robin
See link below, if interested, for location of the birds in the WMA.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37179906
 

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Date: 5/26/17 1:32 pm
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Birding Caldwell Parish 5/25/17
Went to Caldwell Parish yesterday to see if I could find Copenhagen Hills. I found the entrance but a locked gate barred the way. So, a visit to a place where we collected fossil sea shells with my father who studied the geology of Caldwell and Winn parishes for his PhD will have to wait for another trip. Was in the Copenhagen-Grayson area and the Big Ridge Road area of Boeuf WMA on the north side of the Ouachita River. Even found the ferry across the river just across the line in Catahoula Parish.

Found absolutely no noteworthy birds but picked up enough species to get my Caldwell Parish list over 100. So, 45 parishes down and 19 to go to join Rosemary Seidler in the Louisiana parish 100 club! List follows - might have missed a few. Anyone with an ebird account can look at individual checklists.

Jay Huner

Great Egret
Little Blue Heron
Cattle Egret
White Ibis
Turkey Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Kingbird
Great Crested Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
White-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Purple Martin
Barn Swallow
Eastern Kingbird
Wood Thrush
Northern Mockingbird
Prothontary Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Pine Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Northern Cardinal
Blue Grosbeak
Painted Bunting
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Brown-headed Cowbird
 

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Date: 5/26/17 11:24 am
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Swainson's Hawk - Vermilion Parish
While traveling with John Herbert, Connor Myers and Alex Freeman, I just
had an adult light morph Swainson's Hawk at the intersection of Everglade
Rd. and LA Hwy. 82, soaring west. -j
 

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Date: 5/25/17 8:31 am
From: Katherine C. King <kking...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] LABIRD-L Digest - 22 May 2017 to 24 May 2017 (#2017-134) LOCATION of COPENHAGEN HILLS




Jay, Thank you for your interest in the Copenhagen Hills property- we appreciate the history with your dad, it sounds like a great connection. We are going to write you a personal email to see if maybe you can hook up with our Land Steward on a visit. Otherwise, sorry to say, the property is not accessible from a public road. We have had some problems with people out collecting so we can't publicily post directions. Thanks for your understanding.
-Kacy
 
Katherine C. King
Cypress Island Program Manager

<kking...>
(337) 342-2475
(Visitor Center)
(337) 356-1373 (Mobile)

nature.org
    
The Nature Conservancy
Breaux Bridge Field Office
PO Box 317
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
     

 
 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds [mailto:<LABIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of LABIRD-L automatic digest system
Sent: Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:00 AM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: LABIRD-L Digest - 22 May 2017 to 24 May 2017 (#2017-134)

There are 4 messages totaling 146 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. BRAS presentation - Thurs. June 8, *6:45 PM* BBS Education Center
2. Aggressive mourning dove
3. Gray Kingbird Holly Beach
4. Location of Copenhagen Hills?

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Date: Wed, 24 May 2017 11:24:33 +0000
From: "Percy, Katie" <kpercy...>
Subject: BRAS presentation - Thurs. June 8, *6:45 PM* BBS Education Center

There will be one last Baton Rouge Audubon Society (BRAS) monthly presentation before we take a break for the summer. Bill Fontenot will present on avian frugivory, which is the inclusion of fruit in a bird's diet. And as many on this listserv are likely aware, Bill has been steadfastly documenting bird frugivory in Louisiana since 1994.

Bill is also a professional naturalist who has dedicated his career in biology to restoring ecological integrity in lands, from the smallest urban gardens to the largest wildlife management areas. His presentation on June 8th will include information about fruiting plants that attract birds, as well as garden performance of selected plants within Louisiana.

Presenter: William R. Fontenot

Title: Avian Frugivory in Louisiana

Date: Thursday, June 8

Time: 7:00 - 8:00 PM

*Refreshments offered at 6:45 to 7:00 PM*


Location: BREC's Bluebonnet Swamp *Education Center*

***Please note that the location is NOT the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center. It is the Education Center, which is located on a different street. The address is 10533 N. Glenstone Place, which is a U-shaped street. The Education Center is the building in the back corner with the swamp mural painted on the front.***


All are welcome. Please RSVP to let me know if you will be attending (<kpercy...><mailto:<kpercy...>) so that I can add your name to the guest list.

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


Thank you,
Katie Percy

Programs Chair
Baton Rouge Audubon Society
braudubon.org

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Date: Wed, 24 May 2017 13:00:35 -0500
From: Jonathan Rotondo-McCord <jrmtomburg...>
Subject: Aggressive mourning dove

We have an enclosed outdoor atrium courtyard in the middle of our house, and it's a favorite place for nesting cardinals because of the bamboo stands we have in it.

About 10 days ago, I noticed a young mourning dove that wouldn't leave the atrium; it would fly up to the roof reluctantly if I came outside, but then would return to the ground within a short while. Every couple of days a parent dove would check on it, but only briefly and occasionally.

Two days ago, I saw a pair of cardinals, who had been nesting in the atrium, working on the ground with their new fledgling, which was barely able to flutter. The dove stayed curiously nearby, but nothing seemed amiss. Yesterday, I heard a horrendous screeching, and looked out to see the young dove attack and, with its beak, seize the cardinal chick by the neck, causing it to screech. The cardinal parents intervened, and when I came outside the dove flew off. I was able to scoop up the chick and place it in a nearby nest (there are several empty ones); a few minutes later, it was out of the nest but perched on the bamboo, and its parents were tending to it. At least it was off the ground. The dove had returned by this morning, but the cardinals seem to have gotten the chick to safety.

I've never heard of mourning doves doing this--food, territory? Have no idea.

Jonathan


--
Jonathan Rotondo-McCord
<jrmtomburg...>

"Esto fidelis, et noli iudicare."

"This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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Date: Wed, 24 May 2017 19:48:41 +0000
From: James V Remsen <najames...>
Subject: Gray Kingbird Holly Beach

West end Holly Beach. 4186 Gulf Beach highway. "Pelican's Nest" camp.


*****************************
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: Wed, 24 May 2017 20:28:15 -0500
From: Jay Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: Location of Copenhagen Hills?

My father's dissertation was "the geology of Caldwell and Winn parishes". He took my two brothers and me to Copenhagen Hills in the 1950s and we collected fossil sea shells from bare hill tops and steep creek cuts. I finally figured out we were in Copenhagen Hills southeast of Columbia and that the area is owned by TNC. It seems to be off La 849. TNC gives no directions except "no access"!

I am going tomorrow to ride around from the roads. If anyone knows where the TNC property is located, directions would be appreciated. I have no intention of trespassing but don't care to flail around roads and never find the TNC location.

Jay Huner

Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 5/24/17 6:36 pm
From: Jay Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Location of Copenhagen Hills?
My father's dissertation was "the geology of Caldwell and Winn parishes". He took my two brothers and me to Copenhagen Hills in the 1950s and we collected fossil sea shells from bare hill tops and steep creek cuts. I finally figured out we were in Copenhagen Hills southeast of Columbia and that the area is owned by TNC. It seems to be off La 849. TNC gives no directions except "no access"!

I am going tomorrow to ride around from the roads. If anyone knows where the TNC property is located, directions would be appreciated. I have no intention of trespassing but don't care to flail around roads and never find the TNC location.

Jay Huner

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 5/24/17 12:48 pm
From: James V Remsen <najames...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Gray Kingbird Holly Beach
West end Holly Beach. 4186 Gulf Beach highway. "Pelican's Nest" camp.


*****************************
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: 5/24/17 11:00 am
From: Jonathan Rotondo-McCord <jrmtomburg...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Aggressive mourning dove
We have an enclosed outdoor atrium courtyard in the middle of our house,
and it's a favorite place for nesting cardinals because of the bamboo
stands we have in it.

About 10 days ago, I noticed a young mourning dove that wouldn't leave the
atrium; it would fly up to the roof reluctantly if I came outside, but then
would return to the ground within a short while. Every couple of days a
parent dove would check on it, but only briefly and occasionally.

Two days ago, I saw a pair of cardinals, who had been nesting in the
atrium, working on the ground with their new fledgling, which was barely
able to flutter. The dove stayed curiously nearby, but nothing seemed
amiss. Yesterday, I heard a horrendous screeching, and looked out to see
the young dove attack and, with its beak, seize the cardinal chick by the
neck, causing it to screech. The cardinal parents intervened, and when I
came outside the dove flew off. I was able to scoop up the chick and place
it in a nearby nest (there are several empty ones); a few minutes later, it
was out of the nest but perched on the bamboo, and its parents were tending
to it. At least it was off the ground. The dove had returned by this
morning, but the cardinals seem to have gotten the chick to safety.

I've never heard of mourning doves doing this--food, territory? Have no
idea.

Jonathan


--
Jonathan Rotondo-McCord
<jrmtomburg...>

"Esto fidelis, et noli iudicare."

"This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man."
 

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Date: 5/24/17 4:24 am
From: Percy, Katie <kpercy...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] BRAS presentation - Thurs. June 8, *6:45 PM* BBS Education Center
There will be one last Baton Rouge Audubon Society (BRAS) monthly presentation before we take a break for the summer. Bill Fontenot will present on avian frugivory, which is the inclusion of fruit in a bird's diet. And as many on this listserv are likely aware, Bill has been steadfastly documenting bird frugivory in Louisiana since 1994.

Bill is also a professional naturalist who has dedicated his career in biology to restoring ecological integrity in lands, from the smallest urban gardens to the largest wildlife management areas. His presentation on June 8th will include information about fruiting plants that attract birds, as well as garden performance of selected plants within Louisiana.

Presenter: William R. Fontenot

Title: Avian Frugivory in Louisiana

Date: Thursday, June 8

Time: 7:00 - 8:00 PM

*Refreshments offered at 6:45 to 7:00 PM*


Location: BREC's Bluebonnet Swamp *Education Center*

***Please note that the location is NOT the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center. It is the Education Center, which is located on a different street. The address is 10533 N. Glenstone Place, which is a U-shaped street. The Education Center is the building in the back corner with the swamp mural painted on the front.***


All are welcome. Please RSVP to let me know if you will be attending (<kpercy...><mailto:<kpercy...>) so that I can add your name to the guest list.

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


Thank you,
Katie Percy

Programs Chair
Baton Rouge Audubon Society
braudubon.org
 

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