LABIRD
Received From Subject
1/17/19 7:04 pm Mac Myers <budogmacm...> Re: [LABIRD-L] FTFL
1/17/19 5:21 pm Terence Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] Slidell short trip
1/17/19 4:43 pm Terence Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...> Re: [LABIRD-L] FTFL
1/17/19 2:27 pm David Booth <david...> [LABIRD-L] FTFL
1/17/19 10:56 am Paul Leberg <paulleberg...> [LABIRD-L] Subject: Issues of Birding Magazine
1/17/19 9:50 am Susan Edmunds <000000208257709a-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] Painting Bunting and Buff-bellied Hummer!
1/17/19 9:41 am Nancy L Newfield <nancy...> [LABIRD-L] AM Owling
1/17/19 7:37 am Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...> [LABIRD-L] eBird Young Birders Event
1/16/19 12:47 pm Judith O'Neale <losbirdlady...> [LABIRD-L] Calliope Hummingbird
1/16/19 12:25 pm Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...> [LABIRD-L] LOS hummer yard field trip update
1/15/19 8:46 pm Cameron Rutt <cameronrutt...> [LABIRD-L] Continuing Common Nighthawks, Vaux's Swifts - Baton Rouge
1/14/19 5:52 pm Toddy Guidry <guidrys...> [LABIRD-L] Palmetto Island CBC final counts
1/14/19 2:44 pm Russ Norwood <russn71...> Re: [LABIRD-L] PUFI
1/14/19 11:17 am Jonathan Clark <falloutbird1...> [LABIRD-L] Sicily Island Hills / RB Nuthatches and Purple Finches
1/14/19 10:25 am bill fontenot <natrldlite...> Re: [LABIRD-L] PUFI
1/14/19 10:07 am steve shively <sshively...> [LABIRD-L] PUFI
1/13/19 12:13 pm steve shively <sshively...> [LABIRD-L] feeder birds
1/12/19 4:45 pm Jay V Huner <jvh0660...> [LABIRD-L] Morganza Floodway Forebay 1/12/19
1/12/19 10:39 am James V Remsen <najames...> Re: [LABIRD-L] videos in eBird
1/12/19 10:27 am Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...> [LABIRD-L] Call to submit reports of LA Review List species
1/12/19 8:35 am David Booth <david...> [LABIRD-L] Third FTFL
1/12/19 7:34 am Claire Thomas <claire...> [LABIRD-L] videos in eBird
1/11/19 4:08 pm Charles Williams <chazbizz91...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Couch's Kingbird @ Turtle Cove
1/11/19 3:06 pm steve shively <sshively...> [LABIRD-L] sandhill cranes
1/11/19 12:18 pm Judith O'Neale <losbirdlady...> [LABIRD-L] LOS Winter Meeting Hotel deadline reminder
1/11/19 9:10 am Melvin Weber <mweber...> [LABIRD-L] Reserve CBC highlights
1/10/19 6:50 pm James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] Grand Isle highlights - 10 Jan
1/10/19 4:58 pm James V Remsen <najames...> [LABIRD-L] Couch's Kingbird @ Turtle Cove
1/10/19 7:51 am Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Harris’s Hawk
1/10/19 7:46 am John Dillon <kisforkryptonite...> [LABIRD-L] Harris’s Hawk
1/9/19 1:43 pm programs braudubon.org <programs...> [LABIRD-L] *REMINDER: BRAS Presentation Thurs, Jan 10th
1/8/19 10:22 pm Charles Lyon <lyon5516...> [LABIRD-L] Harris's Sparrow
1/8/19 5:00 pm Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...> [LABIRD-L] LOS field trip updates
1/8/19 7:59 am Evelyn Cooper <emcooper...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Possible Harris's Sparrow
1/7/19 6:56 pm Jennifer Coulson <jenniferocoulson...> [LABIRD-L] Dr. Peter Yaukey's talk on Birds of Southeastern Louisiana on Tues., Jan. 15th
1/7/19 6:39 pm Jennifer Coulson <jenniferocoulson...> [LABIRD-L] Birding Audubon Park on Sat., Jan. 12th
1/7/19 6:32 pm Jane Patterson <seejanebird...> [LABIRD-L] Spring Birding Basics Classes are scheduled! Save the Dates!
1/7/19 4:01 pm Casey Wright <000001a667a979f1-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] Cape May Warbler Grand Isle
1/7/19 2:06 pm Rose Must <rosem.must...> [LABIRD-L] Bullocks Oriole and Black-headed Grosbeak
1/7/19 9:58 am Russ Norwood <russn71...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Possible Harris's Sparrow
1/7/19 9:47 am Russ Norwood <russn71...> [LABIRD-L] Possible Harris's Sparrow
1/6/19 11:04 pm Charles Lyon <lyon5516...> [LABIRD-L] Cross Lake 1-6-19
1/6/19 7:48 pm James V Remsen <najames...> [LABIRD-L] Magnolia Warbler and Vermilion Flycatcher on Manchac Rd.
1/6/19 3:19 pm Philip Bradley <0000018eaa441e8c-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] Evening walk birds
1/6/19 11:30 am Toddy Guidry <guidrys...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Palmetto Island CBC 'docudrama'
1/6/19 9:51 am Toddy Guidry <guidrys...> [LABIRD-L] Palmetto Island CBC 'docudrama'
1/5/19 12:06 pm Aaron Mitchell <aaron.j.mitchell.93...> [LABIRD-L] Fork Tailed Flycatchers
1/4/19 9:30 am Martha Avegno <elliea...> [LABIRD-L] Goldfinches
1/3/19 3:12 pm janine robin <janinerobin1982...> [LABIRD-L] Ash-throated flycatcher continues
1/3/19 3:12 pm Russ Norwood <russn71...> [LABIRD-L] Urban Bald Eagle
1/3/19 3:09 pm janine robin <janinerobin1982...> [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed flycatchers seen today at 3:45pm
1/3/19 1:20 pm janine robin <janinerobin1982...> [LABIRD-L] Sandhill cranes Fruge rd Calcasieu parish
1/3/19 7:10 am programs braudubon.org <programs...> [LABIRD-L] BRAS Presentation Thurs, Jan 10th
1/2/19 3:33 pm Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...> [LABIRD-L] CBC help needed
1/2/19 3:28 pm Judith O'Neale <losbirdlady...> [LABIRD-L] LOS Winter meeting - Reminder
1/2/19 9:58 am H. Putnam <0000003a70918a06-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] FTFC
1/1/19 7:21 pm Charles Lyon <lyon5516...> [LABIRD-L] Happy New Year WESTERN GREBE
1/1/19 6:03 pm Toddy Guidry <guidrys...> [LABIRD-L] Palmetto Island CBC
1/1/19 10:07 am Jennifer Alexander <jalexa352...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Good Common Goldeneye numbers - Braithwaite
1/1/19 9:48 am Jennifer Alexander <jalexa352...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Good Common Goldeneye numbers - Braithwaite
1/1/19 8:05 am Nancy L Newfield <nancy...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Swans at Tchefuncte River mouth south of Madisonville
1/1/19 6:24 am David Booth <david...> [LABIRD-L] Flycatchers
1/1/19 5:29 am Jody Shugart <jodyshugart...> [LABIRD-L] Swans at Tchefuncte River mouth south of Madisonville
12/31/18 2:55 pm Judson Lassiter <jalpro57...> [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed Flycatchers continue on Ward Line Rd south of Hwy 397
12/31/18 11:57 am David Muth <MuthD...> [LABIRD-L] Venice CBC
12/31/18 8:39 am Jane Patterson <seejanebird...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Merlin?
12/31/18 7:11 am Jay V Huner <jvh0660...> [LABIRD-L] Merlin?
12/30/18 10:35 pm Charles Lyon <lyon5516...> [LABIRD-L] Shreveport CBC Results
12/30/18 2:37 pm Debra Canatella <2256361688...> [LABIRD-L]
12/30/18 10:52 am Bruce Baird <000000a60859dd95-dmarc-request...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Lafreniere Park
12/30/18 10:22 am James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] Good Common Goldeneye numbers - Braithwaite
12/30/18 9:27 am James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Lafreniere Park
12/30/18 9:10 am Elizabeth Wiggins <000001a37a8a60cf-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] Lafreniere Park
12/30/18 6:54 am Claire Thomas <claire...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Over 400 Horned Grebes on Lake Pontchartrain - Mandeville
12/29/18 7:07 pm James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> [LABIRD-L] Over 400 Horned Grebes on Lake Pontchartrain - Mandeville
12/29/18 3:12 pm Jay V Huner <jvh0660...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Painted Bunting
12/29/18 3:10 pm Philip Bradley <0000018eaa441e8c-dmarc-request...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Late afternoon birds
12/29/18 3:04 pm Philip Bradley <0000018eaa441e8c-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] Late afternoon birds
12/29/18 1:55 pm Wise, Jon <Wise...> [LABIRD-L] Snow goose in Lafreniere Park
12/29/18 12:59 pm Nancy L Newfield <nancy...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Purple Finches Bayou Sauvage NWR
12/29/18 12:46 pm David Muth <MuthD...> [LABIRD-L] Purple Finches Bayou Sauvage NWR
12/29/18 11:48 am David Muth <MuthD...> [LABIRD-L] Venice CBC
12/29/18 11:03 am Brad Price <bprice...> [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed Flycatchers/Mid-day
12/29/18 10:50 am Susan Edmunds <000000208257709a-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] Painted Bunting
12/29/18 6:13 am Rose Must <rosem.must...> [LABIRD-L] Bullocks Oriole
12/28/18 3:53 pm Jay V Huner <jvh0660...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed Flycatchers/Late Morning
12/28/18 2:54 pm cecil tarver <exk5hdl...> [LABIRD-L] Euraisian collared dove
12/28/18 1:44 pm Heather Amuny <haamuny...> [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed Flycatchers
12/28/18 10:29 am Jody Shugart <jodyshugart...> [LABIRD-L] Fwd: Western Kingbird Mandeville
12/28/18 9:58 am Jed Pitre <feralbiologist...> [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed Flycatcher
12/28/18 9:21 am Jody Shugart <jodyshugart...> [LABIRD-L] Western Kingbird Mandeville
12/27/18 7:07 pm Paul Conover <zoiseaux...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed Flycatchers
12/27/18 6:09 pm David Booth <david...> [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed Flycatchers
12/27/18 10:37 am David Muth <MuthD...> [LABIRD-L] Venice CBC
12/27/18 8:34 am Jane Patterson <seejanebird...> [LABIRD-L] "Unclaimed" Selasphorus hummingbird LaPlace + Bronzed Cowbirds
12/27/18 7:54 am R Sherman <abutilon.pictum...> [LABIRD-L] Cedar Waxwings on the ground
12/26/18 9:23 pm Missy Bowen <missybowen...> [LABIRD-L] FTFL seen today
12/26/18 12:35 pm David Muth <MuthD...> [LABIRD-L] Venice CBC
12/26/18 9:14 am Casey Wright <000001a667a979f1-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] Black Scoters Grand Isle
12/26/18 8:44 am Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...> [LABIRD-L] Lafayette CBC date moved
12/26/18 7:10 am zoiseaux <zoiseaux...> [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed flycatchers
12/25/18 4:22 pm David Booth <david...> [LABIRD-L] Limpkin Sighting
12/24/18 4:43 pm clyde massey <cnmassey...> [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed Flycatcher
12/24/18 12:40 pm Ned Piper <000001ba13b88b7d-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed flycatchers
12/24/18 11:16 am William Matthews <willie_lilly...> [LABIRD-L] Brown-crested Flycatcher
12/24/18 10:11 am Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Fwd: [LABIRD-L] Updates on rarities request
12/24/18 9:14 am Charles Lyon <lyon5516...> [LABIRD-L] Fwd: [LABIRD-L] Updates on rarities request
12/24/18 9:02 am Katherine Gividen <katherine...> [LABIRD-L] Bald Eagle
12/24/18 7:41 am David Booth <david...> [LABIRD-L] FTFL
12/23/18 6:14 pm Paul Conover <zoiseaux...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Updates on rarities request
12/23/18 5:55 pm John Dillon <kisforkryptonite...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Updates on rarities request
12/23/18 5:53 pm David Booth <david...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Updates on rarities request
12/23/18 5:46 pm Paul Conover <zoiseaux...> [LABIRD-L] Updates on rarities request
12/22/18 11:42 am Michael Walter <000001b99fcc0dc8-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] Correction
12/22/18 11:37 am Michael Walter <000001b99fcc0dc8-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed Flycatchers
12/21/18 10:34 am David Booth <david...> [LABIRD-L] FRFLs Still Present
12/21/18 5:35 am janine robin <janinerobin1982...> [LABIRD-L] Purple finches in Folsom, St Tammany parish
12/21/18 3:05 am thomas finnie <finnie.tom...> [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed Flycatchers still here Thursday, December 20, 2018
12/20/18 7:35 pm D Gallacher <gallachr...> [LABIRD-L] feeding habits of YBSA’s
12/20/18 6:40 pm John Dillon <kisforkryptonite...> [LABIRD-L] Claiborne CBC highlights
12/20/18 1:30 pm Dan O'Malley <danomalley87...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Mississippi Kite
12/20/18 1:25 pm Philip Bradley <0000018eaa441e8c-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] Mississippi Kite
12/20/18 1:05 pm Joan <joanmgarvey1...> [LABIRD-L] N.O. CBC Saturday
12/20/18 8:41 am Jean Landry <JLANDRY...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Grand Isle CBC
12/20/18 7:38 am Chris Brantley <chrisbrantley...> [LABIRD-L] Grand Isle CBC
12/19/18 6:56 pm Jana Whittle <000000346f893a94-dmarc-request...> [LABIRD-L] The two Fork-tailed Flycatchers were seen today.
12/19/18 10:15 am Nancy L Newfield <nancy...> [LABIRD-L] Feeding Habits of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers?
12/19/18 10:13 am Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed Flycatchers
12/19/18 9:36 am Jay V Huner <jvh0660...> [LABIRD-L] Mockingbird Feed - Nightshade?
12/19/18 6:14 am David Booth <david...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed Flycatchers
12/19/18 4:10 am Ed Wallace <mottledduck...> Re: [LABIRD-L] Ross's and White fronted geese at Howze beach, St Tammany.(Hotspot)
 
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Date: 1/17/19 7:04 pm
From: Mac Myers <budogmacm...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] FTFL
Lucy and Bob Duncan and I saw it around 4:12 pm today (Thurs), on Fabacher
about 100 yds. n. of 108. We'd probably spent close to two hours looking
around the area before seeing it.

On Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 4:27 PM David Booth <david...>
wrote:

> The FTFL in West Calcasieu Parish is being seen daily. It is usually
> within a quarter of a mile from the intersection of La 108 and Fabacher
> Road in any direction.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/17/19 5:21 pm
From: Terence Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Slidell short trip
I had a late assignment in Slidell today, so after I got off the twin span, heading back to New Orleans, I immediately took a right.  The Highway 11 bridge is closed, but I took a gravel road that ran alongside the interstate as far as I could go.  I encountered a locked yellow gate, but where it ended, there were several trees and a beautiful open marsh area. 

I birded that area for over half an hour.  Mostly yellow rumped warblers in the trees, but I had a good number of cormorants, and even a royal tern and ring billed gull fly over.  There were many ducks, or other waterfowl, too far away to identify, but if you have a good camera or scope, you might be able to identify them.
As I faced the water, I could see the railroad bridge, and in fact, a train crossed it at one point.
There was a lone great egret feeding on the shore closer to the road.
A beautiful place for the sunset.
After returning back down the road toward the twin span to head home, I spotted a bird in the lake near where the gravel road meets the road to the closed Highway 11 bridge.  I am almost positive that this bird was a loon.  I got pretty good looks at it with my binoculars, and I did take some photos.  He was between the gravel road and the railroad bridge.
Anyway, wanted to share this pretty spot with y'all and looked like a good place for birding.
Happy birding y'all!
Terri
 

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Date: 1/17/19 4:43 pm
From: Terence Skelton <00000140e212e0d0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] FTFL

Is the Ashthroated Flycatcher still in the area?
Also, would this FTFL location be on the way to Lake Charles from New Orleans, or would it be past the hotel?
I'm hoping to do a little birding on the drive over on Friday.
Thanks so much, and looking forward to seeing y'all next week!
Terri

-----Original Message-----
From: David Booth <david...>
To: LABIRD-L <LABIRD-L...>
Sent: Thu, Jan 17, 2019 4:27 pm
Subject: [LABIRD-L] FTFL

The FTFL in West Calcasieu Parish is being seen daily. It is usually within a quarter of a mile from the intersection of La 108 and Fabacher Road in any direction.

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/17/19 2:27 pm
From: David Booth <david...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] FTFL
The FTFL in West Calcasieu Parish is being seen daily. It is usually within a quarter of a mile from the intersection of La 108 and Fabacher Road in any direction.

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/17/19 10:56 am
From: Paul Leberg <paulleberg...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Subject: Issues of Birding Magazine
I am posting the following offer of a collection of Biridng Magazine for a
colleague not on the the list. Please use the contact information in the
message below if you are interested.

"I have a collection of Birding Magazines from the ABA that I would like to
give away. I hate to just throw them away. The collection spans 1992
through 2016 and is complete, except the December 2013 issue is missing. I
am in Lafayette and could make them available for pick up or could mail but
would request postage. Contact me offline at phocoena3 AT hotmail.com."




--
Paul Leberg
Professor and Department Head
Department of Biology
Wharton Hall 452
University of Louisiana Lafayette

For more information on my research please visit:
http://leberglab.weebly.com/

For more information about the graduate program please visit:
http://biology.louisiana.edu/

PO Box 42451
Lafayette, LA 70504
<Leberg...>
337-482-6637
337-482-5660 (Fax)
 

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Date: 1/17/19 9:50 am
From: Susan Edmunds <000000208257709a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Painting Bunting and Buff-bellied Hummer!
Greetings!
Yesterday our suburban backyard north of New Iberia's City Park was graced by the presence of a Painted Bunting (observed one on Dec. 28, but none between these dates) and the continued residence of a Buff-bellied Hummingbird.
My husband James captured the resplendent Bunting drinking on our fountain and below is a link to the photo in Flicker.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/poorclio/46725964662
 

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Date: 1/17/19 9:41 am
From: Nancy L Newfield <nancy...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] AM Owling
Y'All,

Owl-watching this morning brought new insight. After seeing an Eastern
Screech-Owl fly into the yard, it flew from the tall shepherd's hook and
was out of sight for a couple of minutes. Then, I observed it fly up to
the box with an apparently dead rodent [small rat], drop down into the box
and immediately emerge sans prey. I wonder if any other prey items are
cached in the box.

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

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Date: 1/17/19 7:37 am
From: Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] eBird Young Birders Event
Labirders-

See below. If there are some high school-aged, eager young birders
out there, then this would be a great experience. At the upcoming Winter
Meeting, the Louisiana Ornithological Society Board of Directors will be
discussing providing a scholarship in support of a successful applicant
from Louisiana.

The application deadline is 15 March, and more information can be
found at the eBird homepage:

https://ebird.org/news/the-cornell-lab-young-birders-event-2019

Steve Cardiff

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

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is excited to host The Cornell Lab Young
Birders Event, which will be held July 11-14, 2019 in Ithaca, New York. The
Young Birders Event aims to bring together teenagers with a passion for
birds and interested in pursing a career in the field. You’ll meet people
who have successful careers that involve birds in a variety of ways from
ornithological researchers to tour leaders, to audio specialists and
computer scientists. High school-aged young birders (students entering
grades 9-12 in the fall) are invited to fill out our application form and
return it for review by March 15th 2019. Sixteen young birders will be
selected and notified in early April. Slight preference is given to
students entering 12th grade and students who have previously applied.

The Young Birder’s Event will feature:

- two days of field trips
- presentations by Cornell Lab of Ornithology staff including
professors, researchers, and students who will share various ways to
incorporate birds into a career
- eBird and sound recording workshop
- tour of Cornell Lab including the Macaulay Library and Museum of
Vertebrates
- dinner with Cornell Lab staff

Application Deadline: March 15th 2019

Tuition: $600 *Travel expenses to and from Ithaca are not covered in
the tuition.*

Meet Chris Wood and Jessie Barry, the primary leaders for the event:

Chris Wood is the Assistant Director of Information Science, helping lead
eBird, Birds of North America, and other projects. He’s a Colorado native
who’s been birding since he figured out he couldn’t find dinosaur fossils
in his sandbox. Chris has traveled the world in search of birds and is
thrilled to be able to share stories and birding skills with young birders.

Jessie Barry is Program Manager for the Macaulay Library and helps lead
Merlin, a bird ID app. Jessie grew up in Rochester, NY where she began
birding at age ten. She and Chris are grateful for the opportunities they
had as young birders and are working to create opportunities for the next
generation of leaders in ornithology.

For additional information please contact <youngbirders...>
 

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Date: 1/16/19 12:47 pm
From: Judith O'Neale <losbirdlady...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Calliope Hummingbird
Linda Stewart Knight has a return Calliope Hummingbird in her home yard. If interested, just park in driveway and it comes to feeder on left. 12244 Pecan Grove Ct.


Judith O’Neale
Lafayette, LA



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Date: 1/16/19 12:25 pm
From: Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] LOS hummer yard field trip update
Labird-
We still have several spaces available for the below LOS field trip,
which was postponed from 12 Jan. Contact Donna Dittmann if interested.

Steve Cardiff

•SUNDAY 20 January 2019. Coffee and winter hummingbirds with Steve Cardiff
& Donna Dittmann. Meet at Donna and Steve’s home in St. Gabriel at 8:00 AM
for a morning of birding. We will discuss how to attract and host,
identify, and keep track of winter hummingbirds over coffee and perhaps
some sweet treats. For some basic info see: Winter Hummingbirds: Keeping
Track.
 

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Date: 1/15/19 8:46 pm
From: Cameron Rutt <cameronrutt...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Continuing Common Nighthawks, Vaux's Swifts - Baton Rouge
What was supposed to be a quick, brisk bike ride across campus stalled out
considerably at Campus Lake (LSU campus) when Oscar Johnson and I refound a
lingering Common Nighthawk. I then watched over the next half hour as this
single bird was joined by a SECOND Common Nighthawk (AHY male), and the two
cavorted low over the lake surface until after sunset, at which point I
departed. A single Common Nighthawk has been seen sporadically into late
December around Baton Rouge, last reported by Robb Brumfield on 12/29,
again at Campus Lake. Photos and commentary of today's birds can be found
in the eBird checklist below:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51724588

Simultaneously, at least six Vaux's Swifts flew over the same small pond
and proceeded to forage for much of the next 10 minutes over campus before
vanishing as quickly as they appeared. It was a bizarre birding experience,
to say the least, for a cold January day in Louisiana.

Cheers,
Cameron

--
Cameron L. Rutt

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

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Date: 1/14/19 5:52 pm
From: Toddy Guidry <guidrys...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Palmetto Island CBC final counts
All -



The 3rd Palmetto Island CBC was held Friday Jan 4 under chilly temps and a
strong north wind. The circle is centered at Palmetto Island State Park just
south of Abbeville in Vermilion Parish.

The total count was down a little with 144 species. But considering a last
minute weather-induced change where we lost some great volunteers and others
who stepped up, but worked areas they had never seen before, it was a good
showing of diversity.



Thanks to all who participated from out of town, in boats and last minute
favors!

9 areas (including the LDWF boat crew) with 21 observers.



In general , shorebirds were down due to large amount of rain in the area
and the lack of dry, muddy fields, as most were flooded. Bottomland
hardwood areas were also flooded, as well as low lying brush areas, limiting
most woodland types, sparrows, wrens etc.

Waterfowl numbers were locally common with surprising numbers in a few
areas. One observer "got tired of counting ducks".



The circle itself contains large tracts of ag fields, bottomland hardwoods,
freshwater marsh and a large brackish marsh boat area.



New to the count: Indigo Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, American Widgeon,
Bufflehead, Rufus Hummingbird, 'Western' Red Tailed Hawk, Tennessee Warbler.
The 3 year total count is now at 180 species.



Best birds: Least Flycatcher, Caracara, Krider's Red Tail, Harlan's Red
Tail, Purple Finch, Black and White Warbler, Lark Sparrow, Lincoln's
Sparrow, Purple Finch



Worst misses: Rusty Blackbird, NRW Swallow, Merlin, Red Headed Woodpecker,
Royal Tern, Woodcock, American Avocet



If anyone would like to see the entire list, please send me a PM and I'll
send you the completed compilation workbook.

Toddy Guidry

<guidrys...> <mailto:<guidrys...>


 

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Date: 1/14/19 2:44 pm
From: Russ Norwood <russn71...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] PUFI
I've had them here in my SE Baton Rouge yard since just after Thanksgiving but numbers are small. No more than half dozen at most.

Way outnumbered by goldfinches and house finches.

Russ Norwood

-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds [mailto:<LABIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of bill fontenot
Sent: Monday, January 14, 2019 12:25 PM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] PUFI

Steve, et al —

same here in north lafayette parish....began seeing a few just before thanksgiving....over the past two weeks numbers have ballooned to 20-30......

had a similar situation two winters ago......

dwindling winter food resources to our north?

bill fontenot

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 14, 2019, at 12:07 PM, steve shively <sshively...> wrote:
>
> never seen this many purple finches at one time in my life. 20 or 30 at a time at my feeders at west end of Woodworth, Rapides Parish.
>
> Sent from Windows Mail
>
>
 

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Date: 1/14/19 11:17 am
From: Jonathan Clark <falloutbird1...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Sicily Island Hills / RB Nuthatches and Purple Finches
Labirders,

On Jan. 11 I birded in the Sicily Island Hills WMA (JC "Sonny" Gilbert
WMA) in Catahoula Parish. I've only visited this location in the spring and
summer and I saw that the ebird checklist for the hotspot was lacking some
common winter birds, so I hoped to find a few new things. I found 4 Purple
Finches and 8 Red-breasted Nuthatches. Both were new for the location for
me and for ebird. Other additions to location checklist were Greater
White-fronted Goose (flyover flock), Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Eastern
Phoebe, Brown Creeper, and Winter Wren. For those who might be interested,
there's an account of the outing at my blog:
https://falloutbird2014.blogspot.com/2019/01/sicily-island-hills-harrisonburg-area.html
If link doesn't work, as is the case for some accounts for some reason, a
google search for "central louisiana birding blog" will get you there.
The Sicily Island Hills are just such an outstanding location, a really
unique place. As far as I can tell it doesn't get birded all that often (a
bit out of the way for most folks, not the variety of species one might
find in other habitats to draw in birders from outside the area) but it's
worth a visit for any nature lover. I just had to show some location
appreciation. : )

Purple Finches continue to be a daily yard bird here in Jena, but only
as flyovers or birds briefly alighting in trees. I've not seen them on the
feeder except for a couple of days earlier in the season. The two
Red-breasted Nuthatches continue around the yard and frequent the feeder. I
saw Purple Finches on a few occasions on Catahoula NWR this winter, where
they were sometimes feeding on ash tree seeds (Fraxinus).

Jonathan Clark
.
 

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Date: 1/14/19 10:25 am
From: bill fontenot <natrldlite...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] PUFI
Steve, et al —

same here in north lafayette parish....began seeing a few just before thanksgiving....over the past two weeks numbers have ballooned to 20-30......

had a similar situation two winters ago......

dwindling winter food resources to our north?

bill fontenot

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 14, 2019, at 12:07 PM, steve shively <sshively...> wrote:
>
> never seen this many purple finches at one time in my life. 20 or 30 at a time at my feeders at west end of Woodworth, Rapides Parish.
>
> Sent from Windows Mail
>
>
 

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Date: 1/14/19 10:07 am
From: steve shively <sshively...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] PUFI
never seen this many purple finches at one time in my life. 20 or 30 at a time at my feeders at west end of Woodworth, Rapides Parish.

Sent from Windows Mail


 

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Date: 1/13/19 12:13 pm
From: steve shively <sshively...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] feeder birds
lots of purple finches at my feeders at west end of Woodworth, Rapides Parish. 12 or 13 at one time current max count. so far no RBNU.


Sent from Windows Mail

 

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Date: 1/12/19 4:45 pm
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Morganza Floodway Forebay 1/12/19
I passed the forebay this afternoon around 2:30 PM. The entire area was flooded to roadway. Birds that I could identify during a 20 minute stasy were:

Gadwall
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
American White Pelican
Great Egret
Northern Harrier
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Killdeer
Ring-billed Gull
Forster's Tern
European Starling
Savannah Sparrow

Jay Huner
 

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Date: 1/12/19 10:39 am
From: James V Remsen <najames...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] videos in eBird
Claire et al. — you can still do this, as I just did for the putative Couch’s Kingbird. Upload video to Flickr and then paste the embed code into the Details section for the species. As long as Flickr remains and as long as eBird Details permit addition of links, you should be ok.

My discussions with eBird staff couple of years ago indicated that they are or have considered allowing videos to be uploaded just like photos, but they were extremely concerned about the enormous storage space required for this. I don’t know what the latest word is, however.

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

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

> On Jan 12, 2019, at 9:34 AM, Claire Thomas <claire...> wrote:
>
> If we can’t use flickr anymore for eBird how do we upload video to our lists?
>
> Claire Thomas
> <claire...>

 

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Date: 1/12/19 10:27 am
From: Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Call to submit reports of LA Review List species
Hello Labirders-
This is the usual request in advance of the Louisiana Bird Records
Committee Annual Meeting coming up on Saturday, 16 March. The LBRC
respectfully requests that you formally submit ASAP any of your
still-outstanding observations of Review List species.

--The standard rare bird report form can be downloaded to your computer,
completed, and then sent as an email attachment to Paul Conover. See:
http://losbird.org/lbrc/submitreport.html

--The current Review List (and review list history) can be viewed at:
http://losbird.org/lbrc/LBRC%20Review%20List%202016.pdf

--If you can't remember if you already submitted a report, then you can
check the "pending pages" at: http://losbird.org/lbrc/2018reports.htm
or check with Paul or Donna Dittmann.

--And, while you are visiting the LBRC homepage section of the LOS Website,
be sure to check out the ever-improving "Photo and Record Gallery" and the
latest issues of the LBRC Newsletter.

Regarding photographs and other documentary evidence, you can submit
photos, video, audio, etc. directly to the LBRC as email attachments along
with your rare bird report form or you can provide links to ebird lists.

Feel free to contact me, Paul, or Donna if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Steve Cardiff, LBRC Chair
 

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Date: 1/12/19 8:35 am
From: David Booth <david...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Third FTFL
Just now! Another Fork-tailed Flycatcher on Fabacher Road. North of La 108. West Calcasieu Parish.

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/12/19 7:34 am
From: Claire Thomas <claire...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] videos in eBird
If we cant use flickr anymore for eBird how do we upload video to our lists?

Claire Thomas
<claire...>
 

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Date: 1/11/19 4:08 pm
From: Charles Williams <chazbizz91...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Couch's Kingbird @ Turtle Cove
Bird was still there this afternoon at 3 pm, behind the large boatshed. It
flies back and forth along the canal.

On Thu, Jan 10, 2019, 6:58 PM James V Remsen <najames...> wrote:

> LABIRD: This afternoon Josh Sylvest and I found what we are certain is a
> Couch’s Kingbird near the Turtle Cove Research Station in St. John Par.,
> officially in Akers, LA, on west shore of L. Pontchartrain. We checked
> the area in recognition of the presence there of both Tropical and Western
> in late last fall, and when we spotted the kingbird, we tried hard to make
> it into a (“the?”) Tropical Kingbird. But we both independently worried
> about bill size and shape, and after an hour of hoping to hear
> vocalizations, including provocation with tape, we managed to hear it give
> short “kip” calls a few times, and Josh heard it give a couple of
> chatters. Although we photo’d and video’d it extensively, we never could
> get the faint calls on tape, so their is a lingering need for hard
> documentation if anyone is interested.
>
> The bird moved around constantly but up and down a quarter-mile stretch
> from Turtle Cove research station entrance N to the boat sheds and “North
> Manchac” sign on the Amtrak tracks. It likes tallow fruit.
>
> Turtle Cove directions:
> http://www.southeastern.edu/acad_research/programs/turtle_cove/about_us/directions/index.html
>
>
> ===================
>
> 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: 1/11/19 3:06 pm
From: steve shively <sshively...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] sandhill cranes
about 0745 this morning, in the pineywoods of the Kisatchie National Forest northwest of Woodworth, a flock of 17 sandhill cranes flew over me at about 300 feet heading more or less east.

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Date: 1/11/19 12:18 pm
From: Judith O'Neale <losbirdlady...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] LOS Winter Meeting Hotel deadline reminder
Just a reminder that today is the last day to be guaranteed the $119 rate at the Courtyard by Marriott in Lake Charles.

337-477-5020 Ask for LOS winter meeting group rate.

Hope to see you there.


Judith O’Neale
Lafayette, LA




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Date: 1/11/19 9:10 am
From: Melvin Weber <mweber...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Reserve CBC highlights
On Dec 26 2018, 12 people in 9 parties found 132 species plus one form: Krdider’s Hawk.

Best birds were: Greater Scaup, Nootropic Cormorant (becoming regular) two parties, Crested Caracara (new to count), Monk Parakeet (second time), Ash-throated Flycatcher, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Summer Tanager

Other good stuff: Horned Grebe, four hummers: Ruby-throat, Black-chinned, Rufus, Buff-bellied, Peregrine and Merlin, Purple Finch, Rusty Blackbird, Bronzed Cowbird

Always some surprising misses: Cattle Egret, Dark Ibis
 

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Date: 1/10/19 6:50 pm
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Grand Isle highlights - 10 Jan
Visiting Montreal birder Gaspard Tanguay-Labrosse and I birded Grand Isle
most of the day and despite persistent winds, we managed a handful of
decent highlights. At the TNC Landry-LeBlanc (a.k.a. "Sureway Woods"), we
had an Eastern Towhee, Black-and-white Warbler, 2 Broad-winged Hawks
(immature and adult) and 3 female Black Scoters in the bay behind the
woods. At the Grilletta Tract, we had (presumably the same) immature
Broad-winged Hawk and a male Prairie Warbler. Lots of Turk's Cap looking
good, but no hummers. -jz

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

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Date: 1/10/19 4:58 pm
From: James V Remsen <najames...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Couch's Kingbird @ Turtle Cove
LABIRD: This afternoon Josh Sylvest and I found what we are certain is a Couch’s Kingbird near the Turtle Cove Research Station in St. John Par., officially in Akers, LA, on west shore of L. Pontchartrain. We checked the area in recognition of the presence there of both Tropical and Western in late last fall, and when we spotted the kingbird, we tried hard to make it into a (“the?”) Tropical Kingbird. But we both independently worried about bill size and shape, and after an hour of hoping to hear vocalizations, including provocation with tape, we managed to hear it give short “kip” calls a few times, and Josh heard it give a couple of chatters. Although we photo’d and video’d it extensively, we never could get the faint calls on tape, so their is a lingering need for hard documentation if anyone is interested.

The bird moved around constantly but up and down a quarter-mile stretch from Turtle Cove research station entrance N to the boat sheds and “North Manchac” sign on the Amtrak tracks. It likes tallow fruit.

Turtle Cove directions: http://www.southeastern.edu/acad_research/programs/turtle_cove/about_us/directions/index.html


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

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: 1/10/19 7:51 am
From: Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Harris’s Hawk
Actually, it was on Ellis Moss Road....... Also, note that there is an
ebird checklist for this bird with the erroneous locality of Fabacher Road.

Steve Cardiff

On Thu, Jan 10, 2019 at 9:46 AM John Dillon <kisforkryptonite...>
wrote:

> Photographed by a novice birder yesterday on near Sulpher on Moss Bluff Rd
> off Hwy 27. “By the pond when you go around the curves.”
>
> John Dillon
> Athens,
> LA
>
> Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/10/19 7:46 am
From: John Dillon <kisforkryptonite...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Harris’s Hawk
Photographed by a novice birder yesterday on near Sulpher on Moss Bluff Rd off Hwy 27. “By the pond when you go around the curves.”

John Dillon
Athens,
LA

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/9/19 1:43 pm
From: programs braudubon.org <programs...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] *REMINDER: BRAS Presentation Thurs, Jan 10th
*REMINDER: Baton Rouge Audubon Society Presentation tomorrow evening - Thursday, January 10th.

PRESENTATION TITLE: “A golden opportunity for conservation: using geolocators to identify migratory connectivity for an endangered species”

PRESENTER: Dr. Ashley M. Long, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology, Louisiana State University School of Renewable Natural Resources

DESCRIPTION: The golden-cheeked warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia; warbler hereafter) is an endangered migratory songbird that breeds exclusively in central Texas and winters in southern Mexico and Central America. Join us as Dr. Long describes the ecology of the species and details her collaborative project with the Department of Defense and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine how populations of breeding warblers interact in non-breeding habitat. Information from their research is a necessary step toward warbler recovery and will help manage risks during all stages of the species’ lifecycle.

DATE: Thursday, January 10th

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

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

10533 N. Glenstone Place, Baton Rouge, LA 70810

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

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

Thank you,
Katie Percy
Baton Rouge Audubon Society
www.braudubon.org
 

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Date: 1/8/19 10:22 pm
From: Charles Lyon <lyon5516...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Harris's Sparrow
LA-birders,
I saw the report of yesterdays wayward Harriss Sparrow in the Norwoods Baton Rouge backyard, so I thought Id
supplement that with todays report from north Caddo Parish. I got out of work early enough to make a Sentell Road
run with Rosemary Seidler, and we found an adult Harriss Sparrow in more expected range and habitat for LA. They
seem to prefer brushy woodland thickets along streams meandering across agricultural fields up here, and that is exactly
where we found this one. The male Vermillion Flycatcher is still present, but not very cooperative. The eBird report with
photos is below.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51473425

Charlie Lyon
Shreveport, LA
 

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Date: 1/8/19 5:00 pm
From: Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] LOS field trip updates
Happy New Year Labirders-
The next installment of the LOS Field Trip Series (hummingbirds etc.,
Dittmann-Cardiff yard, St. Gabriel, Saturday 12 January) has now been
postponed due to forecast inclement weather. The new date is Saturday, 19
January (with Sunday 20 January as weather backup). There were a couple of
open spaces for 1/12, but now that we are postponing there are additional
openings because some folks can't make it on 19/20 January.

Space is still available on the 12 February Morehouse Parish field
trip led by John Dillon.

There are also a few spaces still available for the 30 March "Wild
Ruff chase" with Dan Lane.

See pp. 8-9 of the latest LOS News (
http://losbird.org/news/1811_246_news.pdf ) for trip descriptions and
registration instructions. Email Donna Dittmann (<donnaldittmann...>
) to register. There are no registration fees for these trips, but you
must be an LOS Member (and donations are appreciated!).

Cheers,

Steve Cardiff
 

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Date: 1/8/19 7:59 am
From: Evelyn Cooper <emcooper...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Possible Harris's Sparrow
It sure looks like it to me. We use a picture of the Harris Sparrow in our
presentations because some might mistake it for a House Sparrow.

That's a wonderful photo.

Evelyn Cooper
Delhi, LA
www.labayoubluebirdsociety.org


-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds
[mailto:<LABIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of Russ Norwood
Sent: Monday, January 07, 2019 11:47 AM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Possible Harris's Sparrow

I photographed what I think is a Harris's Sparrow under my feeders this
morning in my SE Baton Rouge yard. If that's what it is, it's a first for
me.



Photos available here:



https://www.dropbox.com/s/ijzkd018dp4wefg/_MG_2346%20Poss%20Harris%27s%20Spa
rrow%20190107.jpg?dl=0



https://www.dropbox.com/s/fe1qj2zkg093zdy/_MG_2348%20Poss%20Harris%27s%20Spa
rrow%20190107.jpg?dl=0



https://www.dropbox.com/s/2etrgi4h5s0fgj3/_MG_2352%20Poss%20Harris%27s%20Spa
rrow%20190107.jpg?dl=0





Thanks in advance for any help with confirmation or corrections.



Russ Norwood

Woodlawn

Baton Rouge
 

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Date: 1/7/19 6:56 pm
From: Jennifer Coulson <jenniferocoulson...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Dr. Peter Yaukey's talk on Birds of Southeastern Louisiana on Tues., Jan. 15th
*Birds of Southeastern Louisiana: Highlights from a Bird-Rich Region*
*Speaker:* Dr. Peter Yaukey
*Date:* Tuesday, January 15
*Time:* 6:30 p.m. social, 7:00 p.m. program
*Location:* Community Church Unitarian Universalist

Peter Yaukey is a Professor of Biology at the University of Holy Cross in
New Orleans. He received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of
Georgia in 1991, and was a Professor of Geography at the University of New
Orleans from then until 2015, including eight years as chair of the
geography department. In 2016 he moved across the river to his current
position at Holy Cross. His scholarly research has focused on avian
migration, ecology, and conservation, the impacts of Hurricane Katrina on
wildlife, and patterns of intensification of Atlantic hurricanes. Dr.
Yaukey has sought to advance ecological awareness though his blog Birding
Made Easy, his book accompanying that blog, and through a new ecotour
startup, the Great Delta Tours. He has been an avid birder since age 10.

The Orleans Audubon Society's meetings are free and open to the public. The
Community Church Unitarian Universalist, 6690 Fleur de Lis Drive, New
Orleans, Louisiana 70124, is located in Lakeview, on the southwest corner
of Fleur de Lis Drive and 38th Street.
 

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Date: 1/7/19 6:39 pm
From: Jennifer Coulson <jenniferocoulson...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Birding Audubon Park on Sat., Jan. 12th
*Birding trip to Audubon Park*
*Date:* Saturday, January 12
*Time:* 8:00 a.m., half-day trip
*Location:* Meet in the parking lot off Magazine St. (St. Charles side of
Magazine) near the golf club house.
*Leader:* Mary Joe Krieger (504) 866-3396 (H), (504) 258-3396 (C)

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

Visit the Orleans Audubon Society's website for updates: www.jjaudubon.net


Jennifer Coulson
President
Orleans Audubon Society
 

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Date: 1/7/19 6:32 pm
From: Jane Patterson <seejanebird...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Spring Birding Basics Classes are scheduled! Save the Dates!
Spring Birding Basics classes will start on March 11, 2019 and run for 4
consecutive Mondays (March 11, 18, 25, April 1).

These classes are designed for the person who is interested in birds but
hasn't a clue what they're looking at. We will start with the basics:
binoculars and field guides. Then we'll move on to tips and advice on bird
identification. Finally, we'll finish up with resources you can use to
find great birds all across the state of Louisiana (and beyond). But the
real value from the class comes from the field trips that will be offered
with each class. We'll see birds in the wild and learn to identify them.

A daytime class will be offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning
Institute (OLLI). This class will be held at White Oak Plantation from 8am
to 11am. Lectures and field trips will be at the same location.

A Monday evening class will be from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at Hilltop Arboretum.
Field trips for the evening class will be held the following weekends
(either Saturday or Sunday).

Registration for the classes is not yet open, but please stay tuned for
that information.

--Jane Patterson
 

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Date: 1/7/19 4:01 pm
From: Casey Wright <000001a667a979f1-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Cape May Warbler Grand Isle
Natalie Waters and I found a male Cape May Warbler in a shrubby patch on Cherry Lane in Grand Isle. The patch is on the east side of the road, near Hwy 1. Poor photos are attached in the ebird list below.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51447459 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51447459>

Casey Wright
Grand Isle, LA
 

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Date: 1/7/19 2:06 pm
From: Rose Must <rosem.must...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Bullocks Oriole and Black-headed Grosbeak
What a fun winter! Just wanted y’all to know what we’re seeing in our
yard: plus a Wilson’s Warbler and 4 hummingbird species!!!

Rose and Jack Must
Lafayette
--
Rose Must
 

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Date: 1/7/19 9:58 am
From: Russ Norwood <russn71...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Possible Harris's Sparrow
Looks like my Dropbox links were too long, so parts wrapped to the next
line. Here are shorter links in case anyone has trouble with the originals.

https://goo.gl/4YsKae

https://goo.gl/XrbRRf

https://goo.gl/TLWkbL

Russ Norwood

-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds
[mailto:<LABIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of Russ Norwood
Sent: Monday, January 7, 2019 11:47 AM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Possible Harris's Sparrow

I photographed what I think is a Harris's Sparrow under my feeders this
morning in my SE Baton Rouge yard. If that's what it is, it's a first for
me.



Photos available here:



https://www.dropbox.com/s/ijzkd018dp4wefg/_MG_2346%20Poss%20Harris%27s%20Spa
rrow%20190107.jpg?dl=0



https://www.dropbox.com/s/fe1qj2zkg093zdy/_MG_2348%20Poss%20Harris%27s%20Spa
rrow%20190107.jpg?dl=0



https://www.dropbox.com/s/2etrgi4h5s0fgj3/_MG_2352%20Poss%20Harris%27s%20Spa
rrow%20190107.jpg?dl=0





Thanks in advance for any help with confirmation or corrections.



Russ Norwood

Woodlawn

Baton Rouge
 

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Date: 1/7/19 9:47 am
From: Russ Norwood <russn71...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Possible Harris's Sparrow
I photographed what I think is a Harris's Sparrow under my feeders this
morning in my SE Baton Rouge yard. If that's what it is, it's a first for
me.



Photos available here:



https://www.dropbox.com/s/ijzkd018dp4wefg/_MG_2346%20Poss%20Harris%27s%20Spa
rrow%20190107.jpg?dl=0



https://www.dropbox.com/s/fe1qj2zkg093zdy/_MG_2348%20Poss%20Harris%27s%20Spa
rrow%20190107.jpg?dl=0



https://www.dropbox.com/s/2etrgi4h5s0fgj3/_MG_2352%20Poss%20Harris%27s%20Spa
rrow%20190107.jpg?dl=0





Thanks in advance for any help with confirmation or corrections.



Russ Norwood

Woodlawn

Baton Rouge
 

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Date: 1/6/19 11:04 pm
From: Charles Lyon <lyon5516...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Cross Lake 1-6-19
LA-birders,
I made a two hour late afternoon boat run on Cross Lake 1-6-19, and the link to the eBird list with photos is below.
Highlights included relocating the adult Lesser Black-backed Gull that has spent the last several winters on the lake,
and noting approximately 5000 Ring-billed Gulls settle on the lake at sunset. The Neotropic Cormorants are now pairing
up, and one pair is already finishing a nest on Buzzard Island. The Great Blue Herons are now in full courtship colors, and
many are already on the nest. It may seem like winter to us, but breeding season has already started for the latter two
mentioned species. I failed to find Waldo the Western Grebe, but there was a good bit of boat activity on the lake today,
and I bet he is still around.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51404991

Charlie Lyon
Shreveport, LA
 

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Date: 1/6/19 7:48 pm
From: James V Remsen <najames...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Magnolia Warbler and Vermilion Flycatcher on Manchac Rd.
LABIRD: On yesterday's BRCBC, Steve C. and Donna D. found a male Vermilion Flycatcher on Bayou Manchac at the same place where they had found one last year, and late this morning I went to look at it to get some photos:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51410565

Note that the bird is actually in EBR, not Iberville. But when I later worked the area with mob tape, the bird officially entered Iberville Parish, although under sketchy circumstances. With such terrific weather continuing, I continued to work Manchac Road from the intersection on Pecan to Bayou Paul Lane. By far the best bird was a shocker — a Magnolia Warbler at the entrance to the turf facility of the University Club. Wary and seen only briefly, I failed to get it in my video clip, but I hope to remedy that situation in next few days. A Black-and-white Warbler about half way along the road was also interesting; there seems to be an outbreak of Black-and-whites this winter. Also in big numbers away from pines this year is Pine Warbler, and I intersected one of the biggest flocks (ca. 30) I’ve ever seen of this species away from pines.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51391805


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

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: 1/6/19 3:19 pm
From: Philip Bradley <0000018eaa441e8c-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Evening walk birds
I just finished my evening walk/birding. Lots of Starlings and Robins, but I enjoyed seeing 7 White-winged Doves, 4 Mourning Doves, and 1 Inca Dove. Yes, it was a "dovely" walk.

Phil Bradley
SE Shreveport

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 1/6/19 11:30 am
From: Toddy Guidry <guidrys...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Palmetto Island CBC 'docudrama'
The link was cut up....

https://www.theadvocate.com/acadiana/multimedia/photos/collection_484ba8c2-1
10a-11e9-bc8e-674aa7b9bd5a.html#1

try this one.


-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds
<LABIRD-L...> On Behalf Of Toddy Guidry
Sent: Sunday, January 6, 2019 11:51 AM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Palmetto Island CBC 'docudrama'

Hey everyone,

The Palmetto Island CBC was held Friday Jan 4. I don't have the final
numbers yet, but Leslie Westbrook with the Advocate contacted me and wanted
to spend the day with us.

He did a fine job with photos and brief write-ups. Nice job Mr W!



I"ll post numbers when I finalize, but a taste of one of the best areas in
the state!

He even made Mac Myers look good!



Toddy



https://www.theadvocate.com/acadiana/multimedia/photos/collection_484ba8c2-1
10a-11e9-bc8e-674aa7b9bd5a.html#1


 

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Date: 1/6/19 9:51 am
From: Toddy Guidry <guidrys...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Palmetto Island CBC 'docudrama'
Hey everyone,

The Palmetto Island CBC was held Friday Jan 4. I don't have the final
numbers yet, but Leslie Westbrook with the Advocate contacted me and wanted
to spend the day with us.

He did a fine job with photos and brief write-ups. Nice job Mr W!



I"ll post numbers when I finalize, but a taste of one of the best areas in
the state!

He even made Mac Myers look good!



Toddy



https://www.theadvocate.com/acadiana/multimedia/photos/collection_484ba8c2-1
10a-11e9-bc8e-674aa7b9bd5a.html#1


 

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Date: 1/5/19 12:06 pm
From: Aaron Mitchell <aaron.j.mitchell.93...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Fork Tailed Flycatchers
Seen today at the same general location as the hotspot between 1-130 pm. We turned right onto 397 from Wardline and passed The farmhouse on the left. Birds were feeding from the fence.

Aaron Calidris

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/4/19 9:30 am
From: Martha Avegno <elliea...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Goldfinches
Cold weather brought about 8 American Goldfinches back this morning, feeding on Chinese Elm seeds.
Ellie Avegno
S. Baton Rouge

Sent from my iPhone
M. Ellie Avegno
 

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Date: 1/3/19 3:12 pm
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Ash-throated flycatcher continues
Seen on Cox Rd on Calcasieu parish side of the road.
Seen at 4:30pm with an assist from Katie Barnes.
 

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Date: 1/3/19 3:12 pm
From: Russ Norwood <russn71...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Urban Bald Eagle
I was driving west just after midday on S Harrells Ferry Road in Baton Rouge
when I saw a bald eagle eating road kill in front of the fence at St. Jean's
apartments. Photo on request.



Also had a yellow shafted flicker on my suet feeder, an uncommon sight in my
SE Baton Rouge yard.



Russ Norwood
 

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Date: 1/3/19 3:09 pm
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed flycatchers seen today at 3:45pm
Seen in usual location at the pull out on Helm's Rd at 397. Same location
as ebird Hotspot. Calcasieu parish.
 

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Date: 1/3/19 1:20 pm
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Sandhill cranes Fruge rd Calcasieu parish
S of Duhon Rd. At least 1000!!
 

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Date: 1/3/19 7:10 am
From: programs braudubon.org <programs...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] BRAS Presentation Thurs, Jan 10th
Our next Baton Rouge Audubon Society presentation is scheduled for Thursday, January 10th. 

PRESENTATION TITLE: “A golden opportunity for conservation: using geolocators to identify migratory connectivity for an endangered species”

PRESENTER: Dr. Ashley M. Long, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology, Louisiana State University School of Renewable Natural Resources

DESCRIPTION: The golden-cheeked warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia; warbler hereafter) is an endangered migratory songbird that breeds exclusively in central Texas and winters in southern Mexico and Central America. Join us as Dr. Long describes the ecology of the species and details her collaborative project with the Department of Defense and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine how populations of breeding warblers interact in non-breeding habitat. Information from their research is a necessary step toward warbler recovery and will help manage risks during all stages of the species’ lifecycle.

DATE:  Thursday, January 10th

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

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

10533 N. Glenstone Place, Baton Rouge, LA 70810

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

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

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

Thank you,
Katie Percy
Baton Rouge Audubon Society
www.braudubon.org
 

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Date: 1/2/19 3:33 pm
From: Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] CBC help needed
LAbirders,

The last of the CBCs are upon us, and most of them are still need experienced birders to cover one or more sectors that currently have no one assigned. If you are willing and able, please consider participating and reaching out to the compiler. These CBCs are a great way to get a head start on your 2019 list!

Jan 4:

- Palmetto Island (Toddy Guidry <guidrys...><mailto:<guidrys...>)

- Pine Prairie (Marty Floyd <progne99...><mailto:<progne99...>)

- Sabine (Erik Johnson <ejohnson...><mailto:<ejohnson...>)

Jan 5:

- Baton Rouge (Katie Percy <kpercy...><mailto:<kpercy...>)

- Creole (Erik Johnson <ejohnson...><mailto:<ejohnson...>)

- Natchitoches (Larry Raymond <lrraymond...><mailto:<lrraymond...>)

The SW LA options also have a lodging option in comfortable beds at the Rockefeller bunkhouse in Grand Chenier. $10/person/night. Contact me for reservations.

Thanks!
Erik Johnson
S Lafayette, LA
Ejohnson AT Audubon.org
 

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Date: 1/2/19 3:28 pm
From: Judith O'Neale <losbirdlady...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] LOS Winter meeting - Reminder
A reminder that the LOS Winter Meeting will be January 25-27 in Lake Charles. Sponsored by the Gulf Coast Bird Club and
meetings will be held at McNeese State University with guest speakers Dr. Eddie Lyons and Dr. Erik Johnson.
There is a Bird Photography Workshop available Friday and Saturday conducted by Chuck Cantrell.

All information can be found on our website: www.losbird.org

The lastest issue of the LOS News will hopefully answer any questions regarding the meeting if not email me off list.

Please make your reservations for the Courtyard by Marriott by January 11th to make sure that you get the $119/night rate.

Call 337-477-5020 and tell them you want the group rate for LOS winter meeting. Best to call during the day to get the best service.

Please register by January 21st to be able to join us for the Saturday night buffet.

And a reminder that LOS memberships are now due. Thank you to everyone that have already renewed your membership. We appreciate the continued support of our birding community.

Happy New Year Birding,

Judith


Judith O’Neale
LOS Treasurer
Lafayette, LA
 

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Date: 1/2/19 9:58 am
From: H. Putnam <0000003a70918a06-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] FTFC
Just observed one Fork-tailed Flycatcher on the fence row along the south side Hwy 397 just East of its intersection with Ward Line Road at 11:40 AM.  
Helena Putnam

Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone
 

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Date: 1/1/19 7:21 pm
From: Charles Lyon <lyon5516...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Happy New Year WESTERN GREBE
LA-birders,
I didnt have much time to venture out today, but I was able to find Wheres Waldo. I got a call from a friend who
informed me that the Western Grebe I had first found on Cross Lake on 12-02-17 was swimming off his backyard
and he had named it Waldo. He suggested that Waldo either thought he was a Ruddy Duck or just liked to associate
with Ruddy Ducks because every time he saw him, he was with Ruddy Ducks. I was invited for a New Years visit and
was even told to bring my telephoto lens. My friends wife greeted me in the backyard with binoculars and nearly immediately
pointed Waldo out for me. I was quite impressed not so much by Waldo but by my friends wifes observational skills. I hid in
the boathouse and was able to obtain much better photos of the Western Grebe than I had previously been able to in my boat.
I previously had labeled this grebe as basically psychotic and pathologically shy, but perhaps it suffers from an actual phobia
referred to as submechanophobia, the fear of partially or fully submerged man-made objets (i.e. motor boats). At any rate, it was
cooperative and down right friendly this afternoon. The link to the eBird list with the embedded photos is below. Click on the photos
for a better high mag view.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51188785

Charlie Lyon
Shreveport, LA
 

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Date: 1/1/19 6:03 pm
From: Toddy Guidry <guidrys...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Palmetto Island CBC
The Palmetto count has been moved to Friday Jan 4 due to the weather
forecast for Thursday being 80-90% rain most of the day.
I understand this conflicts with Sabine, but Mother Nature intended it be
so.



a few folks had to drop out, we can use any volunteers who may want to help
out. Email me offlist if interested.



Thanks

Toddy Guidry


 

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Date: 1/1/19 10:07 am
From: Jennifer Alexander <jalexa352...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Good Common Goldeneye numbers - Braithwaite
Update- unfortunate disturbance of goldeneyes by individual shooting a shotgun over the pond. All birds flew off; unclear if any hit.


All thumbs - sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 1, 2019, at 11:47 AM, Jennifer Alexander <jalexa352...> wrote:
>
> 36 common goldeneye still at Braithwaite Park.
>
> Happy New Year and good birding,
> Joelle Finley, Ken Harris, Kevin Colley & Jennifer Alexander
>
>
> All thumbs - sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Dec 30, 2018, at 12:22 PM, James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> wrote:
>>
>> Chantal Correll just messaged me, reporting 26 Common Goldeneyes with a few
>> scaup and Bufflehead on the pond by the old tennis court at in the
>> Braithwaite subdivision. -jz
>>
>> --
>> James W. Beck
>> City of New Orleans Mosquito & Termite Control Board
>> 2100 Leon C. Simon Dr.
>> New Orleans, LA 70122
>> <loxosceles928...>
>> <jwbeck...>
 

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Date: 1/1/19 9:48 am
From: Jennifer Alexander <jalexa352...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Good Common Goldeneye numbers - Braithwaite
36 common goldeneye still at Braithwaite Park.

Happy New Year and good birding,
Joelle Finley, Ken Harris, Kevin Colley & Jennifer Alexander


All thumbs - sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 30, 2018, at 12:22 PM, James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> wrote:
>
> Chantal Correll just messaged me, reporting 26 Common Goldeneyes with a few
> scaup and Bufflehead on the pond by the old tennis court at in the
> Braithwaite subdivision. -jz
>
> --
> James W. Beck
> City of New Orleans Mosquito & Termite Control Board
> 2100 Leon C. Simon Dr.
> New Orleans, LA 70122
> <loxosceles928...>
> <jwbeck...>
 

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Date: 1/1/19 8:05 am
From: Nancy L Newfield <nancy...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Swans at Tchefuncte River mouth south of Madisonville
Jody et al,

In December of 1984, there were 2 Tundra Swans in the river at
Madisonville! Lifers for my husband and I.

*Iron Nan*

On Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 7:29 AM Jody Shugart <jodyshugart...> wrote:

> Two white swans way out in the water.
>


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

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Date: 1/1/19 6:24 am
From: David Booth <david...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Flycatchers
It’s a Twofer day. Two ATFL at the Katie Barnes spot on Cox Road. A pair? Vocalization and hanging together.

Yes the Two FTFL are on their hotspot at the pipeline crossing on Ward Line Road.

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/1/19 5:29 am
From: Jody Shugart <jodyshugart...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Swans at Tchefuncte River mouth south of Madisonville
Two white swans way out in the water.
 

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Date: 12/31/18 2:55 pm
From: Judson Lassiter <jalpro57...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed Flycatchers continue on Ward Line Rd south of Hwy 397
I went out after the rain stopped in Lake Charles to see if the FTFLs were
still there as I didn't see a report yesterday. I was able to locate them
in the same area as before at about 4PM. Two other birders also observed
them this afternoon.

--
*Jack Lassiter*
 

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Date: 12/31/18 11:57 am
From: David Muth <MuthD...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Venice CBC
The Venice CBC was held Sunday, December 30. It began with dense fog and mist but eventually the skies cleared.

We have no final tally yet, but highlights included six Least Bitterns, an Eared Grebe, Inca Doves, Neotropic Cormorant, Chuck-will's-Widow, the caracara, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, 12 species of warbler including 3 prairies, 2 black-and-whites, 2 Ovenbirds, a Northern Waterthrush, a N. Parula, and, best of all a Magnolia Warbler, plus two Painted Buntings and Bronzed Cowbirds.

For many years running any thorough census of lower Plaquemines turned up multiple Broad-winged Hawks, but that string seems to be petering out for whatever reason, with none this year. The same might be said for Yellow-headed Blackbird but perhaps with fewer parties this year we just missed the flocks.

David Muth and Dan Purrington
 

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Date: 12/31/18 8:39 am
From: Jane Patterson <seejanebird...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Merlin?
Jay et al,

The Merlin mobile app for use in smart phones asks for location first. I’ve
had very good luck with it when demonstrating it for my birding students.
They’ve also just added a photo ID function that I’ve only tried a few
times, but it’s also worked well.

The computer based version has used photos for some time. I feel certain it
uses location as a parameter as well, but the website says it’s down for
maintenance at the moment.

—Jane Patterson
Ponchatoula

On Mon, Dec 31, 2018 at 9:11 AM Jay V Huner <jvh0660...> wrote:

> Good Morning,
>
> Kristine Kooi mentioned the Merlin bird ID site. I suspect it works but
> have seen several people who have used it and identified a bird incorrectly
> using that app. One really obvious error was Merlin identifying a Carolina
> Chickadee as a Black-capped Chickadee. Now, I haven't used Merlin but I'm
> guessing that the person that sent the chickadee image didn't include
> location of the bird. Can't see how Merlin could not include location as a
> datum necessary for its ID process.
>
> Jay Huner
>
 

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Date: 12/31/18 7:11 am
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Merlin?
Good Morning,

Kristine Kooi mentioned the Merlin bird ID site. I suspect it works but have seen several people who have used it and identified a bird incorrectly using that app. One really obvious error was Merlin identifying a Carolina Chickadee as a Black-capped Chickadee. Now, I haven't used Merlin but I'm guessing that the person that sent the chickadee image didn't include location of the bird. Can't see how Merlin could not include location as a datum necessary for its ID process.

Jay Huner
 

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Date: 12/30/18 10:35 pm
From: Charles Lyon <lyon5516...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Shreveport CBC Results
LA-birders,
The Shreveport CBC was held on Saturday December 22, 2018 this year which is a week later into the count period than when we
normally hold it. Perhaps we should continue in backing it up by a week. This was the 69th Shreveport CBC, and this is the oldest
continuos running count in the state of Louisiana. The first count was held in 1950 and species seen then such as Northern Bobwhite
and Red-cockaded Woodpecker have been absent from the count circle for many years. This years count was none the less spectacular in
terms of historical perspectives.This year we tied our previous high count of 120 species which had been seen in 2006, discovered two
new species never seen before on the count, and recorded 11 species which had been detected fewer than ten times in 69 years. We had a
near record number of participants with 21 individuals in 9 parties. All parties made significant contributions and most parties produced
significant exclusive species sightings.

Lindra Adrion, Sandra Roerig, and Terri Jacobson discovered our first ever WILD TURKEY flock with 7 being recorded. They also found an
amazing 2 BEWICKS WRENS, a species that has been largely absent from NW LA (anywhere in LA for that matter) for the last several years.
They also located the only Fox Sparrows of the count.

Clyde Massey, birding solo, found a Virginia Rail and a SORA (5 prior records). He also found our only Golden-crowned Kinglets and added the only
two Purple Finches of the count.

Chris Merritt, Andrew Love, and Fred Sullivan found an amazing 4 Common Goldeneye, the one and only Hairy Woodpecker of the count, and 4
Pine Siskins.

Lily and Barney Poole contributed with 35 species including White-breasted Nuthatch, a specialty of the northern part of the state.

Anne Raymond did a feeder watch and contributed with Red-breasted Nuthatch and one of our only two Brown Creepers.

Larry Raymond, Mac Hardy, and John McBride, Jr. found our only American Woodcocks, the only EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES (8 prior records), and
5 Eastern Screech-Owls as an exclusive.

Jeff and Jean Trahan found a very tardy SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER (1 prior record) and our only Fish Crows.

Dot Rambin found our only Hooded Mergansers, and 6 of the 30 NEOTROPIC CORMORANTS found on the count. This is the first year that
NEOTROPIC CORMORANT has been recorded on the count.

Charlie Lyon, Van Remsen, Matt Brady, Terry Davis, and Kreg Ellzey surveyed the Shreveport Regional Airport area, and Cross Lake by boat.
In the airport area we found 5 SMITHS LONGSPURS, a Lapland Longspur, a MERLIN (5 prior records), our only Northern Harriers, Wilsons Snipe,
6 HORNED LARKS (8 prior records), 2 Sedge Wrens, a GRAY CATBIRD (9 prior records), 9 American Pipits, 2 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS (2 prior
records), 3 HENSLOWS SPARROWS (3 prior records), and 7 Le Contes Sparrows.
In the boat on Cross Lake as exclusives we found 3 Horned Grebes, a WESTERN GREBE (2 prior records), an OSPREY (6 prior records), a Coopers Hawk,
250 Bonapartes Gulls, 4 Herring Gulls, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (1 prior record), a Marsh Wren, a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and a Common Yellowthroat.
We added 24 NEOTROPIC CORMORANTS to Dot Rambins six.

Thanks to all the participants for contributing to a fantastic 2018 Shreveport CBC, and perhaps we can make the 2019 count even better with continued support.
Visiting birders are welcome for next year and this is the place to see your Smiths Longspur in Louisiana. As noted above other rarities are always a possibility
as well.

Happy New Years and Happy New Years birding,
Charlie Lyon
Shreveport, LA
 

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Date: 12/30/18 2:37 pm
From: Debra Canatella <2256361688...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L]
The Western Kingbird was at the gate waiting for us at 1:40 pm today. Sunset Point, Mandeville.
 

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Date: 12/30/18 10:52 am
From: Bruce Baird <000000a60859dd95-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Lafreniere Park
Jon, Beth, et al
I first saw a "blue" Snow Goose in Lafreniere Park on Mar 27, 2008. Later he/she was joined by another and for a time there were two.  I usually see at least one every time I completely survey the park.  I've submitted all my sightings to eBird, but the sightings were not accepted for general viewing until John Sevenair posted his sighting on 8/21/2011.

Bruce
In a message dated 12/30/2018 11:28:02 AM Central Standard Time, <loxosceles928...> writes:

Jon, Beth et al,

Linda and I found a "blue" Snow Goose last year (9 October) at Lafreniere
Park.  I suspect it *could* be the same individual.  Whether it's become
somewhat "domesticated" or not, I'm not sure.  Here's our eBird list with
it from then: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S39792508. -jz

On Sun, Dec 30, 2018 at 11:10 AM Elizabeth Wiggins <
<000001a37a8a60cf-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> I went out to Lafreniere Park this morning to see if I could look through
> the fog and find the Snow/Blue Goose Jon Wise reported, but no luck.  I
> did, however, see a nice pair of American Wigeons in the same northeast
> part of the park.  Contact me offline, please, for a more precise location
> if you’re interested.  It was the best opportunity I’ve had to photograph
> the American Wigeon up close.
>
> Beth Wiggins
> Metairie, LA



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

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Date: 12/30/18 10:22 am
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Good Common Goldeneye numbers - Braithwaite
Chantal Correll just messaged me, reporting 26 Common Goldeneyes with a few
scaup and Bufflehead on the pond by the old tennis court at in the
Braithwaite subdivision. -jz

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

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Date: 12/30/18 9:27 am
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Lafreniere Park
Jon, Beth et al,

Linda and I found a "blue" Snow Goose last year (9 October) at Lafreniere
Park. I suspect it *could* be the same individual. Whether it's become
somewhat "domesticated" or not, I'm not sure. Here's our eBird list with
it from then: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S39792508. -jz

On Sun, Dec 30, 2018 at 11:10 AM Elizabeth Wiggins <
<000001a37a8a60cf-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> I went out to Lafreniere Park this morning to see if I could look through
> the fog and find the Snow/Blue Goose Jon Wise reported, but no luck. I
> did, however, see a nice pair of American Wigeons in the same northeast
> part of the park. Contact me offline, please, for a more precise location
> if you’re interested. It was the best opportunity I’ve had to photograph
> the American Wigeon up close.
>
> Beth Wiggins
> Metairie, LA



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

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Date: 12/30/18 9:10 am
From: Elizabeth Wiggins <000001a37a8a60cf-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Lafreniere Park
I went out to Lafreniere Park this morning to see if I could look through the fog and find the Snow/Blue Goose Jon Wise reported, but no luck. I did, however, see a nice pair of American Wigeons in the same northeast part of the park. Contact me offline, please, for a more precise location if you’re interested. It was the best opportunity I’ve had to photograph the American Wigeon up close.

Beth Wiggins
Metairie, LA
 

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Date: 12/30/18 6:54 am
From: Claire Thomas <claire...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Over 400 Horned Grebes on Lake Pontchartrain - Mandeville
Thank you James for posting. No toes stepped on.

It was truly spectacular! We also had 111 (counted one by one) common loons just off the lakefront in Mandeville. These were mostly together along with some scaup and buffleheads mixed in.

Claire Thomas
<claire...>



On Dec 29, 2018, at 9:06 PM, James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> wrote:

> I don't want to step on anyone's toes, but this is quite extraordinary and
> what I would have to assume is a state record for individuals.
>
> Claire Thomas and company posted a video of what was reported to be over
> 400 Horned Grebes today at the Mandeville Lakefront. This was posted in
> the LABIRD Facebook group.
>
> I wanted to get the word out on this and congratulate Claire and company
> for this! -jz
>
> --
> James W. Beck
> City of New Orleans Mosquito & Termite Control Board
> 2100 Leon C. Simon Dr.
> New Orleans, LA 70122
> <loxosceles928...>
> <jwbeck...>
>
 

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Date: 12/29/18 7:07 pm
From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Over 400 Horned Grebes on Lake Pontchartrain - Mandeville
I don't want to step on anyone's toes, but this is quite extraordinary and
what I would have to assume is a state record for individuals.

Claire Thomas and company posted a video of what was reported to be over
400 Horned Grebes today at the Mandeville Lakefront. This was posted in
the LABIRD Facebook group.

I wanted to get the word out on this and congratulate Claire and company
for this! -jz

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

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Date: 12/29/18 3:12 pm
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Painted Bunting
Well,

Good for you. Make sure you do a 3x5 card and make an eBird report!

Jay H.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Susan Edmunds" <000000208257709a-dmarc-request...>
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Sent: Saturday, December 29, 2018 12:50:23 PM
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Painted Bunting

A resplendent male Painted Bunting on a platform feeder in our backyard a few blocks NE of City Park in New Iberia! He dined at 9:15 am and has not been seen since.

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/29/18 3:10 pm
From: Philip Bradley <0000018eaa441e8c-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Late afternoon birds
I forgot to mention the 10 Dark-eyed Juncos at my feeder; they were all standard slate-colored.
Phil Bradley

Sent from my iPad

> On Dec 29, 2018, at 5:04 PM, Philip Bradley <0000018eaa441e8c-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
> I managed to go for a walk this afternoon. I sure wish today was my CBC day. I had one White-winged Dove, two Yellow-rumped Warblers, 45 Starlings, 16 Cedar Waxwings, 6 Robins, 2 Mockingbirds, 2 House Sparrows, and a hawk that I guess was a Red-tailed but the entire bird was the color of concrete...only a little darker on the back.
>
> Phil Bradley
> SE Shreveport
>
> Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 12/29/18 3:04 pm
From: Philip Bradley <0000018eaa441e8c-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Late afternoon birds
I managed to go for a walk this afternoon. I sure wish today was my CBC day. I had one White-winged Dove, two Yellow-rumped Warblers, 45 Starlings, 16 Cedar Waxwings, 6 Robins, 2 Mockingbirds, 2 House Sparrows, and a hawk that I guess was a Red-tailed but the entire bird was the color of concrete...only a little darker on the back.

Phil Bradley
SE Shreveport

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 12/29/18 1:55 pm
From: Wise, Jon <Wise...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Snow goose in Lafreniere Park
Adult, solitary bird of the dark morph (blue goose) variety. Feeding among black bellied whistling ducks in oaks next to water on northeast side of park. Not associated with usual complement of Swan Geese and other domestic sorts.

Jon W. Wise


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Date: 12/29/18 12:59 pm
From: Nancy L Newfield <nancy...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Purple Finches Bayou Sauvage NWR
Interesting, David. This morning at our Covington banding site, we had
around 35 to 40 Pine Siskins. No Purple Finches and just 6 American
Goldfinches.

Hummingbirds were scarce, but we caught 1 adult female returnee Rufous and
also observed 1 adult male Rufous and another unidentified member of the
genus Selasphorus.

Iron Nan

On Sat, Dec 29, 2018 at 2:46 PM David Muth <MuthD...> wrote:

> This morning, Christie Riehl, Tom and Jenn Coulson and I birded Recovery
> One Rd. at the refuge. The strip of trees along the road was loaded with
> robins, waxwings, goldfinches, and a conservatively estimated 40 Purple
> Finches, feeding variously on hackberry fruit and elm seeds. It was easily
> the most Purple Finches I have ever encountered in one location.
>
> Otherwise we had the usual suspects, including one of the two Ash-throated
> Flycatchers.
>
> David Muth
>


--
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Nancy L Newfield
Casa Colibrí
Metairie, Louisiana USA
<nancy...>
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Date: 12/29/18 12:46 pm
From: David Muth <MuthD...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Purple Finches Bayou Sauvage NWR
This morning, Christie Riehl, Tom and Jenn Coulson and I birded Recovery One Rd. at the refuge. The strip of trees along the road was loaded with robins, waxwings, goldfinches, and a conservatively estimated 40 Purple Finches, feeding variously on hackberry fruit and elm seeds. It was easily the most Purple Finches I have ever encountered in one location.

Otherwise we had the usual suspects, including one of the two Ash-throated Flycatchers.

David Muth
 

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Date: 12/29/18 11:48 am
From: David Muth <MuthD...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Venice CBC
Is on for tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 30.

We will meet at the Town View Caf (donut shop) 7918 Hwy 23, Belle Chasse at 5 a.m. for a 5:30 departure to the count circle.

Let me know by separate email if you are coming. We will devise parties at the caf.
 

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Date: 12/29/18 11:03 am
From: Brad Price <bprice...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed Flycatchers/Mid-day
The Fork-tailed Flycatchers are both present at the same spot as of 12:30
today. Staying about 50 yards from the fence in the field before Marshland
Equipment.

Brad Price

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/29/18 10:50 am
From: Susan Edmunds <000000208257709a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Painted Bunting
A resplendent male Painted Bunting on a platform feeder in our backyard a few blocks NE of City Park in New Iberia! He dined at 9:15 am and has not been seen since.

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/29/18 6:13 am
From: Rose Must <rosem.must...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Bullocks Oriole
We thought last year was a “fluke “! I guess the Bullocks Oriole enjoyed
our yard enough for a return visit. Saw him yesterday and confirmed it
today!!!

Lafayette
Rose and Jack Must
--
Rose Must
 

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Date: 12/28/18 3:53 pm
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed Flycatchers/Late Morning
Friends,

The presence of the fork-tails was reported early in the morning. As I recall Jed Pitre noted their presence around 11:30 AM when yours truly saw the two birds. Will be interesting to see what images Frank Gracci posts. Mine document the birds but are pretty pathetic.

I was amazed at how "tame" the birds were with folks less than 30' from them. Had to shoot pictures of the adult through a fence which blurred them. Guess Frank would have let me climb up on his truck to get clear images but was a bit nervous about passing traffic and potential issues with lawmen.

For what it's worth, there is a "turn out" directly across from where the birds were this morning and one can easily turn into it to get off the roadway. Yes, one can park to the south at a business but there's NO SHOULDER and area traffic doesn't seem to appreciate pedestrians.

And to provide some historical perspective, some years ago a fork-tail showed up along LA 23 in Plaquemines Parish in early January. Found by a birding crew including David Muth from that area. It was roosting with Scissor-tailed Flycatchers and, if memory isn't too poor, Western Flycatchers. The roost area was in a pecan tree next to the home of a family owning the citrus farm on the west side of the highway. The family graciously agreed to let birders watch for the bird from the public right of way. Interestingly, that was in the area of a good many chemical plants. One eager birder showed up before dawn on the right of way and met a Plaquemines Parish deputy and had to explain his presence! Later, once the sheriff was informed about the fork-tail, folks were able to search for the bird all along the highway as it moved away from the roost with its flycatcher buds before the sun set!

Regrettably, two individuals almost caused real problems by trespassing into the farmer's orchard!

Jay Huner

----- Original Message -----
From: "Heather Amuny" <haamuny...>
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2018 3:44:14 PM
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed Flycatchers

We saw one in the field perched on grasses northeast of The Marshland Equipment Co. 1:30-2:00 today.
Heather and Jack Amuny

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/28/18 2:54 pm
From: cecil tarver <exk5hdl...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Euraisian collared dove
Had fos collared dove on my drive way in denham springs this morning

--
Cecil Tarver
8273 Aubin St
Denham Springs
La
70726

<exk5hdl...>
 

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Date: 12/28/18 1:44 pm
From: Heather Amuny <haamuny...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed Flycatchers
We saw one in the field perched on grasses northeast of The Marshland Equipment Co. 1:30-2:00 today.
Heather and Jack Amuny

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/28/18 10:29 am
From: Jody Shugart <jodyshugart...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Fwd: Western Kingbird Mandeville
Sorry for the lack of location. The bird was at the entrance to Sunset
Point on the Mandeville lakefront, but it's currently eluding me. hopefully
the CBC will pick it up tomorrow.

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Jody Shugart <jodyshugart...>
Date: Fri, Dec 28, 2018, 11:21 AM
Subject: Western Kingbird Mandeville
To: <labird-l...>


At entrance gate right now.
 

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Date: 12/28/18 9:58 am
From: Jed Pitre <feralbiologist...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed Flycatcher
LABird
Continuing as of 11:30 this morning.
Two birds perched in brushy field across
from eucalyptus grove on Wardline Rd,
south of 397.

Delaina LeBlanc
Jessica Schultz
Jed Pitre
 

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Date: 12/28/18 9:21 am
From: Jody Shugart <jodyshugart...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Western Kingbird Mandeville
At entrance gate right now.
 

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Date: 12/27/18 7:07 pm
From: Paul Conover <zoiseaux...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed Flycatchers
Labird,

     Speaking of hotspots, I created the aptly named "Fork-tailed
Flycatcher Hotspot 2018" on eBird and located the pin at the corner of
397 and Ward Line. This hotpsot can be used for both new and existing
lists.

Thanks,

Paul Conover

Lafayette



On 12/27/2018 8:09 PM, David Booth wrote:
> Both birds survived the big blow and appear to be carrying on as usual. They were hanging around the hotspot this morning.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/27/18 6:09 pm
From: David Booth <david...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed Flycatchers
Both birds survived the big blow and appear to be carrying on as usual. They were hanging around the hotspot this morning.

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/27/18 10:37 am
From: David Muth <MuthD...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Venice CBC
Dan Purrington and I are postponing the Venice CBC because of the very wet morning forecast.

We will try to do it on Sunday, Dec. 30, if the forecast improves over the next 48 hours, in order to squeeze it in for 2018.

If Sunday continues to look bad then the fall back is Thursday, January 3.

If you would like to attend on either date, please contact Dan and me directly.

Thanks,

David
 

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Date: 12/27/18 8:34 am
From: Jane Patterson <seejanebird...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] "Unclaimed" Selasphorus hummingbird LaPlace + Bronzed Cowbirds
There is an "unclaimed" Selasphorus type hummingbird in LaPlace near Devon
Rd. and Berkshire St. in LaPlace. Very rusty, so I'd call it an adult
male Rufous, but I didn't get a photo unfortunately. It actually responded
to a screech owl recording, which was a first!

Also had a flock of cowbirds comprised of ~40 Bronzed Cowbirds and ~20 BH
Cowbirds on Highway 51 near the fire station. Largest flock of Bronzed
Cowbirds I've ever seen. Not sure how unusual it is.

Y'all be safe with this bad line of weather coming through!

--Jane Patterson
Ponchatoula, LA
 

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Date: 12/27/18 7:54 am
From: R Sherman <abutilon.pictum...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Cedar Waxwings on the ground
Nice birdy morning in my yard (Hundred Oaks area of Baton Rouge). About a
hundred Robins and a couple dozen Cedar Waxwings feeding in the trees,
mostly eating hackberries.
I did see about a dozen or so Waxwings in a tight cluster on the ground
(about 1 square foot) apparently feeding. I have never seen them behaving
like that before. The ground was saturated mud, mostly bare of
vegetation. I couldn't figure out what they were eating, or if they were
getting something out of the mud. Shouldn't have been any windfall seeds
at that spot. Hmmm.
 

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Date: 12/26/18 9:23 pm
From: Missy Bowen <missybowen...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] FTFL seen today
Sorry for the late posting, but, with help from Paul Conover, we saw one of
the Fork-tailed Flycatchers late this morning, hunting from the utility
line along Ward Line Road just south of 397. It was easily (and safely)
viewed from the pullout area on the west side of the road, adjacent to the
eucalyptus grove. The wind was really picking up ahead of the storm; after
a few minutes the bird flew into the field to the east and was lost to
view.

Thank you, Paul, and the LA-Bird group, for the sighting information.

Best regards,
Missy Bowen
 

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Date: 12/26/18 12:35 pm
From: David Muth <MuthD...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Venice CBC
For those planning to do the Venice CBC Friday, Dan and I are evaluating the weather and our options. Please stand by for updates.

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 12/26/18 9:14 am
From: Casey Wright <000001a667a979f1-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Black Scoters Grand Isle
I’ve had a group of Black Scoters hanging out behind my house for the last two days (at least; I have been busy and didn’t notice them until yesterday). They’ve been hanging out close to shore and have offered excellent views. If anyone is planning a trip to GI in the next few weeks, it may be worth checking out. They are easily viewed from the back of Bayside Circle.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50964807 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50964807>

Casey Wright
Grand Isle, LA
 

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Date: 12/26/18 8:44 am
From: Johnson, Erik <ejohnson...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Lafayette CBC date moved
LAbird,

Please be advised that I moved the date of the Lafayette CBC from Dec 27 to Dec 31 because of the terrible weather forecast for tomorrow. Here are the current sector assignments:

SE Erik Johnson, Toddy Guidry, (Marc Broussard?), (Elaine Bourque?)
E Marty Floyd, (Kim Hamm?)
NE Katie Barnes, (Mike VanEtten?)
NW John Tirpak, (Billy Finney?)
Central-A Paige Byerly, (Chris Pavlik?), (Jess Peacock?)
Central-B Danny Dobbs
I-10 Jim Delahoussaye, Scott Duke-Sylvester, (Ray Bauer?), (Sophie Plouviez?)
W/SW John Parker, (Lea Carleton?), (Jessica Thornton?)
S Paul Conover, David Booth
Feeder-A (Rose Must?), (Doc & Matilde Smith?)
Feeder-B Dave Patton

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

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Date: 12/26/18 7:10 am
From: zoiseaux <zoiseaux...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed flycatchers
Flycatching from wires on ward line road just south of 397 at moment. 


Message typed with one thumb; ignore language conventions. 
 

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Date: 12/25/18 4:22 pm
From: David Booth <david...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Limpkin Sighting
Kathy Rhodes of Houma reports:
Christmas Day 1:10 PM Limpkin spot. One Limpkin present, left side of boom. Better pictures when I get home, this was taken on my iPhone sitting in the car, cropped some. Merry Christmas to me and all the birders who love the Limpkins.

Updated 1:50 pm with photos after the first one.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50948028

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/24/18 4:43 pm
From: clyde massey <cnmassey...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed Flycatcher
Fork-tailed Flycatcher seen this morning, Dec 24, at 8:30-9:00 am 1/4 mile south of intersection of Ward Line Rd and Helms Road (La 397). One adult and one immature in the field on east side of Ward Line Road.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50934248
Clyde Massey
 

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Date: 12/24/18 12:40 pm
From: Ned Piper <000001ba13b88b7d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed flycatchers
Two FTFL were observed a short distance east of the Hwy 397,Ward Line Road intersection at 11:50a.m. Dec. 24. They were perched on the power lines and fence lines on the north side of the road.  They disappeared into the grass and then back onto the wires several times as we watched. They eventually worked their way toward the red barns; then flew away in an eastward direction over the barns and the house near the barns into the field to the northeast of that house.  Ned Piper
 

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Date: 12/24/18 11:16 am
From: William Matthews <willie_lilly...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Brown-crested Flycatcher
LA Bird,

Although government shutdown prevented me from driving through gate, I was told it was OK to walk the Chalmette Battlefield site where for the 4th winter running a BCFL responded to playback and made his Holiday appearance. The same place as previously on the cemetery side of the path behind the administration bldg. (I assume it’s the same individual).

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50925045 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50925045>

Willie Matthews
 

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Date: 12/24/18 10:11 am
From: Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Fwd: [LABIRD-L] Updates on rarities request
LABIRD-
Actually, the Fork-tailed Flycatchers HAVE been seen later than 2 PM
(e.g., see below message from Jana Whittle). Perhaps they roost at the
farm with bigger trees on 397 east of Ward Line...... Also, if they are
out in the huge fallow field SE of the intersection, then they can be
difficult to detect as they may perch relatively low. And, if they are
focused on foraging in or along the edge of that field, then conceivably
they could be along the inaccessible east or south perimeters. So,
patience is warranted. *Also, please be cautious on the roads in that area
as there are no shoulders and few places to pull off the road without
getting stuck*.

Although Donna and I founded the Sweet Lake-Cameron Prairie CBC, we had not
spent much time in that portion of the circle. I was intrigued by the
Eucalyptus woodlots, which seemed to hold lots of birds- I'd be willing to
bet that there are other cool birds waiting to be discovered in that
unique-looking habitat. Hopefully, additional effort in that area from now
through the upcoming LOS Winter Meeting (see:
http://losbird.org/2019winter_meeting.pdf ) will produce more surprises.

Cheers,

Steve Cardiff
#######################
Jana Whittle <000000346f893a94-dmarc-request...>
Wed, Dec 19, 8:56 PM (5 days ago)
to LABIRD-L
Today John and I went to try to relocate the Fork-tailed Flycatchers. We
watched them from 11:30-12:00 at the location of Ward Line Road 2/10 of a
mile south of LA 397. They were in the tree tops on both sides of the
road.It was good to see how they interact with each other.


We watched them again in the afternoon from 3:20-3:45. This time they were
on LA 397 about 3/10 of a mile east of Ward Line Road on power lines which
is very close to where they were found on the Christmas Count.


We also saw an adult White-tailed Hawk around 3:00. We watched him as he
was perched at the top of a tree for a while, and then he flew off and we
saw for sure that it was a White-tailed Hawk. It was found on Pine Pasture
Road about 9/10 of a mile east of LA 27. It flew from a tree on the south
side in Cameron Parish. It flew over the road heading north into Calcasieu
Parish.


Thank you,


Jana Whittle



On Mon, Dec 24, 2018 at 11:14 AM Charles Lyon <lyon5516...>
wrote:

> LA-birders,
>
> Paul’s comments are well stated and I whole heartedly agree. The couple
> Paul mentioned are Kurt and Sharon Meisenzagh from Lawton, Oklahoma,
> personal friends of mine with whom I have spent many hours and miles
> birding
> throughout Oklahoma. I had given them instructions as to where to look for
> the birds, but they didn’t make it to the area until the afternoon. I am
> happy to report they found the birds this am, sent me a photo of one, are
> ecstatic on
> finding a long sought after bird, and have received a great Christmas
> present! Louisiana is a special birding destination and these birds
> represent another special gift our state has to offer.
>
> These birds are best seen in the morning and seem to dissapper after 2pm.
> Jeff Trahan and I made it to the now “famous" intersection of Helms and
> Ward Line about 11:30 am on Friday 21 Dec, and initialy missed the birds. We
> drove down to the White-tailed Hawk site missing that bird, but found
> Katie Barnes finding an Ash-throated Flycatcher. She let us know that the
> FTFL pair had been seen at the above said intersection ALL morning, so we
> returned
> and they reappeared within 15 feet of us. They are very approachable when
> present and this is typical behaviour for this species. They seem to come
> and go, being visible for awhile and disappearing for a while. They have
> been reported
> as far as 1/2 mile to the east of the intersection and as far as 1/2 mile
> to the south as the intersection on Ward Line. The field on the SE side of
> the intersection seems to be the most reliable place to see them, at least
> at present.
>
> The general area seem to be more typical of the prairie and brush country
> of south coastal Texas. This area is Louisiana prairie is really an
> extension of Texas prairie and is composed of areas of relatively treeless
> grassy plains, brush, and
> wood lots. Crested Caracaras are expanding their range and numbers in the
> area, and one flew over us at the FTFL site. We found a couple of
> Grasshopper Sparrows a mile or so to the NW, and with time and effort I
> believe more can be
> found. The White-tailed Hawk was relocated by Kurt and Sharon. Another
> Ash-throated Flycatcher was recently located at Pine Pasture Road not far
> to the east, and numerous Yellow-headed Blackbirds are currently present on
> Chalkley Road,
> not far to the east. The numerous Palm Warblers present were also a treat.
>
> Below are links to four eBird lists of birds seen at these sites on Friday
> December 21, 2018. Jeff and I were joined by Katie Barnes, and by John
> Dillon and Gerry Click for part of our birding trip. Tap on the photos and
> a larger version will
> pop up.
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50842867
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50842878
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50852587
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50846297
>
>
> Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year to ALL,
> Charlie Lyon
> Shreveport, LA
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Begin forwarded message:
>
> > From: Paul Conover <zoiseaux...>
> > Subject: [LABIRD-L] Updates on rarities request
> > Date: December 23, 2018 at 7:46:17 PM CST
> > To: <LABIRD-L...>
> > Reply-To: Paul Conover <zoiseaux...>
> >
> > Labird,
> >
> > I passed by the Fork-tailed Flycatcher area on my way back from
> the coast today to see if the birds would be out in the open and easy to
> see. They weren't, as far as I could tell, but I met a couple that was out
> apparently specifically looking for the FTFLs. They were looking 1/4 mile
> east of the red barn on 397, based on the latest intel on Labird. I
> mentioned to them that I had seen an eBird report that placed on pin on
> Ward Line Road, but that the pin appeared to be in the stretch surrounded
> by eucalyptus trees, and that it seemed odd that the birds would have been
> there. I checked Labird, but found no recent updates. I exchanged numbers
> with the couple and made the "block," but I was on my way home and didn't
> stay in the area long and I don't know if the couple ever found the birds.
> I sure hope they did; these are really special birds.
> >
> > In short, this is a reminder for birders that are successful in
> relocating the birds to post updates to Labird. FTFL is a national rarity,
> and a lot of LA birders haven't seen one; without updated info, looking for
> such birds can be a needle in a haystack of busy highways. It would be a
> good idea to mention landmarks or particulars about the behavior of the
> birds (perched on wires, trees, brush, etc.). Remember, post updates to
> Labird. Info on eBird and Facebook isn't helpful to most birders, but state
> listservs are easy to access.
> >
> >
> > Thanks, good birding, and Merry Xmas,
> >
> > Paul Conover
> >
> > Lafayette
>
 

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Date: 12/24/18 9:14 am
From: Charles Lyon <lyon5516...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Fwd: [LABIRD-L] Updates on rarities request
LA-birders,

Pauls comments are well stated and I whole heartedly agree. The couple Paul mentioned are Kurt and Sharon Meisenzagh from Lawton, Oklahoma, personal friends of mine with whom I have spent many hours and miles birding
throughout Oklahoma. I had given them instructions as to where to look for the birds, but they didnt make it to the area until the afternoon. I am happy to report they found the birds this am, sent me a photo of one, are ecstatic on
finding a long sought after bird, and have received a great Christmas present! Louisiana is a special birding destination and these birds represent another special gift our state has to offer.

These birds are best seen in the morning and seem to dissapper after 2pm. Jeff Trahan and I made it to the now famous" intersection of Helms and Ward Line about 11:30 am on Friday 21 Dec, and initialy missed the birds. We
drove down to the White-tailed Hawk site missing that bird, but found Katie Barnes finding an Ash-throated Flycatcher. She let us know that the FTFL pair had been seen at the above said intersection ALL morning, so we returned
and they reappeared within 15 feet of us. They are very approachable when present and this is typical behaviour for this species. They seem to come and go, being visible for awhile and disappearing for a while. They have been reported
as far as 1/2 mile to the east of the intersection and as far as 1/2 mile to the south as the intersection on Ward Line. The field on the SE side of the intersection seems to be the most reliable place to see them, at least at present.

The general area seem to be more typical of the prairie and brush country of south coastal Texas. This area is Louisiana prairie is really an extension of Texas prairie and is composed of areas of relatively treeless grassy plains, brush, and
wood lots. Crested Caracaras are expanding their range and numbers in the area, and one flew over us at the FTFL site. We found a couple of Grasshopper Sparrows a mile or so to the NW, and with time and effort I believe more can be
found. The White-tailed Hawk was relocated by Kurt and Sharon. Another Ash-throated Flycatcher was recently located at Pine Pasture Road not far to the east, and numerous Yellow-headed Blackbirds are currently present on Chalkley Road,
not far to the east. The numerous Palm Warblers present were also a treat.

Below are links to four eBird lists of birds seen at these sites on Friday December 21, 2018. Jeff and I were joined by Katie Barnes, and by John Dillon and Gerry Click for part of our birding trip. Tap on the photos and a larger version will
pop up.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50842867

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50842878

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50852587

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50846297


Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year to ALL,
Charlie Lyon
Shreveport, LA






Begin forwarded message:

> From: Paul Conover <zoiseaux...>
> Subject: [LABIRD-L] Updates on rarities request
> Date: December 23, 2018 at 7:46:17 PM CST
> To: <LABIRD-L...>
> Reply-To: Paul Conover <zoiseaux...>
>
> Labird,
>
> I passed by the Fork-tailed Flycatcher area on my way back from the coast today to see if the birds would be out in the open and easy to see. They weren't, as far as I could tell, but I met a couple that was out apparently specifically looking for the FTFLs. They were looking 1/4 mile east of the red barn on 397, based on the latest intel on Labird. I mentioned to them that I had seen an eBird report that placed on pin on Ward Line Road, but that the pin appeared to be in the stretch surrounded by eucalyptus trees, and that it seemed odd that the birds would have been there. I checked Labird, but found no recent updates. I exchanged numbers with the couple and made the "block," but I was on my way home and didn't stay in the area long and I don't know if the couple ever found the birds. I sure hope they did; these are really special birds.
>
> In short, this is a reminder for birders that are successful in relocating the birds to post updates to Labird. FTFL is a national rarity, and a lot of LA birders haven't seen one; without updated info, looking for such birds can be a needle in a haystack of busy highways. It would be a good idea to mention landmarks or particulars about the behavior of the birds (perched on wires, trees, brush, etc.). Remember, post updates to Labird. Info on eBird and Facebook isn't helpful to most birders, but state listservs are easy to access.
>
>
> Thanks, good birding, and Merry Xmas,
>
> Paul Conover
>
> Lafayette
 

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Date: 12/24/18 9:02 am
From: Katherine Gividen <katherine...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Bald Eagle
At around 10:00AM, I was heading SW on Hwy 10 in St. Francisville (between Joe Daniel Road and Hwy 61) and a bald eagle soared above me.

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/24/18 7:41 am
From: David Booth <david...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] FTFL
Both FTFLs are being seen at the Wardline Road pipeline crossing, as before.

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/23/18 6:14 pm
From: Paul Conover <zoiseaux...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Updates on rarities request
David, Labird,

     That would be great. Might make a good Xmas present for someone.

     It's always interesting to see how widely flycatchers wander
within a day, and (because they're probably diurnal migrants), to wonder
whether they might just up and take off after lunch someday. The line on
Fork-taileds used to be that they were gone almost as soon as they were
found. The state's first, found by Gary Broussard in November '96,
followed that line; it stayed around just long enough for Gary to summon
me to Crowley. After a few minutes of viewing, it was gone. Maybe it was
just a field or two over, or maybe it was flying northward to an icy
doom. However, 3 of the other 4 records between the first and the
current report stuck around for a week or more.

    Fork-tailed Flycatcher page, LOS-LBRC site:
http://www.losbird.org/lbrc/rlftfl.html

Paul Conover

Lafayette


On 12/23/2018 7:53 PM, David Booth wrote:
> The FTFLs were seen and photographed this morning on Ward Line Road about 1/4 mile south of La 397 (Helms Road). They were not locatable after lunch from 1:20 to 3 pm. Will check again in the morning and report.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Dec 23, 2018, at 7:46 PM, Paul Conover <zoiseaux...> wrote:
>>
>> Labird,
>>
>> I passed by the Fork-tailed Flycatcher area on my way back from the coast today to see if the birds would be out in the open and easy to see. They weren't, as far as I could tell, but I met a couple that was out apparently specifically looking for the FTFLs. They were looking 1/4 mile east of the red barn on 397, based on the latest intel on Labird. I mentioned to them that I had seen an eBird report that placed on pin on Ward Line Road, but that the pin appeared to be in the stretch surrounded by eucalyptus trees, and that it seemed odd that the birds would have been there. I checked Labird, but found no recent updates. I exchanged numbers with the couple and made the "block," but I was on my way home and didn't stay in the area long and I don't know if the couple ever found the birds. I sure hope they did; these are really special birds.
>>
>> In short, this is a reminder for birders that are successful in relocating the birds to post updates to Labird. FTFL is a national rarity, and a lot of LA birders haven't seen one; without updated info, looking for such birds can be a needle in a haystack of busy highways. It would be a good idea to mention landmarks or particulars about the behavior of the birds (perched on wires, trees, brush, etc.). Remember, post updates to Labird. Info on eBird and Facebook isn't helpful to most birders, but state listservs are easy to access.
>>
>>
>> Thanks, good birding, and Merry Xmas,
>>
>> Paul Conover
>>
>> Lafayette
 

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Date: 12/23/18 5:55 pm
From: John Dillon <kisforkryptonite...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Updates on rarities request
Looks like three eBird reports were made today for thr FTFLs, so the birds were still around.

John Dillon
Athens, LA

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 23, 2018, at 7:46 PM, Paul Conover <zoiseaux...> wrote:
>
> Labird,
>
> I passed by the Fork-tailed Flycatcher area on my way back from the coast today to see if the birds would be out in the open and easy to see. They weren't, as far as I could tell, but I met a couple that was out apparently specifically looking for the FTFLs. They were looking 1/4 mile east of the red barn on 397, based on the latest intel on Labird. I mentioned to them that I had seen an eBird report that placed on pin on Ward Line Road, but that the pin appeared to be in the stretch surrounded by eucalyptus trees, and that it seemed odd that the birds would have been there. I checked Labird, but found no recent updates. I exchanged numbers with the couple and made the "block," but I was on my way home and didn't stay in the area long and I don't know if the couple ever found the birds. I sure hope they did; these are really special birds.
>
> In short, this is a reminder for birders that are successful in relocating the birds to post updates to Labird. FTFL is a national rarity, and a lot of LA birders haven't seen one; without updated info, looking for such birds can be a needle in a haystack of busy highways. It would be a good idea to mention landmarks or particulars about the behavior of the birds (perched on wires, trees, brush, etc.). Remember, post updates to Labird. Info on eBird and Facebook isn't helpful to most birders, but state listservs are easy to access.
>
>
> Thanks, good birding, and Merry Xmas,
>
> Paul Conover
>
> Lafayette
 

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Date: 12/23/18 5:53 pm
From: David Booth <david...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Updates on rarities request
The FTFLs were seen and photographed this morning on Ward Line Road about 1/4 mile south of La 397 (Helms Road). They were not locatable after lunch from 1:20 to 3 pm. Will check again in the morning and report.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 23, 2018, at 7:46 PM, Paul Conover <zoiseaux...> wrote:
>
> Labird,
>
> I passed by the Fork-tailed Flycatcher area on my way back from the coast today to see if the birds would be out in the open and easy to see. They weren't, as far as I could tell, but I met a couple that was out apparently specifically looking for the FTFLs. They were looking 1/4 mile east of the red barn on 397, based on the latest intel on Labird. I mentioned to them that I had seen an eBird report that placed on pin on Ward Line Road, but that the pin appeared to be in the stretch surrounded by eucalyptus trees, and that it seemed odd that the birds would have been there. I checked Labird, but found no recent updates. I exchanged numbers with the couple and made the "block," but I was on my way home and didn't stay in the area long and I don't know if the couple ever found the birds. I sure hope they did; these are really special birds.
>
> In short, this is a reminder for birders that are successful in relocating the birds to post updates to Labird. FTFL is a national rarity, and a lot of LA birders haven't seen one; without updated info, looking for such birds can be a needle in a haystack of busy highways. It would be a good idea to mention landmarks or particulars about the behavior of the birds (perched on wires, trees, brush, etc.). Remember, post updates to Labird. Info on eBird and Facebook isn't helpful to most birders, but state listservs are easy to access.
>
>
> Thanks, good birding, and Merry Xmas,
>
> Paul Conover
>
> Lafayette
 

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Date: 12/23/18 5:46 pm
From: Paul Conover <zoiseaux...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Updates on rarities request
Labird,

       I passed by the Fork-tailed Flycatcher area on my way back from
the coast today to see if the birds would be out in the open and easy to
see. They weren't, as far as I could tell, but I met a couple that was
out apparently specifically looking for the FTFLs. They were looking 1/4
mile east of the red barn on 397, based on the latest intel on Labird. I
mentioned to them that I had seen an eBird report that placed on pin on
Ward Line Road, but that the pin appeared to be in the stretch
surrounded by eucalyptus trees, and that it seemed odd that the birds
would have been there. I checked Labird, but found no recent updates. I
exchanged numbers with the couple and made the "block," but I was on my
way home and didn't stay in the area long and I don't know if the couple
ever found the birds. I sure hope they did; these are really special birds.

        In short, this is a reminder for birders that are successful in
relocating the birds to post updates to Labird. FTFL is a national
rarity, and a lot of LA birders haven't seen one; without updated info,
looking for such birds can be a needle in a haystack of busy highways.
It would be a good idea to mention landmarks or particulars about the
behavior of the birds (perched on wires, trees, brush, etc.). Remember,
post updates to Labird. Info on eBird and Facebook isn't helpful to most
birders, but state listservs are easy to access.


Thanks, good birding, and Merry Xmas,

Paul Conover

Lafayette
 

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Date: 12/22/18 11:42 am
From: Michael Walter <000001b99fcc0dc8-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Correction
I’m directionally & distance challenged, birds redound about a 1/4 mile EAST of red barns.

Michael Walter
 

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Date: 12/22/18 11:37 am
From: Michael Walter <000001b99fcc0dc8-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed Flycatchers
Both birds redound. Farther west on Helns Rd than originally spotted. Approximately 1/2 mile past red barns

MIchael Walter
 

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Date: 12/21/18 10:34 am
From: David Booth <david...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] FRFLs Still Present
Jack Lassiter and Katie Barnes report that both of the FTFLs are being seen this morning.

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Date: 12/21/18 5:35 am
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Purple finches in Folsom, St Tammany parish
Good morning. I just did a quick count of PUFI from our sunroom. Eighteen
for sure with more in the trees. They are at feeders for sunflower seed and
on the ground where wild bird seed is sprinkled out. At least thirty Pine
siskins that are aggressive towards the other species at the feeders.
Quite a morning show!
Janine Robin
Folsom LA
NW corner of St Tammany parish
 

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Date: 12/21/18 3:05 am
From: thomas finnie <finnie.tom...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed Flycatchers still here Thursday, December 20, 2018
The stunning pair of Fork-tailed Flycatchers were still here on Thursday,
December 20, 2018. Hope you get a chance to see them!

Best,
Tom

https://photos.app.goo.gl/ADimbjzUnCCECRyz8
https://photos.app.goo.gl/4GVvAgSJp6Vz1h57A
https://photos.app.goo.gl/UPuZxGRUG2W7sgBJ9
 

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Date: 12/20/18 7:35 pm
From: D Gallacher <gallachr...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] feeding habits of YBSA’s
Regarding Nancy Newfield’s question about suet: I also have regular suet “customers” of red-bellied woodpeckers, downy woodpeckers, red-headed woodpeckers, and many varieties of smaller birds. But in March of 2016, I did have a male yellow-bellied sapsucker who came to my suet many times every day, for 11 days straight. Although I’ve had as many as 3 sapsuckers in view at one time in my yard since then, I haven’t caught one on the suet again. Go figure!

Debbie Gallacher
Magnolia Forest subdivision
Pearl River

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Date: 12/20/18 6:40 pm
From: John Dillon <kisforkryptonite...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Claiborne CBC highlights
Birding was tough today for the 14th Claiborne CBC. Several strange misses like Common Grackle but some very respectable singles like White-eyed Vireo, Common Goldeneye, a stakeout Say’s Phoebe, Lincoln’s Sparrow, and Pine Siskin. Perhaps most remarkable was a total of 66 Purple Finch (including one group of 28 I counted at my parents’ house in Homer) and 15 Red-breasted Nuthatch.

John Dillon
Athens, LA

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Date: 12/20/18 1:30 pm
From: Dan O'Malley <danomalley87...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Mississippi Kite
For the sake of context, I’ll add that one was also photographed in Everglades National Park (Florida) this week.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 20, 2018, at 16:25, Philip Bradley <0000018eaa441e8c-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
> I know this sounds ridiculous, but I saw a Mississippi Kite at about 1:50 PM today. I was in a swimming pool at the time and had a very good five minute view of it. There is at least one person in the Shreveport area who has one for falconry so it might have been theirs. The pool is at Willis Knighton Pierremont, and I was looking southwards. These kites are very common until late September.
>
> Phil Bradley
>
> Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 12/20/18 1:25 pm
From: Philip Bradley <0000018eaa441e8c-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Mississippi Kite
I know this sounds ridiculous, but I saw a Mississippi Kite at about 1:50 PM today. I was in a swimming pool at the time and had a very good five minute view of it. There is at least one person in the Shreveport area who has one for falconry so it might have been theirs. The pool is at Willis Knighton Pierremont, and I was looking southwards. These kites are very common until late September.

Phil Bradley

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Date: 12/20/18 1:05 pm
From: Joan <joanmgarvey1...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] N.O. CBC Saturday
Just a bit of info, Fiorellas has an alcohol permit so will be able to
serve wine and beer. We are not allowed to BYOB. Hope to see yll soon!

Joan
 

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Date: 12/20/18 8:41 am
From: Jean Landry <JLANDRY...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Grand Isle CBC
Thank you to all who participated and those who stayed at the TNC camp. Blessings for a joyful Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Jean

-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds <LABIRD-L...> On Behalf Of Chris Brantley
Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2018 9:39 AM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Grand Isle CBC

LABIRD:

Grand Isle CBC was held yesterday, December 19 for the 33rd time. Weather was overcast and cool with light rain showers, and more constant rain in the afternoon. Preliminary species total of 128 is about at the recent average for this count.

Species of note:

Female Black Scoter offshore at King Tarpon Park Beach; Glaucous Gull on western end of Grand Isle Beach; Lesser Black-backed Gull at Elmer’s Island (5) and State Park (1); Twelve species of warblers including Hooded (new to count), Ovenbird (3, maybe 4!), Black-and-white (2), Northern Parula, Yellow-throated, Prairie (2), and Black-throated Green.

Also noted were Anhinga, Stilt Sandpiper, Broad-winged Hawk, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, and Fish Crow. The Fish Crow sighting is only the second count record, the first being from the initial count held way back on December 26, 1949.

Many thanks to all the participants.

Chris Brantley

 

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Date: 12/20/18 7:38 am
From: Chris Brantley <chrisbrantley...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Grand Isle CBC
LABIRD:

Grand Isle CBC was held yesterday, December 19 for the 33rd time. Weather was overcast and cool with light rain showers, and more constant rain in the afternoon. Preliminary species total of 128 is about at the recent average for this count.

Species of note:

Female Black Scoter offshore at King Tarpon Park Beach;
Glaucous Gull on western end of Grand Isle Beach;
Lesser Black-backed Gull at Elmer’s Island (5) and State Park (1);
Twelve species of warblers including Hooded (new to count), Ovenbird (3, maybe 4!), Black-and-white (2), Northern Parula, Yellow-throated, Prairie (2), and Black-throated Green.

Also noted were Anhinga, Stilt Sandpiper, Broad-winged Hawk, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, and Fish Crow. The Fish Crow sighting is only the second count record, the first being from the initial count held way back on December 26, 1949.

Many thanks to all the participants.

Chris Brantley
 

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Date: 12/19/18 6:56 pm
From: Jana Whittle <000000346f893a94-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] The two Fork-tailed Flycatchers were seen today.
Today John and I went to try to relocate the Fork-tailed Flycatchers. We watched them from 11:30-12:00 at the location of Ward Line Road 2/10 of a mile south of LA 397. They were in the tree tops on both sides of the road.It was good to see how they interact with each other.


We watched them again in the afternoon from 3:20-3:45. This time they were on LA 397 about 3/10 of a mile east of Ward Line Road on power lines which is very close to where they were found on the Christmas Count.


We also saw an adult White-tailed Hawk around 3:00. We watched him as he was perched at the top of a tree for a while, and then he flew off and we saw for sure that it was a White-tailed Hawk. It was found on Pine Pasture Road about 9/10 of a mile east of LA 27. It flew from a tree on the south side in Cameron Parish. It flew over the road heading north into Calcasieu Parish.


Thank you,


Jana Whittle
 

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Date: 12/19/18 10:15 am
From: Nancy L Newfield <nancy...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Feeding Habits of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers?
LABIRDers

I've been putting out suet for the insect-eating birds for several years.
Downy Woodpeckers are among the regular clients, and Red-bellied
Woodpeckers occasionally, but until just a few days ago, I never observed a
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker availing itself of the free food.

The Birds of North America Online account does not mention this species as
using suet feeders. Does this species regularly eat suet from feeders
elsewhere?

*Iron Nan*
--
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Nancy L Newfield
Casa Colibrí
Metairie, Louisiana USA
<nancy...>
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Date: 12/19/18 10:13 am
From: Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed Flycatchers
Thanks David. Both still at same location at 12:12 PM.

Steve Cardiff

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 19, 2018, at 8:13 AM, David Booth <david...> wrote:
>
> Two FTFLs Still present as of 8 am Wed. Located on Ward Line Road 0.25 miles south of 397 at the pipeline crossing in Calcasieu Parish.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Dec 19, 2018, at 12:24 AM, thomas finnie <finnie.tom...> wrote:
>>
>> The two amazing Fork-tailed Flycatchers discovered by Irvin Loque in
>> Calcasieu Parish were still hanging around today close to the intersection
>> of Hwy 397 and Ward Line Road, GPS: 30.066594, -93.126751. Attached are
>> links to a few pictures of them, a Cinnamon Teal found at Lacassine Pool on
>> 12/17/18 and a Specklebelly Goose with a solar powered neck collar
>> photographed recently..
>>
>> Fork-tailed Flycatchers
>> https://photos.app.goo.gl/4prdHQSXh2gNrJRG9
>> https://photos.app.goo.gl/mddram9pxJfn1npS7
>> https://photos.app.goo.gl/2QwyoksV5DqkBxhs6
>>
>> Cinammon Teal
>> https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZtYpWsRjqKCt3cJp7
>>
>> Specklebelly with solar powered neck collar.
>> https://photos.app.goo.gl/LMDeuGs6QJcWY1wx9
>>
>> Best,
>> Tom
 

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Date: 12/19/18 9:36 am
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Mockingbird Feed - Nightshade?
Working in the kitchen watching the feeders in front of the window when a Northern Mockingbird shows up. Have a dead flowering fruit tree with a feeder in it. At the base, a couple of nightshade plants have grown up and have yet to die. They have quite a few ripe berries which the mocker was feeding on.

Nightshade is an exotic. The berries seem attractive and sure enough the mocker is eating them! Wonder if this is an odd situation or if birds are using nightshade berries?

Jay Huner
 

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Date: 12/19/18 6:14 am
From: David Booth <david...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Fork-tailed Flycatchers
Two FTFLs Still present as of 8 am Wed. Located on Ward Line Road 0.25 miles south of 397 at the pipeline crossing in Calcasieu Parish.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 19, 2018, at 12:24 AM, thomas finnie <finnie.tom...> wrote:
>
> The two amazing Fork-tailed Flycatchers discovered by Irvin Loque in
> Calcasieu Parish were still hanging around today close to the intersection
> of Hwy 397 and Ward Line Road, GPS: 30.066594, -93.126751. Attached are
> links to a few pictures of them, a Cinnamon Teal found at Lacassine Pool on
> 12/17/18 and a Specklebelly Goose with a solar powered neck collar
> photographed recently..
>
> Fork-tailed Flycatchers
> https://photos.app.goo.gl/4prdHQSXh2gNrJRG9
> https://photos.app.goo.gl/mddram9pxJfn1npS7
> https://photos.app.goo.gl/2QwyoksV5DqkBxhs6
>
> Cinammon Teal
> https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZtYpWsRjqKCt3cJp7
>
> Specklebelly with solar powered neck collar.
> https://photos.app.goo.gl/LMDeuGs6QJcWY1wx9
>
> Best,
> Tom
 

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Date: 12/19/18 4:10 am
From: Ed Wallace <mottledduck...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Ross's and White fronted geese at Howze beach, St Tammany.(Hotspot)
Those guys are almost an annual occurrence. I wonder if they travel with that Canada Geese flock during the rest of the year.

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From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds <labird-l...> on behalf of janine robin <janinerobin1982...>
Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 5:30 PM
To: <labird-l...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Ross's and White fronted geese at Howze beach, St Tammany.(Hotspot)

One of each seen with a large group of CAGO foraging in the grass in front
of and side of the Oak Harbor Convention Center.
 

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