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2/22/18 2:14 pm <TNbarredowl...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Gull exodus
2/20/18 1:37 pm Ken Hare <kmhare46...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Tundra Swan
2/20/18 11:05 am 'Lucy and Bob Duncan' <robertaduncan...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Another early migrant
2/20/18 5:41 am 'Lucy and Bob Duncan' <robertaduncan...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Northern Waterthrush!!
2/18/18 4:33 pm 'Lucy and Bob Duncan' <robertaduncan...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] PARULA!!!
2/17/18 7:06 pm 'Damien J. Simbeck' <TNbarredowl...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Gulls at Wilson Dam
2/16/18 6:42 pm 'Greg D. Jackson' <g_d_jackson...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Delayed post: "NW AL dams and area this AM (13 Feb) -- Mardi Gras snowglobes!"
2/11/18 7:00 pm Ken Wills <Memontei...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Long Tailed Ducks Still At Guntersville
2/8/18 1:06 pm Ken Wills <Memontei...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Bill to tax Forever Wild passes committee-Contact your State Representative ASAP
2/5/18 4:06 pm Craig Litteken <littekenc...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Snow geese - Daphne
2/4/18 7:33 am 'Lucy and Bob Duncan' <robertaduncan...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Adult male Bullock's Oriole
2/3/18 8:52 pm Ken Wills <Memontei...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Forever Wild Threatened Again Contact Your State Legislators
2/3/18 8:09 am Jud Johnston <rivendell...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> Re: [ALBIRDS] Smith's Longspur
2/3/18 6:27 am Lawrence Gardella <lgardellabirds...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] black backed gulls
2/2/18 9:59 am <rickremy...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] More Tree Swallows
1/31/18 3:13 pm <rickremy...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Tree Swallows at Lake Purdy
1/31/18 12:03 am <TNbarredowl...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Smith's Longspur
1/30/18 9:55 pm 'Simbeck, Damien J' <djsimbeck...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Smith's Longspur
1/25/18 3:56 pm Rodney Mccollum <rdny328...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Long-tailed Ducks near Auburn (Lee County)
1/24/18 6:39 pm Tom <resscat...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Gulf State Park/Bon Secour NWR
1/24/18 1:17 pm 'Lucy and Bob Duncan' <robertaduncan...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] A sky full of birds
1/24/18 12:54 pm Ken Hare <kmhare46...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Tundra Swan
1/24/18 12:19 pm Ken Hare <kmhare46...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Tundra Swan
 
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Date: 2/22/18 2:14 pm
From: <TNbarredowl...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Gull exodus

After being overwhelmed with gulls Saturday at Wilson Dam (estimated 8-10,000 birds, 6 species), I went back during lunch yesterday when I could observe them under better light conditions (no rain/drizzle, some sun). Yesterday, I estimated only 5000 birds, and found only 4 species. The fourth, a 1st year Lesser Black-backed, still represents a decrease from Saturday when I had 4. After work, I took the "long way" home and went to Wheeler Dam. I had not gone there Saturday, so I do not know how many gulls have been present, but I do know the ones from Wilson had not moved upstream. Yesterday, I estimated only 500 Ring-billed, 150 Bonaparte's and 10 Herring. I guess the strong south winds ahead of today's cold front were too much invitation for an easy cruise back to northern territories (reproduction is more important than easy food). Most interesting at Wheeler Dam yesterday was a large raft of ducks on the reservoir above the dam, consisting mostly of puddle ducks (in 50+ foot deep water). I estimated 150 each Mallard and Gadwall, and picked out a few Wigeon, Pintail and Green-winged Teal in the pile. Divers included small numbers of Redhead, both scaup and Bufflehead.

Also on my way home yesterday, I stopped at Bainbridge Road Pond. Present there, amongst others, were 6 Ross's and 23 G White-fronted Geese. The Sandhill Cranes that have spent the last month+ in the fields nearby and on the mudflats of Donegan's Slough were not seen.

Damien Simbeck
Killen, AL

 

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Date: 2/20/18 1:37 pm
From: Ken Hare <kmhare46...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Tundra Swan
Tundra Swan still at farm pond on Old Pike Road in Montgomery County today. But if you want to see it, come soon. I’d be surprised if it’s around much longer. Here’s the eBird post.
Ken
Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1)
- Reported Feb 20, 2018 13:03 by Ken Hare
- stakeout Tundra Swan, Pike Rd. (2018), Montgomery, Alabama
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=32.262883,-86.081086&ll=32.262883,-86.081086
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43037184
- Comments: "Continuing at this location "

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Date: 2/20/18 11:05 am
From: 'Lucy and Bob Duncan' <robertaduncan...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Another early migrant
Hi all,



We tend to dwell on the more impressive Neotropical migrants, the passerines
with their attractive colors, such as Scarlet Tanagers and colorful
warblers. But there are less attractive birds that migrate as well. A while
ago I saw 4 Turkey Vultures making good progress as they flew east down the
Santa Rosa peninsula against a strong SE wind. How do I know they were
migrants? Soaring birds that rely mostly on thermals for movement tend to
avoid flying over water where thermals are either absent or weak. Here at
the end of the peninsula we only see Turkey Vultures during migration and
there are NO records, to the best of my knowledge, of Black Vultures at this
end of the 20 mi long peninsula, that's in over 100 years of record keeping!
These birds were probably circum-Gulf migrants coming up from Central or
South America and hugging the coast.



Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle


 

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Date: 2/20/18 5:41 am
From: 'Lucy and Bob Duncan' <robertaduncan...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Northern Waterthrush!!
Hi all,



Just as I stepped outside to do my neighborhood walk, I caught in the corner
of my eye a small bird at the back of our small pond. Waterthrush! But which
one? It disappeared so I went inside and told Lucy and the bird came to the
edge of the pond in full view. I was expecting La. Waterthrush, but no, dull
legs, dull eyeline and streaked throat! A first area February record. The
earliest record locally was 5 March. Another early arrival, not so
surprising with this early spring weather and moderate SE winds. What's
next?



Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle


 

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Date: 2/18/18 4:33 pm
From: 'Lucy and Bob Duncan' <robertaduncan...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] PARULA!!!
Hi folks,



The first N. Parula Warbler of the season showed up at our small pond here
in Gulf Breeze around 5 pm today. This early in the season it's probably a
West Indian migrant coming up the peninsula or east Gulf as part of the
species population winters down there. It was preceded earlier in the day by
a Black & White Warbler as well, probably on the same migration pattern.
With no fronts forecast for the near future, it seems spring is upon us.
Will the first Yellow-crowned Night-Herons be far behind?



Good birding,



Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle


 

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Date: 2/17/18 7:06 pm
From: 'Damien J. Simbeck' <TNbarredowl...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Gulls at Wilson Dam
I went to Wilson Dam this morning and scanned through the swarm of gulls. My first interesting sighting came as soon as I entered the Rockpile area. The lower end of Jackson Island was white. I stopped to look and observed about 50 pelicans huddled up and resting on the ground. Haven't seen that before. Once at the end of the road, I began scanning several thousand gulls feeding below the spillways. All I could detect were Ring-billed and Herring Gulls. I scanned the wing wall and saw one smaller gull in the line. A quick zoom and I could see the partial hood of an adult Franklin's Gull. After a little more scanning and finding nothing different, I moved to the visitors' overlook. The water above the dam was covered with gulls. About 50 Bonaparte's Gulls were feeding at the mouth of Fleet Harbor. Resting on the lake were thousands of Ring-billed Gulls. I picked out several Herring Gulls and four Lesser Black-backed (3 1st year and 1 3rd year). I finally scanned all the way across the lake to the lock walls and could see a very large, all white gull standing with several hundred Ring-billed and a few Herrings. Luckily, Greg identified the Glaucous early this week, or this one would have been a very tough call. Six species of gulls, not bad for the morning.

I then went to Marthaler Pond and began scanning waterfowl. Recent rains have the pond about half full. All birds were on the west side. Most birds were Gadwall, Mallard and Canvasback. Also present were Green-winged Teal and Shoveler. 26 Greater White-fronted Geese were feeding at the north end. Shorebirds on the south end included 1 Greater and 3 Lesser Yellowlegs plus a dowitcher. I would expect Long-billed this time of year and plumage and head shape suggested such. The bird did not show a typical hunch-back. Examination of photos may solve the mystery later. Heavy rain set in and that ended my excursion.

Damien Simbeck
Killen AL

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Date: 2/16/18 6:42 pm
From: 'Greg D. Jackson' <g_d_jackson...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Delayed post: "NW AL dams and area this AM (13 Feb) -- Mardi Gras snowglobes!"


AL Birders:
I'm posting the delayed message below about birding in NW AL Tuesday.  I've had issues sending email all week, just now finding a way to circumvent the problem.  Hopefully a few of the birds are still around if anyone is interested in looking.
Greg
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AL and Shoals Birders:

Thinking the recent rains may have the NW AL dams roaring with water (and consequently gulls), I headed north early this morning with fingers crossed.  Transiting quickly through the Colbert County farmlands en route, I stopped at Gnat Pond to enjoy 250+ Ring-necked Ducks and several beautiful Wood Ducks in the wooded ponds on the north side.  When I arrived at Wilson Dam I was thrilled to hear a thunderous roar of water, with the spillways wide open.  All the rocks below were immersed, and there was a snowglobe of wheeling gulls with many attendant cormorants and white pelicans..  Even more gulls were on the water above the dam and on the dam and lock structures.  The road was closed to traffic so many gulls were even in the road itself, an interesting sight.  A very conservative estimate based on block counts was of at least 9000 Ring-billed Gulls, with several hundred Bonies and small numbers of Herrings.  I immersed myself in the flock, and was able to see at least five LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS (1 adult, 2 second-cycle, and 2 or 3 first-cycle) and even better a beautiful immature GLAUCOUS GULL.  The Glaucous was first spotted in the wheeling flock below the dam, but later flew to perch on the upper locks on a light post with Herrings.  It was showing several gray mantle feathers, though iris color was still dark and the bill tip seemed entirely dark; likely this was first cycle bird but I'm just calling it "immature."

Moving east, I stopped at Bainbridge Pond on River Road for a nice look at three ROSS'S GEESE and 15 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE with the Canadas and other waterfowl, a mix I've seen before at that site but always a treat.  One of the Ross's seemed at times rather long-necked, but all were of similar size, had vertical bill joins, lacked grin patches, and had strong grayish upper mandible patches -- possibly there was a bit of Snow influence but there is a some range in characters for "pure" Ross's.  At the McKinnon Creek crossing, four SANDHILL CRANES were a surprise.  By the time I hit Town Creek Point I didn't have a lot of time, but made one pass through a distant flock of ducks in the river that I estimated (by block count) at 5100 individuals!  Most were Lesser Scaup (with some Greaters -- didn't have time to deal much with that separation), but with large numbers of Canvasback and Redheads and smaller numbers of Ring-neckeds, goldeneye, Buffleheads, etc.  Even a few pintails were thrown in the mix. Didn't pick up any rarities, but likely something was lurking in that mob.

Wheeler Dam had far fewer gulls despite a decent water flow. About 2000 Ring-billeds were near the locks and above the dam, with smaller numbers of Bonaparte's and Herrings.  I didn't have time to thoroughly work these birds, but nothing odd stood out on a quick scan.

A few photos begin at:

http://www.pbase.com/gdjackson/image/167004693

Laissez les bon temp rouler!


Greg

Greg D. Jackson

Birmingham, AL
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Date: 2/11/18 7:00 pm
From: Ken Wills <Memontei...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Long Tailed Ducks Still At Guntersville




Hello all,



This afternoon I decided to leave the rain behind in Birmingham and head to Guntersville to look for the Long Tailed Ducks seen on and off for the last month. The weather turned out to be near perfect with dry warm conditions despite the cloud cover. I found the three Long Tailed Ducks just as soon as I stepped out of the car on the north side of where Highway 227 crosses Spring Creek. The last time I was there it was much colder and the water was full of Scaup, but no rare ducks. Today, all the Scaup and Coots were hugging the shore and the only ducks out in the middle were the Long Tailed Ducks which made spotting and keeping up with them easy. The only other time I have seen Long Tailed Ducks is when they were flying away at a distance so this was my first good look at this species. It was worth the trip, and I watched them for about 45 minutes. After that I made the usual stops. The Harbor was dead with very few gulls or cormorants. The park along Sunset Drive had the usual good variety of diving water birds but numbers for many were down. I had just spotted what I thought was a Red Throated Loon among the Common Loons off the Kiwanis Pier when Bala Chennupati came up. We reviewed the loons again, and he was able to get a picture of the likely Red Throated Loon which shows the distinctly thin upward curving bill and lots of white on the face. This is evidently the same bird recorded by Greg Harber and Birmingham Audubon last weekend. This afternoon turned out very well for a rainy day. I don't know when we will get another cold winter to push this many Long Tailed Ducks this far south again, so go see them soon before things warm up too much.


Enjoy and Conserve the Creation,


Ken Wills

For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life,---Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Mathew 6:25-26






 

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Date: 2/8/18 1:06 pm
From: Ken Wills <Memontei...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Bill to tax Forever Wild passes committee-Contact your State Representative ASAP



Hello all,


Here is an update on the bill that could destroy the Forever Wild Program by taxing it. The bill just passed committee. We must stop it before it passes the full Alabama House of Representatives. See the alert from my friends at the Black Warrior River Keepers and Conservation Alabama for additional information on this issue, and even if you have already emailed on this issue please use the link below to email your State Representative and tell them to vote No on HB 362 which would tax and destroy the Forever Wild Program. The earlier link went to committee members, but this link goes directly to your State Representative and they need to hear from you as soon as possible on this issue before it comes up for a vote before the full Alabama House of Representatives.


Enjoy and Conserve the Creation,
Ken Wills

For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life,---Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Mathew 6:25-26








From the Black Warrior River Keepers:
Forever Wild Faces Extinction
Tell your state legislators today to vote NO on HB 362: conservationalabama.org/action/#/14
Rep. Mark Tuggle’s shortsighted HB 362 just passed out of committee and will go to the Alabama House for a vote. If it passes that vote, it will go to the Alabama Senate for a vote which would seriously imperil Forever Wild’s future.
HB 362 proposes a constitutional amendment that would require the Forever Wild Land Trust to pay counties for any lost property taxes on lands purchased through the program. Just like last year, HB 362 starts the clock on the end of future Forever Wild purchases. With each additional acquisition, more taxes are owed, and less funding is available to purchase additional lands for public hunting, fishing and recreation.
Background on Forever Wild:
Black Warrior Riverkeeper is grateful for the work Forever Wild has done to secure public lands for outdoor recreation, fishing, and hunting, the ecological integrity of Alabama’s landscape, and the flow of outdoor recreation and tourism dollars to local communities. Forever Wild properties in the Black Warrior River basin include the Turkey Creek Tract (462 acres), Turkey Creek-Thomas Tract (48 acres), Ruffner Mountain Addition Tract (227 acres), Mulberry Fork Wildlife Management Area (33,280 acres), and M. Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area (3,342 acres).
In 2012, Alabama’s Forever Wild Land Trust program was renewed for another 20 years by an overwhelming majority of Alabama citizens – 75% of the vote. Forever Wild purchases and maintains public lands so that all Alabamians can hunt, hike, and enjoy the pristine, undeveloped natural beauty of our state. A recent Return on Investment study by the Trust for Public Land shows that for every $1 invested to purchase lands, $5 is returned to the state.
There is a misconception that Forever Wild has a special provision exempting it from ad valorem taxes. Forever Wild is not alone. In fact, all state-owned lands are exempt from ad valorem taxes – from the Governor’s Mansion and State House to lands in the state-owned university system.
With your help last year, we defeated a bill that attempted to dismantle Forever Wild. Now legislators have resurrected that bill despite the clear message we sent that Forever Wild must remain protected.
The voters have spoken – Alabamians support public lands for hunting, fishing, and recreation. How many times do we have to tell our elected officials to keep Alabama Forever Wild? Please click here to tell them again..








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Date: 2/5/18 4:06 pm
From: Craig Litteken <littekenc...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Snow geese - Daphne
7 Snow Geese (one blue goose) were present along Whispering Pine road across from Jubilee Baptist Church east of Daphne this evening around 5-5:30pm.

Craig Litteken
Daphne


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Date: 2/4/18 7:33 am
From: 'Lucy and Bob Duncan' <robertaduncan...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Adult male Bullock's Oriole
Howard Horne has an ad Bullocks Oriole now at 9:20 a.m. in Baldwin Co.

It is on Co. 55, about miles south of Co. 28 on the west side of the
road.



Howard mentioned a barn, a prefab house across the road and pecan trees.
Bob and I have found Baltimores in bare (winter) pecan trees in rural
Baldwin, so dont discount the leafless trees. Howard also mentioned a
magnolia tree, but not sure if the bird is in it or not.



Lucy Duncan


 

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Date: 2/3/18 8:52 pm
From: Ken Wills <Memontei...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Forever Wild Threatened Again Contact Your State Legislators

Hello all,



As you probably know, Alabama's Forever Wild Program has been purchasing special natural areas for plant and animal habitat conservation and all forms of public outdoor recreation including hunting, fishing, hiking and nature study for more than two decades including places like the Walls of Jericho, Turkey Creek Falls and the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. The anti Conservation forces in the Alabama State legislature have once again introduced bills that would require Forever Wild to pay land taxes despite the fact that all other state owned lands including university lands do not have to pay taxes. This would cripple funding for Forever Wild as time goes by. The latest version of this anti-Conservation bill to be introduced is H.B. 362. Please as soon as possible use the ready made form in the action alert link below to send your State legislators a message asking them to oppose HB 362 and all other efforts to alter the successful Forever Wild Program. It could make all the difference in preserving the program which has acquired and protected natural areas all over the state in the last two decades and will hopefully continue to do so with our help.

http://www.congressweb.com/CA/14/



Enjoy and Conserve the Creation,






Ken Wills

For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life,---Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Mathew 6:25-26






 

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Date: 2/3/18 8:09 am
From: Jud Johnston <rivendell...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [ALBIRDS] Smith's Longspur
Sylvia and I rode down to Leighton yesterday, and found horned larks and
Lapland longspurs exactly where Damien found them. Some of them may
have left, as the numbers looked more like 30 of each to me. The birds
picked up and changed positions several times during the 1 1/2 hours or
so we were there. They were never closer than 200 yards to me; so I was
challenged to separate the laps from the larks. I did not find a
longspur I could ID as a Smith's; but I have never seen one,and would
have required a very evident display of field marks.

The birds changed sides of the road, staying mostly on the east side.
There was a very confiding palm warbler at the NE corner of the west
field, where we parked.


Jud Johnston

Waynesboro, TN


 

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Date: 2/3/18 6:27 am
From: Lawrence Gardella <lgardellabirds...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] black backed gulls
Befire sunrise I drove to Village Point Preserve/Bayfront Park, parked my
car, walked home and picked up my scope, camera and binos and walked along
the shore to Bayfront. I wondered if toting the tripod and scope that
distance was worth itis until I got to Bayfront and scanned gulls on the
distant sand bar. The first gull I saw was an adult Lesser Black-backed,
long and yellow legged. After going through a bunch of Herrings and a lot
of Ring-billed Gulls I spotted another darker backed gull, bigger and
stockier with a huge bill and pink legs. A first for Bayfront for me.

Larry Gardella
Daphne

 

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Date: 2/2/18 9:59 am
From: <rickremy...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] More Tree Swallows
The area of Lake Purdy by the old iron bridge had 16 Tree Swallows this morning. The temperature was 32 degrees while I was enjoying the show.

Rick Remy
Irondale, Al

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Date: 1/31/18 3:13 pm
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Subject: [ALBIRDS] Tree Swallows at Lake Purdy
Two Tree Swallows flying above the lake surface in front of the boat launch. Observed for 1/2 hour with binoculars and scope

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Date: 1/31/18 12:03 am
From: <TNbarredowl...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Smith's Longspur
I just scoped through a large flock of Longspurs and Horned Larks near Leighton and found one buffy bellied, streak chested Smith's Longspur. The flock was in the large ag fields immediately south of the county coop on County Line Road. Estimated 150 Larks and 100 Laplands. Wish they hadn't spooked. They were close enough to the road for possible photos.

Damien Simbeck
Killen AL

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Date: 1/30/18 9:55 pm
From: 'Simbeck, Damien J' <djsimbeck...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Smith's Longspur
I tried to send this from my cell phone earlier today, but I still haven't seen in come through. I found a Smith's Longspur (looked like a winter female) in a LARGE group of Horned Larks (150) and Lapland Longspurs (100) near Leighton around 10:00 this morning. The birds were fairly close to the road so I got great looks with my scope. They were feeding in an ag field on the west side of County Line Road (CR48) just south of the Co-op in Leighton (Colbert County). While I was watching the Smith's, the group flew, circled several times, then landed MUCH further from the road in an ag field on the east side of the road. Several of the male Laplands were wearing into breeding plumage. The rusty nape and black bib was clearly visible.

Damien Simbeck
Killen, AL

 

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Date: 1/25/18 3:56 pm
From: Rodney Mccollum <rdny328...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Long-tailed Ducks near Auburn (Lee County)
Hey birders,


There are 5 Long-tailed Ducks at West Point Lake area. I know this is Ga., but a short trip for folks in the Auburn/Opelika area. They have been there for 5 days now.They are hanging out below the dam in the spillway area and you can get excellent looks at these rare ducks with a spotting scope and good looks with binoculars. My wife and I were there this morning and the ducks could be seen anywhere from just below the dam about 30 yards out to as far away as 200 yards out but they would always fly back toward the dam and drift back down river.


Good luck,


Rodney McCollum
Waverly, Al

 

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Date: 1/24/18 6:39 pm
From: Tom <resscat...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Gulf State Park/Bon Secour NWR
The bird of the day was a white-winged dove spotted on the road into the campground at GSP. Both locations were teeming with yellow-rumped warblers, with dozens viewed from the new boardwalk at GSP. Catbirds were also common, one osprey on Pine Beach Trail at Bob Secour NWR, two eagles at Lake Shelby. I was delighted to witness a huge gathering of tree swallows—estimate 600–at GSP campground.

Tom Ress
Athens, AL

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Date: 1/24/18 1:17 pm
From: 'Lucy and Bob Duncan' <robertaduncan...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] A sky full of birds
Hi all,



About 8 a.m. this morning I walked out of our house onto the road and saw
flocks and flocks of birds flying around in various directions, mostly
Robins. By the time I got to the point, the very end of the 20 mi long
peninsula jutting out in to Pensacola Bay, about a 1/3 mi long walk, I was
amazed to see even more flocks of birds, about 40 - 60 birds in each flock,
in all directions. Mostly Robins and Waxwings and a few Myrtle Warblers
mixed in. Some of the flocks were just milling around, flying this way and
that, as if they did not know what to do next, having found themselves
surrounded by water on three sides. Some were flying just above the trees,
some would land briefly then take off. Some would rise higher and higher
until almost out of sight in binoculars. One flock of about 30 Waxwings rose
so high, I would estimate between 1000 and 2000 ft, that they disappeared
from sight as they headed west out over the bay. Since some Waxwings winter
in the tropics, I half-way expected them to fly south with the north wind on
their tail. But no, they went west, like most migrants passing through. I
suspect these birds had been moving south all winter and finally reached
journeys end, asking themselves "now where do we go?" Some opted to rest
and fuel up and were lucky to find our neighborhood Cherry Laurels laden
with ripe berries.



It was a spectacle to watch for about an hour, but by 9:30 a.m., they had
all but vanished from the neighborhood. Lucy and I estimated about 2000
Robins and 800 Waxwings were present during that short period of time.
Someplace on the mainland has a lot of birds!



Bob Duncan

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Date: 1/24/18 12:54 pm
From: Ken Hare <kmhare46...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Tundra Swan
Sorry, my copy and paste left the location off the post about the Montgomery Tundra Swan. It is: 6687–7007 Old Pike Rd, Pike Road US-AL (32.2635,-86.0816)

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Date: 1/24/18 12:19 pm
From: Ken Hare <kmhare46...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Tundra Swan
1 young bird, first reported by Carrie Threadgill. Still some tan on head, only slight smudge of yellow between bill and eyes. Will post photos if they come out. Long zoom from road, Bird on pond on posted land. Bring scope if you want a good look.

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