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11/21/17 2:35 am Lorna West <jjoal...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Sand hill cranes
11/19/17 4:00 pm James Holmes <jfholmes...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] West Point Dam area Nov 19
11/18/17 5:16 pm 'Stephen Bru' <sszion...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] RFI Daphne Bayfront Park
11/17/17 6:36 am 'Bianca Allen' <brdnrd1022...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Birding Opportunity - Jan 29, 2018 Western Caribbean Cruise
11/15/17 3:59 pm Craig Litteken <littekenc...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Bronzed cowbirds - info request
11/15/17 9:08 am 'Gregory J. Harber' <gharber...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Two more Common Nighthawks + request for Wood Stork info
11/15/17 7:05 am 'Kenneth Ward' <phinken...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Audubon Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs) for Alabama and nearby GA/FL/TN
11/15/17 4:45 am Lawrence Gardella <lgardellabirds...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Brown Booby
11/14/17 8:26 am Craig Litteken <littekenc...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Brown Booby
11/14/17 6:57 am 'Simbeck, Damien J' <djsimbeck...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Wheeler Dam gulls, Pomarine Jaeger
11/13/17 8:30 am Tom <resscat...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Whooping cranes at Wheeler NWR
11/12/17 6:30 pm <prairiemerlin...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Little Gull, Wheeler Dam
11/12/17 1:31 pm Harold Peterson <pinkfloyd137...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Wheeler Visitor Center today
11/11/17 7:13 pm Andrew Haffenden <andrew...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Dauphin island
11/11/17 9:52 am James Holmes <jfholmes...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] RE: Chambers County Saturday Ross Goose and Horned Lark(s)
11/11/17 9:35 am James Holmes <jfholmes...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Chambers County Saturday Ross Goose and Horned Lark(s)
11/11/17 9:27 am James Holmes <jfholmes...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Randolph County Saturday
11/11/17 9:14 am James Holmes <jfholmes...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Glossy Ibis Limestone
11/10/17 6:53 pm 'Gregory J. Harber' <gharber...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Late Common Nighthawks
11/10/17 3:16 pm 'Mary Porter' <maryflintporter...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Hooded Mergansers
11/10/17 11:13 am <naturephoto...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Two Glossy Ibis at Limestone Bay
11/9/17 7:40 am Lawrence Gardella <lgardellabirds...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Watching the Bay from Bayfront Park/Village Point Preserve Park in Daphne
11/6/17 6:52 pm <naturephoto...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Flicker with abnormal bill
11/5/17 8:53 am James Holmes <jfholmes...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Plegadis ibis in Limestone
11/1/17 5:31 am 'Thomas V. Ress' <resscat...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Wheeler NWR
10/31/17 7:30 am 'Lucy and Bob Duncan' <robertaduncan...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] One tough little bird
10/30/17 10:20 am 'Duncan, Scot' <sduncan...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> Re: [ALBIRDS] Bird Behaviour Barred Owl Human Strike Flycatcher eating BBQ
10/30/17 7:34 am St Gor <lithotripter31...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> Re: [ALBIRDS] Bird Behaviour Barred Owl Human Strike Flycatcher eating BBQ
10/30/17 7:19 am 'Simbeck, Damien J' <djsimbeck...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> RE: [ALBIRDS] Bird Behaviour Barred Owl Human Strike Flycatcher eating BBQ
10/30/17 6:56 am 'Hans Paul' <cooterp14...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Bird Behaviour Barred Owl Human Strike Flycatcher eating BBQ
10/30/17 6:07 am 'Kenneth Ward' <phinken...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] North Alabama Birdwatcher's Society schedule/description of trips now available on its website
10/30/17 5:59 am Lawrence Gardella <lgardellabirds...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Bronzed Cowbirds at Magnolia Springs landfill
10/29/17 4:26 am 'Damien J. Simbeck' <TNbarredowl...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Plegadis ibis, TVA Marbut Bend
10/28/17 5:59 am Cynthia Anne Routledge <routledges...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Deadline quickly approaching
10/26/17 10:06 pm Lawrence Gardella <lgardellabirds...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] Birding below Weeks Bay
10/26/17 7:02 pm Rodney Mccollum <rdny328...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> [ALBIRDS] some late warblers and lots of Tennessees.
 
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Date: 11/21/17 2:35 am
From: Lorna West <jjoal...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Sand hill cranes
Greetings, it was nice to hear the calls of Sandhills cranes as they passed over Monday. They were below tree line so number unknown. Good winter birding!!! Lorna West , Opelika, Al

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Date: 11/19/17 4:00 pm
From: James Holmes <jfholmes...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] West Point Dam area Nov 19
My father and I birded West Point Dam area this afternoon.

We found 2 Red-throated Loons in Georgia waters. They were basically in the middle of the lake just west of the actual dam. They were both together and with 2 Common Loons.

In addition, we had 4 White Pelicans from West Overlook Park (just north of the park in Alabama waters). Although White Pelicans are occasionally seen at West Point Dam, these are the first in eBird for Chambers County.

Thanks,

Jim Holmes
Currently in Auburn


 

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Date: 11/18/17 5:16 pm
From: 'Stephen Bru' <sszion...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] RFI Daphne Bayfront Park
Can anyone tell me if Daphne Bayfront Park has been repaired since the storm?


Thanks,

Stephen Bru
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Date: 11/17/17 6:36 am
From: 'Bianca Allen' <brdnrd1022...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Birding Opportunity - Jan 29, 2018 Western Caribbean Cruise
This is not an advertisement or an endorsement. I just thought I would share this with the birding community in case someone might be interested. If this is inappropriate for this community, please feel free to delete it.



Bianca (bj) Allen

Birmingham, AL



HI All,



We have a lady who’s roommate is cancelling. She is a 71 year old active woman, easygoing, and outgoing. She loves Birding and is very excited to do this cruise. She is usually an early riser, and likes to turn in around 10, but she sleeps soundly so a roommate on a later schedule doesn’t bother her



On this cruise we have the guest guides Kevin Karlson and Dale Rosselet.



The cruise is an 11 night on the Celebrity Reflection. It sails from Fort Lauderdale on Jan 29, 2018. The itinerary is below. The cost is the following:



Balcony cabin 6175 $1913 (paid to the lady cancelling)

Birding Package $900. (paid to Carefree Birding)

The gratuities are pre-paid and there is a $300 Onboard Credit for the cabin (will be split)



If you have any questions or interest please let us know ASAP. We will put you in touch with the woman and you can determine if you are a match!



<http://www.carefreebirding.com/> cid:C70E2870-A383-46A9-BA46-1773E7F7604E








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Date: 11/15/17 3:59 pm
From: Craig Litteken <littekenc...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Bronzed cowbirds - info request
Good evening! Does anyone out there possibly have any details about the Bronzed Cowbirds reported today at the Magnolia Springs landfill? Thanks for your help!

Craig Litteken
Daphne

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Date: 11/15/17 9:08 am
From: 'Gregory J. Harber' <gharber...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Two more Common Nighthawks + request for Wood Stork info
Hey All

There were two nighthawks flying above UAB Jefferson Tower on November 14 at 6:15 p.m.

Also, a request for info about any lingering Wood Storks on behalf of the Alabama Wildlife Center. They have a bird that is ready to be released and they desire any information anyone might have about recent reports of Wood Storks in Alabama. According to eBird one has been reported from the Columbus, GA area in recent weeks but there are none from Alabama listed on eBird. Does anyone have anything they can report that might not have been reported on eBird?

Thanks in advance. Greg


Gregory J. Harber
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Date: 11/15/17 7:05 am
From: 'Kenneth Ward' <phinken...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Audubon Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs) for Alabama and nearby GA/FL/TN
Hi All, Here is a list of CBCs for our area for 2017-18, including dates,
contact and other pertinent information; please let me know if you see any
errors, so I can correct ASAP. There are a couple of counts, listed at the
bottom, which may be occurring but for which I have not been able to get
dates or contact information (Tuscaloosa and Fort Morgan). If you have some
information about either of these, please send to me and I'll pass it on. I
plan to put the list on FB, the AOS website and NABS.feel free to
disseminate yourself :).



Cheers, Ken Ward



Alabama and nearby GA/FL/TN Audubon Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs) - 2017-18

1. Waterloo, AL - December 16, 2017, Paul Kittle (256-627-2376;
<mailto:<pdkittle...> <pdkittle...>)

2. Dauphin Island, AL - December 16, 2017, Howard Horne (
<mailto:<hhorne...> <hhorne...>)

Teams cover Dauphin Island as well as part of the south Mobile County
mainland.

3. Montgomery, AL - January 2, 2018, Carrie Threadgill (334-242-3864,
<mailto:<carrie.threadgill...>
<carrie.threadgill...>]

4. Wheeler NWR, Decatur, AL - December 16, 2017, Dwight Cooley
(256-565-6239, <sabrewing...>)

See NABS schedule at <http://www.northalbirding.com> www.northalbirding.com
for more information

5. Birmingham, AL - December 23, 2017, David George [205-477-5074 (H),
205-401-8111 (C); <mailto:<dpsageorge...>
<dpsageorge...>]

6. Pensacola, FL - December 16, 2017, Bill Bremser (
<mailto:<billbremser...> <billbremser...>; 828-733-7444)

7. Auburn, AL - December 15, 2017, Geoff Hill (334-332-4930;
<mailto:<ghill...> <ghill...>)

8. Guntersville, AL - December 26, 2017, Linda Reynolds (256-582-2970,
<mailto:<rreynolds...> <rreynolds...>)

We have 8 parties and the area covers a lot of lakeshore as well as upland
and woodland terrain. We usually start around 7 am and conclude with a
supper compilation around 5 pm at the Guntersville Library. See NABS
schedule at <http://www.northalbirding.com> www.northalbirding.com for more
information

9. Gulf Shores, AL - December 30, 2017, Greg Jackson and Howard Horne (
<mailto:<hhorne...> <hhorne...>)

10. Eufaula NWR (ALEU), Eufaula, AL - December 22, 2017, Mason Jarrett (
<mailto:<beltedkingfisher2000...> <beltedkingfisher2000...>)

Interested parties can either sign up on the CBC website at
http://netapp.audubon.org/cbc/public/, or email me.

11. Columbus, GA (ALEU) - January 3, 2018, Mason Jarrett (706-992-8864;
<mailto:<beltedkingfisher2000...> <beltedkingfisher2000...>)

Interested parties can either sign up on the CBC website at
http://netapp.audubon.org/cbc/public/, or email me.

12. Choctawatchee Bay FL - December 18, 2017, Alan Knothe (850-208-1780,
<mailto:<birdman6419...> <birdman6419...>; email is best)

13. Cullman, AL - December 17, 2017, Vince Meleski (256-739-4589,
<mailto:<vmeleski...> <vmeleski...> or
<vincemeleski...>)

Counters meet at Culpepper Real Estate (601 7th Ave SW, Cullman, AL 35055,
close to the Post Office) to assign areas to be covered. This count is
frequently short-handed, so we hope some of you will consider helping out.
Those who want to help for part of the day (morning or afternoon) can also
participate. We will re-meet for compilation at 5:00 pm at Karma's Coffee
House (103 1st Ave NE, Cullman, AL 35055).

14. Savannah, TN - January 2-5, 2018 (tentative), Damien Simbeck
(256-856-3079; <mailto:<tnbarredowl...> <tnbarredowl...>)

Meet at 5:30 am at McDonalds in Savannah (corner of Hwy 64 and 128)

15. Buffalo River, Lawrenceburg, TN - December 14, 2017, Damien Simbeck
(256-856-3079; <mailto:<tnbarredowl...> <tnbarredowl...>)

16. Fort Morgan, AL - TBA (any information on date and contact is most
appreciated; send to <mailto:<phinken...> <phinken...>)

17. Tuscaloosa, AL - TBA (any information on date and contact is most
appreciated; send to <mailto:<phinken...> <phinken...>)










 

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Date: 11/15/17 4:45 am
From: Lawrence Gardella <lgardellabirds...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Brown Booby
The Brown Booby is still at the ferry landing at Fort Morgan

Larry Gardella
Daphne

 

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Date: 11/14/17 8:26 am
From: Craig Litteken <littekenc...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Brown Booby
Brown Booby currently sitting on the pilings at the Ft. Morgan ferry landing.. First observed this morning at 9:15, and it has been sitting there since.

Craig Litteken
Daphne

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Date: 11/14/17 6:57 am
From: 'Simbeck, Damien J' <djsimbeck...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Wheeler Dam gulls, Pomarine Jaeger
I stopped by Wheeler Dam this morning on my way to work to look for the recently discovered Little Gull. Gull numbers have definitely increased since my last visit (post-Irma; I've been working too much lately). I only had to watch the swarm of Bonaparte's a few minutes before I picked up the smaller, dark under-winged Little Gull. It always amazes me how much they can stand out in the crowd, despite their size. I continued to scan for several minutes, and before I was done, I had tallied 7 species of gulls. Bonaparte's were definitely top bird, with at least 1000 birds present. Next was Ring-billed with about 500 birds, then Herring with 18 (though most were sitting on the water down-river and difficult to see clearly (there may have been more). The other four included the Little, a juvenile Laughing, a first winter Franklin's and two Lesser Black-backed (adult and first winter). Near the end of my stay, a fairly large, dark bird came flying down the river from the dam. It was big, and bulky, and flying with an attitude. The flight pattern, and presence of prominent white patches at the base of the primaries made the jaeger call easy. Size (definitely larger than the Ring-billeds), barrel-chested look and strong flight leads me to say Pomarine. It never chased any gull, but did harass a Great Blue Heron that was perched on a stump in the river. It went after the heron during three different passes, but the heron never moved. Also interesting were three Cattle Egrets, sitting on the bushes on the island below the dam. It's getting very late for them.

Damien Simbeck
Killen, AL

 

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Date: 11/13/17 8:30 am
From: Tom <resscat...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Whooping cranes at Wheeler NWR
Two whooping cranes visible from observation building

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Date: 11/12/17 6:30 pm
From: <prairiemerlin...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Little Gull, Wheeler Dam
Hi folks,


Today (11/12), Ken Hare and I saw an adult Little Gull amidst a blizzard of thousands of Bonaparte's Gulls beneath Wheeler Dam in Lawrence County. Checklist with photos:


https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40470356 https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40470356



Other highlights from our weekend of birding in NW Alabama included a late Indigo Bunting in Lamar County, Pine Siskins in several locations, and 2 Horned Larks near the intersection of CR-15 and CR-2 in Lauderdale County.


Best,


Neil
Tuscaloosa


 

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Date: 11/12/17 1:31 pm
From: Harold Peterson <pinkfloyd137...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Wheeler Visitor Center today
On a visit down to Huntsville we stopped at the visitor center to see what was back. Water levels are low, so not much. We had a dozen White Pelicans on the road from Priceville to the Refuge, and six White-fronted Geese outside the observation building. There were 50-100 Sandhill Cranes, and five of the "other ones" flew by without stopping in view.

-Harold Peterson
Hermitage, TN


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Date: 11/11/17 7:13 pm
From: Andrew Haffenden <andrew...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Dauphin island
250 Scaup, 25-30 Black Scoters and about 20 Bufflehead off the DI causeway between Jemison's and Cedar Point, and a Thayer's (Iceland) Gull at East End. Winter cometh.


Cheers,

Andrew Haffenden
 

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Date: 11/11/17 9:52 am
From: James Holmes <jfholmes...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] RE: Chambers County Saturday Ross Goose and Horned Lark(s)
Couple more things on the Ross'S goose and Horned Lark(s).

eBird list with location is here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40441336

The birds were in the recently plowed field behind the white house. The Goose flew across the highway and was in the pond behind the boarded up house on the west side of the road.

These both are first records for eBird for Chambers County.

Thanks

Jim Holmes

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Sent: Saturday, November 11, 2017 9:35 AM
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Subject: Chambers County Saturday Ross Goose and Horned Lark(s)

On my way back from Roanoke, I stopped at Chambers CR 171 cotton fields.

I was surprised to find a Ross's Goose. The bird was in the recently plowed field along with a large flock of Am Pipits and at least one Horned Lark.

Pretty sure it is a pure Ross's Goose but will need to look at the photos tonight.

Thanks,

Jim Holmes
Currnetly in Auburn

 

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Date: 11/11/17 9:35 am
From: James Holmes <jfholmes...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Chambers County Saturday Ross Goose and Horned Lark(s)
On my way back from Roanoke, I stopped at Chambers CR 171 cotton fields.

I was surprised to find a Ross's Goose. The bird was in the recently plowed field along with a large flock of Am Pipits and at least one Horned Lark.

Pretty sure it is a pure Ross's Goose but will need to look at the photos tonight.

Thanks,

Jim Holmes
Currnetly in Auburn

 

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Date: 11/11/17 9:27 am
From: James Holmes <jfholmes...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Randolph County Saturday
I birded Randolph County (Roanoke Sewage Ponds) this morning. I added two species to the Randolph County eBIrd list (Dunlin and Sedge Wren). Also, ducks are starting to arrive (Gadwall, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead and Hooded Merganser plus continuing Blue-winged Teal).
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40439638

I have previously discussed with workers at the site and we have permission to bird this site to "do bird surveys for eBird." If you go, I would strongly recommend parking outside the gate and walking in. The gate is usually locked but open when workers are present. They close and lock it when they leave and you would not want to accidentally get locked in. Please be on good behavior if visiting this site.

Thanks

Jim Holmes
Currently in Auburn

 

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Date: 11/11/17 9:14 am
From: James Holmes <jfholmes...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Glossy Ibis Limestone
I just looked at the excellent photos of the Plegadis Ibis from Limestone by Jerry Green.

They are definitely Glossy Ibis. Sorry for any confusion.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40422107



Thanks,

Jim Holmes
Currently in Auburn

 

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Date: 11/10/17 6:53 pm
From: 'Gregory J. Harber' <gharber...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Late Common Nighthawks
Hello All-

Mary Porter's earlier report about the Hooded Mergansers returning to the Airport Marsh on Dauphin Island reminded me that winter is here. However, last night as I was riding my bike past UAB's Jefferson Tower in downtown Birmingham I observed two Common Nighthawks plying the skies above the floodlights - reminding me that the birds of summer haven't all left. I wondered if the nighthawks were finding insects, and during the course of my 1.5 hour ride I had my answer. One bug hit my lip and another hit my cheek, which is better than last week when one entered my mouth but thankfully never made it past my two front teeth, lol!

Lastly, on my route home this evening I rode through Railroad Park, which is also in downtown Birmingham, and observed a Great Blue Heron - a first for me, personally, and according to eBird also a first for the park.

Take care, all. Greg


Gregory J. Harber
Birmingham, AL
<gharber...>
"It's never too late to have a happy childhood."
Tom Robbins


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Date: 11/10/17 3:16 pm
From: 'Mary Porter' <maryflintporter...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Hooded Mergansers
Yeah!!!!



Hooded Mergansers back for the winter!!! My favorite winter bird -
Mississippi Sound close to Dauphin Island, AL Airport.



Mary Porter


 

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Date: 11/10/17 11:13 am
From: <naturephoto...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Two Glossy Ibis at Limestone Bay
The Glossy Ibis were closer today and I was able to make some better photos.
Photos #32-36 @
https://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Limestone-Bay-2014/i-M5rMt3q https://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Limestone-Bay-2014/i-M5rMt3q



Jerry Green
New Hope, AL


 

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Date: 11/9/17 7:40 am
From: Lawrence Gardella <lgardellabirds...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Watching the Bay from Bayfront Park/Village Point Preserve Park in Daphne
A quick check of weather apps suggested that I might have a few hours to
bird before the rain this morning. Before I left the driveway, however,
the rain started. It was very light when I got out with my umbrella and
started walking from the parking lot off Main Street down to the Bay. It
picked up, and my only sensible birding option was to go onto the Harbor
Place pavilion and watch the Bay from there. It proved to be a very good
option. [Note that the pavilion is reserved for Harbor Place residents and
their guests.]

Between a bit before 7 and a bit after 8 I saw 6 Common Loons, 33 Brown
Pelicans, 137 Laughing Gulls, 11 Forster's Terns, 6 Royal Terns and 8 Tree
Swallows all flying north up the Bay. Most of the 22 Double-crested
Cormorants and the vast majority of the 70 Black-bellied Plovers were also
flying north, but there were isolated cormorants flying south and one group
of approximately 20 Black-bellied Plovers flying south while the others
were all going north.

A Horned Grebe, at least 2 Ospreys and one Bald Eagle remained in the
general area, as did the few landbirds I recorded.

The only species I only detected traveling south was Black Scoter. There
was one group of four.

The rain surely affected the movement over the Bay. In good weather, I
have seen hundreds of Tree Swallows arriving from the north (roosting sites
in the Delta?) in the morning and flying north in the late afternoon. Most
of the early movement of other species over the Bay appears to be northward
in the morning, however.

Larry Gardella
Daphne, AL

 

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Date: 11/6/17 6:52 pm
From: <naturephoto...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Flicker with abnormal bill
Robert Andrews in Huntsville photographed this Flicker with an abnormal bill and asked me what might have caused it.
Comments?
https://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Unusual-Sightings-by-Friends/i-75fvBwx https://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Unusual-Sightings-by-Friends/i-75fvBwx



Jerry Green
New Hope, AL


 

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Date: 11/5/17 8:53 am
From: James Holmes <jfholmes...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Plegadis ibis in Limestone
I just looked at the photos in eBird for the Plegadis Ibis at Limestone. Unfortunately the photos are distant and the only thing that can be determined from most is that it is a Plegadis ibis. It is hard to tell if there is any streaking on the head but it appears that the wing coverts are glossy in a couple images so I think (at least one of the birds) is a non-breeding plumaged adult.

Saying all that, ID should be based on eye color in non-breeding adults. Comments in eBird suggest the eye is dark, but the one image where I think the eye color is discernible is from this checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39939732 When I blow up the photo from this checklist, it looks like the eye is maroon. The facial skin even looks maroon.

I could easily be wrong but from that photo, I am suspicious it is White-faced Ibis (and not Glossy).

Any better photos out there (that definitely show eye color)?

Thanks,

Jim Holmes
Sacramento, CA

 

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Date: 11/1/17 5:31 am
From: 'Thomas V. Ress' <resscat...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Wheeler NWR
It's that time of year! Wheeler is starting to come alive with waterfowl. First sandhills have arrived--two were working the field at the observation building yesterday. Approx 600 American white pelicans were on Flint Creek at the fishing pier, another 200 at White Springs Dike. Eighty snow geese on Limestone Bay with good numbers of pintails, wigeons, wood ducks and blue-winged and green-winged teal. Gadwall at the bay, White Springs and Dinsmore Slough. Caught a brief glimpse of what was almost certainly an immature bald eagle flying away over the tree line at White Springs. Can the whooping cranes be far behind?
 

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Date: 10/31/17 7:30 am
From: 'Lucy and Bob Duncan' <robertaduncan...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] One tough little bird
Hi all,



For the past several fall seasons a Merlin has taken up position for a few
weeks on the tip top of a dead hickory near the tip end of the Gulf Breeze
peninsula that juts into Pensacola Bay. It makes birding difficult as birds
hunker down and are reluctant to show themselves. Maybe it's the same bird
every year, maybe not. The other day when migrants were passing through I
watched it zoom through the woods several times in pursuit, and once, within
a minute or two of its woodland pursuit, I watched it gain altitude and
chase warbler-sized birds so high I could hardly see them. That would seem a
very energy intensive endeavor not worth the trouble, but apparently the
Merlin knows what it's doing.



Today, a Peregrine flew too close to its perch and the Merlin took off in
hot pursuit, chasing it out over Pensacola Bay and diving on it while the
peregrine fled west. After a few minutes of fruitless birding, I turned
around to go home and watched the Merlin back on its favorite perch plucking
an apparent titmouse. Hey, a bird has to eat! Then, a jay flew in and
perched within a few feet of it and watched the plucking, knowing the Merlin
was not interested in another meal at the moment. Apparently the Merlin had
enough of the voyeur and flew off with its meal.



That does not quite match the spectacle son Scot witnessed the other day in
the Seattle area when he watched a battle between a crow and a Short-eared
Owl, but it sure was interesting. (you can see Scot's photos of the crow vs
owl duel at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40213005 )



Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze, FL


 

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Date: 10/30/17 10:20 am
From: 'Duncan, Scot' <sduncan...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [ALBIRDS] Bird Behaviour Barred Owl Human Strike Flycatcher eating BBQ
There's been a spate of Barred Owl attacks on joggers here in Seattle this year, and much discussion on Tweeters (the equivalent of Albirds in Washington).


Apparently the Resistance is more organized than we anticipated.


Scot Duncan


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From: <albirds...> <albirds...> on behalf of 'Simbeck, Damien J' <djsimbeck...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Sent: Monday, October 30, 2017 7:19 AM
To: <cooterp14...>; <albirds...>
Subject: RE: [ALBIRDS] Bird Behaviour Barred Owl Human Strike Flycatcher eating BBQ


I have heard about other instances with Barred Owls striking humans. One case that comes to mind quickly occurred a few years ago at Percy Warner Parks in Nashville. A Barred Owl there became almost dangerous to trail users (hikers and joggers) because it regularly would dive at them and actually scrape their heads with its talons. Some folks required stitches. Most interesting about this one is that the owl would only dive at bald trail users. The park actually issued a warning, asking bald trail users to wear a hat/cap to avoid potential injury. This protective action worked and owl attacks ceased.

I have not seen/heard of any Phoebes eating BBQ (and could not access the video to see this one).

Damien Simbeck
Killen, AL

From: <albirds...> [mailto:<albirds...>] On Behalf Of 'Hans Paul' <cooterp14...> [albirds]
Sent: Thursday, October 26, 2017 6:41 AM
To: <albirds...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Bird Behaviour Barred Owl Human Strike Flycatcher eating BBQ


TVA External Message. Please use caution when opening.

Hello,

Peculiarly yesterday two friends asked me about unusual bird behavior.

The first friend told me that while walking through the Birmingham Botanical Garden close to dusk he was hit on the back of his head by a Barred Owl that then landed in a nearby tree. Fortunately he is not injured , but is curious about this bird behavior. Anyone have any ideas or insights?

The second involved a flycatcher interacting with a different friend. In the afternoon a little bird kept coming out the bushes and hovering around him. He identified it as a juvenile Phoebe. Anyway, thinking it was hungry, he scattered some seed on the driveway in front of it, it pecked them and spit them out. Ah, a flycatcher, he thought, and went and got some shreds of BBQ -- and it ate out of his hand. Ever heard of this? Here is the video he made.

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.icloud.com_attachment_-3Fu-3Dhttps-253A-252F-252Fcvws.icloud-2Dcontent.com-252FB-252FAepiQRo0bD2EY0sBLAIhMles8qIbAea-2DNmtJtKzAH9YHO-2DgFyPbYj8rB-252F-2524-257Bf-257D-253Fo-253DAkOR3piXDyvtWV81Ah-2Db7cLqWRs6lKY-2DLH5sx5qvi5cq-2526v-253D1-2526x-253D3-2526a-253DB0-2DhKU0QX2oY81sG7p4yy-5FAy6HVJA-2DljPwEACAHIAP87-5F-2D62Aym7Pg-2526e-253D1511564678-2526k-253D-2524-257Buk-257D-2526fl-253D-2526r-253DD3E1DC8B-2DF1DF-2D487A-2DA0D0-2D2E59F4917AD5-2D1-2526ckc-253Dcom.apple.largeattachment-2526ckz-253D2A9E6061-2D08D9-2D4716-2DA661-2DEC6E90C7796D-2526p-253D14-2526s-253DeB8-5F9HQQGINsn8YRxsJ5-5FwaOaoA-26uk-3DtyyMPlUG0CsE4j4SYPD5mA-26f-3DIMG-5F1669.MOV-26sz-3D54316657&d=DwMFaQ&c=GTxgfYI6i4KYikqC6GK_Jzn2mYGEh-v4HEPYCyQcJzU&r=v28ZQ4W7cAEQ3vSMjNsn0jKuU5tC6mkHAetJWhJbiH8&m=HfizIqsZMs_7gBxiqNuBtWr-uIsMYOft0LRYtzv1zYk&s=T1wJDSQnl6M4DJpiWnU2w_7ZH0O7KNTpSMPXJCZv-wU&e=

Regards,

Hans






 

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Date: 10/30/17 7:34 am
From: St Gor <lithotripter31...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [ALBIRDS] Bird Behaviour Barred Owl Human Strike Flycatcher eating BBQ
Here in bham many runners used to get attacked/swooped on a segment of the Jemison trail by a barred owl. He/she was a regular occurrence. Prob close to their nest?

> On Oct 30, 2017, at 9:19 AM, 'Simbeck, Damien J' <djsimbeck...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> I have heard about other instances with Barred Owls striking humans. One case that comes to mind quickly occurred a few years ago at Percy Warner Parks in Nashville. A Barred Owl there became almost dangerous to trail users (hikers and joggers) because it regularly would dive at them and actually scrape their heads with its talons. Some folks required stitches. Most interesting about this one is that the owl would only dive at bald trail users. The park actually issued a “warning”, asking bald trail users to wear a hat/cap to avoid potential injury. This protective action worked and owl attacks ceased.
>
>
>
> I have not seen/heard of any Phoebes eating BBQ (and could not access the video to see this one).
>
>
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> Damien Simbeck
>
> Killen, AL
>
>
>
> From: <albirds...> [mailto:<albirds...>] On Behalf Of 'Hans Paul' <cooterp14...> [albirds]
> Sent: Thursday, October 26, 2017 6:41 AM
> To: <albirds...>
> Subject: [ALBIRDS] Bird Behaviour Barred Owl Human Strike Flycatcher eating BBQ
>
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> TVA External Message. Please use caution when opening.
>
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> Hello,
>
>
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> Peculiarly yesterday two friends asked me about unusual bird behavior.
>
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> The first friend told me that while walking through the Birmingham Botanical Garden close to dusk he was hit on the back of his head by a Barred Owl that then landed in a nearby tree. Fortunately he is not injured , but is curious about this bird behavior. Anyone have any ideas or insights?
>
>
>
> The second involved a flycatcher interacting with a different friend. In the afternoon a little bird kept coming out the bushes and hovering around him. He identified it as a juvenile Phoebe. Anyway, thinking it was hungry, he scattered some seed on the driveway in front of it, it pecked them and spit them out. Ah, a flycatcher, he thought, and went and got some shreds of BBQ -- and it ate out of his hand. Ever heard of this? Here is the video he made.
>
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> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.icloud.com_attachment_-3Fu-3Dhttps-253A-252F-252Fcvws.icloud-2Dcontent.com-252FB-252FAepiQRo0bD2EY0sBLAIhMles8qIbAea-2DNmtJtKzAH9YHO-2DgFyPbYj8rB-252F-2524-257Bf-257D-253Fo-253DAkOR3piXDyvtWV81Ah-2Db7cLqWRs6lKY-2DLH5sx5qvi5cq-2526v-253D1-2526x-253D3-2526a-253DB0-2DhKU0QX2oY81sG7p4yy-5FAy6HVJA-2DljPwEACAHIAP87-5F-2D62Aym7Pg-2526e-253D1511564678-2526k-253D-2524-257Buk-257D-2526fl-253D-2526r-253DD3E1DC8B-2DF1DF-2D487A-2DA0D0-2D2E59F4917AD5-2D1-2526ckc-253Dcom.apple.largeattachment-2526ckz-253D2A9E6061-2D08D9-2D4716-2DA661-2DEC6E90C7796D-2526p-253D14-2526s-253DeB8-5F9HQQGINsn8YRxsJ5-5FwaOaoA-26uk-3DtyyMPlUG0CsE4j4SYPD5mA-26f-3DIMG-5F1669.MOV-26sz-3D54316657&d=DwMFaQ&c=GTxgfYI6i4KYikqC6GK_Jzn2mYGEh-v4HEPYCyQcJzU&r=v28ZQ4W7cAEQ3vSMjNsn0jKuU5tC6mkHAetJWhJbiH8&m=HfizIqsZMs_7gBxiqNuBtWr-uIsMYOft0LRYtzv1zYk&s=T1wJDSQnl6M4DJpiWnU2w_7ZH0O7KNTpSMPXJCZv-wU&e=
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> Regards,
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> Hans
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Date: 10/30/17 7:19 am
From: 'Simbeck, Damien J' <djsimbeck...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [ALBIRDS] Bird Behaviour Barred Owl Human Strike Flycatcher eating BBQ
I have heard about other instances with Barred Owls striking humans. One case that comes to mind quickly occurred a few years ago at Percy Warner Parks in Nashville. A Barred Owl there became almost dangerous to trail users (hikers and joggers) because it regularly would dive at them and actually scrape their heads with its talons. Some folks required stitches. Most interesting about this one is that the owl would only dive at bald trail users. The park actually issued a “warning”, asking bald trail users to wear a hat/cap to avoid potential injury. This protective action worked and owl attacks ceased.

I have not seen/heard of any Phoebes eating BBQ (and could not access the video to see this one).

Damien Simbeck
Killen, AL

From: <albirds...> [mailto:<albirds...>] On Behalf Of 'Hans Paul' <cooterp14...> [albirds]
Sent: Thursday, October 26, 2017 6:41 AM
To: <albirds...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Bird Behaviour Barred Owl Human Strike Flycatcher eating BBQ


TVA External Message. Please use caution when opening.

Hello,

Peculiarly yesterday two friends asked me about unusual bird behavior.

The first friend told me that while walking through the Birmingham Botanical Garden close to dusk he was hit on the back of his head by a Barred Owl that then landed in a nearby tree. Fortunately he is not injured , but is curious about this bird behavior. Anyone have any ideas or insights?

The second involved a flycatcher interacting with a different friend. In the afternoon a little bird kept coming out the bushes and hovering around him. He identified it as a juvenile Phoebe. Anyway, thinking it was hungry, he scattered some seed on the driveway in front of it, it pecked them and spit them out. Ah, a flycatcher, he thought, and went and got some shreds of BBQ -- and it ate out of his hand. Ever heard of this? Here is the video he made.

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.icloud.com_attachment_-3Fu-3Dhttps-253A-252F-252Fcvws.icloud-2Dcontent.com-252FB-252FAepiQRo0bD2EY0sBLAIhMles8qIbAea-2DNmtJtKzAH9YHO-2DgFyPbYj8rB-252F-2524-257Bf-257D-253Fo-253DAkOR3piXDyvtWV81Ah-2Db7cLqWRs6lKY-2DLH5sx5qvi5cq-2526v-253D1-2526x-253D3-2526a-253DB0-2DhKU0QX2oY81sG7p4yy-5FAy6HVJA-2DljPwEACAHIAP87-5F-2D62Aym7Pg-2526e-253D1511564678-2526k-253D-2524-257Buk-257D-2526fl-253D-2526r-253DD3E1DC8B-2DF1DF-2D487A-2DA0D0-2D2E59F4917AD5-2D1-2526ckc-253Dcom.apple.largeattachment-2526ckz-253D2A9E6061-2D08D9-2D4716-2DA661-2DEC6E90C7796D-2526p-253D14-2526s-253DeB8-5F9HQQGINsn8YRxsJ5-5FwaOaoA-26uk-3DtyyMPlUG0CsE4j4SYPD5mA-26f-3DIMG-5F1669.MOV-26sz-3D54316657&d=DwMFaQ&c=GTxgfYI6i4KYikqC6GK_Jzn2mYGEh-v4HEPYCyQcJzU&r=v28ZQ4W7cAEQ3vSMjNsn0jKuU5tC6mkHAetJWhJbiH8&m=HfizIqsZMs_7gBxiqNuBtWr-uIsMYOft0LRYtzv1zYk&s=T1wJDSQnl6M4DJpiWnU2w_7ZH0O7KNTpSMPXJCZv-wU&e=

Regards,

Hans




 

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Date: 10/30/17 6:56 am
From: 'Hans Paul' <cooterp14...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Bird Behaviour Barred Owl Human Strike Flycatcher eating BBQ
Hello,



Peculiarly yesterday two friends asked me about unusual bird behavior.



The first friend told me that while walking through the Birmingham
Botanical Garden close to dusk he was hit on the back of his head by a
Barred Owl that then landed in a nearby tree. Fortunately he is not injured
, but is curious about this bird behavior. Anyone have any ideas or
insights?



The second involved a flycatcher interacting with a different friend. In
the afternoon a little bird kept coming out the bushes and hovering around
him. He identified it as a juvenile Phoebe. Anyway, thinking it was
hungry, he scattered some seed on the driveway in front of it, it pecked
them and spit them out. Ah, a flycatcher, he thought, and went and got some
shreds of BBQ -- and it ate out of his hand. Ever heard of this? Here
is the video he made.




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Regards,



Hans








 

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Date: 10/30/17 6:07 am
From: 'Kenneth Ward' <phinken...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] North Alabama Birdwatcher's Society schedule/description of trips now available on its website
Hi All,



It was late getting there but the NABS schedule is up on our website, at
www.northalbirding.com <http://www.northalbirding.com> . We offer a number
of field trips to some of the best birding spots in northern Alabama during
the fall/winter/spring. Everyone is welcome to join us on our trips.we
don't have dues and you're basically considered a member once you show up
for a trip. I can also send you a pdf of entire schedule/description of
trips and put you on our emailing list if you're interested. I have pasted
the schedule introduction below:





The North Alabama Birdwatchers Society (NABS) is an informal group that
focuses on birding in northern Alabama. We have been around since 1976 and
are the only birding group in our area to offer a set of regularly scheduled
trips each year. We visit a variety of areas across this part of the state,
most of which are included on the North Alabama Birding Trail (NABT;
www.northalabamabirdingtrail.com <http://www.northalabamabirdingtrail.com>
). Each summer, NABS trip leaders get together and come up with a schedule
like you see here, which we then post on our website (www.northalbirding.com
<http://www.northalbirding.com> ) and send out by email to our members.
NABS is open to everyone, including beginners, and especially young folks
with an interest in birds; there are no membership dues. If you show up for
an outing, you can consider yourself a member.



Our ultimate goal for any NABS outing is to give everyone an opportunity to
observe (and hopefully hear) every bird species we encounter. That seldom
happens, but we usually get pretty close. Our rules of etiquette are few
but the ones we do have are important:



1. Be reasonably restrained, as to making noise (no dogs or unruly
children);

2. While cameras are most welcome, please don't let pic-taking disrupt the
birding (see ultimate goal above);

3. Don't get out in front of the group (flushing the birds before others can
see them is not very nice);

4. Be reasonably constrained in the use of birdsong apps, pishing, etc. to
attract birds, especially breeders;

5. Above all, follow the guidance of the trip leader.

By birding with NABS, you'll have the opportunity to go out with experienced
people who are familiar with the places we visit and who love to share their
knowledge. NABS can also provide greater access to certain areas where it's
restricted, e.g., driving behind locked refuge gates at Wheeler NWR or
visiting the privately-owned Jones' 'Hawk Farm'.



Although the focus is on birds, NABS outings also offer opportunities to
become more generally familiar with many of the beautiful and diverse
natural areas characteristic of northern Alabama. The places we'll visit
provide excellent opportunities to observe, study and appreciate a variety
of flora and fauna, including wildflowers, trees, insects,
reptiles/amphibians and mammals. Some NABS regulars have considerable
knowledge of these other groups and would be glad to answer questions and
provide information during trips.



Most of our trips are on Saturdays, although we have a few Sunday outings
during the spring, when migration is in full swing. Please note that we've
decided to change the meeting time for some of our trips: Aug-Oct and late
March-May will meet at our usual 7 am, while Nov-early March trips will meet
at 8 am. We convene at a pre-arranged meeting spot, that may or may not be
at the actual birding site. From there we either caravan by car (there are
carpooling opportunities) or go for a walk. Cars are used when we have a
lot of area to cover to get to the best birding spots (e.g., Wheeler NWR
trips, Leighton sinks, etc.), but I wouldn't say we bird-by-car, as we
typically stop at a number of spots, with plenty of opportunities to walk
and look for birds. Trips typically last from 2-3 hours to half a day,
although some may include extended birding into the afternoon, for those
interested. Please note that, although it's usually easy to leave early,
there are a few trips behind locked gates that involve a 2- to 3-hour time
commitment (see Wheeler NWR trip descriptions). Bring your binoculars,
spotting scopes, field guides, refreshments, bug repellent and rain gear.
We seldom officially cancel trips; if the weather is bad (heavy rain) or
dangerous (icy roads, severe storms) enough to warrant cancellation, we will
send out an email notice.



If we don't already have your email address, please consider sending it to
us to add to the NABS mailing list. We can then email you our schedule, as
well as trip reminders, and a few other items of interest. In addition, a
copy of the schedule will appear on the NABS website.



Send your comments, questions and suggestions to Rufina or Ken Ward
(256-837-5646; <phinken...> <mailto:<phinken...> ).



Trip descriptions include directions to the meeting place, GPS Coordinates
(for most of the trips), trip leaders and contact numbers. We have also
included some "Events of Interest" for nature lovers. Thanks for your
support and we look forward to seeing you this season!


 

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Date: 10/30/17 5:59 am
From: Lawrence Gardella <lgardellabirds...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Bronzed Cowbirds at Magnolia Springs landfill
There are several adult males in the company of Brown headed in the parking
lit due east of the dog shelter

 

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Date: 10/29/17 4:26 am
From: 'Damien J. Simbeck' <TNbarredowl...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Plegadis ibis, TVA Marbut Bend
Yesterday morning, we had a volunteer work day along the Marbut Bend trail north of Athens, Limestone County. I was able to get in a little birding while I was there. Best birds were on the mudflats of the bay on the east side of the trail. Shorebirds included one of each yellowlegs, three Dunlin, eight snipe and lots of Killdeer. Waders included several Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets. When one group of egrets flew in, I noticed a smaller, all dark bird with its neck outstretched. When it landed, I could easily see its long, decurved bill. It was too distant to have any possibility for specific identification, but Plegadis sp. is still a good bird. At the marsh along the trail boardwalk, I tried for Virginia Rails, unsuccessfully. I did get a fairly cooperative Marsh Wren, though. As I have seen on several occasions each fall, the local Red-headed Woodpeckers were actively gathering acorns. There is a large oak at the edge of one field. They would constantly fly from the dead snags in the beaver pond to the oak, then fly back. There were five birds making the run, so it looked like a Red-headed conveyor belt.

Damien Simbeck
Killen AL

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Date: 10/28/17 5:59 am
From: Cynthia Anne Routledge <routledges...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Deadline quickly approaching
Good Saturday morning
Just a quick heads up that the early-bird special for LODGING at Paris
Landing State Park Inn for the Wings of Winter Festival on January 19-21,
2018 is fast approaching!! This special deal ends at the close of business
on Tuesday, October 31st!

The following link will take you to the information needed and the SPECIAL
Festival code for securing your room for the Festival.
http://paristnchamber.com/wingsofwinter/
Weve been told that without the code you will be told that there is no
room at the Inn. So dont forget to mention the code when speaking with
the good folks at Paris Landing. (731) 642-4311 or (800) 250-8614.

And while youre there you can also register for the Festival and choose
your exciting field trip adventures. Remember some trips are limited

We hope to see you at the inaugural Wings of Winter Birding Festival on
January 19-21, 2018!
If you have any questions just let me know.

<")
( \
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Co-chair WOW
Southeastern Avian Research
www.southeasternavianresearch.org





 

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Date: 10/26/17 10:06 pm
From: Lawrence Gardella <lgardellabirds...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Birding below Weeks Bay
This morning I birded at Lookout Point Park and other points on Baldwin CR
1. Most interesting was the east end of CR 1, which has a parking lot at
the bottom of Weeks Bay. There were at least 900 Laughing Gulls, making me
think that it will be interesting to check this site for unusual gulls a
bit later in the year. There was also at least one Nelson's Sparrow. Next
time I will be spending more time at this last site, checking it out more
thoroughly.


Larry Gardella
Daphne, AL

 

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Date: 10/26/17 7:02 pm
From: Rodney Mccollum <rdny328...> [albirds] <albirds-noreply...>
Subject: [ALBIRDS] some late warblers and lots of Tennessees.
Today I birded the Wood Duck Heritage Preserve Park in Opelika. Highlights included approximately 50 to 60 Tennessee Warblers and a Bay-breasted Warbler. Other late warblers seen were a Black-throated Green, a Parula, and a Am. Redstart. That is the most Tennessee Warblers I have ever seen by far.


Rodney McCollum
Lee County

 

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