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22 Dec Fickle Woodpecker ["Luranz AT att.net [albirds]" ]
22 Dec Waterloo CBC ["'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" ]
22 Dec RE: winter meeting hotel reservations, etc. ["'Reed, Robert' robert.reed AT psc.alabama.gov [albirds]" ]
21 Dec winter meeting hotel reservations, etc. ["'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" ]
20 Dec RE: White-winged Scoter ["lgardellabirds AT charter.net [albirds]" ]
20 Dec White-winged Scoter ["lewscharpf AT charter.net [albirds]" ]
19 Dec On The Road With T. Pratt ["charleskennedy AT centurytel.net [albirds]" ]
18 Dec Fairhope Woodcocks ["Duane Miller miller459 AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
17 Dec Eagle rescue article from Guntersville Advertiser Gleam ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
16 Dec Cullman CBC, December 28: complete contact, time and meeting place information ["'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" ]
16 Dec Fairhope Woodcocks ["Duane Miller miller459 AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
15 Dec Waterfowl At Limestone Park ["Memontei AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
15 Dec Cullman CBC now confirmed ["'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" ]
15 Dec Re: Purple martin houses ["Damien Simbeck TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
15 Dec Re: Purple martin houses ["'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" ]
15 Dec Purple martin houses ["stacey gordon lithotripter31 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
15 Dec Swans ["SueMoske AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
13 Dec Re: Banded juvenile Bald Eagle at Guntersville Dam ["Harold Peterson pinkfloyd137 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
12 Dec Re: Goose Video ["Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
12 Dec Banded juvenile Bald Eagle at Guntersville Dam ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
12 Dec Woodcock ["Duane Miller miller459 AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
12 Dec Goose Video ["Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
12 Dec Ever seem this? Canada Goose diving under water ["Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
12 Dec Re: Snow Geese, not Ross's Geese? ["Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
12 Dec Re: Is this a Ross's Goose? ["Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
11 Dec Fishing juvenile Bald Eagles at Guntersville Dam ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
12 Dec Re: Snowboarding bird ["'Russell, Michael' russellm AT buffalo.edu [albirds]" ]
11 Dec Re: Snowboarding bird ["Stacey lithotripter31 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
11 Dec Re: Snowboarding bird ["'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" ]
11 Dec Re: Snowboarding bird ["Greg Popwell dinocat AT charter.net [albirds]" ]
11 Dec Re: Snowboarding bird ["'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" ]
11 Dec Snowboarding bird ["'Larry' ctyrd109 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
11 Dec Red Knot to be protected under the Endangered Species Act ["hhorne AT earthlink.net [albirds]" ]
10 Dec RE: Snow Geese, not Ross's Geese? ["lgardellabirds AT charter.net [albirds]" ]
10 Dec Is this a Ross's Goose? ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
10 Dec Mute Swan at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
10 Dec RE: Snow Geese, not Ross's Geese? ["'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" ]
10 Dec Snow Geese, not Ross's Geese? ["Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
10 Dec Cackling Geese at Research Park ["Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
9 Dec Boneparte's Gulls in Flight ["Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
9 Dec error, Auburn CBC contact information ["'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" ]
09 Dec Inland Baldwin Co. this weekend ["'Greg D. Jackson' g_d_jackson AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
08 Dec White-throated Sparrows, tan and white striped ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
7 Dec CBC Circles app ["'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" ]
8 Dec birding at Lake Purdy (Birmingham) today ["'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" ]
7 Dec Christmas Bird Counts for 2014-15 ["'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" ]
7 Dec Blackbird flock over Mobile Bay ["Pete Blank blankpj AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
7 Dec Bird Pellet ["tbaker2953 AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
6 Dec Coyote last weekend on our Mountain land ["Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
5 Dec White-crowned Sparrows at Research Park ["Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
5 Dec Yellow-headed Blackbird - Decatur ["'Scott Gravette' inadu4 AT charter.net [albirds]" ]
04 Dec Rusty Black Bird on Monte Sano Mountain in Huntsville ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
4 Dec Re: Is this... real? ["Rob Lane shrikeguy AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
4 Dec Re: Is this... real? ["Chris Hutch chrishutch_99 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
4 Dec Is this... real? ["stacey gordon lithotripter31 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
03 Dec Bonaparte's Gulls and American White Pelicans at Town Creek Marsh 3 Dec 2014 ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
3 Dec Tundra Swans at Wheeler NWR ["Dwight Cooley sabrewing AT earthlink.net [albirds]" ]
2 Dec Boat trips during Winter AOS meeting ["TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
1 Dec Re: Re: [BAS Birding] Mute Swan at Limestone Park ["'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" ]
1 Dec Re: [BAS Birding] Mute Swan at Limestone Park ["Memontei AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
21 Nov Learn about Birds at Risk from Climate Change ["cooterp14 AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
30 Nov Mute Swan at Limestone Park ["'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" ]
30 Nov Rusty's have returned to East Lake Park, Birmingham ["'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" ]
30 Nov Grasshopper, Fox, and White-crowned Sparrows.... in central Tennessee ["'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" ]
29 Nov Guntersville Lake today ["Amber Hart whitehartrabbitry AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
29 Nov western kingbird ["andrew AT natsp.com [albirds]" ]
28 Nov Rufous Hummingbird in Killen ["Damien Simbeck TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
28 Nov Eagles at Guntersville Dam and Grebes at Guntersville ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
28 Nov Re: Ring-necked pheasant near Athens ["Milton Harris miltonmzee AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
28 Nov Ring-necked pheasant near Athens ["justadude80 AT hotmail.com [albirds]" ]
27 Nov Snow geese ["Craig Litteken littekenc AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
26 Nov Birdseye ["wareaglebirder AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
27 Nov Swan Creek WMA- this morning 11/26 ["Amber Hart whitehartrabbitry AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
26 Nov Purple Finch, Pine Siskin photos today ["Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
25 Nov birds in flight at Wheeler this morning ["Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
25 Nov Cedar Waxwings ["'Larry' ctyrd109 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]

Subject: Fickle Woodpecker
From: "Luranz AT att.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Dec 2014 12:54:03 -0800
After an absence of several weeks, the Yellow Headed Red Bellied Woodpecker is 
back! How large a territory do these birds have, anyway? I have a pair (at 
least I assume it's just one pair) of normally colored Red Bellied Woodpeckers 
around here all the time. 

 

 If I got any decent photos I'll send them to Jerry Green.
 

 Merry Christmas everybody, and a Big New Year, or a New Big Year, or something 
like that! 

 

 Melissa Kirkindall
 Madison, Alabama
Subject: Waterloo CBC
From: "'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:57:54 +0000
The Waterloo CBC was conducted this past Saturday. Seven parties (I don't know 
how many observers) tallied an unofficial 101 species. Many species were in low 
to very low numbers. Highlights included 4 Tundra Swans (Second Creek, 
Waterloo), 1 Pacific Loon (Eagle Bars, Waterloo) and 3 Red-throated Loons (Bear 
Creek embayment). 


Damien J. Simbeck
Watershed Representative
Tennessee Valley Authority
Natural Resource Management - West Operations
P.O. Box 1010, MPB 1H-M
Muscle Shoals, AL 35662-1010
Phone:  256-386-2543
Fax:  256-386-2954
Subject: RE: winter meeting hotel reservations, etc.
From: "'Reed, Robert' robert.reed AT psc.alabama.gov [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:44:30 +0000
However, the block rate is no different from the rate advertised on the web.

Bob
Tallassee

From: albirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:albirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds] 

Sent: Sunday, December 21, 2014 8:13 AM
To: albirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ALBIRDS] winter meeting hotel reservations, etc.


Hi All,

Just wanted to let you know that you should consider going ahead and reserving 
a room soon at Joe Wheeler SP Lodge (check state parks website for contact 
information), if you are planning on attending the AOS winter meeting there, 
Jan 23-25. We have a 25 room block reserved for the meeting; to guarantee 
getting a block room at the block rate you need to make a reservation by Dec. 
23. If you are not able to get a room, nearby Rogersville has some suitable 
economy hotels and Athens is not far down the road. Additional detailed 
information on the meeting will appear in the Yellowhammer, which should be 
coming out soon. 


Also, Damien Simbeck has already sent out information (on here) on the pelagic 
field trips planned for Friday afternoon (23rd) and Saturday morning (24th) of 
the meeting If you are interested, I'd suggest you go ahead and make 
reservations and get other details, as there is limited space. 


Ken Ward (AOS President)
Subject: winter meeting hotel reservations, etc.
From: "'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 08:12:32 -0600
Hi All,

 

Just wanted to let you know that you should consider going ahead and
reserving a room soon at Joe Wheeler SP Lodge (check state parks website for
contact information), if you are planning on attending the AOS winter
meeting there, Jan 23-25.  We have a 25 room block reserved for the meeting;
to guarantee getting a block room at the block rate you need to make a
reservation by Dec. 23.  If you are not able to get a room, nearby
Rogersville has some suitable economy hotels and Athens is not far down the
road. Additional detailed information on the meeting will appear in the
Yellowhammer, which should be coming out soon. 

 

Also, Damien Simbeck has already sent out information (on here) on the
pelagic field trips planned for Friday afternoon (23rd) and Saturday morning
(24th) of the meeting  If you are interested, I'd suggest you go ahead and
make reservations and get other details, as there is limited space.

 

Ken Ward (AOS President)
Subject: RE: White-winged Scoter
From: "lgardellabirds AT charter.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:06:18 -0500 (EST)
Very nice photo, Lew.  I would call this bird a female, rather than a 
first year, but not sure.

Larry Gardella
Montgomery, AL

On Sat, Dec 20, 2014 at 9:06 AM, lewscharpf AT charter.net [albirds] wrote:

    I observed and photographed a White-winged Scoter (Melanitta 
fusca) at 10:00 a.m. December 15, 2014 at the Wood Duck Heritage 
Preserve and Siddique Nature Park, Opelika, AL.  I believe this is a 
juvenile/1st winter bird.  Would appreciate an ID confirmation or an 
alternate ID.  I have posted an image of the bird at White-winged Scoter 
by lejun  

  
image  

  
White-winged Scoter by lejun 
 Melanitta fusca 
Juvenile/1st Winter Bird Wood Duck Heritage Preserve and Siddique Nature 
Park Opelika, Alabama  
  
View on www.pbase.com  

Preview by Yahoo  
  
    

  
  
Subject: White-winged Scoter
From: "lewscharpf AT charter.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Dec 2014 07:06:08 -0800
I observed and photographed a White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) at 
10:00 a.m. December 15, 2014 at the Wood Duck Heritage Preserve and Siddique 
Nature Park, Opelika, AL. I believe this is a juvenile/1st winter bird. Would 
appreciate an ID confirmation or an alternate ID. I have posted an image of the 
bird at White-winged Scoter by lejun http://www.pbase.com/lejun/image/158542186 

 
 http://www.pbase.com/lejun/image/158542186 
 
 White-winged Scoter by lejun http://www.pbase.com/lejun/image/158542186 
Melanitta fusca Juvenile/1st Winter Bird Wood Duck Heritage Preserve and 
Siddique Nature Park Opelika, Alabama 

 
 
 
 View on www.pbase.com http://www.pbase.com/lejun/image/158542186 
 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
  

 

Subject: On The Road With T. Pratt
From: "charleskennedy AT centurytel.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Dec 2014 18:59:24 -0800
Greetings,

Took a 6 hour tour of Dallas, Hale and Perry Counties yesterday (12/18) with 
Tommy Pratt. Thanks to T.P.'s diplomacy and winning way we gained unfettered 
access to several catfish farms containing 5000+ acres of open water, teeming 
with fish, and awash with catfish/duck food. 


Highlights....

50 or so Bald Eagles, 75,000 waterfowl (mostly ducks) and 1 Vermillion 
Flycatcher. Throw in lunch at the Greensboro Pie Lab and you come up with a 
pretty good day. 


Best wishes to all,

Charles Kennedy
Greenville, Alabama 

Subject: Fairhope Woodcocks
From: "Duane Miller miller459 AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:30:47 -0600
On Monday I flushed a total of 4 Woodcock from my backyard.  Yesterday Dr.
Bill Summerour stopped by to try and get a photo - his report follows;

Duane,

I got to your place about 2:00 this afternoon, took two or three steps
inside the gate, turned my head to the right and looked a woodcock right in
the eye less than ten feet away.  I kept walking as though I hadn't seen
it, got a safe distance away and got off a couple of quick shots.  Right
after I took the pictures it flushed but went back down under a bush along
the back fence line.  I then turned to check out the street side of the
yard but after a few steps in that direction a bird flushed and went over
the fence.  About two seconds later two more got up and pitched over the
fence. They didn't want anything to do with me.  Before I could try and
relocate the first bird it also got up and took out over the fence.  So my
woodcock hunt lasted about five minutes. I'll call later to share some
details and observations.

In case anyone is curious about the habitat of my backyard I have posted a
photo here https://www.flickr.com/photos/89825184 AT N03/16049095555/ .

-- 
.
.

Duane A. Miller
101 Beaver Dam Rd.
Fairhope, AL  36532
(251) 716-1620
Subject: Eagle rescue article from Guntersville Advertiser Gleam
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Dec 2014 11:05:41 -0800
Here is the article from the Guntersville Advertiser Gleam paper:

 
 Eagle rescued from lake 
http://www.advertisergleam.com/news/eagle-rescued-from-lake/article_9f0b36b8-820d-11e4-a1ad-0b0d716ed2e1.html 

 
 
http://www.advertisergleam.com/news/eagle-rescued-from-lake/article_9f0b36b8-820d-11e4-a1ad-0b0d716ed2e1.html 

 
 Eagle rescued from lake 
http://www.advertisergleam.com/news/eagle-rescued-from-lake/article_9f0b36b8-820d-11e4-a1ad-0b0d716ed2e1.html 
They didn’t get a Thanksgiving turkey. They got a Thanksgiving eagle. 

 
 
 
 View on www.advertisergleam... 
http://www.advertisergleam.com/news/eagle-rescued-from-lake/article_9f0b36b8-820d-11e4-a1ad-0b0d716ed2e1.html 

 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
 Jerry Green
 Huntsville

 

Subject: Cullman CBC, December 28: complete contact, time and meeting place information
From: "'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:11:42 -0600
All,

 

Here is all the information for the Cullman CBC, scheduled for December 28,
now including contacts.  Please use this information and NOT what's on the
Nabs schedule (if you have one) or website, as the contact information and
meeting place address there are no longer correct.  

 

Contacts

 

David Pylant (primary):   dbpylant AT gmail.com; 256
734-5716 (h), 256 708-5715 (c)

 

Vince Meleski (secondary):  
vmeleski AT charter.net)

 

Meet 6:00 AM at Culpepper Realty, address 601 7th Ave SW in Cullman, across
the street from the Cullman Post Office.  The area is divided into four
quadrants (intersection of I-65 and US 278 is the count center).  Any help
would be welcome, as this count is usually short-handed; new counters can
pair up with local folks.

 

Complete information on CBCs for Alabama can be found on the AOS website and
an earlier post on ALbirds.

 

Ken Ward (AOS President)
Subject: Fairhope Woodcocks
From: "Duane Miller miller459 AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:07:09 -0600
The mystery of why a Woodcock would choose my Fairhope suburban backyard as
a wintering spot continues. While photographing this one performing his
courtship pumping strut this afternoon, I flushed three more, all within an
area no more than 30 feet square.  I posted  a few more photos here -
https://www.flickr.com/photos/89825184 AT N03/


-- 
.
.

Duane A. Miller
101 Beaver Dam Rd.
Fairhope, AL  36532
(251) 716-1620
Subject: Waterfowl At Limestone Park
From: "Memontei AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Dec 2014 23:29:15 -0800
Hello all,
 

 Before an informal Birmingham Audubon workday at Limestone Park this past 
Saturday, the participants took time out to do some morning birding. From the 
Bird Observatory we were surprised to see a nice mixed flock ducks including 
pintail, green winged teal and scaup which were using one of the more distant 
beaver marsh pools. Seeing those species around Birmingham is unusual. In 
addition, the usual suspects, coots and Canada Geese were found in the edge of 
tupelo swamp, and meadowlarks moved about the old upland pastures that we are 
in the process of converting to native grasses and wildflowers. 

  
 All that made for a nice treat before we started planting a small bald cypress 
stand downstream of the marsh. We are planting a small grove of cypress in this 
wet area to act as a conservation surrogate for the only natural bald cypress 
swamp in the Ridge and Valley which can be found in Jefferson County next to 
Bucksville. This site is private and while some of us are looking at ways to 
protecting it, we are planting the cypress stand at Limestone to serve as a 
backup if the Bucksville Cypress Swamp is ever destroyed. This effort will also 
add to the interesting collection of native plant species which already occur 
or are being added to Limestone Park. 

 

 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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Subject: Cullman CBC now confirmed
From: "'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:51:36 -0600
Hi All,

 

It's now confirmed that the Cullman Christmas Count is going to be held,
December 28.  I got the following information from David Pylant:

 

We'll be meeting at 6:00 AM at Culpepper Realty.  The address is 601 7th Ave
SW in Cullman.  It is across the street from the Cullman Post Office.

Any help would be welcome.  We have the area divided into four quadrants
(Interstate 65 and US 278 is the count center).  New counters can pair up
with us locals. 

 

I'll likely be attending; never done a count down there before.  Hope some
of y'all will consider helping out too :).

 

Ken Ward
Subject: Re: Purple martin houses
From: "Damien Simbeck TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:34:05 -0600
The western population,  possibly a different species,  rarely uses boxes. 
 They nest almost exclusively in cavities within Saguaro cacti. It's been 25+ 
years but I have found eastern birds nesting in tree cavities at pocasins in 
coastal Carolinas. Hard to believe there are no natural nest cavity users out 
there somewhere, unless we have suppressed fire so much there are that few 
areas with lots of dead snags for colony nesters. The populations,  however, 
have had many years of adaptation to human help.  Aboriginal tribes often used 
gourds to attract them (insect control and early alarm systems). Also had 
ground nesting nighthawks at the pocasins, still a very natural habitat area.  


Damien Simbeck
Killen,  AL

Sent via my smartphone (an old dog has learned a new trick)

-------- Original message --------
From: "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]"
Date:12/15/2014 3:55 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: stacey gordon , AL Birds
Subject: Re: [ALBIRDS] Purple martin houses
Hi All- For what it's worth I heard this report on NPR last week and the narrator made the distinction that the eastern populations no longer used natural cavities, but that western ones were known to still use them. -----Original Message----- From: "stacey gordon lithotripter31 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" Sent: Dec 15, 2014 3:39 PM To: AL Birds Subject: [ALBIRDS] Purple martin houses This documentary claims that they NO LONGER nest anywhere other than bird houses. Really? Can they be so certain that they don't? Prove a negative?I get it that there may be other environmental factors that can affect them...But I also know that migration patterns can change, etc... thoughts? http://www.audubonmagazine.org/articles/birds/where-have-all-purple-martins-gone It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.--Yogi Berra http://southgeek.blogspot.com/ Gregory J. Harber Birmingham, AL gharber AT mindspring.com "It's never too late to have a happy childhood." Tom Robbins
Subject: Re: Purple martin houses
From: "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:55:33 -0600 (GMT-06:00)
Hi All-

For what it's worth I heard this report on NPR last week and the narrator made 
the distinction that the eastern populations no longer used natural cavities, 
but that western ones were known to still use them. 


-----Original Message-----

From: "stacey gordon lithotripter31 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" 

Sent: Dec 15, 2014 3:39 PM

To: AL Birds 

Subject: [ALBIRDS] Purple martin houses
















 

 



  


    
      
      
 This documentary claims that they NO LONGER nest anywhere other than bird 
houses. Really? Can they be so certain that they don't? Prove a negative?I get 
it that there may be other environmental factors that can affect them...But I 
also know that migration patterns can change, etc... 

thoughts?


http://www.audubonmagazine.org/articles/birds/where-have-all-purple-martins-gone 



 It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.--Yogi Berra
http://southgeek.blogspot.com/




    
     

    
    


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


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Subject: Purple martin houses
From: "stacey gordon lithotripter31 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:39:36 +0000 (UTC)
This documentary claims that they NO LONGER nest anywhere other than bird 
houses.  Really?  Can they be so certain that they don't?  Prove a 
negative?I get it that there may be other environmental factors that can affect 
them...But I also know that migration patterns can change, etc...   

thoughts?


http://www.audubonmagazine.org/articles/birds/where-have-all-purple-martins-gone 



 It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.--Yogi Berra
http://southgeek.blogspot.com/

Subject: Swans
From: "SueMoske AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:45:20 -0500
Fellow birders:

Just wanted to let you all know that the swan saga continues in the Tennessee 
Valley. The North Alabama Birder's Society went to Swan Creek WMA on Saturday 
and discovered a lone swan in Swan Creek Bay. (Seems appropriate to find a swan 
there.) It was far, far away, but after careful study we decided it was a 
Tundra Swan. Milton Harris and I went back yesterday and there were two swans 
in Swan Creek Bay, and they were much closer. We were able to see the yellow 
spots on their bills and get photos. A few hours later we found two swans in a 
pond on Laughmiller Road, which is about a mile from the bay. Four swans were 
seen near the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center a week or so ago, so it's 
a mystery. Are they the same swans or different? Swans have been seen a both 
ends of the state, Jackson and Lauderdale Counties, within the last month, 
also. 


Sue Moske
Huntsville 
Subject: Re: Banded juvenile Bald Eagle at Guntersville Dam
From: "Harold Peterson pinkfloyd137 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 17:41:54 +0000 (UTC)
There's a report link on this site: Bird Banding Laboratory
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| Bird Banding LaboratoryTHE NORTH AMERICAN BIRD BANDING PROGRAM BIRD BANDING 
LABORATORY LOCATED AT THE PATUXENT WILDLIFE RESEARCH CENTER Report a ... | 

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      From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" 
 To: albirds AT yahoogroups.com 
 Sent: Friday, December 12, 2014 9:17 PM
 Subject: [ALBIRDS] Banded juvenile Bald Eagle at Guntersville Dam
   
  Photographed this banded juvenile Bald Eagle at Guntersville Dam this 
afternoon 12 Dec. Is there a place to report banded eagles? 

Banded juvenile Bald Eagle 12Dec2014
 
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Subject: Re: Goose Video
From: "Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 23:37:15 -0500
Charles,
The geese are wetting their backs as part of their bath routine. Looks pretty 
funny but it's strictly business for them to keep as spotless as possible. One 
of the bird flaps their wings while upright to splash water on itself as much 
as possible but it seems the only way to reach the back to their satisfaction 
is to turn over and dunk it. 

 
Thanks for sharing.
 
STeve McConnell
Hartselle, AL
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds] 
 

To: AL Birds 
Sent: Fri, Dec 12, 2014 4:19 pm
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Goose Video


 
  
    
                  

Ok here is the video of the diving Canada Goose.


Birds in North Alabama, Winter Season 2014-2015 - charles grisham (natureshots)



 


 



 

 

 

 

 



Birds in North Alabama, Winter Season 2014-2015 - charle...
GENESIS 1-20-30 And God said, “...let birds fly above the earth across the 
expanse of the heavens.” So God created...every living creature that moves, 
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Charles H. Grisham Jr.
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Huntsville, AL  35814


    
             

  
Subject: Banded juvenile Bald Eagle at Guntersville Dam
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Dec 2014 19:17:33 -0800
Photographed this banded juvenile Bald Eagle at Guntersville Dam this afternoon 
12 Dec. Is there a place to report banded eagles? 

 

 Banded juvenile Bald Eagle 12Dec2014 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Eagles-2012-2013-at/i-BSBBm8j 


 
 
 http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Eagles-2012-2013-at/i-BSBBm8j 
 
 Banded juvenile Bald Eagle 12Dec2014 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Eagles-2012-2013-at/i-BSBBm8j ‪ 1 / 
7‪ 2 / 7‪ 3 / 7‪ 4 / 7‪ 5 / 7‪ 6 / 7‪ 7 / 7 

 
 
 
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http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Eagles-2012-2013-at/i-BSBBm8j 

 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
 

 Jerry Green
 Huntsville
Subject: Woodcock
From: "Duane Miller miller459 AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:59:13 -0600
Finally got a shot of the very secretive Woodcock in my backyard in
Fairhope.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/89825184 AT N03/16005472751/


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Duane A. Miller
101 Beaver Dam Rd.
Fairhope, AL  36532
(251) 716-1620
Subject: Goose Video
From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:19:19 +0000 (UTC)
Ok here is the video of the diving Canada Goose.
Birds in North Alabama, Winter Season 2014-2015 - charles grisham (natureshots)
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heavens.” So God created...every living creature that moves, wit... | 

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   Charles H. Grisham Jr.
Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 5585
Huntsville, AL  35814
Subject: Ever seem this? Canada Goose diving under water
From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:13:58 +0000 (UTC)
Hey birders, 

Today in my driveway overlooking the lake I was taking a few pics of some 
Canada Geese to make sure they weren't a smaller sub-species.  Before long I 
saw a couple dive under water like a Grebe or something, but the Canadas today 
would only stay under for a few seconds, but then come back up 15 or so feet 
away from their initial dive in point.  To capture the event, I switched to 
movie mode. 

In the movie below, it is not until the final seconds that you can see a Canada 
five down, and then come back up many feet away.  Please let me know, if 
anybody happens to know, if this is normal behavior for a Canada.  I've never 
seen it.  


By the way I don't use a tripod, so sorry that the video is wabbly /:  Also, I 
am not able to load the video to my website from this computer I am on now, but 
the video is attached below.  Hope it works /:   Remember, the Canada dives 
towards the end of the 50 ish second movie clip.  


 Charles H. Grisham Jr.
Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 5585
Huntsville, AL  35814


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Subject: Re: Snow Geese, not Ross's Geese?
From: "Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:58:57 -0500
Charles,  They look like fine Ross's and Cackling to me.
 
Nice finds indeed and obviously cooperative.
 
STeve McConnell
Hartselle, AL
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds] 
 

To: AL Birds 
Sent: Wed, Dec 10, 2014 2:58 pm
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Snow Geese, not Ross's Geese?


 
  
    
                  

Hi all,


I might have only seen Snow Geese today instead of Ross's. Sorry for the bird 
ID mistake, if it was one. God bless 

 
Charles H. Grisham Jr.
Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 5585
Huntsville, AL  35814


    
             

  
Subject: Re: Is this a Ross's Goose?
From: "Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:55:39 -0500
Jerry,
Looks like one to me. Would be nice to see more resolution on bill to make sure 
since hybrids are possible. However, the rounded head shape points toward 
Ross's as compared to your Snow in the background. 

 
Steve McConnell
Hartselle, AL
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds] 
To: albirds 
Sent: Wed, Dec 10, 2014 6:15 pm
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Is this a Ross's Goose?


 
  
    
                  

This is a shot cropped from the Snow Geese at Limestone Bay of a goose mixed in 
with them. 


http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Limestone-Bay-2014/i-sRxp8BQ/0/L/Snow%20and%20Ross%27s%20Goose%2010Dec2014-L.jpg 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
    
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
    http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Limestone-Bay-2014/i-sR...   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Subject: Fishing juvenile Bald Eagles at Guntersville Dam
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Dec 2014 20:47:04 -0800
From about 1:30 till 4:15 the juvenile Bald Eagles put on a show on the south 
side of Guntersville Dam. We were in front of the building with the rest rooms. 
At one time there were 6 juveniles in the air right in front of us. 

 Photos # 114-136  AT  
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Eagles-2012-2013-at/i-sG4LmK5 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Eagles-2012-2013-at/i-sG4LmK5 

 

 Jerry Green
 Huntsville
  
Subject: Re: Snowboarding bird
From: "'Russell, Michael' russellm AT buffalo.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 03:27:54 +0000
Well that would fit the distribution of Hooded Crows.
Mike

Michael Russell
Sent from my iPhone

On Dec 11, 2014, at 9:42 PM, Stacey 
> wrote: 


It is Russian.

Sent from my iPhone

On Dec 11, 2014, at 8:07 PM, "'Gregory J. Harber' 
gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" 
> 
wrote: 




You are correct - I misidentified this bird. I was at work and in my haste 
forgot to check the other crow species. The first thing that came to mind was 
the Jackdaw and the Rook, and when I ruled out the Rook after a quick check on 
Google Images I posted my message. Afterwards I realized my error but did not 
have time to get to the computer to post a correction until just now. That'll 
teach me to post in haste! 


Per Mike's question, if anyone recognizes the language in the video and can 
share that with the group, that would be great! 


Take care all, Greg

-----Original Message-----

From: "Russell, Michael"

Sent: Dec 11, 2014 7:48 PM

To: "Gregory J. Harber"

Subject: Re: [ALBIRDS] Snowboarding bird

Hi Greg:

I'm pretty sure this is a Hooded Crow, which is a Northern and Eastern European 
species related to the Carrion Crow. Formerly considered a species, then a 
subspecies, but now I think split (again). I just checked my European field 
guides - yes! 


I can't make out the language in the video - where was it taken?

Mike

Sorry I can't seem to reply or send to the list!

Michael Russell
Sent from my iPhone

On Dec 11, 2014, at 6:20 PM, 'Gregory J. Harber'
gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds] 
> 
wrote: 


Hi Larry et al.,

This looks like a Jackdaw, to my eyes. They are members of the corvids - crow 
family. 


-----Original Message-----

From: "'Larry' ctyrd109 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]"

Sent: Dec 11, 2014 5:13 PM

To: albirds AT yahoogroups.com

Subject: [ALBIRDS] Snowboarding bird

Below is the youtube url for the snowboarding bird. I

think it came from Europe. What kind of bird is it.

Larry, NW Chilton County

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_H-WYOmej8o

Gregory J. Harber

Birmingham, AL

gharber AT mindspring.com

"It's never too late to have a happy childhood."

Tom Robbins

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

Subject: Re: Snowboarding bird
From: "Stacey lithotripter31 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:42:22 -0600
It is Russian. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 11, 2014, at 8:07 PM, "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com 
[albirds]"  wrote: 

> 
> You are correct - I misidentified this bird. I was at work and in my haste 
forgot to check the other crow species. The first thing that came to mind was 
the Jackdaw and the Rook, and when I ruled out the Rook after a quick check on 
Google Images I posted my message. Afterwards I realized my error but did not 
have time to get to the computer to post a correction until just now. That'll 
teach me to post in haste! 

> 
> Per Mike's question, if anyone recognizes the language in the video and can 
share that with the group, that would be great! 

> 
> Take care all, Greg
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> 
> From: "Russell, Michael" 
> 
> Sent: Dec 11, 2014 7:48 PM
> 
> To: "Gregory J. Harber" 
> 
> Subject: Re: [ALBIRDS] Snowboarding bird
> 
> Hi Greg:
> 
> I'm pretty sure this is a Hooded Crow, which is a Northern and Eastern 
European species related to the Carrion Crow. Formerly considered a species, 
then a subspecies, but now I think split (again). I just checked my European 
field guides - yes! 

> 
> I can't make out the language in the video - where was it taken?
> 
> Mike
> 
> Sorry I can't seem to reply or send to the list!
> 
> Michael Russell
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> On Dec 11, 2014, at 6:20 PM, 'Gregory J. Harber' 
> gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]  wrote:
> 
> Hi Larry et al.,
> 
> This looks like a Jackdaw, to my eyes. They are members of the corvids - crow 
family. 

> 
> -----Original Message-----
> 
> From: "'Larry' ctyrd109 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]"
> 
> Sent: Dec 11, 2014 5:13 PM
> 
> To: albirds AT yahoogroups.com
> 
> Subject: [ALBIRDS] Snowboarding bird
> 
> Below is the youtube url for the snowboarding bird. I 
> 
> think it came from Europe. What kind of bird is it.
> 
> Larry, NW Chilton County
> 
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_H-WYOmej8o
> 
> Gregory J. Harber
> 
> Birmingham, AL
> 
> gharber AT mindspring.com
> 
> "It's never too late to have a happy childhood."
> 
> Tom Robbins
> 
> Gregory J. Harber
> Birmingham, AL
> gharber AT mindspring.com
> "It's never too late to have a happy childhood."
> Tom Robbins
> 
Subject: Re: Snowboarding bird
From: "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:07:58 -0600 (GMT-06:00)
You are correct - I misidentified this bird. I was at work and in my haste 
forgot to check the other crow species. The first thing that came to mind was 
the Jackdaw and the Rook, and when I ruled out the Rook after a quick check on 
Google Images I posted my message. Afterwards I realized my error but did not 
have time to get to the computer to post a correction until just now. That'll 
teach me to post in haste! 


Per Mike's question, if anyone recognizes the language in the video and can 
share that with the group, that would be great! 


Take care all,  Greg

-----Original Message-----

From: "Russell, Michael" 

Sent: Dec 11, 2014 7:48 PM

To: "Gregory J. Harber" 

Subject: Re: [ALBIRDS] Snowboarding bird








Hi Greg:



I'm pretty sure this is a Hooded Crow, which is a Northern and Eastern European 
species related to the Carrion Crow. Formerly considered a species, then a 
subspecies, but now I think split (again). I just checked my European field 
guides - yes! 




I can't make out the language in the video - where was it taken?



Mike



Sorry I can't seem to reply or send to the list!



Michael Russell
Sent from my iPhone


On Dec 11, 2014, at 6:20 PM, 'Gregory J. Harber' 
gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]  wrote:





 



Hi Larry et al.,



This looks like a Jackdaw, to my eyes. They are members of the corvids - crow 
family. 




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Sent: Dec 11, 2014 5:13 PM



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Subject: [ALBIRDS] Snowboarding bird



Below is the youtube url for the snowboarding bird. I 

think it came from Europe. What kind of bird is it.

Larry, NW Chilton County



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_H-WYOmej8o



Gregory J. Harber

Birmingham, AL

gharber AT mindspring.com

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Subject: Re: Snowboarding bird
From: "Greg Popwell dinocat AT charter.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:22:25 -0600
Hooded Crow?


> On Dec 11, 2014, at 5:13 PM, 'Larry' ctyrd109 AT bellsouth.net [albirds] 
 wrote: 

> 
> Below is the youtube url for the snowboarding bird. I think it came from 
Europe. What kind of bird is it. 

> Larry, NW Chilton County
>  
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_H-WYOmej8o
> 
Subject: Re: Snowboarding bird
From: "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:20:35 -0600 (GMT-06:00)
Hi Larry et al.,

This looks like a Jackdaw, to my eyes. They are members of the corvids - crow 
family. 



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Sent: Dec 11, 2014 5:13 PM

To: albirds AT yahoogroups.com

Subject: [ALBIRDS] Snowboarding bird
















 

 



  


    
      
      
      


Below is the youtube url for the snowboarding bird. I 
think it came from Europe. What kind of bird is it.
Larry, NW Chilton County
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_H-WYOmej8o


    
     

    
    


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Subject: Snowboarding bird
From: "'Larry' ctyrd109 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:13:18 -0600
Below is the youtube url for the snowboarding bird. I think it came from 
Europe. What kind of bird is it. 

Larry, NW Chilton County

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_H-WYOmej8o
Subject: Red Knot to be protected under the Endangered Species Act
From: "hhorne AT earthlink.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Dec 2014 07:25:39 -0800
Hi all,
 The United States Fish and Wildlife Service announced today in the Federal 
Register that the rufa subspecies of Red Knot will be formally protected as a 
Threatened Species under the Endangered Species Act. The listing officially 
becomes effective on January 12, 2015. 


 Here's a link to the final ruling in the Federal Register:

 http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-11/pdf/2014-28338.pdf 
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-11/pdf/2014-28338.pdf 


 

 Alabama Red Knots are believed to belong to the rufa subspecies and will 
receive federal protection. I can recall seeing Red Knots fairly regularly in 
winter here on the Gulf Coast around the beach and shoreline environs 
surrounding Dauphin Island. Numbers of this species have decreased 
significantly over the past 10 years or so and it is now hard to find on the 
Dauphin Island CBC. Hopefully, this new protection will help aid in the 
recovery of this highly migratory species. 

 

 Good Birding,
 

 Howard Horne
 Mobile, AL
Subject: RE: Snow Geese, not Ross's Geese?
From: "lgardellabirds AT charter.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 22:49:41 -0500 (EST)
Charles,

Those 2 white geese both have the coloration at the base of the bill, 
the short necks and the head and bill shapes typical of Ross's Geese.

Larry Gardella
Montgomery, AL

On Wed, Dec 10, 2014 at 2:58 PM, Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com 
[albirds] wrote:

    Hi all,

I might have only seen Snow Geese today instead of Ross's.  Sorry for 
the bird ID mistake, if it was one.  God bless

Charles H. Grisham Jr.
Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 5585
Huntsville, AL  35814

  
Subject: Is this a Ross's Goose?
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Dec 2014 14:50:46 -0800
This is a shot cropped from the Snow Geese at Limestone Bay of a goose mixed in 
with them. 

 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Limestone-Bay-2014/i-sRxp8BQ/0/L/Snow%20and%20Ross%27s%20Goose%2010Dec2014-L.jpg 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Limestone-Bay-2014/i-sRxp8BQ/0/L/Snow%20and%20Ross%27s%20Goose%2010Dec2014-L.jpg 


 
 
 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Limestone-Bay-2014/i-sRxp8BQ/0/L/Snow%20and%20Ross%27s%20Goose%2010Dec2014-L.jpg 

 
 http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Limestone-Bay-2014/i-sR... 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Limestone-Bay-2014/i-sRxp8BQ/0/L/Snow%20and%20Ross%27s%20Goose%2010Dec2014-L.jpg 

 
 
 View on gofish.smugmug.com 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Limestone-Bay-2014/i-sRxp8BQ/0/L/Snow%20and%20Ross%27s%20Goose%2010Dec2014-L.jpg 

 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
 

 Jerry Green
 Huntsville
Subject: Mute Swan at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Dec 2014 14:45:36 -0800
A Mute Swan was at the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge today 10 Dec. It was 
observable from the Observation Center 2nd floor. Photo made at Crabtree Swamp. 

 

 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Observation-Building-Wheeler/i-5PkQPGk/0/L/Mute%20Swan-1%20%2010Dec2014-L.jpg 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Observation-Building-Wheeler/i-5PkQPGk/0/L/Mute%20Swan-1%20%2010Dec2014-L.jpg 


 
 
 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Observation-Building-Wheeler/i-5PkQPGk/0/L/Mute%20Swan-1%20%2010Dec2014-L.jpg 

 
 http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Observation-Building-Wh... 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Observation-Building-Wheeler/i-5PkQPGk/0/L/Mute%20Swan-1%20%2010Dec2014-L.jpg 

 
 
 View on gofish.smugmug.com 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Observation-Building-Wheeler/i-5PkQPGk/0/L/Mute%20Swan-1%20%2010Dec2014-L.jpg 

 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
 

 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Observation-Building-Wheeler/i-2B28SM4/0/L/Mute%20Swan%20%2010Dec2014-L.jpg 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Observation-Building-Wheeler/i-2B28SM4/0/L/Mute%20Swan%20%2010Dec2014-L.jpg 


 
 
 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Observation-Building-Wheeler/i-2B28SM4/0/L/Mute%20Swan%20%2010Dec2014-L.jpg 

 
 http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Observation-Building-Wh... 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Observation-Building-Wheeler/i-2B28SM4/0/L/Mute%20Swan%20%2010Dec2014-L.jpg 

 
 
 View on gofish.smugmug.com 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Observation-Building-Wheeler/i-2B28SM4/0/L/Mute%20Swan%20%2010Dec2014-L.jpg 

 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
 

 Jerry Green
 Huntsville
Subject: RE: Snow Geese, not Ross's Geese?
From: "'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:04:58 +0000
This page seems to have good tips on distinguishing between the two species… 
http://biology.eku.edu/kos/goose_id.htm 



R. Scot Duncan
Associate Professor/Chair, Biology Department
Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Rd.
Birmingham, AL
Ph: 205.226.4777
Fax: 205.226.3078

From: albirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:albirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds] 

Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 2:59 PM
To: AL Birds
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Snow Geese, not Ross's Geese?


Hi all,


I might have only seen Snow Geese today instead of Ross's. Sorry for the bird 
ID mistake, if it was one. God bless 


Charles H. Grisham Jr.
Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 5585
Huntsville, AL  35814

Subject: Snow Geese, not Ross's Geese?
From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 20:58:42 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,
I might have only seen Snow Geese today instead of Ross's.  Sorry for the bird 
ID mistake, if it was one.  God bless Charles H. Grisham Jr. 

Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 5585
Huntsville, AL  35814
Subject: Cackling Geese at Research Park
From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:39:18 +0000 (UTC)
Hey birders,
I drove around Research Park today, found a couple of Cackling Geese and Ross's 
Geese.  Below are a couple of photos.  I will post more later, slammed at 
work /: 

Cackling Goose
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   Charles H. Grisham Jr.
Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 5585
Huntsville, AL  35814
Subject: Boneparte's Gulls in Flight
From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 23:00:25 +0000 (UTC)
Good evening fellow birders!
I stopped off the side of Hwy 72 today, between Athens and Florence, at a spot 
that has always had at least hundreds of Boneparte's in the Winter time.  I 
took a few flight / feeding photos that I wanted to share with you guys (:  
Also took some shots of the very very rare...European Starling lol.  As much 
as I don't like Starlings, they sure are pretty when the light hits them right. 

Yall have a good one!
Boneparte's Gull
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Subject: error, Auburn CBC contact information
From: "'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 15:04:07 -0600
Hi All,

 

I made a mistake with Geoff Hill's email contact information for the Auburn
CBC; his email is   ghill AT auburn.edu.  I
apologize for the error.

 

Ken
Subject: Inland Baldwin Co. this weekend
From: "'Greg D. Jackson' g_d_jackson AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 09 Dec 2014 11:10:33 -0600
AL Birders:

Sorry for the delayed report, but Debi and I were in Fairhope this 
weekend (6-7 Dec) and I was able to bird the farmlands each morning, 
concentrating on the Magnolia Springs area.  Saturday morning I spent 
five hours at the landfill, wandering that dusty moonscape, inhaling the 
aroma of fresh refuse, surrounded by a Hitchcockian scene of swirling 
gulls -- basically I was in heaven!  I had six species of gulls right 
off the bat in the pond, and the count didn't go up beyond that.  Quite 
a few diving ducks were also present in the ponds, including a male 
Canvasback and several Redheads.

Fog was a problem early, and until it lifted the gulls wouldn't settle 
in the upland  areas, soaring endlessly above.  Finally this cleared and 
the workers began moving the new additions to the fill, sending the 
gulls into a frenzy.  Work at the moment is at the north end of the 
large pit east of the mound, and gulls were scattered throughout the 
pit.  Quite a few were lounging on the high flats just to the west, with 
lots of mixing between the two areas. Occasionally an immature Bald 
Eagle would scare everything into the air.  I was able to position the 
truck in ways to view both areas, mostly scoping with a window mount, 
enjoying early use of a Christmas gift (a new car window/travel scope).  
(BTW, if you're not familiar with the landfill procedures, you must 
check in first at the office, and it is very important to stay out of 
the way of any work in progress or vehicles transporting materials.)

Of about 3000 gulls, there were at least four FRANKLIN'S GULLS (all 
first cycle, mostly seen at the pond) and a minimum of three LESSER 
BLACK-BACKED GULLS (two first cycle and one third or fourth cycle). 
Strangest bird of the day, and probably a first for the site, was an 
adult ROSS'S GOOSE hanging out on the flats with the gull flock. This 
little guy acted like a gull, coming and going with the flock, as if it 
thought it was one, too!  Though I would have preferred seeing the OTHER 
Ross's, this confused goose was still a treat.

Sunday morning I wandered the farmlands around Magnolia Springs, seeing 
the usual suspects.  On the way home later in the morning (after a great 
Ultimate Ugly Biscuit at the Biscuit King and Fun Barn on CR 24), we had 
an adult GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE at the Belforest pond on AL 181 
south of CR 64, and a couple of immature White Ibis at the Rigsby Road pond.

I've posted a few photos beginning: 
http://upload.pbase.com/gdjackson/image/158487229 .  This includes two 
of the Franklin's and one of the first-cycle Lesser Black-backeds.

With some great food over the weekend (Camelia Cafe and The Wash House), 
the Fairhope Christmas Parade, a good football game (for an Alabama 
fan), and shopping/hanging out in that cool little town, we had a fun 
couple of days!

Greg

Greg D. Jackson
Birmingham, AL
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Subject: White-throated Sparrows, tan and white striped
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Dec 2014 20:16:48 -0800
There were several White-throated Sparrows in my yard today. One stood out, it 
was a little larger than all the others and it had bold white stripes. I 
checked in the Sibley's Bird Guide and he lists both tan and white striped 
adults. Here is a comparison photo. 


 

 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Feature/i-tCdkMKJ/0/L/White-throated%20Sparrows%20white%20and%20tan%20striped%208Dec2014-L.jpg 
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 Monte Sano mountain in Huntsville
Subject: CBC Circles app
From: "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 20:36:24 -0600 (GMT-06:00)
Hey All-

The Christmas Bird Count season is almost upon us and I thought I'd share with 
you the availability of this app, available through iTunes or Android. I 
believe the cost is $2.99 on iTunes - I purchased it last year, and so am not 
100% sure that is the current price. 


Anyhow, it a handy app that has all of the CBC circles in the U.S. You can 
review them by state, select them from a list, etc. Once you open a count 
circle it brings up a map view, which you can toggle to a hybrid satellite 
view. Since it is GPS capable, you can see your location in real time to know 
whether you are still in the count circle. Or you can use it just to find our 
what CBCs are near you if you want to participate. 


Here is the link to the developer's page where you can find more details: 
http://www.stevenscreek.com/countcircle.htm 


Take care all,  Greg


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Subject: birding at Lake Purdy (Birmingham) today
From: "'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 00:12:44 +0000
Enjoyed a beautiful winter morning today at Lake Purdy with my friend Charles 
Yeager. We had precisely 50 species. Nothing outstanding, but we did have 
several species uncommon for the Ridge and Valley (but not uncommon for large 
bodies of water in the region). These include Osprey (1), Least Sandpiper (2), 
Ring-billed (9) and Bonaparte's (3) Gulls, and Horned Grebe (2). I got a brief 
look at a Purple Finch female, had approximately 45 Pine Siskins, and dozens of 
waxwings and goldfinches. Water levels were much higher than my last visit on 
Nov 15 thanks to recent rains. American Pipits were abundant on the exposed 
portions of the lake at the bridge on highway 119 (Coxe Creek), as were a large 
flock of about 140 Canada Geese. ? 



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Birmingham-Southern College
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Subject: Christmas Bird Counts for 2014-15
From: "'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 13:16:01 -0600
Hi All,

 

Below is the best current information I have on Christmas Bird Counts
associated with Alabama (including a couple in FL and one in GA) this year
(Count period is December 14-January 5):

 

Alabama Christmas Bird Counts 2014-15

1. Waterloo - December 20, Paul Kittle (256-765-4395; pdkittle AT una.edu
 )

2. Dauphin Island - December 20, Tom Siegwald (siegwald AT shc.edu
 ) 

3. Montgomery - January 3, Larry Gardella (334-593-6502(H), 334-450-9790
(C); lgardellabirds AT charter.net  ) 

4. Wheeler NWR - December 20, Dwight Cooley (256-353-7243;
 dwight_cooley AT fws.gov) 

5. Birmingham - December 27, David George (205-477-5074 (H), 205-401-8111
(C); dpsageorge AT bellsouth.net  ) 

6. Pensacola, FL - December 20, Bill Bremser (Billbremser AT gmail.com
 ) 

7. Auburn - December 14, Geoff Hill (334-332-4930; gill AT auburn.edu
 ) 

8. Guntersville - December 26, Linda Reynolds (256-582-2970 (H),
256-298-1810; rreynolds AT charter.net  ) 

9. Gulf Shores - January 3, Howard Horne (hhorne AT bvaenviro.com
 ) 

10. Eufaula - December 30, Mason Jarrett (706-992-8864;
beltedkingfisher2000 AT yahoo.com  )

11. Columbus, GA - January 3, Mason Jarrett (706-992-8864;
beltedkingfisher2000 AT yahoo.com  ) 

12. Tuscaloosa - December 20, Dexter Durin (205-393-0927)

 

A couple of counts on the list last year are not being held this year: Ponce
de Leon (FL) and Russell Cave N. M.  Additionally I should mention that
there may be a count in Cullman on December 28; however, to this point I
have not been able to confirm it's still being held.  When I get some word,
I'll pass it on to you.  

 

This list will also appear on the AOS website.  If you see something
incorrect or you know of other counts I should have listed or would just
like to mention yourself (such as counts bordering us in TN and MS), by all
means do so, especially if you have contact information and dates.  There
may be additional information on counts available soon on the national
Audubon CBC website.

 

If you are new to CBCs and would like to participate, please contact one of
the folks above.  Most or all counts are very welcoming of folks at all
skill levels, the more eyes (and ears) the better :).  Some more on CBCs:

 

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is the oldest and largest citizen science
event in the world. For over a hundred years, people have gathered during
the winter holiday season to identify and count birds. In the process, they
have created a vast pool of bird data that is a valuable source of
information on the status and distribution of early winter bird populations.
Parties of birders are assigned to different parts of a 15 mile-radius count
circle to identify and count all birds seen or heard from dawn to dusk.
There are currently 10 active count circles in Alabama and over 2000
nationwide. 

 

Thanks and Cheers,

 

Ken Ward (AOS President)
Subject: Blackbird flock over Mobile Bay
From: "Pete Blank blankpj AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 11:26:22 -0600
I'm new to the Alabama gulf coast and was impressed to see a huge flock of
blackbirds last night just before sunset. I estimate there were >500,000
individuals. I watched a continuous stream of blackbirds fly north over the
bay and Daphne for about an hour. I know many of them were Red-wings. I'm
curious how common this is and what other species folks have seen in these
flocks. Quite a spectacle!

Pete Blank
Daphne, AL
Subject: Bird Pellet
From: "tbaker2953 AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 09:30:37 -0500
All, if there is anyone out there in need of a fully-preserved bird pellet  
(for educational, display purposes) please let me know.  I have found one  
on my local golf course and would like for it to go to some sort of 
educational purpose if possible. I have attached a picture of the (owl?) pellet 

for reference...I also happened to have found a deceased mole nearby  the 
pellet, which illustrates a "before and after" cycle.  Please let me  know if 
you have a purpose for the pellet and we can discuss how to get it to  
you...thanks!
 
Terry
 
Terry Baker
Montgomery, AL

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Subject: Coyote last weekend on our Mountain land
From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 05:01:25 +0000 (UTC)
Hey everyone!
Meant to share these photos with you all earlier.  This Coyote hung around my 
area for a good 3 or 4 minutes last weekend.  They are super camouflaged right 
now against the brown fall leaves all over the ground.  This one reminded me 
of one of my best friends ever, was a German Shepherd named Smokey.  We raised 
him on this mountain.   I am sleepy 

Coyote
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Subject: White-crowned Sparrows at Research Park
From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 18:41:07 +0000 (UTC)
Hi folks!
I stopped by an "island" of thick brush in the middle of a field in Research 
Park today to see what gives.  Nothing unusual except that there were a couple 
dozen or so White-crowned Sparrows.  Countless Swamps, Songs and Savannahs 
around.   I took some photos below to share with you guys (:  Light was not 
great today, and I didn't have time to get some better shots of the 
White-crowneds, but if anybody wants to go see them, you can follow the GPS 
link on the photos.  They are probably going to be in the "island" for quite a 
while.  Last time I went there a couple of months ago, the White-crowneds were 
there. 

Also, yesterday I went out to Whitespring's Dike on Wheeler during the early / 
middle part of the day (couldn't go any other time) in search for a lifer, the 
LeContes Sparrow.  I didn't find them although my guess is that they are 
there.  But I do have riddle for anybody out there.  Yesterday about 70 yards 
before reaching the water pump at the dike, several very small sparrows??  
flew out of the grass on my left and took shelter in dark areas of the brush on 
the right side of the road along the tree line that borders the lake / 
Tennessee River.  I was wondering, would a Le-Conte's Sparrow take shelter 
inside very thick brush habitat?  Whatever these small critters were, they hid 
in the brush like a Winter Wren would do, they sort of snuck up into the dark 
parts of the brush and didn't move after that.  I saw about 4 or 5 of them.  
They were very small, light-ish brown in color, weak flyers.   Anyway, I was 
just wondering if a LeConte's would actually take shelter in brush rather than 
hiding in the thick wet grass that is everywhere at the Dike.  


God bless
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Subject: Yellow-headed Blackbird - Decatur
From: "'Scott Gravette' inadu4 AT charter.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 12:34:45 -0600
Hi All,

This morning I identified a female Yellow-headed Blackbird in a mixed
cowbird/redwing flock on State Docks Road about a mile north of Highway 20
in Decatur.

The flock was feeding on the grassy area and the entrance road to the grain
facility that's on the right before the RR tracks.

 

The bird appeared to be slightly larger than the cowbirds and redwings in
the flock. Overall the body was a somewhat dark gray-brown color. I did not
see any streaking on the bird. The throat and upper breast were a solid
somewhat dull golden-yellow color. There was some yellow-buff color on the
face in the eyebrow area.

There was no white in the wing. I never got a really good look at the bill
to compare with the other birds around.

 

Anyway, it was a nice little surprise and my first Xanthocephalus in
Alabama.

 

Scott Gravette

Hartselle, AL

 
Subject: Rusty Black Bird on Monte Sano Mountain in Huntsville
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Dec 2014 17:35:30 -0800
There was a huge flock of blackbirds in my yard this morning. Some were 
different so I made photos. They are Rusty Blackbirds. This is a new bird for 
my yard and a new bird for me. 


 
 Photos # 450-452  AT  
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Feature/i-SZC5w8L 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Feature/i-SZC5w8L 

 

 

 Jerry Green
 Huntsville
  

 

Subject: Re: Is this... real?
From: "Rob Lane shrikeguy AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 18:49:29 -0500
The comments in the original video say the Owl was forced into the water by a 
pair of Peregrine Falcons. 


Good Birding,

Rob Lane
Louisville KY

> On Dec 4, 2014, at 6:46 PM, Chris Hutch chrishutch_99 AT yahoo.com [albirds] 
 wrote: 

> 
> It's real but it obviously got stuck in the water and is unable to take 
flight. Definitely not on purpose. Possibly was trying to catch a fish would be 
one guess. 

> 
> Christopher Joseph Designs
> Chris Hutchens
> 256-338-5491
> 
> 
>> On Dec 4, 2014, at 1:20 PM, "stacey gordon lithotripter31 AT yahoo.com 
[albirds]"  wrote: 

>> 
>>  
>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvrAGHGJIpE
>> 
>> a swimming owl?
>>  
>> It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.
>> --Yogi Berra
>> 
>> http://southgeek.blogspot.com/
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Is this... real?
From: "Chris Hutch chrishutch_99 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 17:46:20 -0600
 It's real but it obviously got stuck in the water and is unable to take 
flight. Definitely not on purpose. Possibly was trying to catch a fish would be 
one guess. 


Christopher Joseph Designs
Chris Hutchens
256-338-5491


On Dec 4, 2014, at 1:20 PM, "stacey gordon lithotripter31 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" 
 wrote: 


> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvrAGHGJIpE
> 
> a swimming owl?
>  
> It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.
> --Yogi Berra
> 
> http://southgeek.blogspot.com/
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Is this... real?
From: "stacey gordon lithotripter31 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 19:20:18 +0000 (UTC)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvrAGHGJIpE
a swimming owl? It's tough to make predictions, especially about the 
future.--Yogi Berra 

http://southgeek.blogspot.com/

Subject: Bonaparte's Gulls and American White Pelicans at Town Creek Marsh 3 Dec 2014
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Dec 2014 20:53:27 -0800
The marsh was covered up with American White Pelicans when I arrived around 
11:30 am plus a large flock of Bonaparte's Gulls. In addition there were Canada 
Geese, Buffelheads, an immature Bald Eagle fly over and some other gulls. 

 

 Photos and video #92-107  AT  
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Wheeler-and-Wilson-Dams-2014/i-WxcZbmq 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Wheeler-and-Wilson-Dams-2014/i-WxcZbmq 

 

 I left to go to the dam and when I returned only a small group of Pelicans and 
some Bonaparte's Gulls were there. They were close to the road and feeding. 
Soon some some duck hunters walked into the marsh and all the birds left. 


 

 When you play the videos on my site, start the video, then click on the word 
"Auto" in the lower right of the video and select 720p or 1080p for a better 
video. 

  
 Jerry Green
 Huntsville
  
Subject: Tundra Swans at Wheeler NWR
From: "Dwight Cooley sabrewing AT earthlink.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 19:20:17 -0600
Four Tundra Swans were identified today on Crabtree Slough west of the Refuge 
Wildlife Observation Building. They have been around at least since yesterday 
when they were photographed by a photographer from the Decatur Daily. Their 
photograph appeared in today's newspaper but they were misidentified as Snow 
Geese. 


Crabtree Slough is south of Alabama 67 and can be reached via an access road 
just west of Refuge Headquarters Road. A scope will probably be necessary to ID 
them. 


Dwight Cooley
Decatur, Alabama



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Subject: Boat trips during Winter AOS meeting
From: "TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 13:18:53 -0500
I have talked to Captain Steve with Nautical Wheeler and have 
reserved his services for boat trips during this year’s winter AOS meeting at 
Joe Wheeler State Park (January 23-25, 2015). As we did during the last winter 
meeting at Wheeler, we will offer trips on Friday afternoon (1:00-5:00) and 
Saturday morning (8:00-2:00). The Friday afternoon trip will cost $25.00 per 
person and the Saturday trip will be $35.00. (NOTE: If folks on board are 
interested, and willing to pay $45.00 per person, the Saturday trip can be 
extended until 4:00. That decision can be made that day.) We must have 10 
people scheduled for each trip before I can confirm the schedule with Captain 
Steve. The boat holds 24 people, but I limit each trip to 18 people so we will 
have room to move around and watch birds. Spots for each trip will be available 
on a first-come, first-served basis, though a waiting list will be maintained 
if we exceed 18 people per trip. Contact me at tnbarredowl AT aol.com if you want a spot on 
a trip (make sure you let me know which trip you want to join). I will send 
trip details in January to the people who sign up.

More information about Nautical Wheeler and Captain Steve’s tour services can be found on his web site: http://www.scenicwheelerlake.com/

Damien Simbeck

Killen, AL

Subject: Re: Re: [BAS Birding] Mute Swan at Limestone Park
From: "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 08:25:04 -0600 (GMT-06:00)
Thanks, Ken, for the additional info, and to Shane for recording the swan's 
presence at the park. Glad to see Dick's comments as well that the birds are 
already utilizing the prairie you, Dick and the other volunteers have 
established! 


Take care all,  Greg

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Cc: AL-Birds 

Subject: [ALBIRDS] Re: [BAS Birding] Mute Swan at Limestone Park
















 

 



  


    
      
      
      Greg,
Shane Coombs originally recorded the bird several weeks ago. The nearest 
population (tame or feral?) that I know about is Ballard lake. Hopefully the 
bird will not pull up too much aquatic vegetation in the central pond. It does 
add a little activity to a slow time of year in limestone park. 

Take care,Ken wills

Sent from my iPhone
On Nov 30, 2014, at 8:35 PM, "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com 
[BASBirding]"  wrote: 















 

 



    
      
      
      Hello All-



This evening Violet Keen posted on the Shelby County Camera Club Facebook page 
several lovely photos of a Mute Swan at Limestone Park. This bird is most 
likely an escapee from a private collection. If you wish to view her photos 
visit the page and scroll down a bit. There are four photos: 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ShelbyCountyCameraClub/ 




Gregory J. Harber

Birmingham, AL

gharber AT mindspring.com

"It's never too late to have a happy childhood."

Tom Robbins



    
     

    









    
     

    
    


Gregory J. Harber
Birmingham, AL
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"It's never too late to have a happy childhood."
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Subject: Re: [BAS Birding] Mute Swan at Limestone Park
From: "Memontei AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 07:53:58 -0600
Greg,

Shane Coombs originally recorded the bird several weeks ago. The nearest 
population (tame or feral?) that I know about is Ballard lake. Hopefully the 
bird will not pull up too much aquatic vegetation in the central pond. It does 
add a little activity to a slow time of year in limestone park. 


Take care,
Ken wills

Sent from my iPhone

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> Hello All-
> 
> This evening Violet Keen posted on the Shelby County Camera Club Facebook 
page several lovely photos of a Mute Swan at Limestone Park. This bird is most 
likely an escapee from a private collection. If you wish to view her photos 
visit the page and scroll down a bit. There are four photos: 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ShelbyCountyCameraClub/ 

> 
> Gregory J. Harber
> Birmingham, AL
> gharber AT mindspring.com
> "It's never too late to have a happy childhood."
> Tom Robbins
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Subject: Learn about Birds at Risk from Climate Change
From: "cooterp14 AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Nov 2014 07:59:03 -0800
Gary Langham, Chief scientist of the National Audubon Society, is the featured 
speaker for the 2014 Birmingham Audubon Annual Banquet. Audubon Chief Scientist 
Gary Langham,a birder since childhood, led the team of Audubon ornithologists 
reporting in September that 314 of the 588 bird species in North American are 
at risk due to climate change. The report is based on a 7 year investigation of 
40 years of historical climate data, US Geological Survey's North American 
Breeding Bird Survey and Audubon's Christmas Bird count. The Banquet is 
December 4, at 7pm See birminghamaudubon.org for more details and to register. 

 

 Hans Paul
 Birmingham, Alabama
  
Subject: Mute Swan at Limestone Park
From: "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 20:35:30 -0600 (GMT-06:00)
Hello All-

This evening Violet Keen posted on the Shelby County Camera Club Facebook page 
several lovely photos of a Mute Swan at Limestone Park. This bird is most 
likely an escapee from a private collection. If you wish to view her photos 
visit the page and scroll down a bit. There are four photos: 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ShelbyCountyCameraClub/ 



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Birmingham, AL
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Subject: Rusty's have returned to East Lake Park, Birmingham
From: "'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 23:40:38 +0000
Nov 30 2014



Hi Folks,



I have been birding my local patches in eastern Birmingham a lot over the last 
few weeks, but haven't had much to report. Today I found that Rusty Blackbirds 
have returned to East Lake Park and the nearby neighborhoods vacated by the 
airport authority. There are not many, but I expect the flocks to grow larger 
if this winter is anything like last winter, when large flocks were there 
pretty much every time I visited. 




I also birded Zion Prairie again today. ZP still has good number of sparrows, 
but numbers are down from their peak a few weeks ago. Despite my best efforts I 
can't seem to find anything out of the ordinary, however. The most "unusual" 
birds I had today were House Wren (which is uncommon here in the Winter) and 
American Pipit (which is uncommon in the city, but I am now detecting regularly 
at ZP as flyovers) There's a large area that is not mowed very often and I 
tromped through there for about an hour and only kicked up the usual sparrow 
suspects. 




If anyone has a patch in Birmingham where Grasshopper, Le Conte's and similar 
sparrow rarities are a possibility, please let me know. 




Back to the grind tomorrow. But the next birding adventure is only 5 days away! 




Scot Duncan,

Birdingham



R. Scot Duncan
Chair, Biology Dept
Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Road
Birmingham, AL, 35206
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Subject: Grasshopper, Fox, and White-crowned Sparrows.... in central Tennessee
From: "'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 12:40:22 +0000
Hi Folks,


I learned a few things about birding in Alabama this weekend, by going to 
Tennessee. I was up in Nashville this weekend to visit family, and I took two 
mornings off to go birding, including yesterday when I visited Bell's Bend Park 
(a link to the park is below). Essentially this is old pasture and row-crop 
land that is allowed to go fallow for a few years before they cut everything 
back down to keep trees from overtaking these areas. Old fence lines and 
streams are wooded, and unpaved roads wind through the landscape. Apparently 
Henslow's Sparrows breed there in the summer. 



At present, these old fields are brimming with seeds, and consequently, there 
are massive numbers of sparrows here. I spent nearly 4 hours there yesterday 
morning. The rarest bird was a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW which decided to sing for me 
at close range. Though I didn't see the bird, I had been playing both Le 
Conte's and Grasshopper songs (they are pretty similar) in an attempt to find 
these species, and I was able to recognize the song immediately. 



It was also nice seeing many Fox Sparrows, which are rare to uncommon in North 
Alabama in the winters. I estimated that I saw 20 during my time up there. One 
thing that was interesting is that in Alabama, I usually encounter them in 
wooded area, but these were out in the fallow fields. They respond readily to 
spishing, squeaking, or recordings of themselves or other sparrows, and will 
sit up on high perches to observe the observer. 



But the thing I witnessed that was most mind-blowing for me were the sheer 
numbers of White-crowned Sparrows. At one time I counted 25 of them - a mix of 
adults and immatures - feeding in one of the roads. I've never seen so many of 
this species in my life, so I just sat down and watched them for 10 minutes. At 
other times they would respond to spishing and 7 or 8 of them would perch in a 
small leaf-less tree. I settled on a final estimate of about 35, which was very 
conservative. It was quite the spectacle. ?The link to Bells Bend Park is 
below. 



Happy Thanksgiving!

Scot Duncan,

Birmingham




http://www.nashville.gov/Parks-and-Recreation/Nature-Centers-and-Natural-Areas/Bells-Bend-Outdoor-Center/Bells-Bend-Park.aspx 






R. Scot Duncan
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Birmingham-Southern College
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Birmingham, AL, 35206
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Subject: Guntersville Lake today
From: "Amber Hart whitehartrabbitry AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 23:25:16 +0000 (UTC)
Went to the Dam and the Lake today to see what was out and about. Duck numbers 
were low, but variety was good at the Lake. Lots and lots of Loons. Several 
Eagles were present at the Dam, and also saw three Harriers, one of which 
chased off a Red-tailed Hawk.  


Got some pictures from the causeway on my way out. As usual, Loons were very 
cooperative. 


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Subject: western kingbird
From: "andrew AT natsp.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Nov 2014 13:31:12 -0800
Western Kingbird on Dauphin Island this afternoon, on a wire on Bienville about 
0.75 mile from the WE beach. Also a Snow Goose on the golf course lake 
yesterday. 


Cheers,

Andrew
DI
 

Subject: Rufous Hummingbird in Killen
From: "Damien Simbeck TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 21:14:10 -0600
I talked to Mrs. Kroeger earlier today. The Rufous Hummingbird has not been 
seen at their house since Tuesday.  Guess those of us in north Alabama need to 
make sure we have fresh food available,  just in case.  


Damien Simbeck
Killen,  AL

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Subject: Eagles at Guntersville Dam and Grebes at Guntersville
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Nov 2014 18:20:35 -0800
The eagles were very active this afternoon at Guntersville Dam and the light 
was good. 


 New photos #107-113  AT  
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Eagles-2012-2013-at/i-3T3dszd 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Eagles-2012-2013-at/i-3T3dszd 

  
 There were 9+ Horned Grebes and 12+ Pied-billed Grebes viewed from the L B 
Wallace pier. The Pied-billed Grebes and some Common Loons were way out and 
back lit. A couple of Horned Grebes were very close to the pier and posed for 
photos. 

  
 
 Horned Grebe photos  AT  
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Guntersville-2012-2013/i-pLBH5kW 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Guntersville-2012-2013/i-pLBH5kW 

 

 Jerry Green
 Huntsville
 

Subject: Re: Ring-necked pheasant near Athens
From: "Milton Harris miltonmzee AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:13:01 -0800
I expect this is an escapee. My understanding is that pheasants were introduced 
to Wheeler Refuge about 50 years ago, but they have long since disappeared. 


Milton

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 Subject: [ALBIRDS] Ring-necked pheasant near Athens
 To: albirds AT yahoogroups.com
 Date: Friday, November 28, 2014, 11:46 AM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
  
 
 
 
   
 
 
     
       
       
       This morning around 7:30 I was going south
 on Yarbrough Road near Athens, in fact I may have been in
 the city limits. I saw a Ring-necked Pheasant - female -
 cross the road. It was right at that fairly new subdivision
 on the east side of the road. It crossed over to the west
 side of the road and went into the small thicket there. It
 paused before it went into the  thicket so I got a real
 good look. I was less than 50 feet from the bird so I know
 what it was.
 That is pretty rare, but it is not the
 first pheasant I have seen in Alabama. And I do know what
 they look like especially since I was in North Dakota in May
 and saw between 50-100 during that 4 day
 trip.
 Rocky Baker
 
     
      
 
     
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Subject: Ring-necked pheasant near Athens
From: "justadude80 AT hotmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Nov 2014 09:46:30 -0800
This morning around 7:30 I was going south on Yarbrough Road near Athens, in 
fact I may have been in the city limits. I saw a Ring-necked Pheasant - female 
- cross the road. It was right at that fairly new subdivision on the east side 
of the road. It crossed over to the west side of the road and went into the 
small thicket there. It paused before it went into the thicket so I got a real 
good look. I was less than 50 feet from the bird so I know what it was. 

 

 That is pretty rare, but it is not the first pheasant I have seen in Alabama. 
And I do know what they look like especially since I was in North Dakota in May 
and saw between 50-100 during that 4 day trip. 

 

 Rocky Baker
Subject: Snow geese
From: "Craig Litteken littekenc AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:02:51 -0600
3 snow geese for Thanksgiving on the farm pond along Rigsby Road east of Daphne 
late morning today. 


Craig Litteken
Daphne


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Subject: Birdseye
From: "wareaglebirder AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Nov 2014 16:50:49 -0800
I will make this as short as possible.. 
 I downloaded the Birdseye app onto my Android. The app allows me to access 
eBird and to glean a lot of information; especially useful was data that 
allowed me to to see entries by date that were entered based on miles from my 
position or from known birding hot spots. It also allowed me to make entries 
directly to eBird to my account while I was still in the field, 

 If you are a part of eBird, check it out.  It was very useful.
 

 Rod Douglas
Subject: Swan Creek WMA- this morning 11/26
From: "Amber Hart whitehartrabbitry AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:48:10 +0000 (UTC)
I made a morning trip to Swan Creek at the crack of dawn to hopefully see some 
owls hunting. I did get to see a Great Horned briefly, but he was the only one. 
Activity was fairly high today, until the gates opened at 7:30, and the duck 
hunters started rolling in. Many sparrows, many kinglets, many photo 
opportunities. Also got a surprise Lincoln's Sparrow. 55 species in all- a 
great morning, although a tad chilly! 

You can see my photos here:
http://www.flickr.com/redheadphotog 
Happy birding, all!

-Amber Hart
Guntersville, AL 
Subject: Purple Finch, Pine Siskin photos today
From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:07:34 +0000 (UTC)
Howdy birders,
This morning I was on our farm and came across some winter birds.   Amongst 
the usual more common critters, there were several Siskins and a few Purple 
Finches.  This is the first time I have seen either of the two without having 
a feeder up.  I put some seed out there today, maybe something neat will come 
in later (:   I hope you all enjoy the Purple Finch and Siskin photos (:  I 
had forgotten how beautiful the shade of "red" on the male PF is.  


Happy Thanksgiving!
Purple Finch
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Subject: birds in flight at Wheeler this morning
From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:51:51 +0000 (UTC)
Hey everyone,
Headed out to Wheeler today and stood still (for about an hour) in the back of 
the visitor's center to see what might flight by.  I was hoping that a 
Whooping Crane or two might fly by, no such luck.  All that flew through my 
window of good light were Sandhills and Greater White-fronted Geese.  Saw at 
least 1000 Cranes fly by.   I didn't go to the observation building, where I 
am sure there were some Whoops.   The glass there and the glass in my lens 
don't get along. 

Hope all of you have a Happy Thanksgiving (:
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Subject: Cedar Waxwings
From: "'Larry' ctyrd109 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:21:50 -0600
HI Y'all
We have had invasions of Cedar Waxwings on our berried cedar trees for the last 
two days. The flock this morning was bigger than yesterdays. A few Robins 
accompanied them. 

Larry. NW Chiton County