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30 Oct Sandhills crane correction ["J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" ]
30 Oct Sandhills crane correction ["J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" ]
30 Oct Sandhills correction ["J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" ]
30 Oct Sandhills cranes at Wheeler NWR, Decatur, AL ["J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" ]
30 Oct Overnight movement ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
30 Oct Overnight movement ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" ]
29 Oct Whited-throated Sparrow on Monte Sano in Huntsville ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
25 Oct Groove-billed Anis, Orange Beach ["john.a.trent AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
28 Oct Re: Another front due ["'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" ]
26 Oct WESTERN MEADOWLARK at Fort Morgan yesterday (October 25th) ["hhorne AT earthlink.net [albirds]" ]
26 Oct yardbirds, Lee county ["Rodney Mccollum rdny328 AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
24 Oct White-crowned Sparrow ["Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
24 Oct Franklin's Gull, Winter Wren, Marsh Sparrow photos ["Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
24 Oct Wetlands Trail walk, Week 9 ["'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" ]
23 Oct Nutmeg Mannikins. ["Janice Neitzel janiceneitzel AT ymail.com [albirds]" ]
23 Oct Pine Siskin ["'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" ]
22 Oct Golden-Crowned Kinglets ["Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
22 Oct Guntersville this AM (22 Oct) ["'Greg D. Jackson' g_d_jackson AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
22 Oct Song Sparrows, not Savannahs ["cgrishamlaw cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
22 Oct savannah sparrows ["Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
22 Oct Winter Wren on Monte Sano Mountain in Huntsville ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
21 Oct Blue-headed Vireo on Monte Sano Mountain in Huntsville ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
21 Oct YB Sapsuckers ["ibort AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
20 Oct YBsapsucker ["jjoal AT att.net [albirds]" ]
19 Oct wood - Pewee. ["andrew AT natsp.com [albirds]" ]
19 Oct Key Cave this Afternoon ["Jud Johnston rivendell AT tds.net [albirds]" ]
19 Oct Nelson's Sparrows - FW: eBird Report - Rudder Rd., Hope Hull, Oct 19, 2014 ["lgardellabirds AT charter.net [albirds]" ]
19 Oct Western Wood Pewee calling at Dauphin Island 1:00 pm Sunday ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
19 Oct Yard birds ["Lorna West jjoal AT att.net [albirds]" ]
18 Oct migration ["andrew AT natsp.com [albirds]" ]
18 Oct flycatchers. ["andrew AT natsp.com [albirds]" ]
18 Oct Wetlands Trail Saturday Morning ["Jud Johnston rivendell AT tds.net [albirds]" ]
18 Oct Sparrows have arrived!; LINCOLN'S and VESPER; WARBLING VIREO ["'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" ]
18 Oct Nashville Warbler back this morning ["Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
17 Oct Nashville Warbler photos ["Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
17 Oct Nashville Warbler ["cgrishamlaw cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
17 Oct Ft. Pickens today ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" ]
17 Oct Ft. Pickens today ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
17 Oct Wetlands Trail addendum ["'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" ]
17 Oct TVA Wetlands Trail - Week 8 ["'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" ]
16 Oct bird photos from recent florida trip ["Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
15 Oct Ft. Pickens today ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" ]
15 Oct Ft. Pickens today ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
14 Oct Birding prospects for tomorrow, pure speculation ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
14 Oct Birding prospects for tomorrow, pure speculation ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" ]
14 Oct Vote for Dauphin Island, AL ["'Bianca Allen' brdnrd1022 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
14 Oct RE: Fwd: eBird Report - Near Oakland, Oct 13, 2014 ["'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" ]
13 Oct Fwd: eBird Report - Near Oakland, Oct 13, 2014 ["TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
14 Oct weekend report from Mentone ["'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" ]
13 Oct Clay-colored Sparrow ["TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
13 Oct birding prospects today ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" ]
13 Oct birding prospects today ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
12 Oct Re: Willow Flycatcher ["'Jim Stevenson' galornsoc AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" ]
12 Oct RE: Hummingbird ranges ["'Marie Anderson' marieanderson5 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
11 Oct Migrant birds kidnapped! ["'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" ]
11 Oct Re: ferry tomorrow ["Mac Walter macwalter AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
11 Oct Re: ferry tomorrow ["Janice Neitzel janiceneitzel AT ymail.com [albirds]" ]
10 Oct ferry tomorrow ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
10 Oct Hawk vs. quadcopter ["Marshall Reid mreid72 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
10 Oct Birmingham this AM (10 Oct) ["'Greg D. Jackson' g_d_jackson AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
10 Oct TVA Wetlands Trail, Week 6 ["'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" ]
09 Oct Cedar Waxwings Monte Sano, Huntsville ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
09 Oct Cattle Egrets, Bb Cuckoo ["Damien Simbeck TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
9 Oct looking ahead ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
9 Oct looking ahead ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" ]
09 Oct caspian terns ["andrew AT natsp.com [albirds]" ]
8 Oct C. Gallinule, south overlook Blackwell Swamp ["J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" ]
06 Oct Limestone Park - Alabaster Monday ["phfranklin36 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
6 Oct vireo day ["Milton Harris miltonmzee AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
6 Oct Re: Willow Flycatcher ["Stan Hamilton stan_dana_h AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
6 Oct RE: Willow Flycatcher ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
6 Oct Willow Flycatcher ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
6 Oct Willow Flycatcher ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" ]
6 Oct RE: TVA Wetlands Trails, Oct 4, 2014 ["'James Holmes' jfholmes AT ucdavis.edu [albirds]" ]
6 Oct Lee County , another good day birding, 13 species of warblers.. ["Rodney Mccollum rdny328 AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
5 Oct Great day in Gulf Breeze ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" ]

Subject: Sandhills crane correction
From: "J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:33:33 -0700
Forgot to sign Sandhills Crane correction

Jane Allen
Volunteer 
Wheeler NWR. Decatur , AL
Subject: Sandhills crane correction
From: "J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:33:33 -0700
Forgot to sign Sandhills Crane correction

Jane Allen
Volunteer 
Wheeler NWR. Decatur , AL
Subject: Sandhills correction
From: "J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:26:36 -0700
Teresa Adams saw the 3 Sandhills cranes on Tuesday , October 28 at Wheeler NWR 
, Decatur, AL. 
Subject: Sandhills cranes at Wheeler NWR, Decatur, AL
From: "J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:00:41 -0700
25 Sandhills cranes at Visitor Center, Wheeler NWR, back and to western area 
near trees spotted by Ranger Daphne Moland today . 3 had been seen yesterday 

by Ranger Teresa Adams. 

Jane Allen
Volunteer
Subject: Overnight movement
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:28:24 -0500
Hi,

 

               Stepping outside at sunrise I can see small flocks of
migrants flying over our migrant trap home in Gulf Breeze. There was a
movement of birds behind the front but it appears to be a modest one. I
could not get an ID on any, a flock of blackbirds and smaller birds, perhaps
Yellow-rumps.

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle
Subject: Overnight movement
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:28:24 -0500
Hi,

 

               Stepping outside at sunrise I can see small flocks of
migrants flying over our migrant trap home in Gulf Breeze. There was a
movement of birds behind the front but it appears to be a modest one. I
could not get an ID on any, a flock of blackbirds and smaller birds, perhaps
Yellow-rumps.

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle
Subject: Whited-throated Sparrow on Monte Sano in Huntsville
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Oct 2014 15:19:37 -0700
A White-throated Sparrow showed up this morning on Monte Sano in Huntsville.
 

 
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 Jerry Green
Subject: Groove-billed Anis, Orange Beach
From: "john.a.trent AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Oct 2014 06:41:15 -0700
All,
 

 The pair of Anis reported to eBIrd recently were found this past Wednesday 
(Oct. 22) at the Hugh Branyon Backcounty Trails. For anyone wanting to see if 
they're still around they were on the Catman Road trail at the Little Lake 
overlook (trail maps can be found online). Both birds were vocalizing. 

 

 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20319401 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20319401 

 

 John Trent
 Midway, AL
 

Subject: Re: Another front due
From: "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:17:08 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
Hey Bob and AL-birders-

Tonight on my ride home from Oak Hill Cemetery (great place for potluck dinner 
on the cusp of Halloween, eh? Spare ribs, anyone?) I passed UAB's Jefferson 
Tower. The bright spotlights aimed at the dome often attract Common Nighthawks 
in migration, which is somewhat past for them at this point. I was a little 
surprised to see six nighthawks buzzing through the lights catching insects. 
This time of year one or two is almost expected, but a half-dozen seemed a 
little higher than normal. I suspect this approaching front is encouraging the 
slackers to get their tail feathers in gear. 


Take care all,  Greg

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

From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" 

Sent: Oct 28, 2014 4:40 PM

To: nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com, albirds AT yahoogroups.com

Subject: [ALBIRDS] Another front due
















 

 



  


    
      
      
 Hi all, Another front is due to reach the northern Gulf Coast Wednesday night. 
North or NE winds are forecast to continue through Saturday night which should 
make for good and comfortable birding through the weekend. More winter visitors 
should arrive with a good chance of a vagrant or two showing up somewhere in 
our area. I went to Ft. Pickens today, not that I expected many birds in this 
warm weather with light and southerly winds. There wasn’t much but I did get 
rewarded with a WHIP-POOR-WILL at the dump, a favorite place for goatsuckers to 
hang out before they move on. The WHIP replaced the CHUCKS that had been there 
for many days. Good birding, Bob DuncanGulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle 


    
     

    
    


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: WESTERN MEADOWLARK at Fort Morgan yesterday (October 25th)
From: "hhorne AT earthlink.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Oct 2014 11:11:10 -0700
Hi all,
 

 Don McKee, Andrew Haffenden and I had an immature Western Meadowlark yesterday 
morning at Fort Morgan in the large open field adjacent to the abandoned middle 
ground runway east of the fort museum. The bird was extremely secretive and 
skulking in areas of higher grass, but photographs showing the species' pale 
plumage, low facial pattern contrast, and whitish flanks were obtained. The 
bird was heard to issue diagnostic "chuck" notes on three occasions. 
Call-playbacks of WEME generated an alert response by the bird, but no song or 
other vocalizations (the chuck notes were heard later). 

 

 After about 5 minutes of study, the bird disappeared into the grass and could 
not be relocated. It was never seen flying off from its last observed location. 
Attempts to flush the bird by walking the area were unsuccessful. Not sure if 
this bird is still around or not. Updates on any sightings would be 
appreciated. 

 

 Good Luck and Good Birding,
 

 Howard Horne
 Mobile, AL
Subject: yardbirds, Lee county
From: "Rodney Mccollum rdny328 AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 08:44:51 -0400
Good morning.

Good flock of warblers in yard this morning. Best bird is a Nashville Warbler. 
Also at least one Black-throated Green Warbler and Tennessee Warbler. Many 
others moving around behind the leaves. 


Rodney McCollum
Opelika, Al
Lee county
Subject: White-crowned Sparrow
From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:50:09 -0700
Howdy,

Wanted to share some photos of a White-crowned Sparrow I saw at Research Park 
in some brush. 



Have a great weekend!

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

  
             
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Charles H. Grisham Jr.
Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 5585
Huntsville, AL  35814
Subject: Franklin's Gull, Winter Wren, Marsh Sparrow photos
From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:18:49 -0700
Fellow birders,

I have posted some new photos in my north Alabama winter gallery below for you 
guys to enjoy (: Thanks to Greg Jackson for sharing his information about the 
Franklin's Gull so that I could find it. What is funny is that I photographed 
the Franklin's from far way about a week ago, but I assumed it was a 
Bonaparte's since I have seen them there quite a bit in recent winters. 
Compared to many I am an ignorant birder, there is no denying that! 



Have a great day!

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

  
             
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Huntsville, AL  35814
Subject: Wetlands Trail walk, Week 9
From: "'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:32:07 +0000
Four birders enjoyed cool temperatures and winter birds during the last 
Wetlands Trail walk of the year. We found 35 species, including 4 species of 
warblers. We also found record high numbers of Blue-headed Vireos (5) and 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (22). For the season, we conducted 9 walks and tallied 89 
species. We usually average about 90 species each year, though we have found 
91-108 during each of the past six years. Usual birds not seen this year 
include Great Blue Heron, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, 
Golden-winged Warbler, Palm Warbler, Swainson's Warbler, Hooded Warbler, both 
tanagers, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Baltimore Oriole and 
American Goldfinch. We will hopefully have walks again next fall, though we may 
move to the Upper Rockpile Campground area, depending upon the status of the 
Wetlands Trail area. Here's today's list: 


Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1, Cooper's Hawk - 1, Red-tailed Hawk - 1, Rock Pigeon - 
2, Mourning Dove - 4, Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2, Downy Woodpecker - 1, 
Northern Flicker - 8, Eastern Phoebe - 1, Blue-headed Vireo - 5, Blue Jay - 2, 
American Crow - 1, Carolina Chickadee - 3, Tufted Titmouse - 3, Brown Creeper - 
2, Carolina Wren - 5, Golden-crowned Kinglet - 3, Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 22, 
Eastern Bluebird - 4, Hermit Thrush - 1, American Robin - 70, Gray Catbird - 2, 
Brown Thrasher - 1, Northern Mockingbird - 1, European Starling - 1, Nashville 
Warbler - 1, Magnolia Warbler - 3, Yellow-rumped Warbler - 19, Black-throated 
Green Warbler - 2, Eastern Towhee - 1, White-throated Sparrow - 14, Northern 
Cardinal - 21, Red-winged Blackbird - 10, Common Grackle - 2, Brown-headed 
Cowbird - 50 


Damien Simbeck
Killen, AL
Subject: Nutmeg Mannikins.
From: "Janice Neitzel janiceneitzel AT ymail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:14:16 -0500
Hi All,
Today while birding at the Fort, I noticed a flock of around fifteen-twenty, 
small birds. 

Watched them land 
in the hollies/scrub oaks near Battery Bowyer.
Upon closer inspection I found them to be Nutmeg Mannikins.
I did get photos.
We usually have them show up here, Fort Morgan, in our backyard around 
Thanksgiving. 

So these may be a little early.

Janice Neitzel
Fort Morgan, Al.

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Subject: Pine Siskin
From: "'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:04:05 +0000
just heard a Pine Siskin flying over the house here in Birmingham.


Scot Duncan
Subject: Golden-Crowned Kinglets
From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:39:56 -0700
Hey everyone, wanted to share some Kinglet photos I took in Paintrock Valley 
today, close to sunset. I love these winter birds and their static beauty. 
Ya'll have a good one 


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Subject: Guntersville this AM (22 Oct)
From: "'Greg D. Jackson' g_d_jackson AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:04:57 -0500
AL Birders:

I spent a few hours this morning at Guntersville in the cool breeze.  
Admittedly early for wintering birds, I thought it might be fun to check 
for new arrivals.  Numbers of waterbirds were low as expected, with the 
exception of large rafts of Am. Coots, with PB Grebes peppered 
throughout the area.  I didn't do my usual systematic scoping, but quick 
binocular checks of the main areas showed lots of empty water between 
coot flocks.  Only 8 Com. Loons were spotted on the 69 Causeway.

I spent a lot of time at the new point over looking the harbor (old 
Harbor House site at the foot of the US 431 bridge).  Only small numbers 
of gulls were present, but these included a first cycle LAUGHING GULL 
and a first-cycle FRANKLIN'S GULL, the former also seen briefly near the 
Civitan Park pier.  All age classes of Ring-billed and Herring were 
present for study and seasonal reacquaintance.  Four Bald Eagles were 
fun, too.

I've posted a few shots of the Laughing and Franklin's beginning at:

http://www.pbase.com/gdjackson/image/157935450

Note that a couple of these photos were obtained by just sticking my 
phone to my old "baby" scope on a window mount.  I'm just learning to do 
this, and still need to work on adjusting exposure while holding 
everything in alignment, but I was pleased to get recognizable images 
this way (the Laughing was more distant and therefore of lower image 
quality).  I even got a few functional shots using the phone and my bins 
(not posted).  This is a great tool for documenting rare birds when you 
don't have a "real" camera handy, though will take a little practice.  
Worth learning on regular birds so you'll know how to document a real 
surprise down the line!

Greg


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Subject: Song Sparrows, not Savannahs
From: "cgrishamlaw cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:29:38 -0500
That "savannah sparrow" gallery I posted earlier actually has photos of Song 
Sparrows and a Swamp.  No Savannahs lol.  Sorry about any confusion!   Be 
blessed 



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Subject: savannah sparrows
From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:47:05 -0700
Fellow birders,

I checked out an island of brush surrounded by several hundred acres of fields 
today in the Research Park area in Huntsville. I hunted there in high hopes of 
a Lincoln's. Only saw a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and dozens of Savannahs. Been 
seeing lots of White-throated Sparrows around, Sapsuckers etc. If anybody sees 
a Lincoln's or Clay-colored Sparrow, kindly send it my way (; 


I posted some photos of the Savannah's this morning into a new gallery I have 
created for birds in our region this winter. One of the sparrows below might 
not be a Savannah, but I think it probably is. It is the last photo (at this 
time) in the gallery. I hope yall enjoy the photos below of the common 
Savannah! 



God bless

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Subject: Winter Wren on Monte Sano Mountain in Huntsville
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Oct 2014 10:17:32 -0700
This Winter Wren has been in my garden for a couple of mornings. Finally got a 
photo of it this morning. 

 
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 Monte Sano, Huntsville
Subject: Blue-headed Vireo on Monte Sano Mountain in Huntsville
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Oct 2014 20:30:27 -0700
This Blue-headed Vireo was moving quickly through the trees and I was only able 
to get this one photo. 

 
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 Monte Sano Mountain in Huntsville
Subject: YB Sapsuckers
From: "ibort AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:50:45 -0400
Two young immature YB Sapsuckers were cavorting and playing together in my yard 
in Bluff Park. What a sight to see. Made me laugh. 



Ives B. Ort
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Subject: YBsapsucker
From: "jjoal AT att.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:23:48 -0500
Greetings ,the Yellowbellied sapsucker arrived just now!!! A wood thrush in 
birdbath yesterday ! Late for them??The white breasted nuthatch (2) are regular 
at the feeder now! Good birding !Lorna West,Opelika 


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Subject: wood - Pewee.
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Date: 19 Oct 2014 17:18:42 -0700
Lots of photos taken, but we may have had two birds, calling in response to 
audio, with one an eastern. a good amount of metrics on the photos over the 
next couple of days. But that bird aside - hah! - a major flycatcher day, 
again, at least 9 scissortails, 3 western kingbirds, one very pale so 
intriguing of itself, Eastern w. Pewee, phoebe, UN empid, so a fun day. A few 
warblers, 2 peregrines, and some good company. Lincoln's, clay - colored, 
white-crowned and throated, lotsa swamps, savannahs, a very birdy, sans many 
warbler, weekend. Can't complain. 


Cheers

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Subject: Key Cave this Afternoon
From: "Jud Johnston rivendell AT tds.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:17:22 -0500
Drove down to Key Cave this afternoon, mostly to get out on such a 
glorious day.  Didn't expect to find much and didn't, but I did see my 
FOS  harrier just east of the refuge.  A male, it was being, uh, harried 
by two smaller hawks, sharp-shins I think.  Noticed 6-8 palm warblers 
along Buck Key road in the edges of the cottonfields Also, at Church 
Pond there was an apparent family group of 8 white-fronted geese.  The 
juveniles were smaller and had no white at the edge of the bills.

I noticed 9 discharged shotgun shells on the trail at the wildlife refuge.

Jud Johnston
Waynesboro, TN
Subject: Nelson's Sparrows - FW: eBird Report - Rudder Rd., Hope Hull, Oct 19, 2014
From: "lgardellabirds AT charter.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:22:02 -0400 (EDT)
I have been birding in Montgomery County for more than 30 years.  Very 
few days do I see a bird that I have never seen before in the county. 
Today, I saw one - and actually saw at least two individuals.

Walking down to the lower pond at Rudder Road to get a close look at 
some shorebirds I noticed a Marsh Wren with one leg on each of two grass 
stems.  Then, to the right of the wren I saw two sparrows with orange in 
their faces.  I just posted a photo of one of them on the Albirds site. 
They were both Nelson's Sparrows!

I later saw some more sparrows (Song, Swamp & White-throated) and a 
handful of warblers at Powder Magazine (Tennessee, Common Yellowthroat, 
American Redstart, Magnolia and Yellow-rumped) and then another warbler 
right in my backyard (Northern Parula.)


Larry Gardella
Montgomery


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Subject: eBird Report - Rudder Rd., Hope Hull, Oct 19, 2014
Date: 10/19/14 12:35:30 PM
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Rudder Rd., Hope Hull, Montgomery, US-AL
Oct 19, 2014 7:02 AM - 7:42 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.3 mile(s)
Comments:     Checking out ponds, including walking down to lower pond
20 species

Canada Goose  45
Blue-winged Teal  2
Great Egret  2
Killdeer  9
Greater Yellowlegs  8
Lesser Yellowlegs  2
Least Sandpiper  1
Wilson's Snipe  2
Mourning Dove  3
Belted Kingfisher  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  1
Marsh Wren  1
Northern Mockingbird  3
Savannah Sparrow  4
Nelson's Sparrow  2     Bright orange face with gray cheek, gray nape. 
White stripes on upper back, small brown mark between gray cheek and 
gray nape.  Short tail on rather big-headed sparrow.
Northern Cardinal  4
Eastern Meadowlark  8

View this checklist online at 
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Subject: Western Wood Pewee calling at Dauphin Island 1:00 pm Sunday
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:04:15 -0500
Howard Horne and Andrew Haffenden have a calling Western Wood Pewee at the
Shell Mound on Dauphin Island right now.

The bird is responding to and interacting with playback. 

Time is 1:00 pm, Sunday afternoon.

 

Posted for HH and AH by

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Subject: Yard birds
From: "Lorna West jjoal AT att.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:38:13 -0500
Greetings, just noticed 2white throated sparrows in yard with one flicker. Look 
forward to the winter visitors !!! Lorna West, Opelika,Al 


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Subject: migration
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Date: 18 Oct 2014 19:16:30 -0700
Veracruz banding are catching lots of birds indicating migration might be a 
little delayed. Keep looking. 


Cheers

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Subject: flycatchers.
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Date: 18 Oct 2014 19:07:48 -0700
If you like flycatchers DI may have been the place to be this afternoon. Or, 
more specifically, Audubon Sanctuary/East end. Maybe 6 to 8 scissor tailed 
flycatchers, phoebe, wood Pewee, Least fly, plus 2 western flies -one very 
Cassins like but still a western I'm 95% sure but we can have fun- so an 
interesting late afternoon. 


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Subject: Wetlands Trail Saturday Morning
From: "Jud Johnston rivendell AT tds.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:53:52 -0500
Couldn't make Damien's trip yesterday, but I rode down to the Wetlands 
this morning.  I only found three of the 10 species of warbler he had; 
Tennessees still in good numbers, 5 Maggies, and a BTG.  I did add a 
Nashville, first one in several years for me.  I saw no swifts or 
swallows but had a couple of yellow-billed cuckoos and a house wren that 
weren't listed yesterday.  Also, Damien reported no Eastern phoebes, but 
they were ubiquitous this morning; at least 25.

A beautiful morning for a walk in the woods.

Jud Johnston
Waynesboro, TN
Subject: Sparrows have arrived!; LINCOLN'S and VESPER; WARBLING VIREO
From: "'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:24:15 +0000
October 18, 2014


Will Hustwit and I began the day in the Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve 
parking lot (Birmingham), and so did many migrants birds. Last night a weak 
cold front moved into the region from the northwest, and radar showed a pulse 
of migrants flying with the front, and winding up in North Central Alabama and 
environs. While I hadn't been able to bird during the week, based on other 
reports I think this was more birds than had been seen in the days since the 
last front. 



We had 8 species of warbler, including NASHVILLE (probably western race) and 
blackpoll. First White-throated Sparrows of the year for me were like seeing 
old friends again. But the best bird at Ruffner was a sleeper - it was a 
WARBLING VIREO that I saw at a distance and misidentified initially. The ID 
didn't click with me until hours later when I was able to parse through the 
options. One of the most beautiful moments was when 2 Sharp-shinned Hawks took 
flight from the mountain and circled high overhead, catching the golden light 
of the low morning sun. 



The Nashville at Ruffner also gave us spectacular views as it gleaned insects 
from goldenrod blooms at the margins of the parking lot (the other Nashvilles 
described below were doing the same). It was pumping its tail constantly like a 
Palm Warbler, something I'd never seen before. Sibley says that this is 
characteristic of the western race, but the eastern race does this only 
occasionally. 



But the best action was at Zion Prairie. The prairie was loaded with sparrows 
and Indigo Buntings, with a few warblers scattered about. Among the latter were 
2 more NASHVILLE WARBLERS, many Palm Warblers, and a handful of Yellow-rumped 
Warblers, bringing the warbler total up to 11. But the real spectacle was the 
arrival of the winter seed-eating species. First of season for several species, 
including Dark-eyed Junco, Swamp (dozens seen) Sparrow, Song Sparrow, VESPER 
SPARROW (which is always a nice find), and.... drumroll..... a LINCOLN'S 
SPARROW. This latter prize was a bird I haven't seen in the east since 
Hurricane Elena struck the Duncan family homestead twice in 1985 and I found it 
bewildered and hunkering down beneath some waxmyrtle shrubs. I've often 
wondered if I've been overlooking them all these years, but those buffy flanks 
with fine streaking were a dead giveaway. Will and I got nice looks - eye-ring 
and all - as it rested in a privet bush. This is at the very same location 
where I almost had a Clay-colored Sparrow 2 weeks ago. If that makes any sense 
to anyone. 



I'll head out again tomorrow, probably just hitting Ruffner very early and then 
work the Prairie over for more vagrants. 



Good Birding Y'all,

Scot Duncan?
Subject: Nashville Warbler back this morning
From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 08:17:43 -0700
Good morning birders!

I went to the same location in my neighborhood this morning where I saw the 
Nashville Warbler yesterday. The Nashville was in the same tree with other 
Tennessee Warblers again. I took some more photos of the dude, much better 
light than yesterday. I hope you all enjoy them (: Better yet, get outside and 
enjoy this beautiful day! 


Nashville Warbler / North Alabama / Riverwalk along Flint River / October 18, 
2014 / Early morning sunlight 


  
             
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Subject: Nashville Warbler photos
From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:46:33 -0700
Fellow birders,

I added the Nashville Warbler photos to the gallery below for you guys to view. 
Some were shot at 10,000 ISO. Very low light conditions, but the bokeh from the 
sunset on the autumn leaves behind the Tennessee's and the Nashville is good 
stuff! It was interesting to see that the Tennessees were chasing the Nashville 
away from what appeared to be a more desirable location on the tree to eat 
from. I guess maybe its due to the Nashville being outnumbered? Perhaps a dozen 
or so Nashvilles would chase away a lone Tennessee? I have no idea. I am going 
to bed. Happy birding! 


Nashville Warbler / North Alabama / Riverwalk along Flint River / October 17, 
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Subject: Nashville Warbler
From: "cgrishamlaw cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:16:39 -0500
Saw one in NE Madison County today mixed in with some TN Warblers,  will post 
pics later tonight 


Be blessed

Charles Grisham


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Subject: Ft. Pickens today
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:17:41 -0500
               Hi all,

 

               Well, in spite of a rather slow day that Lucy & I experienced
at Ft. Pickens yesterday, I decided to go back anyhow, maybe just because
it's there and it's October. I was pleasantly surprised to find more birds
than yesterday, and weather was certainly not a factor this time. That's
what's great about birding, one never knows what to expect. We have been
experiencing clear skies and rather light and variable winds. I wound up
with 7 warbler species and 17 Neotropical migrants for the day. Large
numbers of Tree Swallows were moving through and Swamp Sparrows were
numerous. Best birds of the day were LARK, NELSON'S and WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROWS.

 

               Another cold front is on the map but this one is more typical
of what happens in October, an exchange of dry high pressure cells with no
rain along the frontal boundary. That should pass through Saturday night,
with winds moderate going from NW to NE. I should think this will be the
impetus for more winter visitors to move in to our area (NW FL - AL coasts)
along with some of the remaining Neotropical migrants.

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle
Subject: Ft. Pickens today
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:17:41 -0500
               Hi all,

 

               Well, in spite of a rather slow day that Lucy & I experienced
at Ft. Pickens yesterday, I decided to go back anyhow, maybe just because
it's there and it's October. I was pleasantly surprised to find more birds
than yesterday, and weather was certainly not a factor this time. That's
what's great about birding, one never knows what to expect. We have been
experiencing clear skies and rather light and variable winds. I wound up
with 7 warbler species and 17 Neotropical migrants for the day. Large
numbers of Tree Swallows were moving through and Swamp Sparrows were
numerous. Best birds of the day were LARK, NELSON'S and WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROWS.

 

               Another cold front is on the map but this one is more typical
of what happens in October, an exchange of dry high pressure cells with no
rain along the frontal boundary. That should pass through Saturday night,
with winds moderate going from NW to NE. I should think this will be the
impetus for more winter visitors to move in to our area (NW FL - AL coasts)
along with some of the remaining Neotropical migrants.

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle
Subject: Wetlands Trail addendum
From: "'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:32:05 +0000
Add one Eastern Screech-Owl to the previous list...forgot to add that one to my 
checklist, but we had one calling as we were leaving the trail area. 


Damien Simbeck
Killen, AL
Subject: TVA Wetlands Trail - Week 8
From: "'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:26:55 +0000
Only two birders on the trail this morning, but still a nice bit of fall 
migration in action. We found 43 species, including 10 species of warblers. 
Again, Tennessee Warblers dominated the scene with near record numbers. This 
has been one of the best falls for Tennessee Warblers I have seen in some time. 
Several new arrivals included Blue-headed Vireo, Orange-crowned and 
Yellow-rumped Warblers and White-throated Sparrow. Yellow-rumps were not the 
dominate warbler, so we will have at least one more walk on the trail. We will 
meet at the usual place at 6:45 again next Friday (10/24). Here's today's 
totals: 


Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1, Rock Pigeon - 6, Mourning Dove - 2, Chimney Swift - 3, 
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 3, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 1, Downy Woodpecker - 3, 
Northern Flicker - 3, Eastern Wood-Pewee - 2, White-eyed Vireo - 2, Blue-headed 
Vireo - 1, Blue Jay - 6, American Crow - 1, Northern Rough-winged Swallow - 23, 
Tree Swallow - 40, Barn Swallow - 2, Carolina Chickadee - 1, Tufted Titmouse - 
1, Carolina Wren - 5, Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 3, Eastern Bluebird - 4, American 
Robin - 53, Gray Catbird - 2, Brown Thrasher - 2, Northern Mockingbird - 2, 
Cedar Waxwing - 2, Black-and-white Warbler - 1, Tennessee Warbler - 38, 
Orange-crowned Warbler - 1, American Redstart - 2, Magnolia Warbler - 10, 
Bay-breasted Warbler - 1, Blackburnian Warbler - 1, Pine Warbler - 1, 
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 3, Black-throated Green Warbler - 3, Eastern Towhee - 
2, White-throated Sparrow - 2, Northern Cardinal - 23, Rose-breasted Grosbeak - 
2, Red-winged Blackbird - 2, Common Grackle - 12, Brown-headed Cowbird - 170 


Damien Simbeck
Killen, AL
Subject: bird photos from recent florida trip
From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 04:33:47 -0700
Fellow birders,

I wanted to share some bird photos with you guys, I hope yall enjoy!

Long story short, on October 3, me and my family left Huntsville and headed to 
Jacksonville, Florida. I birded the entire day in the Jax area on October 4th. 
I was looking mostly for Cape May's and Black-throated Blues but didn't find 
either at any of the many parks I visited in the northern JAX area. Warbler 
activity was low and I didn't get what I was after in the wooded areas, but 
managed to "shoot" several lifers, mostly along the shore. Lifers were: Red 
Knot, Wilson's Plover, Piping Plover, Marsh Wren, Seaside Sparrow, some others. 



We left Jax and headed to Disney for a couple of days, then headed further 
south to Venice, Florida. It was there, at Casperson Beach, that I got shots of 
another lifer, the Florida Scrub Jay. Also got some cool shore birds there in 
early morning light. By the way, anybody interested in fossilized shark teeth 
should go to Venice! Me and my boys and wife found about 80 or so of them along 
the shoreline. 



After leaving Venice, we went north to Panama City Beach. More shorebirds 
there..also got another lifer (Northern Gannet). 



On the way back home, I had my mind set on getting some photos of another 
lifer, the Bachman's Sparrow. I was generously given detailed habitat 
information of the Bachman's by Scot and Lucy Duncan (thanks Duncans!!), and 
decided to stop by Pine Log State Forest on the way through the panhandle since 
it was on the way home and had the habitat. I stopped by the ranger station and 
asked the Ranger where I could find a large open Pine forest that abuts a large 
area of tall grass...he put me on a spot. When I got there, it was raining, but 
was beginning to let up. As my wife patiently tended to our 3 little boys in 
the car for over an hour or so, I stomped through some tall grass, I got wet 
lol. I got lucky and found some Bachman's drying off from the rain. Got some 
photos of the lifer (: This was on October 13th, the last day of our trip. 



I hope you guys enjoy (: By the way, in any of the photos in the gallery below, 
if you want to see exactly where I was when I took the photo, you can click on 
the "i" at the lower right-ish side of the photo. This will bring up a GPS map. 


Be blessed!

Florida Scrub Jay / Southwest Florida / Casperson Beach Park / October 9, 2014 
/ Morning light 


  
             
Florida Scrub Jay / Southwest Florida / Casperson Beach ...
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, 
wit... 

View on natureshots.smugmu... Preview by Yahoo  
  
 
 
Charles H. Grisham Jr.
Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 5585
Huntsville, AL  35814
Subject: Ft. Pickens today
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:51:18 -0500
Hi all,

 

               Well, Lucy and I  and Cecil Brown went out to Ft. P. today
not knowing what to expect. It was evident there was not a good movement of
birds into the area overnight. There were some Y. B. Cuckoos and Palm
warblers but not the number of species and quantity associated with the
strength of this front. So if they were aloft last night, where did they go?
There were a few Scissor-tails reported by the Callaways who later in the
morning found an Ash-throat. This would be consistent with the westerly
winds behind the front (which continues). Nor do we have any quantity of
migrants here in Gulf Breeze. Anyone birding St. George and Dauphin Is.
today?

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle
Subject: Ft. Pickens today
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:51:18 -0500
Hi all,

 

               Well, Lucy and I  and Cecil Brown went out to Ft. P. today
not knowing what to expect. It was evident there was not a good movement of
birds into the area overnight. There were some Y. B. Cuckoos and Palm
warblers but not the number of species and quantity associated with the
strength of this front. So if they were aloft last night, where did they go?
There were a few Scissor-tails reported by the Callaways who later in the
morning found an Ash-throat. This would be consistent with the westerly
winds behind the front (which continues). Nor do we have any quantity of
migrants here in Gulf Breeze. Anyone birding St. George and Dauphin Is.
today?

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle
Subject: Birding prospects for tomorrow, pure speculation
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:21:41 -0500
Hi all,

 

               The long awaited front has come through today bringing high
hopes of lots of birds for the AL - NW FL coasts. Currently winds are W at
about 14 kts (Orange Beach buoy) and skies are clear. Looking to the north,
it appears low clouds are still prevalent in north MS and AL and the front
is just clearing the southern Appalachians, but west of the MS River
conditions are good for migration. Whether the front has moved east enough
for birds to take off from the southern Appalachians is a good question. One
thing is certain, there are still Neotropical migrants to our north that
have been pinned down by southerly winds and stormy weather for the past
couple of days and they should be ready to fly.

 

               This fall has been unusual in that the typical pattern is to
have a front move through, then the high pressure system to the north track
east across the US, with winds along our coast going from NW to N then NE
and lingering for a few days. The only strong front this season, the one of
4 - 5 Oct, brought winds from the NE then quickly going E not long after
passage, both surface and upper level (2600 ft). The number of birds it
brought to NW FL was disappointing considering the strength of the front.

 

               The front of today is bringing us NW & W winds at surface and
upper levels and are forecast to remain NW 12 - 17 tonight and W 12 - 15
tomorrow and back NW Wednesday night. So the N & NE winds we normally expect
to funnel down birds from N. AL - GA and points N & NE, are not going to
happen. So what to expect? IF they take off, a big IF, I suspect they would
be vectored down peninsula FL (do I hear cheers from down south?). Will the
W & NW influence vector birds coming down the MS Valley area toward our
area? What does this rather unusual condition have in store for us tomorrow?

 

               If they don't take off tonight, tomorrow night's conditions
will be good for a movement, with the front clearing the continent but
surface (and probably upper level) winds remaining NW 12 - 15 kts in the
Pensacola area, a scenario similar to tonight's condition. 

 

               The past few days have seen few if any birds arriving in our
area. At least tonight there is hope that birding will get better here on
the AL - NW FL coasts or at least somewhere!

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle

 

PS This speculation is null and void east and west of the western Panhandle
and AL coasts.
Subject: Birding prospects for tomorrow, pure speculation
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:21:41 -0500
Hi all,

 

               The long awaited front has come through today bringing high
hopes of lots of birds for the AL - NW FL coasts. Currently winds are W at
about 14 kts (Orange Beach buoy) and skies are clear. Looking to the north,
it appears low clouds are still prevalent in north MS and AL and the front
is just clearing the southern Appalachians, but west of the MS River
conditions are good for migration. Whether the front has moved east enough
for birds to take off from the southern Appalachians is a good question. One
thing is certain, there are still Neotropical migrants to our north that
have been pinned down by southerly winds and stormy weather for the past
couple of days and they should be ready to fly.

 

               This fall has been unusual in that the typical pattern is to
have a front move through, then the high pressure system to the north track
east across the US, with winds along our coast going from NW to N then NE
and lingering for a few days. The only strong front this season, the one of
4 - 5 Oct, brought winds from the NE then quickly going E not long after
passage, both surface and upper level (2600 ft). The number of birds it
brought to NW FL was disappointing considering the strength of the front.

 

               The front of today is bringing us NW & W winds at surface and
upper levels and are forecast to remain NW 12 - 17 tonight and W 12 - 15
tomorrow and back NW Wednesday night. So the N & NE winds we normally expect
to funnel down birds from N. AL - GA and points N & NE, are not going to
happen. So what to expect? IF they take off, a big IF, I suspect they would
be vectored down peninsula FL (do I hear cheers from down south?). Will the
W & NW influence vector birds coming down the MS Valley area toward our
area? What does this rather unusual condition have in store for us tomorrow?

 

               If they don't take off tonight, tomorrow night's conditions
will be good for a movement, with the front clearing the continent but
surface (and probably upper level) winds remaining NW 12 - 15 kts in the
Pensacola area, a scenario similar to tonight's condition. 

 

               The past few days have seen few if any birds arriving in our
area. At least tonight there is hope that birding will get better here on
the AL - NW FL coasts or at least somewhere!

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle

 

PS This speculation is null and void east and west of the western Panhandle
and AL coasts.
Subject: Vote for Dauphin Island, AL
From: "'Bianca Allen' brdnrd1022 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:09:53 -0500
Dauphin Island, Alabama is one of the nominees in USA TODAY's latest 10Best
Readers' Choice travel award contest!   An expert panel selected Dauphin
Island, Alabama as one of 20 contenders for the Best Birdwatching category,
which just launched. The contest, which is being promoted by USA TODAY,
gives voters four weeks to vote for the candidate of their choice at

http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-birdwatching/ . A person can vote
once a day for the run of the contest. Voting ends Monday, November 10th,
2014 at 2:59pm EST and the winners.

Bianca (bj) Allen

Birmingham, AL

 
Subject: RE: Fwd: eBird Report - Near Oakland, Oct 13, 2014
From: "'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:41:56 +0000
Nice photos of the Clay-colored! I probably had one at the Zion Prairie two 
weekends ago, but I wasn’t able to get a sufficient look at it. 


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 
TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds] 

Sent: Monday, October 13, 2014 9:25 PM
To: albirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Fwd: eBird Report - Near Oakland, Oct 13, 2014



To view photos of the Clay-colored Sparrow, click on ebird checklist link 
below. 


Damien Simbeck
Killen,  AL

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Sent: Mon, Oct 13, 2014 09:14 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Near Oakland, Oct 13, 2014


Near Oakland, Lauderdale, US-AL

Oct 13, 2014 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Protocol: Traveling

15.0 mile(s)

Comments:     Oakland Marsh, Vaden Gin, around Key Cave NWR.

52 species



Black Vulture  3

Turkey Vulture  7

Northern Harrier  1

Sharp-shinned Hawk  2

Red-shouldered Hawk  1

Red-tailed Hawk  3

Killdeer  1

Eurasian Collared-Dove  15

Mourning Dove  20

Chimney Swift  50

Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1

Red-bellied Woodpecker  3

Downy Woodpecker  3

American Kestrel  2

Eastern Phoebe  1

Loggerhead Shrike  2

White-eyed Vireo  4

Blue Jay  4

American Crow  120

Fish Crow  1

Horned Lark  15

Carolina Chickadee  4

Tufted Titmouse 2

House Wren  1

Carolina Wren  2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3

Eastern Bluebird  4

Gray Catbird  3

Brown Thrasher  3

Northern Mockingbird  5

European Starling  20

Tennessee Warbler  2

Common Yellowthroat  4

American Redstart  2

Magnolia Warbler  3

Palm Warbler  14

Yellow-rumped Warbler  2

Black-throated Green Warbler  1

Eastern Towhee  3

Clay-colored Sparrow 1 Clay-colored Sparrow 10/13/14 Near Key Cave NWR photo 
CCSP2_101314_zpscbdff273.jpg Clay-colored Sparrow 10/13/14 Near Key Cave NWR photo 
CCSP1_101314_zpsaf1e5931.jpg 


Field Sparrow  10

Lincoln's Sparrow  1

Swamp Sparrow  1

Northern Cardinal  13

Rose-breasted Grosbeak  8

Blue Grosbeak  1

Indigo Bunting  25

Red-winged Blackbird  50

Eastern Meadowlark  3

Brown-headed Cowbird  8

House Finch  1

American Goldfinch  2



View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20226080 




This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Near Oakland, Oct 13, 2014
From: "TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:25:14 -0400
To view photos of the Clay-colored Sparrow, click on ebird checklist link 
below. 


Damien Simbeck
Killen,  AL

Sent from AOL Mobile Mail


-----Original Message-----
From: ebird-checklist 
To: tnbarredowl 
Sent: Mon, Oct 13, 2014 09:14 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Near Oakland, Oct 13, 2014



Near Oakland, Lauderdale, US-AL
Oct 13, 2014 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
15.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Oakland Marsh, Vaden Gin, around Key Cave NWR.
52 species

Black Vulture  3
Turkey Vulture  7
Northern Harrier  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Killdeer  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove  15
Mourning Dove  20
Chimney Swift  50
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  3
American Kestrel  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Loggerhead Shrike  2
White-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  120
Fish Crow  1
Horned Lark  15
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse 2
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
Eastern Bluebird  4
Gray Catbird  3
Brown Thrasher  3
Northern Mockingbird  5
European Starling  20
Tennessee Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  4
American Redstart  2
Magnolia Warbler  3
Palm Warbler  14
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  3
Clay-colored Sparrow 1 http://s1290.photobucket.com/user/djsimbeck/media/Clay-colored%20Sparrow/CCSP2_101314_zpscbdff273.jpg.html">http://i1290.photobucket.com/albums/b532/djsimbeck/Clay-colored%20Sparrow/CCSP2_101314_zpscbdff273.jpg" 
alt="Clay-colored Sparrow 10/13/14 Near Key Cave NWR photo 
CCSP2_101314_zpscbdff273.jpg" /> http://s1290.photobucket.com/user/djsimbeck/media/Clay-colored%20Sparrow/CCSP1_101314_zpsaf1e5931.jpg.html">http://i1290.photobucket.com/albums/b532/djsimbeck/Clay-colored%20Sparrow/CCSP1_101314_zpsaf1e5931.jpg" 
alt="Clay-colored Sparrow 10/13/14 Near Key Cave NWR photo 
CCSP1_101314_zpsaf1e5931.jpg" /> 

Field Sparrow  10
Lincoln's Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  13
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  8
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  25
Red-winged Blackbird  50
Eastern Meadowlark  3
Brown-headed Cowbird  8
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20226080 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) 

Subject: weekend report from Mentone
From: "'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 01:33:13 +0000
I spent Fall Break in Mentone AL (Oct 8-12) with my family while other birders 
flocked to the coast. I wasn't able to do a lot of intensive birding, but 
managed to have some interesting sightings and observations. 



Best bird was a NASHVILLE WARBLER. I was quite pleased to see a couple of 
Bay-breasted Warblers, which were year-birds for me, and very surprised to find 
two Solitary Sandpipers at the small pond nearby (another year bird). Saw 11 
warbler species total. A Green Heron fishing at the pond seemed late in the 
season since I hadn't seen one in months. Philadelphia Vireo was also notable, 
though I have seen more of these in the last 4 weeks than I have Red-eyed 
Vireos. 



One of my observations was how there were warbler-vireo flocks that seemed to 
follow chickadees (or vice versa) throughout the day. I've no way of knowing if 
the migrants were following the chickadees for sure, but the migrants were 
obviously flocking together throughout the day, and there were always 
chickadees with them. 



Another observation was how a mature Shortleaf Pine just off the deck was a 
magnet for migrants. The thick coating of short needles on the terminal 
branches seemed to provide an infinite supply of insects for migrants. 
Tennessee Warblers, which were the most common warbler seen, were in the tree 
most hours of each morning, and much of the afternoons. 



Finally, it was interesting to me that despite being in a largely forested area 
(much of which was short, second-growth forest), it wasn't difficult to find 
migrants. There was no landscape effect that I could detect that would 
concentrate them as happens along the near-coast, or occurs in the green spaces 
within our urban areas. 



The only disappointment was that I never got my oysters and mullet filets.


Scot Duncan?
Subject: Clay-colored Sparrow
From: "TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:50:09 -0400
Matt and I birded The Shoals area today with Greg Miller, taking a break on his 
way back to Ohio. High winds kept migrant activity low. Best bird was a 
Clay-colored Sparrow near Key Cave NWR. The bird was with Field Sparrows just 
north of the intersection at the west end of the refuge. There were lots of 
Palm Warblers in the refuge area. At Wilson Dam, we had 8 Lesser Black-backed 
Gulls and one Franklin's Gull. 


Damien Simbeck
Killen,  AL

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Subject: birding prospects today
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:10:02 -0500
Hi all,

 

               This system will not clear our area tonight and there is
unfavorable migrating conditions well to our north, so tomorrow should not
have many birds. The front and associated rain and south winds may clear the
area by tomorrow night, I say MAY, so Wednesday might be good. It will
depend on several factors. We will have to watch and see what transpires
tomorrow.

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle
Subject: birding prospects today
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:10:02 -0500
Hi all,

 

               This system will not clear our area tonight and there is
unfavorable migrating conditions well to our north, so tomorrow should not
have many birds. The front and associated rain and south winds may clear the
area by tomorrow night, I say MAY, so Wednesday might be good. It will
depend on several factors. We will have to watch and see what transpires
tomorrow.

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle
Subject: Re: Willow Flycatcher
From: "'Jim Stevenson' galornsoc AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 14:33:15 -0500
I have been meaning to respond to this matter. I believe the old “trails” 
flycatchers in the Tall Timbers collection from early WCTV Tower kills were 
almost evenly divided between Willow and Alder (10 to 9, I believe). 


Jim
Galveston

From: mailto:nflbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Monday, October 6, 2014 2:39 PM
To: albirds AT yahoogroups.com ; nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [nflbirds] Willow Flycatcher

  

Hi all,


 Great find Andrew. I was surprised to learn recently that LSU has the Willow 
on its review list as the species migrates to the west of LA for the most part. 
This position is apparently based on specimen examination. So apparently the 
default Traill’s east of the Miss. River should be Alder. But a calling bird 
should be definitive. 

Subject: RE: Hummingbird ranges
From: "'Marie Anderson' marieanderson5 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 13:32:03 -0500
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/citsci/take-a-look/2014/07/something-strange-ab
out-their-range/=

 

 

Interesting, but do we only have the one species,  Ruby throated Hummers, to
breed in the south east?

 

Marie Anderson



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Subject: Migrant birds kidnapped!
From: "'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 14:25:30 +0000
Attention coastal birders. I am writing you from a hideout in the mountains. We 
have your migrants. They are being held in an undisclosed location behind the 
cold front and rain that is stretching across the mid South. If you want them 
released, send two dozen mullet filets and a sack of fresh oysters. You have 10 
hours to comply if you want to see your migrants by Sunday. 


Scot Duncan 

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Subject: Re: ferry tomorrow
From: "Mac Walter macwalter AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 08:59:42 -0500
Good news, we had called last week tho and the number said it was a go, but 
when we got there, no go. 


Mac Walter
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410-913-1730-c
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> On Oct 11, 2014, at 7:10 AM, Janice Neitzel janiceneitzel AT ymail.com [albirds] 
 wrote: 

> 
> Yes it's back up and running on schedule.
> (251) 861-3000
> 
> Janice Neitzel
> Fort Morgan, Al.
> 
>> On Oct 10, 2014, at 6:41 PM, 'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net 
[albirds]  wrote: 

>> 
>>  
>> Hi,
>> 
>>                Does anyone know if the ferry will be operating tomorrow?
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> Bob Duncan
>> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: ferry tomorrow
From: "Janice Neitzel janiceneitzel AT ymail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 07:10:38 -0500
Yes it's back up and running on schedule.
(251) 861-3000

Janice Neitzel
Fort Morgan, Al.

> On Oct 10, 2014, at 6:41 PM, 'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net 
[albirds]  wrote: 

> 
> Hi,
> 
>                Does anyone know if the ferry will be operating tomorrow?
> 
>  
> 
> Bob Duncan
> 
> 
Subject: ferry tomorrow
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:41:39 -0500
Hi,

               Does anyone know if the ferry will be operating tomorrow?

 

Bob Duncan
Subject: Hawk vs. quadcopter
From: "Marshall Reid mreid72 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:53:44 -0700
Thought y'all might find this interesting. I think it's a red-tailed hawk in 
the video. Somebody can correct me if I'm wrong. 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhDG_WBIQgc


Marshall Reid
Subject: Birmingham this AM (10 Oct)
From: "'Greg D. Jackson' g_d_jackson AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 10:17:22 -0500
AL Birders:

I briefly visited Ruffner Mtn. early this morning, only working the 
parking lot area.  Initially it was devoid of transients, then a few 
appeared here and there.  After an hour I had logged a small variety of 
migrants, with only six species of warblers.  Best was a female-type 
WILSON'S WARBLER, my first for the year and an uncommon species in this 
area.

I then checked out the Cahaba River Water Treatment Plant in Hoover.  In 
some recent years the eastern pond in this complex has been excellent 
for warblers in October, though last year it didn't seem to deliver.  
Unfortunately, I was in for a repeat performance today, with no migrants 
at all.  When I've seen it good in the past, the woodland ditch along 
the outer margin road has had water, and the last two poor years it has 
been dry.  Perhaps there is a correlation regarding insect food source 
in that ditch and presence of migrants.

Greg


Greg D. Jackson
Birmingham, AL
g_d_jackson AT bellsouth.net


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Subject: TVA Wetlands Trail, Week 6
From: "'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:11:27 +0000
Three birders donated a pint of blood each to the swarming mosquitos this 
morning, but still managed to tally 40 species. Tennessee Warblers dominated 
the tree tops and the 48 counted is the second highest total ever made on these 
walks (high is 60). Surprisingly, we found no Yellow-rumped or Palm Warblers, 
though I have seen both in the area already this fall. We also had no new 
winter birds (Gc Kinglet, Blue-headed Vireo, White-throated, Song and Swamp 
Sparrows, etc.). Today's list follows. Next week's walk will again be on 
Friday, starting at 6:45. Hopefully the cold front forecasted for Tuesday will 
push in some new birds and push out some mosquitos. 


Canada Goose - 31, Double-crested Cormorant - 5, Red-tailed Hawk - 1, Rock 
Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) - 5, Mourning Dove - 6, Eastern Screech-Owl - 1, 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker - 5, Yellow-bellied 
Sapsucker - 2, Downy Woodpecker - 2, Northern Flicker - 4, Eastern Wood-Pewee - 
2, Eastern Phoebe - 4, Blue Jay - 3, American Crow - 4, Carolina Chickadee - 2, 
Tufted Titmouse - 2, Carolina Wren - 2, Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1, Eastern 
Bluebird - 1, Swainson's Thrush - 1, American Robin - 96, Gray Catbird - 1, 
Brown Thrasher - 1, Northern Mockingbird - 2, European Starling - 10, Tennessee 
Warbler - 48, Nashville Warbler - 1, American Redstart - 2, Northern Parula - 
1, Magnolia Warbler - 2, Bay-breasted Warbler - 2, Blackburnian Warbler - 2, 
Black-throated Green Warbler - 3, Northern Cardinal - 11, Indigo Bunting - 1, 
Red-winged Blackbird - 10, Eastern Meadowlark - 1, Common Grackle - 3, 
Brown-headed Cowbird - 15 


Damien Simbeck
Killen, AL
Subject: Cedar Waxwings Monte Sano, Huntsville
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Oct 2014 18:11:31 -0700
There were two Cedar Waxwings at my water feature here on Monte Sano mountain 
in Huntsville. 

 

 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Feature/i-LqQCvwJ/0/L/Cedar%20Waxwing%209Oct2014-L.jpg 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Feature/i-LqQCvwJ/0/L/Cedar%20Waxwing%209Oct2014-L.jpg 


Subject: Cattle Egrets, Bb Cuckoo
From: "Damien Simbeck TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 09 Oct 2014 18:57:21 -0500
Summer hasn't gone completely away. While mowing my lawn this evening I had 
seven groups of Cattle Egrets flying over,  heading to Wheeler Dam.  Flocks 
ranged from 7 to 204 birds. But fall is here. I had a Black-billed Cuckoo and 
nine species of warblers this morning while working in the field.  


Damien Simbeck
Killen,  AL

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Subject: looking ahead
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 17:16:43 -0500
Hi all,

 

               Birding has been insufferably slow! But at least the forecast
calls for what looks like a weak front to come through Tuesday night, so
Wednesday might bring us some birds. But that forecast is pretty far ahead
and could change. Cross your fingers. Only birds at home today, Catbird and
TN Warbler. Ho hum.

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle
Subject: looking ahead
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 17:16:43 -0500
Hi all,

 

               Birding has been insufferably slow! But at least the forecast
calls for what looks like a weak front to come through Tuesday night, so
Wednesday might bring us some birds. But that forecast is pretty far ahead
and could change. Cross your fingers. Only birds at home today, Catbird and
TN Warbler. Ho hum.

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle
Subject: caspian terns
From: "andrew AT natsp.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Oct 2014 08:31:57 -0700
An amazing 293 Caspian Terns sitting on the spit behind Sto & Jenny's house on 
DI yesterday evening. This has been a big year for Caspian's, with them often 
being the most common tern - outnumbering Royals - on Pelican. Many are 
juveniles. 


Cheers,

Andrew
DI

PS this means yesterday's Caspians outnumber every migrant on DI over the last 
week or more! 


Subject: C. Gallinule, south overlook Blackwell Swamp
From: "J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 06:36:56 -0700
3 immature c. Gallinule visible far out near vegetation. 2 straight out, 1 more 
to left , farther out. Some pics 


Jane Allen
Sue Moske
Huntsville Al
Subject: Limestone Park - Alabaster Monday
From: "phfranklin36 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Oct 2014 20:58:06 -0700
I Had a little free time, so I moseyed down to Limestone Park in Saginaw (S 
Alabaster) in Shelby County. Primarily, I was curious to see what the 
protracted dry period hath wrought on the marshes and ponds. Turns out several 
consecutive dry months are contraindicated if you're trying to run a marsh-type 
habitat. Who knew, right? 

 

 Only Killdeer, a single Lesser yellowlegs, and a lone Snipe patrolled the mud 
flats on the ever-diminishing central pond. A pod of 14 Blue-winged teal and a 
Pied-billed grebe were also present in the pond. Absolutely no significant 
passerines -- only the anticipated residents -- were noted, and it's been a 
while since I've spotted a Least bittern here. The species has probably moved 
south by this date, but I don't think the dry marsh would appeal to the birds 
at this point anyway. No winter visitants noted, no interesting raptors... 

 

 It's gotten a bit boring. We need a few wet weather fronts to pass through and 
re-shuffle the deck. 

 

  
 

 In honor of Zippy the Wonder Slug
 

 

Subject: vireo day
From: "Milton Harris miltonmzee AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 13:12:51 -0700
Hello All:

Our local NABS group had a bird walk Saturday morning to Monte Sano (mountain 
east of Huntsville). As with most of the State on Saturday, the birds were 
good. We had lots of warblers, including Golden-Winged, but the highlight was 
Philadelphia Vireos. We had at least 8 and almost certainly more - I am 
estimating 12+ in one small area at the overlook. Most of these birds were 
feeding on Virginia Creeper berries, and they were constantly in view around 
one thick vine for at least 2 hours. I don't know what the high on this bird 
is, but this is the most I have seen in a morning on Monte Sano in 40 years of 
birding the area. P. Vireo is regular for Monte Sano in Fall, but not in these 
numbers. We also had Yellow-Throated, Blue-Headed, and Red-Eyed Vireos. So it 
was a great day for Vireos! 


Milton


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Subject: Re: Willow Flycatcher
From: "Stan Hamilton stan_dana_h AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 14:49:16 -0500
So..where was the flycatcher seen(heard?). No prior post about the bird.

Thanks,
Stan Hamilton
Birmingham

Sent from my iPad

> On Oct 6, 2014, at 2:39 PM, 'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net 
[albirds]  wrote: 

> 
> Hi all,
> 
>  
> 
> Great find Andrew. I was surprised to learn recently that LSU has the Willow 
on its review list as the species migrates to the west of LA for the most part. 
This position is apparently based on specimen examination. So apparently the 
default Traill’s east of the Miss. River should be Alder. But a calling bird 
should be definitive. 

> 
> 
Subject: RE: Willow Flycatcher
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 14:43:37 -0500
Oops. My apologies for failing to sign the previous post.

 

Bob Duncan 

Gulf Breeze, FL

 

From: Lucy & Bob Duncan [mailto:town_point AT bellsouth.net] 
Sent: Monday, October 06, 2014 2:40 PM
To: albirds AT yahoogroups.com; nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: Willow Flycatcher

 

Hi all,

 

               Great find Andrew. I was surprised to learn recently that LSU
has the Willow on its review list as the species migrates to the west of LA
for the most part. This position is apparently based on specimen
examination. So apparently the default Traill's east of the Miss. River
should be Alder. But a calling bird should be definitive. 
Subject: Willow Flycatcher
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 14:39:40 -0500
Hi all,

 

               Great find Andrew. I was surprised to learn recently that LSU
has the Willow on its review list as the species migrates to the west of LA
for the most part. This position is apparently based on specimen
examination. So apparently the default Traill's east of the Miss. River
should be Alder. But a calling bird should be definitive. 
Subject: Willow Flycatcher
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 14:39:40 -0500
Hi all,

 

               Great find Andrew. I was surprised to learn recently that LSU
has the Willow on its review list as the species migrates to the west of LA
for the most part. This position is apparently based on specimen
examination. So apparently the default Traill's east of the Miss. River
should be Alder. But a calling bird should be definitive. 
Subject: RE: TVA Wetlands Trails, Oct 4, 2014
From: "'James Holmes' jfholmes AT ucdavis.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 11:00:27 -0700
I had a Virginia Rail in October 1991 in downtown Birmingham.

 

Walking around the very few bushes near the corner of 7th and 20th on UAB 
campus. 


 

Jim

 

 

 

James F. Holmes, MD, MPH

Professor and Vice Chair of Research

Department of Emergency Medicine

UC Davis School of Medicine

 

Office (916) 734-1533

 

From: albirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:albirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
Christopher Joseph Hutchens chrishutch_99 AT yahoo.com [albirds] 

Sent: Saturday, October 04, 2014 1:20 PM
To: Patricia Hefner
Cc: Damien Simbeck; AL List Serve
Subject: Re: [ALBIRDS] TVA Wetlands Trails, Oct 4, 2014

 

  

I am new to this forum so I might be putting this in the wrong place. My 
apologies if so. 


 I was downtown Birmingham AL and found a very rare find for sure out of place. 
I was driving along and saw a dead bird that I couldn't determine tge species 
so I stopped and took a better look. I found it to be a rail. I've never seen 
these birds other than closer to the coast in AL. It was far away from any 
water. In the past two years I've also come across two different coots that 
were also dead in the downtown area. I've wondered if these guys are seeing the 
flat surfaces of buildings and the roads and thinking it is water from above? I 
know this is a strange post but has anyone else seen a rail out of place as 
this one? Or noticed coots in a downtown area? 


Sent from my iPhone


On Oct 4, 2014, at 2:55 PM, "Patricia Hefner patriciahefner813 AT yahoo.com 
[albirds]"  > wrote: 


  

Birding in bad weather?

Patricia 

In support of my canary Fiona

 


  _____  


From: "Damien Simbeck TNbarredowl AT aol.com  
[albirds]"  

To: AL List Serve  
Sent: Saturday, October 4, 2014 2:36 PM
Subject: [ALBIRDS] TVA Wetlands Trails, Oct 4, 2014

 

  

Unlike the rest of the reports, our bird activity this morning was really good 
for about 1.25 hours. Winds were strong most of yesterday eveving and last 
night. This morning, we started the walk with calm winds. Birds were moving in 
every tree top but we could only id about 25% of them. About 8:00 the winds 
picked back up and bird activity died Before then, we found 51 species 
including 10 warblers and 2 thrushes (usually rare at this location). It almost 
seemed that the winds pushed birds south, the birds dropped out when the winds 
stopped, then flew again when the winds returned. Next week's walk will be 
Friday at 6:45. Ebird report follows. 


 

Damien Simbeck

Killen,  AL

 

Sent via my smartphone (an old dog has learned a new tr! ick)

 

-------- Original message --------

From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu 

Date:10/04/2014 2:04 PM (GMT-06:00) 

To: tnbarredowl AT aol.com 

Subject: eBird Report - TVA Wetlands Trails, Oct 4, 2014 

 

TVA Wetlands Trails, Colbert, US-AL
Oct 4, 2014 6:45 AM - 9:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
51 species

Northern Shoveler  1
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Turkey Vulture  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  18
Mourning Dove  16
Chimney Swift  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  3
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  3
Eastern Phoebe  1
White-eyed Vireo  6
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  8
Tree Swallow  8
Carolina Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  3
Gray-cheeked Thrush  1
Swainson's Thrush  1
American Robin  153
Gray Catbird  4
Brown Thrasher  6
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  17
! Black-and-white Warbler  1
Tennessee Warbler  22
Common Yellowthroat  1
American Redstart  9
Magnolia Warbler  11
Bay-breasted Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  2
Prairie Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  6
Canada Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  3
Northern Cardinal  9
Indigo Bunting  4
Eastern Meadowlark  1
Common Grackle  22
Brown-headed Cowbird  20
House Finch  3

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20027554 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org 
 ) 


 


Subject: Lee County , another good day birding, 13 species of warblers..
From: "Rodney Mccollum rdny328 AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 13:04:20 -0400
Hi all,

I birded the Opelika Wood Duck Heritage Preserve this morning with good numbers 
of warblers. Best birds were a Yellow Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler and 
Northern Waterthrush. Most common warbler continues to be Tennessee with a 
conservative 18 birds. Also one Winter Wren came up close to pishing calls. 
Other warblers B&W, ChSided, ComYel, Mag, Palm, Pine, Hooded, Am. R., NoPar. I 
wonder how you share the Ebird list? 


There is an Open House at this location this Saturday at 8:45 am , part of the 
Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail. 


Good birding,

Rodney McCollum
Opelika, Al
Subject: Great day in Gulf Breeze
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 18:53:01 -0500
Hi all,

 

               Lucy and I went to Ft. Pickens this a.m. and found a few
migrants but nothing like what was reported earlier in the morning or
yesterday. That is not surprising since the mainland and greater biomass is
only about a mile away to the north. What migrants present yesterday that
did not move south overnight could be on the mainland in a matter of
minutes. We have often seen migrants move back north after arriving at Ft.
P. in fall.

 

               Back home we arrived to find lots of birds in our yard and
bathing in our small pond. By the end of the day we tallied 31 Neotropical
migrants including 12 warblers (best, a NASHVILLE). We found another
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER in the "hood", the third one in our neighborhood this
season, and the fourth for our area this fall, a record for our area.

 

               As Jim Stevenson pointed out, the day after the front does
not produce much. They come en masse on the first wave with the front. Some
of our birds today could have come in overnight but they were probably
"leftovers" from the previous day. What did not turn up was a vagrant from
the west, unless a DICKCISSEL that Lucy found at Ft. P. this morning is
considered one. At any rate, the show is over for a while until the next
weather "event."

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle

 

PS from Lucy - 

Our yard was "hopping" with migants from midday on (we were at Ft. Pickens
for the morning and finding little). In the short span of 1.25 hours, we had
21 neotropical migrants at our small manmade pond, including 10 spp of
warblers. Our Laurel Oak was alive at midday as was the pond, but nothing
that didn't come to the pond except for a Baltimore Oriole. 

It's good when it's good...