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21 Sep Ruffner Mourning Warbler ["rickremy AT hotmail.com [albirds]" ]
20 Sep Swainson's Thrush on Monte Sano, Huntsville ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
21 Sep TVA Marbut Bend Trail - Grand Opening, Bird Walk ["'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" ]
21 Sep Birding at Ruffner Today ["'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" ]
20 Sep TVA Wetlands Trail - Week 4 ["'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" ]
20 Sep Re: bird ID help ["G M ARCHAMBAULT gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
20 Sep Re: bird ID help ["'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" ]
19 Sep bird ID help ["Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
19 Sep TVA Wetlands Trail walk ["Damien Simbeck TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
18 Sep RE: Out of area rarity ["cgrishamlaw cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
18 Sep Out of area rarity ["gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
18 Sep campsite availability ["'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" ]
18 Sep migrants...blue & golden winged, Black and white, redstarts, pewees, scarlet tanager ["Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
18 Sep Glossy Ibis, Visitor Center, Wheeler NWR ["J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" ]
18 Sep Glossy Ibis, Visitor Center, Wheeler NWR ["J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" ]
17 Sep Out of area rarity ["gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
17 Sep Re: Warblers at the water feature ["G M ARCHAMBAULT gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
17 Sep Warblers at the water feature ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
16 Sep Re: Rare birds ["Fred Carney carney.fred AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
16 Sep Magnolia Warbler, Monte Sano, Huntsville ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
16 Sep Scissor-tailed flycatchers ["Jay Hebert hebertj AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
16 Sep Rare birds ["Marshall Reid mreid72 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
16 Sep Glossy Ibis at Wheeler NWR ["'Thomas V. Ress' resscat AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
16 Sep Re: [BAS Birding] Downtown Peregrine Falcon report ["Ken Wills Memontei AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
15 Sep Downtown Peregrine Falcon report ["'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" ]
15 Sep New to the area/group ["Marshall Reid mreid72 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
15 Sep Mississippi Kite? ["justadude80 AT hotmail.com [albirds]" ]
14 Sep 60 spp at RMNC, including BOBOLINK, CANADA W., PROTHONOTARY W., and PHILADELPHIA V.! ["'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" ]
14 Sep Re: Bob Sargent's memorial ["Glenda Simmons glendajoyce6009 AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
14 Sep Bob Sargent's memorial ["Lucy & Bob Duncan" ]
14 Sep Bob Sargent's memorial ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" ]
14 Sep Bob Sargent's memorial ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
13 Sep slowstart with a Redstart ["Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
13 Sep Olive-sided Flycatcher at Ft. Pickens ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
13 Sep Olive-sided Flycatcher at Ft. Pickens ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" ]
13 Sep WILSON'S WARBLER; YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER ["'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" ]
12 Sep Woodstorks HWY 69 south of Cedarville, Hale Co ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
12 Sep Re: migrating birds, Southeast Arizona birds ["G M ARCHAMBAULT gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
12 Sep migrating birds, Southeast Arizona birds ["Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
12 Sep TVA Wetlands Trail - Week 3 ["'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" ]
12 Sep Swiftnado and Peregrine Falcon ["'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" ]
11 Sep One memory of Bob Sargent ["Ted Theus ted.theus AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
10 Sep Rufous Hummingbirds in Enterprise ["Rick movarick AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
10 Sep RE: speedy willow flycatcher ["'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" ]
10 Sep speedy willow flycatcher ["andrew AT natsp.com [albirds]" ]
9 Sep Whheler Pelagic Trip/Marbut Bend Trail ["'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" ]
9 Sep Upper Rock Pile Campground 09/09/14 ["'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" ]
08 Sep Bird walk on Tuesday ["Damien Simbeck TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
8 Sep Fwd: Birds at Ruffner Mountain, B'ham, Sep 7, 2014; NASHVILLE WARBLER ["'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" ]
7 Sep Birds at Ruffner Mountain, B'ham, Sep 7, 2014; NASHVILLE WARBLER ["'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" ]
7 Sep Saugahatchee Creek, Sep 7, 2014 ["'James Holmes' jfholmes AT ucdavis.edu [albirds]" ]
7 Sep Re: the saddest news ["Eve Sweatman esweat1 AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
7 Sep Re: the saddest news ["SueMoske AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
7 Sep Re: the saddest news ["Jon Yoder jonyoder57 AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
7 Sep the saddest news ["'Reed, Robert' robert.reed AT psc.alabama.gov [albirds]" ]
6 Sep Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, Sep 6, 2014 ["'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" ]
6 Sep Chewacla State Park, Sep 6, 2014 ["'James Holmes' jfholmes AT ucdavis.edu [albirds]" ]
5 Sep fall oriole ["Jon Yoder jonyoder57 AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
5 Sep TVA Wetlands Trail - Week 2 ["'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" ]
03 Sep The Sinks Wednesday 9/3 ["Jud Johnston rivendell AT tds.net [albirds]" ]
3 Sep Inland pelagic trip - Wheeler Dam ["'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" ]
3 Sep Peregrine Falcon in downtown Birmingham ["'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" ]
2 Sep Re: migration ["Jon Yoder jonyoder57 AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
02 Sep migration ["andrew AT natsp.com [albirds]" ]
01 Sep Error in Posting... ["Don or Dena McKee dmckee001 AT centurytel.net [albirds]" ]
1 Sep RE: 3-4 CERULEAN and 1 CANADA WARBLER at Ruffner Mountain today ["lgardellabirds AT charter.net [albirds]" ]
01 Sep FW: Update on Joyce Zirlott ["Don or Dena McKee dmckee001 AT centurytel.net [albirds]" ]
1 Sep 3-4 CERULEAN and 1 CANADA WARBLER at Ruffner Mountain today ["'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" ]
01 Sep nice surprise ["marywake35653 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
31 Aug FW: eBird Report - Beck's Sod Farm, Aug 31, 2014 ["'James Holmes' jfholmes AT ucdavis.edu [albirds]" ]
31 Aug FW: eBird Report - Saugahatchee Creek, Aug 31, 2014 ["'James Holmes' jfholmes AT ucdavis.edu [albirds]" ]
30 Aug American Redstart female on Monte Sano in Huntsville ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
30 Aug CERULEAN and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS at RUFFNER ["'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" ]
30 Aug FW: eBird Report - Chewacla State Park, Aug 30, 2014 ["'James Holmes' jfholmes AT ucdavis.edu [albirds]" ]
29 Aug Town Creek City Park Auburn, Aug 29, 2014 ["'James Holmes' jfholmes AT ucdavis.edu [albirds]" ]
29 Aug Correction - Week 1 data ["'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" ]

Subject: Ruffner Mourning Warbler
From: "rickremy AT hotmail.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Sep 2014 09:36:04 -0700
Susan and I ran into Todd Devore in the Ruffner parking lot this morning. We 
were having a nice warbler start and things got better. Scot and Elizabeth had 
located some nice birds that Scot will most likely report later. Susan, Todd, 
and I decided to walk up the ridge. We could locate single birds and only a few 
flocks. Near the end of the ridge trail by the cell tower, a small bird flew 
across the trail and landed in a bush right in front of us. What a surprise! 
The bird was a beautifully marked Mourning Warbler. I called Scot and he 
literally ran to where we were. By the time he arrived (5 minutes or less) the 
bird was down and we couldn't relocate it. What a wonderful morning! 

 

 Rick Remy
 Irondale, Al  
Subject: Swainson's Thrush on Monte Sano, Huntsville
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Sep 2014 19:51:08 -0700
Two Swainson's Thrushes visited the water feature in my back yard on Monte Sano 
in Huntsville. 

 Photos and a video #325-329
  AT  http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Feature/i-vbHXdhP 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Feature/i-vbHXdhP 

  
Subject: TVA Marbut Bend Trail - Grand Opening, Bird Walk
From: "'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:26:40 +0000
On Saturday, September 27 (National Public Lands Day), TVA will be hosting 
opening ceremonies for a new walking trail along the Elk River in Limestone 
County, AL, the Marbut Bend Nature Trail. The day's events will begin at 06:30 
with a bird/nature walk along the trail. The trail will be officially opened at 
10:00 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. After the ribbon cutting, we will take 
another brief walk along the elevated boardwalk section of the trail. I invite 
everyone to join us for the walk and opening ceremonies. Bottled water will be 
provided after the bird/nature walk. 


This trail is approximately 1.1 miles in length (loop trail) including 
approximately 4300 feet of crushed gravel walking trail and an 1100 foot 
section of elevated boardwalk through a beaver pond. The property is managed by 
TVA through an agricultural agreement with a local farmer for hay production, 
but also includes areas of scrub/grassland that will be maintained with 
prescribed fire, and scrub/forest thickets and riparian forests along the Elk 
River and two embayments of Wheeler Reservoir. Habitat diversity at this site 
is good, and will be getting better. 


From the Shoals: Travel east on Hwy. 72 to Rogersville. At the red light (AL 
Hwy 207), turn left. Travel north on Hwy. 207 9.3 miles, through Anderson, to 
AL Hwy. 99. Turn right on Hwy. 99 (south) and travel 9.5 miles to the site. 
Note: You will pass through the Salem community (West Limestone High School) 
just before you get to the site. After passing through Salem, Hwy. 99 will go 
down a large hill and then make a sharp left curve (Marbut Curve). The site 
will be on the right after the curve. 


From Athens/I-65: From I-65, exit 354 (Hwy. 31) for Athens (this is the 
northern exit for Athens, not exit 351, Hwy. 72). Travel south on Hwy. 31 1.1 
miles to Hwy. 99 (Elm Street). Turn right and travel on Hwy. 99 3.3 miles. Hwy 
99 will then turn to the right. Turn right (stay on Hwy. 99), then travel 
another 9.1 miles to the site, on the left. Note: You will cross Elk River on 
Hwy. 99 1.6 miles before you get to the site. 


Here's a link to a google maps site for this location: 
https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=AL-99+N&hl=en&ll=34.910851,-87.100983&spn=0.014746,0.030556&sll=34.909514,-87.087507&sspn=0.029492,0.061111&geocode=FSO2FAIdKN3O-g&t=h&mra=mr&z=15 


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: Birding at Ruffner Today
From: "'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:51:34 +0000
Another pleasant day of birding at Ruffner today. Total species = 52 for 
approximately 4 hours of birding (last week was 61 spp). Best birds were CANADA 
WARBLER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, and new fall arrivals of ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS. 



I had the pleasure of birding this morning with Greg Jackson and Tony Baker in 
the Ruffner Mountain Nature Center Parking lot. With clear skies and mild 
southeasterly winds at 2600 feet, there wasn't any reason to expect more than 
average birding in terms of species and number - which turned out to be about 
right. Best activity was before 715 am, as flocks passing through didn't show 
up in the parking lot area as they usually do between 730 and 830 am. But 
migrants did linger through the morning, usually in small flocks. The CAWA was 
seen at about 1030 by me, proving that tenacity can pay off. All the PHVIs were 
seen on the ridge. At least 3 BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS were also seen, which seems 
noteworthy. During this time I also ran a Big Hour starting at the parking area 
and hitting East Lake Park and finishing around the airport (Zion Prairie). I 
had 44 species during the hour, which was "meh". My best Big Hour total for 
September is 50. I might try to beat it again tomorrow. 



Below is my day list just for Ruffner, with approximate totals per each 
species. I've also included the risk of each species to climate change as 
estimated by National Audubon Society's models that were released last week. 
See http://climate.audubon.org/ for more information. 



52 species; 208 individuals

40% are species considered threatened or endangered by climate change based on 
models by National Audubon Society scientists. 



Hawk, Broad-winged      1       THREATENED_1
Hawk, Red-tailed        1       STABLE
Cuckoo, Yellow-billed   1       STABLE
Swift, Chimney  6       STABLE
Hummingbird, Ruby-throated      1       STABLE
Flicker, Yellow-shafted 1       STABLE
Woodpecker, Downy       4       STABLE
Woodpecker, Hairy       1       THREATENED_1
Woodpecker, Red-bellied 3       STABLE
Woodpecker, Red-headed  4       STABLE
Flycatcher, Acadian     1       STABLE
Flycatcher, Great Crested       1       STABLE
Wood-Pewee, Eastern     10      STABLE
Vireo, White-eyed       15      STABLE
Vireo, Yellow-throated  2       THREATENED_1
Vireo, Philadelphia     3       THREATENED_1
Vireo, Red-eyed 6       STABLE
Jay, Blue       4       STABLE
Crow, American  12      STABLE
Crow, Fish      1       THREATENED_1
Chickadee, Carolina     8       STABLE
Titmouse, Tufted        8       STABLE
Nuthatch, White-breasted        4       THREATENED_1
Wren, Carolina  8       STABLE
Wren, House     1       STABLE
Gnatcatcher,Blue-Gray   4       STABLE
Veery   1       THREATENED_1
Robin, American 6       STABLE
Thrush, Swainson's      1       STABLE
Thrush, Wood    1       THREATENED_1
Catbird, Gray   2       STABLE
Thrasher, Brown         1       STABLE
Parula, Northern        1       STABLE
Redstart, American      20      THREATENED_1
Warbler, Black-and-white        1       THREATENED_1
Warbler, Black-thr. Green       6       THREATENED_1
Warbler, Blue-winged    3       THREATENED_1
Warbler, Canada 1       THREATENED_1
Warbler, Chestnut-sided 3       THREATENED_1
Warbler, Hooded 1       THREATENED_1
Warbler, Magnolia       3       THREATENED_1
Warbler, Pine   2       ENDANGERED_1
Warbler, Tennessee      1       THREATENED_1
Yellowthroat, Common    1       STABLE
Tanager, Summer 6       STABLE
Tanager, Scarlet        15      THREATENED_1
Towhee, Eastern 3       STABLE
Cardinal, Northern      12      STABLE
Grosbeak, Rose-breasted 3       STABLE
Bunting, Indigo 1       STABLE
Oriole, Baltimore       1       THREATENED_1
Finch, House    1       THREATENED_1


Scot Duncan,

Birmingham
Subject: TVA Wetlands Trail - Week 4
From: "'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:52:52 +0000
We had four birders enjoy a fairly active morning on the trail today. We 
tallied 36 species with only 8 species of warblers. Although warbler diversity 
was a bit low (usually get 10-15 species this time of year), we did have both 
Canada and Wilson's, a nice treat. We also enjoyed an active Empidonax morning 
(Acadian, 2 Yellow-bellied and 2 unknown). Some locations had several small 
birds moving around in the tree tops and we only ID'd a few birds out of the 
group (need to spray the trees with defoliate so we can see the birds!), so 
warbler numbers and diversity could have been better. Next week's walk will be 
on Thursday, beginning at 6:30. Also, I will be leading a walk at the new 
Marbut Bend Trail in Limestone County next Saturday (more details on the 
opening ceremonies coming today). 


Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) - 4, Mourning Dove - 7, Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 4, 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker - 3, Downy Woodpecker - 
2, Eastern Wood-Pewee - 1, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - 2, Acadian Flycatcher - 
1, Empidonax sp. - 2, Eastern Phoebe - 1, White-eyed Vireo - 5, Philadelphia 
Vireo - 3, Red-eyed Vireo - 1, Blue Jay - 3, American Crow - 3, Tufted Titmouse 
- 2, Carolina Wren - 5, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 1, Eastern Bluebird - 6, 
American Robin - 34, Gray Catbird - 7, Brown Thrasher - 7, European Starling - 
1, Blue-winged Warbler - 1, Black-and-white Warbler - 4, American Redstart - 
13, Northern Parula - 1, Magnolia Warbler - 11, Chestnut-sided Warbler - 1, 
Canada Warbler - 1, Wilson's Warbler - 1, Field Sparrow - 1, Northern Cardinal 
- 10, Indigo Bunting - 4, Common Grackle - 32, Brown-headed Cowbird - 40 


Damien Simbeck
Killen, AL
Subject: Re: bird ID help
From: "G M ARCHAMBAULT gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 05:36:10 -0700
Hi, Charles, Crisp, close photos, as usual. I think the identification is 
fairly straightforward: all white beneath, fairly prominent eyeing, tail 
pattern, hint of mantle color, wing bars: Chestnut-sided Warbler. Bay Breasted 
eyeing is usually broken, weaker, hint of eyeliner too, and usually more blush 
color beneath. To me the most interesting of your photos are the ones showing 
the tail pattern (black edging, no black on vent). I believe only Golden-winged 
has that kind of pattern, but the other photos eliminate it. The inside 
rectrices (tail feathers) are nicely splayed in one of your photos, and you can 
see it's a young bird. There are tail pattern charts available online and in 
some books for warblers. Pretty much no other fall warbler is as clean white 
below with an eyeing and wing bars. I think one of your pics shows some of the 
lime green from the top color as well. Chestnut-sided would be expected here at 
this time as well. -Ken 

 Archambault, Homewood  


On Saturday, September 20, 2014 7:09 AM, "'Gregory J. Harber' 
gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]"  wrote: 

 


  
My vote would be for Chestnut-sided Warbler.


-----Original Message----- 
>From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" 
>Sent: Sep 20, 2014 12:01 AM 
>To: "albirds AT yahoogroups.com" 
>Subject: [ALBIRDS] bird ID help 
>
>  
>Hey Birders,
>
>
>I photographed the warbler? below today after work in northeast Madison 
County. It was very high up in tall tree along the Flint River. Note the tail 
feather pattern, the complete white eye ring and the slight bit of yellow under 
on its underside near its tail. It also has 2 separate and distinct wing bars 
on each wing that appear to be yellowish. I noted the wing bars in some other 
photos I got of it but that turned out bad. There was a Northern Parula in the 
same tree with this bird. 

>
>
>
>I left my bird books at home, but usually I can identify a bird with my bird 
app, but not this time. Closest bird I can come up with is a Pine Warbler, but 
this bird was nowhere near any Pine trees and looks nothing like any Pine 
Warbler I have seen. I'm guessing its an immature warbler of some kind. I wish 
I could have gotten some better photos of it. 

>
>
>
>Any help you guys can give will be greatly appreciated!  Thanks!
>
>
>Migratory Birds in North Alabama, Fall 2014 - charles grisham (natureshots)
>
>  
>             
>Migratory Birds in North Alabama, Fall 2014 - charles gr...
>With any photo in this gallery, you can see a map showing exactly where I was 
when the photo was taken. Just click on "i" at the bottom right of the photo, 
choose "... 

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

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

Subject: Re: bird ID help
From: "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 07:09:06 -0500 (GMT-05:00)




Subject: bird ID help
From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:01:04 -0700
Hey Birders,

I photographed the warbler? below today after work in northeast Madison County. 
It was very high up in tall tree along the Flint River. Note the tail feather 
pattern, the complete white eye ring and the slight bit of yellow under on its 
underside near its tail. It also has 2 separate and distinct wing bars on each 
wing that appear to be yellowish. I noted the wing bars in some other photos I 
got of it but that turned out bad. There was a Northern Parula in the same tree 
with this bird. 



I left my bird books at home, but usually I can identify a bird with my bird 
app, but not this time. Closest bird I can come up with is a Pine Warbler, but 
this bird was nowhere near any Pine trees and looks nothing like any Pine 
Warbler I have seen. I'm guessing its an immature warbler of some kind. I wish 
I could have gotten some better photos of it. 



Any help you guys can give will be greatly appreciated!  Thanks!

Migratory Birds in North Alabama, Fall 2014 - charles grisham (natureshots)

  
             
Migratory Birds in North Alabama, Fall 2014 - charles gr...
With any photo in this gallery, you can see a map showing exactly where I was 
when the photo was taken. Just click on "i" at the bottom right of the photo, 
choose "... 

View on natureshots.smugmu... Preview by Yahoo  
  
 
 
Charles H. Grisham Jr.
Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 5585
Huntsville, AL  35814
Subject: TVA Wetlands Trail walk
From: "Damien Simbeck TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:32:25 -0400
I will be taking a walk at the Wetlands Trail this Saturday (before I have to 
go to work...ugh). Meet me at the Wetlands Lab parking lot at 6:30. 


Damien Simbeck
Killen,  AL

Sent via my smartphone (an old dog has learned a new trick)
Subject: RE: Out of area rarity
From: "cgrishamlaw cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:01:41 -0500
He is around brother.  

I've only photographed one Berryline, it was in the Huachucas in Southeast 
Arizona.  Bob told me a few weeks before his temple broke that he used to set 
up nets at Madera Canyon (relatively very near to the Huachucas) and he would 
tag birds, including hummers there.  Anyway, below is the Berryline I got a 
snapshot of.  It just happened to land in a tree above me, nowhere near any 
feeders, but near to a far away region where our buddy once tagged.  



http://natureshots.smugmug.com/Birds/Birds-by-Species/Hummingbirds/Berryline-Hummingbird/i-3XMh7Sk/A 



Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: "gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]"
Date:09/18/2014 8:32 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: albirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Out of area rarity
I received photos of the hummingbird from Michigan. It looks good for Berylline Hummingbird. A post just in this evening reveals why the bird was a no-show for spectators all day today: it moved to another feeder at another location. So, this wayward hummer is still due north of us. It will make a great addition to my yard list, or yours, so…. I wish Bob were around, but then again, I bet he is. -Ken Archambault, Homewood
Subject: Out of area rarity
From: "gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Sep 2014 18:32:57 -0700
I received photos of the hummingbird from Michigan. It looks good for Berylline 
Hummingbird. A post just in this evening reveals why the bird was a no-show for 
spectators all day today: it moved to another feeder at another location. So, 
this wayward hummer is still due north of us. It will make a great addition to 
my yard list, or yours, so…. I wish Bob were around, but then again, I bet he 
is. -Ken Archambault, Homewood 
Subject: campsite availability
From: "'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:39:34 -0500
All,

 

Given our more limited lodging options for the Fall AOS meeting (none at
DISL), I wanted to pass this along from Matthew Capps:

 

The Dauphin Island Campground is a very birding friendly location and very
reasonable. We have spaces available for all types of campers, RVs and even
tent sites.  The Dauphin Island Campground's number is 251-861-2742 and for
more information go to  
http://dauphinisland.org/camping/.

 

Ken Ward

AOS President
Subject: migrants...blue & golden winged, Black and white, redstarts, pewees, scarlet tanager
From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:30:35 -0700
Howdy birders,

I wanted to share some decent shots of some warblers etc. I photographed today 
during the middle of the day in Decatur. The lighting was bad and the critters 
didn't want to come down low for anything, but it was fun making my neck hurt 
from staring straight up for an hour or so lol. 



I have also added some shots I took yesterday of what I believe is a female 
Scarlet Tanager, but might be a young male. Also last night, I pushed my camera 
towards its limits and photographed an Eastern Wood Pewee at 12,400 ISO. I 
thought I had stumbled onto a Willow or Alder, or maybe a Least Flycatcher, but 
pretty sure its just a Pewee lol. It was so dark when I took some of the photos 
that the bird allowed me to get about 15 feet from it at eye level, whereas 
before, when it was much lighter outside an hour before, it would not let me 
get within 50 feet. 



I hope you guys enjoy the photos, hope yall feel inspired to get out and find 
cool migrants! You never know, you might just come across a Kirkland's lol. It 
really is possible. 





take care guys!

Eastern Wood Pewee (12,400 ISO, sun had set) / North Alabama / Berry Mountain / 
September 17, 2014 


  
             
Eastern Wood Pewee (12,400 ISO, sun had set) / North Al...
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.
Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 5585
Huntsville, AL  35814
Subject: Glossy Ibis, Visitor Center, Wheeler NWR
From: "J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:45:35 -0700
Glossy Ibis continues at Visitor Center  AT  
Wheeler NWR. Keeping company with Great Egret, small group of Wood Ducks, and a 
very handsome Cooper's Hawk. 2 Great blue herons in area. 


Jane Allen
Volunteer
Wheeler NWR
Subject: Glossy Ibis, Visitor Center, Wheeler NWR
From: "J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:23:12 -0700
Glossy Ibis continues at Visitor Center  AT  
Wheeler NWR. Keeping company with Great Egret, small group of Wood Ducks, and a 
very handsome Cooper's Hawk. 2 Great blue herons in area. 


Jane Allen
Volunteer
Wheeler NWR
Subject: Out of area rarity
From: "gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Sep 2014 19:13:30 -0700
It was a slow day on this listserv (thus far), so here's something tantalizing. 
I just received a report of a possible Amazilia Genus hummingbird in Alger 
County, Michigan. The location is southwest of Grand Marais in Alger County. A 
bit longish for a drive (20 hours from here, easily). Berylline Hummingbird was 
stated to be a possibility, but is unconfirmed. I'm thinking Buff-Bellied, or 
possibly a juvenile Green Violetear. You might want to follow up on the 
Michigan -UP (Upper Peninsula) listserv after a reasonable hour tomorrow. I'm 
posting this at 9:10 Central Time on Sept. 17, 2014. … Now back to your 
regular programming. -Ken Archambault, Homewood 
Subject: Re: Warblers at the water feature
From: "G M ARCHAMBAULT gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:33:56 -0700
Jerry, You hit the jackpot! If anyone has never seen a Golden-winged Warbler 
bathing, now is your chance. The pair of Black-throated Green Warblers together 
at the water feature is also excellent. Could the warbler joining them perhaps 
be a Tennessee Warbler instead of American Redstart? Wonderful water feature, 
Jerry. -Ken Archambault, Homewood. 



On Wednesday, September 17, 2014 2:38 PM, "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" 
 wrote: 

 


  
From 9:30-10:30 this morning it was warbler time at the water feature. 
American Redstart, Back and White Warbler, Black-throated Green 
and Golden-winged Warbler. 

Photos # 308-315  AT  
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Feature/i-2hbGGwb 


Jerry Green
Monte Sano, Huntsville

 
 
Subject: Warblers at the water feature
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Sep 2014 12:38:15 -0700
From 9:30-10:30 this morning it was warbler time at the water feature. American 
Redstart, Back and White Warbler, Black-throated Green and Golden-winged 
Warbler. 


 
 Photos # 308-315  AT  
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Feature/i-2hbGGwb 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Feature/i-2hbGGwb 

 

 Jerry Green
 Monte Sano, Huntsville
  
  

 

Subject: Re: Rare birds
From: "Fred Carney carney.fred AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:22:08 -0700
http://digest.sialia.com/


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On Tue, 9/16/14, Marshall Reid mreid72 AT yahoo.com [albirds] 
 wrote: 


 Subject: [ALBIRDS] Rare birds
 To: "AL Birds" 
 Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 1:07 PM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
         
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Hi all.  As I
 mentioned in my post yesterday, I will be returning to
 Birmingham after a 20 year absence.  Is there a way to
 keep track of rare bird sightings in the state as well as
 reporting rare birds?  Back in the olden days, there
 was a hotline you could call, but I would assume that's
 a pretty outdated way of doing it now.
 Thanks in advance.
 
 Marshall Reid
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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Subject: Magnolia Warbler, Monte Sano, Huntsville
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Sep 2014 19:57:54 -0700
A Magnolia Warbler visited the water feature in my garden this afternoon for a 
bath. 

 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Feature/i-dRh5M2d/0/L/Magnolia%20Warbler-2%2016Sept14-L.jpg 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Feature/i-dRh5M2d/0/L/Magnolia%20Warbler-2%2016Sept14-L.jpg 


 
 
 
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 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
 More photos of it  AT  
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Feature/i-PfNq6Bt 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Feature/i-PfNq6Bt 

 

 Jerry Green
 Monte Sano, Huntsville
  
Subject: Scissor-tailed flycatchers
From: "Jay Hebert hebertj AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:35:28 -0500
I've been seeing scissor-tailed flycatchers at the Alabama A&M Winfred Thomas 
Agricultural Research Station in Hazel Green, AL the past week. I counted as 
many as 6 last Friday. I saw 3 this evening. 


Jay

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Subject: Rare birds
From: "Marshall Reid mreid72 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:07:34 -0700
Hi all. As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I will be returning to Birmingham 
after a 20 year absence. Is there a way to keep track of rare bird sightings in 
the state as well as reporting rare birds? Back in the olden days, there was a 
hotline you could call, but I would assume that's a pretty outdated way of 
doing it now. 


Thanks in advance.


Marshall Reid
Subject: Glossy Ibis at Wheeler NWR
From: "'Thomas V. Ress' resscat AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:56:17 -0400
Visible from Observation Building on Refuge. Sighted Saturday, still there 
today. 

 
Tom Ress
Athens, AL
Subject: Re: [BAS Birding] Downtown Peregrine Falcon report
From: "Ken Wills Memontei AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:30:39 -0400
Greg,
 
I had a similar birding experience while standing in a parking lot of an 
Interstate side motel in central Louisiana. A fish crow was flying by the 
interstate overpass where barn swallows were nesting, and those little swallows 
started dive bombing the bigger slower less maneuverable crow without mercy 
until it left the area. The crow did not stand a chance against their speed and 
numbers. It reminded me of a history channel documentary showing the WWII four 
engine American Bombers over Germany getting ravaged by smaller faster German 
fighter planes. Speed, maneuverability and numbers count in the affairs of 
humans and birds. Swifts live up to their name if they can successfully take on 
a peregrine. 


Take care,
Ken Wills
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: 'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [BASBirding] 
 

To: BAS Birding 
Cc: AL-Birds 
Sent: Mon, Sep 15, 2014 11:13 pm
Subject: [BAS Birding] Downtown Peregrine Falcon report


 
  
    
                  
Hello All-

As you may know, the past couple weeks I have been keeping tabs on the chimney 
swift roost site across from the Carver Theater in downtown Birmingham. 
Tonight's Swiftnado was a disjointed affair, compared to previous nights. The 
reason became apparent soon enough: a Peregrine Falcon kept things just dicey 
enough that the swifts didn't spend as much time swirling overhead as they 
usually do. And whenever the falcon would appear (it made 4-5 passes) a cadre 
of swifts would chase it down and drive it away. Kinda hard to sneak attack 
when your prey is onto your game. Swift numbers are still up, too - around 
4,000 birds. 


I'll get by there Wednesday after work, and likely on Saturday as well, if 
anyone wants to join me. Meet me atop parking deck #7 (5th Avenue North at 17th 
Street North) about 6:15 p.m. 


Take care all,  Greg

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

    
             

  
Subject: Downtown Peregrine Falcon report
From: "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:13:07 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
Hello All-

As you may know, the past couple weeks I have been keeping tabs on the chimney 
swift roost site across from the Carver Theater in downtown Birmingham. 
Tonight's Swiftnado was a disjointed affair, compared to previous nights. The 
reason became apparent soon enough: a Peregrine Falcon kept things just dicey 
enough that the swifts didn't spend as much time swirling overhead as they 
usually do. And whenever the falcon would appear (it made 4-5 passes) a cadre 
of swifts would chase it down and drive it away. Kinda hard to sneak attack 
when your prey is onto your game. Swift numbers are still up, too - around 
4,000 birds. 


I'll get by there Wednesday after work, and likely on Saturday as well, if 
anyone wants to join me. Meet me atop parking deck #7 (5th Avenue North at 17th 
Street North) about 6:15 p.m. 


Take care all,  Greg


Gregory J. Harber
Birmingham, AL
gharber AT mindspring.com
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Tom Robbins


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Subject: New to the area/group
From: "Marshall Reid mreid72 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:35:07 -0700
Hello all!

(The following is a cross post from the BAS group.)

I am originally from Birmingham, but have been away for 21 of the past 24 years 
living in Florida and Texas. I am currently in Texas, but as of October 1st 
will be back in the Birmingham area. 


Growing up, my family were members of the BAS, and I have fond memories of 
going to the nature films that were presented at the old Shades Valley High 
School. As a teenager, I became very close with, and would go birding quite 
often with Paul Franklin. (Paul, if you're on this list - hello!) I also spent 
some time with Bob and Martha Sargent and was constantly amazed at the number 
of birds of all kinds they were able to attract to their home in Clay. I was 
sad to hear the news of Bob's recent passing. 


One of my best summers was the summer of 1989 when, as a teenager, I 
volunteered at the Oak Mountain Wildlife Rescue Center. I had the lowly job of 
feeding the baby birds and cleaning out their cages/containers, but I LOVED it! 
It was so cool to help all those birds and watch them grow. Working with Anne 
Miller and listening and learning from her was a blessing. I was even fortunate 
enough to be able to take home 3 red-headed woodpeckers that we had 
rehabilitated and banded and released them in my backyard. I often wonder if 
their descendants are still calling that area home. 


Anyway, I look forward to being back in B'ham and would love the opportunity 
for me and my family (wife and 3 kids, ages 13, 13, and 10) to do some birding 
in the area and get to know some of you. 


If you've stuck with me through this entire message, I'm surprised, but I thank 
you. Maybe we'll meet soon! 




Marshall Reid

(currently in San Antonio, TX but soon to be in Gardendale, AL)
Subject: Mississippi Kite?
From: "justadude80 AT hotmail.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Sep 2014 05:31:03 -0700
In Limestone County on Friday I saw what looked like a small hawk hunting over 
a soybean field. I got a pretty good look at it but it didn't look exactly like 
any familiar hawk. It was smaller than a Crow but bigger than a Kestrel. 

 

 When I got home and took out the two field guides I decided that it was 
probably a Mississippi Kite. Does that sound right? 

 

 

 Rocky Baker - Athens, Alabama
Subject: 60 spp at RMNC, including BOBOLINK, CANADA W., PROTHONOTARY W., and PHILADELPHIA V.!
From: "'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:56:01 +0000
It was an exceptionally good morning of birding at Ruffner Mountain Nature 
Center today for the nine of us that showed up to bird. All total, we tallied 
at least 60 species, including 16 species of warbler. Exactly half of the 
species, 30, are Neotropical migrants that will soon be far to the south. Best 
birds, IMHO, were the BOBOLINK, CANADA WARBLER, PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS, and 
PHILADELPHIA VIREO. Highlights and a brief weather analysis are below. In sum, 
a fantastic day, and its not even October yet! 




I was there about 620 and birding was slow until about 645. But it was clear in 
these early minutes from the flyovers and flight calls overhead that there were 
substantially more birds in the area than yesterday. It was during this early 
phase that I heard a BOBOLINK flying high overhead. They have a very 
distinctive flight call. This was the first of TWO SPECIES that Id never 
encountered at Ruffner before. 




Between 645 and 715, the migrant flocks started pouring into the trees along 
the parking area. It was chaos as more and more birders and birds accumulated 
and new species were tallied for the day. There were enough flocks that there 
was a continuous stream of migrants through the area even though the flocks 
would feed briefly and then move farther along the mountain. All of us got 
quite a work-out as there was no shortage of targets flitting about the trees 
to identify. 




Many of us were treated to exceptionally nice looks at BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS (2) 
and a flock of BALITMORE ORIOLES, including a stunning male that sat high in 
the morning sun for us to gawk at. Stan Hamilton and I got brief looks at what 
was very probably a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER before it disappeared. There were 
a few BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, many BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS, and gobs of 
AMERICAN REDSTARTS, including several stunning males of the latter species. I 
much enjoyed fine looks at an adult male PRAIRIE WARLBER at eye-level. 




 I think the very best birds were a pair of PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS that were 
foraging in the mid-canopy of trees along the parking lot. Elizabeth Conn(sp?) 
found them first. Never in my years of birding Ruffner  or anywhere else in 
Jefferson County - have I seen this species. What a treat! The Golden Swamp 
Warbler visits the mountain! 




I got brief looks at a CANADA WARBLER. Each one I have seen this fall has been 
feeding in the midstory and doesnt seem to be interested in following the 
flocks. Nevertheless, it didnt reappear after the nice look it afforded me. 




After the flocks slowed down and the migrants left the parking area (mostly) 
and spread out through the forest, most folks left for the day. But Stan 
Hamilton and Elizabeth and I hiked the trail to the ridge. Birding was 
decidedly slower, but that afforded us more time for detailed study of the few 
species we found. We did encounter many new species for the day, with the best 
being a PHILADELPHIA VIREO foraging alone along the powerline right of way on 
the ridge. 




One highlight involved an OVENBIRD and a Red Fox! The Ovenbird was giving an 
alarm chip from a dense thicket of privet. At first I thought it was a 
chipmunk, but sensing something was off, I headed into the brush and began 
imitating the call. It worked and I got a great look at this understory warbler 
tottering on a log. I called for the others. They joined me in the thicket, but 
the bird had scattered at their approach. As I tried playing a recording to 
call it back, there was a sudden crash in the brush just behind Elizabeth, and 
a terrified Red Fox who had entered the thicket on its way home to its den, 
found us in its path and bolted through the brush downhill. All four of us were 
quite surprised, and I bet the Ovenbird got quite a fright as well. 




Another highlight was watching 6 migrating BROAD-WINGED HAWKS rise on a thermal 
above the ridge near the firetower. They started low, and I suspect they had 
roosted together on the mountain for the night, and had been waiting for a 
thermal to develop. 




We had two owls on the ridge. The first was a pair of GREAT HORNED OWLS that 
were giving an unconventional series of hoots that were offered in quick 
succession and not conforming to the usual pattern. The second was a EASTERN 
SCREECH OWL that we enticed to call to us from an area where it roosts. 




Other species we added along the ridge were ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, HAIRY AND 
PILEATED WOODPECKER, TURKEY VULTURE, RED-SHOULDERED AND RED-TAILED HAWKS. 




Weather wise, today was quite different from yesterday, substantially cooler in 
the morning, lower humidity, and clear skies. The clear skies and slightly 
stronger tailwinds out of the north must have combined to guide migrants 
southward. Unlike yesterday with its thick cloud cover, migrants aloft at 5 am 
above the Ham would see the landscape and be able pick out spots to drop into, 
such as Ruffner. The cooler temperatures kept the birds active later in the day 
than in previous weeks. 




Heres a complete list of the warblers

Blue-winged

Tennessee

Northern Parula

Chestnut-sided

Magnolia

Black-thr. Green

Blackburnian

Pine

Prairie

Black-and-white

Redstart

Prothonotary

Ovenbird

Yellowthroat

Hooded

Canada



Off to see the SWIFTNADO again in a few hours since I missed it last night.



Scot Duncan,

Birmingham?
Subject: Re: Bob Sargent's memorial
From: "Glenda Simmons glendajoyce6009 AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:01:13 -0700
If anyone is wanting to go to Bob's Memorial, I suggest making hotel 
reservations, immediately. Several days ago, I spent a couple hours on the 
computer, getting "No Rooms Available" time after time, and finally found 
something 30-40? miles south of Trussville. There must be a local college 
football game in Birmingham, that night. 


Glenda Simmons
Tallahassee


On Sunday, September 14, 2014 9:25 AM, "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' 
town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]"  wrote: 

 


  
Birders and friends of Bob Sargent,
 
Martha Sargent has asked that I let you know the plans for Bob’s memorial. 
She wrote the following: 

It will be on October 25, 2014 at the Trussville Civic Center, 5381 
Trussville-Clay Rd, Trussville, AL 35173 from 2-5 PM. Anyone that would like to 
speak can do so at the service. 

 
Also, through AOS, Martha has said the following about HBSG and memorial gifts 
[HBSG will band birds for the final time this fall at Ft. Morgan, and will then 
disband.]: 

The final issue of the HBSG newsletter will designate three non-profit 
organizations that Bob would have liked to see receive the memorial gifts. She 
asked that we wait for that newsletter and then decide for ourselves which of 
those organizations we would like to receive any donations we might like to 
make. 

 
Lucy Duncan
PS. I would like to add that memorial gifts in Bob Sargent’s name would be 
welcome as well by your local Audubon Chapters that often struggle to make ends 
meet, while providing quality bird and environmental education programs to 
children and others within the community. Lucy 

 
Subject: Bob Sargent's memorial
From: "Lucy & Bob Duncan" <town_point AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:25:41 -0500
Birders and friends of Bob Sargent,

 

Martha Sargent has asked that I let you know the plans for Bob's memorial.
She wrote the following:

It will be on October 25, 2014 at the Trussville Civic Center, 5381
Trussville-Clay Rd, Trussville, AL 35173 from 2-5 PM. Anyone that would like
to speak can do so at the service.

 

Also, through AOS, Martha has said the following about HBSG and memorial
gifts [HBSG will band birds for the final time this fall at Ft. Morgan, and
will then disband.]:

The final issue of the HBSG newsletter will designate three non-profit
organizations that Bob would have liked to see receive the memorial gifts.
She asked that we wait for that newsletter and then decide for ourselves
which of those organizations we would like to receive any donations we might
like to make.

 

Lucy Duncan

PS.  I would like to add that memorial gifts in Bob Sargent's name would be
welcome as well by your local Audubon Chapters that often struggle to make
ends meet, while providing quality bird and environmental education programs
to children and others within the community. Lucy

 
Subject: Bob Sargent's memorial
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:25:41 -0500
Birders and friends of Bob Sargent,

 

Martha Sargent has asked that I let you know the plans for Bob's memorial.
She wrote the following:

It will be on October 25, 2014 at the Trussville Civic Center, 5381
Trussville-Clay Rd, Trussville, AL 35173 from 2-5 PM. Anyone that would like
to speak can do so at the service.

 

Also, through AOS, Martha has said the following about HBSG and memorial
gifts [HBSG will band birds for the final time this fall at Ft. Morgan, and
will then disband.]:

The final issue of the HBSG newsletter will designate three non-profit
organizations that Bob would have liked to see receive the memorial gifts.
She asked that we wait for that newsletter and then decide for ourselves
which of those organizations we would like to receive any donations we might
like to make.

 

Lucy Duncan

PS.  I would like to add that memorial gifts in Bob Sargent's name would be
welcome as well by your local Audubon Chapters that often struggle to make
ends meet, while providing quality bird and environmental education programs
to children and others within the community. Lucy

 
Subject: Bob Sargent's memorial
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:25:41 -0500
Birders and friends of Bob Sargent,

 

Martha Sargent has asked that I let you know the plans for Bob's memorial.
She wrote the following:

It will be on October 25, 2014 at the Trussville Civic Center, 5381
Trussville-Clay Rd, Trussville, AL 35173 from 2-5 PM. Anyone that would like
to speak can do so at the service.

 

Also, through AOS, Martha has said the following about HBSG and memorial
gifts [HBSG will band birds for the final time this fall at Ft. Morgan, and
will then disband.]:

The final issue of the HBSG newsletter will designate three non-profit
organizations that Bob would have liked to see receive the memorial gifts.
She asked that we wait for that newsletter and then decide for ourselves
which of those organizations we would like to receive any donations we might
like to make.

 

Lucy Duncan

PS.  I would like to add that memorial gifts in Bob Sargent's name would be
welcome as well by your local Audubon Chapters that often struggle to make
ends meet, while providing quality bird and environmental education programs
to children and others within the community. Lucy

 
Subject: slowstart with a Redstart
From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 19:34:16 -0700
Hey birders!

Took my 5 and 3 old boys to Indian Creek Greenway park today in hopes of a 
Canada Warbler (wishful thinking). We waded and walked along the creek for 
about 150 yards or so looking for some fossils, found the usual Crinoid stems. 
But we moved slow and I had my eyes and ears wide open, listening for any 
indication of migrants. Didn't see or hear much of anything until we came up on 
a flock of Robins, but with them, along with Chickadees, Titmice, Gnatcatchers 
etc., was a female American Redstart. Kind of a big deal to me since this was 
my first time getting some decent shots of this bird (female). I took some 
quick photos of it, below: Wish I could have found more to share with you guys. 
I love the knowledge that each of you contribute here about birds (: 



you guys take care and have a great one!

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Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher at Ft. Pickens
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:51:02 -0500
Hi all,

 

One should not judge a cold front's bird productivity by just a line on a
weather map. It's the characteristics of the front that counts. Looking at
last night's map one would assume it would be great birding today. This
coincided with a scheduled field trip to Ft. Pickens today that Lucy and I
led for the F. M. Weston Audubon Society. We found only 35 species in
oppressive heat, and only a handful of migrants. Nor did we have any at home
this morning. Why? Last night I checked winds at 2600 ft and found that they
were light and variable in the Appalachian area and the middle Atlantic
coast. Not exactly a strong impetus for a good movement south.

 

Often the frontal demarcation on a weather map only indicates a humidity
change or slight drop in temperature, not particularly influential on what
birds might do. It's the winds that are important and this morning in the
Pensacola area they were NE  AT  12 knots quickly subsiding. So the bottom line
is, check the winds behind the front when trying to figure out what the
front might bring. Here on the coast, I find the Marine forecast the most
reliable indicator of true winds as inland stations do not reflect well what
winds aloft will be doing.

 

Compensation for a very poor day of birding was an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
spotted by Ron Sinclair at the "dump" area at Ft. Pickens (This trail was
formerly the Coast Guard dump many years ago). The bird stayed on one perch
for about 10 mins allowing all 17 participants knockout looks. (Well, all
but two participants. Better luck next time, Daniel and Vickie! Their
compensation was a handsome Lark Sparrow in the campground!)

 

Here's to the next front.

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle

 

 
Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher at Ft. Pickens
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:51:02 -0500
Hi all,

 

One should not judge a cold front's bird productivity by just a line on a
weather map. It's the characteristics of the front that counts. Looking at
last night's map one would assume it would be great birding today. This
coincided with a scheduled field trip to Ft. Pickens today that Lucy and I
led for the F. M. Weston Audubon Society. We found only 35 species in
oppressive heat, and only a handful of migrants. Nor did we have any at home
this morning. Why? Last night I checked winds at 2600 ft and found that they
were light and variable in the Appalachian area and the middle Atlantic
coast. Not exactly a strong impetus for a good movement south.

 

Often the frontal demarcation on a weather map only indicates a humidity
change or slight drop in temperature, not particularly influential on what
birds might do. It's the winds that are important and this morning in the
Pensacola area they were NE  AT  12 knots quickly subsiding. So the bottom line
is, check the winds behind the front when trying to figure out what the
front might bring. Here on the coast, I find the Marine forecast the most
reliable indicator of true winds as inland stations do not reflect well what
winds aloft will be doing.

 

Compensation for a very poor day of birding was an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
spotted by Ron Sinclair at the "dump" area at Ft. Pickens (This trail was
formerly the Coast Guard dump many years ago). The bird stayed on one perch
for about 10 mins allowing all 17 participants knockout looks. (Well, all
but two participants. Better luck next time, Daniel and Vickie! Their
compensation was a handsome Lark Sparrow in the campground!)

 

Here's to the next front.

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle

 

 
Subject: WILSON'S WARBLER; YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
From: "'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:45:52 +0000
Summary: WILSONS WARBLER and YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER at Birmingham Botanical 
Gardens today. Otherwise, a mysteriously slow morning 




A weak front passed through Birmingham last night, bringing late 
afternoon/early evening showers, a drop in average temperatures of about 5 
degrees F, and light surface winds from the north. I and several other birders 
thought wed have a good movement of migrants, this being the first thing to 
resemble a real autumn front this fall. But I awoke to find the region socked 
in with thick cloud cover, and Ruffner from dawn to about 830 a.m. was 
exceptionally quiet (see below for possible reasons why birding was slower than 
expected today). Around the parking area, Hans and Lori Paul, and I had a 
single MAGNOLIA WARBLER, a single HOODED WARBLER, and a VEERY. The latter IDed 
by sound only. It was making all sorts of chirps and squeals, but broke out 
into a partial song a couple of times, which was how I recognized it. The VEERY 
was the best bird for me at Ruffner this morning. We later ascended the ridge 
to find more forest lacking any detectable birdlife, but this time shrouded in 
mist. However, near the last tower we encountered a migrant flock of roughly 12 
SCARLET TANAGERS, and one or two of the following: RED-EYED VIREO, BLUE-GRAY 
GNATCATCHER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, and AMERICAN REDSTART. 
The flock worked the edge along the powerline right of way, then quickly moved 
on. At that point I had to leave Hans and Lori to wake up the kids at home and 
take Ashlin to Violin practice. I met Paul Franklin on the way down, and I hope 
he had better luck than I did. But my morning wasnt over, I had a devious plan 
to do more birding. 




After dropping Ashlin off at practice in Homewood, I took Autumn to Savages 
bakery where I let her pick out four yummy treats for breakfast. According to 
the terms of this bribe, she would hike with me through the Botanical Gardens, 
eating treats while I birded. Turns out the bribe probably wasnt completely 
necessary as she and I had fun exploring all the trails, and she would climb 
the Crepe Myrtles or play in the creek while I sorted through bird flocks for 
migrants. We had a great time. And the birding was rewarding, too. 




Despite arriving there about 10 am, I was able to meet up with two small flocks 
of migrants, the last of which, encountered about 1115 am, had the best birds. 
First was a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER perched low along the forest edge to the 
north of the greenhouse. It disappeared quickly, and while I excitedly sought 
another look, I spotted a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, which also disappeared quickly. 
As I sorted through the chaos of the flock to find either one again, out popped 
a gorgeous male WILSONS WARBLER, an uncommon warbler for Northern Alabama. 
Unlike the other prized finds, it dallied in a shrub on the edge of the lawn, 
even chasing moths onto the grass just in front of me. Definitely a wow 
moment. 




Heres my take on why birding was slower than expected today. First, my dad 
pointed out to me that upperlevel winds were light and variable behind the 
front last night, so there wasnt a strong wind for them to ride south last 
night, despite the front. Id add to that the cloud cover effect. Radar showed 
the normal level of birds migrating above Birmngham in the wee hours of the 
night, but they would have been above the cloud cover and unable to make 
strategic decisions on where to land at dawn. I suspect that birds popped 
through the cloud cover above the metro area and sought shelter wherever they 
could find it. Had the skies been clear, I think they would have headed for 
Ruffner and similar stopover sites as they made their descent, which is what I 
suspect they usually do. I also suspect that birds eventually found the good 
stopover habitats later in the morning, but arrived hungry, which is why birds 
were still active near noon at the Botanical Gardens. All of this is 
conjecture. 




All total, 36 species for the day, of which 16 are species that will migrate 
across or around the Gulf of Mexico in the next few days to weeks. 




?Scot Duncan
Subject: Woodstorks HWY 69 south of Cedarville, Hale Co
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Sep 2014 22:24:19 -0700
I was on a wildflower outing in the Black Belt area and saw about 40 Woodstorks 
around a farm pond just south of Cedarville on Hwy 69 in Hale Co. 

 

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Subject: Re: migrating birds, Southeast Arizona birds
From: "G M ARCHAMBAULT gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:09:11 -0700
Charles, your set of SE AZ photos is outstanding. Have you considered 
submitting those of the Sinaloa Wren, Black-Capped Gnatcatchers, and 
Plain-Capped Starthroat(s) to AZFO.org? I believe your photos are vastly 
superior to some of their latest submissions. A few of your gnatcatcher photos, 
in particular the ones showing the bill length of the ratty-tailed bird and one 
showing the white under tail on another, would be very useful for others to 
study. Your 2 wren photos also show some valuable details, and there have been 
very few photos (in fact, not that many reports until quite recently after a 
summer hiatus) of that bird recently. Keep up the great photography and please 
don't hesitate to "burden" us with more whenever! Better than a cup of coffee! 
Or a glass of wine! -Ken Archambault, Homewood 



On Friday, September 12, 2014 7:50 PM, "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com 
[albirds]"  wrote: 

 


  
Howdy birders,  

Went out for the first time in Alabama this fall to try to get some warblers or 
something on Monte Sano mountain around 10:30 this morning. Only thing cool 
that I saw was a White-eyed Vireo or two. The place was covered up with thick 
fog, so maybe that is why there was no bird action. I had my 10 month old with 
me so I didn't venture from the car much, but I did go to the look out point 
and the land trust parking lot where I saw Ceruleans this spring. I hope it is 
better tomorrow morning with the bird group going there. Hopefully it won't be 
so darn foggy! 


Anyway, I was in Southeast Arizona last week and attempted to photograph birds 
many hours each day for the 7 days I was out there. If anybody is interested, 
below is a gallery I have started for the birds I shot there. If anybody wants 
to ever head out that way, I would be more than happy to help with my limited 
knowledge of the region lol. 


The rarest birds in the gallery are the Sinaloa Wren, Black-capped Gnatcatchers 
and a Plain-capped Starthroat. The Sinaloa Wren was the hardest bird to 
photograph that I have ever encountered. I stalked the skulker for 4 hours and 
only a few decent shots. It never likes to come out in the open, at least not 
for me lol. 


I hope you guys enjoy them! On each photo, if you like, after you click on the 
photo, you can then click on the "i" button (for information) at the bottom 
right and it will allow you to see on a map through GPS exactly where the bird 
was photographed. I highly recommend that you all go out that way one day if 
you have not already! 


hope yall have a great one!

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Huntsville, AL  35814
Subject: migrating birds, Southeast Arizona birds
From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:47:24 -0700
Howdy birders,  

Went out for the first time in Alabama this fall to try to get some warblers or 
something on Monte Sano mountain around 10:30 this morning. Only thing cool 
that I saw was a White-eyed Vireo or two. The place was covered up with thick 
fog, so maybe that is why there was no bird action. I had my 10 month old with 
me so I didn't venture from the car much, but I did go to the look out point 
and the land trust parking lot where I saw Ceruleans this spring. I hope it is 
better tomorrow morning with the bird group going there. Hopefully it won't be 
so darn foggy! 


Anyway, I was in Southeast Arizona last week and attempted to photograph birds 
many hours each day for the 7 days I was out there. If anybody is interested, 
below is a gallery I have started for the birds I shot there. If anybody wants 
to ever head out that way, I would be more than happy to help with my limited 
knowledge of the region lol. 


The rarest birds in the gallery are the Sinaloa Wren, Black-capped Gnatcatchers 
and a Plain-capped Starthroat. The Sinaloa Wren was the hardest bird to 
photograph that I have ever encountered. I stalked the skulker for 4 hours and 
only a few decent shots. It never likes to come out in the open, at least not 
for me lol. 


I hope you guys enjoy them! On each photo, if you like, after you click on the 
photo, you can then click on the "i" button (for information) at the bottom 
right and it will allow you to see on a map through GPS exactly where the bird 
was photographed. I highly recommend that you all go out that way one day if 
you have not already! 


hope yall have a great one!

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Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 5585
Huntsville, AL  35814
Subject: TVA Wetlands Trail - Week 3
From: "'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:22:57 +0000
Rain. I arrived at the parking lot at 6:15 and the air was filled with a misty 
drizzle. No other birders joined me, so I headed to the office. The rain began 
to subside as the morning progressed and at 9:00, I made a return to the 
parking lot. I didn't have a lot of time to be away from my office, but I did 
spend 1.5 hours on the trails. I tallied 28 species, 229 individuals. I found 
two waves of warblers, one near the former Big Oak and the other just shy of 
the Kudzu Sea. I could only pick out 5 species of warblers, but numbers were 
much better than I have been finding. The two groups, as expected, were both 
dominated by Magnolia Warblers and American Redstarts. Near Big Oak, I also 
found two Empidonax flycatchers. The first gave me a very brief look. I thought 
primary projection appeared long (Acadian), but the bird disappeared rapidly, 
so I could not get a firm ID. The second bird was very cooperative. Eye ring 
was almost lacking, back was greenish-brown, chest/belly were gray, primary 
extension was moderate...typical "Trail's" Flycatcher. I played both Alder and 
Willow calls, but got no vocal response from this bird. Here's my full list: 


Killdeer - 4, Rock Pigeon - 11, Mourning Dove - 58, Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 1, 
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1, Downy Woodpecker - 2, Eastern Wood-Pewee - 1, 
"Traill's" Flycatcher - 1, Empidonax sp. - 1, White-eyed Vireo - 7, 
Yellow-throated Vireo - 1, Blue Jay - 1, American Crow - 2, Northern 
Rough-winged Swallow - 4, Carolina Chickadee - 2, Tufted Titmouse - 4, Carolina 
Wren - 5, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 1, Eastern Bluebird - 1, American Robin - 44, 
Gray Catbird - 4, Brown Thrasher - 2, European Starling - 34, American Redstart 
- 8, Northern Parula - 1, Magnolia Warbler - 12, Pine Warbler - 1, 
Black-throated Green Warbler - 2, Eastern Towhee - 1, Northern Cardinal - 12 


My work schedule next week will probably keep me from hitting the trails. If I 
do get to make a trip, it will be either Tuesday or Saturday. I'll send a note 
if I see I can make a trip, though it may be Monday/Friday night before I can 
post something. Otherwise, the next trip will be Thursday, September 25, 6:30 
a.m. I plan to be at Marbut Bend all day that Friday, getting ready for the 
grand opening on Saturday, September 27. 


Damien Simbeck
Killen, AL
Subject: Swiftnado and Peregrine Falcon
From: "'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:18:14 +0000
This past evening (Sep 11) my kids and I joined Bob Farley and Michelle 
Reynolds to watch a roosting swarm of Chimney Swifts in downtown Birmingham. 
The roost is the one near the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and Carver Theater, and 
is the same one that Birmingham Audubon Society will be visiting during its 
participation in the annual Swift Night Out tonight (Fri) and Saturday (Sep 12 
and 13; see link below to BAS website with information about the event). 



It had been another hot day in B'ham, but by evening clouds had rolled in and 
scattered, small pop-up showers were cooling down the metro. As we ate our 
various take-out dinners and watched from the second highest level of the 
parking garage (to give us cover from the rain), the city's lights began to 
shimmer, the cloud-scape was lit up by the orange light of the sinking sun, and 
the swift swarm appeared, circling ever closer (sometimes clockwise, sometimes 
ccw) to the chimney, which was nearly at eye level a city block away. Just as 
the swarm had tightened tornado-like and began flutter-falling into the 
chimney, a Peregrine Falcon swept in low from the west, punching through the 
flock and swerving at swifts along its flight. It flew with the flock for one 
rotation, attempting to catch a swift in flight, then disappeared. Then 
suddenly it appeared just in front of us and streaked over our heads in hot 
pursuit. We didn't see it after that, so we don't know whether the falcon was 
successful. I believe it was an adult from the fleeting glance I got at close 
range. The event was not unlike watching Bat Falcons in tropical America 
plunder bats? swarms at dusk. 



Master videographer Bob Farley caught the whole event - including the 
Peregrine! - on film, as he had two cameras trained on the chimney and 
revolving swift flock. You can watch the short video he edited and posted on 
YouTube at the link below. Watch for the much larger bird streaking across your 
screen. You can hear me in the background excitedly shouting "look, look, 
look!" just before it appears. 



No one can promise that the Peregrine will appear again for the Swift Night Out 
events, but I'd bet on it. 



Scot Duncan


BAS website with description about the event: http://www.birminghamaudubon.org/ 





http://youtu.be/EKNBM5MlQzA?

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tornado-like funnels as they seek shelter for the evening. The Birmingham 
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Subject: One memory of Bob Sargent
From: "Ted Theus ted.theus AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:31:59 -0700
As a Georgia birder, I wanted to pay tribute to the legacy of Bob Sargent who 
had a positive impact on my kids during several visits to Ft. Morgan a number 
of years back. Since that time, I always appreciated Bob's regular posts which, 
without fail, exuded a profound zest for life and passion for birds. I will 
miss his reports. His contributions to the public awareness of bird 
conservation issues was enormous. Our thoughts and prayers are with Martha 
during this difficult time. Ted Theus--Columbus, Ga. 
Subject: Rufous Hummingbirds in Enterprise
From: "Rick movarick AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:41:20 -0500
Rufous Hummingbirds have arrived at Enterprise! Two adult males and one
immature male arrived today, 10 September. We hosted a 2nd year female last
winter; she was first seen on 23 November and tagged by Fred Bassett on 4
January. We hope more will stay with us this winter!

https://flic.kr/p/oT4cru

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______________________________
Rick Ingram
movarick AT gmail.com


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Subject: RE: speedy willow flycatcher
From: "'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:02:21 +0000
Andrew,
Thanks for doing this fact checking!

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]
Sent: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 9:29 AM
To: albirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ALBIRDS] speedy willow flycatcher



Howard Horne had doubts about the speedy willow flycatcher recaptured in 
Veracruz recently, especially from a logistics point of view - getting the 
original banding data uploaded to BBL in such short a time - and wondered if 
the year was wrong. Our discussion about how birds migrate threw even more 
doubt on this, so I emailed Manuel, the bander in Veracruz, as to whether the 
date was wrong. Here's his reply. 


Andrew
I post a comment on my FB about that, The BBL gave me a wrong date and you 
right it was 2013...Bloody BBL.... 

Yesterday we got one NOWA from Manitoba, banded August 15, 2014, retrap sept 
8....not bad anyway. Are not two days, but not bad at all. 

All the best
Manuel




Subject: speedy willow flycatcher
From: "andrew AT natsp.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Sep 2014 07:29:24 -0700
Howard Horne had doubts about the speedy willow flycatcher recaptured in 
Veracruz recently, especially from a logistics point of view - getting the 
original banding data uploaded to BBL in such short a time - and wondered if 
the year was wrong. Our discussion about how birds migrate threw even more 
doubt on this, so I emailed Manuel, the bander in Veracruz, as to whether the 
date was wrong. Here's his reply. 



 Andrew
 I post a comment on my FB about that, The BBL gave me a wrong date and you 
right it was 2013...Bloody BBL.... 

 Yesterday we got one NOWA from Manitoba, banded August 15, 2014, retrap sept 
8....not bad anyway. Are not two days, but not bad at all. 

 All the best
 Manuel
 
 

Subject: Whheler Pelagic Trip/Marbut Bend Trail
From: "'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 20:58:48 +0000
I've had great response for the boat trip September 21. We currently have 18 
folks signed up...room for only 2 more. I have contacted Captain Steve and the 
trip is now confirmed. For those who have signed up, I will send more details 
early next week. 


Also, the official opening of the Marbut Bend trail is still set for Saturday, 
September 27. I should have TVA's official announcement ready to post early 
next week. This will have full details and directions to the site. We finished 
the boardwalk last week and are finishing the trail, entrance road and parking 
lot this week. We'll be adding guard rails around the road/parking area next 
week, plus finishing up some of the last minute details (signage, etc.). 
Looking forward to that first bird walk there. 


Damien Simbeck
Killen, AL
Subject: Upper Rock Pile Campground 09/09/14
From: "'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 17:53:52 +0000
I had only one birder join me this morning at the Upper Rock Pile Campground, 
proving there are more intelligent birders out there than us stupid ones. The 
cooler, low humidity air has again given way to warm humid air and bird 
activity was very slow. Tops for the morning was a Least Flycatcher, seen well 
for a brief instant, then uncooperative for several minutes. We found 28 
species, but only three species of warblers (one bird each). We'll try again 
Friday morning, 6:15, at the Wetlands Trails. If the predicted front makes it 
through here before sunrise, we could have a nice morning of migrants. Here's 
today's list: 


Canada Goose - 19, Double-crested Cormorant - 100, Great Blue Heron - 37, Great 
Egret - 58, Black-crowned Night-Heron - 1, Ring-billed Gull - 11, Caspian Tern 
- 2, Rock Pigeon - 2, Mourning Dove - 6, Eastern Screech-Owl - 1, Chimney Swift 
- 7, Red-headed Woodpecker - 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker - 7, Downy Woodpecker - 
1, Least Flycatcher - 1, Blue Jay - 6, American Crow - 1, Cliff Swallow - 1, 
Tufted Titmouse - 6, Carolina Wren - 2, Brown Thrasher - 1, Northern 
Mockingbird - 1, Black-and-white Warbler - 1, American Redstart - 1, Magnolia 
Warbler - 1, Northern Cardinal - 5, Common Grackle - 2, Brown-headed Cowbird - 
6 


I crossed Wilson Dam after lunch today and saw one adult Lesser Black-backed 
Gull sitting with the Ring-billed Gulls along the lock wall. 


Damien Simbeck
Killen, AL
Subject: Bird walk on Tuesday
From: "Damien Simbeck TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 08 Sep 2014 16:54:02 -0500
I will be taking a walk tomorrow morning but plan to visit the former Upper 
Rockpile Campground Area instead of the Wetlands Trail.  At the south end of 
Wilson Dam, enter the hydro plant parking area. We will meet in the 
contractor's parking area outside the fence. Meet at 6:15 a.m. 


Damien Simbeck
Killen,  AL

Sent via my smartphone (an old dog has learned a new trick)
Subject: Fwd: Birds at Ruffner Mountain, B'ham, Sep 7, 2014; NASHVILLE WARBLER
From: "'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 01:28:00 +0000
Somehow I lost a "not" (not a knot) in my last post. Thanks for catching that, 
Mom. 


tropics feasting on insects (some of which will have been described by 
scientists -How awesome is that!), 

Some of which will NOT have been described….?

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Lucy & Bob Duncan" 
> 

Date: September 7, 2014 at 6:34:49 PM CDT
To: "'Duncan, Scot'" >
Subject: RE: [ALBIRDS] Birds at Ruffner Mountain, B'ham, Sep 7, 2014; NASHVILLE 
WARBLER 


tropics feasting on insects (some of which will have been described by 
scientists -How awesome is that!), 

Some of which will NOT have been described….?

From: albirds AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:albirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 'Duncan, Scot' 
sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds] 

Sent: Sunday, September 07, 2014 6:18 PM
To: albirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Birds at Ruffner Mountain, B'ham, Sep 7, 2014; NASHVILLE 
WARBLER 




Had a fun morning birding at Ruffner today with Will Hustwit, and Susan and 
Rick Remy. The birding activity followed the same pattern as the last few times 
I have been out there these past few weeks. Very quiet in the parking area 
until about 630, then very active for about 30-45 minutes; then birding in the 
parking area becomes painfully slow. At that point we headed up to the ridge 
where birding was still slow, but we were able to pick up a few small flocks 
and boost our species list. All total I logged 40 species*, including an 
unidentified Empidonax that flew away before I could study it. Of those 40 
species, 19 and nearly half, were species that will fly across or around the 
Gulf of Mexico in the next few days to weeks and overwinter in the tropics 
feasting on insects (some of which will have been described by scientists -How 
awesome is that!), delicious tropical fruits, and the nectar of fabulous 
tropical flowers. 




*[Rick, Susan and Will, if you are reading this you might think I’m lying 
about the species total which was 34 when you left, but after I went to the 
bathroom and you all left, I checked the north woods one last time and had a 
Gray-cheeked Thrush and the Empid; after that I stayed longer and picked up a 
couple of non-migrant species we’d missed; I also had missed a few on the 
list I was keeping]. ​ 




Best bird of the day was a NASHVILLE WARBLER. Second best were the 3 
BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS. Complete list of Neotropical migrant species is listed 
below. Today was the first day that I encountered several species for the fall 
(AMRE, BLBW, MAWA, NAWA, GCTH, CSWA), and the first day in the last couple of 
weeks with no Cerulean (In my previous life these were uncommon!). 




Of course todays’ birding was tinged with sadness. We learned of Bob 
Sargents’s death while on the ridge trail. In between flocks of migrants, 
Rick and Susan and I shared stories about how Bob and Martha have enriched our 
lives over the years, and how they have been among the Southeast’s most 
successful ambassadors of the bird world that many of us have ever met. Thanks 
to Bob and the others he worked with, there are thousands of people who look at 
birds now with the same awe and thrill that the rest of us do. 




Neotropical migrants (in most cases numbers are approximate):

Chimney Swift (4)

Summer Tanager (~15)

Scarlet Tanager (3)

Hooded Warbler (2)

Eastern Wood-Peewee (~10)

Baltimore Oriole (6)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (6)

Magnolia Warbler (1)

Blackburnian Warbler (1)

Nashville Warbler (1)

Chestnut-sided Warbler (1)

American Redstart (3)

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (5)

Black-and-white Warbler (4)

Red-eyed Vireo (10)

Yellow-throated Vireo (1)

White-eyed Vireo (10)

Gray-cheeked Thrush (1)

Empidonax sp. (1)



Scot Duncan,

Birmingham



Subject: Birds at Ruffner Mountain, B'ham, Sep 7, 2014; NASHVILLE WARBLER
From: "'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 23:18:03 +0000
Had a fun morning birding at Ruffner today with Will Hustwit, and Susan and 
Rick Remy. The birding activity followed the same pattern as the last few times 
I have been out there these past few weeks. Very quiet in the parking area 
until about 630, then very active for about 30-45 minutes; then birding in the 
parking area becomes painfully slow. At that point we headed up to the ridge 
where birding was still slow, but we were able to pick up a few small flocks 
and boost our species list. All total I logged 40 species*, including an 
unidentified Empidonax that flew away before I could study it. Of those 40 
species, 19 and nearly half, were species that will fly across or around the 
Gulf of Mexico in the next few days to weeks and overwinter in the tropics 
feasting on insects (some of which will have been described by scientists -How 
awesome is that!), delicious tropical fruits, and the nectar of fabulous 
tropical flowers. 




*[Rick, Susan and Will, if you are reading this you might think I'm lying about 
the species total which was 34 when you left, but after I went to the bathroom 
and you all left, I checked the north woods one last time and had a 
Gray-cheeked Thrush and the Empid; after that I stayed longer and picked up a 
couple of non-migrant species we'd missed; I also had missed a few on the list 
I was keeping]. ? 



Best bird of the day was a NASHVILLE WARBLER. Second best were the 3 
BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS. Complete list of Neotropical migrant species is listed 
below. Today was the first day that I encountered several species for the fall 
(AMRE, BLBW, MAWA, NAWA, GCTH, CSWA), and the first day in the last couple of 
weeks with no Cerulean (In my previous life these were uncommon!). 




Of course todays' birding was tinged with sadness. We learned of Bob Sargents's 
death while on the ridge trail. In between flocks of migrants, Rick and Susan 
and I shared stories about how Bob and Martha have enriched our lives over the 
years, and how they have been among the Southeast's most successful ambassadors 
of the bird world that many of us have ever met. Thanks to Bob and the others 
he worked with, there are thousands of people who look at birds now with the 
same awe and thrill that the rest of us do. 




Neotropical migrants (in most cases numbers are approximate):

Chimney Swift (4)

Summer Tanager (~15)

Scarlet Tanager (3)

Hooded Warbler (2)

Eastern Wood-Peewee (~10)

Baltimore Oriole (6)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (6)

Magnolia Warbler (1)

Blackburnian Warbler (1)

Nashville Warbler (1)

Chestnut-sided Warbler (1)

American Redstart (3)

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (5)

Black-and-white Warbler (4)

Red-eyed Vireo (10)

Yellow-throated Vireo (1)

White-eyed Vireo (10)

Gray-cheeked Thrush (1)

Empidonax sp. (1)


Scot Duncan,

Birmingham


Subject: Saugahatchee Creek, Sep 7, 2014
From: "'James Holmes' jfholmes AT ucdavis.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 11:29:03 -0700
Rodney McCollum and I birded various locations in Lee County this morning.

We started at Saugahatchee Creek where it was very slow.  eBird list below.

We then went to some ponds and sod farms in southern Lee County. Highlights 
were the continuing presence of the 3 immature white Ibis and Buff-breasted 
Sandpiper. Also, had an Anhinga which is difficult in Lee County. 


Thanks

Jim Holmes

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Sunday, September 07, 2014 11:26 AM
To: jfholmes AT ucdavis.edu
Subject: eBird Report - Saugahatchee Creek, Sep 7, 2014

Saugahatchee Creek, Lee, US-AL
Sep 7, 2014 6:45 AM - 8:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
22 species (+1 other taxa)

Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Eastern Wood-Pewee  4
Acadian Flycatcher  1     voice recorded
Empidonax sp.  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
White-eyed Vireo  6
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  3
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Gray Catbird  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
Hooded Warbler  1     heard only
American Redstart  1
Northern Parula  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Summer Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Indigo Bunting  15
American Goldfinch  6

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19761747 


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Subject: Re: the saddest news
From: "Eve Sweatman esweat1 AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 09:23:39 -0500
This is a very sad day. Heaven gains a wonderful spirit. Thoughts and
prayers for Martha.
Eve Sweatman
Grant, Alabama
On Sep 7, 2014 7:53 AM, "'Reed, Robert' robert.reed AT psc.alabama.gov
[albirds]"  wrote:

>
>
> Dear friends,
>
> It is with the heaviest of hearts that I must report that Bob Sargent went
> to be with his Lord this morning at 2 am. It is hard to overestimate the
> wonderful legacy Bob is leaving behind. The gentlest man I've ever know.
> Words simply fail me.
>
> There will not be a funeral. His body is be cremated. There will be a
> celebration of Bob wonderful life some time in the near future.
>
> Please keep Martha Gail in your prayers.
>
> Bob Reed
> Tallassee
>  
>
Subject: Re: the saddest news
From: "SueMoske AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 10:16:15 -0400
 Truly devastating news. Bob was president of AOS approximately 25 years ago, 
and his true legacy was the Hummingbird Study Group. Such an optimistic person, 
he always gave me a uplifting perspective on the birds and life in general. I 
will miss his posts to ALBirds, his presence at the Wheeler Christmas Count, 
and of course, the Fort Morgan banding operation. 

Sue Moske 
Huntsville

 

 

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From: Jon Yoder jonyoder57 AT gmail.com [albirds] 
 

To: Reed, Robert 
Cc: albirds 
Sent: Sun, Sep 7, 2014 8:35 am
Subject: Re: [ALBIRDS] the saddest news


 
  
    
                  

What a man! Martha Gail, we are so sorry for your and our loss. He made me 
laugh so many times over the years, and taught about things beyond birds! I am 
so glad for the chance to learn from him, and he will be sadly missed in the AL 
birds. But this morning, as I watch 10-12 hummers fight over the feeders in the 
back patio, I will think of his enthusiasm and love for all things bird! 



Jon Yoder, 





On Sun, Sep 7, 2014 at 7:52 AM, 'Reed, Robert' robert.reed AT psc.alabama.gov 
[albirds]  wrote: 


 
 
  
    
                  
Dear friends,

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I must report that Bob Sargent went to 
be with his Lord this morning at 2 am. It is hard to overestimate the wonderful 
legacy Bob is leaving behind. The gentlest man I've ever know. Words simply 
fail me. 


There will not be a funeral. His body is be cremated. There will be a 
celebration of Bob wonderful life some time in the near future. 


Please keep Martha Gail in your prayers.  

Bob Reed
Tallassee

    
             

  




    
             

  
Subject: Re: the saddest news
From: "Jon Yoder jonyoder57 AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 08:35:41 -0500
What a man!  Martha Gail, we are so sorry for your and our loss.   He made
me laugh so many times over the years, and taught about things beyond
birds!  I am so glad for the chance to learn from him, and he will be sadly
missed in the AL birds.  But this morning, as I watch 10-12 hummers fight
over the feeders in the back patio, I will think of his enthusiasm and love
for all things bird!

Jon Yoder,


On Sun, Sep 7, 2014 at 7:52 AM, 'Reed, Robert' robert.reed AT psc.alabama.gov
[albirds]  wrote:

>
>
> Dear friends,
>
> It is with the heaviest of hearts that I must report that Bob Sargent went
> to be with his Lord this morning at 2 am. It is hard to overestimate the
> wonderful legacy Bob is leaving behind. The gentlest man I've ever know.
> Words simply fail me.
>
> There will not be a funeral. His body is be cremated. There will be a
> celebration of Bob wonderful life some time in the near future.
>
> Please keep Martha Gail in your prayers.
>
> Bob Reed
> Tallassee
>  
>
Subject: the saddest news
From: "'Reed, Robert' robert.reed AT psc.alabama.gov [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 12:52:34 +0000
Dear friends,

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I must report that Bob Sargent went to 
be with his Lord this morning at 2 am. It is hard to overestimate the wonderful 
legacy Bob is leaving behind. The gentlest man I've ever know. Words simply 
fail me. 



There will not be a funeral. His body is be cremated. There will be a 
celebration of Bob wonderful life some time in the near future. 


Please keep Martha Gail in your prayers.  

Bob Reed
Tallassee


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Subject: Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, Sep 6, 2014
From: "'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 23:20:58 +0000
Birded Ruffner from 610 to about 900 am this morning. The parking area was dead 
until about 630 when the first migrant flocks started to arrive. Lots of Summer 
Tanagers, Red-eyed and White-eyed Vireos, a few Yellow-throated Vireos, one 
Hooded Warbler and one CERULEAN WARBLER (male), a few Baltimore Orioles, 
Scarlet Tanagers and Eastern Wood-Pewees, and one Acadian Flycatcher. No 
gnatcatchers, thrushes, buntings/grosbeaks, nor other warbler species in the 
parking area. The activity in the parking area tanked by about 715 so I headed 
to the ridge. The woods were quiet until I hit a few small flocks up by the 
towers. I added BG Gnatcatchers, YB Cuckoo, plus Black-throated Green, 
BLUE-WINGED (1), CANADA (1), and a female CERULEAN warbler (thus totaling two 
of these latter warblers for the day). I also had the pleasure of doing a 
little birding with David and Rhonda Miles. 



In sum, 35 species, of which 18 will not be on the continent by Thanksgiving. 
Fall migration is still building up, it's still steamy, and it takes a good bit 
of effort to find the migrants, but they are out there! 



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Subject: Chewacla State Park, Sep 6, 2014
From: "'James Holmes' jfholmes AT ucdavis.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 12:21:52 -0700
Lorna West, Rodney McCollum and I birded Chewacla State Park this morning. 
Plenty of bird activity but limited numbers of warblers with highlights being a 
Magnolia (first of fall) and Blackburnian Warbler. eBird list below 


I also birded some ponds, lakes and sod farms this morning for International 
Shorebird Day. Highlights were 4 White Ibis (two locations) and 9 species of 
shorebirds including: 

Am Golden Plover - same bird as last week on a private turf farm
Semipalmated Plover - 3
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 
Least Sandpiper - 6 (two different sites)
Buff-breasted Sandpiper - 1 bird was my first for Lee County.
Pectoral Sandpiper - 5 (two different sites)
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 2

Jim Holmes

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To: jfholmes AT ucdavis.edu
Subject: eBird Report - Chewacla State Park, Sep 6, 2014

Chewacla State Park, Lee, US-AL
Sep 6, 2014 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
29 species

Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  3
Chimney Swift  12
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  1     adult
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  7
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
White-eyed Vireo  2
Yellow-throated Vireo  5
Red-eyed Vireo  6
Blue Jay  3
Carolina Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  14
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Brown-headed Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Hooded Warbler  1     heard only
Northern Parula  5
Magnolia Warbler  1     dull bird, immature/female
Blackburnian Warbler  1     very dull, immature/female
Chestnut-sided Warbler  6
Pine Warbler  8
Summer Tanager  4
Northern Cardinal  8
American Goldfinch  1

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19748821 


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Subject: fall oriole
From: "Jon Yoder jonyoder57 AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 14:16:38 -0500
I just was talking to my daughter Kristin who has been home from Africa for
the last couple of months, and she asked me if I had seen "the big yellow
bird".  Of course, no I hadn't...but 2 days ago she saw this bird out in
our back yard.  And by description, and size, I finally have it narrowed
down to a female Bullock's Oriole.  Now I haven't seen it to confirm that,
but I will be on the lookout for it again, and you might want to keep watch
there in Pensacola, since it should be heading there soon...Jon Yoder,
Atmore
AL

P.S. Any word on how Bob Sargent is doing these days?  Of all the senses to
lose, I think sight is the toughest, so hoping he is doing better today.
God bless!
Subject: TVA Wetlands Trail - Week 2
From: "'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 13:35:34 +0000
Three birders spent 1.45 hours on the TVA Wetlands Trail this morning. Activity 
was very slow and both diversity (23 species) and numbers (83 individuals) were 
low. We did manage to find seven species of warblers this morning, including a 
very early (about 1 month ahead of schedule) Bay-breasted. Hopefully the cold 
front early next week will bring in that first Magnolia for the season. Next 
week's walk will be on Friday, Sept. 12. We will meet at 6:15 a.m. (the sun is 
getting lazy and sleeping in a little later...so will we). Also, if the 
weatherman is correct and we get cooler, less humid air by Tuesday morning 
(i.e. a front with some migrants), I may do a short walk then. I'll post again 
Monday if I decide to go. Today's list: 


Canada Goose - 20, Mourning Dove - 20, Chimney Swift - 1, Ruby-throated 
Hummingbird - 3, Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1, Eastern Wood-Pewee - 1, White-eyed 
Vireo - 3, Northern Rough-winged Swallow - 1, Tufted Titmouse - 2, Carolina 
Wren - 2, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 2, Eastern Bluebird - 1, American Robin - 6, 
Blue-winged Warbler - 1, Black-and-white Warbler - 1, Kentucky Warbler - 1, 
American Redstart - 2, Northern Parula - 1, Bay-breasted Warbler - 1, Yellow 
Warbler - 1, Northern Cardinal - 6, Common Grackle - 2, House Finch - 4 


When I got to my office this morning, I had a message from Linda Reynolds. She 
wanted me to post that she had 5 Black Terns, 16 Caspian Terns, 5 Forster's 
Terns and several Ring-billed Gulls at Guntersville City Harbor yesterday. 


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: The Sinks Wednesday 9/3
From: "Jud Johnston rivendell AT tds.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 03 Sep 2014 17:40:19 -0500
I thought the Sinks might have  little more water, it rained yesterday 
in Florence, but no such luck.  Not enough water on the west side of 
Fennel to douse a football coach.    Even the east side is beginning to 
show mud.  Nonetheless, there were some ducks and waders over there:

51 Canada geese
30 great egrets
5 mallards
1 wood duck
1 pied-billed grebe
6 little blue herons (5 immature)
3 snowy egrets
20 black-crowned night herons (1 adult)  by count.  An apparent day-care 
facility, Sylvia said.

Not far away on 2d Street I saw several dozen cattle egrets associating 
with some cattle, of all things.

Jud Johnston
Waynesboro, TN


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Subject: Inland pelagic trip - Wheeler Dam
From: "'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 18:12:31 +0000
I just talked to Captain Steve of Nautical Wheeler and have scheduled another 
Wheeler Dam boat tour for Sunday, September 21. We will board the boat around 
1:45 with launch at 2:00 (same location as previous trips, Joe Wheeler State 
Park marina, Rogersville, AL). We will cruise to Wheeler Dam, lock through and 
circle around Hog Island (The Point), back to Wheeler Dam tailwaters, lock 
through again and chum the gulls, then cruise up-river, as far as time will 
allow, toward Elk River. We will watch the sun set over the dam/river and get 
back to the docks just after sunset (about 6 hours on the boat). Cost will be 
$35.00 per person, payable directly to Captain Steve that day (tip not 
included). This is the best time of year adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls and we 
typically get great looks when we start chumming near the locks (everyone needs 
to bring some bread). In past trips we have seen Black-bellied Whistling Duck 
and Merlin, lots of pelicans, herons, egrets, gulls and terns. This is also the 
best time of year for such rarities as jeagers and Sabine's Gulls (no 
guarantees, this is still bird watching!). The boat carries up to 24 people, 
but I try to limit trips to 20 people so we will have more room to move 
around/watch birds. E-mail me to reserve your spot, either 
djsimbeck AT tva.gov or 
tnbarredowl AT aol.com. We will need to have 10 people 
signed up by September 14 (or be willing to pay more than $35/person) to 
confirm the trip. Weather back-up date will be Sunday, September 28, same time 
and location. 


Damien Simbeck
Killen, AL
Subject: Peregrine Falcon in downtown Birmingham
From: "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 12:38:16 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
Hey All-

A quick note to let you know that last night, while on the Le Tour de Ham ride 
through downtown Birmingham, Michelle Reynolds, David Cousins and I observed a 
Peregrine Falcon chasing a hawk. Michelle and David had good looks at the 
falcon, whereas my view was of a bird flying away from me - but it eventually 
banked, allowing me to see its pointed wings and tapered tail in profile. I did 
not see the hawk it was chasing, but odds are it was one of the resident 
Cooper's Hawk - I have been seeing them a fair amount these days in the 
downtown and Avondale areas. 


The falcon was near Railroad Park when we first saw it, but given their 
wandering ways any area downtown with a view would be a good place to look for 
it. 


Take care,  Greg

Gregory J. Harber
Birmingham, AL
gharber AT mindspring.com
"It's never too late to have a happy childhood."
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Subject: Re: migration
From: "Jon Yoder jonyoder57 AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 16:07:02 -0500
Amazing, isn't it?  What we don't know about birds is more than we do know,
that is for sure....Jon Yoder


On Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 1:35 PM, andrew AT natsp.com [albirds] <
albirds AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Slightly off topic, as it's not about an AL bird, but interesting
> none-the-less. From Manuel Grosselet down in Veracruz, Mexico. My
> conversions and edit in parentheses.
>
> We always speak about amazing migration achievements in Shorebirds. Here I
> want to show you something amazing. You know Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax
> traillii), these little guys can fly from North America to northen South
> America during migration. they weight 14 to15 grs (about half an ounce).
> and they cross through where we are, in Minatitlan Veracruz. Yesterday we
> caught around 120 of them, and one was alrededy banded. We checked out,
> thanks to BBL, found this bird was banded in Harrison Illinois, USA on the
> 30th of August 2014.
>
> We recaptured it yesterday 1st of september 2014, two days later 2200 km
> (1360 miles) away. That means this bird flew about 45 km/hour (28 mph) for
> 48 hours non stop. (or faster with stops).
>
> That it's an achievement.
>
>
>
> If somebody have the email of Lee G jonhson, He is the happy bander...I
> would like to enter in contact with him..
>
>
>
> All the best
>
> Manuel
>
> Tierra de Aves - Birding in Mexico 
>        [image: image] 
>      Tierra de Aves - Birding in Mexico 
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>  
>
Subject: migration
From: "andrew AT natsp.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Sep 2014 11:35:11 -0700
Slightly off topic, as it's not about an AL bird, but interesting 
none-the-less. From Manuel Grosselet down in Veracruz, Mexico. My conversions 
and edit in parentheses. 


 We always speak about amazing migration achievements in Shorebirds. Here I 
want to show you something amazing. You know Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax 
traillii), these little guys can fly from North America to northen South 
America during migration. they weight 14 to15 grs (about half an ounce). and 
they cross through where we are, in Minatitlan Veracruz. Yesterday we caught 
around 120 of them, and one was alrededy banded. We checked out, thanks to BBL, 
found this bird was banded in Harrison Illinois, USA on the 30th of August 
2014. 

 We recaptured it yesterday 1st of september 2014, two days later 2200 km (1360 
miles) away. That means this bird flew about 45 km/hour (28 mph) for 48 hours 
non stop. (or faster with stops). 


 That it's an achievement.
  
 If somebody have the email of Lee G jonhson, He is the happy bander...I would 
like to enter in contact with him.. 

  
 All the best
 Manuel
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- Birding in Mexico Inicio Nosotros Viajes Servicios Productos Fotografias 
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Subject: Error in Posting...
From: "Don or Dena McKee dmckee001 AT centurytel.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:40:37 -0500
Sorry, Mary Wake. This post was a non-birding and private post meant for
Mary Porter and I must have gotten your email by mistake from the contact
list.  Please excuse the post. I am so sorry.  Dena McKee

From:  "Don or Dena McKee dmckee001 AT centurytel.net [albirds]"

Reply-To:  Dena McKee 
Date:  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:53:14 -0500
To:  "marywake35653 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" , Cynthia
McKean   
Subject:  [ALBIRDS] FW: Update on Joyce Zirlott

 
 
 
 
   



From:  
Date:  Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:57:11 -0400 (EDT)
To:  , ,
, ,
, , ,
Margie Delcambre , Dena McKee
, , JAMES RUSSELL
, , ,
regina doi , ,
, , ,
, , Joe Sheffield
, , ,
, , ,
, Joan Smith ,
, 
Cc:  , , ,
, , ,

Subject:  Update on Joyce Zirlott

As some of you know, Joyce Zirlott, Perry's sister, was in a terrible
vehicle accident not far from her home on Dykes Rd in Mobile .  This happen
early today as she and her 6 yr old grand daughter were leaving home to come
down to go to church with us.  Her Yukon was hit..... sending it flipping.
 
Joyce was life flighted to  USAs Trauma Unit and had to have immediate
surgery to repair the damage to her heart.  It was torn and the blood was
going out into the sack around her heart.  Blood flow was stopped to her
lower extremities and they are uncertain as to the extent of that damage.
Both her legs had compound fractures and her ankles are broken as well as
one arm..... they have been set and pinned with a cast  on her arm.  She
has multiple fractures all over her body  and as of 6 this afternoon they
were still running xrays to spot them all.
 
She was trying to ask questions tonight before we left and the nurse was
able to read her lips most of the time.  ( she has a vent tube down her
throat).  So she is alert even though they are trying to keep her sedated.
 
All we can do is try to assure her that her grand daughter, Nyla, is okay
with some cuts and bruises and one fractured leg.  And that she has to stay
calm and let her body heal.
 
Please keep Joyce, her grand daughter , Nyla, and  Joyce's  4 children in
your prayers... this will be a long , long recovery.
 
Jan Zirlott
 
 
 
   

 

Subject: RE: 3-4 CERULEAN and 1 CANADA WARBLER at Ruffner Mountain today
From: "lgardellabirds AT charter.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:07:27 -0400 (EDT)
Good birds, Scot.  No definite Ceruleans today - one glimpse of a 
likely.  Best warblers were Worm-eating at Powder Magazine and 
Prothonotary at Cypress Pond, but it was nice finding multiple 
Chestnut-sided Warblers at each location, as well as multiple Northern 
Parulas.

Best birds were empids.  At Powder Magazine I heard a Least Flycatcher, 
then later and lower down, near the river I saw a silent Yellow-bellied 
Flycatcher.  I was about to take a distant photo when two guys engaged 
in some presumably illegal activity (likely drug sale) slammed a car 
door and spooked the empid.  I kept my binos focused in the trees, not 
in the cars.  The empid at Cypress Pond was the more expected Acadian. 
There were also at least 2 Yellow-throated Vireos there.

Yesterday, I checked out Sprague Sod Farm.  By sorting through 203 
Killdeer I found a Semipalmated Plover, some Leasts and some Pectorals 
but no "good" shorebirds.  I will try again on world shorebird day next 
weekend.

Larry Gardella
Montgomery, AL  
Subject: FW: Update on Joyce Zirlott
From: "Don or Dena McKee dmckee001 AT centurytel.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:53:14 -0500

From:  
Date:  Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:57:11 -0400 (EDT)
To:  , ,
, ,
, , ,
Margie Delcambre , Dena McKee
, , JAMES RUSSELL
, , ,
regina doi , ,
, , ,
, , Joe Sheffield
, , ,
, , ,
, Joan Smith ,
, 
Cc:  , , ,
, , ,

Subject:  Update on Joyce Zirlott

As some of you know, Joyce Zirlott, Perry's sister, was in a terrible
vehicle accident not far from her home on Dykes Rd in Mobile .  This happen
early today as she and her 6 yr old grand daughter were leaving home to come
down to go to church with us.  Her Yukon was hit..... sending it flipping.
 
Joyce was life flighted to  USAs Trauma Unit and had to have immediate
surgery to repair the damage to her heart.  It was torn and the blood was
going out into the sack around her heart.  Blood flow was stopped to her
lower extremities and they are uncertain as to the extent of that damage.
Both her legs had compound fractures and her ankles are broken as well as
one arm..... they have been set and pinned with a cast  on her arm.  She
has multiple fractures all over her body  and as of 6 this afternoon they
were still running xrays to spot them all.
 
She was trying to ask questions tonight before we left and the nurse was
able to read her lips most of the time.  ( she has a vent tube down her
throat).  So she is alert even though they are trying to keep her sedated.
 
All we can do is try to assure her that her grand daughter, Nyla, is okay
with some cuts and bruises and one fractured leg.  And that she has to stay
calm and let her body heal.
 
Please keep Joyce, her grand daughter , Nyla, and  Joyce's  4 children in
your prayers... this will be a long , long recovery.
 
Jan Zirlott
 
 

Subject: 3-4 CERULEAN and 1 CANADA WARBLER at Ruffner Mountain today
From: "'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:15:17 +0000
Went to Ruffner early today and yesterday with my brother Will, sister-in-law 
Caralyn, and niece Wren, who is two years old. The three of them were visiting 
from Georgia. Wren is aptly named since like her namesake, she's cute, and also 
like her namesake, she gets up before dawn and makes lots of noise, whether you 
are ready to wake up or not. At least she helped us get early starts on 
birding, and this paid off. 




At Ruffner, we ran in to Rick and Susan Remy yesterday, then Stan Hamilton, 
today. It was nice to meet up with others that were willing to endure the 
mugginess for a few migrants. Best bird yesterday was the YELLOW-BELLIED 
FLYCATCHER found by Rick and Susan on the ridge road. We Duncans tried for but 
missed it; this was unfortunate since it would have been a lifer for Caralyn. 




Today was the better of the two days for us. Early on we found a male CERULEAN 
WARBLER. Will and I got to see it, but Caralyn was on kid-duty. There were also 
lots of RED-EYED and WHITE-EYED VIREOS, one YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, one 
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, a smattering of both SCARLET and SUMMER TANAGERS, small 
flocks of aerobatic BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, plus a few stray EASTERN 
WOOD-PEWEES. Later, while Will and Caralyn called poison control after Wren was 
found swallowing two Polk Berry fruits, I had three BALTIMORE ORIOLES, two of 
which were stunning males. They seem to be moving through right now since I had 
them Saturday and Sunday. 




When it became clear that a trip to the emergency room for an stomach-pumping 
wasn't going to happen, my guests toured the nature center's animal exhibits 
while I caught up with another foraging flock and found a female CANADA 
WARBLER. Otherwise, it was with a flock typical of the morning (lots of REVI 
and BGGN). I was quite excited about this second uncommon warbler species for 
the day. I'd briefly, and quite unsatisfyingly, seen parts of one through thick 
foliage at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve on the BSC Bioblitz last spring. 




Stan showed up about 15 minutes later, but by then the migrants had completely 
disappeared from the parking area. This had also happened about 8 am yesterday. 
The best we could raise was a couple of wrens and cardinals. Stan then headed 
to the ridge while we puttered along the Geology Trail which runs just above 
Ruffner's main building. Will was on baby duty while Caralyn and I found a 
flock containing two more CERULEAN WARBLERS, a male and female. We also had the 
only BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER of the day. I texted Stan about the CEWAs. He 
called back while a remarkably full diaper was changed in the middle of the 
trail. He had heard a Cerulean singing, and had also heard a WORMEATING WARBLER 
and an EASTERN SCREECH-OWL. His CEWA was definitely a third bird since all were 
observed simultaneously, and ours were silent. 




Given that our combined warbler list for the day was four species, and total 
number of observed warblers was 6 or 7 (depending on whether the first CEWA was 
re-sighted later), and at least 50% of the warblers observed for the morning 
were Ceruleans, I'd say it was a pretty good day. 




Finally, the quote of the day is from Stan Hamilton upon hearing about Wren's 
eating of the Polk Weed berries: "I guess there's a little mockingbird in all 
of us!" Hilarious! 



Subject: nice surprise
From: "marywake35653 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Sep 2014 07:39:52 -0700
I enjoyed reading the Clarion Ledger (Jackson, MS, newspaper) this morning. The 
article about hummingbird banding at Margie Anderton's place with Bob Daly and 
Phyllis Nofzinger did make me a little homesick for North Alabama. 
Subject: FW: eBird Report - Beck's Sod Farm, Aug 31, 2014
From: "'James Holmes' jfholmes AT ucdavis.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:20:39 -0700
My father and I went to one of the private sod farms near Auburn this afternoon 
hoping the rain from yesterday influenced some shorebirds to stop. 


We had a very nice group of shorebirds with highlights being American Golden 
Plover (still mostly in alternate plumage), a Baird's Sandpiper and 2 
Buff-breasted Sandpipers. 


Also, first time that I have seen Horned Lark at this sod farm.

eBird list below....

Jim Holmes 

-----Original Message-----
From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu [mailto:ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu] 
Sent: Sunday, August 31, 2014 4:16 PM
To: jfholmes AT ucdavis.edu
Subject: eBird Report - Beck's Sod Farm, Aug 31, 2014

Aug 31, 2014 3:45 PM - 4:25 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
19 species

Canada Goose  2
Little Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  1
American Golden-Plover 1 still mostly in alternate plumage, golden brown 
plumage, in flight no black in axillaries and uppertail coverts golden brown. 
Black on chest/breast extending to wing edge 

Killdeer  55
Baird's Sandpiper 1 close view with scope on wet grass field, peep with light 
brown streaking across breast w/ long legs, long bill and long primary 
projection beyond tertials 

Least Sandpiper  2
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  2
Pectoral Sandpiper  6
Semipalmated Sandpiper  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  18
Belted Kingfisher  1
American Crow  22
Horned Lark  1     flushed from the side of the road
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  9
Red-winged Blackbird  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  21

View this checklist online at 
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Subject: FW: eBird Report - Saugahatchee Creek, Aug 31, 2014
From: "'James Holmes' jfholmes AT ucdavis.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:50:41 -0700
Rodney Mccollum and I birded private land near Saugahatchee Creek this morning.

Highlights were 8 species of warblers including a Louisiana Waterthrush 
(singing) and 2 Cerulean Warblers. Over the years that I have birded this area, 
this site has been very good for Louisiana Waterthrush and Cerulean Warblers at 
the end of August/beginning of September. 


eBird list below...

Jim Holmes 

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Subject: eBird Report - Saugahatchee Creek, Aug 31, 2014

Saugahatchee Creek, Lee, US-AL
Aug 31, 2014 6:45 AM - 8:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
30 species

Great Egret  1     fly over
Mourning Dove  1
Chimney Swift  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  1     adult
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  5
Acadian Flycatcher  1
Empidonax sp.  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
White-eyed Vireo  10
Yellow-throated Vireo  3
Red-eyed Vireo  7
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  9
Tufted Titmouse  6
Carolina Wren  4
American Robin  6     fly-overs
Louisiana Waterthrush  1     singing full song repeatedly
Blue-winged Warbler  1     male
Black-and-white Warbler  4
Hooded Warbler  2
American Redstart  2
Cerulean Warbler  2     female/immatures
Northern Parula  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Summer Tanager  3
Northern Cardinal  12
Indigo Bunting  6
American Goldfinch  3

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Subject: American Redstart female on Monte Sano in Huntsville
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Aug 2014 19:02:21 -0700
The American Redstart female was the highlight of the birds in and around the 
water feature in my garden today. 

 American Redstart female 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Feature/i-DRq9NLR 

 
 
 http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Feature/i-DRq9NLR 
 
 American Redstart female 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Feature/i-DRq9NLR Jerry 
Green, nature and sports photographer. Member of the Huntsville Photographic 
Society. http://www.huntsvillephotographicsociet... 

 
 
 
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Subject: CERULEAN and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS at RUFFNER
From: "'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:40:29 +0000
Hi folks,


Its been lively birding this morning, for late August. In fact, just as I sat 
down to write this post, a blur of yellow streaked past the window in front of 
me. I jumped up for the binoculars while uttering what the h___ was that?!, 
making it to the front door just in time to see a YELLOW WARBLER looking warily 
back at me from the low hickory branches over the driveway. 



I headed out for some urban birding at Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve at 
about 620 am. And for the first 20 minutes I had listed only a Northern 
Cardinal and a distant calling American Crow. No lie. It was muggy, overcast, 
and dead quiet, save for the early morning hikers and an Americorps team 
cleaning animal cages. Eventually I heard the melancholy call of a Eastern Wood 
Peewee, a song Ive come to associate with calm, slow-birding days in early 
fall. But nevertheless, I was content. Im very much looking forward to the 
peaking of fall migration, and I couldnt wait any longer to get out and see 
what was happening out there, even though big surges of migrants dont really 
start passing through until mid- to late-September. 



Just after 7 am a small flock of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and Red-eyed vireos 
interrupted the mornings calm when they arrived in the tops of a couple of 
tall hickories on the edge of the clearing . The lighting was poor, but there 
were enough of them to keep it interesting, and the height and backlighting 
made it challenging. A Summer Tanager joined the group as well. Then, near the 
top of a hickory, there was a flash of brilliant yellow, then a glimpse of a 
black chest patch. Gulp! Could this be the beginning of a Bachmans Warbler 
revival? No, it was a male Hooded Warbler about 60 feet above his normal 
foraging zone. He was in there leaf-gleaning with the rest of em. Interesting 
behavior that Ive seen only a few times before. 



Things grew quiet for another 15 minutes, then I was drawn to the insistent 
fussing of a pair of Tufted Titmice on the edge of the power line right of way. 
I picked my way through the poison ivy and found that the titmice had lured the 
flock of vireos and gnatcatchers down to the midstory of the forest. Several 
more tanagers were present too. Then I caught a glimpse of a brilliant 
sky-blue. Just a wing and a flank not enough. My dad had warned me just weeks 
ago to keep a look out for Ceruleans in August, since they are an early fall 
migrant. But the bird disappeared into the canopy, and no amount of staring at 
the leafy branch in which I had seen (or imagined?) a flash of blue was going 
to make something appear. 



After another 10 minutes of muggy dullness, I find a flock has started working 
the oaks and hackberries below the walkway to the centers main building. 
Visibility was good and more and more birds were arriving, mostly BG 
Gnatcathers, Red-eyed Vireos and Summer Tanagers. But then I caught sight of it 
 a gorgeous male CERULEAN WARBLER! (The 2014 epidemic of Cerulean Warbler 
sightings continues!) Likely the same one I had missed before, but who knows. 
It offered me some great looks. Moments later I spied a female BLACKBURNIAN 
WARBLER, before she sped away with some vireos that were ready to move on. A 
few minutes later, a male BALTIMORE ORIOLE. Those three were the choice 
sightings of the morning. All total I had a mere 29 species for 1.5 hours of 
Ruffner birding. 



Afterwards, I swung by East Lake Park, just on the off chance there would be a 
vagrant attracted to this wetland oasis. The 14 Wood Ducks and 
half-a-dozen-or-so Red-headed Woodpeckers were nice to see, but both are 
regulars. The absences of swallows was evidence of the transition from summer 
to fall; the Barns and Northern Rough-wingeds that breed in our area are 
probably well along their circum-gulf migration, or already into their 
wintering range in the tropics. It was nice to see many joggers and walkers 
doing laps around the park. 



Interestingly, I saw about a bakers dozens worth of Northern Mockingbirds 
gleaning insects and fruits on the island. Theyd fly to the island from the 
north in loose flocks, forage for a bit, then leave the island headed south. 
The ones I could see were immatures, and as my father taught me, they tend to 
roam together after the parents have chased them off of their natal home range. 
Ive seen this down on the coast at migrant traps, but never noted it inland. 
Blue Jays and Common Grackles do this too. Ive often wondered how far these 
gangs of young birds travel. Is it possible they travel dozens or hundreds of 
miles? Has anyone studied this? So many mysteries... 



Anyhow, time for us all to dust off the binoculars and wean ourselves of air 
conditioning. What with James' Golden-wing and multiple sightings of 
Blackburnian and Ceruleans, there's lots to be seen out there! 



Scot Duncan

Birmingham


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Subject: [ALBIRDS] FW: eBird Report - Chewacla State Park, Aug 30, 2014



Lorna West, my father and I birded Chewacla State Park in Auburn this morning.

It started out incredibly slow and quiet. Fortunately, as we were working our 
way out the park, we found two flocks. The first flock moved through quickly 
and we probably missed some of the warblers in it. 


Highlights were a male Golden-winged Warbler (early), another Blackburnian 
Warbler (early) and a female Cerulean Warbler. Surprisingly, no White-eyed 
Vireos. 


eBird list below.

Thanks

Jim

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Subject: eBird Report - Chewacla State Park, Aug 30, 2014

Chewacla State Park, Lee, US-AL
Aug 30, 2014 6:55 AM - 8:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
29 species

Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Chimney Swift 5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Yellow-throated Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 6
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 14
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown-headed Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Golden-winged Warbler 1 male
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Hooded Warbler 1
Cerulean Warbler 1 female
Northern Parula 1
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2
Pine Warbler 3
Summer Tanager 4
Northern Cardinal 9
American Goldfinch 2

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Subject: FW: eBird Report - Chewacla State Park, Aug 30, 2014
From: "'James Holmes' jfholmes AT ucdavis.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:54:34 -0700
Lorna West, my father and I birded Chewacla State Park in Auburn this morning.

It started out incredibly slow and quiet. Fortunately, as we were working our 
way out the park, we found two flocks. The first flock moved through quickly 
and we probably missed some of the warblers in it. 


Highlights were a male Golden-winged Warbler (early), another Blackburnian 
Warbler (early) and a female Cerulean Warbler. Surprisingly, no White-eyed 
Vireos. 


eBird list below.

Thanks

Jim 


-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Saturday, August 30, 2014 8:49 AM
To: jfholmes AT ucdavis.edu
Subject: eBird Report - Chewacla State Park, Aug 30, 2014

Chewacla State Park, Lee, US-AL
Aug 30, 2014 6:55 AM - 8:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
29 species

Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Chimney Swift  5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Yellow-throated Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  6
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  14
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown-headed Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Golden-winged Warbler  1     male
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Hooded Warbler  1
Cerulean Warbler  1     female
Northern Parula  1
Blackburnian Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Pine Warbler  3
Summer Tanager  4
Northern Cardinal  9
American Goldfinch  2

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Subject: Town Creek City Park Auburn, Aug 29, 2014
From: "'James Holmes' jfholmes AT ucdavis.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:37:18 -0700
Lorna West and I birded Town Creek this morning. Birding was slow with limited 
numbers of migrants. 


eBird list below.

Thanks

Jim

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Town Creek City Park, Lee, US-AL
Aug 29, 2014 6:45 AM - 8:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
24 species

Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Chimney Swift  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  3
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
White-eyed Vireo  7     including adult feeding a juvenile
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  3
Tufted Titmouse  4
Carolina Wren  4
Eastern Bluebird  3
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  5
European Starling  2
Worm-eating Warbler  1
Hooded Warbler  1     male, singing
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Yellow-breasted Chat  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  10
Indigo Bunting  1

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Subject: Correction - Week 1 data
From: "'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:04:17 +0000
Minor error in my last report.  Mourning Dove should be 17, not 7.

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