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Boreal Owls,©Shawneen Finnegan

02 Mar Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz - Survey Now! ["esoehren AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
28 Feb Found the red-cockaded woodpeckers.. thank you ["'Janice F. Jorgensen' janicejorgensen AT charter.net [albirds]" ]
28 Feb Peregrine Falcon-Beaverdam Peninsula Tower, Wheeler NWR ["J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" ]
28 Feb FW: Sounds like fun for NABS folks :) ["'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" ]
26 Feb WWSC and PALO at Guntersville Lake ["Amber Hart whitehartrabbitry AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
25 Feb White-winged Scoters at Guntersville Lake ["Amber Hart whitehartrabbitry AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
25 Feb American Woodcock ["Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
23 Feb Correction About "Snowboarding" ["Jud Johnston rivendell AT tds.net [albirds]" ]
23 Feb Dekalb Co, AL gulls ["gwayner gwayner AT charter.net [albirds]" ]
23 Feb Snowboarding Philosophy from the Ol' Coot ["Jud Johnston rivendell AT tds.net [albirds]" ]
23 Feb Merlin at Waterloo ["Jud Johnston rivendell AT tds.net [albirds]" ]
22 Feb Waterloo Today ["Jud Johnston rivendell AT tds.net [albirds]" ]
21 Feb Re: Cedar Waxwings / Robins feeding on American Holly ["Stacey lithotripter31 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
21 Feb Magnolia Landfill ["andrew AT natsp.com [albirds]" ]
21 Feb Cedar Waxwings / Robins feeding on American Holly ["wjrogersportable AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
20 Feb Golden Crowned Kinglet ["ctyrd109 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
20 Feb Re: Birding near Anniston and red-cockaded woodpecker ["'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" ]
20 Feb Birding near Anniston and red-cockaded woodpecker ["'Janice F. Jorgensen' janicejorgensen AT charter.net [albirds]" ]
17 Feb RE: pine siskens finally show up ["John Ehinger johnehinger AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
18 Feb Pins Siskins and American Goldfinches ["DMCKEN9341 AT AOL.COM [albirds]" ]
18 Feb Goldfinches all over, too. EOM ["mbraid AT Yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
18 Feb Yellow-rumps in Alabaster, AL ["mbraid AT Yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
17 Feb Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz starts March 1st! ["esoehren AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
17 Feb Re: Pine Siskins in McCalla ["'Bianca Allen' brdnrd1022 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
17 Feb pine siskens finally show up ["'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" ]
17 Feb Pine Siskins and Yellow-rumped Warbler in Huntsville ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
17 Feb Pine Siskins in McCalla ["'Hudgins, Sharon' SHUDGINS AT balch.com [albirds]" ]
12 Feb King Rails in Union Springs, Bullock County ["john.a.trent AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
16 Feb Gold finches and dead cedar wax ["Chris Hutchens chrishutch_99 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
16 Feb Iceland Gulls at Magnolia Springs Landfill ["lgardellabirds AT charter.net [albirds]" ]
16 Feb Pine Siskins and Purple Finch... ["mbprondzinski AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
12 Feb Second Set of AOU proposal now online -Six species of Northern Cardinal(?) ["hhorne AT earthlink.net [albirds]" ]
12 Feb Greater White-fronted Geese, Dunlin, and American White Pelicans in Eufaula, AL ["john cole johnb_cole AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
09 Feb Snow geese at arrowhead landing ["hutto.ross AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
9 Feb Brown-headed nuthatch nest ["RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
08 Feb Re: UPDATE: Montevallo Bullock's Oriole continues, Feb 7 ["'Greg D. Jackson' g_d_jackson AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
8 Feb UPDATE: Montevallo Bullock's Oriole continues, Feb 7 ["Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
07 Feb western kingbird D ["andrew AT natsp.com [albirds]" ]
05 Feb Red Shouldered Hawk ["ctyrd109 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
5 Feb Common Goldeneyes in West Point, GA ["john cole johnb_cole AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
4 Feb logging in to albirds ["'Larry' ctyrd109 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
3 Feb Red Shouldered Hawk ["'Larry' ctyrd109 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
2 Feb Re: FW: [missbird] Peregrines on Dauphin Island ["don mccullough alabamafalconry AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
2 Feb FW: [missbird] Peregrines on Dauphin Island ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
31 Jan Bullock's Oriole & Hooded Warbler ["'Bianca Allen' brdnrd1022 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
30 Jan UPDATE: Montevallo Bullock's Oriole continues, Jan 30 ["Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
28 Jan Re: Tundra Swans ["SueMoske AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
28 Jan Tundra Swans ["'Damien J. Simbeck' TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
28 Jan Hooded Warbler in Linn Park ["Alison Glascock alisonglascock AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
28 Jan FW: 100th anniversary celebration - Tennessee Ornithological Society ["'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" ]
27 Jan Re: Hooded Warbler in Linn Park - Still Present 1/27/2015 ["'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" ]
27 Jan Re: Hooded Warbler in Linn Park - Still Present 1/27/2015 ["Dana Hamilton stan_dana_h AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
26 Jan Re: Swan Creek Swan.. question of Tundra Swan, Limestone Co. AL ["Neill Cowles neill.cowles AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
26 Jan Hooded Warbler in Linn Park ["'Bianca Allen' brdnrd1022 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
25 Jan California Gull is Herring ["'Damien J. Simbeck' TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
25 Jan UPDATE: Montevallo Bullock's Oriole continues, Jan 25 ["Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
26 Jan Re: Swan Creek Swan.. question of Tundra Swan, Limestone Co. AL ["'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" ]
25 Jan RE: Swan Creek Swan.. question of Tundra Swan, Limestone Co. AL ["lgardellabirds AT charter.net [albirds]" ]
25 Jan Swan Creek Swan.. question of Tundra Swan, Limestone Co. AL ["J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" ]
25 Jan Tundra Swan, Swan Creek,Limestone Co.AL ["J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" ]
24 Jan Wheeler Bot Trip ["'Damien J. Simbeck' TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
25 Jan Fox Sparrow today! ["Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
24 Jan Purple Finches ["Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
23 Jan Fwd: Re: Future of AOS RBA? ["'Greg D. Jackson' g_d_jackson AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
23 Jan anyone have an update on the Rough-legged Hawk at Wheeler? ["'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" ]
22 Jan Wilson Dam closure ["TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
21 Jan Future of AOS RBA? ["Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
22 Jan error on ebird date for Glaucous Gull ["'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" ]
21 Jan AOS boat trips ["'Damien J. Simbeck' TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
21 Jan whimbrel ["andrew AT natsp.com [albirds]" ]
20 Jan Tundra Swans still on Mooresville Road ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
19 Jan America White Pelicans and a Surf Scoter ["johnb_cole AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
19 Jan Pictures of Ring-necked Pheasant near Athens Alabama ["justadude80 AT hotmail.com [albirds]" ]
19 Jan Saw another Ring-necked Pheasant near same spot ["justadude80 AT hotmail.com [albirds]" ]
19 Jan Bullock's Oriole ["TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
18 Jan Oriole in Auburn ["lewscharpf AT charter.net [albirds]" ]

Subject: Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz - Survey Now!
From: "esoehren AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Mar 2015 18:32:00 -0800
AL Birders:
 

 The Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz officially began yesterday (1 
March) throughout the southern states, so please consider spending some time 
searching for Rusty Blackbirds anywhere in Alabama this month. As mentioned in 
an earlier post, the official survey dates for Alabama is the entire month of 
March. Your contributions are pooled with others throughout this species' range 
to assist scientists in identifying and better understanding its stopover 
habitat and annual northbound movements from the core of its wintering range to 
its breeding grounds in Canada. 

 

 All sightings are very important for this widespread effort, particularly in 
Alabama. In addition to reporting new locations harboring Rusties, please also 
consider revisiting site(s) identified as "Areas of Interest" from the previous 
year. To see where these areas are, visit the interactive map at 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/2015-areas-of-interest/ 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/2015-areas-of-interest/ 

 

 It’s easy to participate- bird as you normally do and search especially 
carefully for Rusty Blackbirds- then report your results to eBird under the 
“Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz” survey type, even if you don’t 
find a Rusty. If eBird is new to you, please see this tutorial video about how 
to report your sightings: 

 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjqOLXyJLro&feature=youtu.be 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjqOLXyJLro&feature=youtu.be 

 

 If you're a regular eBird user, here's some helpful hints to improve your 
checklist submissions. 

 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETRXujTSsZQ 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETRXujTSsZQ 


 

 For more information on Blitz objectives, along with Rusty Blackbird 
identification tips, data collection instructions, and data reporting 
information, you can find additional resources at 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/ 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/. 

 

 
 We hope you’ll “get Rusty” with us to help conserve this elusive and 
vulnerable songbird! Also, follow us on Facebook to hear about Rusty sightings, 
see Rusty pictures, and get the latest Blitz news: 
https://www.facebook.com/rustyblackbirdspringblitz 
https://www.facebook.com/rustyblackbirdspringblitz. 

 

 Thanks ahead of time for your participation and let's all show how important 
Alabama is for Rusty Blackbirds! 

 

 Sincerely,
 

 Eric Soehren & John Trent, Alabama Blitz Coordinators
 Wehle Land Conservation Center
 AL DCNR, State Lands Division
 4819 Pleasant Hill Road
Midway, AL 36053
 eric.soehren (at) dcnr.alabama.gov
 john.trent (at) dcnr.alabama.gov
 

 

Subject: Found the red-cockaded woodpeckers.. thank you
From: "'Janice F. Jorgensen' janicejorgensen AT charter.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:02:25 -0600
Hello all.

Thank you very much for all the assistance in locating the Red-cockaded 
woodpeckers near Anniston. 


Went out this afternoon.. and spent time in the parking lot..on the road and 
then walked further on the trail north. Didn't get to the nest cavities..but 
about 1 mile in (more or less) I heard them I had been listening to them and 
playing my iPad  and bingo 4 appeared chasing each other.. singing, calling. 
They stayed around for about 10 minutes..going from tree to tree.. I was so 
happy 


Other birds i saw.. 3 other woodpeckers.. Pileated, red-headed and a 
yellow-bellied sapsucker, 

			      brown headed nuthatch, and white breasted nuthatch
			      golden crowned kinglet
			      juncos, chipping sparrows and pine siskins.

Now to figure out where i go on Sunday.

This would not have been possible without the assistance of several people.

Janice

Janice F. Jorgensen
Hadley, MA 01035
janicejorgensen AT charter.net



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Subject: Peregrine Falcon-Beaverdam Peninsula Tower, Wheeler NWR
From: "J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:25:07 -0800
 I followed a Peregrine Falcon flying south on Pryor Road to the Tower area. 
Saw it from many angles. It landed near grass/trees to south of tower. By the 
time I arrived at tower could not see it, but could hear it. Will await some 
movement. 

  Ironically a bright yellow crop duster was criss crossing the same area. 

Jane Allen
Huntsville , AL 
Subject: FW: Sounds like fun for NABS folks :)
From: "'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:57:27 -0600
A friend passed this along to me; sounds like fun, thought some of you might be 
interested :). 


 

Ken

 

From: Lisa M. Gardner [mailto:lisa.m.gardner AT gmail.com] 
Sent: Friday, February 27, 2015 8:47 PM
To: Kenneth Ward
Subject: Sounds like fun for NABS folks :)

 

http://ak.audubon.org/2014-great-american-arctic-birding-challenge

Subject: WWSC and PALO at Guntersville Lake
From: "Amber Hart whitehartrabbitry AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:54:26 +0000 (UTC)
Hi AL Birders,

For the third day in a row, I refound the White-winged Scoter at Guntersville 
Lake, though I did not see the male today, there is a good chance he was under 
the bridge, where the female seemed intent on heading while I snapped some 
photos. 


Also, easily visible from the bridge, was a Pacific Loon.

You can see pictures here:

Pacific Loon (ID photo)

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Happy birding!  Amber Harthttp://www.flickr.com/redheadphotog
https://www.facebook.com/amber.hart.9085
Subject: White-winged Scoters at Guntersville Lake
From: "Amber Hart whitehartrabbitry AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:18:50 +0000 (UTC)
Hi AL Birders,

I found two White-winged Scoters at Guntersville Lake yesterday, and they were 
still present this morning. The female gave close looks that made for excellent 
photos. A nice surprise while at the causeway doing my Loon research. 


You can see photos here:
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Amber Hart
http://www.flickr.com/redheadphotog
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Subject: American Woodcock
From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:12:35 +0000 (UTC)
Fellow birders,
I hope all of you have been getting out and enjoying the birds lately.
I've been getting out here and there getting some shots of winter birds, but 
wanted to share with you all my experience with American Woodcocks.  Found a 
great place deep in Paintrock Valley that has them everywhere, but when I went 
there it was freezing cold, snowing, windy etc...the water in my eyes made it 
hard to see lol.  But finally got a lifer photo of one in Providence a couple 
of days ago.  The habitat in Providence was perfect...along Indian Creek, open 
woods, lots of rotten leaves, brush etc.  The one I jumped there flew about 80 
or so yards away.  I saw where it landed and took a photo to confirm identity, 
then stalked it very carefully for about 20 minutes to find that it was no 
longer there lol.  So the only photo I got was the ID photo, but it still 
highlights how amazing their Camouflage is.  


Also have several other photos lately in the winter gallery for you all to 
enjoy.  Kinglets, Cedar Waxwings, Purple Finches etc.    I hope you guys 
enjoy (:   

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Subject: Correction About "Snowboarding"
From: "Jud Johnston rivendell AT tds.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:47:13 -0600
I really thought I was typing "snowbirding" in my earlier message about 
the Ol' Coot's remarks, and I still believe I did.  I'm blaming this on 
someone's computer, somewhere.  I guess it's possible, but I just can't 
picture Jeff on a snowboard.

Jud Johnston
Waynesboro, TN
Subject: Dekalb Co, AL gulls
From: "gwayner gwayner AT charter.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:02:41 -0600
One of my boys called yesterday to tell me of seeing a pond full of 
Redheads. The 2nd son went shopping at Walmart and called to tell me 
that he had seen a large flock of nighthawks flying above the parking 
lot. I went out and looked down that way and it was a flock of 17 
seagulls flying counter clockwise in a huge spiral. A logical mistake. 
I'm not sure which gull they were. They were very high and you could 
only see their undersides. They appeared all white with black wing tips 
and white tails. For the past couple of years we have gotten gulls just 
at the end of winter. I think they come this way for the city dump which 
is just over the hill.
Gary Wayner
Dekalb County, AL

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1002 Glenn Blvd, SW
Fort Payne, Alabama 35967-8413   U.S.A
Cell    (256) 630-0892 

"To see lightning bugs go dancin in the rain."
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Subject: Snowboarding Philosophy from the Ol' Coot
From: "Jud Johnston rivendell AT tds.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:10:30 -0600
Mark Greene posted these reflections from the late Jeff Wilson on 
TN-Bird a little while ago.  Since the thoughts are unencumbered by 
state lines, I thought some ALbirders might enjoy.  Originally posted in 
January 2000.

Jud Johnston
Waynesboro, TN


-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: 	[TN-Bird] A Great Blast from the Past...
Date: 	Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:41:36 +0000 (UTC)
From: 	Mark Greene (Redacted sender greenesnake AT yahoo.com for DMARC) 

Reply-To: 	dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org
To: 	TN-Birds Bird 



Given the weather we've had this past week or so, I thought this post 
from the Ol' Coot, Jeff Wilson that I ran across this morning was 
appropriate:


Snow in the Mid-South
A southerners perspective.

Jan. 29-30, 2000
Shelby Co., Tennessee and
Tunica County, Mississippi


Snow changes the habits of many birds; that we can all see now at the 
feeders. It also opens the opportunity for us to see what changes they 
have made in their natural habitats. You can detect movement of the 
birds far more easily in the woods with a white blanket that offers 
little in the way of camouflage for those little bitty brown jobs. I saw 
more Hermit Thrush in 5 hours on Saturday than I had seen in the last 4 
months. Most were found as they flew up from the roadside where they 
were coming for water. Winter Wrens could not change brush piles without 
looking like little mice scurrying across the stark white open spaces. 
If there had been no snow I would have seen maybe one Saturday on 
President's Island, not seven. An Orange-crowned Warbler is always a 
kick in the pants bird, but this one posed for a photo, cool. Krider's, 
dark morph and eastern Red-tailed Hawks were major participants in the 
wait and see game as they and Kestrels stared down from almost every 
perch with a view. A single adult Cooper's Hawk was using the same 
willow tree in Ensley both days; it didn't look too different from any 
of the other vantage points. If we could see with their eyes, what 
realization would we have? You have no choice but to stop and wonder at 
the beauty of a male Eastern Towhee when splendidly displayed in a
lace like tracing of dark twigs against a backdrop of pure white snow.

When a blanket of snow is on the ground there is a shift in all our 
senses; seeing, hearing even feeling changes. A cold nose thrust out 
from a warm covering detects only hints of odors so faint that you raise 
you head slightly and cast it to the side trying to catch one more 
whiff, but it is gone as quickly as it came. A warm nose is much desired 
when it comes to retrieving faint olfactory memories. In the woods, 
vision is enriched by the tremendous depth of field that you perceive, 
but in the middle of a huge cotton or bean field covered in snow there 
is no depth at all, there is no perception of distance, everything seems 
to be right at your cold finger tips. There is also something about the 
purity of the sounds that you hear in the snow blanketed woods, early in 
the morning before the wind stirs. The lack of reverberation caused by 
the muffling snow cover is such, that any familiar sound that survives 
to stimulate your inner ear is altered, it is like you are hearing it 
for the first time. If you close your eyes and brush your cheek across 
the bark of a tree or pick up a stone in an ungloved hand it is all new, 
all different. I stop and wonder if the birds have time to think about 
these differences or are the demands put upon them in these cold times 
too much to stop and much ponder about anything. Stoking the furnaces 
for heat with either seed or firewood is much the same, if you are 
cloaked in feathers or spun wool, when snow claims the landscape.

There is always one surprise bird awarded for time spent in the field 
and that was a molted male INDIGO BUNTING, slumming with some House 
Sparrows and Brown-headed Cowbirds. They were all feeding at a spot 
where a bean combine had cleaned its header. He was scuffling with the 
rowdy bunch and holding his own, posturing with his head down and beak 
open but the blue feathering around his lower belly and vent made him 
look like a down on his luck dandy with his back to the wall.

I love birding in the snow, but then I have no choice. :-)

Good Birding!!!

Jeff R. Wilson
OL' COOT
Bartlett, Tenn.
TLBA

Wow, what a great essay on the wonders of nature seen in the snow 
covered landscape as told by the master wordsmith Jeff Wilson. Jeff, I 
miss you everyday, Buddy! Thanks for leaving us with these great words 
to ponder!

Good birding!

Mark Greene
Trenton, TN


Subject: Merlin at Waterloo
From: "Jud Johnston rivendell AT tds.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:04:46 -0600
I don't find merlins very often.  Happily today, I had the camera 
along.  Happilier, it was sitting still, albeit 90 feet up and 150 feet 
away.

Jud Johnston
Waynesboro, TN

Merlin at Brush Creek Park
Subject: Waterloo Today
From: "Jud Johnston rivendell AT tds.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:48:50 -0600
   I took a quick spin down to Waterloo this afternoon and found some 
interesting birds.  At Second Creek, there were about 30 Forster's 
terns  in with the ring-bills and Bonaparte's, plus four tundra swans 
and 30 white pelicans.  I estimated maybe 100 canvasbacks in the 
waterfowl on the west side, but didn't have time to sort through them all.
A bald eagle was perched in the trees near the bridge and I saw another 
overhead.

leaving Brush Creek Park, I stopped to check out some small birds and 
found a couple of brown-headed nuthatches.  Walking back to the vehicle, 
I noticed a small raptor perched high in a tree near the water; it 
turned out to be a merlin.
Almost missed it.  I'll post a more complete list on e-bird.

Jud Johnston
Waynesboro, TN

Subject: Re: Cedar Waxwings / Robins feeding on American Holly
From: "Stacey lithotripter31 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:01:37 -0600
I have seen some crazy flocks here too (bham). Also a huge flock of redwing 
blackbirds picked my feeders clean in one day. Usually takes over a week til i 
need to eefill 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 21, 2015, at 3:45 PM, "wjrogersportable AT yahoo.com [albirds]" 
 wrote: 

> 
> About 11 AM today I saw a mixed flock of 200 Cedar Waxwings and 800 American 
Robins feeding on an American Holly. When I went back at 2 PM, the entire tree 
was totally picked clean of red berries and the birds were gone. Does anyone 
know if the freeze/thaw cycle we just went through makes the berries more 
palatable to the birds? The berries have been there and ignored for weeks prior 
to this. 

> 
> 
> 
> Bill Rogers
> 
> Florence
> 
> 
Subject: Magnolia Landfill
From: "andrew AT natsp.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Feb 2015 14:40:25 -0800
Did not find the Iceland at the landfill this morning, but did find a nice 1st 
winter Glaucous. I was told that Sue Moske reported one on Ebird yesterday, but 
I don't see it there. 

 

 Andrew
 DI

Subject: Cedar Waxwings / Robins feeding on American Holly
From: "wjrogersportable AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Feb 2015 13:45:36 -0800
About 11 AM today I saw a mixed flock of 200 Cedar Waxwings and 800 American 
Robins feeding on an American Holly. When I went back at 2 PM, the entire tree 
was totally picked clean of red berries and the birds were gone. Does anyone 
know if the freeze/thaw cycle we just went through makes the berries more 
palatable to the birds? The berries have been there and ignored for weeks prior 
to this. 

 

 Bill Rogers
 Florence
Subject: Golden Crowned Kinglet
From: "ctyrd109 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Feb 2015 13:19:32 -0800
 A few small birds flew in front of my Toyota Highlander and I though I didn't 
hit any of them. Upon checking my cars grill I found a Golden Crowned Kinglet 
wedged in it. Beautiful small bird. Too bad. I was surprised to see one this 
early in the year. 

 Larry. NW Chilton County
Subject: Re: Birding near Anniston and red-cockaded woodpecker
From: "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:12:51 -0600 (GMT-06:00)
Hi Janice-

I recommend you visit the Coleman Lake area of the Talladega NF, northeast of 
Anniston. Directions can be found on the Alabama Birding Trails website: 



http://alabamabirdingtrails.com/sites/coleman-lake-talladega-national-forest-shoal-creek/ 


Arriving early in the morning will increase your chances of seeing/hearing the 
RCWs. Red Crossbills can be heard/seen throughout the day. Both species can be 
observed within earshot of the parking lot/trailhead for the Pinhoti Trail, or 
walking the forest service road can pay dividends, too. We've also had great 
luck walking the trail a mile or so in either direction from the parking area. 
You can walk the trail to the campground and walk back via the forest service 
road. Keep your eyes peeled for Fox and Bachman's Sparrows, too. 


It would probably help to familiarize yourself with the call notes, too, as the 
crossbills and RCWs can be somewhat difficult to locate by sight alone. 


Good luck! Greg 

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

From: "'Janice F. Jorgensen' janicejorgensen AT charter.net [albirds]" 

Sent: Feb 20, 2015 5:19 AM

To: albirds AT yahoogroups.com

Subject: [ALBIRDS] Birding near Anniston and red-cockaded woodpecker
















 

 



  


    
      
      
 I am working in Anniston, Al with FEMA and on 2/28 and 3/1 would like to go 
out birding. Would love to see red-cockaded woodpecker and other specialties 
near by. Let me know places to go. 

I am active in birding in Massachusetts and am a compiler for our MANO CBC.  
Am delighted to get out of the -10 degree weather and 2 feet of snow.
Thanks.


Janice F. Jorgensen
Hadley, MA 01035
413-320-9494 (cell)
janicejorgensen AT charter.net




    
     

    
    


Gregory J. Harber
Birmingham, AL
gharber AT mindspring.com
"It's never too late to have a happy childhood."
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Subject: Birding near Anniston and red-cockaded woodpecker
From: "'Janice F. Jorgensen' janicejorgensen AT charter.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 06:19:29 -0500
I am working in Anniston, Al with FEMA and on 2/28 and 3/1 would like to go out 
birding. Would love to see red-cockaded woodpecker and other specialties near 
by. Let me know places to go. 


I am active in birding in Massachusetts and am a compiler for our MANO CBC.  

Am delighted to get out of the -10 degree weather and 2 feet of snow.

Thanks.

Janice F. Jorgensen
Hadley, MA 01035
413-320-9494 (cell)
janicejorgensen AT charter.net
Subject: RE: pine siskens finally show up
From: "John Ehinger johnehinger AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:19:34 -0800




Subject: Pins Siskins and American Goldfinches
From: "DMCKEN9341 AT AOL.COM [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Feb 2015 13:03:20 -0800
Good afternoon birders,
 

 Just thought I would let you know that I have more than 300 Pine Siskins and 
American Goldfinches combined. 

 Anyone else have this many?
 

 Also this is the first time that I have had an Eastern Phoebe at this time of 
the year. 

 

 Debbie (BirdLady)
Subject: Goldfinches all over, too. EOM
From: "mbraid AT Yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Feb 2015 11:09:32 -0800
Mac Braid
 Alabaster, AL
Subject: Yellow-rumps in Alabaster, AL
From: "mbraid AT Yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Feb 2015 11:08:35 -0800
Just had my FOS Yellow-Rumped Warbler in Alabaster, AL on 2/17/15, and have 
lots of house finches, chickadees, tufted titmice, FOS brown headed cowbirds. 
Thought I saw yesterday a Northern Harrier, but isn't it a bit early? 

 

 Have a great year.
 

 Mac Braid
 Alabaster, AL
Subject: Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz starts March 1st!
From: "esoehren AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Feb 2015 13:24:18 -0800
AL Birders:
 

 Year 2 of the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz starts in a couple weeks 
(March 1st) throughout Alabama and other southeastern states. Many of you 
already know this species is imperiled as a result of its long-term population 
declines throughout North America. So I'm asking each of you to dedicate at 
least one outing in March to search for and report Rusty Blackbirds in Alabama. 
The survey period for Alabama is the entire month of March. This initiative is 
part of a much broader monitoring effort across the eastern/mid-western United 
States to document locations and numbers of Rusties during their migration. For 
more info about this important initiative as well as other resources, please 
visit the following links: 



 (http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/ 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/), or check out the Blitz 
Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/rustyblackbirdspringblitz 
https://www.facebook.com/rustyblackbirdspringblitz) 


 

 Despite being an important state for Rusty Blackbirds, Alabama’s 
participation with the Spring Migration Blitz last year was, at best, minimal. 
Alabama birders submitted a total of 51 checklists (noting Rusty Blackbirds in 
March) to eBird, which was among the lowest number of submissions from all 
eastern states participating, except Mississippi and Florida! As a challenge, 
I’d like to see the number of submissions from Alabama doubled this year. 


 

 

 You don't have to change how you bird, just make an effort to visit a place 
that has habitat favored by Rusties; such as wet bottomland forests; pecan 
orchards, rural lawns covered with acorns. Also take the effort to glean 
through large blackbird flocks; sometimes you can find them foraging in small 
groups along the margins of the other flocking blackbird species. If you don't 
see any Rusty Blackbirds during your outing, that's fine, we still want your 
checklist data. Documenting not finding Rusties during your outing is just as 
important as finding them for this project. 


 

 We’d also like birders to revisit Areas of Interest identified from 2014 
data to assess the consistency of Rusty Blackbird habitat use and migratory 
timing. Check out the map of Areas of Interest for 2015 at 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/2015-areas-of-interest/ 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/2015-areas-of-interest/ 

 

 Reporting your Rusty Blackbird sightings is easy using eBird. When entering 
your checklist, select the "Rusty Blackbird Blitz" observation type which will 
be available through the month of March. Please select this observation type 
instead of the typical "stationary" or "traveling" observation types for your 
checklists. For the non-eBird users, please note when and where you observed 
them (with any pertinent details) and send me your information. 

 



 Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions and thank you for 
your interest! 


 

 
 Good birding!
 

 Eric Soehren

 Wehle Land Conservation Center
 AL DCNR, State Lands Division
 4819 Pleasant Hill Road

 Midway, AL 36053
 334-529-3003
 eric.soehren (at) dcnr.alabama.gov
 

Subject: Re: Pine Siskins in McCalla
From: "'Bianca Allen' brdnrd1022 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:48:13 -0600
I too am covered up with Pine Siskins, Goldfinches, House Finches and
White-throated Sparrows in addition to my regular birds.  I filled 4 feeders
yesterday and have already had to refill them.  I am also offering peanuts
and suet.  

 

Bianca (bj) Alllen

Birmingham, AL
Subject: pine siskens finally show up
From: "'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:31:30 -0600
I have had about 75 pine siskins in my yard today in northwest Huntsville;
not a one this winter until now, even outnumbering the house finches.
Goldfinches showing up in droves too.

 

Ken
Subject: Pine Siskins and Yellow-rumped Warbler in Huntsville
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Feb 2015 10:23:02 -0800
Four Pine Siskins showed up at my feeders around noon today, 17 Feb. Also have 
a Yellow-rumped Warbler that has been here for a few days eating suet. 

 

 Jerry Green
 Monte Sano, Huntsville
Subject: Pine Siskins in McCalla
From: "'Hudgins, Sharon' SHUDGINS AT balch.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:20:09 +0000
Pine Siskins galore at my feeders Monday morning - best count was 106 of the 
tiny beauties gorging themselves on niger. Only 1 Purple Finch (female). 

Sharon Hudgins
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Subject: King Rails in Union Springs, Bullock County
From: "john.a.trent AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Feb 2015 16:39:43 -0800
Three KING RAILS were found yesterday 11-Feb (Ashley Peters) and four today 
12-Feb (John Trent and Eric Soehren) on County Rd. 31 just south of Union 
Springs at the Conecuh River crossing. Birds were calling in the late afternoon 
yesterday and we used call playback today and had an immediate response from 
two individuals just a few feet away from the road. The marsh in this area is 
fairly expansive so there should be good potential for other marsh bird species 
wintering and breeding. Certainly worth a stop for anyone passing through. 

 Todays eBird checklist: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/email?subID=S21783788 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/email?subID=S21783788 

 John Trent Midway, AL  02/12/2015 18:39
Subject: Gold finches and dead cedar wax
From: "Chris Hutchens chrishutch_99 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 21:28:00 -0600
 Finally got a small flock of gold finches at the feeder today in Bessemer AL. 
I've had my fissile seed feeder out for 3 months and this is the first flock 
that's visited it. Also found this dead cedar waxwing on my outdoor chair 
today. Not sure why he passed. 


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Subject: Iceland Gulls at Magnolia Springs Landfill
From: "lgardellabirds AT charter.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 21:04:57 -0500 (EST)
On Friday morning, February 13, I was present at the Magnolia Springs 
Landfill at 8:00 when some early garbage trucks were already pouring out 
garbage.  There were thousands of gulls present, mainly Ring-billed but 
also Herring, Laughing, Lesser Black-backed (at least 2), Franklin's (at 
least one) and an adult gull that I believe was an adult Iceland 
(Kumlien's) Gull but of which I only got a single, rather blurred photo. 
An immature Iceland Gull had been seen from time to time over the past 3 
weeks, but I did not see that bird.

I am very interested in hearing if anyone sees the adult white-winged 
gull, paricularly if they can get a good photo.  Has anyone been out to 
the landfill lately?

Larry Gardella
Montgomery, AL
Subject: Pine Siskins and Purple Finch...
From: "mbprondzinski AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Feb 2015 09:10:44 -0800
...plus hundreds of Goldfinch at my feeder in Cottondale.  
 

 Mary Beth
Subject: Second Set of AOU proposal now online -Six species of Northern Cardinal(?)
From: "hhorne AT earthlink.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Feb 2015 08:25:07 -0800
Hi all,
 

 The second set of proposals to the American Ornithologists' Union (AOU) 
Checklist Committee has now been uploaded on their website The full set with 
all the details can be accessed here: 

 

 http://checklist.aou.org/nacc/proposals/PDF/2015-B.pdf 
http://checklist.aou.org/nacc/proposals/PDF/2015-B.pdf. 

 

 One surprise is an unexpected proposal to split Northern Cardinal into SIX 
separate species(!) based on recent phylogenetic studies. It is important to 
remember that this is still just a proposal and the AOU has not yet voted to 
accept a six-species concept. The committee should be voting sometime later 
this year and we will hopefully learn the outcome around July or August. 

 

 If accepted, we would have two species of Cardinal in the United States. The 
Eastern Cardinal would occur in the majority of the U.S. and also northern 
Mexico. This would be the species found here in Alabama. The Western Cardinal 
would be restricted to south-central Arizona and southwest New Mexico and also 
into Mexico including Baja California. 

 

 The four remaining species would all be found in Mexico:
 

 -Tres Marias Cardinal 
 Restricted to the three largest islands of Tres Marias Island off the Pacific 
Coast of Nayarit, Mexico. 

 

 -Cozumel Cardinal 
 Restricted to Cozumel Island off the Yucatan coast of Mexico (state of 
Quintana Roo) . 

 

 -Yucatan Cardinal 
 Occurring in the Yucatán Peninsula in Yucatán, Campeche, and Quintana Roo, 
Mexico, north Guatemala, and north Belize. 

 

 -Long-crested Cardinal 
 Restricted to the narrow Pacific coastal plain of Mexico from the state of 
Colima to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, Mexico. 

 

 It will be interesting to see how this one plays out. If I had to venture a 
guess, my personal thought is this proposal is not likely be accepted. However, 
the AOU has surprised me in the past (the five-way split of Clapper and King 
Rail was one I completely missed). We'll have to wait a few more months to 
learn the answer. 

 

 Good Birding,
 

 Howard Horne
 Mobile, AL
  

 

Subject: Greater White-fronted Geese, Dunlin, and American White Pelicans in Eufaula, AL
From: "john cole johnb_cole AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 03:13:41 +0000 (UTC)
This afternoon, Sam Pate and I observed 4 Greater White-fronted Geese and 8 
Dunlin on the beach behind the cabins near the Lakepoint Resort State Park 
marina store in Eufaula, AL.  We also observed 10 American White Pelicans 
resting on some land or debris in Cowikee Creek to the right of the 
Resort Lodge.  

John ColeColumbus, GA  
Subject: Snow geese at arrowhead landing
From: "hutto.ross AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Feb 2015 23:34:56 -0800
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Subject: Brown-headed nuthatch nest
From: "RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 15:06:05 -0500
Yesterday I received a phone call from Bill Gilliland of Steele,  AL about 
a Brown-headed Nuthatch nest in a toilet paper roll that was  lodged in a 
tree. The little bird had hollowed out the paper and built a nest  inside. 
Anyone wishing to know more about this strange nest please get in touch  with 
Bill Gilliland at 256-538-5352.
 
Martha Sargent
Subject: Re: UPDATE: Montevallo Bullock's Oriole continues, Feb 7
From: "'Greg D. Jackson' g_d_jackson AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 08 Feb 2015 17:16:28 -0600




Subject: UPDATE:  Montevallo Bullock's Oriole continues, Feb 7
From: "Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 12:43:06 -0500



 





  


The male BULLOCK'S ORIOLE continues at the Montevallo home where it has been 
seen since December. 


Also, another oriole (!) appeared Feb 7 to also take advantage of the oranges 
and nectar. The photos provided by the host so far may be seen at: 

http://www.pbase.com/swmavocet/2nd_oriole

It appears to be a female Baltimore but other opinions are certainly welcome. 
  
Good Luck, 
  
Steve McConnell 
Hartselle, AL 








 
Subject: western kingbird D
From: "andrew AT natsp.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Feb 2015 04:49:32 -0800
Western kingbird continues on the golf course, once again at the small pond at 
the east end near the houses. 

 

 AndrewD I
Subject: Red Shouldered Hawk
From: "ctyrd109 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Feb 2015 05:50:23 -0800
Red Shouldered Hawk is still prowling the area.
 Larry, Chilton County
Subject: Common Goldeneyes in West Point, GA
From: "john cole johnb_cole AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 03:49:04 +0000 (UTC)
This message may be of interest for birders in West Central, AL. Between 3;30 
and 4;15 this afternoon, Glenda Merrrill and I observed 20 Common Goldeneyes (5 
males and 15 females) swimming on the Chattahoochee River in West Point, GA. 
 The birds were swimming just North of the shoals that are located South of 
the bridge that crosses the river in West Point.  Initially, the birds were 
clearly visible on the left side of the river channel.  They swam across the 
channel to the right side and went out of sight around the bend of the river. 
 Eventually, they swam back across the channel to the left side.  Since the 
birds are moving around, patience and luck may be required to see the birds. 
 This is the first time that I have seen Common Goldeneyes in West Point this 
winter. 

John ColeColumbus, GA  
Subject: logging in to albirds
From: "'Larry' ctyrd109 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 13:22:13 -0600
I keep having trouble logging in to albirds. How do you get around the at&t 
login to get to the yahoo login? 

Larry
Subject: Red Shouldered Hawk
From: "'Larry' ctyrd109 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2015 15:01:46 -0600
I just added two pics of a hawk that's been around our place in NW Chilton 
County. I am sure it is a Red Shouldered. 

What do you think?
Larry Knorr
Subject: Re: FW: [missbird] Peregrines on Dauphin Island
From: "don mccullough alabamafalconry AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 20:40:57 +0000 (UTC)
This is great to hear. If for some reason you happen to see one with a gold 
band and a blue metal band on please let me know. I miss him dearly and I 
really want him back.  Thanks Don 


 On Monday, February 2, 2015 10:31 AM, "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' 
town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]"  wrote: 

   

      From: missbird-bounce AT freelists.org 
[mailto:missbird-bounce AT freelists.org] On Behalf Of Rob Heflin 

Sent: Monday, 02 February, 2015 10:12 AM
To: Missbird
Subject: [missbird] Peregrines on Dauphin Island  I’m not a member of the 
Alabama list server but I thought y’all might find this interesting.  I took 
a trip down to Gulf Shores and over to Dauphin Island last week.  On Wednesday 
morning, I landed at the Dauphin Island airport, which juts right out into the 
water of the bay.  A pair of peregrines was standing on the runway, and as I 
rolled up to them, they flew over to the edge of the water.  When I turned 
around they were again standing in the runway.  They took off once more and 
flew down the water’s edge.  I stopped and got out at the end of the runway 
and they were calling and flying very low. Very dark looking birds with a lot 
of grey on them, but I could see the “helmet” on their heads as they flew 
by.  I’ve seen one peregrine in my life, so seeing a pair at such close 
proximity was pretty neat.  They were also doing a pretty good job of keeping 
the airport “bird free”.  Rob HeflinIsola, MS  Sent from Windows Mail   
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Subject: FW: [missbird] Peregrines on Dauphin Island
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 10:31:25 -0600
 

 

From: missbird-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:missbird-bounce AT freelists.org] On 
Behalf Of Rob Heflin 

Sent: Monday, 02 February, 2015 10:12 AM
To: Missbird
Subject: [missbird] Peregrines on Dauphin Island

 

I’m not a member of the Alabama list server but I thought y’all might find 
this interesting. I took a trip down to Gulf Shores and over to Dauphin Island 
last week. On Wednesday morning, I landed at the Dauphin Island airport, which 
juts right out into the water of the bay. A pair of peregrines was standing on 
the runway, and as I rolled up to them, they flew over to the edge of the 
water. When I turned around they were again standing in the runway. They took 
off once more and flew down the water’s edge. I stopped and got out at the 
end of the runway and they were calling and flying very low. Very dark looking 
birds with a lot of grey on them, but I could see the “helmet” on their 
heads as they flew by. I’ve seen one peregrine in my life, so seeing a pair 
at such close proximity was pretty neat. They were also doing a pretty good job 
of keeping the airport “bird free”. 


 

Rob Heflin

Isola, MS

 

Sent from Windows Mail

 
Subject: Bullock's Oriole & Hooded Warbler
From: "'Bianca Allen' brdnrd1022 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 16:22:44 -0600
We saw the Bullock's Oriole in Montevallo four times this morning between
8:40am and 10:00am.  All four times it was feeding on the feeder with the
orange slices which is hanging in the front yard almost to the curb.  We
also made quite a bird list of the other birds seen in that yard.  Thank
goodness for people like them who take such good care of the birds by
providing food of many kinds, water & shelter.

 

Went to Linn Park in downtown Birmingham about 11:00am but never got to see
the Hooded Warbler again.  Some of the people in the park had seen him
yesterday and earlier today.  One lady had some excellent photos of it on
her phone.  She said they have been seeing it in the park for about two
weeks.  There was a Prayer Walk/Rally going on in the vicinity so there was
lots of loud music but no more people than usual in the park.  The House
Sparrows were quite numerous but the Hooded Warbler failed to show.  Would
like to make another trip tomorrow to give him some mealworms before the
cold front comes through if I can get someone to go with me.

 

Bianca (bj) Allen

Birmingham, AL

 
Subject: UPDATE: Montevallo Bullock's Oriole continues, Jan 30
From: "Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:50:51 -0500



 
  
    
                  

He's still there.
 
Seen this morning at 8:10 by the host.  Undoubtedly other times as well.
 
Good Luck,
 
Steve McConnell
Hartselle, AL

    
             

  
Subject: Re: Tundra Swans
From: "SueMoske AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:14:22 -0500
Hmm, we may not have had many unusual gulls or ducks this winter, but Tundra 
Swans have been roaming the river from Lauderdale to Jackson Counties. 
Hopefully, start of a new trend. 


Sue Moske
Huntsville

 

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: 'Damien J. Simbeck' TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds] 
 

To: AL Birds 
Sent: Wed, Jan 28, 2015 9:59 pm
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Tundra Swans


 
  
    
                  
I was working in the Waterloo area today and stopped by the upper Second Creek 
embayment area. Not much there but I did find 4 Tundra Swans (3 adult and 1 
immature). 


Damien Simbeck
Killen, AL
    
             

  
Subject: Tundra Swans
From: "'Damien J. Simbeck' TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:59:45 -0600
I was working in the Waterloo area today and stopped by the upper Second Creek 
embayment area. Not much there but I did find 4 Tundra Swans (3 adult and 1 
immature). 


Damien Simbeck
Killen, AL

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Subject: Hooded Warbler in Linn Park
From: "Alison Glascock alisonglascock AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:31:18 -0600
I went down to the park today a little after 3 p.m. and after walking
around the park, came back to the central, where a number of people
congregate. They saw my binos and wanted to know if I was looking for the
'little yellow bird'.  About 10-15 minutes later, they spotted it for me.
As Dana Hamilton stated in her post, it is very tame and hopped around,
completely ignoring five of us!

I suspect it's here for the winter for those of you who would still like to
see it.
Alison Glascock
Birmingham, AL
Subject: FW: 100th anniversary celebration - Tennessee Ornithological Society
From: "'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:15:41 -0600
FYI; sounds like fun :).

 

Ken

 

From: Ron Hoff [mailto:aves7000 AT bellsouth.net] 
Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 1:37 PM
To: president AT aosbirds.org
Cc: ladyhawke1 AT att.net; kathwrens AT gmail.com; president AT gos.org; 
kistlers AT scrtc.com; khackman AT madison-schools.com; 
editor AT birdwatchersdigest.com; joecoleman AT rstarmail.com 

Subject: 100th anniversary celebration - Tennessee Ornithological Society

 

Dear fellow state presidents,

 

We’re having a birthday! I wanted to extend a cordial invitation to all our 
neighboring state bird clubs to join us for a fun-filled weekend this coming 
April 30 – May 3, 2015. Our celebration will be held at the Montgomery Bell 
State Park in Burns, TN., which is only about 20 miles west of Nashville. We 
have reserved the entire 3800 acre park for the weekend. The highlight Saturday 
evening after the banquet will be a film put together by one of our members 
detailing our entire 100 year history, complete with photos and interviews with 
some of the members. We will have short programs on Friday afternoon and field 
trips on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. We ask that you please inform 
your members about our event. Everyone is welcome! See the details below for 
further information and registration forms. Early registration is urged to help 
our planning committee with logistics. 


 

Warmest regards,

Ron Hoff

President, Tennessee Ornithological Society

 



 

 

                     

 The Tennessee Ornithological Society 


cordially invites you and your members to our 

100th Anniversary Celebration

 

Thursday, April 30 thru Sunday, May 3. 2015

Montgomery Bell State Park Inn 

1000 Hotel Avenue 

Burns, Tennessee 

 

Information and registration can be found at:

http://www.tnbirds.org/Events/Springmtg15.html

 

Please direct any additional questions to:

Cyndi Routledge

routledges AT bellsouth.net  

 



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Subject: Re: Hooded Warbler in Linn Park - Still Present 1/27/2015
From: "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:13:13 -0600 (GMT-06:00)




Subject: Re: Hooded Warbler in Linn Park - Still Present 1/27/2015
From: "Dana Hamilton stan_dana_h AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:27:22 -0600
Al-Birders and Bianca,

The beautiful male Hooded Warbler is still present today 1/27/2015 at the same 
location previously described by Bianca Allen. It was eating bread crumbs near 
a garbage can near the central fountain. 


Dana Hamilton
Irondale Al

Sent from my iPad

> On Jan 26, 2015, at 11:58 AM, 'Bianca Allen' brdnrd1022 AT bellsouth.net 
[albirds]  wrote: 

> 
> There is a male Hooded Warbler in Linn Park in Birmingham. The park is 
located between the Jefferson County Courthouse and the Birmingham City Hall. 
The bird is hanging with the House Sparrows on the ground eating bread that 
people have left for them. I saw the bird at approximately 10:00am this morning 
and got some fuzzy pictures of it with my iPhone. Greg Harber has also 
identified the bird as a male Hooded Warbler after viewing my photos. The bird 
was not skittish at all and will hopefully hang out in the same area as long a 
food source is available. 

> 
>  
> 
> To look where I saw it, enter Linn Park from the City Hall side (20th St. No. 
which runs between 8th Ave. No. and Park Place) on the middle sidewalk. As soon 
as you reach the top of the series of steps at the first fountain, look to your 
left on the ground around the park benches on the left. 

> 
>  
> 
> It is a beautiful bird in full plumage. The non-birder with me and several 
others in the park were thrilled to see such a pretty bird. 

> 
>  
> 
> Bianca (bj) Allen
> 
> Birmingham, AL
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Swan Creek Swan.. question of Tundra Swan, Limestone Co. AL
From: "Neill Cowles neill.cowles AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:35:24 -0800
Great find Jane!  For what it's worth, it looks like a Tundra Swan to me.
I got to see a lot of Tundras and Trumpeters in Alaska a few years back and
the angle of the rear of the bill looks pretty definitively like a Tundra
to me.

Neill Cowles
Athens

On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 3:31 PM, J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]
 wrote:

>
>
> Below is a link to pics made of this swan.  The lighting was dreary and
> the bird far away. No color was noticeable around the eye/bill. I included
> the unedited pic along with the edited pic.   The pics were cropped and
> sharpened.  no color changes.  Recently, the swans in Limestone Co. have
> been Tundra Swans.  I think the pics showing the intersection of the
> eyes/bill may indicate Tundra, especially image 4681.  Also, some views
> show a curved bill, as with Tundras.
>    Any comments welcome..
>
> http://ladyswan.smugmug.com/Question-of-tundra-swan-swan/n-VBQds/
>
> Jane Allen
> Huntsville, AL
>
>  
>
Subject: Hooded Warbler in Linn Park
From: "'Bianca Allen' brdnrd1022 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:58:15 -0600
There is a male Hooded Warbler in Linn Park in Birmingham. The park is
located between the Jefferson County Courthouse and the Birmingham City
Hall.  The bird is hanging with the House Sparrows on the ground eating
bread that people have left for them.  I saw the bird at approximately
10:00am this morning and got some fuzzy pictures of it with my iPhone.  Greg
Harber has also identified the bird as a male Hooded Warbler after viewing
my photos.  The bird was not skittish at all and will hopefully hang out in
the same area as long a food source is available.

 

To look where I saw it, enter Linn Park from the City Hall side (20th St.
No. which runs between 8th Ave. No. and Park Place) on the middle sidewalk.
As soon as you reach the top of the series of steps at the first fountain,
look to your left on the ground around the park benches on the left.  

 

It is a beautiful bird in full plumage. The non-birder with me and several
others in the park were thrilled to see such a pretty bird.

 

Bianca (bj) Allen

Birmingham, AL
Subject: California Gull is Herring
From: "'Damien J. Simbeck' TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:44:04 -0600
Just got a look at some nice photos of our California Gull from the boat trip. 
Despite bill color and dirty nape, the yellow iris indicates Herring Gull, at 
least in part. That's why a picture can be so important when ID'ing rarities. 
Sometimes brief looks in the field (those fly-bys) look just like our first 
impressions, even when they aren't. Sorry for the lost lifer/state bird for 
several on board. The White-winged Scoter stays a White-winged Scoter, though. 


Damien Simbeck
Killen, AL

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Subject: UPDATE: Montevallo Bullock's Oriole continues, Jan 25
From: "Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:24:51 -0500
He's still there.
 
From the host:
"Yes, he is still here. I have seen him at least once every day, and I see him 
consistently every morning between 7:45am and 10am (when I am home) – at 
least once an hour. Besides the nectar, he seems to prefer tangerines to 
oranges, and has been enjoying the suet as well. The latest I have ever seen 
him is 3:45pm, and his visits are less frequent in the afternoons" 

 
 New photo taken by Dr. Geoff Hill is posted at:
http://www.pbase.com/image/158935815
 
Take some tangerines if you go!
During the winter of 2013-14, there was a Bullock's on the Mississippi coast 
that stayed until April 6! 


Good Luck,
 
Steve McConnell
Hartselle, AL
Subject: Re: Swan Creek Swan.. question of Tundra Swan, Limestone Co. AL
From: "'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:14:05 +0000
?We saw the two Tundras in Crabtree Slough early this Sunday morning and again 
mid-afternoon. In the morning, they were with the Mute Swan. 



We tried for the Rough-leg, but failed (again).


R. Scot Duncan
Chair, Biology Dept
Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Road
Birmingham, AL, 35206
sduncan AT bsc.edu
205.226.4777
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Sent: Sunday, January 25, 2015 5:59 PM
To: J C Allen
Cc: AL Birds
Subject: RE: [ALBIRDS] Swan Creek Swan.. question of Tundra Swan, Limestone Co. 
AL 




Good job, Jane, especially under the conditions.  It's a Tundra Swan.

Larry Gardella
Montgomery


On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 5:31 PM, J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds] 
wrote: 


 Below is a link to pics made of this swan. The lighting was dreary and the 
bird far away. No color was noticeable around the eye/bill. I included the 
unedited pic along with the edited pic. The pics were cropped and sharpened. no 
color changes. Recently, the swans in Limestone Co. have been Tundra Swans. I 
think the pics showing the intersection of the eyes/bill may indicate Tundra, 
especially image 4681. Also, some views show a curved bill, as with Tundras. 

   Any comments welcome..


http://ladyswan.smugmug.com/Question-of-tundra-swan-swan/n-VBQds/



Jane Allen
Huntsville, AL


Subject: RE: Swan Creek Swan.. question of Tundra Swan, Limestone Co. AL
From: "lgardellabirds AT charter.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:59:30 -0500 (EST)
Good job, Jane, especially under the conditions.  It's a Tundra Swan.

Larry Gardella
Montgomery

On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 5:31 PM, J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net 
[albirds] wrote:

    Below is a link to pics made of this swan.  The lighting was dreary 
and the bird far away. No color was noticeable around the eye/bill. I 
included the unedited pic along with the edited pic.   The pics were 
cropped and sharpened.  no color changes.  Recently, the swans in 
Limestone Co. have been Tundra Swans.  I think the pics showing the 
intersection of the eyes/bill may indicate Tundra, especially image 
4681.  Also, some views show a curved bill, as with Tundras.
    Any comments welcome..

http://ladyswan.smugmug.com/Question-of-tundra-swan-swan/n-VBQds/


Jane Allen
Huntsville, AL
  
Subject: Swan Creek Swan.. question of Tundra Swan, Limestone Co. AL
From: "J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:31:04 -0800
Below is a link to pics made of this swan. The lighting was dreary and the bird 
far away. No color was noticeable around the eye/bill. I included the unedited 
pic along with the edited pic. The pics were cropped and sharpened. no color 
changes. Recently, the swans in Limestone Co. have been Tundra Swans. I think 
the pics showing the intersection of the eyes/bill may indicate Tundra, 
especially image 4681. Also, some views show a curved bill, as with Tundras. 

   Any comments welcome.. 

http://ladyswan.smugmug.com/Question-of-tundra-swan-swan/n-VBQds/


Jane Allen 
Huntsville, AL  
Subject: Tundra Swan, Swan Creek,Limestone Co.AL
From: "J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:09:38 -0800
Likely Tundra Swan, Swan Creek,Limestone Co . aL

Location:  N 34.67492
                 W 87.00765
Dairy Rd. Go to end ,pass thru new open gate. Viewed from pull out at water's
 edge . Single bird. Taking pics. Some distance. Visible with scope 60 power

Jane Allen
Huntsville ,AL
After typing this, bird still visible, feeding. 
2:06 pm
Subject: Wheeler Bot Trip
From: "'Damien J. Simbeck' TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:26:40 -0600
Ten folks enjoyed a cold day on the boat today. Best birds were an adult 
California Gull (photos posted later) and a female White-winged Scoter. The 
gull was attracted to bread offerings with many Ring-billed and a few Herring 
Gulls. The Scoter was a fly-by with some Greater Scaup. Both were in the open 
waters below the dam. If you're at the fishing area below the dam, they would 
be half way across the river, as far as you can see downstream. Chumming bread 
from the fishing area may bring the gull into view. 


Damien Simbeck
Killen, AL

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Subject: Fox Sparrow today!
From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 03:09:51 +0000 (UTC)
Hello again fellow birders,
Went out early this morning on an "adventure" with Hudson (my 5 year old dude) 
to try to get a Fox Sparrow at our feeders on the farm.  One came in after 30 
minutes or so, got some cool shots before he left.  There were also about 30 
Chipping Sparrows and more Purple Finches than that.  The feeders are in an 
open-ish area along thick mountain woods...strangely enough, only saw a couple 
of Titmice.  Hope you guys had an awesome day! 

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Subject: Purple Finches
From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:28:09 +0000 (UTC)
Fellow birders,
Purple Finches are no big deal I'm guessing, but they are to me!   Used to see 
them all over the place, but now, 99% House Finches.  But about 5 miles  
north of my house, on our farm, there are only Purple Finches...about 40 or so 
today at some feeders I put out a few weeks ago.  These shots were taken in 
the rain.  I hope you guys enjoy them (:   I am ready for some Warblers to 
start flying through 

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Subject: Fwd: Re: Future of AOS RBA?
From: "'Greg D. Jackson' g_d_jackson AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:57:02 -0600




Subject: anyone have an update on the Rough-legged Hawk at Wheeler?
From: "'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:55:30 +0000
All,
I'll be up at Wheeler on Sunday, and want to try again for the Rough-legged 
Hawk. Has anyone seen it in the last two weeks? 


Thanks,
Scot

R. Scot Duncan
Associate Professor/Chair, Biology Department
Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Rd.
Birmingham, AL
Ph: 205.226.4777
Fax: 205.226.3078
Subject: Wilson Dam closure
From: "TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:07:52 -0500
For those of you coming to the Shoals area for this weekend's AOS meeting: 
Wilson Dam is currently closed to vehicle traffic and will remain closed this 
weekend. Access from Florence will be via Patton Island Bridge (Hwy. 133) then 
TVA Reservation Road. The overlook above the dam is behind the gate so there 
will be no vehicle access. You will be allowed to park in the Fleet Harbor boat 
rramp parking lot and walk to the overlook. The Visitor's Center overlook, 
Upper Rockpile Campground and Rockpile Recreation Areas will be accessible by 
vehicle. 


Damien Simbeck
Killen,  AL

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Subject: Future of AOS RBA?
From: "Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 23:50:46 -0500
Andrew,
Your questions prompt me to summarize the state of the AOS RBA for those who 
may not know and try to move it forward...something I should have done long 
ago. 


For background, here's a short history:

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March 1988 - Greg Jackson creates the AOS RBA hotline using a magnetic tape 
phone recorder. Report frequency typically 1/week. 


Jan 2001 - Greg transferred role to Steve McConnell.

April 2002 - CLARK'S NUTCRACKER on Mt. Cheaha. Probably the last truly rare 
bird reported first to the RBA tape. 


July 2007 - Tape machine broken beyond repair. Several eBay purchases also 
didn't last long . Options of phone "box", digital recorder, etc. were 
researched with no clear solution emerging. Because the tape machine was only 
recording a few messages per year (literally), it was decided to stop charging 
AOS the $300/year for the phone line and go "Internet Only". 


Jan 2012 - McConnell's discretionary time is greatly reduced due to other 
commitments. Report rate falls below 1/month. 


2014 - Only 3 or 4 reports sent out during year. For last seven years, the rate 
of rare bird reports to our home message recorder has remained about 3-4 per 
year with almost all of those are for exotics or semi-rare species. 


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While I agree a RBA of some sort would be nice to have, especially for visiting 
birders to listen to, I am not in a position to freqently spend the 3-4 hrs per 
issue it took to support the report in it's most recent format. In this age of 
instant information, I question calling the final version produced for the last 
several years an "alert" of any kind. Since messages left on the tape or our 
home recorder were much fewer than rare birds (!), most of the information I 
collected for those reports was a rehash of publically available information 
already posted to sources like eBird or AL-Birds days before. 


If someone would like to assume the AOS RBA compiler duties, I would gladly 
turn over the mantle and support them anyway I can. In my opinion, the best 
choice might be to create a message box where folks could just leave their 
sighting messages so others could monitor and listen directly without having a 
compiler in the middle to filter and delay the information flow. At least this 
would return the immediacy of an "alert" to the equation that seems to be 
sorely lacking now. The downside of this would plikely be all the non-rare 
reports and clutter that could fill the box one would have to wade through to 
get to the real rarity sightings. 


Thanks for your support these last 13 years,

Steve McConnell
Hartselle, AL


-----Original Message-----
From: andrew AT natsp.com [albirds] 
To: albirds 
Sent: Fri, Jan 16, 2015 6:51 pm
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Dauphin island


 

Western Kingbird seen today, flyby but assumed to be one of the 2 or 3 seen 
earlier this year. On a related but different note, I'd like to get back to 
rapidly posted rare bird alerts here. I still think a phone line hotline works 
best - everyone has a phone, no Internet connection or typing needed to check 
or post, and visitors can easily access it. But it also needs upkeep. But you 
can receive notifications of posts on Albirds, so immediately are advised of 
new sightings. And from a specific source,. There just isn't time to phone 
every birder who may be interested when you are ogling a great bird. So many 
people miss out. Sharing these birds is part of making birding fun, let's try 
to make that happen more. 


Cheers

Andrew


Subject: error on ebird date for Glaucous Gull
From: "'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 03:58:36 +0000
All,

While uploading old data into ebird, I erroneously posted a Glaucous Gull from 
Dauphin Island for Jan 18 2015. The date should have been 2012. I have fixed 
the error, but for those of you getting hourly rare bird alerts through ebird, 
you will have already received the erroneous information. 



I apologize in advance of any chaos that shall now ensue.

?

Scot


R. Scot Duncan
Chair, Biology Dept
Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Road
Birmingham, AL, 35206
sduncan AT bsc.edu
205.226.4777
Subject: AOS boat trips
From: "'Damien J. Simbeck' TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:46:10 -0600
Looks like we're going to have an interesting weekend with rain/snow predicted 
for Friday. Also, due to some cancellations and trip switches, we currently 
have only 8 people signed up for Friday and 9 on Saturday boat trips.. A final 
decision about Friday's trip (weather) will be made around noon that day. As of 
now, that trip will go, even in rain/snow. Since both trips have less than 10 
people, we may have to increase the rates a little ($30 and $40, respectively). 
The other possibility is to get more people on each trip. So, if you are coming 
to the meeting and haven't signed up yet, contact me ASAP to sign up. 


Damien Simbeck
Killen, AL

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Subject: whimbrel
From: "andrew AT natsp.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Jan 2015 09:01:18 -0800
Whimbrel at DI airport at 10.30am

Andrew

DI
 

Subject: Tundra Swans still on Mooresville Road
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Jan 2015 18:38:06 -0800
This morning the light was good and I was able to walk out into the field to 
get closer to them. They did not spook and when they saw me they turned towards 
me and started posing. When I turned and walked away they went back to 
foraging. 

 http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Birds/i-PsVQzxP 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Birds/i-PsVQzxP 


 

 Jerry Green
 Huntsville
Subject: America White Pelicans and a Surf Scoter
From: "johnb_cole AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Jan 2015 22:11:12 -0800
Yesterday, 1-19-15, the Eufaula NWR held a very successful Open Gates (Kennedy 
Unit) and Tree Planting (Molnar Unit) Event. The event was very well organized 
and was well-attended by adults and children. There was a pre-planting program 
and attendees were treated to a midday hot dog and hamburger meal. Bird 
mountings were on display and posters and brochures were available. 

 

 While driving through the Kennedy Unit, Windle McKenzie and I saw 5 American 
White Pelicans resting on stumps and swimming in the middle of the main channel 
of the Chattahoochee River. We also found a 1st winter Surf Scoter swimming 
with 5 Lesser Scaups about 200 yards out in the water of the creek between the 
Lakepoint Marina and the Chattahoochee River channel. The Scoter was darker and 
slightly larger than the Scaups, it had a yellow-tipped bill with a white spot 
on both sides, and it showed a white belly and dark neck when flapping its 
wings. 

 

 John Cole
 Columbus, GA  
Subject: Pictures of Ring-necked Pheasant near Athens Alabama
From: "justadude80 AT hotmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Jan 2015 16:49:42 -0800
I don't know how to post photos in this site since the last software so-called 
upgrade. However, here is a link to my Flickr page where you can see 3 
pictures. One isn't a very good picture but it does include the mailbox and 
telephone post thingy that shows exactly where the bird was. This was about 
7:15 in the morning - south end of Yarbrough Road. 

 

 https://www.flickr.com/photos/justadude80/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/justadude80/ 


 

 Rocky Baker - Athens Alabama
 

Subject: Saw another Ring-necked Pheasant near same spot
From: "justadude80 AT hotmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Jan 2015 15:18:47 -0800
On the day after Thanksgiving I saw a female Ring-necked Pheasant on Yarbrough 
Road near Athens. That day I did not get pictures. This morning at about the 
same time, about a half mile south of that spot on Yarbrough Road, I saw a male 
Ring-necked Pheasant. This time I got plenty of pictures. I will post a pic or 
two later. 

 

 Rocky Baker - Athens Alabama
Subject: Bullock's Oriole
From: "TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:59:50 -0500
The Montevallo Oriole was present on the suet feeder when I arrived today at 
10:10. Orange-crowned Warbler came to the suet after the Oriole left. 


Damien Simbeck
Killen,  AL

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Subject: Oriole in Auburn
From: "lewscharpf AT charter.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Jan 2015 18:08:59 -0800
This afternoon we observed an oriole which we believe to be an immature (1st 
year) Bullock's Oriole. The bird appeared at our suet feeder and then flew into 
one of our Tea Olive bushes. The oriole appeard one more time in the Tea Olive 
bush about 30 minutes later at about 3:30 p.m. We did not see the bird the rest 
of the day. We would appreciate a confirmation of our ID or suggestion of an 
alternate ID. We propose Bullock's base on the eye line, throat stripe and the 
fact that much of the head, eyebrow, and underparts are orange. The patterns 
and coloration are also very close to an immature Baltimore Oriole which may be 
more likely to be in our area this time of year. 


I apologize for the image quality but we were facing a very bright afternoon 
sun. 


Lateral Photograph: Oriole by lejun http://www.pbase.com/lejun/image/158860918 

 
 http://www.pbase.com/lejun/image/158860918 
 
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