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Flamingoes,©Tony Disley

18 Aug Swallow-tailed Kite in north Alabama ["Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
16 Aug Wood Storms ["Rick Remy rickremy AT hotmail.com [albirds]" ]
16 Aug DISL DORM LODGING NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR AOS MEETINGS ["'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" ]
16 Aug Rufous ["Duane Miller miller459 AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
15 Aug Juvenile Tern ["David Dortch downbythebay AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
14 Aug Fwd: American White Pelicans near Atmore ["Jon Yoder jonyoder57 AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
14 Aug Wheeler Dam and The Sinks ["Damien Simbeck TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
14 Aug Black Belt waders ["RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
14 Aug RE: Dauphin Island ["lgardellabirds AT charter.net [albirds]" ]
14 Aug Dauphin Island ["David Dortch downbythebay AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
14 Aug Re: Avondale Park Herring Gull ["'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" ]
14 Aug Avondale Park Herring Gull ["gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
12 Aug American White Pelicans near Atmore ["johnb_cole johnb_cole AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
12 Aug The Sinks ["'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" ]
12 Aug Re: International Shorebird Counts on the World Shorebirds Day ["Kitty Tripp kittymarimba AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
11 Aug parasitic species ["stacey gordon lithotripter31 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
11 Aug Hummers on the increase ["RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
9 Aug Yellow warblers on the move ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
9 Aug Yellow Warblers on the move ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" ]
8 Aug Hummers and Rain ["RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
08 Aug Avondale Park Herring Gull ["gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
8 Aug Re: Hummer Farm Report ["Jon Yoder jonyoder57 AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
8 Aug Re: Hummer Farm Report ["RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
8 Aug Hummer Farm Report ["RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
07 Aug Black-throated Green Warbler and Scarlet Tanager in Huntsville ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
3 Aug Need to find a substitute for a beginners bird walk ["Shirley Farrell shirfarr AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
03 Aug Birmingham Audubon field trip to Greensboro catfish ponds ["gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" ]
02 Aug terns ["andrew AT natsp.com [albirds]" ]
02 Aug 2nd try-Video and photos of Black and White Warbler ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
02 Aug Video of a Black and White Warbler preening after a bath ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
1 Aug Re: Avondale Park Herring Gull ["'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" ]
1 Aug FW: Event Speakers ["'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" ]
1 Aug Re: Avondale Park Herring Gull ["'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" ]
01 Aug Avondale Park Herring Gull ["gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
31 Jul fall MOS meeting, with special guest Kevin Karlson ["Jason Hoeksema jason.hoeksema AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
30 Jul TVA Wetlands Trail this morning ["'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" ]
29 Jul Scissor-tailed Flycatcher videos ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
29 Jul Re: A hummer tidbit ["Don Wallace winepic AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
28 Jul Another cool Wetlands Trail walk ["TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
29 Jul Re: birds in north Florida ["'sszion AT juno.com' sszion@juno.com [albirds]" ]
28 Jul birds in north Florida ["Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
28 Jul A hummer tidbit ["RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
27 Jul Kites near Autaugaville and Lowndesboro ["'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" ]
26 Jul Homewood Catbird Nest; Avondale Park Herring Gull ["gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
26 Jul Re: lack of hummingbirds ["Jon Yoder jonyoder57 AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
26 Jul Re: lack of hummingbirds ["Rick movarick AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
26 Jul Re: lack of hummingbirds ["RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
26 Jul lack of hummingbirds ["Jon Yoder jonyoder57 AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
24 Jul Shorebirds on the move ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
24 Jul Shorebirds on the move ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" ]
23 Jul Scissor-tailed Flycatchers at A&M today ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
23 Jul B'ham Avondale Park: 7 Green Herons, Gull ["gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
21 Jul Bluebirds ["David Dortch redfishdave AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
21 Jul more hummer photos ["Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
20 Jul RE: migration ["'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" ]
20 Jul RE: migration ["lgardellabirds AT charter.net [albirds]" ]
20 Jul migration ["andrew AT natsp.com [albirds]" ]
19 Jul Update on Avondale Park Herring Gull ["'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" ]
19 Jul Fort Morgan Fall Banding Session ["RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
19 Jul Re: RFI re Archives Search? ["Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
18 Jul Ruby-throated Hummers in the rain ["Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
18 Jul Special Thank You To Albirds ["RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
18 Jul RFI re Archives Search? ["gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
17 Jul Today's Wetlands trail walk ["'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" ]
17 Jul Common Gallinule, Anhinga ["SueMoske AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
17 Jul Chandler Mountain Waxwings ["RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
17 Jul Homewood L. Waterthrush, Barred Owl, etc. ["gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
17 Jul RE: Scissor-tailed Flycatchers in the Black Belt ["cgrishamlaw cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
16 Jul Scissor-tailed Flycatchers in the Black Belt ["sylvilagus8 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
16 Jul Cool July birding ["TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
15 Jul New trail coming for Limestone County ["'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" ]
14 Jul FW: birdwatching talk for Kiwanis ["'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" ]
11 Jul Good News on Limestone Park Dirt Pile ["Memontei AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
8 Jul Re: Purple Martin Monday ["Jon Yoder jonyoder57 AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
07 Jul Dirt piles at Limestone Park ["Memontei AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
7 Jul Purple Martin Monday ["Harold Peterson pinkfloyd137 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]

Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite in north Alabama
From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:49:02 -0700
Howdy birders!

On the way to High Falls yesterday in Geraldine, AL, I noticed a soaring 
Swallow-tailed Kite a few hundred yards above a huge expanse of fields. Pretty 
neat to see one this far north...I had only seen them down in Florida before. 


Just wanted to share.

take care and God bless


Charles H. Grisham Jr.
Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 5585
Huntsville, AL 35814
Subject: Wood Storms
From: "Rick Remy rickremy AT hotmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:41:35 -0500
Susan, Ken and Vicki Marion, and I went to west Alabama in search of kites, 
Wood Storks, and flycatchers. We found several Mississippi Kites and one 
Swallowtail Kite. We also found one Scissor tail Flycatcher. In Hale Co., we 
found one spot with 300+ Wood Storks and three Ruddy Ducks. Great day spent 
with good friends! 


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Subject: DISL DORM LODGING NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR AOS MEETINGS
From: "'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 09:22:51 -0500
Hi All,

 

I wanted to get out a heads-up to all of you concerning the housing
situation for future AOS spring and fall meetings.  We no longer have access
to DISL dorm housing for our meetings, effective immediately.  Additionally,
the Dauphin Island Baptist Church Retreat facilities are also no longer
available.  Lodging information will appear in the upcoming Fall
Yellowhammer, but I have included what I have below:

 

ACCOMODATIONS 

 

Motels:        

 


On Dauphin Island: Gulf Breeze Hotel and Harbor Lights Motel: (800) 286-0296

 

Near Dauphin Island: Holiday Inn, LaQuinta Inn, Baymont Inn, Motel 6,
Econolodge, Super 8 all are located at Tillman's Corner, Alabama, about 30
minutes from Dauphin Island

 

Rentals:


Boardwalk Realty, Inc.: (877) 861-3992


Dauphin Island Real Estate: (888)707-6444


Tyson Real Estate: (251) 861-8312


Island Real Estate: (877) 219-7392

Pickett Real Estate: (800) 861-3646 

ACP Real Estate Inc.: (866) 861-3311

 

Please pass this information along to anyone who might need it; I want to be
as sure as possible that everyone knows of these changes. If I am missing
some lodging opportunities, especially on the island, of which you are
aware, please let me know. 

 

Thanks,

 

Ken Ward

AOS President

Subject: Rufous
From: "Duane Miller miller459 AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 07:10:34 -0500
Just saw a mature male Rufous at my kitchen window feeder.
.
.

Duane A. Miller
101 Beaver Dam Rd.
Fairhope, AL  36532
(251) 716-1620
Subject: Juvenile Tern
From: "David Dortch downbythebay AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:39:04 -0500
I have posted a distant photo of a juvenile Tern that Carrie and I took on 
Little Dauphin Island late yesterday afternoon. It should be the first photo in 
my folder, although the Albirds site has changed a lot since my last visit. We 
think we know what it is, but since we didn't have Andrew with us we aren't 
positive. ID help solicited! 


David Dortch
Dauphin Island

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Subject: Fwd: American White Pelicans near Atmore
From: "Jon Yoder jonyoder57 AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:48:30 -0500

Jon Yoder
Atmore, AL
251-359-3455


Begin forwarded message:

> From: John Cole 
> Date: August 14, 2014 at 8:53:50 PM CDT
> To: Jonathan Yoder 
> Subject: American White Pelicans near Atmore
> 
> I tried to post the following message on Albirds. I do not know if it was 
sent out on the listserve. I know that you live in Atmore and are very much a 
"Birder". I tried to contact you by telephone (251-368-1941) to tell you about 
the sightings. We saw the birds on Mon. And Tues. of this week. 

> 
> Yesterday and today, my wife and I observed13 American White Pelicans on the 
large farm pond at the western end of Flowers Circle. Flowers Circle is a dirt 
road that connects to Butler Street (Hwy 45) a few miles north of Atmore and 
I-65. GPS Coordinates are +31.231, -87.427. The birds seem to be quite content 
and may stay around a few more days. 

> 
> John and Margaret Cole
> Columbus, GA
Subject: Wheeler Dam and The Sinks
From: "Damien Simbeck TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:40:02 -0500
I stopped by Wheeler Dam after at lunch Tuesday and after work today.  I also 
went by The Sinks again today.  The first groups of gulls have arrived. I had 
162 Ring-billed and 6 Herring Gulls Tuesday at Wheeler Locks. Today I had 103 
Ring-billed,  2 Herring and 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Caspian Terns were 
present today and I had Forster's Terns at Town Creek Marsh Tuesday. The Sinks 
had similar birds as Monday but no Stilt Sandpipers were seen and 3 
Semipalmated Plovers were added. Five Baird's were present. No night-herons of 
either species were present. 


Damien Simbeck
Killen,  AL

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Subject: Black Belt waders
From: "RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:20:38 -0400 (EDT)
My son in law, Duane reported a large flock of Mississippi Kites were  
feeding over a freshly mown field just north of Uniontown
 
For most of you this old hat this time of year.  Have fun today  guys.
 
Bob Sargent for Duane Berger
Subject: RE: Dauphin Island
From: "lgardellabirds AT charter.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:16:20 -0400 (EDT)
Some are scooting right on by.  Today at Corkscrew and Bird Rookery, we 
had Red-eyed Vireos, Northern and Louisiana Waterthrush (each sang,) 
Black-and-white Warbler, Northern Parula, Yellow-throated Warbler and 
American Redstart.

Larry Gardella
Montgomery, AL

On Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 12:24 PM, David Dortch 
downbythebay AT bellsouth.net [albirds] wrote:

    We have seen zero migrants for the last 3 weeks, (not counting 
shorebirds). This morning we had a gentle north wind and noticeably 
lower humidity on the island. While eating breakfast we had a young male 
Rubythroat show up at our single feeder, and a Prairie Warbler in the 
side yard. We knew the Prairie Warbler might not be a migrant, but since 
we never see them at our house except during migration, we took it as a 
good sign. We headed over to the Shell Mounds after breakfast. The 
Mounds were dead on Sunday, but today we had a couple of Red-eyed Vireo, 
a Yellow Warbler, and a Redstart. Not a lot, but a whole lot better than 
nothing.

The Mounds had been mowed this week. It wasn't butchered as badly as it 
sometimes has been in the past but there is a new trail or two we could 
have done without. I beat a path over to the Natural Resources Office 
and thanked them for the wonderful job that had done, and ascertained 
that they were not going to cut any additional areas on the mounds. The 
man I talked to said he was used to being yelled at when they got 
through mowing over there. We laughed and I assured him that if no more 
was cut no one would be yelling at him. Keep your fingers crossed!

David Dortch
Dauphin Island

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Subject: Dauphin Island
From: "David Dortch downbythebay AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:24:25 -0500
We have seen zero migrants for the last 3 weeks, (not counting shorebirds). 
This morning we had a gentle north wind and noticeably lower humidity on the 
island. While eating breakfast we had a young male Rubythroat show up at our 
single feeder, and a Prairie Warbler in the side yard. We knew the Prairie 
Warbler might not be a migrant, but since we never see them at our house except 
during migration, we took it as a good sign. We headed over to the Shell Mounds 
after breakfast. The Mounds were dead on Sunday, but today we had a couple of 
Red-eyed Vireo, a Yellow Warbler, and a Redstart. Not a lot, but a whole lot 
better than nothing. 


The Mounds had been mowed this week. It wasn't butchered as badly as it 
sometimes has been in the past but there is a new trail or two we could have 
done without. I beat a path over to the Natural Resources Office and thanked 
them for the wonderful job that had done, and ascertained that they were not 
going to cut any additional areas on the mounds. The man I talked to said he 
was used to being yelled at when they got through mowing over there. We laughed 
and I assured him that if no more was cut no one would be yelling at him. Keep 
your fingers crossed! 


David Dortch
Dauphin Island

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Subject: Re: Avondale Park Herring Gull
From: "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:55:42 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
Thanks for the report, Ken. I went to feed the gull last night (after having 
dinner at Melt in Avondale - excellent burger!) and it was loafing in the water 
by the island and thus out of reach. Glad to see you fed it this morning. 


Take care all,  Greg


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

From: "gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" 

Sent: Aug 14, 2014 10:42 AM

To: albirds AT yahoogroups.com

Subject: [ALBIRDS] Avondale Park Herring Gull
















 

 



  


    
      
      
 Today, August 14, 2014 at about 10am I fed the Herring Gull in Avondale Park a 
small can of tuna. Recently I've found the gull in the shade of the tree by the 
bench at the north side of the lake. -Ken Archambault, Homewood 


    
     

    
    


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


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Subject: Avondale Park Herring Gull
From: "gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Aug 2014 08:42:55 -0700
Today, August 14, 2014 at about 10am I fed the Herring Gull in Avondale Park a 
small can of tuna. Recently I've found the gull in the shade of the tree by the 
bench at the north side of the lake. -Ken Archambault, Homewood 
Subject: American White Pelicans near Atmore
From: "johnb_cole johnb_cole AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 22:40:06 -0400
Yesterday and today, my wife and I observed 13 American White Pelicans on the 
large farm pond at the western end of Flowers Circle.   Flowers Circle is a 
dirt road that connects to Butler Street (Hwy 45) a few miles north of Atmore 
and I-65.  GPS Coordinates are +31.231, -87.427.  The birds seem to be quite 
content and may stay around a few more days. 


John and Margaret Cole
Columbus, GA



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Subject: The Sinks
From: "'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:41:28 +0000
I stopped by The Sinks after work yesterday. Water levels are getting low, so 
lots of mud is exposed. Afternoon storms have been maintaining the pond at this 
level, but we will see how much longer it will last. Waders and shorebirds were 
in decent numbers and variety, though no rarities found. Best birds were an 
immature Yellow-crowned Night-Heron on the east side, 2 Stilt Sandpipers and 3 
Baird's on the west. 


Great Blue Heron 10, Great Egret 18, Snowy Egret 3, Cattle Egret 58, Green 
Heron 1, Black-crowned Night-Heron 11, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1, Killdeer 
11, Spotted Sandpiper 2, Solitary Sandpiper 1, Stilt Sandpiper 2, Baird's 
Sandpiper 3, Least Sandpiper 18, Pectoral Sandpiper 46, Semipalmated Sandpiper 
6, Cliff Swallow 100. Another 1000+ Cliff Swallows were feeding over an ag 
field on 6th Street about 1 mile west of The Sinks. 


Damien J. Simbeck
Watershed Representative
Tennessee Valley Authority
Natural Resource Management - West Operations
P.O. Box 1010, MPB 1H-M
Muscle Shoals, AL 35662-1010
Phone:  256-386-2543
Fax:  256-386-2954
Subject: Re: International Shorebird Counts on the World Shorebirds Day
From: "Kitty Tripp kittymarimba AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:26:25 -0500
Just noticed this is only a few weeks away. Anyone going to Dauphin/ Pelican 
Island need a semi-novice shorebird counter on their team? 


Kitty

> On Feb 18, 2014, at 6:28 PM,  wrote:
> 
> Dear Friends in Alabama,
> 
> 
> On 6-7 September an International Shorebird Counts will be held as a part of 
the event series of the World Shorebirds Day. We'd be thrilled if Alabama 
birders would support this idea and would join this global event, supported by 
eBird. 

> 
> Please help us to make it a worldwide event. More details can be found in the 
blog of the special day. 

> http://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/shorebirds-unite-us/
> 
> Related contest is here: 
http://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/the-first-mini-contest/ 

> 
> Don't worry about the early announcement. At this point we'd like to see the 
sites booked on the map. :) 

> Thanks for your support and happy birding.
> 
> Best wishes, Szimi
> _
> Gyorgy Szimuly
> Coordinator of the World Shorebirds Day Event Series
> http://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com
> 
Subject: parasitic species
From: "stacey gordon lithotripter31 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 07:13:54 -0700
Had an interesting time this weekend watching a poor little wren struggle to 
feed a nearly fledged, brown headed cowbird..It was nearly twice it's size. It 
was strange at first until I figured out what was going on..... Pretty sure it 
was a cowbird, even though it's color was not yet, quite right.  


It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.
--Yogi Berra

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Subject: Hummers on the increase
From: "RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:45:26 -0400 (EDT)
Albiders, here in Clay, Alabama we continue to see a lot of hummers at  
Martha's feeders.  It is  a sight to behold on most days.
 
On the health front, not much happening.  Lots of special exercises  each 
day.  Still staying home and walking with the walker only.   Thanks for all 
the wonderful cards and well-wishes on the Internet.
 
Love you all.'
Bob and Martha Sargent
Subject: Yellow warblers on the move
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2014 12:41:50 -0500
Hi all,

 

               This morning I observed about 20 Yellow Warblers flying out
over Pensacola Bay in a westerly direction (always west) from the tip of the
Gulf Breeze peninsula. This is typical this time of year, but this year good
numbers are rather late in coming through. Usually this begins mid-July.

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle

 
Subject: Yellow Warblers on the move
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2014 08:04:56 -0500
Hi all,

 

               This morning I observed about 20 Yellow Warblers flying out
over Pensacola Bay in a westerly direction (always west) from the tip of the
Gulf Breeze peninsula. This is typical this time of year, but this year good
numbers are rather late in coming through. Usually this begins mid-July.

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle
Subject: Hummers and Rain
From: "RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2014 16:50:48 -0400
Hey guys, I've been sitting in the carport listening to rumbling  thunder 
and the wind in the trees.  The sky became dark and suddenly  we were 
inundated with hummers.  Is life wonderful or what?
 
The rain is beautiful and we truly need it.
 
Lord it is wonderful just being alive.  Forgive me for getting  emotional.  
I was recently dead and slept through the whole thing.
 
Love you all.
Bob
 
Subject: Avondale Park Herring Gull
From: "gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Aug 2014 12:24:42 -0700
I fed the Herring Gull a large can of wild-caught salmon at 1:30 pm today, 
August 8, 2014. He seems to be doing well, and pumped his wings vigorously 
after eating. -Ken Archambault, Homewood 
Subject: Re: Hummer Farm Report
From: "Jon Yoder jonyoder57 AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2014 08:55:42 -0500
Bob, You might feel a bit like the lady in the Bible as it says in Mark
5:26,
"and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that
she had and was no better, but rather grew worse."
Well, maybe you haven't spent all that you have, since you still have money
for hummers!  Sometimes that is the way it is with a lot of doctors, but I
can't feel too badly about it, since I am one.   But I am glad that you're
improving, whether slowly or not.  Interestingly enough, we finally have
hummers here in south Alabama, as of a week ago, but so far I have only
seen one at a time, and no battles for the two feeders as of yet....

Jon Yoder  Atmore, AL


On Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 7:29 AM, RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds] <
albirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
>  Here at our home in rural Clay, Alabama, Martha has a slowly increasing
> number of hummers at her many feeders. She is in charge of everything now
> including ME. How lucky can one man be!!!!!!!!!!!!
>
> I'm still pretty much confined to our home, as the slow healing process
> continues as predicted.  I do get to ride around a bit Martha or Donna when
> going to and from the doctors office.  I think I must have some 50 plus
> doctors as of today.  This is a cycle that I do nor recommend.  Take care
> of yourselves.
>
> Love  you all.  Thanks for all the wonderful cards and well wishing
> messages.
>
> Bless All
> Bob Sargent
>
>  
>
Subject: Re: Hummer Farm Report
From: "RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2014 08:33:21 -0400

 
In a message dated 8/8/2014 7:30:05 A.M. Central Daylight Time,  
albirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com writes:

 
 
 
Here at our home in rural Clay, Alabama, Martha has a slowly increasing  
number of hummers at her many feeders. She is in charge of  everything now 
including ME. How lucky can one man be!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
I'm still pretty much confined to our home, as the slow healing process  
continues as predicted.  I do get to ride around a bit Martha or  Donna when 
going to and from the doctors office.  I think I must  have some 50 plus 
doctors as of today.  This is a cycle that I do nor  recommend.  Take care of 
yourselves.
 
Love  you all.  Thanks for all the wonderful cards and well  wishing 
messages.
 
Bless All
Bob Sargent


Subject: Hummer Farm Report
From: "RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2014 08:29:58 -0400 (EDT)
Here at our home in rural Clay, Alabama, Martha has a slowly increasing  
number of hummers at her many feeders. She is in charge of  everything now 
including ME. How lucky can one man be!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
I'm still pretty much confined to our home, as the slow healing process  
continues as predicted.  I do get to ride around a bit Martha or  Donna when 
going to and from the doctors office.  I think I must have  some 50 plus 
doctors as of today.  This is a cycle that I do nor  recommend.  Take care of 
yourselves.
 
Love  you all.  Thanks for all the wonderful cards and well  wishing 
messages.
 
Bless All
Bob Sargent
Subject: Black-throated Green Warbler and Scarlet Tanager in Huntsville
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Aug 2014 06:48:56 -0700
The Black-throated Warbler visited three times a few days ago but this was only 
photo I was able to get of it. The Scarlet Tanager female was here yesterday 
and put on a show. 

Photos and a video of them #276-297  AT  Black-throated Green Warbler 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Feature/i-F37BHrT 

 
 http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Feature/i-F37BHrT 
 
 Black-throated Green Warbler 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Feature/i-F37BHrT Jerry 
Green, nature and sports photographer. Member of the Huntsville Photographic 
Society. http://www.huntsvillephotographicsociet... 

 
 
 
 View on gofish.smugmug.com 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Feature/i-F37BHrT 

 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
 

 They were at my water feature on Monte Sano in Huntsville.
 Jerry Green 

Subject: Need to find a substitute for a beginners bird walk
From: "Shirley Farrell shirfarr AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 11:55:42 -0500
Hello all!

Frank and I are scheduled to lead a beginner's bird walk at Landmark Park
in Dothan on Saturday, Aug 16, at 10:00 am. However, Frank is scheduled for
a second, cataract surgery on Thursday, Aug 14. We will not be able to lead
a bird walk since he must stay in dim light and I must make sure he follows
the Dr.s orders-no lifting, etc. *Is there anyone that can take over this
birdwalk for us?* Last year, we shared a PowerPoint of common AL birds and
then walked the boardwalk looking at birds, spiders, lizards, frogs, and
whatever else moved! Please email me for the contact info of the education
director. Thank you!

Frank and Shirley Farrell
Tyler, AL
Subject: Birmingham Audubon field trip to Greensboro catfish ponds
From: "gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Aug 2014 06:33:57 -0700
Hello All-

Saturday's Birmingham Audubon field trip to the Black belt region south of 
Greensboro featured pretty much all of the birds one would expect for that area 
at this season, plus a bonus bird. 


The scissor-tailed flycatchers were especially cooperative on Hale County Road 
9, where four adults and at least one fledgling were observed. A photograph of 
the youngster can be viewed here: 
https://www.facebook.com/BirminghamAudubon/photos/a.133884323342609.24963.101643196566722/746792862051749/?type=1&theater 


Other species seen today, included 5-6 swallow-tailed kites (most of these were 
at Red Bamberg Road and AL Hwy 61), a couple Mississippi kites, about two dozen 
wood storks seen in small numbers in a couple different sites and roughly 
100-125 American white pelicans observed in flight (mainly along AL Hwy 25 at 
CR 10). Also of note was a family of pied-billed grebes (2 adults + 4 
juveniles) at the northernmost pond at the Marion Fish Hatchery, a semipalmated 
plover at a large nearly dry pond on AL Hwy 183 and an adult bald eagle at 
Lakeland Farms. Several male ruddy ducks were also seen at various ponds. 


The bonus bird of the trip was a heard-only painted bunting at the AL Hwy 61 
bridge at Red Bamberg Road, where we also had two yellow warblers playing tag 
with each other. 


Take care all, Greg

 

Subject: terns
From: "andrew AT natsp.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Aug 2014 19:04:45 -0700
I compiled some photos of Sandwich Terns in juvenile plumage on DI over the 
last couple of weeks. These terns can easily present ID problems. Hopefully 
I'll be able to finish the series tomorrow, with slightly older - ie 
long-billed immatures - and an adult. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/organize/?start_tab=one_set72157646136198745 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/organize/?start_tab=one_set72157646136198745 


 

Subject: 2nd try-Video and photos of Black and White Warbler
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Aug 2014 18:36:25 -0700
Link did not work the first time.
 Photos and video #268-275  AT  Yard Birds and Water Feature 2014 - Jerry Green 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Feature/i-jdcHsDG 

 
 
 http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Feature/i-jdcHsDG 
 
 Yard Birds and Water Feature 2014 - Jerry Green 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Feature/i-jdcHsDG Jerry 
Green, nature and sports photographer. Member of the Huntsville Photographic 
Society. http://www.huntsvillephotographicsociet... 

 
 
 
 View on gofish.smugmug.com 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Feature/i-jdcHsDG 

 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
  
Subject: Video of a Black and White Warbler preening after a bath
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Aug 2014 18:28:58 -0700
This Black and White Warbler photographed on Monte Sano mountain in Huntsville. 

 Video and photos  AT  
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Feature/i-75c4StV/0/L/B%26W%20Warbler-3%201Aug2014-L.jpg 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Feature/i-75c4StV/0/L/B%26W%20Warbler-3%201Aug2014-L.jpg 

 
 
 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Feature/i-75c4StV/0/L/B%26W%20Warbler-3%201Aug2014-L.jpg 

 
 http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Fe... 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Feature/i-75c4StV/0/L/B%26W%20Warbler-3%201Aug2014-L.jpg 

 
 
 View on gofish.smugmug.com 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Yard-Birds-and-Water-Feature/i-75c4StV/0/L/B%26W%20Warbler-3%201Aug2014-L.jpg 

 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
 

 Jerry Green
 Huntsville 
Subject: Re: Avondale Park Herring Gull
From: "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 19:46:11 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
Hi Ken, et. al.,

I went by the park after work and found the gull loafing on the grounds near 
the amphitheater - thereby revealing the true identity of this Herring Gull 
wannabe: it's a Thespian Gull! Ha! 


All kidding aside, I did notice that it is starting to develop some stronger 
colors on its back and will attempt to get some photos on Sunday, when I am 
free enough to visit the park again. 


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


-----Original Message-----
>From: "Gregory J. Harber" 
>Sent: Aug 1, 2014 2:54 PM
>To: gm72125 AT bellsouth.net, albirds AT yahoogroups.com
>Subject: Re: [ALBIRDS] Avondale Park Herring Gull
>
>Hi Ken-
>
>I had planned on visiting the park after work and will check on the gull. 
Thanks for alerting us. 

>
>
>-----Original Message-----
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>From: "gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" 
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>To: albirds AT yahoogroups.com
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>Subject: [ALBIRDS] Avondale Park Herring Gull
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> I fed the Herring Gull a large can of salmon around12 Noon today, August 1, 
2014, which it readily started to eat. However, at 2:15pm I could not find the 
gull! I did not walk around the lake, but I had bins and did not see it on the 
far short near the rocks. Usually it's easy to see. Has anyone seen it after 
around 1pm today? If so, please post. Thank you. -Ken Archambault, Homewood 

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>gharber AT mindspring.com
>"It\s never too late to have a happy childhood."
>Tom Robbins


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Subject: FW: Event Speakers
From: "'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 17:29:34 -0500
Hi Joanne,

 

I am forwarding your message to albirds, a blog associated with AOS that 
reaches a lot of our members. Hopefully someone in your area will contact you. 
If not, let me know and I’ll see what I can do to help further. 


 

Regards,

 

Ken

 

From: j9sling AT charter.net [mailto:j9sling AT charter.net] 
Sent: Friday, August 01, 2014 3:09 PM
To: president AT aosbirds.org
Subject: Event Speakers

 

Good Afternoon, Ken.  I hope this note finds you well.

 

I have a general question. Does AOS have a roster of persons who might speak 
about birding to groups? I am trying to establish a few birding events in our 
area and at our library and am searching for speakers. Do you have any 
suggestions? 


 

Thanks for your time.

 

Joanne Ninesling

Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail

Alexander City AL

256-786-0541

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Subject: Re: Avondale Park Herring Gull
From: "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 14:54:46 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
Hi Ken-

I had planned on visiting the park after work and will check on the gull. 
Thanks for alerting us. 



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To: albirds AT yahoogroups.com

Subject: [ALBIRDS] Avondale Park Herring Gull
















 

 



  


    
      
      
 I fed the Herring Gull a large can of salmon around12 Noon today, August 1, 
2014, which it readily started to eat. However, at 2:15pm I could not find the 
gull! I did not walk around the lake, but I had bins and did not see it on the 
far short near the rocks. Usually it's easy to see. Has anyone seen it after 
around 1pm today? If so, please post. Thank you. -Ken Archambault, Homewood 


    
     

    
    


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


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Subject: Avondale Park Herring Gull
From: "gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Aug 2014 12:33:59 -0700
I fed the Herring Gull a large can of salmon around12 Noon today, August 1, 
2014, which it readily started to eat. However, at 2:15pm I could not find the 
gull! I did not walk around the lake, but I had bins and did not see it on the 
far short near the rocks. Usually it's easy to see. Has anyone seen it after 
around 1pm today? If so, please post. Thank you. -Ken Archambault, Homewood 
Subject: fall MOS meeting, with special guest Kevin Karlson
From: "Jason Hoeksema jason.hoeksema AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:51:14 -0500
Alabama birders,
The Mississippi Ornithological Society (MOS) will hold its *fall meeting*
in Greenwood, MS the weekend of September 19-21, 2014. We really hope
you'll consider a trip west to join us.  Our special guest will be
*photographer
and ID **expert Kevin Karlson* (co-author of The Shorebird Guide), who will
give presentations on the amazing lives and varieties of shorebirds
migrating through the Mississippi Delta, as well as his impressionistic
approach to bird identification. In addition, Kevin will lead an
interactive 1/2-day field workshop on Saturday to put shorebird
identification to practice and showcase Delta birding. Meeting events will
be scheduled for Friday evening through Saturday evening with field trips
Saturday and Sunday morning. During the weekend, we expect to find 14+
species of shorebirds (including American Avocets, Black-necked Stilts, and
their more cryptic cousins), along with thousands of waders (including Wood
Stork & Roseate Spoonbill), and migrant passerines. Delta birding can be
fantastic this time of year.

For *additional details* including speaker bio, lodging information, and
itinerary, please visit this page:
http://www.mississippiornithologicalsociety.com/fall_meeting_announcement.pdf

For online (or mail-in) meeting *registration*, please visit this webpage:
http://www.mississippiornithologicalsociety.com/FallMeeting.htm

Also: You can now *join MOS online*. MOS members will receive discounted
registration for this event, are eligible to register for a meet & greet
with Kevin Karlson on Sept. 19, and also will receive discounted
registration for future field trips led by Delta Wind Birds
 (who is co-sponsoring this fall MOS
meeting). To join MOS, please visit this webpage:
http://www.mississippiornithologicalsociety.com/Membership%20info.htm

We hope to see you in September!

best wishes,
Jason Hoeksema & J.R. Rigby
Oxford, MS
Subject: TVA Wetlands Trail this morning
From: "'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:41:24 +0000
Four birders met the sunrise on a cool (58F) morning in July...strange weather 
for sure, but I'm not fussing. Activity was up a little from our previous trip, 
but still nothing compared to fall migration. We did get the first sign of 
fall, however, with a female Cerulean Warbler lurking in the trees near the 
former Big Oak site. We only had four species of warblers (Black-and-White, 
Cerulean, Yellow and Yellow-throated) this morning. We tallied 28 species 
overall, 17 of which we did not have two weeks ago. Again, unless we get a cool 
August cold front, my next visit to the trail will be the last Friday in 
August. Here's today's totals: 


Great Egret-24, Eurasian Collared-Dove-1, Yellow-billed Cuckoo-1 heard only, 
Chimney Swift-3, Ruby-throated Hummingbird-1, Red-bellied Woodpecker-3, Downy 
Woodpecker-2, Eastern Kingbird-4, White-eyed Vireo-2, Red-eyed Vireo-1, N. 
Rough-winged Swallow-4, Tree Swallow-2, Barn Swallow-1, Carolina Chickadee-4, 
Tufted Titmouse-2, Carolina Wren-3, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher-14, American 
Robin-33, Black-and-White Warbler-1, Cerulean Warbler-1, Yellow Warbler-3, 
Yellow-throated Warbler-1, Eastern Towhee-1, Northern Cardinal-8, Indigo 
Bunting-5, Common Grackle-3, Brown-headed Cowbird-2, House Finch-4 


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: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher videos
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Jul 2014 19:31:17 -0700
Went to Alabama A&M for a little while this afternoon and made some videos and 
photos of the Scissor-tailed Flycatchers. Also saw 2 Bob White Quail and 3 
Kestrels. Turn on the sound and look at the videos full screen. 

 

 Videos and photos starting with # 73  AT  A&M Research 2014 - Jerry Green 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/AM-Research-2014/i-hxRgwmd 

 
 
 http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/AM-Research-2014/i-hxRgwmd 
 
 A&M Research 2014 - Jerry Green 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/AM-Research-2014/i-hxRgwmd Jerry Green, nature 
and sports photographer. Member of the Huntsville Photographic Society. 
http://www.huntsvillephotographicsociet... 

 
 
 
 View on gofish.smugmug.com 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/AM-Research-2014/i-hxRgwmd 

 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
  
Subject: Re: A hummer tidbit
From: "Don Wallace winepic AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:45:18 -0700
Why did it die? That would be a very important fact. It is well documented that 
they travel thousands of miles every year; the cause of death, if it can 
honestly be found, should be most important. 



Don Wallace

Afternoon Guys
On September14, 2012 MG and banded a Ruby-throated hummingbird in Rockport, 
TX.
 
On July 24, 2014 this bird was found dead in Quebec, Canada.  Total  miles 
apart roughly 2069 miles.  This stuff still blows me away.
 
There is a place for banders as field ornithologist.
 
Bob Sargent 
Subject: Another cool Wetlands Trail walk
From: "TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:15:22 -0400 (EDT)
We're once again getting an abnormally cool, low humidity front in Alabama 
(man, I love these types of summers!). Let's try again to catch some early 
migrants on the Wetlands Trail. I plan to spend a few hours out there Wednesday 
morning (7/30), starting again at 5:45 a.m. Maybe at least the local breeders 
are moving now and will be along the trail this time. Hope to see you there. 


Damien Simbeck
Killen, AL
Subject: Re: birds in north Florida
From: "'sszion AT juno.com' sszion@juno.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:16:07 GMT
Can you share where the Limpkin was in North Florida? Thanks, Stephen BruMobile 


---------- Original Message ----------
From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" 
 

To: "albirds AT yahoogroups.com" 
Subject: [ALBIRDS] birds in north Florida
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:16:24 -0e l700


 
Howdy birders! I wanted to share some photos of a few birds I took in north 
Florida with my 5 and 3 year old sons this last weekend. The Limpkin, Reddish 
Egret, Spoonbill and Iceland Gull were all lifers for me. The Painted Bunting I 
photographed was the first time I got keepers of one. Struck out on the 
Bachman's Sparrow I was after, still have never seen one. 

 I have many more photos I need to add to this gallery, and I need to label 
them too, just wanted to share with my fellow Alabama birders as soon as I got 
the chance. (: By the way, can anyone confirm that the gull is in fact an 
Iceland Gull? I will upload more photos of it later. Thanks! Birds in north 
Florida - charles grisham (natureshots) 

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From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:16:24 -0700
Howdy birders!

I wanted to share some photos of a few birds I took in north Florida with my 5 
and 3 year old sons this last weekend.  The Limpkin, Reddish Egret, Spoonbill 
and Iceland Gull were all lifers for me.  The Painted Bunting I photographed 
was the first time I got keepers of one.  Struck out on the Bachman's Sparrow 
I was after, still have never seen one.  



I have many more photos I need to add to this gallery, and I need to label them 
too, just wanted to share with my fellow Alabama birders as soon as I got the 
chance.  (: 


By the way, can anyone confirm that the gull is in fact an Iceland Gull?   I 
will upload more photos of it later.   Thanks! 


Birds in north Florida - charles grisham (natureshots)

  
             
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expanse of the heavens.” So God created...every living creature that moves, 
wit... 

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Subject: A hummer tidbit
From: "RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:11:29 -0400 (EDT)
Afternoon Guys
On September14, 2012 MG and banded a Ruby-throated hummingbird in Rockport, 
 TX.
 
On July 24, 2014 this bird was found dead in Quebec, Canada.  Total  miles 
apart roughly 2069 miles.  This stuff still blows me away.
 
There is a place for banders as field ornithologist.
 
Bob Sargent
Subject: Kites near Autaugaville and Lowndesboro
From: "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:49:50 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
Hey All-

Yesterday Birmingham Audubon members and guests ventured south in search of 
Mississippi and Swallow-tailed Kites on both sides of the Alabama River west of 
Prattville. Our first sighting was a lone Mississippi Kite circling above the 
US 82 bypass just south of the turn at AL Hwy 14 on the west side of town. This 
proved to be typical of the remainder of the morning - single birds flying just 
above treetop level in two other locations along Hwy 14 or the county roads 
that extend south from it to the river. We checked CR 29, 27, 50 and 41, and 
found species typical of that area and this time if year - in other words, 
hordes of Rough-winged Swallows, vultures and a smattering of egrets and herons 
flapping past. The rough-wings were especially noticeable along CR 21 in a 
field opposite the model airplane site. Hundreds were barely buzzing the ground 
as they fed. 


The south end of CR 21, at the large expanse of pasture, yielded no kites of 
either species but we did observe an Osprey flying above the trees in the 
distance as it followed the course of the river heading upstream (west to 
east). 


The home-style cooking at Chef Lee's in Autaugaville was on tap for lunch as 
our birding trip morphed into a rolling mini-economic development engine. When 
our group of 35+ people descended we pretty much filled the entire seating 
capacity. Those already seated there quickly finished and headed out the door. 
I'm pretty sure we depleted them of their fried catfish while topping off our 
internal tanks with refreshing sweet tea. 


We departed from there to the south side of the river, heading east on Hwy 14 
to US 31 south, turning right onto Hunter Loop Road once on the south side of 
the river and then following CR 54 (Old Selma Road) west to CR 40 (an unmarked 
right turn off CR 54). CR 40 turns left after crossing the railroad tracks and 
we followed it to the t-intersection with CR 29 north of Lowndesboro. We turned 
right here (away from the tracks) and followed CR 40 (aka Jones Bluff Road) 
about a mile to the wide westward bend in the road. Here we hit pay dirt in the 
form of two tractors cutting hay in the field on the north side of the road. 
I'd estimate there were 15 Swallow-tailed Kites and 30 Mississippi Kites 
working the scene, snatching insects out of the air in advance of the tractors. 
There are no shoulders on the road here so be wary of passing cars on this 
somewhat busy road as you scan the skies in search of kites. The scene we 
witnessed here pretty much explained the dearth of birds on the north side of 
the river; they are found wherever the action is - find a farmer cutting his 
hay and you'll likely find kites feeding. 


Following this we retraced our route east on CR 40 to the "ghost town" at 
Robinson's Switch. Those of you who remember birding the Woerner Turn Farm from 
years back will likely remember this collection of old wooden buildings 
gathered on either side of the road, adjacent to the railroad tracks. It's a 
site that always beg for a photography stop and a quiet moment as one strolls 
beneath the drapery of Spanish moss. Virginia Creeper, coated in a fine layer 
of clay the color of the South, cloaks the wooden boards - giving silent 
testimony to the small community that once breathed here. 


Our final birding destination was the gator farm near Grady, but not before our 
dinner at Red's Little Schoolhouse. Once again, Southern cooking ruled the 
place and was tasty as always. The hordes of egrets and herons returning the 
rookery is a spectacular sight. Mostly they are Cattle Egrets, but we did 
observe Little Blue Herons, White Ibises and Great Egrets among the masses. As 
has happened in the past, a splashing in the water or thrashing on the ground 
below the nest trees signaled the demise of another wayward nestling that 
strayed too far and met its fate in the jaws of a gator - a National Geographic 
moment in the heart of Alabama. 


Take care all,  Greg


Gregory J. Harber
Birmingham, AL
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Subject: Homewood Catbird Nest; Avondale Park Herring Gull
From: "gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Jul 2014 16:16:30 -0700
Saturday, July 26, 2014, 6pm: Adult Gray Catbird just brought young to suet. 
Seems rather late nesting, but I did not even observe them in the yard until 
2-3 weeks ago. Maybe other food sources were more available until recently? 
Parent bird feeding suet to yellow-gaped young near feeding stations. They only 
take the crumbly, NO-MELT suet if it's available, fyi. Perhaps result of second 
nesting attempt; they commonly have 2 broods. Incidentally, one was singing 
well this morning in the yard. 

 Yesterday mid-morning, I stopped by Avondale Park in Birmingham and fed some 
wild salmon to the Herring Gull. (It requested an omelet, but beggars can't be 
choosy.) The gull is looking good, and another birder reported seeing it fly a 
very short distance last week. Green Herons still on the island, where they had 
to have nested. A first there? -Ken Archambault, Homewood 
Subject: Re: lack of hummingbirds
From: "Jon Yoder jonyoder57 AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:57:00 -0500
Well, I checked with some friends who live here in Atmore, and they have
had hummers, so I don't know where they are in this neighborhood.  I will
wait until next week, when they should be here in abundance....


On Sat, Jul 26, 2014 at 9:48 AM, Rick movarick AT gmail.com [albirds] <
albirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> I've noticed an increase in hummingbird activity at my place near
> Enterprise over the past week. There is probably about a dozen competing
> for the feeders this week compared to roughly half that number last week.
>
> Rick Ingram, Enterprise, AL
>
>
> On Sat, Jul 26, 2014 at 8:02 AM, RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds] <
> albirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>>  Morning Guys
>> The soutbound hummers are here in Clay in expected numbers for
>> this calendar date.
>>
>> Yesterday Martha carted me into the wilderness (my carport) where we
>> watched good mix of adult and immature birds drain Martha's feeders.  She
>> has taken command of all phases of the care and feeding of birds.
>>
>> Despite some recent dents and dings, and home confinement, it's great to
>> wake up again each day.
>>
>> If you have any old prayers laying around, I would appreciate you using
>> them.
>>
>> Love you all.
>> Bob and Martha Sargent
>>
>>  In a message dated 7/26/2014 7:04:17 A.M. Central Daylight Time,
>> albirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com writes:
>>
>>
>>
>> i don't keep good records, but it seems like migrating hummingbirds are
>> stuck up in Central Alabama, trying to make sure Bob Sargent's heart valve
>> is functioning ok....I don't remember a year that they have been so late
>> getting down here....Normally when the hummingbird vine blooms, we have
>> birds in abundance, but there has been only 1 bird sighted here at our
>> place in the past 2 weeks, and that wasn't by me.  I do remember back
>> during Hurricane Erin, in the late 1990s, during the storm, that we had
>> hummingbirds everywhere on our back porch, and that was August 3rd, so I
>> know that timing is right to be seeing a lot of hummingbirds...so where are
>> they?  Please release them, Bob, if you are holding them for any nefarious
>> purpose, ok?
>>
>> Jon Yoder, Atmore, AL
>>
>>
>
>
> --
> ______________________________
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>
>
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>
>  
>
Subject: Re: lack of hummingbirds
From: "Rick movarick AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:48:56 -0500
I've noticed an increase in hummingbird activity at my place near
Enterprise over the past week. There is probably about a dozen competing
for the feeders this week compared to roughly half that number last week.

Rick Ingram, Enterprise, AL


On Sat, Jul 26, 2014 at 8:02 AM, RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds] <
albirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
>  Morning Guys
> The soutbound hummers are here in Clay in expected numbers for
> this calendar date.
>
> Yesterday Martha carted me into the wilderness (my carport) where we
> watched good mix of adult and immature birds drain Martha's feeders.  She
> has taken command of all phases of the care and feeding of birds.
>
> Despite some recent dents and dings, and home confinement, it's great to
> wake up again each day.
>
> If you have any old prayers laying around, I would appreciate you using
> them.
>
> Love you all.
> Bob and Martha Sargent
>
>  In a message dated 7/26/2014 7:04:17 A.M. Central Daylight Time,
> albirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com writes:
>
>
>
> i don't keep good records, but it seems like migrating hummingbirds are
> stuck up in Central Alabama, trying to make sure Bob Sargent's heart valve
> is functioning ok....I don't remember a year that they have been so late
> getting down here....Normally when the hummingbird vine blooms, we have
> birds in abundance, but there has been only 1 bird sighted here at our
> place in the past 2 weeks, and that wasn't by me.  I do remember back
> during Hurricane Erin, in the late 1990s, during the storm, that we had
> hummingbirds everywhere on our back porch, and that was August 3rd, so I
> know that timing is right to be seeing a lot of hummingbirds...so where are
> they?  Please release them, Bob, if you are holding them for any nefarious
> purpose, ok?
>
> Jon Yoder, Atmore, AL
>
>  
>



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Subject: Re: lack of hummingbirds
From: "RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:02:31 -0400 (EDT)
Morning Guys
The soutbound hummers are here in Clay in expected numbers for  this 
calendar date.
 
Yesterday Martha carted me into the wilderness (my carport) where we  
watched good mix of adult and immature birds drain Martha's feeders.  She  has 
taken command of all phases of the care and feeding of birds.
 
Despite some recent dents and dings, and home confinement, it's  great to 
wake up again each day.
 
If you have any old prayers laying around, I would appreciate you using  
them.
 
Love you all.
Bob and Martha Sargent  
 
 
In a message dated 7/26/2014 7:04:17 A.M. Central Daylight Time,  
albirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com writes:

 
 
 
i don't keep good records, but it seems like migrating  hummingbirds are 
stuck up in Central Alabama, trying to make sure Bob  Sargent's heart valve is 
functioning ok....I don't remember a year that they  have been so late 
getting down here....Normally when the hummingbird vine  blooms, we have birds 
in abundance, but there has been only 1 bird sighted  here at our place in 
the past 2 weeks, and that wasn't by me.  I do  remember back during Hurricane 
Erin, in the late 1990s, during the storm, that  we had hummingbirds 
everywhere on our back porch, and that was August 3rd, so I know that timing is 

right to be seeing a lot of hummingbirds...so where are  they?  Please 
release them, Bob, if you are holding them for any  nefarious purpose, ok?    


Jon Yoder, Atmore, AL



Subject: lack of hummingbirds
From: "Jon Yoder jonyoder57 AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 07:04:09 -0500
i don't keep good records, but it seems like migrating hummingbirds are
stuck up in Central Alabama, trying to make sure Bob Sargent's heart valve
is functioning ok....I don't remember a year that they have been so late
getting down here....Normally when the hummingbird vine blooms, we have
birds in abundance, but there has been only 1 bird sighted here at our
place in the past 2 weeks, and that wasn't by me.  I do remember back
during Hurricane Erin, in the late 1990s, during the storm, that we had
hummingbirds everywhere on our back porch, and that was August 3rd, so I
know that timing is right to be seeing a lot of hummingbirds...so where are
they?  Please release them, Bob, if you are holding them for any nefarious
purpose, ok?

Jon Yoder, Atmore, AL
Subject: Shorebirds on the move
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:43:54 -0500
Hi all,

 

               Lucy and I went to the Opal Bch mudflats this a.m., actually
she dropped me off since it's a mile walk from the nearest parking area. Had
11 spcs of shorebirds, including 2 Avocets, Pectoral, W., Semi-pal and Least
Sandpipers, S B Dowitchers, Gr. Yellowlgs, Piping & Wilson's Plovers, 2
Reddish Egrets and 4 Clappers walking around in the open. Meanwhile Lucy
went to the Navarre Sew. Treatment Plant and picked up a Stilt Sandpiper.
Lots of Black terns around as well. The boredom of summer coastal birding is
over!!

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle
Subject: Shorebirds on the move
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:43:54 -0500
Hi all,

 

               Lucy and I went to the Opal Bch mudflats this a.m., actually
she dropped me off since it's a mile walk from the nearest parking area. Had
11 spcs of shorebirds, including 2 Avocets, Pectoral, W., Semi-pal and Least
Sandpipers, S B Dowitchers, Gr. Yellowlgs, Piping & Wilson's Plovers, 2
Reddish Egrets and 4 Clappers walking around in the open. Meanwhile Lucy
went to the Navarre Sew. Treatment Plant and picked up a Stilt Sandpiper.
Lots of Black terns around as well. The boredom of summer coastal birding is
over!!

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle
Subject: Scissor-tailed Flycatchers at A&M today
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Jul 2014 17:34:39 -0700
We went to A&M this afternoon about 1:30 and had about an hour of low light 
before the storms moved in. There were several Scissor-tailed Flycatchers 
actively catching bugs. We followed a group of five that was close enough for 
photos that may have been a family. They stayed close together. 

 New photos # 62-71  AT  
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/AM-Research-2014/i-jmpXBgv 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/AM-Research-2014/i-jmpXBgv 

  
 Jerry Green
 Huntsville

Subject: B'ham Avondale Park: 7 Green Herons, Gull
From: "gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Jul 2014 06:42:59 -0700
This morning, Wednesday July 23, 2014 at 7:15 am, 7 GREEN HERON were easy to 
observe. 5 young were on the east margin of the island, all with lots of down 
left. 2 adults were perching in cypress trees between the pond and 5th Ave. 
South. Fish crow calling. 

 Gull (probably Herring Gull) ate a full can of sardines. If you visit, you 
might take a can of sardines, but I'd coordinate perhaps with Greg Harbor so 
effort won't be duplicated. I was glad I took plastic bags to dispose of the 
smelly can and lid. The gull seems to have a good appetite. It was perched atop 
the large rocks that are obvious at the margin of the pond. It immediately 
walked over and ate all the sardines quickly. 

 The little feeder stream should be good for dispersing / migrant passerines in 
the near future. Worth a look-see. 

  -ken archambault, homewood
Subject: Bluebirds
From: "David Dortch redfishdave AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:07:48 -0500
After 60 days off the island Carrie and I arrived back just in time to run
head on into the crowds that were here for the Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo on
Saturday. I don't have the time to explain why that was such a bad
idea...just take my word for it.

Today Don McKee and I checked all the Bluebird boxes at the golf course.
Some of the local folks have started mowing it again, with dreams of
reopening 9 holes as a "links" course, with holes sponsored by local
businesses. I'm not sure how that will work out, but it is much easier to
walk, (in snake-proof boots), on the golf course, when the grass has been
mowed.

Before we checked a single bird house we had to stop and count the Osprey.
Directly over the beach were 12 Osprey. They were all in our field of view,
right in front of us. In south Texas, along the coast we see big numbers of
Osprey like that during the winter, but they are fairly spread out. These
birds almost seemed like one big family. It was very nice to see.

We added 4 new boxes before we left in May, to replace the boxes which had
finally given up the ghost. It has been my experience that new boxes are
seldom used the first season, but we were pleased to find that 3 of the new
boxes had been used for at least one nest. The one that wasn't used was
harboring Tree Frogs and Palmetto bugs, so it wasn't exactly empty. The
full report is that every Bluebird Box on the golf course except for "frog
box" was utilized this year. That's a record! There was even a box on a
pole that had rusted in half. Someone had stuck the broken end in the
ground, which resulted in the Bluebird box being about 3 feet off the
ground. Don and I were sure that this box would be empty but, sure enough,
there was a good looking nest in the box! This was in spite of the box
being well within the reach zone of any of the feral cats that live on the
golf course. There was one box that had 3 clean, fertile looking eggs, that
we carefully left alone. The biggest surprise was a box with 4 nestlings in
pin feathers! I will try to find my notebook, but I don't remember ever
having a box with nestlings this late in the summer! I am still
suffering PTSD from my previous snake encounter. When I opened the box and
saw one chick move, its pinfeathers totally looked like scales.

Nice to be back. Getting to work on the Bottlebrush tomorrow!

David Dortch
Dauphin Island
Subject: more hummer photos
From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:39:58 -0700
Howdy

I wanted to share some more Hummingbird photos I took at home yesterday.  
These were taken in better light than before.  I hope you guys (and girls) and 
enjoy them (: 


Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, north Alabama - charles grisham (natureshots)

  
             
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Subject: RE: migration
From: "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:40:17 -0500 (GMT-05:00)




Subject: RE: migration
From: "lgardellabirds AT charter.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:30:51 -0400 (EDT)
I went out to Sprague Sod Farm this morning to see if we would catch a 
little shorebird migration.  We had enough rain to make enough puddles 
to make the farm worth checking.

According to ebird I hit the jackpot with 5 rarities and an 
unextpectedly large number of Little Blue Herons.  Don't know how rare 
Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs and Pectoral and Least Sandpipers really 
were, but I was surprised to see a Willet standing right next to a 
Greater Yellowlegs.  It was clearly taller and looked bulkier - as well 
as having a very different leg color.  76 Little Blue Herons was a 
pretty good number, too.

Larry Gardella
Montgomery, AL

On Sun, Jul 20, 2014 at 10:53 AM, andrew AT natsp.com [albirds] wrote:

    Nothing much happening down here on the island, first few migratory 
waders showing up, mainly Willets but a few Semipalmated Sandpipers, 
Half a dozen Snowy Plovers joined the single over summering bird last 
weekend. But I did read a report from a banding station in Veracruz, 
Mexico, that they caught 16 Orchard Orioles yesterday, all adults, so 
there's definitely some movement in the air. (Sorry about that.)

Cheers,

Andrew
DI
  
Subject: migration
From: "andrew AT natsp.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Jul 2014 08:53:52 -0700
Nothing much happening down here on the island, first few migratory waders 
showing up, mainly Willets but a few Semipalmated Sandpipers, Half a dozen 
Snowy Plovers joined the single over summering bird last weekend. But I did 
read a report from a banding station in Veracruz, Mexico, that they caught 16 
Orchard Orioles yesterday, all adults, so there's definitely some movement in 
the air. (Sorry about that.) 


Cheers,

Andrew
DI
Subject: Update on Avondale Park Herring Gull
From: "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:47:28 -0400 (EDT)
Hello All-

It's been a while since I have posted anything about the gull at Avondale Park 
here in Birmingham, but I am happy to report it appears to be doing well and 
"hanging in there." Ken Wills, Dick Mills and I (and possibly others, I am not 
sure) have been making a point of taking a tin of sardines to the park a couple 
times a week to feed to bird, to ensure that it is getting some semblance of a 
proper fish diet. The bird readily comes and feeds on the sardines when the tin 
is placed on the ground, and the good part is that the other birds (pigeons and 
various waterfowl) don't attempt to steal the sardines. 


The contour feathers appear to be recovering nicely, but I think it will be its 
next regular molt before the flight feathers show any noticeable improvement. 
On two occasions within the past week I have seen the bird take short - and I 
do mean short - flights as it attempts to cross small gaps between some of the 
boulders in the pond at the park and the adjacent shoreline. Also a good sign 
is that the bird is still somewhat hesitant to let people get too close. 


I have added four more photos to my Flickr album. One, from June 29th, was 
taken by Dick Mills, and the last three were taken by me late this afternoon. 
You can view them here, if you wish: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregharber/sets/72157644622951948/ 


Take care all,  Greg

Gregory J. Harber
Birmingham, AL
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Subject: Fort Morgan Fall Banding Session
From: "RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:53:17 -0400 (EDT)
Hey Guys
All the banding at Ft  Morgan this October will be done with our  regular 
fine crews.  Mr. Fred Bassett at Fhound  AT  aol.com will be in  charge.  He 
will of course work closely with Mr. Fred Moore who will  supervise the Stable 
area site.   
 
If you have questions contact Fred Bassett with your comments.
 
It seems apparent now that Martha and I will be reading emails to learn of  
the activities.
 
Remember, park only in authorized areas.  Don't forget to pay the  small 
entrance fee.  Watch where you walk since lots of snakes live  there.
 
Have much fun, Martha and I will miss seeing you all.
 
Bob Sargent
Clay, Alabama
Subject: Re: RFI re Archives Search?
From: "Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:55:47 -0400 (EDT)
Ken,

Looks like the "search groups" box at the top of the page executes a search of 
the archives. 


Jabiru: 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/albirds/search/messages?query=jabiru 

Flammulated: 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/albirds/search/messages?query=flammulated 


Thanks for asking...I didn't know this.

Steve McConnell
Hartselle, AL



-----Original Message-----
From: gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds] 
To: albirds 
Sent: Fri, Jul 18, 2014 1:20 pm
Subject: [ALBIRDS] RFI re Archives Search?


 


Hi, I was trying to look up something in the ALBirds archives, but don't see a 
button or other icon on ALBirds. Anyone know how to access the archives, or do 
they no longer exist? I was actually trying to look up the Flammulated Owl and 
the Mississippi Jabiru chasers, while comparing the records from Louisiana on 
both species. Slow day…. 

… Oh, to make my post somewhat relevant, I had a BARRED OWL presumably from 
the recently successful nesting, show up last night (July 17), just after 
sunset. It was probably the same bird from the morning, and definitely a young 
bird, still hunting from atop feeder poles. Watchout, Cardinals! GRAY CATBIRD 
still coming to suet today. -Ken Archambault, Homewood 




Subject: Ruby-throated Hummers in the rain
From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:43:59 -0700
Howdy birders,

Today after work it was raining and I just put some new hummingbird feeders out 
yesterday, so I finally got my camera out again, backed my truck up to my 
hummingbird feeders, and then hid in the camper shell with my 5 and 3 year old 
boys.  I love the light box effect of sunlight when it is raining.  I wanted 
to share these photos with you guys (:   I never noticed the orange and pink 
hues on the males before...I have presumed that it was either black or red, of 
course depending on the angle of the light.  



I hope yall enjoy them.   Oh also meant to say, if you guys notice faint 
blurry light streaks going down parts of the photo(s), those are raindrops 
lol.    Had to use a slow shutter speed, and didn't want to crank ISO above 
4000.  All of the shots are at f/5.6, which is as wide open as my set up gets. 


Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Rain, north Alabama - charles grisham 
(natureshots) 


  
             
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Rain, north Alabama -...
GENESIS 1-20-30 And God said, “...let birds fly above the earth across the 
expanse of the heavens.” So God created...every living creature that moves, 
wit... 

View on natureshots.smugmu... Preview by Yahoo  
  

God bless

 
Charles H. Grisham Jr.
Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 5585
Huntsville, AL  35814
Subject: Special Thank You To Albirds
From: "RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:25:25 -0400 (EDT)
Friends
I wish to take a moment to thank you all for your wonderful cards and  
letters.
 
Today, so far, has been my best since the long hospital stay.
 
I hope you are not offended, but I love you all.
 
God Bless my friends
Bob Sargent
Subject: RFI re Archives Search?
From: "gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Jul 2014 11:19:52 -0700
Hi, I was trying to look up something in the ALBirds archives, but don't see a 
button or other icon on ALBirds. Anyone know how to access the archives, or do 
they no longer exist? I was actually trying to look up the Flammulated Owl and 
the Mississippi Jabiru chasers, while comparing the records from Louisiana on 
both species. Slow day…. 

 … Oh, to make my post somewhat relevant, I had a BARRED OWL presumably from 
the recently successful nesting, show up last night (July 17), just after 
sunset. It was probably the same bird from the morning, and definitely a young 
bird, still hunting from atop feeder poles. Watchout, Cardinals! GRAY CATBIRD 
still coming to suet today. -Ken Archambault, Homewood 
Subject: Today's Wetlands trail walk
From: "'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:00:23 +0000
One birder joined me this morning for a pleasant but slow (bird-wise) walk on 
the Wetlands Trail. We ended with 21 species. I have not spent a lot of summer 
hours in this area, but the few trips I have made have been equally lacking in 
bird diversity. It's a great place for fall migrants, just not that good for 
nesting, I guess. Seen today were Cooper's Hawk-1, Rock Pigeon-2, Mourning 
Dove-2, Eastern Kingbird-3, White-eyed Vireo-3, Red-eyed Vireo-1, American 
Crow-1, Barn Swallow-1, Cliff Swallow-2, Carolina Wren-3, Blue-gray 
Gnatcather-9, American Robin-4, Northern Mockingbird-1, Swainson's Warbler-1 
(seen and heard; another unidentifiable bird was seen at the same location and 
may have been a mate), Yellow-throated Warbler-1, Yellow-breasted Chat-1, 
Eastern Towhee-2, Northern Cardinal-16, Blue Grosbeak-2, Indigo Bunting-2, 
Eastern Meadowlark-1. Barring any additional summer cold fronts, my next 
venture to the Wetlands Trail will be the first weekly walk of the fall, August 
29. 


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: Common Gallinule, Anhinga
From: "SueMoske AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:47:02 -0400 (EDT)
This morning I went to Blackwell Swamp in Madison County to check on the pair 
of Anhingas seen recently. The male was perched on the usual cluster of 
submerged branches, but I spotted a Common Gallinule, which is also rare around 
here. 


The gallinule is also at the south swamp overlook, but you will not see it 
without a telescope. The lily pads it was walking on are all across the water, 
and it was up against the opposite shore. 


The post breeding wanderers are also starting to arrive. There were eight 
species of herons and egrets in the vicinity. 


Sue Moske
Huntsville, AL
Subject: Chandler Mountain Waxwings
From: "RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:35:43 -0400 (EDT)
Albirders
Below is a snippet of an email from Bill and Jody on Chandler.:
 
As most of you are already aware  Cedar Waxwing nests are tough ones  to 
find.  Jody and Bill, thanks for sharing the news of this 2014  occurrence. 
 
Bob Sargent
Clay, Alabama
 

 
Hello, to both of you!  Hope Bob is feeling more nearly like his old  self. 
 We are hoping to get down for a brief visit, but will wait until  Bob is 
feeling stronger.  
Also wanted to let you folks know, we have Cedar Wax wings nesting  once 
again in our front yard.  They have chosen one of the trees nearer  to the 
road, and it has been a really fun thing to watch.  These 2 are  highly 
secretive, unlike the two previous nestings. They have concealed their nest in 

very thick cover, both above and beneath.  I had spotted  them several weeks 
back, with a lot of activity and 4 birds.   But  suddenly they were all gone, 
or so I thought, because I never saw them in the  yard or heard them.  But 
then one day last week, we were sitting out in  the back yard with our 
chairs facing the road, and we spotted 2 of them going  back and forth to the 
same tree, and I was able to spot the nest. Thought this would be of interest 

to you.  We love watching them.   
We do so hope for health to return to our "bald headed"  (his monicker, not 
mine)  friend soon, and for strength for you,  Martha, our dear friend.  
You both are very precious to us.  Love  and prayers coming your way.
Jody g 


Subject: Homewood L. Waterthrush, Barred Owl, etc.
From: "gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Jul 2014 07:31:16 -0700
Thursday, July 17, 2014, 9:20 am in Homewood backyard: A fine and possibly 
migrant LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH adult investigated the bird feeder stations at 
length and was uncharacteristically sedentary, perching on wires and cables 
above feeder poles, apparently curious about the activity of other passerines. 
Perfectly plumaged bird allowed prolonged study of sidewise tail-wagging, 
flared-at-the-rear supercilium, and immaculate white throat. Don't think I've 
ever seen one perch for so long and completely in the open. 

 

 At 6:15 am also in my backyard, a young BARRED OWL (no down at all, but 
perhaps bill brighter yellow than an adult's) was out hunting late, and 
stationed on an elevated tray feeder, arousing interest from the House Finches 
and Northern Cardinals. 

 

 A slight up-tick in hummingbird numbers began yesterday and continues today. 
One nice male was welcome. Bob Sargent would probably advise everyone to 
CLUSTER YOUR HUMMINGBIRD FEEDERS to attract maximum numbers. I have 13 feeders 
up right now. 

 

 For the past week, a GRAY CATBIRD has been coming to my suet feeders. It's 
been several years since I've had catbirds taking suet here. -Ken Archambault, 
Homewood 

 

Subject: RE: Scissor-tailed Flycatchers in the Black Belt
From: "cgrishamlaw cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 05:28:21 -0500
Good read!  Thanks for the information (;


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: "sylvilagus8 AT yahoo.com [albirds]"
Date:07/16/2014 10:03 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: albirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Scissor-tailed Flycatchers in the Black Belt
I was in Tuscaloosa County when I finished field work today and decided to make a run through the Black Belt on the return trip to Auburn. Scissor-tailed flycatchers were present at multiple spots. They have returned to the catfish farm on Red Bamberg Rd at the same location they have been the past few years. I also found a pair on Gasline Rd just west of Alabama 61 in Hale County. Coordinates were 32.50356 -87.53055. The other location I spotted one was a male sitting on a power line in Perry County along Alabama 183 north of Red Bamberg Rd (coordinates 32.5472 -87.46999). There also were two Red-tailed Hawks soaring at this location; one normal color pattern and one a dark morph. Cheers, Michael Barbour
Subject: Scissor-tailed Flycatchers in the Black Belt
From: "sylvilagus8 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Jul 2014 20:03:41 -0700
I was in Tuscaloosa County when I finished field work today and decided to make 
a run through the Black Belt on the return trip to Auburn. Scissor-tailed 
flycatchers were present at multiple spots. They have returned to the catfish 
farm on Red Bamberg Rd at the same location they have been the past few years. 
I also found a pair on Gasline Rd just west of Alabama 61 in Hale County. 
Coordinates were 32.50356 -87.53055. The other location I spotted one was a 
male sitting on a power line in Perry County along Alabama 183 north of Red 
Bamberg Rd (coordinates 32.5472 -87.46999). There also were two Red-tailed 
Hawks soaring at this location; one normal color pattern and one a dark morph. 

 

 Cheers,
 Michael Barbour

Subject: Cool July birding
From: "TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:10:01 -0400 (EDT)
A few weeks ago, we benefited from a "once in a lifetime" July cold front, lows 
in the upper 50's, highs in the lower 80's and low humidity...not a typical 
Alabama summer. Unfortunately, I had plans for the Holiday weekend and didn't 
get to do any birding under those conditions. Now, we get another "once in a 
lifetime" July cold front and I'm going birding. It will require an early start 
due to work commitments later in the morning, but I plan to walk the TVA 
Wetlands Trail tomorrow morning before work. If anyone wants to join me, meet 
me at the former Wetlands Lab (Complex F) at 5:45 in the morning. We'll see if 
these fronts have brought in any early season migrants. 


Damien Simbeck
Killen, AL
Subject: New trail coming for Limestone County
From: "'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:23:00 +0000
I am currently overseeing the construction of a new walking trail on some TVA 
land along the Elk River in Limestone County (about 11 miles northwest of 
Athens). The land currently is managed under our (TVA) agricultural use 
program. It consists of two hay fields (appr. 35 acres), riparian forest, 
wildlife management strips and a forested wetland (appr. 5 acres). In recent 
years, beavers have been active, blocking various drainages on the property, 
and now there is a 15+ acre beaver pond (flooded timber, open water and 
ephemeral/shrub-scrub wetland) on the property. We are now building a walking 
trail (just over 1 mile in length, handicapped accessible) which will include 
1100 feet of elevated boardwalk through the beaver pond. The remaining trail 
will be packed gravel, meandering along the edges of the hay fields, adjacent 
to the wildlife strips and riparian vegetation. Currently, this phase of the 
project is planned for completion by the end of August and we will have an 
official public opening on National Public Lands Day, September 27, 2014. I am 
planning to start the "opening" ceremonies with a bird walk on the trail, and 
would love to see a crowd of birders join me. Tentatively mark your calendars 
for a 6:30 a.m. start on September 27. I will send more details, including 
directions to the site, when we have more definite plans for the day. I think 
this trail will become a great birding site for the area (cattail marsh, shrub 
thickets, weedy field edges, forests...lots of habitats for lots of birds). 
Future plans also include conversion of some (all?) of the hay fields into 
native warm season grasslands, building piers into the adjacent river 
embayments to provide views of the open water and wetland vegetation and use of 
prescribed burns to maintain weedy/scrub conditions in an abandoned hay field 
adjacent to the beaver pond. Hope to see you on September 27. 


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: FW: birdwatching talk for Kiwanis
From: "'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:55:33 -0500
Hi Wayne,

Am forwarding your request to Albirds, the AOS blog, about finding a
speaker.  Hopefully someone will be in touch.  If not let me know as I might
be able to do it or find someone else who can.  Fellow birders, hope someone
out there can help Wayne find a speaker :).

Cheers,

Ken

-----Original Message-----
From: wayne [mailto:wayne4386 AT att.net] 
Sent: Monday, July 14, 2014 4:42 PM
To: bustmilo AT knology.net
Subject: birdwatching talk for Kiwanis

Hello,
     I am a member of the Sheffield Kiwanis cluband looking for a speaker
for july 30th at noon.
     I thought a presentation on bird watching would be great.  I wondered
if you knew someone in the shoals that could do a presentation for me. Thank
you for your help!
Wayne Springer
256-412-2946
wayne4386 AT att.net





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Subject: Good News on Limestone Park Dirt Pile
From: "Memontei AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Jul 2014 18:58:09 -0700
Hello all
  
 Members of the Birmingham Audubon Society's Conservation Committee and 
Executive Director Suzanne Langley had a very positive meeting with the City of 
Alabaster officials on July 10 concerning the large dirt pile at Limestone 
Park. The good news is the only area to be filled with dirt will be a space 
immediately below the trailer park where a small levee is to be rebuilt to 
protect the trailers from flooding. This levee will, most likely, make the 
snipe meadow wetter. The areas behind the dirt piles (which includes the snipe 
habitat and Atamasco lilies) were never proposed for filling. I personally 
thank God for that blessing and the other blessings that came out of this 
meeting. The city officials said too much dirt had been brought to the site 
without their authorization and that they would need only a few truck loads for 
the levee and community garden soil enrichment. They have already had the 
asphalt debris removed and told us that much of the remaining dirt will be 
trucked out of the park. The city seems very committed to working with the 
Birmingham Audubon Society to maintain the special grassland and wetland 
habitats of Limestone Park. We will keep you updated as things progress in 
Limestone Park. 

 Enjoy and Conserve the Creation,
  
 Ken Wills
 Limestone Park Project Leader & Conservation Committee Member
  
 For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life,---Look at the 
birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet 
your heavenly Father feeds them. 

 Mathew 6:25-26
 
Subject: Re: Purple Martin Monday
From: "Jon Yoder jonyoder57 AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 07:22:05 -0500
Harold, my last purple martin fledglings have left the gourds, so now I
just have visitors in the mornings, as they come back to visit and see the
"old home place."  It is always sad to see them leave, after having them
here for 5 months of the year.  So this time of year, they gather in large
roosts at night, usually in some public place, and then disperse out in the
mornings to do their foraging, etc.  You can see this on radar in the
mornings, if you look at composite loop on any local radar.  There will be
expanding rings that represent these flocks of birds as they fly out in the
am.  Right now, our radar shows rings coming from Pensacola and Brewton
every morning.  I haven't checked this year, but usually the roost in
Brewton is at the Container Corporation plant, and in Pensacola is on the
Bay Bridge...but there will be thousands of birds in these locations every
evening...Jon Yoder Atmore, AL


On Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 8:36 PM, Harold Peterson pinkfloyd137 AT yahoo.com
[albirds]  wrote:

>
>
> We were just on University Drive in Huntsville near the Target shopping
> center and saw no less than 1000 Purple Martins, mostly south of the road.
>
> -Harold Peterson
> Huntsville, AL
>
>  
>
Subject: Dirt piles at Limestone Park
From: "Memontei AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Jul 2014 23:07:25 -0700
Hello all,
  
 I have not figured out how to reply to the group with this new albirds system 
so I had to start a new topic. 

  
 In regards to the dirt piles at Limestone Park, Birmingham Audubon folks have 
communicated with the mayor and city manager. We have been told there are no 
plans to place the dirt in the regulated wetlands. However, they will be 
placing the dirt in portions of what could be called the uplands of the park to 
reduce flooding of some neighboring properties. A group of us from Birmingham 
Audubon will be meeting with the city manager on site later this week in the 
hopes of working with them to minimize impacts. I will let the group know what 
comes out of the meeting. 

  
 Enjoy and Conserve the Creation,



 Ken Wills 
  
For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life,---Look at the 
birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet 
your heavenly Father feeds them. 

 Mathew 6:25-26


  
Subject: Purple Martin Monday
From: "Harold Peterson pinkfloyd137 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 18:36:53 -0700
We were just on University Drive in Huntsville near the Target shopping center 
and saw no less than 1000 Purple Martins, mostly south of the road. 


-Harold Peterson
Huntsville, AL