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Smith0s Longspur,©Barry Kent Mackay

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]" ]
7 Jul Re: Not Yet Dead ["Jon Yoder jonyoder57 AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
7 Jul Not Yet Dead ["RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
7 Jul No Yellow Warbler but------- ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" ]
7 Jul No Yellow Warbler but------- ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
7 Jul Limestone Park - construction/earth moving - what's going on? ["'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" ]
06 Jul Anhinga photos and a video plus an Alligator photo from today at Blackwell Swamp ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
04 Jul Anhinga still at Blackwell Swamp ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
1 Jul Anhingas, Blackwell Swamp, Wheeler NWS ["Neill Cowles neill.cowles AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
28 Jun Nesting Anhingas Confirmed in Saginaw Swamp ["Memontei AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
25 Jun FW: Wiregrass Area Birding ["'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" ]
25 Jun White-cheeked Pintail still at Brahan Spring Park ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
23 Jun Red-breasted Merganser at Short Creek near Guntersville ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
22 Jun RE: Cattle Egret eating a frog ["cgrishamlaw cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
22 Jun Cerulean Warbler ["cgrishamlaw cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
22 Jun Cattle Egret eating a frog ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
22 Jun Scissor-tailed flycatcher ["sylvilagus8 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
22 Jun Lesser Scaup at Town Creek Marsh ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
22 Jun Re: Alder Flycatcher, County Road 27, Jackson County ["'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" ]
22 Jun Re: Alder Flycatcher, County Road 27, Jackson County ["'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" ]
22 Jun Alder Flycatcher, County Road 27, Jackson County ["'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" ]
20 Jun Peregrine Nest Cam ["gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
18 Jun Homewood 4 Barred Owls in Yard ["gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
17 Jun Hummers in Clay, Alabama ["RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
16 Jun Least Bitterns, Prothonotary and Chuck-will's-widows ["Memontei AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
15 Jun Bufflehead Duck at Guntersville ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
15 Jun Re: Homewood Barred Owl Takes Squirrel ["RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
15 Jun Homewood Barred Owl Takes Squirrel ["gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
13 Jun FW: Purple Martin Banding ["'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" ]
12 Jun Limestone Park 6/11 ["phfranklin36 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
11 Jun Scarlet tanager in west Opelika ["jjoal AT att.net [albirds]" ]
11 Jun Short Notice ["wareaglebirder AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
09 Jun Limestone Park - 6/09 ["phfranklin36 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
07 Jun Homewood Barred Owl ["gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
7 Jun FW: 2014 CAPE COD BIRD FESTIVAL ANNOUNCEMENT ["'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" ]
6 Jun Re: Re: [BAS Birding] Mystery Gull at Avondale Park in Birmingham, AL ["Rick Remy rickremy AT hotmail.com [albirds]" ]
6 Jun More on Avondale Park mystery gull ["'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" ]
06 Jun Homewood Barred, Y-C N-Herons, Kingfisher ["gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
6 Jun BBS for southern Talladega county (Sylacauga to Childersburg) ["Fred Carney carney.fred AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
06 Jun Summer Tanager ["wareaglebirder AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
6 Jun Re: [BAS Birding] Additional gull photos; looks like Ring-billed to me ["Memontei AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
6 Jun Re: Re: [BAS Birding] Mystery Gull at Avondale Park in Birmingham, AL ["'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" ]
6 Jun Re: Re: [BAS Birding] Mystery Gull at Avondale Park in Birmingham, AL ["Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
6 Jun Wilson Lock access ["'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" ]
6 Jun Additional gull photos; looks like Ring-billed to me ["'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" ]
6 Jun Re: [BAS Birding] Mystery Gull at Avondale Park in Birmingham, AL ["Ken Wills Memontei AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
5 Jun Mystery Gull at Avondale Park in Birmingham, AL ["'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" ]
05 Jun DI ["andrew AT natsp.com [albirds]" ]
05 Jun Request info on Wilson Dam locks access. ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
4 Jun Mississippi Kites in Talledega County ["Dana Hamilton stan_dana_h AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
02 Jun Two Least Bitterns Confirmed at Limestone Park ["Memontei AT aol.com [albirds]" ]

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)

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

View on natureshots.smugmu... Preview by Yahoo  
  
 
 
Charles H. Grisham Jr.
Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 5585
Huntsville, AL  35814
Subject: 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
gharber AT mindspring.com
"It\s never too late to have a happy childhood."
Tom Robbins


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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
Subject: Re: Not Yet Dead
From: "Jon Yoder jonyoder57 AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 18:49:59 -0500
Glad you are still around, Bob!  And cow parts are better than no parts at
all.  Moooo!

Jon Yoder
Atmore, AL


On Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 5:26 PM, RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds] <
albirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
>  Fellow Albirders
> The rumor of my recent demise was only a rumor.  I have been undergoing
> some surgeries and associated treatments.
>
> Since the news is now public,I was being treated for a number of health
> issues. including a couple of heart issues and some other stuff.
>
> Since I am now wearing some bovine body parts, I did notice that yesterday
> that riding home the smell of freshly mowed pasture grass was overwhelming.
>
> Thank you for the sudden influx of get-well cards and your outpouring of
> prayers on my behalf of Martha and me.
>
> Love you all guys.
>
> Bob Sargent
>
> .
>
>  
>
Subject: Not Yet Dead
From: "RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 18:26:56 -0400 (EDT)
Fellow Albirders
The rumor of my recent demise was only a rumor.  I have been  undergoing 
some surgeries and associated treatments.
 
Since the news is now public,I was being treated for a number of  health  
issues. including a couple of heart issues and some other  stuff.
 
Since I am now wearing some bovine body parts, I did notice that yesterday  
that riding home the smell of freshly mowed pasture grass was  overwhelming.
 
Thank you for the sudden influx of get-well cards and your outpouring  of 
prayers on my behalf of Martha and me.
 
Love you all guys.
 
Bob Sargent 
 
.
Subject: No Yellow Warbler but-------
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 08:38:17 -0500
Hi all,

 

               Well, I made my usual neighborhood walk this morning and did
not find any Yellow Warblers, but there was some compensation, a big billed,
yellow undersided bird with an olive/gray head and notched tail on an
exposed perch in a neighbor's yard - a Tropical/Couch's Kingbird! As usual,
it did not call. This is the 11th local record of the complex, along with
one Tropical and one Couch's. July is looking good for birding thus far!

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle
Subject: No Yellow Warbler but-------
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 08:38:17 -0500
Hi all,

 

               Well, I made my usual neighborhood walk this morning and did
not find any Yellow Warblers, but there was some compensation, a big billed,
yellow undersided bird with an olive/gray head and notched tail on an
exposed perch in a neighbor's yard - a Tropical/Couch's Kingbird! As usual,
it did not call. This is the 11th local record of the complex, along with
one Tropical and one Couch's. July is looking good for birding thus far!

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle
Subject: Limestone Park - construction/earth moving - what's going on?
From: "'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 12:24:55 +0000
Question about Limestone Park... yesterday when traveling back from the coast, 
we had to detour on US 31 to avoid a traffic delay on I 65. As we drove by 
Limestone Park, I saw what appeared to be many truckloads of earth that had 
been dumped in the park. By the looks of it, i would guestimate there were 
between 20-30 dumptruck loads, but i couldn't get a careful look nor did i have 
time to go investigate. Does anyone know what's going on? My greatest fear is 
that they are planning to fill in the wetlands. 



scot
Subject: Anhinga photos and a video plus an Alligator photo from today at Blackwell Swamp
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Jul 2014 19:20:21 -0700
We arrived at Blackwell Swamp about 1:45 today. Both birds were there and posed 
for us. Also saw an Alligator there that just stayed low in the water. 

 Unusual Sightings by Friends and Me. - Jerry Green 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Unusual-Sightings-by-Friends/i-JdMbVD3 


 
 
 http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Unusual-Sightings-by-Friends/i-JdMbVD3 
 
 Unusual Sightings by Friends and Me. - Jerry Green 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Unusual-Sightings-by-Friends/i-JdMbVD3 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/Unusual-Sightings-by-Friends/i-JdMbVD3 

 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
 

 

 More photos and a video  AT  
 

 http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Unusual-Sightings-by-Friends/i-Vf4nkBN 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Unusual-Sightings-by-Friends/i-Vf4nkBN 


 

 Jerry Green
 Huntsville
 

Subject: Anhinga still at Blackwell Swamp
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Jul 2014 19:50:39 -0700
We saw one Anhinga at Blackwell swamp at about 1:30 4 July.
 Photo  AT  Anhinga 4 July at Blackwell Swamp, Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Unusual-Sightings-by-Friends/i-cD8MJhZ 

 
 
 http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Unusual-Sightings-by-Friends/i-cD8MJhZ 
 
 Anhinga 4 July at Blackwell Swamp, Wheeler National ... 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Unusual-Sightings-by-Friends/i-cD8MJhZ Jerry 
Green, nature and sports photographer. Member of the Huntsville Photographic 
Society. http://www.huntsvillephotographicsociet... 

 
 
 
 View on gofish.smugmug.com 
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 Huntsville
Subject: Anhingas, Blackwell Swamp, Wheeler NWS
From: "Neill Cowles neill.cowles AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2014 23:31:42 -0500
Beth and I made a couple of short trips to Blackwell Swamp in the past week
and found anhingas both times. There is a male in full breeding plumage
that was seen on both trips and a female that was seen on only the first.
Both times we found them on a log visible from the pullout just before the
gate if you come straight in on Jolly B Road. Have breeding anhingas ever
been documented there before?
We also had a pair of Lark sparrows on both days on County Line Road
between Swancott and Jolly B Roads.

Neill Cowles
Athens
Subject: Nesting Anhingas Confirmed in Saginaw Swamp
From: "Memontei AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Jun 2014 16:12:49 -0700
Hello all,
  
 Dick Mills and I were out at Limestone Park this morning for an informal 
workday which included cleaning out vegetation from around the platform. After 
we finished the work, we did some birding which included seeing two least 
bitterns and singing prothonotarys. A walk on the raised transportation way 
which bisects Saginaw Swamp (of which Limestone Park is a part) revealed a very 
active Great Egret rookery full of young bird chatter. This rookery of Great 
Egrets and Great Blues has been active for years. While we were looking at the 
nests I spotted an adult anhinga leaving a nest with two almost fledged baby 
anhingas on the nest. The fuzzy golden color of the bird's necks make them 
stand out as babies. They started moving about the tree testing their wings. 
Dick may go back and get some photos tomorrow. We have all suspicioned anhingas 
nested in Saginaw and other tu pelo swamps in south central Shelby county, but 
I think this is the first proof of anhingas nesting here. If you need 
directions to view the birds email me privately. 

 The rookery and the heart of Saginaw Swamp lie on a large tract of unprotected 
private land, and Birmingham Audubon has been trying to make contact with the 
absentee landowner with little success so far. If we can make contact and 
determine if the landowner would be willing to sell to a conservation entity we 
will keep you posted on how you can help. 




 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
 
 
 P.S. Our fire ant treatments appear at to have eliminated over 90 percent of 
the mounds in the treated tall grass area. Hopefully that will help ground 
nesting birds and other wildlife. 



Subject: FW: Wiregrass Area Birding
From: "'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:35:04 -0500
Hi Bence,

I am forwarding your email to our Albirds blog to see if we can find someone
who can assist.  Good luck.

Ken

-----Original Message-----
From: Bence Carter [mailto:carterjo AT onid.oregonstate.edu] 
Sent: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 11:49 AM
To: president AT aosbirds.org
Subject: Wiregrass Area Birding

Mr. Ward,

My name is Bence Carter and I am currently an ECampus Student at Oregon
State living in Dothan, AL. I am taking an Ornithology Class this term that
requires me to have a bird watching outing with an experienced birder. Do
you know of anyone in the Wiregrass Area that I could reach out to and might
be willing to assist? Thank you in advance for your time.

Regards,

J. Bence Carter, Jr.
carterjo AT onid.oregonstate.edu
Phone:  (334) 477-0320



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Subject: White-cheeked Pintail still at Brahan Spring Park
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Jun 2014 19:51:39 -0700
The White-cheeked Pintail is still at Brahan Spring Park with its "family."
 
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 Huntsville
Subject: Red-breasted Merganser at Short Creek near Guntersville
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Jun 2014 19:58:35 -0700
This Red-breasted Merganser was preening on a rock at Short Creek near 
Guntersville. As we approached in the boat it just swam off and dived under 
water. When we came back a couple of hours later it swam off again. It may not 
be able to fly which may be the reason it is still here in June. 

 
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 This is the third duck that we have seen in the last few weeks that should not 
be here now. 

 

 Jerry Green
 Huntsville
Subject: RE: Cattle Egret eating a frog
From: "cgrishamlaw cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2014 22:02:39 -0500
Nice shot Jerry!



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Date:06/22/2014 9:15 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: albirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Cattle Egret eating a frog
Saturday I was at Leighton Ponds and saw this Cattle Egret eating a frog in the flooded fields. http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Wheeler-and-Wilson-Dams-2014/i-jJBKRZP/0/L/Cattle%20Egret%20with%20frog-2%2021Jun2014-L.jpg http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Wheeler-and-Wilson-Dams... View on gofish.smugmug.com Preview by Yahoo http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Wheeler-and-Wilson-Dams-2014/i-Qq6G3wd/0/L/Cattle%20Egret%20with%20frog-2a%2021Jun2014-L.jpg
Subject: Cerulean Warbler
From: "cgrishamlaw cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2014 21:28:54 -0500
Hey fellow birders!  I wanted to report that I heard a Cerulean Warbler last 
Thursday in Madison County.  It was in the Berry Hill / Riverwalk community 
high in a tree about 20 feet from the Flint River.  This community is off of 
Winchester Road just north of Bell Factory Rd.  The habitat where I was at is 
wild with plenty of very large trees...lots of Sycamore and River Burches. 
 Does anybody know if hearing one this time of year is any indication that it 
might be nesting around there?   It was singing for a very long time for any 
warbler, wasn't just a random call out of nowhere lol.  I never could see the 
bird, no question though,  it was a Cerulean.  Thanks! 



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Subject: Cattle Egret eating a frog
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Jun 2014 19:15:39 -0700
Saturday I was at Leighton Ponds and saw this Cattle Egret eating a frog in the 
flooded fields. 

 
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Subject: Scissor-tailed flycatcher
From: "sylvilagus8 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Jun 2014 13:20:28 -0700
Greetings,

I spent a few days earlier this week conducting surveys for southeastern pocket 
gophers. While out Wednesday, I spotted a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on Alabama 
Highway 87 in Coffee County (coordinates 31.629283 -85.975167). The bird was 
sitting on the power line just north of Ernie's Tavern. It was an adult male 
that flew off shortly after I stopped. 


Later in the day, I passed a Cattle Egret rookery on Alabama Highway 10 between 
Brundidge and Clio at the Pea River (Coordinates 31.71625 -85.713617). There 
were several hundred birds, mostly Cattle Egrets but with a few Snowy Egret, 
Little Blue Heron, and White Ibis also present. 


Regards,
Michael Barbour
 

Subject: Lesser Scaup at Town Creek Marsh
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Jun 2014 10:46:37 -0700
This Lesser Scaup was Town Creek Marsh on 21 June.
 Jerry Green
 Huntsville
 
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Subject: Re: Alder Flycatcher, County Road 27, Jackson County
From: "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2014 12:15:46 -0500 (GMT-05:00)




Subject: Re: Alder Flycatcher, County Road 27, Jackson County
From: "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2014 12:14:55 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
Hello All-

Back and ready to add some more details, plus respond to comments I received 
via the list and privately. 


Prior to seeing the flycatcher, I had seen a fledgling chickadee multiple times 
as it moved through the canopy so I think that may have "colored" my 
expectation that the flycatcher was also a fledgling at first, but in 
retrospect the plumage of this bird was clean and smooth (no unsightly, unruly 
down feathers poking through the smooth veneer!), and the wing bars were 
definitely white. So this would point toward an adult bird. I realized this 
even as I was looking at the bird once it flew across the road and I saw it in 
better, more even light. 


Not one to ignore habitat clues... although the wooded slope and typical 
riparian habitat would lend support to Acadian (my first inclination before the 
bird vocalized), across the creek from where we stood, it was apparent from the 
amount of sunlight reaching the ground as seen through the tree and brush 
vegetation nearest us that the far side of the creek had to be more open 
habitat - even though we could not see this directly. A check of Google 
Earth/Maps reveals that indeed the east side of the creek where we were 
standing is open terrain, either pasture or crops. Guides report that Alder 
Flycatchers prefer wet thickets, and that would certainly describe the Larkin 
Fork of the Paint Rock River where it passes through the pastures that are 
plentiful in the valley. In this case, the west bank where we stood was 
deciduous forest and the east side more open terrain. Perhaps the activity of 
the small flock of foraging birds enticed it across the river? Don't know for 
sure, but when we returned to our cars the bird was on the east side of the 
road immediately above the west side of the river. Probably less than 25-30 
yards away was habitat more suitable to the species. 


Given the season of the year, the possibility of this being a breeding bird has 
to cross one's mind, but I saw nothing that would indicate such, other than the 
singing. It was only a single bird and it appear to be traveling by itself. 
When it flew over our heads to the east side of the road (west bank of the 
creek) it was alone, a few other birds eventually followed - the chickadees - 
but it flew first and the remainder of the flock came afterwards. Don't really 
recall how many others - I was focused on the flycatcher. We did see signs of 
breeding in other species (pairs, fledglings, nestlings, carrying food, etc.) 
but alas, not for this bird. 


I did not have the opportunity to record the song. My phone is a "dumb phone" 
and my iPod Touch that I use for my apps doesn't have the ability to record 
sound - at least I don't think they do. May have to check on that! Okay, strike 
that - I just checked and the iPod can record voice memos. I'll have to test it 
in the field to see how well it records bird songs, for future use. 


As for the rest of the trip report… some of the highlights:
Graham Farm and Nature Center, on AL Hwy 27 north of the intersection with AL 
Hwy 65, and also on the south side where the Larkin and Estill Forks come 
together to form the Paint Rock River that runs south through the valley: 


Song, Field and Chipping Sparrows, Orchard Orioles, Scarlet and Summer Tanagers 
(both male, the Summer posed for the group on a wooden fence post not 20 feet 
from many in the group. Stunning but atypical views, for sure). Barn and 
rough-wing swallows, White- and Red-eyed Vireos, Hooded Warbler, White-breasted 
Nuthatch, Gray Catbird, plenty of indigos, bluebirds, red-wings and 
meadowlarks, Eastern Kingbird and Eastern Phoebe (young in the nest for phoebe 
and kingbird), both vulture species and an immature Red-tailed Hawk being 
harassed by the most persistent damn red-wing I have ever seen - they must have 
been a half-mile in the air and that red-wing kept dogging that hawk! On walk 
to/at/from the river: Wood Thrush, Yellow-breasted Chats, Northern Parula, 
Kentucky, Black-and-white and Cerulean Warblers (heard only). A passing storm 
brought a cooling breeze and a few heavy raindrops but thankfully it passed 
without incident. The broad leaves of mature Sycamores make great raindrop 
shields! 


I already mentioned the other birds seen at the Alder Flycatcher site, plus 
Louisiana Waterthrushes. 


Our last stop was on AL Hwy 65 several miles north of where the north end of CR 
27 intersects the road again, at the creek crossing. This is the place where we 
have most often had luck with Ceruleans in the past but that was not the case 
yesterday. Men working the fields on either side of the entrance drive on the 
property on the west side of the road gave us permission to bird the area and 
gave us helpful tips of which birds they had seen and where - at least the ones 
they knew. Row upon row of sunflowers faced east - beautifully backlit by the 
sun in the western part of the sky at this point (about 3:00 or so). The men 
reported seeing goldfinches on the seed heads but I only observed a few of them 
in flight - hard to miss that bounding flight profile! Also, Common 
Yellowthroat (male, carrying food), Y-b cuckoo calling in the distance to the 
west, a pair of LA Waterthrushes (seen quite well at the small bridge over the 
creek) and an adult and fledgling Yellow-throated Warbler (adult singing on 
occasion, and junior begging frequently), a two chats carrying on a 
conversation from opposite sides of the field on the left side of the drive 
(one was perched on the wire in full sunlight, brilliant bird!) We heard a 
Blue-headed Vireo singing here (west side of small bridge, amidst forested 
slope) as well, but were unable to locate it. 


I think that about covers it. The Paint Rock River Valley is truly a 
spectacular place in Alabama and well worth the drive to get there. The two men 
bush-hogging the fields at our last stop were stunned that the majority of our 
group had driven from Birmingham, and at least two drove from Montgomery and a 
handful of Huntsville-based friends joined in the day, too. 


I should add that a visit to Graham Farm entails making advance arrangements 
and signing waivers before accessing the property. It is managed by the local 
Agricultural County Extension Service. If you'd like that contact info, please 
email me off-list. I gather from speaking with the manager that small groups 
are welcome, too, but everything has to be arranged in advance - including 
bringing the already completed waivers. They prefer receiving them 
electronically, but made an exception for our group since I never know in 
advance who or how many will be attending our field trips. 


Take care all,  Greg

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

From: "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" 

Sent: Jun 22, 2014 7:57 AM

To: AL-Birds , BAS Birding 

Cc: "Greg D. Jackson" , Herb and Terry Lewis 

Subject: [ALBIRDS] Alder Flycatcher, County Road 27, Jackson County
















 

 



  


    
      
      
      Hello All-



Saturday's (6/21/14) Birmingham Audubon trip to Paint Rock River and Graham 
Farm & Nature Center produced the expected species for that scenic portion of 
the state, plus one decidedly unexpected species: a singing Alder Flycatcher. 




Details on the flycatcher first: 



Approximate location based on Google Earth coordinates taken from the computer 
this morning: 34 52.762N and 86 12.864W, on Jackson County Road 27 
approximately 1.25 miles north of the (left) turn off AL Hwy 65. CR 27 
parallels the Larkin Fork of the Paint Rock River. Within the first mile or so, 
CR 27 traverses the open pasture, partially wooded hillsides of Graham Farm and 
Nature Center before dropping down to creekside level. This is where we saw and 
heard the flycatcher. 




We birded the farm from about 9:45 a.m. to noon and then ate lunch there before 
moving north on CR 27 about 12:45 or so. I stopped the caravan at the first 
stretch of road where it parallels the creek and the vegetation obviously 
becomes shady, riparian habitat with a good over story of deciduous trees and 
shaded slopes with oak-lead hydrangea and other shade tolerant species. 




We walked the road north from where we stopped the cars, perhaps a half-mile or 
so, until the habitat becomes more open and then turned back toward the cars. 
We encountered LA Waterthrush singing, Northern Parulas (singing and visual), 
Indigo Bunting, Blue-grey Gnatcatcher, chickadees and titmice. 




A small subset of the group observed and heard this flycatcher as we made our 
final approaches to the cars, about 1:30-1:45 p.m. A small but active flock of 
birds, mostly chickadees and titmice - both adult and fledglings - was foraging 
and so trying to stay on one bird was a challenge. They were all about 20-25 
feet up in the tree canopy - pretty much straight overhead and somewhat 
backlit. But, with the proper angle one could observe the birds in shade and 
get a better feel for colors. 




When I first saw the bird my impression was that of a fledgling Empid of some 
sort - very plain markings with a slightly greenish tinge to the back and 
slightly yellowish wash to the flanks, two distinctly white wings bars and a 
yellow lower mandible and white eye ring - perhaps broken toward the front of 
the eye. Had I not ever heard the bird singing I would have readily identified 
it as an Acadian Flycatcher even though it had not vocalized in the first 
minute or two that I saw was observing it - based solely on the field marks I 
could see and given the shady, riparian habitat. 




Then, the bird flew over our heads to the opposite side of the road and we 
followed its progress in the trees on the stream side of the road. This put the 
sunlight at our backs and the same field marks were more easily visible. This 
is when the bird started vocalizing - singing the raspy zipper-like song, first 
with the upward inflection followed by the downward inflection all within the 
same "note." The bird sang multiple times and there was absolutely no "Peet-sa" 
type song one would expect of an Acadian Flycatcher. One gentleman who had 
driven up from Montgomery with his teenage son for the trip even commented on 
the unusual and unique quality of the song. 




I puzzled over the id and the song as I consulted the Sibley app on my iPod 
Touch. Since it was set to list species found in Alabama the Alder Flycatcher 
is not listed among the species, but I knew I was familiar with that raspy 
upzipper/downzipper song from listening to teaching tapes over the years. This 
morning, now that I am awake and had more time to peruse all the flycatchers by 
resetting the species parameters, I listened to the songs of the Acadian, 
Willow and Alder Flycatchers - and the song we were hearing was clearly that of 
the Alder Flycatcher. The son of the father/son pair commented that the bird 
was a plain-looking flycatcher, and we all heard it. 




It occurs to me that I likely (hopefully) have their contact info in the trip 
sign-in sheet in my car so I'll try to contact them later today and ask them to 
try and find a website or app where they can listen to the Alder Flycatcher 
song and confirm my identification. 




Herb Lewis, I know you were there as well, so if you read this note and heard 
and/or photographed the bird, your input would be invaluable as well. 




Take care all. Gotta run to church but will post more of the trip report later. 
Quick summary 66 species, 10 of which were warblers including Cerulean (heard 
only) and American Redstart (heard and seen). 




Greg



Gregory J. Harber

Birmingham, AL

gharber AT mindspring.com

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

Tom Robbins



    
     

    
    

Gregory J. Harber
Birmingham, AL
gharber AT mindspring.com
"It's never too late to have a happy childhood."
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Subject: Alder Flycatcher, County Road 27, Jackson County
From: "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2014 07:57:13 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
Hello All-

Saturday's (6/21/14) Birmingham Audubon trip to Paint Rock River and Graham 
Farm & Nature Center produced the expected species for that scenic portion of 
the state, plus one decidedly unexpected species: a singing Alder Flycatcher. 


Details on the flycatcher first: 

Approximate location based on Google Earth coordinates taken from the computer 
this morning: 34 52.762N and 86 12.864W, on Jackson County Road 27 
approximately 1.25 miles north of the (left) turn off AL Hwy 65. CR 27 
parallels the Larkin Fork of the Paint Rock River. Within the first mile or so, 
CR 27 traverses the open pasture, partially wooded hillsides of Graham Farm and 
Nature Center before dropping down to creekside level. This is where we saw and 
heard the flycatcher. 


We birded the farm from about 9:45 a.m. to noon and then ate lunch there before 
moving north on CR 27 about 12:45 or so. I stopped the caravan at the first 
stretch of road where it parallels the creek and the vegetation obviously 
becomes shady, riparian habitat with a good over story of deciduous trees and 
shaded slopes with oak-lead hydrangea and other shade tolerant species. 


We walked the road north from where we stopped the cars, perhaps a half-mile or 
so, until the habitat becomes more open and then turned back toward the cars. 
We encountered LA Waterthrush singing, Northern Parulas (singing and visual), 
Indigo Bunting, Blue-grey Gnatcatcher, chickadees and titmice. 


A small subset of the group observed and heard this flycatcher as we made our 
final approaches to the cars, about 1:30-1:45 p.m. A small but active flock of 
birds, mostly chickadees and titmice - both adult and fledglings - was foraging 
and so trying to stay on one bird was a challenge. They were all about 20-25 
feet up in the tree canopy - pretty much straight overhead and somewhat 
backlit. But, with the proper angle one could observe the birds in shade and 
get a better feel for colors. 


When I first saw the bird my impression was that of a fledgling Empid of some 
sort - very plain markings with a slightly greenish tinge to the back and 
slightly yellowish wash to the flanks, two distinctly white wings bars and a 
yellow lower mandible and white eye ring - perhaps broken toward the front of 
the eye. Had I not ever heard the bird singing I would have readily identified 
it as an Acadian Flycatcher even though it had not vocalized in the first 
minute or two that I saw was observing it - based solely on the field marks I 
could see and given the shady, riparian habitat. 


Then, the bird flew over our heads to the opposite side of the road and we 
followed its progress in the trees on the stream side of the road. This put the 
sunlight at our backs and the same field marks were more easily visible. This 
is when the bird started vocalizing - singing the raspy zipper-like song, first 
with the upward inflection followed by the downward inflection all within the 
same "note." The bird sang multiple times and there was absolutely no "Peet-sa" 
type song one would expect of an Acadian Flycatcher. One gentleman who had 
driven up from Montgomery with his teenage son for the trip even commented on 
the unusual and unique quality of the song. 


I puzzled over the id and the song as I consulted the Sibley app on my iPod 
Touch. Since it was set to list species found in Alabama the Alder Flycatcher 
is not listed among the species, but I knew I was familiar with that raspy 
upzipper/downzipper song from listening to teaching tapes over the years. This 
morning, now that I am awake and had more time to peruse all the flycatchers by 
resetting the species parameters, I listened to the songs of the Acadian, 
Willow and Alder Flycatchers - and the song we were hearing was clearly that of 
the Alder Flycatcher. The son of the father/son pair commented that the bird 
was a plain-looking flycatcher, and we all heard it. 


It occurs to me that I likely (hopefully) have their contact info in the trip 
sign-in sheet in my car so I'll try to contact them later today and ask them to 
try and find a website or app where they can listen to the Alder Flycatcher 
song and confirm my identification. 


Herb Lewis, I know you were there as well, so if you read this note and heard 
and/or photographed the bird, your input would be invaluable as well. 


Take care all. Gotta run to church but will post more of the trip report later. 
Quick summary 66 species, 10 of which were warblers including Cerulean (heard 
only) and American Redstart (heard and seen). 


Greg

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: Peregrine Nest Cam
From: "gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Jun 2014 09:36:57 -0700
There's a nice nest cam set up at University of Massachusetts at Lowell of a 
brood of 4 Peregrine Falcon chicks atop a building. I've been monitoring this 
cam for a couple weeks. Sadly, the adult male was found dead several days ago. 
This is a famous pair, and the chicks are developing pin feathers now. The 
adult female seems to be keeping up with demands so far. I noticed very few 
viewers today, so thought I might spread the word, in case folks didn't know 
about the nest cam and are looking for a way to bird while beating the heat. If 
you just Google "Lowell Falcon Cam" it pops up as the first search result. 

 

 Locally, I did not detect the Barred Owl family at all yesterday in the yard, 
but ran into Hans Paul yesterday, and thought I'd mention to the group as well 
that the adult pair was dueting (complete with "Who cooks for you?" calls 
before sunset a few days ago, and I thought that was unusual for this time of 
year. I also heard begging calls from one of the young at 11:30 pm one night, 
so now I think they did indeed nest in the yard or very close by. 

    -Ken Archambault, Homewood 
Subject: Homewood 4 Barred Owls in Yard
From: "gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Jun 2014 16:14:03 -0700
June 18, 2014, 6pm: Both adults and 2 young of the year BARRED OWLS in backyard 
now and very actively hunting. The babies have almost no down remaining. Never 
found their nest. Trees over 100 ft. tall. -Ken Archambault, Homewood 
Subject: Hummers in Clay, Alabama
From: "RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:22:17 -0400 (EDT)
Afternoon Guys
Here at our feeders in NE Jefferson County we have abundant hummers and  
have had for the last 2-3 weeks.  Martha is maintaining about 12-15  feeders, 
including a cluster of 10, at the present time.  Until this past  week or so 
we were seeing only adults.
 
Almost every day or so we are now seeing juvenile males and females make  
appearances.
 
Very few butterflies presently, but that will change very soon as some of  
Martha's good flowers are coming on line.
 
Our yard and woods has been disturbed for the last two weeks as workmen  
proceed to clean up three years worth of storm damage and runaway ivy foolish  
planted a couple of decades ago.
 
Life is good.
 
Go find someone that you love and hug them.  Each day is  special.
 God Bless All
Bob Sargent
Clay, Alabama
Subject: Least Bitterns, Prothonotary and Chuck-will's-widows
From: "Memontei AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Jun 2014 21:25:30 -0700
Hello all,
  
 After all the Father Day festivities yesterday, I decided to do some late 
afternoon birding in Shelby County. I went by Limestone Park where I ran into 
the Kittengers. They had just spotted the pair of Least Bitterns, we were 
fortunate enough to see one in the partial open which stayed in one place for 
an extended period of viewing. After they left hung around and found it again 
and I put a scope on the bird and enjoyed some great views of it fishing. What 
a great Father's day present. Not as good as my wife and kids but still pretty 
good. The king rails are still around as well. If it matters, the great views 
of the least bittern was seen from the marsh crossing on the road just before 
the shooting range looking northeast toward the red barn across the property 
line. 

  
 The water levels have definitely gone down on the north side of that crossing 
since the city removed the muskrat dam from the road culvert, but the levels 
are no lower than they were around the first of May. It does not seem to have 
affected the wildlife including the muskrat. I understand why the city 
unplugged the culvert, because as of last Tuesday recent rains were causing the 
water to overflow the road and deposit gravel into the wetland on the other 
side of the road. A great egret was fishing in the road on last Tuesday. If 
left alone, the plugged culvert and associated overflow would have put one 
sizable gully in the road and probably filled a portion of the wetland with 
road materials which was already starting to happen after every big rain. 
Overall, I think the City of Alabaster is becoming more sensitive to the 
habitats on their property. Birmingham Audubon is working with them to 
hopefully make things even better for wildlife and birders. 

  
 After leaving Limestone, I walked the Ebenezer Tupelo Swamp boardwalk which is 
the best place around Bham to see and hear Prothonotary Warblers. Several 
Acadian flycatchers were present as well. Prothonotary Warblers nest in the 
tupelo swamp at Limestone Park but they are much harder to get to. The herb 
layer of the Ebenezer Swamp was also full of blooming lizard tails. 

  
 As dark approached, I decided to check on some Chuck-Will's Widows that I 
discovered last July. In an area including Wild Timber and Oak Crest 
subdivisions off Shelby County 11 on the south side of Oak Mountain State Park 
I heard at least 5 Chuck-will's Widows starting at 8:25 p.m. Goatsuckers are 
not something that are common around Birmingham as a nester, especially 
Whip-poor-Wills. I believe, the intact habitat of Oak Mountain State Park is 
the reason the Chuck-Will's-Widows can be found in the adjacent subdivisions. 

  
 Tonight, I decided to check on a Chuck-will's- widow I heard last July at the 
Trailhead of the Hoover Met Nature Trail to the Cahaba River in extreme 
southwest Jefferson County. At 8:15 p.m., I heard one bird at the trailhead and 
heard another calling from the woods in an adjacent office park. I decided to 
walk the paved roads in a loop fashion from the Met through the office park and 
was able to hear at least three Chucks. Sweet music. I was able to even hear 
one make the Aug Aug Aug call. This area appears to be the best area in the 
southwest Bham metro area to enjoy these birds because you can walk quiet safe 
roads through the woods without crowding peoples houses etc. I believe that the 
large block of undeveloped land along the Cahaba in this area which is 
partially owned by Hoover allows these birds for now to live in this area and 
filter out into the office park. 

  
 I know that Least Bitterns, King Rails and even Chuck-will's-widows may be 
life birds or hardly ever seen or heard birds for many folks. I cannot promise 
anything, but I would be willing to lead an casual field trip to see/hear the 
bitterns and king rails at Limestone Park one Sunday afternoon in the very near 
future and a very soon weekday dusk field trip to hear the Chuck-will's-widows 
at the Hoover Met. If enough people email me and commit to coming I may post 
such an casual field trip on the forum. 

  
 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: Bufflehead Duck at Guntersville
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Jun 2014 19:44:18 -0700
This Bufflehead duck was behind one of the islands down river from the Hwy 431 
bridge at Guntersville. It was diving, feeding and it flew just fine when we 
spooked it trying to get a closer shot. Odd that it would be here at this time 
of the year. 

 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Guntersville-2012-2013/i-jjrfL5f/0/L/Bufflehead%2015Jun2014-L.jpg 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Guntersville-2012-2013/i-jjrfL5f/0/L/Bufflehead%2015Jun2014-L.jpg 

 
 
 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Guntersville-2012-2013/i-jjrfL5f/0/L/Bufflehead%2015Jun2014-L.jpg 

 
 http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Guntersville-2012-2013/... 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Guntersville-2012-2013/i-jjrfL5f/0/L/Bufflehead%2015Jun2014-L.jpg 

 
 
 View on gofish.smugmug.com 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Guntersville-2012-2013/i-jjrfL5f/0/L/Bufflehead%2015Jun2014-L.jpg 

 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
 

 Jerry Green
 Huntsville
Subject: Re: Homewood Barred Owl Takes Squirrel
From: "RubyThroat AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2014 17:52:26 -0400 (EDT)
Ken and Albirders
This has got to be one of the highlights of our many years of traveling  
widely as a lover of birds.
 
Thanks for sharing with all of us.
 
Good luck guys.
Bob and Martha Sargent
Clay, Alabama
 
 
In a message dated 6/15/2014 4:49:00 P.M. Central Daylight Time,  
albirds AT yahoogroups.com writes:

 
 
 
June 15, 2014:  Just saw the BARRED OWL at 4:30pm under sunny  skies 
capture and kill a squirrel in the yard. I think one of this year's young owls 

was "with" (read "pursuing") the adult, but I'm unable to  see all the action 
going on during the feeding now.  This is the first  squirrel I've 
personally witnessed taken by a Barred Owl, although I've seen Northern Spotted 
Owl 

taking squirrel out west.  -Ken Archambault,  Homewood   


Subject: Homewood Barred Owl Takes Squirrel
From: "gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Jun 2014 14:48:56 -0700
June 15, 2014: Just saw the BARRED OWL at 4:30pm under sunny skies capture and 
kill a squirrel in the yard. I think one of this year's young owls was "with" 
(read "pursuing") the adult, but I'm unable to see all the action going on 
during the feeding now. This is the first squirrel I've personally witnessed 
taken by a Barred Owl, although I've seen Northern Spotted Owl taking squirrel 
out west. -Ken Archambault, Homewood 
Subject: FW: Purple Martin Banding
From: "'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:26:05 -0500
Hi Tim,

 

I am forwarding your inquiry to our birding blog, which will reach a good
many folks.  Someone might be able to help you, as there are some banders on
there.  I also have a colleague who has a banding license who might be
interested or know someone who is.   Hope someone contacts you; good luck.

 

Ken Ward

 

From: Tim Skelton [mailto:timskelton AT yahoo.com] 
Sent: Sunday, January 08, 2012 7:01 PM
To: president AT aosbirds.org
Subject: Purple Martin Banding

 

Hello my name is Tim Skelton , I am inquiring about how to go about getting
someone to do some banding or who may be interested in banding some Purple
Martins! I live in Northport Al. and I have a large colony of Purple
Martins. I am also the founder of the West Alabama purple Martin society ! I
work for the University of Alabama and also very interested in the
conservation of the Purple Martin! My colony was started 4 years ago with 5
pair this last year I had 27 pair so my colony is abundantly increasing and
I am expecting more this year ! Any help would be welcomed ! Thanks 
Subject: Limestone Park 6/11
From: "phfranklin36 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Jun 2014 19:50:52 -0700
I had a few minutes free today after getting my Jag back following a sojourn 
with the mechanics, so I decided to try Limestone Park in Alabaster again, 
hoping for a photo op with the Least bitterns there.As luck would have it, I 
failed to see any bitterns, Least or otherwise. Heck, I didn't even get a lousy 
Anhinga. I was about ready to turn in my binoculars and take up stamp 
collecting when l saw movement in the marsh to the north side of the gravel 
road to the shooting range. First bird up was a Pied-billed grebe, then a Wood 
duck. The next birds came as a surprise: a pair of Blue-winged teal -- drake 
and hen. The drake was beginning to molt into eclipse plumage, but still 
retained almost all of his alternate plumage. The two birds remained in close 
company in the marsh, preening, paddling, and foraging together. They remained 
close enough to provide me with an excellent opportunity for photos. No sign of 
chicks or a nest, but a pair of Blue-winged teal on 6/11? Hmmm... 

 

 Not a lot of change otherwise in the rest of the park: add Grey catbird, 
Red-eyed vireo, and Grackle to the list of the 9th and you've about got it. 
There was a multitude of swallows -- at least half of them martins -- flying 
high overhead. When their calls became more frequent and insistent I looked up 
to see a large number of Purple martins harassing a Sharp-shinned hawk. The 
tiny accipiter was evidently a male -- tiny body with squared tail about as 
long as the body, thin white terminal band. Body slate grey with rusty barring 
on the chest and belly. The "wrist" was held significantly forward in flight 
and the tiny head and short neck were noted. 

 

 Note: it may be that someone or something has removed a muskrat dam on the 
north-side marsh in the park. Even after significant rains on the 10th, the 
water level had dropped a remarkable amount from the 9th. There are now 
extensive mud flats to the north side of the "range" road where two days ago 
the water was two feet deep. I'm curious whether the city or the county is 
"controlling" wildlife and their activity in the park. If so, I find it 
unsettling. 

 

 

Subject: Scarlet tanager in west Opelika
From: "jjoal AT att.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:17:10 -0500
Greetings: this afternoon Kevin Jackson and I were birding in the west Opelika 
bloc. He said ,"I hear chick bird". In disbelief I played the iPod only to have 
bird to respond and come to us . We both got good views of the male and 
recorded it's song on the phone. Imhof does not have this listed in Lee at this 
time of year . 

Thought this worth sharing!  Good birding !Lorna West ,Opelika,Al
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Subject: Short Notice
From: "wareaglebirder AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Jun 2014 16:10:05 -0700
Tonight APT Nature has a special on hummingbirds...starts at 7:00 PM CDT.
 

 Rod Douglas
Subject: Limestone Park - 6/09
From: "phfranklin36 AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Jun 2014 19:50:24 -0700
Turns out Monday afternoon was one of those good and productive times to visit 
Limestone Park, just off US 31 in S Alabaster (aka Phoney Marble), Shelby 
County. 

 

 As I drove toward the police shooting range, I spotted a Least bittern flying 
from S to N across the gravel road. In fact, it was a pretty good day for 
waders, with Great blue heron, Great egret, and Green heron also present. All 
told, I witnessed 3 Least bittern flights from the cattails on the left side of 
the road to those on the right side and back. It would appear the the (likely) 
nest site is on the back side of the cattails on the left (south) side of the 
gravel road, as the birds invariably returned to the same spot in those 
cattails(!?!). 

 

 There were numerous Orchard orioles in song throughout the park, as well as 
Chats, Yellowthroats, Blue grosbeak, Indigo buntings, American goldfinches, 
multitudes of Red-winged blackbirds, a few Eastern kingbirds, and Bluebirds in 
or near the marsh and the surrounding power wires and scrub. 

 

 There was a Pied-billed grebe (very uncommon in the breeding season) on the 
lake. The only shorebirds were Killdeer. The park has become a good place to 
work on in-flight swallow ID: Purple martins, Barn and Rough-winged swallows 
were flying sorties throughout the acreage, and Tree swallows are also present, 
nesting in some of the bird boxes provided here. 

 

 I took a stroll down the boardwalk and an Anhinga lifted off from a stump and 
circled overhead. More Great blues and Great egrets were here, and a small raft 
of white "traveling salesman" ducks paddled lazily away. The surprise of the 
day here were 5 Northern shovelers -- 3 drakes, 2 hens. Shovelers are not 
expected here in this season. 

 

 I heard a few calls from King rails, but never got a view of a bird, and the 
"mammal of the day" trophy went to a muskrat. 

 

 Sure would like to pull on some green wellies and go stomping around the 
cattails...I suspect there will be some outstanding sparrows -- and perhaps 
Virginia rails -- in the marshes through the colder months... 
Subject: Homewood Barred Owl
From: "gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Jun 2014 14:35:39 -0700
The BARRED OWL is back at 4:15p.m., perched low in the main fork of an oak 
tree. If I had an owl box for the species, I'm certain I could coax them to 
nest in the yard next time. All the squirrels and chipmunks are AWOL at the 
moment. I can't understand why. -Ken Archambault, Homewood (bordering Griffith 
Creek) 
Subject: FW: 2014 CAPE COD BIRD FESTIVAL ANNOUNCEMENT
From: "'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Jun 2014 14:37:32 -0500
FYI

 

Ken

 

From: trogon6 AT aol.com [mailto:trogon6 AT aol.com] 
Sent: Friday, June 06, 2014 1:30 PM
To: president AT aosbirds.org; suzannelangley AT birminghamaudubon.org;
jborom AT faulknerstate.edu; hummerbsg AT aol.com; fsherrod AT comcast.net;
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Subject: 2014 CAPE COD BIRD FESTIVAL ANNOUNCEMENT

 

 

  

 

With permission of the President/Director, 

 

 

We would appreciate it if you would distribute this to the members of your
bird club/organization.

We are pleased to announce that the second annual Cape Cod Bird Festival
will be held Friday to Monday, September 19 - 22! Headquarters will be at
the new DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Hyannis,Ma.

Our Friday night pizza social will feature David Sibley who will speak on "
The Psychology of Bird Identification" and will be available for book
signing. Saturday night dinner will feature the entertaining Greg Miller who
will talk about the Big Year and his experiences as well as being a movie
consultant. David and Greg will also be field trip leaders.

The Cape Cod Bird Festival offers a wide variety of field trips, interesting
workshops, a Vendor Marketplace and a Monday post Festival trip to Cuttyhunk
Island.

Cape Cod offers fabulous birding during Fall migration! Where passerines,
shorebirds, and pelagics are everywhere and where the unexpected is
expected.

Registration is now open! Check out all the Festival details at
www.capecodbirdclub.org   and select the
Festival site. You can contact me off-line with any questions. You may
register online or by a mail-in-form.

Thank you and we hope to see you on Cape Cod this September.

Good birding always,

Gerry

Gerry Cooperman

Cape Cod, Ma.

trogon6 AT aol.com  

CAPE COD BIRD FESTIVAL SEPT.19-22,2014

 

 
Subject: Re: Re: [BAS Birding] Mystery Gull at Avondale Park in Birmingham, AL
From: "Rick Remy rickremy AT hotmail.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2014 22:24:21 -0500

On Jun 6, 2014, at 5:09 PM, "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com 
[albirds]"  wrote: 


> Hey Steve, et. al.-
> 
> I have read comments from others who also are leaning toward Herring Gull. It 
occurs to me that it would be better to have some size references in the 
photos, so, if I can avoid the bad weather this evening (I'm on my bike today) 
I'll swing by the park after work and measure the length of the pavers in the 
park plaza. 

> 
> My first impression was that it was not Herring Gull size, but, it was 
standing by itself away from the other birds. And, as we all know, size can be 
a relative measure. 

> 
> I'll keep everyone posted on what I am able to learn.
> 
> Take care, Greg
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> 
> From: "Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" 
> 
> Sent: Jun 6, 2014 5:02 PM
> 
> To: Memontei AT aol.com, BASBirding AT yahoogroups.com, albirds AT yahoogroups.com
> 
> Subject: Re: [ALBIRDS] Re: [BAS Birding] Mystery Gull at Avondale Park in 
Birmingham, AL 

> 
> Folks,
> 
> My first impression upon seeing the photos is Herring Gull. The relatively 
flat head shape, very large bill (with significant gonys angle), and thick pink 
legs, take me down that road. 

> 
> The books say a small Herring can be within a few inches of a large 
Ring-billed. 

> 
> The dark iris is interesting since there appears to be gray in the mantle so 
the iris should be light by now on a Herring. 

> 
> A very interesting study!
> 
> Steve McConnell
> 
> Hartselle, AL
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> 
> From: Ken Wills Memontei AT aol.com [albirds] 
> 
> To: BASBirding ; albirds 
 

> 
> Sent: Fri, Jun 6, 2014 12:31 am
> 
> Subject: [ALBIRDS] Re: [BAS Birding] Mystery Gull at Avondale Park in 
Birmingham, AL 

> 
> Thanks so much to Greg and Dick,
> 
> The bird was ring billed sized, but you will see for yourself. It may turn 
out to be a ring billed, but the fact that no one has called it yet makes me 
feel good about my problems with the id. 

> 
> Ken
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> 
> From: 'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [BASBirding] 
 

> 
> To: AL-Birds 
> 
> Cc: BAS Birding 
> 
> Sent: Thu, Jun 5, 2014 10:27 pm
> 
> Subject: [BAS Birding] Mystery Gull at Avondale Park in Birmingham, AL
> 
> Hello All-
> 
> This morning Ken Wills reported seeing an unusual gull at Avondale Park and 
encouraged Birmingham area birders to get by the park to help with its 
identity. Dick Mills visited the park earlier this afternoon and was able to 
take several photos of the gull, which he sent to me for posting on the web. 

> 
> I have posted the photos to the Birmingham Audubon Society Facebook page, and 
also to my Flickr page. The link to the album is here: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregharber/sets/72157644622951948/ 

> 
> We'd welcome your input. I plan to visit the park in the morning before work 
to get a better sense of the bird's size. Dick reported that when he approached 
the bird it paddled away in the water rather than take flight, so chances are 
good it will be there a while until the condition of its feathers improves. 
Take a look at the photos and you'll see what I mean. 

> 
> Take care all, and thanks to Ken and Dick for their efforts. If tomorrow's 
visit yields any new info I'll pass that along too. Greg 

> 
> Gregory J. Harber
> 
> Birmingham, AL
> 
> gharber AT mindspring.com
> 
> "It's never too late to have a happy childhood."
> 
> Tom Robbins
> 
> Gregory J. Harber
> Birmingham, AL
> gharber AT mindspring.com
> "It's never too late to have a happy childhood."
> Tom Robbins
> 
Subject: More on Avondale Park mystery gull
From: "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2014 22:21:34 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
Hello All-

If you can stand the thought of more commentary on the mystery gull at the 
park, you might find this information helpful if you've been contemplating the 
bird's identity. 


I returned to the park this evening about 7:15, with a light rain falling and 
stormy skies bringing an earlier than usual "nightfall." The gull was standing 
at the edge of the main plaza, near the water. Knowing that I was there to 
measure the size of the pavers/bricks in order to be able to add some scale to 
one of my photos I posted this morning, I again thought "ring-bill" sized gull 
as I viewed it from a distance where I parked my car. 


I set to work finding the approximate location of where I photographed the gull 
this morning and placed two rulers on the ground - with the 6-inch ruler placed 
to show the dimensions of the pavers. Turns out they are 4 inches across, and 
4.5 inches from "corner-to-corner," as measured by the ruler(s). 


Knowing this dimension, I went back to photo #7 and, using Photoshop, added a 
line from corner to corner on one of the pavers beneath the gull. I assigned 
this line a length of 4.5 inches. I then duplicated this line 3 more times, 
staggering them so that the 4.5 inch segments are plainly visible. Collectively 
then, the line segments total approximately 18 inches (4 x 4.5 inches). 


My Gulls of the Americas guide by Howell and Dunn states that Ring-billed Gulls 
have a length of 17.3 to 20.5 inches, and American Herring Gulls have a length 
of 22-26.3 inches. Assuming my method of estimating the gull's length is valid 
and somewhat accurate, this gull falls within the range of Ring-billed in its 
length, but not with the range of Herring Gulls. 


If you'd like to view these three additional photos of the pavers and the gull 
with the 4.5 line segments in the photo, the link to my Flickr page is as 
follows: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregharber/sets/72157644622951948/ 


I have also added the photos to the Birmingham Audubon Society's Facebook page.

Take care all, and thanks for sharing your comments and thoughts on the gull. 
Greg 


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: Homewood Barred, Y-C N-Herons, Kingfisher
From: "gm72125 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Jun 2014 17:05:42 -0700
At 6:45 this evening, an adult BARRED OWL perched atop a feeder pole in the 
back yard and was actively looking around for prey. Either it was hungry enough 
to be out there in broad daylight, or my hunch is right that it has ravenous 
young nearby. This afternoon at 3:30, 2 adult YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, were 
in Griffith Creek. One was in the middle of the cascade by the footbridge in 
Homewood Park by the swimming pool; the other was south of Oxmoor Road 
downstream of the bend in the creek, where I suspect nesting again this year. 
There is an apartment building on the street just across the main entry to the 
park, and across the street from that building is a gravel parking lot with a 
dumpster. If you approach the creek edge cautiously, often you can see Green or 
Y-C Night-Heron down in the creek channel. Today, there was a quiet BELTED 
KINGFISHER also at this spot (too quick to sex the bird). Kingfisher, in my 
experience, has been rare if not unheard-of for this time of year in my 
neighborhood. A Banded Watersnake or 2 is often seen on rocks or in the water 
here, and one was coiled up inconspicuously on a rock next to the retaining 
wall today. You have to be cautious approaching the creek edge not to flush the 
snakes here. Best, -Ken Archambault, Homewood 
Subject: BBS for southern Talladega county (Sylacauga to Childersburg)
From: "Fred Carney carney.fred AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2014 16:28:15 -0700 (PDT)
Anyone interested in taking a part of this section to do a survey either Sat 
morning or Sunday morning (7th or 8th)? Someone from BHM or Montgomery? This 
weekend is the only weekend I can do the survey and I'm the one that 
volunteered to take this section.The time slot is from as early as you want to 
start (pre-dawn) to 11 am. The area is bounded by Sylacauga in the SE corner 
and Childersburg in the NW corner (sort of). I would like to get two 
volunteers, one for the Flagpole Mountain area west of Childersburg and another 
for the area North of Sylacauga starting around the waste treatment plant going 
north and a little east from there. If you are interested let me know tonight 
and we can review maps together. Thanks, Fred Carney 
Subject: Summer Tanager
From: "wareaglebirder AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Jun 2014 16:23:59 -0700
Today we had a Summer Tanager at one of my oil sunflower feeders! Based on the 
yellow/red plumage I would say an immature male. 

 

 I guess this isn't uncommon for some folks but this is my first for the time 
of the year. 

 

 Rod Douglas
Subject: Re: [BAS Birding] Additional gull photos; looks like Ring-billed to me
From: "Memontei AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2014 18:18:20 -0500
Thanks to Greg, Dick, Andrew, Steve and all for help with this bird. Look 
forward to the final verdict on the ID. 

Hope we can help it if it is sick as well. 

Ken wills

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On Jun 6, 2014, at 8:41 AM, "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com 
[BASBirding]"  wrote: 


> Hey All, 
> 
> Now that I have been to see the gull in person I am confident that this is a 
Ring-billed Gull. Its feathers appear to be in deplorable condition, but I'm 
not so certain that this isn't due to molt. My initial hesitation as to its 
identity was in part due to the apparent lack of gray plumage in the mantle 
(back) and the shape of the bill, as shown in the first three photographs. The 
bill appeared long and slender, similar to a Laughing Gull, in Dick's photos 
but now that I have had a chance to see the bird in person I'd place my money 
on Ring-billed Gull. Regardless of its identity, kudos to Ken Wills and Dick 
Mills for bringing this bird to our attention - we don't often see gulls in 
Birmingham in summer. 

> 
> I should also clarify that Dick Mills attempted to send me multiple photos, 
but due to my Inbox being close to full, and then full, only three photos were 
received on my end. Dick's additional photos show the bird from multiple angles 
and show close-ups of the legs, bill, etc. 

> 
> Also, Suzanne Langley, noted the bird was there last Sunday. I hope it stays 
a while so we can observe its new feathers as summer progresses! 

> 
> Here is the link to my Flickr pages again. First three photos were taken by 
Dick Mills on 6-5-14; last seven taken by me this morning, 6-6-14. 

> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregharber/sets/72157644622951948/
> 
> Take care all, Greg
> 
> And on this 70th anniversary of this historic day, a salute to our brave men 
and women in uniform. 

> 
> Gregory J. Harber
> Birmingham, AL
> gharber AT mindspring.com
> "It's never too late to have a happy childhood."
> Tom Robbins
> 
Subject: Re: Re: [BAS Birding] Mystery Gull at Avondale Park in Birmingham, AL
From: "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2014 17:09:09 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
Hey Steve, et. al.-

I have read comments from others who also are leaning toward Herring Gull. It 
occurs to me that it would be better to have some size references in the 
photos, so, if I can avoid the bad weather this evening (I'm on my bike today) 
I'll swing by the park after work and measure the length of the pavers in the 
park plaza. 


My first impression was that it was not Herring Gull size, but, it was standing 
by itself away from the other birds. And, as we all know, size can be a 
relative measure. 


I'll keep everyone posted on what I am able to learn.

Take care,  Greg

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Subject: Re: [ALBIRDS] Re: [BAS Birding] Mystery Gull at Avondale Park in 
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Folks,

 

My first impression upon seeing the photos is Herring Gull. The relatively flat 
head shape, very large bill (with significant gonys angle), and thick pink 
legs, take me down that road. 


The books say a small Herring can be within a few inches of a large 
Ring-billed. 


 

The dark iris is interesting since there appears to be gray in the mantle so 
the iris should be light by now on a Herring. 


 

A very interesting study!

 

Steve McConnell

Hartselle, AL

 

 

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From: Ken Wills Memontei AT aol.com [albirds] 

To: BASBirding ; albirds 

Sent: Fri, Jun 6, 2014 12:31 am

Subject: [ALBIRDS] Re: [BAS Birding] Mystery Gull at Avondale Park in 
Birmingham, AL 






















 


 




  



    

      
      
      


Thanks so much to Greg and Dick,



 



The bird was ring billed sized, but you will see for yourself. It may turn out 
to be a ring billed, but the fact that no one has called it yet makes me feel 
good about my problems with the id. 




 



Ken



 



 



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From: 'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [BASBirding] 
 



To: AL-Birds 


Cc: BAS Birding 


Sent: Thu, Jun 5, 2014 10:27 pm


Subject: [BAS Birding] Mystery Gull at Avondale Park in Birmingham, AL
























 



 





  




    


      
      
      

Hello All-







This morning Ken Wills reported seeing an unusual gull at Avondale Park and 
encouraged Birmingham area birders to get by the park to help with its 
identity. Dick Mills visited the park earlier this afternoon and was able to 
take several photos of the gull, which he sent to me for posting on the web. 








I have posted the photos to the Birmingham Audubon Society Facebook page, and 
also to my Flickr page. The link to the album is here: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregharber/sets/72157644622951948/ 








We'd welcome your input. I plan to visit the park in the morning before work to 
get a better sense of the bird's size. Dick reported that when he approached 
the bird it paddled away in the water rather than take flight, so chances are 
good it will be there a while until the condition of its feathers improves. 
Take a look at the photos and you'll see what I mean. 








Take care all, and thanks to Ken and Dick for their efforts. If tomorrow's 
visit yields any new info I'll pass that along too. Greg 








Gregory J. Harber



Birmingham, AL



gharber AT mindspring.com



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



Tom Robbins







    


     

    
    












  





















    

     

    
    









  















    
     

    
    

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


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Subject: Re: Re: [BAS Birding] Mystery Gull at Avondale Park in Birmingham, AL
From: "Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2014 18:02:26 -0400 (EDT)
Folks,
 
My first impression upon seeing the photos is Herring Gull. The relatively flat 
head shape, very large bill (with significant gonys angle), and thick pink 
legs, take me down that road. 

The books say a small Herring can be within a few inches of a large 
Ring-billed. 

 
The dark iris is interesting since there appears to be gray in the mantle so 
the iris should be light by now on a Herring. 


A very interesting study!

Steve McConnell
Hartselle, AL
 
 
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From: Ken Wills Memontei AT aol.com [albirds] 
To: BASBirding ; albirds 
Sent: Fri, Jun 6, 2014 12:31 am
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Re: [BAS Birding] Mystery Gull at Avondale Park in 
Birmingham, AL 



 
  
    
                  

Thanks so much to Greg and Dick,
 
The bird was ring billed sized, but you will see for yourself. It may turn out 
to be a ring billed, but the fact that no one has called it yet makes me feel 
good about my problems with the id. 

 
Ken
 
 
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From: 'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [BASBirding] 
 

To: AL-Birds 
Cc: BAS Birding 
Sent: Thu, Jun 5, 2014 10:27 pm
Subject: [BAS Birding] Mystery Gull at Avondale Park in Birmingham, AL


 
 
  
    
                  
Hello All-

This morning Ken Wills reported seeing an unusual gull at Avondale Park and 
encouraged Birmingham area birders to get by the park to help with its 
identity. Dick Mills visited the park earlier this afternoon and was able to 
take several photos of the gull, which he sent to me for posting on the web. 


I have posted the photos to the Birmingham Audubon Society Facebook page, and 
also to my Flickr page. The link to the album is here: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregharber/sets/72157644622951948/ 


We'd welcome your input. I plan to visit the park in the morning before work to 
get a better sense of the bird's size. Dick reported that when he approached 
the bird it paddled away in the water rather than take flight, so chances are 
good it will be there a while until the condition of its feathers improves. 
Take a look at the photos and you'll see what I mean. 


Take care all, and thanks to Ken and Dick for their efforts. If tomorrow's 
visit yields any new info I'll pass that along too. Greg 


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

    
             

  


    
             

  
Subject: Wilson Lock access
From: "'Simbeck, Damien J' djsimbeck AT tva.gov [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2014 19:20:10 +0000
I checked with TVA security today. As recently announced, Wilson Locks will be 
open for visitors (tourism) on weekends and holidays from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 
p.m. There are no restrictions in terms of use of binoculars, scopes and camera 
equipment. I do not know how much of the lock area will be open to the public, 
so I do not know if the outer wall (view of rock pile) will be accessible. 
Guess I'll have to make a visit this weekend and find out. 


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: Additional gull photos; looks like Ring-billed to me
From: "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2014 08:41:42 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
Hey All, 

Now that I have been to see the gull in person I am confident that this is a 
Ring-billed Gull. Its feathers appear to be in deplorable condition, but I'm 
not so certain that this isn't due to molt. My initial hesitation as to its 
identity was in part due to the apparent lack of gray plumage in the mantle 
(back) and the shape of the bill, as shown in the first three photographs. The 
bill appeared long and slender, similar to a Laughing Gull, in Dick's photos 
but now that I have had a chance to see the bird in person I'd place my money 
on Ring-billed Gull. Regardless of its identity, kudos to Ken Wills and Dick 
Mills for bringing this bird to our attention - we don't often see gulls in 
Birmingham in summer. 


I should also clarify that Dick Mills attempted to send me multiple photos, but 
due to my Inbox being close to full, and then full, only three photos were 
received on my end. Dick's additional photos show the bird from multiple angles 
and show close-ups of the legs, bill, etc. 


Also, Suzanne Langley, noted the bird was there last Sunday. I hope it stays a 
while so we can observe its new feathers as summer progresses! 


Here is the link to my Flickr pages again. First three photos were taken by 
Dick Mills on 6-5-14; last seven taken by me this morning, 6-6-14. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregharber/sets/72157644622951948/

Take care all,  Greg



And on this 70th anniversary of this historic day, a salute to our brave men 
and women in uniform. 


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: Re: [BAS Birding] Mystery Gull at Avondale Park in Birmingham, AL
From: "Ken Wills Memontei AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2014 01:31:54 -0400 (EDT)
Thanks so much to Greg and Dick,
 
The bird was ring billed sized, but you will see for yourself. It may turn out 
to be a ring billed, but the fact that no one has called it yet makes me feel 
good about my problems with the id. 

 
Ken
 
 
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Sent: Thu, Jun 5, 2014 10:27 pm
Subject: [BAS Birding] Mystery Gull at Avondale Park in Birmingham, AL


 
  
    
                  
Hello All-

This morning Ken Wills reported seeing an unusual gull at Avondale Park and 
encouraged Birmingham area birders to get by the park to help with its 
identity. Dick Mills visited the park earlier this afternoon and was able to 
take several photos of the gull, which he sent to me for posting on the web. 


I have posted the photos to the Birmingham Audubon Society Facebook page, and 
also to my Flickr page. The link to the album is here: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregharber/sets/72157644622951948/ 


We'd welcome your input. I plan to visit the park in the morning before work to 
get a better sense of the bird's size. Dick reported that when he approached 
the bird it paddled away in the water rather than take flight, so chances are 
good it will be there a while until the condition of its feathers improves. 
Take a look at the photos and you'll see what I mean. 


Take care all, and thanks to Ken and Dick for their efforts. If tomorrow's 
visit yields any new info I'll pass that along too. Greg 


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

    
             

  
Subject: Mystery Gull at Avondale Park in Birmingham, AL
From: "'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2014 22:27:10 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
Hello All-

This morning Ken Wills reported seeing an unusual gull at Avondale Park and 
encouraged Birmingham area birders to get by the park to help with its 
identity. Dick Mills visited the park earlier this afternoon and was able to 
take several photos of the gull, which he sent to me for posting on the web. 


I have posted the photos to the Birmingham Audubon Society Facebook page, and 
also to my Flickr page. The link to the album is here: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregharber/sets/72157644622951948/ 


We'd welcome your input. I plan to visit the park in the morning before work to 
get a better sense of the bird's size. Dick reported that when he approached 
the bird it paddled away in the water rather than take flight, so chances are 
good it will be there a while until the condition of its feathers improves. 
Take a look at the photos and you'll see what I mean. 


Take care all, and thanks to Ken and Dick for their efforts. If tomorrow's 
visit yields any new info I'll pass that along too. Greg 


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: DI
From: "andrew AT natsp.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Jun 2014 17:15:31 -0700
Good news on DI. saw two Wilson's Plovers in their usual haunt after seeing 
them often in April but nor for all of May. Their behavior indicated a chick 
nearby, so very good news. Plus, I found a Common Tern sitting in a scrape, 
with another going in and out of the area. I didn't go close enough to disturb 
her to check for eggs, but she was definitely nest sitting. This is about 100 
yards, or less, from where I found a nest with eggs last year. So even with all 
the disturbance, the birds are still trying to nest on Pelican. Efforts are 
underway currently to minimize human, and human pet, disturbance in the dune 
area, and hopefully with a larger effort for next season. But if anyone has 
time to be a shorebird steward, spending time on the beach informing and gently 
admonishing users so they are aware of bird nesting efforts, it would be 
greatly appreciated. Contact me and I can put you in touch with Coastal Bird 
Conservation, who is the lead on this along with ALDNR & FWS. 


Cheers,

Andrew
DI
 

Subject: Request info on Wilson Dam locks access.
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Jun 2014 13:35:38 -0700
Where can you go at the locks?
 Are cameras permitted?
 Here is a  photo that you can talk about where the access is allowed.
 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Wheeler-and-Wilson-Dams-2014/i-sGBpGnH/0/L/Wilson%20Dam%20locks-L.jpg 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Wheeler-and-Wilson-Dams-2014/i-sGBpGnH/0/L/Wilson%20Dam%20locks-L.jpg 

 Jerry Green
 Huntsville
Subject: Mississippi Kites in Talledega County
From: "Dana Hamilton stan_dana_h AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2014 16:58:43 -0500
Albirders,

After completing the second of our three annual breeding bird surveys this 
morning, Stan and I scouted the Ironaton USGS quad for the upcoming summer bird 
count. We were somewhat startled to see 9 Mississippi Kites swirling high above 
us in the clouds. They came down lower feeding closely enough that we didn't 
even need binoculars. All of the birds observed were adults (no juveniles). 
Both of us got splendid, diagnostic views in our binocs. The shape, color, 
behavior etc. were definitive. 


They are well within the Breeding Bird Atlas "safe dates" of 05/01-07/10, so we 
do not think that they are a result of post-breeding dispersal. 


The location coordinates are 33.46318 N.    86.00216 W

They were wheeling over a large embankment with sparse vegetation on Chinnabee 
Road off Talledega CR 365 (also known as Twin Churches Road). 


We did not expect to locate Mississippi Kites in Talledega County, particularly 
not this early in the season. 


I hope that they stick around until we do the "official"count.

Enjoy birding!

Dana Hamilton
Irondale Al

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Subject: Two Least Bitterns Confirmed at Limestone Park
From: "Memontei AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Jun 2014 20:44:13 -0700
Hello all,
  
 I had time after work today to try for the Least Bittern at Limestone Park. 
Initially I had no luck on the road by the shooting range, but I worked my way 
to the observation platform and ran into Shane Coombs. We decided to try a 
different vantage point in order to spot the bittern. We ended up seeing two 
Least Bitterns in the breeding season no less. 

  
 The small heron type birds' bright buffy coloration was obvious. The dark back 
and shoulders and white sides could be seen on at least one of the birds in 
flight indicating a male. We had several good looks of the birds as they flew 
back and forth in the cattail marsh near the shooting range. We viewed the 
marsh from a vantage point between the remote control airplane runway area and 
the marsh looking across the marsh towards the shooting range. This vantage 
point provides the maximum view of the birds preferred habitat. However, for 
safety and courtesy do not stand in this area if remote control airplanes 
enthusiasts are using the runway. Weekdays are the most likely time for the 
runway not to be in use. 

  
 The king rails, black ducks and anhinga were still around as well.
  
 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