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Yellow-shouldered Blackbird,©Barry Kent Mackay

31 Jan Bullock's Oriole & Hooded Warbler ["'Bianca Allen' brdnrd1022 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
30 Jan UPDATE: Montevallo Bullock's Oriole continues, Jan 30 ["Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
28 Jan Re: Tundra Swans ["SueMoske AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
28 Jan Tundra Swans ["'Damien J. Simbeck' TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
28 Jan Hooded Warbler in Linn Park ["Alison Glascock alisonglascock AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
28 Jan FW: 100th anniversary celebration - Tennessee Ornithological Society ["'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" ]
27 Jan Re: Hooded Warbler in Linn Park - Still Present 1/27/2015 ["'Gregory J. Harber' gharber AT mindspring.com [albirds]" ]
27 Jan Re: Hooded Warbler in Linn Park - Still Present 1/27/2015 ["Dana Hamilton stan_dana_h AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
26 Jan Re: Swan Creek Swan.. question of Tundra Swan, Limestone Co. AL ["Neill Cowles neill.cowles AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
26 Jan Hooded Warbler in Linn Park ["'Bianca Allen' brdnrd1022 AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
25 Jan California Gull is Herring ["'Damien J. Simbeck' TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
25 Jan UPDATE: Montevallo Bullock's Oriole continues, Jan 25 ["Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
26 Jan Re: Swan Creek Swan.. question of Tundra Swan, Limestone Co. AL ["'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" ]
25 Jan RE: Swan Creek Swan.. question of Tundra Swan, Limestone Co. AL ["lgardellabirds AT charter.net [albirds]" ]
25 Jan Swan Creek Swan.. question of Tundra Swan, Limestone Co. AL ["J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" ]
25 Jan Tundra Swan, Swan Creek,Limestone Co.AL ["J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" ]
24 Jan Wheeler Bot Trip ["'Damien J. Simbeck' TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
25 Jan Fox Sparrow today! ["Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
24 Jan Purple Finches ["Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
23 Jan Fwd: Re: Future of AOS RBA? ["'Greg D. Jackson' g_d_jackson AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
23 Jan anyone have an update on the Rough-legged Hawk at Wheeler? ["'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" ]
22 Jan Wilson Dam closure ["TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
21 Jan Future of AOS RBA? ["Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
22 Jan error on ebird date for Glaucous Gull ["'Duncan, Scot' sduncan AT bsc.edu [albirds]" ]
21 Jan AOS boat trips ["'Damien J. Simbeck' TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
21 Jan whimbrel ["andrew AT natsp.com [albirds]" ]
20 Jan Tundra Swans still on Mooresville Road ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
19 Jan America White Pelicans and a Surf Scoter ["johnb_cole AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
19 Jan Pictures of Ring-necked Pheasant near Athens Alabama ["justadude80 AT hotmail.com [albirds]" ]
19 Jan Saw another Ring-necked Pheasant near same spot ["justadude80 AT hotmail.com [albirds]" ]
19 Jan Bullock's Oriole ["TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
18 Jan Oriole in Auburn ["lewscharpf AT charter.net [albirds]" ]
18 Jan Turkey Vulture video and photos from my kitchen window ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
17 Jan Wilson's Snipe and Least Sandpiper @ Town Creek Marsh 17 Jan ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
16 Jan Tundra Swans still on Mooresville Road ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
16 Jan Dauphin island ["andrew AT natsp.com [albirds]" ]
16 Jan winter meeting info bit -- registration meeting spot ["'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" ]
15 Jan Re: Bullock's oriole ["TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
15 Jan Bullock's oriole ["Lorna West jjoal AT att.net [albirds]" ]
15 Jan Shelby County Bullock's Oriole still present, Wednesday, January 14 ["Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
13 Jan Bullock's Oriole continues...1/13/2015 ["esoehren AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
13 Jan Followup on Hummingbird in Vestavia Hills ["barbiesenior AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
13 Jan REMINDER: AOS WINTER MEETING, JANUARY 23-25 -- STILL TIME TO REGISTER ["'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" ]
12 Jan Bullock's Oriole continues...Monday, Jan 12 ["Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
11 Jan Re: Directions to Wheeler NWR area where Rough-legged Hawk is being seen ["SueMoske AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
11 Jan Directions to Wheeler NWR area where Rough-legged Hawk is being seen ["Dwight Cooley dwight_cooley AT fws.gov [albirds]" ]
11 Jan Tundra Swans on Mooresville Road ["SueMoske AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
11 Jan Re: Rough-legged hawk, Wheeler NWR, White Springs Dike continues ["Cynthia Routledge routledges AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
11 Jan Rough-legged hawk, Wheeler NWR, White Springs Dike continues ["J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" ]
10 Jan Re: Followup on Wheeler Rough-Legged Hawk ["J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" ]
10 Jan Followup on Wheeler Rough-Legged Hawk ["Jud Johnston rivendell AT tds.net [albirds]" ]
9 Jan Rough-legged hawk continues White Springs Dike, Wheeler NWR ["J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" ]
9 Jan Bullock's Oriole continues, Friday Jan 9 ["Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
09 Jan ani ["andrew AT natsp.com [albirds]" ]
08 Jan Sandhill Cranes up close at the Wheeler Observation Building ["gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" ]
08 Jan Hummingbird in Vestavia Hills ["barbiesenior AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
7 Jan Re: Shelby County Bullock's Oriole SEEN AGAIN, Tuesday, January 6th 2015 ["Dana Hamilton stan_dana_h AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
6 Jan Re: Shelby County Bullock's Oriole SEEN AGAIN, Tuesday, January 6th 2015 ["Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
06 Jan Shelby County Bullock's Oriole SEEN AGAIN, Tuesday, January 6th 2015 ["hhorne AT earthlink.net [albirds]" ]
5 Jan Bullock's Oriole SEEN AGAIN, Monday, Montevallo (Shelby County), Jan 5 ["Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
5 Jan AOS Meeting - Boat Trips ["TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
5 Jan Florida bird trip photos ["Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" ]
4 Jan Montgomery Christmas Bird Count ["lgardellabirds AT charter.net [albirds]" ]
4 Jan FW: Invites and Itinerary ["'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" ]
4 Jan Bullock's Oriole SEEN AGAIN, Montevallo (Shelby County), Jan 4 ["Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
3 Jan Bay-breasted Warbler ["lgardellabirds AT charter.net [albirds]" ]
3 Jan Tundra swans, Limestone Co. AL ["J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" ]
3 Jan Tundra swans, Limestone Co. AL ["J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" ]
3 Jan Tundra swans, Limestone Co. AL ["J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" ]
3 Jan Tundra swans, Limestone Co. AL ["J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" ]
02 Jan Oxmoor Woodcocks are Back ["Memontei AT aol.com [albirds]" ]
02 Jan Great Black-backed Gull at Alabama Point ["Dwight Cooley sabrewing AT earthlink.net [albirds]" ]
1 Jan Re: Tundra swans , Limestone Co ["Neill Cowles neill.cowles AT gmail.com [albirds]" ]
1 Jan Tundra Swans, Limestone Co, AL.. pics url ["J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" ]
1 Jan Tundra swans , Limestone Co ["J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" ]
01 Jan Dauphin Island ["andrew AT natsp.com [albirds]" ]

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

 

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

 

Bianca (bj) Allen

Birmingham, AL

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



 
  
    
                  

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

    
             

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


Sue Moske
Huntsville

 

 

 

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

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


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


Damien Simbeck
Killen, AL
    
             

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


Damien Simbeck
Killen, AL

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

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

 

Ken

 

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

Subject: 100th anniversary celebration - Tennessee Ornithological Society

 

Dear fellow state presidents,

 

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


 

Warmest regards,

Ron Hoff

President, Tennessee Ornithological Society

 



 

 

                     

 The Tennessee Ornithological Society 


cordially invites you and your members to our 

100th Anniversary Celebration

 

Thursday, April 30 thru Sunday, May 3. 2015

Montgomery Bell State Park Inn 

1000 Hotel Avenue 

Burns, Tennessee 

 

Information and registration can be found at:

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

 

Please direct any additional questions to:

Cyndi Routledge

routledges AT bellsouth.net  

 



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




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

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


Dana Hamilton
Irondale Al

Sent from my iPad

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

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

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

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

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

Neill Cowles
Athens

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Bianca (bj) Allen

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


Damien Simbeck
Killen, AL

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

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


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



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


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




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

Larry Gardella
Montgomery


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


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

   Any comments welcome..


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



Jane Allen
Huntsville, AL


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

Larry Gardella
Montgomery

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

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

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


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

   Any comments welcome.. 

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


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

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

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


Damien Simbeck
Killen, AL

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

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Huntsville, AL  35814
Subject: Purple Finches
From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:28:09 +0000 (UTC)
Fellow birders,
Purple Finches are no big deal I'm guessing, but they are to me!   Used to see 
them all over the place, but now, 99% House Finches.  But about 5 miles  
north of my house, on our farm, there are only Purple Finches...about 40 or so 
today at some feeders I put out a few weeks ago.  These shots were taken in 
the rain.  I hope you guys enjoy them (:   I am ready for some Warblers to 
start flying through 

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




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


Thanks,
Scot

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


Damien Simbeck
Killen,  AL

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


For background, here's a short history:

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


Jan 2001 - Greg transferred role to Steve McConnell.

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


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


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


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


---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 


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


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


Thanks for your support these last 13 years,

Steve McConnell
Hartselle, AL


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


 

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


Cheers

Andrew


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

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



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

?

Scot


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


Damien Simbeck
Killen, AL

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

Andrew

DI
 

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

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


 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


 

 Rocky Baker - Athens Alabama
 

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

 

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


Damien Simbeck
Killen,  AL

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


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


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

 
 http://www.pbase.com/lejun/image/158860918 
 
 Oriole by lejun http://www.pbase.com/lejun/image/158860918 
 
 
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Anterior Photograph: Oriole by lejun http://www.pbase.com/lejun/image/158860919 

 
 http://www.pbase.com/lejun/image/158860919 
 
 Oriole by lejun http://www.pbase.com/lejun/image/158860919 
 
 
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Subject: Turkey Vulture video and photos from my kitchen window
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Jan 2015 08:43:18 -0800
A Turkey Vulture was eating an road kill Armadillo in my back yard this 
morning. 

 

 Video and photos  AT  
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Photos-from-My-Kitchen-Window/i-PghBXQT 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Photos-from-My-Kitchen-Window/i-PghBXQT 

 

 Jerry Green
 Top of Monte Sano mountain in Huntsville
  
Subject: Wilson's Snipe and Least Sandpiper @ Town Creek Marsh 17 Jan
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Jan 2015 21:09:54 -0800
We arrived at Town Creek Marsh this morning and joined the birders there. They 
had a Wilson's Snipe in their scopes. I set up my camera and tripod as the 
birders were leaving. We stayed for about 30 minutes without seeing any to 
photograph. Then 20+ snipe materialized from the short grass and flew south 
across the road to the wheat fields and quickly got out of site again. We left 
then returned later in the afternoon and right after we set up our photo 
equipment the snipe and sandpipers emerged and put on a show for us. 

 

 Photos  AT  
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Wheeler-and-Wilson-Dam-area/i-nntbTfQ 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Wheeler-and-Wilson-Dam-area/i-nntbTfQ 

 

 Jerry Green
 Huntsville
 

  
  
Subject: Tundra Swans still on Mooresville Road
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Jan 2015 18:05:08 -0800
The Tundra Swans are still in the flooded field on Mooresville Road. Light was 
good this morning for a photo. 

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


 

 

 Jerry Green
 Huntsville
Subject: Dauphin island
From: "andrew AT natsp.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Jan 2015 16:51:53 -0800
Western Kingbird seen today, flyby but assumed to be one of the 2 or 3 seen 
earlier this year. On a related but different note, I'd like to get back to 
rapidly posted rare bird alerts here. I still think a phone line hotline works 
best - everyone has a phone, no Internet connection or typing needed to check 
or post, and visitors can easily access it. But it also needs upkeep. But you 
can receive notifications of posts on Albirds, so immediately are advised of 
new sightings. And from a specific source,. There just isn't time to phone 
every birder who may be interested when you are ogling a great bird. So many 
people miss out. Sharing these birds is part of making birding fun, let's try 
to make that happen more. 


Cheers

Andrew

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Subject: winter meeting info bit -- registration meeting spot
From: "'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:29:02 -0600
Don't think this will be a big deal but letting you know that the
registration table for the AOS winter meeting will be set up in the Cypress
room (also where the Friday mixer, banquet and board meeting will be held),
rather than the lobby.  There will be plenty of people around to direct
anyone who needs help.  They are also going to have the dining room open for
breakfast at 6:30, so you'll have time to eat before field trips.

 

Ken
Subject: Re: Bullock's oriole
From: "TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:46:04 -0500
Wish I could have been there later. I was on site at 7:05 this morning. Stayed 
until 7:45 but had to leave to attend a conference in Montgomery at 9:00. 
Oriole was a no-show during my visit. Lots of other birds in the yard and at 
the feeders. Several Purple Finches and a Pine Siskin were nice treats. A 
Cooper's Hawk arrived at 7:30 and all birds scattered. The hawk chased 
something from the yard just before I left at 7:45. With that one in the area, 
I guess I know why I didn't see the oriole. Glad to know the Cooper's didn't 
pick the bright orange target for breakfast. Maybe I can find time to make 
another trip later when I don't have a "gotta leave now" schedule. 


Damien Simbeck
Killen, AL
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Lorna West jjoal AT att.net [albirds] 
To: Al birders 
Sent: Thu, Jan 15, 2015 7:32 am
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Bullock's oriole


 
  
    
                  
Greetings, with Choco's blood work showing improvement,cloudy weather(better on 
eyes),and really wanting to see the Oriole we took off at 10! We were looking 
at the bird at 12:20 on the suet feeder. He returned to the suet a second time 
and on the third visit he went to the oranges. Each time he stayed long enough 
to really see and enjoy him. The suet feeder also had a nice orange crown 
warbler. Thanks for sharing this nice visitor! Good birding, Lorna 
West,Opelika,Al 


Sent from my iPad

    
             

  
Subject: Bullock's oriole
From: "Lorna West jjoal AT att.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 07:32:15 -0600
Greetings, with Choco's blood work showing improvement,cloudy weather(better on 
eyes),and really wanting to see the Oriole we took off at 10! We were looking 
at the bird at 12:20 on the suet feeder. He returned to the suet a second time 
and on the third visit he went to the oranges. Each time he stayed long enough 
to really see and enjoy him. The suet feeder also had a nice orange crown 
warbler. Thanks for sharing this nice visitor! Good birding, Lorna 
West,Opelika,Al 


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Subject: Shelby County Bullock's Oriole still present, Wednesday, January 14
From: "Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 00:11:32 -0500
The Montevallo BULLOCK'S ORIOLE continued today.



 
The homeowner had these observations today:
 
"He is still here. I saw him at 7:13am, 7:31am, 8:02am, and 8:40am. I did not 
watch after that time. Two interesting things: he visited only the suet at 
7:31am. Then at 8:02am and 8:40am I saw him visit suet, then the feeder, where 
he only ate oranges. He did drink nectar at 7:13am. " 

 
Steve McConnell
Hartselle, AL
 
 


    
             

  
Subject: Bullock's Oriole continues...1/13/2015
From: "esoehren AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Jan 2015 21:29:06 -0800
Just a quick note to report that the Montevallo BULLOCK'S ORIOLE was still 
present this afternoon (1/13/2015). We arrived around 12:30 PM and it showed up 
within 18 minutes. It made several subsequent visits to the sugar water feeder 
easily seen in the front yard. When you first arrive, carefully scan the holly 
hedge row near the feeder. It was staging there between feeder visits. 

 

 Good luck!
 

 Eric Soehren
Shorter, AL
Subject: Followup on Hummingbird in Vestavia Hills
From: "barbiesenior AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Jan 2015 12:07:58 -0800
I haven't seen the male rufous hummingbird in the last couple of days. Mary 
Wilson came twice to try and band him, but he wouldn't have any part of it. 

 

 Mary got a good look at him, and she said he was definitely a male rufous. I 
had entertained hopes that he might be an Allen's because of his small size, 
but he always sat in the azalea bush facing me so that I could not see his 
back. 

 

 It was fun while it lasted!
 

 Sharon Kirby
 Vestavia Hills, Al  

 






 

---In albirds AT yahoogroups.com,  wrote :

 
 I have what I think is a male rufous hummingbird at my house. He's been here a 
couple of days and thankfully survived the frigid night (said prayers for his 
survival, thank you, Lord!). 

 

 He's on the front porch at the feeder and goes down into the azalea bush to 
sit. 

 

 If anyone would like to see him, you're welcome to come. Just park in front of 
the house and view him from your car so you'll stay warm. We're friendly folks, 
but please don't come to the front door as the bird feeder is right next to the 
front steps. Thanks! 

 

 Sharon Kirby
 1809 Mission Road
 Vestavia Hills, AL  35216
 

 



Subject: REMINDER: AOS WINTER MEETING, JANUARY 23-25 -- STILL TIME TO REGISTER
From: "'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:10:53 -0600
Hi Everybody,

 

A reminder that our 2015 Winter AOS meeting is coming up soon, January
23-25; please follow the link on the front page of the AOS website (
 http://www.aosbirds.org/), or the current
Yellowhammer, for details.  There is also an archive there of past meeting
reviews, including the last one at Joe Wheeler SP, in 2013.  

 

You still have time to register for the meeting, including attending the
banquet (Dwight Cooley is our speaker) and there is still plenty of space to
sign up for one of the pelagic field trips on the river/reservoir, if you
are interested (right now the Saturday trip needs a few more folks to be a
go).  I don't know whether there are any block rooms left at the lodge,
although I would think there are.  If there are not, the regular room rate
is about the same as the block rate anyway (very reasonable) and I would
think there are plenty of rooms at the lodge this time of year. Call or
email us (Ken and Rufina) directly, if you have any questions (256-837-5646,
 phinken AT wowway.com).  

 

Hope to see y'all there; should be a really nice meeting :).

 

Cheers,

 

Ken
Subject: Bullock's Oriole continues...Monday, Jan 12
From: "Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:59:11 -0500
FYI

The Montevallo BULLOCK'S ORIOLE was seen today by the host "7 times between 
7:20am and 12:30pm. I was not watching as carefully after that time." 


What a colorful, cooperative treat to liven these winter days!

Good luck,

Steve McConnell
Hartselle, AL

Subject: Re: Directions to Wheeler NWR area where Rough-legged Hawk is being seen
From: "SueMoske AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 19:01:43 -0500
 Yes, you definitely need a scope and probably rubber boots. The first day I 
saw it, I didn't have rubber boots, but I had my lens cranked up to 60X. 
Watched it for two minutes, and when I looked down at my feet because water was 
seeping in my shoes, it disappeared. So I went back the next day with a friend. 
That day, it again was perched in a tree, and flew short distances, so I was 
able to verify the ID. Again, I had the scope at 60X. Today, it was in a tree 
again, but further away, so even though I walked until the water would have 
gone over my boots, I still watched it at mostly 60X. When it flew today, it 
immediately dropped into cover, so no underwing view. There were at least four 
RT Hawks perched in trees in the same field, so a scope is essential for a 
positive ID. 


Sue Moske
Huntsville

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Dwight Cooley dwight_cooley AT fws.gov [albirds] 
 

To: albirds 
Sent: Sun, Jan 11, 2015 5:22 pm
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Directions to Wheeler NWR area where Rough-legged Hawk is 
being seen 



 
  
    
                  
ALBIRDS-

I've received several requests for directions to the area where the
Rough-legged Hawk is being seen.

From I-565 in Limestone County, take Exit 2 to Mooresville and go
right (west) at the stop sign on to old Highway 20. After crossing
Piney Creek, take a left (south) on to Arrowhead Landing Road and
continue past the boat ramp and first gate to the gate at the north
end of the I-65 bridge and park. Walk south along the road between the
north and south bound lanes of I-65 toward the Tennessee River for
0.75 miles to the field road at the 2nd open area on the right.

The bird has been seen daily since Jan. 7, using the open
field/wetland west of I-65. If you walk west down the field road,
you'll need waterproof boots and your scope.

The road past the first gate can be muddy after a rain and
archery/flintlock deer season is open until Jan. 31, so take care.

Dwight Cooley
Decatur, Alabama

Sent from my iPhone

    
             

  
Subject: Directions to Wheeler NWR area where Rough-legged Hawk is being seen
From: "Dwight Cooley dwight_cooley AT fws.gov [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 17:21:55 -0600
ALBIRDS-

I've received several requests for directions to the area where the
Rough-legged Hawk is being seen.

From I-565 in Limestone County, take Exit 2 to Mooresville and go
right (west) at the stop sign on to old Highway 20. After crossing
Piney Creek, take a left (south) on to Arrowhead Landing Road and
continue past the boat ramp and first gate to the gate at the north
end of the I-65 bridge and park. Walk south along the road between the
north and south bound lanes of I-65 toward the Tennessee River for
0.75 miles to the field road at the 2nd open area on the right.

The bird has been seen daily since Jan. 7, using the open
field/wetland west of I-65. If you walk west down the field road,
you'll need waterproof boots and your scope.

The road past the first gate can be muddy after a rain and
archery/flintlock deer season is open until Jan. 31, so take care.

Dwight Cooley
Decatur, Alabama

Sent from my iPhone


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Subject: Tundra Swans on Mooresville Road
From: "SueMoske AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 17:09:21 -0500
Two Tundra Swans have returned to the flooded field at the corner of 
Mooresville and Humphrey Roads. The water is no longer frozen. 


Sue Moske
Huntsville
Subject: Re: Rough-legged hawk, Wheeler NWR, White Springs Dike continues
From: "Cynthia Routledge routledges AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 12:37:16 -0600
Can someone provide more specific directions to the Rough-leg once you're at 
Whites Creek Dike? 


Cheers,
Cyndi

> On Jan 11, 2015, at 10:40 AM, J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds] 
 wrote: 

> 
> Sue Moske called me (10:35 am) to say she is looking at the same rough-legged 
hawk we say on 1/9/15. She noted that the lighting is more gray today and there 
is more detail visible on the breast of this bird. 

>   Contact Sue Moske (suemoske AT aol.com )   for more information.  
> 
> Jane Allen 
> for Sue Moske
> Huntsville, AL
> 
Subject: Rough-legged hawk, Wheeler NWR, White Springs Dike continues
From: "J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 08:40:57 -0800
Sue Moske called me (10:35 am) to say she is looking at the same rough-legged 
hawk we say on 1/9/15. She noted that the lighting is more gray today and there 
is more detail visible on the breast of this bird. 

  Contact Sue Moske (suemoske AT aol.com )   for more information.  

Jane Allen 
for Sue Moske
Huntsville, AL
Subject: Re: Followup on Wheeler Rough-Legged Hawk
From: "J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 20:54:18 -0800
So true re: earning this "tick".. a great slog and we didn't stay nearly that 
long. and except for the bald eagle, the raptors all seemed a bit odd. Perhaps 
it was that we wanted every hawk to be the rough-legged. and Sue Moske made 
that trip twice! 


Jane Allen 
Huntsville, AL


On Saturday, January 10, 2015 8:01 PM, "Jud Johnston rivendell AT tds.net 
[albirds]"  wrote: 

 


  
1.  The rough-legged hawk is still in the area.
2.  If you get this tick, you will have earned it.

Encountered David Arnold of Tuscaloosa when I followed Sue Moske's
    directions to the area where the hawk has been seen.   We slogged
    through the semi-frozen tundra for maybe 250 yards before setting up
    scopes.  (Quarter inch of ice, 6 inches of water)  We found a bald
    eagle almost immediately, then several redtails, plus a few we never
    really identified.
After maybe an hour and a half, I scanned across a big dark hawk
    with a white head.  It looked tall, if you can say that about a
    hawk.  It was facing away from us ( a good half mile off) and looked
    uniformly brownish black on back and wings.  The head was white and
    looked dainty for such a large hawk, with a suggestion of an
    eyeline.  The tail, as seen from the rear, looked charcoal.  After
    15-20 minutes, the bird flew, but low, as if in pursuit of prey. 
    The underwings were seen to be mostly white, but the view was
    fleeting and the angle poor.  We lost the bird for a bit, then David
    refound it, sitting further back in cover.  After David left, I
    happened to find it again by scanning, this time facing me.  I was
    surprised that the ventral side looked mostly dark, with some
    whitish areas near the throat, much like a dark morph Harlan's
    hawk.  I regretted not having brought my 50X eyepiece.  I observed
    for a while longer, hoping it would fly again, but it didn't. 
    Around this time, the hawks all started moving, as if going to
    roost, but the RLHA looked satisfied.  Two bald eagles flew out low,
    heading east, and a couple of harriers started coursing around.

On the drive out, I scoped a sizable raft (about 1000) of snow geese
    in Limestone Bay and found a couple of Ross's.  Lots of blues in the
    raft as well.

Good birding,

Jud Johnston
Waynesboro, TN
Subject: Followup on Wheeler Rough-Legged Hawk
From: "Jud Johnston rivendell AT tds.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 20:01:31 -0600
1.  The rough-legged hawk is still in the area.
2.  If you get this tick, you will have earned it.

Encountered David Arnold of Tuscaloosa when I followed Sue Moske's 
directions to the area where the hawk has been seen.   We slogged 
through the semi-frozen tundra for maybe 250 yards before setting up 
scopes.  (Quarter inch of ice, 6 inches of water)  We found a bald eagle 
almost immediately, then several redtails, plus a few we never really 
identified.
After maybe an hour and a half, I scanned across a big dark hawk with a 
white head.  It looked tall, if you can say that about a hawk.  It was 
facing away from us ( a good half mile off) and looked uniformly 
brownish black on back and wings.  The head was white and looked dainty 
for such a large hawk, with a suggestion of an eyeline.  The tail, as 
seen from the rear, looked charcoal.  After 15-20 minutes, the bird 
flew, but low, as if in pursuit of prey. The underwings were seen to be 
mostly white, but the view was fleeting and the angle poor.  We lost the 
bird for a bit, then David refound it, sitting further back in cover.  
After David left, I happened to find it again by scanning, this time 
facing me.  I was surprised that the ventral side looked mostly dark, 
with some whitish areas near the throat, much like a dark morph Harlan's 
hawk.  I regretted not having brought my 50X eyepiece.  I observed for a 
while longer, hoping it would fly again, but it didn't. Around this 
time, the hawks all started moving, as if going to roost, but the RLHA 
looked satisfied.  Two bald eagles flew out low, heading east, and a 
couple of harriers started coursing around.

On the drive out, I scoped a sizable raft (about 1000) of snow geese in 
Limestone Bay and found a couple of Ross's.  Lots of blues in the raft 
as well.

Good birding,

Jud Johnston
Waynesboro, TN
Subject: Rough-legged hawk continues White Springs Dike, Wheeler NWR
From: "J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2015 09:14:42 -0800
First spotted by Dwight Cooley 1/7/15, then Sue Moske 1/8/15 and today seen 
well by Sue Moske & Jane Allen. Write Sue Moske (suemoske AT aol ) or Dwight 
Cooley for directions. Saw front, side , and inflight for 20 minutes. Also saw 
Bald eagle, 3 red- tail hawks. Wear waterproof footwear. 


Jane Allen
Sue Moske 
Huntsville , AL
Subject: Bullock's Oriole continues, Friday Jan 9
From: "Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2015 12:08:47 -0500
The male BULLOCK'S ORIOLE in Montevallo (Shelby Co.) continued this morning.  

I arrived at 7:45 and within 10 min he also arrived to lap down some sugar 
water. His host has laid out the welcome mat with an oriole feeder kept 
unfrozen with hand-warmers taped underneath and oranges. I didn't see him 
interested in the fruit at all. Makes sense I guess. My brief research says 
oranges only contain 10% sugar. 


After two trips and 5 min total at the feeder, off he flew down the road.

Good luck,

Steve McConnell
Hartselle, AL
Subject: ani
From: "andrew AT natsp.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Jan 2015 05:57:53 -0800
The Meaher park Groove-billed Ani was relocated yesterday afternoon in the same 
area as previously seen on Dec 26, along the track leading to the boardwalk. 
Sorry about the late post, but got home late and had a bunch of things to do 
and completely forgot. 


Cheers

Andrew
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Subject: Sandhill Cranes up close at the Wheeler Observation Building
From: "gofish80 AT comcast.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Jan 2015 19:44:47 -0800
The Sandhill cranes were up close at the Wheeler Observation Building today, 
8Jan. 

 Video and photos  AT  
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Observation-Building-Wheeler/i-zmz9T2m 
http://gofish.smugmug.com/Nature/Observation-Building-Wheeler/i-zmz9T2m 

 

 Jerry Green
 Huntsville
  
Subject: Hummingbird in Vestavia Hills
From: "barbiesenior AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Jan 2015 07:55:26 -0800
 I have what I think is a male rufous hummingbird at my house. He's been here a 
couple of days and thankfully survived the frigid night (said prayers for his 
survival, thank you, Lord!). 

 

 He's on the front porch at the feeder and goes down into the azalea bush to 
sit. 

 

 If anyone would like to see him, you're welcome to come. Just park in front of 
the house and view him from your car so you'll stay warm. We're friendly folks, 
but please don't come to the front door as the bird feeder is right next to the 
front steps. Thanks! 

 

 Sharon Kirby
 1809 Mission Road
 Vestavia Hills, AL  35216
 

 

Subject: Re: Shelby County Bullock's Oriole SEEN AGAIN, Tuesday, January 6th 2015
From: "Dana Hamilton stan_dana_h AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2015 09:33:02 -0600
Steve and AlBirders,

Stan and I saw the Bullock's Oriole at the feeder at 9:20 a.m. this morning. 
The homeowner 

came out of the house and advised that she had seen it twice earlier this 
morning. 


It is a stunningly beautiful bird!

Best birding!

Dana Hamilton
Irondale Al

Sent from my iPad

> On Jan 6, 2015, at 8:56 PM, Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds] 
 wrote: 

> 
> Thanks Howard! Sure glad to hear about the success before the weather moves 
in. 

>  
> The homeowner had these observations today:
>  
> "I saw the Bullock’s oriole at 8:20am, 9:12am, 12:30pm, and 3:18pm (this 
one made me laugh because that was exactly the same time as yesterday)...I was 
not watching all day." 

>  
> Steve McConnell
> Hartselle, AL
>  
>  
>  
> -----Original Message-----
> From: hhorne AT earthlink.net [albirds] 
> To: albirds 
> Sent: Tue, Jan 6, 2015 12:20 pm
> Subject: [ALBIRDS] Shelby County Bullock's Oriole SEEN AGAIN, Tuesday, 
January 6th 2015 

> 
>  
> Hi all,
> 
> I just received word that the Shelby County Bullock's Oriole near Montevallo 
was seen today (January 6th) by Ben Garmon, Patsy Russo, Andrew Haffenden, and 
Michele Steber. Hopefully, the bird will continue through the severe cold 
expected over the next few days. 

> 
> Good Luck,
> 
> Howard Horne
> Mobile, AL
> 
Subject: Re: Shelby County Bullock's Oriole SEEN AGAIN, Tuesday, January 6th 2015
From: "Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2015 21:56:48 -0500
Thanks Howard! Sure glad to hear about the success before the weather moves in. 

 
The homeowner had these observations today:
 
"I saw the Bullock’s oriole at 8:20am, 9:12am, 12:30pm, and 3:18pm (this one 
made me laugh because that was exactly the same time as yesterday)...I was not 
watching all day." 

 
Steve McConnell
Hartselle, AL
 
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: hhorne AT earthlink.net [albirds] 
To: albirds 
Sent: Tue, Jan 6, 2015 12:20 pm
Subject: [ALBIRDS] Shelby County Bullock's Oriole SEEN AGAIN, Tuesday, January 
6th 2015 



 
  
    
                  
Hi all,


I just received word that the Shelby County Bullock's Oriole near Montevallo 
was seen today (January 6th) by Ben Garmon, Patsy Russo, Andrew Haffenden, and 
Michele Steber. Hopefully, the bird will continue through the severe cold 
expected over the next few days. 



Good Luck,


Howard Horne
Mobile, AL

    
             

  
Subject: Shelby County Bullock's Oriole SEEN AGAIN, Tuesday, January 6th 2015
From: "hhorne AT earthlink.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Jan 2015 10:20:20 -0800
Hi all, 

 I just received word that the Shelby County Bullock's Oriole near Montevallo 
was seen today (January 6th) by Ben Garmon, Patsy Russo, Andrew Haffenden, and 
Michele Steber. Hopefully, the bird will continue through the severe cold 
expected over the next few days. 

 

 Good Luck,
 

 Howard Horne
 Mobile, AL
Subject: Bullock's Oriole SEEN AGAIN, Monday, Montevallo (Shelby County), Jan 5
From: "Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 22:35:16 -0500
The Montevallow male Bullock's Oriole was observed many times today and better 
photos were taken. Looks like he has discovered the sweets. 



 http://www.pbase.com/swmavocet/bullocks_oriole

 



The homeowner reports:
 
" I saw him 4 times between 8:30 and 9:30, then twice around 1pm and 1:20pm. 
Later in the day, around 3:20pm I noticed him again and he seemed to show up 
every 20 minutes for nectar, until about 4:20pm. 

He has not been at the suet since discovering the nectar. I am so glad I got a 
feeder up for him. I have fresh nectar and mandarins to put out first thing in 
the morning. " 

 "
 

Please pass along an update if you are able to try and see this rarity.
 
Steve McConnell
Hartselle, AL

 


The homeowner reports:
 
" I saw him 4 times between 8:30 and 9:30, then twice around 1pm and 1:20pm. 
Later in the day, around 3:20pm I noticed him again and he seemed to show up 
every 20 minutes for nectar, until about 4:20pm. 

He has not been at the suet since discovering the nectar. I am so glad I got a 
feeder up for him. I have fresh nectar and mandarins to put out first thing in 
the morning. " 

 "
 

Please pass along an update if you are able to try and see this rarity.
 
Steve McConnell
Hartselle, AL

 


Subject: AOS Meeting - Boat Trips
From: "TNbarredowl AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 12:23:46 -0500

Just thought I would send out an update for the boat trips at the upcoming AOS Winter Meeting. I currently have 12 folks signed up for the Friday afternoon trip (minimum 10 required) so this one is “GO” as long as the weather cooperates. The Saturday trip currently has only 6 folks signed up, so we will need 4 more to meet the trip minimum. Spots are still available for both trips (can have 18 people on each trip). Reply to tnbarredowl AT aol.com if you are interested. For those already signed up, I plan to send detailed information about the trips, probably late next week.

Damien Simbeck

Killen, AL

Subject: Florida bird trip photos
From: "Charles Grisham cgrishamlaw AT yahoo.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 14:31:42 +0000 (UTC)
Hey birders!  Just got back from my family bird trip to Jacksonville Florida a 
couple of days ago.  Highlights were Purple Sandpiper, Snail Kite (thanks to 
Amber Heart for the info!!), Saltmarsh Sparrow, Great Black-backed Gull, Sedge 
Wren etc.   


By the way, if any of you think that some of the "Saltmarsh" sparrows in this 
gallery are actually Nelson's, then PLEASE let me know. 

I must credit my wife immeasurably for her patience in helping me get the 
birds.  It is hard to juggle our 3 little boys on trips, they are all 5 and 
under.  I love my wife (: 

God Bless, and please enjoy the photos (:
Family Florida Winter Trip 2014-2015 - charles grisham (natureshots)
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Huntsville, AL  35814
Subject: Montgomery Christmas Bird Count
From: "lgardellabirds AT charter.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2015 23:04:56 -0500 (EST)
Thanks to the dedication and perseverence of our participants, and some 
cooperation from birds made rather reticent by the weather, the 
Montgomery Christmas Bird Count recorded 102 species of birds yesterday.

Larry Gardella
Montgomery, AL
Subject: FW: Invites and Itinerary
From: "'Kenneth Ward' bustmilo AT knology.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2015 16:28:19 -0600
All,

 

FYI, please see below.  Please excuse if this is a duplicate posting.

 

Ken Ward 

 

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Subject: Fwd: Invites and Itinerary

 

Hello All

 

Excuse the mass email. Please forward this to any and all who might be
interested. Lake Guntersville State Park's Eagle Awareness Program is 30
years old! On January 10, the park will honor my mother in a special
program. From what I understand, people can attend the honor program at no
cost, and then to stay on for the banquet dinner and eagle awareness
program, it is $20. RSVP to Amanda Glover by January 7 if you would like to
attend. 

 

There is a Birmingham Audubon field trip to Guntersville that day as well. 

http://www.birminghamaudubon.org/index.php?option=com_jevents

&task=icalrepeat.detail&evid=1437&Itemid=90&year=2015&month=01&day=10&uid=c8
0eefddbc6e8a0f0bf660eb158b9dc6

 

I hope to see you this weekend!

Michelle

 

Begin forwarded message:





From: "Glover, Amanda"  >

Subject: Invites and Itinerary

Date: January 2, 2015 at 5:11:04 PM CST

To: "coverings AT bham.rr.com  "
 >

 

Hi Michelle,

Thank you for your help getting this out to everyone.

 

Amanda Glover | Park Event Coordinator

Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge

1155 Lodge Drive | Guntersville, AL 35976

Phone: 256.571.5440 Ext. 7406 | Fax: 256.571.5459

www.alapark.com/LakeGuntersville  



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Subject: Bullock's Oriole SEEN AGAIN, Montevallo (Shelby County), Jan 4
From: "Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2015 12:13:25 -0500

The homeowner reports:
 
"I saw the Bullock’s oriole around 9:30am (Jan 4). I was scanning the bushes 
along my property line with binoculars was quite surprised to see him. He flew 
across my yard to what I call a juniper tree – it is a large evergreen with 
bluish berries that is very attractive to cedar waxwings and other birds. The 
bird spent some time eating these berries, then he came back to the feeder and 
ate suet. I only saw one bird – I watched for about 30 minutes. There is/was 
lots of bird activity this morning after all the rain we got yesterday. 

 I did put out an “oriole feeder” with oranges and nectar, but I did not 
see the bird visit that. " 


Please pass along an update if you are able to try and see this rarity.

Steve McConnell
Hartselle, AL

 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds] 
To: albirds 
Sent: Thu, Jan 1, 2015 10:36 am
Subject: Re: [ALBIRDS] BIRD ALERT - male Bullock's Oriole photographed in 
Montevallo (Shelby County), Dec 29, 2014 



 
  
    
                  
Sorry...
I meant to add there are only 11 accepted Alabama records for Bullock's Oriole. 
The last was in 2005. 

 
Steve McConnell
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds] 
To: albirds 
Sent: Thu, Jan 1, 2015 10:33 am
Subject: Re: [ALBIRDS] BIRD ALERT - male Bullock's Oriole photographed in 
Montevallo (Shelby County), Dec 29, 2014 



 
 
  
    
                  
The homeowner says it would be fine for folks to drive and even park in the 
area and walk around. The address is 140 Cochise Circle, Montevallo AL 35115 
which is a cul de sac. The suet feeder the oriole was at on Dec 29 may be 
viewed from the road. 

 
Photo at:
http://www.pbase.com/swmavocet/bullocks_oriole
 

She notes there are several good birding spots in town and nearby, for example, 
Ebenezer Swamp and the UM lake (University of Montevallo ). The swamp is 
mentioned on the Alabama birding trails website. The area is fairly rural. 


 
Steve McConnell
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Swmavocet AT aol.com [albirds] 
To: albirds 
Sent: Thu, Jan 1, 2015 10:08 am
Subject: [ALBIRDS] BIRD ALERT - male Bullock's Oriole photographed in 
Montevallo (Shelby County), Dec 29, 2014 



 
 
  
    
                  
FYI
 
A male BULLOCK'S ORIOLE was reported by an eBird observer to have briefly 
visited their suet feeder on Dec 29, 2014. The location was at a private 
residence in Montevallo, Shelby County, southwest of Birmingham. The 
description and photo supports the identification. 

 
The observer reports the bird has not been seen again but they are keeping an 
eye out for it. 

 
Happy New Year everyone,
 
Steve McConnell
Hartselle, AL

    
             

  



    
             

  



    
             

  
Subject: Bay-breasted Warbler
From: "lgardellabirds AT charter.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2015 22:58:13 -0500 (EST)
Andrea, Elizabeth Conn and I had a Bay-breasted Warbler at Oak Park this 
morning when we were conducting the Montgomery Christmas bird count. 
David King (my co-editor for the Alabama-Mississippi CBC's) and I will 
try to relocate it tomorrow - but I do not expect conditions to be much, 
if any, better.  Elizabeth got some photos in the light mist, but they 
can only show the bill of the bird, the overall shape and the extention 
of the tail beyond the wings.

More later,

Larry Gardella
Montgomery, AL
Subject: Tundra swans, Limestone Co. AL
From: "J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2015 06:02:43 -0800
The 2 tundra swans have moved from Mooresville Rd. To Humphrey rd, just to west 
of Mooreville rd. In large, muddy flooded field. North of research farm. 
Limestone Co. 


Jane Allen
Huntsville
NABS outing
Subject: Tundra swans, Limestone Co. AL
From: "J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2015 06:02:43 -0800
The 2 tundra swans have moved from Mooresville Rd. To Humphrey rd, just to west 
of Mooreville rd. In large, muddy flooded field. North of research farm. 
Limestone Co. 


Jane Allen
Huntsville
NABS outing
Subject: Tundra swans, Limestone Co. AL
From: "J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2015 05:40:00 -0800
The 2 tundra swans have moved from Mooresville Rd. To Humphrey rd, just to west 
of Mooreville rd. In large, muddy flooded field. North of research farm. 
Limestone Co. 


Jane Allen
Huntsville
NABS outing
Subject: Tundra swans, Limestone Co. AL
From: "J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2015 05:40:00 -0800
The 2 tundra swans have moved from Mooresville Rd. To Humphrey rd, just to west 
of Mooreville rd. In large, muddy flooded field. North of research farm. 
Limestone Co. 


Jane Allen
Huntsville
NABS outing
Subject: Oxmoor Woodcocks are Back
From: "Memontei AT aol.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Jan 2015 17:58:23 -0800
Hello all,
  
 I wanted to let those in the Birmingham area know that displaying woodcocks 
are back for at least the third year in a row in the oldfield pines located 
next to the lakes in the Oxmoor Office Park. This area is at the junction of 
Sydney Drive and Lakeshore Parkway. From Lakeshore Parkway turn north on to 
Sydney Drive and then take your first left onto the side road which runs 
between the two lakes. The oldfield pines are just before the lakes and the 
birds always seem more active on the left side of the road. The birds are 
easier to hear than to see. Tonight I heard at least two birds a little after 5 
p.m. Depending on the conditions they can start calling this time of year from 
a little before 5 to little after. They call for only a few minutes before 
quitting so be there well before 5. 

  
 Today, was the first time in a while that I have done some aggressive birding. 
Besides my normal conservation, family and church activities, I have added 
exploring cypress swamps, canebrakes and rock outcrop plant communities to my 
regular activities so that my birding decreased over the last year and will 
likely do so again as things start blooming. However, I can still pack a year's 
worth of birding into the AOS meetings and spring migration. 

  
 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: Great Black-backed Gull at Alabama Point
From: "Dwight Cooley sabrewing AT earthlink.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 02 Jan 2015 11:07:52 -0600
While scanning offshore from Alabama Point, a large gull flew in from the west 
and up Perdido Pass into Perdido Bay. 


A classic second cycle Great Black-backed, it was significantly larger than 
Herring Gulls with which it was associating. It's head was mostly white with 
streaking behind the eye. The massive bill was black with the exception of a 
small white tip. The rump and tail was white with the exception of a large 
black subterminal band. The upper wing was mostly brownish with some black, 
particularly on the scapulars and flight feathers. 


Hopefully, it will hang around for tomorrow's CBC.

Dwight Cooley
Decatur, Alabama
(Temporarily in Gulf Shores)


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Subject: Re: Tundra swans , Limestone Co
From: "Neill Cowles neill.cowles AT gmail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 1 Jan 2015 22:58:14 -0500
Just our luck.  That's only a couple of miles from our house and we're in
West Virginia.  I hope they stick around.

Neill and Beth Cowles
 On Jan 1, 2015 3:48 PM, "J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" <
albirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> N34.69807, W86. 87807
> Mooresville Road. West side of road just north of Auburn research farm.
> Two white swans with yellow mark adjacent to black bill .
> Birds were reported to me by Harry Dean and Dick Bruer earlier this
> morning. Have pics. No URL yet.
>
> Jane Allen
> Huntsville , AL
>  
>
Subject: Tundra Swans, Limestone Co, AL.. pics url
From: "J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 1 Jan 2015 14:51:34 -0800
Below is URL for pics.. note only editing was cropping and sharpening.

http://ladyswan.smugmug.com/Tundra-Swans-Limestone-Co-AL/n-TdBvZ/i-4TFN7tD/A


Jane Allen 
Huntsville, AL
Subject: Tundra swans , Limestone Co
From: "J C Allen ssallen1 AT sbcglobal.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:41:56 -0800
N34.69807, W86. 87807
Mooresville Road. West side of road just north of Auburn research farm. Two 
white swans with yellow mark adjacent to black bill . 

Birds were reported to me by Harry Dean and Dick Bruer earlier this morning. 
Have pics. No URL yet. 


Jane Allen
Huntsville , AL
Subject: Dauphin Island
From: "andrew AT natsp.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Jan 2015 11:28:07 -0800
Western Kingbird relocated at the public beach pier this morning. Also 4 Black 
Scoters, one a very stylish male, and 1 female Surf Scoter at Cedar Point now. 


Cheers

Andrew
DI