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Wood Stork,©Mimi Hoppe Wolf

25 Jul Re: Question about Northern Wheatear Records [Nancy Newfield ]
25 Jul Re: Question about Northern Wheatear Records ["James V. Remsen, Jr." ]
25 Jul Re: Question about Northern Wheatear Records [Nancy Newfield ]
24 Jul Catahoula NWR, 7/23/14, two units [Jonathan Clark ]
23 Jul Urgent! Help & favor (Helena Putnam) [Helena Putnam ]
21 Jul Red Phalarope on Ms./La. border [Eric Liffmann ]
19 Jul Elm Grove area, 04/19/14 Fof Bank Swallow, Blue-winged Teal [Terry Davis ]
18 Jul Caracara - facepalm [John Dillon ]
18 Jul Re: Be on alert for Caracara in N LA [Jay V Huner ]
18 Jul Be on alert for Caracara in N LA [John Dillon ]
18 Jul Wood Stork Event on Saturday NOT cancelled [Jane Patterson ]
18 Jul Re: Question about Northern Wheatear Records [Paul Conover ]
18 Jul Question about Northern Wheatear Records [Nancy Newfield ]
17 Jul a hint of "fall" -- diurnal migrant BG Gnatcatchers ["James V. Remsen, Jr." ]
16 Jul LA eBird filters and NAB reports ["James V. Remsen, Jr." ]
16 Jul 11 spp. ducks etc Crowley atlasing 7-15 ["James V. Remsen, Jr." ]
15 Jul Opelousas, Lawtell and Church Point Quads - Shorebird Notes [Jay V Huner ]
15 Jul Belmont quad/ Sabine Par red 07/15/14 [Terry Davis ]
15 Jul chataignier quad red [Dobbs ]
15 Jul Out of State/Country Birder [Tom Worthington ]
15 Jul Bird Island Pt. and Nebo Quads [Jonathan Clark ]
15 Jul Deep Lake/Floating Turf ["Steven W. Cardiff" ]
14 Jul Rufous Hummingbirds [dan purrington ]
14 Jul Nickel Quad is Red [Jonathan Clark ]
14 Jul Eunice North Quad Green [Mac Myers ]
14 Jul Innis Quad now red, Fordoche has 3.5 hrs with 61 spp [Kimberly Lanka ]
14 Jul Point Chevreuil Quad ["Dan O'Malley" ]
14 Jul Coup Point and goldonna quads red- 07/14/14. I plan to survey Belmont quad tomorrow. [Terry Davis ]
14 Jul Georgetown Quad Red / 10+ hours and "Kites" [Jay V Huner ]
13 Jul chataignier quad [Dobbs ]
13 Jul Innis Quad [Kimberly Lanka ]
13 Jul Re: Savoie Quad [Lizette Wroten ]
14 Jul Re: Savoie Quad [David Muth ]
13 Jul Savoie Quad ["Dan O'Malley" ]
13 Jul Re: BWVI - Quad Survey? [Lizette Wroten ]
13 Jul Jonesville S Quad is RED! [Jonathan Clark ]
13 Jul Re: BWVI - Quad Survey? [Jay V Huner ]
13 Jul atlasing southern Vermilion and extreme SE Cameron parishes ["Steven W. Cardiff" ]
13 Jul BWVI [Joan Garvey ]
13 Jul Hollis Creek quad, mostly Natchitoches par areas- green- CASW, others 07/12/14 [Terry Davis ]
12 Jul Re: Summer Bird Atlas countdown ["James V. Remsen, Jr." ]
12 Jul indian village quad green [Dobbs ]
12 Jul Packton Quad Red and Georgetown Quad Greener [Jay V Huner ]
12 Jul Re: Summer Bird Atlas countdown ["James V. Remsen, Jr." ]
12 Jul Pumpkin Isl and Pecan Island Quads [Dave Patton ]
12 Jul Slocum Quad Red [William Matthews ]
12 Jul Jonesville South Quad [Jonathan Clark ]
12 Jul Wood Stork and Wading Bird event July 19, 2014 [Jane Patterson ]
11 Jul Fwd: eBird Report - City Park--Couturie Forest, Jul 11, 2014 [Claire Thomas ]
11 Jul Summerville and Nickel Quads [Jonathan Clark ]
11 Jul Re: Goldonna quad- Natchitoches/Winn Par very green 07/11/14 [Terry Davis ]
11 Jul Goldonna quad- Natchitoches/Winn Par very green 07/11/14 [Terry Davis ]
11 Jul Foules quad red [Roselie Overby ]
11 Jul Re: BWVI City Park N.O. [Claire Thomas ]
11 Jul Rail, Wood Storks, assortment [thomas finnie ]
11 Jul BWVI City Park N.O. [janine robin ]
10 Jul Atlas- Summerville Red, Nickel Green [Jonathan Clark ]
10 Jul Ooops! [William Matthews ]
10 Jul Deer Creek and Fairview Quads [William Matthews ]
10 Jul Re: Summer Bird Atlas countdown [Terry Davis ]
10 Jul Winnfield West Quad Red and Other Plans for Surveys - Packton, Georgetown and Opelousas Quads [Jay V Huner ]
10 Jul Re: Summer Bird Atlas countdown [Roselie Overby ]
10 Jul Re: Summer Bird Atlas countdown ["James V. Remsen, Jr." ]
10 Jul Summer Bird Atlas countdown ["James V. Remsen, Jr." ]
9 Jul Savoie Quad, Lafourche [David Muth ]
8 Jul Beaver Quad Red [Jay V Huner ]
7 Jul Coup Point quad/ Natchitoches Par dark green w/ 7.5 hrs [Terry Davis ]
6 Jul Guy and Hathaway quads red [Rob Dobbs ]
6 Jul Shreveport East and Elm Grove quads- 07/05, 07/06-14- EAPH, LETE, LESA, LEYE, [Terry Davis ]
6 Jul Re: Martin quad is green [Terry Davis ]
6 Jul Kinder Quad Red; Savannah Sparrow [Paul Conover ]
6 Jul Basile quad red [Mac Myers ]
6 Jul Added time to Lena Quad - Tree Swallows [Jay V Huner ]
6 Jul Pelicans were not in Martin quad ["Ingold, James" ]
6 Jul Martin quad is green ["Ingold, James" ]
6 Jul Yet [Marybeth Lima ]

Subject: Re: Question about Northern Wheatear Records
From: Nancy Newfield <nancy AT CASACOLIBRI.NET>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:19:10 +0300
Van,

On 07/25/2014 03:21 PM, James V. Remsen, Jr. wrote:

> Nancy et al. -- here's what I have in the book draft. "• (m?) 12 Sep. 
> 1888, near New Orleans (GEB; Kohn 1889, Beyer 1900, Kopman 1915b, 
> Lowery 1974; specimen subsequently lost)" I think it is a Beyer 
> specimen, now lost (fire?). Although I can't imagine that that this 
> bird could have been misidentified, I do have a lingering doubt 
> because: "“Several others were seen on the same day [12 Sep. 1988]” 
> (Kohn 1889)."

Thanks.  Food for thought and it points out how important it is to 
properly curate specimens and information and to leave a paper trail for 
future researchers to follow.

NLN
Subject: Re: Question about Northern Wheatear Records
From: "James V. Remsen, Jr." <najames AT LSU.EDU>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:21:13 -0500
On Jul 25, 2014, at 4:14 AM, Nancy Newfield 
 wrote:

> 
> Can anyone provide information on the disposition of the 100+ year old 
specimen? Is it extant? Are there any images of it? 

> 

Nancy et al. -- here's what I have in the book draft. 

"• (m?) 12 Sep. 1888, near New Orleans (GEB; Kohn 1889, Beyer 1900, Kopman 
1915b, Lowery 1974; specimen subsequently lost)" 



 I think it is a Beyer specimen, now lost (fire?). Although I can't imagine 
that that this bird could have been misidentified, I do have a lingering doubt 
because: 


"“Several others were seen on the same day [12 Sep. 1988]” (Kohn 1889)."


=================
Dr. J. V. Remsen
Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
najamesLSU.edu
Subject: Re: Question about Northern Wheatear Records
From: Nancy Newfield <nancy AT CASACOLIBRI.NET>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:14:38 +0300
Paul et LABIRD,

On 07/18/2014 04:16 PM, Paul Conover wrote:

> I've been slowly marching through the published records and
> pasting them to the LBRC Photo Gallery page:
> http://losbird.org/lbrc/reviewlist.html
>            and while I wasn't quite to Northern Wheatear yet, I jumped ahead
> because your question got me curious.  The wheatear page is at
> http://www.losbird.org/lbrc/rlnowh.html
>            The last published record is stated to be the 7th record, but I
> could only find 5 published accepted records.  Two, including the original
> specimen record from September 12, 1888, either haven't been reviewed yet,
> or if they have, haven't been published yet.
>            So, formally 5, informally, 7.
>            The dates and parish locations are included on the wheatear page
> linked above.

You have done a marvelous job in putting this together and I appreciate 
that you jumped ahead to the Northern Wheatear.  If I judge this 
correctly, the 2 records that are not 'official' are the first one, 
collected in 1888, and the one that was found by Hubert Hervey on his 
DeSoto Parish farm.

Can anyone provide information on the disposition of the 100+ year old 
specimen?  Is it extant?  Are there any images of it?

Further, has the DeSoto Parish record been submitted to the LBRC? 
Surely, someone has identifiable images and some dates scribbled down 
from which a report could be cobbled together.  It would be great to get 
these records nailed down and added to the body of solid data that we keep.

> By the way, I'm sure I'm not the only one jealous of the scenery
> and the birdlife you're currently enjoying...

Don't envy the weather.  My first week here was cool and comfortable, 
but now we are sweating since housing does not have air-conditioning.  
Mostly, we have stayed in Helsinki, so birding has been in public 
greenspaces, but we made one daytrip up to the 'Lake Country' that was 
productive and tomorrow, we will make another run to the countryside.  
This is my first trip to Europe, but because part of my family will be 
'forever', it will not likely be my last.  Will return to steamy 
Louisiana early next week.  I have learned a lot of Mew Gull 
vocalizations.  They are the most common bird I see and hear.

NLN
Subject: Catahoula NWR, 7/23/14, two units
From: Jonathan Clark <falloutbird1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:30:06 -0700
labirders,
   So, I went to my usual birding area on the Headquarters Unit of
Catahoula NWR yesterday morning. Sort of ho-hum as water was a little too
high after recent rainfall events to attract much in the way of shorebirds
or concentrate waders. Loggerhead Shrike was a nice bird to get by Duck
Lake; sometimes around, but usually not.
   After a little over an hour I decided to leave HQ unit and do a list for
the Minnow Ponds Road area of Burshley Bayou Unit. The impoundments had a
few waders, but not much open muddy shore stuff for shorebirds the way they
sometimes do. A family of Flickers was nice to get, though. Seems like
that's one species that's been more common/easier to find this summer that
they usually are.

Lists for HQ unit and Burshley Bayou Unit of Catahoula NWR are at the links
below.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19198722

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19203522

Happy Birding!
Jonathan Clark
Jena, Louisiana
Subject: Urgent! Help & favor (Helena Putnam)
From: Helena Putnam <0000003a70918a06-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.LSU.EDU>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:02:59 +0100
 - This mail is in HTML. Some elements may be ommited in plain text. -

I really hope you get this fast. I could not inform anyone about our trip, 
because it was impromptu. we had to be in Turkey for Tour. The program was 
successful, but our journey has turned sour. we misplaced our wallet and cell 
phone on our way back to the hotel we lodge in after we went for sight seeing. 
The wallet contained all the valuables we had. Now, our passport is in custody 
of the hotel management pending when we make payment. 

I am sorry if i am inconveniencing you, but i have only very few people to run 
to now. i will be indeed very grateful if i can get a short term loan from you 
($2,600). this will enable me sort our hotel bills and get my sorry self back 
home. I will really appreciate whatever you can afford in assisting me with. I 
promise to refund it in full as soon as I return. let me know if you can be of 
any assistance. Please, let me know soonest. 

Helena Putnam
Subject: Red Phalarope on Ms./La. border
From: Eric Liffmann <eliffmann AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:32:34 -0500
I just saw a photo taken by a Layne Logue reposted by Bruce Reid on
Facebook of a Red Phalarope in breeding plumage on Palmyra Lake on
7-19-14.  Unfortunately on the Ms. side(sorry Dr. Van, close enough...
right?)  Here's what was on Facebook:
" Although this is Palmyra lake... It's really a chute that runs all the
way around Davis Island (+45,000 acres island). The Palmyra lake/chute is
19 miles long. North entrance is at Lower Mississippi River mile marker
425.5

And I was about a mile into the lake when I saw it.

This is Mississippi land (Warren County)... But it's on the west side of
the River.

Accessible: correct, by boat only .. Unless you know a Deer camp member"

-- 
Eric Liffmann
225.937.3405
Subject: Elm Grove area, 04/19/14 Fof Bank Swallow, Blue-winged Teal
From: Terry Davis <terkchip AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:26:30 -0500
Hey birders, Jeff Trahan and I took a spin around the pond at White House
Plantation this morning. Although there was rain overnight, the winds were
still calm to light out of the North and shorebirds were unsurprisingly
few. We did find 6 Spotted Sandpiper (good numbers on Red River also
recently reported by Hubert Hervey) and 11 Least. Little Blue Heron numbers
had jumped from few during previous surveys to 9- mostly hy. All usual/
area-breeding swallows were in good numbers for the first time during
surveys there this summer. There were no early migrant neotropical
songbirds to report. Other interesting numbers were

Blue-winged Teal- 9- single group. I wouldn't think that the single male
Northern Shoveler in apparent total eclipse observed today could have been
the very fresh looking breeding-plumaged bird I'd been reporting recently.
Drake and hen Gadwall also observed at same location as previous.

Am White Pelican- 38- mostly juv.

Killdeer- 14- decrease by over half

Black-necked Stilt- 10. As KILL- only a few older juv in these numbers- no
really young birds seen this time.

Tree swallow- 23

Leaving there, we did a quick survey near the old Clark's Marina site where
we observed 3 Bank swallows on a wire with the usual suspects.

God birding,

Terry
Subject: Caracara - facepalm
From: John Dillon <kisforkryptonite AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:30:09 -0500
Well, it looks like someone on ARBIRDS misinterpreted something about the 
caracara. The photo may have been taken by someone from El Dorado (still not 
exactly sure), but the photo itself was taken near San Antonio. Ugh. Sorry for 
the excitement. It was posted like it had legitimacy, and I believed it. 


John Dillon
Athens, LA

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 18, 2014, at 12:46 PM, Jay V Huner  wrote:
> 
> Check out road kills! They seem to be caracara magnets.
> 
> Jay Huner
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "John Dillon" 
> To: LABIRD-L AT listserv.lsu.edu
> Sent: Friday, July 18, 2014 12:39:10 PM
> Subject: [LABIRD-L] Be on alert for Caracara in N LA
> 
> Apparently, someone photographed a Crested Caracara in El Dorado (pronounced 
"El Dor-RAY-doe") Arkansas yesterday. That's maybe a couple dozen miles north 
of the state line above my home parish of Claiborne. Any birders near 
appropriate habitat may want to take a look if it's wandering. 

> 
> John Dillon
> Athens, LA
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: Be on alert for Caracara in N LA
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660 AT LOUISIANA.EDU>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:46:30 -0500
Check out road kills! They seem to be caracara magnets.

Jay Huner

----- Original Message -----
From: "John Dillon" 
To: LABIRD-L AT listserv.lsu.edu
Sent: Friday, July 18, 2014 12:39:10 PM
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Be on alert for Caracara in N LA

Apparently, someone photographed a Crested Caracara in El Dorado (pronounced 
"El Dor-RAY-doe") Arkansas yesterday. That's maybe a couple dozen miles north 
of the state line above my home parish of Claiborne. Any birders near 
appropriate habitat may want to take a look if it's wandering. 


John Dillon
Athens, LA

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Be on alert for Caracara in N LA
From: John Dillon <kisforkryptonite AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:39:10 -0500
Apparently, someone photographed a Crested Caracara in El Dorado (pronounced 
"El Dor-RAY-doe") Arkansas yesterday. That's maybe a couple dozen miles north 
of the state line above my home parish of Claiborne. Any birders near 
appropriate habitat may want to take a look if it's wandering. 


John Dillon
Athens, LA

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Wood Stork Event on Saturday NOT cancelled
From: Jane Patterson <seejanebird AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:47:25 -0500
Hi folks! I'm getting questions about whether the Wood Stork and Wading
Bird Event scheduled for this Saturday will be cancelled due to weather. It
will go on as planned, though you'll want to add rain gear to your plan.
The rain may work against us in another way. LDWF is draining the ponds
which concentrates the fish, which in turn concentrates the birds. The rain
will undoubtedly dilute this process. Also please note that we are likely
to be looking at the birds from a good distance (scopes and bins will be
available) which would have been true in any case.

Hope we will see some of you out there!

On Saturday, July 12, 2014, Jane Patterson  wrote:

> Mark your calendars for July 19, 2014 and when the day comes, set your
> alarm for reallyfreakingearly.  You'll want to be at Sherburne WMA South
> Farm by 7:00 am that day.  Why, you ask?  Because that is the day of the
> annual Wood Stork and Wading Bird event!
>
> Sherburne South Farm is arguably the best birding spot within 30 minutes
> of Baton Rouge.  It’s has enough habitat variety to attract not only the
> forest birds, but shorebirds in the fall, waterfowl in the winter, and
> it’s a wading bird mecca in the summer.  The refuge features several
> large crawfish ponds that are managed for wintering waterfowl.  This means
> the ponds are slowly drawn down beginning in July. By the latter part of July 

> (depending on rainfall) the pond levels are down significantly, making them
> “wade-able” and most attractive to herons, egrets and the like, as the 
fish 

> are concentrated into smaller areas.   Also attracted, sometimes in great
> numbers, are Wood Storks!  These large wading birds have a fairly limited
> population in the U.S.  They breed in small numbers in north Florida and
> Georgia.  But it’s believed that the birds that we see here in Louisiana
> are of Mexican origin.  They seem to be post-breeding wanderers that come
> up around the Texas bend and seem to follow the major rivers like the
> Mississippi.  On July 19th, for this event, they will open the gate that is
> normally closed and LDWF allow you to drive to the ranger station and
> then provide rides to various tents located on the compound so you don’t
> have to walk in the heat.  A definite plus!  The activity tends to spook
> the birds a bit, so do come early if you plan to attend.
>
> If you want to see these birds another time at South Farm, the best way is
> to walk into South Farm before dark (bring a flashlight, it’s seriously
> dark) and get to levee or  the observation platform by the time it’s light.
>  That way you are less likely to spook the birds who will definitely move
> away.  One some mornings I’ve counted as many as 2500 Wood Storks here, as
> well as hundreds of Great, Snowy, Cattle egrets, White Ibis, and hundreds
> of Roseate Spoonbills.  It’s quite a treat!  Do plan ahead, however,
> because it's a 3-mile round trip walk. Walk in the main road...turn left,
> then, at the dogleg, continue south along the levee and then turn right at
> the first levee and you'll see the observation town out in the middle.
>  Bring water, sunscreen, a hat, etc.
>
> Now, please do realize that although we time this event and *plan* to see
> lots of birds, the forces of nature don't always work with us!  Some years
> there are thousands of birds, another year we saw a total of 3 Wood Storks.
>  There are things we cannot control!
>
> Directions: when traveling west on I-10, take the Ramah/Maringuoin exit
> 135.  Turn right at the stop sign and then take the first available left
> and then the first right which takes you through the small community of
> Ramah.  Cross the recently repaired bridge over the bayou. Turn right to go
> north on the side-levee road. It's about 2 miles to South Farm; look for
> the sign on the left.  Turn right at the South Farm sign to go over the
> levee to the parking area.  The yellow gate will be open and you can drive
> into the refuge and park by the ranger station.  ATV's or trucks will take
> you to the tent areas.  Please stay in the tent areas so as not to spook
> the birds; be mindful of others who wish to come see the birds.  Scopes
> will be available for use. Note to photographers -- it's very likely the
> birds will be some distance away and we ask that you not approach the birds
> to try for photographs; they will certainly fly away.
>
> If you have questions about the event, please email me at
> President AT braudubon.org
> 
>  --Jane Patterson
> President
> Baton Rouge Audubon Society
>
Subject: Re: Question about Northern Wheatear Records
From: Paul Conover <zoiseaux AT LUSFIBER.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:16:55 -0500
Nancy, Labird,
           I've been slowly marching through the published records and
pasting them to the LBRC Photo Gallery page:
http://losbird.org/lbrc/reviewlist.html
          and while I wasn't quite to Northern Wheatear yet, I jumped ahead
because your question got me curious.  The wheatear page is at 
http://www.losbird.org/lbrc/rlnowh.html
          The last published record is stated to be the 7th record, but I
could only find 5 published accepted records.  Two, including the original
specimen record from September 12, 1888, either haven't been reviewed yet,
or if they have, haven't been published yet.  
          So, formally 5, informally, 7.  
          The dates and parish locations are included on the wheatear page
linked above.     
          By the way, I'm sure I'm not the only one jealous of the scenery
and the birdlife you're currently enjoying...

Paul Conover
Lafayette
       

    

-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds
[mailto:LABIRD-L AT LISTSERV.LSU.EDU] On Behalf Of Nancy Newfield
Sent: Friday, July 18, 2014 4:30 AM
To: LABIRD-L AT LISTSERV.LSU.EDU
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Question about Northern Wheatear Records

LABIRDERS,

Currently, I am visiting family in northern Europe and yesterday evening, I
spied a Northern Wheatear atop a building across the street.  
That got me to thinking . . . I recall the first one at the Folger's Coffee
plant that Tom and Jenn Coulson discovered though I'm a bit foggy about the
date.  After that, there was a minor flush of scattered records for 5 to 10
years, but I do not recall hearing of any for quite a while.  Can anyone
elucidate on the most recent record?  How many accepted?

Nancy Newfield
Subject: Question about Northern Wheatear Records
From: Nancy Newfield <nancy AT CASACOLIBRI.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:29:39 +0300
LABIRDERS,

Currently, I am visiting family in northern Europe and yesterday 
evening, I spied a Northern Wheatear atop a building across the street.  
That got me to thinking . . . I recall the first one at the Folger's 
Coffee plant that Tom and Jenn Coulson discovered though I'm a bit foggy 
about the date.  After that, there was a minor flush of scattered 
records for 5 to 10 years, but I do not recall hearing of any for quite 
a while.  Can anyone elucidate on the most recent record?  How many 
accepted?

Nancy Newfield
Subject: a hint of "fall" -- diurnal migrant BG Gnatcatchers
From: "James V. Remsen, Jr." <najames AT LSU.EDU>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:17:19 -0500
LABIRD: pretty much right on schedule, perhaps prompted by the weak front (62 
at the mailbox at dawn!), my first 2 high-flying B-g Gnatcatchers were headed 
south this morning after dawn. Also, my first E. Kingbird, high, headed N (as 
usual!). 


=================
Dr. J. V. Remsen
Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
najamesLSU.edu
Subject: LA eBird filters and NAB reports
From: "James V. Remsen, Jr." <najames AT LSU.EDU>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:43:47 -0500
LABIRD: -- for those of you who use eBird, a couple of notes on the filters, of 
which there are now 31 parish and regional filters (many of which were 
constructed with help of you local experts on this list) … 


Hardly a day goes by without me manually fine-tuning high count thresholds and 
dates with respect to what shows up as flagged in the filters, so eventually 
the filters should be more sensitive to what is truly unusual in terms of high 
counts and dates vs. what is routine. It's an ongoing process. If you have good 
local knowledge, feel free to add comments to the comments along the lines of 
whether the counts, especially, are truly unusual. 


Also, just because an entry is flagged does not mean that we need a "3x5" entry 
into the LA archives (for North American Birds etc.). The guidelines for this 
are at the LOS web site: http://losbird.org/lbrc/instruct_lbrc.html. So, this 
is a link that you need to bookmark for questions on what to report. 



=================
Dr. J. V. Remsen
Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
najamesLSU.edu
Subject: 11 spp. ducks etc Crowley atlasing 7-15
From: "James V. Remsen, Jr." <najames AT LSU.EDU>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:12:22 -0500
LABIRD: … and we missed BW Teal.  

Cameron Rutt and I atlased 3 quads in the Crowley area, targeting 
restricted-access and private areas, and habitats, that had not been covered in 
those quads. Altogether we added over 40 species to the lists of 3 quads. Many 
of these were from these wow-by-July-standards duck list and from seasonally 
expected shorebirds, but many were also breeding species that are rare in the 
central rice-growing region and thus central to the atlas mission, e.g. C. 
Gallinule (with chicks), Hairy Woodpecker, Fish Crow, Summer Tanager, GC Fly, 
Chat, Least Bittern etc. 


The unusual ducks: 11 Ruddys, 6 Shovelers, 3 L. Scaup (2 quads), 2 Redhead (2 
quads), 2 GW Teal (2 quads), 1 Gadwall. Impressive numbers of waterbirds in the 
area: close to 500 Neotropic Cormorants, ditto on Wood Stork, 150 Roseate 
Spoonbills, and thousands of ibis and herons. Shorebirds were in seasonally 
expected numbers, with 500+ L. Yellowlegs, 300+ Leasts, almost 100 Stilt Sands, 
70 Semi Sands, and few Westerns, Pecs, LB Dowitchers, Solitarys, etc. and 4 
Avocets. If we had focused on ponds being drawn-down, numbers would have been 
substantially higher. 



=================
Dr. J. V. Remsen
Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
najamesLSU.edu
Subject: Opelousas, Lawtell and Church Point Quads - Shorebird Notes
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660 AT LOUISIANA.EDU>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:54:01 -0500
It really doesn't much matter about which quads are red now as the SBA period 
is over. However, the Opelousas Quad is Red. Don't know how many new birds I 
added but I did find a flock of over 40 White-winged Doves which seemed 
noteworthy to me. Also, the Lawtell Quad is Red. Again, don't know how many new 
birds I added but I did find two calling Northern Bobwhites which seemed 
noteworthy to me. 


I concluded my day in the Church Point Quad where crawfish ponds in the 
Richard-Smith Working Wetland in the vicinity of LA 358 x LA 751 are finally 
being drained. I found over 600 Lesser Yellowlegs and over 500 peeps, mostly 
Least Sandpipers. I managed one Greater Yellowlegs and a few Stilt Sandpipers 
and Long-billed Dowitchers. There were no less than 400 Black-necked Stilts in 
the area. I is always great to see at least a thousand wading birds. Will see 
how the ebird filter handles the numbers. 


ebird reports to be made tomorrow.

Jay Huner
Subject: Belmont quad/ Sabine Par red 07/15/14
From: Terry Davis <terkchip AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:16:41 -0500
Hi all, The morning started off nicely in Belmont quad, although I knew
there was trouble brewing on the horizon just before dawn with lightning
flashing and thunder rumbling not far away. I was rained out 3 separate
times for a total of 2 hours, 25 minutes. I continued on in the name of
high activity levels being encountered with many species after the sluggish
system moved through. Fourteen new species were added to the quad, many of
which weren't too surprising. This was mainly due to the fact that Hubert
and I had previously only birded 2.5 hours- that list being generated one
recent morning on a notably hot day after 0930. Today's birds brought the
total number of species from 54 to 68. Most unforgivable miss goes to
Pileated Woodpecker- although I did have BLJA giving the best rendition I'd
ever heard earlier on. There were other fairly notable misses as well. Best
spp were Cooper's Hawk, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove and Worm-eating
Warbler- but I definitely now believe (was just a suspicion) that the
latter sp is more common in most hilly areas away from Caddo/ Bossier than
I'd previously thought. Most interesting notes were Wood Thrush numbers
(11) and Eastern Kingbird (16). I was very surprised at getting all the
doves, including Rock Pigeon.

Headed home going North on the way out of the quad on La 175 toward
Pleasant Hill, I made a brief stop in a large, open, grassy expanse
approximately .3-.4 mile N of the quad boundary and encountered 5 more spp
in short order! Within 10 minutes, I'd seen Loggerhead Shrike, Lark
Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Little Blue Heron, then an adult White Ibis
flying over headed due West!! /-:  Although it could've been better,
considering the weather, quad location and habitat, today's effort overall
was a success! (:

 New birds for the quad were-

1. Great Egret
2. Mississippi Kite
3. Cooper's Hawk
4. Red-shouldered Hawk
5. Red-tailed Hawk
6. Rock Pigeon
7. Eurasian Collared-Dove
8. White-winged Dove
9. Inca Dove
10. Eastern Screech-Owl
11. Chuck-will's-widow
12. Hairy Woodpecker
13. Worm-eating Warbler
14. Louisiana Waterthrush

I don't eat hamburger too often but the Dairy Delight on La 175 in Pleasant
Hill definitely makes an AWESOME one!! Good birding y'all!
,

Terry
Subject: chataignier quad red
From: Dobbs <dntdobbs AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:28:31 -0500
I had 4 h 45 miin this morning in Chataignier quad giving it over 10 hr. I was 
in the north 1/2 mostly which is essentially all bean fields and tall rice, 
mostly beans..beans…beans. The good wading bird numbers and all the shorebirds 
were in one large recently drained complex. Highlight was a kestrel. Danny 

Subject: Out of State/Country Birder
From: Tom Worthington <tomworthington AT TALK21.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:12:17 +0100
Dear All

I am heading down from Maryland to Louisiana next week for a wedding. I have a 
day to go birding but am from the UK originally and not familiar with the state 
at all, therefore I'm hoping to get a few suggestions of places to visit. I 
will be based in New Orleans but have a car and looking for sites a 
maximum about 2-2.5hrs from the city. My target life birds in a sort of order 
of preference are Roseate Spoonbill, White-faced ibis, Reddish Egret, Fulvous 
Whistling Duck, Magnificent Frigatebird Wilson's and Snowy Plover, Neotropic 
Cormorant. I realise I won't be able to see all those species but one can hope! 


I'm torn between two areas, Grand Isle and the area west of Lafayette. With 
Grand Isle I could probably find the main birding spots (I have the ABA 
Birdfinding Guide) but for the other area the ebird hotspots are generally 
quads. I also saw the post about Sherburne South Farm and thought that might be 
a good area? If anyone has a suggestion of which of the two areas is likely 
more productive and for the area west of Lafayette sites I should visit I would 
greatly appreciate it? 




Best wishes
Tom             
Subject: Bird Island Pt. and Nebo Quads
From: Jonathan Clark <falloutbird1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:12:13 -0700
labirders,
   So, even though it was trying to rain this morning, and all the quads
that I have been atlasing are over ten hours now, I couldn't let the last
day of atlas go with out birding. So, I put in a much needed summer atlas
list for the limited-access north-central and northwestern part of Bird
Island Pt. Quad. I continued from there to do an hour on the next quad over
to the west, Nebo.
   No really unusual species, but I added Inca Dove and Eurasian
Collared-Dove to Bird Island Pt. quad, and a first summer atlas Chipping
Sparrow to BIP Quad. So, you see, it always pays off to go birding. Failed
to get Swainson's Warbler and Wood Thrush which are sorely needed from this
upland part of the quad, as I almost always have birded the lowland parts
such as Catahoula NWR.
   Nebo quad was less exciting, but still always nice to get Kentucky
Warbler and Swainson's Warbler. Where were your BIP neighbors, guys! haha.
Links to Bird Island Pt. Quad and Nebo Quad ebird lists from today are
below.

http://ebird.org/ebird/la/view/checklist?subID=S19109607

http://ebird.org/ebird/la/view/checklist?subID=S19109878

   I hope things go great for all those who are plugging away on this last
day of the atlas, turning those once under-birded quads red. Good Luck!

Singing "Thnks fr th Mmrs", Atlas!
Happy Birding;
Jonathan Clark
Jena, Louisiana
Subject: Deep Lake/Floating Turf
From: "Steven W. Cardiff" <scardif AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:22:37 -0500
Cardiff-Dittmann-O'Malley will finish.  

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Rufous Hummingbirds
From: dan purrington <oceanites1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:43:24 -0500
I want to report, a bit belatedly, that I had my first southbound Rufous
Hummer on July 7, at our place outside Durango, CO.  I expect the first
Calliope soon.  Just a heads up (they're on the way), and some meager
evidence that I am still kicking, though shirking my summer atlas duties.

Dan Purrington
Subject: Nickel Quad is Red
From: Jonathan Clark <falloutbird1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:24:44 -0700
labirders,
   I added 3 hours to Nickel quad this morning, putting it a little over 10
hours. Some unexpected finds include Inca Dove and Yellow-throated Warbler
in this rural piney woods-dominated quad. Both were new quad birds. This
year, YT Warbler has been inexplicably missing from the places I
traditionally find them, so this was nice. Rather poor showing from some
usually abundant species (for example Hooded Warbler) and complete lack of
some expected species (Swainson's Warbler comes to mind) were the most
unexpected things today, to my thinking.
Link to Nickel Quad 7/14/14 ebird list is below.

http://ebird.org/ebird/la/view/checklist?subID=S19099664

One more day to atlas, so good luck everybody!
Jonathan Clark
Jena, Louisiana
Subject: Eunice North Quad Green
From: Mac Myers <budogmacm AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:21:44 -0500
This morning I put in just over 5 hours in the quad. I guess I'll finish it
tomorrow. Covered most of the part west of Hwy 13 today. Scissor-tailed
Flycatcher (4) was a slight surprise, as was 1 Yellow Warbler. I had one
bobwhite and one chat. A count of 18 shrikes was somewhat encouraging.
There were some draining/drained crawfish ponds, but not many waders. I did
have a few shorebirds: both yellowlegs, least, and pectoral.

Details at
http://ebird.org/ebird/la/view/checklist?subID=S19100469

Mac
Subject: Innis Quad now red, Fordoche has 3.5 hrs with 61 spp
From: Kimberly Lanka <0000001d5825901d-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.LSU.EDU>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:56:16 -0500
Gavin, Lindsay, and I pushed Innis quad to red searching for expected birds we 
missed the other day. We started on Fordoche Quad on our way home. We only 
added three species to Innis with 55 species found today, but had better luck 
in less time, afternoon at that, in Fordoche. Favorites of the day were 2 
soaring Swallow-tail Kites and 7 Wood Storks. We plan to finish Fordoche 
tomorrow, if we can avoid the forecast rain. 


Best,

Kimberly Lanka
(225)936-7941 iPhone

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Subject: Point Chevreuil Quad
From: "Dan O'Malley" <danomalley87 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:10:59 -0500
I put 5 hours in Point Chevreuil Quad this morning, which should make this 
mostly water quad red. 


Of note was a complete lack of seabirds on Cote Blanche Bay.

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Coup Point and goldonna quads red- 07/14/14. I plan to survey Belmont quad tomorrow.
From: Terry Davis <terkchip AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:35:24 -0500
Hi all, Larry Raymond and I had an enjoyable and productive morning
finishing the  two quads. Coup Point is now at a little over 11 hours,
Goldonna, a little over 10. Additional birds for Coup Point- bumped from 64
to 72 spp were- ( ! after each sp below that was totally unexpected)

1. Snowy Egret !- 2.
2. Wood Stork !- 2
3. Red-tailed Hawk- 1
4. Killdeer !- 1
5. Chuck-will's-widow- 2
6. Acadian Flycatcher- 1
7. Eastern Kingbird- 5
8. Lousiana Waterthrush- 1 (getting late for detection on territory)

It was fairly hot by the time we reached Goldonna, which was bumped from 61
to 63 spp. New birds there were-

1. Eastern Phoebe-1
2. Prairie Warbler-3 (single group)

My plans are to hopefully push Belmont to red tomorrow.

I hope that everyone had a great day out there- and an even better one
tomorrow!!

Terry
Subject: Georgetown Quad Red / 10+ hours and "Kites"
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660 AT LOUISIANA.EDU>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:10:47 -0500
I did 2 hrs. and 10 min. in the SE area of the Georgetown Quad. Haven't entered 
the data so don't know if I added any birds to the list but doubt it. Birds 
were mostly silent and most were found using screech-owl playback. Was in 
Georgetown proper when I saw a Great Blue Heron flying over US 165. I pulled 
off the service road to make sure it wasn't a shaded Great Egret. 


As I was working on my list, one of Georgetown's police officers pulled up and 
asked if I needed any help. I explained what I was doing and we started talking 
birds. I asked about roadrunners which he said he see regularly. The officer 
likes to hunt and said there were plenty of turkeys but he hadn't seen/heard 
quail in years. He volunteered that something new in the area was Mississippi 
Kites and a pair nested in a tall tree at his daughter's home. He said the were 
really beautiful with those FORKED tails! Didn't pursue the matter but thought 
it interesting that he referred to Mississippi Kites and described a 
Swallow-tailed Kite! I didn't find any kites today or on Saturday. 


Jay Huner
Subject: chataignier quad
From: Dobbs <dntdobbs AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 20:47:01 -0500
Rob put 5 and a half hours into chataignier this morning and if none else gets 
to it first I will finish it on Tuesday 15 July. 

Subject: Innis Quad
From: Kimberly Lanka <0000001d5825901d-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.LSU.EDU>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 20:39:08 -0500
Dear Atlasers,

Gavin, Lindsay, and I plan to complete the 4.5 hours needed in Innis Quad and 
possibly add an hour or two to Fordoche Quad on our way home. 


Please email me or call my cell if you had any plans to atlas in that area.

Best,

Kimberly Lanka
225-936-7941 iPhone

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Subject: Re: Savoie Quad
From: Lizette Wroten <lkwroten AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 20:38:06 -0500
Dan, David, we intend to get Savoie and Lockport to red tomorrow...will
have three people so it won't be a problem, even if Savoie needs 5.5.

Lizette Wroten


On Sun, Jul 13, 2014 at 8:25 PM, David Muth  wrote:

> Dan,
>
> I put two hours into Savoie today. I did 2.5 hours July 8. Supposedly
> there was already an hour entered, but I could find no evidence of any data
> entry . That suggests it needs 5.5. But it may only be 4.5.
>
> I also added 4.5 h to adjacent Lockport today. That puts Lockport at
>  8.75. So getting both to red is possible.
>
> Find silent breeding woodland birds!
>
> Good luck.
>
> David Muth
> New Orleans
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Jul 13, 2014, at 8:15 PM, "Dan O'Malley" 
> wrote:
> >
> > Heads up atlasers,
> >
> > I'm planning on turning Savoie Quad red tomorrow. If anyone else was
> > planning on covering that, please advise and I'll do something else.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > --
> > Dan O'Malley
> >
>
Subject: Re: Savoie Quad
From: David Muth <MuthD AT NWF.ORG>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 01:25:50 +0000
Dan, 

I put two hours into Savoie today. I did 2.5 hours July 8. Supposedly there was 
already an hour entered, but I could find no evidence of any data entry . That 
suggests it needs 5.5. But it may only be 4.5. 


I also added 4.5 h to adjacent Lockport today. That puts Lockport at 8.75. So 
getting both to red is possible. 


Find silent breeding woodland birds!

Good luck.

David Muth
New Orleans 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 13, 2014, at 8:15 PM, "Dan O'Malley"  wrote:
> 
> Heads up atlasers,
> 
> I'm planning on turning Savoie Quad red tomorrow. If anyone else was
> planning on covering that, please advise and I'll do something else.
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> -- 
> Dan O'Malley
> 
Subject: Savoie Quad
From: "Dan O'Malley" <danomalley87 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 20:14:29 -0500
Heads up atlasers,

I'm planning on turning Savoie Quad red tomorrow. If anyone else was
planning on covering that, please advise and I'll do something else.

Thanks,

-- 
Dan O'Malley
Subject: Re: BWVI - Quad Survey?
From: Lizette Wroten <lkwroten AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 20:11:40 -0500
Jay, Labird, a quick search of the data base showed that David entered two
BWVI on 7-3-14.

L. Wroten


On Sun, Jul 13, 2014 at 12:39 PM, Jay V Huner  wrote:

> Just curious. Has anyone bothered to do a quad survey that includes
> Black-whiskered Vireo in City Park?
>
> Jay Huner
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Joan Garvey" 
> To: LABIRD-L AT listserv.lsu.edu
> Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2014 11:32:10 AM
> Subject: [LABIRD-L] BWVI
>
> Yesterday I did see the vireo in flight, from the original sighting area
> in the second pine to an adjacent oak, without binoculars (not a satisfying
> look) and was able to record it's song in spite of the tractor mowing
> nearby. This morning the fields are bare and there was no evidence of the
> bird. I am hoping the birding might return to it's usual pattern soon.
>
> Joan Garvey
> New Orleans
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
Subject: Jonesville S Quad is RED!
From: Jonathan Clark <falloutbird1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 15:08:36 -0700
   I finished off Jonesville South quad today, putting it at 10 hours and 5
minutes. No especially unusual species, but still a very satisfying day of
birding with some interesting stuff. I think I've found a couple of areas
I'd like to come back to and bird to generate seasonal lists.
  The ebird list for today's Jonesville South Quad survey, 7/13/14, is at
the link below.
http://ebird.org/ebird/la/view/checklist?subID=S19090290

   Also, a note about the J-ville S list from yesterday, 7/12/14. I
realized that I had completely missed the 3 Mississippi Kites when
submitting to ebird and checking for errors later. Also, it should have
been 12 instead of 11 E. Kingbird. Hey, the page was crowded from all them
good birds and smudged from sweat. Tis the price of productive summer
birding. haha.

Best of luck to y'all for these last two days of atlasing. I'll finish up
Nickel Quad tomorrow.
Jonathan Clark
Jena, Louisiana
Subject: Re: BWVI - Quad Survey?
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660 AT LOUISIANA.EDU>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:39:02 -0500
Just curious. Has anyone bothered to do a quad survey that includes 
Black-whiskered Vireo in City Park? 


Jay Huner

----- Original Message -----
From: "Joan Garvey" 
To: LABIRD-L AT listserv.lsu.edu
Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2014 11:32:10 AM
Subject: [LABIRD-L] BWVI

Yesterday I did see the vireo in flight, from the original sighting area in the 
second pine to an adjacent oak, without binoculars (not a satisfying look) and 
was able to record it's song in spite of the tractor mowing nearby. This 
morning the fields are bare and there was no evidence of the bird. I am hoping 
the birding might return to it's usual pattern soon. 


Joan Garvey
New Orleans 

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: atlasing southern Vermilion and extreme SE Cameron parishes
From: "Steven W. Cardiff" <scardif AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 11:52:38 -0500
Labird-
     Yesterday Dittmann and I finished-off the Jacks Point Island quad with
4.75 hr and then leapfrogged past Dave Patton (who was working Pumpkin
Islands and Pecan Island quads) and put in 2+ hr each in Floating Turf
Bayou and Deep Lake.

     Access to the latter two quads is pretty much limited to what you can
see from Hwy. 82.  We stopped at just about every possible pullout that was
not already full of fishermen.  I'm not very optimistic that either quad
will reach the 5 hr green threshold, but who knows.  It's probably too late
to figure out access, but there are various gated roads that run out into
the marsh where one could run up some hours, especially Hillcorp and Miami
Corp oilfield roads and the LDWF/Rockefeller Refuge road that runs south
from Rollover Bayou landing (I used to have a key to that gate, but no
longer).  Levels of breeding activity were still pretty high, with lots of
territorial Orchard Orioles.  Mild surprises among the 38 species in Deep
Lake and the 45 species in Floating Turf were a singing Gray Catbird
(Floating Turf), a fledged juvenile catbird in Deep Lake (both catbirds at
small patches of hackberry surrounded by marsh), and a pair of Bronzed
Cowbirds at North Island (Deep Lake).  After some thunderstorm showers
passed over the area, aerial bird activity picked up and we were able to
add more time and quite a few species on the way back through Floating Turf.

    For what it's worth, there was a huge Purple Martin roost (many
hundreds, maybe thousands) amassing on the high utility wires east of Hwy.
82 at Schooner Bayou in the Pumpkin Islands quad.  We didn't have the
energy left to put in an hour there....

    Jacks Point Island was OK, but somewhat disappointing as we were
expecting more flooded fields and more waterbird species.  Mild highlights
among the 63 species were a Swainson's Hawk, juv Cave Swallow, a Louisiana
Waterthrush, and a singing Summer Tanager.

Happy atlasing finale!

Steve Cardiff
Subject: BWVI
From: Joan Garvey <joanmgarvey1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 11:32:10 -0500
Yesterday I did see the vireo in flight, from the original sighting area in the 
second pine to an adjacent oak, without binoculars (not a satisfying look) and 
was able to record it's song in spite of the tractor mowing nearby. This 
morning the fields are bare and there was no evidence of the bird. I am hoping 
the birding might return to it's usual pattern soon. 


Joan Garvey
New Orleans 

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Hollis Creek quad, mostly Natchitoches par areas- green- CASW, others 07/12/14
From: Terry Davis <terkchip AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 00:06:44 -0500
Hi all, Hubert and I put 7 hours and 20 minutes into mostly the Eastern
portions of the quad from North to South today, going slightly into Sabine
par on central-West side later in the survey. Among 71 spp and good finds
such as a juv Cave swallow (have photos), we also had Lark Sparrow-1,
Louisiana Waterthrush-1, Black-and-White Warbler- 2 (both amazingly singing
this late in the heat, KEWA-1 Worm-eating- 2 (prob pr) and high counts of
Eastern Wood-Pewee (11) and Blue Grosbeak (22). With little accessible
water except tiny ponds, we also had several waders + Anhinga. More likely
misses regarding available habitat in the area surveyed might've been GRHE,
ECDO, NOFL, GCFL, LOSH, GRCA, NOPA, PRWA (late) and COGR- possibly HOFI,
HOSP-

Too many details at-

http://ebird.org/ebird/la/view/checklist?subID=S19083963


I made a mistake on a previous submission regarding Goldonna quad w/ 62
spp/ w Larry Raymond. I inadvertently slashed a 1 by EUST, which we didn't
have- thus the total now is 61. Honestly, the count there was slightly
better than Hollis Creek if comparing lists of what species should be there
by available habitat. There aren't too many other "likely" species that
could even be added there. Here's that entire list-

http://ebird.org/ebird/la/view/checklist?subID=S19082861

It's been fun!! Hope to get back out there at least one more day! Larry and
I are hoping to finish Goldonna and Coup Point Monday

Terry
Subject: Re: Summer Bird Atlas countdown
From: "James V. Remsen, Jr." <najames AT LSU.EDU>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:49:02 -0500
LABIRD: with Steve, Donna, and Jay's updates, that makes 19 new red quads 
(which I have left on the GoogleDoc just to make ourselves feel good). Also add 
Dan O'Malley to the list below. 



On Jul 12, 2014, at 9:19 PM, "James V. Remsen, Jr." 
 wrote:

> LABIRD: now only 3 more days left. I just updated the GoogleDoc below to 
reflect what I know as of right now. 

> 
> Amazingly, something like 17 quads have been turned red, and several others 
green, since last update thanks to hard work of Kimberly Lanka, Lindsay Seely, 
Terry Davis, Larry Raymond, Jeannie Pousson, Roselie Overby, Joyce Bennett, 
David Muth, Mac Myers, Paul Conover, Rob Dobbs, Danny Dobbs, Liz Wroten, Glenn 
Ousset, Jonathan Clark, Dave Patton, Irvin Louque, Willie Matthews, Jay Huner, 
and probably others I can't remember, plus I heard that Steve Cardiff and Donna 
Dittmann knocked off Jacks Point Island today. 

> 

=================
Dr. J. V. Remsen
Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
najamesLSU.edu
Subject: indian village quad green
From: Dobbs <dntdobbs AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:46:22 -0500
I spent 5 hr 10 min this am in Indian Village making it green. I pretty much 
covered all accessible roads. There were many roads that showed as dashed on 
the quad map that were in fact good gravel roads but were gated or posted 
notresspassing or private….many miles of such roads. Highlights were 
swallowtail kite, robin, e. peewee, 5 bobwhites in 4 different locations which 
is the most I have had in I can't remember when. Ebird also highlighted flicker 
and pine warbler. Danny 

Subject: Packton Quad Red and Georgetown Quad Greener
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660 AT LOUISIANA.EDU>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:27:28 -0500
Packton Quad needed just under 2 hr. to get to 10 hr. I spent 2 hr. there this 
morning and continued into Georgetown Quad and added 3 hr. Georgetown has 8 hr. 
I'm not planning to go back. It may have to stay green. 


Managed 28 species for Packton with the only noteworthy bird to me being 
White-breasted Nuthatch. Had 35 species for Georgetown. Doubt I added more that 
5 species to each quad if that many. Never saw the first waterbird in 5 hours 
of searching. 


Jay Huner
Subject: Re: Summer Bird Atlas countdown
From: "James V. Remsen, Jr." <najames AT LSU.EDU>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:19:29 -0500
LABIRD: now only 3 more days left. I just updated the GoogleDoc below to 
reflect what I know as of right now. 


Amazingly, something like 17 quads have been turned red, and several others 
green, since last update thanks to hard work of Kimberly Lanka, Lindsay Seely, 
Terry Davis, Larry Raymond, Jeannie Pousson, Roselie Overby, Joyce Bennett, 
David Muth, Mac Myers, Paul Conover, Rob Dobbs, Danny Dobbs, Liz Wroten, Glenn 
Ousset, Jonathan Clark, Dave Patton, Irvin Louque, Willie Matthews, Jay Huner, 
and probably others I can't remember, plus I heard that Steve Cardiff and Donna 
Dittmann knocked off Jacks Point Island today. 


Remember that additional hours in Red quads also valuable -- check your local 
bar charts to see what's missing from your nearby quads if you can't travel to 
a green or gray one. Go to http://ebird.org/content/la/, and then Explore Data, 
then Bar Charts, and then pick quad from Atlas Quadrangles. 





On Jul 10, 2014, at 10:48 AM, "James V. Remsen, Jr."  wrote:

> LABIRD: just 5 more days left for atlasing. I just updated the "Quads Under 
10 Hours" sheet with what I know of as of this morning. I'm sure I've missed 
some -- please advise ASAP: 

> 
> 
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1eNCNK0UIjt4CwuCUu07LS9LGliPTAzzSnZY-VrXcpu4/edit#gid=0 

> 
> Quads formerly on this list that have been turned red include Beaver, Kinder, 
Guy, Hathaway 

> 
> So, plan carefully if you're atlasing, and try to coordinate with other 
atlasers in your area to avoid duplication. Priority should be given to any 
quads that you can push to red, secondarily to green. Quads left in the gray 
zone (under 5 hours) will be used only in certain kinds of regional analyses 
where they can be combined with other quads, so those data will be used, but 
not the way the reds or greens will be used. So, if you put effort into a gray 
or white quad, try to get it to at least green (5 hrs). 

> 
> Keep in mind, however, that any additional hours in red quads are also 
valuable and much appreciated, even the reddest of the red quads. 

> 
> 
> Van Remsen
> 
> 
> =================
> Dr. J. V. Remsen
> Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
> Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
> LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
> najamesLSU.edu

=================
Dr. J. V. Remsen
Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
najamesLSU.edu
Subject: Pumpkin Isl and Pecan Island Quads
From: Dave Patton <wdpatton AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:49:37 -0400
I put 2 hours in Pumpkin Island Quad making it red, and jumped over to Pecan 
Island Quad for 5 hours. Not much of Pecan Island Quad is accessible by road, 
and it was a stretch getting to 5 hours. 

Dave Patton
Lafayette
Subject: Slocum Quad Red
From: William Matthews <willie_lilly AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:55:08 -0500
Slocum Qd now red.  WITU bird of most interest.

Good Atlasing, 
	Willie Matthews< Monroe, LA
Subject: Jonesville South Quad
From: Jonathan Clark <falloutbird1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 15:47:14 -0700
labirders,

   This morning I made a trip to Jonesville South Quad. It's now dark gray
with 4 hours and 13 minutes. Made a valiant attempt at breaking the 5 hour
barrier, but...man its hot. Bird's were starting to slow down, too.
   Some interesting observations. Early on, I got a pair of Scissor-tailed
Flycatchers at the Concordia Electric substation just west of Jonesville. I
know that Beth and Lyndell Willis had this species at this very spot, maybe
on multiple occasions, some years ago. The pair of Black-bellied Whistling
Ducks on Black River Road were nice, too. Of note were the at least 24
Loggerhead Shrikes. I considered this to be a mighty haul, and sure enough
ebird flagged it as a high count. There was a MAYBE, POSSIBLY White-winged
Dove in flight in Jonesville. I didn't come anywhere near actually counting
it, as I had such a poor look. But I have my suspicions. Better luck next
time.
Here's the link to the ebird list for Jonesville South, 7/12/14.
http://ebird.org/ebird/la/view/checklist?subID=S19080507

Good luck, atlasers!
Jonathan Clark,
Jena, Louisiana
Subject: Wood Stork and Wading Bird event July 19, 2014
From: Jane Patterson <seejanebird AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:33:35 -0500
Mark your calendars for July 19, 2014 and when the day comes, set your
alarm for reallyfreakingearly.  You'll want to be at Sherburne WMA South
Farm by 7:00 am that day.  Why, you ask?  Because that is the day of the
annual Wood Stork and Wading Bird event!

Sherburne South Farm is arguably the best birding spot within 30
minutes of Baton
Rouge.  It’s has enough habitat variety to attract not only the forest birds,
but shorebirds in the fall, waterfowl in the winter, and it’s a wading bird
mecca in the summer.  The refuge features several large crawfish ponds that
are managed for wintering waterfowl.  This means the ponds are slowly drawn
down beginning in July.  By the latter part of July (depending on rainfall)
the pond levels are down significantly, making them “wade-able” and most
attractive to herons, egrets and the like, as the fish are concentrated
into smaller areas.   Also attracted, sometimes in great numbers, are Wood
Storks!  These large wading birds have a fairly limited population in the
U.S.  They breed in small numbers in north Florida and Georgia.  But it’s
believed that the birds that we see here in Louisiana are of Mexican
origin.  They seem to be post-breeding wanderers that come up around the
Texas bend and seem to follow the major rivers like the Mississippi.  On
July 19th, for this event, they will open the gate that is normally closed
and LDWF allow you to drive to the ranger station and then provide rides to
various tents located on the compound so you don’t have to walk in the
heat.  A definite plus!  The activity tends to spook the birds a bit, so do
come early if you plan to attend.

If you want to see these birds another time at South Farm, the best way is
to walk into South Farm before dark (bring a flashlight, it’s seriously
dark) and get to levee or  the observation platform by the time it’s light.
 That way you are less likely to spook the birds who will definitely move
away.  One some mornings I’ve counted as many as 2500 Wood Storks here, as
well as hundreds of Great, Snowy, Cattle egrets, White Ibis, and
hundreds of Roseate
Spoonbills.  It’s quite a treat!  Do plan ahead, however, because it's a
3-mile round trip walk. Walk in the main road...turn left, then, at the
dogleg, continue south along the levee and then turn right at the first
levee and you'll see the observation town out in the middle.  Bring water,
sunscreen, a hat, etc.

Now, please do realize that although we time this event and *plan* to see
lots of birds, the forces of nature don't always work with us!  Some years
there are thousands of birds, another year we saw a total of 3 Wood Storks.
 There are things we cannot control!

Directions: when traveling west on I-10, take the Ramah/Maringuoin exit
135.  Turn right at the stop sign and then take the first available left
and then the first right which takes you through the small community of
Ramah.  Cross the recently repaired bridge over the bayou. Turn right to go
north on the side-levee road. It's about 2 miles to South Farm; look for
the sign on the left.  Turn right at the South Farm sign to go over the
levee to the parking area.  The yellow gate will be open and you can drive
into the refuge and park by the ranger station.  ATV's or trucks will take
you to the tent areas.  Please stay in the tent areas so as not to spook
the birds; be mindful of others who wish to come see the birds.  Scopes
will be available for use. Note to photographers -- it's very likely the
birds will be some distance away and we ask that you not approach the birds
to try for photographs; they will certainly fly away.

If you have questions about the event, please email me at
President AT braudubon.org

--Jane Patterson
Baton Rouge Audubon Society
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - City Park--Couturie Forest, Jul 11, 2014
From: Claire Thomas <claire AT CLAIREDTHOMAS.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:06:39 -0500
Claire Thomas
claire AT clairedthomas.com



Begin forwarded message:

> From: do-not-reply AT ebird.org
> Subject: eBird Report - City Park--Couturie Forest, Jul 11, 2014
> Date: July 11, 2014 at 7:40:38 PM CDT
> To: claire AT clairedthomas.com
> 
> City Park--Couturie Forest, Orleans, US-LA
> Jul 11, 2014 8:59 AM - 10:15 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> Comments: I went looking for the Black Whiskered Vireo that had been 
previously reported. I found it in the golf course along the cart path that 
runs north from the back of Couturie Forest. After crossing the bridges over 
the lagoon follow the path that veers left. It goes north into the golf course. 
There are 2 large pine trees along the path to the right. The bird was in the 
brush to the left of the path singing and when I pished it popped up and into 
the second pine tree. Later it flew into an adjacent oak tree (north of Pines) 
and sang for approx. 10 mins. 
Submitted from BirdLog World for iOS, version 1.7.4 > 27 species > > Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) 13 > Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1 > White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) 1 > Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1 > Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) 3 > Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 10 > Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 7 > Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 3 > Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) 2 > Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 4 > Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) 1 > Black-whiskered Vireo (Vireo altiloquus) 1 Seen and heard singing. Photos taken. > > > Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 3 > American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 8 > Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 2 > Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 6 > Cave Swallow (Petrochelidon fulva) 2 Heard and seen > Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 3 > Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1 > Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) 4 > Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 3 > European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 3 > Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) 1 > Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 5 > Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 22 > Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 8 > Bronzed Cowbird (Molothrus aeneus) 1 > > View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19070674 > > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) >
Subject: Summerville and Nickel Quads
From: Jonathan Clark <falloutbird1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:56:58 -0700
labirders,
   Here's the links to the ebird lists for yesterday's atlasing on
Summerville and Nickel quads. I had a few corrections to make, so glad I
went back over them. I'd say that the Chipping Sparrow on Nickel Quad was
one of the day's better birds as well.
http://ebird.org/ebird/la/view/checklist?subID=S19063901

http://ebird.org/ebird/la/view/checklist?subID=S19073009

Didn't get out and atlas today, will make good use of tomorrow to either do
Jonesville S or sweep up the remaining green quads closer to home.

Good birding and good luck finishing up the atlas everyone!
Jonathan Clark,
Jena, Louisiana
Subject: Re: Goldonna quad- Natchitoches/Winn Par very green 07/11/14
From: Terry Davis <terkchip AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:57:29 -0500
"Yellow-throated" should be Warbler- although we had 4 Y-t Vireo, too.

After reading Roselie Overb's post about Wood Thrush singing, it reminded
me that we only had 1 here= another "low light". Coup Point quad to the
South also only had one. There's a lot of suitable habitat in both quads.

Another highlight today was 2 BHCO- but not getting my hopes up too much.
I'm guessing many have moved on and are already gathering in hordes in
cattle lots or other open-agri areas along the Red River


On Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 4:51 PM, Terry Davis  wrote:

> Hello Birders,
>
>  Larry Raymond and I worked Goldonna quad from the N-w (La 9) and N
> central (La 126) to the S-e via Strange Rd and other smaller roads, finally
> ending in Goldonna, where we spent some time trying to access water, yet
> couldn't. The habitat was mostly rolling pine/oak hills and managed
> loblolly pine with multiple hardwood bottoms, then scattered flat woods
> here and there. Homesteads and/or small farmed parcels limited to mostly
> N-w and S-e portions of the quad. Out of 62 spp found, best birds and
> counts were:
>
> Great Egret- 5= 2,1,1,1
>
> Little Blue Heron= 1,1- ad and juv
>
> Cattle egret- 1.............mentionable in this quad in terms of habitat.
>
> Red-tailed Hawk- 1= fairly few openings and/or clear cuts.
>
> Broad-winged Hawk= 1
>
> Chuck- 3=  first stop.
>
> Chimney swift- 17= 6,1,1,6,2,1
>
> Red Head Woodpecker- 3= 1,1,1
>
> Hairy- 3= 1,2
>
> White-breasted Nuthatch- 6= 2,2,1,1- widely scattered at various bottoms
> Brown-headed "- 12= 1,4,4,3- mostly in managed pine area
>
> Yellow-throated- 2. At second stop. Missed in Coup Point quad.
>
> Black-and White Warbler- 4= 1,1,1,1- all females except one, which briefly
> seen appeared to be female and not fall male. Missed in Coup Point.
>
> Swainson's "- 2= 1,1
>
> Summer Tanager- 17. High again in a neighboring quad.
>
> Bachman's sparrow- 3= 2,1 in general vicinity of Strange Rd and Cloud
> Crossing Rd.
>
> Red-winged Blackbird- 1 male- flyover to West at site of two singing
> Bachman's Sparrow- which was a bit odd.
>
> Low light were-
>
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo- 2
>
> Acadian Flycatcher- 1= also missed in Coup Point. We had 5 EAKI in
> Goldonna today- missed in Coup Point.
>
> American Crow- 19
>
> Orchard Oriole- 1 song. Not too surprising as getting late............
>
> We had an excellent day for the heat. Goldonna now needs 2 hours, 20
> minutes to finish. Coup Point needs 2 hrs, 30 minutes.
>
> With some luck, we may do that Monday.
>
> On the way home, we stopped briefly to look at a pair of Western Kingbirds
> in south Bossier City- male standing guard and female on nest- at the power
> substation S on Barksdale Blvd / 71- immediately S of the truck stop and rd
> to the marina (just N of Taylortown)- on W side of rd. A single or pair has
> been showing there for the past 2-3 years
>
> Good birding,
>
> Terry
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
Subject: Goldonna quad- Natchitoches/Winn Par very green 07/11/14
From: Terry Davis <terkchip AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:51:44 -0500
Hello Birders,

 Larry Raymond and I worked Goldonna quad from the N-w (La 9) and N central
(La 126) to the S-e via Strange Rd and other smaller roads, finally ending
in Goldonna, where we spent some time trying to access water, yet couldn't.
The habitat was mostly rolling pine/oak hills and managed loblolly pine
with multiple hardwood bottoms, then scattered flat woods here and there.
Homesteads and/or small farmed parcels limited to mostly N-w and S-e
portions of the quad. Out of 62 spp found, best birds and counts were:

Great Egret- 5= 2,1,1,1

Little Blue Heron= 1,1- ad and juv

Cattle egret- 1.............mentionable in this quad in terms of habitat.

Red-tailed Hawk- 1= fairly few openings and/or clear cuts.

Broad-winged Hawk= 1

Chuck- 3=  first stop.

Chimney swift- 17= 6,1,1,6,2,1

Red Head Woodpecker- 3= 1,1,1

Hairy- 3= 1,2

White-breasted Nuthatch- 6= 2,2,1,1- widely scattered at various bottoms
Brown-headed "- 12= 1,4,4,3- mostly in managed pine area

Yellow-throated- 2. At second stop. Missed in Coup Point quad.

Black-and White Warbler- 4= 1,1,1,1- all females except one, which briefly
seen appeared to be female and not fall male. Missed in Coup Point.

Swainson's "- 2= 1,1

Summer Tanager- 17. High again in a neighboring quad.

Bachman's sparrow- 3= 2,1 in general vicinity of Strange Rd and Cloud
Crossing Rd.

Red-winged Blackbird- 1 male- flyover to West at site of two singing
Bachman's Sparrow- which was a bit odd.

Low light were-

Yellow-billed Cuckoo- 2

Acadian Flycatcher- 1= also missed in Coup Point. We had 5 EAKI in Goldonna
today- missed in Coup Point.

American Crow- 19

Orchard Oriole- 1 song. Not too surprising as getting late............

We had an excellent day for the heat. Goldonna now needs 2 hours, 20
minutes to finish. Coup Point needs 2 hrs, 30 minutes.

With some luck, we may do that Monday.

On the way home, we stopped briefly to look at a pair of Western Kingbirds
in south Bossier City- male standing guard and female on nest- at the power
substation S on Barksdale Blvd / 71- immediately S of the truck stop and rd
to the marina (just N of Taylortown)- on W side of rd. A single or pair has
been showing there for the past 2-3 years

Good birding,

Terry
Subject: Foules quad red
From: Roselie Overby <rosebird8791 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:02:32 -0500
Joyce Bennett and I added 4 hr 35 min which should complete Foules quad.  We
had 53 expected species with Rough-winged Swallow being the most numerous
(159). It was good to hear a couple of Bobwhites and a couple of Wood
Thrushes singing.

Complete list is here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19072357



I also birded in Lake Providence quad for 2 hours Tuesday, riding the levee
in hopes of Wood Storks.  I didn't find any, but had Least Terns over a pond
and one White-winged Dove.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19072202

Roselie Overby
Subject: Re: BWVI City Park N.O.
From: Claire Thomas <claire AT CLAIREDTHOMAS.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:50:33 -0500
The bird was singing and came in to pishing landing in the large pine tree. I 
got several pics. Later I was pishing under the adjacent oak tree and it flew 
in there. It stayed in that oak tree for about 5 to 10 mins. singing. 


Claire Thomas
claire AT clairedthomas.com



On Jul 11, 2014, at 9:09 AM, janine robin  wrote:

> Claire Thomas just re- found the BWVI. Presumably one of the two that David
> Muth found a few days ago.
> The location is: north of the bridge at the back of Couterie(north). Go
> north along golf cart path to second large pine tree.
> Janine
> 
Subject: Rail, Wood Storks, assortment
From: thomas finnie <finnie.tom AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:18:23 -0500
Labirders,

Pictured are Wood Storks, Rail, and an assortment of some wonderful birds
found in our state. We are blessed with the number and diversity of birds.

Pictures at http://tfinnie.blogspot.com/

Hope you like them.

Best,
Tom
Subject: BWVI City Park N.O.
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:09:46 -0500
Claire Thomas just re- found the BWVI. Presumably one of the two that David
Muth found a few days ago.
The location is: north of the bridge at the back of Couterie(north). Go
north along golf cart path to second large pine tree.
Janine
Subject: Atlas- Summerville Red, Nickel Green
From: Jonathan Clark <falloutbird1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:01:49 -0700
labirders,
   This morning I ran a route that incorporated parts of Summerville and
Nickel Quads in northern La Salle Parish. This included an area that I'd
traveled many times growing up, but hadn't been to since I was in college
(about ten years ago). Nice to get out there. Not the most amazing area for
birds by any means, but a productive trip. I added 3 hours and 16 minutes
to Summerville which now has something like 10 hrs 9 minutes if I recall
correctly, and added 3 hours and 32 minutes to Nickel quad, which
should put it at roughly around 7 hours. Best birds for S.ville today:
Broad-winged Hawk, Chuck-will's-widow, Northern Flicker, American Robin.
Best birds for Nickel today: Broad-winged Hawk, Worm-eating Warbler.
   I entered the Summerville list on ebird this afternoon, then took a nap.
I've been trying to submit the Nickel list every since I got up a while
ago, but my web browser has been repeatedly saying "This page cannot be
displayed", and basically trying to say that ebird doesn't exist.
*headdesk* I'll try again later and when they're both submitted and checked
for errors, I'll post a link for those interested.
   The plan was to do a long, perhaps 6 hour, count on Jonesville South
tomorrow, but that won't be possible. Other family members have decided
that they need the truck, so the best I can hope for is to use it a couple
of hours tomorrow. Still trying to decide where to put that time to use.

Happy Atlasing! Its the final countdown!
Jonathan Clark,
Jena, Louisiana
Subject: Ooops!
From: William Matthews <willie_lilly AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:18:22 -0500
That’s Deer Park not Deer Creek. Sorry

Willie Matthews
Subject: Deer Creek and Fairview Quads
From: William Matthews <willie_lilly AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:16:45 -0500
Doug Liles and I will try bird these 2 quads to try to turn at least one of 
them (and maybe both) green but don’t let that disuade anybody else that wants 
to bird there. 

Good Birding. 

Willie Matthews, Monroe, LA
Subject: Re: Summer Bird Atlas countdown
From: Terry Davis <terkchip AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:43:21 -0500
Hi Van/all, Larry Raymond and I are surveying Goldonna quad tomorrow,
hoping to put it well into green. I am hoping to return and push Goldonna
quad and Coup Point quad to red in a single day before the atlas is over-
with Coup Point currently needing only 2.5 hrs. Hubert and I plan on
pushing Hollis Creek quad into green on Saturday. I would try finishing
Belmont quad instead on Saturday but it only has 2.5 hrs. I have plans
tomorrow afternoon/early evening- so the extra 30 minutes rest/ shorter
drive the following morning will make a difference.

Good atlasing,

Terry


On Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 10:48 AM, James V. Remsen, Jr. 
wrote:

> LABIRD:  just 5 more days left for atlasing.  I just updated the "Quads
> Under 10 Hours" sheet with what I know of as of this morning.  I'm sure
> I've missed some -- please advise ASAP:
>
>
> 
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1eNCNK0UIjt4CwuCUu07LS9LGliPTAzzSnZY-VrXcpu4/edit#gid=0 

>
> Quads formerly on this list that have been turned red include Beaver,
> Kinder, Guy, Hathaway
>
> So, plan carefully if you're atlasing, and try to coordinate with other
> atlasers in your area to avoid duplication.  Priority should be given to
> any quads that you can push to red, secondarily to green.   Quads left in
> the gray zone (under 5 hours) will be used only in certain kinds of
> regional analyses where they can be combined with other quads, so those
> data will be used, but not the way the reds or greens will be used.  So, if
> you put effort into a gray or white quad, try to get it to at least green
> (5 hrs).
>
> Keep in mind, however, that any additional hours in red quads are also
> valuable and much appreciated, even the reddest of the red quads.
>
>
> Van Remsen
>
>
> =================
> Dr. J. V. Remsen
> Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
> Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
> LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
> najamesLSU.edu
>
Subject: Winnfield West Quad Red and Other Plans for Surveys - Packton, Georgetown and Opelousas Quads
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660 AT LOUISIANA.EDU>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:18:02 -0500
I added 5 hr. 05 min. to the Winnfield West Quad today with 8 new birds for the 
SBA. 


I am going to Monroe for a meeting Saturday afternoon. I plan to add the 1.8 
hours required for the Packton Quad to get to 10.0 hours. I will bird in the 
Georgetown Quad but doubt that I can add more than 3.0 hours so it will still 
be short of 10.0 hours. 


I am going to Church Point Tuesday. I will go by way of Opelousas and finish 
the Opelousas Quad unless someone else goes first. 


Jay Huner
Subject: Re: Summer Bird Atlas countdown
From: Roselie Overby <rosebird8791 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:09:36 -0500
If Foules quad is correctly under 10 hours and no one else is heading down
there, I'll take care of it.  
Roselie Overby


-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds
[mailto:LABIRD-L AT LISTSERV.LSU.EDU] On Behalf Of James V. Remsen, Jr.
Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2014 10:48 AM
To: LABIRD-L AT LISTSERV.LSU.EDU
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Summer Bird Atlas countdown

LABIRD:  just 5 more days left for atlasing.  I just updated the "Quads
Under 10 Hours" sheet with what I know of as of this morning.  I'm sure I've
missed some -- please advise ASAP:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1eNCNK0UIjt4CwuCUu07LS9LGliPTAzzSnZY-
VrXcpu4/edit#gid=0

Quads formerly on this list that have been turned red include Beaver,
Kinder, Guy, Hathaway

So, plan carefully if you're atlasing, and try to coordinate with other
atlasers in your area to avoid duplication.  Priority should be given to any
quads that you can push to red, secondarily to green.   Quads left in the
gray zone (under 5 hours) will be used only in certain kinds of regional
analyses where they can be combined with other quads, so those data will be
used, but not the way the reds or greens will be used.  So, if you put
effort into a gray or white quad, try to get it to at least green (5 hrs).  

Keep in mind, however, that any additional hours in red quads are also
valuable and much appreciated, even the reddest of the red quads.


Van Remsen


=================
Dr. J. V. Remsen
Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
najamesLSU.edu
Subject: Re: Summer Bird Atlas countdown
From: "James V. Remsen, Jr." <najames AT LSU.EDU>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:50:29 -0500
On Jul 10, 2014, at 10:48 AM, "James V. Remsen, Jr." 
 wrote:

> 
> Quads formerly on this list that have been turned red include Beaver, Kinder, 
Guy, Hathaway 

> 

Also Basile, and maybe others.


=================
Dr. J. V. Remsen
Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
najamesLSU.edu
Subject: Summer Bird Atlas countdown
From: "James V. Remsen, Jr." <najames AT LSU.EDU>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:48:09 -0500
LABIRD: just 5 more days left for atlasing. I just updated the "Quads Under 10 
Hours" sheet with what I know of as of this morning. I'm sure I've missed some 
-- please advise ASAP: 



https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1eNCNK0UIjt4CwuCUu07LS9LGliPTAzzSnZY-VrXcpu4/edit#gid=0 


Quads formerly on this list that have been turned red include Beaver, Kinder, 
Guy, Hathaway 


So, plan carefully if you're atlasing, and try to coordinate with other 
atlasers in your area to avoid duplication. Priority should be given to any 
quads that you can push to red, secondarily to green. Quads left in the gray 
zone (under 5 hours) will be used only in certain kinds of regional analyses 
where they can be combined with other quads, so those data will be used, but 
not the way the reds or greens will be used. So, if you put effort into a gray 
or white quad, try to get it to at least green (5 hrs). 


Keep in mind, however, that any additional hours in red quads are also valuable 
and much appreciated, even the reddest of the red quads. 



Van Remsen


=================
Dr. J. V. Remsen
Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
najamesLSU.edu
Subject: Savoie Quad, Lafourche
From: David Muth <MuthD AT NWF.ORG>
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:33:22 +0000
I put in 2.5 hours this morning. It should be at 4 hours, if anyone is inclined 
to push it to green. 


David Muth
New Orleans

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Beaver Quad Red
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660 AT LOUISIANA.EDU>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 12:24:06 -0500
I added 3 hrs. 30 mins. to the Beaver Quad this morning. So, the quad is Red. I 
may have added 3-5 species but total is under 60. Had a single flyover of a 
Little Blue Heron so another Piney Woods Quad with a Little Blue Heron. 


Jay Huner
Subject: Coup Point quad/ Natchitoches Par dark green w/ 7.5 hrs
From: Terry Davis <terkchip AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 17:27:55 -0500
Hi all,

Larry Raymond and I had 64 spp, which might seem quite low to some for a
quad bordered by lakes on both sides. However, this really wasn't too bad
considering the recent successive days of heat and the resulting and
expected decline in song/detection of some. Some spp remained vocalizing
quite well, while others, such as Acadian Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird and
Yellow-throated warbler were inexplicably absent. Best birds were WHIB,
several of somewhat expected heron spp (but no CAEG), then BAEA, COHA,
BWHA, WEWA SWWA. Good for numbers- SUTA- 18, CARW-45, PABU- 7- latter sp in
high nos regarding somewhat inappropriate habitat.

Good birding/atlasing,

Terry
Subject: Guy and Hathaway quads red
From: Rob Dobbs <rcdobbs AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 22:35:23 -0500
I put in 4.8 h in the Guy quad (Allen Par) this morning. Had 78 spp, but no
real surprises... highlight was a Swainson's Warbler.

http://ebird.org/ebird/la/view/checklist?subID=S19015874

I also put in 1.5 h in the Hathaway quad (Jeff Davis Par) in the late
morning/early afternoon to get it red. I worked rice/crawfish fields in the
central part of the quad, but did not find any ideal fields. Glossy Ibis
was nice.

Rob Dobbs
Lafayette
Subject: Shreveport East and Elm Grove quads- 07/05, 07/06-14- EAPH, LETE, LESA, LEYE,
From: Terry Davis <terkchip AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 18:25:23 -0500
Hi all, Birded Marie Hamel Park yesterday (07/05) with Charlie Lyon for a
couple plus hours beginning shortly before noon while doing the NABA
seasonal butterfly count. Our best birds there were:

Least Tern- 6= 4 ad milling overhead and two juv's perched on bouys
intermittently being fed.

Northern Parula- 1 post breeding dispersal. Never saw but probable ad or at
least sy male- alternating between two clear song types with whisper song.

Eastern Phoebe- pbd- juvenile with notably crisp wingbars.

The entire butterfly group had a successful count with 41 or 42 spp
(waiting on confirmation of 1). Charlie and I had 30 spp of butterflies for
our portion of the count over 5 separate areas and 6+ miles walked- with
some serious bush-whacking! Some of our better finds and counts were:

Southern Dogface- 11. All at Marie Hamel Park along Red River in
Shreveport. I rarely find these more than ~half-mile from Red River

Spicebush Swallowtail- 16- all at one prairie remnant. Another prairie
remnant with near same plant association (lots of composites + Eryngium,
Liatris and various grasses including blue stem) to the East, had none!?
Counts of Phaon Crescent (62) and Fiery Skipper (129) were not too
unexpected but good to see as the area has been experiencing an overall
dearth of butterflies for quite some time now.

Late this morning 07/06 I spent a couple of hours in heavily red Elm Grove
quad at White House Plantation looking for early shorebirds. Best finds
there were-

Least Sandpiper- 4 breeding plumage adults- only slightly worn.

Lesser Yellowlegs- 1. Same condition as LESA.

Quite a few fuzzball juv Black-necked Stilt running around was nice to see

One has to wonder if the group of 12 American White Pelican that were on
the pond today were the same birds that Jim Ingold saw flying over today
near Taylortown?

Good atlasing y'all!

Terry
Subject: Re: Martin quad is green
From: Terry Davis <terkchip AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 17:07:08 -0500
Jim, Interesting! I wonder if the White House Plantation pond group at Elm
Grove got up and left? There were 12 there later this morning after 11.

Terry


On Sun, Jul 6, 2014 at 1:01 PM, Ingold, James  wrote:

> Not as green as I wanted it to be - but on 4 hours of sleep and the
> warming up - I had to give up.
>
> 49 species - nothing special
>
> Best bird was a flock of 12 American White Pelican soaring south of
> Taylortown.
>
Subject: Kinder Quad Red; Savannah Sparrow
From: Paul Conover <zoiseaux AT LUSFIBER.NET>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 14:50:35 -0500
Labird,

        I added 3 hours to the Kinder quad this morning to bring it to about
11 hours.  I think the updated species total for the quad is 82 species.
There's good woodland habitat that should support a warbler community, but I
struck out on warblers.  

        Best bird by far was a Savannah Sparrow.  I'm not sure if there are
many/any July records for this species for the state.  

 

http://ebird.org/ebird/la/view/checklist?subID=S19007434

 

Paul Conover

Lafayette
Subject: Basile quad red
From: Mac Myers <budogmacm AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 14:10:39 -0500
I added a little over five hours to Basile today. Not bad weather for July
in south LA. I added numerous things I'd missed on the first morning here,
and there were a few surprises: Pine Warbler singing as though on territory
and in decent looking habitat; Scissor-tailed Flycatcher; and especially an
American Kestrel in heavy wing and tail molt being harassed by Barn
Swallows. As spectacles go, it couldn't match Dr. Remsen's recent posting.
But there were a lot of birds in a lot of different fields/ponds. Every
time I turned around I had storks. And there were a few more shorebirds. A
Glossy Ibis was nice, and these days N. Bobwhite is always a pleasure. E.
Bluebirds evidently nested nearby, as there were at least two speckled juvs.

Details at http://ebird.org/ebird/la/view/checklist/email?subID=S19007499

Mac Myers
Subject: Added time to Lena Quad - Tree Swallows
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660 AT LOUISIANA.EDU>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 13:30:24 -0500
Went to Lena Quad because I could not go to a distant quad today. Hoped for 
something new and/or a roadrunner. Had to quit after an hour to tend to a 
broken water pipe at home. Hope we can get a plumber out tomorrow. 


Nothing special - 30 birds, but did have two Tree Swallows. Likely local 
breeders. Found at west end of Cleco Lake (also called Rodemacher Lake) along 
LA 8. Tree Swallows found at same site last year at approximately the same 
time. Included fledglings last year. 


Jay Huner
Subject: Pelicans were not in Martin quad
From: "Ingold, James" <James.Ingold AT LSUS.EDU>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 18:11:41 +0000
I should have mentioned that for those not familiar with Taylortown
Subject: Martin quad is green
From: "Ingold, James" <James.Ingold AT LSUS.EDU>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 18:01:47 +0000
Not as green as I wanted it to be - but on 4 hours of sleep and the warming up 
- I had to give up. 


49 species - nothing special

Best bird was a flock of 12 American White Pelican soaring south of Taylortown.
Subject: Yet
From: Marybeth Lima <marybeth.lima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 12:00:15 -0500
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