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Blue-headed Quail Dove,©Jan Wilczur

25 Jan Winter LOS - Field Trip through Plaquemines Parish Jan 24, 2015 [Ed Wallace ]
25 Jan Sandhill cranes [janine robin ]
25 Jan Re: Barred Owl [Mac Myers ]
25 Jan FW: eBird Report - Fontainebleau SP, Jan 25, 2015 [Tom Trenchard ]
25 Jan Barred Owl [Martha Avegno ]
25 Jan Covington/Mandeville Ross's Goose [Harvey Patten ]
25 Jan Fwd: eBird Report - Jean Lafitte NHP--Barataria Preserve Swamp, Jan 24, 2015 [Wendy Rihner ]
25 Jan Re: Blackbirds are here [Charles Williams ]
24 Jan Ferruginous Hawk at Cameron Prairie NWR [David McDonald ]
24 Jan Folsom backyard...32 species today. [janine robin ]
24 Jan Washington parish mountain bluebird [janine robin ]
24 Jan Folsom backyard [janine robin ]
24 Jan Other nongame birds killed [Roselie Overby ]
23 Jan Re: yet another Whooping Crane shot [John Dillon ]
24 Jan yet another Whooping Crane shot [James V Remsen ]
22 Jan Juncos taking shelter [Alex Haun ]
22 Jan purple finches [cecil tarver ]
22 Jan Blackbirds are here [Roselie Overby ]
21 Jan Intracoastal Canal Bridge area, Hwy 319, Jan 21, 2015 [Michael Musumeche ]
21 Jan Poverty Point Res SP [William Matthews ]
21 Jan Pine siskins at feeders on Folsom [janine robin ]
20 Jan FW: eBird Report - Poverty Point Reservoir SP, Jan 20, 2015 [Roselie Overby ]
20 Jan Cameron Ferry is operating [Jeanie Pou ]
20 Jan Couch's Kingbird still present south of Kaplan [Mary Mehaffey ]
20 Jan Gemstone Plantation [janine robin ]
20 Jan RB/BH Grosbeak [Tom Trenchard ]
20 Jan Common Goldeneye in Livingston Par. [James V Remsen ]
20 Jan Reminder: BRAS presentation, Thur Jan. 22, 2015, 7PM, BBS *Education Center* ["crystal.johnson.lsu AT gmail.com" ]
20 Jan 2015 Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz [Sinéad Borchert ]
20 Jan Re: Hummingbird at Last [Wendy Rihner ]
20 Jan Re: Dark morph Ferruginous Hawk - still present? -- and how to know [Denese Vlosky ]
20 Jan Re: Dark morph Ferruginous Hawk - still present? -- and how to know [James V Remsen ]
20 Jan Re: 3 Bald Eagles - Marrero [Missy Bowen ]
20 Jan 3 Bald Eagles - Marrero ["James W. Beck" ]
20 Jan Re: Dark morph Ferruginous Hawk - still present? ["Steven W. Cardiff" ]
20 Jan Hummingbird at Last [glenn ousset ]
20 Jan Re: Fwd: [LABIRD-L] melanistic passage Red-tailed Hawk ["Johnson, Erik" ]
20 Jan Fwd: [LABIRD-L] melanistic passage Red-tailed Hawk [Dorothy Rambin ]
20 Jan Dark morph Ferruginous Hawk - still present? [David McDonald ]
20 Jan melanistic passage Red-tailed Hawk [Dorothy Rambin ]
20 Jan Re: Another active Bald Eagle's nest at I-10 west of New Orleans near I-310 ["Nancy L. Newfield" ]
20 Jan How rare is a leucistic Ruddy Duck? [Dorothy Rambin ]
20 Jan Kincaid Lake and feeders ["Shively, Steve -FS" ]
20 Jan Grebes at Kincaid Lake (Reservoir) 1-19-15 [Jay V Huner ]
19 Jan Another active Bald Eagle's nest at I-10 west of New Orleans near I-310 ["crystal.johnson.lsu AT gmail.com" ]
20 Jan Common Loons at Lake Bruin ["Laird, Suzanne" ]
18 Jan request for assistance-no sighting [Ron ]
19 Jan Re: Common Merganser in Eden Isle, St. Tammany [James V Remsen ]
19 Jan Common Merganser in Eden Isle, St. Tammany [James V Remsen ]
18 Jan Laughing Gulls [Stephen Pagans ]
18 Jan Upcoming Baton Rouge Audubon events [Jane Patterson ]
17 Jan Mountain bluebird, Vesper sparrows, Brewer's blackbirds Washington parish [janine robin ]
17 Jan Black-throated Gray Warbler [Cathy DiSalvo ]
17 Jan Tues., Jan. 20th: John Sevenair's program on New Guinea Birds and Nature [Jennifer Coulson ]
17 Jan LOS Winter Meeting in New Orleans next Weekend [JOELLE FINLEY ]
17 Jan LOS Winter Meeting in New Orleans next Weekend ["Steven W. Cardiff" ]
17 Jan Offshore Cameron on Friday [Dave Patton ]
17 Jan Cameron ferry [Paul Edward Conover ]
17 Jan Re: crow shortage [James V Remsen ]
17 Jan Washington parish MOBL [janine robin ]
17 Jan Re: Bronzed Cowbird ["Steven W. Cardiff" ]
16 Jan Cameron Parish Correction for Friday Jan 16 [John Romano ]
16 Jan Re: Bronzed Cowbird ["Nancy L. Newfield" ]
16 Jan Cameron Parish Birds of Interest - Friday, Jan 16 [John Romano ]
16 Jan Bronzed Cowbird [Birds ]
16 Jan PUFI in Baton Rouge [Bob & Karen Pierson ]
16 Jan MOBL ["Dan O'Malley" ]
16 Jan Screeeeech!!! [janine robin ]
16 Jan Ringed Teal [Paul Dickson ]
15 Jan Re: Songbirds and Waterbirds and Raptors, Oh My! [Terry Davis ]
15 Jan Re: Songbirds and Waterbirds and Raptors, Oh My! [Terry Davis ]
15 Jan Re: Songbirds and Waterbirds and Raptors, Oh My! [Terry Davis ]
15 Jan Re: inquery -- Common Merganser [Ed Wallace ]
15 Jan Re: inquery -- Common Merganser [janine robin ]
15 Jan inquery -- Common Merganser ["James W. Beck" ]
15 Jan Re: RINGED TEAL!? [Beth Maniscalco ]

Subject: Winter LOS - Field Trip through Plaquemines Parish Jan 24, 2015
From: Ed Wallace <mottledduck AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:54:27 -0600
All,The Louisiana Ornithological Society sponsored several trips as part of the 
Winter meeting in New Orleans. The final tally is still being compiled and will 
come out soon. I led a trip through Plaquemines Parish all the way to Venice. 
There were 33 birders. Some were brand new birders and others were some of 
Louisiana's most experienced birders. Areas birded included several brief stops 
along LA 23 North of Diamond, the batture near Diamond, the baseball field in 
Diamond, the freshwater marsh on the other side of LA 23 in Diamond, Ft. 
Jackson, an overlook on LA 23 just outside the levy in Venice, the large pond 
just down river from the Venice dump, the Venice dump, Boothville and the 
marina in Empire. I was a little concerned with how leading a car trip with so 
many folks would work out, but it turned out very well and birding was 
outstanding. Most target birds were found. Yellow-headed blackbird, 
broad-winged hawks, vermillion flycatcher, scissor-tailed flycatcher and 
Western Kingbird were found and seen by all. Langiappe birds included LeConte's 
sparrow. Top bird though was a California Gull seen by several birders in 
Venice. Another highlight was the large number of Killdeer and pipits in 
Diamond. Below are the details. As there were a large number of birders, there 
may have been additional birds to add to the list. 


> Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 22:45:02 -0500
> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> To: mottledduck AT hotmail.com
> Subject: eBird Report - Plaquemines, Jan 24, 2015
> 
> Plaquemines, Plaquemines, US-LA
> Jan 24, 2015 7:50 AM - 7:20 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 120.0 mile(s)
> Comments: The Louisiana Ornithological Society sponsored several trips as 
part of the Winter meeting in New Orleans. I led a trip through Plaquemines 
Parish all the way to Venice. There were 33 birders. Some were brand new 
birders and others were some of Louisiana's most experienced birders. Areas 
birded included several brief stops along LA 23 North of Diamond, the batture 
near Diamond, the baseball field in Diamond, the freshwater marsh on the other 
side of LA 23 in Diamond, Ft. Jackson, an overlook on LA 23 just outside the 
levy in Venice, the large pond just down river from the Venice dump, the Venice 
dump, Boothville and the marina in Empire. I was a little concerned with how 
leading a car trip with so many folks would work out, but it turned out very 
well and birding was outstanding. Most target birds were found. Yellow-headed 
blackbird, broad-winged hawks, vermillion flycatcher, scissor-tailed flycatcher 
and Western Kingbird were found and seen by all. Langiappe birds included 
LeConte's sparrow. 

> 101 species (+1 other taxa)
> 
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  50
> Gadwall  120
> Mottled Duck  4
> Northern Shoveler  1
> Green-winged Teal  4
> Lesser Scaup  6
> Red-breasted Merganser  2     Marina
> Common Loon  1
> Pied-billed Grebe  5
> Double-crested Cormorant  50
> Anhinga  6
> American White Pelican  150
> Brown Pelican  15
> Great Blue Heron  2
> Great Egret  15
> Snowy Egret  4
> Little Blue Heron  3
> Tricolored Heron  6
> Reddish Egret 1 Seen by some. It was in the same location where I found one 
the previous Sunday. 

> Cattle Egret  12
> Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
> White Ibis  12     surprisingly few
> Roseate Spoonbill  1
> Black Vulture  25
> Turkey Vulture  15
> Osprey  6
> Northern Harrier  4
> Cooper's Hawk  1
> Bald Eagle  3
> Broad-winged Hawk 1 Boothville. About half mile downriver from the water 
tower. Have images if required. Seen by entire group. 

> Red-tailed Hawk  8
> Clapper Rail  1
> Sora  1
> Common Gallinule  6
> American Coot  4
> Black-necked Stilt  15
> Killdeer  150     At least 100 in Diamond.
> Spotted Sandpiper  1
> Greater Yellowlegs  1
> Willet  4
> Least Sandpiper  6
> Long-billed Dowitcher  4     Heard call
> Wilson's Snipe  8
> Bonaparte's Gull  2     Diamond and at Buras marina
> Laughing Gull  150
> Ring-billed Gull  75
> California Gull 1 Seen by Charlie Lyons and Mike Muschme and Jay Huner. 
Described as a larger gull than an RBGU with dark iris and yellow legs. Bird 
flew before it could be photographed. Additional detail will be provided by 
folks who saw it. 

> Herring Gull  30
> gull sp.  1500
> Caspian Tern  5
> Forster's Tern  25
> Royal Tern  12
> Sandwich Tern  1     Buras marina
> Black Skimmer  800
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  6
> Eurasian Collared-Dove  5
> Mourning Dove  15     surprisingly few noted.
> Great Horned Owl  1
> Belted Kingfisher  6
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
> Downy Woodpecker  2
> Northern Flicker  1
> American Kestrel  25
> Eastern Phoebe  6
> Vermilion Flycatcher  1     Diamond
> Western Kingbird  4     Previously documented kingbirds in Diamond.
> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  2     Previously documented flycathers in Diamond.
> Loggerhead Shrike  2
> Blue-headed Vireo  3
> Blue Jay  1
> American Crow  25
> Tree Swallow  15
> Carolina Chickadee  2
> Tufted Titmouse  1     Seen by Lewis near Diamond
> Sedge Wren  1     up close in Diamond
> Marsh Wren  1
> Carolina Wren  2
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
> Eastern Bluebird  1     In Port Sulphur in yard.
> Northern Mockingbird  8
> European Starling  50
> American Pipit  100
> Orange-crowned Warbler  3
> Common Yellowthroat  1
> Palm Warbler  8
> Yellow-rumped Warbler  12
> Yellow-throated Warbler 2 One seen in Diamond and one in Ft. Jackson. Seen by 
all. 

> Savannah Sparrow  11
> Le Conte's Sparrow  4
> Nelson's Sparrow  2
> Seaside Sparrow  1
> Swamp Sparrow  12
> White-throated Sparrow  2
> Northern Cardinal  4
> Red-winged Blackbird  35
> Eastern Meadowlark  12
> Yellow-headed Blackbird 3 Two females in Ft. Jackson. One male in Boothville. 
Very cooperative and seen by all. 

> Common Grackle  6
> Boat-tailed Grackle  75
> Great-tailed Grackle 4 Birds were seen at the entrance to the Venice Dump. 

> Brown-headed Cowbird  120
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21527435 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 		 	   		  
Subject: Sandhill cranes
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:50:26 -0600
Just coming off the causeway onto the Northshore at 5:40 pm today when 2
sandhill cranes flew over almost shoulder to shoulder coming from the east
and heading west.
Large birds with necks stretched out.
Janine Robin
Subject: Re: Barred Owl
From: Mac Myers <budogmacm AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:58:34 -0600
Excellent!! Some things are still right with the world. Amen.

Mac

On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 6:23 PM, Martha Avegno  wrote:

> Just had a smackdown by nature's rules.
> A Barred Owl that hans out in my neighborhood was hooting at sundown.
> Found the bird in a tree, looking like he was not sitting upright as usual.
> Getting another angle,I discovered a very small black and white kitten in
> his tallon while he was eating. Have seen an owl with kitten. I could not
> look again.
> Went back a bit latter: owl was  not there, but prey was.
>
> South Baton Rouge off Brightside.
>
> M. Ellie Avegno
> Sent by iPhone
>
Subject: FW: eBird Report - Fontainebleau SP, Jan 25, 2015
From: Tom Trenchard <trench19 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:43:26 -0600
LaBirders,
 
Today's list for the LOS outing at Fontainebleau SP
is below.
 
Tom T. 

*************
Tom Trenchard
Covington, LA
*************


> Fontainebleau SP, St. Tammany, US-LA
> Jan 25, 2015 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 4.0 mile(s)
> Comments: LOS field trip (guides Glenn Ousset & Tom Trenchard, plus 
additional 13 observers). Clear/mostly clear, 45-54º, light to moderate breeze, 
low humidity. From 7:30AM to noon (4.5 hrs), 4.0 miles walking+driving. 

> 67 species
> 
> Gadwall  2
> Bufflehead  13
> Red-breasted Merganser  1
> Common Loon  2
> Pied-billed Grebe  26
> Double-crested Cormorant  18
> American White Pelican  5
> Brown Pelican  10
> Great Blue Heron  2
> Bald Eagle  1     immature flyover.
> Red-tailed Hawk  1
> American Coot  6
> Killdeer  16
> Wilson's Snipe  3
> Bonaparte's Gull  2
> Laughing Gull  200
> Ring-billed Gull  50
> Herring Gull  1
> Forster's Tern  8
> Royal Tern  12
> Eurasian Collared-Dove  2
> Mourning Dove  12
> Belted Kingfisher  1
> Red-headed Woodpecker  13
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
> Northern Flicker  3
> Pileated Woodpecker  1
> American Kestrel  1
> Eastern Phoebe  5
> Loggerhead Shrike  2
> White-eyed Vireo  3
> Blue-headed Vireo  1
> Blue Jay  13
> American Crow  7
> Tree Swallow  13
> Carolina Chickadee  8
> Tufted Titmouse  6
> Brown-headed Nuthatch  6
> House Wren  2
> Carolina Wren  4
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
> Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  10
> Eastern Bluebird  10
> Hermit Thrush  1
> American Robin  1
> Gray Catbird  1
> Brown Thrasher  2
> Northern Mockingbird  7
> European Starling  30
> American Pipit  10     flyover flock calling.
> Orange-crowned Warbler  7
> Common Yellowthroat  1
> Pine Warbler  7
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  50
> Eastern Towhee  1
> Song Sparrow  1
> Swamp Sparrow  18
> White-throated Sparrow  2
> White-crowned Sparrow  1
> Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  18
> Northern Cardinal  16
> Red-winged Blackbird  85
> Eastern Meadowlark  1
> Boat-tailed Grackle  1
> American Goldfinch  6
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21539158 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

 		 	   		  
Subject: Barred Owl
From: Martha Avegno <elliea AT COX.NET>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:23:28 -0600
Just had a smackdown by nature's rules. 
A Barred Owl that hans out in my neighborhood was hooting at sundown. Found the 
bird in a tree, looking like he was not sitting upright as usual. Getting 
another angle,I discovered a very small black and white kitten in his tallon 
while he was eating. Have seen an owl with kitten. I could not look again. 

Went back a bit latter: owl was  not there, but prey was.   

South Baton Rouge off Brightside.

M. Ellie Avegno
Sent by iPhone 
Subject: Covington/Mandeville Ross's Goose
From: Harvey Patten <puffin AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:10:33 -0800
Labirders,
 
A single Ross's Goose is present at the Lakeview Regional Medical Center ponds. 
From 1-2 p.m. today (Sunday) it was located in the northern pond behind the 
large medical center sign in the company of several Canada Geese. 

 
Harvey L. Patten
Covington
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Jean Lafitte NHP--Barataria Preserve Swamp, Jan 24, 2015
From: Wendy Rihner <wrihner AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:29:27 -0600
Labird:

Just an FYI - yesterday, on our LOS outing down Coquille, we found a Great 
Horned Owl sitting on its nest. Just the ear tufts and half the head visible. 
Not too far away, 2 Red-shouldered Hawks were building their nest. Too close 
for comfort. 


Go 1/2 way down Coquille, right side (I think north) in a cypress with 
octopus-like branches that form a cup. 


Wendy Rihner

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Date: January 24, 2015 at 2:41:36 PM CST
> To: wrihner AT gmail.com
> Subject: eBird Report - Jean Lafitte NHP--Barataria Preserve Swamp, Jan 24, 
2015 

> 
> Jean Lafitte NHP--Barataria Preserve Swamp, Jefferson, US-LA
> Jan 24, 2015 8:15 AM - 11:40 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.8 mile(s)
> Comments: Led group down Coquille Trail for LOS; very cold, breezy but 
sunshine 

> 37 species (+1 other taxa)
> 
> Pied-billed Grebe  2
> Great Egret  4
> Black Vulture  4
> Turkey Vulture  7
> Bald Eagle  1     Seen only by Kaye, Wendy, and Jackie on Hwy. 45
> Red-shouldered Hawk  2
> Common Gallinule  7
> Killdeer  1     Heard by David only
> Great Horned Owl  1     Adult sitting on NEST!
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  3
> Downy Woodpecker  4
> Hairy Woodpecker  1     Heard only
> Pileated Woodpecker  1     heard only
> American Kestrel  1
> Eastern Phoebe  2
> Blue Jay  1
> American Crow  3
> crow sp.  5
> Tree Swallow  9
> Carolina Chickadee  12
> Tufted Titmouse  3
> Marsh Wren  2
> Carolina Wren  5     heard ONLY
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
> Hermit Thrush  2
> American Robin  3
> Gray Catbird  4
> Northern Mockingbird  1
> Orange-crowned Warbler  2
> Common Yellowthroat  3
> Yellow-rumped Warbler  100
> Chipping Sparrow  1
> Swamp Sparrow  3
> White-throated Sparrow  2
> Northern Cardinal  5
> Common Grackle  3     heard only
> American Goldfinch  3     heard only
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21518929 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Re: Blackbirds are here
From: Charles Williams <chazbizz AT COX.NET>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:29:15 -0500
Rusty blackbirds arrived in recent days here in Greenwell Springs. They tend to 
stay around until some time in March. 



---- Roselie Overby  wrote: 
> It started off with one Red-winged Blackbird at the feeders earlier this
> month.  Then 5, then 12, and today the large mixed flock of mainly Red-wings
> and a few Common Grackles arrived.  I haven't noticed many in nearby fields,
> but those fields are being herbicided and cultivated.  This is the usual
> January event.
> Roselie Overby
> Oak Grove in W. Carroll Parish
Subject: Ferruginous Hawk at Cameron Prairie NWR
From: David McDonald <dkmmdpa AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:12:27 -0600
Hi LA birders,

Thanks for giving me the update that the hawk was still there. I made 
the drive from Galveston County this morning and arrived about 9:15. 
I was excited to see 2 large dark hawks near the visitor center, but 
both turned out to be Red-tails. So I grabbed a refuge guide to go to 
the Pintail loop drive and see the Eurasian Wigeon. I had forgotten 
to print the location of the wigeon on the drive and was dismayed to 
see that it was 3 miles long.

So I drove around and was hoping to see a birder or two who had 
already found the bird. As I got to the last 1/4 mile, I figured I 
had missed it. But then there was a birder named Willie from Monroe 
with a scope, and he had just found the bird. I got to see the bird, 
but no decent photos were obtained as the bird was perhaps 75 yards out.

The two of us went back to the visitor center to check out the hawk 
again as Willie had missed it on his way past as well. We parked and 
walked out to the gazebo and looked carefully on the dikes, in trees 
and all was quiet.

Then I glanced behind me at the trees just south of the parking lot 
and there he was in the top of a tallow. He must have flown in during 
the 5 minutes after we walked past the trees.

His feathered legs can be 
seen....  http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158924605

Some people came through the gate and he took off, but flew around 
above us giving more photo ops.

His very long gape can be seen 
here...   http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158924606

And overhead...   http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158924607

Lastly, the white on the upper primaries is another field mark for 
Ferruginous Hawk in any plumage. Sibley says only juvie Rough=legged 
Hawks have this feature besides the 
Ferruginous....   http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158924608

Thanks again for your help. I just joined LA bird list in early 
January and got 2 great birds. Hoping for more!

David McDonald
Friendswood TX
Subject: Folsom backyard...32 species today.
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:08:44 -0600
​Hello,
 I had a banner day in the yard today. I think 32 species is a record.
Have a few photos on my checklist if you are interested in taking a peek.
Best,
Janine

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21522874
Subject: Washington parish mountain bluebird
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:09:06 -0600
She is still here! 2:00pm
N30°46.664 W090°12.407
On high wire across from gravel "mountains".
Janine
.
Subject: Folsom backyard
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:22:37 -0600
Good morning,
I have a pair of Hooded mergansers in our small pond. May be more....my
view is obscured by trees. At least 25 pine siskins and a pair of purple
finches at the feeders and on the ground. Countless goldfinches and
chippers.
Janine Robin
Folsom
NW corner of St Tammany parish
Subject: Other nongame birds killed
From: Roselie Overby <rosebird8791 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:47:31 -0600
John, LABIRD,
  I fear that a lot of nongame birds are killed in my neck of the woods.  I
hear about people who kill owls because 'they foretell death'.  I had an
older fellow tell me that he kills all hawks on his hunting lease.  N.
Mockingbirds are common targets because they wake someone up at night or
because they chase "my bluebirds, cat, dog," etc.  A student told me he
killed woodpeckers in his family's pecan orchard.  Another was hired by
someone with a pond to kill all egrets, herons, and who knows what.  I do
what I can to reeducate people, but I feel that whatever I say falls on deaf
ears.
Roselie Overby
Oak Grove in W. Carroll Parish

-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds
[mailto:LABIRD-L AT LISTSERV.LSU.EDU] On Behalf Of John Dillon
Sent: Friday, January 23, 2015 7:34 PM
To: LABIRD-L AT LISTSERV.LSU.EDU
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] yet another Whooping Crane shot

Additionally, events like this have to make us consider how many other
non-game species are being shot. Herons, egrets, owls, hawks, eagles,
woodpeckers.... I have a student whose grandmother has shot all the
bluebirds in her yard for years because she believes they take away Purple
Martin nests. I was finally able to convince her last year that it simply
isn't true and to stop shooting bluebirds. I know tons of deer hunters who
believe sapsuckers alert deer to the presence of hunters, and they shoot
them on sight if there are no deer around to scare with the gun shot.  And
if you don't know this, they make crow decoys just to lure them in to shoot
them.  I have no problem with managed hunting whatsoever. But these idiots
just shoot anything. 

John Dillon
Athens, LA
Subject: Re: yet another Whooping Crane shot
From: John Dillon <kisforkryptonite AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:33:56 -0600
Additionally, events like this have to make us consider how many other non-game 
species are being shot. Herons, egrets, owls, hawks, eagles, woodpeckers.... I 
have a student whose grandmother has shot all the bluebirds in her yard for 
years because she believes they take away Purple Martin nests. I was finally 
able to convince her last year that it simply isn't true and to stop shooting 
bluebirds. I know tons of deer hunters who believe sapsuckers alert deer to the 
presence of hunters, and they shoot them on sight if there are no deer around 
to scare with the gun shot. And if you don't know this, they make crow decoys 
just to lure them in to shoot them. I have no problem with managed hunting 
whatsoever. But these idiots just shoot anything. 


John Dillon
Athens, LA

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 23, 2015, at 7:12 PM, James V Remsen  wrote:
> 
> Another black mark for Louisiana. An isolated instance could occur anywhere 
…. but now 6? 

> 
> 
http://www.sunherald.com/2015/01/22/6031596/whooping-crane-shot-in-louisiana.html 

> 
> 
> 
> =================
> 
> 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: yet another Whooping Crane shot
From: James V Remsen <najames AT LSU.EDU>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 01:12:16 +0000
Another black mark for Louisiana. An isolated instance could occur anywhere …. 
but now 6? 



http://www.sunherald.com/2015/01/22/6031596/whooping-crane-shot-in-louisiana.html 




=================

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: Juncos taking shelter
From: Alex Haun <ajhaun.haun46 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:35:16 -0600
I currently have a pair of DE Juncos taking shelter on my front porch during 
these heavy rains in BR. This is the first sighting of this species for my yard 
(perhaps overdue). Looking at eBird maps it appears there are no previous 
reports for the Shenandoah area, which seemed a bit surprising. 


- Alex Haun
Subject: purple finches
From: cecil tarver <exk5hdl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:30:35 -0600
I have had 2 male and 2 female purple finches on my feeder since 1 10.Also
59 godfinches

-- 
Cecil Tarver
28026 s satsuma rd #5
Livingston,La 70754
20 mi east of Baton Rouge
central livingston parish
exk5hdl AT yahoo.com
225 435 4090
Subject: Blackbirds are here
From: Roselie Overby <rosebird8791 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:24:00 -0600
It started off with one Red-winged Blackbird at the feeders earlier this
month.  Then 5, then 12, and today the large mixed flock of mainly Red-wings
and a few Common Grackles arrived.  I haven't noticed many in nearby fields,
but those fields are being herbicided and cultivated.  This is the usual
January event.
Roselie Overby
Oak Grove in W. Carroll Parish
Subject: Intracoastal Canal Bridge area, Hwy 319, Jan 21, 2015
From: Michael Musumeche <mjmusumeche AT COX.NET>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:13:16 -0600
Intracoastal Canal Bridge area, Hwy 319, St. Mary, US-LA
Jan 21, 2015 8:00 AM - 12:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
13.0 mile(s)
50 species

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 


Lesser Scaup  2
Pied-billed Grebe  6
Double-crested Cormorant  12
Anhinga  1
Great Blue Heron  5
Great Egret  15
Snowy Egret  11
Little Blue Heron  2
Tricolored Heron  3
White Ibis  10
Turkey Vulture  16
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  3
King Rail  2
Virginia Rail  2
Common Gallinule  12
American Coot  3
Black-necked Stilt  2
Killdeer  9
Eurasian Collared-Dove  1
Mourning Dove  6
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
American Kestrel  2
Merlin  1
Eastern Phoebe  2
White-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  7
Fish Crow  1
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  2
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  16
Gray Catbird  4
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  25
Orange-crowned Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  66
Eastern Towhee  1
Savannah Sparrow  31
Fox Sparrow  1     Large sparrow came within 15 feet responding to its 
playback song, grayish around face and nape, heavy rusty streaks along 
flanks and breast, rusty wings and tail.
Song Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  16
White-throated Sparrow  18
Northern Cardinal  8
Red-winged Blackbird  35
Common Grackle  2
Boat-tailed Grackle  20

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21481414

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



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^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^
Mike Musumeche
New Iberia, LA 70560
mjmusumeche AT cox.net 
Subject: Poverty Point Res SP
From: William Matthews <willie_lilly AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:44:47 -0600
LA Birders,
I slipped by Pov Pt. Res SP Sunday PM and had very similar list to Rosalie's 
but also had a single flock of 8 HOGRs near dam as well as 5 CACG mixed in 
long-standing feral flock of CAGO on E side off of parkway. Photos taken. 
Chklist # S21426689. 


William Matthews, Monroe, LA
Subject: Pine siskins at feeders on Folsom
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:28:43 -0600
Good morning,
I am looming at my feeding station and see 6 pine siskins. Probably more up
in the trees above the feeders. Nice mix  this morning.
Best,
Janine Robin
Folsom
NW corner of St Tammany parish
Subject: FW: eBird Report - Poverty Point Reservoir SP, Jan 20, 2015
From: Roselie Overby <rosebird8791 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 21:04:52 -0600
After seeing reports of interesting birds at other lakes, I headed south to
Poverty Point Reservoir this afternoon.  I just found the usual suspects--no
unusual grebes, no loons, no eagles.  Most of the Forster's Terns were
concentrated at the marina--sitting on posts and floats that mark the
swimming area and making a lot of noise as they traded places.  Great Egrets
are sporting their breeding plumes.  I concentrated on the lake, so the land
bird numbers are a bit low.  Complete list is below.
Roselie Overby



Poverty Point Reservoir SP, Richland, US-LA
Jan 20, 2015 1:10 PM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
10.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Driving with stops around Poverty Point Reservoir starting at
north end and continuing through park, up Hwy 17 and ending at marina.
Light overcast to partly cloudy; 58 to 64 degrees F.
39 species

Greater White-fronted Goose  50
Snow Goose  4
Canada Goose  54
Gadwall  6
Mallard  16
Northern Shoveler  4
Bufflehead  39
Ruddy Duck  19
Pied-billed Grebe  43
Double-crested Cormorant  475
American White Pelican  81
Great Blue Heron  5
Great Egret  9
American Coot  107
Killdeer  5
Bonaparte's Gull  5
Ring-billed Gull  6
Forster's Tern  27
Eurasian Collared-Dove  3
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-headed Woodpecker  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  3
American Kestrel  1
Blue Jay  6
Carolina Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  4
Carolina Wren  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  4
American Robin  3
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  12
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Savannah Sparrow  10
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Eastern Meadowlark  20
American Goldfinch  2

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21440973

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Cameron Ferry is operating
From: Jeanie Pou <jeanie.pousson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:45:29 -0600
The ferry was fixed the same night it broke.  This is LA DOTD Ferry hotline
number: 1-888-613-3779 with a recorded message indicating it's status.

Jeanie Pousson
Calcasieu/Cameron Parishes
Subject: Couch's Kingbird still present south of Kaplan
From: Mary Mehaffey <m11mehaffey AT ATT.NET>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:02:00 -0800
The Couch's Kingbird previously reported was present today around noon at the 
beginning of Lomier Rd or Lomire Rd off Hwy 335 southwest of Kaplan. It was in 
the trees across from the pond vocalizing. 

Mary Mehaffey
Subject: Gemstone Plantation
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:33:27 -0600
​Hello,
Today I spent the late morning and early afternoon in Washington parish.
Below is a link to my checklist for Gemstone Plantation. Nice place to
car-bird or to walk. No traffic with good habitat.
Best,
Janine Robin
Folsom, NW corner of St Tammany parish
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/email?subID=S21438155
Subject: RB/BH Grosbeak
From: Tom Trenchard <trench19 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:25:01 -0600
LaBirders,
 
This afternoon at about 3:20PM there was a grosbeak on the ground
in my yard (Penn Mill Lakes near Lake Ramsey, St. Tammany), that
seems to be a Rose-breasted, but I'm not ruling out Black-headed.
I'd sure like some thoughts on this, as I could not get a picture.  I'll
be watching for it to return, and if I can get a photo, I'll post.
I realize that BH has a bicolored bill, which this bird did not seem
to have; also it had a lot of fine streaking below, which apparently
the BH does not have much of.  There was some buffiness on the
upper breast, but that seems to be variable.
 
If anyone has any input, I'd appreciate it.  I realize both are 3x5
birds too, so I want to get it right!
 
Thanks,
Tom T. 

*************
Tom Trenchard
Covington, LA
*************
 
 		 	   		  
Subject: Common Goldeneye in Livingston Par.
From: James V Remsen <najames AT LSU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:48:39 +0000
LABIRD: an impulse to go somewhere during this beautiful weather this morning 
produced a Common Goldeneye on private property near Denham Springs — a first 
record for Livingston, et least for eBird. 



=================

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: Reminder: BRAS presentation, Thur Jan. 22, 2015, 7PM, BBS *Education Center*
From: "crystal.johnson.lsu AT gmail.com" <crystal.johnson.lsu@GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:09:48 -0600
BRAS Monthly Presentation



Presenter: *Kacy King*

Title: *Natural History of Lake Martin*

Date and time:  *Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 7:00 PM    *

Location: Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center's *Education Center*



Please RSVP to let me know if you will be attending (
*crystal.johnson.lsu AT gmail.com* ) so that we
can add your name to the Bluebonnet Swamp guest list.



Please join us for Baton Rouge Audubon Society’s continuing speaker series.
Attendance is free for all BRAS Members, $3 at the door for non-BRAS
Members and $2.50 for non-BRAS seniors (price of admission at the
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center).



Please note that the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center's *Education Center* is
the newly renovated building just to the south (the left) of the Nature
Center.  Parking is accessible by turning west onto North Glenstone Place;
the Education Center will be straight ahead on the right as the street
curves.



Summary: Katherine "Kacy" King has been in the field of Parks and Protected
Areas Management for 25 years. She has spent the last ten years with The
Nature Conservancy, serving as the manager for their Cypress Island
Preserve Program and specializing in land protection. Prior to her work
with the Conservancy, she wore many hats in the natural resource
conservation field, including work as a Park Ranger in Colorado and a stint
as a regulatory biologist for a consulting firm in California. Because of
her diverse experience in both the public and private sectors, Ms. King is
responsible for a wide range of conservation management projects in her
current role including building long-term relationships with private
landowners and local, state, and federal agencies, managing the protection
of a nationally significant waterbird rookery, and developing and managing
a volunteer team that keeps the Visitor Center at the preserve open to
visitors from all over the world. In addition to her duties in Acadiana,
Ms. King works on land protection within Louisiana. Ms. King has a Masters
of Science in Natural Resources Management from Colorado State University.
Subject: 2015 Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz
From: Sinéad Borchert <sineadborchert AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:46:34 -0600
Hi LAbirders,

The 2015 Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz is coming up and I was
hoping some of you could help out! We need people (experienced or
inexperienced) to get out there looking for migrating Rusties anytime
during the month of March. Then submit your observations to eBird - whether
you find Rusties or not.

The goals are to identify migratory hotspots, understand migration timing,
and inspire the public to support Rusty Blackbird conservation.

This year the project produced a map of "Areas of Interest" for each state,
which were last year's RUBL hotspots during March. They're asking people to
revisit these sites and I'd also encourage you to look for Rusties in other
places. Louisiana's Areas of Interest are kind of funny to me because they
were skewed by participation - we only have migration hotspots in SE
Louisiana and I know we must have had Rusties passing through northern and
western Louisiana. If you're curious, check out these Areas of Interest at
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/2015-areas-of-interest/

To learn more about how to participate and submit observations, please
visit http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/ or shoot me an
e-mail.

Thanks,

Sinead Borchert
Baton Rouge, LA
Subject: Re: Hummingbird at Last
From: Wendy Rihner <wrihner AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:25:50 -0600
Me, too, Glen! As I prepared to leave for work, what I believe was a male
Black-Chinned fed at each potted plant we saved from freeze. He, too, made
an appearance on January 1, and then only sporadically thereafter. But his
appearance this morning made for a great start to the week!

Wendy Rihner
Metairie

On Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 10:42 AM, glenn ousset 
wrote:

> I have a resident winter hummer at last, at my home in Chalmette, St
> Bernard Parish.  It is only a Rufous/Allen's female, but this winter you
> have to appreciate  whatever you can get. First date was 1-1-15, still
> present and seen 1-19-15. It stayed through the freeze that killed most
> flowering plants it had been using. It still has a flowering Loquat, a
> healthy Kumquat for cover and insects, and a feeder.
>
> Glenn Ousset
>
Subject: Re: Dark morph Ferruginous Hawk - still present? -- and how to know
From: Denese Vlosky <Denese.Vlosky AT PBRC.EDU>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:15:26 -0600
I love this list, but the frequency of reporting is a problem that I'm
not sure what to do about (for me, personally).

-----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
Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 12:13 PM
To: LABIRD-L AT LISTSERV.LSU.EDU
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Dark morph Ferruginous Hawk - still present? --
and how to know

On Jan 20, 2015, at 9:42 AM, David McDonald  wrote:

> Hi LA birders,
> 
> I am new to the list but would like to drive over next weekend to see 
> the dark morph Ferruginous Hawk at the Cameron NWR.
> 
> I have not seen any posts in past week. Is the bird still present near

> the visitor center or where?
> 
> Thanks for your help.
> 
> David McDonald
> Friendswood Texas

Bird-sekers: You can always check eBird, which is heavily used by LA
birders.  After the first 2 weeks of being seen at almost every visit,
it would clog up LABIRD with pointless daily reports.

Go to eBird, then Explore Data, then Species Maps, then Ferruginous Hawk
....  

Or eBird, then Explore Data, then Explore Hotspots .... either ay, you
will see that the Ferruginous was reported by multiple people as
recently as yesterday.




=================

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: Dark morph Ferruginous Hawk - still present? -- and how to know
From: James V Remsen <najames AT LSU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:12:46 +0000
On Jan 20, 2015, at 9:42 AM, David McDonald  wrote:

> Hi LA birders,
> 
> I am new to the list but would like to drive over next weekend to see
> the dark morph Ferruginous Hawk at the Cameron NWR.
> 
> I have not seen any posts in past week. Is the bird still present near
> the visitor center or where?
> 
> Thanks for your help.
> 
> David McDonald
> Friendswood Texas

Bird-sekers: You can always check eBird, which is heavily used by LA birders. 
After the first 2 weeks of being seen at almost every visit, it would clog up 
LABIRD with pointless daily reports. 


Go to eBird, then Explore Data, then Species Maps, then Ferruginous Hawk ….  

Or eBird, then Explore Data, then Explore Hotspots …. either ay, you will see 
that the Ferruginous was reported by multiple people as recently as yesterday. 





=================

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: 3 Bald Eagles - Marrero
From: Missy Bowen <mbowen2 AT UNO.EDU>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:43:12 +0000
It was a good morning on the Westbank - I had an adult bald eagle fly close 
overhead as I turned onto General deGaulle from Somerset at about 9 am, and saw 
a flock of 7 monk parakeets near the old School Board building. 


Have been observing adult eagles on the nest off Wall Blvd off and on (most 
notably a week ago Saturday when I watched one of them daintily devour a recent 
small rodent or bird). It's an easy drive-by. 


Missy Bowen



-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds 
[mailto:LABIRD-L AT LISTSERV.LSU.EDU] On Behalf Of James W. Beck 

Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 11:21 AM
To: LABIRD-L AT LISTSERV.LSU.EDU
Subject: [LABIRD-L] 3 Bald Eagles - Marrero

Linda Kingsland and I just had two adult and one immature Bald Eagles fly over 
the house here in Marrero (plus an immature Cooper's Hawk)... -j 


--
James W. Beck
Marrero, Louisiana
Subject: 3 Bald Eagles - Marrero
From: "James W. Beck" <carpodectes AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:21:15 -0600
Linda Kingsland and I just had two adult and one immature Bald Eagles fly
over the house here in Marrero (plus an immature Cooper's Hawk)... -j

-- 
James W. Beck
Marrero, Louisiana
Subject: Re: Dark morph Ferruginous Hawk - still present?
From: "Steven W. Cardiff" <scardif AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:44:36 -0600
The hawk is there (near Cameron Prairie NWR visitor center) right now fide Jay 
Huner. 


Steve Cardiff

Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 20, 2015, at 9:42 AM, David McDonald  wrote:

> Hi LA birders,
> 
> I am new to the list but would like to drive over next weekend to see
> the dark morph Ferruginous Hawk at the Cameron NWR.
> 
> I have not seen any posts in past week. Is the bird still present near
> the visitor center or where?
> 
> Thanks for your help.
> 
> David McDonald
> Friendswood Texas
Subject: Hummingbird at Last
From: glenn ousset <gousset AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:42:49 -0800
I have a resident winter hummer at last, at my home in Chalmette, St Bernard 
Parish. It is only a Rufous/Allen's female, but this winter you have to 
appreciate whatever you can get. First date was 1-1-15, still present and seen 
1-19-15. It stayed through the freeze that killed most flowering plants it had 
been using. It still has a flowering Loquat, a healthy Kumquat for cover and 
insects, and a feeder. 


Glenn Ousset
Subject: Re: Fwd: [LABIRD-L] melanistic passage Red-tailed Hawk
From: "Johnson, Erik" <ejohnson AT AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:17:54 +0000
Hi Dot,

Interesting bird. It's is definitely a juvenile (1st winter) by the yellow iris 
and barring on the tail. We get a regular trickle of western-type Red-tailed 
Hawks in Louisiana, and at least some of these are intermediate/rufous morphs 
or dark morphs, although certainly numbers are low and it's always fun to find 
such a bird. We also get "Harlan's" Red-tailed Hawks in small numbers. It 
couldn't hurt to submit a 3x5 card for these (better to over-report than 
under-report, in my opinion). Apparently juvenile dark morph western-types and 
juvenile dark morph "Harlan's" Red-tails are very hard to distinguish, and this 
bird is likely one of those two. Usually what it would take is an examination 
from a series of photos, including upper parts, underparts, in flight, and 
perched. And even then probably not all birds can be safely IDed and 
intermediate birds apparently exist. An excellent article on this issue was 
written by Jerri Ligouri in Birding Magazine, which you can fin! 

 d here:
https://www.aba.org/birding/v36n5p500.pdf

Cheers,
Erik Johnson
S Lafayette, LA
Ejohnson AT Audubon.org



-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds 
[mailto:LABIRD-L AT LISTSERV.LSU.EDU] On Behalf Of Dorothy Rambin 

Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 9:58 AM
To: LABIRD-L AT LISTSERV.LSU.EDU
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Fwd: [LABIRD-L] melanistic passage Red-tailed Hawk

I am very sorry.  Try this link for the hawk.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127905627 AT N07/16300112686/in/set-72157648923896156 


Dot

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Ingold, James 
Date: Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 9:54 AM
Subject: RE: [LABIRD-L] melanistic passage Red-tailed Hawk
To: Dorothy Rambin 


Dot,

No hawk at this link!

-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds 
[mailto:LABIRD-L AT LISTSERV.LSU.EDU] On Behalf Of Dorothy Rambin 

Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 9:03 AM
To: LABIRD-L AT LISTSERV.LSU.EDU
Subject: [LABIRD-L] melanistic passage Red-tailed Hawk

I am very knew to recording information about birds, so please excuse all the 
questions. I took this photo of a Red-tailed Hawk on Cross Lake on Feb. 
22,2014. There was a big discussion on Facebook and I was told it was a 
melanistic passage Red-tailed Hawk. They told me it was a good find. 

Since I was told I should do a 3x5 card on the leucistic Ruddy Duck, I thought 
I should ask if I should do a card on this bird. Are there any rules listed on 
what should be recorded. I go out for two hours a day, but I don't know if a 
bird is only new to me or if I should share the find with someone. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/127905627 AT N07/sets/72157650058176015/

Dot Rambin
Subject: Fwd: [LABIRD-L] melanistic passage Red-tailed Hawk
From: Dorothy Rambin <rambindot AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:58:20 -0600
I am very sorry.  Try this link for the hawk.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127905627 AT N07/16300112686/in/set-72157648923896156 


Dot

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Ingold, James 
Date: Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 9:54 AM
Subject: RE: [LABIRD-L] melanistic passage Red-tailed Hawk
To: Dorothy Rambin 


Dot,

No hawk at this link!

-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds
[mailto:LABIRD-L AT LISTSERV.LSU.EDU] On Behalf Of Dorothy Rambin
Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 9:03 AM
To: LABIRD-L AT LISTSERV.LSU.EDU
Subject: [LABIRD-L] melanistic passage Red-tailed Hawk

I am very knew to recording information about birds, so please excuse all
the questions.  I took this photo of a Red-tailed Hawk on Cross Lake on
Feb. 22,2014.  There was a big discussion on Facebook and I was told it was
a melanistic passage Red-tailed Hawk.  They told me it was a good find.
Since I was told I should do a 3x5 card on the leucistic Ruddy Duck, I
thought I should ask if I should do a card on this bird.  Are there any
rules listed on what should be recorded.  I go out for two hours a day, but
I don't know if a bird is only new to me or if I should share the find with
someone.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127905627 AT N07/sets/72157650058176015/

Dot Rambin
Subject: Dark morph Ferruginous Hawk - still present?
From: David McDonald <dkmmdpa AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:42:06 -0600
Hi LA birders,

I am new to the list but would like to drive over next weekend to see
the dark morph Ferruginous Hawk at the Cameron NWR.

I have not seen any posts in past week. Is the bird still present near
the visitor center or where?

Thanks for your help.

David McDonald
Friendswood Texas
Subject: melanistic passage Red-tailed Hawk
From: Dorothy Rambin <rambindot AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:03:16 -0600
I am very knew to recording information about birds, so please excuse all
the questions.  I took this photo of a Red-tailed Hawk on Cross Lake on
Feb. 22,2014.  There was a big discussion on Facebook and I was told it was
a melanistic passage Red-tailed Hawk.  They told me it was a good find.
Since I was told I should do a 3x5 card on the leucistic Ruddy Duck, I
thought I should ask if I should do a card on this bird.  Are there any
rules listed on what should be recorded.  I go out for two hours a day, but
I don't know if a bird is only new to me or if I should share the find with
someone.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127905627 AT N07/sets/72157650058176015/

Dot Rambin
Subject: Re: Another active Bald Eagle's nest at I-10 west of New Orleans near I-310
From: "Nancy L. Newfield" <nancy AT CASACOLIBRI.NET>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:46:22 -0600
Crystal et al.,

On 1/19/2015 7:32 PM, crystal.johnson.lsu AT gmail.com wrote:

> There is an active Bald Eagle's nest in a leafless isolated tree among the
> tall grasses on the north side of I-10 across from (and west of) the old
> I-310 nest (which is also active with a 2nd pair of adults) just west of
> New Orleans. It was surprising to see that the 2 nests were so close
> together. Alas, no photos or GPS coordinates, but the new nest is very
> clearly visible from both sides of I-10.

A week or so ago, Steve Locke spotted it as we drove past.  My 
observation was to brief to get any real detail and the nest seemed to 
be too small , too low, and too exposed for it to really be a Bald 
Eagle's nest, not to mention its proximity to the the well-established 
Eagle's nest on the other side of I-10.

That said, Saturday was a banner day for Bald Eagle observations for 
us.  On our way home from Baton Rouge banding, an adult flew low over 
the Interstate bridge that crosses Blind River.  Then, we noted 2 adults 
perched next to the new nest and at the other nest, 1 adult was perched 
near the nest while the other appeared to be feeding a youngster.

Nan

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Subject: How rare is a leucistic Ruddy Duck?
From: Dorothy Rambin <rambindot AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:35:57 -0600
Someone on my Facebook wall asked.  I have no idea.

Thanks in advance for the information.

Dot Rambin
Subject: Kincaid Lake and feeders
From: "Shively, Steve -FS" <steveshively AT FS.FED.US>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:40:26 +0000
Forgot to post on Friday before I left work. Saw my first common loon in a long 
while at Kincaid Lake on Friday. Also, had an assault on my feeders at home on 
Saturday by 4 or 5 female and at least one male purple finch. 


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Subject: Grebes at Kincaid Lake (Reservoir) 1-19-15
From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660 AT LOUISIANA.EDU>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 07:09:31 -0600
Friends,

Mike Musumeche, Deanna Griggs, Jeanie Pousson, and I visited the dam area of 
Kincaid Lake yesterday morning. We had to walk the full mile, one way, from 
Tunk's Cypress Inn parking lot to the spillway to find Eared Grebes. They were 
on the far side of the spillway in amongst a raft of Ruddy Ducks. We saw two 
Horned Grebes at some distance from the spillway area way out in the lake. This 
was in the 9:30 AM period. 


We subsequently returned to the far side of the dam accessing it via the road 
along the discharge canal at Messina Road. The pair of Eared Grebes were easily 
viewed. A boat came into the area and chased all the water birds to the 
opposite side of the spillway. We were then able to find four Eared Grebes and 
a single Horned Grebe near the dam face in amongst hundreds of Ruddy Ducks. 


We located no mergansers and found no goldeneyes.

Jay Huner
Subject: Another active Bald Eagle's nest at I-10 west of New Orleans near I-310
From: "crystal.johnson.lsu AT gmail.com" <crystal.johnson.lsu@GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 19:32:57 -0600
There is an active Bald Eagle's nest in a leafless isolated tree among the
tall grasses on the north side of I-10 across from (and west of) the old
I-310 nest (which is also active with a 2nd pair of adults) just west of
New Orleans. It was surprising to see that the 2 nests were so close
together. Alas, no photos or GPS coordinates, but the new nest is very
clearly visible from both sides of I-10.
Subject: Common Loons at Lake Bruin
From: "Laird, Suzanne" <SLaird AT AGCENTER.LSU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:22:04 +0000
I saw 4 Common Loons today at Lake Bruin State Park in Tensas Parish. 

Suzanne Laird
Winnsboro 

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Subject: request for assistance-no sighting
From: Ron <povpt93 AT CONSOLIDATED.NET>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 21:06:11 -0600
I'm from Illinois and will be visiting the New Orleans area next week. Was 
hoping some could provide recommendations for birding areas. I'm particularly 
interested in finding Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Seaside Sparrow, Bachman's 
Sparrow, Painted Bunting, and Shiny Cowbird. I realize some of these are long 
shots but any guidance will be greatly appreciated. 


Ron Bradley

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Subject: Re: Common Merganser in Eden Isle, St. Tammany
From: James V Remsen <najames AT LSU.EDU>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 02:54:38 +0000
Correction — the eBird report CAME IN TODAY but the report was from both 12 and 
13 January. 



On Jan 18, 2015, at 8:53 PM, James Remsen  wrote:

> 
> LABIRD — a female Common Merganser was photographed and eBird-ed today from 
St. Tammany on Carr Drive (by an observer unfamiliar to me) 

> 
> https://ebird.org/admin/map.htm?locID=L3296797
> 
> 
> 
> =================
> 
> 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
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Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
najamesLSU.edu
Subject: Common Merganser in Eden Isle, St. Tammany
From: James V Remsen <najames AT LSU.EDU>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 02:53:31 +0000
LABIRD — a female Common Merganser was photographed and eBird-ed today from St. 
Tammany on Carr Drive (by an observer unfamiliar to me) 


https://ebird.org/admin/map.htm?locID=L3296797



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LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
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Subject: Laughing Gulls
From: Stephen Pagans <slp_4-7 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 12:21:34 -0800
Hey all,

Joan Brown and I went to D'Arbonne Lake yesterday. It got windy on us but was 
still fairly productive. Our vote for bird of the day was three Laughing Gulls 
that we found at the dam. They were sitting on the railing that crosses the 
dam. I got some fair distant photos yesterday but good enough for ID. I went 
back this morning and think maybe I got better photos. They were back on the 
railing mixed with other gulls like yesterday. Looking at eBird reports, I 
don't recall seeing any for the LAGU in the past on D'Arbonne Lake. They must 
have been there some time in the past. 


Yesterday we also found one Eared Grebe again in the Highway 33 vicinity. 
Today, I found two Eared Grebes. One was north of Highway 33 on the right side 
of the boat launch road. The other was seen off Old Highway 15 that goes by 
Ludwig Marina. I know there were two because I left the one north of Highway 33 
and immediately went down the Old Highway 15 road where I saw the second one. 
North of Highway 33 boat launch this morning, I scanned the far reaches north 
of the road with my scope and found several Canvasback and about eight Redheads 
as well some of the other usual birds. 


Great weather today with flat water and no heat waves.

Steve
Subject: Upcoming Baton Rouge Audubon events
From: Jane Patterson <seejanebird AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 09:50:20 -0600
Reminder about Baton Rouge Audubon events coming up this week and end of
month!  Check www.braudubon.org Calendar for latest information.

--Jane Patterson

---------------------------------------------------
January 22 – A Look at Lake Martin

Please join BRAS in welcoming Kacy King from The Nature Conservancy as she
presents a Natural History of Lake Martin. Lake Martin or Cypress Island
Preserve hosts one of the largest wading bird rookeries in the state and
possibly in North America with thousands of nests and breeding birds each
year.

Katherine \\\"Kacy\\\" King has been in the field of Parks and Protected
Areas Management for 25 years. She has spent the last ten years with The
Nature Conservancy, serving as the manager for their Cypress Island
Preserve Program and specializing in land protection. Prior to her work
with the Conservancy, she wore many hats in the natural resource
conservation field, including work as a Park Ranger in Colorado and a stint
as a regulatory biologist for a consulting firm in California. Because of
her diverse experience in both the public and private sectors, Ms. King is
responsible for a wide range of conservation management projects in her
current role including building long-term relationships with private
landowners and local, state, and federal agencies, managing the protection
of a nationally significant waterbird rookery, and developing and managing
a volunteer team that keeps the Visitor Center at the preserve open to
visitors from all over the world. In addition to her duties in Acadiana,
Ms. King works on land protection within Louisiana. Ms. King has a Masters
of Science in Natural Resources Management from Colorado State University.


Please RSVP to let me know if you will be attending (
crystal.johnson.lsu AT gmail.com) so that we can add your name to the
Bluebonnet Swamp guest list.

Please join us for Baton Rouge Audubon Society?s continuing speaker series.
Attendance is free for all BRAS Members, $3 at the door for non-BRAS
Members and $2.50 for non-BRAS seniors (price of admission at the
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center).

Please note that the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center\'s Education Center is
the newly renovated building just to the south (the left) of the Nature
Center. Parking is accessible by turning west onto North Glenstone Place;
the Education Center will be straight ahead on the right as the street
curves
*Location:* Bluebonnet Swamp NC -EDUCATION BUILDING
*BRAS Members Only:* No
January 30 – Enjoying Wintering Hummingbirds

At 6:30pm on Friday, Jan 30 2015, Dennis Demcheck, long-time appreciator of
winter hummingbirds will present a talk which will showcase the
under-appreciated fact that as many as 9 different kinds of hummingbirds
throughout North America regularly spend the winter months in Louisiana. In
the summer we have only one kind of hummingbird, the Ruby-throated, but in
winter the Rubies will be replaced by such beautiful species as the Rufous,
Buff-bellied, Calliope, and others as they take advantage of the relatively
mild Louisiana winter climate. A huge benefit for experienced and casual
birders alike is that these birds are comfortably and easily seen in our
yards. No long wilderness experiences or expensive gear are needed to enjoy
the secret lives of these little gems from our kitchen windows. The talk
will discuss the various types of flowers, feeders, and evergreen cover the
birds prefer. We will present a quick survey of the kinds of hummingbirds
to be expected in southern Louisiana with identification tips. The talk
will recommend hummer-friendly plants readily available from local
nurseries. Come learn about these rare and special birds in this
introduction tailored to the non-expert birder. This presentation will
provide context for the BRAS Winter Hummingbird tour the following day.


*Location:* Bluebonnet Swamp NC -EDUCATION BUILDING
*BRAS Members Only:* No
January 31 – Winter Hummingbird Tour

Each winter as many as 9 different North American species of Hummingbird
spend the winter in certain yards and gardens around Baton Rouge. If you
would like an opportunity to view some of these rare and special birds,
please join us for the Annual Winter Hummingbird Tour. We will meet at
BrewHaHa coffee shop (711 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge) at 7:30 am on
Saturday, January 31. There we will probably split into groups (depending
on the number of attendees) and carpool in order to visit the homes of
several Hummingbird Hosts. Species that we hope to see include Rufous,
Black-Chinned, Broad-tailed, Buff-Bellied, Calliope, and more.

Please register by sending an email to Jane Patterson -
President AT braudubon.org or sign up at the presentation on Jan. 30 at
Bluebonnet Nature Center
*Location:* BrewHaHa Coffee Shop 711 Jefferson Hwy
*BRAS Members Only:* No
Subject: Mountain bluebird, Vesper sparrows, Brewer's blackbirds Washington parish
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 19:14:17 -0600
​Hello,
Tom Trenchard and I spent almost 2 1/2 hours birding the SE Research
Center area while waiting on the Mountain bluebird to show up. We were
rewarded...finally. Other good species were Vesper sparrows and Brewer's
blackbirds.
Below is the link to the checklist w/photos if interested.
Best,
Janine
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/email?subID=S21388453
Subject: Black-throated Gray Warbler
From: Cathy DiSalvo <cedisalvo1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 16:56:59 -0600
Hi All

The black -throated gray warbler continues in City Park , New Orleans, as
of today at 12:30PM.  It was seen clearly with a small mixed flock near the
Roosevelt Mall Blvd.   After searching 3-4 mixed flocks in about 30 huge
Oaks for over an hour, I located the bird where it was last reported being
seen.....in the smaller oaks in area where Stadium Drive merges with
Roosevelt Mall Blvd., behind the botanical garden back gate . (not in the
large neutral ground) It has been seen all over that area on different
occasions.  Look for the mixed flocks!

good luck
Cathy
Subject: Tues., Jan. 20th: John Sevenair's program on New Guinea Birds and Nature
From: Jennifer Coulson <jenniferocoulson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 16:33:58 -0600
*Orleans Audubon Monthly Programs*

*New Guinea-Birds and Nature*
Presenter: John Sevenair
Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Time: Social at 6:30 p.m., program at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Community Church Unitarian Universalist, 6690 Fleur de Lis Dr.,
New Orleans, LA 70124.

John is well known by all of us. He has literally traveled the world and
since his retirement from Xavier University, he has been in ultra-drive!
This time he traveled 8,895 miles from home. Join John on his exciting
adventure in New Guinea, certainly a land of enchantment.

All are welcome. You need not be a member to attend.
Subject: LOS Winter Meeting in New Orleans next Weekend
From: JOELLE FINLEY <joelle_finley AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:46:27 -0800
I thank the "special assistant to the LOS VP" for his plug for the Winter LOS 
Meeting 


BUT:

I must know by Monday if you will be attending the meeting and banquet. The 
deadline has long passed. Please email me if you will attend. No reservation=no 
dinner!!!! We would love to have you! 


Joelle
The grouchy secretary who is also acting as Judith while she is floating 
through the Panama Canal 

 
 

Labirders-
     Please consider showing your support for the Louisiana Ornithological
Society by attending the LOS Winter Meeting in New Orleans this coming
Friday-Sunday 1/23-1/25.  Good programs, good field trips, and who knows
what will be found.....  Details at:

http://losbird.org/2015_winter_meeting.pdf

Steve Cardiff
Special Assistant to the LOS VP
Subject: LOS Winter Meeting in New Orleans next Weekend
From: "Steven W. Cardiff" <scardif AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 14:28:28 -0600
Labirders-
     Please consider showing your support for the Louisiana Ornithological
Society by attending the LOS Winter Meeting in New Orleans this coming
Friday-Sunday 1/23-1/25.  Good programs, good field trips, and who knows
what will be found.....  Details at:

http://losbird.org/2015_winter_meeting.pdf

Steve Cardiff
Special Assistant to the LOS VP
Subject: Offshore Cameron on Friday
From: Dave Patton <wdpatton AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 15:08:46 -0500
Labird,
Weather gave us a break yesterday with calm conditions off the Cameron coast. I 
took my boat down and was joined by Danny Dobbs and Billy Jones to cruise the 
rock jetties and travel a ways offshore. Conditions were great with calm water 
as far out as we wanted to go. Food must be scarce along the coast as it often 
is mid winter. Large numbers of gulls were seen in the rice fields going down 
and the numbers along the coast were greatly reduced. There were also no shrimp 
boats working. We did have luck with 2 Pomarine Jaegers that gave us quick, but 
good looks. Also of note were 35 Northern Gannets spread along our route 
offshore, 10,000+ Lesser Scaup, and about 40 Boneparte's Gulls. We had a couple 
of larger dark birds get up with one group of scaup that may have been 
scooters, but that was it for them. 


Dave Patton
Lafayette 
Subject: Cameron ferry
From: Paul Edward Conover <zoiseaux AT LUSFIBER.NET>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 13:40:14 -0600
Shut down indefinitely due to mechanical issues.


Paul Conover 
Lafayette 


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Subject: Re: crow shortage
From: James V Remsen <najames AT LSU.EDU>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 19:34:27 +0000
On Jan 15, 2015, at 9:14 AM, Birds  wrote:

> The 41st Baton Rouge Christmas Bird count was conducted on January 3rd in
> cond time this century.

> American Crows (78) and Fish Crows (11) both tied for second all-time low
> for the count.  
> 

LABIRD: something really has happened to crows around Baton Rouge. Today I saw 
the first Fish Crow at my house in nearly 3 months, and American has been 
amazingly scarce for at least a year. Up unitl the last couple of years, 
American Crow calls were more or less constant background noise — now I have to 
concentrate to try to hear one in the distance. 


A River Road traveling count that I set up to monitor shrike numbers in 
September, which is in prime crow habitat, has yet to record a single crow of 
either species. My 25-mile long River Road BBS route has seen a 50% drop in 
Fish numbers since ca. 2001, and a similar pattern for American. 


My Baton Rouge BBS route has sen a crash in Am. Crow numbers since 2003, 
reaching a low of 0 last June. 


Van Remsen, nr. St. Gabriel



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Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
najamesLSU.edu
Subject: Washington parish MOBL
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:49:59 -0600
Seen in same location on CC rd at 12:40. Observed for 6 minutes. Pretty
bird!
Subject: Re: Bronzed Cowbird
From: "Steven W. Cardiff" <scardif AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 08:17:24 -0600
Nancy/Labird-
     I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I use white millet and black
oil sunflower exclusively here at 435 Pecan Drive (e. Iberville Parish near
St. Gabriel, across the river from Dan), and Brown-headed Cowbirds thrive
on them, especially the white millet.  I've trapped thousands of BHCO over
the years using white millet as bait.  Donna and I have had Bronzed here
only twice in 25 years.

Cheers,

Steve Cardiff

On Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 9:44 PM, Nancy L. Newfield 
wrote:

> Dan et a;.,
>
> On 1/16/2015 5:10 PM, Birds wrote:
>
>  For the last couple of years we have had one or two Bronzed Cowbirds show
>> up
>> in the yard each winter.  Today there were seven under the feeders.
>>  Scary
>> that they outnumber the Brown-headed Cowbirds in the mixed flock coming to
>> the yard.
>>
>
> Since cowbirds generally flock in winter, I would not be particularly
> concerned.  If you are feeding a seed mix that is heavily padded with milo,
> you can somewhat discourage all cowbirds and maybe all blackbirds by
> switching to white millet and black oil sunflower seed.
>
> My lifer Bronzed Cowbird was here at my place in Metairie in February
> 1974.  At some point, they seemed to have muscled out the Brown-headed
> Cowbirds.  I am sure that the presence of Bronzed Cowbirds played a role in
> the disappearance of Orchard Orioles, but the removal of trees probably
> also made the area untenable for orioles.
>
> Once Orchard Orioles became scarce, the Bronzed Cowbirds began
> parasitizing Northern Cardinals, which have now become scarce here - and
> probably for the same reasons.  In recent years, Bronzed Cowbirds have also
> become scarce during the breeding season.
>
> NLN
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Subject: Cameron Parish Correction for Friday Jan 16
From: John Romano <birderjuan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 23:11:37 -0600
Whoops - the reputed Say's Phoebe was an adult female Vermillion
Flycatcher.We realized this when documenting the bird for E-bird. The power
of suggestion was strong as we were looking for a reported Say's Phoebe in
the area.

John Romano
Breaux Bridge, LA
Subject: Re: Bronzed Cowbird
From: "Nancy L. Newfield" <nancy AT CASACOLIBRI.NET>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 21:44:07 -0600
Dan et a;.,

On 1/16/2015 5:10 PM, Birds wrote:

> For the last couple of years we have had one or two Bronzed Cowbirds show up
> in the yard each winter.  Today there were seven under the feeders.   Scary
> that they outnumber the Brown-headed Cowbirds in the mixed flock coming to
> the yard.

Since cowbirds generally flock in winter, I would not be particularly 
concerned.  If you are feeding a seed mix that is heavily padded with 
milo, you can somewhat discourage all cowbirds and maybe all blackbirds 
by switching to white millet and black oil sunflower seed.

My lifer Bronzed Cowbird was here at my place in Metairie in February 
1974.  At some point, they seemed to have muscled out the Brown-headed 
Cowbirds.  I am sure that the presence of Bronzed Cowbirds played a role 
in the disappearance of Orchard Orioles, but the removal of trees 
probably also made the area untenable for orioles.

Once Orchard Orioles became scarce, the Bronzed Cowbirds began 
parasitizing Northern Cardinals, which have now become scarce here - and 
probably for the same reasons.  In recent years, Bronzed Cowbirds have 
also become scarce during the breeding season.

NLN

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Subject: Cameron Parish Birds of Interest - Friday, Jan 16
From: John Romano <birderjuan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 19:21:34 -0600
I accompanied Kimberly Lanka to Cameron Parish Firday and we were able to
relocate the following:

Eurasion Wigeon - End of Pintail Loop about 1/2 between the last curve and
exit. Bird
    seen about 9:30 AM about 75 yards from the road at Cameron Prairie NWR.
Ferruginous Hawk -  Soaring over the marsh at the Cameron Praire Visitor
Center at
    about 10:15 AM - this bird basically in the air the entire time we were
there.
White-tailed Kite - Hwy 27/82 a couple miles west of Creole - 2 PM
Says Phoebe - Chalkley Rd just east of Hwy 27 - working fence line on north
side of
    road by the flooded fields - mybe 1/3 miles east of 27 at 3:15 PM.

At that point we declared victory and headed home.  We saw apporximately 90
species of birds for the day and will do E-Bird reports.  There were a lot
of birds at the Jetty in Cameron.  We saw a raft of about 30 Black
Scooters, lots of Black Skimmers and Pelcans, and some shorebirds including
a couple Marbled Godwits.

John Romano
Breaux Bridge, LA
Subject: Bronzed Cowbird
From: Birds <birds AT BIRDNERDS.COM>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:10:20 -0600
For the last couple of years we have had one or two Bronzed Cowbirds show up
in the yard each winter.  Today there were seven under the feeders.   Scary
that they outnumber the Brown-headed Cowbirds in the mixed flock coming to
the yard.

 

Dan Mooney

Plaquemine, Iberville Parish



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Subject: PUFI in Baton Rouge
From: Bob & Karen Pierson <piersor AT COX.NET>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:13:41 -0500
3 female Purple Finch just arrived at one of our feeders.

Karen (Shenandoah subdivision)
Subject: MOBL
From: "Dan O'Malley" <danomalley87 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:10:46 -0600
The Washington Parish Mountain Bluebird continues and is currently being 
viewed. 


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Subject: Screeeeech!!!
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 06:53:58 -0600
Good morning,
At 6:45 I looked outside from the sunroom and saw a smallish figure fly by.
It was barely daylight so I couldn't make out what it was.
I looked over at the screech owl box and there it was and still is at this
time. Filling up the whole entrance. So cute!
FOS Screech owl!!
Janine Robin
Folsom
NW corner of St Tammany parish
Subject: Ringed Teal
From: Paul Dickson <Paul AT MORRISDICKSON.COM>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:45:41 +0000
LABIRD: I have no knowledge as to the details and conclusions of origin 
espoused so far but I will point out that intentional releases of such birds is 
illegal under Louisiana law. Louisiana has a shooting preserve permit and a 
game breeder permit. Both permits expressly forbid intentional release of any 
captive stock except a narrow list of approved game species: mallard, bobwhite, 
chukar, and ring-necked pheasant. LDWF does not consider accidental escapes to 
be releases. The difference is apparent when the later occurs. 

As for Ringed Teal in captivity, they are one of the most common non-indigenous 
ducks kept in Louisiana along with Mandarin. Both are calm, easily kept and 
bred and of course, strikingly beautiful and both are cheap. Van is correct on 
the price in the formal marketing of them but there are lots of backyard 
poultry folks in Louisiana, particularly in the southern parishes, that keep 
them right along with domestic breeds. These are freely sold for much lower 
sums or bartered for fancy chickens. Some of these keepers may not be so 
careful or perhaps just not concerned about escapes. On the more mischievous 
side, I have heard of people having wood duck boxes on their properties and 
then switching captivity produced Mandarin eggs for the Wood Duck eggs, thus 
allowing the hen Wood Duck to raise the exotic brood. 

Before I start a panic thread on exotics run rampant, let me also point out 
that we very rarely see any of these rogues flying around in the wild. Natural 
mortality is so high for baby Wood Ducks and for feral captive raised birds 
that none of this really results in any ecological problems. It's a hard wild 
world out there and the list of exotics that have succeeded is very short. 

With social media we now see every off-beat duck shot during duck season, 
including domestic ducks of ancient mallard origin. This has been going on for 
a long time; like with everything else, we just have more immediate and 
abundant information about it. 

Paul Dickson
Subject: Re: Songbirds and Waterbirds and Raptors, Oh My!
From: Terry Davis <terkchip AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 22:26:27 -0600
OOPS! That was meant for Dot R only! Sorry

On Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 10:22 PM, Terry Davis  wrote:

> Dot, Speaking of bird identities, awhile back you sent a pic that may
> possibly have been a McGillivray's Warbler. I cannot find it. For the
> record, though, I AM NOT (until I see it again) saying that is what it is-
> but I'd sure like to see it again. I'm thinking it was in the first video
> you posted. It is the greenish bird with white eye arcs above and below
> eyes. Send the pic again if you can. Thanks.
>
> Terry
>
> On Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 10:13 PM, Terry Davis  wrote:
>
>> Hi all, Speaking of Odd ducks, those being all the rage lately, I guess
>> everyone has noticed the leucistic or albinistic type Ruddy Duck that Dot
>> Rambin photographed from her pier on Cross Lake in Shreveport recently.
>> It's in the video. I missed it the first time around when I was watching
>> the video and dropped something, catching about a tenth of a second view. I
>> thought something was odd about it but had piles of e-mails to go through
>> and was going to get back to it afterward. Then I noticed the next e-mail
>> was Dot inquiring about it. Certainly looks good to me- at 2:57-8
>>
>> Good birding y'all,
>>
>> Terry
>>
>> On Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 9:46 AM, Dorothy Rambin 
>> wrote:
>>
>>> It has rained forever in Shreveport so I had nothing to do but play with
>>> old photos.  I hope you enjoy this video.  If you would subscribe to me
>>> on
>>> You Tube, I would appreciate it.
>>>
>>> Dot Rambin
>>>
>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07O0xxC6XeA&feature=share
>>>
>>
>>
>
Subject: Re: Songbirds and Waterbirds and Raptors, Oh My!
From: Terry Davis <terkchip AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 22:22:42 -0600
Dot, Speaking of bird identities, awhile back you sent a pic that may
possibly have been a McGillivray's Warbler. I cannot find it. For the
record, though, I AM NOT (until I see it again) saying that is what it is-
but I'd sure like to see it again. I'm thinking it was in the first video
you posted. It is the greenish bird with white eye arcs above and below
eyes. Send the pic again if you can. Thanks.

Terry

On Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 10:13 PM, Terry Davis  wrote:

> Hi all, Speaking of Odd ducks, those being all the rage lately, I guess
> everyone has noticed the leucistic or albinistic type Ruddy Duck that Dot
> Rambin photographed from her pier on Cross Lake in Shreveport recently.
> It's in the video. I missed it the first time around when I was watching
> the video and dropped something, catching about a tenth of a second view. I
> thought something was odd about it but had piles of e-mails to go through
> and was going to get back to it afterward. Then I noticed the next e-mail
> was Dot inquiring about it. Certainly looks good to me- at 2:57-8
>
> Good birding y'all,
>
> Terry
>
> On Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 9:46 AM, Dorothy Rambin 
> wrote:
>
>> It has rained forever in Shreveport so I had nothing to do but play with
>> old photos.  I hope you enjoy this video.  If you would subscribe to me on
>> You Tube, I would appreciate it.
>>
>> Dot Rambin
>>
>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07O0xxC6XeA&feature=share
>>
>
>
Subject: Re: Songbirds and Waterbirds and Raptors, Oh My!
From: Terry Davis <terkchip AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 22:13:26 -0600
Hi all, Speaking of Odd ducks, those being all the rage lately, I guess
everyone has noticed the leucistic or albinistic type Ruddy Duck that Dot
Rambin photographed from her pier on Cross Lake in Shreveport recently.
It's in the video. I missed it the first time around when I was watching
the video and dropped something, catching about a tenth of a second view. I
thought something was odd about it but had piles of e-mails to go through
and was going to get back to it afterward. Then I noticed the next e-mail
was Dot inquiring about it. Certainly looks good to me- at 2:57-8

Good birding y'all,

Terry

On Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 9:46 AM, Dorothy Rambin  wrote:

> It has rained forever in Shreveport so I had nothing to do but play with
> old photos.  I hope you enjoy this video.  If you would subscribe to me on
> You Tube, I would appreciate it.
>
> Dot Rambin
>
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07O0xxC6XeA&feature=share
>
Subject: Re: inquery -- Common Merganser
From: Ed Wallace <mottledduck AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 22:09:50 -0600
I looked before dark with no luck. It is on my way home and I will keep trying. 
I will post if I find it 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 15, 2015, at 9:22 PM, janine robin  wrote:
> 
> James,
> 2 groups checked....in late afternoon of the day they were seen and then
> another group the next day. No  common merganser seen by either group.
>> On Jan 15, 2015 9:15 PM, "James W. Beck"  wrote:
>> 
>> I'm guessing by the lack of posts, nobody has gone to look for the Common
>> Merganser reported from Slidell a couple of days ago?  Thanks!  -j
>> 
>> --
>> James W. Beck
>> Marrero, Louisiana
>> 
Subject: Re: inquery -- Common Merganser
From: janine robin <janinerobin1982 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 21:22:10 -0600
James,
2 groups checked....in late afternoon of the day they were seen and then
another group the next day. No  common merganser seen by either group.
On Jan 15, 2015 9:15 PM, "James W. Beck"  wrote:

> I'm guessing by the lack of posts, nobody has gone to look for the Common
> Merganser reported from Slidell a couple of days ago?  Thanks!  -j
>
> --
> James W. Beck
> Marrero, Louisiana
>
Subject: inquery -- Common Merganser
From: "James W. Beck" <carpodectes AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 21:15:36 -0600
I'm guessing by the lack of posts, nobody has gone to look for the Common
Merganser reported from Slidell a couple of days ago?  Thanks!  -j

-- 
James W. Beck
Marrero, Louisiana
Subject: Re: RINGED TEAL!?
From: Beth Maniscalco <beth.maniscalco AT NICHOLLS.EDU>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 19:40:40 -0600
I am pretty sure the hunter works as a student worker with BTNEP thru WL&F. Can 
try to find out contact info if somebody wants it. 


Beth Maniscalco
Thibodaux, LA

Sent from my iPad

> On Jan 15, 2015, at 6:03 PM, James V Remsen  wrote:
> 
>> On Jan 15, 2015, at 5:13 PM, Eric Liffmann  wrote:
>> 
>> 
http://www.nola.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2015/01/hunter_shoots_duck_of_a_lifeti.html 

>> 
>> Ebird had three Florida records but that's it for North America.  I guess
>> one would suspect an escapee but the one leg we can see isn't banded.  Any
>> of you LBRC folks know about this bird?
>> Good Birding,
>> —
> 
> Eric/LABIRD: I hope Paul Dickson will add details, but this and the Florida 
birds are almost certainly escapes from aviaries. You can buy aviary-raised 
birds online for a little over $100, and they are popular birds. They are found 
in subtropical South America, south of the Amazon Basin, and are not 
long-distance migrants. If a wild Ringed Teal ever reached North America, we 
would never be able to tell it was wild (vs. one the highly more likely 
escapees) unless it had been banded in the wild in South American. 

> 
> 
> =================
> 
> 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