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BIRDS AND OTHER WILDLIFE FROM SOUTHERN LOUISIANA TRIP – November 26-December 6, 2011

Snow Goose- xx, big flocks seen in flight mostly. Dozens of “Blue” Geese were mixed in with the regular Snow Geese.

Greater White-fronted Goose- x-xx. A Mississippi flyway species.

Wood Duck- heard only, on the Lake Martin boat trip.

Green-winged Teal- xxx.

Mottled Duck- x, the Black Duck equivalent in this part of the world.

Mallard- x.

Blue-winged Teal- xx.

Northern Shoveler- x.

American Wigeon- x.

Northern Pintail- x.

Gadwall- xx.

Ring-necked Duck- Bob only?

Lesser Scaup- xx, the common scaup in winter in Louisiana.

Red-breasted Merganser- Bob only, off Holly Beach.

Ruddy Duck- several.

Common Loon- one an Lake Martin.

Pied-billed Grebe- x, mostly at the National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs).

American White Pelican- xx. Spectacular especially when in the air.

Brown Pelican- xx. The salt water pelican and an amazing conservation success story since it has recovered well enough to be removed from the Endangered Species list.

Neotropic Cormorant- dozens, the common cormorant everywhere we went.

Double-crested Cormorant- several-x, on the Lake Martin boat trip.

Anhinga- x. Ditto.

Great Blue Heron- x-xx.

Great Egret- xx, common and widespread.

Snowy Egret- x.

Tri-colored Heron- several-x, formerly known as “Louisiana” Heron.

Little Blue Heron- several.

Black-crowned Night-Heron- several, on the Lake Martin boat trip.

Cattle Egret- one at Avery Island was the only one see!

White Ibis- xx, on the Lake Martin boat trip.

White-faced Ibis-

Roseate Spoonbill-

Black Vulture- x.

Turkey Vulture- x-xx, but scarcer near the coast than inland.

Osprey-

Bald Eagle-

White-tailed Kite-

Sharp-shinned Hawk-

Cooper’s hawk- especially noteworthy was the immature bird perched on the board walk at Cameron Prairie NWR, then hunting on the ground.

Northern Harrier-

Red-shouldered Hawk- x, conspicuous.

Red-tailed Hawk-xx.

Krider’s Red-tailed Hawk or Swainson’s Hawk- an immature hawk with a very pale head and tail at Cameron Praire NWR was one of these two look-alikes.

American Kestrel-
Merlin-

Peregrine Falcon-

Common Gallinule- x, the authorities recently changed the name back to “Gallinule” after many years of being “Moorhen”.

American Coot- xxx.

Black-bellied Plover-

Killdeer- x.

American Avocet-

Greater Yellowlegs-

Lesser Yellowlegs-

Willet-

Sanderling-

Least Sandpiper-

Dunlin-

Long-billed Dowitcher-

Wilson’s Snipe-

Laughing Gull- xx.

Herring Gull-

Ring-billed Gull- x.

Gull-billed Tern- ?

Caspian Tern-

Royal Tern-

Forster’s Tern- x-xx. The common medium sized tern, in all different plumages.

Rock Dove- x.

Mourning Dove- x.

Inca Dove- Bob only?

Eurasian Collared Dove- several-x.

Barn Owl- Bob only, at dusk crossing the road and most likely this species.

Belted Kingfisher- xx.

Red-headed Woodpecker- one, an immature bird near Leesville.

Red-bellied Woodpecker-

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker-

Northern Flicker-

Pileated Woodpecker- at least two.

Eastern Phoebe-

Loggerhead Shrike-

Horned Lark-

Tree Swallow-

Cliff Swallow- ?

Blue Jay- several.

American Crow- x, in the wooded areas.

Fish Crow- xx.

Carolina Chickadee- several.

Tufted Titmouse- ditto.

Brown-headed Nuthatch-

Carolina Wren- x, fairly vocal, mostly at Jean LaFite.

Golden-crowned Kinglet-

Eastern Bluebird-

Hermit Thrush-

American Robin- x.

Northern Mockingbird- x.

European Starling- x-xx.

Cedar Waxwing-

Orange-crowned Warbler-

Yellow-rumped Warbler- x.

Common Yellowthroat- several.

Vesper Sparrow- several.

Savannah Sparrow- several.

Dark-eyed Junco-

Northern Cardinal- x.

Eastern Meadowlark-

Red-winged Blackbird- xx.

Common Grackle- several-x, (the smaller species with yellow eyes).

Boat-tailed Grackle- x, (with the dark eyes).

Great-tailed Grackle- (the larger species with yellow eyes).

House Sparrow- x.

MAMMALS- Gray Squirrel.

OTHERS- American Alligator- dozens, Red-eared Sliders were the common turtle,  “tink” frogs, a fair number of butterflies including Monarchs and sulphurs.

Robert A. Quinn

December 2011

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