Louisiana Rare Bird Alert
Sunday, 02 January 2000
This is the current transcript of the rare bird alert that I recorded tonight. (834-2473 in New Orleans or 877-834-2473 for toll free access) Please let me know if I have left out any significant sightings or if you have more details for the sightings in this report. Send an Email to me at lehmane@gateway.net
I apologize for being three days late but there were too many things for me to do this weekend and I just could not sit down and finish this one until today. I would like to request that anyone that uses this report to find a reported species to let me know if you are successful or not. This will help give me some control over the length of time that the bird will remain on the alert.
This is the Louisiana Rare bird alert dated Monday, January 3rd. This alert is sponsored by the Louisiana Ornithological Society and the Orleans Audubon Society.
A Tropical Parula is in the Shreveport area near Lake Cross. The bird is most commonly seen in a residential neighborhood on private property.
Lapland Longspurs were reported on the Natchitoches CBC.
A White-tailed Hawk continues to be seen at the Welsh landfill. Take the I-10 to the Welsh exit and take the service road West to Landfill Road and turn north. This bird has been lately seen on the power lines along Landfill Road. An immature, dark phase Rough-legged Hawk has also been reported from the same area.
Sandhill Cranes have been seen near Holmwood. A small flock is reported on a field south of Holmwood. Follow Highway 27 south of Holmwood several miles to L. Derouen Road. The birds are to the west of Highway 27 in a field.
Short-eared Owls have been reported over rice fields East of Thornwell. From Lake Arthur take highway 14 west to Jennings Road and turn right. In the evening look for roosting Northern Harriers and the Owls are seen in the same area.
A bell’s Vireo was seen on the Crowley CBC. The bird was reported at a site west of the junction of Highways 35 and 700 just North of Kaplan. Proceed west from this junction to Kirsten Road and look for a nursery. The bird was in an overgrown canal at the nursery’s entrance.
LeConte’s Sparrows, Lapland Longspurs, and Short-eared Owls were seen in a fallow field on the Crowley CBC. The field is found by taking Highway 13 south out of Crowley. Turn right on Highway 92 and take the next left on Benton Road. The field is past the bayou and has a red shed in its southwest corner.
Harris’s Sparrow and Golden-crowned Sparrows were seen in a brush pile about one-quarter mile west of the jetty in Cameron. The site is accessed by going to the caution light on Highway 32 in Cameron near the Catholic church and turning south. Continue along this road past the PHI heliport and when the road turns into a gravel pavement turn right on the next paved road. Follow this road to a sharp right curve and park well off the road. Continue on foot along this road to another sharp right curve. At this point cross over or under the gate at the curve and walk east into the field toward a row of live oaks. Just past this long row (island) of live oaks will be about 50 yards of a brush-pile of salt cedar on your right. The Golden-crowned Sparrow was found lurking in this brush-pile or a brush pile farther east..
A Northern Gannet was seen on the Grand Isle CBC. It was seen at the Caminada Pass jetties.
Buff-Bellied Hummingbird, Calliope Hummingbird, Black-chinned hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, and Broad-tailed Hummingbird were all reported on the Lafayette CBC. Also seen were Swainson’s Hawk, Lapland Longspurs, Dickcissels, Horned Lark, Sprague’s Pipit, Sandhill cranes, and Ash-throated Flycatchers.
The St. Tammany CBC reported a Vermillion Flycatcher at the Tchufuncte Country Club near Madisonville. Also reported were Buff-Bellied Hummingbird, Calliope Hummingbird, Black-chinned hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, and Broad-tailed Hummingbird.
An Allen’s Hummingbird was reported in a yard in the Parkview Oaks Subdivision of Baton Rouge.
Buff-bellied and Broad-billed hummingbirds continue to be reported at the Louisiana Nature and Science center in East New Orleans. The birds are found in the butterfly garden or the feeding stations outside the Interpretive Center.
A Cinnamon Teal is in a drainage canal off of Dwyer Road in East New Orleans. The canal is between Read Boulevard and Bundy Road.
An Opornis sp. Warbler was reported on the New Orleans CBC. It was at the west end of the fence at the entrance to the Chalmette Battlefield.
Also reported on the New Orleans CBC were Vermillion Flycatcher, Sprague’s Pipit, Lesser Black-backed Gull, and Western Kingbird.
The next update will be by Sunday January 9th.
Compiler:Lee Ellis
RBA Phone #: 834-2473 in New Orleans
Toll Free #: 877-834-2473
Email address: lehmane@gateway.net.

Lark Bunting by David J. L'Hoste
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