Louisiana Rare Bird Alert
Sunday, 09 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 email@example.com
This is the Louisiana Rare bird alert dated Monday, January 10th. This alert is sponsored by the Louisiana Ornithological Society and the Orleans Audubon Society.
A Tropical Parula Warbler is in the Shreveport area near Lake Cross. The bird is most commonly seen in a residential neighborhood on private property.
Cinnamon Teal, Vermillion Flycatcher, and Short-eared Owl were reported on the Bossier-Caddo-Bienville CBC.
Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs were reported in Powhatan.
A Harris' Sparrow was reported near Stonewall.
Permission to search for the Brandt that was seen on the Lacassine CBC has been secured. That permission is subject to some restrictions on the search. They are that one does not begin before 10 AM, one does not leave the road especially near the duck blinds, and that one restricts their search to this bird. Take highway 99 south from Welsh to highway 14. Highway 99 terminates at this intersection just east of the T-intersection is Goose Island Road, a gravel road. Take this road and continue south. The first mile or two is a public road. Eventually, you'll come to an open gate, marking the boundary of the Lacassine Rod and Gun Club properties. Continue south along the road. After another mile or so, turn left on a shell road going eastit is just before the main camp of the hunt club. About one third of a mile in, the road leads to the south, towards a corral. There is a sign for "Blind # 7" where the road turns east quickly and parallels the original shell road going east. This is the area where the Brant was seen. The Brant was with a group of White-fronted Geese, feeding in a fallow rice field that was just greening up. It was not in close association with Canada Geese. Please leave all gates open or closed as you found them.
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.
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.
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.
A Swainson's Hawk was seen flying overhead near Triumph and another was seen near Boothville on the Venice CBC.
A Great Kiskadee Flycatcher off of Tidewater road in Venice. Take Highway 23 to Venice where the highway ends and a series of right and left hand turns leads one to tidewater road. Continue southwest to a sign that directs one to Bud's Landing and look for Spanish moss dangling from a crossbeam of a telephone pole. The plant material is the remnant of the Kiskadee nest. The bird was found in the trees to the southeast between the nest pole and the road for Bud's Landing.
The next update will be by Sunday January 16th.