Louisiana Rare Bird Alert
Wednesday, 6 October 1999
Baton Rouge Audubon Society Rare Bird Alert
Area: Baton Rouge and Louisiana statewide
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Welcome birders to the BRAS' rare bird alert. The following was recorded on Wednesday October 6. Highlights include a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH in Caldwell Parish, a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW in Shreveport and a BUFF-BELLIED HUMMINGBIRD in LaPlace.
At least one RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was found on 9/30 in Boeuf WMA in Caldwell Parish. Take US 165 from Alexandria north for approximately 70 miles. Turn right on LA 4, heading towards Bellevue. Stay left at the fork with LA 559 (about 5 miles). In another 3 miles look for Park Rd 280 (Big Ridge Rd) and turn right. (None of the mileages have been measured, just estimated from a map.) The nuthatch was on this road about 2.5 miles north of the WMA headquarters which, according to my map, would put it close to the intersection with PR 282 (Dannehl Rd). The area is described as bottomland hardwood with a few small pines along the roadside.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found in Shreveport on 9/24 on the southern dead end of Well's Island Rd. Take Clyde Fant Pkwy out of downtown Shreveport north to its dead end. Take a right on Airport Dr, which becomes Well's Island Rd past the airport and dead ends at a large overgrown field. The bird was in the north end of the field in tall grass and ragweed. It could not be found on the morning of 9/25.
A male BUFF-BELLIED HUMMINGBIRD, that has been recorded in LaPlace for at least the last 7 winters, has returned on August 6 to 800 Fagot Loop in LaPlace. From Airline Hwy in LaPlace, turn south on Elm Street by the Billy Hart Restaurant. Fagot Loop is the first intersection. The house is on the NW corner of Elm and Fagot Loop. He often hangs out in the red cedar tree in the backyard. RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRDS are back in various locations. Call Dennis Demcheck at 225-923-1437 for the one nearest you.
Gulf of Mexico: 1 CORY'S SHEARWATER and 1 near adult MASKED BOOBY seen from an oil platform off the south-central coast.
Caddo Parish: 1 CHESTNUT-SIDED, 1 PINE and 1 WORM-EATING WARBLER and an OVENBIRD at the Stoner launch woods in Shreveport; and 213 PIED-BILLED GREBES, 3 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 1200 CATTLE EGRETS, 3 OSPREYS, 2600 AMERICAN COOTS and 28 FRANKLIN'S GULLS on Cross Lake.
Caddo: 3 LEAST FLYCATCHERS, 1 FIELD and 4 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS along Well's Island Rd in Shreveport; and 173 PIED-BILLED and 1 HORNED GREBE, 1 ANHINGA, 1 RUDDY DUCK, 1 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 1200 CATTLE EGRETS, 3 OSPREYS and 1709 COOTS on Cross Lake.
Lafayette: over 103 GRAY CATBIRDS, 4 TENNESSEE WARBLERS and 14 PAINTED BUNTINGS in Carencro.
East Baton Rouge: 14 WOOD STORKS, 1 immature BALD EAGLE, 6 immature SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHERS and 4 WILSON'S WARBLERS at Richfield Riversilt (about 6 miles south of LSU on River Rd in Baton Rouge). Plaquemines: 15 MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRDS in a kettle over Triumph.
Caddo: 1 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, 1 LEAST FLYCATCHER and 2 SCARLET TANAGERS in the Stoner launch woods.
Natchitoches: 1 VIRGINIA RAIL, 21 SORAS, 1 BANK and over 600 BARN SWALLOWS during a ride on a combine harvesting a rice field.
East Baton Rouge: 140 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, 1 SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, 1 MARSH WREN, 2 PALM WARBLERS, 2 LINCOLN'S and 2 SWAMP SPARROWS and at least 200 INDIGO BUNTINGS at Richfield Riversilt.
Orleans: 1 CHESTNUT-SIDED, 2 BLACK-THROATED GREEN and 1 YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER in Audubon Park in New Orleans.
Caddo: a COOPER'S HAWK and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW south of Shreveport; a COOPER'S HAWK, 2 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS and 6 LINCOLN'S and 1 SAVANNAH SPARROW at or near the Stoner launch woods and 20 BROWN THRASHERS, 1 MARSH WREN and 1 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER on Well's Island Rd; and 107 PIED-BILLED GREBES, 190 WHITE PELICANS, 12 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 2 RING-NECKED DUCKS and 1225 COOTS on Cross Lake.
Bossier: LINCOLN'S, SWAMP and SAVANNAH SPARROW.
Caldwell: a MOURNING WARBLER in Boeuf WMA.
St Landry: 22 WOOD STORKS migrating over Sunset.
East Baton Rouge: BLACK-NECKED STILTS and other shorebirds on Ben Hur Rd near River Rd; and 1 ROSEATE SPOONBILL, 1 STORK, 1 OSPREY, 1 SEDGE WREN, hundreds of COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, 1 LINCOLN'S SPARROW, 40 INDIGO and 20 PAINTED BUNTINGS at Richfield Riversilt. Cameron: well over 15000 swallows, predominantly BARN, migrating over the town of Cameron; and 1 ORANGE-CROWNED and 1 YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at Peveto Woods in the Little Florida subdivision west of Holly Beach.
Orleans: a pair of WHITE-WINGED DOVES returning for the winter to a yard in New Orleans; a female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD and a WILSON'S WARBLER in another yard in New Orleans.
Gulf of Mexico: 8 PEREGRINE FALCONS on the platform at the same time and over 20 PURPLE GALLINULES and 900-1000 egrets flying by a platform off the southwest coast; and a Parasitic/Long-tailed JAEGER and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW on a platform off the south-central coast.
Caddo: 14 CASPIAN TERNS on the Red River; 13 AMERICAN REDSTARTS and 14 INDIGO BUNTINGS at the Stoner launch woods; and 500-1000 SNOW and 12-13 CANADA GEESE and 3 SANDHILL CRANES flying over Cross Lake.
Thanks for calling the Baton Rouge rare bird alert and good birding.