No. 191BATON ROUGE, LAJune 2000

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Summary of Louisiana Christmas Bird Counts, 1999-2000
by Steven W. Cardiff
The loss of Lake Ophelia NWR, the revival of Natchitoches, and the addition of the Cheneyville-Lecompte and Northshore-Slidell (run in ‘98-‘99 but not mentioned in last year's summary) circles, resulted in a net gain to 22 counts. Counts were relatively well-spaced over twelve dates, with maxima of four on December 18th and five on January 2nd. It was another mild season: Lafayette and Pine Prairie recorded lows of 31 degrees, but only five other counts started off with lows in the 30's; highs ranged 51-81 degrees, with nine counts at >70. All counts but Creole (all-day rain) were conducted under "acceptable" weather conditions. Baton Rouge and Northshore-Slidell tied for most observers (40), but Baton Rouge benefitted from a 34 to one advantage in feeder-watchers.
Statewide, 254 species were found (excluding another five species with no details), which is about average for recent years. Sabine NWR, with its best showing in many years, recorded 186 species for top honors, trailed by Lacassine NWR-Thornwell (162), Johnsons Bayou (156), New Orleans (152), and Crowley (151). Crowley had the highest bird density, thanks mainly to 8+ million blackbirds, cowbirds, and grackles. Statewide, total individuals more than doubled to 21+ million- 89% Red-winged Blackbirds.
Leading off a good assortment of rarities were Brant and Say's Phoebe at Lacassine-Thornwell, Great Kiskadee at Venice (possibly the same bird present since Spring 1999), a Tropical Parula amazingly far inland at Shreveport (present since late November), and a Golden-crowned Sparrow at Sabine NWR. Additional "Review List" gems included Cinnamon Teal (Lacassine-Thornwell, New Orleans), Golden Eagle (Lacassine-Thornwell), Black-legged Kittiwake (Creole), Broad-billed Hummingbird (New Orleans), four Bell's Vireos (Crowley, Johnsons Bayou-2, Sabine), and four Bullock's Orioles (Johnsons Bayou, Reserve, Venice-2). Most notable among a long list of other unexpected treats were Broad-winged Hawk (Venice), Swainson's Hawk (Lafayette, Venice), four (!) Solitary Sandpipers (Baton Rouge-2, Johnsons Bayou, Reserve), Franklin's Gull (imm. at Venice, and an alternate plumaged adult at Sabine), six Ash-throated Flycatchers (2 each Johnsons Bayou, Lacassine-Thornwell, Lafayette), Western Kingbird (New Orleans), Hooded Warbler (Thibodaux), and Yellow-headed Blackbird (Reserve, Sabine).
Wintering hummingbirds continued a three-year upward trend with the second highest total ever of 182 individuals of a record-tying eight species found among a record ten counts. Buff-bellieds (19 on 8 CBCs) and Ruby-throateds, appearing in exceptional numbers (20/7) for the second straight year and equaling the number of Black-chinneds (20/6), seemed to make up most of the difference. Combined Rufous and Rufous/Allen's (92) was comparable to ‘98-‘99. Besides the aforementioned Broad-billed Hummingbird, the most exciting discoveries were six Calliopes (four at Baton Rouge), four Broad-taileds (two at Baton Rouge), and two Allen's (Baton Rouge). Baton Rouge led all counts with 72 individuals of 7 species.
Ducks were noticeably scarce, especially Lesser Scaup and other divers. Sparrows rebounded somewhat from their poor showing last season and Red-breasted Nuthatches were present in modest numbers, but erratic irruptive species such as Am. Robin, Cedar Waxwing, and Cardueline finches were scarce. In fact, Cedar Waxwings were single-party exclusives on several counts, and Purple Finch and Pine Siskin were reported on only two and one count, respectively. Recent dove-colonists continued to do well: Eurasian Collared-Doves doubled to 607 on 17 CBCs; Inca Doves built to 184/8; and White-winged Doves, down slightly, were nonetheless impressive at 794/11, including an unheard of 152 inland at Baton Rouge. Common Ground-Dove also improved on last year to 35/9. Also unusually "common" were Ross' Goose (3022/10, 2710 at Lacassine- Thornwell), Sandhill Crane (846/6, 756 at Cheneyville-Lecompte), Short-eared Owl (42/7, 22 at Crowley), Wilson's Warbler (100/13, 37 at Venice), and Field Sparrow (1257/22, 211 at Shreveport). Other newsworthy high counts: 779 Pied-billed Grebes (Natchitoches), 2488 Wood Ducks (Bossier-Caddo-Bienville), 22 Ospreys (Venice), 670 Black-necked Stilts (impressive east in New Orleans), 30 Common Terns (Sabine), eight Chuck- will's-widows (Venice), and 134 Le Conte's Sparrows (Bossier-Caddo-Bienville). --Steven W. Cardiff, 435 Pecan Dr., St. Gabriel, LA, 70776,
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LOS Spring Weekend
Great Egret by David J. L'Hoste Over 127 birders enjoyed a great meeting in Cameron April 28-30. Our speakers, Dan Christian and George Payne, presented two good programs with excellent slides. Dan Christian, a graduate student at LSU, gave an informative slide program on his studies in Panama. He took us on a journey across Panama from west to east showing various habitats and species along the way. Many of the slides of nests were first observation of the species.
George Payne, photographer, birder and freelance writer, shared some exquisite slides of birds, butterflies and wild flowers. The slides were accompanied by appropriate music which made for a relaxing program of sight and sound. George was accompanied by Mark LaGrange and they shared their phonographic equipment with interested people after the meeting. Thanks to both of them for taking the time to join us.... Especially since Dan was doing his Big Day the same weekend.
The list of birds on Saturday night added up to 209:
Pied-billed Grebe, American White Pelican, Brown Pelican, Neotropic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Least Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Reddish Egret, Cattle Egret, Green Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, White Ibis, Glossy Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Mottled Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Lesser Scaup, Osprey, White-tailed Kite, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Northern Bobwhite, Clapper Rail, King Rail, Virginia Rail, Sora, Purple Gallinule, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Black-bellied Plover, Snowy Plover, Wilson's Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Piping Plover, Killdeer, American Oystercatcher, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, Willet, Spotted Sandpiper, Upland Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, Sanderling, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Dunlin, Stilt Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Long-billed Dowitcher, Common Snipe, Wilson's Phalarope, Laughing Gull, Franklin's Gull, LITTLE GULL, Bonaparte's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Caspian Tern, Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Forster's Tern, Least Tern, Black Tern, Black Skimmer, Rock Dove (I), Eurasian Collared-Dove (I), White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Black-billed Cuckoo, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Barn Owl, Eastern Screech-Owl, Great Horned Owl, Common Nighthawk, Chimney Swift, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Loggerhead Shrike, White-eyed Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Philadelphia Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Fish Crow, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Bank Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Cave Swallow *, Barn Swallow, Carolina Chickadee, Carolina Wren, Sedge Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebird, Veery, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Swainson's Thrush, Wood Thrush, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, European Starling (I), Cedar Waxwing, Blue-winged Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Northern Parula, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Yellow-rumped "Myrtle" Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Prothonotary Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Swainson's Warbler, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Louisiana Waterthrush, Kentucky Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Hooded Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Summer Tanager, Scarlet Tanager, WESTERN TANAGER, Eastern Towhee, Lark Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Painted Bunting, Dickcissel, Bobolink, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Common Grackle, Boat-tailed Grackle, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, House Finch (I), House Sparrow (I)
----Judith O'Neale, LOS Secretary/Treasurer
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and Additional News From The Los Board:
The LOS Board, with the approval of Committee Chair Nancy Newfield, has renamed the LOS Youth Scholarship Fund. It is now to be called The Ted Parker Youth Fund. We felt that this was a way to recognize an outstanding birder who took the time to help young birders. With the renaming of this fund, we are using the monies for other youth activities as well as scholarships. At the spring LOS meeting, Paul Dickson brought 14 boy scouts and 7 leaders to the meeting. The Ted Parker Youth Fund helped with the cost of the registration and meals for the boys. We commend Paul for his work with helping these boys earn their Ornithology badge by identifying 20 different birds. We would like to thank Sara Simmonds for her generous contribution to the newly named fund as a memorial to Mrs. Karen Short, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer (Tiny) V. Moore of Alexandria LA.
The LOS Board has established a Grant Review Committee. The following LOS members have agreed to be on this committee: Jim Ingold, Paul Dickson, Peter Yaukey and Judith O'Neale. The committee will set the requirements for submitting a grant proposal to LOS and will also review the grants received and make recommendations to the board for approval.
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The Louisiana State Science Fair award ceremony on April 15th included the 2000 recipient of the LOS Science Fair Special Award. This year's winner was Marc Calhoun of Ringgold, LA. Marc conducted an experiment that tested the preferences of birds at his school to different mixes of bird seed. Congratulations to Marc on a fine project and winning the LOS special award which includes a trophy, field guide, and LOS membership. I also wish to thank Karen Fay and Harriett Pueler for helping search the competition and judge the projects.
Dave Patton
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posted 10June2000