Friday, October 18, 2013
Migrants this morning at LaSalle Park
A 25 minute visit to LaSalle Park this AM did produce an array of migrants, though not in huge numbers. Still, enough to suggest arrivals from last night's front.
A mixed flock with chickadees mostly got away after frustrating me in bad light, but had at least a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and male Northern Parula. The flock was on the margin of the main woods and the adjacent glade with shade trees, along the paved path.
Nothing was in the ragweed patch.
At the far end of the boardwalk, a small cluster of birds included five or so Indigo Buntings, a Summer Tanager (probably two), and a Northern Flicker.
I swished for a few minutes by the drip, drawing in a Gray Catbird.
Last night, a brief listen outside around 9:45 produced a single call note (by an overhead migrant- probably Wood Thrush). However, another birder in Baton Rouge reported a higher volume of overhead notes around 10:10 pm, mostly thrushes.
Might be an interesting next few days- it is possible that the stalled cold front will allow birds to keep coming down to us, but prevent them from departing across the Gulf- perhaps causing them to accumulate. Worth thinking about, anyway!
Oh yeah, the Roseate Spoonbill was back on Canal Street in Old Metairie this morning at 8 am.
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I will be having a book signing (and leading a bird walk) at Longvue Gardens in Metairie on Saturday October 26. Come and join in!