Friday, December 27, 2013

Audubon Park today

Today I made a brief (15 minute) visit to the patch of trees behind the golf clubhouse.  I was mainly looking for White-winged Dove- and did flush one off the ground that flew up into the trees.

But the main highlight was a mass of small birds that I swished in along the edge of the bayou:
5 Yellow-rumped Warbler
3 Orange-crowned Warbler
1 Pine Warbler
4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
1 Blue-headed Vireo
1 Carolina Chickadee
2 Tufted Titmouse
1 Hermit Thrush

These were all gathered around and above me fussing, at once.

The Hermit Thrush was a surprise- not much undergrowth around, merely the narrow margin of it along the bayou edge.  This species is very scarce inside the city.

The Tufted Titmice were good to see- Audubon Park is presently where they make their farthest penetration into the city.  They are numerous in the swamp forests around our perimeter.

There was also a Northern Flicker- flushed from the ground- and a Belted Kingfisher along the bayou.

Good birding,


For a copy of Birding Made Easy-New Orleans, email me at, or look for it at area book stores.  It is now available at
Uptown:  Garden District Book Shop, Maple Street Book Shop, Octavia Books
French Quarter and Marigny:  Peach Records, Fauborg Marigny Art Books Music, Librairie Book Shop, Beckham's Bookshop, Arcadian Books and Prints, the Crabnet
Mid City:  City Park Botanical Garden, Community Book Center
North Shore:  Mandeville Chiropractic

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