Thursday, December 19, 2013

Visit to Longvue Gardens

I spent 30 minutes this morning walking the gardens.

The highlight was an immature Red-tailed Hawk that was unaccountably tame- allowed me to walk directly underneath it's perch 30 feet in a pine, and inspect it through binoculars as it preened.  Immature Red-tails are told from adults by the tail- the dorsal surface is brown with thin black bars, rather than the adult's rufous with a thick subterminal band.  The white underparts had the classic contrasting band of dark upper-belly streaks diagnostic of the species.  It was quietly sitting, ignored by a mockingbird and Blue Jay that chanced to notice it.  Then it flew to another spot across the garden, and was quickly set upon by a half dozen harassing jays.

The hawk's Disney-like trust of with me, was in striking contrast to the events thirty yards farther down the path.  I swished at a chipping Yellow-rumped Warbler in the Nature Garden, and was immediately beset by a quivering, fussing gathering in the branches overhead:  two Ruby-crowned Kinglets, two Orange-crowned Warblers, and three Yellowrumps.

Otherwise, the most interesting species at Longvue were a Brown Thrasher and a Pine Warbler, both also in the Nature Garden.


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
Gentilly:  UNO campus bookstore

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