Sunday, January 12, 2014

Bald Eagle and Shovelers- Lafreniere Park

I spotted a Bald Eagle twice today along David Drive in Metairie- flying north over West Napoleon near 10 am, and a few hours later perched on a high tension tower between there and West Metairie.  I have seen one previously in this area this winter- I wonder if there could be a nest nearby somewhere. This time of year they are on eggs.

A brief visit to Lafreniere Park produced the usual horde of White Ibis (210), American Coots, Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks, and Ring-billed and Laughing Gulls, plus the usual exotic park fowl.  Three Great Blue Herons were sleeping near the gazebo on the boardwalk (on the adjacent dry ground).  Five or so Northern Shovelers, including four drakes, were  welcome arrivals since my last visit a few weeks ago- nice to see them up close.


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
Metairie:  Double M Feed on W. Esplanade
Harahan:  Double M Feed on Jefferson Hwy
North Shore:  Mandeville Chiropractic

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