Saturday, January 25, 2014

Ducks along Marconi in City Park

Today I was driving up the west edge of City Park and noticed flocks of ducks in the adjacent bayou in City Park.  This is always a good place to view things, since the bayou is not very wide.  The following ducks and other water birds were all in the stretch between the viewing deck (north of Harrison) up to Robert E. Lee:
54 Gadwall
33 Ring-necked Duck
8 American Coot
5 Pied-billed Grebe
4 Double-crested Cormorant
3 Common Gallinule
2 Black-crowned Night Heron
2 Great Egret
2 Anhinga

the gallinules are of special note- not easy to find inside the city (though numerous outside)

there were also 100 or so White Ibis roosting in some trees on the edge, at the crossing of Filmore

there was also one "park" Mallard, but otherwise no other ducks- making this a good opportunity to acquaint with these waterfowl species without the identification challenges occurring when there are more species present.


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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