Saturday, January 4, 2014

Woodlot in Harahan industrial hood

Late this afternoon I made a fifteen minute stop at a woodlot in Harahan, on the western edge of the industrial complex.  This particular spot is one of my favorite stops to bird while running errands in the Harahan area during migration; I don't get there much in winter.

Recent disturbance has resulted in about 25% of the forest cover being demolished, and the open weedy areas becoming short grass.  Not sure what is planned for the site.  Less bird habitat, but easier to see into than before.

Swishing turned up the usual "urban forest" suspects immediately:  several Yellow-rumped and an Orange-crowned Warbler, and a few Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

Two male Cardinals rose up from the undergrowth to have a look.

A Carolina Wren came in and expressed its agitation at me by singing boisterously.  teakettle teakettle teakettle.

Finally, an Eastern Phoebe approached, tail wagging, giving its "sip" call.  Then a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker flew up to the naked tree near me- white chin and black breast plate, indicating adult female (most probably).

Oddly, a Great Blue Heron was perched on the edge of one of the warehouse roofs nearby- no significant water that I know of nearby.

Good birding,


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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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