Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Kenner City Park this evening


At dusk this evening I visited Kenner City Park, at Vintage x Loyola.  The wader roost of this summer is still active, holding about 230 birds, almost all white.  In the failing light they seemed to be mostly White Ibis, though there were at least Great and Snowy Egrets, Tricolored Heron, and Black-crowned Night-Heron mixed in.  The night herons departed, calling, presumably headed for feeding grounds.  Nine Double-crested Cormorants adorned the treetops above the waders.

The usual exotic ducks have been joined by about forty Northern Shovelers, which have become similarly trusting, allowing for good viewing (and photo ops).  There were also about eight teal, including both Blue-winged and Green-winged drakes, close enough for nice looks.

Among the exotic birds were a few interesting birds to look at, including drake Mandarin Duck, and Barnacle Goose.  Although some of the Mallards could be bonafide wild birds here for the winter, there is no way to distinguish these from the domesticated individuals.

In the failing light, a small bird alighted on one of the islands with roosting ducks, and bobbed its rear exaggeratedly- presumably a Spotted Sandpiper.

Peter

For a copy of Birding Made Easy-New Orleans, email me at birding.made.easy.new.orleans@gmail.com, 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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