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first breeding of gray kingbirds in louisiana
2003-07-09 - 6:46 p.m.
About the house and repairs -- nothing yet. They hope to get
with us on Friday. Someone did show up and remove the hot
tub and other large debris from the front of the house.
This morning D. and I went to see the Gray Kingbirds in the
scrub behind the
Army Reserve Building in the Lakefront Arena area. As far
as anyone seems to know right now, this is the first breeding
record for Gray Kingbirds in Louisiana. We found them without
too much difficulty and some other good birds as well.
Here's the list. It is not in any kind of taxonomic order, just
in the order we saw them:
- Northern Mockingbird
- Common Grackle
- Rock Dove
- European Starling
- Laughing Gull
- Loggerhead Shrike
- Blue Jay
- American Crow
- Black-Necked Stilt, with fledglings
- White Ibis
- Purple Martin
- Mourning Dove
- GRAY KINGBIRD, adult with two fledglings
- Great Egret
- Tri-Colored Heron
- Wilson's Phalarope, juvenile
- Red-Shouldered Hawk
- Eastern Kingbird, with fledgling
The Wilson's Phalarope seems to be an early fall migrant, but maybe time is just passing
faster than I realize. I can't get to my copy of Lowery right now to
see what he says about it.
By 9:30, it was extremely hot. We talked about checking the palm trees
for Monk Parakeets but didn't actually do it. D. took his car to get
some satellite radio system installed, and we walked over to Clearview Mall,
where we had lunch at Serrano's, which had an extensive tequila menu.
Afterward, we went to see 28 Days Later.... Later, we
went to meet BF at Border's. I saw Gore Vidal's Messiah, and since
years ago I had been told that if I ever ran across that book I should read it,
I went ahead and bought it. It's from 1954 and at first glance looks like
a forerunner to Strieber and Kunetka's Nature's End.
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