Tropical Kingbird, Hancock County, MS

Photo by Edie Dellenger - 2015

 

A Tropical Kingbird was located during the Hancock County 2015 Christmas Bird Count.  An article regarding the bird is located here:  TROPICAL KINGBIRD

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Mississippi Coast Audubon Society

Saturday Field Trip Schedule Fall 2016

All are welcome on our birding field trips!  Bring your own binoculars.  No fees or advance notice necessary unless stated, but keep weather in mind.  Contact field trip leaders (addresses below) for more information if needed, or email mscoastaudubon@gmail.com.

 

August 20, 2016:  Pascagoula River, Jackson County

Join McCoys River & Marsh Tours at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center for a custom bird tour of the Pascagoula River! Benny McCoy knows every detail of marsh and bottomland forest and will make this a memorable trip for us.  We hope to find secretive marsh birds such as bitterns and rails in addition to the more conspicuous species.

Space is limited, there is a fee of $30 per person (cash or credit at boat), and you MUST REGISTER ahead.  To reserve a spot, contact Erin Parker (eparker@audubon.org, 228-475-0825 ext. 4).

Place and Time:  Pascagoula River Audubon Center, 5107 Arthur Street, Moss Point, 7:00 AM. 

 

August 27, 2016: Spence’s Woods, Hancock County.

Leader: Alison Henry (bamohenry@gmail.com)

We will explore this time-honored birding location for early migrants with the hopes of seeing an Olive-sided Flycatcher in the mix.  The duration of this field trip will depend on the severity of the heat.  Please bring plenty of water and bug spray.

Place and Time:  I-10 Stennis exit (#2) in Hancock County, meet at the visitors center, 8:00 AM.

 

Sept 3, 2016: Field Trip Leaders workshop – learn to lead your own trip!

Enjoyed our field trips?  Learn to lead your own!  Join Dr. Mark Woodrey as he presents guidelines for leading a smooth and rewarding birding field trip.  Topics to be covered include field trip planning and scouting, managing a group, guiding participants with different skill levels, and post-field trip actions including creating an eBird checklist.  The presentation is based on guidelines from Audubon chapters throughout North America and will include a walk around the MSU-CREC grounds to practice some of the techniques discussed in the class.  

 

Although the focus will be on birding, this workshop is appropriate for Scout leaders, teachers, Master Naturalists, and anyone who wants to take a group into the field to learn about nature and habitats.

 

Place and Time:  Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center, 1815 Popps Ferry Road, Biloxi, MS (MAP), 8:00 – 11:30 AM.

 

September 10, 2016: Seaman Road Lagoons, Jackson County

Leaders:  Sharon Milligan (2sharon123@gmail.com, 228-861-1622) and others

One of our richest and most popular birding sites, normally only by restricted access, so now’s your chance! IMPORTANT: This is a working facility. You MUST stay with leaders while on site. Call Sharon (above) if you have questions about policy. 

Place and Time: Meet at the park and ride at 7:30 AM I-10 exit 50 (Ocean Springs).  (As soon as you exit the interstate going south, park and ride will be on the right.)  

 

September 17, 2016:  Ansley Preserve, Hancock County

Leader:  Ned Boyajian nedrbo@gmail.com

Ansley Preserve is famous for spring migrants, but should be interesting in fall as well with several warblers, grosbeaks and tanagers possible in addition to resident birds.  This site is part of the Mississippi Coastal Birding Trail; more information at http://mscoastbirdingtrail.audubon.org/ansley-preserve.html.

Place and Time:  Meet at the intersection of Hwy 90 and 603 in the large parking lot on the northeast corner.  Park near the east end of the parking lot near McDonalds (MAP).  Meeting time will be between 7:15 and 7:30 AM. 

 

September 24, 2016:  Ship Island, Harrison County

Leader:  Dave Reed, vickianddave1@gmail.com

Migrant shorebirds, and often some surprises! The cost is $29 round trip ($27 for Seniors 62 and older).  The boat leaves at 9 so be there early to get your ticket.  Information on Ship Island Excursions is available online at http://www.msshipisland.com/.  If weather is a question, contact Ship Island Excursions at 228-864-1014 and then select option 2.  In the event of rain, we will try again on Sunday.  Be sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and snacks/lunch.  Watch for update information about what to expect, or contact Dave.

Place and Time: Gulfport Harbor Boat Dock before 9:00 AM (see above).

 

Oct 1, 2016: Ocean Springs Medley, Jackson County

Leader:  Janet Wright (jwright01@cableone.net, 228 238-4099 cell & text)

We’ll explore up to 3 sites on the Mississippi Coastal Birding Trail, all in Ocean Springs.  First, Twelve Oaks – deciduous woods and wetlands with a view over Fort Bayou.  Then Hellmer’s Lane, a gem of creekside forest in the heart of Ocean Springs, and finally Ocean Springs Harbor with its rock jetty. 

Place and Time:  Meet at Twelve Oaks off Bienville Boulevard (behind Hancock Bank) in Ocean Springs (MAP) at 7:30 AM. 

 

October 8, 2016:  Dauphin Island, Alabama

Leader:  Don McKee & Company (dmckee001@gmail.com) NOTE: THIS EMAIL ADDRESS HAS BEEN CORRECTED

The Coast’s premier migrant trap.  This site is part of the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail.  More information and maps at http://www.alabamacoastalbirdingtrail.com/trails/dauphin_island_loop.asp.

Place and Time:  Meet at Cadillac Square, Dauphin Island, between 7:30 and 8:00 AM (MAP)

 

October 15, 2016:  Logtown and Possum Walk, Hancock County

Leaders:  Joe Pettigrew (petigru@aol.com) and Millie Page

A variety of habitats rich in fall migrants.  Logtown is on the Mississippi Coast Birding Trail:  more info at http://mscoastbirdingtrail.audubon.org/logtown.html.

Place and Time: Meet at the Stennis Exit (I-10 Exit 2) in Bay St. Louis between 7:15 and 7:30 AM.

 

October 22, 2016: MISSISSIPPI COASTAL CLEANUP, a site near you!

Help clean up our coastal habitats for birds and people.  Volunteers participate 8-11:00 AM.  See updates at https://www.facebook.com/mscoastalcleanup.

 

October 29, 2016:  Hiller Park near Biloxi Back Bay, Harrison County.

Leader: Dave Reed vickianddave1@gmail.com

Look for late migrants at some of the local parks in the area.  We will start at Hiller Park on Biloxi Back Bay followed by Popps Ferry Causeway Park and James Hill Boardwalk.

Place and Time:  Meet at the Hiller Park Tennis Courts (MAP) at 7:30 AM. 

 

November 5, 2016:  Clower-Thornton Nature Trail, Harrison County.

Leader:  Gerry Morgan (gerrymorgan@cableone.net)

Prime woodland habitat, excellent for migrant songbirds.  This site is part of the Mississippi Coastal Birding Trail.  More information at http://mscoastbirdingtrail.audubon.org/harrison-county.html

Place and Time:  Meet at Clower-Thornton Preserve in Gulfport (MAP) at 7:30 AM.

 

November 12, 2016: Seaman Road Lagoons, Jackson County

Leaders:  Sharon Milligan (2sharon123@gmail.com, 228-861-1622) and others

One of our richest and most popular birding sites, normally only by restricted access, last chance this fall to visit it! IMPORTANT: This is a working facility. You MUST stay with leaders while on site. Call Sharon (above) if you have questions about policy. 

Place and Time: Meet at the park and ride at 7:30 AM I-10 exit 50 (Ocean Springs).  (As soon as you exit the interstate going south, park and ride will be on the right.)  

 

November 19, 2016: Hancock County Beaches

Leader: Barbara Bowen (bbwilletslp@yahoo.com)

Shorebirds and more!  Including but not limited to Washington St. Pier, the new Marina, the Yacht Club & some of the forested areas north of Hwy 90.

 

Place and time: Meet at Washington St. Pier in Bay St Louis (MAP), 7:30 AM.

 

November 26, 2016:   Graveline Beach, Jackson County

Leaders:  Janet Wright (jwright01@cableone.net) and Charley Delmas

Great combination of beach and marsh habitat rich in shorebirds, waders, marsh inhabitants, and more. 

Place and Time:  E end of Beach Boulevard, Ocean Springs (St Andrews area, MAP) 7:30 AM. 

 

December 3, Grand Bay NERR by boat, Jackson County

LEADER: Mark Woodrey (Mark.Woodrey@msstate.edu)

(Limit 25 Participants) Our focus on this boat trip will be waterfowl, shore, wading and marsh birds.  This is a great time of year for birding in the Grand Bay NERR/NWR with a high species diversity guaranteed. Bring along some water/drinks and snacks appropriate for the field. Rubber knee boots or other footwear you can get wet and muddy are recommended.

Place and time:  8:30 AM – about noon. Meet at the Bayou Heron boat ramp at the south end of Bayou Heron Road (MAP - same road the Grand Bay NERR office is located on). The NERR/NWR office (6005 Bayou Heron Road, Moss Point, MS) will be open from 07:45-08:15 am so folks can use the restroom, fill-up water bottles, etc.

YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THIS TRIP and there is a fee of $30 per person.  To register, contact Dr. Mark Woodrey (Mark.Woodrey@msstate.edu). First come, first served – capped at 15 participants, so sign up early!


 See you in the field!

 
MORE ABOUT Mississippi Coast Audubon Society:

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