Tropical Kingbird, Hancock County, MS

Photo by Edie Dellenger - 2015


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



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Mississippi Coast Audubon Society

Fall Saturday Field Trip Schedule 2015


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


August 22, 2015:  Spence’s Woods, Hancock County.

Leaders: Nancy Madden and J. Morris (

Meeting Place and Time:  I-10 Stennis exit (#2) in Hancock County, meet at the visitors center, 7:00 am

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.


August 29, 2015:  Bethel Bike Trail, DeSoto National Forest, Harrison County. 
Leader: June Ladner

Meeting Place and Time:  Entrance to the trail at 8:00 am (map at

Outstanding pine savanna and pine flatwoods habitat.   This site is part of the Mississippi Coastal Birding Trail.  More information and map at


September 5, 2015, Seaman Road Lagoons, Jackson County

Leaders:  Sharon Milligan, Don McKee, J. Morris, Ned Boyajian

Meeting 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.)  One of our richest and most popular birding sites, normally only by restricted access, so now’s your chance!


September 12, 2015:  Ansley Preserve, Hancock County

Leaders:  Ned Boyajian and J. Morris

Meeting 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.  Meeting time will be between 7:15 and 7:30 am.  This site is part of the Mississippi Coastal Birding Trail; more information at


September 19, 2015:  Hiller Park near Biloxi Back Bay, Harrison County.

Leader Dave Reed

Meeting Place and Time:  Meet at the Tennis Courts at 7:30 am.  Traditional migrant spot. See what shows up!  Map at


September 26, 2015:  Coastal Beaches and Clower-Thornton Nature Trail, Harrison County - NOTE CORRECTED MEETING PLACE AND TIME

Leader:  J. Morris and Dave Reed

Meeting Place and Time:  CORRECTION: Meet at the front entrance to the Clower Thornton Nature Trail at 8:00 a.m.  Map at

A variety of shorebird and woodland habitat.  These sites are part of the Mississippi Coastal Birding Trail.  More information at


October 3, 2015:  Dauphin Island, Alabama

Leader:  Don Mckee & Company

Meeting Place and Time:  Meet at Cadillac Square between 7:30 and 8:00 am.  The Coast’s premier migrant trap.  This site is part of the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail.  More information and maps at


October 10, 2015:  Logtown and Possum Walk, Hancock County

Leaders to be announced.  Meet at the Stennis Exit (I-10 Exit 2) in Bay St. Louis between 7:15 and 7:30 am.  For more info, email:  A variety of habitats rich in fall migrants.  Logtown is on the Mississippi Coast Birding Trail:  more info at


October 17, 2015:  Two events this day, and both need volunteers! 
MISSISSIPPI COASTAL CLEANUP:  Help clean up our coastal habitats for birds and people.  Volunteers participate 8-11 am.  See updates at

PASCAGOULA RIVER AUDUBON CENTER’S GRAND OPENING FAMILY DAY, Moss Point:  Event will take place from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Director Mark LaSalle has asked that we donate our time to lead field trips and to staff certain stations with binoculars and scopes.  To volunteer and for more information, please email Mark at  (more about the new Center and event updates at


October 24, 2015: Seaman Road Lagoons, Jackson County. MCAS is happy to host the Mississippi Ornithological Society for this event in addition to our Coast public. Leaders:  Sharon Milligan, Don McKee, Nancy Madden.

Meeting place and time:  Meet at the Park-and-ride at 7:45 AM off I-10 Exit 50 (Ocean Springs). (As soon as you exit the interstate going south, the Park-and-ride will be on the right near Denny's.)  This will be the last opportunity this fall to visit one of our richest and most popular birding sites, normally restricted access.  Meet and learn from statewide experts of the MOS as we experience the best of Coast birding.


October 31, 2015:  Ship Island, Harrison County

Leader:  Libby Graves, (228) 860-1966

Time and Place: Gulfport Harbor Boat Dock 9:00 am.  There is a fee for the ferry (info and map at  Migrant and winter shorebirds, and often some surprises!    NOTICE:  If this trip is weathered out on Saturday, Libby is willing to do it on Sunday Nov 1 if the ferry is running.  Check with her (contact info above.)

November 7, 2015:  NEW TRIP SCHEDULED! 

Turkey Creek Head Start and Big Biloxi Recreation Area, Harrison County.  Leader: Dave Reed (, (985) 788-0536).


Let’s reconnect with two areas we haven’t seen in a while. Turkey Creek Head Start is about a mile walk along Turkey Creek north of the Gulfport Airport.  This site is on the Mississippi Coastal Birding Trail (  Big Biloxi Recreation Area was mentioned in the Toups Birds book "Birding Mississippi” as a moderately productive site year-round.  It is about half mile west of Hwy 49 and 10 miles north of I-10.  It has a ~1 mile walking trail along the Biloxi River (more at  


Meeting Place and time:   7:30 AM at the Walmart on Highway 49 just south of I-10.  Meet in the Walmart parking lot near the Murphy gas station. Trip to the two sites will take 3-4 hours.  

 (Note - Wolf River Cookout and Owl Prowl originally scheduled Nov 7. had to cancel.)

Join us in the spring for another great round of field trips!

 See you in the field!

MORE ABOUT Mississippi Coast Audubon Society:

We are a chapter of the National Audubon Society, with membership territory in the six coastal counties of Mississippi (Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, George, Stone, and Pearl River).  You can JOIN National Audubon with a $20 or greater donation, and become a member of MCAS for free (what a deal!) by clicking HERE (the membership form specifies chapter M53 - that's us).

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