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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Spring 2015


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2/7       MCAS Field Trip - Grand Bay NERR SPARROW SWEEP 1pm - 4pm

            Leader - Mark Woodrey, Phone: (228) 697-0460


Henslow's Sparrow will be our target species, also Sedge and Marsh Wren. Join Grand Bay NERR for an afternoon of sparrow watching. Come learn about the different species of sparrows that winter in south Mississippi and how to spot them in the field. Activities include field observation, pine savanna hiking, and mist netting observations.

Please dress accordingly for the weather and wear either rubber boots (preferably) or shoes that you wouldn’t mind getting wet. Note that the ground in the savanna is extremely uneven, so watch your footing.

For the field, bring your binoculars, birding field guides, water, and bug spray.

Meet at the Visitors Center, 6005 Bayou Heron Road, Moss Point, MS 39562

2/14     MCAS Field Trip - Pascagoula River Audubon Center - Morning Workshop/Afternoon Bird Count

            Leaders: Mark LaSalle (228) 475-0825/Janet Wright (228) 238-4099

In conjunction with the Great Backyard Bird Count and Pascagoula River Audubon Center a morning clinic will be held at the center followed by participation in the GBBC at PRAC. A great learning experience for new and/or beginning birders. An opportunity to match up one-on-one with seasoned birders.

Meet 9:00 am at the Center at 7001 Frank Griffin Rd. Moss Point, MS 39563


2/16     FYI - Hattiesburg Audubon will be on the Coast for the Annual Presidents Day Gull Run.

They incorporate it into a "Birding Along the Coast" trip. Interested in joining in? Call Diane Lafferty (601) 264-9654 with the Pine Woods Audubon for more information


            MCAS/Pine Woods Audubon Society - Stone County Field Trip

            Leader:  Diane Lafferty - (601) 264-9654


Join the Pine Woods Audubon Society for a trip to the Country Girl Creamery and Flint Creek Water Park. Meet at the dairy farm around 9am for a walk through the pasture.


Birds to be expected: Pine Warbler, hawks, Inca and Ground Dove and Wilson's Snipe to name a few. Bring a cooler to purchase fresh farm items from the dairy!

The group will then drive through the Flint Creek Water Park ~ who knows what we'll see! Plan on lunch in downtown Wiggins.

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2/28     FYI: Gulf Islands National Seashore (Ocean Springs) bird "Walk in the Park."

            Meet at the park's Visitor Center at 9:00 am for an easy bird walk with MCAS's Dr. Olivia (Libby) Graves.




3/7       MCAS Field Trip - Seaman Road Lagoons - Jackson County

            Leaders: Sharon Milligan (228) 861-1622 (+2)


Likely birds: wintering waterfowl; shorebirds, Green Heron, Glossy Ibis and other marsh birds; raptors, including Bald Eagle. This is the easiest site to find Mississippi Sandhill Crane. Also, by this time American Golden-Plover may be due and the waterfowl variety might pick up a bit.


Meet at the park and ride at I-10 exit 50, Ocean Springs; next to Denny's, between 7:15 and 7:30 AM. Bring your binoculars, scope, refreshments, etc.
You may call Sharon Milligan for more information at 228-861-1622


3/14     MCAS Field Trip - Ship Island

Leader: Libby Graves (228) 860-1966


Opening day of Ship Island Excursions. Birds - Piping, Snowy, Wilson's Plover good possibilities; Red Knot and/or one of the rarer gulls not unreasonable. Depending on weather could be a variety of early migrants.

Meet at Gulfport Harbor around 8:30 to board the boat which departs at 9am. Fee required. (


3/21     MCAS Field Trip - Graveline Bayou & Bellefontaine Area, Jackson County

            Leaders: Janet Wright (228) 238-4099/Charley Delmas

Usually a nice variety of shorebirds. Excellent spot for Nelson's and Seaside Sparrow. Also Sedge Wrens, shorebirds, terns & gulls.  Bellefontaine -  depending on weather could be an interesting variety of early migrants.

Meet at 8:00 am at the Kangaroo station, corner of Hwy 90 and Hwy 57. Take Exit 57 south off of I-10).

3/28     MCAS Field Trip - Grand Bay NERR Boat Trip

            Leader: Mark Woodrey


A birding boat trip to observe the birdlife of the extensive marshes and other habitats of the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve/National Wildlife Refuge, Jackson County. This trip will begin at 8:00 am and will finish by 12:00 (noon). Fee and reservations are both required. The fee for this trip will be $28/person and must be paid with cash or check (not credit card) before boarding the boat at the ramp at the end of Bayou Heron Road in Moss Point, MS.  Space on this trip will be limited to 16 individuals and persons will be registered on a first come-first served basis. To register, please send an e-mail with your name, e-mail address, and mobile phone number to  Once your e-mail is received, you will be contacted via e-mail within two days with a confirmation e-mail. We will create a waiting list once we have reached the limit for this trip and we will take individuals in order from the waiting list should any of the original registrants cancel at the last minute.



4/4       MCAS Field Trip - Beaches of Hancock County

            Leaders: Jason Pyron (228) 223-0720/Jay Morris (228) 236-5240/ Ned Boyajian (228) 332-1329


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

Meet at the Washington Street Pier in Bay St. Louis at 7:30 am.


4/11     MCAS Field Trip - Dauphin Island, Alabama

            Leader: Don McKee (228) 238-2473 or (251) 861-2473


Barrier Island Migration. A spring and fall migrant trap. This can be a spectacular outing with many colorful species of warblers, vireos, tanagers, orioles, swallows, etc. A plethora of migrants!


            Meet at 8:30 am at Cadillac Square Park, Dauphin Island


4/18     MCAS Field Trip - Migration in Logtown & Ansley, Hancock County

            Leaders: Jason Pyron (228) 223-0720/Jay Morris (228) 236-5240/Nancy Madden (228) 229-7108

Birds: Highly dependent on weather, but by this time at least most of the desired  bottomland forest breeders (kites, Kentucky and Swainson's Warbler, etc.) should be back on territory.


Meet at Stennis Welcome Center (Exit 1) off I-10 at 7:00 am


4/25     MCAS Field Trip - Seaman Road Lagoons - Jackson County

            Leaders: Sharon Milligan (228) 861-1622 (+2)


Should be good shorebird movement- Approaching peak time for Upland, White-rumped, and Baird's Sandpiper, Wilson's Phalarope. Some Golden-plover should still be around. Warbler flight possible. Maybe Bobolink and Dickcissel.  Occasionally breeding plumage Eared Grebe during this season.


Meet at the park and ride at I-10 exit 50, Ocean Springs; next to Denny's, between 7:15 and 7:30 am. Bring your binoculars, scope, refreshments, etc.




5/2       MCAS joins Orleans Chapter Audubon - Big Branch Nati'l Wildlife Refuge, LA

            Leader: Ed Wallace (504) 343-1433


We will join the Orleans Audubon chapter for a half day trip to Big Branch National Wildlife Refuge.

Take Hwy 190 west toward Lacombe, LA. About 2.7 me EAST of Lacombe, turn south on Transmitter Road toward Lake Pontchartrain and drive to T-Junction. Turn right and go to the second parking lot on the left, which is on Boy Scout Road.  Meet at 8am at Boy Scout Parking Lot.    MAP


Bird possibilities are: Bachman's Sparrow, Red-cockaded, Red-headed, Red-bellied  and Pileated Woodpecker. Bald Eagle and Osprey and perhaps late migrating warblers.


5/9       MCAS Field Trip - Pascagoula River Birding Trip

            Leaders: Mark LaSalle (228) 475-0825/Benny McCoy (Captain)



            Boating/birding on the Pascagoula River; $28 Fee & Reservations required. This trip is limited to 20.

Meet at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center at 9:30 at 7001 Frank Griffin Rd. Moss Point, MS 39563


            Birds: Least Bittern, Seaside Sparrow, to name just a couple.


5/16     MCAS Field Trip - Boneyard Rookery, George County

            Leader: Larry Dees - (228) 235-9764


Birds: nesting warblers, vireos, nesting wading birds including White Ibis, Little Blue Heron, Cattle Egret. Spectacular heronry; variety of marsh-oriented birds. Wood Stork have been showing up rather early on recent years so will be a possibility.

Meet at 6:30 AM between Waffle House and Chevron station on NE corner Hwy 63 and Hwy 614 in Wade, MS. 

Wildlife Management Area User permit is required (except for seniors over 65). A yearly permit for all WMA is $15+ and must be purchased in advance at locations that sell hunting licenses such as Wal-Mart



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