A weekend on Dauphin Island with AOS is a special time, something Missouri birders have enjoyed too infrequently. For those of you who've been, here is a "walk down memory lane" and for those who haven't visited Dauphin Island, here is a hint of why you might think of planning a trip.
Pelican Island is now Pelican Peninsula, connected by sands from recent hurricane changes. A walk on the beach provided views of 18 Red Knots, all three small plovers (no Wilson's), Black-bellied Plovers, Willets, Mottled Ducks, Dunlin, Royal, Caspian, Sandwich and Gull-billed Terns, a Lesser Black-backed Gull with the Laughing, Herring and Ring-billed, formations of Brown Pelicans, Reddish Egret, Sanderlings, Ruddy Turnstones, and an Oystercatcher.
The airport marsh held a few cooperative Clapper Rails, a confiding Nelson's Sparrow, and more difficult to see Le Conte's and Seaside Sparrows.
The Shell Mounds had more mosquitoes than birds, but we did see 7 or 8 species of warblers, a couple of vireos, and a Swainson's Thrush.
A Western Kingbird was on the same utility line at the FDA facility as the one we saw in 2003.
Brown-headed Nuthatch and Pine Warbler were in Gullfview Park at the mainland end of the causeway.
At a freshwater pond near Grand Bay were Glossy Ibis, A W Pelicans, Wilson's Snipe, many Black-bellied Plovers, Little Blue Heron, Great Egret.
Bodacious birding, indeed!
On Oct 15, 2012, at 7:35 PM, Jane Frazier wrote:
On a visit this past weekend to the Mississippi Gulf Coast I was able to bird a short while the beach at Bay. St. Louis and the area. My results are "everyday" birds for folk down there but I was glad to start birding this environment. Seen: Laughing Gulls-over 1000, Brown Pelicans- 150, DC Cormorants-20, Osprey-1, Great Egret-1, Snowy Egret-1, Black Vultures-6, Summer Tanager-1. Saw a flock of small shorebirds flying, but no ID possible.
Binder Monday has a handful of dabbling ducks- Shoveler, Widgeon, Gadwall. Also 3 DC Cormorants were there. As Kathleen Anderson notes, the lone Pelican is still there and sitting on a post. Hope some cool weather will push more ducks down.