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Checklist S13452563

 
Location
Grand Bay NWR/NERR, Jackson County, Mississippi, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sun Mar 17, 2013 7:14 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
2 hour(s), 27 minute(s)
Distance:
2.2 mile(s)
Observers:
Jon King
Comments:
Mostly clear early, becoming cloudy later. ~60F starting. Pretty calm. Started at boat docks near some private residences just after official sunrise, and stopped at two points along road, visitor center, and the Oak Grove birding trail which I walked. Stops were ~0.5 miles apart along road, mainly in the brushy pine savanna habitat. Visitor center had some grassy meadow of sorts, and thinner pine savanna with very grassy understory nearby. Power line cut was near visitor center, where 10 Osprey nests were visible, along adjacent or near adjacent towers. Martin houses (gourds?) and nest boxes were put up at visitor center. At boat docks one Yellow-billed Cuckoo song was heard, but many mockingbirds were present.
Species
43 species (+2 other taxa) total
2
Wood Duck

two flushed from tree along Oak Grove Birding trail, I presume these were a pair

1
Pied-billed Grebe
17
Mourning Dove

common within all habitats, incl. pine savanna

6
Clapper Rail
1
Sora
2
Willet
1
Herring Gull
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1
3
Great Blue Heron
1
Great Egret
1
Black-crowned Night-Heron
6
Osprey

4 on nests at powerline, two of them sitting directly on nests

Breeding Code
ON Occupied Nest (Confirmed)
1
Belted Kingfisher
3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
10
Red-bellied Woodpecker
2
Downy Woodpecker
2
Pileated Woodpecker
1
American Kestrel
1
Eastern Phoebe
4
Blue Jay
4
crow sp.

along edge of salt marsh, silent

2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
4
Purple Martin

flying around at visitor center, potentially using nest structures provided there

5
Carolina Chickadee
2
Tufted Titmouse
4
Brown-headed Nuthatch
9
Sedge Wren

several in salt marsh w/ limited song, several in grassier parts of pine savanna (close to salt marsh, and at grassy meadow at visitor center).

8
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

some singing

9
Eastern Bluebird

one visiting nest box at visitor center. seen at boat ramp and visitor center, generally absent from brushy pine savanna.

Breeding Code
N Visiting Probable Nest Site (Probable)
3
Hermit Thrush
3
American Robin
8
Gray Catbird

none singing, at least that I noticed

6
Brown Thrasher
10
Northern Mockingbird
48
Cedar Waxwing

groups of 36, 11, and a few scattered individuals

2
Song Sparrow
12
Swamp Sparrow

common in saltmarsh. a few in brushy pine savanna.

7
Eastern Towhee

two certainly Red-eyed; a male and female

Breeding Code
P Pair in Suitable Habitat (Probable)
18
Red-winged Blackbird

flyovers in pine savanna throughout morning (often singles). a few scattered throughout salt marsh from boat docks.

7
Brown-headed Cowbird
1
Louisiana/Northern Waterthrush

flushed from wet ditch along side of road. a dark brownish-backed warbler shaped bird. not seen well but distinctive waterthrush chip heard. based on date, I assume Louisiana Waterthrush.

1
Orange-crowned Warbler
5
Common Yellowthroat
9
Pine Warbler
22
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
9
Northern Cardinal
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes