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No species of bird is more appropriately named than the Seaside Sparrow. Except where our coastal marshes are very broad and deeply indented with wide saltwater bays, around which these little birds occur, the Seaside Sparrow is synonymous with the pounding of the surf. It occurs as an abundant permanent resident mainly in densely matted and usually sharp-pointed grass and sedges that line our shores in places where the ground just back of the beach is flooded at high tide. Here they run about on the ground, or on masses of debris washed up by the waves, and would escape detection if we did not know that by making a squeaking noise we can cause them to mount the taller stalks of grass and even fly toward us from every direction. It is then that we see the Seaside Sparrow and are able to note its sober gray and dark olivaceous coloration, its massive bill, and, possibly, the yellow spot in front of its eye and the yellow on the bend of the wing. Young birds in juvenal plumage are dark brown above and dingy buff below, with numerous fine streaks of dusky on the breast. Individuals that have passed through the postjuvenal molt resemble full adults but have a stronger wash of buff on the breast and about the face.
In spring the weak, buzzing song of the Seaside Sparrow pours forth from all quarters of the marsh, and occasionally the observer will see one of them jump into the air a few feet above the top of the grass to sing in midair. The notes have been perfectly described by Peterson as cutcut, zhé-eeeeeeee. The nest is made of coarse grasses, lined with fine material, and is placed close to the ground, often a foot or so high in a mangrove bush. The three or four whitish eggs are spotted finely with brown.
--George H. Lowery, Jr., 1974, Louisiana Birds
|Birds of Louisiana-- more photos of Louisiana birds by LOS members accompanied by Lowery's accounts from Louisiana Birds.|
The LOS website currently has space online for photographs, field notes, identification discussions and general messages regarding the birding activities of LOS members. Fine quality photographs are also being solicited for the BIRDS OF LA webpage. For information regarding graphical submissions, send an e-mail to DJL AT DJLphoto.com.
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| LOS NEWS -- Winter 2017 issue. |
| 2017 LOS Winter Meeting, January 27-29, Baton Rouge - information. |
| Online registration and meal purchase - 2017 LOS Winter Meeting. |
| LA CBC schedule for 2016-17. |
|2016 LOS FALL MEETING CHECKLIST |
| Official Louisiana Field Checklist - August 2016.|
| Louisiana Review List - August 2016.|
|Publication Guidelines -- Journal of Louisiana Ornithology |
|GUIDELINES FOR LOS GRANT REQUESTS|
| Comment on Rose-breasted vs. Black-headed grosbeaks in fall from Dr. J.V. Remsen, Curator of Birds, LSU Museum of Natural Science|
| More on Yellow-bellied Flycatcher ID from Dr. J.V. Remsen, Curator of Birds, LSU Museum of Natural Science|
|Comment on Yellow-bellied Flycatcher ID from Dr. J.V. Remsen, Curator of Birds, LSU Museum of Natural Science|
|America's Wetland Birding Trail - Loops, sites, descriptions and directions.|
|Bird Louisiana - a bird festivals website. |
|LA CBC results - edited by Marty Floyd and Megan M. Smith|
|The Louisiana Parish Checklist Project - a project undertaken by Rosemary Seidler to produce a checklist for each of Louisiana?s 64 parishes.|
| All-time highest individual U.S. counts from LA CBCs and from 110th CBC|
Recent Louisiana Rarities
|Banding Red-tailed Hawks - notes and photos of field trip led by Bill Clark. Submitted by Dave Patton.|
| 100 years of CBC results -- from National Audubon Society.|
| Voices From Our Past|
Stephen Russell, LOS President in 1963 and 1964, recently donated a near complete set of LOS News dating back to issue No. 17, published in November 1958. Thanks to Dr. Russell, past articles and issues of particular interest can now be posted on the LOS website.
"Birding on an Oil Production Platform" by Brent Ortego, from issue No. 78, published 15 July 1977.
"The Demise of the Brown Pelican in Louisiana" by Donald Norman and Robert D. Purrington, from issue No. 55, published 15 August 1970.
"The Louisiana State List" by George H. Lowery, Jr., issue No.56, published 30 October 1970.
"The Big Gulf Watch" by Robert J. Newman, issue No.33, published 05 June 1963.
"The Nesting of Cliff Swallows" by Marshall B. Eyster, issue No. 90, published 01 October 1980.
"The LOS Yard Lists, 1991" by John Sevenair, from issue No. 146, published 02 April 1992.
A Late Fall Pelagic Bird Survey off Western Louisiana, Part II by Steven W. Cardiff, from issue No. 146, published 02 April 1992.
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