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      The Louisiana Ornithological Society (LOS) was organized in 1947 to gather and disseminate accurate information concerning the bird life of the western hemisphere and of Louisiana; to promote interest in and appreciation of the value of birds, both aesthetic and economic, which will ensure wiser conservation of our bird life; to promote opportunity for acquaintance and fellowship among those interested in nature; and to issue, at such times as possible or practicable, publications as a means of furthering these ends.

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UPDATED 31 March 2014
[ID Articles by Dittmann and Cardiff]
[Birds of Louisiana]
SESP by Tom Finnie
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Seaside Sparrow
Ammodramus maritimus
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.
[Hummungbirds]
Western Hummingbirds in Louisiana
Winter 2011 - 2012
Winter 2010 - 2011
Winter 2007 - 2008
Winter 2006 - 2007
Winter 2005 - 2006
Winter 2004 - 2005
Winter 2003 - 2004
Winter 2002 - 2003
Winter 2001 - 2002
Winter 2000 - 2001
Winter 1999 - 2000
 
Histograms of Western Hummingbirds in Louisiana
Winter 2004 - 2005 - 17 Mar 2005.
 
Remsen's Annual Comparisons of Western Hummingbirds - 17 Mar 2005.
 
Winter 2003 - 2004
Winter 2002 - 2003
Winter 2001 - 2002
Winter 2000 - 2001
Winter 1999 - 2000
 
Hummingbird Banding Reports
Louisiana Hummingbird Banding Report - Winter 2012-2013 from Nancy Newfield
 
Louisiana Hummingbird Banding Report - Winter 2011-2012 from Nancy Newfield
 
Louisiana Hummingbird Banding Report - Winter 2010-2011 from Nancy Newfield
 
Louisiana Hummingbird Banding Report - Winter 2007-2008 from Nancy Newfield
(PDF version)
 
Louisiana Hummingbird Banding Report - Winter 2006-2007 from Nancy Newfield
 
Louisiana Hummingbird Banding Report - Winter 2005-2006 from Nancy Newfield
 
Louisiana Hummingbird Banding Report - Winter 2004-2005 from Nancy Newfield
 
Louisiana Hummingbird Banding Report - Winter 2003-2004 from Nancy Newfield
 
Louisiana Hummingbird Banding Report - Winter 2002-2003 from Nancy Newfield
 
Louisiana Hummingbird Banding Report - Winter 2001-2002 from Nancy Newfield
 
Louisiana Hummingbird Banding Report - Winter 2000-2001 from Nancy Newfield
 
Louisiana Hummingbird Banding Report - Winter 1999-2000 from Nancy Newfield
 

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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WHAT'S NEW INSIDE
The Journal of Louisiana Ornithology
Submit Important Bird Records
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Lowery's abundance and seasonality graph
LOS NEWS -- Spring 2014 issue.
2014 LOS SPRING MEETING -- information and registration form.
LA Christmas Bird Count Schedule - compiled by Marty Floyd. Updated 11/24/2013.
Minutes of 2013 Spring Meeting.
Publication Guidelines -- Journal of Louisiana Ornithology
2012 Summer Bird Atlas Update
LA CBC results - edited by Marty Floyd and Megan M. Smith
Official Louisiana Field Check-list - April 2011.
2011 Louisiana Review List
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
America's Wetland Birding Trail - Loops, sites, descriptions and directions.
Bird Louisiana - a bird festivals website.
GUIDELINES FOR LOS GRANT REQUESTS
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.
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LOS Awards
 
2011 LOS Award Presentation Photos
 
2010 LOS Award Presentation Photos
 
2009 LOS Award Presentation Photos
 
2008 LOS Award Presentation Photos
 
2006 LOS Award Presentation Photos
 
2005 LOS Award Presentation Photos
 
2004 LOS Award Presentation Photos
 
2003 LOS Award Presentation Photos
 
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.
WEATHER SATELLITE AND RADAR
Hurricane Lili - 021002 - 2045z
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NOAA Hurricane Satellite -- shows conditions in Yucatan and Central America
Satellite Image of Gulf of Mexico
New Orleans Nexrad
Lake Charles Nexrad
Gulf of Mexico Rain Image
Gulf of Mexico Radar Summary Image
More Weather Links
Spain 2003 -- video captures by Mark Swan.
Costa Rica 2002 -- photos from Costa Rica by David J. L'Hoste.
Ecuador 2001 -- photos from Galapagos Islands and Ecuador by David J. L'Hoste.
    Birds of Puerto Rico by Mark Swan -- Birds of Puerto Rico
by Mark Swan.
 
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