Dauphin Island Birding - Spring 2018
American Avocet
Dauphin Island Chamber of Commerce
DAUPHIN ISLAND BIRDS
Peregrine Falcon
Scarlet tanager
Osprey family
Painted bunting
Yellow warbler
Spoonbill
Bald eagle
It's that time of the year, and will be for another few weeks, when we
should all take care not to drive over pine cones on the road, but box
turtles. These turtles often stop when they see or more likely feel a
car approach, and their shell is no match for a couple of tons of
vehicle. On my street this morning I saw a just mashed turtle, and this
live one 50 yards further on sitting still on the road. There was a third
on a side street a couple of hundred yards away. If you see anything
on the road, please avoid it, and keep a better eye out for such
objects. If you do see a turtle, it's best to stop and move it into the
woods off the road, not just on the grassy shoulder. Thanks.
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SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR CONTRIBUTOR MR. ANDREW HAFENDEN (DAUPHIN ISLAND)
WITH
NATURE TRAVEL SPECIALISTS
FOR SHARING HIS PHOTOS, KNOWLEDGE AND LOVE FOR BIRDS.
Ducks
Plover
Swallow-tailed
Kite
Gray Kingbird
Blue grosbeak
Avocets
The shore and beach birds are gathering on Pelican from more spread out
winter locations in preparation for heading north to their breeding
grounds, which they will do shortly. So please help them along as they feed
to put down fat, and rest in preparation for flights which will take some as
far as the high arctic tundra, others to the Great Plains and Canada, and
other places throughout North America. Don't disturb them unnecessarily,
make a little detour around a resting flock rather than walking into it, and
don't let your kids or dogs chase them. Just enjoy the spectacle of
hundreds of small birds gathered together, waiting for some internal signal
that says, Let's Go!












Shorebirds are starting to arrive on the island as they head north to their
northern breeding grounds. This Western Sandpiper, weighing in at a bit
under to a bit over one ounce, may have flown, so far,
from tropical South America to here on its way to Alaska.













A very windy morning on the beach definitely gave this male Red-breasted
Merganser a bad hair day. But the wind didn't stop the flock indulging in
their feeding rodeo (March2)











       

         A surprise visitor to West End
       Burrowing Owl (March 22)














            Another nice bird at West End
(March 22)






Those beautiful flamingoes, roseate spoonbills and other pink to red birds
aquire their color through carotenoids - pigments mostly acquired in their
diet. A number of terns and gulls - and some other birds - occasionally
develop a pink flush of varying degree for the same reason
Blue heron
Osprey
Pelican
Cooper's hawk
...
Dauphin Island, April 2018
Photos by: David McLean. Judy Presnall's , Patsy Harris Russo, Christopher Bryant, Diann Payton Fulton, Mark Watts
John Borom, Alan Scott, Chris Orrell, Rosa Davis Bosarge, Debbie Watkins,