Tropical Kingbird, Hancock County, MS

Photo by Edie Dellenger - 2015


A Tropical Kingbird was located during the Hancock County 2015 Christmas Bird Count.  An article regarding the bird is located here:  TROPICAL KINGBIRD

  NEW! Updated MS Coastal Bird Checklist  for your next outing (revised October 2015).


For more information about MCAS please

call (601) 909-5383 (this number forwards to MCAS)

Mississippi Coast Audubon Society Workshop
  "Birding by Ear"

  Saturday, June 11, 7:30 - 11:30 AM
MSU Coastal Research & Extension Center, 1815 Popps Ferry Rd, Biloxi (MAP)

Always wanted to recognize a bird by its song? Whether you're sitting on the porch or hiking a trail, it's a richer world out there if you can interpret the natural symphony all around you.
Join bird vocalization expert J.R. Rigby for a mixture of lecture and "ears-on" exercises to learn how and why birds sing, how to analyze a song, and tips for identifying birds by ear to make you a better birder!
Workshop fee: $5 (cash please at the door) per person. Light refreshments provided. Bring your binoculars, notebook, smartphone or other recorder (optional), and your ears! For all levels of expertise.

J.R. Rigby is secretary and co-founder of Delta Wind Birds, a Mississippi-based nonprofit working to provide migratory stopover habitat for shorebirds and promote the appreciation and identification of Mississippi's avian diversity. A native Mississippian educated on four continents, J.R. discovered birds relatively late in life but has been making up for lost time. When not working at his day job as a research hydrologist, he can most often be found observing, photographing, and recording birds - often in the company of his three year old daughter who can already identify a few species by ear. 




Mississippi Coast Audubon Society

Spring Saturday Field Trip Schedule 2016


Need more information? Contact us at
or text/call (601) 909-LETE, (601) 909-5383

All are welcome on our birding field trips!  Bring your own binoculars.  No advance notice necessary unless stated, but keep weather in mind.  Contact field trip leaders (email addresses below) for more information if needed.

JANUARY Saturdays

1/23    Shorebird Identification at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center (PRAC), Jackson County.

            More information :  Erin Parker,, (228) 475-0825

MCAS invites you to participate in a shorebird ID program jointly sponsored by PRAC and the Grand Bay NERR. Join Dr. Jason Hoeksema for an illustrated talk about identifying those troublesome shorebirds.  Talk begins at 8:30am for about an hour.  After the talk, there will be a ~3 hr boat based field trip from the Grand Bay NERR boat ramp at 10:00am as part of their “Adventure Quencher” series.  You must be PRE-REGISTERED for the boat trip (email or call Erin Parker at 228.475.0825 ext. 4).  For participants who can’t make the boat trip, MCAS’s Janet Wright (, 228 238-4099) and Brian Johnston ( will bird Pascagoula Beach after the talk to practice the shorebird ID skills.

            Pascagoula River Audubon Center, 5107 Arthur Street, Moss Point MS 8:30am.

1/30    Seaman Road Lagoons - Jackson County

            Leader: Sharon Milligan ( 228-861-1622

One of our most popular field trip venues – always a great variety of birds.  Bring your binoculars, scope, refreshments, etc.
Meet at the park and ride at I-10 exit 50, Ocean Springs next to Denny's, between 7:15 and 7:30 AM. 


FEBRUARY Saturdays except where noted:

2/6       MCAS Field Trip - Pine Savanna SPARROW SWEEP

            Leader:  Mark Woodrey (, or more info at

Henslow’s Sparrows will be our target species, also Sedge and Marsh Wrens. Join Grand Bay NERR and MCAS's Dr Mark Woodrey for a morning of sparrow watching. Learn about the different species of sparrows that winter in south Mississippi. Activities include field observation, pine savanna hiking, and mist netting observations.

Dress for the weather and wear either rubber boots (preferably) or shoes that you wouldn’t mind getting wet. The ground in the savanna is extremely uneven, so watch your footing. Bring your binoculars, birding field guides, water, and bug spray.

Meet at the Mississippi Sandhill Crane Wildlife Refuge Headquarters (MAP) in Gautier at 9:00 AM. Sweep will last until about noon.  SPECIAL BONUS:  Bone up on your sparrows & wrens with this preview guide!

This field trip is co-sponsored by MCAS and Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.


2/13    Shorebirds and eBird workshop with Dr. Jason Hoeksema, Harrison County

Leader:  Jason Hoeksema (

With eBird, the international electronic bird database, you can improve your birding experience, help other birders, and provide data for understanding and conserving our bird populations.  In this workshop, Dr. Jason Hoeksema will show why all of us should be using eBird and how we can take advantage of its tips and tricks.  Beginning at the beach (Hwy 90 near Rodenberg Avenue at 7:30 am, MAP), we will bird for an hour for a nice variety of shorebirds, then move to the MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center, 1815 Popps Ferry Rd, Biloxi MAP, at 9:00 am for a presentation and hands-on workshop with the morning’s bird count.  Bring your binoculars and laptop computer, tablet or smartphone! 

2/15 (MONDAY)  Annual Presidents Day Gull Run, Hancock and Harrison Counties.  

Leader: Joshua Hodge ( (601-765-5674 cell)

Join the Pine Woods Audubon chapter (Hattiesburg) for an exciting "Birding Along

the Coast" trip.  The group will start in Hancock County and move east until whenever.

Meet at 8:30 at Ladner Pier (MAP) in Waveland. Please note Josh's contact information above
                so you can find the group if they have moved on ahead.  They would also like to know of
                any rare or uncommon birds anywhere along the Mississippi Coast to target.


2/27    McLeod Park, Hancock County (and surrounding areas)

            Leaders: Barb Bowen ( June Ladner (

McLeod State park has a diverse natural landscape consisting of mixed hardwoods forest and swamp.

This site is part of the Mississippi Coast Birding Trail (

            Meet at the Hancock High School parking lot near the access road at 7:30am.

            (Take exit 13. Proceed north on MS 603/43 for 1.3 miles. Take a left onto Stennis Airport Rd.

            Go 0.8 miles and High School will be on the right.)


MARCH Saturdays:


3/5      Seaman Road Lagoons, Jackson County

            Leaders: Sharon Milligan ( 228-861-1622

Likely birds: wintering waterfowl; shorebirds, Green Herons, Glossy Ibis and other marsh birds; raptors, including Bald Eagles. This is the easiest site to find MS Sandhill Cranes. Also, by this time Am Golden-Plovers may be due and the waterfowl variety might pick up a bit.

Meet at the park and ride at I-10 exit 50, Ocean Springs; next to Denny's, between 7:15 and 7:30am.
Bring your binoculars, scope, refreshments, etc.
IMPORTANT: This is a working facility. You MUST stay with leaders while on site. Call Sharon (above) if you have questions about policy.

3/19    Ship Island, Harrison County - NOTE - POSTPONED TO 3/20, check Ship Island Excursions Schedule before going: 228 864 1014.

Leader: Libby Graves ( (228) 860-1966

Opening day of Ship Island Excursions. Birds -Piping, Snowy, Wilson's Plovers good possibilities; Red Knot and/or one of the rarer gulls not unreasonable. Depending on weather could be a variety of early migrants.

Meet at Gulfport Harbor around 8:30am to board the boat which departs at 9am. Fee required.

Ship Island Ferry, Gulfport, MS

Ticket prices:  Adult $29, Senior $27 for more information

NOTE: Alternate day Sunday, March 20, 2016 if cancelled due to weather

3/26    Graveline Beach & Belle Fontaine, Jackson County

            Leader: Janet Wright ( 228 238-4099

Usually a nice variety of shorebirds. Excellent spot for Seaside and other Sparrows. Also Sedge wrens, shorebirds, terns & gulls.  Belle Fontaine - depending on weather could be an interesting variety of early migrants.

Meet at the Kangaroo, Hwy 90 and 57, Ocean Springs (off exit 57 of I-10), 8:00am.

APRIL Saturdays:

4/2      Dauphin Island, Alabama      

Leader: Don McKee (

The coast’s premier migrant trap, always a hotspot in spring.

Meet at Cadillac Square, 661 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, Alabama between 7:30 and 8:00am.

4/9      Clower Thornton Nature Trail, Gulfport, Harrison County

            Leader: June Ladner ( (601) 795-7853

A variety of shorebird and woodland habitat.  This site is on the Mississippi Coast Birding Trail (

            Meet at front entrance to Clower-Thornton nature trail, 300 E Railroad St, Gulfport, 7:30am

4/16     Ansley            Preserve, Hancock County.

Leader: Ned Boyajian ( (601) 749-9110

Coastal chenier migrant trap. This site is part of the Mississippi Coastal Birding Trail; more information at

Meet at the intersection of Hwy 90 and 603 in the large parking lot on the northeast corner. Park near the east end of the parking lot near McDonalds, between 7:15 and 7:30am.

4/23    Migration in Logtown, Hancock County

Leader: Nancy Madden ( (228) 229-7108

Mixed and bottomland  hardwood along the Pearl River yields a variety of birds including both species of kite.  This site is part of the Mississippi Coast Birding Trail (

Meet at 1-10 Stennis exit # 2 in Hancock County Visitors Center, 7:00am.


SUNDAY APRIL 24-Ship Island, Harrison County - NOTE - check Ship Island Excursions Schedule before going: 228 864 1014, as trips are subject to weather.
Leader: Libby Graves ( (228) 860-1966Interesting migrants in a beautiful location! Meet at Gulfport Harbor around 8:30am to board the boat which departs at 9am. Fee required.

Ship Island Ferry, Gulfport, MS  Ticket prices:  Adult $29, Senior $27, for more informatio

4/30    Seaman Road Lagoons, Jackson County 

            Leader: Sharon Milligan (+2) 228-861-1622 (

Should be good shorebird movement- Approaching peak time for Upland, White-rumped, Bairds's Sandpipers, Wilson's Phalarope. Some Golden-plovers should still be around. Warbler flight possible. Maybe Bobolink and Dickcissel. Breeding plumage Eared Grebe occasional at this season.


Meet at the park and ride at I-10 exit 50, Ocean Springs; next to Denny's, between 7:15 and 7:30 AM.
Bring your binoculars, scope, refreshments, etc.
IMPORTANT: This is a working facility. You MUST stay with leaders while on site. Call Sharon (above) if you have questions about policy.


 Join us in the fall for another great round of field trips!


 See you in the field!

MORE ABOUT Mississippi Coast Audubon Society:

We are a chapter of the National Audubon Society, with membership territory in the six coastal counties of Mississippi (Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, George, Stone, and Pearl River).  You can JOIN National Audubon with a $20 or greater donation, and become a member of MCAS for free (what a deal!) by clicking HERE (the membership form specifies chapter M53 - that's us).

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