Tropical Kingbird, Hancock County, MS

Photo by Edie Dellenger - 2015


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



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Fall Saturday Field Trip Schedule 2015


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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, or email field trip coordinator J. Morris at


August 22, 2015:  Spence’s Woods, Hancock County.

Leaders: Nancy Madden and J. Morris (

Meeting Place and Time:  I-10 Stennis exit (#2) in Hancock County, meet at the visitors center, 7:00 am

We will explore this time honored birding location for early migrants with the hopes of seeing an Olive-sided Flycatcher in the mix.  The duration of this field trip will depend on the severity of the heat.  Please bring plenty of water and bug spray.


August 29, 2015:  Bethel Bike Trail, DeSoto National Forest, Harrison County. 
Leader: June Ladner

Meeting Place and Time:  Entrance to the trail at 8:00 am (map at

Outstanding pine savanna and pine flatwoods habitat.   This site is part of the Mississippi Coastal Birding Trail.  More information and map at


September 5, 2015, Seaman Road Lagoons, Jackson County

Leaders:  Sharon Milligan, Don McKee, J. Morris, Ned Boyajian

Meeting Place and Time: Meet at the park and ride at 7:30 am I-10 exit 50 (Ocean Springs).  (As soon as you exit the interstate going south, park and ride will be on the right.)  One of our richest and most popular birding sites, normally only by restricted access, so now’s your chance!


September 12, 2015:  Ansley Preserve, Hancock County

Leaders:  Ned Boyajian and J. Morris

Meeting Place and Time:  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.  Meeting time will be between 7:15 and 7:30 am.  This site is part of the Mississippi Coastal Birding Trail; more information at


September 19, 2015:  Hiller Park near Biloxi Back Bay, Harrison County.

Leader Dave Reed

Meeting Place and Time:  Meet at the Tennis Courts at 7:30 am.  Traditional migrant spot. See what shows up!  Map at


September 26, 2015:  Coastal Beaches and Clower-Thornton Nature Trail, Harrison County - NOTE CORRECTED MEETING PLACE AND TIME

Leader:  J. Morris and Dave Reed

Meeting Place and Time:  CORRECTION: Meet at the front entrance to the Clower Thornton Nature Trail at 8:00 a.m.  Map at

A variety of shorebird and woodland habitat.  These sites are part of the Mississippi Coastal Birding Trail.  More information at


October 3, 2015:  Dauphin Island, Alabama

Leader:  Don Mckee & Company

Meeting Place and Time:  Meet at Cadillac Square between 7:30 and 8:00 am.  The Coast’s premier migrant trap.  This site is part of the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail.  More information and maps at


October 10, 2015:  Logtown and Possum Walk, Hancock County

Leaders to be announced.  Meet at the Stennis Exit (I-10 Exit 2) in Bay St. Louis between 7:15 and 7:30 am.  For more info, email:  A variety of habitats rich in fall migrants.  Logtown is on the Mississippi Coast Birding Trail:  more info at


October 17, 2015:  Two events this day, and both need volunteers! 
MISSISSIPPI COASTAL CLEANUP:  Help clean up our coastal habitats for birds and people.  Volunteers participate 8-11 am.  See updates at

PASCAGOULA RIVER AUDUBON CENTER’S GRAND OPENING FAMILY DAY, Moss Point:  Event will take place from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Director Mark LaSalle has asked that we donate our time to lead field trips and to staff certain stations with binoculars and scopes.  To volunteer and for more information, please email Mark at  (more about the new Center and event updates at


October 24, 2015: MCAS hosts MOS!  Mississippi Ornithological Society will join us at Seaman Road Lagoons, Jackson County.  Meeting time and place to be announced.


October 31, 2015:  Ship Island, Harrison County

Leader:  Libby Graves

Time and Place: Gulfport Harbor Boat Dock 9:00 am.  There is a fee for the ferry (info and map at  Migrant and winter shorebirds, and often some surprises!  Watch for update information about what to expect, or contact Libby. 


November 7, 2015: Wolf River Cookout and Owl Prowl, Stone County

Time and Place:  11:00 till.  Talley Shaw Road, Perkinston, Ms.  Details to follow!

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