[bsg] Few Species but Good Birds - Gorum Quad, Feb 9, 2013

  • From: Jay V Huner <jvh0660@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: LABIRD-L <labird-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2013 08:46:51 -0600 (CST)

The Gorum Quad is west of I-49 in SW Natchitoches Parish. A good bit of land is 
in Kistachie National Forest. Yesterday afternoon was cool, relatively calm and 
overcast making it a good time to go birding. I was having trouble locating 
bird activity to start but stopped at the Gorum Cemetery off Gorum Cemetery 
Road immediately west of Gorum on LA 119. I noticed some activity around a 
brush pile on the south side of the small, well kept country cemetery. I could 
identify cardinals and White-throated Sparrows at a distance. Walked up and 
started playing screech owl on my BirdJam. Talk about an immediate response. 
The birds that popped up included Red-bellied and Downy woodpeckers, Eastern 
Phoebe, Blue Jay, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, 
Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned kinglets, Brown Creeper, Eastern Bluebird, 
Orange-crowned, Pine and Yellow-rumped Warblers, White-throated Sparrow, and 
Northern Cardinal. Birds were here, there and everywhere. Keeping track of 
species was difficult. All of a sudden a warbler popped up on a the brush pile 
no more than 15' from me. At first I thought Pine Warbler but it was clear that 
it was a BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER. I did a double take. The bird gave me a 
good look and reminded me why one should always keep a camera handy and at the 

Later, near the end of my survey, I managed to pick up my first - in the "wild" 
- Purple Finches. A couple rode up on horses and I inquired about roadrunners. 
They mentioned a location near "Devil's Swamp" on LA 118 that was nearby. I did 
not have a chance to go that way but will certainly search that area later. I 
had found a roadrunner last summer along LA 119 a bit south of Gorum and 
probably 10 miles east of the location that the riders described. 

I did not find many robins during my survey. However, I found a flock of 
several hundred as I left the area and had encountered many robins along LA 119 
and the Longleaf Pine Vista Trail the previous day. They are being attracted to 
yaupon berries in the extensive understory of yaupons throughout the area. 

Didn't find the White-tailed Kites reported in the region but hope to encounter 
them later in the winter.

Jay Huner

> Gorum Quad, Natchitoches, US-LA
> Feb 9, 2013 12:35 PM - 3:35 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 4.2 mile(s)
> Comments:     Birding just north of Gorum on LA 119 and west and south of 
> Gorum. Black-throated Green Warbler at Gorum Cemetery about half mile west of 
> Gorum Post Office. Tall piney woods with considerable yaupon understory. Last 
> half of survey in area previously burned. Really nice trip.
> 30 species
> Turkey Vulture  4
> Red-shouldered Hawk  2
> Mourning Dove  1
> Barred Owl  3
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  14
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  6
> Downy Woodpecker  3
> Pileated Woodpecker  5
> Eastern Phoebe  4
> Blue Jay  20
> American Crow  29
> Carolina Chickadee  10
> Tufted Titmouse  24
> Brown Creeper  1
> Carolina Wren  5
> Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  5
> Eastern Bluebird  4
> Hermit Thrush  12
> American Robin  8
> Orange-crowned Warbler  2
> Pine Warbler  14
> Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
> Black-throated Green Warbler  1     Beautiful male - dark crest, black 
> throat, broad yellow face and wing bars.
> Eastern Towhee  4
> White-throated Sparrow  3
> Dark-eyed Junco  2
> Northern Cardinal  19
> Purple Finch  4
> American Goldfinch  14
> View this checklist online at 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S12910357
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 
> (http://ebird.org/content/la/)

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