Birds of Tropical Storm Lee, Part 1

2011 September 3
by David J. Ringer

An exhilarating day on the central Gulf Coast as Tropical Storm Lee’s winds and rain pushed pelagic birds to the coast and far inland. A few highlights from today. More to come.


About 40 Magnificent Frigatebirds (Fregata magnificens) invaded a lake on the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.


An adult male frigatebird (note deflated red gular sac). This photo is not cropped — the birds were circling so close we felt like we could almost touch them.


How this young Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) ended up in the middle of US-90 and what happened next will be covered in a later post.


I found two Red-necked Phalaropes (Phalaropus lobatus) huddled on the beach in Gulfport, Mississippi.


Three highly pelagic Sooty Terns (Onychoprion fuscatus) seeking refuge on the beach in Gulfport, within sight of busy highway 90. The bird in the back center is a juvenile.

Related posts:

  1. Magnificent Frigatebird plumages (Tropical Storm Lee Part 2)
  2. Birds of the Luzon tropical pine forests
  3. Big river birds make for great CBC
  4. Kumul Lodge, part one
  5. La Jolla: Birds of sea and shore
One Response
  1. Lisa Berger permalink
    September 7, 2011

    I can’t tolerate the suspense. How did the young gannet end up in the highway, and what happened next? Pining for part two.

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