Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | February 6, 2011

Day 2: Dauphin Island & Mobile Adventures

Two of my new Alabama Coastal Birding Association friends, Tom and Joan offered to show me around Dauphin Island, Alabama when they heard I was headed that way!

Dauphin Island is an island located south of Mobile Bay, in the Gulf Coast of Alabama. With an extensive history tying back to the French & Spanish, today, much of the island is a bird sanctuary.

When we arrived on the island, one of the most noticeable things were the Mardi Gras beads and trinkets littering the street. Mardi Gras is rumored to have started in Mobile, and Dauphin Island hosts the first parade of the season. As such, the parade was hosted the day before and the cleanup “krewes” (pun intended) were hard at work.

On the jetties across from Historic Fort Gaines (damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!) were plenty of terns (royal and caspian), gulls (herring, ring billed and laughing) and brown pelican.

Spanish Moss

The island is also marked on either end by still noticeable hurricane damage. (hurricane Katrina on the west and Hurricane Ivan on the east).

The other noticeable presence on the island are BP and their “cleanup command.” There is still much heavy equipment moving around and sifting sand. Other than the bulldozers and other trucks, there was no trace of the disaster.

BP Cleanup on the beach

The birding was amazing here. The highlights for me were:
Piping plover (so that’s where they went)
Snowy plover (best a awww factor)
Tricolored heron
Reddish egret
Eurasian collared dove
Logger headed shrike
Spotted sandpiper

Digi-Bin'd photo of Reddish Egret and Tricolored Heron

Digi-Bin'd Peregrine on the Beach

Digi-Bin'd Snowy Plover sitting in BP cleanup crew tire tracks

Afterwards, we did some “urban birding” in Mobile (university of South Alabama campus and Langan Park) in search of an Anhinga. (no luck!)

Great birding and great new friends… I love it here!


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