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To: S Venable
Of: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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S Venable
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

’ve lived in New Orleans and birded the local area for about a decade, after spending most of my life in northern Ohio and New York City.

The largely wetland local habitats (fresh- and salt-water marsh, cypress swamp, bayous, lakes, and seacoast) is home to an abundance of gulls, terns, pelicans; ducks and other waterfowl (especially in winter); wading birds, and shorebirds.

There is also some nearby bottomland forest and pine forest, which are home to warblers, vireos, flycatchers, orioles, and other songbirds. Eagle and osprey nests can be found in the area, along with other raptors.

Summers are almost continuously hot and humid, with an abundance of mosquitos.

Winters are generally mild; most years we don’t get a hard freeze at all.

Area and hotspots
Big Branch Marsh NWR, Bayou Sauvage NWR, Audubon Park, City Park, Audubon Nature Center, Barataria Preserve

Local birds
Year-round: Herons, egrets, ibises, other wading birds; anhingas, bald eagle, osprey, red-cockaded woodpecker, brown-headed nuthatch, brown pelican, mockingbird, red-bellied woodpecker, black-bellied whistling duck, Forster’s tern, boat-tailed grackle

Winter: white pelican, harrier, coot, blue-winged teal, shoveler, mergansers, double-crested cormorant, avocet, cedar waxwing, pine warbler, palm warbler, kinglets

Summer: painted bunting, prothonatary warbler, MS kite, least tern If we’re lucky: swallow-tailed kite, king rail, purple gallinule, least bittern, spoonbill, skimmer, barred owl (often heard), great horned owl

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