Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...

Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...
Stories of my hunting experiences with family, friends or whatever else I want to blog about.

A Dixie Lady Deer Hunter

Article by Fred Messina, editor of "On Target Outdoors" from The Vicksburg Evening Post on Friday, January 19, 1990. Photo by Bob Phillips.

Bob Phillips came up the other day with a photo of his wife Marian and a deer she got on Brown's Point New Years Eve. The deer was an 8-point with 16 inches of inside spread that weighed in at 190 pounds. A nice trophy in anyone's book. However, the tale Bob told is that this was Marian's fourth deer this year and he claimed that he would have done better than he did if he had not spent so much time hauling Marian's deer out of the woods. Come off it, Bob. We all know who the hunter was.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Birds Are Here!

Alford Hitchcock's "The Birds" was on the lips of visitors who ran from flocks swarming over and between trees in the Vicksburg Ameristar Hotel parking lot this past Thursday night.

"It must be thousand of them," said a hotel visitor as she pointed to trees drooping from the weight of the birds.

The purple martins have fascinated casino patrons for weeks, said Bess Averett with Ameristar public relations.

It's an awesome thing to see so many birds," she said.

For thousands to roost in one place is not unusual, said Bruce Reid, director of the Lower Mississippi River Region Audubon.

Through quite small, the purple martin is the largest North American swallow, which spends winters in South America and summers in the United States, said Reid.

They once nested in hollowed old trees, but because so much timer has been cut across the country, artificial gourds and birdhouses have been hunt in yards from the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, he said.

We're eliminated their natural habitat," said Reid. "A lot of people provide housing for them in Vicksburg."

Averett said the birds roost at Ameristar each year for a few weeks before heading south.

Hotel visitor Veronia Lee of Magee said seeing the flock was "strange" and wondered where they had come from so quickly.

Averett said the birds cross the river from Louisiana around 8 each night and stay in trees there until about 6 a.m.

"They eat all day and roost all night," she said.

Last year, the birds roosted in trees near the hotel, but Reid showed hotel staff how to regain the property without disturbing the birds.

"We moved our Bradford Pear trees to the parking lot," said Averett. "We're trying not to interrupt their migrating habits."

They arrive in town in early February each year and migrate north to Canada, Reid said.

The birds finish nesting in Vicksburg around July 1 and congregate in groups before flying south, he said, by way of the Mississippi River corridor.

"They like the river environment," said Reid. "They prefer to feed on dragonflies and other large-body insects."

Averett said the casino has not had problems with the birds except for the property's appearance, which is keeping cleaning crews busy. (The Vicksburg Post)


CDGardens said...

That would be quite a sight to see, all those birds flying around. I guess you have to be careful so you don't get to be a target in one way or another. Umberellas might be a good tool here.;)

"his-self" said...

Wow, I'd like to see that!

Marian Love Phillips said...

I haven't seen it in person even tho I only live a couple of miles from daughter took pictures of it while getting gasoline across the street from the Ameristar Hotel a few weeks ago. I saw "The Birds" when I was 7 months PG and really don't have a desire to encounter the real thing.

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