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Welcome again, Blue Bird enthusiasts, to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Blue Bird Trail, in Long Beach, and the Week #20 Trail Survey results.

During this past week on the Trail, the daily temperature average has moderated slightly, dropping into the low 90s to high 80s, a change that was welcomed by area residents.

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Two growing, Blue Bird babies in nesting box #8 on the Long Beach Blue Bird Trail this week.

The 2009 Trail Survey is nearing an end, with only a couple of weeks left, during which, the last of the 12 Blue Bird babies currently in the nesting boxes will have flown. If they all make it to that point, the total number of babies flying from the nest will be at 67 for the 2009 Season, 22 more birds than flew last season.

And for that, Master Naturalist Buddy John and I are thankful.

Here are Survey Totals this 2009 Season so far:

86 eggs laid: 9 have been sterile, 5 lost to a predator.

55 babies have flown the nest. – Last Year: 40 babies had flown the nest as of Week #18. Last Year Total Blue Bird babies flying from the nesting boxes: 45.

4 eggs in nesting boxes currently.

12 babies in nesting boxes currently.

Here are the results of Friday’s Blue Bird Trail Survey of the individual nesting boxes, on Friday morning, July 17, 2009:

Nesting Box #1 – Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last Week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

Nesting Box #2 – Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last Week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

Nesting Box #3 – Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last Week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

Nesting Box #4 – 5 Blue Bird babies. – Last Week: 5 Blue Bird eggs.

Nesting Box #5 – Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last Week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

Nesting Box #6 – Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last Week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

Nesting Box #7 – 1 Blue Bird baby, 3 Blue Bird eggs. – Last Week: 1 Blue Bird baby, 3 Blue Bird eggs.

Nesting Box #8 – 2 Blue Bird Babies, possible predator problem. – Last Week: 3 Blue Bird Babies, 1 Blue Bird egg.

Nesting Box #9 – Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last Week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

Nesting Box #10 – Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last Week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

Nesting Box #11 – Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last Week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

Nesting Box #12 – 4 Blue Bird babies. – Last Week: 4 Blue Bird babies.

Nesting Box #13 – Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last Week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

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John and I will do Trail Survey #21 next Friday, and then John will do the final Trail Survey the following Friday, July 31, when I will be in Wisconsin visiting family and friends.

Have a great week!

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It’s that time of year, again: Family Birthday Time! This time for child #3, Andy, whose childhood nickname was “Bear.”

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One of the times Andy served as an MC at the UW-P Annual Badger Camp Charitable Telethon.

“Bear” was the largest of our three children when he was born, and the only one born in Wisconsin. His birth was rather a hectic ordeal, made so by an overconfident delivery room nurse, who wouldn’t pay much attention to my advice that when my wife goes into labor, she doesn’t mess around. Things happen fast!

I kept telling the nurse, “Better get the doctor on the way, ’cause it is going to go fast.” When she finally paid attention to me, was when she came back into the delivery room and exclaimed, “Jesus, in only 20 minutes, she went from way off to fully ready! Oh my God!”

Yeah, I could have said it, folks, but I didn’t. Fortunately, our doc, when he was finally called by nurse “Bozo,” was only 7 miles away, and came right over. And things went well from there.

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Andy, left, with his brother and sister.

As Bear grew from a baby, into childhood, and into young boy-hood, he always had the biggest smile on his face, and was eager to help and please. It was clear from an early age, that he was the most ‘sociable’ of our three children.

And then, when he was a young boy, the personal characteristic, the interest, that would really define his youth, and young adulthood, truthfully, his first 25 years of life, came bubbling up into his life: music!

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One of his senior pics.

Once music came into his life, he quickly developed a love for “Oldies” songs, listening to them at every opportunity, and was soon singing them in the shower.

His first favorite Oldies singing group, was, The Beach Boys, and virtually every time “Barbara Ann” came on the radio, he would come running to me. saying excitedly, “Dad, come quick, Barbara Ann is on!”

As he progressed through the Elementary grades, and approached entering High School, his favorite musical group evolved into “The Beatles.”

Over time, his singing in the shower performances showed that his singing voice was taking on a more excellent quality, so that by the time he entered his freshman year of high school, he had a beautiful, rich tenor voice.

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Andy, top row, blond hair, singing with the UW-P Chamber Choir.

As a freshman, Andy joined the mixed choir and the band, but it was in choir where he really excelled.

It was also at about this time, that he auditioned for and became a member of the Madison Childrens Choir (MCC), an elite (not elite-tess), structured youth signing organization in the capitol city area. He sand with them for almost three years, and was their most developed tenor voice.

It was with the MCC that Andy had the opportunity to travel to Brazil and Argentina on a two-week signing tour; quite an experience for him and the group!

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Andy, and fellow Mississippi Mission volunteer, Bill, unload donated boxes in Itta Bena, MS to a charitable coordinator there.

He was privileged to be picked to sing two solos during an Easter Sunday performance in a huge cathedral in the capitol of Sao Paulo, their last performance before flying back to the U.S.

Andy said he wasn’t nervous during the solos during the Service, but said that came later when he found out his voice went out over Brazilian Public television and radio to some 30,000,000 listeners and viewers!

To date, that has been the largest audience he has performed for.

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Andy, with good friend, Tim Biles, in a dorm at Mississippi Valley State University, where Andy and the UW-P Chamber Choir visited to do several joint concert performances a couple of years ago. Tim is currently working on his Masters Degree at Valley State.

During one of his high school choir’s performances his freshman year, Andy was able to sing a solo performance, of what else, The Beatles, “Something,” and brought down the house. It was then that everyone in our little town knew this kid’s voice was special.

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Andy tries on sun glasses at the flea market at the French Market, in the French Quarter in New Orleans.

Even at those early times when I watched and listened to him sing at concerts and in musicals, I would swell with fatherly pride and emotion when I would hear his amazing voice.

During his senior year, he sang the lead in “Grease,” doing a fantastic job, hitting the notes like no one else in his school could.

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Andy and two buddies, perform at OPEN MIC on the campus of UW-Platteville.

When he matriculated into the University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus, where his mother and I both graduated from, he immediately auditioned for, and was accepted into two university choirs. And his long and illustrious university singing career began.

In his sophomore year at UW-P, Andy was accepted into a third singing group, the University Chamber Choir, which is a mixed Honors Choir there. Even listening to those concerts, it was easy for me to pick out his sweet tenor voice there.

During that same year, he auditioned for and was selected for one of the four leads in the university musical that year, “Forever Plaid.” The musical was a huge success, a sellout for every performance, and the only university singing performance that my late father was able to attend and hear his grandson sing in. It was a most memorable evening.

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Andy, MCing a Fall Charitable Telethon on the campus of UW-P.

During his senior year, Andy was selected to sing the male lead, Sky Materson, in the musical “Guys and Dolls.” Many, many people came up to him after each performance to compliment him on his singing, and his beautiful voice.

During the fall of 2001, Andy was an exchange student at one of the universities in Heidelberg, Germany. He had been there , attending classes for a few weeks, and then 9/11 happened.

I had been home from work that morning, ill, when a friend called and asked if I was watching TV. I turned the channel, and there it was. After watching for awhile, channel-hopping like mad, I heard one reporter talk about police officials looking for al Qaeda suspects in several European cities, including Heidelberg!

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Andy, third left-back, with friends in Milan, Italy, during the Fall Semester he studied at a university in Heidelberg, Germany.

I immediately placed a call to the Student Housing Unit where Andy was staying in Heidelberg, and within a minute or two, he came to the phone. I explained what I had heard on the TV about suspected al Qaeda suspects there, and the hijacked airlines and all, and he said he and his fellow students were watching it on TV there in their housing unit. He also said that, as Americans there, they were keeping a very low profile, and would be careful to keep an eye out all around them. Back home, there was still one very worried father, very far from his son.

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Andy and two UW-P Chamber Choir friends, enjoy a little of Beale Street in Memphis, during their trip to perform joint concerts with the Mississippi Valley State University, a couple of years ago.

In addition to his involvement in singing during his university years, Andy also was involved in university student activities, twice serving as the Student Director of the campus group that interviews and selects all of the individuals and groups who perform on the campus during the following year.

During his final two years there, he was chosen to be Homecoming Chairperson for that annual fall event. During that same time period, he also served as one of the several MCs of the Annual Charity Telethon sponsored by the university communications department, to benefit the area special needs Summer Camp.

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Andy, and longtime Mississippi friend, Inez Biles, at Greenwood High School, Greenwood, MS during joint concert with the choir of Mississippi Valley State University and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Chamber Choir. Inez is an Elementary School Teacher in the Atlanta area.

In his university years, he accomplished much, enjoyed many aspects of student life, and ultimately graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Communications Technologies. Three days after he received his degree, he started his first post-university job, as the Producer of the 6:00pm and 10:00pm news at the NBC-TV affiliate in Rockford.

I have suggested on occasion, that with his singing voice, he should consider trying out for American Idol, as his voice is good enough to make it in as a finalist, and maybe even win the thing. But, that potential experience is his to decide upon, not mine.

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Andy, at home.

As a young man of the business world now, in his late 20’s, currently dating a wonderful young lady, he has my adament respect, admiration and love.

His mother and I are most proud to have him as our son!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANDY!!!

I LOVE YOU!

Dad~

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Well, here we are, heading for the middle of July, and it’s Week #19 of the 2009 Mississippi Gulf Coast Blue Bird Trail Survey in Long beach.

It seems like we were just observing New Years Day, and the year is already half gone!

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Brand new Blue Bird babies were in the nesting boxes again this week on the Long Beach Blue Bird Trail.

Master Naturalist Buddy John and I did the Blue Bird Trail Survey in separate sections Friday morning, with John doing the first 7 nesting boxes, on the occupied part of campus, and your author checking nesting boxes 8-13 on the undeveloped, wooded north section.

After having only 17 eggs in the boxes in last Friday’s Trail Survey, this week we found that 9 of those eggs had hatched during the past week, and we had 3 boxes with a total of 9 new, tiny little Blue Bird babies looking for food from their parents. What a great sight!

Here are Survey Totals this 2009 Season so far:

86 eggs laid: 9 have been sterile, 4 lost to a predator.

55 babies have flown the nest. – Last Year: 39 babies had flown the nest as of Week #18. Last Year Total Blue Bird babies flying from the nesting boxes: 45.

8 eggs in nesting boxes currently.

9 babies in nesting boxes currently.

Here are the results of Friday’s Blue Bird Trail Survey of the individual nesting boxes, on Friday morning, July 10, 2009:

Nesting Box #1 – Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last Week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

Nesting Box #2 – Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last Week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

Nesting Box #3 – Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last Week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

Nesting Box #4 – 5 Blue Bird eggs. – Last Week: 5 Blue Bird eggs.

Nesting Box #5 – Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last Week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

Nesting Box #6 – Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last Week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

Nesting Box #7 – 4 Blue Bird eggs. – Last Week: New nest built, 4 Blue Bird eggs. – Third Clutch.

Nesting Box #8 – 4 Blue Bird Babies. – Last Week: 1 Blue Bird Baby, 3 Blue Bird eggs.

Nesting Box #9 – Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last Week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

Nesting Box #10 – Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last Week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

Nesting Box #11 – Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last Week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

Nesting Box #12 – 4 Blue Bird babies. – Last Week: 4 Blue Bird eggs.

Nesting Box #13 – Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last Week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

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Area lawns and vegetation here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast have greened up during the past few days, after a couple of downpours earlier in the week. So nice to see at last, after more than a month without any precipitation.

The next two Fridays, July 17, and July 24, John and I will do Weeks #20 and #21 Trail Surveys, and then early Saturday morning, July 25, I will leave on the long drive north up to my home in Wisconsin, for a lengthy visit there with family, and to participate in the Annual Boscobel, WI Civil War Weekend Reenactment.

I am looking forward to seeing most of my family during that time, including my daughter-in-law and my two grandsons, who will be visiting at her parents’ home just off I-55 on my trip north, about an hour north of St. Louis. So, I will stop off and see them during Sunday, the 26th, before continuing on home that evening.

Have a great week!

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Come on along, on this walking, tasting, visual July 4th Holiday experience on the Mississippi Gulf Coast…

With the 4th of July here again, many Mississippi Gulf Coast residents and visitors made plans to celebrate the Holiday weekend by having picnic, swimming and bonfire parties on the many miles of cleaned and restored beaches along the coast.

A number of those same Holiday celebrators, and many thousands of others, including, the Coast Rat, traveled to nearby Bay St. Louis to attend and enjoy the 25th Annual CRAB FEST, the mid-summer fund-raiser of Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church and Our Lady Academy, located just off the beach in ‘The Bay.’

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This was the 25th Annual Crab Fest, celebrated in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

Again, like last last July, two of my good friends here on the Coast, Andrea and Ralph, invited me to go with them to The Bay CRAB FESTIVAL, and we did just that, Saturday morning.

Also meeting us to go ‘fest-ing,’ was buddy John, his next door neighbor, Ed, who both live north of my travel trailer, up on the Arcadia Bayou, and also two friends of John’s, Terry and spouse, Lisa,visiting him from Jackson, for the weekend.

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This was the Crab Fest beautiful commemorative t-shirt for this year.

Saturday morning, came, and like last year when we went to the CRAB FEST, and like the last 3-4 weeks, it was VERY HOT, in the mid-90s, and HUMID!

As I mentioned in last year’s Crab Fest post, this area of the coast continues to recover and rebuild from being in ground zero for Hurricane Katrina, when it came ashore as a Category 3 hurricane, with sustained winds of 140 miles per hour, and a 31-foot tidal surge, which put this entire area under water for miles around.

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Another commemorative clothing item at this year’s Crab Fest, was the Crab Fest Cooking Apron.

At about 10:00am, Saturday morning, John and his group met us at Ralph and Andrea’s home in Pass Christian, and we set off down on the Hwy 90 beach highway, across the Bay of St. Louis bridge, over to the grounds of Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church, and the 2009 Crab Fest.

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Andrea, at left, with water cup, took time to walk among the craft vendors and see what they had available for sale.

Once we arrived near the Fest, found nearby parking, and after a very short walk, had arrived at the Fest grounds, the sun was out in full blaze, with the temperature hovering around 95 degrees.

Stand in the direct sun for more than a few minutes, was a real challenge. Most Fest goers I saw there, were somehow standing or sitting in the shade somewhere.

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The Crab Fest preparation crew, to their credit, tried to place as many picnic tables in shady areas as there was room for, a move that was appreciated by all who wanted a cooler, shady place to sit and eat their choice of the delicious seafood tidbits available under the food shelter.

Already there was a good crowd on hand at the Fest when we arrived, and the first item on the agenda for our crew there, was acquiring something cold to drink, whether it was a go-cup of one of the beers on tap there, or a cold bottle of water, some iced tea or a cold soda.

That item accomplished, the rest of the crew walked over among the craft vendor tents, while I started out around the grounds to snap some candid images of interesting things and people.

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A view from the east edge of the Fest grounds, showing the nearby waters of the Bay of St. Louis. The ground where I snapped this image was probably under about 10-12 feet of water during the morning surge of Hurricane Katrina, Aug. 29, 2005.

The craft vendor area at the Crab Fest had a wide variety of craft items displayed for sale to Fest-goers, including a large display of hand-made bird houses.

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There were Fest-goers of all ages, checking out the craft vendors.

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As I was snapping images of vendor tents and people walking by, I happened to see this young lady walking by, but didn’t catch the message on her t-shirt.

A little while later, when I stopped under a Live Oak tree to get in the shade for a few minutes, the young lady, “Lana,” walked over, too, to talk on her cell phone, from the shade of the same tree. I asked her permission to take a posed shot of her and her t-shirt message, which she graciously consented to, advising that if she did, I would probably use the image in my blog about the Fest.

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I next found myself walking along under the food shelter, viewing the various seafood dishes that were available for Fest-goers to partake of during their visit to the festival grounds.

A quick view of the areas behind the long rows food counters, and the many workers behind them, quickly showed that it takes huge numbers of volunteers to put this festival on, especially to cook all the food, and also to sell it to hungry customers, for 12 hours on both Saturday and Sunday.

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And all of the volunteer workers made sure they had plenty of food and beverages available to satisfy hungry appetites and heat-produced thirsts of the thousands of Fest-goers attending the special event.

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Prices were very reasonable for the beverages and food items, and I’m pretty sure that most Fest-goers felt that the money they spent at the Fest went to a very good cause.

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Although there was a good amount of shade in the volunteer worker food service areas, I still felt for those folks, working there among all those cookers, fryers and grills.

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It sure looked like it was hot for volunteers working in the food shelter.

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Some fried seafood waiting under a heat lamp for some hungry customers.

I went over to the band shelter and looked for a vacant picnic table we could all sit down at and eat our lunches, preferably a table in the shade. Fortunately, I found one along the edge, right near a line of porta-potties.

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This young volunteer server, was dishing up a shrimp dish.

Following are more images of many of the varieties of seafood dishes that were available to eat at the Crab Fest:

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Boxes of blue crabs, waiting to be purchased.

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There were lots of different kinds of seafood one could purchase and try at the Crab Fest.

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I’ve eaten several varieties of seafood po-boys during my mission here on the coast, and there were several varieties available to try at the festival.

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The plates of boiled shrimp really looked inviting, too.

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Shrimp has long been one of my favorite seafood dishes during my life.

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The fried crab claws we tried were just excellent!

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Trying to find a table to sit down at, in the shade, to eat lunch, was one of the challenges at the Crab Fest this weekend.

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This gentleman came over from Biloxi to enjoy the Crab Fest.

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John heads towards me to let me know the group is ready to get some seafood lunch.

Shortly after I had finished snapping a couple of dozen images in the food shelter area, the rest of the crew walked over from viewing the craft vendor tents, and went to pick out their favorite seafood dishes for lunch.

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Our crew ready to partake of various choices of seafood. Left-to-right, seated – this side of table: John’s weekend guests from Jackson, Lisa and Terry, standing, left – John’s neighbor, Ed, seated, facing camera: John and Andrea.

For several days leading up to the Crab Fest, I had kicked around what to purchase for lunch at this festival, and thought perhaps this year, I would try some of the blue crabs, that John and Andrea had eaten last year, there.

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John and Andrea love the blue crabs!

Andrea bought a box and a half of them to start, and when she put them on the table, several of the crew each picked out a crab and started to break the shells apart to get at the sweet crab meat inside.

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The same band that was playing last year’ fest on Saturday, was playing again this year.

I finally decided that I would try some blue crab, too, and set out to try to crack some shells and get at some of the meat. I quickly learned, however, that cracking the crab shells without sticking yourself repeatedly with the small shell spines, would take some practice. Buddy John tried to show me some shell-cracking technique, but my continuing efforts to crack the shells efficiently, met little success.

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Although John didn’t shell and eat this entire box of blue crags, he did make a major dent in the pile that originally came in the box! And he is very accomplished at the shelling part of that process.

Finally, I said to myself, I had better go to Plan B, and go buy a plate/dish of some other seafood which didn’t have a shell to crack to get at the good stuff. Shortly thereafter, I returned with a bowl of Shrimp Etouffee, which was absolutely delicious!

One of our crew also bought a plate of friend crab claws, which we all tried, and I have to say, that they are also very tasty!

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These youngsters were heading for a shady spot so they could enjoy eating some of the seafood.

Ralph had a bowl of seafood lasagna, along with trying a new beer, and he praised the lasagna, as an excellent dish!

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Lots of hungry folks at the Crab Fest.

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This youngster has a shady spot, and dad to share a hot dog with him.

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Ralph was all finished with his seafood lasagna, and just enjoying the moment.

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Having been at the Crab Fest for almost 4 hours, and having had a very enjoyable time, Ralph and Andrea slowly move toward the Crab Fest grounds exit, and the welcome relief of the air conditioning that their car will quickly supply.

If you are in the Mississippi Gulf Coast area on the July 4th weekend in 2010, consider attending the Bay St. Louis CRAB FEST on that Saturday and/or Sunday, for an amazing seafood experience!

Come on down, Mandy, and Quin…

You won’t be disappointed!

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Hello again fellow Blue Bird enthusiasts, and Welcome to Week #18 of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Blue Bird Trail Survey, on the campus of the South Mississippi Regional Center, in Long Beach.

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Juvenile Blue Birds from the first hatch of the 2009 Season.

It has been yet another very hot week here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, but several of the Blue Bird pairs are still producing eggs. 5 new eggs were laid during the past week, bringing the total number of eggs in the nesting boxes to 17. There are no Blue Bird babies currently in the boxes.

Commenting on the Blue Bird Trail Survey this afternoon, Master Naturalist Buddy John, the founder of the Long Beach Blue Bird Trail, had several things to say: “It’s scorching, it’s no fun checking boxes this time of year. I’m very happy with what we’re doing. We’ve got 10 more birds that have flown this year already, than last year, and we have 17 eggs still in the nesting boxes. So, I think we could reasonably push 70 new birds this summer. That’s an increase of 25 from last year. So, I’m happy. I think we’ve done more than we have expected.”

Here are Survey Totals this 2009 Season so far:

86 eggs laid: 9 have been sterile, 4 lost to a predator.

55 babies have flown the nest. – Last Year: 36 babies had flown the nest as of Week #18. Last Year Total Blue Bird babies flying from the nesting boxes: 45.

17 eggs in nesting boxes currently.

0 babies in nesting boxes currently.

Here are the results of Friday’s Blue Bird Trail Survey of the individual nesting boxes, on Friday morning, July 3, 2009:

Nesting Box #1 – Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last Week: 3 Blue Bird babies flew the nest, 1 Blue Bird egg missing.

Nesting Box #2 – Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last Week: 3 Blue Bird babies flew the nest, 1 Blue Bird egg missing.

Nesting Box #3 – Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last Week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

Nesting Box #4 – 5 Blue Bird eggs. – Last Week: New nest built, 1 Blue Bird egg.

Nesting Box #5 – Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last Week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

Nesting Box #6 – Empty nesting box, no activity. – 4 Blue Bird babies flew the nest.

Nesting Box #7 – 4 Blue Bird eggs. – Last Week: New nest built, 4 Blue Bird eggs. – Third Clutch.

Nesting Box #8 – 4 Blue Bird eggs. – 4 Blue Bird eggs – Third Clutch.

Nesting Box #9 – Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last Week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

Nesting Box #10 – Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last Week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

Nesting Box #11 – Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last Week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

Nesting Box #12 – 4 Blue Bird eggs. – Last Week: 3 Blue Bird eggs – Third Clutch.

Nesting Box #13 – Empty nesting box, no activity. – Last Week: Empty nesting box, no activity.

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In other breaking news along the Blue Bird Trail this week, our friend, Master Naturalist Andrea K. retired on Wednesday, after 25 years of service on the campus of the SMRC. Her presence and contributions to our clients and staff, will be (are) sorely missed. Enjoy your retirement, Andrea!

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Master Naturalist Andrea K., of Hummingbird Trapping fame, (see the little hummer in the white mesh bag?) a staunch supporter of the Blue Bird Trail, and birding, in general, and more recently as Director of Interdisciplinary Programs at the SMRC, has retired this week after 25 years of dedicated service.

Your author will join Master Naturalist Buddy John and his two weekend guests, and Master Naturalist Andrea, and spouse, Ralph, of recent sky diving fame, tomorrow morning to attend the Annual Bay St. Louis Crab Fest, across the bay. That will be a real treat!

How hot has it been here? After a high of 96 earlier this afternoon, at 10:07pm here, it is 86 and clear.

Have a great Holiday weekend!

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