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19 Mar confirmed nesting vultures Burke County [Cox Family ]
19 Mar Re: Chimney Swifts, Fulton Co. [Lois Stacey ]
19 Mar FOTS Blue-Gray [mocking bird ]
19 Mar AAS/Atlanta Science Fest walk, Fernbank Forest (DeKalb Co.), 3/18/2017 [Vinod Babu ]
17 Mar Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 17 Mar 2017 [robert emond ]
16 Mar Atlanta Audubon field trip to Johns Homestead (report) [Mary Kimberly ]
17 Mar early black and white warbler [Esther Stokes ]
17 Mar Ceder Waxwings Harmony On The Lakes, Cherokee County Georgia, 3/17/2017 [Jason Blevins ]
17 Mar Re: Ceder Waxwings Harmony On The Lakes, Cherokee County Georgia, 3/17/2017 [Matthew King ]
16 Mar Registration is open for our Spring Meeting [Stephen Holzman ]
18 Mar woodcocks in New York [Esther Stokes ]
18 Mar Vermillion Flycatcher, Okeefenokee NWR ["Robert D. Sattelmeyer" ]
10 Mar Red-throated Loon ~ Carters Lake [Joshua Spence ]
10 Mar Piedmont Park, Fulton County, 3-10-17 [Patrick Maurice ]
10 Mar FOTS Whips, Wash. Co. [mocking bird ]
8 Mar Migrants at St. Simons [Drew Whitelegg ]
10 Mar Red breasted Mergansers at West Bank (south) Forsyth Co. [Pat Market ]
11 Mar Greater Scaup, Canvasback, Redhead- Matthews Sports Complex, Clayton County, Mar 11, 2017 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
11 Mar Re: two observations from Coweta 3/10/17 [Liz Horsey ]
7 Mar new field guide to bird song [Russ Wigh ]
7 Mar N. Parula, Wash. Co. [mocking bird ]
9 Mar Two FOS Birds [Sue Peters-Ferree ]
11 Mar two observations from Coweta 3/10/17 [Richard Candler ]
9 Mar Ross's Goose @ Jep Wheeler pond, still there (Cherokee Co) [Pat Market ]
26 Feb Bald Eagle at Sweetwater Creek State Park 2/24/17 ["W. P. Sammons" ]
26 Feb White-winged Dove and Krider's Hawk in Colquit (Miller County) [Patty McLean ]
25 Feb Leucistic Eastern bluebird Dekalb County [Jamie Vidich ]
25 Feb Bald Eagle at Arabia Trail DeKalb/Rockdale [Drew Whitelegg ]
24 Feb Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 24 Feb 2017 [robert emond ]
23 Feb Broad-winged Hawk, DeKalb Co. 2/23/17 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
22 Feb Copulating Kestrels and Roaming Ross's Geese [Patty McLean ]
22 Feb Fwd: Savannah Pelagic Trip to Gulfstream [Sandra Beasley ]
22 Feb Re: Gallinule or Swamphen? [Patty McLean ]
22 Feb Gallinule or Swamphen? [Patty McLean ]
22 Feb Ring-necked Ducks - Young Harris, Towns County [Tom Striker ]
22 Feb Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 22 Feb 2017 [robert emond ]
22 Feb Ross's Geese at Pole Bridge [Patty McLean ]
21 Feb Sandhill Cranes over Dallas, Georgia [Barbara Bowen ]
21 Feb Re: Early Arrival Record for Broadwinged Hawk [Drew Whitelegg ]
21 Feb 45 Sandhills [Liz Horsey ]
21 Feb Early Arrival Record for Broadwinged Hawk [world oceans ]
21 Feb Re: Cedar Waxwing Poisoning [Linda ]
21 Feb Re: Locations to view Sandhill Cranes in the South East [Linda ]
20 Feb Re: Cedar Waxwing Poisoning [Terry Valentine ]
21 Feb Re: Locations to view Sandhill Cranes in the South East [Sheila Willis ]
20 Feb Sandhill cranes over Troup Co [Emily Rosmis ]
20 Feb Locations to view Sandhill Cranes in the South East [Shane Sherwood ]
20 Feb Sandhill Cranes over Powder Springs [Barbara Bowen ]
20 Feb Re: More Sandhills -- DeKalb [Mary Kimberly ]
20 Feb More Sandhills -- DeKalb [Mary Kimberly ]
20 Feb Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 20 Feb 2017 [robert emond ]
19 Feb GBBC at Laura S. Walker State Park by Okefenokee Bird Club [Sheila Willis ]
19 Feb No Mallards at Constitution Lakes [Drew Whitelegg ]
19 Feb Sandhills -- DeKalb [Mary Kimberly ]
19 Feb Cedar Waxwing Poisoning [Charles Reid ]
19 Feb Cedar waxwings in Canton [MARY MEYER ]
17 Feb Sandhill Cranes - DeKalb [Drew Whitelegg ]
17 Feb Sandhill Cranes, Cherokee County [Sandra Eileen Garber ]
17 Feb Prairie Warbler, Paradise Lakes Public Fishing Area, 2/17/2017 [Vanessa Lane ]
17 Feb CANCELLED: Atlanta Audubon walk for tomorrow [Mary Kimberly ]
17 Feb Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 17 Feb 2017 [robert emond ]
17 Feb BARN OWL, Harris co [Emily Rosmis ]
15 Feb Bald Eagle Calhoun, Gordon County [Greg Green ]
15 Feb Sandhill Cranes, Paulding County [Barbara Bowen ]
15 Feb Purple Finch, DeKalb Co. [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
15 Feb Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 15 Feb 2017 [robert emond ]
15 Feb Atlanta Audubon field trip this week [Mary Kimberly ]
15 Feb Lots of cranes, not much else @ Marshallville - 2/14 [Walt Chambers ]
14 Feb Sandhills East Cobb [Eric Haley ]
14 Feb Sandhill Cranes Gwinnett county [BB ]
14 Feb Sandhills [Liz Horsey ]
14 Feb Sandhill cranes in flight Fulton Co. [Jamie Vidich ]
14 Feb Sandhill Cranes on ground-Fayette Co [Michelle Hamner ]
13 Feb 3 skeins sandhill cranes = Bartow Co [Pam Potter ]
13 Feb Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 13 Feb 2017 [robert emond ]
12 Feb King Rail continues in Augusta (Richmond County) [Milton Hobbs ]

Subject: confirmed nesting vultures Burke County
From: Cox Family <towhee7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:28:21 -0400
This afternoon we checked out the abandoned barn again, after looking
discreetly every day. We peeped into the barn and didn't see anything in
the hay. Then my daughter climbed in and looked around further. She came
out and announced we had a bird living underneath the barn. I went back
inside, and saw, beneath the floor of the barn, through a hole that was cut
into the floor (maybe for an old root cellar?), framed by an old door, a
big black bird. Not wanting either to get too close for comfort or to
disturb the bird, I carefully reached my hand a bit into the hole and
snapped a picture of what was underneath. Upon examining the picture, we
could see the vulture (a black vulture) sitting on 2 eggs! We were
incredibly excited to see this! The vulture remained very still
(thankfully!) and we quietly exited. It seems this pair made an excellent
choice about their little home - private, sheltered from the elements,
quaint! We hope to check back every few days to gain more knowledge about
the nesting and nurturing habits of the black vulture.

Karen Cox
Burke County

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Subject: Re: Chimney Swifts, Fulton Co.
From: Lois Stacey <croakie AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 14:39:44 -0400
I had one in Emanuel County yesterday at George L Smith State Park.

Lois Stacey
North Augusta, SC

"I am a wildling, born of forests and fields and more comfortable on back roads 
and winding woodland paths than in any place where concrete, asphalt and crowds 
prevail." J. Drew Lanham 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 18, 2017, at 11:20 PM, Gus Kaufman  wrote:
> 
> Three flying over the Tara theater parking lot. Is this early ? Gus Kaufman, 
Atlanta 

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Subject: FOTS Blue-Gray
From: mocking bird <mockingbird AT GARDENER.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 19:37:07 +0100
Earlier this afternoon, I heard the very happy singing of my FOTS Blue-Gray 
Gnatcatcher in my front yard. I looked up into the tree branches and saw the 
little one just hopping and singing sooo gratefully. Love the Blue-Grays! 

Lynn Schlup
Mockingbird Hill Wildlife Rehabilitation and Sanctuary
Oconee, Ga.
Washington Co. 

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Subject: AAS/Atlanta Science Fest walk, Fernbank Forest (DeKalb Co.), 3/18/2017
From: Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 10:06:00 -0400
Hello all,

13 birders joined Gus Kaufman and me for an Audubon/Science Fest walk in
Fernbank Forest yesterday despite a blustery and slightly rainy start. This
time we approached the Forest via a boardwalk from the back of the museum,
instead of  on Clifton road. On the very nice 'canopy walk' leading to the
forest, we were able to get close looks at a red-tailed hawk and a
mixed-species flock including downy woodpeckers, chickadees, titmice and GC
kinglets. Overall, we had a very nice mix of year-round residents and
winter visitors. We were able to observe the restoration work that had been
carried out in the forest, and point out native plants like trilliums,
bloodroot, doghobble and sweetshrub. A Fernbank volunteer also pointed out
the metro Atlanta champion Eastern Hemlock and Japanese Redcedar, which had
a roosting barred owl!

Checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35251547


Vinod

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 17 Mar 2017
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:09:33 -0400
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: March 17, 2017 at 2:29:47 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Greater White-fronted Goose (1 DeKalb)
> Graylag Goose (1 Bryan)
> Ross's Goose (1 Bryan)
> Mute Swan (1 Bryan)
> Canvasback (1 Clayton)
> Redhead (1 Rabun)
> Greater Scaup (1 Clayton)
> Snowy Egret (2 Charlton)
> Tricolored Heron (2 Charlton)
> Green Heron (2 Charlton)
> Swallow-tailed Kite (1 McIntosh)
> Broad-winged Hawk (2 Stewart)
> Limpkin (Speckled) (1 Dougherty)
> Ruff (3 Glynn)
> Rufous Hummingbird (1 Fulton)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (2 Charlton, 1 Liberty)
> Acadian Flycatcher (1 DeKalb)
> Cliff Swallow (1 Cobb, 2 Stewart)
> Swainson's Thrush (2 Fannin)
> Bachman's Sparrow (1 Liberty)
> Vesper Sparrow (1 Rabun)
> Painted Bunting (1 McIntosh)
> Dickcissel (2 Bibb)
> Rusty Blackbird (1 McIntosh)
> Brewer's Blackbird (1 Bartow)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the  Georgia Rare Bird Alert.The report 
below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia. View or unsubscribe to this 
alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569 

> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

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Subject: Atlanta Audubon field trip to Johns Homestead (report)
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:58:40 -0400
Two hardy souls joined two leaders for a walk at Johns Homestead on this
bitterly cold morning. We observed 28 species at this as yet undeveloped
park now listed with the city of Tucker. There was a lot of activity in the
pines on the west side of the southmost Twin Brothers' Lake as the sun
warmed up the trees. Golden-crowned Kinglets were plentiful and were
showing off their crowns. Co-leader Dave Butler shared his knowledge of the
history of this green space and we talked about the advantages of allowing
the beavers to do their work to create new wetlands at the north end of the
park. The beaver dam is looking much more stable than it was when I last
visited this park over a month ago. We had a nice long study of a
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at the SW corner of the western lake.

eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/email?subID=S35211139

Bird on!
-- 
Mary Kimberly
Unincorporated DeKalb County

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Subject: early black and white warbler
From: Esther Stokes <estherstokes01 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:29:03 -0400
I have just seen a FOTS black and white warbler outside my window in intown
Atlanta, Fulton County.

I guess it really is spring!

Esther Stokes

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Subject: Ceder Waxwings Harmony On The Lakes, Cherokee County Georgia, 3/17/2017
From: Jason Blevins <ospreyflyfisher AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:44:59 -0400
While leaving for school this morning my daughter and I spotted 33 Ceder
Waxwings in a tree near the house. I cannot think of the last time I saw
this many in one spot.

Jason Blevins
Cherokee County
Georgia

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Subject: Re: Ceder Waxwings Harmony On The Lakes, Cherokee County Georgia, 3/17/2017
From: Matthew King <gacrotalus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:27:59 -0400
My yard in Winterville seems to have an endless crop of holly berries this
year.  There have been 10 to several hundred waxwings in the yard every day
for at least a week.   Lovely birds but they've redecorated every inch of
the house/yard.

On Mar 17, 2017 2:12 PM, "Jason Blevins"  wrote:

While leaving for school this morning my daughter and I spotted 33 Ceder
Waxwings in a tree near the house. I cannot think of the last time I saw
this many in one spot.

Jason Blevins
Cherokee County
Georgia

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Subject: Registration is open for our Spring Meeting
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:34:32 -0400
Join us at Unicoi State Park and Lodge May 19-21

Details are here:
http://www.gos.org/2017springmeeting

Hope to see you there.

Steve Holzman, President
Georgia Ornithological Society

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Subject: woodcocks in New York
From: Esther Stokes <estherstokes01 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 23:26:26 -0400
Early migrating woodcocks were caught in the recent snowstorm in New
York--here is the account in today's New York Times:


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/17/nyregion/an-early-bird-gets-caught-in-the-snowstorm.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ur_20170318&nl=nytoday&nlid=64706384&ref=headline&_r=0 


​Esther Stokes
Fulton County​

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Stokes Landscape Design
129 Palisades Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
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Subject: Vermillion Flycatcher, Okeefenokee NWR
From: "Robert D. Sattelmeyer" <rsattelm AT GSU.EDU>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 20:47:06 +0000
On a Coastal Georgia Audubon field trip today we had a mature male Vermillion 
Flycatcher from the tower at the end of the Boardwalk Trail on the eastern 
entrance to the NWR. It was several hundred yards distant--too distant for 
decent photos, although one is included in the eBird list--but we watched it 
flycatching for about 20 minutes, returning to the same perch, and we could see 
through several scopes the bright red head and breast/belly contrasting with 
solid black back and wings, especially when it would sally off its perch. I 
know they're a ho-hum bird in Southwest Georgia these days, but still pretty 
uncommon in these parts. We also had super good looks at a singing Bachman's 
Sparrow and saw a least a half dozen Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, so it was a 
great trip. 



Bob Sattelmeyer

St Simons Island

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Subject: Red-throated Loon ~ Carters Lake
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:55:08 -0500
There was a nice assortment of birds at Carters Lake(Murray Co.) this evening. 
Atop the reservoir dam at the Northbank Recreation Area I observed a 
non-breeding plumaged RED-THROATED LOON, at least seven COMMON LOONS in various 
plumages, one HORNED GREBE, a raft of at least 80 LESSER SCAUP, four RUDDY 
DUCKS and six BUFFLEHEAD. There was also a raft of 18 BONAPARTE'S GULLS. A 
juvenile BALD EAGLE was seen soaring over the lake. 


If the RTLO hangs around this could be a "possible" opportunity for county 
listers to observe it in both Murray and Gilmer counties as it was near the 
county line. I didn't see it in Gilmer today, but it could easily swim a few 
hundred feet to the east and cross the line. 



After this I checked the reregulation pool down below. From the rereg dam I 
observed a raft of 200+ ducks along with another raft of gulls and loose groups 
of grebes. Highlights: 


Gadwall - 11
American Wigeon - drake
Mallard - 4
Blue-winged Teal - 4
Northern Shoveler - hen
Ring-necked Duck - at least 100
Lesser Scaup - at least 110
Bufflehead - 11
Ruddy Duck - 4
Common Loon - breeding plumage...or nearly so
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe - at least 12
Double-crested Cormorant - 6
Osprey - 2 near the nest platform
Bonaparte's Gull - at least 55
Ring-billed Gull - 5

I don't think I missed any Gr3ater Sc0ap in the rafts, but it wouldn't hurt to 
sift through them again. 



As far as new arrivals are concerned, I observed a BARN SWALLOW on March 8 in 
southern Murray. 

 

Joshua Spence,
Murray County

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Subject: Piedmont Park, Fulton County, 3-10-17
From: Patrick Maurice <patrickmaurice1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:10:08 -0500
Hi all,

Sorry for the late post, but I went birding at Piedmont Park this morning to 
see if I could see Pumpkin the Eastern Screech-Owl and he was there! 


After watching and photographing Pumpkin, I wandered around the park for a 
couple of hours. I had 40 species with not too much of note, but I did find two 
Brown Creepers and a large flock of Rusty Blackbirds. 


Here's my photo-filled eBird checklist, with photos of Pumpkin and the other 
highlights. 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35087950

Good birding all,
Patrick Maurice
DeKalb County
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Subject: FOTS Whips, Wash. Co.
From: mocking bird <mockingbird AT GARDENER.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 02:29:03 +0100
I walked out my back door a short time ago and heard three Eastern 
Whippoorwills calling in the woods. My FOTS and the time was just before 8 p.m. 

Lynn Schlup
Mockingbird Hill Wildlife Rehabilitation and Sanctuary
Oconee, Ga.
Washington County

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Subject: Migrants at St. Simons
From: Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2017 19:40:45 -0500
Hi all,
Just back from a residential field trip with my 5th graders to
Epworth-by-the Sea, St Simons.

I wanted to report two YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS, 9 PALM WARBLERS, 1 BLACK
AND WHITE WARBLER and at least 8 BLUE GRAY GNATCATCHERS.

There was a paucity of shorebirds at the beach, but it was UGA Spring
Break, so busier than usual.

Hope this is of interest.

Drew Whitelegg
DeKalb Co.

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Subject: Red breasted Mergansers at West Bank (south) Forsyth Co.
From: Pat Market <bigsky25 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:58:48 -0500
Hi Folks - I found a beautiful male in the bay on the south side of West Bank 
Park this morning around 10:00 am. My vantage point was from the little COE 
area with the big lake kiosk just pass West Bank Park and off Buford Dam Rd 
just before the dam. Anyone still headed to West Bank to look for that eared 
grebe may wanna check out that area for the merganser. See you out there... Pat 
Markey, Forsyth Co. 


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Subject: Greater Scaup, Canvasback, Redhead- Matthews Sports Complex, Clayton County, Mar 11, 2017
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 19:01:42 +0000
 Quite a lineup of ducks on this small pond on the edge of a large sports 
complex. The three species named above were found by Paul Raney. The two scaup 
were side by side for a while making for a great comparison. 

On Google maps, this facility is called the Lovejoy Regional Park, but the 
signs at the two entrances on McDonough Road say "Gerald T. Matthews Sports 
Complex." This is on the west side of Tara Blvd./US 19/41. 

Jeff

Jeff Sewell / Carol LambertTucker, GA  (DeKalb Co.)lambertsewell AT att.net


     
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 Sent: Saturday, March 11, 2017 1:28 PM
 Subject: eBird Report - Matthews Sports Complex, Clayton County, Mar 11, 2017
   
Matthews Sports Complex, Clayton County, Clayton, Georgia, US
Mar 11, 2017 7:22 AM - 7:50 AM
Protocol: Stationary
22 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  9
Muscovy Duck (Domestic type)  2
Canvasback  1    Still here. Found by Paul Raney a week ago.
Redhead  17    See Canvasback.
Greater Scaup  1    Still here. Found by Paul Raney two days ago. Seen with 
my scope at about 70 yards in good light. The head was round, green. It had a 
proportionately bigger bill and bill nail as compared to the Lesser Scaup  
next to it.  Also, slightly larger than the LESC, with clean white sides and 
flanks. 

Lesser Scaup  1
Bald Eagle  1
Killdeer  3
Mourning Dove  1
Fish Crow  6
Tufted Titmouse  1
Brown-headed Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  1
Eastern Bluebird  4
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  7
American Pipit  1
Chipping Sparrow  3
Savannah Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Red-winged Blackbird  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35099799

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


   

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Subject: Re: two observations from Coweta 3/10/17
From: Liz Horsey <erhorsey AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 14:11:26 +0000
I used to have a mockingbird that did peregrine falcon sounds. Peregrines not a 
yard bird for me. 

Liz Horsey 
NW Atlanta, Fulton County 

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From: "Richard Candler"  
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
Sent: Saturday, March 11, 2017 8:49:30 AM 
Subject: [GABO-L] two observations from Coweta 3/10/17 

Yesterday I was birding in Senoia and came across a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET 
with a creamy light-orange apricot-colored crest. And no it was not a male 
Golden-crowned. I looked for some information about this and found only one 
reference to RCKI rarely having orange or yellow crests. 
Has anyone else come across this before? 

Also I heard a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD imitating a Summ3r Tan4ger "pi-tuk-tuk" 
call. It did it twice within 30 minutes. Since it is probably way too early 
for those to be in the area this caused me to wonder if Mockingbirds have a 
repertoire that they can store away for awhile and not just a short-term 
list of sounds that they are repeating. 
It also caused me to wonder if Mockingbirds are just as ready for Spring as 
I am. 
Another thought that came to mind was that maybe this Mockingbird has just 
arrived from a southerly locale where it may have heard other bird sounds. 
I've always thought that you can determine what birds might be arriving in 
the area when you hear Mockingbird imitating nightjars and migratory hawks 
or swallows. But after yesterday I wonder if they might have a longer-term 
memory and are able to recall songs from the previous season. 
Please enlighten me, someone! 

Richard Candler 
Sharpsburg, GA 
Coweta Co. 

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Subject: new field guide to bird song
From: Russ Wigh <rdwigh AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2017 07:10:42 -0500
G-birders

 

Nathan Pieplow has worked for several years to put together
a guide to birdsong by visualizing the song through
spectrographs.  The book is available as of the this
morning, March 7, with its accompanying access to streaming
5400 sounds, as the Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of
Eastern North America.

 

Personally I am hopeful this will kick off greater interest
in recording and analyzing the songs we hear around us
daily, seeping through the din of human related noise.
Understanding songs better adds a new dimension to birding
and bird behavior.  You can read about it at
http://earbirding.com/blog/book. The field guide can be
ordered through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.

 

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Subject: N. Parula, Wash. Co.
From: mocking bird <mockingbird AT GARDENER.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2017 18:18:31 +0100
I walked outside this morning and heard a FOTS Northern Parula singing. Seems 
early but is a welcome sound. 

Lynn Schlup
Mockingbird Hill Wildlife Rehabilitation and Sanctuary
Oconee, Ga.
Washington Co.

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Subject: Two FOS Birds
From: Sue Peters-Ferree <Soupysue AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 19:14:12 -0500
Saw my first Yellow Rumped Warbler this morning. Also saw two tree swallows 
yesterday mid day in downtown Blairsville. 


Sue Peters-Ferree
Blairsville, Union Co. 

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Subject: two observations from Coweta 3/10/17
From: Richard Candler <candler86 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 08:49:30 -0500
Yesterday I was birding in Senoia and came across a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
with a creamy light-orange apricot-colored crest. And no it was not a male
Golden-crowned. I looked for some information about this and found only one
reference to RCKI rarely having orange or yellow crests.
Has anyone else come across this before?

Also I heard a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD imitating a Summ3r Tan4ger "pi-tuk-tuk"
call. It did it twice within 30 minutes. Since it is probably way too early
for those to be in the area this caused me to wonder if Mockingbirds have a
repertoire that they can store away for awhile and not just a short-term
list of sounds that they are repeating.
It also caused me to wonder if Mockingbirds are just as ready for Spring as
I am.
Another thought that came to mind was that maybe this Mockingbird has just
arrived from a southerly locale where it may have heard other bird sounds.
I've always thought that you can determine what birds might be arriving in
the area when you hear Mockingbird imitating nightjars and migratory hawks
or swallows. But after yesterday I wonder if they might have a longer-term
memory and are able to recall songs from the previous season.
Please enlighten me, someone!

Richard Candler
Sharpsburg, GA
Coweta Co.

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Subject: Ross's Goose @ Jep Wheeler pond, still there (Cherokee Co)
From: Pat Market <bigsky25 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 18:13:33 -0500
Hi Folks - I relocated the Ross's Goose (GABO Folks have been posting) at the 
pond on Jep Wheeler Road in Cherokee Co. this morning at 7:50am. I saw the bird 
immediately from the road as I approached BUT did not leave my vehicle as there 
are signs stating no parking & no trespassing. For 3 minutes I observed the 
small white goose as it associated with a few domestic mallards & a few white 
"AFLAC" type ducks... then I moved on w/o attempting photos. This ROGO was 
small compared to the mallards it was near showing a small stout pinkish bill 
with a darkened base. No grin patch was apparent and it showed off its black 
primaries when it hopped out of then right back in the water... just your 
beautiful run of the mill Ross's Goose... sorry McShane! ;-) 

See you out there - Pat Markey, Forsyth Co

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Subject: Bald Eagle at Sweetwater Creek State Park 2/24/17
From: "W. P. Sammons" <psammons AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:58:16 -0500
Solo adult bald eagle flying along tree line at lake 9:20 am. Picture uploaded 
to e-bird for that hot spot. 


W. P. Sammons
Douglasville, Ga

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Subject: White-winged Dove and Krider's Hawk in Colquit (Miller County)
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:48:44 -0500
    
Hey folks. I know some of you might be in this area today so thought I would 
get the word out that while Kathy Miller and I were at the flooded field on 
Phillips St in the charming town of Colquit, looking at shorebirds, I heard a 
WHITE-WINGED DOVE singing. After we finished our sightings at the field, we 
went around the corner onto Holly Street where we found three WWDOs (with a 
possible 4th bird in the distance). Kathy got some photos for confirmation. The 
location:https://goo.gl/maps/8NNKbjcaCaP2  

Afterwards we drove along Old Albany Rd (a dirt road) to check out a huge flock 
of blackbirds feeding in a peanut field. When i got out of the car, I flushed a 
pale hawk. It flew into and perched in a tree long enough for me to see its 
almost all white head and breast. I had already noticed the white on the 
topside of the pink tail before it landed. As I went to get a pic, it 
disappeared and we were unable to relocate it. There are 2 regular looking 
Red-tails in this area too. 


Wayne's World Rocks!!

Patty McLean, Atlanta GA 

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Subject: Leucistic Eastern bluebird Dekalb County
From: Jamie Vidich <bearislandfarm AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:06:50 -0500
While on a morning stroll through Henderson Park in Dekalb County today Gus
Kaufman, Vinod Babu, and I beheld a sun-drenched leucistic EASTERN BLUEBIRD
perched atop a fence along with several others of its species. It was seen
in the western side of the park in the lower ball field. Our first attempt
at a cell phone photo through binoculars was foiled when the bird took
wing, flying over us and out of sight above the trees.

Patience was rewarded when the bird returned and perched on a rung of one
of the ball-field overhead light poles, where it remained long enough for
us to get a low-quality photo, available on our ebird report:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34783771

Also noteworthy were two COOPER'S HAWKS soaring and displaying high in the
sky for quite a while over the lake, and two BROWN CREEPERS, one at each
end of the park.

-- 
Jamie Vidich
Atlanta GA

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Subject: Bald Eagle at Arabia Trail DeKalb/Rockdale
From: Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:19:08 -0500
Hi all,
I saw a BALD EAGLE at the Alexander Lake area in Rockdale County this
morning.  It was very mottled below, with a conspicuous dark "v" on the
underside of its wings and a whitish head.  I thought initially it was an
immature but on looking at some illustrations online I think it was
probably a second year adult.

It was flying in a general northward direction, and I can safely say that
it was over the Pole Bridge area, rather than the lake area.  In other
words it was in DeKalb County, though I was technically on the other side
of the creek in Rockdale.  I am not sure if there is an official way to
classify such a sighting but on eBird I am going to enter it as DeKalb.
Unless anyone can advise otherwise.

I also saw two AMERICAN KESTRELS in the Pole Bridge area.  One I saw
through the fence.  It was gathering nesting materials and hanging out on
one of the pylons.

Last there were two SOLITARY SANDPIPERS at Alexander Lake (not sure if this
is significant but they seem early to me).  I thought for a while they
could be Yeloleggs as they weren't really tottering, but I circled to get
the sun behind me and they clearly were the former.

Lovely walk from Lyons Farm to Alexander Lake and back.
Cheers

Drew Whitelegg
DeKalb Co.

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 24 Feb 2017
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:26:17 -0500
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: February 24, 2017 at 10:57:36 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Oconee)
> Greater Scaup (1 Decatur)
> American White Pelican (1 Seminole)
> Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 Decatur)
> Broad-winged Hawk (1 DeKalb)
> Stilt Sandpiper (1 Chatham)
> Dunlin (1 Burke)
> Pectoral Sandpiper (1 Fulton)
> Long-billed Dowitcher (1 Chatham)
> Spotted Sandpiper (1 Fulton)
> White-eyed Vireo (2 Gwinnett)
> Cape May Warbler (3 Glynn)
> Black-throated Green Warbler (1 DeKalb)
> Painted Bunting (1 Chatham)
> Dickcissel (3 Bibb)
> Rusty Blackbird (1 Chatham)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the  Georgia Rare Bird Alert.The report 
below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia. View or unsubscribe to this 
alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569 

> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
> 
> 

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Subject: Broad-winged Hawk, DeKalb Co. 2/23/17
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:22:20 +0000
I also had a BWHA over Tucker this morning at 11:10am. It wasn't vocalizing, 
but a local Red-tailed and 2 Red-shouldered certainly were. It appeared to be a 
light juvenile. Usually spring sightings of this species here have been in mid 
Mar-Apr. We still have good number of Purple Finch around the yard and feeders, 
but not more than 10.Carol Carol Lambert & Jeff SewellTucker, GA  (DeKalb 
Co.)lambertsewell AT att.net 


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Subject: Copulating Kestrels and Roaming Ross's Geese
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:16:43 -0500
    
Kathy Miller and I were treated to several fun encounters with birds today at 
the Pole Bridge Wastewater Treatment Facility in DeKalb County.  


One species was the very charming ROSS'S GOOSE - in fact three of them! They 
were busy feeding on the grasses along the paved road inside the property. 
These are likely the same three that were seen and photographed at Panola Mtn 
S.P. (just across the South River in Rockdale County) on Sunday. 


The second fun bird was the AMERICAN KESTREL, of which we found three birds - 
one lone female and a COPULATING male/female pair (on the westside). The male 
is banded and we assume it's the same one found at this location last year and 
probably banded by Charlie Muise. It may be noteworthy that today on Feb 22 
they were copulating (or at least practicing) and after 10 minutes or so, the 
female flew to the same metal beam that last year's westside pair used to raise 
at least one youngster. She went inside the beam for a few minutes and then 
flew back to the male where they copulated again. I'm wondering if she laid an 
egg in between these segments and that's what triggered the second copulation. 
Maybe Nathan Klaus or Jim Ozier can tell us. 


The next species of interest was the GREAT-BLUE HERON. Several have already 
started building nests atop the pine trees. 


A lone ROCK PIGEON was also busy breaking off small branches and carrying them 
to a small platform under one of the metal cones on the utility lines. 
Hopefully there was a female sitting on the nest, telling him he was doing a 
good job and to bring more twigs. "He" was very busy doing this the entire time 
we were in the area.  


And lastly, WILD TURKEYS - males and females are beginning to hang out together 
with the males showing a deep red on their face. 


Sorry the photos are so poor but lighting was a challenge. Here's our eBird 
report:  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34648206 


You can access Pole Bridge but need to call ahead. The phone number is 
770-593-9651. 


Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

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Subject: Fwd: Savannah Pelagic Trip to Gulfstream
From: Sandra Beasley <sandybeasley925 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:03:31 -0500
Steve Calver, Savannah, GA.  asked me to forward his notice to GABO-L to
let folks know of a Pelagic trip he is planning from Tybee on March 4th.
See info below.
Sandy Beasley
Savannah, GA
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From: 
Date: Feb 22, 2017 3:56 PM
Subject: Savannah Pelagic Trip to Gulfstream
To: 
Cc:

My February dates did not make, but I have Saturday 4 March confirmed.
> Please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to take this trip.
>
> Steve Calver
>
> Original Message:
>
>
> I am trying to set up a trip to the gulf stream on 23 Feb (Thursday), with
> a weather date of 27 Feb (Monday).  The boat will take 6 birders.
>
>  If you want to take the trip, please contact me as soon as possible.  If
> you aren't interested but know someone who might be, I would appreciate it
> if you would forward this to them.
>
> Company: Tybee Island Charters  (www.fishtybee.com)
> Boat: 30' Elizabeth II
> Cost: $200 (any tip not included)
> Meet at Tybee Charters on Tybee at 5:30 am.
> Boat will leave at 6 am and return to the dock at 6 pm (4 hrs in gulf
> stream).
> I recommend the patch or Bonine.
>
> You must contact me first and then send me a check for $200 made out to
> Tybee Island Charters to reserve a spot.
>
> I will send your check back to you if the trip is cancelled because of
> weather and you cannot make the 27th.  I will not send your check back if
> you cancel and there is no one to take your place.
>
> I will keep a waiting list for the 27th in case the trip has to be
> rescheduled and someone already signed up is unable to go that date.
>
> Steve Calver
> sbirds AT aol.com
> cell: 912-667-4103 <(912)%20667-4103>
> home: 912-927-6726 <(912)%20927-6726>
>
>
>
>

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Subject: Re: Gallinule or Swamphen?
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:48:55 -0500
    
Thanks Karen and Marvin! It was initially postulated on GOS facebook, so we 
really appreciate you checking on this for all of us. 


Patty McLean, Atlanta GA 

-------- Original message --------
From: Karen Seward  
Date: 02/22/2017  6:30 PM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: Patty McLean  
Cc: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Gallinule or Swamphen? 

Marvin Smith and I found the bird that Debbie Grimes had posted to eBird. We 
parked along the road exactly where she pinned in her eBird report, and the 
bird was on the exact opposite side of the pond which is about 1/4 of a mile 
from where we stood. I do believe it is an immature Purple Gallinule. Through 
the scope I could definitely see the purple plumage, but the head and neck 
appeared dull brown or tan. Perhaps an overwintering Purple Gallinule?? I could 
not see red on the bill, which was very visible on the Common Gallinules also 
seen on the pond. Marvin took some pictures, which he should post here and on 
the GOS Facebook page. 


We met Chuck Tillman who invited us to view the pond from his property along 
Redwood Lane.  He and his wife Angie were very kind and are welcome to 
visiting birders over the weekend if anyone is interested. Their property is a 
little behind the area where we saw the bird, but there were several Common 
Gallinules in view. 


Also of interest, there is an active Bald Eagle's nest a couple houses over 
from the Tillman home. Two adult eagles were seen on or near the nest. No 
babies were visible, but I believe there are young on the nest. We also saw a 
Red-headed Woodpecker near their house. 


If you are interested in stopping by the Tillman's, contact me directly. I'd 
rather not post their phone number on the list. 


Karen Seward
Valdosta, Georgia

> On Feb 22, 2017, at 5:21 PM, Patty McLean  wrote:
> 
> 
> 
> Folks and Rarity-Chasers,
> 
> There's the possibility of a GREY-HEADED SWAMPHEN in Brooks County GA. An 
eBird report from yesterday lists a Purple Gallinule, but the 2 photos somewhat 
suggest a swamphen. The eBird 
report:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34627601 

> General info on the swamphen: 
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey-headed_swamphen. 

> 
> A few folks plan to look for it to get more documentation, so stay tuned.
> 
> Patty McLean, Tucker GA 
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Subject: Gallinule or Swamphen?
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:21:39 -0500
    
Folks and Rarity-Chasers,

There's the possibility of a GREY-HEADED SWAMPHEN in Brooks County GA. An eBird 
report from yesterday lists a Purple Gallinule, but the 2 photos somewhat 
suggest a swamphen. The eBird 
report:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34627601  

General info on the 
swamphen: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey-headed_swamphen.  


A few folks plan to look for it to get more documentation, so stay tuned.

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Subject: Ring-necked Ducks - Young Harris, Towns County
From: Tom Striker <tastriker AT TDS.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:59:47 -0500
Theres a nice pond just outside Young Harris that I visit frequently with
my birding classes that are part of the adult education program at Young
Harris College.  I stopped by today on the way home to find 60+ Ring-necked
Ducks enjoying a swim.  Two of my students stopped by independently and
counted as many as 71 ducks.  The pond is located on Brasstown Creek Road
about  mile north of Highway 515/76.  Its left turn if youre northbound,
about a half mile before you reach the campus.  Theres a big empty storage
yard at the corner, left over from the days when Blue Ridge EMC lived there.

 

The pond and surrounding area have yielded a lot of birds over the 6 or 7
years Ive been checking it, and its worth a five minute side trip if
youre passing through Young Harris.  Very reliable for Eastern
Meadowlark..

 

Tom Striker

Blue Ridge / Fannin County, GA


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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 22 Feb 2017
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:00:36 -0500
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: February 22, 2017 at 10:39:38 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Bartow, 1 DeKalb)
> Ross's Goose (1 Bartow, 1 DeKalb)
> Northern Pintail (2 Miller)
> Wood Stork (1 Brooks)
> Broad-winged Hawk (1 Clayton, 1 Harris)
> Purple Gallinule (1 Brooks)
> Least Sandpiper (1 Bartow)
> Pectoral Sandpiper (1 Bartow, 2 Miller)
> Long-billed Dowitcher (1 Miller)
> White-winged Dove (1 Miller)
> Black-chinned Hummingbird (1 Chatham)
> Rufous Hummingbird (2 Columbia)
> Hairy Woodpecker (1 Glynn)
> Eastern Wood-Pewee (1 Cherokee)
> Louisiana Waterthrush (1 Glynn)
> Cape May Warbler (1 Glynn)
> Yellow-throated Warbler (1 Bulloch, 2 Columbia)
> Yellow-throated Warbler (dominica/stoddardi) (2 Columbia)
> Painted Bunting (1 Burke)
> Dickcissel (1 Bibb)
> Rusty Blackbird (1 Chatham, 1 McIntosh)
> Brewer's Blackbird (1 Gordon)
> Boat-tailed Grackle (1 Brooks)
> Baltimore Oriole (1 Clarke)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the  Georgia Rare Bird Alert.The report 
below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia. View or unsubscribe to this 
alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569 

> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
> 
> 

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Subject: Ross's Geese at Pole Bridge
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:43:01 -0500
    
DeKalb County. Must call in advance for permission to enter.770-593-9651.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34640744

Patty McLean, Atlanta GA 

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes over Dallas, Georgia
From: Barbara Bowen <bbowen32 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:04:00 -0500
Between 11:30 and 12:15 PM I counted approximately 450 Sandhill Cranes flying 
over Cartersville Hwy just north of Dallas, Georgia. 

 
 
 
Barbara Bowen
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Subject: Re: Early Arrival Record for Broadwinged Hawk
From: Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:55:20 -0500
There was a kettle of Turkey Vultures over the International Community
School in Decatur this afternoon.  About 30, they all headed off in a
northern direction, having arrived from the south.  There may have been
some hawks in with them.  I didn't have binoculars and they were high and
it was also quite dark.

On Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 11:38 AM, world oceans 
wrote:

> Good morning,I saw a Broadwinged Hawk heading northeast over Morrow on
> stiff southerly breezes at 10:37 today...also a high-soaring Sharpshinned
> and several northbound Turkey Vultures. According to ebird, this is nearly
> a month earlier than the previous arrival record for Broadwings in Georgia.
> Details will be submitted to ebird.org. It feels like raptor migration is
> officially underway.
>
> James Gibson
> Clayton Co.
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Subject: 45 Sandhills
From: Liz Horsey <ERHORSEY AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:05:05 +0000
Over my house in NW Atlanta at 1 pm. Flying in and out of the clouds, NNW dir. 

Liz Horsey 
NW Atlanta, Fulton County 


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Subject: Early Arrival Record for Broadwinged Hawk
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:38:39 +0100
Good morning,I saw a Broadwinged Hawk heading northeast over Morrow on
stiff southerly breezes at 10:37 today...also a high-soaring Sharpshinned
and several northbound Turkey Vultures. According to ebird, this is nearly
a month earlier than the previous arrival record for Broadwings in Georgia.
Details will be submitted to ebird.org. It feels like raptor migration is
officially underway.

James Gibson
Clayton Co.

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Subject: Re: Cedar Waxwing Poisoning
From: Linda <ll_finn AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:12:00 -0500
Having just filled two shopping bags with nandina berry bunches for disposal, I 
concluded that a better plan until the bushes are gradually all removed, is to 
snip off the flower stalks in the spring instead. Not so heavy and easier. 


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Subject: Re: Locations to view Sandhill Cranes in the South East
From: Linda <ll_finn AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:09:01 -0500
Although not in GA, not that far away just north of Chattanooga, the Hiwasee 
Refuge is a good place to see sandhill cranes. I saw several whooping cranes 
there too. The refuge has a website, which states Nov thru Feb with Jan peak 
numbers. So this is getting toward the end. Not sure if some of those seen in 
GA would be stopping overnight in TN on the way north. How far do these birds 
fly when they start migrating? 


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Subject: Re: Cedar Waxwing Poisoning
From: Terry Valentine <terryval AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:37:43 -0500
That's impressive that the administration both cared enough to act and was able 
to act so quickly, without having to put a proposal through committee, etc. A 
lot of little victories like this could add up to a lot of feathered lives 
being saved. 


Terry Valentine
Hoschton

-----Original Message-----
From: Georgia Birders Online [mailto:GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of 
Charles Reid 

Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2017 9:38 AM
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: [GABO-L] Cedar Waxwing Poisoning

I wanted to share this with everyone. Last year I found a flock of dead cedar 
waxwings by the front entrance of Decatur High School, sidewalk, and N 
McDonough St. I believe there was around 14 of them but most had been crushed 
in the road. I'll let Steve Holzman explain the rest... 

- Charles Reid

In April of 2016, I saw an email from Charles Reid detailing his observation of 
a number of dead Cedar Waxwings near the Decatur High School. I was aware of a 
report detailing the deaths of dozens of Cedar Waxwings in Thomas County, 
Georgia in 2009. The cause of death was determined to be cyanide toxicity due 
to their consumption of high numbers of Nandina (aka Heavenly Bamboo) berries. 
I asked Charles to find the most intact specimen and to freeze it until I could 
get it to the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS) on the 
campus of UGA. In June of 2016, they necropsied the bird and confirmed that it 
also died of cyanide toxicity. 


Cedar Waxwings winter in Georgia in large numbers. Their flocks can be seen and 
heard flying around neighborhoods in their search for berries to eat. By April, 
many of the native berries are gone and they will then descend upon Nandina 
shrubs, often ingesting a toxic amount of berries. This year I was determined 
to prevent more unnecessary deaths. I contacted Dr. David Dude, the 
Superintendent for the City Schools of Decatur. He talked to his Director of 
Facilities, Jason Ware. Before I knew it, Jason and his crew had removed all 
the Nandina bushes around the school preventing the deaths of many Cedar 
Waxwings. 

Sometimes, all it takes is simple awareness of an issue to get people to act.

I realize that Nandina is everywhere, and we can only prevent more deaths if 
all homeowners and landscapers take the time to destroy this invasive and 
poisonous shrub. It’s not hard, just cut it close to the ground and spray the 
stump with glyphosate. If you just treat the stump, it will not hurt any 
adjacent plants. Glyphosate is shorted lived in the soil and safe for 
homeowners to use. If you have an aversion to using herbicides you can pull up 
the plants, but watch for any stump sprouts. It can be a hard to get all the 
roots. If you don’t want to give up your Nandina yet, please strip the 
berries and dispose of them in the trash. We can’t solve every environmental 
challenge, but this one is easy. Get rid of this un-heavenly bamboo and save 
the birds. 


Steve Holzman, President
Georgia Ornithological Society

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Subject: Re: Locations to view Sandhill Cranes in the South East
From: Sheila Willis <swjxw1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 03:18:35 -0500
Hey Shane & others,

Hope you are fine. Here is a reply to where to find Sandhill Cranes in
Southeast GA.

The Okefenokee NWR is home to Florida Sandhill Cranes year-round (breeders)
& also Greater Sandhill Cranes in the fall-winter season (late Oct/Nov or
later--most now gone by mid-Feb). The best entrance to see these is the
Eastern one s. of Folkston (CHARLTON) on the west side of GAHwy#121. It is
also called the Suwannee Canal Recreation Area.

You can view the cranes in the "prairies" (shallow-flooded grassy wetlands)
common in the eastern part of the Okefenokee Swamp. They feed & nest here.
In winter, the two types are basically separate with the "yankee birds" in
big flocks, so remember "the greater are in greater groups". When the
greaters arrive, the Floridas can really get mad if the newcomers attempt
to land in "their" territory!!

You can go into the prairies by kayak, canoe, or boat including the tour
boats (1-1/2 hr) offered by Okefenokee Adventures, the concession for that
side of the refuge.

Also, you can drive along the Swamp Island Drive (a few miles round-trip)
and park at the Chesser Island Boardwalk Parking Lot from which you can
walk a boardwalk (1-1/2 mi. roundtrip) to an observation tower. This
overlooks Seagrove Lake and Chesser Prairie which both types of the cranes
use.

The Florida Sandhills nest there (and along the boat tour in Chesser Pr) as
scattered pairs. One pair also nests off the boardwalk at the first large
opening where there is a double alligator hole on the right.

Another spot for possibly a few birds is along the very short Cane Pole Tr
which goes west along the Suwanee Canal (boat route) from the Okefenokee
Adventures Boat Basin. It ends in a small viewing area (no tower).

For the largest numbers, late Dec. & Jan. are best. As you can figure by
the various migration reports, many of the overwintering ones have already
been leaving.

This weekend would be good to perhaps watch the local cranes doing their
courtship dance & extra calling. Think of Valentine's Day for this!! Note
that the wintering cranes also do much more calling when time to leave.

Once the nest is built in the prairie (a mound of veg), one bird will be at
the nest watching the 2 eggs. Sometimes you can see them do an exchange of
positions. April--May are good times for nest care & hatching.

Water levels have been low in the Okefenokee Swamp this winter, but we have
gotten some rain w/ recent late winter storms. Note that the cranes also
like to eat small tubers/rootlets such as for Paintroot, so you often see
them digging for that. There is more Paintroot after wildfires, so they go
to where that is more abundant. No fires in a while though. Sometimes a few
leave Okefenokee for the surrounding pinelands when the blueberries &
huckleberries are ripe.

Grand Bay WMA just e. of Valdosta (LOWNDES) n. of Knights Academy Rd (via
USHwy#221/Lakeland Rd) also has a smaller population of Sandhill Cranes w/
additional wintering ones (seems to be less in recent times), but this site
is farther away than the Okefenokee Swamp for you. It also has an
observation tower that is reachable by a 1/2 mi. boardwalk. See the GA DNR
website for WMAs & their maps for Grand Bay.

During their migration periods you can occasionally see them in groups in
agricultural fields (esp. peanut) in S. GA. The fields around Lakeland
(LANIER), GA in the vicinity of Banks Lake NWR are often a favorite site. A
few stray to the coast & I have even seen some at Lake Whitney in the
northern part of Cumberland Island (CAMDEN) in the past in the spring.

Closer to your area, a few have been spotted at Phinizy Swamp Nature
Park (RICHMOND), Glennville Wastewater Treatment Facility (TATTNALL),
around Statesboro (BULLOCH) such as at Titan Turf Farm on Sinkhole Rd, etc.
in assorted seasons. Two were found this Jan. at Southern Swiss Dairy on
GAHwy#56 s. of Waynesboro (BURKE).

MapQuest says it is about 4 hrs from Augusta to Folkston. And about 4-1/2
hrs from Augusta to Valdosta.

Hope this helps. Good luck! Take care.

Sincerely,
Sheila Willis
Native American-Naturalist Talks & Tours
Okefenokee Bird Club
Waycross, WARE, GA

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Subject: Sandhill cranes over Troup Co
From: Emily Rosmis <earosmus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:24:04 -0500
Observed 26 Sandhill Cranes flying NE over Lagrange, Troup County around
6:30 this evening, not vocalizing

Emily Rosmus
Troup County

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Subject: Locations to view Sandhill Cranes in the South East
From: Shane Sherwood <shane.sherwood AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:36:01 -0500
Does anyone have recommendations for viewing Sandhill Cranes in the South
East?  I see frequent postings of Sandhill Flyby's near Atlanta, but no
clue as to where I can find them on any given day.  Are there any reliable
nesting sites that could be reached from Augusta Georgia over the weekend
(maybe 6 hour drive oneway)?

I'm looking at traveling this coming weekend or the following weekend if
there are any good opportunities.  Hopefully I haven't missed them this
year.

Thanks,
Shane Sherwood

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes over Powder Springs
From: Barbara Bowen <bbowen32 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:09:43 -0500
At 11:30 I saw approximately 60 Sandhill Cranes flying NW over Powder Springs 
in Cobb County. They could be heard from inside a building. 



Barbara Bowen
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Subject: Re: More Sandhills -- DeKalb
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:31:23 -0500
& AT $* autocorrect! Kettling!!! Moved NW now.

MK

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> On Feb 20, 2017, at 12:28 PM, Mary Kimberly  wrote:
> 
> Jett king over Claremont/LaVista. About 70 of 'em.
> 
> Mary Kimberly 
> Unincorporated DeKalb
> 
> Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: More Sandhills -- DeKalb
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:28:08 -0500
Jett king over Claremont/LaVista. About 70 of 'em.

Mary Kimberly 
Unincorporated DeKalb

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 20 Feb 2017
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:03:38 -0500
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> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: February 20, 2017 at 10:20:40 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Greater White-fronted Goose (2 Bartow, 2 Oconee)
> Snow Goose (1 Fulton, 1 Madison)
> Ross's Goose (1 Bartow, 1 Rockdale)
> American Black Duck (3 Cobb)
> Northern Pintail (2 Macon, 2 Miller, 1 Stewart)
> Common Goldeneye (1 Cherokee)
> Wood Stork (1 Mitchell)
> Anhinga (1 Cobb)
> American White Pelican (1 Cobb, 1 Jackson, 2 Seminole)
> Brown Pelican (1 Cobb)
> Snowy Egret (1 Cobb)
> Cattle Egret (1 Cobb)
> White-faced Ibis (1 McIntosh)
> King Rail (1 Decatur)
> Sora (2 Clayton)
> Common Gallinule (2 Clayton)
> Limpkin (1 Dougherty)
> Semipalmated Plover (1 Cobb)
> Sanderling (1 Cobb)
> Pectoral Sandpiper (1 Bartow, 1 Miller)
> Short-billed Dowitcher (2 Miller)
> Long-billed Dowitcher (2 Miller)
> Willet (1 Cobb)
> Laughing Gull (1 Cobb)
> Inca Dove (4 Miller)
> White-winged Dove (1 Miller)
> Barn Owl (1 McIntosh, 1 Stewart)
> Black-chinned Hummingbird (1 Chatham)
> Rufous Hummingbird (1 Clarke)
> Hairy Woodpecker (1 McIntosh)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Jasper)
> Say's Phoebe (1 Baker, 1 Early, 6 Miller)
> Vermilion Flycatcher (1 Baker, 3 Miller)
> Ash-throated Flycatcher (1 Early)
> Purple Martin (1 Oconee)
> Red-breasted Nuthatch (1 Cherokee, 1 Columbia, 1 Peach)
> Eastern Bluebird (Eastern) (1 Cobb)
> Black-and-white Warbler (1 Clarke)
> Orange-crowned Warbler (1 Dawson)
> Cape May Warbler (1 Glynn)
> Yellow-throated Warbler (1 Bulloch)
> Prairie Warbler (1 Chatham)
> Lark Sparrow (1 Mitchell)
> Painted Bunting (1 McIntosh)
> Rusty Blackbird (1 Chatham)
> Brewer's Blackbird (1 Burke, 2 Early, 1 Gwinnett, 1 Lee, 4 Miller)
> Boat-tailed Grackle (1 Seminole)
> Orchard Oriole (1 Dawson)
> Baltimore Oriole (1 Clarke)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the  Georgia Rare Bird Alert.The report 
below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia. View or unsubscribe to this 
alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569 

> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
> 
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Subject: GBBC at Laura S. Walker State Park by Okefenokee Bird Club
From: Sheila Willis <swjxw1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:16:34 -0500
Hey folks,

Hope you are fine. Below is an article written about the Okefenokee Bird
Club's participation on 2/18 at Laura S. Walker State Park (WARE) for the
Great Backyard Bird Count. Hope yours are or have gone well.

The Great Backyard Bird Count, an annual February bird survey event created
by Cornell University and the National Audubon Society with volunteer
participants, was celebrated locally on February 18 by members of the
Okefenokee Bird Club and the staff of Laura S. Walker State Park south of
Waycross, Ware County. Birds were counted and the results will be recorded
on-line on eBird so that scientists, managers, and others can see what
species were using that Ware County area that winter day.



The skies were overcast throughout the event but the temperature was
relatively mild at 49 to 61 degrees and the usual blustery winds were not
present. Two flocks of CHIPPING SPARROWS stayed around the grounds of the
Interpretive Center and visited the feeders there. Their competition was in
the form of NORTHERN CARDINALs, BROWN THRASHERs, and a pretty little
BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH which also visited the bird bath for a drink.



Three COMMON GROUND-DOVEs came by for a few mouthfuls, but their main focus
was on courtship rather than in feeding. Several chases by the males ensued
to the disinterest of the female. Also involved in chases were the resident
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDs that would periodically serenade the birders there
with lovely melodies.



A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET sat briefly in a cherry tree but its interest was in
insects instead of seeds for a meal. BLUE JAYs frequented the trees nearby
and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was heard both calling & drumming.  A very
uncharacteristic small flock of American Robins moved about the grass and
EASTERN BLUEBIRDs were also in the vicinity.



A brief stop at the Park Office offered up a MOURNING DOVE, a secretive
HOUSE WREN, and another NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD. Earlier, a RED-BELLIED
WOODPECKER had been heard there too.



The Wildlife Observation Platform & Boardwalk at the western end of Laura
Walker Lake made a convenient spot to wait & watch for more birds. It was
just east of the wading bird rookery & roost but that area was not active
at the time.  The water levels at the lake were high but some large patches
of exposed Maidencane were there to offer cover for wildlife.



Three male ANHINGAs were observed perching in the Pond Cypress & flying
with their silvery-backed wings exposed. At one point two of them decided
to hunt for an early lunch and went swimming, each with their long skinny
necks & head with its pointed bill moving through the black water like the
periscope of a submarine.



Two male EASTERN BLUEBIRDs passed through the lakeshore trees and due to
the overcast skies, their back & wing feathers appeared a deep blue. A
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK called in the distance during this its courtship season
as did a lone PILEATED WOODPECKER.



Catching the attention of the birders, a Belted KINGFISHER flew by at the
opposite shore& after perching, flew upwards & around until it decided to
leave. TURKEY VULTUREs were seen in flight against the grey sky. At the
survey period’s conclusion an AMERICAN CROW let the folks know it was
present as well.



A total of 19 species and 19 birds were recorded. Participants included
Sheila Willis, Sandy Keeler, Aurora Geoghgan, and Suzanne Passmore.


In bloom that day were Red Maple, Buckwheat Tree, Redbud, Yellow Jasmine,
Bluets, overwintering Marsh Goldenglow, and early Deerbells besides the
also-early cultivated Azalea.


The day’s totals for the birds were:



COMMON GROUND-DOVE: 3

MOURNING DOVE: 1

ANHINGA: 3

TURKEY VULTURE: 2

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK: 1

BELTED KINGFISHER: 1

RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER: 2

PILEATED WOODPECKER: 1

BLUE JAY: 3

AMERICAN CROW: 1

BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH: 1

HOUSE WREN: 1

RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET: 1

EASTERN BLUEBIRD: 5

AMERICAN ROBIN: 5

BROWN THRASHER: 2

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD: 6

CHIPPING SPARROW: 18

NORTHERN CARDINAL: 3

For those that might search for these results on eBird, note that for some
reason, when I last visited eBird to enter Saturday's data, my list for the
GBBC would not show properly under the "Explore A Region" page for Ware Co.
It has me under "Recent Visits" for observers, but no species are listed
under the "Recent Visits" species list. Also, I have entered data for the
GBBC & other events for many years, but at this time I do not see most of
those lists on either the maps or as a list. And I am only shown w/ credit
for one (this year's) count.

Sincerely,
Sheila Willis
Native American-Naturalist Talks & Tours
Okefenokee Bird Club
Waycross, WARE, GA

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Subject: No Mallards at Constitution Lakes
From: Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:05:05 -0500
Hi all,
I am posting this as I thought it very strange not to find a single Mallard
at Constitution Lakes in DeKalb this afternoon.  I was there for about an
hour and it was only about half way through that I started to think "Eh,
there are no mallards at all."  I searched high and low, scouring all the
banks and reeds.  Nothing.  Of course I am not saying there are none there,
merely that I didn't see any.

I thought it unusual, and in the spirit of absence being as important as
presence thought I would share.

Cheers
Drew Whitelegg
DeKalb Co.

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Subject: Sandhills -- DeKalb
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:32:08 -0500
35 kettling over Oak Grove/LaVista area right now

Mary Kimberly 
Unincorporated DeKalb County

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Subject: Cedar Waxwing Poisoning
From: Charles Reid <charlesrreid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:38:06 -0500
I wanted to share this with everyone. Last year I found a flock of dead
cedar waxwings by the front entrance of Decatur High School, sidewalk, and
N McDonough St. I believe there was around 14 of them but most had been
crushed in the road. I'll let Steve Holzman explain the rest...
- Charles Reid

In April of 2016, I saw an email from Charles Reid detailing his
observation of a number of dead Cedar Waxwings near the Decatur High
School. I was aware of a report detailing the deaths of dozens of
Cedar Waxwings in Thomas County, Georgia in 2009. The cause of death
was determined to be cyanide toxicity due to their consumption of high
numbers of Nandina (aka Heavenly Bamboo) berries. I asked Charles to
find the most intact specimen and to freeze it until I could get it to
the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS) on the
campus of UGA. In June of 2016, they necropsied the bird and confirmed
that it also died of cyanide toxicity.

Cedar Waxwings winter in Georgia in large numbers. Their flocks can be
seen and heard flying around neighborhoods in their search for berries
to eat. By April, many of the native berries are gone and they will
then descend upon Nandina shrubs, often ingesting a toxic amount of
berries. This year I was determined to prevent more unnecessary
deaths. I contacted Dr. David Dude, the Superintendent for the City
Schools of Decatur. He talked to his Director of Facilities, Jason
Ware. Before I knew it, Jason and his crew had removed all the Nandina
bushes around the school preventing the deaths of many Cedar Waxwings.
Sometimes, all it takes is simple awareness of an issue to get people
to act.

I realize that Nandina is everywhere, and we can only prevent more
deaths if all homeowners and landscapers take the time to destroy this
invasive and poisonous shrub. It’s not hard, just cut it close to the
ground and spray the stump with glyphosate. If you just treat the
stump, it will not hurt any adjacent plants. Glyphosate is shorted
lived in the soil and safe for homeowners to use. If you have an
aversion to using herbicides you can pull up the plants, but watch for
any stump sprouts. It can be a hard to get all the roots. If you don’t
want to give up your Nandina yet, please strip the berries and dispose
of them in the trash. We can’t solve every environmental challenge,
but this one is easy. Get rid of this un-heavenly bamboo and save the
birds.

Steve Holzman, President
Georgia Ornithological Society

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Subject: Cedar waxwings in Canton
From: MARY MEYER <cheshy AT PRODIGY.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:05:11 +0000
There was a flock of cedar waxwings in Heritage Park.  They were by the back 
fence to the right of the children's playground.  They were mixed in with a 
flock of robins that must have been migrating. When they weren't in the trees 
they were on the ground foraging.   What a wonderful spring delight. 

Mary MeyerAcworth, GA
 


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Subject: Sandhill Cranes - DeKalb
From: Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:05:37 -0500
Four groups late afternoon in the Stone Mountain area.  I counted 37, 48,
27 and 25 in the groups.  First two were vocal, second weren't.  Groups one
and two circled for a while before heading north west towards Tucker area.
Third group were in a V the whole time, heading northwest.  Fourth group
circled and I lost sight of them.

Glad to see them - I feared I'd managed to miss them this year!

Drew Whitelegg
DeKalb County

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes, Cherokee County
From: Sandra Eileen Garber <sgarber AT GSU.EDU>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:39:38 +0000
At 4:55 pm today I saw 26 Sandhill Cranes fly over the Etowah River Park in 
Canton in a V. As previously noted, only one was calling. They flew north over 
the park, crossed the Etowah River and then seemed to be confused, trying to 
decide which way to turn. When last seen, they didn't seem to have decided 
(jumble, no V). 



Spring peepers and chorus frogs calling loudly.


Sandra Garber

Canton, GA


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Subject: Prairie Warbler, Paradise Lakes Public Fishing Area, 2/17/2017
From: Vanessa Lane <snowgyre AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:32:53 -0500
Today I had the surprise of seeing an adult male prairie warbler with my
ornithology students at Paradise Lakes Public Fishing Area in Berrien
County outside of Tifton, GA. I did not try finding the female c0mm0n
m3rgans3r today, so I'm not sure if she's still there. The prairie warbler
was located along a foot-traffic only east-west road on the northeast side
of the property, nearest the trophy bass pond and south of an agricultural
field. The woods were freshly burned and still smoldering in this location,
drawing lots of yellow-rumped warblers in.

I was able to take two identifiable but blurry photos of the bird. I'm not
sure if the Ebird photograph links will work, but here are the two
photographs:

Photograph 1:

https://download.ams.birds.cornell.edu/api/v1/asset/48570871/large?__hstc=60209138.937e1ede05fa611235bfe8ae8fbfe59b.1487362750974.1487362750974.1487362750974.1&__hssc=60209138.6.1487362750974&__hsfp=2550584062 


Photograph 2:

https://download.ams.birds.cornell.edu/api/v1/asset/48570861/large?__hstc=60209138.937e1ede05fa611235bfe8ae8fbfe59b.1487362750974.1487362750974.1487362750974.1&__hssc=60209138.10.1487362750974&__hsfp=2550584062 


And just in case those two links don't work, here is the link to my actual
list. You should be able to view the photos from here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34428801

~Vanessa Lane
Tifton, GA

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Subject: CANCELLED: Atlanta Audubon walk for tomorrow
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:54:24 -0500
The weather forecast for Roswell is rather poor for the morning. We've made the 
difficult decision to cancel the bird walk scheduled at the Chattahoochee 
Nature Center for Saturday, February 18. 


Mary Kimberly 
Field Trip Coordinator 
Atlanta Audubon 

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 17 Feb 2017
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:53:54 -0500
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> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: February 17, 2017 at 9:37:29 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Ross's Goose (1 Floyd)
> Canvasback (1 Troup)
> Common Goldeneye (1 Troup)
> Red-necked Grebe (1 Gwinnett)
> Wood Stork (1 Dougherty)
> American White Pelican (1 Lowndes)
> Snowy Egret (1 Lowndes)
> White-faced Ibis (1 McIntosh)
> Virginia Rail (Virginia) (1 Muscogee)
> Forster's Tern (1 Troup)
> Barn Owl (1 Muscogee)
> White-eyed Vireo (2 DeKalb)
> Yellow-throated Vireo (1 DeKalb)
> Red-breasted Nuthatch (1 Lamar)
> Eastern Bluebird (Eastern) (1 Gwinnett)
> Black-and-white Warbler (1 Clarke, 1 DeKalb)
> Cape May Warbler (3 Glynn)
> Henslow's Sparrow (3 Glynn)
> Eastern Towhee (White-eyed) (1 Colquitt)
> Eastern Towhee (Red-eyed) (1 Colquitt)
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 Jefferson)
> Dickcissel (1 Bibb)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
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> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED 

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Subject: BARN OWL, Harris co
From: Emily Rosmis <earosmus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:31:18 -0500
A BARN OWL (most likely male) was just observed within Callaway Gardens in
Harris County, approx. 9:45 a.m. It was accidentally spooked from its
roosting site and flew across a lake, out of view. Based on mutes and casts
(pellets) found in the area over the past few months, he has been roosting
here on and off for a while.

Emily Rosmus
Harris County

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Subject: Bald Eagle Calhoun, Gordon County
From: Greg Green <greg_green AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:39:53 -0500
At approximately 11:30 PM today a Bald Eagle was sighted flying east to west 
over Eastside School in Calhoun. This is the first time I have seen this 
species in our town despite local accounts I have heard. 


Greg green
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Subject: Sandhill Cranes, Paulding County
From: Barbara Bowen <bbowen32 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:39:33 -0500
Yesterday I was fortunate to see approx 150 Sandhill Cranes fly over 
Cartersville Road, just north of Dallas,Georgia between 11:30 and 12:30. 



Barbara Bowen
Cobb County
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Subject: Purple Finch, DeKalb Co.
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:53:27 +0000
We've got at least 20 Purple Finch on several feeders here in Tucker this 
morning. It's the most I've seen here this winter, although there have been a 
few daily. They're mixed in with as many Am. Goldfinch. No Pine Siskins this 
winter, but that's okay. I like a few at a time, but not so much the hoards 
that usually follow. No Red-breasted Nuthatches hung around here beyond the 
early winter days. Interesting that the finches this year have ignored the 
niger seed and gone for the black oil sunflower seed only; suits me due to the 
expense.  

Sandhill Cranes have been going over regularly here; and I hear that they've 
often been on the ground at the CCWA Huie ponds in Clayton Co. They tend to 
spend the night there often (which visitors may not do - gates close at 5pm 
until March, then 6); and also drop in periodically during the day sometimes. 
Several birders have also reported both Am. Kestrel and Merlin at 
Huie...perching near each other!  Those ponds have been a very good spot for 
about 30 years now.Carol  Carol Lambert & Jeff SewellTucker, GA  (DeKalb 
Co.)lambertsewell AT att.net 


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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 15 Feb 2017
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:19:42 -0500
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> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: February 15, 2017 at 9:16:02 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Oconee)
> Ross's Goose (1 Muscogee)
> American White Pelican (1 Lowndes)
> Black-crowned Night-Heron (1 Richmond)
> Mississippi Kite (1 Chatham)
> Tree Swallow (1 Berrien)
> Red-breasted Nuthatch (2 Cobb)
> Northern Parula (1 Berrien)
> Yellow-throated Warbler (1 Richmond)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> 
> 
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Subject: Atlanta Audubon field trip this week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:23:51 -0500
Please join Jason Ward for a bird walk at the Chattahoochee Nature Center
(Fulton County) on Saturday, February 18 at 8:00 AM.

For details and directions, please visit our website at
https://www.atlantaaudubon.org/field-trips.

Bird on!
-- 
Mary Kimberly
Field Trip Coordinator
Atlanta Audubon

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Subject: Lots of cranes, not much else @ Marshallville - 2/14
From: Walt Chambers <chambersw AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:59:09 +0000
While no cool passerines showed at the "main" Marshallville SuperSod, I did 
view several groups of Sandhill Cranes heading north totaling between 
3500-4000. Definitely the most I've seen pass over this location. 



Walt Chambers

Columbus

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Subject: Sandhills East Cobb
From: Eric Haley <pondhawk AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:10:58 -0500
One v of approximately 125 sandhill cranes, heading north at Roswell rd and 
Piedmont right now. 

Eric Haley 
Marietta ga 

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes Gwinnett county
From: BB <sandfalcon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:47:24 -0500
On my way home from work this afternoon I also got to join the Sandhill Crane 
club. Had about 30 in a kettle at Sugarloaf Parkway and Hwy 316 about 4 pm. I 
was happy to see them since Sandhills seem to show a distinct preference for 
the I-75 corridor in Georgia and we don't seem to get a lot of them on the east 
side of the metro. 


Brandon Best
Lawrenceville, GA

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Roald Amundsen
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Subject: Sandhills
From: Liz Horsey <ERHORSEY AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:54:30 +0000
50-60 over NW Atlanta about 3:45. Barely any noise.

Liz Horsey 
NW ATL, Fulton County 


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Subject: Sandhill cranes in flight Fulton Co.
From: Jamie Vidich <bearislandfarm AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:17:34 -0500
On a lunch break walking near downtown East Point I heard the delightful
gurgling call of the sandhill crane and looked up to see a group of about
90 SANDHILL CRANES kettling over my office building. They divided into two
skeins and continued their flight northwest. I spent another few minutes
scanning the sky and to my gratification witnessed another 35 fly over. The
second group was seen just above the tree line in the distance, so I
imagine there could have been other groups out of the range of my view. I
hope others have the pleasure of glimpsing them as they cross Atlanta and
north Georgia.

-- 
Jamie Vidich
Atlanta GA

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes on ground-Fayette Co
From: Michelle Hamner <michelle AT ATLANTAAUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:39:15 -0500
I'm watching about 200 Sandhill Cranes foraging on Brooks Woolsey Rd where
Antioch Creek feeds into Lake Horton. Got pictures of one that is banded.

Michelle
Peachtree City, GA

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Subject: 3 skeins sandhill cranes = Bartow Co
From: Pam Potter <ppotter AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:06:25 -0500
Flying near my house again today 3 skeins of sandhill cranes heading NNW. There 
were a total of 89. 



Pam Potter
White
Bartow co

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 13 Feb 2017
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:17:00 -0500
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> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: February 13, 2017 at 8:58:23 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Greater White-fronted Goose (1 DeKalb, 3 Meriwether)
> Snow Goose (1 Mitchell)
> Ross's Goose (2 Muscogee)
> Tundra Swan (3 Meriwether)
> American Black Duck (2 Muscogee)
> Wood Stork (2 Miller)
> Snowy Egret (1 Lowndes)
> Black-crowned Night-Heron (1 Richmond)
> King Rail (1 Richmond)
> Long-billed Curlew (2 Glynn)
> White-winged Dove (1 Dougherty)
> Barn Owl (3 Stewart)
> Short-eared Owl (2 Sumter)
> Red-headed Woodpecker (6 Bibb, 1 Carroll, 1 Clayton, 1 Cobb, 1 Columbia, 1 
Coweta, 1 Glascock, 1 Jones, 1 Schley, 1 Tift) 

> Hairy Woodpecker (1 Clarke, 1 Coweta, 2 DeKalb, 1 Fayette, 1 Fulton)
> Merlin (1 Baker, 2 Clayton)
> Peregrine Falcon (1 Jones)
> Say's Phoebe (2 Early, 2 Lee, 6 Miller)
> Vermilion Flycatcher (4 Baker, 1 Lee, 1 Mitchell)
> Ash-throated Flycatcher (2 Early)
> Loggerhead Shrike (2 Morgan)
> Blue-headed Vireo (1 Clarke, 1 Newton)
> Horned Lark (Eastern dark Group) (1 Morgan)
> House Wren (Northern) (1 Glynn)
> House Wren (4 Baker, 4 Miller)
> Winter Wren (1 Clarke, 1 Columbia, 1 DeKalb, 1 Glascock)
> Sedge Wren (1 DeKalb)
> Black-and-white Warbler (1 Jones)
> Yellow-throated Warbler (1 Bulloch, 1 Richmond)
> Fox Sparrow (Red) (1 Fulton, 2 Walton)
> White-crowned Sparrow (1 Bibb)
> Vesper Sparrow (1 Laurens)
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 Jefferson)
> Rusty Blackbird (1 Bibb, 1 Jones, 2 McIntosh, 1 Walton)
> Brewer's Blackbird (8 Baker, 2 Early, 3 Lee)
> Purple Finch (1 Carroll, 1 Cobb, 4 DeKalb, 1 Fulton, 1 Monroe, 1 Oglethorpe)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
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> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
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Subject: King Rail continues in Augusta (Richmond County)
From: Milton Hobbs <thegahobbs6 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2017 21:55:59 -0500
Hi Georgia Birders,
One or more of the King Rails continues at Phinizy Swamp and Nature Park in
Richmond County. I saw one on 1/20/17 and again today (2/12/17) at about
5:00pm. Today I found it at the Oxbow Lake Overlook. Thanks to Liam Wolff
for the heads up on this fine bird.
Link to photo: https://mhbbs.smugmug.com/King-Rail/n-JBP9TX/i-48BxKDX
Milton Hobbs
Burke County, GA

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