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Mexican Sheartail,©Sophie Webb

26 Jun Mississippi Kites, Rehobeth/Rehobeth Church roads area, Spalding County, Jun 26, 2016 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
26 Jun Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Snowy Egret, Clayton County Water Authority--E.L. Huie Ponds, Jun 26, 2016 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
26 Jun Crested Caracara Jekyll Island. [James Fleullan ]
25 Jun Wood Ducks-Floyd Co []
24 Jun Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 6/24/2016 [Stephen Holzman ]
22 Jun Black & White Warbler -Floyd Co []
22 Jun Shiny Cowbird continues [James Fleullan ]
22 Jun ADMIN: AOL accounts [Stephen Holzman ]
22 Jun Cliff Swallows - Union Co., Yellow-billed cuckoos - Cherokee Co. [Vicki DeLoach ]
20 Jun Interstate road trip birding in Georgia June 16 [Jeff Madsen ]
18 Jun Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <6/18/16> [Steve Holzman ]
18 Jun Re: Ceruleans, UnCommon Ravens, and Peregrines - 6/12/2016 [Mark McShane ]
18 Jun Ceruleans, UnCommon Ravens, and Peregrines - 6/12/2016 [Mark McShane ]
17 Jun Glynn County Yellow Crowned Night-Heron [john w sink ]
16 Jun Windy Gap area - Murray County [Joshua Spence ]
16 Jun summer tanager(s) sightings [Trish McMillan ]
16 Jun Hooded Merganser, the lake at the City of Pine Lake, DeKalb County, 6/14/16 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
16 Jun Scarlet Tanagers, Stone Mountain Park, DeKalb County, 6/16/16 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
14 Jun Pinhoti Trail Hike - 6/14/16 [Joshua Spence ]
14 Jun Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 6/14/2016 [Stephen Holzman ]
14 Jun BIRDING MONGOLIA PROGRAM...BY DOT BAMBACH [bethheron ]
13 Jun FOUR COMMON RAVENS - Including Juveniles!!! Murray County [Joshua Spence ]
13 Jun Shiny Cowbird Tybee Island ["Robert D. Sattelmeyer" ]
12 Jun Shiny Cowbird Continues Now Tybee [Patrick Maurice ]
12 Jun Baby catbirds [Jason Baumgardner ]
11 Jun Shiny Cowbird continues [tonibowen ]
10 Jun Correction--Graves Park in Gwinnett Co. [Melanie Furr ]
10 Jun New DeKalb birding location [Melanie Furr ]
10 Jun Red-breasted Nuthatch - Murray County [Joshua Spence ]
10 Jun Re: Bradley Unit update - 6/10 - Bank Swallow, Laughing Gulls, more Glossy Ibis, etc. [Walt Chambers ]
10 Jun Louisiana Waterthrush nest ~ Murray Co. [Joshua Spence ]
9 Jun Google Doodle [Ellen Miller ]
9 Jun Honoring Phoebe Snetsinger [Patty McLean ]
8 Jun Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 6/8/2016 [Steve Holzman ]
8 Jun Recent Shorebird Sightings at George Pierce Park ["Chris O'Neal" ]
7 Jun Atlanta Audubon walks this week [Melanie Furr ]
7 Jun Shiny Cowbird still present [Diana Churchill ]
7 Jun SHINY COWBIRD - Tybee Island North Point, Chatham County - 6/5/2016 - Video Post [Mark McShane ]
6 Jun Re: Last Chance for 2015-2016 Duck Stamp [Stephen Holzman ]
6 Jun Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 6/5/16 [Steve Holzman ]
6 Jun Plover near Atlanta airport [world oceans ]
5 Jun Shiny Cowbird [Buddy Campbell ]
5 Jun Shiny Cowbird Continues at Tybee (3:45) [Rich Hull ]
5 Jun Shiny Cowbird, Tybee Island, 6/5/16. Still here [Carol Lambert ]
4 Jun Re: Shiny Cowbird [Patty McLean ]
4 Jun Re: Backyard sight [world oceans ]
4 Jun Backyard sight [Eric Gibney ]
4 Jun Cave Swallow Request for Help (Genotyping Hybrids for Ornithology!) [Andrew Dreelin ]
4 Jun Re: Shiny Cowbird [Patty McLean ]
4 Jun Misissippi Kites [peter fancher ]
4 Jun Shiny Cowbird [James Fleullan ]
3 Jun Shiny Cowbird North Beach Tybee Island [James Fleullan ]
3 Jun Re: Breeding Limpkins in Albany; please avoid undue disturbance [Andrew Dreelin ]
3 Jun Breeding Limpkins in Albany; please avoid undue disturbance [Joel McNeal ]
3 Jun Limpkin Albany, Dougherty County, GA [M FlintRiver ]
2 Jun Tv program []
1 Jun Last Chance for 2015-2016 Duck Stamp [Stephen Holzman ]
30 May Blue-headed Vireo nest, Sawnee Mt. Preserve ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
30 May Yellow-billed Cuckoo yesterday at Newman Wetlands [Vinod Babu ]
29 May Dickcissel and Swainson's Warbler [Theresa Hartz ]
28 May Wood Ducks- Floyd Co []
28 May Re: Tropical Storm Bonnie - Possible Storm Birds [Mark McShane ]
29 May Re: Tropical Storm Bonnie - Possible Storm Birds [world oceans ]
28 May Tropical Storm Bonnie - Possible Storm Birds [Mark McShane ]
28 May Thanks for advice on hummingbird plants [Jason Baumgardner ]
27 May Re: Plants to attract hummingbirds [leslie DeMarcus ]
27 May Swainson's Warbler - Murray Co. [Joshua Spence ]
27 May Willow Flycatcher-Richmond County [Lois Stacey ]
27 May edible six-pack rings [terry valentine ]
27 May Re: Plants to attract hummingbirds [Jon McKenna ]
27 May Re: Plants to attract hummingbirds [Eric Bowles ]
27 May Re: Plants to attract hummingbirds [Katy Allen ]
26 May Plants to attract hummingbirds [Jason Baumgardner ]
26 May Re: Nightjar photo ~ What do you think it is? [world oceans ]
26 May Re: Nightjar photo ~ What do you think it is? [Joshua Spence ]
26 May Common Raven - Murray County [Joshua Spence ]

Subject: Mississippi Kites, Rehobeth/Rehobeth Church roads area, Spalding County, Jun 26, 2016
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 23:40:36 +0000
 Jeff Sewell / Carol LambertTucker, GA  (DeKalb Co.)lambertsewell AT att.net


     
  
Rehobeth/Rehobeth Church roads area, Spalding County, Georgia, US
Jun 26, 2016 10:55 AM - 10:58 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:    Breeding Bird Survey, Stop no. 43.
7 species

Mississippi Kite  2    Seen from Rehobeth Church Road just west of its 
intersection with Rehobeth Road. We have had them here before on this BBS 
route. 

Red-tailed Hawk  1
Carolina Wren  1
Eastern Bluebird  3
Northern Mockingbird  1
Chipping Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30405579

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



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Subject: Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Snowy Egret, Clayton County Water Authority--E.L. Huie Ponds, Jun 26, 2016
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 23:33:20 +0000
 I did not see the Tree Swallows today. Two days ago I saw three. No Cliff 
Swallows today either.Birds are on the move.  Two days ago I saw a Little Blue 
Heron here, an immature, but not today, but added the birds in the caption 
today. 

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


    

Clayton County Water Authority--E.L. Huie Ponds, Clayton, Georgia, US
Jun 26, 2016 1:45 PM - 2:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.8 mile(s)
30 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  75
Mallard (Domestic type)  17
Red-breasted Merganser  1    A young female. Obviously a merganser from the 
shape of the bill which was mostly a bright orange, ruling out Hooded 
Merganser, but more slender than a Common Merganser. Smaller than a Common, not 
as bulky looking. The head was a lighter shade of rusty brown compared to 
Common. The throat lacked the white patch of Common. I have photos. 

Ruddy Duck  1    Reported on 6/21/16 by Paul Raney. In the northwest pond 
(Pond A).  A young bird. I have photos which I will try to embed. 

Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  5
Snowy Egret  1    Much smaller than the nearby great Egrets, with slender 
black bill, black legs with yellow feet. Plumes on the back of the head. 

Green Heron  4
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  1
Black Vulture  3
Killdeer  2
Mourning Dove  1
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  3
Fish Crow  15
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Purple Martin  2
Barn Swallow  10
Eastern Bluebird  1
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
Common Yellowthroat  1
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  2
Northern Cardinal  2
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  8
American Goldfinch  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30405110

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Subject: Crested Caracara Jekyll Island.
From: James Fleullan <jrfleullan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 05:36:35 -0400
Apparently photographed on a golf course yesterday. Link to FB post below.
No further details yet.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/My.Georgia.Coast/permalink/10154447146271833/

Wesley Hatch is on the case.

Hope it pans out.

James Fleullan
Savannah, Ga

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Subject: Wood Ducks-Floyd Co
From: annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:01:23 -0400
Checked my Wood Duck box yesterday to see how many had hatched.
I had been out of town for a few days so I don't know exact hatching date for 
my records but 7 of the 9 eggs hatched. This was a relatively small amount of 
eggs for a Wood duck nest but this has been a very slow and less productive egg 
laying season. This nest will probably be the last nesting of this Wood Duck 
season. 

I will post the number of eggs laid and hatched this season later on. I'm sure 
the totals are going to be very low! 

With the drought my farm pond is extremely low. Several years ago it went 
almost completely dry and we thought about having it dug out and deepened but 
changed our mines. Now we know that we should have done it at that time and if 
it gets that low this time we definitely need to do it! 

One positive note on this years season was the use of some of my new wood duck 
boxes! 


Ann Stewart
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 6/24/2016
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:57:17 -0400
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From:  
Date: Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 8:32 PM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
To:


*** Species Summary:

Northern Bobwhite (Eastern) (1 Newton)
Piping Plover (1 Glynn)
Long-billed Curlew (1 Glynn)
Marbled Godwit (1 Glynn)
Black Tern (2 Glynn)
American Kestrel (1 Richmond)
Tree Swallow (1 Cherokee, 1 Jasper)
Cave Swallow (1 Muscogee)
Black-and-white Warbler (1 Emanuel)
Dickcissel (1 Newton)

---------------------------------------------
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
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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

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Subject: Black & White Warbler -Floyd Co
From: annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2016 20:10:14 -0400
This afternoon at 6:30pm
Stephen called to come to wooded area between his house and my house. 
There was a lovely BLACK & WHITE WARBLER and a 
this year hatchling with it. 
The adult was flitting around the small trees but always came back close to her 
young one. 

Did we have a BLACK & WHITE nesting on our property??
While visiting Tallulah
Gorge recently I observed a Black & White building 
a nest on the ground under a small Mountain Laurel bush! ( maybe it followed us 
home)? 



Ann Stewart
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Subject: Shiny Cowbird continues
From: James Fleullan <jrfleullan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2016 18:33:47 -0400
The SHCO continues as of 6:31 at the fresh water pond on the north end of
Tybee. Flew to the railing and chased off by a Starling.

Glad to share.

James Fleullan
Savannah, Ga

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Subject: ADMIN: AOL accounts
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:40:49 -0400
Apologies for not posting this earlier, but the LISTSERV software at
UGA, where this list is kept, was updated a while back and it seems
that it does not like AOL accounts.  My only suggestion is to create a
new gmail account (they're free) and use that for any gabo-l postings.

Sorry,

Steve Holzman
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Subject: Cliff Swallows - Union Co., Yellow-billed cuckoos - Cherokee Co.
From: Vicki DeLoach <vldeloach AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2016 12:56:01 -0400
After eons as an active member my AOL eaddr was rejected by GABO and I
rarely check gmail - so contact me at vldeloach AT aol.com.

CLIFF SWALLOWS:  we found nesting Cliff Swallows at Meeks Park along the
Nottely River yesterday.  I don't believe these were Cave Swallows but I've
posted some distant photos on eBird.  I don't see that they've been
reported from this location before.

YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS:  we've been hearing them often at a number of
locations up here including Gibbs Gardens, Hickory Log Creek Reservoir
(almost every time we've gone), and Biello Park.  They appear to be having
a very good season.

Vicki & Harry DeLoach
Bradshaw Farm/Cherokee Co.

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Subject: Interstate road trip birding in Georgia June 16
From: Jeff Madsen <bluewingjeff AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2016 10:06:05 -0400
Sorry for the late post, but I had occasion to drive from Daytona, FL back to 
Atlanta last Thursday, June 16. I had some neat sightings along the way, 
including Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Loggerhead Shrike, Swallow-tailed Kite, 
Mississppi Kite and others. We totaled 30 species from the car, and all birds 
listed here were recorded in Georgia from the state line on I-95 to I-16 to 
I-75 to Brookhaven, GA. 


Black-bellied Whistling Duck (2) flyover I-95 from east to west south of Darien 
Creek/Champney River on I-95, got great looks, they flew over right in front of 
the car at pretty low altitude, certainly less than 100' off the road. 


Loggerhead Shrike - 2 birds flying over interstate 95 at Brunswick exit right 
at the "I-95 Toyota" dealership. Interestingly enough, we also had Shrikes 
frequently the week before coming out to the dunes at Ponce Inlet, Florida, as 
well as Gray Kingbirds. 


Swallow-tailed Kite - several individuals along the Georgia portion of I-95 
south of the junction with I-16. 


Mississippi Kite (2) mile marker 47 near Dublin exit on I-16 approx 45 miles 
southeast of Macon. 


Other birds: Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collared Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, 
Downy Woodpecker, Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Black and 
Turkey Vultures, American Egret, Snowy Egret, Cattle Egret, Little Blue Heron, 
White Ibis, Barn Swallow, Fish Crow, Boat-tailed Grackle, Common Grackle, 
European Starling, Rock Dove, House Sparrow, Great-blue Heron, Northern 
Cardinal, Northern Mockingbird, Chimney Swift, Great-crested Flycatcher. 


Jeff Madsen
Brookhaven, GA

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <6/18/16>
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2016 19:57:15 -0400
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: June 18, 2016 at 7:50:49 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Richmond)
> Red-breasted Merganser (1 Glynn)
> Northern Bobwhite (4 Jasper)
> Anhinga (6 Jones)
> American White Pelican (1 Glynn)
> Purple Gallinule (1 Terrell)
> Limpkin (1 Dougherty)
> Common Tern (1 Chatham)
> Peregrine Falcon (1 Rabun)
> Tree Swallow (1 Clayton, 1 Fulton, 6 Jasper, 1 Richmond)
> Cave Swallow (2 Muscogee)
> Palm Warbler (5 Jasper)
> Bachman's Sparrow (6 Jasper)
> Dickcissel (2 Morgan, 2 Newton)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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: Re: Ceruleans, UnCommon Ravens, and Peregrines - 6/12/2016
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2016 08:29:58 -0400
Hi All,

Oops, it was Sunday the 12th, not Saturday.

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
www.neargareport.com

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Subject: Ceruleans, UnCommon Ravens, and Peregrines - 6/12/2016
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2016 01:22:42 -0400
Hi All,

This report is a bit belated but it entailed a good bit of spare time audio and 
video editing this week to get it ready. Last Saturday I made it up to our 
mountainous region entering at about 10:30am and venturing east on National 
Forest System Road/Route 100 (Ivy Log Gap Road) from Muir Woods Lane 
(coordinates 34.921396,-83.985728, GPS: N 34 55.284 W 83 59.144) to Ravencliff 
FAA Road (approx. 6 miles), then continued approx. 1.4 miles on Ravencliff FAA 
Road (National Forest System Road/Route 334), to where it intersects with 
National Forest System Road/Route 95, and then continued on west 4.3 miles from 
Ravencliff FAA Road on Forest System Road/Route 95 to paved Gumlog Road. 


Highlight, and target, up in that beautiful Georgia high country was a singing 
adult male CERULEAN WARBLER on Forest System Road/Route 95 .3 miles west of 
where Ravencliff FAA Road turns off to the right to a locked gate. Recorded the 
bird singing at 1:55PM. Great up close views in the scope at 30x, not a large 
open area, and the bird would not cooperate long enough for video. May have 
seen the aqua-green female fly in and disappear to the top of a viny tangle on 
the north side of the road with the male, but possible female not seen again. 


Always thrilling, seen and heard at coordinates 34.94085 -83.931217, GPS: N 34 
56.451 W 83 55.873 

Coordinates are exact GPS location of adult male Cerulean Warbler.

All roads were passable in the All-Terrain Rare Bird Chasing Utility 
Vehicle/Camry 2.0, but good experience and skills driving sometimes rutted 
gravel roads, and on slight grades, are recommended in a low-clearance vehicle. 


eBird report with Cerulean recording:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30247848

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests Motor Vehicle Use Maps, 2016 Edition:
http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/conf/maps-pubs/?cid=fsm9_029112&width=full

---

Decided then to head to Brasstown Bald to look for UnCommon Ravens on the way 
to Tallulah Gorge where I would finish the day checking on our wild-nesting 
Peregrine Falcons there. 


I arrived at Brasstown Bald at about 5:30pm, and the rangers were just packing 
up and leaving and the place was fairly deserted. I paid the entrance fee, and 
searched around the perimeter of the big parking lot for ravens both on the 
ground and aloft, and then parked near the restroom in the center of the lot. 
There was a good stiff breeze blowing, I had only been out of the car for a 
couple of minutes and I was just beginning to look around when I looked up at 
the summit of the bald and was fairly shocked to immediately see 3 COMMON 
RAVENS cavorting over the mountain performing acrobatics together, and calling 
raven croaks and calls into the wind! 


They stayed over the mountain for maybe 5-8 minutes or so. I watched them for a 
couple of minutes in the 8x32 binoculars and then rushed to get the scope out 
of the car and set up, which I did in short order. I just had the 30x 
wide-angle low power eyepiece on the scope at the time which was probably a 
good thing, and the birds were about 650 yards distant and a lot higher being 
over the top of the bald. I got one short clip before they departed. 


However one bird perched on the antennas on top of the observation tower facing 
into the wind. The front neck and upper breast feathers on this bird appeared 
almost white-based. When the bird turned its head I could see gray-based 
feathers on the nape. I was able to capture a bit of this on the video, a 
juvenile bird! Very Cool, couldn't be sure but think it was two adults and a 
juvenile. One of my favorite birds in Georgia! I certainly don't see or hear 
ravens every visit to Brasstown Bald, or every trip to the mountains, have 
never seen an identifiable juvenile, and have never seen one perched on the 
tower before. 


Brasstown Bald eBird checklist with video still frames of the ravens soaring, 
cavorting, and perching a bit: 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30262484

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It was on then to Tallulah Gorge where I arrived at about 7:15pm, and headed 
for the South Rim Trail. I thought I would try at Overlook 6 this time to see 
if I could get a different/better vantage point of what I call The Rockpile 
(see annotated JPG video frames). I think this is the location of the nest 
scrape this year, but I haven't seen any young birds. Sure enough, from 6 I was 
able to see behind The Rockpile and to immediately see a perched PEREGRINE 
FALCON standing on top of it, and facing the cliff. The bird was looking down 
behind the rocks very attentively and seemed to be possibly communicating with 
something back there. I couldn't see any movement behind the rocks, it looks 
like the terrain behind the rocks may not be flat but deeper and more hidden. 
The annotated JPGs show all of this quite clearly. I have visited the site a 
couple of times this spring and have never seen young, has anyone? 


A second Peregrine zoomed up in front of the first one but continued up high 
and to the left, almost to the cliff tops, and perched in the top of an almost 
open chute-like feature of the cliff, see the annotated JPGs to see these 
locations and the cliff features. I don't know if this second roost site is 
known yet, it may be already known, but at least one bird uses it a lot as 
evidenced by the whitewash there. It may even be visible from the railing on 
the north rim which it is quite close to, or it may be blocked from view there 
by cliff features. 


I have been observing Peregrines in Georgia and the southeast for 9 years now, 
only when I encounter them randomly or at a known nest or roost site, and don't 
really have much experience with them other than mostly a few quick sightings 
per year. I did notice however something which interested this beginning 
Peregrine watcher. Watching the birds on the condo towers near Perimeter Mall a 
few years ago, I noticed that the male would approach the top of the building 
carrying prey and then would devour it perched on the other side of the tower, 
out of sight of the female. Maybe this second roost site at Tallulah Gorge 
fulfills this same purpose for the male there. Not good Peregrine etiquette to 
eat in front of others if you're not going to share, I guess. 


eBird checklist with detailed annotated video still frames looking behind what 
I call The Rockpile, and of the second roost location which I had never seen 
the birds use before, and of the two birds seen on the 12th: 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30275147

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The JPG still frames are also available on my Box and Flickr sites.

Box site folders

061216 Common Ravens Brasstown Bald GA
061216 Peregrine Falcons Tallulah Gorge State Park

at
https://app.box.com/shared/2yxtdkm3ta

Flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/50282116 AT N04/

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All told, a pretty nice day of North Georgia June Birding!

Good Birding All,

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Glynn County Yellow Crowned Night-Heron
From: john w sink <johnsink22 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2016 14:33:35 -0400
Yellow Crowned Night-Heron walking the river bank at Homer Wilson Way Brunswick 
in the noon sun 6/17. Also lot’s of rails running the road 


John Sink
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Subject: Windy Gap area - Murray County
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2016 23:23:25 -0400
I covered about a two mile trail/road today in the Cohutta Mountains. Elevation 
ranged between 1200-2400', so it was a steady climb throughout the entire hike. 
Landcover was very similar to what I experienced earlier this week, except the 
forests were more open allowing a more consistent understory. Canopy ranged 
from hardwood to mixed to predominantly pine in some stands. There was an area 
that had been cleared, burned, etc. within the last five years. I picked up 
some early successional species here. Glad to have several WORM-EATING 
WARBLERS. I also photographed a young YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO and INDIGO BUNTING 
nest. See link: 


https://www.facebook.com/Murray-County-Breeding-Bird-Project-460198340794656/

Nice weather, fun morning, nothing unexpected. 33 species in all:

Turkey Vulture
Broad-winged Hawk -  at least two
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo - at least five, including a recently fledged bird
Chimney Swift
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker - 3
Hairy Woodpecker - 4
Pileated Woodpecker
Great-crested Flycatcher
White-eyed Vireo - 2 
Blue-headed Vireo - at least five
Red-eyed Vireo - 11 +
Blue Jay - 7
American Crow - 2
Carolina Chickadee - 9
Tufted Titmouse - 8
White-breasted Nuthatch - 5
Carolina Wren - 11
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
WOOD THRUSH
Brown Thrasher - 2
Ovenbird - 2
WORM-EATING WARBLER - 6
Black-and-white Warbler - 6, including recently fledged young
Hooded Warbler - 6
Pine Warbler - 6
Black-throated Green Warbler - 14+
Eastern Towhee - 7
Scarlet Tanager - 5
Northern Cardinal - 4
Indigo Bunting - at least 10, including a female sitting on nest
American Goldfinch - 2

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Subject: summer tanager(s) sightings
From: Trish McMillan <trishmc AT TDS.NET>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2016 19:27:04 -0400
While walking dogs this evening I heard a new song I wasn't familiar with
and looked up to behold a beautiful summer tanager..and once identified.I
realized there were others, I just couldn't see them. No bins on this walk
unfortunately. A rare sighting for me.

I am still enjoying my many splendored painted buntings that visit my
feeders.

Trish McMillan, Harrietts Bluff, Woodbine, Ga


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Subject: Hooded Merganser, the lake at the City of Pine Lake, DeKalb County, 6/14/16
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2016 20:10:46 +0000
A male seen at close range with binoculars. The white crest patch was obvious. 
I did not see a female or any evidence of nesting.Sorry for the late report. 

Jeff
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Subject: Scarlet Tanagers, Stone Mountain Park, DeKalb County, 6/16/16
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2016 20:05:34 +0000
I heard two males singing this morning in the thick hardwood forest south of 
Howell Lake. This is the small lake/pond next to the Children's Playground. I 
hiked through the woods and finally saw the nearest one.  I watched for 10 
minutes or so but never saw a female or a nest. The other bird was far away and 
on private property next to the park. Later I heard one of the birds from the 
road (Robert E. Lee Blvd.)  just before the Children's Playground, coming 
from the west entrance to the park. 

Jeff

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Subject: Pinhoti Trail Hike - 6/14/16
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2016 23:26:26 -0400
Today I hiked a portion of the Pinhoti Trail in southeast Murray County. This 
newest addition to the trail was finished a year or two ago and lies between 
Dennis Mill Rd. and Peeples Lake Rd. I hiked in about 4.5 miles and then 
retraced my steps back out. It was challenging. Lots of slopes. The habitat 
along this porton is predominantly xeric slopes, ridgetops, etc. The forests 
here are mainly made up of dry-site oaks, hickories and pine. There were a few 
moist patches here and there. Birding was slow at times. No surprises, 
everything that was observed was expected to be here. 32 species in all, below 
is the full list: 


Wild Turkey
Turkey Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker - 2
Pileated Woodpecker - 2
Acadian Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher - 2
Blue-headed Vireo - 5
Red-eyed Vireo - 23 +
Blue Jay - 6
American Crow - 4
Carolina Chickadee - 16
Tufted Titmouse - 12
White-breasted Nuthatch - 3
Carolina Wren - 12

Ovenbird - 3
WORM-EATING WARBLER - 4
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH
Black-and-white Warbler - 4
Hooded Warbler - 5
Pine Warbler - 22+
Yellow-throated Warbler - 4
Black-throated Green Warbler - 12+

Scarlet Tanager - 8
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting - 2
American Goldfinch - 2


Joshua Spence,
Murray Co.

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 6/14/2016
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2016 20:03:44 -0400
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: 
Date: Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 7:12 PM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
To:


*** Species Summary:

Hooded Merganser (1 DeKalb)
Plain Chachalaca (1 McIntosh)
Northern Bobwhite (4 Meriwether)
Glossy Ibis (1 Stewart)
Broad-winged Hawk (1 Lee)
King Rail (1 Stewart)
Purple Gallinule (1 Terrell)
American Coot (1 Forsyth)
Limpkin (1 Dougherty)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (1 Chatham, 1 McIntosh)
Great Black-backed Gull (1 Chatham)
Common Tern (1 McIntosh)
Hairy Woodpecker (1 Liberty)
Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Liberty)
Willow Flycatcher (1 Union)
Bachman's Sparrow (1 Liberty)
Shiny Cowbird (1 Chatham)

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Subject: BIRDING MONGOLIA PROGRAM...BY DOT BAMBACH
From: bethheron <bethheron AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2016 03:57:27 +0000
   NEXT TUESDAY, JUNE  21st, 7:00 pm 


         OGEECHEE AUDUBON, SAVANNAH




BIRDING MONGOLIA…..presented by Dot Bambach, from her Mongolia trip last June
For more than three decades, a birding trip to Mongolia had been on Dot 
Bambach’s “bucket list.”  She finally visited that destination in June 
2015.  From windswept steppes to snowy mountain lakes and the Gobi Desert, 
Mongolia is a country with a great variety of both habitats and birds.  It 
also has a long and fascinating history and a rich cultural tradition, all of 
which will be addressed in Dot’s slide presentation. 

Our program will be at The First Presbyterian Church, 520 E. Washington Street, 
SavannahOur programs are free and open to the Public.Contact Beth Roth for more 
information  912-658-6136 












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Subject: FOUR COMMON RAVENS - Including Juveniles!!! Murray County
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2016 17:01:46 -0400
I'm beginning to feel like a detective trying to piece clues together so I can 
solve the case of what's going on with these Murray County ravens. Today, my 
family and I observed enough proof that I feel comfortable stating that nesting 
ravens have been confirmed in the county, but the location at which we observed 
them still has me scratching my head. 


We had four flying COMMON RAVENS while we were driving south on Ballground Rd. 
just before the Rock Creek bridge. All birds were positively identified by the 
large size, large wedge-shaped tail, large heads and finger primaries. Two 
birds had the typical heavy protruding bills and the other two had more narrow 
bills and these were continuously open, as well as missing/developing feathers. 
Three birds flew to the east and disappeared behind the trees. One young bird 
soared over the fields for a few minutes. It gave out a few low croaks. We also 
heard some higher pitched distinctly raven calls coming from the direction that 
the other three flew. The last one finally flew that direction also. I conclude 
that this was a family unit of two adults and two recently fledged young, so I 
know they nested nearby, but where? Today's location is in the ridge and valley 
region at an elevation of approximately 720'. This most likely is post breeding 
wandering and the nest is nowhere near here. 


Right now, I suspect three areas to possibly host nesting ravens:

1. High elevations within Grassy Mountain vicinity(3000'+), this area is about 
twelve miles from today's sightings. 


2. Fort and/or Cohutta Mountain vicinity(~2800'), this area is about five miles 
from today's sightings. 


3.Carters Lake Dam manmade cliffs (~1200'), this site is about 6.5 miles from 
today's sightings. 


There is another interesting aspect about today's sighting. These birds were 
only .6 miles(as the corvid flies) from where I had two birds on March 3rd, 
2016. That's odd, because I assumed that those were a pair doing some 
pre-breeding wandering. Is it possible that these birds are the same? I believe 
they are. Is it possible that they nested in the valley away from their typical 
Southern Appalachians cliff nesting sites? I'm not sure, but why are they back 
in this same vicinity? I think it could have something to do with the landfill 
that is located only .7 miles away from today's sighting. This would make 
sense. If the adult ravens were foraging here to find food to feed their 
nestlings, wouldn't it make sense that they would bring the same fledged young 
here to teach them to forage on their own? I'm leaning toward the theory that 
this family unit is the product of the birds that have been observed near 
Carters Lake. The dead fish along the banks, the landfill, and general roadkill 
would be ideal for foraging without being out-competed with local vultures and 
crows. 


Thoughts, theories, and comments are welcome? 

Joshua Spence,
Murray County

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Subject: Shiny Cowbird Tybee Island
From: "Robert D. Sattelmeyer" <rsattelm AT GSU.EDU>
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:13:24 +0000
Seen today at noon perched on boardwalk railing at previously reported 
location. 


Bob Sattelmeyer
Temporarily in Chatham County 

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Subject: Shiny Cowbird Continues Now Tybee
From: Patrick Maurice <patrickmaurice1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2016 16:14:14 -0400
Hey all,

Currently looking at the male Shiny Cowbird hanging out with a female 
Brown-headed Cowbird in the same place on the boardwalk. 


Good birding,
Patrick Maurice
DeKalb (currently Chatham)
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Subject: Baby catbirds
From: Jason Baumgardner <jlbaumga AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2016 14:32:04 -0400
We now have a whole family of catbirds in the front yard.  I'm not sure how
many babies there are, but it's definitely more than two.  You can't miss
them - they are loudly crying for the parents to bring them some food.  I
wasn't aware that there was a catbird nest, though I've been frequently
seeing the adults around.  Good to see.

Jason Baumgardner

Atlanta

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Subject: Shiny Cowbird continues
From: tonibowen <tonibowen AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2016 11:11:36 -0400
Mike Weaver,  Ellen Miller and I found the Shiny Cowbird in the location 
previously reported. Pics taken. 

Toni BowenJohns Creek,  GA



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Subject: Correction--Graves Park in Gwinnett Co.
From: Melanie Furr <mefurr AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2016 22:46:42 -0400
Sorry--correction: Graves Park is in Gwinnett Co. (Norcross) very close to the 
DeKalb county line. 


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> On Jun 10, 2016, at 7:26 PM, Melanie Furr  wrote:
> 
> Greetings everyone and especially Atlanta area birders,
> 
> Earlier this week while scouting locations for a bluebird climate study that 
ATL Audubon is participating in with National Audubon, I stumbled upon a 
beautiful park near the DeKalb/Gwinnett Co. line--Graves Park, which is located 
on Graves Rd. off of Tucker-Norcross Rd. 

> I returned there before work this morning with my friend Mary Nevil, and we 
had some delightful and unexpected finds including Scarlet Tanager and Blue 
Grosbeak. The Green Heron, Mallard ducklings, and fledgling Northern 
Rough-winged Swallows were also fun to see, as well as a playful doe. The park 
has some great mixed habitat with a pond and open, wooded, and scrubby areas. 
I'm looking forward to birding there more often. 

> 
> Here is our complete checklist:
> 10 Mallard
> 1 Green Heron
> 1 Turkey Vulture
> 4 Mourning Dove
> 2 Downy Woodpecker
> 3 Eastern Phoebe
> 2 Great Crested Flycatcher
> 4 Blue Jay
> 2 Fish Crow
> 16 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
> 4 Carolina Chickadee
> 2 Tufted Titmouse
> 2 Brown-headed Nuthatch
> 4 Carolina Wren
> 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
> 1 Eastern Bluebird
> 1 Wood Thrush
> 6 American Robin
> 10 Gray Catbird
> 6 Brown Thrasher
> 5 Northern Mockingbird
> 2 Pine Warbler
> 5 Chipping Sparrow
> 2 Song Sparrow
> 5 Eastern Towhee
> 2 Scarlet Tanager
> 6 Northern Cardinal
> 2 Blue Grosbeak
> 2 Common Grackle
> 
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Subject: New DeKalb birding location
From: Melanie Furr <mefurr AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2016 19:26:22 -0400
Greetings everyone and especially Atlanta area birders,

Earlier this week while scouting locations for a bluebird climate study that 
ATL Audubon is participating in with National Audubon, I stumbled upon a 
beautiful park near the DeKalb/Gwinnett Co. line--Graves Park, which is located 
on Graves Rd. off of Tucker-Norcross Rd. 

I returned there before work this morning with my friend Mary Nevil, and we had 
some delightful and unexpected finds including Scarlet Tanager and Blue 
Grosbeak. The Green Heron, Mallard ducklings, and fledgling Northern 
Rough-winged Swallows were also fun to see, as well as a playful doe. The park 
has some great mixed habitat with a pond and open, wooded, and scrubby areas. 
I'm looking forward to birding there more often. 


Here is our complete checklist:
10 Mallard
1 Green Heron
1 Turkey Vulture
4 Mourning Dove
2 Downy Woodpecker
3 Eastern Phoebe
2 Great Crested Flycatcher
4 Blue Jay
2 Fish Crow
16 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
4 Carolina Chickadee
2 Tufted Titmouse
2 Brown-headed Nuthatch
4 Carolina Wren
2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
1 Eastern Bluebird
1 Wood Thrush
6 American Robin
10 Gray Catbird
6 Brown Thrasher
5 Northern Mockingbird
2 Pine Warbler
5 Chipping Sparrow
2 Song Sparrow
5 Eastern Towhee
2 Scarlet Tanager
6 Northern Cardinal
2 Blue Grosbeak
2 Common Grackle


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Subject: Red-breasted Nuthatch - Murray County
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2016 18:41:53 -0400
I hiked three miles of the Sumac Creek Trail/road today, and then retraced 
those three miles back to my vehicle. On the way out I walked up on a Black 
Bear. It was about 100' from me. This road passes through some nice upland 
forest with a few wildlife openings along the way. There is also a large burned 
area that should be good next season for early successional nesters. Of special 
interest were the stands of White Pine and Eastern Hemlock along this road. 
This is where I had the RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. This is only the third June 
record for this species in Murray County. The elevation here is approximately 
1600'. 


Other species observed:

Turkey Vulture - 2
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Barred Owl - recently fledged
Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 3
Chimney Swift
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 3
Downy Woodpecker - 3
Hairy Woodpecker - 2
Pileated Woodpecker - 3
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher - 3
Great Crested Flycatcher  - 5 - territorial behavior
Blue-headed Vireo - 5
Red-eyed Vireo - 14+
Blue Jay
American Crow - 6, some recently fledged birds
Carolina Chickadee - 11
Tufted Titmouse - 4+
White-breasted Nuthatch - 4
Carolina Wren - 7
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 2
Eastern Bluebird 
Ovenbird - 5, recently fledged
Black-and-white Warbler
Hooded Warbler - 2
Pine Warbler - 6
Yellow-throated Warbler - 2
Prairie Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler - 11
Eastern Towhee - 3
Scarlet Tanager - 5
Northern Cardinal - 2
Indigo Bunting - 8
American Goldfinch - 2

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Subject: Re: Bradley Unit update - 6/10 - Bank Swallow, Laughing Gulls, more Glossy Ibis, etc.
From: Walt Chambers <chambersw AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2016 21:05:17 +0000
OK

________________________________
From: Walt Chambers 
Sent: Friday, June 10, 2016 5:04:25 PM
To: gabo-l AT listserv.uga.edu
Subject: Bradley Unit update - 6/10 - Bank Swallow, Laughing Gulls, more Glossy 
Ibis, etc. 



Mason Jarrett and I hit the Bradley Unit this morning, hoping to add to some 
already neat sightings from this spring.. I'll just quickly list the 
highlights: 



Least Bittern - 2-3 heard; 1 imm bird flew right past by the pump house


Little Blue Heron - mainly about numbers - I counted 580+ imm in the rookery 
area!, over 600 including adults 



Tricolored Heron - at least 2 now - never had them here in June


Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - 6 (3 adults, 3 imm., 1 imm still on nest)


Glossy Ibis - 13 total; 9 adults, 4 imm today; at least 2 pair still copulating


King Rail - many heard; 1 flushed from south dike, another ran in front of us 
with a chick west of the silos 



Laughing Gull - group of 5 basic plumed birds flew over; product of Colin?


Bank Swallow - 1 seen flying near south dike; ACOGB has June 4th and 21st 
records from Piedmont; no June records for Coastal Plain 



Boat-tailed Grackle - still calling from west of the pump house, but still 
could not track down (sigh) 



A solid morning..


Walt Chambers

Columbus




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Subject: Louisiana Waterthrush nest ~ Murray Co.
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:27:12 -0400
Theresa and I found a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH nest yesterday while hiking along a 
US forest service road/trail(Murray County). It was located on the roadbank 
beneath the dirt overhang near the top among rootlets and partridgeberry. Four 
speckled eggs inside. This nest was approximately 100' from the closest stream. 
The parent flew off the nest when we were near which alerted us to its 
location. The parent did not make a peep the entire time we were near the nest. 
Here is a photo: 



https://www.facebook.com/460198340794656/photos/pcb.636473169833838/636463973168091/?type=3&theater 



Joshua Spence,
Murray County

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Subject: Google Doodle
From: Ellen Miller <swallowtailem AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2016 14:16:03 -0400
If you haven't seen it already check out today's Google doodle in honor of
what would have been Phoebe Snetsinger's 85th birthday.

Ellen Miller
Jasper County

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Subject: Honoring Phoebe Snetsinger
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2016 13:15:40 -0400
    
Today's Google Doodle is dedicated to Phoebe Snetsinger, an amazing woman and 
birder who has been an inspiration to many. 


After a cancer diagnosis, she set out birding all over the world, eventually 
seeing over 8,300 of the world's ~10,000 species. 


Phoebe died in a car accident in Madagascar in 1999, and today would have been 
her 85th birthday.  Today's Google Doodle is dedicated to her, showcasing 
some of the species significant to her including Blackburnian Warbler and 
Eastern Bluebird, two birds we have right here in GA. 


https://www.google.com/amp/searchengineland.com/phoebe-snetsinger-google-doodle-marks-famous-birders-85th-birthday-251482/amp?client=ms-android-verizon#  


Happy Birding!

Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 6/8/2016
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2016 18:37:22 -0400
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: June 8, 2016 at 6:17:05 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Plain Chachalaca (3 McIntosh)
> Northern Bobwhite (1 Butts)
> Common Loon (1 Glynn)
> Swallow-tailed Kite (1 Cobb)
> Sharp-shinned Hawk (1 Murray)
> American Avocet (2 Glynn)
> Lesser Black-backed Gull (3 McIntosh)
> Common Tern (3 McIntosh)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Appling)
> Tree Swallow (2 Chatham)
> Shiny Cowbird (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: Recent Shorebird Sightings at George Pierce Park
From: "Chris O'Neal" <chrisoneal2718 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2016 14:14:57 -0400
Hello everyone! I wanted to provide some updated information on recent
shorebirds that have been seen at George Pierce Park in Gwinnett County. It
appears that this park, at least in spring migration, has become a
potential shorebird hotspot! The main area of interest is the big wetlands,
but it depends on the amount of recent rainfall. If it hasn’t rained
recently, then more mudflats are exposed, which as we all know piques the
curiosity of these delightful shorebirds and invites them to land and probe
the mud in search for buried treasure.



To date, a total of 8 species of shorebirds (including 2 new ones from this
season!) have been recorded for George Pierce Park.



1)      KILLDEER – Not that many records for the park. Usually seen on
grassy areas or as flyovers. When there are observations, they are usually
of solo species. High count is now 2 (20 March, 27 May, and 29 May, all of
2016). The recent sighting of 2 was in the main wetlands.

2)      SEMIPALMATED PLOVER – A new species for the park! First discovered
by Liza O’Neal on 22 May 2016, it was last seen on 25 May. Gwinnett
County’s only second confirmed eBird record! (The first was at Dacula
Middle School on 1 May 2010.)

3)      SPOTTED SANDPIPER – A handful of records, all in April and May.
Earliest arrival date is now 14 April, and latest late date is now 25 May.
High count (if that’s what you can call it!) is 1.

4)      SOLITARY SANDPIPER – Probably the park’s most reliable shorebird in
spring. Earliest arrival date is now 28 March, and latest late date is now
15 May. High count is 7 from 6 May 2016. Also one autumn record from 30
September 2012.

5)      GREATER YELLOWLEGS – Only two records for the park. 5 were found on
23 April 2016, and 1 was observed on 30 September 2012.

6)      LESSER YELLOWLEGS – Only four total records for the park. The most
recent was one over 4 – 5 May 2016. Only one record for autumn (24
September 2014).

7)      LEAST SANDPIPER – A new species for the park! Groups of various
numbers (highest at one time was 6) were observed from 3 May to 15 May this
year.

8)      WILSON’S SNIPE – Only one record, a flyover, from 21 November 2013.



Thanks to the LESA and SEPL, the park now has a total of 165 (confirmed)
species. This hotspot, along with the Suwanee Creek Greenway, are second
only to Little Mulberry Park (169) for Gwinnett County hotspots with most
species.



Who knows what else will turn up here? Perhaps a Ruff one day? Or maybe
"knot"?



Chris O’Neal

Gwinnett County

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Subject: Atlanta Audubon walks this week
From: Melanie Furr <melanie AT ATLANTAAUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2016 19:31:08 -0400
Greetings Georgia Birders,

Atlanta Audubon volunteer Anne McCallum will be leading a walk tomorrow,
Wednesday 6/8, at Reynolds Nature Preserve in Clayton Co. at 8 AM.

On Saturday, Gus Kaufman and Joy Carter will lead a walk at Panola Mountain
State Park at 8:30 AM, meeting at the parking lot at Alexander Lake. Those
wishing to participate in this walk are requested to register with the
Nature Center at the park by calling 770.389.7801.

Thanks and good birding!
Melanie

-- 
*Melanie Furr*
*Director of Education*
*Atlanta Audubon Society*
4055 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
678-973-2437
www.atlantaaudubon.org

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Subject: Shiny Cowbird still present
From: Diana Churchill <dichurch AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2016 18:53:19 -0400
I saw the shiny cowbird by the pond on the north end of Tybee again tonight.
Diana

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Subject: SHINY COWBIRD - Tybee Island North Point, Chatham County - 6/5/2016 - Video Post
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2016 00:25:54 -0400
Hi All,

Jim Hanna and I made it down to Tybee Island fairly early Sunday morning to 
successfully try for Georgia's latest SHINY COWBIRD first found by James 
Fluellan with party Friday evening. There haven't been that many Shiny Ones 
seen in Georgia for a good many years in the recent past. I was able to capture 
some more distant than I would have liked handheld phonescoped video footage of 
the bird in the grass near the pond and mostly about 165 feet out perched at 
the field edge there in a mild heat shimmer, whew, which some may enjoy... but 
at least I didn't melt Jim and myself trying for better video for hours I 
guess, er, I guess. I know it's a cowbird, but at least it's the ABA Code 3: 
Rare cowbird, for now, which is doubly good! 


---

The videos and still frames of the Shiny One can be found in the

060516 SHINY COWBIRD Tybee Island GA

folder on my Box site at:

https://app.box.com/shared/2yxtdkm3ta

All also easily available on Flickr at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/50282116 AT N04/

Handheld phonescoped video and still frames may be best viewed on a large 
screen. 


---

A quick and easy view of some of the video still frames of the cowbird can be 
had via the eBird checklist as well: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S30114794

---

Information concerning how to use Apple MOV movie files can be read in my MOV 
Video File How-To.txt available at: 


http://www.box.com/s/ojj2lap6sayrj83n9zzx
     
Some of the video files on the site can be a bit large and may take some 
minutes to download if you don't have high-speed internet access, but it may be 
best to download them to your desktop or somewhere on your computer before 
running them in QuickTime. That way they may run faster and you can keep them 
if you like them too. Being handheld and usually at a very high magnification 
they can sometimes get a little jittery, but they are still worth a look, 
especially since you can drag through frame by frame in QuickTime and pause the 
video on the best parts, playing at half speed in QuickTime can also be a good 
idea. 


---

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
www.neargareport.com

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Subject: Re: Last Chance for 2015-2016 Duck Stamp
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2016 11:24:56 -0400
Extended till end of day today.

Thanks for all the orders last week.  You folks are great!

http://www.gos.org/duck-stamp



On Wed, Jun 1, 2016 at 2:56 PM, Stephen Holzman 
wrote:

> This week is your last chance to order a duck stamp from GOS.
> http://www.gos.org/duck-stamp
>
> The new one is coming out in July and we'll have to send all our
> unsold stamps back to the company next week. Duck Stamps are
> collectible and a GREAT way to show your support for conservation. 97%
> of all proceeds go directly towards the purchase or lease of land for
> the National Wildlife Refuge System. Places like Okefenokee NWR,
> Savannah NWR, Malheur NWR.  In these days of increased development,
> wildlife refuges provide essential habitat protected from destruction.
> Habitat, not just for ducks but for all wildlife....from bobcats to
> bobwhites......from scarlet kingsnakes to scarlet tanagers......from
> chipmunks to chipping sparrows....from ....well you get the idea.
>
> Get yours today!  (or at least before Friday).  Use the link above and
> pay with Paypal or your credit card.  It couldn't be easier.
>
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 6/5/16
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2016 08:04:05 -0400
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: June 5, 2016 at 5:54:59 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Northern Bobwhite (1 Columbia, 1 Jones, 2 Meriwether)
> American White Pelican (1 Muscogee)
> Sharp-shinned Hawk (1 Columbia)
> Broad-winged Hawk (1 Bulloch)
> King Rail (4 Charlton)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Jones, 2 Ware)
> American Kestrel (10 Tift, 12 Worth)
> Least Flycatcher (1 Rabun)
> Common Raven (1 Pickens)
> Tree Swallow (3 Chatham)
> Black-capped Chickadee (1 Rabun)
> Dickcissel (1 Washington)
> Shiny Cowbird (4 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: Plover near Atlanta airport
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2016 13:59:02 +0200
Good morning, At 7:15 this morning I saw a plover sp. circling over I-285
at Exit 58 , Rt. 19/41 and Southpoint Drive in northern Clayton. It was
only in view for 30 seconds or less so I could not get a photo. Based on
all-dull whitish or greyish underparts, no stripes anywhere, and very short
slightly rounded tail, I believe it was probably a non-breeding plumage
Amer. Golden, although theoretically European and Pacific should also be
considered. It circled at a height of probably 40-50 meters and then flew
off toward the northwest, in the direction of the airport. It was
definitely not a killldeer, and the complete lack of any black or dark
color in the axillaries or elsewhere on the underside would rule out
Blck-bellied. I will post details on ebird.

I have occasionally seen black-bellies in the wide open areas near the
airport, but never a golden. Early June is the time when any non-breeding
plovers would be expected to leave our area for the tundra in the northwest
part of our continent.I am not aware of any late spring (i.e. June) records
for golden in Clayton Co.

Anyone near the Atlanta airport, or anyone visiting the Huie ponds, might
want to watch carefully for plovers!

James Gibson
Clayton Co.

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Subject: Shiny Cowbird
From: Buddy Campbell <blacksnake6 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2016 17:04:06 -0400
Allen Lewis and I saw the bird at 1:39 this afternoon.
Three birders had left shortly before the showed up.
The bird was with male and female Brown-headed Cowbirds
and a couple of starlings.
Great comparisons!

Buddy Campbell
Ladys Island
Beaufort, SC

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Subject: Shiny Cowbird Continues at Tybee (3:45)
From: Rich Hull <haharich15 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2016 16:39:39 -0400
Hi All, 
 After missing the cowbird in the morning after a two hour wait, my Dad (Tony 
Hull) and I were rewarded in the afternoon with decent looks at the Shiny 
Cowbird. Wes Hatch observed it as well. Ironically, the only non-birder in the 
group, my Dad, spotted the bird first. It may require a long wait, but it seems 
to reliably return to the same area mentioned in reports every few hours or so. 
Thanks to James and the others who have reported the bird on the listserv. 


Good birding!
Rich Hull
Typically Cherokee Co., GA

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Subject: Shiny Cowbird, Tybee Island, 6/5/16. Still here
From: Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2016 09:22:18 -0400
Same place. First seen at 8;30. 

Jeff Sewell
Tucker GA
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Subject: Re: Shiny Cowbird
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2016 18:52:48 -0400
    
The Shiny Cowbird reported yesterday by James Fleullan continues this evening 
at the same location. Kathy Miller and I watched it for about 15 minutes before 
the small flock flew off just now. https://flic.kr/p/HqthpY 


Life bird for Kathy and a state bird for me. A big shout out to James and his 
fellow birders for finding and reporting this bird. Time to celebrate with some 
shrimp!! 


Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

-------- Original message --------
From: James Fleullan  
Date: 06/04/2016  12:23 AM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
Subject: [GABO-L] Shiny Cowbird 

Hi all.

The Shiny Cowbird seen today was seen across the fresh water pond on the
north end of the island.  The boardwalk is private property but is
accessible.  The following is an exerpt from Diana Churchill's post in
April regarding the location.

"The pond and boardwalk are private property and maintained by the
Captain's View residents. On the streets near the pond there are mostly No
Parking signs. I have spoken with Ardie Simmons who lives there on the
pond. She and her husband Bob used to own Wild Birds Unlimited here in
Savannah and appreciate birders wanting to see a rare bird. She said that
it shouldn't be a problem if people are there looking at the bird and if
anyone questions your presence, you may say that you are a guest of Ardie
and Bob Simmons.

That being said, I suggest that people park at the meters on Polk Street
(bring about $3.00 in quarters) and walk down to the beach from there. Once
on the beach, turn right and go between 100-200 yards. Keep your eyes open
for a sandy path that leads up over the dunes and onto the boardwalk. If
you look at Google Earth for the north end of Tybee Island, you will see
where Polk Street (think campground and water treatment plant) emerges onto
the beach, and where the path goes up through the dunes to the pond."

Please be respectful and mindful of this sensitive location.

Below is a link to some of the diagnostic pictures on my flickr page and a
youtube link for the video (also embedded in the ebird report).

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleetphotos/27447657475/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleetphotos/27375793151/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleetphotos/26838114734/in/photostream/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K72h7Rkv_K0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52j4wqnM5zU

Glad to share.

James Fleullan
Savannah, Ga

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Subject: Re: Backyard sight
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2016 20:23:52 +0200
Indeed! That is pretty cool....I remember a few years ago when I saw a
leucistic sparrow in Clayton Co. (I think it was a chippy) and its
appearance totally amazed me!

James Gibson
Clayton County

On Sat, Jun 4, 2016 at 8:12 PM, Eric Gibney  wrote:

> It doesn't compete with cave /cliff hybridization but I have a partially
> leucistic song sparrow feeding a fledgling cowbird in my yard. How amazing
> things are when you pay attention!
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Subject: Backyard sight
From: Eric Gibney <egibney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2016 14:12:49 -0400
It doesn't compete with cave /cliff hybridization but I have a partially
leucistic song sparrow feeding a fledgling cowbird in my yard. How amazing
things are when you pay attention!

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Subject: Cave Swallow Request for Help (Genotyping Hybrids for Ornithology!)
From: Andrew Dreelin <randrew899 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2016 11:57:25 -0400
Hi all,

Before I get started, I wanted to say thank you to all of the birders who
have done a great job of keeping up with the two Muscogee Co. Cave Swallows
that have been hanging out under the Ogelthorpe bridge for almost two
months now. From photos that have been posted, it's pretty clear that at
least one mixed nest has chicks that are being attended by a Cave Swallow.

This represents a fantastic opportunity to contribute to ornithological
knowledge, since hybridization between Cave Swallow and Cliff Swallow has
never been officially documented. While there have been mixed nests
observed in Tuscon, Arizona and Uvalde, Texas, no one has observed chicks
past the fledgling stage nor have they done any blood work on them (and
hybridization isn't necessarily a guarantee due to extra-pair paternity).
It's also difficult to confirm hybridization based on plumage since
fledglings pretty much look intermediate between the species anyways.

*So here's the request:* is there anyone on the listserv who would interested
in taking blood samples from the potential hybrid nestlings? I am in
Ithaca, New York through June and unable to do it myself. I also know that
there are a fair number of banders and ornithologists on GABO who would
have the permits to go through with this. All it would take is a trip down
to Columbus and a ladder to reach the nests, which are pretty well exposed.
Once I'm back in GA, I'm happy to retrieve the samples myself and have the
genotyping done at the Lab of Ornithology. And if hybridization is
confirmed, it could be worth a short publication in a journal somewhere. As
per the last photo update, I estimate that the birds will fledge in about a
week, so there's no time to waste!

If anyone would be interested in following through on this, please let me
know off-list. I can't stress enough that this is a very rare and special
opportunity, and it would be a shame for it to go to waste.

Best,

Andrew Dreelin

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Subject: Re: Shiny Cowbird
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2016 07:35:56 -0400
    
Great find, James. If folks go looking for the Shiny Cowbird, please keep us 
posted if you do/don't find it (and location if different than area where James 
found it). Thanks and best of luck to all!! 


Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

-------- Original message --------
From: James Fleullan  
Date: 06/04/2016  12:23 AM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
Subject: [GABO-L] Shiny Cowbird 

Hi all.

The Shiny Cowbird seen today was seen across the fresh water pond on the
north end of the island.  The boardwalk is private property but is
accessible.  The following is an exerpt from Diana Churchill's post in
April regarding the location.

"The pond and boardwalk are private property and maintained by the
Captain's View residents. On the streets near the pond there are mostly No
Parking signs. I have spoken with Ardie Simmons who lives there on the
pond. She and her husband Bob used to own Wild Birds Unlimited here in
Savannah and appreciate birders wanting to see a rare bird. She said that
it shouldn't be a problem if people are there looking at the bird and if
anyone questions your presence, you may say that you are a guest of Ardie
and Bob Simmons.

That being said, I suggest that people park at the meters on Polk Street
(bring about $3.00 in quarters) and walk down to the beach from there. Once
on the beach, turn right and go between 100-200 yards. Keep your eyes open
for a sandy path that leads up over the dunes and onto the boardwalk. If
you look at Google Earth for the north end of Tybee Island, you will see
where Polk Street (think campground and water treatment plant) emerges onto
the beach, and where the path goes up through the dunes to the pond."

Please be respectful and mindful of this sensitive location.

Below is a link to some of the diagnostic pictures on my flickr page and a
youtube link for the video (also embedded in the ebird report).

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleetphotos/27447657475/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleetphotos/27375793151/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleetphotos/26838114734/in/photostream/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K72h7Rkv_K0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52j4wqnM5zU

Glad to share.

James Fleullan
Savannah, Ga

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Subject: Misissippi Kites
From: peter fancher <pfanch AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2016 00:46:41 -0400
Driving back to Athens from Madison ,I remembered the M Kites and went to
have a look. Near the end of Morton at the end of the large field I saw 3-4
kites and thought they had moved on as  the field had been mowed, but after
deciding to stay a while ____nearly 100 were visible,they were flying high
it was windy and beautiful and hot!          FANTASTIC>>my friend has been
seeing a few STKites around the corner at his horse barn on Belmont Rd.

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Subject: Shiny Cowbird
From: James Fleullan <jrfleullan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2016 00:23:16 -0400
Hi all.

The Shiny Cowbird seen today was seen across the fresh water pond on the
north end of the island.  The boardwalk is private property but is
accessible.  The following is an exerpt from Diana Churchill's post in
April regarding the location.

"The pond and boardwalk are private property and maintained by the
Captain's View residents. On the streets near the pond there are mostly No
Parking signs. I have spoken with Ardie Simmons who lives there on the
pond. She and her husband Bob used to own Wild Birds Unlimited here in
Savannah and appreciate birders wanting to see a rare bird. She said that
it shouldn't be a problem if people are there looking at the bird and if
anyone questions your presence, you may say that you are a guest of Ardie
and Bob Simmons.

That being said, I suggest that people park at the meters on Polk Street
(bring about $3.00 in quarters) and walk down to the beach from there. Once
on the beach, turn right and go between 100-200 yards. Keep your eyes open
for a sandy path that leads up over the dunes and onto the boardwalk. If
you look at Google Earth for the north end of Tybee Island, you will see
where Polk Street (think campground and water treatment plant) emerges onto
the beach, and where the path goes up through the dunes to the pond."

Please be respectful and mindful of this sensitive location.

Below is a link to some of the diagnostic pictures on my flickr page and a
youtube link for the video (also embedded in the ebird report).

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleetphotos/27447657475/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleetphotos/27375793151/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleetphotos/26838114734/in/photostream/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K72h7Rkv_K0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52j4wqnM5zU

Glad to share.

James Fleullan
Savannah, Ga

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Subject: Shiny Cowbird North Beach Tybee Island
From: James Fleullan <jrfleullan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2016 20:16:30 -0400
Helping out with Diana Churchill's last shorebird survey and exactly where
she had the Ruff a month ago I spotted a Shiny Cowbird in a small group of
Brown-headed. Lots of pictures taken. Will post in detail with pics when I
get home.

Glad to share.

James Fleullan
Savannah, Ga

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Subject: Re: Breeding Limpkins in Albany; please avoid undue disturbance
From: Andrew Dreelin <randrew899 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2016 15:11:37 -0400
Thanks for making this point, Joel. While we're talking about breeding
records, I'd like to encourage everyone who eBirds these birds to enter in
the appropriate breeding code. It's a lot of important data for just a
little bit of extra effort (and it's also a great way to get a start on the
June eBirder of the Month challenge!).

Good Birding,

Andrew Dreelin

On Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 3:00 PM, Joel McNeal  wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> The Limpkin(s) reported to GABO-L that are viewable off of Whispering
> Pines Rd. in Albany are currently attempting to nest.  If you do
> choose to visit and view them, please do your viewing from the North
> (Whispering Pines Rd.) side of the pond/canal close to the GPS point
> Melissa posted yesterday where the viewing is best anyway, and don't
> attempt to stalk them around other areas of the pond.  The pond is
> already heavily used and trafficked, but any help we can give them by
> not stressing them out with additional birder traffic too close to a
> nest would be appreciated.  It would be great to add a successful
> breeding record for this GA review list species.
>
> Joel McNeal
> Cartersville, Bartow Co., GA
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Subject: Breeding Limpkins in Albany; please avoid undue disturbance
From: Joel McNeal <joelmcneal AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2016 15:00:32 -0400
Hi everyone,

The Limpkin(s) reported to GABO-L that are viewable off of Whispering
Pines Rd. in Albany are currently attempting to nest.  If you do
choose to visit and view them, please do your viewing from the North
(Whispering Pines Rd.) side of the pond/canal close to the GPS point
Melissa posted yesterday where the viewing is best anyway, and don't
attempt to stalk them around other areas of the pond.  The pond is
already heavily used and trafficked, but any help we can give them by
not stressing them out with additional birder traffic too close to a
nest would be appreciated.  It would be great to add a successful
breeding record for this GA review list species.

Joel McNeal
Cartersville, Bartow Co., GA
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Subject: Limpkin Albany, Dougherty County, GA
From: M FlintRiver <melmar312 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2016 00:45:28 +0000
One of our Albany Audubon members found a Limpkin today in Albany on Whispering 
Pines Rd. to the East of 1404 Whispering Pines, Rd., Albany, GA 31707. It was 
in the northeast corner of the pond at around 7:40 p.m. this evening and had 
been there for 20 minutes at that point. GPS coordinates: 31.604020. -84182264. 



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Subject: Tv program
From: annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2016 17:07:36 -0400
good program on birds now- 5-6pm on Nat'l Geo
chan 757 ( my set). 
Also 6-7 program on Eagles!


Rome,Ga
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Subject: Last Chance for 2015-2016 Duck Stamp
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 1 Jun 2016 14:56:32 -0400
This week is your last chance to order a duck stamp from GOS.
http://www.gos.org/duck-stamp

The new one is coming out in July and we'll have to send all our
unsold stamps back to the company next week. Duck Stamps are
collectible and a GREAT way to show your support for conservation. 97%
of all proceeds go directly towards the purchase or lease of land for
the National Wildlife Refuge System. Places like Okefenokee NWR,
Savannah NWR, Malheur NWR.  In these days of increased development,
wildlife refuges provide essential habitat protected from destruction.
Habitat, not just for ducks but for all wildlife....from bobcats to
bobwhites......from scarlet kingsnakes to scarlet tanagers......from
chipmunks to chipping sparrows....from ....well you get the idea.

Get yours today!  (or at least before Friday).  Use the link above and
pay with Paypal or your credit card.  It couldn't be easier.

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Subject: Blue-headed Vireo nest, Sawnee Mt. Preserve
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Mon, 30 May 2016 21:26:34 -0400
Hi, folks, I walked one of the trails in the new section of Sawnee Mt.
Preserve (central Forsyth Co.) this morning & was happy to find several
singing Blue-headed Vireos. One of the vireos had me intrigued due to its
buzzy Yellow-throated Vireo-like song. I tracked it down & followed it
through the mid-story of the trees, right until is plopped down into its
nest just off of the trail.

Also heard this morning were several Ovenbirds. Based on other treks through
the preserve, I believe there are at least four active territories within
ear-shot of the trails.

Take care,

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Forsyth Co., GA
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Subject: Yellow-billed Cuckoo yesterday at Newman Wetlands
From: Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 30 May 2016 10:19:10 -0400
Hello all,

Gus Kaufman and I birded Newman wetlands yesterday with a quick circuit of
the Huie ponds. We were greated by a group of three Louisiana waterthrushes
right below the boardwalk over the swamp. We guessed a fledgling with
parents. We followed them into the Turkey Creek area. We got good looks at
a Yellow-billed Cuckoo in some tall trees on the right limb of the Turkey
creek trail right where a disused service Road meets it. We walked up that
road but didn't see the cuckoo again but found a pair of box turtles in the
stiltgrass that infests those slopes. We also think we saw a fox squirrel.

We found a few common yellowthroats in the swamp and also red-headed
woodpeckers around. Lots of ruby-throated hummingbirds around the visitor
centre  around the coral honeysuckles and trumpetvines.

Then we checked out the cliff swallows at the Huie ponds. There were more
than fifteen eastern bluebirds on the power lines and fences around  the
ponds.

Thanks
Vinod


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Subject: Dickcissel and Swainson's Warbler
From: Theresa Hartz <jthartz50 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 29 May 2016 07:56:14 -0400
Hi all, Mary Nevel and I did my BBS route in SW Ga yesterday.  The
Dickcissel continues at the same stop for the fourth year! I only heard one
this time.  It has moved down a field and is just as the edge of my ability
to hear it at the stop. The pine trees in the field it was first observed
in have grown too tall.  Only a matter of time before they grow too tall in
the current field. Not sure where they'll go when that happens. The bird is
currently located on CR 73 just off Fountain Bridge Road, Randolph County.

Also I had a Swainson's Warbler (even gave us a visual) at another stop.
The location for this bird is at the juncture of CR 30 and Hwy 216 in
Calhoun County near Edison.  The creek at that location is called Bear
Branch according to google maps.

Theresa Hartz
Big Canoe

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Subject: Wood Ducks- Floyd Co
From: annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 22:55:24 -0400
Checked duck boxes yesterday- water level so low I didn't have to use boat. 
Just propped a ladder against the posts! 

Only one box occupied now/ female is incubating 9 eggs! This is a relatively 
low number of eggs - maybe it her second setting or maybe she's young? This 
hatch off date will b hard to determine since I didn't get a count before she 
started incubating. 

I'm still having at least 2 other pairs coming to pond in the early mornings 
and apparently they have found something in the spillway end of the pond that 
they like and are feeding on. 

Hoping for more nest!



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Subject: Re: Tropical Storm Bonnie - Possible Storm Birds
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 22:33:40 -0400
Hi All,

Thanks so much James. It would be quite something if my three Atlantic gadfly 
petrel and two tropicbird target species showed up at Lake J. Strom Thurmond 
(Clarks Hill Lake) this week! 


Good StormBirding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
www.neargareport.com

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Subject: Re: Tropical Storm Bonnie - Possible Storm Birds
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 29 May 2016 03:47:34 +0200
I think it is pretty certain that this storm is carrying a lot of
interesting birds....especially fascinating because it is early in the
season and we are lacking much data about storm -blown pelagics in the
western Atlantic in late spring. The trick,  of course, will be to find and
observe those birds. As you suggested, inland GA birders should also be on
their toes this weekend/week, particularly near bodies of water. Anything
could show up! Wishing you safety and success, Mark

James Gibson
Clayton Co.
On May 28, 2016 9:39 PM, "Mark McShane"  wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> Napping up here in North Carolina this evening wondering if I'll get to
> get out with Brian Patteson and Crew's Seabirding Pelagic Trips out of
> Hatteras NC to the Gulf Stream as scheduled Sunday and Monday this holiday
> weekend.  Tropical Storm Bonnie may have overly complicated things for us
> up here, but maybe not, we'll see.
>
> Can't help wondering though if Bonnie might be depositing any storm-blown
> rarities along the Georgia coast or even on Georgia inland lakes now or in
> the days to come!
>
> Good Birding All!
>
> Mark
>
> Mark McShane
> Georgia Seabirder-At-Large
> Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia (currently Washington NC)
> www.neargareport.com
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Subject: Tropical Storm Bonnie - Possible Storm Birds
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 21:37:54 -0400
Hi All,

Napping up here in North Carolina this evening wondering if I'll get to get out 
with Brian Patteson and Crew's Seabirding Pelagic Trips out of Hatteras NC to 
the Gulf Stream as scheduled Sunday and Monday this holiday weekend. Tropical 
Storm Bonnie may have overly complicated things for us up here, but maybe not, 
we'll see. 


Can't help wondering though if Bonnie might be depositing any storm-blown 
rarities along the Georgia coast or even on Georgia inland lakes now or in the 
days to come! 


Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Georgia Seabirder-At-Large
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia (currently Washington NC)
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Subject: Thanks for advice on hummingbird plants
From: Jason Baumgardner <jlbaumga AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 13:55:51 -0400
Dear GABO,

Thanks for all the great replies to my post about plants to attract
hummingbirds.  GABO really came through as always.  I will reply to
individuals later when I'm back at the computer.

Jason Baumgardner

Atlanta

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Subject: Re: Plants to attract hummingbirds
From: leslie DeMarcus <ldemarcus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 15:00:17 -0400
You mention that you have mostly shade for hanging baskets. Shade loving
plants for pots include New Guinea impatiens--red or orange. These are
widely avaiable at home garden centers and even some grocery stores.
Fuschias are hummingbird magnets, love shade and make beautiful hanging
baskets. Red or orange impatiens also attract hummingbirds and are super
easy to grow.
None of these are native, but they will thrive in shady conditions in
hanging baskets with regular watering and occasional plant food. Hummers
love petunias, but petunias love full sun. The plants that you choose to
attract hummingbirds don't have to be fragrant.
Native plants you can plant in your landscape that are easy to grow,
attract hummingbirds and need shade are the perennials like columbines,
lobelia(cardinal flower),hostas, coral bells, and penstemon (part shade).
Planting and maintenance help can be obtained from any UGA Master Gardener
Extension Volunteer. Just contact your county Extension Office.
I hope this helps.
Saralynn DeMarcus
Master Gardener Extension Volunteer

On Fri, May 27, 2016 at 11:30 AM,  wrote:

> Petunias in bright red will do great for hanging baskets. Try home depot.
>
> Best Regards,
> Marcia  Bansley 404-261 -1323
> Sent from my iPhone - please excuse any typos.
>
>
> > On May 27, 2016, at 3:19 PM, Jon McKenna <
> 0000058424850fa2-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> wrote:
> >
> > Agreed, the blue-flowering salvia is a big hit for hummers in our yard.
> >
> > --------------------------------------------
> > On Fri, 5/27/16, Katy Allen  wrote:
> >
> > Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Plants to attract hummingbirds
> > To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> > Date: Friday, May 27, 2016, 8:31 AM
> >
> > I have found that any
> > type of salvia is a great attractant.  Minimal care and
> > spreads.  Our hummers have fledged and are active at both
> > the feeder and plants.  Katy Allen - Marietta
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Georgia Birders Online [mailto:GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]
> > On Behalf Of Jason Baumgardner
> > Sent:
> > Thursday, May 26, 2016 11:07 PM
> > To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> > Subject: [GABO-L] Plants to attract
> > hummingbirds
> >
> > Dear GABO,
> >
> > Please advise on what plants I
> > can get to attract hummingbirds and help them notice our
> > feeders.  Let me make clear I am an idiot that knows very
> > little about plants, gardening, or anything like that.
> > My housemate and I have hung two hummingbird
> > feeders from the overhang on the front of our house.  There
> > are numerous other hooks along there, so the priority would
> > be plants that can be hung in baskets - that is what we wish
> > to do.  But I suppose we could also plant other ones
> > elsewhere that aren't hanging plants.  The front of our
> > house is shady most of the time.
> > I would
> > tend to lean toward native plants, but they don't have
> > to be exclusively native.
> > In particular
> > I'd like to know how to obtain them as economically as
> > possible.  There is a Pike's in walking distance from
> > our house, but I wasn't sure if I would be spending too
> > much there.
> > Further advice on how to take
> > care of the plants etc. is appreciated.
> > We
> > have not had a hummingbird yet, but I am told it is a slow
> > season so far.  Still, this home has not had hummingbird
> > feeders before, and so I think they could use a little help
> > in finding us.  Besides, it is fun to watch them actually
> > feed from flowering plants.
> >
> > Thanks in advance.
> >
> > Jason Baumgardner
> >
> > Atlanta
> >
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Subject: Swainson's Warbler - Murray Co.
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 16:44:36 -0400
Yesterday I visited a private wetland in the Conasauga River floodplain. This 
area sports a variety of habitat including a slough, shrub swamp, upland 
hardwood and bottomland forest. This has been home to a GREAT BLUE HERON 
rookery for many years. Currently there is at least 12-15 active nests in one 
single Loblolly Pine. This pine is the tallest tree in the area. There were at 
least thirty herons in this tree while I was there. Adults would arrive with 
food and the entire rookery would roar with begging from all the nestlings. 
Many look to be near fledging age. There was also a few families of WOOD DUCKS 
present with fledged young of various ages. 


The best bird of the day was a SWAINSON'S WARBLER in the forest along the 
river. I suspected that this species inhabited this area historically, but had 
assumed that the prevalence of the exotic Chinese Privet had heavily altered 
the natural plant community to the extent that this warbler possibly was gone 
for good. The habitat here is overrun with this invasive plant. Nonetheless, I 
am very excited to find this rare bird at another site in the county. 


There is also a very small population of PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS here, maybe 1-3 
breeding pairs. 


Other key species observed were:
Louisiana Waterthrush
Prairie Warbler
Kentucky Warbler

Other highlights:
Hairy Woodpecker
Acadian Flycatcher
White-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Fish Crow
Northern Parula

I took a few photos that can be seen here:



https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=630611000420055&id=460198340794656¬if_t=like¬if_id=1464381412091355 


Joshua Spence,
Murray County

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Subject: Willow Flycatcher-Richmond County
From: Lois Stacey <croakie AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 14:50:45 -0400
Liam Wolff found a singing Willow Flycatcher this morning at Phinizy Swamp 
Nature Park in Augusta. The bird is in the brush along the road to the wetlands 
just past the buildings. It was still there at 2:30. 


Lois Stacey
North Augusta, SC

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Subject: edible six-pack rings
From: terry valentine <terryval AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 11:47:56 -0400
http://www.aol.com/article/2016/05/19/edible-six-pack-rings-feed-animals-ins
tead-of-killing-them/21379793/

 

 

Some of you may have heard of these.a beer company decided to make six-pack
rings out of food by-products so that they could either be eaten by wildlife
or safely decompose.  Cutting up the plastic rings is a good start, but
apparently it's not enough if these get into waterways and oceans as birds
and mammals still swallow them.

 

My husband and I aren't beer-drinkers - or big soda-drinkers either - but we
find this encouraging and hope other distributors of the ubiquitous plastic
rings (especially the two biggest makers of brown bubbly) will follow suit.
And we can all facilitate this with our wallets and keyboards.

 

Maybe edible helium balloons will be next.a girl can hope!

 

 

Terry Valentine

Hoschton


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Subject: Re: Plants to attract hummingbirds
From: Jon McKenna <0000058424850fa2-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 13:19:40 +0000
Agreed, the blue-flowering salvia is a big hit for hummers in our yard.

--------------------------------------------
On Fri, 5/27/16, Katy Allen  wrote:

 Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Plants to attract hummingbirds
 To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
 Date: Friday, May 27, 2016, 8:31 AM
 
 I have found that any
 type of salvia is a great attractant.  Minimal care and
 spreads.  Our hummers have fledged and are active at both
 the feeder and plants.  Katy Allen - Marietta
 
 -----Original Message-----
 From: Georgia Birders Online [mailto:GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]
 On Behalf Of Jason Baumgardner
 Sent:
 Thursday, May 26, 2016 11:07 PM
 To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
 Subject: [GABO-L] Plants to attract
 hummingbirds
 
 Dear GABO,
 
 Please advise on what plants I
 can get to attract hummingbirds and help them notice our
 feeders.  Let me make clear I am an idiot that knows very
 little about plants, gardening, or anything like that.
 My housemate and I have hung two hummingbird
 feeders from the overhang on the front of our house.  There
 are numerous other hooks along there, so the priority would
 be plants that can be hung in baskets - that is what we wish
 to do.  But I suppose we could also plant other ones
 elsewhere that aren't hanging plants.  The front of our
 house is shady most of the time.
 I would
 tend to lean toward native plants, but they don't have
 to be exclusively native.
 In particular
 I'd like to know how to obtain them as economically as
 possible.  There is a Pike's in walking distance from
 our house, but I wasn't sure if I would be spending too
 much there.
 Further advice on how to take
 care of the plants etc. is appreciated.
 We
 have not had a hummingbird yet, but I am told it is a slow
 season so far.  Still, this home has not had hummingbird
 feeders before, and so I think they could use a little help
 in finding us.  Besides, it is fun to watch them actually
 feed from flowering plants.
 
 Thanks in advance.
 
 Jason Baumgardner
 
 Atlanta
 
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Subject: Re: Plants to attract hummingbirds
From: Eric Bowles <eric.bowles AT HAWKSHURSTGROUP.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 09:24:33 -0400
Hummers love vase shaped or tube shaped flowers.  

The easiest to grow plant would be a butterfly bush. It's got good color (pink 
and purple) all summer and attracts butterflies and hummers. It does need to be 
pruned back to 20 inches each year or it gets leggy. It grows to 8-10 feet tall 
and a spread of 6 feet, so it needs space. Great for full sun. 


Perennial salvias are great in the right area. They are natural and subtle in 
the landscape. Plant several plants in groups of odd numbers to create a nice 
bed. Salvia pairs well with rudbeckia and daisies for great color. Great for 
full sun to part shade. 


Cleome is a good plant for hummers in lots of pinks and light purple colors. It 
has a big spider shaped cluster of tubular flowers. Cleome often self-sows and 
comes back each year. There are several varieties with height to 3 feet tall. 


Hostas are nice in shade, and if you plant a variety of types they bloom from 
mid-May into the fall. Hostas work well in large pots and part to full shade. 


Get a pot of a brightly colored plant to help hummers to find your feeders. 
Sometimes they are slow to find new feeders. 


All these plants are available at Pike's and many of the big home improvement 
stores. Plant odd number groups of plants - 3-7 of the same variety. Be sure 
you dig the bed and add material to help the plant grow. 



Eric Bowles
Bowles Images
404-200-3567
eric AT bowlesimages.com


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

Sent: Friday, May 27, 2016 8:32 AM
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Plants to attract hummingbirds

I have found that any type of salvia is a great attractant. Minimal care and 
spreads. Our hummers have fledged and are active at both the feeder and plants. 
Katy Allen - Marietta 


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

Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2016 11:07 PM
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: [GABO-L] Plants to attract hummingbirds

Dear GABO,

Please advise on what plants I can get to attract hummingbirds and help them 
notice our feeders. Let me make clear I am an idiot that knows very little 
about plants, gardening, or anything like that. 

My housemate and I have hung two hummingbird feeders from the overhang on the 
front of our house. There are numerous other hooks along there, so the priority 
would be plants that can be hung in baskets - that is what we wish to do. But I 
suppose we could also plant other ones elsewhere that aren't hanging plants. 
The front of our house is shady most of the time. 

I would tend to lean toward native plants, but they don't have to be 
exclusively native. 

In particular I'd like to know how to obtain them as economically as possible. 
There is a Pike's in walking distance from our house, but I wasn't sure if I 
would be spending too much there. 

Further advice on how to take care of the plants etc. is appreciated.
We have not had a hummingbird yet, but I am told it is a slow season so far. 
Still, this home has not had hummingbird feeders before, and so I think they 
could use a little help in finding us. Besides, it is fun to watch them 
actually feed from flowering plants. 


Thanks in advance.

Jason Baumgardner

Atlanta

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Subject: Re: Plants to attract hummingbirds
From: Katy Allen <katyallen AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 08:31:31 -0400
I have found that any type of salvia is a great attractant. Minimal care and 
spreads. Our hummers have fledged and are active at both the feeder and plants. 
Katy Allen - Marietta 


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

Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2016 11:07 PM
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: [GABO-L] Plants to attract hummingbirds

Dear GABO,

Please advise on what plants I can get to attract hummingbirds and help them 
notice our feeders. Let me make clear I am an idiot that knows very little 
about plants, gardening, or anything like that. 

My housemate and I have hung two hummingbird feeders from the overhang on the 
front of our house. There are numerous other hooks along there, so the priority 
would be plants that can be hung in baskets - that is what we wish to do. But I 
suppose we could also plant other ones elsewhere that aren't hanging plants. 
The front of our house is shady most of the time. 

I would tend to lean toward native plants, but they don't have to be 
exclusively native. 

In particular I'd like to know how to obtain them as economically as possible. 
There is a Pike's in walking distance from our house, but I wasn't sure if I 
would be spending too much there. 

Further advice on how to take care of the plants etc. is appreciated.
We have not had a hummingbird yet, but I am told it is a slow season so far. 
Still, this home has not had hummingbird feeders before, and so I think they 
could use a little help in finding us. Besides, it is fun to watch them 
actually feed from flowering plants. 


Thanks in advance.

Jason Baumgardner

Atlanta

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Subject: Plants to attract hummingbirds
From: Jason Baumgardner <jlbaumga AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2016 23:06:46 -0400
Dear GABO,

Please advise on what plants I can get to attract hummingbirds and help
them notice our feeders.  Let me make clear I am an idiot that knows very
little about plants, gardening, or anything like that.
My housemate and I have hung two hummingbird feeders from the overhang on
the front of our house.  There are numerous other hooks along there, so the
priority would be plants that can be hung in baskets - that is what we wish
to do.  But I suppose we could also plant other ones elsewhere that aren't
hanging plants.  The front of our house is shady most of the time.
I would tend to lean toward native plants, but they don't have to be
exclusively native.
In particular I'd like to know how to obtain them as economically as
possible.  There is a Pike's in walking distance from our house, but I
wasn't sure if I would be spending too much there.
Further advice on how to take care of the plants etc. is appreciated.
We have not had a hummingbird yet, but I am told it is a slow season so
far.  Still, this home has not had hummingbird feeders before, and so I
think they could use a little help in finding us.  Besides, it is fun to
watch them actually feed from flowering plants.

Thanks in advance.

Jason Baumgardner

Atlanta

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Subject: Re: Nightjar photo ~ What do you think it is?
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2016 15:49:27 +0200
Excellent! Posture and size of body parts can be very misleading in
Caprimulgids. I have had far too few good sightings of them to claim any
real expertise, but I learned from experience that their apparent shape and
size can change in an instant. The field marks you suggested for evaluation
in future sightings are right on target. Nicely done!

James Gibson
Clayton Co.

On Thu, May 26, 2016 at 2:56 PM, Joshua Spence 
wrote:

> The overall consensus is adult rufous male Eastern Whip-poor-will. Thanks
> to all who contributed. It's not often that these birds pose for long
> observation opportunity.  Of twenty years of birding this was the best look
> I've ever had. Usually they take off through the forest. This bird flew
> only a short distance onto a log and did a bobbing motion that made me
> wonder if a female and nest could have been nearby. Other than this it sat
> motionless almost appearing asleep.
>
> I came across it while hiking on Monday. I thought it was a Whip-poor-will
> when I saw it perched along the road, it did have the distinct white tail
> corners when it flew, that appeared to not have webbing, but it was flying
> through the trees so it made for difficult viewing. After looking at some
> online photos I began to think it was a Chuck-will's-widow due to the head
> shape and crown streaking. It didn't look as petite as many of the photos
> of Whips appeared.
>
> The chin was blackish and the throat band was bright white. The scapulars
> have that pale gray back brace(though wider than what many field guides
> portray in Whippers) that contrasts sharply with the rufous coverts. The
> black band that lines the top of the brace looks unbroken. James Neves
> mentioned that it looks like a scar as if something took a bite out of it.
> The black spots at the base of the brace appear unbroken also. The head
> seems too flat and long for Whip, but maybe this is just due to posture,
> because the distance from the eye to the chin looks more narrow than what a
> Chuck would be expected to show. This cannot be a rufous Chuck due to all
> the gray feathers. It can't  be a gray Chuck because the coverts would show
> more gray than rufous. Also, the undertail shows much more white than what
> a Chucky would. Whips also have a median crown stripe that is used for
> definite classification, though at a side profile it is difficult to rule
> out a possible shadow.
>
> Separating Chucks and Whips by sight is a challenge and I'm glad I was
> able to get some photos for careful study. I hope everyone had fun looking
> them over. So, if I see a perched nightjar in the forest, my attention
> would focus upon the back braces and their black bordering and how they
> contrast to coverts, the crown stripe, the throat and necklace. I would not
> focus on bird size, shape of head, or even overall color and appearance.
>
> Joshua Spence,
> Murray County
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Subject: Re: Nightjar photo ~ What do you think it is?
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2016 08:56:54 -0400
The overall consensus is adult rufous male Eastern Whip-poor-will. Thanks to 
all who contributed. It's not often that these birds pose for long observation 
opportunity. Of twenty years of birding this was the best look I've ever had. 
Usually they take off through the forest. This bird flew only a short distance 
onto a log and did a bobbing motion that made me wonder if a female and nest 
could have been nearby. Other than this it sat motionless almost appearing 
asleep. 


I came across it while hiking on Monday. I thought it was a Whip-poor-will when 
I saw it perched along the road, it did have the distinct white tail corners 
when it flew, that appeared to not have webbing, but it was flying through the 
trees so it made for difficult viewing. After looking at some online photos I 
began to think it was a Chuck-will's-widow due to the head shape and crown 
streaking. It didn't look as petite as many of the photos of Whips appeared. 


The chin was blackish and the throat band was bright white. The scapulars have 
that pale gray back brace(though wider than what many field guides portray in 
Whippers) that contrasts sharply with the rufous coverts. The black band that 
lines the top of the brace looks unbroken. James Neves mentioned that it looks 
like a scar as if something took a bite out of it. The black spots at the base 
of the brace appear unbroken also. The head seems too flat and long for Whip, 
but maybe this is just due to posture, because the distance from the eye to the 
chin looks more narrow than what a Chuck would be expected to show. This cannot 
be a rufous Chuck due to all the gray feathers. It can't be a gray Chuck 
because the coverts would show more gray than rufous. Also, the undertail shows 
much more white than what a Chucky would. Whips also have a median crown stripe 
that is used for definite classification, though at a side profile it is 
difficult to rule out a possible shadow. 


Separating Chucks and Whips by sight is a challenge and I'm glad I was able to 
get some photos for careful study. I hope everyone had fun looking them over. 
So, if I see a perched nightjar in the forest, my attention would focus upon 
the back braces and their black bordering and how they contrast to coverts, the 
crown stripe, the throat and necklace. I would not focus on bird size, shape of 
head, or even overall color and appearance. 


Joshua Spence,
Murray County

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Subject: Common Raven - Murray County
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2016 00:35:43 -0400
My family and I spent several hours in the Cohutta mountains on Tuesday. We 
hiked around Lake Conasauga and did quite a bit of roadside birding. The best 
bird was a calling COMMON RAVEN that we heard from Mill Creek Rd. and again 
hours later along West Cowpen Rd. Other high elevation nesters were: 


Veery
Blackburnian Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Dark-eyed Junco
Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Other highlights:

Red-shouldered Hawk nest with three young
Broad-winged Hawk
Wood Thrush
Ovenbird
Worm-eating Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Black-and-white Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler


Joshua Spence,
Murray County

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