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29 Jun Swainson's Warbler, Dawson Forest ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
29 Jun Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 6/29/2015 [Stephen Holzman ]
28 Jun Fwd: Re: Mississippi Kite [peter fancher ]
28 Jun Swallow-tailed kites [Jaynne Reichert ]
28 Jun GEORGIA'S MOST WANTED: BIRD PHOTOS [Ken Blankenship ]
27 Jun Little Mulberry Park, Gwinnett [John Deitsch ]
27 Jun AAS Walk at Cochran Shoals (Cobb) -- Yellowthroats, Buntings, Ducks, RH Woodpecker, More [ldtp ]
27 Jun 2015-2016 Duck Stamp available now [Stephen Holzman ]
24 Jun Bird Genius [Patty McLean ]
24 Jun AAS Field Trip this week [Mary Kimberly ]
24 Jun Little Blue Heron, Scarlet Tanager, Henderson Park, DeKalb County, 6/24/15 [Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell ]
23 Jun Northern Parula Warbler at Fernbank Museum [Paige Harvey ]
21 Jun last AWBB tally in May; BBS in Brantley & Ware Cos. w/ Lydia Thompson [SHEILA WILLIS ]
21 Jun S. GA records of breeding, special birds, arrival/departure dates, etc. [SHEILA WILLIS ]
21 Jun Huie Ponds Sunday 6-21 - White Ibis [Patrick Brisse ]
20 Jun Grasshopper Sparrow, Ellijay, Gilmer Cty. []
18 Jun Three Tallulah Peregrines Aloft Yesterday ["Rebecca E. Byrd" ]
18 Jun Peregrine Falcons at Tallulah Gorge Continue [Patty McLean ]
18 Jun Re: June Challenge [Mark McShane ]
16 Jun Conasauga Lake Rd - LEFL's Continue, RUGR [Marshall Weber ]
16 Jun Re: FW: IT IS TIME FOR TOS AND MEMBERS TO STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR BIR... []
16 Jun Re: MBTA rider [terry valentine ]
15 Jun Re: FW: IT IS TIME FOR TOS AND MEMBERS TO STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR BIRDS ! [Mark McShane ]
15 Jun Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 6/15/2015 [Steve Holzman ]
15 Jun AAS Field Trip this week [Mary Kimberly ]
15 Jun Least Flycatchers near Lake Conasauga [Patty McLean ]
14 Jun AAS Bird Walk @ Noonday Creek /Cobb Co. [Angelia Jenkins ]
14 Jun Red-breasted Nuthatch - Murray County [Joshua Spence ]
14 Jun Immature Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have arrived [Jim Yarbrough ]
12 Jun Has anyone seen the falcons up at Tallulah gorge today? [JOE WEISSMAN ]
12 Jun Re: Sandhill Crane - Bostwick Area [John Whigham ]
12 Jun Sandhill Crane - Bostwick Area [Stephen Holzman ]
12 Jun Birds from Hike along Appalachian Trail from Neels Gap to Woody Gap []
11 Jun Atlanta Audubon is hiring a Director of Conservation [Nikki Belmonte ]
11 Jun Re: Details on Cerulean Warbler locations, Blood Mountain (The Roads Less Traveled!) [Mark McShane ]
11 Jun Tallulah Gorge Falcons Update [Patty McLean ]
11 Jun Ovenbird, SWWA, GRHE, and Grasshopper Sparrow on Whitesburg BBS [Donald Ware ]
11 Jun Details on Cerulean Warbler locations, Blood Mountain []
11 Jun Common Raven - Murray County [Joshua Spence ]
10 Jun NW GA, 6/7/2015 ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
10 Jun Cerulean Warblers at Blood Mountain Area []
10 Jun Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert [Steve Holzman ]
9 Jun Tallulah Gorge Peregrine Falcons [Patty McLean ]
9 Jun AAS Field trips [Melanie Furr ]
9 Jun A few reports from the Savannah/Tybee area [DiChurch ]
8 Jun Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 6/8/2015 [Stephen Holzman ]
6 Jun AAS Walk: Piedmont Park! [Jason Ward ]
7 Jun Peregrines at Tallulah falls [Georgann Schmalz ]
7 Jun Peregrines at tallulah gorge [Georgann Schmalz ]
6 Jun AAS Bird Walk Hard Labor Creek State Park ["Delestrez, Phil" ]
6 Jun J.J. Biello Bird Walk: Prothonotary Warblers and a Swainson's Warbler [Rich Hull ]
5 Jun Non-Glaucous Gull follow-up ["Robert D. Sattelmeyer" ]
5 Jun Ogeechee Audubon June Meeting [bethheron ]
4 Jun NOT a Glaucou$ Gull at Gould's Inlet; HERRING GULL (AMERICAN) [Ken Blankenship ]
4 Jun Report: AAS bird walk to Murphey Candler Park (DeKalb Co.) [Mary Kimberly ]
3 Jun Tallulah peregrines on Tuesday, June 2 [Paige Harvey ]
3 Jun Fannin County, Late May Birds, Siskins gone, RB Nuthatch []
3 Jun Re: 59 species at J.J. Biello; Upcoming birdwalk, Swainson's Warbler, and Probable Prothonotary Warblers [Rich Hull ]
3 Jun 59 species at J.J. Biello; Upcoming birdwalk, Swainson's Warbler, and Probable Prothonotary Warblers [Rich Hull ]
2 Jun AAS Field Trips this week [Mary Kimberly ]
2 Jun Recent AAS Walk at Cochran Shoals (Cobb) -- Swallows Nesting, Hawks, Herons, Waxwings [ldtp ]
1 Jun NO Pelagic in June [Trey McCuen ]
1 Jun Peach & Macon Cos., 5/31/2015 ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
1 Jun American Proteins, 5/30/2015 ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
1 Jun Sandhill Crane - Braswell Church Road, Walton County - 6/1/2015 [Mark McShane ]
31 May Re: Reverse Retraction - Peregrine Falcon Nest Ledge Empty - Tallulah Gorge State Park - 5/31/2015 [Mark McShane ]
31 May Reverse Retraction - Peregrine Falcon Nest Ledge Empty - Tallulah Gorge State Park - 5/31/2015 [Mark McShane ]
31 May Peregrine Falcon Nest Ledge Empty - Tallulah Gorge State Park - 5/31/2015 [Mark McShane ]
31 May Golden-winged Warbler Status - Brawley Mountain, Fannin County - 5/30/2015 [Mark McShane ]
30 May Cliff Swallow nests []
30 May Black Bellied Whistling ducks in Macon Co [John Troyer Jr ]
28 May Red-tailed hawk under Downtown connector [Paige Harvey ]
28 May Roseate Spoonbills, Grand Bay WMA, Valdosta 5/28/15 [Vanessa Lane ]
28 May Flickr link to RNPH [James Fleullan ]
28 May RNPH link [James Fleullan ]
27 May Red-necked Phalarope Lake Juliette [James Fleullan ]

Subject: Swainson's Warbler, Dawson Forest
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:50:03 -0400
Hi, folks, yesterday evening while birding around the entrance area of
Dawson Forest WAM-City of Atlanta Tract, Dawson Co., I was happy to hear (&
eventually see) a Swainson's Warbler, my first for the WMA & long overdue.

Though the bird was vocalizing from a small creek bed in the woods west of
Shoal Creek Rd., you can hear the bird from the road near a "Road Closed"
gate on the west side of the road, between the north end of the power line
wetlands & the Etowah River (approx. location 34į21'14.09"N  84į 8'23.86"W;
note, Shoal Creek Rd. is currently gated  AT  Dawson Forest Rd., so you will
either need to park at the gate & hike along Shoal Creek Rd. or park just
past the entrance gate along Dawson Forest Rd. & take the trail north
through the power line cut to Shoal Cr. Rd., then head along the road toward
the GPS coordinates.

Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 6/29/2015
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:33:31 -0400
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From:  
Date: Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
To:


*** Species Summary:

Northern Bobwhite (2 Jones)
Common Loon (1 Columbia)
Wood Stork (1 Greene)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (1 Greene)
Willow Flycatcher (2 Greene)
Willow Flycatcher (Eastern) (1 Greene)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (2 Bartow)
Tree Swallow (1 Clayton, 1 Greene, 1 Henry)
Bachman's Sparrow (4 Jones)
Dickcissel (1 Greene)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

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Subject: Fwd: Re: Mississippi Kite
From: peter fancher <pfanch AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2015 16:09:59 -0400
Sandy Creek Athens
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From: "UGA LISTSERV Server (16.0)" 
Date: Jun 28, 2015 4:07 PM
Subject: Re: Mississippi Kite
To: 
Cc:

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Subject: Swallow-tailed kites
From: Jaynne Reichert <dechand7 AT MAC.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2015 15:55:37 -0400
There were 9 swallow-tailed kites that flew out of one of our tallest pines. 
The birds went back in the tree, sat there for about 5 minutes, and then at 
least 6 of them flew over the property again. I have had swallow-tailed kites 
fly over the house before, but never this many, or for them to stay as a group 
in a tree. It was so very exciting! 


Jaynne Reichert
South Bryan Co




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Subject: GEORGIA'S MOST WANTED: BIRD PHOTOS
From: Ken Blankenship <kenhblankenship AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2015 14:20:55 -0400
Greetings, Georgia bird peeps!

An exciting long-term research effort is nearing its final stages: the quest 
for the oldest extant specimens of all bird species known to have occurred in 
the state of Georgia through 2014. There are many surprises and wonderful 
anecdotes to be shared from the 2 1/2-year search, involving dozens of museum 
collections across the United States and Europe, as well as personal 
contributions from a plethora of photographers and banders. Birds once believed 
to be lost have been found; pelagic records that were "ceded" to South Carolina 
as a result of the 2013 G.O.S. "Closest Point of Land" Rule have all been 
extricated and reassigned, resulting in many "new 1st state records" that were 
once 2nd or 3rd; and even a Supreme Court ruling as recently as 1990 settling a 
border dispute between Georgia and South Carolina at the mouth of the Savannah 
River resulted in changes to both states' ornithological history! Where no 
specimens yet existed, the awesome folks at the Georgia Museum of Natural 
History have been working hard in conjunction with the G.O.S. to accession 
hundreds of photographs to their collection and assign them catalog numbers. In 
this way, these critical records can be properly curated for posterity and 
cited in the literature for years to come. It is hoped that in the 
not-to-distant future, all of the results will be condensed and published as an 
index to Georgia's oldest known specimens. 


The following "Most Wanted" list consists of those bird species that are on the 
2014 G.O.S. Regular Checklist, but for which no photographs have yet turned up 
of the birds in life (or as they were in death) at the spot where they were 
originally found. Luckily, there are physical specimens of most of them safely 
stored in one or more museum collections, but one aspect of the project aims to 
obtain images actually taken in Georgia for every documented species. However, 
for a few critical species, there are no physical OR photographic specimens in 
any institution at this time. Do you have one to contribute??? Do you know an 
older, long-time active Georgia birder, maybe not so internet-savvy, who may 
have a hidden treasure with huge scientific significance? Can you help fill the 
*final* gaps??? Here's the line-up... 



HIGHEST PRIORITY = Physical Specimens: 0  Photographic Specimens: 0

Burrowing Owl -- Someone, somewhere *must* have photos of the 1995-1996 
Bainbridge birds. HOO is it?! 


Red-billed Tropicbird -- Previously our only specimen, GMNH 5254 (photo), now 
belongs to South Carolina's historical dataset. Photos likely exist of one seen 
on a pelagic trip on 5/1/1997. But where are they?! Were you there? Did you see 
photos after the trip? Who took them?! 


Hudsonian Godwit -- At least 4 accepted sight records; no photos are known to 
exist 


Ruff -- 4 accepted sight records, only 2 with extensive details; no photos are 
known to exist 


"Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warbler -- OK, it's "just a subspecies," but it would 
be nice to have a definitive photograph of one actually in Georgia officially 
cataloged in a museum! There was one in Cherokee County coming to a feeder less 
than 10 years ago. ...Anyone? ...Anyone? ...Bueller? 



2ND PRIORITY = Physical Specimens: 1+  Photographic Specimens: 0

Yellow Rail -- 3 specimens; no photos are known to exist

Bewick's Wren -- Numerous specimens; no photos yet found; last accepted reports 
in early 1990s. Anyone? 


Lark Bunting -- 2 specimens; no photos are known to exist

King Eider -- 2 specimens; no photos are known to exist

Eurasian Wigeon -- 1 specimen; no photos are known to exist


3RD PRIORITY = Physical Specimens: 0  Photographic Specimens: Only have B & W

Townsend’s Warbler -- 0 physical specimens; 2 state records; both had color 
photos taken of them. 1st state record was banded at JIBS, numerous photos were 
taken, one was published in black and white. Need color! Were you there?! 


Northern GOShawk -- 0 physical specimens; 1 photographic record; 1 color photo 
of bird in hand. This was an injured bird found near Athens, GA. Photo was 
published in black and white. Note in Oriole was authored by the late Don 
Cohrs. The original color version may be lost... or is it?! Have you ever seen 
it? Where? When? 



Think on these special, important bird records... does anything come to mind? 
Does ANYONE come to mind? :) Please do not hesitate to contact me with any tips 
and information you may have: even if it doesn't pan out, I am out of leads on 
these birds after a long time trying to find photos of them. I am happy to 
email my phone number so you can call me or FWD it along to a third party that 
you think may be able to help. Sadly, some of these photos may have been 
originally submitted as part of formal GCRC Rare Bird Reports (they have 
Tracking Numbers in the literature), but I have reached a dead-end trying to 
locate a sequence of said reports from the late 1990s and early 2000s that may 
have contained the images. 


Thank you!!!
Ken Blankenship
...between the Blue Ridge and Coastal Plain, Georgia

p.s. -- Sorry I didn't "disguise" all of the rare bird names... I felt this was 
a worthy excuse to break the rule. ;) 


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Subject: Little Mulberry Park, Gwinnett
From: John Deitsch <00000405474c38c1-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 17:27:55 -0400
I birded Little Mulberry Park (Gwinnett Co) this morning for a couple hours. I 
found 47 species but nothing spectacular. 


Highlights: 

Wood Duck, 8, 7 very young hatchlings
Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 3
Acadian Flycatcher, 1 
Purple Martin, 11
Louisiana Waterthrush, 1
Common Yellowthroat, 1
Orchard Oriole, 3

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24068742

I also stopped by George Pierce Park, but didn't find anything interesting.

John Deitsch
Gwinnett Co

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Subject: AAS Walk at Cochran Shoals (Cobb) -- Yellowthroats, Buntings, Ducks, RH Woodpecker, More
From: ldtp <ldtp AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 20:24:57 +0000
Two birders braved the heat and humidity for an Atlanta Audubon Society walk at 
Cochran Shoals (Cobb County) on June 25. As expected during the "summer slump," 
we had relatively low numbers and only 34-35 species (see list below), but we 
had a good assortment and some excellent sightings. 


Highlights included a female Wood Duck, a female Blue-winged Teal, a Great Blue 
Heron, a Green Heron, and two Red-headed Woodpeckers, probably a pair. We had 
excellent views of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird feeding, a White-eyed Vireo 
clutching breakfast in his bill, three male Common Yellowthroats, three male 
Indigo Buntings, a small family of Eastern Bluebirds, and a Brown Thrasher 
having a dust bath on the trail. 


There was plenty of swallow activity up and down the river, but not much around 
the nests on the bridges. 


We saw a Muskrat, three Green Treefrogs, a Pearl Crescent butterfly, an Ebony 
Jewelwing damselfly, and lots of dragonflies (most too fast or too far away to 
ID, except for Common Whitetails and Blue Dashers). Heard only: Bullfrogs, 
Green Frogs, and a Leopard Frog. Numerous dew-spangled spiderwebs in tree limbs 
along or over the river. 


Among the wildflowers in bloom: Trumpet Vine, Butterfly Pea, Meadow Beauty, 
Lizard Tail, and several types of daisies. 


Liz Hornsby
DeKalb County

==

AAS Walk, Cochran Shoals (Cobb County)
June 25, 2015
7:30 - 11:00 AM
Hot and humid.
River high and fast, with persistent mist.
2 observers
34-35 species

--
Canada Goose  30
Wood Duck  1  (female)
Blue-winged Teal  1  (female)
Great Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  1
Mourning Dove  1
Chimney Swift  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  2  (probably a pair)
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1  (heard only)
Downy Woodpecker  4
Eastern Phoebe  2
White-eyed Vireo 4
Red-eyed Vireo  6  (heard only)
Blue Jay  1
Crow sp  1  
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  15
Barn Swallow  30
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  1  (heard only)
Carolina Wren  6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Eastern Bluebird  3  (two adults and an immature together)
American Robin  6
Gray Catbird  1?  (heard only; brief call, but probable)
Brown Thrasher  2
Common Yellowthroat  6  (incl. three males and one female seen)
Eastern Towhee  4  (heard only)
Northern Cardinal  6  (males and females)
Indigo Bunting  3  (incl. three males seen)
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Common Grackle  5
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  5.

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Subject: 2015-2016 Duck Stamp available now
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 10:11:47 -0400
GOS has the new 2015-2016 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation
Stamp (aka Duck Stamp) available for sale starting on June 26th.  This
year’s image is a pair of Ruddy Ducks painted by Jennifer Miller, only
the third woman to win during the contest’s 66 year history. The price
increase has been long overdue and reflects significant increases in
land values since the last price increase in 1991. Don’t forget that
98% of the new $25 cost goes directly for the purchase of land or
conservation easements for the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Refuges in Georgia that have been funded in part by Federal Duck
Stamps are Okefenokee, Piedmont, Savannah, and Wolf Island. Since
1934, over $671 million has been raised nationwide for habitat
conservation. GOS sells the duck stamp in a handy keychain for you to
display proudly, or on its card, for collectible purposes. For prices
and details visit the merchandise page at
http://www.gos.org/itemsforsale . If you just want the stamp itself,
send a self-addressed stamped envelope and a check to GOS for $25 to
Georgia Ornithological Society, P.O. Box 122, Culloden, GA 31016.

We also have the Junior Duck Stamp available for $5.  You can view it
on the GOS page. The Junior Duck Stamp funds the promotion of
conservation education and the annual art contest for young people.  A
nice way to promote both programs is to buy the keychain with the Duck
Stamp on one side and the Junior on the other.

Just to address one concern right off the bat. Duck Stamp sales are
NOT used by anyone anywhere to measure the popularity of hunting. So
if you are morally opposed to duck hunting, your purchase of a stamp
shouldn't conflict with those values. It's all about the habitat. This
money goes for habitat; habitat for ducks, red-cockaded woodpeckers,
Wood Storks, Red-winged Blackbirds, otters, Prothonotary Warblers,
Clapper Rails, Wild Turkeys, fox squirrels, etc etc etc.

Please consider supporting the National Wildlife Refuge System (where
many a life bird will be found).

Steve Holzman, President
Georgia Ornithological Society
North High Shoals, GA

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Subject: Bird Genius
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2015 20:03:59 -0400
    
Documentary showing on PBS right now. Maybe it will explain how they hide so 
well.  

Patty

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Subject: AAS Field Trip this week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2015 14:39:22 -0400
Greetings, Georgia Birders!

The Atlanta Audubon Society has one field trip planned for this week.

Liz Hornsby will lead a walk at Cochran Shoals, CRNRA (Cobb Co.) tomorrow, 
Thursday, June 26 at 8:00 AM. 


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


Bird on!
Mary Kimberly
Field Trip Director
Atlanta Audubon Society

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Subject: Little Blue Heron, Scarlet Tanager, Henderson Park, DeKalb County, 6/24/15
From: Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:17:44 +0000
 The LBHE, a juvenile, is moving around the lake as it forages. The SCTA was 
singing from the top of a tulip poplar at the old dam back in the swampy area. 
That's two SCTAs I have seen in two days near my home. Yesterday I saw one at 
the Yellow River Park, Gwinnett County. This bird was, as far as I know, first 
reported by John Deitsch on 6/22/15 on eBird. 

Jeff SewellTucker, DeKalb Co., GAlambertsewell AT att.net

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Subject: Northern Parula Warbler at Fernbank Museum
From: Paige Harvey <paige AT PAIGEHARVEYART.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 08:58:51 -0400
At 8:30 am  today i heard a suspiciously warbler-like zzz zzz zeee .
I stopped to investigate the busy, constantly singing ( gorgeous ) male
Northern Parula Warbler in breeding plumage. He obliged by staying  around
for 15 minutes-along with angry wrens and curious cardinals  it is vaguely
possible  that a female showed herself for a split second. He was located
in shrubbery at the turn in to additional parking lot.

-- 
Best regards,
Paige Harvey
Paige AT paigeharveyart.com


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Subject: last AWBB tally in May; BBS in Brantley & Ware Cos. w/ Lydia Thompson
From: SHEILA WILLIS <swillis AT MEDIASTREAMUS.NET>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 13:39:19 -0400
Hey folks,

Hope you are fine. Pasted below are the results of 2 activities in S. GA.

The last of the 2015 All Women's Birding Bust is revealed by Team "Swamp
Woman" for 5/31. Such a busy, complex time this year, so I only just
managed to get this in and surveyed just half a day in Waycross (WARE) and
some of its edges. It was a hot, humid day, and I did early afternoon
feeder watching during that heat. The total time was from 1:30 p.m. to 7:40
p.m. and it was cloudy to at times partly cloudy. Wind was only 3--17 mph.
Note that the Sunnyside Dr. overlook is at an overflow area for the Satilla
R. The total number of species was 31.

CANADA GOOSE: 100 (~91 seen feeding in grass at edge of lake at Baptist
Village; 9 near small pond out Central Ave. Ext.)

GREAT BLUE HERON: 1 Baptist Village

GREEN HERON: 2 (w. Carswell Ave; Baptist Village)

TURKEY VULTURE: 3

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK: 3 (2 seen circling & calling near old Hebard Cypress
Mill area; 1 heard Sunnyside Dr. overlook)

KILLDEER: 1 heard, Sunnyside Dr. overlook

EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE: 1, downtown Waycross

MOURNING DOVE: 9

YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO: 1 heard, Sunnyside Dr. overlook

CHIMNEY SWIFT: 10, mostly downtown Waycross

RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER: 3

DOWNY WOODPECKER: 1

GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER: 2

LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE: 5 (2 at opp. n/s ends of Oakland Cem.; downtown Waycross
near train depo; behind Wal-Mart on US#1; Knight Ave. at Whittaker Golf
Carts)

PURPLE MARTIN: 1 female, Knight Ave.

BLUE JAY: 2

AMERICAN CROW: 1

FISH CROW: 1

TUFTED TITMOUSE: 1

CAROLINA WREN: 2

EASTERN BLUEBIRD: 2

BROWN THRASHER: 2

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD: 35

EUROPEAN STARLING: 36

EASTERN TOWHEE: 1

NORTHERN CARDINAL: 6

INDIGO BUNTING: 1, male, Sunnyside Dr. overlook

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD: 6 (Knight Ave., 5 Sunnyside Dr. overlook)

COMMON GRACKLE: 24 (w/ 1 at Carswell Ave. railroad going into tree as if w/
food)

BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD: 6 Carswell Ave. (3 males w/ cows in small pasture; 2
males & 1 female w/ horses in powerline pasture cut)

HOUSE SPARROW: 4

The Breeding Bird Survey of 6/14 was labeled "Ware County" but it actually
starts in Brantley Co. for stops #1--7 before switching to Ware Co. for
stops #8--50.

Stop #1 was Bennett Rd at Central Ave. Ext.; Stop #8 was a fenced pond on
Whitehall Church Rd; Stop #50 was Hopkins Rd at Old Swamp Rd. The stops are
approx. .5 mi. apart. The route includes parts of Whitehall Church Rd,
Knight Ave., USHwy #1, Okefenokee Humane Society corner, E. Washington St.
(formerly the Archer St. Ext.), & Old Swamp Rd (passing Obediah's Okefinok
entrance).

The start was at 5:55 a.m. (temp. 78 degrees F) & ended at 10:59 a.m.
(temp. 79 degrees F). Wind was 0 & skies clear.

Lydia Thompson was the lead birder while I recorded from the car but also
added a few species. The totals below are for both the BBS stops and any
"out" areas between the stops.

The wetland shrub Titi was in full bloom & its sweet, honey-like smell
filled the air. Various types of Meadowbeauties were also in bloom along
the roadsides as was Buttonbush & Mimosa.

The Old Swamp Rd has quite a number of pinestraw farms now along its route
as well as a few blueberry farms. Except for the clusters of dead trees & a
knowledge of the past thick woods that are now open, you might not know
there had been a major fire through here in 2007. Stop #48 was just .2 mi.
s. of N. Dud Rd (e. side) on the west side of the road and was a very
pretty, large, open Sawgrass area.with dead cypress & Virginia Chain
Fern. It was an old borrow pit at one time and just past it is a deep water
pit.

Also, there are a number of interesting houses & gardens plus the unique
Carter Cemetery that can be seen as you drive south on this road which
parallels the w. side of the Okefenokee Swamp and ends at the road to an
old, abandoned logging town called Hopkins that existed from 1909--1926.
The map will show you some interesting names for the geographical features
here, such as Alligator Creek, Greasy Branch, Botherment Branch, Boggy Bay,
Huckleberry Bay, Black River, Rosin Bridge Rd, Twelvemile Post Rd, & Cat
Hole Rd.

WOOD DUCK: 1 fly (BRANTLEY)

NORTHERN BOBWHITE: 4 (2 BRANTLEY, 2 WARE) all heard

GREAT BLUE HERON: 1 (WARE)

GREAT EGRET: 1 (WARE OUT)

CATTLE EGRET: 8 (WARE)

GREEN HERON: 1 (WARE)

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON: 1 fly (BRANTLEY)

TURKEY VULTURE: 18 (WARE)… 10 on road kill

SWALLOW-TAILED KITE: 1 fly low e. to w. (WARE)…Old Swamp Rd; n. of Gum
Swamp Bridge,.6 mi. s. of Cat Hole Rd

MISSISSIPPI KITE: 2 (WARE)…together; cedar tree row on Old Swamp Rd btwn
Boggy Bay Station & E.C. White Rd

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK: 5 (WARE)

RED-TAILED HAWK: 1 (WARE)…at water tower, very little banding on chest

SANDHILL CRANE: 1 (WARE)… at n. end of Melton Rd junct. w/ Old Swamp Rd;
heard to e. & very nearby Cowhouse Prairie of Okefenokee Swamp

KILLDEER: 4 (WARE)

EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE: 5 (WARE)

MOURNING DOVE: 13 (1 BRANTLEY, 11 WARE; 1 OUT WARE)

COM. GROUND-DOVE: 3 (WARE)… Old Swamp Rd in 3 locations

YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO: 2 (WARE)…Old Swamp Rd in 2 locations including
Hopkins Rd junct.

GREAT HORNED OWL: 1 seen (WARE).. flew into pines & sat opp. Tatum house on
Old Swamp Rd

CHIMNEY SWIFT: 7 (WARE)

BELTED KINGFISHER: 1 (WARE) OUT

RED-HEADED WOODPECKER: 2 (WARE) Old Swamp Rd

RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER: 2 (WARE)

DOWNY WOODPECKER: 2 (WARE)

NORTHERN FLICKER: 1 (WARE)

PILEATED WOODPECKER: 1 (WARE)

EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE: 1 (BRANTLEY) Bennett Rd at Central Ave. Ext.

GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER: 17 (2 BRANTLEY, 15 WARE)

EASTERN KINGBIRD: 14 (8 BRANTLEY, 6 WARE)

PURPLE MARTIN: 2 as pair (WARE) Old Swamp Rd

BARN SWALLOW: 1 (WARE) Old Swamp Rd

BLUE JAY: 5 (1 BRANTLEY, 4 WARE)

AMERICAN CROW: 2 (WARE)

FISH CROW: 11 (2 BRANTLEY, 9 WARE)

Crow sp.: 4 (WARE)

TUFTED TITMOUSE: 1 (BRANTLEY)

BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH: 8 (WARE)… in family groups

CAROLINA WREN: 22 (8 BRANTLEY, 13 WARE; 1 BRANTLEY OUT)

BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER: 3 (1 BRANTLEY, 2 WARE)

EASTERN BLUEBIRD: 12 (5 BRANTLEY, 7 WARE)

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD: 51 (10 BRANTLEY 41 WARE)

BROWN THRASHER: 7 (1 BRANTLEY, 4 WARE; 2 WARE OUT)

EUROPEAN STARLING: 10 (WARE) w/ 1 going into hole in pole at Pak’s Karate
on Knight Ave.

PROTHONOTARY WARBLER: 1 (WARE OUT)… Alligator Bridge on Old Swamp Rd

COMMON YELLOWTHROAT: 4 (3 WARE, 1 WARE OUT)

NORTHERN PARULA: 3 (2 WARE; 1 WARE OUT)

PINE WARBLER: 10 (3 BRANTLEY, 7 WARE)

EASTERN TOWHEE: 21 (3 BRANTLEY, 17 WARE; 1 WARE OUT)

BACHMAN’S SPARROW: 1 heard (WARE)…from e. side of powerline cut, Old Swamp
Rd, just n. of Lee’s Branch, s. of Howard Ln

NORTHERN CARDINAL: 33 (11 BRANTLEY, 21 WARE; 1 BRANTLY OUT)

INDIGO BUNTING: 1 (WARE)… Old Swamp Rd at hedgerow n. of Greasy Branch

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD: 1 (WARE)

COMMON GRACKLE: 14 (1 BRANTLEY, 12 WARE; 1 WARE OUT

BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD: 1 (WARE)

HOUSE FINCH: 4 (WARE) females

HOUSE SPARROW: 4 (WARE)

Take care.

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


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Subject: S. GA records of breeding, special birds, arrival/departure dates, etc.
From: SHEILA WILLIS <swillis AT MEDIASTREAMUS.NET>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 13:36:08 -0400
Hey folks,

Hope you are fine & staying as cool as you can. Below are some notes about
the birds & birders associated with the Okefenokee Bird Club which has
members & friends across S. GA. Some are past reports recently received and
others are more to this date. Some parts are pasted so hope they come out
o.k.

March--April highlights from home of Wayne & Fonda Ussery (s. of
Hazlehurst, on Alma Hwy/US#23; JEFF DAVIS):

Wintering birds' departures: YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (last 3/29); NORTHERN
FLICKER (last 4/3); EASTERN PHOEBE (last 3/25); RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET (last
2/22); AMERICAN ROBIN (last 3/14); PALM WARBLER (last 4/3); YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLER (last 3/28); CHIPPING SPARROW (last 3/31); AMERICAN GOLDFINCH (last
4/15); PINE SISKIN (last this period 4/1)

Migrants: ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK (4/3 female; 4/21--27, 30); NORTHERN
PARULA (as migrant, 4/1)

Summer arrivals: CATTLE EGRET (4/13); YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO (4/18); CHIMNEY
SWIFT (4/24); RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD (3/17 male, 4/7 female); RED-HEADED
WOODPECKER (4/21 +); EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE (4/17); GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER
(4/3+); EASTERN KINGBIRD (4/21); WHITE-EYED VIREO (4/1); BARN SWALLOW
(4/10, 22, 23); BLUE GROSBEAK (4/23, 24, 28, 30); INDIGO BUNTING (4/15, 21,
27, 30), SUMMER TANAGER (4/12+)

Others: BARRED OWL (throughout Mar/Apr; heard only); WOOD DUCK (3/29); WILD
TURKEY (3/9) plus daily BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, HOUSE FINCH, etc.

Early April highlights from Okefenokee NWR canoe trip from Stephen C.
Foster State Park to Floyd's Island by Curt McCasland & others:
Enroute: PROTHONOTARY WARBLERs, NORTHERN PARULAs; 1st overnight shelter
(prob. Big Water): BARRED OWLs (2, hooting); Floyd's Island: WILD TURKEY (3)

May (5/1--5/17 period) highlights from home of Wayne & Fonda Ussery (s. of
Hazlehurst, on Alma Hwy/US#23; JEFF DAVIS):

Wintering birds' departures: PINE SISKIN (last 5/1)
Migrants: ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK (5/3, 4)

Summer birds: YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO (5/1, 3--5, 7, 11--14, 16); RED-HEADED
WOODPECKER (5/1, 4, 5, 7--10 +); PURPLE MARTIN (5/4); WOOD THRUSH (5/7,
12); SUMMER TANAGER (5/1 +)

Other: BARRED OWL (multiple days, heard only); BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH
(daily); HOUSE FINCH (daily), etc.

MAY OBC area records report:

5/20, Laura S. Walker SP (WARE): GREAT BLUE HERON, 1 flying towards rookery
area; NO other waders seen going/coming from area, lake has been mostly
drained since last year; SPOTTED SANDPIPER, 5 flew into drained lake area
across from main campground; COMMON NIGHTHAWK, 1; E. WOOD-PEWEE 1
seen/singing; E. KINGBIRD 1; NO. MOCKINGBIRD, 2; BROWN THRASHER, 2; E.
TOWHEE, 1 male seen/heard; ORCHARD ORIOLE, pair flying to & from nest in
pine limb crook (very unusual) w/ male singing also; Sheila Willis, June
LaRoque


5/24, Ricardo St., Waycross, WARE: AM. ROBIN, 1; in my neighborhood, Sheila
Willis


5/29, Pineview Dr., Waycross, WARE: BARRED OWL; I was alerted by its
shadow, it landed at 8:00 a.m. on my porch roof, only tail seen w/ leg of
prey species (bird) projecting; owl shortly flew off; Sheila Willis


5/26 & 30 Pineview Dr., Waycross, WARE: CAROLINA WREN pair searching for
bugs in spiderwebs at back picture window, my home, Sheila Willis

JUNE OBC area records report

6/1‚ÄĒ6/16 period, Raybon Rock Rd East, ne. of Nahunta, BRANTLEY:  GREAT BLUE
HERONs, WOOD STORKs (‚Äúseveral‚ÄĚ), SWALLOW-TAILED KITEs, MISSISSIPPI KITE
(1), KILLDEERs, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER (1), RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERs,
PILEATED WOODPECKERs, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER (1), BLUE JAYs, CAROLINA
CHICKADEEs, TUFTED TITMOUSE (1), CAROLINA WRENs, EASTERN BLUEBIRDs, BROWN
THRASHERs, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER (1, “first one I’ve seen at my 
house‚ÄĚ), 

EASTERN TOWHEEs, NO. CARDINALs; Debbie Dean

Wk of 6/7: Fox Hills subdivision, s. of Douglas, COFFEE: CAROLINA WREN &
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD hunting for bugs at her porch; Annette Bittaker


6/2, Pineview Dr, Waycross, WARE: BARRED OWL, 1 called, my home, Sheila
Willis

6/11 Pineview Dr, Waycross, WARE: AM. ROBIN, pair in yard near Ricardo St.,
presumed nesting due to date; Lee Ave. junct. Corridor Z, central Waycross,
MISSISSIPPI KITE, 1 swirl over traffic; Sheila Willis

6/7, 18, 19, Pineview Dr, Waycross, WARE: NO. CARDINAL, 1 male hunt for
bugs in back picture window, joined on 6/18 by CAROLINA WRENs also hunting
for bugs; my house, Sheila Willis

6/15, GAHwy#121, Blackshear, PIERCE: BROWN THRASHER, 2 chase; Sheila Willis

Take care.


Sincerely,

Sheila Willis

Okefenokee Bird Club

Native American-Naturalist Talks & Tours

Waycross, WARE, GA


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Subject: Huie Ponds Sunday 6-21 - White Ibis
From: Patrick Brisse <pbob375 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 11:28:00 -0400
Not much to report on this hot day from the ponds, Clayton County. 

Hugh Garrett and I made a quick trip to the area this morning. 

 

Northern Shoveler 1

Great Egret 2 

Immature White Ibis  2

Killdeer 60+

 

Nash Farm - Henry County

I Cliff Swallow among many swallows there

 

Patrick Brisse

DeKalb County 



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Subject: Grasshopper Sparrow, Ellijay, Gilmer Cty.
From: joe AT BETTERBIRDWATCHING.COM
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2015 13:15:58 -0700
On 6-17 while hanging out on the patio at the Starbucks in Ellijay, near
the Walmart, I heard one or two Grasshopper Sparrows, territorial
singing in the large grassy field to the East. Gilmer County.

Also on 6-18 had a singing Yellow Warbler in the "yard area".

Joe LaFleur
Mineral Bluff, Fannin Cty.
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Subject: Three Tallulah Peregrines Aloft Yesterday
From: "Rebecca E. Byrd" <rebyrd2012 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 17:01:08 -0400
Three continuing PEREGRINE FALCONS were soaring high yesterday over
Tallulah Gorge between Hurricane and Oceana Falls. Instead of looking for
them from the rim, Max Medley and I peregrinated down to the base of the
gorge staircase, where an octagonal platform overhangs the riverbank at the
base of Hurricane Falls. Looking almost straight up towards scenic
overlooks 1A and 1 across the gorge, we watched the three falcons
intermittently between 4:15 and 4:45 pm. Twice, one of them decided it
would be fun to ambush a gliding Turkey Vulture, speedily gaining on it
until it almost flew up its tail, veering away at the last minute to avoid
collision. None were hunting but instead were testing their wings over the
gorge itself and over the north rim around the Interpretive Center. Scenic
overlooks 1A and 1 would have afforded good, more-or-less eye-level views,
but it's easier to spot them against a blue sky than against a backdrop of
trees, so if you descend the staircase, keep your eyes on the
skies...they're in flight school now!

*Rebecca E. Byrd*
Sandy Springs, GA (Fulton)


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Subject: Peregrine Falcons at Tallulah Gorge Continue
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 12:46:18 -0400
For those interested, the PEFAs are still in the gorge along the wall in the 
vicinity of the inesting site. One juvenile seen and photographed this morning 
from Overlook #9 (South Rim) by me and Kathy Miller. A second bird seen further 
along the top of the canyon. Scope needed for decent views. 

https://flic.kr/p/uN4DA1
Patty McLean
Tucker GA 

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Subject: Re: June Challenge
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:49:19 -0400
Hi All,

Saw this subject line on a post on the Florida Southwest Bird News today and 
thought appropriate for Georgia birders in June as well: 


If you can't be with the birds you love, honey, love the birds you're with: The 
June Challenge 2015 


(Sung to the tune of the 1970 folk rock single by Stephen Stills: Love the One 
You're With) 


Good June Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Conasauga Lake Rd - LEFL's Continue, RUGR
From: Marshall Weber <cardinalsandgoldfinches AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 22:13:36 -0400
Hi All,

This morning I birded Conasauga Lake Rd and the surrounding area for about 4 
hours. I hiked westward about 2 miles round trip along one section of the road. 
I found both LEAST FLYCATCHERS again in the same place they have previously 
been reported on Conasauga Lake Rd (34.839115, -84.595576). No close or long 
enough looks for a photo but I have a recording of one bird "che-bec"-ing that 
I took with my iphone at the following link: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1EM4_S4P20&feature=youtu.be. On my hike I also 
flushed a lone RUFFED GROUSE from the side of the road. Other highlights 
included a BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER and two CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS. Overall, I had 
6 warbler species for the day. Below I have included links for some of my eBird 
checklists for the day. 


Least Flycatchers at about 1:30 PM:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23936436

Conasauga Lake Rd:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23936416

Along Wilderness Rd close to intersection with Old CCC Camp Road:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23936411

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Subject: Re: FW: IT IS TIME FOR TOS AND MEMBERS TO STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR BIR...
From: 0000018c7051a5ad-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 20:02:12 -0400
Done! and forwarded to a bunch of birding friends around the country!  :)
 
Stacy
 
 
In a message dated 6/15/2015 11:05:12 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM writes:

Hi  All,

I just completed the message submittal form, available at the link  in my 
previous post, at the American Bird Conservancy  at:

http://support.abcbirds.org/ProtectMBTA

It works very  slickly and makes it very easy to add your voice to be heard 
on the issue, and  you can add your own comments to the form or not.

When you fill out the  form and submit it the submitted form will put your 
senators and your  information in for you based on your address, etc., so it 
is very easy to  do!

Let's all 1208 of us submit one!

Good Birding  All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County,  Georgia
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Subject: Re: MBTA rider
From: terry valentine <terryval AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 08:42:57 -0400
In the general interest of researching both sides of any issue (however 
one-sided it might be) when adding my name to a petition, I did a Google search 
to try to ascertain what the reasoning could possibly be for removing the teeth 
from this law. Apparently the "official" explanation is that energy companies - 
namely wind turbines - shouldn't be prosecuted for *accidental* bird deaths 
that occur on their properties. I have to agree that the proposed change sweeps 
overly broad, however. 


Here are a few of the articles I came across:

http://www.onearth.org/earthwire/migratory-bird-treaty-act-gop-attack


http://blog.aba.org/2015/06/what-birders-should-know-about-the-migratory-bird-treaty-act-threat.html 



http://www.southcarolinaradionetwork.com/2015/06/15/conservationists-criticize-rep-duncan-for-amendment-protecting-incidental-bird-deaths/ 



http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20150612/PC16/150619746/1177/sc-congressman-takes-issue-with-migratory-bird-protections 



Granted, the journalistic neutrality might not be entirely there; but I didn't 
come across anything vehemently defending the rider, either. And in the 
interest of "just in case" I filled out the form before looking up the above. 


Terry Valentine
Hoschton


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

Sent: Monday, June 15, 2015 10:42 PM
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: [GABO-L] FW: IT IS TIME FOR TOS AND MEMBERS TO STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR 
BIRDS ! 


Hi All,

While looking at the various regional birding listservs and mail groups today I 
found this on TN-Bird, and others, and felt it was pretty important to share to 
the Georgia Birders Online community. In the interest of speed I am just 
copying it from TN-Bird and sending it to you. So, with official GABO-L Admin 
sanction, here it is. Wallace Coffey is the Moderator of TN-Bird. 


Good Birding All,

Mark

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

-----

Tennessee Ornithological Society officers and members:


The House of Representatives recently passed a version of the Fiscal Year 2016 
Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies bill with an amendment by 
Representative Duncan (South Carolina) that would prohibit the Department of 
Justice from enforcing the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). 


The Senate version of this bill was passed out of the full Senate 
Appropriations Committee Wednesday afternoon without any amendments. The Senate 
FY 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies bill will now proceed 
to the floor for full consideration by the Senate very soon. It is possible 
that there will be a companion to Representative Duncan's amendment offered on 
the Senate floor. Now would be a good time to contact your Senators. If you 
wish, use the following link: 


http://support.abcbirds.org/ProtectMBTA

To tell them to vote NO on any such amendments that may come up when this bill 
is called to the floor. 


Here is what you will see at the link above but you must go to that link and 
not attempt to use this photo reproduction. 


mbta.jpg

One of the oldest environmental laws in our country, the Migratory Bird Treaty 
Act (MBTA), is coming under attack by Members of Congress. This week, the House 
of Representatives passed a provision in a fiscal appropriations bill that 
would bar the Department of Justice from enforcing the MBTA - essentially 
declaring that it's open season on birds! 


The MBTA is the primary piece of legislation in the United States established 
to protect over 1,000 species of migratory birds (like this Baltimore Oriole, 
pictured) and makes it illegal to harm these birds except under very specific 
circumstances. If this measure is adopted by the United States Senate, it could 
result in the harm and or death of millions of birds with no consequences for 
perpetrators. 


We need you to ACT NOW:

Tell your Senators to stand up and fight for birds by protecting the Migratory 
Bird Treaty Act! 


Wallace Coffey
Bristol, TN

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Subject: Re: FW: IT IS TIME FOR TOS AND MEMBERS TO STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR BIRDS !
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 23:04:16 -0400
Hi All,

I just completed the message submittal form, available at the link in my 
previous post, at the American Bird Conservancy at: 


http://support.abcbirds.org/ProtectMBTA

It works very slickly and makes it very easy to add your voice to be heard on 
the issue, and you can add your own comments to the form or not. 


When you fill out the form and submit it the submitted form will put your 
senators and your information in for you based on your address, etc., so it is 
very easy to do! 


Let's all 1208 of us submit one!

Good Birding All!

Mark

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

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 6/15/2015
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 18:42:24 -0400
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: June 15, 2015 at 6:39:09 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Northern Bobwhite (1 Rockdale)
> American White Pelican (1 Muscogee)
> Broad-winged Hawk (1 Bibb, 1 Worth)
> White-winged Dove (1 Lowndes)
> Peregrine Falcon (1 Rabun)
> Willow Flycatcher (1 Greene, 1 Union)
> Least Flycatcher (2 Murray, 1 Rabun)
> Brown Creeper (1 Rabun)
> Black-throated Green Warbler (1 Pickens)
> White-throated Sparrow (1 Gilmer)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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: AAS Field Trip this week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 18:16:49 -0400
The Atlanta Audubon Society has one field trip on the calendar this week.

Anne McCallum will lead a walk at the Reynolds Nature Preserve (Clayton
County) on Wednesday, June 17 at 8:00 AM.

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

Bird on!
-- 
Mary Kimberly
Field Trip Director
Atlanta Audubon Society


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Subject: Least Flycatchers near Lake Conasauga
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 08:00:00 -0400
Theresa Hartz and I made the trek yesterday to Lake Conasauga since neither
of us had been up there in the spring/summer in a long time and we wanted to
explore. Our hope was to find either a ruffled fowl or something with a
crossed bill and, while neither of these openly revealed themselves, we may
have heard a grouse vocalizing (whop) near the parking area for the Songbird
trail and later saw something reddish at the top of a pine tree about a mile
away but only had our bins on us at the moment (before it flew away). 

The day was absolutely beautiful with temps in the 70s and a lush greenness
to the forest. A few plants were still in bloom and we found a lovely yellow
orchid-type plant at the Mountaintown Overlook (aka Potato Patch Overlook)
on FS 64. 

In addition to nine warblers including Blackburnian and Chestnut-sided and a
single VEERY, we found at least two LEAST FLYCATCHERs along Lake Conasauga
Rd. At one point, two were seen together which may have been male/female
because of their interactive behavior but not sure. The two males that were
che-becking (sometimes simultaneously to rule out a single bird) were
separated only by a distance of about 100-200 feet. My GPS called this Lake
Conasauga Rd so I'm not sure if this is the SAME group of LEFLs reported by
Josh Spence or not, so Josh, if you're reading this, what do you think? It
was on a section of road near houses. There were no white pines detected in
this area, only deciduous hardwood.

We have a recording of the vocalizations but also this photo taken by
Theresa.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/79121941 AT N08/18813780972/in/photostream 

Link to our eBird lists for this section of road as well as the area around
the lake:

Forest Road leading to Lake Conasauga (LEFL)
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23914423 

Area around Lake Conasauga including the Songbird Trail
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23914591 

Patty McLean, Tucker GA

 



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Subject: AAS Bird Walk @ Noonday Creek /Cobb Co.
From: Angelia Jenkins <angeliabeth AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Jun 2015 11:52:12 -0400
Hi Birders,

 

Had a nice crowd of birders this morning to attend the Noonday Creek Trail
bird walk that I co lead with Mike Weaver.  We had 9 total participants and
found 41 species of birds. A little disappointed to not find but one
butterfly along the trail, a Red Spotted Purple.  The trail edges had been
mowed, so the clover was sparse. The birds were quiet overall but we still
were lucky to see good views of many birds including the Red Headed
Woodpeckers and a fledgling White Eyed Vireo. The trail is still covered up
with Wood Thrush that can be heard from almost any spot along the trail.  

The spot of the day was not a bird but a mink slinking along the wetland
edges. 

 

Here is our ebird list for those interested:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23902663 

 

Great Birding All!
Angie Jenkins

Kennesaw, GA

Cobb County

 

 



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Subject: Red-breasted Nuthatch - Murray County
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 14 Jun 2015 07:57:29 -0400
I spent Saturday surveying a few areas in Murray County's Cohutta foothills 
along Mill Creek, as well as hiking six miles of the Hickory Creek Trail and 
covering some of the higher elevations along West Cowpen and Lake Conasauga 
Rds. Best bird was a juvenile RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH along West Cowpen Rd. at an 
elevation of approximately 3100'. It was foraging in a stand of dead pines. 
There was also a BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH present. I don't usually get them this 
high up in the Cohuttas. I checked the LEAST FLYCATCHER site on Potatopatch 
Mountain again and it yielded two singing birds. The VEERY along West Cowpen 
Rd. was still singing away. One of my main goals was to look for new 
WORM-EATING WARBLER locations, which was very productive. I heard/seen 16 
individuals, including a family of recently fledged young. Below is my list for 
the day. 



Red-shouldered Hawk - 2
Broad-winged Hawk - 3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Barred Owl
Chimney Swift -3
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 3
Downy Woodpecker - 7
Hairy Woodpecker - 6
Pileated Woodpecker - 7
Eastern Wood-Pewee - 2
Acadian Flycatcher - 7
Least Flycatcher - 2
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-headed Vireo - 20
Red-eyed Vireo - 40
Blue Jay - 3
American Crow - 6
Carolina Chickadee - 22
Tufted Titmouse - 13
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Carolina Wren - 15
VEERY
WOOD THRUSH - 4
American Robin - 3
Ovenbird - 20+
WORM-EATING WARBLER - 16
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH - 8
Black-and-white Warbler - 6
Hooded Warbler - 20
Northern Parula - 2
BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER - 3
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER - 4
Pine Warbler - 4
Yellow-throated Warbler - 2
Black-throated Green Warbler - 40+
Eastern Towhee - 5
Dark-eyed Junco - 1
Scarlet Tanager - 15
Northern Cardinal - 3
Indigo Bunting - 13

Joshua Spence,
Murray County

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Subject: Immature Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have arrived
From: Jim Yarbrough <colibri AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Sun, 14 Jun 2015 06:12:43 -0500
I saw my first immature male RTHU Saturday afternoon. Without getting a
close-up look, it will now be much more difficult to determine sex and age.
As you probably know, it is often surprisingly easy to mistake an immature
male for a mature female at distance. 

I am already blessed with such an abundance of adults that eBird regularly
rejects my very conservative checklist counts. When I say an abundance of
adults, I am talking about a few dozen adult males. If you want to get a
ballpark idea of how many birds you may have, watch your feeder(s) during
the last 20 - 30 minutes of daylight. This is when they will all come in to
get that last very important tank-up of sugar-water for the day.

I estimate that the sex ratio is no less than 95 percent males to maybe 5
percent females. This would be in line with what I experienced last year
during the fall or southern migration. It looks like things are about to get
interesting around here. I hate to go public with this because my neighbors
may start putting up enough feeders to put a dent into my action.

Jim Yarbrough
Ashburn, Turner county


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Subject: Has anyone seen the falcons up at Tallulah gorge today?
From: JOE WEISSMAN <nimonitor AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2015 20:41:32 -0400
I was thinking of driving up tomorrow.

Joe Weissman


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404-358-6032(c)
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Subject: Re: Sandhill Crane - Bostwick Area
From: John Whigham <johnip86 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2015 20:56:21 -0400
I headed down to Bostwick after work this evening after hearing from Jim Hannah 
that the Sandhill Crane was still present at the cow ponds. 

I had some difficulty finding the bird, but finally spotted its head poking up 
from behind the dam of the front pond. The crane was bedded down amongst the 
large flock of Canada Geese that was also present. I got some documentary 
photos and posted one to my flickr page. 


Other sightings of note were a crow being mobbed by a persistent Eastern 
Kingbird, two pairs of Blue Grosbeaks, flyovers by both Blue and Green Herons, 
and several singing Indigo Buntings. The best, however, was a prey exchange 
between a Cooper's Hawk and his offspring! That's something I hadn't witnessed 
before this evening. 


Sandhill photo:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnip/18563769200
Checklist: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23884914

Happy Birding!
John Whigham

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Subject: Sandhill Crane - Bostwick Area
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:26:33 -0400
Jim Hanna has asked me to post that he has a Sandhill Crane in
Bostwick on Braswell Church Road (Walton County)


http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=33.77225,-83.55161&z=16&t=H&marker0=33.77168%2C-83.54984%2CBraswell%20Church%20Rd 


Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

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Subject: Birds from Hike along Appalachian Trail from Neels Gap to Woody Gap
From: joe AT BETTERBIRDWATCHING.COM
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2015 09:51:25 -0700
Sat., June 6, Hike along Appalachian Trail from Neels Gap to Woody Gap,
Fannin and Union Counties

Details of Cerulean Warblers at Blood Mountain area were sent
previously. Some more info, observations were at about 4,000 feet. I
also received an email from someone confirming observations in the same
area recently. I have hiked Blood Mountain area many times in spring and
fall, but this is the first time in early June so glad I made the trip.
Also of note is two Yellow Warblers heard in the general Blood Mountain
area. Lots of singing activity. Here’s some more birds from the day:

Broad-winged Hawk
Chimney Swift
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Warblers:
Yellow, 2
Chestnut-sided
Black-throated Green
Blackburnian
Yellow-throated
Pine
Cerulean, 3
Black-and-white
Am. Redstart
Ovenbird
Hooded
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Rose-breasted Grosbeak, 1 at Blood Mountain area
Indigo Bunting

Joe LaFleur
Mineral Bluff, Fannin Cty.
www.betterbirdwatching.com

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Subject: Atlanta Audubon is hiring a Director of Conservation
From: Nikki Belmonte <scullybug AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2015 14:12:09 -0400
Hi everyone,

I'm happy to announce that Atlanta Audubon Society is hiring a part-time
Director of Conservation. This is a new position at the organization and
we're looking for a results-oriented team player with a passion for birds
and conservation. The person will work in the 20+ county area of Metro
Atlanta and be based at our office in North Buckhead. Please visit
www.atlantaaudubon.org/job-opportunities for a full job description and
application details. Deadline is July 16. Please help us spread the word.

Good birding,

Nikki Belmonte
Roswell, Fulton County


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Subject: Re: Details on Cerulean Warbler locations, Blood Mountain (The Roads Less Traveled!)
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:41:45 -0400
Hi All,

Reading reports like Joe's all through every year always makes me very 
appreciative of many birders who get out to relatively un-birded or 
under-birded areas and sites in our state and then find really cool much 
sought-after and longed-for bird species in many locations where most folks 
don't or can't look for them, often making important discoveries along the way. 


Many birders tend to research the latest sighting reports of these birds 
online, or via recent received GABO-L emails, and then attempt to relocate the 
birds at the original locations reported, and often with great success due to 
all of the great information sharing happening in our birding community! 


Many birders don't always have enough time and resources to devote to birding 
and want to be as sure as possible of success when chasing or looking for the 
species they really want to see and experience, and so primarily visit our many 
birding hotspots around the state for these types of reasons. 


We know that for many especially beloved species in Georgia the birds must be 
in many areas, where most of us don't or can't go for many reasons, and that 
they are just waiting to be discovered in the right habitats and the right 
time-frames, and may be more somewhat more widespread than many know. 


So a Big Thanks to the many Georgia birders who get out there and bird The 
Roads Less Traveled and find great and even rare birds in new and different 
locations in Georgia and share their findings with the entire community, 
enriching birding statewide! 


Good Birding All!

Mark

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

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Subject: Tallulah Gorge Falcons Update
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:59:33 -0400
I did a little online research about fledgling peregrines and found some 
information about the young birds which may be of interest to those who are 
considering going to see them. 


"At about six weeks of age, young falcons will make their first attempts at 
flying. After they fledge (take their first flight - which these did on Sat, 
June 6), they will be dependent on the adult falcons until they can hunt for 
themselves (about four weeks later).  


"Shortly after fledging, the young falcons remain close to the nest and are 
frequently observed perching on nearby structures. The youngsters beg for food 
from the adults, often loudly vocalizing. In addition, the chicks must develop 
and perfect their flying skills" during this critical time. 


So it sounds like they may remain near the nest area for a few weeks as they 
learn to hunt and perfect their flying skills. It's a real treat to watch them 
and hear their loud vocalizations. I can only imagine how cool it would be to 
watch them learn to hunt. Apparently the adults will bring in some 'not yet 
dead' prey and release it, perhaps repeatedly,  for the youngsters to practice 
their hunting skills. We've got the perfect vantage point to watch this from 
(South Rim at Site #9) and McShane needs to capture some video footage for 
us!  


Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: Ovenbird, SWWA, GRHE, and Grasshopper Sparrow on Whitesburg BBS
From: Donald Ware <donware AT PARKSPRINGS.NET>
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:06:19 -0400
Dear Georgia Birders,
 June 6th was a very active day for birds along the 50 stops of the Whitesburg 
BBS in Carroll County. I had nine write-in species, the most I have had in 
nearly 100 BBS submissions. At Stop 6, 10 miles east of the center of 
Carrollton (mixed forest at mail box 7495 near Rachel Estate sign) on Tyree 
Road, 33.60224 N, -84.88086 W I heard an Ovenbird a bit south of it's normal 
breeding range. 

 At Stop 22, Jones Mill Road and Hilly Road was a great field for Grasshopper 
Sparrow, and one was sitting silently on the phone wire above the field. Sorry 
no photo, but I suspect it is still there, 33.56033 N. -84.91508 W. 

 Between there and Whitesburg is Snake Creek where we heard begging Green 
Herons down the creek out of sight, 33.56033 N, -84.91508 W. 

 At stop 41 coming down the long straight Arthur Story Road at mail box 295 I 
saw a Swainson's Warbler feeding about 50 feet away, silently, 33.43063 N, 
-84.91454 W. 

 Anyone wanting to see these species in Carroll County should might get their 
CPS and go for a ride soon; from Atlanta I go west of I285 on I-20 for 20 miles 
and turn south on Post Road. 

    Don Ware, Stone Mountain, 678-684-3932

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Subject: Details on Cerulean Warbler locations, Blood Mountain
From: joe AT BETTERBIRDWATCHING.COM
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2015 08:30:06 -0700
I've had some inquiries for more detail on Cerulean locations at Blood
Mountain. The easiest spot to get to is the intersection of the
Slaughter Creek Trail and the Appalachian Trail. From trailhead at Lake
Winfield Scott I think it is about a 2 mile hike up Slaughter Creek
Trail to the AT intersection. one was singing along Slaughter Creek
Trail near the intersection, the other was singing close to trail along
the AT heading westward from intersection a short distance. Basically
you could hear both from the intersection. They were singing repeatedly
like males on breeding territories. The habitat there reminded me of
their typical habitat where I have observed them in Shenandoah Natl.
Park in VA. Again this area is S of Blairsville, I think Union Cty.

Joe LaFleur
Mineral Bluff, Fannin Cty.
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Subject: Common Raven - Murray County
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2015 09:27:55 -0400
Yesterday, I birded along Tatum Lead Rd. which is located east of Fort Mountain 
State Park off of Hwy 52. This road runs along the eastern border of Murray 
County and western border of Gilmer County. Within a few miles it transitions 
into an ORV trail. I hiked approximately five miles along this road/trail that 
goes through some beautiful large patch hardwood forest. It's unusual to hike 
that far and not see pine trees in the upper canopy. There were a few white 
pines in the subcanopy, but for the most part it is predominantly a broadleaf 
forest for miles. The road stays at elevations between 2600' - 2800'. Tatum 
Mountain is 2940' and is Murray's sixth tallest peak, though half of the 
mountain is in Gilmer. 


While I was on my way to Tatum Lead, I made a quick stop by the roadside 
overlook on Hwy 52 that is just before you reach the Fort Mountain State Park 
entrance. This overlooks the Cohutta foothills to the south. Here I observed 
two COMMON RAVENS. This was at 7AM, so it might be worth rechecking in the 
mornings. These were actually perched by the guardrail as I pulled in, but 
quickly flew away croaking. 


Below is my list from Tatum Lead:

Broad-winged Hawk - 3
Mourning Dove
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 5
Downy Woodpecker - 5
Hairy Woodpecker - 4
Pileated Woodpecker - 4
Eastern Wood-Pewee - 4
Yellow-throated Vireo - nice to see along a ridgetop
Blue-headed Vireo - 14
Red-eyed Vireo - 28
Blue Jay - 4
American Crow - 2
Carolina Chickadee - 10
Tufted Titmouse - 7
White-breasted Nuthatch - 14
Carolina Wren - 12
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 1
WOOD THRUSH - 8
Brown Thrasher - 1
Ovenbird - 31
WORM-EATING WARBLER - 4
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH -foraging along road on a ridgetop, no water near, so I 
assume this was a post breeder. 

Black-and-white Warbler - 11
Hooded Warbler - 18
Yellow-throated Warbler - 1
Black-throated Green Warbler - 30 
Eastern Towhee - 5
Scarlet Tanager - 13
Northern Cardinal - 4
Indigo Bunting - 4

Joshua Spence,
Murray County

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Subject: NW GA, 6/7/2015
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2015 23:06:40 -0400
Hi, folks, sorry for the belated email. On Sunday, Pat Markey & I birded
several areas in NW GA, beginning the day at Zahnd Natural Area (lower
kiosk, off of S Cedar Lane, Walker Co.) before walking the roads around the
lower fields off of Dougherty Gap Rd. in Crockford-Pigeon Mt. WMA (also
Walker Co.). After lunch, we covered Sulphur Springs Gap Rd. in southern
Dade Co., the upper kiosk area of Zahnd NA off of GA 157 (Walker Co.), and
ended the day with some roadside birding in Chattooga Co. Here are some of
the highlights for the day:

Great Egret: 1, Lyerly Dam Rd., Chattooga Co.

Bald Eagle: 1 adult, Lyerly Dam Rd.

Broad-winged Hawk: just 1, Zahnd NA (lower kiosk), Walker Co.

Eurasian Collared-Dove: 1, Trenton, Dade Co.; 1, GA 114 south of
Summerville, Chattooga Co.

Red-headed Woodpecker: 5 adults, West Cove Rd., Walker Co.

American Kestrel: 1 male, Crockford-Pigeon Mt. WMA, Walker Co.

Blue-headed Vireo: 1, Zahnd NA (upper kiosk), Walker Co.

Warblers:
------------
Ovenbird: 2, Zahnd NA (upper kiosk)
Worm-eating: 3, Zahnd NA (lower kiosk); 1, Sulphur Springs Gap Rd., Dade Co.
Louisiana Waterthrush: 3, Zahnd NA (lower kiosk)
Black-and-white: 1, Zahnd NA (lower kiosk); 1, Sulphur Springs Gap Rd.
Kentucky: 3, Zahnd NA (lower kiosk); 2, Sulphur Springs Gap Rd.
Common Yellowthroat: 4, Crockford-Pigeon Mt. WMA; 2, Sulphur Springs Gap Rd.
Hooded: 2, Zahnd NA (lower kiosk); 1, Zahnd NA (upper kiosk)
Pine: small numbers at various locations
Yellow-throated: 1, Sulphur Springs Gap Rd.
Prairie: 1, Cloverdale Rd., Dade Co.; 1, Farmersville Rd., Chattooga Co.
Black-throated Green: 2, Sulphur Springs Gap Rd.

Yellow-breasted Chat: good numbers at several locations

Grasshopper Sparrow: small numbers at several locations in Walker &
Chattooga Cos.

Dickcissel: 1, Crockford-Pigeon Mt. WMA

Neither of us had been to Zahnd, so Pat recommended we give it a shot. As
mentioned, Zahnd NA has two areas, a new but unmarked upper parking lot one
off of GA 157  AT  N34 39.298 W85 28.183 and a lower one (which has a kiosk)
off of S Cedar Lane (which is off of West Cove Rd.)  AT  N34 40.316 W85 27.387.
The maps for Zahnd NA are on the DNR web site:
http://www.georgiawildlife.com/maps/hunting/region1
toward the bottom of the page. There is no trail map for the lower area, but
there is a trail, though unmarked, that leads into the natural area. The
trail from the upper kiosk is on the map but it is not marked & is a little
difficult to follow once you get to the sandstone formations. (Those
formations are pretty cool in and of themselves.)

Both Zahnd NA & Crockford-Pigeon Mt. WMA require a GA DNR GORP pass if you
don't possess a valid WMA License, Honorary License, Sportsmen's License,
Lifetime License or Three-Day Hunting & Fishing License, or are under 16 or
over 64 years of age.
http://www.georgiawildlife.com/Georgia-Outdoor-Recreational-Pass

Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA
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Subject: Cerulean Warblers at Blood Mountain Area
From: joe AT BETTERBIRDWATCHING.COM
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2015 19:07:27 -0700
I was hiking Appalachian Trail on Sat. June 6 and heard 3 Cerulean
Warblers in the Blood Mountain Area, S of Blairsville. One was along the
trail about 1.5 miles West of Neels Gap, before summit. The other two
were after summit just "West" of the intersection of the AT and the
Slaughter Creek Trail, one singing close to trail, the other answering
in the distance. I'll try to send a full report later as many warbler
species were heard that day, also a Rose-breasted Grosbeak singing while
heading toward the west close to summit.

Joe LaFleur
Mineral Bluff, Fannin Cty.
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2015 18:33:24 -0400
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: June 10, 2015 at 6:27:07 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Lesser Scaup (1 Burke)
> Red-breasted Merganser (1 Chatham)
> Northern Bobwhite (2 Habersham)
> Snowy Egret (1 Harris)
> White Ibis (1 Harris)
> Purple Gallinule (1 Brooks)
> Whimbrel (1 Chatham, 1 Glynn)
> Lesser Black-backed Gull (1 Glynn)
> Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) (1 Glynn)
> American Kestrel (1 Walker)
> Peregrine Falcon (1 Habersham, 2 Rabun)
> Common Raven (1 Murray)
> Grasshopper Sparrow (2 Habersham)
> Dickcissel (1 Spalding)
> Boat-tailed Grackle (1 Brooks)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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: Tallulah Gorge Peregrine Falcons
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2015 21:15:53 -0400
Hoping to get a glimpse of at least one of the recently fledged Peregrine 
Falcons at Tallaluh Gorge State Park this morning, Theresa Hartz and I made the 
trek along the South Rim and were treated to watching and hearing three of the 
falcons in action. Our first observation came around 9:15a from Sites 9 and 10 
(with 9 affording the best observations) when a single youngster flew in and 
landed at the top of a rocky ledge straight across the gorge from us. Its color 
pattern was so similar to the sandstone wall that when it eventually moved to 
an area on the ledge where it took a nap, it blended in so well that had we not 
watched where it went, we would have easily overlooked it, thinking it was a 
large rock.  


About half an hour later, an adult flew by and two youngsters began screaming 
and flying after it, obviously hoping to be fed. But the savvy adult offered no 
food and instead chose to sit openly in a dead tree, finishing off some small 
morsel of food and then cleaning 'his' talons. One youngster sat impatiently at 
the top of a nearby tree, continuing his begging vocalizations for over 30 
minutes but the adult had no offerings for either.  


During some of the excitement, the adult flew across the gorge several times, 
affording us sightings in both Rabun and Habersham Counties. For me, the 
coolest part of the entire experience was hearing the screaming that echoed off 
the canyon walls when the adult flew in, giving the youngsters the false hope 
they would be fed. During our observation time, they stayed in the area near 
the nesting site (which easily revealed its location by the extensive whitewash 
around the area). They were sometimes to the left and sometimes to the right of 
it but generally still along that open wall of the gorge. 


On our way to the site, we noticed a handful of Rock Pigeons under the Hwy 441 
bridge. They will likely be glad when the falcons move on.  


Photo of the adult  https://flic.kr/p/uqHnmT  
Photo of one of the fledglings  https://flic.kr/p/uqGMPn  

Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: AAS Field trips
From: Melanie Furr <mefurr AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2015 20:14:43 -0400
Hi, 

Two walks to let you know about this week. Join interns Adam and Julie from the 
Smithsonian's Nestwatch program for a guided walk in Fernbank Forest this 
Saturday at 8:30 AM. This program is free for Fernbank Museum members and 
Atlanta Audubon Society members. Advance reservations are required at 
404.929.6400. On Sunday, Angie Jenkins will be leading a walk at Noonday Creek. 
Details about all our walks can be found at 
http://www.atlantaaudubon.org/field-trips. 


Good birding!
Melanie Furr

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Subject: A few reports from the Savannah/Tybee area
From: DiChurch <dichurch AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2015 18:59:59 -0400
Dear Birders,

A few things of interest here on the coast during the past week.

For starters, our local bird rehabilitators came into possession of a large 
fledgling White-winged Dove right at the beginning of June. It came to them 
through a vet clinic. When queried, the vet reported that the person who 
brought in the bird had found it walking around in Daffin Park in mid-town 
Savannah. 


Through the years, Steve Wagner has occasionally reported a White-winged Dove 
visiting his yard in nearby Ardsley Park. Could this be a first breeding record 
for the state?? Wish we had more info! 


Next, an American Oystercatcher pair returned to nest on the North Beach of 
Tybee again this year. Of their first clutch of 3 eggs, we saw one chick that 
later disappeared due to a predator, we think. Cat tracks were seen in the 
area. The pair has re-nested and we are hoping for a better outcome. Public 
Works and DNR will place some traps but these ferals are quite wily. Ideas 
anyone?? 


I happened to catch the birds when they were trading off the incubation duties.

Third, this morning I heard an unusual call in my yard and found an adult male 
American Redstart singing and calling loudly, while a yellow-throated warbler 
sang nearby. A very late date for this bird!! It must have known what yard to 
visit so that its presence could be documented! 


Finally, this afternoon I went over to Hotel Tybee (formerly the Ocean Plaza 
Resort) looking for the Gray Kingbirds. The new management has signs throughout 
the parking lot indicating Permit Parking for Guests Only or you can pay $20 to 
park so it is not as easy to scout there as it used to be. 


I went down 15th Street, the street by the Breakfast Club, and about 2/3 of the 
way down on the left,found one Gray Kingbird perched on the wire. 

It was right near a power pole with lots of added electrical hardware. As I 
watched, it flew off and then flew to a nearby palm tree. When I checked, I 
found the second Gray Kingbird settled onto the nest. Hooray! 


For photos, visit my blog at http://dianachurchillbirds.blogspot.com/

Cheers and good birding!
Diana



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Tybee Island, GA
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 6/8/2015
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2015 09:45:51 -0400
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From:  
Date: Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 9:30 AM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
To:


*** Species Summary:

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Dougherty, 1 Mitchell)
Hooded Merganser (1 Liberty)
Common Loon (1 Troup)
Glossy Ibis (1 Mitchell)
Roseate Spoonbill (1 Dougherty)
Swallow-tailed Kite (2 Clarke)
Broad-winged Hawk (1 Muscogee)
Peregrine Falcon (1 Rabun)
Painted Bunting (1 Columbia)
Dickcissel (1 Butts)
Boat-tailed Grackle (1 Lee)

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Subject: AAS Walk: Piedmont Park!
From: Jason Ward <0000007673135945-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2015 15:54:39 -0700
Piedmont Park, Fulton, Georgia, US

Jun 6, 2015 8:05 AM - 11:05 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments: †A total of 10 birders joined me on today's walk at Piedmont Park. We 
finished the day with 42 total species.† 

We were treated right away with a very active Green Heron on the lake. They 
nest in the park every year. The Great Crested Flycatchers were very active as 
well, chasing one another around making a lot of noise. Other highlights 
include immature Orchard Orioles singing their heart away from exposed perches, 
great views of a Blue Grosbeak perched on a power line, and several singing 
Indigo Buntings.† 


42 species

Canada Goose† 4†

Mallard† 15

Great Blue Heron† 1
Green Heron† 2
Cooper's Hawk† 1
Red-tailed Hawk† 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)† 12
Mourning Dove† 5
Chimney Swift† 10
Red-headed Woodpecker† 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker† 4
Downy Woodpecker† 6
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)† 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee† 1
Eastern Phoebe† 2
Great Crested Flycatcher† 7
Blue Jay† 4
Fish Crow† 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow† 18
Carolina Chickadee† 2
White-breasted Nuthatch† 3
Brown-headed Nuthatch† 2
Carolina Wren† 8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher† 3
Eastern Bluebird† 1
American Robin† 30
Gray Catbird† 4
Brown Thrasher† 2
Northern Mockingbird† 10
European Starling† 20
Eastern Towhee† 3
Song Sparrow† 7
Northern Cardinal† 8
Blue Grosbeak† 1
Indigo Bunting† 3
Red-winged Blackbird† 5
Common Grackle† 16
Brown-headed Cowbird† 5
Orchard Oriole† 2
House Finch† 4
American Goldfinch† 2
House Sparrow† 12

View this checklist online 
at†http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23799974 


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Subject: Peregrines at Tallulah falls
From: Georgann Schmalz <georgannschmalz AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Sun, 7 Jun 2015 13:10:33 -0400
If you are driving up to see the Peregrine Falcons at Tallulah Falls a State 
Park, the young birds fledged yesterday, June 6. However, the adults and young 
are still around. Trecia Neal and I saw both adults on the cliff about 100 
yards from the nest. They were feeding and then flew off and flew around above 
the gorge. I saw feathers coming from behind the cliff where they had been 
sitting and movement of the fledglings. Pretty cool 


Georgann 



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Ornithologist
Dawson Co
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Subject: Peregrines at tallulah gorge
From: Georgann Schmalz <georgannschmalz AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Sun, 7 Jun 2015 13:07:46 -0400
If you are driving up to see the Peregrine Falcons at Tallulah Falls a State 
Park, the young birds fledged yesterday, June 6. However, the adults and young 
are still around. Trecia Neal and I saw both adults on the cliff about 100 
yards from the next. They were feeding and the tool off and flew around above 
the gorge. I saw feathers coming from behind the cliff where they had been 
sitting and movement of the fledglings. Pretty cool 


Georgann 

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Ornithologist
Dawson Co
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Subject: AAS Bird Walk Hard Labor Creek State Park
From: "Delestrez, Phil" <Phil.Delestrez AT DNR.GA.GOV>
Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2015 21:54:27 +0000
Hard Labor Creek SP, Morgan, Georgia, US
Jun 6, 2015 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: 8 visitors joined me on this one mile hike on the Brantley Nature 
Trail at Hard Labor Creek State Park. The temperature was in the upper 80's and 
it was partly sunny, warm, and humid. 

17 species

Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Acadian Flycatcher  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Red-eyed Vireo  10
Blue Jay  3
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  8
Wood Thrush  3
Northern Parula  3
Chipping Sparrow  3
Summer Tanager  3
Northern Cardinal  5
Brown-headed Cowbird  2

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Phil Delestrez
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Hard Labor Creek State Park
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Subject: J.J. Biello Bird Walk: Prothonotary Warblers and a Swainson's Warbler
From: Rich Hull <haharich15 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2015 11:34:15 -0400
Hi All, 
 7 participants took part of the bird walk at J.J. Biello Park (east entrance) 
this morning. We had a total of 55 species, including two Prothonotary Warbles 
and a Swainson's Warbler. Overall, we had eight species of warblers. 

Here's the complete checklist on eBird: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23798557. 

Good birding, 
Rich Hull
Cherokee County, GA

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Subject: Non-Glaucous Gull follow-up
From: "Robert D. Sattelmeyer" <rsattelm AT GSU.EDU>
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 2015 12:31:09 +0000
Thanks to Ken Blankenship for explaining the non-Glaucous Gull mess. If anyone 
wants to check the photos he referenced, they are on my Flickr page. 



https://www.flickr.com/photos/24024265 AT N05/


You can also see there the earlier long-range digiscoped photos that misled us. 
Good lesson in the perils of gull identification. According to one of the larid 
experts who chimed in, this is the most common misidentification on the 
continent: mistaking a worn and bleached second-cycle Herring Gull for a 
"Nelson's" (Glaucous x Herring hybrid) or a Glaucous. It's no coincidence, 
perhaps, that the verb "to gull" means "to deceive." 



Bob Sattelmeyer

St Simons Island

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Subject: Ogeechee Audubon June Meeting
From: bethheron <bethheron AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 2015 06:54:41 +0000
   


   HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON RAPTORfeaturing Raptor Specialist James Fleullan 
and Friends  Tuesday...JUNE 16th, 2015 at 7 p.m.First Presbyterian Church, 520 
E. Washington St., Savannah GA Ogeechee Audubon board member James Fleullan 
learned to handle raptors at The Lamar Q. Ball Raptor Center at Georgia 
Southern University.  James now lives in the Savannah area and volunteers at 
Oatland Wildlife Center, where he helps to train and socialize the Center’s 
eagles, hawks and owls.James will talk about the process of teaching a raptor 
to be comfortable around humans and to perch on its handler’s wrist so that 
it can be used for educational programs.  He will be assisted by several of 
his star students and will introduce us to Wassaw the Bald Eagle.The program is 
free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Beth Roth at 
912-658-6136 or bethheron AT bellsouth.net. 


   



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Subject: NOT a Glaucou$ Gull at Gould's Inlet; HERRING GULL (AMERICAN)
From: Ken Blankenship <kenhblankenship AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2015 22:23:03 -0400
Hi, folks!

Hope everyone had a great spring and you're out enjoying your Breeding Bird 
Surveys! :) Wait, what's that?! You don't do a BBS Route??? What an awesome way 
to get out to some part of the state you've never seen, practice lots of common 
birdsongs, and usually find a diamond in the rough along the way... SWWA, BACS, 
STKI, you never know! If you're interested in volunteering for a BBS Route in 
2016, get in touch with Todd Schneider at the Georgia Department of Natural 
Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, Non-game Program. He can help you find 
out if you've got what it takes, and tell you more about this awesome project 
of the United States Geological Survey. 


Any-hoo... on to some actual bird news for the ListServ. :)

1. A Glaucou$ Gull originally reported on 29 May at Gould's Inlet and relocated 
on several subsequent days has actually turned out to be a very bleached-out, 
super-worn AMERICAN HERRING GULL! Bob Sattelmeyer actually kayaked over to the 
south tip of Sea Island today (4 June) and was able to get some much closer 
looks (and photos) of the bird than anything previously. After posting these to 
the ID-Frontiers ListServ, a very quick consensus formed that it is a fairly 
typical 2nd-cycle HERG, with extreme wear in its flight feathers and with the 
pigment extremely washed out. Gulls are tough -- especially from a 1/2-mile 
away, and this was a neat bird to figure out! Kudos to Bob for going the 
extra... 1/2-mile, as it were, to get these photos and solve this ID challenge. 


2. If you've never been farther into Townsend WMA than the powerline cut (to 
see Hen$low's Sp AT rrows in winter), I must recommend a visit to the inner 
reaches to areas where active sandhill and longleaf pine restoration is in 
progress! It's amazing to feel the mix of birds out there over the sea of 
palmettos, scrubby oaks, and seedling longleafs at dawn! COMMON NIGHTHAWKS call 
and perform their "VOOM!" dive-displays, BLUE GROSBEAKS chatter their melodies, 
PRAIRIE WARBLERS buzz up the scale, BROWN THRASHERS, COMMON GROUND-DOVES, 
SUMMER TANAGERS... and that's to say nothing of the Gopher Tortoises that you 
may be lucky enough to run into -- I saw two in just a few days, along with 
many burrows! Here are a few eBird lists, which also have GPS coordinates to 
help you find the general area of some of the nicer sandhill rehabilitation 
efforts. High-clearance vehicles and/or 4-wheel drive is highly recommended. 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23753129 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23736341 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23740046 


Ken Blankenship
currently in Telfair County, Georgia

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Subject: Report: AAS bird walk to Murphey Candler Park (DeKalb Co.)
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2015 12:36:13 -0400
Three other birders joined me for the AAS field trip at Murphey Candler
Park this morning. We had a relatively cool, overcast start to the day; a
slight breeze was in the air. I believe this kept things kind of quiet and
slow for this site. Also, there is some work being done in the park, along
the east side. Apparently, the city of Brookhaven is clearing out
underbrush. This significantly diminished bird activity along this part of
the trail. I'd be interested in knowing what the plans are with this
activity -- an attempt to remove invasive plants, maybe?

In spite of this we did see some interesting breeding activity:
1) a Great Blue Heron repeatedly visiting the mud flat/sand bar to collect
twigs and carrying them away. The bird flew SW, probably down Nancy Creek
and returned a short time later on several occasions. We didn't know if
this was the same individual or if two adults were tag-teaming in
collecting twigs for a nest. On several occasions, we observed Eastern
Kingbirds harassing the heron as it flew away over the lake. Why would EAKI
do this to a GBHE?
2) a pair of American Robins building a nest on the east part of the trail;
actually where all the clearing is being done.
3) Barn Swallows flying under the bridge on the east side trail and not
coming out the other side. There is no place to easily view activity under
the bridge; but presumably, they are nesting under there.

Northern Rough-winged Swallows were in abundance. We saw two and heard two
more Wood Thrushes, but not until later in the walk than usual, probably
because of habitat loss on the eastern side of the park. At the end of the
walk we saw a small hawk being harassed by a smaller bird. We assume this
was an accipiter, probably a Sharp-shinned Hawk; but the sighting was too
quick and the birds quickly disappeared behind the tree line south of the
park.

The complete eBird list is below.

Bird on!
Mary Kimberly
DeKalb County

Murphey Candler Park, DeKalb, Georgia, US
Jun 4, 2015 7:53 AM - 11:17 AM
35 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  10
Mallard  X     At least 2 family groups with large ducklings still hanging
out with females.
Great Blue Heron  1
Accipiter sp.  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Chimney Swift  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  5
Eastern Phoebe  3
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  2
Blue Jay  X
American Crow  X
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  X
Barn Swallow  X
Carolina Chickadee  X
Tufted Titmouse  7
White-breasted Nuthatch  5
Brown-headed Nuthatch  5
Carolina Wren  8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Eastern Bluebird  4
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  3
Brown Thrasher  3
Common Yellowthroat  2
Eastern Towhee  X
Song Sparrow  X
Northern Cardinal  X
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
House Finch  4
American Goldfinch  X

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID
=S23773424

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

-- 
Mary


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Subject: Tallulah peregrines on Tuesday, June 2
From: Paige Harvey <paige AT PAIGEHARVEYART.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Jun 2015 22:07:22 -0400
After I arrived around 12:15 p.m. at Lookout 9, an adult peregrine dropped
off prey to the feathered chick stationed behind the right hand upper
quarter of the small light green cedar shrub. Ripping and shredding ensued.
The 2nd chick remained hidden for some time in a crack at the lower left
under the cedar. Unless it moved or exposed the huge yellow feet, it was
camouflaged.  One of the chicks emerged to sunbathe Parauque style . For a
moment I thought it was a dead crow with wings stretched across the rock.
It is amazing that both birds are now in full plumage with head markings.
Just last Thursday, one of them was still a ridiculous ball of down with
wings . The older (??) bird is no longer awkward as it walks out the ledge.
An hour passed quickly, though the chicks spent a lot of time
partially hidden. I saw a second food drop and a some interesting antics by
both of the young. An impending thunderstorm ended my watch.
Park Manager Danny Tatum was at Lookout 9 when I arrived.


-- 
Best regards,
Paige Harvey
Paige AT paigeharveyart.com


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Subject: Fannin County, Late May Birds, Siskins gone, RB Nuthatch
From: joe AT BETTERBIRDWATCHING.COM
Date: Wed, 3 Jun 2015 14:50:28 -0700
Mineral Bluff Yard Area, Fannin County

Whip-poor-wiils and Chuck-will-widows, some calling but not as many as
previous years.
Red-breasted Nuthatch, one along the App. Trail between Springer Mtn.
and Noontootla Creek on 5-30
Brown-headed Cowbird, arrived 5-22
Lightning Bugs, 5-27
Swainson's Thrush, 5-18 and 5-19
Siskins last seen on 5-17
House Wren, 5-16
Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 5-23


Joe LaFleur
Mineral Bluff, Fannin Cty.
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Subject: Re: 59 species at J.J. Biello; Upcoming birdwalk, Swainson's Warbler, and Probable Prothonotary Warblers
From: Rich Hull <haharich15 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Jun 2015 16:07:52 -0400
Hi again, 
 The recording of the Prothonotary Warbler was confirmed by Joel McNeal. 
Thanks! 

Good Birding, 
Rich Hull
Cherokee County, GA

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Subject: 59 species at J.J. Biello; Upcoming birdwalk, Swainson's Warbler, and Probable Prothonotary Warblers
From: Rich Hull <haharich15 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Jun 2015 14:03:38 -0400
Hi All,
 I birded J.J. Biello Park (east entrance off of Druw Cameron Dr.) for an hour 
and 57 minutes this morning. I had 59 species, including a continuing 
Swainson's Warbler. I have heard it the last three times I have gone to the 
park. It is located where a trail intersects the sewer line cut. Here's a video 
with it's song that shows the location: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8poUiV_7E4. 

 While I was walking through a swampy section of woods I heard a possible 
Prothonotary Warbler. I later heard another one near a different swamp. I 
recorded both and would appreciate it if someone would listen to one of the 
recordings to see if I'm right. To do so, just email me at haharich15 AT gmail.com 
and I will email you the recording. 

 On Saturday morning I will be back at J.J. Biello to see what I can find. If 
anyone wants to come please let me know by emailing me. It will be from 
approximately 8:00-11:00a.m. Make sure that you wear shoes you do not mind 
getting muddy! 


 Here's my complete checklist from this morning:
 1. Wood Duck 1
 2. Great Blue Heron 2
 3. Green Heron 1
 4. Black Vulture 2
 5. Red-shouldered Hawk 1
 6. Red-tailed Hawk 3
 7. Killdeer 1
 8. Mourning Dove 3
 9. Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
 10. Chimney Swift 3
 11. Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
 12. Belted Kingfisher 1
 13. Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
 14. Downy Woodpecker 1
 15. Hairy Woodpecker 1
 16. Northern Flicker 1
 17. Pileated Woodpecker 1
 18. Acadian Flycatcher 7
 19. Great Crested Flycatcher 1
 20. White-eyed Vireo 5
 21. Red-eyed Vireo 4
 22. Blue Jay 5
 23. American Crow 4
 24. Fish Crow 2
 25. Northern Rough-winged Swallow 8
 26. Tree Swallow 1
 27. Barn Swallow 12
 28. Carolina Chickadee 5
 29. Tufted Titmouse 12
 30. White-breasted Nuthatch 2
 31. Brown-headed Nuthatch 4
 32. Carolina Wren 7
 33. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
 34. Eastern Bluebird 4
 35. Wood Thrush 1
 36. American Robin 5
 37. Brown Thrasher 4
 38. Northern Mockingbird 3
 39. European Starling 5
 40. Louisiana Waterthrush 2
 41. Prothonotary Warbler 2
 42. Swainson's Warbler 1
 43. Kentucky Warbler 6
 44. Common Yellowthroat 4
 45. Hooded Warbler 1
 46. Yellow-throated Warbler 1
 47. Yellow-breasted Chat 3
 48. Eastern Towhee 4
 49. Field Sparrow 2
 50. Song Sparrow 3
 51. Northern Cardinal 14
 52. Blue Grosbeak 1
 53. Indigo Bunting 6
 54. Red-winged Blackbird 12
 55. Common Grackle 6
 56. Brown-headed Cowbird 5
 57. Orchard Oriole 1
 58. House Finch 1
 59. American Goldfinch 9

 eBird Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23761272

 Good Birding,
 Rich Hull
 Cherokee County, GA

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Subject: AAS Field Trips this week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2015 19:16:32 -0400
Greetings, Georgia Birders

The Atlanta Audubon Society has several field trips on our calendar for
this week.

Liz Hornsby and I will lead a walk at Murphey Candler Park (DeKalb County)
on Thursday, June 4 at 8:00 AM.

Lieren Forbes will lead a walk at Panola Mountain State Park (Rockdale
County) on Friday, June 5 at 8:00 AM. Registration is recommended for this
walk.

Jason Ward will lead a walk at Piedmont Park (Fulton County) on Saturday,
June 6 at 8:00 AM.

Phil Delestrez will lead a walk at Hard Labor Creek State Park (Morgan
County) on Saturday, June 6 at 3:00 PM.

For details and directions to these and other AAS field trips, please visit
or website at http://www.atlantaaudubon.org/field-trips

Bird on!
-- 
Mary Kimberly
Field Trip Director
Atlanta Audubon Society


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Subject: Recent AAS Walk at Cochran Shoals (Cobb) -- Swallows Nesting, Hawks, Herons, Waxwings
From: ldtp <ldtp AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2015 22:26:27 +0000
Seven birders (including a visitor from South Africa) met for an Atlanta 
Audubon Society walk at Cochran Shoals (Cobb County) on May 29. We had a 
respectable but unspectacular list of 36 species (see below), with an 
assortment of permanent and summer residents and a couple of lingering Cedar 
Waxwings. 


Highlights included two Indigo Buntings, multiple Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, a 
Green Heron, two Great Blue Herons, a Cooper's Hawk, two Red-shouldered Hawks, 
a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, and a Pileated Woodpecker. Both Northern 
Rough-winged and Barn Swallows are nesting on and under the I-285 bridges, and 
are easily observed from a boardwalk added since last season. 


Also seen: a muskrat; an Eastern Mud Turtle; four or five tiny (less than a 
quarter-inch), dark amphibians, probably hatchling toads or perhaps hatchling 
Gray Tree Frogs; a Yellow-bellied Watersnake; plentiful minnows; and a few 
sulphur butterflies and Common Whitetail Dragonflies. Several Bullfrogs, heard 
only. Numerous dew-spangled spiderwebs in tree limbs along or over the river. 



In bloom: Lizardtail, Ox-eye Daisies, Spiderwort, Queen Anne's lace, 
loosestrife, buttercups, Sensitive Briar, beardtongue, yellow vetch, 
Catawba/Catalpa, and (probably) Elderberry. 


Liz Hornsby & Mary Kimberly
DeKalb County

==

CRNRA -- Cochran Shoals Unit, Cobb County

May 29, 2015 

7:34 - 11:28 AMProtocol: Traveling

1.5 miles (est.)

Hot and humid. Mostly sunny. 

River very high, fast, and muddy. General mist at start, with a few pockets 
remaining until the end. 

Seven attendees.
35 species.

Canada Goose  2
Mallard  15 (including a pair with a nearly-grown juvenile)
Great Blue Heron  2
Green Heron  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Mourning Dove  1
Chimney Swift  3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  5
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  2
White-eyed Vireo  3
Red-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  3
Fish Crow  5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 10 (Feeding over the river and visiting nests. A 
couple seen gathering nesting materials and mating.) 

Barn Swallow  2  (visiting their nest.)
Carolina Chickadee  13
Tufted Titmouse  13
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown-headed Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  8
American Robin  2
Cedar Waxwing  2 
Common Yellowthroat  4
Pine Warbler  2
Eastern Towhee  6
Northern Cardinal  11
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  21
Common Grackle  7
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
American Goldfinch  24

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Subject: NO Pelagic in June
From: Trey McCuen <eleganttreygon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2015 17:22:45 -0400
I spoke with the captain today and unfortunately they will not be able to take 
us out this month. Hopefully we will make it offshore soon. 


Trey McCuen
avianwanderings.com
Macon, GA

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Subject: Peach & Macon Cos., 5/31/2015
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2015 18:17:39 -0400
Hi, folks, Pat Markey & I headed to Peach & Macon Cos. on Sunday with the
goal of seeing the Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks that have been roosting in
trees at a private residence in Macon Co., as relayed to GABO by John Troyer
on Saturday. Since the ducks have been appearing mostly in the evening, Pat
& I had many hours to kill beforehand, so we opted to bird the back roads &
creek crossings of Peach & Macon Cos. While we did not find much out of the
ordinary, & in some respects a little disappointing (save for the
Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks, which appeared on cue), we did have the good
fortune of finding lots of Swainson's Warblers, 12 in all, at 10 different
locations in the two counties. They were by far the most vocal warblers (of
which we otherwise did not have that many).

Here are some of the highlights for the day:

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck: 4, Macon Co.

Great Horned Owl: 1, perched on a snag along I-75 near exit 142, Peach Co.

Mississippi Kite: 2, both in Macon Co.

Hairy Woodpecker: 1, Lilly Cr. Rd., Peach Co.

Horned Lark: 4, Juice Plant Rd. sod farm, Macon Co.; 1, Marshallville Super
Sod, Macon Co.

Cliff Swallow: 8, nesting under the GA 49 bridge over the Flint R., Macon
Co. (George Hooks Landing)

Warblers:
------------
Louisiana Waterthrush: 3
Prothonotary: 1, Montezuma Bluffs NA, Macon Co.
Swainson's: 12 total (6 at 4 locations in Peach Co., 6 at 6 locations in
Macon Co.)
Kentucky: 5
Common Yellowthroat: 5
Northern Parula: 9
Pine: 6

Yellow-breasted Chat: 8

Grasshopper Sparrow: 2, Juice Plant Rd. sod farm

Dickcissel: 3, Mennonite School Rd., Macon Co.

Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA
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Subject: American Proteins, 5/30/2015
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2015 17:52:17 -0400
Hi, folks, I birded the settling ponds at American Proteins on Saturday,
hoping for some late season shorebirds. The water levels of the ponds have
remained high for most of the season & the only non-Killdeer shorebirds were
four Semipalmated Sandpipers & a Semipalmated Plover.  Other species of note
included a fly-by Cattle Egret, an American Coot, a Wild Turkey (wandering
across one of the application fields), four soon-to-be fledged Green Herons,
and lots of Wood Duck & Mallard ducklings.

Take care,

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Forsyth Co., GA
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Subject: Sandhill Crane - Braswell Church Road, Walton County - 6/1/2015
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2015 10:39:00 -0400
Hi All,

Jim Hanna just called to request a GABO-L post of a SANDHILL CRANE which he is 
observing at the Braswell Church Road pond right now. 


33.76971,-83.549985
GPS: N 33 46.183 W 83 32.999

Good Birding All!

Mark

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Subject: Re: Reverse Retraction - Peregrine Falcon Nest Ledge Empty - Tallulah Gorge State Park - 5/31/2015
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 May 2015 20:02:19 -0400
Hi All,

P.S. Nick later made a cute observation about what two birds in a bush were 
worth... 


Good Birding All!

Mark

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Subject: Reverse Retraction - Peregrine Falcon Nest Ledge Empty - Tallulah Gorge State Park - 5/31/2015
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 May 2015 17:18:22 -0400
Hi All,

Both invisible young Falcons are behind the bush at the left end of the ledge. 
An adult came in and dropped off a kill or we would have never known, couldn't 
even see the birds with the scope when they were motionless and obscured. Young 
are eating without being fed, adult just dropped the kill and left. 


Reverse retraction is the best kind!

Good Birding All!

Mark

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Subject: Peregrine Falcon Nest Ledge Empty - Tallulah Gorge State Park - 5/31/2015
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 May 2015 16:36:56 -0400
Hi All,

Nick Sakas and I just arrived at about 4:15 and the nest ledge is empty! 
Haven't seen any falcons anywhere yet. I have heard that all four birds were 
seen yesterday at the ledge. 


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Mark

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Subject: Golden-winged Warbler Status - Brawley Mountain, Fannin County - 5/30/2015
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 May 2015 12:15:12 -0400
Hi All,

In the spring of 2007, shortly after I first found out that I was a fledgling 
birder, I emerged out into the birding world eager to see all of our Georgia 
birds and the Golden-winged Warbler became a very much sought-after warbler 
species for me. 


I attended Ken Blankenship's Wings Over Georgia "Georgia's Mountain Gems" walk 
at Brawley Mountain in Fannin County in the Chattahoochee National Forest on 
May 19th of that spring where everyone participating was indeed able to see a 
gorgeous Golden-winged Warbler thanks to Ken's knowledgeable guidance and 
leadership that day, what a truly stunning bird! 


I have been going back to Brawley Mountain every spring since, except for 2014, 
and have always seen Golden-wingeds on breeding territory along the gated 
gravel US Forest Service road heading west from the gravel parking area at 
Wilscot Gap, and which winds up to Ledford Gap, to Brawley Mountain, and then 
to the end of the road at the forest service tower 2.4 miles from Hwy 60 where 
you park. 


In 2014 I decided to just see how many Golden-wingeds I could see in spring and 
fall migration only, without going to Brawley Mountain, and indeed did see a 
bunch, primarily at Kennesaw Mountain, the Cochran Shoals Unit of the 
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, and at Henderson Park in Tucker, 
all fantastic spots to see Golden-wingeds in migration in Georgia, If You Visit 
The Sites Enough, especially Cochran Shoals in the fall! It is quite special 
though to see the birds on breeding grounds in Georgia. 


-----

A DNR Georgia Wild e-newsletter just came out this past Friday detailing a DNR 
sighting of a male Golden-winged Warbler at the Brawley Mountain project by DNR 
on May 22nd (they don't have this edition archived yet on the website), and 
stating that one hadn't been seen there during breeding season in the past 2 
years. 


I discovered that eBird had only one report last year by Jim Walker on May 6th 
2014 and that one seemed to be located in the traditional saddle area where the 
birds had been seen previously in relatively good numbers (maybe 2-4) in past 
years. 


I think the late eBird date that I saw for any given year there for breeding 
Golden-wingeds was about June 25th. 


You can subscribe to or view these newsletters at: 
http://georgiawildlife.com/news/e-newsletters

-----

Yesterday Nick Sakas and I meticulously and painstakingly, did I say extremely 
thoroughly, birded the 2.4 miles of the forest service road at Brawley Mountain 
for 5 hours looking, listening, and hoping for Nick's life Golden-winged 
Warbler. We did not see or hear the species throughout the area (which doesn't 
of course mean that there definitely aren't any near the road anywhere there). 


However as many may already know, since 2014 it looks like the DNR plans to 
restore open oak-woodlands at Brawley Mountain through selective logging and 
controlled burns, etc., 300-400 acres, have been and probably are fully 
implemented. 


DNR's page describing the project, Project Holds Rich Promise For State's Last 
Golden-Winged Warblers: 

http://www.georgiawildlife.com/node/1751

The implementation of the new vastly larger (than the previous roadside 
banks/power-line cut corridor) upslope and downslope open areas means that the 
relatively few birds that may ever be there could now be very widely dispersed 
away from the forest service road, and now on a mostly permanent basis. Birding 
the new areas may not be possible or practical without a vehicle, there is no 
public vehicular access to the area, and those areas may be restricted for 
public foot travel as well. At any rate it would take days and days of 
expedition to try to cover the new areas on foot in any meaningful way. The 
roadside banks/power-line cut corridor habitat currently and mostly does not 
look anywhere near as good as it used to for the birds to nest in as well. 


So seeing breeding Golden-winged Warblers from the forest service road as in 
past seasons may never be likely again, or at least maybe not for a very long 
time, due to all of the huge new areas far from the road where the few birds 
could be scattered nesting. 


There are many, many other great Georgia neo-tropical mountain breeding species 
along the road, and it is a great place to bird, and maybe you will see a 
Golden-winged Warbler there along the road some day, showing some fidelity to 
recent past nesting sites, but maybe likely no longer. 


Thanks to DNR for doing all that they can to ensure good breeding habitat for 
Golden-wingeds in Georgia! 


Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Cliff Swallow nests
From: rjchuri AT GMAIL.COM
Date: Sat, 30 May 2015 02:43:55 +0000
More than a 100 Cliff Swallow nests on the Rt 27 bridge over Beech Creek/West 
Point lake. 


This is just a few miles north of LaGrange.

Best view of the nested are from boat. Birds are in constant motion.

Bob Churi

Troup County






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Subject: Black Bellied Whistling ducks in Macon Co
From: John Troyer Jr <johntroyerjr AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 30 May 2015 06:06:41 -0400
Good Morning,

I am from Ohio but I am on the list for Georgia because my in-laws are from
Macon Co and we spend time there periodically and I like to know what is
going on in the state as far as birds are concerned. 

 

My father-in-laws called last evening and said that there are ducks (he is
not a birder but enjoys nature) in a big oak tree in the front yard. He
described them to me and by the description they have to be Black Bellied
Whistling Ducks. I told him to look them up online and he did and said that
is what they are. Now, I have no way of proving that but I was wondering if
that is common for them to be roosting and nesting in oaks trees a mile or
two from any water. They have been there for a few days now. They come and
go all day until around evening they come in to stay. 

 

If anyone wants more info feel free to email me directly.
johntroyerjr AT gmail.com     

 

Blessings to you

John Troyer Jr

Whispering Wind Bordeauxs & Mastiffs

 

A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer,

it sings because it has a song.  - Maya Angelou

 



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Subject: Red-tailed hawk under Downtown connector
From: Paige Harvey <paige AT PAIGEHARVEYART.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 May 2015 09:51:29 -0400
At 9:45am an adult red-tailed hawk flew up from Jon Wesley Dobbs underpass.
.possibly it flew into some small trees growing next to I- 85/75



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Subject: Roseate Spoonbills, Grand Bay WMA, Valdosta 5/28/15
From: Vanessa Lane <sales AT GECKOLAIR.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 May 2015 19:04:01 -0400
Today I visited Grand Bay WMA for the first time (mainly to enjoy the 
plants) but had the pleasure of spotting a pair of ROSEATE SPOONBILLS as 
we stood atop the fire tower at the end of the board walk. We got there 
midday and missed the really good birding, but prothonotary warblers, 
hooded warblers, northern parulas, common yellowthroats, and wood storks 
were also in attendance.

Also got to hear my first dragon's roar: the A-10s from Moody Air Force 
Base were practicing their shooting. Man, that's an impressive sound.

~Vanessa Lane
Tifton, GA

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Subject: Flickr link to RNPH
From: James Fleullan <jrfleullan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 May 2015 13:55:29 -0400
Sorry for the hangup for those that still can't view the picture of the RNPH. 
I've uploaded it to my flickr site at the following link. 


http://flic.kr/p/tJEfc4

James Fleullan
Pooler, Ga

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Subject: RNPH link
From: James Fleullan <jrfleullan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 May 2015 13:43:05 -0400
The link for the RNPH didn't work in my last post so I'm sharing it again.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/rrxp5q82d07qn4s/DSC_6652.JPG?dl=0

Take care.

James Fleullan 
Pooler, Ga



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Subject: Red-necked Phalarope Lake Juliette
From: James Fleullan <jrfleullan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 22:50:37 -0400
Jim Fontenot of Macon just shared a photo he took of a Red-necked Phalarope
on Lake Juliette in Monroe County.  It was seen in the SE section of the
lake near an Osprey platform. The link below is his photo. Great find Jim.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/rrxp5q82d07qn4s/DSC_6652.JPG?dl=0

Glad to share.

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Pooler, Ga


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