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24 Oct CCWA-Huie, Oct 24, 2014 [Carol Lambert ]
24 Oct White-Breasted Nuthatch [Marvin T Smith ]
24 Oct AAS Walk at Murphey Candler Park, DeKalb County - Warblers, Hawk, Grebe, More [ldtp ]
24 Oct WInter (birds) comes to Marietta [bob zaremba ]
24 Oct Goodbye to the Georgia RBA (phone based) [Joel Hitt ]
23 Oct Re: Goodbye to the Georgia RBA (phone based) ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
23 Oct Juncos in Acworth Cobb Co. [Katharine Andregg ]
23 Oct Goodbye to the Georgia RBA (phone based) [Stephen Holzman ]
23 Oct Huie, Clayton Co. 10/23/14 [Carol Lambert ]
23 Oct Marietta yard bird update [bob zaremba ]
22 Oct MacGillivray's Warbler Update - No re-sightings - 22 Oct 2014 [Nathan Farnau ]
22 Oct FOTS Winter Visitors - Gwinnett County ["Chris O'Neal" ]
22 Oct ORAS Bird Walk 10/25/14 at Sandy Creek Park [James Neves ]
21 Oct Lark Sparrow at McKinnon Airport, Glynn County 10/21/14 [Dralle ]
21 Oct AAS Field Trips this week [Mary Kimberly ]
20 Oct Warbler Review, Fannin Cty., Nashville Warbler []
20 Oct NELSON'S SPARROW in Athens, Clarke Co., GA - eBird list and more details [James Neves ]
20 Oct Replies to my story ["Eugenia R. Thompson" ]
20 Oct Amusing bird experience ["Eugenia R. Thompson" ]
20 Oct NELSON'S SPARROW at N Oconee Access Rd sparrow field, Athens, Clarke Co [James Neves ]
20 Oct MacGillivray's Update [Patty McLean ]
20 Oct Many warblers, etc. ahead of last Tues. cold front, Wash. Co. [mocking bird ]
19 Oct Re: MacGillivray's Warbler - follow-up with photographs - 19 Oct 2014 [world oceans ]
19 Oct MacGillivray's Warbler - follow-up with photographs - 19 Oct 2014 [Nathan Farnau ]
19 Oct MacGillivray's Warbler - Centennial Olympic Park (Fulton Co.) 19 Oct 2014 [Nathan Farnau ]
19 Oct Fwd: [GABO-L] Warblers in Cobb [Bob Zaremba ]
19 Oct Warblers in Cobb [Bob Zaremba ]
18 Oct Wilson's and Nashville warblers Centennial Olympic Park; Fulton County [Gene Koziara ]
18 Oct Nashville warbler [Bob Zaremba ]
18 Oct Sora, Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Clayton County Water Authority--E.L. Huie Ponds, Oct 18, 2014 [Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell ]
18 Oct Re: Lincoln's Sparrow - Big Creek Greenway (Forsyth County) 17 October 2014 [Patty McLean ]
17 Oct Atlanta Swift roost [Stephen Barlow ]
17 Oct Lincoln's Sparrow - Big Creek Greenway (Forsyth County) 17 October 2014 [Nathan Farnau ]
17 Oct Ruddy Ducks, Head's Creek Reservoir, Spalding County, 10/11/14 [Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell ]
16 Oct Snowy Egret in DeKalb County [Patty McLean ]
16 Oct JIBS Report 10/16 - COHA! [Catsflute ]
15 Oct UNDER THE WAVES; OGEECHEE AUDUBON PROGRAM OCT 21ST [Beth Roth ]
15 Oct ORAS Bird Walk Sat. Oct 18 at the State Botanical Garden of GA [James Neves ]
15 Oct AAS Field Trips this weekend [Mary Kimberly ]
14 Oct Re: (e)Birding biases (long) [Marion Dobbs ]
14 Oct Heads Creek Reservoir 10/13/2014 [Eric Beohm ]
14 Oct Franklin's Gull & Laughing Gulls @ Buford Dam ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
14 Oct Recent AAS Walk at Cochran Shoals, Cobb County [ldtp ]
13 Oct JIBS More doldrums [Evan Pitman ]
13 Oct Ruby-throated hummingbirds [Jim Yarbrough ]
11 Oct Glossy Ibis at Dyar Pasture in Greene County [Ben Williams ]
12 Oct Sora at Huie, Clayton Co. 10/11/14 [Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell ]
11 Oct Limpkin, inland BT Grackles, etc [Stephen Barlow ]
10 Oct SORA [Gayle Rice ]
10 Oct JIBS 10/10/14 [Evan Pitman ]
10 Oct Piedmont NWR []
9 Oct Bald Eagle nesting at Lake Blue Ridge []
9 Oct Warbler week in review, Fannin Cty. []
9 Oct Forster's Tern, Great Egret, Swamp Sparrow at Lake Acworth Cobb County [Dralle ]
9 Oct JIBS Climbing out of the doldrums [Evan Pitman ]
8 Oct Re: Bonaparte's Gulls in a Tree [Patty McLean ]
8 Oct (e)Birding biases (long) [Eran Tomer ]
8 Oct AAS Field Trips this week [Mary Kimberly ]
8 Oct JIBS Oct.7th-8th [Evan Pitman ]
8 Oct Bonaparte's Gulls in a Tree [Patty McLean ]
8 Oct Re: Noonday Creek Trail 10/7/14 & Wings Over Georgia [Katharine Andregg ]
7 Oct Noonday Creek Trail 10/7/14 & Wings Over Georgia [Ken Blankenship ]
7 Oct Good swift chimneys in Savannah area? [Alan Harvey ]
7 Oct Cattle Egrets, Wash. Co. [mocking bird ]
7 Oct Forster's Tern at Sweetwater Creek S.P. [Dassem Ultor ]
7 Oct Fwd: Terry Moore services [Stephen Holzman ]
7 Oct Lark Sparrow []
6 Oct JIBS Day 8 [Evan Pitman ]
6 Oct Poster session at GOS meeting [Bob Sargent ]
6 Oct Nashville Warbler - Centennial Olympic Park (Fulton Co.) 6 October 2014 [Nathan Farnau ]
6 Oct Peregrine Falcon Oconee Co. [John Mark Simmons ]
6 Oct DeKalb Co yard birds 10/5/14 [Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell ]
5 Oct JIBS Day 7 Good [Evan Pitman ]
5 Oct AAS Noonday Creek Trail walk report [Angelia Jenkins ]
5 Oct Overlook Park at Morgan Falls, Sandy Springs [Steve Holzman ]
5 Oct Possible continuing LEOW [John Mark Simmons ]

Subject: CCWA-Huie, Oct 24, 2014
From: Carol Lambert <carol.lambert AT CCWA.US>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:47:34 +0000
See list below.

Carol Lambert
Senior Conservationist
Clayton County Water Authority / Newman Wetlands Center 
2755 Freeman Road, Hampton, GA 30228
770.603.5603 office / 770.603.5602 fax / 678.758.4551 cell
carol.lambert AT ccwa.us



Subject: eBird Report - CCWA-Huie, Oct 24, 2014

CCWA-Huie, Clayton, US-GA
Oct 24, 2014 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: No RUDU today. TRSW over south pond marsh grasses mostly. GWTE 
appeared out of the same grasses with MALL. 

16 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  X
Mallard  X
Northern Shoveler  14
Northern Pintail  3
Green-winged Teal  33
Ring-necked Duck  1
Pied-billed Grebe  6
Double-crested Cormorant  7
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
American Coot  2
Killdeer  X
Eastern Phoebe  4
Tree Swallow  35
swallow sp. 3 May have been the NRWS I saw on 10/23; they over NE pond today 

Eastern Meadowlark  1

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

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Subject: White-Breasted Nuthatch
From: Marvin T Smith <mtsmith AT VALDOSTA.EDU>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:13:56 +0000
I just found my first White-Breasted Nuthatch in my yard and Lowndes County!
Marv


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Subject: AAS Walk at Murphey Candler Park, DeKalb County - Warblers, Hawk, Grebe, More
From: ldtp <ldtp AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:43:26 -0700
Four birders met at Murphey Candler Park in DeKalb County for an Atlanta 
Audubon Society walk on October 22. Beautiful fall weather and a respectable 
count of 30-31 species (see list below), including a few migrants and winter 
arrivals. 


Highlights included extended viewing of an especially handsome male Hooded 
Warbler, glimpses of a Blue-headed Vireo, and a Cooper's Hawk in flight. 
Nineteen Palm Warblers and a vivid male Pine Warbler. A Ruby-crowned Kinglet 
and Yellow-rumped Warbler were FOS for some of us. 



Also: a Pied-billed Grebe, a Great Blue Heron, and a female Belted Kingfisher. 
Three (possibly four) Northern Flickers. The resident Canada Geese put on a 
great show with several wheeling flights over the lake. 


About a dozen mixed turtles (Painted, sliders, cooters) were basking. Several 
bees and one large earwig. A few Sundrops and patches of small white asters. 
Possible Oyster Mushrooms and probable Parchment Fungi. 



Liz Hornsby
Chamblee/Brookhaven area, DeKalb County, north metro Atlanta

Murphey Candler Park, DeKalb County

October 22, 2014

8:00 - 11:45 AM
Sunny with moderate temps.
4 observers
30-31 species


Canada Goose  60
Mallard  20 
Pied-billed Grebe  1 
Great Blue Heron  1 
Cooper's Hawk  1 
Belted Kingfisher  1 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2 
Downy
 Woodpecker  4 
Northern Flicker 3 (possibly 4; not sure if one bird was a duplicate sighting) 

Eastern Phoebe  9 
Blue-headed Vireo  1 
Blue Jay  12 
American Crow 6
crow sp.  6  (probably American)
Carolina Chickadee  11 
White-breasted Nuthatch  4 
Brown-headed Nuthatch  8 
Carolina Wren  12 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1 
Eastern Bluebird  10 
American Robin  5 
Hooded Warbler  1 
Palm Warbler (Western)  19 
Pine Warbler  2 
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1 
Eastern Towhee  5 
Chipping Sparrow  1 
Song Sparrow  6 
Northern Cardinal  11 
House Finch  4 
American Goldfinch  10 

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20305722 


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Subject: WInter (birds) comes to Marietta
From: bob zaremba <bobzarem AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:26:45 -0400
We woke up this morning to the high calls of Golden-crowned Kinglets mixed
in with the chides of a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.   The White-crowned Sparrow
was joined by a couple of White-throated Sparrows under the feeders.   And
finally the first HERMIT THRUSH arrived and joined the fun.  Looks like
winter is around the corner.  We still have a nice number of around 25
Tennessee Warblers feeding on the grapes.  A Black-throated Green Warbler
made a brief appearance as well until the Cooper's Hawk cleared the yard.
Looking forward to see what drops in next.

 

Bob and Deb Zaremba

Marietta, GA 



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Subject: Goodbye to the Georgia RBA (phone based)
From: Joel Hitt <joelhitt AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:43:31 -0400
I also join Steve and Jim in sending kudos to Jeff Sewell. And I had
guessed Jeff's tenure as the RBA compiler to be right at 20 years,
corresponding to Jim's more researched findings. I've never seen a more
tireless, persistent effort of volunteerism in birding than this one of
Jeff Sewell.

I was also aware earlier this month of a rather quiet observance of the
20th anniversary of the release of Netscape Navigator. Though email had
been around for many years, and the Web for only a few, this initial Web
browser release was explosive, and opened the use of internet services to
all. Thus the forces leading to the demise of the telephone-based RBA were
set in motion even as Jeff began making his mellow compilations available
to us all. And isn't that just the way it always goes?

Happy birding!

-- 
Joel Hitt
Clayton GA (Rabun Co.)
(c) 404.784.6346


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Subject: Re: Goodbye to the Georgia RBA (phone based)
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:32:34 -0400
Hi, folks, I would also like to tip my hat to Jeff Sewell & say thanks very 
much for the years (I think about 20 according to the archived transcriptions 
on the GOS web site) of dedication to the GOS' RBA service. 


Prior to the ubiquitous & instantaneous flow of information that we enjoy 
today, Jeff's coverage of the RBA was your best bet for notification of 
rarities, especially if you weren't part of a phone tree. Due to the 
time-sensitive nature of when a rarity appears, covering the answering system 
could become a real chore (and sometimes a headache...back in the day, it's not 
as though answering machines were easy or dependable to monitor remotely like 
voice mail). And avid birders, being such a patient group (*cough*, yes myself 
included) the expectations to provide the most up-to-date information on a 
regular basis could really put the pressure the RBA compiler. 

	
As the RBA compiler, Jeff often acted as a liaison between the birding 
community and homeowners who were hosting a rare bird, but who did not want 
their information to be made public. Add on top of that the frequent challenge 
of deciphering vague, garbled or incorrect directions (yes, myself included), 
the frequent call-backs for clarification, the follow-ups on reports of 
Ivory-billed Woodpeckers, giant red-throated hummingbirds and questions of how 
to get rid of starlings nesting in rafters, and the resultant attempt to make 
sense of it all in a weekly (and often daily, depending on the rarity) message 
really took someone as patient and as knowledgeable as Jeff to show that kind 
of dedication for so many years. 


So, thanks very much, Jeff!

PS, I would be remiss if I forgot to also thank all of the folks that took the 
time to report the rarities and especially the years of funding by the GOS & 
its membership to make the RBA such a successful birding tool. 


Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA

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

Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2014 11:46 AM
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: [GABO-L] Goodbye to the Georgia RBA (phone based)

Well, we knew the time was coming. The days of calling a answering machine to 
find out what rare birds are in the state are over. The cost was too high for a 
service used by so few. Almost all people that are actively chasing rare birds 
have a smart phone or access to a computer where they can find out within 
minutes what birds are being seen where. 


I'd like to take moment to personally thank Jeff Sewell for managing the 
Georgia RBA for (I don't know how many years)....let's just say a good long 
time. Many of us used the system to track down some great birds. 


Here's a sampling from the GABO-L Archives

Item #166 (7 Nov 1998 22:47) - Calli0pe Hummingbird If anyone needs directions 
to this bird, call the GOS RBA at (770)493-8862. 


 Subject: Early Alert -- R0ugh-legged hawk near Athens Paul sykes reported a 
light phase adult R0ugh-legged hawk seen today NE of athens near Colbert. Call 
the RBA for details. 770-493-8862. 


Item #8033 (6 May 2002 21:37) - Fw: Tenetative RBA - Black-headed Gr0sbeak
From: Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Fw: Tenetative RBA - Black-headed Gr0sbeak
MIME-Version: 1.0
Forgot to say: The location is on Antioch Road across from the pump House. Call 
the RBA if you need more directions. 770-493-8862.Jeff Sewell 


Item #13987 (7 Aug 2004 21:30) - No Bew1ck's Wren today 8/7/04 An extensive 
search failed to find the Bew1ck's Wren or wrens at the Chickamauga National 
Military Park today. Eight birders searched the area all morning but came up 
with zero. Call the RBA for directions- 

770-493-8862

Item #15308 (15 Jan 2005 18:37) - Glauc0us Gull-Jekyll Island Earl Horn called 
the RBA tonight to report a first winter GLAUC0US GULL on South Beach, Jekyll 
Island at 4pm today. The bird was first observed by Owen Kinney and his 
students. 


If you sign up at eBird you can receive alerts for rare birds (or needed birds) 
for any state you wish to monitor. eBird is free and you can manage your alerts 
here: http://ebird.org/ebird/alerts In fact you don't even have to be a 
registered user to view the rare bird alerts. 


Anyway, Thanks Jeff! We appreciate all the years you've put into this. Now get 
back to finding us some good birds to chase! 


Good birding all,

Steve Holzman
President, GOS
North High Shoals, GA

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Subject: Juncos in Acworth Cobb Co.
From: Katharine Andregg <arkatmar2 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:48:11 -0700
I had my 1st of the year Ruby-crowned Kinglet yesterday and it showed up again 
today but this afternoon I had my 1st Juncos in the backyard scratching for 
seed and enjoying the waterfalls. All I need now are the White-throated 
Sparrows to round out my daily winter visitors. 


My last hummingbird sighting in the backyard was 10/21. 

Kathy Andregg
Cobb Co.

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Subject: Goodbye to the Georgia RBA (phone based)
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:45:34 -0400
Well, we knew the time was coming. The days of calling a answering
machine to find out what rare birds are in the state are over. The
cost was too high for a service used by so few. Almost all people that
are actively chasing rare birds have a smart phone or access to a
computer where they can find out within minutes what birds are being
seen where.

I'd like to take moment to personally thank Jeff Sewell for managing
the Georgia RBA for (I don't know how many years)....let's just say a
good long time. Many of us used the system to track down some great
birds.

Here's a sampling from the GABO-L Archives

Item #166 (7 Nov 1998 22:47) - Calli0pe Hummingbird
If anyone needs directions to this bird, call the GOS RBA at (770)493-8862.

 Subject: Early Alert -- R0ugh-legged hawk near Athens
Paul sykes reported a light phase adult R0ugh-legged hawk seen today NE of
athens near Colbert. Call the RBA for details. 770-493-8862.

Item #8033 (6 May 2002 21:37) - Fw: Tenetative RBA - Black-headed Gr0sbeak
From: Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Fw: Tenetative RBA - Black-headed Gr0sbeak
MIME-Version: 1.0
Forgot to say: The location is on Antioch Road across from the pump
House. Call the RBA if you need more directions. 770-493-8862.Jeff
Sewell

Item #13987 (7 Aug 2004 21:30) - No Bew1ck's Wren today 8/7/04
An extensive search failed to find the Bew1ck's Wren or wrens at the
Chickamauga National Military Park today. Eight birders searched the
area all morning but came up with zero. Call the RBA for directions-
770-493-8862

Item #15308 (15 Jan 2005 18:37) - Glauc0us Gull-Jekyll Island
Earl Horn called the RBA tonight to report a first winter GLAUC0US
GULL on South Beach, Jekyll Island at 4pm today. The bird was first
observed by Owen Kinney and his students.

If you sign up at eBird you can receive alerts for rare birds (or
needed birds) for any state you wish to monitor.  eBird is free and
you can manage your alerts here: http://ebird.org/ebird/alerts
In fact you don't even have to be a registered user to view the rare
bird alerts.

Anyway, Thanks Jeff!  We appreciate all the years you've put into
this.  Now get back to finding us some good birds to chase!

Good birding all,

Steve Holzman
President, GOS
North High Shoals, GA

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Subject: Huie, Clayton Co. 10/23/14
From: Carol Lambert <carol.lambert AT CCWA.US>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:53:37 +0000
9 Ruddy Duck arrived today
3 N. Rough-winged Swallows
Yesterday:
2 Sora (calls only, from marsh grasses in ne corner of south pond
1 Am. Kestrel



Carol Lambert
Senior Conservationist
Clayton County Water Authority / Newman Wetlands Center
2755 Freeman Road, Hampton, GA 30228
770.603.5603 office / 770.603.5602 fax




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Subject: Marietta yard bird update
From: bob zaremba <bobzarem AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:04:48 -0400
Deb and I continue to host a nice flock of about 25 - 30 Tennessee Warblers
in the back yard.   Today's additions included another Nashville Warbler,
Cape May Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler and most surprising was an immature
White-crowned Sparrow.   This is only the second WCSP that we have had in
the yard over the past 20+ years and it was my first!  Deb had one several
years ago while I was out of town.   We haven't seen a hummingbird in the
past two days.   

 

Bob and Deb Zaremba

Marietta, GA 



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Subject: MacGillivray's Warbler Update - No re-sightings - 22 Oct 2014
From: Nathan Farnau <natwan AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:56:03 -0400
There have been many birders present in Centennial Olympic Park for the last 
few days since the MGWA was found (on Sunday, the 19th), but to my knowledge, 
no one has seen the bird since that evening. 


One notable sighting from today was a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW in shrubs in the 
northwest corner of the park. Photograph embedded here: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20310932 


Nathan Farnau
Atlanta, GA  (DeKalb County)

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Subject: FOTS Winter Visitors - Gwinnett County
From: "Chris O'Neal" <chrisoneal2718 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:24:14 -0400
Today I went to George Pierce Park in Suwanee and saw my FOTS Yellow-Rumped
Warblers. After welcoming them back for the season, I then heard and saw a
Winter Wren near the main wetlands pond.

When walking back to the parking lot I then heard a Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker. Thanks to the Sappy I came close to sweeping the woodpeckers,
just a Red-headed and a Downy stood in my way (or a lack of them, rather).

Finally, at the beginning of the trail I came across a group of no less
than 6 Black Vultures sitting in some trees (dead trees, I might add!)

Acting alive!

Chris O'Neal
Gwinnett County


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Subject: ORAS Bird Walk 10/25/14 at Sandy Creek Park
From: James Neves <jamesneves AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:39:17 -0400
The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will be hosting a birdwalk at 8am on
Saturday October 25th at Sandy Creek Park.  Birders of all levels are
invited to attend.   We will be meeting at the last parking lot on campsite
drive across the dam and bird the lake from the dam first then proceed down
the north end of Cook's Trail.  Folks showing up for the walk do not have
to pay the entrance fee; however, if people stay and enjoy the park after
the walk, they are asked to pay.

Our bird walks are open to the public.  We typically run 3-4 hours though
birders may leave at their convenience.  Easy to moderate walking.  Please
dress for the weather, wear practical shoes, bring insect repellent and
snacks/water as desired.

If you have any questions please contact Ed Maioriello at
*fieldtrip AT oconeeriversaudubon.org*  or
706-296-5275.

*For information about Sandy Creek Park click here.*


IMPORTANT NOTE: On occasion, field trips may have to be cancelled (bad
weather, etc.) or important details may change (for example, the original
meeting spot for a site may have to be changed if there is a trail closure
or parking problem). If you plan to attend a birdwalk, ALWAYS check
*www.oconeeriversaudubon.org/events*
 the night before for updates.


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Subject: Lark Sparrow at McKinnon Airport, Glynn County 10/21/14
From: Dralle <bwdralle AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:30:00 -0400
Traci and I observed a Lark Sparrow on the ground along the chain linked fence 
by the beige building with the brown door at Gary L Moore Court and Airport 
Road on St. Simons Island. It was first seen at 10:10 AM and is still being 
seen. I will post a photo to my Twitter 
account:https://mobile.twitter.com/BirdWatchDude 


Bruce Dralle
Hamilton County, TN

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Subject: AAS Field Trips this week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:55:27 -0400
Greetings, Georgia Birders

The Atlanta Audubon Society has 2 bird walks on our calendar this week.

Liz Hornsby will be leading a walk at Murphey Candler Park (DeKalb County)
tomorrow, Wednesday, October 22 at 8:00 AM.

Joy Carter and Gus Kaufman will be leading a walk at Fernbank Forest
(DeKalb County) on Saturday, October 25 at 8:00 AM. Registration (still
free!) is required for this trip.

For details, including directions and registration information, can be
found on our website at http://www.atlantaaudubon.org/field-trips.

Happy Birding!
-- 
Mary Kimberly
Field Trip Director
Atlanta Audubon Society


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Subject: Warbler Review, Fannin Cty., Nashville Warbler
From: joe AT BETTERBIRDWATCHING.COM
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:40:17 -0700
Warblers continue to be lighter in numbers and variety this fall in the
yard area, recent highlight was a Nashville on 10-13, new for the yard
area. Also over the past week or so:

Magnolia, daily
Tennessee, daily, 4 on 10-9
Chestnut-sided, one on 10-15
Gray-cheeked Thrush, on 10-10
Swainson's Thrush, on 10-11 and 10-13
Golden-crowned Kinglet, first heard on 10-20
Rose-breasted Grosbeak, daily
Hairy Woodpecker, most days

While hiking Appalachian Trail from Woody Gap to Neels Gap (Union
County) on Oct. 18 had first of season Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

Joe LaFleur
Mineral Bluff, Fannin Cty.
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Subject: NELSON'S SPARROW in Athens, Clarke Co., GA - eBird list and more details
From: James Neves <jamesneves AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:33:37 -0400
Hi GA birders,

Early this afternoon, I found the NELSON'S SPARROW (Interior Race) in the
weedy field off of the N. Oconee Access Rd in Athens. This site was created
a few years ago when they leveled the site of the old wastewater treatment
facility and built a bridge over the Oconee River to access the entrance to
the new facility next door. You can park at the far end of the road past
the gated entrance to the water treatment facility. Walk down the
gravel-dirt road past the curve and head straight towards the river and
tree line. As you are about to reach the river, look to your left and see a
large, white PVC pipe sticky out of the ground with the top painted green.
The bird was working the area above the pipe up to the first little slope.

I only saw the bird in flight two times on my first visit, but it's weak
flight allow me to see very well the distinct orange head, breast, and
rump, plain gray nape, slender bill, drab gray auricular patch, and classic
Ammodramus tail shape. Early this evening, I was able to return to try and
track it down with Mirko Basen. The bird popped up in one of the tall weedy
patches about 5 ft away from me allowing several long seconds of fantastic,
unobstructed views -- no binoculars necessary. I called Mirko over, and we
were able to follow it around for several minutes before it disappeared
again.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20292480

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20292345

James Neves
Athens, Clarke Co., GA


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Subject: Replies to my story
From: "Eugenia R. Thompson" <eroberthom AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:02:00 -0400
Thanks to all of you who commented on my crazy vulture story.

 

I've been imaging wonderful 'conversations' at the vulture roost this
evening, starting with "You'll never believe what happened today -- I
thought dinosaurs were extinct.."

 

Eugenia



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Subject: Amusing bird experience
From: "Eugenia R. Thompson" <eroberthom AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:58:19 -0400
You won't find any rare birds in this post, but if you want to laugh, read
on:

Today I was babysitting at my daughter's house in Watkinsville (Oconee Co.).
Late morning I walked into the kitchen, glancing out the window as I always
do, and then I did a double take. A vulture was on the deck! A VULTURE! A
Black Vulture, to be exact. Then I saw another on the deck rail. I had the
baby in one arm and slowly moved across the room to get my iPod so I could
document this situation. All these thoughts are whirling through my head:
WHAT are vultures doing on the deck? Is there something dead out there, and
I haven't smelled it because I haven't opened the back door? But wait, these
are BLACK Vultures -- they don't use smell, they use sight! Now surely they
don't think that stuffed animal that one of the kids left out there
overnight is a dead animal.... I snapped a few one-handed photos (awful
photos -- through the window and screen with morning sun streaming in) as I
watched. Sure enough, the vulture on the deck walked over to the stuffed
dinosaur, darted its head out, and grabbed one leg! The dinosaur must not
have had the weight of a 'normal' carcass because it moved easily, and the
vulture was startled. It flew over the toy and landed about ten feet away.
By then the vulture on the deck rail decided it wanted some of the action so
it started approaching the dinosaur. I really hated not to see the rest of
the story, but I knew Henry would be really upset if the vultures destroyed
his dinosaur so I opened the door and broke up the party.

Eugenia Thompson
Athens GA (Clarke Co.)

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Subject: NELSON'S SPARROW at N Oconee Access Rd sparrow field, Athens, Clarke Co
From: James Neves <jamesneves AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:10:54 -0400
NELSON'S SPARROW at N Oconee Access Rd sparrow field. Site location is
eBird hotspot. Down near the river. Look for PVC pipe with green paint on
top. More details later.

James Neves
Athens, Clarke Co


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Subject: MacGillivray's Update
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:23:51 -0400
Two to three folks saw parts of a bird this morning around 11:30 that resembled 
some of the key field marks from Nathan Farnau's photos from yesterday of the 
juvenile MacGillivray's Warbler at Centennial Olympic Park. However there has 
not been a resighting or anything more definitive than that. Bird activity has 
been relatively slow but seems to be picking up a little this afternoon. 
Someone will update if the bird is relocated today.  


Patty McLean
Forever Hopeful
Tucker GA

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Subject: Many warblers, etc. ahead of last Tues. cold front, Wash. Co.
From: mocking bird <mockingbird AT GARDENER.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:25:27 +0200
Last Tuesday we had storms and all day rain until about 4pm. I went out as I 
noticed a lot of birds in the beautyberry bushes and trees along my driveway. 
When I stood in front of the bushes, I realized that they were all eating some 
kind on winged bug that were flying up from the ground. I don't know if the 
storm knocked the bugs down from the trees or they hatched out from somewhere. 
There were thousands of them. ID unknown. All the warblers and flycatchers were 
flycatching voraciously. They were really gulping those insects down. I've 
never seen so many warblers in such a small area at a time. The list, as best 
as I could count and ID, is as follows..all moved so fast so hard to get exact 
count... 

5 Eastern Wood Pewees
4 Acadian Flycatchers
5 Ruby crowned Kinglets
3 Eastern Bluebirds
1 Northern Mockingbird
6 Magnolia Warblers, 1st winter
3 Chestnut-sided Warblers, 1st year
2 Black-throated Blue Warblers, 1st year
6 Pine Warblers
8 Yellow-rumped Warblers
8 Northern Cardinals
1 Carolina Wren
3 Brown-headed Nuthatches
8 Blue Jays
4 Carolina Chickadees
7 Tufted Titmice
3 Mourning Doves
8 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers
2 Pileated Woodpeckers
There were other warbler-types that moved too quickly among all the commotion. 
I stayed rooted to the spot for close to an hour. Some birds were less than 10 
feet from me. This was the first time I've seen this out of control feast so 
close to my eyes and in my own front yard just feet from the house. Loved every 
minute of it! 

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

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Subject: Re: MacGillivray's Warbler - follow-up with photographs - 19 Oct 2014
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:49:25 -0400
Awesome bird, Nathan!  First Georgia report in 2 1/2 years according to
ebird.org.

James Gibson
Clayton Co
On Oct 19, 2014 8:46 PM, "Nathan Farnau"  wrote:

> It was only a matter of time before the first western vagrant showed up in
> Centennial Olympic Park. . . and I've wondered which species it might
> eventually be.  Today, we answered that question with the appearance of a
> MacGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER in the maples of the park's northeast corner.
>
> Photos are imbedded in this checklist:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20281112
>
> It's an immature / female type bird that was very active and elusive.  I
> actually had the bird for a fraction of a second during my lunch hour . . .
> it looked good for an odd Geothlypis, but I didn't get enough to make a
> call.  Patty M, Shannon F. and I scrambled around trying to find it for
> about 45 minutes, without success, before I had to return to work.
>
> Luckily, I relocated the bird in the p.m. and was able to get some fuzzy
> photographs.
>
> For those who go to look for this bird, beware that there are several very
> yellow female COMMON YELLOWTHROATS in the same area.  At least one of these
> has very little interruption in the yellow of its underparts and could be
> confused with it's rarer congener.
>
> Also, there are quite a number of other good October birds for the
> piedmont of Georgia like WILSON'S, NASHVILLE, and CAPE MAY WARBLERS
> currently in the park. . . so enjoy the bonanza.
>
> Nathan Farnau
> Atlanta, GA  (DeKalb County)
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Subject: MacGillivray's Warbler - follow-up with photographs - 19 Oct 2014
From: Nathan Farnau <natwan AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:37:00 -0400
It was only a matter of time before the first western vagrant showed up in 
Centennial Olympic Park. . . and I've wondered which species it might 
eventually be. Today, we answered that question with the appearance of a 
MacGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER in the maples of the park's northeast corner. 


Photos are imbedded in this checklist: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20281112 


It's an immature / female type bird that was very active and elusive. I 
actually had the bird for a fraction of a second during my lunch hour . . . it 
looked good for an odd Geothlypis, but I didn't get enough to make a call. 
Patty M, Shannon F. and I scrambled around trying to find it for about 45 
minutes, without success, before I had to return to work. 


Luckily, I relocated the bird in the p.m. and was able to get some fuzzy 
photographs. 


For those who go to look for this bird, beware that there are several very 
yellow female COMMON YELLOWTHROATS in the same area. At least one of these has 
very little interruption in the yellow of its underparts and could be confused 
with it's rarer congener. 


Also, there are quite a number of other good October birds for the piedmont of 
Georgia like WILSON'S, NASHVILLE, and CAPE MAY WARBLERS currently in the park. 
. . so enjoy the bonanza. 


Nathan Farnau
Atlanta, GA  (DeKalb County)

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Subject: MacGillivray's Warbler - Centennial Olympic Park (Fulton Co.) 19 Oct 2014
From: Nathan Farnau <natwan AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:01:53 -0400
Right now in the northeast corner of the park. I managed some, hopefully, 
diagnostic photos. It's an immature bird showing eye arcs, full gray bib, no 
yellow in throat, and long retrices extending well beyond undertail coverts. 


I'll post photos with my eBird checklist later this evening. The rest of the 
list is pretty remarkable as well. 


Nathan Farnau
Atlanta, GA (DeKalb County)

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Subject: Fwd: [GABO-L] Warblers in Cobb
From: Bob Zaremba <bobzarem AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:17:08 -0400
Just had a Nashville pop in too!
Bob and Deb Zaremba
Marietta

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> From: Bob Zaremba 
> Date: October 19, 2014 at 11:58:16 AM EDT
> To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> Subject: [GABO-L] Warblers in Cobb
> Reply-To: Bob Zaremba 
> 
> This morning we had a female Black-throated Blue and Orange-crowned warbler 
join the flock of 25+ Tennessee Warblers at the grapes and watermelon. Have not 
yet seen the Nashville today. Having a blast separating all the little green 
birds :) 

> Bob and Deb Zaremba
> Marietta 
> 
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Subject: Warblers in Cobb
From: Bob Zaremba <bobzarem AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:58:16 -0400
This morning we had a female Black-throated Blue and Orange-crowned warbler 
join the flock of 25+ Tennessee Warblers at the grapes and watermelon. Have not 
yet seen the Nashville today. Having a blast separating all the little green 
birds :) 

Bob and Deb Zaremba
Marietta 

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Subject: Wilson's and Nashville warblers Centennial Olympic Park; Fulton County
From: Gene Koziara <000000d700b3ad5e-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:44:54 -0700
I had 10 species of warblers including an immature male type Wilson's warbler 
and a stunning Nashville warbler today at a very people busy and very migrant 
busy day at Centennial Olympic Park. Despite my long stay I did not bird the 
entire park and may have missed 2 other warbler species that have been fairly 
consistent lately-Am4rican R4dstart and No4thrn Pa4u1a, bringing my count for 
that location to 12 warbler species in the last few days. 


Also of note was the presence of 3 Summer Tanagers, including adult male, 
female, and first fall male plumages! 


I took quite a few images today and will add images of the 2 banner warbler 
species for the day to that list later. 


ebird list attached:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20268925


Gene Koziara
Kennesaw

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Subject: Nashville warbler
From: Bob Zaremba <bobzarem AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:46:55 -0400
Deb and I had a great morning today watching the yard. It was the return of the 
watermelon wars! After a very quiet few weeks the Tennessee Warblers finally 
started showing up this past week. Had a few the beginning of the week and they 
found the grapes and watermelon. This morning we had over 30 birds on the 
fruit. Later in the day a NASHVILLE Warbler joined the flock. We also had 
Magnolia, yellow-rumpled warbler and Common Yellowthroat. There is one 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird still hanging around. This is the best time in the 
yard! 


Bob and Deb Zaremba
Marietta

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Subject: Sora, Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Clayton County Water Authority--E.L. Huie Ponds, Oct 18, 2014
From: Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:09:45 -0700
 Three Sora. This list does not include many species seen this morning on the 
Atlanta Audubon Society field trip 


Jeff Sewell

Jeff Sewell / Carol Lambert 
Tucker, DeKalb Co., GA 
lambertsewell AT att.net 
  

 

Clayton County Water Authority--E.L. Huie Ponds, Clayton, US-GA
Oct 18, 2014 12:58 PM - 1:23 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.3 mile(s)
Comments: After the field trip this morning, I went back to the big south pond 
hoping to see the Sora seen during the field trip by James Ballance and 
Roseanne Guerra. I didn't see it, but after a few minutes it gave the full 
"whinny" call. With that, two other Sora began calling. Each one was about 
80-90 feet from the other in the grassy area on the Dixon Industrial Blvd. side 
of the pond. 

The one I heard last week was on the north side of this pond. I wonder how many 
are there? 

17 species

Mallard  12
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  5
Great Egret  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1

Sora  3     See Comments above.

American Coot  1
Blue Jay  2
Fish Crow  21
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 20 This is, roughly, doubly the number we saw 
this morning on the AAS field trip. I described them on that report. 

Tree Swallow  6
Carolina Wren  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  3

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20267502 


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Subject: Re: Lincoln's Sparrow - Big Creek Greenway (Forsyth County) 17 October 2014
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:45:40 -0400
I went to Nathan's Lincoln's Sparrow spot at Big Creek Greenway this morning. 
Eventually Mark McShane showed up but no LISP. However there were a few Swamp 
Sparrows that initially caused some excitement but had to leave with only the 
consolation of a NASHVILLE WARBLER in full view for several long minutes!!! 
Mark snapped some scope photos and video. The NASHVILLE was in the same area 
Nathan described in his post from yesterday.  


Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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From: Nathan Farnau
Date:10/17/2014 6:00 PM (GMT-05:00)
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Subject: [GABO-L] Lincoln's Sparrow - Big Creek Greenway (Forsyth County) 17 October 2014
I found this LINCOLN'S SPARROW just north of the Fowler Park access to the Big Creek Greenway in Forsyth County. If you turn right onto the greenway from Fowler Park, in about 1/4 mile you'll see a ramshackle pump station on your right. This equipment sits in an open area of bare sand and mud, but it's margins are weedy - including some overgrown two-tracks used for truck access. I found the sparrow in these weedy margins. It was my first Lincoln's Sparrow at this property; but unfortunately, it did not cooperate for photographs. Also, I found a SEDGE WREN in weeds on the slope behind the baseball field (this is the field visible from the greenway trailhead). Otherwise, there were very few migrants. . . Nathan Farnau Atlanta, GA (DeKalb County) You must be a subscriber to post to GABO-L. Instructions for subscribing (and the guidelines) are found here: http://www.gos.org/gabo.html. Please read the guidelines before posting. Send regular postings to gabo-l AT listserv.uga.edu To search GABO-L archives or manage your subscription, go to http://www.listserv.uga.edu/archives/gabo-l.html To contact a listowner, send message to GABO-L-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU You must be a subscriber to post to GABO-L. Instructions for subscribing (and the guidelines) are found here: http://www.gos.org/gabo.html.  Please read the guidelines before posting. Send regular postings to gabo-l AT listserv.uga.edu To search GABO-L archives or manage your subscription, go to http://www.listserv.uga.edu/archives/gabo-l.html To contact a listowner, send message to GABO-L-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: Atlanta Swift roost
From: Stephen Barlow <stephen.barlow AT CHEMISTRY.GATECH.EDU>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:42:39 -0400
There's always a fair number of Chimney Swifts around my part of Atlanta in the 
warmer months, esp. around the old buildings at Ponce and Highland, but this 
evening saw more than most evenings. I happened to be walking through that 
intersection as they were going to roost at 7:25 pm. Couldn't watch for much as 
had the kids with me and it was well past their (the kids' ) bed time, but 
there were MANY hundreds of swifts in a huge swirling mass, many dropping into 
a chimney immediately to the S of the church on the SE corner of the junction. 

Cheers
Steve 

Stephen Barlow,
Principal Research Scientist,
School of Chemistry and Biochemistry,
Georgia Institute of Technology,
Atlanta GA 30332-0400, USA
phone: 404-385-6053
fax: 404-894-5909
email: stephen.barlow AT chemistry.gatech.edu

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Subject: Lincoln's Sparrow - Big Creek Greenway (Forsyth County) 17 October 2014
From: Nathan Farnau <natwan AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:00:35 -0400
I found this LINCOLN'S SPARROW just north of the Fowler Park access to the Big 
Creek Greenway in Forsyth County. If you turn right onto the greenway from 
Fowler Park, in about 1/4 mile you'll see a ramshackle pump station on your 
right. This equipment sits in an open area of bare sand and mud, but it's 
margins are weedy - including some overgrown two-tracks used for truck access. 
I found the sparrow in these weedy margins. It was my first Lincoln's Sparrow 
at this property; but unfortunately, it did not cooperate for photographs. 


Also, I found a SEDGE WREN in weeds on the slope behind the baseball field 
(this is the field visible from the greenway trailhead). Otherwise, there were 
very few migrants. . . 


Nathan Farnau
Atlanta, GA  (DeKalb County)

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Subject: Ruddy Ducks, Head's Creek Reservoir, Spalding County, 10/11/14
From: Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 05:06:07 -0700
 For the archives: a late report noting the arrival of this species here (and 
the first I have seen for the state so far this fall). The earliest arrival 
date for this species for the state is Sept.1st (Annotated Checklist of Georgia 
Birds, GOS, 2003). 


Two males in non-breeding plumage and an immature bird seen just off the dam.


Jeff Sewell 
Tucker, DeKalb Co., GA 

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Subject: Snowy Egret in DeKalb County
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:36:09 -0400
I took a rather random route today and decided to stop by the wetlands and
ponds along Clifton Springs Rd in DeKalb County, where in addition to a
Great Egret, there was a SNOWY EGRET that I was able to get documentary
photos of. Here's my eBird report with photos - with the location attached
to where I saw the SNEG.

 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20246978 

 

This area is hazardous (traffic-wise) and extreme care is warranted if
approaching the pond from Clifton Springs Rd. Some of you may know about the
trail/path that goes to the edge along N Lanier Parkway but it's difficult
to find. So birding the edge along Clifton Springs Rd might be necessary.
You can park in the first parking lot on Lanier Pkwy to stay out of the way
of the larger trucks coming/going through this area.

 

Am posting because this is an unusual sighting for DeKalb County and our
county birders may have interest.

 

Patty McLean

Tucker GA



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Subject: JIBS Report 10/16 - COHA!
From: Catsflute <000001f13a387ca0-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:10:26 -0400
Exciting day today!! We banded 85 birds of 13 species, including a female 
Hooded Warbler, hatch year male Yellow-throated Warbler, and hatch year male 
Cooper's Hawk!!! So cool to see such a beautiful bird up close and he was quite 
cooperative as we took measurements and banded him. Western Palm numbers were 
boosted again today, with 56 banded. We also had a great team of volunteers and 
wonderful visitors! 

 
 JIBS, Glynn, US-GA
 Oct 16, 2014 7:00 AM
 Protocol: Incidental
 Comments:     Jekyll Island Banding Station
 13 species
 
 Cooper's Hawk  1     banded
 White-eyed Vireo  3     3 recap
 Red-eyed Vireo  1     banded
 Swainson's Thrush  1     banded
 Tennessee Warbler  1     banded
 Common Yellowthroat  10     banded
 Hooded Warbler  1     banded
 American Redstart  4     banded
 Northern Parula  2     banded
 Black-throated Blue Warbler  4     banded
 Palm Warbler (Western)  56     banded
 Yellow-throated Warbler  1     banded
 Painted Bunting  2     banded

Heather Pitman
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Subject: UNDER THE WAVES; OGEECHEE AUDUBON PROGRAM OCT 21ST
From: Beth Roth <bethheron AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:29:24 -0400
UNDER THE WAVES – A Look at Sea Life

featuring underwater photographer George Cathcart

Tuesday, October 21st at 7:00 pm

First Presbyterian Church, 520 E. Washington Ave., Savannah GA



George Cathcart has combined his love of diving with his expertise in 
photography to produce an amazing slide show of the underwater world. Don’t 
miss this chance to explore vicariously these usually hidden seascapes. 


The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Beth 
Roth at bethheron AT bellsouth.net or 912-658-6136. 


________________________________________________________________________



Save the date; DECEMBER 9 TH, HOLIDAY POTLUCK  AT  6:00, PROGRAM  AT  7:00 with 
Charles Belin. Rumor has it that this is the BEST POTLUCK in Savannah! 



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Subject: ORAS Bird Walk Sat. Oct 18 at the State Botanical Garden of GA
From: James Neves <jamesneves AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:19:10 -0400
The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will be hosting a bird walk at the State
Botanical Garden.  We will be meeting in the Day Chapel parking lot.  From
the main entrance just keep bearing left to find the Day Chapel lot. The
walk will begin at 8am.

Our bird walks are open to the public.  We typically run 3-4 hours though
birders may leave at their convenience.  Easy to moderate walking.  Please
dress for the weather, wear practical shoes, bring insect repellent and
snacks/water as desired.

If you have any questions please contact Ed Maioriello at
*fieldtrip AT oconeeriversaudubon.org*  or
706-296-5275.

*For information about the State Botanical Garden click here.*


IMPORTANT NOTE: On occasion, field trips may have to be cancelled (bad
weather, etc.) or important details may change (for example, the original
meeting spot for a site may have to be changed if there is a trail closure
or parking problem). If you plan to attend a birdwalk, ALWAYS check
*www.oconeeriversaudubon.org/events*
 the night before for updates.


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Subject: AAS Field Trips this weekend
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:55:49 -0400
Greetings, Georgia birders!

The Atlanta Audubon Society has 3 field trips scheduled in 3 separate metro
Atlanta areas this Saturday, October 18:

Chris Showalter will lead a walk at 8:00 AM on the Stone Mountain Songbird
Trail (DeKalb County).

Carol Lambert and Jeff Sewell will lead a walk at 8:00 AM at the Newman
Wetlands Center and the Huie Ponds of the CCWA (Clayton County).

Marshal Weber will lead a walk at 8:00 AM at the Island Ford unit of the
CRNRA (Fulton County).

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: Re: (e)Birding biases (long)
From: Marion Dobbs <catbird500 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:34:01 -0400
This is a great post, Eran. Thanks for taking the time to educate those of us 
who are a bit statistically challenged. Excellent information and good points 
made. 



Marion Dobbs
Rome (Floyd Co.) GA
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"The first reaction to truth is hatred."_Tertullian

On Oct 8, 2014, at 8:01 PM, Eran Tomer  wrote:

> Hello all,
> 
> Ken Blankenship's and Joel McNeal's recent posts highlight a noteworthy
> eBird problem that I thought I'd expand upon. Apologies for the long post.
> 
> Like other organisms', birds' geographic distributions consist of nested
> spatial hierarchies of higher- and lower- density areas. That is, the
> occurrence of most species is clumped in space with relatively few places
> of frequent / constant presence (per given species), more places of
> occasional presence and many places of scarce presence or total absence. A
> relatively small number of species occurs frequently at many, widespread
> locations.  This holds at any spatial scale: local site, county, region,
> the whole state, the Southeast or the entire continent.
> 
> Further, most species tend to be numerically common in a few locations and
> uncommon / rare at many. Relatively few species are common in most places
> where they occur. In other words, what's uncommon here is usually uncommon
> in most places (regionally, if not globally), and what's abundant here is
> usually abundant, or at least common, in many other places. And the rarer
> the species is numerically, usually the less geographically widespread it
> is. Or vice versa - geographically restricted species tend to be uncommon
> where they do occur. Exceptions do exist, of course.
> 
> These trends are readily visible in eBird lists. You may notice that most
> species on any given list are rather scarce and represented by less than 10
> individuals. Only a few species, flocking or not, appear in larger numbers
> per list. And such species tend to have high counts at most locations in
> which they are found. You may also note that only the commonest species
> 'swamp out' eBird range maps while most others are distributed far more
> spottily. Many of us are probably familiar with the experience of having
> had a slow day in the field, only to read later about great birds that had
> been seen that day not too far away - another example of clumped geographic
> distribution.
> 
> These trends are also obvious in the Georgia Breeding Bird Atlas, in many
> different ways. For example, compare the 30 species recorded in at least
> 75% of priority blocks to the 103 species recorded in 25% or less. Or, you
> may note that most species that are abundant in Georgia are abundant
> elsewhere in the East / Southeast as well. And those rare in Georgia are -
> generally - rare, uncommon or range-restricted elsewhere too. Again, there
> are exceptions to these trends.
> 
> So how does all of this relate to eBird ?
> 
> Most birding takes place in a relatively small number of well-known
> hotspots. These places are favored exactly because they host uncommon
> species, or a high diversity of species, or both. Unfortunately, as such
> they do not constitute a typical sample of the area's avifauna. They
> represent occurrence clumps, while most places do not. If uncommon species
> occur there on any sort of a basis then obviously, what's normal there is
> not normal in most places, per definition. These sites are the exceptions,
> not the rules.
> 
> A disproportionate number of eBird lists from such locations makes rare /
> uncommon species seem visibly more common than they really are. On top of
> regularly-high birder traffic at hotspots, the appearance of rare species
> draws in additional observers and further inflates the proportion of lists
> on which they appear (rare birds, not birders...). The preferential
> coverage also leaves a vast number of locations without any data, on top of
> other problems. All of this skews and biases Georgia's eBird data
> geographically and ornithologically.
> 
> The easy solution is to submit more eBird lists from more locations, even
> short ones that include only common species. One's regular haunts are ideal
> - yards, lunch spots, children's playground, dog-walking routes, parking
> lot margins etc. E.g.  when I walk to the neighborhood forest park for
> birding, I keep a separate list of birds seen en route. I've also recorded
> pigeons and House Sparrows in downtown Atlanta just to document what I
> found there at a given time.  The absence of 'good' species is a plus
> rather than a minus. If the species most frequently encountered are common
> rather than rare, this ought to be reflected accurately in eBird.
> Submitting such 'boring' lists thus has multiple merits:
> 
> * As the proportion of lists WITHOUT uncommon species increases, the
> proportion showing such species decreases, naturally. In other words, lists
> of common species 'dilute the concentration' of lists with rare species in
> the database. This makes common species appear common and rare species,
> rare.
> 
> * As noted, Georgia's eBird data would become more representative of the
> state's actual birdlife, rather than being biased and skewed by a
> relatively small number of cherry-picked hotspots.
> 
> * While shorter lists of common species may appear unappealing, they
> actually go a long way towards smoothing out biases and statistical kinks
> in eBird metrics. For example, when many common-species lists are
> submitted, correct identifications - which most are - swamp out erroneous
> ones numerically (e.g. Downy vs. Hairy Woodpeckers, Cooper's vs.
> Sharp-shinned Hawks, White-throated vs. White-crowned Sparrows etc). For
> another: 20 Canada Geese on a park  lawn may all be counted, but if they
> fly to a preferred river birding location (e.g. Eufaula NWR, Cochran
> Shoals) perhaps 5 or 10 will be hidden from view and missed. There are
> other examples still and the more locations that are surveyed, the more
> accurate the picture.
> 
> This increased accuracy is due to point-local data counterbalancing each
> other out. The wider the spatial scope, the more representative the sample
> and the more local idiosyncrasies, or quirks, average out and stabilize.
> 
> Example: some places have more pine trees than others, and thus more
> Brown-headed Nuthatches and Pine Warblers. When many places with varying
> numbers of these birds are included in the analysis, an accurate picture
> emerges of their abundance in the area as a whole - say, fairly common. But
> if only one hotspot location is visited, these species may appear to be
> either abundant or very rare, depending on the prevalence of pines in just
> that one place. This may not be representative since hotspots are not
> typical sites (or they wouldn't be considered hotspots).
> 
> You may prove this to yourself on eBird by creating a bar chart for your
> own county and examining it. Then, add all the surrounding counties and
> look at the chart again. The second chart will nearly always reflect your
> own county's birdlife more accurately as more data from more sites are less
> sensitive to local irregularities. Exceptions would occur where adjacent
> counties contain very different habitats or elevations than one's own.
> 
> * Submitting lists regularly for a given location, even shorter ones with
> common species, is effectively monitoring the birds listed. All important
> as many common species are currently declining.
> 
> For example, you might discover that while you still see plenty of
> cardinals around your workplace, you are now counting on average 35% fewer
> individuals than you were 3 years earlier. Or that in 2014 Mourning Doves
> appeared on 20% of your lunch spot eBird lists, while in 2018 that figure
> might be 42%.  And you'd be able to compare your trends to those from
> similar places nearby rather than to those from the unusually-productive,
> diverse and protected hotspot several miles away.
> 
> One last, related note regarding eBird lists. It seems that the "traveling"
> protocol is used by default for most bird walks while the "area" protocol
> is underused. "Traveling" implies transect sampling while "area" indicates
> more complete coverage and hence greater confidence in the data. So for
> sites that can be covered thoroughly, e.g. many 'everyday' urban / suburban
> locations, preserves, parks and smaller lakes / ponds, "area" would be
> ideal. A site's acreage is usually findable on-line or can be estimated
> using Google Earth - or sometimes even visually.
> 
> As eBird continues to grow more reporting sites will surely accumulate. In
> the meantime, the bias in favor of species-rich locations and uncommon
> species is important to keep in mind when interpreting eBird data.
> 
> Best regards,
> 
> - Eran Tomer
>  Atlanta, GA
> 
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Subject: Heads Creek Reservoir 10/13/2014
From: Eric Beohm <000001aed35eb136-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:58:42 -0700
Yesterday before an appointment I made a stop at Heads Creek Reservoir in 
Spalding County (piedmont region). Water levels were a bit low. 


Highlights:


Wood Stork (1)

Mute Swan (3)

American Black Duck (1)

Ruddy Duck (2)

Rough-winged Swallow (2)

Tree Swallow

Great Egret (5)

Least Sandpiper 

Blue-winged Teal


Good Birding!

Eric Beohm
Atlanta, GA

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Subject: Franklin's Gull & Laughing Gulls @ Buford Dam
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:57:26 -0400
Hi, folks, there are one immature Franklin's Gull & at least two immature 
Laughing Gulls off of West Bank Park west of Buford Dam. They were first 
spotted flying around the bay on the Gwinnett Co. side of the lake. The 
Laughing Gulls headed up lake and the Franklin's Gull has disappeared around a 
cove but they are circling the area, occassionally together. 


The only other waterbird is a Double-crested Cormorant. 

Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA.

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Subject: Recent AAS Walk at Cochran Shoals, Cobb County
From: ldtp <ldtp AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:37:18 -0700
Six birders met for an Atlanta Audubon Society walk at Cochran Shoals in Cobb 
County on October 8. The weather was mostly lousy for birding, so we had only 
30-33 species (list below). 


Highlights were 20 Redstarts, including two males with plumage still vivid; 3 
male Common Yellowthroats; 2 Black and White Warblers; 12 Catbirds; 15 Chimney 
Swifts; a Rose-breasted Grosbeak (female or immature), and six Double-crested 
Cormorants. A few of us got a glimpse of a Pileated Woodpecker and a hawk, 
probably a buteo. 


Five assorted turtles; a young Midland Watersnake; a couple of Tiger 
Swallowtails; a Crablike Spiny Orb Weaver (small but with an arresting sci-fi 
look); and a Green Darner, a Common White-tail, and a few other distant 
dragonflies. A little Hearts A-bustin' and late Jewelweed, some goldenrod, and 
lots of pale purple asters, probably Bushy Asters. 


Liz Hornsby
Chamblee/Brookhaven area, DeKalb County, north metro Atlanta

Cochran Shoals, Cobb County
October 8, 2014
8:00 AM - 12:45 PM
Heavily overcast most of the time, with a light sprinkling of rain at one 
point; sunny later. Above-average temps. 

6 observers
30-33 species

Canada Goose  50
Mallard  20
Double-crested Cormorant  6
Great Blue Heron  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1  (heard only)
hawk sp  1  (probably a buteo)
Chimney Swift  15
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  10
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  12
flycatcher sp.  1
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  1  (heard only)
Carolina Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  1  (heard only)
Carolina Wren  10
Eastern Bluebird  1
Gray Catbird  12
Brown Thrasher  3
Pine Warbler  1
Black and White Warbler  2
American Redstart  20
Common Yellowthroat  3
warbler sp.  1
Eastern Towhee  1  (heard only)
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  12
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
House Finch  10
American Goldfinch  8.

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Subject: JIBS More doldrums
From: Evan Pitman <westernpalm AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 19:31:53 -0400
Well It has been a very slow few days, 19 birds today, 22 birds yesterday.
The weather is quite warm and bird activity is low. The joke is often made
about having having more people than birds and today that is certainly true
with 28 visitors yesterday and 33 today, but we love them all. Looks like
some new weather is heading in so maybe conditions will improve shortly.
JIBS, Glynn, US-GA
Oct 13, 2014 7:00 AM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments:     Jekyll Island Banding Station
11 species

White-eyed Vireo  3     recap
Red-eyed Vireo  1     banded
House Wren  1     banded
Gray Catbird  3     banded
Northern Mockingbird  1     banded
Northern Waterthrush  1     banded
Common Yellowthroat  5     banded
American Redstart  3     banded
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1     banded
Palm Warbler (Western)  1     banded
Painted Bunting  2     banded

JIBS, Glynn, US-GA
Oct 11, 2014 7:00 AM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments:     Jekyll Island Banding Station
7 species

Common Ground-Dove  1     banded
Gray Catbird  7     banded
Ovenbird  1     banded
Common Yellowthroat  5     banded
Prairie Warbler  1     banded
Northern Cardinal  1     banded
Painted Bunting  3     banded


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Subject: Ruby-throated hummingbirds
From: Jim Yarbrough <colibri AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 03:28:58 -0500
As of October 12, I am still seeing at least 2 dozen Ruby-throated
hummingbirds during the last 30 minutes of daylight. An accurate count of
RTHU's is almost impossible so I am being very conservative with my numbers.
Yesterday, I saw an adult male in the mix, and he then continued on his way.
I am certain that many of the hummers that I see during the day do likewise,
making only a brief stop to quickly tank-up and then move on. This has been
the best year ever for me with hummingbird numbers and now I am seeing more,
later than ever before. Like all good things, this will come to an end any
day now, probably with the coming cold front and associated bad weather and
wind. I am curious if anyone else in central or south Georgia is seeing
large numbers this late in the season?

Jim Yarbrough
Ashburn


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Subject: Glossy Ibis at Dyar Pasture in Greene County
From: Ben Williams <bmwseal AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 20:38:58 -0400
Hi all,

Last week a friend and I found a Glossy/White-faced Ibis in the swamp area
of Dyar Pasture, but it left with some egrets before we could identify it.
Today the friend went back and found it again. He conclusively identified
it as a Glossy Ibis. He described it as having a dark eye, brown face, and
a white border above bill extending toward the eye.

Ben Williams
Oconee co.


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Subject: Sora at Huie, Clayton Co. 10/11/14
From: Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:38:52 -0700
 Jeff heard a Sora in the grasses along the north edge of the large south pond 
yesterday. They have been found on private property near there since late Sept. 
I had the first Ring-necked Duck of the season (for Huie) last Tues 10/7, which 
was still alone yesterday. 


Jeff Sewell / Carol Lambert 
Tucker, DeKalb Co., GA 
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Subject: Limpkin, inland BT Grackles, etc
From: Stephen Barlow <stephen.barlow AT CHEMISTRY.GATECH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 20:24:59 -0400
At least 1 LIMPKIN continues at Georgia Veterans State Park in Crisp Co. - I 
had great views of it on both sides of the entrance causeway (and of it ) early 
this morning (Oct 11) close to the fee booth. Other birds of mild interest 
there: 

Anhinga, Little Blue Heron, imm Bald Eagle, White-eyed Vireo, Tree Swallow, N 
Rough-winged Swallow, Pine Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Chestnut-sided 
Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Scarlet Tanager 


Later explored a few other places W and SW: 

Pyror Cobb Rd, Sumter Co (quite productive around 1/2 way along): 
5+ Common Ground-Dove, House Wren, Palm Warblers, 2 Blue Grosbeak, Indigo 
Buntings 


Pond on Pyror Rd, Sumter Co, just N of intersection with Pryor Cobb and 
Standard Elevator (I think this is where WF 1b15 were in 2013?): 

m Wood Duck, 2 Blue-winged Teal, many Moorhen, Sora (clambering around in dead 
weed stalks), 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 3 Pectoral Sandpiper, 5 Least Sandpiper, 2 
Wilson's Snipe 


Chokee Rd in Lee Co.: ca. 10 Wild Turkeys 

Leesburg, Lee Co.
American Kestrel, Loggerhead Shrike, numerous Cattle Egrets on Lagg Rd
Moorhen - lots of these but apparently no P Ga11inu13 on the large lily pond on 
Prison Rd. Ad. Bald Eagle nearby. 

Boat-tailed Grackle - 3m1f at the small pond on S side of Prison Rd just W of 
the junction with 19. As expected, of the dark-eyed FL subsp. Also 1 Wilson's 
Snipe here. 


Pond next to the Leesburg Bypass: 1 Snowy Egret, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 1 
Spotted Sandpiper 


River Rd area Mitchell Co. - not very birdy but did have a nice Fox Squirrel 
(in a pecan orchard, but just across the rd from pines) on Pinecliff Rd 


Clear lake and pond more-or-less opposite on Clear Lake Rd in Baker Co.
2 Anhinga, 1 Snowy Egret, many Little Blue Heron, American Coot. Roseate 
Skimmers among the odes and a butterfly that, from my crappy photos, to have 
been a Tropical Checkered Skipper (which looks to be fairly rare inland in GA 
from what I can find) 

Quite a few Common Ground Doves on nearby dirt roads

Pond in NW Baker Co. (WNW of where Iveys Mill is marked on Delorme - hard to 
see into due to trees): 15+ White Ibis 


Pond in Calhoun Co. on W side of Hwy 55 just S of mile 5: 110+ Wood Storks 
(another hard-to-see-well pond). Kestrel nearby. 


Cheers
Steve 

Stephen Barlow,
Principal Research Scientist,
School of Chemistry and Biochemistry,
Georgia Institute of Technology,
Atlanta GA 30332-0400, USA
phone: 404-385-6053
fax: 404-894-5909
email: stephen.barlow AT chemistry.gatech.edu

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Subject: SORA
From: Gayle Rice <gaylerice4 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 23:27:34 -0400
My grandson-in-law works for Cherokee County and was at Knox Elementary
School when he noticed a peculiar bird and took pictures.  I think it's a
Sora.   I posted photos on GOS Facebook. 

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Subject: JIBS 10/10/14
From: Evan Pitman <westernpalm AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 21:57:38 -0400
Another fine day at JIBS. Our guests from the Georgia Ornithological
Society were greeted by a stunning adult male Painted Bunting today! Also
we had our first Yellow (Eastern) Palm Warbler of the year, oddly enough
the vast majority of the Palm Warblers we get are the Western (brown) race,
because their migration routes cross and the Westerns like to follow the
Atlantic coast and the Yellows tend to migrate more inland.
JIBS, Glynn, US-GA
Oct 10, 2014 7:00 AM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments: Jekyll Island Banding Station
10 species

House Wren 1 banded
Gray Catbird 13 banded
Northern Waterthrush 1 banded
Black-and-white Warbler 1 banded
Common Yellowthroat 10 banded
American Redstart 3 banded
Palm Warbler (Yellow) 1 banded
Prairie Warbler 1 banded
Northern Cardinal 3 banded
Painted Bunting 7 banded


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Subject: Piedmont NWR
From: croakie AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:26:38 +0000
For National Wildlife Refuge week I'm going to make my first visit to Piedmont 
NWR. I plan to drive the wildlife drive but does anyone have any other favorite 
locations there? 


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Subject: Bald Eagle nesting at Lake Blue Ridge
From: joe AT BETTERBIRDWATCHING.COM
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 11:16:29 -0700
Not sure how significant this is, but want to share that I talked with
someone recently who lives on Lake Blue Ridge and has had nesting Bald
Eagles near where they live.

Joe LaFleur
Mineral Bluff, Fannin Cty.
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Subject: Warbler week in review, Fannin Cty.
From: joe AT BETTERBIRDWATCHING.COM
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 11:14:11 -0700
So far kinda slow for warblers in the yard area this fall, we'll see
what the coming weeks bring. Here's a report for the last week or so:

Magnolia
Tennessee
redstart
Bay-breased (one on 10-4)
Hooded

Also:

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Swainson's Thrush
Winter Wren
Wood Thrush
Osprey (along Cutcane Rd. at Hemptown Creek)
Blue-headed Vireo, singing

Joe LaFleur
Mineral Bluff, Fannin Cty.
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Subject: Forster's Tern, Great Egret, Swamp Sparrow at Lake Acworth Cobb County
From: Dralle <bwdralle AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 14:02:33 -0400
All three birds were observed from the Cauble Park side of Lake Acworth this 
afternoon. 


Bruce Dralle
Hamilton County TN

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Subject: JIBS Climbing out of the doldrums
From: Evan Pitman <westernpalm AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 13:01:53 -0400
Hurrah! We are climbing out of the doldrums! 44 Birds banded, 4 recaptures
(1 unbanded) of 12 species. While it is well known that the birds migrate
south riding on cold fronts to the north, it seems that there is an also a
pronounced slow down in migrant activity after to cold front pushes all the
birds out.

JIBS, Glynn, US-GA
Oct 9, 2014 7:00 AM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments: Jekyll Island Banding Station
12 species

Eastern Phoebe 1 banded
White-eyed Vireo 4 2 banded 2 recap
Carolina Wren 1 recap
Gray Catbird 9 banded
Northern Mockingbird 2 banded
Northern Waterthrush 5 banded
Common Yellowthroat 8 8 banded 1 recap
Black-throated Blue Warbler 3 banded
Palm Warbler (Western) 8 7banded 1unbanded
Northern Cardinal 2 banded
Indigo Bunting 1 banded
Painted Bunting 4 banded


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Subject: Re: Bonaparte's Gulls in a Tree
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 22:04:27 -0400
Well, our Jim Flynn has convinced me that these two tree perchers are indeed 
 Forster's Terns afterall ... based primarily on the facial pattern and lack 
of black edging along the primaries ... so I'm updating this post and my eBird 
report. Gulls and allies can be such a challenge, especially from afar. 
(Thanks, Jim) 


Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: [GABO-L] Bonaparte's Gulls in a Tree
It's taken me some time to get my video trimmed and loaded onto YouTube so I can share this with you from this past Sunday. I was at Lake Hartwell (while others were looking for a rare owl on Ward Rd) and was captivated by this unfolding event. I initially noticed a single small white blob that appeared to be sitting in a small bare tree at a distance out on the lake. What's this?? It was certainly interesting - so I put my scope on it and noticed that it had a black wash across the eye more like the small mask of a Forster's Tern. But, as it flew and fed, it became obvious that it wasn't a tern but a small gull. Eventually it returned to the tree with a buddy. I was able to talk someone into letting me approach the shoreline from another position so I could get close enough to capture this with my cell phone. Of course, they turned out to be two BONAPARTE'S GULLs, early arrivals and still showing a transitional degree of black across their eyes instead of the black round patch we usually see behind their eyes. Other than a Herring Gull and a Common Loon, these two gulls were the highlights for me that day. Here's my eBird report with a photo and video of the BOGUs. It was a treat for me to see this since I've yet to see one nesting (which they also do in trees). I hope you enjoy it too. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20040205 Patty McLean Tucker GA You must be a subscriber to post to GABO-L. Instructions for subscribing (and the guidelines) are found here: http://www.gos.org/gabo.html. Please read the guidelines before posting. Send regular postings to gabo-l AT listserv.uga.edu To search GABO-L archives or manage your subscription, go to http://www.listserv.uga.edu/archives/gabo-l.html To contact a listowner, send message to GABO-L-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU You must be a subscriber to post to GABO-L. Instructions for subscribing (and the guidelines) are found here: http://www.gos.org/gabo.html.  Please read the guidelines before posting. Send regular postings to gabo-l AT listserv.uga.edu To search GABO-L archives or manage your subscription, go to http://www.listserv.uga.edu/archives/gabo-l.html To contact a listowner, send message to GABO-L-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: (e)Birding biases (long)
From: Eran Tomer <erantomer AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 20:01:07 -0400
Hello all,

Ken Blankenship's and Joel McNeal's recent posts highlight a noteworthy
eBird problem that I thought I'd expand upon. Apologies for the long post.

Like other organisms', birds' geographic distributions consist of nested
spatial hierarchies of higher- and lower- density areas. That is, the
occurrence of most species is clumped in space with relatively few places
of frequent / constant presence (per given species), more places of
occasional presence and many places of scarce presence or total absence. A
relatively small number of species occurs frequently at many, widespread
locations.  This holds at any spatial scale: local site, county, region,
the whole state, the Southeast or the entire continent.

Further, most species tend to be numerically common in a few locations and
uncommon / rare at many. Relatively few species are common in most places
where they occur. In other words, what's uncommon here is usually uncommon
in most places (regionally, if not globally), and what's abundant here is
usually abundant, or at least common, in many other places. And the rarer
the species is numerically, usually the less geographically widespread it
is. Or vice versa - geographically restricted species tend to be uncommon
where they do occur. Exceptions do exist, of course.

These trends are readily visible in eBird lists. You may notice that most
species on any given list are rather scarce and represented by less than 10
individuals. Only a few species, flocking or not, appear in larger numbers
per list. And such species tend to have high counts at most locations in
which they are found. You may also note that only the commonest species
'swamp out' eBird range maps while most others are distributed far more
spottily. Many of us are probably familiar with the experience of having
had a slow day in the field, only to read later about great birds that had
been seen that day not too far away - another example of clumped geographic
distribution.

These trends are also obvious in the Georgia Breeding Bird Atlas, in many
different ways. For example, compare the 30 species recorded in at least
75% of priority blocks to the 103 species recorded in 25% or less. Or, you
may note that most species that are abundant in Georgia are abundant
elsewhere in the East / Southeast as well. And those rare in Georgia are -
generally - rare, uncommon or range-restricted elsewhere too. Again, there
are exceptions to these trends.

So how does all of this relate to eBird ?

Most birding takes place in a relatively small number of well-known
hotspots. These places are favored exactly because they host uncommon
species, or a high diversity of species, or both. Unfortunately, as such
they do not constitute a typical sample of the area's avifauna. They
represent occurrence clumps, while most places do not. If uncommon species
occur there on any sort of a basis then obviously, what's normal there is
not normal in most places, per definition. These sites are the exceptions,
not the rules.

A disproportionate number of eBird lists from such locations makes rare /
uncommon species seem visibly more common than they really are. On top of
regularly-high birder traffic at hotspots, the appearance of rare species
draws in additional observers and further inflates the proportion of lists
on which they appear (rare birds, not birders...). The preferential
coverage also leaves a vast number of locations without any data, on top of
other problems. All of this skews and biases Georgia's eBird data
geographically and ornithologically.

The easy solution is to submit more eBird lists from more locations, even
short ones that include only common species. One's regular haunts are ideal
- yards, lunch spots, children's playground, dog-walking routes, parking
lot margins etc. E.g.  when I walk to the neighborhood forest park for
birding, I keep a separate list of birds seen en route. I've also recorded
pigeons and House Sparrows in downtown Atlanta just to document what I
found there at a given time.  The absence of 'good' species is a plus
rather than a minus. If the species most frequently encountered are common
rather than rare, this ought to be reflected accurately in eBird.
Submitting such 'boring' lists thus has multiple merits:

* As the proportion of lists WITHOUT uncommon species increases, the
proportion showing such species decreases, naturally. In other words, lists
of common species 'dilute the concentration' of lists with rare species in
the database. This makes common species appear common and rare species,
rare.

* As noted, Georgia's eBird data would become more representative of the
state's actual birdlife, rather than being biased and skewed by a
relatively small number of cherry-picked hotspots.

* While shorter lists of common species may appear unappealing, they
actually go a long way towards smoothing out biases and statistical kinks
in eBird metrics. For example, when many common-species lists are
submitted, correct identifications - which most are - swamp out erroneous
ones numerically (e.g. Downy vs. Hairy Woodpeckers, Cooper's vs.
Sharp-shinned Hawks, White-throated vs. White-crowned Sparrows etc). For
another: 20 Canada Geese on a park  lawn may all be counted, but if they
fly to a preferred river birding location (e.g. Eufaula NWR, Cochran
Shoals) perhaps 5 or 10 will be hidden from view and missed. There are
other examples still and the more locations that are surveyed, the more
accurate the picture.

This increased accuracy is due to point-local data counterbalancing each
other out. The wider the spatial scope, the more representative the sample
and the more local idiosyncrasies, or quirks, average out and stabilize.

Example: some places have more pine trees than others, and thus more
Brown-headed Nuthatches and Pine Warblers. When many places with varying
numbers of these birds are included in the analysis, an accurate picture
emerges of their abundance in the area as a whole - say, fairly common. But
if only one hotspot location is visited, these species may appear to be
either abundant or very rare, depending on the prevalence of pines in just
that one place. This may not be representative since hotspots are not
typical sites (or they wouldn't be considered hotspots).

You may prove this to yourself on eBird by creating a bar chart for your
own county and examining it. Then, add all the surrounding counties and
look at the chart again. The second chart will nearly always reflect your
own county's birdlife more accurately as more data from more sites are less
sensitive to local irregularities. Exceptions would occur where adjacent
counties contain very different habitats or elevations than one's own.

* Submitting lists regularly for a given location, even shorter ones with
common species, is effectively monitoring the birds listed. All important
as many common species are currently declining.

For example, you might discover that while you still see plenty of
cardinals around your workplace, you are now counting on average 35% fewer
individuals than you were 3 years earlier. Or that in 2014 Mourning Doves
appeared on 20% of your lunch spot eBird lists, while in 2018 that figure
might be 42%.  And you'd be able to compare your trends to those from
similar places nearby rather than to those from the unusually-productive,
diverse and protected hotspot several miles away.

One last, related note regarding eBird lists. It seems that the "traveling"
protocol is used by default for most bird walks while the "area" protocol
is underused. "Traveling" implies transect sampling while "area" indicates
more complete coverage and hence greater confidence in the data. So for
sites that can be covered thoroughly, e.g. many 'everyday' urban / suburban
locations, preserves, parks and smaller lakes / ponds, "area" would be
ideal. A site's acreage is usually findable on-line or can be estimated
using Google Earth - or sometimes even visually.

As eBird continues to grow more reporting sites will surely accumulate. In
the meantime, the bias in favor of species-rich locations and uncommon
species is important to keep in mind when interpreting eBird data.

Best regards,

- Eran Tomer
  Atlanta, GA


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Subject: AAS Field Trips this week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 13:51:07 -0400
Greetings, Georgia Birders

The Atlanta Audubon Society has several co-sponsored field trips on the
calendar this weekend.

Roseanne Guerra and Mary Alston will lead a walk at Autrey Mill Nature
Preserve and Heritage Center on Saturday, October 11 at 8:00 AM. This walk
is co-sponsored by the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center.

Dave Butler and Jay Davis will lead a walk at Clyde Shepherd Nature
Preserve on Saturday, October 11 at 8:00 AM. This walk is sponsored by
Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve.

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

-- 
Mary Kimberly
Field Trip Director
Atlanta Audubon Society


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Subject: JIBS Oct.7th-8th
From: Evan Pitman <westernpalm AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 13:29:23 -0400
Today and yesterday have been very slow at the station with nearly as many
people as birds. The migrants have dropped off, but we are recapturing some
of the same birds and collecting some good data. Going to compile some of
our recaptures today and see what kind interesting things we can discover.

JIBS, Glynn, US-GA
Oct 7, 2014 7:00 AM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments: Jekyll Island Banding Station
9 species

Eastern Phoebe 1 banded
White-eyed Vireo 4 2 banded 2 Recapture
Carolina Wren 1 banded
Gray Catbird 6 banded
Common Yellowthroat 3 banded
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1 banded
Palm Warbler (Western) 1 banded
Yellow-breasted Chat 1 banded
Painted Bunting 1 banded

JIBS, Glynn, US-GA
Oct 8, 2014 7:00 AM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments: Jekyll Island Banding Station
9 species

Eastern Phoebe 1 banded
White-eyed Vireo 4 3 banded 1 recapture
House Wren 1 banded
Carolina Wren 2 recapture
Gray Catbird 5 banded
Common Yellowthroat 2 1 banded 1 recap
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1 banded
Northern Cardinal 2 banded
Painted Bunting 2 1 banded 1 recap


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Subject: Bonaparte's Gulls in a Tree
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 13:54:32 -0400
It's taken me some time to get my video trimmed and loaded onto YouTube so I
can share this with you from this past Sunday. I was at Lake Hartwell (while
others were looking for a rare owl on Ward Rd) and was captivated by this
unfolding event. I initially noticed a single small white blob that appeared
to be sitting in a small bare tree at a distance out on the lake. What's
this?? It was certainly interesting - so I put my scope on it and noticed
that it had a black wash across the eye more like the small mask of a
Forster's Tern. But, as it flew and fed, it became obvious that it wasn't a
tern but a small gull. Eventually it returned to the tree with a buddy. I
was able to talk someone into letting me approach the shoreline from another
position so I could get close enough to capture this with my cell phone. Of
course, they turned out to be two BONAPARTE'S GULLs, early arrivals and
still showing a transitional degree of black across their eyes instead of
the black round patch we usually see behind their eyes. Other than a Herring
Gull and a Common Loon, these two gulls were the highlights for me that day.
Here's my eBird report with a photo and video of the BOGUs.  It was a treat
for me to see this since I've yet to see one nesting (which they also do in
trees). I hope you enjoy it too.

 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20040205

 

Patty McLean

Tucker GA



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Subject: Re: Noonday Creek Trail 10/7/14 & Wings Over Georgia
From: Katharine Andregg <arkatmar2 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 07:01:22 -0700
I have always appreciated your website, Ken and sorry to hear that it is no 
more. I wish I had known that it cost so much to manage as I would have given 
you the money to maintain it because it was such a great resource. 


Since you are creating a new resource I would like to assist in any way I could 
(including cost if there is any...). I am not a tech wiz but I could do some 
editing and the like if you direct me to the source or send me the material for 
review. I'm retired and most of my time is available to a dedicated project 
with the exceptions of times that I travel or volunteer for other activities. 


Let me know how I can help.

Kathy Andregg
Acworth


On Tuesday, October 7, 2014 5:23 PM, Ken Blankenship 
 wrote: 

 


Hi, GA Birders.

As a number of people already know, the final section of the Noonday Creek 
Trail is now open! As far as I know, it has the only parking lot dedicated to 
the trail only, which is located on the west side of Bells Ferry Rd, 
immediately north of the bridge over the creek itself. I tried to attach a JPEG 
map of the area with some key features. If it works, you'll see the parking lot 
and the trail in black. In green is one of my favorite aspects of this new 
tract: long, brushy corridors through riparian habitat along a feeder creek and 
big open fields interspersed with isolated rows of willows, box elders, alders, 
and other trees. The Cobb County Water Authority keeps these corridors and 
fields mowed on a somewhat regular basis, so access and birding is awesome but 
wear boots or your shoes and pant legs may soak through with morning dew from 
high grass. In brown, running from the parking lot along the creek all the way 
to the Chastain Meadows overpass is a 

 narrow strip of prime sparrow and wren habitat; this "sparrow field" has 
already produced 3 MARSH WRENS and scads of SONG SPARROWS and COMMON 
YELLOWTHROATS, so if a Sedje Ren shows up and the W!nter Rens start coming soon 
enough, there is great potential for a good 'old fashioned Georgia Wren Slam. 
On the other side (west) of the overpass is another great habitat: a massive 
"water control bowl" was constructed here after the floods of 2009, creating a 
network of berms covered with grasses. It also features a nice "Y"-shaped strip 
of thick, brushy riparian habitat where hoards of FIELD SPARROWS, SONG 
SPARROWS, INDIGO BUNTINGS, PALM WARBLERS, COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, HOUSE WRENS, 
HOUSE FINCHES, AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, and other birds have been rolling through 
the weeds of late. 


It's high field trip season, but if anyone has Saturday morning open (10/11) 
I'll be there as usual at 7:45am if you'd like to meet up: just email me 
off-list. 


In other news, I first want to thank the numerous people for their compliments 
and inquiries about my website "wingsoverga." The site is in a "forced" 
transitional state of sorts, but I hope it will rebound in a new form as a 
permanent (static) resource that I hope birders will find useful for years to 
come. It cost me about $175 per year to subscribe to a web design program and 
have the site hosted by GoDaddy (yes, this is too expensive and I also don't 
recommend their software). Sadly, I let my design contract lapse for so long 
that they took down all the content. I was able to save the basic text of just 
about every page, but gone forever are uploaded photos, all the hyper-links to 
maps or street views... pretty much anything that involved HTML (ha!!!). On the 
bright side, Jim Flynn agreed that it would be an appropriate resource to 
incorporate into www.gos.org. This is a big honor for me, but one that will 
take one last overhaul of the content of the 

 birding descriptions: removing directions (doesn't everyone have GPS?), 
updating changed sites, removing the silly roadside stops that change every 
year and sticking to the more major birding areas and routes, etc. For the time 
being, I'm almost done with the popular and fun "Georgia's Next 10 New Birds" 
content and I hope to get it to Jim soon. If anyone is interested in doing some 
volunteer editing/overhauling of content from the website to prepare for its 
next incarnation, please zip me an email. 


Sincerely,
Ken Blankenship
Marietta, GA (Cobb County)


Noonday Creek Trail, Cobb, US-GA
Oct 7, 2014 8:52 AM - 10:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
37 species (+2 other taxa)

Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker  3
Eastern Phoebe  5
Blue Jay  11
crow sp.  8
Carolina Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Brown-headed Nuthatch  2
House Wren  1
Marsh Wren  1
Carolina Wren  11
Eastern Bluebird  8
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  4
Brown Thrasher  7
Northern Mockingbird  3
Tennessee Warbler  8
Common Yellowthroat  6
Hooded Warbler  1
Magnolia Warbler  5
Yellow Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  1
Palm Warbler (Western)  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  2
Eastern Towhee  13
Chipping Sparrow  1
Field Sparrow  15
Song Sparrow  20
Northern Cardinal  18
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  2
Indigo Bunting  10
Common Grackle  1
House Finch  28
American Goldfinch  20

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Subject: Noonday Creek Trail 10/7/14 & Wings Over Georgia
From: Ken Blankenship <kenhblankenship AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 17:23:59 -0400
Hi, GA Birders.

As a number of people already know, the final section of the Noonday Creek 
Trail is now open! As far as I know, it has the only parking lot dedicated to 
the trail only, which is located on the west side of Bells Ferry Rd, 
immediately north of the bridge over the creek itself. I tried to attach a JPEG 
map of the area with some key features. If it works, you'll see the parking lot 
and the trail in black. In green is one of my favorite aspects of this new 
tract: long, brushy corridors through riparian habitat along a feeder creek and 
big open fields interspersed with isolated rows of willows, box elders, alders, 
and other trees. The Cobb County Water Authority keeps these corridors and 
fields mowed on a somewhat regular basis, so access and birding is awesome but 
wear boots or your shoes and pant legs may soak through with morning dew from 
high grass. In brown, running from the parking lot along the creek all the way 
to the Chastain Meadows overpass is a narrow strip of prime sparrow and wren 
habitat; this "sparrow field" has already produced 3 MARSH WRENS and scads of 
SONG SPARROWS and COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, so if a Sedje Ren shows up and the 
W!nter Rens start coming soon enough, there is great potential for a good 'old 
fashioned Georgia Wren Slam. On the other side (west) of the overpass is 
another great habitat: a massive "water control bowl" was constructed here 
after the floods of 2009, creating a network of berms covered with grasses. It 
also features a nice "Y"-shaped strip of thick, brushy riparian habitat where 
hoards of FIELD SPARROWS, SONG SPARROWS, INDIGO BUNTINGS, PALM WARBLERS, COMMON 
YELLOWTHROATS, HOUSE WRENS, HOUSE FINCHES, AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, and other 
birds have been rolling through the weeds of late. 


It's high field trip season, but if anyone has Saturday morning open (10/11) 
I'll be there as usual at 7:45am if you'd like to meet up: just email me 
off-list. 


In other news, I first want to thank the numerous people for their compliments 
and inquiries about my website "wingsoverga." The site is in a "forced" 
transitional state of sorts, but I hope it will rebound in a new form as a 
permanent (static) resource that I hope birders will find useful for years to 
come. It cost me about $175 per year to subscribe to a web design program and 
have the site hosted by GoDaddy (yes, this is too expensive and I also don't 
recommend their software). Sadly, I let my design contract lapse for so long 
that they took down all the content. I was able to save the basic text of just 
about every page, but gone forever are uploaded photos, all the hyper-links to 
maps or street views... pretty much anything that involved HTML (ha!!!). On the 
bright side, Jim Flynn agreed that it would be an appropriate resource to 
incorporate into www.gos.org. This is a big honor for me, but one that will 
take one last overhaul of the content of the birding descriptions: removing 
directions (doesn't everyone have GPS?), updating changed sites, removing the 
silly roadside stops that change every year and sticking to the more major 
birding areas and routes, etc. For the time being, I'm almost done with the 
popular and fun "Georgia's Next 10 New Birds" content and I hope to get it to 
Jim soon. If anyone is interested in doing some volunteer editing/overhauling 
of content from the website to prepare for its next incarnation, please zip me 
an email. 


Sincerely,
Ken Blankenship
Marietta, GA (Cobb County)


Noonday Creek Trail, Cobb, US-GA
Oct 7, 2014 8:52 AM - 10:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
37 species (+2 other taxa)

Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker  3
Eastern Phoebe  5
Blue Jay  11
crow sp.  8
Carolina Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Brown-headed Nuthatch  2
House Wren  1
Marsh Wren  1
Carolina Wren  11
Eastern Bluebird  8
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  4
Brown Thrasher  7
Northern Mockingbird  3
Tennessee Warbler  8
Common Yellowthroat  6
Hooded Warbler  1
Magnolia Warbler  5
Yellow Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  1
Palm Warbler (Western)  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  2
Eastern Towhee  13
Chipping Sparrow  1
Field Sparrow  15
Song Sparrow  20
Northern Cardinal  18
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  2
Indigo Bunting  10
Common Grackle  1
House Finch  28
American Goldfinch  20

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Subject: Good swift chimneys in Savannah area?
From: Alan Harvey <aharvey AT GEORGIASOUTHERN.EDU>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 14:47:27 -0400
Greetings,

I'm a biology professor at Georgia Southern who has taken on sort of a
second career as a documentary film-maker, putting together short
biology-relevant videos. These videos are primarily aimed at our biology
majors, and are shown primarily on a large, high-resolution display in the
main lobby of our new building.

I've been fascinated by the recent "tornadoing" routine of chimney swifts
in our area, and would like to make a video about swifts in general and
this behavior in particular. Unfortunately, I have only found one area in
Statesboro where this occurs, and it is awkwardly located and a small
assemblage (a small chimney!), though still visually impressive. Do you
know of any chimneys in the Savannah area that are being used by swifts? I
suspect the clock is running out on me before they head south for the
winter. However, even if I have to wait another season, it would be
valuable to scope out my locations in advance!

Thanks in advance for any information you can provide.

Sincerely yours,

Alan

-- 
Alan Harvey
Professor of Biology and Curator of the Herbarium

Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA 30460-8042
(912) 478-5784
fax (912) 478-0845
http://www.bio.georgiasouthern.edu/bio-home/harvey/index.html


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Subject: Cattle Egrets, Wash. Co.
From: mocking bird <mockingbird AT GARDENER.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 21:22:07 +0200
Early this afternoon while driving on Tennille-Oconee Rd. about 3 miles from 
Tennille, Ga., I observed about 60 Cattle Egrets in a freshly mown field 
hanging out with some cows. 

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

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Subject: Forster's Tern at Sweetwater Creek S.P.
From: Dassem Ultor <dassemultor AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 13:49:22 -0400
Made a short stop by the park today an saw 1 forster's tern. It was flying when 

I first saw it then it landed on the small wood dock. I walked to about 30 feet 
from 

it. It was still sitting there when I left at 11:30

Thanks
Chris Loudermilk
Cobb Co.

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Subject: Fwd: Terry Moore services
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 10:56:21 -0400
A private burial will be held at the Georgia National Cemetery in
Canton, GA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the
Georgia Ornithological Society (PO Box 122, Culloden, GA. 31016) or
the Atlanta Audubon Society (4055 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30342). A
memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 4:00pm
at Roswell United Methodist Church. A reception will follow in the
parlor.


http://www.northsidechapel.com/obituaries/Terry-Moore-2/#!/Obituary

Steve Holzman
President, GOS
North High Shoals, GA

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Subject: Lark Sparrow
From: candler86 AT GMAIL.COM
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 07:16:50 -0400
" 
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable
Mime-Version: 1.0 (1.0)

Yesterday morning before work I got up to go on my daily morning walk before=
 work. On the fence of my garden which is in a large pasture there was a Lar=
k Sparrow! I ran back to get my camera and relocated it and got some decent p=
hotos. There was also an invasion of house finches. Dozens were hanging out e=
ating the seeds from the dried stalks of my sunflowers. I also  saw a Grassh=
opper Sparrow which I hadn't seen in a couple weeks.

Before evening I went on another walk and could not find the Lark Sparrow bu=
t I did see a confusing sandpiper on the mud flats at the back end of Lake M=
cIntosh. It ended up being a Lesser Yellowlegs but it had bright orange-red l=
egs. It threw me off so I got some photos and later I read that LEYE can som=
etimes have orangier legs. I waited around for it to fly and made sure I saw=
 that the tail was completely white and the wings had virtually no markings.=
 Other shorebirds present were Spotted and some Killdeer.=20

Richard Candler
Coweta Co.
Sharpsburg, Ga=

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Subject: JIBS Day 8
From: Evan Pitman <westernpalm AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 13:14:02 -0400
Today at the Jekyll Island Banding Station we had 74 birds of 17 species.
It is amazing how strong the migration pattern is for the Palm Warblers, we
went from 0 on Friday, 168 on Saturday, 33 on Sunday, and only 1 today. Our
species diversity was quite high and we had our second Philadelphia Vireo
of the season, we usually are lucky just to get one!

 JIBS, Glynn, US-GA
Oct 6, 2014 7:00 AM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments:     Jekyll Island Banding Station
17 species

Eastern Phoebe  1     banded
White-eyed Vireo  11     banded
Philadelphia Vireo  1     banded
House Wren  2     banded
Carolina Wren  1     banded
Swainson's Thrush  1     banded
Gray Catbird  26     banded
Brown Thrasher  1     recap
Ovenbird  1     banded
Northern Waterthrush  2     banded
Common Yellowthroat  14     banded
Magnolia Warbler  1     banded
Black-throated Blue Warbler  3     banded
Palm Warbler (Western)  1     banded
Northern Cardinal  2     banded
Indigo Bunting  3     banded
Painted Bunting  3     banded


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Subject: Poster session at GOS meeting
From: Bob Sargent <kywarbler AT COX.NET>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 17:21:53 -0400
Hi Birders,

Hopefully you've registered for next weekend's GOS meeting on Jekyll Island. If 
you have, you likely know that we are planning the usual poster session on 
Saturday (the 11th) night, from 5:30-6:45 pm, just before the banquet. During 
this session scientists and citizen scientists typically present their research 
on birds and conservation projects. Posters should adhere to the format of 
articles published in The Oriole. Easels and display boards will be available 
for your use. If you plan to present a poster, please contact me by Thursday, 
October 9th at kywarbler AT cox.net 


Bob Sargent
Macon, GA
Bibb County

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Subject: Nashville Warbler - Centennial Olympic Park (Fulton Co.) 6 October 2014
From: Nathan Farnau <natwan AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 14:35:58 -0400
The park is starting to get busy with migrants again, and I was able to find a 
NASHVILLE WARBLER in the maples around the main playground (the other 
playground is currently fenced off for repairs). 


Also, there's an Empidonax flycatcher in the park that looks good for a LEFL. I 
have some photographs and will try to confirm with better looks this afternoon. 


Nathan Farnau
Atlanta, GA  (DeKalb County)

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Subject: Peregrine Falcon Oconee Co.
From: John Mark Simmons <jmbirdingandphoto AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 12:43:55 -0400
First saw it while driving by at the intersection of Union Church and Hog
Mountain Rd flying over the field lined with evergreens. Had to run an
errand but came back 15 minutes later and re-located the bird soaring over
the Briarwood Church. Possibly the same bird found two days ago just a
couple hundred yards away. Its a great day for raptor watching!

John Mark Simmons
Oconee County


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Subject: DeKalb Co yard birds 10/5/14
From: Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 08:57:13 -0700
Yesterday was a good day, in general, but also in our yard...
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds remain (now thru 10/6) in numbers around 10, 
including an adult male, who the very chubby females are constantly harassing. 
I'm not sure that little guy will make it. The hummers are competing heavily 
with yellow-jackets around the feeders, despite nearby saucers of "nectar" that 
the bees are also storming. Having a honeybee observation hive at the Wetlands 
Center, I'm used to working around them in the gardens and the building daily; 
but these yellow-jackets are a different story. Even our insect-snapping dog, 
Buddy, is laying low with these guys. 


Philadelphia Vireo-2
E. Wood Pewee-2
Empid. Flycatcher
E. Phoebe
Gray Catbird
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Pine Warbler
Am. Redstart-3
Magnolia Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler-2
Yellow-throated Warbler
Scarlet Tanager


Jeff Sewell & Carol Lambert 
Tucker, DeKalb Co., GA 
lambertsewell AT att.net 

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Subject: JIBS Day 7 Good
From: Evan Pitman <westernpalm AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 14:28:52 -0400
Another Great Day Banding! 127 birds of 12 species. 2 new species for the
year Swainson's Thrush and .... Worm Eating Warbler! We had some very
pretty birds today with several after hatchyear American Redstarts, Black
Throated Blue Warblers and Common Yellowthroats all quite colorful. We also
took several good pictures of After Hatchyear and Hatchyear Palm Warblers
highlighting their plumage characteristics.

JIBS, Glynn, US-GA
Oct 5, 2014 7:00 AM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments:     Jekyll Island Banding Station
12 species

White-eyed Vireo  2     banded
Swainson's Thrush  2     banded
Gray Catbird  13     banded
Ovenbird  2     banded
Worm-eating Warbler  1     banded
Northern Waterthrush  1     banded
Tennessee Warbler  2     banded
Common Yellowthroat  52     banded
American Redstart  9     banded
Black-throated Blue Warbler  8     banded
Palm Warbler (Western)  33     banded
Painted Bunting  3     banded


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Subject: AAS Noonday Creek Trail walk report
From: Angelia Jenkins <angeliabeth AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 18:57:22 -0400
Hi Birders,
We had a great morning starting out at 39 degrees but the morning warmed up
nicely for 13 attendees.
We were happy to find our first of the season Sapsucker and Waxwings plus
Wood ducks and a few warblers to challenge our eyes.

Next month, I am planning on changing the starting point of the walk to the
newly finished section of the trail. We will meet in the new parking lot
off Bells Ferry Rd and walk until we get to the large retention pond behind
the Towne Center Mall. Not exactly sure the mileage yet but I'm guessing a
couple of miles.
Our eBird checklist can be found at this link.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20036596

Thanks everyone for attending & Cheers to our U.K. visitor!

Angie Jenkins
Atlanta Audubon Society
Cobb County


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Subject: Overlook Park at Morgan Falls, Sandy Springs
From: Steve Holzman <steve.holzman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 11:05:52 -0500
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Cindy Mayer 


> Please post these results to GABO when possible. Thank you. Cindy
> 
> Overlook Park at Morgan Falls, Sandy Springs, GA on Saturday, October 4, 
2014: 

> 13 participants attended the bird walk which began at 8:15am & ended at 
11:15am under clear & sunny skies with brisk wind & 48-53 degrees F. The 
species observed are as follows: 

> Canada Goose - 25
> Mallard - 4
> Black Vulture - 3
> Osprey - 3
> Bald Eagle - 1
> Red-Tailed Hawk - 1
> Mourning Dove - 10
> Chimney Swift - 20
> Kingfisher - 1
> Red-Headed Woodpecker - 3
> Red-Bellied Woodpecker - 5
> Downy Woodpecker - 2
> Pileated Woodpecker - 1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee - 2
> Eastern Phoebe - 2
> White-Eyed Vireo - 1
> Blue Jay - 3
> Crow (species) - 5
> Carolina Chickadee - 4
> Tufted Titmouse - 3
> White-Breasted Nuthatch - 4
> Brown-Headed Nuthatch - 2
> Carolina Wren - 6
> Brown Thrasher - 1
> Hooded Warbler - 1
> American Redstart - 1
> Magnolia Warbler - 1
> Eastern Towhee - 1
> Northern Cardinal - 3
> Rose-Breasted Grosbeak - 4
> Indigo Bunting - 1
> House Finch - 1
> American Goldfinch - 2
> 
> 
> Have a great day!
> Cindy S. Mayer
> 
> 
> "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change 
the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." 

> - Margaret Mead


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Subject: Possible continuing LEOW
From: John Mark Simmons <jmbirdingandphoto AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 11:42:17 -0400
As I pulled onto ward rd from ga 15 At 8:35 this morning I saw a definite 
medium sized owl sp. flying through the woods about 70 yards away. I moved up 
about 40 more yards and the bird crossed the rd in front of me. This all 
happened near the first road with the small gate across it. It seemed more 
slender with a different flight style from our common big owls. Once I look at 
some in flight pictures to compare I should be able to confirm what it was. 
Didn't see or hear any owls after that. Though several mobs of crows and jays 
were calling in the area. 


Also present were a couple gray-cheeked thrushes, many Tennessee warblers, 
baypoll warbler ( looked better for bay- breasted) and some other breeding 
migrants. 


John Mark Simmons 
Oconee co. 

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