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26 Nov More Ross's & Snow Geese: Taff Rd., Bartow Co., 26Nov14 [Joel McNeal ]
26 Nov Sandhill Cranes on the move [ ]
25 Nov Sandhill Cranes [Dassem Ultor ]
25 Nov Lake Thomaston [William McLean ]
24 Nov Snow Geese at Apalachee Rd. Farm pond [John Whigham ]
24 Nov Fwd: [GABO-L] Branta Thoughts and an Educational Process [world oceans ]
23 Nov Winter Hummingbird - Probable Male Rufous [Krista Gridley ]
23 Nov Finally, blackbirds! [William McLean ]
23 Nov Pine Siskins here, Wash. Co. [mocking bird ]
23 Nov Re: Branta Thoughts and an Educational Process [world oceans ]
23 Nov Re: Correction of viewpoint [GABO-L] Surf Scoters in Columbus - 11/23 [Walt Chambers ]
23 Nov Branta Thoughts and an Educational Process [Patty McLean ]
23 Nov Surf Scoters in Columbus - 11/23 [Walt Chambers ]
22 Nov Re: DeKalb County Snow Goose (Update) [Mary Nevil ]
22 Nov Re: Tundra Swan, RB Mergs Richmond County [Lois Stacey ]
22 Nov Atlanta/Oconee Audubon Bird Walk at Hard Labor Creek ["Delestrez, Phil" ]
22 Nov Tundra Swan, RB Mergs Richmond County [Lois Stacey ]
22 Nov Sumter Co Sandhill cranes moving south [Jo Childers ]
22 Nov Lake Hartwell: Large duck numbers, Ross's Goose, Snow Geese, more 11/21/2014 [Eric Beohm ]
21 Nov Re: DeKalb County Snow Goose (Update) [Patty McLean ]
22 Nov Huge Sandhill Crane Movement in West Cobb County today [Vicki Williams ]
21 Nov DeKalb County Snow Goose (Update) [Patty McLean ]
22 Nov Rusty Blkbrds. etc., Wash. Co. [mocking bird ]
21 Nov Sumter County Sandhills cranes [Jo Childers ]
21 Nov Snow Goose (DeKalb County) [Patty McLean ]
21 Nov Sandhill Cranes (Crawford County) []
21 Nov GOS Photo Contest [Stephen Holzman ]
21 Nov Re: ROGO, SNGO (blue phase) Shake Rag Park... Then McGinnis Ferry field ["Chris O'Neal" ]
21 Nov GOS meeting, looking for female roomie [Jess ]
20 Nov Re: 2014/2015 Georgia Christmas Birds Counts [Larry ]
20 Nov 2014/2015 Georgia Christmas Birds Counts ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
20 Nov Ross's Goose Savannah NWR [James Fleullan ]
20 Nov More from the Raingarden Pond - Richmond County [Lois Stacey ]
20 Nov AAS Walk at Murphey Candler Park, DeKalb County -- Ruddy Ducks, Pine Siskins, More [ldtp ]
20 Nov ROGO, SNGO (blue phase) Shake Rag Park... Then McGinnis Ferry field [Pat ]
20 Nov Brewer's Blackbirds Oglethorpe County [John Mark Simmons ]
20 Nov GOS Photo Contest [Steve Holzman ]
20 Nov Purple Finch - Gwinnett County ["Chris O'Neal" ]
19 Nov Canvasbacks, Redheads, Northern Pintails, and more at Lake Allatoona [Rich Hull ]
18 Nov Sweetwater Creek State Park [Teresa Francis ]
19 Nov Sandhills in south Georgia [Jim Yarbrough ]
18 Nov Ross's Goose: Forsyth County [Rebecca Deitsch ]
18 Nov Rocky Mountain Recreation Area, Floyd County [Barbara Bowen ]
18 Nov Sandhill Cranes over Midtown [Andrew Baxter ]
18 Nov Sandhills!! [Jason Ward ]
18 Nov Re: SANDHILL CRANES FLYING THROUGH [ ]
18 Nov Re: SANDHILL CRANES FLYING THROUGH [ ]
18 Nov SANDHILL CRANES FLYING THROUGH [Sandra Eileen Garber ]
18 Nov Yellow rumps on the ice [Linda ]
18 Nov American Pipets [JDC ]
18 Nov AAS Field Trips this week [Mary Kimberly ]
17 Nov Winter Ducks Return to Suwanee, Gwinnett County ["Chris O'Neal" ]
17 Nov Huie, Clayton Co. 11/17/14 [Carol Lambert ]
17 Nov Chattahoochee NF/Songbird Area CBC ["Stokes, Ruth B -FS" ]
17 Nov 115th Marietta Christmas Bird Count, December 14th, 2014, needs volunteers. [Chrishanna Desrosiers ]
16 Nov Snow geese, Ross's goose and ruddy ducks- Bartow Co [Pam Potter ]
16 Nov Ross's Geese and Brewer's Blackbirds: Taff Rd., Bartow Co., 16Nov14 [Joel McNeal ]
16 Nov Bald Eagle over the backyard [Jim Yarbrough ]
16 Nov Athens CBC ["Eugenia R. Thompson" ]
16 Nov Cloudland Canyon SP [Rebecca Deitsch ]
16 Nov Massive flock of berry-eaters at Stone Mountain Park, Dekalb County [Patrick Maurice ]
16 Nov Clarke Co. Northern Pintail 16 Nov [Richard Hall ]
16 Nov Canvasbacks, Black Ducks in Richmond County [Lois Stacey ]
16 Nov Sandhill Cranes over Cobb County [V Williams ]
16 Nov Ross's Geese - Greene County [Steve Holzman ]
16 Nov Ross's Goose: Brandon Farm Rd., Bartow Co. [Joel McNeal ]
15 Nov Lake Lanier, 15 Nov [Stephen Barlow ]
15 Nov Middle GA Lincoln's Sparrows and a Dunlin [Patty McLean ]
15 Nov Rose-breasted Grosbeak at Chattahoochee Nature Center []
15 Nov Lark Sparrow, Savannah area, plus large Tree Swallow flight [joel ludlam ]
15 Nov SANDHILL CRANES AT FIELDS LANDING, PART 2 [Sandra Eileen Garber ]
15 Nov Golden Eagle, Panola Mountain SP [Charlie Muise ]
15 Nov Sandhill cranes [Sandra Eileen Garber ]
14 Nov Hermit thrush [Susan Loeb ]
15 Nov Fernbank Forest: Nov. 15, 2014 [Tom Painting ]
15 Nov Lake Hartwell: Black-legged Kittiwake, Loons, Ducks 11-14-2014 [Eric Beohm ]

Subject: More Ross's & Snow Geese: Taff Rd., Bartow Co., 26Nov14
From: Joel McNeal <joelmcneal AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:39:32 -0500
4 more Ross's (or nearly Ross's) Geese and one juvenile white phase Snow Goose 
feeding on the near side of the Taff Rd. pond in the distance behind the main 
cattle feeding area and shelter. 1 adult and 3 juv. Ross's with the juveniles 
having variable amounts of gray in the eyeline, back of head, and back, but 
none showing nearly as much gray as the much larger juv. Snow. They are pretty 
distant for studying the small details, but they all are similar in shape, bill 
size, and proportions and would count as good Ross's in my opinion. 


The main closer duck pond on the south side of Taff was being actively hunted 
today. Beware Canada Goose decoys, and don't get too attached to anything. 


Good birding,

> Joel McNeal
> Cartersville, Bartow Co., GA
> http://www.pbase.com/joelmcneal/birds

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes on the move
From: nuthatch3 AT aol.com <0000018c7051a5ad-dmarc-request@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:51:49 GMT





    
Looks like they are on the move again through GA. Look east of Lake Altoona. 
Some have already hit 575/75 area. Based on radar, I would have to say a couple 
a thousand are moving.  

Happy Thanksgiving
Stacy ZarpentineIn Norcross today
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Subject: Sandhill Cranes
From: Dassem Ultor <dassemultor AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:47:15 -0500
Just saw around 1000 cranes flying south over Austell ( Cobb Co.)
Thanks
Chris Loudermilk
Cobb Co.

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Subject: Lake Thomaston
From: William McLean <williammclean84 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:47:17 -0600
I know several of you have birded this location lately.  Can anyone tell me
details on where to park/how to bird there?  I've driven by a few times,
but it is fenced in and I couldn't find anywhere good to scope.  Thanks in
advance.


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Subject: Snow Geese at Apalachee Rd. Farm pond
From: John Whigham <johnip86 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:09:54 -0500
Just spotted 6 Snow Geese at the Apalachee Rd. farm pond at 4pm. They are
mixed in with about 100 CAGOs. 2 are adults and the other 4 are immature
with a lot of gray mixed in.

John Whigham
Oconee County, GA
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Subject: Fwd: [GABO-L] Branta Thoughts and an Educational Process
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:43:57 -0500
Hi, And the educational process continues! .........here is my very
non-expert opinion: Not sure! (lol)
I think it is likely you may have at least one Lesser (Branta canadensis
parvipes)  in the bunch, maybe two. I don't see anything that jumps out as
a Cackling, but I could be wrong. There could also be a hybrid in the
photos, which will be virtually impossible to sort out or prove....the
problem is that most of the 'definitive' field marks, such as bill
shape/size and body size, are not 100% consistent in ANY of the races or
species.

I have seen quite a few Lessers and Cacklings in my travels. If anything, I
think, as I said, you likely have at least one Lesser here. That's about as
far as I can go. It is more likely that you'd have Lesser or Cackling in
Georgia than most of the other races/species which tend to be more
restricted in geography than those two, and reported less often in the
East. But then, a big chunk of all the reports on record are probably
wrong, given the fact that even the best 'goose' ornithologists in the
country often disagree! I'm sure these comments leave you more baffled and
perhaps unsatisfied than before, but it was fun trying!

James Gibson
Clayton County

On Sun, Nov 23, 2014 at 10:19 AM, Patty McLean  wrote:

> Hello All. Hope you're staying dry and warm this morning - and hope some
> ducks and geese are settling in your area to enjoy it too.
>
> While making a quick stop at the Colonial Parkway Ponds off Clifton Springs
> Rd in DeKalb County yesterday afternoon with John Snarey, I spotted a few
> interesting variations among the usual flock of Canada Geese. Mixed in with
> the regulars were a few slightly smaller and darker-breasted (more
> chocolate-colored) Branta with thicker and shorter necks, smudgy white
> collars and dark thigh bristles. They were quite fat and round in
> appearance
> from the front (last photo in the series) but overall only slightly smaller
> midsections than the regulars. A few of the above aspects piqued my
> interest
> so I started taking photos with my cell phone. A few shots show the length
> of their primaries and overall difference in head and neck shape/size. But
> a
> few complex features are also evident including the length of the bill (not
> a smaller petite bill as would be expected of a regular CACG but smaller
> nonetheless than the regular CANGs). Unfortunately there were no Mallards
> around to compare their size with.
>
> Not wanting to totally embarrass myself (once again) or miss the
> opportunity
> to share something unusual (or potentially rare) with folks who would like
> to see these 'different' birds, I decided to go through multiple field
> guides and Bird ID books before posting. Each book points out different
> characteristics of the multiple variations in Canada/Cackling Geese, some
> of
> which are even contradictory from book to book. The Richardson's race,
> which
> apparently would be the more likely CACG to show up in the eastern US,
> seems
> to complicate the identification process even more, giving us a slightly
> larger CACG with a short (but not 'very short') bill. And then there's the
> added challenge of identifying the race of CANGs to compare something
> 'different' to, which is itself a whole other process. Then mix in the
> non-migratory race and potential hybrids that we have at this location and
> easiest to just call it a day. But because I generally like a good
> challenge
> that at least offers an education in the process, I decided to take this on
> even though I read somewhere: "The distinctions between the two geese
> [species] have led to confusion and debate among ornithologists."
>
> So, while I realize the near-impossibility of identifying to specific race
> (or species other than CANG), I thought I'd share the photos and my eBird
> list with you and welcome your thoughtful comments. This link is to the
> start of the photos (over a dozen):
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/79121941 AT N08/15673770277/in/photostream
>
> And my eBird report with the location (but if you go, please take note that
> there are 'no parking' signs along this road, primarily due to the semis
> that maneuver through here even on weekends):
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20644012
>
> If nothing else, at least it has been educational for me and should prepare
> me for a future encounter with these multiple variations of Branta.
>
> Patty McLean, Tucker GA
>
>
>
>
>
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Subject: Winter Hummingbird - Probable Male Rufous
From: Krista Gridley <kristagridley AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:44:19 -0800
All,

Our newest yard addition comes with a story. I had just returned from The 
Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Florida. I went with my 
family - a bunch of grown-ups and a 4-year old. Going with a 4-year old means 
you have to come home with a magic wand. Yesterday I was unpacking my suitcase 
and proudly showing off the magic wand. Sally asked what I was going to do with 
it and I replied, "Conjure up birds!" I pointed it at the kitchen window and 
commanded in my most magical voice, "Accio Snow Goose!" That's Harry Potter 
language for calling something to you. We laughed and I put the wand down to go 
make pancakes. Ten minutes later, I looked out the window and saw a hummingbird 
at the feeder! 


Now my dilemma is whether to work on refining my hummingbird summoning spell or 
to just keep asking for geese... 


Photos of our probable hatch year male Rufous Hummingbird can be viewed here 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/94821396 AT N03/sets/72157649026825850/ 


Krista Gridley
Athens, GA
Clarke County      

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Subject: Finally, blackbirds!
From: William McLean <williammclean84 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:38:05 -0600
This rain has really pushed the birds in this weekend! We were very, very
to find a mixed flock of Brewers blackbirds and starlings yesterday
morning, sitting atop the big pecan tree that seems to be everyone's
favorite flock perch. Small flock, 16 total with 5 starlings and the rest
brewers with the nice dark eye.  I had a sympathetic female fly down low
and give me some really great looks.

Shortly after that small flock departed, we had a flock of about 20 RUSTY
BLACKBIRDS come in. They spent most of the day picking over dogwood berries
but weren't around this morning.  I'd never seen these before, I can't
describe how beautiful they were, several had bright rusty colors, it seems
a shame to label them as blackbirds.

Several good sized flocks of Red Winged Blackbirds and C. Grackles stopped
by, joining the throngs of Robins (200) and Waxwings (170) and two large
groups of Sandhills gave nice flyovers in the early afternoon, around 350
in all.

Still no Siskins, but the Gold Finches are becoming numerous and even
landing on the thistle socks. Sparrows seem to be slower this year, we
haven't seen any Songs, but were loading up on Chipping and White -
Throated.

I hope everyone is dry and warm today, or spotting something good if you're
out in this weather.  Happy birding.

William McLean
Upson co.


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Subject: Pine Siskins here, Wash. Co.
From: mocking bird <mockingbird AT GARDENER.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:13:50 +0100
Hello on this rainy day..
The Pine Siskins have finally made it to middle Georgia. A small group of about 
8 are among the 30 plus Goldfinches and 15 or so Purple Finches. I'm confident 
the numbers will grow! 

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

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Subject: Re: Branta Thoughts and an Educational Process
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:45:35 -0500
Hi , This is educational indeed! I will perhaps embarrass myself later with
some comments on the photos, but for now just a couple of quick ones: Those
ponds (and the ones nearby on Clifton Springs Rd) are a dandy and
apparently seldom-birded site where numerous interesting things have been
seen in the past. It is possible to park (if it's not raining!) at the
closest intersection at Pantherville Rd, either at the covenience store or
at Ga. Perimeter College, both only a 5- 10-minute walk from the ponds.

Some races of Canada are identifiable in the field if you have seen a lot
of them (i.e. the.different races) but they certainly can be tough. It does
look like you photgraphed at least two different ones.

James Gibson
Clayton Co.
On Nov 23, 2014 10:21 AM, "Patty McLean"  wrote:
>
> Hello All. Hope you're staying dry and warm this morning - and hope some
> ducks and geese are settling in your area to enjoy it too.
>
> While making a quick stop at the Colonial Parkway Ponds off Clifton
Springs
> Rd in DeKalb County yesterday afternoon with John Snarey, I spotted a few
> interesting variations among the usual flock of Canada Geese. Mixed in
with
> the regulars were a few slightly smaller and darker-breasted (more
> chocolate-colored) Branta with thicker and shorter necks, smudgy white
> collars and dark thigh bristles. They were quite fat and round in
appearance
> from the front (last photo in the series) but overall only slightly
smaller
> midsections than the regulars. A few of the above aspects piqued my
interest
> so I started taking photos with my cell phone. A few shots show the length
> of their primaries and overall difference in head and neck shape/size.
But a
> few complex features are also evident including the length of the bill
(not
> a smaller petite bill as would be expected of a regular CACG but smaller
> nonetheless than the regular CANGs). Unfortunately there were no Mallards
> around to compare their size with.
>
> Not wanting to totally embarrass myself (once again) or miss the
opportunity
> to share something unusual (or potentially rare) with folks who would like
> to see these 'different' birds, I decided to go through multiple field
> guides and Bird ID books before posting. Each book points out different
> characteristics of the multiple variations in Canada/Cackling Geese, some
of
> which are even contradictory from book to book. The Richardson's race,
which
> apparently would be the more likely CACG to show up in the eastern US,
seems
> to complicate the identification process even more, giving us a slightly
> larger CACG with a short (but not 'very short') bill. And then there's the
> added challenge of identifying the race of CANGs to compare something
> 'different' to, which is itself a whole other process. Then mix in the
> non-migratory race and potential hybrids that we have at this location and
> easiest to just call it a day. But because I generally like a good
challenge
> that at least offers an education in the process, I decided to take this
on
> even though I read somewhere: "The distinctions between the two geese
> [species] have led to confusion and debate among ornithologists."
>
> So, while I realize the near-impossibility of identifying to specific race
> (or species other than CANG), I thought I'd share the photos and my eBird
> list with you and welcome your thoughtful comments. This link is to the
> start of the photos (over a dozen):
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/79121941 AT N08/15673770277/in/photostream
>
> And my eBird report with the location (but if you go, please take note
that
> there are 'no parking' signs along this road, primarily due to the semis
> that maneuver through here even on weekends):
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20644012
>
> If nothing else, at least it has been educational for me and should
prepare
> me for a future encounter with these multiple variations of Branta.
>
> Patty McLean, Tucker GA
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
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Subject: Re: Correction of viewpoint [GABO-L] Surf Scoters in Columbus - 11/23
From: Walt Chambers <chambersw AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:30:28 -0500
Ok… I meant Oliver Marina in Columbus, not Florence! I don't think they have 
a scope that can see Columbus from Stewart Co. yet, but I'm savin' up for one! 

Walt ChambersColumbus

Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:22:15 -0500
Subject: RE: [GABO-L] Surf Scoters in Columbus - 11/23
From: johnb_cole AT yahoo.com
To: chambersw AT LIVE.COM; GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU

Great find! You must have one heck of a scope to see a Sorf Scoter on lake 
Oliver from Florence Marina (Ha! Ha!). 


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

-------- Original message --------From: Walt Chambers Date:11/23/2014 10:12 AM 
(GMT-05:00) To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU Subject: [GABO-L] Surf Scoters in 
Columbus - 11/23 

I had 2 imm/fem Surf Scoters at Lake Oliver seen in the rain from Florence 
Marina around 8:30 this morning. Unfortunately, they were swimming north and 
out of sight from the marina's view..but they might stick around. Also seen 
were 36 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 5 REDHEAD, 1 BUFFLEHEAD, and about 10 HORNED 
GREBES. I realize this isn't anything major, but Surf Scoter was one of my 
nemesis Muscogee Co. list birds…so it made my morning (county bird #260).. 


Happy Thanksgiving,Walt ChambersColumbus 		 	   		  

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Subject: Branta Thoughts and an Educational Process
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:19:35 -0500
Hello All. Hope you're staying dry and warm this morning - and hope some
ducks and geese are settling in your area to enjoy it too.

While making a quick stop at the Colonial Parkway Ponds off Clifton Springs
Rd in DeKalb County yesterday afternoon with John Snarey, I spotted a few
interesting variations among the usual flock of Canada Geese. Mixed in with
the regulars were a few slightly smaller and darker-breasted (more
chocolate-colored) Branta with thicker and shorter necks, smudgy white
collars and dark thigh bristles. They were quite fat and round in appearance
from the front (last photo in the series) but overall only slightly smaller
midsections than the regulars. A few of the above aspects piqued my interest
so I started taking photos with my cell phone. A few shots show the length
of their primaries and overall difference in head and neck shape/size. But a
few complex features are also evident including the length of the bill (not
a smaller petite bill as would be expected of a regular CACG but smaller
nonetheless than the regular CANGs). Unfortunately there were no Mallards
around to compare their size with.

Not wanting to totally embarrass myself (once again) or miss the opportunity
to share something unusual (or potentially rare) with folks who would like
to see these 'different' birds, I decided to go through multiple field
guides and Bird ID books before posting. Each book points out different
characteristics of the multiple variations in Canada/Cackling Geese, some of
which are even contradictory from book to book. The Richardson's race, which
apparently would be the more likely CACG to show up in the eastern US, seems
to complicate the identification process even more, giving us a slightly
larger CACG with a short (but not 'very short') bill. And then there's the
added challenge of identifying the race of CANGs to compare something
'different' to, which is itself a whole other process. Then mix in the
non-migratory race and potential hybrids that we have at this location and
easiest to just call it a day. But because I generally like a good challenge
that at least offers an education in the process, I decided to take this on
even though I read somewhere: "The distinctions between the two geese
[species] have led to confusion and debate among ornithologists." 

So, while I realize the near-impossibility of identifying to specific race
(or species other than CANG), I thought I'd share the photos and my eBird
list with you and welcome your thoughtful comments. This link is to the
start of the photos (over a dozen):
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79121941 AT N08/15673770277/in/photostream

And my eBird report with the location (but if you go, please take note that
there are 'no parking' signs along this road, primarily due to the semis
that maneuver through here even on weekends):
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20644012 

If nothing else, at least it has been educational for me and should prepare
me for a future encounter with these multiple variations of Branta. 

Patty McLean, Tucker GA

 

 



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Subject: Surf Scoters in Columbus - 11/23
From: Walt Chambers <chambersw AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:12:24 -0500
I had 2 imm/fem Surf Scoters at Lake Oliver seen in the rain from Florence 
Marina around 8:30 this morning. Unfortunately, they were swimming north and 
out of sight from the marina's view..but they might stick around. Also seen 
were 36 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 5 REDHEAD, 1 BUFFLEHEAD, and about 10 HORNED 
GREBES. I realize this isn't anything major, but Surf Scoter was one of my 
nemesis Muscogee Co. list birds…so it made my morning (county bird #260).. 


Happy Thanksgiving,Walt ChambersColumbus 		 	   		  

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Subject: Re: DeKalb County Snow Goose (Update)
From: Mary Nevil <mbnevil AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:00:56 -0500
The SNGO at Mystery Valley Golf Course was with some Canada Geese in the
pond below the club house this afternoon around 1pm. I was able to park in
the lower parking lot and walk into the woods a bit for a pretty good
view.  No golf ball problem at this site.

Mary Nevil
1114 Greenbriar Circle
Decatur, GA  30033
404 290-9519

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On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 9:06 PM, Patty McLean  wrote:

> As Stephen Barlow pointed out, this SNGO is a juvenile WHITE (not Blue).
> Duh...excitement sometimes gets in the way. So if you go, look for a
> dirty/dingy WHITE goose hanging with the Canadas.
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20627238
> Patty McLean, Tucker GA
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Georgia Birders Online [mailto:GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf
> Of Patty McLean
> Sent: Friday, November 21, 2014 6:41 PM
> To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> Subject: [GABO-L] DeKalb County Snow Goose (Update)
>
> Hi All. This is a follow-up to my previous post about the Blue-phase SNOW
> GOOSE I found today at Mystery Valley Golf Course - my first one ever for
> DeKalb County. The approach road is actually Nell Yates Drive (and not King
> Way Walk - which is parallel to NYD but outside the golf course) and the
> previous coordinates are correct (and included below).
>
> Because this goose is inside a golf course (operated by DeKalb County), I
> want to remind folks who go to follow proper protocol. Golfers have right
> of way and pedestrian access is not permitted. The road is narrow and there
> are only a few places where you can easily pull off and not be on the
> greenways, so please use caution and be your usual charming self. Tomorrow
> should be a lovely day which means many golfers will be on the course, also
> hoping to 'see' a few birdies, and the last thing any of us want is an
> unhappy golfer waving a club (not that this ever happens in real life,
> right?) because a non-golfer went on the course, impacting our future
> access.
>
> Plus it's wise to let you know that today, while I was pulled off near
> some trees, a few errant golf balls went flying by, one missing me by
> inches. The golfer apologized profusely and then helped me find a safer
> location where I could see the goose (which he said is a new arrival).  I
> had first spotted it on the way-back pond from the location tagged on my
> eBird list below.  I notified several active DeKalb County listers and
> within minutes Jeff Sewell showed up.  By then, the SNGO had moved to the
> fairway right in front of us for some great views, but before long it
> disappeared behind one of the berms and wasn't seen again by me before I
> left. However, it's good to note that there's a large pond at the back of
> the course, with nice viewing areas from the parking lot at the Club House.
> So if you don't see it along the road, try the large pond.
>
> Here's my eBird Report with a photo of a somewhat dirty looking Blue Goose:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20627238
>
> GPS Coordinates:
>
> N 33.76101
>
> W084.14206
>
> Patty McLean, Tucker GA
>
>
>
>
>
>
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Subject: Re: Tundra Swan, RB Mergs Richmond County
From: Lois Stacey <croakie AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:23:03 -0500
There are actually two Tundra Swans at Merry Brother's Brickyard Ponds 
in Richmond County, one immature and one adult.  They are in the back 
part of Ditch Pond (maps available at the bait shop/check in).  They 
were best viewed from the road that runs between Ditch Pond and Pollard 
Ponds.  There are also over 100 Redheads over the property as well as a 
number of Canvasbacks.  The 19 Red-breasted Mergansers were scared off 
by a boat but at least one was later found in the Expressway Pond.  Two 
Horned Grebes were in Ditch Pond as well.

For those on Facebook the map can be found here: 

https://www.facebook.com/brickyardpondsaugusta/photos/pb.1395523687343848.-2207520000.1416687493./1395577887338428/?type=3&theater 

and hard copies are available at the bait shop.  There is a $4 fee for 
birders to enter the property (let them know you're birding). The roads 
are in pretty good shape right now.

In addition there was a Bonaparte's Gull and two Herring Gulls around 
with the Ring-billed Gulls.

Ebird list here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20634866

Lois Stacey
North Augusta, SC

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Subject: Atlanta/Oconee Audubon Bird Walk at Hard Labor Creek
From: "Delestrez, Phil" <Phil.Delestrez AT DNR.STATE.GA.US>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:33:46 -0500
Hard Labor Creek SP, Morgan, US-GA
Nov 22, 2014 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
Comments: 12 participants joined me on this bird walk at Hard Labor Creek State 
Park. The temperature was brisk to start out with, about mid 40's. As sun came 
up, the temperature also got warmer. We started at the boat ramp at Lake 
Rutledge, under clear sunny skies. We were treated to some really good birds, 
the bird of the day being the Rusty Blackbirds that were foraging by the side 
of the road. 

22 species

Turkey Vulture  1
Ring-billed Gull  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2     heard two calling back and forth
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  1     feeding on carrion on side of road heading to boat ramp
Carolina Chickadee  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Brown-headed Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
Eastern Bluebird  5
American Robin 100 Big flock in trees across the road from clear-cut near boat 
ramp 

Cedar Waxwing  75
Eastern Towhee  8     All heard in clearcut area
White-throated Sparrow  2
Red-winged Blackbird  30
Rusty Blackbird 8 On road side near clearcut, very close to Red-Wing Blackbird 
flock, but close enough to see the bright yellow eyes and brownish heads. 

American Goldfinch  10

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20635318 


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

Phil Delestrez
Resource Manager
Hard Labor Creek State Park
5 Hard Labor Creek Rd
Rutledge GA 30663
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Subject: Tundra Swan, RB Mergs Richmond County
From: Lois Stacey <croakie AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:41:39 -0500
We had 19 Red-Breasted Mergansers, lots of Redheads, 2 Canvasbacks and a Tundra 
Swan in Ditch Pond at Merry Ponds just now. 


Lois Stacey
North Augusta, SC

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Subject: Sumter Co Sandhill cranes moving south
From: Jo Childers <mainjo1 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:50:27 -0500
They must have spent the night in the Jimmy Carter Plant Materials Center field 
across the lake. 65+ Just passed over. Beautiful to see and hear. 

Jo Childers   Lake Collins Americus Sumter Co



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Subject: Lake Hartwell: Large duck numbers, Ross's Goose, Snow Geese, more 11/21/2014
From: Eric Beohm <000001aed35eb136-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:56:35 +0000
Lots of waterfowl at Lake Hartwell GA Friday afternoon. 18 species of duck. 
I'll try to give details later. 


Good Birding!

Eric Beohm
Atlanta, GA

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Subject: Re: DeKalb County Snow Goose (Update)
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:06:46 -0500
As Stephen Barlow pointed out, this SNGO is a juvenile WHITE (not Blue). 
Duh...excitement sometimes gets in the way. So if you go, look for a 
dirty/dingy WHITE goose hanging with the Canadas. 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20627238
Patty McLean, Tucker GA

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Patty McLean 

Sent: Friday, November 21, 2014 6:41 PM
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: [GABO-L] DeKalb County Snow Goose (Update)

Hi All. This is a follow-up to my previous post about the Blue-phase SNOW GOOSE 
I found today at Mystery Valley Golf Course - my first one ever for DeKalb 
County. The approach road is actually Nell Yates Drive (and not King Way Walk - 
which is parallel to NYD but outside the golf course) and the previous 
coordinates are correct (and included below). 


Because this goose is inside a golf course (operated by DeKalb County), I want 
to remind folks who go to follow proper protocol. Golfers have right of way and 
pedestrian access is not permitted. The road is narrow and there are only a few 
places where you can easily pull off and not be on the greenways, so please use 
caution and be your usual charming self. Tomorrow should be a lovely day which 
means many golfers will be on the course, also hoping to 'see' a few birdies, 
and the last thing any of us want is an unhappy golfer waving a club (not that 
this ever happens in real life, right?) because a non-golfer went on the 
course, impacting our future access. 


Plus it's wise to let you know that today, while I was pulled off near some 
trees, a few errant golf balls went flying by, one missing me by inches. The 
golfer apologized profusely and then helped me find a safer location where I 
could see the goose (which he said is a new arrival). I had first spotted it on 
the way-back pond from the location tagged on my eBird list below. I notified 
several active DeKalb County listers and within minutes Jeff Sewell showed up. 
By then, the SNGO had moved to the fairway right in front of us for some great 
views, but before long it disappeared behind one of the berms and wasn't seen 
again by me before I left. However, it's good to note that there's a large pond 
at the back of the course, with nice viewing areas from the parking lot at the 
Club House. So if you don't see it along the road, try the large pond. 


Here's my eBird Report with a photo of a somewhat dirty looking Blue Goose:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20627238

GPS Coordinates:

N 33.76101

W084.14206

Patty McLean, Tucker GA

 

 



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Subject: Huge Sandhill Crane Movement in West Cobb County today
From: Vicki Williams <000002847ef88933-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 01:23:45 +0000
  Hello..    Finally, finally.....the sandhill cranes decided to migrate 
south through West Cobb County today. I did not keep track of how many except I 
can truthfully say I saw thousands way up in the sky. My friend Elise sent me 
an email saying she started seeing them at 1:15 and she had already seen 
thousands of them by 2:10. Our houses are far enough apart, that she and I were 
not seeing the same ones so that means multiple thousands went through. 

  At least it was warm enough to stand outside, er, lay in my neighbors front 
yard, while trying to take pictures of the cranes kettling overhead. Very 
crappy pictures but they were good enough for the post I wanted to make for the 
Community Garden blog 


 http://greenmeadowscommunitygarden.blogspot.com/2014/11/sandhill-crane-migration-one-of-my.html 

   My first view of the cranes today was when I was at the community garden 
and I was very happy to point them out to someone who had never seen them 
before. Nothing like sharing the joys of watching sandhill cranes with non-bird 
watchers. I really enjoy getting people hooked on them.  

Vicki Williams, Cobb CountyDue West Community/Marietta

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Subject: DeKalb County Snow Goose (Update)
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:41:06 -0500
Hi All. This is a follow-up to my previous post about the Blue-phase SNOW
GOOSE I found today at Mystery Valley Golf Course - my first one ever for
DeKalb County. The approach road is actually Nell Yates Drive (and not King
Way Walk - which is parallel to NYD but outside the golf course) and the
previous coordinates are correct (and included below). 

Because this goose is inside a golf course (operated by DeKalb County), I
want to remind folks who go to follow proper protocol. Golfers have right of
way and pedestrian access is not permitted. The road is narrow and there are
only a few places where you can easily pull off and not be on the greenways,
so please use caution and be your usual charming self. Tomorrow should be a
lovely day which means many golfers will be on the course, also hoping to
'see' a few birdies, and the last thing any of us want is an unhappy golfer
waving a club (not that this ever happens in real life, right?) because a
non-golfer went on the course, impacting our future access.

Plus it's wise to let you know that today, while I was pulled off near some
trees, a few errant golf balls went flying by, one missing me by inches. The
golfer apologized profusely and then helped me find a safer location where I
could see the goose (which he said is a new arrival).  I had first spotted
it on the way-back pond from the location tagged on my eBird list below.  I
notified several active DeKalb County listers and within minutes Jeff Sewell
showed up.  By then, the SNGO had moved to the fairway right in front of us
for some great views, but before long it disappeared behind one of the berms
and wasn't seen again by me before I left. However, it's good to note that
there's a large pond at the back of the course, with nice viewing areas from
the parking lot at the Club House. So if you don't see it along the road,
try the large pond.

Here's my eBird Report with a photo of a somewhat dirty looking Blue Goose:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20627238

GPS Coordinates:

N 33.76101

W084.14206

Patty McLean, Tucker GA

 

 



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Subject: Rusty Blkbrds. etc., Wash. Co.
From: mocking bird <mockingbird AT GARDENER.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:06:24 +0100
I walked outside about 3:30 this afternoon and heard birds calling that sounded 
like Rusty Blackbirds. I searched and found a flock of about 30 Rustys sitting 
high up in trees near the creek. I watched them for a short time and they then 
flew off in a southeasterly direction. A nice sighting for today at home! 

At feeders, winter visitors include approx. 15 Purple Finches, 20 American 
Goldfinches, 20 Chipping Sparrows, and several Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and at 
least 5 Hermit Thrushes (off and on at suet feeders and berry bushes). Waiting 
on those Pine Siskins! 

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

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Subject: Sumter County Sandhills cranes
From: Jo Childers <mainjo1 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:58:22 -0500
About 40-50 just flew over Lake Collins just north of Americus. Heading south 
along US 19 Jo Childers Americus Sumter County 


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Subject: Snow Goose (DeKalb County)
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:28:38 -0500
Hey folks. Just found a Blue-phase SNOW GOOSE on a back pond at Mystery Valley 
Golf Course in DeKalb County. Visible from main road but care is recommended 
due to the skill level of some of the golfers.  


Photos will be included with my eBird report.

Approx location:
6079 King Way Walk, Lithonia
GPS:
N 33.76101
W084.14206

Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes (Crawford County)
From: 000002817888bd31-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:39:08 -0500
Numerous sandhill cranes passing just west of metropolitan Musella at 1135  
hrs.
 
Hal Massie
Musella, Georgia
Crawford County

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Subject: GOS Photo Contest
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:00:03 -0500
Some of you may have already received this, but it doesn't show up on
the digest.sialia.com site so I'm trying again.

The Georgia Ornithological Society announces The GOS 2015 Photo Contest!

The categories this year are:

Birds from my backyard habitat (Georgia)

Birds in winter (any region of the US)

Humorous bird photos (any region of the US)

All photos submitted must be in digital format suitable for an 8 x 10
print and 300 dpi.

Each person may submit up to four (4) photos. Send entries to:
swallowtailem AT gmail.com

Entries must be received at the email address above by midnight
December 18, 2014. Photos will be posted to the GOS Facebook page for
voting through January 3, 2015. The number of Likes will determine the
winner in each of the three categories. The winning photo from each
category will be printed and shown at the GOS Winter Meeting in
Savannah where voting for Best in Show will take place. You must be
present to win Best in Show.

Entrants must be GOS members and will be asked to verify that they
adhered to the ABA rules of ethical behavior in taking photos.
(To join GOS visit: http://www.gos.org/membership/membership.html)
(To view ABA rules of ethical behavior visit:
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North High Shoals, GA

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Subject: Re: ROGO, SNGO (blue phase) Shake Rag Park... Then McGinnis Ferry field
From: "Chris O'Neal" <chrisoneal2718 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:41:57 -0500
Hello wild goose chasers!

Both the Ross's and now the blue phase Snow Goose were still in the
McGinnis Ferry Road fields as of this morning at 9:04. They were in the
same seasonal wet area that Pat Markey described. If you choose to look for
these geese, park at the small parking lot at the boat ramp where this road
meets the Chattahoochee River and walk up McGinnis Ferry Road (on the
sidewalk, not the road itself, obviously!) going away from the river.

For anyone keeping a county list, keep in mind that the field side of
McGinnis Ferry is Forsyth, the opposite side of the road is Fulton, and if
you go back to the river and cross it, that is Gwinnett. Shakerag Park,
where Pat found the geese yesterday, is in Fulton and not that far from
these fields as the goose flies.

Great goose findings! Now somebody needs to find a Cackling Goose!

Chris O'Neal
Gwinnett County

On Thursday, November 20, 2014, Pat  wrote:

> Hi Folks - About 2 hours ago I found a Ross's Goose & a Snow Goose (blue
> phase) in a small pond  AT  Shake Rag Park ( John's Creek). I did get a
> diagnostic phone scope & video scope of the birds but then I committed a
> bad error: I tried to get a little closer (when I didn't really need to)
> and flushed a dozen Mallards... Which resulted in flushing every other duck
> & goose on the pond! All the ducks circled back BUT the ROGO & SNGO
> continued on... Gosh I felt bad about that! Knowing other GABO folks had
> reported these birds in the area over the last week, I back tracked my way
> over to McGinnis Ferry Road and thankfully relocated the two geese... When
> I left the Ross's & the Snow Goose were foraging in the large field just
> north of McGinnis Ferry Rd near a seasonal wet area... Pat Markey, Forsyth
> Co.
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Subject: GOS meeting, looking for female roomie
From: Jess <oceansunfish AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:57:50 -0500
just wondering if any women are planning to go to the GOS meeting solo and
would like to share expenses.  I'm not sure yet if I'm going but it would
help if I could make the trip cheaper (especially in the convincing hubby
department).  Send me a message if you're interested in sharing a room
50/50.  Thanks!

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Cobb county


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Subject: Re: 2014/2015 Georgia Christmas Birds Counts
From: Larry <eelriver05 AT MCHSI.COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:43:56 -0500
Jim, you must not have received my email a couple of weeks ago. The Albany CBC 
is scheduled on 3 Jan. 2015. 


Larry Gridley (CBC Compiler)
Albany, Ga.
Dougherty County

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> On Nov 20, 2014, at 9:09 PM, James F. Flynn Jr.  
wrote: 

> 
> Hi, folks, most of the compilers have announced dates for the upcoming GA
> Christmas Bird Count season. The schedule with compiler contact info is
> available on the GOS web site:
> 
> http://gos.org/cbc/115schedule.html
> 
> Take care,
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Subject: 2014/2015 Georgia Christmas Birds Counts
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:09:50 -0500
Hi, folks, most of the compilers have announced dates for the upcoming GA
Christmas Bird Count season. The schedule with compiler contact info is
available on the GOS web site:

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Subject: Ross's Goose Savannah NWR
From: James Fleullan <jrfleullan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:42:40 -0500
I know this is in SC but it's relevant to Ga birders who want care to chase.

I was able to find a ROGO at about mile marker 3 on the right side of The 
Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive. There was most likely two Ross's Geese if it wasn't 
for a presumed Bobcat. Images below. Also a nice assortment of ducks including 
Canvasbacks, Redheads, American Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallards, Mottled Ducks, 
Lesser Scaup, Shovelers, Ring-necked, and both Teal. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleetphotos/15837489935/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleetphotos/15651839298/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleetphotos/15652416190/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleetphotos/15651449539/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleetphotos/15813857506/

Glad to share.

James Fleullan
Pooler, Ga

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Subject: More from the Raingarden Pond - Richmond County
From: Lois Stacey <croakie AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:39:20 -0500
Nancy James got pictures today of Redheads in the Raingarden pond at 
Phinizy Swamp NP.  There are now at least 7, possibly more by tomorrow, 
species of ducks in this little shallow pond; Mallard, Black Duck, 
Green-winged and Blue-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, Canvasback and 
Redhead.  The pond is located behind the Visitor's Center.

-- 
Lois Stacey
North Augusta, SC

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Subject: AAS Walk at Murphey Candler Park, DeKalb County -- Ruddy Ducks, Pine Siskins, More
From: ldtp <ldtp AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:10:21 -0800
Four birders met for an Atlanta Audubon Society birdwalk on November 19 at 
Murphey Candler Park in DeKalb County. A slow morning, undoubtedly affected by 
the very chilly conditions (20 degrees below average). Only 24-25 species (see 
list below), low for the site. 


Highlights were three Ruddy Ducks, two Pied-billed Grebes, flocks of Cedar 
Waxwings and Pine Siskins, two very bright Pine Warblers, two Ruby-crowned 
Kinglets, and a Red-shouldered Hawk. Some of the Siskins were feeding at the 
edge of the lake --- wonder what was worth standing in slush? 


Liz Hornsby
Chamblee/Brookhaven area, DeKalb County

Murphey Candler Park, DeKalb County
November 19, 2014
8:00 - 11:00 AM
Sunny and clear; very cold (21 degrees at start -- 20 degrees below average).
24-25 species

Mallard  25
Ruddy Duck  3 
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
buteo sp.  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  5
Blue Jay  1  (heard only)
American Crow  20
Carolina Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  8
Brown-headed Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  10  (heard only)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  6
Cedar Waxwing  15
Pine Warbler  2
Eastern Towhee  1  (heard only)
Chipping Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  8
Northern Cardinal  3
House Finch  5
Pine Siskin  10
American Goldfinch  10.

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Subject: ROGO, SNGO (blue phase) Shake Rag Park... Then McGinnis Ferry field
From: Pat <bigsky25 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:44:37 -0500
Hi Folks - About 2 hours ago I found a Ross's Goose & a Snow Goose (blue phase) 
in a small pond  AT  Shake Rag Park ( John's Creek). I did get a diagnostic phone 
scope & video scope of the birds but then I committed a bad error: I tried to 
get a little closer (when I didn't really need to) and flushed a dozen 
Mallards... Which resulted in flushing every other duck & goose on the pond! 
All the ducks circled back BUT the ROGO & SNGO continued on... Gosh I felt bad 
about that! Knowing other GABO folks had reported these birds in the area over 
the last week, I back tracked my way over to McGinnis Ferry Road and thankfully 
relocated the two geese... When I left the Ross's & the Snow Goose were 
foraging in the large field just north of McGinnis Ferry Rd near a seasonal wet 
area... Pat Markey, Forsyth Co. 


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Subject: Brewer's Blackbirds Oglethorpe County
From: John Mark Simmons <jmbirdingandphoto AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:17:11 -0500
Jim Hannah and I birded the private dairy farm in Oglethorpe this morning
and counted 36 Brewer's Blackbirds, back for a second season in a row. They
were accompanied by cowbirds and some RUBL's as well. Pics in checklist.
Happy birding!

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20615341

Other highlights: 56 Species

1-Merlin
1-Bald Eagle
1-Lesser Scaup
2-White-crowned Sparrow
1-Fox Sparrow
60+Pine Siskins
70+American Pipits

John Mark Simmons
Oconee County


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Subject: GOS Photo Contest
From: Steve Holzman <steve.holzman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:06:09 -0500
The Georgia Ornithological Society announces The GOS 2015 Photo Contest!

The categories this year are:

Birds from my backyard habitat (Georgia)

Birds in winter (any region of the US)

Humorous bird photos (any region of the US)

All photos submitted must be in digital format suitable for an 8 x 10
print and 300 dpi.

Each person may submit up to four (4) photos. Send entries to:
swallowtailem AT gmail.com

Entries must be received at the email address above by midnight
December 18, 2014. Photos will be posted to the GOS Facebook page for
voting through January 3, 2015. The number of Likes will determine the
winner in each of the three categories. The winning photo from each
category will be printed and shown at the GOS Winter Meeting in
Savannah where voting for Best in Show will take place. You must be
present to win Best in Show.

Entrants must be GOS members and will be asked to verify that they
adhered to the ABA rules of ethical behavior in taking photos.
(To join GOS visit: http://www.gos.org/membership/membership.html)
(To view ABA rules of ethical behavior visit:
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North High Shoals, GA

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Subject: Purple Finch - Gwinnett County
From: "Chris O'Neal" <chrisoneal2718 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:25:40 -0500
Good morning birders!

This morning when I arrived at work (on Old Peachtree Road just near I-85)
I did my daily survey of what birds were outside my building. The usual
pigeons were sitting there on the distant power lines, watching the world
go by. A MODO was looking down at me, and there was the distinct
high-pitched call of a Cedar Waxwing.

Then I heard in one of the trees the song of what I first thought was a
House Finch, but there was something different about it. Suddenly I thought
"Purple!" It took me a moment to locate it, but then I finally tracked it
down. A new bird for my work list!

My next goal is to get a Pine Siskin at work!

Chris O'Neal
Gwinnett County


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Subject: Canvasbacks, Redheads, Northern Pintails, and more at Lake Allatoona
From: Rich Hull <haharich15 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:44:58 -0500
Hi All, 
 I went birding at Sweetwater Creek DUA at Lake Allatoona this afternoon. I was 
hoping to find the Surf Scoter that James Flynn reported this past Sunday, but 
I couldn't find it. However, I did find several good species for Cherokee 
county including Redheads, Northern Pintails, Lesser Scaups, and Canvasbacks. 

Here is the complete list of species that I saw or heard:   
1. Horned Grebe - 4
2. Pied-billed Grebe - 5
3. Mallard - 3
4. Northern Pintail - 7
5. Hooded Merganser - 4
6. Bufflehead - 13
7. Lesser Scaup - 5 (Associating with the Redheads and Canvasbacks. Could have 
been more, but I could not identify them with certainty due to distance) 

8. Canvasback - 2
9. Redhead - 2
10. Double-crested Cormorant - 6
11. Great Blue Heron - 3
12. Sandhill Crane - 200 estimate. Flyovers in separate flocks
13. Ring-billed Gull - 3
14. Belted Kingfisher - 3
15. American Crow - x
16. Fish Crow - 1
17. Carolina Chickadee - 2
18. American Robin - 1
19. Pine Siskin - 5 

Good Birding, 
Rich Hull
Cherokee Co., GA

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Subject: Sweetwater Creek State Park
From: Teresa Francis <0000027baf9f9bdd-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 22:48:50 +0000
The birding walk was cancelled due to the cold weather.  So, I decided to walk 
on my own.  After hiking the red trail and pausing for a break where the red 
and white trails meet, I saw a lonely hermit thrush.  These are the other 
birds I spotted in the park: 

2 robins3 bluebirds1 red bellied woodpecker20-25 Carolina chickadees15 
mallards20 ring-billed gulls30 lesser scaup20 tufted titmouse10 carolina 
wrens30 pine warblersand a duck with a black head and white under the bill and 
white down it's neck that I was not familiar with 

Teresa

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Subject: Sandhills in south Georgia
From: Jim Yarbrough <colibri AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:25:14 -0500
Today, Nov 18, my son and I heard and saw at least 20 Sandhill Cranes fly
over at about 5pm. I was very surprised to see them so far south after
reading the reports of sightings around the Atlanta area. I thought it would
be another couple of days before seeing any.

Jim Yarbrough
Ashburn GA


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Subject: Ross's Goose: Forsyth County
From: Rebecca Deitsch <rdeitsch AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:50:59 -0500
There had been a ROSS'S GOOSE in some fields along the Chattahoochee River
off of McGinnis Ferry Rd on the Forsyth/Gwinnett County line. 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20597914

https://www.flickr.com/photos/103058792 AT N02/15202129664/


I was driving, in the passenger seat... not actually driving, along the
fields on McGinnis Ferry Rd and there was a Ross's Goose flying right
outside my window parallel to the car about 30 feet away! I managed to get a
few pictures at 35 MPH before it veered away. It flew away for a few minutes
and then circles back so it might not stay long. 

John Deitsch
Gwinnett

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Subject: Rocky Mountain Recreation Area, Floyd County
From: Barbara Bowen <bbowen32 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:49:10 -0500
Hi Birders

I birded Rocky Mountain Recreation Area in Floyd County after work today. The 
highlight for me was to see a flock of Purple Finches near the visitors center. 


20+ Purple Finches (mixed flock of male and female)
25 Chipping Sparrow
4 Dark-eyed Junco
1 Belted Kingfisher
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Pileated Woodpecker
2 Northern Mockingbird
1 Eastern Phoebe
45 Canada Geese (fly-over as the sun was setting)

Good birding!
Barbara Bowen
Cobb County

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes over Midtown
From: Andrew Baxter <a.d.baxter25 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:40:46 -0500
Hello all,

I just observed a small flock of Sandhill Cranes over Loring Heights in Midtown 
Atlanta. There were maybe about 20 birds. 


Good birding,

Andrew Baxter

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Subject: Sandhills!!
From: Jason Ward <0000007673135945-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:33:47 -0800
After reading the GABO posts about the Sandhills I decided to grab my bins and 
look out of my window. I live on the 15th floor in Buckhead so it was only a 
matter of time before I locked in on the large group of Sandhill Cranes flying 
directly towards Stone Mountain!! 


Jason Ward, 
Fulton County

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Subject: Re: SANDHILL CRANES FLYING THROUGH
From: nuthatch3 AT aol.com <0000018c7051a5ad-dmarc-request@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:13:27 GMT





 Look at 400 and 285...they are hitting the northern tip of Dekalb cty. I can 
see them on radar. 

Stacy 
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CRANES FLYING THROUGH 

 They are currently in west Roswell flying over Chattahoochee Nature Center. 
Sandy Springs be on the look out.Stacy Z....Sent from my LG G Vista, an AT&T 4G 
LTE smartphone------ Original message------From: Sandra Eileen GarberDate: Tue, 
Nov 18, 2014 10:50 AMTo: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU;Subject:[GABO-L] SANDHILL 
CRANES FLYING THROUGHAt 10:40 a.m. hundreds of Sandhill Cranes filled the sky 
in multiple V's flying overhead (near I-575 and Marietta Highway) heading south 
southeast, calling continuously. Look out Woodstock and points south! They're 
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Subject: Re: SANDHILL CRANES FLYING THROUGH
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Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:08:18 GMT





 They are currently in west Roswell flying over Chattahoochee Nature Center. 
Sandy Springs be on the look out. 

Stacy Z....
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At 10:40 a.m. hundreds of Sandhill Cranes filled the sky in multiple V's flying 
overhead (near I-575 and Marietta Highway) heading south southeast, calling 
continuously. Look out Woodstock and points south! They're heading your 
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Subject: SANDHILL CRANES FLYING THROUGH
From: Sandra Eileen Garber <sgarber AT GSU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:49:23 +0000
At 10:40 a.m. hundreds of Sandhill Cranes filled the sky in multiple V's flying 
overhead (near I-575 and Marietta Highway) heading south southeast, calling 
continuously. Look out Woodstock and points south! They're heading your way. 



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Subject: Yellow rumps on the ice
From: Linda <ll_finn AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:33:37 -0500
This morning, temp was 28 degrees, yellow rump pecking at things on the frozen 
surface of small lily pond in my front yard in Gainesville. 


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Subject: American Pipets
From: JDC <jdc.birds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:09:14 -0500
On Sunday the 16th, I had a flock of approx 22 American Pipets feeding in a 
deer food plot. 


John Champion
Upson County, Ga- on weekends 



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Subject: AAS Field Trips this week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:50:03 -0500
Greetings, Georgia Birders

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

Liz Hornsby will lead a walk at Murphey Candler Park (DeKalb County) on
Wednesday, November 19 at 8:00 AM.

Phil Delestrez will lead a walk at Hard Labor Creek State Park (Morgan
County) on Saturday, November 22 at 8:30 AM.

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

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


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Subject: Winter Ducks Return to Suwanee, Gwinnett County
From: "Chris O'Neal" <chrisoneal2718 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:48:18 -0500
Greetings duck chasers!

I stopped at Sims Lake Park this afternoon, as the pond at this park is
reliable for American Wigeons, Ring-necked Ducks, and Buffleheads in the
winter. They have returned for yet another winter! I counted 4 Wigeons, 34
Ring-necks, and 5 Buffies. The numbers will likely instead as the days go
by. Curiously, no Canada Geese today, rather unusual at this park.

Duck Duck Bufflehead!

Chris O'Neal
Gwinnett County


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Subject: Huie, Clayton Co. 11/17/14
From: Carol Lambert <carol.lambert AT CCWA.US>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:42:57 +0000
Lunchtime today at the Huie ponds were cold, windy and overcast...duck perfect.
No time to count everything, which is still mostly in the south pond, but 
here's the best of what I found: 


Wood Duck-1
Gadwall-3
Am. Wigeon-1
Am. Black Duck-2
N. Shoveler
N. Pintail-2
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback-2 (new arrival)
Ring-necked Duck
Hooded Merganser-14
Pied-billed Grebe
Dbl-crested Cormorant-6
Great Egret-1
Am. Coot
Loggerhead Shrike-1 (powerline fence)

Also, someone mentioned recently on E-bird that he'd seen or heard a Virginia 
Rail there recently, and mentioned it as "continues or ongoing" There hasn't 
been one there recently to my knowledge, but rather a Sora or two, which I 
haven't heard or seen lately. If anyone else has had VIRA there this fall, 
please remind me; thanks. 


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
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Subject: Chattahoochee NF/Songbird Area CBC
From: "Stokes, Ruth B -FS" <rbstokes AT FS.FED.US>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:35:27 +0000
Hello CBC enthusiasts! Please join us for the Chattahoochee/Songbird Area CBC 
this year on Sunday, December 14, 2014! You know you want to spend a beautiful 
day birding in the mountains...for more information contact me, email or phone 
numbers below. Thanks! 




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Whitfield County, GA

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Subject: 115th Marietta Christmas Bird Count, December 14th, 2014, needs volunteers.
From: Chrishanna Desrosiers <cdesrosiers.cd50 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:11:58 -0500
Hello!

The Marietta CBC would be held on December 14th of this year. We are
looking for leaders to cover an area and participants to go along with
them. Please come out and assist with this annual extravaganza. Where
you're able to be a part of collecting data of the migratory birds and
local birds.

Being a leader is simple... All you're required to do is count on December
14th with your team, tally up how many birds you saw from the start and end
time you counted on that day, calculate how many miles you've driven, and
turn in the results.

Participants are as essential to the group... You handy helpers get to be
designated as a spotter, driver, or recorder by team leader and tally up
how many birds were seen.

The second best activity is the master tally party which allows all teams
to get together, share their results, interesting stories, and eat.

I hope to see you there! Please contact me at cdesrosiers.cd50 AT gmail.com or
404-717-7485 (information below). If we already discussed your attendance,
please disregard this message as it is to recruit volunteers.

Thanks,

-- 
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Paralegal
404-717-7485 (Phone)
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Subject: Snow geese, Ross's goose and ruddy ducks- Bartow Co
From: Pam Potter <ppotter AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 22:50:18 -0500
Pam PotterHi all!  Sorry for this late report.

I took a drive up to Brandon Farm - Taff Rds yesterday afternoon.  

Brandon Farm Rd had an American Kestrel and 3 meadowlarks

On Taff Rd at the pond below the academy I thought found 5 snow geese but 
someone id'd the darkest one as a Ross's from a picture. 


The big pond had:
59 mallards
3 ruddy ducks
2 killdeer
  red-tailed hawk
  great blue heron
I saw water flying & watched flock of starlings or cowbirds on the far side 
taking a communal bath. 



Pam Potter
White
Bartow Co

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Subject: Ross's Geese and Brewer's Blackbirds: Taff Rd., Bartow Co., 16Nov14
From: Joel McNeal <joelmcneal AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:33:45 -0500
After leaving this morning's adult Ross's Goose on Brandon Farm Rd., I
took a gander at 3 Snow Geese (1 adult white phase, 1 adult blue
phase, 1 juvenile blue phase) in the cornstubble on the corner of
Cliff Nelson Rd. and Oak Grove Rd., also in Bartow Co.

An afternoon check for this morning's adult Ross's Goose turned up
empty, but it had apparently undergone binary fission because in its
place on Taff Rd. were two JUVENILE Ross's Geese!  Gunshots up the
hill scared the birds off before I could digiscope them sitting still,
but I managed a couple passable flight shots.  After circling around a
while, they flew way off to the south/southwest.  Sadly, no white
geese at all were present once they left, but I'm trying to keep my
Chen up...

I also experienced a first on the large Taff Rd. pond when I got to
see Rusty Blackbirds and (my first of the fall) Brewers Blackbirds
feeding together side by side.  The habits of these two species rarely
intersect, but I was happy to be there when they did.  Hearing the
call notes of both species at once was driving me nuts until I could
confirm they were both present in the scope- I guess not hearing
Brewer's Blackbirds for over 7 months had me feeling a bit Rusty.  Bad
light and distance made good photography impossible, but I did manage
a short snippet of digiscoped video with both a female Rusty and a
female Brewer's within a few inches of each other.

eBird list with embedded video of this morning's adult Ross's Goose
here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20568846

...and this afternoon's list, with embedded crappy juv. Ross's Goose
photos and super crappy Rusty/Brewer's video here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20572810

Good birding,

Joel McNeal
Cartersville, Bartow Co., GA
http://www.pbase.com/joelmcneal/birds

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Subject: Bald Eagle over the backyard
From: Jim Yarbrough <colibri AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 18:17:25 -0500
Yesterday (Nov. 15) while trying to get a close-up photo of a backyard
female Selasphorus rufus/sasin(Rufous); an adult bald eagle flew over to
offer me something else to try to focus on in a hurry. I am surprised that
no one else in our little town saw it, but with all the Red-tailed hawks and
huge numbers of Turkey vultures, no one even paid any attention to what was
going-on overhead.

Jim Yarbrough
Ashburn, GA


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Subject: Athens CBC
From: "Eugenia R. Thompson" <eroberthom AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 15:06:32 -0500
The Athens CBC will be on Sat., Dec. 20. We'd love to have some
out-of-towners join us so please get in touch with me or Mary Case
(mecaseATugaDOTedu) if you'd like to help out.

 

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Subject: Cloudland Canyon SP
From: Rebecca Deitsch <rdeitsch AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 14:54:00 -0500
Well, I go out of town for a weekend and a L1ttle Gul1 and a Red-thr0ated
L0on shows up twenty minutes from my house! 

 

From November 13-16 I was staying at Cloudland Canyon SP in Dade County. The
birding is always a little slow in the mountains during the winter but with
temperatures in the low 20s, I'm not surprised that I only saw about 15
species.

 

Highlights: 

Red-breasted Nuthatch, at least two heard

Sandhill Cranes, 4 flyovers

Pine Siskins, 100+, many large flocks.

A few Pileated Woodpeckers

and the usual chickadees, kinglets, and wrens.

 

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Gwinnett County 



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Subject: Massive flock of berry-eaters at Stone Mountain Park, Dekalb County
From: Patrick Maurice <patrickmaurice1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 14:18:10 -0500
Hello all, 
This morning my mom, Dan Vickers, and I went to Stone Mountain to do some local 
Dekalb County birding. Highlights at the Songbird Trail of Stone Mountain Park 
included a Fox Sparrow, two Hermit Thrushes, an Orange-crowned Warbler, and a 
Cooper's Hawk. The best bird at the Songbird Trail by far was a Northern 
Harrier that was being mobbed by a crow and flew right overhead. I have bad 
pictures if anyone wants to see them. We also observed a white-tailed deer buck 
chasing a doe around. 


We then went to the dam where there were probably 500 birds or more feeding on 
the Dogwood Trees lining the road. Cedar Waxwings, American Robins, and Eastern 
Bluebirds were feeding on the berries. It made for a nice photo op. because you 
could stay right under the trees while the birds gorged themselves on the 
bright red berries, but the downside was that every time a car blew by the 
birds would scatter. 


There was also a couple small flocks of Common Grackles and Red-winged 
Blackbirds that flew by. Pine Siskins were continuously calling around the dam 
and we finally located them feeding on the leaves at the edge of the spillway 
under the bridge. They were walking around in the water looking for seeds in 
the leaf debris while cars passed by overhead. It was very interesting behavior 
to watch as they foraged for food. Other highlights at the dam were a female 
Belted Kingfisher, and a Red-tailed Hawk. 


Happy winter birding all!
Patrick Maurice 
Dekalb County

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Subject: Clarke Co. Northern Pintail 16 Nov
From: Richard Hall <dr.richard.hall AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 13:25:42 -0500
This lunchtime Mirko Basen found a female NORTHERN PINTAIL associating with
a small group of American Wigeon and Ruddy Ducks from the boat ramp at Lake
Chapman (Sandy Creek Park). Although clearly regular at many spots around
the state, this species has been surprisingly elusive in our well-watched
county.

Richard Hall
Athens GA


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Subject: Canvasbacks, Black Ducks in Richmond County
From: Lois Stacey <croakie AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 12:03:29 -0500
I stopped by Phinizy Swamp NP in Richmond County this morning to look 
for the Canvasback ducks in the Raingarden Pond (behind the visitor 
center).  This is apparently the hopping pond this fall.  There are now 
two Black Ducks as well as two Canvasbacks in this pond along with 
Northern Pintail, Mallard, Blue-winged and Green-winged Teal and coots.  
This is a fairly small pond so the birds are very easy to see and 
photograph.  I'm not exactly sure why the Canvasbacks are in it, the 
pond is shallow and the Canvasbacks are actually dabbling instead of 
diving.  It seems duck numbers in this pond are going up daily.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20570210

Yesterday Augusta-Aiken Audubon had a field trip to Lover's Lane.  The 
highlight were a Brown Creeper along the road, a Marsh Wren at the edge 
of one of the ponds and a Sedge Wren in the grasses at the edge of the 
levee.  We're hoping that they don't mow this area so that the bird 
stays but I don't hold out much hope.

-- 
Lois Stacey
North Augusta, SC


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Subject: Sandhill Cranes over Cobb County
From: V Williams <72064.1017 AT COMPUSERVE.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 11:39:47 -0500




Sandhill Cranes flying low heading South over intersection of Due West and 
Burnt Hickory Rd at 10:30 am. 








Victor Williams
Cobb Co
Due West
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Subject: Ross's Geese - Greene County
From: Steve Holzman <steve.holzman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 10:36:26 -0500
Paul Sykes and Jim Hanna would like to me to relay the message that
they currently have 2 Ross's Geese at the Curtis Sand Pit Lake.  They
are visible (with a scope) from Hwy 15.   Do not venture off the road
right-of-way as this is private property.

Here's a map

http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=33.72182,-83.29939&z=16&t=H&marker0=33.51866%2C-83.16490%2CGreene%20County%5C%2C%20GA&marker1=33.72182%2C-83.29939%2C12.2%20km%20WxSW%20of%20Maxeys%20GA 



Take Hwy 15 east of Watkinsville and drive until you reach Ward Rd.
You will see the lake (pit) off to the right.  If you go over the
Oconee River you have gone too far.

Good luck


-- 
Steve Holzman, North High Shoals, GA

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Subject: Ross's Goose: Brandon Farm Rd., Bartow Co.
From: Joel McNeal <joelmcneal AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 07:13:17 -0500
There is currently a reasonably close, pure-looking Ross's Goose on the near 
shore of the pond closest to the road on Brandon Farm Rd. 

> 
> Joel McNeal
> Cartersville, Bartow Co., GA
> http://www.pbase.com/joelmcneal/birds

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Subject: Lake Lanier, 15 Nov
From: Stephen Barlow <stephen.barlow AT CHEMISTRY.GATECH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 21:20:49 -0500
Visited a few places in the dam area of Lake Lanier this afternoon, Nov 15, in 
an unsuccessful quest to get Jim Flynn's L1ttl3 Gu11 for my GA list. However, 
did get a few mildly interesting species: 


1st was at West Bank Park from 4 pm to 4-45 pm or so: 
Common Loon - prob a couple 
RED-THROATED LOON - flew down from further up the lake, circled a bit and 
landed (or at least disappeared) behind the pine island off the end of the 
point 

Horned Grebe - only 1
Bufflehead - 3m 
REDHEAD - flock of ca. 10 flew in and landed way out (hard to tell in the haze, 
but looked like this from more-or-less uniform gray back and wings) 

Mallard
Canada Goose
Ring-billed Gull 
Bonapartes Gull 
 - quite a few of both, but very distant. One bird seen flying in distance 
looked promising for L1ttl3 in terms of build and flight, but was too much in 
the haze to see any specific markings and too far away from other birds for a 
size comparison). Gulls on water moved progressively further to the SE-ish, and 
eventually all gulls disappeared off behind a point. Hence subsequently checked 
Lanier Park to see if they were hiding / roosting there - they weren't. 

Golden-crowned Kinglet

boom by dam:
Double-crested Cormorant - 1

Lanier Park (closed for winter, but accessible from adjacent East Bank):
Pied-billed Grebe - 1
Horned Grebe - 3
Common Loon - 4
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER - 2 redheads quite close off the point at the end of the 
park 

Canada Goose 
Belted Kingfisher - 1
Song Sparrow  - 1

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: Middle GA Lincoln's Sparrows and a Dunlin
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 20:59:30 -0500
Kathy Miller and I went birding in the Marshallville area today and were 
surprised to find two LINCOLN'S SPARROWs (side by side) in a sparrow field off 
Doles Rd (in Peach County). As we were about to get in the car, they caught my 
attention with their distinct call note and I went back to find them. One 
appeared to be a juvenile but I was unable to get a photo before they both 
disappeared into the thick cover.  


After a long stop at the Super Sod Farm west of M'ville, where dozens of 
AMERICAN PIPITs have arrived, we eventually made it to Juice Plant Rd (Macon 
County) and checked the back pond where we found 5 WILSON'S SNIPE, 2 GREATER 
YELLOWLEGS and one DUNLIN. There were dozens of Chipping and Field Sparrows 
along the side road leading toward the pond, where I also heard the harsh call 
of a SEDGE WREN.  


The field east of Super Sod has been completely stripped of vegetation 
(including the pine trees along Fenton Rd, much to the confusion of a sweet 
little Pine Warbler that seemed totally disoriented). Glad this happened 
outside the breeding season - but this change gave us great views of the fields 
that are hosting the Pipits and Horned Lark. 


Harriers, Kestrels and Shrikes were present at various locations along the 
roadways in both Peach and Macon Counties. In fact, our adventure gave these 
two counties some additional eBirds for the month of November.  


We also ran into Larry Gridley and Bruce Horn at Super Sod. All in all - and in 
spite of the cold windy weather - it was a great day. 


Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: Rose-breasted Grosbeak at Chattahoochee Nature Center
From: 0000018c7051a5ad-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 20:47:43 -0500
I was surprised to find a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak feeding on  privet 
berries this afternoon at CNC. I watched her for 10 minutes or so before  
she took off to the power cut. We also had 11 Sandhill Cranes, 1 Bald Eagle  
(immie), 95 Turkey Vultures, 3 Red-tailed Hawks, 1 Osprey and 1 Coopers Hawk  
today. We have many Yellow-rumped Warblers too....to many to count! They 
are  every where! 
 
 Have a great weekend!
 
 Stacy Zarpentine
 Roswell  GA
 North Fulton Cty
 USA

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Subject: Lark Sparrow, Savannah area, plus large Tree Swallow flight
From: joel ludlam <joel AT JOELINMOTION.COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 18:19:45 -0500
Hi everyone,

While walking a drainage ditch behind my office building just north of the
Savannah Airport on Friday, a Lark Sparrow flushed from some short weeds
into a small pine. It looked to be a drab first winter individual (so
called by Sibley). eBird report with photos below:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20560968

Also, I thought I'd share a video from earlier in the week when a group of
several thousand Tree Swallows set upon the ornamental bushes along the
road at the same location. Similar numbers were present in January
exhibiting the same swarming behavior. Please forgive my awful
cinematography, but I feel the video is worth it if only for the moment at
1:40 where the group takes off from the bushes at once, and you can see the
branches spring up. At an average of .7 oz per swallow, it's amazing how
much weight the bushes were under!

http://youtu.be/oaOg3Hwdvm8

Happy fall, y'all!

-- 
joel ludlam

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Subject: SANDHILL CRANES AT FIELDS LANDING, PART 2
From: Sandra Eileen Garber <sgarber AT GSU.EDU>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 23:09:53 +0000
Hurray! As I reported in my last e-mail, the first group of Sandhill Cranes has 
checked in for the night on the sandbar out from Fields Landing Park on Lake 
Allatoona at 4:40 pm today. There were at least 130 individuals. They took no 
time coming down, landing, and starting to feed. 



If you would like to see them tomorrow morning, the park (

http://www.crpa.net/parks_and_facilities_details.php?id=121) is open at 6 am. 
My experience has been that they leave sometime between dawn and 11 am, 
depending on temperature and other weather conditions. If there is a moon, 
sometimes they will fly before dawn. 



As mentioned before, from now on I will post all sightings at Fields Landing on 
eBird and only especially large numbers on GABO. 



Also seen were 11 Canada Goose, 1 Great Blue Heron, and a murmuration of 
Starlings. 



Sandra Garber

Canton, GA

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Subject: Golden Eagle, Panola Mountain SP
From: Charlie Muise <charliemuise AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 17:17:06 -0500
Hi folks,

Today while we were banding, Sue Aughey found a bird that seemed very
interesting to her.  She tried to get all of us on it, but we were...
lethargic.  A little while later, she was excitedly trying to get us on it
again.  It fortunately was soaring high enough for long enough that we
finally got on it.  Eventually, the rest of us came to the same conclusion
she'd already come to, but was too nervous to say: GOLDEN EAGLE!

It was a real beauty, soaring for a long time and hardly flapping, showing
us every angle.  A big, flat-winged bird with a wide, fan-shaped tail that
was unmistakably white and sporting a conspicuous black terminal band.  The
overall dark body and wings were accentuated by whitish carpal marks that
were mostly visible from below, and a lighter-colored head.  Numerous
observers watched this guy for perhaps as much as 10 minutes.  Sadly, none
of us had an adequate camera.

Nice find, Sue!

The runner-up for best bird of the day was a Fox Sparrow that we banded.

Other raptors included American Kestrel, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk,
Red-shouldered Hawk, at least 2 Northern Harriers (4 observations) and
Great-horned Owl.

Cheers,
Charlie Muise
Lamar County, GA


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Subject: Sandhill cranes
From: Sandra Eileen Garber <sgarber AT GSU.EDU>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 21:46:13 +0000
The FOTS Sandhill Cranes have landed at Fields Landing Park.
Sandra Garber
Lake Allatoona
Canton, GA
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Subject: Hermit thrush
From: Susan Loeb <shloeb AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 19:47:29 -0500
My hermit thrush showed up at the suet feeder for the first time today!
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Subject: Fernbank Forest: Nov. 15, 2014
From: Tom Painting <tpainting51 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 11:16:58 -0500
   - This morning,members of the Paideia School bird joined members of the
   Atlanta Audubon Society for a bird walk through Fernbank Forest. The final
   tally was 21 species, with the highlight being a winter wren.
   -
   -
   - Red-tailed hawk
   - Red-shouldered hawk
   - Turkey vulture
   - Mourning dove
   - Red-bellied woodpecker
   - Red-headed woodpecker
   - Doeney woodpecker
   - Eastern phoebe
   - Blue jay
   - Carolina chickadee
   - Tufted titmouse
   - White-breasted nuthatch
   - Carolina wren
   - Winter wren
   - Ruby-crowned kinglet
   - Northern mockingbird
   - Eastern bluebird
   - Cedar waxwing
   - Red-winged blackbird
   - Common grackle
   - Northern cardinal
   -


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Subject: Lake Hartwell: Black-legged Kittiwake, Loons, Ducks 11-14-2014
From: Eric Beohm <000001aed35eb136-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 15:01:48 +0000
I made a Friday afternoon check of Lake Hartwell, GA. I hit a field west of the 
lake and then Long Point and the dam. Heat shimmer covered most of the lake 
causing many birds to be unidentifiable, however, with patience a few goodies 
revealed themselves. 


Highlights:

Black-legged Kittiwake (2, one juvenile and one adult. Interestingly, the last 
two years I have found one here around this time.) 


Red-throated Loon (2, one juvenile and one adult. I did not note the P AT cific 
Loon that I reported last time. However, most loons were too far out and on the 
SC side this time.) 


Black Scoter (1 imm male/female.  Could be the same bird I reported last time.)

Duck species (hundreds. Most too far out to identify, but did note Gadwall, 
American Wigeon, Shoveler, Scaup, Green-winged Teal, Bufflehead) 


American Black Duck (4)

Forster's Tern (6), Horned Grebes, Common Loons, Bonaparte's Gulls.

White-crowned Sparrow (many)

Vesper Sparrow

Horned Lark

I didn't see the RN Grebe that I had the other day, but the heat shimmer/lake 
haze could have easily concealed it. The same goes with the P AT cific Loon. 


The kittiwakes were seen away from the other gulls. The closest land point 
would probably be Elrod Ferry but out on the water a ways. The juvenile got my 
attention in flight, and while I followed it, I saw an apparent adult near it. 
The adult was hard to see. It had an earmark smudge and a gray not black 
collar. The mantle was gray, the bill appeared yellow,and it had small black 
tips on the primaries in flight. Similar in size, structure, and habits to the 
juvenile which could be tracked much more easily due to its contrasting 
markings: striking black M pattern on the back, black collar, legs, and ear 
spot. It was hard to see while resting on the water unless it was turned just 
right. It flew out onto a distant buoy at one point. 


Good Birding!

Eric Beohm
Atlanta, GA

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