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Golden Eagle,©Julie Zickefoose

2 Aug AAS Bird Walk @ Noonday Creek / Cobb Co [Angelia Jenkins ]
2 Aug Sharpie in Clayton County [world oceans ]
1 Aug Nighthawks in Cobb [Drew Whitelegg ]
1 Aug Limpkin continues [Toni Bowen ]
31 Jul THANK YOU...GABO Hotline [bethheron ]
31 Jul Limpkin and Other Middle Georgia Birds [Patty McLean ]
31 Jul Nighthawk in Clayton County []
30 Jul ANHINGA at Big Haynes Creek in Rockdale County [William Pixler ]
30 Jul Swallow-tailed Kites in piedmont, Snow Goose, other stuff [Eric Beohm ]
29 Jul Peregrine Falcon in DeKalb County along South River [Patty McLean ]
29 Jul Kites in Burke County [Cox Family ]
29 Jul Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert July 28, 2015 [Stephen Holzman ]
28 Jul YCNH, ROSP [Victor Carpenter ]
28 Jul Cerulean Warblers [Theresa Hartz ]
28 Jul Mixed Kite Flock - Doc Hardigree Road, Oconee County - 7/28/2015 - Update and Precaution! [Mark McShane ]
28 Jul AAS Field Trips this week [Mary Kimberly ]
27 Jul BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKs in e. Okefenokee Swamp [SHEILA WILLIS ]
27 Jul Limpkin and White-faced Ibis today in Sumter County, Ga. []
27 Jul White-faced Ibis Location (Sumter County) [Patty McLean ]
27 Jul Re: White-faced Ibis Photo [Stephen Holzman ]
27 Jul Re: White-faced Ibis Photo [Katharine Andregg ]
27 Jul White-faced Ibis Photo [Patty McLean ]
27 Jul White-faced Ibis at Pryor Rd Pond [Patty McLean ]
27 Jul Re: Limpkin Returns [Patty McLean ]
27 Jul Limpkin Returns [Patty McLean ]
27 Jul Mixed Kite Flock - Doc Hardigree Road, Oconee County - 7/26/2015 [Mark McShane ]
26 Jul Pectoral Sandpiper - Willeo Rd (Fulton County) 26 July 2015 [Nathan Farnau ]
26 Jul Re: Upland Sandipers at Marshallville Super Sod Farm [Joy ]
26 Jul Whimbrel on St. Simons [Ed Maioriello ]
26 Jul Swallow-tailed Kites - Hwy 15, Oconee County and Dyar Pasture, Greene County - 7/25/2015 [Mark McShane ]
26 Jul Fwd: I have shared 'Voice 023.m4a' with you on Box [Daisy Deems ]
25 Jul White Ibis, Roswell ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
25 Jul Upland Sandipers at Marshallville Super Sod Farm []
25 Jul A Long Way... To the Georgia Coast - Video Post! [Mark McShane ]
24 Jul Fw: HUMMINGBIRD QUESTION - responses [Sandra Eileen Garber ]
24 Jul White Ibis in DeKalb County [Patty McLean ]
24 Jul Re: GABO-L Digest - 22 Jul 2015 to 23 Jul 2015 (#2015-196) [Patty Jenkins ]
23 Jul Re: TV Program tonight [terry valentine ]
23 Jul TV Program tonight []
24 Jul Fw: HUMMINGBIRD QUESTION - responses [Sandra Eileen Garber ]
23 Jul Re: ADMIN: new moderator [Liz Horsey ]
23 Jul ADMIN: new moderator [Stephen Holzman ]
23 Jul test2 [Steve Holzman ]
23 Jul test [Steve Holzman ]
22 Jul Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 7/22/15 [Steve Holzman ]
22 Jul Turkey Volture [Caroline Corrigan ]
22 Jul FYI - American Birding Association (ABA) Checklist Version 7.7.1 – June 2015 (and others) [Mark McShane ]
22 Jul Blue-gray gnatcatcher [Patty Jenkins ]
22 Jul Re: Huie Ponds, Clayton Co. 7/22/15 [Carol Lambert ]
22 Jul Re: HUMMINGBIRD QUESTION [Jim Yarbrough ]
21 Jul Re: HUMMINGBIRD QUESTION ["Eugenia R. Thompson" ]
21 Jul Re: HUMMINGBIRD QUESTION [Joel Hitt ]
21 Jul Huie Ponds this morning [Drew Whitelegg ]
21 Jul HUMMINGBIRD QUESTION [Sandra Eileen Garber ]
21 Jul Little blue heron in Clayton County []
21 Jul Great Egret at George Pierce Park ["Chris O'Neal" ]
20 Jul Southeastern GA, 7/19/2015 ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
20 Jul Leucistic Swallow at NG Turf Farm (Gordon County) near Calhoun, GA [Mike Weaver ]
19 Jul Re: Swallows Oh MY! Bartow Co [Drew Whitelegg ]
19 Jul Swallows Oh MY! Bartow Co [Pam Potter ]
19 Jul Re: Peregrine in northern Clayton Co. [world oceans ]
19 Jul Re: Peregrine in northern Clayton Co. [Mark McShane ]
19 Jul Peregrine in northern Clayton Co. [world oceans ]
19 Jul Little Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Murphy Candler Park, DeKalb County, 7/19/15 [Carol Lambert ]
19 Jul Snowy Egret at Murphy Candler Park [Patty McLean ]
18 Jul Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Forsyth Co. ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
18 Jul AAS Birdwalk, Murphey Candler Park (DeKalb) -- Great Egret, Heron Nest, Killdeer, More [ldtp ]
17 Jul Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert [Steve Holzman ]
17 Jul Great Egret, Heron Nest at Murphey Candler Park - DeKalb [ldtp ]
16 Jul Spotted Sandpiper in Valdosta [Marvin T Smith ]
16 Jul Encounter with a young Great-horned Owl [bob zaremba ]
16 Jul Mississippi Kite and Sandhill Cranes---Tattnall Co. [Gene Wilkinson ]
15 Jul Little Blue Herons Fulton County [Wes Hatch ]
15 Jul GA eBird Day 2015: Wednesday July 15th Lake Burton [David O Ellis ]
15 Jul Wood Storks in Screven County [David Boykin ]
15 Jul American Kestrels Breeding in DeKalb County [Patty McLean ]

Subject: AAS Bird Walk @ Noonday Creek / Cobb Co
From: Angelia Jenkins <angeliabeth AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2015 13:06:31 -0400
Hi GABO Birders,

 

A quiet morning at Noonday Creek this morning.  We had a few highlights.
There were many immature birds and we were fortunate to see a Male and
Female Orchard Oriole feeding young. A lifer bird for one attendee so that
is always nice, especially seeing the family in action. 

The Green Heron and Wood Ducks were plentiful.  We somehow did not see/hear
one hawk, falcon or vulture. 

Thanks to the attendees from Roswell and Atlanta! 

 

Our eBIrd list it here for those interested:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24466361

 

Thanks and have a great week!
Angie Jenkins

Cobb County

 

 

 

 

 


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Subject: Sharpie in Clayton County
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2015 07:58:33 -0400
Good morning, Sorry for the late report. Yesterday at about 1955h
(7:55pm) I saw a Sharp-shinned hawk alight for a few minutes on a
fencepost at the corner of Southpoint Dr. and Conrad St. in Forest
Park, just off Rt. 19/41. I watched it at very close range and saw it
fly off into nearby tall deciduous trees.

This is not the first time I have seen a sharpie at that location in
mid-summer. I have no evidence that it may be nesting there, but it is
very early for a migrant (although some raptors such as kestrls and
bld eagls do begin to move south in early August). But the presence of
one at that spot in summer during more than one year is intriguing .
The bird showed a lot of reddish color and barring on the sides of the
breast, which could indicate an adult.

I encourage all to study accipiters closely! If anyone else spots a
Sharpie in the next couple of weeks I'd love to hear about it.

Good birding,
James Gibson
Clayton Co.

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Subject: Nighthawks in Cobb
From: Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 12:57:01 -0400
Hi all,
Watching a youth soccer game at the Marathon Fields this morning at 11.00am
I was delighted to see and hear 4 Common Nighthawks flying across the
Marathon Oil Depot in Austell.  They were heading south.  First I've seen
this year in the ATL area.

Drew Whitelegg
DeKalb co.

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Subject: Limpkin continues
From: Toni Bowen <tonibowen AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 09:52:05 -0400
    
Georgia veterans state park. Located the limpkin near the shore on the left 
side of road just before the bridge.  

Toni BowenJohns Creek, GA
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Subject: THANK YOU...GABO Hotline
From: bethheron <bethheron AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:28:07 +0000
I want to thank all of who have worked to keep GABO going all these years.I 
know these jobs are more work for the moderators than people realize ...but we 
do it for our love of birds, environment, etc 

I think it's pretty great and was so happy to discover it when this Yankee 
moved to GA in the late 90's from NJ 

I know a lot of people have a lot of newer "hip" ways of communicating which 
I'm fairly clueless about....so I'm still a big fan of GABO and appreciate and 
enjoy the photos and postings about whats showing up around the state 

I live at The Landings on Skidaway Island where we had our video soap opera 
this year of...Our supposed "Eagle nest" cam (set up on a previous Eagle nest) 
which became a Great-horned Owl nest.....and after that...Ospreys moved in. 

Now we're waiting for the fall to see who is going to claim the nest for the 
next nesting season. 

Good Birding Y'allBeth Roth Skidaway IslandSavannah
P.S. Check out all the great programs for Ogeecheeaudubon.org and our Facebook 
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Subject: Limpkin and Other Middle Georgia Birds
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 08:41:52 -0400
    
Hi All. My guess is that several of you may be heading to 'Middle Georgia' this 
weekend to see some of the rare birds in the area. So I thought I'd offer some 
tips to help your trip be successful. And I've included my eBird reports for 
these so folks who arent familiar with these 'hotspots' can use the map button 
to find the location. 


LIMPKINS: Mostly seen feeding on mussels along the shoreline of the 
cypress-lined lake just inside Veterans Memorial State Park (Crisp County, due 
West of Cordele). Best to arrive EARLY morning or late afternoon due to all the 
other activities going on, which often sends the birds into hiding in the dense 
Cypress trees. While they can be found on either side of the entrance road, 
they've mostly been seen on the right/west side of the road as you enter (1) 
near the first fishing dock just out from the entrance fee station and parking 
pad as well as (2) along the shore between the first bridge and the boat ramp 
to the right. There are also public restrooms in this area. Gnats can be a 
problem. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24401052 


IBIS, SPOONBILLS and WADERS: A good area to check in the area is the Pryor Road 
Pond (Sumter County) where Kathy Miller and I found a White-faced Ibis earlier 
this week. It was last reported on Tuesday, but a few folks have also found 
Roseate Spoonbills, Wood Storks and other waders here. The pond is only a few 
miles west of Lake Blackshear (Veterans Memorial SP) and worth checking. 
However, unless someone has mowed it, there's not a good place to park other 
than in the tall grasses on the side of the road. There are fire ants (and 
gnats) here so be prepared. 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24400405  


UPLAND SANDPIPERS. Marshallville Super Sod (Macon County) is consistly a good 
place to see these birds during fall migration. They're often seen on the grass 
due east of the Super Sod office (red brick building). You can drive on the 
dirt road in front of the office but not on the sod, so please use caution and 
always yield to workers. When Kathy Miller and i were there on Monday, the 
Uppies were all the way across the sod from the office (under the saplings), 
more easily seen from Felton Road (CR  34). There's also a newly formed 
flooded area on the east side of Felton Rd that's worth checking. This eBird 
report's map isn't exactly located in front of the office so you'll need to 
search a bit when you arrive. 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24402443  


Have fun. High temps but humidity should be low. And no telling what else you 
might find! 


Patty McLean  Tucker GA 

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Subject: Nighthawk in Clayton County
From: world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:51:07 +0000
Hi, At 1:35 this morning at least one and maybe more Common Nighthawks, heard 
over Southpoint Rd. in Forest Park, just off I-285 at Rt. 19/41. I heard the 
calls again a short while later. They’re back! 



James Gibson

Clayton Co.

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Subject: ANHINGA at Big Haynes Creek in Rockdale County
From: William Pixler <pillwixler AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:02:42 -0400
Hi all,

I stopped by the Big Haynes Creek area of the International Horse Park
during my lunch break today and found an ANHINGA perched atop one of
the dead trees on the side closest to Costly Mill road. It took off
and circled the pond and landed on another dead tree farther out in
the middle of the pond. It was pretty far out in the middle, but
perched at the very top of the dead tree, so it was still easy to spot
with binoculars.

Other birds of note were two LITTLE BLUE HERONS (one blue adult, one
white juvenile) and the most vocal GREEN HERON I've ever seen.

Complete eBird checklist here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24433140

Good birding!

Will Pixler
Atlanta

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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kites in piedmont, Snow Goose, other stuff
From: Eric Beohm <000001aed35eb136-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:52:00 +0000
After work yesterday (07/29/2015), I drove over to see my folks in Upson 
County. On the way, I noticed the following birds: 


Mississippi Kite (50+, Upson Co, very high number for the Piedmont, near 
Johnston Road.) 


Swallow-tailed Kite (5, Upson Co, near Johnston Road, Lake Maude)

Snow Goose (1, Upson Co, Johnston Road, Lake Maude. I had found one here this 
year in the Spring.) 


Common Ground-dove (1 flying in Spalding Co)

Little Blue Heron (1 flying in Spalding Co)

Mississippi Kite (small groups in Spalding, Butts, and Lamar)

I'll put some photos on my website:

http://eaglecreek4.tripod.com/georgiabirdingandnature/

Good Birding!

Eric Beohm
Atlanta, GA

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Subject: Peregrine Falcon in DeKalb County along South River
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:39:50 -0400
    
A nice surprise this morning for several DeKalb County birders along the South 
River. We were doing a survey at one of the county's wastewater treatment 
facilities (limited access) when we saw a flock of Rock Pigeons flying in a 
tight ball. This was around 10a when several raptors were also beginning to 
kettle. I jokingly said "Look for a peregrine" when someone in the group saw a 
smaller raptor. The features were interesting so i got my scope out and bingo, 
clearly saw the strong facial mask and heavy barring under the wings, dark 
undertail and white terminal band (suggesting an immature). This bird was 
initially flying over Lyons Farm (an eBird Hotspot), then over our location and 
eventually out of sight, generally following the river.  

Patty McLean Tucker GA 

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Subject: Kites in Burke County
From: Cox Family <coxfam3 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:43:43 +0000
For those birding in Burke, we found a good place for SWTK and MIKI. Adjacent 
to the Oakwood Village Mobile Home Park at 4090 Georgia Highway 23 South there 
is a large field (which looks like a giant pie on Google Earth). This is 
located between Claxton Lively Road and Hancock Landing Road on 23. Twice 
recently over the course of a few weeks when we've driven by (and the only 
times we've recently driven by), we've seen 3-6 SWTKs whirling and diving. One 
day MIKIs were joining them.  I don't know about access to the field. There's 
a dirt road entering it which I think has a small sign saying 7 Oaks. The dirt 
road connects across to a paved road called 7 oaks. The fields go from 23 to 7 
Oaks, so you may be able to see more from paved 7 Oaks more safely than from 
23. But it looks like there's room at least to pull off onto the dirt road. We 
just watched as we drove by but would have loved to stop and enjoy! When we 
came by later both days (after 4) we saw no birds. In Richmond County we 
observed around 60 MIKIs in the fields across from Barnhart's Feed and seed 
earlier this summer. The Barnharts tell us they see the kites fairly often (but 
I don't know how far into the summer). 

Karen Cox Burke County    

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert July 28, 2015
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:50:34 -0400
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: 
Date: Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 7:09 PM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
To:


*** Species Summary:

White-faced Ibis (2 Sumter)
Limpkin (2 Crisp)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (1 Lee)
Western Sandpiper (1 Lee)
Bank Swallow (2 Macon)
Dickcissel (1 Lee)

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below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia.  View or unsubscribe to
this alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

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Subject: YCNH, ROSP
From: Victor Carpenter <viccarp AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:54:43 -0400
I live on Wilmington Island, east of Savannah. My neighbor, Steve Livingston, 
has recently spotted some interesting birds from his upstairs deck, overlooking 
the pond next to our condos. For a week or so, a Yellow-crowned Night-heron has 
shown up about once a day, and today a Roseate Spoonbill showed up among the 
Snowy Egrets. 


Vic Carpenter

Vic Carpenter
Phone 912-224-2853
107 Bull River Bluff Drive
Savannah GA 31410

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Subject: Cerulean Warblers
From: Theresa Hartz <jthartz50 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:42:25 -0400
This morning I observed two Cerulean Warblers on Monument Road (Pickens
County).  Both warblers appeared to be first fall birds, with prominent
supercilium, no breast band, no streaking on back.  One bird was mostly
white below while the other was quite yellow below.

I also saw a Common Wood-nymph butterfly, which was a first for me.
Unfortunately it got away before I was able to get a picture.

Theresa Hartz
Big Canoe
Pickens/Dawson Counties

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Subject: Mixed Kite Flock - Doc Hardigree Road, Oconee County - 7/28/2015 - Update and Precaution!
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:29:29 -0400
Hi All,

Update:

Jim Hanna reported seeing the previously reported mixed kite flock in Oconee 
from Doc Hardigree Road twice yesterday. 


Jim, Steve and Rachel Holzman, and I, all saw the 3 SWALLOW-TAILED KITES with a 
group of MISSISSIPPI KITES today between 11:30am and 1:15pm there as well. 


So that is the 4th day for the kites there since Jim first found them, and they 
are showing a lot of fidelity to the site. We are trying to keep a record of 
how long they stay at this spot this season, eventually they will depart for 
Central/South America. Both kite species there are feeding on the wing 
virtually all day long, fattening up for their migration later in August. 


The birds range a very little bit north and south, and east and west, but seem 
to be centered pretty much over the tree line by the buildings on the Herm 
Sherwin Performance Horses fields (private property) there per previous report. 


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It seems like with these birds you think about going to see them again because 
they may be so convenient to you (and because you know you love them a lot), 
and a little voice says: 


aw, you've already seen them, why go again, that's silly, they're gonna look 
the same, blah, blah, blah... 


Then when you get out there and see them again; that powerful Swallow-tailed 
Kite magic unfolds all over you again and you're very glad you came, because 
while you could get physically tired out there, you really can't ever become 
weary of just purely watching the birds. They are longer, and have a bigger 
wingspan than a Red-tailed Hawk, but they weigh less than a third of what the 
Red-tailed weighs. You can tell it as soon as you note how buoyant they are in 
flight, by their acrobatics, their sheer aerial beauty and prowess, of course I 
go on and on... 


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Precaution:

As Jim and I were leaving, the landowner in a white pickup, who lives at the 
very end of Doc Hardigree Road stopped just after the left L turn where we were 
standing and asked if he could help us. I politely and clearly explained that 
we were watching rare birds, and (after he let us know that we were on his 
property) to our knowledge, from the public Doc Hardigree Road (his no 
trespassing signs are down at his gate at the very end of the road, about a 
hundred yards after the left L turn in the road. The maps also seem to show 
that the road to his gate after the L turn is the public Doc Hardigree Road as 
well). 


He said that his property line is at the L turn, still not sure he owns the 
road or any easement though. He was a bit put out that people were there with 
cameras, and parking after the L turn on the side of the road, and said that he 
has some largish trucks coming through to his gate at times, and made it pretty 
clear that he doesn't want anyone anywhere past the L turn. I politely and 
clearly told him that no one had ever had any intention of trespassing and 
implied that his signage is not consistent with his claim regarding the road 
(if his signs were at the beginning of the L turn then no one would have ever 
been past the L turn), but that we will not park or observe from past the L 
turn. 


So, it would be probably best to park only on the right side of Doc Hardigree 
Road and before the L turn, before the Herm Sherwin Performance Horses private 
property, and to observe from the road kind of beside their gate but not to the 
left after the L turn. The Herm Sherwin folks have been friendly so far. 


Alternatively, you can distantly see the birds, to the northeast, from the 
first half mile of Hwy 15 south of Doc Hardigree Road, and they sometimes do 
come close to the highway. Please do be very careful parking along Hwy 15 and 
on Doc Hardigree Road. 


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Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: AAS Field Trips this week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:05:13 -0400
Greetings, Georgia Birders

I hope you can join Atlanta Audubon for one of our scheduled field trips
this week.

Liz Hornsby will lead a walk at Cochran Shoals, CRNRA (Cobb County) on
Thursday, July 30 at 7:30 AM.

Jason Ward will lead his monthly first Saturday walk at Piedmont Park
(Fulton County) on Saturday, August 1 at 8:00 AM.

Angie Jenkins will lead a walk on the west section of the Noonday Creek
Trail (Cobb County) on Sunday, August 2 at 8:00 AM.

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

-- 
Mary Kimberly
Field Trip Director
Atlanta Audubon Society

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Subject: BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKs in e. Okefenokee Swamp
From: SHEILA WILLIS <swillis AT MEDIASTREAMUS.NET>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:04:34 -0400
Hey folks,

Hope you are fine. Just a quick note.

One of our expert Okefenokee Bird Club members from Amelia Island, FL,
Carol Wyatt, reported that on 7/24 Joy Campbell, co-owner of Okefenokee
Adventures (concession at the e. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge) told
her they had been seeing BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKs in their boat basin
there. This is also called the Suwannee Canal Recreation Area & is s. of
Folkston (CHARLTON).

I had previously seen pictures of some by other observers for the
Okefenokee Swamp in recent times and was glad to learn they have once more
made their way over here. It will bear watching to see if they start to
nest here as they have done for the coast, SW GA, & other spots. These
various sightings do represent a new species for the refuge. We have had in
the distant past its relative, the FULVOUS WHISTLING-DUCK in the Okefenokee
Swamp but this was limited to only 2 separate occasions.

Take care.

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

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Subject: Limpkin and White-faced Ibis today in Sumter County, Ga.
From: eelriver05 AT MCHSI.COM
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:11:19 -0400
Hi Ga. Birders,

I fully intended on staying home today to rest my recently operated on foot but 
it was not meant to be, especially when my good friends 

Patty McLean and Kathy Miller are locating rare birds within 40 miles of my 
house. So I drove straight north to Veterans State Park to 

locate the Limpkins that were find earlier in the morning. As I parked right 
next to main fee station I could see a Limpkin standing 

10 feet from the fishing pier on the west side of the road. That Limpkin 
eventually flew to a nearby Cypress tree and started to sun 

itself. I did not see a second one. I then was on my way home via Pryor Road 
when I ran into Patty and Kathy. They said that they just 

found a White-faced Ibis at the Pryor Rd. Pond. This the same pond where a 
White-faced Ibis was found two years ago. So this short birding 

day just became longer. All three of us went to the Pryor Rd Pond and I 
immediately saw the Ibis across the pond. We eventually went 

birding through Lee County and ended back at the Pond. Parry and Kathy departed 
Marshallville and I stayed at the Pryor Rd Pond hoping 

the Ibis would make it around to my side of the pond. After an hour and a half 
it finally made it close enough to pull out my Canon. 

So I finally made it home at 3:00PM.
Many thanks to Patty and Kathy for finding these birds.
Here are the coordinates and a few pics of the two rarities.

Limpkin (31.9621025,-83.9113426)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/19877424588/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/20065519255/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/19877504990/in/dateposted-public/

White-faced Ibis (31.934692,-84.005266)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/20039224066/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/19444523003/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/20057621672/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/19442860604/in/dateposted-public/

Bird on my friends, bird on.

Larry Gridley
Albany, Ga.
Dougherty County.

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Subject: White-faced Ibis Location (Sumter County)
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:36:57 -0400
    
Here's my eBird report from a second stop at Pryor Road Pond that we made at 
1:00p today - complete with a map of the location. This is the same spot where 
Larry Gridley found a WFIB two years ago. 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24399918
Thanks to Steve Holzman for also sending a map earlier. 
Patty McLean  Tucker GA 

-------- Original message --------
From: Patty McLean  
Date: 07/27/2015  10:33 AM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
Subject: [GABO-L] White-faced Ibis Photo 


    
A halfway decent photo showing pink facial area and reddish eye of WFIB at 
Pryor Rd Pond..  https://flic.kr/p/wyLgdB 

Patty McLean  Tucker GA 


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Subject: Re: White-faced Ibis Photo
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:28:27 -0400
 
https://www.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=31.934692,-84.005266&ll=31.934692,-84.005266 


Sumter County, GA  West of Cordele

(used Larry Gridley's sighting of the species in 2013 in eBird to find
the location)
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15453656

But Katherine brings up a good point, don't forget to post the
location of good birds. There are new subscribers (and older forgetful
ones) everyday.

Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA





On Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 11:10 AM, Katharine Andregg
 wrote:
> Patty where is the Pryor Rd. Pond?
> Thanks,
> Kathy AndreggAcworth, GA
>
>
> On Monday, July 27, 2015 10:37 AM, Patty McLean  wrote: 

>
>
>
>
> A halfway decent photo showing pink facial area and reddish eye of WFIB at 
Pryor Rd Pond.. https://flic.kr/p/wyLgdB 

> Patty McLean  Tucker GA
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Subject: Re: White-faced Ibis Photo
From: Katharine Andregg <arkatmar2 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:10:51 +0000
Patty where is the Pryor Rd. Pond?
Thanks,
Kathy AndreggAcworth, GA 


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A halfway decent photo showing pink facial area and reddish eye of WFIB at 
Pryor Rd Pond..  https://flic.kr/p/wyLgdB 

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Subject: White-faced Ibis Photo
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:33:02 -0400
    
A halfway decent photo showing pink facial area and reddish eye of WFIB at 
Pryor Rd Pond..  https://flic.kr/p/wyLgdB 

Patty McLean  Tucker GA 


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Subject: White-faced Ibis at Pryor Rd Pond
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:18:20 -0400
    
Attempting diagnostic photos of a pink/red eyed and faced WFIB but the bird is 
currently on the far edge of the pond. Bugs and ants plentiful.  

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Subject: Re: Limpkin Returns
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:21:30 -0400
    
There are TWO LIMPKIN - and no gnats this morning!!  Also only a few 
fishermen. Yay.  

Patty McLean Tucker GA 

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Date: 07/27/2015  9:06 AM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
Subject: [GABO-L] Limpkin Returns 


    
Kathy Miller and i just found a LIMPKIN at Veteran's Memorial State Park this 
morning feeding on the mussells along the shore near the first boat 
ramp.Photo: https://flic.kr/p/vB79ty 

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Subject: Limpkin Returns
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:06:50 -0400
    
Kathy Miller and i just found a LIMPKIN at Veteran's Memorial State Park this 
morning feeding on the mussells along the shore near the first boat 
ramp.Photo: https://flic.kr/p/vB79ty 

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Subject: Mixed Kite Flock - Doc Hardigree Road, Oconee County - 7/26/2015
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:42:37 -0400
Hi All,

Yesterday morning at about 11:45am I met Jim Hanna over at Hwy 15 and Flat Rock 
Road in Oconee to look for the 3 SWALLOW-TAILED KITES (STKIs) he found in the 
area on Saturday. We didn't see any of the birds there and so worked our way a 
bit south on Hwy 15 searching. We quickly found 2 of the birds pretty far out 
to the northeast, behind tree lines, from about 2591 Greensboro Hwy (Hwy 15). 


Then we tried to find a way to get closer, circumnavigating the area first on 
Flat Rock Road, then on Kirkland Road, and then back on Hwy 15 all to no avail. 
Finally we tried Doc Hardigree Road, and Voila!, we found the birds, along with 
eventually 10+ MISSISSIPPI KITES (MIKIs), over the Herm Sherwin Performance 
Horses fields (private property) at the end of the short road there. 


We then went to lunch in Watkinsville. Katy Manley had let us know that the 
STKIs would be life birds for her and that the Swallow-tailed had been a 
nemesis bird for her so far. That really is just so not right so we encouraged 
Katy to come over and meet us at the restaurant and then we would all caravan 
out to try for the birds again, and so she did, and we were immediately 
successful back out on Doc Hardigree Road! Jim had to leave after a while, but 
Katy and I watched the birds for a good long while in a mixed kite flock with 
the smaller MIKIs. Eventually, and off and on, the STKIs would get a good bit 
closer to us at times, maybe 150-200 yards at the closet. 


One cool note is that the birds were there seemingly non-stop from about 
11:45am until about 3pm or so when we finally left, and they seem to be showing 
a lot of fidelity to the area of the Herm Sherwin property. Also, at the spot 
there is a great shady tree line to park and stand under while you observe the 
birds from outside the fence line there. 


Coordinates:  33.8334877,-83.3757243
GPS coordinates:  N 33 50.009 W 83 22.543

eBird report:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24392999

I hope not, but these birds could be the only Georgia STKIs found in the 
Piedmont, or further north in Georgia, this season. 


Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Pectoral Sandpiper - Willeo Rd (Fulton County) 26 July 2015
From: Nathan Farnau <natwan AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 19:09:10 -0400
This afternoon, I observed one PECTORAL SANDPIPER foraging with Killdeer in the 
oxbow wetland along Willeo Rd just south of the Azalea Rd intersection. 


This is the first eBird record of Pectoral Sandpiper in Fulton County since 
1984. If any of the veteran birders on GABO-L have had other PESAs in Fulton 
County in the past three decades (that aren't present in the eBird data), I 
would love to know about those sightings. Feel free to send me an email. 


The SNOWY EGRET and WHITE IBIS reported by Jim Flynn and others are still 
present in the same area. 


Here's a link to my checklist with photos: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24391728 


Nathan Farnau
Alpharetta, GA  (Fulton County)

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Subject: Re: Upland Sandipers at Marshallville Super Sod Farm
From: Joy <joy.brown1 AT COX.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 13:21:22 -0400
Hello GA birders,

Ben Thompson, Duncan Brown and I visited the Marshallville Super Sod Farm today 
in search of the Upland Sandpipers that Larry Gridley discovered yesterday. 


While there we joined Justin Neal who located the Uplands. We counted five 
today, roughly in the same area described by Larry yesterday. 


Happy Birding!

Joy Brown
Warner Robins GA

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> On Jul 25, 2015, at 3:23 PM, eelriver05 AT MCHSI.COM wrote:
> 
> Hi my Ga. Birding friends,
> 
> I ventured up to Marshallville Super Sod Farm today and immediately found 
four Upland Sandpipers down the farm road in front of the headquarters 
building. 

> There is a lot of water there and it was loaded with White Ibis juveniles and 
many Pectoral Sandpipers. Also in the SW corner of the sod farm there 

> are a few Grasshopper Sparrows constantly singing. When you here them just be 
patient and they will eventually move around for good visuals. 

> Here are a few photos from today. Also if you are stuck in the house escaping 
the heat here are a couple of Flickr photostreams for you to view of my trip 

> to Minnesota and North Dakota (Baird's Sparrow yess!!) back in May. Check 
them out if you wish. 

> 
> Upland Sandpiper
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/19814634250/in/dateposted-public/
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/19976373236/in/dateposted-public/
> 
> Pectoral Sandpiper
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/20007858291/in/dateposted-public/
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/19994893042/in/dateposted-public/
> 
> Grasshopper Sparrow
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/20007862841/in/dateposted-public/
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/19380015404/in/dateposted-public/
> 
> White Ibis juvies
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/19815942519/in/dateposted-public/
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/19381644273/in/dateposted-public/
> 
> Minnesota bird and nature photos
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/sets/72157655933341158
> 
> North Dakota bird and nature photos
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/sets/72157655929318840
> 
> Bird on my friends, bird on!!
> 
> Larry Gridley
> Albnay, Ga.
> Dougherty County
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Subject: Whimbrel on St. Simons
From: Ed Maioriello <edm AT MAIORIELLO.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 11:26:09 -0400
I located a Whimbrel on SSI this morning.  It was hanging out with a bunch
of imm.  White Ibis, some Willet, and a few Lesser Yellowlegs in an empty
pool at low tide on Ocean Road heading towards Gould's Inlet and 9th Street.

Ed.
Athens-Clarke County - but in Glynn right now.


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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kites - Hwy 15, Oconee County and Dyar Pasture, Greene County - 7/25/2015
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 10:24:11 -0400
Hi All,

Sorry for the late post. Jim Hanna called me late morning yesterday to let me 
know that he had just found a SWALLOW-TAILED KITE (STKI), and then later two 
more close by, out on Hwy 15 in Oconee County, near where they have been 
reported in some years past. Also, he let me know that Josiah Lavender had 
found one bird earlier in the day at Dyar Pasture in Greene County about 15 
miles to the south. 


Jim doesn't post to GABO-L and I thought these would be coming out on the 
Georgia eBird rare bird alert so that I could use those reports for a GABO-L 
post, but they never did. I had to go manually search for them in eBird this 
morning. So be aware that all eBird STKI reports in the Georgia Piedmont (or 
maybe even further north?) may not all come to you in the Georgia eBird rare 
bird alerts. In at least some cases then no public reports of STKIs seen in 
north Georgia will be available without searching for those reports. 


This may be understandable, but it's a pretty big inconvenience if you like to 
chase these birds when they are found in July and August in north Georgia as 
everyone does not post their sightings to GABO-L, but many only to eBird. Birds 
included in eBird rare bird alerts cannot be included on those reports just for 
the sake of convenience though. 


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Here are the reports from which you can click on the map locations, etc.:

Oconee County

Jim Hanna
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24377636
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24377707

Josiah Lavender
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24376156

Greene County, Dyar Pasture Waterfowl Area/WMA/Recreation Area

Josiah Lavender
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24376072

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Swallow-tailed Kite:  The most impressive bird to breed in Georgia?

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Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Fwd: I have shared 'Voice 023.m4a' with you on Box
From: Daisy Deems <daisydeems AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 09:53:46 -0400
on July 20th I heard this sound and still cannot identify.    you can hear
this audio within the first 10-15 seconds.   I just played over and over
and heard all my sounds from Sibley with no success. I appreciate any
help.   Thank you for your time.

https://app.box.com/s/men8xvgpyikmwwnf0db3csy9z1yz1hgl
Daisy Deems


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Subject: White Ibis, Roswell
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:24:39 -0400
Hi, folks, there is a juvenile White Ibis at the oxbow at the corner of Willeo 
& Azalea Rds. in Roswell (near the Chattahoochee NC). Also here, about 14 
Little Blue Herons & 1 Great Egret. 


Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., Ga

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Subject: Upland Sandipers at Marshallville Super Sod Farm
From: eelriver05 AT MCHSI.COM
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 15:23:11 -0400
Hi my Ga. Birding friends,

I ventured up to Marshallville Super Sod Farm today and immediately found four 
Upland Sandpipers down the farm road in front of the headquarters building. 

There is a lot of water there and it was loaded with White Ibis juveniles and 
many Pectoral Sandpipers. Also in the SW corner of the sod farm there 

are a few Grasshopper Sparrows constantly singing. When you here them just be 
patient and they will eventually move around for good visuals. 

Here are a few photos from today. Also if you are stuck in the house escaping 
the heat here are a couple of Flickr photostreams for you to view of my trip 

to Minnesota and North Dakota (Baird's Sparrow yess!!) back in May. Check them 
out if you wish. 


Upland Sandpiper
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/19814634250/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/19976373236/in/dateposted-public/

Pectoral Sandpiper
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/20007858291/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/19994893042/in/dateposted-public/

Grasshopper Sparrow
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/20007862841/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/19380015404/in/dateposted-public/

White Ibis juvies
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/19815942519/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/19381644273/in/dateposted-public/

Minnesota bird and nature photos
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/sets/72157655933341158

North Dakota bird and nature photos
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/sets/72157655929318840

Bird on my friends, bird on!!

Larry Gridley
Albnay, Ga.
Dougherty County

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Subject: A Long Way... To the Georgia Coast - Video Post!
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 00:06:47 -0400
Hi All,

Well... I was working in Columbus all last week and departed work there Friday 
the 17th at the end of the work day at about 5pm or so. 


I think I was supposed to head north back to Lawrenceville but there were some 
complications. 


I had scheduled a day of vacation for Monday the 20th which would have followed 
up a Florida Gulf Stream pelagic trip that Michael Brothers was running out of 
New Smyrna Beach on Sunday the 19th. The pelagic trip ended up not going out 
for lack of filling the 100-foot all-aluminum boat "The Pastime Princess" with 
enough enthusiastic pelagic birders... Of all things! 


Once I had heard that the pelagic trip had been canceled I thought; Geeeee... 
what will I do in place of attempting to see a tropicbiird in the southeast 
over this 3-day weekend I have set up. 


Well... it just so happened that an un-banded southwestern Florida coastal 
American Flamiingo was being seen daily since the 14th at the Estero Bay 
Aquatic Preserve (Florida's first Aquatic Preserve) from Lovers Key State Park 
in Lee County Florida! This bird was turning out to be rock solid reliable 
every day so far, hardly straying from its favorite spot! 


I had been wanting to see an American Birding Association (ABA) Code 3 (Rare 
for North America) American Flamiingo on a south Florida coast, in Florida Bay, 
or in The Florida Keys for as long as I have been birding. 


The trouble has always been trying to see one from Georgia. Birds can be 
notoriously unreliable to chase when they are usually about 800 miles away, and 
Florida Flamiingos far south are often just fly-bys, or they often don't 
reliably linger more than a day, or half of a day, or less. There was a flock 
of about 18 wintering out in Florida Bay early in 2012 but Max Medley and I 
missed them by a couple of weeks when on a scheduled trip there. 


Maybe this was my chance, and this bird was only about 600 miles distant from 
Columbus! 


I made it down from Columbus, napping once, to the exact spot by 6:45am 
Saturday morning, and... The Bird was exactly where it was last reported! The 
Summer Birding Doldrums were instantly lifted, scattered, and banished and 
vanished to the four corners and the four winds as if all blown away by a big 
pink hurricane! 


eBird report with photos:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24304543 

The rest of the day I birded my way across U.S. Highway 41, The Tamiami Trail, 
designated a National Scenic Byway, crossing The Everglades. Dusk Saturday 
evening found me working to get through Miami to I-95 to head north for 
Georgia. 


The uh, er, Saturday night, I guess drunken, definitely reckless, wanna-be race 
car operators, I hesitate to call them drivers, were out in force in their 
Ferraris and Lamborghinis, etc., and it seemed like everything else down to a 
Corolla, on I-95. I was just hoping to get out of there unscathed. It seems 
things don't return all the way to normal, on Saturday nights anyway, until you 
get another 90-100 miles north, not for the faint of heart. 


Sunday morning early I was birding the famous Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands 
at Viera (Viera Wetlands) where a highlight was a pair of Sandhiill Cranes 
standing on the side of the road and which eventually walked past the car, 
about 4 feet away, all while loudly calling. Hearing them call that close, in 
your face with the windows down, is quite an experience. Then it was on to 
Merritt Island NWR where the tide was high but the Redish Egrets were numerous. 
I had a late lunch at Harry's on the bay front in my boyhood town of St. 
Augustine. 


By 5pm I was on the Jekyll Island Causeway in the Brunswick Georgia area and 
the tide was at its lowest, with nothing much around but lots and lots of 
LAUGHING GULLS on the marshy mud flats. 


Afterwards over on the Andrews Island Causeway I had a most unique and lovely 
time, highlights of which were: 


Two AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS
Two juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS calling kowks as they flew low 
overhead 

ROSEATE SPOONBILLS, half a dozen feeding out in the creek
Hundreds of SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS
A single GULL-BILLED TERN

The best highlight though was something that I had never seen before: black 
rails 


I had driven only 200-300 yards onto the causeway when I saw 8 rails crossing 
the road pretty close in front of me... and 6 of them were... black rails, 
but... then, well, they were not Black Rails. 


Two adult CLAPPER RAILS were trying to lead 6 young black puffballs across the 
road without a lot of success. Some continued on across the road, and some 
retreated back to the side they had emerged from. There was a lot of chick 
cheeping and adult calling going on. 


I immediately stopped the car and quietly walked over to the side of the road 
where I had seen some of them cross to, and looked down into the marsh. I could 
hear a rail chick cheeping, when an adult Clapper Rail came out into the open 
about 4 feet from my feet for a very nice look. The bird looked at me and 
looked around and then disappeared in the marsh grass trying to locate the 
chick. 


A few minutes later I was able to get a little phone video clip of an adult 
Clapper Rail going back to lead some of the young across the road. Eventually I 
saw 5 adults in the road at different times, and at least 8 of the small black 
ones. In a way this was about as cool as seeing that big pink bird so far to 
the south the day before! 


At Gould's Inlet on St. Simons Island later the highlight was 20+ WHIMBRELS far 
out on the beach. 


Does anyone actually know how many LEAST TERNS are living at Gould's Inlet this 
season? It sometimes seems like 200 almost. They have a roped off area there 
where it seems they have been nesting in good numbers! 


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The video clip of an adult Clapper Rail trying to persuade some chicks to 
follow is up in the cloud at the following folder on my Box site: 


071915 Clapper Rail Family Andrews Island Causeway

The Box site address for the folder is:

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

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


http://www.box.com/s/ojj2lap6sayrj83n9zzx

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


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Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Fw: HUMMINGBIRD QUESTION - responses
From: Sandra Eileen Garber <sgarber AT GSU.EDU>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 18:44:19 +0000
Patty,
Here are the responses I got.
Sandra

For most RTHU hosts, June is usually a slow month of activity. The females
are nesting, usually in remote locations and hardly any are visiting our
feeders, especially if there are rowdy males present. The males are making
visits to wherever the best food sources are. If our feeders and flowers fit
that description, then we see the adult males; if not, then they are to be
found elsewhere.

At the end of June and into July, the fledgling immature birds start showing
up at our feeders and flowers. This is usually the increase in activity that
most people experience at this time. If you look closely, you will realize
that most immature RTHU seen are male. Some have heavy stippling, some have
moderate stippling, some have only one or two iridescent gorget feathers,
some look so much like females that only a bander can tell the difference
with the bird in hand.

This has been the best year ever for me. Since their return in mid-March, I
have seen more hummers than ever before. During the slow months of late May
into June, I had several dozen adult males visiting my feeders. I used to
ask the question: Where did the hummingbirds go? Now I am asking: Where did
all these hummingbirds come from?

Then came the invasion of fledgling Ruby-throats. The number of birds much
more than doubled. These hyper-active youngsters make for almost non-stop
activity. I say "almost" only because the extreme heat of the day does slow
things down somewhat.

I have been going through a lot of sugar water. There are fourteen feeders
out at present. I had been thinking of putting more out but I am now
starting to see a decline in activity. The adult males may be starting to
depart. I do not think that I will see any migrating birds passing through
before next month. In any case, I will be ready for them.

Jim Yarbrough
Ashburn, GA

GB
They are surely zooming around like maniacs here!!! Our house is in deep shade 
so I don't have the numbers I see in sunny locations, but with a feeder on the 
front and one on the back, there's a LOT of activity this year! Now if I could 
just get rid of the yellow jackets..... 


Eugenia Thompson
Athens GA



Regarding Sandra Garber's head-scratching about the hummer downswing in the 
runup to July: Sandra, most of us have had to write this post at one time or 
another. Truth is, there's something similar to this each year in central and 
north Georgia. During early spring we see the return of ruby-throats to the US 
mainland from their overwintering posts. Both males and females are in this 
initial wave. Then for most of us there is a gradual decrease in the numbers of 
birds, as they pair off into territories. I got down to perhaps only 3-6 
sightings per hour, sometimes less, sometimes more. 


Then around the 1st of July we start to see the fall (!) migration of 
ruby-throats, beginning with the males only for the first half of the month. 
They leave their nest sites immediately as the young are fledged, and with 
that, all the post-breeding survival lessons are left up to the mom 
(comparisons to our own species intended!). After the males pass through during 
early- to mid-July, there follows a steady and increasing stream of females and 
juveniles of both genders leading up to a climax in numbers during September. 
It's during this time we hear stories of folks not being able to keep two or 
even three feeders full over the course of a day! 


Granted, the numbers and exact timing of these phases varies slightly within 
each breeding and post-breeding cycle. But that's the jist of what's going on. 
I'll be interested in how others respond to your question as well, Sandra. 


Joel

Joel Hitt
Clayton GA (Rabun Co.)
(c) 404.784.6346
joel.hitt AT gmail.com

TR

Hi Sandra.  This is a thought.  I don't claim to have all the facts,
only an idea.

Between June and July the temperatures can be brutal, as it is where
I live. As the temps go up, the quality of the nectar goes down.  Say
the temp is about 70.  You can use the same nectar for ~ six days.
If the temp is above 93 the nectar would be good only for one day.
Some hummer-lovers might not know that.  The gap in the hummers may
be caused to bad nectar.  In the meantime the people who know about
that would give a better chance for the others later.

I'm happy to take comments from you and others.  Happy day.

Tim Rose
LD
leslie DeMarcus 
Tue 7/21/2015 8:17 PM
I have no idea why this year was so strange--I have the same plants, etc. as 
always. 

Saralynn
LD
leslie DeMarcus
Tue 7/21/2015 8:15 PM
Yes! We live on the Cherokee/Pickens line and experienced exactly the same 
thing. I poured out feeders for about a month there keeping them fresh for only 
an occasional hummer. Now it is like bees swarming around them--I put out fresh 
feeders yesterday, and will probably have to fill again tomorrow afternoon. 

I've been keeping feeders out for over 15 years, and this has been a strange, 
different season. 

Saralynn DeMarcus
Upper Bethany Rd.
PN

Tue 7/21/2015 8:11 PM
Re your hummingbird experience: what happened was that back in May and June the
hummers were actively rearing their young, and like most birds that was a time 
when 

they kept out of sight as much as possible, trying not to reveal the nest 
locations. 

Now that the young have fledged,
the adults are openly out going after all the nectar they can eat, to restore 
their 

systems and get tanked up for their upcoming migration over the Gulf of Mexico.
They have abandoned their nests, which were merely places to rear their 
offspring, 

Plus. the immature young are now out there too.
Thanks for asking one of the few questions to which I know the answer.
Phillip Northman
SL
Susan Loeb
Tue 7/21/2015 7:46 PM
We have had very few hammers here in NorthBuckhead. One every now and then. 
Unusual. 


Sent from my iPhone
KM
Katy Manley
Tue 7/21/2015 7:41 PM
I asked the same thing! The break is when adults are feeding insects to young 
in the nest. Once they fledge, its feeder time! Plus they're now working on 
doubling their body weight for the trip back to South America this fall. 

Excellent question!
--
Katy Manley
Winterville/Athens, Ga
RH
Rich Hull <
Tue 7/21/2015 7:37 PM
Hi Sandra, I live in Woodstock and I noticed a similar absence of hummingbirds. 
I left on vacation on June 25 when there were no visiting hummingbirds. When I 
came back a couple of days ago, I noticed that we now have a few coming to our 
feeder regularly. My guess is the absence is due to the hummingbird breeding 
season and feeding fledglings, although I am not completely sure why that would 
effect us only this year. There could also be an abundance of natural food for 
them. 

Thank you,
Rich Hull
MM
MARY MEYER
Tue 7/21/2015 7:29 PM
I did.  I just saw one yesterday...first I've seen in nearly a month.

Mary Meyer
Now, Marietta, GA


________________________________
From: Sandra Eileen Garber
Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 7:22 PM
To: gabo-l AT listserv.uga.edu
Subject: HUMMINGBIRD QUESTION


My neighbors and I noticed a total break in hummingbird activity over several 
weeks during the latter part of June. Then around the first of this month, they 
came back. Now there is a large number competing for the feeders. I don't 
remember a complete absence of hummingbirds like we experienced in June. Did 
anyone else experience this? Have you noticed it in prior years? Anyone have an 
explanation for the break? 



Thanks for your help.  I look forward to your insights.


Sandra Garber

Canton, GA

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Subject: White Ibis in DeKalb County
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:54:05 -0400
    
Hi All. There's an immature WHIB at the Colonial Parkway Ponds. This is off 
Clifton Springs Rd in Panthersville (DeKalb). No parking signs due to high 
traffic of large tractor-trailer trucks. The ibis is easy to miss due to brown 
color pattern. Also present are Great Egrets and several imm Little Blue 
Herons. Photo:https://flic.kr/p/vuedXk 

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Subject: Re: GABO-L Digest - 22 Jul 2015 to 23 Jul 2015 (#2015-196)
From: Patty Jenkins <pschwar AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 09:22:51 -0400
Would someone please summarize the answer to Sandra Eileen Garber’s question
about hummingbird activity? It seems all the responses went to her email
rather than got posted here, and I would like to know what people said. This
goes for questions in general. Thank you.
Patty Jenkins
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Date:    Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:05:18 -0400
From:    Steve Holzman 
Subject: test

test

-- 
Steve Holzman, North High Shoals, GA


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Date:    Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:07:48 -0400
From:    Steve Holzman 
Subject: test2

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Date:    Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:32:15 -0400
From:    Stephen Holzman 
Subject: ADMIN: new moderator

First off I want to publically thank Marion Dobbs for her years of
service (since 2001) as a co-moderator of this listserv.  It's a
mostly thankless job with lots of behind the scenes approvals and
assistance to subscribers. But, this list wouldn't be successful
without it.  Thanks Marion, it was a pleasure working with you.

A while back, Marion asked me to try to find someone that could take
her place. While of course no one can take her place, I did find
someone.  Mark McShane has agreed to give it a whirl. He'll be the
moderator for a few months and see how it goes. Thanks Mark!

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I know email is a dying medium, but I think it still serves a valuable
purpose. GABO-L was never affiliated with the Georgia Ornithological
Society, but they've always worked hand in hand. If you'd like another
source of bird info in the state (and you are on facebook) visit GOS
at https://www.facebook.com/groups/174830845096/

Welcome to Mark, thanks to Marion, and good birding to all. Bring on
the migrants!

Steve Holzman
co-admin GABO-L
North High Shoals, GA

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Date:    Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:09:03 +0000
From:    Liz Horsey 
Subject: Re: ADMIN: new moderator

Thank you to the indefatigable Marion (and Steve), and thanks to McShane for
taking this on. 

Liz Horsey 
NW Atlanta, Fulton County

----- Original Message -----

From: "Stephen Holzman" 
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2015 9:32:15 AM
Subject: [GABO-L] ADMIN: new moderator

First off I want to publically thank Marion Dobbs for her years of
service (since 2001) as a co-moderator of this listserv. It's a
mostly thankless job with lots of behind the scenes approvals and
assistance to subscribers. But, this list wouldn't be successful
without it. Thanks Marion, it was a pleasure working with you.

A while back, Marion asked me to try to find someone that could take
her place. While of course no one can take her place, I did find
someone. Mark McShane has agreed to give it a whirl. He'll be the
moderator for a few months and see how it goes. Thanks Mark!

Everything you'd like to know about the list can be found here:
http://gos.org/georgia-birders-online
including the guidelines.

I know email is a dying medium, but I think it still serves a valuable
purpose. GABO-L was never affiliated with the Georgia Ornithological
Society, but they've always worked hand in hand. If you'd like another
source of bird info in the state (and you are on facebook) visit GOS
at https://www.facebook.com/groups/174830845096/

Welcome to Mark, thanks to Marion, and good birding to all. Bring on
the migrants! 

Steve Holzman 
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North High Shoals, GA

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Date:    Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:14:59 +0000
From:    Eric Beohm 
Subject: Recent bird sightings and Black Witch Moth

Not much to report because I have been working all the time, but thought I
would pass on the following sightings:

I was stuck at the light at Howell Mill Road and I-75 and saw two Peregrine
Falcons.  They appeared to be hawking the pigeons quite low to the road.
Probably part of the downtown family, but fun to see while waiting in
traffic!

I was driving about thirty minutes south of Atlanta a little over a week ago
and noticed a few birds while driving:  Bank Swallow (a bit early), Common
Ground-dove, Mississippi Kite, and Broad-winged Hawk etc.

I have driven by the Chattahoochee River where I saw the BBWD fly by, but I
haven't seen it fly by again which is not surprising.  Thanks to all those
who sent me info on the place.  Sorry if I didn't respond.  I have been
crazy busy.

Today 07/23, I was walking beside the Georgia State Capitol and thought I
would use the walkway at the memorial building that leads over to the new
little Liberty Plaza Park.  There on the brick pillars of the walkway was a
Black Witch Moth.  Very exciting.  I took some photos and video and will put
it on my website.  I still remember the feeling of seeing my first one in GA
20 years ago!


http://eaglecreek4.tripod.com/georgiabirdingandnature/

Also, thanks to the listserve helpers:  Marion, Steve, and Mark.


Good Birding!

Eric Beohm
Atlanta, GA

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Date:    Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:26:05 +0000
From:    Sandra Eileen Garber 
Subject: Fw: HUMMINGBIRD QUESTION - responses

A big thanks to everyone who took the time to respond to my questions.

It seems as though a lot of people in north Georgia experienced the hummer
downtime.  Several suggestions were made, but first I'd like to recap what I
observed in more detail...

April 1 - first male hummingbird arrived.  Some travel on and some set up
territories before...
Female hummingbirds arrive around May 1.  Through May and June I observed
normal numbers of mostly females at the feeders and at bee balm, daylilies,
and tiger lilies.  Then nothing for a couple of weeks.  Around July 15th the
first of what we call "hummingbird wars" began.  I think, as several people
pointed out, these are mostly females and their fledglings.

Now the big question... what caused the break in activity around the feeders
and flowers?  The feeders were changed on the same schedule so I don't
believe it had anything to do with the quality of the sugar water.  The
hummers were feeding on plants at the same time as the feeders, and then
were not seen when they stopped being seen at the feeders, so I don't think
it had to do with that part of their food supply.  However, one suggestion
seems to make sense to me - perhaps there is a period when the females need
to feed insects (protein) to the fledglings.  Hmmm!  That might explain it.
I'll just have to do more research and keep better records next year.

Please keep an ear out and let me know if you hear any more reports, ideas,
suggestions.  Thanks again to all of you in this wonderful community of
people who care about birds.

Sandra Garber
Canton, GA

________________________________________
From: Georgia Birders Online  on behalf of Sandra
Eileen Garber 
Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 7:22 PM
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: [GABO-L] HUMMINGBIRD QUESTION

My neighbors and I noticed a total break in hummingbird activity over
several weeks during the latter part of June.  Then around the first of this
month, they came back.  Now there is a large number competing for the
feeders.  I don't remember a complete absence of hummingbirds like we
experienced in June.  Did anyone else experience this?  Have you noticed it
in prior years?  Anyone have an explanation for the break?


Thanks for your help.  I look forward to your insights.


Sandra Garber

Canton, GA

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Date:    Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:04:12 -0400
From:    annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET
Subject: TV Program tonight

At 9pm tonight ( right now)
On National Geographic Wild Channel there is a program called-
"REAL ANGRY BIRDS""

Ann Stewart
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Subject: Re: TV Program tonight
From: terry valentine <terryval AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:30:53 -0400
I did not see the show but mentioned the title to my husband. He asked, "Did 
they not get their cell phone coverage?" 


Birds hate that, after all... :) 

Terry Valentine
Hoschton

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Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2015 9:04 PM
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: [GABO-L] TV Program tonight

At 9pm tonight ( right now)
On National Geographic Wild Channel there is a program called- "REAL ANGRY 
BIRDS"" 


Ann Stewart
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Subject: TV Program tonight
From: annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:04:12 -0400
At 9pm tonight ( right now)
On National Geographic Wild Channel there is a program called-
"REAL ANGRY BIRDS""

Ann Stewart
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Subject: Fw: HUMMINGBIRD QUESTION - responses
From: Sandra Eileen Garber <sgarber AT GSU.EDU>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:26:05 +0000
A big thanks to everyone who took the time to respond to my questions.  

It seems as though a lot of people in north Georgia experienced the hummer 
downtime. Several suggestions were made, but first I'd like to recap what I 
observed in more detail... 


April 1 - first male hummingbird arrived. Some travel on and some set up 
territories before... 

Female hummingbirds arrive around May 1. Through May and June I observed normal 
numbers of mostly females at the feeders and at bee balm, daylilies, and tiger 
lilies. Then nothing for a couple of weeks. Around July 15th the first of what 
we call "hummingbird wars" began. I think, as several people pointed out, these 
are mostly females and their fledglings. 


Now the big question... what caused the break in activity around the feeders 
and flowers? The feeders were changed on the same schedule so I don't believe 
it had anything to do with the quality of the sugar water. The hummers were 
feeding on plants at the same time as the feeders, and then were not seen when 
they stopped being seen at the feeders, so I don't think it had to do with that 
part of their food supply. However, one suggestion seems to make sense to me - 
perhaps there is a period when the females need to feed insects (protein) to 
the fledglings. Hmmm! That might explain it. I'll just have to do more research 
and keep better records next year. 


Please keep an ear out and let me know if you hear any more reports, ideas, 
suggestions. Thanks again to all of you in this wonderful community of people 
who care about birds. 


Sandra Garber
Canton, GA

________________________________________
From: Georgia Birders Online  on behalf of Sandra 
Eileen Garber  

Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 7:22 PM
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: [GABO-L] HUMMINGBIRD QUESTION

My neighbors and I noticed a total break in hummingbird activity over several 
weeks during the latter part of June. Then around the first of this month, they 
came back. Now there is a large number competing for the feeders. I don't 
remember a complete absence of hummingbirds like we experienced in June. Did 
anyone else experience this? Have you noticed it in prior years? Anyone have an 
explanation for the break? 



Thanks for your help.  I look forward to your insights.


Sandra Garber

Canton, GA

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Subject: Re: ADMIN: new moderator
From: Liz Horsey <erhorsey AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:09:03 +0000
Thank you to the indefatigable Marion (and Steve), and thanks to McShane for 
taking this on. 


Liz Horsey 
NW Atlanta, Fulton County 

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From: "Stephen Holzman"  
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2015 9:32:15 AM 
Subject: [GABO-L] ADMIN: new moderator 

First off I want to publically thank Marion Dobbs for her years of 
service (since 2001) as a co-moderator of this listserv. It's a 
mostly thankless job with lots of behind the scenes approvals and 
assistance to subscribers. But, this list wouldn't be successful 
without it. Thanks Marion, it was a pleasure working with you. 

A while back, Marion asked me to try to find someone that could take 
her place. While of course no one can take her place, I did find 
someone. Mark McShane has agreed to give it a whirl. He'll be the 
moderator for a few months and see how it goes. Thanks Mark! 

Everything you'd like to know about the list can be found here: 
http://gos.org/georgia-birders-online 
including the guidelines. 

I know email is a dying medium, but I think it still serves a valuable 
purpose. GABO-L was never affiliated with the Georgia Ornithological 
Society, but they've always worked hand in hand. If you'd like another 
source of bird info in the state (and you are on facebook) visit GOS 
at https://www.facebook.com/groups/174830845096/ 

Welcome to Mark, thanks to Marion, and good birding to all. Bring on 
the migrants! 

Steve Holzman 
co-admin GABO-L 
North High Shoals, GA 

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Subject: ADMIN: new moderator
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:32:15 -0400
First off I want to publically thank Marion Dobbs for her years of
service (since 2001) as a co-moderator of this listserv.  It's a
mostly thankless job with lots of behind the scenes approvals and
assistance to subscribers. But, this list wouldn't be successful
without it.  Thanks Marion, it was a pleasure working with you.

A while back, Marion asked me to try to find someone that could take
her place. While of course no one can take her place, I did find
someone.  Mark McShane has agreed to give it a whirl. He'll be the
moderator for a few months and see how it goes. Thanks Mark!

Everything you'd like to know about the list can be found here:
http://gos.org/georgia-birders-online
including the guidelines.

I know email is a dying medium, but I think it still serves a valuable
purpose. GABO-L was never affiliated with the Georgia Ornithological
Society, but they've always worked hand in hand. If you'd like another
source of bird info in the state (and you are on facebook) visit GOS
at https://www.facebook.com/groups/174830845096/

Welcome to Mark, thanks to Marion, and good birding to all. Bring on
the migrants!

Steve Holzman
co-admin GABO-L
North High Shoals, GA

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Subject: test2
From: Steve Holzman <steve.holzman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:07:48 -0400
test 2


-- 
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Subject: test
From: Steve Holzman <steve.holzman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:05:18 -0400
test

-- 
Steve Holzman, North High Shoals, GA


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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 7/22/15
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 20:06:40 -0400
> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: July 22, 2015 at 7:07:07 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Least Tern (2 Long)
> American Kestrel (1 Evans)
> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (1 Bartow)
> Blue-headed Vireo (1 Greene)
> Common Raven (1 Pickens)
> Black-throated Green Warbler (1 Cobb)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the  Georgia Rare Bird Alert.The report 
below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia. View or unsubscribe to this 
alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569 

> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
> 
> 


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Subject: Turkey Volture
From: Caroline Corrigan <caroline.corrigan AT ME.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:03:59 -0400
Hello all birders of the world! 
I was at Tallulah Gorge in Rabun County. I saw a beautiful Turkey Vulture fly 
in front of me at Inspiration Point. This was a rare opportunity to see a bird 
from above. 


Caroline Corrigan
Fulton County 

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Subject: FYI - American Birding Association (ABA) Checklist Version 7.7.1 – June 2015 (and others)
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:24:22 -0400
Hi All,

A new ABA checklist has recently been published, it is available at:

http://listing.aba.org/aba-checklist/

Per the ABA checklist page:

The ABA Checklist includes ABA-area breeding species, regular visitors, and 
casual and accidental species from other regions that are believed to have 
strayed here without direct human aid, and well-established introduced species 
that are now part of our avifauna. Species Total: 987 


The checklist is downloadable in PDF, XLS, and CSV format.

-----

Also, The American Ornithologists' Union (AOU) Checklist of North & Middle 
American Birds is available online for download as well in CSV or Excel format 
at: 


http://checklist.aou.org/

From the Geographic Area Covered section:

The geographic area covered includes North and Central America from the North 
Pole to the boundary of Panama and Colombia, including the adjacent islands 
under the jurisdiction of the included nations; the Hawaiian Islands; 
Clipperton Island; Bermuda; The West Indies, including the Bahama Islands, the 
Greater Antilles, Leeward and Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles (ending 
with Grenada); and Swan, Providencia, and San Andrés Islands in the Gulf of 
Mexico. Greenland is not included in the coverage of the Seventh Edition of the 
Check-list, although it was included in earlier editions and will be in the 
next edition. 


-----

The checklist of the Georgia Ornithological Society is always updated and kept, 
lately under the Birding heading, on the GOS website at: 


http://www.gos.org/

The Regular Review List (also containing the Provisional Review List) is also 
there. 


-----

Checking your checklists is always a great summer doldrums birding activity, 
seems like you can always learn something during the latest checklist reviews! 


-----

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Blue-gray gnatcatcher
From: Patty Jenkins <pschwar AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 11:10:09 -0400
I just had a blue-gray gnatcatcher on our feeder! First time Ive ever seen
one here!
Patty Jenkins
DeKalb County near Emory



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Subject: Re: Huie Ponds, Clayton Co. 7/22/15
From: Carol Lambert <carol.lambert AT CCWA.US>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:17:17 +0000
Thanks for the early update Drew. Yesterday around 2pm, the only shorebird I 
found was one Least sandpiper, so they're starting to move. There have been 2 
Snowy Egrets off and on, 1-2 Great Egrets...but no Green Herons at Huie for 
awhile now. Blalock and Shamrock have had Great & Snowy Egrets , Green Herons 
and 1 Little Blue. Ospreys are still on the nests, including near the Blalock 
dam, but can't tell if they're adiults or juveniles. I always check the Pates 
Creek channel at the south end of the Blalock parking lot, where we had a 
Limpkin appear 6/1-8/2004 (Patrick Brisse) and 7/6-11/2006 (C. Lambert). Those 
were exciting irregularities for the summer here. 

Carol


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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Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 7:45 PM
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: [GABO-L] Huie Ponds this morning

Hi all,
Had to go to the airport this morning so dropped by Huie Ponds. It was pretty 
quiet, though there were some interesting birds present: 


1 Great Egret
1 Solitary Sandpiper
1 Spotted Sandpiper
(in the top "northwest" pond)

There were 5 Least Sandpipers in with about 30 Kildeers on the middle pond. 
Using Kenn Kaufman's book I would say the orange-like coloring would make them 
juveniles, but I would willingly be corrected on these comments by more 
experienced birders. 


They were not many swallows - only a handful of Barn.

Cheers
Drew Whitelegg
DeKalb Co.


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Subject: Re: HUMMINGBIRD QUESTION
From: Jim Yarbrough <colibri AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 01:29:14 -0500
For most RTHU hosts, June is usually a slow month of activity. The females
are nesting, usually in remote locations and hardly any are visiting our
feeders, especially if there are rowdy males present. The males are making
visits to wherever the best food sources are. If our feeders and flowers fit
that description, then we see the adult males; if not, then they are to be
found elsewhere.

At the end of June and into July, the fledgling immature birds start showing
up at our feeders and flowers. This is usually the increase in activity that
most people experience at this time. If you look closely, you will realize
that most immature RTHU seen are male. Some have heavy stippling, some have
moderate stippling, some have only one or two iridescent gorget feathers,
some look so much like females that only a bander can tell the difference
with the bird in hand.

This has been the best year ever for me. Since their return in mid-March, I
have seen more hummers than ever before. During the slow months of late May
into June, I had several dozen adult males visiting my feeders. I used to
ask the question: Where did the hummingbirds go? Now I am asking: Where did
all these hummingbirds come from? 

Then came the invasion of fledgling Ruby-throats. The number of birds much
more than doubled. These hyper-active youngsters make for almost non-stop
activity. I say "almost" only because the extreme heat of the day does slow
things down somewhat.

I have been going through a lot of sugar water. There are fourteen feeders
out at present. I had been thinking of putting more out but I am now
starting to see a decline in activity. The adult males may be starting to
depart. I do not think that I will see any migrating birds passing through
before next month. In any case, I will be ready for them.

Jim Yarbrough
Ashburn, GA



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Subject: Re: HUMMINGBIRD QUESTION
From: "Eugenia R. Thompson" <eroberthom AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:03:51 -0400
They are surely zooming around like maniacs here!!! Our house is in deep shade 
so I don't have the numbers I see in sunny locations, but with a feeder on the 
front and one on the back, there's a LOT of activity this year! Now if I could 
just get rid of the yellow jackets..... 


Eugenia Thompson
Athens GA

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Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 9:37 PM
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Subject: Re: [GABO-L] HUMMINGBIRD QUESTION

Regarding Sandra Garber's head-scratching about the hummer downswing in the 
runup to July: Sandra, most of us have had to write this post at one time or 
another. Truth is, there's something similar to this each year in central and 
north Georgia. During early spring we see the return of ruby-throats to the US 
mainland from their overwintering posts. Both males and females are in this 
initial wave. Then for most of us there is a gradual decrease in the numbers of 
birds, as they pair off into territories. I got down to perhaps only 3-6 
sightings per hour, sometimes less, sometimes more. 


Then around the 1st of July we start to see the fall (!) migration of 
ruby-throats, beginning with the males only for the first half of the month. 
They leave their nest sites immediately as the young are fledged, and with 
that, all the post-breeding survival lessons are left up to the mom 
(comparisons to our own species intended!). After the males pass through during 
early- to mid-July, there follows a steady and increasing stream of females and 
juveniles of both genders leading up to a climax in numbers during September. 
It's during this time we hear stories of folks not being able to keep two or 
even three feeders full over the course of a day! 


Granted, the numbers and exact timing of these phases varies slightly within 
each breeding and post-breeding cycle. But that's the jist of what's going on. 
I'll be interested in how others respond to your question as well, Sandra. 


Joel

Joel Hitt
Clayton GA (Rabun Co.)
(c) 404.784.6346
joel.hitt AT gmail.com

On Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 7:22 PM, Sandra Eileen Garber 
wrote:

> My neighbors and I noticed a total break in hummingbird activity over 
> several weeks during the latter part of June.  Then around the first 
> of this month, they came back.  Now there is a large number competing 
> for the feeders.  I don't remember a complete absence of hummingbirds 
> like we experienced in June.  Did anyone else experience this?  Have 
> you noticed it in prior years?  Anyone have an explanation for the break?
>
>
> Thanks for your help.  I look forward to your insights.
>
>
> Sandra Garber
>
> Canton, GA
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Subject: Re: HUMMINGBIRD QUESTION
From: Joel Hitt <joelhitt AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:37:09 -0400
Regarding Sandra Garber's head-scratching about the hummer downswing in the
runup to July: Sandra, most of us have had to write this post at one time
or another. Truth is, there's something similar to this each year in
central and north Georgia. During early spring we see the return of
ruby-throats to the US mainland from their overwintering posts. Both males
and females are in this initial wave. Then for most of us there is a
gradual decrease in the numbers of birds, as they pair off into
territories. I got down to perhaps only 3-6 sightings per hour, sometimes
less, sometimes more.

Then around the 1st of July we start to see the fall (!) migration of
ruby-throats, beginning with the males only for the first half of the
month. They leave their nest sites immediately as the young are fledged,
and with that, all the post-breeding survival lessons are left up to the
mom (comparisons to our own species intended!). After the males pass
through during early- to mid-July, there follows a steady and increasing
stream of females and juveniles of both genders leading up to a climax in
numbers during September. It's during this time we hear stories of folks
not being able to keep two or even three feeders full over the course of a
day!

Granted, the numbers and exact timing of these phases varies slightly
within each breeding and post-breeding cycle. But that's the jist of what's
going on. I'll be interested in how others respond to your question as
well, Sandra.

Joel

Joel Hitt
Clayton GA (Rabun Co.)
(c) 404.784.6346
joel.hitt AT gmail.com

On Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 7:22 PM, Sandra Eileen Garber 
wrote:

> My neighbors and I noticed a total break in hummingbird activity over
> several weeks during the latter part of June.  Then around the first of
> this month, they came back.  Now there is a large number competing for the
> feeders.  I don't remember a complete absence of hummingbirds like we
> experienced in June.  Did anyone else experience this?  Have you noticed it
> in prior years?  Anyone have an explanation for the break?
>
>
> Thanks for your help.  I look forward to your insights.
>
>
> Sandra Garber
>
> Canton, GA
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Subject: Huie Ponds this morning
From: Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 19:45:20 -0400
Hi all,
Had to go to the airport this morning so dropped by Huie Ponds.  It was
pretty quiet, though there were some interesting birds present:

1 Great Egret
1 Solitary Sandpiper
1 Spotted Sandpiper
(in the top "northwest" pond)

There were 5 Least Sandpipers in with about 30 Kildeers on the middle
pond.  Using Kenn Kaufman's book I would say the orange-like coloring would
make them juveniles, but I would willingly be corrected on these comments
by more experienced birders.

They were not many swallows - only a handful of Barn.

Cheers
Drew Whitelegg
DeKalb Co.


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Subject: HUMMINGBIRD QUESTION
From: Sandra Eileen Garber <sgarber AT GSU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:22:55 +0000
My neighbors and I noticed a total break in hummingbird activity over several 
weeks during the latter part of June. Then around the first of this month, they 
came back. Now there is a large number competing for the feeders. I don't 
remember a complete absence of hummingbirds like we experienced in June. Did 
anyone else experience this? Have you noticed it in prior years? Anyone have an 
explanation for the break? 



Thanks for your help.  I look forward to your insights.


Sandra Garber

Canton, GA

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Subject: Little blue heron in Clayton County
From: world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:32:30 +0000
At 9:30 am a Little blue heron flew over the intersection of Main Street and 
Southpoint Drive in Forest Park 30297. This is just south of the Perimeter and 
just east of Rt. 19/41. Details will be submitted to ebird.org. The bird was 
flying southeast at moderately low altitude. There are several ponds and swampy 
patches in the vicinity. It is not unusual to see Grt blues and Greens here but 
I think this is the first Little blue I have seen at this spot in about seven 
years of frequent visits. 



James Gibson

Clayton Co.

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Subject: Great Egret at George Pierce Park
From: "Chris O'Neal" <chrisoneal2718 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:36:53 -0400
Good morning birders!

This morning on the way to work, I stopped at George Pierce Park in
Gwinnett County to see if the Great and Excellent Egret was still there
from 15 July. It is indeed still in the main wetlands pond and is
presumably the same bird.

The Excellent Egret is still Existing and Eating among the Echelon of
herons here. Extraordinary!

Chris O'Neal
Gwinnett County


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Subject: Southeastern GA, 7/19/2015
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 22:25:48 -0400
Hi, folks, Pat Markey & I traveled to southeastern GA yesterday to look for
kites, waders & other interesting species in the Vidalia onion counties.  We
started the day at Evans Co. PFA, then drove around the farms & pastures of
Evans & Tattnall Cos. before spending some time at the Skeen Farm in western
Long Co. We then headed to bird some ponds near Ludowici (Long Co.) before
hitting a couple of wetlands in Toombs Co. on the way back to the Atlanta
area.

We had pretty good luck with Swallow-tailed Kites, finding them in Evans,
Tattnall & Long Cos., but many of them seemed to have taken the day off at
the famed Skeen Farm. While there had been up to 60 around the farm on
Saturday, we saw less than 10 at any given time on Sunday. At least one was
almost always in view, though, & we watched one take a drink from the pond
like a giant swallow, something I had never witnessed.

Here are some of the highlights for the day:

Wood Stork: 1, Union Church Rd., Bulloch Co.; 4, US 25 north of
Evans/Tattnall Co. line

Double-crested Cormorant: 5, Ludowici WWT Pond, Long Co.

Least Bittern: 2, Evans Co. PFA

Black-crowned Night-Heron: 1 juvenile, Evans Co. PFA

Swallow-tailed Kite: 2, Durrence Lake AT Green Cypress Church Rd., Evans Co.;
8, Blocker Rd. (US 25 north of Glennville); 7, Skeen Farm, Long Co.; 2, CSR
Aggregate Ponds, Long Co. (southwest of Ludowici off of US 84)

Mississippi Kite: small numbers at scattered locations; high count was 12 at
Skeen Farm

Common Gallinule: 15, Evans Co. PFA; 8, Pendleton Creek Wetlands AT US 1,
Toombs Co. (north of Lyons)

American Coot: 1, Pendleton Creek Wetlands AT US 1

Least Tern: a nice inland total of 33, Ludowici WWT Pond

American Kestrel: 1 male, Red Mill Rd., Evans Co.

American Robin: 1, Claxton, Evans Co.

Hooded Warbler: 1, Little Bull Creek AT David Tippins Rd., Evans Co.

Prairie Warbler: 1, CSR Aggregate Ponds

Bachman's Sparrow: 1, Sand Pond Rd., Evans Co.; 4, Red Mill Rd., Evans Co.

Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA
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Subject: Leucistic Swallow at NG Turf Farm (Gordon County) near Calhoun, GA
From: Mike Weaver <mwriverpointe AT MSN.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 10:29:58 -0400
Sunday afternoon while birding at the NG Turf Farm location off of the 
Taylortown Loop Road (Coordinates: 34.558049, -84.790541) in Gordon County near 
Calhoun, GA, Ellen Miller and I spotted a Leucistic SWALLOW (sp.) flying over 
the fields with the other swallows. We were unsure as to the species of this 
swallow but believe it to be a possible CLIFF SWALLOW (but listed it on the 
E-Bird report as a swallow sp.). Would be interested to hear what species that 
other birders might think this bird is. It was very interesting to see this 
bird and was my first encounter with a leucistic bird in the wild. Below are 
links to the photos. The bird was fairly distant and very difficult to 
photograph. One photo shows the tail shape as the swallow banked while flying. 

 
Links to the bird photos on Flickr:
https://flic.kr/p/vhA1KA
 
https://flic.kr/p/vX7FnH
 
https://flic.kr/p/wchRNf
 
https://flic.kr/p/vhJRu2
 
 
Thanks,
Mike Weaver
Kennesaw, Cobb County, GA
 
 
            
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Re: Swallows Oh MY! Bartow Co
From: Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 21:22:33 -0400
I drove up to Bartow from DeKalb on Friday and I have to endorse Pam's
comments on the swallows.  An astonishing number.  When I first saw them I
assumed they were a huge flock of starlings there were so many!  Really
beautiful.

Drew Whitelegg
DeKalb Co.

On Sun, Jul 19, 2015 at 6:26 PM, Pam Potter  wrote:

> This is a late post, sorry about that but it couldn't be helped.
>
> I did part of the Bartow Loop Friday
>
> It started at my massage therapist's office on Douthit Ferry Rd,
> Cartersville. She asked what those birds were.  There was a nice cliff
> swallow community nesting on the upper balcony in back of the building
> along with some barn swallows.  I got to count 30 before they started
> moving.  The cliff swallow is a life bird for me!
>
> Next was Brandon Farm Rd:
>
> 2 great egrets
> mallards & other ducks I could see well enough to ID.  All with chicks
> several killdeer
> lots of red-wing blackbirds
> 1 kingbird
> 2 meadowlarks
>
> Taff Rd:
>
> More swallows than I've ever seen in one place.  There were tree and barn
> swallows that I could ID.  Lots of fledglings.
> More killdeer
> meadowlark bathing in the small pond
> 10 Canada geese
> 1 GBH
> 1 great heron
> 1 Savannah sparrow
> A huge flock of blackbirds flew just beyond the ridge behind the big pond.
>
> Dunham Swamp where I was basically looking to relocate a specific wild
> flower.
> 1 F-ruby-throated hummingbird
> 1 M indigo bunting
>
> And the highlight of the day: 2 F mallards!  As I was parking I heard the
> ducks and before I got out of the car they came strolling right for me.
> They came to the door when it was opened and stood out there muttering to
> themselves, pretending to want some gravel.  I didn't have anything for
> them.  I couldn't touch but they followed me all around while I was
> searching for the plant.  I'd look behind me and they would be about 1ft
> away.  Muttering.  I got really tickled.  Then some guys came with a canoe
> so they went that way.  They were so funny.  I wonder if they were raised
> by someone who released them there.
>
> Pam Potter
> White
> Bartow co
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Subject: Swallows Oh MY! Bartow Co
From: Pam Potter <ppotter AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 18:26:07 -0400
This is a late post, sorry about that but it couldn't be helped.

I did part of the Bartow Loop Friday 

It started at my massage therapist's office on Douthit Ferry Rd, Cartersville. 
She asked what those birds were. There was a nice cliff swallow community 
nesting on the upper balcony in back of the building along with some barn 
swallows. I got to count 30 before they started moving. The cliff swallow is a 
life bird for me! 


Next was Brandon Farm Rd: 

2 great egrets
mallards & other ducks I could see well enough to ID.  All with chicks
several killdeer
lots of red-wing blackbirds
1 kingbird
2 meadowlarks

Taff Rd:

More swallows than I've ever seen in one place. There were tree and barn 
swallows that I could ID. Lots of fledglings. 

More killdeer
meadowlark bathing in the small pond
10 Canada geese
1 GBH
1 great heron
1 Savannah sparrow
A huge flock of blackbirds flew just beyond the ridge behind the big pond.

Dunham Swamp where I was basically looking to relocate a specific wild flower.
1 F-ruby-throated hummingbird
1 M indigo bunting

And the highlight of the day: 2 F mallards! As I was parking I heard the ducks 
and before I got out of the car they came strolling right for me. They came to 
the door when it was opened and stood out there muttering to themselves, 
pretending to want some gravel. I didn't have anything for them. I couldn't 
touch but they followed me all around while I was searching for the plant. I'd 
look behind me and they would be about 1ft away. Muttering. I got really 
tickled. Then some guys came with a canoe so they went that way. They were so 
funny. I wonder if they were raised by someone who released them there. 


Pam Potter
White
Bartow co

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Subject: Re: Peregrine in northern Clayton Co.
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 18:38:17 -0400
Ha ha!  :)   It also had an easy chance at a large terrified flock of
starlings and numerous randomly scattered mourning doves,  but I did not
see it grab any of those. A picky eater for sure.
JG
On Jul 19, 2015 6:14 PM, "Mark McShane"  wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> It probably can't figure out if it wants fries or pancakes with that meal!
>
> Good Birding All!
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> Mark
>
> Mark McShane
> Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
> Currently in the observation tower on the Jekyll Island Causeway
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Subject: Re: Peregrine in northern Clayton Co.
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 18:14:14 -0400
Hi All,

It probably can't figure out if it wants fries or pancakes with that meal!

Good Birding All!

Mark

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Subject: Peregrine in northern Clayton Co.
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 17:46:58 -0400
At 5:36 pm there is a Peregrine hunting over the Ihop and MacDonald's on
Central Avenue (Rt 19/41) at I-75 just south of Hapeville.It approached
from Tradeport Loop in Clayton County.Very unusual to see one at this
location in midsummer.

James Gibson
Clayton Co


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Subject: Little Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Murphy Candler Park, DeKalb County, 7/19/15
From: Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 13:43:49 -0400
A LBHE, an immature, has joined the SNEG at the park; a good chance to see two 
very similar birds at close range depending on where they are on the lake. A 
scope would be helpful. At one point they flew back up the creek out of sight. 
Ten minutes later they flew back to the sandbar. Discovered this morning by 
Patty McLean. 


Jeff Sewell
Tucker GA
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Subject: Snowy Egret at Murphy Candler Park
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 09:20:25 -0400
    
There's a Snowy Egret feeding at the back of the lake at MCP in DeKalb County 
this morning, along with a Green Heron, a Spotted Sandpiper and several 
Killdeer on the muddy (and trasy) spit.  

Photo of SNEG https://flic.kr/p/vgaGax
Patty McLean Tucker GA 

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Subject: Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Forsyth Co.
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2015 21:11:34 -0400
Hi, folks, Pat Markey & I birded American Proteins this morning & were
surprised to find a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron foraging along the
edge of one of the ponds. A few more shorebirds have appeared over the past
couple of days: 3 Pectoral Sandpipers, 1 Least Sandpiper & 7 Spotted
Sandpipers were present today.

I stopped by the ponds along Riley Rd. in north central Forsyth Co. a couple
of times today to see if any egrets or herons were still around, but came up
empty (except for a single Great Blue Heron). There had been up to two Snowy
Egrets & two Little Blue Herons (all juveniles) here at least through Monday
afternoon (7/13). 

Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA
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Subject: AAS Birdwalk, Murphey Candler Park (DeKalb) -- Great Egret, Heron Nest, Killdeer, More
From: ldtp <ldtp AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2015 19:17:35 +0000
Three birders braved the heat and eyeglass-fogging humidity on July 16 for an 
Atlanta Audubon Society birdwalk at Murphey Candler Park (DeKalb County). We 
had a low species count (27 -- see list below), but some excellent viewing 
experiences. 


A Great Egret was feeding on minnows and dragonflies in the SE corner of the 
lake near the deck. Three young Great Blue Herons were visible in a nest on the 
west side of the lake, and we also saw one (or possibly both) of the parents 
perched and in flight. At one point, an adult flew up to the nest, prompting 
much squawking from the hungry kiddos. We glimpsed a Green Heron in flight and 
later enjoyed a longer view of one perched in a low pine branch near the 
spillway. 


There were plenty of Barn Swallows, mostly in flight but with some adults and 
immatures perched on the utility lines by the sports fields. Conversely, we saw 
only two or three Northern Rough-winged Swallows in flight, but a dozen or so 
perched in a small tree. 


One Red-tailed Hawk seen and another heard only. One Killdeer at the sandbar. 
Several sightings of Eastern Kingbirds. One Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. One Common 
Yellowthroat, heard only. 


Also: One Five-lined Skink. A few adult turtles swimming and several very young 
ones basking -- a mix of Cooters, Sliders, and Painteds. Dragonflies fairly 
plentiful, including multiple Amberwings and a couple of Halloween Pennants. 
Several large orb-type spiderwebs. 


Butterfly Pea, Trumpetvine, Potato Vine, and Loosestrife in bloom.

Liz Hornsby
DeKalb County

--

Atlanta Audubon Society Birdwalk
Murphey Candler Park, DeKalb County
July 16, 2015
7:30 - 10:45 AM
Above average temps and very high humidity
Note: shorter distance walked than usual, roughly half of the lake loop trail.
27 species
3 observers.

Canada Goose  35
Mallard  15
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  1
Green Heron  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Killdeer  1
Eastern Phoebe  2
Eastern Kingbird  3
American Crow  5
Fish Crow  1
Crow sp.  5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 15
Barn Swallow  45
Tufted Titmouse  2 (heard only)
Carolina Wren  4 (heard only)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Eastern Bluebird  12
American Robin  3
Brown Thrasher  1
Common Yellowthroat  1 (heard only)
Eastern Towhee  2 (heard only)
Song Sparrow  12
Northern Cardinal  8
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  2

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:42:31 -0400
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: July 17, 2015 at 7:04:04 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Anhinga (1 Columbia)
> Little Blue Heron (2 Bartow)
> White Ibis (1 Bartow)
> Black-necked Stilt (2 Richmond)
> Spotted Sandpiper (1 Columbia)
> Greater Yellowlegs (2 Richmond)
> Stilt Sandpiper (1 Muscogee)
> Least Sandpiper (2 Richmond)
> Pectoral Sandpiper (2 Richmond)
> Tree Swallow (1 Clayton)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the  Georgia Rare Bird Alert.The report 
below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia. View or unsubscribe to this 
alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569 

> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
> 
> 


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Subject: Great Egret, Heron Nest at Murphey Candler Park - DeKalb
From: ldtp <ldtp AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:58:06 +0000
Another Atlanta-area Great Egret! There was one feeding in the SE corner of the 
lake at Murphey Candler Park (north DeKalb County) yesterday morning (July 16). 


There's an active Great Blue Heron nest on the west side of the lake.

Liz Hornsby
DeKalb County

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Subject: Spotted Sandpiper in Valdosta
From: Marvin T Smith <mtsmith AT VALDOSTA.EDU>
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2015 22:17:48 +0000
I just saw my first of the season Spotted Sandpiper at Lake Sheri in Valdosta. 
I was walking the dogs after a heavy rain storm and found the bird near the 
dam. It must be Fall! 

Marv


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Subject: [GABO-L] Mississippi Kite and Sandhill Cranes---Tattnall Co.

Hello,
At 10:30 a.m. today while watching a Mississippi Kite circle above my yard I 
saw (4) Sandhill Cranes, high in the sky on a long pitch southward. They 
disappeared to the south on their long glide without ever flapping their wings. 


Gene Wilkinson
Glennville, Ga.

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Subject: Encounter with a young Great-horned Owl
From: bob zaremba <bobzarem AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2015 16:22:21 -0400
Got out of the office last night and took a run up to Bartow in the hopes of
seeing some early migrating shorebirds.  I missed the one Least Sandpiper
that Joel saw,  but did see the young White Ibis.   The swirls of Cliff
Swallows around the pond on Taft road was very cool too!     On the way back
I went by the Corp of Engineers property along Alatoona Creek in the hope of
hearing some chucks.  Never heard any chucks but while I was there, I heard
a weeping call that sounded a bit like some one's parrot squawking.   Found
the culprit sitting up in a snag,  what I assume was a juvenile Great-horned
Owl.  I watched and listened for a while and as I sat there the owl made
several unsuccessful dives on some bats that were swirling around over the
road.   It was getting dark quickly and on the final dive it looked like it
was successful in grabbing one of the bats.  I did get some video of the
final encounter.  A very nice way to end an enjoyable night of birding!    

 

Bob Zaremba

Marietta, GA 



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Subject: Mississippi Kite and Sandhill Cranes---Tattnall Co.
From: Gene Wilkinson <000003a89ce3540c-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2015 16:57:31 +0000
Hello, 
At 10:30 a.m. today while watching a Mississippi Kite circle above my yard I 
saw (4) Sandhill Cranes, high in the sky on a long pitch southward. They 
disappeared to the south on their long glide without ever flapping their wings. 


Gene Wilkinson
Glennville, Ga.

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Subject: Little Blue Herons Fulton County
From: Wes Hatch <whatch11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2015 23:29:36 -0400
There have been five Little Blue Herons at the intersection of Wileo and
Azelea Rd in Fulton County. These are most likely post breeding dispersal
birds. There have been 4 juvenile (white morphs) and one adult. There are
plenty of Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons in the area.

Enjoy,

Wes Hatch
Chattahoochee Nature Center
Roswell, GA


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Subject: GA eBird Day 2015: Wednesday July 15th Lake Burton
From: David O Ellis <doellis AT EGLHOLDINGS.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2015 20:48:34 -0400
As Joel requested here is a small update from Lake Burton, Rabun County.

The bird of the day was the Bald Eagle. Lesser mortals included American 
goldfinch, Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White Breasted Nuthatch, Brown Nuthatch, 
Song Sparrow, Belted Kingfisher, Crow, Mallard, Mourning Dove, Yellow Chat, 
White Eyed Vireo, indigo Bunting, Carolina Wren, Sharp Shinned Hawk, Hooded 
Warbler, Turkey Vulture & Black Vulture. Surprisingly No Woodpeckers although 
they are usually around. 


Not bad for someone in a power wheelchair!

Happy birding, David

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Subject: Wood Storks in Screven County
From: David Boykin <dlboykin57 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2015 19:07:50 -0400
While driving down Hwy 301 near  Cooperville, a Wood Stork flew across the
road and landed in a dead tree next to another Wood Stork. This is at a
small flooded bog that is mostly dead trees and stumps. Herons frequent
this little water hole. This area is about 50-60 miles from the coast,
which is where I usually see them. I have never seen them this far inland.

David Boykin
Statesboro, Ga


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Subject: American Kestrels Breeding in DeKalb County
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:09:47 -0400
    
A few of us went this morning to the DeKalb County Pole Bridge Wastewater 
Treatment Plant and, in addition to several Great Egrets, we found two separate 
family groups of American Kestrels for a total of SIX individuals. Each pair 
had what we are assuming was one young - a female with one pair and a male with 
the other. The parents were not seen feeding the young but seemed to be showing 
them how it's done. So, from what I read about this species, this behavior 
would indicate that the birds fledged more than 12 days ago. At one point, we 
watched an adult male perch within a few inches of the young male but exchanged 
no food. The two groups are at least 1/2 mile apart. 

Interesting to note that I was with a group of birders last May when one pair 
of kestrels was seen copulating. So we can assume this morning's sighting may 
be the result of a successful breeding/nesting site. I talked to the plant 
supervisor and he said nest boxes could be added with consent - so if anyone 
has some boxes or knows where i can get some, please let me know. However, the 
trees likely provide adequate nesting holes. 

This site has tremendous potential for a good deal of diversity, and the 
property has limited accessibility with advanced permission from the plant 
office. 

Patty McLeanTucker GA  (DeKalb County)

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