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27 May Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 5/27/2015 [Stephen Holzman ]
26 May Broad-Winged hawk over Dunwoody [Carl Miller ]
26 May Northeast Georgia - 5/24/2015 - Video Post [Mark McShane ]
25 May Loggerhead Shrikes at Lovejoy [Drew Whitelegg ]
23 May Little Mulberry Park (Gwinnett) [Rebecca Deitsch ]
23 May AAS Walk at Clyde Shepherd (DeKalb) -- Hawk, Pileated Woodpecker, Hummingbirds, Thrushes [ldtp ]
23 May No FTFL Andrews Island Causeway ["Robert D. Sattelmeyer" ]
23 May Re: Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Andrews Is.Causeway, Brunswick, eBird Alert 5/22/2015 [SHEILA WILLIS ]
22 May Shorebird workshop [Steve Holzman ]
23 May Re: F0rk-tailed Flycatcher, Andrew's Island Causeway, Brunswick, eBird Alert 5/22/15 []
23 May F0rk-tailed Flycatcher, Andrew's Island Causeway, Brunswick, eBird Alert 5/22/15 [Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell ]
22 May Least Flycatcher returns - Cohuttas [Joshua Spence ]
22 May AAS 2015 Shorebird Workshop [Art Hurt ]
22 May Hooded Merganser ~ Murray County [Joshua Spence ]
22 May Murray County Wetland Birding [Joshua Spence ]
20 May Black-necked Stilts Bibb Co. 5/20/15 [Trey McCuen ]
20 May Talluluh Gorge []
20 May The Sagebrush Sea: Cornell Lab Film [Andrew Dreelin ]
20 May Prothonotary Warbler, LA Waterthrush at Olde Rope Mill Park, Cherokee County [Roseanne Guerra ]
20 May White Pelicans, Lake Horton, Fayette Co. 5/19/15 [Carol Lambert ]
20 May Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 5/20/2015 [Stephen Holzman ]
20 May TV show tonight []
20 May Wild Turkey - Medlock, DeKalb [Drew Whitelegg ]
19 May Peregrine Falcon Nest Ledge - Tallulah Gorge State Park, Rabun County - 5/17/2015 - Video Post [Mark McShane ]
19 May Wood Ducks - Floyd Co []
19 May Grasshopper Sparrow, Stonecrest Mall, DeKalb County, 5/16/15 [Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell ]
19 May Connecticut Warbler at Henderson Park [Patty McLean ]
18 May Re: Ceruleans on Ivylog and Gumlog Gap Roads in North Georgia Mtns [Patty McLean ]
18 May Ceruleans on Ivylog and Gumlog Gap Roads in North Georgia Mtns [Patty McLean ]
18 May Cliff Swallows, Stone Mountain Park, DeKalb County, 5/18/15 [Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell ]
18 May Gray Kingbird on Tybee [Diana Churchill ]
18 May Pelagic, June 13 [Trey McCuen ]
18 May Update: impacts on birding conditions Laura S. Walker SP (WARE/BRANTLEY) [SHEILA WILLIS ]
18 May Connecticut Warbler at Henderson Park [Patty McLean ]
18 May Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 5/18/2015 [Stephen Holzman ]
18 May AAS Field Trips this week [Mary Kimberly ]
17 May Savannah Wildlife Refuge [David Boykin ]
17 May Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on Brandon Farm Loop in Bartow Co. [Lance ]
16 May Jekyll Island daytrip - Wilson's Plover galore []
16 May Cedar waxwings [Ilene Schroeder ]
16 May Connecticut Warbler RFI [Allison & Johnnie Greene ]
15 May AWBB -- Metro Birdbrains, May 13, 2015 [Mary Kimberly ]
15 May AAS Field Trip Hard Labor Creek State Park ["Delestrez, Phil" ]
15 May Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert [Steve Holzman ]
14 May Re: Connecticut Warbler Continues at Henderson Park [Drew Whitelegg ]
14 May Connecticut Warbler Continues at Henderson Park ["Chris O'Neal" ]
14 May Fw: Connecticut Warbler still here, Henderson Park, Dekalb County, May 14, 2015 [Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell ]
14 May Duncan Ridge Trail, Fannin Cty., Crossbills, Raven, RB Nuthatch, YB Cuckoo, BP Warlber []
14 May Connecticut Warbler at Henderson Park [Patty McLean ]
13 May Peregrine Falcon nest at Tallulah Gorge - a must see [Nathan Klaus ]
13 May Re: Connecticut Warbler at Henderson Park [Patty McLean ]
13 May Huie Ponds, Clayton Co. 5/13/15 water birds [Carol Lambert ]
13 May 1st PABU at Robins AFB [Bob Sargent ]
13 May GOS - New website! [Stephen Holzman ]
13 May Connecticut Warbler heard in Big Canoe [Theresa Hartz ]
13 May Connecticut Warbler at Henderson Park [Patty McLean ]
13 May Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert - 5/13/15 [Stephen Holzman ]
12 May Citizens Science Project – Mourning Warbler Song Mapper [Jay Pitocchelli ]
12 May AAS Walk at Murphey Candler Park (DeKalb) -- Sandpipers, Thrushes, More [ldtp ]
12 May AWBB Babe-breasted Warblers May 1st Glynn County [Lydia Thompson ]
12 May grosbeak follow-up [Elaine Zitomer ]
11 May Atlanta Audubon Warbler Weekend [Theresa Hartz ]
11 May Re: Pine Siskins [Steve Holzman ]
11 May Pine Siskins [Larry Stephens ]
11 May Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 5/11/2015 [Stephen Holzman ]
11 May AAS Field Trips this week [Mary Kimberly ]
11 May Re: black-headed grosbeak [Mark McShane ]
11 May Re: black-headed grosbeak [Mark McShane ]
11 May Fwd: [GABO-L] black-headed grosbeak [Elaine Zitomer ]
11 May black-headed grosbeak [Elaine Zitomer ]
10 May Cedar Waxwings [Tom Painting ]
10 May MISSISSIPPI KITEs (Pierce); ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS (Ware); nestings [SHEILA WILLIS ]
10 May eBird report of Pectoral on Bartow [Ginny Wood ]
10 May Late report- Blue Sky Preserve-Chatham 5-8-15 [Steve Fox ]
10 May Tybee [steve livingston ]
9 May Field Sparrows Galore in Burke County [Lois Stacey ]

Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 5/27/2015
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 09:35:47 -0400
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From:  
Date: Wed, May 27, 2015 at 9:31 AM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
To:


*** Species Summary:

Double-crested Cormorant (3 Rabun)
Peregrine Falcon (2 Habersham)
Willow Flycatcher (2 Rabun, 3 Union)
Least Flycatcher (2 Rabun)
Swainson's Thrush (2 Fannin)
White-throated Sparrow (1 Chatham)
Common Grackle (Bronzed) (1 Clayton)
Pine Siskin (1 Clarke)

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Subject: Broad-Winged hawk over Dunwoody
From: Carl Miller <carl.miller67 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 15:47:59 -0400
A white morph Broad-Winged hawk Buteo platypterus was soaring in a westerly 
direction around 1pm. I would estimate about 500 ft. It then was mobbed by two 
crows and began flapping and gyrating to escape. 


Carl Miller
Dunwoody Dekalb County
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Subject: Northeast Georgia - 5/24/2015 - Video Post
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 02:25:29 -0400
Hi All,

Jim Hanna and Nick Sakas and I planned and completed a really nice premium 
Georgia end of May mountain birding trip on Sunday. 


We first visited Monument Road in Pickens County (one curve in Dawson County), 
entrance at 34.540831,-84.343712 (GPS: N 34 32.450 W 84 20.623). To my 
knowledge this is the southernmost 3000+ foot elevation area in Georgia (Mount 
Oglethorpe), and holds a lot of great most-beloved birds during the breeding 
season. 


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UPDATE: The previous long gravel last section of the county maintained portion 
of Monument Road appears to have been paved so that it is now much easier to 
drive and to hear the birds while driving! 


UPDATE: At the end of Monument Road, via the original very short gravel road, 
the Mount Oglethorpe Foundation has opened to the public Eagle's Rest 
(dedicated in December 2013) on Mount Oglethorpe which is a park which includes 
trail systems, picnic areas, and wonderful viewing decks (some elevated into 
the canopy), details can be learned at: 


http://www.mtoglethorpe.org/

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From Pickens County it was on to Union County, north of Blairsville, to the 
western end of Ivy Log Gap Road (Forest Road 100, gravel) at 
34.911445,-83.993058 (GPS: N 34 54.687 W 83 59.583) where we continued about 7 
miles along and over Ivy Log Mountain to Ivy Log Gap, where we took a left and 
headed northwest about 1.4 miles on Ravencliff FAA Road (Forest Road 334, 
gravel) to where it met up with Gum Log Gap Road (Forest Road 95, gravel), 
where we again went left and then west along and over Gum Log Mountain and 
finally descended to the paved Gumlog Road, about 4.4 miles away. 


These Forest Roads are gravel and there are sometimes smallish rocks and ruts, 
and small sticks or branches in the road in some of the areas. I am glad to 
report that we made it completely through this area this season with no issues 
in the All Terrain Rare Bird Chasing Utility Vehicle/Camry Version 2.0 (aka 
2012 Toyota Camry SE) and with a pretty full load. However, for a car, good 
driving common sense, sometimes very slow speed, sometimes great care in tire 
path selection, as well as experience driving mountain gravel roads can be 
needed, but hey we made it through ok! It would be much easier or a non-issue 
in a bit tougher and higher ground clearance vehicle such as a truck or SUV. 


This route includes the Georgia DNR and US Forest Service Cerulean Warbler 
survey route implemented many years ago and described here: 


http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/conf/landmanagement/?cid=fsm9_029293

Once on Gumlog Road we headed over to Young Harris, on through Hiawassee, over 
to Clayton, and then up northeast to the intersection of Hale Ridge Road and 
Bald Mountain Road at 34.994242,-83.295705 (GPS: N 34 59.655 W 83 17.742) to 
look for Least Flycatchers. 


Successful in finding a Least Flycatcher within 10 minutes we continued heading 
down Hale Ridge Road (Forest Road 7) following it eventually south along the 
eastern border of Warwoman WMA through to the paved Warwoman Road (about 10 
miles, gravel). Forest Road 7 courses through some of the most pristine 
mountain forest, and most prime birding habitat, in north Georgia. It was a 
sheer delight to bird the area Sunday. The driving conditions cautions right 
now are the same as listed above for this gravel road. However, in addition, 
there are some deeper water erosion ruts, especially in some of the turns, 
where extra care must be taken in a car to cross through unscathed, again we 
made it through without issue being careful. 


About a third of a mile above the Warwoman WMA border on Forest Road 7, while I 
was concentrating on the driving, Jim Hanna loudly called out a singing 
Swainson's Warbler, one of our primary target birds for the segment, and it was 
very extremely close to the road, within 20-30 feet. We stopped and were able 
to locate the bird quickly due to, for a Swainson's Warbler, the comparatively 
sparse foliage at the spot. A very long and magical birding moment began to 
tick away as we had stunningly incredible good looks at this bird mere feet 
away, both in binoculars and in the scope just outside its minimum focusing 
distance. Nick got his life Swainson's Warbler and I was able to capture some 
pretty good footage of the warbler with the phonescope. The warbler was very 
calm and cooperated beautifully throughout, we could not get over it! The 
Swainson's Warbler was my favorite bird of the trip, an ABA Code 2 bird, it is 
rare and local in north Georgia mountain rhododendron and laurel habitat. Check 
out the videos! 


As we watched the Swainson's Warbler Red-breasted Nuthatches began to toot 
about 100 yards or so further south, another hoped for bird for this section, 
amazing! We were able to locate the nuthatches as well as we drew closer to 
them just around the bend. All of this unfolded at 34.97615,-83.26615 (GPS: N 
34 58.569 W 83 15.969). 


We made it down to Warwoman Road and headed west back to Clayton, and then 
south to Tallulah Gorge State Park to check on the now famous nesting Peregrine 
Falcons there to finish the day. From about 600 feet away at Overlook 9 on the 
South Rim Trail we again monitored the progress of the two young Peregrine 
Falcons there on the east wall nest ledge. The young bird that seemed a little 
further along plumage-wise stretched his wings a bit while we were there, see 
the video still frames. We did not observe any feeding or adults coming to the 
ledge. One of the adults came in to the east wall of the gorge, maybe to roost 
for the night, and perched high above and to the right of the nest ledge, 
magnificent bird! 


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Special Visual Highlights (Among many, many, many great north Georgia breeding 
mountain birds enjoyed both seen and heard): 


Monument Road
BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS

Ivy Log Gap Road
Mother WILD TURKEY with young
WORM-EATING WARBLERS

Ravencliff FAA Road
Male CERULEAN WARBLER

Gum Log Gap Road
Male CERULEAN WARBLER - This was at the westernmost of the 3 Gum Log Gap Road 
Cerulean Warbler locations reported by Patty McLean in her May 18th post 


Hale Ridge Road/Bald Mountain Road Intersection LEAST FLYCATCHER

Hale Ridge Road
SWAINSON'S WARBLER
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES

Tallulah Gorge State Park
PEREGRINE FALCONS, 1 adult, 2 young
 
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Thanks to Jim for compiling the eBird checklists:

Monument Road
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23622081

Ivy Log Gap Road (Forest Road 100)
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23622080
With Worm-eating Warbler stills

Gum Log Road (Forest Road 95, includes Ravencliff FAA Road, Forest Road 334 
section) 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23622083

Bald Mountain Road/Hale Ridge Road Intersection
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23622084

Hale Ridge Road (Forest Road 7)
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23622085
With Swainson's Warbler stills

Tallulah Gorge State Park
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23622087
With Peregrine Falcon young stills

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The video clips and/or still frames of a Worm-eating Warbler, the Swainson's 
Warbler, and the Peregrine Falcons are up in the cloud at the following folder 
on my Box site: 


052415 North Georgia Mountains

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 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 a good idea. 


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Also available on Flickr at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/50282116 AT N04/

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Remember that you don't need a physical GPS unit to use coordinates in order to 
scout locations on a map, just enter them into, say Google Maps, just as they 
are to see where the location is! 


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Another awesomely special post-migration, but pre-post-breeding dispersal, 
beautiful north Georgia mountain birding day! 


Good Birding All,

Mark

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

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Subject: Loggerhead Shrikes at Lovejoy
From: Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 16:39:32 -0400
Hi all,
I know others have reported on these a while back but today I found a pair
of Loggerhead Shrikes at the Lovejoy Sports Complex (Gerald Matthews).

I saw one fly up into a tree into what appeared to be a nest.  I didn't
want to get too close in case I disturbed it.  Then the bird flew out and
joined another one about 30 yards away.

If anyone wants further information let me know.

At Huie there was a Great Egret, a Little Blue Heron, at least two Green
Herons.  There were also at least five Sandpipers.  I am taking them to be
Semipalmated.  Pale, with very little if any rufous coloring, no extension
of markings onto the belly, straight black bills.

Cheers
Drew Whitelegg
DeKalb Co.


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Subject: Little Mulberry Park (Gwinnett)
From: Rebecca Deitsch <rdeitsch AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 19:58:40 -0400
I spent 3.5 hours at Little Mulberry Park (Gwinnett County) this morning and
found 60 species, including a few interesting breeders. 

Highlights:

Great Blue Heron, 11, several active nests
Killdeer, 1 pair with 2 chicks
Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 1
Acadian Flycatcher, 3
Yellow-throated Vireo ,1 
Red-eyed Vireo, 15+
Tree Swallow, 4, nesting in the martin gourds
Wood Thrush, 8
Ovenbird, 2
Louisiana Waterthrush, 1
Summer Tanager, 1
Scarlet Tanager, 2
Blue Grosbeak, 3
Indigo Bunting, 7
Eastern Meadowlark, 2
Orchard Oriole, 5

There were also a few Cedar Waxwings still hanging around.

I didn't find any Yellow-breasted Ch AT ts which I was looking for.


John Deitsch,
Gwinnett County

https://www.flickr.com/photos/103058792 AT N02/
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23593305

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Subject: AAS Walk at Clyde Shepherd (DeKalb) -- Hawk, Pileated Woodpecker, Hummingbirds, Thrushes
From: ldtp <ldtp AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 20:13:06 +0000
Eight birders met at Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve (DeKalb County) for an 
Atlanta Audubon Society walk on May 21. A combination of the distressingly dry 
pond, the summer slump, and gusty winds depressed the species count to just 23. 
(List below.) 


Highlights: four Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds (two perching as well as flying), a 
glimpse of a Pileated Woodpecker, partial songs by two distant Wood Thrushes, 
and very close views of a Red-Shouldered Hawk. 


Liz Hornsby & Mary Kimberly
DeKalb County

==

Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, DeKalb
May 21, 2015 7:28 AM - 9:32 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Warm and sunny, with frequent breezes, some gusty.
8 participants
23 species

Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  6
Fish Crow  1
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  9
Tufted Titmouse  12
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
House Wren  4
Carolina Wren  8
Wood Thrush  2
American Robin  1     1 juvenile
Gray Catbird  4
Cedar Waxwing  6
Eastern Towhee  6
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  21
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
House Finch  2

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Subject: No FTFL Andrews Island Causeway
From: "Robert D. Sattelmeyer" <rsattelm AT GSU.EDU>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 16:23:29 +0000
I had a volunteer gig until 10 this morning, after which I went over to Andrews 
Island and spent about an hour--did not see any F0rk-tailed you-know-whats. In 
the flycatcher line, I saw a pair of Eastern Kingbirds, which have a similar 
color pattern. . . . 



Bob Sattelmeyer

St Simons Island

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Subject: Re: Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Andrews Is.Causeway, Brunswick, eBird Alert 5/22/2015
From: SHEILA WILLIS <swillis AT MEDIASTREAMUS.NET>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 05:01:32 -0400
Hey folks,

Hope you are fine & will have a great weekend.

News might be in later today, but I might be able to provide a little info
now on the eBird report of 5/22/2015 about the Fork-tailed Flycatcher,
Andrews Island Causeway, Brunswick, GLYNN. Obviously, contact w/ the
reporter or a separate visual, etc. is best, but maybe these thoughts will
help out as a consideration in the meantime. Insomnia sure works on the
weary mind (no sleep yet)!

First, please note that the person's name who did the checklist is actually
Jeff Fariss. He is a somewhat new birder in our Okefenokee Bird Club &
lives in Baxley (APPLING). He birds w/ other members such as Gene Wilkinson
(TATTNALL) & his grandson Caleb Folsom (now APPLING). I see that for that
date it was a party of 2 but just his name was listed. All 3 do try to take
pictures at times. Jeff is doing more birding now & says he really enjoys
it.

Of course, I can't speak to the true identity of the reported bird, but
here is one type I thought about for several reasons (minus tail length)---
GRAY KINGBIRD. Not saying it is that, though.

The label "fork-tailed flycatcher" might have been used in this case based
on a simple descriptive term choice & not necessarily the actual species.
Not every birder (esp. new ones) is aware of all the names which birds can
have or that a range map/seasonal chart/rarity level is an essential guide
(i.e., BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE indicated by the "Snowbirds" who are more
familiar w/ that type). While the GRAY KINGBIRD's tail is certainly not as
long as that rare bird of the list (no tail length was mentioned), it does
have a fork/notch in its tail (vs. the familiar EASTERN KINGBIRD) & it is a
flycatcher. It has a somewhat similar dark grey back w/ white undersides in
a quick comparison.

The GRAY KINGBIRD is expected/found at the Andrews Island Causeway
area (I've seen them myself across the street) & at this time of year. They
can be seen as 2 birds at a time.

I'm sure if courting was involved they might be "playful". But as others
mentioned for the rarity bird, I've not seen or heard of the GRAY
KINGBIRD dropping into the reeds either. If it was this species, perhaps
they were going after bugs or something or in a chase, etc.

Lastly, the only other truly long-tailed flycatcher I know that has been
found in GLYNN is, of course, the SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, of which the
non-peachy juveniles have turned up on the coast. And, we have certainly
been surprised at something new in the past. Or gotten odd looks at other
locals w/ a forked tail, such as terns, etc.

Whatever the mystery bird is, I know Jeff & his companion had a great day
on the coast enjoying these wonderful creatures and I am glad he took the
time to turn in several checklists for that date. Every bit helps &
situations like these keep us alert! Take care.

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


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Subject: Shorebird workshop
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 23:08:46 -0400
Forwarding for Lisa Hurt

AAS 2015 Shorebird Workshop
Last weekend 12 people participated in the AAS Shorebird Workshop. It was a 
spectacular event with perfect weather. The workshop began with a class session 
in Atlanta on shorebird identification taught by GeorgannSchmalz. It then moved 
to the coast where Tim Keyes taught a session on shorebird conservation, 
threats facing shorebirds, migration, and banding. 

There was a full day of birding Saturday led by Lydia Thompson and Gene Keferl. 
Birding was done on Jekyll Island and Andrew's Island. Sunday's birding 
included a 4-hour boat trip exploring the Altamaha River Delta at places such 
as Little St. Simons Island, Little Egg Island, and Wolf Island Bar. The 
Horseshoe Crabs did not disappoint... neither did the birds. Sunday afternoon 
was spent at Harris Neck NWR where we met the refuge manager who gave us a 
special tour of the rookery. Meeting the refuge manager was an unexpected 
bonus. 

A total of 91 species was seen.
Lisa Hurt, 
Atlanta 

Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

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Subject: Re: F0rk-tailed Flycatcher, Andrew's Island Causeway, Brunswick, eBird Alert 5/22/15
From: world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 01:28:28 +0000
Hi, This would be pretty extraordinary if accurate….although every coastal 
state in the eastern U.S. (except Georgia and Mississippi!) has reported at 
least one forktail in the past, the only states with records of more than one 
bird at a time (according to ebird.org) are Texas and Florida. If any of you 
are within reach of this location, please do check it out tomorrow if at all 
possible! 



James Gibson

Clayton Co. 






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eBird Alerts, I thought it a good idea to let GABO know about it. If anyone can 
confirm this sighting in the morning, please let us all know as soon as 
possible. I do not think about FTFL "dropping into the reeds" and I do not know 
this reporter, but.....?? 

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Fork-tailed Flycatcher (1 Glynn)

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Fork-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus savana) (2)
- Reported May 22, 2015 09:30 by Fariss Jefferson
- Andrew's Island Causeway, Glynn, Georgia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=31.16246,-81.50159&ll=31.16246,-81.50159 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23583201
- Comments: "2 of these birds where flying in what I would call a playful 
manner for 20-30 seconds. They both dropped into the reeds of the marshes of 
Glenn, I lost them from there." 


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Subject: F0rk-tailed Flycatcher, Andrew's Island Causeway, Brunswick, eBird Alert 5/22/15
From: Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 00:52:19 +0000
 This report was posted at 6:54pm this evening. As some on GABO may not get 
eBird Alerts, I thought it a good idea to let GABO know about it. If anyone can 
confirm this sighting in the morning, please let us all know as soon as 
possible. I do not think about FTFL "dropping into the reeds" and I do not 
know this reporter, but.....?? 

Jeff Sewell 
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*** Species Summary:

Fork-tailed Flycatcher (1 Glynn)

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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

Fork-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus savana) (2)
- Reported May 22, 2015 09:30 by Fariss Jefferson
- Andrew's Island Causeway, Glynn, Georgia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=31.16246,-81.50159&ll=31.16246,-81.50159 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23583201
- Comments: "2 of these birds where flying in what I would call a playful 
manner for 20-30 seconds. They both dropped into the reeds of the marshes of 
Glenn, I lost them from there." 


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Subject: Least Flycatcher returns - Cohuttas
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 13:54:18 -0400
I spent several hours in the Cohutta Mountains on Wednesday. It was a beautiful 
day to be out. I was hoping to find some cool breeding birds in Murray County's 
higher elevations. I spent most of the day along Potato Patch Mountain, Grassy 
Mountain and the Songbird Management Area. I hiked about three miles. I saw one 
of the largest Black Bear that I've ever seen up there. It was in one of the 
wildlife openings along the road. 

The best birds include the returning LEAST FLYCATCHER near the junction of FS 
68 & CCC Camp Rd.(on the west side of the road across from the house with 
maroon shutters). This is the third consecutive year that a LEFL has summered 
here. It was first located by Stan Chapman, Al Mercer and Sylvia Chandler on 
6/12/13. The bird called repeatedly for several minutes while I was there, 
though I never saw it. It could also be heard from Murray County which is about 
500' south of the house. 


Another good bird was a singing ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK a few miles west of 
here. This bird stayed in the roadside treetops singing in a fashion that 
suggested that it was on territory. This species is known to nest at a few 
sites in GA's Blue Ridge mountains. It was not reported from the Cohuttas 
during the GA Breeding Bird Atlas project, though I do recall one in the summer 
of 1996 at the Lake Conasauga Campground. Harriet Digioia used to tell me that 
they nested in the Cohuttas, and there are a few sightings from the area in the 
eBird database. It will be interesting to see if this bird continues here. In 
2013, I found several singing VEERYS near Lake Conasauga and Bald Mountain. I 
checked those sites this trip, and found only one bird singing on West Cowpen 
Rd. 


Overall, it was a good day. I think I observed about 40 species with some good 
numbers of individuals. Highlights include: 


Broad-winged Hawk
LEAST FLYCATCHER
VEERY
WOOD THRUSH - 13
Blue-headed Vireo - 9
Red-eyed Vireo - at least 50
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER - 20
BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER - 8
Black-throated Green Warbler - 18
BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER - 12
Black-and-white Warbler - 13, one singing at 2300'
WORM-EATING WARBLER
Ovenbird - 36
HOODED WARBLER - 22
Scarlet Tanager - 13
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK
Dark-eyed Junco - 7


Joshua Spence,
Murray County

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Subject: AAS 2015 Shorebird Workshop
From: Art Hurt <artlisahurt AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 16:52:53 +0000
Last weekend 12 people participated in AAS' Shorebird Workshop.It was a 
spectacular workshop with perfect weather. The workshop began with a class 
session in Atlanta on shorebird identification taught by Georgann Schmalz.  It 
then moved to the coast where Tim Keyes taught a session on shorebird 
conservation,threats facing shorebirds, migration, and banding. 

There was a full day of birding Saturday led by Lydia Thompson and Gene Keferl. 
Birding was done on Jekyll Island and Andrew's Island.Sunday's birding included 
a 4 hour boat trip exploring the Altamaha River Delta at places such as Little 
St. Simons Island, Little Egg Island, and Wolf Island Bar. The Horseshoe Crabs 
did not disappoint... neither did the birds. Sunday afternoon was spent at 
Harris Neck NWR where we met the refuge manager who gave us a special tour of 
the rookery. Meeting the refuge manager was an unexpected bonus. 

A total of 91 species was seen.
Lisa HurtAtlanta

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Subject: Hooded Merganser ~ Murray County
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 10:12:56 -0400
On Tuesday, I did some more wetland surveying. This time, in the west central 
portion of the county along the Conasauga River. The wetlands here are large 
and complex, consisting of more true bottomland forest, but also open marshy 
areas, beaver ponds/sloughs, etc. The forest structure, with much in standing 
water, supports the largest known breeding PROTHONOTARY WARBLER population in 
the county. I hiked about three miles and observed at least eleven singing 
birds. This site also boasts the largest GREAT BLUE HERON rookery in the 
county. At least 16 nests were counted this trip. A late NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH 
was a nice surprise, but the best bird was an adult female HOODED MERGANSER. 
This is only the second "breeding season" site for the county. The habitat here 
is perfect. There are extensive flooded forested shallow sloughs that any 
self-respecting HOME would appreciate. I had 47 species in all, about six 
hours. I have some habitat photos on my facebook page if you're interested: 


https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=488960937918396&id=460198340794656 


Below is a complete list: 


Canada Goose - 2
Wood Duck  4
Mallard  5 - Pair with three fledglings.
HOODED MERGANSER  1 - One female
Great Blue Heron  34     At least 16 active nests.
Green Heron  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  3
Chimney Swift - 2
Barred Owl  4 - recently fledged young
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Acadian Flycatcher  8
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
Eastern Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  11
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  4
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  8
Carolina Wren  10
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  17, nest with young
WOOD THRUSH  8
Gray Catbird  2
Brown Thrasher  1
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH  1
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH  1, getting late!
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER  11
KENTUCKY WARBLER  1
Common Yellowthroat  8
Northern Parula  2
HOODED WARBLER  1
Pine Warbler  3
Yellow-breasted Chat  5
Eastern Towhee  10
Northern Cardinal  18
Indigo Bunting  15
Red-winged Blackbird  3
Common Grackle  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  6
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  2

Joshua Spence,
Murray County

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Subject: Murray County Wetland Birding
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 08:40:56 -0400
I spent Monday surveying a local wetland in southwestern Murray County. These 
wetlands near the confluence of Polecat & Beamer Creeks are some of my favorite 
in the county. Habitats here transition from forested streams to open cattail 
marsh to wooded swamp, beaver ponds and shrubby willow edges. I had a V1rginia 
Rail here on 5/13/13, but none this time. In fact, I didn't find many of my 
target birds. 


I hiked approximately three miles through the area, with the help of some 
waders. 53 species in six hours. I did not see any nesting GREAT BLUE HERONS 
this year. Previously, there had been two active nests. Best bird was a single 
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER. One might expect more here, but the forest structure does 
not support a large population of this species at this site. There are plenty 
of snag trees for nesting, but the competition for nesting with other cavity 
nesters seems higher here than at other similar sites in the county. I have 
some habitat photos on my facebook page if you're interested: 
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=487853401362483&id=460198340794656 


Below is the entire list:

Wood Duck  14, including 8 recently fledged young
Great Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  1
Black Vulture  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  4
Barred Owl  1     Seen leaving a hollow tree.
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER - at least four
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Acadian Flycatcher  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  4
Eastern Kingbird  1
White-eyed Vireo  4
Red-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Purple Martin  2
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  6
Brown-headed Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  10
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  8
Eastern Bluebird  4
American Robin  1
Brown Thrasher  3
European Starling  7
Cedar Waxwing  1
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
KENTUCKY WARBLER  3
Common Yellowthroat  8
Northern Parula  1
Pine Warbler  6
Yellow-breasted Chat  10
Eastern Towhee  4
Field Sparrow  1
Summer Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  11
Blue Grosbeak  2
Indigo Bunting  10
Red-winged Blackbird  24     
Common Grackle  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
Orchard Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  2

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23525708 



Joshua Spence,
Murray County

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Subject: Black-necked Stilts Bibb Co. 5/20/15
From: Trey McCuen <eleganttreygon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 17:45:47 -0400
This afternoon I found a pair of Black-necked Stilts in the Macon Landfill. 
This is a first county record according to Paul Johnson. Paul manages the 
annotated checklist of birds in Middle GA. Photos were taken by Paul, and will 
be uploaded to our eBird checklist soon for those who are interested. The 
access to this site in unclear, but we are still working on it. Other birds of 
note were Semipalmated Plover, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, 
Common Gallinule, Painted Bunting, and Prothonotary Warbler. 


Trey McCuen
avianwanderings.com
Macon, GA

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Subject: Talluluh Gorge
From: annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 15:33:30 -0400
Went to see the Peregrine Falcons on Monday and was not disappointed. Saw one 
adult sitting to the left of the nest and when he flew he made a large circle 
flying directly past us very close! 

When at overlook #9 there is a plastic box sitting there. Open box , sign 
register and there are maps which show the location of the nest! These maps are 
great! 


Good luck!

Ann Stewart
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Subject: The Sagebrush Sea: Cornell Lab Film
From: Andrew Dreelin <randrew899 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 14:37:42 -0400
GABO-L

Hi all,

I believe Ann Stewart posted briefly about this event, but I thought I
would provide some additional details on the viewing, as well as an
official message from the multimedia team of the Lab of Ornithology. Not
only does this film explore the fascinating lives of sage-grouse and other
sagebrush specialties, it also explores the conservation of the ecosystem.

See the message below for more details!

Also, if you don't have cable, you can stream the show online in a day:
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/

Enjoy,

Andrew Dreelin

____

Hello Friends and Colleagues!

This week, PBS is airing a gorgeous film about the surprising biodiversity
hidden in the West's sagebrush steppe, and the complex challenges facing
the region — if you care about birds and their habitats, this is worth your
time. The Sagebrush Sea  broadcasts
this *Wednesdayevening, 8pm EST on PBS* as part of the NATURE series — make
sure to see the trailer below!

To most people, this landscape is empty flyover country, a place to simply
endure on your way to somewhere else. But the reality is quite different:
hundreds of species of birds and mammals evolved with this ecosystem over
millennia and have come to depend on it — and meanwhile, our thirst for
space and energy has shrunk the sagebrush sea by half, and fragmented what
remains. The film follows Greater Sage-Grouse through a year on the steppe,
and gives intimate glimpses into the parallel lives of their wild
neighbors.

But this film is not just about sitting back and seeing pretty scenes and
beautiful birds, or harping on about another population decline. It's a key
part of a national dialogue about threatened and endangered species that's
coming to a head this year. Greater Sage-Grouse numbers have dwindled along
with their habitat (from perhaps 16 million pre-settlement to a few hundred
thousand today), and they're due for a listing decision under the
Endangered Species Act in September. But because this sensitive bird's home
range covers so much lucrative land, it's not clear how that decision would
ultimately affect the species' conservation, let alone the fate of the ESA
itself.

While many people understand our energy demands, and are familiar with the
conversion of sage lands for agriculture or rangeland, very few actually
understand what could be lost here. The Sagebrush Sea
 aims to change that. Tuning in
this* Wednesday at 8pm Eastern
/ 7pmCentral *is a first step towards understanding one of the continent's
greatest conservation debates and a chance to show support for preservation
on a much broader stage than just the sagebrush sea.

Check out the trailer below, and mark your calendars!
https://youtu.be/Ai_uxZo-giM

Thanks for your support!

The Multimedia Production Team,
Cornell Lab of Ornithology


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Subject: Prothonotary Warbler, LA Waterthrush at Olde Rope Mill Park, Cherokee County
From: Roseanne Guerra <zan67g AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 14:30:31 -0400
Hello GABO,

I had my first GA Prothonotary Warbler this morning at Olde Rope Mill Park in 
Cherokee County (conveniently close to I-575). Exact locations of birds are in 
the attached EBird report. Other hightlights: 


LA Waterthrush: great looks as he sat in a low tree alternately preening and 
singing. 


Yellow Billed Cuckoos: two birds singing back and forth.  Spotted one.

One singing Parula.

Nesting Cliff Swallows under I-575.

Summer Tanager.

Note: the mosquitoes are bad, especially on the muddy stretch of trail where I 
found the Prothonotary. 


Good birding,

Roseanne Guerra


Olde Rope Mill Park, Cherokee, US-GA
May 20, 2015 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 mile(s)
Comments: First GA Prothonotary. Somewhat hot. Lots of mosquitoes. Walked the 
Mill Trail, towards 575 as far as I could go on both sides of the river, and 
part of the paved trail. 

32 species

Great Blue Heron  1
Mourning Dove  5
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2 Calling to each other. Was able to spot one from the dam 
ruins (balance-beamed it out to the end), looking towards I-575. 

Red-headed Woodpecker  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
White-eyed Vireo  3
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  1
Cliff Swallow  18     Nesting under I-575 overpass.
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown-headed Nuthatch  5
Carolina Wren  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  12
Wood Thrush  2
Gray Catbird  1
Louisiana Waterthrush 1 At the mill race (on unpaved mill trail). Perched in a 
tree alternately singing and preening. Great looks. Was able to see bright 
white eye stripe and could even see that the neck stripes did not extend all 
the way up to under the "chin". Song petered out instead of a sharp ending. 

Prothonotary Warbler 1 After crossing Little River bridge from the park, turn 
left (instead of towards the mill ruins). Was at the point where the trail 
loops back around because of a watery inlet. Heard loud "sweet-sweet-sweet", 
and then got great looks with the binocs. Bird was eye level and close to the 
trail, over water. Mosquitoes were horrible : ). Note this trail is muddy on a 
good day and impassable after a rain. Bird could also be heard from the mowed 
trail on the park-side of the river (turn left before bridge). 

Kentucky Warbler  1
Northern Parula  1
Pine Warbler  3
Eastern Towhee  5
Chipping Sparrow  1
Summer Tanager 1 In the copse of trees between the parking lots. Heard 
tikki-tuk-tuk and then spotted it. 

Northern Cardinal  9
Indigo Bunting 4 Audible from Little River bridge. In the power cut west of the 
bridge (north side). 

Brown-headed Cowbird  2
American Goldfinch  6

View this checklist online at 
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Subject: White Pelicans, Lake Horton, Fayette Co. 5/19/15
From: Carol Lambert <carol.lambert AT CCWA.US>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 15:44:39 +0000
Just saw a photo of 27 Am. White Pelicans taken on Lake Horton Tuesday evening. 
Note that there's a non-county resident parking fee of $5 at Horton. 


Carol Lambert
Senior Conservationist
Clayton County Water Authority / Newman Wetlands Center
2755 Freeman Road, Hampton, GA 30228
770.603.5603 office / 770.603.5602 fax / 678.758.4551 cell
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 5/20/2015
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 10:22:58 -0400
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From:  
Date: Wed, May 20, 2015 at 9:26 AM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
To:


*** Species Summary:

Hooded Merganser (1 Murray)
Swallow-tailed Kite (3 Clarke)
Bonaparte's Gull (2 Chatham)
Peregrine Falcon (1 Fulton)
Least Flycatcher (1 Rabun)
Northern Waterthrush (1 Murray)
Common Grackle (Purple) (1 Clayton)
Pine Siskin (1 Gwinnett)

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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: TV show tonight
From: annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 09:42:56 -0400
Be sure to watch the much publicized program tonight at  8pm GPB channel
  THE SAGEBRUSH SEA
The greater sage grouse 



Ann Stewart
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Subject: Wild Turkey - Medlock, DeKalb
From: Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 06:45:35 -0400
Hi all,
Took my 5th grade class down to Clyde Shepherd in DeKalb County yesterday
morning.  There wasn't much around but there was a Wild Turkey wandering
around on the way.  Never seen one in this area before.  It was on the left
on Wood Trail Lane, just over the little bridge, in the "wild" area under
the electricity wires that runs through the subdivision (I've often thought
this would be a good birding area, but have never been sure about who owns
the land and access rights).

Cheers
Drew Whitelegg
DeKalb County


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Subject: Peregrine Falcon Nest Ledge - Tallulah Gorge State Park, Rabun County - 5/17/2015 - Video Post
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 23:09:08 -0400
Hi All,

Nick Sakas and I went north Sunday afternoon to attempt to observe the family 
of 4 PEREGRINE FALCONS at the newly discovered nest ledge at Tallulah Gorge 
State Park, best seen from Overlook 9 on the South Rim Trail. We were very 
successful as one of the adults was on the ledge with the young when we arrived 
at about 4:15pm. The adult pretty quickly departed, but within about 30 minutes 
both adults returned to the nest briefly and we were thrilled again as we 
watched the young being fed! I was able to make a brief first attempt at 
getting some handheld phonescoped video of the falcon family and would like to 
share a couple of brief clips and a few still frames with everyone. We joined 
Pat Markey from Tallulah Gorge and continued north into Rabun County to try to 
locate WILLOW FLYCATCHERS in Dillard and LEAST FLYCATCHERS on Hale Ridge Road. 
Finding both species made us all very happy flycatcher seekers. We had a pretty 
cool birding afternoon and evening in beautiful north Georgia finishing at the 
high overlook at Black Rock Mountain State Park! 


Dillard Willow Flycatcher spot:
34.959375,-83.376529
GPS:  N 34 57.563 W 83 22.592 

Hale Ridge Road Least Flycatcher spot:
34.9944872,-83.2956898
GPS:  N 34 59.669 W 83 17.741

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The video clips and still frames of the Peregrines are up in the cloud at the 
following folder on my Box site: 


051715 Peregrine Falcons Tallulah Gorge State Park

The Box site address for the folder is:

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

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eBird checklist with easy access to Peregrine still frames:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23520031

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Flickr (but maybe lower video quality):
https://www.flickr.com/photos/50282116 AT N04/

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Tallulah Gorge State Park website:
http://www.gastateparks.org/tallulahgorge

Tallulah Gorge State Park Map:
http://gastateparks.org/net/go/parks.aspx?locid=46&show=map
(scroll or page down to see the South Rim Trail map)

-----

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 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 a good idea. 


-----

Good Birding All,

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Wood Ducks - Floyd Co
From: annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 20:59:22 -0400
Box #1 hatched yesterday! She hatched 19 of her 20 eggs! This brings the total 
to only 42 eggs this season out of 3 boxes! There hasn't been any duck activity 
on the pond since the other hatchings 

so it doesn't look like I will have any second hatchlings! Will just have to 
wait and see. This has been a strange season so far. 


My total for last year in four nests was 85 so I'm only half way.
This is my 18th year of keeping records and my total thus far is 781 eggs!



Ann Stewart
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Subject: Grasshopper Sparrow, Stonecrest Mall, DeKalb County, 5/16/15
From: Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 15:40:43 +0000
 This species has returned to the same undeveloped field I have found it in 
for the last several years. This is the only place in the county I have found 
them. The field is the first one on the left as you turn in from Mall Parkway 
onto Stonecrest Square headed toward the mall. I noticed that the other 
nearby fields have recently been mowed and this one has not. If it is mowed, I 
doubt the sparrow(s) will stay.The mall is also known as "The Mall at 
Stonecrest." Reminder: this is private property, so one has to bird it from the 
sidewalk. I recommend that you review the bird's song before you go.Apologies 
for the late report. I entered my list to eBird using BirdLog and forgot to 
post it here. 

Jeff Sewell 
Tucker, DeKalb Co., GAlambertsewell AT att.net

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Subject: Connecticut Warbler at Henderson Park
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 09:49:01 -0400
Good morning, All. 

I was at Henderson Park early this morning doing some volunteer work. Ha! And 
you thought all I do in my spare time is bird! Well, the truth is, as long as 
I'm outside and my ears are working, I'm birding. But this outing's primary 
purpose was litter removal. While cleaning up near the last parking lot 
(Childrens Playground area), I heard the distinct and clear song of a 
CONNECTICUT WARBLER, followed by a few chip notes. This was around 7:30a - but 
my bins were in my car!! So I quickly finished the litter pickup and retrieved 
my bins and went searching. It was periodically chipping from the dense area 
under the canopy on the right side of the road as you approach the circle prior 
to entering the parking lot. Due to the darkness and wetness of the area and 
the bird's tendancy to be quiet for extended periods of time, I was unable to 
see it. There was also an Acadian Flycatcher chipping and calling in this 
general area. I mention this because the chip notes of these two species can 
sound somewhat similar.  


Afterwards I made a quick stop at the back swampy (and very muddy) end of the 
lake to see if one might be singing or chipping back there but no luck. The 
parking area makes a much better spot for most folks who want to see it - but 
never a guarantee that it will stick around. Plus this is one of the skulkiest 
little daytime rascals we have.  


And please remember not to trample vegetation nor stress or harass the bird 
with playback or owl calls. http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html   

Much appreciated. 

Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: Re: Ceruleans on Ivylog and Gumlog Gap Roads in North Georgia Mtns
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 21:05:51 -0400
I want to add this reminder about the ethics of not disturbing or disrupting 
breeding birds with playback, owl calls or other artificial means. With some 
patience, birders should get a decent look and/or photo of these special 
birds. http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html  


Thanks to all for cooperating. 

Patty McLean
Tucker GAPatty McLean  wrote:Hi All. Before the GOS Meeting 
this past weekend, I decided to scout the area along Ivylog Gap and Gumlog Gap. 
Theresa Hartz and Shannon Fair joined me for a delightful morning. We entered 
via Byers Road to enter the area from the East, taking Ivylog to Ravencliff FAA 
and then to Gumlog (aka NF-334). Many singing warblers were found along the 
route including Blue-winged (on Byers Rd and another at corner of Bradley and 
Rogers Rds), Hooded, Kentucky, Ovenbird, Chestnut-sided, Redstart, Worm-eating, 
Parula and Yellow-breasted Chat. Also Wood Thrush and Scarlet Tanager.  


But perhaps the nicest surprise was finding at least two singing CERULEAN 
WARBLERs along Gumlog. No females were detected but both males were behaving 
as if on breeding territory. My two eBird reports indicating the exact 
locations on Gumlog are here: 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23463397 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23463408 

On Sunday, our GOS Field Trip also covered all of Ivylog Gap (and FR-100) where 
we found one site with a singing male. My report includes this location 
embedded in the Cerulean comments here: 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/email?subID=S23501418 

May is the ideal month to confirm breeding status and perhaps find females or 
even fledglings toward the end of the month. So hopefully some of our birders 
will find additional locations and even more birds.  


Happy Birding,

Patty McLean
Tucker GA



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Subject: Ceruleans on Ivylog and Gumlog Gap Roads in North Georgia Mtns
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 19:39:44 -0400
Hi All. Before the GOS Meeting this past weekend, I decided to scout the area 
along Ivylog Gap and Gumlog Gap. Theresa Hartz and Shannon Fair joined me for a 
delightful morning. We entered via Byers Road to enter the area from the East, 
taking Ivylog to Ravencliff FAA and then to Gumlog (aka NF-334). Many singing 
warblers were found along the route including Blue-winged (on Byers Rd and 
another at corner of Bradley and Rogers Rds), Hooded, Kentucky, Ovenbird, 
Chestnut-sided, Redstart, Worm-eating, Parula and Yellow-breasted Chat. Also 
Wood Thrush and Scarlet Tanager.  


But perhaps the nicest surprise was finding at least two singing CERULEAN 
WARBLERs along Gumlog. No females were detected but both males were behaving 
as if on breeding territory. My two eBird reports indicating the exact 
locations on Gumlog are here: 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23463397 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23463408 

On Sunday, our GOS Field Trip also covered all of Ivylog Gap (and FR-100) where 
we found one site with a singing male. My report includes this location 
embedded in the Cerulean comments here: 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/email?subID=S23501418 

May is the ideal month to confirm breeding status and perhaps find females or 
even fledglings toward the end of the month. So hopefully some of our birders 
will find additional locations and even more birds.  


Happy Birding,

Patty McLean
Tucker GA



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Subject: Cliff Swallows, Stone Mountain Park, DeKalb County, 5/18/15
From: Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 21:41:13 +0000
This afternoon I saw two Cliff Swallows building a mud nest on the dam at 
Stone Mountain Park. I saw one here last week but no evidence of nest building. 
This is the first time that I know of that this species has attempted to nest 
at the park. There was one seen here last May on several occasions, but no 
nest was ever reported. To see these birds, park in the big, wide paved 
area near the dam and walk down the hill a bit until you are able to see the 
nest on the side of the dam away from the lake.. There are also Northern 
Rough-winged and Barn Swallows here.  

Jeff
Jeff Sewell Tucker, DeKalb Co., GAlambertsewell AT att.net

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Subject: Gray Kingbird on Tybee
From: Diana Churchill <dichurch AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 15:43:51 -0400
Greetings all,

I've been looking for Gray Kingbirds on Tybee and finally found one this am. It 
was in the middle of the commercial district perched on a wire on Tybrisa St. I 
haven't seen one at the newly named Hotel Tybee yet. 


The American Oystercatcher pair that has been on territory on the north beach 
now has one chick. Don't know what happened to the other two eggs that I saw 
last Tuesday when Mom was standing above the nest. There was an armadillo seen 
in that area today so it could have caused problems! 


With extra high tides recently, the beach has been littered with shorebirds, 
including black-bellied plovers with black bellies, red knots in breeding 
plumage, semipalmated sandpipers and plovers, and more. 


Photos are on my blog - http://dianachurchillbirds.blogspot.com/

Cheers,
Diana Churchill


Diana Churchill
Tybee Island, GA
Dichurch AT bellsouth.net
Www.dianachurchillbirds.com

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Subject: Pelagic, June 13
From: Trey McCuen <eleganttreygon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 14:44:58 -0400
Hey Guys, 

I am working on setting up a pelagic from St. Marys, GA on June 13. We are 
still working on the details, but the price should be around $200-$230. 
Although the Langs are dealing with something right now, they are willing to 
work it out for us to get offshore. Please let me know if you are interested 
and I will start a list to have handy once we figure out what is going on. More 
details later. 


Trey McCuen
avianwanderings.com
Macon, GA

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Subject: Update: impacts on birding conditions Laura S. Walker SP (WARE/BRANTLEY)
From: SHEILA WILLIS <swillis AT MEDIASTREAMUS.NET>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 12:42:00 -0400
Hey folks,

Hope you are fine. Here is an update about conditions that impact birding &
your expected species & numbers at Laura S. Walker State Park
(WARE/BRANTLEY).

Laura S. Walker SP lies btwn US#82 & US#1 s. of Waycross (WARE) on GA#177.
Laura Walker Lake has been in a state of total draw-down since last fall in
preparation for construction of a boardwalk for bikers across the
northwestern end of the lake adjacent to the traditional bird rookery. It
has been a very wet winter so the drying of the lake bottom has taken some
time plus now I understand there are other factors, thus construction was &
will be again delayed. I was told 5/16/2015 that it will be several months
before the water will be brought back up to normal levels.

Thus, anyone wishing to bird over the lake's waters, such as at its edges,
along the Lakeshore Trail, or at the Wildlife Observation Deck will have to
wait. There are some scattered puddles of water which have attracted some
shorebirds. But the number & types to be seen is different currently &
hopefully only for the short-term future.

In the past, BALD EAGLEs & OSPREY could be seen fishing in the lake
year-round and assorted ducks, PIED-BILLED GREBEs, AMERICAN BITTERN, etc.
used it in winter. WOOD DUCKs & the common wading birds plus ANHINGA are
still using the site. The RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDs have some grasses to use
for nesting, but the patches have been reduced.


Note that the popular Wildlife Observation Deck (nw. end of lake on s.
shore) is generally not accessible now due to construction of new cabins in
the old discontinued Pioneer Camping site near the Golf Course. The walking
trail to it from the boat launch is now inaccessible as well because the
launch site is closed due to the drawdown.

I do not have any reports about the status of the wading bird rookery at
the lake's marshy nw. end, which of course has not had any water underneath
it for many months, including now during nesting when this is so critical
for food & nest protection from predators such as raccoons from any
resident Alligators.

When the lake's two swimming areas were created in the recent past, the
park had the Am. Alligators which lived in the lake trapped out to protect
the swimmers. Previously, there was no lake swimming due to potential
danger but swimmers had the use of a swimming pool. Due to budget cuts it
was removed, and so eventually they created the lake swimming areas.

Occasionally a few 'gators do sneak back in & continue to benefit the
ecosystem. They had bred there in the past & had "gator holes" adjacent to
the rookery. It was a common sight to see their many eyes shine at night
during nature programs there. CANADA GEESE tried to raise families in
recent times, but the gators were quick to eat the young. WOOD DUCKs which
nest near the rookery have been more successful.

In case you weren't aware, also impacting this long-term,
successful rookery was an event in the past decade. During one of the
recent Okefenokee Swamp area major wildfires, GA Forestry dug a fire break
(adjacent to a power line cut) through the rookery which was clearly active
at the time, causing the loss of many shrubs & trees used for nesting & the
abandonment of the rookery for that year. Since then, the wading birds have
returned to nesting, but are now doing this farther back in the rookery so
nests are difficult to see from access points such as the Wildlife
Observation Deck or the power line cut.

There have been other habitat changes & proposed access changes too, but
the above are some of the major impactful ones especially for this year.
Note, if you are one who birds by personal paddlecraft, that the park did
switch from canoe rentals to kayak rentals.

Travel ERROR Note: I see that on the LSWP Google Map insert, it shows a
label for "The Lakes Golf Course at Laura S. Walker" as being at the spot
where the Park's HQ is located, just above the n. side of Laura Walker
Lake. However, this golf course is actually entirely to the west of the
lake past the big curve west, north, then southwest. That section is
not initially noticeable on LWSP's website page insert until you move your
cursor around the map to see the surrounding area. Then you will see
another label for the golf course in its proper, lower position.

The Golf Course there actually has some good birding sections. The staff is
proud of how much wildlife is there and how they try to do minimal
trimming, have allowed a golfing supporter to erect bird nest boxes similar
to those the Okefenokee Bird Club & the park put up elsewhere, etc. A few
times NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWs have nested in the stored pvc pipes in
an open maintenance shed. The water features & short grass attract wading
birds, OSPREY (has used a nest platform but not recently), & migrating
shorebirds.

For more information, see http://gastateparks.org/LauraSWalker

Hope this is helpful. Take care.

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


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Subject: Connecticut Warbler at Henderson Park
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 11:26:52 -0400
One continues this morning at HP in the back swampy area (behind the south end 
of lake). Heard quietly and partially singing. Might be two in this area. 
Please stay on footpaths. Rubber boots and mosquito spray are necessities...as 
is stealth. 


Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 5/18/2015
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 10:00:12 -0400
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Date: Mon, May 18, 2015 at 9:25 AM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
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*** Species Summary:

Swallow-tailed Kite (1 Clarke)
Bonaparte's Gull (2 Chatham)
Peregrine Falcon (1 Rabun)
Peregrine Falcon (North American) (1 Rabun)
Willow Flycatcher (3 Union)
Cape May Warbler (1 Rabun)
Pine Siskin (3 Clarke)

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Subject: AAS Field Trips this week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 07:08:27 -0400
Greetings, Georgia Birders

The Atlanta Audubon Society has 3 trips on our calendar this week:

Hugh Garrett will lead the last of his spring nature walks at Cochran
Shoals, CRNRA (Cobb County) tomorrow, Tuesday, May 19 at 7:30 AM.

Liz Hornsby and I will lead a walk at Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve
(DeKalb County) on Thursday, May 21 at 7:30 AM.

Gus Kaufmann and Vinod Babu will lead a walk at Fernbank Forest (DeKalb
County) on Saturday, May 23 at 8:00 AM. Registration is required.

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

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


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Subject: Savannah Wildlife Refuge
From: David Boykin <dlboykin57 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 20:21:37 -0400
The birding at the Savannah Wildlife Refuge was slow today. The highlights
were:

Least Bittern  3
Purple Gallinule  8
Common Moorhen  10
Osprey  2
Cattle Egret  1
Wood Stork  1
Anhinga  3
Great Blue Heron  3
Nighthawk  2
White Ibis  7

David Boykin
Bulloch County
Statesboro, Ga


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Subject: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on Brandon Farm Loop in Bartow Co.
From: Lance <lmarvel55 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 09:48:31 -0400
Just viewed a single STFC on Brandon Farm loop in Bartow Co. It was directly 
across the road from the large metal building owned by the Gains Cattle Co. The 
Dickcissle and Bobolinks continue to be found where the power lines cross 
Brandon farm road. Also viewed Indigo Buntings and Scarlet Tanager on Beasley 
Road which is on the opposite side of Hwy 113. 


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Subject: Jekyll Island daytrip - Wilson's Plover galore
From: eelriver05 AT MCHSI.COM
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 21:35:28 -0400
Hi my Georgia birding friends,

I just want to say it was a pleasant surprise today at Jekyll Island walking 
the beach from the soccer field to the ships mast at south beach. 

I have been walking this beach for a few years now and have seen a couple 
Wilson's Plover but today I saw 6 adults and and 3 chicks. It looks 

like the conservation efforts are working out well. Congrats to Lydia for her 
efforts. 

I have attached a few photos from todays Jekyll Island trip. The Plover chicks 
are too cute. 


Wilson's Plover
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/17131588713/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/17564402480/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/17751916315/in/dateposted-public/

Painted Bunting
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/17752070325/in/dateposted-public/

Royal Tern with food
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/17752040875/in/dateposted-public/

Tufted Titmouse bathing
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/17564144258/in/dateposted-public/

Northern Parula
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/17725574566/in/dateposted-public/

Bird on my friends, bird on!!

Larry Gridley
Albany, Ga.
Dougherty County

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Subject: Cedar waxwings
From: Ilene Schroeder <ilenes47 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 16:22:05 -0400
I just glanced outside and saw a big flock of Cedar Waxwings using my pond
and stream to bathe. At least 50 of them, probably more, kind of hard to
tell with the moving so fast.

Ilene
Lake Claire neighborhood
Atlanta in Dekalb

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Subject: Connecticut Warbler RFI
From: Allison & Johnnie Greene <johnniegreene AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 15:50:09 -0400
Does anyone know if the Connecticut Warbler is still hanging around?

Johnnie Greene
Canton, Cherokee County, GA

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Subject: AWBB -- Metro Birdbrains, May 13, 2015
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 21:48:36 -0400
This year's Metro Birdbrains team was comprised of Joy Carter, Marian Gordin,
Jan Francis, and Mary Kimberly. Our chosen date was Wednesday, May 13. We
birded in DeKalb County, mostly. We began at Joy's home, which is just 2
blocks inside Fulton County, but we figured that was close enough!

At Joy's home, we got 19 species:

Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
Carolina Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Carolina Wren
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Song Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch

From there, we went to Constitution Lakes, where we picked up 23 additional
species:

Canada Goose
Wood Duck (including a female with a flotilla of ducklings)
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Solitary Sandpiper
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker (Mary missed this bird)
Pileated Woodpecker (agitated behavior near a probable nest hole)
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Fish Crow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Tufted Titmouse
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Towhee
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle

We stopped by the gas line cut on Constitution Rd., hoping for
Yellow-crowned Night Herons (just like we tried for last year), but came up
short. We did pick up one more species, though:

Chipping Sparrow

By now, we were well into "Bird Thirty" when things really slow down, but
our stop at Johns Homestead Park was worthwhile because we found some
things we were looking for:

Great Blue Heron (trying to swallow a fish that was HUGE; the fish was
dropped and got away)
Green Heron (way up in a tree in the forest)
American Coot (one lone individual. Seriously! What is that bird still
doing here??)
Eastern Bluebird
Pine Warbler
American Crow

We didn't have a Mallard yet, but a stop at the lake at Clairmont Heights,
across from the VA Hospital yielded that species.

Mallard (with ducklings)

We then enjoyed Marian's backyard near Toco Hill. In addition to being able
to watch Carolina Wrens and Brown-headed Nuthatches bringing food to their
nests, we were rewarded with:

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Great Crested Flycatcher (defending it's territory against a Red-bellied
Woodpecker; Jan missed this bird))

We took a last-ditch stop at Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, hoping for
some goodies. But the place is as dry as a bone. We did get one more:

Cooper's Hawk

Along the way during the day, we all saw:

Rock Pigeon

We birded from about 7:15 AM till 5:45 PM. In all, we all shared 50 birds
and had 2 unshared birds. I bit lower than our species count from last year
(54, we think we remember). But, we are out for our Big Day about a week
later than usual and it was a fairly hot day. Things really slowed down
after lunch; more than usual, we think. We were skunked on some birds,
notably Indigo Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, more woodpeckers, more hawks, and
that pesky YCNH!!

All-in-all, a fun day!

-- 
Mary Kimberly
Unincorporated DeKalb County


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Subject: AAS Field Trip Hard Labor Creek State Park
From: "Delestrez, Phil" <Phil.Delestrez AT DNR.GA.GOV>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 22:32:32 +0000
eBird Report - Hard Labor Creek State Park, May 15, 2015
ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu Delestrez, Phil;
Hard Labor Creek State Park, Morgan, US-GA
May 15, 2015 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: Four visitors joined me for the walk on the Brantley/Beaver Pond Loop 
trail. The temperature was mild, upper 70's, mostly overcast and humid. We had 
a nice walk, considering it was late afternoon, and heard and saw a good 
variety of birds. 

22 species

Canada Goose  1
Chimney Swift  6
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Acadian Flycatcher  3
Red-eyed Vireo  12
American Crow  6
Carolina Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  10
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Louisiana Waterthrush  4
Black-and-white Warbler  4
Northern Parula  1
Chipping Sparrow  2
Summer Tanager  7
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  3
Brown-headed Cowbird  1

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Phil Delestrez
Park Ranger
Hard Labor Creek State Park
706-557-3001



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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 13:53:43 -0400
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: May 15, 2015 at 9:27:11 AM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Northern Bobwhite (1 Coweta, 1 Talbot)
> Northern Harrier (1 Glynn, 1 Murray)
> Stilt Sandpiper (1 Glynn)
> Short-billed Dowitcher (Prairie) (1 Glynn)
> Short-billed Dowitcher (Atlantic) (1 Glynn)
> Great Black-backed Gull (1 Glynn)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Charlton)
> Merlin (1 Glynn)
> Willow Flycatcher (1 Rabun, 2 Union)
> Least Flycatcher (1 Rabun)
> Connecticut Warbler (3 DeKalb)
> Magnolia Warbler (1 Dawson)
> Palm Warbler (1 Muscogee)
> Common Grackle (Purple) (1 Clayton)
> 
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Subject: Re: Connecticut Warbler Continues at Henderson Park
From: Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 14 May 2015 15:11:39 -0400
Hi all,
I was there last night on my own, though I bumped into Patty McLean etc.  I
stayed in the area by the creek where Mark (I presume) spotted it.  Now I
heard a slow two-note wispy alarm-like call and saw a small bird flush from
low branch into a tree - I couldn't get a good fix on it but it certainly
wasn't a "regular" (Carolina Wren, Chickadee, Titmouse etc).  It also
wasn't the Acadian as that had moved over to the "dam" and was calling from
there. The only reason I post is because on one of the audio file sites I
did find a link to a Connecticut with this two-wispy note call, as opposed
to the single one.  I'm not trying to claim a sighting, merely add to the
discussion.  Anyone any thoughts on this?
Will pop back after work this evening and obviously let people know of any
developments.
Thanks (and thanks for welcoming me to this community)
Drew Whitelegg
Dekalb Co








On Thu, May 14, 2015 at 1:56 PM, Chris O'Neal 
wrote:

> Hello Oporornis chasers!
>
> This afternoon I decided to take an "extended lunch break" and try my luck
> at Henderson Park in Dekalb County to see if I could find the CONW that
> Patty and others found yesterday. I went to the described boggy field and
> waited for a while. The area was muddy, but no need to worry as I had
> already changed out of my work shoes and into old shoes (strongly
> recommended for anyone else in work clothes coming here!)
>
> After a few minutes around 12:20 I heard a call note I did not recognize.
> The CONW call is described as sounding like a sweet "witch," and I heard it
> at least four times. I did later hear a similar but different call of an
> Acadian Flycatcher, per Patty's warning, so I know the first bird was not
> an ACFL. It was also not quite like a Phoebe's call.
>
> After I left the park I found someone's recording of the call on
> Macaulaylibrary.org, and after listening to it I am confident that what I
> heard was indeed the CONW. LIFER! The recording I found on that site was
> number 127079, and the call is first heard at time 00:14.
>
> Incidentally, in case anyone was curious why the abbreviation is CONW
> rather than COWA, it is because there is a bird called a Colima Warbler
> (COLW), a bird from Mexico that is also sometimes found in southwestern
> Texas.
>
> Good luck to anyone who goes to find the CONW!
>
> Chris O'Neal
> Gwinnett County
>
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Subject: Connecticut Warbler Continues at Henderson Park
From: "Chris O'Neal" <chrisoneal2718 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 14 May 2015 13:56:16 -0400
Hello Oporornis chasers!

This afternoon I decided to take an "extended lunch break" and try my luck
at Henderson Park in Dekalb County to see if I could find the CONW that
Patty and others found yesterday. I went to the described boggy field and
waited for a while. The area was muddy, but no need to worry as I had
already changed out of my work shoes and into old shoes (strongly
recommended for anyone else in work clothes coming here!)

After a few minutes around 12:20 I heard a call note I did not recognize.
The CONW call is described as sounding like a sweet "witch," and I heard it
at least four times. I did later hear a similar but different call of an
Acadian Flycatcher, per Patty's warning, so I know the first bird was not
an ACFL. It was also not quite like a Phoebe's call.

After I left the park I found someone's recording of the call on
Macaulaylibrary.org, and after listening to it I am confident that what I
heard was indeed the CONW. LIFER! The recording I found on that site was
number 127079, and the call is first heard at time 00:14.

Incidentally, in case anyone was curious why the abbreviation is CONW
rather than COWA, it is because there is a bird called a Colima Warbler
(COLW), a bird from Mexico that is also sometimes found in southwestern
Texas.

Good luck to anyone who goes to find the CONW!

Chris O'Neal
Gwinnett County


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Subject: Fw: Connecticut Warbler still here, Henderson Park, Dekalb County, May 14, 2015
From: Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Thu, 14 May 2015 17:38:15 +0000
 eBird list below. Very slow here otherwise.
Jeff


Jeff Sewell Tucker, DeKalb Co., GAlambertsewell AT att.net
   
Henderson Park, DeKalb, US-GA
May 14, 2015 8:55 AM - 11:37 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.8 mile(s)
Comments:    With Lloyd Snyder. Several others were there to look for the 
Connecticut Warbler. 



Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 31 species Canada Goose  2 Mallard  3 Red-shouldered Hawk  1 Chimney Swift  3 Red-bellied Woodpecker  2 Downy Woodpecker  2 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1 Pileated Woodpecker  2 Acadian Flycatcher  4 Eastern Phoebe  3 Great Crested Flycatcher  4 White-eyed Vireo  1 Red-eyed Vireo  2 Blue Jay  2 American Crow  3 Carolina Chickadee  2 Tufted Titmouse  2 White-breasted Nuthatch  1 Carolina Wren  4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2 Eastern Bluebird  2 American Robin  1 Connecticut Warbler  1    Found yesterday by Patty McLean. Lloyd and I heard it at 10:25am softly singing its song in dense undergrowth in the area between the old dam and the waterfall at the back. We were about 10 feet away but never saw it. This area is on private property but everyone treats it as part of the park. Common Yellowthroat  1 Pine Warbler  2 Eastern Towhee  4 Chipping Sparrow  2 Song Sparrow  2 Northern Cardinal  9 Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1 American Goldfinch  3 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23437802 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) You must be a subscriber to post to GABO-L. Instructions for subscribing (and the guidelines) are found here: http://www.gos.org/gabo.html.  Please read the guidelines before posting. Send regular postings to gabo-l AT listserv.uga.edu To search GABO-L archives or manage your subscription, go to http://www.listserv.uga.edu/archives/gabo-l.html To contact a listowner, send message to GABO-L-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: Duncan Ridge Trail, Fannin Cty., Crossbills, Raven, RB Nuthatch, YB Cuckoo, BP Warlber
From: joe AT BETTERBIRDWATCHING.COM
Date: Thu, 14 May 2015 08:38:56 -0700
5-10-15, Duncan Ridge Trail, N from Hwy. 60 near Suches, Fannin Cty.

Red Crossbill, 4, about .5 miles in on trail (also 2 along Rock Creek
Rd. nearby)
Common Raven, 1, at 5 miles in where trail splits to Duncan Ridge and
Benton Mackaye Trails.
Red-breasted Nuthatch, 1, about 3.5 miles in on trail
Eastern Wood-Pewee, 2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 1
Wood Thrush
Scarlet Tanager

Mineral Bluff Yard Area, Fannin Cty.
Red Crossbill, 2 on 5-8 and 2 or 3 on 5-9
Blackpoll Warbler, 1 on 5-11 and 5-12
Siskins, a few still hanging around
Tennessee Warbler, 1 on 5-10
Cape May Warbler, 1 on 5-14
Wood Thrush
Cedar Waxwing

Also at Red Top Mountain Homestead Trail on May 2 had a few Acadian
Flycathers.


Joe LaFleur
Mineral Bluff, Fannin Cty.
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Subject: Connecticut Warbler at Henderson Park
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 14 May 2015 04:04:30 -0400
Good morning, All.

Several folks have written or called asking for location information so I
thought I would send a quick follow-up to those who may go looking for this
lovely warbler. Mosquitoes, thorns and mud are bad in the CONW area, so be
prepared. Also, please-please-please be careful not to destroy the native
vegetation nor disturb the bird.

If it's your first time to the park, take the Livsey Street entrance (off
Chamblee-Tucker Rd) and drive this main road to its end. The parking area is
above the children's playground with the lake just beyond. Park here but
make sure all valuables or items that appear valuable are on your person or
completely out of sight since there have been car break-ins in recent times.

Walk through the playground and cross the dam. On the other side of the dam,
take the trail to the left and continue along the edge of the lake. Once you
get to the back of the lake, a trail cuts off to the left. We call this
(right or wrong), the 'old broken dam.' Take this trail and cross the stream
on a homemade foot bridge. Once across, keep to the left for about 100 feet.
On the other side of a small stream, you'll see a small but relatively open
boggy field with short vine-covered bushy trees with Willows and Box Elders
on the edges. This is where I first heard and then saw the bird. It was leaf
bathing about 20 feet in front of me directly across the stream in a short
bush. Others found it further back in this same area later in the day. The
stream has mushy edges here, making crossing a little difficult but, if you
want, you can work your way around to the other side of this area by
following the main trail that continues along the old broken dam and then
crosses a small stream on your left. Follow this trail until you see the
lake again. Then look for a footpath dropping down to this side of the boggy
field. Follow the footpath toward the back end of this area but watch your
step. There's an old rusted out barrel embedded in the muck and very
difficult to see. Also Jewelweed, a favorite of hummingbirds, is thick in
this area so please take care not to trample it. 

When I went back yesterday evening, I found the CONW on the other side of
the old broken dam, again in a relatively open, brushy area. Then later,
Mark McShane and his birding buddy Nick were treated to watching it drink
and bathe in the small stream in this south section. One or more
Connecticuts have been seen in both these areas over the years during Spring
Migration.

Yesterday, I heard the CONW only occasionally and, because of its skulky
nature, unless it's singing or calling, it can be very difficult to locate.
I didn't hear it sing at all and it was only doing an infrequent single-note
call. There are several other birds in this area doing somewhat similar
calls including Eastern Phoebe (with fledged young) and Acadian Flycatcher.
The Macaulay Library (online) has a recording of this single call note.
http://macaulaylibrary.org/ 

For information on Birding Ethics (this species being one that this code
would apply to), check the ABA website here:
http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html 

Have fun. Be careful. And Good Luck!!

Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

 



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Subject: Peregrine Falcon nest at Tallulah Gorge - a must see
From: Nathan Klaus <nathanklaus AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 13 May 2015 20:18:54 -0400
Hey folks,

I just wanted to let you know there is a great opportunity for the next 3
weeks or so to observe a Peregrine Falcon nest at Tallulah Gorge State Park.
It was just discovered Monday and is the first natural nest we have in the
state (the others are both in downtown Atlanta).  If you go to the park
visitor's center they can tell you where to go, but there is a nice overlook
where you can set up a scope and look across the gorge down into the nest,
binocs are Ok but a scope is really the way to enjoy it.  Right now the
female is generally feeding the nestlings within an hour of sunrise and
about an hour before sunset with very LOOOOONG periods of not much happening
so I advise against going in the middle of the day.  I'm sure as the chicks
get bigger they will get to be more entertaining in their own right and the
amount of feeding will increase.

 

As a side note if you want to observe the adults you generally need to be on
the north side of the gorge, where you cannot see the nest.  As with most
falcons the adults, especially the female, likes to hang out where she can
see the nest, generally just down canyon from the nest in some dead
hemlocks.  You can find her fairly easily when she is harassing the male to
get off his butt and go hunt, you will hear her making begging calls that
ring through the canyon.

 

The return of this apex predator is a great addition to our Georgia
mountains.  While you are there you can also hike some nice trails,
including some where we have been doing a lot of cooperative burning with
the USFS to restore table mountain pine forests (a rare ecosystem in Ga).
It's a great park to visit, with thousands of acres of backcountry, there is
so much more than just the gorge.

 

Nathan Klaus
Senior Wildlife Biologist - Nongame Conservation Section


  Wildlife Resources Division
(478) 994-1438 | M: (478) 550-3455

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Subject: Re: Connecticut Warbler at Henderson Park
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 13 May 2015 18:23:40 -0400
The CONW continues this evening in the swampy area at the back of the lake 
(south end). 


Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: [GABO-L] Connecticut Warbler at Henderson Park
At Henderson Park this morning, I heard an infrequent sharp and sweet call note of what I thought might be a CONNECTICUT WARBLER. I slowly walked to the area (at first swampy section at the back of the lake) and eventually saw the bird in dense underbrush with a large, complete white eyering, dark hood extending on breast and yellow belly. This is the same area where we've had them over the years during their Spring Migration. Patty McLean Tucker GA You must be a subscriber to post to GABO-L. Instructions for subscribing (and the guidelines) are found here: http://www.gos.org/gabo.html. Please read the guidelines before posting. Send regular postings to gabo-l AT listserv.uga.edu To search GABO-L archives or manage your subscription, go to http://www.listserv.uga.edu/archives/gabo-l.html To contact a listowner, send message to GABO-L-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU You must be a subscriber to post to GABO-L. Instructions for subscribing (and the guidelines) are found here: http://www.gos.org/gabo.html.  Please read the guidelines before posting. Send regular postings to gabo-l AT listserv.uga.edu To search GABO-L archives or manage your subscription, go to http://www.listserv.uga.edu/archives/gabo-l.html To contact a listowner, send message to GABO-L-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: Huie Ponds, Clayton Co. 5/13/15 water birds
From: Carol Lambert <carol.lambert AT CCWA.US>
Date: Wed, 13 May 2015 20:31:20 +0000
A couple new species today...

Semipalmated Plover-3
Spotted Sandpiper-2
Solitary Sandpiper-1
Least Sandpiper-5
Semipalmated Sandpiper-3

Blue-winged Teal-3 (1 pair & 1 male with fem. Mallard and ducklings)
Am Coot-2

We have fledged Louisiana Waterthrush chicks at the Wetlands Center!

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



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Subject: 1st PABU at Robins AFB
From: Bob Sargent <kywarbler AT COX.NET>
Date: Wed, 13 May 2015 16:48:42 -0400
Hi Birders,

I'm riding my bike around the airfield perimeter just now, which is something I 
often do after work, and next thing I know the bike is slamming on its brakes. 
Ok, I really was in control. I burned tires because I heard it: what Bird Jam 
calls the "soft house finch" song. I pished once and a male Painted Bunting 
landed in a catalpa tree at eye level 20 feet away. First one I've recorded on 
base in nearly 20 years. This bike-birding routine is the bomb, except when I 
skid into ditches. 


Bob Sargent
Robins AFB
Houston County

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Subject: GOS - New website!
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 13 May 2015 16:32:03 -0400
GOS has a new website: http://www.gos.org  Come check us out.

I could use your help with a page:
http://www.gos.org/other-georgia-birding-clubs
If your local info is there, can you verify it is correct. Also if you
know of another group, please let me know.
Take a look at some of our old GOShawk newsletters going back to 1960!
http://www.gos.org/GOSHawkarchive


Hope you like it.  Thanks to Jim Flynn for all his past work with the
gos website and Jay Davis for his help getting this new up and
running!

Hope to see some of you at our meeting in Hiawassee this weekend!

Steve Holzman, President
Georgia Ornithological Society

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Subject: Connecticut Warbler heard in Big Canoe
From: Theresa Hartz <jthartz50 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 13 May 2015 10:43:42 -0400
This morning while walking in the Meadows area of Big Canoe I heard the
song of the Connecticut Warbler.  The bird sang only twice and then chipped
several times. Both were spot on for CONW.
There is a swampy sphagnum bog in the middle of the Meadows.  The bird was
not heard in this area but in a wooded area near the bog.
I searched for the bird but was not able to visualize it.  In a very short
time the chipping stopped.
I plan to go back to the area this evening to see if I can relocate it.

Theresa Hartz
Big Canoe
Dawson Co./ Pickens Co


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Subject: Connecticut Warbler at Henderson Park
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 13 May 2015 10:03:53 -0400
At Henderson Park this morning, I heard an infrequent sharp and sweet call note 
of what I thought might be a CONNECTICUT WARBLER. I slowly walked to the area 
(at first swampy section at the back of the lake) and eventually saw the bird 
in dense underbrush with a large, complete white eyering, dark hood extending 
on breast and yellow belly. This is the same area where we've had them over the 
years during their Spring Migration.  


Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert - 5/13/15
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 13 May 2015 09:33:24 -0400
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Date: Wed, May 13, 2015 at 9:29 AM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
To:


*** Species Summary:

American Wigeon (1 Forsyth)
Northern Shoveler (1 DeKalb)
Northern Bobwhite (1 Columbia)
American Avocet (1 Glynn)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (1 Forsyth, 1 Walton)
Peregrine Falcon (2 Fulton)
Willow Flycatcher (2 Union)
Dickcissel (2 Oconee)

---------------------------------------------
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: Citizens Science Project – Mourning Warbler Song Mapper
From: Jay Pitocchelli <jpitocch AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 12 May 2015 17:13:13 -0400
Citizens Science Project – Mourning Warbler Song Mapper

I am posting an opportunity to participate in a Citizens Science Project that 
involves recording migrating Mourning Warbler songs. I am trying to determine 
the nature of migratory pathways taken by different populations of Mourning 
Warbler males during their spring migration using the signatures of their 
songs. The pattern of geographic variation in song on the breeding range is 
well known. However, we do not know how members of these different song 
populations migrate towards their respective breeding areas. I plan on 
collecting your recordings and plotting them on a map of North America to 
determine where birds with different song types (regiolects) separate from each 
other during spring migration. 


All you need is a Smartphone and a singing Mourning Warbler. You can send the 
recordings to my e-mail address (jpitocch AT anselm.edu). The web page link below 
describes the project and how to make recordings on your Smartphone in more 
detail. 



http://www.anselm.edu/homepage/jpitocch/ornithology/MOWAmapper/MOWASongmapper.html 


I would really appreciate your help and contributions to this Citizens Science 
Project. 


Dr. Jay Pitocchelli 
Biology Department 
Saint Anselm College
Manchester, NH 03102

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Subject: AAS Walk at Murphey Candler Park (DeKalb) -- Sandpipers, Thrushes, More
From: ldtp <ldtp AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 12 May 2015 21:55:31 +0000
Eight birders met for an Atlanta Audubon Society walk at Murphey Candler Park 
(DeKalb County) on May 7. A nice assortment of birds (48-49 species; see list 
below), although migration is clearly slowing. 


Highlights included one Spotted and eight Solitary Sandpipers; the songs of 
four Wood Thrushes and one Swainson's Thrush; gorgeous views of Red-tailed and 
Red-shouldered Hawks in flight; and adorableness aplenty with three families 
each of Mallard ducklings and Canada goslings. Lots of Barn Swallows, some 
gathering mud from the sandbar. A Ruby-throated Hummingbird, an Indigo Bunting, 
a Double-crested Cormorant, two Belted Kingfishers, and two Eastern Kingbirds. 
An American Redstart, with a Black-throated Blue Warbler and a couple of Common 
Yellowthroats heard only. Some lingering Cedar Waxwings. 


An Eastern Box Turtle near the trail and a large Snapping Turtle in the lake. 
About 50 mixed turtles basking, mostly Sliders and Cooters, with a few 
Painteds. One Bullfrog seen and others heard. Gray Treefrogs heard only. 
Mountain Laurel in bloom. 


Liz Hornsby & Mary Kimberly
DeKalb County

==



Murphey Candler Park, DeKalb, US
May 7, 2015 8:05 AM - 11:27 AM
Protocol: Traveling2.0 mile(s)
Sunny with occasional breezes. Slightly above average temps. 
8 attendees
48 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  X  (including 3 families with goslings)
Mallard  X  (including 3 families with duckings)
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Accipiter sp.  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Solitary Sandpiper  8
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  4
Eastern Phoebe  3
Eastern Kingbird  2
White-eyed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  7
American Crow  4
Fish Crow  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  4
Barn Swallow  X    Some gathering mud
Carolina Chickadee  15
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Brown-headed Nuthatch  2
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Eastern Bluebird  3
Swainson's Thrush  1 (heard only)
Wood Thrush  4 (heard only)
American Robin  9
Gray Catbird  4
Brown Thrasher  4
Cedar Waxwing  X
Common Yellowthroat  2 (heard only)
American Redstart  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  2
Eastern Towhee  12
Chipping Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  13
Northern Cardinal  15
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  7
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  X

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Subject: AWBB Babe-breasted Warblers May 1st Glynn County
From: Lydia Thompson <birdjekyll AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 12 May 2015 16:56:57 -0400
Hi Folks,


This is a quick summary of the Babe-breasted Warbler’s *All Women’s Birding
Bust*, May 1, 2015. We kept the area to Glynn County and Altamaha WMA. We
birded with the tides in mind and hit the areas at good times. We spent the
most of our time in the Paulk’s Pasture area. Since I explored a lot of Old
Town Brunswick last year, I suggested a few spot there which turned out to
be productive without having to race around looking for them.



It was a perfect day. The temperature was in the 70’s. The sky was blue.
The weather was a big part of us not getting too tired plus the birds were
being so cooperative. Cheryl Kanes drove. Nita Wynn kept our list. Lynda
Wiggins and Becky Valentine kept us on our toes. I was just happy to be out
with this fine group of birders.  We had 145 species. There were so many
highlights.



Becky’s highlight: Swarms of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds feeding, Bobolinks
waving in the grasses and the 13 different species of warblers.


Lynda Wiggins’ highlights:  I loved the birdy day and all of us being back
together with our highest count to date!!!


Nita Wynn’s highlights: Highlights for me we're all the hummers, the
bobolinks and having you with us again.


Cheryl Kanes’ highlights: I loved the Bobolinks, the Yellow Warbler and
dinner at Mudcats!


Me? My highlights were White Pelicans, Roseate Spoonbills, Painted Buntings
clouds of Indigo Buntings at the Jekyll Campground and one Wilson’s Plover
that came out to see me and get counted.


Thanks Georgann for coming up with this idea. It is always fair weather
when good fellows get together.


Lydia

-- 
Lydia C. Thompson
St. Simons & Jekyll Islands
coastal Glynn County
www.coastalgeorgiabirding-lydia.blogspot.com


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Subject: grosbeak follow-up
From: Elaine Zitomer <eazitomer AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 12 May 2015 14:45:34 +0000
Thank you everyone for your feedback to my posting about the "black headed 
grosbeak". Ironically, when I first spotted the bird, I assumed it was a 
juvenile Rose-breasted (which I had never seen before) but when i looked it up 
(obviously, in the wrong field guide) there was no mention of the juvenile 
having a different appearance, but there was the picture of the black-headed, 
with the yellow chest on the female. This has been a lesson to me in caution! 
You have all been so very helpful to me, sending me to new websites, etc. ... 
sorry to disappoint that we don't have a new and rare sighting. 



Elaine 


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Subject: Atlanta Audubon Warbler Weekend
From: Theresa Hartz <jthartz50 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 11 May 2015 23:24:39 -0400
Eleven participants joined me for the 2015 Warbler Weekend Workshop this
past weekend.  We hit all the major hot spots in the north Georgia
mountains, with great weather and even better birds.  Our species tally was
94 with a total of 25 species of warblers, which was a record for the
annual event.

Highlights were finding two locations for Blue-winged Warblers, a Prairie
Warbler which was actually a first for this event.  We had two Willow
Flycatchers in Blairsville as well as a Bobolink.  Also, a male Wilson's
Warbler was found at the Subway in Blairsville.  This species has been
found there several times on past weekends, but had been absent for the
last several years.  I guess now we'll never have lunch anywhere else!!

Interestingly we never heard a single Yellow-billed Cuck AT  AT 

Thanks to Atlanta Audubon for sponsoring this event and to Giff Beaton for
his excellent preparatory class.

Can't wait til next year

Theresa Hartz
Big Canoe


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Subject: Re: Pine Siskins
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 11 May 2015 12:29:52 -0400
Apparently Pine Siskins are highly susceptible to salmonella. Clean or remove 
feeders if you have mortality events. 



http://wildbirdsunlimited.typepad.com/the_zen_birdfeeder/2013/02/if-youre-seeing-sick-or-dying-pine-siskins.html 


Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

> On May 11, 2015, at 11:31 AM, Larry Stephens  
wrote: 

> 
> Pine Siskins are not leaving. They are
> dying. Does anyone know why? I pick up
> one a day. I have not seen any other
> species dead.
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Subject: Pine Siskins
From: Larry Stephens <ltstephens37 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 11 May 2015 11:31:04 -0400
Pine Siskins are not leaving. They are
dying. Does anyone know why? I pick up
one a day. I have not seen any other
species dead.

 

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 5/11/2015
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 11 May 2015 09:35:05 -0400
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*** Species Summary:

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Burke, 1 Richmond)
Redhead (1 Floyd)
Ring-necked Duck (3 Richmond)
Hooded Merganser (1 Floyd)
Pied-billed Grebe (1 Floyd)
Snowy Egret (1 Greene)
Northern Harrier (1 Tattnall)
King Rail (1 Richmond)
American Coot (1 Floyd)
Common Ground-Dove (1 Jasper)
Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Jasper)
Peregrine Falcon (1 Fulton)
Willow Flycatcher (1 Union)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (2 Bartow)
Swainson's Warbler (1 Floyd)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (1 Richmond)
Bachman's Sparrow (1 Jasper)
Song Sparrow (1 Bibb)
Swamp Sparrow (1 Floyd)
White-throated Sparrow (2 Floyd)
White-crowned Sparrow (2 Dawson)
White-crowned Sparrow (Eastern) (1 Greene)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 Bibb)
Dickcissel (1 Greene, 1 Oconee)
Boat-tailed Grackle (1 Charlton)

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Subject: AAS Field Trips this week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 11 May 2015 09:27:46 -0400
Greetings, Georgia Birders

The Atlanta Audubon Society has lots of field trips on our calendar this
week. Please come join us!

Hugh Garrett will continue his spring walks at Cochran Shoals, CRNRA (Cobb
County) tomorrow, Tuesday, May 12 at 7:30 AM.

Anne McCallum will lead a walk at Reynolds Nature Preserve (Clayton County)
on Wednesday, May 13 at 8:00 AM.

Phil Delestrez will lead a walk at Hard Labor Creek State Park (Morgan
County) on Friday, May 15 at 3:00 PM. This field trip is co-sponsored by
the Oconee River Audubon Society.

Ralph Smith will lead a walk at Woodlands Garden and Decatur Cemetery
(DeKalb County) on Saturday, May 16 at 7:30 AM. This is a make-up walk for
one scheduled last month that was rained out.

Jason Ward and Yetta Robinson will host a Family Event in Piedmont Park
(Fulton County) on Saturday, May 16 at 9:00 AM. This is a "Birding 101"
event!

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

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


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Subject: Re: black-headed grosbeak
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 11 May 2015 08:20:30 -0400
Hi All,

Elaine, sorry, in a bit of a hurry this morning, I do see your comment on the 
breast streaking, thanks. 


Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Re: black-headed grosbeak
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 11 May 2015 08:11:13 -0400
Hi All,

Elaine, did you get a chance to really note the upper and lower mandible colors 
of the bill, as well as the amount and type of streaking on the breast? The 
streaking and the bill color would be major field marks needed to confirm the 
identity of the bird between the two species as the plumages can be so closely 
similar during an observation due to variability, lighting, and other 
circumstances. I don't think we've had one in Georgia since the male 
January-February 2008 Dunwoody bird in DeKalb County, which was very, very, 
very nice. 


Thanks Elaine, and Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Fwd: [GABO-L] black-headed grosbeak
From: Elaine Zitomer <eazitomer AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 11 May 2015 02:55:00 +0000
----- Original Message -----



no photos. But had plenty of time to observe her, since, like the 
Rose-breasted, she hogged the feeder and returned several times during the day. 
She looked like the rose-breasted grosbeak female except for a striking yellow 
upper breast without any brown streaks. When I looked it up it matches the 
female black-headed grosbeak. According to my book "sometimes hybridizes with 
Rose-breast where their ranges overlap. Strays occasionally to Atlantic 
states." 

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

From: "Andrew Theus"  
To: "Elaine Zitomer"  
Sent: Sunday, May 10, 2015 9:30:04 PM 
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] black-headed grosbeak 

Much more likely to be a very similar female Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Did you 
obtain photos? 

-Andrew Theus 



> On May 10, 2015, at 8:44 PM, Elaine Zitomer  wrote: 
> 
> Discovered a female black-headed grosbeak at my feeder today - has anyone 
else spotted her or the male? 

> 
> Elaine 
> Smyrna (near 285 exit 15) 
> 
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Subject: black-headed grosbeak
From: Elaine Zitomer <eazitomer AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 11 May 2015 00:44:15 +0000
Discovered a female black-headed grosbeak at my feeder today - has anyone else 
spotted her or the male? 


Elaine 
Smyrna (near 285 exit 15) 





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Subject: Cedar Waxwings
From: Tom Painting <tpainting51 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 10 May 2015 20:00:38 -0400
Sunday, Mat 10. Three cedar waxwings along Clifton Road bordering Druid
Hills Golf Course.


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Subject: MISSISSIPPI KITEs (Pierce); ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS (Ware); nestings
From: SHEILA WILLIS <swillis AT MEDIASTREAMUS.NET>
Date: Sun, 10 May 2015 18:52:09 -0400
Hey folks,

Hope you are fine. More out there, but for now, passing along a few recent
sightings in our area of S. GA:

WOOD DUCK: 5/1; USHwy#82, e. of Satilla R., Atkinson, BRANTLEY Co.; pair
flying south at ~7:15 p.m.; by Sheila Willis & June LaRoque

MISSISSIPPI KITE: 5/9-10; at her home near Lakeview Golf Course off
GAHwy#121 (Woodpecker Trail) se. of Blackshear, PIERCE Co.; a pair (w/
pics) by Adrienne Butler of Okefenokee Bird Club

BARRED OWL: 5/1; canal; Buck Swamp Rd; GLYNN Co.; 1 hooting phrase at 4:47
p.m.; by Sheila Willis & June LaRoque; 5/5 & 6; my Pineview Dr. backyard;
n. Waycross, WARE Co.; 1 continues to hoot its classic phrase during the 6
p.m. hour; by Sheila Willis

ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK: 5/1--3; Jamestown Rd, Waycross, WARE Co.; a male;
by Cindy Barber; her first & so excited there is such a bird

NESTING:

RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD: 4/21; near Blueberry Hill Restaurant & Big Creek
near Hoboken, BRANTLEY Co.; female ("Angelina") on nest; 50' up in water
oak; w/ pics; by Ted Holloway of Okefenokee Bird Club; this lucky guy has
found them before on the nest at his house in the past!

CAROLINA WREN: late Apr.-early May; Jamestown Rd, Waycross, WARE Co.;
nesting in a tool box on the front porch; by Cindy Barber; she said that
when her uncle stooped to look inside, the bird flew out & "scared him to
death!"

BROWN THRASHER: 5/10; at my Pineview Dr. home; n. Waycross, WARE Co.;
female still tending nest in azalea bush in front yard; by Sheila Willis

Take care.

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


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Subject: eBird report of Pectoral on Bartow
From: Ginny Wood <ginnywood AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 10 May 2015 15:42:37 -0400
It is, according to Joel McNeil, who looked at my photo,  a Least Sandpiper. I 
changed my post immediately but the Rare Bird report had already gone out. I 
agonized over that one before posting it, and apologize for any inconvenience 
to any of you that I may have caused.  



Ginny Wood
Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S5


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Subject: Late report- Blue Sky Preserve-Chatham 5-8-15
From: Steve Fox <sfox01 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 10 May 2015 11:37:06 -0400
Apologies for the late report. On Friday May 8th, Doug Thigpen and I managed to 
check out this recent component to the Lower Ogeechee Trails Project and 
hopefully another puzzle piece to the Coastal GA Greenway (not certain of the 
current status on that). The preserve trails lead you through several 
bottomland hardwood forest and depressional wetland zones. Highlights included 
CAPE MAY WARBLER and OVENBIRD. Aside from the coastal usual's, the other birds 
viewed are listed below: 


Blue Sky Preserve (GA-204/Ft.Argyle Rd, ~3 miles west of I-95):

Red-shouldered Hawk-3
Red-tailed Hawk-1
Barred Owl-2
Summer Tanager-6+
Bluebird-4
Ovenbird-1+
Prothonotary Warbler-8+
Northern Parula-10+
Pine Warbler-4
Yellow-throated Warbler-4
Black and White Warbler-3
Black-throated Blue Warbler-2
Hooded Warbler-3
Cape May Warbler-3
Yellow-rumped Warbler-2 (still!)
Common Yellowthroat-5
Blue-gray Gnatcather-6
Yellow-throated Vireo-4
Red-eyed Vireo-5

Steve Fox
Savannah GA

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Subject: Tybee
From: steve livingston <livi4000 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 10 May 2015 15:16:34 +0000
 There was a Black-Crowned Night-Heron in a pine tree next to the path around 
JC Park on Tybee about  45 minutes ago. I heard some crows complaining and 
thought maybe there was a hawk around. I was surprised to see the heron. 

Steve LivingstonWilmington Island/Tybee

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Subject: Field Sparrows Galore in Burke County
From: Lois Stacey <croakie AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 9 May 2015 17:23:24 -0400
Augusta-Aiken Audubon had a field trip this morning to Dilane Plantation 
WMA in Burke County.  We had the expected species but were especially 
surprised at the sheer numbers of Field Sparrows seen and heard.  Our 
count for the trip was 38 birds and that is probably an undercount.  
They are definitely doing well on the site.

In addition we had a strange looking bunting.  It was later seen 
interacting with a male Indigo Bunting and the size and shape were 
consistent with that species. I have posted a couple of blurry pictures 
here and would encourage comments.

https://flic.kr/p/sBiUsz


-- 
Lois Stacey
North Augusta, SC

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