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3 Sep Common Nighthawks over Buford Hatchery (Forsyth Co.) [Pat ]
3 Sep Snowy Egrets, Clayton County Water Authority--E.L. Huie Ponds, Sep 3, 2015 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
2 Sep Ovenbird, Baltimore Oriole and others [Sue Peters-Ferree ]
3 Sep Ovenbird in Valdosta [Marvin T Smith ]
3 Sep Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 9/2/2015 [Stephen Holzman ]
3 Sep LWCF link [Melanie Furr ]
3 Sep Lake Hartwell: Good Shorebirds, Waders, Terns 09/02/2015 [Eric Beohm ]
2 Sep Alder Flycatcher, American Proteins ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
2 Sep White Ibis, George Pierce Park, Gwinnett County, 9/2/15 [Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell ]
2 Sep Tricolored heron in northern Clayton Co [world oceans ]
2 Sep Olive-sided Flycatcher at Cochran Shoals continues [Mary Kimberly ]
1 Sep Canada Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Yellow Warbler, and Cerulean Warbler [Rich Hull ]
31 Aug Common nighthawks [Eric Gibney ]
31 Aug Migrants moving, Blairsville [Sue Peters-Ferree ]
31 Aug Flycatcher Update from George Pierce Park [Patty McLean ]
31 Aug AAS Walk at Murphey Candler Park (DeKalb) -- Hawks, Hooded Warbler, More [ldtp ]
31 Aug Olive-sided Flycatcher Also Continues at George Pierce Park (Gwinnett County) [Patty McLean ]
31 Aug Olive-sided Flycatcher continues at Cochran Shoals [Al Mercer ]
31 Aug AAS Field Trips this week [Mary Kimberly ]
31 Aug Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 8/30/2015 [Stephen Holzman ]
31 Aug Blue Grosbeak on Fite Bend [MARY MEYER ]
30 Aug Re: Olive-sided flycatcher--Cochran shoals [Shannon Fair ]
30 Aug Olive-sided flycatcher--Cochran shoals [Al Mercer ]
30 Aug Clayton Co., Yellow-crowned Night-heron, 8/30/15 [Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell ]
30 Aug Wilson's Phalarope (NO) and Am Golden-Plover (YES) [Patty McLean ]
29 Aug Sorry - Yellow-billed cuckoo! [Vicki Deloach ]
29 Aug AAS Field Trip - Cochran Shoals (Cobb County) - 29 August 2015 [Nathan Farnau ]
29 Aug Black-billed cuckoo - Cherokee Co. [Vicki Deloach ]
29 Aug Am Golden-Plover at Etowah Sod (Legacy) in Bartow County [Patty McLean ]
29 Aug Wilsons Phalarope at Taff Rd Pond (Bartow County) [Patty McLean ]
28 Aug Re: Nighthawk Weekend [Melanie Furr ]
28 Aug rail reconsidered [Ralph Smith ]
28 Aug Nighthawk Weekend ["Chris O'Neal" ]
28 Aug AAS Birdwalk Hard Labor Creek State Park ["Delestrez, Phil" ]
28 Aug Great Horned Owl [Sue Peters-Ferree ]
28 Aug SIGNOFF GABO-L [Jason Blevins ]
28 Aug ORAS September Meeting - Richard Hall [James Neves ]
28 Aug two recent observations [Ralph Smith ]
27 Aug Common Nighthawks at Atl Silverback Stadium [Melanie Furr ]
27 Aug Peregrine South Fulton, Other misc. [Chuck Saleeby ]
27 Aug Trip to J.J. Biello and Mississippi Kite (East Cherokee Dr.) [Rich Hull ]
26 Aug Re: Roseate Spoonbill Lullwater Preserve [world oceans ]
26 Aug Savannah/Tybee 08/25/2015 [Eric Beohm ]
26 Aug AAS Field Trips this week [Mary Kimberly ]
26 Aug Extralimital or one of ours? []
25 Aug Fwd: [GABO-L] Fwd: Deborah Cramer at the Decatur Book Festval [Gmail ]
25 Aug Lake Hartwell 08/24/2015 [Eric Beohm ]
24 Aug Braves game birds [Ilene Schroeder ]
24 Aug Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 8/24/2015 [Steve Holzman ]
24 Aug Gray Kingbirds on Tybee [DiChurch ]
24 Aug birding event at Leone Hall Price Park, Sat. Sep. 19th [Jess ]
24 Aug Re: Directions to George Pierce Park OSFL [Stephen Holzman ]
24 Aug Directions to George Pierce Park OSFL [Patty McLean ]
24 Aug Re: Dekalb and Gwinnett - Evening 8/21/2015 ["Ozier, Jim" ]
24 Aug Singular Moment - Bartow County Loop - 8/23/2015 [Mark McShane ]
23 Aug Black Tern seen over Taff Road pond along Bartow County Loop [Mike Weaver ]
23 Aug Re: Limpkin and Uppies continue in South Georgia [Patrick Maurice ]
23 Aug Limpkin and Uppies continue in South Georgia [Patrick Maurice ]
22 Aug Olive-sided Flycatcher continues at George Pierce Park [Steve Holzman ]
22 Aug Absence of birds [Drew Whitelegg ]
21 Aug Lake Lanier Terns and Avocets (South End of Lake) [Patty McLean ]
21 Aug question [steve livingston ]
21 Aug Re: Lake Hartwell: Roseate Spoonbill, Terns, Egrets, other stuff 08/20/2015 [Eric Beohm ]
21 Aug Status of Olive-sided Flycatcher, Gwinnett Co. 8/21/15 [Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell ]
21 Aug Interesting gull or tern at Lake Lanier [Patty McLean ]
21 Aug Least Tern on Lake Lanier [Patty McLean ]
21 Aug RFI: Olive-sided George Pierce Park [Stephen Holzman ]
21 Aug Lake Hartwell: Roseate Spoonbill, Terns, Egrets, other stuff 08/20/2015 [Eric Beohm ]
20 Aug West Point area/ Marshallville update - 8/20 [Walt Chambers ]
19 Aug Black Terns in Extreme Northwestern Gwinnett County ["Chris O'Neal" ]
19 Aug Duck Stamps (and other items) [Stephen Holzman ]
19 Aug Olive-sided Flycatcher - Directions ["Chris O'Neal" ]
19 Aug Olive-sided Flycatcher in Gwinnett County ["Chris O'Neal" ]
19 Aug Black Terns at Lake Lanier [Patty McLean ]
19 Aug Re: Brown Booby in Dunwoody today 8/18/2015 []
18 Aug Brown Booby in Dunwoody today 8/18/2015 [Giff Beaton ]

Subject: Common Nighthawks over Buford Hatchery (Forsyth Co.)
From: Pat <bigsky25 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 20:18:58 -0400
Hi Folks - I stood out tonight looking for CONIs as I have done every evening 
since Monday and was rewarded this evening just before 8:00pm. 7 CONIs flew 
over the hatchery headed NE toward Lake Lanier... FOTS for me here! Keep an eye 
out... Pat Markey, Forsyth Co. 


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Subject: Snowy Egrets, Clayton County Water Authority--E.L. Huie Ponds, Sep 3, 2015
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 20:22:16 +0000
 The two Snowy Egrets are new. The Least Sandpipers continue. The ducks are 
the same as this past Sunday 

Jeff
Jeff Sewell or Carol LambertTucker, GA  (DeKalb Co.)lambertsewell AT att.net  
Clayton County Water Authority--E.L. Huie Ponds, Clayton, Georgia, US
Sep 3, 2015 11:05 AM - 11:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.8 mile(s)
29 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  34
Wood Duck  1
Mallard  46
Blue-winged Teal  13
Northern Shoveler  9
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Great Blue Heron  6
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  2     One in Pond A and the other in Pond B. This latter 
bird was first seen standing near a Great Egret and looked about one-half the 
size of it. I was about 40 feet away in the car as it foraged along the edge of 
the water. It was a small white egret  with a straight black bill, yellow 
lores, black forelegs with a yellow stripe running down the back of the legs 
and yellow feet. I took many photos. 

Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Killdeer  2
Least Sandpiper  4
Mourning Dove  15
Chimney Swift  3
White-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  8
Fish Crow  3
crow sp.  3
Brown-headed Nuthatch  1
Eastern Bluebird  3
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  25
Pine Warbler  2
Song Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  2
Northern Cardinal  4
House Finch  5
American Goldfinch  2

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24876289 


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



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Subject: Ovenbird, Baltimore Oriole and others
From: Sue Peters-Ferree <Soupysue AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2015 19:41:31 -0400
Sitting here talking on the phone this afternoon and see this slim bird moving 
around in a small flower bed. I trot over to the closest window and get a good 
look at an ovenbird as he snuffles around in the fresh mulch for a couple of 
minutes and then turns and struts down the wooden walkway and back to cover of 
the arborvitae. Only seen one before and not a clear, close view like this one. 


Over the past couple of days, Ive seen black throated greens (including 
juvis), red-eyed vireos, scarlet tanagers, Baltimore oriole and the usual yard 
birds. Ill keep my eyes out tomorrow since I plan to be home. 


Sue Peters-Ferree
Blairsville, GA
Union Co.

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Subject: Ovenbird in Valdosta
From: Marvin T Smith <mtsmith AT VALDOSTA.EDU>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 12:26:47 +0000
I just photographed an Ovenbird in my back yard in Valdosta! I'd never even 
seen one until about a year ago at the GOS meeting on Jekyll, and then found 
one in a city park in downtown Valdosta this spring. Now I have a new yard 
bird. Migration is on! 

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 9/2/2015
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 08:23:15 -0400
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From:  
Date: Wed, Sep 2, 2015 at 7:31 PM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
To:


*** Species Summary:

Tricolored Heron (1 Bibb, 1 Clayton)
Sora (1 Bartow)
American Golden-Plover (1 Bartow)
Rufous Hummingbird (1 Turner)
Olive-sided Flycatcher (7 Cobb)
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (1 Gwinnett)
Worm-eating Warbler (1 Glynn)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (1 Glynn)

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Subject: LWCF link
From: Melanie Furr <melanie AT ATLANTAAUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 07:40:10 -0400
Hi everyone,

Thanks to Nathan Farnau for taking the time to write and share his letter
to legislators regarding the Land and Water Conservation Fund in order to
make it easy for others to do the same. I had previously sent a letter and
received the standard replies from Senators Purdue and Isakson and Gov.
Deal--some more favorable than others.

Atlanta Audubon shared this link

to
information about the LWCF and National Audubon's ready-made letter to
Congress on our Facebook page earlier this week. While not as meaningful as
sending a personal letter like Nathan's, I would encourage people to share
the link far and wide in your social networks in order to make people aware
of the legislation and to make it as easy as possible for them to take
action.

Thanks so much. Happy fall birding!
Melanie


-- 
*Melanie Furr*
*Director of Education*
*Atlanta Audubon Society*
4055 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
678-973-2437
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Subject: Lake Hartwell: Good Shorebirds, Waders, Terns 09/02/2015
From: Eric Beohm <000001aed35eb136-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 11:25:00 +0000
After work I made a quick afternoon check of Lake Hartwell (northeast GA). I 
started at the west side of the lake and worked my way down to the dam. I had a 
good showing of shorebirds though some of them were quite a ways out, so who 
knows if any of the photos will turn out. 


Highlights:

Red Knot (1 near Big Oaks, large thick gray shorebird, thick straight medium 
length bill, legs not long, white belly, barred flanks. In company with 
Sanderling, Killdeer, peeps, and Lesser YL. Also seen flying and noted light 
gray rump and tail.) 


Sanderling (1 near Big Oaks)

Buff-breasted Sandpiper (2)

Western Sandpiper (2)

Semipalmated Plover (2)

Many other shorebirds including Least (40), SemiP (20), Pecs, LesserYL (8), 
etc. 


also:

Roseate Spoonbill (1, where Walters Road crosses inlet)

Snowy Egret (1)

Cattle Egret (5)

Little Blue Heron (2)

Great Egret (6)

White Ibis (1)

Caspian Tern (1)

Black Tern (60+)

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Good Birding!

Eric Beohm

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Subject: Alder Flycatcher, American Proteins
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2015 22:38:38 -0400
Hi, folks, there was an Alder Flycatcher calling (peew & pip calls) pretty
steadily from the brushy area on the east side of the larger Virgin Pond
this evening at American Proteins, Forsyth Co. I was able to get a pretty
good look at it through a scope from the dike along the Anaerobic 2 basin
when it popped out on an exposed twig; otherwise it was maddeningly
difficult to see, remaining hidden in the small trees & bushes. Also seen in
this area were two Northern Waterthrushes & a female Yellow Warbler.

Also present, a continuing American Coot & juvenile Yellow-crowned
Night-Heron, a handful of Least Sandpipers and single Pectoral &
Semipalmated Sandpipers and a Semipalmated Plover.

Be sure to sign-in at the scale house at the end of Leland Dr. (small
tan/yellow building next to the semi-truck scales; *not* the Leon Jones
trucking facility, which is on the right before you get to the scale house)
& be very careful walking around the ponds. They are doing some maintenance
work on a couple of the ponds, so there will some disturbance.

Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA
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Subject: White Ibis, George Pierce Park, Gwinnett County, 9/2/15
From: Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2015 18:37:20 +0000
This morning I re-located what I assume is the same Immature White Ibis first 
reported by Chris O'Neal on 8/22/15 and last seen on 8/30/15 by Chris. It was 
in the same slough where the OSFL has been seen, although I didn't see it 
today. The ibis was in the back of the slough on the left side of the bridge 
as you go out toward the big pond from the last parking lot. If I had not 
scanned this dark area in the back of the slough with binoculars I would have 
missed it.  

Jeff
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Subject: Tricolored heron in northern Clayton Co
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2015 12:21:19 -0400
There is an adult or subadult tricolored heron at the main pond at Reynolds
Preserve in Forest Park . Also found a N.Yellowthroat and a lot of Carolina
Wrens. No flyover raptors to inaugurate September ---no cold fronts, no
breeze!

James Gibson
Clayton Co

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Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher at Cochran Shoals continues
From: Mary Kimberly <kimberlm AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:46:58 -0400
Just seen by Atlanta Audubon field trip group where the Marsh Trail bends to 
the north. 


Mary Kimberly
Currently standing on Marsh Trail
Cochran Shoals, CRNRA
Cobb County

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Subject: Canada Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Yellow Warbler, and Cerulean Warbler
From: Rich Hull <haharich15 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 12:21:49 -0400
Hi All,
 I haven't had any rare birds recently, but I've had a nice assortment of early 
migrants in Cherokee Co. Here's a summary of them: 


8/30/15 Hickory Trails Park (Cherokee Co.)
1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
1 American Redstart
1 Yellow Warbler

8/31/15 Noonday Creek Trail (the Woodstock branch)
2 Chestnut-sided Warblers
1 Wood Thrush
1 Canada Warbler

8/31/15 Hickory Trails Park
2 Black-and-white Warblers
1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
1 American Redstart
3 White-eyed Vireos
1 Blackburnian Warbler
1 female Scarlet Tanager
1 female Orchard Oriole

9/01/15 J.J. Biello Park East Entrance
1 immature male Cerulean Warbler on the sewer line cut
1 Baltimore Oriole
1 Great Horned Owl (not a migrant!)

Good birding,
Rich Hull
Cherokee Co., GA

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Subject: Common nighthawks
From: Eric Gibney <egibney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:03:50 -0400
tonight, based on the miles of clear sky and slightly cooler temperatures,
I went for a run at dusk, hoping to see the first wave of common
nighthawks. Starting at 7:46 in Morningside (Dekalb) I saw the first of the
evening. Made my way to Piedmont Park, where among the DWO (dogs with
owners), JLM (joggers listening to music) were 14 more.

The largest group was five in a cluster. 3 were calling. Instead of their
usual dipping and erratic flapping, they were streaming, like they were
headed somewhere. The last was around 8:20.

Eyes to the sky!

Eric Gibney

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Subject: Migrants moving, Blairsville
From: Sue Peters-Ferree <Soupysue AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:50:26 -0400
Surprised to find 5 or 6 black throated greens around the house late this 
afternoon. Also what looked like a female summer tanager and then I got a 
glimpse of what I believe was a male summer tanager as it flew over. Hummers 
are still providing much amusement and eating heartily. I swear there was a 
vireo of some sort but not good enough look to ID it. Time to pay attention. 


Sue Peters-Ferree
Blairsville, GA
Union CO.

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Subject: Flycatcher Update from George Pierce Park
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:12:32 -0400
    
In addition to the oft elusive Olive-sided Flycatcher seen today, I also found 
a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER along the boardwalk. All yellow belly with 
olive-gray wash on upper edges, yellow throat with olive gray malar extending 
to edge of throat and short primary projection. Eyering, bright olive green 
uppers and dark wings. Couldn't get photo of bird facing me.  

Also I'm thinking there's a probable ALDER FLYCATCHER in the very first wetland 
section due east of the parking lot just before the trail entrance. I've been 
unable to get a recording due to low battery but recharging now. I've yet to 
see the bird but it's doing a call that sounds like a combo of the pip and 
weeeoo calls. Something like "pip-pip wEEEoo  pip-pip-pip wEEEoo." Once i got 
enough juice, i went to the Bird Sounds site and found both these sounds 
associated with Alder but not the combo (yet)...and of course the bird is quiet 
now. May be what was making the "fee-beer" call earlier, altho totally not 
emphatic.  If you have suggestions, please let me know. Have waited 30 minutes 
and nothing heard again (plus parking lot getting noisy) so going home to 
explore these calls on Macaulay and other sites.  

Patty McLean  Tucker GA 

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Subject: AAS Walk at Murphey Candler Park (DeKalb) -- Hawks, Hooded Warbler, More
From: ldtp <ldtp AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:34:03 +0000
Four birders met at Murphey Candler Park (DeKalb County) on August 27 for an 
Atlanta Audubon Society walk. We had a somewhat mediocre list (27-28 species in 
mostly low numbers; see below). 


Highlights included three Cooper's Hawks, staging a brief but dramatic airshow 
of intersecting spirals, and an especially beautiful male Hooded Warbler. He 
spent two or three minutes flitting around, on or very low to the ground, 
repeatedly chipping and displaying, often fanning his tail like a Redstart. We 
couldn't see any obvious reason for his excitement, but he provided plenty of 
excitement for us. 


We saw two Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and heard two Gray Catbirds. American 
Goldfinches seemed to be calling everywhere. A few came into view, including a 
male who posed on a patch of Sundrops and another who scarfed down seeds from a 
clump of thistles. 


[Seen a few days earlier at this site were two Spotted Sandpipers and one to 
three Green Herons.] 


Three deer. Assorted turtles: mostly Cooters and Sliders with a few Painteds 
and two Musk. Two Five-lined Skinks. Four or five Tiger Swallowtails and one 
Pipevine Swallowtail. A few Common Whitetail and Eastern Amberwing dragonflies, 
plus three or four large unidentified species seen at a distance. 


Among the wildflowers were Sundrops, Potato Vine, Butterfly Pea, Buttonbush, 
Trumpet Vine, and three species of small Morning Glories. 


Liz Hornsby & Mary Kimberly,
DeKalb County

==

Murphey Candler Park, DeKalb County
August 27, 2015
7:19 AM - 11:26 AM
Slightly cooler than average temps. Mostly sunny. Occasionally breezy.  
4 participants
27 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  4
Mallard  11
Great Blue Heron  3
Cooper's Hawk  3
Accipiter sp.  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Phoebe  4
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  15
Fish Crow  3
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  5
Brown-headed Nuthatch  9
Carolina Wren  9
Eastern Bluebird  7
Gray Catbird  2     Heard only
Brown Thrasher  1     Heard only
Hooded Warbler  1    
Pine Warbler  4
Song Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  4
Northern Cardinal  2
American Goldfinch  34     Conservative estimate.

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Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher Also Continues at George Pierce Park (Gwinnett County)
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:29:23 -0400
    
An OSFL is currently striking a pose on the tallest snag on the boardwalk 
section of Ivy Creek Greenway inside George Pierce Park. This is the original 
area where Chris O'Neal found one on Aug 19. There's also a Peewee here with a 
drab vest and yellowish belly. Both periodically disappear for extended periods 
of time. Photo of the Olive-sided. https://flic.kr/p/x7pjCz 


Also of note, there was a bird doing a repetitive 'fee-beer' call in the small 
wetlands area at the edge of the parking lot for this trail. I recorded it and 
put it on my Flickr site. Comments welcome. I suspect a flycatcher as I also 
heard a pweer type call. I don't have enough contraptions with me to diagnose 
it, so a little help from my friends would be great.. :-)  


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Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher continues at Cochran Shoals
From: Al Mercer <alexander.j.mercer AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:51:17 -0400
Hello, All,

The Olive-sided Flycatcher continued this morning at Cochran Shoals ranging 
widely around the swamp area, often, but not always, on the tallest snag. 


Good birding, 

Al Mercer
Marietta, Cobb County, Ga.

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Subject: AAS Field Trips this week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:06:56 -0400
Greetings, Georgia Birders

The Atlanta Audubon Society has several field trips on our calendar this
week. I hope you have time to come join us for one or more of these walks.

Liz Hornsby and I will lead a walk at Cochran Shoals, CRNRA (Cobb County)
on Wednesday, September 2 at 8:00 AM.

Rich Hull and Nikki Belmonte will lead a walk at JJ Biello Park (Cherokee
County) on Friday, September 4 at 8:00 AM.

Jason Ward will lead his monthly walk in Piedmont Park (Fulton County) on
Saturday, September 5 at 8:00 AM.

The walk scheduled at Noonday Creek on Sunday, September 6 has been
POSTPONED until later in the month (September 20).

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

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

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 8/30/2015
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:31:14 -0400
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: 
Date: Sun, Aug 30, 2015 at 7:22 PM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
To:


*** Species Summary:

Northern Shoveler (1 Bartow)
Ruddy Duck (1 Bibb)
Northern Bobwhite (1 Henry)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (1 Bartow)
Roseate Spoonbill (1 Hart)
Northern Harrier (American) (1 Chatham)
American Coot (1 Forsyth)
Sandhill Crane (1 Walton)
American Golden-Plover (8 Bartow)
Western Sandpiper (8 Bartow)
Short-billed Dowitcher (1 Clayton)
Wilson's Phalarope (5 Bartow)
Black Tern (5 Troup)
Forster's Tern (3 Troup)
Olive-sided Flycatcher (1 Bibb)
Sedge Wren (1 Gwinnett)
Blackpoll Warbler (2 Gwinnett)

---------------------------------------------
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report below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia.  View or
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Subject: Blue Grosbeak on Fite Bend
From: MARY MEYER <cheshy AT PRODIGY.NET>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:35:50 +0000
Yesterday at 3pm, way past the grain elevators and shortly before the house on 
the left, there was a Blue grosbeak sitting on the wire.  This was a lifer for 
Inge Berchtold and me.  It was a female. 

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Subject: Re: Olive-sided flycatcher--Cochran shoals
From: Shannon Fair <shannonmfair AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:52:22 -0400
I can confirm that the olive-sided flycatcher is still present at Cochran 
Shoals. It can be seen better just before the sparrow field in a snag in the 
middle of the marsh where there is a clearing opposite the river. It is a 
juvenile with obvious white tufts on the sides of its rump. It can also be seen 
from the marsh trail, but the snag is more difficult to see from there. 


Happy Birding!
Shannon Fair, ATL, Fulton County
(*)>
 / )
 /”

> On Aug 30, 2015, at 5:20 PM, Al Mercer  wrote:
> 
> Hello all,
> 
> There is an olive sided flycatcher currently on a snag at the left rear
> corner of the sparrow field.  It has a dark head and back with a dark vest
> and long wings.  The shape is that of a fly catcher with a crested head. It
> appears too big to be a wood-pewee.
> 
> Hopefully it will stick around for others to see.
> 
> Good birding,
> Al Mercer
> Cobb county, GA
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Subject: Olive-sided flycatcher--Cochran shoals
From: Al Mercer <alexander.j.mercer AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:20:31 -0400
Hello all,

There is an olive sided flycatcher currently on a snag at the left rear
corner of the sparrow field.  It has a dark head and back with a dark vest
and long wings.  The shape is that of a fly catcher with a crested head. It
appears too big to be a wood-pewee.

Hopefully it will stick around for others to see.

Good birding,
Al Mercer
Cobb county, GA

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Subject: Clayton Co., Yellow-crowned Night-heron, 8/30/15
From: Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:56:18 +0000
We found a juvenile YCNH on the Shamrock Reservoir, Clayton Co. Water Authority 
this morning. It was feeding around the rock edge of the cove close to the 
large rental building on the hill. Carol Lambert & Jeff SewellTucker, GA, 
DeKalb Co.lambertsewell AT att.net 


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Subject: Wilson's Phalarope (NO) and Am Golden-Plover (YES)
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 10:45:07 -0400
    
Before the unexpected downpour in Bartow County this morning, several of us 
went looking for some of the birds reported yesterday.  

No WIPH has been seen on Taff or Brandon Farm Rd this morning (that I know 
of).  


At least one AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER continues at the Etowah Sod Farm.

NBK* and two Least Sandpipers at the Taylorsville Sod Farm. 

Just wanted to get the word out to help you avoid the weather in case you need 
you have other things to do today. 


Patty McLean   Tucker GA 
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Subject: Sorry - Yellow-billed cuckoo!
From: Vicki Deloach <000000704f96edde-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:27:38 -0400
Sorry folks - I've seen a lot of Yellow-billed cuckoos and should've known 
better. Got carried away with the black bill & that it wasn't calling - and 
realized my error about a minute before I heard from Joel. Embarrassed ... 
Vicki 


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Cherokee Co.

 

 




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Subject: AAS Field Trip - Cochran Shoals (Cobb County) - 29 August 2015
From: Nathan Farnau <natwan AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:19:32 -0400
About twenty-five participants came out this morning for Atlanta Audubon's 
field trip to the Cochran Shoals Unit of the Chattahoochee National Recreation 
Area (Cobb County). 


Highlights included a good count of 6 CANADA WARBLERS which offered close 
looks, 13 HOODED WARBLERS, and increasing numbers of several other common Fall 
migrants like CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS (10) and AMERICAN REDSTARTS (8). 

We missed a number of possible species (no Empidonax flycatchers, tanagers, or 
swallows) - so overall diversity wasn't stellar at 49 species (9 species of 
warblers). 


The complete eBird checklist can be viewed here: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24800856 


If any participants would like this checklist shared with your respective eBird 
accounts, please send me an email, and I'll be happy to do it. 


Nathan Farnau
Alpharetta, GA (Fulton County)    



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Subject: Black-billed cuckoo - Cherokee Co.
From: Vicki Deloach <000000704f96edde-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:05:29 -0400
We were sitting in our gazebo watching for migrants this afternoon when a small 
flock of warblers moved through, high in the trees. A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO 
appeared with a large caterpillar in its mouth. I got the camera & was able to 
get off a few low-quality shots at that distance but was glad to get them. Have 
posted to eBird. 


Bug report: three of us had an exciting time at Biello Park chasing odes 
yesterday - email me for details. Also had some rare butterflies out there this 
week including a Zebra longwing. 


Vicki & Harry DeLoach
Bradshaw Farm/Cherokee Co.

 

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Subject: Am Golden-Plover at Etowah Sod (Legacy) in Bartow County
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:46:56 -0400
    
While at the Taff Rd Pond this afternoon, James White pulled up to see the 
Wilson's Phalarope and told me he stopped at the Etowah Sod Farm (aka Legacy 
Sod) on his way and saw 3 plovers (other than the plentiful Killdeer). By the 
time i worked my way over there, i could only find one - an AMERICAN 
GOLDEN-PLOVER in transitional plumage. James likely has better photos but 
here's one of mine. https://flic.kr/p/xFVDUZ 


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Subject: Wilsons Phalarope at Taff Rd Pond (Bartow County)
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:02:54 -0400
    
Found by Drew Whitelegg this morning - a beautiful white and gray Wilson's 
Phalarope is feeding along water's edge on the largest pond on Taff Rd. Distant 
photo here:  

https://flic.kr/p/xXVHcv

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Subject: Re: Nighthawk Weekend
From: Melanie Furr <mefurr AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:39:53 -0400
For those who didn't recognize my email last night, I apologize for not signing 
my name. In my excitement, I forgot it. Haha! 


Melanie Furr
DeKalb Co.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 28, 2015, at 7:03 PM, Chris O'Neal  wrote:
> 
> Hello hello!
> 
> As Melanie Furr's email indicated, the last few days of August and the
> first few of September are traditionally when we are lucky enough to see
> the nighthawks soar overhead, catching insects and doing whatever else
> nighthawks do. So this weekend is the kickoff to Nighthawk Week.
> 
> I encourage everyone to go outside at dusk, especially at areas near the
> Chattahoochee River or places with large floodlights (but not necessarily
> limited to these places).
> 
> Good luck and let's go "nighthawking"!
> 
> Chris O'Neal
> Gwinnett County
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Subject: rail reconsidered
From: Ralph Smith <smithinspect AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:25:46 -0400
What in my haste I first thought was a Clapper rail was, upon further scrutiny, 
most likely a Virginia rail. Thanks to Giff Beaton, Carol Lambert, Jeff Sewell, 
and Patty McLean for their considered input. Not so exciting, but a good bird 
for Dekalb County anyhow. 


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Subject: Nighthawk Weekend
From: "Chris O'Neal" <chrisoneal2718 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:03:00 -0400
Hello hello!

As Melanie Furr's email indicated, the last few days of August and the
first few of September are traditionally when we are lucky enough to see
the nighthawks soar overhead, catching insects and doing whatever else
nighthawks do. So this weekend is the kickoff to Nighthawk Week.

I encourage everyone to go outside at dusk, especially at areas near the
Chattahoochee River or places with large floodlights (but not necessarily
limited to these places).

Good luck and let's go "nighthawking"!

Chris O'Neal
Gwinnett County

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Subject: AAS Birdwalk Hard Labor Creek State Park
From: "Delestrez, Phil" <Phil.Delestrez AT DNR.GA.GOV>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:32:45 +0000
Hard Labor Creek SP, Morgan, Georgia, US
Aug 28, 2015 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Mild day, mostly cloudy, temperature in the low 80's. Eight 
participants joined me on this walk. We walked down to Lake Brantley from the 
park office, then took a walk to the campground and checked out a small stream 
and beaver pond. We also had some cool looks at a Black Rat Snake swimming 
across the lake. 

17 species

Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  2
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  8
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  10
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Brown-headed Nuthatch  1
American Robin  2
Brown Thrasher  1
Chipping Sparrow  6
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  1
American Goldfinch  5

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24792797 


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


Phil Delestrez
Park Ranger
Hard Labor Creek State Park
5 Hard Labor Creek Rd
Rutledge, GA  30663
706-557-3001

"nothing can light the dark of the night
Like a falling star..."
Summer Kisses, Winter Tears -  Lyrics Ben Wiseman, Fred Wise

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Subject: Great Horned Owl
From: Sue Peters-Ferree <Soupysue AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:18:49 -0400
Sorry I didn’t report it sooner, but we had a great horned owl sitting in the 
late afternoon sun on Monday. I was headed out to the deck to sit and read for 
a while and noticed an odd shape up in an oak tree. As I studied it, the head 
turned and I could then identify it. Scurried in to get my husband so he could 
see but when we came back out it had flown. Only the second one I’ve ever 
seen in the wild and a first for me here in Georgia. I hear screech owls in the 
woods but haven’t seen them. 


The yard birds are busy as usual. I’ve got a bunch of hummers zipping around. 


Sue Peters-Ferree
Blairsville 

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Subject: SIGNOFF GABO-L
From: Jason Blevins <a_blevins AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:38:59 -0400
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Subject: ORAS September Meeting - Richard Hall
From: James Neves <jamesneves AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:14:38 -0400
The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will launch its 2015-16 season with a
reception and a special presentation about “The Wonderful World of
Warblers” by research by scientist Dr. Richard Hall onThursday, September 3,
at UGA’s Odum School of Ecology.

Hall, a population ecologist with the Odum School of Ecology, will explore
the fascinating lives of more than 30 warbler species that breed in Georgia
or migrate through the state. A lifelong bird-lover, Hall will provide
useful pointers about identifying warblers by sight, sound and habitat,
offer tips for attracting warblers to your back yard and point out some
nearby places to view migrating and nesting warblers.

An assistant research scientist at UGA, Hall holds degrees from Cambridge
and Oxford Universities in the United Kingdom. His research focuses on
understanding animal migration.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception featuring hors d’oeuvres
and refreshments provided by members of Oconee Rivers Audubon Society.
Hall’s presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the Odum School of Ecology’s
auditorium.

On-campus parking is free and open after 5 p.m. in the S-07 lot off West
Green Street. To reach the Ecology building from the Loop 10 bypass, get
off on Exit 7 (College Station Road) and turn west toward campus. Turn
right onto East Campus Road and continue north to the second traffic
signal. Turn left onto West Green Street, go over the hill, and turn right
into the S-07 parking lot. The Ecology building is on the north side of the
parking lot behind trees (a sidewalk is nearby).

For more information, visit www.oconeeriversaudubon.org or contact
Publicity Chair Roger Nielsen at publicity AT oconeeriversaudubon.org.

The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society is a nonprofit organization of people
brought together by a love of birds and nature. We strive to promote
conservation and provide a voice for environmental issues, we organize
several local conservation projects each year, and we host public
presentations on subjects related to birds, nature, and conservation at our
monthly meetings. Audubon meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of the
month at Sandy Creek Nature Center. Please check our news and events pages
to learn about upcoming activities.

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Subject: two recent observations
From: Ralph Smith <smithinspect AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:04:27 -0400
Yesterday I got a call from a teacher at Druid Hills Middle School across the 
street saying she'd spotted a bird in some bushes, so I went over expecting to 
find a starling or robin. To my great surprise, it was a juvenile Clapper Rail. 
I thought I might be able to contain it somehow and take it to the nearby Clyde 
Shepherd Preserve but, judging from its ability to scurry around, there was no 
way that was going to happen, so I just left it alone and hoped for the best. 
It wasn't there this morning. I have a photo if anyone is interested. 


Also yesterday, I saw a female House Finch with conjunctivitis at my black 
sunflower feeder. House Finches are the most numerous birds at that feeder, but 
this is the first one I've ever noticed with the disease. It was pretty 
conspicuous. So this morning I'm disinfecting the feeder. A page on the Cornell 
website says their House Finch Disease Survey has been stopped due to lack of 
funding, but that people can still report the disease via Project Feeder Watch. 


Ralph Smith
Decatur

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Subject: Common Nighthawks at Atl Silverback Stadium
From: Melanie Furr <mefurr AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:36:11 -0400
It's that time of year again!  +\-20 nighthawks circling the stadium. 

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Subject: Peregrine South Fulton, Other misc.
From: Chuck Saleeby <charlessaleeby AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:23:33 -0400
I had a Peregrine Falcon yesterday early afternoon circle and then fly over in 
Serenbe in S. Fulton County. On Tuesday I saw one lone Pied-billed Grebe and 3 
Great Egrets on Lake Acworth in Cobb County. Interestingly I heard a 
Great-crested Flycatcher call 5-6 times in Kenworth Park in Acworth, N. Cobb 
County. Fairly late for those to vocalize. 


I heard my first migrating thrushes this morning in NW Cobb. I had one Veery 
and one Swanson's Thrush calling at about 6:10 thus morning. 


Chuck Saleeby
Kennesaw, GA
Cobb County

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Subject: Trip to J.J. Biello and Mississippi Kite (East Cherokee Dr.)
From: Rich Hull <haharich15 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:06:03 -0400
Hi All, 
 JoAnn King and I birded J.J. Biello (East Entrance) this morning. We had two 
Wild Turkeys (new for the park), three Orchard Orioles, a couple of Indigo 
Buntings, an immature male Blue Grosbeak, an Eastern Wood-Pewee, and no 
rarities. However, on the way back home on East Cherokee Dr. near an entrance 
to Bradshaw Farm, I saw a Mississippi Kite. JoAnn King had one the other day in 
Cherokee Co. as well! 


Good Birding, 
Rich Hull
Cherokee Co., GA

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Subject: Re: Roseate Spoonbill Lullwater Preserve
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:00:45 -0400
No sign of a spoonbill at Lullwater between 1 and 2 pm today.
There is a Tricoloured Heron here in the southwest corner of the lake.

James Gibson
(Clayton Co)

On 8/26/15, Robert Johnson
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> Good Morning,
> The Roseate Spoonbill spotted at Lullwater Preserve in Dekalb County late
> yesterday, continues this morning.  Spotted on the west side of the lake at
> 7:10AM along with a Green Heron and 5 Wood Ducks.  I took a few photos,
> under less than ideal light, walked around to the other side of the lake and
> when I came back after 20 minutes for more photos, I could not find it
> again.
> Robert JohnsonUnincorporated Dekalb County
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Subject: Savannah/Tybee 08/25/2015
From: Eric Beohm <000001aed35eb136-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:20:23 +0000
I was in Savannah Tues and was able to squeeze in a few hours of birding. I 
checked an area along the river in GA that I have permission for but others may 
not so I will not list it. 60 species for that one spot. And about sixty types 
of bugs trying to bite you as well. 



Willow Flycatcher

Wilson's Phalarope

Stilt Sandpiper

Long-billed Dowitcher

Black-necked Stilt

American Avocet

Mottled Duck

Black-bellied Whistling Duck


Also, was able to squeeze in a very quick check of Tybee Island North Beach. 
Lots of people briskly strolling right through the birds. 


12 Common Terns, lots of Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a couple Great Backed 
Gulls, and 3 Marbled Godwits among other things. Also, Gray Kingbirds. 


Good Birding!

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Subject: AAS Field Trips this week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 06:07:59 -0400
Greetings, Georgia Birders

The Atlanta Audubon Society has several field trips on our calendar in the
coming days. Please join us for one or more of the following walks:

Liz Hornsby and I will lead a walk at Murphey Candler Park (DeKalb County)
tomorrow, Thursday, August 27 at 7:30 AM.

Phil Delestrez will lead a walk at Hard Labor Creek State Park (Morgan
County) on Friday, August 28 at 3:00 PM. This walk is co-sponsored by
Oconee River Audubon.

Nathan Farnau will lead a walk at Cochran Shoals, CRNRA (Cobb County) on
Saturday, August 29 at 7:30 AM.

Carol Lambert and Jeff Sewell will lead a walk at the Newman Wetlands
Center and the Huie Ponds of the CCWA (Clayton County) on Sunday, August 30
at 8:00 AM.

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

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

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Subject: Extralimital or one of ours?
From: world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 01:11:18 +0000
I just learned of a brown boooby reported at Kerr Lake Dam in southern 
Virginia, 435 miles from where the Atlanta bird was seen a week ago today. 
There was also a possible report of one today in the Maryland suburbs of 
Washington DC. Finally, there have been at least two reported on the Outer 
Banks of North Carolina in the last four days. 



This actually doesn’t surprise me, because I have been tracking tropical 
storm systems between West Africa and the southeastern US in the last two 
weeks, and there has been quite a bit of activity out there. Reports of sulids 
inland in advance of possible hurricanes are most enticing!! 



James Gibson

Clayton Co.

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Subject: Fwd: [GABO-L] Fwd: Deborah Cramer at the Decatur Book Festval
From: Gmail <lkdisantis AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:39:38 -0400
> I previously sent this message out about an author, Deborah Cramer, speaking 
at the Decatur Book Festival. The date I listed is wrong. She is speaking on 
Saturday September 5 at 1:45. Sorry for the error. Hope to see you there. Linda 

> -------- Original message --------
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> Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: Deborah Cramer at the Decatur Book Festval 
> 
> > I am sharing this announcement about a speaker, Deborah Cramer, at the 
Decatur Book Festival. Her book, The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, An Ancient Crab 
and an Epic Journey, might of interest to you. It explores the relationship 
between the Red Knot and other migrating shorebirds and the Horseshoe Crab. She 
will be speaking at 1:45 on Saturday September 5. Details below. Linda 

> > 
> > City of Atlanta, DeKalb County 
> > 
> > Linda DiSantis
> > Linda DiSantis
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> > 
> > Begin forwarded message:
> > 
> >> Subject: Deborah Cramer at the Decatur Book Festival
> >> I thought I'd share some particulars about Deborah Cramer's appearance at 
the Decatur Book Festival Labor Day weekend that you could pass on to the 
Audubon Society and others. 

> >> 
> >> Deborah Cramer
> >> The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey
> >> 1:45 pm Sunday, September 6
> >> First Baptist Church of Decatur
> >> 
> >> The links will take you to the Festival webpages for Deborah and for the 
event. 

> >> 
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Subject: Lake Hartwell 08/24/2015
From: Eric Beohm <000001aed35eb136-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 02:56:26 +0000
I checked Lake Hartwell, GA this afternoon. I had a good variety of stuff for 
Northeast GA. Got photos of most stuff. 


Highlights:


Caspian Tern (8)

Common Tern (2)

Forster's Tern (5)

Black Tern (300+ , just everywhere.  They came in quite close at Big Oaks.)

Ring-billed Gull (4)


Roseate Spoonbill (1 at Walters Road)

White Ibis (2)

Cattle Egret (15, small groups in several areas.  Some seen flying.)

Snowy Egret (2)

Little Blue Heron (4)

Great Egret (11)

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1)


Semipalmated Plover (1)

Semipalmated Sandpiper, Pectoral, Least, Spotted, Solitary, Lesser Yellowlegs

Blue-winged Teal (200)

Prothonotary Warbler 

Osprey

Bald Eagle

Mississippi Kite (one circling at the entrance of Elrod Ferry of all places.)



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

Good Birding!

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Subject: Braves game birds
From: Ilene Schroeder <ilenes47 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 20:59:30 -0400
Hi. I'm counting 4 or 5 Common Nighthawks hunting over Turner Field right
now.  Before sunset the usual Chimney Swifts. These are the first
Nighthawks of the for me.

Ilene
Turner Field
Atlanta

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 8/24/2015
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:45:56 -0400
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: August 24, 2015 at 7:22:39 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Black-crowned Night-Heron (2 Bartow)
> Limpkin (2 Crisp)
> Upland Sandpiper (3 Macon)
> Western Sandpiper (2 Bartow, 3 Macon)
> Laughing Gull (2 Macon)
> Black Tern (1 Columbia, 3 Troup)
> Forster's Tern (1 Troup)
> Peregrine Falcon (2 Bartow)
> Olive-sided Flycatcher (1 Gwinnett)
> Blue-headed Vireo (1 Columbia)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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: Gray Kingbirds on Tybee
From: DiChurch <dichurch AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:46:34 -0400
Greetings all,

 This is the late August Gray Kingbird report from Tybee Island! Earlier this 
summer, one Gray Kingbird pair nested in a palm at Hotel Tybee 

and fledged 3 young birds. Then, Mrs. K moved to the next-door palm and started 
on round two. I have been watching her fly to the palm with bugs over the last 
week or two but could never get a glimpse of the young ones. 


 Today, I saw a line-up of three more juveniles in the palm, calling loudly. 
Mom was coming in and out with bugs. I expect they'll be out of 

the palm within the next few days.

 I have also seen a Gray Kingbird down near the lighthouse. On August 9, we saw 
three more Gray Kingbirds on the wires by the Sugar Shack. 

This species seems to be expanding its population nicely on Tybee, to the point 
that many mockingbirds are now imitating Gray Kingbirds! 


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

 Also of interest, this summer I have seen Mississippi Kites regularly feeding 
over some of the marshy areas on Tybee - particularly over the marsh to the 
north of 6th Street and east of Lewis Avenue. 


Cheers,
Diana

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Subject: birding event at Leone Hall Price Park, Sat. Sep. 19th
From: Jess <oceansunfish AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 13:04:11 -0400
Hi Gabo,

We are planning our annual bird and butterfly event at Price Park.  This
year Bill Lotz will be leading a birding walk for us at 8am  (Thanks
Bill!).  If we get enough people, we will split into two groups, sending
experienced birders with Bill and then I will take beginners.  The point of
the event is to expose new people to the sport of birding but there is
plenty to see for the experienced birders.  If there's someone you've been
wanting to get into birding, this is a great event!  There will also be a
butterfly (and birds) walk at 11am.  Hope to see you there!

Here's the little blurb we send out to the media:
*The Big Day - Bird 'n Butterfly-a-thon 2015, Saturday Sept. 19th, 2015 at
Leone Hall Price Park in Kennesaw --  *This all ages, family-friendly
event, timed for the peak of fall bird migration, and with the
meadow in full bloom, is one of the best times of year to discover the
magic of Price Park!  Join us on a guided walk through the park to learn
about the sport of birding and identifying butterflies while getting to
know your backyard wildlife.  Raffle prizes, kids crafts, info stations,
explore the park and have fun!  Visit www.friendsofpricepark.org or like us
on facebook for up-to-date information on scheduled activities.


Jess Searcy

Independent Consultant Usborne Books & More
Educational Consultant EDC Educational Services
(404) 558-2837

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Subject: Re: Directions to George Pierce Park OSFL
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:25:24 -0400
Also, be sure to check the snag visible from the parking lot.  The
best way to see this snag is to start by standing in front of the sign
looking towards the trails and backing up until a large snag becomes
visible on the left of the trail.  See this photo for reference.
http://www.gos.org/images/rarebirds/osfl_gpp.jpg

The bird was seen there on two different occasions on Sunday.

Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

On Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 8:36 AM, Patty McLean  wrote:
>
>
> A few folks have asked me about the location of the continuing OLIVE-SIDED 
FLYCATCHER, so I thought I would add to Chris O'Neal's initial info and share 
with all. 

>
> The park is at 55 Buford Hwy Suwanee GA in Gwinnett County) with entrance at 
the light. (Note: Rec Ctr has convenient bathrooms.) Drive to the end of the 
main road (a mile, maybe). Slow driving with stop signs and speed bumps for all 
the walkers - and a few birds to entertain you along the way. The road ends at 
a parking lot. Park here and take the Ivy Creek Greenway Trail - it's the 
concrete trail that runs to your right. The trail eventually becomes a 
boardwalk. Continue until the forest opens on the right as you begin to 
approach the wetlands. About a 10-12 minute walk from parking lot, not counting 
stops to see birds along the trail. Cross or stop on the small bridge (photo 
https://flic.kr/p/xHEYix) and immediately look right. The OSFL has been seen 
here on the tall snags which are generally along the far back edge on the right 
from this position. 

>
> Good luck to all who go. It's a great area for lots of interesting birds. A 
few of us have seen at least one unidentified empid in the last few days, and 
the pond generally has a few nice surprises including unusually tame Wood 
Ducks. 

>
> Link to info on the trail. 
http://www.traillink.com/trail/ivy-creek-greenway.aspx 

>
> Patty McLean  Tucker GA
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Subject: Directions to George Pierce Park OSFL
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 08:36:13 -0400
    
A few folks have asked me about the location of the continuing OLIVE-SIDED 
FLYCATCHER, so I thought I would add to Chris O'Neal's initial info and share 
with all.  


The park is at 55 Buford Hwy Suwanee GA in Gwinnett County) with entrance at 
the light. (Note: Rec Ctr has convenient bathrooms.) Drive to the end of the 
main road (a mile, maybe). Slow driving with stop signs and speed bumps for all 
the walkers - and a few birds to entertain you along the way. The road ends at 
a parking lot. Park here and take the Ivy Creek Greenway Trail - it's the 
concrete trail that runs to your right. The trail eventually becomes a 
boardwalk. Continue until the forest opens on the right as you begin to 
approach the wetlands.  About a 10-12 minute walk from parking lot, not 
counting stops to see birds along the trail. Cross or stop on the small bridge 
(photo https://flic.kr/p/xHEYix) and immediately look right. The OSFL has been 
seen here on the tall snags which are generally along the far back edge on the 
right from this position.  


Good luck to all who go. It's a great area for lots of interesting birds. A few 
of us have seen at least one unidentified empid in the last few days, and the 
pond generally has a few nice surprises including unusually tame Wood Ducks.  


Link to info on the trail. 
http://www.traillink.com/trail/ivy-creek-greenway.aspx  


Patty McLean  Tucker GA 

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Subject: Re: Dekalb and Gwinnett - Evening 8/21/2015
From: "Ozier, Jim" <Jim.Ozier AT DNR.GA.GOV>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:36:52 +0000
I once saw the carcass of a red-tailed hawk suspended from a forked limb near 
the top of a tree. The prongs of the fork were under each of the wings; bird's 
tail was toward the limb's crotch with body and legs hanging below. I assumed a 
limb had broken to drop the bird into this unfortunate circumstance. 


Jim Ozier
GADNR Forsyth

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Subject: [GABO-L] Dekalb and Gwinnett - Evening 8/21/2015

Hi All,

This evening about a block away from leaving work in Stone Mountain I was 
sitting at a stoplight with the windows down to let the car cool out at the 
intersection of Rock Mountain Blvd and E Ponce de Leon Ave in DeKalb when I 
noticed a RED-TAILED HAWK coming over Ponce there. 


The bird continued to cross the road and was about to alight on a big pine 
branch very near to me. I watched and as soon as the hawk put its weight on the 
2-3 inch thick limb I heard the branch break and watched as it fell away. The 
hawk, obviously well used to what can happen when landing on dead pine 
branches, didn't seem to miss a beat or even lose any altitude but just flew 
on! 


Later on the continued journey home to Lawrenceville while stopped at a light 
at the intersection of Five Forks Trickum Road and Oak Road I watched as 3 
COMMON NIGHTHAWKS flew across basically from east to west. 


BWS (Birding While Stopped) works pretty well.

Good Birding All,

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Singular Moment - Bartow County Loop - 8/23/2015
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:33:48 -0400
Hi All,

I know I am easily impressed, and the wonders of nature can definitely more 
easily impress than most other wonders that there be. There was a singularly 
impressive dramatic moment out on the Bartow County Loop Sunday afternoon on 
Taff Road. 


I was walking on Brandon Farm Road checking out the non-shorebird situation 
there when John Patten Moss rolled up and we continued to assess it together. 
Then we headed over to Taff Road and eventually to the small pond on the east 
side of the road north of Brandon Farm Road. 


I was hoping to see a previously reported Black Tern or Western Sandpiper at 
one of the Taff Road ponds. As we were checking the smaller east pond I noticed 
a COOPER'S HAWK a couple of hundred feet up and a bit north of the pond. A few 
minutes later as I was looking around John Patten suddenly called out a 
PEREGRINE FALCON in the same area, and which was soon to be in a bit of a brief 
confrontation with the Cooper's. 


I immediately got on the falcon, but virtually as soon as I got a great look at 
it the bird turned west-northwest and folded up a good bit and began a very 
swift straight-line, and roughly 600 yard, descent to the eastern corner area 
of the larger Taff Road pond which is on the west side of the road just to the 
north. I watched the bird, very intent and laser-like on its trajectory, in the 
scope as it dramatically descended and then it suddenly, while still at 
high-speed, disappeared behind the rise in the ground just south of the 
mudflats area of the larger north-western pond. 


NOooooooo! I could just envision the falcon scooping up any previously reported 
Western Sandpipers with one fell swoop, and who knows what other birds that 
were there would be well scattered by the Peregrine's sudden and quite 
unheralded raid. 


Well, we made our way to the north-western pond. The Peregrine was nowhere to 
be seen and we didn't know if a kill had been made, but we still had good birds 
there. Watching the impressive moves, skill, power, talent, and decision-making 
of a Peregrine in action is always a singular moment! 


Thanks to John Patten for putting the eBird checklist together for our time 
there: 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24738288

Good Birding All!

Mark

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Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Black Tern seen over Taff Road pond along Bartow County Loop
From: Mike Weaver <MWRiverpointe AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2015 15:22:14 -0400
A BLACK TERN was seen flying over the smaller cattle pond located along Taff 
Road (Bartow County) near the cattle feeding barns. Some quick photos were 
snapped of the bird as it was flying away and these photos are attached to the 
EBird Report and are on my Flickr page ( link: 
https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/118151791 AT N02/ )Other birds of note seen were a 
WESTERN SANDPIPER and a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER. Both of these birds were located 
in the mudflats area of the larger Taff Road pond. 


Mike Weaver
Kennesaw, GA
Cobb County

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Subject: Re: Limpkin and Uppies continue in South Georgia
From: Patrick Maurice <patrickmaurice1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2015 13:02:13 -0400
Hey all,
After the storm passed we kept exploring the sod farm and we were able to turn 
up a Stilt Sandpiper, 3 Western Sandpipers, both yellowlegs, and a large flock 
of about 200 or more Killdeer and 300 or more Pectoral Sandpipers. There was 
also Barn, Tree, Northern Rough-winged, Cliff, and 12 Bank Swallows there too. 
There were also some Horned Larks and singing Field Sparrows. 


Then we went to Juice Plant Rd. where we found a LAUGHING GULL. It was probably 
blown in from the storm. When we got out of the car to photograph it, the 
cowbird flock flushed and scared the gull which flew away and kept going South. 
Dan was able to take a few pictures of it flying away. The gull is probably not 
chaseable, but still a good bird! There wasn't anything else of note there. 


Keep your eyes peeled for any other storm blown birds!
Patrick Maurice
DeKalb County
(Currently in Macon County)


> On Aug 23, 2015, at 10:39 AM, Patrick Maurice  
wrote: 

> 
> Hey all,
> 
> I'm out birding South Georgia today with Bill Lotz, Dan Vickers and my mom. 
We started the day by birding Georgia Veterans Memorial SP where one Limpkin 
continues, but not much else of note except for a flyby Anhinga. The Limpkin is 
not at all wary of people anymore and I was able to sit down on the bank only 
15 feet away as he/she foraged unperturbed by my presence and even walked up 
near me a few times. The only downside was that there was A LOT of annoying 
gnats, but a small price to pay for seeing and photographing such an amazing 
bird. 

> 
> We are currently at Marshallville Super Sod farm waiting out a big 
thunderstorm. So far we've seen 9 Upland Sandpipers, but haven't turned up too 
many other notable birds, I'll let you know if we do see something good. 

> 
> Patrick Maurice
> DeKalb County
> (Currently at Marshallville)

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Subject: Limpkin and Uppies continue in South Georgia
From: Patrick Maurice <patrickmaurice1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2015 10:39:11 -0400
Hey all,

I'm out birding South Georgia today with Bill Lotz, Dan Vickers and my mom. We 
started the day by birding Georgia Veterans Memorial SP where one Limpkin 
continues, but not much else of note except for a flyby Anhinga. The Limpkin is 
not at all wary of people anymore and I was able to sit down on the bank only 
15 feet away as he/she foraged unperturbed by my presence and even walked up 
near me a few times. The only downside was that there was A LOT of annoying 
gnats, but a small price to pay for seeing and photographing such an amazing 
bird. 


We are currently at Marshallville Super Sod farm waiting out a big 
thunderstorm. So far we've seen 9 Upland Sandpipers, but haven't turned up too 
many other notable birds, I'll let you know if we do see something good. 


Patrick Maurice
DeKalb County
(Currently at Marshallville)
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Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher continues at George Pierce Park
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 22:39:40 -0400
Rachel and I had the bird at the park today at 1:30pm. It was also seen earlier 
in the day by a couple other birders. The link below has the details of the 
location. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24724977 


When you drive into the park go to the last parking lot. The bird was hanging 
out at the top of some snags about 100 yards down the trail that heads to the 
right from the lot. 


Good luck. 



Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA
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Subject: Absence of birds
From: Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 15:33:14 -0400
Hi all,
Went up to George Pierce this morning and then on Lake Lanier in the hope
of seeing some of the highlights of recent days but the fates were against
me.

There WAS an Immature White Ibis at George Pierce.  It was preening itself
in a tree on the left as you enter the park walkway (as described
recently). Unmistakable with orange/pink curved bill and dark brown
plumage.  It had moved (or gone) by the time I returned 30 minutes later.

There was no Olive-Sided F/catcher - I was looking in the correct place.

Then on to Lake Lanier where there was no sign of the terns or avocets or,
basically, anything at all - except for an Osprey (as a Brit I still have a
soft spot for these) and a Great Blue Heron which had sensibly climbed into
a tree to escape the jet skis and boats.

So, absence is often as useful as presence to birdwatchers and I thought I
would report.  I hope others had better luck and if you do please let me
know as I may go back.

Cheers
Drew Whitelegg
DeKalb Co.

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Subject: Lake Lanier Terns and Avocets (South End of Lake)
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 18:08:39 -0400
    
I guess my stubborn determination paid off today and I was finally able to ID 
the mystery tern/gull reported earlier. In fact, not only was it a COMMON TERN 
(smallish red bill, black cap and forked tail), there were actually TWO, one in 
more advanced nonbreeding plumage. My phone ran out of juice about the time 
they got close enough for a documentary photo (floating on the water). Plus an 
amazing CASPIAN TERN made a brief appearance. But perhaps the biggest surprise 
was seeing 4-5 AMERICAN AVOCETs on a small bar about 2 miles out. Terrible 
photos but i could see the distinct black and white pattern in the wings and 
discoloration on some of the necks from afar. Longer neck and legs than gulls 
or terns. All three species - plus 28 BLACK TERNs and the single LEAST TERN - 
were visible from West Bank Park. The Avocets are on an island bar just west of 
Lanier Islands Park (Hall County). The Caspian was last seen in this same area. 
The BLTEs and COTE were in all three counties at the southern end of the lake. 

Not sure about the one on the left but here's a distant photo of two of the 
avocets:https://flic.kr/p/xmKt29 


Patty McLean   
Tucker GA 

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Subject: question
From: steve livingston <livi4000 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 21:14:17 +0000
 There is a Carolina wren on my deck feeding what I think is a juvenile house 
finch. Can anyone explain why the wren would be doing that and I have a 
picture. 


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Subject: Re: Lake Hartwell: Roseate Spoonbill, Terns, Egrets, other stuff 08/20/2015
From: Eric Beohm <000001aed35eb136-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 18:34:10 +0000
I posted some photos of the spoonbill on my site.  Such a dorky beautiful bird.

Also, I don't want to still anyone's thunder from the two Least Tern reports, 
but I forgot to mention that I also had a LEAST TERN yesterday. With the 
aforementioned drunks and the large pink bird I almost forgot until I saw 
Walt's and Patty's report. 


Mine was a first year bird so no yellow bill. I wanted to make sure the dark 
partial cap, dark primaries, and dark carpal bar checked out before writing it 
down. I see in the field guide that it does. It was sitting next to a Black 
Tern and was smaller and thinner. At one point I saw it briefly from a long 
distance fly near Big Oaks but still noticed the difference in size and flight. 


Also congrats to Susan Murphy for finding the inland Brown B00by. Mega amazing 
for sure. 



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Good Birding!

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Subject: Status of Olive-sided Flycatcher, Gwinnett Co. 8/21/15
From: Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 18:14:15 +0000
Jeff and I birded the Ivy Creek Greenway area, adjacent to the George Pierce 
Park this morning. A few other birders were around.  I saw a largish 
flycatcher fly to a snag, in about the same area that Chris O'Neill reported an 
OSFL on 8/19.  It was not vocalizing at all, but did have the right profile 
and size. Due to the distance, the light and the fact that my scope had walked 
much farther along the trail than I, I was unable to see it well enough for an 
i.d.  After about 4 minutes, it dropped down behind or beyond my view. I 
waited but never saw it again and never heard it at all. There were 4 
Red-shouldered Hawks carrying on nearby, and not much else was heard. I'm 
guessing it was the OSFL and may try again earlier tomorrow, although the 
weekends are pretty busy there.Carol  


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Subject: Interesting gull or tern at Lake Lanier
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 13:47:03 -0400
    
Folks, there is a gull/tern flying with several Black Terns that is obviously 
larger. It has a full black cap, (or hood) what looks to be a reddish bill (not 
as large as caspian or royal) and no apparent black on the wingtips. It's 
across the lake from my current position at West Bank and rain is expected in a 
bit. May try to wait it out to confirm, but if someone is in the mood to look 
for it, pls let me know.  


Patty McLean 
Tucker GA 

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Subject: Least Tern on Lake Lanier
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:11:25 -0400
    
Just spotted this small tern with yellow bill resting on one of the markers out 
from Lanier Park (Gwinnett County). 

https://flic.kr/p/wFKNHU
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Subject: RFI: Olive-sided George Pierce Park
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 08:21:28 -0400
 If anyone happens to go to the above mentioned park this morning to
look for the Olive-s1ded Flycatcher, can you send a note to the list
(or me) whether you are successful or not.  Kind of a nemesis bird for
me in Georgia.

BTW, have you ever wondered why people deliberately misspell bird
names in GABO posts?  Before (and after) eBird many people used the
GABO archives to search for bird sightings and do research.  We didn't
want them to get hits on messages that were just talking about a bird
and didn't reflect an actual sighting.  Hence the misspellings.

Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

P.S. Thanks for the great response to my email about GOS and Duck
Stamps.  There were a pretty decent number of purchases over the last
couple day. We appreciated that.   http://www.gos.org/itemsforsale

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Subject: Lake Hartwell: Roseate Spoonbill, Terns, Egrets, other stuff 08/20/2015
From: Eric Beohm <000001aed35eb136-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 10:42:41 +0000
After a half day of work Thursday, I ran up to Lake Hartwell GA for a check of 
the lake. It was fraught with problems from the start with drunks at Elrod 
Ferry, to part of the dam being closed, to scope tripod issues, but I found a 
spoonbill; so it's all good. 


Highlights:

Roseate Spoonbill (1, northwest side of the lake. This is not far from I-85. 
Take exit 177 going south. Just east of SR 77 is Shoal Creek Road and Walters 
Road. Where Walters Road crosses an inlet of the lake was where the bird was.) 


Caspian Tern (2)

Common Tern (2)

Forster's Tern (2)

Black Tern (85)

Ring-billed Gull (5)

Hooded Merganser (2, flying, near spoonbill location.  Rare in Summer)

White Ibis (3, rare for northeast GA)

Snowy Egret (3)

Little Blue Heron (6)

Great Egret (11)

Other stuff like common shorebirds, Blue-winged Teal, Wood Duck, DC Cormorants, 
swallows. 


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


Good Birding!

Eric Beohm
Atlanta, GA

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Subject: West Point area/ Marshallville update - 8/20
From: Walt Chambers <chambersw AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2015 20:21:12 +0000
Hit West Point Dam for the first time since spring this morning...nothing like 
what's been at Hartwell, but some birds of note, the best being a Least Tern 
(new for my county list). 



Spotted Sandpiper - 1 on the boom

Black Tern - 140+

Caspian Tern - 1

LEAST TERN - 1 imm.

Purple Martin - 60+


I also hit the River Park Trails in West Pt.. Wasn't expecting too much yet, 
but thought I'd get some exercise. Not much today, with the lone highlight 
being a single female Cerulean. 



I checked a spot south of the bridge in the town of West Point where Mason 
Jarrett had photographed a interesting duck a few hundred yards south of the 
dam back on July 9th. It looked to be a Common Goldeneye, but the photos were 
grainy.. Well, I saw the bird again today... Does look like a goldeneye, 
although the head structure is rather round. Don't know if it was the angle I 
saw it or if the bird has other genes in it! 



I also hit Marshallville today - Nothing much new to report... Only saw 3 
Uplands. Not much in the wet area in the fields on the north side of Felton Rd. 
Note: I did not try the areas in the "back" part of the property by Winchester 
Rd. There was a lot of Super Sod truck traffic, so I left that area alone. Not 
much at the farm on Juice Plant Rd. either. 



Walt Chambers

Columbus

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Subject: Black Terns in Extreme Northwestern Gwinnett County
From: "Chris O'Neal" <chrisoneal2718 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 20:24:14 -0400
Hello!

I apologize for so many emails in one day (oh dear, it's him again!) but I
wanted to let everyone know that the Black Terns, reported earlier by Patty
McLean, are still on Lake Lanier.

After work, I decided to take a chance and go to Lake Lanier, in spite of
the incoming heavy rain. I wanted to try and score a Black Tern in Gwinnett
County, as there had previously been no confirmed reports on eBird for this
species. I arrived at Lake Lanier Park, but only stayed a few minutes
before the heavy rain caught up with me.

Discouraged, I gave up and had been driving away for a couple of minutes
when the rain suddenly lightened. Immediately, I decided to give it another
go, but this time I drove a little further to Buford Dam Lower Overlook
(just barely in Gwinnett). I have had luck here in the past finding loons
and gulls.

I found a good view of the lake and just stood there with my raincoat,
binoculars, and camera, and finally the rain stopped. After about 10
minutes I started to see birds flying over the water. I took several
photos, zoomed in, and can say with certainty that there were at least 9
BLACK TERNS! This is a first eBird record for Gwinnett County, although
they have been reported on other sectors on Lake Lanier before.

Also while watching the terns, I saw an adult Bald Eagle soaring in the
distance. Finally, the cherry on the icing on the cake (to twist an
expression), as I was driving away, I had to brake abruptly and grab my
camera yet again as there were 3 WILD TURKEYS feeding on the road.

The following photos should hopefully be diagnostic of the Black Terns if
you zoom in enough:
https://flic.kr/p/xzrUAX
https://flic.kr/p/wBPUL1

The following photo is of the turkeys:
https://flic.kr/p/xyQPir

And the following photos are of the Olive-sided Flycatcher that was at
George Pierce Park this afternoon:
https://flic.kr/p/xwwm71
https://flic.kr/p/wBYmbn

Good luck to anyone who goes looking for the terns.


One good tern deserves another!

Chris O'Neal
Gwinnett County

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Subject: Duck Stamps (and other items)
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 19:45:07 -0400
A few weeks ago, GOS embraced the digital age and began accepting
credit cards (and paypal) for  merchandise and meeting registration.
It's been going pretty smoothly overall but I haven't wanted to push
sales until Ashley (our business manager) got back in town.  He's back
now and ready to process those orders. Need a t-shirt, sweatshirt,
hat, field checklists, or duck stamp?  Visit this page to order yours
today: http://www.gos.org/itemsforsale - no envelop or check needed.

I told people that when they raised the duck stamp from $15 to $25
birders would step up and not hesitate to support the National
Wildlife Refuge System.  Don't make me a liar.  There hasn't been a
raise for many years, but land prices have gone up steadily. This was
the only way to keep pace. Remember that 98% of that $25 goes directly
to purchase land or conservation easements for refuges. These are not
areas just for ducks, or even birds for that matter. These areas
support wildlife, rare plants and ecosystems across the US. There is
very little overhead for this program and it's a great way to show
everyone that birders support habitat!  You can get your stamp in a
handy keychain holder and advertise your support for wildlife, or on
the collectible card it comes with.  Head over to
http://www.gos.org/itemsforsale today won't you.

This has been a crass commercial announcement by someone that cares
about birds and wildlife and wants to see them survive for many
generations to come.

Steve Holzman, President
Georgia Ornithological Society

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Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher - Directions
From: "Chris O'Neal" <chrisoneal2718 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 15:52:36 -0400
Hello everyone, here are some specific directions on where to look for the
OSFL at George Pierce Park, which is in Suwanee.

From I-85, take exit 111 to Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road / GA-317 N (if you
are coming from Atlanta, turn left; from the north, turn right). After 2.3
miles, turn right on Buford Highway / US-23 N. After 0.3 miles, turn right
into George Pierce Park at a traffic light. Drive 1.1 miles, going past the
Senior Center and all the sports fields. You will go over a total of 14
speed humps. Arrive at the final parking lot at the back of the park.

From there, start walking on the cement trail that goes off to the right
(if you go straight you will get to some sport fields; that’s not where you
want to go unless you are intending to play baseball first!). Walk about
half a mile, passing through the woods (the trail is now a boardwalk). You
will pass over a creek twice, the first in the woods and the second as you
are coming out of the woods. This is the creek of interest, and it occurs
just before a large wetlands pond.

Now stand on the boardwalk over the creek and face to your right and
slightly behind you. In the distance (about 200 feet away) you will see two
tall, thin dead trees, and the left one is taller. It is at the VERY top of
this left tree that the Olive-sided Flycatcher was observed. I just heard
from Patty McLean that the bird is still there as of right now.

The approximate GPS coordinates of the OSFL’s location are 34.058868,
-84.047894. The address of the park is 55 Buford Highway, Suwanee, GA 30024.

Good luck!



Chris O’Neal

Gwinnett County

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Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher in Gwinnett County
From: "Chris O'Neal" <chrisoneal2718 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:53:59 -0400
Hello flycatcher-catchers!

I just birded at George Pierce Park in Gwinnett, and the bad news is that
there is no Brown Booby here. The good news is that the first Olive-sided
Flycatcher of the season has turned up here! It is in the exact same
location as last year from 24 August.

The OSFL is just before you get to the main wetlands. Find the narrow
stream that occurs just before the wetlands, face right and you will see in
the distance two thin dead trees. The OSFL was perched on top of the taller
of the two, the left one (on - you guessed it - the highest snag!). Be
aware that there are some phoebes around here too. A camera with a good
zoom will help. I do have diagnostic photos.

We are now approaching the week-long window where this bird could appear.
Check out your local parks or the places mentioned in emails from myself
and from Rich Hull from last week. Will there be more sightings? Will this
be the first time an OSFL is found in the Coastal Plain?

Get ready Georgia - they are coming!

Chris O'Neal
Gwinnett County

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Subject: Black Terns at Lake Lanier
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:14:59 -0400
    
In my so-far-unsuccessful quest to see the inland Brown Booby reported 
yesterday, and after making stops at both DeKalb Reservoirs, Murphy Candler 
Park and Morgan Falls Park earlier this morning, I decided to head to the dam 
area on Lake Lanier. No BRBO seen but there is a nice group of 20-plus Black 
Terns in a variety of plumages, a few still showing a black belly. Video 
attempted from West Bank but very difficult to capture due to distance and 
flight style. Before it started raining, they were flying low over the water to 
the north of West Bank. Also present was one larger gull which in flight looked 
good for Laughing, with black head and large dark bill.  


The search continues (between rain showers, of course). 

Patty McLean  
Tucker GA 

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Subject: Re: Brown Booby in Dunwoody today 8/18/2015
From: world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 11:05:25 +0000
This is really exciting! According to ebird.org, the first sulid ever reported 
in DeKalb Co. I have noticed that there have been some disturbances (nowhere 
near hurricane strength) a few hundred miles off the Georgia coast in the past 
couple of weeks. Those types of events sometimes get the pelagic birds excited 
and they begin scattering, especially the juveniles. Also we have had southeast 
and southwest breezes the last few days; maybe we are inheriting some Florida 
waifs. On a final note, please be aware that a near-hurricane is now about 1500 
miles east of the Antilles and could make life very interesting in about a 
week. 



James Gibson

Clayton County






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From: Giff Beaton
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GAbbers- There was a juvenile Brown Booby seen and photographed on a building 
in the Northpark complex in Dunwoody today, it flew off for parts unknown 
sometime this afternoon. It was first spotted around 1245 and was gone by 330. 
It was apparently healthy and apparently flew off under its own power. 


If anyone is out checking lakes in the metro area it might be worth keeping 
your eyes open! 


There do not seem to be any more details, but I have seen the photos and it’s 
a Brown Booby for sure. What on earth it was doing in Atlanta I have no idea… 
Many thanks to the finder, Susan Murphy, for taking the photos! 


Giff Beaton
Marietta GA
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Subject: Brown Booby in Dunwoody today 8/18/2015
From: Giff Beaton <giffbeaton AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2015 18:47:13 -0700
GAbbers- There was a juvenile Brown Booby seen and photographed on a building 
in the Northpark complex in Dunwoody today, it flew off for parts unknown 
sometime this afternoon. It was first spotted around 1245 and was gone by 330. 
It was apparently healthy and apparently flew off under its own power. 


If anyone is out checking lakes in the metro area it might be worth keeping 
your eyes open! 


There do not seem to be any more details, but I have seen the photos and its a 
Brown Booby for sure. What on earth it was doing in Atlanta I have no idea 
Many thanks to the finder, Susan Murphy, for taking the photos! 


Giff Beaton
Marietta GA
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