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Great Bustard

31 Oct Greater White-fronted Geese at Taff Rd [Rich Hull ]
31 Oct Harbins Park, Gwinnett [Rebecca Deitsch ]
31 Oct Lincoln's Sparrow, Stone Mountain Park, DeKalb County, Oct 31, 2014 [Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell ]
31 Oct Waterfowl and Shorebirds [Eric Beohm ]
31 Oct Lincoln's Sparrows on Songbird Trail at Stone Mtn Park [Patty McLean ]
30 Oct LISP, RUBLs Big Creek Greenway, Fowler Park access (Forsyth Co.) [Pat Markey ]
30 Oct Lincoln's Sparrow; White-crowned Sparrows; others Noonday Creek (east end) 10/30/14 [Ken Blankenship ]
30 Oct Sparrows at Stone Mountain Park [Patty McLean ]
28 Oct Altamaha River Delta Trip [Marge Inness ]
30 Oct Henslows Sparrow on Singbird Trail at Stone Mtn Park [Patty McLean ]
30 Oct CBC dates? [Charlie Muise ]
30 Oct Lincoln's Sparrow at Stone Mtn Park [Patty McLean ]
29 Oct Junco -Floyd Co [Ann Stewart ]
29 Oct Sparrows, Wash. Co. [mocking bird ]
29 Oct AAS Field Trips this weekend [Mary Kimberly ]
28 Oct West Central Georgia - 10/23-27/2014 - Video Post [Mark McShane ]
28 Oct Winter Sparrows [Alexander Mercer ]
28 Oct Fannin Cty., siskins, RB Nuthatch, Ruffed Grouse []
28 Oct ORAS Meeting Announcement for 11/06/14 [James Neves ]
28 Oct Brown-headed cowbirds with a few white feathers/birding with kids [Cox Family ]
27 Oct Yard birds--DeKalb County [Patty Jenkins ]
27 Oct Eastern GA, 10/26/2014 ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
27 Oct Surf Scoters @ West Point Dam - 10/27 [Walt Chambers ]
27 Oct help to catch tiny little owls [Charlie Muise ]
26 Oct Seasonal birds, hummer [Charlie Muise ]
26 Oct Panola Mountain SP banding. 10/25/14 [Charlie Muise ]
26 Oct CRNRA 10/25/2014 [Eric Beohm ]
25 Oct Peregrine in Atlanta [world oceans ]
25 Oct Common Raven on A-T, N of Neels Gap (US 19/129) [Donald Ware ]
25 Oct Cape May Warbler in Cobb County [Jess ]
24 Oct CCWA-Huie, Oct 24, 2014 [Carol Lambert ]
24 Oct White-Breasted Nuthatch [Marvin T Smith ]
24 Oct AAS Walk at Murphey Candler Park, DeKalb County - Warblers, Hawk, Grebe, More [ldtp ]
24 Oct WInter (birds) comes to Marietta [bob zaremba ]
24 Oct Goodbye to the Georgia RBA (phone based) [Joel Hitt ]
23 Oct Re: Goodbye to the Georgia RBA (phone based) ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
23 Oct Juncos in Acworth Cobb Co. [Katharine Andregg ]
23 Oct Goodbye to the Georgia RBA (phone based) [Stephen Holzman ]
23 Oct Huie, Clayton Co. 10/23/14 [Carol Lambert ]
23 Oct Marietta yard bird update [bob zaremba ]
22 Oct MacGillivray's Warbler Update - No re-sightings - 22 Oct 2014 [Nathan Farnau ]
22 Oct FOTS Winter Visitors - Gwinnett County ["Chris O'Neal" ]
22 Oct ORAS Bird Walk 10/25/14 at Sandy Creek Park [James Neves ]
21 Oct Lark Sparrow at McKinnon Airport, Glynn County 10/21/14 [Dralle ]
21 Oct AAS Field Trips this week [Mary Kimberly ]
20 Oct Warbler Review, Fannin Cty., Nashville Warbler []
20 Oct NELSON'S SPARROW in Athens, Clarke Co., GA - eBird list and more details [James Neves ]
20 Oct Replies to my story ["Eugenia R. Thompson" ]
20 Oct Amusing bird experience ["Eugenia R. Thompson" ]
20 Oct NELSON'S SPARROW at N Oconee Access Rd sparrow field, Athens, Clarke Co [James Neves ]
20 Oct MacGillivray's Update [Patty McLean ]
20 Oct Many warblers, etc. ahead of last Tues. cold front, Wash. Co. [mocking bird ]
19 Oct Re: MacGillivray's Warbler - follow-up with photographs - 19 Oct 2014 [world oceans ]
19 Oct MacGillivray's Warbler - follow-up with photographs - 19 Oct 2014 [Nathan Farnau ]
19 Oct MacGillivray's Warbler - Centennial Olympic Park (Fulton Co.) 19 Oct 2014 [Nathan Farnau ]
19 Oct Fwd: [GABO-L] Warblers in Cobb [Bob Zaremba ]
19 Oct Warblers in Cobb [Bob Zaremba ]
18 Oct Wilson's and Nashville warblers Centennial Olympic Park; Fulton County [Gene Koziara ]
18 Oct Nashville warbler [Bob Zaremba ]
18 Oct Sora, Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Clayton County Water Authority--E.L. Huie Ponds, Oct 18, 2014 [Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell ]
18 Oct Re: Lincoln's Sparrow - Big Creek Greenway (Forsyth County) 17 October 2014 [Patty McLean ]
17 Oct Atlanta Swift roost [Stephen Barlow ]
17 Oct Lincoln's Sparrow - Big Creek Greenway (Forsyth County) 17 October 2014 [Nathan Farnau ]
17 Oct Ruddy Ducks, Head's Creek Reservoir, Spalding County, 10/11/14 [Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell ]
16 Oct Snowy Egret in DeKalb County [Patty McLean ]
16 Oct JIBS Report 10/16 - COHA! [Catsflute ]
15 Oct UNDER THE WAVES; OGEECHEE AUDUBON PROGRAM OCT 21ST [Beth Roth ]
15 Oct ORAS Bird Walk Sat. Oct 18 at the State Botanical Garden of GA [James Neves ]
15 Oct AAS Field Trips this weekend [Mary Kimberly ]
14 Oct Re: (e)Birding biases (long) [Marion Dobbs ]
14 Oct Heads Creek Reservoir 10/13/2014 [Eric Beohm ]
14 Oct Franklin's Gull & Laughing Gulls @ Buford Dam ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
14 Oct Recent AAS Walk at Cochran Shoals, Cobb County [ldtp ]
13 Oct JIBS More doldrums [Evan Pitman ]
13 Oct Ruby-throated hummingbirds [Jim Yarbrough ]
11 Oct Glossy Ibis at Dyar Pasture in Greene County [Ben Williams ]

Subject: Greater White-fronted Geese at Taff Rd
From: Rich Hull <haharich15 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:01:48 -0400
Hi all, 
 I was birding up in Cartersville this morning and early afternoon and found 6 
unmistakable Greater White-fronted Geese on the far side of the largest Taff Rd 
pond. They were still there at 1:30 pm and were just starting to take an 
afternoon nap. Other notable species included 2 Double-crested Cormorants (Taff 
Rd large pond), a couple of Gadwalls (Taff Rd large pond), a Blue-winged Teal 
on the Brandon Farm Rd pond, a sandpiper that was scared by the cattle before I 
could identify it (Brandon Farm Rd pond), and an American Kestrel which was on 
a wire next to Highway 113. I also went to Sam Smith Park for sparrows, but 
couldn't find anything rare. However, there was a Northern Harrier that has 
been previously reported. 


Good Birding, 
Rich Hull

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Subject: Harbins Park, Gwinnett
From: Rebecca Deitsch <rdeitsch AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:36:13 -0400
I birded about 250 acres of the 1800 acre Harbins Park in eastern Gwinnett
County.

 

Highlights:

 

Wilson's Snipe,

 

Vesper Sparrow, 4

Savannah Sparrow, 17+

White-throated Sparrow, 30+

Song Sparrow, 25+

Field Sparrow, 1

Chipping Sparrow, 65

Swamp Sparrow, 4

 

Eastern Meadowlark, 2

 

John Deitsch

Gwinnett County

 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20392492

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20392512

 



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Subject: Lincoln's Sparrow, Stone Mountain Park, DeKalb County, Oct 31, 2014
From: Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:53:16 -0700
 Seen this morning on the Songbird Trail. Lots of sparrows here. eBird list is 
attached. 


Jeff

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

 

Stone Mountain Park, DeKalb, US-GA
Oct 31, 2014 8:45 AM - 10:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.6 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.6 37 species Turkey Vulture 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Mourning Dove 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 7 Downy Woodpecker 4 Hairy Woodpecker 2 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 6 Eastern Phoebe 1 Blue Jay 17 American Crow 3 Carolina Chickadee 9 Tufted Titmouse 7 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Brown-headed Nuthatch 4 House Wren 2 Carolina Wren 12 Golden-crowned Kinglet 6 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 10 Eastern Bluebird 5 Hermit Thrush 1 American Robin 2 Brown Thrasher 2 Northern Mockingbird 2 Pine Warbler 1 Eastern Towhee 6 Chipping Sparrow 2 Field Sparrow 3 Song Sparrow 13 Lincoln's Sparrow 1 I saw this bird about 10:00am on the Songbird Trail. It was a clear day, the sun was at my back. The bird appeared facing me in thick goldenrods 15 feet away in response to pishing. With binoculars, I saw the buffy wash across the chest first, then the thin, dark streaks in the buffy area, then the buffy malar area and broad gray eyebrow. The field was full of Song and White-throated Sparrows, so this bird stood out, especially the buffy-colored chest with the thin dark streaks. The view was brief but the bird was very close and the light good. After it disappeared, I hung around for 15 minutes or so trying to get a photo, but never saw it again. Swamp Sparrow 1 White-throated Sparrow 15 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 2 Northern Cardinal 15 House Finch 4 Pine Siskin 2 American Goldfinch 8 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20390604 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: Waterfowl and Shorebirds
From: Eric Beohm <000001aed35eb136-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:30:02 +0000
After work, I made a quick check of a few stops south of Atlanta, 10/30/2014. I 
didn't have much time, so I may have missed stuff. 


My first hit was Lake Peachtree. Apparently, water levels have been down for 
some time judging by the vegetation growth: 



Dunlin (1)

Least Sandpiper (1)
Lesser Yellowlegs (6)Greater Yellowlegs (2)
Wilson's Snipe (1)
Great Egret (3)

Next stop was a drive-by of Lake Horton. Didn't park due to the ten buck 
parking fee. 




Forster's Tern (1)
Lesser Scaup (5)Other ducks



Lastly, I was able to squeeze in a check of Head's Creek Reservoir (Spalding 
Co): 



Mute Swan (3)
Redhead (2)American Wigeon (6)
Gadwall (50+)
Ring-necked Duck (50+)
Ruddy Duck (150+)
Green-winged Teal (10+)
Great Egret (1)



Good Birding!
Eric Beohm
Atlanta, GA

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Subject: Lincoln's Sparrows on Songbird Trail at Stone Mtn Park
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:38:25 -0400
I've been getting hints of this bird's presence along the Songbird Trail at SMP 
for the last several days - and this morning, I not only clearly saw one 
LINCOLN'S SPARROW but found a second one on another section of the trail which 
I believe to be a second bird. Both were in full view for a minute or so and 
semi-close enough for cell phone photos but only those of the second one turned 
out decent enough to include with my eBird report. 


Other birds of interest include an EASTERN TOWHEE calling 'Trick or Treat' 
followed with 'Treat Treat Treat.' It was at this point when I stopped to 
listen to him that a juvenile WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW popped into view. My first 
one ever for DeKalb County. There was also at least one PINE SISKIN (traveling 
closely with a few AMGOs - aka AMiGOs??) and a few DARK-EYED JUNCO.  


I did not relocate the Henslows seen yesterday but my guess is it's still 
there.  


Happy Halloween - and watch out for those Trick or Treating Towhees!

Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: LISP, RUBLs Big Creek Greenway, Fowler Park access (Forsyth Co.)
From: Pat Markey <bigsky25 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:38:06 -0400
Hi Folks - I birded many spots in Forsyth & Gwinnett Cos. today and it will 
take me a while to reconcile all that on eBird but I did want to mention two 
species of interest I ran up on at Fowler Park this afternoon around 5:30pm: A 
textbook Lincoln's Sparrow in a narrow line of tall scrub & weeds right next to 
the Rotary International "Peace Pole" display area. This bird was mixed with 
several SOSPs and a SWSP which was actually a good thing for me cause when I 
did get the LISP in my binocs I had great comparisons from which to make my ID. 
Also, down the Greenway about a 1/4 mile to the south (left turn on the 
sidewalk from the Fowler Park access trail) I observed a small flock of Rusty 
Blackbirds (males & females) up in a dead tree snag near the 1st bridge over 
Big Creek. The LISP was a life bird for me and the RUBLs were FOTS birds there 
for me. See you out there... Pat Markey, Forsyth Co. 


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Subject: Lincoln's Sparrow; White-crowned Sparrows; others Noonday Creek (east end) 10/30/14
From: Ken Blankenship <kenhblankenship AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:46:54 -0400
Hey, there.

Just wanted to remind everyone that Angie Jenkins' first of the month walk will 
be at the new east-end section of the Noonday Creek Trail. Dead-center of the 
parking lot is at this GPS point: 34.022905, -84.549279. If you just aim for 
that, you'll see the turn off of Bells Ferry Rd on the west side, just north of 
the bridge over Noonday Creek itself. I look forward to tagging along, as I've 
been having a blast at the property over the past few weeks. :) 


For example, tonight from 5:30pm-7:15pm Mike Weaver and I found some great 
sparrow diversity, despite the unfortunate mowing of late. We saw and heard 
funny, half-hearted (abruptly ending) songs of White-crowned Sparrows: at least 
4 if not more. Mike spotted an absolutely *gorgeous* Lincoln's Sparrow out in 
the riparian strip in the flood control bowl. We also had Field, Chipping, 
Song, Swamp, Savannah, White-throated, and Eastern Towhee for a total of 9 
sparrow spp.! :) It's the sparrow-y time of year, so join Atlanta Audubon's 
walk this Sunday morning at the new East End parking lot of the Noonday Creek 
Trail on Bells Ferry Rd. 


Ken Blankenship
Marietta, GA (Cobb County)

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Subject: Sparrows at Stone Mountain Park
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:45:27 -0400
This is a brief follow-up to my earlier posts about seeing a LINCOLN'S
SPARROW and a HENSLOW'S SPARROW at Stone Mountain Park (in DeKalb County)
today. Photos just didn't turn out - due to distance and the fact that I
didn't have my scope with me in the moment for digiscoping. Details:

LINCOLN'S - First seen to the left of the entrance to the trail that goes to
the top of Stone Mountain. There's a sign that says Walk Up Trail Map at
this location, which is across the railroad tracks. The LISP was in the
brambly bushes to the left. At one point, it popped into the open for an
extended view, showing some reddish in the wing, a gray face with a dark
line across it, white throat and belly, buffy bib area with fine black
streaks and a dark central breast spot. I attempted photos but too far for
my cell phone to maintain quality on such a small bird. I notified other
regular DeKalb birders but by the time anyone else got there, activity began
to die down and by 10:00, it was quiet. We did not relocate the LISP.
Mountain Trail eBird report with photo of the sign near where I saw the
LISP: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20378988

HENSLOW'S - Seen along the Songbird Trail in the back area where the
Goldenrod and briars are. I was following some sparrow and finch activity
when suddenly this little yellow-green-olive sparrow popped into the open. I
was totally surprised. When I first saw it, I thought it would be a LeContes
or Grasshopper because the sunlight was strong on its face, making it appear
more golden. But soon, it became clear that the little sparrow had fine
streaking on the breast and a large olive face with a bit of yellowish-buff
along the bill area. Again I notified the local birders and attempted photos
but none are good, although a few show the olive color even though it's
difficult to tell it's even a bird. Songbird Trail eBird report:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20379998  I went back later in
the day and saw a sparrow that behaved like an Ammodramus but I never got a
clear view of it - flying low over vegetation and disappearing and not
flushing easily. I also think there's a LINCOLN'S SPARROW in this same area
but it has not been cooperative enough for me to confirm.

Chris Showalter is leading an AAS field trip along the Songbird Trail at
Stone Mountain Park this Saturday beginning at 8a. With sparrows on the
move, it's a good time to be there. The park has a $10 parking fee to enter
unless you have an annual pass (which is a great idea at $35 for one car or
$55 for two if you/your family or friends use the park more than a few times
a year). 

Patty McLean, Tucker GA

 



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Subject: Altamaha River Delta Trip
From: Marge Inness <minness AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:52:01 -0400
On November 15, 2014, Coastal Georgia Audubon is sponsoring a trip down the
Altamaha River to look for shorebirds.  We hope to get to the north side of
Little St. Simons Island on this trip.  This trip is now open to the public.

 

We will travel by boat from the Champney boat launch ramp on U.S. 17 just
south of Darien at 10am by pontoon boat to Wolf, Little Egg, and Little St
Simons beaches for wintering and resident shore birds, gulls, and terns.
Cost: $55.00.   Maximum 35 people.  The boat will return at 4pm.  

 

Send the check to:

CGAS

POST OFFICE 21726

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GEORGIA 31522 

and notify Marge Inness (minness AT comcast.net) when you send it so I can put
you on the list.  Spaces will not be saved without a check!  Don't miss this
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Subject: Henslows Sparrow on Singbird Trail at Stone Mtn Park
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:19:59 -0400
Photos likely too distant but just saw this greenish headed Ammod sparrow with 
sloght streaking on upper breast. Details to follow. In goldenrod area of 
Songbird Trail. Trying to relocate. 


Patty

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Subject: CBC dates?
From: Charlie Muise <charliemuise AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:21:49 -0400
Hi folks,

I just visited the GOS page to check out the Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
schedule.  So far, only 2 counts are on there!  If you're a CBC compiler,
please consider getting your date on there soon.  If you know a CBC
compiler, please consider bugging him/her until they do.

If you're none of the above, PLEASE consider joining in a count or 3 this
year.  They are a lot of fun, a chance to learn new places to bird, and are
the source of some good population trend data.

Cheers,
Charlie Muise
Lamar County


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Subject: Lincoln's Sparrow at Stone Mtn Park
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:07:31 -0400
I just now had several looks at a LINCOLN'S SPARROW at the main entrance to the 
mountain trail inside SMP. It was in the brambly bushes to the left of the 
Mountain Trail Map sign as you approach the trail (past the bathrooms another 
150 ft). I actually think there are two of them here.  


Chris Showalter is leading an AAS walk on the Songbird Trail at SMP this 
Saturday, where i suspected i saw a LISP earlier in the week but couldn't 
confirm.  


Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: Junco -Floyd Co
From: Ann Stewart <annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:08:39 -0400
I had my first Junco of the season yesterday! A few House Finches are feeding 
along with the regulars. 


Rode 4-wheeler to the back corner of our 40 acres this afternoon. This part of 
the property is up a slight grade and also is completely wooded. I was 
searching for Thrush which usually come in about now and feed on the vines with 
berries. 

After looking around for awhile I started back to the 4-wheeler and just as I 
approached it a bird flew to a nearby tree-as I looked up my right foot went 
down in a hole and as I reached out to grab the 4-wheeler to break my fall I 
got a nasty cut on my finger and jerked my shoulder! What's even worse--------- 
the bird --A ROBIN!!! 


Who said "birding" is a wimpy sport- I got cuts and bruises to prove 
otherwise!!! 


Ann H Stewart
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Subject: Sparrows, Wash. Co.
From: mocking bird <mockingbird AT GARDENER.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:36:11 +0100
Hello All,
Monday morning I heard the familiar call of White-throated Sparrows coming from 
the thick azaleas in front of my house. They show up there first thing every 
year. Nice to hear and am preparing for large feed bill! At least there were 
only about 9 present. 

Also while walking, kicked up a small flock of unknown ID sparrows from weedy 
field. 

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

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Subject: AAS Field Trips this weekend
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:27:59 -0400
Greetings, Georgia Birders!

The Atlanta Audubon Society has 3 field trips on our calendar this weekend.

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

Chris Showalter will lead a walk on the Stone Mountain Songbird Trail
(DeKalb County) on Saturday, November 1, beginning at 8:00 AM.

Angie Jenkins and Ken Blankenship will lead a walk on the Noonday Creek
Trail (Cobb County) on Sunday, November 2, beginning at 8:00 AM.

For directions to and details about these and other field trips, 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: West Central Georgia - 10/23-27/2014 - Video Post
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:31:50 -0400
Hi All,

I was working in Columbus from last Wednesday through yesterday, but was home 
for the weekend, and was able to visit West Point Lake in the late evenings on 
Thursday, Friday, and yesterday. Species seen at West Point: 


Canada Goose
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Common Loon (9-10 Thursday evening, only 1, still in breeding plumage Monday 
evening) 

Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe (1 Friday evening)
Double-crested Cormorant
Bonaparte's Gull (5 Thursday evening)
Ring-billed Gull (3 Friday evening)
Belted Kingfisher

On the approach road coming in from the east to the dam on Thursday evening, 
and sort of like Eric Beohm's canid experience at Hartwell on the 22nd, I had a 
coyote cross the road close in front of me, so I slowed to a stop on the side 
of the road and the animal stopped to look at me from about 20 feet away and 
seemed totally relaxed and content not to move but just to see me. I think that 
we were almost having maybe some kind of special mammal moment watching each 
other there, but finally after a few I drove off, then I thought about the 
camera. I read later somewhere that there are 19 subspecies! 


Sunday morning I had been at the Johnson Ferry North Unit of the Chattahoochee 
River National Recreation Area in Cobb looking for a Lincoln's Sparrow when I 
ran into Al Mercer there. We eventually had one candidate partially obscured 
and in some pretty harsh light which my handheld phonescoped video later showed 
to be a Vesper Sparrow, probably the same bird that Al later got good photos of 
there. 


Well, still wanting to find a Lincoln's I decided on the way back to Columbus 
from Lawrenceville Sunday afternoon that I would take the long way via The 
Bradley Unit of the Eufaula NWR! I arrived at The Bradley at about 6pm with not 
a lot of time to bird, but maybe just enough! Ah The Bradley, it is really a 
fantastic place all over again every time you get out there. I didn't have time 
to try to delve into the Lee Contte's Sparrow habitat there to see how it was 
shaping up for the upcoming season and so just satisfied myself with working my 
way out to the silos and back before real dark set in, about a 2 mile round 
trip. 


About 50 yards from the silos walking in from the east and out about 20-30 feet 
to the south of the road were a bunch of sparrows, mostly Swamp Sparrows, until 
almost immediately a LINCOLN"S SPARROW popped up, and stayed put, long enough 
for me to swing the scope to it, see the bird very well, and get about 11 
seconds of handheld phonescoped video, which edited down to a nice 2-second 
clip! Yay, sweet success, thank you once again oh Bradley keeper of several of 
my important life birds! 


On the very dusky walk out, about half way to the car, a Very Tall Shouldered 
Large Boar Looking Wild Pig suddenly appeared on my right and ambled across the 
road about 75 feet in front of me seemingly paying no attention to me, which 
was really fine and ok. It was great that he seemed to have a lot more 
armadillo in him than rhino, yay, sweet success again! So on back to the car, 
didn't see or hear any owls anywhere while out there, but a lot of the common 
species for the site were of course all about during the session. 


-----

The very interesting little handheld phonescoped video clip and still frames of 
the Lincoln's Sparrow as it preps to take off, and does, are up in the cloud at 
the following folder on my Box site: 


102614 Lincoln's Sparrow Bradley Unit Eufaula NWR

The Box site address for the folder is:

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

-----

Alternative access is the eBird checklist with the JPGs, and Lincoln's 
location, and a link to the video clip: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20366353

-----

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 is also a good idea. 


-----

Good Birding All!

Mark

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

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Subject: Winter Sparrows
From: Alexander Mercer <alexander.j.mercer AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:05:57 -0400
Hello All,

Just a note to say I had Vesper Sparrow yesterday at Johnson Ferry North Unit 
of the Chattahoochee NRA in Marietta, GA and White-crowned Sparrow two days 
earlier at Sam Smith Park in Cartersville, GA. 


Good Birding,

Al Mercer
Cobb County, GA

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Subject: Fannin Cty., siskins, RB Nuthatch, Ruffed Grouse
From: joe AT BETTERBIRDWATCHING.COM
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:48:49 -0700
Sat. Oct. 25, Tray Mountain, App. Trail (Union Cty.)
Ruffed Grouse
Blue-headed Vireo
Golden-crowned Kinglet

Sun. Oct. 26, Lake Nottely (Union County)
Bald Eagle, 1 imm.
Pine Siskin, 1 or 2
Hermit Thrush, 1
Fish Crow, 2
Common Grackle, flock of 100+

Mineral Bluff Yard Area, Fannin Cty.
Red-breasted Nuthatch, 1 on 10-27
Pine Siskin, 1 or 2 on 10-27
Hermit Thrush, arrived 10-27
Swainson's Thrush, 1 on 10-27
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, arrived on 10-27
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Blue-headed Vireo, 1 on 10-21 and 10-28
Tennessee Warbler, 1 on 10-21
Winter Wren, 1 on 10-22
Cooper's Hawk, 1 imm. on 10-22
American Kestrel, 1F on 10-23

Joe LaFleur
Mineral Bluff, Fannin Cty.
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Subject: ORAS Meeting Announcement for 11/06/14
From: James Neves <jamesneves AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:03:17 -0400
A long-time Athens-Clarke County parks and recreation professional will
describe an innovative project to re-establish high-quality woodland and
wildlife habitat at Sandy Creek Nature Center during the Oconee Rivers
Audubon Society’s next monthly meeting.

J. Michael Wharton, Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department
Administrator for Operations, will give an illustrated presentation on “The
Managed Forest Project” at the Audubon Society’s November meeting, set for
7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at Sandy Creek Nature Center. The Managed Forest
Project will remove unhealthy, poor-quality forest and replace it with
high-quality wildlife habitat on 25 of the Nature Center’s 225 acres.

The Managed Forest Project consists of five demonstration forest plots
managed with best-practices wildlife and forestry techniques to create
living outdoor exhibits that will allow visitors to “walk through time” and
experience the successional stages of a 50-year-old forest in a short hike.
The project will include an example of hardwood forest management methods
and provide a place where visitors and landowners can learn about
sustainable forest stewardship.

Wharton, a certified wildlife biologist, has worked in the recreation,
natural resource, and environmental education field with Clarke County and
the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government since 1980. He has served as an
environmental educator, Leisure Services Natural Resources Division
administrator, and since 2011 as the Leisure Services Department’s
operations administrator.

The meeting will be held in the Nature Center’s Education and Visitor
Center, 205 Old Commerce Road off U.S. Highway 441 north of Athens. To
reach the center from the Loop 10 bypass, exit at U.S. Highway 441/Commerce
Road and turn north toward Commerce. Go approximately a mile, turn left at
the Sandy Creek Nature Center sign and go to the end of the road. Turn left
at Old Commerce Road; parking for the Education and Visitor Center will be
on the right.

For more information, visit www.oconeeriversaudubon.org, or contact Audubon
chapter President Richard Hall atpresident AT oconeeriversaudubon.org or
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.www.oconeeriversaudubon.org


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Subject: Brown-headed cowbirds with a few white feathers/birding with kids
From: Cox Family <coxfam3 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:43:45 -0700
Hello. We've been having sporadic visits by brown-headed cowbirds with a few 
white feathers up close to our house. We've had hundreds throughout the summer 
and fall of normal ones, but a few have had 1-3 white feathers (my estimate). I 
had one this morning. I'm familiar with the mottled look of molting cowbirds, 
but these are bright white feathers. I've not noticed this in past years. 


We hosted a fun birding day with local schoolchildren yesterday. I thought it 
turned out really well and that the format fit nicely with a variety of ages 
and levels of interests. One highlight was making a $1 bird feeder that 
actually works (and doesn't include peanut butter, which is a serious issue 
among many children with nut allergies). If anyone is interested in details to 
do a similar program where you live, let me know and I'll be glad to share with 
my fellow GABOers! 


Sincerely,
Karen Cox
Burke County  

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Subject: Yard birds--DeKalb County
From: Patty Jenkins <pschwar AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:40:43 -0400
Last week a pair of red-headed woodpeckers showed up in my yard. I havent
seen redcaps here in several years!
Yesterday I had a male scarlet tanager in my yard. And today I have a
white-throated sparrow.
The white-breasted nuthatches have been crazy active lately.

Patty Jenkins
Emory/Toco Hills area





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Subject: Eastern GA, 10/26/2014
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:26:21 -0400
Hi, folks, I spent yesterday birding a variety of areas west of Augusta,
including several locations in Taliaferro, Warren, Glascock & Hancock Cos. I
was primarily looking for late migrants, but did not have a lot of success.
Highlights for the day included a Stilt Sandpiper in Glascock Co., a Pine
Siskin in Taliaferro Co., lots of Hermit Thrushes, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers
& White-throated Sparrows, and spectacular fall weather. On the other hand,
I saw hardly any hawks and no Mourning Doves (!).

Blue-winged Teal: 4, Warrenton WWT, Warren Co.

Ring-necked Duck: 8, Dickens Lake, Hancock Co.

Pied-billed Grebe: small numbers on several ponds & lakes

Double-crested Cormorant: 1, County Line Rd. lake, Warren Co.

Anhinga: 1, Dickens Lake

Great Egret: 1, Shivers Lake, Warren Co.

Lesser Yellowlegs: 1, Log Cabin Rd./Gin Branch lake, Glascock Co.

Stilt Sandpiper: 1, Log Cabin Rd./Gin Branch lake

Wilson's Snipe: 1, Log Cabin Rd./Gin Branch lake

Common Ground-Dove: GA 80, Glascock Co.

Great Horned Owl: 1, Lick Cr. AT Hillman Rd., Taliaferro Co.

Hairy Woodpecker: 3, A. H. Stephens SP, Taliaferro Co.

Loggerhead Shrike: 1, Warrenton WWT

Winter Wren: 3, A. H. Stephens SP; 1, Lick Cr. AT Hillman Rd.; 2, Carters Ford
Rd., Taliaferro Co.

Golden-crowned Kinglet: 5, A. H. Stephens SP

Magnolia Warbler: 1, Lick Cr. AT Hillman Rd.

Pine Siskin: 1, Carters Ford Rd.

Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA
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Subject: Surf Scoters @ West Point Dam - 10/27
From: Walt Chambers <chambersw AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:54:50 -0400
Hit WP Dam about 10am. Not a ton there today as the fog lifted, but did have 2 
imm. Surf Scoters out in the middle of the lake (constantly preening). Other 
ducks included 20 blue-winged Teal, 6 Ring-necked Ducks, and 2 Ruddy Ducks. The 
only gull was a single Ring-billed. 

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Subject: help to catch tiny little owls
From: Charlie Muise <charliemuise AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:53:30 -0400
Hi folks,

Last night I opened up 2 nets to begin my annual attempt to catch
Northern-S8w-Wh8t Owls.  As expected, I did not catch any.  But the banding
stations in the Middle Atlantic states have been catching them for a few
days now, so I should have one soon.

As an update, I've handled a total of 22 birds and recaptured 2 of those
birds.  Trina Morriss of DNR also captured one last year.  2013 was my best
year with 8 birds and all 4 recaptures.  I consider last year to be a
success because while most stations had their worst or one of their worst
years ever, I still caught 4 individuals.  I know this sure is not a lot of
birds, but we are probably at the very southern tip of their winter range,
and the very fact that I'm catching any goes against previous thoughts on
the range of this tiny migratory fluffball.

There is still a lot to learn about them, too.  And I need help.  Despite
common belief, I actually do need a little bit of sleep now and then.  But
most owls hit the nets after midnight.  The more my nets are open, the more
birds I catch.  I give up a lot of nights of sleep this time of year in my
quest.  If I could have a number of volunteers who are willing to give up
one night this season, it will help a lot.  The job is easy:

The volunteer arrives at my house between 8 and 10pm.  I do a couple net
runs with the volunteer, then I get some sleep.  The volunteer makes
regular net checks (it only takes 5 minutes) and if ANYthing is in any net
(owl, flying squirrel, armadillo, etc) the volunteer knocks on my door and
I come to extract the critter.  The volunteer writes notes for me, takes
photos and utters the mandatory oohs and aahhhhs.

Pretty simple, huh?

Not surprisingly, the greatest need is on weekdays.  I already have
volunteers lined up for a few Friday and Saturday nights.

Here are the dates I've caught owls in the past.  Keep in mind that I
didn't open until about Nov 20 prior to 2012, so I certainly missed a lot
of owls.

November:  5, 7, 14, 16, 16, 17, 17, 19, 19, 19, 19, 23, 24, 24, 27, 28, 30
(Trina caught hers on Nov 29)

December: 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 5, 6

Cheers,
Charlie Muise


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Subject: Seasonal birds, hummer
From: Charlie Muise <charliemuise AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 20:36:58 -0400
Hi folks,

New email address here, as the listserv issues do not seem to be fixed.

In the last few days, I've seen several first of the season birds at my
home in Lamar County:
Ruby-throated Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

Friday I had a group of 6 Red-tailed hawks all in one kettle, along with a
similar number of Turkey Vultures.  After about 5 minutes, all birds peeled
out and flew to the SSE.

Despite that, today Tracey and I had a Ruby-throated Hummingbird.  I'd had
a few glimpses of individual hummers over the last week or so, but could
never get a good look at them.  This guy, however, was quite cooperative.
He perched about 30 feet away in good light, and also fed at the feeder 5
feet from us. We tried to turn him into some other species; no luck!

Charlie Muise
Lamar County


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Subject: Panola Mountain SP banding. 10/25/14
From: Charlie Muise <charliemuise AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 20:50:34 -0400
Hi folks,

The end of October is usually exciting at this Rockdale County banding
station, and yesterday was no exception!  We had many visitors to enjoy the
birds, and the birds showed up. We caught 97 birds of 15 species and one
additional form.

Notable captures included:
 - 3 Swamp Sparrows and a White-throated Sparrow that were all banded in
previous years (exciting!)
 - 3 Vesper Sparrows
 - 4 Yellow Palm Warblers (we usually have about 1 Yellow for every 50-100
Western)

The total list of birds captured is:

Ruby-crowned Kinglet:  1
Eastern Phoebe:  2
Tufted Titmouse:  1
House Wren:  1 banded, 1 recaptured
Western Palm Warbler:  23 banded, 2 unbanded
Yellow Palm Warbler: 4
Common Yellowthroat:  4
Myrtle Warbler: 1
Swamp Sparrow:  17 banded, 3 recaptured, 2 unbanded
Field Sparrow:  5
Savannah Sparrow:  3
Vesper Sparrow:  2 banded, 1 unbanded
White-crowned Sparrow:  2
White-throated Sparrow:  3
American Goldfinch: 1

cheers,
Charlie Muise
Lamar County


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Subject: CRNRA 10/25/2014
From: Eric Beohm <000001aed35eb136-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:38:55 +0000
I walked for about an hour and a half this afternoon at Whitewater Creek Trail 
at CRNRA. The changing of the guard was evident with many winter arrivals. 


Highlights:

Myiarchus Flycatcher (1 seen flying high over the trees and then over the river 
out of sight. Appeared low contrast underneath with light throat. Bird was seen 
near the start of the trail and was flying west.) 


Purple Finch (1 female seen well and feeding low at times at the start of the 
trail. FOTS.) 


Blue-headed Vireos, Winter Wrens, many kinglets, and White-throated Sparrows, 
and odd for the wooded trail was a Field Sparrow. 


Good Birding!

Eric Beohm
Atlanta, GA

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Subject: Peregrine in Atlanta
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:17:05 -0400
4 pm circling the upper floors of AT&T building on West Peachtree at
Ponce de Leon.

James Gibson
Clayton Co, currently Fulton

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Subject: Common Raven on A-T, N of Neels Gap (US 19/129)
From: Donald Ware <donware AT PARKSPRINGS.NET>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:04:25 -0400
While hiking the Appalachian Trail yesterday I heard a Raven call at 2:45 about 
one mile north of Neels Gap, Union County. 

    Don Ware, Stone Mountain, donware AT parksprings.net

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Subject: Cape May Warbler in Cobb County
From: Jess <oceansunfish AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:06:55 -0400
I'm really enjoying our new yard which seems to be a lot more attractive to
warblers than our old yard.  I had a hunch the water feature and mature
hard woods and pines would help my yard list.  I've seen more warblers in
my own yard than anywhere else this fall, but probably bc I missed most of
migration due to packing and moving!

This morning I was excited to see a relatively bright male Cape May Warbler
foraging in a maple with some Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

Can't wait to watch my yard list grow in the next year! Very exciting!

happy birding all!
Jess Searcy
Cobb County


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

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



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

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

16 species (+1 other taxa)

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

Eastern Meadowlark  1

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

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


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


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



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


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



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

Murphey Candler Park, DeKalb County

October 22, 2014

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


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

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

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


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

 

Bob and Deb Zaremba

Marietta, GA 



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

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

Happy birding!

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


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


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

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


So, thanks very much, Jeff!

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


Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA

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

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

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


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


Here's a sampling from the GABO-L Archives

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


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


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


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

770-493-8862

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


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


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


Good birding all,

Steve Holzman
President, GOS
North High Shoals, GA

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


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

Kathy Andregg
Cobb Co.

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

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

Here's a sampling from the GABO-L Archives

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good birding all,

Steve Holzman
President, GOS
North High Shoals, GA

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



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




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

 

Bob and Deb Zaremba

Marietta, GA 



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


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


Nathan Farnau
Atlanta, GA  (DeKalb County)

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

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

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

Acting alive!

Chris O'Neal
Gwinnett County


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

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

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

*For information about Sandy Creek Park click here.*


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


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


Bruce Dralle
Hamilton County, TN

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Joe LaFleur
Mineral Bluff, Fannin Cty.
www.betterbirdwatching.com


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

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

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

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

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

James Neves
Athens, Clarke Co., GA


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

 

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

 

Eugenia



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

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

Eugenia Thompson
Athens GA (Clarke Co.)

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

James Neves
Athens, Clarke Co


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


Patty McLean
Forever Hopeful
Tucker GA

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


Nathan Farnau
Atlanta, GA  (DeKalb County)

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


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


Nathan Farnau
Atlanta, GA (DeKalb County)

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

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

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

Bob and Deb Zaremba
Marietta 

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


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


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


ebird list attached:

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


Gene Koziara
Kennesaw

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


Bob and Deb Zaremba
Marietta

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


Jeff Sewell

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

 

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

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

17 species

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

Sora  3     See Comments above.

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

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

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


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

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


Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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

Cheers
Steve 

Stephen Barlow,
Principal Research Scientist,
School of Chemistry and Biochemistry,
Georgia Institute of Technology,
Atlanta GA 30332-0400, USA
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Subject: Lincoln's Sparrow - Big Creek Greenway (Forsyth County) 17 October 2014
From: Nathan Farnau <natwan AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:00:35 -0400
I found this LINCOLN'S SPARROW just north of the Fowler Park access to the Big 
Creek Greenway in Forsyth County. If you turn right onto the greenway from 
Fowler Park, in about 1/4 mile you'll see a ramshackle pump station on your 
right. This equipment sits in an open area of bare sand and mud, but it's 
margins are weedy - including some overgrown two-tracks used for truck access. 
I found the sparrow in these weedy margins. It was my first Lincoln's Sparrow 
at this property; but unfortunately, it did not cooperate for photographs. 


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


Nathan Farnau
Atlanta, GA  (DeKalb County)

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


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


Jeff Sewell 
Tucker, DeKalb Co., GA 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Patty McLean

Tucker GA



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

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

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

featuring underwater photographer George Cathcart

Tuesday, October 21st at 7:00 pm

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



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


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


________________________________________________________________________



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



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

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

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

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


IMPORTANT NOTE: On occasion, field trips may have to be cancelled (bad
weather, etc.) or important details may change (for example, the original
meeting spot for a site may have to be changed if there is a trail closure
or parking problem). If you plan to attend a birdwalk, ALWAYS check
*www.oconeeriversaudubon.org/events*
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Subject: AAS Field Trips this weekend
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:55:49 -0400
Greetings, Georgia birders!

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



Marion Dobbs
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"The first reaction to truth is hatred."_Tertullian

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

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


Highlights:


Wood Stork (1)

Mute Swan (3)

American Black Duck (1)

Ruddy Duck (2)

Rough-winged Swallow (2)

Tree Swallow

Great Egret (5)

Least Sandpiper 

Blue-winged Teal


Good Birding!

Eric Beohm
Atlanta, GA

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


The only other waterbird is a Double-crested Cormorant. 

Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA.

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


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


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


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

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

6 observers
30-33 species

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

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

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

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

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


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

Jim Yarbrough
Ashburn


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

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

Ben Williams
Oconee co.


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