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30 May Blue-headed Vireo nest, Sawnee Mt. Preserve ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
30 May Yellow-billed Cuckoo yesterday at Newman Wetlands [Vinod Babu ]
29 May Dickcissel and Swainson's Warbler [Theresa Hartz ]
28 May Wood Ducks- Floyd Co []
28 May Re: Tropical Storm Bonnie - Possible Storm Birds [Mark McShane ]
29 May Re: Tropical Storm Bonnie - Possible Storm Birds [world oceans ]
28 May Tropical Storm Bonnie - Possible Storm Birds [Mark McShane ]
28 May Thanks for advice on hummingbird plants [Jason Baumgardner ]
27 May Re: Plants to attract hummingbirds [leslie DeMarcus ]
27 May Swainson's Warbler - Murray Co. [Joshua Spence ]
27 May Willow Flycatcher-Richmond County [Lois Stacey ]
27 May edible six-pack rings [terry valentine ]
27 May Re: Plants to attract hummingbirds [Jon McKenna ]
27 May Re: Plants to attract hummingbirds [Eric Bowles ]
27 May Re: Plants to attract hummingbirds [Katy Allen ]
26 May Plants to attract hummingbirds [Jason Baumgardner ]
26 May Re: Nightjar photo ~ What do you think it is? [world oceans ]
26 May Re: Nightjar photo ~ What do you think it is? [Joshua Spence ]
26 May Common Raven - Murray County [Joshua Spence ]
25 May Gwinnett County: Recent Highlights [Rebecca Deitsch ]
25 May Confirmed breeding of Glossy Ibis @ Bradley Unit (Stewart Co), Black-necked Stilt, etc - 5/25 [Walt Chambers ]
25 May slight correction on last post [Walt Chambers ]
25 May Nightjar photo ~ What do you think it is? [Joshua Spence ]
25 May Atlanta Audubon field trips [Melanie Furr ]
25 May Re: Curtis Kilby (Rabun County) [Mark McShane ]
25 May Curtis Kilby (Rabun County) [Patty McLean ]
24 May Purple Gallinules [Jim Fairley ]
23 May Red-necked Phalarope in Rabun Co. [Bill & Condit ]
23 May RFI - re Red-necked phalarope Dillard reservoir [SewardBerry ]
23 May Re: Red-necked Phalarope - Dillard Reservoir, Rabun County - 5/22/2016 [Patty McLean ]
23 May Re: More than 50 kites over Athens ["Eugenia R. Thompson" ]
23 May State of the Birds 2016 [Stephen Holzman ]
23 May Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 5/22/2016 [Stephen Holzman ]
23 May Willow Flycatcher, S. Milledge Fields, Athens-Clarke County [James Neves ]
23 May Re: More than 50 kites over Athens [John McClatchey ]
22 May Re: Jekyll/St. Simons [Patty McLean ]
22 May Red-necked Phalarope - Dillard Reservoir, Rabun County - 5/22/2016 [Mark McShane ]
22 May Jekyll/St. Simons [Marvin T Smith ]
22 May Re: Hooded Merganser, juvenile, Lake Shamrock, Clayton County, 5/21/16 [Vinod Babu ]
22 May More than 50 kites over Athens [Matthew King ]
21 May Cliff Swallows, Huie Ponds, Clayton County, 5/21/16, Update. [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
21 May Hooded Merganser, juvenile, Lake Shamrock, Clayton County, 5/21/16 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
20 May ORAS Annual Potluck Picnic [James Neves ]
20 May Tagged Broadwing Hawk Outside Augusta Info Requested [mark seaman ]
20 May program tonight []
20 May List co-owner email change [Mark McShane ]
18 May SH1NY C0WBIRD Reported - Savannah NWR, Jasper County SC - 5/11/2016 [Mark McShane ]
17 May Strange [steve livingston ]
16 May Wood Ducks-Floyd Co []
16 May Huie Ponds, Clayton Co. 5/15/16 Cliff Swallows [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
16 May Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert [Steve Holzman ]
16 May Connecticut Warbler at Henderson Park Continues [Patty McLean ]
15 May Reeve still present at American Proteins [Pierre Howard ]
15 May Ruff at AP [James Throckmorton ]
15 May Re: Connecticut Warbler- Henderson Park - NOT detected [Drew Whitelegg ]
15 May Reeve still present at American Proteins [Mike Weaver ]
15 May Ruff continues [Al Mercer ]
15 May Connecticut Warbler- Henderson Park - NOT detected [Daniel Vickers ]
14 May AAS BirdFest Field Trip to Pole Bridge [Patty McLean ]
14 May Re: White-rumped Sandpiper and Black-billed Cuckoo in South DeKalb [Patty McLean ]
14 May White-rumped Sandpiper and Black-billed Cuckoo in South DeKalb [Patty McLean ]
14 May Marsh and Sedge Wrens at J.J. Biello (east entrance) [Rich Hull ]
14 May Reeve (Ruff) at American Proteins, Forsyth Co. ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
14 May Connecticut Warbler singing- Henderson Park DeKalb NOW [Patrick Maurice ]
13 May American Woodcock, Rock Creek Park, Dawson Co. ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
13 May Uncommon nesters along Chattahoochee River, Cobb Co. [Eran Tomer ]
13 May No Wilson's phalarope [tonibowen ]
13 May Wilson's Phalarope Continues in Bartow Co and Report on a Morning of Birding [William Pixler ]
12 May Bartow County? []
12 May Re: May 22 Pelagic CANCELLED [world oceans ]
12 May Atlanta Audubon field trips for this week [Mary Kimberly ]
12 May May 22 Pelagic CANCELLED [Trey McCuen ]
11 May Re: Connecticut Warbler, Stone Mountain Park, 5/11/16 [Patty McLean ]
11 May Wilson's phalarope [Bob Zaremba ]
11 May Bald Eagle, Winters Chapel Road Reservoir, Gwinnett County, 5/11/16 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
11 May Connecticut Warbler, Stone Mountain Park, 5/11/16 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]

Subject: Blue-headed Vireo nest, Sawnee Mt. Preserve
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Mon, 30 May 2016 21:26:34 -0400
Hi, folks, I walked one of the trails in the new section of Sawnee Mt.
Preserve (central Forsyth Co.) this morning & was happy to find several
singing Blue-headed Vireos. One of the vireos had me intrigued due to its
buzzy Yellow-throated Vireo-like song. I tracked it down & followed it
through the mid-story of the trees, right until is plopped down into its
nest just off of the trail.

Also heard this morning were several Ovenbirds. Based on other treks through
the preserve, I believe there are at least four active territories within
ear-shot of the trails.

Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA
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Subject: Yellow-billed Cuckoo yesterday at Newman Wetlands
From: Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 30 May 2016 10:19:10 -0400
Hello all,

Gus Kaufman and I birded Newman wetlands yesterday with a quick circuit of
the Huie ponds. We were greated by a group of three Louisiana waterthrushes
right below the boardwalk over the swamp. We guessed a fledgling with
parents. We followed them into the Turkey Creek area. We got good looks at
a Yellow-billed Cuckoo in some tall trees on the right limb of the Turkey
creek trail right where a disused service Road meets it. We walked up that
road but didn't see the cuckoo again but found a pair of box turtles in the
stiltgrass that infests those slopes. We also think we saw a fox squirrel.

We found a few common yellowthroats in the swamp and also red-headed
woodpeckers around. Lots of ruby-throated hummingbirds around the visitor
centre  around the coral honeysuckles and trumpetvines.

Then we checked out the cliff swallows at the Huie ponds. There were more
than fifteen eastern bluebirds on the power lines and fences around  the
ponds.

Thanks
Vinod


Vinod

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Subject: Dickcissel and Swainson's Warbler
From: Theresa Hartz <jthartz50 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 29 May 2016 07:56:14 -0400
Hi all, Mary Nevel and I did my BBS route in SW Ga yesterday.  The
Dickcissel continues at the same stop for the fourth year! I only heard one
this time.  It has moved down a field and is just as the edge of my ability
to hear it at the stop. The pine trees in the field it was first observed
in have grown too tall.  Only a matter of time before they grow too tall in
the current field. Not sure where they'll go when that happens. The bird is
currently located on CR 73 just off Fountain Bridge Road, Randolph County.

Also I had a Swainson's Warbler (even gave us a visual) at another stop.
The location for this bird is at the juncture of CR 30 and Hwy 216 in
Calhoun County near Edison.  The creek at that location is called Bear
Branch according to google maps.

Theresa Hartz
Big Canoe

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Subject: Wood Ducks- Floyd Co
From: annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 22:55:24 -0400
Checked duck boxes yesterday- water level so low I didn't have to use boat. 
Just propped a ladder against the posts! 

Only one box occupied now/ female is incubating 9 eggs! This is a relatively 
low number of eggs - maybe it her second setting or maybe she's young? This 
hatch off date will b hard to determine since I didn't get a count before she 
started incubating. 

I'm still having at least 2 other pairs coming to pond in the early mornings 
and apparently they have found something in the spillway end of the pond that 
they like and are feeding on. 

Hoping for more nest!



Ann Stewart
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Subject: Re: Tropical Storm Bonnie - Possible Storm Birds
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 22:33:40 -0400
Hi All,

Thanks so much James. It would be quite something if my three Atlantic gadfly 
petrel and two tropicbird target species showed up at Lake J. Strom Thurmond 
(Clarks Hill Lake) this week! 


Good StormBirding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Re: Tropical Storm Bonnie - Possible Storm Birds
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 29 May 2016 03:47:34 +0200
I think it is pretty certain that this storm is carrying a lot of
interesting birds....especially fascinating because it is early in the
season and we are lacking much data about storm -blown pelagics in the
western Atlantic in late spring. The trick,  of course, will be to find and
observe those birds. As you suggested, inland GA birders should also be on
their toes this weekend/week, particularly near bodies of water. Anything
could show up! Wishing you safety and success, Mark

James Gibson
Clayton Co.
On May 28, 2016 9:39 PM, "Mark McShane"  wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> Napping up here in North Carolina this evening wondering if I'll get to
> get out with Brian Patteson and Crew's Seabirding Pelagic Trips out of
> Hatteras NC to the Gulf Stream as scheduled Sunday and Monday this holiday
> weekend.  Tropical Storm Bonnie may have overly complicated things for us
> up here, but maybe not, we'll see.
>
> Can't help wondering though if Bonnie might be depositing any storm-blown
> rarities along the Georgia coast or even on Georgia inland lakes now or in
> the days to come!
>
> Good Birding All!
>
> Mark
>
> Mark McShane
> Georgia Seabirder-At-Large
> Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia (currently Washington NC)
> www.neargareport.com
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Subject: Tropical Storm Bonnie - Possible Storm Birds
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 21:37:54 -0400
Hi All,

Napping up here in North Carolina this evening wondering if I'll get to get out 
with Brian Patteson and Crew's Seabirding Pelagic Trips out of Hatteras NC to 
the Gulf Stream as scheduled Sunday and Monday this holiday weekend. Tropical 
Storm Bonnie may have overly complicated things for us up here, but maybe not, 
we'll see. 


Can't help wondering though if Bonnie might be depositing any storm-blown 
rarities along the Georgia coast or even on Georgia inland lakes now or in the 
days to come! 


Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Georgia Seabirder-At-Large
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia (currently Washington NC)
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Subject: Thanks for advice on hummingbird plants
From: Jason Baumgardner <jlbaumga AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 13:55:51 -0400
Dear GABO,

Thanks for all the great replies to my post about plants to attract
hummingbirds.  GABO really came through as always.  I will reply to
individuals later when I'm back at the computer.

Jason Baumgardner

Atlanta

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Subject: Re: Plants to attract hummingbirds
From: leslie DeMarcus <ldemarcus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 15:00:17 -0400
You mention that you have mostly shade for hanging baskets. Shade loving
plants for pots include New Guinea impatiens--red or orange. These are
widely avaiable at home garden centers and even some grocery stores.
Fuschias are hummingbird magnets, love shade and make beautiful hanging
baskets. Red or orange impatiens also attract hummingbirds and are super
easy to grow.
None of these are native, but they will thrive in shady conditions in
hanging baskets with regular watering and occasional plant food. Hummers
love petunias, but petunias love full sun. The plants that you choose to
attract hummingbirds don't have to be fragrant.
Native plants you can plant in your landscape that are easy to grow,
attract hummingbirds and need shade are the perennials like columbines,
lobelia(cardinal flower),hostas, coral bells, and penstemon (part shade).
Planting and maintenance help can be obtained from any UGA Master Gardener
Extension Volunteer. Just contact your county Extension Office.
I hope this helps.
Saralynn DeMarcus
Master Gardener Extension Volunteer

On Fri, May 27, 2016 at 11:30 AM,  wrote:

> Petunias in bright red will do great for hanging baskets. Try home depot.
>
> Best Regards,
> Marcia  Bansley 404-261 -1323
> Sent from my iPhone - please excuse any typos.
>
>
> > On May 27, 2016, at 3:19 PM, Jon McKenna <
> 0000058424850fa2-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> wrote:
> >
> > Agreed, the blue-flowering salvia is a big hit for hummers in our yard.
> >
> > --------------------------------------------
> > On Fri, 5/27/16, Katy Allen  wrote:
> >
> > Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Plants to attract hummingbirds
> > To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> > Date: Friday, May 27, 2016, 8:31 AM
> >
> > I have found that any
> > type of salvia is a great attractant.  Minimal care and
> > spreads.  Our hummers have fledged and are active at both
> > the feeder and plants.  Katy Allen - Marietta
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Georgia Birders Online [mailto:GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]
> > On Behalf Of Jason Baumgardner
> > Sent:
> > Thursday, May 26, 2016 11:07 PM
> > To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> > Subject: [GABO-L] Plants to attract
> > hummingbirds
> >
> > Dear GABO,
> >
> > Please advise on what plants I
> > can get to attract hummingbirds and help them notice our
> > feeders.  Let me make clear I am an idiot that knows very
> > little about plants, gardening, or anything like that.
> > My housemate and I have hung two hummingbird
> > feeders from the overhang on the front of our house.  There
> > are numerous other hooks along there, so the priority would
> > be plants that can be hung in baskets - that is what we wish
> > to do.  But I suppose we could also plant other ones
> > elsewhere that aren't hanging plants.  The front of our
> > house is shady most of the time.
> > I would
> > tend to lean toward native plants, but they don't have
> > to be exclusively native.
> > In particular
> > I'd like to know how to obtain them as economically as
> > possible.  There is a Pike's in walking distance from
> > our house, but I wasn't sure if I would be spending too
> > much there.
> > Further advice on how to take
> > care of the plants etc. is appreciated.
> > We
> > have not had a hummingbird yet, but I am told it is a slow
> > season so far.  Still, this home has not had hummingbird
> > feeders before, and so I think they could use a little help
> > in finding us.  Besides, it is fun to watch them actually
> > feed from flowering plants.
> >
> > Thanks in advance.
> >
> > Jason Baumgardner
> >
> > Atlanta
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Subject: Swainson's Warbler - Murray Co.
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 16:44:36 -0400
Yesterday I visited a private wetland in the Conasauga River floodplain. This 
area sports a variety of habitat including a slough, shrub swamp, upland 
hardwood and bottomland forest. This has been home to a GREAT BLUE HERON 
rookery for many years. Currently there is at least 12-15 active nests in one 
single Loblolly Pine. This pine is the tallest tree in the area. There were at 
least thirty herons in this tree while I was there. Adults would arrive with 
food and the entire rookery would roar with begging from all the nestlings. 
Many look to be near fledging age. There was also a few families of WOOD DUCKS 
present with fledged young of various ages. 


The best bird of the day was a SWAINSON'S WARBLER in the forest along the 
river. I suspected that this species inhabited this area historically, but had 
assumed that the prevalence of the exotic Chinese Privet had heavily altered 
the natural plant community to the extent that this warbler possibly was gone 
for good. The habitat here is overrun with this invasive plant. Nonetheless, I 
am very excited to find this rare bird at another site in the county. 


There is also a very small population of PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS here, maybe 1-3 
breeding pairs. 


Other key species observed were:
Louisiana Waterthrush
Prairie Warbler
Kentucky Warbler

Other highlights:
Hairy Woodpecker
Acadian Flycatcher
White-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Fish Crow
Northern Parula

I took a few photos that can be seen here:



https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=630611000420055&id=460198340794656¬if_t=like¬if_id=1464381412091355 


Joshua Spence,
Murray County

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Subject: Willow Flycatcher-Richmond County
From: Lois Stacey <croakie AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 14:50:45 -0400
Liam Wolff found a singing Willow Flycatcher this morning at Phinizy Swamp 
Nature Park in Augusta. The bird is in the brush along the road to the wetlands 
just past the buildings. It was still there at 2:30. 


Lois Stacey
North Augusta, SC

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Subject: edible six-pack rings
From: terry valentine <terryval AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 11:47:56 -0400
http://www.aol.com/article/2016/05/19/edible-six-pack-rings-feed-animals-ins
tead-of-killing-them/21379793/

 

 

Some of you may have heard of these.a beer company decided to make six-pack
rings out of food by-products so that they could either be eaten by wildlife
or safely decompose.  Cutting up the plastic rings is a good start, but
apparently it's not enough if these get into waterways and oceans as birds
and mammals still swallow them.

 

My husband and I aren't beer-drinkers - or big soda-drinkers either - but we
find this encouraging and hope other distributors of the ubiquitous plastic
rings (especially the two biggest makers of brown bubbly) will follow suit.
And we can all facilitate this with our wallets and keyboards.

 

Maybe edible helium balloons will be next.a girl can hope!

 

 

Terry Valentine

Hoschton


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Subject: Re: Plants to attract hummingbirds
From: Jon McKenna <0000058424850fa2-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 13:19:40 +0000
Agreed, the blue-flowering salvia is a big hit for hummers in our yard.

--------------------------------------------
On Fri, 5/27/16, Katy Allen  wrote:

 Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Plants to attract hummingbirds
 To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
 Date: Friday, May 27, 2016, 8:31 AM
 
 I have found that any
 type of salvia is a great attractant.  Minimal care and
 spreads.  Our hummers have fledged and are active at both
 the feeder and plants.  Katy Allen - Marietta
 
 -----Original Message-----
 From: Georgia Birders Online [mailto:GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]
 On Behalf Of Jason Baumgardner
 Sent:
 Thursday, May 26, 2016 11:07 PM
 To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
 Subject: [GABO-L] Plants to attract
 hummingbirds
 
 Dear GABO,
 
 Please advise on what plants I
 can get to attract hummingbirds and help them notice our
 feeders.  Let me make clear I am an idiot that knows very
 little about plants, gardening, or anything like that.
 My housemate and I have hung two hummingbird
 feeders from the overhang on the front of our house.  There
 are numerous other hooks along there, so the priority would
 be plants that can be hung in baskets - that is what we wish
 to do.  But I suppose we could also plant other ones
 elsewhere that aren't hanging plants.  The front of our
 house is shady most of the time.
 I would
 tend to lean toward native plants, but they don't have
 to be exclusively native.
 In particular
 I'd like to know how to obtain them as economically as
 possible.  There is a Pike's in walking distance from
 our house, but I wasn't sure if I would be spending too
 much there.
 Further advice on how to take
 care of the plants etc. is appreciated.
 We
 have not had a hummingbird yet, but I am told it is a slow
 season so far.  Still, this home has not had hummingbird
 feeders before, and so I think they could use a little help
 in finding us.  Besides, it is fun to watch them actually
 feed from flowering plants.
 
 Thanks in advance.
 
 Jason Baumgardner
 
 Atlanta
 
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Subject: Re: Plants to attract hummingbirds
From: Eric Bowles <eric.bowles AT HAWKSHURSTGROUP.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 09:24:33 -0400
Hummers love vase shaped or tube shaped flowers.  

The easiest to grow plant would be a butterfly bush. It's got good color (pink 
and purple) all summer and attracts butterflies and hummers. It does need to be 
pruned back to 20 inches each year or it gets leggy. It grows to 8-10 feet tall 
and a spread of 6 feet, so it needs space. Great for full sun. 


Perennial salvias are great in the right area. They are natural and subtle in 
the landscape. Plant several plants in groups of odd numbers to create a nice 
bed. Salvia pairs well with rudbeckia and daisies for great color. Great for 
full sun to part shade. 


Cleome is a good plant for hummers in lots of pinks and light purple colors. It 
has a big spider shaped cluster of tubular flowers. Cleome often self-sows and 
comes back each year. There are several varieties with height to 3 feet tall. 


Hostas are nice in shade, and if you plant a variety of types they bloom from 
mid-May into the fall. Hostas work well in large pots and part to full shade. 


Get a pot of a brightly colored plant to help hummers to find your feeders. 
Sometimes they are slow to find new feeders. 


All these plants are available at Pike's and many of the big home improvement 
stores. Plant odd number groups of plants - 3-7 of the same variety. Be sure 
you dig the bed and add material to help the plant grow. 



Eric Bowles
Bowles Images
404-200-3567
eric AT bowlesimages.com


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

Sent: Friday, May 27, 2016 8:32 AM
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Plants to attract hummingbirds

I have found that any type of salvia is a great attractant. Minimal care and 
spreads. Our hummers have fledged and are active at both the feeder and plants. 
Katy Allen - Marietta 


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

Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2016 11:07 PM
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: [GABO-L] Plants to attract hummingbirds

Dear GABO,

Please advise on what plants I can get to attract hummingbirds and help them 
notice our feeders. Let me make clear I am an idiot that knows very little 
about plants, gardening, or anything like that. 

My housemate and I have hung two hummingbird feeders from the overhang on the 
front of our house. There are numerous other hooks along there, so the priority 
would be plants that can be hung in baskets - that is what we wish to do. But I 
suppose we could also plant other ones elsewhere that aren't hanging plants. 
The front of our house is shady most of the time. 

I would tend to lean toward native plants, but they don't have to be 
exclusively native. 

In particular I'd like to know how to obtain them as economically as possible. 
There is a Pike's in walking distance from our house, but I wasn't sure if I 
would be spending too much there. 

Further advice on how to take care of the plants etc. is appreciated.
We have not had a hummingbird yet, but I am told it is a slow season so far. 
Still, this home has not had hummingbird feeders before, and so I think they 
could use a little help in finding us. Besides, it is fun to watch them 
actually feed from flowering plants. 


Thanks in advance.

Jason Baumgardner

Atlanta

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Subject: Re: Plants to attract hummingbirds
From: Katy Allen <katyallen AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 08:31:31 -0400
I have found that any type of salvia is a great attractant. Minimal care and 
spreads. Our hummers have fledged and are active at both the feeder and plants. 
Katy Allen - Marietta 


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

Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2016 11:07 PM
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: [GABO-L] Plants to attract hummingbirds

Dear GABO,

Please advise on what plants I can get to attract hummingbirds and help them 
notice our feeders. Let me make clear I am an idiot that knows very little 
about plants, gardening, or anything like that. 

My housemate and I have hung two hummingbird feeders from the overhang on the 
front of our house. There are numerous other hooks along there, so the priority 
would be plants that can be hung in baskets - that is what we wish to do. But I 
suppose we could also plant other ones elsewhere that aren't hanging plants. 
The front of our house is shady most of the time. 

I would tend to lean toward native plants, but they don't have to be 
exclusively native. 

In particular I'd like to know how to obtain them as economically as possible. 
There is a Pike's in walking distance from our house, but I wasn't sure if I 
would be spending too much there. 

Further advice on how to take care of the plants etc. is appreciated.
We have not had a hummingbird yet, but I am told it is a slow season so far. 
Still, this home has not had hummingbird feeders before, and so I think they 
could use a little help in finding us. Besides, it is fun to watch them 
actually feed from flowering plants. 


Thanks in advance.

Jason Baumgardner

Atlanta

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Subject: Plants to attract hummingbirds
From: Jason Baumgardner <jlbaumga AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2016 23:06:46 -0400
Dear GABO,

Please advise on what plants I can get to attract hummingbirds and help
them notice our feeders.  Let me make clear I am an idiot that knows very
little about plants, gardening, or anything like that.
My housemate and I have hung two hummingbird feeders from the overhang on
the front of our house.  There are numerous other hooks along there, so the
priority would be plants that can be hung in baskets - that is what we wish
to do.  But I suppose we could also plant other ones elsewhere that aren't
hanging plants.  The front of our house is shady most of the time.
I would tend to lean toward native plants, but they don't have to be
exclusively native.
In particular I'd like to know how to obtain them as economically as
possible.  There is a Pike's in walking distance from our house, but I
wasn't sure if I would be spending too much there.
Further advice on how to take care of the plants etc. is appreciated.
We have not had a hummingbird yet, but I am told it is a slow season so
far.  Still, this home has not had hummingbird feeders before, and so I
think they could use a little help in finding us.  Besides, it is fun to
watch them actually feed from flowering plants.

Thanks in advance.

Jason Baumgardner

Atlanta

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Subject: Re: Nightjar photo ~ What do you think it is?
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2016 15:49:27 +0200
Excellent! Posture and size of body parts can be very misleading in
Caprimulgids. I have had far too few good sightings of them to claim any
real expertise, but I learned from experience that their apparent shape and
size can change in an instant. The field marks you suggested for evaluation
in future sightings are right on target. Nicely done!

James Gibson
Clayton Co.

On Thu, May 26, 2016 at 2:56 PM, Joshua Spence 
wrote:

> The overall consensus is adult rufous male Eastern Whip-poor-will. Thanks
> to all who contributed. It's not often that these birds pose for long
> observation opportunity.  Of twenty years of birding this was the best look
> I've ever had. Usually they take off through the forest. This bird flew
> only a short distance onto a log and did a bobbing motion that made me
> wonder if a female and nest could have been nearby. Other than this it sat
> motionless almost appearing asleep.
>
> I came across it while hiking on Monday. I thought it was a Whip-poor-will
> when I saw it perched along the road, it did have the distinct white tail
> corners when it flew, that appeared to not have webbing, but it was flying
> through the trees so it made for difficult viewing. After looking at some
> online photos I began to think it was a Chuck-will's-widow due to the head
> shape and crown streaking. It didn't look as petite as many of the photos
> of Whips appeared.
>
> The chin was blackish and the throat band was bright white. The scapulars
> have that pale gray back brace(though wider than what many field guides
> portray in Whippers) that contrasts sharply with the rufous coverts. The
> black band that lines the top of the brace looks unbroken. James Neves
> mentioned that it looks like a scar as if something took a bite out of it.
> The black spots at the base of the brace appear unbroken also. The head
> seems too flat and long for Whip, but maybe this is just due to posture,
> because the distance from the eye to the chin looks more narrow than what a
> Chuck would be expected to show. This cannot be a rufous Chuck due to all
> the gray feathers. It can't  be a gray Chuck because the coverts would show
> more gray than rufous. Also, the undertail shows much more white than what
> a Chucky would. Whips also have a median crown stripe that is used for
> definite classification, though at a side profile it is difficult to rule
> out a possible shadow.
>
> Separating Chucks and Whips by sight is a challenge and I'm glad I was
> able to get some photos for careful study. I hope everyone had fun looking
> them over. So, if I see a perched nightjar in the forest, my attention
> would focus upon the back braces and their black bordering and how they
> contrast to coverts, the crown stripe, the throat and necklace. I would not
> focus on bird size, shape of head, or even overall color and appearance.
>
> Joshua Spence,
> Murray County
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Subject: Re: Nightjar photo ~ What do you think it is?
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2016 08:56:54 -0400
The overall consensus is adult rufous male Eastern Whip-poor-will. Thanks to 
all who contributed. It's not often that these birds pose for long observation 
opportunity. Of twenty years of birding this was the best look I've ever had. 
Usually they take off through the forest. This bird flew only a short distance 
onto a log and did a bobbing motion that made me wonder if a female and nest 
could have been nearby. Other than this it sat motionless almost appearing 
asleep. 


I came across it while hiking on Monday. I thought it was a Whip-poor-will when 
I saw it perched along the road, it did have the distinct white tail corners 
when it flew, that appeared to not have webbing, but it was flying through the 
trees so it made for difficult viewing. After looking at some online photos I 
began to think it was a Chuck-will's-widow due to the head shape and crown 
streaking. It didn't look as petite as many of the photos of Whips appeared. 


The chin was blackish and the throat band was bright white. The scapulars have 
that pale gray back brace(though wider than what many field guides portray in 
Whippers) that contrasts sharply with the rufous coverts. The black band that 
lines the top of the brace looks unbroken. James Neves mentioned that it looks 
like a scar as if something took a bite out of it. The black spots at the base 
of the brace appear unbroken also. The head seems too flat and long for Whip, 
but maybe this is just due to posture, because the distance from the eye to the 
chin looks more narrow than what a Chuck would be expected to show. This cannot 
be a rufous Chuck due to all the gray feathers. It can't be a gray Chuck 
because the coverts would show more gray than rufous. Also, the undertail shows 
much more white than what a Chucky would. Whips also have a median crown stripe 
that is used for definite classification, though at a side profile it is 
difficult to rule out a possible shadow. 


Separating Chucks and Whips by sight is a challenge and I'm glad I was able to 
get some photos for careful study. I hope everyone had fun looking them over. 
So, if I see a perched nightjar in the forest, my attention would focus upon 
the back braces and their black bordering and how they contrast to coverts, the 
crown stripe, the throat and necklace. I would not focus on bird size, shape of 
head, or even overall color and appearance. 


Joshua Spence,
Murray County

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Subject: Common Raven - Murray County
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2016 00:35:43 -0400
My family and I spent several hours in the Cohutta mountains on Tuesday. We 
hiked around Lake Conasauga and did quite a bit of roadside birding. The best 
bird was a calling COMMON RAVEN that we heard from Mill Creek Rd. and again 
hours later along West Cowpen Rd. Other high elevation nesters were: 


Veery
Blackburnian Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Dark-eyed Junco
Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Other highlights:

Red-shouldered Hawk nest with three young
Broad-winged Hawk
Wood Thrush
Ovenbird
Worm-eating Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Black-and-white Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler


Joshua Spence,
Murray County

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Subject: Gwinnett County: Recent Highlights
From: Rebecca Deitsch <rdeitsch AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 21:14:12 -0400
I birded Mill Creek Nature Center and George Pierce Park (Gwinnett County)
this morning and early afternoon. I found 32 bird species at MCNC and 31
bird species at GPP, totaling 45 species. 

Highlights at Mill Creek Nature Center:

nesting Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
Red-eyed Vireo, 1
Cedar Waxwings, 2 still here
Northern Parulas, 3+
Common Yellowthroats, 3
Indigo Buntings, 2
Orchard Orioles, 1

Highlights at George Pierce Park:

Wood Duck, 4 ducklings
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER 1, (second Gwinnett county record, here since Sunday,
May 22) 
Spotted Sandpiper, 1
and nesting Red-winged Blackbirds and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers 

On Saturday May 21, I birded Harbins Park in far-eastern Gwinnett County for
3+ hours. I rode 7+ miles on my bike and still only covered a small portion
of this 1700+ acre park... Highlights:

Yellow-billed Cuckoos, 5
Yellow-throated Vireos, 2
Red-eyed Vireos, 20+
OVENBIRD, 1 male on territory
Worm-eating Warbler, 1
Louisiana Waterthrushes, 2
Black-and-white Warblers, 4, including 3 singing males
American Redstart, 1, singing as if on territory 
Blackpoll Warbler, 2
Scarlet Tanager, 1
Summer Tanager, 1

Mill Creek Nature Center:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29900819
George Pierce Park: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29904947 
Harbins Park: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29815408

Photos can found on my Flickr page:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/103058792 AT N02/

John Deitsch,
Gwinnett County,

PS. For any dragonfly and damselfly enthusiasts, I've found about 25 species
of dragons and damsels over the past week (Azure Bluets, Gray Petaltails,
and Spangled Skimmers at Mill Creek Nature Center being the best). 

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Subject: Confirmed breeding of Glossy Ibis @ Bradley Unit (Stewart Co), Black-necked Stilt, etc - 5/25
From: Walt Chambers <chambersw AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 19:46:27 +0000
At least 4 Glossy Ibis remain at the Bradley. Two were at a site in the rookery 
that I've been watching for a few weeks now. They were clearly copulating and 
carrying nesting material...but, even better, they were already tending to a 
half-grown chick. Very cool. ACOGB also has inland breeding record(s) shown 
along the Satilla River in SW GA. Other notes include a Black-necked Stilt that 
flew in while I was walking west of the silos. It dipped down by the rookery 
area and out of site. I have one other personal record for this species a the 
Bradley with a June record of a pair several years ago. Of lesser note were a 
Tricolored Heron (there's usually at least 1 here most springs) and an imm. 
Wood Stork that flew in from the river. The King Rails and Least Bitterns were 
vocal but not as much as the last trip. I also heard the Boat-tailed Grackles, 
but could not track them down. 


Walt Chambers
Columbus


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Subject: slight correction on last post
From: Walt Chambers <chambersw AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 18:35:11 +0000
The Satilla River is on southEAST GA, not west..


Walt Chambers

Columbus

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Subject: Nightjar photo ~ What do you think it is?
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 15:39:41 -0400
On Monday I hiked about seven miles in extreme northeast Murray County. I 
covered 2.5 miles of East Cowpen Rd. and hiked another four miles of old closed 
forest service roads. The area was basically contiguous forest, varying some in 
composition, age and structure, but forest all the same. I did fill in some 
gaps for my countywide breeding bird project. Several common species and a few 
high priority species such as 


WOOD THRUSH(4)
WORM-EATING WARBLER(14)
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH(7)
KENTUCKY WARBLER(2).


Other highlights were 
WILD TURKEY(3)
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK nest
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO(17, at least)
HAIRY WOODPECKER(4)
PILEATED WOODPECKER(12)
OVENBIRD(4)
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER(2)
HOODED WARBLER(18)
NORTHERN PARULA(9)
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER(7)
BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER(20+)
SUMMER TANAGER
SCARLET TANAGER(11)

I also got excellent looks at a nightjar and was able to photograph it. Below 
is a link to them and my stab at identification. I'd love to hear other 
opinions on which species it is. Thanks 



https://www.facebook.com/Murray-County-Breeding-Bird-Project-460198340794656/?ref=bookmarks 



Joshua Spence
Murray County

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Subject: Atlanta Audubon field trips
From: Melanie Furr <melanie AT ATLANTAAUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 12:27:36 -0400
Greetings Fellow Birders,

Atlanta Audubon is offering one field trip this weekend this Saturday, 5/28
at 9:00 AM at the New  Echota Historic Site (Gordon County), 1211
Chatsworth Highway NE,
Calhoun, GA 30701.

Next Saturday, June 4 will be Jason Ward's monthly walk at Piedmont Park at
8:00 AM.

You can find details on all of our field trips at
http://www.atlantaaudubon.org/field-trips.

Thanks and good birding!
Melanie

-- 
*Melanie Furr*
*Director of Education*
*Atlanta Audubon Society*
4055 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
678-973-2437
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Subject: Re: Curtis Kilby (Rabun County)
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 11:10:05 -0400
Hi All,

Thanks Patty for posting concerning the passing of Curtis Kilby. He was a fine 
old gentleman and a great farmer and was still actively farming his property in 
his eighties when I last saw him and his Red Crossbills years ago. He was very 
kind and sharing to all those birders who wanted to see his crossbills. I will 
never forget him inviting us in to his home where his dog would play the piano 
and sing or howl in harmony! Rest In Peace Curtis! 


Good Birding All!

Mark

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Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Curtis Kilby (Rabun County)
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 07:44:36 -0400
On our North Georgia birding trip, Kathy Miller and I stopped by our 
bird-friendly Curtis Kilby's house on Persimmon Rd in Rabun County. Upon 
approach, we noticed signs for an upcoming funeral, so Kathy checked the Beck 
Funeral Home website and found that Mr Kilby passed on Sunday, May 22.  

We will always remember his generosity in allowing total strangers to park in 
his yard to see the much sought-after Red Crossbils that would visit his 
feeders.  

Here's the obituary with a note at the end on memorial donations.
Curtis Lee Kilby, 86, of Clayton, GA passed on Sunday, May 22, with his family 
at his side after an extended illness. 


Curtis was born in Rabun County, GA to the late Ferd and Oza Coffee Kilby. He 
was proud to have served his country in the United States Army. Curtis enjoyed 
the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, but was most passionate about 
farming. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He 
enjoyed nothing more than large family gatherings with his children, siblings, 
in-laws and all of their children. He was a member of Persimmon Church of God 
and attended faithfully. 


In addition to his parents, Curtis was preceded in death by first Wife Hazel 
Mitchell Kilby, second wife Nancy Collins Kilby; four brothers Carl Kilby, 
Claude Kilby, Furman Kilby, and Coyt Kilby. 


He is survived by one son Rodney Kilby (Peanut) of Clayton; one daughter Karen 
Hooper (Frederick) of Clayton; one step-son Troy Webb (Cathy) of Cornelia; one 
step-daughter Vickie Majors of Charlotte; four brothers Jimmy Kilby, Fred 
Kilby, Dwight Kilby, Deleano Kilby; two sisters Tina Lee, Brenda Kilby; four 
grandchildren Summer Kilby Justus, Cassie Kilby, Kirk Kilby, Darren Hooper; one 
great-grandchild Peyton Ashe, and a number of nieces and nephews also survive. 


Funeral service will be held Wednesday May 25, 2016 at 11:00 AM, at Persimmon 
Church of God with Rev. Teddy King and Glenville Nichols officiating; burial 
will follow at Persimmon Community Cemetery. 


In lieu of flowers and in honor of Curtis, the family asks that memorial 
donations be made to Beck Funeral Home at 898 US-441, Clayton, GA 30525 or to 
the Sid Weber Memorial Cancer Fund at P.O. Box 485 in Rabun Gap, GA 30568.   




Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

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Subject: Purple Gallinules
From: Jim Fairley <jimfairley AT ACCESSATC.NET>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 17:33:12 -0400
Around 3:30 PM today I was at Altamaha WMA at the observation tower behind the 
old milk barn when I spotted a Purple Gallinule and then a second one appeared. 
I took photos and can email if interested. 


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Subject: Red-necked Phalarope in Rabun Co.
From: Bill & Condit <blotz AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 19:54:56 -0400
GABOers,

 

In response to Jane question, Dan & I saw the bird this morning from around
0630 to around 0830.  Dan took several diagnostic photos which can be found
on our eBird report.  There were lots of other birds on the pond this
morning including the Pied-billed Grebe that Patty & Kathy found yesterday,
six Spotted Sandpipers, one Least Sandpiper and about 35 Wood Ducks,
including many ducklings.  However, we returned to this site around Noon and
almost everything was gone.  Only about 8 Wood Ducks remained on the water
or the booms.

 

Bill Lotz

Atlanta

Fulton County 


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Subject: RFI - re Red-necked phalarope Dillard reservoir
From: SewardBerry <sewardj AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 17:05:09 -0400
Hi GA birders,

As many of you may be aware, Patty McLean and Kathy Miller saw this bird at
the Dillard reservoir last evening and again this morning at about 7.30AM.
I just spoke with them and they didn't see the bird again late morning.
This might have been because it was behind the boom or napping quietly
somewhere.  

Has anyone seen the bird since noon today, Mon May 23rd?   

Thanks for any information you can provide.

Jane Seward
Dekalb County, Georgia 

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Subject: Re: Red-necked Phalarope - Dillard Reservoir, Rabun County - 5/22/2016
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 07:35:13 -0400
    

The Red-necked Phalarope continues this morning at the Dillard Reservoir in 
Rabun County. Best viewing area is across the street from the reservoir on 
Kelly's Creek Rd. 


Patty McLean,   Tucker GA 

-------- Original message --------
From: Mark McShane  
Date: 05/22/2016  7:12 PM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
Subject: [GABO-L] Red-necked Phalarope - Dillard Reservoir, Rabun County - 
5/22/2016 


Hi All,

Patty McLean just messaged to request a post of a Red-necked Phalarope that she 
and Kathy Miller are looking at right now at the Dillard Reservoir. 


The Dillard Reservoir is in Dillard Georgia at the intersection of Franklin 
Street and Kelly's Creek Road.  Also per my eBird report from last Saturday be 
aware that there are Willow Flycatchers and Yellow Warblers breeding along the 
Franklin Street reservoir fence line. 


Good Birding All!

Mark

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Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Re: More than 50 kites over Athens
From: "Eugenia R. Thompson" <eroberthom AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 10:25:27 -0400
Saw one MIKI over my house early this morning. I'm about 2 miles from 
yesterday's location, as the kite flies. 


Eugenia R Thompson 
Athens (Clarke Co)

Sent from my iPhone

> On May 23, 2016, at 9:30 AM, John McClatchey  wrote:
> 
> Any chance they are still in the area?
> 
> John B. McClatchey, Sr., Ph.D.
> cell: 404-502-1206
> fax: 404-355-6631
> cabin: 706-878-3089
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Georgia Birders Online [mailto:GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of 
Matthew King 

> Sent: Sunday, May 22, 2016 12:02 PM
> To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> Subject: [GABO-L] More than 50 kites over Athens
> 
> Mostly Mississippi but a few swallows mixed in near the intersection of 
Belmont and Morton rd 

> 
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Subject: State of the Birds 2016
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 10:12:15 -0400
If I missed an earlier post of this, I apologize for the redundancy.
The North American Bird Conservation Initiative publishes a "State of
the Birds" report. You can find the 2016 version here:
http://www.stateofthebirds.org/2016/

Take special note of what you can do to help birds here:
http://www.stateofthebirds.org/2016/resources/change/

Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 5/22/2016
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 09:52:15 -0400
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: 
Date: Sun, May 22, 2016 at 3:50 PM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
To:


*** Species Summary:

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Richmond)
Hooded Merganser (1 Clayton)
Horned Grebe (2 Columbia)
Double-crested Cormorant (2 Bartow)
Swallow-tailed Kite (1 Clarke)
Broad-winged Hawk (1 Bibb)
King Rail (3 Richmond)
American Coot (2 Forsyth)
Lesser Yellowlegs (1 Bartow)
Dunlin (1 Forsyth)
White-rumped Sandpiper (2 Bartow, 1 Forsyth)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (2 Forsyth)
American Kestrel (Southeastern) (1 Taylor)
Peregrine Falcon (1 Rabun)
Olive-sided Flycatcher (1 Henry)
Bank Swallow (1 Columbia, 1 Forsyth, 2 Richmond)
Cave Swallow (2 Muscogee)
Black-and-white Warbler (1 Jefferson)
American Redstart (1 Chatham)
Yellow Warbler (1 Richmond)
Black-throated Green Warbler (1 Cobb)
Dickcissel (1 Burke, 3 Morgan)
Bobolink (2 Richmond)
Pine Siskin (1 Bibb)

---------------------------------------------
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Subject: Willow Flycatcher, S. Milledge Fields, Athens-Clarke County
From: James Neves <jamesneves AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 09:45:52 -0400
Hi Ga Birders,

I just observed a calling WILLOW FLYCATCHER from the main dirt road at the
South Milledge Fields. The location is referred to as "UGA fields and pond
E. of Milledge Ave (Clarke Co)" in eBird.

Please do not enter the field. The University has marked it No Trespassing.
(The field is also FULL of ticks and chiggers, from past experience).
Walking the road along the railroad up to the curve is ok, as far as I am
aware.

Happy Birding!
James Neves
Athens, Clarke County GA

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Subject: Re: More than 50 kites over Athens
From: John McClatchey <jbm AT SAF.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 13:30:55 +0000
Any chance they are still in the area?

John B. McClatchey, Sr., Ph.D.
cell: 404-502-1206
fax: 404-355-6631
cabin: 706-878-3089

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Sunday, May 22, 2016 12:02 PM
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: [GABO-L] More than 50 kites over Athens

Mostly Mississippi but a few swallows mixed in near the intersection of Belmont 
and Morton rd 


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Subject: Re: Jekyll/St. Simons
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 22:43:51 -0400
Dozens of Whimbrel were along the causeway on Thursday...and several at Bloody 
Marsh on St. Simons. 


Patty
Sent from Samsung tabletMarvin T Smith  wrote:I planning 
to head over to the coast Monday or Tuesday.  I checked EBIRD, but there 
aren't any recent reports from Jekyll this weekend.  Are there still Whimbrels 
around?  Anything else of note in the area to chase? 


I'd like to pick up some year birds like Whimbrel, Semipalmated Sandpiper, 
Wilson's Plover, Painted Bunting (should be easy), and anything else I can 
find. Thanks. 


Marvin T. Smith

Valdosta

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Subject: Red-necked Phalarope - Dillard Reservoir, Rabun County - 5/22/2016
From: Mark McShane <Mcshanebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 19:12:17 -0400
Hi All,

Patty McLean just messaged to request a post of a Red-necked Phalarope that she 
and Kathy Miller are looking at right now at the Dillard Reservoir. 


The Dillard Reservoir is in Dillard Georgia at the intersection of Franklin 
Street and Kelly's Creek Road. Also per my eBird report from last Saturday be 
aware that there are Willow Flycatchers and Yellow Warblers breeding along the 
Franklin Street reservoir fence line. 


Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Jekyll/St. Simons
From: Marvin T Smith <mtsmith AT VALDOSTA.EDU>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 21:09:21 +0000
I planning to head over to the coast Monday or Tuesday. I checked EBIRD, but 
there aren't any recent reports from Jekyll this weekend. Are there still 
Whimbrels around? Anything else of note in the area to chase? 


I'd like to pick up some year birds like Whimbrel, Semipalmated Sandpiper, 
Wilson's Plover, Painted Bunting (should be easy), and anything else I can 
find. Thanks. 


Marvin T. Smith

Valdosta

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Subject: Re: Hooded Merganser, juvenile, Lake Shamrock, Clayton County, 5/21/16
From: Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 15:53:18 -0400
Hello,

As we finished up yesterday's Atl Audubon walk in Fernbank Forest and
walked back to the museum along Clifton road, we had a hooded merganser fly
over in a north-west direction over the golf course on Clifton road. Took
us by surprise, and it was the most noteworthy bird of yesterday's walk.

Thanks,

Vinod

Vinod

On 21 May 2016 at 16:41, Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert  wrote:

>  This morning I saw a juvenile Hooded Merganser at Lake Shamrock from the
> road going down to Lake Blalock. I'm not going to give details here as I
> did a longish piece on my eBird report, except to say that it may have been
> a young male due to the fact that its white greater coverts were visible in
> the back as it swam. I assume it was about 4-5 weeks old and that it
> hatched nearby. I have photos. There are several records of this species
> nesting in the piedmont area of the state.
>
> Jeff
>
> Jeff Sewell / Carol LambertTucker, GA  (DeKalb Co.)lambertsewell AT att.net
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Subject: More than 50 kites over Athens
From: Matthew King <gacrotalus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 12:01:35 -0400
Mostly Mississippi but a few swallows mixed in near the intersection of
Belmont and Morton rd

Pic here of a swallowtail:
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a353/mattheking/IMAG1992_zpspklxu1py.jpg

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Subject: Cliff Swallows, Huie Ponds, Clayton County, 5/21/16, Update.
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 21:01:29 +0000
 The number of this species here at the ponds has doubled or tripled since 
last Sunday when Carol and I were here. I put down 12 on my eBird report this 
morning but think that there were about 20. They are mostly in the northeast 
pond (Pond B) and, no doubt, building nests under the concrete walkway that 
extends out over the pond. I saw them gathering mud just above the water level 
and flying under the concrete structure. The nests are not visible from the 
roadway and visitors like us are not allowed to go down to the water level for 
photographs for liability reasons. An employee of the Water Authority will go 
for photos so as to document a first nesting at this location. Nest building 
was attempted last year, but was not successful. 


Jeff

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Subject: Hooded Merganser, juvenile, Lake Shamrock, Clayton County, 5/21/16
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 20:41:38 +0000
 This morning I saw a juvenile Hooded Merganser at Lake Shamrock from the road 
going down to Lake Blalock. I'm not going to give details here as I did a 
longish piece on my eBird report, except to say that it may have been a young 
male due to the fact that its white greater coverts were visible in the back as 
it swam. I assume it was about 4-5 weeks old and that it hatched nearby. I have 
photos. There are several records of this species nesting in the piedmont area 
of the state. 


Jeff

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Subject: ORAS Annual Potluck Picnic
From: James Neves <jamesneves AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 15:54:49 -0400
The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will cap its 2015-16 season with a
potluck picnic dinner at a special time and place – 6 p.m. June 2 in
Memorial Park, at Picnic Shelter No. 1.

Bring a covered-dish item to share and enjoy an evening of socializing in
the outdoors. Dessert will be provided. The gathering will include a short
business meeting to elect officers for the upcoming year. The nominees are
Brian Cooke, president; Katy Manley, vice president; Mary Case, secretary;
and Alison Huff, treasurer.

To reach Memorial Park, take South Milledge Avenue through Five Points past
South Lumpkin Street and turn right on Gran Ellen Drive at Milledge Avenue
Baptist Church. Memorial Park is on the left, and picnic shelters are
immediately
to the left, down the hill.

The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will resume regular meetings at 7 p.m.
Sept. 1, with meetings held on the first Thursday of every month through
June 2017.

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Subject: Tagged Broadwing Hawk Outside Augusta Info Requested
From: mark seaman <hawksea AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 07:56:51 -0700
Our good friends at Hawk Mountain, PA have asked for some help with one of 
their tagged Broadwings they are tracking on its migration. If anyone can help 
with their request below please send directly to Senior Biologist Laurie 
Goodrich at: goodrich AT hawkmountain.org. 


Thanks,

Mark Seaman



One of our tagged broadwings is spending some time outside Augusta Georgia. If 
you go towww.hawkmountain.org/birdtracker 


You can zoom in to see where she is. If you have any birder friends that might 
want to see what she is up to. You can zoom in to find 


Exact lat long. I would love to have a photo of that neighborhood.

Right now the key is not on the map.. but her line is yellow and use the plus 
symbol to zoom to where she is hanging out. Can add labels to map by clicking 
upper left corner to get road and town names. 


She is a young bird that may have been born in NE states.

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Subject: program tonight
From: annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 10:43:20 -0400
Tonight at 10pm on National Geographic Wild Channel 757 ( on my tv)
on United States of Animals there will have a program on "crane migration in 
Texas" along with other featured animals! 


HOPE YOU ENJOY

AnnStewart
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Subject: List co-owner email change
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 05:21:47 -0400
Hi All,

I and others have had some problems with a bad actor, not related, out there 
with a very similar Gmail email address to my previous one and so I've changed 
Gmail email addresses. Please do not use any older Gmail email address that you 
have for me. 


The new Gmail address is:  mcshanebirder AT gmail.com

I look forward to supporting Georgia Birders Online, GABO or GABO-L, going 
forward via this new address. 


Thanks and Good Birding All!

Mark

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Subject: SH1NY C0WBIRD Reported - Savannah NWR, Jasper County SC - 5/11/2016
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 20:34:25 -0400
Hi All,

Steve Holzman just pinged me and asked if I could put this out. Here is a SH1NY 
C0WBIRD eBird report from Savannah NWR in Jasper County South Carolina from May 
11th: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29577727

Of course the sheeny ones could be in Georgia, as they have been before, and 
they have been eBirded throughout Florida this year, panhandle included, as 
well as in Mississippi and Louisiana! 


Good Cowbird Scanning!

Mark

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Subject: Strange
From: steve livingston <livi4000 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 13:10:51 +0000
 2 black-bellied whistling ducks just landed in the pond beside my condo and 
were there for about 30 seconds. 

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Subject: Wood Ducks-Floyd Co
From: annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 21:37:04 -0400
I have had another wood duck nest to hatch and while looking at my notes I 
realized I hadn't report my last hatching to you but had just written it on my 
calendar . Today I checked my boxes and Box#5 hatched all 14 of its 14 eggs 
laid- great! Box #4 

has some eggs but the box is so high and the water level is so very very low 
that I could not see in the box to check the eggs. I used a long stick and 
could feel a couple eggs but will have to devise another method to check it 
(helicopter maybe??). 

Still haven't gotten Stephen to check his nest box at creek to see what is in 
it. There were 17 eggs 

the only time he had checked it so will have to wait and get count. This is a 
slow season and ducks acting very unusual. I'm still having a female hooded 
merganser dropping in from time to time - all alone! So far I have had 49 eggs 
laid and a Total of 37 eggs hatched. This total doesn't include Stephens 17 
eggs. 

As of now I only have one active nest but maybe some others will make a second 
nesting! 

Last year was extremely low also!
NATURE is very unpredictable!!!
!
Ann Stewart
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Subject: Huie Ponds, Clayton Co. 5/15/16 Cliff Swallows
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 14:18:04 +0000
The AAS field trip yesterday turned up about 70 species at the Newman Wetlands 
Center and Huie Ponds. Nothing spectacular, but finding 6 or more Cliff 
Swallows on the ponds was good. A few appeared to be going in and out from a 
couple of the cement walkways over the water, which seems to indicate another 
nesting attempt. 

The only other known nest constructed May 2014 was damaged and abandoned by 
the birds. 

Remember that neither birders nor photographers are allowed on the grass 
slopes of these ponds. Any CLSW nesting effort will be monitored and 
documented by CCWA staff.-Carol 


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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 13:51:30 -0500
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: May 16, 2016 at 1:43:18 PM CDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Northern Shoveler (1 Liberty)
> Ruff (8 Forsyth)
> Baird's Sandpiper (1 Forsyth)
> White-rumped Sandpiper (2 DeKalb, 6 Forsyth, 1 Oconee)
> Semipalmated Sandpiper (5 Forsyth, 1 Jackson)
> Great Black-backed Gull (1 Chatham)
> Peregrine Falcon (1 Fulton)
> Willow Flycatcher (2 Rabun, 8 Union)
> Willow Flycatcher (Eastern) (1 Greene, 1 Union)
> Least Flycatcher (2 Rabun)
> House Wren (1 Effingham)
> Northern Waterthrush (1 White)
> Connecticut Warbler (1 DeKalb)
> Palm Warbler (Western) (1 Fulton)
> Scarlet Tanager (1 Camden)
> Dickcissel (1 Greene, 8 Rabun)
> Baltimore Oriole (1 Clarke)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the  Georgia Rare Bird Alert.The report 
below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia. View or unsubscribe to this 
alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569 

> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
> 
> 

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Subject: Connecticut Warbler at Henderson Park Continues
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 10:39:20 -0400
I didn't see but heard the CONW this morning in the same location as
previsouly posted by Patrick Maurice on Saturday. Not sure if this link will
work but here's a video recording of the bird singing and calling.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/79121941 AT N08/27018605866/in/dateposted-public/


 

Patty McLean

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Subject: Reeve still present at American Proteins
From: Pierre Howard <h_pierre AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2016 19:45:59 -0400
To GABO:

The Reeve was still present at American Proteins this afternoon, May 15,
2016,  at 4 PM.

It was feeding heavily and continuously along the near shore of the holding
pond nearest the first dike.

 

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Subject: Ruff at AP
From: James Throckmorton <jamest43 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2016 17:11:15 -0400
Hi all,

 

Thanks to Jim Flynn and others for finding this good looking Reeve.

 

About 9:30am, I saw the bird along with a few other happy bird watchers.
First for me in Georgia.

 

Complete report has been submitted to eBird.

 

Jim Throckmorton

Sandy Springs, GA

 

 


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Subject: Re: Connecticut Warbler- Henderson Park - NOT detected
From: Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2016 17:21:07 -0400
I was there this afternoon from 4-5pm and I couldn't hear nor see any sign
of it either.

On Sun, May 15, 2016 at 9:28 AM, Daniel Vickers 
wrote:

> Not seen or heard 7:40-9:10
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Subject: Reeve still present at American Proteins
From: Mike Weaver <mwriverpointe AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2016 16:08:59 -0400
The reeve is still present at 4:00 pm Sunday at American Proteins. It was 
located in roughly the same coordinates as provided by Jim Flynn. 


Mike Weaver
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Subject: Ruff continues
From: Al Mercer <alexander.j.mercer AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2016 10:07:17 -0400
The Ruff remains at American Proteins in Cumming.

Al Mercer, Cobb County

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Subject: Connecticut Warbler- Henderson Park - NOT detected
From: Daniel Vickers <dvickers AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2016 09:28:36 -0400
Not seen or heard 7:40-9:10

Dan Vickers
Atlanta

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Subject: AAS BirdFest Field Trip to Pole Bridge
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 22:22:09 -0400
    
A group of 14 Atlanta Audubon Society patrons joined me this morning for a 
field trip at Pole Bridge Wastewater Treatment in DeKalb County. The trip was 
part of this year's AAS BirdFest and we had a great time exploring the 700+ 
acres along the South River. 


A few highlights:

# We observed a pair of AMERICAN KESTRELS staying close to a probable nesting 
site. At one point, the female entered the covered area and soon a Fish Crow 
came in and attacked the male. After several serious tussels between the two 
with the crow closely approaching and trying to get inside the nesting area, an 
intervention occurred and the crow left.   


# A nesting colony of GREAT BLUE HERONS is on the property. We were unable to 
count the nests or determine if young were present but saw several herons 
flying to and from the pine trees where the roost is.  


# We saw the nest of a RED-TAILED HAWK sitting high in a mature pine tree, and 
while we didn't see the female on the nest, the male watched from afar and at 
one point circled the nest area with a food item (which appeared to be a bird 
sp). Several folks got photos and then we left so as not to cause any further 
disturbance. 


# We were treated to multiple vulture kettles, mostly Blacks but some Turkeys, 
rising and circling quietly overhead and then streaming out to find food. A 
great sight to watch.  


# No Wild Turkeys were seen today but I saw half a dozen on Thurs when I was 
out there. 


The tree leaves are so thick and full that seeing the smaller birds was more 
challenging but we did manage a total of 49 species, both seen or heard 
including a very handsome SCARLET TANAGER, a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER and at 
least one INDIGO BUNTING male. 


Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29639333

Patty McLean,Tucker GA 

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Subject: Re: White-rumped Sandpiper and Black-billed Cuckoo in South DeKalb
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 18:17:19 -0400
    
I think one of the sandpipers is a BAIRD'S. It seems to have very long wings, 
warm brown tones on the back with a touch of rufous and brownish on the bib - 
and black legs. Larger than nearby Semipalmated Sandpiper. I have a few bad 
photos showing the wing length and how they cross over the tail.  


Will post photos later but wanted to get the word out. Tomorrow morning will be 
better with sunlight from behind instead of head-on, altho birds may be gone by 
then. 


Patty McLean,Tucker GA 

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From: Patty McLean  
Date: 05/14/2016  4:13 PM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
Subject: [GABO-L] White-rumped Sandpiper and Black-billed Cuckoo in South 
DeKalb 



    
In addition to 2 Semipalmated Plovers, there is at least one WHITE-RUMPED 
SANDPIPER among a few seemingly long-winged peeps and several Least Sandpipers 
and Killdeer. Am trying to get better looks and photos in the glaring sunlight 
but I was able to finally see the white on the rump in flight. No chevrons yet, 
which would have made the ID more readily.  


At one point, as I was moving to another location, a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO flew 
past me and across the road. I saw the orange orbital ring around the eye, so I 
stopped and followed it into some willow trees to confirm. No rufous on the 
wings, white tips with no black or dark edges on the tail but bill hidden by 
trees. Undertail not seen and no photos taken. As I was setting up my scope, it 
flew off.  


This location is on Browns Mill Ferry Rd off Klondike (South of Arabia Mtn Park 
and AWARE). There is a lake that has drained and shorebirds have started 
showing up. A word of caution, though. Traffic is fast and furious here, so 
parking on a side road is a must. This is a neighborhood with Private Property 
signs around the lake but most neighbors I've met have been friendly.  



Patty McLean,  Tucker GA 

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Subject: White-rumped Sandpiper and Black-billed Cuckoo in South DeKalb
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 16:13:27 -0400
    
In addition to 2 Semipalmated Plovers, there is at least one WHITE-RUMPED 
SANDPIPER among a few seemingly long-winged peeps and several Least Sandpipers 
and Killdeer. Am trying to get better looks and photos in the glaring sunlight 
but I was able to finally see the white on the rump in flight. No chevrons yet, 
which would have made the ID more readily.  


At one point, as I was moving to another location, a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO flew 
past me and across the road. I saw the orange orbital ring around the eye, so I 
stopped and followed it into some willow trees to confirm. No rufous on the 
wings, white tips with no black or dark edges on the tail but bill hidden by 
trees. Undertail not seen and no photos taken. As I was setting up my scope, it 
flew off.  


This location is on Browns Mill Ferry Rd off Klondike (South of Arabia Mtn Park 
and AWARE). There is a lake that has drained and shorebirds have started 
showing up. A word of caution, though. Traffic is fast and furious here, so 
parking on a side road is a must. This is a neighborhood with Private Property 
signs around the lake but most neighbors I've met have been friendly.  



Patty McLean,  Tucker GA 

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Subject: Marsh and Sedge Wrens at J.J. Biello (east entrance)
From: Rich Hull <haharich15 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 10:12:55 -0400
Hi All, 
 I had two Marsh Wrens and one Sedge Wren at J.J. Biello Park (east entrance) 
this morning. They were located where the gravel path dead ends into the sedge 
meadow. I was able to see and hear (pebble/rattle call for Sedge Wren and both 
chit and churr calls for Marsh Wrens) both species. 

 Yesterday I had Cherokee CO.'s first eBird record of a Lesser Yellowlegs. This 
obviously shows the ineptitude of Cherokee county shorebirding, but it was 
still nice to find. It was located at a waste water treatment facility off of 
East Cherokee Drive, near Ball Ground, GA. Hopefully, this location and a 
couple of others, including Salacoa Valley, will host more migrating shorebirds 
in the future. 


Good Birding!
Rich Hull
Cherokee CO., GA

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Subject: Reeve (Ruff) at American Proteins, Forsyth Co.
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 09:46:13 -0400
Hi, folks, I had a Reeve this morning at American Proteins in north central
Forsyth Co. this morning.  It was feeding along the recently-exposed muddy
lower dike that separates the main lake from two smaller settling ponds.

Please be courteous, careful and respectful, etc., as this is an active
business (rendering plant) & private property with revocable privileges
(access to the property was severely limited a few years ago).

Here is a refresher for the protocol for access to the ponds:

1 - Check in at the scale house (GPS =  34 16.936'N, 84 3.424'W; it is a
tiny yellow/beige building adjacent to the truck scales). You will be asked
to sign a held-harmless waiver & leave your driver's license. The waiver has
a map to show you where the small parking area is & the dikes on which you
are allowed to walk.

2 - Photography is not allowed.

3 - The parking area is here: 34 16.996'N, 84 3.180'W.

4 - There isn't a need to walk the lower dike 1) because it is really muddy
& 2) this is where all of the shorebirds (including the Reeve) are; you'll
flush them.

5 - The Reeve spent most of the time here: 34 16.935'N, 84 3.262'W.  

6 - Make sure you sign-out (& take your license).

The bird was often seen near a Greater Yellowlegs & several Lesser
Yellowlegs, offering a great comparison.

I didn't cover very much of the ponds out of fear of flushing the
shorebirds, but there were also 2 continuing White-rumped Sandpipers, a few
Semipalmated Plovers & Sandpipers, lots of Least Sandpipers, a few Spotted &
Solitary Sandpipers and a single Pectoral Sandpiper present.

Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA
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Subject: Connecticut Warbler singing- Henderson Park DeKalb NOW
From: Patrick Maurice <patrickmaurice1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 08:16:28 -0400
Right now singing at Swampy Area at the back of the lake.

Patrick Maurice
DeKalb

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Subject: American Woodcock, Rock Creek Park, Dawson Co.
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2016 21:09:04 -0400
Hi, folks, my son Jake & I were walking at Rock Creek Park in southern
Dawson Co. this evening when he noticed a woodcock frantically walking back
& forth along a short section of silt fence opposite the playground, just a
few feet from us. The bird trying to find a way around the fence, but
finally gave up, flew right at us & veered, landing about 10 yards down the
path before scurrying into the underbrush.

Take care,

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Forsyth Co., GA
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Subject: Uncommon nesters along Chattahoochee River, Cobb Co.
From: Eran Tomer <erantomer AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2016 20:23:52 -0400
Hello all,

Two interesting sightings today along the Chattahoochee River stretch north
of Morgan Falls dam, Cobb / Fulton counties.

The first was a hen Hooded Merganser with 5 chicks, presumably the same
birds that Eric Cormier reported on eBird on May 8th, about 2 miles north
of today's location. They swam in tight formation and plunge-dived together
for long periods. This occurrence is not unprecedented as I found Hooded
Merganser young several miles downriver during Breeding Bird Atlas surveys
in 2000.​ Both natural and artificial cavities are available in that area
and the river is full of fish and invertebrates. Hopefully such nestings
will become more common.

The second was a female Scarlet Tanager on nest, with the male nearby.
Scarlet Tanagers have been found at this location during breeding season
since at least the early to mid-90s, but this was the first time I actually
observed an active nest there. The female added straw-like material to it
so presumably no eggs yet.

It was quiet otherwise but other highlights, of 40-some species, included:

Osprey
2 Spotted Sandpipers
Lesser Yellowlegs
2 Hairy Woodpeckers
Eastern Wood Pewee
White-eyed Vireo
Fish Crow
Barn Swallows
Cliff Swallows
[I looked for Bank Swallows but couldn't find any]
5 Cedar Waxwings
Louisiana Waterthrush, acting bold and singing persistently. Apparently on
territory along a good, clean stream.

There were also c. 15 other shorebirds on exposed mudflats on the river but
too far out for specific ID (I didn't bring the scope & tripod as this was
a major hike). Most appeared to be calidrids - as in, peeps - but something
like a Solitary Sandpiper can't be ruled out. About 10 of them flew in a
tight flock over the flats at one point, which suggests Least Sandpiper.

Finally, I had a moment's view of two backlit herons that seemed to be
Great Egrets, but can't be certain.

Best regards,

- Eran Tomer
  Atlanta, GA

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Subject: No Wilson's phalarope
From: tonibowen <tonibowen AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2016 19:33:28 -0400
No luck this evening finding the phalarope on Brandon Farm Rd. Spent time 
searching the other ponds along Taft Rd to no avail. 

Toni BowenJohns Creek,  GA


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Subject: Wilson's Phalarope Continues in Bartow Co and Report on a Morning of Birding
From: William Pixler <pillwixler AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2016 12:14:05 -0400
Just got back from a morning of birding and am happy to report that
the wilson's phalarope is still in Bartow. It was in the large pond on
the east side of Brandon Farm Rd SW all the way at the back where the
pond starts to flow out, with several peeps.

I also stopped by Lucas Rd and made the Lucas-Kincannon loop  a few
times to look for the scissor-tailed flycatcher, but they were MIA.
But the wilson's phalarope was a lifer, so I think I'll get over their
absence today. I also had my FOY blue grosbeak, spotted sandpiper, and
grasshopper sparrow out there today.

Before heading to look for the phalarope, I did stop by Kennesaw Mt on
my way there and the weather this morning was truly terribly for
birding; wind, rain, fog. But, because I've been traveling out of
state for so long and have pretty much missed migration in Georgia, I
did pick up quite a few FOY's for Georgia including a gray-cheeked
thrush that was kind enough to sit out in the open and sing for me.
Other FOY's for me were Black&White, tennessee, and
black-throated-green warblers, broad-winged hawk, eastern pewee,
scarlet tanager, and a wild turkey gobbling somewhere on the side of
the mountain.

And to finish with where my day started: I had my looooooong overdue
Georgia-first eastern whip-poor-will flying and calling over the
beltline as I was leaving my apartment to head to Kennesaw.

Complete Checklists:
Kennesaw Mt: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29606600
Brandon Farm & Taff Rd: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29606609
Lucas Rd: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29606617

Be sure to get out tomorrow for International Migratory Bird Day/
eBird's Global Big Day!

William Pixler
Atlanta

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Subject: Bartow County?
From: annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Thu, 12 May 2016 22:28:06 -0400
Any sightings today
(Thursday) on the Phalarope or Scissor tail flycatcher in Bartow Co?

Ann Stewart
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Subject: Re: May 22 Pelagic CANCELLED
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2016 19:03:35 +0200
Hi,
There is quite a bit of discussion going on in other states (notably
Maryland, where I know many of the people involved) on the subject of
cancelled pelagic trips, how to make trips more affordable and get more
people signed up, how to get involved in offshore and open ocean research,
etc. etc. It is a common problem which reaches far beyond Georgia.

I am willing to be part of an unofficial think tank to work on this problem
and explore ways of getting more of us out there on blue water at an
affordable rate. For starters, I am going to query a couple of friends who
work for NOAA. I will also, as time allows, begin looking into the details
of other states which have more or less regular pelagic birding trips.

I think this is an especially important issue in Georgia because 1) the
volume of checklists and amount of research that has been done are less
widespread and less voluminous in Georgia than in some other states, and 2)
the unusual position of Georgia's coast (significantly indented in relation
to the Gulf Stream and to other states' coasts) makes it an especially
appealing and important area for observation.,,,,not to mention the fact
that there are a lot of hungry Georgia birders who want to get more
experience with pelagic birds!

In my personal opinion, there is nothing in the world of birding which is
quite as exciting as seeing pelagic species on the ocean. I hope we can
make some headway in extending this experience to more folks.
Ideas, suggestions and comments are welcome.....

James Gibson
Clayton County

On Thu, May 12, 2016 at 6:45 PM, Trey McCuen 
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> Unfortunately, the pelagic has been cancelled due to the number of people
> signed up. We will get back out there someday!
>
> Trey McCuen
> Macon, GA
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Subject: Atlanta Audubon field trips for this week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2016 12:54:03 -0400
Greetings, Georgia Birders

Please join us for any of Atlanta Audubon's field trips this week.

Lieren Forbes will lead a walk at Vaughters' Farm (DeKalb County) tomorrow,
Friday, May 13 at 8:30 AM.

Jason Ward will lead an extra walk at Piedmont Park (Fulton County) on
Saturday, May 14 at 8:00 AM.

Jeremy Thomas and Victor Williams will lead a walk at the Etowah Indian
Mounds (Bartow County) on Saturday, May 14 at 9:00 AM.

Carol Lambert and Jeff Sewell will lead a walk at the Huie Ponds of the
CCWA, Lake Shamrock, Lake Blalock, and Newman Wetlands Center (Clayton
County) on Sunday, May 15 at 8:00 AM.

For details and directions to these and other field trips, 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: May 22 Pelagic CANCELLED
From: Trey McCuen <eleganttreygon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2016 12:45:00 -0400
Unfortunately, the pelagic has been cancelled due to the number of people 
signed up. We will get back out there someday! 


Trey McCuen
Macon, GA

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Subject: Re: Connecticut Warbler, Stone Mountain Park, 5/11/16
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 11 May 2016 20:22:31 -0400
    
Late this afternoon after hearing way too many Indigo Buntings along the 
Songbird Trail at Stone Mtn Park, I decided I'd need to wait until tomorrow to 
have a real chance to hear/see the CONW reported by Jeff Sewell earlier today. 
As I was walking back to my car, a small 'Thrush - like' bird with yellowish 
belly flew across the path in front of me. It looked interesting, so I decided 
to investigate and soon found a male Connecticut Warbler.  

I could see the complete eyering, gray bib/hood, greenish back, yellow belly 
and pinkish legs as it walked along the ground behind several Red Cedar trees. 
I was treated to a 20 second look before it disappeared, with no photos.  

If you go to look for it, it could be seen just about anywhere along this 
section of trail from the gate to the back area as described in Jeff's previous 
post.  

Patty McLean Tucker GA 

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From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert  
Date: 05/11/2016  1:21 PM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
Subject: [GABO-L] Connecticut Warbler, Stone Mountain Park, 5/11/16 

 This bird began singing at about 9:30am this morning as I neared the second 
curve in the Songbird Trail, coming from the gate on the right as you 
first enter the songbird area. It sang from dense vegetation 8-10 times with 
me only 20 feet away.  Then, I think, it detected me and stopped singing. I 
stood still for a long time hoping to see it, but never did. So, park near the 
metal gate, go through the metal gate, go straight for about 100 yards, the 
trail turns left, go about 10 yards and just before another left turn, is where 
I heard it. The song it sang was a soft version of the song I have on my 
Sibley app (song #2); but not nearly so emphatic. 

Jeff
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Subject: Wilson's phalarope
From: Bob Zaremba <bobzarem AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 11 May 2016 18:47:59 -0400
The Wilson's phalarope is still present at the pond on Taff Road at 645pm 
today. 

Bob ZAREMBA
Marietta. Ha

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Subject: Bald Eagle, Winters Chapel Road Reservoir, Gwinnett County, 5/11/16
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Wed, 11 May 2016 20:18:01 +0000
 This afternoon at 2:20PM I saw an adult BAEA perched in the top of a tree at 
the back of the reservoir. I watched it for several minutes, then turned around 
to get a photo but it had taken off. I have seen them here before but not very 
often. 

There was nothing on the nearby Peeler's Road Reservoir where I have also seen 
this species. 

Jeff

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Subject: Connecticut Warbler, Stone Mountain Park, 5/11/16
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Wed, 11 May 2016 17:21:26 +0000
 This bird began singing at about 9:30am this morning as I neared the second 
curve in the Songbird Trail, coming from the gate on the right as you 
first enter the songbird area. It sang from dense vegetation 8-10 times with 
me only 20 feet away.  Then, I think, it detected me and stopped singing. I 
stood still for a long time hoping to see it, but never did. So, park near the 
metal gate, go through the metal gate, go straight for about 100 yards, the 
trail turns left, go about 10 yards and just before another left turn, is where 
I heard it. The song it sang was a soft version of the song I have on my 
Sibley app (song #2); but not nearly so emphatic. 

Jeff
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