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American Pipit,©David Sibley

3 Apr Chucks and other yard birds 04/02/17 [Richard Candler ]
3 Apr Palm Wabler & Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Bradshaw Lake, Cherokee, Georgia April 2 2017 [Jason Blevins ]
3 Apr Re: Wilson's Phalarope, Clayton County Water Authority--E.L. Huie Ponds, Apr 2, 2017 [world oceans ]
2 Apr Woodducks/Floyd Co [Ann Stewart ]
2 Apr Re: Wilson's Phalarope, Clayton County Water Authority--E.L. Huie Ponds, Apr 2, 2017 [Wes Hatch ]
3 Apr Re: Wilson's Phalarope, Clayton County Water Authority--E.L. Huie Ponds, Apr 2, 2017 [world oceans ]
2 Apr Wilson's Phalarope, Clayton County Water Authority--E.L. Huie Ponds, Apr 2, 2017 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
2 Apr Upland Sandpipers, Marshallville Super Sod, Macon County [Shannon Fair ]
2 Apr Eared Grebe Continues from West Bank Park on Lake Lanier [Patty McLean ]
2 Apr Shirley Miller Wildflower Trail (Walker Co., GA) [Vinod Babu ]
29 Mar Re: Wild Turkey in Fulton Co. [Terry Valentine ]
1 Apr Blackpoll Warbler - Fort Mountain [Joshua Spence ]
30 Mar Atlanta Audubon field trips this weekend [Mary Kimberly ]
31 Mar Blue-gray Gnatcatchers nest-building in Dalton [David DesRochers ]
31 Mar Brown-headed Cowbird Invasion Grows in NE Atlanta [Marian Gordin ]
30 Mar Ruby Throat ["bguion AT comcast.net" ]
29 Mar Re: Wild Turkey in Fulton Co. [Sheila Willis ]
31 Mar Urban turkey [Jason Baumgardner ]
31 Mar prothonotary warbler Burke County [Cox Family ]
29 Mar Re: Wild Turkey in Fulton Co. [Liz Horsey ]
1 Apr Brown-Headed Cowbirds [Ted Antal ]
29 Mar Re: Wild Turkey in Fulton Co. [Joy Carter ]
1 Apr West bank birds [leah loper ]
29 Mar Re: Wild Turkey in Fulton Co. [Steve Holzman ]
29 Mar Cherokee County Birders (or nearby) [Jason Blevins ]
29 Mar Re: Wild Turkey in Fulton Co. [Shannon Fair ]
29 Mar Wild Turkey in Fulton Co. [Bill & Condit ]
29 Mar Floyd county [Ann Stewart ]
29 Mar Bird Walk at Sandy Creek Park - Athens-Clarke County [Ed Maioriello ]
28 Mar Re: Good Migrations!!! [Terry Valentine ]
28 Mar Re: Good Migrations!!! [Jack Wissner ]
28 Mar Re: Good Migrations!!! [Chris O'Neal ]
28 Mar Re: Good Migrations!!! [Vinod Babu ]
28 Mar Re: Good Migrations!!! [Terry Valentine ]
28 Mar Common Ground Dove on Jekyll island [Leslie ]
27 Mar Huie Ponds, Clayton Co. [world oceans ]
27 Mar Am. Golden Plover, Clayton Co. (records) [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
27 Mar FIRST OSPREY EGG... Nest Cam News..The Landings, Skidaway Island [Beth Roth ]
27 Mar Re: AAS Professional Development for educators [Melanie Furr ]
27 Mar AAS Professional Development for educators [Melanie Furr ]
27 Mar Re: American Golden-Plover at Huie Ponds [world oceans ]
26 Mar American Golden-Plover at Huie Ponds [Patty McLean ]
26 Mar Constitution Lakes trip report (Atlanta Audubon) [Mary Kimberly ]
26 Mar Warwoman Dell (Rabun Co.): Black-throated green warblers [Peter Followill ]
22 Mar Re: VERMILION FLYCATCHER in Okefenokee NWR [Sheila Willis ]
23 Mar ORAS Bird Walk at the State Botanical Garden Saturday - Athens-Clarke County [Ed Maioriello ]
23 Mar Atlanta Audubon field trips this week [Mary Kimberly ]
25 Mar Brown headed cowbirds [Sue Peters-Ferree ]
25 Mar Little Mulberry Park 3/25 [BB ]
22 Mar FOTS Hummer [mocking bird ]
25 Mar Oakland Cemetery bird walk 3/25/17 [Robert McDonough ]
24 Mar Clarification: AAS Lost Corner Preserve Bird Walk, tomorrow 3/25 [Roseanne Guerra ]
19 Mar confirmed nesting vultures Burke County [Cox Family ]
19 Mar Re: Chimney Swifts, Fulton Co. [Lois Stacey ]
19 Mar FOTS Blue-Gray [mocking bird ]
19 Mar AAS/Atlanta Science Fest walk, Fernbank Forest (DeKalb Co.), 3/18/2017 [Vinod Babu ]
17 Mar Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 17 Mar 2017 [robert emond ]
16 Mar Atlanta Audubon field trip to Johns Homestead (report) [Mary Kimberly ]
17 Mar early black and white warbler [Esther Stokes ]
17 Mar Ceder Waxwings Harmony On The Lakes, Cherokee County Georgia, 3/17/2017 [Jason Blevins ]
17 Mar Re: Ceder Waxwings Harmony On The Lakes, Cherokee County Georgia, 3/17/2017 [Matthew King ]
16 Mar Registration is open for our Spring Meeting [Stephen Holzman ]
18 Mar woodcocks in New York [Esther Stokes ]
18 Mar Vermillion Flycatcher, Okeefenokee NWR ["Robert D. Sattelmeyer" ]
10 Mar Red-throated Loon ~ Carters Lake [Joshua Spence ]
10 Mar Piedmont Park, Fulton County, 3-10-17 [Patrick Maurice ]
10 Mar FOTS Whips, Wash. Co. [mocking bird ]
8 Mar Migrants at St. Simons [Drew Whitelegg ]
10 Mar Red breasted Mergansers at West Bank (south) Forsyth Co. [Pat Market ]
11 Mar Greater Scaup, Canvasback, Redhead- Matthews Sports Complex, Clayton County, Mar 11, 2017 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
11 Mar Re: two observations from Coweta 3/10/17 [Liz Horsey ]
7 Mar new field guide to bird song [Russ Wigh ]
7 Mar N. Parula, Wash. Co. [mocking bird ]
9 Mar Two FOS Birds [Sue Peters-Ferree ]
11 Mar two observations from Coweta 3/10/17 [Richard Candler ]
9 Mar Ross's Goose @ Jep Wheeler pond, still there (Cherokee Co) [Pat Market ]

Subject: Chucks and other yard birds 04/02/17
From: Richard Candler <candler86 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2017 07:20:40 -0400
This is the time of year when I keep my windows open at night. Actually I
probably won't close them until October. I am always listening for those
nightjars and owls. Last night I had my first of the year CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW
singing in the distance. Actually two. This morning a BARRED OWL was acting
crazy.

Yesterday (04/02/17) while in my front yard I heard an OSPREY. I jogged up
to a higher spot to get a better view and saw a BALD EAGLE chasing the
Osprey for several minutes about 100 yards away where there is a small
lake. I didn't have my binoculars (which rarely happens) so I couldn't see
what the Osprey had that the eagle so desperately wanted to steal. A pretty
awesome yard bird experience.

Richard Candler
Sharpsburg
Coweta County

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Subject: Palm Wabler & Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Bradshaw Lake, Cherokee, Georgia April 2 2017
From: Jason Blevins <ospreyflyfisher AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2017 05:56:15 -0400
Spent a couple hours walking around the Lake in the morning.

Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos


8
Blue-winged Teal - Anas discors 7
Bufflehead - Bucephala albeola 1
Black Vulture - Coragyps atratus 2
Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura 2
Cooper's Hawk - Accipiter cooperii 2
Red-tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis 1
Mourning Dove - Zenaida macroura 1
Belted Kingfisher - Megaceryle alcyon 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - Sphyrapicus varius 1
Downy Woodpecker - Picoides pubescens 1
Eastern Phoebe - Sayornis phoebe 2
Blue Jay - Cyanocitta cristata 3
Fish Crow - Corvus ossifragus 3
Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica 5
Carolina Chickadee - Poecile carolinensis 5
Brown-headed Nuthatch - Sitta pusilla 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - Polioptila caerulea 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Regulus calendula 1
American Robin - Turdus migratorius 6
Brown Thrasher - Toxostoma rufum 1
Northern Mockingbird - Mimus polyglottos 2
Cedar Waxwing - Bombycilla cedrorum 5
Palm Warbler - Setophaga palmarum 1
Pine Warbler - Setophaga pinus 1
Northern Cardinal - Cardinalis cardinalis 2
Brown-headed Cowbird - Molothrus ater 2
House Finch - Haemorhous mexicanus 5
Purple Finch - Haemorhous purpureus 5
American Goldfinch - Spinus tristis 6

Jason Blevins
Holly Springs
Cherokee
Georgia

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Subject: Re: Wilson's Phalarope, Clayton County Water Authority--E.L. Huie Ponds, Apr 2, 2017
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2017 04:33:19 +0200
Hi, I am somewhat hesitant to respond in detail, since I did not see the
bird in the field. I only saw the photos, which unfortunately I did not
save to my computer...and it appears they have now been removed from the
ebird report, so I can't look at them again. I will tell you what I
remember...

At first glance, I did actually think the bird might be a lesser yellwlegs.
But as soon as I began studying the photos, my opinion changed. I did not
notice an eye ring. What I did notice was a lot of white at the base of the
bill and above (around?) the eye. The pattern of plumage in the upperparts,
the posture of the body and the general color (which appeared much more
grey to me than brown) suggested it was a phalarope.

I have seen many of both species in the field in various places & seasons.
One thing I can tell you is that they can be difficult to separate. To help
refresh my memory, I looked at dozens of photos of each species this
evening (by the way, the media page on ebird.org is a wonderful resource
but, like most of what is on the internet, it is not perfect...I noticed
several photos of lesser yellowlegs on the Wilson's phal. page, and several
Greaters on the Lesser yllwlegs page, etc.).

Anyway, one comment about the bill: sometimes if a Wilson's is holding its
head down and if you look at the face straight on from directly in front of
the bird, the base of the bill and the shape of the bill can look more like
a yellowleg's than a phalarope's. I have been fooled by this more than once
in the field.

What I think may be important with this particular bird is that it appears
to be somewhere in the transition between winter and breeding plumage. This
means that things like color of individual feathers, plumage patterns, and
facial color may not be typical or purely definitive. On the Huie bird, I
saw a trace of barring on either the sides of the tail or the primaries (I
couldn't tell which), and on the flanks. The flanks barring occurs often on
the phalarope; the barring near the tail would suggest a yellowlegs. But
since I could not see this in great detail in the photos, and since the
bird is probably in transition plumage, this is not conclusive either.

I generally think of yellowlegs as having a more intricate pattern of
barring, scallopping, etc in the plumage than phalaropes. It seemed to me
that the bird in the photos had a much more uniform plumage pattern than
what I'd expect from a yellowlegs.

When in doubt I always ask myself about the jizz, the gestalt, the way I
*feel* about a bird. Posing that question after looking at the three photos
of the Huie bird, and many photos of other birds, left me tending toward
phalarope as the ID. There was something about the overall color, the
posture, the plumage pattern and the facial markings that did *not* suggest
yellowlegs to me.

So I defer to those who actually saw the bird, and hope that I will be able
to see it or to see more photos.....

Good birding!
James Gibson
Clayton Co.

On Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 1:58 AM,  wrote:

> The Wilson's Phalarope appears to be a Lesser Yellowlegs. The bird doesn't
> show the thin needle like bill, and the marking appear wrong on the back.
> The eye ring is apparent in the photos, Wilsons does not have an eye ring.
> I ask for someone to explain what makes this a Phalarope and not a Lesser
> Yellowlegs?
>
> Thank you,
>
> Wes Hatch
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Apr 2, 2017, at 6:15 PM, world oceans 
> wrote:
> >
> > Nice!! I have seen a number of phalaropes that were pretty dark on the
> > back, especially in transitional plumage (which I think this bird
> probably
> > is). Plus, the coverts (especially primary coverts) tend to be dark, so
> if
> > the bird folds its wings a certain way, it can create the illusion of a
> > dark back. Also have seen some with relatively dark caps.....
> >
> > Nice photos and an exciting find!
> >
> > James Gibson
> >
> >>
> >>
> >>
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Subject: Woodducks/Floyd Co
From: Ann Stewart <annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 22:23:41 -0400
I finally checked 5 of my 6 wood Duck boxes today. Box #1 had 5 eggs!
Box #4 had had eggs but the nest and eggs destroyed apparently by a raccoon! 
This box is a new one that is high and next to the pond's dam. There were at 
least 3 egg shells in the water along with the down and nesting fluff! 

The other boxes had no eggs and I didn't get a chance to check the box on the 
pine tree! The ducks got off to a late start and looks like a rocky season!! 


Ann Stewart
Rome Ga
Floyd Co


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Subject: Re: Wilson's Phalarope, Clayton County Water Authority--E.L. Huie Ponds, Apr 2, 2017
From: Wes Hatch <whatch11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 19:58:13 -0400
The Wilson's Phalarope appears to be a Lesser Yellowlegs. The bird doesn't show 
the thin needle like bill, and the marking appear wrong on the back. The eye 
ring is apparent in the photos, Wilsons does not have an eye ring. I ask for 
someone to explain what makes this a Phalarope and not a Lesser Yellowlegs? 


Thank you,

Wes Hatch


Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 2, 2017, at 6:15 PM, world oceans  wrote:
> 
> Nice!! I have seen a number of phalaropes that were pretty dark on the
> back, especially in transitional plumage (which I think this bird probably
> is). Plus, the coverts (especially primary coverts) tend to be dark, so if
> the bird folds its wings a certain way, it can create the illusion of a
> dark back. Also have seen some with relatively dark caps.....
> 
> Nice photos and an exciting find!
> 
> James Gibson
> 
>> 
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Subject: Re: Wilson's Phalarope, Clayton County Water Authority--E.L. Huie Ponds, Apr 2, 2017
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2017 00:15:04 +0200
Nice!! I have seen a number of phalaropes that were pretty dark on the
back, especially in transitional plumage (which I think this bird probably
is). Plus, the coverts (especially primary coverts) tend to be dark, so if
the bird folds its wings a certain way, it can create the illusion of a
dark back. Also have seen some with relatively dark caps.....

Nice photos and an exciting find!

James Gibson

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Subject: Wilson's Phalarope, Clayton County Water Authority--E.L. Huie Ponds, Apr 2, 2017
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 21:03:10 +0000
 Jeff Sewell / Carol LambertTucker, GA  (DeKalb Co.)lambertsewell AT att.net


   
Clayton County Water Authority--E.L. Huie Ponds, Clayton, Georgia, US
Apr 2, 2017 9:43 AM - 11:08 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.6 mile(s)
Comments:    With Carol Lambert. 
52 species

Canada Goose  12
Gadwall  1
Mallard  2
Blue-winged Teal  2
Northern Shoveler  131    Counted each one.
Green-winged Teal  24    A small group left over from the winter.
Lesser Scaup  1
Bufflehead  4
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  85
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Golden-Plover  1    Continuing in the south pond. It has been there 
week now. 

Killdeer  2
Least Sandpiper  5
Pectoral Sandpiper  3
Wilson's Phalarope  1    This was a very odd looking Wilson's. The back 
seemed darker than what I would expect for this species as was the head, making 
the white area around the base of the bill very prominent. A faint eyebrow line 
can be seen in one of the photos which I did not see while there.This could 
have been due to the lighting. It was about the size of a nearby Lesser 
Yellowlegs. 

Solitary Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  1
American Kestrel  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  5
Fish Crow  5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Tree Swallow  300    Rough estimate.
Carolina Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  1
Brown-headed Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  1
Brown Thrasher  2
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  20
Common Yellowthroat  1
Pine Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  3
Chipping Sparrow  2
Field Sparrow  2
Savannah Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  3
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  8
Eastern Meadowlark  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35636344

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


   

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Subject: Upland Sandpipers, Marshallville Super Sod, Macon County
From: Shannon Fair <shannonmfair AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 13:25:17 -0400
There are at least four UPLAND SANDPIPERS currently at Marshallville Super Sod 
farm in Macon County. HORNED LARKS are also displaying in the area with males 
showing their horns. 


You can see the Uppies from County Road 37.

Spring migration is on!

Happy Birding!
Shannon Fair
Atlanta, Fulton
(Currently avoiding ATL traffic)
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Subject: Eared Grebe Continues from West Bank Park on Lake Lanier
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 11:11:40 -0400
    
The EARED GREBE continues this morning at Lake Lanier, seen feeding inside the 
calm cove on the south (right) side of the entrance just before the check-in 
station at West Bank Park. Also, two REDHEADED WOODPECKERS were seen foraging 
in this same general area.  

Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

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Subject: Shirley Miller Wildflower Trail (Walker Co., GA)
From: Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 01:03:38 -0400
Hello all,

A few friends and I made our annual spring trip today to the Shirley Miller
Wildflower Trail at Pigeon Mountain in NW Georgia. The place is
better-known for wildflowers and invertebrates than birds, but today we
were greeted at the entrance by two Broad-winged Hawks circling over the
mountain, calling repeatedly.  They stayed around for most of our walk, and
at one point we think the male attempted to copulate with the perched
female. We also heard three vireo species (red-eyed, yellow-throated and
white-eyed), Louisiana Waterthrush and a single Black-Throated Green
Warbler. Yellow-rumped Warblers and Ruby-Crowned Kinglets are singing now.
In the cultivated/fallow areas around the mountain we saw Eastern
Meadowlarks, Barn Swallows and a possible Purple Martin. Field Sparrows
were heard as well.

The wildflowers at this location were spectacular, as always. Interesting
sights elsewhere on this mountain include Ellison's Blue Hole, the flooded
entrance to a cave system; Rock Town, an assortment of fantastical rock
formations on top of the mountain; and an endemic salamander species.

Thanks,
Vinod Babu
Atlanta, GA

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Subject: Re: Wild Turkey in Fulton Co.
From: Terry Valentine <terryval AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:42:03 -0400
I guess this turkey is smarter than the chicken...

(Sorry.)

Terry Valentine
Hoschton

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From: Georgia Birders Online [mailto:GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of 
Shannon Fair 

Sent: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 2:33 PM
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Wild Turkey in Fulton Co.

Hi All - I also had a wild turkey in Fulton County yesterday on Piedmont Road 
near the Peachtree Road intersection. He was on the sidewalk watching cars go 
by. Could it be the same one? 


Here is the checklist with a photo I took of the bird while on my way to work 
yesterday: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35489049

Shannon Fair
Fulton County (Buckhead)
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> On Mar 29, 2017, at 2:02 PM, Bill & Condit  wrote:
> 
> GABOers,
> 
> 
> 
> A friend just reported seeing a Wild Turkey near the corner of 
> Lindbergh, Cheshire Bridge and LaVista Rds.  He said the bird was on 
> the sidewalk in front of the old Varsity Jr. ( which is now a storage 
> place) watching the cars go by.
> 
> 
> 
> Bill  Lotz
> 
> Atlanta
> 
> Fulton Co.
> 
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Subject: Blackpoll Warbler - Fort Mountain
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 20:02:40 -0400
Theresa and I went hiking at Fort Mountain State Park in Murray County today. 
The forest was alive with song. We heard lots of BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS, 
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS AND BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS. Along Tower Rd. I heard 
one lone RED CROSSBILL calling as it flew over, which was nice. 


There was a male and female RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH present near the rock wall 
along the Tower Trail. These two acted like a pair, but we didn't observe any 
activity that would absolutely confirm breeding. I had a pair here in 2013 
which I suspected might be breeding that gave me the slip in late April of that 
year. I plan to check on these in a few weeks. 


The bird of the day was a singing BLACKPOLL WARBLER that was heard along Tower 
Rd. The unmistakable high-pitched "tsit" series of notes surprised me this 
early in the month. This isn't the earliest record for the state, but most 
likely is for the mountain region. Typically Blackpolls don't show up for 
another 2-3 weeks on this end of the state. My earliest date was April 14, 2011 
at Dobbins Mountain in Bartow County and that same year they were recorded at 
Kennesaw Mountain(Piedmont) by 4/16. The Annotated Checklist of GA has a 
printed date of April 17 for the mountain region. April 1st is listed as the 
early date for the Piedmont. 


We also saw a Brown Elfin along the powerline swath on the southwestern portion 
of the park. As I was preparing to photograph it.......it took off. 


Happy Spring,

Joshua Spence,
Murray County

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Subject: Atlanta Audubon field trips this weekend
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:14:56 -0400
Greetings, Georgia Birders

Please join Atlanta Audubon for any of these field trips this weekend:

Iris Schumacher will lead a walk at the Chattahoochee Nature Center (Fulton
County) on Saturday, April 1 at 8:00 AM.

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

Jay Davis will lead a walk at Fernbank Forest (DeKalb County) on Saturday,
April 1 at 8:30 AM. Registration is required for this walk.

For details (including registration information, where required) and
directions, please visit our website at
https://www.atlantaaudubon.org/field-trips.

Bird on!
-- 
Mary Kimberly
Field Trip Coordinator
Atlanta Audubon

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Subject: Blue-gray Gnatcatchers nest-building in Dalton
From: David DesRochers <davidw.desrochers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 21:48:30 -0400
Today I observed a pair a gnatcatchers gathering material and building a
nest at Civitan Park in Dalton.

-- 
David DesRochers, Assoc. Professor
Dept. of Natural Sciences
Dalton State College
650 College Dr.
Dalton, GA 30720
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Subject: Brown-headed Cowbird Invasion Grows in NE Atlanta
From: Marian Gordin <mkgordin AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:45:13 +0000
OMG. I just now have a flock of male and female Brown-headed Cowbirds flitting 
among my trees. Have been seeing a pair. I doubt there is a solution, but any 
suggestions for dealing with them will be appreciated. I have a lot of 
Brown-headed Nuthatches in my dead pine snag, but I cannot reach the nest 
cavities. Usually also have Wren, Titmouse, Chickadee, Bluebird, Cardinal, and 
Thrasher nests around my "Atlanta Audubon Sanctuary" yard, but I normally avoid 
deep searches for the nests to avoid disturbing "my" birds. 


Marian 

"To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny 
bone." 

Reba McEntire (b. 1955) 

Marian K. Gordin 
Atlanta, GA 30329 

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Subject: Ruby Throat
From: "bguion AT comcast.net" <bguion@COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 22:16:49 -0400
We have had some male Ruby Throats at our hummingbird feeders yesterday and 
today. River Green area of Canton. 


Bill Guion
Canton (Cherokee County) GA

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Subject: Re: Wild Turkey in Fulton Co.
From: Sheila Willis <swjxw1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:41:48 -0400
Hey folks,

Hope you are fine. These posts about the WILD TURKEYs in Atlanta & Boston,
etc. is very interesting!

A few years ago, here in Waycross (WARE) while mowing the yard of a friend
I found the carcass of a WILD TURKEY on the side of her yard & the street
(Riverside Dr.). It was next to a section of her yard which was a thick
garden of Camillas, etc. & near a canal which connects to the Satilla R. a
few miles away. However, this was a neighborhood & just a block behind
commercial businesses & USHwy#84 at Ava St./Riverside Dr. You would never
expect to see such a bird there at all! Although once I rescued a
Yellow-bellied Turtle that tried to cross that street from that canal in
the middle of traffic.

Additionally, my cousin said that before that she had see live WILD TURKEYs
going across a yard in another neighborhood (northeast of the Riverside Dr.
site) that was a little closer to the river & downstream from where that
same canal goes underneath USHwy#84 at a wooded section to eventually
connect to the Satilla R. That same canal goes behind my house too.

And my father who still lives where I grew up on Danora Dr. said he had
seen some WILD TURKEYs in his yard too in about the last 10
years. Although I grew up there when it was a Longleaf Pine forest in the
1950's & 1960's & still had NORTHERN BOBWHITEs, Gopher Tortoises, & E.
Diamondback Rattlesnakes besides a lovely Hooded Pitcher Plant bog, it
slowly became a regular neighborhood w/ lots of houses front & back & down
the street. But Daddy's house is still 2 houses away from its dead end at a
very dampish, woody area by another canal which also connects to the
Satilla R. that is much closer there.

So I guess these birds could have been coming from the Satilla River &
following the canals, going from wood lot to wood lot along those routes.

In this same vein, after I had moved to my current home on Pineview Dr. (w/
canal behind it parallel to USHwy#84), one day to my great surprise a
wounded White-tailed Deer came running through the yard. After it crossed
Pineview, it got stuck in the neighbor's backyard which was fenced so I
called the police. They wanted to shoot it but they couldn't as they didn't
want to take a chance of hitting a house. As it turned out, a neighbor's
son was a bow hunter & they let him kill the deer & keep the meat.

So, I guess you never know these days what will turn up in a city or
residential setting. Take care.

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

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Subject: Urban turkey
From: Jason Baumgardner <jlbaumga AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:33:23 -0400
This morning when I was driving into work, I observed a wild turkey at
Cheshire Bridge and LaVista!

Jason Baumgardner

Atlanta

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Subject: prothonotary warbler Burke County
From: Cox Family <towhee7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 09:47:28 -0400
Thursday, March 30, we had a prothonotary warbler at our bird bath and
feeder site in a pecan orchard. The only time we had seen this species
previously was along the Ogeechee River. A bright little beauty!

The vultures are still on the nest.

Karen Cox
Burke County

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Subject: Re: Wild Turkey in Fulton Co.
From: Liz Horsey <erhorsey AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:55:17 +0000
We had our own turkey lurkey on the upper westside for a couple of years (south 
of smyrna-vinings). 


Liz Horsey 
NW Atlanta 
Fulton county 


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

From: "Joy Carter"  
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
Sent: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 4:42:55 PM 
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Wild Turkey in Fulton Co. 

Every year, we have pictures posted on our neighborhood list-serv of 
turkeys sitting on people's porch, in their yards, etc. And I am in 
Ormewood Park, only about two miles from the state capitol. Obviously 
turkeys are adapting to urban living! 
Joy Carter 
Atlanta 

On Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 2:42 PM, Terry Valentine  
wrote: 

> I guess this turkey is smarter than the chicken... 
> 
> (Sorry.) 
> 
> Terry Valentine 
> Hoschton 
> 
> -----Original Message----- 
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> Of Shannon Fair 
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> To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
> Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Wild Turkey in Fulton Co. 
> 
> Hi All - I also had a wild turkey in Fulton County yesterday on Piedmont 
> Road near the Peachtree Road intersection. He was on the sidewalk watching 
> cars go by. Could it be the same one? 
> 
> Here is the checklist with a photo I took of the bird while on my way to 
> work yesterday: 
> 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35489049 
> 
> Shannon Fair 
> Fulton County (Buckhead) 
> (*)> 
> / ) 
> /” 
> 
> > On Mar 29, 2017, at 2:02 PM, Bill & Condit  wrote: 
> > 
> > GABOers, 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > A friend just reported seeing a Wild Turkey near the corner of 
> > Lindbergh, Cheshire Bridge and LaVista Rds. He said the bird was on 
> > the sidewalk in front of the old Varsity Jr. ( which is now a storage 
> > place) watching the cars go by. 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > Bill Lotz 
> > 
> > Atlanta 
> > 
> > Fulton Co. 
> > 
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Subject: Brown-Headed Cowbirds
From: Ted Antal <tedantal AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 09:15:11 -0400
Hi All,

Have had several here at the house at the front and backyard feeders for a
couple of weeks.  Seem more plentiful than years past.

Great weekend All.

Ted Antal
P
​ickens County​

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Subject: Re: Wild Turkey in Fulton Co.
From: Joy Carter <joy.carter52 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:42:55 -0400
Every year, we have pictures posted on our neighborhood list-serv of
turkeys sitting on people's porch, in their yards, etc.  And I am in
Ormewood Park, only about two miles from the state capitol.  Obviously
turkeys are adapting to urban living!
Joy Carter
Atlanta

On Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 2:42 PM, Terry Valentine 
wrote:

> I guess this turkey is smarter than the chicken...
>
> (Sorry.)
>
> Terry Valentine
> Hoschton
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Georgia Birders Online [mailto:GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf
> Of Shannon Fair
> Sent: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 2:33 PM
> To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Wild Turkey in Fulton Co.
>
> Hi All - I also had a wild turkey in Fulton County yesterday on Piedmont
> Road near the Peachtree Road intersection.  He was on the sidewalk watching
> cars go by.  Could it be the same one?
>
> Here is the checklist with a photo I took of the bird while on my way to
> work yesterday:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35489049
>
> Shannon Fair
> Fulton County (Buckhead)
> (*)>
>  / )
>  /”
>
> > On Mar 29, 2017, at 2:02 PM, Bill & Condit  wrote:
> >
> > GABOers,
> >
> >
> >
> > A friend just reported seeing a Wild Turkey near the corner of
> > Lindbergh, Cheshire Bridge and LaVista Rds.  He said the bird was on
> > the sidewalk in front of the old Varsity Jr. ( which is now a storage
> > place) watching the cars go by.
> >
> >
> >
> > Bill  Lotz
> >
> > Atlanta
> >
> > Fulton Co.
> >
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Subject: West bank birds
From: leah loper <johanneloper AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 16:00:56 -0700
Went to west bank at lake lanier today. I was not disappointed. Saw eared
grebes, common loons.  So excited to get the chance to go see them. Thanks
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Subject: Re: Wild Turkey in Fulton Co.
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:37:24 -0400
The urban turkey. 

http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/blog/2015/04/03/urban-turkeys-apocalypse-boston/ 


Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

> On Mar 29, 2017, at 2:32 PM, Shannon Fair  wrote:
> 
> Hi All - I also had a wild turkey in Fulton County yesterday on Piedmont Road 
near the Peachtree Road intersection. He was on the sidewalk watching cars go 
by. Could it be the same one? 

> 
> Here is the checklist with a photo I took of the bird while on my way to work 
yesterday: 

> 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35489049
> 
> Shannon Fair
> Fulton County (Buckhead)
> (*)>
> / )
> /”
> 
>> On Mar 29, 2017, at 2:02 PM, Bill & Condit  wrote:
>> 
>> GABOers,
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> A friend just reported seeing a Wild Turkey near the corner of Lindbergh,
>> Cheshire Bridge and LaVista Rds.  He said the bird was on the sidewalk in
>> front of the old Varsity Jr. ( which is now a storage place) watching the
>> cars go by.
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Bill  Lotz
>> 
>> Atlanta
>> 
>> Fulton Co.
>> 
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Subject: Cherokee County Birders (or nearby)
From: Jason Blevins <ospreyflyfisher AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:41:23 -0400
I am looking for some folks in the Cherokee county area that would like to
get out and do some birding. You can reach me through this email.


Best

Jason Blevins
Holly Springs
Cherokee County
Georgia

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Subject: Re: Wild Turkey in Fulton Co.
From: Shannon Fair <shannonmfair AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:32:57 -0400
Hi All - I also had a wild turkey in Fulton County yesterday on Piedmont Road 
near the Peachtree Road intersection. He was on the sidewalk watching cars go 
by. Could it be the same one? 


Here is the checklist with a photo I took of the bird while on my way to work 
yesterday: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35489049

Shannon Fair
Fulton County (Buckhead)
(*)>
 / )
 /”

> On Mar 29, 2017, at 2:02 PM, Bill & Condit  wrote:
> 
> GABOers,
> 
> 
> 
> A friend just reported seeing a Wild Turkey near the corner of Lindbergh,
> Cheshire Bridge and LaVista Rds.  He said the bird was on the sidewalk in
> front of the old Varsity Jr. ( which is now a storage place) watching the
> cars go by.
> 
> 
> 
> Bill  Lotz
> 
> Atlanta
> 
> Fulton Co.
> 
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Subject: Wild Turkey in Fulton Co.
From: Bill & Condit <blotz AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:02:38 -0400
GABOers,

 

A friend just reported seeing a Wild Turkey near the corner of Lindbergh,
Cheshire Bridge and LaVista Rds.  He said the bird was on the sidewalk in
front of the old Varsity Jr. ( which is now a storage place) watching the
cars go by.

 

Bill  Lotz

Atlanta

Fulton Co.


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Subject: Floyd county
From: Ann Stewart <annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:21:52 -0400
I have one PURPLE MARTIN and two TREE SWALLOWS checking out my gourds. 
Haven't had a chance to check on my WOOD DUCK boxes (had flu and haven't gotten 
out) but very little activity so far! Strange season! 


Ann Stewart
Rome
Floyd County

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Subject: Bird Walk at Sandy Creek Park - Athens-Clarke County
From: Ed Maioriello <edm AT MAIORIELLO.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:42:43 -0400
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 8:00am



The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will be hosting a bird walk at 8am
at Sandy Creek Park.  Birders of all levels are invited to attend.  The
spring migrants are arriving so it should be a great walk!  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.

We will be meeting in the parking lot just to the left of entrance gate.
From there we will look for waterfowl on the lake, explore some of the
Lakeside Trail, and explore some of the open field habitat available at the
park.

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 the night before for updates.


Ed Maioriello

Athens-Clarke County

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Subject: Re: Good Migrations!!!
From: Terry Valentine <terryval AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:38:03 -0400
Don't we wish...

-----Original Message-----
From: Georgia Birders Online [mailto:GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of 
Chris O'Neal 

Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 1:49 PM
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Good Migrations!!!

Everybody's Gone Birdin',
Birdin' USA!


On Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 11:19 AM, Mark McShane 
wrote:

Hi All,

A spring migration theme song suddenly just came to me, and so here, in the 
spirit of celebration of our spring migration, and completely adapted from and 
inspired by The Beach Boys, it is: 


Georgia Good Migrations

I-I love the colorful feathers they wear And the way the green and gold dappled 
sunlight plays upon their... plumages I hear the sound of a gentle call On the 
wind that lifts their song through the air 


I'm pickin' up good migrations
They're giving me excitations (Oom bop bop) I'm pickin' up great Georgia 
migrations (Great migrations, oom bop bop) They're giving me excitations 
(Excitations, oom bop bop) Good, good, good, great migrations (Oom bop bop) 
They're giving me excitations (Excitations, oom bop bop) Good, good, good, 
great migrations (Oom bop bop) They're giving me excitations (Excitations) 


Golden-wingeds, Blue-wingeds, Ceruleaaaaaaaans Bay-breasteds, Blackburnians, 
and Worm-eatings toooooooooo Warblers, Vireos, and Thrushes at your favorite 
Georgia migration location 

(Ahh)
Open my eyes, they're somehow closer now and there When I look in their eyes I 
go with them through their blossomed world 


I'm pickin' up good migrations
They're giving me excitations (Oom bop bop) I'm pickin' up great Georgia 
migrations (Great migrations, oom bop bop) They're giving me excitations 
(Excitations, oom bop bop) Good, good, good, great migrations (Oom bop bop) 
They're giving me excitations (Excitations, oom bop bop) Good, good, good, 
great migrations (Oom bop bop) They're giving me excitations (Excitations) 


(Ahh)
(Ah, my my, what elation)
I don't know where but they send me there (Oh, my my, what a sensation) (Oh, my 
my, what elation) 


Gotta keep those good migrations a-happenin' with them Gotta keep those good 
migrations a-happenin' with them Gotta keep those great migrations a-happenin' 


(Ahh)

Good, good, good, great Georgia migrations (Oom bop bop) (I'm pickin' up good 
migrations) (Oom bop bop) They're giving me excitations (Excitations, oom bop 
bop) Good, good, good, great migrations 


Na na na na na, na na na
Na na na na na, na na na (Bop bop-bop-bop-bop, bop) Do do do do do, do do do 
(Bop bop-bop-bop-bop, bop) Do do do do do, do do do (Bop bop-bop-bop-bop, bop) 


---

Good Migrations All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Re: Good Migrations!!!
From: Jack Wissner <jdwissner AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:19:13 -0400
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eab_beh07HU

Jack Wissner
jdwissner AT gmail.com
(678) 576-1971

On Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 11:16 AM, Mark McShane 
wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> A spring migration theme song suddenly just came to me, and so here, in
> the spirit of celebration of our spring migration, and completely adapted
> from and inspired by The Beach Boys, it is:
>
> Georgia Good Migrations
>
> I-I love the colorful feathers they wear
> And the way the green and gold dappled sunlight plays upon their...
> plumages
> I hear the sound of a gentle call
> On the wind that lifts their song through the air
>
> I'm pickin' up good migrations
> They're giving me excitations (Oom bop bop)
> I'm pickin' up great Georgia migrations (Great migrations, oom bop bop)
> They're giving me excitations (Excitations, oom bop bop)
> Good, good, good, great migrations (Oom bop bop)
> They're giving me excitations (Excitations, oom bop bop)
> Good, good, good, great migrations (Oom bop bop)
> They're giving me excitations (Excitations)
>
> Golden-wingeds, Blue-wingeds, Ceruleaaaaaaaans
> Bay-breasteds, Blackburnians, and Worm-eatings toooooooooo
> Warblers, Vireos, and Thrushes at your favorite Georgia migration location
> (Ahh)
> Open my eyes, they're somehow closer now and there
> When I look in their eyes I go with them through their blossomed world
>
> I'm pickin' up good migrations
> They're giving me excitations (Oom bop bop)
> I'm pickin' up great Georgia migrations (Great migrations, oom bop bop)
> They're giving me excitations (Excitations, oom bop bop)
> Good, good, good, great migrations (Oom bop bop)
> They're giving me excitations (Excitations, oom bop bop)
> Good, good, good, great migrations (Oom bop bop)
> They're giving me excitations (Excitations)
>
> (Ahh)
> (Ah, my my, what elation)
> I don't know where but they send me there
> (Oh, my my, what a sensation)
> (Oh, my my, what elation)
>
> Gotta keep those good migrations a-happenin' with them
> Gotta keep those good migrations a-happenin' with them
> Gotta keep those great migrations a-happenin'
>
> (Ahh)
>
> Good, good, good, great Georgia migrations (Oom bop bop)
> (I'm pickin' up good migrations) (Oom bop bop)
> They're giving me excitations (Excitations, oom bop bop)
> Good, good, good, great migrations
>
> Na na na na na, na na na
> Na na na na na, na na na (Bop bop-bop-bop-bop, bop)
> Do do do do do, do do do (Bop bop-bop-bop-bop, bop)
> Do do do do do, do do do (Bop bop-bop-bop-bop, bop)
>
> ---
>
> Good Migrations All!
>
> Mark
>
> Mark McShane
> Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
> www.neargareport.com
>
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Subject: Re: Good Migrations!!!
From: Chris O'Neal <chrisoneal2718 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:48:59 +0000
Everybody's Gone Birdin',
Birdin' USA!


On Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 11:19 AM, Mark McShane 
wrote:

Hi All,

A spring migration theme song suddenly just came to me, and so here, in the
spirit of celebration of our spring migration, and completely adapted from
and inspired by The Beach Boys, it is:

Georgia Good Migrations

I-I love the colorful feathers they wear
And the way the green and gold dappled sunlight plays upon their... plumages
I hear the sound of a gentle call
On the wind that lifts their song through the air

I'm pickin' up good migrations
They're giving me excitations (Oom bop bop)
I'm pickin' up great Georgia migrations (Great migrations, oom bop bop)
They're giving me excitations (Excitations, oom bop bop)
Good, good, good, great migrations (Oom bop bop)
They're giving me excitations (Excitations, oom bop bop)
Good, good, good, great migrations (Oom bop bop)
They're giving me excitations (Excitations)

Golden-wingeds, Blue-wingeds, Ceruleaaaaaaaans
Bay-breasteds, Blackburnians, and Worm-eatings toooooooooo
Warblers, Vireos, and Thrushes at your favorite Georgia migration location
(Ahh)
Open my eyes, they're somehow closer now and there
When I look in their eyes I go with them through their blossomed world

I'm pickin' up good migrations
They're giving me excitations (Oom bop bop)
I'm pickin' up great Georgia migrations (Great migrations, oom bop bop)
They're giving me excitations (Excitations, oom bop bop)
Good, good, good, great migrations (Oom bop bop)
They're giving me excitations (Excitations, oom bop bop)
Good, good, good, great migrations (Oom bop bop)
They're giving me excitations (Excitations)

(Ahh)
(Ah, my my, what elation)
I don't know where but they send me there
(Oh, my my, what a sensation)
(Oh, my my, what elation)

Gotta keep those good migrations a-happenin' with them
Gotta keep those good migrations a-happenin' with them
Gotta keep those great migrations a-happenin'

(Ahh)

Good, good, good, great Georgia migrations (Oom bop bop)
(I'm pickin' up good migrations) (Oom bop bop)
They're giving me excitations (Excitations, oom bop bop)
Good, good, good, great migrations

Na na na na na, na na na
Na na na na na, na na na (Bop bop-bop-bop-bop, bop)
Do do do do do, do do do (Bop bop-bop-bop-bop, bop)
Do do do do do, do do do (Bop bop-bop-bop-bop, bop)

---

Good Migrations All!

Mark

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

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Subject: Re: Good Migrations!!!
From: Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:46:16 -0400
Now somebody needs to perform this!

Vinod

On 28 March 2017 at 11:16, Mark McShane  wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> A spring migration theme song suddenly just came to me, and so here, in
> the spirit of celebration of our spring migration, and completely adapted
> from and inspired by The Beach Boys, it is:
>
> Georgia Good Migrations
>
> I-I love the colorful feathers they wear
> And the way the green and gold dappled sunlight plays upon their...
> plumages
> I hear the sound of a gentle call
> On the wind that lifts their song through the air
>
> I'm pickin' up good migrations
> They're giving me excitations (Oom bop bop)
> I'm pickin' up great Georgia migrations (Great migrations, oom bop bop)
> They're giving me excitations (Excitations, oom bop bop)
> Good, good, good, great migrations (Oom bop bop)
> They're giving me excitations (Excitations, oom bop bop)
> Good, good, good, great migrations (Oom bop bop)
> They're giving me excitations (Excitations)
>
> Golden-wingeds, Blue-wingeds, Ceruleaaaaaaaans
> Bay-breasteds, Blackburnians, and Worm-eatings toooooooooo
> Warblers, Vireos, and Thrushes at your favorite Georgia migration location
> (Ahh)
> Open my eyes, they're somehow closer now and there
> When I look in their eyes I go with them through their blossomed world
>
> I'm pickin' up good migrations
> They're giving me excitations (Oom bop bop)
> I'm pickin' up great Georgia migrations (Great migrations, oom bop bop)
> They're giving me excitations (Excitations, oom bop bop)
> Good, good, good, great migrations (Oom bop bop)
> They're giving me excitations (Excitations, oom bop bop)
> Good, good, good, great migrations (Oom bop bop)
> They're giving me excitations (Excitations)
>
> (Ahh)
> (Ah, my my, what elation)
> I don't know where but they send me there
> (Oh, my my, what a sensation)
> (Oh, my my, what elation)
>
> Gotta keep those good migrations a-happenin' with them
> Gotta keep those good migrations a-happenin' with them
> Gotta keep those great migrations a-happenin'
>
> (Ahh)
>
> Good, good, good, great Georgia migrations (Oom bop bop)
> (I'm pickin' up good migrations) (Oom bop bop)
> They're giving me excitations (Excitations, oom bop bop)
> Good, good, good, great migrations
>
> Na na na na na, na na na
> Na na na na na, na na na (Bop bop-bop-bop-bop, bop)
> Do do do do do, do do do (Bop bop-bop-bop-bop, bop)
> Do do do do do, do do do (Bop bop-bop-bop-bop, bop)
>
> ---
>
> Good Migrations All!
>
> Mark
>
> Mark McShane
> Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
> www.neargareport.com
>
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Subject: Re: Good Migrations!!!
From: Terry Valentine <terryval AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:53:56 -0400
I think I'll need to pull up a recording of the original song to fully 
appreciate this... 


Terry Valentine
Hoschton

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

Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 11:16 AM
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: [GABO-L] Good Migrations!!!

Hi All,

A spring migration theme song suddenly just came to me, and so here, in the 
spirit of celebration of our spring migration, and completely adapted from and 
inspired by The Beach Boys, it is: 


Georgia Good Migrations

I-I love the colorful feathers they wear And the way the green and gold dappled 
sunlight plays upon their... plumages I hear the sound of a gentle call On the 
wind that lifts their song through the air 


I'm pickin' up good migrations
They're giving me excitations (Oom bop bop) I'm pickin' up great Georgia 
migrations (Great migrations, oom bop bop) They're giving me excitations 
(Excitations, oom bop bop) Good, good, good, great migrations (Oom bop bop) 
They're giving me excitations (Excitations, oom bop bop) Good, good, good, 
great migrations (Oom bop bop) They're giving me excitations (Excitations) 


Golden-wingeds, Blue-wingeds, Ceruleaaaaaaaans Bay-breasteds, Blackburnians, 
and Worm-eatings toooooooooo Warblers, Vireos, and Thrushes at your favorite 
Georgia migration location (Ahh) Open my eyes, they're somehow closer now and 
there When I look in their eyes I go with them through their blossomed world 


I'm pickin' up good migrations
They're giving me excitations (Oom bop bop) I'm pickin' up great Georgia 
migrations (Great migrations, oom bop bop) They're giving me excitations 
(Excitations, oom bop bop) Good, good, good, great migrations (Oom bop bop) 
They're giving me excitations (Excitations, oom bop bop) Good, good, good, 
great migrations (Oom bop bop) They're giving me excitations (Excitations) 


(Ahh)
(Ah, my my, what elation)
I don't know where but they send me there (Oh, my my, what a sensation) (Oh, my 
my, what elation) 


Gotta keep those good migrations a-happenin' with them Gotta keep those good 
migrations a-happenin' with them Gotta keep those great migrations a-happenin' 


(Ahh)

Good, good, good, great Georgia migrations (Oom bop bop) (I'm pickin' up good 
migrations) (Oom bop bop) They're giving me excitations (Excitations, oom bop 
bop) Good, good, good, great migrations 


Na na na na na, na na na
Na na na na na, na na na (Bop bop-bop-bop-bop, bop) Do do do do do, do do do 
(Bop bop-bop-bop-bop, bop) Do do do do do, do do do (Bop bop-bop-bop-bop, bop) 


---

Good Migrations All!

Mark

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

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Subject: Common Ground Dove on Jekyll island
From: Leslie <leszulia AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:26:16 -0400
Seen this am. Under the feeders on Macy Lane. 
Leslie Curran 
Fulton Co. 

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Subject: Huie Ponds, Clayton Co.
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:21:15 +0200
Hello,
The winter plumage American Golden Plover was seen throughout the morning
at Huie on the south pond, mostly along the southern edge between grass and
mud, and then in the southwest corner. The bird is well camouflaged against
the lighter shades of mud, so some searching is called for.

There were also 4 Western Sandpipers in the northeast pond. Other birds of
interest included Tree Swallows everywhere, one Barn swallow, lots of
Northern Shovelers, and a typical assortment of other ducks, cormorants,
bluebirds, and others.

James Gibson
Clayton Co.

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Subject: Am. Golden Plover, Clayton Co. (records)
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:09:58 +0000
For anyone interested, the Am. Golden Plover, observed yesterday at the Huie 
ponds of the CCWA, is the 7th record for that location, as far as I know. It's 
the 3rd in the Spring. Past Spring dates were 4/2/11 and 3/22/06, so I guess 
it's prime time now. 

The bird could not be located this morning by several birders, although another 
birder may have seen it, but not sure. I wasn't there.Carol Carol 
LambertTucker, GA  (DeKalb Co.)lambertsewell AT att.net 


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Subject: FIRST OSPREY EGG... Nest Cam News..The Landings, Skidaway Island
From: Beth Roth <bethheron AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:25:00 -0400
> 
> I know many of you are disappointed that our Great-horned Owl parents 
didn’t return to their nest for our viewing. 

> The dying tree was continually losing branches and cover . It might’ve have 
been difficult when the owlets began to branch in and out of the nest on the 
bare tree, as they got closer to fledging. 

> Hopefully they found a more secluded nest to raise their family and will live 
happily ever after. 

> 
> We had the advantage of watching the GH Owls defend and raise two owlets for 
two years…and now you’ll probably get more sleep with having Ospreys in the 
nest. 

> This is the perfect nest for Ospreys as you’ve probably seen other similar 
bare osprey nests around even on poles and markers in the waterways, 

> 
> For the past two years Ospreys began messing around in “The nest “ after 
the GH Owls cleared out. Last year the Ospreys even mated but didn’t appear 
to be successful. 

> 
> This year the Ospreys have pretty much taken possession of “the nest” and 
have been doing continuous renovating and decorating and have mated a few 
times…so hopefully ……. 

> 
> Mary Lambright thought they had laid an egg but was hard to see since the 
nest is so dense and the Osprey is hunkered down. MARY REPORTED TODAY 10;36 the 
first look at an egg 

   
> 
> Don’ forget to go on the Cornell website where you can watch many other 
nest cams…..And then there are those weird millennium GH Owls that have 
chosen to nest in a long planter outside a window in Oklahoma.. that won’t 
keep you up at night. 

> 
> If you visit Wild Birds Unlimited you can watch the nest cam on their big 
screen (WBU is having a seed sale until the 31st) 

> Good Birding Y’all
> Keep your garage doors closed and keep your property safe for wildlife and 
everyone. 

> Beth


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Subject: Re: AAS Professional Development for educators
From: Melanie Furr <melanie AT ATLANTAAUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:35:59 -0400
Sorry folks, I wasn't able to include attachments with my email. Anyone
interested in the programs is welcome to email me at
melanie AT atlantaaudubon.org for the brochure and application.

Thanks for spreading the word to teachers you know!
Melanie

On Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 10:49 AM, Melanie Furr 
wrote:

> Good morning, Birding Friends,
>
> I want to pass along information about Atlanta Audubon's professional
> development workshop for educators: Connecting Students with STEM through
> Birds. We have been funded for two trainings this summer; an informational
> brochure and application for each program are attached.  The trainings
> begin with a four day workshop/retreat in the North Georgia mountains in
> June, followed by one day trainings in the Greater Metro Atlanta area in
> fall and spring.  Please note there are some slight differences in the two
> workshops. There is no cost to participants (in fact, one training offers a
> stipend), and they receive lots of free classroom resources.
>
> The first training, Taking Wing, supported by the Community Foundation of
> West Georgia, will take place at Amicalola Falls from June 5-8 and is open
> to both classroom teachers and informal educators. (Note: this workshop has
> five guaranteed spaces for educators in Haralson, Heard, and Carroll, so
> please share this information with anyone you know who may teach in those
> counties).
>
> The second training, Flying Together, will be held June 19-22 at Unicoi
> State Park. This program is funded by a Teacher Quality grant and is open
> exclusively to classroom teachers. Teachers in Cobb and Henry counties
> receive priority, but we have several spaces open to teachers in other
> systems.
>
> Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions. Applications
> received by April 10 will be given priority.
> Kind regards,
> Melanie
> --
> *Melanie Furr*
> *Director of Education*
> *Atlanta Audubon Society*
> 4055 Roswell Road
> Atlanta, GA 30342
> 678-973-2437
> www.atlantaaudubon.org
>
>


-- 
*Melanie Furr*
*Director of Education*
*Atlanta Audubon Society*
4055 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
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Subject: AAS Professional Development for educators
From: Melanie Furr <melanie AT ATLANTAAUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:49:22 +0000
Good morning, Birding Friends,

I want to pass along information about Atlanta Audubon's professional
development workshop for educators: Connecting Students with STEM through
Birds. We have been funded for two trainings this summer; an informational
brochure and application for each program are attached.  The trainings
begin with a four day workshop/retreat in the North Georgia mountains in
June, followed by one day trainings in the Greater Metro Atlanta area in
fall and spring.  Please note there are some slight differences in the two
workshops. There is no cost to participants (in fact, one training offers a
stipend), and they receive lots of free classroom resources.

The first training, Taking Wing, supported by the Community Foundation of
West Georgia, will take place at Amicalola Falls from June 5-8 and is open
to both classroom teachers and informal educators. (Note: this workshop has
five guaranteed spaces for educators in Haralson, Heard, and Carroll, so
please share this information with anyone you know who may teach in those
counties).

The second training, Flying Together, will be held June 19-22 at Unicoi
State Park. This program is funded by a Teacher Quality grant and is open
exclusively to classroom teachers. Teachers in Cobb and Henry counties
receive priority, but we have several spaces open to teachers in other
systems.

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions. Applications
received by April 10 will be given priority.
Kind regards,
Melanie
-- 
*Melanie Furr*
*Director of Education*
*Atlanta Audubon Society*
4055 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
678-973-2437
www.atlantaaudubon.org

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Subject: Re: American Golden-Plover at Huie Ponds
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:13:10 +0200
The Am.Golden Plover in non -breeding plumage is still there at Huie on
South Pond , at edge of grass/mudflats interface, midway between east and
west ends of pond....9:12 AM.
James Gibson
Clayton Co .

On Mar 26, 2017 15:21, "Patty McLean"  wrote:

>
>
> A nonbreeding AMGP continues this afternoon on the large mudflat at the
> south end of the south pond. My photo below. Michael Linz got one photo in
> flight showing pale underarrms.
> https://flic.kr/p/T46UZy
> Patty McLean, Atlanta GA
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Subject: American Golden-Plover at Huie Ponds
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:17:03 -0400
    
A nonbreeding AMGP continues this afternoon on the large mudflat at the south 
end of the south pond. My photo below. Michael Linz got one photo in flight 
showing pale underarrms. 

https://flic.kr/p/T46UZy 
Patty McLean, Atlanta GA 

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Subject: Constitution Lakes trip report (Atlanta Audubon)
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:30:22 -0400
Joy Carter and I led a field trip to Constitution Lakes (SE DeKalb County)
on Friday, March 24. We were joined by 3 other birders. We walked half way
around the two main lakes, then went to the pond in the back next to the
spur tracks and, finally, to a pond north of the main tracks at
Entrenchment Creek.

Spring is in the air! Ruby-crowned Kinglets were singing everywhere; rarely
a minute went by when we didn't hear them. We also heard a Hermit Thrush
sing. We swept the woodpeckers. We saw Wood Ducks fly out of a tree near
the pond next to the Dolls Head Trail, but could not determine if they have
a nest there or not. A few of in our party heard a Red-brested Nuthatch.
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and Common Yellowthroats and a lone Louisiana
Waterthrush were seen or heard. There were fewer Red-winged Blackbirds
about. So, things are shifting as spring migration begins!

The full eBird list is below.

Mary Kimberly
DeKalb County


Constitution Lakes, DeKalb, Georgia, US
Mar 24, 2017 8:12 AM - 12:15 PM
54 species

Canada Goose  25
Wood Duck  11
Mallard  12
Blue-winged Teal  4
Northern Shoveler  3
Hooded Merganser  1
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  3
Great Egret  3
Turkey Vulture  1
Red-shouldered Hawk (lineatus Group)  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  2
Killdeer  1
Mourning Dove  1
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-headed Woodpecker  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  5
Fish Crow  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  5
Carolina Chickadee  9
Tufted Titmouse  6
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1     This is an invasion year for this species. The
bird was heard by all of us several times but flew off before we could find
it in the trees.
Brown-headed Nuthatch  4
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  12
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  16
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  22
Hermit Thrush  2
American Robin  6
Brown Thrasher  2
Cedar Waxwing  1
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Common Yellowthroat  8
Pine Warbler  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  3
Chipping Sparrow  2
Field Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  5
Song Sparrow  5
Swamp Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  6
Northern Cardinal  14
Red-winged Blackbird  2
American Goldfinch  7

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S35435038

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Subject: Warwoman Dell (Rabun Co.): Black-throated green warblers
From: Peter Followill <pfollowill AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:58:41 -0400
Hiked some of the Bartram Trail yesterday (Sat. 3/25), specifically
Warwoman Dell in Rabun Co.  Heard and viewed a couple of black-throated
green warblers.

Pete Followill
Tucker, Dekalb Co.

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Subject: Re: VERMILION FLYCATCHER in Okefenokee NWR
From: Sheila Willis <swjxw1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:14:43 -0400
Hey folks,

Hope you are fine.

Congrats to Bob Sattelmeyer & the Coastal GA Audubon Society for finding &
reporting the 3/18 sighting of the male VERMILION FLYCATCHER at the Owl's
Roost Tower at Chesser Island Boardwalk off the Swamp Island Dr. at the
Eastern Entrance (Suwannee Canal Recreation Area) s. of Folkston in the
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge!! Whew! Note that for county listers,
Chesser Prairie to the west & south of the tower are in WARE Co. while
Seagrove Lake & the boardwalk to it are in CHARLTON Co.

This species has been reported several times before in the past since the
1970's during Fall--Spring seasons at the eastern side of the refuge & at
the Okefenokee Pastimes Campground on GAHwy#121 at the Refuge Entrance Rd.
They are usually at Cooter Lake Junction in Chesser Pr. just s. of the
Suwanee Canal. We have had both male & females there at the same time.
There was another past record for Cedar Hammock Tr. in Mizell Pr. and also
along the Refuge Entrance Rd. It seems that near their time to leave, they
start making their way off the refuge, so depending upon when you go, be
sure to look as you enter the refuge too.

It has been a while since I have heard of any there from refuge or
concession staff, but they rarely have the time to do an extended watch for
them. Glad that this one is close to where the average public can easily go
& watch w/o having to always rent a boat/canoe. The walk to & from the
tower is 1-1/2 mi. round-trip so plan for at least an hour or more. There
are shelters along the way. there is a spotting scope at the tower, but it
is better to bring your own.

Don't forget to watch at the Tower for any EAGLEs (BALD or GOLDEN) that
might be going from the swamp to the nearby Chesser Island Rd Landfill or
returning to the roost along the canal. Haven't heard of any but BALD
EAGLEs this winter season.  BALD EAGLEs are year-round and have nested in
recent times in more than one location at the eastern side of the refuge (1
outside near the original landfill & poss. another inside -- seen carrying
sticks towards the west).

You might also want to check for AMERICAN BITTERNs esp. at the Cane Pole
Tr. where a visitor reported that they nested one recent year at its end.
This is parallel to the Suwannee Canal & starts just west of the boat
concession building. They are year-round & have been ever since there have
been area records back into the mid-1900's. They have been particularly
common in the eastern Okefenokee this year.

Good luck if you go!! Take care.

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

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Subject: ORAS Bird Walk at the State Botanical Garden Saturday - Athens-Clarke County
From: Ed Maioriello <edm AT MAIORIELLO.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:49:01 -0400
Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 8:00am



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.

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 bird walk, ALWAYS check
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Subject: Atlanta Audubon field trips this week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:09:43 -0400
Greetings, Georgia Birders

Please join Atlanta Audubon for any of these field trips this weekend:

Joy Carter, Sheila Stevens, and I will lead a walk at Constitution Lakes
(DeKalb County) tomorrow, Friday, March 24 at 8:00 AM.

Roseanne Guerra will lead a walk at Lost Corner Preserve (Fulton County) on
Saturday, March 25 at 8:30 AM.

Rob McDonough and Gus Kaufmann will lead a walk at Oakland Cemetery (Fulton
County) on Saturday, March 25 at 8:30 AM.

Roseanne Guerra will lead a walk at Olde Rope Mill Park (Cherokee County)
on Sunday, March 26 at 8:00 AM.

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


Bird on!
-- 
Mary Kimberly
Field Trip Coordinator
Atlanta Audubon

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Subject: Brown headed cowbirds
From: Sue Peters-Ferree <Soupysue AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:52:33 -0400
Thought my eyes were deceiving me until I picked up the binocs. Two brown 
headed cowbirds on the feeder for a few minutes this afternoon. 


Sue Peters-Ferree
Blairsville, Union Co. 

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Subject: Little Mulberry Park 3/25
From: BB <sandfalcon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:52:27 -0400
Greetings all,

I spent a couple hours at Little Mulberry Park (Gwinnett County) this morning, 
finding a few FOS birds- 


Blue-headed Vireo- 1 heard singing near the frisbee golf parking lot
Northern Rough-winged Swallow- 2 over Miller Lake
Tree Swallow- 2 over Miller Lake
Common Yellowthroat- 1 male singing (and seen) in the former bramble patch 
adjacent to the willow swamp 

Louisiana Waterthrush- 1 heard singing along the ephemeral creek that crosses 
the Carriage Trail 


Brandon Best
Lawrenceville, GA

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Subject: FOTS Hummer
From: mocking bird <mockingbird AT GARDENER.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:49:56 +0100
Finally, saw my FOTS male Ruby-throated Hummingbird at my kitchen window 
feeder. Nice to see. 

Lynn Schlup
Mockingbird Hill Wildlife Rehabilitation
Oconee, Ga.
Washington Co.

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Subject: Oakland Cemetery bird walk 3/25/17
From: Robert McDonough <rmcdonough AT SFSGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:56:44 +0000
Gus Kaufmann and I co-led a group of about 15 birders on a walk through Oakland 
Cemetery near downtown Atlanta. The sky was overcast early with some partial 
clearing later on, and the temperature was in the 60s after warming up a bit. 
We saw the usual year-round and winter residents - it's a little early to be 
expecting migrants. We saw a respectable total of 34 species, with nice views 
of two yellow-bellied sapsuckers and a pair of ruby-crowned kinglets displaying 
their crowns. 


Species

#

Great Blue Heron

1

Red-tailed Hawk (borealis)

2

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)

4

Mourning Dove

2

Red-headed Woodpecker

1

Red-bellied Woodpecker

1

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

1

Downy Woodpecker

2

Northern Flicker

4

Eastern Phoebe

2

Blue Jay

8

American Crow

1

Fish Crow

7

Carolina Chickadee

1

Tufted Titmouse

2

White-breasted Nuthatch

1

Carolina Wren

1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

3

Eastern Bluebird

5

American Robin

23

Northern Mockingbird

9

European Starling

4

Cedar Waxwing

20

Yellow-rumped Warbler

10

Chipping Sparrow

12

Dark-eyed Junco

4

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)

4

White-throated Sparrow

1

Song Sparrow

2

Eastern Towhee

4

Northern Cardinal

5

Common Grackle

3

Brown-headed Cowbird

4

House Finch

3

Species Total =34

Rob McDonough
Downtown Atlanta

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Subject: Clarification: AAS Lost Corner Preserve Bird Walk, tomorrow 3/25
From: Roseanne Guerra <zan67g AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:59:23 -0400
Hello GABO,

 

Due to some conflicting information about tomorrow's Lost Corner Preserve
walk in Sandy Springs (Fulton County), I just wanted to clarify the plan.  

 

BTW, the walk is co-sponsored by Atlanta Audubon and City of Sandy Springs.
City of Sandy Springs made some changes and failed to communicate them to
AAS.  Sorry about the mixup.

 

There WILL be a FREE AAS guided bird walk at 8:30am.  Lost Corner is an old
farmstead that is now an oasis in suburban Sandy Springs.  Beautiful trees.
There are no wetlands, but I had Brown Creeper and Blue Headed Vireo
(singing his blue-headed head off) on Wednesday.

 

There will also be a $12 family friendly "10 Common Birds of Atlanta"
program in the beautiful renovated house at 10am, with a short walk
afterward.  Folks attending the AAS walk are welcome to check out the house.
It is available for rent for events.

 

You can register online for the Common Birds program, or cash/check will be
accepted at the door.

 

This link may prove helpful:
https://registration.sandyspringsga.gov/CourseActivities.aspx?id=19

&cat=13

 

When searching for this activity, the type of activity is "Special Interest
and Outdoors"

 

Should be a beautiful morning!

 

Roseanne Guerra

 

 


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Subject: confirmed nesting vultures Burke County
From: Cox Family <towhee7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:28:21 -0400
This afternoon we checked out the abandoned barn again, after looking
discreetly every day. We peeped into the barn and didn't see anything in
the hay. Then my daughter climbed in and looked around further. She came
out and announced we had a bird living underneath the barn. I went back
inside, and saw, beneath the floor of the barn, through a hole that was cut
into the floor (maybe for an old root cellar?), framed by an old door, a
big black bird. Not wanting either to get too close for comfort or to
disturb the bird, I carefully reached my hand a bit into the hole and
snapped a picture of what was underneath. Upon examining the picture, we
could see the vulture (a black vulture) sitting on 2 eggs! We were
incredibly excited to see this! The vulture remained very still
(thankfully!) and we quietly exited. It seems this pair made an excellent
choice about their little home - private, sheltered from the elements,
quaint! We hope to check back every few days to gain more knowledge about
the nesting and nurturing habits of the black vulture.

Karen Cox
Burke County

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Subject: Re: Chimney Swifts, Fulton Co.
From: Lois Stacey <croakie AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 14:39:44 -0400
I had one in Emanuel County yesterday at George L Smith State Park.

Lois Stacey
North Augusta, SC

"I am a wildling, born of forests and fields and more comfortable on back roads 
and winding woodland paths than in any place where concrete, asphalt and crowds 
prevail." J. Drew Lanham 


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> On Mar 18, 2017, at 11:20 PM, Gus Kaufman  wrote:
> 
> Three flying over the Tara theater parking lot. Is this early ? Gus Kaufman, 
Atlanta 

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Subject: FOTS Blue-Gray
From: mocking bird <mockingbird AT GARDENER.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 19:37:07 +0100
Earlier this afternoon, I heard the very happy singing of my FOTS Blue-Gray 
Gnatcatcher in my front yard. I looked up into the tree branches and saw the 
little one just hopping and singing sooo gratefully. Love the Blue-Grays! 

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

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Subject: AAS/Atlanta Science Fest walk, Fernbank Forest (DeKalb Co.), 3/18/2017
From: Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 10:06:00 -0400
Hello all,

13 birders joined Gus Kaufman and me for an Audubon/Science Fest walk in
Fernbank Forest yesterday despite a blustery and slightly rainy start. This
time we approached the Forest via a boardwalk from the back of the museum,
instead of  on Clifton road. On the very nice 'canopy walk' leading to the
forest, we were able to get close looks at a red-tailed hawk and a
mixed-species flock including downy woodpeckers, chickadees, titmice and GC
kinglets. Overall, we had a very nice mix of year-round residents and
winter visitors. We were able to observe the restoration work that had been
carried out in the forest, and point out native plants like trilliums,
bloodroot, doghobble and sweetshrub. A Fernbank volunteer also pointed out
the metro Atlanta champion Eastern Hemlock and Japanese Redcedar, which had
a roosting barred owl!

Checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35251547


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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 17 Mar 2017
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:09:33 -0400
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Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: March 17, 2017 at 2:29:47 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Greater White-fronted Goose (1 DeKalb)
> Graylag Goose (1 Bryan)
> Ross's Goose (1 Bryan)
> Mute Swan (1 Bryan)
> Canvasback (1 Clayton)
> Redhead (1 Rabun)
> Greater Scaup (1 Clayton)
> Snowy Egret (2 Charlton)
> Tricolored Heron (2 Charlton)
> Green Heron (2 Charlton)
> Swallow-tailed Kite (1 McIntosh)
> Broad-winged Hawk (2 Stewart)
> Limpkin (Speckled) (1 Dougherty)
> Ruff (3 Glynn)
> Rufous Hummingbird (1 Fulton)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (2 Charlton, 1 Liberty)
> Acadian Flycatcher (1 DeKalb)
> Cliff Swallow (1 Cobb, 2 Stewart)
> Swainson's Thrush (2 Fannin)
> Bachman's Sparrow (1 Liberty)
> Vesper Sparrow (1 Rabun)
> Painted Bunting (1 McIntosh)
> Dickcissel (2 Bibb)
> Rusty Blackbird (1 McIntosh)
> Brewer's Blackbird (1 Bartow)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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: Atlanta Audubon field trip to Johns Homestead (report)
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:58:40 -0400
Two hardy souls joined two leaders for a walk at Johns Homestead on this
bitterly cold morning. We observed 28 species at this as yet undeveloped
park now listed with the city of Tucker. There was a lot of activity in the
pines on the west side of the southmost Twin Brothers' Lake as the sun
warmed up the trees. Golden-crowned Kinglets were plentiful and were
showing off their crowns. Co-leader Dave Butler shared his knowledge of the
history of this green space and we talked about the advantages of allowing
the beavers to do their work to create new wetlands at the north end of the
park. The beaver dam is looking much more stable than it was when I last
visited this park over a month ago. We had a nice long study of a
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at the SW corner of the western lake.

eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/email?subID=S35211139

Bird on!
-- 
Mary Kimberly
Unincorporated DeKalb County

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Subject: early black and white warbler
From: Esther Stokes <estherstokes01 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:29:03 -0400
I have just seen a FOTS black and white warbler outside my window in intown
Atlanta, Fulton County.

I guess it really is spring!

Esther Stokes

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Subject: Ceder Waxwings Harmony On The Lakes, Cherokee County Georgia, 3/17/2017
From: Jason Blevins <ospreyflyfisher AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:44:59 -0400
While leaving for school this morning my daughter and I spotted 33 Ceder
Waxwings in a tree near the house. I cannot think of the last time I saw
this many in one spot.

Jason Blevins
Cherokee County
Georgia

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Subject: Re: Ceder Waxwings Harmony On The Lakes, Cherokee County Georgia, 3/17/2017
From: Matthew King <gacrotalus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:27:59 -0400
My yard in Winterville seems to have an endless crop of holly berries this
year.  There have been 10 to several hundred waxwings in the yard every day
for at least a week.   Lovely birds but they've redecorated every inch of
the house/yard.

On Mar 17, 2017 2:12 PM, "Jason Blevins"  wrote:

While leaving for school this morning my daughter and I spotted 33 Ceder
Waxwings in a tree near the house. I cannot think of the last time I saw
this many in one spot.

Jason Blevins
Cherokee County
Georgia

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Subject: Registration is open for our Spring Meeting
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:34:32 -0400
Join us at Unicoi State Park and Lodge May 19-21

Details are here:
http://www.gos.org/2017springmeeting

Hope to see you there.

Steve Holzman, President
Georgia Ornithological Society

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Subject: woodcocks in New York
From: Esther Stokes <estherstokes01 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 23:26:26 -0400
Early migrating woodcocks were caught in the recent snowstorm in New
York--here is the account in today's New York Times:


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/17/nyregion/an-early-bird-gets-caught-in-the-snowstorm.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ur_20170318&nl=nytoday&nlid=64706384&ref=headline&_r=0 


​Esther Stokes
Fulton County​

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Atlanta, GA 30309
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Subject: Vermillion Flycatcher, Okeefenokee NWR
From: "Robert D. Sattelmeyer" <rsattelm AT GSU.EDU>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 20:47:06 +0000
On a Coastal Georgia Audubon field trip today we had a mature male Vermillion 
Flycatcher from the tower at the end of the Boardwalk Trail on the eastern 
entrance to the NWR. It was several hundred yards distant--too distant for 
decent photos, although one is included in the eBird list--but we watched it 
flycatching for about 20 minutes, returning to the same perch, and we could see 
through several scopes the bright red head and breast/belly contrasting with 
solid black back and wings, especially when it would sally off its perch. I 
know they're a ho-hum bird in Southwest Georgia these days, but still pretty 
uncommon in these parts. We also had super good looks at a singing Bachman's 
Sparrow and saw a least a half dozen Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, so it was a 
great trip. 



Bob Sattelmeyer

St Simons Island

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Subject: Red-throated Loon ~ Carters Lake
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:55:08 -0500
There was a nice assortment of birds at Carters Lake(Murray Co.) this evening. 
Atop the reservoir dam at the Northbank Recreation Area I observed a 
non-breeding plumaged RED-THROATED LOON, at least seven COMMON LOONS in various 
plumages, one HORNED GREBE, a raft of at least 80 LESSER SCAUP, four RUDDY 
DUCKS and six BUFFLEHEAD. There was also a raft of 18 BONAPARTE'S GULLS. A 
juvenile BALD EAGLE was seen soaring over the lake. 


If the RTLO hangs around this could be a "possible" opportunity for county 
listers to observe it in both Murray and Gilmer counties as it was near the 
county line. I didn't see it in Gilmer today, but it could easily swim a few 
hundred feet to the east and cross the line. 



After this I checked the reregulation pool down below. From the rereg dam I 
observed a raft of 200+ ducks along with another raft of gulls and loose groups 
of grebes. Highlights: 


Gadwall - 11
American Wigeon - drake
Mallard - 4
Blue-winged Teal - 4
Northern Shoveler - hen
Ring-necked Duck - at least 100
Lesser Scaup - at least 110
Bufflehead - 11
Ruddy Duck - 4
Common Loon - breeding plumage...or nearly so
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe - at least 12
Double-crested Cormorant - 6
Osprey - 2 near the nest platform
Bonaparte's Gull - at least 55
Ring-billed Gull - 5

I don't think I missed any Gr3ater Sc0ap in the rafts, but it wouldn't hurt to 
sift through them again. 



As far as new arrivals are concerned, I observed a BARN SWALLOW on March 8 in 
southern Murray. 

 

Joshua Spence,
Murray County

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Subject: Piedmont Park, Fulton County, 3-10-17
From: Patrick Maurice <patrickmaurice1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:10:08 -0500
Hi all,

Sorry for the late post, but I went birding at Piedmont Park this morning to 
see if I could see Pumpkin the Eastern Screech-Owl and he was there! 


After watching and photographing Pumpkin, I wandered around the park for a 
couple of hours. I had 40 species with not too much of note, but I did find two 
Brown Creepers and a large flock of Rusty Blackbirds. 


Here's my photo-filled eBird checklist, with photos of Pumpkin and the other 
highlights. 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35087950

Good birding all,
Patrick Maurice
DeKalb County
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Subject: FOTS Whips, Wash. Co.
From: mocking bird <mockingbird AT GARDENER.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 02:29:03 +0100
I walked out my back door a short time ago and heard three Eastern 
Whippoorwills calling in the woods. My FOTS and the time was just before 8 p.m. 

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

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Subject: Migrants at St. Simons
From: Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2017 19:40:45 -0500
Hi all,
Just back from a residential field trip with my 5th graders to
Epworth-by-the Sea, St Simons.

I wanted to report two YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS, 9 PALM WARBLERS, 1 BLACK
AND WHITE WARBLER and at least 8 BLUE GRAY GNATCATCHERS.

There was a paucity of shorebirds at the beach, but it was UGA Spring
Break, so busier than usual.

Hope this is of interest.

Drew Whitelegg
DeKalb Co.

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Subject: Red breasted Mergansers at West Bank (south) Forsyth Co.
From: Pat Market <bigsky25 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:58:48 -0500
Hi Folks - I found a beautiful male in the bay on the south side of West Bank 
Park this morning around 10:00 am. My vantage point was from the little COE 
area with the big lake kiosk just pass West Bank Park and off Buford Dam Rd 
just before the dam. Anyone still headed to West Bank to look for that eared 
grebe may wanna check out that area for the merganser. See you out there... Pat 
Markey, Forsyth Co. 


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Subject: Greater Scaup, Canvasback, Redhead- Matthews Sports Complex, Clayton County, Mar 11, 2017
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 19:01:42 +0000
 Quite a lineup of ducks on this small pond on the edge of a large sports 
complex. The three species named above were found by Paul Raney. The two scaup 
were side by side for a while making for a great comparison. 

On Google maps, this facility is called the Lovejoy Regional Park, but the 
signs at the two entrances on McDonough Road say "Gerald T. Matthews Sports 
Complex." This is on the west side of Tara Blvd./US 19/41. 

Jeff

Jeff Sewell / Carol LambertTucker, GA  (DeKalb Co.)lambertsewell AT att.net


     
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 Subject: eBird Report - Matthews Sports Complex, Clayton County, Mar 11, 2017
   
Matthews Sports Complex, Clayton County, Clayton, Georgia, US
Mar 11, 2017 7:22 AM - 7:50 AM
Protocol: Stationary
22 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  9
Muscovy Duck (Domestic type)  2
Canvasback  1    Still here. Found by Paul Raney a week ago.
Redhead  17    See Canvasback.
Greater Scaup  1    Still here. Found by Paul Raney two days ago. Seen with 
my scope at about 70 yards in good light. The head was round, green. It had a 
proportionately bigger bill and bill nail as compared to the Lesser Scaup  
next to it.  Also, slightly larger than the LESC, with clean white sides and 
flanks. 

Lesser Scaup  1
Bald Eagle  1
Killdeer  3
Mourning Dove  1
Fish Crow  6
Tufted Titmouse  1
Brown-headed Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  1
Eastern Bluebird  4
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  7
American Pipit  1
Chipping Sparrow  3
Savannah Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Red-winged Blackbird  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35099799

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


   

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Subject: Re: two observations from Coweta 3/10/17
From: Liz Horsey <erhorsey AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 14:11:26 +0000
I used to have a mockingbird that did peregrine falcon sounds. Peregrines not a 
yard bird for me. 

Liz Horsey 
NW Atlanta, Fulton County 

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From: "Richard Candler"  
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
Sent: Saturday, March 11, 2017 8:49:30 AM 
Subject: [GABO-L] two observations from Coweta 3/10/17 

Yesterday I was birding in Senoia and came across a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET 
with a creamy light-orange apricot-colored crest. And no it was not a male 
Golden-crowned. I looked for some information about this and found only one 
reference to RCKI rarely having orange or yellow crests. 
Has anyone else come across this before? 

Also I heard a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD imitating a Summ3r Tan4ger "pi-tuk-tuk" 
call. It did it twice within 30 minutes. Since it is probably way too early 
for those to be in the area this caused me to wonder if Mockingbirds have a 
repertoire that they can store away for awhile and not just a short-term 
list of sounds that they are repeating. 
It also caused me to wonder if Mockingbirds are just as ready for Spring as 
I am. 
Another thought that came to mind was that maybe this Mockingbird has just 
arrived from a southerly locale where it may have heard other bird sounds. 
I've always thought that you can determine what birds might be arriving in 
the area when you hear Mockingbird imitating nightjars and migratory hawks 
or swallows. But after yesterday I wonder if they might have a longer-term 
memory and are able to recall songs from the previous season. 
Please enlighten me, someone! 

Richard Candler 
Sharpsburg, GA 
Coweta Co. 

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Subject: new field guide to bird song
From: Russ Wigh <rdwigh AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2017 07:10:42 -0500
G-birders

 

Nathan Pieplow has worked for several years to put together
a guide to birdsong by visualizing the song through
spectrographs.  The book is available as of the this
morning, March 7, with its accompanying access to streaming
5400 sounds, as the Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of
Eastern North America.

 

Personally I am hopeful this will kick off greater interest
in recording and analyzing the songs we hear around us
daily, seeping through the din of human related noise.
Understanding songs better adds a new dimension to birding
and bird behavior.  You can read about it at
http://earbirding.com/blog/book. The field guide can be
ordered through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.

 

Russ Wigh


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Subject: N. Parula, Wash. Co.
From: mocking bird <mockingbird AT GARDENER.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2017 18:18:31 +0100
I walked outside this morning and heard a FOTS Northern Parula singing. Seems 
early but is a welcome sound. 

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

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Subject: Two FOS Birds
From: Sue Peters-Ferree <Soupysue AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 19:14:12 -0500
Saw my first Yellow Rumped Warbler this morning. Also saw two tree swallows 
yesterday mid day in downtown Blairsville. 


Sue Peters-Ferree
Blairsville, Union Co. 

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Subject: two observations from Coweta 3/10/17
From: Richard Candler <candler86 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 08:49:30 -0500
Yesterday I was birding in Senoia and came across a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
with a creamy light-orange apricot-colored crest. And no it was not a male
Golden-crowned. I looked for some information about this and found only one
reference to RCKI rarely having orange or yellow crests.
Has anyone else come across this before?

Also I heard a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD imitating a Summ3r Tan4ger "pi-tuk-tuk"
call. It did it twice within 30 minutes. Since it is probably way too early
for those to be in the area this caused me to wonder if Mockingbirds have a
repertoire that they can store away for awhile and not just a short-term
list of sounds that they are repeating.
It also caused me to wonder if Mockingbirds are just as ready for Spring as
I am.
Another thought that came to mind was that maybe this Mockingbird has just
arrived from a southerly locale where it may have heard other bird sounds.
I've always thought that you can determine what birds might be arriving in
the area when you hear Mockingbird imitating nightjars and migratory hawks
or swallows. But after yesterday I wonder if they might have a longer-term
memory and are able to recall songs from the previous season.
Please enlighten me, someone!

Richard Candler
Sharpsburg, GA
Coweta Co.

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Subject: Ross's Goose @ Jep Wheeler pond, still there (Cherokee Co)
From: Pat Market <bigsky25 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 18:13:33 -0500
Hi Folks - I relocated the Ross's Goose (GABO Folks have been posting) at the 
pond on Jep Wheeler Road in Cherokee Co. this morning at 7:50am. I saw the bird 
immediately from the road as I approached BUT did not leave my vehicle as there 
are signs stating no parking & no trespassing. For 3 minutes I observed the 
small white goose as it associated with a few domestic mallards & a few white 
"AFLAC" type ducks... then I moved on w/o attempting photos. This ROGO was 
small compared to the mallards it was near showing a small stout pinkish bill 
with a darkened base. No grin patch was apparent and it showed off its black 
primaries when it hopped out of then right back in the water... just your 
beautiful run of the mill Ross's Goose... sorry McShane! ;-) 

See you out there - Pat Markey, Forsyth Co

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