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Mongolian Plover,©Tony Disley

24 Jan Rusty Blackbirds, DeKalb County, 1/24/17 [Jeff Sewell ]
23 Jan Previous email [Ann Stewart ]
23 Jan Wood ducks- Floyd county [Ann Stewart ]
23 Jan Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 1/22/2017 [Steve Holzman ]
21 Jan G. White-fronted Goose @ Oxbow Meadows (south Columbus) - 1/21 [Walt Chambers ]
20 Jan Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 1/20/2017 [Steve Holzman ]
19 Jan Atlanta Audubon trip report: Murphey Candler Park [Mary Kimberly ]
19 Jan Barred owl [Ilene Schroeder ]
19 Jan Red winged Black birds [Ilene Schroeder ]
18 Jan Looking for field trips near Columbus, GA ["McKeegan, Matthew" ]
17 Jan Red-winged Blackbirds [C VANDERSCHAAF ]
17 Jan Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 1/17/2017 [Stephen Holzman ]
17 Jan Atlanta Audubon Field Trip This Week [Mary Kimberly ]
16 Jan Lincoln's Sparrow and Sedge Wrens, Gwinnett County [Rebecca Deitsch ]
15 Jan Red-breasted Nuthatch Gwinnett County ["sandfalcon1 ." ]
15 Jan Immature bald eagle, Pine Chapel Rd, Gordon Co & Sandhills Bartow Co [Pam Potter ]
13 Jan Common Goldeneye, Northern Pintail ~ Gordon County [Joshua Spence ]
12 Jan Am Kestral, f-rose-breasted grosbeak, brown headed nuthatches Bartow Co [Pam Potter ]
12 Jan Broad-billed Hummingbird Continues (Eastman GA) [Patty McLean ]
12 Jan Baltimore oriole sighting []
11 Jan Wilson's Warbler in Buckhead, Atlanta [Bill Everitt and Amelia Fusaro ]
11 Jan Common Goldeneyes at Onslow Island, Savannah NWR. [James Fleullan ]
11 Jan just a house finch in Hephzibah, Richmond County [Cox Family ]
11 Jan Male Painted Bunting Burke County [Cox Family ]
9 Jan Atlanta Audubon Field Trips this week [Mary Kimberly ]
9 Jan Re: Long-tailed Ducks at Lake Hartw3ll [Patty McLean ]
9 Jan Long-tailed Ducks at Lake Hartw3ll [Patty McLean ]
9 Jan Sunday Pelagic Trip [Stephen Holzman ]
8 Jan Lincoln's Sparrow at Stone Mountain Park (DeKalb County) [Patty McLean ]
8 Jan Carters Lake CBC Summary [Joshua Spence ]
8 Jan Yard birds [Debbie Canup ]
8 Jan Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 1/8/17 [Steve Holzman ]
7 Jan Fw: [GABO-L] Stone Mtn. Park Closed [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
7 Jan Stone Mtn. Park Closed [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
7 Jan Birds on snow day [Sue Peters-Ferree ]
7 Jan Another Atlanta Audubon cancellation -- Noonday Creek on 01/08/17 [Mary Kimberly ]
6 Jan Atlanta Audubon field trip to Piedmont Park Postponed [Mary Kimberly ]
6 Jan Snow Goose in Johns Creek (Fulton County) 6 January 2017 [Nathan Farnau ]
6 Jan Re: Pine Siskins - Fannin County [world oceans ]
6 Jan Pine Siskins - Fannin County [Tom Striker ]
5 Jan TWO Barred owls in midtown, Fulton County [Vinod Babu ]
5 Jan Probable Rufous Hummingbird in Cobb County [Eva Tackett ]
5 Jan Eurasian collared doves -- Clayton County [world oceans ]
5 Jan BLACK SCOTER (f), Sandy Creek Park, Athens, Clarke County [James Neves ]
5 Jan Western Grebes at Lake Hartwell continue [Daniel Vickers ]
4 Jan Greater White-fronted Goose at Clyde Shepherd NP, DeKalb Co [Mary Kimberly ]
4 Jan Re: Weird Gull on Jekyll [world oceans ]
4 Jan Weird Gull on Jekyll [Lydia Thompson ]
3 Jan Northern Bobwhite in North Atlanta [Pierre Howard ]
4 Jan Atlanta Audubon Field Trips this week [Mary Kimberly ]
3 Jan Zipped on the Western Grebes @ Lake Hartwell (Hart Co.) [Pat Market ]
2 Jan Western Grebes (Yes) and Lake Hartwell RPT 1/2/2017 [Rusty Trump ]
2 Jan Greater White-fronted Goose in DeKalb [Melanie mefurr ]
2 Jan Western Grebes Yes [Rusty Trump ]
2 Jan Ross's Goose Fayetteville [Mark Seaman ]
1 Jan Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 1/1/2017 [Steve Holzman ]
31 Dec Broad billed Hummingbird in Eastman [Melanie mefurr ]
31 Dec Western grebe a no-show this morning [Steve Holzman ]
31 Dec Thank you! [Jerald Reb ]
30 Dec No GOLDEN EAGLEs on Okefenokee NWR CBC plus other news there [Sheila Willis ]
29 Dec Greater White-fronted Goose (Jefferson County, FL) [robert emond ]
29 Dec Broad billed Hummingbird [Buddy Campbell ]
29 Dec Wood Duck boxes [Ann Stewart ]
29 Dec Savannah NWR Management [Stephen Holzman ]
29 Dec Surf Scoter Phinizy Swamp, Richmond County, Augusta, GA 12/27/2016 [Milton Hobbs ]
29 Dec Re: Western Grebes (2) and Peregrine Falcon Continue - Elrod Ferry RA, Lake Hartwell - 12/28/2016 ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
28 Dec Surf Scoter Phinizy Swamp Augusta GA 12/27/2016 [Milton Hobbs ]
28 Dec Fwd: Savannah NWR - 2 N. Waterthrushes (GA and SC), White-crowned Sparrow, Cattle Egrets, very degraded habitat [Nate Dias ]
28 Dec Sandhill Crane [Linda DiSantis ]
28 Dec Sandhill Cranes- Cherokee County [Sandra Eileen Garber ]
28 Dec Golden Crowned Kinglet Vogel State Park 12/272016 [Jason Blevins ]
27 Dec Western Grebes - Lake Hartwell - 12/25/2016 - Photos Added [Mark McShane ]
27 Dec Broad-billed Hummingbird seen today 12/27 [Keith McCullough ]
27 Dec Sparrow Dilemma [Andrew Baxter ]
26 Dec Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <12/26/2016> [Steve Holzman ]
25 Dec Happy Holidays!! [Sheila Willis ]

Subject: Rusty Blackbirds, DeKalb County, 1/24/17
From: Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 18:38:51 -0500
Decatur Cemetery: a large flock of Rusties and Red-winged Blackbirds of about 
250 birds were about 60 percent Rusties, my largest ever in the county. There 
was only one Common Grackle and one Brown-headed Cowbird in the flock that I 
found today. 


Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve: I saw 2 Rusties here, my first at this site. 
The species has been here before, however. 


Jeff Sewell
Tucker, GA. 

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Subject: Previous email
From: Ann Stewart <annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:27:23 -0500
Sorry I forgot my signature!

Ann Stewart
Rome Georgia
Floyd County


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Subject: Wood ducks- Floyd county
From: Ann Stewart <annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:20:09 -0500
Well there is hope after all!!
After my farm pond going dry this summer and the outlook for any water and wood 
ducks this year is looking UP!! 

The recent rains have been putting some water in the pond but after last nights 
big downpour -3 inches plus- the lake is NOW FULL. All the Duck boxes are in 
the water and it looks like things are ready. 

The best thing is there was a PAIR OF WOOD DUCKS on the pond this morning!!!
I couldn't be happier. I have 6 boxes - ready and waiting!!

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 1/22/2017
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:03:22 -0500
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: January 23, 2017 at 5:17:19 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Gordon)
> Snow Goose (1 Gordon, 1 Lumpkin)
> Common Goldeneye (1 Lumpkin)
> Forster's Tern (3 Troup)
> Rufous Hummingbird (1 Columbia, 1 Fulton)
> Say's Phoebe (3 Baker, 1 Miller, 1 Seminole)
> Vermilion Flycatcher (1 Baker, 1 Decatur, 2 Miller, 1 Mitchell)
> White-eyed Vireo (1 Clarke)
> Orange-crowned Warbler (1 Floyd)
> 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: G. White-fronted Goose @ Oxbow Meadows (south Columbus) - 1/21
From: Walt Chambers <chambersw AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:41:34 +0000
There was a single Greater White-fronted Goose in with about 40 Canadas in the 
north application of the Columbus Water Works near Oxbow Meadows a couple of 
hours ago. (I think that's the 4th - maybe 5th - record of this sp. for the 
property). 



Walt Chambers

Columbus

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 1/20/2017
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:15:17 -0500
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: January 20, 2017 at 4:44:30 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Snow Goose (1 Bartow)
> Common Goldeneye (2 Troup)
> Black-crowned Night-Heron (1 Richmond)
> White-faced Ibis (3 McIntosh)
> King Rail (1 Richmond)
> Long-billed Dowitcher (1 Chatham)
> Hairy Woodpecker (2 Glynn)
> Tree Swallow (2 Brooks)
> Red-breasted Nuthatch (1 Chatham, 1 Coweta, 1 DeKalb, 1 Lamar, 1 Pickens)
> Black-and-white Warbler (1 Coweta)
> Brewer's Blackbird (1 Bartow, 1 Burke)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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 trip report: Murphey Candler Park
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:39:50 -0500
Six birders met to walk around Murphey Candler Lake on Wednesday, January
19. It started out misty and dampish, but ended up clearing. We had a good
morning of birding. Highlights were very good looks at both species of
kinglets, and good looks at 3 Brown Creepers. Two of those creepers were on
the SAME tree! How often does that happen in Georgia? Several flocks of
blackbirds flew over, presumably red-wings, but we didn't get a good enough
look to be able to call it for sure. There is good Rusty habitat around the
lake, but we didn't see any.

A few notes about the site. 1) There were very few species of waterfowl on
the lake (only geese and Mallards). The city of Brookhaven is doing some
construction on the southwest corner of the lake, near the observation
deck. I think it will be a good thing in the long run because they appear
to be repairing the badly eroded bank; but maybe all the noise discourages
waterfowl. There were not even any Pied-billed Grebes, which are usually a
given at this site. 2) The city has also hired a herd of goats to clear out
underbrush and they are currently located on the east side of the lake. A
non-bird highlight was a newly born kid (probably from earlier in the day
or the previous night). We spent some time watching it move about on its
unsure legs. We were finally distracted by a Hermit Thrush and moved on
around the trail.

Full eBird list below.

Bird on!
Mary Kimberly
DeKalb County


Murphey Candler Park, DeKalb, Georgia, US
Jan 18, 2017 8:15 AM - 11:41 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Atlanta Audubon field trip led by M. Kimberly and L. Edwards.
Cloudy start, with a little misty rain. Mostly clear by end of walk. We
walked the entire loop, beginning on the west side of the lake.
32 species (+2 other taxa)

Domestic goose sp. (Domestic type)  2
Canada Goose  35
Mallard  14
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Killdeer  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  7
Carolina Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  9
Brown-headed Nuthatch  5
Brown Creeper  3     One on west side of lake. Two on east side, both on
the same tree.
Carolina Wren  9
Golden-crowned Kinglet  10
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  9
Eastern Bluebird  3
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  25
Cedar Waxwing  75
Pine Warbler  8
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  2
White-throated Sparrow  5
Song Sparrow  4
Eastern Towhee  8
Northern Cardinal  15
blackbird sp.  30
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S33769186

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

-- 
Mary

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Subject: Barred owl
From: Ilene Schroeder <ilenes47 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:28:58 -0500
I heard a barred owl near Frazier Woods last night around 7pm, then saw it
lift from a tree and fly further into the forest.

Ilene Schroeder
Lake Claire neighborhood
Atlanta in dekalb

Ilene Schroeder, Ph.D.
675 Seminole Ave NE ste 107
Atlanta, GA 30306
404-873-6840 x 1

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Subject: Red winged Black birds
From: Ilene Schroeder <ilenes47 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:24:00 -0500
Echoing Carol's report of redwinged black birds, I've had mixed flocks of
them and Robins in the back yard all week.

Such a lovely sight.
Ilene Schroeder
Lake Claire neighborhood
Atlanta in dekalb

Ilene Schroeder, Ph.D.
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Atlanta, GA 30306
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Subject: Looking for field trips near Columbus, GA
From: "McKeegan, Matthew" <mckeegam AT OREGONSTATE.EDU>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:51:29 -0500
Good afternoon! I'm a distance student at Oregon State University
currently living in Columbus GA. I'm taking a Systematics of Birds
class in pursuit of a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science this
term and am looking for an experienced birder who would be willing to
have me join him/her and mentor me on field identification, including
bird calls. Thank you for your assistance!

Matthew McKeegan

Oregon State University
College of Agricultural Sciences
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

mckeegam AT oregonstate.edu
facebook.com/matthewmckeeganFWS
www.linkedin.com/in/matthewmckeeganFWS
719-505-3116

Columbus, GA

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Subject: Red-winged Blackbirds
From: C VANDERSCHAAF <cvanderschaaf AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:02:57 +0000
 I had many Red-winged Blackbirds at my feeder yesterday competing with the 
usual House Sparrows.   Red-wings are common to some, maybe, but a rarity to 
me.  Only the second time in many years I've had them at my inner city Atlanta 
home.   The closest water is at the Candler Park Golf course, about 1/3 mile 
away.   

Carol VanderschaafLake Claire neighborhood

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 1/17/2017
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:57:15 -0500
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From:  
Date: Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 4:19 AM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
To:


*** Species Summary:

Common Merganser (1 Berrien)
Plain Chachalaca (1 McIntosh)
Manx Shearwater (1 Chatham)
White-faced Ibis (1 McIntosh)
Red-tailed Hawk (Krider's) (1 Coffee)
Snowy Plover (2 Chatham)
Long-billed Dowitcher (2 McIntosh)
Red Phalarope (4 Chatham)
Pomarine Jaeger (1 Chatham)
Parasitic Jaeger (2 Chatham)
Barn Owl (2 McIntosh)
Black-chinned Hummingbird (1 Chatham)
Rufous Hummingbird (1 Chatham, 1 Columbia)
Broad-billed Hummingbird (1 Dodge)
Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Jasper, 3 Jones)
Cockatiel (1 DeKalb)
Western Kingbird (3 Chatham)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (4 Chatham, 1 Coweta, 4 DeKalb)
Ovenbird (1 Glynn)
Lincoln's Sparrow (1 Gwinnett)
Rusty Blackbird (1 Chatham, 2 McIntosh)
Baltimore Oriole (1 Fulton)

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Subject: Atlanta Audubon Field Trip This Week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 05:35:06 -0500
Greetings, Georgia Birders

Please join Linda Edwards and me for a bird walk at Murphy Candler Park 
tomorrow, Wednesday, January 18 at 8:00 AM. 


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


Bird on!
Mary Kimberly 
Field Trip Director 
Atlanta Audubon 

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Subject: Lincoln's Sparrow and Sedge Wrens, Gwinnett County
From: Rebecca Deitsch <rdeitsch AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:51:13 -0500
I found at least one, likely two, LINCOLN'S SPARROW(s) this morning at Mill
Creek Nature Center in Suwanee (Gwinnett County). 

I photographed a LISP twice in two locations about 200 yards apart from each
other, but 45 minutes had passed so I can't rule out it being the same
individual. 

Photo:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/103058792 AT N02/32233868831/in/dateposted-public
/

Other highlights:

Fox Sparrow, 1
Savannah Sparrow, 1
Purple Finch, 3

Full ebird list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33719006

On Sunday, January 15, I had at least two SEDGE WRENS in the main wetlands
at George Pierce Park in Suwanee. 

Photos:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/103058792 AT N02/31951997410/in/dateposted-public
/
 
Other highlights:

Green-winged Teal, 1
Palm Warbler, 2

Full ebird list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33688192

John Deitsch
Gwinnett County

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Subject: Red-breasted Nuthatch Gwinnett County
From: "sandfalcon1 ." <sandfalcon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:30:41 -0500
Greetings all,

This morning about 11:30 the Red-breasted Nuthatch that has been visiting
my feeders this winter stopped by again for a few sunflower seeds.  Looking
at my ebird records, this was the first time I've seen this bird since
12/22/16 and it was first seen on 12/4/16.  Interesting is that it appeared
today in beautiful weather and I did not see it at all last weekend during
the wet and extreme cold despite my watching the feeder a lot more than I
normally do.

Brandon Best
Lawrenceville, GA

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Subject: Immature bald eagle, Pine Chapel Rd, Gordon Co & Sandhills Bartow Co
From: Pam Potter <ppotter AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:20:08 -0500
Yesterday Anne Rapp & I decided to go to Pine Chapel Rd in Gordon Co in hopes 
of seeing the common goldeneye Joshua Spence reported. No goldeneye but we were 
astonished to find an immature bald eagle perched in the trees behind Moss Lk 
and fairly close to the driveway to the house. Anne asked me if that was an 
eagle but I was not wanting to confirm till we could see the book. Yup! She 
called it right. (She's posted a foto on Georgia Ornithological Society FB 
page. 

 
We also relocated the pintail duck at the pond in front of the house. It was 
just floating in place with it's head tucked under wing. 

 
Also found on the farm property: 6 Savannah sparrows at the driveway at the 
silos, red-bellied woodpecker, mockingbird, jays and starlings. 


Along Pine Chapel Rd: First off there were 4 black vultures that looked like 
they were roosting in the old barn just after you get on Pine Chapel. American 
Kestrel (saw one 3 separate times), 21 Canada geese & a huge murder of crows 
that kept streaming in to congregate in some trees. 

 
Then the cherry on top, just Anne was getting out of my truck to leave (Hwy 20 
& I-75-Bartow Co), 48 sandhill cranes flying right over us. 


Pam Potter
White
Bartow Co

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Subject: Common Goldeneye, Northern Pintail ~ Gordon County
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:30:17 -0500
Yesterday I found a first winter male COMMON GOLDENEYE at one of the ponds 
along Pine Chapel Rd. in northeastern Gordon County. The bird was actively 
diving in the pond south of the silos. The last time I had a COGO here was 
January of 2009. Maybe he will hang around. There were also three HOODED 
MERGANSERS here, and I observed one of the resident LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES on 
nearby Moss Rd. 


Before this I made a few stops near here with a few highlights, best of which 
were at the wetland along White Graves Rd. The juvenile SNOW GOOSE that was 
found during the CBC was there again with a gaggle of CANADA GEESE. There was 
also a male NORTHERN PINTAIL present, which may be the first one I've ever 
observed at this site. One female GREEN-WINGED TEAL was mixed in with at least 
90 MALLARDS. Three WOOD DUCKS were posing on a snag. 


Before this I scanned the Carters Lake reregulation pool(Murray County) from 
the Powerhouse Rd. boatramp. I didn't see anything on the water, but there was 
a nice flock of at least 10 PURPLE FINCHES eating poplar seeds by water's edge. 
I had one FOX SPARROW in the powerhouse fields. 


At dawn, I heard three AMERICAN WOODCOCKS courting along McEntire Rd. in 
southern Murray County. 



Good day,

Joshua Spence
Murray Co.

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Subject: Am Kestral, f-rose-breasted grosbeak, brown headed nuthatches Bartow Co
From: Pam Potter <ppotter AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:36:38 -0500
Hi all,
2 days ago an American Kestrel dropped by just long enough to get a good bead 
on it. 


Yesterday the same thing happened with a female rose-breasted grosbeak was at a 
feeder just long enough to confirm i.d. 


Today I got longer looks at 2 brown-headed nuthatches. One of them kept taking 
stuff out of the feeder and just dropping them. I've not seen nuthatches here 
in quite a few years. 

 

Pam Potter
White
Bartow County

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Subject: Broad-billed Hummingbird Continues (Eastman GA)
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:13:23 -0500
    
The Broad-billed Hummingbird continues at the home of Donny and Cindy Screws, 
6508 Jim Pruett Rd, in Eastman GA. What gracious hosts!! They've even put lawn 
chairs in the front yard for us to use.  


He still sputters quite a bit before approaching the feeders, with the feeder 
on the right end of the porch being his favorite. He's also feeding on bugs and 
trying to access nectar from the maple buds.  


If you go, please use the "stakeout Broad-billed Hummingbird" Hotspot in eBird 
to report your sightings of this super little bird.  


Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

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Subject: Baltimore oriole sighting
From: dennis.lacoss AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:23:38 +0000
Yesterday 1/11/17 I had an immature female Baltimore Oriole at my bird feeders 
for about 1 hour midday. I have not seen it since,but will post again if I do. 

I live in North Atlanta close to Sandy Springs. 

Dennis Lacoss 

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Subject: Wilson's Warbler in Buckhead, Atlanta
From: Bill Everitt and Amelia Fusaro <bill.everitt AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:31:35 -0500
We had a Wilson's Warbler foraging in the shrubbery near our deck yesterday 
afternoon about 4:15. 


Photos are here: 
https://everitt.smugmug.com/Birds/Bird-Journals/Backyard-Journal/2017/January/ 


We are in Fulton county, Atlanta, Buckhead.

Bill Everitt and Amelia Fusaro

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Subject: Common Goldeneyes at Onslow Island, Savannah NWR.
From: James Fleullan <jrfleullan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:10:20 -0500
This morning Quinn and I visited Onslow Island as we typically do on
Wednesdays that I have off. Lots of activity in the eastern most
impoundment including 11 Bonaparte's Gulls, Hooded Mergansers, a drake
Bufflehead, and three hen Common Goldeneye. The species is hard enough to
get in Chatham Co but to have three is pretty good. 51 species total. Ebird
checklist and pics included.

 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33601141

Glad to share.

James Fleullan
Port Wentworth, Ga

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Subject: just a house finch in Hephzibah, Richmond County
From: Cox Family <coxfam3 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:15:08 +0000
Hi! Just got to a place I could post this - I saw a picture of the bird our 
friends suspected to be an unusual species at their home in Hephzibah, and it 
is just a house finch :-) I didn't want anyone to be jumping in a car and 
racing to see it! 

Karen CoxBurke County

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Subject: Male Painted Bunting Burke County
From: Cox Family <coxfam3 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:54:21 +0000
We just had an adult male painted bunting here this morning! Maybe he's 
the same one from last winter. Also heard this morning from our friends who 
had 

the wes___ern tan____er in Hephzibah they suspect either a pine gr__beak 
or redxbill. I may ride up today to look out for it. I'll keep the list 
posted! 


Karen Cox
Burke County

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Subject: Atlanta Audubon Field Trips this week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 17:08:52 -0500
Greetings Georgia Birders

Please join us for any of these walks this week:

Anne McCallum will lead a walk at Reynolds Nature Preserve (Clayton County)
on Wednesday, January 11 at 8:00 AM.

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

Jason Ward will lead his rescheduled monthly walk at Piedmont Park (Fulton
County) on Saturday, January 14 at 8:00 AM.

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

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

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Subject: Re: Long-tailed Ducks at Lake Hartw3ll
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 15:35:19 -0500
    
A link to a distant photo of one of the two LONG-TAILED DUCKs is attached 
below. At least one WESTERN GREBE continues today as well. Both species were 
seen on the "south" side of Elrod Ferry RA, between the RA and Big Oaks, more 
or less. Michael Linz has better photos which we'll attach to the eBird report 
later. 

https://flic.kr/p/QvxXzs 

Patty McLean, Atlanta GA 

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From: Patty McLean  
Date: 01/09/2017  1:16 PM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
Subject: [GABO-L] Long-tailed Ducks at Lake Hartw3ll 


    
I'm with Michael Linz at Lake Hartwell (Hart County), looking for the Western 
Grebes. We stopped to see all the racket on the water when we spotted two 
LONG-TAILED DUCKS. We both got video and will post later. This is along the 
inside road at Elrod Ferry - on the right side as you walk in.  

Patty McLean, Atlanta GA 



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Subject: Long-tailed Ducks at Lake Hartw3ll
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 13:16:37 -0500
    
I'm with Michael Linz at Lake Hartwell (Hart County), looking for the Western 
Grebes. We stopped to see all the racket on the water when we spotted two 
LONG-TAILED DUCKS. We both got video and will post later. This is along the 
inside road at Elrod Ferry - on the right side as you walk in.  

Patty McLean, Atlanta GA 



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Subject: Sunday Pelagic Trip
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 09:26:54 -0500
PELAGIC TRIP – NEAR SHORE (10-20 MILES OUT)

Leader:  Bill Lotz.  Depart: 6:30 AM.  Return: 3:30 PM.
Minimum/Maximum attendees: 14 people.  Cost: $160 (includes tip for
mate).

Join Bill as you target species like Manx Shearwater, scoters, loons,
gulls, and terns.  Weather conditions will determine how far out the
captain will go.  If the trip is cancelled due to weather or lack of
attendance, your money will be refunded.  THERE WILL BE NO MAKE-UP
DAYS.  If you cancel and don’t find someone to take your seat, you
will forfeit your payment.  The boat will depart from the Lazaretto
Creek Marina  AT  7:00 AM.Trip rigor: challenging - be prepared for rough
water.


The Sunday Pelagic trip associated with the GOS meeting is in need of
6 additional participants in order to go out. In the interest of
helping the trip go, we are offering you the chance to sign up for the
trip without also signing up for the meeting.

If you are interested, please email me and I'll get you signed up.

Thanks,
Steve Holzman, President
Georgia Ornithological Society

P.S. Sunday high in Savannah - 65 degrees.  (nice weather for a
pelagic if I don't say so myself)
P.P.S. You need a Manx Shearwater for your state list don't you? Close
up photos of Gannets perhaps?

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Subject: Lincoln's Sparrow at Stone Mountain Park (DeKalb County)
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 8 Jan 2017 22:19:08 -0500
    
While birding at Stone Mountain Park late this afternoon, Michael Linz and I 
walked to an area at the back of the pond off Old Hugh Howell Rd (inside the 
park) to look for Swamp Sparrows. I pished up several species including a few 
Swamps and noticed that one of them appeared duller and smaller than the nearby 
Songs and White-throats and required a closer look. It had fine streaking on 
the upper breast, a dull central dot and a soft gray face, so I asked Michael 
to take some pictures, one of which is embedded in our eBird report, showing a 
wintering LINCOLN'S SPARROW in DeKalb 
County. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33551975 


We were unable to locate the Snow Goose that has been at the park for several 
weeks. 


Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

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Subject: Carters Lake CBC Summary
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 8 Jan 2017 21:36:28 -0500
On December 21st, thirty-one birders fought fog and frost to count birds for 
the National Audubon Society. Everyone did an excellent job searching bushes, 
scanning fields and sky-gazing for our feathered friends. We ended the day with 
98 species and 47,817 individuals reported. This was the TENTH anniversary for 
the CARTERS LAKE CBC. I want to say thanks to all that helped this year and all 
those who have helped in the past. I'm looking forward to what the next ten 
years will bring. Below is a link to a full summary of this year's count, 
complete with some great photographs submitted by a few of our participants: 



http://northgeorgianaturalist.blogspot.com/2017/01/carters-lake-christmas-bird-count.html 



A few highlights:

Greater White-fronted Goose - countweek
ROSS'S GOOSE - countweek
Snow Goose - 2
AMERICAN BLACK DUCK - 52
SURF SCOTER - countweek
Bald Eagle - 5
Virginia Rail - 8
Sora - 3
SANDHILL CRANE - 4118
Merlin
Loggerhead Shrike - 2
Horned Lark
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 2
Orange-crowned Warbler 
Fox Sparrow - 27
White-crowned Sparrow - 49
Vesper Sparrow - 4
Purple Finch - 45
Pine Siskin - 10

Joshua Spence
GACL Compiler
Murray County

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Subject: Yard birds
From: Debbie Canup <goffers AT NUMAIL.ORG>
Date: Sun, 8 Jan 2017 14:09:54 -0500
Purple finches are taking over my feeders (replacing the pine siskins, of which 
we have had none). Is anyone else experiencing this? We have at least 14. Also 
have a yellow-bellied sapsucker coming to our feeder. A first for us! We see 
them on the trees every winter but have never seen one on the feeders. 


Leon and Debbie Canup
Newnan, Ga
Coweta County

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 1/8/17
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 8 Jan 2017 07:09:03 -0500
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: January 8, 2017 at 2:37:19 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Snow Goose (1 Mitchell, 1 Tattnall)
> Ross's Goose (1 Lumpkin)
> Tricolored Heron (1 Seminole)
> Forster's Tern (2 Lowndes)
> Rufous Hummingbird (2 Fulton)
> Say's Phoebe (1 Baker)
> Vermilion Flycatcher (1 Miller, 1 Mitchell)
> Red-breasted Nuthatch (1 Cobb, 1 DeKalb)
> Lark Sparrow (1 Bartow)
> Vesper Sparrow (1 Dawson)
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 Clinch)
> Painted Bunting (1 Glynn)
> Brewer's Blackbird (1 Miller)
> Boat-tailed Grackle (1 Lowndes)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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: Fw: [GABO-L] Stone Mtn. Park Closed
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2017 19:04:09 +0000
Sorry, meant to say Snow Goose, not Ross' Jeff Sewell / Carol LambertTucker, 
GA  (DeKalb Co.)lambertsewell AT att.net 



     
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 Subject: [GABO-L] Stone Mtn. Park Closed
   
In case anyone's planning to look for the Ross' Goose, etc. at SMP today, 
Saturday, the park is closed for the day...ice issues perhaps. Their website 
calendar indicates it will be open tomorrow.Carol Jeff Sewell / Carol 
LambertTucker, GA  (DeKalb Co.)lambertsewell AT att.net 


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Subject: Stone Mtn. Park Closed
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2017 18:54:55 +0000
In case anyone's planning to look for the Ross' Goose, etc. at SMP today, 
Saturday, the park is closed for the day...ice issues perhaps. Their website 
calendar indicates it will be open tomorrow.Carol Jeff Sewell / Carol 
LambertTucker, GA  (DeKalb Co.)lambertsewell AT att.net 


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Subject: Birds on snow day
From: Sue Peters-Ferree <Soupysue AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2017 10:43:40 -0500
I havent been seeing a lot of birds here at our house lately, not compared to 
prior years. However, they seem to have found us this morning with our 5 inches 
of snow on the ground. Not a ton of each but several species  juncos, titmice, 
brown thrasher, white throated sparrow, song sparrow, cardinals, chipping 
sparrows, goldfinch and what I believe were 3 purple finches. Its hard for me 
to distinguish between purple finches and house finches, but these had a lot 
more reddish coloring than usual. Also the first pine siskins of the winter. We 
filled feeders late yesterday in prep for today. Of course, the doves, 
chickadees and white breasted nuthatches are around, along with the carolina 
wrens. 


Sue Peters-Ferree 
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Subject: Another Atlanta Audubon cancellation -- Noonday Creek on 01/08/17
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2017 07:15:41 -0500
Greetings, Georgia Birders

The icing is heavy in Cobb County, so Angie Jenkins has decided to cancel
the field trip to Noonday Creek scheduled for Sunday, January 8.

Stay safe out there!

-- 
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Field Trip Director
Atlanta Audubon Society

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Subject: Atlanta Audubon field trip to Piedmont Park Postponed
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2017 18:12:10 -0500
Greetings, Georgia Birders

Taking all precautions here. Jason Ward has postponed his monthly walk at
Piedmont Park until Saturday, January 14. So there will be NO walk in
Piedmont Park tomorrow.

The trip to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama is still a GO!!

Stay warm and bird on!

-- 
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Atlanta Audubon

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Subject: Snow Goose in Johns Creek (Fulton County) 6 January 2017
From: Nathan Farnau <natwan AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2017 15:21:57 -0500
This was an adult, white-phase SNOW GOOSE, viewed from Autrey Mill Nature 
Preserve in Johns Creek (off Old Alabama Rd in north Fulton County). It stayed 
on the rock dike between the two basins of the adjacent municipal water 
facility. These reservoirs are also viewable from Buice Rd, but if the bird 
continues to use this dike, it will probably not be visible from that vantage 
point. 


Freezing rain began to fall minutes after I left the park at 1pm.  

Link to eBird checklist with a photograph: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33483700 


Nathan Farnau
Alpharetta, GA  (Fulton County)

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Subject: Re: Pine Siskins - Fannin County
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2017 16:55:06 +0100
Siskins have been reported in every Eastern state north of here in the last
few days (except South Carolina, apparently) so we should be looking for
them!

James Gibson
Clayton Co.

On Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 3:39 PM, Tom Striker  wrote:

> One Pine Siskin was recorded during the Blue Ridge Christmas Bird Count on
> Monday, January 2nd.  Another showed up at my finch feeder this morning,
> FOTS for me.  Perhaps the current storm system is finally moving a few
> south.
>
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>
> Tom Striker
>
> Blue Ridge, Fannin County, GA
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Subject: Pine Siskins - Fannin County
From: Tom Striker <tastriker AT TDS.NET>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2017 09:39:47 -0500
One Pine Siskin was recorded during the Blue Ridge Christmas Bird Count on
Monday, January 2nd.  Another showed up at my finch feeder this morning,
FOTS for me.  Perhaps the current storm system is finally moving a few
south.

 

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Subject: TWO Barred owls in midtown, Fulton County
From: Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2017 19:14:11 -0500
Hello,

I heard a barred owl calling at the intersection of Durant Place and 7th
street, not far from Piedmont park, around 5:50 pm today. We have had an
owl in this area for at least a few years. The bird was located at the top
of a very large oak tree. As I watched, a second owl flew into the same
tree and the pair started caterwauling. I hope they stay to breed; I don't
know if there has been any record of these owls breeding in midtown.

Thanks,

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Subject: Probable Rufous Hummingbird in Cobb County
From: Eva Tackett <evabtackett AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2017 17:33:48 -0500
My Christmas present came early this year. I have had a hummer visiting
feeders since early December.

Steve Holzman thinks is probably a Rufous Hummingbird. It is either a
female or immature male. I see it one to three times a day. I welcome
visitors. Please email me for details.

Eva Tackett
Smyrna, GA

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Subject: Eurasian collared doves -- Clayton County
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2017 22:24:14 +0100
At 3:15 pm today I watched five Eurasian collared doves cross Jonesboro Rd
in Morrow, near the Kroger shopping center. This is the first record in
Clayton County since last May. Details are being posted on ebird.

James Gibson
Clayton County

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Subject: BLACK SCOTER (f), Sandy Creek Park, Athens, Clarke County
From: James Neves <jamesneves AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2017 10:42:29 -0500
There is currently a female BLACK SCOTER at Lake Chapman at Sandy Creek
Park in Athens. It's feeding actively out from the beach near the dam. I'll
post a full report later.

James Neves
Athens, Clarke County, GA

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Subject: Western Grebes at Lake Hartwell continue
From: Daniel Vickers <dvickers AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2017 09:31:47 -0500
Looking at both WEGRs off (way off) Elrod Ferry Point. 9:30am

Dan Vickers
Bill Lotz 

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Subject: Greater White-fronted Goose at Clyde Shepherd NP, DeKalb Co
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2017 14:33:15 -0500
There's water in the pond again! There's a Greater White-fronted Goose here, 
hanging out with some CANG. 


Mary Kimberly 
DeKalb County

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Subject: Re: Weird Gull on Jekyll
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2017 18:33:14 +0100
Hi Lydia,

I think it is likely a Ringbill. The winter plumages, especially of younger
birds, can and often do include salt-and-pepper hood and back plumage.
Laughings almost always have darker legs, and darker/longer/thicker bills
than this bird. Mews are similar to ringbills, but most mews have dark eyes
(this one's eye is yellowish except for the pupil). Also the relative
thickness of this one's bill suggests ringbill to me rather than mew. I
only studied your pictures for a couple of minutes (and was able to see
quite a bit of detail when I blew them up), so I am not dead certain....but
I feel this is probably a first or second winter ringbill.

James Gibson
Clayton Co.

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>  Hi Folks,
>
> On December 30, I found a weird gull on the south end of Jekyll. I took a
> picture of it and put it on my blog.
> www.coastalgeorgiabirding-lydia.blogspot.com
>
> No need to go out and try to find it. I told Jerry and Marie Amerson to be
> on the look out for it the next day. They did not see it. Gulls move around
> so no telling where it is out along our coast.
>
> I just wanted to see what people thought.
> Good Birding
> Lydia
>
> --
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Subject: Weird Gull on Jekyll
From: Lydia Thompson <birdjekyll AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2017 11:30:38 -0500
 Hi Folks,

On December 30, I found a weird gull on the south end of Jekyll. I took a
picture of it and put it on my blog.
www.coastalgeorgiabirding-lydia.blogspot.com

No need to go out and try to find it. I told Jerry and Marie Amerson to be
on the look out for it the next day. They did not see it. Gulls move around
so no telling where it is out along our coast.

I just wanted to see what people thought.
Good Birding
Lydia

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Subject: Northern Bobwhite in North Atlanta
From: Pierre Howard <h_pierre AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2017 12:32:05 -0500
To GABO:

To my astonishment, I had a Northern Bobwhite in my yard in North Atlanta
today. It was a female and was feeding along

a wood line. It was wary and took cover when I went out to try to get a
photo. Pretty good yard bird.

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Subject: Atlanta Audubon Field Trips this week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2017 06:43:35 -0500
Greetings, Georgia Birders

Happy New Year!

Please join Atlanta Audubon for the following field trips on our calendar
this week:

Jason Ward will lead his monthly walk at Piedmont Park (Fulton Co.) on
Saturday, January 7 at 8:00 AM.

Bob Orenstein will lead a field trip at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge
(Madison Co., Alabama) on Saturday, January 7. Meet there at 9:30 AM.

Angie Jenkins will lead a walk on the west section of Noonday Creek (Cobb
Co.) on Sunday, January 8 at 8:00 AM.

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

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

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Subject: Zipped on the Western Grebes @ Lake Hartwell (Hart Co.)
From: Pat Market <bigsky25 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2017 17:47:35 -0500
Hi Folks - I guess I should have gone with Rusty Trump. I did not see any WEGRs 
from the point at Elrod Ferry today between 11:40 am - 2:20pm. I joined Jeff 
Martin and we did see 3 candidate birds but too far out for me to claim. Jeff 
eventually went over to Big Oaks access area then walked along the earthen dam 
( to no avail) as I stayed put & continued to scan... Just an up date, see you 
out there... Pat Markey Forsyth Co. 


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Subject: Western Grebes (Yes) and Lake Hartwell RPT 1/2/2017
From: Rusty Trump <rusty_trump AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2017 23:14:15 +0000
Hi Georgia Birders,


Spent a little time at Lake Hartwell today scanning for the Western Grebes. 
Weather was much better today than when I went on Friday. No whitecaps and 
wind, although was foggy then drizzle later, but the drizzle seemed to make the 
fog dissipate. 



 I started at the dam and found two drake Redheads just below the dam and there 
were four Pied-billed Grebes and 3 Common Loons. Looking back towards Elrod 
Ferry RA I could see raft of ducks ~ 50 or so but they were way too far to make 
out, so made my way over to Elrod Ferry peninsula. 



If you put your back to the volleyball court at Elrod Ferry RA, the raft of 
ducks were straight out from there. Real close to shore there were 3 
Red-breasted Mergansers chasing fish just a couple feet from shore. The 
commotion started attracting gulls and besides a handful Ring-billed Gulls, 3 
Bonaparte's Gulls came in to fish. 



The ducks were far out and could only make out some of them as the lighting was 
poor. Most of them looked to be Gadwall. I was able to make out a couple 
Northern Shovelers, and at least one drake Northern Pintail. A couple Horned 
Grebes were scattered about as well as Common Loons. 



When scanning back towards the dam is when I spotted the two Western Grebes. 
They were pretty far out and required a scope to see well. 



Here is the list of birds seen at Lake Hartwell:


~20 - Gadwall

2 - Northern Shoveler drakes, thought I saw a hen, but not positive

1 - Northern Pintail (drake)

3 - Red-breasted Merganser

+9 - Common Loon,  there were a few flying around too

6 - Pied-billed Grebes

4 - Horned Grebes

2 - Western Grebes

3 - Bonaparte's Gull

+6 - Ring-billed Gulls - many more flying around

1 - Belted Kingfisher

1 - Downy Woodpecker

2 - Northern Flicker

1 - Eastern Phoebe

3- Blue Jay

+4 - American Crows

2 - Carolina Chickadees

1- Brown-headed Nuthatch

1 - Carolina Wren

+2 - Golden-crowned Kinglets

2 - Eastern Bluebirds

1 - Hermit Thrush

1 - Pine Warbler

1 - Northern Cardinal


2 - Red Fox on Friday playing along the shore.


Take Care,


Rusty Trump

Suwanee, GA





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Subject: Greater White-fronted Goose in DeKalb
From: Melanie mefurr <mefurr AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2017 17:31:15 -0500
This afternoon during our route for the Atlanta In-town Christmas Bird Count we 
located a Greater White-fronted Goose at Washington Park Cemetery in DeKalb Co. 
(Decatur). It was mixed in with a small flock of Canada Geese grazing among the 
tombstones. Not sure if it will stick around, but thought I should make others 
aware. 


Happy New Year!
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Subject: Western Grebes Yes
From: Rusty Trump <rusty_trump AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2017 18:57:00 +0000
Hi Georgia Birders,

I am looking at both Western Grebes now 13:50 off El Rod Ferry RA.

Good ducks here too will post later.

Take Care, 

Rusty Trump
Suwanee, GA

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> On Jan 2, 2017, at 13:17, Mark Seaman  wrote:
> 
> Weather brought in this am a single Ross's Goose on our farm pond at 
Fayetteville accompanied by pair of Mallards, 5 Ring-Necked Ducks, 5 Hooded 
Mergansers. 

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Subject: Ross's Goose Fayetteville
From: Mark Seaman <Hawksea AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2017 12:33:16 -0500
Weather brought in this am a single Ross's Goose on our farm pond at 
Fayetteville accompanied by pair of Mallards, 5 Ring-Necked Ducks, 5 Hooded 
Mergansers. 

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 1/1/2017
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2017 07:36:36 -0500
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: January 1, 2017 at 1:30:54 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Decatur, 2 Pulaski)
> Snow Goose (1 Burke, 1 DeKalb, 1 Decatur, 1 Laurens, 2 Pulaski)
> Ross's Goose (1 Decatur, 2 Macon, 2 Pulaski)
> Surf Scoter (1 Richmond)
> American Bittern (1 Clayton)
> Black-crowned Night-Heron (1 Richmond)
> Virginia Rail (1 Fayette)
> Stilt Sandpiper (1 Chatham)
> Dunlin (2 Dooly, 2 Macon)
> Least Sandpiper (1 Bartow)
> Long-billed Dowitcher (2 Dooly)
> Spotted Sandpiper (1 Fulton)
> White-winged Dove (1 Decatur, 1 Miller)
> Rufous Hummingbird (1 Clarke)
> Broad-billed Hummingbird (3 Dodge)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Jones)
> Merlin (1 Clarke)
> Peregrine Falcon (1 Hart)
> Vermilion Flycatcher (1 Decatur, 1 Mitchell)
> Western Kingbird (5 Chatham, 1 Glynn)
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow (1 Oconee, 1 Richmond)
> Tree Swallow (1 Clayton)
> Red-breasted Nuthatch (1 Pickens)
> Lapland Longspur (2 Macon)
> Yellow-throated Warbler (2 Brooks)
> Prairie Warbler (3 Glynn)
> Bachman's Sparrow (1 Jones)
> Henslow's Sparrow (1 McIntosh)
> Brewer's Blackbird (2 Macon)
> Baltimore Oriole (1 Clarke, 1 DeKalb)
> 
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Subject: Broad billed Hummingbird in Eastman
From: Melanie mefurr <mefurr AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2016 17:44:46 -0500
Stopped by Eastman, GA with my family around 5 PM on our way home from Florida 
and was delighted to add this little beauty to my life list on this last day of 
2016. 

Thanks to the Screws for sharing this remarkable bird. 

Happy New Year, birding friends! 
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> 
> Looking at the BBHU now. 12:33 in Eastman, Ga
> 
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Subject: Western grebe a no-show this morning
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2016 13:17:18 -0500
Doesn't mean it's not hiding somewhere but we did not have any luck locating it 
this morning. 

This is the western grebe that has been at Lake Hartwell.

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Subject: Thank you!
From: Jerald Reb <jrebelboy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2016 12:33:20 -0500
I'm cross-posting this to both the Georgia and Carolina birding listservs. 

Thank you so much to all who replied to my posts a few weeks ago! I got a total 
of 12 lifers on my trip this past week, several of which I probably wouldn't 
have seen without your help. 

I listed my life birds below if you're interested.

Trumpeter Swan - Lake Artemesia, Maryland
Black Guillemot - Huntington Beach State Park, SC
Wood Stork - HBSP
Anhinga - HBSP
Mottled Duck - Donnelley WMA, SC
Western Kingbird - Hutchinson Island, GA
Limpkin - Westside Industrial Park, Jacksonville, FL (my 300th life bird!)
Muscovy Duck - same place as Limpkin
Roseate Spoonbill - Jekyll Island, GA
Lark Sparrow - Virginia Beach
Crested Caracara - Rehoboth beach, DE

I managed to get photos of all of these except for the Western Kingbird. If you 
like, you can check them out on my ebird profile page at: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/profile/MTU0MTIw/world (you must have an account to view 
it). 

I am hoping to make another trip down to Georgia next summer, so I will keep 
all of your suggestions in mind then. 


Thank you again,

Jerald


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Subject: No GOLDEN EAGLEs on Okefenokee NWR CBC plus other news there
From: Sheila Willis <swjxw1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2016 23:28:35 -0500
Hey folks,

Hope you are fine. Time is going fast!! Here's a little news for the e.
Okefenokee Swamp plus at least a few countryside reports. It's not a
complete Okefenokee NWR CBC summary, but just an update centering on some
species that folks have an interest in that are found here. This CBC was on
12/27. Morning had a very, very heavy fog and later temps rose so that
it was 81 degrees F in my car that day. I actually got a "watch tan"!!

In case there might be some travelers down this way for birding, I thought
I'd mention that we did not find any GOLDEN EAGLEs on our CBC. No one that
I spoke w/ at the Okefenokee NWR, Okefenokee Adventures (concession) or the
Chesser Island Road Landfill had heard of any yet this season. We also did
not get any BALD EAGLEs either but this week 1 was seen in the swamp during
Count Week.

Note that the Chesser Island Road Landfill sw. of the refuge entrance
continues to attract large numbers of vultures & their associates, however,
the landfill action continues to be more south of the office and thus
farther out of sight from that spot w/in the circle. If you stay going s.
on GAHwy#121 past the junction for the Landfill access, you will come to a
small grassy pull-out where looking west you can see the "mountain" & its
birds yards away through the pines. Scopes suggested for here.

BTW, I meant to mention this a while back but for those who often continue
around the bottom of the swamp to reach Steven C. Foster State Park in the
refuge (ne. of Fargo, CLINCH), a very big "boo-hoo" as the legendary
Shack-by-the-Track in St. George w/ its wonderful BBQ & handmade milkshakes
has closed & been converted to an apartment. This was due to the owner's
ill health & no other family interest. It will be missed by many.

No reports of our wintering VERMILION FLYCATCHERs in either the Okefenokee
Swamp (traditionally at Cooter Lake Junction s. of the Suwannee Canal in
Chesser Prairie) or the countryside (assorted spots like Trader's Hill area
& Okefenokee Pastimes Campground (e. of entrance to Suwannee Canal
Recreation Area).

Also, the ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was not spotted by any team. It is
usually in the uplands outside the refuge (fields & pastures) but wasn't at
either of its 2 historically recorded locations (private old Murray Chicken
Farm off Duck Island Rd or along Mattox Rd w. of GA Hwy#121).

Many more areas w. of Folkston & near the Okefenokee Swamp were clear-cut
this year, plus a house was built on the best HENSLOW'S SPARROW site in the
countryside nw. of town.

Note that the water levels in the swamp are extremely low. This has meant
that boats from the various entrances can't go as far along the routes as
in the past. Some places have only 3" of water. Fall & early Winter are
often dry seasons for the swamp.

For our CBC, we did not get any ducks within the swamp; however, several
species were seen at the 2 wastewater treatment plants s. of Folkston & 13
WOOD DUCKs in a small, somewhat-hidden pond on the e. side of GA Hwy#121 at
Stanley Branch n. of Prospect Rd. This site has hosted a larger group of
this species on at least 1 other occasion. What beauty in such a small
space!!

For the East Entrance side s. of Folkston, there have been some wading bird
concentrations in the prairies (esp. just s. of Cooter Lake Junction in
Chesser Pr.) & unusually high numbers of over-wintering GREEN HERONs along
the Suwannee Canal. These small herons have been increasing in winter &
other times over the recent years since the 2011 fires.

There are more AMERICAN BITTERNs being spotted than many can recall so that
now almost every boat tour sees at least one or more. Note, there are at
least 1--2 of these in the Owl's Roost Tower area of the Chesser Island
Boardwalk. They have been recorded in every month of the year & on a
regular basis since records were kept, but are more common in winter. The
GREATER SANDHILL CRANEs which winter here were late, but they have now
joined the resident FLORIDA SANDHILL CRANEs.

ANHINGAs were seen by multiple groups & often more than one at a time was
recorded. Two MARSH WRENs were noted at the Refuge Boathouse area behind
the Visitor Center. This species has been on the rise since the 2011 fires
and a center is usually the Cane Pole Tr. (w. of concession boat basin) or
sometimes the Chesser Island Boardwalk off the Swamp Island Dr. Until then,
the SEDGE WREN was more likely to have been found here, but the 2 recent
major fires have greatly changed the vegetation (less shrubs, more
grasses/sedges), apparently to their favor. Note that the Okefenokee Swamp
is not a cattail swamp itself, but more spots containing these are now
found.

Lovers of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERs can still expect to find them in both the
Charlton Co. countryside & the uplands of the Okefenokee NWR. Our CBC did
get 13 RED-COCKADED WOODPECKERs on the refuge at each of the 4 locations we
check (1 off-limits to public; 3 others accessible). See along the Refuge
Entrance Rd (on the right/north just past the HQ; n. of the Pay Station and
on the Swamp Island Dr. around the Gator Pond. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was
also a native species recorded, esp. in the refuge pinelands.

Note, without a permit, on ONWR, you cannot go down any firebreaks. Stay
strictly on trails & road. Also, using audio to attract any species is
forbidden as is true for other refuges & national parks. Plus, here, 1/2 hr
before sunrise is the only nocturnal period allowed as you must exit at
sunset.

Well, I could just continue on & on w/ Okefenokee Swamp regulars, but I'll
stop for now. I will try to post another w/ more specifics on our CBC later
including some surprise finds (for us) in new places. We did get 96 species
thanks to the dedication of some great birders!! Thanks go to them!!

For county listers, from the Owl's Roost Tower, Seagrove Lake & its woods
to the east are in Charlton Co. but Chesser Prairie to the west of the lake
is in Ware Co. Also, going out the Suwannee Canal it is Charlton Co. for
the 1st mile but then it changes to Ware Co. for most of where the average
day waterway user travels out from the boat basin.

Take care. Safe travels.

Sincerely,
Sheila Willis
Native American Naturalist-Talks & Tours
Okefenokee NWR CBC, Director/Compiler
Okefenokee Bird Club, President
Waycross, WARE, GA

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Subject: Greater White-fronted Goose (Jefferson County, FL)
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2016 19:34:13 -0500
Yesterday, 28 Dec 2016 at 17:40, three Greater White-fronted Geese were
observed in a field among 59 Canada Geese on County Rd. 158 (Rabon Rd),
Monticello, FL.  (20 miles drive south of GA).

They were about 50-100 meters from the road.  CAGO, and BBWD are regulars
in the adjacent pond.

Robert Emond
Lowndes County, GA

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Subject: Broad billed Hummingbird
From: Buddy Campbell <blacksnake6 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2016 12:35:52 -0500
Looking at the BBHU now. 12:33 in Eastman, Ga

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Subject: Wood Duck boxes
From: Ann Stewart <annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2016 10:26:46 -0500
Well it's almost January 
and time to get your Wood Duck boxes ready for another nesting season.
Make sure your boxes are secure to their post and that the nesting material 
inside is fresh and that their is enough in the box. 

Don't fill the box all the way to the hole but a little below it. The ducks 
prefer to be lower than hole so they can hide and are not visible. 

I'm not even sure I will have a Wood Duck season this year?? My little pond 
went completely dry this summer and now with the recent short rains I only have 
a little water in the center. Last year I put up several new boxes and they are 
all in place but on dry land. The ducks are going to have a hard belly landing 
on the dirt until the water comes up. 

All I can do is wait and see what happens!
As you all know - Nature is a funny thing!
In my nineteen (19) years of keeping records of my Wood Ducks I have hatched 
842 Eggs!!! 

Not too bad for just starting off with one little Duck box ! Last years total
eggs was 61!
Keep your fingers crossed!

Ann Stewart
Floyd County
Rome Georgia


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Subject: Savannah NWR Management
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2016 10:02:19 -0500
The refuge is hosting a presentation by biologist Chuck Hayes on
Saturday, January 14  AT  1:00 p.m. at the Savannah NWR Visitor Center.
He plans to discuss current management operations and future
management goals.

Everyone is welcome and this would be a great time to ask questions or
make suggestions for future management and/or birder access.  The
visitor center is located at 694 Beech Hill Ln, Hardeeville, SC

Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

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Subject: Surf Scoter Phinizy Swamp, Richmond County, Augusta, GA 12/27/2016
From: Milton Hobbs <thegahobbs6 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2016 09:35:15 -0500
Hi, Georgia Birders. Surf Scoter at Phinizy Swamp and Nature Park. I have
seen it twice--a female Surf Scoter in the equalization pond. It was there
on 12/25/2016 and again on 12/27/2016. It was near the middle of the pond,
diving and keeping largely to itself.

https://mhbbs.smugmug.com/Surf-Scoter/n-QVv5wq/

Milton Hobbs
Burke County

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Subject: Re: Western Grebes (2) and Peregrine Falcon Continue - Elrod Ferry RA, Lake Hartwell - 12/28/2016
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2016 09:27:22 -0500
Hi folks, the Western Grebes continue off of the tip of Elrod Ferry RA this 
morning, in the direction toward the dam described below. 


Also present this morning were 3 White-winged Scoters, some Northern Pintail, 
American Wigeon, Red-breasted Mergansers, and Gadwall. 


No Peregrine (yet).

Thanks to Mark McShane & Jim Hanna for the original discovery & to Mark & 
Pierre for the latest reports. 


Take care,

Jim Flynn 
Forsyth Co., GA

> On Dec 28, 2016, at 15:22, Mark McShane  wrote:
> 
> Hi All,
> 
> Pierre Howard just called and reported that two WESTERN GREBES continue 
together way out from the peninsula of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Elrod 
Ferry RA (day use area) towards the dam. He reports that they are mostly 
snoozing and loafing way out there at the moment. 

> 
> Also, he has seen a/the PEREGRINE FALCON as well. When the Peregrine is over 
on the islets east off of Long Point it may be best seen from there but also 
can be seen from the tip of Elrod Ferry. Long Point was formerly a Corps RA but 
is now a Hart County Park. 

> 
> ---
> 
> Corps Hartwell Lake Map (shows Corps Recreation Areas and Campgrounds as well 
as State and Municipal Recreation Areas): 

> 
http://www.sas.usace.army.mil/Portals/61/docs/lakes/hartwell/PlanaVisit/Hartwell_Tear_Off.pdf 

> 
> Also, just found out yesterday at the Corps Lake Lanier Visitor Center, when 
I bought my $40 annual day use pass again, that if you are 62 or older you can 
get a LIFE annual Corps day use pass for only $10! 

> 
> ---
> 
> Note:
> 
> Per previous posts, I have stopped by the Lake Hartwell U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers Visitor Center on the Georgia side (at Big Oaks) to check on things 
there in recent years past and talked with the rangers on duty there and 
learned a few things regarding access. Rangers there have verified that 
birders, or any visitors, are always allowed to walk into the Corps Recreation 
Areas (RAs), or day use areas, when the auto gates on them are closed for the 
winter season. 

> 
> ---
> 
> Good Birding All!
> 
> Mark
> 
> Mark McShane
> Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
> www.neargareport.com
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Subject: Surf Scoter Phinizy Swamp Augusta GA 12/27/2016
From: Milton Hobbs <thegahobbs6 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2016 21:13:59 -0500
I have seen it twice--a female Surf Scoter in the equalization pond. It was
there on 12/25/2016 and again on 12/27/2016. It was near the middle of the
pond, diving and keeping largely to itself.

https://mhbbs.smugmug.com/Surf-Scoter/n-QVv5wq/

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Burke County

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Subject: Fwd: Savannah NWR - 2 N. Waterthrushes (GA and SC), White-crowned Sparrow, Cattle Egrets, very degraded habitat
From: Nate Dias <offshorebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2016 19:09:06 -0500
Participants on the upcoming  Savannah CBC  should find some of this
of interest:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Nate Dias 
Date: Wed, Dec 28, 2016 at 7:07 PM
Subject: Savannah NWR - 2 N. Waterthrushes (GA and SC), White-crowned
Sparrow, Cattle Egrets, very degraded habitat
To: CarolinaBirds 


I saw and heard Northern Waterthrushes in Georgia and South Carolina
this morning - in Chatham County and Jasper County.  I started the day
at the Onslow Island unit of Savannah NWR.  High tide was at 8am and
there  were good shorebirds and lots of Green-winged Teal in the
dredge  spoil cell that is still holding water.   Highlights included
a handful of American Avocets, a Stilt Sandpiper, Long-billed
Dowitcher, Wood  Storks, Loggerhead Shrike and King Rails + Soras
vocalizing in the freshwater marsh.  There  were scads  of American
Pipits and Least Sandpipers foraging  on the wet mudflats and smaller
numbers of Dunlin and Short-billed Dowitchers in the wetter  areas.
Half a dozen Wilson's Snipe probed the mud for goodies.

As I walked back down from the spoil area dike back towards the
parking area, I heard a Northern Waterthrush chipping in the little
swampy area up against the high dike.  It's on the left as you are
walking in from the parking area immediately before the high dike
begins.  I got a couple of looks and was trying to get a photo when a
young birder named Marshall came by after viewing  shorebirds.  We
heard it chipping as it moved around but by then it wasn't presenting
views any more.  I did not manage any photos of the Waterthrush and
was bummed.

20 minutes later, after seeing a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW at the start of
the Tupelo trail over  in South Carolina, I heard  a familiar "chink".
  This time I managed a photo of the NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH.  Here are a
couple of shots:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/offshorebirder2/31946635695/sizes/o/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/offshorebirder2/31946635315/sizes/l

Other  nice birds at Savannah NWR included several Orange-crowned
Warblers,  a confiding Merlin that perched in the open for longer than
I could stay with it, a pair of Cattle Egrets, a good sized  flock of
Northern Pintails and a male Northern Harrier that perched for scope
views.

But the depressing thing was how badly the refuge  impoundments have
degraded.  Both of the former Water Lily impoundment strongholds are
nearly devoid of Water Lilies.  The one across the highway from the
wildlife drive entrance is not very wet and is growing  up in Cattails
and junk.  And the  vast former lily pad impoundment along  the
wildlife drive is now a big area of dense flooded Dog Fennel with only
a thin strip of remaining Lily Pads along the deeper canals linind the
edge of the impoundment.

This lack of Lily Pads equates to a lack  of diving ducks like
Ring-necked Duck, and a few Lesser Scaup, Redhead, and  Canvasbacks.
Where there should have been several hundred or a few thousand
Ring-necked and other Diving Ducks, now there was ZILCH.

* This lack of Lily Pads  will doubtless mean LITTLE OR NO PURPLE
GALLINULES next spring.   Impoundments that stayed flooded and in Lily
Pads for decades have apparently been changed to seasonally dry and
wet like the less productive ones.  Yikes.

* And don't get me started  on the "War on trees and brush" that is
being waged at Savannah NWR - especially around the entrance area.
The handful of acres of high ground around  the entrance  area used to
be semi-jungle-ish  like the hammock islands.  It used to host all
sorts of neat wintering  warblers, grosbeaks,  tanagers, Orioles, etc.
Now it is approaching a grassy dead zone with less and less cover
remaining each time I visit.  This is bad for wintering passerines,
bad for all sorts of migrating birds, bad for moths and insects, bad
for  reptiles  and amphibians, bad bad bad all around.

Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC

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Subject: Sandhill Crane
From: Linda DiSantis <lkdisantis AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2016 16:00:16 -0500
About 70 Sandhill Cranes were over Lullwater Estate in DeKalb County (on Ponce 
near Clifton) at 3:30 today. Circled, riding the thermals for about 10 minutes, 
then flew off to the SE. 


Linda K. DiSantis
DeKalb County
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Subject: Sandhill Cranes- Cherokee County
From: Sandra Eileen Garber <sgarber AT GSU.EDU>
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2016 19:48:01 +0000
A huge number of Sandhill Cranes are one the sanbars out from Fields Landing 
Park on Lake Allatoona and more huge flights arriving as I type. 

Sandra Garber
Canton, GA

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Subject: Golden Crowned Kinglet Vogel State Park 12/272016
From: Jason Blevins <ospreyflyfisher AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2016 14:15:18 +0000
Saw a Golden Crowned Kinglet at Vogel State Park yesterday. It was off the
Falls Bottom Trail. This was my first sighting of this bird.

Jason Blevins.

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Subject: Western Grebes - Lake Hartwell - 12/25/2016 - Photos Added
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2016 19:47:35 -0500
Hi All,

Some photos of the two Western Grebes together at Lake Hartwell on 12/25 (as 
well as shots of a single bird from 12/23 and 12/24) for those who would like 
to see them but don't get the eBird rare bird alerts. 


12/25:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33206359

12/23-24:
http://eBird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33171496

Good Birding All!

Mark

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

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Subject: Broad-billed Hummingbird seen today 12/27
From: Keith McCullough <flatpickit AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2016 11:44:55 -0500
The continuing Broad-billed Hummingbird near Eastman, GA was present for me 
today between 10:45 and 11:15am. It frequented the feeder and trees/shrubs on 
the right side of the house as previously reported. Wonderful bird! 


Keith McCullough
Charleston, SC
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Subject: Sparrow Dilemma
From: Andrew Baxter <a.d.baxter25 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2016 12:06:30 -0500
Hello All,

I recently spent some time on Skidaway Island, GA  visiting family for
Christmas. While there, I birded a local saltmarsh and collected some
images of a bird that I cannot readily identify. I will post a link to the
Flickr album at the end of the email. The bird appears to me to be one of
the sharp-tailed sparrows. Let me preface this discussion by saying that I
observed Saltmarsh and Seaside Sparrows at this location the day before and
on the same day that the photos of the bird in question were taken.

Here is my reasoning thus far. I initially thought Saltmarsh Sparrow.
However, the points arguing against that identification include the lack of
the distinct streaking on the breast and the lack of the pale stripes or
"braces" on the back of this specimen. At this point, I lean toward
Nelson's, but the bird also lacks the orange/buff on the breast that a
Nelson's should have which points away from Nelson's.

I am leaning toward one of the two following solutions to the mystery: 1.
this bird is a very worn member of the *subvirgatus* subspecies of Nelson's
or 2. that this bird is a hybrid between a Saltmarsh and Nelson's. The main
point pushing me away from Saltmarsh is the lack of distinct streaking on
the breast. However, I am sure that someone out there has significantly
more knowledge of these birds than I do and can point me in the right
direction.

 I read an article on the sharp-tailed sparrows found here:
https://www.aba.org/nab/v65n2sparrows.pdf. It was helpful, but I am still
not certain about the ID. Any and all help would be appreciated.

Photos of the bird can be found here:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/adbaxter25/albums/72157678234755986/with/31852192806/ 


Sincerely,

Andrew Baxter
Fulton County

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <12/26/2016>
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2016 07:49:50 -0500
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: December 26, 2016 at 12:09:33 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Snow Goose (4 Stewart)
> Ross's Goose (1 Macon, 2 Stewart)
> Tundra Swan (1 Macon)
> Surf Scoter (1 Richmond)
> Common Goldeneye (1 Walton)
> Western Grebe (2 Hart)
> Black-crowned Night-Heron (1 Richmond)
> King Rail (2 Stewart)
> Herring Gull (1 Hart)
> Barn Owl (2 Stewart)
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird (2 Chatham)
> Rufous Hummingbird (1 Columbia)
> Broad-billed Hummingbird (1 Dodge)
> Peregrine Falcon (1 Hart)
> Western Kingbird (1 Glynn)
> Marsh Wren (palustris Group) (1 Richmond)
> 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: Happy Holidays!!
From: Sheila Willis <swjxw1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Dec 2016 15:37:46 -0500
Hey folks,

Hope you are fine & enjoying the holidays with family & friends. May you
have safe travels over the coming days. Good birding!! Take care.

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

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