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White-winged Crossbill,©Jan Wilczur

1 Mar Tundra Swans Burke County [Wes Hatch ]
1 Mar Lake Hartwell (Yesterday) [Patty McLean ]
28 Feb Counties most in need of eBird data for March [Joel McNeal ]
28 Feb Deadline for GOS Hog Island Camp Scholarship Extended [Renee Carleton ]
28 Feb Floyd County []
27 Feb Common Goldeneye continue at Lake Acworth [Antoinette Bowen ]
27 Feb Cackling geese in Calhoun, GA [Lance ]
27 Feb Red-tailed with NO Belly Band [Patty McLean ]
26 Feb Golden Eagle Merriweather County [Theresa Hartz ]
26 Feb Golden Eagle near Joe Kurz WMA [Patty McLean ]
26 Feb Common Goldeneye, Norris Lake, Gwinnett County, 2/27/15 [Carol Lambert ]
26 Feb Common Goldeneye Lake Acworth [Chuck Saleeby ]
25 Feb Cackling & Greater White-Fronted geese in Calhoun, GA [Lance ]
25 Feb Cardinal Flock, Fannin Cty. []
25 Feb John T. Briscoe Jr. Reservoir, Walton County - 2/23/2015 [Mark McShane ]
25 Feb Floyd County birds []
25 Feb Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 2/25/2015 [Stephen Holzman ]
25 Feb Blitzing for Blackbirds: Year 2 of the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration [Stephen Holzman ]
24 Feb Redhead numbers continue to build at Paris Lake, Floyd Co. [Marion Dobbs ]
24 Feb AAS Field Trips this week -- one cancellation, another rescheduled, others! [Mary Kimberly ]
24 Feb [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert - 2/24/2015 [Stephen Holzman ]
23 Feb Greater White-Fronted Goose, Savannah Airport [joel ludlam ]
23 Feb Sandhills. [Ilene Schroeder ]
23 Feb Sandhill cranes [Ilene Schroeder ]
23 Feb Snow Geese at Piedmont - still there @ 2:00pm [Richard Williams ]
23 Feb Huie, Clayton Co. 2/23/15 GOOD BIRDS NOW [Carol Lambert ]
23 Feb FW: Cobb County birding highlights [bob zaremba ]
23 Feb Snow(?) Geese in Piedmont park meadow [Vinod Babu ]
23 Feb Re: Cobb County birding highlights [Marion Dobbs ]
23 Feb Bald Eagle Lake Acworth [Chuck Saleeby ]
23 Feb Piedmont Park (Atlanta) Snow Geese [Stephen Barlow ]
22 Feb Cobb County birding highlights [bob zaremba ]
22 Feb Re: Greater Scaup, Northern Harrier, Redhead - Bradshaw Lake Cherokee County Plus Jekyll Island Birds [Rich Hull ]
22 Feb Greater Scaup, Northern Harrier, Redhead - Bradshaw Lake Cherokee County Plus Jekyll Island Birds [Rich Hull ]
22 Feb killdeer & hermit thrushes - Bartow [Pam Potter ]
22 Feb Female western tanager []
22 Feb White-winged Scoter at West Point Lake [Malcolm Hodges ]
22 Feb Re: Cool birds in Mexico, if you are interested. [Linda ]
22 Feb Fwd: [GABO-L] Fwd: Ken Clark [Steve Holzman ]
21 Feb Cool birds in Mexico, if you are interested. []
21 Feb Possible Rough-legged Hawk Pair-- Albany [Andrew Dreelin ]
21 Feb White-winged Scoters [Lois Stacey ]
21 Feb Fwd: Ken Clark [Steve Holzman ]
21 Feb Harlan's Hawk [Patty McLean ]
21 Feb Re: plea for help -- really [Wes Hatch ]
20 Feb Re: plea for help -- really [Yvonne Bombardier ]
20 Feb Re: plea for help -- really [Jess ]
20 Feb Re: plea for help -- really [Melanie Furr ]
20 Feb Huge numbers of winter birds/Wash. Co. [mocking bird ]
20 Feb RUSTY BLACKBIRD in the yard [Jess ]
20 Feb Phinizy Swamp & Harris's Sparrow Today [William Pixler ]
20 Feb plea for help -- really ["Eugenia R. Thompson" ]
20 Feb Orioles and Siskins, PHOTOS, 20 Feb, Albany [Roy Cohutta ]
20 Feb Quitman Vulture Roost [Angus Pritchard ]
20 Feb Chatsworth - Redheads []
20 Feb Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge [Jim McMahon ]
19 Feb Greater White-fronted Geese and Redheads - Murray County - 2/19/2015 [Mark McShane ]
19 Feb Cackling Geese still present Gordon County 2/19/2015 [Mark Freeman ]
19 Feb noise pollution impacts birds []
19 Feb Loggerhead Shrike Burke County [Cox Family ]
19 Feb Re: [EXTERNAL] Re: [GABO-L] Moorhen/Gallinule question (UNCLASSIFIED) ["Haskell, Eric C SAS" ]
18 Feb Re: Moorhen/Gallinule question ["Chris O'Neal" ]
18 Feb Moorhen/Gallinule question [Drew Whitelegg ]
18 Feb Purple finches [Robert Braxton ]
18 Feb Osprey near I-85 in Gwinnett County ["Chris O'Neal" ]
18 Feb Fannin Snowbirds [Tom Striker ]
18 Feb GPB TV program []
18 Feb [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 2/18/2015 [Stephen Holzman ]
18 Feb GPB TV - tonight-Owls []
17 Feb Several decades of The Auk need a home! [Kelly ANNE Bettinger ]
17 Feb Wood Ducks/ Floyd Co []
17 Feb Laura Walker SP Great Backyard Bird Count results by Okefenokee Bird Club [SHEILA WILLIS ]
17 Feb Okefenokee NWR Great Backyard Bird Count by Okefenokee Bird Club [SHEILA WILLIS ]
17 Feb Black and white warbler [Susan Loeb ]
17 Feb Nash Farm, Henry Co. 2/17/15 Waterfowl [Carol Lambert ]
17 Feb Golden Eagle -- Meriwether County ["Ozier, Jim" ]

Subject: Tundra Swans Burke County
From: Wes Hatch <whatch11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:51:16 -0500
Hey all,

I drove down to Magruder Plantation to check if the swans returned. I have 7 
swans in the way back. I could only see one birds bill which was black but a 
thick fog rolled in before I could check the rest. Other goodies include 
Canvasback, Wigeon and Ruddy Ducks. If anyone has the ability to get out here 
tomorrow to check on the other 6 swans and make sure there isn't anything that 
I missed I would recommend it. 


Wes Hatch
Sandy Springs, GA

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Subject: Lake Hartwell (Yesterday)
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 08:34:21 -0500
Hi All. 

I made the long trek to Lake Hartwell yesterday to see some of the birds 
reported recently by Eric Beohm but he certainly picked the better day to be 
there! For me, it was cold with strong winds hitting me in the face nearly 
every direction I looked and causing a strong chop on the water. Plus Eric had 
a good number of duck species and i found only a few. I made stops at Big Oaks, 
Elrod Ferry, Duncan Branch, Hart State Park and Long Point. The best areas were 
Duncan to Long Point and the south edge of Elrod (as well as the Mexican 
restaurant for lunch). 


DUCKS - 3 Gadwall and approx 40 Red-breasted Mergansers, with the males 
displaying and challenging each other, which was fun to watch. Both scaup 
species present but only one or two of each. I saw one duck in flight that may 
have been a White-winged Scoter, showing clean white wing patches on an all 
dark body, but was unable to find it on the water to confirm. I noticed a 
Gadwall in flight can look dark overall when the light hits it a certain way. 


LOONS - Numerous Common and at least three RED-THROATED LOONS.

GREBES - Horned Grebes everywhere (probably close to 200 total in this section 
of the lake) and only ONE Pied-billed. Several HOGR in various stages of 
transitioning to breeding, with a few beginning to show yellow on the head. 
Also at least one grebe that looked good for EARED with square-shaped head 
(with a strong peak), smudgy face patch over the eye and cheek, small bill and 
floating high on the water with a big bustle. It appeared smaller than the 
Horns it was actively feeding with, which is what first caught my attention. 
Seen between Duncan Branch and the gate into Long Point. Photos taken but 
they're pretty bad due to sunlight and distance.  


GULLS - Hundreds of Ring-billed, a few dozen Bonaparte's and several Herring. 
Found a few gull wings and other bird feather along the southeast edge of the 
point at Long Point. I did a quick check for OWL poop or pellets but didn't 
find any in the immediate vicinity. Perhaps a more extended search would be 
warranted. There was a large flying PREDATOR in there but i was unable to 
locate it because it saw me first and flew off. I also saw footprints in the 
sand that looked like cat paws so not sure what caused the demise of the gulls 
and other birds but hope it was an owl. 


Other birds of note were WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW (along the fenceline of a cattle 
pasture) and PINE SISKIN. House Finches were actively singing in many areas. 
Other than the strong wind, the birds made for a lovely day.  


Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: Counties most in need of eBird data for March
From: Joel McNeal <joelmcneal AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:24:42 -0500
There are only two Georgia counties for which at least 20 species have
not been reported to eBird during the month of March all-time:

Bacon  9
Atkinson  14

If you're passing through south-central GA at any point this month
(perhaps doing some Rusty Blackbird blitzing?), please consider
entering a few lists from these underbirded counties.

February already had more than 20 species reported for all 159 Georgia
counties at the beginning of the month.

Joel McNeal
Cartersville, Bartow Co., GA
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Subject: Deadline for GOS Hog Island Camp Scholarship Extended
From: Renee Carleton <rcarleton AT BERRY.EDU>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:22:05 -0500
The deadline for receipt of applications for the GOS's Parks Scholarship for 
Young Birders has been extended to Wednesday, March 4th. Don't delay. There is 
still time to complete your application. The GOS will send two teens between 14 
and 17 years of age to Maine Audubon's Hog Island this June 21-26th. 
Registration and up to $500 in travel expenses will be paid for by the GOS. 
Application materials may be sent via email to rcarleton AT berry.edu. For more 
information and application form and instructions, visit 
http://gos.org/parks/html. For details on the camp visit 
http://hogisland.audubon.org/hog-island-programs. 



Renee' Carleton
Georgia Ornithological Society
Education and Outreach

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Subject: Floyd County
From: annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:30:35 -0500
Just had approx 50 Sandhills cranes flying north over Armuchee area at 11:00am!

.......love that sound!!!

Ann Stewart
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Subject: Common Goldeneye continue at Lake Acworth
From: Antoinette Bowen <tonibowen AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:41:44 -0800
Around 11:00 AM, I located the two male and one female Common Goldeneye. Best 
viewing spot was from the parking area on the route 92 bridge. There was a nice 
variety of other ducks as well - 2 American Black Duck, many Hooded Mergansers, 
Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked and Gadwall. 



Toni Bowen
Johns Creek, GA

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Subject: Cackling geese in Calhoun, GA
From: Lance <lmarvel55 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:02:56 -0500
Early this morning I traveled to Calhoun, GA to see if I could locate the 
Cackling goose and I found a pair of them on Roberts Lake just off I-75. I was 
able to get some pictures of them on the bank and in flight. There is a link 
below. One of the pics has the Cackling geese on the bank with some Canada 
geese in flight. The GWFG (12) are still there and three of them are in the 
picture. 

http://flic.kr/p/r6WZd7
http://flic.kr/p/ror89u

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Lance Marvel
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Subject: Red-tailed with NO Belly Band
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:14:46 -0500
Hi All. I've attached a photo of a Red-tailed Hawk seen last weekend at 
Altamaha WMA (Butler Island) but this one has no belly band. It may be the same 
one Bob Sattelmeter reported from this area over a month ago. The head has some 
white on it but I'm thinking this is likely a Fuertes's subspecies of RTHA 
(possibly an immature) and not a Krider's. We had a few Fuertes's in Arkansas 
this winter, so certainly possible we could have one here with the active 
weather systems we've had. This bird was quite a distance away but the photo 
captures the pale belly with little to no brown speckles, white throat and pale 
head. I believe a Krider's would appear nearly white on the breast and face but 
this one appears to be buffy-white in tone on the belly and only a limited area 
of white on the head. Also note the extensive white area above the shoulder. 
 https://flic.kr/p/rjF6PL  


There's an excellent article comparing the various sub-species of RTHA, 
developed by Liguori and Sullivan on comparisons of Harlan's, Western and 
Eastern Red-tailed Hawks which also includes descriptions of a Fuertes's. 
Attempted to copy it here but couldn't get it to load properly. The ABA Website 
also has this article. Worth it if you enjoy puzzles. (Smile)  The article now 
makes me think the Red-tailed I saw last week at the Jekyll Island Amphitheater 
is likely an intermediate Western. Waiting to hear from a Western Red-tailed 
Hawk expert to confirm. Exciting, regardless.  


Patty McLean
Tucker GA 


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Subject: Golden Eagle Merriweather County
From: Theresa Hartz <jthartz50 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:40:00 -0500
Approximately 4:30 this afternoon I saw a Golden Eagle in flight near Joe
Kurz WMA.
I was across the road from the WMA check-in/entrance in a pull-out with a
metal gate. I was looking south across a large field and spotted the bird
flying above the far tree line.
I drove south on Germany Road but was not able to relocate the bird.

Large raptor, long winged, dark body with light head and nape, base of tail
lighter than rest of tail. No white patches seen in wings. Flew with slight
dihedral, but not as deep as Turkey Vulture and no rocking.

Theresa Hartz


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Subject: Golden Eagle near Joe Kurz WMA
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:10:15 -0500
Theresa Hartz just called to report that she spotted one GOLDEN EAGLE at a 
recently burned area off Mt Carmel Rd, near the entrance to Joe Kurz WMA at 
4:30 this afternoon. Also present in this area were vultures and a Red-tailed 
Hawk. Yay! 


Patty McLean
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Subject: Common Goldeneye, Norris Lake, Gwinnett County, 2/27/15
From: Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:49:28 -0500
A female. Seen this morning from the first little park coming from DeKalb 
County on Lake Drive. 


Jeff Sewell
Tucker GA
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Subject: Common Goldeneye Lake Acworth
From: Chuck Saleeby <charlessaleeby AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:19:49 -0500
There are 2 male and 1 female Common Goldeneye at Lake Acworth in Cobb County 
this morning. They can be seen in the cove next to the park off Ragsdale Rd. 
They are actively displaying both amongst each other and with several Hooded 
Mergansers. They are even vocalizing. 


Hooded Merganser 90
Ring-necked Duck 3
Common Goldeneye 3
Pied- billed Grebe 8
Ring-billed Gull 22
Herring Gull 1

Chuck Saleeby
Kennesaw GA
Cobb County

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Subject: Cackling & Greater White-Fronted geese in Calhoun, GA
From: Lance <lmarvel55 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:49:27 -0500
On a snowy Tuesday morning I traveled to Calhoun to see if I could locate the 
Cackling goose that has been seen there for the last several weeks. I started 
at the pond by the DMV and then moved on to Roberts Lake. I struck out at both 
locations but I did see 18 Greater White-Fronted geese at Roberts Lake. The 
best way to view Roberts Lake is from Dogwood Lk. Rd. 

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Subject: Cardinal Flock, Fannin Cty.
From: joe AT BETTERBIRDWATCHING.COM
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:20:14 -0700
Typically have the resident pair of cardinals here, but every year late
winter, early spring a flock appears around the feeders, 12+ birds this
time about half and half male and female. Also with the snow a good mix
and numbers of birds hitting the feeders and moving water feature, still
lots of siskins, also many goldfinches, White-throated Sparrows, some
juncos, towhees, titmice, chickadees. Have not seen or heard the female
Red-breasted Nuthatch for a while tho. Last week had to setup the heated
bird bath for a few days.

Joe LaFleur
Mineral Bluff, Fannin Cty.
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Subject: John T. Briscoe Jr. Reservoir, Walton County - 2/23/2015
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:54:46 -0500
Hi All,

I stopped at the Briscoe Reservoir in Walton County on Monday around noon to 
check on things there. There was a good raft of REDHEADS with a RING-NECKED 
DUCK with them. Elsewhere on the lake it was RUDDY DUCKS and PIED-BILLED 
GREBES. 


Redhead 163 (84 drakes), counted from video
Ring-necked Duck 1
Ruddy Duck 14
Pied-billed Grebe 7

Coordinates:  33.842982,-83.775803
GPS coordinates:  N 33 50.579 W 83 46.548

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Floyd County birds
From: annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:02:32 -0500
I checked my wood duck boxes yesterday and the dock box now has 5 eggs. This 
means that the ducks are not laying an egg each day as they normally do, I have 
3 pair of Wood Ducks visiting everyday but just haven't started laying yet. 

This morning at my feeders the birds are all going crazy eating as fast as 
possible. My HAIRY WOODPECKER is feeding on one of the suet cakes and glad to 
see him back. I have over 50+ PINE SISKINS and they increase each day it seems. 
I have a few HOUSE FINCHES and 3-4 PURPLE FINCHES, several pair of PINE 
WARBLERS in addition to the regular feeding birds. 


Ann Stewart
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 2/25/2015
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:45:51 -0500
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From:  
Date: Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 9:34 AM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
To:


*** Species Summary:

Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Richmond)
White-winged Scoter (1 Richmond, 1 Troup)
Long-billed Curlew (1 Chatham, 2 McIntosh)
Forster's Tern (1 Clayton, 1 Troup)
Monk Parakeet (1 Dougherty)
Sedge Wren (1 Henry)
Northern Waterthrush (1 McIntosh)
Orange-crowned Warbler (1 Dawson)
Harris's Sparrow (2 Columbia)
Western Tanager (5 Crawford)
Painted Bunting (3 Thomas)
Pine Siskin (1 Camden)

---------------------------------------------
Thank you for subscribing to the  Georgia Rare Bird Alert. The
report below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia.  View this
alert on the web at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

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Subject: Blitzing for Blackbirds: Year 2 of the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:11:57 -0500
From Blitz Central Command:

Have you heard a squeaky-hinge song lately, or seen a flash of
rust-tipped feathers
under a bright yellow eye? Although occasionally overlooked as “just another
blackbird,” Rusty Blackbirds face an unfortunate and remarkable notoriety: 
this 

species has endured a decline more severe than that of any other once-common
landbird. In 2014, the International Rusty Blackbird Working Group, in
partnership
with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Vermont Center for
Ecostudies, eBird,
and many other state, federal, and local partners, launched a three-year Rusty
Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz that challenged birders to scour the
landscape for
Rusty Blackbirds during this species’ northward migration. Between 1 March 
and 

15 June, 4750 birders submitted 13,400 checklists containing Rusty Blackbird
observations to eBird, a hugely successful first season that has
allowed us to start
looking at potential Rusty Blackbird migratory hotspots, habitat use,
and potential
migratory pathways.

We hope you’ll consider participating in Year 2 of the Blitz this
spring!  It’s easy-
bird as you normally do during the Blitz window (1 March through 15 June) and
submit your data to eBird using the “Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration 
Blitz” 

observation type.  To help you figure out when Rusties might be passing through
your area, each region is assigned a set of target dates found here:
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/states-and-dates/
(Georgia's is the month of March) We’re collecting Blitz data from
anywhere within our target states and provinces, but this year, we’d
also like birders to revisit Areas of Interest identified from 2014
data to assess the consistency of Rusty Blackbird habitat use and
migratory timing.  Check
out our map of Areas of Interest for 2015 at
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/2015-areas-of-interest/
(Georgia sites include Harris Shoals Park in Watkinsville, Cook's
Trail in Athens, Decatur Cemetery in Atlanta, Ridge Ferry Park in
Rome, and Phinizy in Augusta.  Check the map for more)


To learn more about Rusty Blackbirds and the Blitz effort, please
visit our Migration
Blitz website (http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/),
or check out
our Blitz Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/rustyblackbirdspringblitz).
We hope you’ll join us to Blitz for Blackbirds this spring!

Good luck out there!

Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

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Subject: Redhead numbers continue to build at Paris Lake, Floyd Co.
From: Marion Dobbs <catbird500 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:31:33 -0500
I think it's accurate to say that I saw more Redhead today than I ever have 
seen anywhere at any time. I estimate about 600 birds on the water and with 
about triple the number of American Wigeon that were there three days ago. 


I encountered Sam Talley at the lake, and he kindly showed me his excellent 
photographs of the Cackling Goose he observed in this area several weeks ago. 
I'm still looking... 


Complete eBird list:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22063066

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Rome (Floyd Co.) GA
catbird500 AT comcast.net
http://www.mamomi.net
http://www.mariondobbs.net 

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Subject: AAS Field Trips this week -- one cancellation, another rescheduled, others!
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:49:06 -0500
Greetings, Georgia Birders

I'm just back from sunny Florida where I was able to find the Florida
Scrub-jay! Yeah!

The Atlanta Audubon Society has several field trips scheduled for this
weekend.

Unfortunately, Ralph Smith and Liz Hornsby have cancelled the bird walk
scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday, February 25) at Clyde Shepherd Nature
Preserve; the weather forecast is pretty miserable.

Joy Carter and Gus Kaufman will lead a walk at Fernbank Forest (DeKalb
County) on Saturday, February 28 at 8:30 AM. Registration is required.

Marshall Weber will lead a walk at Brook Run Park (DeKalb County) in memory
of Bobbi Sedam on Saturday, February 28 at 8:30 AM.

Lieren Forbes will lead a walk at Panola Mountain State Park (Rockdale
County) on Saturday, February 28 at 9:00 AM. Registration is required.
(This walk was originally published as occurring on Friday, February 27;
but it was subsequently rescheduled for Saturday.)

For details about registration and directions to these sites, please visit
our website at http://www.atlantaaudubon.org/field-trips. Click on the
calendar entry for a pop-up description for each walk; or scroll down for
the same information.

Bird on!

-- 
Mary Kimberly
Field Trip Director
Atlanta Audubon Society


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Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert - 2/24/2015
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:37:15 -0500
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From:  
Date: Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 9:35 AM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
To:


*** Species Summary:

Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Chatham, 5 Henry)
Snow Goose (1 Bartow)
Canvasback (1 Coweta)
Greater Scaup (1 Cherokee)
Reddish Egret (2 Glynn)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (1 Charlton)
Long-billed Curlew (1 Glynn)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (1 Liberty)
Forster's Tern (1 Troup)
Black-chinned Hummingbird (2 Bibb)
Loggerhead Shrike (1 Clayton, 2 Henry)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (1 Fulton)
Winter Wren (1 Glynn)
Sedge Wren (Northern) (1 Clayton)
Sedge Wren (1 Clayton, 1 Henry)
Henslow's Sparrow (1 Glynn)
Harris's Sparrow (2 Columbia)
Western Tanager (2 Crawford)
Painted Bunting (1 Glynn)
Bullock's Oriole (1 Glynn)
Baltimore Oriole (2 Columbia)
Pine Siskin (1 Camden, 1 Liberty)

---------------------------------------------
Thank you for subscribing to the  Georgia Rare Bird Alert. The
report below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia.  View this
alert on the web at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

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Subject: Greater White-Fronted Goose, Savannah Airport
From: joel ludlam <joel AT JOELINMOTION.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:19:44 -0500
Hello all. On the drive home today I saw a Greater white-Fronted goose at
the Savannah airport ponds (the ebird hotspot). It was on the eastern end
of the main pond on the north side of Gulfstream Rd with a dozen
ring-necked ducks. The bill appeared orange in the late light, but I need
to do more research on subspecies and wouldn't commit to one.

When I left it was feeding in some reeds on the north shore and blended in
pretty well. It seemed pretty relaxed, hopefully it sticks around!

While I'm e-mailing, I had a leucistic yellow-rumored warbler at the office
last week. Full white good, it definitely stuck out of the crowd! Happily,
it seemed to be energetic and feeding actively. (Awful) photos in my ebird
report:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22026481

Best,

--
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Subject: Sandhills.
From: Ilene Schroeder <ilenes47 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:27:25 -0500
Sorry,  forgot to day out was at 4:30 this afternoon.

Ilene

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Subject: Sandhill cranes
From: Ilene Schroeder <ilenes47 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:25:37 -0500
Hi.
I saw 2 small flocks of Sandhills flying from near Decatur over the Lake
Claire neighborhood heading north towards the Druid Hills and Emory. All
together maybe 50 birds.

Ilene
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Atlanta in Dekalb

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Subject: Snow Geese at Piedmont - still there @ 2:00pm
From: Richard Williams <cre8foru2011 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:08:27 -0500
The Snow Geese were still at the park in the lake close to the swimming
pool this afternoon. Thank you Stephen for finding these birds. I was able
to get really close by just waiting by the lake. They followed some Canada
Geese right up to where I was sitting.
Photos here > https://www.flickr.com/photos/42272247 AT N07/


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Atlanta Ga.


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Subject: Huie, Clayton Co. 2/23/15 GOOD BIRDS NOW
From: Carol Lambert <carol.lambert AT CCWA.US>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:37:52 +0000
Paul Raney just stopped in to report a large group of REDHEADS, GR. SCAUP, 
FORSTER'S TERN, RING-BILLED GULLS and a GOLDEN EAGLE on and above the Huie 
ponds. 

Carol

Carol Lambert
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2755 Freeman Road, Hampton, GA 30228
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Subject: FW: Cobb County birding highlights
From: bob zaremba <bobzarem AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:17:43 -0500
I checked the lakes again at lunch time today. Yesterday’s rafts of ducks 
were no longer around. The best bird was a single Red-breasted Merganser viewed 
from the old day use area on Allatoona Lake. 


 

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Subject: Snow(?) Geese in Piedmont park meadow
From: Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:48:49 -0500
Hello,

I biked to the meadow at around 10.30 am to see the geese still there. I've
never seen either Snow or Ross's geese before but Stephen's description
seems about right. The darker bird had mud caked around its beak but they
both had "normal-sized" bills and necks. I biked to the north meadow to
check it out and when I got back the birds were gone.

Fortunately I had been able to hastily digiscope some pictures and video.
Some of the pictures are better than the others but they are all somewhat
blurry. I have linked my dropbox folder here. Hope this is allowed in the
forum. The pictures and video can be viewed and downloaded by anyone  with
the link.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/t75z9ajq66oap3p/AADbuWsB7MG2guomQ1j_CIDVa?dl=0

Thanks, and have a great week! What a nice treat on a Monday morning...

Vinod


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Subject: Re: Cobb County birding highlights
From: Marion Dobbs <catbird500 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:14:06 -0500
There has been a large raft of Redhead at Paris Lake/Georgia Highlands College 
in Floyd Co. for a few weeks. The numbers were at their highest yet on Saturday 
with an estimated 400. Also, several waves of Sandhill Cranes passed over 
between 3:00 and 3:45, heading north. I heard more over my house later in the 
afternoon. 


Complete checklist and photos at this link:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22012727

Marion Dobbs
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On Feb 22, 2015, at 8:18 PM, bob zaremba  wrote:

> I checked several lake locations in Cobb today hoping that the cold front may 
have resulted in some movement of ducks. I was not disappointed! I had the 
highesT count of REDHEAD that I can ever recall for this area. A total of 489 
birds in three different groups between Allatoona Lake and Lake Acworth. There 
were also a good number of Hooded Merganser. The diversity of species was not 
great but the number of ducks was! The e-Bird checklists are summarized below 
if anyone is interested. 

> 
> 
> 
> Thanks!
> 
> Bob Zaremba
> 
> Marietta,  GA 
> 
> 
> 
> BirdLog Checklist Summary for: Jan 26, 2015
> 
> Number of Checklists: 8
> Number of Species: 56
> 
> Checklists included in this summary:
> (1): Lake Acworth
> Date: Feb 22, 2015, 9:31 AM
> (2): Lake alatoona
> Date: Feb 22, 2015, 10:08 AM
> (3): Lake Acworth
> Date: Feb 22, 2015, 10:16 AM
> (4): Cobb Co. Corps Property (Allatoona Creek WMA)
> Date: Feb 22, 2015, 11:02 AM
> (5): Cobb Co. Corps Property (Allatoona Creek WMA)
> Date: Feb 22, 2015, 11:50 AM
> (6): US-GA-Kennesaw-3317 GA-3
> Date: Feb 22, 2015, 1:50 PM
> (7): Ellison Lake & Marsh
> Date: Feb 22, 2015, 2:11 PM
> (8): 2702 Lillie Lake Drive
> Date: Feb 22, 2015, 8:20 AM
> 
> 11 Canada Goose -- (1),(4),(7),(8)
> 6 Wood Duck -- (1),(4)
> 6 Mallard -- (1),(7)
> 489 Redhead -- (1),(2),(3)
> 17 Ring-necked Duck -- (1),(3)
> 4 Lesser Scaup -- (1)
> 2 Greater/Lesser Scaup -- (1)
> 144 Hooded Merganser -- (1),(3),(7)
> 8 Pied-billed Grebe -- (1),(3)
> 1 Double-crested Cormorant -- (1)
> 8 Great Blue Heron -- (3),(4)
> 1 Great Egret -- (7)
> 2 Red-tailed Hawk -- (7)
> 2 American Coot -- (1)
> 7 Ring-billed Gull -- (1)
> 1 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) -- (4)
> 7 Mourning Dove -- (4),(5),(8)
> 4 Belted Kingfisher -- (3),(4),(7)
> 3 Red-bellied Woodpecker -- (4),(5),(8)
> 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker -- (5)
> 3 Downy Woodpecker -- (4),(5),(8)
> 2 Northern Flicker -- (4),(5)
> 2 Pileated Woodpecker -- (4)
> 2 Eastern Phoebe -- (7),(8)
> 8 Blue Jay -- (4),(5),(7),(8)
> 16 American Crow -- (3),(4),(5),(7),(8)
> 9 Carolina Chickadee -- (4),(5),(8)
> 5 Tufted Titmouse -- (5),(8)
> 2 White-breasted Nuthatch -- (8)
> 5 Brown-headed Nuthatch -- (5),(8)
> 1 Winter Wren -- (7)
> 4 Carolina Wren -- (5),(8)
> 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet -- (5)
> 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet -- (5),(8)
> 1 Hermit Thrush -- (5)
> 17 American Robin -- (4),(5),(8)
> 5 Brown Thrasher -- (4),(5),(8)
> 2 Northern Mockingbird -- (4),(8)
> 82 Cedar Waxwing -- (5),(8)
> 2 Pine Warbler -- (7),(8)
> 6 Yellow-rumped Warbler -- (5),(7),(8)
> 6 Eastern Towhee -- (5),(7)
> 13 Chipping Sparrow -- (4),(7),(8)
> 1 Fox Sparrow -- (5)
> 7 Song Sparrow -- (4),(5),(7),(8)
> 8 Swamp Sparrow -- (4),(5),(7)
> 20 White-throated Sparrow -- (5),(8)
> 38 Northern Cardinal -- (4),(5),(7),(8)
> 22 Red-winged Blackbird -- (4),(5),(7),(8)
> 18 Common Grackle -- (8)
> 5 Brown-headed Cowbird -- (8)
> 5 House Finch -- (8)
> 6 Purple Finch -- (5)
> 1 Pine Siskin -- (8)
> 4 American Goldfinch -- (8)
> 1 House Sparrow -- (6)
> 
> This trip summary was created using the BirdLog app for iPhone and iPad.
> See BirdLog 
 
for more information. 

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Subject: Bald Eagle Lake Acworth
From: Chuck Saleeby <charlessaleeby AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 08:59:44 -0500
There was an adult Bald Eagle crossing Hwy. 92 from Lake Allatoona to Lake 
Acworth. 


Chuck Saleeby
Kennesaw
Cobb County

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Subject: Piedmont Park (Atlanta) Snow Geese
From: Stephen Barlow <stephen.barlow AT CHEMISTRY.GATECH.EDU>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 08:45:09 -0500
This am (Mon 23) at around 8:05 am there were 2 Chen sp. Geese in the middle of 
the damp "meadow" at Piedmont Park (i.e. the large open grassy area at the 10th 
/ Monroe corner of the park) 

I didn't have optics with me, but could clearly see a "Blue" adult and a white 
immature. Although too distant to things like the bill shape and pattern w/o 
bins, they looked too big and long-necked for pure Ross's. Moreover, pattern of 
white on the "blue" bird was right for "blue" Snow and wrong for "blue" Ross's 
and the immature was prob not "dirty" enough. So prob Snow Geese. 

Cheers
Steve 

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Principal Research Scientist,
School of Chemistry and Biochemistry,
Georgia Institute of Technology,
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Subject: Cobb County birding highlights
From: bob zaremba <bobzarem AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 20:18:23 -0500
I checked several lake locations in Cobb today hoping that the cold front may 
have resulted in some movement of ducks. I was not disappointed! I had the 
highesT count of REDHEAD that I can ever recall for this area. A total of 489 
birds in three different groups between Allatoona Lake and Lake Acworth. There 
were also a good number of Hooded Merganser. The diversity of species was not 
great but the number of ducks was! The e-Bird checklists are summarized below 
if anyone is interested. 


 

Thanks!

Bob Zaremba

Marietta,  GA 

 

BirdLog Checklist Summary for: Jan 26, 2015

Number of Checklists: 8
Number of Species: 56

Checklists included in this summary:
(1): Lake Acworth
Date: Feb 22, 2015, 9:31 AM
(2): Lake alatoona
Date: Feb 22, 2015, 10:08 AM
(3): Lake Acworth
Date: Feb 22, 2015, 10:16 AM
(4): Cobb Co. Corps Property (Allatoona Creek WMA)
Date: Feb 22, 2015, 11:02 AM
(5): Cobb Co. Corps Property (Allatoona Creek WMA)
Date: Feb 22, 2015, 11:50 AM
(6): US-GA-Kennesaw-3317 GA-3
Date: Feb 22, 2015, 1:50 PM
(7): Ellison Lake & Marsh
Date: Feb 22, 2015, 2:11 PM
(8): 2702 Lillie Lake Drive
Date: Feb 22, 2015, 8:20 AM

11 Canada Goose -- (1),(4),(7),(8)
6 Wood Duck -- (1),(4)
6 Mallard -- (1),(7)
489 Redhead -- (1),(2),(3)
17 Ring-necked Duck -- (1),(3)
4 Lesser Scaup -- (1)
2 Greater/Lesser Scaup -- (1)
144 Hooded Merganser -- (1),(3),(7)
8 Pied-billed Grebe -- (1),(3)
1 Double-crested Cormorant -- (1)
8 Great Blue Heron -- (3),(4)
1 Great Egret -- (7)
2 Red-tailed Hawk -- (7)
2 American Coot -- (1)
7 Ring-billed Gull -- (1)
1 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) -- (4)
7 Mourning Dove -- (4),(5),(8)
4 Belted Kingfisher -- (3),(4),(7)
3 Red-bellied Woodpecker -- (4),(5),(8)
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker -- (5)
3 Downy Woodpecker -- (4),(5),(8)
2 Northern Flicker -- (4),(5)
2 Pileated Woodpecker -- (4)
2 Eastern Phoebe -- (7),(8)
8 Blue Jay -- (4),(5),(7),(8)
16 American Crow -- (3),(4),(5),(7),(8)
9 Carolina Chickadee -- (4),(5),(8)
5 Tufted Titmouse -- (5),(8)
2 White-breasted Nuthatch -- (8)
5 Brown-headed Nuthatch -- (5),(8)
1 Winter Wren -- (7)
4 Carolina Wren -- (5),(8)
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet -- (5)
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet -- (5),(8)
1 Hermit Thrush -- (5)
17 American Robin -- (4),(5),(8)
5 Brown Thrasher -- (4),(5),(8)
2 Northern Mockingbird -- (4),(8)
82 Cedar Waxwing -- (5),(8)
2 Pine Warbler -- (7),(8)
6 Yellow-rumped Warbler -- (5),(7),(8)
6 Eastern Towhee -- (5),(7)
13 Chipping Sparrow -- (4),(7),(8)
1 Fox Sparrow -- (5)
7 Song Sparrow -- (4),(5),(7),(8)
8 Swamp Sparrow -- (4),(5),(7)
20 White-throated Sparrow -- (5),(8)
38 Northern Cardinal -- (4),(5),(7),(8)
22 Red-winged Blackbird -- (4),(5),(7),(8)
18 Common Grackle -- (8)
5 Brown-headed Cowbird -- (8)
5 House Finch -- (8)
6 Purple Finch -- (5)
1 Pine Siskin -- (8)
4 American Goldfinch -- (8)
1 House Sparrow -- (6)

This trip summary was created using the BirdLog app for iPhone and iPad.
See BirdLog 
 
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Subject: Re: Greater Scaup, Northern Harrier, Redhead - Bradshaw Lake Cherokee County Plus Jekyll Island Birds
From: Rich Hull <haharich15 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:48:43 -0500
I put the wrong link for Feb. 20. Here's the correct one:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21996074. Sorry!

On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 6:39 PM, Rich Hull  wrote:

> Hello All,
>      The 2 Greater Scaup males are still at Bradshaw Lake in Cherokee
> county.  Due to a low fog over the lake I could not ID the Greater Scaup
> female that was there earlier in the month, but I did find approximately 9
> Redheads.  I had 42 species overall including a Northern Harrier:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22028568.
>      I spent 3 days on Jekyll Island this past week and saw the continuing
> male Painted Bunting at the Campground, a female Black Scoter off of the
> south end, a Roseate Spoonbill at the Amphitheatre Pond, and 2 Marbled
> Godwits (one near the bridge to the island and the other at Clam Creek
> Picnic Area).  I tried for the Bullock's Oriole but could not find it.
> This trip was my first trip to the Atlantic coast (I've been to the Gulf
> Coast and the Pacific), so I had 12 lifers, 19 new state birds, and 30 new
> birds for the year.  Here are my checklists:
> February 18, 46 species:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21967153
> February 19, 46 species:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21976352
> February 20, 48 species:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21976352
>
> Good Birding,
> Rich Hull
> Woodstock, GA
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Subject: Greater Scaup, Northern Harrier, Redhead - Bradshaw Lake Cherokee County Plus Jekyll Island Birds
From: Rich Hull <haharich15 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:39:29 -0500
Hello All, 
 The 2 Greater Scaup males are still at Bradshaw Lake in Cherokee county. Due 
to a low fog over the lake I could not ID the Greater Scaup female that was 
there earlier in the month, but I did find approximately 9 Redheads. I had 42 
species overall including a Northern Harrier: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22028568. 

 I spent 3 days on Jekyll Island this past week and saw the continuing male 
Painted Bunting at the Campground, a female Black Scoter off of the south end, 
a Roseate Spoonbill at the Amphitheatre Pond, and 2 Marbled Godwits (one near 
the bridge to the island and the other at Clam Creek Picnic Area). I tried for 
the Bullock's Oriole but could not find it. This trip was my first trip to the 
Atlantic coast (I've been to the Gulf Coast and the Pacific), so I had 12 
lifers, 19 new state birds, and 30 new birds for the year. Here are my 
checklists: 

February 18, 46 species: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21967153
February 19, 46 species: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21976352
February 20, 48 species: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21976352

Good Birding, 
Rich Hull
Woodstock, GA

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Subject: killdeer & hermit thrushes - Bartow
From: Pam Potter <ppotter AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 13:05:12 -0500
Pam PotterThursday, 3 days ago, I came home to see 3 killdeer in my west hay 
field, a first in 16 years. The next day they doubled in number. Yesterday 
morning there was one near the house where I observed it vibrating its leg 
apparently to flush whatever it was looking for. I didn't even know they did 
that. It's been a real treat to hear them. 


While I was watching the killdeer I spotted a hermit thrush which I've seen a 
few times over the last month. A bit later I saw a hermit elsewhere. I checked 
to see if the other was where I'd last seen it and there were 2 more! 3 hermit 
thrushes...cool! 


Also hanging around yesterday:

30+ pine siskins
10  American goldfinch
 1  purple finch-male
 2  orange house finch (color variants)
10  house finch
 3  chickadee
 2  titmouse
 2  red-bellied woodpeckers-m&f
 2  hairy woodpecker-m&f
 1  downy woodpecker-m
14  Northern cardinals
 2  Northern flicker
 2  American robin
 2  European starling-claiming a nesting cavity, seen excavating
 4  meadowlark 
 4  American crow
 2  blue jay
 1  ruby-crowned kinglet
 3  eastern towhee-all male
 1  song sparrow
 6  field sparrow
11  white-throated sparrow
 1  mockingbird
 2  Carolina wren
 1  Cooper's hawk
 1  red-tailed hawk
 8  mourning dove
 1  brown thrasher


Pam Potter
White, GA, Bartow Co

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Subject: Female western tanager
From: 000002817888bd31-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 10:09:20 -0500
The female western tanager is still coming to my feeders.  This  morning 
makes day 6.
 
If you have sent me an email about coming to see the bird and I have not  
responded, my apologies.  I'm having some weird problem with my  email.  
Several birders from around the state have already come to see this little gal, 

but I've also found requests in my mail box this morning that were  sent 2 
days ago and just now showed up.  If you email me, avoid using  GABO-L in 
the subject line.  Seems odd, but that does help.  Most of  my GABO messages 
go straight to the Spam folder for some reason.
 
My cell number is 478-957-6095.  The tanager has been seen as early as  
08:30 and as late as 17:20.
 
Hal Massie
Musella, Georgia
Crawford County

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Subject: White-winged Scoter at West Point Lake
From: Malcolm Hodges <mhodges1957 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 09:48:33 -0500
If anyone goes to West Point dam today, look just below the dam on the far
side of the river for this scoter. It is an immature female type.

Mal Hodges
Riverdale, GA


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Subject: Re: Cool birds in Mexico, if you are interested.
From: Linda <ll_finn AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 08:27:59 -0500
Very interesting. Thanks for the photos and ID. What camera gear were you using 
and what region of Mexico? 


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Subject: Fwd: [GABO-L] Fwd: Ken Clark
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 05:04:14 -0500
Begin forwarded message:


> 
> Steve,
> You may inform any who wish to know that Ken Clark’s celebration of life 
will be from 3 until 5 on Monday afternoon at Carlyle Place in Macon. Ken will 
be cremated and a private family interment will occur later at Andersonville 
National Cemetery. Should anyone wish to write Lee the Address would be Mrs. 
Lee Kingery-Clark 

>                    % Carlyle Place
>                5300 Zebulon Road 
>                Macon, Ga  31210
> 
> Ty Ivey
> Macon, Ga   
> 
> 
http://www.hartsmort.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=2973681&fh_id=11723

>>> 
>>> 
>>> Folks,
>>> 
>>> Ken passed away this morning. He had been suffering for the past few months 
from his long battle with prostate cancer. Will provide more details as they 
become available. Please notify the GABO community. We have lost a truly 
distinguished gentlemen and leader, and a wonderful friend. 

>>> 
>>> Bob Sargent
>>> 
>>> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Cool birds in Mexico, if you are interested.
From: eelriver05 AT MCHSI.COM
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 18:52:18 -0600
Hello my Georgia birding friends. 

If anyone is interested, I just did an 11 day birding trip to Mexico. I ended 
up with 176 lifers for the trip. 

I got pretty good photos of some birds and some diagnostic pics so if you have 
a couple of minutes and want to 

check out a few then here you go. There is about 145 photos.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/sets/72157650501397167/
See you all on the trail.

Bird on my friends, bird on.

Larry Gridley
Albany, Ga.
Dougherty County

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Subject: Possible Rough-legged Hawk Pair-- Albany
From: Andrew Dreelin <randrew899 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:36:10 -0500
Hi all,

I just received a secondhand report from my brother about two possible
Rough-legged Hawks seen flying in the Albany area while he was driving
through. He wasn't able to turn around, but he noted the extensive white
undersides and black-edging on the wingtips. I texted him a picture of a
Rough-legged Hawk, and he feels confident that was it.

In terms of location, he said that he was "one and a half miles north of
the Terrell County line on 520, between Richland and Dawson." I apologize
that I can't give any more information, but that's all I have. I don't want
to send anyone on a wild goose (or hawk) chase, but given that this is an
irruption year for this species, I think birders in the Albany area would
do well to keep an eye out and search potentially good locations if they're
able.

Happy Birding,

Andrew Dreelin


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Subject: White-winged Scoters
From: Lois Stacey <croakie AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:56:30 -0500
There is a pair of White-winged Scoters on the Expressway Pond at Merry 
Brickyard Ponds in Augusta! 




Lois Stacey
North Augusta, SC

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Subject: Fwd: Ken Clark
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 10:00:22 -0500
> 
> 
> Folks,
> 
> Ken passed away this morning. He had been suffering for the past few months 
from his long battle with prostate cancer. Will provide more details as they 
become available. Please notify the GABO community. We have lost a truly 
distinguished gentlemen and leader, and a wonderful friend. 

> 
> Bob Sargent
> 
> Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Harlan's Hawk
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 06:35:57 -0500
Harlan's RTHA??  I'm not sure if this photo sharing attempt will work but i 
saw what looked like a HARLAN'S RED-TAILED HAWK this afternoon at the Jekyll 
Island Amphitheater. Attempted photos. This one was probably the best of the 
lot. Comments welcome. 

https://flic.kr/p/rhASTb

Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: Re: plea for help -- really
From: Wes Hatch <whatch11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:16:09 -0500
Another solution is watch what the mockingbird enjoys to eat and then fill a 
feeder with that specific food and leave that food out of the other food. 


Wes Hatch
Sandy Springs, GA

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> On Feb 20, 2015, at 11:05 PM, Yvonne Bombardier  
wrote: 

> 
> I agree with Jess. Having multiple feeding stations helps especially if you 
place them where the Mockingbird can't see all of them at the same time. That 
way it can't defend all of them and it gives your other birds places to feed 
where the Mockingbird can't be. 

> 
> Yvonne Bombardier
> Wild Birds Unlimited
> Dawsonville, GA
> 
> 
> -----Original Message----- From: Jess
> Sent: Friday, February 20, 2015 5:53 PM
> To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> Subject: Re: [GABO-L] plea for help -- really
> 
> Set up another feeding station.   We have one in front and one in back.
> For some reason, our resident mockingbird doesn't come up near the stations
> too often.   But creating more places to feed would keep the nuisance
> mocker from monopolizing any one space.
>> On Feb 20, 2015 4:29 PM, "Melanie Furr"  wrote:
>> 
>> I'd be very curious to know if anyone has a good suggestion for this
>> problem. I occasionally get phone calls of this nature at Atlanta Audubon.
>> Thanks,
>> Melanie Furr
>> 
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> 
>> > On Feb 20, 2015, at 2:42 PM, "Eugenia R. Thompson" <
>> eroberthom AT BELLSOUTH.NET> wrote:
>> >
>> > No, I'm not stranded in Barcelona or Calcutta or even London.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > I need ideas for how to deal with a super aggressive mockingbird at the
>> > feeder. For years the only time mockingbirds showed up at the feeder
>> would
>> > be during snowstorms. Then this year one started coming regularly. It
>> would
>> > challenge the birds of similar size (jays, larger woodpeckers, etc.) if
>> they
>> > happened to be at the feeder together, but the others held their ground.
>> > Then it started scarfing up all the mealworms before the phoebe could > 
get 

>> > any at all.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > Today it is hardly eating but is hanging out near the feeder and
>> > dive-bombing EVERYTHING that comes to the feeder - birds its size, > 
little 

>> > birds, solitary birds, flocks of birds (e.g., goldfinches, siskins) and
>> so
>> > on. Siskins are 'zreeing' up in the trees, woodpeckers are trying to
>> sneak
>> > in, titmice and cardinals are singing their springtime songs and
>> > occasionally trying to eat, but no one is successful.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > Now I know one option is to stop feeding altogether, but I hate to do
>> that
>> > with more bad weather predicted. I know they don't 'need' our food, but
>> they
>> > are dependent on it now, and this seems like a bad time to stop > 
abruptly. 

>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > Many thanks.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > Eugenia Thompson
>> >
>> > Athens GA
>> >
>> >
>> >
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Subject: Re: plea for help -- really
From: Yvonne Bombardier <ravenn439 AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 23:05:58 -0500
I agree with Jess.  Having multiple feeding stations helps especially if you 
place them where the Mockingbird can't see all of them at the same time. 
That way it can't defend all of them and it gives your other birds places to 
feed where the Mockingbird can't be.

Yvonne Bombardier
Wild Birds Unlimited
Dawsonville, GA


-----Original Message----- 
From: Jess
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2015 5:53 PM
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] plea for help -- really

Set up another feeding station.   We have one in front and one in back.
For some reason, our resident mockingbird doesn't come up near the stations
too often.   But creating more places to feed would keep the nuisance
mocker from monopolizing any one space.
On Feb 20, 2015 4:29 PM, "Melanie Furr"  wrote:

> I'd be very curious to know if anyone has a good suggestion for this
> problem. I occasionally get phone calls of this nature at Atlanta Audubon.
> Thanks,
> Melanie Furr
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Feb 20, 2015, at 2:42 PM, "Eugenia R. Thompson" <
> eroberthom AT BELLSOUTH.NET> wrote:
> >
> > No, I'm not stranded in Barcelona or Calcutta or even London.
> >
> >
> >
> > I need ideas for how to deal with a super aggressive mockingbird at the
> > feeder. For years the only time mockingbirds showed up at the feeder
> would
> > be during snowstorms. Then this year one started coming regularly. It
> would
> > challenge the birds of similar size (jays, larger woodpeckers, etc.) if
> they
> > happened to be at the feeder together, but the others held their ground.
> > Then it started scarfing up all the mealworms before the phoebe could 
> > get
> > any at all.
> >
> >
> >
> > Today it is hardly eating but is hanging out near the feeder and
> > dive-bombing EVERYTHING that comes to the feeder - birds its size, 
> > little
> > birds, solitary birds, flocks of birds (e.g., goldfinches, siskins) and
> so
> > on. Siskins are 'zreeing' up in the trees, woodpeckers are trying to
> sneak
> > in, titmice and cardinals are singing their springtime songs and
> > occasionally trying to eat, but no one is successful.
> >
> >
> >
> > Now I know one option is to stop feeding altogether, but I hate to do
> that
> > with more bad weather predicted. I know they don't 'need' our food, but
> they
> > are dependent on it now, and this seems like a bad time to stop 
> > abruptly.
> >
> >
> >
> > Many thanks.
> >
> >
> >
> > Eugenia Thompson
> >
> > Athens GA
> >
> >
> >
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Subject: Re: plea for help -- really
From: Jess <oceansunfish AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:53:53 -0500
Set up another feeding station.   We have one in front and one in back.
For some reason, our resident mockingbird doesn't come up near the stations
too often.   But creating more places to feed would keep the nuisance
mocker from monopolizing any one space.
On Feb 20, 2015 4:29 PM, "Melanie Furr"  wrote:

> I'd be very curious to know if anyone has a good suggestion for this
> problem. I occasionally get phone calls of this nature at Atlanta Audubon.
> Thanks,
> Melanie Furr
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Feb 20, 2015, at 2:42 PM, "Eugenia R. Thompson" <
> eroberthom AT BELLSOUTH.NET> wrote:
> >
> > No, I'm not stranded in Barcelona or Calcutta or even London.
> >
> >
> >
> > I need ideas for how to deal with a super aggressive mockingbird at the
> > feeder. For years the only time mockingbirds showed up at the feeder
> would
> > be during snowstorms. Then this year one started coming regularly. It
> would
> > challenge the birds of similar size (jays, larger woodpeckers, etc.) if
> they
> > happened to be at the feeder together, but the others held their ground.
> > Then it started scarfing up all the mealworms before the phoebe could get
> > any at all.
> >
> >
> >
> > Today it is hardly eating but is hanging out near the feeder and
> > dive-bombing EVERYTHING that comes to the feeder - birds its size, little
> > birds, solitary birds, flocks of birds (e.g., goldfinches, siskins) and
> so
> > on. Siskins are 'zreeing' up in the trees, woodpeckers are trying to
> sneak
> > in, titmice and cardinals are singing their springtime songs and
> > occasionally trying to eat, but no one is successful.
> >
> >
> >
> > Now I know one option is to stop feeding altogether, but I hate to do
> that
> > with more bad weather predicted. I know they don't 'need' our food, but
> they
> > are dependent on it now, and this seems like a bad time to stop abruptly.
> >
> >
> >
> > Many thanks.
> >
> >
> >
> > Eugenia Thompson
> >
> > Athens GA
> >
> >
> >
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Subject: Re: plea for help -- really
From: Melanie Furr <mefurr AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:21:42 -0500
I'd be very curious to know if anyone has a good suggestion for this problem. I 
occasionally get phone calls of this nature at Atlanta Audubon. 

Thanks, 
Melanie Furr


Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 20, 2015, at 2:42 PM, "Eugenia R. Thompson"  
wrote: 

> 
> No, I'm not stranded in Barcelona or Calcutta or even London.
> 
> 
> 
> I need ideas for how to deal with a super aggressive mockingbird at the
> feeder. For years the only time mockingbirds showed up at the feeder would
> be during snowstorms. Then this year one started coming regularly. It would
> challenge the birds of similar size (jays, larger woodpeckers, etc.) if they
> happened to be at the feeder together, but the others held their ground.
> Then it started scarfing up all the mealworms before the phoebe could get
> any at all.
> 
> 
> 
> Today it is hardly eating but is hanging out near the feeder and
> dive-bombing EVERYTHING that comes to the feeder - birds its size, little
> birds, solitary birds, flocks of birds (e.g., goldfinches, siskins) and so
> on. Siskins are 'zreeing' up in the trees, woodpeckers are trying to sneak
> in, titmice and cardinals are singing their springtime songs and
> occasionally trying to eat, but no one is successful.
> 
> 
> 
> Now I know one option is to stop feeding altogether, but I hate to do that
> with more bad weather predicted. I know they don't 'need' our food, but they
> are dependent on it now, and this seems like a bad time to stop abruptly.
> 
> 
> 
> Many thanks.
> 
> 
> 
> Eugenia Thompson
> 
> Athens GA
> 
> 
> 
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Subject: Huge numbers of winter birds/Wash. Co.
From: mocking bird <mockingbird AT GARDENER.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 22:16:28 +0100
Brrrr to all!
 Along with the usual feeder birds, I now have over 200 Pine Siskins, over 150 
Purple Finches, over 200 American Goldfinches, several Phoebes, and at least 
3-6 Hermit Thrushes that visit the feeding area. This doesn't take into account 
the 40 plus Cardinals and friends. It's a beautiful sight but comes with an 
expensive feed bill. I am willing to sacrifice for the birds! 

Stay warm, folks!
Lynn Schlup
Mockingbird Hill Wildlife Rehabilitation and Sanctuary
Oconee, Ga.
Washington County

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Subject: RUSTY BLACKBIRD in the yard
From: Jess <oceansunfish AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:03:53 -0500
Hi Gabo-ers....

I had another relatively unproductive day at home due to a another large
mixed flock of birds in the yard tempting me to the windows.  I managed to
scramble after they were gone so it looks like I did some work before hubby
gets home! ;)

Anyway, the most exciting bird was a single Rusty Blackbird who was
cooperative enough to come back in time for me to capture him with my
camera!  I've only ever seen Rusties in winter plumage in a flock with
females so I had to send the pics off to some friends for verification just
in case I was hallucinating.  Luckily, I was right!

Here's the ebird list and flickr links.  Flickr has jacked up my account so
that when I post to my photostream it goes to my old screen name but when I
sign in it gives me a new screen name so I can't yet embed the photos.  I
don't know what the deal is with this.  I'll figure it out eventually I
guess.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21990982

https://www.flickr.com/photos/72796925 AT N05/15971939204/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/72796925 AT N05/16593466942/

Over the GBBC weekend I had another large flock of Eastern Bluebirds, with
an exact count of 40 sitting in one tree.  That was nice for the count.
That same list was record setting for me for any yard (I believe), with a
tally of 39 species in a little less than 90 minutes!! My only
disappointment was that my Brown Creeper was a no-show...have not seen it
for a while.

Thanks for letting me share!

Jess Searcy
Cobb County


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Subject: Phinizy Swamp & Harris's Sparrow Today
From: William Pixler <pillwixler AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:52:47 -0500
I made my way over the Augusta area this morning in hopes of seeing
the Harris's Sparrow and it made its appearance within the first 5
minutes I was there! Unfortunately it stuck around for less than a
whole minute though. Something spooked all the birds soon after the
Harris's sparrow came in and it did not reappear when the other birds
came out of hiding. I did have enough time to get a few quick pictures
though and the best is embedded in my eBird checklist.

eBird list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21986931

I also made a trip over to Phinizy Swamp for the first time and it was
very birdy despite the cold. Highlights for me were my state-first
ANHINGA, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and PALM WARBLER (finally). Other highlights
were a WINTER WREN and 2 FOX SPARROW's.
There was also a 1st-year looking juvenile bald eagle doing its best
g0ld3n e AT g1e impression. It really was incredible how much it looked
like one from the backside.

eBird list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21988851

Good luck to everyone who goes out to try for the Harris's sparrow!

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Atlanta

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Subject: plea for help -- really
From: "Eugenia R. Thompson" <eroberthom AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:42:38 -0500
No, I'm not stranded in Barcelona or Calcutta or even London.

 

I need ideas for how to deal with a super aggressive mockingbird at the
feeder. For years the only time mockingbirds showed up at the feeder would
be during snowstorms. Then this year one started coming regularly. It would
challenge the birds of similar size (jays, larger woodpeckers, etc.) if they
happened to be at the feeder together, but the others held their ground.
Then it started scarfing up all the mealworms before the phoebe could get
any at all.

 

Today it is hardly eating but is hanging out near the feeder and
dive-bombing EVERYTHING that comes to the feeder - birds its size, little
birds, solitary birds, flocks of birds (e.g., goldfinches, siskins) and so
on. Siskins are 'zreeing' up in the trees, woodpeckers are trying to sneak
in, titmice and cardinals are singing their springtime songs and
occasionally trying to eat, but no one is successful.

 

Now I know one option is to stop feeding altogether, but I hate to do that
with more bad weather predicted. I know they don't 'need' our food, but they
are dependent on it now, and this seems like a bad time to stop abruptly.

 

Many thanks.

 

Eugenia Thompson

Athens GA



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Subject: Orioles and Siskins, PHOTOS, 20 Feb, Albany
From: Roy Cohutta <roybrownphotography AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:14:06 -0500
Today we had a total of 4 Orioles in our yard, up from 2 individuals
prior.  They like the hummingbird feeder, grape jelly, and oranges.
Photo:
https://flic.kr/p/qZNVdX

We also have approximately 60 Pine Siskin.  Photo:
https://flic.kr/p/qZGUFC

Roy Cohutta (Albany, Ellijay)

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Subject: Quitman Vulture Roost
From: Angus Pritchard <anguspritchard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:59:04 -0500
Hi all,

While passing through the town of Quitman, my Dad, brother and I witnessed
something remarkable. On the north side of the square we saw a pretty big
kettle of turkey vultures, about 100. As we continued north the sky
was covered up with them. There were way too many to accurately count, but
around 1000 might have been present. (Basically, a whole lot of Turkey
Vultures). They eventually all landed in a stand of pines behind a parking
lot.

If you spent the day chasing the Say's Phoebe, Inca dove, Vermillion or
Ash-throated flycatchers and have some time to see something really cool,
it happened around 6:00 PM yesterday, and is probably regular. The
approximate address is 730 Norman Drive, Quitman, GA 31643.

Good Birding,

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Subject: Chatsworth - Redheads
From: annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:45:38 -0500
The Redheads that Mark posted for Max near Chatsworth were : 
8.3 miles north of Murray Co line on Hwy 225- pond is on right side across from 
Maranatha Bapt Church. There is a small pull off right past pond for viewing. 


Ann Stewart
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Subject: Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
From: Jim McMahon <boodaddy AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:05:11 -0500
For those of you following the refuge issue with the Harris Neck Land Trust, 
information can be found at the Friends of Savannah Coastal Refuges website. 
The address is www.coastalrefuges.org. They have a section on the Harris Neck 
issue that is very informative. We all need to keep our eyes on this one. I 
have been researching this for almost five years and can tell you with 
certainty that there are no accurate claims from this group, but in todays 
political climate, who knows. Stay alert! 

     Jim McMahon

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Subject: Greater White-fronted Geese and Redheads - Murray County - 2/19/2015
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 22:54:52 -0500
Hi All,

Max Medley called this evening to report and request a post of some good birds 
in Murray County today: 


Southwest of Chatsworth, pond just south of Gudger Road on Hwy 225, pond is on 
east side of Hwy 225 

Coordinates: 34.717681,-84.816398
GPS coordinates: N 34 43.061 W 84 48.984
Anyone can enter coordinates, exactly as they are here, into Google Maps and 
press ENTER and the location will appear 

REDHEAD - 275-300

Carters Reregulation Lake Dam:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE - 2 adults
CANADA GOOSE - 30
MALLARD - 14

Carters Reregulation Lake - Hwy 136 Bridge
HOODED MERGANSER - 6
RING-BILLED GULL - 65

Forecast may be for icy roads in the area, check the current and projected 
forecasts and conditions before heading to Murray. 


Good Birding All,

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Cackling Geese still present Gordon County 2/19/2015
From: Mark Freeman <000000c716fd66be-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:14:54 -0800
The weather did not drive them further south. The two Cackling Geese were at 
the same spot, seen today from Dogwood Lake Rd off Boone Ford Rd SE from 11:00 
to 11:30am today. 


Mark Freeman
Watkinsville, GA (Oconee County)
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Subject: noise pollution impacts birds
From: rdwigh AT BELLSOUTH.NET
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:48:29 -0500
G-birders

 

Mark Oberle, who some of the geezers on this list will remember from his
time in Atlanta, sent this article in to the Naturerecordists forum.  It
makes for interesting reading.  Noise abatement is a woefully difficult
topic to get people to care about, if for no other reason than we are so
used to noise that we are not even aware of the sources around us.

 

http://www.ibtimes.com/national-park-service-maps-noise-pollution-while-stud
ying-effects-visitors-wildlife-1818092 

 

Below is a letter I sent to the Board of our community - it went nowhere,
but I have not quit.  

 

April 15, 2014

The Board of Directors, The Landings Association

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I was reading the news this morning just after 7:15.  I had opened the
window to listen to the morning chorus of birds; a relaxing way to start the
day, wouldn't you agree?  All of a sudden up drove a landscaper and it was
not yet even 7:30 A.M.  Needless to say I had to shut the window and the
peaceful morning went all to Hell.

I first became aware of just how noisy our little Shangri-La was when I set
about to record bird songs on Skidaway.  It was and still is vain. Here's
the thing; noise is actually not good for our health. The World Health
Organization published a 126 page paper in 2011 on the subject of the
detrimental health effects to humans from noise.  WHO researchers discovered
that noise causes stress, even heart disease, and can shorten the life spans
of those exposed to the cacophony of urban sounds; even while sleeping! 

 At the policy-making level, other than OSHA rules for the workplace, we
have done little to nothing in the U.S. since the Reagan Administration cut
the Office of Noise Abatement and Control in 1982.  You know the capability
to build a quieter machine is out there.  Aircraft engine manufacturers have
done it, but where is the demand from consumers for quiet stuff from the
retailer's shelves?  Instead of lowering the noise level, the manufacturers
sell you ear protectors.  They get your money coming and going.

Here is something interesting: Did you know that the average leaf blower
measures 70-75 decibels at 50 feet and for the person using it, 90 to 100
dBA!  Acceptable ambient noise levels are 55dBA, and since the scale is
logarithmic, for every increase of 10, noise is 10 times louder.  At least
that's what I read about Sacramento's initiative to lower noise levels in
residential areas.  Leave it to California to lead the way once again.

 

So what can you do?

                Obviously we have no short-term control over disruptive
noises.  We are covered up in landscapers (I use one myself). It is a flyway
and there are military and civilian/corporate airports plus a coast guard
station.  All the county services trucks are abominably loud.  We also have
an abundance of flatulent pick-up trucks (this is South Georgia after all)
and motorcycles. 

                Why can we not restrict the hours of regularly scheduled
services to 8:00 and have them out of here by 5:30? Also, limit them to
Monday through Friday.  When the Association and The Club are buying
replacement maintenance vehicles it should be mandatory that your purchasing
agents ask about quieter technology.  Manufacturers can make quieter tools;
the market has not yet demanded them. 

                

Russ Wigh

Skidaway Island, Chatham County

 



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Subject: Loggerhead Shrike Burke County
From: Cox Family <coxfam3 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:09:59 -0800
We had a loggerhead shrike in our yard in rural Burke County 2/18/2015 about 
5:30p.m. It was perched on a chain link fence near some dried Lantana bushes. 
We saw it as we were driving up our driveway. After we stopped about 30 feet 
from it to get pictures, it flew to the fence right beside our car! This was a 
great moment for my son. It was surprising to see, and we wonder whether it 
will stick around. After we took a few pictures, it flew down into some dried 
grass. 

Karen Cox 
Burke County 


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Subject: Re: [EXTERNAL] Re: [GABO-L] Moorhen/Gallinule question (UNCLASSIFIED)
From: "Haskell, Eric C SAS" <Eric.C.Haskell AT USACE.ARMY.MIL>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:53:50 +0000
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

All 3 birds (Gallinule/Moorhen), (Snowy/Kentish Plover), & 
(Winter/Pacific/Eurasian Wren) you mention were split by the AOU in 2011 based 
on DNA/habits/morphological/habit differences, and reproductive isolation. The 
Gallinule/Moorhen split is recognized internationally, while the Snowy/Kentish 
Plover split is not, and the (3) Wrens (Troglodites clade) are in further 
study, with the possibility of additional splits. 


  Wikipedia and Cornell Lab sites have more on this.

On a colloquial note, many birders in North America continue to refer to the 
Common Gallinule as a Moorhen. 


Eric Haskell

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Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: [GABO-L] Moorhen/Gallinule question

Hello Drew,

I did a quick search on this and here is what I found. First, if you use a
useful website called eBird, go to Explore Data and then Species Maps. If
you search for Common Gallinule (Gallinula galena), you will get results
over North and South America, but few to none in Europe.

However, if you instead search for Eurasian Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus),
you will instead get results over most of Europe as well as Africa and
Asia, but few to none in the Americas.

There is also the option to search for Eurasian Moorhen/Common Gallinule,
which turns up one record in Wisconsin from 2012 and a few results from
Europe. This option just means that the bird found was so similar to both
species that the observer was unable to make a definite call one way or the
other, but the sighting was definitely one of these two species.

So to answer your question, the English bird (Eurasian Moorhen) and the
American bird (Common Gallinule) are in fact two different species of
birds. You may find the following web site handy; it gives tips on how to
tell the two apart, although it is in no way a straightforward task. From
what I can tell, it comes down to the eye color, the shape of the front
part of the bird's head, and the pattern of yellow to red on the bill, but
even this is not always diagnostic.


http://www.sibleyguides.com/2011/02/can-eurasian-common-moorhen-be-identified-by-sight/ 


Now, I apologize for complicating matters but from what I understand (and
anybody else on GABO, please correct me if I am wrong), but until recently
the Common Gallinule and the Eurasian Moorhen were in fact recognized as
one species, the Common Moorhen. But in July 2011, the American
Ornithologists' Union split the Common Gallinule away, making a new
recognized species.

I hope this is helpful,

Chris O'Neal
Gwinnett County

On 18 February 2015 at 21:02, Drew Whitelegg 
wrote:

> Dear Fellow Birders,
> I am from the UK and I have a quick question for experts here in Georgia
> about moorhens/gallinules.  I always see references to Common Gallinules in
> postings and I have always assumed this was the same bird as the Moorhen -
> in the UK these are very common (as common as coots) and can be found
> pretty much in any lake with vegetation cover at the edges.  I assumed it
> was just an American v British name (like the Snowy Plover v Kentish
> Plover)….but a quick internet search suggests I may be mistaken. Are there 

> any definitive answers on this?  (I note also the friendly and ubiquitous
> Wren - found in almost any garden - in the UK is now no longer the Winter
> Wren here - this one I am clearer on).
>
> Any help on this appreciated
>
> Yours
>
> Drew Whitelegg
> DeKalb County
>
>
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Caveats: NONE



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Subject: Re: Moorhen/Gallinule question
From: "Chris O'Neal" <chrisoneal2718 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:29:45 -0500
Hello Drew,

I did a quick search on this and here is what I found. First, if you use a
useful website called eBird, go to Explore Data and then Species Maps. If
you search for Common Gallinule (Gallinula galena), you will get results
over North and South America, but few to none in Europe.

However, if you instead search for Eurasian Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus),
you will instead get results over most of Europe as well as Africa and
Asia, but few to none in the Americas.

There is also the option to search for Eurasian Moorhen/Common Gallinule,
which turns up one record in Wisconsin from 2012 and a few results from
Europe. This option just means that the bird found was so similar to both
species that the observer was unable to make a definite call one way or the
other, but the sighting was definitely one of these two species.

So to answer your question, the English bird (Eurasian Moorhen) and the
American bird (Common Gallinule) are in fact two different species of
birds. You may find the following web site handy; it gives tips on how to
tell the two apart, although it is in no way a straightforward task. From
what I can tell, it comes down to the eye color, the shape of the front
part of the bird's head, and the pattern of yellow to red on the bill, but
even this is not always diagnostic.


http://www.sibleyguides.com/2011/02/can-eurasian-common-moorhen-be-identified-by-sight/ 


Now, I apologize for complicating matters but from what I understand (and
anybody else on GABO, please correct me if I am wrong), but until recently
the Common Gallinule and the Eurasian Moorhen were in fact recognized as
one species, the Common Moorhen. But in July 2011, the American
Ornithologists' Union split the Common Gallinule away, making a new
recognized species.

I hope this is helpful,

Chris O'Neal
Gwinnett County

On 18 February 2015 at 21:02, Drew Whitelegg 
wrote:

> Dear Fellow Birders,
> I am from the UK and I have a quick question for experts here in Georgia
> about moorhens/gallinules.  I always see references to Common Gallinules in
> postings and I have always assumed this was the same bird as the Moorhen -
> in the UK these are very common (as common as coots) and can be found
> pretty much in any lake with vegetation cover at the edges.  I assumed it
> was just an American v British name (like the Snowy Plover v Kentish
> Plover)….but a quick internet search suggests I may be mistaken.  Are there
> any definitive answers on this?  (I note also the friendly and ubiquitous
> Wren - found in almost any garden - in the UK is now no longer the Winter
> Wren here - this one I am clearer on).
>
> Any help on this appreciated
>
> Yours
>
> Drew Whitelegg
> DeKalb County
>
>
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Subject: Moorhen/Gallinule question
From: Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:02:16 -0500
Dear Fellow Birders,
I am from the UK and I have a quick question for experts here in Georgia
about moorhens/gallinules.  I always see references to Common Gallinules in
postings and I have always assumed this was the same bird as the Moorhen -
in the UK these are very common (as common as coots) and can be found
pretty much in any lake with vegetation cover at the edges.  I assumed it
was just an American v British name (like the Snowy Plover v Kentish
Plover)….but a quick internet search suggests I may be mistaken.  Are there
any definitive answers on this?  (I note also the friendly and ubiquitous
Wren - found in almost any garden - in the UK is now no longer the Winter
Wren here - this one I am clearer on).

Any help on this appreciated

Yours

Drew Whitelegg
DeKalb County


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Subject: Purple finches
From: Robert Braxton <rbraxton AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:15:51 -0500
Its not exactly a rare bird, but for the first time in two years I have a
pair of purple finches at my feeder in Hapeville. Im sure the super cold
weather had something to do with it.

Bob Braxton
Hapeville
Fulton County



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Subject: Osprey near I-85 in Gwinnett County
From: "Chris O'Neal" <chrisoneal2718 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:58:28 -0500
Hello GBBC-ers!

This afternoon at 1:00 I was counting what birds were outside my office.
There were the usual House Sparrows, and despite the light snow there were
about Fifty pigeons flying around, all in various Shades of Grey. Then I
looked up and saw what I first thought was a vulture hovering in place,
then slowly moving forward. After looking through my bins, however, I could
see the bird was mostly white underneath with some dark patterning on the
wings, and the wings had the distinctive and diagnostic kink. Aha! An
Osprey!

The OSPR was just over I-85 at Exit 109 and flew over where I work, which
means I now officially have 60 birds on my work list.

Every snow cloud has an Osprey - oops, silver lining!

Chris O'Neal
Gwinnett County


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Subject: Fannin Snowbirds
From: Tom Striker <tastriker AT TDS.NET>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:05:31 -0500
The light snow finally gave up waiting for The Weather Channel to tell it
when to fall, and at noon Wednesday we have a beautiful light snow in the
Blue Ridge area.  This is the first snow since November 1st.

 

My feeding stations are supporting about 150 Pine Siskins, 4 or 5 Purple
Finches, several Eastern Towhees, at least two Pine Warblers, a Brown
Thrasher, 8 Northern Cardinals and a good sprinkling of chickadees,
goldfinches, titmice, Carolina Wrens and Red-bellied Woodpeckers.

 

Tom Striker

Blue Ridge, GA (Fannin County)



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Subject: GPB TV program
From: annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:27:36 -0500
Sorry forgot - 8:00PM
Tonight!!!!

Ann Stewart
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Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 2/18/2015
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:26:02 -0500
*** Species Summary:

Snow Goose (1 Walker)
Ross's Goose (1 Walker)
American Black Duck (1 McIntosh)
Canvasback (1 Coweta)
Common Goldeneye (1 Henry)
Wood Stork (1 Tattnall)
Reddish Egret (1 Glynn)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (2 Oconee, 1 Rockdale)
Forster's Tern (1 Troup)
Red-headed Woodpecker (1 Fulton)
Merlin (1 Chatham)
Eastern Kingbird (1 Appling)
Loggerhead Shrike (1 Fayette)
Purple Martin (1 Troup)
Barn Swallow (1 Fayette)
House Wren (1 Appling, 4 Chatham, 4 Tattnall)
Palm Warbler (Western) (1 Columbia)
Yellow-throated Warbler (1 Tattnall, 1 Thomas)
Savannah Sparrow (1 Rockdale)
Harris's Sparrow (1 Columbia)
Summer Tanager (1 Thomas)
Western Tanager (1 Crawford)
Painted Bunting (2 Glynn)
Rusty Blackbird (1 Appling, 1 Tattnall)
Purple Finch (Eastern) (1 Cherokee, 1 Crawford, 1 Monroe, 1 Muscogee)
Purple Finch (1 Camden, 2 Cherokee, 3 Cobb, 4 DeKalb, 1 Fayette, 1
Forsyth, 1 Fulton, 1 Lamar, 2 Oconee, 1 Tattnall)

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report below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia.  View this
alert on the web at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

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Subject: GPB TV - tonight-Owls
From: annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:21:32 -0500
Tonight on GPB - chan 8 - NATURE will feature details about OWLS!! 


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Subject: Several decades of The Auk need a home!
From: Kelly ANNE Bettinger <kabuga AT UGA.EDU>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 19:40:08 +0000
Hi Everyone,

I have several decades of The Auk that I would like to give to someone who can 
use them. It has been a while since I catalogued them, but if I recall it runs 
from the late 1970's through 2009 or so, with a few 1950's issues. 




I don't want to pack and mail them, so if you are not near Athens, perhaps we 
can get them to someone local you know who can transport. 


Kelly A. Bettinger, Research Professional II
Donovan Lab
Plant Biology Department
The University of Georgia
2502 Miller Plant Sciences
Athens, GA 30602
706-207-1013
kabuga AT uga.edu

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Subject: Wood Ducks/ Floyd Co
From: annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:35:32 -0500
Checked boxes today and have 2 eggs in Box 2 on the dock!
Hopefully the other two boxes will become occupied soon.

Ann Stewart
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Subject: Laura Walker SP Great Backyard Bird Count results by Okefenokee Bird Club
From: SHEILA WILLIS <swillis AT MEDIASTREAMUS.NET>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:58:42 -0500
Hey folks,

Hope you are fine.

Here is the second of the two Okefenokee Bird Club efforts during the Great
Backyard Bird Counts. This one was at Laura S. Walker State Park s. of
Waycross (WARE). As before, I am pasting the account from a Word document &
hope it turns out o.k.

GBBC Laura S. Walker SP (2/15/2015):
Recently, throughout South Georgia members of the Okefenokee Bird Club
participated individually and as a group in the Great Backyard Bird Count.
This survey was created by Cornell University researchers as a way to
involve many people in helping monitor winter bird populations. One of the
club’s efforts involved their partnering on Feb. 15 with the staff of Laura
S. Walker State Park near Waycross. Richard Roche of Folkston and Sheila
Willis of Waycross counted 122 birds and identified them as belonging to 23
species.



A steady, cold wind blew throughout the morning, and when the feeders &
bird bath were filled in the small nature garden at the Interpretive
Center, it didn’t take long for the birds to spy this valuable attraction
and drop in for a visit. AMERICAN GOLDFINCH, BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH,
CHIPPING SPARROW, and NORTHERN CARDINAL were some of the first to arrive. A
small flock of PINE WARBLERs decided to pause in their ramblings in order
to sip repeatedly from the bird bath. Their pretty, yellow feathers shone
brightly in the sunlight. A pair of resident NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDs engaged
in a tumbling fight over the berries of the holly bushes there. A HERMIT
THRUSH, which normally spends most of its time in the woods, appeared
briefly, as did a diminutive RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET.



The lawn & edges of the adjacent lake had flocks of AMERICAN ROBIN,
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and FISH CROW besides CAROLINA WREN, RED-BELLIED
WOODPECKER, GRAY CATBIRD, NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, and BLUE JAY. A
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK which was just starting its nesting season called in
the distance and a MOURNING DOVE did the same.



The team also searched from the Wildlife Observation Deck that extends over
Laura Walker Lake. The draw-down of the lake last year meant that there was
very little water around the platform but the exposed muddy areas proved to
be good dining grounds for flocks of shorebirds. The familiar KILLDEER flew
in and began to pick & poke in places that had algae or very short grass
present. The camouflaged-patterned WILSON’S SNIPE got to work probing deep
in the mud with their long, narrow bills. Now & again some would stop to
preen their feathers, take a quick bath, or chase off a flock-mate that
came too close.



An immature EASTERN PHOEBE darted around in search of flying insects while
a roving band of RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, CAROLINA CHICKADEE, and
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER worked their way through the nearby woods where a
brilliant male NORTHERN CARDINAL also hid. Eventually, a few TURKEY
VULTUREs left their roost and soared on the constant wind. One of the
area’s earliest breeders, the GREAT BLUE HERON, flew in from the east and
disappeared into the lake’s rookery on the west end where it probably had
its stick nest. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER managed to become the last bird of
the morning.

List of birds from Laura S. Walker SP:

GREAT BLUE HERON: 1

TURKEY VULTURE: 6

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK: 1

KILLDEER: 18

WILSON’S SNIPE: 9

MOURNING DOVE: 2

RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER: 2

EASTERN PHOEBE: 1

BLUE JAY: 1

FISH CROW: 7

CAROLINA CHICKADEE: 1

BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH: 1

CAROLINA WREN: 4

RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET: 3

HERMIT THRUSH: 1

AMERICAN ROBIN: 14

GRAY CATBIRD: 1

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD: 5

PINE WARBLER: 7

YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER: 29

NORTHERN CARDINAL: 4

CHIPPING SPARROW: 3

AMERICAN GOLDFINCH: 1

Take care.

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


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Subject: Okefenokee NWR Great Backyard Bird Count by Okefenokee Bird Club
From: SHEILA WILLIS <swillis AT MEDIASTREAMUS.NET>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:57:47 -0500
Hey folks,

Hope you are fine and had lots of fun this weekend.

Below are the results of one of two Great Backyard Bird Counts which the
Okefenokee Bird Club participated in this year. The other will come next. I
am pasting them from a Word document, so I hope they come out o.k.

Okefenokee Swamp GBBC (2/14/2015):

On Feb. 14 the Okefenokee Bird Club and Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
staff and volunteers collaborated in special events for the 2015 Great
Backyard Bird Count. The Suwannee Canal Recreation Area s. of Folkston was
the site of the day’s activities which included a slide presentation by
Sheila Willis on “Winter Birds of the Okefenokee Swamp” and a morning
guided walk on the Cane Pole Trail just off the Concession Boat Basin
(CHARLTON). Member Barb Kramer who volunteers at the refuge organized
programs and other visitor surveys for the day besides serving as expert
photographer. She made everyone feel excited to be a part of this event.
Other members participating were Annette and Alan Bittaker of Douglas.


The Cane Pole Trail parallels the Suwannee Canal and goes westward into the
swamp before turning north into Mizell Prairie where it ends in a
now-more-open Sawgrass area since the 2011 wildfires. Not normally here due
to the acidic water, some Cattails were seen now growing there, and a few
Highbush Blueberries were already in bloom.



Although it was a chilly morning, birds were very active and participants
got to see a variety of species moving about in search of food. A BLUE-GRAY
GNATCATCHER had remained from the summer and was seen picking small insects
from the trees while a small flock of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERs, a
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, and an EASTERN PHOEBE did the same. Barb Kramer was
able to get a great close-up picture of a WHITE-EYED VIREO.



A male YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER hitched itself around a tree in silence,
but 3 dramatic PILEATED WOODPECKERs repeatedly gave their characteristic
calls as they flew about in the trees and when landing on a trunk. A
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER gouged itself on sumac berries by hanging upside
down, thereby giving the birders a great view of its reddish undersides. It
was joined by a GRAY CATBIRD which was also hungry.



On two separate occasions the birders were able to watch first one COMMON
GRACKLE catch & start to eat a Green Anole and then another go flying by
with tiny frog legs dangling from its mouth. A few RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDs
could be heard calling around the trail and a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, circling
overhead in courtship mode, was letting all know it was around. As the
morning warmed up, a small flock of TURKEY VULTUREs came out of the west
where their traditional roost is located a few miles away. A low-level
ANHINGA crossed the canal on its way north.



The best bird of the day, however, was the AMERICAN BITTERN which burst out
of some canal-side vegetation as the group approached. It quickly flew to
the other side, and after pausing for a moment with its body stretched out
to reveal its striped feather pattern, it vanished into the Maidencane on
that side of the waterway.



Here is a list of the 35 birds of 15 species from the Cane Pole Trail:

ANHINGA: 1

AMERICAN BITTERN: 1

TURKEY VULTURE: 7

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK: 1

RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER: 1

YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER: 1

PILEATED WOODPECKER: 3

EASTERN PHOEBE: 1

RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET: 1

BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER: 1

GRAY CATBIRD: 1

WHITE-EYED VIREO: 1

YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER: 5

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD: 4

COMMON GRACKLE: 6

Take care.

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


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Subject: Black and white warbler
From: Susan Loeb <shloeb AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:29:48 -0500
I just saw a black and white warbler foraging in my front yard, in Buckhead, 
near Phipps Mall. In the 9 years I have lived here, I have never seen one in my 
yard before! 


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Subject: Nash Farm, Henry Co. 2/17/15 Waterfowl
From: Carol Lambert <carol.lambert AT CCWA.US>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 18:35:46 +0000
Paul Raney reports that a Greater White-fronted Goose he found on the pond at 
Nash Farm yesterday (but was unable to post), remains there today, along with a 
Common Goldeneye. As of 1:30, both birds are there. 


Carol Lambert
Senior Conservationist
Clayton County Water Authority / Newman Wetlands Center
2755 Freeman Road, Hampton, GA 30228
770.603.5603 office / 770.603.5602 fax / 678.758.4551 cell
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Subject: Golden Eagle -- Meriwether County
From: "Ozier, Jim" <Jim.Ozier AT DNR.STATE.GA.US>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:38:51 -0500
Sunday morning Dr. Trish Miller (West Virginia University) and Michael Lanzone 
(Cellular Tracking Technologies) captured a subadult male golden eagle on Pine 
Mountain in southeastern Meriwether County. The bird was fitted with a solar 
powered transmitter to provide data on habitat use and migration behavior. The 
eagle, and at least one other one, had been coming to a camera-trap baited with 
road-killed deer carcasses for about 3 weeks. Blood lead levels have been 
significantly high in most of the 30-something golden eagles captured in the 
eastern U.S. over the past 2-3 years. However, this bird was the first one that 
tested negative for lead. 


Jim Ozier
Wildlife Biologist/Program Manager, Nongame Conservation

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