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7 Dec Re: Broad-billed Hummingbird in Eastman Confirmed [Patty McLean ]
7 Dec Re: Broad-billed Hummingbird in Eastman Confirmed [Patty McLean ]
7 Dec Broad-billed Hummingbird in Eastman Confirmed [Patty McLean ]
7 Dec Duck Stamps make great Stocking Stuffers [Stephen Holzman ]
7 Dec Snow Goose, still there, Stone Mountain Park, DeKalb County, 12/7/16 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
7 Dec Coopers Hawk, Harmony on the Lakes, Holly Springs, Cherokee County 12/6/2016 [Jason Blevins ]
7 Dec Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 12/6/16 [Steve Holzman ]
7 Dec Rusty Blackbirds, Glenlake Park/Decatur Cemetery, Dekalb County, 12/6/16 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
6 Dec Ross's Goose: Garden Lakes-Floyd County ["Moss, John Patten" ]
6 Dec Probable Broad-billed Hummingbird, Eastman ["Robert D. Sattelmeyer" ]
5 Dec Red-throated Loon Coweta/Fayette Co. [Richard Candler ]
5 Dec Possible Broad-billed Hummingbird in Eastman Ga [James Fleullan ]
4 Dec Red-breasted Nuthatch Gwinnett County ["sandfalcon1 ." ]
4 Dec Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 12/3/16 [Steve Holzman ]
2 Dec Re: Ross's Goose in DeKalb County [Patty McLean ]
1 Dec Atlanta Audubon field trips this weekend [Mary Kimberly ]
3 Dec Blue Snow Goose Continues at SMP [Patty McLean ]
3 Dec FRANKLIN'S GULL: Georgia Highlands College-Floyd Co. ["Moss, John Patten" ]
3 Dec No. Pintail, Am. Black Duck, Clayton County Water Authority--E.L. Huie Ponds, Dec 3, 2016 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
2 Dec Ross's Goose in DeKalb County [Patty McLean ]
29 Nov Christmas Bird Count for Kids, December 10, 2016 [Bob Sargent ]
28 Nov Sandhill Cranes Kennesaw Mountain Saturday November 26th [Jason Blevins ]
28 Nov FOTS Fox Sparrows [David Yon ]
28 Nov Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 11/27/2016 [Stephen Holzman ]
27 Nov FLOYD COUNTY CBC [Owen Kinney ]
25 Nov Waxwings [Sue Peters-Ferree ]
24 Nov Happy Thanksgiving! [Sheila Willis ]
26 Nov Glynn County, Redhead [john w sink ]
25 Nov Sandhill Cranes , Cherokee Co. [Sandra Eileen Garber ]
25 Nov Snow Geese, Jekyll Is. 11/25/16 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
23 Nov Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 11/23/16 [Steve Holzman ]
26 Nov Miller County VEFL access [Angus Pritchard ]
22 Nov Sandhill Cranes, Sweetwater Campground, Cherokee County [Sandra Eileen Garber ]
21 Nov Flirtatious Phoebe [Patty McLean ]
21 Nov Re: Odd Phoebe behavior response [Susan Loeb ]
21 Nov Re: Odd Phoebe behavior response [Vinod Babu ]
20 Nov Merlin at Clayton County Water Authority Ponds [Terry Miller ]
19 Nov AAS Walk- Morningside Nature Preserve (Fulton Co.) and Zonolite Park (Dekalb Co.) + odd phoebe behaviour [Vinod Babu ]
19 Nov Red-breasted Nuthatch [Debbie Canup ]
18 Nov Re: Hummingbird in Cobb Co [Melanie mefurr ]
18 Nov Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 11/18/16 [Steve Holzman ]
18 Nov Hummingbird in Cobb Co [Eva Tackett ]
18 Nov Atlanta Audubon field trips this weekend [Mary Kimberly ]
17 Nov International birding with Atlanta Audubon [A Betuel ]
16 Nov 2016/2017 Georgia Christmas Birds Count Schedule ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
16 Nov Re: Crested Caracara [world oceans ]
15 Nov Crested Caracara. Not Seen Today, Forsyth County, 11/15/16 [Jeff Sewell ]
15 Nov Siskin in Clayton Co. [world oceans ]
15 Nov No Crested Caracara Yet This Morning [Patty McLean ]
14 Nov Crested Caracara - please post or email re-sightings. [Stephen Holzman ]
14 Nov Re: White-winged Dove Continues - Fite Bend Road, Gordon County - 2PM 11/13/2016 ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
14 Nov More Goldfinches [Jaynne Reichert ]
14 Nov Goldfinches! [Jaynne Reichert ]
13 Nov White-faced Ibis Harris Neck NWR [James Fleullan ]
13 Nov Re: Hermit Thrush (Harris Co.)--birdbath (drought) [Jack Wissner ]
13 Nov Hermit Thrush (Harris Co.)--birdbath (drought) [Ted Theus ]
13 Nov sightings in the Okefenokee WR canal run, Folkston, Ga, Charlton County [Trish McMillan ]
13 Nov Second hand caracara report [Steve Holzman ]
13 Nov White-winged Dove - still present - Gordon County [Mike Weaver ]
13 Nov Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 11/12/2016 [Steve Holzman ]
12 Nov migrating Turkey vultures - Cherokee Co. [Vicki DeLoach ]
12 Nov WHITE-WINGED DOVE Gordon County ["Rebecca E. Byrd" ]
12 Nov Sandhills high above Polk Co [Renee' Carleton ]
11 Nov Sandhill Cranes Cherokee County [Sandra Eileen Garber ]
11 Nov Cooper Creek Park (Columbus) quick hit - 11/11 [Walt Chambers ]
11 Nov West Point Dam - 11/11 [Walt Chambers ]
11 Nov Sedge Wrens and Henslow's Sparrows, Paulk's Pasture WMA, Glynn, 11/11/16 [Patrick Maurice ]
11 Nov Re: fox sparrow & brown-headed nuthatch-Bartow Co [Linda ]
11 Nov American White Pelicans, Lake Allatoona ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
10 Nov Sandhill Cranes Coweta County [Richard Candler ]
10 Nov Atlanta Audubon Field Trips this weekend [Mary Kimberly ]
10 Nov fox sparrow & brown-headed nuthatch-Bartow Co [Pam Potter ]
10 Nov Winter finches/Washington Co. [mocking bird ]
9 Nov Re: Cedar Waxwings Gwinnett County [Linda ]
9 Nov Large "flock" of vultures [M B ]
9 Nov Purple Finch/Washington Co. [mocking bird ]

Subject: Re: Broad-billed Hummingbird in Eastman Confirmed
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 20:28:12 -0500
    
I'm obviously in too much of a rush and frustrated with these data mess-ups ... 
and, of course, meant Broad-billed. Geez.  


Patty McLean, Atlanta GA 

-------- Original message --------
From: Patty McLean  
Date: 12/07/2016  8:22 PM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Broad-billed Hummingbird in Eastman Confirmed 


    
Broken link to my eBird report of the Broad-winged Hummingbird, so retrying 
here.  

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32898315

Patty McLean , Tucker GA 





Patty



-------- Original message --------
From: Patty McLean  
Date: 12/07/2016  7:26 PM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
Subject: [GABO-L] Broad-billed Hummingbird in Eastman Confirmed 


    
The hummingbird at the home of Donny and Cindy Screws in Eastman GA was banded 
earlier today and confirmed to be a male BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD. The family, 
including their son Chris (a local police officer), welcomes birders to see the 
bird at any time and with no need to contact them in advance. They've also left 
a few refreshments on the front porch for birders (how thoughtful!). 


The bird frequently uses either of two feeders on either end of the front 
porch. The road in front of the house is narrow and visitors can park in one of 
two driveways on either side of the front yard. Please leave room for others to 
pull in/out. Address: 6486 Jim Pruitt, Eastman GA 


The bird seems to be nervous about visitors and starts chirping in advance of 
approaching the feeders, so I suggest bringing a lawn chair or stool and 
settling into "wait" mode with ears tuned to what sounds like a very mad 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet. (You'll see what I mean if you go.) He seems to visit the 
feeders regularly, about every 15-20 minutes. (There's also a feeder in the 
back yard but he seems to prefer the front feeders, esp the one on the right 
end of the porch.) 


The homeowner, Donny Screws, is a local biology/science teacher and has an 
extensive library of bird books as well as other topics. According to his son 
Chris, they've had other wintering hummingbirds in past years but this is their 
first Broad-billed. 


My eBird list from Tuesday, Dec 6, is attached which includes a location 
link/map. Photos courtesy of Bob Sattelmeyer who got to see this nice bird at 
least 20 minutes before I got 
there!http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32898315If you use eBird, please 
use the "stakeout Broad-billed Hummingbird (2016)" HOT SPOT so data geeks can 
easily track sightings and how long this little delight stays at this location. 


Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

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Subject: Re: Broad-billed Hummingbird in Eastman Confirmed
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 20:22:47 -0500
    
Broken link to my eBird report of the Broad-winged Hummingbird, so retrying 
here.  

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32898315

Patty McLean , Tucker GA 





Patty



-------- Original message --------
From: Patty McLean  
Date: 12/07/2016  7:26 PM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
Subject: [GABO-L] Broad-billed Hummingbird in Eastman Confirmed 


    
The hummingbird at the home of Donny and Cindy Screws in Eastman GA was banded 
earlier today and confirmed to be a male BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD. The family, 
including their son Chris (a local police officer), welcomes birders to see the 
bird at any time and with no need to contact them in advance. They've also left 
a few refreshments on the front porch for birders (how thoughtful!). 


The bird frequently uses either of two feeders on either end of the front 
porch. The road in front of the house is narrow and visitors can park in one of 
two driveways on either side of the front yard. Please leave room for others to 
pull in/out. Address: 6486 Jim Pruitt, Eastman GA 


The bird seems to be nervous about visitors and starts chirping in advance of 
approaching the feeders, so I suggest bringing a lawn chair or stool and 
settling into "wait" mode with ears tuned to what sounds like a very mad 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet. (You'll see what I mean if you go.) He seems to visit the 
feeders regularly, about every 15-20 minutes. (There's also a feeder in the 
back yard but he seems to prefer the front feeders, esp the one on the right 
end of the porch.) 


The homeowner, Donny Screws, is a local biology/science teacher and has an 
extensive library of bird books as well as other topics. According to his son 
Chris, they've had other wintering hummingbirds in past years but this is their 
first Broad-billed. 


My eBird list from Tuesday, Dec 6, is attached which includes a location 
link/map. Photos courtesy of Bob Sattelmeyer who got to see this nice bird at 
least 20 minutes before I got 
there!http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32898315If you use eBird, please 
use the "stakeout Broad-billed Hummingbird (2016)" HOT SPOT so data geeks can 
easily track sightings and how long this little delight stays at this location. 


Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

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Subject: Broad-billed Hummingbird in Eastman Confirmed
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 19:26:58 -0500
    
The hummingbird at the home of Donny and Cindy Screws in Eastman GA was banded 
earlier today and confirmed to be a male BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD. The family, 
including their son Chris (a local police officer), welcomes birders to see the 
bird at any time and with no need to contact them in advance. They've also left 
a few refreshments on the front porch for birders (how thoughtful!). 


The bird frequently uses either of two feeders on either end of the front 
porch. The road in front of the house is narrow and visitors can park in one of 
two driveways on either side of the front yard. Please leave room for others to 
pull in/out. Address: 6486 Jim Pruitt, Eastman GA 


The bird seems to be nervous about visitors and starts chirping in advance of 
approaching the feeders, so I suggest bringing a lawn chair or stool and 
settling into "wait" mode with ears tuned to what sounds like a very mad 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet. (You'll see what I mean if you go.) He seems to visit the 
feeders regularly, about every 15-20 minutes. (There's also a feeder in the 
back yard but he seems to prefer the front feeders, esp the one on the right 
end of the porch.) 


The homeowner, Donny Screws, is a local biology/science teacher and has an 
extensive library of bird books as well as other topics. According to his son 
Chris, they've had other wintering hummingbirds in past years but this is their 
first Broad-billed. 


My eBird list from Tuesday, Dec 6, is attached which includes a location 
link/map. Photos courtesy of Bob Sattelmeyer who got to see this nice bird at 
least 20 minutes before I got 
there!http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32898315If you use eBird, please 
use the "stakeout Broad-billed Hummingbird (2016)" HOT SPOT so data geeks can 
easily track sightings and how long this little delight stays at this location. 


Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

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Subject: Duck Stamps make great Stocking Stuffers
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 18:14:52 -0500
Looking for a stocking stuffer with meaning? How about the 2016-2017
Duck Stamp in its handy keychain holder? 97% of the proceeds go
directly to protect habitat for our National Wildlife Refuge System.
What a great way to say you care for habitat. Habitat not just for
ducks but all birds, and many other non-avian species.

Visit us here to get yours. I'll mail it out the same day I receive your order.

http://www.gos.org/duck-stamp

We also have t-shirts and hats and a few other things for your birding
friends and family.
http://www.gos.org/itemsforsale

Thanks for thinking about birds and bird habitat this holiday season!

Steve Holzman, President
Georgia Ornithological Society

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Subject: Snow Goose, still there, Stone Mountain Park, DeKalb County, 12/7/16
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 19:48:40 +0000
At the Hidden Pond aka the Sports Pavilion Pond. I have seen this named "Stone 
Mountain Lake-North" on some maps. It was not there 2 days ago in the morning 
when I checked. It was found on 12/2/16 by Patty McLean. 

Jeff
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Subject: Coopers Hawk, Harmony on the Lakes, Holly Springs, Cherokee County 12/6/2016
From: Jason Blevins <ospreyflyfisher AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 12:05:50 -0500
Young Coopers Hawk was spotted in the front of Harmony on the Lakes
subdivision 140 side in Holly Springs, Cherokee County around 4:30 PM.

Jason Blevins
Holly Springs
Cherokee County

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 12/6/16
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 06:33:24 -0500
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: December 6, 2016 at 9:09:47 PM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Snow Goose (1 Floyd, 1 Fulton)
> Ross's Goose (1 Floyd, 1 Jackson)
> Green Heron (1 Charlton)
> White-faced Ibis (1 McIntosh)
> Broad-billed Hummingbird (2 Dodge)
> Peregrine Falcon (1 Henry)
> Say's Phoebe (1 Baker, 1 Lee, 1 Miller)
> Vermilion Flycatcher (3 Baker, 1 Decatur, 2 Miller, 3 Mitchell, 2 Seminole)
> Lark Sparrow (1 Mitchell)
> Rusty Blackbird (1 McIntosh)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the  Georgia Rare Bird Alert.The report 
below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia. View or unsubscribe to this 
alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569 

> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
> 
> 

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Subject: Rusty Blackbirds, Glenlake Park/Decatur Cemetery, Dekalb County, 12/6/16
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 00:41:02 +0000
Five seen near, but not with, a large flock of Red-winged Blackbirds on the 
playing field at the park.  The Rusty's were foraging in the field with 
Robins. The RWBLs were 25-30 yards away in a concentrated flock, almost all 
males, about 120-140 of them. This is the first instance this winter I 
have heard about Rusty's being seen at this location. 

Brewer's Blackbirds have been reported from here in the recent past. If you go, 
take a camera and get a photo for proof. Let me know. 

Jeff
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Subject: Ross's Goose: Garden Lakes-Floyd County
From: "Moss, John Patten" <JohnPatten.Moss AT VIKINGS.BERRY.EDU>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 23:10:32 +0000
Hey everyone,


There was a white morph Ross's Goose associating with some Snow Geese at Lake 
Conasauga in Garden Lakes today. While I was scanning at about 1:40 pm, a flock 
of 24 Snow Geese flew in and began to descend. One Goose stood out as being 
obviously smaller than the rest. 



Only five Snows landed, but luckily the ROGO did as well. The group associated 
with Canadas on the shore, so it was easy to examine and compare the 
characteristics of the two species. The group was still present when I left 
about an hour later. 



eBird report with photos tonight.


Good Birding!

John Patten Moss

Berry College

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Subject: Probable Broad-billed Hummingbird, Eastman
From: "Robert D. Sattelmeyer" <rsattelm AT GSU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 17:51:41 +0000
Bird continues at feeders on front porch at 6486 Jim Pruett Rd. Eastman. Will 
be a stakeout spot on eBird soon. Will post photos later. Most amazing thing is 
that I got there 20 minutes before Patty McLean. 


Bob Sattelmeyer 
St Simons Island 



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Subject: Red-throated Loon Coweta/Fayette Co.
From: Richard Candler <candler86 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 18:37:46 -0500
I wanted to get out to Lake McIntosh this afternoon as soon as the rain
past to see if the storm had blown anything interesting in. I was rewarded
with a RED-THROATED LOON! This is a state bird for me. The lake was very
still and visibility was good. Several little duck flocks flew in while I
was there. Some too far to ID. The loon was loosely associating with some
HORNED GREBES and was moving around quite a bit. It made its way close
enough to take photos. At one point it flapped its wings and preened for a
bit. I spooked it when it got close enough to shore and saw me but it
landed across the lake just north of the islands.
Lake McIntosh is between Peachtree City and Sharpsburg. Anyone wishing to
see it can do so from the Fayette County side of the lake. There is a good
view from the Plantera Ridge neighborhood and also from the Country Club
but I would seek permission first. There is also a public boat ramp but the
islands block the view of most of the lake.

Richard Candler
Rolling Meadows Farm
Sharpsburg
Coweta Co

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Subject: Possible Broad-billed Hummingbird in Eastman Ga
From: James Fleullan <jrfleullan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 17:28:26 -0500
Just saw on the Ga Rare Bird Alert FB page that there's a Broad-billed
Hummingbird in Eastman, Ga. Picture looks good and hosts says visitors are
welcomed.

I'll see about getting further details.

James Fleullan
Port Wentworth, Ga

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Subject: Red-breasted Nuthatch Gwinnett County
From: "sandfalcon1 ." <sandfalcon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:40:39 -0500
Greetings all,

Very exciting 5 seconds at my house in Gwinnett County!  Looking out my
kitchen window just now watching the rain and had a Red-breasted Nuthatch
come into my feeder and then take off.  Quite a bit of white on the throat,
so my feeling is it was a female.  This is the first one I've ever had at
my house.

Brandon Best
Lawrenceville, GA

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 12/3/16
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 07:29:51 -0500
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: December 3, 2016 at 9:08:08 PM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Snow Goose (2 DeKalb, 2 Floyd)
> Mute Swan (2 Harris)
> American Black Duck (3 Clayton)
> White-faced Ibis (1 McIntosh)
> Virginia Rail (1 Floyd)
> Least Sandpiper (4 Bartow)
> Franklin's Gull (2 Floyd)
> Rufous Hummingbird (1 Turner)
> Sedge Wren (1 Floyd)
> Lapland Longspur (1 Bartow)
> Ovenbird (1 Chatham)
> Palm Warbler (Yellow) (1 Rockdale)
> Rusty Blackbird (1 McIntosh)
> Brewer's Blackbird (2 Bartow, 1 Spalding)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the  Georgia Rare Bird Alert.The report 
below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia. View or unsubscribe to this 
alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569 

> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
> 
> 

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Subject: Re: Ross's Goose in DeKalb County
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 16:07:39 -0500
    
We're now leaning toward Snow Goose. 
Patty

-------- Original message --------
From: Patty McLean  
Date: 12/02/2016  2:06 PM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
Subject: [GABO-L] Ross's Goose in DeKalb County 


    
There's a blue phase ROSS'S GOOSE on the lake at Stone Mountain Park, seen just 
now from The Commons (restaurant and golf shop).  


For those interested, I picked up your annual pass today and will email you 
separately.  


Patty McLean, Tucker GA  

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Subject: Atlanta Audubon field trips this weekend
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2016 19:09:18 -0500
Please join us!

Jason Ward will lead his monthly walk at Piedmont Park (Fulton County) on
Saturday, December 3 at 8:00 AM.

Tom Painting will lead a walk at Fernbank Forest (DeKalb County) on
Saturday, December 3 at 9:00 AM. Registration is required.

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

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

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Subject: Blue Snow Goose Continues at SMP
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 16:28:16 -0500
    
The blue SNOW GOOSE found yesterday at Stone Mountain Park (DeKalb County) 
continues today but on a different pond. The goose was relocated this afternoon 
by Drew Whitelegg on North Lake, the small pond on Old Hugh Howell Dr inside 
the park. This is the pond (aka "Hidden Pond") just past the Sports Pavilion on 
the west side of this back exit onto Hwy 78. Drew said it was only about 20+ 
feet away. Nice!! 


Patty McLean, Atlanta GA 

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Subject: FRANKLIN'S GULL: Georgia Highlands College-Floyd Co.
From: "Moss, John Patten" <JohnPatten.Moss AT VIKINGS.BERRY.EDU>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 22:31:21 +0000
Hey Georgia birders,


Jim Hanna and I were birding GHC today and came across a Franklin's Gull. We 
spotted it in flight at about 12:40 pm among the many Ring-billed's at Paris 
Lake. It got up when someone decided to feed the birds from shore but then 
landed to preen on the water. It only stayed for about a minute before taking 
off and flying north. 



We did not relocated the bird after this (despite periodically scanning until 
about 2), and it may not have been around for long. Gulls are circulating in 
this area, so it could be back. 



We subsequently headed to Garden Lakes to check there, but it was not present. 
7 Snow Geese continue there. 



I will post photos to our eBird report tonight.


Thanks,

John Patten Moss

Berry College

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Subject: No. Pintail, Am. Black Duck, Clayton County Water Authority--E.L. Huie Ponds, Dec 3, 2016
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 20:59:47 +0000
 The Pintail was in the big pond as were 2 of the Am. Black Ducks. The other 
pair of black ducks were in the northwest pond.Jeff 

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


     
  
Clayton County Water Authority--E.L. Huie Ponds, Clayton, Georgia, US
Dec 3, 2016 12:53 PM - 1:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.6 mile(s)
Comments:    A. Aldrich got photos yesterday and put them in his eBird 
report. 

33 species

Canada Goose  50
American Black Duck  4    Re: the Black Ducks. Andy Aldrich got photos 
yesterday and embedded them in his eBird report. He had two yesterday. 

Mallard  175
Northern Shoveler  8
Northern Pintail  1    A male.
Green-winged Teal (American)  33
Ring-necked Duck  12
Hooded Merganser  14
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  19
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  2
American Coot  12
Killdeer  2
Mourning Dove  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
American Kestrel  1    Female.
Eastern Phoebe  1
American Crow  6
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  1
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  16
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  40
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  2
Song Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  19
Eastern Meadowlark  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  15

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32837852

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


   

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Subject: Ross's Goose in DeKalb County
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 14:06:45 -0500
    
There's a blue phase ROSS'S GOOSE on the lake at Stone Mountain Park, seen just 
now from The Commons (restaurant and golf shop).  


For those interested, I picked up your annual pass today and will email you 
separately.  


Patty McLean, Tucker GA  

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Subject: Christmas Bird Count for Kids, December 10, 2016
From: Bob Sargent <kywarbler AT COX.NET>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:56:23 -0500
> Birders,
>  
> The GA Department of Natural Resources is hosting a Christmas Bird Count 
(modified) specifically for young birders ages 8-16 at Charlie Elliott Wildlife 
Center in Mansfield on the morning of December 10, 2016. Participants do not 
have to be experienced. This is an opportunity to learn how to identify birds, 
or to improve birding skills in preparation for the Youth Birding Competition 
in April. Binoculars and field guides will be provided to the kids, and parents 
are welcome to join the teams of 4-5 participants, each of which will be led by 
an experienced mentor. We’ll start at 8:30 am with orientation followed by 
three hours of birding, mostly on foot. Free lunch (for the kids and the 
mentors; adults pay just $9) follows, and then the birding teams will present 
their data. The event concludes with a presentation about birds of prey. We 
should finish about 3:00 pm. 

>  
> If your kids (and you) are interested, please call 770-784-3059 to register. 
If you have questions, call me at 478-994-1438. We need to hear from you by the 
end of this week! 

>  
> Bob Sargent
> GA DNR
> Monroe County 
>  
>  

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes Kennesaw Mountain Saturday November 26th
From: Jason Blevins <ospreyflyfisher AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:44:53 -0500
While hiking Kennesaw Mountain Saturday we saw 100+ Sandhill Cranes. Two
groups where circling an area and crossing into each other. Pretty amazing
site.

Jason

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Subject: FOTS Fox Sparrows
From: David Yon <dpyoniii AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:53:25 -0500
Good day All,

Had two Fox Sparrows yesterday at our home underneath the feeders.  Always
enjoy having them.

Best Regards,

David Yon
Forsyth County

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 11/27/2016
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:47:39 -0500
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From:  
Date: Sun, Nov 27, 2016 at 9:02 PM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
To:


*** Species Summary:

Snow Goose (1 Floyd, 1 Rabun)
Ross's Goose (1 Greene)
Northern Bobwhite (1 Gwinnett)
Green Heron (1 Charlton)
Rufous Hummingbird (2 Brooks)
Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Charlton)
Great Crested Flycatcher (1 Charlton)
Western Kingbird (1 Chatham)
Tree Swallow (1 Charlton, 2 Clayton)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (1 Coweta, 1 DeKalb)
House Wren (1 Rabun)
Lincoln's Sparrow (1 Clayton)
Painted Bunting (1 Glynn)
Brewer's Blackbird (1 Bartow)

---------------------------------------------
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Subject: FLOYD COUNTY CBC
From: Owen Kinney <okinney AT DARLINGTONSCHOOL.ORG>
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2016 10:15:21 -0500
Good Morning GA Birders!

The Floyd County CBC will occur on Sunday, December 18th this year. If you
would like
to volunteer, please let me know. We always have plenty of wonderful
birding areas to cover. Experts and beginners are encouraged to
participate.

Have a Great Day!

Owen Kinney

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Subject: Waxwings
From: Sue Peters-Ferree <Soupysue AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:22:08 -0500
While working in the yard, was surprised today to find a medium sized flock of 
cedar waxwings feeding in the trees around my house. No typical close flocking 
but spread out and feeding. About half the leaves still on the trees here but 
falling quickly. 


Saw 1 yellow rumped warbler, 1 downey, 1 hairy, 1 carolina wren thus far, the 
usual chickadees, titmice and white breasted nuthatches. Im sure the drought 
has messed things up big time. We keep the birdbaths filled for the critters. 


Sue
Blairsville, Union Co.

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Subject: Happy Thanksgiving!
From: Sheila Willis <swjxw1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2016 12:16:17 -0500
Hey folks,

Hope you are having a Happy Thanksgiving w/ friends & family!! Safe travels
& take care. Off to get some turkey!!

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

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Subject: Glynn County, Redhead
From: john w sink <johnsink22 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 16:02:29 -0500
Redheads with Ring Neck ducks at Blyth Island Park today

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes , Cherokee Co.
From: Sandra Eileen Garber <sgarber AT GSU.EDU>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2016 19:52:56 +0000
Flight of Sanhill Cranes heard at 2.30 pm while walking in Sweetwater 
Campground. None on ground. Too many boats. Folks to the south may hear them go 
by. 

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving.
Sandra Garber
Canton, GA

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Subject: Snow Geese, Jekyll Is. 11/25/16
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2016 14:47:42 +0000
While Jeff is out scouring the marshes for birds this morning, the dog and I 
had 2 white juv. Snow Geese fly in from the ocean, over the dunes, and us, 
behind the villas by the sea, north end.Carol Carol LambertJekyll Island, for 
nowlambertsewell AT att.net 


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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 11/23/16
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2016 21:02:05 -0500
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: November 23, 2016 at 8:53:18 PM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> American Black Duck (2 Clayton)
> Least Sandpiper (1 Bartow)
> Long-billed Dowitcher (2 Chatham)
> Rufous Hummingbird (1 Brooks, 1 Turner)
> Peregrine Falcon (1 Rabun)
> Say's Phoebe (1 Baker)
> Vermilion Flycatcher (1 Miller, 1 Mitchell)
> Tree Swallow (1 Clayton)
> Red-breasted Nuthatch (1 Clayton)
> Palm Warbler (Yellow) (1 Bartow)
> Painted Bunting (2 Glynn)
> Rusty Blackbird (1 McIntosh)
> Brewer's Blackbird (1 Bartow)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the  Georgia Rare Bird Alert.The report 
below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia. View or unsubscribe to this 
alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569 

> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
> 
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Subject: Miller County VEFL access
From: Angus Pritchard <anguspritchard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 22:11:20 +0000
Hi all,

This afternoon at the Vermillion Flycatcher spot on Privett Store Rd
(Miller Co) the Flycatcher was at the opposite side of the cattle pens on
the west side of the road in the Mayhaws. I only got a quick view of the
female, while the male was very conspicuous.

While I was there, the landowners drove by, then turned around and stopped
to say that "you'd better stay on the road; this is private property." This
is mostly just a heads up for birders visiting this stakeout that the
landowners don't want birders to be off the physical road at any time, not
even walking to the fence to get closer to the bird, as there are cattle in
the fields adjacent to the road.

Good birding,

Angus Pritchard
Dekalb County

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes, Sweetwater Campground, Cherokee County
From: Sandra Eileen Garber <sgarber AT GSU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 22:00:26 +0000
Once again we spotted 50 Sandhill Cranes on the shore of Lake Allatoona at 
Sweetwater Campground. Around 2:15 we saw the first group fly up the lake (from 
SW) toward Fields Landing. The Corps of Engineers hasn't lowered the lake 
enough for the sandbars out from FL, so they turned around and came down to the 
sandy shore out from campsite 52, same place as last sighting on 11/11/16. 
Another group joined them shortly. 



Sandra Garber

Canton, GA

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Subject: Flirtatious Phoebe
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:32:24 -0600
    
Like others, I find these close encounters with our Eastern Phoebe to be 
fascinating, especially from such a charming bird. I was recently at Decatur 
Cemetery in DeKalb County with Michael Linz when a phoebe flew right up to us, 
hovering in our faces and checking us out. At one point, Michael was trying to 
take a picture of it when it briefly perched on his camera. Oh well. During the 
entire encounter, we weren't sure whether it wanted to land on our caps, feet 
or faces, but it sure was persistent for at least 10-15 minutes. I also noticed 
that the gnats were plentiful along this section of the trail but not sure how 
this influenced the phoebe's behavior - but we sure enjoyed it. 


Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

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Subject: Re: Odd Phoebe behavior response
From: Susan Loeb <shloeb AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:47:06 -0600
Jerry, I recently replied to Vinod that I had a similar encounter with a phoebe 
a few days ago in Blue Heron Nature Preserve. The phoebe came right up to three 
of us and flew up to me several times, pecking my hand and flying around my 
face. It stayed for quite a while, completely comfortable around the people 
working there. The day before, a phoebe approached Nancy Jones, the director of 
Blue Heron. It was probably the same bird! 


Susan Loeb

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> On Nov 21, 2016, at 9:25 AM, Jerry Brunner  wrote:
> 
> Thank you Vinod for your report about the odd behavior of a phoebe.
> 
> I started hearing reports of these friendly phoebes in 2009. I've probably 
heard about a dozen by now. Charles Seabrook did an article about this 
behavior. On a field trip I led in 2010 a phoebe followed my class and 
eventually landed on a student's head. Almost all of the sightings I heard 
about were in the fall. I heard of one in May. People were telling me that the 
birds were perching on their rakes and lawnmowers while they were doing yard 
work. Phoebes landing on their feet, hands, heads and shoulders and sometimes 
fluttering in front of their faces. Some were feeding out of their hands. 

> 
> In 2010 I found on the Smithsonian National Zoological Park website, on the 
page about Phoebes, 3 accounts of the same behavior. Two were posted October 
2009 and one December 2008. The same friendliness and fluttering in the face. 
One was in Ohio, one in South Carolina. The third writer didn't give the 
location. The only explanation I've heard is that since phoebes often nest near 
people they get used to them. The question I have about this is why not 
friendly Carolina Wrens? Cardinals? Chickadee? Titmice etc? 

> 
> It's always phoebes. I find this a fascinating mystery and would appreciate 
hearing from others who are having them. 

> 
> 
> Jerry Brunner
> 
> Decatur GA
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Subject: Re: Odd Phoebe behavior response
From: Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:48:56 -0500
Your response reminded me of similar behaviour which the European robin is
famous for. And it has a similar lifestyle as the Eastern phoebe, being an
Old World Flycatcher. Maybe phoebes find food more easily around working or
hiking humans!

Vinod

On 21 November 2016 at 10:25, Jerry Brunner  wrote:

> Thank you Vinod for your report about the odd behavior of a phoebe.
>
> I started hearing reports of these friendly phoebes in 2009. I've probably
> heard about a dozen by now. Charles Seabrook did an article about this
> behavior. On a field trip I led in 2010 a phoebe followed my class and
> eventually landed on a student's head. Almost all of the sightings I heard
> about were in the fall. I heard of one in May. People were telling me that
> the birds were perching on their rakes and lawnmowers while they were doing
> yard work. Phoebes landing on their feet, hands, heads and shoulders and
> sometimes fluttering in front of their faces. Some were feeding out of
> their hands.
>
> In 2010 I found on the Smithsonian National Zoological Park website, on
> the page about Phoebes, 3 accounts of the same behavior. Two were posted
> October 2009 and one December 2008. The same friendliness and fluttering in
> the face. One was in Ohio, one in South Carolina. The third writer didn't
> give the location. The only explanation I've heard is that since phoebes
> often nest near people they get used to them. The question I have about
> this is why not friendly Carolina Wrens? Cardinals? Chickadee? Titmice etc?
>
> It's always phoebes. I find this a fascinating mystery and would
> appreciate hearing from others who are having them.
>
>
> Jerry Brunner
>
> Decatur GA
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Subject: Merlin at Clayton County Water Authority Ponds
From: Terry Miller <terry-miller AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 11:46:06 -0500
Yesterday, late afternoon (11/19/16) Patrick Brisse and I saw a Merlin at
the CCWA ponds.  The bird was seen flying over the two northern ponds and
perched for about 10 minutes just off the center dike road between the two
middle ponds.  It was still there when we left the area.

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Gwinnett County

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Subject: AAS Walk- Morningside Nature Preserve (Fulton Co.) and Zonolite Park (Dekalb Co.) + odd phoebe behaviour
From: Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 23:40:15 -0500
Hello all,

6 birders joined Gus Kaufman and me for a walk in Morningside Nature
Preserve and the nearby Zonolite park. It was one of the most beautiful
days I have experienced in Atlanta, and the fall colours have at last hit
their peak. We had good birding at both Morningside and Zonolite, the
highlights being a collection of sparrows, finches and warblers in some
bushes on the banks of Peachtree creek  in Morningside, with many birds
drinking and bathing. Really good views from the bridge overlooking the
creek. We had a couple of female PURPLE FINCHES and SWAMP SPARROWS in this
area. Cedar waxwings, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, white-throated sparrows,
yellow-rumped warblers and ruby-crowned kinglets have arrived in good
numbers and it was one of those walks where you can hear kinglets
constantly when you're under trees.

On the way back to the parking lot, we came upon an Eastern Phoebe that not
only did not fly away but kept close to us for ten minutes or so, flitting
around our knees and settling on perches within arm's reach. I have
attached a picture in the checklist showing how close it was to Jack
Wissner and Gus. We noted a red-tailed hawk about 20 feet above us during
some of this interaction, so we wondered if the phoebe was using us as
cover from the hawk. Really strange behaviour, would love to know if
someone else has experienced something like this.

Zonolite park had good birds too, including a pair of red-shouldered hawks.

Checklists:

Morningside Nature Preserve: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32628512

Zonolite Park: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32629048

Cheers,
Vinod

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Subject: Red-breasted Nuthatch
From: Debbie Canup <goffers AT NUMAIL.ORG>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 00:30:43 -0500
For the last couple of days we have had a Red-breasted Nuthatch coming to one 
of our birdbaths. 


Debbie Canup
Newnan, Ga
Coweta County

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Subject: Re: Hummingbird in Cobb Co
From: Melanie mefurr <mefurr AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 21:37:42 -0500
I've been having daily visits from a RT Hummer at my feeder in Tucker (DeKalb 
Co.) this month. 


Haven't had a chance to upload my most recent photos, but here's the link to my 
checklist from November 13. 


Maybe slightly less exciting than a Caracara...

Good birding,
Melanie Furr 

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> On Nov 18, 2016, at 5:06 PM, Eva Tackett  wrote:
> 
> I saw a Hummingbird at the remaining feeder in my yard at 3:40 pm today.
> 
> I only got a brief look through a screen, but I think it was a female
> Ruby-throated.
> 
> The latest I have seen a hummer at a feeder I my yard on prevoius years has
> been Nov 2.
> 
> Smyrna
> Cobb County
> Eva Tackett
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 11/18/16
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 20:57:03 -0500
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: November 18, 2016 at 8:34:28 PM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Baker)
> Greater White-fronted Goose (3 Floyd)
> Black-crowned Night-Heron (1 Richmond)
> Broad-winged Hawk (1 Glynn)
> Dunlin (1 Baker)
> Spotted Sandpiper (1 Cobb)
> Herring Gull (1 Floyd)
> Rufous Hummingbird (1 Columbia, 2 Turner)
> Yellow-throated Warbler (1 Colquitt)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the  Georgia Rare Bird Alert.The report 
below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia. View or unsubscribe to this 
alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569 

> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
> 
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Subject: Hummingbird in Cobb Co
From: Eva Tackett <evabtackett AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:06:02 -0500
I saw a Hummingbird at the remaining feeder in my yard at 3:40 pm today.

I only got a brief look through a screen, but I think it was a female
Ruby-throated.

The latest I have seen a hummer at a feeder I my yard on prevoius years has
been Nov 2.

Smyrna
Cobb County
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Subject: Atlanta Audubon field trips this weekend
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:36:44 -0500
Greetings, Georgia Birders

Please join us this weekend!

Vinod Babu and Gus Kaufman will lead a walk at Morningside Nature Preserve
and Zonolite Park (Fulton and DeKalb Counties, respectively) on Saturday,
November 19 at 8:00 AM.

Roseanne Guerra will lead an owl walk at Lost Corner Preserve (Fulton
County) on Saturday, November 19 at 7:00 PM. Note: this is an evening walk.
The walk is free, but registration is required.

Angie Jenkins will lead a walk on the east section of the Noonday Creek
Trail (Cobb County) on Sunday, November 20 at 8:00 AM.

For details about these walks, including registration where required, can
be found on our website at http://www.atlantaaudubon.org/field-trips

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

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Subject: International birding with Atlanta Audubon
From: A Betuel <ykcul88 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:13:41 -0500
Hey Georgia birders,
     Hopefully this is ok to post here. Atlanta Audubon is leading a trip
of 10 to the under birded nation of Paraguay in August 2017. The trip will
last 2 weeks and we expect to see 300+ species as well as visit some
amazing locations. We have had a strong response but there are a few spots
remaining. I wanted to spread the word to other bird lovers across the
state before the trip is full. You can learn more about this opportunity
here . Feel free to contact me at
adam AT atlantaaudubon.org if you have any questions.

Good Birding

-- 
*Adam M Betuel*

*Director of Conservation  - Atlanta Audubon Society*

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Subject: 2016/2017 Georgia Christmas Birds Count Schedule
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2016 23:50:00 -0500
Hi, folks, most of the compilers have announced the dates for the upcoming
GA Christmas Bird Count season. The schedule (with the compiler or
coordinator contact info for each count) is available on the GOS web site:

http://www.gos.org/christmas-bird-counts-117

Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA
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Subject: Re: Crested Caracara
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:39:52 +0100
Fascinating! Your posting prompted me to check Last Reports on ebird.org
for all the states (and Ontario) on a path from Michigan to Georgia. Last
reports for a caracara on that path were July 2016 (NC), Jan. '15 (SC),
Oct. '14 (WV), June '14 (WI), May '14 (OH), Feb '11 (AL), Dec '10 (MS), and
July '02 (ON)....with none ever reported in Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana,
Illinois or Pennsylvania.

James Gibson
Clayton Co.

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> Just thought y'all would like to know that there had been several reports
> of a Crested Caracara in northern Michigan late last month and very early
> this month. I am endeavoring to find out if they are still seeing that bird
> or if, perhaps, it has moved to warmer climes - like Georgia.
>   Melissa PappasHamburg Township, Livingston County, MI
> Blog: http://colmel.wordpress.com/
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> should go home and examine your conscience."  ~ Woodrow Wilson
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Subject: Crested Caracara. Not Seen Today, Forsyth County, 11/15/16
From: Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 18:36:27 -0500
Birders were there all day up to 3:30pm. 

Jeff Sewell
Tucker GA

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Subject: Siskin in Clayton Co.
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 17:58:38 +0100
Good morning,
Just observed a single Pine Siskin, apparently juvenile/1st winter, on
Southpoint Dr. at Main St. in Forest Park. This is the first reported to
ebird since April.

James Gibson
Clayton County

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Subject: No Crested Caracara Yet This Morning
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:14:27 -0500
    
Several die-hards made the trek (again) early this morning to the Caracara spot 
but have not seen it yet (between 6a and 10:15a). The pack remains vigilent 
with fresh troops arriving.  


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Subject: Crested Caracara - please post or email re-sightings.
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 19:18:03 -0500
Looks like the Crested Caracara was back in the afternoon between
2-3pm. In the future, if someone resights a rare bird (especially a
mega-rarity like this), please post it to the listserv, or the
Facebook group, or call a birder you know so they can post it. While
many of us do use eBird, for a rarity like this, it's best to get the
word out as many ways as you can.

Thanks,
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

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Subject: Re: White-winged Dove Continues - Fite Bend Road, Gordon County - 2PM 11/13/2016
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 10:50:06 -0500
Hi folks, Aija Konrad and myself just relocated the White-winged Dove perched 
in a leafless persimmon tree with a group of Eurasian Collared-Dove behind the 
silo complex along Fite Rd., Gordon Co. Please see Mark's directions below. 


Thanks to Rebecca Byrd & other birders who have posted updates about this bird 
over the past couple of days. 


Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA

> On Nov 13, 2016, at 14:28, Mark McShane  wrote:
> 
> Hi All,
> 
> The White-winged Dove is continuing as of 2pm today localized along Fite Bend 
Road in Gordon County and can be seen on wires or in the trees directly behind 
the southernmost silos at the south end of the farm building complex on the 
east side of the road. Standing near the 1022 mailbox, in front of the little 
farm office trailer affords a look to the east at the wires in front of the 
house on the rise in the back and behind the silos. The bird is also perching 
in the tree closest to the right end of the house with many Eurasian 
Collared-Doves, the house is mostly seen just by its roof. Thanks to Rebecca 
Byrd for finding and reporting this cool bird for the Georgia northwest! eBird 
checklist with handheld phonescoped video frames and/or video to follow. 

> 
> Good Birding All!
> 
> Mark
> 
> Mark McShane
> Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: More Goldfinches
From: Jaynne Reichert <dechand7 AT MAC.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 10:59:35 -0500
There are at least 9 goldfinches at our feeders. They’re eating sunflower 
seeds. We’ll put out niger in a while. 


Jaynne Reichert
Very south Bryan County

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Subject: Goldfinches!
From: Jaynne Reichert <dechand7 AT MAC.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 09:25:32 -0500
I happened to look at the feeders and there are two AMGO! One has yellow under 
its neck, and I have not seen the other’s front. 


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Subject: White-faced Ibis Harris Neck NWR
From: James Fleullan <jrfleullan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2016 21:08:51 -0500
I was able to relocate the WFIB at Harris Neck NWR in McIntosh County
today. It was in a mixed flock of White and Glossy Ibis in Snipe Pond.
Thanks to Patty for finding it. Proves to be a new Ga bird for me.

Glad to share.

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Port Wentworth, Ga

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Subject: Re: Hermit Thrush (Harris Co.)--birdbath (drought)
From: Jack Wissner <jdwissner AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2016 20:37:50 -0500
Yes, the birds seem to want water from our bird baths more they they want
food from the feeders. I am keeping them cleaned and topped up every day.
We need rain.

Jack Wissner
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(678) 576-1971

On Sun, Nov 13, 2016 at 7:58 PM, Ted Theus  wrote:

> We have had a Hermit Thrush visiting the birdbath multiple times each day
> for the past week.  Providing clean water sources during this historic
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Subject: Hermit Thrush (Harris Co.)--birdbath (drought)
From: Ted Theus <ted AT TEDTHEUSLAW.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2016 19:58:24 -0500
We have had a Hermit Thrush visiting the birdbath multiple times each day
for the past week.  Providing clean water sources during this historic
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Subject: sightings in the Okefenokee WR canal run, Folkston, Ga, Charlton County
From: Trish McMillan <trishmc AT TDS.NET>
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2016 17:42:21 -0500
Tried to have a sunset/full moon paddle with local Sierra Club outing with
Okefenokee Adventures yesterday. But this area is socked in with weather, so
no clear skies for the past few days. The paddling was still great, albeit
windy, and the wildlife were happy to be out. we saw alligators,
kingfishers, barred owl, red shouldered hawk, heard sandhill cranes (from
Atlanta area maybe?), great blues, little blues, ibis, green heron, and many
more. The highlight of the evening turned out to be the two American
Bitterns that were seen at different times..if you weren't shown where they
flew in.you would have never seen them they were so camouflaged. They gave
us nice, long looks as we paddled by. Thanks to Grier Newlin, Sierra Club
and Chip Campbell, Okefenokee Adventures.

Trish McMillan, Woodbine, Ga, Camden County


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Subject: Second hand caracara report
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2016 17:07:11 -0500
Just seen in FB by Chris Geller

I have no other info 

Crested Cara-cara sighted Nov 13, 2016 4:15 pm Hwy 369 near Ball Ground GA . 
Just south of 7505 Matt Hwy. Chris driving and can't stop but took phone photo 
& will post later. 



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North High Shoals, GA
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Subject: White-winged Dove - still present - Gordon County
From: Mike Weaver <mwriverpointe AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2016 14:45:44 +0000
The WHITE-WINGED DOVE is still present at 9am this morning at the Fite Bend 
Road location in Gordon County as described by Rebecca Byrd in her post 
yesterday. 


We saw the dove on the telephone post and wires that are located between the 
southern most set of silos and the house that is located on the rise. The GPS 
coordinates are: 34.57388 ; -84.91675 


As stated by Rebecca, please be respectful of the property owner and remain on 
the paved road. 


Mike Weaver
Kennesaw, GA
Cobb County

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 11/12/2016
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2016 08:03:59 -0500
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: November 12, 2016 at 7:51:44 PM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Decatur)
> American Black Duck (4 Clarke)
> Canvasback (1 Bibb, 3 Clay, 1 Muscogee)
> Red-breasted Merganser (3 Troup)
> American White Pelican (1 Cherokee, 3 Clay)
> White-faced Ibis (1 McIntosh)
> Least Sandpiper (1 Bartow)
> Long-billed Dowitcher (1 Muscogee)
> Forster's Tern (1 Troup)
> White-winged Dove (1 Gordon)
> Barn Owl (American) (2 Stewart)
> Rufous Hummingbird (1 Turner)
> Peregrine Falcon (1 Cherokee)
> Say's Phoebe (2 Baker, 1 Miller)
> Vermilion Flycatcher (1 Baker, 1 Decatur, 1 Miller)
> Red-breasted Nuthatch (1 Chatham, 1 Coffee)
> Henslow's Sparrow (2 Glynn)
> Brewer's Blackbird (1 Decatur)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the  Georgia Rare Bird Alert.The report 
below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia. View or unsubscribe to this 
alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569 

> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
> 
> 

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Subject: migrating Turkey vultures - Cherokee Co.
From: Vicki DeLoach <vldeloach AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2016 19:34:48 -0500
A couple of days ago (11-10-16) I was shooting butterflies in the
late-afternoon sun along the Etowah River when Harry spotted vultures
overhead.  We watched and counted as they kept coming - a total of 55
crossing the river in two groups (37 and 18) and heading to the SW.  Lots
of fun.

btw this new park is a great place to walk (paved greenway & new
footbridge) and bird (also a utility cut road and paths thru the woods).

Vicki & Harry DeLoach
from the Etowah River Park in Canton
(email me at vldeloach AT aol.com)
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Subject: WHITE-WINGED DOVE Gordon County
From: "Rebecca E. Byrd" <rebyrd2012 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2016 16:19:24 -0500
There's a white-winged dove here right now at Fite Bend Rd. On eBird I don't 
see any WWDO ever reported in Ga anywhere NW of Gwinnett Co. It's hanging out 
with Eurasian Collared Doves on the power lines immediately behind the 
southern-most grouping of 8 or so silos. Seen from the paved road. We cannot 
approach buildings, silos, workers, or houses. Pics will be uploaded. 


Rebecca Byrd
M: 770-369-5710
Roswell, Fulton Co, GA 
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Subject: Sandhills high above Polk Co
From: Renee' Carleton <renee AT MISERVICE.NET>
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2016 06:51:45 -0500
My husband was test flying a gyrocopter out of the Polk Co airport near 
Cedartown yesterday. He saw a very large flock of sandhills flying southeast at 
at least 14,000 feet. They were up there getting a push from a layer of 
favorable wind. You may not hear them but they may be above (way above) you. 
Welcome to Georgia, cranes! 


Renee' Carleton
Bartow Co

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes Cherokee County
From: Sandra Eileen Garber <sgarber AT GSU.EDU>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2016 23:47:43 +0000
We went this afternoon to Sweetwater Campground on Lake Allatoona to see if we 
could see anything of Jim Flynn's American White Pelicans. No luck. However, 
walking through the campground, we saw some birds on the shore beyond the boat 
ramp. Using binoculars we thought that some of them were standing more upright 
than the others. Could they be Sandhills? As I headed on down the road to try 
to get to a closer viewing area, I heard a "honk." What! Canada geese? Was I on 
a wild goose chase? I kept walking and soon heard one, tentative chortle! At 
campsite 52, I could spot a line of Sandhill Cranes on the shore on the other 
side of the hedge - about 65 birds (5:15pm). I tried to be quiet, but they 
spotted me (long flight distance) and they took off. I left quickly and saw 
them head back to the same spot as I left the area - no harm done. They will 
probably spend the night there and head on tomorrow. 



It's very early to be getting Sandhill Crane sightings. The lake level is over 
833 ft. The sandbars out from Fields landing won't start to appear until the 
lake drops below 830, usually around Thanksgiving and after. At the rate we are 
seeing Sandhills migrating through the metro area this season, it will be 
interesting to see how many come through during what I consider the usual time. 



Sandra Garber

Canton, GA

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Subject: Cooper Creek Park (Columbus) quick hit - 11/11
From: Walt Chambers <chambersw AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2016 23:29:49 +0000
2 Long-billed Dowitchers continue on the flats in the middle portion of the 
lake. Today a female Canvasback and a female Wood Duck (rare at this park) were 
in with a group of about a dozen Ring-necked Ducks as well. 



Walt Chambers

Columbus

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Subject: West Point Dam - 11/11
From: Walt Chambers <chambersw AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2016 23:26:24 +0000
Not a ton of highlights, but a few good ducks again at WP Dam this morning:


Gadwall - 80

Lesser Scaup - 120

CANVASBACK - 2 female

Redhead - 8

Bufflehead - 6

Red-breasted Merganser - 4

Ruddy Duck - 4


Also present were 1 Common Loon and 3 Ring-billed Gulls...not much else besides 
coots and cormorants... 



Walt Chambers

Columbus

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Subject: Sedge Wrens and Henslow's Sparrows, Paulk's Pasture WMA, Glynn, 11/11/16
From: Patrick Maurice <patrickmaurice1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:18:18 -0500
Hey all,

I birded this morning at Paulk's Pasture WMA in Glynn County with Dan, Bill, 
and my mom. It was nice to see that the HENSLOW'S SPARROWS and SEDGE WRENS have 
returned. 


The Henslow's Sparrows were nice enough to perch up only fifteen feet from us 
allowing great views and pictures through our scopes. I posted one of my many 
iPhonescoped pictures of the bird on the eBird checklist. The Sedge Wrens also 
afforded very nice views. 


Many winter birds have arrived, and if you're interested, here is our list from 
the morning: 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32470590

Kudos to the GA DNR for continuing to maintain and protect the habitat for this 
Threatened species. 


Good birding all,
Patrick Maurice
DeKalb (currently Glynn) County
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Subject: Re: fox sparrow & brown-headed nuthatch-Bartow Co
From: Linda <ll_finn AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:20:42 -0500
I also had a brown-headed nuthatch at my feeder in the last week. Their call is 
quite different from the white breasted that are around all the time. 


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Subject: American White Pelicans, Lake Allatoona
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2016 07:57:31 -0500
Hi folks, there about 25 American White Pelicans loafing off of Sweetwater 
Campground on Lake Allatoona (Cherokee Co.). 


Sweetwater Campground is closed but the birds are visible from Fields Landing 
Park (where I am now) with a good scope. 


Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth County, GA
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Subject: Sandhill Cranes Coweta County
From: Richard Candler <candler86 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2016 17:18:59 -0500
My dad told me he heard Sandhills flying over the farm today at exactly
1:30pm. Not sure of the size of the flock.

Richard Candler
Rolling Meadows Farm
Coweta Co.

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Subject: Atlanta Audubon Field Trips this weekend
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2016 13:27:34 -0500
Greetings, Georgia Birders

Please join us for any of the following field trips over the next few days:

Lieren Forbes will lead her every-other-month walk at Vaughters' Farm
(DeKalb County) on Friday, November 11 at 8:30 AM.

Kit Robey and Sandy Murray will lead a walk for Blue Heron Nature
Preserve's Second Saturday Safari on November 12 at 9:00 AM. This event is
co-sponsored by BHNP; there is an admission fee.

Tom Painting will lead a walk at Fernbank Forest (DeKalb County) on
Saturday, November 12 at 9:00 AM. Registration is required.

Jeff Sewell and Carol Lambert will lead a walk at the Huie Ponds of the
CCWA, Lake Shamrock, Lake Blalock, and the Newman Wetlands Center (Clayton
County) on Sunday, November 13 at 8:00 AM.

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

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

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Subject: fox sparrow & brown-headed nuthatch-Bartow Co
From: Pam Potter <ppotter AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2016 11:35:59 -0500
Hi all, I'm very excited to have seen a fox sparrow yesterday morning. I got to 
watch it perched in my elderberry tree for a near minute. I can't remember if 
I'd seen one before but I knew what it was immediately. 


This morning I had 2 brown-headed nuthatches grab and go at my feeders. I've 
not seen them here in many years. 


The hermit thrush continues and I've gotten to see it nearly daily.  


Pam Potter
White, Ga
Bartow Co

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Subject: Winter finches/Washington Co.
From: mocking bird <mockingbird AT GARDENER.COM>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2016 02:39:43 +0100
Several more Purple Finches have joined the single female today. There were 
more females and first year birds. Also, a small flock of Goldfinches descended 
upon the birdbaths. Guess they were very thirsty. Counted about 13 but heard 
more in the trees. 

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

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Subject: Re: Cedar Waxwings Gwinnett County
From: Linda <ll_finn AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2016 17:01:43 -0500
A flock in Hall county also.  Bolding Mill CG.

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Subject: Large "flock" of vultures
From: M B <corginbc AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2016 16:02:01 -0500
A large group of what looked like black vultures (seen with the naked eye)
flew over Lawrenceville, GA. They were soaring in groups of 15-25 and 4
groups spanning  from the northwest to southeast sky. It was a sight to
see! I assume they are migrating to Florida.

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Subject: Purple Finch/Washington Co.
From: mocking bird <mockingbird AT GARDENER.COM>
Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2016 02:01:07 +0100
Today had the FOTS adult female Purple Finch at a hanging feeder. Just the 
beginning..... 

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

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