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Tundra Swans,©Barry Kent Mackay

1 May Jack Cooper has died [Lois Stacey ]
1 May All Women's Birding Bust 2016 - Talk Birdy to Me [Shannon Fair ]
1 May Least Sandpipers Murphy Candler [Drew Whitelegg ]
1 May Ruff at Onslow Island (Savannah NWR) - Wednesday 4/27/16 [A Betuel ]
1 May Mississippi Kites in Tucker! [Melanie Furr ]
29 Apr Northern Flicker [LA Soehnel ]
29 Apr AAS Field Trip at J.J. Biello Park (east entrance) report [Rich Hull ]
29 Apr Bird Walk at Sandy Creek Park - Cook's Trail - Athens-Clarke County [Ed Maioriello ]
28 Apr Common nighthawks are back! [Vinod Babu ]
28 Apr CANCELLATION: Atlanta Audubon field trip to Kennesaw on Saturday [Mary Kimberly ]
28 Apr Yellow-Rumped Warbler and Pine Siskins in DeKalb/NE Atlanta [Marian Gordin ]
27 Apr Re: Thanks [Liz Horsey ]
26 Apr Bobolinks! ["Renee' Carleton" ]
26 Apr Nash Farm Bobolinks, Chat, Shrike [Paul Raney ]
26 Apr Re: Sad events at Clyde Shepherd [j snarey ]
26 Apr Atlanta Audubon field trips for this week [Mary Kimberly ]
26 Apr Re: Sad events at Clyde Shepherd [terry valentine ]
26 Apr Fw: Black-chinned Hummingbird-Retraction, Stone Mountain Park, DeKalb County, 4/16/16 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
25 Apr Sad events at Clyde Shepherd [Drew Whitelegg ]
25 Apr Swainson's Warbler at J.J. Biello (WEST entrance) and Prothonotary Warbler [Rich Hull ]
25 Apr Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 4/25/2016 [Stephen Holzman ]
25 Apr Mother-son big day and Sedge Wren [Nikki Belmonte ]
25 Apr DeKalb Co Sightings from Weekend of April 22, 2016 [Jeff Madsen ]
25 Apr Rose-Breasted Grosbeak in DeKalb/NE Atlanta [Marian Gordin ]
24 Apr AAS/ABF Trip to Serenbe: Kentucky Warbler, Great Horned Owlets and others [Vinod Babu ]
24 Apr Kennesaw Mt []
24 Apr Yard migrants (Harris) [Virgil Ted Theus ]
24 Apr Cave Swallow continues - Columbus - 4/24/2016 [Patrick Maurice ]
24 Apr Trip Report: Morgan Falls Overlook Park (Fulton County) [Roseanne Guerra ]
23 Apr Little Mulberry Park 4/23/16 ["sandfalcon1 ." ]
23 Apr Piedmont Park Saturday 4/23/16 ["rmcdonough AT sfsglobal.net" ]
23 Apr 81 species at J.J. Biello Park (East Entrance) including Rarities; Rescheduled AAS Field Trip [Rich Hull ]
23 Apr Swainson's Warbler, Cochran Shoals ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
23 Apr Birds of Interest Yesterday [charles saleeby ]
22 Apr Marsh Wrens Nash Farm [Paul Raney ]
22 Apr Yellow warbler, others at Piedmont Park [Vinod Babu ]
22 Apr Good Day in the Yard [Sue Peters-Ferree ]
22 Apr Great Egret at Murphy Candler [Drew Whitelegg ]
22 Apr FOTS Female Ruby Throated Hummingbird [csmayer ]
22 Apr ORAS Field Trips this weekend [Ed Maioriello ]
21 Apr AAS Walk at Morgan Falls Overlook Park (Fulton Co.), Saturday @8:30, $10 off at Bird Watcher Supply [Roseanne Guerra ]
21 Apr SW Atlanta - Veery, Worm-eating, Black-and-white, Indigo Bunting [A Betuel ]
21 Apr Cerulean Warbler, Whitfield Co. [George Parsley ]
21 Apr Grasshopper Sparrow in Decatur [Jerry Brunner ]
21 Apr AAS Trip report: Kennesaw Mountain, 21Apr16 [Joel McNeal ]
21 Apr Re: Wood thrush returns [Linda ]
21 Apr Wood thrush returns [Linda ]
20 Apr Golden in N. Atlanta [Eran Tomer ]
20 Apr Peregrine Falcon-Tallulah Gorge []
20 Apr Fwd: eBird Report - George Pierce Park, Apr 20, 2016 ["Chris O'Neal" ]
20 Apr J.J. Biello Field Trip Canceled [Rich Hull ]
20 Apr Gen. Coffee State Park by Okefenokee Bird Club on 3/25 [Sheila Willis ]
20 Apr Re: Tallahua Falls [Patty McLean ]
20 Apr Tallahua Falls []
20 Apr FOY ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK [Sandra Eileen Garber ]
20 Apr FOY Mississippi Kite [Marvin T Smith ]
20 Apr Ruff no at 8:25 am [Diana Churchill ]
19 Apr Ruff - Yes [James Fleullan ]
19 Apr Male Blue Grosbeak [Laura Kennedy ]
19 Apr Sandpipers and Blue-winged Teal at Murphey Candler Park in DeKalb County [Stan Chapman ]
19 Apr Nice Morning at Kennesaw with 17 warbler species [Jeff Madsen ]
19 Apr Black-chinned Hummingbird photos? [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
19 Apr Ruff protocol [DiChurch ]
19 Apr Ruff yes at 12:21 pm [Diana Churchill ]
19 Apr Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 4/19/2016 [Steve Holzman ]
19 Apr Ruby-throat [Ilene Schroeder ]
19 Apr Tybee Ruff [DiChurch ]
19 Apr Re: Redstarts & Vireos, Alpharetta [Eran Tomer ]
19 Apr GREAT-HORNED OWLETS video of the empty nest refilling with owlets. [bethheron ]
18 Apr Redstarts & Vireos, Alpharetta [Nikki Belmonte ]
18 Apr Ruff on Tybee [DiChurch ]
18 Apr King Rails at Eufala NWR (Bradley Unit), 4-18-16 []
18 Apr Wood Ducks-Floyd Co []
18 Apr Re: Ruff at Pond on Tybee North Beach [Mark McShane ]
18 Apr GREAT HORNED OWL bird cam fast update [Sheila Willis ]
18 Apr Ruff at Pond on Tybee North Beach [DiChurch ]

Subject: Jack Cooper has died
From: Lois Stacey <croakie AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 18:20:15 -0400
I don't know how many of you knew him but Augusta-Aiken Audubon member Jack 
Cooper died recently. 


His obituary can be found here:  

http://m.legacy.com/obituaries/augustachronicle/obituary.aspx?n=jack-cooper&pid=179698010&referrer=0&preview=True 



Lois Stacey
North Augusta, SC

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Subject: All Women's Birding Bust 2016 - Talk Birdy to Me
From: Shannon Fair <shannonmfair AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 17:48:25 -0400
Hello GABO-ers!

Team Talk Birdy to Me, a.k.a. Aija Konrad, Iris Schumacher & Shannon Fair, hit 
Bartow County yesterday for the 2016 AWBB. We started our "Bartow Big Day" 
around 5:30AM at Pine Log WMA and picked up 57 species, including Whips, 
Chucks, Barred & Eastern-screech Owls, Summer & Scarlet Tanagers, Rose-breasted 
& Blue Grosbeaks, all 4 expected vireo species, plus 16 warbler species. 


We then headed to Old River Road and Cooper's Furnace to check for migrants, 
and activity was fairly slow there compared to previous years, but we still 
managed to up our warbler count to 21 species. We then made our way over to 
Etowah Indian Mounds and Sam Smith Park where we added Orchard Orioles, Horned 
Larks & Eastern Meadowlarks. 


From there, we swung by Lucas & Kincannon Roads to see if our favorite 
Scissor-tailed Flycatchers were there, and we saw one with nesting material in 
a field of buttercups. We then made several passes by Brandon Farm & Taff Road 
ponds to see what shorebirds and waterfowl we could add. Highlights included 
Pectoral, Least & Solitary Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs, Bobolinks, plus a 
cute bathing Grasshopper Sparrow (video here: https://flic.kr/p/FRdw7g), Wood 
Ducks, a lone female Redhead & an American Kestrel. We also added a Yellow 
Warbler that made our final warbler count 22 species for the day! 


In the late afternoon, we made the trek to Drummond Swamp & Cliff Nelson Road 
pond (FYI, full of water right now) and had Least, Spotted & Solitary 
Sandpipers, Eastern Wood-Pewees, plus the usual Bartow Co. suspects out there. 
As the sun started to set, we circled back to Old River Road & Cooper's Furnace 
to see if we could add more raptors and passerines, but thunderstorms were 
a-brewing and we had to call it a day...a great big day! 


Team Talk Birdy to Me ended our 2nd AWBB with 115 total species in just one 
county - Bartow! 


Just a side note:
This is my 3rd Big Day in the past two weeks, including 2 GA Big Days -- all 
for good causes of course, to support AAS ATL Bird Fest & to promote women in 
birding -- but I think I need to rest for a while... 


Oh, who am I kidding??? It's still spring migration, folks...sleep is for 
wusses!!! I'm sure I'll see y'all out there in the field soon;) 


Happy Birding!
Shannon Fair
ATL, Fulton County
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Subject: Least Sandpipers Murphy Candler
From: Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 17:40:05 -0400
Hi all,
There were 4 Least Sandpipers on the island at Murphy Candler this
morning.  The Solitary and Spotted Sandpipers had me confused.
Collectively, there were at least 5 of them, but two of them didn't
actually *look* like either!  Or behave like them!  So I know, you're
thinking, well...they were something else.  But nothing matched, and in the
end I put them down as Solitary's, though they seemed more "upright" and
one at one point seemed to drag its tail on the ground, rather like a
pigeon when courting.  All very odd.

To confuse things further, on Friday I suspect there was a Lesser
Yellowlegs as well - it was taller and more sure-footed than the Solitary
about 10 yards away.  Unfortunately my only real sighting was as it
wandered out of view.  And no one else has reported one.

This birding can be confusing sometimes.  I would be delighted to hear from
anyone else who was there this morning.

Cheers
Drew Whitelegg
Dekalb

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Subject: Ruff at Onslow Island (Savannah NWR) - Wednesday 4/27/16
From: A Betuel <ykcul88 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 12:58:53 -0400
Nathan Farnau, Shannon Fair, and I made a brief stop by Onslow Island
last Wednesday to scan for shorebirds. We had pretty good diversity and
after an initial scan we spotted an odd shorebird near the back of the
immediate pond. At first the bird appeared gangly, thin necked, and round
(and small) headed. Initial thoughts went to Upland Sandpiper which we knew
would be rather unlikely. Closer looks made us move away from Upland but we
had to quickly move on from the bird. We were able to take a few poor
photos on a cell phone through a scope. After taking time to look at the
pictures (and receiving input from other birders) we were able to see that
it was a RUFF. The best of the bad pictures is in the eBird checklist. We
were in the middle of a big day which prohibited lengthy study of the bird.

For those of you unaware, Onslow is only open to the public on Wednesdays.
I am planning on making a stop by there this upcoming Wednesday and
hopefully this bird will have to decided to stick around.

Good Birding

Savannah NWR--Onslow Island (public access on Wednesdays ONLY), Chatham,
Georgia, US
Apr 27, 2016 3:49 PM - 4:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from eBird Android 1.0.4 30 species Mottled Duck 2 Blue-winged Teal 2 Northern Shoveler 5 3 males 2 females. Seen well Double-crested Cormorant 1 Clapper Rail 1 Black-necked Stilt 30 Estimate but conservative American Avocet 5 Semipalmated Plover 10 Spotted Sandpiper 1 Greater Yellowlegs 4 Lesser Yellowlegs 50 Ruff 1 Chunky shorebird with pot bellied appearance. Longish neck though photo doesn't highlight that well. Bird was foraging alone on mudflat. Picked at ground while foraging and also elegantly drank water from puddle in picture. Pale/whitish on face near base of bill. Leg color greenish to yellow but hard to discern from such distance. Definitely not bright orange. Dark, medium shaped bill with apparent slight curve to it. Unmarked, buffy breast. White spots visible on back of bird may be due to loose mantle feathers sticking up. Picture from a hand held cell phone through a scope. Stilt Sandpiper 1 Least Sandpiper 120 Estimate Semipalmated Sandpiper 40 Short-billed Dowitcher 5 Long-billed Dowitcher 25 Forster's Tern 2 Mourning Dove 1 Tree Swallow 2 Bank Swallow 1 Barn Swallow 8 Marsh Wren 1 Northern Mockingbird 1 Palm Warbler 1 Swamp Sparrow 1 Northern Cardinal 1 Painted Bunting 1 Red-winged Blackbird 5 Boat-tailed Grackle 2 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29244294 -- *Adam M Betuel* *Director of Conservation - Atlanta Audubon Society* *PhD Candidate - **Indiana State University * You must be a subscriber to post to GABO-L. Instructions for subscribing (and the guidelines) are found here: http://www.gos.org/georgia-birders-online Please read the guidelines before posting. Send regular postings to gabo-l AT listserv.uga.edu To search GABO-L archives or manage your subscription, go to https://listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=GABO-L To contact a listowner, send message to GABO-L-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: Mississippi Kites in Tucker!
From: Melanie Furr <mefurr AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 09:11:27 -0400
Two just circled over my house near Henderson Park headed northwest.

Melanie Furr
Tucker, DeKalb Co. 

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Subject: Northern Flicker
From: LA Soehnel <lasoehnel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:58:40 -0400
What a lovely sight to see this guy looking for food in the garden
late yesterday afternoon. The crest on his chest was quite large and the
red cap was extremely vibrant.

LA
Roswell, GA

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Subject: AAS Field Trip at J.J. Biello Park (east entrance) report
From: Rich Hull <haharich15 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:56:11 -0400
Hi All,
 18 birders, including myself, had a good time birding Biello this morning. We 
had a grand total of 76 species, including a Bobolink and a Northern Harrier 
observed by one member of the group who stayed at the soccer fields when the 
rest of us were in the woods (I need that Bobolink for my county list!). 
Highlights that most of the group were able to enjoy included a Virginia Rail 
that gave us brief views when it flew for a short distance, two Yellow-crowned 
Night-Herons along with a Green Heron in the beaver swamp, a singing Swainson's 
Warbler that is back on territory, and a singing Prothonotary Warbler in the 
beaver swamp. We also had some spring arrivals, most of which I had already 
gotten for the year: Indigo Buntings, Blue Grosbeak, Yellow-breasted Chats, 
Kentucky Warblers, FOY Yellow-billed Cuckoo, a migratory FOY Veery, a migratory 
Northern Waterthrush, a Louisiana Waterthrush, and a Yellow-throated Vireo. 
Some lingering winter residents included Swamp Sparrows, Cedar Waxwings, and a 
lone White-throated Sparrow. 


Here's the complete checklist minus the Northern Harrier and Bobolink: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29278031 


Good Birding!
Rich Hull
Cherokee Co., GA

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Subject: Bird Walk at Sandy Creek Park - Cook's Trail - Athens-Clarke County
From: Ed Maioriello <edm AT MAIORIELLO.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:07:06 -0400
Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 8:00am

The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will be hosting a bird walk at the Sandy
Creek Park. This walk will also be our Cook's Trail clean up, so please
bring a bag to help haul away any litter we find. We will bird from the
Cook's Trail trailhead to the Oxbow lake, approximately 2.1 miles, then
recover any litter on the way back. We will be meeting at the last parking
lot on campsite drive across the dam and bird the lake from the dam first
then proceed down the north end of Cook's Trail.

Folks showing up for the walk do not have to pay the entrance fee; however,
if people stay and enjoy the park after the walk, they are asked to pay.

Our bird walks are open to the public. We typically run 3-4 hours. Easy to
moderate walking. Please dress for the weather, wear practical shoes, bring
insect repellent and snacks/water as desired. Participants can turn around
an leave early if needed.

If you have any questions please contact Ed Maioriello at
fieldtrip AT oconeeriversaudubon.org or 706-296-5275.

For information about Sandy Creek Park click here.




IMPORTANT NOTE: On occasion, field trips may have to be cancelled (bad
weather, etc.) or important details may change (for example, the original
meeting spot for a site may have to be changed if there is a trail closure
or parking problem). If you plan to attend a bird walk, ALWAYS check
www.oconeeriversaudubon.org the night before for updates.

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Subject: Common nighthawks are back!
From: Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:55:37 -0400
Hello all,

Common nighthawks are back in midtown, flying over the Georgia Tech lawn.
Yesterday I heard two, but today there seems to be one, making repeated
'peent' calls. Always great to see them tumbling through the air.

Thanks

Vinod

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Subject: CANCELLATION: Atlanta Audubon field trip to Kennesaw on Saturday
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:49:27 -0400
I'm really sorry to inform everyone that we've had to cancel the field trip
to Kennesaw Mountain on Saturday, April 30. Bob and Deb Zaremba are not
able to lead. I have been unable to find a substitute leader.

I realize that birders are likely to show up anyway because the birds are
really good there during migration. We sure had a great morning today on
the field trip led by Joel McNeal.

If you do go, please be safe. Watch out for cars and for each other. Stay
to the left side of the road going up and the right side coming down. Avoid
blocking the road as you walk up the mountain. Step to the side when
vehicles approach.

Bird on!
Mary Kimberly
Field Trip Director
Atlanta Audubon Society


On Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 12:17 PM, Mary Kimberly 
wrote:

> Greetings, Georgia Birders
>
> Atlanta Audubon has daily field trips the remainder of this week.
>
> Stan Chapman and Ralph Smith will lead a walk at Clyde Shepherd Nature
> Preserve (DeKalb County) tomorrow, Wednesday, April 27 at 7:30 AM.
>
> Joel McNeal continues his weekly walks at Kennesaw Mountain (Cobb County)
> on Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 AM. Please honor the park's request to use
> Lot #2 for parking.
>
> Rich Hull will lead a walk at JJ Biello Park (Cherokee County) for Friday,
> April 29 at 7:30 AM.
>
> Bob and Deb Zaremba will lead a walk at Kennesaw Mountain on Saturday,
> April 30 at 7:30 AM. Please honor the park's request to use Lot #2 for
> parking.
>
> Jay Davis will lead a walk at Fernbank Forest (DeKalb County) on Saturday,
> April 30 at 8:30 AM. Registration is required for this walk.
>
> Ralph Smith and Dave Kuechenmeister will lead a walk at Oakland Cemetery
> on Sunday, May 1 at 8:00 AM.
>
> For details (including registration information 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
>



-- 
Mary

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Subject: Yellow-Rumped Warbler and Pine Siskins in DeKalb/NE Atlanta
From: Marian Gordin <mkgordin AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:36:48 +0000
Just saw a Yellow-Rumped Warbler at my feeder and earlier today had a small 
flock of Pine Siskins that approached the bird baths. 


Marian 

"The country is making a big mistake, not to teach children to cook and raise a 
garden, and build fires." 

Loretta Lynn (b. 1935) 


Marian K. Gordin 
H: 404-633-8497 
C: 404-433-6656 
1654 Rainier Falls Dr., NE 
Atlanta, GA 30329 

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Subject: Re: Thanks
From: Liz Horsey <erhorsey AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:29:21 +0000
I have Carolina wrens nesting in a gourd right now. 
Liz Horsey 
ATL, Fulton County 


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Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Thanks

Carole,

It has been my observation that House Wrens are cavity nesters while Carolina 
Wrens are not cavity nesters. That said, I've had Carolina Wrens nest in many 
things not enclosed. We had a large bucket on the lower deck full of hoses. 
When I went to retrieve a hose from the bucket, lo and behold there was a 
Carolina Wren nest there with eggs. Had to buy a new hose. 


I have seen them nest in a wreath on the front door. But I've never had them in 
a box. 


     -----===== Bill =====-----
-- 

Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else.

> On Apr 27, 2016, at 7:53 AM, carolelud 
<000002d039a22c27-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> wrote: 

> 
> I want to thank all who rescued me from ignorance about House Wrens 
destroying Blue Bird eggs. I had no idea, but it now makes perfect sense. I 
have not actually seen any in the yard but have heard some calling. What I have 
is a ton of Carolina Wrens, one of which raised 5 babies in my tack room, 
scolding me each time I dared enter her nursery. I wondered, could Carolinas 
possibly mimic House wrens and destroy nests? Sounds like a research project to 
me. Carole Ludwig, Oconee County 

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Subject: Bobolinks!
From: "Renee' Carleton" <renee AT MISERVICE.NET>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 18:04:07 -0400
There was a small flock of Bobolinks (between 6 and 10) at Berry College this 
morning. They were in the hayfield on the north side of the road heading to the 
mountain campus. For the Berry College eagle fans, the kids (B6 & B7) are 
spending more and more time on branches above the nest. Fledge should take 
place sometime next week, if not this weekend. If you are planning a trip, 
Commencement is Saturday, May 7th and the campus will be very busy so please 
avoid that day. 


Renee' Carleton
Floyd Co

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Subject: Nash Farm Bobolinks, Chat, Shrike
From: Paul Raney <paul.raney AT ATT.NET>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:57:31 -0400
Today past noon, 8 Bobolinks mostly males were in grassy area southwest of 
barn. First Yellow-breasted Chat of year sang northwest of pond. One Loggerhead 
Shrike feeding from lower part of two pines southwest of barn. 

                           Best wishes,  Paul Raney   Stockbridge

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Subject: Re: Sad events at Clyde Shepherd
From: j snarey <jsnarey AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 06:48:32 -0400
Clyde Shepherd has a large resident snapping turtle.

> On Apr 25, 2016, at 8:34 PM, "Drew Whitelegg"  
wrote: 

> 
> Hi all,
> I witnessed - at least I *think* I witnessed - the death of the mother Wood
> Duck this afternoon (about 5.00pm) at Clyde Shepherd.  Another nature
> enthusiast was there and she concluded pretty much the same thing (we both
> watched in shock through binoculars from the observation deck).
> 
> Over the far side of the pond/lake, I saw the female Wood Duck with one
> chick.  There were also some Mallards and two Canada Geese around.  The
> Wood Duck then disappeared, but about ten minutes later I saw her flailing
> around - wings flapping wildly and putting her head into the water.  We
> thought initially she was stuck - caught on some plastic or something.
> What was odd was that as she struggled the other water birds all got closer
> to her....and then, she just wasn't there anymore.  It seemed to us that
> something had pulled her under.
> 
> After a few minutes, 4 chicks appeared and started heading into open
> water.  There was no adult with them, and I don't think they were Mallard
> chicks as neither of the two female mallards seemed remotely interested in
> them and ended up about 15 yards away from them. The chicks were on their
> own for about 10 minutes, again with no adult in sight.
> 
> I may be wrong on all this, and I am sure one of the other Clyde Shepherd
> regulars will let us know if I am.  But it seemed like the end for this
> particular bird.  I know this is the natural world at work, but I still
> found it slightly tragic.
> 
> Drew Whitelegg
> DeKalb Co.
> 
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Subject: Atlanta Audubon field trips for this week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:17:53 -0400
Greetings, Georgia Birders

Atlanta Audubon has daily field trips the remainder of this week.

Stan Chapman and Ralph Smith will lead a walk at Clyde Shepherd Nature
Preserve (DeKalb County) tomorrow, Wednesday, April 27 at 7:30 AM.

Joel McNeal continues his weekly walks at Kennesaw Mountain (Cobb County)
on Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 AM. Please honor the park's request to use
Lot #2 for parking.

Rich Hull will lead a walk at JJ Biello Park (Cherokee County) for Friday,
April 29 at 7:30 AM.

Bob and Deb Zaremba will lead a walk at Kennesaw Mountain on Saturday,
April 30 at 7:30 AM. Please honor the park's request to use Lot #2 for
parking.

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

Ralph Smith and Dave Kuechenmeister will lead a walk at Oakland Cemetery on
Sunday, May 1 at 8:00 AM.

For details (including registration information 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: Re: Sad events at Clyde Shepherd
From: terry valentine <terryval AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:23:49 -0400
It's possible that a snapping turtle got her, as I understand that these tend 
to hang out and hunt around the water's edge. I'm told that some have been 
introduced to a lake in a county park near my house to help control Canada 
Geese, but I imagine that to the turtles, food is food. 


Too bad it had to be a mommy duck, but maybe one of the other females will 
adopt her ducklings now that the hard work of hatching them is done. Any 
insights out there as to whether this is likely? 


Terry Valentine
Hoschton

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Subject: [GABO-L] Sad events at Clyde Shepherd

Hi all,
I witnessed - at least I *think* I witnessed - the death of the mother Wood 
Duck this afternoon (about 5.00pm) at Clyde Shepherd. Another nature enthusiast 
was there and she concluded pretty much the same thing (we both watched in 
shock through binoculars from the observation deck). 


Over the far side of the pond/lake, I saw the female Wood Duck with one chick. 
There were also some Mallards and two Canada Geese around. The Wood Duck then 
disappeared, but about ten minutes later I saw her flailing around - wings 
flapping wildly and putting her head into the water. We thought initially she 
was stuck - caught on some plastic or something. 

What was odd was that as she struggled the other water birds all got closer to 
her....and then, she just wasn't there anymore. It seemed to us that something 
had pulled her under. 


After a few minutes, 4 chicks appeared and started heading into open water. 
There was no adult with them, and I don't think they were Mallard chicks as 
neither of the two female mallards seemed remotely interested in them and ended 
up about 15 yards away from them. The chicks were on their own for about 10 
minutes, again with no adult in sight. 


I may be wrong on all this, and I am sure one of the other Clyde Shepherd 
regulars will let us know if I am. But it seemed like the end for this 
particular bird. I know this is the natural world at work, but I still found it 
slightly tragic. 


Drew Whitelegg
DeKalb Co.

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Subject: Fw: Black-chinned Hummingbird-Retraction, Stone Mountain Park, DeKalb County, 4/16/16
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:58:05 +0000
 Jeff Sewell / Carol LambertTucker, GA  (DeKalb Co.)lambertsewell AT att.net


     
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 To: GABO-L  
 Sent: Monday, April 25, 2016 6:57 PM
 Subject: Black-chinned Hummingbird-Retraction, Stone Mountain Park, DeKalb 
County, 4/16/16 

   
 On the morning of April 16, 2016, a group of birders came across a 
male hummingbird on the Songbird Trail at the park. The bird was perching 
just above our heads on a twig, not more than 12-13 feet away. It was a clear, 
sunny morning with the sun at our backs. We viewed the bird for over 30 
minutes from various angles that were afforded by the 180 degree curve in the 
trail at that point. No red on the gorget was seen by any of the observers over 
that long period of time as the bird perched, then would fly off for a short 
period and then return to the same perch. Also, no purple was seen, either, 
which should have told us something. Field marks for Black-chinned and 
Ruby-throats were debated, but because of the consistently black throat we were 
seeing, it was decided that the bird was a Black-chinned Hummingbird. I 
reported this sighting here as a BCHU. Some in the group pointed out that the 
bird had a mostly straight bill, a long, deeply forked tail, and a dark 
emerald-green back pointing to RTHU. 

Many photos were taken and sent to two experts who both said that the bird is 
a RTHU. Males of both species can show an all black throat at certain angles 
of light, but if the bird had been a BCHU, at some point, we should have 
seen purple iridescence below the black chin. I have seen RTHUs before with 
all black throats but in those cases, over a period of time, at different 
angles, the ruby iridescence was seen. One person who has reviewed photos of 
the bird pointed out that in some cases RTHUs may have defective gorget 
feathers; that is, something about the micro-structure of those feathers does 
not reflect light as do most RTHUs. In addition to the larger field marks 
(long, deeply forked tail, emerald-green back, green head, short, mostly 
straight bill, general impression of shape and plumage), my photos show two 
technical aspects of the tail feathers and wing shape and primary details that 
indicate Ruby-throated Hummingbird. First, the photos show that this bird's 
longest tail feather was the 4th (R4) tail feather, not the 3rd tail feather 
(R3) as on a BCHU.. Second, the photos of the wing show a tapered wing with the 
10th primary being narrower and pointed in comparison to the 9th primary. On a 
BCHU the 10th primary is the same width as the 9th and blunt tipped ( 
Hummingbirds of North America: A Photographic Guide, Steve N. G. Howell, Nature 
World, 2002, page 129). 

P.S. Two days ago, 4/24/16, I relocated what I think is the same bird in the 
same tree consistently showing an all black throat. It is so close even a smart 
phone camera could be used to photo the bird, so if you see purple in the 
throat, take a picture. 

Jeff
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Subject: Sad events at Clyde Shepherd
From: Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 20:34:16 -0400
Hi all,
I witnessed - at least I *think* I witnessed - the death of the mother Wood
Duck this afternoon (about 5.00pm) at Clyde Shepherd.  Another nature
enthusiast was there and she concluded pretty much the same thing (we both
watched in shock through binoculars from the observation deck).

Over the far side of the pond/lake, I saw the female Wood Duck with one
chick.  There were also some Mallards and two Canada Geese around.  The
Wood Duck then disappeared, but about ten minutes later I saw her flailing
around - wings flapping wildly and putting her head into the water.  We
thought initially she was stuck - caught on some plastic or something.
What was odd was that as she struggled the other water birds all got closer
to her....and then, she just wasn't there anymore.  It seemed to us that
something had pulled her under.

After a few minutes, 4 chicks appeared and started heading into open
water.  There was no adult with them, and I don't think they were Mallard
chicks as neither of the two female mallards seemed remotely interested in
them and ended up about 15 yards away from them. The chicks were on their
own for about 10 minutes, again with no adult in sight.

I may be wrong on all this, and I am sure one of the other Clyde Shepherd
regulars will let us know if I am.  But it seemed like the end for this
particular bird.  I know this is the natural world at work, but I still
found it slightly tragic.

Drew Whitelegg
DeKalb Co.

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Subject: Swainson's Warbler at J.J. Biello (WEST entrance) and Prothonotary Warbler
From: Rich Hull <haharich15 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:26:51 -0400
Hi All, 
 JoAnn King and I birded J.J. Biello (east entrance) before I had to go to KSU 
for the morning. We had 53 species in an hour and a half, including a singing 
Prothonotary Warbler that was located in the beaver swamp. JoAnn King located 
the two continuing Sedge Wrens after I had left. 

 On my way back from KSU I made an unplanned trip to the western entrance of 
J.J. Biello (located off of Hwy 5). Nothing was out of the ordinary except for 
one Swainson's Warbler that seemed as if it was on territory. As the crow flies 
it was located approximately half a mile from where I had the Swainson's 
Warbler just over a week ago. I'll check out the location in the upcoming days 
to see if it sticks around; if so I'll probably check it out after my AAS field 
trip at J.J. Biello (EAST entrance) on Friday. I could hear it from an 
abandoned trail located across the road from the softball fields and near where 
the road dead ends. The trail itself is rather hard to spot, but a NO HORSES 
ALLOWED sign on an adjacent fence post makes it easier to see. Once you are on 
the trail, which is overgrown and rather spidery, continue until you are about 
20 feet shy of Rubes Creek. If you get too close to the water you probably 
won't be able to hear it. Face southeast at a less dense area on the trail 
(near an animal trail that branches off) and you might be able to hear it 
emanating from deep within the dense forest. It's the first one I've had at the 
western entrance of the park, but I wouldn't be surprised if there are more 
within the thick forest located in between the eastern and western entrances of 
J.J. Biello. If anyone needs further directions feel free to shoot me an email. 


Good Birding!
Rich Hull
Cherokee Co., GA

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 4/25/2016
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:58:12 -0400
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Date: Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 10:54 AM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
To:


*** Species Summary:

Black Scoter (2 Glynn)
Hooded Merganser (1 Floyd, 2 Glynn)
Northern Bobwhite (3 Jones)
Horned Grebe (1 Barrow, 1 Floyd)
Little Blue Heron (3 Monroe)
Reddish Egret (5 Glynn)
Glossy Ibis (7 Richmond)
King Rail (1 Charlton)
White-rumped Sandpiper (3 Glynn)
Barn Owl (7 McIntosh)
Red-cockaded Woodpecker (3 Jones)
Merlin (1 Cherokee)
Cave Swallow (Texas) (2 Muscogee)
Sedge Wren (1 Cherokee)
Hermit Thrush (1 McIntosh)
Swainson's Warbler (2 Floyd)
Bachman's Sparrow (3 Jones)
Song Sparrow (2 Bibb)
Pine Siskin (1 Bulloch, 1 Dougherty, 1 Lowndes, 1 Montgomery)

---------------------------------------------
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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

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Subject: Mother-son big day and Sedge Wren
From: Nikki Belmonte <scullybug AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:15:42 -0400
Hi everyone,

Yesterday my 8-year-old son, Ellery, and I embarked on a 6-hour "big day"
for Atlanta Bird Fest. We decided on the theme birds and baseball, so we
birded four ball parks in our area. We were aiming for 60 species and got
71 over the 4 parks-- you can see our You Tube videos here
https://goo.gl/Dk7rBv.

A couple highlights worth mentioning:

At JJ Biello - 2 SEDGE WRENS were calling and popping up in the sedge
meadow near the parking lot. Also had excellent looks at YELLOW-BREASED
CHAT, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, and LOUISIANNA WATERTHRUSH.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29179436

Fowler Park - YELLOW BILLED CUCKOO on the connector path to the greenway.
On Friday, I had a BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER at the same spot.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29179257

Wills Park - GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS, looked like they were collecting
nest material, WORM-EATING WARBLER, and EASTERN KINGBIRD continuing over
the yellow playground and rec center
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29178810

At RAP, HOODED WARBLER and PALM WARBLER along the paths next to the
baseball field. I have to note the triple hawk sighting Ellery had in the
bottom of the ninth, we so needed it with minutes before our time was up.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29179080

New hashtag from this experience; #birdingisbonding

Nikki Belmonte
Roswell, Fulton County

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Subject: DeKalb Co Sightings from Weekend of April 22, 2016
From: Jeff Madsen <bluewingjeff AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:14:38 -0400
There seemed to be a lot of migrating songbirds around, and although I didn't 
find time to really focus on birding, I did manage to see/hear some neat stuff. 
As was alluded to in an earlier GABO-L post, I heard Blackpoll Warblers pretty 
much all weekend here in Brookhaven, as well as an occasional Cape May, as we 
had the windows open for the beautiful weather. On Friday, April 22 I spent 15 
minutes birding a residential back yard on Redding Rd in DeKalb/Brookhaven and 
had a wonderful experience that reminded me of birding the gulf coast of the SE 
United States during spring migration. At about 845 am I heard an Eastern 
Kingbird, and before I could locate the bird, the general area where I was 
looking was suddenly inundated with no fewer than 10 Eastern Kingbirds, and 
more likely 15 or so. The birds looked like they had just finished with their 
overnight flight and decided to land together at the tops of some very tall 
pine trees. They called loudly and busily fluttered around for a few minutes in 
the tops of the trees, and then as suddenly as they had arrived, the were gone. 
What a neat spectacle! 


I was watching flag football at Keswick Park in Chamblee on Sunday, April 24 
from 100-300 pm. Of course, I brought my bins. The park is surrounded by some 
pretty nice hardwood forest, and I was able to spot Orchard Oriole (tops of 
tulip poplars), Palm Warbler, Black and White Warbler (singing in woods) and 
the highlight of the afternoon, a beautiful male Blue Grosbeak that I initially 
located from call note, and then watched as he foraged in some bushy stuff 
lining the top parking lot, before flying off to the woods. Also had a pair of 
Red-shouldered Hawks soaring about, whom I have observed since March (pretty 
sure this is a breeding pair), as well as a Cooper's Hawk fly-over. 


Jeff Madsen
DeKalb Co/Brookhaven

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Subject: Rose-Breasted Grosbeak in DeKalb/NE Atlanta
From: Marian Gordin <mkgordin AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:33:04 +0000
For several days I have been treated to a beautiful male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak 
at my sunflower seed hopper feeder. What a treat in unincorporated DeKalb 
County near Emory and Toco Hills. 

Marian 

"A day without laughter is a day wasted." 
Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) 


Marian K. Gordin 
Atlanta, GA 30329 


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Subject: AAS/ABF Trip to Serenbe: Kentucky Warbler, Great Horned Owlets and others
From: Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2016 22:40:46 -0400
Hello all,


10 birders of varying experience levels joined Gus Kaufman, Michelle Hamner
and me today at Serenbe for a wonderful morning of birding as part of the
Atlanta Bird Festival. We had amazing weather and an incredible 61 species,
including 12 species of warbler and Great Horned Owl with owlets, tanagers,
grosbeaks and buntings.

We started off the walk hearing rather than seeing warblers and summer
tanagers. Things got more exciting when we heard Acadian Flycatchers
calling, and stumbled upon one nearly overheard and fairly close. We got
good looks at it and tried to track down a Louisiana Waterthrush close by.
Failing that, we instead ended up at a singing Kentucky warbler, that gave
us all amazing looks and even great pictures. In fact, we had a first-time
birder whose first bird was the Kentucky Warbler!

We then followed the 'Waterfall trail' looking for a Great Horned Owl nest
that Nathan Farnau and Adam Betuel had located. We found a fledged owlet
even before we got to the nest, with a parent watching nearby. The other
owlet was still at the nest, of which very little remained. This was a
great hit with the group and was followed by such crowd-pleasers as Summer
and Scarlet Tanagers, readily viewed Indigo Buntings, Louisiana
Waterthrush, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Great Crested Flycatcher and a
singing Prairie Warbler. When we got to the end of the wooded trail and
walked along the horse paddocks, we added Eastern Kingbirds, Yellow
Warbler, swallows, vultures and the Green Heron at the pond. One of the new
birders found a singing Blue Grosbeak as well. We finished with a great
lunch at the Hil, the restaurant there. In all, it was a successful trip
with great looks at some of our most charismatic new arrivals and
year-round residents.

The highlights are listed below. The entire checklist is at:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29185505

Green Heron  1
Great Horned Owl  3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Acadian Flycatcher  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  2
White-eyed Vireo  2
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  12
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  15
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Wood Thrush  3
Gray Catbird  1
Louisiana Waterthrush  4
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Kentucky Warbler  1
Hooded Warbler  4
Northern Parula  3
Yellow Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  2
Pine Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Prairie Warbler  2
Black-throated Green Warbler  3
Summer Tanager  6
Scarlet Tanager  1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Blue Grosbeak  2
Indigo Bunting  4

Thanks

Vinod

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Subject: Kennesaw Mt
From: annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2016 22:00:16 -0400
This morning Stephen Stewart, Richard White and myself birdied Kennesaw. 
Weather was beautiful and slightly windy. 

Birding was very slow but did come upon small groups ever so often with several 
species in it! 

Highlight of day was a gorgeous BAY BREASTED
WARBLER! I hadn't seen one since 2003! Great find by Richard!!! Other warblers 
were: Black throatedGreen; Prairie; Yellow throated;Yellow rump;Pine; Palm; 
Blackpoll; Chestnut sided; 

Hooded; Black & White;
Worm eating; Ovenbird;
Ruby crown kinglet; Blue gray Gnatcatcher; yellow throated vireo; red eyed 
video; Summer tanager; 

Rose breasted grosbeak;
Blue headed vireo nest only- pointed out by another birder!
Also other common birds!
Good day on mountain- practicing for my two AWBB trips this week!


Ann Stewart
Rome, Georgia
Floyd County




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Subject: Yard migrants (Harris)
From: Virgil Ted Theus <ted AT TEDTHEUSLAW.COM>
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2016 16:44:48 -0400
Good movement of migrants in West Central Georgia this morning. Without leaving 
the front porch, I observed the following in a span of 15 minutes--cape may 
warbler (2), black-throated blue warbler, yellow warbler, black & white 
warbler, Palm warbler, yellow-rumped warbler and indigo bunting. These birds 
joined the ruby-throated hummingbird, white eyed vireo, great-crested 
flycatcher, red-eyed vireos and gray catbird which have been present for some 
time. Ted Theus (Harris) 


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Subject: Cave Swallow continues - Columbus - 4/24/2016
From: Patrick Maurice <patrickmaurice1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2016 09:50:48 -0400
Hey all,

Dan, my mom, and I just left the Cliff Swallow colony and the CAVE SWALLOW is 
still in the same nest that it has been seen in for the past few weeks. 


It was first in a broken nest near the middle of the bridge and then later 
after going out above the river to feed, it returned to its usual spot. 


Good birding,
Patrick Maurice
DeKalb County (currently Muscogee)
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Subject: Trip Report: Morgan Falls Overlook Park (Fulton County)
From: Roseanne Guerra <zan67g AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2016 08:56:39 -0400
Hello GABO, 

Seven birders joined me to bird Morgan Falls Overlook Park yesterday. 
Highlights of the 52 species (did we really not see a mockingbird??) included 
nice scope views of a cooperative semipalmated plover (first reported sighting 
for Morgan Falls), a singing black-throated green warbler (also a first for the 
park), and beautiful full-sun views of a singing/ticky-tucking summer tanager. 


There is a great blue heron rookery in the park, and at least four nests were 
active/visible. 


Could not have asked for a more beautiful spring morning!

Happy birding,

Roseanne Guerra

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Subject: eBird Report - Morgan Falls Overlook Park, Apr 23, 2016

Morgan Falls Overlook Park, Fulton, Georgia, US Apr 23, 2016 7:37 AM - 11:24 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: AAS/City of Sandy Springs walk led by Roseanne Guerra. 
Submitted from eBird Android 1.0.2 52 species Canada Goose 12 Wood Duck 2 Mallard 3 Double-crested Cormorant 2 Great Blue Heron 5 Black Vulture 1 Osprey 2 Red-shouldered Hawk 2 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Semipalmated Plover 1 On low cement wall that extends from base of dam (between tunnels and face of dam) downriver. Nice views in scope. Clear black neck ring, orangish legs, orange base of beak visible. Killdeer 3 Spotted Sandpiper 3 Birds were present before start of guided walk (7:30am). Not there during guided walk. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 6 Mourning Dove 4 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-headed Woodpecker 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 4 Downy Woodpecker 1 Eastern Phoebe 1 White-eyed Vireo 1 Red-eyed Vireo 1 Blue Jay 3 American Crow 4 Fish Crow 3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 20 Barn Swallow 3 Carolina Chickadee 5 Tufted Titmouse 7 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Brown-headed Nuthatch 1 Carolina Wren 4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 7 Eastern Bluebird 4 American Robin 3 Brown Thrasher 2 Cedar Waxwing 9 Tennessee Warbler 1 Common Yellowthroat 1 Palm Warbler 5 Pine Warbler 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler 5 Black-throated Green Warbler 1 Chipping Sparrow 1 Song Sparrow 3 Eastern Towhee 3 Summer Tanager 3 Beautiful full-sun views of singing male. Northern Cardinal 6 Indigo Bunting 1 Red-winged Blackbird 1 Brown-headed Cowbird 2 House Finch 2 American Goldfinch 7 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29138861 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) You must be a subscriber to post to GABO-L. Instructions for subscribing (and the guidelines) are found here: http://www.gos.org/georgia-birders-online Please read the guidelines before posting. Send regular postings to gabo-l AT listserv.uga.edu To search GABO-L archives or manage your subscription, go to https://listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=GABO-L To contact a listowner, send message to GABO-L-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: Little Mulberry Park 4/23/16
From: "sandfalcon1 ." <sandfalcon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2016 17:06:48 -0400
Greetings all,

I spent about 3.5 hours at Little Mulberry Park (Gwinnett County) this
morning.  Lots of migrants moving about and breeders that showed up since I
was there last Saturday.  A few White-throated Sparrows and Ruby-crowned
Kinglets were the only lingering winter species I found.  The Great Blue
Heron rookery on Miller Lake had 8 birds vs. 1 a week ago.  Also had 1
Osprey and a Spotted Sandpiper as well.  The area around the willow swamp
had several Orchard Orioles.  All over the park I had numerous Scarlet &
Summer Tanagers along with Red-eyed Vireos.  A couple of Wood Thrushes were
heard in the forest and 1 Great-crested Flycatcher was new in the east
meadow at the south end of the park.

Every tulip poplar I spent time sifting through had multiple Blackpoll
Warblers.  I recorded 10 but that seems to be a significant undercount.
Also a handful of Cape May Warblers and a single Black-throated Blue
Warbler (male) to round out the Caribbean flavor of the day.  A total of 10
warbler species and a heard-only Rose-breasted Grosbeak as a bonus.

Brandon Best
Lawrenceville, GA

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Subject: Piedmont Park Saturday 4/23/16
From: "rmcdonough AT sfsglobal.net" <rmcdonough@SFSGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2016 19:43:54 +0000
I briefly birded Piedmont Park this morning hoping the rain last night would 
have brought down some migrants. Not much luck with that, although the hardwood 
trees near the dock on the lake were swarming with both Palm and Yellow-Rumped 
warblers. I did get a nice trifecta - the great blue, green, and black-crowned 
night herons were all visible at the same time on the island. A Great Crested 
Flycatcher and the House Wren in Six Springs were the only other notable 
sightings other than the usual suspects, but it was a glorious day out in the 
Park. 


Rob McDonough
Midtown, Atlanta

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Subject: 81 species at J.J. Biello Park (East Entrance) including Rarities; Rescheduled AAS Field Trip
From: Rich Hull <haharich15 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2016 12:29:18 -0400
Hi All, 
 I knew it would be a good morning at Biello when we had 40 species of birds 
before leaving the parking lot, but I still didn't expect a grand total of 81 
species. JoAnn King, Anna Grace Hull (my sister), and, later on, New York 
birders Paul Czkwianianc and his wife birded Biello along with myself for 
approximately four hours. Unfortunately, we were unable to get the Swainson's 
Warbler today, but we were able to get lots of other interesting species. 
Highlights included a Virginia Rail in the sedge meadow, a Sedge Wren in the 
sedge meadow, two Vesper Sparrows along the soccer fields, and a Merlin that 
flew over the parking lot. We had 12 species of warblers, including 7 Kentucky 
Warblers, a couple of Prairies, a single Worm-eating, a FOY Northern 
Waterthrush, and several FOY Yellow-breasted Chats. Other FOYs were an Acadian 
Flycatcher and 3 Blue Grosbeaks. 

 I've rescheduled the J.J. Biello (east entrance) AAS field trip for April 29th 
at 7:30 a.m. Hopefully, we'll have a similar species count, but that would 
require a lot of birds to show up! 


Here's my checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29138737

Good Birding!
Rich Hull
Cherokee Co., GA

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Subject: Swainson's Warbler, Cochran Shoals
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2016 11:04:05 -0400
Hi folks, there is a Swainson's Warbler singing along one of the trails at 
Cochran Shoals, Cobb Co. GPS coordinates: 


33.9153x-84.4479

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA
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Subject: Birds of Interest Yesterday
From: charles saleeby <charlessaleeby AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2016 12:24:16 +0000
On the way home from checking a site for work in Bremen I pulled over at the 
Little River bridge on Cashtown Road in Haralson County. Beyond the expected, 
this nice wet wooded area had a singing Prothonotary Warbler. Just about every 
other creek crossing than this one I have been near in the last few days has 
had a singing Louisiana Waterthrush, including my backyard as I type this on 
Butler Creek in Kennesaw. There's also a nice Cape May Warbler singing out 
front this morning. Check your neighborhoods and local parks as this is the 
prime time for the Cape Mays and Blackpolls that are tough to get in the fall 
except for you coastal folks. 

I spent of few hours late yesterday evening before the big storm hit on Lake 
Allatoona and had 2 Forster's Terns fly by just before dark near the Hwy 92 and 
41 section in Cobb Co. There are many Osprey active on the lake. There was also 
one Common Loon off Dallas Landing that could probably be seen from Old Hwy 41. 

On Wed. I had a Eurasian Collared Dove at the intersection of Hwy 74/Senoia Rd. 
and Oakley Industrial Blvd. in South Fulton Co. I don't remember if they've 
been reported from there or not but interesting to watch as I ate my 
Chik-Fil-A. 

Chuck SaleebyKennesaw, GA Cobb County

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Subject: Marsh Wrens Nash Farm
From: Paul Raney <paul.raney AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2016 22:26:55 -0400
Arrived at Nash Farm just before sunset. 50 minutes later no owls or meteors 
(clouded over). 

Had three Marsh Wrens at marsh between pond and barn. Two singing and third 
scolding. Brief glimpses. 

No sign during noon trip earlier.   Thanks,  Paul Raney  Stockbridge

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Subject: Yellow warbler, others at Piedmont Park
From: Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2016 20:37:05 -0400
Hello all,

I checked the swampy area in Piedmont Park around 6.30 pm from 'Peregrine
point'. Lots of palm warblers were active and a gray catbird was singing in
the willows. I went into the six springs area and heard the house wren.
When I got back to the starting point, a Louisiana waterthrush flew into
the elm to the left of the high viewing area. It obligingly displayed its
throat and eyebrows, wagged its tail and was gone. The yellow warbler
showed up in the willows in the middle of the swamp, singing and feeding.
The orchard oriole, seen yesterday, was not around.

I had a surprise on my way back home, not far from the park. I heard a
repeated tippy-tuck-tuck in the trees, but it seemed to be moving away.
Could not readily use my binoculars since it was a residential area but I'm
fairly sure it a summer tanager.

Thanks
Vinod

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Subject: Good Day in the Yard
From: Sue Peters-Ferree <Soupysue AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2016 19:39:27 -0400
We had a birdy day at our house today  rosebreasted grosbeaks, indigo 
buntings, hummers, thrashers, bluejays, titmice, white breasted nuthatches, 
chickadees, brown headed cowbirds, mourning doves, goldfinches, downeys, crows. 
I think that is all but I may have forgotten some. Had male grosbeaks on two 
feeders at the same time, and had grosbeaks and buntings on the same feeder at 
the same time. With that rain front passing through, the sun broke through and 
shined golden light down on all the different colors of the budding trees and 
there were whisping areas of fog over the mountains. It was one glorious time. 
The next front has moved in and its raining again now. Ill keep a eye out 
tomorrow to see what shows up. 


Hope youre all having birdy days. 

Sue Peters-Ferree
Blairsville, Union Co. 

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Subject: Great Egret at Murphy Candler
From: Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2016 19:42:24 -0400
Hi all,
There was a Great Egret on the tree on the "island" at Murphy Candler
between 5.30 and 6.30 this evening.  It didn't move location.

Drew Whitelegg
DeKalb Co.

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Subject: FOTS Female Ruby Throated Hummingbird
From: csmayer <csmayer AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2016 17:50:48 -0400
    

Fellow Birders,I've been searching my neighborhood diligently for hummers with 
no luck, even though I set my hummingbird station out weeks ago. But yesterday, 
I heard that familiar zippy sound when I spotted a female hummer, seemingly 
mesmerized with one of the lights outside my garage door. As I neared her, she 
flew away & I closely inspected the light. There was a spider web around the 
fixture with some insects, including a couple of flying ants or termites 
carried by the wind earlier that afternoon. But I wasn't sure if she was after 
the spiders web or the bugs! Soon she returned & made these beautiful little 
swoops, back & forth, to & fro, collecting the spider web, assumedly for her 
nest. I tried to follow her to get an idea of where the nest might be located, 
but she was much too fast for me. Not to mention, a storm was rolling in & I 
had to get to an appointment. But I was thrilled to see the first ruby throated 
on my property this year. And as a bonus, it was a female, collecting spider 
web for a nest -- I assume. What a day!!! Cindy, Roswell, GA 30076 


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Subject: ORAS Field Trips this weekend
From: Ed Maioriello <edm AT MAIORIELLO.COM>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2016 08:32:07 -0400
The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will be hosting 2 field trips this
weekend:

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 6:00am



The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will be taking a field trip to Kennesaw
Mountain.  We will likely join up with an Atlanta Audubon trip going on
there at the same time.

We will meet at the Shops of South Athens Shopping Center (behind the
Waffle House) on South Milledge near the bypass ready to leave at 6:00AM.
This means you will want to arrive at least 5-10 minutes before 6:00AM.  We
will car pool in as few cars as we can manage.

ORAS field trip and bird walks are open to the public and to birders of all
ages and experience levels.  You will want to bring binoculars, water,
insect repellent and snacks if you so desire.  You are encouraged to wear
practical shoes and dress for the weather.  While the walk consists of
hiking up the road to the summit of the mountain and back down again, the
pace is leisurely and not particularly strenuous.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ed Maioriello at
fieldtrip AT oconeeriversaudubon.org or at 706-296-5275.

For more information about Kennesaw Mountain click here.


===============================================

Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 8:00am

The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will be hosting a bird walk at the State
Botanical Garden.  We will be meeting in the Day Chapel parking lot.  From
the main entrance just keep bearing left to find the Day Chapel lot.

Our bird walks are open to the public.  We typically run 3-4 hours though
birders may leave at their convenience.  Easy to moderate walking.  Please
dress for the weather, wear practical shoes, bring insect repellent and
snacks/water as desired.

If you have any questions please contact Ed Maioriello at
fieldtrip AT oconeeriversaudubon.org or 706-296-5275.

For information about the State Botanical Garden click here.




IMPORTANT NOTE: On occasion, field trips may have to be cancelled (bad
weather, etc.) or important details may change (for example, the original
meeting spot for a site may have to be changed if there is a trail closure
or parking problem). If you plan to attend a bird walk, ALWAYS check
www.oconeeriversaudubon.org the night before for updates.


Ed Maioriello

Athens-Clarke County

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Subject: AAS Walk at Morgan Falls Overlook Park (Fulton Co.), Saturday @8:30, $10 off at Bird Watcher Supply
From: Roseanne Guerra <zan67g AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 19:11:09 -0400
Hello GABO,

 

I am leading the Atlanta Audubon/City of Sandy Springs Bird Walk at Morgan
Falls Overlook Park this Saturday. 

 

This walk is also sponsored by Kennesaw-based Bird Watcher Supply Company,
which is owned by Julia Elliott and Karen Theodorou, two of Georgia's
licensed hummingbird banders.  Participants will receive $10 Bird Watcher
"Bird Bucks" (limit one per family).  No minimum purchase.  Bird Bucks are
good at all 5 locations, and the Roswell store is a straight shot up Highway
9 on Mansell Road.  Bird Watcher Supply carries high-quality bird seed,
houses, feeders, binoculars, field guides and bird-themed gifts.

 

Registration through City of Sandy Springs is required, but free.  Limit of
20 people.

 

https://registration.sandyspringsga.gov/CourseActivities.aspx?id=19

&cat=13

 

Course code is OPBW, or look under category "Special Interest and Outdoor"
and sub-category "Bird Walk".  

 

FYI: I plan to bird below the dam at 7:30, if anyone wants to join me early.
To get to the dam, take a left at the end of Morgan Falls Road (instead of a
right to go to the park).

 

Happy Birding,

 

Roseanne Guerra

 

 


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Subject: SW Atlanta - Veery, Worm-eating, Black-and-white, Indigo Bunting
From: A Betuel <ykcul88 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 18:51:06 -0400
Spent the mid to late afternoon teaching a few people bird identification
at Cascade Springs Nature Preserve. It was my first time at the park and I
was very impressed. Seems to have a lot of bird potential.

Cascade Springs Nature Preserve, Fulton, Georgia, US
Apr 21, 2016 12:45 PM - 4:05 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
32 species

Black Vulture  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  6     Nest with at least 4 chicks
White-eyed Vireo  2
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  6     conservative number. calling everywhere
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  9
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown-headed Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  2
Veery  1
American Robin  4
Cedar Waxwing  2     heard only. likely more
Worm-eating Warbler  1     heard only. Singing
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  8
Chipping Sparrow  6
White-throated Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  8
Northern Cardinal  4
Indigo Bunting  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  1

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-- 
*Adam M Betuel*

*Director of Conservation  - Atlanta Audubon Society*
*PhD Candidate  - **Indiana State University *

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Subject: Cerulean Warbler, Whitfield Co.
From: George Parsley <geoparsley AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 17:01:02 -0400
This morning at the Dug Gap area, Dalton, along the service road off Dug Gap 
Battle Rd., at the top of the ridge, Max Medley and I heard a Cerulean Warbler. 
Where the steep part of the service road up to the cell towers begins. It sang 
only briefly and was not heard again. 

 
However, yesterday I heard one singing for more than a half hour. Also along 
the service road, but much lower down, near the main road below the 
boulder-strewn overlook. 

 
Other warblers and migrants this morning were:
 
Red-eyed Vireo
Black and White Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
 
George Parsley
Whitfield Co.
 
 
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Grasshopper Sparrow in Decatur
From: Jerry Brunner <jbrunner1 AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 17:44:38 +0000
This morning there was a Grasshopper Sparrow at Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve 
where the "Meadow Trail" ends at the "Creek Trail". It was feeding on the 
ground along the edges of the trail. I watched it closely for a good while.Then 
the people came. And the dogs came. And, so far, that was the last I saw of it. 

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Subject: AAS Trip report: Kennesaw Mountain, 21Apr16
From: Joel McNeal <joelmcneal AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 12:42:04 -0400
Approximately 37 birders braved the traffic and joined me for the
second Thursday morning Atlanta Audubon walk at Kennesaw Mountain.  It
was a slow migration day ahead of the front that should make Saturday
a bit more lively, but even though the birds were sparse there were
some good ones that allowed most or all of the group cooperative
looks.  Our best highlights were on the way back down the mountain
where we had a mob of birds scolding a red phase Eastern Screech-Owl
that everyone was able to see in scope-view, and at the first big
curve near the bottom of the mountain Chuck Saleeby pointed out to the
crowd that if there were Ceruleans around that was a good place to get
them, which immediately instigated a Cerulean to start singing
directly overhead and give everyone great views.  Blackpolls,
Blackburnians, and both tanagers were also cooperative.

Highlights:
Cooper's Hawk  1
Eastern Screech-Owl  1     Red phase; mobbed by YTVI, REVIs, HOWA,
etc.  Everyone in the group got scope views.
White-eyed Vireo  2
Yellow-throated Vireo  3
Blue-headed Vireo  2     Nesting at the trail crossing 1/4 way up.
Red-eyed Vireo  15
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  10
Wood Thrush  1
Gray Catbird  1
Summer Tanager  9
Scarlet Tanager  7
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  3
Indigo Bunting  5
Pine Siskin  20

Warblers (16 spp.):
Ovenbird  2     One seen by some of the group
Worm-eating Warbler  1     Seen well in the open by many of the group.
Blue-winged Warbler  1     Singing.
Black-and-white Warbler  1     Singing.
Hooded Warbler  8     A couple seen well by some in the group.
American Redstart  1     Adult male seen well by some of the group.
Cape May Warbler  2     Singing from behind maintenance buildings
early, above main parking lot after walk.
Cerulean Warbler  1     At the bend 1/4 from the bottom on our way
down immediately following Chuck Saleeby's prophesy. Seen well by the
entire group.
Blackburnian Warbler  8     A few seen very well by the group.
Blackpoll Warbler  5     A few seen well by most of the group.
Black-throated Blue Warbler  3     Heard-only.
Palm Warbler (Western)  8
Pine Warbler  6
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  35
Prairie Warbler  1     Heard only. Downslope at the first big clearing.
Black-throated Green Warbler  6

Full list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29097580

Joel McNeal
Cartersville, Bartow Co., GA
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Subject: Re: Wood thrush returns
From: Linda <ll_finn AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 11:44:37 -0400
Forgot to mention that this thrush is in Gainesville, Hall County.

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Subject: Wood thrush returns
From: Linda <ll_finn AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:38:55 -0400
So happy to hear the wood thrush fluting once again in the woods in back of my 
house, down by the creek. 


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Subject: Golden in N. Atlanta
From: Eran Tomer <erantomer AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 20:30:33 -0400
Hello all,

Got away again in honor of Spring migration (​a monumental self-motivation
challenge, no doubt). This time I scoured the Johnson Ferry South unit of
the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in N. Atlanta. The best
bird was a male Golden-winged Warbler, the state's FOTS according to eBird.
Rather cooperative while working the trees on both sides of the trail near
the northern end of the footpath. Other highlights among 43 species:

1 Pileated Woodpecker
1 Great Crested Flycatcher - my FOTS here
2 Red-eyed Vireos
6 White-eyed Vireos
C. 30-40 Cliff Swallows, nesting under the river bridge
19 Cedar Waxwings
2 Northern Parulas
1 Worm-eating Warbler
1 Palm Warbler
3 Common Yellowthroats
1 Summer Tanager - male, not quite fully molted
2 Indigo Buntings - local FOTS

Hermit Thrush, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and White-throated Sparrows still
here. I wonder whether some of the Hermit Thrushes that linger in Georgia
are those that breed in North Carolina, and thus might be able to `afford'
the late stay.

Best regards,

- Eran Tomer
  Atlanta, GA

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Subject: Peregrine Falcon-Tallulah Gorge
From: annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 19:41:06 -0400
Checked out the gorge today in hopes of spotting the Falcons and nest!
From Overlook 9 we looked for the notebook that they had there last year with a 
hand drawn map showing the location of the nest which was very helpful- but no 
notebook and map this year. We were on our own! After searching for short time 
and breaking for lunch of crackers and cokes we moved to Lookout 10(in the 
shade). I saw a bird fly up to a high rock and perched! It was the Falcon. It 
stayed on this rock ledge for at least 30 minutes-preening, fluffing 

And grooming in full view and beautiful in the scope!
Quickly it flew down and to the left and we lost sight if it for a moment 
because of trees in front of us. We saw the area we think it went and are sure 
it went back on its nest but we never located it again or the nest! At least we 
got long good looks at the adult! 

Also on the trail back right before Overlook 6 on the left side of trail we saw 
2 Black and White Warblers gathering nesting material and carrying it under a 
mountain laurel bush on the ground. Several Black Throated Greens were present 
also! 

Nice day!

Ann Stewart
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - George Pierce Park, Apr 20, 2016
From: "Chris O'Neal" <chrisoneal2718 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 19:38:38 -0400
Hello everyone!

This morning four birders met to take on the birds of the fabled George
Pierce Park in Gwinnett County. This park always has some great sightings,
and during spring migration is certainly no exception. Indeed, this park is
guaranteed to whet the appetite of any birder who embarks on its trails.
Today we racked up an unprecedented 65 species of birds (including 7
species of warblers), and in doing so this is now the park's record for the
most number of species of birds seen on one checklist at one time. Not too
shabby!

For non-avian sightings, a total of four species of frogs were calling:
Bullfrogs, Green Frogs, Cope's Grey Treefrogs, and Northern Cricket Frogs.
We saw at least three species of butterflies including Eastern Tiger
Swallowtail, Red-spotted Purple, and what was probably a species of
Hairstreak. And we were treated to an up close look at a rabbit eating
grass.

And now for the birds. We saw RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS on two different nests,
as well as a pair of BLUE-GREY GNATCATCHERS building a nest. An ORCHARD
ORIOLE was singing in the big wetlands, and then an INDIGO BUNTING appeared
and allowed us to photograph it. In the woods about 1.3 miles into the
walk, we heard both SUMMER and SCARLET TANAGERS plus a LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSH, and we saw glimpses of a WOOD THRUSH. We also heard two
species that are quite unusual for this park: RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and
KILLDEER. The main highlight was seeing two PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS in the
big wetlands (or, as I like to call it, a Profanity Warbler!). This
represents four years in a row that PROWs have been recorded on eBird for
this park.

The checklist is below. Happy Spring Migration!

Chris O'Neal
Gwinnett County


George Pierce Park, Gwinnett, Georgia, US
Apr 20, 2016 8:00 AM - 10:54 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:     AAS Field Trip led by Chris O'Neal. Frogs: Northern Cricket
Frogs, Green Frogs, Bullfrogs, Cope's Grey Treefrog. Butterflies: Eastern
Tiger Swallowtail, Red-spotted Purple, possible Hairstreak sp. Also saw a
rabbit
65 species

Canada Goose  20
Wood Duck  3
Mallard  18
Blue-winged Teal  14
Great Blue Heron  3
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  3
Killdeer  1
Solitary Sandpiper  2
Barred Owl  1
Chimney Swift  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  1     Heard only
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  5
Great Crested Flycatcher  3     FOTY! Heard calling
Eastern Kingbird  6
White-eyed Vireo  1
Yellow-throated Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  3
Fish Crow  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  10
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Brown-headed Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  12     Nest in a tree in the big wetlands. Two
constantly returning to nest, building it, and sitting in it.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  1
Wood Thrush  1     FOTY!
American Robin  10
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  1
Worm-eating Warbler  1
Louisiana Waterthrush  1     FOTY! Heard its chip note
Prothonotary Warbler  2     FOTY! The pair has returned to the big
wetlands! Heard the "sweet sweet sweet sweet sweet" song and then saw male
and female
Common Yellowthroat  6
Palm Warbler (Western)  2
Pine Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  6
Chipping Sparrow  2
Field Sparrow  1     Seen in big wetlands on a fallen tree. Unusual place
to see a FISP.
White-throated Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  3
Summer Tanager  1     FOTY! Heard singing
Scarlet Tanager  1     FOTY! Heard singing in the woods
Northern Cardinal  15
Indigo Bunting  1     FOTY! Seen in the big wetlands
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  10
Orchard Oriole  1     FOTY! Heard singing in the big wetlands, then seen
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  4

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Subject: J.J. Biello Field Trip Canceled
From: Rich Hull <haharich15 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:20:06 -0400
Hi All, 
 Due to a high chance of thunderstorms (up to 90% at times) the AAS J.J. Biello 
Field Trip for Friday the 22nd will be canceled. Hopefully, it can be 
rescheduled within the next couple of weeks. 


Good Birding, 
Rich Hull
Cherokee Co., GA

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Subject: Gen. Coffee State Park by Okefenokee Bird Club on 3/25
From: Sheila Willis <swjxw1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:50:20 -0400
Hey folks,

Hope you are fine and enjoying the spring.

Here is a report of the Okefenokee Bird Club's trip to member Annette
Bittaker's home s. of Douglas and to Gen. Coffee State Park [COFFEE] on
3/25/2016. Unfortunately, I was not able to do much of the walking in the
park, but I will list those birds reported by the others for the various
trails & areas they used.

The first stop for the day was at the country home s. of Douglas of
long-time member Annette Bittaker where folks enjoyed delicious early
morning refreshments. While chatting, they watched the backyard feeders
that were set in a lovely wildflower garden complete with a trickling bird
pool.

Species seen or heard being active there were NORTHERN CARDINAL, CHIPPING
SPARROW, EASTERN TOWHEE (male), BLUE JAY, CAROLINA WREN, CAROLINA
CHICKADEE, and GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER.

A short tour through Annette's Fox Hills Subdivision neighborhood which has
3 lakes produced several more types including OSPREY (perched in a tree
over the water), GREAT BLUE HERON (flying with a stick to a hidden nest), a
colorful WOOD DUCK pair (near a wooden nest box), COMMON YELLOWTHROAT,
CANADA GOOSE, & COMMON GRACKLEs.

Traveling to the state park the birders saw additional species including
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, CANADA GOOSE, EUROPEAN STARLING, LOGGERHEAD
SHRIKE, TURKEY VULTURE, NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, & MOURNING DOVE.

Once at Gen. Coffee State Park on GAHwy#32 e. of Douglas, they were joined
by their friends from Glennville and then began birding & exploring around
the 1800's style buildings called Heritage Farm. One of the cabins was
donated by Annette Bittaker's family & so she took the lead in telling her
friends some of its history. The interesting outbuildings such as the smoke
house, tobacco drying shed, and others were visited & photographed as well.

At the small pond by the cabins a group of Purple Martins sat at their nest
home & visited their mates who peeked from the holes. A Canada Goose walked
& flew about the grounds. Noisy flocks of Common Grackles called from the
pines & took an occasional bath in some puddles. A pretty male Eastern
Bluebird lit up the scene with its bright blue colors. Groups of
Yellow-rumped Warblers and Chipping Sparrows passed by. A patch of Irises
bloomed at the water's edge as a sign of spring for the wildflower crowd.

Also turning up there were a pair of BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHes, PINE WARBLER,
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, AMERICAN
CROW, FISH CROW, EASTERN TOWHEE, CAROLINA CHICKADEE, TUFTED TITMOUSE,
NORTHERN CARDINAL, BLUE JAY, PILEATED WOODPECKER, and RED-BELLIED
WOODPECKER.

Next on the agenda was a trip to the picnic area adjacent to Seventeen Mile
River & its boardwalk. New leaves were just coming out on the trees &
shrubs and good amounts of the black water were flowing quite steadily.

I went as far as the first bench on the boardwalk while the rest went past
that & even farther into the surrounding woods. It was quite peaceful
sitting there & hearing the occasional PILEATED WOODPECKER shout out its
signature call. It seemed every other tree had fresh signs of that bird's
digging for a meal.

Other birds that I heard in the front section were BLUE-HEADED VIREO,
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, EASTERN PHOEBE, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, &
AMERICAN CROW. I could also hear from the opposite hill an EASTERN TOWHEE &
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER.

The folks who walked the whole boardwalk & more were able to record &
photograph several species including new arrivals. Their list included
YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, NORTHERN
PARULA, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK (2 calling),
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, FISH CROW, & WOOD DUCK (1
heard). In adjacent areas they also found more BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHes &
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERs, WHITE-EYED VIREO, & CAROLINA WREN.

A picnic lunch was enjoyed under the pretty Dogwoods which were stunning in
white and complimented the scattered Cherokee Rose that was also in bloom
alongside the various-colored Azaleas.

After the mid-day meal, the birders drove a short distance above the
campground to a dryer, sandier area where Gopher Tortoises have their dens.
All but myself walked the path into this upland habitat where despite the
light rain which had started they were able to record a few more birds. The
list here included DOWNY WOODPECKER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, BLUE-GRAY
GNATCATCHER, TUFTED TITMOUSE, PINE WARBLER,YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, &
NORTHERN CARDINAL.

One last stop was made at the Bittaker home where one of the season's first
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDs made a brief appearance. Everyone thanked
Annette for being such a wonderful host & arranging this fun outing.

A total of 44 species were recorded for the entire club trip as 33 for Gen.
Coffee SP, 9 at the Bittaker residence, & 12 en route to the park.
Participants were Annette Bittaker (Douglas), Lenwood Eason (Glennville),
Richard Roche (Folkston), Gene Wilkinson (Glennville), & Sheila Willis
(Waycross).

Trip list for 3/25 in COFFEE CO. [A: Annette Bittaker's home; B:
boardwalk/picnic area; E: en route to/from park; F: farm; U: Upper area]

CANADA GOOSE: 4 (3 E; 1 F)
WOOD DUCK: 2 (pair, E)
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT: 2 E
GREAT BLUE HERON: 1 E
TURKEY VULTURE: 1 E
OSPREY: 1 E
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK: 2 B
MOURNING DOVE: 1 E
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD: 1 A
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER: 1 B
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER: 2 (1 F; 1 B)
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER: 2 (1 B, 1 U)
DOWNY WOODPECKER: 1 U
PILEATED WOODPECKER: 2 (1 F, 1 B)
EASTERN PHOEBE: 1 B
GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER: 2 (1 A, 1 B)
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE: 1 E
WHITE-EYED VIREO: 1 B
YELLOW-THROATED VIREO: 2 B
BLUE-HEADED VIREO: 3 (1 F, 2 B)
BLUE JAY: 3 (1 A, 2 F)
AMERICAN CROW: 4 (3 F, 1 B)
FISH CROW: 2 (1 F, 1 B)
PURPLE MARTIN: 10 F
CAROLINA CHICKADEE: 2 (1 A, 1 F)
TUFTED TITMOUSE: 3 (1 F, 2 U)
BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH: 4 (2 F, 2 B)
CAROLINA WREN: 2 (1 A, 1 B)
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET: 2 B
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER: 6 (1 F, 1 B, 4 U)
EASTERN BLUEBIRD: 4 F
BROWN THRASHER: 1 A
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD: 2 (1 E, 1 F)
EUROPEAN STARLING: 1 E
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER: 1 F
COMMON YELLOWTHROAT: 1 E
NORTHERN PARULA: 3 B
PINE WARBLER: 4 (2 F, 1 U, 1 park drive)
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER: 13 (7 F, 6 U)
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER: 3 B
EASTERN TOWHEE: 3 (1 A, 1 F, 1 B)
CHIPPING SPARROW: 17 (5 A, 12 F)
NORTHERN CARDINAL: 6 (2 A, 2 F, 2 U)
COMMON GRACKLE: 22 (7 E, 15 F)

Take care.

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

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Subject: Re: Tallahua Falls
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:46:03 -0700
    
The birds can be seen from the SOUTH RIM TRAIL at Overlook #9. You can park at 
the Beach Access (fee) area and take the trail under the bridge and then 
immediately go up the stairs. You'll then cross the spillway and take the trail 
on your left. It continues along the upper rim to Overlook 9.  

When you get there, look across the gorge slightly to your right, to the area 
with long streams of whitewash. The male often uses those rocky ledges to check 
in with mom (who is likely out of sight).  He also spends time on the south 
edge in the trees or perhaps can be seen in the air hunting.  


Not sure how far along incubation/hatching is but things should get pretty 
active soon with ongoing prey delivery becoming more frequent. 


Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

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Date: 04/20/2016  9:16 AM  (GMT-08:00) 
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Subject: [GABO-L] Tallahua Falls 

Can anyone give me any directions to peregrine nest? They don't have notebook 
with map like they did last year? 


Ann Stewart
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Subject: Tallahua Falls
From: annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:16:46 -0400
Can anyone give me any directions to peregrine nest? They don't have notebook 
with map like they did last year? 


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Subject: FOY ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK
From: Sandra Eileen Garber <sgarber AT GSU.EDU>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:21:58 +0000
Breakfast with two male indigo buntings (first seen yesterday) and one male 
rose-breasted grosbeak. I just love this time of year! 

Sandra Garber
Canton, GA

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Subject: FOY Mississippi Kite
From: Marvin T Smith <mtsmith AT VALDOSTA.EDU>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:35:21 +0000
I just saw my first of the year MIssissippi Kite over my home in Valdosta.
Marvin T. Smith

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Subject: Ruff no at 8:25 am
From: Diana Churchill <dichurch AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:25:05 -0400
The ruff is not present this morning. Will Calver plans to check later and will 
update. 

Diana

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Subject: Ruff - Yes
From: James Fleullan <jrfleullan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 16:28:09 -0400
16:27 Ruff present on fresh water pond on North Tybee.

James Fleullan
Savannah, Ga

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Subject: Male Blue Grosbeak
From: Laura Kennedy <laura.bihuniak AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 17:18:30 -0400
Peachtree City, 9am at plate feeder 4/19.
First time in 15 years.

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Subject: Sandpipers and Blue-winged Teal at Murphey Candler Park in DeKalb County
From: Stan Chapman <stanchap49 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 15:51:28 -0400
Sean Beeching and I had a nice morning of exploring Murphey Candler Park in
Brookhaven today.  (With a day this beautiful, we HAD to be outside!)
 Highlights were 5 Blue-winged Teal, 3 Spotted Sandpipers and one Solitary
Sandpiper, all visible from the mudflat on the left side of the trail as
one walks from the observation platform toward the woods.  It also was nice
to see Wood Ducks a House Wren, Waxwings, and three species of swallows.
Warblers were fairly sparse, though we had nice views of an American
Redstart and a couple of Palm Warblers, along with the usual Pine and
Yellow-rumped Warblers.  I did hear the song of one Hooded Warbler, as well.

Stan Chapman
DeKalb County (Leafmore/ Toco Hill area)

Murphey Candler Park, DeKalb, Georgia, US
Apr 19, 2016 7:25 AM - 10:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 mile(s)
45 species (+2 other taxa)

Domestic goose sp. (Domestic type) 1
Canada Goose 10
Wood Duck 3
Mallard 8
Mallard (Domestic type) 2
Blue-winged Teal 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Phoebe 3
White-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 4
Fish Crow 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 11
Tree Swallow 3
Barn Swallow 9
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Brown-headed Nuthatch 3
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 1
Wood Thrush 3
American Robin 4
Brown Thrasher 2
Cedar Waxwing 3
Hooded Warbler 1 (heard)
American Redstart 1
Palm Warbler (Western) 2
Pine Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 5
White-throated Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 4
Eastern Towhee 11
Northern Cardinal 14
Red-winged Blackbird 4
Common Grackle 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 6
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 3

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Subject: Nice Morning at Kennesaw with 17 warbler species
From: Jeff Madsen <bluewingjeff AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 15:13:02 -0400
I birded the parking lot and a walk up and down the mountain from 845 am until 
1230 pm today, April 19, 2016. Activity was great in the parking lot area 
around the residences and the building where they keep the work vehicles, and I 
also had several nice mixed flocks at various spots up the mountain. Highlights 
included a pair of Cerulean Warblers about 0.4 miles up the mountain (seemed to 
be 2 males, one of which was singing and is how I located them) and in the same 
little flock was a singing Blue-winged Warbler. Awesome Stuff! Also had my FOS 
Cape May and Blackpoll Warblers. Here's a list of cool stuff I s aw today: 



Cooper's Hawk (1)
Red-Shouldered Hawk (2)
Red-tailed Hawk (2)
Turkey Vulture - several once it got warm
Pine Siskin (12) parking lot
Wood Thrush - heard at least 3 singing 
Yellow-throated Vireo (1) singing near top
White-eyed Vireo (4)
Red-eyed Vireo - at least 10 throughout the morning, many singing
Blue-headed Vireo (3)
Blue-winged Warbler (1)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (3) at least one singing
Cape May Warbler (3)
Blackburnian Warbler (1)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (1) behind the apartments up the hill, only heard 
singing 

Cerulean Warbler (2) - one singing, I got audio
Black-throated Green Warbler (5)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (10+) several singing
Palm Warbler (2) - open scrubby area near the trail for Little Kennesaw
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler (2) one singing
Blackpoll Warbler (3) one heard singing
Black-and-white Warbler (3) one singing
Worm-eating Warbler (1)
Ovenbird (1) singing
Hooded Warbler (2)
Yellow-throated Warbler (1)
Scarlet Tanager (5)
Summer Tanager (3)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (3)
Blue Grosbeak (1) female, parking lot

Good birding!

Jeff Madsen
Brookhaven, GA DeKalb Co

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Subject: Black-chinned Hummingbird photos?
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 14:47:29 +0000
If anyone has taken photographs of the bird identified as a BCHU at Stone 
Mountain Park (Songbird Observation Trail), please share them. Specifically, we 
need a photo showing any color, other than black, in the throat (gorget). If 
anyone with a good camera would like to go try and get a photo showing this 
coloration, that would also be wonderful. Thanks. 

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

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Subject: Ruff protocol
From: DiChurch <dichurch AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:05:23 -0400
Hi all,
 The ruff was back on the pond at 12:30 and seems happy feeding there. If folks 
want to come try for it, here is what I suggest. 


 The pond and boardwalk are private property and maintained by the Captain's 
View residents. On the streets near the pond there are 

mostly No Parking signs. I have spoken with Ardie Simmons who lives there on 
the pond. She and her husband Bob used to own Wild Birds Unlimited here in 
Savannah and appreciate birders wanting to see a rare bird. She said that it 
shouldn't be a problem if people are there looking at the bird and 

if anyone questions your presence, you may say that you are a guest of Ardie 
and Bob Simmons. 


That being said, I suggest that people park at the meters on Polk Street (bring 
about $3.00 in quarters) and walk down to the beach from there. 

Once on the beach, turn right and go between 100-200 yards. Keep your eyes open 
for a sandy path that leads up over the dunes and onto the 

boardwalk. If you look at Google Earth for the north end of Tybee Island, you 
will see where Polk Street (think campground and water treatment plant) emerges 
onto the beach, and where the path goes up through the dunes to the pond. 


Happy Ruff hunting and I hope the bird sticks around for more folks to enjoy!
Cheers,
Diana

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Subject: Ruff yes at 12:21 pm
From: Diana Churchill <dichurch AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 12:22:40 -0400
The ruff is still here and at the pond now.
Diana

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 4/19/2016
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:02:41 -0400
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: April 19, 2016 at 9:55:50 AM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Burke)
> Glossy Ibis (1 Stewart)
> King Rail (1 Richmond, 1 Stewart)
> Purple Gallinule (1 Stewart)
> Ruff (3 Chatham)
> Barn Owl (1 Clarke, 2 McIntosh)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Jasper)
> Cave Swallow (1 Muscogee)
> Cave Swallow (Texas) (1 Muscogee)
> Bachman's Sparrow (1 Jasper)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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: Ruby-throat
From: Ilene Schroeder <ilenes47 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 09:03:22 -0400
Fots female Ruby-throat hummer at my feeder this morning.

Ilene
Lake Claire neighborhood
Atlanta in dekalb

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Subject: Tybee Ruff
From: DiChurch <dichurch AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 08:05:19 -0400
Greetings all,
 I just went over to the pond and found the Ruff there actively feeding. 
However, after a few minutes, as I walked along the boardwalk and a resident 

crossed it, the ruff took off flying north towards the point. While it did fly 
off and return at least once yesterday, it had not returned after about 5 
minutes and I needed to get back to the house. 


If anyone wants to look for the bird, I suggest parking at Polk Street, walking 
to the beach, and then coming back up to the pond from the path there. 

It is posted as private but I have friends in the neighborhood and I have never 
had a problem when I come up there with Audubon groups. If the bird 

sticks around and we get hoards and masses, we will figure out what to do.

Cheers,
Diana

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Subject: Re: Redstarts & Vireos, Alpharetta
From: Eran Tomer <erantomer AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 00:40:24 -0400
​Nikki & all,

Things are picking up in this area. Today I managed a hike at the Johns
Bridge unit of the Chttahoochee River National Recreation Area, which is
right near Roswell. No redstarts but the 41 species included:

1 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Broad-winged Hawk
1 (or 2) Osprey, carrying prey items (one of which didn't look like a fish,
couldn't tell)
1 Barred Owl
5 Red-eyed Vireos
3 White-eyed Vireos
2 Hooded Warblers
2 Black-throated Green Warblers
2 Scarlet Tanagers

​Also​ Fish Crows, lots of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and Yellow-rumped
Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, White-throated Sparrows and various others.

Best regards,

- Eran Tomer
  Atlanta, GA

On Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 10:07 PM, Nikki Belmonte 
wrote:

> Hello birders,
>
> Here's some #mondaymotivation for you-- took my son for a birthday bike
> ride after school and had some FOTS at Big Creek Greenway in Alpharetta:
> AMERICAN REDSTART, RED-EYED VIREO, and WHITE-EYED VIREO. Fun afternoon!
> View the checklist online at
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Subject: GREAT-HORNED OWLETS video of the empty nest refilling with owlets.
From: bethheron <bethheron AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 03:21:33 +0000
Thank you Sheila Willis for updating GABO with news from our 
Landingsbirdcam.com, Skidaway Island  


   

HERE IS THE BEST OWL VIDEO OF THE DAY  forwarded from Mary Lambright (our 
Birdcam expert) 



THE PLOT THICKENS;
IT TURNS OUT THAT WE HAVE TWO VERY CONFIDENT, CURIOUS OWLS THAT ARE MOVING 
AROUND AT NIGHT MORE THAN WE REALIZED .WE WON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE 
YOUNGER ONE LEAVING THE NEST…LIKE WE DID LAST YEAR. 

Good Birding Y'allBeth RothSkidaway Island, Savannah

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Subject: Redstarts & Vireos, Alpharetta
From: Nikki Belmonte <scullybug AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 22:07:19 -0400
Hello birders,

Here's some #mondaymotivation for you-- took my son for a birthday bike
ride after school and had some FOTS at Big Creek Greenway in Alpharetta:
AMERICAN REDSTART, RED-EYED VIREO, and WHITE-EYED VIREO. Fun afternoon!
View the checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29042895

Happy migration,

Nikki Belmonte
Roswell, Fulton County

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Subject: Ruff on Tybee
From: DiChurch <dichurch AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 21:34:35 -0400
Thanks to Mark McShane for posting the link to my ebird checklist with photos.
Here is a link to my blog with a couple more later photos. 
http://dianachurchillbirds.blogspot.com/ 

Joel Ludlum from Savannah made it out to see the bird. 
Just before sunset it took off in the direction of Ft. Pulaski. I will check 
the pond early am and let folks know what I find. 


Cheers,
Diana

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Subject: King Rails at Eufala NWR (Bradley Unit), 4-18-16
From: eelriver05 AT MCHSI.COM
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 20:16:36 -0400
Hello my birding friends,

I birded Eufala NWR (Bradley Unit) today with Alan Ashley and had a great day. 
Walking along the south dike we heard 6 different King Rails and saw 3. 

We also saw 2 Purple Gallinules and 2 Glossy Ibis.
The King Rails were a Life Bird for me.
I also attaching a Cave Swallow picture I took at the Columbus, Ga. spot today

King Rail
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/26239731040/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/25907643454/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/25909896583/in/dateposted-public/

Cave Swallow
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/26486627636/in/dateposted-public/

Bird on my Friends, bird on!!!!

Larry Gridley
Albany, Ga.
Dougherty County

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Subject: Wood Ducks-Floyd Co
From: annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 19:37:45 -0400
Checked Box #4 on Tuesday thinking they had hatched but apparently 
miscalculated. Hen was on nest and I scared her off. I checked one egg and it 
had a "peck hole". I left so female could come back quickly. I allowed a couple 
days for hatching and on Friday I noticed large amount of down feathers around 
and on outside of hole of box. I knew this wasn't normal. Checked box and all 
eggs and egg shells were gone. I looked behind the box and edge of pond in 
water and saw 6 egg shells. Apparently 

A raccoon reached into the box - pulled the eggs out. I'm hoping that the 
babies had already hatched and left the box on Thursday and maybe these 6 eggs 
were the un- hatched ones which the raccoon got out! I'm 

Counting that 6 out of the 12 eggs laid were hatched!
No way to know for sure !
 
I checked Box#5 today and all is well but afraid that since a raccoon has the 
taste of eggs that it will be back! I've been very lucky over the years! 

Box #5 had 14 eggs. The female hooded merganser 
Is still stopping by some mornings looking lost and 
Looks like she's looking for a nest box. There are plenty available!
Stephens Duck box in woods close to creek is incubating but don't know how many 
eggs. First check was 17 eggs. 



Ann Stewart
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Subject: Re: Ruff at Pond on Tybee North Beach
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 19:38:42 -0400
Hi All,

Diana Churchill's eBird checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29044905

What a stunning RUFF!  Awesome bird, awesome birder, Congratulations Diana!

...and I was just about to put out an annual or semi-annual Georgia RUFF Watch 
2016 post too! 


One of the really nice things, and there are many, about, The RUFF, is that you 
can collect sightings of the different color variations of the bird! 


Good Chasing All!

Mark

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Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
www.neargareport.com

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Subject: GREAT HORNED OWL bird cam fast update
From: Sheila Willis <swjxw1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 18:13:29 -0400
Hey,

After I sent my last post about the GREAT HORNED OWLs at The Landings
(CHATHAM), I saw the parent owl fly off & noticed that now the lower camera
for the DNR site has been recently reset & now shows views a few seconds
faster than the top one. To me, the top one is still the better color view.

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

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Subject: Ruff at Pond on Tybee North Beach
From: DiChurch <dichurch AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 18:11:46 -0400
About 30 minutes ago I found a bird that just didn't look right for Lesser 
Yellowlegs at the pond on Tybee North Beach. Studying the chevron pattern on 
the back, the heavier bill, and white around the face, I thought Ruff. I found 
a photo in the shorebird guide that matched what I saw and photographed. 


Photos are uploaded to my ebird checklist.
Going back to get another look.

Cheers,
Diana

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