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Blackpoll Warbler,©Barry Kent Mackay

28 Aug Re: Visiting Georgia, request for information [Patty McLean ]
27 Aug Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Taylortown NG Turf Sod Farm, Gordon County - 27AUG16 [Shannon Fair ]
26 Aug BROWN BOOBY - Beaverdam Creek Bridge/Pearl Mill Boat Ramp, Richard B Russell Lake, Elbert County - 8/25/2016 - No [Mark McShane ]
25 Aug Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 8/25/2016 [Stephen Holzman ]
24 Aug Pectoral Sandpiper at Huie today [Bert Gary ]
24 Aug Nighthawks in DeKalb County [Melanie Furr ]
24 Aug Re: Raptor migration in Clayton Co. (Bartow and Gordon Counties 8/20/2016) [Mark McShane ]
24 Aug Re: Raptor migration in Clayton Co. (Bartow and Gordon Counties 8/20/2016) [Mark McShane ]
23 Aug Little Blue Heron Adult (blue), Great Egrets, etc. Cherokee Co. [Rich Hull ]
23 Aug Fall migrants at Kennesaw Mountain [bob zaremba ]
23 Aug Atlanta Audubon field trips -- things are picking up! [Mary Kimberly ]
23 Aug Raptor migration in Clayton Co. [world oceans ]
21 Aug Re: Possible RUFF at Brock Cemetery Rd Ponds (Decatur County ) [Patty McLean ]
21 Aug Possible RUFF at Brock Cemetery Rd Ponds (Decatur County ) [Patty McLean ]
21 Aug Fall migration: Summer tanager at birdbath [Jason Baumgardner ]
21 Aug Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 8/21/16 [Steve Holzman ]
21 Aug Re: Brown Booby Sighting Today!!!! Beaverdam Creek/Pearl Mill Boat Ramp. Richard B. Russell lake [Herbert Fechter ]
20 Aug Upland and Buff-breasted Sandpipers - Marshallville Sod Farm - Macon County [Mike Weaver ]
20 Aug Brown Booby Sighting Today!!!! Beaverdam Creek/Pearl Mill Boat Ramp. Richard B. Russell lake [Daniel Colson ]
20 Aug Baird's Sandpiper and White-faced Ibis (Decatur County) [Patty McLean ]
19 Aug BROWN BOOBY - Beaverdam Creek Bridge/Pearl Mill Boat Ramp, Richard B Russell Lake, Elbert County - 8/18/2016 - NO [Mark McShane ]
19 Aug Re: Gray Kingbirds and Piping Plovers ["Laura S." ]
19 Aug Re: Brown Booby Pearl Mill Boat Ramp [Valerie Burnett ]
18 Aug Re: Georgia Fall Migration Project - Golden-winged Warbler, Fall Migration Main Movement Is Almost Upon Us! [Eran Tomer ]
19 Aug Brown Booby Pearl Mill Boat Ramp [Valerie Burnett ]
18 Aug Gray Kingbirds and Piping Plovers [Lydia Thompson ]
18 Aug Be on the lookout for.....at Savannah NWR [Stephen Holzman ]
17 Aug Nighthawk [Ilene Schroeder ]
17 Aug Mississippi Kite flock Fayette Co Aug 17 [Michelle Hamner ]
17 Aug Buff-breasted Sandpipers @ Marshallville Super Sod (Uplands continue) - 8/17 [Walt Chambers ]
17 Aug White Ibis cobb county [Jess ]
16 Aug Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 8/16/2016 [Stephen Holzman ]
15 Aug Painted Bunting in DeKalb Co. 8/15/16 [Patty McLean ]
15 Aug Painted Bunting reported in DeKalb Co. 8/15/16 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
15 Aug Checklist--Painted Bunting in Tucker [Melanie Furr ]
15 Aug Painted Bunting in Tucker [Melanie Furr ]
15 Aug Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 8/15/2016 [Stephen Holzman ]
14 Aug Re: Brown Booby [Robert Churi ]
14 Aug Gray Kingbird - Gould's Inlet Parking Lot, Glynn County - 8/13/2016 [Mark McShane ]
14 Aug Re: Brown Booby [Tom Simpson ]
14 Aug Brown Booby [Valerie Burnett ]
14 Aug Brown B00by not seen [Vinod Babu ]
13 Aug Upland Sandpipers Marshallville Macon Co [Georgann Schmalz ]
12 Aug Upland Sandpiper, Macon County, 12 Aug 2016 [Joy ]
12 Aug Huie Ponds & Shamrock Res, Clayton Co. 8/12/16 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
12 Aug Up date on SHCO [Pat Market ]
12 Aug Cardinals are super-suppressors of west Nile virus [Linda ]
12 Aug Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 8/12/2016 [Stephen Holzman ]
12 Aug No Limpkin [Jeff Sewell/Carol Lambert ]
12 Aug Huie 8/12/16 LIMPKIN [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
11 Aug Brown Booby - YES @ 1:35pm [John Whigham ]
11 Aug Atlanta Audubon field trips this week [Mary Kimberly ]
11 Aug Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 8/11/2016 [Stephen Holzman ]
10 Aug Phalarope, Glynn County [john w sink ]
10 Aug Brown Booby -- yes ["Eugenia R. Thompson" ]
10 Aug GOS Fall Meeting - Registration is open! [Stephen Holzman ]
10 Aug American redstarts - Bartow Co [Pam Potter ]
9 Aug Northern Shovelers, Ruddy Duck, Shorebirds, Waders, E.L. Huie Ponds, Clayton County, Aug 9, 2016 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
9 Aug Brown Booby [Jack Wissner ]
9 Aug Photographing owls ["Ralph H. Henderson,M.D." ]
9 Aug Moving a Location in eBird (was Brown Bobby Stakeout) [Stephen Holzman ]
8 Aug Brown Booby Continues [Cheryl Beshke ]
8 Aug Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 8/8/16 [Steve Holzman ]
8 Aug Brown Booby Continues! [Wes Hatch ]
7 Aug AAS Birdwalk @ Noonday Creek Trail, Kennesaw / COBB [Angelia Jenkins ]
7 Aug Swallow-tailed Kite - Lucas Road, Bartow County []
7 Aug Brown Booby - Yes [James Fleullan ]
7 Aug Brown Booby yes [Eric Gibney ]
6 Aug Anhinga, Dawson Forest WMA ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
6 Aug Brown Booby - Pearl Mill Boat Ramp - Elbert Co. [Jim Hanna ]
6 Aug Upland Sandpiper, Macon County, 6 Aug 2016 [robert emond ]
6 Aug Mississippi Kites, Oconee County, 8/6/2016 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
6 Aug Peregrine Falcon update? [Melanie Furr ]
6 Aug Brown booby [Philippe Bouvier ]
6 Aug Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 8/6/16 [Steve Holzman ]
5 Aug Georgia's Favorite Totipalmate Continues - Beaverdam Creek Bridge/Pearl Mill Boat Ramp, Richard B Russell Lake, Elbert County - 8/5/2016 8-8:30PM [Mark McShane ]

Subject: Re: Visiting Georgia, request for information
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:28:03 -0400
    
Hi James. October is a fun time to visit the GA Coast and the birds on your 
list should keep you busy. One place that is an absolute must to bird is 
Altamaha WMA, particularly Butler Island and the observation towers on the east 
side of Hwy 17.  

Do you use eBird to plan your trips and where to locate the birds? We've got a 
state meeting in Oct just before your trip, with field trips planned for 
several of the areas you'll be visiting. Many of us will be entering our 
sightings from those field trips into eBird, so it should be a great tool for 
you to know what's recently been seen as well as to check historic 
data/sightings during October.  Here's a link to the multiple EXPLORE DATA 
options in eBird:  http://ebird.org/ebird/explore   

Also, when birding the coast, the TIDE is everything, so keep info on the tides 
handy as you plan where and when to go. For instance, the saltwater sparrows 
are easier to see right before high tide, particularly a really high tide. Once 
the tide turns, they tend to fly away. The Reddish Egret is more readily found 
an hour or two after high tide since they like to hunt in the shallow tidal 
pools following the tide. Best place to see them is Gould's Inlet on St Simons 
Island.  

There are also some excellent birders in those areas who you'll hopefully meet 
during your time in GA and who can give you far better info on some of the 
local nuiances of the birds and their whereabouts. 

Enjoy your trip!  
Patty McLean  (Atlanta Area) Tucker GA 

-------- Original message --------
From: james lowther <000005da0f23f649-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> 
Date: 08/28/2016  6:29 AM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
Subject: [GABO-L] Visiting Georgia, request for information 

Hello all,my name is James Lowther, I'm a birder from Weymouth in the South of 
England. In a few weeks i'm attending a conference in Savannah and i've got 
about a week afterwards (13th-20th October) to go birding.I have a rough plan 
of action, aiming to stick to the coast and areas just inland to get a good 
overall list, hopefully see some migrants and maybe some early winter arrivals. 
So, i'm aiming for:- 


Savannah NWR, 
Tybee IslandHarris Neck NWRAnsley Hodges MARSH (assuming there is no problem 
with access due to hunting?)Jekyll IslandOkefenokee NWR (Eastern side) 


are there any other sites, either coastal, inland in Georgia, or just over the 
state borders that are must-visits? 

for target species I guess i should try and see some South-Eastern specialities
can anyone adivse on good sites for:-
Mottled DuckPiping PloverRed-cockaded WoodpeckerGray Kingbird (I guess too late 
in the year?)Bachman's SparrowSaltmarsh Sparrow 

and also anywhere i could find owls/goatsuckers at that time of year?
anyway, that's enough questions for now! Thanks in advance for any help, sorry 
for hijacking your mailing list.. 

kind regards,James

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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Taylortown NG Turf Sod Farm, Gordon County - 27AUG16
From: Shannon Fair <shannonmfair AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 13:18:13 -0400
Patty McLean and I had a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER today at the Taylortown NG 
Turf Sod Farm in Gordon County, along with usual pecs, leasts and killdeer. 


Note that you must get permission at the office before entering the sod farm, 
and please adhere to birding sod farm etiquette. 


Happy Birding!

Shannon Fair, ATL, Fulton County
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Subject: BROWN BOOBY - Beaverdam Creek Bridge/Pearl Mill Boat Ramp, Richard B Russell Lake, Elbert County - 8/25/2016 - No
From: Mark McShane <mcshane1 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:45:53 -0400
Hi All,

The local residents that I met there on the bridge on July 29th emailed saying 
that the bird was not seen yesterday morning or afternoon. The booby has had a 
habit of vanishing about once a week, and for about 2-3 days, and then 
returning to its same favorite spot by the bridge, and it has never been 
reported seen in a different area of the lake though many have looked at times. 


Hopefully it will repeat this pattern until it is long gone for good. Hopefully 
for good, out to deep blue water and a perfect flying fish and squid fishery 
way offshore! I'll put out more information as it becomes available. 


---

The adult female BROWN BOOBY can be seen when she is to the east or the west of 
the bridge area from the bridge itself. When she's mostly just east of the 
bridge, where she likes to roost, she can be seen from the Pearl Mill Boat Ramp 
(entrance just south of the bridge) as well. 


Per Google Earth measurements, from the bridge vantage point at the north end 
of the bridge it is 200 feet from the closest point on the road straight east 
to the marker/sign post that the bird usually roosts on. This is about 620 feet 
from the boat ramp. The roadsides in the bridge area do not have much or any 
room to park in most places. Please be Very careful of the traffic if you 
decide to go on foot onto the roadsides on or in the vicinity of the bridge. As 
reported you can see the bird from the Pearl Mill Boat Ramp without having to 
worry about using the road (mostly when the bird is just east of the bridge, 
this is also where it likes to roost). 


Primary roost location coordinates:
34.0953045,-82.7286447
GPS:
N 34 05.718 W 82 43.719

Just copy and paste either set of coordinates into Google Maps and press enter 
to see the location and then zoom the map in and out as needed, no need for a 
GPS to ever do that. 


Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 8/25/2016
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:02:04 -0400
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: 
Date: Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 6:32 AM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
To:


*** Species Summary:

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Decatur)
Hooded Merganser (1 Oconee)
Northern Bobwhite (Eastern) (1 Clarke)
Northern Bobwhite (1 Clarke)
Little Blue Heron (1 Dawson)
Glossy Ibis (1 Decatur)
White-faced Ibis (1 Decatur)
Roseate Spoonbill (1 Dougherty)
Limpkin (Speckled) (1 Dougherty)
Upland Sandpiper (3 Macon)
Buff-breasted Sandpiper (2 Macon)
Long-billed Dowitcher (3 Chatham)
Wilson's Phalarope (3 Chatham)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1 Clarke)

---------------------------------------------
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: Pectoral Sandpiper at Huie today
From: Bert Gary <bertgary AT NETDOOR.COM>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:20:06 -0400
Hi, all,.

While I read and enjoy all of your posts, this is my first email posting
here, so I'm hoping I'm doing this right. 

One Pectoral Sandpiper in NW pond at Huie today around noon; Semipalmated
and Least also present; two beautiful Greater Yellowlegs; eight Snowy Egrets
(2 immature) plus the usual suspects including four white ibis.

I also made my first ebird entry today so I could post this terrible
Pectoral photo for you:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31234187
 
(You should also see a rather nice photo of an immature Snowy Egret at this
link. The other two photos were to prove there were 8 snowys, as ebird
seemed to think that number too high. One photo shows six in the NW pond and
2 in the NE pond at the same time.)

Please let me know what to correct about this email posting. Thank you for
allowing me to try this. If I'm successful this time, I'll do it again!

Bert Gary
Atlanta, GA

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Subject: Nighthawks in DeKalb County
From: Melanie Furr <mefurr AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:05:25 -0400
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Subject: Re: Raptor migration in Clayton Co. (Bartow and Gordon Counties 8/20/2016)
From: Mark McShane <mcshane1 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:56:34 -0400
Hi All,

I wonder if the very tall towers and structures at the very nearby Plant Bowen 
run by Georgia Power could somehow possibly be home to any Bartow County 
Peregrine Falcon nest sites, however unlikely that may be?!? 


Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
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Subject: Re: Raptor migration in Clayton Co. (Bartow and Gordon Counties 8/20/2016)
From: Mark McShane <mcshane1 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:22:51 -0400
Hi All,

Sorry for the late report. Saturday the 20th I started early at the Johnson 
Ferry South Unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area looking 
for fall migrants, but there was nothing much or special to see there. 


Afterwards I first ventured out to the Bartow County Loop and ran into Rebecca 
eByrd and friends out on Taff Road. They had just seen a Peregrine Falcon 
around the corner on Brandon Farm Road which I had missed. 


Rebecca's eByrd, I mean eBird checklist (with photo):

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31166821

Rebecca said that she had heard of some speculation that Peregrine Falcons 
might be breeding in the area somehow, does anyone know of any information 
available that would help to bear this out? 


Feeling forlorn about just missing the falcon I finished birding Taff Road with 
the group and then proceeded over to the Taylorsville sod farm vantage point 
at: 


Coordinates: 34.093302, -84.990835
GPS: N 34 05.598 W 84 59.450

I was scanning the sod from the gate overlook and wasn't seeing many 
shorebirds, I soon found out why... pretty quickly from the northeast I picked 
up a PEREGRINE FALCON heading east over the sod, and which soon perched on the 
boom of the big central irrigator for that part of the farm. I was able to get 
some handheld phonescoped video of the falcon perched on the irrigator at .4 
miles in heavy heat shimmer and included some still frames in my eBird report: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31174681

It was a juvenile or young bird, brownish above, with a white tail tip. Soon 
the falcon launched from the irrigator and flew very quickly and directly 
straight-arrow back to where I had first seen it come in from, to where all of 
the shorebirds were now taking cover in patch of rough ground and turned up 
sod. 


All of the Killdeer and Pectoral Sandpipers there flushed as the falcon grew 
very close and, at about a distance of .3 miles, I watched the Peregrine in the 
scope chase after a Pectoral Sandpiper with both birds in flight together for 
several minutes, back and forth, up and down, around and around, and over and 
over. 


The falcon would catch up in direct flight and level chase to within several 
feet of the sandpiper and then the sandpiper would sharply veer away at the 
last second and the falcon would overshoot and miss the strike and capture. The 
Peregrine would then climb briefly and tip over and dive to regain speed and 
then renew the chase, this was repeated four or five times without the falcon 
catching the sandpiper all in one dramatic sequence. 


Brandon Farm Road and the Taylorsville sod farm are about 4.5 miles distant 
from each other, so I suspect this bird was not the same one seen earlier in 
the morning over on Brandon Farm Road, but it could have been. 


---

After lunch, out in Gordon County I stopped by Fite Bend Road hoping for lots 
of water and lots of shorebirds, neither of which I found. The oxbow creek out 
in the middle of the fields from the high overlook was completely dry and 
pretty overgrown. It seemed that whatever crop they were last growing there 
they harvested and left just naked foot and a half tall stalks covering all of 
the fields. No water anywhere and just stalks, no birds to speak of. 


Fite Bend Road Overlook:

Coordinates: 34.576445, -84.919289
GPS: N 34 34.587 W 84 55.157

---

At the last stop before heading home I pulled into the gravel parking lot of 
the NG Turf sod farm in Ranger on Hwy 156 just east of Redbud east of Calhoun 
located at: 


Coordinates: 34.544907, -84.804760
GPS: N 34 32.694 W 84 48.286

I parked the car next to the office there overlooking the sod fields, picked up 
the binoculars to do a quick sweep before getting out of the car and was 
shocked to immediately see commotion about 10 feet up in the air over the sod 
and only about 40 feet out into the sod, right in front of me. 


Another raptor, a young Cooper's Hawk this time (and probably not a migrant), 
was just at the climax of a mid-air kill and was wrestling a Killdeer out of 
the air and down to the sod where it stood holding its now motionless prey in 
its talons for a few minutes before flying off to a nearby treeline with its 
kill. 


I thought; Wow, what is it with raptors and sod farms today everywhere I go? 
Just this of course: Sod farms are excellent wide open places for aerial 
hunters to catch their avian prey! 


---

Good Fall Migration Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Little Blue Heron Adult (blue), Great Egrets, etc. Cherokee Co.
From: Rich Hull <haharich15 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:40:07 -0400
Hi All, 
 JoAnn King and I birded the Mill Creek Army Corps of Engineers Property 
located off of Mill Creek Road in Cherokee Co. this morning. The swamp within 
the property has some really good exposed mud right now, although getting to 
good overlooks of the swamp requires traipsing through tall foliage and mud. We 
had a Solitary Sandpiper and a few heron species: 2 Great Blues, 5 Green 
Herons, 3 Great Egrets, and an adult blue phase Little Blue. We don't get too 
many adult blue phase Little Blues north of Atlanta, so that was real neat. 

 The highlight however, wasn't a bird. We actually had at least three River 
Otters in the swamp, swimming in the diminishing channels of water. I had never 
seen any in my life, much less in Cherokee. Needless to say, we were pretty 
excited! 


Good Birding!
Rich Hull
Cherokee Co., GA

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Subject: Fall migrants at Kennesaw Mountain
From: bob zaremba <bobzarem AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:24:43 -0400
Things are starting to pick up at Kennesaw the past couple of days.  Gene
Koziara has been covering the mountain fairly regularly for the past few
weeks and I've been going the past few days as time permits.   The fall
warbler migrant count is up to 14 species since the start of August.   The
highlights are of course CERULEAN WARBLER, which although only being seen
singly usually, are present almost every visit.    Today's tally was eight
species of warbler, with one immature Cerulean.    So far this summer/fall
season we have had Blackburnian, Worm-eating, Canada, American Redstart,
Yellow-throated, Yellow, Prairie, Black-and-white, Hooded, Cerulean,
Northern Parula, Chestnut-sided, Pine and Black-throated Green Warblers.
Also pretty good showing of Scarlet and Summer Tanagers,  Red-eyed and
Yellow-throated Vireos,  Baltimore Oriole (2 on 8/19),  and a Broad-winged
Hawl on 8/21.  

 

Looking forward to more good birds as migration kicks in!  

 

Bob Zaremba
Marietta, GA 


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Subject: Atlanta Audubon field trips -- things are picking up!
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:55:55 -0400
Greetings, Georgia Birders

Atlanta Audubon is hosting several walks walks this week. Please join us!

Dave Butler and one or both of the Lambert-Sewell team will lead a walk at
Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve (DeKalb County) on Thursday, August 25 at
7:30 AM.

Jason Ward will lead a walk at Cochran Shoals, CRNRA (Interstate North
entrance, Cobb County) on Saturday, August 27 at 7:30 AM.

Roseanne Guerra will lead a walk at the Chattahoochee Nature Center (Fulton
County) on Saturday, August 27 at 8:00 AM.

Nathan Farnau will also lead a walk at Cochran Shoals, CRNRA (Interstate
North entrance, Cobb County) on Sunday, August 27 at 7:30 AM.

For details and directions about these and all of Atlanta Audubon field
trips, please visit our website at http://www.atlantaaudubon.org/field-trips
.

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

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Subject: Raptor migration in Clayton Co.
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 04:36:19 +0200
Sorry for the late report -- I have seen several Am. kestrels in the past
two days around the Atlanta airport, and this morning a Sharp-shinned hawk
at Exit 58 of the Perimeter I-285. I realized later that these are the
first Clayton County reports of both species since last spring. I think it
is safe to say that raptor migration has begun!

James Gibson
Clayton Co.

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Subject: Re: Possible RUFF at Brock Cemetery Rd Ponds (Decatur County )
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 14:25:51 -0400
    
Hi again. I heard the Flicr link didn't work, so here's another one to Wayne 
Schaffner's video of what we believe is a RUFF. Still shots to follow. 

https://flic.kr/p/LfrqaZ

Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

-------- Original message --------
From: Patty McLean  
Date: 08/21/2016  11:10 AM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
Subject: [GABO-L] Possible RUFF at Brock Cemetery Rd Ponds (Decatur County ) 


    
Kathy Miller and I went back to the ponds yesterday afternoon to hope for more 
looks and better photos of the morning's birds, and were pleasantly surprised 
to find Wayne Schaffner scanning the area. As we walked toward him to give him 
a birder-friendly greeting, we were interRUFFted by Wayne asking what we 
thought about the bird in his scope. Well, it was definitely an OMG moment but 
short lived as the bird disappeared into the tall grasses. It eventually came 
back out and Wayne captured some video and later created some still shots from 
the video. We're thinking RUFF based on the leg color, head shape and pattern, 
Santa-belly and smeared looking buff on breast, white chin and a seemingly all 
dark bill. Yes, bull Pecs were present too. Comments welcome. Here's a link to 
Wayne's Flickr page where the 2 videos are located: possible RUFF Brock 
Cemetery (Decatur) 20AUG16 clip 2 



Most of the shorebirds seen earlier in the day were not relocated. The three of 
us met there again this morning and found a WESTERN SANDPIPER, a SEMIPALMATED 
SANDPIPER and 2 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS along with two Greater Yellowlegs, one 
Spotted, dozens of Least and a few Pectoral Sandpipers. All three Ibis species 
were also present: White, Glossy and White-faced Ibis. 


Good birding, All. 

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Subject: Possible RUFF at Brock Cemetery Rd Ponds (Decatur County )
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 11:10:22 -0400
    
Kathy Miller and I went back to the ponds yesterday afternoon to hope for more 
looks and better photos of the morning's birds, and were pleasantly surprised 
to find Wayne Schaffner scanning the area. As we walked toward him to give him 
a birder-friendly greeting, we were interRUFFted by Wayne asking what we 
thought about the bird in his scope. Well, it was definitely an OMG moment but 
short lived as the bird disappeared into the tall grasses. It eventually came 
back out and Wayne captured some video and later created some still shots from 
the video. We're thinking RUFF based on the leg color, head shape and pattern, 
Santa-belly and smeared looking buff on breast, white chin and a seemingly all 
dark bill. Yes, bull Pecs were present too. Comments welcome. Here's a link to 
Wayne's Flickr page where the 2 videos are located: possible RUFF Brock 
Cemetery (Decatur) 20AUG16 clip 2 



Most of the shorebirds seen earlier in the day were not relocated. The three of 
us met there again this morning and found a WESTERN SANDPIPER, a SEMIPALMATED 
SANDPIPER and 2 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS along with two Greater Yellowlegs, one 
Spotted, dozens of Least and a few Pectoral Sandpipers. All three Ibis species 
were also present: White, Glossy and White-faced Ibis. 


Good birding, All. 

Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

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Subject: Fall migration: Summer tanager at birdbath
From: Jason Baumgardner <jlbaumga AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 09:40:10 -0400
I was eating breakfast and had a summer tanager at the birdbath (uniformly
pale yellow), among the more usual birds.   Then it proceeded to fly
head-on into our large window, but it was OK.

Jason Baumgardner

Atlanta

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 8/21/16
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 08:49:32 -0400
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: August 21, 2016 at 5:55:49 AM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (5 Decatur)
> Blue-winged Teal (1 Chatham)
> Hooded Merganser (1 Oconee)
> Ruddy Duck (Ruddy) (1 Clayton)
> Anhinga (1 Henry, 2 Oglethorpe, 1 Rockdale)
> American White Pelican (1 Glynn)
> White-faced Ibis (4 Decatur)
> Limpkin (Speckled) (2 Dougherty)
> Upland Sandpiper (10 Macon)
> Baird's Sandpiper (2 Decatur)
> Buff-breasted Sandpiper (10 Macon)
> Short-billed Dowitcher (2 Decatur)
> Long-billed Dowitcher (1 Chatham)
> Wilson's Phalarope (1 Chatham)
> Willet (Western) (1 Decatur)
> Inca Dove (2 Miller)
> Common Ground-Dove (2 Oglethorpe)
> Peregrine Falcon (3 Bartow)
> Willow Flycatcher (1 Rabun)
> Cedar Waxwing (4 Chatham)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the  Georgia Rare Bird Alert.The report 
below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia. View or unsubscribe to this 
alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569 

> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
> 
> 

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Subject: Re: Brown Booby Sighting Today!!!! Beaverdam Creek/Pearl Mill Boat Ramp. Richard B. Russell lake
From: Herbert Fechter <HFechter AT EYEGUYS.COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 10:41:44 +0000
The Brown Booby is sitting on its usual sign, near the Pearl Mill Boat Ramp at 
6:30am this morning. 


Herb Fechter
Augusta, Georgia


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> On Aug 20, 2016, at 7:11 PM, Daniel Colson  wrote:
> 
> Hello all, we are so excited to share that the Brown Booby returned around 
6:30pm to its usual roost!!! Prior to roosting, it was being chased by an 
osprey. We stood on the Beaverdam Creek bridge and watched it for about 20 
minutes before heading back home. Please go catch a beautiful view of it. 

> 
> Happy birding, 
> 
> Daniel and Sherri Colson
> Villa Rica, Ga. 
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Subject: Upland and Buff-breasted Sandpipers - Marshallville Sod Farm - Macon County
From: Mike Weaver <mwriverpointe AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 20:47:01 -0400
This evening, Saturday, at Marshallville Sod Farm in Macon County there were 
fourteen (14) UPLAND SANDPIPERS seen in the fields near the house / office 
located in separate groupings. Additionally, in the fields south of the pecan 
grove and the Winchester & Felton Roads intersection their were two (2) 
Buff-breasted Sandpipers in amongst a small group of KILLDEER. 


Mike Weaver
Kennesaw
Cobb County
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Subject: Brown Booby Sighting Today!!!! Beaverdam Creek/Pearl Mill Boat Ramp. Richard B. Russell lake
From: Daniel Colson <Mattsdad02 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 19:05:14 -0400
Hello all, we are so excited to share that the Brown Booby returned around 
6:30pm to its usual roost!!! Prior to roosting, it was being chased by an 
osprey. We stood on the Beaverdam Creek bridge and watched it for about 20 
minutes before heading back home. Please go catch a beautiful view of it. 


Happy birding, 

Daniel and Sherri Colson
Villa Rica, Ga.

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Subject: Baird's Sandpiper and White-faced Ibis (Decatur County)
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 14:55:49 -0400
Kathy Miller and I FINALLY made the long trek to Brock Cemetery Road in Decatur 
County to see the WHITE-FACED IBIS that have been present for several weeks 
now. We were quite pleased to have two feeding on the ponds, both clearly 
showing pink facial skin and eyes. Also present were several dozen shorebirds 
including what looked good for a juvenile BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, showing buffy 
tones on uppers and head and long wings that extended and crossed beyond the 
tail. I took many bad quality photos of both species but am having trouble 
accessing my Flickr acct so will only be able to upload to my eBird report and 
GOS Facebook.  


Patty McLean, Tucker GA

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Subject: BROWN BOOBY - Beaverdam Creek Bridge/Pearl Mill Boat Ramp, Richard B Russell Lake, Elbert County - 8/18/2016 - NO
From: Mark McShane <mcshane1 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 22:39:04 -0400
Hi All,

There were several efforts, at least 4, to see the booby yesterday throughout 
the day and all the way until a very stormy dark set in, and there was pretty 
good coverage there all day, but as far as I know the bird was not seen 
yesterday. 


I made it over after work in Athens yesterday evening, missed the bird at the 
bridge, and then searched the lake up and down from the Hwy 72 bridge, and 
didn't see the now possibly surly sulid from that vantage point. On days when 
the bird has been missed folks have tried to search as much of the lake from 
the surrounding road network as possible and have never been able to locate it 
somewhere else on the lake (and then it will shortly show up again at its usual 
roost), you definitely can't search much of the lake from the surrounding 
roads. 


From the Hwy 72 bridge over the lake main body I headed south down the west 
side of the lake on Bobby Brown Road (or is that Brown Booby Road) looking for 
the Brown Booby working 3 vantage points, the Shuck Pen Eddy boat ramp, the US 
Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center, and the dam itself, without seeing the 
bird. I did see 32 BLACK TERNS near the dam though! 


Jim Hanna was over in the area today and reports that the booby made the front 
page of The Elberton Star print edition on the newsstands there this week with 
its own article and high quality photo! Jim missed the bird today as well. 


If I hear of any new reports I will pass them on, if the booby has not finally 
moved on. 


Good Birding All!

Mark

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

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Subject: Re: Gray Kingbirds and Piping Plovers
From: "Laura S." <arcadiaco AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 20:03:15 -0400
Thanks for the interesting report Lydia! Look forward to seeing you in a
few months!
 Are folks finding fall migration starting early this year down there? The
Canada Geese use the cove at the southern end of Willsboro Bay where we
live on Lake Champlain when not on JI as a staging area, arriving in groups
of 12-20 & heading out in flocks of 100+. They usually start arriving
mid-Aug. The 1st few groups usually stick around a couple of wks feeding in
the nearby hayfields. This yr they started arriving the 3rd wk of July &
the 1st large flock has already left w/another group forming. Our RT
Hummingbirds are still here though. They usually lv early Sept. We have
been finding that both chipmunks/squirrels & birds have been cleaning out
the fruit of trees/plants before it's even ripe this year. It has been
very, very dry here.
Happy Birding!
Laura Smith
Lake Champlain, NY & Jekyll Is, GA

On Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 4:54 PM, Lydia Thompson 
wrote:

> Hi Folks,
>  We had a large colony of Least Terns nested at Gould's Inlet on St. Simons
> Island. Tim Keyes asked me to help organize a volunteer group to educate
> beachgoers about the terns.  I  took what I have learned from Operation
> Plover Patrol and expanded it to St Simons. The terns nested. The
> volunteers talk to beachgoers, and we were able to fledge many terns and a
> few Wilson's Plovers. Toward the end of the season, the residents started
> coming up to us and asking how the terns were doing. I count that as a
> success.
>
> Tuesday, I was out checking on the status of the Least Terns. It looks like
> they have all fledge so I went to look for strays. I found 3 Piping
> Plovers. Two were color banded. One Piping Plover was from Sleeping Bear
> Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan. This plover was hatched this year and
> now is on St. Simons.  If you are in this area, look careful for a plover
> banded with orange bands on the lower left leg and a white over orange
> split band on the lower right leg.  This plover is special to the scientist
> Alice Van Zoeren and me.
>
> Plus,  all summer there has been a pair of Gray Kingbirds nesting at the
> Winn Dixie parking lot on St. Simons. I saw them on the wire at the
> Starbucks. I had to laugh even kingbirds hang out at Starbucks.
> Keep your eyes and ears open.  Birds are on the move.
>
> Lydia
>
>
> --
> Lydia C. Thompson
> St. Simons & Jekyll Islands
>  In Coastal Glynn County
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> www.coastalgeorgiabirding-lydia.blogspot.com
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Subject: Re: Brown Booby Pearl Mill Boat Ramp
From: Valerie Burnett <burnettrealestate AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 23:13:21 +0000
We showed up this morning at 8:30 and stayed until about 12 or 12:30. There 
were 2 boats out fishing but our favorite Booby was not there. 


Hope everyone has better luck.

Valerie Burnett - Realtor
Sea Palms Coastal Realty, LLC
St. Simons Island, GA
912-577-3796




On Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 9:28 PM -0400, "Valerie Burnett" 
> wrote: 


We arrived at Pearl Mill Boat Ramp at about 12:30. There were 2 other birders 
there and had been there for a few hours. We did not see her. We drove around 
and came back hanging out until close to 7pm. 


We're staying in Athens again over night with the hopes of seeing it tomorrow. 
Let's hope the Booby Angels are with us tomorrow. 🙏🙏🙏🙏 


Valerie Burnett - Realtor
Sea Palms Coastal Realty, LLC
912-577-3796


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Subject: Re: Georgia Fall Migration Project - Golden-winged Warbler, Fall Migration Main Movement Is Almost Upon Us!
From: Eran Tomer <erantomer AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 21:35:48 -0400
Good timing, Mark - Partners in Flight has just released its revised
Landbird Conservation Plan. It contains much information about our
declining species,​ including Golden-winged Warbler.

Species assessment summary:

http://www.partnersinflight.org/pif-watch-list-species/

Full report & plan:

http://www.partnersinflight.org/


Best regards,

- Eran Tomer
  Atlanta, GA

On Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 1:59 PM, Mark McShane 
wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> As most folks know, the Golden-winged Warbler and its possible hybrid
> offspring with the Blue-winged Warbler; the Lawrence's Warbler and the
> Brewster's Warbler, are particularly beautiful and stunning American
> Birding Association (ABA) rarity Code 2 wood warblers and are a super joy
> for all birders to encounter, especially in Georgia.
>
> ---
>
> The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(tm) has the species listed as Near
> Threatened. You can see their very interesting assessment of the status of
> the Golden-winged here:
>
> http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22721618/0
>
> You can study the history of the status and decline of the species in many
> other places as well.
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Subject: Brown Booby Pearl Mill Boat Ramp
From: Valerie Burnett <burnettrealestate AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 01:01:57 +0000
We arrived at Pearl Mill Boat Ramp at about 12:30. There were 2 other birders 
there and had been there for a few hours. We did not see her. We drove around 
and came back hanging out until close to 7pm. 


We're staying in Athens again over night with the hopes of seeing it tomorrow. 
Let's hope the Booby Angels are with us tomorrow. 🙏🙏🙏🙏 


Valerie Burnett - Realtor
Sea Palms Coastal Realty, LLC
912-577-3796


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Subject: Gray Kingbirds and Piping Plovers
From: Lydia Thompson <birdjekyll AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 16:54:19 -0400
Hi Folks,
 We had a large colony of Least Terns nested at Gould's Inlet on St. Simons
Island. Tim Keyes asked me to help organize a volunteer group to educate
beachgoers about the terns.  I  took what I have learned from Operation
Plover Patrol and expanded it to St Simons. The terns nested. The
volunteers talk to beachgoers, and we were able to fledge many terns and a
few Wilson's Plovers. Toward the end of the season, the residents started
coming up to us and asking how the terns were doing. I count that as a
success.

Tuesday, I was out checking on the status of the Least Terns. It looks like
they have all fledge so I went to look for strays. I found 3 Piping
Plovers. Two were color banded. One Piping Plover was from Sleeping Bear
Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan. This plover was hatched this year and
now is on St. Simons.  If you are in this area, look careful for a plover
banded with orange bands on the lower left leg and a white over orange
split band on the lower right leg.  This plover is special to the scientist
Alice Van Zoeren and me.

Plus,  all summer there has been a pair of Gray Kingbirds nesting at the
Winn Dixie parking lot on St. Simons. I saw them on the wire at the
Starbucks. I had to laugh even kingbirds hang out at Starbucks.
Keep your eyes and ears open.  Birds are on the move.

Lydia


-- 
Lydia C. Thompson
St. Simons & Jekyll Islands
 In Coastal Glynn County
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Subject: Be on the lookout for.....at Savannah NWR
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:09:35 -0400
Kerry Nelson just posted this on the Ogeechee Audubon FB page: "What's the
current status of Sciss0r-Tailed Flycatchers in Georgia? I know as of a few
years ago there were some scattered individuals further inland, but I've
never heard of them popping up on the coast before. Yet, yesterday morning
at Savannah NWR I had a very brief flyby from a bird that I can't place as
anything else: gray, black, and white bird, mockingbird-sized, extremely
long black and white tail trailing behind it. It flew straight overhead but
I only had it in view for a few seconds. Just wondering if this is enough
within the realm of possibility that it's worth going back to try to
resight and definitively ID."

From that description you really can't rule out F0rk-tailed Flycatcher.
Keep your eyes peeled if you venture over to Savannah NWR.

NOTE:  Kerry said it was at Kingfisher Pond which is north of the Visitor
Center on Hwy 17: https://www.fws.gov/southeast/pubs/savannahtearsheet.pdf

Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

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Subject: Nighthawk
From: Ilene Schroeder <ilenes47 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2016 21:04:03 -0400
Just saw one lonely Nighthawk over Turner Field.
City of atlanta

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Subject: Mississippi Kite flock Fayette Co Aug 17
From: Michelle Hamner <michelle AT ATLANTAAUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2016 16:50:15 -0400
On my way home today, I spotted a flock of at least 5 Mississippi Kites
over pasture on Hwy 74 south in Tyrone, GA, at 4:30pm. They appear to be
feeding in the fields. The pasture they are feeding on is just north of
fire station #3 at Jenkins Rd. There were only 2 present when I spotted
them and stopped, and at least 3 new ones joined them within 10 min.

Michelle Hamner
Peachtree City

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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpipers @ Marshallville Super Sod (Uplands continue) - 8/17
From: Walt Chambers <chambersw AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2016 16:02:21 +0000
Hit all the Super Sod farms near Marshallville this morning. At the "main" far, 
I had a total of 8 Uplands (3 near the headquarters, 5 in the middle field with 
the medium length grass). The other highlight was at least 3 Buff-breasted 
Sandpipers on the east lobe of the farm - where Felton Rd "T"'s into Winchester 
Rd. turn right and look in the fields on the left opposite the pecan orchard. 
They were in with about 100 Pectorals and dozens of Killdeer. Lots of truck 
activity there, so I didn't drive all the roads in that section. 



Also around M'ville, I checked the farm off Juice Plant Rd, the one 2.5 miles 
east of Juice Plant Rd, and the one north of town (Macon Co/Peach Co) line on 
Doles Rd. The only notes were a pair Kestrels (1 imm) and a Mississippi Kite on 
Juice Plant. 



Walt Chambers

Columbus

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Subject: White Ibis cobb county
From: Jess <oceansunfish AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2016 10:17:23 -0400
County listers! Immature white ibis at hotspot powder springs Dallas rd
marsh right now.   Unfortunately, appears injured.  Dragging one leg and
hopping to get around.

Jess Searcy
Independent Consultant Usborne Books and More
Educational Consultant EDC Educational Services

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 8/16/2016
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:00:04 -0400
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Date: Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 5:01 AM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
To:


*** Species Summary:

Greater White-fronted Goose (1 DeKalb)
Ruddy Duck (1 Clayton)
American White Pelican (1 Glynn)
Roseate Spoonbill (1 Dougherty)
Western Sandpiper (1 Clayton)
Blue-headed Vireo (1 Coweta)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (1 Gilmer)
Painted Bunting (2 DeKalb)

---------------------------------------------
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Subject: Painted Bunting in DeKalb Co. 8/15/16
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:57:27 -0400
    
I relocated Melanie's PAINTED BUNTING briefly around 3:00this afternoon, 
feeding in the grass and then under shrubbery in Melanie's neighborhood. We're 
hoping it returns to the feeder area where Melanie first spotted it. Have no 
idea what it's doing here and am assuming it's a 1st year bird. Big congrats to 
Melanie on this awesome yard bird!! 


Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

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Subject: Painted Bunting reported in DeKalb Co. 8/15/16
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 18:10:11 +0000
I had no luck finding the PABU from 11am-1:30pm; although Jeff is still there. 
Melanie Furr's  property is amazing habitat, so I wouldn't be too surprised at 
anything that turns up there, however briefly. If anyone sees it again, please 
post it asap.Carol Lambert 

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Subject: Checklist--Painted Bunting in Tucker
From: Melanie Furr <mefurr AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 10:43:23 -0400
Checklist with photos here: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31103039

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> On Aug 15, 2016, at 10:25 AM, Melanie Furr  wrote:
> 
> Checklist with photos here: 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31103039
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
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>> On Aug 15, 2016, at 10:07 AM, Melanie Furr  wrote:
>> 
>> I am looking at a female or juvenile painted Bunting under my feeder in 
Tucker (DeKalb Co) this morning. I was on my way to work, but will hang out a 
bit in case anyone wants to come have a look. My cell phone is 404.625.1823. 

>> 
>> Yay, migration! 
>> Melanie Furr
>> 
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Subject: Painted Bunting in Tucker
From: Melanie Furr <mefurr AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 10:07:34 -0400
I am looking at a female or juvenile painted Bunting under my feeder in Tucker 
(DeKalb Co) this morning. I was on my way to work, but will hang out a bit in 
case anyone wants to come have a look. My cell phone is 404.625.1823. 


Yay, migration! 
Melanie Furr

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 8/15/2016
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 08:21:08 -0400
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*** Species Summary:

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (3 Decatur, 3 Macon)
Northern Shoveler (1 Clayton)
Ruddy Duck (1 Clayton)
American White Pelican (3 Glynn)
Little Blue Heron (1 Dawson)
Glossy Ibis (3 Decatur)
White-faced Ibis (3 Decatur)
Roseate Spoonbill (3 Mitchell)
Limpkin (Speckled) (6 Dougherty)
Semipalmated Plover (1 Forsyth, 1 Morgan)
Upland Sandpiper (5 Macon)
Stilt Sandpiper (1 Forsyth)
Western Sandpiper (1 Clayton)
American Goldfinch (2 McIntosh)

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Subject: Re: Brown Booby
From: Robert Churi <rjchuri AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2016 19:33:15 -0400
She was there noon to 1:30 on Friday.
Bob Churi


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Subject: Gray Kingbird - Gould's Inlet Parking Lot, Glynn County - 8/13/2016
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2016 20:19:42 -0400
Hi All,

Oh, and we had a Gray Kingbird actually waiting for us yesterday at the Gould's 
Inlet parking lot as well! 


Good Birding All!

Mark

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Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Re: Brown Booby
From: Tom Simpson <wetland0 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2016 14:13:02 -0400
She was there Thursday.

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> On Aug 14, 2016, at 10:55 AM, Valerie Burnett  
wrote: 

> 
> Hi all. Was wondering if anyone has an update on the Booby in Elberton. We're 
making plans to come back up on Thursday from Brunswick. Want to verify she's 
still being seen. 

> 
> Thanks everyone!
> 
> Valerie Burnett - Realtor
> Sea Palms Coastal Realty, LLC
> 912-577-3796
> 
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Subject: Brown Booby
From: Valerie Burnett <burnettrealestate AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2016 14:55:31 +0000
Hi all. Was wondering if anyone has an update on the Booby in Elberton. We're 
making plans to come back up on Thursday from Brunswick. Want to verify she's 
still being seen. 


Thanks everyone!

Valerie Burnett - Realtor
Sea Palms Coastal Realty, LLC
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Subject: Brown B00by not seen
From: Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2016 13:33:48 -0400
Hello all,

Mal Hodges and I and a couple of other birders looked for the brown b00by
from the Pearl Mill boat ramp for most of the morning and could not locate
it. The Pittmans had been looking for it from 9 am and Mal and I returned
after lunch to look for it, and the bird is still missing. There were
around 8 boat passes in this time.

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Subject: Upland Sandpipers Marshallville Macon Co
From: Georgann Schmalz <georgannschmalz AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Sat, 13 Aug 2016 12:11:46 -0400
Theresa Hartz and I are counting 16 Upland Sandpipers at the sod farm at 
Marshallville. They are in the far back right field due to mowers in the front 
acreage. 

Georgann 

Georgann Schmalz
Ornithologist
Dawson Co
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Subject: Upland Sandpiper, Macon County, 12 Aug 2016
From: Joy <joy.brown1 AT COX.NET>
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2016 20:05:16 -0400
Ben Thompson and I checked the Marshallville sod farm this evening and found 
that the Upland Sandpipers are still present. 


Joy Brown
Warner Robins, GA
Houston Cty

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Subject: Huie Ponds & Shamrock Res, Clayton Co. 8/12/16
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2016 22:54:51 +0000
 We had a good morning at the Clayton Co. Water Authority sites this morning. 
Here are the highlights: 

HUIE PONDS:
Northern Shoveler- 2Ruddy Duck-1
Great Blue Heron- 7
Great Egret- 42
Snowy Egret- 5
Little Blue Heron - 2
Green Heron -2
White Ibis-1 + Lloyd Snyder reports  a second bird this afternoon 
Osprey -1
Killdeer -10
Least Sandpiper-9
Pectoral Sandpiper -5
Semipalmated Sandpiper -2
Western Sandpiper -1
Spotted Sandpiper-3 
Solitary Sandpiper -4
Lesser Yellowlegs -1
White-eyed Vireo -2
Barn Swallow -12
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher -1
Gray Catbird -1
Northern Parula -
Field Sparrow -1
Song Sparrow -2
Eastern Meadowlark -2
American Goldfinch -1
SHAMROCK RESERVOIRRing-necked Duck-1 adult male on algae agitator 
floatDbl-crested Cormorant-1Yellow-crowned Night-heron-2 immNote: the Shamrock 
& Blalock reservoirs are open to the public Wed-Sun 7am-7pm. Birders are 
allowed to check these areas for up to 1 hour without paying the parking fee. 

We did not find the Anhinga at Blalock that has been present the past few days.

Carol Lambert & Jeff Sewell
Tucker, GA  (DeKalb Co.)
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Subject: Up date on SHCO
From: Pat Market <bigsky25 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2016 14:59:48 -0400
Hi Folks - I'm thinking about making another try for the SHCO that had been 
hanging around that pond at N. Tybee. Have any of you Tybee GABO folks looked 
for it lately??? Any up dates would be appreciated... Thanks & see you out 
there... Pat Markey, Forsyth Co. 


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Subject: Cardinals are super-suppressors of west Nile virus
From: Linda <ll_finn AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2016 14:06:49 -0400
According to a recent Smithsonian magazine article:

http://tiny.cc/rmpwdy

They say this is the reason why there are fewer human west nile virus cases in 
the Atlanta area. 


Study from Emory U.



Linda, Gainesville GA

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 8/12/2016
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2016 11:58:29 -0400
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*** Species Summary:

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Decatur)
Northern Shoveler (1 Clayton)
Ruddy Duck (1 Clayton)
Brown Booby (3 Elbert)
Brown Booby (Atlantic) (1 Elbert)
American White Pelican (1 Glynn)
Little Blue Heron (1 Dawson)
Limpkin (Speckled) (1 Dougherty)
Semipalmated Plover (1 Dawson)
Stilt Sandpiper (1 Forsyth)
Western Sandpiper (1 Clayton)
Wilson's Phalarope (1 Chatham)
Bank Swallow (1 Chatham)

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Subject: No Limpkin
From: Jeff Sewell/Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2016 08:49:41 -0400
Danielle just called back..
It's a juvenile white ibis 
Sorry. 
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Subject: Huie 8/12/16 LIMPKIN
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2016 12:22:38 +0000
Danielle Bunch has photographed a Limpkin on the nw pond at Huie. The two 
previous sightings of this species in the area were June 2004 and July 2006, 
both times at Lake Blalock. PLEASE do not approach this bird with camera or 
for any other reason.Carol Lambert 

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Subject: Brown Booby - YES @ 1:35pm
From: John Whigham <johnip86 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2016 15:40:35 -0400
A coworker and I made a stop at the Pearl Mill boat ramp on our lunch break
this afternoon - he may be catching the birding bug.

The Brown Booby was present while we were there from 1:00 to 1:35pm. We had
nice looks through the scope and the bird did a couple flybys around the
ramp and bridge before returning to her sign.

Some photos from my visit last Tuesday can be seen on my Flickr page here:
https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/johnip/28658009421/

John Whigham
Oconee County, GA
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Subject: Atlanta Audubon field trips this week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2016 13:11:42 -0400
Greetings, Georgia Birders

Please join us for these walks this weekend:

Lieren Forbes will lead a walk at Panola Mountan State Park (Rockdale
County) on Friday, August 12 at 8:30 am. Registration is recommended (the
walk is free).

Vinod Babu will lead a walk at Fernbank Forest (DeKalb County) on Saturday,
August 13 at 8:30 am. Registration is required (the walk is free).

For registration information and other details (like directions), please
visit our web site at http://www.atlantaaudubon.org/field-trips.

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

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 8/11/2016
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:25:02 -0400
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From:  
Date: Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 4:13 AM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
To:


*** Species Summary:

Ruddy Duck (3 Clayton)
Brown Booby (Atlantic) (1 Elbert)
Brown Booby (3 Elbert)
Anhinga (1 Henry)
American White Pelican (2 Glynn)
Semipalmated Plover (2 Coweta)
Stilt Sandpiper (1 Forsyth)
Western Sandpiper (2 Clayton, 2 Coweta)
Long-billed Dowitcher (2 Chatham)
Wilson's Phalarope (4 Chatham)
Bank Swallow (2 Chatham)

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Subject: Phalarope, Glynn County
From: john w sink <johnsink22 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 20:40:49 -0400
Single Phalarope on “beach” on Homer Wilson Way, Brunswick , Glynn County 
Tues,9th 

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Subject: Brown Booby -- yes
From: "Eugenia R. Thompson" <eroberthom AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 17:53:56 -0400
Sitting on her favorite "submerged trees" sign. 

Eugenia Thompson
Athens GA (currently Lake Russell)

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Subject: GOS Fall Meeting - Registration is open!
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 17:09:45 -0400
Registration is now open for our Fall meeting on Jekyll Island October 7-10.
We have some great field trips and speakers lined up. If you've never
been to a GOS meeting this is a great first one to attend. There are
always great birds and Jekyll is a great place to spend a weekend. Got
a non-birding spouse? Bring them along, there are plenty of things for
them to do while you are looking for migrating peregrines or perhaps
even a Red-footed Booby (okay...maybe last fall was a once in a
lifetime thing). We hope to see you there!

You can register online, pay by credit card, or print a registration
form and use your check and the USPS. Start here to find out all about
our Fall Meeting.
http://www.gos.org/2016FallMeeting

Steve Holzman, President
Georgia Ornithological Society

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Subject: American redstarts - Bartow Co
From: Pam Potter <ppotter AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:40:47 -0400
This morning I saw my FOTS (not only this season, hadn't seen them in years) 
male and female American redstarts. The male was flitting around in a tree and 
the female, flaring her tail several times to show off her yellow parts, 
flitting along the dog lot fencing. 


I MAY have seen a female magnolia warbler but not positive.


Pam Potter
White
Bartow Co

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Subject: Northern Shovelers, Ruddy Duck, Shorebirds, Waders, E.L. Huie Ponds, Clayton County, Aug 9, 2016
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 22:23:22 +0000
 Things are heating up at the "Ponds." The weather last night brought in a 
number of shorebirds, but some left, like the Semipalmated Plover which was 
seen yesterday by Jim Flynn. In addition to those listed below, Jean-Luc 
Betoulle reported seeing a Mississippi Kite and a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron. 
My eBird list is attached. Most of the birds were in the northwest pond (Pond 
A). 

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


     
  
Clayton County Water Authority--E.L. Huie Ponds, Clayton, Georgia, US
Aug 9, 2016 8:23 AM - 10:24 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.9 mile(s)
Comments:    
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.2 Build 70 41 species (+2 other taxa) Canada Goose  55 Mallard (Domestic type)  32    counted each one. This is not a big number for this location. Northern Shoveler  2    Early arrivals, a pair. Long broad bill. Have photos. Three years ago a male NOSH spent most of the summer in this pond departing on Aug. 19th. Ruddy Duck  1    Still here. Has been here since June 21st ( Paul Raney). Ruddys have spent the summer here before. Pied-billed Grebe  1 Nested. Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  12 Great Egret  54    Counted each one. As some were flying around I could be off a little either way. Snowy Egret  3    Smaller than the Greats, straight black bill, front of legs black , rear yellow, feet yellow. Little Blue Heron  1 Green Heron  1 Turkey Vulture  1 Osprey  1 Red-shouldered Hawk  1 Killdeer  2 Least Sandpiper  12 Pectoral Sandpiper  1 Semipalmated Sandpiper  3 Spotted Sandpiper  2 Solitary Sandpiper  4 Greater Yellowlegs  1 Mourning Dove  3 Belted Kingfisher  1 Downy Woodpecker  1 Eastern Phoebe  1 Blue Jay  3 American Crow  6 Fish Crow  1 crow sp.  3 Barn Swallow  4 Carolina Chickadee  1 Carolina Wren  2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1 Eastern Bluebird  2 American Robin  1 Gray Catbird  1 Northern Mockingbird  3 European Starling  18 Field Sparrow  1 Eastern Towhee  4 Northern Cardinal  3 Blue Grosbeak  1 Eastern Meadowlark  1 American Goldfinch  1 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31031799 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: Brown Booby
From: Jack Wissner <jdwissner AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 16:25:28 -0400
Stella and I made the two hour trek from Atlanta to see the Brown Booby.
Interesting drive. Through some towns I have never been to before. Never
heard of.

As soon as we pulled into the boat launch (11:30am 8/9/2016) we saw her.
She was perched on the sign in the middle of the lake where so many others
have seen her. Got a good look with the binoculars. There were no other
cars in the parking lot. No other people at all. We drove onto the bridge
to get a better look. Since there were no other cars around I stopped the
car on the bridge and we got a close look. She just sat there on the sign.

We then drove back to the boat launch and enjoyed our picnic lunch while
watching her. When we were done with lunch at 12:15pm we decided to leave.
I started the car.

The Brown Booby said... "Not so fast. You haven't seen anything yet. I'm
going to put on a show".

She started to fly. Flew to the opposite side of the lake. Then flew
straight towards us. Then circled the visible part of the lake. Then dove
three times spectacularly hoping for fish. I don't think she got any. Flew
back towards us a couple of times. Kept flying until she disappeared
around a corner of the lake.

We drove through rain on the way to the lake. It cleared up just before we
got to the lake. Perfect morning.

Jack

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Subject: Photographing owls
From: "Ralph H. Henderson,M.D." <rafeh AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 12:42:17 -0400
We have a friend with either a Barred or Great Horned Owl in his back yard.
He would like to try photographing, but is concerned a flash would spook the
bird. He has asked us about other options including infrared.  Any
suggestions?  Probably best to reply just to me!  Rafe Henderson


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Subject: Moving a Location in eBird (was Brown Bobby Stakeout)
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 08:15:25 -0400
I'm making this post because there are a LARGE number of locations on
eBird for this bird and it's best for data types like myself if a rare
bird stakeout is only attached to one point on the map.
Link should work even if you are not on facebook (map of BRBO
locations - 
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154461919001584&set=gm.10154320585505097&type=3) 

Thanks to Patty for getting this hotspot made. (it only takes < 2 min
to do this)

1) Log onto eBird from a PC or MAC (not a phone or tablet - although
it could be done from there it can be VERY difficult to do so)
2) Go to My eBird
3) Go to Manage my Checklists
4) Go to the checklist with the booby and click View or edit
5) Select Edit Location
6) Select Nearby Location on a Map
7) Zoom in and look for the "Birding Hotspot" icon (Orange one with a flame)
8) Left mouse click the flame - it should change the location to
"stakeout Brown Booby, Lake Russell -- Pearl Mill Boat Ramp (2016)"
9) select Continue
10) bask in the knowledge that you made eBird a better resource for
future ornithologists.
11) have a beer, or a coffee, or a tea, or a nice glass of water to celebrate
12) go birding
13) ....okay I'll stop.

Thanks,
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA





On Thu, Aug 4, 2016 at 7:13 PM, Patty McLean  wrote:
>
>
>
> Hey, All Booby Chasers. The Pearl Mill Boat Ramp is now set as an eBird 
STAKEOUT HOT SPOT. In order to easily track/compile sightings, please take a 
moment to move any eBird lists you've created (including no sightings) at this 
location to this "stakeout Hot Spot." This stakeout can also be easily accessed 
for any upcoming reports. 

> Here's my recent report with this 'official' name: "stakeout Brown Booby 
(July-Aug 2016), Lake Russell--Pearl Mill Boat 
Ramp"http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30947467 

> Thanks much (and sorry for the delay in getting this established).
> Patty
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Subject: Brown Booby Continues
From: Cheryl Beshke <cherylbeshke AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 20:15:46 -0400
Watched the Brown Booby from the Pearl Mill boat ramp this evening (from
5:30 until 6:15) as she sat on the submerged tree sign.  Seemed quite
content to perch there, preening occasionally.

Cheryl Beshke
Duluth, GA

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 8/8/16
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 07:10:06 -0400
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: August 8, 2016 at 3:43:06 AM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (4 Decatur)
> Brown Booby (Atlantic) (2 Elbert)
> Brown Booby (6 Elbert)
> Anhinga (1 Dawson)
> Little Blue Heron (1 Dawson)
> Tricolored Heron (1 Burke, 1 Dougherty)
> Glossy Ibis (4 Decatur)
> Swallow-tailed Kite (2 Bartow)
> Limpkin (1 Dougherty)
> Limpkin (Speckled) (2 Dougherty)
> Upland Sandpiper (5 Macon)
> Forster's Tern (1 Troup)
> American Kestrel (1 Macon)
> Blue-headed Vireo (1 Pickens)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the  Georgia Rare Bird Alert.The report 
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alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569 

> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
> 
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Subject: Brown Booby Continues!
From: Wes Hatch <whatch11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 06:43:12 -0400
Seen starting at 6:30 am.

Wes Hatch

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Subject: AAS Birdwalk @ Noonday Creek Trail, Kennesaw / COBB
From: Angelia Jenkins <angeliabeth AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Aug 2016 12:29:43 -0400
Hi Birders,

 

The walk along Noonday Creek was slow and hot as usual this time of year
with 4 attendees. The highlight of the day ~  I was greeted by a lovely
family with a 3 mos. old infant that made my day!  This is one reason why I
do this walk, to reach ALL ages and abilities, to be inclusive of very young
children and an alternative to those that might not be inclined to hike
Kennesaw Mtn.  

 

We began at the East end, Bells Ferry Rd Trail head and right away the birds
were singing. We found the usual birds. Then later while we were enjoying a
nice male Am. Restart we were reminded by a local resident of the upcoming
construction of a parking facility  or "multi use facility" to accommodate
the stadium (grrr). Just when those residents and local birders began to
enjoy this newer trail head, they find out they will lose a large chunk of
habitat to development. 

 

We managed to find 35 species with a few highlights of Blue Grosbeaks,
Orchard Orioles and American Redstart (male)  

 

Here is the full ebird list 

 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31005521

 

Thanks,

Angie Jenkins

Cobb Co. 

 

 

 

 


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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite - Lucas Road, Bartow County
From: dvickers AT MINDSPRING.COM
Date: Sun, 7 Aug 2016 13:22:02 -0400
This morning while birding a few of the Bartow County hotspots, Kris and I had 
a flyover Swallow-tailed Kite. We were on Lucas Road when the bird flew over at 
8:55 am headed in a northerly direction. Also of note were 8 Bank Swallows on 
the wires at the Taff Road marsh. 


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Atlanta

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Subject: Brown Booby - Yes
From: James Fleullan <jrfleullan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Aug 2016 09:46:58 -0400
Finally made my up to see her. 3.5 hr. drive was worth it. Time now is 9:45.

Glad to share.
James Fleullan
Port Wentworth, Ga

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Subject: Brown Booby yes
From: Eric Gibney <egibney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Aug 2016 08:55:09 -0400
Seen this morning 8:35-8:55 flying back and forth over bridge at Pearl
River boat ramp.

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Subject: Anhinga, Dawson Forest WMA
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2016 22:26:45 -0400
Hi, folks, Jacob Flynn & I spent a little bit of time walking some of the
trails at Dawson Forest WMA-City of Atlanta Tract this morning. The most
unusual bird we observed was an Anhinga, perched in a dead tree at the back
of the Waterfowl Reservoir (located north of the main parking lot). Other
interesting species at the reservoir:

Little Blue Heron - 3 imms
Solitary Sandpiper - 2

It was a little slow on the warbler front, managing just 10 species:

Ovenbird - 1
Louisiana Waterthrush - 1
Black-and-white Warbler - 2
Common Yellowthroat - 2
Hooded Warbler - 2
American Redstart - 1
Northern Parula - 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler - 1
Yellow-throated Warbler - 1
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1

Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA
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Subject: Brown Booby - Pearl Mill Boat Ramp - Elbert Co.
From: Jim Hanna <gabirder300 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2016 21:48:34 -0400
Brown Booby continues at Pearl Mill Boat Ramp in Elbert County. Seen today from 
7:41 to 8:01 PM. 


Jim Hanna
Athens, GA

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Subject: Upland Sandpiper, Macon County, 6 Aug 2016
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2016 20:59:16 -0400
Upland Sandpiper still at Marshallville Super Sod Farm, Macon County.
Marvin Smith and I spotted four on the South east end of the farm.  We used
Mark McShane's excellent map, which came in very handy.  Thank you!  I
tried to use the digi-scope but the heatwaves rendered my photos much less
than flattering.  Hats off to Marvin for capturing them on
camera.  Thanks.

Special Thanks to Mark McShane's previous post: "SW Georgia (with
Marshallville Birding Information) - 7/23/2016"  Scroll down to the
"Marshallville Super Sod birding instructions" and you may have a high
probability of success.  On his annotated map, we found the UPSA on
the southeast end right in the center of the field between arrows marked 4,
5, and 6 (refer to Mark's annotated map and this will make more sense).
After we spotted the UPSA, we drove around the circuit marked by arrows 4,
5, 6, and 7, and we couldn't find a closer vantage point than position 4, 5
, and 6 on the south east side (as you may see in person it is a slightly
elevated position).

Hope this helps.  Thank you all for the help!

Robert Emond
Hahira, GA
Lowndes County

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Subject: Mississippi Kites, Oconee County, 8/6/2016
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2016 21:23:04 +0000
On the way back from seeing the Brown Booby at Lake Russell this afternoon and 
the Mississippi Kites, 7, north of Comer, Madison County, on GA 98 and Lowe 
Road ( no Swallow-tailed Kites), we saw 4 MIKIs over the field at the northeast 
corner of GA 316 and Dial's Mill Road in western Oconee County just before the 
Barrow County line. A birder we met at the booby site said they saw a STKI at 
the Comer site this morning. 

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

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Subject: Peregrine Falcon update?
From: Melanie Furr <mefurr AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2016 13:23:30 -0400
Does anyone have any recent updates on the peregrine falcons at Tallulah Gorge?
Thanks for any info.
Melanie Furr
DeKalb Co. 

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Subject: Brown booby
From: Philippe Bouvier <philippebou AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2016 07:54:52 -0400
Its here
Flying back and forth over bridge
Cool
Come on over
Philippe Bouvier

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 8/6/16
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2016 06:49:38 -0400
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: August 6, 2016 at 3:22:00 AM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Blue-winged Teal (1 McIntosh)
> Ruddy Duck (1 Clayton)
> Brown Booby (9 Elbert)
> Anhinga (1 Rockdale)
> American White Pelican (1 Glynn)
> Limpkin (Speckled) (1 Colquitt)
> Long-billed Curlew (1 Glynn)
> Marbled Godwit (1 Glynn)
> Black-throated Green Warbler (1 Elbert)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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: Georgia's Favorite Totipalmate Continues - Beaverdam Creek Bridge/Pearl Mill Boat Ramp, Richard B Russell Lake, Elbert County - 8/5/2016 8-8:30PM
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2016 21:10:24 -0400
Hi All,

Pretty sure I got the record-setting video for recorded length of a Georgia 
totipalmate uninterrupted scratching session as well! 


Well, she's still here tonight roosting and preening, it will be interesting to 
see if she disappears to a weekend retreat and returns on Monday like last 
weekend, presumably due to high weekend boat traffic under the bridge. 


eBird checklist with video to follow. 

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The adult female BROWN BOOBY can be seen when she is to the east or the west of 
the bridge area from the bridge itself. When she's mostly just east of the 
bridge, where she likes to roost, she can be seen from the Pearl Mill Boat Ramp 
(entrance just south of the bridge) as well. 


Per Google Earth measurements, from the bridge vantage point at the north end 
of the bridge it is 200 feet from the closest point on the road straight east 
to the marker/sign post that the bird usually roosts on. This is about 620 feet 
from the boat ramp. The roadsides in the bridge area do not have much or any 
room to park in most places. Please be Very careful of the traffic if you 
decide to go on foot onto the roadsides on or in the vicinity of the bridge. As 
reported you can see the bird from the Pearl Mill Boat Ramp without having to 
worry about using the road (mostly when the bird is just east of the bridge, 
this is also where it likes to roost). 


Primary roost location coordinates:
34.0953045,-82.7286447
GPS:
N 34 05.718 W 82 43.719

Just copy and paste either set of coordinates into Google Maps and press enter 
to see the location and then zoom the map in and out as needed, no need for a 
GPS to ever do that. 


Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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