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Panders Ground Jay,©Tony Disley

10 Feb Photos of Varied Thrush [Katy Manley ]
10 Feb Re: A story of restoration [Stephen Holzman ]
10 Feb A story of restoration []
10 Feb Little St. Simons Field Trip Sunday Feb. 14th (spots open) [Stephen Holzman ]
10 Feb Re: Varied Thrush Stakeout [Patty McLean ]
10 Feb A story of restoration []
10 Feb Varied Thrush continues 2-10 at Stone Mountain Dekalb County [Justin Neal ]
10 Feb Varied Thrush Stakeout [Patty McLean ]
9 Feb Varied Thrush, 4:40pm, 2/9/16, Stone Mountain Park, DeKalb County [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
9 Feb Varied Thrush Continues [Patty McLean ]
9 Feb February 20 Pelagic- St Marys [Trey McCuen ]
9 Feb Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 2/8/2016 [Stephen Holzman ]
9 Feb AAS Field Trips for this week [Mary Kimberly ]
8 Feb COMMON GOLDENEYE on Morton Rd in Athens, GA. [James Neves ]
8 Feb Re: Varied Thrush, seen this morning, Stone Mountain Park, DeKalb County, 2/8/16 [James Neves ]
8 Feb Possible Ross's Goose, Decatur County [Morgan Ihlefeld ]
8 Feb Varied Thrush, seen this morning, Stone Mountain Park, DeKalb County, 2/8/16 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
8 Feb LANDINGS OWLS UPDATE , SKIDAWAY ISLAND [bethheron ]
7 Feb Re: Varied Thrush found @ Stone Mt [Patrick Maurice ]
7 Feb AAS Lake Acworth Bird Walk report (Cobb) [Angelia Jenkins ]
7 Feb Re: Varied Thrush found @ Stone Mt [Patty McLean ]
7 Feb Varied Thrush found @ Stone Mt [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
6 Feb Purple Martins! [L Stacey ]
6 Feb Brewer's Blackbirds, Decatur Cemetery & Glenlake Park, DeKalb County, Dec 31, 2015 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
6 Feb Brewer's Blackbirds, Decatur Cemetery & Glenlake Park, DeKalb County, Feb 6, 2016 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
5 Feb Pelagic Trips next weekend [Stephen Holzman ]
5 Feb Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 2/4/2016 [Steve Holzman ]
4 Feb GOS 2016 Winter Meeting Late Registration [Ed Maioriello ]
3 Feb Re: AAS Field Trips this week [Mary Kimberly ]
3 Feb Re: High Island, TX [Sue Peters-Ferree ]
3 Feb Re: Razorbills return offshore [world oceans ]
3 Feb Razorbills return offshore ["Keyes, Tim" ]
3 Feb Huie Ponds, Clayton Co. 2/2/15 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
3 Feb Pine Siskin DeKalb Co 2/2/16 [Jeff Madsen ]
2 Feb ORAS February Meeting THU 2/4 [James Neves ]
2 Feb AAS Field Trips this week [Mary Kimberly ]
2 Feb High Island, TX [Ted ]
2 Feb Pine Siskin - 40 - Albany [Roy Cohutta ]
2 Feb Camp Talon 2016 [Stephen Holzman ]
2 Feb Re: Red -- Make That -- Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker Sappy Half Circle [Jodie Davis ]
2 Feb Red Bellied Sapsucker Sappy Half Circle [Jodie Davis ]
1 Feb Red-tailed Hawk [C VANDERSCHAAF ]
1 Feb 2016 Youth Birding Competition [Stephen Holzman ]
1 Feb Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 1/31/2016 [Stephen Holzman ]
31 Jan Sandhill cranes over Atlanta airport [Bob Braxton ]
30 Jan Savannah NWR (SC) & GA by Okefenokee Bird Club [Sheila Willis ]
30 Jan sandhill cranes - Gordon Co [Pam Potter ]
30 Jan Yellow-headed Blackbird, Laramore Rd., Lee Co. ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
30 Jan BIRDING BY EAR PROGRAM, TUESDAY FEBRUARY 16 BY GEORGANN SCHMALZ [bethheron ]
29 Jan Black-crowned Night-Herons, Lake Blalock, Henry County, 1/24/16 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
29 Jan Where are good birding spots near Carter's Lake? [Sue Peters-Ferree ]
29 Jan Orange-crowned Warbler, DeKalb Co 1/28/16 [Jeff Madsen ]
27 Jan hybrid goose, more on the, Murphy Candler Park, DeKalb County, 1/26/16 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
26 Jan Hybrid (domestic) goose, Murphy Candler Park, DeKalb County, 1/26/16 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
26 Jan Operation Migration - Last Flight In Progress [Mark McShane ]
25 Jan February ORAS Newsletter Now Available [James Neves ]
25 Jan Intown Atlanta CBC results [Joy Carter ]
25 Jan Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on feeder [Walt Chambers ]
25 Jan Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 1/24/2016 [Stephen Holzman ]
25 Jan Pine Siskin - Albany 25 Jan [Roy Cohutta ]
25 Jan Great-horned Owl nest on Skidaway Island...FOR A SECOND YEAR [bethheron ]
24 Jan Black-and-white Warbler today at Emory President's Estate in DeKalb County [Stan Chapman ]
24 Jan Yard birds--DeKalb County [Patty Jenkins ]
24 Jan American Pipits at Zonolite, DeKalb [Drew Whitelegg ]
24 Jan Hooded Mergansers, potentially interesting birds on Marist soccer fields [Jeff Madsen ]
23 Jan Siskins and Red-wings [Ralph ]
23 Jan Fox Sparrows - SW Forsyth County [David Yon ]
23 Jan Carter's Lake CBC Preliminary Summary [Joshua Spence ]
23 Jan Wintry Bird Report - Fannin County [Tom Striker ]
23 Jan Goldfinches [Jaynne Reichert ]
23 Jan Snow and birds Burke County [Cox Family ]
22 Jan CANCELLED: Fernbank Forest Field Trip [Mary Kimberly ]
22 Jan Western Tanager, St Simons Island ["Robert D. Sattelmeyer" ]
20 Jan Snow Goose at Murphey Candler Park, DeKalb Co. [Mary Kimberly ]
20 Jan Onslow Island Snow Goose. [James Fleullan ]
19 Jan Bonaparte's Gull BCL & Caution ["Renee' Carleton" ]

Subject: Photos of Varied Thrush
From: Katy Manley <katy.manley88 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 20:31:09 -0500
Good evening GABO-L,
does anyone have a well-lit photo of the Varied Thrush the Oconee Rivers
Audubon Society (ORAS) can use to accompany a story in its upcoming
newsletter? The photo will be printed and also posted on our site with full
credit to the photographer.

Thanks!
Katy Manley

-- 
Katy Manley
Winterville, GA
Athens-Clarke County
706-255-3188

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Subject: Re: A story of restoration
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:58:19 -0500
Here's the link:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/south-georgia-island-a-wilderness-replenished-1454688892 


On Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 4:44 PM,   wrote:
> If you have access to Saturday's Wall Street Journal (Feb 6) turn to the
> section 'Review' (my prize reading every week).  On C3 you will find "A
> Wilderness Replenished" about the desecration and subsequent restoration to
> pre-colonial natural splendor of South Georgia, near Antarctica.  Even your
> Chilean Sea Bass is now a sustainable fishery. A nice short read, and proof
> that it can be done.
>
>
>
> Russ Wigh
>
> Skidaway Island
>
> Chatham County, GA
>
>
>
>
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Subject: A story of restoration
From: rdwigh AT BELLSOUTH.NET
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:44:38 -0500
If you have access to Saturday's Wall Street Journal (Feb 6) turn to the
section 'Review' (my prize reading every week).  On C3 you will find "A
Wilderness Replenished" about the desecration and subsequent restoration to
pre-colonial natural splendor of South Georgia, near Antarctica.  Even your
Chilean Sea Bass is now a sustainable fishery. A nice short read, and proof
that it can be done.

 

Russ Wigh

Skidaway Island

Chatham County, GA  

 


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Subject: Little St. Simons Field Trip Sunday Feb. 14th (spots open)
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 15:54:14 -0500
A few spots have opened up for the Little St. Simons Island field trip
on Sunday Feb. 14th. You can register here:
http://www.gos.org/winter2016registration

Email me if you have any questions.

Steve Holzman, President
Georgia Ornithological Socity

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Subject: Re: Varied Thrush Stakeout
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 14:58:37 -0500
    
Good news. The "stakeout Varied Thrush" is now officially a hotspot within 
Stone Mtn Park. Please use this eBird location only when looking for the thrush 
(even if submitting a traveling count). This data will be important to eBird 
geeks and allies such as myself.  

If you've already submitted a list for the thrush, please update the location 
to the "stakeout."  

Also, keep in mind that this area is designated for registered campers only, so 
please be respectful of their privacy.  

Patty McLean Tucker GA 

-------- Original message --------
From: Patty McLean  
Date: 02/10/2016  6:14 AM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
Subject: [GABO-L] Varied Thrush Stakeout 


    
Folks, I've created an eBird stakeout location for the Varied Thrush and 
submitted a hotspot request for this. Serves many purposes but most of all will 
help people find this location easier. Once this is approved as a hotspot, it 
will show up as a distinct location in eBird for all to enter their data into. 
Since we don't typically use the stakeout option, I thought this would be a 
good time to start for such a fun rarity.  


My list from Sunday using this specific stakeout 
location:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27361148  


Here's what eBird has to say about stakeouts:
Stakeout RaritiesAt times there is a rare bird that many people go to look for. 
Instead of creating dozens of separate locations to represent this location, we 
recommend suggesting this as a hotspot.  These should be clearly labeled using 
the format below. Note the LACK of capitalization in the word “stakeout”, 
which will bring it to the end of the location lists in eBird. This will allow 
users to clearly understand that these sites are not traditional hotspots, but 
that they still provide the advantages of aggregating observations from a 
single site. We recommend this practice for any and all widely twitched 
rarities. Examples:stakeout Western Tanager Attitash Ave., Merrimac 
(2008)stakeout Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, Talcottville (2012)We've recommended 
the year to help users and in case the same town ever happens to host two of 
the same rarity! If spanning multiple years, you can go with "(2011-12)" 

Patty McLean Tucker GA 

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Subject: A story of restoration
From: rdwigh AT BELLSOUTH.NET
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 13:57:05 -0500
If you have access to Saturday's Wall Street Journal (Feb 6) turn to the
section 'Review' (my prize reading every week).  On C3 you will find "A
Wilderness Replenished" about the desecration and subsequent restoration to
pre-colonial natural splendor of South Georgia, near Antarctica.  Even your
Chilean Sea Bass is now a sustainable fishery. A nice short read, and proof
that it can be done.

 

Russ Wigh

Skidaway Island

Chatham County, GA  


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Subject: Varied Thrush continues 2-10 at Stone Mountain Dekalb County
From: Justin Neal <jdnealer AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:07:44 -0500
The Varied Thrush continues this morning at the Stone Mountain campground 
around the bathroom and Serenity Park area. I arrived at 8:00 and appeared to 
be the only one this morning brave enough (or dumb enough) to venture out into 
a wind chill in the teens and found the thrush within 5 min immediately between 
the bathroom and the first Serenity Park sign, about 25yrds from the lake. The 
bird disappeared briefly and I refound him to the back-left of the bathroom 
around some shrubs. Two Red-tailed hawks moved in around 8:30 and stirred 
things up. I was luckily able to find the Varied Thrush again at the playground 
for a few phone pics before retreating from the cold at 9:00. 


The bird seems fairly reliable if enough time and patience are given since I 
was able to find it three times within hour after losing it. The bathroom 
(directions mentioned in previous posts) should serve as a good central focal 
point. This was a confirmation lifer for me after having brief distant looks at 
one in Washington state. 


Justin Neal
Sandy Springs

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Subject: Varied Thrush Stakeout
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:14:21 -0500
    
Folks, I've created an eBird stakeout location for the Varied Thrush and 
submitted a hotspot request for this. Serves many purposes but most of all will 
help people find this location easier. Once this is approved as a hotspot, it 
will show up as a distinct location in eBird for all to enter their data into. 
Since we don't typically use the stakeout option, I thought this would be a 
good time to start for such a fun rarity.  


My list from Sunday using this specific stakeout 
location:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27361148  


Here's what eBird has to say about stakeouts:
Stakeout RaritiesAt times there is a rare bird that many people go to look for. 
Instead of creating dozens of separate locations to represent this location, we 
recommend suggesting this as a hotspot.  These should be clearly labeled using 
the format below. Note the LACK of capitalization in the word “stakeout”, 
which will bring it to the end of the location lists in eBird. This will allow 
users to clearly understand that these sites are not traditional hotspots, but 
that they still provide the advantages of aggregating observations from a 
single site. We recommend this practice for any and all widely twitched 
rarities. Examples:stakeout Western Tanager Attitash Ave., Merrimac 
(2008)stakeout Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, Talcottville (2012)We've recommended 
the year to help users and in case the same town ever happens to host two of 
the same rarity! If spanning multiple years, you can go with "(2011-12)" 

Patty McLean Tucker GA 

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Subject: Varied Thrush, 4:40pm, 2/9/16, Stone Mountain Park, DeKalb County
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 23:36:03 +0000
I arrived at 4:00pm at the prime location behind the bathroom but did not see 
it until 4:40pm. I watched it for 20 minutes until my fingers could no longer 
operate the focus wheel on my binoculars due to the wind and cold. 

Jeff
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Subject: Varied Thrush Continues
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 15:26:15 -0500
    
The VARIED THRUSH at Stone Mtn Park in DeKalb County continues this afternoon. 
It was last seen from behind the restrooms, downhill and to the right. I was 
joined by Brendan Harris, an Emory student, who relocated this LIFER around 
2:30. 

https://flic.kr/p/Dwdwqu
Patty McLean Tucker GA 

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Subject: February 20 Pelagic- St Marys
From: Trey McCuen <eleganttreygon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 11:20:04 -0500
Hi Folks,

I have scheduled a pelagic with the Langs out of St. Marys on February 20.
Cost is $120 a person and I have 4 spots left. Our targets include Jaegers,
Manx Shearwater, Red Phalarope, Razorbill and Sea Ducks. Payment
information and more details will be sent in a group email. Let me know if
you would like to join us!

Trey McCuen
Macon, GA

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 2/8/2016
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 10:02:54 -0500
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From:  
Date: Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 10:05 PM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
To:


*** Species Summary:

Common Goldeneye (1 Clarke)
Long-billed Curlew (1 Glynn)
Rufous Hummingbird (3 DeKalb)
Calliope Hummingbird (2 Cobb)
Merlin (1 Walton)
Tree Swallow (2 Clayton)
Varied Thrush (14 DeKalb)
Northern Waterthrush (1 Glynn)
Palm Warbler (Yellow) (1 Walton)
Wilson's Warbler (1 Chatham)
Brewer's Blackbird (1 Bibb)

---------------------------------------------
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: AAS Field Trips for this week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 08:47:21 -0500
Greetings, Georgia Birders

The Atlanta Audubon Society has some good trips lined up for this week. We
hope that you can join us for a few!

Anne McCallum will lead her monthly walk at Reynolds Nature Preserve
(Clayton County) on Wednesday, February 10 at 8:00 AM.

Lieren Forbes will lead a walk at Panola Mountain (Rockdale County) on
Friday, February 12 at 9:00 AM. Please call to register.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is this weekend and we have two field trips
lined up to celebrate and observe. First, Peter Gordon will lead a walk at
Chicopee Lake (Hall County) on Saturday, February 13 at 8:00 AM. Second,
Linda Edwards, Susan Loeb, and Nikki Belmonte will lead a walk at Blue
Heron Nature Preserve (Fulton County) on Saturday, February 13 at 8:15 AM.

Carol Lambert and Jeff Sewell will lead a walk at the Huie Ponds of CCWA,
Lake Shamrock, and Lake Blalock (Clayton County) on Sunday, February 14.
Note: this walk was originally scheduled for February 21.

For details and 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: COMMON GOLDENEYE on Morton Rd in Athens, GA.
From: James Neves <jamesneves AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 17:16:05 -0500
Currently a female or female type COMMON GOLDENEYE on Morton Rd in Athens,
GA. The location is VERY difficult to look into from the road, and a scope
is necessary. Much of the pond us obscured.

The Gmaps coordinates are:

1576-1686 Morton Rd

https://goo.gl/maps/kATSTNwLViR2

James Neves
Athens-Clarke County , GA

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Subject: Re: Varied Thrush, seen this morning, Stone Mountain Park, DeKalb County, 2/8/16
From: James Neves <jamesneves AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 12:28:21 -0500
> The Varied Thrush was seen again for about ten minutes just before noon.
The bird flew into the tree right by bathroom, above the old playground and
offered excellent views to a number of GA birders. The bird then flew awat
down to the ravine to the right of the playground (with the bathroom at
your back) - - to the south.
>
> Thanks to JoAnn Miller, Jeff Sewell, and all who got the word out about
this great GA bird.
>
> James Neves
> Athens, GA
>
>  Jim Hanna just called me to say that he and Mark McShane relocated the
Varied Thrush in its favorite place, behind the restroom in the campground.
It is here more than anywhere else, but it tends to disappear at times. See
previous post for detailed directions.  It was first seen on January 31,
2016 by JoAnn Miller, then not seen again until yesterday when JoAnn found
it again.
> Jeff
>
> Jeff Sewell / Carol LambertTucker, GA  (DeKalb Co.)lambertsewell AT att.net
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Subject: Possible Ross's Goose, Decatur County
From: Morgan Ihlefeld <morgan.ihlefeld AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 11:53:16 -0500
Good Morning,

There is a white goose north of Bainbridge, Decatur County as of yesterday
afternoon. It is located in a pond near the corner of Pine Hill Road and
Mount Zion Church Road. It is with a group of Canada geese. The goose
appears overall small and seems to have a stubby bill.  There is an e-bird
report of a snow goose in the same pond, but I thought I would send photos
out to everyone to see their opinion. I have sent it to another
ornithologist friend who agrees it looks like a Ross's Goose. Not very good
photos can be
viewed in the link to dropbox below.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/q7m6ey1dpkqa35n/AADDdoIaMSc70ZMwlXwEB6NDa?dl=0

Morgan Keel
Bainbridge, GA

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Subject: Varied Thrush, seen this morning, Stone Mountain Park, DeKalb County, 2/8/16
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 13:10:33 +0000
 Jim Hanna just called me to say that he and Mark McShane relocated the Varied 
Thrush in its favorite place, behind the restroom in the campground. It is here 
more than anywhere else, but it tends to disappear at times. See previous post 
for detailed directions.  It was first seen on January 31, 2016 by JoAnn 
Miller, then not seen again until yesterday when JoAnn found it again. 

Jeff

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Subject: LANDINGS OWLS UPDATE , SKIDAWAY ISLAND
From: bethheron <bethheron AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 03:43:55 +0000
We were unable to be sure if our GH Owl couple that have 2 laid eggs again at 
The Landings on Skidaway Island....are the same ones as last year.We now have 
confirmation that they are!! 

CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE FOR OUR BIRDCAM

   
FORWARDED FROM OUR FACEBOOK POSTER AND EXPERT, MARY LAMBRIGHT

WWW.LANDINGSBIRDCAM.COMCheck out the info posted on our facebook page.  The 
director of the International Owl Center in Minnesota has used voice prints 
(spectrograms) to determine if the owls nesting this year are the same owls as 
last year.  And the science shows that they are!   





https://www.facebook.com/InternationalOwlCenter/posts/1196270400405165 



Good Birding Y'allBeth Roth The Landings, Skidaway Island, Savannah


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Subject: Re: Varied Thrush found @ Stone Mt
From: Patrick Maurice <patrickmaurice1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 14:51:01 -0500
Hey all,

Most of us have left for lunch or to go home after a successful chase. Just 5 
minutes ago the thrush flew right over our heads and posed in a tree directly 
over the parking lot before flying off. 


It flew over the bathroom and then to another corner of the parking lot, so it 
may be anywhere from that hill to where it was first seen at the bathrooms. 


Good luck all and please keep posting with updates if the thrush is refound.

Patrick Maurice
DeKalb County


> On Feb 7, 2016, at 10:50 AM, Patty McLean  wrote:
> 
> 
> 
> Reminder/Request re this Georgia rarity. Please keep a respectful distance 
from this bird and do not use playback. This will keep from spooking it and 
will give everyone a chance to see it. In addition, there are free-roaming cats 
in the park but none seem to be where it is feeding - on the ground below the 
restrooms. 

> Right now, there's a growing number of birders standing behind the bathrooms 
and seeing/photographing it just fine. 

> ABA Code of Birding Ethicshttp://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html
> Thanks All.
> Patty McLean Tucker GA 
> 
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert  
> Date: 02/07/2016  10:09 AM  (GMT-05:00) 
> To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
> Subject: [GABO-L] Varied Thrush found  AT  Stone Mt 
> 
> JoAnn Miller again located a VARIED THRUSH this morning at Stone Mt. Park. 
Jeff Sewell is there now and has found it in the same area before reported. The 
main entrance to the campground (ignor the sign about not going in; it's ok). 
Go to the main restroom, and the bird is currently down the hill from there 
towards the lake.Carol 

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Subject: AAS Lake Acworth Bird Walk report (Cobb)
From: Angelia Jenkins <angeliabeth AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 13:15:50 -0500
Hello Birders,

 

I beautiful chilly morning at Lake Acworth this morning. Not many ducks but
7 birders total had a nice time viewing the Brown Creeper that has been
hanging out in the Cauble Park wooded area (close to the pic nic table end
of the trail).  Seems like the ducks have been few this winter so far but we
are still on the lookout and enjoying the few that do stop over. The early
Tree Swallows are continuing and growing in numbers. 

 

We eBirded 50 species and our list is below:

 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27355405

 

Have a great Super Bowl Sunday or chasing that Varied Thrush today!
Great Birding All!
Angie Jenkins

Cobb County

 

 


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Subject: Re: Varied Thrush found @ Stone Mt
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 10:50:04 -0500
    
Reminder/Request re this Georgia rarity. Please keep a respectful distance from 
this bird and do not use playback. This will keep from spooking it and will 
give everyone a chance to see it. In addition, there are free-roaming cats in 
the park but none seem to be where it is feeding - on the ground below the 
restrooms.  

Right now, there's a growing number of birders standing behind the bathrooms 
and seeing/photographing it just fine.  

ABA Code of Birding Ethicshttp://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html
Thanks All.
Patty McLean Tucker GA 

-------- Original message --------
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert  
Date: 02/07/2016  10:09 AM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
Subject: [GABO-L] Varied Thrush found  AT  Stone Mt 

JoAnn Miller again located a VARIED THRUSH this morning at Stone Mt. 
Park. Jeff Sewell is there now and has found it in the same area before 
reported. The main entrance to the campground (ignor the sign about not going 
in; it's ok). Go to the main restroom, and the bird is currently down the hill 
from there towards the lake.Carol 


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Subject: Varied Thrush found @ Stone Mt
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 15:09:53 +0000
JoAnn Miller again located a VARIED THRUSH this morning at Stone Mt. 
Park. Jeff Sewell is there now and has found it in the same area before 
reported. The main entrance to the campground (ignor the sign about not going 
in; it's ok). Go to the main restroom, and the bird is currently down the hill 
from there towards the lake.Carol 


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Subject: Purple Martins!
From: L Stacey <croakie AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:36:49 -0500
We had the first Purple Martins of the year today at Merry Ponds in Augusta! 
Spring is coming. 


Lois Stacey
North Augusta, SC

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Subject: Brewer's Blackbirds, Decatur Cemetery & Glenlake Park, DeKalb County, Dec 31, 2015
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 23:35:31 +0000
 After posting today about the Brewer's Blackbirds Carol and I saw today here 
and checking the GABO archives, I realized that I had not reported to GABO the 
Brewer's I saw here on 12/31/15. My eBird list is attached. 

Jeff

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Decatur Cemetery & Glenlake Park, DeKalb, Georgia, US
Dec 31, 2015 10:45 AM - 11:18 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.6 mile(s)
Comments:    
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.3 Build 30 32 species Red-shouldered Hawk  1 Killdeer  1 Mourning Dove  10 Red-headed Woodpecker  1 Red-bellied Woodpecker  1 Downy Woodpecker  2 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2 Blue Jay  12 American Crow  5 Carolina Chickadee  3 Tufted Titmouse  3 White-breasted Nuthatch  3 Brown-headed Nuthatch  2 Carolina Wren  4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1 Eastern Bluebird  4 American Robin  6 Northern Mockingbird  6 European Starling  22 Cedar Waxwing  35 Pine Warbler  1 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  5 Chipping Sparrow  3 White-throated Sparrow  1 Song Sparrow  6 Eastern Towhee  3 Northern Cardinal  6 Red-winged Blackbird  38 Brewer's Blackbird  2    Two males in breeding plumage showing purple gloss on the head and a greenish gloss to the wings and back, lacking any rusty tertial and scapular edges. There were no rusty fringes anywhere on the body. The eyes were yellow and the bills were short and straight. I saw them from about 40 feet away with binoculars. The sun was behind my right shoulder. The birds were in the shade perched in a tree with male Red-winged Blackbirds, but there was enough light filtering through the trees to show their overall glossy appearance, unlike the dull cast to the backs of Rusty Blackbirds this time of year. I have seen Rusties recently at Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve. P.S. I came here the next day to photographed the Brewer's but instead found a small flock of Rusty Blackbirds had joined the mixed blackbird flock. Brown-headed Cowbird  3 House Finch  4 American Goldfinch  1 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26555842 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: Brewer's Blackbirds, Decatur Cemetery & Glenlake Park, DeKalb County, Feb 6, 2016
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 23:10:01 +0000
Some of you might be interested to know about the Brewer's Blackbirds at this 
location. They may be wintering here and are rare in this county. See the 
comment on the ebird report attached. However, they are not always here. Jeff 
saw them on 12/31/15 and we saw them today, but they weren't found on many 
other visits here in between. They were reported once in January; again, two 
males with RWBLs. 

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


     

Decatur Cemetery & Glenlake Park, DeKalb, Georgia, US
Feb 6, 2016 1:15 PM - 2:25 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.9 mile(s)
Comments:    With Carol Lambert.

23 species

Red-tailed Hawk (borealis)  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Blue Jay  7
American Crow  5
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown-headed Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  2
Eastern Bluebird  1
American Robin  6
Northern Mockingbird  1
Cedar Waxwing  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1
White-throated Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  4
Eastern Towhee  2
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Brewer's Blackbird  2     Two males first seen by Carol from 12 feet away 
in a loose association with the Red-winged Blackbirds, all male. The yellow 
eyes were easily seen, then we noticed the glossy, purplish heads and all black 
bodies. These birds were perched in a tree about 10 feet off of the ground on 
the left side of the trail leading east from the parking lot at Glenlake Park 
and before one gets to another trail on the left that goes up towards the dog 
park. This is the third time two males of this species have been reported from 
this location since 12/31/15, all in association with an all-male flock of 
Red-winged Blackbirds. 


View this checklist online at 
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Subject: Pelagic Trips next weekend
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 09:23:10 -0500
Because people might be interested in a chance for Razorbills, we have
opened up the pelagic trips to people who may not be able to attend
the GOS meeting.  You can go here:
http://www.gos.org/2016WinterMeeting and sign up for the Sat. or Sun.
nearshore Pelagic trip.  We have two spots open on Sat. and more on
Sunday,  If the Sunday trip does not have enough people you will be
eligible for a full refund.

Last year we had Manx Shearwaters and nice jaeger looks.

Thanks

Steve Holzman, President
Georgia Ornithological Society

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 2/4/2016
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 06:15:12 -0500
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: February 4, 2016 at 9:29:52 PM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Snow Goose (1 Walton)
> Cinnamon Teal (2 McIntosh)
> White-winged Scoter (2 Troup)
> Common Goldeneye (2 Troup)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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: GOS 2016 Winter Meeting Late Registration
From: Ed Maioriello <edm AT MAIORIELLO.COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 17:56:03 -0500
Just a reminder for those who want to attend the GOS Winter Meeting coming
on February 12-15th, tomorrow February 5th is the last date to register for
the banquet and the late registration fee cut off.

There are still many free slots on some great field trips.

Go to http://www.gos.org/2016WinterMeeting for information about the
meeting and how to register.

Ed.
GOS 2nd VP
Athens-Clarke County

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Subject: Re: AAS Field Trips this week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 10:33:34 -0500
Greetings,

Today's walk at Cochran Shoals was a wash-out and has been rescheduled for
tomorrow, Thursday, February 4.

http://www.atlantaaudubon.org/field-trips

Mary Kimberly
Field Trip Director
Atlanta Audubon Society

On Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 3:20 PM, Mary Kimberly 
wrote:

> Greetings, Georgia Birders
>
> The Atlanta Audubon Society has a few field trips on our calendar this
> week. I hope you can come join us!
>
> Chris Lambrecht will lead a walk at Cochran Shoals, CRNRA (Cobb County)
> tomorrow, Wednesday, February 3 at 8:00 AM. Note that this walk will begin
> at the Columns Drive entrance.
>
> Jason Ward will lead his first Saturday walk at Piedmont Park (Fulton
> County) on February 6 at 8:00 AM.
>
> Angie Jenkins will lead a walk at Lake Acworth (Cobb County) on Sunday,
> February 7 at 8:00 AM.
>
> For details and directions, please visit our website at
> http://www.atlantaaudubon.org/field-trips
>
> Bird on!
> --
> Mary Kimberly
> Field Trip Director
> Atlanta Audubon Society
>



-- 
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Subject: Re: High Island, TX
From: Sue Peters-Ferree <Soupysue AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 09:36:36 -0500
Hi Ted.  I've been to High Island for several years in a row now and it’s a 
wonderful birding spot.  Migration timing is always a crap shoot but for 
optimal birding, I'd pick a date later in March or in April.  I usually go 
in mid April.   Weather can be anything, so be prepared for sunshine or 
rain, cool or warm.

Hotels are non-existent in High Island itself and on the Bolivar Peninsula 
toward Galveston.  Closest hotels are in Winnie, TX where I-10 crosses and 
that's about 20 miles or so north of High Island.   We learned that for our 
group of 3 (staying a week) renting a house on the Bolivar Peninsula works 
better for us.  We have space, a full kitchen so that we don't always have 
to try to find a restaurant (there's only a few) and there's gathering space 
for evening recaps of our day.    I've used Cobb Real Estate and been happy 
with their service.   There's one significant grocery store on the 
peninsula.

As for hotspots, that totally depends on what kind of birds you're hoping to 
see.  Boy Scout Wood and Smith Oaks in High Island itself are good for 
migrants.  There's also a rookery at Smith Oaks where egrets, cormorants, 
spoonbills, herons, etc. will be nesting and there's close proximity.  The 
entire Bolivar Peninsula is great for water birds and shore birds. 
Rollover Pass is considered a hotspot.    Bob Road, Tuna Road, Yacht Basin 
Road and others can provide good birding.   Fort Travis can also be good. 
Frankly, wandering any of the roads on the peninsula can be productive. 
Anahuac NWR between High Island and Winnie is a whole day in itself.  You'll 
see mostly water birds and wading birds, but there are also fields where you 
can see migrants.

During migration there can be lots of people but the birds don't seem to 
care.  Most folks are very helpful and share info on sightings.  This is not 
a total list, but it'll give you a good start.   It's a trip well worth 
making for any birder.  Have fun.

Sue Peters-Ferree
Blairsville

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Subject: Re: Razorbills return offshore
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 06:27:57 -0800
That is wonderful news! So far there have been thousands off Massachusetts
but only small numbers between there and New Jersey,  and none south of
there that I am aware of except a handful off the Outer Banks.

James Gibson
Clayton Co.
On Feb 3, 2016 8:49 AM, "Keyes, Tim"  wrote:

> I got a report from our marine mammal crew that on Monday they had about
> 20 Razorbills off the front side of Sapelo 10 miles or so offshore.
> These are the first they have seen all winter.
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Subject: Razorbills return offshore
From: "Keyes, Tim" <Tim.Keyes AT DNR.GA.GOV>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 13:48:58 +0000
I got a report from our marine mammal crew that on Monday they had about 20 
Razorbills off the front side of Sapelo 10 miles or so offshore. 

These are the first they have seen all winter.

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Subject: Huie Ponds, Clayton Co. 2/2/15
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 12:12:31 +0000
We had some nice birding at the CCWA Tue. afternoon. Upon arriving on 
the ponds, a flock of 60 SANDHILL CRANES flew over high, heading north 
(probably not such a good idea with  the weather). One male REDHEAD on the 
midwest pond had attracted 12 more within 30 minutes. 

A nice array of other waterfowl, with GREEN-WINGED TEAL, N. SHOVELER, 
RING-NECKED DUCK being most numerous. GADWALL, RUDDY DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED 
MERGANSER, DBL-CRESTED CORMORANT, PIED-BILLED GREBE, AM. COOT also present in 
small numbers; one RED-TAILED HAWK. 

At the Shamrock reservoir (permit access only), we had good looks at 2 immature 
BALD EAGLES. 


Carol Lambert & Jeff SewellTucker, GA  (DeKalb Co.)lambertsewell AT att.net

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Subject: Pine Siskin DeKalb Co 2/2/16
From: Jeff Madsen <bluewingjeff AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 08:34:48 -0500
I finally had an in-town Pine Siskin at the feeders yesterday. The bird showed 
up around 10:00 am, fed for a few minutes, and then was gone. I didn't hear any 
other birds in the yard. Also, have not seen the PUFI's in over a week now. 


Jeff Madsen
Brookhaven, DeKalb Co

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Subject: ORAS February Meeting THU 2/4
From: James Neves <jamesneves AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 15:58:44 -0500
A retired UGA professor who served as a naturalist on Arctic expedition
ships will explore the dynamics of sea ice formation and the Earth’s
shrinking ice caps in a presentation at the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society’s
next meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at Sandy Creek Nature Center.

Gary Kochert, who lectured on geology and glaciology with Polar Star
Expeditions, will give a presentation on “The Frozen Ocean.” In his talk,
Kochert will discuss the formation of and seasonal changes in sea ice in the
Arctic and Antarctic and describe some of the animals that rely on sea ice
to survive.

Ice in the Arctic Ocean has been decreasing in area and thickness in recent
years, and someday soon the entire ice cap may disappear during the summer.
These changes will have profound effects on Arctic wildlife, as well as the
political and economic relations among nations that border the Arctic
Ocean, according to Kochert, a retired botany and geology professor and
former head of UGA’s Plant Biology Department.

The meeting will be held in the Nature Center’s Education and Visitor
Center, 205 Old Commerce Road off U.S. Highway 441 north of Athens. To
reach the center from the Loop 10 bypass, exit at U.S. Highway 441/Commerce
Road and turn north toward Commerce. Go approximately a mile, turn left at
the Sandy Creek Nature Center sign and go to the end of the road. Turn left
at Old Commerce Road; parking for the Education and Visitor Center will be
on the right.

http://www.oconeeriversaudubon.org/node/338

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Subject: AAS Field Trips this week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 15:20:34 -0500
Greetings, Georgia Birders

The Atlanta Audubon Society has a few field trips on our calendar this
week. I hope you can come join us!

Chris Lambrecht will lead a walk at Cochran Shoals, CRNRA (Cobb County)
tomorrow, Wednesday, February 3 at 8:00 AM. Note that this walk will begin
at the Columns Drive entrance.

Jason Ward will lead his first Saturday walk at Piedmont Park (Fulton
County) on February 6 at 8:00 AM.

Angie Jenkins will lead a walk at Lake Acworth (Cobb County) on Sunday,
February 7 at 8:00 AM.

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

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

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Subject: High Island, TX
From: Ted <TedNet10 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 08:04:20 -0500
I am planning a trip at the end of this month.  Is this a good time of year
to go?  Lodging?  Guides? Hotspots?

Advice would be appreciated.

Thanks ahead of time.

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Subject: Pine Siskin - 40 - Albany
From: Roy Cohutta <roybrownphotography AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 12:42:19 -0500
Today we counted 40+ Pine Siskin in the yard.  Pine Siskin numbers
seem to be tracking what we had last February which was in the 40-60
range most days.  They come to sunflower seeds in feeders and to
sunflower seeds placed on top of a brick wall which surrounds the
patio.

Frances Gardener
R. Cohutta

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Subject: Camp Talon 2016
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 10:36:24 -0500
Registration is open for Camp Talon (youth birders - ages 12-16).

Camp Talon is a  six-day, five-night camp for teens interested in
birds and nature, with  tons of birding and a little classroom
instruction. It is sponsored by the GA DNR, Georgia Ornithological
Society, and Atlanta Audubon Society.  There is a  3:1 student to
teacher ratio, and the instructors are professional biologists and
teachers, all with 20+ years of experience

Registration and more info is here: http://www.gos.org/2016CampTALON

Camp Talon also needs interns.  Click the same link above for more information.

Steve Holzman, President
Georgia Ornithological Society

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Subject: Re: Red -- Make That -- Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker Sappy Half Circle
From: Jodie Davis <jodie AT IEJODIE.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 09:02:00 -0500
Oh shoot, thank you Stephen for correcting me. I know it's Yellow-Bellied. Just 
writing hastily with my mind already on the impossibly long list of work I need 
to get done today. Thank you for the correction! 


Jodie

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Subject: Red Bellied Sapsucker Sappy Half Circle
From: Jodie Davis <jodie AT IEJODIE.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 08:32:32 -0500
Even without my contacts on I knew who was low on the trunk of the maple 
outside my office window yesterday. I had just been wondering when I'd see a 
Red Bellied Sapsucker this winter. He remained all afternoon. From my window I 
could see a few holes on the side of the tree towards the house, lines of sap 
streaking the tree. So, I checked the tree in the evening to see what he'd been 
up to. He has made his tell tale ring of holes halfway around the trunk. They 
are a good 1/4' apart. How close is too close? If he returns today and finishes 
his circle is it enough the girdle the tree? 


Jodie Davis
Hickory Flat

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Subject: Red-tailed Hawk
From: C VANDERSCHAAF <cvanderschaaf AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 22:48:12 +0000
 There was a beautiful Red-tailed Hawk on Adolphus St. in the Lake Claire 
neighborhood of Atlanta. 

It was being mobbed by a murder of crows but seemed unperturbed. 

Carol VanderschaafAtlanta, GA

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Subject: 2016 Youth Birding Competition
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:41:57 -0500
This may have gone out already, but can't hurt to send a reminder.

-Steve

From: Georgia Young Birders Club
Date: January 26, 2016 at 8:51:01 AM EST
To: Evan Barnard

Dear Georgia Young Birders,

The annual Youth Birding Competition is only a few months away! Please
see the message below from Tim Keyes for important YBC information and
dates. In addition to the YBC event there are art and t-shirt contests
and opportunities for fund raising.

Please read through the entire email for important information and
dates regarding YBC and the t-shirt contest.

We are planning several sessions for YBC identification tips and
strategies. Dates and locations will be announced soon.


From Mr. Keyes:

Hello Bird enthusiasts,
We are preparing for the 11th Annual Youth Birding competition (April
22-23). A major update is that we now have online registration
available.
Please pass on this info Re: the YBC and the Art contest to anyone you
think may be interested.

Thanks.

Tim


SIGN UP FOR GEORGIA’S YOUTH BIRDING COMPETITION

Registration Opens Online for Popular Conservation Event

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (Jan. 8, 2016) – It’s time for young birders to
begin honing their bird-identifying skills as they prepare for the
11th annual Georgia Youth Birding Competition, set for April 22-23.

Registration is open and, for the first time, online at
www.georgiawildlife.com/YBC.

This fun, free competition has been connecting young people with
wildlife and having a positive impact on conservation for more than 10
years. The reach extends even beyond Georgia, with Race 4 Birds
Foundation (www.race4birds.org) using the event as a model for youth
birding competitions nationwide, including in Illinois, North
Carolina, Florida and Pennsylvania.

Coordinator Tim Keyes of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources
is enthusiastic about the future.

“We will continue growing an enduring passion for birds and the
outdoors with every year’s event in Georgia, and inspire a growing
number of events around the U.S.,” said Keyes, a wildlife biologist
with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Nongame Conservation
Section.

He noted that the Youth Birding Competition has developed “amazing
competitors” who have gone on to study biology in college. Some former
birding novices are now veterans, and bringing younger children under
their wing in birding. The event has inspired a young birders club, a
growing network of young birders connected through social media and
participation in American Birding Association and Audubon Society
camps for youth.

The competition also continues to set state records for birding youth.
The top team in 2015 identified 167 species, an all-time high for the
event.

The fun gets going April 22-23 when the 24-hour statewide birdathon
for teams varying in ages from kindergarteners to high school seniors
returns. The deadline to register is March 31. Complete information,
including online registration, is at www.georgiawildlife.com/YBC.

The competition and an accompanying T-shirt Art Contest are sponsored
by DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division, The Environmental Resources
Network Inc. (TERN) – friends group of the Nongame Conservation
Section – and others including the Georgia Ornithological Society and
the Atlanta and Albany Audubon societies. A banquet and awards
ceremony will be held April 23 at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center near
Mansfield.

Teams register online in one of four age divisions and compete against
other groups their age. Participants can also volunteer to raise money
for conservation organizations.

The Youth Birding Competition is designed for youth of all skill
levels. Those new to birding can take advantage of mentoring
opportunities offered through the competition.

As a voluntary part of the competition, teams also raise money for
conservation. This year’s pledges pushed past $20,000 the total raised
over the event’s 10 years.

The 2016 contest starts at 5 p.m. Friday, April 22, and ends at 5 p.m.
Saturday, April 23. Groups may use as much or as little of that time
to count as many birds as possible throughout Georgia.

Although teams can start birding anywhere in the state, they must turn
in their checklists at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center by 5 p.m. that
Saturday. While judges examine and score checklists, participants are
treated to a live animal show followed by an awards banquet packed
with prizes.

The Youth Birding Competition also includes a T-shirt Art Contest.
Deadline to enter is March 4. Participation in the birding competition
is encouraged but not required to enter the T-shirt Art Contest.

There is no charge for either contest, aside from the optional cost of
overnight lodging at Charlie Elliott.

For details about the competition, including registering online, visit
www.georgiawildlife.com/YBC. Tim Keyes can be reached at (912)
262-3191 or tim.keyes AT dnr.ga.gov. Information about the Charlie
Elliott Conference Center is available by calling Amy Glass at (770)
784-3122.

For more information on the T-shirt Art Contest, visit
www.georgiawildlife.com/YBCTshirtArtContest or contact art contest
coordinator Linda May at (706) 557-3226 or linda.may AT dnr.ga.gov.


2016 Youth Birding Competition

What: Free bird-a-thon and fundraiser for youth from kindergarten
through high school.

When: April 22-23, 2016. Registration is open. Deadline to enter: March 31.

Where: Teams can bird anywhere in the state, but must arrive at the
finish line at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield by 5 p.m.
April 23.

T-shirt Art Contest: Deadline to enter is March 4. Details at
www.georgiawildlife.org/YBCTshirtArtContest or contact art contest
coordinator Linda May at (706) 557-3226 or linda.may AT dnr.ga.gov.

Registration: Online at www.georgiawildlife.com/YBC. For details on
lodging at Charlie Elliott Conference Center, contact Amy Glass, (770)
784-3122

Birding competition contact: Tim Keyes, (912) 262-3191 or tim.keyes AT dnr.ga.gov

Other details, including participation booklet and forms:
www.georgiawildlife.com/YBC

Wildlife Resources Division contacts:
Linda May, environmental outreach coordinator/art contest coordinator
– (706) 557-3226; linda.may AT dnr.ga.gov
Tim Keyes, wildlife biologist/Youth Birding Competition coordinator –
(912) 262-3191; tim.keyes AT dnr.ga.gov

Media: Photos at www.flickr.com/photos/wildliferesourcesdivision (in
the “2015 YBC T-shirt Art Contest Winners” album).


PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR YOUTH BIRDING COMPETITION T-SHIRT ART CONTEST

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (Jan. 8, 2016) – Hey, kids! Do you like birds and
love to draw or paint? Georgia’s 11th annual Youth Birding Competition
is offering a T-shirt Art Contest for resident children and teens.

Many famous ornithologists were bird artists when they were young, so
perhaps you could be the next John James Audubon, Roger Tory Peterson
or David Allen Sibley!
A winner will be picked from each of these age categories: primary
(pre-K-2nd), elementary (third-fifth), middle school (sixth-eighth)
and high school. One winner will be awarded the grand prize – their
artwork will appear on the 2016 YBC T-shirt, and they’ll receive a
$100 gift card to Michaels. The three other winners will each receive
a $50 Michaels gift card, redeemable for art supplies.

Entering is easy. Participants must draw or paint their favorite
Georgia bird on paper or sheet canvas (at least 8-by-10 inches but no
larger than 11-by-17 inches). Mail or deliver it in a large envelope –
flat, not folded – by March 4, 2016 (postmarked), to: GA DNR-WRD, YBC
T-shirt Art Contest (Attn: Linda May), 2065 US Hwy. 278 SE, Social
Circle, GA 30025.

On a separate piece of paper, gently taped to the back of the artwork,
include the participant’s name, school, age, grade level, mailing
address, phone number, parent or teacher’s e-mail address, and species
name of the bird depicted.

The illustrated bird must be a wild species and native to Georgia.
Artwork of exotic or domesticated species (such as European starlings,
pigeons, chickens, yellow ducks, peacocks and parrots) will be
disqualified. Draw or paint the bird’s features as accurately as
possible. A simple background that provides habitat context is good to
include, but make sure your bird stand outs well and is the main focus
of the artwork. Also keep in mind that deep, contrasting colors scan
best for a T-shirt.

Only one entry per person is allowed, and it must be the child’s
artwork. Participation in the Youth Birding Competition on April 22-23
is encouraged but not required to submit artwork for the T-shirt Art
Contest.

Competitors in the birding event can pick up their submissions at the
April 23 banquet at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, where select
artwork will be displayed and winners announced.

Artwork from children and teens who do not take part in the Youth
Birding Competition can either be picked up at Charlie Elliott
Wildlife Center in Mansfield through May 7 during normal business
hours or returned by mail – but only if a large, self-addressed
envelope with five first-class stamps is included with the submission.

The 2016 Youth Birding Competition starts at 5 p.m. Friday, April 22,
and ends at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Groups may use as much or as
little of that time to count as many birds as possible throughout
Georgia. Although teams may start birding anywhere in the state, they
must turn in their checklists at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center by 5
p.m. Saturday.

While judges examine and score checklists, participants will enjoy a
live animal show followed by an awards banquet packed with prizes.

For more information on the T-shirt Art Contest, visit
www.georgiawildlife.com/YBCTshirtArtContest.  You can also contact art
contest coordinator Linda May at (706) 557-3226 or
linda.may AT dnr.ga.gov.

The same site includes links to Youth Birding Competition details,
including registering a team online for this exciting event (March 31
deadline). You can also contact competition coordinator Tim Keyes at
(912) 262-3191 or tim.keyes AT dnr.ga.gov.

Tim Keyes
Wildlife Biologist, Nongame Conservation

Wildlife Resources Division (912) 262-3191 | M: (912) 222-0424

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 1/31/2016
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:14:30 -0500
At least one other birder went and looked for the reported Varied Thrush at
the Stone Mountain campground.  It was not re-sighted. If you go to look
and you find it, please post to GABO-L (and eBird that bird).



---------- Forwarded message ----------
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Date: Sun, Jan 31, 2016 at 8:50 PM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
To:


*** Species Summary:

Snow Goose (1 Chatham)
White-winged Scoter (2 Troup)
Common Goldeneye (1 Troup)
Northern Bobwhite (1 Jasper)
Reddish Egret (1 Glynn)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (2 Richmond)
Spotted Sandpiper (1 Fulton)
Least Sandpiper (2 Bartow)
Long-billed Dowitcher (1 Chatham)
Forster's Tern (2 Troup)
Black-chinned Hummingbird (2 Bibb)
Calliope Hummingbird (1 Cobb)
Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Charlton, 1 Jasper, 2 Jones)
White-eyed Vireo (1 Jones)
Tree Swallow (1 Ware)
Varied Thrush (1 DeKalb)
Black-and-white Warbler (1 Oconee)
Bachman's Sparrow (1 Jasper, 1 Jones)
Le Conte's Sparrow (1 Coweta)
Painted Bunting (3 Bibb)
Brewer's Blackbird (2 Bartow)

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

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Subject: Sandhill cranes over Atlanta airport
From: Bob Braxton <rbraxton AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 15:11:02 -0500
Sandhill cranes heard in Hapeville near the Atlanta airport today at 3 PM. Sky 
overcast with low-hanging clouds so unfortunately I was unable to see the 
cranes. 


Bob Braxton
Hapeville
Fulton County


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Subject: Savannah NWR (SC) & GA by Okefenokee Bird Club
From: Sheila Willis <swjxw1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 21:26:55 -0500
Hey folks,

Hope you are fine. Here's a report on the Okefenokee Bird Club's trip to
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge (Chatham Co. GA/Jasper Co. SC) on 1/23
with Annette Bittaker (Douglas), Richard Roche (Folkston), & Sheila Willis
(Waycross) as team 1 & Gene Wilkinson, Pete Moore, & Lenwood Eason (all
Glennville) of team 2.

Due to bad luck, the two groups birded the same location separately for the
morning but did get together for a while after lunch. Due to personal
schedules, some continued birding separately afterwards, either at the
refuge or in the Savannah area (Chatham Co.). See all the results at the
end.

Overall, it was an odd day for birding in this part of the South because
when the first car's driver rolled the window down to take a picture
snowflakes blew in!! I think this was a first for the OBC. So, yes, it was
cold!! But we went anyway, and as a result, came away with a few more great
birding memories.

The main route for both groups was inside SC as the Laurel Hill Wildlife
Drive but we also all eventually found the isolated Kingfisher Pond
Recreation Area (windy!!). Alligator Alley (SCHwy#170) in the refuge was
basically a drive-by road that day & had but a few birds.

One set did stop briefly at the refuge's Visitor Center off USHwy#17 for
its feeders that morning. The center was also the site for our mid-day meal
which we enjoyed from rocking chairs on the front porch.

Additionally, all of us took a tour of the center to see its stunning
murals, photographs, displays, & wooden bird carvings. The favorite thing
there was the fun we had trying to spot & identify all the stuffed birds
which were cleverly placed about a large representation of an oak tree. We
joked that if we hadn't found any on the refuge we could just take pictures
here & pretend.

Our main goal was to see wintering waterfowl, and several species were "out
& about" to make the list. Large groups of NORTHERN SHOVELER as males &
females were seen preening & feeding in multiple cells of the old rice
fields. Nearly the same number of BLUE-WINGED TEAL were there too. The
Glennville Gang chanced to see & take pictures of a pair of MOTTLED DUCKs
whose bright legs really stood out from the background.

Cute little PIED-BILLED GREBEs-- also called "Hell-divers"-- literally
popped up from the depths after swimming underwater for their meal. A few
were very puffed-up in the cold & we wanted to give them a hug because they
looked so extra cute. A few more of its names are "Devil Diver", "Water
Witch", "Dabchick", & "Diedapper".

Both DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT & ANHINGA were checked-off for the day. These
related species are known for their diving abilities too. I saw 6 right at
the refuge border under the bridge spanning the Savannah R. & Gene had 6 as
well for his list.

A variety of wading birds were scattered here & there with SNOWY EGRETs
forming the bulk of those present. An adult LITTLE BLUE HERON was hunkering
down when seen while an AMERICAN BITTERN chose to make itself easily
visible when it suddenly flew by near the end of the wildlife drive for
Gene & his buddies. Lucky, lucky. A total of 10 GLOSSY IBIS were spotted as
was a lone WHITE IBIS. Surprisingly, only very few GREAT BLUE HERONs &
GREAT EGRETs were seen.

As for soaring birds, NORTHERN HARRIERs & TURKEY VULTUREs topped the
list. But it was a hungry, on-the-ground TURKEY VULTURE that stole the show
for the entire trip when we came upon one greedily ripping apart & eating a
colorful Mud Snake! The secretive snake's red & black scales were easily
seen. This type is called the "Hoop Snake" in folklore as it was believed
to bite its tail in order to roll in a hoop after people. Annette, Richard,
& I couldn't take our eyes off this amazing scene that was happening just
below the embankment next to the canal.

Some of the largest numbers for the day came from AMERICAN COOTs which were
skittering & feeding all around us, some quite close. Almost every cell had
its compliment of the chunky black bird with the white bill. Only a few of
its cousin, the COMMON GALLINULE were seen.

Just to make things interesting, 2 KILLDEER & 1 RING-BILLED GULL showed up
during the travels.

The woodpecker group was represented by RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, DOWNY
WOODPECKER, NORTHERN FLICKER (white butts!), & PILEATED WOODPECKER.

Our winter flycatcher, the EASTERN PHOEBE, was around in the cold too. At
the head of the Cistern Trail I was treated to the scene of a fight between
two of them. One bird was already on the pavement there when another showed
up & a confrontation ensued. Then a third and even a fourth one flew in,
all uncharacteristically checking for bugs from the ground. We were all
sheltered from the wind here in one of the many wooded hammocks of the
drive.

Other types of birds that were seen were CAROLINA CHICKADEE (w/ 20 at
Visitor Center feeder), BLUE-GREY GNATCATCHER (2 as singles), CAROLINA
WREN, NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, & NORTHERN CARDINAL. Crows were mostly
unidentified as to type except for 2 who for this political season "called
out" & in so doing let us know that they were AMERICAN!

Sparrows were in short supply in the form of CHIPPING SPARROW (very small
flocks), SONG SPARROW, & SWAMP SPARROW.

In groups were AMERICAN ROBIN (20 only), YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, RED-WINGED
BLACKBIRD & EASTERN MEADOWLARK. The blackbirds were in mixed-sex flocks,
including one of ~140 birds which kept streaming in, dropping
little-by-little into the vegetation & making me wonder if they would ever
stop coming.

The combined lists for those birds found on the refuge tally as a total of
38 species. It may have been a day for low numbers, but as they say, "a
good time was had by all".

Lastly, I'd like to toss in that while I was driving to & from Waycross via
mostly USHwy#84, I don't think I can ever recall seeing so many BLACK
VULTUREs just standing on the side of the road. Most were singles a few
yards away in multiple locations, but there was one flock of 10 just n. of
Screven (Wayne Co.) in a field in a feeding posture. Early in Patterson
(Pierce Co.) about 40 vultures were arranged in a tight-sitting row like a
black necklace around the body of a white water tower.

Since it is challenging in some cases to know which numbers for a species
were repeats for the different cars on the refuge, I'll just list each set
separately as from Groups #1 (A, R, S morning), #2 (G, L, P morning a
little behind #1), #3 (S afternoon) & #4 (A, R morning at VC). The extra
set from Gr#2 while in Savannah will be put last.

MOTTLED DUCK: 2 (#2)
BLUE-WINGED TEAL: 100+ (#2)
NORTHERN SHOVELER: 85 (#1), 100+ (#2), 12 (#3)
duck sp.: 2 (#3)
PIED-BILLED GREBE: 1 (#1), 4 (#2), 3 (#3)
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT: 6 (#2)
ANHINGA: 4 (#2)
AMERICAN BITTERN: 1 (#2)
GREAT BLUE HERON: 2 (#3)
GREAT EGRET: 1 (#1 Alligator Alley), 1 (#3, Alligator Alley)
SNOWY EGRET: 18 (#1), 9 (#2), 7 (#3)
LITTLE BLUE HERON: 1 adult (#1), 9 (#2)
WHITE IBIS: 1 (#1)
GLOSSY IBIS: 1 (#1), 7 (#2), 2 (#3)
BLACK VULTURE: 6 (#4)
TURKEY VULTURE: 6 (#1), 3 (#2), 1 (#1 USHwy#17), 1 (all 6 folks Kingfisher
Lake of SNWR)
NORTHERN HARRIER: 2 (#2), 2 (#2), 2 (#3 1 LHWD, 1 Alligator Alley)
COMMON MOORHEN: 4 (#2), 1 (#3)
AMERICAN COOT: ~99 (#1), 100+ (#2), 123 (#3)
KILLDEER: 2 (#2)
RING-BILLED GULL: 1 (#1 Alligator Alley)
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER: 1 (#4)
DOWNY WOODPECKER: 1 (#4)
NORTHERN FLICKER: 2 (#3 1 LHWD, 1 Alligator Alley)
PILEATED WOODPECKER: 1 (#4)
EASTERN PHOEBE: 5 (#1), 1 (#2)
AMERICAN CROW: 2 (#4)
crow sp.: 4 (#2)
CAROLINA CHICKADEE: 10 (#4)
CAROLINA WREN: 2 (#4)
BLUE-GREY GNATCATCHER: 1 (#1), 1 (#4)
AMERICAN ROBIN: 20 (#1)
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD: 1 (#1), 1 (#2)
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER: 15 (#2)
NORTHERN CARDINAL: 2 (#1)
CHIPPING SPARROW: ~20 (#1), ~25 (#4)
SONG SPARROW: 1 (#1), 16 (#2)
SWAMP SPARROW: 4 (#1)
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD: 1 (#1), 8 (#2), 164 (#3 as 160 LHWD, 4 Alligator
Alley)
blackbird sp.: 100+ (#2)
EASTERN MEADOWLARK: 15 (#2)

Here are the two lists from the Glennville Gang in Chatham Co.:
Lake Mayer (13 sp.):
MALLARD: 2
NORTHERN PINTAIL: 1
NORTHERN SHOVELER: 15
LESSER SCAUP: 2
BUFFLEHEAD: 2
RUDDY DUCK: 3
HORNED GREBE: 3
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT: 75
RED-TAILED HAWK: 1
AMERICAN COOT: 100+
LAUGHING GULL: 100+
RING-BILLED GULL: 100+
TREE SWALLOW: 10

Casey Canal btwn Veterans Pkwy & Memorial Hospital (4 sp.):
HOODED MERGANSER: 42
WOOD STORK: 4
LITTLE BLUE HERON: 4
WHITE IBIS: 3

Take care.

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

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Subject: sandhill cranes - Gordon Co
From: Pam Potter <ppotter AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 11:40:15 -0500
The lady who takes care of my pool told me this morning that she'd seen a whole 
lot of sandhill cranes in a field along Pine Chapel Rd yesterday. Just in case 
someone wants to go up and see if they're still there. 


Pam Potter
White
Bartow Co

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Subject: Yellow-headed Blackbird, Laramore Rd., Lee Co.
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 10:24:26 -0500
Hi folks, there is a female Yellow-headed Blackbird foraging in the fields 
along Laramore Rd., Lee Co., accompanying a large mixed flock of Red-winged & 
Brewer's Blackbirds and Brown-headed Cowbirds. 


Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA
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Subject: BIRDING BY EAR PROGRAM, TUESDAY FEBRUARY 16 BY GEORGANN SCHMALZ
From: bethheron <bethheron AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 01:55:02 +0000
 Save the date; Tuesday February 16th  AT  7:00 pm Georgann Schmalz, well known 
educator and Bird Song and Bird Call expert will come to Savannah to present 
her very popular BIRDING BY EAR PROGRAM.GEORGANN WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO LISTEN 
AND YOU WILL BE SURPRISED HOW EVEN YOU CAN BEGIN TO KNOW WHAT BIRDS YOU’RE 
HEARING, WITHOUT SEEING THEM.It’s also a good tool to impress your friends 
and family. 



      Georgann will have her Bird Calls of GA cd for sale. She will also 
have some handouts to help you recognize the bird songs on your own 




The program is held at The First Presbyterian Church at 520 E Washington 
Street, SavannahOur programs are free and open to the public.For more 
information call Beth Roth 912-658-6136. 













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Subject: Black-crowned Night-Herons, Lake Blalock, Henry County, 1/24/16
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 23:20:25 +0000
 Two immature birds were seen by us and a few other birders doing a survey on 
the property of the Clayton County Water Authority with special permission. 
This reservoir, Lake Blalock, and nearby Lake Shamrock are closed to the 
public during the winter, but birders may obtain permits for limited access to 
these two reservoirs during the winter.  If you are interested in purchasing a 
permit, call Danielle Bunch at the Newman Wetlands Center, 770-603-5603. 

Jeff and Carol

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Subject: Where are good birding spots near Carter's Lake?
From: Sue Peters-Ferree <Soupysue AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 17:07:04 -0500
Would like some input as to good birding spots around Carters Lake in Murray 
County. Planning to take a ride over there tomorrow, as Ive never been there. 
Thanks for any suggestions. 


Sue Peters-Ferree
Blairsville

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Subject: Orange-crowned Warbler, DeKalb Co 1/28/16
From: Jeff Madsen <bluewingjeff AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 07:44:55 -0500
I had a beautiful OCWA in the yard yesterday, the first one I've seen this 
winter here in Atlanta. The bird was quietly and deliberately foraging in the 
flowers of a Leatherleaf Mahonia, and I was able to observe the bird for about 
5 minutes before it flew off. I have not seen the Purple Finches at the feeders 
in several days. 


Regarding the mystery birds from Marist soccer fields last Sunday, several 
people have suggested American Pipit, which was certainly on my list of 
possibilities, I was just too far away to call it with any confidence. Thanks 
to those of you who reached out. 


Jeff Madsen
Brookhaven, GA

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Subject: hybrid goose, more on the, Murphy Candler Park, DeKalb County, 1/26/16
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 02:47:34 +0000
 I now recall that for quite some time, up until a few months ago, there was 
here a white, domestic- type Graylag Goose here at the park. I think this was 
one of the parents of the hybrid I saw this afternoon. 

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

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Subject: Hybrid (domestic) goose, Murphy Candler Park, DeKalb County, 1/26/16
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 23:53:30 +0000
 I received a report this afternoon of a Snow Goose being seen at the park 
this morning. I missed the Snow Goose reported last week on the Atlanta 
Audubon field trip here, so I headed over to the park for this one, arriving 
about 4:30pm. What I found was what I think is a Canada/ white domestic goose 
hybrid that looks a bit like a blue phase Snow Goose. Now, I am not saying 
this is the same bird as was reported this morning, but, if you go there, be 
aware that there is this hybrid goose there. I have seen this hybrid several 
times this winter. It follows a Canada Goose around and at long range could be 
mistaken for a blue phase Snow Goose. 

Jeff

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Subject: Operation Migration - Last Flight In Progress
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:00:04 -0500
Hi All,

Word is coming out that the current in progress Operation Migration flight will 
be the last one. 


Current status of the flight can be found at:

http://www.operationmigration.org/
http://operationmigration.org/InTheField/?n=field-journal-operationmigration

Thanks to Operation Migration for the amazing, fantastic, and incredible work 
they have done to help reintroduce endangered Whooping Cranes into eastern 
North America! 


Good Birding All!

Mark

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

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Subject: February ORAS Newsletter Now Available
From: James Neves <jamesneves AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:38:43 -0500
The February 2016 Yellowthroat

 

(Vol.
27, No. 2) is now available for viewing and download on the ORAS Website.
(Link:

http://www.oconeeriversaudubon.org/sites/default/files/Feb2016_Yellowthroat%5B1%5Dedit.pdf 

).

This month's newsletter includes an announcement about the monthly meeting
to be held Thursday, February 4th, news about recent ORAS Conservation
Grants,  a summary of the January meeting presentation about river cane,
and more.

As a reminder, the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society's monthly newsletter, The
Yellowthroat, has moved to a digital-only distribution format, except for
paper versions that will be available at Sandy Creek Nature Center, The
State Botanical Garden of Georgia, and at the monthly ORAS meetings. The
newsletter will no longer be sent to members through the mail. The
newsletter will be available on our website (oconeeriversaudubon.org), and
announcements will be made through our email list and Facebook when new
issues are available.

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Subject: Intown Atlanta CBC results
From: Joy Carter <joy.carter52 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 10:34:42 -0500
The Intown Atlanta CBC had another great year of counting in the city, with
a grand total of 88 species found among 22,850 individual birds.  This is a
new high species total for us that is right in line with the totals for
suburban Atlanta CBCs.  We had some interesting rarities:
Green Heron
Peregrine Falcon
Marsh Wren
Rufous Hummingbird
Lincoln's Sparrow

and some less than common city birds such as:
 Wood Duck
Gadwall
Bufflehead
Common Yellowthroat
Vesper Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark

Thank you to everyone who participated!

Joy Carter
Ormewood Park, Atlanta

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Subject: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on feeder
From: Walt Chambers <chambersw AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:08:01 +0000
Well, this was a first for me at the feeders. Just had a sharp sapsucker 
picking at my sun/safflower mix! Kinda cool. 


Also, despite having heard them in the yard back in late October, just got our 
first batch of siskins - about 30 so far - this weekend on the feeders. 


And the last nice note is that a Hermit Thrush is finally also in the feeder 
bunch. We usually have a 2-3 in the yard each winter, but this the first so far 
this year. 




Walt Chambers

Columbus

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 1/24/2016
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:39:04 -0500
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: 
Date: Sun, Jan 24, 2016 at 7:46 PM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
To:


*** Species Summary:

Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Walton)
American Black Duck (2 Walton)
Greater Scaup (1 Gwinnett)
White-winged Scoter (1 Troup)
Least Sandpiper (1 Bartow)
Forster's Tern (1 Troup)
Black-chinned Hummingbird (2 Bibb)
Calliope Hummingbird (2 Cobb)
Say's Phoebe (1 Lee)
Vermilion Flycatcher (1 Decatur)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (1 Richmond)
Tree Swallow (1 Evans)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1 Fulton)
Black-and-white Warbler (1 DeKalb)
Wilson's Warbler (1 Chatham)
Henslow's Sparrow (1 Glynn)
Brewer's Blackbird (1 Bartow, 1 Decatur)

---------------------------------------------
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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: Pine Siskin - Albany 25 Jan
From: Roy Cohutta <roybrownphotography AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:13:40 -0500
Beginning this past week, the daily number of Pine Siskin(s) has been
increasing in Dougherty County, SW GA.  Currently at least 10
individuals are coming to sunflower.

Last winter season, our Siskin numbers peaked at about 60 during late Feb. 
2015. 


Frances Gardener
R. Cohutta

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Subject: Great-horned Owl nest on Skidaway Island...FOR A SECOND YEAR
From: bethheron <bethheron AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 03:13:58 +0000
The birdcam at The Landings on Skidaway Island...is back in business for Season 
Two of our owl soap opera. 

YESTERDAY MORNING AN EGG WAS FIRST SEEN AS THE OWL WAS MOVING AROUND ON THE 
NEST. WE'RE HOPING FOR A SECOND EGG THIS WEEK 

These setup was installed with the help of Cornell summer of 2014.  It was an 
idea from Skidaway Audubon (Golf Club Community ) funded by them with the help 
of other groups...including Ogeechee Audubon Society and Wild Bird Unlimited of 
Savannah. 

A pair of Eagles nested there for two years and then the equipment was 
installed in the summer.Long story short....Last year only one eagle seemed to 
be around, while a pair of GH Owls took interest in the nest. They laid 2 eggs 
and successfully raised 2 eaglets with people all over the world cheering them 
on. Last year they laid their first egg on New Years Day 2015 

Please check out the website  www. landingsbirdcam   for the accurate 
history, information and supporters. 

And check in from time to time to see what they're up to . You can follow us on 
Facebook. 

Good Birding Y'allBeth RothSkidaway Island, Savannah

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Subject: Black-and-white Warbler today at Emory President's Estate in DeKalb County
From: Stan Chapman <stanchap49 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2016 15:33:18 -0500
Hello, birders,

Ralph Smith and I were very surprised to see a Black-and-white Warbler
today, out-of-season in mid-winter.  It was climbing up a tree trunk, as
this species often does, at the edge of the lake at the President's Estate
(Lullwater Preserve) on the campus of Emory University.  I did photograph
it:   flickr.com/photos/stanchap.

The preserve was quite active today, with the same waterfowl species I
noted in my GABO post of January 7, including Gadwall, Ring-necked Duck,
Hooded Merganser, Northern Shoveler, and Pied-billed Grebe with the
ever-present Mallards and Canada Geese. It was nice to see a couple of
Red-headed Woodpeckers as well, and I was surprised to count 21 Dark-eyed
Juncos in the grassy area adjacent to the lake.

Stan Chapman
DeKalb County, Leafmore/Toco Hill area

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Subject: Yard birds--DeKalb County
From: Patty Jenkins <pschwar AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2016 12:10:35 -0500
31 species of birds seen in the last 3 days at my feeders. Wowzer.
Downy, hairy, red-bellied, woodpeckers; yellow-bellied sapsucker(!),
Northern flickers
Cardinals
American robins
Eastern towhees
Eastern bluebirds
Carolina wrens
Titmouses
Pine and yellow-rumped warblers
Dark-eyed juncos
Cedar waxwings 
White-breasted and brown-headed nuthatches
Red-wing blackbirds
Cowbird in the flock of blackbirds
Mockingbirds
Sharp-shinned hawk
American goldfinches
Ruby-crowned kinglets
Chickadee-dee-dees
House finches
Purple finches
Mourning doves
Phoebe
White-throated sparrows
Bluejays
Brown thrashers
Also regulars but not seen in the last few days: chipping sparrow, barred
owl, red-tailed and Coopers hawks; hoping for pine siskins but havent seen
em yet though theyve been reported in Georgia.
So happy to be married to a guy who keeps our feeders stocked!
Patty Jenkins
Toco Hills




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Subject: American Pipits at Zonolite, DeKalb
From: Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2016 12:31:41 -0500
Hallo all,
There were about 15 American Pipits at the Zonolite "meadow" this morning.
They were on the ground with a group of Song Sparrows, which provided a
nice size comparison.  Also Swamp, Field and White-throated Sparrows, but
no Savannah's (I was hoping).  The pipits don't seem to me THAT common in
DeKalb, hence my report (it sounds like Jeff Madsen had some at Marist
School, too).

Cheers
Drew Whitelegg
Dekalb Co.

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Subject: Hooded Mergansers, potentially interesting birds on Marist soccer fields
From: Jeff Madsen <bluewingjeff AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2016 09:44:42 -0500
There are 3 hooded mergansers at the Sam's Club pond on Clairmont Rd in DeKalb 
County. 


I also stopped to observe a large Red-winged Blackbird flock that I saw while 
driving by the Marist soccer fields on Ashford Dunwoody Rd (they seemed to all 
be red-winged), and behind this flock was a group of 5 to 7 smaller lightish 
brown birds that were scurrying around and intermittently flying up low 
together and re-landing. The gate was locked, and I had shorts on, so I could 
not get any closer than about 250 yards. No scope, either, just 8 x 42 bins. 
These birds all showed white outer tail feather patterns when they flew, and 
seemed to be about junco size, although they were not gray, more of an earthy 
tan overall. If anyone is in the area and can walk out there, it may be worth 
checking them out. 


Jeff Madsen
DeKalb County

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Subject: Siskins and Red-wings
From: Ralph <smithinspect AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2016 10:49:57 -0500
Thursday I had approx 42 Siskins at and under the feeders in my front yard. 
Friday afternoon there were at least 150 Red-winged Blackbirds. They’re doing 
a great job of cleaning up seed litter! I live across the street from Druid 
Hills Middle School in Decatur. 


Ralph Smith

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Subject: Fox Sparrows - SW Forsyth County
From: David Yon <dpyoniii AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2016 13:12:31 -0500
Good afternoon,

Among the large numbers of finches and other sparrows at the feeders, the
weather brought in 3 Fox Sparrows this morning.

Stay warm!

David Yon
Forsyth County

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Subject: Carter's Lake CBC Preliminary Summary
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2016 11:18:48 -0500
The ninth annual Carters Lake Christmas Bird Count was conducted on January 
2nd, 2016. We had forty-three participants that did an excellent job searching 
the circle for birds. There were 105 species reported, which is our second 
highest! I've written a lengthy summary and posted it to my blog. You can find 
the link below. I don't believe the totals will change, but just in case I'm 
calling this the "preliminary" summary. Some birders were kind enough to share 
photos from the day, so this is the first year that the summary has had 
accompanying images. Thanks everyone. 



http://northgeorgianaturalist.blogspot.com/2016/01/carters-lake-christmas-bird-count.html 


Below is a list of just some of our highlights:

American Black Duck - 10
Redhead - 125
Ring-necked Duck - 334
Northern Bobwhite - 3
Bald Eagle - 7
Virginia Rail - 2
Sora - 5
SANDHILL CRANE - 3179
WILSON'S SNIPE - 505 
AMERICAN WOODCOCK - 52
Barn Owl
Merlin
Loggerhead Shrike - 2
Blue-headed Vireo
Horned Lark
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
Orange-crowned Warbler - 2
FOX SPARROW - 88
White-crowned Sparrow - 43
Vesper Sparrow - 10 
INDIGO BUNTING
RustY Blackbird - 60

Thanks to all the dedicated birders who put in the long hours over the years. 
It was indeed an excellent count. I'm already looking forward to next season! 



http://northgeorgianaturalist.blogspot.com/2016/01/carters-lake-christmas-bird-count.html 



Joshua Spence
GACL Compiler
Murray County, GA

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Subject: Wintry Bird Report - Fannin County
From: Tom Striker <tastriker AT TDS.NET>
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2016 10:07:43 -0500
Birders - we dodged most of the winter snow bullet in Blue Ridge / Fannin
County, with maybe an inch of snow at lower elevations.  As promised, roads
are treacherous.  On Thursday,  I cancelled the waterfowl bird walk
scheduled for today.  Good move for an old man!

 

Feeders and heated bird bath are very busy this morning:  doves,
white-throats, juncos, cardinals, chickadees, titmice, blue jays, towhees
and a brown thrasher.  Luckily, my pine siskin count has finally exceeded
100, with a dozen timid goldfinches mixed in.  Robins have been gobbling
holly berries for weeks.  Today, they're studying travel brochures for Key
West.

 

Have a good day.  Stay in if you can.

 

Tom Striker

Blue Ridge / Fannin County, GA


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Subject: Goldfinches
From: Jaynne Reichert <dechand7 AT MAC.COM>
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2016 09:55:06 -0500
We happened to put our finch feeders out about 5 days ago and are blessed this 
cold and cloudy morning with 7 goldfinches. Joy!! 


Jaynne Reichert
Very South Bryan Co
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Subject: Snow and birds Burke County
From: Cox Family <coxfam3 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2016 14:24:41 +0000
 We awoke today to snow and lots of birds.....our continuing male painted 
bunting, a Baltimore oriole that arrived yesterday, the arrival of dozens of 
pine siskins and goldfinches and a purple finch, dozens of chipping sparrows, 
numerous bright cardinals.....what a great day!  We're trying to get a good 
picture of the painted bunting against the snow! 

Karen CoxBurke County

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Subject: CANCELLED: Fernbank Forest Field Trip
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:00:36 -0500
The Atlanta Audubon Society field trip scheduled for Fernbank Forest on
Saturday, January 23 has been cancelled.

-- 
Mary Kimberly
Field Trip Director
Atlanta Audubon Society

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Subject: Western Tanager, St Simons Island
From: "Robert D. Sattelmeyer" <rsattelm AT GSU.EDU>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2016 16:34:42 +0000
Hey folks,

I had a male Western Tanager briefly in a tree across the street from our house 
this morning just before the rain and wind started. Managed a few photos before 
it left, which I included with the eBird report, and I will put them on my 
Flickr page and GOS Facebook page later. Probably just passing by, but I will 
post again if it happens to stick around. 



Bob Sattelmeyer

St Simons Island

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Subject: Snow Goose at Murphey Candler Park, DeKalb Co.
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2016 11:18:08 -0500
We had a Snow Goose at Murphey Candler Park during the AAS Field Trip this 
morning. It was seen twice, which were glad about because we weren't sure the 
first time. The break between sightings gave us an opportunity to study field 
guides. It was not there when we left at 10:45. Last seen flying off to the 
north. 


Mary Kimberly
DeKalb County

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Subject: Onslow Island Snow Goose.
From: James Fleullan <jrfleullan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2016 10:55:55 -0500
Folks. There's a nice Snow Goose in the impoundment here today. My second
SNGO for Chatham Co. this week. Also present is a Bonaparte's Gull,
Peregrine Falcon, and the largest Long-billed Dowitcher flock I've ever
seen. Nearly 60 LBDO. Still walking around.

Glad to share.

James Fleullan
Savannah, Ga

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Subject: Bonaparte's Gull BCL & Caution
From: "Renee' Carleton" <renee AT MISERVICE.NET>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 17:10:20 -0500
A single, adult, winter plumage Bonaparte's Gull is on the large cattle pond on 
Brandon Farm Rd. Round white head with ear spot, small black bill, wing-tips 
extend just beyond tail. When I first saw the bird, it was on the bank and I 
couldn't see any other marks except for the ear spot, ran home and got my scope 
and guide books. When I left at 4:30, the bird was swimming in the pond and 
gave great views. 

Now a CAUTION to everyone. Last week, a lady was unfortunately assaulted after 
a predator got into her van at the Dollar General there on Hwy 113. This 
happened around 8:30pm. I'd like to think my home range is safe, but apparently 
not. Take care, be aware, go with somebody. 


FYI - I did not see the Greater White-fronted Geese today (Floyd Creek Church 
Rd). There was a lone Snow Goose at a distance but I couldn't see anything 
else. 


Renee' Carleton
Taylorsville - Bartow County

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