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7 Mar AAS Bird Walk Report: George Pierce Park, 7 March 2015 ["Chris O'Neal" ]
7 Mar Cherokee birds including Ospreys, Herring Gulls, Redheads, and Horned Grebes [Rich Hull ]
7 Mar Re: Trumpeter Swan- Not Wild [Melanie Furr ]
7 Mar OSPREYS BACK AT SWEETWATER CAMPGROUND-LAKE ALLATOONA [Sandra Eileen Garber ]
7 Mar AAS Walk: Piedmont Park. [Jason Ward ]
7 Mar Trumpeter Swan- Not Wild [Dralle ]
7 Mar Bufflheads at Unicoi State Park [Barbara Bowen ]
6 Mar Black Scoters, "interesting" loon, Inland "Pelagic" Trip [Ken Blankenship ]
6 Mar Shovelers, Tree Swallows Continue at Murphey Candler Park, DeKalb Co. [ldtp ]
6 Mar White-winged Scoter, Northern Pintail - South Fulton County - 6 March 2015 [Nathan Farnau ]
6 Mar Re: Peachtree City TRUMPETER SWAN [Melanie Furr ]
6 Mar Peachtree City TRUMPETER SWAN [Patty McLean ]
6 Mar Western Tanager on Cumberland Island []
6 Mar Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert - 3/6/2015 [Stephen Holzman ]
5 Mar Re: Peachtree City TRUMPETER Swan [Melanie Furr ]
5 Mar Bill O'Grady [Joel McNeal ]
5 Mar Re: Peachtree City TRUMPETER Swan [Patty McLean ]
5 Mar Peachtree City Swan [Patty McLean ]
5 Mar Redheads, Clayton Co., 3/5/15 [Carol Lambert ]
5 Mar Swan in Peachtree City [Patty McLean ]
4 Mar sandhill cranes [cary stokes ]
4 Mar Western Tanager - Musella, Crawford County - 3/1/2015 - Video Post [Mark McShane ]
4 Mar Lake Acworth []
4 Mar Sandhill Cranes & American Woodcock ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
4 Mar Sandhill cranes in White (Bartow Co) [Pam Potter ]
5 Mar SANDHILLS IN ELLIJAY [Sandra Eileen Garber ]
4 Mar Re: Sandhill Cranes [Drew Whitelegg ]
4 Mar Purple Martins, Reed Bingham State Park, Cook County [Vanessa Lane ]
4 Mar Sandhill Cranes, Mercer Wetlands, DeKalb County, 3:41pm, 3/4/15 [Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell ]
4 Mar Sandhill Cranes, Duluth [Rebecca Deitsch ]
4 Mar Re: Sandhill Cranes [BB ]
4 Mar Great Blue Herons Nesting Season Begins [Cindy Mayer ]
4 Mar Sandhill Cranes [Patty McLean ]
4 Mar Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 3/4/2015 [Stephen Holzman ]
4 Mar Ruddy Ducks at Murphy Candler Park (DeKalb County) [Patty McLean ]
4 Mar Huie, Clayton Co., 3/3/15 [Carol Lambert ]
3 Mar Re: Rusty Blackbirds & huge flight of Black Vultures [Eran Tomer ]
3 Mar Re: Tundra Swans at Turkey Pond [Patty McLean ]
3 Mar Rusty Blackbirds & huge flight of Black Vultures [mocking bird ]
3 Mar Atlanta Audubon wall Cochran shoals 3-3-15 []
3 Mar ADMIN: was Re: [GABO-L] Avian Wanderings [Stephen Holzman ]
3 Mar Avian Wanderings [Trey McCuen ]
3 Mar Tundra Ponds at Turkey Pond [Patty McLean ]
2 Mar SE GA, 3/1/2015 ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
2 Mar 3 Loon Day at Lake Lanier [Wes Hatch ]
2 Mar Common Goldeneye, Norris Lake Gwinnett [Rebecca Deitsch ]
2 Mar AAS Field Trips this week [Mary Kimberly ]
2 Mar Oconee Rivers Audubon March Meeting [James Neves ]
2 Mar ORAS Conservation Grants Program [James Neves ]
2 Mar FW: Grey-colored Brown Creeper, nr Toco Hills, Dekalb Co. ["Ralph H. Henderson,M.D." ]
2 Mar Eagle nests - Floyd co []
2 Mar Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 3/2/2015 [Stephen Holzman ]
2 Mar Rusty and Many Other Blackbirds (Forsyth County) [Patty McLean ]
1 Mar Common Goldeneye Continues at Norris Lake (Gwinnett Co) ["Chris O'Neal" ]
1 Mar Tundra Swans Burke County [Wes Hatch ]
1 Mar Lake Hartwell (Yesterday) [Patty McLean ]
28 Feb Counties most in need of eBird data for March [Joel McNeal ]
28 Feb Deadline for GOS Hog Island Camp Scholarship Extended [Renee Carleton ]
28 Feb Floyd County []
27 Feb Common Goldeneye continue at Lake Acworth [Antoinette Bowen ]
27 Feb Cackling geese in Calhoun, GA [Lance ]
27 Feb Red-tailed with NO Belly Band [Patty McLean ]
26 Feb Golden Eagle Merriweather County [Theresa Hartz ]
26 Feb Golden Eagle near Joe Kurz WMA [Patty McLean ]
26 Feb Common Goldeneye, Norris Lake, Gwinnett County, 2/27/15 [Carol Lambert ]
26 Feb Common Goldeneye Lake Acworth [Chuck Saleeby ]
25 Feb Cackling & Greater White-Fronted geese in Calhoun, GA [Lance ]
25 Feb Cardinal Flock, Fannin Cty. []
25 Feb John T. Briscoe Jr. Reservoir, Walton County - 2/23/2015 [Mark McShane ]
25 Feb Floyd County birds []
25 Feb Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 2/25/2015 [Stephen Holzman ]
25 Feb Blitzing for Blackbirds: Year 2 of the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration [Stephen Holzman ]
24 Feb Redhead numbers continue to build at Paris Lake, Floyd Co. [Marion Dobbs ]
24 Feb AAS Field Trips this week -- one cancellation, another rescheduled, others! [Mary Kimberly ]
24 Feb [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert - 2/24/2015 [Stephen Holzman ]
23 Feb Greater White-Fronted Goose, Savannah Airport [joel ludlam ]

Subject: AAS Bird Walk Report: George Pierce Park, 7 March 2015
From: "Chris O'Neal" <chrisoneal2718 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 20:29:10 -0500
Good evening Georgia birders!

14 eager birders gathered for a bird walk at George Pierce Park in Suwanee
(Gwinnett County) this morning. It was a terrifically sunny day, with
temperatures starting in the 30s but gradually warming up to the 50s. As
soon as we began, a Pine Siskin called. The robins were out in force. The
male Red-winged Blackbirds were displaying their red shoulder patches and
showing off to the lady blackbirds. We had great looks at a Great Blue
Heron that had caught a large fish, and we were treated to the resident
Red-shouldered Hawk family circling in the sky.

As far as other interesting animals, we had up close looks at a rabbit and
three deer, along with sightings of a beaver and plenty of turtles on the
main wetlands pond. The park was full of Upland Chorus Frogs and Spring
Peepers calling as well.

The following is a list of the 44 species we found this morning. Enjoy!


Chris O'Neal
Gwinnett County



George Pierce Park, Gwinnett, US-GA
Mar 7, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:     AAS Bird Walk: George Pierce Park. The weather was sunny;
temperature in the 30s at the beginning but by the end in the 50s.
44 species

Canada Goose  9
Wood Duck  1
Gadwall  2
Mallard  5
Northern Shoveler  3
Ring-necked Duck  1
Hooded Merganser  3
Pied-billed Grebe  3
Great Blue Heron  2
Turkey Vulture  3
Red-shouldered Hawk  3
American Coot  1
Ring-billed Gull  32     Flyover
Mourning Dove  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  5
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  8
Fish Crow  1
Tree Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  10
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown-headed Nuthatch  4
Carolina Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  2
Hermit Thrush  2
American Robin  25
European Starling  2
Pine Warbler  3
Eastern Towhee  1
Song Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  8
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  1
Pine Siskin  2
American Goldfinch  4


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Subject: Cherokee birds including Ospreys, Herring Gulls, Redheads, and Horned Grebes
From: Rich Hull <haharich15 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 18:13:41 -0500
Hi All, 
 I spent this wonderful afternoon birding at three locations in Cherokee 
county. The first stop was a water treatment plant off of East Cherokee Drive 
in Ball Ground, where I found three Redheads, many Ring-necked Ducks, and two 
American Coots. The main pond is viewable from the road and there is a spot to 
park. From there I went to Hickory Log Creek Reservoir, which had nothing but a 
few kinglets and titmice. At Sweetwater Day Use Area at Lake Allatoona there 
were two Herring Gulls mixed in with a large flock of Ring-billed Gulls, four 
Horned Grebes, a Belted Kingfisher, four Pied-billed Grebes, two Buffleheads, 
and two Ospreys. 


Good Birding, 
Rich Hull
Cherokee County, GA

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Subject: Re: Trumpeter Swan- Not Wild
From: Melanie Furr <mefurr AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 17:52:41 -0500
Well, I apologize for sending everyone on a "(not) wild swan chase." Patty and 
I did not know about the swans seen on the CBC, and my local PTC friend was not 
aware of any escaped birds. I'm surprised that someone can "own" a Trumpeter 
Swan, unless the bird is domestic, in which case it had even the experts 
fooled. If anyone knows the answer, please share. 


While I feel a bit foolish, I'm glad to have had the chance to learn the finer 
points of identifying a Trumpeter versus a Tundra swan, see a beautiful and 
unusual bird, and play hooky from life/work for an afternoon--those occasions 
are few and far between. 

Hope you enjoyed your misadventure as well. 
Melanie





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> On Mar 7, 2015, at 11:22 AM, Dralle  wrote:
> 
> Traci and I met up with Brock H. and the owner of the Trumpeter Swan. 
> For those planning on making the trip, it is a captive bird - one of the 
three seen on the Christmas Bird Count, and the owner is taking it back home. 

> 
> Bruce Dralle
> Hamilton County, TN
> 
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Subject: OSPREYS BACK AT SWEETWATER CAMPGROUND-LAKE ALLATOONA
From: Sandra Eileen Garber <sgarber AT GSU.EDU>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 22:25:04 +0000
Today at 3:40 pm we saw and heard 3 Osprey calling and flying overhead as we 
walked Sweetwater Campground. Later I saw one on the nest of one of the nest 
posts, and the two others were in the vicinity of a second nest post (with last 
year's nest remains). So good to see them back. If you would like more details 
as to the locations of the nest poles, contact me. 



For full e-bird list, see http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22217775


Sweetwater Campground opens for camping on March 20th. Until then you can park 
and walk in for free. 



I hope you all have been able to get out and enjoy this wonderful weather. 
We've earned it! :-) 



Sandra Garber

Canton, GA

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Subject: AAS Walk: Piedmont Park.
From: Jason Ward <0000007673135945-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 11:46:42 -0800
Good afternoon everyone! This morning 10 people joined me on Atlanta Audubon's 
monthly walk at Piedmont Park. As usual, the park didn't disappoint. We totaled 
49 species (I wanted 50, lol). Highlights included a Leucistic American Robin 
amongst a flock of normally colored Robins, and a very early Black-crowned 
Night Heron skulking in the foliage on Island in the middle of Lake Clara Meer! 
Here's our full checklist... 


Piedmont Park, Fulton, US-GA
Mar 7, 2015 8:05 AM - 11:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)

49 species

Canada Goose 8
Mallard 14
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 Sitting in foliage on the island in the middle 
of the lake. Medium sized Heron, dark cap, bluish bill, red eye. Pictures 
taken. 

Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 20
Mourning Dove 7
Red-headed Woodpecker 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker 6
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 3
Eastern Phoebe 3
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 5
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Brown-headed Nuthatch 2
Brown Creeper 2
Winter Wren 1
Carolina Wren 10
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 35
Brown Thrasher 3
Northern Mockingbird 12
European Starling 40
Cedar Waxwing 40
Pine Warbler 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 6
Eastern Towhee 3
Chipping Sparrow 1
Field Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 18
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 10
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 20
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Common Grackle 10
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 3
House Sparrow 2


Jason Ward, 
Fulton County 

View this checklist online 
athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22210901 


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



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Subject: Trumpeter Swan- Not Wild
From: Dralle <bwdralle AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 11:22:57 -0500
Traci and I met up with Brock H. and the owner of the Trumpeter Swan. 
For those planning on making the trip, it is a captive bird - one of the three 
seen on the Christmas Bird Count, and the owner is taking it back home. 


Bruce Dralle
Hamilton County, TN

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Subject: Bufflheads at Unicoi State Park
From: Barbara Bowen <bbowen32 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 08:20:09 -0500
Hello

Yesterday afternoon, I walked the Lake Trail at Unicoi State Park. The 
highlight was a pair, male and female, Buffleheads in the Lake. Although you 
can access the trail from the entrance road, the visitor center had a flurry of 
bird activity. I have my list below, but I know that I missed some species 
before they all flew off. 


30 Robins
12 Eastern Bluebirds
10 Dark-eyed Juncos
1 Brown-headed Nuthatch
2 Eastern Phoebe
1 Red-Bellied WoodPecker
1 Pileated WoodPecker
10 Carolina Chickadees
8 Tufted Titmouse
5 Canada Geese
2 Pied-billed Grebe
2 Bufflehead (1 male, 1 female)
1 Mallard

Good birding!

Barbara Bowen
Cobb County

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Subject: Black Scoters, "interesting" loon, Inland "Pelagic" Trip
From: Ken Blankenship <kenhblankenship AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 21:30:31 -0500
Hi bird people,

Yesterday evening 3/5/2015 I observed three female BLACK SCOTERS drifting along 
with a huge raft of roosting BONAPARTE'S and RING-BILLED GULLS on Lake Richard 
B. Russell. Also present were a few COMMON LOONS as well as a very interesting 
loon that was not a Common Loon. I was not at the visitor center/manager office 
overlook, but rather just up the road from there at a large boat launch parking 
lot (on the west side of the lake). Some of the birds were far enough out that 
they may have been flirting with the SC/GA state line. Here is a link to the 
eBird report: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22187048 

Today 3/6/2015 I spent a cold half-hour or so at the Lake Hartwell dam, leaving 
just "a bit" flustered about the inland sea effect of that massive lake 
(limited visibility, light distortion, etc.). I don't believe I've ever seen 
that many COMMON LOONS except on some of the infamous winter pelagic trips of 
2012-2013. I know there were over 100, but I could only count up to 50-60 
within range before they turned into so many black and white blobs out to the 
horizon/light shimmer barrier. I did get to enjoy an awesome show put on by a 
cooperatively-hunting pack of about 15 loons that had trapped a school of 
baitfish near the surface. They were constantly diving, coming up for air with 
bills open as if gasping, and lunging forward again like torpedoes -- sometimes 
splashing the water with their big feet as they propelled themselves along. 
Many times a loon would quickly gulp down a fish and dive yet again, like a 
frenzy. The whole spectacle was made all the more dramatic by about 5-10 
BONAPARTE'S GULLS, a big 'ole HERRING GULL, and maybe 20 RING-BILLED GULLS that 
continuously dove and pecked about wherever the loons drove the school of fish. 
If you didn't know any better, you'd think you were 5 miles off Tybee Island. 
:) 


Speaking of which: here's a not-so-novel idea (it's been done before with great 
success!). If anyone is up for an impromptu Lake Hartwell "Inland Pelagic" Trip 
next Saturday, March 14th, 2015 please email me off-list. I already called the 
marina and they just happen to have a new fleet of pontoon boats open for 
rental starting next weekend. From now through April is a great time to look 
for Pac;f;c L00n on the big reservoirs, and Lake Hartwell has produced the 
species multiple times... along with other cool who-knows-whats (good grebes, 
seaducks, gulls, etc.). If we can get together about 8-10 people it looks like 
about $30 per person. If we get up around 15-20 people, it would come down in 
price a bit and we would go out in two groups for several hours at two 
different times (much like what Bill Lotz et al. put together for the S0uth 
P0lar Sku AT  years ago on Carter's Lake). If I hear from enough people by Sunday 
or so, I'll call and put down the deposit and such. It would be GREAT to get 
some excited birders AND some nice long lenses out there for possible close-up 
documentation of cool birds that can just drive ya nuts when you're 
land-locked! 


Ken Blankenship
Marietta, GA (Cobb County)
kenhblankenship AT comcast DOT net

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Subject: Shovelers, Tree Swallows Continue at Murphey Candler Park, DeKalb Co.
From: ldtp <ldtp AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 11:44:24 -0800
I was at Murphey Candler Park (north DeKalb County) around midday on March 6. 
Didn't see the Ruddy Ducks reported recently, but the Northern Shovelers and 
Tree Swallows were still there. 


Other highlights: a Killdeer, three Pied-billed Grebes, two Great Blue Herons, 
a Belted Kingfisher, and several Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Eastern Phoebes, and 
Yellow-rumped Warblers. Probable Pileated Woodpecker heard only. 


Liz Hornsby
Chamblee/Brookhaven area, DeKalb County, north metro Atlanta

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Subject: White-winged Scoter, Northern Pintail - South Fulton County - 6 March 2015
From: Nathan Farnau <natwan AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 14:06:24 -0500
Birding with Patrick Addy this morning in south Fulton County. We found two 
WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS (male and female) at Twin Lakes on Campbellton Fairburn Rd 
(9:30am). Viewable from the sidewalk, over the road, beyond the stone wall. 


Then later at Hutcheson Ferry Park, we had two NORTHERN PINTAILS (also male and 
female) on the lake. There's a five dollar admission fee to enter the park. The 
lake is about 1/4 mile walk from the gate/parking area. 


Nathan Farnau
Alpharetta, GA (Fulton County)

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Subject: Re: Peachtree City TRUMPETER SWAN
From: Melanie Furr <mefurr AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 13:05:11 -0500
You'll be thrilled to know I've just gotten word that people may view the bird 
from the gravel driveway at 407 Robinson Rd. It is the right-hand driveway of 
two driveways close together on either side of a group of mailboxes. The bird 
was still on the pond there this morning. 

The homeowners, Wendell and Ying, have asked that people stay on the gravel 
drive and off lawn/dirt. 

Bird on! 
Melanie Furr
Tucker 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 6, 2015, at 12:53 PM, Patty McLean  wrote:
> 
> We are waiting to see if access can be granted for the birding community to
> view this swan and if it's still there. Either I or Melanie Furr will post
> these details once available. I've been told that the pond is really not
> visible from the main road due to numerous trees, etc., and traffic can be a
> problem along this road, so permission will need to be given so folks can
> drive further into the area. 
> 
> 
> 
> Several of you asked about the forehead and area over the top of the bill on
> this bird, so I followed up with The Trumpeter Swan Society asking about
> this particular variation to reconfirm the ID. Here's the reply I received
> this morning:  
> 
> "The vocalization you sent was unmistakable as a Trumpeter  Swan (we have
> ~7,000 Trumpeter Swans in MN and the Tundra Swan migrates thru here in
> November and again in April). The Tundra never makes this "French Horn"
> sound.  There is some variation in bills, especially with Tundras, but this
> swan clearly has a heavy bill and the eye is not distinct from the bill.
> Adult swans are easier to identify than juveniles." They're also forwarding
> my photos to a swan expert in Washington State who studies both Tundra and
> Trumpeters for their input too. I will share their response with you if
> anything different is indicated.
> 
> 
> 
> Many of us (including myself) have been stuck on the fact that this bird's
> upper bill doesn't form the sharp V that Sibley illustrates in his field
> guide and which you can see in photos of other TRSWs. The Trumpeter Swan
> Society also has an excellent review of this and other important field marks
> and differences between Trumpeter and Tundra Swans at this link:
> http://www.trumpeterswansociety.org/swan-identification.html  I think you'll
> see that the other field marks, vocalizations and behaviors are present on
> this bird, clearly indicating Trumpeter. 
> 
> 
> 
> Also note: I heard from Brock Hutchins who lives in the area that THREE
> SWANS were seen during the CBC in Peachtree City on Dec 20, 2014, in
> someone's front yard and not far from this current location. They looked
> good for Trumpeters but origin was not known so the count team did not
> include the species in the official count. One bird in the photo appears to
> be a juvenile and not pinioned. Perhaps yesterday's swan is one from this
> original group. If so, let's hope 'he' finds his way back to his group soon.
> Photos (courtesy of Jim Coleman):
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/79121941 AT N08/16733443381/in/photostream 
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/79121941 AT N08/16734650845/ 
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> 
> Patty McLean
> 
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Subject: Peachtree City TRUMPETER SWAN
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 12:53:26 -0500
We are waiting to see if access can be granted for the birding community to
view this swan and if it's still there. Either I or Melanie Furr will post
these details once available. I've been told that the pond is really not
visible from the main road due to numerous trees, etc., and traffic can be a
problem along this road, so permission will need to be given so folks can
drive further into the area. 

 

Several of you asked about the forehead and area over the top of the bill on
this bird, so I followed up with The Trumpeter Swan Society asking about
this particular variation to reconfirm the ID. Here's the reply I received
this morning:  

"The vocalization you sent was unmistakable as a Trumpeter  Swan (we have
~7,000 Trumpeter Swans in MN and the Tundra Swan migrates thru here in
November and again in April). The Tundra never makes this "French Horn"
sound.  There is some variation in bills, especially with Tundras, but this
swan clearly has a heavy bill and the eye is not distinct from the bill.
Adult swans are easier to identify than juveniles." They're also forwarding
my photos to a swan expert in Washington State who studies both Tundra and
Trumpeters for their input too. I will share their response with you if
anything different is indicated.

 

Many of us (including myself) have been stuck on the fact that this bird's
upper bill doesn't form the sharp V that Sibley illustrates in his field
guide and which you can see in photos of other TRSWs. The Trumpeter Swan
Society also has an excellent review of this and other important field marks
and differences between Trumpeter and Tundra Swans at this link:
http://www.trumpeterswansociety.org/swan-identification.html  I think you'll
see that the other field marks, vocalizations and behaviors are present on
this bird, clearly indicating Trumpeter. 

 

Also note: I heard from Brock Hutchins who lives in the area that THREE
SWANS were seen during the CBC in Peachtree City on Dec 20, 2014, in
someone's front yard and not far from this current location. They looked
good for Trumpeters but origin was not known so the count team did not
include the species in the official count. One bird in the photo appears to
be a juvenile and not pinioned. Perhaps yesterday's swan is one from this
original group. If so, let's hope 'he' finds his way back to his group soon.
Photos (courtesy of Jim Coleman):

https://www.flickr.com/photos/79121941 AT N08/16733443381/in/photostream 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/79121941 AT N08/16734650845/ 

 

Patty McLean

Tucker GA

 

 

 



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Subject: Western Tanager on Cumberland Island
From: bthompson6 AT MAINE.RR.COM
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 16:07:04 +0000
Birding on Cumberland Island on Wed I saw a Western Tanager 100 yards up road 
from Dungeness Landing in smaller trees left of the road. 49 species. A couple 
of flocks of white pelicans along the river. Picture of western at 
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert - 3/6/2015
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 10:08:10 -0500
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: 
Date: Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 9:25 AM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
To:


*** Species Summary:

Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Bartow)
Snow Goose (1 Bartow)
Black Scoter (1 Elbert)
Common Goldeneye (2 Cobb)
American White Pelican (2 Clay, 2 Decatur)
Merlin (1 Fayette)
Peregrine Falcon (3 Fulton)
Vermilion Flycatcher (1 Miller)
Loggerhead Shrike (1 Clayton, 1 Oconee, 1 Wilkes)
Barn Swallow (1 Cobb, 1 McIntosh)
Winter Wren (1 Glynn)
Eastern Towhee (White-eyed) (1 Oconee)
Brewer's Blackbird (1 Lee, 1 Miller)

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Subject: Re: Peachtree City TRUMPETER Swan
From: Melanie Furr <mefurr AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 23:28:48 -0500
Hello all,
My friend that connected us with homeowners in the area so that we could check 
on the bird has offered to check back with them to see if they will offer 
access to others to view the bird. Please note that I was contacted as a 
rehabilitator more than as a birder, and my friend has asked that people wait 
to hear from property owners about access to viewing areas on private property. 
There is some concern about its ability to get out of here. 

I'll keep you posted, or let me know in an email if you desire to be connected. 

Thanks, 
Melanie

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 5, 2015, at 9:43 PM, Patty McLean  wrote:
> 
> One more update. I sent several photos to the Trumpeter Swan Society and they 
said the bird is definitely a TRUMPETER SWAN. The TRSWs (about 200 of them) 
that have been wintering in Arkansas are beginning to disperse and i suppose 
the strong weather patterns could have pushed one our way. The prospect of an 
escapee is another factor but this bird was shy upon approach and could fly. 
Regardless, this is worth seeing. 

> 
> From what i understand, it showed up in this area (approx 400 Robinson Rd in 
Peachtree City) a week or so ago and has been spending time in neighborhood 
pools and yards. However i suspect it was getting very hungry which may have 
accounted for its limited flight capacity today. It took off several times, 
attempting to get above the trees but had to land again on the pond. It was 
actively feeding on the muck on the bottom of the pond when i left. I threw 
some corn along the edge of the pond but it didn't seem to recognize it as a 
food source so I'm still thinking this is possibly a wild bird but certainly 
wayward and wanting to leave. It has its full flight feathers which you can see 
in this photo (courtesy of Dave Cree) and is not banded. 
https://flic.kr/p/rs2Hgf 

> 
> Patty McLean
> Tucker GA
> 
> 
> 
> 
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Date:03/05/2015 2:47 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: [GABO-L] Peachtree City Swan
>
Update. The swan has moved to a small pond off Robinson Rd on private property. > > Strongly suspect Tundra Swan but still evaluating. Captured vocalization which sounds more like alarm call of Tundra. Bird seen feeding on edge of pond and attempting to fly. > > Link to photo showing area above bill. https://flic.kr/p/rct8H5 > Link to photo of showing side of bill https://flic.kr/p/rtWo8u > > Patty McLean > Tucker GA > > > Patty > > You must be a subscriber to post to GABO-L. > Instructions for subscribing (and the guidelines) are found here: > http://www.gos.org/gabo.html. 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 > http://www.listserv.uga.edu/archives/gabo-l.html > > To contact a listowner, send message to GABO-L-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU > > > You must be a subscriber to post to GABO-L. > Instructions for subscribing (and the guidelines) are found here: > http://www.gos.org/gabo.html. 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 > http://www.listserv.uga.edu/archives/gabo-l.html > > To contact a listowner, send message to GABO-L-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU You must be a subscriber to post to GABO-L. Instructions for subscribing (and the guidelines) are found here: http://www.gos.org/gabo.html.  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 http://www.listserv.uga.edu/archives/gabo-l.html To contact a listowner, send message to GABO-L-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: Bill O'Grady
From: Joel McNeal <joelmcneal AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:56:57 -0500
I'm sad to report that Bill O'Grady, a cornerstone of the Athens
birding community for the past 20+ years, passed away earlier today.
Bill and his wife, Karla, already had the birding bug when they moved
to Athens in 1994 and were among the first Georgia birders to use
eBird back in 2004.  Bill started entering their eBird checklists from
the State Botanical Garden in order to document the bird life there
for IBA recognition.  He also meticulously entered their backyard data
for the last 10 years, continuing to do so right up through the end of
last week.  He entered more eBird checklists (5292) than any other GA
birder has to date.  More importantly, he shared this enthusiasm by
introducing eBird to many other Athens-area birders, including the guy
who currently reviews all of GA's eBird records.  He was always good
for plenty of corny jokes (I regret that he never finished his field
guide to butterfly calls...), and I'll think of him whenever I bird
the botanical garden or see a Swainson's Warbler.

Joel McNeal
Cartersville, Bartow Co., GA

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Subject: Re: Peachtree City TRUMPETER Swan
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:43:07 -0500
One more update. I sent several photos to the Trumpeter Swan Society and they 
said the bird is definitely a TRUMPETER SWAN. The TRSWs (about 200 of them) 
that have been wintering in Arkansas are beginning to disperse and i suppose 
 the strong weather patterns could have pushed one our way. The prospect of an 
escapee is another factor but this bird was shy upon approach and could fly. 
Regardless, this is worth seeing.  


From what i understand, it showed up in this area (approx 400 Robinson Rd in 
Peachtree City) a week or so ago and has been spending time in neighborhood 
pools and yards. However i suspect it was getting very hungry which may have 
accounted for its limited flight capacity today. It took off several times, 
attempting to get above the trees but had to land again on the pond. It was 
actively feeding on the muck on the bottom of the pond when i left. I threw 
some corn along the edge of the pond but it didn't seem to recognize it as a 
food source so I'm still thinking this is possibly a wild bird but certainly 
wayward and wanting to leave. It has its full flight feathers which you can see 
in this photo (courtesy of Dave Cree) and is not 
banded. https://flic.kr/p/rs2Hgf 


Patty McLean
Tucker GA



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Date:03/05/2015 2:47 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: [GABO-L] Peachtree City Swan
Update. The swan has moved to a small pond off Robinson Rd on private property. Strongly suspect Tundra Swan but still evaluating. Captured vocalization which sounds more like alarm call of Tundra. Bird seen feeding on edge of pond and attempting to fly. Link to photo showing area above bill. https://flic.kr/p/rct8H5 Link to photo of showing side of bill https://flic.kr/p/rtWo8u Patty McLean Tucker GA Patty You must be a subscriber to post to GABO-L. Instructions for subscribing (and the guidelines) are found here: http://www.gos.org/gabo.html. 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 http://www.listserv.uga.edu/archives/gabo-l.html To contact a listowner, send message to GABO-L-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU You must be a subscriber to post to GABO-L. Instructions for subscribing (and the guidelines) are found here: http://www.gos.org/gabo.html.  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 http://www.listserv.uga.edu/archives/gabo-l.html To contact a listowner, send message to GABO-L-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: Peachtree City Swan
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:47:57 -0500
Update. The swan has moved to a small pond off Robinson Rd on private 
property. 


Strongly suspect Tundra Swan but still evaluating. Captured vocalization which 
sounds more like alarm call of Tundra. Bird seen feeding on edge of pond and 
attempting to fly.  


Link to photo showing area above bill. https://flic.kr/p/rct8H5
Link to photo of showing side of bill https://flic.kr/p/rtWo8u 

Patty McLean
Tucker GA


Patty

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Subject: Redheads, Clayton Co., 3/5/15
From: Carol Lambert <carol.lambert AT CCWA.US>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:06:18 +0000
This afternoon I had 21 Ring-necked Ducks and 3 Redheads on the pond at the 
Gerald Matthews Sports Complex in Lovejoy (McDonough Rd.) The RNDU have been 
there a few weeks, but the REDH were new today. There are also large flocks of 
blackbirds on the soccer fields, for those with time to sift through them, and 
there are miles of fence lines to check for shrike and the like. 


Carol Lambert
Senior Conservationist
Clayton County Water Authority / Newman Wetlands Center
2755 Freeman Road, Hampton, GA 30228
770.603.5603 office
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Subject: Swan in Peachtree City
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 10:54:04 -0500
Melanie Furr sent me this photo of a swan that she received from a friend.
It has apparently been roaming city streets and going into neighborhood
pools in Peachtree City. The picture may indicate a possible Trumpeter Swan
due to the heavy wedge shape of the face and the proximity of the seemingly
black bill to the eye - but this is the only photo I have so can only say
it's either a Tundra or Trumpeter at this point. Melanie and I are heading
down shortly and hope others in the area will look for it too. From what I
understand, it was photographed or seen yesterday on Robinson Rd (but I
don't have the exact address at this time). 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/79121941 AT N08/16517441947/

 

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Subject: sandhill cranes
From: cary stokes <carystokes AT PSTEL.NET>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 23:38:28 -0500
At about 12:30 p.m. this afternoon in Knoxville My wife and I saw appox. 500
Sandhills Cranes Flying North coming from the Southeast.

 

Cary Stokes 

 Crawford county 



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Subject: Western Tanager - Musella, Crawford County - 3/1/2015 - Video Post
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 22:38:16 -0500
Hi All,

This past Sunday afternoon I was on my way back from a 3-day weekday to Bahia 
Honda State Park in the Florida Keys (for two ABA Code 4 Caribbean vagrants 
that were both at the park at the same time!), when I thought of visiting Hal 
Massie in Musella to try to see his female Western Tanager. 


Hal was available, I made it by at about 4:15pm, and the tanager showed 
wonderfully over and over and over for beautiful looks. Thanks so much to Hal 
for sharing this beautiful rare bird with the birding community. Last year he 
had a male Western Tanager at his feeders, Wow! 


-----

I was able to get some handheld phonescoped video of the bird as well, and the 
video clips and video still frames are up in the cloud at the following folder 
on my Box site: 


030115 Western Tanager Musella Crawford County GA

The Box site address for the folders is:

http://app.box.com/shared/2yxtdkm3ta

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An eBird checklist with easy access to some of the video still frames:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22177390

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Information concerning how to use Apple MOV movie files can be read in my MOV 
Video File How-To.txt available at: 


http://www.box.com/s/ojj2lap6sayrj83n9zzx

Some of the video files on the site can be a bit large and may take some 
minutes to download if you don't have high-speed internet access, but it may be 
best to download them to your desktop or somewhere on your computer before 
running them in QuickTime. That way you can keep them if you like them too. 
Being handheld and usually at a very high magnification they can sometimes get 
a little jittery, but they are still worth a look, especially since you can 
drag through frame by frame in QuickTime and pause the video on the best parts, 
playing at half speed in QuickTime is also a good idea. 


-----

Good Birding All!

Mark

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

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Subject: Lake Acworth
From: annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 21:41:28 -0500
Does anyone know if the Common Goldeneyes are still at Acworth?
If so can you give the exact location to see them!

Thanks

Ann Stewart
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Subject: Sandhill Cranes & American Woodcock
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 20:38:23 -0500
Geez, what GABO needs is one more email about Sandhill Cranes...so I will
oblige. There were 3 separate flights over Forsyth Co. today that I noticed:

- 120 over West Bank Park, Buford Dam
- 22 over Tidwell Park, Lake Lanier
- 55 over Matt (north central Forsyth Co.)

This evening I walked the track at Rock Creek Park in Dawson Co. & observed
two Sandhill Cranes circling low over the wetlands at the south end of the
park shortly after sunset. There were also 9 American Woodcock calling &/or
displaying between 6:50P & 7:10P, 4 of which I was able to observe. I don't
normally see or hear that many (5 is the previous max for me; usually that
occurs during the 2nd-3rd week of Feb), so tonight was pretty special. The
rising full moon behind some dramatic cloud formations was a nice touch.

Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA
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Subject: Sandhill cranes in White (Bartow Co)
From: Pam Potter <ppotter AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 20:40:08 -0500
Several sedges of sandhill cranes flew near my house this afternoon heading 
north. I estimate about 200. 



Pam Potter
White
Bartow

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Subject: SANDHILLS IN ELLIJAY
From: Sandra Eileen Garber <sgarber AT GSU.EDU>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 00:57:12 +0000
Thanks for all the Sandhill Crane reports today. I didn't see or hear any, but 
my friend Debbie Rupp reported at 5:30 seeing a small group and hearing a large 
group flying overhead near Ellijay. Suppose they made it that far? Wouldn't be 
surprised. 



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Canton, GA

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Subject: Re: Sandhill Cranes
From: Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 15:12:19 -0500
There were 60 over International Community School (Medlock Park - right
next to Clyde Shepherd) at lunchtime….wonder if they were the same batch.

Drew Whitelegg
DeKalb Co

On Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 3:01 PM, Patty McLean  wrote:

> There are at least 400 SANDHILL CRANES circling over Mercer Wetlands at
> the moment, heading north toward I-85 and 285.
>
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Subject: Purple Martins, Reed Bingham State Park, Cook County
From: Vanessa Lane <sales AT GECKOLAIR.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 18:51:29 -0500
Today I had my first of the year PURPLE MARTINS at Reed Bingham State 
Park in Cook County, south of Tifton. There were five males flying 
around the martin house on the south side of the lake by the dam.

While I was watching one of the martins in my binoculars, I caught a 
glimpse at a very distant, white bird that had just finished banking. I 
got a good chuckle when it turned out to be an A-10 Warthog. Apparently 
the Valdosta base has been moving a lot of these "birds" around lately, 
as I had a flyby of two yesterday and then two more today at the ABAC 
campus in Tifton.

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Tifton, GA

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes, Mercer Wetlands, DeKalb County, 3:41pm, 3/4/15
From: Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 14:16:52 -0800
 I missed the big flock from 40 minutes ago, but saw 34 west of the wetlands 
headed in a northwesterly direction. 


Jeff

Jeff Sewell / Carol Lambert 
Tucker, DeKalb Co., GA 
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Subject: Sandhill Cranes, Duluth
From: Rebecca Deitsch <rdeitsch AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 16:15:34 -0500
Over 250 Sandhill Cranes passed over Cardinal Lake this afternoon around 3
PM.

 

John Deitsch

Gwinnett County



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Subject: Re: Sandhill Cranes
From: BB <sandfalcon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 16:15:48 -0500
At 3:45, at Pleasant Hill Rd and Buford Hwy (Gwinnett Co, I believe) I first 
heard, then questioned my hearing, then saw 100 Sandhill Cranes circling. There 
may have been more higher up. 


Brandon Best
Lawrenceville, GA

Adventure is just bad planning-
Roald Amundsen
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> On Mar 4, 2015, at 15:01, Patty McLean  wrote:
> 
> There are at least 400 SANDHILL CRANES circling over Mercer Wetlands at the 
moment, heading north toward I-85 and 285. 

> 
> Patty McLean
> Tucker GA
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Subject: Great Blue Herons Nesting Season Begins
From: Cindy Mayer <csmayer AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 11:38:19 -0800
Hello fellow birders. Yesterday I observed the early GBHs staking out prime 
nesting spots within a rookery on the Chattahoochee River in Roswell. The 
extremely rickety nests somehow manage to hold together long enough to support 
eggs, incubating adults & growing chicks every spring, even with strong winds & 
storms. Last year there were approximately 12 nests in the treetops of several 
loblolly pine trees. If you are interested in taking a peek, they are located 
beside the clubhouse at the River Club at 1221 Riverside Road, Roswell, GA 
30076. They usually stick around for a couple of months. In fact it may be 
better to check them out when the chicks are at least partially grown & easier 
to see & when the parents constantly fly in & out to feed the chicks. Enjoy. 

Have a great day! 
Cindy S. Mayer 

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the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." 

- Margaret Mead

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 15:01:50 -0500
There are at least 400 SANDHILL CRANES circling over Mercer Wetlands at the 
moment, heading north toward I-85 and 285.  


Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 3/4/2015
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 11:39:18 -0500
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: 
Date: Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 9:27 AM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
To:


*** Species Summary:

Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Henry)
Tundra Swan (Whistling) (1 Burke)
Northern Pintail (1 Forsyth)
Redhead (1 Rabun)
American White Pelican (1 Decatur)
American Bittern (1 Bartow)
Reddish Egret (1 Glynn)
Virginia Rail (1 Wayne)
Spotted Sandpiper (1 Cobb)
Pectoral Sandpiper (1 Glynn)
Forster's Tern (2 Long)
Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Tattnall)
Eastern Kingbird (1 DeKalb)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (1 McIntosh)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 Clayton)
Painted Bunting (1 Chatham)
Brewer's Blackbird (1 Bulloch, 1 Burke)
Boat-tailed Grackle (1 Wayne)
Pine Siskin (1 McIntosh)

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


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Subject: Ruddy Ducks at Murphy Candler Park (DeKalb County)
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 11:16:05 -0500
For those who love RUDDY DUCKs, there are currently SIX of them on the lake at 
MCP, along with four Northern Shovelers.  

https://flic.kr/p/rbvueW

Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: Huie, Clayton Co., 3/3/15
From: Carol Lambert <carol.lambert AT CCWA.US>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 13:21:54 +0000
A lunchtime run to the Huie ponds turned up a newly arrived flock of Lesser 
Scaup (didn't check them all for Greater) and the first Purple Martins of 
season here. I also found the first Osprey pair of the season on 3/2 on one of 
the Blalock reservoir nest sites. 


Carol Lambert
Senior Conservationist
Clayton County Water Authority / Newman Wetlands Center 
2755 Freeman Road, Hampton, GA 30228
770.603.5603 office 
carol.lambert AT ccwa.us

34 species 

Canada Goose  X
Gadwall  15
Mallard  X
Northern Shoveler  9
Green-winged Teal  45
Ring-necked Duck  3
Lesser Scaup  24
Bufflehead  4
Pied-billed Grebe  5
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
American Coot  2
Killdeer  80+
Least Sandpiper  8
Wilson's Snipe  1
Mourning Dove  X
Belted Kingfisher  1
Eastern Phoebe  2
American Crow  3
Purple Martin  2
Tree Swallow  75
Eastern Bluebird  13
Northern Mockingbird  X
European Starling  200
American Pipit  6
Cedar Waxwing  30
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  6
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  X
Red-winged Blackbird  X

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22163675 


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

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Subject: Re: Rusty Blackbirds & huge flight of Black Vultures
From: Eran Tomer <erantomer AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 23:32:42 -0500
Thank you much for posting this, Lynn. The vultures must have been an
incredible sight.​

​March is migration month for Black and Turkey Vultures, but their Spring
flights have long been documented less ​thoroughly than their Fall flights.
Black Vulture migration in particular could use more data, especially since
this species has been increasing its presence above the Fall Line over
recent years. Hence, any reports of vulture movement on GABO and eBird will
be much appreciated. I'll certainly post any pertinent sightings, though I
can't imagine approaching Lynn's amazing 1400+ BVs (usually it's the
Turkeys who get the high counts). Perennial vulture champ Stacy Zarpentine
may be up to the challenge, however.

Best regards,

- Eran Tomer
  Atlanta, GA


On Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 4:25 PM, mocking bird 
wrote:

> ​[snip]​
>
> Looked to the sky and saw a very long "line" of Black Vultures. I
> continued to watch them as they would keep on coming, do some circling, and
> then straighten out to continue their journey. There were over 1400 birds
> counted and probably more had already passed before I went outside as there
> was a leading edge well out of my sight.
>


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Subject: Re: Tundra Swans at Turkey Pond
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 20:59:45 -0500
A few minor updates:
Tundra Swans at Turkey Pond in Burke County (not Jefferson)

The all black-billed swan is apparently a variant TUNDRA (with about 10% of 
TUSWs having a black bill). This swan has all the structural similarities of a 
Tundra vs a Trumpeter. 


The locals told us that a pair of BALD EAGLES was nesting in the area. While 
there, we saw two young eagles of different ages from former seasons.  


Approx 4-5 miles north of Turkey Pond on Hwy 305, we found a blackbird flock 
with numerous RUSTIES. They seemed to be eating or at least playing with 
PEANUTS! 


Weather not as wet there as in other places today. 

Patty McLean
Tucker GA



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Date:03/03/2015 12:52 PM (GMT-05:00)
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Subject: [GABO-L] Tundra Ponds at Turkey Pond
The TUNDRA SWANs (relocated by Wes Hatch on Sunday) continue today at Turkey Pond in Jefferson County. There are eight of them including one immature. A landowner said the swans had been gone for a month or so and just recently returned, bringing a buddy. All eight appear to be TUSWs altho one doesn't show much if any yellow on the bill. However the feathering above the bill seems to form a rounded U shape vs a sharp V and not much size variation. A number of CANVASBACKs are still present, Purple Martins are exploring the pond and a good number of BREWER'S BLACKBIRDs are feeding in the open fields across Hwy 305. Now off to look for Rusties. Patty McLean Tucker GA You must be a subscriber to post to GABO-L. Instructions for subscribing (and the guidelines) are found here: http://www.gos.org/gabo.html. 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 http://www.listserv.uga.edu/archives/gabo-l.html To contact a listowner, send message to GABO-L-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU You must be a subscriber to post to GABO-L. Instructions for subscribing (and the guidelines) are found here: http://www.gos.org/gabo.html.  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 http://www.listserv.uga.edu/archives/gabo-l.html To contact a listowner, send message to GABO-L-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: Rusty Blackbirds & huge flight of Black Vultures
From: mocking bird <mockingbird AT GARDENER.COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 22:25:46 +0100
Greetings!
Went out birding today and found some Rusties! There were about 40 in an old 
pecan orchard outside of Sandersville, Ga. on Hwy. 242. 

Got home and went outside to do chores. Looked to the sky and saw a very long 
"line" of Black Vultures. I continued to watch them as they would keep on 
coming, do some circling, and then straighten out to continue their journey. 
There were over 1400 birds counted and probably more had already passed before 
I went outside as there was a leading edge well out of my sight. They were 
moving in a northeasterly direction along with the clouds. This was just so 
cool. I'd never seen this many at one time. 

Keep your eyes to the skies..
Lynn Schlup
Mockingbird Hill Wildlife Rehabilitation and Sanctuary
Oconee, Ga.
Washington County

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Subject: Atlanta Audubon wall Cochran shoals 3-3-15
From: hughgarrett AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 22:18:46 +0000
Greetings,
Six hardy souls turned out for this mornings walk at Cochran Shoals.
We got a window of about four hours with no hard rain...just drizzle. Our
list:Canada Goose 19Mallard 12Hooded Merganser 4Double-crested Cormorant 
26Great Blue Heron 14Red-shouldered Hawk 2Wilson's Snipe 1Ring-billed Gull 
1Mourning Dove 1Belted Kingfisher 1Red-headed Woodpecker 1Red-bellied 
Woodpecker 4Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1Downy Woodpecker 9Hairy Woodpecker 
1Northern Flicker 3Pileated Woodpecker 2Eastern Phoebe 1Blue-headed Vireo 1Blue 
Jay 14American Crow 14Carolina Chickadee 17Tufted Titmouse 16White-breasted 
Nuthatch 5Brown-headed Nuthatch 4Winter Wren 1Carolina Wren 5Golden-crowned 
Kinglet 5Ruby-crowned Kinglet 15Hermit Thrush 1American Robin 18Cedar Waxwing 
33Pine Warbler 11Yellow-rumped Warbler 18Eastern Towhee 20Song Sparrow 6Swamp 
Sparrow 2White-throated Sparrow 8Northern Cardinal 30Red-winged Blackbird 
16Common Grackle 2Brown-headed Cowbird 1House Finch 9American Goldfinch 2 

 
44 species. Several Great Blue Heron nests active.
3 deer and 1 muskrat.
Noticed only chickweed and henbit blooming.
Another walk is scheduled for next Tuesday morn, 3-10-15,
at 0730.
 
Hugh Garrett
Tucker
 
 

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Subject: ADMIN: was Re: [GABO-L] Avian Wanderings
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 14:00:13 -0500
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Subject: Avian Wanderings
From: Trey McCuen <eleganttreygon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 13:49:55 -0500
I will be accepting clients for March and April as far as I know. I run
private tours in Florida year round, and I also have a other scheduled
tours available as well. Check out avianwanderings.blogspot.com if you are
planning or wanting to get to Florida this Spring. Please tell your friends
as well!


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Macon, GA


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Subject: Tundra Ponds at Turkey Pond
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 12:52:12 -0500
The TUNDRA SWANs (relocated by Wes Hatch on Sunday) continue today at Turkey 
Pond in Jefferson County. There are eight of them including one immature. A 
landowner said the swans had been gone for a month or so and just recently 
returned, bringing a buddy. All eight appear to be TUSWs altho one doesn't show 
much if any yellow on the bill. However the feathering above the bill seems to 
form a rounded U shape vs a sharp V and not much size variation.  


A number of CANVASBACKs are still present, Purple Martins are exploring the 
pond and a good number of BREWER'S BLACKBIRDs are feeding in the open fields 
across Hwy 305.  


Now off to look for Rusties. 

Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: SE GA, 3/1/2015
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 21:38:24 -0500
Hi, folks, I tried to escape the cold & dreary Atlanta metro yesterday by
birding several counties in southeast Georgia that I have neglected the past
few years. The temps were only slightly less cold (despite the forecast),
but the rain held off for the most part (also despite the forecast). I
started out in Atkinson Co. at Vickers Lake just off of US 82 east of
Willacoochee, then headed south into Clinch Co. for some roadside birding.
Around lunch time, I turned northeast to Brantley Co. for more roadside
birding, on to Wayne Co. for a visit to Lake Lindsay Grace west of Jesup,
then a sand pit lake along US 84 in Long Co. near the Altamaha R., and
finally a wastewater oxidation pond in Ludowici. After a quick bite to eat
in Glennville, I called it a day, but not before making a few stops to
listen for American Woodcock in Tattnall Co. on my way home.

Here are some of the highlights for the day:

Canvasback: male & female, CEMEX sand pit, Long Co.

Redhead: 30, CEMEX sand pit

Ring-necked Duck: 4, CEMEX sand pit; 6, Ludowici WWT Pond, Long Co.

Lesser Scaup: 2, Lake Lindsay Grace, Wayne Co.; 5, Ludowici WWT Pond

Ruddy Duck: 5, CEMEX sand pit; 7, Ludowici WWT Pond

Anhinga: 1, BWAY Pond, Homerville, Clinch Co.

Cattle Egret: 1, Lake Lindsay Grace

Osprey: 1 each in Pierce, Wayne & Long Cos.

Virginia Rail: 1, Lake Lindsay Grace

Sora: 6, Lake Lindsay Grace

Common Gallinule: 3, Lake Lindsay Grace

American Coot: 30, Lake Lindsay Grace; 85, CEMEX sand pit

Sandhill Crane: 6, Vickers Lake, Atkinson Co.

Wilson's Snipe: 5, Vickers Lake; US 441 AT GA 122, Clinch Co.

American Woodcock: 1, CR 425, Tattnall Co.

Forster's Tern: 2, CEMEX sand pit; 1, Ludowici WWT Pond

Barred Owl: pair calling during the day, along Withers Rd., Clinch Co.

Fish Crow: large flock of about 1300  AT  Lake Lindsay Grace

Purple Martin: 3, Lake Lindsay Grace

Tree Swallow: small numbers at Lake Lindsay Grace, CEMEX sand pit & Ludowici
WWT Pond

Sedge Wren: 1, Lake Lindsay Grace

American Pipit: 4, Clinch Co. Recreation Area (Homerville)

Black-and-white Warbler: 1, Withers Rd., Clinch Co.

Orange-crowned Warbler: 1, Withers Rd.; 1, Lake Lindsay Grace

Boat-tailed Grackle: 1, Jesup, Wayne Co.

Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA
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Subject: 3 Loon Day at Lake Lanier
From: Wes Hatch <whatch11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:58:50 -0500
While looking for Patty McLean's White-winged Scoters (not found) I found two 
RED-THROATED LOONS and a single PACIFIC LOON. The best viewing is from Shady 
Grove Park, all the way in the back is a nice area where you can look out over 
the lake. The Pacific Loon was lit up by the sun and had a medium sized beak, 
bigger than the Red-throated Loons but smaller than the common loons. The bird 
had a gray hood but was two distant to get views on the chin strap. The back of 
the bird was jet black. 


The last I saw of him he was swimming towards Legacy Lodge. Good luck to anyone 
who goes to look for it. 


Other birds: Ring-billed Gulls are in the thousands, Herring Gulls only a few 
mixed in, 7 Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Loons and Pied-billed Grebes. 



Wes Hatch
Sandy Springs, GA

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Subject: Common Goldeneye, Norris Lake Gwinnett
From: Rebecca Deitsch <rdeitsch AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:29:20 -0500
I saw the COMMON GOLDENEYE at Norris Lake this afternoon around 2:30 PM. It
was actively preening/feeding in the center of the lake.

John Deitsch
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Subject: AAS Field Trips this week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:53:26 -0500
Greetings, Georgia birders

Well, things are ramping up a bit! We have some really good field trip
offerings this week and I hope you will be able to join us for some of them!

Hugh Garrett will lead the first of 5 spring birding and nature walks at
Cochran Shoals, CRNRA (Cobb County) tomorrow, Tuesday, March 3 beginning at
7:30 AM.

Jason Ward will lead his monthly field trip at Piedmont Park (Fulton
County) on Saturday, March 7 at 8:00 AM.

Warren Walter will lead a field trip at the Dunwoody Nature Center (Fulton
County) on Saturday, March 7 at 8:30 AM.

Chris O'Neal will lead a walk at George Pierce Park (Gwinnett County) on
Saturday, March 7 at 9:00 AM.

Angie Jenkins will lead a walk on the Noonday Creek Trail (east section) on
Sunday, March 8 at 8:00 AM. NOTE: the meeting site of the Noonday Creek
Trail walk is alternating month-to-month, so be sure to check directions to
the site.

Directions and details for each of these walks can be found on our website
at http://www.atlantaaudubon.org/field-trips

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


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Subject: Oconee Rivers Audubon March Meeting
From: James Neves <jamesneves AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:47:10 -0500
A population ecologist from the University of Georgia will describe
conservation efforts to reduce threats to the majestic monarch butterfly –
one of her research specialties – at the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society’s
next meeting, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at Sandy Creek Nature
Center.

Dr. Sonia Altizer, whose UGA research focuses on animal migration, monarch
butterfly ecology, and host-parasite interactions, will give a talk titled
“Monarchs in a Changing World: Status and Conservation of an Iconic
Butterfly.”

The distinctive orange-and-black butterflies and plump, striped caterpillar
larvae are well-known visitors to Georgia gardens. They are famous for
their spectacular migration across North America to wintering grounds in
Mexico. However, monarchs face growing threats from deforestation,
pesticides, genetically modified crops and a changing climate.

Altizer will discuss active monarch conservation efforts, including a
recent petition to list the butterflies under the federal Endangered
Species Act, and will share some exciting new discoveries about monarchs'
continental migration.

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/273

 



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Subject: ORAS Conservation Grants Program
From: James Neves <jamesneves AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:30:25 -0500
Oconee Rivers Audubon Society is soliciting proposals for our conservation
grants program which seeks to fund conservation projects, habitat
improvement and bird-related research in Georgia. Awards are typically in
the range of $300-600. The deadline for receiving proposals is April 15th.
More details on the application process may be found here:

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Subject: FW: Grey-colored Brown Creeper, nr Toco Hills, Dekalb Co.
From: "Ralph H. Henderson,M.D." <rafeh AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 09:19:15 -0500
 

Last week we saw our usual Brown Creeper and were surprised by seeing a
grey-colored Creeper a couple of days ago.  Among our various bird books,
only the Sibley shows the grey.  Wonder how common the grey is in Georgia?
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Subject: Eagle nests - Floyd co
From: annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:45:31 -0500
State officials have confirmed a third nest on
Berry College property and 
A fourth nest inside Floyd County.
Last year a second nest was found seven miles as the eagle flies from Cage 
Center in a remote part of the campus. It produced three young Eagles last 
year. 

The third nest confirmed in January is located two miles west of the second 
nest.
The fourth Floyd county nest discovered by DNR while doing the first of two 
annual flyovers was found on private property within sight distance of the 
Coosa River. 

The state does 2 helicopter flyovers each year - one to document whether a nest 
is active and second to determine how many young were produced from each nest. 



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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 3/2/2015
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:25:33 -0500
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From:  
Date: Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 9:30 AM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
To:


*** Species Summary:

Greater White-fronted Goose (2 Bartow, 1 Gordon, 2 Henry)
Snow Goose (2 Bartow)
Cackling Goose (1 Gordon)
Tundra Swan (1 Burke)
Greater Scaup (1 Gwinnett, 1 Hart, 2 Oconee)
White-winged Scoter (1 Forsyth)
Common Goldeneye (2 Gwinnett)
Red-throated Loon (1 Hart)
Anhinga (2 Columbia)
American White Pelican (1 Hart)
Reddish Egret (1 Glynn)
King Rail (1 Richmond, 1 Stewart)
Virginia Rail (1 Wayne)
Long-billed Curlew (1 McIntosh)
Rufous Hummingbird (2 Clarke)
Peregrine Falcon (1 Fulton)
Vermilion Flycatcher (1 Miller)
Loggerhead Shrike (1 Clayton, 1 Morgan, 1 Walton)
Northern Waterthrush (1 Chatham)
Orange-crowned Warbler (1 Bartow)
Eastern Towhee (White-eyed) (1 Richmond)
Western Tanager (1 Crawford)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 Fulton)
Rusty Blackbird (3 Chatham)
Brewer's Blackbird (1 Forsyth, 1 Fulton)
Pine Siskin (1 Camden)

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

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Subject: Rusty and Many Other Blackbirds (Forsyth County)
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 09:06:05 -0500
Hi All. I spent time yesterday exploring the western edge of Lake Lanier
(thousands of RBGU, numerous HEGU and COLO and two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERs far
out on the lake, seen from West Bank). Afterwards I checked the Coal
Mountain Pond on the corner of Coal Mountain Dr and Hwy 9 in Forsyth County.
Lots of REDHEADs, but in the background I noticed a LARGE flock of
blackbirds, so off I went to see what delights might be hidden in the trees.

 

I followed Coal Mountain Dr to Smith Lane where I found THOUSANDS of
blackbirds with everything present except something with a yellow head,
although one of the Grackles had a white head. This location (approx. 3800
Smith Lane) had a low-lying forested area on one side of the road (behind
the Coal Mtn Pond) and a cattle field on the other side. Birds were moving
back and forth in large numbers and eventually I saw an even larger RIVER of
blackbirds heading east, over Hwy 9. Mixed in with the birds on the ground
were numerous RUSTY BLACKBIRDs and several BREWER'S BLACKBIRDs feeding in
the field, bathing in a roadside puddle, and perching in the trees, with the
former showing as many different plumages as birds. I hope folks who live in
the area will have some time to explore these locations (as well as some of
the cattle fields and forested areas east of Hwy 9) over the next month or
two. Could produce good data for the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz.


 

My eBird report with location info:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22139011

 

Patty McLean

Tucker GA

 



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Subject: Common Goldeneye Continues at Norris Lake (Gwinnett Co)
From: "Chris O'Neal" <chrisoneal2718 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 20:16:33 -0500
Hello duck chasers!

The female COGO first seen by Jeff Sewell 3 days ago continues today at
Norris Lake. My Mum Liza and I found it at 12:15 this afternoon on the
eastern side of the lake, at GPS coordinates 33.7652703, -84.0341663. It
was about 150 - 200 feet out on the water.

If you decide to look for it, pull off the road near the playground and
bring a scope and/or a good camera (and of course, binoculars).

Duck Duck Goldeneye! (For some reason, that game never quite caught on...)


Chris O'Neal
Gwinnett County


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

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


Wes Hatch
Sandy Springs, GA

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

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


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


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

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


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


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


Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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

Bacon  9
Atkinson  14

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

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

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



Renee' Carleton
Georgia Ornithological Society
Education and Outreach

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

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

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



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

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

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


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


Patty McLean
Tucker GA 


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

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

Theresa Hartz


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


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


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


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

Chuck Saleeby
Kennesaw GA
Cobb County

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

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

Joe LaFleur
Mineral Bluff, Fannin Cty.
www.betterbirdwatching.com

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

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


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

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

Good Birding All!

Mark

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

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

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


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


*** Species Summary:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Good luck out there!

Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

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


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


Complete eBird list:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bird on!

-- 
Mary Kimberly
Field Trip Director
Atlanta Audubon Society


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


*** Species Summary:

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

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

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

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

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

Best,

--
joel ludlam

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