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30 Jul No Brown Booby [tonibowen ]
30 Jul Re: SW Georgia (with Marshallville Birding Information) - 7/23/2016 (Northern Bobwhite addendum) [Mark McShane ]
30 Jul Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 7/30/16 [Steve Holzman ]
30 Jul SW Georgia (with Marshallville Birding Information) - 7/23/2016 [Mark McShane ]
30 Jul Re: Marshallville Super Sod Farm [Marvin T Smith ]
30 Jul Brown Booby Today?? [Patty McLean ]
29 Jul RFI: Savannah Area Shiny Cowbird, Clapper Rail [John Jones ]
29 Jul Brown Boobie still there, Elbert Co. [Pat Market ]
29 Jul scam message [Annette Bittaker ]
29 Jul Poster Session at the October GOS Meeting ["Sargent, Bob" ]
29 Jul BROWN BOOBY present this AM 07/29 [James Neves ]
28 Jul Brown Booby Update [Patty McLean ]
28 Jul Brown Booby at Lake Russell -- Pearl Mill Boat Ramp [Patty McLean ]
28 Jul Brown Booby at Lake Russell -- Pearl Mill Boat Ramp [Patty McLean ]
27 Jul Re: cavity nesting birds [Melanie Furr ]
27 Jul Red Crossbills?? Blue Ridge WMA [Patty McLean ]
27 Jul Kite, Cuckoo, and Buntings in Burke [Cox Family ]
27 Jul Hummers are Moving [Sue Peters-Ferree ]
24 Jul Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Bartow County - Yes (7/24) [A Betuel ]
24 Jul Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 7/24/16 [Steve Holzman ]
23 Jul Re: Kincannon Scissor-tail YES [Patty McLean ]
23 Jul Kincannon Scissor-tail YES [Patty McLean ]
22 Jul Mississippi Kite, Great Egret, Henderson Park, DeKalb County, 7/22/16 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
21 Jul Urban Mississippi Kites in Athens [Carolina H Lane ]
21 Jul Atlanta Audubon Field Trips [Mary Kimberly ]
21 Jul Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 7/21/16 [Steve Holzman ]
19 Jul Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 7/19/62 [Steve Holzman ]
18 Jul Semipalmated Sandpiper Fulton Co. [Wes Hatch ]
18 Jul Breeding Kestrels in DeKalb County [Patty McLean ]
18 Jul Proth. Warbler fledglings - Wash. Co. [mocking bird ]
17 Jul American Kestrel [Marla Mitchell ]
17 Jul Upland Sandpipers and Bank Swallows near Marshallville [Patty McLean ]
17 Jul Bird behavior []
17 Jul Upland Sandpiper on Doles Rd [Patty McLean ]
16 Jul Re: Mixed Kite Flock - Madison County - 7/15/2016 [Katy Manley ]
15 Jul Re: Mixed Kite Flock - Madison County - 7/15/2016 [Mark McShane ]
15 Jul Mixed Kite Flock - Madison County - 7/15/2016 [Mark McShane ]
15 Jul Mississippi Kites - Oconee County - 7/14/2016 [Mark McShane ]
14 Jul K!ng Ra!l Question [Rich Hull ]
14 Jul Shiny Cowbird continues [James Throckmorton ]
14 Jul Ruffed Grouse - Whitfield Co!! (March) [Adam Smith ]
14 Jul Ruffed Grouse - National Forest System Road/Route 100, Union County - 7/10/2016 [Mark McShane ]
13 Jul Re: Immature Little Blue Herons in DeKalb [Drew Whitelegg ]
13 Jul Yellow-Billed Cuckoo [Jodie Davis ]
13 Jul Re: Onslow Island Update [Lois Stacey ]
13 Jul Onslow Island Update [Patty McLean ]
12 Jul Atlanta Audubon Field Trips this week [Mary Kimberly ]
12 Jul Immature Little Blue Herons in DeKalb [Drew Whitelegg ]
12 Jul Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 7/11/16 [Steve Holzman ]
11 Jul Bartow Scissor-tailed FC? ["Renee' Carleton" ]
11 Jul Shiny Cowbird still present on Tybee [DiChurch ]
9 Jul Re: Suggestions for birder visiting Savannah region [Jennifer Kennedy ]
10 Jul Shiny Cowbird Seen?? [Patty McLean ]
9 Jul yellow-billed cuckoo - Bartow Co [Pam Potter ]
7 Jul AOU Fifty-seventh Check-list Supplement is Out! [Mark McShane ]
7 Jul Suggestions for birder visiting Savannah region [Jennifer Kennedy ]
7 Jul Atlanta Audubon Field Trips this week [Mary Kimberly ]
7 Jul Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 7/6/2016 [Steve Holzman ]
6 Jul Wild Flyers on PBS Now [Patty McLean ]
7 Jul Proth. Warbler nestlings-Wash. Co. [mocking bird ]
6 Jul WWTH park location [Paula Grad ]
5 Jul Re: Nesting American Kestrels [Patty McLean ]
5 Jul Nesting American Kestrels [Patty McLean ]
3 Jul Ruffed Grouse - National Forest System Road/Route 100, Union County - 7/2/2016 [Mark McShane ]
2 Jul Bartow County []
2 Jul Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 7/1/16 [Steve Holzman ]
30 Jun Re: Ruffed Grouse at Providence Canyon State Park [Mark McShane ]
30 Jun 1 for 3 @ Tybee [Pat Market ]
30 Jun Red-breasted Merganser, Retraction, E. L. Huie Ponds, Clayton County, 6/26/16 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
30 Jun Atlanta Audubon Field Trips for this weekend [Mary Kimberly ]
29 Jun Re: Ruffed Grouse at Providence Canyon State Park [Mark McShane ]
29 Jun Ruffed Grouse - National Forest System Road/Route 100, Union County - 6/25/2016 [Mark McShane ]
29 Jun Re: Ruffed Grouse at Providence Canyon State Park [Bellsouth ]
29 Jun Wood Ducks Totals/ []
29 Jun Ruffed Grouse at Providence Canyon State Park [Will Calver ]
29 Jun SNWR trying to expand hunting at non-consumptive recreation expense []

Subject: No Brown Booby
From: tonibowen <tonibowen AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2016 20:12:57 -0400
A few of us are wrapping up the evening with no sighting today.   Congrats to 
all who saw it on Friday! 

Toni BowenJohns Creek, GA

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Subject: Re: SW Georgia (with Marshallville Birding Information) - 7/23/2016 (Northern Bobwhite addendum)
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2016 16:34:42 -0400
Hi All,

I forgot to include one sighting that should have been in my last post that was 
pretty classic. 


While at Marshallville we had a NORTHERN BOBWHITE flush from the left side, sod 
side, of a farm road as we were slowly going along. This bird ran across the 
road in front of us to cover, when it got to the other side of the road it was 
in such a hurry that it bumped its belly on the roadside berm, bounced off, 
fell down, picked itself up, scampered up the berm, and then scurried into the 
brush. Priceless, very reminiscent of a cartoon penguin! 


Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 7/30/16
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2016 09:08:46 -0400
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: July 30, 2016 at 2:13:29 AM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Ruddy Duck (2 Richmond)
> Northern Bobwhite (1 Jones)
> Pied-billed Grebe (1 Bartow)
> Brown Booby (6 Elbert)
> Snowy Egret (1 Bartow)
> Black-necked Stilt (2 Richmond)
> American Avocet (1 Chatham)
> Semipalmated Plover (1 Richmond)
> Lesser Yellowlegs (1 Bartow)
> Pectoral Sandpiper (1 Chatham)
> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (1 Bartow)
> Bank Swallow (1 Macon)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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: SW Georgia (with Marshallville Birding Information) - 7/23/2016
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2016 15:50:55 -0400
Hi All,

Jim Ferrari of Macon, Jim Hanna of Athens, and I headed down to the southwest 
last Saturday to try to catch up to some of the really great Georgia birds 
recently found this season and which are still being seen down there, and we 
had a great run. 


We started by looking for the sought-after bird which was furthest away, and 
arguably the most important to Jim and Jim, the WHITE-FACED IBIS at the ponds 
on Brock Cemetery Road in Decatur County. The bird was very cooperative and in 
the pond closest to the road when we arrived, handsomely flashing its red eyes, 
pink face, and its much more greenish-golden (than the nearby Glossy Ibis) 
plumage. The handheld phonescoped video clips show very dark legs, maybe a 
first summer bird and not a full breeding adult, though not sure what this bird 
looked like earlier in the season. 


eBird report with location, embedded handheld phonescoped video links and still 
frames: 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30874991

---

Public Service Message: There were some very expert and intense clouds of 
gnats, or are they some sort of small fly, working the roads at many of our 
stops during the morning while south of Albany which have a very strong and 
urgent penchant for entering one's ears, contributing to the typical quick 
wearing down in these situations of this videographer's tolerance and endurance 
for gnats while phonescoping. 


Out of desperate necessity I, finally, learned to tear up recently acquired but 
still pristine McDonald's napkins and wad up the torn pieces and stuff them in 
my ears. This really makes enduring the gnats about 85-95 percent easier 
depending on your tolerance level. I highly recommend this method in a pinch, 
even if passersby look at you much funnier than usual. Hmmm, birding gnat ear 
plugs (you don't care too much about hearing birdsong while those gnats are in 
there anyway) should be a really big thing in certain areas and are a must to 
add to one's birding gear in season, of course the napkin thing will always 
work great during the emergency! 


---

We ended up making about seven stops at locations and ponds in Decatur, 
Mitchell, and Dougherty Counties trying for shorebirds and saw at least 8 
species to include STILT SANDPIPERS, which was one of our target birds. 


eBird report with location, handheld phonescoped video still frames:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30875132

We found the young ROSEATE SPOONBILL at the Eight Mile Road Pond in Dougherty 
County which is always a great bird for the southwest. 


eBird report with location, handheld phonescoped video still frames:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30875164

Then it was up to see the famous LIMPKIN family at the pond on Whispering Pines 
Road in Albany. We entered The Gardens apartment complex and were able to park 
and find a perfect vantage point on the west side of the pod near the mailboxes 
there and in the shade. We had great views of all 8 birds at a distance of 
about 350 feet. Pretty sure that these 8 birds represent the new Georgia high 
count for Limpkin, and this may be the coolest breeding record yet in the state 
as well. 


eBird report with location, embedded handheld phonescoped video links, and 
still frames: 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30875785

---

On the way back to Macon after lunch we headed north to the famous 
Marshallville Super Sod farm in Macon County to try to find recently reported 
Upland Sandpipers. We scoured the farm but couldn't find any Uppies, our only 
miss of the day. The birds were seen both before and after our visit and their 
migrating numbers should be increasing through August at the site. 


We did find some BANK SWALLOWS and a REALLY COOL LEUCISTIC JUVENILE BARN 
SWALLOW! 


eBird report with location, handheld phonescoped video still frames:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30879540

---

MARSHALLVILLE SUPER SOD birding instructions:

The staff at this site has allowed birders to bird only from the sod farm roads 
for many, many years, and many state rarities, and even a few amazing first 
state records have been found here, primarily in the winter! There is one rule 
beyond normal courtesy and good behavior. 


RULE: PLEASE STAY ON AND BIRD ONLY FROM THE PUBLIC OR CROSS-FARM ROADS

Though not often, when extremely wet conditions prevail certain low places on 
the cross-farm roads may become impassable to certain low-clearance, or maybe 
even to all vehicles. Use extreme care not to get stuck especially on the 
cross-farm roads proper. Felton Road can be a pretty slick and muddy mess when 
really wet, be careful. 


I put together an annotated and suggested JPG birding route of the farm and 
annotated it. You can also bird further south along Felton Road and along 
Winchester Road/CR38 by turning right at the south end of Felton Road when 
heading south on Felton and bird more sod farm there. There are a couple of 
small wetlands along the north side of Winchester Road/38 when heading west 
from Felton Road and before joining back to pavement where 38 hits 49 that you 
can bird from the road. 


Marshallville Super Sod aerial photography annotated birding suggested route 
map: 

https://app.box.com/s/1d31ybx6s2vj0zjwfse7b2q26owmsah0

---

The handheld phonescoped videos with still frames, and the Marshallville 
birding map can also be seen and downloaded directly from these folders as well 


072316 Leucistic Barn Swallow and Bank Swallow Marshallville Super Sod Macon 
County GA 

072316 Georgia Limpkin Family Albany GA
072316 White-faced Ibis Decatur County GA

on my Box site at:

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

All also easily available on Flickr at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/50282116 AT N04/

Handheld phonescoped video and still frames may be best viewed on a large 
screen. 


---

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 they may run faster and 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 can also be a good 
idea. 


---

Thanks to all those who found and reported great birds in the southwest this 
season! 


Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Re: Marshallville Super Sod Farm
From: Marvin T Smith <mtsmith AT VALDOSTA.EDU>
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2016 17:08:04 +0000
I'd like to see information on Marshallville too. Perhaps it could be shared 
with the group. 


Marv

Marvin T. Smith

Valdosta

________________________________
From: Georgia Birders Online  on behalf of Andrew 
Baxter  

Sent: Saturday, July 30, 2016 11:45:21 AM
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: [GABO-L] Marshallville Super Sod Farm

Hello All,

I am thinking about driving down to the Marshallville Super Sod Farm from 
Atlanta tomorrow afternoon, but I have never been to this location before. 
Would someone please let me know how to access this location (or if it can be 
accessed on a weekend) and some tips about birding there? 


Thanks,

Andrew Baxter

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Subject: Brown Booby Today??
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:32:48 -0400
    
I've heard through the grapevine that the Brown Booby has not been located yet 
today. When Michael and I saw it fly off on Thursday, it flew across the bridge 
and completely out of view for at least half an hour. We scanned every viewable 
nook and cranny along that portion of the lake but didn't see it until it flew 
back to the boat ramp. Perhaps it has another resting place in one of the 
coves. Perhaps some of the local fishermen would know where it is...so might be 
worth asking around. That's how Michael and I narrowed our search when we went 
exploring for it on Thursday. The locals are very curious about it too. 


Good luck to everyone. I want to see it again so I'm remaining optimistic that 
it's still around. If someone spots it, please send an update.  


Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

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Subject: RFI: Savannah Area Shiny Cowbird, Clapper Rail
From: John Jones <johnjonesbirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:24:37 -0400
Hello Georgia birders-

I will be in Savannah for a couple days early next week (Sunday-Tuesday),
and I am looking for advice on a couple of target birds, which I would like
to find while I am in town (assuming I can get away from work for a
morning). I am particularly interested in Clapper Rail and the previously
reported Shiny Cowbird (still around as of a report on the 23rd). Does
anyone have any advice an where/how to see both species? I have basic
location information about the cowbird, but if people that have seen it
have a sense of the bird's habits, that might be useful.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts you may have.

John Jones
Currently in Lakewood, Jefferson County, CO

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Subject: Brown Boobie still there, Elbert Co.
From: Pat Market <bigsky25 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2016 23:09:56 -0400
Hi Folks - Jim Flynn & I traveled over to the Pearl Mill Rd. Boat Ramp ( Elbert 
Co.) this evening to try for the BRBO and got rewarded with immediate & great 
looks at this handsome adult sitting up on a "tree hazard" sign out away from 
the bridge a bit ( at it's previously reported spot). We watched the bird 
sitting & preening at 5:50pm and then came back for a closer look from the 
bridge at 6:50pm (where we ran up on Mark McShane & Nick Sakas). The bird 
seemed content at this spot so good luck to anyone one there in GABO land 
trying for it this weekend. See you out there... 

Pat Markey, Forsyth Co.

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Subject: scam message
From: Annette Bittaker <bittaker AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:09:28 -0400
 

 

From: Annette Bittaker [mailto:bittaker AT windstream.net] 
Sent: Friday, July 29, 2016 1:05 PM
To: GABO-L (gabo-l AT listserv.uga.edu)
Subject: 

 

I received a message for confirmation of a message I did NOT send. I do not
know how to deal with it

Annette bittaker

Douglas, Coffee Co.


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Subject: Poster Session at the October GOS Meeting
From: "Sargent, Bob" <bob.sargent AT DNR.GA.GOV>
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:14:30 +0000
Hi Birders,

The Georgia Ornithological Society (GOS) will be hosting a scientific poster 
presentation during its fall meeting (7-10 October) at Villas by the Sea on 
Jekyll Island. Posters will be presented in the hotel's conference center on 
Saturday night the 8th, from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. We will provide tripods, 
three-fold boards (3 x 3'), and spring-loaded clips to presenters for their 
use. If you would like to participate, please contact me no later than 3 
October. Poster abstracts, if appropriate and authorized by the author(s), may 
be published in GOS' journal, The Oriole. 


For more information about this meeting, visit http://www.gos.org/2016markdate

Thank you,
Bob Sargent
kywarbler AT cox.net

Macon, GA
Bibb County


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Subject: BROWN BOOBY present this AM 07/29
From: James Neves <jamesneves AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:09:51 -0400
Good morning GA birders,

I arrived at, and the adult BROWN BOOBY promptly flew in over the bridge
and landed on his favorite sign. It has been actively feeding around the
bridge and some up the lake. It's currently back on its roost now, just
after 9.

Gorgeous bird. What a treat!

Thanks Patty and Michael for tracking down this bird from thw reports and
getting all the info out!

Happy birding all,
James Neves
Athens, GA

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Subject: Brown Booby Update
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:24:13 -0400
Hi all. I've submitted by eBird report (attached below) with a few photos.
I'm requesting the location to be tagged as a 'stakeout hot spot' so we can
track and tally reports as folks go to see the bird - and will let you know
if/when this is accepted as a such. In the meantime, the name of the
location is included in my report below. For those not familiar with eBird,
you can use the map feature at the top of the report to find this location.
As I mentioned in an earlier report, a local fishing guide (Wendell Wilson)
said he's regularly seen the bird at this location for the past month and it
spends most of its time roosting on the sign in the photo when it's not
feeding.

 

Michael Linz got some great shots today (including one or two showing a
month's worth of white wash), and I think Mark McShane got some very close
ones when the bird landed a short distance from him. How cool. And what a
beauty this bird is!!

 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30886116 

 

GPS Coordinates:

N 34.09349 

W082.72827 

 

If you prefer an address to GPS coordinates, you might use:  1344 Pearl Mill
Rd, Elberton GA.

 

Enjoy!! 

 

Patty McLean, Tucker GA

 


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Subject: Brown Booby at Lake Russell -- Pearl Mill Boat Ramp
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:11:06 -0400
    
Perhaps the coordinates for the BROWN BOOBY (banding code is BRBO) did not come 
through completely. The boat ramp address is approx 1344 Pearl Mill Rd, 
Elberton GA. Coordinates are: N 34.09349W082.72827 

I saw Wendall Wilson a short while ago. He's a fishing guide on Lake Russell 
and said the BRBO has been at this same location for a month and continues to 
roost on a sign straight out from the boat ramp. Can be seen from the bridge 
but best to be safe and park at the boat ramp. 

https://flic.kr/p/KriwHh The sign it sits on is a white diamond in the lake 
and says Trees SubmergedCAUTIONFishing Area 


Patty McLean, Tucker GA 


Patty

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From: Patty McLean  
Date: 07/28/2016  3:55 PM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: GABO  
Subject: Brown Booby at Lake Russell -- Pearl Mill Boat Ramp 


    
Hey folks. An adult BRBO initially reported on ABA Birds and shared on GOS Rare 
Birds Facebook page (thanks, Darlene) continues today on Lake Russell near the 
Pearl Mill Boat Ramp off Pearl Mill Rd near Beverly GA. GPS Coordinates: N 
34.09349W082.72827 


Michael Linz snapped some excellent photos which we will share later ... but 
here's my cell shot of one of the photos. https://flic.kr/p/Kr7iSQ  


Currently the bird is on the West side of the bridge that crosses this section 
of the lake (aka Beaverdam Fork).  


There's also at least one BLACK TERN working the area near the dam. 

Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

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Subject: Brown Booby at Lake Russell -- Pearl Mill Boat Ramp
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:55:27 -0400
    
Hey folks. An adult BRBO initially reported on ABA Birds and shared on GOS Rare 
Birds Facebook page (thanks, Darlene) continues today on Lake Russell near the 
Pearl Mill Boat Ramp off Pearl Mill Rd near Beverly GA. GPS Coordinates: N 
34.09349W082.72827 


Michael Linz snapped some excellent photos which we will share later ... but 
here's my cell shot of one of the photos. https://flic.kr/p/Kr7iSQ  


Currently the bird is on the West side of the bridge that crosses this section 
of the lake (aka Beaverdam Fork).  


There's also at least one BLACK TERN working the area near the dam. 

Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

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Subject: Re: cavity nesting birds
From: Melanie Furr <mefurr AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 22:52:54 -0400
Yes! Dead snags are vital habitat for many species of birds, as well as other 
wildlife. They basically provide a bed and breakfast for birds. Here are a few 
species that readily come to mind: 


Eastern Bluebirds
Brown-headed Nuthatches
White-breasted Nuthatches
Tufted Titmice
Carolina Chickadees 
Tree Swallows
House Wren
Eastern Screech Owls
woodpeckers 

A nice article about the importance of snags with beautiful photos: 
http://content.yardmap.org/learn/habitat-feature-snags/ 







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> On Jul 27, 2016, at 1:50 PM, SYLVIA ATTKISSON  wrote:
> 
> Would someone please post a list of about 5 cavity nesting birds in the 
Atlanta area? I am beginning to understand the importance of not removing every 
dead limb in an attempt to increase habitat for non-nest building birds. 

> 
> Thanks.
> 
> 
> 
> SYLVIA ATTKISSON
> Sylvia Attkisson Landscape Design
> 404-402-0584
> sylviaattkisson AT me.com
> 
> 
> 
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Subject: Red Crossbills?? Blue Ridge WMA
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 21:54:58 -0400
    
Sorry for the late post but cell coverage has been a challenge. On Mon, July 
25, Michael Linz and I made the trek to the Blue Ridge WMA in North GA, looking 
for birds and butterflies. At the Fish Hatchery (inside the WMA), we were 
entertained by a number of species feeding along the river. As we were standing 
in the parking lot at the Hatchery, I heard some interesting calls coming from 
above and when I looked up, there was what I'm assuming was a pair of RED 
CROSSBILLs with the male actively displaying and skylarking, arching his back, 
circling and diving. The other bird was flying around and calling back but not 
displaying. I've never observed this behavior in a Crossbill before but am 
thinking this was a breeding display and they may be getting ready to nest 
here. They've been seen inside this WMA in recent years and many of the White 
Pines are covered with cones now.  


The light was terrible (with the birds being backlit) and they were circling 
high above us. The assumption that these are Crossbills is based on their 
behavior, the rhythmic pattern of their jitting and the fact that Michael got 
two photos with one showing some red on the bird. The wing shape also matches 
but the tail is spread and doesn't show a notch. Thoughts about this??  


Here are Michael's two photos,Displaying:  https://flic.kr/p/K8YnidDiving: 
 https://flic.kr/p/K8B9oN 


Wish we had video to share, but sometimes things just happen too fast. 
Regardless, it was an awesome experience.  


Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

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Subject: Kite, Cuckoo, and Buntings in Burke
From: Cox Family <coxfam3 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:46:03 +0000
Wanted to share what we've had lately here at Towhee in Burke County. Over
the past few weeks, we've had Mississippi kites frequently, with one
landing in a pecan tree for a rest - the first time we had ever seen one
land!

Last week we had 6 painted buntings at our feeders (most days we have 3-4
at a time). Since a fellow GAboer shared some 6 years ago that we needed to
offer white millet to keep the buntings around, we've annually had these
little beauties. They are nesting and doing well - bringing the young to
the feeders. We've put up 7 white millet feeders.

Every summer we hear the cuckoos but rarely see them. Last week we heard
one call in a pecan tree overhead - looking up, we observed it attacking a
tent caterpillar nest. Such a striking bird.

Our feathered friends make these hot summer days more pleasant!

Karen Cox
Burke County

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Subject: Hummers are Moving
From: Sue Peters-Ferree <Soupysue AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:25:28 -0400
Weve had a resident pair of hummers all summer but more have been showing up 
in the last two or three days. Looks like its underway. 


Sue Peters-Ferree
Blairsville Union Co. 

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Subject: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Bartow County - Yes (7/24)
From: A Betuel <ykcul88 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 12:40:44 -0400
After dipping on this species twice already this year I headed out to
Lucas/Kincannon Rd this morning after seeing Patty and Michael's post
yesterday. I was able to find a single bird along Lucas Rd in the area I
believe they had the bird yesterday. It sat briefly on a distant power line
to the S of the tree they saw the bird in (I think). After going up and
down Kincannon hoping to relocate the bird (no luck) I went back to Lucas
and found a STFL on the fence right along the road. This was just near the
driveway of the first (only?) house on the right side of the road after
turning onto Lucas from Cartersville Highway - 113. I was able to get a few
decent pictures before it headed up towards the house and into the area
where I originally spotted the bird on the line. The pictures are embedded
in the checklist.


Lucas Rd / Kincannon Rd, Bartow, Georgia, US
Jul 24, 2016 7:58 AM - 9:52 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from eBird Android 1.2.3 38 species Canada Goose 22 Green Heron 1 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Mourning Dove 8 Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 Chimney Swift 2 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 Eastern Phoebe 3 Eastern Kingbird 4 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 1 Know to occur here in small numbers. Spotted in the spring and found again on 7/23. First spotted on distant power line between Lucas and Kincannon. Found again later in the morning ( 9:30) on fence immediately along Lucas. Whitish/gray head with darker area around eye. Throat and breast a cleaner white. Dark wings. Belly into vent is a faint salmon color with almost a yellow wash to it. Long, split tail. Thick dark beak. Photos taken. White-eyed Vireo 1 Blue Jay 7 American Crow 5 Barn Swallow 25 Cliff Swallow 1 Carolina Chickadee 3 Carolina Wren 3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2 Eastern Bluebird 8 American Robin 3 Brown Thrasher 1 Northern Mockingbird 7 European Starling 25 Grasshopper Sparrow 10 Chipping Sparrow 6 Field Sparrow 1 Eastern Towhee 4 Northern Cardinal 5 Blue Grosbeak 6 Indigo Bunting 1 Red-winged Blackbird 2 Eastern Meadowlark 12 Brown-headed Cowbird 3 House Finch 20 American Goldfinch 1 House Sparrow 5 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30826889 Good Birding -- *Adam M Betuel* *Director of Conservation - Atlanta Audubon Society* 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: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 7/24/16
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 08:44:09 -0400
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: July 24, 2016 at 1:18:08 AM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (fulgens) (1 Decatur, 1 Dougherty)
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (2 Decatur, 1 Grady, 3 Mitchell)
> Mute Swan (1 Spalding)
> Tricolored Heron (2 Mitchell)
> Cattle Egret (2 Bartow)
> Glossy Ibis (2 Decatur, 1 Grady)
> White-faced Ibis (2 Decatur)
> Roseate Spoonbill (1 Dougherty)
> Limpkin (Speckled) (1 Dougherty)
> American Avocet (2 Chatham)
> Stilt Sandpiper (1 Baker, 1 Chatham, 2 Mitchell)
> Semipalmated Sandpiper (3 Bartow, 3 Mitchell)
> Short-billed Dowitcher (1 Baker)
> Peregrine Falcon (1 Fulton)
> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (2 Bartow)
> Cliff Swallow (1 Chatham)
> Bachman's Sparrow (2 Jones)
> White-throated Sparrow (1 Greene)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the  Georgia Rare Bird Alert.The report 
below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia. View or unsubscribe to this 
alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569 

> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
> 
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Subject: Re: Kincannon Scissor-tail YES
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:14:44 -0400
    
Michael's photos are much better (and documentary) but thought you'd like to 
see the elusive Scissor-tailed Flycatcher perched in this distant and lone pine 
tree, which can be seen from either Kincannon or Lucas Rd. It spent a good bit 
of time here preening and resting this afternoon, so perhaps there's a family 
in the tree. A few years ago I found two adults and several new fledges along 
Lucas Rd about this same time period.  


The pine tree with the STFL circled in red:https://flic.kr/p/JtKZmH

Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

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Date: 07/23/2016  12:12 PM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
Subject: [GABO-L] Kincannon Scissor-tail YES 


    
Attention Scissor-tail Chasers. Michael Linz and I are doing the Bartow Loop 
today and decided to drive down Kincannon Rd with high hopes ... and at approx 
221 Kincannon Rd (N 34.10564 W084.88084), we saw a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 
along the fenceline at roadside. Michael got a few photos before it was chased 
off by a hummingbird and flew to the back of the field into a cedar tree. There 
are a number of species including phoebes and mockingbirds feeding beneath this 
cedar.  


Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

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Subject: Kincannon Scissor-tail YES
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:12:46 -0400
    
Attention Scissor-tail Chasers. Michael Linz and I are doing the Bartow Loop 
today and decided to drive down Kincannon Rd with high hopes ... and at approx 
221 Kincannon Rd (N 34.10564 W084.88084), we saw a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 
along the fenceline at roadside. Michael got a few photos before it was chased 
off by a hummingbird and flew to the back of the field into a cedar tree. There 
are a number of species including phoebes and mockingbirds feeding beneath this 
cedar.  


Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

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Subject: Mississippi Kite, Great Egret, Henderson Park, DeKalb County, 7/22/16
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:26:15 +0000
The kite was a brief flyover, only my second here.
The Great Egret was not there when I left, around 11:30am. Not much else to 
mention. Many neo-tropical migrants seen to have departed.   

Jeff

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Subject: Urban Mississippi Kites in Athens
From: Carolina H Lane <carolina AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 18:12:22 -0400
Since 16 June 2016 I have observed Mississippi Kites in west Athens between
McNutts Creek and Timothy Road along Epps Bridge Pwy.  At least one has been
observed each day.  The predominant snag they have been seen overlooks both
the St Joseph Catholic large school field and the forest along Holly Hills
subdivision.

Two appear to be a pair as they flew together and rested upon the snag.  I
have not been able to find a nest.  According to The Birds of North America
Mississippi kites are moving into urban areas in our range.

Carolina H Lane

 

 


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Subject: Atlanta Audubon Field Trips
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 17:02:38 -0400
We have two on our calendar this week:

Melanie Furr and Adam Betuel will celebrate Latino Conservation Week on
Friday, July 22 (tomorrow) at Graves Park (Gwinnett County). Meet them at
8:00 AM.

Joy Carter and I will lead a walk at Constitution Lakes (DeKalb County) on
Saturday, July 23 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

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 7/21/16
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 06:55:42 -0400
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: July 21, 2016 at 12:45:21 AM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (fulgens) (1 Dougherty)
> Northern Bobwhite (1 Rockdale)
> Anhinga (1 Henry)
> Black-crowned Night-Heron (1 Fulton)
> American Avocet (1 Chatham)
> Greater Yellowlegs (1 Chatham)
> Lesser Yellowlegs (1 Chatham)
> Stilt Sandpiper (1 Chatham)
> Pectoral Sandpiper (1 Chatham)
> Caspian Tern (1 Houston)
> American Kestrel (3 Tift)
> Willow Flycatcher (2 Greene)
> Song Sparrow (3 Muscogee)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 7/19/62
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 06:14:54 -0400
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: July 19, 2016 at 12:28:19 AM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Decatur, 2 Mitchell)
> American White Pelican (1 Glynn)
> Glossy Ibis (1 Decatur)
> White-faced Ibis (1 Decatur)
> Roseate Spoonbill (2 Dougherty, 1 Mitchell)
> Common Gallinule (1 Henry)
> American Coot (1 Clayton, 1 Henry)
> Limpkin (Speckled) (1 Dougherty)
> Semipalmated Sandpiper (1 Fulton)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (2 Jasper)
> Bachman's Sparrow (1 Jasper)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
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Subject: Semipalmated Sandpiper Fulton Co.
From: Wes Hatch <whatch11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 18:58:29 -0400
Hey all,

I stopped at the mudflats at the corner of Azalea and Wileo Rds to check if any 
shorebirds have shown up. I was able to find a single Semipalmated Sandpiper 
among a few Killdeer. A couple days ago this same spot had a few juvenile 
Little Blue Herons. 


Wes Hatch 
St Simons Island, GA

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Subject: Breeding Kestrels in DeKalb County
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 18:00:50 -0400
    
I visited the Pole Bridge Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility on Flat Bridge Rd 
in DeKalb County today with Michael Linz. We were looking for early 
dispersing/migrating birds and to check on the progress of two separate 
families of breeding American Kestrels. Both groups have successfully raised 
and fledged young here (again) this year - with one family group having at 
least one juvenile male and the other having both a juvenile male and a female. 
The latter juvenile male demonstrated he was still in baby pants by repeatedly 
kekking and begging for food. His sister just ignored him and his mom seemed 
more interested in remaining near and occasionally circling the nest site, 
possibly indicating an additional chick or two might still be inside. We did 
not see the adult male at this site while there.  


At the other (western) side of the property, dad was busy showing his son how 
to catch and pummel grasshoppers and encouraging him to fly. This adult male 
had a metal band which was seen but not photographed - and is likely the same 
male AMKE recently banded by Charlie Muise at Panola Mtn S.P. There was also a 
female present at this location but not sure if it was a juvenile or the adult. 
None of the birds at this location seemed protective of the nest area.  


Will continue to monitor their progress.

(Also posted on GOS FaceBook page with photos for those who are not subscribed 
to GABO) 


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Subject: Proth. Warbler fledglings - Wash. Co.
From: mocking bird <mockingbird AT GARDENER.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 02:13:21 +0200
This morning I was able to observe the fledging of the two Prothonotary Warbler 
chicks that had been raised in a decorative nest box on my small front porch. I 
stayed out of sight of the parents and over a 20 minute period, both chicks 
hopped right on out and into the azaleas by this porch. SO HAPPY!!!! (Even 
though I did not approach the nest box often, the parents seemed to accept my 
presence. I find this quite interesting). Hopefully, they will return next 
season and try for another family. 

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

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Subject: American Kestrel
From: Marla Mitchell <marla.mitchell AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 16:13:45 -0400
I was driving down 78 from Loganville the day before yesterday and saw an
American Kestrel on a phone line.
Happy Birding,
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Monroe, GA (Walton County)

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Subject: Upland Sandpipers and Bank Swallows near Marshallville
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 15:11:23 -0400
    
The coordinates for the Upland Sandpiper located initially by Kathy Miller are 
incorrect. The location is N.G. Turf on Doles Rd (Peach County), a few miles 
north of Marshallville. IN ADDITION, there are 3 Uplands that Kathy found at 
the Marshallville Super Sod Farm west of Marshallville. Michael Linz and I also 
found at least four BANK SWALLOWs at the eastern edge of the sod section along 
Winchester Rd at the intersection with Felton Rd (Macon County). Photos will be 
included in our eBird reports.  


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Subject: Bird behavior
From: rdwigh AT BELLSOUTH.NET
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 13:28:05 -0400
Yesterday I watched an Anhinga emerge from a lagoon with a fair sized
sunfish in its bill - not speared through as is often the case.   It perched
on an overhanging log and began to swing its long neck from side to side
playing whack-a-mole on the log with the fish.  When the fish was
sufficiently dead the bird flipped it head first and swallowed it as you
would expect.  I looked for this behavior, which must be learned(??), online
and even in Bent, the most descriptive reference, with no success.  I do not
have access to BNA any longer, so maybe it is in that account.
Nevertheless, in 15 years of living in a location with dozens of fresh water
lagoons, I have never witnessed this sort of behavior from such a primitive
species.

 

In my bird bath I have a number of smooth black river rocks, averaging about
2-1/2 inches in diameter.  A crow will sit on the edge, reach its bills into
the water, pick up a stone and drop it on the ground.  Some days I will pick
up four or five and return them to the bath.  Not a primitive species at
all, and I am clueless what that accomplishes.  Mind you there a several
reports of crows doing just the opposite, dropping stones into the water to
raise the water level so they can take food out.

 

I often wondered what sort of behavioral changes take place in the nest
between hatching and fledging.  Here is a sound file I pieced together of
Carolina Wrens from day 1 through fledging.  It is easy note the increasing
volume of their begging calls as they grow stronger.  But on their first day
of life they are constantly begging, even without the presence of a parent
bird.  They quickly learn to respond only to the single call note of the
parent, and otherwise are silent.  I recorded this over 5 days with a tiny
lapel microphone  I slipped into the nest in a hanging basket on my deck.
The is a short pause between each day.  

 

https://soundcloud.com/russ-wigh/carolina-wrens-nest-5-days 

 

Maybe summer is not so boring after all.

 

Russ Wigh

Skidaway Island, Georgia


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Subject: Upland Sandpiper on Doles Rd
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 10:10:48 -0400
    
Kathy Miller just sent a text that she's looking at an UPLAND SANDPIPER at NG 
Turf on Doles Rd in Peach County.  Coordinates:N 31.51023  W073.94183 


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Subject: Re: Mixed Kite Flock - Madison County - 7/15/2016
From: Katy Manley <katy.manley88 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 12:07:57 -0400
The kites were present right on cue this morning at about 10:30 and were
moving all around the general vicinity of Holly Creek Church Rd, Comer
Paoli Rd, Christian Strickland Rd, and Clements Rd (basically a square just
off Lowe Rd where they were seen yesterday). There were at least 3 adult
STKI and around a dozen MIKI kettling with a few Turkey Vultures.

Bonus: I happily ran into Georgann Schmalz and Patty McLean while roaming
around.

Good birding all!

On Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 3:41 PM, Mark McShane 
wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> An eBird report just came out from the Oglethorpe County Middle School
> observer confirming the location, and the numbers of SWALLOW-TAILED KITES
> (now 15, a large number for a flock in the Piedmont), and MISSISSIPPI KITES
> (3), and with some photos too:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30694472
>
> Pretty Awesome!  If you've never seen one, much less 15, of these birds,
> you'll definitely want to, you'll be an extremely happy birder if you do.
>
> Warning: Observing them can be very habit-forming.
>
> They are usually best seen starting at about 9:30am-10:30am till maybe
> 12:30pm-1:30pm, but could possibly be seen off and on all day, and even
> into the evening sometimes, at a July/August Georgia Piedmont location
> where they are showing fidelity prior to migration.
>
> Jim said that these birds are performing some of their typically
> incredible dives, flourishes, and acrobatics while going after flying
> insect prey down to maybe a foot above ground level.
>
> If you miss the birds at that exact spot check the nearby fields in any
> direction, and keep trying!
>
> Good Birding All!
>
> Mark
>
> Mark McShane
> Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
> www.neargareport.com
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Winterville, GA
Athens-Clarke County
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Subject: Re: Mixed Kite Flock - Madison County - 7/15/2016
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 15:41:13 -0400
Hi All,

An eBird report just came out from the Oglethorpe County Middle School observer 
confirming the location, and the numbers of SWALLOW-TAILED KITES (now 15, a 
large number for a flock in the Piedmont), and MISSISSIPPI KITES (3), and with 
some photos too: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30694472

Pretty Awesome! If you've never seen one, much less 15, of these birds, you'll 
definitely want to, you'll be an extremely happy birder if you do. 


Warning: Observing them can be very habit-forming.

They are usually best seen starting at about 9:30am-10:30am till maybe 
12:30pm-1:30pm, but could possibly be seen off and on all day, and even into 
the evening sometimes, at a July/August Georgia Piedmont location where they 
are showing fidelity prior to migration. 


Jim said that these birds are performing some of their typically incredible 
dives, flourishes, and acrobatics while going after flying insect prey down to 
maybe a foot above ground level. 


If you miss the birds at that exact spot check the nearby fields in any 
direction, and keep trying! 


Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Mixed Kite Flock - Madison County - 7/15/2016
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:37:42 -0400
Hi All,

Jim Hanna just called while out following up a tip from a land owner just north 
of Comer in Madison County. He reports seeing several SWALLOW-TAILED KITES, 
with some MISSISSIPPI KITES as well. 


From what I can gather from Jim the location is on Hwy 98 just north of the 
Comer city limits, and between Hwy 72 in Comer and Hwy 172 to the north, the 
coordinates should be: 


Coordinates 34.080295, -83.139951
GPS N 34 04.818 W 83 08.397

We will ensure these coordinates are verified and re-publish if any correction 
is needed. 


Good Kite-chasing All!

Mark

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Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Mississippi Kites - Oconee County - 7/14/2016
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 11:36:12 -0400
Hi All,

It's that time again when kites, both the Mississippi and the Swallow-tailed, 
start to flock up in sometimes mixed foraging groups in Georgia to feed and 
fatten up for their trips back through and to Central and South America. This 
is when the most spectacular aerial acrobatics are performed by the kites in 
their hot pursuit of their insect prey at the prime locations. Generally, all 
kites will have begun their migration south by September, so between now and 
the middle of August especially is when we hope to see them the best. 


Yesterday in my work travels heading eastbound to Athens on Hwy 316, I noticed 
Mississippi Kites over the field in the northeast corner of the intersection of 
Hwy 316 and Dials Mill Road just east of the Barrow/Oconee County line. 


I pulled over for a few minutes and counted... one Mississippi, two 
Mississippi, three Mississippi, four Mississippi Kites, ah, ah, ah, ah... 
(please pardon the Sesame Street Count von Count reference, that just slipped) 


eBird checklist showing the location:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30691934

Swallow-tailed Kites have been seen at this exact location with Mississippi 
Kites in previous seasons, so this might be a spot to watch in the next 3-4 
weeks. Also, just .6 miles east from Dials Mill mixed kite flocks have been 
seen in past years over fields just to the south of 316, best viewed from the 
end of Pete Dickens Road. When mixed kite flocks are here they are probably 
foraging over both locations and possibly other fields in the immediate 
vicinity as well. 


Interestingly, due to the more numerous spring sightings in the eastern 
Piedmont around Athens this year and in the past few years, I have heard some 
speculation that a few Swallow-tailed Kites may be breeding in the Piedmont 
lately. I don't know if this has been substantiated in any way. It would be 
pretty wonderful if that is the case. 


We should be receiving some reports from the Long County area soon about the 
famous and large Georgia mixed kite flocks there beginning to form up and prove 
reliable for daily birder visits. Then the annual mixed kite flock birder 
pilgrimages to view the spectacle can begin! 


Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: K!ng Ra!l Question
From: Rich Hull <haharich15 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 22:30:43 -0400
Hi All, 
 I was out birding a decent sized swamp along Mill Creek in the Little River 
Basin this evening. My main goal, however, was to document and teach myself 
about swamp/marsh plants in the Piedmont. Some nice birds included a male 
Scarlet Tanager, a Green Heron, and a very co-operable Louisiana Waterthrush. I 
was listening to some frogs and heard an interesting call that was reminiscent 
of a K!ng Ra!l. I doubt there are any back there as they seem to have been 
extinct in the Piedmont for quite some time now, but I was still wondering if 
there was anyone on the list who could maybe pinpoint a frog species that may 
sound similar to a K!ng Ra!l. I heard it twice; one was without any frogs 
calling and the other is when other frogs were calling (however, it was 
noticeably different than other frog calls, if it was a frog). I tried to get a 
recording but my phone is terrible with those and it was on the other side of 
the swamp. It sounded rather like a K!ng Ra!l clucking series; speeding up 
towards the middle and slowing down at the end. It sounded mostly like the 
phrases were made up of harsh kek or ker calls. I listened to all the GA frogs 
I could find on the web and could not find one that sounded similar; I even 
checked a couple of different websites to make sure I was getting a complete 
list. My gut says frog, but I can't find anything that sounds quite like what I 
heard. I also don't know when any inland K!ng Ra!ls would be done breeding or 
heading back south, which is probably the only way they would end up in this 
swamp at this point in time. Any comments or suggestions would be welcome! 


Thanks!
Rich Hull
Cherokee Co., GA

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Subject: Shiny Cowbird continues
From: James Throckmorton <jamest43 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 16:30:37 -0400
Hi all,

 

I arrived at the previously described spot on Tybee Island about 8:15 am
this morning and by 8:30 the Shiny Cowbird appeared in the grassy area to
the south of the pond.  It was in the loose company of three Brown-headed
Cowbirds.  After a few minutes, they flew across the pond to the top of the
little building on the north side of the pond.  They then flew back across
the pond and out of sight.

 

Thanks to Patty and Diana for their help with directions.

 

I will submit my complete checklist to eBird shortly.

 

Jim Throckmorton

Sandy Springs, GA

Fulton County

 

 


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Subject: Ruffed Grouse - Whitfield Co!! (March)
From: Adam Smith <92jacket AT OPTILINK.US>
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:34:11 -0400
NOTE:   My subscription had apparently run out(?) as this didn't get 
posted when I originally sent it in March.  It seems worth re-posting for 
extreme NW Ga and Whitfield Co specifically.   

 
 
March 16, 2016
Whitfield Co, Ga
 
I spotted a RUFFED GROUSE in a VERY unexpected location today.  It was just 
west of Dalton on the Dug Gap Mountain section of the Pinhoti Trail.  I was 
about 20' from the bird when I initially spotted it and was able to view it 
well at that distance before it fled on foot over the crest of 
the ridgeline.  I pursued and flushed it into flight down off the west ledge 
of the ridge, which gave me another clear view of it's back and spread 
wings.  

 
I've seen grouse a number of times in north Ga, but it has always been well 
over in the Blue Ridge mountain areas.              

 
Adam Smith
Dalton 
 
  
 
 




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Subject: Ruffed Grouse - National Forest System Road/Route 100, Union County - 7/10/2016
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 01:53:31 -0400
Hi All,

I am always very intrigued by the birds which, in Georgia, are at or very near 
the southeastern-most tip of their range in North America, and there are a few 
of them! The Ruffed Grouse is one of these and it is such a marvelous bird to 
have breeding in our state, even if it is an uncommon and local breeding 
resident in our Mountains, and an extremely irregularly rare or accidental 
visitor to our upper Piedmont region. 


You can easily find lots of great Ruffed Grouse video with sound footage on the 
Internet such as this one: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVfiIp3QGs4

I always try to look for grouse in Georgia every year, making at least a few 
attempts in our high country. It's probably always best to look in April when 
the males may be most likely to be performing their drumming displays. Not easy 
to see, at least you may hear one at such places as the Wagon Train Trail on 
Brasstown Bald. 


---

I will never forget the time that I was up on the Wagon Train Trail at 
Brasstown Bald on April 11th, 2010 looking for grouse; an excerpt from my 11 
Apr 2010 post from Georgia Birders Online (GABO-L): 


I headed up the path (from the parking lot) to the Wagon Train Trail, turned 
right, and I was almost to the gate when I heard a RUFFed Grouse drumming! I 
thought I had heard the grouse somewhere in the vicinity behind the information 
kiosk there, I looked around it and who did I see sitting out there but Krista 
Gridley, her dog Sky, and Richard Hall! I got their attention and they started 
waving me over energetically, I could tell that they had the drumming grouse 
very close by. When I got over to them they pointed over to a rhododendron 
thicket, under which Richard's scope was set up, and exclaimed that the grouse 
was in the scope, and that I should crawl in there and view the grouse through 
the scope! 


Once again quite amazed, I quickly did so, and then was amazed again to see the 
bird in the center of the field of view already! I then watched the bird drum 
through the scope, and then Krista saw the bird drum through the scope, so did 
Richard, and then Richard as we know videoed the grouse drumming through the 
scope! 


Incredibly the scope never needed to be adjusted and the bird did not flush or 
move out of the scope field of view, even though Sky was there and we were all 
talking for quite some time and repeatedly made lots of noise moving and 
crawling about! Wow! 


A great memory of birding with Krista, and another magical Georgia birding 
moment, one of my favorites! 


An excerpt from Richard's 11 Apr 2010 post from GABO-L with links to his 
Surfbirds report and the video as well: 


Hi all,

Krista Gridley and I had a fantastic day's birding today. We started at 
Brasstown Bald, where we quickly located 2 RUFFED GROUSE on the Wagon Train 
Trail. Along with Mark McShane we enjoyed great views of the second bird 
drumming... 


Cheers
Richard Hall
Athens GA


http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/rjhall/2010/04/11/from-ruffed-grouse-to-american-bittern/ 


http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/rjhall/2010/04/11/ruffed-grouse-drumming/ 


---

This year, due to an extra intense outbreak of McShane-needed great rare birds 
in the southeast, I couldn't make it to the mountains in April, in fact I 
literally didn't even have time to get to Kennesaw Mountain even once this 
spring for warbler migration, that's never happened before... 


So, as previously posted, when Nick Sakas and I found a Ruffed Grouse on FS RD 
100 in Union County on June 25th it was my first this year. I couldn't resist 
going back to try for the bird again the next weekend, and Jim Hanna and I 
indeed found probably the same bird there on July 2nd, very, very near the June 
25th spot, again as previously posted. 


Well... I can't quite explain it, but I really needed to go back last weekend 
and see if a/the grouse could be seen again in the same area, for 3 weekends, 
and tries, in a row. It would be another new personal record for consecutive 
Georgia Ruffed Grouse sightings, or something like that. More importantly 
though it might just be another great chance to gain some more experience 
observing the species. 


The trouble was that I had to get the All-Terrain Rare Bird Chasing Utility 
Vehicle/Camry 2.0 in for brakes and tires Saturday the 9th, and I had a family 
brunch commitment for Sunday morning the 10th, how was I to ever get back up to 
the high country at a decent grouse-chasing hour during the weekend... I 
couldn't, but after the brunch in Marietta Sunday, I resolved to go and to try 
anyway. I called Pat Markey, who fortunately was sitting at home wondering 
where to go birding that afternoon, and explained my plan to him. Pat thought 
it was a great plan as he needed to find his first Georgia Ruffed Grouse, and 
so I picked him up in Forsyth County and we headed north. We had a very cool 
Wild Turkey episode along the way: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30642547

We arrived up in Union County and ventured east in the Chattahoochee National 
Forest at about 4:20pm on National Forest System Road/Route 100 (FS RD 100) 
from Muir Woods Lane to the FS RD 100-Ravencliff FAA Road/FS RD 334-Ivy Log Gap 
Road junction at Ivy Log Gap, a distance of approx. 6 miles. We did not see a 
grouse during the 6 miles and stopped at the junction to console and to plan 
our next move. 


I just felt that we needed to reverse course and do the 6 miles of high country 
gravel road again to try for our grouse, and Pat agreed. We turned around, and 
after 4 miles, we were going, with extra care, through the short stretch where 
my previous two sightings had been the previous two weekends, when at about 
6:22pm the male RUFFED GROUSE stepped out from cover on the right side of the 
road, only about 15 feet in front of the car, right in front of Pat, and then 
proceeded to act as if we weren't there! 


Pat saw the bird first and almost sucked all of the air out of the car in 
stunned amazement, gasping an exclamation that the bird was there, and I said: 
Where is it?! The grouse was so close to the car that at first I couldn't see 
it because the GPS on the dashboard was blocking the view! I stopped the car 
immediately, and after we had watched the bird for a few seconds, turned the 
car off. The bird continued to act as if we were not there and we saw it naked 
eye and through binoculars for at least 30 seconds until a Jeep came up from 
the west and flushed it back into cover. We saw the grouse partially erect its 
neck tufts into a ruff and strut in the gravel forest service road before it 
was flushed. 


I digitally zoomed my iPhone 5 and shot video of the grouse during the last few 
seconds before the jeep arrived. The video was shot through the windshield 
which had a strong reflection on it, but at least something was captured of the 
bird. The eBird report with the embedded video link: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30639627

We were really overjoyed to get to see a/the grouse.

Having seen the bird 3 weekends and tries in a row, I think I am going to have 
to go back on Saturday to keep trying until I miss seeing the grouse, and to 
try to find out how long this might continue! This male is showing a lot of 
fidelity to this small area of the road. Hopefully the bird will like the sound 
of my new tires crunching on the gravel as least as much as he did the old 
ones. 


---

7/10/2016 Ruffed Grouse sighting on FS RD 100 at
Coordinates 34.913667 -83.964583, GPS N 34 54.820 W 83 57.875

Sightings the previous two Saturdays were:
6/25/2016 Coordinates 34.9148 -83.962783, GPS N 34 54.888 W 83 57.767
7/2/2016 Coordinates 34.91465 -83.961233, GPS N 34 54.879 W 83 57.674 

These 3 sightings are all within about 1000 feet of each other on FS RD 100.

---

Route Southern Section Eastbound, Western entry point, FS RD 100 from Muir 
Woods Lane junction: 

Coordinates 34.921373, -83.985714, GPS N 34 55.282 W 83 59.143

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests Motor Vehicle Use Maps, 2016 Edition:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/conf/maps-pubs/?cid=fsm9_029112&width=full

---

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Re: Immature Little Blue Herons in DeKalb
From: Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:14:36 -0400
A follow-up to yesterday's post.  There were four immature Little Blues
again, at the (increasingly small) lake at Lyons Farm this lunchtime....but
there was also a *mature* Little Blue with them.  I'll leave it to others
to judge how unusual this is - probably not that much - but given my
comments about possibly never have seen one in the ATL area I found it
ironic.

Cheers
Drew Whitelegg
DeKalb Co.

On Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 1:41 PM, Drew Whitelegg 
wrote:

> Hi all,
> I found FOUR Immature Little Blue Herons this morning at the (increasingly
> small) lake at Lyons Farm.  However, they had all gone by the time I
> returned from my walk (about an hour).  I got a good look at all four's
> legs and feet to help with the diagnosis.
>
> Then there were TWO at Colonial Parkway Ponds.  This to go with one
> yesterday at Murphy Candler (I know Jeff Sewell had three the other day).
>
> I know they are not officially rare, but I though it worth reporting.
>
> I am intrigued why the immatures are here at this time of year.  I know
> things are dispersing, but from which direction are they coming?  Are they
> pushing north from the coast?  I don't think I have ever seen a mature one
> in the ATL area, though I don't doubt that they crop up occasionally.
>
> (PS - as an aside, I am watching an adult Brown Thrasher feeding a
> juvenile on the suet as I write this - what a lovely sight).
>
> Cheers
> Drew Whitelegg
> Dekalb Co.
>
>
>
>

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Subject: Yellow-Billed Cuckoo
From: Jodie Davis <jodie AT IEJODIE.COM>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 09:32:34 -0400
Been hearing a Yellow-Billed Cuckoo frequently here lately, often cooing while 
I take the horses to pasture. Quite appropriate as I design and import cuckoo 
clocks. My latest, which is on its way here from Germany, features birds carved 
in SC. 


iBird says they do eat suet. Has anyone seen them come to a suet feeder? Maybe 
I need to hang the cuckoo clock outside to attract it! (I did so for photos and 
it looked right at home on a big pine.) 


~Jodie Davis
Hickory Flat (Woodstock/Canton)
Cherokee County

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Subject: Re: Onslow Island Update
From: Lois Stacey <croakie AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:57:40 -0400
Some info on the bridge construction.

http://wsav.com/2016/06/18/houlihan-bridge-to-close-sunday/

Lois Stacey
North Augusta, SC

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 13, 2016, at 11:48 AM, Patty McLean  wrote:
> 
> 
> 
> Hey folks. Michael Linz and I were heading to Onslow Island this morning and 
found the Savannah River bridge CLOSED (at Houligan Landing). This is the 
bridge we cross to approach Onslow Island from the Georgia side. The road 
accessing via South Carolina is open to the bridge so I recommend going this 
route. Not sure what construction work is being done or for how long but 
certainly worth monitoring. 

> 
> Patty McLean, Tucker GA 
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Subject: Onslow Island Update
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:48:27 -0400
    
Hey folks. Michael Linz and I were heading to Onslow Island this morning and 
found the Savannah River bridge CLOSED (at Houligan Landing). This is the 
bridge we cross to approach Onslow Island from the Georgia side. The road 
accessing via South Carolina is open to the bridge so I recommend going this 
route. Not sure what construction work is being done or for how long but 
certainly worth monitoring.  


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Subject: Atlanta Audubon Field Trips this week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 15:09:12 -0400
Greetings, Georgia Birders

Here's what Atlanta Audubon has to offer this week for field trips:

Vinod Babu will lead a walk at Fernbank Forest (DeKalb County) on Saturday,
July 16 at 8:30 AM. Registration is required.

Jeremy Thomas will lead a walk at Pickett's Mill Historic Battlefield Park
(Paulding County) on Saturday, July 16 at 9:00 AM.

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

-- 
Mary Kimberly
Field Trip Director
Atlanta Audubon

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Subject: Immature Little Blue Herons in DeKalb
From: Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:41:11 -0400
Hi all,
I found FOUR Immature Little Blue Herons this morning at the (increasingly
small) lake at Lyons Farm.  However, they had all gone by the time I
returned from my walk (about an hour).  I got a good look at all four's
legs and feet to help with the diagnosis.

Then there were TWO at Colonial Parkway Ponds.  This to go with one
yesterday at Murphy Candler (I know Jeff Sewell had three the other day).

I know they are not officially rare, but I though it worth reporting.

I am intrigued why the immatures are here at this time of year.  I know
things are dispersing, but from which direction are they coming?  Are they
pushing north from the coast?  I don't think I have ever seen a mature one
in the ATL area, though I don't doubt that they crop up occasionally.

(PS - as an aside, I am watching an adult Brown Thrasher feeding a juvenile
on the suet as I write this - what a lovely sight).

Cheers
Drew Whitelegg
Dekalb Co.

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 7/11/16
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 07:41:33 -0400
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: July 11, 2016 at 11:20:11 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Northern Bobwhite (1 Newton)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Liberty)
> American Kestrel (2 DeKalb)
> Peregrine Falcon (1 Rabun)
> Louisiana Waterthrush (1 Chatham)
> Bachman's Sparrow (1 Liberty)
> Song Sparrow (1 Muscogee)
> Eastern Towhee (White-eyed) (1 Fulton)
> Dickcissel (1 Newton)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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: Bartow Scissor-tailed FC?
From: "Renee' Carleton" <renee AT MISERVICE.NET>
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 17:35:26 -0400
Has anyone seen or checked on the Scissor-tailed Flycatchers at either 
Lucas/Kincannon Rd or Sam Smith Park? I have not seen a report since May. I had 
tried several times to see the pair on Lucas/Kincannon with no luck. Just 
wondering if there was any successful nesting attempts this year. 


Renee' Carleton
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Subject: Shiny Cowbird still present on Tybee
From: DiChurch <dichurch AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:11:18 -0400
Hello all,
 After Patty's query, I went out today to see if the Shiny Cowbird was still 
around. I had been busy and unable to get over there the 

past week or so. 

 I was intrigued by a call coming from one of the three bushes to the right of 
the street end of the boardwalk. It had elements of house wren, brown-headed 
cowbird, and orchard oriole but didn't match anything I had in my sound data 
bank. When I peered into the bush, I found the male shiny cowbird 

doing this lovely serenade. Of course I had left my phone in the car so didn't 
get a recording. 


 By the time I returned the cowbird had left the bush and flown over to the 
grass beneath the boardwalk. 


 So short answer, yes, the Shiny Cowbird is still here. This was at 11:30 am 
and it was HOT! 


 On another note, I found adult Gray Kingbirds feeding larger fledglings in a 
pine tree behind where the Breakfast Club is on 

  15th Street. 


Cheers,
Diana

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Subject: Re: Suggestions for birder visiting Savannah region
From: Jennifer Kennedy <elysian2b AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 23:06:23 -0400
Thanks to everyone for the great and numerous suggestions. I've made a list
of all the sites to explore.  I'll probably not make it farther south than
Harris Neck, but will save those distant sites for another trip.  Will let
you know how it turns out.  Thanks so much!

Jennifer

On Thursday, July 7, 2016, Jennifer Kennedy  wrote:

> I'll be visiting the Savannah region July 15 to 18 and would like some
> hints on picking up three birds that would be life birds for me -
> Prothonotary Warbler, Painted Bunting, and Swallow-tailed Kite.  I read an
> earlier sighting of the bunting and made note of it.  I know it's not the
> best season for birding, but I would be happy to see any one of these, and
> any help you might offer would be greatly appreciated.
>
> Jennifer K.
> Bristol VA
> elysian2b AT gmail.com 
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Subject: Shiny Cowbird Seen??
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2016 09:30:45 -0400
    
Hi Birders. Has anyone seen (or gone and not seen) the Tybee cowbird lately? 
Last report that I know of was over a week ago. Thanks. 

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Subject: yellow-billed cuckoo - Bartow Co
From: Pam Potter <ppotter AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 14:51:45 -0400
About 45 min ago I stopped at my creek to see what I could see. As I watched 
about 100 tiny fish a bird flashed by and into the trees beyond. I got my bins 
on it for about a second and immediately thought it was a yellow-billed cuckoo. 
So I sat about 5 min and it came back for me to get a good look. Got it!! I'm 
so excited! My second sighting and on my property! I almost got a pic but it 
took off where I couldn't track. 



Pam Potter
White
Bartow Co

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Subject: AOU Fifty-seventh Check-list Supplement is Out!
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2016 20:43:20 -0400
Hi All,

In my perusing around the birding world in the southeast today via the ABA 
Birding News: 


http://birding.aba.org/

and the Tropical Audubon Society's Bird Board:

http://www.tropicalaudubon.org/blog/bird-board

I noticed on CarolinaBirds that Harry LeGrand put out a post announcing that 
the Fifty-seventh Supplement to the American Ornithologists’ Union (AOU) 
Check-list of North American Birds is out: 


http://www.aoucospubs.org/doi/pdf/10.1642/AUK-16-77.1

An interesting part of Harry's post was concerning the Green Violetear, 
accepted 3 times in North Carolina, but not yet in South Carolina, if all that 
is correct. 


This bird is on the Georgia Ornithological Society (GOS) Checklist and Records 
Committee's Provisional Review List. Provisional Review List species are 
species in Georgia documented by fewer than 4 accepted sight-only records: 


The Georgia Ornithological Society (GOS) Checklist and Records Committee's 
Regular Review List and Provisional Review List: 


http://www.gos.org/review-list

The Georgia Ornithological Society - 2015 Checklist of Georgia Birds:

http://www.gos.org/2015-checklist

The AOU 57th Supplement has now split the formerly Green Violetear into two new 
species: 


Colibri thalassinus, Mexican Violetear
Colibri cyanotus, Lesser Violetear

So, the question (as in North Carolina now with their 3 records) is does the 
report for the only accepted (sight-only) Georgia record for Green Violetear 
contain enough plumage detail for the bird to be identified either as a Mexican 
or as a Lesser Violetear with the new check-list change? 


Sometime probably this year GOS will put out new checklists based on AOU 
changes, etc., as they do every year, and it will be interesting to see what 
happens to our Provisional Review List Green Violetear! 


Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane/hoping to see any violetear in Georgia
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Suggestions for birder visiting Savannah region
From: Jennifer Kennedy <elysian2b AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2016 12:21:18 -0400
I'll be visiting the Savannah region July 15 to 18 and would like some
hints on picking up three birds that would be life birds for me -
Prothonotary Warbler, Painted Bunting, and Swallow-tailed Kite.  I read an
earlier sighting of the bunting and made note of it.  I know it's not the
best season for birding, but I would be happy to see any one of these, and
any help you might offer would be greatly appreciated.

Jennifer K.
Bristol VA
elysian2b AT gmail.com

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Subject: Atlanta Audubon Field Trips this week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2016 08:42:14 -0400
Greetings, Georgia Birders

You are welcome to join Atlanta Audubon for any of the following field
trips this week and weekend:

Lieren Forbes will lead a walk at Vaughters' Farm (DeKalb County) on
Friday, July 8 at 8:30 AM.

Roseanne Guerra and Mary Alston will lead a walk at Autrey Mill Nature
Preserve (Fulton County) on Saturday, July 9 at 9:00 AM.

Jeremy Thomas and Victor Williams will lead a walk at Etowah Indian Mounds
(Bartow County) on Saturday, July 9 at 9:00 AM.

Shannon Fair will lead a walk at the Atlanta History Center (Fulton County)
on Sunday, July 10 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

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 7/6/2016
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2016 07:11:40 -0400
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: July 6, 2016 at 10:28:40 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Ruddy Duck (1 Clayton)
> Northern Bobwhite (1 Newton)
> Anhinga (1 Forsyth)
> American White Pelican (1 Glynn)
> Broad-winged Hawk (1 Muscogee)
> American Avocet (3 Chatham)
> Greater Yellowlegs (1 Chatham, 1 Glynn)
> Lesser Yellowlegs (3 Chatham, 2 Glynn)
> Long-billed Curlew (1 Glynn)
> Marbled Godwit (1 Glynn)
> Least Sandpiper (1 Dougherty)
> Western Sandpiper (1 Chatham)
> Long-billed Dowitcher (1 Chatham)
> Black Tern (1 Glynn)
> Common Tern (1 Glynn)
> Peregrine Falcon (1 Fulton, 1 Rabun)
> Louisiana Waterthrush (1 Chatham)
> Black-and-white Warbler (1 Marion)
> Song Sparrow (1 Muscogee)
> Dickcissel (1 Newton)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
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> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
> 
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Subject: Wild Flyers on PBS Now
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2016 20:11:39 -0400
    
Check to see if your PBS station is now showing Supernature - Wild Flyers. 
Awesome!! 


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Subject: Proth. Warbler nestlings-Wash. Co.
From: mocking bird <mockingbird AT GARDENER.COM>
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2016 00:47:37 +0200
I am proud to announce the hatching of 2 Prothonotary Warbler eggs. I found the 
wee young earlier today and found one half of an egg shell about 3 feet from 
the box on the front porch floor. YAY!! All visitors have been informed to not 
even think of going near that area. 

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

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Subject: WWTH park location
From: Paula Grad <pgrad AT ATT.NET>
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2016 06:30:20 -0400
Where is WWTH park in DeKalb County. What does this acronym stand for.
Paula Grad

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Subject: Re: Nesting American Kestrels
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2016 18:42:53 -0400
Well, I see that my kestrel video didn't load properly...so now I'll attempt to 
send two videos using the correctly embedded html (or so I hope). One is a 
video of the female on the nest waiting for food from daddy and the other is 
the original delivery video. 


Female AMKE on nest 


AMKE nest 


Not sure if this will work but can't seem to get either video to upload to 
YouTube so attempting to send via Flickr. Where is Steve Holzman when you need 
him? Off in another state enjoying some local brews. 


Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: [GABO-L] Nesting American Kestrels


    
A real treat for me and Kathy Miller today. We stopped by Pole Bridge Creek 
WWTF in DeKalb County where we were incidentally joined by Jeff Sewell. To our 
delight, we found a pair of nesting AMERICAN KESTRELs with chicks. Here's the 
video of the male bringing food to the female who's inside the round metal 
tube. Turn up the volume to hear the chicks begging. Made our day, so Kathy and 
I celebrated with some yummy Mexican food!! Ole. https://flic.kr/p/JH87mc 


Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

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Subject: Nesting American Kestrels
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2016 14:32:55 -0400
    
A real treat for me and Kathy Miller today. We stopped by Pole Bridge Creek 
WWTF in DeKalb County where we were incidentally joined by Jeff Sewell. To our 
delight, we found a pair of nesting AMERICAN KESTRELs with chicks. Here's the 
video of the male bringing food to the female who's inside the round metal 
tube. Turn up the volume to hear the chicks begging. Made our day, so Kathy and 
I celebrated with some yummy Mexican food!! Ole.  

https://flic.kr/p/JH87mc 

Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

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Subject: Ruffed Grouse - National Forest System Road/Route 100, Union County - 7/2/2016
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2016 15:55:05 -0400
Hi All,

Jim Hanna and I got a great early start Saturday morning from Lawrenceville to 
Union County and ventured east in the Chattahoochee National Forest at 8:02am 
on National Forest System Road/Route 100 (FS RD 100) from Muir Woods Lane to 
the FS RD 100-Ravencliff FAA Road/FS RD 334-Ivy Log Gap Road junction at Ivy 
Log Gap, a distance of approx. 6 miles. We then continued approx. 1.4 miles 
north/northwest on Ravencliff FAA Road/FS RD 334 to where it intersects with FS 
RD 95. This last intersection is where Ravencliff FAA Road/FS RD 334 turns off 
to the right to a currently locked gate and where FS RD 95 starts going west 
from there. We then continued west on the 4.3 miles on FS RD 95 to paved Gumlog 
Road completing our route. 


As many know some of the most special and wonderful spring and summer 
high-country birding in Georgia can be experienced along this famous route. Be 
advised to always start as early as possible in the morning in order to have 
the best chances for the most birdsong. Things are starting to wind down up 
there now for the season, Jim and I did not hear one Overbird sing compared to 
last weekend when Nick and I heard many despite being there during the same 
hours and conditions, but we still heard and saw good birds. 


Yesterday's eBird report:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30508414

The highlight of the trip was a RUFFED GROUSE on FS RD 100, just east of 
Jenkins Gap on Google Earth/Maps, and just 190 yards east from where Nick Sakas 
and I saw the one we had last weekend. This is probably the same bird showing a 
lot of fidelity to the same small area. Amazing to see one two trips in a row! 


We had been watching as far down the road as possible for Ruffed Grouse as we 
made our way because grouse often flush so quickly off of a road or path when a 
vehicle or walker approaches. We rounded a corner, moving pretty slowly, and 
were rewarded with a Ruffed Grouse standing still right in the middle of the 
road again about 40 feet from us. I stopped the car immediately, the bird did 
not flush, and we watched it through binoculars as it slowly turned this way 
and that in the road, it slowly walked down the road away from us for some 
feet, and then walked off the road to our right. We got out of the car and 
quietly walked closer and I saw the bird fly from the top of the bank away from 
us through the woods and around the shoulder of the ridge to the right. Always 
a joy to see in Georgia, especially two weekends in a row! 


---

Ruffed Grouse sighting on FS RD 100 at
Coordinates 34.91465 -83.961233, GPS: N 34 54.879 W 83 57.674
about 2.1 miles east of Muir Woods Lane at 9:37am and about 2812 feet of 
elevation on the GPS. 


All roads were passable in the All-Terrain Rare Bird Chasing Utility 
Vehicle/Camry 2.0, but good experience and skills driving sometimes rutted 
gravel roads, and on short moderate grades too, are recommended in a 
low-clearance vehicle. Roads on the northern segment of this route, where 
almost all of the route Cerulean Warbler reports have come from this spring are 
a good bit more grown over at the sides in many places than on FS RD 100, but 
not too bad if you don't mind. 


---

Route National Forest System Road/Route Treatise:

These roads are mostly unmarked when running the route. To folks who have run 
the route in any direction it's pretty simple, but it might be confusing to 
folks new to the roads. It's simple enough to see on Google Maps when you zoom 
into the coordinates and browse around, but the road names are never really 
properly identified consistently on all maps. 


Also, on their map the Forest Service doesn't show any connecting road heading 
north/northwest from the FS RD 100/Ravencliff FAA Road (FS RD 334)/Ivy Log Gap 
Road 3-way junction at Ivy Log Gap. Looking at it from the outside this can't 
be right, obviously the road is there and is a Forest Service road, it should 
be FS RD 334 (Ravencliff FAA Road). They do show FS RD 334 up higher where it 
turns off to the FAA site on the nearby mountain top. If this section isn't FS 
RD 334 then it must be FS RD 95, but I guess what's in a name. Correct or 
repaired signage would always be good but really nothing to grouse about. 


Southern section eastbound, Western entry point, FS RD 100 from Muir Woods Lane 
junction 

Coordinates 34.921373, -83.985714, GPS N 34 55.282 W 83 59.143

FS RD 100-Ravencliff FAA Road/FS RD 334-Ivy Log Gap Road junction at Ivy Log 
Gap 

Either section westbound, Eastern entry point
Also junction for moving between Southern and Northern sections when running 
eastbound 

Coordinates 34.926805, -83.914988, GPS N 34 55.608 W 83 54.899 

Ravencliff FAA Road/FS RD 334-FS RD 95 junction on north section
Coordinates 34.939804, -83.926515, N 34 56.388 W 83 55.591

Northern section, Western entry point for FS RD 95 if one would like to run the 
route from north to south 

Which would bring the majority of the latest Cerulean Warbler sites in recent 
years into play earlier in the morning. 

Coordinates 34.958839, -83.973402, GPS N 34 57.530 W 83 58.404

If you enter the route from the east, on Ivy Log Gap Road, then you have to 
choose between taking just FS RD 100 to the south (southern section), or 
Ravencliff FAA Road (FS RD 334)/FS 95 to the north (northern section). I would 
rather enter from the west and do both the southern and northern sections in 
one route. 


Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests Motor Vehicle Use Maps, 2016 Edition:
http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/conf/maps-pubs/?cid=fsm9_029112&width=full

Whew!

---

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Bartow County
From: annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2016 21:06:03 -0400
Had to go to Bartow Co
This morning for a meeting and since I was close by I
Checked several birding locations!
It was almost noon so it was very hot!
Not much stirring. At swamp on Taff Rd were couple great blue herons, 
cormorant,mother wood duck with 6+ half grown babies, hundreds of turtles and 
tree swallows, barn swallows and rough wing swallows on the lines. 

At pond across from cattle 
Barn were several killdeer!
Surprised at amount of water in the pond and how clear it was despite being 
filled with cows wading up to there bellys! 

On Brandon Farm Rd the pond there is so grown up all around edges it would be 
difficult to see anything in this grown up pond! 

Checked Lucas Rd for flycatchers but found nothing but a sparrow holding a 
suitcase and a sign which read 

"ALASKA OR BUST"!

Happy July 4th!!

Ann Stewart
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 7/1/16
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2016 05:31:14 -0400
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: July 1, 2016 at 9:45:19 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Common Merganser (1 Chatham)
> Northern Bobwhite (1 Oglethorpe)
> Northern Bobwhite (Eastern) (1 Madison)
> Broad-winged Hawk (1 Richmond)
> King Rail (1 Stewart)
> Long-billed Curlew (2 Glynn)
> Marbled Godwit (2 Glynn)
> Dunlin (2 Glynn)
> Black Tern (2 Glynn)
> Blue-headed Vireo (1 Coweta)
> Tree Swallow (1 Coweta)
> Cliff Swallow (2 Glynn)
> Song Sparrow (1 Muscogee)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the  Georgia Rare Bird Alert.The report 
below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia. View or unsubscribe to this 
alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569 

> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
> 
> 

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Subject: Re: Ruffed Grouse at Providence Canyon State Park
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 22:23:35 -0400
Hi All,

Yesterday I posted to promote the Annotated Checklist of Georgia Birds, and to 
share its Ruffed Grouse species account, especially including its historical 
rare or accidental sighting reports of the grouse in Georgia well away from the 
Mountains and deep into the Piedmont, which may be news to many. 


I received an interesting response today that it might be possible that some 
folks in south Georgia might be keeping quail, and maybe other game birds for 
yard birds, or for possible release for hunting. It was mentioned that possibly 
the Georgia Department of Natural Resources might be aware of some such kept 
birds, possibly to include the grouse, and maybe to what extent?! If any GA DNR 
folks, or others, read this and can share any input, please chime in! 


Good Birding All,

Mark

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Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: 1 for 3 @ Tybee
From: Pat Market <bigsky25 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 20:32:21 -0400
Hi Folks - Knowing that a non sighting can be as helpful to some folks as a 
sighting I thought I'd up-date on the Shiny Cowbird, Gray Kingbird and Common 
Tern... Those were my target birds this morning in the N.Tybee Beach area. I 
got zipped on the cowbird & tern even though I visited the pond & beach areas 
at intervals between 8:45 am & 1:05pm today. Doesn't mean those birds aren't 
still hanging around... Just that I miss seeing them. Boy did I miss seeing 
them! I was able to get great looks at the Gray Kingbird though. I ate my lunch 
at the BP gas station (at Jones & 1st street) parking lot almost directly under 
the palm tree where this bird has a nest. 

Other nice consolations were: painted bunting singing & seen in the scrub brush 
/ small tree area around the board walk to the Captain's View Pond, Mississippi 
Kites high above the BP gas station and lots of singing Marsh Werns along the 
Fort Pulaski / Tybee Island causeway trail... Oh and it was neat to catch a 
glimpse of a manatee just off the north beach where the Tybee Island water & 
sewer folks were doing some work. Seems like the manatee(s) like the fresh 
water that was being pumped out into the area just out from the Polk Street 
access trail... Hope this info helps... 

See you out there... Pat Markey, Forsyth County

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Subject: Red-breasted Merganser, Retraction, E. L. Huie Ponds, Clayton County, 6/26/16
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 23:30:54 +0000
 I have studied my photographs of this bird seen this past Sunday that 
I called a Red-breasted Merganser and looked at many photos online of young 
Hooded and Red-breasted Mergansers and conclude that this bird was a hatch-year 
Hooded Merganser. The field mark that threw me was a bright reddish orange 
lower mandible with the orange extending up on the base and a little 
forward of the upper mandible, more like a Red-breasted. The bill looked 
longer and more slender than a Hooded's. The remainder of the upper mandible 
was a medium gray color. The back was a medium dark brown contrasting with the 
light brownish sides which to me looked too light for a Hooded. There was no 
crest on the back of the head on this young bird. The cap was a dark brown 
contrasting with a lighter brown cheek and side of the head. A white slash 
mark  under the eye extended from the gape back toward the cheek. This, too, 
seemed to point to Red-breasted and away from Hooded. 

One problem, I think, was that the bird was too close.* At the time, I saw 
the reddish-orange bill, the white slash mark on the face and thought I had 
never seen anything like this on a Hooded, but that I had on a Red-breasted.I 
overlooked several indications that it was not a Red-breasted, which if I had 
looked at my photos right then and there instead of waiting a day,  I would 
have noticed and saved myself this embarrassment. I might note that none of 
the field guides I have show a reddish-orange bill on a Hooded but I did find 
such a bill color on photographed young Hoodeds on the Internet. 

*How can a bird be too close? If you are accustomed to seeing a particular 
species at long range, maybe through a scope, or have only seen males and 
females in small groups and passed by them quickly because of an easy ID of, 
say, the males, and are not familiar with brief plumages of hatch-year birds by 
themselves, a few field marks of a lone close-up bird may throw you off. 

Jeff
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Subject: Atlanta Audubon Field Trips for this weekend
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:38:49 -0400
Greetings, Georgia Birders

Atlanta Audubon has a couple of field trips scheduled for this weekend.
Please join us!

Jason Ward will lead his monthly walk at Piedmont Park (Fulton County) on
Saturday, July 2 at 8:00 AM.

Jeremy Thomas and Victor Williams will lead a walk at Red Top Mountain
State Park (Bartow County) on Saturday, July 2 at 8:00 AM. Please note that
you will not be able to purchase your pass at the Park Office; please do
this at the Visitor Center and proceed to the meet-up spot.

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

Bird on!

Mary Kimberly
Field Trip Director
Atlanta Audubon

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Subject: Re: Ruffed Grouse at Providence Canyon State Park
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2016 21:25:22 -0400
Hi All,

I would like to note regarding Will Calver's grouse post that the Annotated 
Checklist of Georgia Birds (Georgia Ornithological Society, or GOS, 2003) has 
the Ruffed Grouse as an uncommon and local resident in Mountains, breeding 
above 550 meters elevation, plus a nest near Toccoa at 365 meters (Smith 1945); 
accidental or rare irregular visitor in Piedmont south to Rockdale, Walton, 
Oconee, Elbert, Wilkes, Jackson, Clarke, Gwinnett, and Fulton counties! 


The Annotated Checklist of Georgia Birds is a really vital, great, and fun 
resource for Georgia birders and can be seen, and looks like still purchased, 
from GOS at: 


http://www.gos.org/publications

Super highly recommended.

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Ruffed Grouse - National Forest System Road/Route 100, Union County - 6/25/2016
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2016 20:50:40 -0400
Hi All,

Very early Saturday morning on the 25th Nick Sakas and I got a great start from 
Lawrenceville in search of Georgia high-elevation breeding species. We ventured 
east at 7:40am on National Forest System Road/Route 100 from Muir Woods Lane 
(junction coordinates 34.921373, -83.985714, GPS N 34 55.282 W 83 59.143) in 
Union County to Ravencliff FAA Road (approximately 6 miles), then continued 
approximately 1.4 miles north/northwest on Ravencliff FAA Road (National Forest 
System Road/Route 334) to where it intersects with Forest System Road/Route 95, 
and then continued west 4.3 miles from Ravencliff FAA Road on Forest System 
Road/Route 95 to paved Gumlog Road. 


The highlight of the trip was a RUFFED GROUSE on National Forest System 
Road/Route 100. 


We had been watching as far down the road as possible for Ruffed Grouse as we 
made our way because grouse often flush so quickly off of a road or path when a 
vehicle or walker approaches. We rounded a corner, moving pretty slowly, and 
were rewarded with a Ruffed Grouse standing still right in the middle of the 
road 40 feet from us. I stopped the car immediately, the bird did not flush, 
and we watched it through binoculars as it slowly turned this way and that in 
the road, and then slowly walked off the road to our right. We got out and 
quietly walked closer but could never relocate the grouse again, witnessing a 
typical grouse disappearing act. The grouse seemed neither completely gray nor 
rufous, but seemed to be very dark, the darkest I have seen. Always a joy to 
see in Georgia and a life bird for Nick. 


---

Ruffed Grouse sighting on Forest System Road/Route 100 at coordinates 34.9148, 
-83.962783 about 2 miles east of Muir Woods Lane at about 9:25am and at about 
2785-2840 feet of elevation. 


All roads were passable in the All-Terrain Rare Bird Chasing Utility 
Vehicle/Camry 2.0, but good experience and skills driving sometimes rutted 
gravel roads, and on slight grades too, are recommended in a low-clearance 
vehicle. 


Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests Motor Vehicle Use Maps, 2016 Edition:
http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/conf/maps-pubs/?cid=fsm9_029112&width=full

---

At Brasstown Bald in the afternoon we looked unsuccessfully for ravens, but I 
did see a female CANADA WARBLER near the shuttle parking at the top of the 
bald, the first time I have seen one away from the Wagon Train Trail up there. 


Good Birding All!

Mark

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Subject: Re: Ruffed Grouse at Providence Canyon State Park
From: Bellsouth <mikelchap AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:36:40 -0400
That is very far out of range. Never heard of any outside the north Georgia 
mountains. 


Mike Chapman
Brunswick, GA

> On Jun 29, 2016, at 2:16 PM, Will Calver  wrote:
> 
> On Tuesday June 28, 2016 around 5pm while walking in canyon 3 at the state
> park, I had a close encounter with a ruffed grouse, which flushed from less
> than 10 feet away. Having a hard time entering on ebird, so I just wanted
> to make a note.
> 
> Will Calver
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Subject: Wood Ducks Totals/
From: annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:55:27 -0400
Finally have my total eggs hatched for this 2016 season. Stephen checked his 
box by the creek and all 17 eggs laid were hatched! 

Total eggs hatched this year was: 61 
Last year was very low with only 42 but in 2014
I had a good year with a total of 83!
In 19 years of keeping records I have hatched
842 baby wood ducks
here on my small farm pond in Armuchee, Floyd
County, Georgia.


 

Ann Stewart
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Subject: Ruffed Grouse at Providence Canyon State Park
From: Will Calver <calver.will AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:16:09 -0400
On Tuesday June 28, 2016 around 5pm while walking in canyon 3 at the state
park, I had a close encounter with a ruffed grouse, which flushed from less
than 10 feet away. Having a hard time entering on ebird, so I just wanted
to make a note.

Will Calver

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Subject: SNWR trying to expand hunting at non-consumptive recreation expense
From: rdwigh AT BELLSOUTH.NET
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:38:51 -0400
I am told that recently FWS issue a directive encouraging their NRWs to
provide more recreational opportunities for the public. It turns out under
new management from Alaska there is an effort underway by SNWR staff to
increase the amount of land open to hunting and add Mourning Dove and
Wilson's Snipe to the list. Additionally they want to make coyotes and
rabbits fair game for hunters.  This is the local interpretation of
increasing recreational opportunities.

 

Meanwhile Onslow Island is open to non-consumptive recreation one day a
week, although Onslow is on their list for hunting expansion, which is not
non-consumptive. Hunting there could scatter important shorebirds from
important shorebird habitat. Let's keep in mind that we have limited access
to both the north tract of the refuge in South Carolina and Onslow,
ostensibly because they do not want klutzes like us disturbing the birds!!??
So snipe and dove hunting will not disturb wintering waterfowl. That is a
new on me.  Maybe game hunting is stealthy and silent these days.

 

What is important here as well is that BOTH Pat Metz and Jane Griess, former
managers of the SNWR system, are opposed to these changes.

 

This is up to us; the Friends group has wimped out for whatever reason. I
have tried to include both Pat's and Jane's well written arguments with this
e-mail, but the listserv will not accept them, so I will send them to you at
your request.  I have given you a link to FWS website.  With these proposed
changes we have every right to ask, may I suggest even demand, more access
to Onslow if they intend to favor hunters at our expense.  The period for
public comment in writing or email is open till July 18.  And, if you think
you don't have time to compose an email or a letter, remember Ruff and
Hudsonian Godwit. 

 

Anyway, the refuge office will also receive and listen to you tomorrow,
Thursday, June 30, until 3:00 in the afternoon.  After that the staff will
all be out hunting.

 

Here is the website address: www.fws.gov/refuge/savannah 

 

Russ Wigh

 


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