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American Woodcock,©Barry Kent Mackay

24 Sep JIBS - Jekyll Island Banding Station [Evan Pitman ]
24 Sep Clarke/Oconee Alder Flycatchers appear to have gone [Richard Hall ]
24 Sep Alder Flycatcher updates [Wes Hatch ]
22 Sep Two ORAS Bird Walks this Weekend - Athens-Clarke County [Ed Maioriello ]
21 Sep Fwd: Obituary announcement for David Acton Brown [Steve Holzman ]
21 Sep eBird Report - Cochran Shoals Unit (Chattahoochee NRA), Sep 21, 2016 - Cobb County [Bill & Condit ]
21 Sep mississippi kite [Carolina H Lane ]
21 Sep Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 9/21/16 [Steve Holzman ]
21 Sep American Golden-Plover Onslow Island [James Fleullan ]
21 Sep screech-owls []
20 Sep Atlanta Audubon field trips -- daily through Sunday [Mary Kimberly ]
19 Sep New yard bird today in Cobb County [bob zaremba ]
18 Sep Clarke/Oconee Alder Flycatchers continue 9/18 [Richard Hall ]
17 Sep Least and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Gwinnett County [Rebecca Deitsch ]
16 Sep Alder Flycatcher, Georgia Botanical Gardens, Clarke County, GA 16 September 2016 (afternoon) [Pierre Howard ]
16 Sep FOS RB grosbeak--DeKalb County [Patty Jenkins ]
16 Sep AAS Field Trip Report (J.J. Biello): Black Bear, warblers [Rich Hull ]
16 Sep CHIMNEY SWIFT roost video [Sheila Willis ]
16 Sep CHIMNEY SWIFT Survey 9/15 results (WARE) [Sheila Willis ]
16 Sep Cape May Warbler, Henderson Park, DeKalb County, Sep 15, 2016 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
15 Sep Bird Walk at the State Botanical Garden - Athens-Clarke County [Ed Maioriello ]
15 Sep Olive-sided Flycatcher - George Pierce Park (Gwinnett County) [Chris O'Neal ]
15 Sep Red Phalarope Not Relocated (Floyd) ["Moss, John Patten" ]
14 Sep 2 Alder Flycatchers, Clarke/Oconee, 14 Sep. [Richard Hall ]
14 Sep Juvenile Night-heron at Murphy Candler Park (DeKalb County) [Patty McLean ]
14 Sep A.O.U. 2016 Checklist Update for GA-- BIG Changes [Sheila Willis ]
13 Sep Alder Flycatcher Continues - Georgia Highlands College Wetlands, Floyd County [Mike Weaver ]
13 Sep SANDERLING, Lake McIntosh, Coweta Co, 09/13/16 [Richard Candler ]
13 Sep Bartow County American Golden-Plover and Buff-breasted Sandpiper [Angus Pritchard ]
13 Sep Atlanta Audubon weekday walks [Mary Kimberly ]
13 Sep Rome Red Phalarope - No [A Betuel ]
12 Sep Floyd Co Alder Flycatcher - Yes! [Renee' Carleton ]
12 Sep Red Phalarope Still Present at Braves Stadium (Floyd Co.) ["Moss, John Patten" ]
12 Sep Fwd: [Birdedlist] "Million Dollar Duck" [Lydia Thompson ]
12 Sep INLAND RED PHALAROPE Continues - Rome, Floyd County - 3:45pm 9/12/2016 [Mark McShane ]
12 Sep Re: Floyd RED PHALAROPE still there [Patty McLean ]
12 Sep Floyd Phalarope still there [Renee' Carleton ]
12 Sep Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 9/12/2016 [Stephen Holzman ]
12 Sep Red Phalarope (Juvenile) Description [Patty McLean ]
11 Sep Rome - Floyd County, GA - Phalarope Photos [Mike Weaver ]
11 Sep E.L Huie Baird's Sandpipers [Angus Pritchard ]
11 Sep CORRECTION - Fwd: [GABO-L] RED-NECKED PHALAROPE - NO - Rome, Floyd County, GA [Mike Weaver ]
11 Sep AAS Walk Report , Noonday Creek Trail, Kennesaw, COBB [Angelia Jenkins ]
11 Sep Re: RED-NECKED PHALAROPE - Rome, Floyd County, GA ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
11 Sep Alder Flycatcher, Georgia Highlands College Wetlands, Floyd Co. ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
11 Sep RED-NECKED PHALAROPE - Rome, Floyd County, GA [Mike Weaver ]
11 Sep CHIMNEY SWIFT watch results (WARE) & rescheduling [Sheila Willis ]
10 Sep EL Huie Update [William Pixler ]
10 Sep EL Huie Baird's Sandpiper - YES [William Pixler ]
9 Sep Baird's Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Clayton County Water Authority--E.L. Huie Ponds, Sep 9, 2016 [Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert ]
8 Sep Bird walk at the Sandy Creek Nature Center Saturday - Athens-Clarke County [Ed Maioriello ]
8 Sep ADMIN: posting issues [Stephen Holzman ]
8 Sep Warbling Vireo, Scull Shoals Historic Area, Greene Co. [John Mark Simmons ]
8 Sep Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 9/8/2016 [Stephen Holzman ]
8 Sep Atlanta Audubon field trips this week -- LOTS of options! [Mary Kimberly ]
7 Sep Nighthawks and other migrants, Atlanta [Eran Tomer ]
6 Sep CONIs over Buford Hatchery (Forsyth Co) [Pat Market ]
6 Sep Drew Valley Stormwater Mgmt 9/6/16 Yellow-breasted Chat [Jeff Madsen ]
6 Sep Fall Meeting - Deadlines approaching [Stephen Holzman ]
5 Sep Re: Magnificent Frigatebird - Lake Allatoona - Cherokee County - Sept. 5, 2016 [Rich Hull ]
5 Sep Magnificent Frigatebird - Lake Allatoona - Cherokee County - Sept. 5, 2016 []
4 Sep solitary sandpiper-Gordon Co nighthawks-Bartow Co [Pam Potter ]
4 Sep Chuck-will's-widow, warblers, Broad-winged Hawk at Kennesaw Mountain [Vinod Babu ]
3 Sep Black Terns Cherokee Co. [Rich Hull ]
3 Sep West/Central GA notes from today (9/3) and this week [Walt Chambers ]
3 Sep Re: Magnificent Frigatebird - Lake Seminole, Seminole County - 9/3/2016 [Marvin T Smith ]
3 Sep Magnificent Frigatebird - Lake Seminole, Seminole County - 9/3/2016 [Mark McShane ]
2 Sep Common Nighthawks Forsyth Co [Georgann Schmalz ]
2 Sep Nighthawks, Gwinnett County ["sandfalcon1 ." ]
2 Sep Nighthawks! [Rich Hull ]
2 Sep Magnificent Frigatebird(s) Jekyll Island ["Robert D. Sattelmeyer" ]
1 Sep Fwd: CANCELLED: Atlanta Audubon field trip to GA International Horse Park [Mary Kimberly ]
1 Sep Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve [Jerry Brunner ]
31 Aug ADMIN: Test [Steve Holzman ]
31 Aug Atlanta Audubon Field Trips this week [Mary Kimberly ]
31 Aug BROWN BOOBY - Beaverdam Creek Bridge/Pearl Mill Boat Ramp, Richard B Russell Lake, Elbert County - 8/27/2016 - YES [Mark McShane ]

Subject: JIBS - Jekyll Island Banding Station
From: Evan Pitman <westernpalm AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:14:22 -0400
JIBS- The Jekyll Island Banding Station is a migratory bird banding station
operating seasonally on the south end of Jekyll Island since 1978

Heather and I arrived very late (early) Saturday morning, and did not get
started til 10 am, Matt B was our only other volunteer. The board walk was
in need of clearing and still needs repairs. We managed to get most of the
heavy stuff out to the station and got about half the net lanes cleared,
but there is only so much you can do in the full heat of the day at 90F.
Tomorrow we will try to get some nets up early and band a few birds as we
continue setting up. We are looking for volunteers and have plenty of
projects to work on. If anyone is available tomorrow or anytime for the
next month we be on the southend of Jekyll Island, on the trail at the
corner of Macy lane and St Andrews Dr.

Evan Pitman
JIBS Master Bander

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Subject: Clarke/Oconee Alder Flycatchers appear to have gone
From: Richard Hall <dr.richard.hall AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:17:18 -0400
Hi Wes,

I last saw the Alder Flycatchers at the State Botanical Garden on Monday -
30 minute checks on Wednesday and Friday mornings (times at which the birds
were never missed on previous days) drew a blank; though there was a pewee
with bright wing-bars and a contact-calling Acadian Flycatcher to keep
things confusing. The vine still has plenty of berries and remains
attractive to thrushes, vireos and warblers, but I think the unusual Empids
are long gone.

Richard Hall
Athens GA

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Subject: Alder Flycatcher updates
From: Wes Hatch <whatch11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:16:15 -0400
Has anybody seen the Alder Flycatcher in the last two days? Thinking about 
chasing it on Sunday. Any updates will be greatly appreciated! 


Thank you,

Wes Hatch
St Simons, GA

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Subject: Two ORAS Bird Walks this Weekend - Athens-Clarke County
From: Ed Maioriello <edm AT MAIORIELLO.COM>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:59:57 -0400
The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will be hosting two bird walks in Athens
this weekend.

*Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 8:00am*


Update notice!!  The bold text below indicates a change to our usual Cook's
Trail bird walk.

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

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

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

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

For information about Sandy Creek Park click here.



*Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 8:00am*



Note this is a Sunday Walk!

The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will be hosting a birdwalk at Lake
Herrick and Oconee Forest Park.  Birders of all levels are invited to
attend. We will be meeting at the entrance to Oconee Forest Park located
behind the tennis courts toward the rear of the Intramural Fields.  Please
note that this is a popular park for dog walkers.

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

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

For information about and directions to Oconee Forest Park click here.




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


Ed Maioriello

Athens-Clarke County

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Subject: Fwd: Obituary announcement for David Acton Brown
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 22:00:41 -0400
Ann just emailed me about the death of David Brown. I didn't know him but 
always enjoyed his posts to GABO-L. He posted one of the best ones in 18 years 
of GABO. See his obituary below and below that the post I mentioned. Sorry to 
hear of his passing. 


Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: annhstewart
> Date: September 21, 2016 at 6:26:00 PM EDT
> To: steveholzman2
> Subject: Fwd: Obituary announcement for David Acton Brown
> 
> 
>> From: "HENDERSON\ \&\ SONS\ FUNERAL\ HOME\,\ INC\."
>> Subject: Obituary announcement for David Acton Brown
>> Reply-To: "HENDERSON & SONS FUNERAL HOME, INC." > 
>> HENDERSON & SONS FUNERAL HOME, INC. 
>> 
>> In memoriam of David Acton Brown, 07/16/1952 - 08/25/2016 
>> 
>> View the online memorial here. 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> David Acton Brown, of Summerville, formerly of Athens, died peaceably in his 
sleep Aug. 25. 

>> 
>> A memorial service will be held at Schroeder's Deli, 406 Broad St., Rome, 
GA, on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 4 p.m. 

>> 
>> In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to The Parkinson's Disease 
Foundation. 

>> 
>> David was born in Athens in 1952, was graduated from Athens High School in 
1969 and the University of Georgia in 1975. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree 
in Journalism - Film emphasis, and worked for many years as a reporter for 
various newspapers in Northwest Georgia. Most recently he was an assistant 
editor for Muzzleloader, The Publication for Black Powder Shooters. 

>> 
>> He is survived by his beloved wife of 29 years, Kristen Poulsen Brown, his 
son, Matthew David Brown, a daughter-in-law, Lillian Brown, a granddaughter who 
was his great delight, Charlotte, and a brother, Kyle Brown. 

>> 
>> He was an active re-enactor of the period prior to the American Revolution, 
with a character persona who was of Scot origin (as the Browns are) known as 
Thomas Doghearty to his frontiersman peers and to the indians as Talikoga, or 
Two Crows. He loved the ourdoors, hiking, camping and hunting - the last more 
recently with his muzzleloaders. 

>> 
>> David was a lover of animals, with multiple cats, dogs, sheep, goats, 
chickens, horses and more owing their best years to his care. He hand-built 
muzzleloaders, forged metals, crafted knives and built his own log home. He 
could play guitar and various other stringed instruments, sing tolerably well 
and tell a good story or joke. 

>> 
>> With Kristen, he was instrumental in founding the Parkinson's Disease 
Support Group of Rome, Ga. and hosted drum circles at their home for 
Parkinson's sufferers and their caregivers. 

>> 
>> Also with Kristen, he was an Audubon-licensed bird bander and participated 
in many Audubon counts. 

>> 
>> Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory makes this 
announcement for the family. 

>> 
>> Visit HENDERSON & SONS FUNERAL HOME, INC. 
>> 
>> You received this message because you are on the Memorial Solutions mailing 
list. If you wish to unsubscribe from this list, visit this link and you will 
receive no further mailings from us. 

>> 

Yesterday, I was working in my shop when I heard a car horn honk out on the 
road near our mailbox. A few minutes later, I heard another horn, and had the 
thought that maybe the horses had got out on the road. Stepping out of the 
shed, I saw that the horses were still in the field, so I got into the truck 
and drove out to the road to see what was going on. When I got to the road, I 
saw what all the commotion was about. A large emu was casually strolling down 
the southbound lane!!! Let me tell you, in my short experience with this bird, 
I quickly learned that he would neither lead nor drive. I chased him up to a 
neighbor's driveway. Their dog, a husky, exploded into the road and began 
chasing the emu. Now, this dog happened to have a dead chicken tied around its 
neck, indicating it was a nuisance to egg-laying fowl. He was deliriously happy 
about having found a HUGE chicken to chase....until it turned on him. Once out 
into an open field, the emu fluffed out its feathers, lowered its head and 
drove the dog away. Those things can run. Last I saw, it was continuing its 
stroll and heading for Little Egypt. 

 Ah, country life. 
 db 
 David Brown and Kristin Poulsen Wollendael 4419 Gore-Subligna Rd. Summerville, 
GA 30747 

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Subject: eBird Report - Cochran Shoals Unit (Chattahoochee NRA), Sep 21, 2016 - Cobb County
From: Bill & Condit <blotz AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:52:23 -0400
GABOers,
 
Nine birders were present for the AAS Field Trip to Cochran Shoals (Columns 
Drive end) this morning. It was fairly slow with nine species of warblers and 
Swainson's Thrush, Scarlet Tanager, Yellow-throated Vireo and Rose-breasted 
Grosbeak among the other highlights. The full eBird list follows. 


Bill Lotz
Atlanta
Fulton County

-----Original Message-----
From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu [mailto:ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu] 
Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 1:31 PM
To: blotz AT mindspring.com
Subject: eBird Report - Cochran Shoals Unit (Chattahoochee NRA), Sep 21, 2016

Cochran Shoals Unit (Chattahoochee NRA), Cobb, Georgia, US Sep 21, 2016 7:18 AM 
- 11:11 AM 

Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: AAS Field Trip led by Chris Lambrecht and me. The walk began from the 
Columns Drive parking lot. Dan & I arrived earlier than most; the "official" 
walk began at 0800. 

46 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  43
Wood Duck 1 Female heard by most and seen by a few as it flew along the river. 

Mallard  16
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  2
Osprey (carolinensis)  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk (lineatus Group)  3
Mourning Dove  1
Chimney Swift  3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  5
Belted Kingfisher  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker 3 Heard all morning, but three were seen at same time from 
the Columns Drive end in early morning. 

Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Empidonax sp.  1
Eastern Phoebe  3
White-eyed Vireo  7
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  7
American Crow  5
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  6
Brown-headed Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  6
Eastern Bluebird  2
Swainson's Thrush  3
American Robin  17
Gray Catbird  4
Brown Thrasher  6
Northern Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  2
Hooded Warbler  5
American Redstart  7
Northern Parula  1
Magnolia Warbler  3
Chestnut-sided Warbler  4     A couple still with chestnut flanks.
Pine Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  14
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1     Female or first year male.
American Goldfinch  4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31690257

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

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Subject: mississippi kite
From: Carolina H Lane <carolina AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:59:25 -0400
Around 4pm I sent a post about Mississippi kites In Athens.  I have not
heard from you.  Why

Carolina H Lane




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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 9/21/16
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:57:10 -0400
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: September 21, 2016 at 10:53:38 AM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Ruddy Duck (1 Henry)
> Anhinga (1 Clayton)
> Tricolored Heron (1 Burke)
> Limpkin (Speckled) (2 Dougherty)
> American Avocet (1 Coweta)
> Sanderling (1 Murray)
> Forster's Tern (1 Coweta)
> Peregrine Falcon (1 Fulton)
> Least Flycatcher (1 Clarke, 2 DeKalb, 2 Gwinnett)
> Philadelphia Vireo (1 Fulton)
> Red-breasted Nuthatch (1 Heard, 1 Richmond)
> Prothonotary Warbler (1 Fulton)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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: American Golden-Plover Onslow Island
From: James Fleullan <jrfleullan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:52:59 -0400
Found today at Onslow Island in Chatham Co. Observers include Steve Calver,
myself, Stan and Jordan Gray.

Lots of other good stuff but I'm typing this as I'm walking out.

Glad to share.

James Fleullan
Port Wentworth, Ga

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Subject: screech-owls
From: rdwigh AT BELLSOUTH.NET
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:06:37 -0400
We have none. No one on Skidaway Island seen or heard a screech-owl since
April, 2015, and that was the only one for the year. 

 

In fact, they have not been reasonably common here for several years, and we
don't know why the population has crashed.  Throughout their range they have
survived predators like the Barred Owl - of which we have many - and the
Great Horned.  It is not food; there is no shortage of annual cicadas,
moths, moles, mice, worms, or songbirds on the coast of Georgia. It is
possibly a lack of suitable nesting cavities, or intense competition from
squirrels, but that cannot be the whole answer since in the considerable
undeveloped part of the island squirrels are not the nuisance they are in
the residential areas.  So Skidaway Audubon is funding some boxes to be hung
on public property to see if that helps. There is a crotchety wildlife
rehabber here, who has taken in a couple of foundlings from other locations.
However, she insists on releasing any she has in the same place, not really
helping the cause. 

 

I once read that owl populations can go in 10 year cycles. After buying and
reading the screech-owl bible, Fred Gehlbach's The Eastern Screech-Owl, I
learned that his came from the '10 year wildlife population cycle', a
concept which is tied into tides and moon and is really 9.3 years long.  Of
course, that doesn't mean a population is wiped out, only reduced in numbers
at the bottom of that cycle.  Twenty miles northwest, in Chatham County,
Larry Carlile and I had 7 screech-owls early one morning in an wooded tract.
It is not a barrier island or maritime forest issue, Jim Flynn once reported
24 from St Catherines Island, according to eBird.

 

All this led me to wonder how resident songbirds, with short lives, which
have never been exposed to a screech-owl, might react to the threat of a
faux predator. To test this idea I put a facsimile 8 inch screech-owl with
real feathers on a lighting stand, about 9 feet high, and 15 feet from my
feeding station.  I left it in place for about 40 minutes during which the
resident birds; Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, House
Finch, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Cardinal and Brown-headed Nuthatch paid no
attention to the intruder, and went about their business at the feeders.
Interestingly, the female and young Painted Buntings, all migratory by now,
emitted a harsh alarm call 'whit', and would not leave the hedge in which
they were hiding to approach the millet feeders until the offending critter
was removed.  Then they too, resumed normal feeding.  Needless to say, some
local birds are toast when the owls return.

 

It has been my anecdotal observation that resident song birds, those which
have never left the island, such as chickadees and titmice, seem to engage
in mobbing behavior at the sound of a screech-owl trill, more readily than
simply 'spishing' alone.  This despite that those in my yard have never seen
nor heard the owl. Are they reacting intuitively to a mobbing instinct
because birds with greater experience perceive the threat? This needs more
homework while I am waiting for migration on the island to pick up steam.

 

Russ Wigh

Skidaway Island, Chatham County

 


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Subject: Atlanta Audubon field trips -- daily through Sunday
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:35:11 -0400
Greetings, Georgia Birders

We've one per day on our calendar. Please join us!

Chris Lambrecht and Bill Lotz will lead a walk at Cochran Shoals, CRNRA
(Columns Drive) (Cobb County) on Wednesday, September 21 at 8:00 AM. Please
note that this walk begins at a different location than usual.

Stan Chapman and Ralph Smith will celebrate the beginning of fall at
Frazier-Rowe Park (DeKalb County) on Thursday, September 22 at 8:00 AM.

Ralph Smith will be back at it again on Friday, September 23 at Woodlands
Garden and the Decatur Cemetery (DeKalb County); meet him at 8:00 AM.

Rob McDonough will lead a walk at Serenbe (Fulton County) on Saturday,
September 24 at 8:00 AM.

Adam Betuel will lead a walk at Cascade Springs Nature Preserve (Fulton
County) on Sunday, September 25 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: New yard bird today in Cobb County
From: bob zaremba <bobzarem AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:32:37 -0400
About the only good thing I can say about the lack of rain and drought
conditions is that the small lake in our back yard has become more
attractive to waders!  We've had a Green Heron and Great Blue Heron enjoying
the easier fishing conditions and this morning, we added a new life yard
bird to the list when a Great Egret joined the party.  The egret is number
170 on the yard list.   I have to admit I've been expecting this one for a
long time but no such luck up until today.  Still hoping the exposed mud
flats attract a shorebird or two also!    Ruby-throated Hummingbird numbers
are starting to fall off this week.  The peak number last week was over 60
and was averaging in the 40's.  Today I only counted 18 in the front and 6
in the back of the house.  We are still waiting for some warblers to come
through, a couple of Hooded Warblers two weeks ago have been the only ones
to come by so far.  Our high count of Common Nighthawks occurred on the 9/4
when 106 passed over between 7 and 8PM.      We are ready for some warblers!


 

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Subject: Clarke/Oconee Alder Flycatchers continue 9/18
From: Richard Hall <dr.richard.hall AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 19:17:16 -0400
Hi everyone,

the two (mercifully) vocal Alder Flycatchers continue in the State
Botanical Garden powerline today; mostly across the river, and occasionally
flying into the Virginia creeper overhanging the river at the start of the
White Trail. I would recommend extreme caution in identifying non-vocal
Empidonax here; today, a bird that we felt good was a Le AT st Flycatcher
based on proportions and its bold, complete eye-ring ended up giving an
unequivocal 'pip' note diagnostic for Alder. It eroded my confidence enough
to demote my recent silent le AT st sightings to 'Empid sp'. Color, head shape
and thickness of the eye-ring can all vary substantially according to
shade, viewing angle and whether the bird is alert, or fluffed up while
preening. Also note that this tree is being visited by adult and hatch-year
Acadians, and Eastern Wood-Pewees to add to the fun. Check out Patrick
Maurice's nice scoped shots of the Alders in his eBird checklist to get a
sense of how variable the birds can appear.

Happy fall birding,
Richard Hall
Athens GA

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Subject: Least and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Gwinnett County
From: Rebecca Deitsch <rdeitsch AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 11:50:25 -0400
I birded McDaniel Farm Park in Gwinnett County for a little over two hours
this morning and found 49 species, including Yellow-bellied and Least
Flycatchers and 10 warbler species. 

Highlights:

YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, 3,
https://www.flickr.com/photos/103058792 AT N02/29449998350/in/dateposted-public
/
LEAST FLYCATCHER, 1,
https://www.flickr.com/photos/103058792 AT N02/29629687672/in/dateposted-public
/

Swainson's Thrush, 1, FOS

Black-and-white Warbler, 1
Common Yellowthroat, 5
Hooded Warbler, 2
American Redstart, 10
Northern Parula, 3
Chestnut-sided Warbler, 2
Magnolia Warbler, 2
Palm Warbler, 3, FOS
Pine Warbler, 2
Prairie Warbler, 1

Scarlet Tanager, 1

John Deitsch
Gwinnett County
https://www.flickr.com/photos/103058792 AT N02/

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Subject: Alder Flycatcher, Georgia Botanical Gardens, Clarke County, GA 16 September 2016 (afternoon)
From: Pierre Howard <h_pierre AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 22:31:17 -0400
To GABO:

At least one Alder Flycatcher was present this afternoon around 5 pm at the
Georgia Botanical Gardens in Athens.

The bird was calling and feeding in the Virginia Creeper that's growing on a
branch overhanging the Oconee River near the intersection

the White Trail and the Orange Trail just below the power line cut. Thus, it
continues in the same location where it has been reported

for several days. Two Alder Flycatchers have been reported from this
location, but I only saw one in the short time that I was there.  Photo
taken.

 

Pierre Howard

Atlanta, Fulton County, GA


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Subject: FOS RB grosbeak--DeKalb County
From: Patty Jenkins <pschwar AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:42:55 -0400
I have a female rose-breasted grosbeak at our feeder. So nice to see her!
Patty Jenkins
Toco Hill



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Subject: AAS Field Trip Report (J.J. Biello): Black Bear, warblers
From: Rich Hull <haharich15 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:14:50 -0400
Hi All,
 18 birders joined myself for a nice, but relatively quiet, AAS field trip at 
J.J. Biello park (east entrance) this morning. We had a total of 36 species, 
including five warbler species: Magnolia, Redstart, Chestnut-sided, Palm, and 
Yellow-throated. We also had the three common vireo species, excluding 
Blue-headed, and a female Scarlet Tanager. 

 The highlight, however (at least for myself), was finding fresh American Black 
Bear scat on the sewer line cut (it had been there less than an hour). Later on 
I found a track the same size as my hand in some mud adjacent to Rubes Creek 
and the beaver swamp. In all my field experience in Cherokee county, I had 
never come across a bear or any evidence of a bear, although I have certainly 
heard of people who have. Supposedly, bears just wander through Cherokee, but I 
doubt that. Along the Little River basin alone there is close to 1,000 acres of 
bottomland woods that is either protected or undeveloped, which would provide 
great habitat for a bear to set up a territory. 


Pictures of scat and track: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/134377874 AT N02/29093694764/in/dateposted-public/, 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/134377874 AT N02/29685026956/in/dateposted-public/ 


eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31604832

Good Birding!
Rich Hull
Cherokee Co., GA

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Subject: CHIMNEY SWIFT roost video
From: Sheila Willis <swjxw1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:49:10 -0400
Hey folks,

Just a quick note.

I just received a link to a school project on CHIMNEY SWIFTs in Lincoln,
Nebraska which features amazing video of the birds arriving, entering &
later departing their chimney roost. There's even a view down into the
chimney to see the birds hugging the walls. I know it's not about birds in
GA but this is similar to what happens at our WARE roost & illustrates why
if you've just seen a few swifts at a time, that you should try to see them
en-masse during migration. What a miracle this event is!! Here's the link:
http://wp.lps.org/irving/chimney-swift-photographyvideography-
project-at-irving-middle-school/

Take care.

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

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Subject: CHIMNEY SWIFT Survey 9/15 results (WARE)
From: Sheila Willis <swjxw1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 10:52:11 -0400
Hey folks,

Hope you are fine.

To recap, the last 2 CHIMNEY SWIFT surveys at Magnolia Court Apts in
Waycross, WARE produced 593 birds on 9/9 & 389 birds on 9/10. In
comparison, in 2015 our highest tally for 1 night of the 4 counts was 1,463
birds, so you can see we are down quite a bit.

The 9/15 count began at 7:16 p.m. under clear skies, 3 mph wind from SSE, &
a temp. of 85 degrees F. There were no CHIMNEY SWIFTs at first until 7:25
p.m. when individuals began flying by. None of these were chattering.

At 7:40 p.m. OBCers June LaRoque & Louis Del Prado, both of WARE, joined
the effort. Things started picking up w/ more birds coming by & swooping
near the chimney. At 7:44 p.m. the first CHIMNEY SWIFT dropped into the
roost site. Other birds arriving began to do their circles & some began
chattering. More were going in as small groups than the last 2 surveys. At
8:00 p.m. the largest number sequence of birds occurred and then it slowed
back down to individuals or pairs w/ short spaces of time between the
drops. The last one went in at 8:05 p.m. There was a full moon. The grand
total this night was 494 birds. Birds were counted only when they dropped
into the chimney.

We also had 2 MOURNING DOVEs, 1 NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, 1 GREAT EGRET, 1
NORTHERN CARDINAL & some unidentified birds. There was 1 dragonfly & a few
gnats.

I am hoping we will get larger numbers on the last 2 counts. if nothing
changes, I will try again around Sat., 9/24 & one night during the last
week of the month.

Again, feel free to come on your own. It is in ne. Waycross e. of USHwy#84
and ne. of the First Presbyterian Church on Ava St. The chimney is on the
s. side of a set of brick apartments in the middle section next to a patch
of bamboo & a large oak. Bring chairs or blankets & sit on the grass. Folks
should come about 30 min. before sunset.

Take care.

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

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Subject: Cape May Warbler, Henderson Park, DeKalb County, Sep 15, 2016
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 01:41:18 +0000
 Rare in the fall as per "The Annotated Checklist of Georgia Birds" (GOS, 
2003). 

Relocated later in the day by Dan Vickers, Kris Bisgard and Patrick Maurice.
Jeff
Jeff Sewell / Carol LambertTucker, GA  (DeKalb Co.)lambertsewell AT att.net


     
Henderson Park, DeKalb, Georgia, US
Sep 15, 2016 8:58 AM - 10:58 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.1 mile(s)
Comments:   

Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.2 Build 70 33 species (+1 other taxa) Canada Goose  1 Mallard (Domestic type)  14 Green Heron  1 Cooper's Hawk  2 Red-shouldered Hawk (lineatus Group)  1 Chimney Swift  1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1 Belted Kingfisher  1 Red-bellied Woodpecker  3 Downy Woodpecker  2 Hairy Woodpecker  1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1 Pileated Woodpecker  1 Eastern Wood-Pewee  1 Eastern Phoebe  2 Blue Jay  2 American Crow  9 Carolina Chickadee  5 Tufted Titmouse  5 White-breasted Nuthatch  4 Brown-headed Nuthatch  6 Carolina Wren  10 Eastern Bluebird  3 American Robin  1 Gray Catbird  1 Common Yellowthroat  1 Hooded Warbler  2 American Redstart  2 Cape May Warbler  1    A first fall female seen with binoculars from about 15-16 feet away. The sun was at my back. It was a pale, non-descript warbler with a diffuse greenish yellow rump that spread to the side of the area behind the wings and was a different color than that seen on a Magnolia Warbler, which was the first species I thought of when I saw it from the top of the dam, about 50-60 feet away. It was foraging vigorously in a small willow that was leaning over the grassy area at the base of the dam so I was able to get as close as I did. The back was a grayish green color, the chest had pale, indistinct streaks, with a very pale yellow wash in the center of the chest; the face was drab, but I could make out a pale grayish eyebrow and a dark line running through the eye. The faced lacked the pale gray with eyering face of a Magnolia. It had a short, but distinct white wingbar on the lesser coverts. It lacked the black tail tip of the Magnolia Warbler, instead showing thin black edges on the outer web of the outermost tail feather which widen as the black area got near the tail tip but not crossing over to the inner web of the outermost tail feather. Pine Warbler  5 Song Sparrow  1 Eastern Towhee  3 Northern Cardinal  8 American Goldfinch  1 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31590673 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/) You must be a subscriber to post to GABO-L. Instructions for subscribing (and the guidelines) are found here: http://www.gos.org/georgia-birders-online Please read the guidelines before posting. Send regular postings to gabo-l AT listserv.uga.edu To search GABO-L archives or manage your subscription, go to https://listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=GABO-L To contact a listowner, send message to GABO-L-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: Bird Walk at the State Botanical Garden - Athens-Clarke County
From: Ed Maioriello <edm AT MAIORIELLO.COM>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:23:16 -0400
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 8:00am



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

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



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

For information about the State Botanical Garden click here.




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

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Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher - George Pierce Park (Gwinnett County)
From: Chris O'Neal <chrisoneal2718 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:56:13 -0400
Hello everyone who seeks Catchers of Flies with Sides that are Olive!

After nearly a month of no appearances this season, I am happy to report
that the Olive-sided Flycatcher that tends to appear at George Pierce Park
in Suwanee (Gwinnett County) has finally arrived again! This is the third
year in a row that this little delight has turned up here. As a comparison,
in 2014 it was observed on 24 August and 13 September, and in 2015 it was
seen over 19 August – 1 September. In true OSFL style, it was at the top of
a tall dead tree in the highest snag. I plan to attach photos to my eBird
report later this evening. Here are some specific directions on where to
look for the OSFL.

From I-85, take exit 111 to Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road / GA-317 N (if you
are coming from Atlanta, turn left; from the north, turn right). After 2.3
miles, turn right on Buford Highway / US-23 N. After 0.3 miles, turn right
into George Pierce Park at a traffic light. Drive 1.1 miles, going past the
Senior Center and all the sports fields. You will go over a total of 14
speed humps. Arrive at the final parking lot at the back of the park.

From there, start walking on the cement trail that goes off to the right
(if you go straight you will get to some sports fields; that’s not where
you want to go unless you are intending to play baseball first!). Walk
about half a mile, passing through the woods (the trail is now a
boardwalk). You will pass over a creek twice, the first in the woods and
the second as you are coming out of the woods. This is the creek of
interest, and it occurs just before a large wetlands pond.

Now stand on the boardwalk over the creek and face to your right and
slightly behind you. In the distance (about 200 feet away) you will see two
tall, thin dead trees, and the left one is taller. It is at the VERY top of
this left tree that the Olive-sided Flycatcher was observed. The
approximate GPS coordinates of the OSFL’s location are 34.058868,
-84.047894. The address of the park is 55 Buford Highway, Suwanee, GA 30024.

Quick three beers!

Chris O'Neal

Reporting from Gwinnett County

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Subject: Red Phalarope Not Relocated (Floyd)
From: "Moss, John Patten" <JohnPatten.Moss AT VIKINGS.BERRY.EDU>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 01:01:41 +0000
The Braves stadium Phalarope was not present this afternoon (or yesterday). 
There were only a few Killdeer and 3 GREG's. I also dipped on the Alder at 
Georgia Highlands. Nothing of note there. 



John Patten Moss

Berry College

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Subject: 2 Alder Flycatchers, Clarke/Oconee, 14 Sep.
From: Richard Hall <dr.richard.hall AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 17:32:46 -0400
There are 2 Alder Flycatchers at the State Botanical Garden today, in the
powerline cut on both sides of the river, and occasionally visiting the
Virginia creeper overhanging the river at the start of the White Trail
(i.e. on right when you head down powerline to river). Recording and photos
in eBird checklist below. Birding has been good generally at the botgarden
recently, with Least Flycatcher and multiple Golden-winged Warblers
recorded over the last few days. Oconee Audubon will be doing an 8am bird
walk there this Saturday, and we'll be looking out for these and other
migrants.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31579534

Richard Hall
Athens GA

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Subject: Juvenile Night-heron at Murphy Candler Park (DeKalb County)
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 12:30:38 -0400
    
Hi All. Following an eBird report of a possible Black or Yellow-Crowned 
Night-Heron at the back of the lake at Murphy Candler Park, I ventured to the 
park this 07morning. Eventually I found a juvenile Night-Heron sitting in plain 
sight but only got a 10 second view through my bins before it flew off. My 
impression was a young YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (altho hoping for the other). 
Large dark bill, red-orange eye and limited spotting on wings, evident while 
perched and in flight. It flew along the lake and into some trees toward the 
spillway but I couldn't relocate it. However, i suspect it's still there and 
hopefully others will have a chance to see it. It was initially perched in the 
nearly dead Mimosa at the back of the little island. If others relocate it and 
can get a photo ID, please share with GABO. Thanks!! 

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Subject: A.O.U. 2016 Checklist Update for GA-- BIG Changes
From: Sheila Willis <swjxw1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:56:40 -0400
Hey folks,

Hope you are fine.

Earlier in the summer someone asked about the recent changes for the
Georgia bird checklist based on the information from the 57th Supplement to
the 7th Edition of the North & Middle American Check-list put out by the
American Ornithologists' Union in 7/2016. I did not see a reply & I notice
that on the GOS website it is still showing the checklist for 2015.

So I thought that I'd send a few notes along for those who are interested,
particularly since the Fall Meeting is approaching. They will be easier to
understand once the website is updated & we can see all the birds in their
current lineup. I hope G.O.S. will return to also providing a "changes"
page so people can easily review a list of any differences year by year.
Some things, such as spelling changes, are easier to recognize when they
are specifically pointed out.

I don't mind telling you that all the major taxonomic changes really blew
my mind!! Many orders, families, etc. were switched around big time. It
will be hard for me to get used to seeing Swifts & Hummingbirds closer to
the ducks; Loons a little after the Shorebirds, Gulls & Terns; Finches
before Warblers, and the House Sparrow no longer dragging the tail end of
the checklist! I first learned the taxonomy in the 1970's and was always
interested in how the birds' status would be changing regularly. Of course,
now all these field guides, etc. will have to be redone!! $$$

At any rate, here are some of the key changes as they relate to GA birds
(see the Supplement for more depth, details, & explanations:

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

*NOTE first that on the GOS website checklist (2015) there has been an
error for the scientific name of the Royal Tern. It should be Thalasseus
maximus.

A. Change the linear sequence of the Orders between GALLIFORMES
(Chachalacas, New World Quail, Pheasants, Grouse, Wild Turkey) and
CORACIIFORMES (Kingfishers) which are GAVIFORMES (Loons) to APODIFORMES
(Swifts, Hummingbirds) to the following:

PHOENICOPTERIFORMES (Flamingos); PODICIPEDIFORMES (Grebes); COLUMBIFORMES
(Pigeons, Doves); CUCULIFORMES (Cuckoos, Anis); CAPRIMULGIFORMES
(Nightjars); APODIFORMES (Swifts, Hummingbirds); GRUIFORMES (Rails,
Gallinule, Coots, Limpkins, Cranes); CHADRADRIIFORMES (Shorebirds, Skuas,
Auks, Gulls, Terns, Skimmers); PHAETHONTIFORMES (Tropicbirds); GAVIIFORMES
(Loons); PROCELLARIIIFORMES (Fulmars, Petrels, Shearwaters, Storm-Petrels);
CICONIIFORMES (Storks); SULIFORMES (Frigatebirds, Boobies, Gannet,
Cormorants, Anhingas); PELICANIFORMES (Pelicans, Herons, Ibis, Spoonbills);
CATHARTIFORMES (New World Vultures); ACCIPITRIFORMES (Ospreys, Hawks,
Kites, Eagles); STRIGIFORMES (Owls).

B. In the Order PASSERIFORMES (Perching Birds) shift 4 Families and change
the linear sequence of the Families between STURNIDAE
(Starlings)--CALCARIIDAE (Longspurs, Snow Buntings) to the following:
BOMBYCILLIDAE (Waxwings); PASSERIDAE (Old World Sparrows); MOTACILLIDAE
(Pipits); FRINGILLIDAE (True Finches)

Thus, for Perching Birds, the last Family is now ICTERIDAE (Blackbirds)
with the last Species as Scott's Oriole (Icterus parisorum).

C. Change the common headings for Order CAPRIMULGIFORMES & Family
CAPRIMULGIDAE from "Goatsuckers" to "Nightjars".

D. Change the English name for Green Violetear (Colubri thalassinus) to
Mexican Violetear.

E. Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) is transferred from the A.O.U.
Appendix to the main list & placed under "Rails, Gallinules, & Coots"
between Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinicus) & Common Gallinule
(Gallinula galeata). It has been called "Western Swamphen" by some in the
past.

1. Although many other major international ornithological
organizations/checklists & eBird have now recognized several subspecies of
Purple Swamphen as full species, the A.O.U. which G.O.S. uses has not done
so yet.

Thus, at this time, the Glennville Wastewater Treatment Facility, TATTNALL
Co., GA bird photographed by Gene Wilkinson on 11/21/2009 remains for
G.O.S. as a subspecies [Purple Swamphen (African) Porphyrio porphyrio
madagascariensis]. If A.O.U. later promotes the various subspecies to full
species, then see African Swamphen (Porphyrio madagascariensis).

F. For the Family GRUIDAE (Cranes), add a new Genus (ANTIGONE) before Genus
GRUS; remove Sandhill Crane from Grus & put it in Antigone, thus changing
its name from Grus canadensis to Antigone canadensis.

G. 1. Change the heading for Family SCOLOPACIDAE (Sandpipers, Phalaropes &
Allies) to (Sandpipers)

2. In recognition of additions, modifications, & reorganization of the
subfamilies under SCOLOPACIDAE, shift the linear sequence of the various
species with Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs,
Willet, & Lesser Yellowlegs moved down to below American Woodcock plus
above & with Wilson's Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope & Red Phalarope. [See
the A.O.U. Supplement for more on the subfamily changes]

H. 1. In the Family PROCELLARIIDAE (Fulmars, Petrels, Shearwaters) remove
Great Shearwater (Puffinus gravis) & Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus)
from Genus PUFFINUS (Small Northern Shearwaters) & put in Genus ARDENNA
(Large Southern Shearwaters).

2. Change the generic & species name of Great Shearwater to Ardenna gravis
& that of Sooty Shearwater to Ardenna grisea (note spelling change for
species ending).

3. Switch Great Shearwater to under Sooty Shearwater.

I. Remove the Family CATHARTIDAE (New World Vultures) from the
ACCIPITRIFORMES (Ospreys, Kites, Eagles, Hawks) & place it in a new Order
CATHARTIFORMES (New World Vultures) occurring before ACCIPITRIFORMES.

J. In the Order PASSERIFORMES (Perching Birds) & Family VIREONIDAE
(Vireos), switch Philadelphia Vireo (Vireo philadelphicus) to before
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus).

Lastly, there are a few subspecies changes connected to full species found
in GA which affect those species descriptions & ranges on a broader scale.

1. Add Lesser Violetear (Colibri cyanotus), a former subspecies of Green
now Mexican Violetear (Colubri thalassinus), to the A.O.U. main list as a
full species after Mexican Violetear. S.W. Note: as far as known, the
Lesser Violetear has not been found in GA. See initial plumage description
for GA record. The Mexican Violetear's underparts have an indigo patch but
not the Lesser.

2. Merge Caribbean Coot (Fulica caribaea) into American Coot (Fulica
americana). S.W. Note: as far as known, the Caribbean Coot has not been
found in GA. The Caribbean Coot has an expanded, white frontal shield which
differs from most American Coots which generally have a restricted, dark
red shield; however, it has been found that some Americans can also have a
full white shield. The Caribbean Coot is now thought to be perhaps a color
morph of American Coot.

3. Add Townsend's Storm-Petrel aka Socorro Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma
socorroensis) & Ainley's Storm-Petrel (O. cheimomnestes) to the main
A.O.U. list as full species. Formerly subspecies of Leach's Storm-Petrel
(Oceanodroma leucorhoa). S.W. Note: as far as known, Townsend's & Ainley's
Storm-Petrels have not been found in GA. These latter 2 are typically West
Coast species.

Hope this is helpful. To see the entire A.O.U. North & Middle American
Checklist go this link:

http://checklist.aou.org/taxa/

Take care.

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

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Subject: Alder Flycatcher Continues - Georgia Highlands College Wetlands, Floyd County
From: Mike Weaver <mwriverpointe AT MSN.COM>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:45:47 -0400
The ALDER FLYCATCHER, first located by Jim and Jacob Flynn is still present at 
the Georgia Highlands College Wetlands Boardwalk. Ellen Miller and I searched 
the boardwalk area for over 1.5 hours this evening (Tuesday) until hearing two 
(2) low volume 'pips'. Searching the area we were able to see the flycatcher 
when it called again as we were looking at it. Ironically, It was literally 
within feet (maybe even exactly the same location) of coordinates noted by Jim 
Flynn in his earlier post. While we watched, the bird hawked insects from the 
bare thin branches that were located in front of a mimosa tree limb. Very fun 
to see and hear this bird. Big thanks to Jim and Jacob Flynn. 


Mike Weaver
Kennesaw
Cobb County, GA
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Subject: SANDERLING, Lake McIntosh, Coweta Co, 09/13/16
From: Richard Candler <candler86 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 19:25:56 -0400
The silver lining of this late summer drought is that it coincides with
shorebird migration. The exposed mud at the back of Lake McIntosh is the
most extensive I have seen since the lake was built in 2012. I stopped by
this morning before work and was rewarded with a SANDERLING foraging on the
mudflats with the other shorebirds. I had no time to search for other
interesting migrants. This afternoon I was able to relocate the SANDERLING
and also 2 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, a SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, and several
LEAST SANDPIPERS as well as the other usual suspects. Also my first PALM
WARBLER of the fall season.

Richard Candler
Sharpsburg, GA
Coweta county

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Subject: Bartow County American Golden-Plover and Buff-breasted Sandpiper
From: Angus Pritchard <anguspritchard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:55:09 -0400
Hi All,

The AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER is still at the cattle pond due west of the
troughs on Taff Road.

I am currently looking at one BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER at the Riverside
drive sod farm on SR 113.

Good Birding,

Angus Pritchard
Decatur, GA

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Subject: Atlanta Audubon weekday walks
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 07:16:08 -0400
Greetings, Georgia Birders

Atlanta Audubon has two weekday walks on our calendar this week:

Anne McCallum will lead a walk at Reynolds Nature Preserve (Clayton County)
on Wednesday, September 14 at 8:00 AM.

Rich Hull will lead a walk at JJ Biello Park (Cherokee County) on Friday,
September 16 at 8:00 AM.

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

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

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Subject: Rome Red Phalarope - No
From: A Betuel <ykcul88 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:53:18 -0400
I was unable to relocate the Red Phalarope this morning. I spent an hour+
looking for the bird from two different locations. Best of luck to others
who try for the bird.

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Subject: Floyd Co Alder Flycatcher - Yes!
From: Renee' Carleton <renee AT MISERVICE.NET>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 20:10:28 -0400
The Alder Flycatcher found by Jim Flynn was still present at the Georgia 
Highlands College wetlands at 6:46 this evening. Fortunately, I left and got 
back to my truck before a really heavy thunderstorm blew through. 

Two lifers in one day! Thanks Jim and Mike Weaver!

Renee Carleton
Bartow Co.

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Subject: Red Phalarope Still Present at Braves Stadium (Floyd Co.)
From: "Moss, John Patten" <JohnPatten.Moss AT VIKINGS.BERRY.EDU>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 22:27:22 +0000
The bird is still here as of 6:20 this evening. All other shorebirds flushed, 
but the Phalarope remains. The White Ibis is on the other side of the wetland. 


John Patten Moss
Berry College

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Subject: Fwd: [Birdedlist] "Million Dollar Duck"
From: Lydia Thompson <birdjekyll AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 16:18:34 -0400
Hi Folks,
I thought I would forward this message on to you. This film is going to be
on the Animal Planet. It airs on Wednesday night from 9pm to 9:30.
Oh, the shorebirds at the Jekyll Island Guest Information Centers are
beginning to come back. Lots of Black-bellied Plovers, Willets, and a
Whimbrel or two. Yesterday, there was a Marble Godwit poking around in the
mud.
Lydia
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From: paul.baicich 
Date: Sat, Sep 10, 2016 at 5:11 PM
Subject: [Birdedlist] "Million Dollar Duck"
To: "birdedlist AT lists.flyingwild.org" 


Dear Fellow Bird-Educators,

The award-winning film, *Million Dollar Duck* is about the artists,
contest, and mission behind the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation
[Duck] Stamp program. I saw the video last night, and it was grand.

Have any of you seen it?  Do you agree?

Through this video, we have a real educational opportunity, an
opportunity to give people who are not that familiar with the Duck Stamp
program some real insight into these artists, their work, and the related
wetland and grassland conservation scene. I think we would do well
to spread the word.

Fortunately, *Million Dollar Duck* is going to be broadcast this Wednesday,
14 September on "Animal Planet."  See details and broadcast times here:
http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/the-million-dollar-duck/
    and here
https://corporate.discovery.com/discovery-newsroom/animal-
planet-premieres-2016-slamdance-winner-the-million-
dollar-duck-on-september-14-at-9pm-etpt/

Letting interested people and organizations know about the broadcast would
surely help.

    best,
    Paul

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 In Coastal Glynn County
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Subject: INLAND RED PHALAROPE Continues - Rome, Floyd County - 3:45pm 9/12/2016
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 15:52:10 -0400
Hi All,

The White Ibis continues as well. 

Mark

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

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Subject: Re: Floyd RED PHALAROPE still there
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:57:26 -0400
    
Continuing at 12 noon. Report with photo. 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31546355

Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

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From: Patrick Maurice  
Date: 09/12/2016  10:39 AM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Floyd RED PHALAROPE still there 

Same place still here!

Patrick Maurice
DeKalb County

> On Sep 12, 2016, at 9:17 AM, Renee' Carleton  wrote:
> 
> As of 8:46am, the presumed Red (I hope, life bird) Phalarope and juvenile 
White Ibis are still present in the impoundment behind the Rome Braves Stadium. 
James White was also there trying to get photos, but the bird is very 
distant.  The best view is in the opening not far from the parking lot.  It 
was resting in a finger that runs off to the left of the main part of the 
impoundment, with head tucked.  Many Killdeer and Great Egrets around but I 
didn't have time before work to look for more. 

> 
> Renee' Carleton
> Berry College (Floyd Co)
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Subject: Floyd Phalarope still there
From: Renee' Carleton <renee AT MISERVICE.NET>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:17:55 -0400
As of 8:46am, the presumed Red (I hope, life bird) Phalarope and juvenile White 
Ibis are still present in the impoundment behind the Rome Braves Stadium. James 
White was also there trying to get photos, but the bird is very distant. The 
best view is in the opening not far from the parking lot. It was resting in a 
finger that runs off to the left of the main part of the impoundment, with head 
tucked. Many Killdeer and Great Egrets around but I didn't have time before 
work to look for more. 


Renee' Carleton
Berry College (Floyd Co)

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 9/12/2016
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:07:48 -0400
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Date: Sun, Sep 11, 2016 at 9:18 AM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
To:


*** Species Summary:

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Decatur, 1 Mitchell, 1 Seminole)
Anhinga (1 Rockdale)
American White Pelican (2 Glynn)
Tricolored Heron (2 Fulton)
Glossy Ibis (1 Grady)
Northern Harrier (1 Habersham)
Limpkin (Speckled) (2 Dougherty)
Limpkin (1 Dougherty)
American Avocet (1 Decatur)
American Golden-Plover (2 Bartow)
Long-billed Curlew (1 McIntosh)
Stilt Sandpiper (3 Clayton)
Baird's Sandpiper (2 Clayton)
White-rumped Sandpiper (1 Monroe)
Buff-breasted Sandpiper (4 Bartow, 1 Habersham)
Forster's Tern (1 Troup)
Peregrine Falcon (1 Fulton)
Bank Swallow (1 Habersham)
Nashville Warbler (1 Troup)
Red Crossbill (3 Rabun)

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Subject: Red Phalarope (Juvenile) Description
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:18:57 -0400
Based on a recent review of The Helm Guide to Bird Identification on RED 
PHALAROPE (aka Gray Phalarope): 


The juvenile Red Phalarope has:1. Thick wide bill (vs thin/needlelike bill) 2. 
Touch of yellow on lower mandible at base of bill (the only phalarope with 
yellow on base of bill)3. Overall size compared to the small Red-necked 
Phalarope 

In fall migration, juveniles show:4. Tinge of red on face and neck 5. Gray 
feathers on wings edged with white. (RNPH would still show dark feathers and 
golden yellow streaks on upper section of wings)6. Red juveniles begin molt 
before migration (vs RNPH juvs which begin molt later)  


I just returned from Arkansas where we had all three phalaropes in a single 
day, which made for a great comparison. Either way, it's a good exercise and a 
great bird for folks to have the opportunity to see away from the coast. 
Hopefully it'll stay a little longer.  


Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

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Subject: Rome - Floyd County, GA - Phalarope Photos
From: Mike Weaver <mwriverpointe AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2016 23:09:26 -0400
 Please find below a Flickr link to some of the photos taken of the PHALAROPE 
seen today (9/11/2016) in Rome, GA. These photos were cropped to show a 
close-up of the bird. I included one uncropped photo of the bird to show the 
relative distance the phalarope was from my viewing perspective. No other 
editing (other than the cropping) was made to these photos. I've tried to 
include photos of different angles of the bird plus I tried to include a 'known 
species' Killdeer in the photo to provide a perspective on relative coloration, 
shading and size where possible. 


 

Link to Flickr Phalarope Album:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/118151791 AT N02/albums/72157673653609506 


 

Link to my Flickr photo site:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/118151791 AT N02/ 


 

 

Thanks,

Mike Weaver

Kennesaw

Cobb County, GA

 


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Subject: E.L Huie Baird's Sandpipers
From: Angus Pritchard <anguspritchard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2016 19:30:00 -0400
Hi All,

As of 4:30 today, the two BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS were at the Huie ponds. The
birds were still in the southwest corner of the NE pond, associating with
many Least Sandpipers and a few Pectoral Sandpipers. In the northwest
corner of the same pond there were two STILT SANDPIPERS as previously
reported.

The Bairds are in relatively bright plumage and readily identifiable when
seen next to the Least Sandpipers, by both proportion and color.

Good Birding!

Angus Pritchard
Decatur, GA

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Subject: CORRECTION - Fwd: [GABO-L] RED-NECKED PHALAROPE - NO - Rome, Floyd County, GA
From: Mike Weaver <mwriverpointe AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2016 18:37:34 -0400
I'm downloading and reviewing photos that I took of the Rome phalarope as I 
write this. I believe Jim Flynn is correct and that this bird is a RED 
PHALAROPE. My photos are distant and not great but I am seeing a hint of yellow 
on the bill on some of the photos a bit of rusty wash color on the front of the 
neck in under the chin. 


I apologize for my error in the identification of this bird and any 
inconvenience or anxiety that it caused. Thank you Jim, for the correction. 


By the way, there was also a juvenile WHITE IBIS present that I forgot to 
mention in my original posting. 


Again, sorry for my mistake.


Mike Weaver
Kennesaw
Cobb County



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From: "James F. Flynn Jr." 
Date: September 11, 2016 at 5:32:34 PM EDT
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] RED-NECKED PHALAROPE - Rome, Floyd County, GA
Reply-To: "James F. Flynn Jr." 

Hi folks I'm studying this phalarope now & I just want to float the idea that 
this may be a molting Red Phalarope. The bill looks pretty thick at the base 
(although the tip of the mandible is missing), seems to be a dirty yellow at 
the base & the front if the neck appears to have a rusty wash. 


I'll study my photos more tonight, but if any one is in the area I'd appreciate 
another opinion. 


Apologies if I'm wrong.

Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co.

> On Sep 11, 2016, at 15:38, Mike Weaver  wrote:
> 
> As reported in EBird yesterday by Shawn Reed, the RED-NECKED PHALAROPE Is 
still present at 3:30 pm Sunday (today) in the impoundment / pond located in 
the riverside park located behind the Rome Braves Baseball stadium. It is 
frenetically feeding on the mudflats and water near a group of killdeer in the 
impoundment area. Best viewing location is a bit distant but the bird is fairly 
easy to pick out with a scope. Approximate coordinates of the bird are: 
34.286997,-85.168383 

> 
> 
> Mike Weaver
> Kennesaw,
> Cobb County
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Subject: AAS Walk Report , Noonday Creek Trail, Kennesaw, COBB
From: Angelia Jenkins <angeliabeth AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2016 18:36:08 -0400
Hi Birders,

 

Always a nice group of people meet me at Noonday and today was no different.
9 adults and 1 young boy. Everyone appreciated how bare the trail was of
people, making our birding easier. A few bicycles were present but a nice
walk. However, the birds seemed slow. We had a nice fly over of a Baltimore
Oriole in the same spot that we regularly get Orchard Orioles ( in a
mountain of Kudzu). 

Sadly, no warblers to be found at this end of the trail. 

 

Our eBird list is here :

 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31526086

 

Great Birding,

Angie Jenkins , Kennesaw, GA

 

 


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Subject: Re: RED-NECKED PHALAROPE - Rome, Floyd County, GA
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2016 17:32:34 -0400
Hi folks I'm studying this phalarope now & I just want to float the idea that 
this may be a molting Red Phalarope. The bill looks pretty thick at the base 
(although the tip of the mandible is missing), seems to be a dirty yellow at 
the base & the front if the neck appears to have a rusty wash. 


I'll study my photos more tonight, but if any one is in the area I'd appreciate 
another opinion. 


Apologies if I'm wrong.

Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co.

> On Sep 11, 2016, at 15:38, Mike Weaver  wrote:
> 
> As reported in EBird yesterday by Shawn Reed, the RED-NECKED PHALAROPE Is 
still present at 3:30 pm Sunday (today) in the impoundment / pond located in 
the riverside park located behind the Rome Braves Baseball stadium. It is 
frenetically feeding on the mudflats and water near a group of killdeer in the 
impoundment area. Best viewing location is a bit distant but the bird is fairly 
easy to pick out with a scope. Approximate coordinates of the bird are: 
34.286997,-85.168383 

> 
> 
> Mike Weaver
> Kennesaw,
> Cobb County
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Subject: Alder Flycatcher, Georgia Highlands College Wetlands, Floyd Co.
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2016 16:09:10 -0400
Hi folks, Jacob Flynn and I found an Alder Flycatcher along the boardwalk at 
Georgia Highlands College about 10 minutes ago. GPS=34.1740 -85.2007; calling 
from the alder thicket bordering the marsh (listen for pip! calls). 


Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA
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Subject: RED-NECKED PHALAROPE - Rome, Floyd County, GA
From: Mike Weaver <mwriverpointe AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2016 15:38:59 -0400
As reported in EBird yesterday by Shawn Reed, the RED-NECKED PHALAROPE Is still 
present at 3:30 pm Sunday (today) in the impoundment / pond located in the 
riverside park located behind the Rome Braves Baseball stadium. It is 
frenetically feeding on the mudflats and water near a group of killdeer in the 
impoundment area. Best viewing location is a bit distant but the bird is fairly 
easy to pick out with a scope. Approximate coordinates of the bird are: 
34.286997,-85.168383 



Mike Weaver
Kennesaw,
Cobb County
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Subject: CHIMNEY SWIFT watch results (WARE) & rescheduling
From: Sheila Willis <swjxw1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2016 15:02:41 -0400
Hey folks,

Hope you are fine & having a great weekend.

I was able to do the first 2 CHIMNEY SWIFT surveys for the Swift Night Out
on Fri. & Sat. evenings. The weather was mild and with very little wind.
Some clouds were present each night. The location was the unused, tall,
brick chimney in the mid-west side of the Magnolia Court Apartments. This
is e. of Hill St. at E. Oneida St. & ne. of the First Presbyterian Church
in Waycross, WARE.

On 9/9 I started watching at 7:14 p.m. and 1 CHIMNEY SWIFT was flying
overhead. Over the next 32 min. individuals, pairs, & then small groups
would fly by the chimney after coming from various directions. The closer
to sunset it got, the more birds would appear & then start chattering. At
7:52 p.m. the first set of 9 birds swerved & dropped into the chimney.
Meanwhile, an increasing flock of birds were circling overhead, sometimes
leaving but always returning to fly over the chimney in a clockwise motion.
Gradually, the numbers of those dropping one after the other increased up
to a point, but then as darkness set in, the pace slowed to individuals or
pairs entering. The last one went in at 8:05 p.m. The night's total was 593
birds.

On 9/10 I started watching at 7:12 p.m. with no birds around. At 7:14  the
first CHIMNEY SWIFT appeared & flew by. As before, the birds would come &
some make a tentative swoop towards the chimney as if to check it out. At
7:46 p.m. the first bird dropped in for good. Most went in early and by
7:52 it was down to just single birds dropping in now & again. The last one
went to bed at 8:05 p.m. The total was 389 birds.

We typically have over 2,000 CHIMNEY SWIFTs using this roost at the time of
the Swift Night Out survey (2nd weekend in Sep.) and we get our higher
numbers more towards the end of the month. However, this year is turning
out to be one where the overall numbers are very low. It is unknown at this
time if for some reason most of the birds have already gathered & left, or
if they are slower in arriving and the bulk will still pass through as
before in late September.

Nonetheless, the migration spectacle is still the most amazing thing!! How
fortunate we are that one of the state's largest roosts is so accessible.
The manager of the complex says just don't disturb the residents
there. Typically they are already inside by this time.

Please note that I will "not" be doing a swift watch tonight but am
postponing it to  Wed., 9/14. I will then try to do 1 a week until Oct.
Folks are free to come anytime on their own. Remember to come at least 30
min. before sunset & bring a chair or blanket for the grass viewing area
which is on the s. side of the chimney that is next to a large oak & bamboo
patch.

On 9/10 while waiting for the swift action I did have an interesting
sighting of a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD at 7:22 p.m. as it flew around &
hovered w/in a Crepe Myrtle tree. Also, a COMMON NIGHTHAWK flew by going
southwest to northeast at 8:01 p.m. Usually, I also hear cicadas during the
watch period but I only heard 1 on 9/10. There were very few dragonflies on
either date as well. One or two gnats were out as well.

Take care.

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

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Subject: EL Huie Update
From: William Pixler <pillwixler AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2016 16:57:54 -0400
Hey everyone,

I wanted to follow up my previous email with a more thorough report. In
addition to the Baird's there were also 2 continuing stilt sandpipers.
Thanks very much James and Jeff for sharing these finds, I was able to get
my lifer Baird's!

Other birds of note: There were many least sandpipers, a few pectorals, and
a single semipalmated sandpiper. There also were a few juvenile tree
swallows doing their best bank swallow impression, so check those swallows
carefully!

I can't link the whole checklist from my phone, but it has been posted to
eBird and I'll eventually add photos of the Baird's and stilt sandpipers.

Good birding!

Will Pixler
Atlanta

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Subject: EL Huie Baird's Sandpiper - YES
From: William Pixler <pillwixler AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2016 14:16:19 -0400
I'm looking at it right now. In the SW corner of the northeast pond,
working it's way along the west side in the mud.

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Subject: Baird's Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Clayton County Water Authority--E.L. Huie Ponds, Sep 9, 2016
From: Jeff Sewell or Carol Lambert <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2016 21:27:22 +0000
 Some good birds at Huie today. A "thank you" to James White for his prompt 
eBird report on his sightings this morning.The larger shorebirds were in the 
southwest quadrant of the northeast pond (Pond B). I missed the Baird's on the 
first time around.I was there two days ago and had only one Stilt Sandpiper, 
two Lesser Yellowlegs and not so many Pectoral Sandpipers, so the numbers are 
growing and it changes every day. 

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


     

Clayton County Water Authority--E.L. Huie Ponds, Clayton, Georgia, US
Sep 9, 2016 2:29 PM - 3:04 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:    
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.2 Build 70 14 species (+1 other taxa) Canada Goose  30 Mallard (Domestic type)  25    Rough count. This is not a high number for here. Blue-winged Teal  6 Northern Shoveler  8 Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  6 Great Egret  9 Turkey Vulture  1 Killdeer  16 Stilt Sandpiper  6    I have photos, but James White embedded his photos from earlier today which are better. Baird's Sandpiper  1    Seen by James White earlier today. Have photos. It is in the nw quadrant of the northeast pond, often out in the mud and not so near the water. Least Sandpiper  23    Rough count. Pectoral Sandpiper  12 Semipalmated Sandpiper  4 Lesser Yellowlegs  5 Mourning Dove  1 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31496414 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/) You must be a subscriber to post to GABO-L. Instructions for subscribing (and the guidelines) are found here: http://www.gos.org/georgia-birders-online Please read the guidelines before posting. Send regular postings to gabo-l AT listserv.uga.edu To search GABO-L archives or manage your subscription, go to https://listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=GABO-L To contact a listowner, send message to GABO-L-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: Bird walk at the Sandy Creek Nature Center Saturday - Athens-Clarke County
From: Ed Maioriello <edm AT MAIORIELLO.COM>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2016 16:46:08 -0400
The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will be hosting a bird walk at 8:00AM at
the Sandy Creek Nature Center.

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

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

Directions to the Sandy Creek Nature Center can be found here:
http://athensclarkecounty.com/Facilities.aspx?page=detail&RID=16

N.B. This is a home game day for UGA with a noon kickoff, but I don't think
we'll be affected by the traffic.


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

Ed Maioriello
Athens-Clarke County

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Subject: ADMIN: posting issues
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2016 16:33:50 -0400
For the last couple weeks there have been reports of people being
unable to post to the listserv. Turns out when you sent your 'confirm'
message back to the listserv it was getting trapped by their spam
blocker. They have fixed it. Please let me or Mark McShane know if you
continue to have issues.

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Subject: Warbling Vireo, Scull Shoals Historic Area, Greene Co.
From: John Mark Simmons <jmbirdingandphoto AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2016 11:57:29 -0400
This morning at around 9:45 I briefly saw a WARBLING VIREO feeding in the
virginia creeper vines that are on the willow trees at the bridge. Other
highlights were a flyover BANK SWALLOW and several vocal VEERIES. eBird
list below with vireo description.

http://ebird.org/ebird/ybn/view/checklist/S31480896



John Mark Simmons
Oconee County

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 9/8/2016
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2016 11:20:56 -0400
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: 
Date: Thu, Sep 8, 2016 at 8:45 AM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
To:


*** Species Summary:

Northern Bobwhite (2 Clarke)
Horned Grebe (1 Elbert)
Tricolored Heron (2 Fulton, 1 Richmond)
Glossy Ibis (1 Decatur)
Limpkin (Speckled) (1 Dougherty)
Stilt Sandpiper (1 Clayton)
Sanderling (1 Hart)
Long-billed Dowitcher (3 Chatham)
Black Tern (1 Hart)
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (2 Clarke)
Least Flycatcher (2 Clarke, 1 Fulton)
Blue-headed Vireo (1 Coweta)
Philadelphia Vireo (1 Bulloch)
Palm Warbler (Western) (2 Chatham)

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

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Subject: Atlanta Audubon field trips this week -- LOTS of options!
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2016 07:26:49 -0400
Greetings, Georgia Birders

We have lots of options for field trips this weekend. Please join us!

Lieren Forbes will lead a walk at Vaughters' Farm (DeKalb County) on
Friday, September 9 at 8:30 AM.

Will Pixler has rescheduled (cancelled last week) his walk at the Georgia
International Horse Park (Rockdale County) for Friday, September 9 at 8:00
AM.

Nathan Farnau will lead a walk at Cochran Shoals, CRNRA (Cobb County) on
Saturday, September 10 at 7:30 AM.

Jason Ward of Atlanta Audubon and Steve & Rona Cook of the Georgia Native
Plant Society will lead a walk at Emma Wetlands (Fulton County) on
Saturday, September 10 at 8:00 AM.

Tom Painting will lead a walk at Fernbank Forest (DeKalb County) on
Saturday, September 10 at 9:00 AM.

Angie Jenkins will lead a walk on the west section of the Noonday Creek
Trail (Cobb County) on Sunday, September 11 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: Nighthawks and other migrants, Atlanta
From: Eran Tomer <erantomer AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2016 00:14:32 -0400
Hello all,

This evening I tried for Common Nighthawks in the Johnson Ferry North unit
of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Managed to see 34 of
them, all but one heading south. Another good bird was a Yellow-bellied
Flycatcher. Also present were a Barred Owl, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Swainson's
Thrush, a female Hooded Warbler, plus the common residents.

Best regards,

- Eran Tomer
  Atlanta, GA

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Subject: CONIs over Buford Hatchery (Forsyth Co)
From: Pat Market <bigsky25 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2016 20:33:01 -0400
Hi Folks - Tonight after dinner I sat out on my front porch and immediately 
observed 7 Common Nighthawks fly over within 3 minutes. So I hopped on a bike & 
peddled out to a better vantage point. Over the next 30 minutes I counted an 
additional 95 CONIs fly over... Generally coming from the west and headed 
toward the southeast. It seemed like a loose stream of birds from individuals 
to groups of 6 or 7. Occasionally I would follow individual birds as they flew 
right across the waxing crescent moon! Life's simple pleasures are the best. 
I've been watching the skies now for about 10 days and this is my highest count 
night. Heck birds are probably still flying over my house as I write this. See 
you out there... 

Pat Markey, Forsyth Co.

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Subject: Drew Valley Stormwater Mgmt 9/6/16 Yellow-breasted Chat
From: Jeff Madsen <bluewingjeff AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2016 10:03:37 -0400
Had a quick 45 minute walk around the Drew Valley area this morning. There was 
a single Yellow-breasted Chat in the dense underbrush near the maroon house on 
the walking trail that afforded some great looks as it slowly worked through 
foliage. Other birds of note: Green Heron, Eastern Wood Pewee that was doing 
the soft "pewee" call, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Waterthrush spp (heard, not 
seen, hard for me to separate the two metallic call notes, but def was a 
Waterthrush), Prairie Warbler. There were good numbers of Gray Catbirds around, 
and the usual smattering of common species there like Song Sparrow, N Cardinal, 
Eastern Towhee, Eastern Bluebird, N Mockingbird, House Finch, Red bellied 
Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Red-shouldered Hawk, Ruby-throated 
Hummingbird. 


Jeff Madsen
Brookhaven, GA

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Subject: Fall Meeting - Deadlines approaching
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2016 08:44:55 -0400
Tomorrow (Sep. 7) is the cut-off day for special rates at the Villas
By The Sea hotel for the GOS Fall meeting.  It is also the last day to
register before incurring a late fee of $10. If you are on the fence,
consider jumping off to the side of great field trips, great speakers
and fun people that love birds just like you do. Details here:
http://www.gos.org/2016FallMeeting

Steve Holzman, President
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Subject: Re: Magnificent Frigatebird - Lake Allatoona - Cherokee County - Sept. 5, 2016
From: Rich Hull <haharich15 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2016 22:19:32 -0400
Hi All, 
 Well, it's not every day a frigatebird decides to show up practically in your 
backyard! Although I was oblivious to its existence until Dan's post came out, 
I do have a few tips for those who may decide to chase it. I've jet skied over 
most of Allatoona's waters in Cherokee, so I know the lake pretty well (I was 
out in a boat Saturday exactly where it was seen, but it wasn't there at that 
time). I would suggest checking out Fields Landing Park first since it was last 
seen there, but, even though that is the best vantage point on the lake, a lot 
of the lake is not visible from there. It sounds as if the bird was around 
where the Little River empties into the lake, so I would suggest, if it cannot 
be seen at Fields Landing, to head down to where Bells Ferry crosses Little 
River and scoping that area. If it is not there, I would then go to Victoria 
Landing DUA and Galts Ferry DUA ($5 parking fee). Both of these day use areas 
are separated by a small peninsula from the main body of water where the 
frigatebird was seen today. A frigatebird could easily go to the other side of 
the peninsula and even head to the Bartow side of the lake. HOPEFULLY, 
HOPEFULLY it will still be present tomorrow morning when I go after it...I need 
that fantastic bird for my state and county list. Congrats to all who saw it 
today! 


Good birding and good luck with frigatebird chasing!
Rich Hull
Cherokee Co., GA

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Subject: Magnificent Frigatebird - Lake Allatoona - Cherokee County - Sept. 5, 2016
From: dvickers AT MINDSPRING.COM
Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2016 21:14:25 -0400
Based on a post from Natalie Bailey, via the Facebook page of the Georgia Rare 
Bird Alert, about a female Magnificent Frigatebird Fields Landing on Lake 
Allatoona, I drove up this afternoon arriving at about 6 pm. Met there by Toni 
Bowen, Aija Konrad and Angie Jenkins. After a bit of searching Toni had the 
bird in the scope. It was very distant at the other end of the visible lake. 
The black angular wings and long forked tail were apparent. During the entire 
observation (five minutes or so) the bird never flapped its wings. The bird 
then disappeared and was not relocated before the sun set. Only other birds 
were two Belted Kingfishers, four Mallards, two Chimney Swifts, two Osprey and 
two Common Nighthawks as the sun went down. 


Dan Vickers
Atlanta

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Subject: solitary sandpiper-Gordon Co nighthawks-Bartow Co
From: Pam Potter <ppotter AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Sun, 4 Sep 2016 21:36:27 -0400
Sorry for the late post, holiday stuff.

Sept 3 I went up to Pine Chapel Rd, Calhoun, Gordon Co and found a solitary 
sandpiper & another sandpiper I've not id'd yet in the first big cow pond. It 
stood on a rock and posed nicely for me. 


Then about 7:30 pm about 20 nighthawks flew over my back yard Bartow Co. I've 
not seen that many at once before. 



Pam Potter
White
Bartow Co

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Subject: Chuck-will's-widow, warblers, Broad-winged Hawk at Kennesaw Mountain
From: Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 4 Sep 2016 20:13:55 -0400
Hello all,

Mal Hodges, Gus Kaufman, Pat Pepper, myself and a few others birded
Kennesaw Mountain this morning as part of a Gaggle expedition. As usual,
the meadow next to the parking lot yielded a lot of warblers, vireos,
tanagers, great crested flycatchers and a Baltimore oriole; but in the
woods between that meadow and Stilesboro road, Gus managed to spot a
Chuck-will's-widow roosting on an oak branch.

On the way up the mountain, we had several mixed-species feeding flocks
which invariably contained one or more Blackburnian warblers and American
redstarts in various stages of discolouration. At the end  of the paved
road we had red-tailed hawks, a Cooper's hawk and most excitingly, a
broad-winged hawk riding the thermals that go up the mountain. This is
always a good spot for hawks. On our walk down, we saw a group of 4
red-tailed hawks soaring above the mountain, with two birds play-fighting
and stooping  at each other.

We had a total of 41 species and 7 warblers. The Chuck-will's-widow and
broad-winged hawks were lifers for me. I had only heard them before.
Sugarberry, smilax, hawthorn, persimmons, poison ivy, muscadine and fox
grapes and Virginia creeper are all fruiting profusely. It seems to be
moulting season, so expect lots of tiny-headed robins and tailless titmice.

The checklist, with picture of Chuck-will's-widow attached:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31414845

Thanks
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Subject: Black Terns Cherokee Co.
From: Rich Hull <haharich15 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 3 Sep 2016 15:15:29 -0400
Hi All, 
 JoAnn King and I saw four Black Terns in winter plumage that are visible from 
Fields Landing Park (spotting scope probably necessary). They were feeding 
actively and were flying all over that section of the lake at approximately 
2:30 this afternoon. 


Good Birding!
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Cherokee Co., GA

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Subject: West/Central GA notes from today (9/3) and this week
From: Walt Chambers <chambersw AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Sat, 3 Sep 2016 16:55:18 +0000
Today I hit all the farms around Marshallville. The big farm off hwy 127 is 
still hosting 6 UPLAND SANDPIPERS. I also had a female NORTHERN HARRIER there. 
No other shorebird noted there. The farm off Juice Plant Rd yielded no 
shorebird highlights, but I did have another harrier - a male this time. 
Finally, I hit another farm 2.5 miles east of Juice Plant Rd on 127 between 
Earl Crook Rd and SR31. In the section of the farm south of Shorty Johnson Rd 
(runs parallel to 127), I had 5 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS in with several 
PECTORALS and a few LEASTS about 200 yards south of the road near a drainage 
ditch. I have never had Buff-breasts at this farm before... 



Yesterday, I did a quick hit of the Bradley Unit and had no highlights. I then 
rode down to Walter F George - nothing (not even a tern!) on the reservoir, but 
did have a single Am. WHITE PELICAN below the dam. I then met Mason Jarrett at 
Oxbow Meadows for short bit. We had 4-5 (!) "Traill's"-type Flycatchers in the 
south part of the property - none vocalized!! 



On Thursday (9/1), I hit the Twiggs Co farm ponds (do these have at least an 
unofficial name yet?)... Nothing too great, but did have 10 SEMIPALMATED 
PLOVERS with about 10 LEASTS and 1 LESSER YELLOWLEGS. Later that day I had 
about a dozen BOBOLINKS at Oxbow Meadows. Mason Jarrett had a similar number 
the day before (8/31) in a different area of the property - This is a very 
early for just south of the fall line for this species... 



Walt Chambers

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Subject: Re: Magnificent Frigatebird - Lake Seminole, Seminole County - 9/3/2016
From: Marvin T Smith <mtsmith AT VALDOSTA.EDU>
Date: Sat, 3 Sep 2016 15:01:18 +0000
Congratulations to the newest member of the Georgia Frigatebird Society.

Marv

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Subject: [GABO-L] Magnificent Frigatebird - Lake Seminole, Seminole County - 
9/3/2016 


Hi All,

Hoping that Lake Seminole would still be holding some Hermine-blown 
frigatebirds this morning I arrived at Lake Seminole at about 0930 and after 
not too long picked up a Magnificent Frigatebird circling high over the 
reservoir eventually over both Georgia and Florida waters, and very far out to 
the north. Eventually lost it to the southwest, but later picked up another or 
the same one much further to the northeast and still very far out. Got some 
very distant handheld phonescoped video clips. Sure feels good to see one in 
Georgia after almost 10 years of trying. 


Good Birding All!

Mark

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Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Magnificent Frigatebird - Lake Seminole, Seminole County - 9/3/2016
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 3 Sep 2016 09:24:39 -0500
Hi All,

Hoping that Lake Seminole would still be holding some Hermine-blown 
frigatebirds this morning I arrived at Lake Seminole at about 0930 and after 
not too long picked up a Magnificent Frigatebird circling high over the 
reservoir eventually over both Georgia and Florida waters, and very far out to 
the north. Eventually lost it to the southwest, but later picked up another or 
the same one much further to the northeast and still very far out. Got some 
very distant handheld phonescoped video clips. Sure feels good to see one in 
Georgia after almost 10 years of trying. 


Good Birding All!

Mark

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Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Common Nighthawks Forsyth Co
From: Georgann Schmalz <georgannschmalz AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2016 21:56:48 -0400
At 6:25 tonight there were both streaming and swirling flocks of Common 
Nighthawks in Forsyth County near the corner of Hwy 369 and Whitmire Road. My 
total count was 215 over a period of ten minutes. They all were heading north. 
Pretty cool. 


Georgann 

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Ornithologist
Dawson Co
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Subject: Nighthawks, Gwinnett County
From: "sandfalcon1 ." <sandfalcon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2016 20:58:53 -0400
Greetings all,

Apologies if this posts twice, I think my first effort got rejected.

Like Rich Holl reported for Cherokee County, just after 8 pm I counted 15
nighthawks flying over my house west of Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County.
All were flying in an east-southeasterly direction.

These are the first I've observed here in 9 years at this house. That may
be more a function of just not being outside at the right time when they
move through.

Brandon Best
Lawrenceville, GA

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Subject: Nighthawks!
From: Rich Hull <haharich15 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2016 20:16:37 -0400
Hi All, 
 Nighthawks are on the move in large numbers tonight! JoAnn King had at least 
30 fly over house earlier this evening and I had at least 25 fly over my house 
in less than two minutes (with more still coming through, wanted to let other 
people know while there's still some light!). 


Keep your eyes to the skies!
Rich Hull
Cherokee Co., GA

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Subject: Magnificent Frigatebird(s) Jekyll Island
From: "Robert D. Sattelmeyer" <rsattelm AT GSU.EDU>
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2016 22:00:33 +0000
Late this afternoon as soon as the weather cleared somewhat, I went over to 
Jekyll to look for storm birds, and was rewarded by 2 Magnificent Frigatebirds 
just off the beach. The first was directly off the boardwalk from the soccer 
fields, heading south toward Cumberland I. The second, about 45 minutes later, 
was off Great Dunes Park. I will post a couple distant but diagnostic photos on 
the GOS Facebook page. If you're on the coast this weekend, keep your eyes on 
the skies! 



Bob Sattelmeyer

St Simons Island

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Subject: Fwd: CANCELLED: Atlanta Audubon field trip to GA International Horse Park
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 1 Sep 2016 18:43:56 -0400
The weather looks miserable for Friday morning. Will Pixler may reschedule
for next week. Keep your eyes on our field trip calendar on our website:
http://www.atlantaaudubon.org/field-trips

Mary

On Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 4:41 PM, Mary Kimberly 
wrote:

> Greetings, Georgia Birders
>
> Please join us for any of these field trips:
>
> Will Pixler will lead a walk at Georgia International Horse Park (Rockdale
> County) on Friday, September 2 at 8:00 AM.
>
> Jason Ward will lead his monthly walk at Piedmont Park (Fulton County) on
> Saturday, September 3 at 8:00 AM.
>
> Joy Carter and I will lead a walk at Constitution Lakes (DeKalb County) on
> Saturday, September 3 at 8:00 AM.
>
> Gus Kaufman and Vinod Babu of Atlanta Audubon and Leslie Edwards of the
> Georgia Native Plant Society will lead a walk at The Confluence (Fulton
> County) on Saturday, September 3 at 8:00 AM.
>
> Irina Gardner (AmeriCorps Volunteer Ranger) and Victor Williams will lead
> a walk at Picketts Mill Battlefield Historic Site (Paulding County) on
> Saturday, September 3 at 8:00 AM.
>
> Irina and Victor will also lead a walk at Red Top Mountain State Park
> (Bartow County) on Sunday, September 4 at 8:00 AM.
>
> For details and directions to these and other Atlanta Audubon field trips,
> please visit our website at http://www.atlantaaudubon.org/field-trips.
>
> Bird on!
> Mary Kimberly
> Field Trip Director
> Atlanta Audubon Society
>
>


-- 
Mary



-- 
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Subject: Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve
From: Jerry Brunner <jbrunner1 AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Thu, 1 Sep 2016 17:00:54 +0000
Some good warbler activity at CSNP this morning:


Blue-winged Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Black & White Warbler

American Redstart

Also:

Blue Grosbeak

Baltimore Oriole


All except the Oriole were seen in the River Birches and Black Willows along 
the edge of the "Pond" near the observation deck. The Oriole was at the opening 
along the Creek Trail. 



Jerry Brunner

Decatur GA




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Subject: ADMIN: Test
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2016 17:11:02 -0400
This is a test

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Subject: Atlanta Audubon Field Trips this week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:41:08 -0400
Greetings, Georgia Birders

Please join us for any of these field trips:

Will Pixler will lead a walk at Georgia International Horse Park (Rockdale
County) on Friday, September 2 at 8:00 AM.

Jason Ward will lead his monthly walk at Piedmont Park (Fulton County) on
Saturday, September 3 at 8:00 AM.

Joy Carter and I will lead a walk at Constitution Lakes (DeKalb County) on
Saturday, September 3 at 8:00 AM.

Gus Kaufman and Vinod Babu of Atlanta Audubon and Leslie Edwards of the
Georgia Native Plant Society will lead a walk at The Confluence (Fulton
County) on Saturday, September 3 at 8:00 AM.

Irina Gardner (AmeriCorps Volunteer Ranger) and Victor Williams will lead a
walk at Picketts Mill Battlefield Historic Site (Paulding County) on
Saturday, September 3 at 8:00 AM.

Irina and Victor will also lead a walk at Red Top Mountain State Park
(Bartow County) on Sunday, September 4 at 8:00 AM.

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

Bird on!
Mary Kimberly
Field Trip Director
Atlanta Audubon Society

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Subject: BROWN BOOBY - Beaverdam Creek Bridge/Pearl Mill Boat Ramp, Richard B Russell Lake, Elbert County - 8/27/2016 - YES
From: Mark McShane <mcshane1 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2016 13:20:22 -0400
Hi All,

The local residents that I met there on the bridge on July 29th emailed on 
Saturday that the bird was back on her roost then, for the first time last 
week, and 3 eBird sightings were posted for Saturday as well. Haven't heard yet 
what has transpired since Saturday. Sorry for the late post but have had some 
trouble posting. 


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


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


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

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


Mark

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

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