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Diademed Sandpiper-plover,©Jan Wilczur

17 Sep American Proteins Settling Ponds Forsyth County [Dralle ]
17 Sep ORAS Bird Walk at the State Botanical Garden of GA on Saturday (09/20/14) [James Neves ]
17 Sep Black-billed Cuckoos and Wilson's Warbler [Eric Beohm ]
17 Sep Little Lake Herrick (Clarke) Nashville Warbler, 9/17 [Richard Hall ]
17 Sep Save the Date: Author of Bringing Nature Home speaks on how to help birds by changing the landscaping paradigm ["Rebecca E. Byrd" ]
16 Sep Nighthawk [Ilene Schroeder ]
16 Sep Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillars [Bill Schmid ]
16 Sep Mountain Warbler Report []
15 Sep spotted sandpiper, Glynn County [john w sink ]
15 Sep White-rumped Sandpiper - Apalachee Road Farm Pond, Morgan County - 9/15/2014 [Mark McShane ]
15 Sep Stilt Sandpipers - Apalachee Road Farm Pond, Morgan County - 9/15/2014 [Mark McShane ]
15 Sep Re: Broadwings (and Hawk Watches)! [Patty McLean ]
15 Sep Continuing migrants in Cobb County [bob zaremba ]
15 Sep Broadwings! [world oceans ]
15 Sep More birds at massive CHIMNEY SWIFT roost in Waycross 9/14 [SHEILA WILLIS ]
15 Sep GOS T-shirt Design Contest [Stephen Holzman ]
14 Sep Great day in the yard for migrants [bob zaremba ]
14 Sep Black-crowned Night-Herons recap, Huie Ponds (Clayton County), Lake Blalock (Henry County), Through Sept. 13, 2014 [Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell ]
14 Sep Black-crowned Night-heron in Henry Co. Yesterday [Will Pixler ]
14 Sep Painted Bunting Dawson County [Georgannschmalz ]
14 Sep Rufous Humminbird [Theresa Hartz ]
13 Sep Re: White-Rumped Sandpiper at Apalachee Farm Pond - Morgan County [Tony Zarro ]
14 Sep One more warbler in Atlanta (Fulton Co. ) [Eran Tomer ]
13 Sep Birding Weekend from Jefferson County [Helen Aikman ]
13 Sep White-Rumped Sandpiper at Apalachee Farm Pond - Morgan County ["MWriverpointe AT msn.com" ]
13 Sep Cochran Shoals: Six species of vireo and good number of warblers [Eric Beohm ]
13 Sep Re: AAS Field Trip - Cochran Shoals - Wilson's & Golden-winged Warblers 13 Sept 2014 [Linda FreedomBird ]
13 Sep AAS Field Trip - Cochran Shoals - Wilson's & Golden-winged Warblers 13 Sept 2014 [Nathan Farnau ]
13 Sep Budgie in Clayton County! [world oceans ]
12 Sep Massive CHIMNEY SWIFT roost in Waycross counted 9/12 [SHEILA WILLIS ]
12 Sep White-rumped Sandpiper - Apalachee Road Farm Pond, Morgan County - 9/12/2014 [Mark McShane ]
11 Sep Black Terns [Rich Hull ]
11 Sep Hard Labor Creek Bird Walk, September 27th ["Delestrez, Phil" ]
11 Sep Guided bird and butterfly walks at Leone Hall Price Park in Cobb County, Sep. 20th-21st [Jess ]
11 Sep Thank you Bob Sargent [Jim Yarbrough ]
10 Sep Northwest GA, 9/7/2014 ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
10 Sep Lake Hartwell Fall Report - 9/10/2014 (and Long Point update) [Mark McShane ]
10 Sep Nighthawks continue... [Pat Markey ]
10 Sep EAGLE PROGRAM BY JIM OZIER; Ogeechee Audubon , Tuesday, Savannah [Beth Roth ]
10 Sep White Pelicans and Spoonbills- Brunswick 09/10 [Steve Fox ]
10 Sep ORAS Bird Walk at Sandy Creek Nature Center 9/13/14 [James Neves ]
9 Sep AAS Field Trips this week [Mary Kimberly ]
9 Sep Kennesaw Mt? [Ann Stewart ]
9 Sep an alarming article [Mim Eisenberg ]
9 Sep COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, AT LAST [Sandra Eileen Garber ]
8 Sep Re: Full Supermoon and Migration [world oceans ]
8 Sep Full Supermoon and Migration [Patty McLean ]
8 Sep Twelve Species of Warblers-Golden-winged and Cape May at Sawnee Mountain Forsyth County [Bruce Dralle ]
8 Sep AAS Walk: Woodlands Garden & Decatur Cemetery, DeKalb County [ldtp ]
8 Sep Black Terns at Clarks Hill Reservoir (UNCLASSIFIED) ["Haskell, Eric C SAS" ]
8 Sep Piedmont Park 9/6 [Jason Ward ]
7 Sep AAS walk report Noonday Creek Trail / Cobb [Angelia Jenkins ]
7 Sep Floyd county- American WOODCOCKS [Ann Stewart ]
7 Sep AWPE above Kennesaw today [Malcolm Hodges ]
7 Sep Olive-sided Flycatcher, Dade Co. ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
7 Sep Lake Hartwell Fall Report - 9/6/2014 (and Long Point update) [Mark McShane ]
6 Sep NG Turf, Gordon County - Three American Golden Plovers & Short-Billed Dowitcher ["MWriverpointe AT msn.com" ]
6 Sep Nighthawks Burke County [Cox Family ]
6 Sep Valdosta area [Marvin T Smith ]
6 Sep 56 Bank Swallows in Richmond County [Lois Stacey ]
6 Sep red-eyed vireo & yellow-breasted chat-Bartow Co [Pam Potter ]
6 Sep Little Lake Herrick possible ALFL, State Botanical Gardens LEFL and CEWA [John Mark Simmons ]
6 Sep New Email Address [Trey McCuen ]
6 Sep OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and BLACK TERN, Cochran Shoals, Cobb County [Shannon Fair ]
5 Sep Black Terns in Richmond County [Liam Wolff ]
5 Sep Tough fall IDs and eBird review (long) [Joel McNeal ]
5 Sep Counties most in need of eBird data for September (& August update) [Joel McNeal ]
5 Sep Reddish Egret and Marbled Godwit on East Beach St. Simons Island [Dralle ]
5 Sep Pair of Black-crowned Night Herons in Clayton Co. [Will Pixler ]
5 Sep Black-crowned Night-Herons, Huie, Clayton Co. 9/5/14 [Carol Lambert ]
5 Sep Yellow-bellied Flycatcher in Big Canoe, Pickens County [Theresa Hartz ]
5 Sep Alder Flycatcher, little lake Herrick, Clarke. []
4 Sep Common nighthawk at Emory [ ]
4 Sep Least Flycatcher Oconee Co. [John Mark Simmons ]
4 Sep More Nighthawks to report [Pat Markey ]
4 Sep Re: 100 Nighthawks in Gwinnett County [Rebecca Deitsch ]

Subject: American Proteins Settling Ponds Forsyth County
From: Dralle <bwdralle AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:01:42 -0400
First of the fall season one Savannah Sparrow was observed feeding on grass 
seeds between two of the back ponds. 


Shorebirds observed:

Lesser Yellowlegs -1
Solitary Sandpiper - 1
Spotted Sandpiper - 2
Least Sandpiper - 5
Killdeer - 32

Bruce Dralle
Fulton County

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Subject: ORAS Bird Walk at the State Botanical Garden of GA on Saturday (09/20/14)
From: James Neves <jamesneves AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:49:05 -0400
The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will be hosting a bird walk at the State
Botanical Garden on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 8:00am. We will be
meeting in the Day Chapel parking lot. From the main entrance just keep
bearing left to find the Day Chapel lot.

Many species of warblers, thrushes, flycatchers, etc. have been seen at the
State Botanical Garden this week. The walk this Saturday should provide
some really good birding.

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: Black-billed Cuckoos and Wilson's Warbler
From: Eric Beohm <000001aed35eb136-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:29:34 -0700
Yesterday I made a quick check after work of a couple spots on the 
Chattahoochee. I first tried Paces Mill. There are a couple spots right beside 
the parking lot that sometimes have activity. There were so many people I only 
stayed about ten minutes but did manage to catch a Black-billed Cuckoo up in 
one of the taller tries beside the river. Black-bill and red eyering noted. 


Then I headed to nearby Whitewater Creek Trail and amazingly enough found 
another Black-billed Cuckoo shortly down the river trail. It's interesting that 
such a nondescript bird can be so fun to see. Also, there was at least one 
Wilson's Warbler. 


I took some blurry photos and may put them on my website soon:

http://eaglecreek4.tripod.com/georgiabirdingandnature/


Good Birding!

Eric Beohm
Atlanta, GA

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Subject: Little Lake Herrick (Clarke) Nashville Warbler, 9/17
From: Richard Hall <dr.richard.hall AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:00:23 -0400
On an otherwise slow morning, Mirko Basen and I had a nice NASHVILLE
WARBLER at the far end of Little Lake Herrick this morning. The last few
days have seen a decent arrival of SWAINSON'S THRUSH and TENNESSEE WARBLER
in the Athens area.

Richard Hall
Athens GA


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Subject: Save the Date: Author of Bringing Nature Home speaks on how to help birds by changing the landscaping paradigm
From: "Rebecca E. Byrd" <rebyrd2012 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:57:11 -0400
I'm posting this at the request of Karan Rawlins, Invasive Species
Coordinator with the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at
the University of Georgia.

*Save the Date!* November  12-14, the GA-EPPC is hosting the SE-EPPC
Symposium in Athens at the Georgia Center. Two talks by will be by Douglas
Tallamy author of “Bringing Nature Home, How You Can Sustain Wildlife with
Native Plants”. I want to be sure Georgia Birders are aware of this
opportunity. Information is listed below and in the attached flyer. Please
forward this on to everyone.



*Attend a presentation by Douglas Tallamy *


 To provide an opportunity for more people to attend Dr. Tallamy’s
presentations they have been scheduled at the end of the day. These
presentations will be opened to the public for a small charge of $15 each.
Online registration through the Georgia Center will open soon for the
SE-EPPC Symposium at ww.se-eppc.org/2014.


1) *Wednesday afternoon, November 12, 2014: Bringing Nature Home, How You
Can Sustain Wildlife with Native* Plants

Chances are, you have never thought of your garden — indeed, of all of the
space on your property — as a wildlife preserve that represents the last
chance we have for sustaining plants and animals that were once common
throughout the U.S. But that is exactly the role our suburban landscapes
are now playing and will play even more in the near future. Learn from Dr.
Tallamy how to Bring Nature Home.


2) *Thursday afternoon, November 12, 2014: Stitching the world together for
Migrating Birds*

Biodiversity is essential to sustaining human societies because it is other
living things that run our ecosystems. Birds play a large role in ecosystem
function, yet, throughout the U.S., we have fragmented the habitats that
support our resident and migrant birds by the way we have landscaped our
cities, suburbs, and farmland. We can reconnect viable habitats by
expanding existing greenways, building riparian corridors, and by changing
the landscaping paradigm that dominates our yards and corporate landscapes.
Replacing half the area that is now in barren lawn with plants that are
best at supporting the insects that sustain spring and fall migrants as
well as resident birds while they are breeding would create over 20 million
acres of connectivity and go a long way toward sustaining bird populations
in the future.



Thank you,

Karan




*One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. **-William Shakespeare*
Karan A. Rawlins
Invasive Species Coordinator
Center for Invasive Species & Ecosystem Health
University of Georgia
2360 Rainwater Road
Tifton, GA  31793-5766  USA
work # 229-386-3298
cell # 912-599-9450
krawlins AT uga.edu
http://www.bugwood.org
http://www.eddmaps.org
http://Images.bugwood.org 
http://www.invasive.org
http://Wiki.bugwood.org 



*Rebecca E. Byrd*
Sandy Springs, GA (Fulton)
770~369~5710 mobile
www.atlantaaudubon.org


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Subject: Nighthawk
From: Ilene Schroeder <ilenes47 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:14:48 -0400
At another sad Braves game tonight.  Saw my first of the season Nighthawk.
A single bird, hunting up high.  Earlier there were a number of Chimney
Swifts hunting in the lights.

Ilene Schroeder
Turner Field
Atlanta

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Subject: Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillars
From: Bill Schmid <mountainbirder AT ETCMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:15:44 -0400
My property is saturated with the Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar this 
past week like never before in the last 20 years.
_Does any one know if any birds eat them__?_ Never had so many of these 
in the past and would sure like to get rid of them.
All the local birds seem  to pass on them. They are mostly seed eaters.

Bill Schmid
Walnut Mountain
Ellijay, GA (Gilmer County)


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Subject: Mountain Warbler Report
From: joe AT BETTERBIRDWATCHING.COM
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:56:29 -0700
Pretty slow for warblers over the past couple weeks in the yard area,
but here's a recap:

9-15: First Year: parula, Chestnut-sided, 2 redstart, Orchard Oriole
(new for yard area)
9-14: First Year: parula, Chestnut-sided
9-10: First Year parula
9-5: Magnolia
9-4: First Year Chestnut-sided
9-3: First Year: parula, Chestnut-sided

Scarlet Tanager calling on 9-13 at Lake Nottely, Blairsville, Union Cty.


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

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Subject: spotted sandpiper, Glynn County
From: john w sink <johnsink22 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:55:03 -0400
Spotted Sandpiper on the rocks at Gould's Inlet

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Subject: White-rumped Sandpiper - Apalachee Road Farm Pond, Morgan County - 9/15/2014
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:22:20 -0400
Hi All,

A/The WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER just came out from behind the rise in the field 
which blocks part of the pond shoreline! 


Good Birding All,

Mark

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

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Subject: Stilt Sandpipers - Apalachee Road Farm Pond, Morgan County - 9/15/2014
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:06:25 -0400
Hi All,

There are 4 STILT SANDPIPERS here at the Apalachee Road farm pond right now, 
6:00pm, with a group of more common shorebirds! 


Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Re: Broadwings (and Hawk Watches)!
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:46:13 -0400
One Atlanta location worth considering for hawk watching is Arabia Mountain in 
DeKalb County. There's a reasonable 360d view and it's a quick/easy hike from 
the South Parking Lot, which is adjacent to the AWARE complex at 4158 Klondike 
Rd, Lithonia. A 10a start time is reasonable and a scope can easily be managed 
at the top. The mountain is part of the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature 
Preserve and offers numerous walking and biking trails. There are two parking 
areas along Klondike Rd with the South Lot, identified above, being closest to 
the trails up the mountain. As always, it's best to remove/hide any valuables 
left in the car.  


Patty McLean
Tucker GA




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Subject: Continuing migrants in Cobb County
From: bob zaremba <bobzarem AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:19:16 -0400
Although the Golden-winged and Ceruleans were not seen today by Deb and I,
we did have a few new migrants this morning.  Started out with a female
Scarlet Tanager near the grapes, then a SWAINSON'S THRUSH (first of the fall
for us), several American Redstarts, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, Hooded,
Common Yellowthroat and a new addition, a KENTUCKY WARBLER.   The number of
hummingbirds was down a bit, maybe 20 or so.  There was a Belted Kingfisher
on the pond too.    We love fall migration!  

 

Bob and Deb Zaremba

Marietta, GA



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Subject: Broadwings!
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:39:47 -0400
Hello,

Over the past few days many hundreds of broadwinged hawks have poured
into the northern end of the Appalachian chain in Pennsylvania and
Maryland. This week is historically the time when most of them
migrate. Today in the last couple of hours in Clayton County I have
seen single birds circling rather high before disappearing into the
cloud cover.

I would expect that tomorrow and Wednesday (and the rest of the week),
with a bit more sunshine and northwest breezes all day, there will be
large numbers of Broadwings over Georgia. One of the best ways to find
them is to scan around small puffy rising clouds, which indicate
thermal activity (=a hawk's launching pad).

Good hawking!

James Gibson
Clayton County

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Subject: More birds at massive CHIMNEY SWIFT roost in Waycross 9/14
From: SHEILA WILLIS <swillis AT MEDIASTREAMUS.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:28:28 -0400
Hey folks,

Hope you are fine.

I did another survey of a CHIMNEY SWIFT roost in Waycross (WARE) on Sun.,
9/14. The site is the Magnolia Court Apts. & ne. of the First Presbyterian
Church on Hill St.  (e. of U.S. #84/Plant Ave.).

Temperature just before was 79 degrees, a 3 mph wind from the WSW, and
humidity 73%. It was overcast and the storm clouds got darker & more over
the site before the survey was over. It did not rain, however.

This time around an apartment resident who was standing on his balcony,
told me he looks for the birds each year & welcomes them. So, off & on for
the next several minutes, he would give a loud "hoot" call to them!!

I should mention that this is just a roost site used for migration
purposes. Otherwise, only 1 pair should be using the large brick chimney
for nesting during the spring & summer. Sadly, my own chimney was not used
this year to raise young like it has done in the past several years. A pair
showed up in April for a few days but then left. These roosting birds leave
at dawn to feed & then return but only stay for a while like this in Aug. &
Sept. before departing for South America. How they all know to come here
(or to their other roost sites) is a wonderment.

Carter Choate, an Okefenokee Bird Club member from Tifton (TIFT), reported
on 8/1 that he & his wife Mary like to watch the swifts congregate at a
nearby old school which has a huge boiler chimney. He says that at that
time they had counted about 500 to 700 birds using it and it only took them
about 15 min. to go in.

I arrived at my Waycross site at 7:16 p.m. & saw a small flock flying
around over the area and mostly coming from the south. At 7:30 p.m. the
first bird dropped into the chimney.

The pattern is for a few birds to fold their wings & drop in early while
the rest chatter & swirl overhead in mostly circles (either clockwise or
counter clockwise) & sometimes figure-8s. As the sky darkens, the birds
seem to start flying faster & moving the circle off & then back over the
chimney. More start dropping in at the same time. Then, when most of the
birds are done, just a few stragglers are left to make a sweep by & then
return to join their fellow flockmates.

The last bird dropped in at 7:59 p.m. I counted 2,138 CHIMNEY SWIFTs which
is up slightly from Fri., 9/12's count. Typically, this roost has its
larger numbers the week after the official international survey. I will
check at least one more time this month.

I also had 2 COMMON NIGHTHAWKs fly by in the west going south to north. One
did a wing shake.

As I mentioned in a recent post, it's o.k. for folks to come on their own &
sit quietly on the grass near the chimney at the apartments. Bring a chair
or blanket. Come about 30-45 min. before sunset. You might think in the
early minutes that they aren't coming this time, but then they show up &
more & more join them. Apart from this short time period & when they leave
in the morning, there's nothing to indicate this miracle happens here at
all. Take care.

Sincerely,
Sheila Willis
Native American-Naturalist Talks & Tours
Waycross (WARE), GA


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From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:10:46 -0400
GOS announces a T-shirt Design Contest.
Submit your original artwork for our new t-shirt.  The shirt will have
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mailing in a hard copy.  The winning design will be selected by a
panel of 3 judges and the design and shirts unveiled at our Winter
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Subject: Great day in the yard for migrants
From: bob zaremba <bobzarem AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:01:36 -0400
Deb and I had one of the best days in a very long time watching migrants in
the yard today.   The morning started slowly with very little going on and
an overcast sky. Around 10 AM we had a light rain move in and Deb spotted a
Magnolia Warbler, the first of the fall for us.  A minute later two
American Redstarts started flycatching insects followed by a Chestnut-sided
Warbler.   While we were enjoying watching them chase each other, Deb
spotted a female CERULEAN WARBLER gleaning insects and bathing in the leave
of the trees.   I spotted a Yellow-throated Warbler a couple minutes later
and as I  was watching that a beautiful male GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER appeared
as if out of nowhere.   Then a second female CERULEAN popped up! That was
six species in the span of about 10 minutes!   We continued to see this
flock periodically throughout the day.   Later in the day, the flock was
joined by a beautiful male American Redstart,  A female Black-and-white
Warbler. Common Yellowthroat and a female BLACLBIRNIAN, and finally at the
very end of the day, a female Hooded Warbler for a 10 species day!   Along
with the great warblers we are also hosting over 25 Ruby-throated
Hummingbirds (hard to count), we had two Blue Gray Gnatcatchers, Red-eyed
Vireo, Eastern Wood Pewee, Empidonax Flycatcher (looked Trails type), along
with the host of our regular guys.  It was an incredible day and the best
day we can recall in a long time.    Hoping they stick around for a day or
two..  

 

Bob & Deb Zaremba

Marietta, GA  



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Subject: Black-crowned Night-Herons recap, Huie Ponds (Clayton County), Lake Blalock (Henry County), Through Sept. 13, 2014
From: Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 11:05:02 -0700
 On 9/5/14, two adults were seen by William Pixler, then by Carol Lambert and 
Steve Mitchell, then later in the day photographed by James White, at the Huie 
Ponds on the south side of the island in the south pond. 


On 9/6/14, I saw and photographed a "first summer bird" (see Sibley) at Lake 
Blalock, barely in Henry County, not far from the ponds. This bird had a 
discernible black cap but was not in full adult plumage in that it retained 
blurry streaks on the chest and had not developed black back feathers. 


Yesterday, after the Atlanta Audubon Society field trip I led to the ponds and 
the Newman Wetlands Center, five of us went to Lake Blalock to look for this 
species. We found an immature bird but not the same bird I saw last Saturday. 
This bird's cap had no black in it but was obviously a cap, about the same 
color as its dark gray tertial feathers. Three of us took photographs and 
William Pixler has embedded a photo in his eBird checklist that he posted here 
earlier today ( I could not get to the photo by going directly to his Flickr 
account to which he also posted a link, but maybe I don't know how to access 
Flickr accounts). 


I conclude that over the last week, four BCNHs have been seen on the water 
authority's properties. I believe there is a small, maybe, growing, number of 
this species spending the winter here. On several recent winter surveys in past 
years of the interior wetlands (not open to the public), we have seen adults 
and, once, an immature. The only other site that I know of in the Georgia 
piedmont where they spend the winter is at Phinizy Nature Preserve in Augusta, 
Richmond County. 


Jeff Sewell



Jeff Sewell / Carol Lambert 
Tucker, DeKalb Co., GA 
lambertsewell AT att.net 
  
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Subject: Black-crowned Night-heron in Henry Co. Yesterday
From: Will Pixler <pillwixler AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 09:10:58 -0400
Hello everyone,

After the main portion of yesterday's AAS walk at the Clayton Co Water 
authority wetlands center and ponds Jeff Sewell led a few of us over to Lake 
Blalock to try and relocate a black-crowned night-heron he'd seen previously. 
While we didn't find that specific bird, we did find another, apparently 
younger, BCNH. This one appeared to be somewhere between "juvenile" and 
"1st-year bird" in plumage. The bird Jeff had seen previously was farther along 
in towards full adult plumage, but still an immature bird. 


I also found 2 adult BCNH at the EL Huie ponds last week, so if you're birding 
anywhere in the Clayton Co Water Authority area, be on the lookout for BCNH! 


Here is the eBird checklist from Lake Blalock: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19818704 


Here is a picture of the BCNH seen: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/wkpixelr/15203907766/ 


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Subject: Painted Bunting Dawson County
From: Georgannschmalz <georgannschmalz AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 09:57:09 -0400
Jack Carusos and John Padgett called me with a report of a male Painted Bunting 
they saw at Rock Creek Sports Park off Hwy 9 in Dawson County on Thursday, Sept 
11. Their bird was a fly by in a mixed flock of warblers at the back end of the 
walking trail. I don't have many more details other than they said they had a 
decent enough look at the bird to be 100% sure. 


Later
Georgann. 

Sent from my iPad
Georgann Schmalz
Ornithologist
Dawson County, GA
www.birdingadventuresinc.com

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Subject: Rufous Humminbird
From: Theresa Hartz <jthartz50 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 09:27:08 -0400
There is an adult male Rufous Hummingbird at one of my feeders this
morning.  He has apparently decided that this feeder is his as he is
chasing any of the RTHUs that try to feed there.  He is very vocal,
trilling as he chases them off.

Theresa Hartz
Big Canoe
Dawson County


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Subject: Re: White-Rumped Sandpiper at Apalachee Farm Pond - Morgan County
From: Tony Zarro <000001b0fd42c8c3-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:09:40 -0700
Around noon today the WRS was pretty close to the front of the pond...there 
were several Yellowlegs facing off and trying to intimidate each other...at one 
point one of the Ys started bullying the WRS and the WRS panicked and started 
to take off, but then settled down just as quickly. During the commotion the 
WRS revealed the very distinctive white rump, that was so cool to see! 



Tony Zarro
Cumming, GA





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Sent: Saturday, September 13, 2014 5:22 PM
Subject: [GABO-L] White-Rumped Sandpiper at Apalachee Farm Pond - Morgan County
 

As of 4:30 pm Saturday afternoon the WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was still present 
on the near road shore of the Apalachee Road farm pond EBird hotspot. This is 
the bird previously reported by Mark McShane. EBird report with photos to be 
posted in the near future. 


Mike Weaver
Kennesaw, Cobb County, GA

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Subject: One more warbler in Atlanta (Fulton Co. )
From: Eran Tomer <erantomer AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:05:47 -0400
Hello all,

Spent the morning birding my local woods & streams here in n. Atlanta.
Unfortunately, mi-grants were not as plentiful as y'all's grants and things
were rather sluggish (at least bird-wise). However, I did find a 1st-fall
male Yellow Warbler foraging alongside Carolina Chickadees. Never seen this
association previously.

Best regards,

- Eran Tomer
  Atlanta, GA


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Subject: Birding Weekend from Jefferson County
From: Helen Aikman <hhaikman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:41:27 -0400
Hello from Jefferson County!  I'm new to the listserve, so let me know 
if I get this wrong.  Don't see many posts from the CSRA outside of 
Augusta, so here goes.

Great weekend out here.  Last night watched the sun set on catfish ponds 
on the John Hattaway Road - the sky full of Great Egrets, Great Blue 
Heron, Wood Storks and Osprey.  This morning did a slow drive of the Mae 
Lamb Road (dirt road) off Rte 1 north out of Louisville and spotted more 
Wood Storks, Red-tailed Hawks, Summer Tanager, White-eyed Vireos, Turkey 
and Black Vultures.  Tonight, drove the Eden Road (another dirt road 
appropriately named - a paradise!) from Jefferson County into Burke 
County ending at the lovely shallows of Turkey Pond at the intersection 
of Eden and Cobb Roads - along the way - more Wood Storks, a Wild 
Turkey, a male Painted Bunting and his mate and one immature, at least 
100 Cattle Egrets headed south, 1 Anhinga airing her wings on the lake, 
a Great Egret gliding over the water, and an Osprey waiting for action. 
  Full lists below.  Happy Saturday!

John Hattaway and Donald Cobb Roads, Jefferson, US-GA
Sep 12, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
5 species

Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)  3
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  3
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  15
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)  4
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  2

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19814190

Mae Lamb Road, Jefferson, US-GA
Sep 13, 2014 7:50 AM - 10:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Hot morning of mixed sun and clouds.
8 species

Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)  4
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)  60
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  4
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)  1
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)  3
Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)  1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  1

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19822994

Eden Church Road Route, Jefferson, US-GA
Sep 13, 2014 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Cloudy, warm evening - not conducive to photographs, but 
fruitful.
10 species

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)  1
Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)  7
Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)  1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)  100     Migrating southerly
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  24
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  24
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  2
Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)  3

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19823092
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Subject: White-Rumped Sandpiper at Apalachee Farm Pond - Morgan County
From: "MWriverpointe AT msn.com" <mwriverpointe@MSN.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 17:22:41 -0400
As of 4:30 pm Saturday afternoon the WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was still present 
on the near road shore of the Apalachee Road farm pond EBird hotspot. This is 
the bird previously reported by Mark McShane. EBird report with photos to be 
posted in the near future. 


Mike Weaver
Kennesaw, Cobb County, GA

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Subject: Cochran Shoals: Six species of vireo and good number of warblers
From: Eric Beohm <000001aed35eb136-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:14:17 -0700
After two unsuccessful afternoon attempts at Cochran Shoals Chattahoochee River 
NRA this month I finally hit some pay dirt this morning. However, I will 
preface by saying the front must have stalled because the overcast skies did 
not result in the kinetic waves of activity I had hoped for. The day started 
slow. In fact, at first there seemed to be more birders than birds. It looked 
like an army of birders in with the masses of runners, bikers, dog-walkers, 
etc. Good to see since I remember a time when you never saw birders anywhere. 


So as usual, to find the birds, I needed to get off the mass transit paths. The 
power line cut on the hill is one of the better spots. There were a handful of 
warblers and migrants there including a Baltimore Oriole that was about the 
only bright splash of color against an otherwise gray sky. 


There was more of a slow diffusion of movement with most of the regulars and 16 
species of warbler. I noted two PHILADELPHIA VIREO at the power line cut on 
hill above the swamp. 


I was also able to get one of my target birds at the power line cut: WARBLING 
VIREO. I've found them before at this park. This species typically requires 
significant neck spasms of the birder but the payoff is worth it. They are less 
frenetic than Red-eyed, so you just have to wait for them to sneak across the 
branches, usually high up and well hidden. 


One problem with finding Warbling and Philadelphia Vireo together is feeling 
like you have to find all the rest of the vireos for the slam. Not a bad 
problem to have I know, but it did mean I had to add another hour of walking up 
into the mixed woods on the hill to find Blue-headed Vireo. I believe this is 
at least the third time I have found all six species of vireo at this site. It 
did allow me to add some warblers that otherwise can be hard to get at this 
site like Worm-eating, Canada, and Ovenbird. 


Always a fun favorite, was a male WILSON's WARBLER buzzing up and down on the 
Philly Vireo Trial. This trail is one of the better stops and typically 
produces Golden-winged Warbler. A slight cool breeze pushed through around 10 
am which gave rise to a little more action. 


There was some flycatcher action with Pewees everywhere, but also Acadians were 
visible and some appeared to be on the move. I was confident I heard a Le AT st 
Flycatcher near the field but couldn't get eyes on it. Besides that just the 
usual but still enjoyable suspects like a couple House Wrens, a few Scarlet 
Tanagers, and a bonanza of hummingbirds. 


BTW, I was in the Caribbean recently and added some bird photos to my website 
if anyone is interested: 


http://eaglecreek4.tripod.com/georgiabirdingandnature/

Good Birding!

Eric Beohm
Atlanta, GA 

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Subject: Re: AAS Field Trip - Cochran Shoals - Wilson's & Golden-winged Warblers 13 Sept 2014
From: Linda FreedomBird <hummingbird888 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 17:46:17 -0400
Thanks Nathan for your time and effort. It was a fun and educational
 birdwalk and all of us (especially me)  learned so much. I appreciate you
and your shared list when you even identified birds not only by their
behavioral patterns, but also by their sex and morphology. Good job!

On Sat, Sep 13, 2014 at 3:36 PM, Nathan Farnau  wrote:

> Despite a slow, overcast start to the morning, activity was great in the
> northern sections of the park.  Highlights were two very cooperative
> GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS, two WILSON'S WARBLERS (both on the "Philly Trail")
> and six CANADA WARBLERS.  We had 54 species overall, 14 warbler species.
>
> Frugivores are still scarce with no Catharus thrushes, no grosbeaks, and
> only one SCARLET TANAGER on the day.  Even catbirds and thrashers haven't
> started to build to their fall peaks yet.
>
> Full eBird checklist below:
>
> Canada Goose 55
> Wood Duck 1
> Mallard 12
> Great Blue Heron 2
> Green Heron 1
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Spotted Sandpiper 1, in winter plumage
> Mourning Dove 2
>
> Chimney Swift 250
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird 18
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
> Downy Woodpecker 6
> Hairy Woodpecker 5
> Northern Flicker 3
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
>
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 14
> Acadian Flycatcher 3
> Eastern Phoebe 3
> White-eyed Vireo 2
> Yellow-throated Vireo 1
> Red-eyed Vireo 10
> Blue Jay 14
> American Crow 4
> Fish Crow 2
> Carolina Chickadee 32
> Tufted Titmouse 14
> White-breasted Nuthatch 5
> Brown-headed Nuthatch 3
> Carolina Wren 15
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
> American Robin 4
> Gray Catbird 3
> Brown Thrasher 7
>
> Northern Waterthrush 2
> Blue-winged Warbler 1
> Golden-winged Warbler 2f
> Black-and-white Warbler 3f
> Common Yellowthroat 1
> Hooded Warbler 2m, 2f
> American Redstart 16 (no adult males seen)
> Northern Parula 2f, 1m
> Magnolia Warbler 6
> Chestnut-sided Warbler 14
> Pine Warbler 3
> Yellow-throated Warbler 1
> Canada Warbler 2m, 4f
> Wilson's Warbler 1m, 1f
>
> Eastern Towhee 2
> Scarlet Tanager 1
> Northern Cardinal 14
> Indigo Bunting 1
> Common Grackle 2
> Baltimore Oriole 1f
> American Goldfinch 35
>
> Nathan Farnau
> Atlanta, GA (DeKalb County)
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Subject: AAS Field Trip - Cochran Shoals - Wilson's & Golden-winged Warblers 13 Sept 2014
From: Nathan Farnau <natwan AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:36:37 -0400
Despite a slow, overcast start to the morning, activity was great in the 
northern sections of the park. Highlights were two very cooperative 
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS, two WILSON'S WARBLERS (both on the "Philly Trail") and 
six CANADA WARBLERS. We had 54 species overall, 14 warbler species. 


Frugivores are still scarce with no Catharus thrushes, no grosbeaks, and only 
one SCARLET TANAGER on the day. Even catbirds and thrashers haven't started to 
build to their fall peaks yet. 


Full eBird checklist below:

Canada Goose 55
Wood Duck 1
Mallard 12
Great Blue Heron 2
Green Heron 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1, in winter plumage
Mourning Dove 2

Chimney Swift 250
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 18
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 6
Hairy Woodpecker 5
Northern Flicker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 1

Eastern Wood-Pewee 14
Acadian Flycatcher 3
Eastern Phoebe 3
White-eyed Vireo 2
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 10
Blue Jay 14
American Crow 4
Fish Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 32
Tufted Titmouse 14
White-breasted Nuthatch 5
Brown-headed Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 15
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird 3
Brown Thrasher 7

Northern Waterthrush 2
Blue-winged Warbler 1
Golden-winged Warbler 2f
Black-and-white Warbler 3f
Common Yellowthroat 1
Hooded Warbler 2m, 2f
American Redstart 16 (no adult males seen)
Northern Parula 2f, 1m
Magnolia Warbler 6
Chestnut-sided Warbler 14
Pine Warbler 3
Yellow-throated Warbler 1
Canada Warbler 2m, 4f
Wilson's Warbler 1m, 1f

Eastern Towhee 2
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 14
Indigo Bunting 1
Common Grackle 2
Baltimore Oriole 1f
American Goldfinch 35

Nathan Farnau
Atlanta, GA (DeKalb County)

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Subject: Budgie in Clayton County!
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 09:53:34 -0400
Good morning

Has anyone lost a pet? At 8:54 this morning I saw a Budgierigar on Rt
19/41 (N.Central Ave) in Hapeville, just south of Crown Rd and a few
meters south of the railroad crossing and the Clayton-Fulton Co. line.
It perched on a wire while apparently harassing an American crow ,
then zipped across the road and back before flying off to the
southwest.

I took a few photos but they are not helpful.  The bird was in poor
light and too skittish.

James Gibson
Clayton County

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Subject: Massive CHIMNEY SWIFT roost in Waycross counted 9/12
From: SHEILA WILLIS <swillis AT MEDIASTREAMUS.NET>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:47:47 -0400
Hey folks,

Hope you are fine.

Just finished the Swifts Night Out survey here in Waycross (WARE) at the
Magnolia Apts. near First Presbyterian Church. OBC member June LaRoque &
her grandson Ace joined me for the count.

Temperature just before was 85 degrees, humidity 56%, and partly cloudy
skies w/ a slight breeze from the East.

I arrived at 7:11 p.m. with the first CHIMNEY SWIFT coming to fly around
the site at 7:25. The first one dropped into the large brick chimney at
7:27 p.m. As usual, more birds came by and eventually formed a large,
swirling circle of chattering birds. Occasionally some would twist back &
forth then fold their wings & drop into the chimney.

Over the time period, the circle would move back & forth over the chimney
or break apart only to reform. It was quite a dizzy sight!! I counted
individually when I could & by 5's otherwise, including only those I could
tell had dropped into the roost.

The birds trickled into their bed until only a few were left to circle the
stack in the early darkness. When all were "tucked in" by 8:04 p.m., I had
counted a total of 2,047 birds. This is near what we usually get for this
spot.

Just 2 COMMON NIGHTHAWKs flew by overhead at dusk. A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD &
1 CAROLINA WREN were also heard.

The next OBC count will be on Sun., 9/14 with us meeting at 7:15 p.m.  I
will probably do another one this coming week, as we often get larger
numbers after the official Swift Night Out survey.

You are welcome to come & sit quietly yourself on the grass any time this
month to enjoy the scene. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. This is the
largest roost in GA & among the U.S. sites too.

This is ne. of the First Presbyterian Church which is at 601 Hill St. Just
go one block north from the church's east side & it's on the right. Large
brick apartments w/ a big brick chimney.

This is east of U.S.#84 in n. Waycross, turning east via Ava St.  and then
at the church. If you come via U.S. #1/Memorial Dr. from the south, turn
right/north at Memorial Stadium & go to the 4-way stop. Turn left/west onto
Ava St. Continue to 1st Presbyterian Church & turn.

Take care.

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


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Subject: White-rumped Sandpiper - Apalachee Road Farm Pond, Morgan County - 9/12/2014
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:34:12 -0400
Hi All,

Made my first stop after work this evening at the Apalachee Road farm pond in 
Morgan County, again. This evening though I picked up a fall WHITE-RUMPED 
SANDPIPER right away on the pond edge nearest the road. Sometimes the bird 
walked behind the rise in the field there that hides the shore and bank of the 
pond and I couldn't see it, and then it would move back into view, this 
happened several times. Jim Hanna came over and added the bird to his year list 
and then a rather energetic thunderstorm pretty quickly deluged us out of 
there. Shorebirds also seen: 


Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper

Also there were 7 Pectoral Sandpipers later in the northwest corner of the 
south field at the Bostwick sod farm. 


Good Fall Shorebirding All!

Mark

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Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Black Terns
From: Rich Hull <haharich15 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:50:47 -0400
Hi All, 
 My Dad and I went out on lake Allatoona on our jetskies today. I saw a lone 
Black Tern near Sweetwater Campground, which is accessible from Sweetwater 
Creek Dr. This road goes into Highway 20. This is the first one ever recorded 
in Cherokee County as far as I know. We soon found a whole flock of Black Terns 
near the outlet of Little River. I counted 21 there, but I couldn't count all 
of them. I think that there were around 30-40 total. This location was very 
close to where Bells Ferry Rd crosses over Little River. They were all in 
winter plumage and seemed to be sticking around that general area. We continued 
up Little River and saw 3 Ospreys and one Belted Kingfisher. When we came back 
the Black Terns were still there, swooping all around. Very cool! 


Good birding, 
Rich Hull
Cherokee County, GA
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Subject: Hard Labor Creek Bird Walk, September 27th
From: "Delestrez, Phil" <Phil.Delestrez AT DNR.STATE.GA.US>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:07:52 -0400
Unfortunately, I can't lead the scheduled bird walk at Hard Labor Creek on 
September 27th. I am going to be working at Panola Mountain that day on a 
volunteer native plant restoration day, and any member of Audubon is invited to 
join us. Please visit 
www.gastateparks.org/PanolaMountain 
for details, or contact me directly. Sorry for any inconvenience. 

Thanks,

Phil Delestrez
Resource Manager
Hard Labor Creek State Park
5 Hard Labor Creek Rd
Rutledge GA 30663
706.557.3001



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Subject: Guided bird and butterfly walks at Leone Hall Price Park in Cobb County, Sep. 20th-21st
From: Jess <oceansunfish AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:29:42 -0400
Hi Gabo-ers,

The Friends of Price Park is holding their 3rd annual Big Weekend:  Bird 'n
Butterfly-a-thon event over the weekend of Sep. 20th-21st at Leone Hall
Price Park in Cobb County. Visit
http://friendsofpricepark.org/bigweekend.html for complete details, but
here is the short version schedule.

Saturday 8am - Guided Birding co-led by Victor Williams and Jess Searcy
Saturday 11am - Guided Interpretive Walk (Birding and Butterflies,
Wildflowers) co-led by Dennis Krusac and Jess Searcy

Sunday 8am - Guided Birding co-led by Bill Lotz and Jess Searcy
Sunday 11am - Guided Birding and Butterflies co-led by Dan Vickers and Jess
Searcy

Saturday and Sunday 10-1pm - Bird Watcher Supply Co. will be entertaining
visitor questions on how to attract birds to your own backyard.

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase to support Friends of Price
Park and include some birding related prizes!

We hope to see you at this fun event!  There is a flier on the FOPP
facebook page if you would like to share info with friends and family.

Jess Searcy
Cobb County


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Subject: Thank you Bob Sargent
From: Jim Yarbrough <colibri AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:19:07 -0500
Thank you Bob for all the hard work, time, and research that you have done
to further the knowledge of hummingbirds. You are a giant in this field and
will be sorely missed by all. Thank you especially for sharing with me the
advantages of clustering hummingbird feeders. This clever method of
attracting hummingbirds has proven to increase my numbers by at least forty
percent at this time. Never before have I had so many hummers. The next two
weeks should be very interesting. Thank you Bob Sargent.

Jim Yarbrough
Ashburn, GA


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Subject: Northwest GA, 9/7/2014
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:02:42 -0400
Hi, folks, on Sunday, 9/7/2014, Pat Markey & I birded several counties in
the northwest corner of the state, including locations such as the Queen
City Lake (Walker Co.), Cloudland Canyon SP (Dade Co.), Chickamauga &
Chattanooga NBP (Catoosa Co.) and the Cohutta Fisheries Center (Whitfield
Co., permission required). We were mainly looking for migrants & had to work
pretty hard for them, but ended up with things such as an Olive-sided
Flycatcher in Dade Co., a Cerulean and a couple of Canada Warblers at C&C
NMP, an adult male Blackburnian Warbler at the Cohutta Fisheries Center and
several run-ins with Common Nighthawks.  Here are the highlights for the
day:

Blue-winged Teal: 1, Cohutta Fisheries Center, Whitfield Co.

Great Egret: 2, Queen City Lake AT Lake Howard Rd., Walker Co.

Osprey: 1, C&C NMP, Catoosa Co.

Solitary Sandpiper: 1, Queen City Lake AT Lake Howard Rd.; 3, Cohutta Fisheries
Center

Least Sandpiper; 1, Cohutta Fisheries Center

Common Nighthawk: scattered locations in Cherokee Co. (billboard lights
along I-575), Whitfield, Catoosa & Gordon Cos.

Chimney Swift: 80, Queen City Lake, Walker Co.

Olive-sided Flycatcher: 1, Gross Lake AT N. Sunset Dr., Dade Co.

Warblers:
------------
Worm-eating: 1, C&C NMP
Black-and-white: 1, C&C NMP
Kentucky: 1, C&C NMP
Hooded: 1, Queen City Reservoir; 3, C&C NMP
American Redstart: 2, C&C NMP
Cerulean: 1, C&C NMP
Northern Parula: 1, C&C NMP
Magnolia: 3, C&C NMP; 1, Cohutta Fisheries Center
Blackburnian: 1, Cohutta Fisheries Center
Chestnut-sided: 1, Cloudland Canyon SP; 1, C&C NMP
Pine: a few at several locations
Yellow-throated: 1, Cloudland Canyon SP
Canada: 2, C&C NMP

Summer & Scarlet Tanagers: a few of each at several locations

Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA
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Subject: Lake Hartwell Fall Report - 9/10/2014 (and Long Point update)
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:28:29 -0400
Hi All,

I decided to follow up my 9/6 visit to Lake Hartwell this evening after work in 
Athens to see how things might be there. 


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Elrod Ferry Recreation Area (RA) had its 
Closed For The Winter gate locked shut when I arrived, so maybe it has to be 
the about half mile walk in to the tip of the peninsula for the rest of the 
season until it reopens next year. 


Then it was quick over to Long Point to test the driving in there. The Long 
Point gate was open, although there is still no Hart County sign at the 
entrance detailing hours, etc. There is a Hart County Recreation and Parks sign 
at the end of the road loop out at the peninsular point which tells how to 
reserve the shelter pavilion there with the county. 


Birdwise there were still BLACK and FORSTER'S TERNS ranging widely around the 
main body of the lake, with 20+ Blacks and maybe as many as 15 Forster's 
roosting on the north end of the little South Carolina islet 1.2 miles out (GPS 
details in last post), with the birds constantly coming and going - good scope 
needed. I did not see any gulls this time, but a beautiful adult BALD EAGLE 
passed right over the tip of Long Point while I was out there in the late 
evening! 


Previous post with more info, GPS points, etc.:
https://listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind1409&L=GABO-L&F=&S=&P=30857

Good Birding All,

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Nighthawks continue...
From: Pat Markey <bigsky25 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:35:55 -0400
Hi Folks - I observed 80 Common Nighthawks this evening gliding over Buford 
Trout Hatchery between 7:34 and 8:17pm. Again, almost all the birds appeared 
from the NW and leisurely glided over heading SE, sporadically darting & 
foraging as they went... I wish I had come outside a bit sooner tonight, I 
might have gotten over 100! By the way, the sky was beautiful as the sun went 
down tonight! The CONIs were icing on the cake... Pat Markey, Forsyth Co. 


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Subject: EAGLE PROGRAM BY JIM OZIER; Ogeechee Audubon , Tuesday, Savannah
From: Beth Roth <bethheron AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:47:46 -0400
TUESDAY,  SEPTEMBER 16TH



BALD EAGLES & PEREGRINE FALCONS IN GEORGIA

featuring Jim Ozier, Program Manager, Nongame Conservation Section, GA DNR

Tuesday, September 16th at 7:00 pm

First Presbyterian Church, 520 E. Washington Ave., Savannah GA



Bald eagle nests numbered in the single digits in Georgia when Jim Ozier 
started searching for them more than two decades ago. This year the Georgia 
Department of Natural Resources documented 188 occupied nesting territories and 
235 young fledged. Peregrine falcons are also making a comeback as a nesting 
species. Jim Ozier leads the survey effort and will give us an insider’s view 
of both populations and the aerial and terrestrial survey techniques used to 
monitor them. Jim will also update us on progress made to bring the first-ever 
“eagle-cam” to Chatham County this winter . 


The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Beth 
Roth at bethheron AT bellsouth.net or 912-658-6136. 





___________________________________________________________________________________ 


Our October program 

UNDER THE WAVES – A Look at Sea Life
featuring underwater photographer George Cathcart
Tuesday, October 21st at 7:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church, 520 E. Washington Ave., Savannah GA

George Cathcart has combined his love of diving with his expertise in 
photography to produce an amazing slide show of the underwater world, 
especially the corals that form dense reefs around the globe. Don’t miss this 
chance to explore vicariously these usually hidden seascapes. 

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Beth 
Roth at bethheron AT bellsouth.net or 912-658-6136. 


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Subject: White Pelicans and Spoonbills- Brunswick 09/10
From: Steve Fox <sfox01 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:32:55 -0400
At 11:55am while driving northbound on I-95, approximately 2 miles north of 
exit 29, I observed ~50 White Pelicans flying overhead, in somewhat of a SE 
direction. In addition, earlier this morning (10-1030) I had 5 Roseate 
Spoonbills fly overhead in an easterly direction towards Marshes of Glynn. 


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Savannah GA

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Subject: ORAS Bird Walk at Sandy Creek Nature Center 9/13/14
From: James Neves <jamesneves AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:01:15 -0400
The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will be hosting a bird walk Saturday,
September 13th 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.


 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: AAS Field Trips this week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 14:08:11 -0400
Greeting, Georgia Birders

The Atlanta Audubon Society has 3 fall migration field trips on the
calendar this week. We hope you can join us for one or more!

Joel McNeal will be leading a walk at Kennesaw Mountain (Cobb County)
tomorrow, September 10. Meet him at 7:30 AM.

Nathan Farnau will lead a walk at Cochran Shoals, CRNRA (Cobb County) on
Saturday, September 13 beginning at 8:00 AM.

Jeff Sewell and Carol Lambert will lead a walk at the Newman Wetlands
Center and Huie Ponds of the CCWA (Clayton County) on Saturday, September
13 beginning at 8:00 AM.

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

Good birding!
-- 
Mary Kimberly
Field Trip Director
Atlanta Audubon Society


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Subject: Kennesaw Mt?
From: Ann Stewart <annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 13:22:43 -0400
Is there still a bird walk at Kennesaw Mt. in the morning (Wed) at 7:30am?

Has anyone birdied Kennesaw this week?

Ann H Stewart
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Subject: an alarming article
From: Mim Eisenberg <mimbrava AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 10:38:40 -0400
I know this is not about Georgia birds, but I think we all need to be 
concerned. 



Felicity Barringer writes, "The Baltimore oriole will probably no longer live 
in Maryland, the common loon might leave Minnesota, and the trumpeter swan 
could be entirely gone. 

"Those are some of the grim prospects outlined in a report released on Monday 
by the National Audubon Society, which found that climate change is likely to 
so alter the bird population of North America that about half of the 
approximately 650 species will be driven to smaller spaces or forced to find 
new places to live, feed and breed over the next 65 years. If they do not — 
and for several dozen it will be very difficult — they could become extinct." 



http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/09/us/climate-change-will-disrupt-half-of-north-americas-bird-species-study-says.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0 



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Roswell
Fulton County

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Subject: COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, AT LAST
From: Sandra Eileen Garber <sgarber AT GSU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 12:34:44 +0000
We went out last night to see the rise of the Harvest Moon and finally got to 
see a total of 9 Common Nighthawks fly overhead between 7:35 and 7:55 p.m. 
First time in a very long time that we have seen any here. I had just about 
decided that they had become interstate birds (confined to I-75, I-85, and 
I-285). 



Thanks for all the reports. I love nighthawks. Now fall can begin.


Sandra Garber

Canton, GA

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Subject: Re: Full Supermoon and Migration
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 23:51:46 -0400
I love moon Birding!  There can  be a lot of surprises. I was just outdoors
for a few minutes...didn't see any moon birds but I heard at least 6 or 8
songbirds overhead, and got great views of two flying bats in the moonlight!

James Gibson
Clayton County
On Sep 8, 2014 9:20 PM, "Patty McLean"  wrote:

> Just for fun ... if you've got a clear view, check out tonight's full
> moon. It's a rare Supermoon and is bright and full. Thru my scope, I've
> been seeing a few birds fly across the face, heading south. Not frequent
> but interesting to watch.
>
> Patty McLean
> Tucker GA
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Subject: Full Supermoon and Migration
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 21:19:46 -0400
Just for fun ... if you've got a clear view, check out tonight's full moon. 
It's a rare Supermoon and is bright and full. Thru my scope, I've been seeing a 
few birds fly across the face, heading south. Not frequent but interesting to 
watch. 


Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: Twelve Species of Warblers-Golden-winged and Cape May at Sawnee Mountain Forsyth County
From: Bruce Dralle <bwdralle AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 19:30:32 -0400
>> With the overnight rain and low overcast skies this morning. A total of 
twelve species of warblers were seen at Sawnee Mountain. 

>> 
>> Tennessee Warbler - 2
>> Golden-winged Warbler - 1 female
>> Chestnut-sided Warbler - 4
>> Magnolia Warbler - 2
>> Cape May Warbler - 3
>> Blackburnian Warbler - 8
>> Black-throated Green Warbler - 6
>> Yellow-throated Warbler - 2
>> Worm-eating Warbler - 1
>> Black-and-white Warbler - 4
>> Ovenbird - 1
>> Hooded Warbler - 4
>> 
>> 
>> Other migrants seen:
>> 
>> Chimney Swift - 1
>> Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 1
>> Red-eyed Vireo - 12
>> White-eyed Vireo - 2
>> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 4
>> Eastern Wood Pewee - 4
>> Summer Tanager - 6
>> Scarlet Tanager - 1
>> Baltimore Oriole - 2

Bruce Dralle
Fulton County GA
>> 

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Subject: AAS Walk: Woodlands Garden & Decatur Cemetery, DeKalb County
From: ldtp <ldtp AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 16:08:05 -0700
20 birders met for a two-part Atlanta Audubon Society walk in Decatur (DeKalb 
County) on Saturday, September 6. (Lists below.) 


The first stop was Woodlands Garden, a seven-acre gem tucked away just off the 
busy Clairmont Rd/Scott Blvd intersection. Birding was slow overall, probably 
due partly to the heavy shade. Highlights: extended viewing of two 
Red-shouldered Hawks and two Red-eyed Vireos. Gardens Manager Ruby Bock pointed 
out two trees with champion status inside the Perimeter: a Bigleaf Magnolia, 
sporting plentiful red "cones," and a Devil's Walking Stick, crowned with a 
huge spray of red-violet berries. 


Decatur Cemetery is the city's largest greenspace at 54 acres. Quite a few 
large trees are scattered throughout the open areas, there's a small ornamental 
pond, and most of the perimeter has some type of cover, from assorted wild and 
cultivated shrubs to a band of woods in a creek floodplain. Highlights: six 
Red-headed Woodpeckers, including three who dazzled us from perches atop nearby 
tombstones; 20 Eastern Bluebirds; a Northern Flicker; a couple of Brown 
Thrashers out in the open; and an unusually large Red-tailed Hawk, seen perched 
and later in an extended flight. 


Ralph Smith & Liz Hornsby, DeKalb County

==

WOODLANDS GARDEN, Decatur - DeKalb County
September 6
8:00 - 9:15 AM
Sunny (locally very shady), humid, and warm (temps above average).
20 attendees
15 species

Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1  (heard only)
Downy Woodpecker  2
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  4
Eastern Bluebird  2  (heard only)
Northern Mockingbird  1
Pine Warbler  2  (heard only)
Northern Cardinal  6
Eastern Towhee  3  

==

DECATUR CEMETERY - DeKalb County
September 6
9:30 - 11:00 AM
Sunny, humid, and hot (temps above average).
15 attendees
29 species

Canada Goose  1
Mallard  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  10
Belted Kingfisher  1  (heard only)
Red-headed Woodpecker 6 (including 1 immature. 3 adults & 2 immatures were seen 
at the site two days before.) 

Red-bellied Woodpecker  1  (heard only)
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  10
American Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Brown-headed Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  6
Eastern Bluebird  20  (a mix of adults and immatures)
American Robin  8
Northern Mockingbird  35  (maybe more!)
Brown Thrasher  4
European Starling  15
Pine Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Chipping Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
House Finch  15.

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Subject: Black Terns at Clarks Hill Reservoir (UNCLASSIFIED)
From: "Haskell, Eric C SAS" <Eric.C.Haskell AT USACE.ARMY.MIL>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 12:03:48 +0000
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Saturday afternoon 9/6 I observed 2 immature/basic plumage Black Terns 
patrolling the reservoir between Thurmond Dam and Lake Springs Park. The birds 
were present intermittently for at least 3 hours. Very poor photo taken. 


SC DNR Game Warden also sighted Black Terns Friday on the SC side of the lake 
and obtained good photo. 


Eric Haskell
Environmental Compliance Coordinator
J Strom Thurmond Project
384 Power Plant Rd.
Clarks Hill, SC 29821
tel: 864-333-1171



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Caveats: NONE

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Subject: Piedmont Park 9/6
From: Jason Ward <0000007673135945-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 09:28:31 -0700
Piedmont Park, Fulton, US-GA
Sep 6, 2014 8:05 AM - 11:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)

Comments: A group of 8 birders (and one dog) joined me on a warm morning the 
monthly AAS walk at Piedmont Park. What started out as a slow birding day 
quickly took a turn for the better as the group got some amazing looks at a 
bright male Baltimore Oriole along w/ 2 females. We strained our necks but it 
was well worth it. We also had good views of a passing Common Nighthawk as it 
flew overhead. Other than a Prairie Warbler towards the end of the walk, 
warblers were surprisingly absent from todays walk. 


44 species

Canada Goose 30
Wood Duck 2
Mallard 10
Great Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 56
Mourning Dove 26
Common Nighthawk 1
Chimney Swift 6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 10
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 7
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Eastern Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 5
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
American Robin 20
Gray Catbird 5
Brown Thrasher 4
Northern Mockingbird 15
European Starling 10
Prairie Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 5
Song Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 12
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 3
Orchard Oriole 2
Baltimore Oriole 3
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 20
House Sparrow 2


Jason Ward, 
Fulton County 


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athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19748918 

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Subject: AAS walk report Noonday Creek Trail / Cobb
From: Angelia Jenkins <angeliabeth AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 19:00:26 -0400
Hi Birders,

 

Hope you are all enjoying migration.  Today we had 14 attendees who enjoyed
a nice walk led by a team of birders Shannon Fair, Mike Weaver, Aija Konrad
and myself. 

We also had one young birder working on his science homework, who needed to
see 20 birds. No problem!   We had 41 bird species, with 7 warblers in all.
The highlight of the day was a show off Common Nighthawk flyover, then
decide to loop around a few times and land on a big tree branch right above
us! The bird stayed there on the branch blending in perfectly the rest of
the walk and gave us great looks.  We also had several Viceroy, a Hackberry,
Red Spotted Purple and many sulfurs. The Jewel Weed is blooming everywhere
and there is more Cardinal flower this year than I have ever seen along the
trail . lots of Hummers chasing. 

 

Still working on list. will be posted on eBird sometime in the next day or
so.

Great birding all!

Angie Jenkins

Atlanta Audubon Society

Cobb Co

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Subject: Floyd county- American WOODCOCKS
From: Ann Stewart <annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 19:28:30 -0400
Went birding on my property this morning expecting alot after the front pushed 
thru! Wrong! 

Did see a few warblers and vireos high in the canopy but were too high and 
backlit! Got good view of a pretty HOODED WARBLER but best bird(s) of morning 
were two AMERICAN WOODCOCKS!!! so happy to know they are still around! 


Ann H Stewart
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Subject: AWPE above Kennesaw today
From: Malcolm Hodges <mhodges1957 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 18:11:17 -0400
Went birding with the Gaggle this morning on Kennesaw Mountain. We only had
7 warbler species: 2 Tennessee, 3 Parula, 2 Chestnut-sided, 1 Blackburnian,
2 Pine, 1 Redstart, and 1 Hooded. Vireos were numerous, with 7 Red-eyed and
6 Yellow-throated, and 1 early Blue-headed, seen well and heard singing.
Both tanagers were about in good numbers (6 Summer, 11 Scarlet) and we
had 2 each of Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Baltimore Oriole, which always
please the crowds. One Cooper's Hawk flew over the mountain crest, but the
best bird of the day by far was a flock of 13 American White Pelicans
soaring high above the mountain.

Mal Hodges
Riverdale, GA


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Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher, Dade Co.
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 10:21:26 -0400
Hi, folks, there is an Olive-sided Flycatcher foraging (very successfully) from 
a couple of snags at the edge of a field along N Sunset Dr. off of GA 136 just 
west of Cloudland Canyon SP, Dade Co. 

 
GPS:
N34.83089
W085.49998

Take care,
Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA

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Subject: Lake Hartwell Fall Report - 9/6/2014 (and Long Point update)
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 00:01:33 -0400
Hi All,

I visited Lake Hartwell this afternoon, of course hoping for an ultra-giga 
rarity for fall migration such as an inland SaYbine's Gull (3 were found here 
on 9/15/2013), and I found fall migration in full swing out on the lake! 


First I stopped by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center on the 
Georgia side to check on things there and while talking with the ranger on duty 
learned a few things: 


The ranger (a different one from when I asked last year or last time) verified 
that birders, or any visitors, are always allowed to walk into the Corps 
Recreation Areas (RAs), or day use areas, when the auto gates on them are 
closed for the winter season. 


--- SAFETY NOTICE ---
He advised that since any part of the areas may be used for hunting at some 
point during a given year or season it is a good idea, especially if you are 
going to stray off of the main roads, etc., for visitors to wear a yellow, 
orange, or other bright highly visible piece of clothing that a hunter would 
notice and recognize. We have seen duck hunters in camo on shores and in boats 
on shores hunting on the peninsulas in seasons past with lots of decoys out in 
the water near the shorelines. 

--- END SAFETY NOTICE ---

He let me know that the FORMER Corps Long Point RA has already been sold to 
Hart County Georgia and that it will be a Hart County facility. Currently the 
gate to the ex-Corps Long Point RA is open and there is no county signage in 
place yet designating a park, etc., at the gate or inside. Today inside the 
ex-RA the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signage is still up, but the words U.S. 
Army Corps of Engineers have been covered over on all of the signs. 


Like Elrod Ferry RA, it's a beautiful peninsular park on the lake, and a 
fantastic vantage point from which to scope the lake main body and several of 
its arms. It's the location and area of many great birding finds in Georgia. 
Hopefully Hart County will keep the gates open year-round for drive-ins helping 
those who don't always have time for the just over one mile round-trip hike 
that it is out to the end of the peninsula and back from the entrance gate. 


Big Oaks RA
---------------

After leaving the visitor center I stopped at the Big Oaks RA boat ramp on the 
Georgia side of the lake by the dam. I could see 12+ BLACK TERNS ranging widely 
around the main body of the lake foraging and diving to pluck prey from the 
surface of the water, as well as a lone DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT perched out on 
one of the buoys near the dam, while groups of both VULTURE species coursed 
over and around the little island just to the northeast of the boat ramp. 


Big Oaks RA boat ramp:  N 34 20.538 W 82 49.919

Elrod Ferry RA
------------------

I was then able to drive into the Corps Elrod Ferry RA, about 1.8 miles to the 
northwest, and park all of the way out near the very tip of the peninsula, and 
enjoy another of the best vantage points on the main body of the lake. Many 
more BLACK TERNS were to be seen around the lake from the tip of Elrod Ferry RA 
as well as a BELTED KINGFISHER which sallied forth out over the lake from the 
shore beside me. 


On a low islet .3 miles across the Georgia/South Carolina border in the middle 
of the lake, on the South Carolina side of the main channel, and about 1.6 
miles from the tip of Elrod Ferry, I could see 3 CASPIAN TERNS, and about 40+ 
BLACK TERNS roosting on shore. This islet is even much more visible from some 
sites on the South Carolina side of the lake and dam. I figured that if I could 
get out to Long Point I could get a much closer view so off I went. 


Elrod Ferry RA entrance GPS:  N 34 21.591 W 82 51.628
South Carolina Islet GPS:  N 34 22.803 W 82 49.773

Long Point
-------------

Out near the end of the Long Point peninsula I was now only about 1.2 miles 
(well 2100 yards) from the birds on the island beach in South Carolina and 
could discern a good bit more at 75x in the scope. In addition to the 3 
Caspians, and many BLACK TERNS, I could see 3 FORSTER'S TERNS, 2 RING-BILLED 
GULLS, and a HERRING GULL. The BLACK TERNS were constantly coming and going 
to/from the islet, and flying up, down, and around the lake, there were usually 
20-40 on the beach at a time. Also, there were some small peep SANDPIPERS, and 
a few small PLOVERS on the beaches of the islet, but too far away for an ID. 
Near me on Long Point itself were 7 CANADA GOOSE and 19 BLUE-WINGED TEAL. An 
OSPREY flew by in front of me not far from shore, and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER 
was working in a tree over my parking lot. 


Long Point park (Hart County GA) entrance GPS:  N 34 23.080 W 82 51.369

What a great early fall day at Hartwell despite not finding an ultra-giga 
rarity, but it really does look ripe for one out there right now! 


Good Birding All, and Google Earth sure is a great tool for measuring all of 
these distances! 


Mark

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

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Subject: NG Turf, Gordon County - Three American Golden Plovers & Short-Billed Dowitcher
From: "MWriverpointe AT msn.com" <mwriverpointe@MSN.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 20:48:38 -0400
There were three (3) AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS and One (1) SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER 
in the sod farm fields at the North Georgia (NG) Turf Farm in Gordon County. 
But, alas, no Buff-Breasted Sandpipers were found. The turf farm where the 
birds were seen is located off of Taylortown Loop Road NE in Gordon County. ( 
GPS coordinates: 34.558012, -84.786160) 

  
Mike Weaver
Kennesaw, Cobb County, GA

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Subject: Nighthawks Burke County
From: Cox Family <coxfam3 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 19:27:30 -0700
Our children and I observed 7 nighthawks cruising around over our yard this 
evening - a perfect way to spend a late summer's eve! Abundant insects were 
flying around as well, presumably the buffet for the nighthawks. Thrilling to 
watch their aerial gymnastics! 


Karen Cox
Burke County

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Subject: Valdosta area
From: Marvin T Smith <mtsmith AT VALDOSTA.EDU>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 23:32:38 +0000
I had a good birding day in my yard. I saw my first-ever Baltimore Oriole, and 
had three vireos: Yellow-throated, Red-eyed, and White-eyed. I also had Brown 
Headed Nuthatch, Black and White Warbler, Summer Tanager (a real surprise), 
Prairie Warbler, Red Shouldered Hawk, and the usual Cardinals, Titmouse, 
Chickadees, etc for a total of 17 species. 

My neighborhood lake, Lake Sheri, about 3/4 mile from my house yielded Anhinga, 
Snowy Egret, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, two Green Herons, and Kingfisher 
during a short check. 

Marvin T. Smith
Valdosta
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Subject: 56 Bank Swallows in Richmond County
From: Lois Stacey <croakie AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 16:21:56 -0400
Sam Murray texted me while I was on an Augusta-Aiken Audubon field trip 
to Yuchi WMA this morning to tell me that he had 2 Bank Swallows on the 
Augusta airport fence on Lock and Dam Road down near the boat ramp.  We 
decided to extend our field trip to include going to look for the 
swallows.  When we got there we counted 56 Bank Swallows on the wire 
along with a similar number of Barn Swallows, a couple of Northern 
Rough-winged Swallows and 2 Cliff Swallows.  This is an enormous number 
for Augusta!

The checklist with pictures can be found here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19748425

-- 
Lois Stacey
North Augusta, SC

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Subject: red-eyed vireo & yellow-breasted chat-Bartow Co
From: Pam Potter <ppotter AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 12:11:29 -0400
Wow, I've been having a big year this fall in my own yard! This morning I got 
good looks of a red-eyed vireo! It's not a life bird but I don't remember 
seeing one since 1965 in NC. 


I finally have a yellow-breasted chat (I usually see them early spring and late 
summer). 


also this morning (30 min observing):
Blue-gray gnatcatchers (at least 2 still here)
American redstart female
2 catbird juvies
Kentucky warbler (an aggressive chaser of other birds)

Pam Potter
White
Bartow Co

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Subject: Little Lake Herrick possible ALFL, State Botanical Gardens LEFL and CEWA
From: John Mark Simmons <jmbirdingandphoto AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 11:23:00 -0400
This morning I birded little lake herrick from 7:30 till about 9. There
were several Pewees present along with a good candidate for the Alder that
was seen yesterday. The bird made no noise, fought with a couple Pewees,
and was in the exact area that yesterday's bird was. I will go over my doc.
photos and ask around to confirm if its an ALFL. Coloration overall
different from Pewee, seemed smaller, shorter wing projection.

Other notables: Chestnut-sided, Prairie, Prothonotary, Black-and-white
Warblers, Parulas, Yellow-throated Vireo.

I relocated the LEAST FLYCATCHER at the State Botanical Gardens around
9:25. It was perched in a bush on the Oconee side of the river right across
from the powerline cut. At 9:55 I spotted a gorgeous male CERULEAN WARBLER
in the giant  (tulip poplar?) tree close to the small wooden bridge in the
power line cut.

Other notables: Chestnut-sided, Kentucky, Hooded Warblers, Redstarts,
Parulas, Yellow-throated Vireos, Cooper's Hawk, Green Heron.

John Mark Simmons
Oconee County


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Subject: New Email Address
From: Trey McCuen <eleganttreygon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 01:48:35 -0400
For those who know email address as trey.mccuen AT yahoo.com, I no longer have 
that email address. My new email address is eleganttreygon AT gmail.com 



Please use the latter address, otherwise I will not get your emails.

By the way, the next pelagic I plan on arranging will be in in December or 
January. This fall just didn't work out. 


Thanks,

Trey McCuen
Macon, GA

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Subject: OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and BLACK TERN, Cochran Shoals, Cobb County
From: Shannon Fair <shannonmfair AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 06:29:16 -0400
Late yesterday afternoon at Cochran Shoals, I had an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER on 
the snags at the end of the marsh trail. There was also a BLACK TERN hanging 
out near the shoals in the middle of the river. 


Note that there were no nighthawks seen along that part of the river last 
night:( 


Happy Birding!

Shannon Fair
Buckhead, ATL, Fulton County
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Subject: Black Terns in Richmond County
From: Liam Wolff <0000018bba98c267-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 15:43:25 -0700
Hi all

There are at least 40 Black Terns in basic/juvenile plumage flying and hunting 
over Cell 5 at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park in Richmond County. Also continuing 
are the immature Tricolored Herons. 


Checklist with photos here: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19740230 


Good birding!

Liam Wolff
Richmond County

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Subject: Tough fall IDs and eBird review (long)
From: Joel McNeal <joelmcneal AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 16:42:18 -0400
The empid parade has already started, and shorebirds have been coming
through for a while, but I thought now would be a good time to re-post
an abridged version of a post I made a couple years ago regarding what
sort of details I ask for with the most frequently mis-identified
species during fall migration:

-genus Empidonax flycatchers: A *series* of photos and/or voice
recordings are the best way to document these buggers.  Field marks
that stay consistent from different angles and in different lighting
carry a lot more weight than single photos.  Written descriptions for
empids rely on field marks that are usually subjective judgements, and
written descriptions of calls are even more notoriously hard to
interpret; there are still people who think Acadian Flycatchers say
"pizza," for Pete's sake!  Many digital cameras and most smartphones
contain video or voice memo capabilities that are often more than
enough to capture an empid contact note if you're lucky enough to have
one cooperative enough to speak.  The best way to let me know you've
correctly identified an empid is to let me see and/or hear it for
myself with photos and voice recordings.

-Dowitchers: The best way to tell these guys apart is certainly by
voice- again, if you're lucky to have a bird that speaks.  Bill length
is pretty equivocal with these guys (they're both 'long-billed') and
is a subjective judgement, there is sexual dimorphism in overall size
and bill length, and most birds in migration are in intermediate
stages of molt not illustrated in field guides.  In a flock of
dowitchers, you can almost always pick out an outlier that looks the
most like the other species. Always get photos if you can.  On
juvenile birds, look at the tertials.  If you don't know which
feathers are the tertials, you should probably leave the bird
unidentified to species.  Judging by shape, posture, and bill length
all wander into the realm of subjectivity, so also get something
concrete if you can.

-Calidris sandpipers: Luckily, leg color is *usually* pretty
diagnostic for Leasts when you clearly have tiny peeps.  But often the
birds are too far away or have their legs too coated in mud to
accurately assess leg color.  Semipalmateds vs. Western are rarely
easy at a distance, even for very experienced birders.  Overall shape,
color, pattern of streaking below, and bill shape are all field marks
to study.  Make note of the age and molt stage of the bird, as these
are often important in diagnosing to species.  Size relative to other
shorebirds present is also very important, but it's also important to
remember that shorebirds often show very noticeable sexual dimorphism
in overall size and bill length.  Just because one peep is larger than
the neighboring peep doesn't necessarily mean they are different
species.  There are an average of fewer than 5 confirmed Baird's
Sandpiper occurrences in GA every fall, and lots of photos I have
received come back as misidentifications.  If the bird is too far away
to get a good photo through a scope, it's probably too far away to ID
with much confidence.  From a distance, the wing length relative to
the tail length can often be completely misleading.

-Accipiters: Sharp-shinned Hawks are rare breeders in Georgia, almost
exclusively in the northernmost counties in the state, and they rarely
shy away from dense forest until they start fall migration in
September.  Any Accipiter south of the mountains and/or in a
residential area or open country before September should be assumed to
be a Cooper's until proven otherwise.  Even during migration, Cooper's
sightings should vastly outnumber Sharp-shins.  The size variation in
both species is huge, with females being much larger than males (thus
male Cooper's and female Sharp-shins are very close in size).
Cooper's Hawks generally look more round-tailed than Sharp-shinned
Hawks, but like all birds their tail feathers are sometimes in an
intermediate stage of molt, so that feature isn't perfect for
diagnosis.  The pattern of breast/belly streaking on immature birds is
pretty reliable if you know what to look for, and head/neck shape are
usually pretty reliable if you study a perched bird long enough to see
a few angles.

The take-home message for all of these species is that it's often
really hard for me to interpret whether you identified them correctly
by written description of subjectively interpretable characters alone.
When I do receive photos of these groups, they are often
misidentified, so rather than pick and choose who I do or don't trust,
I'd rather demand the same high level of evidence from everyone
(including myself!).  In the face of so many misidentifications, being
stringent with levels of evidence is the only way to make the data
worth anything from a scientific perspective.  The more extraordinary
a sighting, the more extraordinary the evidence necessary to get the
record accepted and displayed as scientifically valid in eBird.  If at
all possible, get hard evidence or make sketches of exactly what you
see on the bird while you are looking at it in the field. Practice
making audio recordings, video, or digiscoping with your phone so
you're ready when a rare bird comes along.  Most importantly, don't be
afraid to use the more ambiguous Empid sp., Short-billed/Long-billed
Dowitcher, peep sp., Semipalmated/Western Sandpiper, and
Sharp-shinned/Cooper's Hawk or Accipiter sp. options in eBird rather
than forcing a bird into the category in which it seemed to fit best
or picking the picture in the field guide that it looks like the most.
The best birders don't ID every bird they see, and they know when to
leave a bird unidentified.  And if you are confident in an
identification but don't have enough evidence for the record to be
accepted as valid in the scientific database, remember that all
sightings remain in your personal records and count toward any patch
lists, top 100, etc. regardless of any review decision.

Good eBirding,

Joel McNeal
Cartersville, Bartow Co., GA
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Subject: Counties most in need of eBird data for September (& August update)
From: Joel McNeal <joelmcneal AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 16:10:06 -0400
I'm running a bit late this month in posting which counties are most
in need of eBird data, but I figured since September is such a good
month for birds it must be pretty well-covered.  That was a terrible
assumption; it's actually the most unevenly covered month in the
state.  The data indicates people like to hit their favorite, already
heavily birded spots hard during the best fall migration birding,
which makes sense.  Unfortunately, that also leads to many of
Georgia's counties historically being neglected during the month of
September; there are 41(!) counties that have had fewer than 20
species reported all-time for the month of September, 10 of which have
no data whatsoever:
Atkinson    0
Banks        0
Crawford    0
Echols        0
Glascock    0
Haralson    0
Irwin        0
Schley        0
Taylor        0
Wilcox        0
Bacon        1
Early        1
Jefferson    1
Marion        1
Pierce        2
Treutlan    2
Turner        2
Dooly        3
Clinch        4
Effingham    4
Miller        7
Quitman        7
Crisp        8
Pike        8
Wilkinson    8
Fayette        9
Spalding    10
Warren        10
Johnson        11
Lumpkin        13
Mitchell    13
Coffee        14
Hancock        14
Wayne        15
Telfair        16
Webster        16
Paulding    17
Ben Hill    18
Lanier        18
Brantley    19
Randolph    19

If you're looking to eBird the wild frontier of Georgia birding- to
enter data that no birder has entered before- then September has a lot
of opportunities for you.

August turned out to be a slow month for progress in filling in eBird
data.  I know I made absolutely no contribution to that effort between
being out of state and starting the school semester.  But four August
counties were knocked out of the dubious less-than-20-species club by
other birders despite my slackery:

(Numbers from the beginning of August in parentheses for counties that
made progress)
Ben Hill    0
Irwin    1
Bacon    2
Wilkinson    3
Seminole    4
Turner    4
Wilcox    7
Echols    9
Pierce    10
Lanier    11
Telfair    11
Douglas    16
Coffee    17
McDuffie    19 (5)

Montgomery    38 (17)
Dooly    42 (18)
Johnson    61 (15)
Mitchell    99 (0)

Nothing like a White-faced Ibis or two to bring a county from 0 to 99
species in a hurry.  Thanks, Wayne!  Just think of all those other
underbirded counties on the list that had J AT birus and Wh;te-t AT iled
Tr0p;cb;rds in them if only someone had done some adventurous county
eBirding...

An animated map of August's progress along with a color-coded map of
Septembers vast underbirded shame is available at
https://sites.google.com/site/ebirdga/ .

Good eBirding,

Joel McNeal
Cartersville, Bartow Co., GA
http://www.pbase.com/joelmcneal/birds

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Subject: Reddish Egret and Marbled Godwit on East Beach St. Simons Island
From: Dralle <bwdralle AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 14:25:05 -0400
This morning an immature Reddish Egret and Marbled Godwit were observed feeding 
in the tidal pool between 6th and 9th street on East Beach. 

Also, Piping Plover, Wilson's Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Black-bellied 
Plover, Least Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Willet and 
Killdeer. 


Bruce Dralle
Fulton County

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Subject: Pair of Black-crowned Night Herons in Clayton Co.
From: Will Pixler <pillwixler AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 13:42:51 -0400
Hello all,

This afternoon around noon I spotted 2 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS at the EL 
Huie Ponds. Both adults, they were perched in the trees of the southernmost 
pond and were seen best from the south side of the pond, looking across the 
water. I recently moved from northern Illinois and don't know how uncommon they 
are, but I thought it was important to share when eBird flagged the sighting. 


It also seems that most of the shorebirds have moved from the NE pond to the NW 
pond. Highlight of the shorebirds was a single semipalmated plover and a 
relatively large number of least sandpipers. 


eBird Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15731332

Will Pixler
Atlanta

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Subject: Black-crowned Night-Herons, Huie, Clayton Co. 9/5/14
From: Carol Lambert <carol.lambert AT CCWA.US>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 17:35:04 +0000
Two adult BCNH were spotted in the island trees on the south pond (E) at the 
Huie ponds this morning by Will Pixler, who's new to the Atlanta area. Steve 
Mitchell and I both saw them before they disappeared into thin air...well, 
thick air. They may have moved further into the island when several Egrets 
arrived, but I couldn't find them again from any angle, on any pond. The Am. 
Avocet that stuck around yesterday, has left. A small variety of shorebirds are 
feeding back and forth between the mud of the ne pond (B) and the algae pods of 
the nw pond (A)...Lesser Yellowlegs, Spotted, Least, Pectoral & Solitary 
Sandpipers. The species, numbers and arrangements seem to change daily, perhaps 
depending on the brief afternoon storms as well as migration. Killdeer are 
everywhere. A Kestrel was checking out the slopes yesterday; the first 
Dbl-crested Cormorant that I've seen in a while was there today. A female 
Summer Tanager is flycatching around the large hummingbird feeder at the 
Wetlands Center, which is still hosting at least a dozen Ruby-throated 
Hummingbirds. 


Carol Lambert
Senior Conservationist
Clayton County Water Authority / Newman Wetlands Center
2755 Freeman Road, Hampton, GA 30228
770.603.5603 office / 770.603.5602 fax / 678.758.4551 cell
carol.lambert AT ccwa.us



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Subject: Yellow-bellied Flycatcher in Big Canoe, Pickens County
From: Theresa Hartz <jthartz50 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:12:20 -0400
Hi all, this morning there was a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher in the Meadows
area of Big Canoe.  I saw it several times and also watched it call.

Yesterday afternoon I heard what I thought was a YBFL in the same area
calling the 'turee' call.  However it was back in a boggy wooded area and
there were Pewee's around so since I never saw it I wasn't 100%.  I saw /
heard it this morning in the same area but this time it was hanging around
the edge trees.  For some reason several other birds kept chasing it when
it would perch.  Chickadees, Chestnut-sided Warbler and Blue-headed Vireo
were among the culprits.

The Meadows is in Pickens County but just barely.

Thanks
Theresa Hartz
Big Canoe
Dawson/Pickens Cos.


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Subject: Alder Flycatcher, little lake Herrick, Clarke.
From: dr.richard.hall AT GMAIL.COM
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 08:59:32 -0400
Appeared in the tall 'kudzu mountain' between railroad and lake. Pipped.
Richard Hall
Athens GA

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Subject: Common nighthawk at Emory
From: Carlos Rodrguez <000001883d76bc3e-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 18:19:16 -0700
Dear listers,

Given the messages that I have seen regarding the sightings of nighthawks, I 
felt compelled to send this report. 


Today I say at least 10 Common Nighthawk, flying steadily high overhead, while 
giving their characteristic nasal calls. They were flying southward. I do not 
recall having seen them making flycatching maneuvers, rather, they seemed to be 
just cruising the area. 


The sighting occurred at around 8pm today, on North Decatur avenue, on Emory 
University campus. 


Best,

Carlos


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Subject: Least Flycatcher Oconee Co.
From: John Mark Simmons <jmbirdingandphoto AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 22:25:22 -0400
Spotted it this evening a little before dusk in my yard in Watkinsville.
Very small and drab empidonax flycatcher with two white wing bars, white
eye ring, no crest, brownish/gray on back, rounded head, appeared to pump
its tail a couple times but it might have been a motion while it was
vocalizing. Too small and not long enough for ewpe, wifl, alfl, acfl, ybfl,
field marks and vocalization eliminate and other species.

Habitat and behavior: stayed rather low in any trees or shrubs it flew
into. Wooded edge area with a good amount of shrubs and a small field
nearby. Last seen 7:33 p.m. last heard 7:54.

Vocalized constantly a single watery chip note that matches this recording
exactly: http://www.xeno-canto.org/135913

Will try to re-locate in the morning.

John Mark Simmons
Oconee County


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Subject: More Nighthawks to report
From: Pat Markey <bigsky25 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 20:40:36 -0400
Hi Folks - Just came in to report the Common Nighthawk activity I observed at 
Buford Hatchery this evening: 53 birds in 6 sightings over a 43 minute period. 
The birds came through in loose flocks from 4 to 25 and all but one lone bird ( 
the last one I saw ) was flying on a bee line from NW to SE... essentially over 
the hatchery from Forsyth Co into Gwinnett Co., crossing the Chattahoochee 
River in the process... A double rainbow, spurts of rain, unusual cloud 
formations and weird lighting effects made for a magical birding experience! 
Pat Markey, Forsyth Co. 


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Subject: Re: 100 Nighthawks in Gwinnett County
From: Rebecca Deitsch <rdeitsch AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 19:48:03 -0400
After seeing this email I dashed outside to find waves of nighthawks migrating 
over!! I counted 245+ in 45 minutes, but then they doubled back and started 
swirling; and counting without double counting became impossible. I would guess 
I missed some flying over before I went outside, so I would estimate 300 
nighthawks flew over my yard tonight. 


John Deitsch 
Gwinnett County

-----Original Message-----
From: Georgia Birders Online [mailto:GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of 
Chris O'Neal 

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To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: [GABO-L] 100 Nighthawks in Gwinnett County

Hello everyone!

I just hit the Nighthawk Jackpot at the Chattahoochee River in Gwinnett County. 
At 6:15 this evening no less than 100 nighthawks were flying over the entrance 
to the Abbott's Bridge Unit of the Chattahoochee NRA (34.0241117,-84.1711521). 
Then as I was leaving, one of them flew over the river, so now I can officially 
count one in Fulton County. 


A kettle of nighthawks, and this kettle was boiling! :-)

Chris O'Neal
Gwinnett County


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