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Band-backed Wren,©Barry Kent Mackay

31 Jul Herons and Egrets From Lake Azalea Fulton County [Bruce Dralle ]
30 Jul Re: Blairsville's Ingles [Tom Striker ]
31 Jul Red Top Mountain July 30 2014 [Jason Blevins ]
31 Jul AAS Field Trips this weekend [Mary Kimberly ]
30 Jul Long County Mixed Kite Flocks - It's Time! [Mark McShane ]
30 Jul Gilman Rookery at St. Marys in June-- great birds!! [SHEILA WILLIS ]
30 Jul Snowy Egret, American Proteins ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
30 Jul Great Egret, Kelly Cofer Park, Tucker, Dekalb County, 7/30/14 [Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell ]
30 Jul Re: Oconee County Kites [Mark McShane ]
30 Jul Blairsville's Ingles [Ann Stewart ]
30 Jul Oconee County Kites [Edward Rollor ]
30 Jul Great Egret - Gwinnett County ["chrisoneal2718 ." ]
30 Jul Crossbills, Waxwings, Fannin Cty. []
30 Jul bird safety at your home [John McClatchey ]
29 Jul 114th CBC Season results [Giff Beaton ]
29 Jul Mixed Kite Flock - Astondale Road, Oconee County - 7/29/2014 [Mark McShane ]
29 Jul Bird collisions [John McClatchey ]
28 Jul Birder access to Athens landfill restored [Richard Hall ]
28 Jul Shorebirds From Town Center Regal Cinemas Pond Cobb County [Bruce Dralle ]
28 Jul Re: Probable Baird's Sandpiper at NGTurf in Marshallville [Patty McLean ]
28 Jul Swallow-tailed Kite Oconee Co. [John Mark Simmons ]
28 Jul Early migrant--Yellow Warbler (Harris) [Ted Theus ]
27 Jul Yellow-throated warblers and Mississippi Kites [gail farley ]
27 Jul Scissor-tail Flycathers [Warren Howe ]
27 Jul Upland Sandpipers [Patty McLean ]
27 Jul Cerulean warblers with image Kennesaw Mountain/ Cobb Cty [Gene Koziara ]
27 Jul possible nighthawk, Gwinnett Co [Pam Potter ]
27 Jul Long-billed Dowitcher, American Proteins ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
26 Jul Bobwhite & Broad-winged Hawk [Patricia Pepper ]
26 Jul Bartow County [Ann Stewart ]
26 Jul Broad-winged hawk a Piedmont NWR-Late Posting ["Jim's gmail" ]
26 Jul Ospreys Red Top Mountain [Jason Blevins ]
26 Jul Black-bellied whistling ducks Burke County [Cox Family ]
26 Jul Kites in Long Co [Theresa Hartz ]
26 Jul red-headed woodpeckers & N. Flickers- Cobb Co [Pam Potter ]
25 Jul Whimbrel on Brandon Farm Rd [Patty McLean ]
25 Jul Re: Another Family of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers in Bartow County [Patty McLean ]
25 Jul Birders that are people of color [Johnny Kauffman ]
25 Jul Towne Center Regal Cinema Pond Cobb County [Bruce Dralle ]
25 Jul Interestimg Shorebird on Brandon Farm Rd [Patty McLean ]
25 Jul Another Family of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers in Bartow County [Patty McLean ]
25 Jul Mixed Kite Flock Continues, Oconee County - 7/25/2014 [Mark McShane ]
25 Jul AAS Field Trip this weekend [Mary Kimberly ]
24 Jul Public Radio Reporter and Producer Looking for You To Record Yourself Birding [Johnny Kauffman ]
24 Jul Tribble Mill Park, Gwinnett [Rebecca Deitsch ]
24 Jul Scarlet Tanager - Jasper County [Ellen Miller ]
23 Jul Roseate Spoonbill pair, Talbot Co. [Andrew Dreelin ]
24 Jul Juvenile Cattle Egret in DeKalb County [Patty McLean ]
24 Jul Sharpshinned hawk in Clayton County [world oceans ]
23 Jul East GA, 7/20/2014 ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
23 Jul Great Egret, Cardinal Lake [Rebecca Deitsch ]
23 Jul Snowy amd Cattle Egret in DeKalb County [Patty McLean ]
22 Jul Notes from Bartow cedar waxwing, restart, yellow-crown night-heron [Pam Potter ]
22 Jul A Small Hobbling of LIMPKINS - Georgia Veterans State Park, Crisp County - 7/20/2014 - Video Post [Mark McShane ]
22 Jul Bank Swallows, Stilt Sandpipers, shorebirds galore at Huie Ponds, Clayton Co., 7/21/14 ["Rebecca E. Byrd" ]
21 Jul Re: White Ibis near Lithonia GA (DeKalb County) [Patty McLean ]
21 Jul AAS Walk at M. Candler Park (DeKalb) -- Cormorants, Herons, More [ldtp ]
21 Jul Final reminder for Birder Travel Decisions Survey! [Steve Holzman ]
21 Jul White Ibis near Lithonia GA (DeKalb County) [Patty McLean ]
20 Jul Immature White Ibis Aycock Pastures Oconee Co. [John Mark Simmons ]
20 Jul Short-billed Dowitchers (7) at Huie ponds at CCWW, 2pm, today, 7/20/14 [mitc4110 ]
20 Jul Sam Smith Park and Brandon Farm and Taff Rd. Shorebirds [Marshall Weber ]
20 Jul Possible Virginia Rail at Big Creek Greenway - Fulton ["chrisoneal2718 ." ]
20 Jul Re: Roseate Spoonbills (2) Big Creek Greenway - Fulton County 15 July 2014 [Patrick Addy ]
20 Jul Three Limpkins at Georgia Veterans SP [Patty McLean ]
19 Jul More shorebirds on Taff Rd., Bartow Co.: 19Jul14 [Joel McNeal ]
19 Jul Woodcock, Waxwings, Rock Creek Rd. []
19 Jul American Proteins, 7/19/2014 ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
19 Jul Shorebirds From Taft Road Bartow County [Bruce Dralle ]
18 Jul Juvenile Yellow-Crowned Night Herons, Savannah Southside, Chatham County [Ben Goggins ]
18 Jul Re: Skidaway Waterthrush [Andrew Baxter ]
18 Jul Little Tybee Island 7/17/14 - Black Tern, Marbled Godwit [Marshall Weber ]
18 Jul Louisiana Waterthrush Skidaway Island, GA [Andrew Baxter ]
18 Jul Make your reservations for the GOS Fall Meeting on Jekyll Island - Glynn County [Ed Maioriello ]
18 Jul Limpkin Continues @ GA VETS. S.P. (Crisp Co) [Pat ]
17 Jul Solitary Sandpiper, Two Spotteds, Huie Ponds, Clayton Co., 7/17/14 ["Rebecca E. Byrd" ]

Subject: Herons and Egrets From Lake Azalea Fulton County
From: Bruce Dralle <dralleb AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:30:10 -0400
Lake Azalea is located at the corner of Willeo Road and Azalea Drive.

Seen this afternoon:

Great Blue Heron -2
Great Egret - 2
Little Blue Heron - 4 immature 
Snowy Egret - 1 immature 

Thanks,

Bruce Dralle
Cobb County GA

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Subject: Re: Blairsville's Ingles
From: Tom Striker <tastriker AT TDS.NET>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:07:52 -0400
Yup - I saw it several times in May and June. It / they have moved to the 
fenced-in area between Ingles and Home Depot. A favorite perch was the tallest 
pine in the enclosure. I haven't looked for it lately. 


Tom Striker
Blue Ridge, GA

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From: Georgia Birders Online [mailto:GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Ann 
Stewart 

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Subject: [GABO-L] Blairsville's Ingles

Does anyone know if the WILLOW FLYCATCHER is or was at Ingles in Blairsville 
this year! 



Ann H Stewart
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Subject: Red Top Mountain July 30 2014
From: Jason Blevins <a_blevins AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:05:43 -0400
Visited Red Top Mountain for the Basic Birding Class with my daughter. 

 

 

 

Wild Turkey  1

Turkey Vulture  2

Osprey  1

Mourning Dove  2

Ruby-throated Hummingbird  5

Belted Kingfisher  1

American Crow  5

Carolina Chickadee  1

Tufted Titmouse  2

Carolina Wren  3

Eastern Bluebird  5

American Robin  2

Gray Catbird  1

Northern Mockingbird  1

Chipping Sparrow  5

Northern Cardinal  1

Indigo Bunting  1

American Goldfinch  8

House Sparrow  5

 



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Subject: AAS Field Trips this weekend
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:40:46 -0400
Greetings, Georgia Birders

The Atlanta Audubon Society has a couple of field trips on the calendar for
this weekend, both on Saturday.

Join Angie Jenkins at Noonday Creek (Cobb County) at 8:00 AM on Saturday,
August 2.

Or, meet Jason Ward for the monthly walk at Piedmont Park (Fulton County)
on Saturday, August 2.

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

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


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Subject: Long County Mixed Kite Flocks - It's Time!
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:17:06 -0400
Hi All,

Gene Wilkinson of Glennville let me know that yesterday at 10:00am at the 
nearby Skeen Farm he saw 100+ SWALLOW-TAILED KITES (STKIs) flocked up with 
about a dozen MISSISSIPPI KITES (MIKIs) in Long County. Gene thinks that the 
birds have now arrived in the area in their annual large-sized concentrations 
for their pre-migration weeks long feeding fest before they leave for their 
southbound fall migration in mid-to-late August or so! 


Gene is the original reporter of the Long County kite concentrations and has 
been leading folks to see the kite flocks at the various sites there for a long 
time, he put me on to my life Swallow-tailed there back in July 2007 when I 
started birding! Gene coordinates with the Skeen family so that birders can 
access the Skeen Farm to see the birds every year. Gene won't be available this 
time to lead any trips himself. 


Mr. Skeen asked Gene yesterday where all of the birders were since the kites 
are now there. I would like to let the birders know that the kites are now in! 
The Skeen family have again graciously opened their farm to birders for the 
summer spectacle and no appointment or organized trip is necessary. Birders can 
drive onto the farm without a guide or trip leader and park and spend much of 
the day watching, photographing, and videoing the kites to their hearts 
content! 


I would recommend the following guidelines:

Don't block any roads, on the farm or otherwise.
Park in more open roadside areas on the farm where traffic wouldn't be a 
problem. 

Don't get stuck (not normally a problem).
If you have the opportunity ask to make sure you're parked in a good area.
Take good care of the farm and the Skeens.

The birds usually start arriving between 9:00-9:30am and then may start to 
disperse between 12:00-2:00pm. I would always start at the farm at 9:00-9:30am, 
and then check the other sites as needed afterwards. Make sure to check for the 
kites perching in the trees around the farmhouse. 


I have put up 3, for folks not already familiar, essential viewing, aerial 
photography maps of the area and the sites at: 


https://app.box.com/s/vgt881jrws39nggzr6p7

1. Long County - Kite Flocking Areas.jpg
Overview of the main areas to watch kites, the Skeen Farm is traditionally the 
best site. 

This area is about 5 miles east of Glennville Georgia on Hwy 196.

2. Skeen Farm Area - Long County.jpg
Shows the approach road to the farm, the farm, and the main kite watching areas 
there. 


3. Skeen Farm - Detail with Parking.jpg
Shows the farm entrance and possible best parking areas depending on conditions 
and farm operations. 

Shows where the kites perch in the trees almost every morning and early 
afternoon. 


Coordinates and GPS are included on these JPG files, I would be familiar with 
them before you go. Input the coordinates into Google Maps exactly as they are, 
and it will be the green arrow location on the screen, then you can do 
directions or zoom in and out to see how to get to the sites as needed. 


Although there can be no guarantee this is a superb, almost certain, chance to 
see many, many SWALLOW-TAILED KITES, with some MISSISSIPPI KITES mixed in, up 
close, and usually very close, and also to see them, maybe as many as 20-40 of 
them, perched, and usually very close then as well, and maybe for a few hours! 


Sunscreen, a good sun hat, or an umbrella, plenty of cold water, cold drinks, 
snacks, food, and a chair of some sort, are all highly recommended, it will be 
hot. 


Although the birds will be able to be seen well even without any optics when 
they are close in, binoculars should be used. Cameras, video cameras, and 
spotting scopes are also all very, very highly recommended as well. 


This is Georgia birding, or any birding, at its absolute best! One note of 
warning though, once you are smitten by these birds, viewing them very up close 
and personal, and for a good long while, you will probably have to start making 
the annual pilgrimage to see them in July and August as I have done for the 8th 
summer in a row now. 


If anyone needs more information or any help with the directions please feel 
free to email me at: 


marksmcshane AT gmail.com (please note the s middle initial included)

Good Kiting All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Gilman Rookery at St. Marys in June-- great birds!!
From: SHEILA WILLIS <swillis AT MEDIASTREAMUS.NET>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:25:57 -0400
Hey folks,

Hope you are fine & surviving the heat. Still having computer issues.

Below is a belated report on the Okefenokee Bird Club's visit to the old
Gilman Paper Mill rookery in eastern St. Marys (CAMDEN), Crooked River
State Park, & parts of St. Marys on 6/29. It was a wonderful trip! Luis Del
Prado (Kingsland), June LaRoque (Waycross), Richard Roche (Folkston), &
myself (Waycross) represented our group.

NOTE: this spring season two ebird accounts have checklists for this spot.
However, the markers for each are not in the correct location & in one the
name is mis-spelled as "Gilmer" instead of "Gilman". For the 4/27/2014
account the marker is shown to the north near the North River Causeway and
on the 5/20 account the marker is shown to the south near the original HQ
in town. The true rookery location is between these markers, being in the
westmost, narrow, vertical, rectangular cell in which you can see some
shorter partitions. The other cells are to the east of it with the
BLACK-NECKED STILTs often nesting at the eastmost one adjacent to
the salt marsh.

On the last breeding season Crooked River State Park tour of the
Gilman wading bird rookery folks were shuttled via golf cart & truck around
this famous birding area that is private property. Various sized cells are
remnants of the operations of the long-time paper mill which is now in
ruins. Some sections have water & others are overgrown w/ shrubs & trees. A
raised grassy berm circles the main area which has about 6 various sized &
shaped compartments.The gated, unmarked entry road is east of the Police
Station on Point Peter Rd. The eastern sections of the property are
bordered by the salt marshes along the North River (DeLorme pg 71, C6).

The active rookery area had 3 viewing openings from which we could see the
little "islands" standing above the water. They were filled w/ nesting &
resting birds of all sorts that were using the Elderberry, Red Cedar, &
other vegetation for their purposes. There was quite a chatter and birds
were coming & going at a steady pace. Preening was a favorite activity.
Many young birds were either in nests or standing nearby if older.

WOOD STORKs were the dominant breeding bird. Many were circling over head &
they would dangle their legs down as they came in for a landing, thus
showing clearly their bubble-gum pink feet. We hoped to see the ROSEATE
SPOONBILL nesting here as it has in the past, but we were told that as of
our date park staff had not found any sign of that for this year.
Nonetheless, several of the beautiful birds were enjoyed as they flew about
or sat among the other waders. They were in the same rear spots as when
they had nested previously. The cedar trees seemed to be favored by them
this date. Their pink feathers were so, so pretty against the blue sky.

Both ANHINGA & DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTs sat in rows with wings
outstretched in the sun & the cormorant's bright blue facial skin was noted
via the spotting scopes. A mix of GREAT EGRET, SNOWY EGRET, & TRICOLORED
HERON formed the bulk of the other breeders with a smattering of LITTLE
BLUE HERON, CATTLE EGRET, & BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON. Some GLOSSY IBIS
also were present in their glittering plumage.

After the stops at the rookery, we traveled around the perimeter of the
major cells and our passing flushed a solitary GREEN HERON out from the
bushes. A few delicate-looking, lavender Passion Flowers (aka Maypop) were
blooming in the edges. Almost back near the beginning we paused where
shallow waters with a backdrop of assorted reeds had attracted a group of
feeding birds. The ROSEATE SPOONBILLs were close & stunning as were the
GLOSSY IBIS. Just a few tall WOOD STORKs were in the crowd that included
fancy-plumed GREAT EGRETs & SNOWY EGRETs. It was here that we saw our only
BLACK-NECKED STILT of the day. A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO called from the
surrounding woods.

At the end of the official tour, most left for the day, but 3 of us
clubbers continued birding in town as we waited for the noon hour for
lunch.

Quick visits were made to the E. Meeting St. (North River) Boat Launch &
pond near the old Paper Mill HQ. Not much was stirring but we did get a
pretty male RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD in the cattails & a BLUE JAY and NORTHERN
MOCKINGBIRD to add to the list. Closer to the ruins of the paper mill in a
small residential section we saw a flight of 50 WHITE IBIS heading towards
the rookery.

Once out of busy downtown & the dock area, we passed the Oak Grove Cemetery
as we went north towards the railroad tracks and paused at the old original
St. Marys Public Cemetery on Bartlett St. near its junction w/ W. Gallop
St. This was very woodsy & had many ferns but no bird action. However,
a hidden wetland is near there & we saw a GREAT EGRET standing at a wet
spot by the road.

A very delicious seafood lunch was enjoyed at St. Marys Seafood & More at
1837 Osborne Rd. (aka GA Hwy#40) & just w. of Point Peter Rd. Ironically,
as we waited on our order, we noticed that on one of the large t.v.
screens a program on COMMON RAVENs & their young in the nest was showing!!

Before we quit for the day, we returned to Crooked River State Park and
went straight to the Bird Blind that is near the cabins. Still in the heat
of the day, it was very slow birding. A SUMMER TANAGER called, a female
INDIGO BUNTING visited one of the feeders, a bright red male NORTHERN
CARDINAL flew by, and a male RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD repeatedly sang from his
perch. The last birds for the group were found back at the Headquarters
area where a male EASTERN BLUEBIRD and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER were
spotted.

As a final note, as I was driving back home, I happened to see a female
WILD TURKEY at the side of the road near Coleraine in Camden Co. at the
Charlton Co. border.

Here is the final tally for the OBC outing. Most birds were estimated at
the actual rookery site w/ defined numbers for those in the other cells or
elsewhere. CRSP: Crooked River State Park; boat launch: at N. River, E.
Meeting St.

[WILD TURKEY: 1, Sheila Willis only; GA Hwy#40 at Coleraine, CAMDEN]

WOOD STORK: ~254 (~250, var. ages, rookery site including overhead; 4,
other cell)
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT: ~17 rookery site
ANHINGA: ~33 rookery site
GREAT EGRET: ~80 (~68 rookery site; 9 other cell; 2 boat launch; 1
residential)
SNOWY EGRET: ~56 (~41 rookery site; 15 other cell)
LITTLE BLUE HERON: 4 rookery site
TRICOLORED HERON: ~49 (~44 rookery site; 4 other cell; 1 boat launch)
CATTLE EGRET: 4 rookery site
GREEN HERON: 1 other cell at Gilman
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON: 2 rookery site (1 adult, 1 imm.)
WHITE IBIS: ~51 (1 rookery site; ~50 residential flyover)
GLOSSY IBIS: 12 (3 rookery site; 9 other cell)
ROSEATE SPOONBILL: ~25 (~10 rookery site; 15 other cell)
BLACK VULTURE: 1 rookery site
TURKEY VULTURE: 2 (1 rookery site; 1 CRSP blind)
BLACK-NECKED STILT: 1 other cell at Gilman (e. of rookery site)
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO: 1 other cell at Gilman
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER: 1 CRSP HQ
BLUE JAY: 1 near boat launch
CAROLINA WREN: 1 rookery area
EASTERN BLUEBIRD: 1 CRSP HQ
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD: 1 near boat launch
SUMMER TANAGER: 1 CRSP blind
NORTHERN CARDINAL: 1 CRSP blind
INDIGO BUNTING: 1 female, CRSP blind
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD: 5 (3 rookery site; 1 other cell; 1 CRSP blind)
BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE: 3 rookery site

Take care.

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


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Subject: Snowy Egret, American Proteins
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:53:00 -0400
I was beginning to think I would never see this species in Forsyth Co., but
this evening there was an immature Snowy Egret visiting several of the
settling ponds at American Proteins. Other species of note:

American Coot: 2
Semipalmated Plover: 2
Solitary Sandpiper: 2
Spotted Sandpiper: 4
Least Sandpiper: 7
Pectoral Sandpiper: 11
Bank Swallow: 1
Fish Crow: ~150
Cedar Waxwing: 1

Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA
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Subject: Great Egret, Kelly Cofer Park, Tucker, Dekalb County, 7/30/14
From: Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:12:01 -0700
I saw this bird this morning. Patrick Brisse called me to tell me about it.

Jeff


Jeff Sewell / Carol Lambert
Tucker, DeKalb Co., GA
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Subject: Re: Oconee County Kites
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:36:55 -0400
Hi Ed/All,

Jim Hanna called me while ago from Astondale Road and reported maybe 2 
SWALLOW-TAILED KITES, he only saw one at a time but thought maybe there were 
two. He also reported about the same numbers of MISSISSIPPI KITES as Ed 
reported. He saw the Swallow-tailed(s) more in the area where I last reported 
them, more towards the west before Colham Ferry Road. 


Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Blairsville's Ingles
From: Ann Stewart <annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:33:16 -0400
Does anyone know if the WILLOW FLYCATCHER is or was at Ingles in Blairsville 
this year! 



Ann H Stewart
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Subject: Oconee County Kites
From: Edward Rollor <edrollor AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:03:26 -0400
Thanks to all who have posted concerning the Kite Activity in Oconee
County.  I had some time off today at 1:00 pm to go take a look for myself
and saw only Mississippi Kites over a 20 minute period.  I did several
counts and there were at least 16 MIKI's at the east end of Astondale Road.

Ed

-- 
Ed Rollor


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Subject: Great Egret - Gwinnett County
From: "chrisoneal2718 ." <chrisoneal2718 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:37:20 -0400
I am standing right now at a pond on Satellite Blvd, just north of where it
intersects with Old Peachtree Road. The pond is also next to and just south
of a Mitsubishi Electric building. I am looking at a Great Egret hunting
next to a rock wall by this pond. As I work just near here and count this
pond as part of my work patch on eBird, the GREG is now the 55th bird for
my work list! Also a Green Heron, a pair of Grey Catbirds, and at least one
Common Yellowthroat.

Living life with no egrets!

Chris O'Neal
Gwinnett County


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Subject: Crossbills, Waxwings, Fannin Cty.
From: joe AT BETTERBIRDWATCHING.COM
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:00:06 -0700
On Sat. July 26 while hiking the Duncan Ridge Trail near Suches that
goes from Hwy. 60 to Swinging Bridge on Toccoa River, heard 2+ Red
Crossbills calling (Fannin County). At Fannin County Park on Sun. July
27 saw and heard 3+ Cedar Waxwings and a flyover of 5 Fish Crows. Also
in the spring and early summer, occasionally heard a few Fish Crows
calling around the Rock Creek Fish Hatchery near Suches.

Joe LaFleur
Mineral Bluff, Fannin Cty.
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Subject: bird safety at your home
From: John McClatchey <jbm AT SAF.COM>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:05:31 -0400
Yesterday I posted a reference to the FLAP organization.  One of the
sections of their website gives detailed instructions for helping birds
avoid your windows at home.

 

It is http://www.flap.org/residential.php

 

The chief mistake I was making was thinking that a single hawk decal will
prevent collisions.

 

John B. McClatchey

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Subject: 114th CBC Season results
From: Giff Beaton <giffbeaton AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:01:45 -0400
GABbers- The following email was released by the National Audubon Society 
today: 


The 114th Christmas Bird Count

Results of the 114th Christmas Bird Count are almost complete online. To get 
the full count summary, regional summaries, articles from participants, and 
more delivered right to your inbox, sign up for American Birds online at 


www.audubon.org/citizenscience

Audubon has moved the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) results to a digital platform 
by producing a FREE quarterly citizen science e-newsletter, American Birds. The 
newsletter contains news from all our citizen science programs, such as Great 
Backyard Bird Count and Hummingbirds at Home. It also includes the types of CBC 
information and summaries previously distributed in a print edition of American 
Birds. 


If you have already signed up to receive the new citizen science e-newsletter, 
many thanks-you will receive our next quarterly edition of American Birds 
online in early August. 


Cheers,

Geoff LeBaron
Director of the Christmas Bird Count
National Audubon Society


For a list of all the CBC Summaries and clickable links, go to this address:


http://birds.audubon.org/114th-christmas-bird-count-alphabetical-index-regional-summaries 



Many thanks to all the participants and especially the compilers who make it 
all happen! 


Giff Beaton
Marietta GA
GA CBC Regional Editor

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Subject: Mixed Kite Flock - Astondale Road, Oconee County - 7/29/2014
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:30:47 -0400
Hi All,

Today at 1215 I observed 2 SWALLOW-TAILED KITES (STKI) with 2 MISSISSIPPI KITES 
(MIKI) between 2331 and 2591 Astondale Road in Oconee County. 2331 is only 
about a quarter of a mile east of Colham Ferry Road and 2591 is east from 
there. This is about 2 miles from the Flat Rock Road area where Mark Freeman 
initially reported 1 STKI with multiple MIKIs last week, and also about 2 miles 
west of the east end of Astondale Road where John Mark Simmons reported 1 STKI 
with MIKIs yesterday. 


There may have been a third Swallow-tailed but I only saw two together at once, 
not three, hard to tell with the birds sometimes being obscured by the 
treelines as they dip down and move back. At one time I was driving and saw two 
overhead and then about a quarter of a mile down the road one crossed over in 
front of me as well, but these birds can cover 440 yards in a shallower dive 
pretty fast so not sure if it was a third bird or not. 


When I spotted the first Swallow-tailed it was with a male Mississippi and 
again as last time they were keeping very close company. The Swallow-tailed was 
being the slight aggressor, and sometimes followed the smaller kite very 
closely though leisurely. Mock dogfights again ensued, this time with even more 
astounding repeated acrobatic flourishes, and with longer, faster, and twistier 
dives and plummets as each bird surely impressed the other (not to mention 
groundbound bystanding birders). 


At the east end of Astondale Road I had a half dozen more Mississippis as well. 
There easily may soon be a dozen or more Swallow-taileds in the area as 
happened last year! Last year it seems like they started congregating over on 
Hwy 15 just south of where the first bird was seen last week, and then ended up 
at the north end of the Bostwick sod farm, but of course it could have been a 
mostly if not completely different flock too. 


Coordinates:  33.815305,-83.39256
GPS:  N 33 48.918 W 83 23.554

In the Brasswell/Bostwick/Apalachee area there was one PECTORAL SANDPIPER at 
the Apalachee Road Farm Pond. 


Apalachee Road Farm Pond
Coordinates:  33.719882,-83.475215
GPS:  N 33 43.193 W 83 28.513

Good Fall Migration Kiting and Shorebirding All!

Mark

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

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Subject: Bird collisions
From: John McClatchey <jbm AT SAF.COM>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:11:42 -0400
My company supplies metal to commercial builders, primarily to glass
installers.  Their trade association is the Glass Association of North
America  (GANA).  This Fall at their trade association the session spotlight
presentation is about building designs that reduce the numbers of birds
killed by flying into buildings.  I thought some of you might be interested
in the presentation and its speaker: Michael Mesure is the Founder and
Executive Director for the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP), the first
organization in the world to address the issue of birds colliding with
buildings.  

 

See:  http://tinyurl.com/kf89op5

 

John B. McClatchey Sr.

Atlanta

 

 



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Subject: Birder access to Athens landfill restored
From: Richard Hall <dr.richard.hall AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:44:01 -0400
Dear birders,

I'm thrilled to report that some parts of the Athens landfill are open
again to birders during operating hours, Monday-Saturday. There is,
however, a protocol for visiting that must be adhered to if we are to
maintain access here.

1. Drive to scale house and park in front of it. Do not cross scale.
2. Walk into front office and sign in.
3. Drive back towards the landfill entrance, and take the last track to the
right (signed birder parking). This is just after the turn to the ACC
recycling center; you'll see some cool sculptures made from old bath tubs
and some nice bird art at the entrance to the parking area.
4. Park here and walk along the signed birder trail - please stay on trail
at all times. The path takes you past the stormwater pond which sometimes
holds shorebirds, and around the back of the larger lake.
5. When you have finished birding, drive back to the scale house and sign
out.

I'm extremely grateful to Suki Jansen of ACC recycling and all the landfill
staff for working to restore birder access to this site after some
unfortunate birder behavior led to access being revoked over a year ago -
let's make sure that doesn't happen again!

A date for your diaries, especially for those of you with young families.
The landfill will be holding its first Vulture Festival to coincide with
International Vulture Awareness Day, from 8am-1pm on Saturday, September 6.
Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will be there leading a bird walk, there'll
be lots of vulture fun facts and games. I'll send out a reminder and more
information closer to the time.

Thanks, and good birding
Richard Hall
Athens GA


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Subject: Shorebirds From Town Center Regal Cinemas Pond Cobb County
From: Bruce Dralle <dralleb AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:09:16 -0400
Shorebirds observed this evening:

Solitary Sandpiper - 7
Least Sandpiper - 2
Killdeer - 8

Other birds seen and/or heard:

Great Egret - 1
Little Blue Heron -1 immature
Green Heron - 6
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - 4
Wood Duck - 1
Mallard - 4
Canada Goose - 7
Eastern Kingbird - 2
Fish Crow - 2
Gray Catbird - 1
House Wren - 1
Carolina Wren - 1
Eastern Phoebe - 3
House Finch - 2
Eastern Towhee - 1
Brown-headed Nuthatch - 3
Morning Dove - 5
Common Grackle - 1
Belted Kingfisher - 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1
Downy Woodpecker - 1
Northern Mockingbird - 1

Thanks,

Bruce Dralle
Cobb County GA


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Subject: Re: Probable Baird's Sandpiper at NGTurf in Marshallville
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:11:21 -0400
This may be a little premature but I want to encourage birders who go looking 
for the Uplands in Marshallville to consider making a stop at NGTurf on Hwy 127 
on the east side of Marshallville. There's a large puddle of water with 
numerous shorebirds (and sadly two dead Great Egrets that may have been shot) 
at the corner of CR 31 and Shorty Johnson Rd. Marshall Weber and I spent over 
an hour going through the shorebirds and found it difficult to leave but fading 
light and hunger pushed us toward home. 


 

The position of the sun and our distance from the birds made a few IDs rather 
challenging. But in addition to the more expected Killdeer, Least and Pectoral 
Sandpipers, we had 4 or 5 interesting birds. Semipalmated Sandpiper and one 
Semipalmated Plover (the easy one) and then what appears to be a non-coastal 
SANDERLING (obviously larger than peeps, big headed with short neck, and no 
hind toe) plus a good candidate for a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER. We're also still 
considering a possible WRSA based on strong attenuation and how far back the 
legs appear to be and other factors but date a bit early. Photo not good but 
shows a medium black bill with slight droop at tip. No chevrons. 


 

Link to Flickr photos below for your consideration. 




If you go, please do not enter the sod or dirt areas without permission from 
the manager (which sometimes is granted). The safest place for viewing, 
assuming the birds are still present, is from Shorty Johnson Rd. Local traffic 
(drivers) on CR 31 can be challenging with no safe place for you to pull over. 


 

Sanderling 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/79121941 AT N08/14583561480/in/photostream/ 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/79121941 AT N08/14747259976/in/photostream/ 

 

Baird’s Sandpiper – Good Candidate

https://www.flickr.com/photos/79121941 AT N08/14583625089/in/photostream/ 

(Note tail pattern/color) 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79121941 AT N08/14583577600/in/photostream/ 


 

Possible WRSA (but photo terrible)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/79121941 AT N08/14767170001/in/photostream/

 

Dead GREGs

https://www.flickr.com/photos/79121941 AT N08/14764837661/ 

 

Patty McLean

Tucker GA



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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite Oconee Co.
From: John Mark Simmons <jmbirdingandphoto AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:58:58 -0400
I observed one bird flying with some MIKI's on the east end of Astondale
road this afternoon around 2 p.m. Also had an adult BROAD-WINGED HAWK in
the same area and a GREAT EGRET on Bell Lake.

John Mark Simmons
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Subject: Early migrant--Yellow Warbler (Harris)
From: Ted Theus <ted AT TEDTHEUSLAW.COM>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:07:11 -0400
A Yellow Warbler made an appearance in our backyard over the weekend coming
to a spraying water feature for an extended bath.   I was in northern
Michigan last week and noticed numerous small warbler flocks starting to
form getting ready for their trek south.       

 

Ted Theus

Virgil Ted Theus, P.C. 

P.O. Box 5726

1111 Lockwood Avenue

Columbus, Georgia  31906-5726

Email:  ted AT tedtheuslaw.com

P (706) 257-1919 / F (706) 571-9338

 



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Subject: Yellow-throated warblers and Mississippi Kites
From: gail farley <pgailfarley AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:33:06 -0400
On a lark, added fresh sugar water to central well of hummingbird feeder to
'see what might happen'.  Witnessed 1st time  Yellow-throated warblers
drinking sugar water in the well!  They now visit often...Delighted they
visited while educating my interested, but non-birder husband my new, 1st
observation of yellow-throated warblers.  I read off-breeding season
Yellow-throated warblers eat berries and nectar.  They're year round here.
And, yes, I put out clean, sugar water at least once a week.  Yes, I clean
the feeders often.

Mississippi Kite breeding pair in/near my front yard.  So frustrating to
hear their high pitched call, yet search with binoculars eludes spotting
them in trees.  Adults fly often overhead every day in search of insects.

My home is very close to Crooked River in St Marys, GA.  Just wish, shame
on me, the kites were Swallowtails.  Anyone who has witnessed Swallowtails
in flights will understand my sentiments.

Gail Farley
St Marys, GA


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Subject: Scissor-tail Flycathers
From: Warren Howe <whowe AT WHEEINC.COM>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:42:28 -0400
Relocated Flycatchers on Lucas rd. 2 adults feeding two young. A meadowlark was 
on a wooden fence post watching the show, also! 


Seen now at 5:42 pm on Sunday afternoon. 

Sent from mobile phone

Warren W. Howe, P.E.
Vice President, CFO
WHEE, inc
770-844-0037

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Subject: Upland Sandpipers
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:45:19 -0400
At least five UPSAs have arrived at the Marshallville Super Sod Farm west of 
Marshallville. Seen from shady spot in front of the red brick office/house. 
Approx address is south side of Hwy 127 across from Nursing Home Rd. 


Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: Cerulean warblers with image Kennesaw Mountain/ Cobb Cty
From: Gene Koziara <000000d700b3ad5e-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:27:27 -0700
Early this morning during a quick hike and Cerulean warbler search I located a 
pair of this species in the area of the lower snag which is between the top 
parking lot and the saddle. I was able to photograph a fairly cooperative 
first fall male at close range, and spotted a female plumaged Cerulean in the 
same flock. The small enthusiastic flock consisted also of several red-eyed 
vireos. Earlier in the week I had a Northe4n paru1a just below the saddle 
area.  


Here is a link to one of the images and another image is in a comment box below 
the main image. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/genekdr/14572544288/

Gene Koziara
Kennesaw


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Subject: possible nighthawk, Gwinnett Co
From: Pam Potter <ppotter AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:48:25 -0400
Last nite while at a stop light at Medlock Bridge Rd and P'tree Industrial 
Pkway I noticed a large bird above a billboard by the Day's Inn. I immediately 
thought "nighthawk" I pulled into the parking lot and was able to spot it again 
but it was too high and I didn't have bins, plus it was late and I couldn't 
linger. I would bet it was a nighthawk. Hope someone can check it out. 



Pam Potter
White
Bartow Co

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Subject: Long-billed Dowitcher, American Proteins
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:25:56 -0400
Hi, folks, another adult Long-billed Dowitcher appeared at American Proteins
this morning, spending much of its time in the northwest corner of the big
pond (corner closest to the maintenance yard, pond is called "Aerated Pond
3" on the maps provided at the scale house when you check in). However, it
was on the skittish side, which isn't all bad since it usually called when
it took wing. It would usually return to that same corner & was there when I
left this morning.

Other shorebird species included Pectoral Sandpiper (5), Least Sandpiper
(5), Solitary Sandpiper (2), Spotted Sandpiper (4) & Killdeer.

There has been a sizeable flock of Fish Crows hanging around the grounds,
about 125 or so (118 today).

On Thursday evening, a small "flock" (they arrived by ones & twos from
different directions but ended up in that same place) of Cedar Waxwings were
foraging around the Cooling Pond.

Take care.

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA
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Subject: Bobwhite & Broad-winged Hawk
From: Patricia Pepper <patriciapepper9 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:52:27 -0400
My son's home on Timothy Dr. in Dallas, Paulding Co., has been a hot bed of
birds I rarely see in this area. His backyard had a Northern Bobwhite last
week and yesterday, flying and calling over his house, was a Broad-winged
Hawk.
Exciting!

Pat Pepper
Acworth


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Subject: Bartow County
From: Ann Stewart <annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:09:33 -0400
Made a short trip around the Taff/Brandon Farm Road around 10am.
On Taff relocated the JuvenileYellow Crown Night Heron; 4 Green Herons; wood 
Ducks( females); Gadwalls; 

Killdeer; Eurasian Collared Doves; Barn swallows; egrets;

Lucas Road relocated the Scissortail Flycatchers that Patty found. There were 5 
birds- 1 adult feeding 2 juveniles and 1 adult feeding 1 juvenile! 

(Thanks Patty!)(patty- think I got
My email problem fixed- let me know if you receive anything)

Sam Smith Park - 2 Scissortail Flycatchers fussing in large tree!
(Alot of other birds close to large tree in bushes but tooo hot to get out of 
car!!( I'm a "fair weather birder myself - hate hot weather). 


Tried to locate Bank Swallows but did not see any.
Is late afternoon better to see them on the lines?



 

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Subject: Broad-winged hawk a Piedmont NWR-Late Posting
From: "Jim's gmail" <je.gilreath AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:54:25 -0400
Sorry for the late post. I visited Piedmont NWR on July 24 to photograph 
butterflies but managed to get some good shots of a Broad-winged hawk circling 
directly overhead and giving its characteristic call. This sighting was 
confirmed by Jerry Amerson after he saw the photos. If anyone is interested I 
can send a link to my Flickr page. 


Good birding,
Jim Gilreath
Lorane
Bibb County

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Subject: Ospreys Red Top Mountain
From: Jason Blevins <a_blevins AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:13:47 -0400
Got out at 5am to do some fishing near the green bridge going into Red Top 
Mountain. From the kayak I was able to see two juvenile Osprey and the two 
adults in the nest on the bridge. I believe there maybe one or more younger 
birds in the nest but could not see them. 

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Subject: Black-bellied whistling ducks Burke County
From: Cox Family <coxfam3 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:07:42 -0700
This is a very late report but I thought it was worth reporting. Today I talked 
with our friends whose familyhad the Western Tanager in Richmond County.One 
family member, who successfully id'ed the tanager, observed black-bellied 
whistling ducks over the course of a couple of days at the Milky Way Dairy in 
northern Burke County in June. She described them to me and at the time she 
observed them made careful notes about their features and then id'ed them 
herself. No pictures. Just thought it was worth mentioning to birders coming 
this way to know they apparently have been in this area. Milky Way Dairy is 
located on Highway 25. The area has corn fields and lots of various grains, 
grown to feed the cattle. 


Wish I could have seen them!

Karen Cox
Burke County

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Subject: Kites in Long Co
From: Theresa Hartz <jthartz50 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:59:00 -0400
At this time, at least a dozen each - Swallow-tailed and Mississippi Kites 
feeding over a couple fields on Grady Kennedy Rd. (off Cnty Rd 118) in Long 
County. 


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Subject: red-headed woodpeckers & N. Flickers- Cobb Co
From: Pam Potter <ppotter AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:20:33 -0400
Sorry for this late report, had guests. I took some time to go behind the AMC 
theater near Towncenter last Thursday. There's a huge ravine that runs the 
length of the parking lot on the left all the way back to the right side. It's 
difficult to see into right now from all the green stuff. If you go to the next 
to last of the tree islands that run to the right of that left lane before it 
curves to the right there are some areas that allow you to peer thru the 
greenery. My list for 7/24/14: 

 
2 adult & 2 fledling red-headed woodpeckers - my first sighting of juv -their 
housing is in a 

 dead tree closest to the parking lot. They were navigating all around nest 
tree. 


2 Northern flickers at the nest (in the large tree across the ravine and in top 
third) 

 One came to nest to feed another at the nest. I think it was an adult 

            as it flew soon after. Did not see into nest.

1 Belted Kingfisher

4 kingbirds

5 purple finches

1 female summer tanager (my first this yr)

2 brown thrashers - adult & juvie

2 mockingbirds

Pam Potter
White
Bartow

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Subject: Whimbrel on Brandon Farm Rd
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:23:06 -0400
A WHIM just flew in. On the pond just east of Gaines house at corner of BFR and 
Taff Rd. Long decurved bill and dark eyebrow.  Photos.  


Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: Re: Another Family of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers in Bartow County
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:25:40 -0400
The address is closer to 130 Lucas Rd and there are now 5 Scissor-tails in the 
area.  


Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: [GABO-L] Another Family of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers in Bartow County
And this time they're where they're supposed to be ... perched on utility lines and fences at the side of a paved road, nabbing bugs. At least four - two adults feeding two young ones. Approx location: 160 Lucas Rd, Cartersville (a few miles West of the Sam Smith Park ones). Patty McLean Tucker GA You must be a subscriber to post to GABO-L. Instructions for subscribing (and the guidelines) are found here: http://www.gos.org/gabo.html. Please read the guidelines before posting. Send regular postings to gabo-l AT listserv.uga.edu To search GABO-L archives or manage your subscription, go to http://www.listserv.uga.edu/archives/gabo-l.html To contact a listowner, send message to GABO-L-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU You must be a subscriber to post to GABO-L. Instructions for subscribing (and the guidelines) are found here: http://www.gos.org/gabo.html.  Please read the guidelines before posting. Send regular postings to gabo-l AT listserv.uga.edu To search GABO-L archives or manage your subscription, go to http://www.listserv.uga.edu/archives/gabo-l.html To contact a listowner, send message to GABO-L-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: Birders that are people of color
From: Johnny Kauffman <johnnyikauffman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:39:10 -0400
Hi there,

I'm looking for any birding experts out there who are people of color.

Any suggestions on that?

I've already spoken with John C. Robinson in California. But it would be
great to find someone in Georgia.

Thanks


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Subject: Towne Center Regal Cinema Pond Cobb County
From: Bruce Dralle <dralleb AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:51:22 -0400
A quick check of the pond this afternoon.

Great Egret -1
Green Heron - 6
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - 3 
Great Blue Heron -1
Belted Kingfisher - 1
House Wren -1
Brown-headed Nuthatch -2

The water level is low providing a good edge for shorebirds.

Thanks,

Bruce Dralle
Cobb County GA

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Subject: Interestimg Shorebird on Brandon Farm Rd
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:44:37 -0400
On the pond to the left (east) of Mr Gaines' house (corner of BFR and Taff Rd). 
Larger than Least and smaller than what looks like a Solitary Sandpiper. 
Feeding along edge of eastern end of pond. Very attenuated with wings appearing 
long. Bill not long. Occasionally it would take on a display posture, showing 
what appeared to be a significant amount of white along the sides of the tail 
to the tip. The sunlight is very strong this afternoon, causing extreme 
distortion, so unable to identify, particularly at this distance. Am thinking 
of going back later afternoon to see if I can relocate. 


Several folks have looked for but not relocated the UPSA seen yesterday along 
Taff Rd by Joel McNeal. However, a nice consolation was seeing at least 26 Bank 
Swallows pperched on utility lines across from the large green pond on Taff.  


Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: Another Family of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers in Bartow County
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:29:05 -0400
And this time they're where they're supposed to be ... perched on utility lines 
and fences at the side of a paved road, nabbing bugs.  At least four - two 
adults feeding two young ones.  


Approx location: 160 Lucas Rd, Cartersville (a few miles West of the Sam Smith 
Park ones). 


Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: Mixed Kite Flock Continues, Oconee County - 7/25/2014
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:23:11 -0400
Hi All,

The small mixed kite flock that Mark Freeman found yesterday continues in 
Oconee County! This morning between 10:45-11:00am I watched 1 SWALLOW-TAILED 
KITE and 4 MISSISSIPPI KITES cavorting over the corn field and two chicken 
houses bordering the north side of Flat Rock Road .25 miles east of Hwy 15. 


One of the Mississippis and the Swallow-tailed were constantly keeping very 
close company with one another and lots of mini mock dogfights ensued with the 
birds constantly displaying their jaw-dropping aerial prowess. As kite watchers 
in the southeast know these kites execute aerial moves that will knock the 
socks off of any observer. Their incredible speed and moves combined with their 
mind-numbing grace and beauty cause a whole stream of superlatives to run 
through birders' minds; stunning, breathtaking, arresting, sensational, and on 
and on and on... 


Super highly recommended by anyone who has seen these birds, they will be 
showing up, in hopefully and usually greater numbers, in the Piedmont region of 
Georgia following post breeding dispersal, and maybe further north as well, 
between now and the middle to the end of August. Sometimes a few can linger 
into September in Georgia but that is pretty rare. 


I first picked them up today from the Hwy 15 and Old Greensboro Hwy/Green Ferry 
Road intersection looking to the east above and behind the treeline behind the 
corn field there, but much, much better and much closer looks (sometimes 
overhead) were to be had on Flat Rock Road just to the south. 


Flat Rock Road coordinates:
33.837912,-83.379418
GPS: N 33 50.275 W 83 22.765

Depending on how, when, and where the mixed kite flocks show up this August, 
and depending on my availability, I may be leading a trip to see the largest 
flocks in August, probably on a Saturday, and maybe with only a week or a few 
days notice, I'll post on GABO-L if and when that can happen. This trip would 
probably be to Long County Georgia or to an area in South Carolina just east of 
Augusta. 


Watching these birds is one of the most pleasurable and memorable experiences a 
birder can have, and the late summer concentrations are one of the best birding 
spectacles to occur in the southeast! We are very fortunate that they breed in 
Georgia and are observable in good numbers every summer! Did I say Wow! 


Good Kiting All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: AAS Field Trip this weekend
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:51:01 -0400
The Atlanta Audubon Society has a field trip at Hard Labor Creek State Park
tomorrow, Saturday, July 26. Join Phil Delestrez at 2:00 PM.

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

Happy Birding!

-- 
Mary Kimberly
Field Trip Director
Atlanta Audubon Society


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Subject: Public Radio Reporter and Producer Looking for You To Record Yourself Birding
From: Johnny Kauffman <johnnyikauffman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:42:00 -0400
Hi everybody,

Johnny Kauffman here. I'm a public radio reporter with Georgia Public
Broadcasting in Atlanta. We're working on a regular segment about birding
for a new daily talk show that will broadcast throughout the state coming
this fall.

We'd love to have you record the birds you hear, and your birding
experiences using your iPhones. This is a very preliminary email and I'm
just looking to gage interest. These would just be brief minute long clips
that we could use for air.

If this is something you might be interested in please respond to me
directly. I'm happy to provide recording and submission instructions later.
It's really easy! At this point I'm just looking to gage interest. But,
please respond to me at jkauffman AT gpb.org directly if you might be
interested in being involved.

Cheers

Johnny


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Subject: Tribble Mill Park, Gwinnett
From: Rebecca Deitsch <rdeitsch AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:37:29 -0400
I birded Tribble Mill Park (Gwinnett Co)  this morning. Nothing incredibly
exciting, but I did net 43 species. 

Highlights:

Fish Crow, 5, including two immature birds
Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 1
Blue Grosbeak, a family with 2 fledglings
Indigo Bunting, 3

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19207225

John Deitsch 
Gwinnett County

P.S.  For anyone interested, I have a list of the 23 species of
dragonflies/damselflies I saw in the park. 

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Subject: Scarlet Tanager - Jasper County
From: Ellen Miller <swallowtailem AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:56:19 -0400
This morning about 8AM there was a male Scarlet Tanager in back of my house
in Jasper County. My place is 10-15 miles south of Charlie Elliott.
Myself and two others saw the bird clearly so I was not hallucinating.;)
The bird was in full breeding plumage.

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Jasper County


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Subject: Roseate Spoonbill pair, Talbot Co.
From: Andrew Dreelin <randrew899 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:44:30 -0400
Hi all,

This is my first post here, so I saved it for something good!

On the evening of July 23, 2014, my brother Jonathan and his two friends,
CJ White and Johnny Daffin found a pair of adult Roseate Spoonbills at a
piece of property that my family owns in Talbot County. I made it there
shortly afterwards, and they were just foraging like mad in a beaver pond,
paying no mind to us. I believe it is first eBird record for the county,
but I am not sure about all-time. Since they aren't on GABO, I thought I
would post on their behalf. If anyone would like to see some GA spoonbills
away from the coast, you're welcome to contact me via email (
rad337 AT cornell.edu) or phone (706-587-9312).

Here's the eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19201975

Thanks, and happy birding!

Andrew Dreelin


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Subject: Juvenile Cattle Egret in DeKalb County
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:42:28 -0400
I was a little excited yesterday when it became clear that what I was
following around the lake at Southland Country Club was a young Cattle
Egret, perhaps a recent fledge based on a combination of characteristics.
But it took multiple attempts to see the bird clearly enough for a solid ID.
Initially I thought the bird was either a Little Blue or a Snowy (like his
travel buddy) but several factors didn't quite match up. Once it was far
enough in the open to see it's legs AND feet, I realized it was not likely
to be either of the above, although I still couldn't rule out Little Blue.
But the legs were entirely dark, even the feet/toes, and the plumage was
entirely white, not showing any hint of an impending color change. The bill
color was not entirely helpful either, appearing mostly dark, particularly
from the distance I was viewing it from. Plus the bird showed an erect
posture, long slender neck and was hanging out initially with a Snowy Egret
along the shoreline. The only thing that made me keep working on this ID
instead of dismissing it was the shape of the bill, which was not the
characteristic slender bill of a Snowy or a Little Blue, either of which
would have been more likely than a Cattle Egret in DeKalb County. 

 

I was able to get several diagnostic photos of the bird, which is the first
report for DeKalb County I could find in eBird. When you look at the
pictures via my eBird report below, perhaps you can see the ID challenge
until the last two photos. We don't often see Cattle Egrets with black bills
and long slender necks, so this one was a true challenge.

 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19202081

 

Also, here's a video of it nabbing a bug (which I didn't notice until I got
home and viewed my photos/videos). http://youtu.be/4rP4wKM8XV8 

 

If you go, please keep in mind this is a homeowners association
neighborhood. While the lake is visible from several side streets, it's
necessary to make observations from the street and park appropriately where
other cars can easily proceed. Walking along the lake is not permissible
without approval from the homeowners association (which is not likely to be
granted). And please keep in mind that there are surveillance issues here
and a growing concern in general about strangers using binoculars/cameras
etc around private homes. One option is to go to the clubhouse to ask if you
can look out from the backside. However, I know for certain that permission
to do this on Fri, Sat or Sun (any week) will not usually be granted due to
the heavy use of the course on those days. 

 

Patty McLean

Tucker GA

 




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Subject: Sharpshinned hawk in Clayton County
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:45:05 -0500
Good morning
At 7:15 I watched a juvenile Sharp-shinned hawk atop a high billboard
and then in low flight at Exit 58 of I-285 at the junction of the
highway at Rt. 19/41. This is the second time this month and the 3rd
or 4th year (in July) that I have seen a sharpie in this area. It is
very unlikely that this is an extremely early migrant from the far
north; I presume it is either a wandering youngster from the north GA
mountains, or that Sharpies are breeding in the Atlanta area, which
would be an important discovery. Anyone who sees an accipiter around
Atlanta or counties just to the south in the next few weeks should
study them carefully.
 I would suggest the wingloading ratio, relative length and shape of
the tail, and size of the head as the most telling field marks in
separating them from the more likely Cooper's Hawk.

James Gibson
Clayton Co.

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Subject: East GA, 7/20/2014
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:19:29 -0400
Hi, folks, on Sunday, Pat Markey & I birded several counties in eastern GA,
starting out at Watson Mill Bridge SP (Madison/Oglethorpe Co. line), then
stopping at a couple of creek crossings in Oglethorpe Co., Holliday Park
(Wilkes Co.), Warrenton WWT (Warren Co), Lake Sinclair Dam (Baldwin Co.) &
finally the Tom Thompson Farm outside of Eatonton (Putnam Co.). Nothing
spectacular to report, but a nice general day of July birding with a  few
highlights such as a small flock of Mississippi Kites along GA 43 (McDuffie
Co.), eight White Ibis & a pair of Bald Eagles at Holliday Park, and a male
Painted Bunting at the Warrenton WWT. Here's a list of interesting sightings
for the day:

Wood Duck: 44, Warrenton WWT, Warren Co.; 11 (including a couple of small
broods of young ducklings), Tom Thompson Farm, Putnam Co.

Wild Turkey: 2, Centerville Rd., Oglethorpe Co.

Great Egret: 2, Tom Thompson Farm (a little surprising that these are the
only Great Egrets we had all day)

White Ibis: 8 mix of juveniles & adult-types, Holliday Park, Wilkes/McDuffie
Co.

Osprey: 3, Holliday Park, Wilkes/McDuffie Co.; 6, Lake Sinclair Dam, Baldwin
Co.

Mississippi Kite: 9, GA 43, McDuffie Co.

Bald Eagle: 2 adults, Holliday Park, Wilkes/McDuffie Co.

Broad-winged Hawk: 1 juvenile, Long Cr. AT Centerville Rd., Oglethorpe Co.

Spotted Sandpiper: 1, Tom Thompson Farm

Solitary Sandpiper: 6, Tom Thompson Farm

Least Sandpiper: 1, Warrenton WWT; 2, Tom Thompson Farm

Eastern Screech-Owl: 1, Holliday Park, Wilkes Co.

Barred Owl: 1, Tom Thompson Farm

Hairy Woodpecker: 1, Holliday Park, Wilkes Co.

Blue-headed Vireo: 1 each at Watson Mill Bridge SP, Madison Co.; Holliday
Park; and Clark Hill WMA (Williams Rd.), Wilkes Co.

House Wren: 1 still singing, Comer, Madison Co.

Warblers:
------------
Louisiana Waterthrush: 1 each at Watson Mill Bridge SP; Indian
Cr. AT Centerville Rd., Oglethorpe Co.; Long Cr. AT Centerville Rd.
Black-and-white: 4, Watson Mill Bridge SP; 1, Indian Cr. AT Centerville Rd.
Kentucky: 2, Watson Mill Bridge SP; 1, Long Cr. AT Centerville Rd.
Common Yellowthroat: 2, Indian Cr. AT Centerville Rd.; 1, Tom Thompson Farm
Hooded: 1, Watson Mill Bridge SP; 1, Long Cr. AT Centerville Rd. (I hope it's
just me, but Hoodeds seemed to be in short supply this year)
Northern Parula: 1, Indian Cr. AT Centerville Rd.
Pine: 5, Holliday Park
Yellow-throated: 1, Long Cr. AT Centerville Rd.
Yellow-breasted Chat: 1, Indian Cr. AT Centerville Rd.

Scarlet Tanager: 4, Watson Mill Bridge SP

Painted Bunting: 1 adult male, Warrenton WWT

Take care, 

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA
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Subject: Great Egret, Cardinal Lake
From: Rebecca Deitsch <rdeitsch AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:49:22 -0400
There was an adult GREAT EGRET at Cardinal Lake (Gwinnett County) this
afternoon. There were also about 50 CHIMNEY SWIFTS gathering above the dam.

John Deitsch
Gwinnett County

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Subject: Snowy amd Cattle Egret in DeKalb County
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:27:04 -0400
Today at Southland Country Club in DeKalb County, I was sorting through several 
songbirds when two white waders flew overhead. They appeared nervous and it 
took awhile before they settled down and I could get a clear view of them. This 
is a neighborhood south of Stone Mountain Park with one small lake/pond and a 
larger lake with golfers chasing birdies and a few fishermen along the banks. 
It's also operated by a neighborhood association for members only. We asked for 
permission to observe from the back side of the golf club with permission 
granted but with the caveat about Fri, Sat and Sun being too busy to grant 
access. So please keep these points in mind if you go and please do not enter 
privatw property without permission.  


Now to the birds. At first I thought the two would be the same species but 
something didn't quite fit once I finally got a good view. One had greenish 
legs with pale lores but it took awhile before the strong sunlight allowed me 
to see that the lore was yellow with a black bill and the feet had golden 
slippers. The legs were dark on the frontside and olive on the back. 


The second bird was rather perplexing. Thinking it might be a Little Blue due 
to the long, thin neck and how it initially stayed close to the Snowy as it fed 
near water's edge. But eventually this bird revealed a thicker and soon-to-be 
yellow bill, black legs and feet and short flared head feathers. To confirm the 
ID, the bird obliged by nabbing a flying bee/bug during one of the videos I 
took while working through the field marks. 


Many photos taken - none of which are great but eventually reveal the identity 
of both species. The Snowy was gone long before I left but the CAEG remained.  


This neighborhood is about a mile north of where I saw the White Ibis on 
Monday, just off Stone Mtn-Lithonia Rd.  


Photos will be uploaded with my eBird report.

Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: Notes from Bartow cedar waxwing, restart, yellow-crown night-heron
From: Pam Potter <ppotter AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:39:30 -0400
This morning I was watching 2 blue-gray gnatcatchers when I thought I spied a 
third one. Putting the bins to eyeballs to my great surprise it was a juvenile 
cedar waxwing! Saying NO WAY I looked again. No mistaking that mask and the 
crested head. It was no further than about 15-20 feet so I saw it quite 
clearly. 


A female American redstart has been around for about 4 days now and I see 1-3 
blue-gray gnatcatchers daily. 

 
I've seen a warbler with very bright yellow breast, white belly, eye ring and 
overall olive back. I've not been able to see it clearly enough to see if it 
has any other markers. Any ideas? Closest I come to ID is Nashville warbler but 
it doesn't quite jive. 


Yesterday late afternoon & today late morning I went to the Dunham swamp in 
Euharlee: 


ruby-throated hummingbird
11 Canada geese and another 10 fly over
1 Great Blue Heron
14 great egret


Yesterday Taff Rd:

2 kingbirds
2 Eastern Bluebirds
2 killdeer
2 green heron (one had a frog)
11 great egrets
juvenile yellow-crowned night-heron who ignored me and traffic as I took pix 
(not present this afternoon) 

20 barn swallows on the fence with more flying about

 
Today early afternoon Taff Rd:
8 great egrets
7 smaller white egrets ?? (MAYBE juvenile little blue egrets....suggested by 
another birder) 

7 Canada geese
3 juvenile turkey vultures
2 adult mallards with a raft of 6 ducklings
1 kingbird
 

They have really changed the landscape on Brandon Farm Rd. Where the ground had 
been tilled last year is now in corn and cotton. The big cow pond there is 
nearly gone and so over grown it is difficult to see much at all. On Taff road 
the cows have feeders on both sides and some structures with tin roofing now 
supports a huge amount of pigeons. But hundreds of cowbirds are still 
there...LOL 


 

Pam Potter

White

Bartow Co

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Subject: A Small Hobbling of LIMPKINS - Georgia Veterans State Park, Crisp County - 7/20/2014 - Video Post
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:01:06 -0400
Hi All,

After leaving from Athens to try to see a LIMPKIN in Georgia at Georgia 
Veterans State Park after work on the evening of the 10th, and without so much 
as a pocket-handkerchief, I was finally successful in seeing the bird in our 
fair state. Somehow though the accounts of folks seeing 2 LIMPKINS at the site 
this July intrigued me no end, and secretly, and then openly, I expressed my 
desire to go back to try for the pair of them there. 2 LIMPKINS together have 
not been reported in Georgia since I started birding, to my knowledge. 


Of course Max Medley fully supported such an idea, as always, and he still 
needed to experience a Georgia LIMPKIN at least as much as I had. We decided to 
go south to try for the birds on Saturday the 12th. We missed seeing them then, 
but did hear one towards evening. We also missed any INCA DOVE on Privett Store 
Road that day in Miller County. Sort of disappointing to say the least, but we 
had started a bit late that day. 


Sunday the 20th we resolved to try again for the LIMPKINS and the INCAS, and 
this time we used our old standby: 


Georgia Rare Bird Chasing Mode 10, or GRBCM10

We were just waaaaay too lax on the 12th.

For further details regarding GRBCM10 please, er uh, see:
https://listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind1001&L=GABO-L&F=&S=&P=53240

We arrived at the park this past Sunday morning right at 7:00am. At about 7:05 
at the boat ramp we immediately saw one, then two, and then three LIMPKINS, and 
all together! Wow, three, that's crazy! We were pretty elated but I wanted to 
video the three LIMPKINS together which quickly proved impossible as the birds 
were moving around the small area way too much and way too quickly to even keep 
them in the phonescope... frisky LIMPKINS. 


The birds were within 50 yards of us or so, but still distant for a phone 
camera. What to do, what to do... I brought the phone out and started the 
video, and then zoomed the video as high as it would go into the digital zoom 
range, which is just computer-enhanced zoom, not real optical zoom, and started 
shooting the birds hoping the video quality would at least be sort of passable 
in the early morning overcast conditions and lower light. 


I was able to get some footage of all three birds together before one of them 
pretty quickly departed. We were able to spend a lot of quality time with the 
other two birds, and Max now had 3 seen-only Georgia LIMPKINS to go with his 
previous heard-only bird! We were happy birders, indeed. 


I was able to shoot a bunch of video clips, first the handheld phone video of 
the 3 birds together, such as it was, and then some handheld phonescoped video 
of single birds foraging at the shoreline, preening in a tree, and devouring 
mussels on the lawn, and some of 2 birds walking, or hobbling, in the grass 
together. I even got some of Max intently watching a seemingly tame LIMPKIN 30 
feet in front of him, the telephoto effect sort of makes it look as if the bird 
is right at his feet. Trying to shoot phonescope video while a cloud of gnats 
is entering your ears and everywhere else they can from your neck up without 
trying to fan the absolutely relentless insects away for minutes at a time is 
very challenging. 


Afterwards we headed down to Privett Store Road in Miller County and even 
relocated one INCA DOVE! On the way down and back up Hwy 91 below Albany we had 
several OSPREYS at the Owen and Williams Fish Farm on the west side of the 
highway, and where we had seen a BALD EAGLE on the 12th. On the way back home 
to north Georgia we stopped by the LIMPKINS again at about 3:15pm and found two 
of them out between the road and the boat ramp in the same area as in the 
morning. 


According to the 2003 edition of the Annotated Checklist of Georgia Birds; 4 
LIMPKINS were seen in one area in Grady County in 1978, Grady County borders 
Florida. They are listed as former rare local residents, breeding never 
confirmed, in at least one area of the Georgia coastal plain or near the coast, 
I would not be surprised if they are now as well, and maybe more widespread, 
but probably in very, very small numbers! All of the recent reports in the past 
7 or so years in the coastal plain to me kind of denote that they sort of have 
been where people have sort of looked for them, recently there was one found 
across the river in Alabama at Eufaula NWR as well. I wonder how many would be 
found if they were looked for in the right habitat where no one ever looks for 
them... 


You know what, watching these birds, I think the world would be a much better 
place if everyone would practice walking like a LIMPKIN all day every day, just 
think how the barriers would fall... If only our knees were on backwards. We 
can learn a lot from our feathered friends! 


-----

Each LIMPKIN video clip, although a little hobbly, holds a few small gems of 
LIMPKIN behavioral goodness to observe, especially the one of the bird feeding 
on a mussel, amazing, the bird didn't let even the smallest tidbit get away! 
The handheld phone and phonescoped videos and some still frames of the LIMPKINS 
are up in the cloud at the following folder on my Box site: 


072014 LIMPKINS Georgia Veterans State Park

The Box site address for the folder is:

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

-----

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


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

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


-----

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Bank Swallows, Stilt Sandpipers, shorebirds galore at Huie Ponds, Clayton Co., 7/21/14
From: "Rebecca E. Byrd" <rebyrd2012 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:40:57 -0400
Today I spent three hours at Huie after work, and this time I brought a
lawn chair. The only thing missing as the sun went down was a nice cold
beverage. That would've been the icing on the cake, but the cake was pretty
good today.

Before Pappy Snyder left, we saw an immature Little Blue Heron fly over
with soft gray wingtips and faster wing beats than a GREG, but still
slightly larger and slower than a CAEG, with dark legs and bill.

After Pappy had to leave, I parked my car between the NE and NW ponds and
parked myself in a lawn chair with scope, camera, and phone. But before
that, I saw a huge flock of recently fledged swallows having a feeding
frenzy in the east pond, perching in tight groups on high grasses on the
west bank. Here I was excited to see two small BANK SWALLOW juveniles next
to juv BARS. Joining them were two juv NRWS. The opportunity for comparison
was very cool...I spent a lot of time with them trying to take photos with
my pocket Nikon through my scope, which is missing its eyecup, making shots
even more annoying than usual. You wouldn't believe how difficult it is to
get crappy photos. Every swallow species was present except for Cliff
Swallow, but I was told that Jeff Sewell had a couple there this morning.
So every swallow species was there today.

I believe the photos in my checklist are diagnostic for juvenile BASW. If
not, please do let me know:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19181849

Also present were:

STILT SANDPIPER 2
WESTERN SANDPIPER 1
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER 2
LEAST SANDPIPER 70+ (apparently a high count in eBird for this location
this time of year)
SOLITARY SANDPIPER 2
SPOTTED SANDPIPER 3
PECTORAL SANDPIPER 1
GREATER YELLOWLEGS 1

I didn't see any d0witchers today; neither did Pappy. The shorebirds were
frantically feeding and constantly moving, refueling for the long haul.

Juvenile American Crows with molting crowns and bright pink gapes were
hanging out with their parents on the footbridge between the NE and NW
ponds and begging in voices that sound a LOT like adult Fish Crows, but I'm
pretty sure they were AMCRs because their parents didn't sound like the
more locally abundant FICRs. Eight baby Mallards were swimming around with
mom. The two green herons were hanging out together again.

Frogs calling: Northern Cricket Frog, Green Treefrog, Eastern Narrowmouth
Toad, Squirrel Treefrog, Cope's Gray Treefrog

Happy Birding,

*Rebecca E. Byrd*
Sandy Springs, GA (Fulton)
770~369~5710 mobile
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Subject: Re: White Ibis near Lithonia GA (DeKalb County)
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:54:27 -0400
Just heard from John Snarey that he just now saw the WHIB but it flew off as he 
was returning to his car. Maybe it will return tonight. The retention pond 
looks interesting and I'll be sure to check it more frequently. 


Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Cc: Patty McLean
Subject: White Ibis near Lithonia GA (DeKalb County)

I saw an immature WHITE IBIS off the side of the road, feeding in a retention 
pond this afternoon. The approx. address is 1152 Stone Mountain - Lithonia Rd, 
Lithonia. Google Maps location is 33.761197, -84.163698. 


Photo will be included with my eBird report.

Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: AAS Walk at M. Candler Park (DeKalb) -- Cormorants, Herons, More
From: ldtp <ldtp AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:28:32 -0700
Five birders met at Murphey Candler Park (DeKalb County) for an Atlanta Audubon 
walk on July 16. Overall, there was limited activity typical of midsummer, and 
an unremarkable total of 34 species (see below). On the other hand, we lucked 
out with great weather, enjoyed some excellent sightings, and were glad to note 
many examples of successful breeding.  


Among the highlights: Four Double-crested Cormorants, including at least one 
immature. Extended, close viewing of one Green Heron (an immature), with 
glimpses of one (possibly two) more. Plentiful Barn Swallows, including about 
20 perched on utility lines, making it easy to admire details of their 
coloration and long tails, and to contrast the adult birds with the many 
immatures. A couple of Eastern Kingbirds and Gray Catbirds. 


A Belted Kingfisher caught and ate brunch, and two Kingfishers (probably a 
pair) flew across the lake later. A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher posed on a snag. 
Multiple sightings of Great Blue Herons, representing at least two birds. A 
mother Mallard with eight nearly-grown offspring. At least 20 immature 
Bluebirds.  


Heard only: twoWood Thrushes and three or four Common Yellowthroats.   

About two dozen small to medium, assorted Cooters, Sliders, and Painted 
Turtles, including one near-hatchling. A couple of Bullfrogs, heard only. One 
Tiger Swallowtail. Various dragonflies seen at a distance. In bloom: patches of 
Potato Vine, Trumpet Vine, and Virgin's Bower, and a little Asiatic Dayflower 
and Spiderwort. 


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

==

Murphey Candler Park
July 16, 2014
7:30 - 11:00 AM
Mostly sunny. Springlike temps & low humidity!
5 attendees
34 species.

Canada Goose 1
Mallard 20
Double-crested Cormorant 4
Great Blue Heron 2-3
Green Heron 2-3
hawk sp. 2 (two buteos in flight, too distant to ID)
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 3
Eastern Kingbird 2
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 10
Fish Crow 1 (heard only)
crow sp. 5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 35
Carolina Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 6
Brown-headed Nuthatch 2 (heard only)
Carolina Wren 8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Eastern Bluebird 25
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 10
Gray Catbird 2
Northern Mockingbird 1
Common Yellowthroat 3-4 (heard only)
Eastern Towhee 4 (heard only)
Chipping Sparrow 1 
Song Sparrow 15
Northern Cardinal 20
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 1
House Finch 25.

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Subject: Final reminder for Birder Travel Decisions Survey!
From: Steve Holzman <steve.holzman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:02:28 -0700
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Ginger Deason 
> Date: July 21, 2014 at 2:48:00 PM PDT
> To: Steve Holzman >
> Subject: Final reminder for Birder Travel Decisions Survey!
> 
> Dear Georgia Birder,
> 
>  
> 
> It’s Loon-ey not to participate in the Birder Travel Decisions Survey! From 
Heron out you only have one week before the survey closes! It’s your Tern to 
help with this important study. 

> 
>  
> 
> This is the last reminder email that the Birder Travel Decisions Survey is 
awaiting your response. The survey closes on July 28th! 

> 
>  
> 
> Please click and complete it now.
> 
>  http://ncsu.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_1CcvpKBc1gdEKDX
> 
> It will only take about 15 – 20 minutes of your time, and your voluntary 
participation in this study will help to assist local businesses better serve 
birders as clientele. 

> 
>  
> 
> All answers are confidential and you could receive a North Carolina Birding 
Trail guidebook by completing the survey! 

> 
>  
> 
> If you have any questions about this survey, please feel free to contact me 
(ggdeason AT ncsu.edu) or Dr. Erin Seekamp (erin_seekamp AT ncsu.edu). 

> 
>  
> 
> Thank you so much for your valuable input!
> 
>  
> 
> Sincerely,
> 
> Ginger Deason, Doctoral Research Assistant
> 
> Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
> 
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> 
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> 
> 
> -- 
> PhD Student/Research Assistant
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> College of Natural Resources
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> 
> 
> Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the 
last fish has been caught, will we realize that we cannot eat money. 

> ~ 19th century Cree saying
> 
> Hasta que el último árbol sea cortado, el último río sea contaminado y el 
último pescado sea atrapado; solo entonces nos daremos cuenta que el dinero no 
se puede comer. 

> ~ profecia Indios Cree


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Subject: White Ibis near Lithonia GA (DeKalb County)
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:24:57 -0400
I saw an immature WHITE IBIS off the side of the road, feeding in a retention 
pond this afternoon. The approx. address is 1152 Stone Mountain - Lithonia Rd, 
Lithonia. Google Maps location is 33.761197, -84.163698. 


Photo will be included with my eBird report.

Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: Immature White Ibis Aycock Pastures Oconee Co.
From: John Mark Simmons <jmbirdingandphoto AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:07:20 -0400
Hi all,

Checked out the late on Aycock rd this afternoon and found one immature
White Ibis foraging along the north shore. Rather uncommon in this area.
Best view point is from where the creek crosses the road.

John Mark Simmons
Oconee County


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Subject: Short-billed Dowitchers (7) at Huie ponds at CCWW, 2pm, today, 7/20/14
From: mitc4110 <mitc4110 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:22:13 -0700
Yo,

The influx of shore birds is obviously underway.....yesterday many more 
Yellowlegsand peeps were at Huie ponds, mostly B (NE) pond. Mixed in were 
Solitary S/P,Spotted S/P,Killdeers and a single Short-billed Dowitcher. 


Today seven Short-billed Dowitchers joined in on B pond. Stayed somewhat 
separated from the 40 plusother shore birds in the SW quarter of B pond. These 
Dowitchers appeared to all be same size and close in size to the Lesser 
Yellowlegs,have lighter tails vs. Long-billed, guessing both juvenile and 
adult Atlantic (Sibley).Have grainy rainy photos of them feeding and 
flying.... 


(One Greater Yellowlegs was present at minimum; have grainy, rainy, photo of 
himclose to a Killdeer.) WhenYellowlegs flew seemed like one or two were 
distinctly larger. 


Had 4-5 Great Egrets in A (NW)and B ponds as well as Green heron in A and 
Great Blue Heron in B. 


Generally there were many geese, many Barn Swallows, Northern Rough-winged 
Swallows and still some Martins, etc. The female Mallard that has protected 
eight young these many weeks is still winning. She hides them (3/4 her size)in 
the weeds on the A pond. Even when they are 'out' sometimes they remain within 
3 feet of her.Most families like this lose a baby every day or so in this 
habitat. 


Shorebirds are great.....

Steve and Mary Mitchell
Tyrone, GA
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Subject: Sam Smith Park and Brandon Farm and Taff Rd. Shorebirds
From: Marshall Weber <cardinalsandgoldfinches AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:54:04 -0400
Hi All,
Went birding with Patty McLean this morning at Sam Smith Park and Brandon 
Farm/Taff Roads. Nothing much unusual at Sam Smith except that we relocated the 
Scissor-tailed Flycatchers. They were heard and seen flying from the large oak 
tree at the end of the gravel road past the aquatic center. We also had the 
following assortment of shorebirds at Brandon Farm and Taff Roads: 


Stilt Sandpiper 2
Short-billed Dowitcher 2
Long-billed Dowitcher 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Semipalmated Plover 1
Willet 1
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Least Sandpiper 25
Calidris Sp. (most likely a Semipalmated Sandpiper) 1

Full Ebird checklists:

Sam Smith Park:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19163490

Brandon Farm and Taff Rd. (with explanation of mystery Calidris):
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19163614

Good Birding,
Marshall Weber
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Dunwoody (DeKalb)
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Subject: Possible Virginia Rail at Big Creek Greenway - Fulton
From: "chrisoneal2718 ." <chrisoneal2718 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:01:13 -0400
Hello everyone!

My mum Liza O'Neal and I birded this morning at the Big Creek Greenway on
Georgia Lane in Alpharetta, after seeing Patrick Addy's post about the
Roseate Spoonbills and Anhinga. While we could not relocate them, we did
hear what I am fairly confident was a Virginia Rail. It was in the
wetlands, about 20 feet inside from the Georgia Lane sidewalk, and about
150 feet from the intersection of Georgia Lane and Haynes Bridge Road. Its
call sounded like the clapping of a VIRA.

I wanted to get the word out about it in case anybody was over there later
today. Please let me know if you find it. I'll hold off on posting it on
eBird unless someone is able to confirm if it was in fact a Virginia Rail.

Thanks!

Chris O'Neal
Gwinnett County


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Subject: Re: Roseate Spoonbills (2) Big Creek Greenway - Fulton County 15 July 2014
From: Patrick Addy <patrickaddy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:11:43 -0400
The two Roseate Spoonbills and Anhinga were seen about 8:45am, one ROSP was 
perched on a snag to the left. 


Patrick Addy
Gwinnett County


On Jul 15, 2014, at 6:24 PM, Nathan Farnau  wrote:

> Two birds visible from the wetland on Georgia Lane (exit 9 off of Ga 400). No 
sign of Bruce Dralle's Anh!nga yet. 

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Subject: Three Limpkins at Georgia Veterans SP
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 07:20:51 -0400
Mark McShane just called to report that he and Max are looking at three 
LIMPKINS in the area of the boat ramp and canoe hut. Awesome! 


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Tucker GA

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Subject: More shorebirds on Taff Rd., Bartow Co.: 19Jul14
From: Joel McNeal <joelmcneal AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:11:40 -0400
I birded Brandon Farm and Taff Rd. this morning in the drizzle and
just caught the beginning of the shorebird bonanza that Bruce Dralle
experienced shortly thereafter, with a single Lesser Yellowlegs and 2
Semipalmated Sandpipers flying in just as the rain picked up a bit.  I
made a return trip in the evening and found a partially overlapping
set of shorebirds as Bruce posted mid-day:
Killdeer  26
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  12
Stilt Sandpiper  11
Least Sandpiper  23
Semipalmated Sandpiper  2
Western Sandpiper  1
Short-billed Dowitcher (Prairie)  1
Long-billed Dowitcher  1

The Western and Semipalmated Sandpipers were on the pond midway
between Brandon Farm Rd. and 113 on the NE side of Taff Rd.  They were
still present when I left late this evening.  The other shorebirds
spent most of their time on the very far side of the large mucky pond
on the W side of Taff Rd. closer to its intersection with 113, but
occasionally flushed to closer viewpoints on the pond's NW shore.  I
didn't see the Short-billed Dowitcher after a Cooper's Hawk flushed
everyone in a panic, and the Long-billed Dowitcher, Stilt Sandpipers,
and Lesser Yellowlegs left at various points when the shorebird flock
was flushed by herons and cattle.  7 Lesser Yellowlegs came back (or a
new flock came in) and joined the Least Sandpiper herd on the far
shore of the pond later.  My full eBird list from this evening with a
few imbedded photos is at the following link:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19154848

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

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Subject: Woodcock, Waxwings, Rock Creek Rd.
From: joe AT BETTERBIRDWATCHING.COM
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:02:58 -0700
Early AM on Sat. July 19 flushed a woodcock along Rock Creek Rd., first
time for that area. Also over Memorial Day weekend flushed one maybe two
woodcock while hiking along the Swinging Bridge Trail from Hwy. 60 near
Suches. Also today saw and heard a small flock of waxwings.

Joe LaFleur
Mineral Bluff, Fannin Cty.
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Subject: American Proteins, 7/19/2014
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:37:14 -0400
Hi, folks, I stopped by American Proteins (north central Forsyth Co.) in
between rain showers this afternoon & had the following mix of shorebirds:

Killdeer: 12
Semipalmated Plover: 1
Lesser Yellowlegs: 17
Long-billed Dowitcher: 2
Short-billed Dowitcher: 1
Pectoral Sandpiper: 1
Least Sandpiper: 18
Western Sandpiper: 2
Semipalmated Sandpiper: 3
Spotted Sandpiper: 1

All were in slightly worn adult plumage (except for some of the Killdeer).

Other notable species included 2 American Coots & 4 Cliff Swallows.

Be sure to check into the scale house prior to walking the dikes.

Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA
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Subject: Shorebirds From Taft Road Bartow County
From: Bruce Dralle <dralleb AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:03:06 -0400
We had the following from the corner of Brandon Farms Road and Taft Road. Turn 
right onto Taft Road and shorebirds were on the last large pond on the 
left-hand side. 


Lesser Yellowlegs -11
Stilt Sandpiper - 1
Short-billed Dowitcher - 1
Least Sandpiper - 21
Killdeer - 8

Other birds of interest:
Great Egret - 16
Little Blue Heron - 2
Gadwall - 1 
Wood Duck - 16
Eastern Meadowlark - 2
Eastern Kingbird - 1
Northern Bobwhite - 1


Bruce and Traci Dralle 
Cobb County GA

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Subject: Juvenile Yellow-Crowned Night Herons, Savannah Southside, Chatham County
From: Ben Goggins <wrgoggins AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:20:11 -0400
I saw three juvenile yellow-crowned night herons nonchalantly walking through 
lawns and cooling their feet in the water-filled roadside gutters in Paradise 
Park on Savannah’s Southside. My friend who lives in the neighborhood was not 
surprised because of all the night heron nests in their tall pine trees. 


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Subject: Re: Skidaway Waterthrush
From: Andrew Baxter <a.d.baxter25 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:49:48 -0400
Hello All,

I neglected to say earlier that the Landings Community, in which this bird
was spotted, has a security entrance and is not accessible unless one is a
resident or has pass from a resident. I'm sorry for any inconvenience this
may have caused anyone.

Thanks,

Andrew Baxter


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Subject: Little Tybee Island 7/17/14 - Black Tern, Marbled Godwit
From: Marshall Weber <cardinalsandgoldfinches AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:32:10 -0400
Hi All,
I went birding yesterday at Little Tybee Island with Captain Rene Heidt. We saw 
some cool birds including my FOY Black Tern and a lone Marbled Godwit. Other 
highlights included a Reddish Egret, Least, Western and Semipalmated 
Sandpipers, Least Terns and probable Short-billed Dowitchers. I also noticed a 
juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird that seemed to be begging for food from a 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. While a somewhat depressing sight, it was kind of funny 
to see a young bird twice the size of its (probable) parent. The full Ebird 
checklist is below if anyone is interested: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19128608

Good Birding,
Marshall Weber
Dunwoody (DeKalb Co.)
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Subject: Louisiana Waterthrush Skidaway Island, GA
From: Andrew Baxter <a.d.baxter25 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:31:12 -0400
Hello All,

Yesterday, I spotted a Louisiana Waterthrush on Skidaway Island in Chatham
County, GA. I didn't see any other reports for that species for Chatham
County in July on eBird. And eBird considers it a rare bird for that time
and area, so I thought I would report it. If you are interested in chasing
the bird, it was located on the nature trail in the Landings community
about half a mile from the water tower trail head. See links for photos. It
was very cooperative.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/adbaxter25/14497301108/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/adbaxter25/14497290119/in/photostream/

Good birding,

Andrew Baxter


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Subject: Make your reservations for the GOS Fall Meeting on Jekyll Island - Glynn County
From: Ed Maioriello <edm AT MAIORIELLO.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:57:01 -0400
All,

We are still firming up the schedule and field trips for the Georgia
Ornithological Society's Fall meeting on beautiful Jekyll Island, but it's
not too early to make your room reservations at Villas by the Sea for the
weekend of October 10-12th.  Rates are as follows:

Mini Villa/Studio  Islandside $99  Oceanside N/A  Sleeps 1-2
One Bedroom    Islandside $199 Oceanside $129 Sleeps 1-2
Two Bedroom    Islandside $149 Oceanside $159 Sleeps 1-4
Three Bedroom Islandside $179 Oceanside $189 Sleeps 1-6

Our group code is "GOS Conference".

Help support the GOS by staying with us at Villas by the Sea.  Each paid
room night will help us defray the meeting costs.

Information about Villas by the Sea can be found at
http://www.villasbythesearesort.com/, but you may want to call 800-841-6262
to ensure you get our rates and our block of rooms.

Ed Maioriello
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Athens-Clarke County


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Subject: Limpkin Continues @ GA VETS. S.P. (Crisp Co)
From: Pat <bigsky25 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:24:48 -0400
Hi Folks - watched the Limpkin this morning from 0700 to 0740 near the boat 
ramp... Then it flew across cove toward the entrance station area and landed up 
in a Cypress tree... Life Bird for me... Yay! Pat Markey Forsyth Co. 


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Subject: Solitary Sandpiper, Two Spotteds, Huie Ponds, Clayton Co., 7/17/14
From: "Rebecca E. Byrd" <rebyrd2012 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:37:42 -0400
I spent a couple of peaceful hours birding Huie Ponds after work today.
Joining the continuing SPOTTED SANDPIPER from four days ago was a second
one. My eBird checklist contains photos of both. There was also a solitary
SOLITARY SANDPIPER in the NE pond today, which appears to be the first
migratory record from north GA in eBird this season. There's a photo in the
checklist. More LEAST SANDPIPERS have joined the six from a few days ago;
today there were at least 14 LESAs, counted carefully.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19130886

On Sunday the 13th, JoAnn King and I went to an awesome birding spot in
Cherokee County: JJ Biello Park. It was so birdy we managed 41 species in
the 85 degree noon heat. It was so worth going there. We had hoped to hear
the Sw AT inson's W AT rbler that Steve Barlow had reported there June 21. We
didn't hear it Sunday but did hear a Kentucky Warbler singing at the same
spot. We saw a BABY CHAT and omg, it was so cute. Icterids like this place
as there were RWBLs flying all over the place carrying food as well as a
female OROR carrying caterpillars to a clearly visible nest. JoAnn got a
photo of the 50 yard distant nest (
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19090566), but the female was
too active for a good shot. This place has such a great variety of habitats
in such a compact, easily accessible location that I suggested it as an
eBird hotspot. It was crawling with baby birds. Just beware of adult
child-men flying model airplanes and remote spy-cam drones that follow you
around until you wave at their flying camera. That was interesting.

I don't know why birders moan about July doldrums...I love birding this
time of year! Baby birds everywhere, tons of behavior to observe, all kinds
of songs and calls to hear, and the most amazing and beautiful nests.
Breeding birds are the best!

Happy birding,

*Rebecca E. Byrd*
Sandy Springs, GA (Fulton)


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