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Greater Spotted Cuckoo,©Jan Wilczur

30 Jan American Woodcocks - Fulton County ["Chris O'Neal" ]
30 Jan Sandhill Cranes at Nash Farm, Henry Co. [Mary Kimberly ]
30 Jan sandhill cranes-Cobb [Pam Potter ]
30 Jan YES Cackling Geese in Calhoun this morning [Joel McNeal ]
30 Jan Small falcon in Clayton Co [world oceans ]
30 Jan [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 1/30/2015 [Stephen Holzman ]
30 Jan Harris Co. feeder birds [Ted Theus ]
30 Jan NO Cackling Geese in Calhoun this morning [Joel McNeal ]
30 Jan Little Gull at Lake Hartwell (Update) [Patty McLean ]
29 Jan Cackling Geese in Calhoun, GA [Stephen Holzman ]
29 Jan Little Gull at Lake Hartwell [Patty McLean ]
29 Jan Tybee Pelagic 2/14/15 [Trey McCuen ]
28 Jan Sustainable mealworms for Forever Bluebird [Linda FreedomBird ]
28 Jan Woodcocks over Mercer [Patty McLean ]
28 Jan Re: Goldeneye thoughts from Lake Thomaston [David Hollie ]
28 Jan [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 1/28/15 [Stephen Holzman ]
28 Jan Goldeneye thoughts from Lake Thomaston [Trey McCuen ]
27 Jan AAS Field Trip this week [Mary Kimberly ]
26 Jan GOS Hog Island Scholarship for Teens [Renee Carleton ]
27 Jan Lark Bunting in Roswell? [Rich Hull ]
26 Jan Re: Mute Swans - Catoosa Co. [Patty McLean ]
26 Jan Wood Ducks - Floyd County []
26 Jan Re: Redheads at Murphy Candler Park - GONE [Patty McLean ]
26 Jan Bald Eagle, Lake Nottely, Union Cty. []
26 Jan Redheads at Murphy Candler Park [Patty McLean ]
26 Jan [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 1/26/2015 [Stephen Holzman ]
25 Jan Fwd: eBird Report - Fields Landing Park, Jan 25, 2015 [Allison & Johnnie Greene ]
24 Jan Possible Hudsonian Godwit [Patty McLean ]
24 Jan Mute Swans - Catoosa Co. [David Hollie ]
23 Jan G H Owl cam on Skidaway Island [bethheron ]
23 Jan Lake Hartwell: 12 Red-throated Loons, Pacific Loon, Ducks 01/22/2015 [Eric Beohm ]
23 Jan Georgia Rare Bird Alert 1/23/15 [Steve Holzman ]
22 Jan Tybee Pelagic this Sunday- 1 person needed [Trey McCuen ]
22 Jan Wilson's Snipe and 35 other species @ J.J. Biello Pk.(Cherokee Co.) [Rich Hull ]
22 Jan AAS Walk at Murphey Candler Park, DeKalb County -- Ruddy Duck, Killdeer, Hawks, More [ldtp ]
21 Jan Merlin in Forsyth & Fulton counties ["sandfalcon1 ." ]
21 Jan Georgia Rare Bird Alert 1/21/2015 (from eBird) [Stephen Holzman ]
20 Jan AAS Field Trips this week [Mary Kimberly ]
20 Jan Ducks, etc. -- Elbert Co. (late report) ["Eugenia R. Thompson" ]
20 Jan Turner Co. Ash-throated Flycatcher location [Joel McNeal ]
20 Jan Woodcock displaying, Blairsville, Union Cty. []
20 Jan Another Ash-throated Flycatcher? [Patty McLean ]
20 Jan Re: [EXTERNAL] Re: [GABO-L] Tundras Not Seen Today (UNCLASSIFIED) ["Haskell, Eric C SAS" ]
19 Jan Miller Co. Update, Upson too [Pat Markey ]
19 Jan Another Canvasback at Phinizy [Sam Murray ]
19 Jan Monk Parakeet DeKalb County 1/19/2015 [Ben Thesing ]
19 Jan Pelagic 1/24/15, 2 spots available [Trey McCuen ]
18 Jan Cobb county highlights [Bob Zaremba ]
18 Jan White Crowned Sparrows - Taff Rd. [MARY MEYER ]
17 Jan Interesting female GOLDENEYE, Upson Co., 1/17/2015 [Ken Blankenship ]
16 Jan Re: Snowy Plover [Patty McLean ]
16 Jan Large flock of cedar waxwings and robins in Richmond County/yard birds [Cox Family ]
15 Jan Snowy Plover [David Heidt ]
15 Jan Re: Tundras Not Seen Today [L Stacey ]
15 Jan Tundras Not Seen Today [Patty McLean ]
15 Jan Snowy Plover - Little Tybee Island [Steve Holzman ]
15 Jan Red-necked Grebe, West Bank Park ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
15 Jan Pine Siskins [Larry Stephens ]
15 Jan Influx of Pine Siskins - Forsyth Co. [Rusty Trump ]
15 Jan Loggerhead Shrike doing its thing []
14 Jan White Oak Pastures Bald Eagle Workshop [Brad Alexander ]
13 Jan Re: Wild turkeys - Cherokee Co. [Rich Hull ]
13 Jan AAS Field Trips this week [Mary Kimberly ]
12 Jan Re: Berry college Bald Eagle mom laid 2nd egg tonight at 7 PM! [Mim Eisenberg ]
12 Jan Re: Berry college Bald Eagle mom laid 2nd egg tonight at 7 PM! [terry valentine ]
12 Jan Re: Berry college Bald Eagle mom laid 2nd egg tonight at 7 PM! [Linda FreedomBird ]
11 Jan Re: Berry college Bald Eagle mom laid 2nd egg tonight at 7 PM! ["Ozier, Jim" ]
12 Jan Pelagic trip spots open! This weekend [Stephen Holzman ]
12 Jan Georgia Rare Bird Alerts [Stephen Holzman ]
11 Jan AAS Fieldtrip report: Noonday Creek Trail/ Cobb Co. [Angelia Jenkins ]
11 Jan Vermilion Flycatcher in Mitchell County and other cool photos. []
11 Jan Southwest Georgia - 1/10/2014 - Video Post [Mark McShane ]
11 Jan Re: Berry college Bald Eagle mom laid 2nd egg tonight at 7 PM! [Mim Eisenberg ]
10 Jan Crossbills Cohutta Wilderness ["sandfalcon1 ." ]
10 Jan Leucistic Purple Finch, Washington County [mocking bird ]
10 Jan 3 Greater White-fronted Geese, 271 Brewer's Blackbirds Oglethorpe Co. [John Mark Simmons ]

Subject: American Woodcocks - Fulton County
From: "Chris O'Neal" <chrisoneal2718 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:42:23 -0500
This evening my Mum Liza O'Neal and I walked down Rogers Bridge Road in
Johns Creek (Fulton County) to try and find the American Woodcocks that
Nathan Farnau found last week. We heard them peenting starting at 6:30 PM,
and there were at a minimum 3 of them and possibly more.

The AMWO were in a wetlands area on the eastern side of Rogers Bridge Road,
about half a mile down this road from where it intersects Bell Road. The
field can be located at GPS coordinates 34.0348438,-84.1406178.

Good peenting all!

Chris O'Neal
Gwinnett County


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Subject: Sandhill Cranes at Nash Farm, Henry Co.
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:53:16 -0500
Quick stop at Nash Farm this morning with Liz Hornsby. About 30 Sandhills 
hanging out with the geese just past the entrance. Also saw a Loggerhead Shrike 
and about 30 Eastern a Meadowlarks. 


Mary Kimberly
DeKalb Co.

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Subject: sandhill cranes-Cobb
From: Pam Potter <ppotter AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:51:40 -0500
Yesterday heading south on I75 & Glade Rd at 2:30 there were 100+ sandhills 
flying overhead. I also got a brief glimps of sandhills in the distance west of 
the Petsmart parking lot near Town Center at 4pm. 



Pam Potter
White
Bartow Co

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Subject: YES Cackling Geese in Calhoun this morning
From: Joel McNeal <joelmcneal AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:25:54 -0500
Wes Hatch, Trey McCuen, and Patty McLean relocated the Calhoun
Cackling Geese this morning on Dogwood Lake ( 34.478784, -84.913231 ).
The birds flew due east shortly after I arrived, so they are still
around and pond-hopping in the Calhoun area.  Hopefully they'll return
to Harold "Ooky" Faith State Park at some point since photographic
opportunities are much better there and since it's now my second
favorite park name in the state behind "Sloppy" Floyd.

Joel McNeal
Cartersville, Bartow Co., GA
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Subject: Small falcon in Clayton Co
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:57:23 -0500
This morning at 9:23.....beating at low altitude against the wind at
Exit 58 of I-285, Rt 19/41. I only saw it for 8 seconds. I am betting
80% adult male merlin, 20% am.kestrel.

James Gibson
Clayton Co.

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Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 1/30/2015
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:48:59 -0500
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From:  
Date: Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 9:21 AM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
To:


*** Species Summary:

Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Richmond)
Cackling Goose (1 Gordon)
American Black Duck (1 McIntosh)
Common Goldeneye (1 Upson)
Red-throated Loon (4 Hart)
American White Pelican (2 Decatur)
Little Gull (2 Hart)
Rufous Hummingbird (2 Clarke)
Loggerhead Shrike (2 Hart, 1 Henry, 1 Morgan)
Black-and-white Warbler (1 Oconee)
Palm Warbler (Yellow) (1 Clarke)
Yellow-throated Warbler (2 Decatur)
Prairie Warbler (1 McIntosh)
Henslow's Sparrow (1 Glynn)

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

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Subject: Harris Co. feeder birds
From: Ted Theus <ted AT TEDTHEUSLAW.COM>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:20:53 -0500
It took them a while to get down this far south but had 7 Pine Siskins on
Thistle sock and 1 female Purple Finch on platform feeder this morning.   

 

Ted Theus

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Columbus, Georgia  31906-5726

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Subject: NO Cackling Geese in Calhoun this morning
From: Joel McNeal <joelmcneal AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:45:25 -0500
There was only one Canada Goose present at Harold "Ooky" Faith State Park in 
Calhoun (Gordon Co.) this morning. No sign of the Cackling Geese that were seen 
here on 'Lake Ooky' on Tuesday, so they must at least roost elsewhere. 


> Joel McNeal
> Cartersville, Bartow Co., GA
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Subject: Little Gull at Lake Hartwell (Update)
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:21:49 -0500
While my photos (of a small gull in flight and at a far distance in very bad 
light with cold winds blowing straight on) are almost useless, Trey, Wes and I 
watched a LITTLE GULL for over 30 minutes on Lake Hartwell as it flew, fed and 
floated in the cove along the south edge of Elrod Ferry RA. Photos attempted 
many times. All are poor quality but one shows the thick M across the top of a 
wing in flight, another shows the dark carpal bar while floating on the water 
and another shows the size of this bird compared to a Horned Grebe. The face 
and head pattern are also visible in several photos.  


This is a first-winter Little Gull and It stood out clearly from the numerous 
Bonaparte's Gulls it was associating with. The M pattern was distinct and wide, 
covering a significant portion of the topside of the wings with both the 
primaries and secondaries showing mostly black. The white trailing edge of the 
wing topside was also visible. The size difference between this bird and the 
BOGUs was apparent, particularly in flight. The wing shape gave the appearance 
of a shorter, more rounded wingtip than the BOGU and a shallower wingbeat.  


We tried finding areas where we could get better photos but Elrod Ferry offered 
the best, and being totally unsuccessful at our photographic attempts, we 
eventually moved on to look for other things on the lake. One and possibly two 
RED-THROATED LOONs were mixed in with dozens of Common Loons, 5 Red-breasted 
Mergansers, many Horned Grebes and 2-4 immature Herring Gulls hanging with 
THOUSANDS of Ring-billed Gulls. The oddest thing was there were only FOUR ducks 
present: 2 Gadwall, one Northern Shoveler and one unknown.  


As the gulls started gathering near the end of the day, we attempted to 
relocate the Little Gull but without success. However, I noticed as we were 
leaving that the Bonaparte's were joining the large evening gull roost off the 
Big Oaks trail that leads to the dam. Perhaps a Little Gull too, although it 
would likely be extremely difficult to pick one out in the huge flotilla - 
until it takes flight. The topside wing pattern is distinctly different than 
the features of the other gulls present and quite evident, even at a 
distance.  


I can't upload to Flickr yet but happy to forward photos upon request ... with 
the full acknowledgement that they are almost useless. Because of this, no rare 
bird report is planned for submission. 


Patty McLean
Tucker GA






Sent from Samsung tabletPatty McLean  wrote:Trey McCuen, 
Wes Hatch and i are looking at a gull that appears to be an immature LITTLE 
GULL off  the south edge of Elrod Ferry RA (looking into the sun). Smaller 
than nearby Bonaparte's with significant black markings forming a distinct M 
across the topside. Rounded wing tips. Attempting photos but need a better 
camera. 😊 


Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: Cackling Geese in Calhoun, GA
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:00:55 -0500
Mark Bishop is reporting on the GOS page his sighting of a pair of
Cackling Geese (he included pictures).  This is the location:

https://www.google.com/maps?q=34.463481%2C+-84.916618&es_sm=122&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=X&ei=U43KVI_iFoj9oQTgkIKAAw&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ 


Pond behind outlet mall.

Good luck if you chase them.

Steve Holzman
north high shoals, ga

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Subject: Little Gull at Lake Hartwell
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:27:39 -0500
Trey McCuen, Wes Hatch and i are looking at a gull that appears to be an 
immature LITTLE GULL off  the south edge of Elrod Ferry RA (looking into the 
sun). Smaller than nearby Bonaparte's with significant black markings forming a 
distinct M across the topside. Rounded wing tips. Attempting photos but need a 
better camera. 😊 


Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: Tybee Pelagic 2/14/15
From: Trey McCuen <eleganttreygon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:35:34 -0500
I am setting up another pelagic out of Tybee since the last 2 were canceled. I 
am shooting for February 14. If you are interested or want want to sign up let 
me know. It should cost around $150 per person. The deadline is February 9 to 
sign up. 


Trey McCuen
Macon, GA

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Subject: Sustainable mealworms for Forever Bluebird
From: Linda FreedomBird <hummingbird888 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:22:08 -0500
Hello everyone!

It has been a while since I was away ...from this real world. Recently I
started a project called "sustainable mealworms for Forever Bluebird" after
returning from Costa Rica in December. I got an inspiration from an
agro-eco hotel that I stayed during my visit..... I, just like most of you,
feed bluebirds with those "dry mealworm jerky" bought from the stores. With
all those freezing temperatures we had in the past few weeks, bluebirds and
most birds were deprived from drinking water...Yes, I know you will tell me
"get a heating bird bath". I am all into energy conservation so I started
thinking something, "why don't I raise my own worms?" .... Make my long
story short, do you know each mealworm can lay up to 500 eggs?  I posted
some photos of my mealworms experiment and photos on my blog  and I have so
many unanswered questions too.


Sustainable Mealworms for Forever Bluebird


I would love to hear from some of you if you have any experience in raising
mealworms. I don't know when I will get my first 500 eggs...but I will be
patient, lol, very patient :)

Cheers!

-- 
*Linda A Freedombird*
*www.WingsSpirit.com* 


Trees breathe so we breathe. My hope is to awake public's consciousness for
nature and wildlife through photography and cinematography.


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Subject: Woodcocks over Mercer
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:49:58 -0500
The evening sky being so clear and lovely tonite, I decided to run by Mercer 
Wetlands in DeKalb County to listen for AMERICAN WOODCOCK. At 6:25 the peenting 
and gurgling began. By 6:30, there were at least two males calling from the 
ground and within 3 minutes, they were in the air. By 6:33, all was quiet 
except for the evening rush of traffic along I-85.  


The best area to hear (and perhaps catch a glimpse of one in the air) is approx 
2840 Brandywine. Please be mindful that these are fed govt offices and security 
is tight. You can park in front of either the Colgate or Stanford Bldg but 
please do not go off the pavement. They've had problems in the area and have 
put up No Trespassing signs in a few spots. And, as always, be polite to any 
security officer who questions what you're doing. But the good news is you can 
enjoy the birds from the street, with them occasionally flying right over your 
head. Fortunately i didn't hear any coyotes tonight but suspect they are still 
in the area.  


Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: Re: Goldeneye thoughts from Lake Thomaston
From: David Hollie <featherbrain1223 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:09:40 -0500
Regarding identification of tricky female goldeneyes, I thought I might
share an old photo of mine from August 2008 in Montana showing a young
B AT rrow's and Common Goldeneye side by side to really compare the head
shape. In my experience Barrow's head tend to peak further forward (in
front of the eye) while Commons tend to peak directly above or slightly
behind the eye. Of course, all of this can change depending on activity
level or alertness.
Photo from Montana (B AT rrow's on left, Common on right; note that these are
young birds so their bills are completely black):

http://s259.photobucket.com/user/featherbrain1/media/Goldeneyes_zps32rsiw47_1.jpg.html?sort=6&o=13 

I also want to suggest that the possibility of a hybrid should not be
ignored.

Good Birding!

David Hollie
Ringgold, GA
Catoosa Co.

On Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 1:47 PM, Trey McCuen 
wrote:

> I have the chance to run over to Lake Thomaston today and see the Common
> Merganser and the Goldeneye. Since the bird has a yellow bill, like female
> Barrow's does, I studied the head shape and here is what I found. "Rounded
> head, forehead went vertically down and met the bill. It was not a sloped
> or angled forehead". I read an article today on female Goldeneye
> identification and it mentions that based on research "One in several
> thousand Common Goldeneye have an all yellow bill". I am not trying to jump
> to conclusions here, but just keeping the possibility open on the bird
> being a female Barrow's Goldeneye. If anyone has any photos of the bird,
> can you please email them to me? It would be great  to attain photos of the
> bird, whether it is digiscoped or taken with a camera to study the bird. If
> you see the bird, please try to get some kind of photo, if there isn't any
> already. With the winter storms up north, it may drive some ducks farther
> south.
>
> Trey McCuen
> Macon, GA
>
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Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 1/28/15
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:49:31 -0500
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*** Species Summary:

Mute Swan (1 Catoosa)
American Black Duck (1 McIntosh)
Common Goldeneye (1 McIntosh)
Inca Dove (2 Miller)
Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Long)
Western Kingbird (2 Chatham)
Loggerhead Shrike (1 Morgan)
Lapland Longspur (3 Gordon)
Tennessee Warbler (1 Oconee)
Yellow-breasted Chat (1 Chatham)
Fox Sparrow (1 McIntosh)
Brewer's Blackbird (1 McIntosh)
Baltimore Oriole (2 Oconee)

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Subject: Goldeneye thoughts from Lake Thomaston
From: Trey McCuen <eleganttreygon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:47:33 -0500
I have the chance to run over to Lake Thomaston today and see the Common
Merganser and the Goldeneye. Since the bird has a yellow bill, like female
Barrow's does, I studied the head shape and here is what I found. "Rounded
head, forehead went vertically down and met the bill. It was not a sloped
or angled forehead". I read an article today on female Goldeneye
identification and it mentions that based on research "One in several
thousand Common Goldeneye have an all yellow bill". I am not trying to jump
to conclusions here, but just keeping the possibility open on the bird
being a female Barrow's Goldeneye. If anyone has any photos of the bird,
can you please email them to me? It would be great  to attain photos of the
bird, whether it is digiscoped or taken with a camera to study the bird. If
you see the bird, please try to get some kind of photo, if there isn't any
already. With the winter storms up north, it may drive some ducks farther
south.

Trey McCuen
Macon, GA


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Subject: AAS Field Trip this week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:37:54 -0500
Greetings Georgia birders!

The Atlanta Audubon Society has one field trip on our calendar this week.

Join Ralph Smith for a double-header: first to Woodlands Garden, then the
Decatur Cemetery. Meet Ralph at 8:00 AM on Saturday, January 31 at
Woodlands Garden. Details and directions can be found on our website at
http://www.atlantaaudubon.org/field-trips.

Happy Birding!
-- 
Mary Kimberly
Field Trip Director
Atlanta Audubon Society


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Subject: GOS Hog Island Scholarship for Teens
From: Renee Carleton <rcarleton AT BERRY.EDU>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:50:08 -0500
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 GOS Park's Scholarship for 
teen birders. Two teens (ages 14-17) will be selected to attend Maine Audubon's 
Hog Island Camp, June 21-26, 2015. Application form and more information is 
available online at http://gos.org/grants/parks.html. Deadline for receipt of 
applications is March 1 and winners will be contacted March 15. The scholarship 
pays for camp registration and up to $500 in travel expenses. 


Renee Carleton
Outreach and Education
Georgia Ornithological Society

Bartow Co

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Subject: Lark Bunting in Roswell?
From: Rich Hull <haharich15 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:01:14 -0500
A report of a Lark Bunting by Jennifer Rivera was on the eBird rare bird alert 
this morning. Jennifer, if you are reading this, please send some more details 
about the location of the bird. I know that many birders in the area have great 
interest in this sighting, including me. 


Thanks, 
Rich Hull
Cherokee Co., GA

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Subject: Re: Mute Swans - Catoosa Co.
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:34:43 -0500
Max Medley just called to report that the two MUTE SWANs northeast of Ringgold 
(Catoosa County) are still present in the same area as originally posted by 
David Hollie. (David's post with location details is below) 


In addition, Max explored a few other areas today with the following finds:

1) SNOW GOOSE - Pond and field on left side of Old 411, a few miles north of 
Powerhouse Rd (and before US 76 junction). I think this is in Murray County 
(South of Chatsworth). 


2) SNOW GOOSE and REDHEADS at Crawfish Spring near Chickamauga in Walker 
County. 


3) GADWALL at Lake Kathy in Whitfield County.

Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Date:01/24/2015 2:27 PM (GMT-05:00)
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Subject: [GABO-L] Mute Swans - Catoosa Co.
I just saw a pair of Mute Swans on a small pond off of Salem Valley Road in Catoosa County. This is a road that I have driven regularly for more than ten years and have never seen anything but geese and a few ducks in this area. The birds were on the edge of the pond when I pulled over, but acted nervous and slipped into the water when they saw me. One of the birds flapped its wings and I saw no indication of plumage wear. Based on their nervousness and my history in this area, I feel that there is a really good chance that these are wild birds. I'm open to the thoughts of others, so please don't hesitate to take issue with their origin. The location is linked in the map below. I will be uploading photos with the eBird checklist soon. http://goo.gl/maps/XFzst David Hollie Ringgold GA Catoosa County 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: Wood Ducks - Floyd County
From: annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:35:31 +0000
Well after a month or so of visiting the creek in our woods - the wood ducks 
have finally discovered the farm pond and the duck boxes. I had two pair of 
Wood Ducks on the pond yesterday morning checking the area and checking out the 
boxes. I was beginning to get worried but checked my records and remembered 
that last year they were very very 

late getting started and didn't lay their first egg until February 22, 2014. 

I have a young neighbor boy that apparently got a new gun for Christmas and 
every afternoon he starts shooting. I thought the past couple weeks maybe he 
was after rabbits because his dog will come running thru our pasture barking 
like crazy. Yesterday afternoon as we were coming home and I was getting out of 
the car I heard someone with a DUCK CALL!!! i WAS FURIOUS!. I saw his dog 
circle my pond several times as I stood on my back porch. I couldn't stand it 
any longer so I yelled out - not expecting to get a response - 'HEY DON'T YOU 
SHOOT MY WOOD DUCKS!!!!!" Then I heard a voice say, "WHY NOT?" I said, "BECAUSE 
I HAVE BEEN RAISING WOOD DUCKS FOR TWENTY YEARS - THAT'S WHY"!!!! No response. 
This has been taking place around dusk every afternoon so hopefully it will not 
afffect my wood ducks right now or hopefully he will run out of ammo shortly. I 
don't want to cause any problems with my neighbors and I am sure they arent 
aware of what their grandson is doing but 

"my fuse is getting very short and it won't be long til I EXPLODE"... 

Ann Hall Stewart 
Floyd County 
Rome, Georgia 


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Subject: Re: Redheads at Murphy Candler Park - GONE
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:24:16 -0500
Looks like the REDHEADs are already GONE. 

Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Date:01/26/2015 10:44 AM (GMT-05:00)
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Subject: [GABO-L] Redheads at Murphy Candler Park
Just heard from Kathy Miller that there are currently several REDHEADs (ducks not humans) on the lake at MCP in DeKalb County. This is a good species for this area so i wanted to get the word out to those who might have the chance to see them today. On a similar note, Winter Storm Juno may push some exciting birds our way, so be on the lookout and get those optics ready! 😊 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: Bald Eagle, Lake Nottely, Union Cty.
From: joe AT BETTERBIRDWATCHING.COM
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:14:13 -0700
On Sunday AM, Jan. 25, just before dawn saw a Bald Eagle at Lake Nottely
near Blairsville, Union Cty. Also a flock of 100+ black birds flew
overhead, their combined wingbeats sounding like wind blowing through
the pines.

The swarm of 60+ siskins continues in the yard area.

Joe LaFleur

Mineral Bluff, Fannin Cty.

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Subject: Redheads at Murphy Candler Park
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:44:59 -0500
Just heard from Kathy Miller that there are currently several REDHEADs (ducks 
not humans) on the lake at MCP in DeKalb County. This is a good species for 
this area so i wanted to get the word out to those who might have the chance to 
see them today. 


On a similar note, Winter Storm Juno may push some exciting birds our way, so 
be on the lookout and get those optics ready! 😊 


Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 1/26/2015
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:26:45 -0500
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*** Species Summary:

Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Decatur, 2 Taylor)
Snow Goose (1 Dougherty)
Ross's Goose (3 Upson)
Redhead (1 White)
Greater Scaup (1 Richmond)
Common Goldeneye (1 Liberty, 1 McIntosh, 6 Upson)
Common Merganser (6 Upson)
Snowy Egret (1 Charlton)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (1 Richmond)
Inca Dove (1 Miller)
White-winged Dove (1 Miller)
Short-eared Owl (1 Lee)
Black-chinned Hummingbird (1 Bibb)
Merlin (1 Marion, 1 Muscogee)
Monk Parakeet (1 Dougherty)
Say's Phoebe (2 Miller)
Vermilion Flycatcher (3 Miller)
Ash-throated Flycatcher (2 Miller, 1 Turner)
Western Kingbird (5 Chatham)
Loggerhead Shrike (1 Jasper, 1 Upson)
Prairie Warbler (1 Charlton)
Brewer's Sparrow (1 Lee)
Lark Sparrow (1 Miller)
Painted Bunting (3 McIntosh)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (1 Miller)
Rusty Blackbird (1 Liberty)
Brewer's Blackbird (1 McIntosh, 1 Miller)

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Fields Landing Park, Jan 25, 2015
From: Allison & Johnnie Greene <johnniegreene AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:39:56 -0500
Fields Landing Park, Cherokee, US-GA 

Jan 25, 2015 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM 
Protocol: Traveling 
0.25 mile(s) 

Comments:     Allison and I went by to see if there would be a good sunset on 
the lake but we brought the binos for while we were waiting. Light activity for 

birds but we did get two adult Bald Eagles and a good size group of Sandhill 
Cranes heading north. 

6 species 
 
Canada Goose  5 
Great Blue Heron  2 
Bald Eagle  2 
Sandhill Crane  55 
Ring-billed Gull  9 
American Crow  2 
 
View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21540173 
 
This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Johnnie Greene
Canton, Cherokee County, GA

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Subject: Possible Hudsonian Godwit
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:18:58 -0500
I stopped by the Jekyll Island Welcome Center around 2:00 today before leaving 
the coast. Winds were quite strong (25 mph) but several good birds presented 
themselves including what may have been an immature Hudsonian Godwit. It was 
resting with 5-6 Marbled Godwit along the small channel that runs parallel to 
the Welcome Center. It first caught my attention because of the strong black 
and white pattern in the wing that it showed when it stretched. It had gray 
tones on the upperside and a pale belly, unlike the soft warm pinkish tones of 
the nearby Marbled Godwits. I had a nano-second look at the bill which appeared 
dark and long before it tucked its head again. Black tail. I turned to readjust 
my scope in the heavy wind and all the birds flew off - to where, I don't know. 
Just want folks to keep an eye out for this one. I didn't even try for photos 
because of the wind and the distance. Based on the overall size and bulk of 
this bird, i don't think it was a Willet, although they were definitely feeding 
in the area.  


I want to do more research on this before i can be more definitive but wanted 
to get the word out in case anyone wants to check it out.  


Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: Mute Swans - Catoosa Co.
From: David Hollie <featherbrain1223 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:27:27 -0500
I just saw a pair of Mute Swans on a small pond off of Salem Valley Road in
Catoosa County. This is a road that I have driven regularly for more than
ten years and have never seen anything but geese and a few ducks in this
area. The birds were on the edge of the pond when I pulled over,  but acted
nervous and slipped into the water when they saw me. One of the birds
flapped its wings and I saw no indication of plumage wear. Based on their
nervousness and my history in this area,  I feel that there is a really
good chance that these are wild birds. I'm open to the thoughts of others,
so please don't hesitate to take issue with their origin. The location is
linked in the map below. I will be uploading photos with the eBird
checklist soon.
http://goo.gl/maps/XFzst

David Hollie
Ringgold GA
Catoosa County


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Subject: G H Owl cam on Skidaway Island
From: bethheron <bethheron AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:42:07 -0800





 
After 2 years of successful Eagles nesting in a dying tree at The Landings (a 
gated community on Skidaway Island) a birdcam was installed to observe the 
Eagle nest for a hopeful 3rd year 


BUT evidently something happened to one of the Eagles. The lone Eagle did stay 
around for awhile but Great-horned Owls eventually took over the nest... when 
the Eagle finally got finished harassing them 

Below is the story. You can see it at  www.landingsbirdcam.com

Beth Roth
Skidaway Island



In mid-July 2014, two cameras were installed above a bald eagle’s nest 
located on the Palmetto golf course, near the eastern marsh. Power and internet 
access were run to the tree and we expected the eagle pair to return for a 
third season. Nature had its own way. 

Only one of the eagle pair was seen at the nest this season, visiting the nest 
only about half a dozen times. Perhaps the mate has been lost or strayed. 

Opportunistic in using nests of others, a pair of great horned owls found the 
nest. They courted, exchanging prey at the nest (captured on video), and the 
female laid two eggs and is now brooding. 

The eggs should hatch at the end of January or the first week in February. Go 
to www.landingsbirdcam.com to see live 24/7 video of what is happening in the 
nest, as we await the hatching and watch the chicks grow and fledge. The 
streaming video is made possible thanks to a partnership with Cornell 
University Lab of Ornithology. The video feed is coming to us from the Cornell 
site www.allaboutbirds.org and can also be seen on the Georgia DNR site 
http://www.georgiawildlife.com/cams 

The cameras have infrared capability, enabling nighttime viewing without 
disrupting the owls. And there is also audio – capturing the occasional hoot 
and squawk, as well as the wind in our trees, and other birds. Maybe even the 
thwack of a golf ball off the nearby tee! 

Skidaway Audubon funded the installation and the new website to support the 
video stream. The Landings Club board approved the project. Working with 
Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the eagle cam committee located a 
camera installer, Tim Sears, at HD on Tap, whose most recent work took him 
above the Arctic Circle, to document the first ever snowy owl nest cam. Members 
of the eagle cam committee include: Bill Costa, Rick Cunningham, John Gardner, 
John Platte, Chris Savage, Jim Siler and Mal Welch. 

Support for the installation and upkeep has come from The Landings Association 
and The Landings Club and additional funding has come from Ogeechee Audubon, 
the Coastal Conservation Association, The Georgia Golf Course Superintendents 
Association, the Georgia Golf Environmental Foundation and Wild Birds 
Unlimited, Savannah. 

Our coastal Georgia environment is featured on The Landings Bird Cam site and 
our experienced birders will be among the commentators and camera operators 
working alongside Cornell 


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Subject: Lake Hartwell: 12 Red-throated Loons, Pacific Loon, Ducks 01/22/2015
From: Eric Beohm <000001aed35eb136-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:15:48 +0000
Yesterday afternoon, I spent two to three hours at Lake Hartwell, GA. I only 
had time to check Long Point and Elrod Ferry. Gee, I guess it has been over a 
month since I was last there. Despite the dark overcast skies, the waters were 
calm and I wasn't freezing my tail off this time, so life was good. 


Highlights:


Red-throated Loon (12, about half adult and half juvenile-plumaged. They were 
underwater most of the time. Earlier this winter I found a few also. Last 
winter I found record numbers of them for GA at Lake Hartwell, so I thought I 
might see a few this time. Off the top of my head I think this makes about 
80-90 total inland Red-throated Loons I've found for GA over the years, so they 
are certainly becoming a sentimental favorite. The most reliable spot at the 
lake may be the GA side dam where there is usually one not far from the middle 
of the dam. Typically one can be seen from Long Point. This time they were all 
over the GA side of the lake.) 


Pacific Loon (1-2, single birds seen at different times over distant points on 
the lake. I am assuming this is one of the ones I already reported earlier this 
winter. I've recorded about ten different Pacifics at this lake over the last 
five years with a high count of three. Some years they have hung more towards 
the GA coves. However, this year they have been more elusive and distant.) 


Common Goldeneye (1 female)

Greater Scaup (4 and Lesser Scaup also)

Red-breasted Merganser (about 20)

American Black Duck (1)

And the usual: Redhead, Gadwall, Bald Eagle, Gulls (thousands), Common Loon 
(about 50), White-crowned Sparrow, Horned Larks, etc. 




I think this is only the seventh time I have checked Lake Hartwell in the last 
five months with each trip being worthwhile. Highlights of the birds I 
discovered in the last five months include: 


S AT bine's Gull (3), Black-legged K1ttiwake (2), C AT spian Terns, Probable Royal 
Tern, Pacific Loon (2), Red-throated Loon (15+), Red-necked Grebe (1-2), 
Western Red-tailed Hawk, R0ss's Goose, Snow Geese, Scoters, over 20 species of 
duck and a few cool shorebirds like Wilson's Phalar0pe and Ruddy Turnstones. 


I probably should have prefaced with the caveat that birding the lake 
effectively takes considerable dedication. It is not easy birding. It involves 
a lot of walking and substantial patience. If you go there thinking it's like 
E.L. Huie, you likely won't see much. 


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

Good Birding!

Eric Beohm
Atlanta, GA

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Subject: Georgia Rare Bird Alert 1/23/15
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:20:42 -0500
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: January 23, 2015 at 9:19:49 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Ross's Goose (1 Upson)
> Greater Scaup (1 Lowndes)
> Sora (1 Henry)
> Forster's Tern (1 Lowndes)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (2 Charlton)
> Vermilion Flycatcher (1 Miller)
> Western Kingbird (1 Chatham)
> Loggerhead Shrike (1 Clarke)
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow (1 Gwinnett)
> Black-and-white Warbler (1 Baldwin)
> Tennessee Warbler (1 Oconee)
> Common Grackle (Bronzed) (1 Henry)
> Baltimore Oriole (1 Oconee)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the  Georgia Rare Bird Alert. The report 
below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia. View this alert on the web 
at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569 

> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
> 


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Subject: Tybee Pelagic this Sunday- 1 person needed
From: Trey McCuen <eleganttreygon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:32:44 -0500
Ive got a pelagic set up for this Sunday out of tybee island. We need one more 
person. If you can do it please email me for details. 


Trey McCuen
Macon, GA

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Subject: Wilson's Snipe and 35 other species @ J.J. Biello Pk.(Cherokee Co.)
From: Rich Hull <haharich15 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:46:46 -0500
Hello All, 
 I was able to bird J.J. Biello (east entrance) for about an hour and a half 
this morning. I flushed one Wilson's Snipe out of the swampy area near the end 
of the cattail ditch and saw several sparrows in the same area. The best active 
spot was back in the woods on the trail that leads through the swampy area and 
eventually intersects with the sewer line cut. However, a maintenance worker 
warned me about the possibility of trees falling. There are many dead trees in 
that area, but as long as you are careful, you should be fine. 

      My total checklist:
1. Red-shouldered Hawk 1
2. Killdeer 3
3. Wilson's Snipe 1 
4. Belted Kingfisher 1 Strange for this area
5. Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
6. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
7. Downy Woodpecker 1 
8. Hairy Woodpecker 1 
9. Pileated Woodpecker 2 
10. Blue-headed Vireo 1 
11. Blue Jay 5
12. American Crow 8
13. Carolina Chickadee 6
14. Tufted Titmouse 7
15. White-breasted Nuthatch 2 
16. Brown-headed Nuthatch 2 
17. Winter Wren 2 
18. Carolina Wren 7
19. Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8
20. Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
21. Eastern Bluebird 2 
22. Hermit Thrush 1 
23. American Robin 8
24. Brown Thrasher 1 
25. Northern Mockingbird 1 
26. Cedar Waxwing 3 
27. Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
28. Eastern Towhee 6 
29. Chipping Sparrow 3 
30. Song Sparrow 4 
31. White-throated Sparrow 15
32. Northern Cardinal 6
33. Common Grackle 12
34. Brown-headed Cowbird 15
35. Purple Finch 2 
36. American Goldfinch 2 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21491870

Good Birding!
Rich Hull 
Cherokee county, GA

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Subject: AAS Walk at Murphey Candler Park, DeKalb County -- Ruddy Duck, Killdeer, Hawks, More
From: ldtp <ldtp AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:28:18 -0800
Eight birders met for an Atlanta Audubon Society birdwalk on January 21 at 
Murphey Candler Park in north DeKalb County. Nice weather and a respectable 
count of 36 species. (List below. Thanks, Linda!) 


We had an exceptional view of a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker feeding on poison-ivy 
berries. He was clinging upside down to a stretch of vine in a sunny patch, 
putting his namesake tummy in the spotlight. Beautiful views of a Redtailed 
Hawk and a Red-Shouldered Hawk in flight, with a brief flyover by a Great Blue 
Heron. Two Belted Kingfishers seen several times, including fishing. 


Other highlights included a Ruddy Duck, three Killdeer, four Pied-billed 
Grebes, a Double-crested Cormorant, and two Northern Flickers. Plentiful 
Yellow-rumped Warblers and a sprinkling of both Kinglets. A pair of Mallards 
did some courtship head-bobbing, and the Canada Geese were unusually noisy --- 
presumably hormone-related. 


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

==

Murphey Candler Park, DeKalb County, US-GA
Jan 21, 2015 8:35 AM - 11:01 AM
Sunny and clear; temperatures above average.
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: AAS walk (Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8)
Co-led by Mary Kimberly & Liz Hornsby
8 participants
36 species.

Canada Goose  25
Mallard  5
Ruddy Duck  1
Pied-billed Grebe  4
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk (Eastern)  2
Killdeer  3
Mourning Dove  1
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2
Eastern Phoebe  4
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  7
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  10
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Brown-headed Nuthatch  12
Carolina Wren  4
Golden-crowned Kinglet  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  2
Brown Thrasher  2
European Starling  2
Pine Warbler  6
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  12
Eastern Towhee  3
Song Sparrow  7
Northern Cardinal  6
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  3

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21483495 


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Subject: Merlin in Forsyth & Fulton counties
From: "sandfalcon1 ." <sandfalcon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:38:21 -0500
Greetings all,

This afternoon about 4:30 I had a Merlin flying over McGinnis Ferry Rd
about 1 mile west of the Chattahoochee River.  For those familiar with the
area this was where the soccer complex is at.  Looking at the map, I guess
I saw it in both Forsyth and Fulton counties since it passed over the
road.  As I approached, headed west to east, I could see a small raptor in
flight, first thinking accipiter.  As I got closer, I could see the pointed
wings and realized it was a falcon.  It banked briefly and the sun lit it
from below and I could see brownish streaks on it.  Overall flight was
strong and purposeful.

I wouldn't be surprised if this bird stuck around for a while.  Considering
the soccer complex and the fields closer to the river, there's a pretty
good amount of habitat for a Merlin to hunt it.  That said, there's also a
lot of area that the bird could be in, with lots of high power lines to
perch on.

Brandon Best
Lawrenceville, GA

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never repay you.
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Subject: Georgia Rare Bird Alert 1/21/2015 (from eBird)
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:35:25 -0500
The poll earlier showed that 59% favored sending these rare bird
reports to gabo-l so that non-eBird birders could find out what is
happening around the state.  I had some good feedback about privacy
and sensitivity so I thought one way to handle that would be to send
out the summary and ask that if you want more details you can use the
link at the bottom.

Remember that some of these sightings are unconfirmed and may be
mis-identifications. Some are on private lands so always seek
permission.

I will try to send this out no more than 3 times per week.  Maybe Mon,
Wed, and Friday.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From:  


*** Species Summary:

Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Richmond)
American Black Duck (1 McIntosh)
Greater Scaup (1 Richmond)
Common Goldeneye (1 Upson)
Common Merganser (1 Upson)
Manx Shearwater (6 Chatham)
Snowy Plover (1 Chatham)
Pomarine Jaeger (4 Chatham)
Parasitic Jaeger (8 Chatham)
Razorbill (10 Chatham)
Say's Phoebe (1 Miller)
Vermilion Flycatcher (1 Miller)
Ash-throated Flycatcher (1 Miller)
Western Kingbird (2 Chatham, 1 Glynn)
Loggerhead Shrike (1 Henry)
Marsh Wren (Eastern) (4 Bryan)
Northern Waterthrush (1 Chatham)
Eastern Towhee (Red-eyed) (1 Chatham)
Henslow's Sparrow (1 Glynn)
Painted Bunting (1 McIntosh)
Rusty Blackbird (1 McIntosh)
Brewer's Blackbird (1 Bartow)
Baltimore Oriole (2 Chatham)

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

Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

P.S. If you have additional thoughts on this please share them.  This
plan is subject to change.  If your thought is that you get too much
email already...I hear you, but it is very easy to delete before
opening a message.  You can also view gabo-l messages on the web and
bypass email altogether by visiting
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Subject: AAS Field Trips this week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:50:46 -0500
Greetings, Georgia Birders

The Atlanta Audubon Society has 2 field trips on our calendar this week.

Liz Hornsby and I will be leading a walk at Murphey Candler Park (DeKalb
County) tomorrow, Wednesday, January 21. Meet us at 8:30 AM.

Iris Schumacher will be leading a field trip at the Newman Wetlands Center
and Huie Ponds of the Clayton County Water Authority on Saturday, January
24. This trip begins at 8:00 AM.

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

-- 
Mary Kimberly
Field Trip Director
Atlanta Audubon Society


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Subject: Ducks, etc. -- Elbert Co. (late report)
From: "Eugenia R. Thompson" <eroberthom AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:44:40 -0500
Yesterday we went over toward the GA/SC border in hopes of finding waterfowl
on the big lakes. We ended up only going to Lake Russell and a bit of
Clark's Hill and didn't find much on either ( COMMON LOONS (3) and HORNED
GREBES (4), both on Russell). The real bonanza was a farm pond on the south
side of Hwy. 72 at Mile Marker 22; it was chock full of waterfowl:
BUFFLEHEAD, REDHEAD, RUDDY DUCK, AMERICAN WIGEON, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK,
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, PIED-BILLED GREBE, and of course the ever-present
CANADA GOOSE.

 

Eugenia Thompson

Athens GA (Clarke Co.)



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Subject: Turner Co. Ash-throated Flycatcher location
From: Joel McNeal <joelmcneal AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:06:31 -0500
There is a newer list (from today) in eBird with more specific
location/directions to the Hawpoint Rd. Ash-throated Flycatcher in
Turner Co.: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21433239

Joel McNeal
Cartersville, Bartow Co., GA
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Subject: Woodcock displaying, Blairsville, Union Cty.
From: joe AT BETTERBIRDWATCHING.COM
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:16:38 -0700
While hanging out with a friend last night enjoying the sunset on a
ridge overlooking Blairsville and Lake Nottely (Union Cty.), heard the
courtship display sounds of an American Woodcock.

Stilll getting LOTS of siskins around the feeders (60+), heard the
Red-breasted Nuthatch once over past couple weeks too.

Joe LaFleur
Mineral Bluff, Fannin Cty.
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Subject: Another Ash-throated Flycatcher?
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:42:04 -0500
This Georgia eBird Rare Bird Report comes from Jim Yarborough and includes a 
photos of a bird that appears to be an ATFL (not a Great Crested). It was seen 
somewhere east of Cordele. Jim, if you're reading this, please send details 
about the location. I know some folks who would like to see this bird. 
Thanks.  


Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) (1)
- Reported Jan 18, 2015 15:45 by Jim Yarbrough
- 159 - Amboy - Rebecca Rd, Turner, Georgia
- 
Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=31.7926524,-83.5529244&ll=31.7926524,-83.5529244 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21412145
- Comments: "Or would this more likely be an accidental Ash-throated 
Flycatcher? 

 photo GreatCrestedFlycatcher-1533.jpg 


 photo GreatCrestedFlycatcher-1536.jpg" 


Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: Re: [EXTERNAL] Re: [GABO-L] Tundras Not Seen Today (UNCLASSIFIED)
From: "Haskell, Eric C SAS" <Eric.C.Haskell AT USACE.ARMY.MIL>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:45:24 +0000
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

I went to Turkey Pond Fri Jan 9 without seeing any Tundra Swans or Snow Goose. 
I don't recall any confirmatory posts since Jan 3 either. 



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




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

Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2015 8:58 PM
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: [GABO-L] Tundras Not Seen Today

They have been at least a week. I think the last ebird report was 1/3 but I'm 
not sure. 



Lois Stacey
North Augusta, SC

On January 15, 2015, at 8:15 PM, Patty McLean  wrote:

On my way to Savannah for the Winter GOS Meeting, I decided to go by Turkey 
Pond in Burke County today to see what might be on the pond. I was greeted by 
hundreds of ducks but i didn't see a single Tundra Swan. The landowners drove 
by and waved but i didn't get a chance to ask them about when the swans were 
last seen. If anyone has info, please post. 


I'm trying very hard to take a deep breath and not chase all these amazing 
birds this year so i can focus more on my outside GA  birds. I'm sure those 
who know me well also know how diffucult this is for me, especially with all 
the great birds that just happen to show up here this time of year. Fortunately 
and serendipitousky I'm on Renee's trip to Little Tybee in the morning! 
Hopefully we'll quickly find the SNPL seen today so i can settle more into 
'enjoyment mode.' 


Kudos to those who seem to stay in perpetual  'enjoyment mode.' It's by far 
the best unless you just can't resist the chase.  


Patty McLean
Tucker GA 

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Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE



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Subject: Miller Co. Update, Upson too
From: Pat Markey <bigsky25 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:35:09 -0500
Hi Folks - I traveled down to Miller Co. today and relocated the VEFL(Smith 
Rd), ATFL (Kimbrel Rd bridgearea) and SAPH (Donely Rd), in that order. Had to 
go back twice to get the Say's. All these birds were in the same locations 
other fine GABO folks had 1st discovered & or still find them at... I got 
zipped with the Privett Store Road Inca Doves though... Oh well, I'll glady 
take 3 out of 4 LIFE BIRDS! ;-) 


Also, I then bee-lined it to Thomaston and relocated the COME & COGO at dusk 
this evening. Light was fading fast but head/bill shape helped me with the 
female Common Goldeneye, along with a noticeable white patch on the side (she 
stuck out amongst the Ruddy Ducks she was swimming with). The Common Merganser 
was a bit harder to pick out until I found it FLYING around the lake! Those big 
white secondaries caught my eye and I got her in my binocs until she landed 
then had just enough light to see the white chin patch contrasting with the 
darker head & upper neck (through the scope) another Life bird for me... 
Anyway, if anyone's still contemplating trying for any of those birds there 
still out there... I'll add more details on my eBird reports... But thought I'd 
at least get this update out since I relied on and appreciated other folks 
doing the same... Pat Markey, Forsyth Co. 


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Subject: Another Canvasback at Phinizy
From: Sam Murray <sam.murray27 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:47:32 -0500
This time, a nice male. Been there for at least 3 days now. Has been
spotted with Ring-necked Ducks in Cells 6, 7, and 12. A map with cell #s is
in the parking lot.

Sam Murray
Richmond Co.
Augusta, GA


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Subject: Monk Parakeet DeKalb County 1/19/2015
From: Ben Thesing <crash.thesing AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:04:35 -0500
Hi all,

Sorry for the late notice.

This morning I had a single MONK PARAKEET in a powerline cut on Mount
Vernon Way in DeKalb County. Given that it's a common cage bird, provenance
is in question, however I won't be able to return to the area anytime soon.
I know one other person was not able to relocate the bird today.

Good Birding!

Ben Thesing
Athens, GA


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Subject: Pelagic 1/24/15, 2 spots available
From: Trey McCuen <eleganttreygon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:14:42 -0500
I have a pelagic organized for January 24 out of St Marys. Cost is $130 and 
there are 2 spots left. Please email me separately if you are interested and 
I'll send the details. It should be a good trip. Phalaropes, both Jaegers, Manx 
Shearwater and Razorbills are currently being seen offshore in GA. 


Trey McCuen
Macon, GA

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Subject: Cobb county highlights
From: Bob Zaremba <bobzarem AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 20:47:15 -0500
I hit a few hotspots today around Cobb county. I started the day at Lake 
Acworth and visited Ellison lake, Noonday Creek trails, Cobb industrial park 
and some smaller 

Lakes in the county. Ducks were scarce but I did find a few good birds 
including some previously reported rare birds. The highlights were a sedge 
wren, sora and Virginia rail at Ellison lake. Two White-crowned sparrows at 
Noonday creek and Bonapartes Gull and Osprey at Acworth. It was a beautiful day 
to be out birding. 

Bob ZAREMBA 
Marietta

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Subject: White Crowned Sparrows - Taff Rd.
From: MARY MEYER <cheshy AT PRODIGY.NET>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 09:25:19 -0800
Yesterday afternoon around 3pm, we saw two pair of white crowned sparrows in 
the bushes across from the pond close to rt 113. Farther down the road behind 
Gaines cattle feeders there were 11 cranes parading across the ridge like the 
Magi. What a beautiful day! 


Mary Meyer
Acworth

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Subject: Interesting female GOLDENEYE, Upson Co., 1/17/2015
From: Ken Blankenship <kenhblankenship AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 13:14:02 -0500
Hello, folks.

I am posting this for Rosemary Kramer, who is currently in the field.

She reports a very interesting female GOLDENEYE, among other things. She says 
she returned to Lake Thomaston in Upson County today (behind an Ingles) to 
check on the female COMMON MERGANSER that she located yesterday (niiiice!). The 
bird is still present as of noon today. As she was scanning a flock of 50 RUDDY 
DUCKS, she says that a bird popped up that she immediately recognized as being 
a female GOLDENEYE. However, the most prominent field mark that stood out for 
her was that the bird appeared to have an ALL-YELLOW BILL (or nearly so). 
Naturally, this would cause any southern birder to do a double- or triple-take, 
which I'm sure she did. She did say it was far out, making photography 
difficult. 


She (and I!) hope that others are able to get to the lake to observe this bird. 
Whether it turns out to be an aberrant C0mm0n Goldeneye; a possible B AT rrow's x 
C0mm0n Goldeneye; or... dare I say... a 1st state record B AT arrow's Goldeneye -- 
any of the above is an excellent find by this sharp-eyed young birder to say 
the least! 


The start of the gravel road to this lake is at the eastern terminus of 6th 
Ave, east of an Ingles grocery; the GPS coordinates at this spot that I pulled 
from Google Earth are 32.903770, -84.322058. 


Good luck!!!

Ken Blankenship
Marietta, GA (Cobb County)

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Subject: Re: Snowy Plover
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:08:23 -0500
The Snowy Plover was located again today on Little Tybee Island as part of the 
GOS field trip led by Rene Heidt. Several distant photos were taken and all 
participants had long and satisfying looks as the bird fed high above the 
shoreline. 


Patty McLean
Tucker GA

-------- Original message --------
From: David Heidt
Date:01/15/2015 10:17 PM (GMT-05:00)
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Subject: [GABO-L] Snowy Plover
Dear GABO - During our survey of Little Tybee Island with Sydney Maddock who is monitoring the Piping Plover population for Canada, we observed a Snowy Plover. Sydney noted the angle to the ground at which the bird walked, more like a Wilson’s than a Piping. The light coloring, thin beak and grey legs were all quite noticeable amongst the dozen Piping plovers the bird was spread between. Hope we see him tomorrow on the G.O.S. trip. We kept our distance. Rene Heidt Chatham County 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: Large flock of cedar waxwings and robins in Richmond County/yard birds
From: Cox Family <coxfam3 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:15:02 -0800
Driving in Augusta this week (1/14/2015) with my son, he noticed a huge flock 
of birds fluttering in and around about 5 trees along the sidewalk at the 
corner of Bobby Jones Expressway and Washington Road (this is just within the 
line of Richmond County). Thankfully, we were at a stoplight so we could watch 
a bit. There were cedar waxwings and American robins. We did a quick estimate 
on one tree of at least 300 birds, and each tree was filled with birds, so I 
think there were easily more than a thousand total. I'm unsure what the trees 
were, but they did have some kind of fruit/berry. The waxwings were mainly in 
the trees, and the robins were mainly on the ground. We wished we could have 
observed longer (had to get to an appointment) to see what else may have been 
in the flock. It was a very interesting sight at a very busy city intersection 
and gave us something to think about other than the orthodontist! 



On 1/11/2015 we had our first purple finch of the season, one male and one 
female. We've continued to see a couple of males. Also we have goldfinches 
finally, and a resident Baltimore oriole, presumably one of the ones we had 
last winter. Our mockingbirds particularly dislike the oriole and chase him 
away if they see him. Anything we put out for the oriole (sweet potato, jelly, 
oranges), the mockingbirds eat, too. 


We just got new feeders that stack round seed cakes, and the birds are enjoying 
that a lot. Fun to watch. 


Karen Cox
Burke County


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Subject: Snowy Plover
From: David Heidt <rene.heidt AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 22:17:31 -0500
Dear GABO - During our survey of Little Tybee Island with Sydney Maddock who is 
monitoring the Piping Plover population for Canada, we observed a Snowy Plover. 
Sydney noted the angle to the ground at which the bird walked, more like a 
Wilson’s than a Piping. The light coloring, thin beak and grey legs were all 
quite noticeable amongst the dozen Piping plovers the bird was spread between. 
Hope we see him tomorrow on the G.O.S. trip. We kept our distance. Rene Heidt 
Chatham County 


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Subject: Re: Tundras Not Seen Today
From: L Stacey <croakie AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 20:58:19 -0500
They have been at least a week. I think the last ebird report was 1/3 but I'm 
not sure. 



Lois Stacey
North Augusta, SC

On January 15, 2015, at 8:15 PM, Patty McLean  wrote:

On my way to Savannah for the Winter GOS Meeting, I decided to go by Turkey 
Pond in Burke County today to see what might be on the pond. I was greeted by 
hundreds of ducks but i didn't see a single Tundra Swan. The landowners drove 
by and waved but i didn't get a chance to ask them about when the swans were 
last seen. If anyone has info, please post. 


I'm trying very hard to take a deep breath and not chase all these amazing 
birds this year so i can focus more on my outside GA  birds. I'm sure those 
who know me well also know how diffucult this is for me, especially with all 
the great birds that just happen to show up here this time of year. Fortunately 
and serendipitousky I'm on Renee's trip to Little Tybee in the morning! 
Hopefully we'll quickly find the SNPL seen today so i can settle more into 
'enjoyment mode.' 


Kudos to those who seem to stay in perpetual  'enjoyment mode.' It's by far 
the best unless you just can't resist the chase.  


Patty McLean
Tucker GA 

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Subject: Tundras Not Seen Today
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 20:15:04 -0500
On my way to Savannah for the Winter GOS Meeting, I decided to go by Turkey 
Pond in Burke County today to see what might be on the pond. I was greeted by 
hundreds of ducks but i didn't see a single Tundra Swan. The landowners drove 
by and waved but i didn't get a chance to ask them about when the swans were 
last seen. If anyone has info, please post. 


I'm trying very hard to take a deep breath and not chase all these amazing 
birds this year so i can focus more on my outside GA  birds. I'm sure those 
who know me well also know how diffucult this is for me, especially with all 
the great birds that just happen to show up here this time of year. Fortunately 
and serendipitousky I'm on Renee's trip to Little Tybee in the morning! 
Hopefully we'll quickly find the SNPL seen today so i can settle more into 
'enjoyment mode.' 


Kudos to those who seem to stay in perpetual  'enjoyment mode.' It's by far 
the best unless you just can't resist the chase.  


Patty McLean
Tucker GA 

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Subject: Snowy Plover - Little Tybee Island
From: Steve Holzman <steve.holzman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 19:17:23 -0500
Rene Heidt relayed the information that they saw a snowy plover on Little Tybee 
island today. Hope it sticks around for the GOS trip there tomorrow. 


Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

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Subject: Red-necked Grebe, West Bank Park
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:50:09 -0500
Hi, folks, there is a Red-necked Grebe off of West Bank Park (east end) near 
Buford Dam, Forsyth Co. Scope is necessary. 


Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co.

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Subject: Pine Siskins
From: Larry Stephens <ltstephens37 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 13:49:37 -0500
I have had over 100 Pine Siskins (too
many to count) coming to my feeders for
over three weeks. When there is quite
time, 2 Brown-Headed Nuthatches make
quick trips to the feeders.

 

Larry

Woodstock

 



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Subject: Influx of Pine Siskins - Forsyth Co.
From: Rusty Trump <rusty_trump AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:23:29 -0500
Hi Georgia Birders,

 

Today I noticed a significant influx of Pine Siskins at my feeders. Have now 
over 30 birds at one time at feeders. First couple showed up around end of 
December. 


 

Still a dozen or so Purple Finch coming to feeders since November. Goldfinch 
numbers are still low. 


 

Shaping up to be a good finch year.

 

On a side note my Hermit Thrush from last year that feeds on the suet log 
returned in October and comes daily for suet. 


 

Take  Care,

 

Rusty Trump

Suwanee, GA

 		 	   		  
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Subject: Loggerhead Shrike doing its thing
From: eelriver05 AT MCHSI.COM
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 06:42:40 -0600
Hello to my Georgia birding friends,

I just want to share a cool sighting I saw yesterday up near Cobb, Georgia 
yesterday. 

I was checking out a Loggerhead Shrike up on a telephone line when it flew down 
to the edge of a cotton field, 

I also notice it did not fly back to the line so I crept up in the car to look 
for it and I saw this (see photos). 

I just sat in the car taking pictures from about 30 feet away as it went about 
its business. 

It was still feeding when I crept away in the car.
I am also putting in a diagnostic Sandhill Crane shot from yesterday. Taken in 
Lee County. 


Loggerhead Shrike eating dinner.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/16256903696/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/16095464160/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/16096702689/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/16256900326/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/16282828705/in/photostream/

Sandhill Cranes
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/15660411484/in/photostream/


Bird on my friends, bird on!!

Larry Gridley
Albany, Georgia
Dougherty County

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Subject: White Oak Pastures Bald Eagle Workshop
From: Brad Alexander <bwalexander AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:49:19 -0500
White Oak Pastures is having a Bald Eagle Workshop on January 31, 2015.

WHITE OAK PASTURES
22775 US Hwy 27
Bluffton, Georgia 39824

Interested in knowing more about bald eagles? Then come join us January
31st for our very first bald eagle workshop. The workshop will consist of
educational talks about eagles while also being able to walk and see them
in their natural habitat on the farm.

Course Agenda:
10:00 - 12:00: White Oak Pastures Tour
12:00 - 1:00: Lunch at The Pavilion
1:00 - until: Workshop

Cost: $65
(LUNCH INCLUDED)
Groups of 10 or more receive a discount of $50 per person
Class Capacity Unlimited

For more information or to make
reservations please call us at 229-641-2081
or buy reservation online at www.whiteoakpastures.com


About White Oak Pastures (From Website):

White Oak Pastures is a multigenerational family farm
 that cooperates with nature to
produce artisan products that are healthy, safe, nutritious and delicious.
Care is given to ensure that all of our production practices are
economically practical, ecologically sustainable, and that our animals are
always humanely treated. We never falter in our determination to conduct
our business in an honorable manner, for the sake of our animals
, our land
, and the
people who eat our products.


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Subject: Re: Wild turkeys - Cherokee Co.
From: Rich Hull <haharich15 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 14:53:04 -0500
Hello All, 
 I've also seen the turkey flock at Avery Creek a lot lately since it is on my 
way to school. I've seen them about 25% of the time I've driven by there in the 
last week or so. They have been in that general area for at least a couple of 
years now. And just as a side note, there are a couple of Eastern Phoebes and 
Yellow-rumped Warblers wintering around my house in Bradshaw Farm. 
Unfortunately, there are not any Brown Creepers, Pine Siskins, or Purple 
Finches hanging around. 

Good Birding, 
Rich Hull
Cherokee County, GA

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Subject: AAS Field Trips this week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:21:48 -0500
Greetings, Georgia Birders!

The Atlanta Audubon Society has two field trips on our calendar for this
week.

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

Phil Delestrez will lead a walk at Hard Labor Creek State Park (Morgan
County) on Saturday, January 17 at 3:00 PM

For details and directions, 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: Re: Berry college Bald Eagle mom laid 2nd egg tonight at 7 PM!
From: Mim Eisenberg <mimbrava AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 17:54:30 -0500
I have no idea. All I was doing was responding to what I thought was a valid 
GABO post. I don't know why it posted if you didn't send the "ok" reply. 

:-/

Mim

On Jan 12, 2015, at 4:36 PM, terry valentine wrote:

> Thank you, Jim and Mim (ahem)...I'm actually puzzled as to how or why my
> comments posted, as I decided to withhold them until later on if I posted at
> all; thus I never sent the "ok" reply.  The post never appeared in my own
> mailbox.
> 
> Terry
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mim Eisenberg [mailto:mimbrava AT MINDSPRING.COM] 
> Sent: Sunday, January 11, 2015 12:07 AM
> To: terry valentine
> Cc: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Berry college Bald Eagle mom laid 2nd egg tonight at 7
> PM!
> 
> Terry,
> 
> According to this website, siblicide in bald eagles hatchlings is rare:
> http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1495.0
> 
> This page, quoting from the Sutton Avian Research Center, indicates that
> whatever sibling aggression there is between bald eagle hatchlings, it
> disappears at around the sixth week:
> http://www.window-on-wildlife.com/index.php?topic=103.30
> 
> Mim
> 
> On Jan 10, 2015, at 11:11 PM, terry valentine wrote:
> 
>> Not to put a damper on the occasion, but from what I understand (via grad
> school Ornithology class) even if both eggs are viable, the first eagle
> chick to hatch will kill the other.  This is presumably to ensure that the
> parents put their energy into rearing the stronger of the two.
>> 
>> Does anyone know if this is true in all cases?  Have both chicks of any
> pair ever been observed to fledge?  
>> 
>> Terry Valentine
>> Hoschton
>> 
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Georgia Birders Online [mailto:GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On 
>> Behalf Of Mim Eisenberg
>> Sent: Friday, January 09, 2015 9:17 PM
>> To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
>> Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Berry college Bald Eagle mom laid 2nd egg tonight at
> 7 PM!
>> 
>> Thanks, Linda. And another beautiful cycle begins. Let's hope this year
> both eggs are viable and both chicks survive.
>> 
>> Mim Eisenberg
>> Roswell
>> Fulton Co.
>> 
>> On Jan 9, 2015, at 8:43 PM, Linda FreedomBird wrote:
>> 
>>> Berry Bald Eagle mom brought us another great news tonight! She laid 
>>> her 2nd egg at round 7 pm. This is a 4 minute video if missed her 
>>> great moment
>>> :)
>>> 
>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbe1gOcyUYY&feature=youtu.be
>>> 
>>> Cheers!
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> --
>>> *Linda A Freedombird*
>>> *www.WingsSpirit.com* 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Trees breathe so we breathe. My hope is to awake public's 
>>> consciousness for nature and wildlife through photography and
> cinematography.
>>> 
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Subject: Re: Berry college Bald Eagle mom laid 2nd egg tonight at 7 PM!
From: terry valentine <terryval AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:36:28 -0500
Thank you, Jim and Mim (ahem)...I'm actually puzzled as to how or why my
comments posted, as I decided to withhold them until later on if I posted at
all; thus I never sent the "ok" reply.  The post never appeared in my own
mailbox.

Terry

-----Original Message-----
From: Mim Eisenberg [mailto:mimbrava AT MINDSPRING.COM] 
Sent: Sunday, January 11, 2015 12:07 AM
To: terry valentine
Cc: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Berry college Bald Eagle mom laid 2nd egg tonight at 7
PM!

Terry,

According to this website, siblicide in bald eagles hatchlings is rare:
http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1495.0

This page, quoting from the Sutton Avian Research Center, indicates that
whatever sibling aggression there is between bald eagle hatchlings, it
disappears at around the sixth week:
http://www.window-on-wildlife.com/index.php?topic=103.30

Mim

On Jan 10, 2015, at 11:11 PM, terry valentine wrote:

> Not to put a damper on the occasion, but from what I understand (via grad
school Ornithology class) even if both eggs are viable, the first eagle
chick to hatch will kill the other.  This is presumably to ensure that the
parents put their energy into rearing the stronger of the two.
> 
> Does anyone know if this is true in all cases?  Have both chicks of any
pair ever been observed to fledge?  
> 
> Terry Valentine
> Hoschton
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Georgia Birders Online [mailto:GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On 
> Behalf Of Mim Eisenberg
> Sent: Friday, January 09, 2015 9:17 PM
> To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Berry college Bald Eagle mom laid 2nd egg tonight at
7 PM!
> 
> Thanks, Linda. And another beautiful cycle begins. Let's hope this year
both eggs are viable and both chicks survive.
> 
> Mim Eisenberg
> Roswell
> Fulton Co.
> 
> On Jan 9, 2015, at 8:43 PM, Linda FreedomBird wrote:
> 
>> Berry Bald Eagle mom brought us another great news tonight! She laid 
>> her 2nd egg at round 7 pm. This is a 4 minute video if missed her 
>> great moment
>> :)
>> 
>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbe1gOcyUYY&feature=youtu.be
>> 
>> Cheers!
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> --
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>> *www.WingsSpirit.com* 
>> 
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Subject: Re: Berry college Bald Eagle mom laid 2nd egg tonight at 7 PM!
From: Linda FreedomBird <hummingbird888 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:29:14 -0500
I read somewhere that if the first hatchling is a female, as you all know
that female raptors are much lager (about 25%) than the male, by the time
the next egg hatches, the sister has grown much bigger than her new born
brother or sister. If daddy (sorry, in this case, it has to be the dad)
does not bring more food and more frequently, siblicide will unavoidably
happen. Sad, but this is nature. Nature rules!

My friend from Finland just told me they have -26C temperature in the past
few days. So I should not complain about Georgia's weather. I told them to
send snow to me :D

Cheers and stay warm!

On Sun, Jan 11, 2015 at 9:50 AM, Ozier, Jim 
wrote:

> In Georgia the average is about 1.5 fledglings per successful nest. Many
> nests fledge 2 and a few produce 3 fledglings.
>
> Jim Ozier
> GA DNR
> Forsyth
>
>
>
> Jim Ozier
>
> Program Manager/Wildlife Biologist,
> Nongame Conservation
>
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> On Jan 11, 2015, at 12:24 AM, "Mim Eisenberg"  > wrote:
>
> Terry,
>
> According to this website, siblicide in bald eagles hatchlings is rare:
> http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1495.0
>
> This page, quoting from the Sutton Avian Research Center, indicates that
> whatever sibling aggression there is between bald eagle hatchlings, it
> disappears at around the sixth week:
> http://www.window-on-wildlife.com/index.php?topic=103.30
>
> Mim
>
> On Jan 10, 2015, at 11:11 PM, terry valentine wrote:
>
> Not to put a damper on the occasion, but from what I understand (via grad
> school Ornithology class) even if both eggs are viable, the first eagle
> chick to hatch will kill the other.  This is presumably to ensure that the
> parents put their energy into rearing the stronger of the two.
>
> Does anyone know if this is true in all cases?  Have both chicks of any
> pair ever been observed to fledge?
>
> Terry Valentine
> Hoschton
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Georgia Birders Online [mailto:GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf
> Of Mim Eisenberg
> Sent: Friday, January 09, 2015 9:17 PM
> To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Berry college Bald Eagle mom laid 2nd egg tonight at
> 7 PM!
>
> Thanks, Linda. And another beautiful cycle begins. Let's hope this year
> both eggs are viable and both chicks survive.
>
> Mim Eisenberg
> Roswell
> Fulton Co.
>
> On Jan 9, 2015, at 8:43 PM, Linda FreedomBird wrote:
>
> Berry Bald Eagle mom brought us another great news tonight! She laid
> her 2nd egg at round 7 pm. This is a 4 minute video if missed her
> great moment
> :)
>
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbe1gOcyUYY&feature=youtu.be
>
> Cheers!
>
>
>
> --
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> http://www.wingsspirit.com/>
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Subject: Re: Berry college Bald Eagle mom laid 2nd egg tonight at 7 PM!
From: "Ozier, Jim" <Jim.Ozier AT DNR.STATE.GA.US>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 09:50:53 -0500
In Georgia the average is about 1.5 fledglings per successful nest. Many nests 
fledge 2 and a few produce 3 fledglings. 


Jim Ozier
GA DNR
Forsyth



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On Jan 11, 2015, at 12:24 AM, "Mim Eisenberg" 
> wrote: 


Terry,

According to this website, siblicide in bald eagles hatchlings is rare:
http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1495.0

This page, quoting from the Sutton Avian Research Center, indicates that 
whatever sibling aggression there is between bald eagle hatchlings, it 
disappears at around the sixth week: 

http://www.window-on-wildlife.com/index.php?topic=103.30

Mim

On Jan 10, 2015, at 11:11 PM, terry valentine wrote:

Not to put a damper on the occasion, but from what I understand (via grad 
school Ornithology class) even if both eggs are viable, the first eagle chick 
to hatch will kill the other. This is presumably to ensure that the parents put 
their energy into rearing the stronger of the two. 


Does anyone know if this is true in all cases? Have both chicks of any pair 
ever been observed to fledge? 


Terry Valentine
Hoschton


-----Original Message-----
From: Georgia Birders Online [mailto:GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Mim 
Eisenberg 

Sent: Friday, January 09, 2015 9:17 PM
To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Berry college Bald Eagle mom laid 2nd egg tonight at 7 
PM! 


Thanks, Linda. And another beautiful cycle begins. Let's hope this year both 
eggs are viable and both chicks survive. 


Mim Eisenberg
Roswell
Fulton Co.

On Jan 9, 2015, at 8:43 PM, Linda FreedomBird wrote:

Berry Bald Eagle mom brought us another great news tonight! She laid
her 2nd egg at round 7 pm. This is a 4 minute video if missed her
great moment
:)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbe1gOcyUYY&feature=youtu.be

Cheers!



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Subject: Pelagic trip spots open! This weekend
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:29:31 -0500
Saturday - Jan. 17
PELAGIC TRIP – NEAR SHORE (10-20 MILES OUT)
Leader: Malcolm Hodges. Depart: 6:15 AM. Return: 3:30 PM. Minimum/Maximum
attendees: 14 people. Cost: $150 (includes tip for mate).
Join Malcolm as you target species like Manx Shearwater, scoters,
loons, gulls, and terns.
Weather conditions will determine how far out the Captain will go. If
the trip is cancelled
due to weather or lack of attendance, your money will be refunded.
THERE WILL BE NO
MAKE-UP DAYS. If you cancel and don’t find someone to take your seat,
you will forfeit
your payment. The boat will depart from the Lazaretto Creek Marina (on
road to Tybee Island)  AT  7:00 AM. Bring layers of clothing (including
wet weather gear), a small cooler with your lunch and water,
sunscreen, and insect repellent. Trip rigor: Challenging - be prepared
for rough
water.


Similar trip this Sunday Jan. 18, led by Bill Lotz.


If you are interested, send an email to Ed Maioriello
 and he'll tell you what you need to do.

I hear there are Razorbills north of us, heading south.  No guarantees
of course.

Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

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Subject: Georgia Rare Bird Alerts
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:31:10 -0500
Many of us use the eBird Rare Bird Alert to keep up with rarities
around the state.  I get it as a daily email, but you can also view it
on the web at
http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569
and you don't even have to be an eBird member to do so.

Another option is for me to forward these alerts to the listserv once
per day.  (see message below for it's format).

I want your opinion.  Visit this survey and add your vote.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CPMH9ZB

I don't want to clutter the listserv (1193 subscribers), but I realize
that we all use the internet differently and forwarding this might be
useful.

Thanks for your time
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 > ----- Forwarded Message -----

> From: "ebird-alert AT cornell.edu" 
> Sent: Monday, January 12, 2015 9:24 AM
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Richmond)
> Greater Scaup (1 Richmond)
> Common Goldeneye (1 Bartow)
> Common Merganser (1 Clay)
> American White Pelican (1 Clay)
> Reddish Egret (1 Glynn)
> Virginia Rail (1 Clayton, 1 Cobb)
> Sora (1 Clayton, 1 Cobb, 1 Henry)
> Common Gallinule (1 Clayton)
> Spotted Sandpiper (1 Fulton)
> Least Sandpiper (1 Bartow)
> Inca Dove (1 Miller)
> Monk Parakeet (1 Dougherty)
> Vermilion Flycatcher (1 Miller, 1 Mitchell)
> Marsh Wren (1 Richmond)
> Painted Bunting (1 Glynn)
> Rusty Blackbird (2 Chatham)
> Brewer's Blackbird (1 Bartow, 2 Butts)
> Baltimore Oriole (1 Chatham)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the  Georgia Rare Bird Alert. The report 
below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia. View this alert on the web 
at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569 

> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Jan 10, 2015 15:41 by Sam  Murray
> - Diamond Lakes Regional Park, Richmond, Georgia
> - Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.3517044,-82.0914155&ll=33.3517044,-82.0914155 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21298744
> - Comments: "continuing"
>
> Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) (1) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Jan 11, 2015 09:58 by Liam Wolff
> - Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, Richmond, Georgia
> - Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.3855863,-81.96069&ll=33.3855863,-81.96069 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21299958
> - Comments: "Continuing in Equalization Pond
>
>  

> " 

>
> Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) (1) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Jan 11, 2015 10:46 by Joel McNeal
> - Mansfield Rd. ponds and vicinity, Bartow, Georgia
> - Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3109916,-84.7883633&ll=34.3109916,-84.7883633 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21295276
> - Comments: "Female; thought I saw this bird a couple weeks ago, but it dove 
and went behind trees before I could confirm then. Female with brown head, dark 
bill with pale (presumably yellow) tip, no white facial markings, gray body, 
white wing patches barely visible at times between dives. Larger than 
Buffleheads with which it associated. Overdue Bartow lifer since I didn't chase 
the Allatoona birds last winter." 

>
> Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Jan 10, 2015 09:00 by Mark McShane
> - Walter F. George Dam, Clay, Georgia
> - Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=31.6263444,-85.061903&ll=31.6263444,-85.061903 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21295993
> - Comments: "Relocated female Common Merganser previously reported in pond on 
the left of the entrance to the road which tops the dam when coming in from the 
Georgia side. 

> Common Merganser Walter F George Dam GA 011015 1 

> Common Merganser Walter F George Dam GA 011015 2 

> Common Merganser Walter F George Dam GA 011015 3 

> Common Merganser Walter F George Dam GA 011015 4 

> Common Merganser Walter F George Dam GA 011015 5" 

>
> American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) (61) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Jan 10, 2015 09:00 by Mark McShane
> - Walter F. George Dam, Clay, Georgia
> - Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=31.6263444,-85.061903&ll=31.6263444,-85.061903 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21295993
> - Comments: "Seen soaring in circles as a group before heading south. Photo 
of most of the birds: 

> Most of 61 American White Pelicans Walter F George Dam GA 011015" 

>
> Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Jan 11, 2015 08:51 by Wes Hatch
> - St. Simons Island, Glynn, Georgia
> - Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=31.1549,-81.36435&ll=31.1549,-81.36435 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21294792
> - Comments: "Blue body reddish neck. Fishing at Gould's inlet"
>
> Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (2) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Jan 10, 2015 14:20 by Bill Lotz
> - Clayton County Water Authority, Clayton, Georgia
> - Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.4720637,-84.3058527&ll=33.4720637,-84.3058527 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21303378
> - Comments: "Heard calling at Site H. These birds were discovered by Carol 
Lambert earlier this week. Only once in the last nine years have we not gotten 
this species in the treatment wetlands." 

>
> Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (1) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Jan 11, 2015 12:38 by Michael Weaver
> - Ellison Lake & Marsh, Cobb, Georgia
> - Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0027375,-84.6064706&ll=34.0027375,-84.6064706 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21297253
> - Comments: "Heard grunt call of Virginia Rail from swamp area. Sounded like 
it came from opposite side of swamp area in cattails. Only called one time but 
clearly heard by both of us. There are Sora in the same swamp area." 

>
> Sora (Porzana carolina) (7) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Jan 10, 2015 14:20 by Bill Lotz
> - Clayton County Water Authority, Clayton, Georgia
> - Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.4720637,-84.3058527&ll=33.4720637,-84.3058527 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21303378
> - Comments: "A common winter resident, in small numbers, in the treatment 
wetlands." 

>
> Sora (Porzana carolina) (1) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Jan 10, 2015 14:20 by Bill Lotz
> - Clayton County Water Authority, Henry County, Henry, Georgia
> - Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.4835513,-84.2886841&ll=33.4835513,-84.2886841 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21303343
> - Comments: "One heard. A few winter in these treatment wetlands."
>
> Sora (Porzana carolina) (1) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Jan 11, 2015 12:38 by Michael Weaver
> - Ellison Lake & Marsh, Cobb, Georgia
> - Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0027375,-84.6064706&ll=34.0027375,-84.6064706 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21297253
> - Comments: "Continuing bird. Did 'whinny' call"
>
> Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (5) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Jan 10, 2015 14:20 by Bill Lotz
> - Clayton County Water Authority, Clayton, Georgia
> - Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.4720637,-84.3058527&ll=33.4720637,-84.3058527 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21303378
> - Comments: "A year-round resident, breeds. Two seen in one cell, three in 
another on Site A." 

>
> Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) (1) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Jan 11, 2015 09:18 by Bill Lotz
> - Morgan Falls Overlook Park, Fulton, Georgia
> - Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.9716234,-84.3798923&ll=33.9716234,-84.3798923 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21297123
> - Comments: "Observed below the dam near a KILL. Nonbreeding bird with white 
underparts and plain brown upperparts. Smaller shorebird than the KILL with 
noticeable body bobbing." 

>
> Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) (2) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Jan 11, 2015 13:07 by Joel McNeal
> - Brandon Farm & Taff Rd., Bartow, Georgia
> - Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0974841,-84.906646&ll=34.0974841,-84.906646 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21297791
> - Comments: "Small peep, yellowy legs, not too weird at this site throughout 
winter" 

>
> Inca Dove (Columbina inca) (1) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Jan 10, 2015 15:30 by Mark McShane
> - Privett Store Road, Miller, Georgia
> - Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=31.1794409,-84.5937194&ll=31.1794409,-84.5937194 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21297681
> - Comments: "Relocated the pair of Inca Doves seen at this location many 
times. These are the second documented record birds for Georgia! 

> Inca Doves Privett Store Road Miller County GA 011015 1 31 

> Inca Doves Privett Store Road Miller County GA 011015 3 414 

> Inca Doves Privett Store Road Miller County GA 011015 2 381 

> Inca Doves Privett Store Road Miller County GA 011015 5 360 

> Inca Doves Privett Store Road Miller County GA 011015 5 324 

> Inca Doves Privett Store Road Miller County GA 011015 5 325 

> Inca Doves Privett Store Road Miller County GA 011015 5 326 

> Inca Doves Privett Store Road Miller County GA 011015 5 327 

> Inca Doves Privett Store Road Miller County GA 011015 5 328 

> Inca Doves Privett Store Road Miller County GA 011015 5 457 

> Inca Doves Privett Store Road Miller County GA 011015 5 474" 

>
> Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus) (1) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Jan 10, 2015 09:24 by Patty McLean
> - 401 Edgewood Ln., Dougherty, Georgia
> - Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=31.58149,-84.189462&ll=31.58149,-84.189462 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21299246
> - Comments: "Continuing"
>
> Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (2) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Jan 10, 2015 16:25 by Mark McShane
> - Smith Road, Miller, Georgia
> - Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=31.1076487,-84.8685432&ll=31.1076487,-84.8685432 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21298704
> - Comments: "Relocated a male and female Vermilion Flycatcher previously 
reported from this location. Map coordinates are for the female bird. Photo of 
the male is from my last visit. Photos of the female: 

> Vermilion Flycatcher Miller County GA 011015 1 12 

> Vermilion Flycatcher Miller County GA 011015 2 95 

> Vermilion Flycatcher Miller County GA 011015 3 119 

> Vermilion Flycatcher Miller County GA 011015 6 264 

> Vermilion Flycatcher Miller County GA 011015 4 54 

> Vermilion Flycatcher Miller County GA 011015 4 55 

> Vermilion Flycatcher Miller County GA 011015 4 57 

> Vermilion Flycatcher Miller County GA 011015 6 297 

> Vermilion Flycatcher Miller County GA 011015 6 298 

> Vermilion Flycatcher Miller County GA 011015 6 299 

> Vermilion Flycatcher Miller County GA 011015 6 300 

> Photo of the male:
> Vermilion Flycatcher Miller County 122114 1 103" 

>
> Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Jan 11, 2015 09:53 by Larry  Gridley
> - US-GA-Pelham-7004-7168 Mt Olive Rd, Mitchell, Georgia
> - Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=31.128632,-84.281488&ll=31.128632,-84.281488 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21293870
> - Comments: "Male, feeding along edge of flooding field, 60 feet from Mt. 
Olive Rd. Found by Schaffner yesterday." 

>
> Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) (4) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Jan 11, 2015 09:58 by Liam Wolff
> - Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, Richmond, Georgia
> - Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.3855863,-81.96069&ll=33.3855863,-81.96069 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21299958
> - Comments: "Constructed Wetland Trail"
>
> Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris) (1)
> - Reported Jan 09, 2015 14:50 by Eugene Keferl
> - Jekyll Island--Campground, Glynn, Georgia
> - Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=31.1047955,-81.4110518&ll=31.1047955,-81.4110518 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21310102
> - Comments: "Male with yellow and green on the back, blue head and red breast 
and belly" 

>
> Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) (1) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Jan 11, 2015 09:00 by Steve Calver
> - Waste Management Wetlands, Chatham, Georgia
> - Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=32.0309545,-81.281091&ll=32.0309545,-81.281091 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21302727
> - Comments: "One bird seen in distant tree. Dark blackbird with yellow eye. 
Others probably in area but could not be identified with certainty. Has been 
reported from the area previously." 

>
> Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) (1) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Jan 11, 2015 09:00 by Stan Gray
> - Waste Management Wetlands, Chatham, Georgia
> - Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=32.0309545,-81.281091&ll=32.0309545,-81.281091 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21304101
> - Comments: "One bird seen in distant tree. Dark blackbird with yellow eye. 
Others probably in area but could not be identified with certainty. Has been 
reported from the area previously." 

>
> Brewer's Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) (16) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Jan 11, 2015 13:07 by Joel McNeal
> - Brandon Farm & Taff Rd., Bartow, Georgia
> - Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0974841,-84.906646&ll=34.0974841,-84.906646 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21297791
> - Comments: "Continuing"
>
> Brewer's Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) (3)
> - Reported Jan 11, 2015 09:20 by Patty McLean
> - Ms Katie's House, Butts, Georgia
> - Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.2824592,-83.9591503&ll=33.2824592,-83.9591503 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21297106
> - Comments: "Several mixed in with COGR flock, showing smaller bill, head and 
overall size with similar color and sheen. No brown or bronze on head or neck." 

>
> Brewer's Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) (20)
> - Reported Jan 11, 2015 10:20 by Patty McLean
> - Oak and Wells Rd, Butts, Georgia
> - Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.3365749,-84.0329613&ll=33.3365749,-84.0329613 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21302891
> - Comments: "Seen well feeding among the COGRs, showing a soft greenish 
sheen, white eye (males), smaller bill and body size than COGR and no brown or 
rusty coloration on head or neck." 

>
> Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (7) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Jan 11, 2015 16:30 by Sandra P. Calver
> - 602 Dyches Drive, Chatham, Georgia
> - Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=31.9850814,-81.1241451&ll=31.9850814,-81.1241451 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21305831
> - Comments: "Males have black head and back with white wing bars. Underneath 
bright orange. Females yellowish. Come to our jelly feeder all during day and 
have for several years." 

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Subject: AAS Fieldtrip report: Noonday Creek Trail/ Cobb Co.
From: Angelia Jenkins <angeliabeth AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 21:25:27 -0500
Hi Birders,

 

The Noonday Creek walk this morning was well attended even in the 28 degree
temps. It only warmed up to around 37 and even though the day seemed slow,
we did get a good number of birds. We found most of our target birds and
ended with 35 species.  Thank you to the brave new birders who came out
today and to the veteran birders who helped to sift through the sparrows who
were hunkering down. 

 

As an aside regarding the Noonday Creek Trail bridges, since some have
inquired about the new(er) wooden bridge now being built alongside the
concrete/metal pedestrian bridge that sits behind Town Center Mall. 

We found out today from one of the construction crew that the second wooden
bridge that is currently being built over the creek is going to be a vehicle
bridge and will spill into another 4 way stop.

Not sure who came up with the idea or why, but just wanted to mention this
construction zone and the "plan" to say IF you park in the mall parking lot
in order to check out the huge retention pond, that is perfectly o.k.
(according to the mall cops), just be careful crossing. Traffic is already a
mess there and not sure how much worse this new bridge will make an attempt
at crossing. My guess is that the new bridge must be serving the KSU housing
as access to the mall. Hoping a traffic light will be added eventually so
that crossing is safer. 

 

In addition, for those who are not aware, there is a new official parking
lot for the Noonday Creek Trail on Bells Ferry Rd. For now, I will be
rotating my monthly walks starting from this location and the KFC parking
part at the other end of trail. Check the AAS calendar for details. 

 

For those interested in our species list, the eBird checklist is here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21297888

 

Bird on GA!

Angie Jenkins

Atlanta Audubon Society

Kennesaw, GA

 

 



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Subject: Vermilion Flycatcher in Mitchell County and other cool photos.
From: eelriver05 AT MCHSI.COM
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 16:09:21 -0600
Hi Georgia Birders,

This morning at 0830 I relocated the Vermilion Flycatcher that Schaffner found 
yesterday on Mt. Olive Rd in Baker County. 

It was feeding along flooded field not far from road. I left and came back 30 
minutes later and did not see it. 

Here are a couple more photos from the weekend. in Mitchell and Miller County.

Vermilion Flycatcher Mitchell County (digiscoped with Iphone 4S and Kowa Scope)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/16257371225/in/photostream

Say's Phoebe(miller County)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/16062060520/

Inca Doves
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/16247600391/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/16070007940/

Common Ground Doves
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/16255546121/

Eastern Phoebe
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/16061927478/

Bird on my friends, bird on!!

Larry Gridley
Albany, Geoergia
Dougherty County

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Subject: Southwest Georgia - 1/10/2014 - Video Post
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 15:55:58 -0500
Hi All,

I made it down to the southwest yesterday to try to relocate all of the great 
birds that have been found recently and that are still being seen going into 
the new year. What a fantastic hotspot it's been down there this season. It's 
been hard to keep up though; for example Wayne Schaffner seems to find 
Vermilion Flycatchers faster than I can come down and relocate them all! 


Among many more common highlights I was able to see the Common Merganser at 
Walter F. George per my post yesterday, the two 2nd documented record Inca 
Doves on Privett Store Road in Miller (got some pretty nice video), and both 
the male and female Vermilions on Smith Road in Miller. That's makes for a 
pretty good day of birding in Georgia! 


-----

I was able to capture some handheld phonescoped video of most of the birds as 
well. The video clips and/or video still frames are up in the cloud at the 
following folders on my Box site: 


011015 Walter F. George AWPE and COME
011015 Inca Doves Miller County
011015 Vermilion Flycatcher Miller County

The Box site address for the folders is:

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

or, the addresses directly to the individual folders are:

011015 Walter F. George AWPE and COME:
https://app.box.com/s/r2jf76nzoxdrruq40mag
011015 Inca Doves Miller County:
https://app.box.com/s/73br467a6vr88gj3r0mi
011015 Vermilion Flycatcher Miller County:
https://app.box.com/s/6nfax332h3k7tnspxhb8

-----

eBird checklists with easy access to just some of the video still frames (you 
might be able to zoom the images on your device too) are: 


Walter F. George AWPE and COME:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21295993
Privett Store Road, Miller INDO:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21297681
Smith Road, Miller VEFL:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21298704

-----

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. 


-----

Always Remember: Many rare, casual, and accidental birds in Georgia are not 
always posted to Georgia Birders Online. Some are only posted to eBird. In 
addition to reading GABO-L you can always keep up with the eBird latest for 
Georgia at the eBird Georgia Rare Bird Alert, currently located at: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569

-----

Good Birding All!

Mark

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

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Subject: Re: Berry college Bald Eagle mom laid 2nd egg tonight at 7 PM!
From: Mim Eisenberg <mimbrava AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 00:07:18 -0500
Terry,

According to this website, siblicide in bald eagles hatchlings is rare:
http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1495.0

This page, quoting from the Sutton Avian Research Center, indicates that 
whatever sibling aggression there is between bald eagle hatchlings, it 
disappears at around the sixth week: 

http://www.window-on-wildlife.com/index.php?topic=103.30

Mim

On Jan 10, 2015, at 11:11 PM, terry valentine wrote:

> Not to put a damper on the occasion, but from what I understand (via grad 
school Ornithology class) even if both eggs are viable, the first eagle chick 
to hatch will kill the other. This is presumably to ensure that the parents put 
their energy into rearing the stronger of the two. 

> 
> Does anyone know if this is true in all cases? Have both chicks of any pair 
ever been observed to fledge? 

> 
> Terry Valentine
> Hoschton 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Georgia Birders Online [mailto:GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of 
Mim Eisenberg 

> Sent: Friday, January 09, 2015 9:17 PM
> To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Berry college Bald Eagle mom laid 2nd egg tonight at 7 
PM! 

> 
> Thanks, Linda. And another beautiful cycle begins. Let's hope this year both 
eggs are viable and both chicks survive. 

> 
> Mim Eisenberg
> Roswell
> Fulton Co.
> 
> On Jan 9, 2015, at 8:43 PM, Linda FreedomBird wrote:
> 
>> Berry Bald Eagle mom brought us another great news tonight! She laid 
>> her 2nd egg at round 7 pm. This is a 4 minute video if missed her 
>> great moment
>> :)
>> 
>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbe1gOcyUYY&feature=youtu.be
>> 
>> Cheers!
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> --
>> *Linda A Freedombird*
>> *www.WingsSpirit.com* 
>> 
>> 
>> Trees breathe so we breathe. My hope is to awake public's 
>> consciousness for nature and wildlife through photography and 
cinematography. 

>> 
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Subject: Crossbills Cohutta Wilderness
From: "sandfalcon1 ." <sandfalcon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 21:15:59 -0500
Greetings all,

2:00 this afternoon (1/10/15), I observed a good-sized flock of Red
Crossbills along the southern edge of the Cohutta Wilderness.

The birds were located in the yard of a cabin on FS 64 just south of the
intersection of FS 64 and FS 68.  The cabin is the first one south of the
intersection (to the left if you approach from FS 68), and it has a green
corrugated metal roof.  If you look this up on google maps, it will show up
as Old CCC Camp Rd (FS 68) and Conasauga Lake Rd (FS 64).

I was finishing up a hike in the Cohutta Wilderness and was walking back to
my car along FS 64 when I heard quiet murmuring bird chatter, for lack of
better description.  I knew it wasn't anything I recognized and knew
Crossbills frequent the area.  I located a couple of birds and then a car
drove by, which caused a flock of 15-20 birds to flush.  A few were Pine
Siskins, but as far as I could tell most were crossbills.  I had gotten
focused on photographing the birds so I didn't get an accurate count.

Note, there were a couple of Eastern Hemlocks in the yard, each about 30
feet tall that the birds kept returning to.

I've posted two of the photos on flickr, you can see them here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79313054 AT N07/16249309232/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79313054 AT N07/16249308992/

I presume these are Type 1 crossbills.  Reading over the information posted
at eBird, they are the most likely type, and their choice of Hemlock is
within their diet.  But Type 3 has also been recorded in Georgia and in
North Carolina very close to the state line, so that possibility can't be
ruled out, and it appears Type 3 really prefers hemlocks.  I did not obtain
any vocalization recordings.  Perhaps others can look at my photos and give
opinions on if these are small or medium billed.

As an aside, I had 3 more Pine Siskins where FS 90 crosses the Pinhoti
Trail.

Best wishes,
Brandon Best
Lawrenceville, GA

-- 
You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can
never repay you.
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Subject: Leucistic Purple Finch, Washington County
From: mocking bird <mockingbird AT GARDENER.COM>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 21:34:02 +0100
Brrrr to all....among the 80 plus Purple Finches is an adult female with a 
solid white throat. It extends from nearly one side to the other. She is very 
pretty! 

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

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Subject: 3 Greater White-fronted Geese, 271 Brewer's Blackbirds Oglethorpe Co.
From: John Mark Simmons <jmbirdingandphoto AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 14:42:32 -0500
Hi all,

This morning Jim Hanna and I birded a private dairy farm in Oglethorpe
county. Highlights were THREE GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE hanging out with
the CANG's. I also counted precisely 271 BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS.

Other cool stuff: Adult Bald Eagle, fem Merlin, and Wilson's Snipe. If
anyone wants to bird this area sometime then email me.

We also covered Dyar Pasture around noon. Good amount of ducks were
present: 9 AMERICAN WIGEONS, 5 NORTHERN PINTAILS, as well as the regular
Green-winged Teal and Hooded Merganser. 8 BONAPARTE'S GULLS were chillin
with the ducks as well.

Full farm list with pics:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21279744 Happy birding!

John Mark Simmons
Oconee county


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