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Painted Snipe,©Jan Wilczur

27 Apr Black-bellied Whistling-Duck at Taff Rd.: Bartow Co. [Joel McNeal ]
27 Apr Black-necked Stilt @ Huie, Clayton Co. [Carol Lambert ]
27 Apr Brookhaven DeKalb County recent sightings including Osprey, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat [Jeff Madsen ]
27 Apr Huie, Clayton Co., 4/27/15 [Carol Lambert ]
27 Apr Yard birds N Dekalb Co [Susan Breunig ]
26 Apr Whimbrel Watch SSI [Marge Inness ]
27 Apr American Pipits, Forsyth County [Gordon Knight ]
27 Apr Warbling Vireo + 22 warbler species - Big Creek Greenway (Fulton County) 27 April 2015 [Nathan Farnau ]
27 Apr Clyde Shepard [Richard Patterson ]
27 Apr Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 4/27/2005 [Stephen Holzman ]
27 Apr Big Weeks Spots [Mike Gallagher ]
26 Apr Long-eared Owl, Morgan County [Will Duncan ]
26 Apr GABO-L] Huie ponds, Black-necked Stilt, Bobolinks report 4/26/15 [mitc4110 ]
26 Apr Migrants, breeders, Fulton Co. [Eran Tomer ]
26 Apr Rose-breasted grosbeaks and friends, day two [Robert Braxton ]
26 Apr Huie, Black-necked Stilt report 4/26/15 [Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell ]
26 Apr Peregrine in Atlanta [world oceans ]
26 Apr Upland Sandpipers at Etowah Sod Farm [Patty McLean ]
26 Apr Re: Whimbrels on st. Simons [Lydia Thompson ]
26 Apr Augusta AWBB 2015 [Lois Stacey ]
25 Apr Five Grosbeaks [Robert Braxton ]
25 Apr AAS Field Trip Fort Yargo State Park ["Delestrez, Phil" ]
25 Apr Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, Bartow County [Shannon Fair ]
25 Apr Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, DeKalb County-Apr 25, 2015 []
24 Apr Whimbrels on st. Simons [Lanny Hoyal ]
25 Apr Wood Ducks- Floyd Co []
25 Apr American Wigeon in DeKalb County [Patty McLean ]
25 Apr Rose-breasted Grosbeak [M B ]
24 Apr Painted Bunting and Blue Grosbeak [Katherine Fuller ]
24 Apr Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 4/24/15 [Steve Holzman ]
24 Apr Dawson Forest Rain Cancel [Georgann Schmalz ]
23 Apr FOTS rose-breasted grosbeak, ruby-throated hummingbird, kingbird - Bartow co [Pam Potter ]
23 Apr Indigo bunting not blue [Daisy Deems ]
23 Apr Male Grosbeak [Daisy Deems ]
23 Apr Re: re migration continues [Marvin T Smith ]
23 Apr re migration continues [becca ensley ]
23 Apr Swainson's Hawk []
23 Apr Two Male Rose Breasted Grosbeak [Gary Cottrell ]
23 Apr Re: Lawrence's Warbler at Murphy Candler Park (DeKalb County) [SHEILA WILLIS ]
23 Apr Common Merganser - Bear Creek Reservoir, Jackson County - 4/23/2015 [Mark McShane ]
23 Apr Lawrence's Warbler at Murphy Candler Park (DeKalb County) [Patty McLean ]
23 Apr More Kites near Glennville, Tattnall, Co. [Gene Wilkinson ]
23 Apr Pine Mountain Ridge (Harris/Meriwether) [Ted Theus ]
23 Apr Black-throated Blue Warbler in Midtown Atlanta [Vinod Babu ]
23 Apr re more spring migrants [becca ensley ]
22 Apr Field trip Dawson Forest [Georgann Schmalz ]
22 Apr FOTS tree swallow - Bartow Co [Pam Potter ]
22 Apr Yuhci WMA, Fort Gordon, GA-4/22/15, Swallow-tailed Kite, 13 Warbler Speciesr rW [Chris Feeney ]
22 Apr Early April S. GA records w/ SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, behaviors, nests [SHEILA WILLIS ]
22 Apr First Indigo Bunting I've see in my backyard .Alpharetta GA [Daisy Deems ]
22 Apr Lyons Farm (DeKalb County) [Patty McLean ]
22 Apr FOTS - Rose-Breasted Grosbeak [Sandra Eileen Garber ]
22 Apr AAS walk at Kennesaw Mountain (Cobb Co.) this morning (22Apr15) [Joel McNeal ]
22 Apr Buntings & Siskins [Sue Peters-Ferree ]
22 Apr Swallow-tailed Kite looks set to oversummer for the 3rd time in Athens! [Richard Hall ]
22 Apr Willets Lake Lanier ["Ed Rigel, Sr." ]
22 Apr Indigo bunting Alpharetta [Daisy Deems ]
22 Apr Yard birds N Dekalb [Susan Breunig ]
22 Apr Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 4/22/2015 [Stephen Holzman ]
21 Apr Rose Breasted Grosebeak ["Ashley P. Hurt" ]
21 Apr Price Park [Patricia Pepper ]
21 Apr Abnormal Carolina Wren [Eran Tomer ]
21 Apr Bostwick Area Shorebird Sweep - 4/21/2015 [Mark McShane ]
21 Apr Killdeer- Floyd Co []
21 Apr Price Park [Patricia Pepper ]
21 Apr Gray Kingbirds, St Simons Island ["Robert D. Sattelmeyer" ]
20 Apr Cherokee Co., 4/19/2015 ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
20 Apr Swainson's Warbler, Forsyth Co. ["James F. Flynn Jr." ]
20 Apr AAS field trips this week [Mary Kimberly ]
20 Apr Black-billed Cuckoo & others, Fulton Co. [Eran Tomer ]
21 Apr BLUE LETTER DAY [Sandra Eileen Garber ]
20 Apr Lunchtime Birding-Chatham Wetlands (Litchfield Tract) [Steve Fox ]
20 Apr Am. Bittern, etc. Sams Lake, Fayette Co. 4/20/15 [Carol Lambert ]
20 Apr ORAS Bird Walks for April 25th and 26th [James Neves ]
20 Apr Interesting Ducks Carroll County [charles saleeby ]
20 Apr Birdwatching on Wikipedia [Mark McShane ]

Subject: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck at Taff Rd.: Bartow Co.
From: Joel McNeal <joelmcneal AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:51:20 -0400
A Black-bellied Whistling-Duck is on the edge of the narrow Belvedere 
'driveway' pond on Taff Rd. Interesting to show up at the same time as a bird 
in Oconee Co. Apparently now would be a particularly good time for county 
listers to check their local wetlands. 


Also a swallow sweep, with at least a couple Banks mixed in with all the 
typical species. 


Good birding, 

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

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Subject: Black-necked Stilt @ Huie, Clayton Co.
From: Carol Lambert <carol.lambert AT CCWA.US>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:52:28 +0000
Once I was back in the office today, with my notes, I realized that this is the 
4th BNST since 1995. The dates are 4/17/95; 8/13-24/03; 9/17-24/04 and 
4/26-?/15. Thanks also to James Brooks for noting the 2004 bird. 


Carol Lambert
Senior Conservationist
Clayton County Water Authority / Newman Wetlands Center
2755 Freeman Road, Hampton, GA 30228
770.603.5603 office /
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Subject: Brookhaven DeKalb County recent sightings including Osprey, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat
From: Jeff Madsen <bluewingjeff AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:11:27 -0400
The birding has been pretty good lately! On Friday April 24, birding friends of 
mine on Redding Rd (30319) had some nice birds in their back yard, including a 
male Black-throated Blue Warbler, 2 to 3 male and one female Rose-breasted 
Grosbeaks, female purple finch and still decent numbers of Pine Siskins coming 
to their feeders. 


On Saturday, April 25 at about 10 am, we birded the power line cut behind their 
house on Redding in the Ashford Park area and observed an Osprey soaring. We 
also heard a Worm-eating Warbler singing. 


On Sunday, April 26 I checked out the Drew Valley Storm Water Mgmt area and had 
some nice birds: 


Yellow-breasted Chat (new species for this location, makes 111 species recorded 
at this location) 

Palm Warbler - several
Common Yellowthroat (probable breeder)
Tennessee Warbler (1)
Yellow Warbler - one beautiful male, singing his heart out!
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler -several nice males looking good and singing
Swamp Sparrow (1)
Pine Siskin
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Indigo Bunting
N. Rough-winged Swallow

Jeff Madsen
DeKalb Co

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Subject: Huie, Clayton Co., 4/27/15
From: Carol Lambert <carol.lambert AT CCWA.US>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:45:14 +0000
The Black-necked Stilt first reported yesterday by the Kingsley Cardinals YBC 
team (DeKalb Co.) and their mentor Pat Markey, is still on the midwest pond 
today. That's really the only good pond right now. Among the yellow flowers, 
currently in water, there are also about 60 Yellowlegs, both Greater and 
Lesser, a couple Solitary Sandpipers and early this morning I had 8 Pectoral 
Sandpipers with the Stilt, but not at lunchtime. There are still about 12 N. 
Shovelers, 12 Blue-winged Teal, 2 Am. Coot, 2 Pied-billed Grebe and D-C 
Cormorants on the ponds. The fenceline trees along the train tracks are full of 
decked-out Palm and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Swallows and Martins are 
everywhere, but they weren't my focus today. 


Carol Lambert
Senior Conservationist
Clayton County Water Authority / Newman Wetlands Center
2755 Freeman Road, Hampton, GA 30228
770.603.5603 office
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Subject: Yard birds N Dekalb Co
From: Susan Breunig <sbbreunig AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:29:48 -0400
This week I've had a CHESTNUT SIDED WARBLER, male and female SCARLET
TANAGERS, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER, PILEATED WOODPECKER,
BARRED OWL (mobbed into my yard by crows), RED SHOULDERED HAWK carrying a
small snake, PALM WARBLER, male ROSE BREASTED GROSBEAK, possibly a BLUE
HEADED VIREO, WORM EATING WARBLER, FEMALE REDSTART, INDIGO BUNTING

Susan Breunig
Near Marist HS, Murphy Candler park


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Subject: Whimbrel Watch SSI
From: Marge Inness <minness AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:23:36 -0400
For those interested in seeing the Whimbrel, Coastal Georgia Audubon is
sponsoring our yearly Whimbrel Watch on St. Simons Island at Gould's Inlet.
We start gathering about 7 PM and watch while the Whimbrel gather and then
fly to the outer islands.  We will meet on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.


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Subject: American Pipits, Forsyth County
From: Gordon Knight <cngknight AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:55:22 -0400
American Pipits (twelve to fifteen birds) were observed early yesterday 
afternoon feeding on the grounds of the Piney Grove Middle School, 8135 Majors 
Road, Cumming, GA. 


Gordon A Knight
Cumming, GA Forsyth County
770.889.0238

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Subject: Warbling Vireo + 22 warbler species - Big Creek Greenway (Fulton County) 27 April 2015
From: Nathan Farnau <natwan AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:25:55 -0400
A singing WARBLING VIREO was the highlight of a huge diversity day along the 
Fulton County section of the Big Creek Greenway this morning. Overall diversity 
was excellent at 88 species, with 22 species of warblers. 


I focused on the stretch of trail between the Kimball Bridge Road and Haynes 
Bridge Road parking areas. 


Complete eBird checklist with photos here: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23091760 


Nathan Farnau
Alpharetta, GA (Fulton County)

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Subject: Clyde Shepard
From: Richard Patterson <rpattersin AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:04:55 -0400
At Clyde Shepard Monday morning, 2 Solitary Sandpipers plus a Blue Grosbeak
and Indigo Bunting along the Creek trail. Also a big flock of Cedar
Waxwings eating the seeds of some tree (Ash?). Only a few warblers  - Palm,
Common Yellowthroat and Pine.

Dick Patterson
Chamblee, DeKalb County


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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 4/27/2005
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:03:49 -0400
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: 
Date: Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 9:28 AM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
To:


*** Species Summary:

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Richmond)
Redhead (1 Coweta)
Red-breasted Merganser (1 Rabun)
Horned Grebe (1 Richmond)
American Bittern (1 Fayette)
Tricolored Heron (1 Gwinnett)
Sora (1 Greene)
Sandhill Crane (Florida) (1 Liberty)
Black-necked Stilt (2 Clayton)
Upland Sandpiper (3 Bartow)
Long-billed Dowitcher (6 Bartow)
Black-billed Cuckoo (3 Liberty)
Long-eared Owl (American) (1 Morgan)
Peregrine Falcon (1 Bartow, 1 Fulton)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (2 Bartow)
Bank Swallow (1 Richmond)
Veery (1 Floyd)
Gray-cheeked Thrush (1 Butts)
Swainson's Thrush (1 Floyd)
Blue-winged Warbler (2 Liberty)
Swainson's Warbler (1 Floyd)
Tennessee Warbler (1 Bibb)
Magnolia Warbler (1 Floyd)
Bay-breasted Warbler (1 Floyd)
Blackburnian Warbler (2 Bibb)
Bachman's Sparrow (1 Monroe)
Brewer's Blackbird (1 Bartow)
Pine Siskin (2 Bibb, 2 Decatur, 1 Liberty)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated


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Subject: Big Weeks Spots
From: Mike Gallagher <mgallagdvm AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:15:16 -0400
Hello. If one was to try a big week in Georgia using the "Birding Georgia"
guide book with day trips from Atlanta; maybe overnight if needed, which
would be the best locations?
Thank you, and good birding to all.
Mike Gallagher
vetmike92 AT gmail.com


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Subject: Long-eared Owl, Morgan County
From: Will Duncan <wduncan1701 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:50:51 -0400
Long-eared Owl seen and heard on April 25, 2015 8:30PM at residence in
Madison, GA.  Owl was seen in flight 20 ft above.  Then was observed
perched 50 ft away while devouring prey for ~10 minutes.  Call and owl size
made it easy to eliminate Great Horned Owl, a species with which we have
good familiarity.  Feel free to call with questions (during daytime), as we
know it is an unusual sighting.

Will Duncan and
Caralyn Zehnder
Madison, GA Morgan County
706-614-8250


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Subject: GABO-L] Huie ponds, Black-necked Stilt, Bobolinks report 4/26/15
From: mitc4110 <mitc4110 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:32:25 -0700
Yo,
 
Mary and I saw the Black-necked Stilt between 1:00 and 2:00pm today, also. 
Great colors, adult male, constantly on the move and eating on the south and 
east shores of A pond and in the south neck and main pool of the C pond. A 
spotted sandpiper joined him in the A pool for a while. A couple of Lesser 
Yellowlegs were also in the south neck of C pond. Three Bobolinks were flushed 
from the bank of the neck close to the concrete structure. This is not intended 
as a list of birds observed, just most interesting today on a short visit. 


Good birding,

Steve and Mary Mitchell
404 394-7047

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Subject: Migrants, breeders, Fulton Co.
From: Eran Tomer <erantomer AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 19:37:01 -0400
Hello all,

This morning I birded my local woods & creeks in n. Atlanta.​ Some of the
birds could have been a little more cooperative, but here are the
highlights:

Red-shouldered Hawk - still on nest, apparently raising young
Downy Woodpecker - 4, including active nest. The hole was surprisingly
small.
Pileated Woodpecker - 1
Great Crested Flycatcher - 1
Red-eyed Vireo - 4
Fish Crow - 4
Gray Catbird - 5
Wood Thrush - 3
Cedar Waxwing - X, calls from an unseen flock
Northern Waterthrush - 1
Hooded Warbler - 2
American Redstart - 1 male
Blackpoll Warbler - 2
Black-throated Blue Warbler - 2
Palm Warbler - 1
Black-throated Green Warbler - 2
Scarlet Tanager - 6
Northern Cardinal - 10, mentioned since included recently fledged young
Indigo Bunting - 2
Purple Finch - 1 male

Best regards,

- Eran Tomer
  Atlanta, GA


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Subject: Rose-breasted grosbeaks and friends, day two
From: Robert Braxton <rbraxton AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:22:07 -0400
My five rose-breasted grosbeaks enjoyed yesterdays dinner so much, they
stayed another day.

And they invited a couple of friends: a fourth male RBGB and an indigo
bunting (a backyard FOTY)!

The RBGBs and the INBU like my platform feeder. The RBGBs also like the
suet.

Poor quality but diagnostic photos.

Bob Braxton
Hapeville
Fulton County



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Subject: Huie, Black-necked Stilt report 4/26/15
From: Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:50:06 +0000
A YBC (w/ DNR Dad) just reported a BNST at the Huie ponds to Danielle at the 
Wetlands Center. No other details. We had one there in April 1995, but none 
since. 

Carol LambertTucker, DeKalb Co., GA
lambertsewell AT att.net

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Subject: Peregrine in Atlanta
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:47:32 +0200
Circling high over Piedmont Park at 2:20 pm.

James Gibson

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Subject: Upland Sandpipers at Etowah Sod Farm
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:15:28 -0400
Two UPSAs are in the south sod field at Etowah Sod Farm (aka Legacy) in Bartow 
County. 


https://flic.kr/p/s1iiWX 

Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: Re: Whimbrels on st. Simons
From: Lydia Thompson <birdjekyll AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 08:56:34 -0400
Hi Lanny and Others,

 If you are in the area this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Coastal
Georgia Audubon hosts a Whimbrel Watch at Gould's Inlet.  Every evening
from late April through mid May  these stunning shorebirds gather to fly up
to Egg Island Bar and Pelican Spit for the evening.  It is  a show.

Come join us.
Lydia

Lydia C. Thompson
coastal Georgia St. Simons and Jekyll Islands

On Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 12:33 PM, Lanny Hoyal  wrote:

> This morning I observed a flock of 28 Whimbrels actively feeding on E.
> Beach mudflat located at 7th St. at Ocean Rd.
> Lanny Hoyal
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Subject: Augusta AWBB 2015
From: Lois Stacey <croakie AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:23:01 -0400
What a day!  The BirdMasters piled 6 women in a car for 14 1/2 hours and 
it turned out to be something wonderful!  The BirdMasters; Judy Gregory​ 
, Ruth Mead, Anne Basilicato​, Anne Waters, Willie Malpass​ and myself 
started the day at Phinizy at 6am to a pair of Barred Owls calling back 
and forth and ended it in Burke County with a Chuck-will's-widow making 
his regularly scheduled appearance.  In between we saw heavy rain, sun 
and lots of good birds.  Birding in the rain can be a great thing and 
this was no exception.  A good storm front can put down migrating birds 
and as the rain was stopping we had a flock of at least 40 small birds, 
most of which were badly backlit or we only saw when they came streaming 
out of the trees!  We did see a few nice migrants among them though 
including Blackpoll and Cape May Warblers.  The Black-bellied Whistling 
Ducks and Least Bittern cooperated, however all of our White-crowned 
Sparrows seem to be gone now.  As a consolation prize there were some 
very good birds  at Phinizy (Chestnut-sided Warbler and Horned Grebe), 
the airport fence (Grasshopper Sparrow) and at the Expressway Pond at 
Merry (breeding plumage Common Loon and Red-breasted Merganser). After 
lunch, with 99 birds we headed for Yuchi in Burke County where the 
Swainson's Warbler cooperated and the regular denizens showed off.

We got all of the expected Swallows including one Bank Swallow, all of 
the pigeons/doves when we found that the Eurasian Collared-Doves are 
moving into the settlement on River Road and the Common Ground-Doves 
sounded off and lots of other good birds.  Our biggest miss was Fish 
Crow of all things!

We ended the day with 118 species which equals what we found last year.  
We're looking forward to next year and another adventure!

-- 
Lois Stacey
North Augusta, SC

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Subject: Five Grosbeaks
From: Robert Braxton <rbraxton AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:26:43 -0400
Weve had rose-breasted grosbeaks at our feeder off and on for over a week
now, but today we got a surprise.

No less than five RBGRs at one time at the same feeder: three fine-looking
males and two healthy females!

Better than a trifecta  we hit quints!

Bob Braxton
Hapeville
Fulton County



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Subject: AAS Field Trip Fort Yargo State Park
From: "Delestrez, Phil" <Phil.Delestrez AT DNR.GA.GOV>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 23:18:36 +0000
eBird Report - Fort Yargo SP, Apr 24, 2015
Fort Yargo SP, Barrow, US-GA


Apr 24, 2015 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: Eight visitors joined me on this AAS walk at Fort Yargo State Park. 
The weather was sunny, breezy, mild, in the low 70's. We took the bike trail 
across the from the office, down to the Bird Berry Trail, and circled back on 
the bike trail. 

26 species

Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  3
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  4
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  5
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  12
Eastern Bluebird  1
American Robin  1
Brown Thrasher  2
Northern Mockingbird  3
American Redstart  1
Palm Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Eastern Towhee  3
Chipping Sparrow  6
Summer Tanager  1
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  1

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23055329 


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



Phil Delestrez
Park Ranger
Hard Labor Creek State Park
706-557-3001

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Subject: Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, Bartow County
From: Shannon Fair <shannonmfair AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:44:14 -0400
The SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHERs are back at Sam Smith Park in Bartow County!!

So happy they are here, safe and sound:)

Happy Birding!
Shannon Fair
Atlanta, Fulton County
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Subject: Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, DeKalb County-Apr 25, 2015
From: dvickers AT MINDSPRING.COM
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:16:14 -0400
As soon as the rain stopped, Kris and I dashed over to Clyde Shepard to see 
what we could find. The trails had a good bit of standing water but were 
passable. The ebird list is below. Of note, a Veery sitting on the wood duck 
box at the observation deck; numerous Gray Catbirds, including a pair building 
a nest in the bamboo stand at the edge of pond (mudhole) across from the 
observation deck; two Rose-breasted Grosbeaks singing and chinking near the 
feeders; three Louisiana Waterthrushes near the boardwalk; and several species 
of other warblers on the backside of the preserve. 


Good luck to all the young birders doing the YBC today. If anybody needs Pine 
Siskin, we still have some coming to our feeder. 


Kris Bisgard and Dan Vickers
2223 Kodiak Drive NE
Atlanta


>Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, DeKalb, US-GA
>Apr 25, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
>Protocol: Traveling
>0.5 mile(s)
>40 species (+1 other taxa)
>
>Wood Duck  2
>Cooper's Hawk  1
>Solitary Sandpiper  2
>Mourning Dove  2
>Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
>Belted Kingfisher  1
>Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
>Downy Woodpecker  3
>Pileated Woodpecker  1
>Eastern Phoebe  2
>Great Crested Flycatcher  1
>White-eyed Vireo  1
>Blue-headed Vireo  1
>Red-eyed Vireo  4
>Blue Jay  6
>American Crow  4
>swallow sp.  2
>Carolina Chickadee  4
>Tufted Titmouse  8
>White-breasted Nuthatch  1
>House Wren  1
>Carolina Wren  2
>Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
>Eastern Bluebird  2
>Veery  1
>American Robin  1
>Gray Catbird  8     1 pair nesting in bamboo stand
>Brown Thrasher  1
>Cedar Waxwing  15
>Louisiana Waterthrush  3
>Common Yellowthroat  1
>Hooded Warbler  1
>American Redstart  1
>Northern Parula  2
>Pine Warbler  1
>Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1
>Eastern Towhee  4
>White-throated Sparrow  1
>Northern Cardinal  10
>Rose-breasted Grosbeak  2
>Indigo Bunting  3
>

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Subject: Whimbrels on st. Simons
From: Lanny Hoyal <lhoyal AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:33:15 -0400
This morning I observed a flock of 28 Whimbrels actively feeding on E. Beach 
mudflat located at 7th St. at Ocean Rd.
Lanny Hoyal 

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Subject: Wood Ducks- Floyd Co
From: annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:44:36 -0400
Had my second Wood Duck box of the season hatch yesterday. 
This was the first year I have had one on a tree at the pond but they seemed to 
like it there. I didn't get to watch the hatch off. 

There were 12 eggs. 9 eggs hatched but one of the chicks which hatched was 
found dead in the box. It was fully formed and looked healthy - don't know why 
it died! 

I still have one box to hatch later in May. This nest has 20 eggs!

Also had my first Male Rosebreasted Grosbeak yesterday!

Ann Stewart
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Subject: American Wigeon in DeKalb County
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:31:58 -0400
My first AMWI for DeKalb County. Currently at the back of the lake at  Murphy 
Candler Park. 


Just follow this link to see my photo:
https://flic.kr/p/rZkwHF ;

Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: Rose-breasted Grosbeak
From: M B <corginbc AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:05:41 -0400
I have 2 male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at my feeders.
Mary B
Grayson


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Subject: Painted Bunting and Blue Grosbeak
From: Katherine Fuller <kathefuller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:50:27 -0400
This morning I was delighted to see my FOTS Blue Grosbeak (m) at two different 
feeder locations. Five minutes ago I looked out to watch the 
first-ever-in-my-yard Painted Bunting (m) enjoying millet. Initially I thought 
I was hallucinating, but I have the photo to prove it. What a thrill! 

I'd better go replenish the smorgasbord!

Katherine Fuller
Baldwin County just east of the Oconee River


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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 4/24/15
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:20:14 -0400
Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: April 24, 2015 at 9:26:28 AM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Mitchell)
> White-winged Scoter (1 Forsyth)
> Hooded Merganser (2 McIntosh)
> Ruddy Duck (1 Henry)
> Swainson's Hawk (1 Chatham)
> Long-billed Dowitcher (1 Bartow)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Jones)
> Eastern Wood-Pewee (1 Bartow, 1 Dawson)
> Sedge Wren (1 Coweta)
> Veery (1 Gilmer)
> Hermit Thrush (1 Whitfield)
> Blue-winged Warbler (1 Bibb)
> Bachman's Sparrow (1 Jones)
> Brewer's Blackbird (1 Bartow)
> Pine Siskin (2 Decatur, 2 McIntosh, 1 Turner)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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: Dawson Forest Rain Cancel
From: Georgann Schmalz <georgannschmalz AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 08:05:56 -0400
There is a 100% forecast of heavy rain for tomorrow AM so the field trip to 
Dawson Forest is CANCELLED. We will try again in May 


Sorry
Georgann 

Georgann Schmalz
Ornithologist
Dawson Co
www.birdingadventuresinc.com
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Subject: FOTS rose-breasted grosbeak, ruby-throated hummingbird, kingbird - Bartow co
From: Pam Potter <ppotter AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:51:39 -0400
I thought I'd add my own migration report. First thing this morning there was a 
male rose-breasted grosbeak at my feeder and this afternoon my FOTS 
ruby-throated hummingbird & a kingbird were in the back yard. 


Watched a red-tailed hawk fly off with something in it talons.  
8 swallows or purple martins flying too high to tell.
A small flock of cedar waxwings are still around as are some pine siskins.


Pam Potter
Bartow Co
White Ga

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Subject: Indigo bunting not blue
From: Daisy Deems <daisydeems AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 23:14:24 -0400
Sorry for the mistake on my sighting earlier.  First time using GABO.  Can
u tell?

Daisy Deems
Alpharetta


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Subject: Male Grosbeak
From: Daisy Deems <daisydeems AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:24:17 -0400
FOY Grosbeak on my backyard feeder.  How exciting with my FOY blue bunting
yesterday
Also today:
1 brown head cowbird
1 Gray catbird
30 siskins
1 Red bellied
5 mourning doves
1 field sparrow
3 chipping sparrows
2 male cardinals
1 eastern blue
It was a good day out back

Daisy Deems
Alpharetta GA


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Subject: Re: re migration continues
From: Marvin T Smith <mtsmith AT VALDOSTA.EDU>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 23:40:31 +0000
I just saw my first of the year Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Valdosta this evening 
too. 

Marv
Marvin T. Smith
Valdosta

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From: Georgia Birders Online  on behalf of becca 
ensley <000003584bfefd55-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> 

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To: GABO-L AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: [GABO-L] re migration continues

Reporting FOTY Male Rose Breasted Grosbeak in Dalton, GA.  YAY!


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Subject: re migration continues
From: becca ensley <000003584bfefd55-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 23:26:36 +0000
Reporting FOTY Male Rose Breasted Grosbeak in Dalton, GA.  YAY!


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Subject: Swainson's Hawk
From: rdwigh AT BELLSOUTH.NET
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:01:35 -0400
G-birders

 

This afternoon about 4:30 I observed from my deck a large buteo circling
over the house.  Through binoculars I could see a dark bib extending down
through the top of the breast, and that there was no breast-band. It
disappeared and then reappeared a second time circling as before.  This time
I was able to reconfirm the dark bib, no breast-band and no red tail. I
concentrated on both these last two characteristics.  I am going to go ahead
and post this to e-Bird in the event others might be encouraged to report
something similar.  There are three observations from South Florida in March
this year, but none accepted on eBird anywhere in the East.  Nevertheless,
this species is not unheard of in Georgia.  

 

Russ Wigh

Skidaway Island, Chatham County, Georgia  



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Subject: Two Male Rose Breasted Grosbeak
From: Gary Cottrell <glcottrell AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:13:52 -0400
Two Male Rose Breasted Grosbeaks at sunflower seed feeder today 

Gary Cottrell 
glcottrell AT charter.net  
Or   678-378-2532
Carrollton, GA 
USA

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Subject: Re: Lawrence's Warbler at Murphy Candler Park (DeKalb County)
From: SHEILA WILLIS <swillis AT MEDIASTREAMUS.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:39:15 -0400
Hey folks,

Hope you are fine.

Congrats Patty McLean on finding & letting us know about a LAWRENCE'S
WARBLER today at Murphy Candler Park (DEKALB)!!!

This ties w/ 1 other record for a new earliest date for this special bird
type. Nathan Farnau reported on GABO about finding one at Carter's
Re-regulation Lake on 4/23/2012. Previously, in the 2003 "Annotated
Checklist of Georgia Birds", the early date was for 4/27/1957.

Our Okefenokee Bird Club had 1 on 4/27/1957 and 1 on 28/1991, just 1 day
off being seen exactly 34 years apart, both in Waycross (WARE).

There are many more accounts for its fall migration, so any in the spring
are great to hear about. Thanks for being such a faithful observer/reporter
of birds!!

Take care.

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


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Subject: Common Merganser - Bear Creek Reservoir, Jackson County - 4/23/2015
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:58:47 -0400
Hi All,

Jim Hanna just called to request a post of what he is pretty very sure is a 
COMMON MERGANSER at Bear Creek Reservoir in Jackson County. He has only seen 
the bird in binoculars, and is looking at the bird now, 3:45pm, from Savage 
Road. It has been in the area of the dam, but may be headed further out into 
the main body of the lake. Checking other vantage points from Hwy 330, the Bear 
Creek Reservoir Public Park and Fishing Access, and Old Savage Road may be 
needed to relocate the bird later. 


Savage Road coordinates:
33.9827,-83.515914

GPS coordinates:
N 33 58.962 W 83 30.955

The reservoir's website:
http://www.bearcreekwtp.com/

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Lawrence's Warbler at Murphy Candler Park (DeKalb County)
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:19:22 -0400
Hi Folks. I birded MCP early this afternoon and heard an interesting 
buzzy-noted 'song' along the back trail as I was crossing the large stream. 
When I finally found the bird, I was initially excited, thinking it was going 
to be a Golden-winged Warbler ... but then noticed it had extensive yellow on 
the head with a black mask and throat, yellow belly with white undertail 
pattern and blue wings with white wingbars. It was a classic Lawrence's Warbler 
- which I understand is the second generation (or crossback) of a Brewster's 
Warbler (the first generation hybrid of Blue-winged x Golden-winged Warbler) 
crossed with either a Blue-winged or Golden-winged Warbler in the next breeding 
season. I've seen a Brewster's in the past but don't recall ever seeing (or 
hearing) a Lawrence's before and found it to be rather curious. It was one of 
those bittersweet moments ('cool beans' x 'shucky darns') since it's this 
hybridization process that's apparently partly responsible for the significant 
decline in Golden-winged Warblers. Attempted video and song recording without 
luck.  


Patty McLean
Tucker GA

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Subject: More Kites near Glennville, Tattnall, Co.
From: Gene Wilkinson <000003a89ce3540c-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:27:59 +0000
Hi!

I had a count of (66) Swallow-tailed and Mississippi Kites at the same location 
that I reported on last Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. today. The location was the same, 
a large fallow field on the south side of Ga. hwy 196 about (1) mile east of 
U.S. hwy. 301 south of Glennville, Ga. 


Gene Wilkinson
Glennville, Ga.

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Subject: Pine Mountain Ridge (Harris/Meriwether)
From: Ted Theus <ted AT TEDTHEUSLAW.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:17:12 -0400
There was significant movement of Blackpoll Warblers at various stops along
the Pine Mountain Ridge yesterday morning.   For Blackpoll, Palm and
Yellow-rumps, my numbers were 25+ for  each of these species with 12 species
of warbler total.    Also, had my high count ever in west, central Ga for
Black-throated Blue Warbler with 4 males and 1 female.       

 

Ted Theus

Virgil Ted Theus, P.C. 

P.O. Box 5726

1111 Lockwood Avenue

Columbus, Georgia  31906-5726

Email:  ted AT tedtheuslaw.com

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

Website:  www.tedtheuslaw.com  

 

 



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Subject: Black-throated Blue Warbler in Midtown Atlanta
From: Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:47:41 -0400
Hello,

I was biking to work this morning at 10 am when I heard a singing
BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER in midtown Atlanta at the intersection of 5th
street and Myrtle avenue. I was stopped in my tracks and could not believe
my ears! I rolled my bike to the side of the road, when I heard it again,
so I took out my phone and recorded the song for future confirmation. I was
amazed when the bird made an appearance in a branch about 10 feet high.
This is the best look I have ever had of a black-throated blue warbler.

I have provided the dropbox link to the song here if anyone would like to
confirm. There is one song at the beginning right after the crow and one at
the very end, right after the car passes by.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/f79ncm099j3qoz5/Black-%20throated%20Blue.mp3?dl=0

The midtown neighbourhood south of piedmont park has been hosting all kinds
of exciting singers this past couple of weeks, including prairie warbler,
palm warbler, red-eyed vireos, white-throated sparrows and great crested
flycatchers. Hope there are more in store!

Vinod


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Subject: re more spring migrants
From: becca ensley <000003584bfefd55-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:40:29 +0000
FOTY American Redstart male actively singing in the crabapple and cherry trees 
in our front garden. 

Just now managed to have several excellent views of this little beauty with and 
without bins.  Easily coaxed down from tree tops with pishing and chipping. 


His coloration is spectacular...truly worthy of the nickname "little 
candle"....flame orange that just glows in the morning light.  Actively 
calling and singing while searching for caterpillars.  

Usually don't see the males this closely until fall migration, so this is a 
real treat.  Now to get a view of a female.A great day "at home". 

Becca


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Subject: Field trip Dawson Forest
From: Georgann Schmalz <georgannschmalz AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:32:47 -0400
Hi folks

There's been a ton of good birds in Dawson Forest WMA this past week. I'm going 
over there this Saturday morning (April 25) at 8:00 am if anyone is interested. 
Meet at the wetland area just inside the WMA gate. From Atlanta, take GA 400 
north to Dawson Forest Rd, turn left (west) and continue on Dawson Forest Rd, 
across Hwy 9 and into the WMA. 


Any questions, feel free to contact me at 404.245.7273. 

Georgann


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

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Subject: FOTS tree swallow - Bartow Co
From: Pam Potter <ppotter AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:56:27 -0400
This afternoon a female tree swallow was perched on a metal arch to my back 
yard. She sat there for some time allowing me to take pictures before she 
stretched and took flight. I've never seen one that still for so long and with 
me just a few yards away! 


Also watched several American goldfinches and an Eastern phoebe dive to the 
pool, hover for a dip in the water and land in a nearby tree to preen. I've 
never seen this behavior before. 


Some cedar waxwings were scooping up the mosquito hawks in the grasses just 
behind this gate where the swallow sat. 


Speaking of goldfinches...I am a happy woman! I have more goldfinches at my 
feeders now, counted 10 today, than I've had since the tornado in 2011. I used 
to have a large flock year round. I've missed them. 


The Cooper's hawk is still trying to catch my birds!

Pam Potter
Bartow Co
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Subject: Yuhci WMA, Fort Gordon, GA-4/22/15, Swallow-tailed Kite, 13 Warbler Speciesr rW
From: Chris Feeney <cfeeney03 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:40:57 -0400
I birded Yuchi WMA (Burke County) and Fort Gordon (Richmond County) today.

Yuchi WMA highlights:

Swallow-tailed Kite over the Savannah River.

Twelve warbler species including Swainson's (two locations), Kentucky, Hooded, 
Prothonotary, Prairie, and Cape May. Also several Ovenbirds and lots of Hooded 
Warblers and Northern Parulas. 


Orchard Oriole, Indigo and Painted Buntings.  Numerous Summer Tanagers.

Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs by the farm pond on River Road.  

Fort Gordon highlights:

Red-headed and Red-cockaded Woodpeckers.  

Bachman's Sparrows.

Louisiana Waterthrush. 

Chris Feeney
Martinez, GA
Columbia County

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Subject: Early April S. GA records w/ SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, behaviors, nests
From: SHEILA WILLIS <swillis AT MEDIASTREAMUS.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:28:17 -0400
Hey folks,

Hope you are fine. Here are a few records by me from South Georgia for
early April that I haven't already posted. Note, I'm not listing here all
the birds species or numbers that I've seen for an area, just the personal
highlights.

NWR: National Wildlife Refuge; WMA: Wildlife Management Area

BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK: 4/12, group count total of 180 feeding &
taking flight in small groups, amazing sight & sound!!, e. side of
USHwy#17, Altamaha WMA (MCINTOSH)
WOOD DUCK: 4/12, pair flying, Woody Pond, Harris Neck NWR (MCINTOSH)
MOTTLED DUCK: 4/12, group count total of 16, e. side of USHwy#17, Altamaha
WMA (MCINTOSH)
BLUE-WINGED TEAL: 4/12, group count total of 60, e. side of USHwy#17,
Altamaha WMA (MCINTOSH)
NORTHERN SHOVELER: 4/12, 1 female, e. side of USHwy#17, Altamaha WMA
(MCINTOSH)
AMERICAN WIGEON: 4/12, 5, e. side of USHwy#17, Altamaha WMA (MCINTOSH)
REDHEAD:4/12, 1 male, e. side of USHwy#17, Altamaha WMA (MCINTOSH)
BUFFLEHEAD: 4/12, 1 female, Teal Pond, Harris Neck NWR (MCINTOSH)
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER: 4/11, 1 female, St. Andrews Causeway, Brunswick
(GLYNN)
WILD TURKEY: 4/16, 1, in field n. of I-16, Lake Church Rd, se. of Metter
(CANDLER)
WOOD STORK: 4/12, group count total of 150, nesting at Woody Pond rookery
w/ assorted egrets & herons, Harris Neck NWR (MCINTOSH)
AMERICAN WHITE-PELICAN: 4/11, 1 in river, St. Simons Is. Causeway (GLYNN)
ANHINGA: 4/11; 1 female, Amphitheater Pond rookery, Jekyll Is. (GLYNN);
4/12; 1 perched & fluttering its neck pouch w/ its odd sounds (funny!!),
Altamaha WMA (MCINTOSH); 4/12, 8+ w/ some at nest, Woody Pond rookery,
Harris Neck NWR (MCINTOSH)
GREEN HERON (very active): 4/11, 1, St. Andrews Causeway, Brunswick
(GLYNN); 4/12, 6 singles flying, e. side of USHwy#17, Altamaha WMA
(MCINTOSH); 4/12, 2 singles flying, Woody Pond rookery, Harris Neck NWR
(MCINTOSH)
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON: 4/11, 3 w/ 1 immature scratching w/ its long
toes, Amphitheater Pond rookery, Jekyll Is. (GLYNN)
GLOSSY IBIS: 4/12, group count total of 40, e. side of USHwy#17, Altamaha
WMA (MCINTOSH)
ROSEATE SPOONBILL: 4/11, 2 immatures sitting & preening w/ 1 standing on
small pile of sticks, Amphitheater Pond rookery, Jekyll Is. (GLYNN)
OSPREY: 4/7, 1 fly w/ fish over pond & later perched; Fox Hills
subdivision, s. of Douglas (COFFEE); 4/12, 1 at nest near chimney on w.
side USHwy#17, Altamaha WMA (GLYNN)
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE: 4/14, 1 fly n--s across USHwy#1 at Kingfisher Landing
area (CHARLTON), my FOTS
BALD EAGLE: 4/11, 1 adult perched on power pole & then flew, ne. side of
bridge onto Jekyll Is. (GLYNN); 4/12, 1 adult, perched, St. Simons Is.
Causeway (GLYNN); 4/12, 2 (1 ad, 1 unk) perched separately, e. side of
USHwy#17, Altamaha WMA (MCINTOSH)
COOPER'S HAWK: 4/7 1, flyover; Annette Bittaker's home, Fox Hills
Subdivision, s. of Douglas (COFFEE)
CLAPPER RAIL (those seen): 4/11 2 as 1 bathing, 1 feeding close at Jekyll
Is. Causeway Welcome Center Tower (GLYNN); 4/11, 1 swimming at pool under
s. end Sidney Lanier Bridge s. of Brunswick (GLYNN); 4/11 2 scooting across
road together at St. Andrews Is. Causeway, Brunswick (GLYNN)
KING RAIL: 4/12, 1 heard at 2nd ne. tower, e. of USHwy#17, Altamaha WMA
(MCINTOSH)
VIRGINIA RAIL: 4/11, 1 flying across canal, St. Andrews Is. Causeway,
Brunswick (GLYNN)
BLACK-NECKED STILT (beauties!): 4/12, group count total of 20 including a
pair; feeding/flying/calling; e. side of USHwy#17, Altamaha WMA (MCINTOSH)
GREATER YELLOWLEGS: 4/11, 1 w/ LESSER YELLOWLEGS at small pool under s. end
of Sidney Lanier Bridge s. of Brunswick (GLYNN)
LESSER YELLOWLEGS: 4/11, 1 w/ GREATER YELLOWLEGS at small pool under s. end
of Sidney Lanier Bridge s. of Brunswick (GLYNN); 4/12, 4 singles, e. side
of USHwy#17, Altamaha WMA (MCINTOSH)
SOLITARY SANDPIPER: 4/12, 3, e. side of USHwy#17, Altamaha WMA (MCINTOSH)
WHIMBREL: 4/11; 2, Welcome Center Tower, Jekyll Is. Causeway (GLYNN)
MARBLED GODWIT: 4/11; 1, Welcome Center Tower, Jekyll Is. Causeway (GLYNN)
EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE: 4/14, pair hovering together for a while like
kingfishers or kestrels (never seen this behavior by them before), Welcome
Center, Metter, GAHwy#121 (Woodpecker Trail) (CANDLER)
COMMON GROUND-DOVE: 4/7, 1 calling, Annette Bittaker's home, Fox Hills
subdivision, s. of Douglas (COFFEE); 4/11; 1 calls, Soccer Field, Jekyll
Is. (GLYNN)
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO: 4/7, 1 calls, Annette Bittaker's home, Fox Hills
subdivision, s. of Douglas (COFFEE), my FOTS
BARRED OWL: 4/2 pair phrase calls & answers; 4/3 pair "monkey calls" w/
single earlier & later; 4/6 pair "monkey calls"; 4/9 single calls; 4/16
single calls; 4/19 single calls; 4/22 single calls... my home at 324
Pineview Dr., Waycross (WARE)
CHIMNEY SWIFT: 4/7, 4, downtown Douglas (COFFEE), my FOTS
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD: 4/7, 1 male, at feeders, Annette Bittaker's
home, Fox Hills subdivision, s. of Douglas (COFFEE)
MERLIN: 4/12, 1 flying e. to w., e. side of USHwy#17, Altamaha WMA
(MCINTOSH)
EASTERN KINGBIRD: 4/16, 1 on fence, GAHwy#46, n. of Metter (CANDLER), my
FOTS
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE: 1 airport fence, Douglas (COFFEE)
RED-EYED VIREO: 4/11, 1 seen, Amphitheater parking, Jekyll Is. (GLYNN)
PURPLE MARTIN: 4/7, ~20, at gourds, USHwy#82 farm (WARE); 4/12, 1 male, e.
side of USHwy#17, Altamaha WMA (MCINTOSH); 4/16, 1 at gourds, n. of
Blackshear, GAHwy#121 (Woodpecker Trail) (PIERCE)
NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW: 4/16, 1, Evergreen Rd (CANDLER), my FOTS
BARN SWALLOW: 1 at culvert area, USHwy#441, Douglas (COFFEE)
MARSH WREN: 4/11, 1 call, Welcome Center Tower, Jekyll Is. Causeway
(GLYNN); 4/12, 2 call, e. side of USHwy#17, Altamaha WMA (MCINTOSH)
BROWN THRASHER: 4/21, 1 flies to nest in azalea, my 324 Pineview Dr. home,
Waycross (WARE)
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER: 4/11, 1, Amphitheater parking, Jekyll is. (GLYNN)
NORTHERN PARULA: 4/7, 1 call; Annette Bittaker's home, Fox Hills
subdivision, s. of Douglas (COFFEE); 4/11, 1 bathing, Campground Sanctuary,
Jekyll Is. (GLYNN)
PALM WARBLER: 4/7, 1; Annette Bittaker's home, Fox Hills subdivision, s. of
Douglas (COFFEE); 4/11, 1, Amphitheater parking, Jekyll Is. (GLYNN)
PINE WARBLER: 4/7, 1 call & male seen; Annette Bittaker's home, Fox Hills
subdivision, s. of Douglas (COFFEE)
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER: 4/11, 3, Amphitheater parking, Jekyll Is. (GLYNN),
4/11, 1, Campground Sanctuary, Jekyll Is. (GLYNN)
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER: 4/11, 1 seen & heard, Amphitheater parking, Jekyll
Is. (GLYNN)
EASTERN TOWHEE (Riley's): 4/7, pair at feeders & bath; light eye; Annette
Bittaker's home, Fox Hills subdividion, s. of Douglas (COFFEE)
SAVANNAH SPARROW: 4/11, 1, small pond under s. end Sidney Lanier Bridge s.
of Brunswick (GLYNN); 4/12, 2, e. side of USHwy#17, Altamaha WMA (MCINTOSH)
PAINTED BUNTING: 4/11, 3 males w/ chase, Campground Sanctuary, Jekyll Is.
(GLYNN)
HOUSE SPARROW: 4/16, 1 flies w/ cotton, Welcome Center, GAHwy#121
(Woodpecker Trail), Metter (CANDLER)

General Coffee State Park, e. of Douglas (COFFEE) on 4/7 w/ Annette Bittaker
CANADA GOOSE: 1 goes after MUSCOVY DUCK, homestead pond
GREAT EGRET: 1 homestead pond
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK: 1 call
MOURNING DOVE: 2
BARRED OWL: 1 calling repeatedly from creek woods near homestead
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER: 2 call, w/ 1 hammer on tree
AMERICAN CROW: 2
PURPLE MARTIN: 4 at martin house, homestead
TUFTED TITMOUSE: 3 call
BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH: 1 flew into hole in stump in lower picnic area
CAROLINA WREN: 1
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER: 1 male seen & heard close on creek boardwalk at
bench; my FOTS; ~6 others heard &/or seen by Annette farther down path
CHIPPING SPARROW: 3 fly through (poss.; seen better by Annette)
NORTHERN CARDINAL: 1

I believe Annette also had single GRAY CATBIRD, PINE WARBLER, BROWN
THRASHER, NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD that I did not get

Surrency Vulture Roost (APPLING); 4/16
2 BLACK VULTURE, 17 TURKEY VULTURE on water tower east/behind school; 6:15
p.m., more arriving as I left; there had been 8 vultures there when I
passed by at 8:00 a.m.; the day was overcast w/ scattered light rain
Enter roost area via GAHwy#121 (Woodpecker Trail) in s. side of town; can
drive behind school either side & park in large grassy area; there is a
pull-in from the north side road (E. Martin St.) to tower base

Waycross Vulture Roost (WARE); 4/20
about 25 vultures at a tower, e. of Plant Ave/US#84, n. side of Waycross,
s. of Satilla R., drizzly, overcast day; 5:20 p.m.

Take care.

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


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Subject: First Indigo Bunting I've see in my backyard .Alpharetta GA
From: Daisy Deems <daisydeems AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:18:47 -0400
First Indigo I've see in my backyard .Alpharetta GA


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Subject: Lyons Farm (DeKalb County)
From: Patty McLean <plm108 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:04:57 -0400
Today Kathy Miller and I explored one of DeKalb County's new parks along the 
South River, which is also part of the Arabia Mountain PATH. This is a superb 
location inside our huge metro area and is rich with a good variety of habitats 
and the birds that go with them. (One caveat: This area is part of the H-J 
Airport flight path and a large utility cut.)   


The winds were high today which kept the birds well hidden but we still managed 
to find 52 species including a handsome CAPE MAY WARBLER feeding high in the 
trees and two KENTUCKY WARBLERs in a potential breeding area along a creek. 
While we didn't find a Prothonotary today, we found some excellent breeding 
habitat for this species.  


Below are links to information on the Arabia Mtn PATH and our eBird list for 
the day. 


https://pathfoundation.org/trails/arabia-mountain/ 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22998096 

Patty McLean
Tucker GA


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Subject: FOTS - Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
From: Sandra Eileen Garber <sgarber AT GSU.EDU>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:03:33 +0000
Saw the first (of many, I hope) Rose-breasted Grosbeak, a male, this evening at 
5:45pm at feeder in front of house. All is good. 



Happy Earth Day!


Sandra Garber

Canton, GA

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Subject: AAS walk at Kennesaw Mountain (Cobb Co.) this morning (22Apr15)
From: Joel McNeal <joelmcneal AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:05:31 -0400
Approximately 36 participants survived some agonizingly slow birding
early this morning at Kennesaw Mountain and were rewarded by much
better views and numbers on the upper half of the mountain once things
warmed up.  Everyone got very cooperative views of Cerulean Warbler
along the service road at the summit, and multiple Blackburnian
Warblers and Scarlet Tanagers were equally obliging.

Highlights:
Wild Turkey  2
Red-tailed Hawk (Eastern)  2; one tamely eating breakfast on visitor's
center fence
Red-headed Woodpecker  1; heard from summit
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
White-eyed Vireo  4
Blue-headed Vireo  2
Yellow-throated Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  26
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  7
Hermit Thrush  2
Wood Thrush  2
White-throated Sparrow  1
Summer Tanager  6
Scarlet Tanager  11
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  6
Indigo Bunting  6
Baltimore Oriole  1
Pine Siskin  40

Warblers (17 spp.):
Ovenbird  1; heard-only
Black-and-white Warbler  3
Tennessee Warbler  1; heard only- field edge
Orange-crowned Warbler  1; seen at summit service rd.
Hooded Warbler  5
American Redstart  2
Cape May Warbler  2
Cerulean Warbler  3; 2 males, 1 female, all giving great looks at
summit service rd.
Blackburnian Warbler  9; most giving good looks
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Blackpoll Warbler  4
Palm Warbler  18; 14 Western, 4 heard-only
Pine Warbler  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  65
Prairie Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  19; exact count on the way up mountain only.
Canada Warbler  1; singing along summit service rd.

The full list from the morning can be viewed here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22997507

Good birding,

Joel McNeal
Cartersville, Bartow Co., GA
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Subject: Buntings & Siskins
From: Sue Peters-Ferree <Soupysue AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:37:55 -0400
I’m having lots of pine siskins in my yard and at the feeders, along with 
flocks of goldfinches. First of the year Indigo Buntings showed up yesterday 
and are here today as well. They’re in the trees as well as at the feeders. 
The number of siskins had dropped but are now back in force. (Was out of town 
for 10 days so don’t know exactly when they came back.) Chipping sparrows are 
here, too. 


Sue Peters-Ferree
Blairsville GA
Union County

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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite looks set to oversummer for the 3rd time in Athens!
From: Richard Hall <dr.richard.hall AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:07:32 -0400
Bryan Nuse reports seeing a SWALLOW-TAILED KITE over the Normal Town
neighbourhood of west Athens yesterday evening at around 7pm. This is a
stone's throw from the Homewood Hills subdivision where 1-2 birds were seen
over the last two summers, raising speculation that this species may be
attempting to colonize the Georgia Piedmont. I will report back if there
are additional
sightings over the next few weeks.

Happy spring birding!
Richard Hall
Athens GA


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Subject: Willets Lake Lanier
From: "Ed Rigel, Sr." <erigelsr AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:59:21 -0400
2 Willets on the shoreline at the American Legion Park off Riverside Drive, 
Gainesville, Hall County. 

eBird report with link to photos below.
Ed Rigel
Gainesville, Hall County

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Subject: eBird Report - American Legion Gainesville, Apr 22, 2015

American Legion Gainesville, Hall, US-GA Apr 22, 2015 12:45 PM - 1:15 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Sunny and very windy
4 species

Canada Goose  2
Willet 2 Distinctive upper and under wing patterns in flight;; Photos 
https://www.dropbox.com/photos/album/hLjBJu0OCe0SCqn 

Tree Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  3

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22999143 


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Subject: Indigo bunting Alpharetta
From: Daisy Deems <daisydeems AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:19:20 -0400
First Indigo I've see in my backyard.

Daisy Deems


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Subject: Yard birds N Dekalb
From: Susan Breunig <sbbreunig AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:44:14 -0400
This week I've heard a HOODED WARBLER, at least two BLACK-THROATED BLUE
WARBLERS, saw a PALM WARBLER and have had a male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK at
my feeder for last 4 days.

This is 1/2 mile from Marist High School, 1 mile from Murphy Candler park

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 4/22/2015
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 09:37:30 -0400
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: 
Date: Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 9:27 AM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 
To:


*** Species Summary:

Green-winged Teal (1 Chatham)
Ring-necked Duck (1 McIntosh)
White-winged Scoter (North American) (1 Forsyth)
American Bittern (2 Fayette)
Mississippi Kite (1 Columbia)
King Rail (1 Houston)
Long-billed Dowitcher (1 Chatham)
Caspian Tern (1 Stewart)
Peregrine Falcon (1 Stewart)
Western Kingbird (2 Chatham)
Winter Wren (1 Murray)
Cape May Warbler (1 Glynn)
Brewer's Blackbird (1 Bartow)
Pine Siskin (1 Bibb, 2 Decatur)

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on the web at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated


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Subject: Rose Breasted Grosebeak
From: "Ashley P. Hurt" <ashpmary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:50:30 -0400
Had a pair at my feeder today. 

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Subject: Price Park
From: Patricia Pepper <patriciapepper9 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 21:26:48 -0400
I birded Price Park on Stilesboro Rd. in Kennesaw today from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. 
Because of the late time of day, I wasn't expecting much; however, I was 
rewarded with a Swainson's Warbler. Luckily, he flew into a tree right in front 
of me, so I got very good looks at him. Also, in the same area, were 4 Northern 
Rough-wing Swallows. I bird Price quite often, but this is my first sighting of 
either of these birds in this park. 


Pat Pepper
Acworth

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Subject: Abnormal Carolina Wren
From: Eran Tomer <erantomer AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:47:40 -0400
Hello all,

A brief outing today in n. Atlanta produced a cooperative Northern
Waterthrush, a heard-only Black-throated Blue Warbler, two Palm Warblers
and a Broad-winged Hawk that, for a big change, perched for a while and
allowed close inspection. Also found a half-shell of an American Robin egg
- so this species is already raising a brood.

​However, the show was stolen by a strangely-pigmented Carolina Wren. It
had a broad, black band extending from shoulder to shoulder across the
chest. The color wasn't intense black but diffuse. Further, its nape was
gray rather than chestnut and the underside was clean, cream-colored rather
than the normal brownish. Striking bird, first I have seen anything like it.

Some years ago Jeff Sewell and Carol Lambert reported a black-bellied
Carolina Wren, so this phenomenon is not unheard-of.

This wren was paired with a normal one so presumably the abnormal genes
will be passed on. The mates were inspecting a nest site on the ground, a
hole in a steep hillside right over a stream. This was another first -
never seen this species nest in a burrow. But then, Carolina Wren isn't
picky about nest sites.

Best regards,

- Eran Tomer
  Atlanta, GA


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Subject: Bostwick Area Shorebird Sweep - 4/21/2015
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:47:00 -0400
Hi All,

After work this evening in Athens I checked the Bostwick area for shorebirds on 
the way home. Nothing much to report but something kind of strange did happen! 


I was slowly driving the gravel Nunn Lane northwest between Gilbert Road and 
Hardeman Mill Road on the west side of the Bostwick sod farm when a shorebird, 
not a Killdeer, flushed from the fence line bordering the road on the left and 
flew around behind me. I wanted to get a look at the bird as I knew it was very 
strange for any shorebird to be on that lane. 


Hoping the bird had put down near or in the road I stopped the car, got out, 
looked back and could see a shorebird there a couple of hundred feet south. It 
was constantly working the field edge there, leaving the lane to go into the 
grass for a few seconds and then it would come out into the road again, and the 
bird just kept repeating that routine heading south down the lane. 


I walked down a hundred feet or so toward it and saw in the binoculars that it 
was a Spotted Sandpiper evidently hunting and foraging along the gravel road in 
the grassy edges. There is no real water or habitat for shorebirds on Nunn 
Lane, even the sod was not near that section. In 8 years of birding the sod 
farm there I don't remember ever seeing any shorebird in Nunn Lane before. I 
didn't stay long enough to see if it was going to cross the paved Gilbert Road 
and continue on but maybe I should have! 


Good Birding All,

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Subject: Killdeer- Floyd Co
From: annhstewart AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:10:24 -0400
Had a nice treat today while sitting in my dentist chair. 
His office is directly across the 4 lane highway from the Rome Braves Stadium 
in a Professional Park. 

The dentist chair is in front of a large window facing the 4 lane with a wide 
grassy strip between building and road. 

As I sat there I watched a mother Killdeer and her 3 babies running around 
feeding and enjoying the grassy area! They were unaware they were being 
observed! 

On another visit about a year ago I observed a fox 
In the same location!



Ann Stewart
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Subject: Price Park
From: Patricia Pepper <patriciapepper9 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:56:50 -0400
I birded Price Park on Stilesboro Rd. in Kennesaw today from 1:30 to 2:30
pm. Because of the late time of day, I wasn't expecting much; however, I
was rewarded with a Swainson's Warbler. Luckily, he flew into a tree right
in front of me, so I got very good looks at him. Also, in the same area,
were 4 Northern Rough-wing Swallows. I bird Price quite often, but this is
my first sighting of either of these birds in this park.

Pat Pepper
Acworth


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Subject: Gray Kingbirds, St Simons Island
From: "Robert D. Sattelmeyer" <rsattelm AT GSU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 18:48:48 +0000
Just got back from out of town yesterday, and found this morning that while I 
was gone the Gray Kingbirds have returned and set up housekeeping again in the 
oak trees in front of the King and Prince Hotel. 



Bob Sattelmeyer

St Simons Island

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Subject: Cherokee Co., 4/19/2015
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:48:21 -0400
Hi, folks, after the rain passed Sunday afternoon, I birded a bit in
Cherokee Co., visiting Biello Park near Woodstock and a few points around
Lake Allatoona including Galts Ferry & Sweetwater Day Use Areas and Field's
Landing Park. Some of the paths at Biello required a bit of wading, but the
rain held off for most of the afternoon at the other locations, giving way
to clearing skies & a nice breeze.  Here are some of the highlights:

Gadwall: 4, Sweetwater / Field's Landing

Blue-winged Teal: 10, Sweetwater / Field's Landing

Northern Shoveler: 35, Sweetwater / Field's Landing

Lesser Scaup: 25, Sweetwater / Field's Landing

Red-breasted Merganser: 1, Field's Landing

Wild Turkey: 4 (including a displaying male), Avery Creek AT East Cherokee Dr.

Common Loon: 8, Galts Ferry; 1, Sweetwater / Field's Landing

Pied-billed Grebe: 15, Sweetwater / Field's Landing

Double-crested Cormorant: 9, Galts Ferry; 22, Field's Landing

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron: 3 adults, Biello

Osprey: 2, Galts Ferry; 3, Sweetwater / Field's Landing

Sharp-shinned Hawk: 1 adult, Field's Landing

Solitary Sandpiper: 3, Biello

Forster's Tern: 3, Galts Ferry

Barred Owl: 2, Biello

Cliff Swallow: 4, Kellogg Creek DUA (likely many more; 4 is what I could see
while driving across the bridge)

Cedar Waxwing: 10, Biello

Warblers:
------------
Louisiana Waterthrush: 1, Biello
Swainson's: 1, Biello
Kentucky: 2, Biello
Common Yellowthroat: 4, Biello
Hooded: 1, Biello
Northern Parula: 2, Biello
Yellow: 1, Biello
Palm: 6, Galts Ferry
Pine: a few at several locations
Yellow-rumped: 2, Biello
Yellow-throated: 1, Sweetwater; 1, Field's Landing

Yellow-breasted Chat: 1, Biello

Blue Grosbeak: 4, Sweetwater; 1, Field's Landing

Indigo Bunting: 1, Biello

Orchard Oriole: 1, Biello

Pine Siskin: 3, Galts Ferry

Surprisingly, I did not hear/see any tanagers on Sunday.

Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA
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Subject: Swainson's Warbler, Forsyth Co.
From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn AT MINDSPRING.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:18:48 -0400
Hi, folks, while walking the Forsyth Co. Greenway just west of the Union
Hill Rd. trailhead parking lot this evening, I heard a Swainson's Warbler
singing from the woods between the greenway & the parking lot. The species
has been reported along the Greenway previously, but was new for me for the
county.

Other species of interest heard along the greenway included Eastern
Wood-Pewee, Acadian Flycatcher, Kentucky Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Louisiana
Waterthrush and plenty of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers & Wood Thrushes.

The Union Hill Rd. parking lot is located at GPS coordinates 34.135272,
-84.215014.

Take care.

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Forsyth Co., GA
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Subject: AAS field trips this week
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:01:50 -0400
Greetings, Georgia Birders

The Atlanta Audubon Society has field trips every day for the rest of the week. 
I hope you can join us for one or more of these walks. 


Hugh Garrett continues his spring walks at Cochran Shoals, CRNRA (Cobb County) 
tomorrow morning at 7:30 AM (Tuesday, April 21). 


Joel McNeal leads his weekly Wednesday walk at Kennesaw Mountain (Cobb County) 
on April 22 at 7:30 AM. 


Anne McCallum will lead her monthly walk at Reynolds Nature Preserve (Clayton 
County) on Thursday, April 23 at 8:00 AM. 


Phil Delestrez will lead a walk at a Fort Yargo State Park (Barrow County) on 
Friday, April 24 at 2:00 PM. 


Shannon Fair, Angie Jenkins, Iris Schumacher, and Chuck Saleebe will lead a 
walk at Kennesaw Mountain (Cobb County) on Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 AM. 


Ralph Smith will lead a walk at Woodlands Garden and the Decatur Cemetery 
(DeKalb County) on Saturday, April 24 at 7:30 AM. 


Nathan Farnau will lead a walk at Kennesaw Mountain on Sunday, April 26 at 7:30 
AM. 


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


Bird On!
Mary Kimberly
Field Trip Director
Atlanta Audubon Society

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Subject: Black-billed Cuckoo & others, Fulton Co.
From: Eran Tomer <erantomer AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:31:22 -0400
Hello all,

I know it's a little early for this species but I am reasonably confident
that a cuckoo I saw briefly in Sandy Springs​ was a black-billed.  The
bird was high up and a little distance away. The bill was all black and
slender. The undertail appeared uniformly drab though very small spots
could have been missed given the view. Unequivocally, it lacked large
and distinct black-white spotting. I thought I saw a reddish orbital ring
but just too far for certainty. Otherwise all white below. The wing coverts
could not be seen from that angle.

The cuckoo vanished quickly and I wasn't able to relocate it despite quite
a bit of searching, so I don't know how chaseable it will be. Location: Big
Trees Forest Preserve at 7645 Roswell Road 30350, adjacent to the North
Fulton County Government Annex building. This is about 1.7 miles south on
Roswell Road from exit 6 (Northridge Road) on GA 400. The cuckoo was in the
front part of the preserve, at the open `meadow' as you walk in. I will
post if I encounter it again.

Other birds of note:

Broad-winged Hawk - 1  calling loudly
Pileated Woodpecker - 1
Red-eyed Vireo - 3
Yellow-throated Vireo - 1
Gray Catbird - 1, FOTS
Wood Thrush - 4
Cedar Waxwing - two flocks, several dozen
Worm-eating Warbler - 2
Black-throated Blue Warbler - 1 male, cairnsi (Appalachian)
Palm Warbler - 2
Scarlet Tanager - 1 male, another possibly heard
Pine Siskin - 1 (more may have been present)

Best regards,

- Eran Tomer
  Atlanta, GA


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Subject: BLUE LETTER DAY
From: Sandra Eileen Garber <sgarber AT GSU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:00:53 +0000
I'm in heaven! Just had 2 male Indigo Buntings and 1 male Blue Grosbeak on my 
bird feeder! 



Sandra Garber

Canton, GA

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Subject: Lunchtime Birding-Chatham Wetlands (Litchfield Tract)
From: Steve Fox <sfox01 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:36:34 -0400
Today during my lunch break, I walked the paved path the borders the Chatham 
Wetlands entrance. It seems to be a great reliable spot for PROTHONOTARY 
WARBLER. Other highlights included two NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and a personal FOTS 
arrival of ACADIAN FLYCATCHER. The birds viewed are listed below. 


Bald Eagle-1
Coopers Hawk-1
red-shouldered Hawk-1
Black Vulture-5
Blue Jay-1
Summer Tanager-2
Brown Thrasher-1
Catbird-1
No.Cardinal-2
Eastern Kingbird-1
Great-crested Flycatcher-2
Acadian Flycather-2
Red-eyed Vireo-2
White-eyed Vireo-3
Carolina Wren-2
Savannah Sparrow-2
Northern Waterthrush-2
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher-2
Northern Parula-6
Prairie Warbler-2
Black and White Warbler-1
Yellow-throated Warbler-2
Common Yellowthroat-5
Yellow-rumped Warbler-3
Prothonotary Warbler-6

Steve Fox
Savannah GA

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Subject: Am. Bittern, etc. Sams Lake, Fayette Co. 4/20/15
From: Carol Lambert <carol.lambert AT CCWA.US>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:17:09 +0000
At the Sams Lake Bird Sanctuary in Fayetteville, Danielle Bunch has located an 
Am. Bittern and other migrants this afternoon. The Bittern was at end of the 
boardwalk on the trail near the Welcome sign/parking area. 


http://sctlandtrust.org/sams-lake-sanctuary/

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



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Subject: ORAS Bird Walks for April 25th and 26th
From: James Neves <jamesneves AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:24:06 -0400
The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will be offering two bird walks this
weekend.

*Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 6:00am*:

The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will be taking a field trip to*Kennesaw
Mountain* this Saturday, April 25th.  We will likely join up with an
Atlanta Audubon trip going on there at the same time.

We will meet at the Shops of South Athens Shopping Center (behind the
Waffle House) on South Milledge near the bypass ready to leave at 6:00AM.
This means you will want to arrive at least 5-10 minutes before 6:00AM.  We
will car pool in as few cars as we can manage.

ORAS field trip as bird walks are open to the public and to birders of all
ages and experience levels.  You will want to bring binoculars, water,
insect repellent and snacks if you so desire.  You are encouraged to wear
practical shoes and dress for the weather.  While the walk consists of
hiking up the road to the summit of the mountain and back down again, the
pace is leisurely and not particularly strenuous.

For more information about Kennesaw Mountain click here.

*Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 8:00am:*

The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will be hosting a bird walk at the*State
Botanical Garden* Sunday, April 26th, at 8:00AM.  We will be meeting in the
Day Chapel parking lot.  From the main entrance just keep bearing left to
find the Day Chapel lot.

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

For information about the State Botanical Garden click here.


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

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


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Subject: Interesting Ducks Carroll County
From: charles saleeby <charlessaleeby AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:05:05 +0000
Sorry for this crazy post but I had a few extra minutes before a client meeting 
on Florence Road at the Carroll County line this morning and saw something 
intriguing.  I was at the Super Sod small section of farm at the corner of 
Florence Road and Old 5 Notch Road.  This lies just inside Carroll County near 
Douglas County SW of Atlanta.  This is a small section of Super Sod which I 
don't check regularly because it never seems to have much in the way of 
shorebirds.  I turned onto Old 5 Notch Road (it may actually change to this 
name from Florence at the Hurricane Creek bridge) as coming from Capps Ferry 
and pulled into the sod farm entrance road.  As I scanned with my binoculars 
only into the farm I noticed 8-10 upright ducks way out past the sprinkler 
walking briskly up a low area.  Within seconds they were obscured from my view 
by the folds of the farm as they headed up into the swale.  I briefly observed 
their upright posture and also saw there were more than I initially thought.  
They showed large light colored areas on their wing coverts and I would swear 
they had lighter colored bills.  Their lower bodies were mostly hidden from me 
from the large grass/weed clumps but seemed darker.  They were walking right 
to left so basically heading towards the road corner if you will.  I spent 
about 5  minutes driving back and forth along the 2 roads but could not find 
them again. I feel pretty confident these were Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks 
but it was a brief far out view.  I just can't come up with anything else.  I 
also don't know if I have any time with meetings lined up the rest of the day 
in Serenbe to get out there.  I have to be in Kennesaw for continuing ed. this 
late afternoon so if someone can swing by there it might be worthwhile. 

Other nice birds both there and at the creek crossing:Eastern 
Kingbird-2Red-eyed Vireo-1Yellow-throated Vireo-1 

White-eyed Vireo-2
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher-3Wood Thrush-1
Cape May Warbler-1Yellow-rumped Warbler-4
Palm Warber-2Pine Warbler-2Hooded Warbler-1Kentucky Warbler-1Louisiana 
Waterthrush-2 (one flew up in a tree along Old 5 Notch as I was easing 
along)Yellow-breasted Chat-1Scarlet Tanager-2Summer Tanager-1Blue Grosbeak-1 

Chuck Saleeby
Kennesaw GACobb County





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Subject: Birdwatching on Wikipedia
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:55:04 -0400
Hi All,

Interesting what they have to say in the Socio-psychology section concerning 
male and female birders! 


Birdwatching on Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birdwatching

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
8th year male-birder
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
www.neargareport.com

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