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1/20/18 5:53 pm Bob ZAREMBA <bobzarem...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [GABO-L] Trumpeter Swans
1/20/18 5:48 pm plm108 <plm108...> [GABO-L] Red-necked Grebe at Walter F George (Seen fro. Bagby State Park)
1/20/18 4:03 pm kari cleveland <kari.cleveland4...> [GABO-L] Trumpeter Swan
1/20/18 2:57 pm Bill & Condit <blotz...> [GABO-L] American Tree Sparrow in Richmond County, Saturday, January 20, 2018
1/20/18 10:20 am Wes Hatch <whatch11...> [GABO-L] Western Tanager Glynn County
1/20/18 10:02 am Pam Potter <ppotter...> [GABO-L] hermit thrush & loggerhead shrike-Bartow Co pine warbler & red-shouldered hawk- Cobb Co
1/20/18 9:32 am Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [GABO-L] Government shutdown effecting Piedmont NWR and other Georgia sites
1/20/18 8:38 am Mike Weaver <mwriverpointe...> [GABO-L] TRUMPETER SWANS - Back at Allison Lake in Piedmont NWR - Jasper County
1/20/18 7:45 am plm108 <plm108...> [GABO-L] White-winged Doves in Brinson GA (Decatur County)
1/20/18 7:15 am Bob ZAREMBA <bobzarem...> [GABO-L] American tree sparrow
1/19/18 7:37 pm Bob ZAREMBA <bobzarem...> [GABO-L] Trumpeter Swans
1/19/18 5:39 pm Walt Chambers <chambersw...> [GABO-L] Bradley Unit / Walter F George - Several Red-throated Loons, ducks (one note for the AL birders) - 1/19
1/19/18 10:21 am Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...> [GABO-L] AAS field trip to Huie/CCWA tomorrow Sat. 1/20
1/19/18 3:13 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 18 Jan 18
1/18/18 8:45 am Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...> [GABO-L] Piedmont NWR Operations
1/17/18 7:29 pm Milton Hobbs <thegahobbs6...> [GABO-L] Snowbirding?
1/17/18 4:13 pm Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...> [GABO-L] Guinea Fowl, Henderson Park, DeKalb 1/17/18
1/17/18 4:06 pm Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...> [GABO-L] Swans at Piedmont NWR
1/17/18 12:59 pm Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954...> [GABO-L] RESCHEDULE: Atlanta Audubon field trip to Murphey Candler Park
1/17/18 10:37 am Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [GABO-L] TRUMPETER SWANS Continue - Piedmont NWR, Jones County - 1/16/2018 - UPDATE
1/17/18 2:40 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 16 Jan 18
1/16/18 2:44 pm Keegan Corcoran <keegancorcoran...> [GABO-L] One RED THROATED LOON - Lake Lanier, offshore of Shady Grove Park.
1/16/18 11:49 am Andrew Dreelin <randrew899...> [GABO-L] LEOW Correction
1/16/18 6:38 am Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [GABO-L] TRUMPETER SWANS Continue - Piedmont NWR - 1/16/2018
1/16/18 5:42 am Chris Skelton <skelton.chris...> [GABO-L] Lovers Lane, Augusta, GA
1/15/18 6:20 pm Stacy Zarpentine <0000079ec22fdfe5-dmarc-request...> [GABO-L] Trumpeter Swans - Piedmont NWR, Jasper County (picture included in checklist)
1/15/18 1:57 pm Susan Loeb <shloeb...> Re: [GABO-L] Baltimore Oriole
1/15/18 1:51 pm Lee Stanley <leestanley15...> [GABO-L] Brown Creeper, Douglas County
1/15/18 11:27 am bob zaremba <bobzarem...> [GABO-L] Southwest GA Birding highlights from the weekend
1/15/18 9:44 am Joe Ranney <00000430cadfe0e2-dmarc-request...> [GABO-L] Baltimore Oriole
1/15/18 6:26 am Ilene Schroeder <ilenes47...> [GABO-L] Cedar waxwings and red-winged blackbirds
1/15/18 2:40 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 14 Jan 18
1/14/18 3:12 pm Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu...> Re: [GABO-L] cedar waxwings - Bartow Co
1/14/18 10:59 am Susan Loeb <shloeb...> Re: [GABO-L] cedar waxwings - Bartow Co
1/14/18 9:32 am Pam Potter <ppotter...> [GABO-L] cedar waxwings - Bartow Co
1/13/18 11:51 am Pam Potter <ppotter...> [GABO-L] FOTY pine siskins Bartow Co
1/12/18 3:33 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 11 Jan 18
1/11/18 8:46 am Richard Bowman <rfbowman...> [GABO-L] Black-crowned Night Heron continuing, at Blalock Lake, Henry county.
1/10/18 7:47 pm Bob ZAREMBA <bobzarem...> [GABO-L] Cobb county American Woodcock tonight
1/10/18 2:27 pm Lawrence Carlile <l.carlile259...> [GABO-L] Pelagic Trips Cancelled
1/10/18 6:24 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 9 Jan 18
1/9/18 3:53 pm Lawrence Carlile <l.carlile259...> [GABO-L] GOS Pelagic Trips
1/9/18 12:45 pm Joshua Spence <spencejoshua...> [GABO-L] Le Conte's Sparrow ~ Murray County
1/9/18 12:26 pm Sargent, Bob <bob.sargent...> [GABO-L] Camp TALON 2018 for Young Birders - Register Soon
1/8/18 3:40 pm Joshua Spence <spencejoshua...> [GABO-L] Greater White-fronted Geese continue -Gordon
1/8/18 9:29 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 7 Jan 18
1/8/18 9:03 am Cox Family <towhee7...> [GABO-L] Update on geese in Evans
1/8/18 7:49 am Cox Family <towhee7...> [GABO-L] Greater White-fronted & snow geese Columbia County Belk parking lot
1/7/18 9:29 pm Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [GABO-L] BURROWING OWL CONTINUES PM - Three Notch Road, Miller County - 1/7/2018
1/7/18 5:44 pm Joshua Spence <spencejoshua...> [GABO-L] Greater White-fronted Geese - Gordon County
1/7/18 3:24 pm Wes Hatch <whatch11...> [GABO-L] Short-eared Owl, Richmond Co.
1/7/18 3:04 pm charles saleeby <charlessaleeby...> [GABO-L] Lake Acworth Today, 14 waterfowl spp
1/7/18 12:00 pm Angelia Jenkins <angeliabeth...> [GABO-L] AAS Noonday Creek Trail Birdwalk / Cobb
1/7/18 11:06 am Malcolm Hodges <mhodges1957...> [GABO-L] Photos for Summer 2016 "From the Field"
1/7/18 9:44 am Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [GABO-L] BURROWING OWL CONTINUES - Three Notch Road, Miller County - 1/7/2018
1/6/18 8:29 pm Joshua Spence <spencejoshua...> [GABO-L] Northwest GA - REDHEAD, A. BLACK DUCK, vulture roost
1/6/18 5:44 pm Marlene Koslowsky <000006d228557fef-dmarc-request...> [GABO-L] Spotted Sandpiper Lake Horton Fayette County
1/6/18 5:17 pm Melanie mefurr <mefurr...> [GABO-L] Greater Scaup at DeKalb Reservoir, Peeler Rd
1/6/18 4:52 pm Meghann McLeroy <meghannmcleroy...> [GABO-L] Painted Bunting Lover's Lane Richmond Co
1/6/18 7:03 am Ted Antal <tedantal...> [GABO-L] Fite Bend Road, Gordon Cnty
1/5/18 4:23 pm robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 4 Jan 18
1/5/18 3:47 pm Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1...> [GABO-L] Green Heron at Constitution Lakes, DeKalb Co.
1/4/18 2:19 pm Gretchen Lugthart <lugthart01...> [GABO-L] Scarlet Tanager Whitfield County
1/3/18 1:24 pm plm108 <plm108...> [GABO-L] Common Goldeneye in DeKalb County
1/3/18 11:44 am Sheila Willis <swjxw1...> [GABO-L] Snow in S. GA & a little note on the Okefenokee NWR CBC
1/3/18 9:05 am Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [GABO-L] AMERICAN TREE SPARROW and Greater White-fronted Geese Continues - Lover's Lane, Richmond County - 1/3/2018
1/3/18 8:40 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 2 Jan 18
1/3/18 7:18 am world oceans <world.oceans7...> [GABO-L] Merlin in Clayton Co.
1/2/18 8:51 am Lillie Kline <lilliegkline...> [GABO-L] Nashville and Wilson's Warbler in North Buckhead
1/1/18 12:27 pm Moss, John Patten <JohnPatten.Moss...> [GABO-L] Tree Sparrow Comments/Advice
1/1/18 12:23 pm Patrick Maurice <patrickmaurice1...> [GABO-L] Nothing of note on Lake Lanier, Buford Dam area—1/1/2018
1/1/18 9:54 am Andrew Dreelin <randrew899...> [GABO-L] Long-eared Owl (Not Chase-able: Private Property, Delayed Report), Stewart County
1/1/18 9:44 am Rich Hull <haharich15...> [GABO-L] American Black Ducks & Greater Scaup Cherokee County
1/1/18 7:12 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 31 Dec 17
1/1/18 7:08 am James F. Flynn Jr. <jim.flynn...> [GABO-L] Lake Zwerner (Dahlonega) ducks
1/1/18 6:40 am Wes Hatch <whatch11...> [GABO-L] Turkey Pond, Burke County
12/31/17 4:22 pm Joshua Spence <spencejoshua...> [GABO-L] Carters Lake CBC Highlights
12/31/17 12:57 pm Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [GABO-L] Lake Lanier Ducks, Buford Dam Area - 12/30-31/2017
12/31/17 12:38 pm Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...> [GABO-L] Canvasback & N. Pintail, DeKalb Co. 12/31/17
12/31/17 11:05 am Tom Striker <tastriker...> [GABO-L] Blue Ridge CBC - Eagles, Canvasback, Woodcock
12/31/17 10:20 am Richard Bowman <rfbowman...> [GABO-L] Loggerhead Shrike continues, at Nash Farm, Henry County
12/31/17 10:14 am Carol Lambert and/or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...> [GABO-L] Canvasback on 12/31/17, DeKalb County
12/31/17 7:31 am James F Flynn Jr <jim.flynn...> Re: [GABO-L] Am. Tree Sparrow continues, Lover's Lane, Richmond County
12/30/17 7:37 am thegahobbs6 <thegahobbs6...> [GABO-L] Am. Tree Sparrow continues, Lover's Lane, Richmond County
12/29/17 3:04 pm Andrew Dreelin <randrew899...> [GABO-L] Long-tailed Duck, Cooper Creek Park (Muscogee Co.)
12/29/17 12:12 pm Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu...> [GABO-L] BALTIMORE ORIOLE, Piedmont Park, Atlanta
12/29/17 7:01 am Molly Evert <evert116...> [GABO-L] CORRECTION and Pyne Road Park, LaGrange Day 2
12/29/17 6:50 am James F. Flynn Jr. <jim.flynn...> Re: [GABO-L] American Tree Sparrow - Richmond County
12/28/17 8:54 pm Mac McCall <katmccall2...> [GABO-L] American Tree Sparrow - Richmond County
12/28/17 6:31 pm Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [GABO-L] When It Rains, It Pours (Gwinnett Goldeneyes) - 12/27-28/2017
12/28/17 2:14 pm Patrick Maurice <patrickmaurice1...> Re: [GABO-L] AMERICAN TREE SPARROW- Richmond County
12/28/17 1:05 pm Sargent, Bob <bob.sargent...> [GABO-L] Poster session at the GOS winter meeting
12/28/17 8:25 am Moss, John Patten <JohnPatten.Moss...> [GABO-L] AMERICAN TREE SPARROW- Richmond County
12/28/17 1:38 am Molly Evert <evert116...> [GABO-L] Pyne Road Park, LaGrange
12/27/17 3:43 pm Kelly ANNE Bettinger <kabuga...> [GABO-L] Athens singing winter wren
12/27/17 6:05 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 26 Dec 17
12/27/17 5:37 am Peter Followill <pfollowill...> [GABO-L] Brown creeper (DeKalb County)
12/27/17 5:26 am Renee' Carleton <renee...> [GABO-L] General Notes needed for The Oriole
12/26/17 11:56 am Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [GABO-L] Cackling Geese - Lake Acworth, Cobb County - 12/26/2017
12/26/17 9:05 am Patty2018 <pschwar...> [GABO-L] Brown Creeper--DeKalb County
12/25/17 10:57 am Lillie Kline <lilliegkline...> [GABO-L] RUSTIES - Deepdene Park, Atlanta
12/25/17 8:30 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 24 Dec 17
12/25/17 7:47 am Richard Candler <candler86...> [GABO-L] 2017 Christmas Eve LeCONTES SPARROW and SORA, Coweta County
12/25/17 7:45 am Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [GABO-L] Merry Christmas !!!
12/23/17 4:14 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 22 Dec 17
12/22/17 7:27 am plm108 <plm108...> [GABO-L] Cumberland Island Snowy Plover and Other CBC Highlights
12/22/17 5:31 am James HANNA JR <gabirder300...> Re: [GABO-L] Congrats to Patty McLean on ebirding all the GA counties!!
12/22/17 5:27 am Milton Hobbs <thegahobbs6...> [GABO-L] Richmond County Hybrid--Gadwall x Northern Shoveler
 
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Date: 1/20/18 5:53 pm
From: Bob ZAREMBA <bobzarem...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [GABO-L] Trumpeter Swans
What a difference a day makes, 24 little hours .... anyway, thanks to several folks alerting us to the reappearance of the swans, made a run down and was able to see them on Alison lake where they should have been yesterday!!
Bob Zaremba.
Marietta

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

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> Date: January 19, 2018 at 10:37:23 PM EST
> To: <GABO-L...>
> Subject: [GABO-L] Trumpeter Swans
> Reply-To: Bob ZAREMBA <bobzarem...>
>
> Apparently the swans read carol’s post from yesterday and decided it would be a good idea to leave town before the govt shutdown! A group of intrepid birders scoured every pond at the refuge today looking for the swans with no luck. Unfortunately the birds appear to have relocated, at least for the day today. Likely they moved back to their owners farm pond. :). Just kidding.
> Bob Zaremba
> Marietta, GA
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 1/20/18 5:48 pm
From: plm108 <plm108...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Red-necked Grebe at Walter F George (Seen fro. Bagby State Park)
Hi All. After reading Walt Chambers' report from Walter F George, Michael Linz and I decided to head that way late today. Upon arrival, the wind was cold and straight on, so after seeing hundreds of Redheads and Lesser Scaup from the dam, we decided to go to a viewing area at Bagby State Park. From there, we saw mostly Lesser Scaup and then eventually an interesting grebe floated into view. It was way out and the light was awful, but we could see its relatively long neck and bill, longer than that of our more common wintering Horned Grebes. We began to track it and attempted documentary photos between long dives. Eventually we felt comfortable calling it a RED-NECKED GREBE and will submit a few interesting photos with our eBird reports. While the photos are not so wonderful, the long bill and long neck are obvious, as is the mostly dark face, the notch at the back of a somewhat flat head and limited white on the throat and upper neck.

Interesting to note that when we submitted one of our really bad photos to "Merlin," it also assessed that it was a Red-necked Grebe. 

Patty McLean and Michael Linz Tucker GA and Conway Arkansas 

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Date: 1/20/18 4:03 pm
From: kari cleveland <kari.cleveland4...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Trumpeter Swan
Saw the trumpeter Swans today (Sat. 1/20) about 9:30 am at Allison Lake in
Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge. The gate was open today, not the
visitor center.

Interesting enough on Thursday I went and saw them and they followed me,
but they didn’t follow me today....

Kari Cleveland

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Date: 1/20/18 2:57 pm
From: Bill & Condit <blotz...>
Subject: [GABO-L] American Tree Sparrow in Richmond County, Saturday, January 20, 2018
GABOers,



Patrick Brisse and I arrived at the ATSP stakeout at a little after 9:00
this morning and Patrick spotted the bird about 40 minutes later. It
briefly perched high in a tree about 25 yards to the right of the pink
flagging. I got down to where Patrick was after the bird flew down to the
shrubbery, but it soon popped up and gave us very nice looks in full
sunshine for about 30 seconds. All the necessary field marks were observed.
I think it is interesting that we did not see any Savannah Sparrows in the
hour-plus we were there.



Good luck to those who try for this remarkable bird.



Bill Lotz

Atlanta

Fulton County


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Date: 1/20/18 10:20 am
From: Wes Hatch <whatch11...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Western Tanager Glynn County
Hey all,

The shutdown disrupted my plans to go to Cumberland Island today but I was able to quickly head up and refind the Western Tanager on Jekyll Island. The bird was still being seen in the same location along with a half dozen bluebirds.

Wes Hatch
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Date: 1/20/18 10:02 am
From: Pam Potter <ppotter...>
Subject: [GABO-L] hermit thrush & loggerhead shrike-Bartow Co pine warbler & red-shouldered hawk- Cobb Co
Pam PotterSorry but most of this post is a bit late.

Thursday 1/18 Cobb Co: Stopped by Cauble Pk at Lk Acworth late afternoon. I headed over to the side where the veterans' memorial is and immediately a PINE WARBLER perched right next to my truck. I suspect there were more.

I'd already seen a male RED-BELLIED woodpecker which started an alert call. As I turned around to see what's up a hawk flew to the woods behind the chapel chased by the woody & some other small birds. It was a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK. Nice start!

Also seen:
the usual Canada geese & mallards & American Coots

2 male & 1 female northern shovelers

belted kingfisher

yellow-rumped warbler

robin (chased off by one of the neighborhood cats)

Eastern phoebe

Great blue heron

2 gulls (too high to ID)


BARTOW CO: 1/18 HERMIT THRUSH
1/19 HERMIT THRUSH on my deck getting seeds on the floor
1/20 LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE perched in the thicket along my drive


Pam Potter
White
Bartow Co

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Date: 1/20/18 9:32 am
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Government shutdown effecting Piedmont NWR and other Georgia sites
Hi All,

FYI, and for what it seems to be worth, the following was published in the news yesterday regarding the government shutdown:

However, U.S. Department of the Interior spokeswoman Heather Swifts said in a statement that should another shutdown occur, efforts will be made to keep public lands accessible to visitors, the Associated Press reported. Other public spaces, such as war memorials and open air parks, will remain open to visitors. National parks and wildlife refuges will be open with limited access when possible. Public roads that already open are likely to remain open, Swifts said, but services that require staffing and maintenance such as campgrounds, full-service restrooms and concessions won’t be operating. Backcountry lands and culturally sensitive sites are likely to be restricted or closed.

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That could be why the gate is still open at the Allison Lake/Visitor Center Road today at Piedmont NWR as Mike Weaver reported. I suspect that the Little Rock Wildlife Drive is probably open as well. The visitor center is gated off, but I think it is usually that way on the weekends anyway.

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Good Birding All!

Mark

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

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Date: 1/20/18 8:38 am
From: Mike Weaver <mwriverpointe...>
Subject: [GABO-L] TRUMPETER SWANS - Back at Allison Lake in Piedmont NWR - Jasper County
The two TRUMPETER SWANS are back on Allison Lake this morning at 11AM in Piedmont NWR. If the refuge and refuge access is closed there is nothing in the way of gates or signage to indicate it. The main electronic gate on the main drive was open and there were no signs indicating closure. The road to the lake parking lot was open. The side road to the Visitors Center was closed and gated. The Visitors Center is closed. There were other groups of people visiting the refuge when I was there.

The two Swans were easily seen from the boat ramp / dam breast area. They were moving around the lake and constantly feeding. FYI - There are legs of the lake that cannot be seen from the dam breast that the swans did go in and out of while I was there.

Mike Weaver
Kennesaw
Cobb County, GA
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Date: 1/20/18 7:45 am
From: plm108 <plm108...>
Subject: [GABO-L] White-winged Doves in Brinson GA (Decatur County)
If anyone is down waaay south in GA this weekend, there are at least three WHITE-WINGED DOVES at the corner of Hodges St and Alice St in Brinson. Alice is a great little dirt road with lots of other birds too, which makes for good county birding. Photos and audio to be added with our eBird reports. 
GPS coordinates:N 30.97322W084.73318
Patty McLean and Michael LinzTucker GA and Conway AR
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Date: 1/20/18 7:15 am
From: Bob ZAREMBA <bobzarem...>
Subject: [GABO-L] American tree sparrow
Bill Lotz and Patrick Brisse just called and said they relocated the American Tree Sparrow in the staked out spot near Augusta.

Bob Zaremba
Marietta

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Date: 1/19/18 7:37 pm
From: Bob ZAREMBA <bobzarem...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Trumpeter Swans
Apparently the swans read carol’s post from yesterday and decided it would be a good idea to leave town before the govt shutdown! A group of intrepid birders scoured every pond at the refuge today looking for the swans with no luck. Unfortunately the birds appear to have relocated, at least for the day today. Likely they moved back to their owners farm pond. :). Just kidding.
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Marietta, GA

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Date: 1/19/18 5:39 pm
From: Walt Chambers <chambersw...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Bradley Unit / Walter F George - Several Red-throated Loons, ducks (one note for the AL birders) - 1/19
Got a late start today, arriving at the Bradley around 11am. Didn't pick it apart, but did a steady walk around the south loop. Nothing great there today. No sign of the BB Whistling-Ducks that we had 4 weeks ago, although I bet they're around. There were more ducks in general today, though as compared to what I had on the CBC on 12/22. The bulk of it was Green-winged Teal and Ring-necked Ducks, but there were some others in the mix...also had Marsh Wren, 3 Sedge Wren and 1 Sora with no effort.


Wood Duck - 21

Blue-winged Teal - 1

Gadwall - 42

Mallard - 10

Northern Pintail - 9

Green-winged Teal - 355

Redhead - 1

Ring-neck Duck - 141


I then headed down to Walter F George Dam in Clay Co. There was A LOT of stuff on the lake, but it was scattered and most was waaaayy out there. The best highlight was batch of RT Loons... plus there was a HUGE raft of Ruddys on the AL side (attn Greg Jackson)..


Canada Goose - 10

Gadwall - 1

Canvasback - 6

Redhead - 22

Lesser Scaup - 870 (probably more like 1000)

Bufflehead - 4

Ruddy Duck - 163

RED-THROATED LOON - 8 (personal high inland count)

Common Loon - 10

Pied-billed Grebe - 67 (conservative)

Horned Grebe - 10

Double-crested Cormorant - 332

Anhinga - 2

Ring-billed Gull - 412

Herring Gull - 2


Not much below the dam..

As far as the raft of Ruddys in AL waters ...1,834. That trounces the count of 1,300 I had here in March a few years ago.


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Date: 1/19/18 10:21 am
From: Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...>
Subject: [GABO-L] AAS field trip to Huie/CCWA tomorrow Sat. 1/20
We’ll be leading an Atlanta Audubon field trip tomorrow morning. We’ll meet at the Newman Wetlands Center at 8am (2755 Freeman Rd., Hampton, GA 30228). Since the start time was listed as 8:30 on the AAS website, but 8:00 in the AAS newsletter, we’ll be at the Wetlands Center at 8:00, waiting until 8:30 to leave for the Huie ponds. There is a restroom available there. We’ll check around the parking lot and feeders first, but leave the trail for later. We’ll carpool to the Huie Ponds for the first part of the morning, then to the Blalock & Shamrock Reservoirs, then back to the Wetlands Center.

The Huie Ponds are very good this time of year for water birds, raptors and some songbirds. Same for the Reservoirs, with Bald Eagle, Anhinga and Black-crowned Night-heron found there recently. The Wetlands Center birding will focus on songbirds, raptors and maybe marsh birds. An American Woodcock was spotted there recently by the staff.

There are no permits or fees associated with this field trip. Both the Huie ponds and Reservoirs are closed to the public, except by a fee permit, which you can get more info about during the trip. While we are at both of these facilities, the gates will be closed to further access by the public or anyone who arrives late. However, anyone in the group who needs to leave early for any reason will be able to. The only open restroom is at the Wetlands Center.

The forecast there for tomorrow is sunny, with a temp. range of 37-57 F. whoo-hoo.
If you have questions on Saturday morning, please call Carol at 678-758-4551.

Check the AAS website for other details and directions.
https://www.atlantaaudubon.org/field-trips

Carol Lambert & Jeff Sewell
Tucker, GA (DeKalb Co.)
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Date: 1/19/18 3:13 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 18 Jan 18
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> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: January 19, 2018 at 4:43:09 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Trumpeter Swan (5 Jones)
> Canvasback (3 DeKalb)
> Bufflehead (1 Clarke)
> Red-breasted Merganser (1 Clarke)
> Greater Yellowlegs (1 Madison)
> Short-eared Owl (1 Richmond)
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird (6 Chatham)
> Black-chinned Hummingbird (1 Chatham)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (3 Jones)
> Lapland Longspur (2 Bartow)
> Bachman's Sparrow (1 Jones)
> Savannah Sparrow (Ipswich) (1 Clayton)
> Painted Bunting (2 Glynn)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the <daily> Georgia Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia. View or unsubscribe to this alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569
> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Robert Emond
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Date: 1/18/18 8:45 am
From: Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Piedmont NWR Operations
In the event of a Federal gov. shutdown which could take effect this Sat., the Piedmont NWR will be closed. The gates will be locked and anyone found to have accessed through other routes will be dealt with during local law enforcement checks of these areas. The ranger I spoke to today saw the two swans on Allison Lake this morning.

Carol Lambert
DeKalb Co.

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Date: 1/17/18 7:29 pm
From: Milton Hobbs <thegahobbs6...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Snowbirding?
Hi all.
Did anyone go snowbirding today? This morning I hit up Turkey Pond in Burke
County for a little snowbirding, not to be confused with snowboarding.
Snowbirding and snowboarding are two very different activities, and while
they are perhaps not mutually exclusive, efforts to combine the two have
largely fallen flat. Due in part to a general lack of snow sticking to the
ground in Burke County, along with the absence of anything resembling a
slope, I skipped the board and stuck with the birds.
In addition to numb fingers, I came away with a short list of the usual
suspects-Hooded Mergansers and Buffleheads, Great Blue Herons and Great
Egrets. Anything new or unusual eluded me in the falling snow. The Brown
Pelican continues. Conditions worsened and I packed it in. Happy birding,
all.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41992740
Milton Hobbs
Burke County

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Date: 1/17/18 4:13 pm
From: Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Guinea Fowl, Henderson Park, DeKalb 1/17/18
There’s a Guinea Fowl wandering around the Henderson playground if anyone knows whose it might be.
Carol Lambert

Tucker, DeKalb Co.

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Date: 1/17/18 4:06 pm
From: Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Swans at Piedmont NWR
Another birder has told me that 2 swans were reported by someone at the same site in December. They were thought to be Tundra Swans at that time. It’s of interest to me to know that these birds have been there probably a month (and will probably be there tomorrow if anyone is considering driving on icy roads to see them today). I don’t know if this prolonged periods makes them more or less likely to be wild birds.

I’ve also no idea why the swans weren’t reported on ebird or gabo in December, unless I just missed it.

Everyone stay safe and warm…and enjoy the winter land and birdscapes.
Carol Lambert

Tucker, DeKalb Co., GA

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Date: 1/17/18 12:59 pm
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954...>
Subject: [GABO-L] RESCHEDULE: Atlanta Audubon field trip to Murphey Candler Park
Hello, GABOers

I was going to lead a field trip at Murphey Candler Park (DeKalb County)
tomorrow (Thursday, January 18). The weather forecast is for bitter cold
temperatures; also, I am not sure the roads will be safe early in the day.
So, I'm going to cancel it.

I've rescheduled this bird walk for Thursday, January 25 at 8:30 AM. Let's
keep our fingers crossed for warmer temperatures! Stay safe and warm!

Bird on!
--
Mary Kimberly
DeKalb County

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Date: 1/17/18 10:37 am
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] TRUMPETER SWANS Continue - Piedmont NWR, Jones County - 1/16/2018 - UPDATE
Hi All,

A little update concerning the Trumpeter Swans at Piedmont NWR. As I posted yesterday I checked the Little Rock Wildlife Drive pond before 8:00am and the birds were either onshore somewhere down in the grass or not there. What to do? I went to the refuge visitor center where the ranger told me that two Tundra Swans had been seen on the recent Christmas Bird Count (CBC) there, but that he had not heard of any Trumpeter Swans. I then checked Allison Lake which is a short drive down from the visitor center. The swans were not there although I didn't have time to walk out to the blind at the northeast corner of the lake there (you get there by finding and following a trail sort of close to the eastern shore of the lake which you can strike in the woods in the vicinity of the boat ramp). I decided to check the Little Rock Wildlife Drive pond again, and when I got there the birds were there! A road grader came in just before I left and started working on the gravel road by the pond there.

I think I left at about 10 and I spoke with Jim Hanna in Athens, who saw my post and told me that he and Paul Sykes were on the way to try for the swans. Jim and Paul arrived about 12:30 or so, and Pierre Howard also came down. The birds were not at the Little Rock Wildlife Drive pond for these chasers. The gravel road construction had intensified with more vehicles and personnel, and the birds must have flushed once the road crew started working more there, but after I left.

Jim and Paul and Pierre found the swans over at Allison Lake, so be aware that these swans do move around the refuge. There are other largish ponds or lakes in other areas of the refuge as well, but if you go the wrong way on the all gravel roads you might have to ford a creek or two, which I have done without incident there many times, in my All-Terrain... well, my car. I would stop at the visitor center and ask about where the creek fords are and where you are trying to go. I would call them to see if they are open on weekends if that is when you are wanting to go.

Here are the coordinates for the two best spots, Little Rock Wildlife Drive and Allison Lake, as well as the visitor center (as always you can just copy and paste or enter these coordinates into Google Maps for example and see the locations):

Little Rock Wildlife Drive Entrance
33.098307, -83.713715
N 33 05.898 W 83 42.823

Little Rock Wildlife Drive Pond
33.092683, -83.720072
N 33 05.561 W 83 43.204

Visitor Center
33.111235, -83.678554
N 33 06.674 W 83 40.713

Allison Lake Parking
33.114203, -83.685216
N 33 06.852 W 83 41.113

Allison Lake Blind
33.118591, -83.684394
N 33 07.115 W 83 41.064

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge page
https://www.fws.gov/piedmont/

---

The eBird checklist from yesterday (will update photos soon):
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41958652

A good comparison list between Tundra and Trumpeter:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S26600327

From Sibley Guides:
http://www.sibleyguides.com/2006/02/distinguishing-trumpeter-and-tundra-swans/

---

Good Birding All!

Mark

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

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Date: 1/17/18 2:40 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 16 Jan 18
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> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: January 17, 2018 at 4:24:54 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Trumpeter Swan (3 Jones)
> Northern Pintail (3 DeKalb, 7 Fulton)
> Canvasback (2 Fulton)
> Red-breasted Merganser (3 Clarke, 2 Fulton)
> Red-throated Loon (2 Forsyth)
> Horned Grebe (5 Fulton)
> Northern Harrier (1 Cobb, 2 DeKalb)
> King Rail (1 Richmond)
> Virginia Rail (1 Richmond)
> Long-billed Curlew (1 Glynn)
> Eurasian Collared-Dove (1 Fulton)
> Burrowing Owl (2 Miller)
> Short-eared Owl (1 Richmond)
> Eastern Whip-poor-will (1 Bryan)
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird (2 Chatham)
> Black-chinned Hummingbird (2 Chatham)
> Hairy Woodpecker (1 Bryan)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (2 Bryan, 1 Jasper)
> Say's Phoebe (1 Miller)
> Vermilion Flycatcher (1 Miller)
> Yellow-throated Warbler (2 Decatur)
> Bachman's Sparrow (1 Bryan)
> Henslow's Sparrow (1 Bryan)
> Fox Sparrow (Red) (2 Bryan)
> Painted Bunting (3 Richmond)
> Baltimore Oriole (1 Fulton)
> Rusty Blackbird (2 Chatham, 1 Liberty)
> Brewer's Blackbird (1 Chatham, 1 Miller, 1 Mitchell)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the <daily> Georgia Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia. View or unsubscribe to this alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569
> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Robert Emond
Lowndes
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Date: 1/16/18 2:44 pm
From: Keegan Corcoran <keegancorcoran...>
Subject: [GABO-L] One RED THROATED LOON - Lake Lanier, offshore of Shady Grove Park.
Observed a single RTLO this morning on Lake Lanier. Bird was mid lake between Shady Grove and Cocktail Cove. Bird flushed as vessel approached. Managed some marginal shots of the bird flying around and away from the boat. Appears to be the same RTLO that was observed on November 22nd. Also of note, 6 Herring Gulls. 4 juveniles have been continuing, 2 adults are “new”. The numbers of Bonaparte’s have been dropping steadily each week, which i attribute to the lack of surface feeding activity from the striped bass.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41971980 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41971980>

Keegan Corcoran
f/v “Persistence”
Roswell, GA



>> Observed a RTLO this morning on Lanier, feeding on a bait ball with a bunch of Common Loons. Bird was within 50’ of the boat for about 15min while they worked the bait over. Closest park would be Bethel. Those with vessels would do well to look at the mouth of Six Mile and into the 2 Mile Chute..
>>
>> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40662698 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40662698>
>>
>> Keegan Corcoran
>> f/v “Persistence”
>> Roswell, GA

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Date: 1/16/18 11:49 am
From: Andrew Dreelin <randrew899...>
Subject: [GABO-L] LEOW Correction
Hi folks,

I just wanted to let everyone know that it turns out that the heard-only
Long-eared Owl that I reported from Stewart County back in late December
was actually a begging female Great Horned Owl, which gives a very similar
call.

I thought I had avoided that ID pitfall by emailing some people who have a
good deal of experience with LEOW, but the recording fooled at least one of
them, and it wasn't until later that I heard from the others. It also turns
out that the first two recordings of LEOW in eBird/ML were also
misidentified Great Horned Owls, so this seems to be a widespread issue!

This is not to say that Long-eared Owl isn't probably a bird that occurs in
the state on a far more regular basis than we detect it; this is just one
extra tricky thing to watch out for, so make sure to get a recording.

The thin silver lining is that Great Horned Owl on that checklist makes for
a single list sweep of all the breeding owls in GA, something I don't think
I had managed before!

Here's the amended checklist:
https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41343075

Good birding,

Andrew Dreelin

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Date: 1/16/18 6:38 am
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] TRUMPETER SWANS Continue - Piedmont NWR - 1/16/2018
Hi All,

The two TRUMPETER SWANS reported by Stacy Zarpentine continue this morning at the pond on the Little Rock Wildlife Drive at Piedmont NWR! Provenance unknown, the birds seem wary and stay in the back left portion of the pond as far away as possible. First reported by Stacy Zarpentine yesterday. The birds were not out when I made my first pass before 8:00am. In the southeastern 7 state this species is accepted and is currently on the checklists of the following bird records committees: Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and North Carolina. With the tremendous cold being experienced further north for extended periods and birds pushing south, could these be Georgia's first accepted Trumpeters?! Hopefully more and better footage later, map coordinates are exact.

The eBird checklist from this morning:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41958652

A good comparison list between Tundra and Trumpeter:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S26600327

From Sibley Guides:
http://www.sibleyguides.com/2006/02/distinguishing-trumpeter-and-tundra-swans/

Good Birding All!

Mark

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

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Date: 1/16/18 5:42 am
From: Chris Skelton <skelton.chris...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Lovers Lane, Augusta, GA
Hi all- I spent about an hour on Monday Jan 15 hoping for the tree sparrow
at the Lovers Lane location in Augusta but had no luck. Best birds were 1
Orange-crowned Warbler, 1 White-crowned Sparrow, and the male Painted
Bunting reported previously by Meghann McLeroy on 6 Jan.

Chris Skelton
Marietta, GA

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Date: 1/15/18 6:20 pm
From: Stacy Zarpentine <0000079ec22fdfe5-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Trumpeter Swans - Piedmont NWR, Jasper County (picture included in checklist)
Piedmont NWR, Jones, Georgia, US
Jan 15, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Traveled through Rocky Branch Wildlife Loop/Trail by car with Zelia Lebeau. There is a small pond on the drive. We spotted two (2) trumpeter swans on the pond. We were not sure if these birds had escaped from a yard or a farm or are migrants wintering here in GA.
9 species

Trumpeter Swan  2    found at the pond  off the Rocky Branch Wildlife Drive
Turkey Vulture  8
Mourning Dove  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Carolina Chickadee  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Towhee  4
Northern Cardinal  2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41950228

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Date: 1/15/18 1:57 pm
From: Susan Loeb <shloeb...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Baltimore Oriole
Our oriole who came to our feeders for about 2 weeks over Christmas ate only sunflower seeds. It was an immature male. Been gone since Dec 31.

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> On Jan 15, 2018, at 12:13 PM, Joe Ranney <00000430cadfe0e2-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
>
> I have a customer who has been hosting a single male BAOR. He has been
> coming daily since Thanksgiving and is feeding from his peanut feeder and
> eating our No-mess seed blend. He has offered fruit with little interest. I
> may have him try a small amount of jelly or sugar water.
> I shared the pictures with Giff and he commented that it must be one cold
> Oriole. (-;
>
> Joe Ranney
> WBU
> Marietta, GA
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Date: 1/15/18 1:51 pm
From: Lee Stanley <leestanley15...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Brown Creeper, Douglas County
I've been birding my backyard for 20 years and have my first appearance of
a Brown Creeper yesterday and today!

This is a LIFER for me and quite a thrill to see this beautiful little bird
working up the big pine tree on my property. If a Red Breasted Nuthatch
would show up I would have all the birds on one page of my bird ID book as
the Brown Headed and White Breasted are regular visitors!

Lee Stanley
Winston, GA
Douglas County

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Date: 1/15/18 11:27 am
From: bob zaremba <bobzarem...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Southwest GA Birding highlights from the weekend
Deb and I finally were able to make a run to southwest GA to look for some
of the great birds that Wayne Schaffner and other have been reporting. We
left Home at 3:30AM and met up with Jim Flynn and his son Jake at 8AM at Mr
Bean's farm in the hope of seeing the Burrowing Owl at it's staked out
location. Thankfully, the bird was at the burrow and allowed for some
great views as we slowly drove by so as not to disturb the bird. (
https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41883751 ) What a great bird and we
met David Bean while we were there, and he was a wonderful host and a great
steward of his land. It was a fantastic way to start the day.
Unfortunately, the wind and cold kept the Say's Phoebe down so we were
unable to locate it by the barns on Saturday. We made a few more stops
checking for the other western flycatchers around Miller County but cam away
empty so we headed down GA39 to the "redhead pond" and it did not
disappoint. It was difficult to count the Redhead and Lesser Scaup on the
pond but there were at least 150 of each along with the lingering
White-fronted Geese. ( https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41884023 )
From here, we split from Jim and he headed to Lake Seminole to successfully
find the Limpkin at the dam area (we should have gone!) but we headed north
east to look for more western flycatchers. We struck out in a few more
spots, but finally were able to relocate the female Vermillion Flycatcher
in Mitchell County. About 50 yards further down N Turkey Road we were
surprised to see an Ash-throated Flycatcher sitting on the fence! A very
nice bonus bird! ( https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41868904 ) We
checked a few more spots to try and find some of the other geese that had
been reported but no luck on Snow or Ross's Geese. SO, we headed to
Standard Elevator Road to see if we could find the Say's Phoebe there. On
the way, we passed huge flocks of red-winged blackbirds in the stubble of
the fields. We pulled off the road to scan the flocks and lo and behold, a
single Yellow-headed Blackbird was mixed in with the thousands of Red-winged
Blackbirds! We arrived around 4PM but aside from the Vesper and
White-crowned Sparrows, there were no flycatchers or phoebes active.
Striking out on the Say's Phoebe one more time! The last bird of the day
was the Barn Owl that roosts in the barns here. IT was a long but very
fun and productive day, we ended up with 64 species for the day. Not a
huge count but some very cool birds! Thanks again to Wayne, David Dean
and everyone else who has been reporting these birds from southwest GA area!




Bob & Deb Zaremba

Marietta, GA


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Date: 1/15/18 9:44 am
From: Joe Ranney <00000430cadfe0e2-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Baltimore Oriole

I have a customer who has been hosting a single male BAOR. He has been
coming daily since Thanksgiving and is feeding from his peanut feeder and
eating our No-mess seed blend. He has offered fruit with little interest. I
may have him try a small amount of jelly or sugar water.
I shared the pictures with Giff and he commented that it must be one cold
Oriole. (-;

Joe Ranney
WBU
Marietta, GA

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Date: 1/15/18 6:26 am
From: Ilene Schroeder <ilenes47...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Cedar waxwings and red-winged blackbirds
Hi. After the report the other day of Cedar Wax wings I was keeping my eyes
open. And this morning saw a nice-sized flock stopping to drink and bathe
in the Stream attached to my pond. They were, at least in my backyard,
mixed in with some red winged blackbirds.

Ilene
Lake Claire neighborhood
Atlanta in Dekalb

Ilene Schroeder, Ph.D.
675 Seminole Ave NE ste 107
Atlanta, GA 30307
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Date: 1/15/18 2:40 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 14 Jan 18
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Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: January 15, 2018 at 4:01:37 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Ross's Goose (1 Bartow)
> Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Richmond)
> Black-crowned Night-Heron (2 Richmond)
> Broad-winged Hawk (1 Glynn)
> Virginia Rail (2 Richmond)
> Dunlin (1 Decatur)
> Spotted Sandpiper (1 Fulton)
> Barn Owl (1 McIntosh, 2 Sumter)
> Burrowing Owl (5 Miller)
> Short-eared Owl (2 Mitchell, 2 Richmond)
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird (4 Chatham, 1 Grady)
> Black-chinned Hummingbird (6 Chatham)
> Rufous Hummingbird (2 Chatham)
> Say's Phoebe (3 Miller, 2 Sumter)
> Vermilion Flycatcher (1 Decatur, 1 Lee, 6 Miller)
> Ash-throated Flycatcher (1 Sumter)
> Western Kingbird (2 Chatham)
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow (1 Fulton)
> Tree Swallow (1 Charlton, 1 Long)
> Marsh Wren (2 Richmond)
> Yellow-throated Warbler (1 Cherokee, 2 Decatur)
> Prairie Warbler (2 Chatham)
> Henslow's Sparrow (3 Glynn)
> Baltimore Oriole (1 Clarke, 1 Walton)
> Rusty Blackbird (2 Chatham, 1 Liberty)
> Brewer's Blackbird (1 Bartow, 1 Macon, 6 Miller, 4 Mitchell)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the <daily> Georgia Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia. View or unsubscribe to this alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569
> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Robert Emond
Lowndes


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Date: 1/14/18 3:12 pm
From: Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] cedar waxwings - Bartow Co
That's great to hear about the waxwings. There has been a good showing of
blackbirds in midtown in the past couple of months as well, including good
numbers of Rusty Blackbirds (>50 in Piedmont park on one occasion), as well
as mixed flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles, American Robins
and European Starlings feeding on people's lawns (on Water Oak acorns?),

Vinod Babu
Atlanta, GA

Vinod

On 14 January 2018 at 12:32, Pam Potter <ppotter...> wrote:

> This morning I found 71+ cedar waxwings in one sweet gum tree along my
> driveway. There were probably more but they started moving around some
> flying off then some flying in, maybe again.
>
> I also got a count of 7 pine siskins & the goldfinches have decided to
> show up 7 females, 1 immature male & 1 adult male. And I have a flock of
> approx. 15 meadowlarks hanging around which is unusual.
>
> The one thing that's off this year is nearly no blackbirds. Largest count
> has been 9 starlings. I have 2 starlings visiting the feeders but that's
> it. Anyone have a similar dearth of blackbirds?
>
>
> Pam Potter
> White
> Bartow Co
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Date: 1/14/18 10:59 am
From: Susan Loeb <shloeb...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] cedar waxwings - Bartow Co
The blackbirds are all here at my house in north Buckhead!

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> On Jan 14, 2018, at 12:32 PM, Pam Potter <ppotter...> wrote:
>
> This morning I found 71+ cedar waxwings in one sweet gum tree along my driveway. There were probably more but they started moving around some flying off then some flying in, maybe again.
>
> I also got a count of 7 pine siskins & the goldfinches have decided to show up 7 females, 1 immature male & 1 adult male. And I have a flock of approx. 15 meadowlarks hanging around which is unusual.
>
> The one thing that's off this year is nearly no blackbirds. Largest count has been 9 starlings. I have 2 starlings visiting the feeders but that's it. Anyone have a similar dearth of blackbirds?
>
>
> Pam Potter
> White
> Bartow Co
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Date: 1/14/18 9:32 am
From: Pam Potter <ppotter...>
Subject: [GABO-L] cedar waxwings - Bartow Co
This morning I found 71+ cedar waxwings in one sweet gum tree along my driveway. There were probably more but they started moving around some flying off then some flying in, maybe again.

I also got a count of 7 pine siskins & the goldfinches have decided to show up 7 females, 1 immature male & 1 adult male. And I have a flock of approx. 15 meadowlarks hanging around which is unusual.

The one thing that's off this year is nearly no blackbirds. Largest count has been 9 starlings. I have 2 starlings visiting the feeders but that's it. Anyone have a similar dearth of blackbirds?


Pam Potter
White
Bartow Co

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Date: 1/13/18 11:51 am
From: Pam Potter <ppotter...>
Subject: [GABO-L] FOTY pine siskins Bartow Co
I have at least 2 pine siskins! I also have about 7 female, 1 im male, & 1 male goldfinches. The most I've had at the feeders for quite some time.


Pam Potter
White
Bartow Co

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Date: 1/12/18 3:33 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 11 Jan 18
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> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: January 12, 2018 at 3:21:32 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Snow Goose (1 Bartow)
> American Black Duck (1 Gwinnett)
> Canvasback (1 Floyd)
> Greater Scaup (1 Coweta)
> Horned Grebe (1 Floyd)
> Snowy Egret (1 Lowndes)
> King Rail (1 Richmond)
> Franklin's Gull (1 Coweta)
> Short-eared Owl (1 Richmond)
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1 Chatham)
> Black-chinned Hummingbird (1 Chatham)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Long)
> Tree Swallow (1 Clinch, 1 Evans, 1 Long)
> Yellow-throated Warbler (6 Decatur)
> American Tree Sparrow (1 Richmond)
> Painted Bunting (1 Glynn, 1 Richmond)
> Baltimore Oriole (1 Clarke)
> Brewer's Blackbird (1 Bartow)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the <daily> Georgia Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia. View or unsubscribe to this alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569
> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Robert Emond
Lowndes
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Date: 1/11/18 8:46 am
From: Richard Bowman <rfbowman...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Black-crowned Night Heron continuing, at Blalock Lake, Henry county.
After a morning of birding, with Anne McCallum and company, on the Reynolds
Nature Preserve field trip, Rachel and I headed over to Shamrock/Blalock,
at about 1:30 pm, to see if we could spot any of the BCNHs, we`ve been
seeing there. We found one adult, across from the far left peninsula, as
you come down to Blalock, on the island directly opposite.

Ricky and Rachel, Fulton County

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Date: 1/10/18 7:47 pm
From: Bob ZAREMBA <bobzarem...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Cobb county American Woodcock tonight
I decided to check the Allatoona Creek property this evening to see if I could find any American Woodcock. I arrived around 4:30 and walked the creek for about a mile. Just before sunset I found a group of four Fox Sparrows, my first for the new year. At 6:08pm, I heard the familiar peent of a woodcock, followed by two more wing whirs in the next 15 mins. One of the birds flew down the trail over my head but none were displaying tonight. On my way out, an Eastern Screech-owl flew across the trail and started calling and a second bird answered. A few seconds later a Barred Owl flew from a pine tree and sailed across the fields. I walked out as dark set in only to be surprised by another American Woodcock bursting in to flight five feet in front of me. It was really nice to get out in the warmer weather and enjoy the evening.
Bob Zaremba
Marietta

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Date: 1/10/18 2:27 pm
From: Lawrence Carlile <l.carlile259...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Pelagic Trips Cancelled
Dear GOS Members,



I hate to bother you with yet another email about the pelagic trips, but we
did not get enough participants to set sail. Those who'd already signed up
and paid will be refunded. There are plenty openings on other Saturday and
Sunday trips. The Sunday Little Tybee Island trip needs one more in order
to go. If you were affected by a pelagic cancellation, you can sign up for
another trip when you check in at Hotel Tybee.





Larry Carlile

President, GOS

Savannah, GA


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Date: 1/10/18 6:24 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 9 Jan 18
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> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: January 10, 2018 at 2:48:25 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Snow Goose (1 Bartow, 2 Early)
> Ross's Goose (1 Bartow)
> Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Bartow, 1 Lee, 1 Richmond, 1 Seminole)
> American Black Duck (1 Cobb, 1 Fulton, 1 Gwinnett, 1 Muscogee)
> Canvasback (1 Floyd)
> Greater Scaup (1 Sumter)
> Horned Grebe (1 Floyd, 2 Murray)
> Black-crowned Night-Heron (1 Decatur)
> Dunlin (1 Baker)
> Spotted Sandpiper (1 Fulton)
> Burrowing Owl (1 Miller)
> Short-eared Owl (2 Richmond)
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird (4 Chatham)
> Peregrine Falcon (1 Fulton)
> Say's Phoebe (1 Miller)
> Vermilion Flycatcher (1 Lee, 1 Miller)
> Ash-throated Flycatcher (1 Sumter)
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow (1 Fulton)
> Tree Swallow (2 Charlton)
> Yellow-throated Warbler (1 Thomas)
> LeConte's Sparrow (1 Murray)
> Painted Bunting (2 Richmond)
> Brewer's Blackbird (4 Miller)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
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> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Robert Emond
Lowndes
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Date: 1/9/18 3:53 pm
From: Lawrence Carlile <l.carlile259...>
Subject: [GABO-L] GOS Pelagic Trips
Dear Birders,



The Georgia Ornithological Society's winter meeting is this weekend, 12-15
January, on Tybee Island. Meeting and registration details can be found
here - http://www.gos.org/2018WinterMeeting. We've scheduled pelagic trips
on Saturday and Sunday and we have to have at least 14 participants in order
for a trip to set sail.



In an effort to get enough folks signed up for these trips, we are going to
allow folks to register for only a pelagic trip with no requirement to
register for the meeting (although we'd prefer you register for the meeting
and other great field trips over the weekend).



Looks like the skies will be fair with temperatures in the low 50s. Don't
miss this opportunity to see some great Georgia pelagics!





Larry Carlile

President, GOS

Savannah, GA


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Date: 1/9/18 12:45 pm
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Le Conte's Sparrow ~ Murray County
I observed a LE CONTE'S SPARROW in southern Murray County this morning. The bird was found in a roadside field along Cagle Rd. It came out of the taller juncus grass when I pished. It perched about 40'-50' from me for a couple of minutes. Great looks. It may be relocatable, but if it can't be seen from the roadside, it's going to be tough. The field looks inviting, but it is private land and should be treated as such. I was looking for Sedge Wrens that had been observed here a few weeks ago. I missed them, and found the Le Conte's instead. I'll check back soon and keep the list updated.


After this I checked a few points at the Carters regulation lake. I observed 46 species, nothing unusual. Highlights:

Redhead - lone drake
Red-breasted Merganser - 2 drakes continuing
Horned Grebe - 7
Fox Sparrows - 3
Pine Siskin - flyover


Joshua Spence,

Murray County

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Date: 1/9/18 12:26 pm
From: Sargent, Bob <bob.sargent...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Camp TALON 2018 for Young Birders - Register Soon
Young Birders and Their Parents:

The registration form for this year's Camp TALON (Teen Adventures Learning Ornithology and Nature) is now available at http://www.georgiawildlife.com/CampTALON. The camp is a six-day (June 2-7) event for young people ages 13-17 (older teens may be eligible) who are interested in birds and nature. Sponsored by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, TERN, the Georgia Ornithological Society, the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation, and the Atlanta Audubon Society, the camp is based at Epworth by the Sea on St. Simons Island. We'll be birding many of Georgia's coastal "greatest hits" including Altamaha WMA, Harris Neck NWR, Little St. Simons Island, Ft. Stewart, Okefenokee NWR, Sapelo Island, Andrews Island, Altama WMA, and St. Simons Island. Teachers for the camp all have 20+ years of experience as professional biologists, ornithologists, and teachers working for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, GOS, The Nature Conservancy, and Little St. Simons Island.

Besides becoming a better birder, camp participants will learn about bird migration, conservation, census techniques, journaling, song identification, and more. Students do not need to be experienced birders; they just need to be serious about birds and the outdoors. If you live inland and are wondering how you'll be able to bring your son or daughter to the coast for the camp - don't worry. A bus will pick up inland camp participants in Macon, will take them to the camp, and will return them to Macon in the late afternoon on the last day of each camp.

The camp will only cost $375 for early registration (before April 7th), which includes meals, lodging, and transportation from Macon. Late registration (April 7 - May 4) will cost $425.

If you have questions, please contact Julie Duncan at <Jdwildlife15...> or Bob Sargent at <bob.sargent...>

Bob Sargent
Monroe County
Forsyth, GA


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Date: 1/8/18 3:40 pm
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Greater White-fronted Geese continue -Gordon
I checked Mashburn Rd. again today, and there were six GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE on the lake. There were at least 110 Canada Geese present. I got a glimpse of a goose head sticking out of from the gaggle that favored a Greater White-fronted X Canada Goose hybrid. It was hid most of the time. Also a large goose that looked mostly like a Swan Goose was present. Other birds included 59 Ring-necked Ducks, Gadwalls, Mallards and a single WILSON'S SNIPE along the shore.


Joshua Spence,
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Date: 1/8/18 9:29 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 7 Jan 18
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: January 8, 2018 at 2:32:00 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Snow Goose (2 Barrow, 1 Bartow, 2 Lee, 1 Morgan)
> Ross's Goose (7 Barrow, 1 Bartow, 1 Gwinnett, 2 Lee, 1 Meriwether, 2 Morgan)
> Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Floyd, 1 Gordon, 2 Lee, 6 Richmond, 1 Seminole)
> Greater White-fronted Goose (Western) (2 Richmond)
> American Black Duck (2 Barrow, 2 Cherokee, 1 Clarke, 2 Cobb)
> Canvasback (1 Bartow, 1 Floyd)
> Greater Scaup (2 Burke, 1 Cobb, 1 Coweta, 2 DeKalb, 1 Fayette, 1 Meriwether, 1 Richmond)
> Green Heron (2 DeKalb, 2 Decatur)
> Black-crowned Night-Heron (2 Decatur, 1 Richmond)
> Virginia Rail (2 Richmond)
> Limpkin (2 Decatur)
> Dunlin (2 Bartow)
> Spotted Sandpiper (1 Cobb)
> Forster's Tern (1 Worth)
> Barn Owl (1 Sumter)
> Burrowing Owl (6 Miller)
> Short-eared Owl (3 Richmond)
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird (2 Columbia, 1 Richmond)
> Rufous Hummingbird (1 Forsyth)
> Broad-billed Hummingbird (1 Lowndes)
> Merlin (2 Burke)
> Peregrine Falcon (1 Clayton, 1 DeKalb)
> Say's Phoebe (1 Miller, 1 Sumter)
> Vermilion Flycatcher (3 Baker, 1 Decatur, 5 Miller, 2 Seminole)
> Ash-throated Flycatcher (1 Sumter)
> Tree Swallow (2 Charlton)
> Sedge Wren (1 Floyd)
> Marsh Wren (2 Richmond)
> Ovenbird (1 Chatham)
> Black-and-white Warbler (1 Putnam)
> Yellow-throated Warbler (3 Decatur)
> Painted Bunting (1 Columbia, 7 Richmond)
> Baltimore Oriole (1 Clarke, 1 Columbia)
> Brewer's Blackbird (2 Lee)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the <daily> Georgia Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia. View or unsubscribe to this alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569
> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Robert Emond
Lowndes
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Date: 1/8/18 9:03 am
From: Cox Family <towhee7...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Update on geese in Evans
I withdraw my tentative identification. Patty McLean suspects these are
farm geese 😊.

Karen Cox
Burke County

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Date: 1/8/18 7:49 am
From: Cox Family <towhee7...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Greater White-fronted & snow geese Columbia County Belk parking lot
I'm tentatively identifying 4 greater white-fronted geese & 3 snow geese
here. I've got pictures but can't upload on my phone. It's 10:47 a.m.
They're grazing on grass on the outparcels here. 612 Washington road will
get you here

Karen Cox
Burke County

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Date: 1/7/18 9:29 pm
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] BURROWING OWL CONTINUES PM - Three Notch Road, Miller County - 1/7/2018
Hi All,

A certainly not unprecedented, but very wonderful type of birding thing happened (again) today!

I was out birding in Gwinnett County when sometime very shortly after 11:36am I noticed that an eBird Needs Alert for Georgia email had hit my mailbox prompted by a Miller County eBird report posted that morning by Shannon Fair, Stacy Johnson, and Robert Johnson.

At about 11:50am I spoke the words BURROWING OWL and GO to my GPS as I got ready to pull out of the City of Suwanee's Sims Lake Park (where there have been 30 plus each AMERICAN WIGEONS and BUFFLEHEADS for a good while now, as well as other birds).

The unit recalculated, the map reoriented as the prow of the All-Terrain Rare Bird Chasing Utility Vehicle/Camry Version 2.0 swung around, and the Purple Line on the screen sinuously extended its way south about 249 miles through GPS virtual mapdom to west central Miller County.

At 4:40pm I was looking at the famed Three Notch Road Miller County 2016/2017/and now 2018 BURROWING OWL out in front of its burrow, and at 5:55pm I was videoing the bird atop a fence post from just north of the northern end of the pink flagging tape no walk zone there when the bird started perching on fence posts around the burrow just before 6pm.

Cool and Wow, Amazing Georgia County Bird, uh I mean State Bird!

My eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41723746
The checklist map coordinates should be about 50 feet west of the burrow.

The must read original Georgia Birders Online post by Bill Lotz on 11/24/2017, transcript below, has explicit and very important instructions, and everything you need to know in order to try to see the bird!

---

Burrowing Owl Today - Miller Co. (11/24/2017)

GABOers,

Today around two-thirty Pierre Howard, Dan Vickers & I ran into Wayne Schaffner and Kathy Miller, who showed us a Burrowing Owl that a land owner had recently told Wayne about. This bird is roosting in an armadillo burrow on Three Notch Rd. exactly 0.37 mile south of the intersection with Grimsley Bridge Rd. The property owner, Mr. David Bean, reported seeing a BUOW at this same location almost exactly one year ago. He was able to get diagnostic photos of the bird at that time but the bird did not stay around long enough for others to see it. Wayne submitted a report to the Georgia Checklist Committee on the owners behalf last year. Wayne has gotten to know Mr. Bean because Wayne found a Say's Phoebe at the intersection of Three Notch and Grimsley Bridge Rd. last year. Wayne asked Mr. Bean to let him know if the owl returned this winter and received a call from him about 10 days ago. Wayne was able to get down and observe and photograph the bird at dusk perched on a fence post near the roosting site.

Mr. Bean is very concerned that this bird should not be disturbed in any way and has agreed for us to disclose the location with the provision that the following rules be followed:

He has placed a pink flag 0.1 mile north of the roosting site and another 0.1 mile south of the site. Please do NOT get out of your vehicle and walk around between the two pink flags.

If you drive slowly along Three Notch Rd. and look to your left as you head south from Grimsley Bridge Rd. you will see the armadillo burrow on your left. We were able to see the owl both down in the burrow and just outside the burrow this afternoon. It is no more than 20 feet from the roadway and is under a barbed-wire fence.

If you do not see the bird you should plan to stay until dusk and try to scope the bird from a pull-off south of the burrow and just north of the pink flag that is on the fence on your right. Wayne texted us that he observed the BUOW leave the burrow and perch on a fence post next to the burrow at 6:09 this evening.

If you arrive in the daytime you can look for one, possibly two, Say's Phoebes and a male Vermilion Flycatcher on Mr. Bean's property near the farm equipment at the corner of Grimsley Bridge and Three Notch Rds.

BTW, this is the 300th bird that Dan has photographed in Georgia this year. This is a remarkable achievement! Congrats to Dan.

Good luck to all,

Bill Lotz
Atlanta
Fulton County

---

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Date: 1/7/18 5:44 pm
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Greater White-fronted Geese - Gordon County
I stopped by the Mashburn Rd. site in northeastern Gordon County around 5PM this evening. There was a large gaggle of geese grazing in the field on the south side of the pond on the west side of the road. Along with the many Canadas I spied at least five GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE. Part of the gaggle had topped a hill and there is some tree obstruction when viewing from Mashburn Rd. I think it's been about five years since this species has been observed at this site. The partly frozen pond yielded 33 RING-NECKED DUCKS & a couple of GADWALL. I will repost if they hang around.


Joshua Spence,

Murray County

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Date: 1/7/18 3:24 pm
From: Wes Hatch <whatch11...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Short-eared Owl, Richmond Co.
Hello All,

Henning von Schmeling and I decided to try for the Short-eared Owl at Augusta Airport. At 5:30 we found one bird flying high in the air and then land out near the runway. We got several silhouette photos and and a video showing the flight of the birds.

Good luck to all who chase!

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Date: 1/7/18 3:04 pm
From: charles saleeby <charlessaleeby...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Lake Acworth Today, 14 waterfowl spp
With the lasting cold, a good amount of the open water finally started to freeze over. The gull and duck numbers grew to certainly one of the higher totals I have seen in years. I had 14 waterfowl spp plus other decent stuff.
Highlights include:
12 American Black Duck259 Hooded Merganser7 Redhead8 Lesser Scaup1 Greater Scaup drake1 Horned Grebe1 Bald Eagle immature480+ Ring-billed Gull11 Herring Gull

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41721051

Chuck SaleebyKennesaw, GACobb County

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Date: 1/7/18 12:00 pm
From: Angelia Jenkins <angeliabeth...>
Subject: [GABO-L] AAS Noonday Creek Trail Birdwalk / Cobb
Hello Birders,

This morning I had a few birders to attend the 20 degree walk along Noonday
Creek. The marsh and ponds were frozen but the creek was still moving, so we
had a lower species count than normal but sparrows were very active in some
spots. Nice opportunities to get a new birder listening to the differences
in certain birds calls as opposed to the songs they typically sing. We
watched a pair of Red Headed Woodpeckers defending their cavities as usual
in the wetland area tall snags from a small flock of Starlings. Good looks
at Swamp Sparrows, new birds for some birders and then to hear the White
Throated Sparrow singing is always nice.

We ebirded until our fingers were numb so no slacking on the part of the
walk attendees !



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41706098





Thank you,



Angie Jenkins

Kennesaw Mountain Nature Preschool
<http://kennesawmountainnaturepreschool.com/>

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Date: 1/7/18 11:06 am
From: Malcolm Hodges <mhodges1957...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Photos for Summer 2016 "From the Field"
I'm putting together the "From the Field" summary of bird observations for
June-July 2016, and I'd like to solicit images from that period. In
particular, I'm looking for good photos of the following:
Limpkin in Albany
Brown Booby on Lake Russell
White-faced Ibis in SW GA
Cave Swallow in Columbus
Shiny Cowbird on Tybee I.
If you have some other astounding shot of a breeding bird from that
period(particularly something with young, such as the Tallulah peregrines),
I'll consider including it. However, space is limited.

I can't use your photos if you don't give me express permission to do so;
please include such a statement in your e-mail with image attached. These
will be cropped and reduced, so no need to send highest quality images. Of
course, all images will be properly credited in the publication.

Thanks--
Mal Hodges
Riverdale, GA

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Date: 1/7/18 9:44 am
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] BURROWING OWL CONTINUES - Three Notch Road, Miller County - 1/7/2018
Hi All,

Shannon Fair and company report that they saw the bird at the burrow this morning!

The eBird checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41707737

Good Birding All!

Mark

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

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Date: 1/6/18 8:29 pm
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Northwest GA - REDHEAD, A. BLACK DUCK, vulture roost
Very cold out there. Almost every pond near my home is frozen.

1/2/2018 - Tuesday, I checked Carters Lake(Murray). Some of the nooks along the regulation pool were frozen. Highlights were: 38 HOODED MERGANSERS, 2 drake RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 14 PIED-BILLED GREBES, 5 HORNED GREBES, BALD EAGLE, BONAPARTE'S & RING-BILLED GULLS. Checked the reservoir.....nothing! At dusk we stopped by one of the Gordon County sites for AMERICAN WOODCOCK along Pleasant Hill Rd. We had ten here last week, but only three birds were calling that evening. No aerial displays either. Earlier in the day, I had an Eastern Yellow PALM WARBLER along Mashburn Rd.(Gordon)

1/3/2018 - Wednesday, while in Calhoun(Gordon) I stopped by a vulture roost along HWY 41. I've seen this roost in the past, but have rarely seen this many vultures perched at once. I counted at least 106 BLACKS & only 10 TURKEYS. The roost is located about .7 miles north of the HWY 53 intersection. It can be seen from a Family Dollar parking lot on the corner of 41 & W May St. I was here around 4:45pm.

1/6/2018 - Saturday, I checked a few thawed ponds/lakes in northern Whitfield County. Nothing unusual, but it did appear that ducks were congregated at thawed pools:

Haig Mill - Mallards, Wood Ducks, Hooded Mergansers & Ring-billed Gulls

Lake Kathy - Mallards, Gadwalls, 84 Ring-necked Ducks, 2 drake REDHEADS, Buffleheads, Ruddy Duck and one American Coot.

Crow Valley Rd. pond - AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, Mallards and Gadwalls

If you're interested in directions to any of these sites, feel free to contact me.

Joshua Spence,
Murray County









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Date: 1/6/18 5:44 pm
From: Marlene Koslowsky <000006d228557fef-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Spotted Sandpiper Lake Horton Fayette County
I spotted a spotted (pun just rolled right out there) sandpiper at Lake Horton in Fayetteville yesterday and today. 
Today's checklist with photo http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41688450
Happy Birding in the cold!
Marlene Koslowsky

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Date: 1/6/18 5:17 pm
From: Melanie mefurr <mefurr...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Greater Scaup at DeKalb Reservoir, Peeler Rd
Good evening and Happy New Year!
At about 5:30 this afternoon I located several scaup that I suspected to be Greater Scaup at the DeKalb reservoir on Peeler Rd. After reviewing my photos and getting a second opinion, I've submitted my eBird report with photos. If anyone has a different opinion, I'd welcome your feedback. With most of the smaller lakes frozen over, the reservoirs will probably stay active through the weekend. I've never seen such a large gathering of Hooded Mergansers as I did today at the reservoir on Winters Chapel (in the 100s), with a few dozen Ring-neckeds, too.

Happy hunting!
Melanie Furr, Atlanta/Tucker


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Date: 1/6/18 4:52 pm
From: Meghann McLeroy <meghannmcleroy...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Painted Bunting Lover's Lane Richmond Co
Hi All!

I attempted to get the American Tree Sparrow aroun 3:30 today, but didn't
have any luck. I have however seen lots of people reporting a female
Painted Bunting at the location. I may have seen her, there was a flash of
yellow/green, but it was not a good enough look to report it. I DID
however, very clearly see that she is not alone! There is a male, that
paused briefly enough for me to get a blurry, yet undeniable photo of him.
So, even though I didn't see the sparrow, seeing a bird that pretty is
always a good day!

The Greater White-fronted Geese were in their reported field, as well.

ebird checklist with blurry photos:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41689448

Finally getting to enjoy birding again after quite a long hiatus,
Meghann McLeroy
Augusta, GA

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Date: 1/6/18 7:03 am
From: Ted Antal <tedantal...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fite Bend Road, Gordon Cnty
Happy New Year, All,

Haven't heard much about Fite Bend Rd lately? Is it still good for
waterfowl? Wouldn't these cold temps cause the water to freeze? I'm
thinking of taking a drive out there today.

Ted Antal

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Date: 1/5/18 4:23 pm
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 4 Jan 18
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: January 5, 2018 at 1:55:12 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Snow Goose (3 Barrow)
> Ross's Goose (3 Barrow)
> Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Richmond)
> American Black Duck (1 Clarke, 2 Cobb, 1 Douglas)
> Common Goldeneye (2 DeKalb, 2 Troup)
> American White Pelican (1 Lowndes)
> Long-billed Curlew (1 Glynn)
> Dunlin (1 Cherokee)
> Forster's Tern (1 Cherokee)
> Short-eared Owl (1 Richmond)
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1 Chatham, 2 Columbia)
> Broad-billed Hummingbird (1 Lowndes)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Jasper)
> Painted Bunting (3 Chatham, 1 Glynn)
> Baltimore Oriole (1 Clarke)
> Rusty Blackbird (1 Chatham)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
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> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Robert Emond
Lowndes
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Date: 1/5/18 3:47 pm
From: Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Green Heron at Constitution Lakes, DeKalb Co.
Hi all,
Not a rare bird, but according to ebird charts pretty rare for this time of
year. A GREEN HERON was at Constitution Lakes this evening (4.30pm). It
was by the first overlook/lake. I was pretty surprised to see it fly out
and land.

There was also a very large group of blackbirds, most of which I could
identify as RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. I could ID a few REDWING BLACKBIRDS, but
quite a few had to go unidentified.

Also three WILSON'S SNIPE still there.

Water was largely frozen still - I didn't go over to the main boardwalk as
there was nothing there the other day in similar conditions.

Cheers
Drew Whitelegg
DeKalb Co.

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Date: 1/4/18 2:19 pm
From: Gretchen Lugthart <lugthart01...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Scarlet Tanager Whitfield County
A female Scarlet Tanager has been observed by our family on the deck of our house 3 times recently, the most recent sighting being January 1, 2018, when I took this picture. She is eating insects that crawl under the vinyl siding. The deck is on the side of the house that faces south, so in the afternoon, that side of the house heats up and the insects become active and appear in the crevices so she can get them. Our house is located in the Mill Creek Community of Whitfield County. Gretchen Lugthart, Rocky Face, Georgia

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Date: 1/3/18 1:24 pm
From: plm108 <plm108...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Common Goldeneye in DeKalb County
Hi All. I heard from Stan Chapman this morning that he saw a female COMMON GOLDENEYE at the DeKalb County Reservoir on Peeler Rd. (There's also a continuing Red-breasted Merganser there.) Since I'm in Arkansas this week and can't get there to see it (boo-hoo as it would be a county bird for me), I hope any of you who are so inclined will get a chance to see it. I heard from Mary Kimberly that it was still on the large pond this afternoon. 
Happy Birding in this New Year!
Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

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Date: 1/3/18 11:44 am
From: Sheila Willis <swjxw1...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Snow in S. GA & a little note on the Okefenokee NWR CBC
Hey folks,

Hope you are fine.

Just for the record, we did get snow here in Waycross, WARE Co. today! It
is still on the ground & covering the roofs, etc. along w/ icicles, but a
little thawing has set in. Very pretty!!

But the authorities are telling folks to stay off the roads due to the ice.
So if any were thinking of coming down this way, just keep these conditions
in mind. I tried to see what birds might be out in my neighborhood, but
haven't seen or heard a thing.

BTW, we did the Okefenokee NWR CBC this past Fri. (12/29) and it was very
cold & windy so we really had a strong dip in numbers for the birds
compared to previous years. Everyone reported how difficult it was to find
things to record, esp. during the 1st part of the day. I did not even get
an EASTERN PHOEBE or NORTHERN CARDINAL!! The boat team really had it bad as
the winds really whip across those open prairies (shallow flooded wetlands)
& when the boat is moving.

Also, much, much more clear-cutting, esp. in my zone which was mainly back
roads of the county sw. of Folkston & at the e. edge of the Okefenokee
Swamp. The logging trucks, working steadily that day, really have the roads
messed up too along the wet, slippery dirt & clay roads.

I will send along some notes about that CBC later. Still have some
intermittent computer problems.

Take care & stay safe & warm!!

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

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Date: 1/3/18 9:05 am
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] AMERICAN TREE SPARROW and Greater White-fronted Geese Continues - Lover's Lane, Richmond County - 1/3/2018
Hi All,

Jim Hanna called from the field while ago to request a post that the AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was relocated by his group this morning at about 8:52am on Lover's Lane in Richmond County! The bird was briefly and easily seen from the road in one of the small trees just west of the pink flagging tape location previously reported. This is how it has been most reliably seen since first found, briefly perched in those few trees about 100 feet from the road while observing from the roadside pink flagging tape.

The eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41579662

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Many rare bird chasers check hoped for exact bird locations by looking at maps in eBird checklists. Many know that these locations can be very way off due to folks using just a local eBird hotspot for a location when they submit their checklists, or if an exact location is put in it may have been put in erroneously. That is why for a major rare bird, such as this one, I would encourage folks that if they are going to use an eBird hotspot for a location for their checklist that they also put the exact coordinates, if they can, somewhere into one of the text fields of their eBird checklist as well. It's pretty sad and forlorn to have to drive a very long way for a major rarity, even if only a state or county bird, and not know Exactly where the bird was first or last seen. In this case even the pink flagging tape is pretty far away (650-770 yards) from the locations in most of the eBird reports for this bird. In this case the NutraSweet facility sometimes mentioned however is a good landmark for across the street from the pink flagging tape.

I saw the bird on December 29th and the almost exact coordinates for the pink flagging tape are:

Decimal Degrees (WGS84)
33.426362, -81.942348

GPS
N 33 25.582 W 81 56.541

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Jim also reports that the GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE previously reported in the field across from the Elanco building (Elanco Augusta Technology Center) further south on Lover's Lane continue there as well. I don't have any coordinate data for these guys, but they should be pretty easy if still there.

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Good Birding All!

Mark

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

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Date: 1/3/18 8:40 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 2 Jan 18
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: January 3, 2018 at 1:33:42 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Snow Goose (1 Bartow, 1 DeKalb, 1 Dooly)
> Ross's Goose (1 Upson)
> Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Richmond)
> American Black Duck (3 Clarke, 1 Cobb, 1 Gwinnett, 2 Muscogee)
> Redhead (1 Rabun)
> Horned Grebe (1 Murray)
> Black-crowned Night-Heron (1 Richmond)
> King Rail (1 Charlton)
> Virginia Rail (1 Cobb)
> Sora (1 Cobb)
> Dunlin (1 Bartow, 1 Coweta)
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird (19 Chatham)
> Rufous Hummingbird (1 Fulton)
> Broad-billed Hummingbird (1 Lowndes)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Jones, 1 Monroe)
> Peregrine Falcon (1 Fulton)
> Say's Phoebe (4 Sumter)
> Vermilion Flycatcher (3 Baker)
> Ash-throated Flycatcher (4 Sumter)
> Tree Swallow (1 Charlton, 2 Sumter)
> Sedge Wren (1 Cobb)
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1 DeKalb)
> Nashville Warbler (1 Fulton)
> Palm Warbler (Yellow) (1 Gordon)
> Yellow-throated Warbler (1 Charlton)
> Wilson's Warbler (2 Fulton)
> American Tree Sparrow (1 Richmond)
> Vesper Sparrow (1 Lumpkin)
> Painted Bunting (3 Chatham)
> Brewer's Blackbird (1 Bartow, 3 Lee)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
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> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Robert Emond
Lowndes
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Date: 1/3/18 7:18 am
From: world oceans <world.oceans7...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Merlin in Clayton Co.
There is currently a Merlin at the junction of the Perimeter (I-285) and
Rt. 19/41 between Forest Park and Hapeville. When it is not lurking in the
trees or zooming in on all the pigeons, it can be seen perched on one of
the high billboards along the expressway. This species is regular here in
winter and is going through its typical morning hunting rounds.

James Gibson
Clayton Co.

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Date: 1/2/18 8:51 am
From: Lillie Kline <lilliegkline...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Nashville and Wilson's Warbler in North Buckhead
Good afternoon!

During my monthly survey on this very chilly morning, I was lucky enough to
spot the NASHVILLE WARBLER that Shannon Fair's CBC team found at Land
O'Lakes the other day. It was last seen around 9 am.

Adam Betuel went out to look for the Nashville shortly after I left. He
couldn't find it, but instead, found a WILSON'S WARBLER! Nikki Belmonte and
I joined him, but we were not able to re-locate either warbler. I feel
fairly confident that they are still in the area, so I would encourage
birders to go check.

A little information about the site:

Land O'Lakes is current restoration site of Atlanta Audubon, for which we
received a five star NFWF grant. It is a work in progress owned by the Blue
Heron Nature Preserve and a great spot for birds! The property is an ebird
hotspot and is located at *3931 Land O'Lakes Dr. *It is in a residential
area of north buckhead, and can be a little tricky to find. Right now,
there is a large brush pile that is blocking the street number on the
mailbox.

Feel free to contact me for more information about the warblers and the
site.

Bird hard,

Lillie Kline
Fulton County

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Date: 1/1/18 12:27 pm
From: Moss, John Patten <JohnPatten.Moss...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Tree Sparrow Comments/Advice
Hello everyone,


Happy New Year! Looks like some really good birds are turning up across the state with this cold weather. What an exciting time to bird!


I wanted to bring a few things to attention regarding the continuing American Tree Sparrow at Lover's Lane in Richmond County. I've heard several accounts of birders walking out into the field. One person apparently tried to look for the bird along the Baccharis border on the pond. Please respect property rights. As far as I know, nobody has made contact with the landowners.


There is really no need to enter the field anyway; the bird is perfectly reliable from the road. The key to spotting it is really patience. Almost all who have tried had have success in viewing from the flagged location.


If there are no birders when you arrive, be careful when pulling up. The flock likes to feed in the vegetation immediately off of the shoulder.


I would also advise against playback usage. There is no need in stressing the bird since it persists. Maintaining normal conditions will ensure that the most people can see it.


Security have been know to speak with birders at this hotspot. I'm not sure if it has happened to anyone lately, but please explain what's going on. I doubt they would object to our presence.


Thanks for reading, and a Happy New Year of birding. There is a lot to be seen!


John Patten Moss

Berry College (Currently Augusta)

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Date: 1/1/18 12:23 pm
From: Patrick Maurice <patrickmaurice1...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Nothing of note on Lake Lanier, Buford Dam area—1/1/2018
Happy New Year all,

My mom and I braved the cold and checked out a few spots on Lake Lanier. Surprisingly the only ducks we saw were a dozen Scaup that were too far out to identify to species.

There were also 236 Ring-billed Gulls near the dam, a single immature Herring Gull, a Common Loon, and a few Pied-billed and Horned Grebes.

Hope everyone else has a better start to their new year birding than we did!

Patrick Maurice
DeKalb County
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Date: 1/1/18 9:54 am
From: Andrew Dreelin <randrew899...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Long-eared Owl (Not Chase-able: Private Property, Delayed Report), Stewart County
Hi everyone,

Apologies for the cross-post with the GOS Facebook group, but I wanted to
reach folks who aren't on there as well.

I found a Long-eared Owl on private property during the Eufaula CBC back on
December 22nd. The recording isn't great, but it gets the job done! The
bird was singing from an open pine stand overlooking a field of corn
stubble. Needless to say I was pretty blown away to find one in GA! I
believe I've used up all my owling luck for a good while.

Many thanks to the Bradley Company for allowing us access to their land for
the CBC and for doing such a great job of managing all their property for
wildlife.

As I mentioned before, this bird was found on private property, so please
do not chase after it. It feels a lot better to find your own, and there
are certainly more out there! I'll always be listening and trying for them
in GA now.

Here is the eBird checklist link:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41343075

Good birding,

Andrew Dreelin

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Date: 1/1/18 9:44 am
From: Rich Hull <haharich15...>
Subject: [GABO-L] American Black Ducks & Greater Scaup Cherokee County
Hi All,
Happy New Year to everyone! Once I heard of the great ducks being seen around the state this morning, I decided to brave the 21 degree weather and see what I could find. I checked out Fields Landing Park first, with no avail for ducks--there was more mud than water with how low the lake level is now. There were, however, approximately 1,000 Ring-billed Gulls and one Herring Gull.
At the Harmony on the Lakes subdivision I found much more success. On the upper lake, or Bradshaw Lake, there was a male Greater Scaup with a few Lesser Scaup, five Ruddy Ducks, one female Hooded Merganser, and two Ring-necked Ducks. On the lower lake behind the clubhouse there was a first time county record (at least as reported on eBird) three American Black Ducks mixed in with a flock of Gadwalls and Mallards. There were also two Hooded Mergansers on another section of the lake. Unfortunately, the American Black Ducks were flushed upon my approach--they were on the closest shore to the trail around the lake and initially swam out into the lake about 20 feet before they decided to take off. Hopefully they'll come back soon.
The American Black Ducks marked my 200th Cherokee County bird! I've been trying to hit that mark for sometime now and thought I'd have a good shot this morning for some good ducks with the low temps, and I was right! Yay!

Have a Happy New Year!
Rich Hull
Woodstock, GA

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Date: 1/1/18 7:12 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 31 Dec 17
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

Happy New Year birders! Wishing you an exciting new year.

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: January 1, 2018 at 1:06:46 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (2 Stewart)
> Snow Goose (1 Bartow, 1 Burke, 1 Floyd, 2 Morgan)
> Ross's Goose (1 Meriwether, 2 Morgan)
> Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Dawson)
> American Black Duck (2 Muscogee)
> Redhead (3 Dawson)
> Long-tailed Duck (1 Muscogee)
> Common Goldeneye (1 Gwinnett, 2 Richmond, 2 Troup)
> Common Merganser (2 Burke)
> Horned Grebe (1 Murray)
> Snowy Egret (1 Charlton)
> Green Heron (1 Charlton)
> Mississippi Kite (1 Berrien)
> King Rail (3 Richmond)
> Virginia Rail (1 Floyd, 1 Richmond, 2 Stewart)
> Dunlin (1 Baker)
> Herring Gull (2 DeKalb, 1 Gwinnett)
> Forster's Tern (1 Troup)
> Barn Owl (1 Cherokee)
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird (2 Chatham, 3 Columbia)
> Rufous Hummingbird (1 Fulton)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (2 Charlton)
> Peregrine Falcon (1 Fulton)
> Say's Phoebe (1 Baker)
> Vermilion Flycatcher (2 Baker)
> Tree Swallow (1 Charlton)
> Red-breasted Nuthatch (1 Floyd)
> Sedge Wren (4 Fulton, 3 Murray)
> Marsh Wren (4 Richmond)
> Orange-crowned Warbler (1 Floyd)
> Nashville Warbler (1 Fulton)
> Henslow's Sparrow (1 Glynn)
> LeConte's Sparrow (1 Coweta)
> American Tree Sparrow (9 Richmond)
> Painted Bunting (1 Richmond)
> Brewer's Blackbird (1 Bartow, 2 Burke)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
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> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
Robert Emond
Lowndes
>

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Date: 1/1/18 7:08 am
From: James F. Flynn Jr. <jim.flynn...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Lake Zwerner (Dahlonega) ducks
Hi folks, there are currently two female Long-tailed Ducks and a female/immature male White-winged Scoter (bird is sleeping with its head tucked) at Lake Zwerner in Dahlonega, Lumpkin Co.

Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA
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Date: 1/1/18 6:40 am
From: Wes Hatch <whatch11...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Turkey Pond, Burke County
Happy New Years,

Turkey Pond did not disappoint me this morning. Highlights include 12 BLACK SCOTERS, 4 SURF SCOTERS, COMMON MERGANSER, 10 SNOW GEESE, CATTLE EGRET and BROWN PELICAN.

Winds and temps make Birding difficult but there are a lot of good ducks out there. Heat shimmer from the pond being warmer than the air makes the birds in the background impossible to see.

Wes Hatch
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Date: 12/31/17 4:22 pm
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Carters Lake CBC Highlights
I wanted to give a shout out to everyone who helped with the Carters Lake CBC on Saturday! Twenty-six birders stomped through the circle counting everything with feathers. There were 122 distinct species reported (+ 1 taxa). The most unusual bird found was a rare wintering BLUE GROSBEAK found by the Pine Chapel team. See Dan Vickers' photos on the GOS FB page at

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156135001389040&set=pcb.10155946600705097&type=3&theater&ifg=1


Other highlights:

Greater White-fronted Goose
Wood Duck - 69
American Wigeon - 5
Blue-winged Teal - 16
Northern Pintail - 12
Red-breasted Merganser - 2
Wild Turkey - 48
Bald Eagle - 4
Northern Harrier - 9
Virginia Rail
Sora
Greater Yellowlegs - 2
Wilson's Snipe - 27
AMERICAN WOODCOCK - 55 HC
Red-headed Woodpecker - 22
Merlin - 2
Eastern Phoebe - 83 HC
Loggerhead Shrike - 2
Fish Crow - 88
House Wren - 16 HC
Winter Wren - 24
Sedge Wren - 3 HC
Gray Catbird
Orange-crowned Warbler
Pine Warbler - 37 HC
Palm Warbler - 23 HC
Common Yellowthroat
Chipping Sparrow - 797
Vesper Sparrow - 7
Fox Sparrow - 22
Rusty Blackbird - 10
Purple Finch - 3
Pine Siskin - 6
American Goldfinch - 255
House Sparrow - 56 HC......


Low counts:

White-crowned Sparrow - 16
Dark-eyed Junco - 49


Misses:

Ring-billed Gull
Eurasian Collared Dove
Horned Lark


Still a few days left to search for countweek birds. I will post when I have share complete summary soon. Thanks to all who participated.

Joshua Spence,

Murray County

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Date: 12/31/17 12:57 pm
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Lake Lanier Ducks, Buford Dam Area - 12/30-31/2017
Hi All,

Yesterday late afternoon I stopped by the Buford Dam area at Lake Lanier to check on things and found two LONG-TAILED DUCKS out there just after 4:30. They were the only ducks or waterfowl in sight. They were females, or a female and a young male. The following eBird checklist has more details and attempts at footage:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41451428

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I extensively birded the Buford Dam area this morning hoping to get some good photos or video of the two birds knowing that the light would be great and that other viewing conditions were forecast to be a lot better than yesterday as well. I didn't find the Long-taileds this morning anywhere but did find a nice duck raft out there to include NORTHERN PINTAILS, REDHEADS, LESSER SCAUPAGE, COMMON GOLDENEYES, and RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS! This is the third time I have seen different Common Goldeneyes in Gwinnett since Wednesday, that's just pretty amazing!

All of the ducks were together in one raft to the northwest of the tip of Lanier Park, but in Hall County waters. I had just finished counting the birds after sorting them out, and was getting the handheld phonescope ready, when a hunter in a john boat approached them, in the middle of the lake, and flushed all of the ducks which then all flew almost directly over my head about 100 feet up and about 100 feet out as they earnestly headed south over the bay which is just to the east of the Lanier Park peninsula, but I didn't see them stop there.

Thrilling to see this combination of ducks pass by so close in flight, especially around here. I waited a while to see if the birds would circle and land again on the water, they did not. On the way out I checked the bay to the east of Lanier Park for them and they weren't there. After leaving I went back over to West Bank and scanned the lake again to see if the birds were anywhere around on the water, and they were not. Can't help but hope that all ducks feel the same way about hunters in john boats.

The eBird checklist with more details:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41466108

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When Lanier Park is closed in the winter many joggers, hikers, dog walkers, others (including some birders), enter Lanier Park from the northeast corner of the adjacent East Bank upper parking lot, where there is a somewhat steep mostly leaf and pine-straw covered downhill trail (be very careful if you go) which connects East Bank to the Lanier Park lower parking lot and boat ramp. Then it's about a mile walk on the great paved park road, through beautiful and great birding habitat, out to the north tip of the Lanier Park peninsula (this is where some folks were able to get amazing photos of a briefly wintering L1TTLE GULL a few years ago). US Army Corps of Engineers Day Use Park annual pass or daily parking fee required at East Bank. I have had several Corps park rangers at several different Georgia locations tell me that they don't mind folks walking into closed-for-the-winter day use parks at Corps lake facilities (as long as you're legally parked somewhere), and this seems to be consistent state-wide at Corps lakes. East Bank/Lanier Park is even a bit unique as the two actually join together and East Bank is open year-round.

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It will be very interesting to see if the severe cold north of us will push or concentrate good numbers of great birds our way to and through Georgia's Winter Big Water sites over the next days and weeks.

Good Birding All and Happy New Year!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Date: 12/31/17 12:38 pm
From: Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Canvasback & N. Pintail, DeKalb Co. 12/31/17
DeKalb Co. Reservoir (Peeler Rd.): One male Canvasback at noon today. Still there when I left 15 minutes later.
Constitution Lakes: 3 N. Pintails at 2:30
Jeff Sewell

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Date: 12/31/17 11:05 am
From: Tom Striker <tastriker...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Blue Ridge CBC - Eagles, Canvasback, Woodcock
Results are not fully in from yesterday's Blue Ridge Christmas Bird Count,
our 11th one. We added at least two new birds to the count history,
Canvasback and American Woodcock. We also had at least four Bald Eagles on
or near lake Blue Ridge.



House Sparrows are usually hard to find in cold weather, unless you
understand the habitat. My team located 16 House Sparrows in the tropical
plant room at the Blue Ridge Home Depot - they were clustered above the bird
seed and feeder merchandise.



Full results will be available at the normal CBC pace.



Tom Striker

Blue Ridge, GA (Fannin County)


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Date: 12/31/17 10:20 am
From: Richard Bowman <rfbowman...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Loggerhead Shrike continues, at Nash Farm, Henry County
Hi, all and Happy New Year`s Eve,

Rachel and I visited Nash Farm, again yesterday, after seeing the Shrike,
last Wednesday, December 27th, when it followed us, to the pond and back to
the split in the road. We also saw a Snow Goose, at Huie Pond, that day,
among about 40 Canadian Geese. Does anyone know if Huie will be open New
Years Day/is the gate automatic, on Mondays and Wednesdays?

The Shrike seems to hang, out in the area, just South, of the split in the
road, to the creek and the pond. Apparently a lot of great perches and
thorn bushes, there. Does anyone know what the green tape, on the thorn
bushes, beside the roads, indicate? I hope they aren`t for removal, because
they seem to be a favorite, of the Shrike, to hunt from.

We saw 6 Hooded Mergansers( 3 male, 3 female) on the pond, 3 Turkey
Vultures, circling, in the carolina blue sky. A Mockingbird, not anxious to
fly, in the brush, near the Shrike.

We flushed a small hawk, out of the tree, at the south west corner of the
barn. I couldn`t identify it, since I`m not good at raptors. We stopped
back by, on the way out and it had come back, but flew out, before I could
get a picture. It did hunt in a particular way, that might help identify
it. It did a perfect imitation of an Osprey`s stalling out, hunting for
fish. Except it stalled out, about 10 to 15 feet above it`s prey, into a
brisk wind, coming from the north west and then dove into a sea of winter
grass. Watching from behind, I did notice a reddish brown streaking and a
rounded fan tail, as it stalled. It did this several times, into the wind,
before it circled off, to the south west. We also noticed a Phoebe perched
and squirrel peeking out, of openings in the barn, until the raptor left
the area.

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Date: 12/31/17 10:14 am
From: Carol Lambert and/or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Canvasback on 12/31/17, DeKalb County
One male at the Peeler Road Reservoir, Dunwoody, DeKalb County at noon today. Still there when I left 15 minutes later.
Jeff
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Date: 12/31/17 7:31 am
From: James F Flynn Jr <jim.flynn...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Am. Tree Sparrow continues, Lover's Lane, Richmond County
Hi, folks, I just got word that the American Tree Sparrow made an appearance at 10:13 this morning in its favorite tree near the pink ribbon across from the NutraSweet office along Lover's Ln.

Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA

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Subject: [GABO-L] Am. Tree Sparrow continues, Lover's Lane, Richmond County

Hi all,I struck out yesterday, but found it this morning about 10:15. It is still located by the pink flag in front of NutraSweet.Pictures on eBird later.Milton HobbsBurke County

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Date: 12/30/17 7:37 am
From: thegahobbs6 <thegahobbs6...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Am. Tree Sparrow continues, Lover's Lane, Richmond County
Hi all,I struck out yesterday, but found it this morning about 10:15.  It is still located by the pink flag in front of NutraSweet.Pictures on eBird later.Milton HobbsBurke County

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Date: 12/29/17 3:04 pm
From: Andrew Dreelin <randrew899...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Long-tailed Duck, Cooper Creek Park (Muscogee Co.)
Hi folks,

Phyllis Chappel found a Long-tailed Duck at Cooper Creek this evening! A
number of us got to view it before the sun set, and it was last seen diving
in the western corner of the pond. I think it has a good chance of being
present tomorrow, but I won't make any promises for would-be twitchers.

This adds to a pretty nice run of northerly ducks that have graced the
Columbus area in the past week (Surf Scoter and White-winged Scoter),
although those decided not to stick for more than a couple hours.

Congrats to Phyllis for a great find, which was a lifer for a several, and
a state bird for most!

Good birding,

Andrew Dreelin

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Date: 12/29/17 12:12 pm
From: Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu...>
Subject: [GABO-L] BALTIMORE ORIOLE, Piedmont Park, Atlanta
Hello all,

Jamie Vidich, Eric Crockett and a couple more of us went to check out the
Canvasback on the Piedmont park lake. We found the bird but also a
Baltimore Oriole in the trees on the south edge of the lake. It's in one
of the big southern magnolias there. Pictures will be uploaded on ebird. I
had one in late fall in Piedmont Park near Magnolia Hall.

Vinod Babu
Atlanta

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Date: 12/29/17 7:01 am
From: Molly Evert <evert116...>
Subject: [GABO-L] CORRECTION and Pyne Road Park, LaGrange Day 2
A kind email from Wes Hatch and a look at the range map made it clear that
it was extremely unlikely that we saw an Eastern Kingbird at Pyne Road Park
on 12/27 when we were out with the LaGrange Young Birders. The bird we
identified seemed too large for an Eastern Phoebe, though, so my 17 year
old son Knox and I decided to go back out to Pyne Road Park again yesterday
to see if we could find the bird again. We weren't able to locate the bird
we were looking for but we still had a great time with some fun spots.

We saw THREE Great Blue Herons out on the lake at the same time. One was
perched on a nest and the others were on buoys on either side of the nest.

I think our favorite and most unexpected moment was when we saw a Southern
Fox Squirrel with a masked face--neither of us had ever seen one before!

Here is the complete list of what we saw yesterday. There are some comments
and photos posted on eBird.

Common Loon 1
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 3
Red-tailed Hawk 1
gull sp. 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 7
Belted Kingfisher 1 clearly heard but not seen
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
Blue Jay 1
Fish Crow 2
Brown-headed Nuthatch 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 6
Cedar Waxwing 2
Pine Warbler 6
Chipping Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 1
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 14

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S41391900

Molly Evert
LaGrange, GA (Troup County)

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Date: 12/29/17 6:50 am
From: James F. Flynn Jr. <jim.flynn...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] American Tree Sparrow - Richmond County
Hi folks, the American Tree Sparrow appeared at about 09:43 right where Mac said it would be (we were standing at the pink tape; Jake Flynn spotted it sitting in a small tree at the edge of the pond straight out from the tape).

Thanks & great job to Mac & JP!

Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA

> On Dec 28, 2017, at 22:45, Mac McCall <katmccall2...> wrote:
>
> As mentioned earlier, JP Moss and I happened upon an American Tree Sparrow along Lover's Lane around noon today. We enjoyed great views and then relocated the bird twice in the afternoon. It's been consistently hanging out across from the Nutra Sweet plant where Sam marked it's location with some pink tape. We noticed that the bird would alternate between foraging in the scrubby ditch alongside the road and on the Baccharis-covered berm next to the adjoining pond, with the best time to catch it usually in flight between the two locations. Besides the sparrow, we had a few other birds of note:
>
> Bufflehead (8)
> Orange-Crowned Warbler (4)
>
> Here's a link to the checklist along with JP's photos of the bird: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41390423
>
> Very exciting as the Tree Sparrow was a lifer for both JP and I. Best of luck to any who end up chasing it.
>
> Cheers,
> Mac
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Date: 12/28/17 8:54 pm
From: Mac McCall <katmccall2...>
Subject: [GABO-L] American Tree Sparrow - Richmond County
As mentioned earlier, JP Moss and I happened upon an American Tree Sparrow along Lover's Lane around noon today. We enjoyed great views and then relocated the bird twice in the afternoon. It's been consistently hanging out across from the Nutra Sweet plant where Sam marked it's location with some pink tape. We noticed that the bird would alternate between foraging in the scrubby ditch alongside the road and on the Baccharis-covered berm next to the adjoining pond, with the best time to catch it usually in flight between the two locations. Besides the sparrow, we had a few other birds of note:

Bufflehead (8)
Orange-Crowned Warbler (4)

Here's a link to the checklist along with JP's photos of the bird: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41390423

Very exciting as the Tree Sparrow was a lifer for both JP and I. Best of luck to any who end up chasing it.

Cheers,
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Date: 12/28/17 6:31 pm
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] When It Rains, It Pours (Gwinnett Goldeneyes) - 12/27-28/2017
Hi All,

In the past 10 years there may have been as few as 3 different sightings of COMMON GOLDENEYE in Gwinnett County (there were multiple re-sightings of these same birds of course).

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Yesterday I found a female at the DeKalb Reservoir--Gwinnett Co. (Winters Chapel Rd.) eBird hotspot, a first for me in the county.

The eBird checklist with photos (please be aware of the note of caution included in the checklist regarding birding this somewhat sensitive site):

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41355697

I stopped by the reservoir today and the goldeneye and scaup were gone.

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Then today John Deitsch found 3 birds, 2 males and a female, at Cardinal Lake in his neighborhood, when yesterday he had told me that he had yet to see a life drake! Congrats John, and to me too!

eBird checklists with photos from sessions this afternoon and evening:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41377221 (John's)
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41382443 (Mine)
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41388398 (Mine)

These birds were still on the lake when I left at dusk.

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Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Date: 12/28/17 2:14 pm
From: Patrick Maurice <patrickmaurice1...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] AMERICAN TREE SPARROW- Richmond County
Dan Vickers, Pierre Howard, and I made the long trek East to Augusta and after some waiting we all got the bird!

It was Pierre’s 400th Georgia bird, which is amazing!

The bird was still in the same place when we left at 4:05 pm. There is pink flagging tape at the edge of the road (across from the office) which is where we stood and saw the sparrow.

Patrick Maurice
DeKalb County

> On Dec 28, 2017, at 11:25 AM, Moss, John Patten <JohnPatten.Moss...> wrote:
>
> Mac McCall and I just had an American Tree Sparrow at Lover’s Lane in Richmond County. We photographed the bird associating with Savannah Sparrows in the Baccharis hedgerow around the pond directly across the NutraSweet office at 1762 Lovers Lane (Gate 4).
>
> The Sparrow flock has moved on, and we haven’t seen the bird in a while. We suspect it’s local with the SAVS.
>
> John Patten Moss
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Date: 12/28/17 1:05 pm
From: Sargent, Bob <bob.sargent...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Poster session at the GOS winter meeting
Hi Birders,

The Georgia Ornithological Society (GOS) will be hosting a scientific poster presentation during its winter meeting (12-15 January) on Tybee Island. Posters will be presented in the meeting hotel's (Hotel Tybee) conference building on Saturday night the 13th, from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. We will provide tripods, three-fold boards (3 x 3'), and spring-loaded clips to presenters for their use. If you would like to participate, please contact me no later than January 8th. Poster abstracts, if appropriate and authorized by the author(s), may be published in GOS' journal, The Oriole.

Thank you,
Bob Sargent
Macon, GA
Bibb County




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Date: 12/28/17 8:25 am
From: Moss, John Patten <JohnPatten.Moss...>
Subject: [GABO-L] AMERICAN TREE SPARROW- Richmond County
Mac McCall and I just had an American Tree Sparrow at Lovers Lane in Richmond County. We photographed the bird associating with Savannah Sparrows in the Baccharis hedgerow around the pond directly across the NutraSweet office at 1762 Lovers Lane (Gate 4).

The Sparrow flock has moved on, and we havent seen the bird in a while. We suspect its local with the SAVS.

John Patten Moss

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Date: 12/28/17 1:38 am
From: Molly Evert <evert116...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Pyne Road Park, LaGrange
The LaGrange Young Birders club did some winter birding today at Pyne Road
Park in LaGrange (Troup County). We got good views of 2 Common Loons
through the scope, 1 Bald Eagle, and 1 Eastern Kingbird, among others.

eBird cheklist is here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41363335

Knox Evert, Molly Evert
LaGrange, GA
Troup County

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Date: 12/27/17 3:43 pm
From: Kelly ANNE Bettinger <kabuga...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Athens singing winter wren
Winter wren singing for the past half an hour along the creek below Pulaski Street in Athens, Clarke County. Stopped about 5 minutes ago as it really got dark.

Kelly A. Bettinger, Research Professional II
Donovan Lab
Plant Biology Department
The University of Georgia
120 Carlton St, Athens, GA 30602
2502 Miller Plant Sciences Building
Athens, GA 30602
706-207-1013
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Date: 12/27/17 6:05 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 26 Dec 17
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: December 27, 2017 at 12:09:12 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Stewart)
> Snow Goose (1 Bartow, 2 Burke, 6 Cobb, 1 Mitchell)
> Ross's Goose (1 Bartow)
> Cackling Goose (4 Cobb)
> Mute Swan (1 Clayton)
> American Black Duck (1 Muscogee, 1 Stewart)
> Brown Pelican (3 Burke)
> King Rail (2 Jefferson, 1 Stewart)
> Virginia Rail (1 Stewart)
> Sora (2 Clayton)
> Sandhill Crane (1 Glynn)
> Dunlin (1 Grady)
> Lesser Yellowlegs (1 Fayette)
> Herring Gull (1 Forsyth, 1 Gwinnett)
> Peregrine Falcon (2 Cherokee)
> Vermilion Flycatcher (6 Mitchell)
> White-eyed Vireo (1 Madison)
> Sedge Wren (1 Coweta)
> Marsh Wren (1 Richmond)
> Northern Parula (2 Richmond)
> LeConte's Sparrow (3 Stewart)
> Baltimore Oriole (1 Putnam)
> Brewer's Blackbird (1 Bartow, 3 Burke)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the <daily> Georgia Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia. View or unsubscribe to this alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569
> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Robert Emond
Lowndes
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Date: 12/27/17 5:37 am
From: Peter Followill <pfollowill...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Brown creeper (DeKalb County)
Regarding the recent brown creeper posting, I've had one (the same one?)
probing the pine and oak tree trunks on four of the ten or so days that
I've counted this Feeder Watch season. I had several long looks yesterday.

Pete Followill
Tucker / DeKalb County

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Date: 12/27/17 5:26 am
From: Renee' Carleton <renee...>
Subject: [GABO-L] General Notes needed for The Oriole
Happy New Year Georgia Birders. As you think back on 2017, think about sharing your GA birding observations with others in 2018 via a General Note article in the GOS's journal, The Oriole. General Notes are a great way to share your story. Did you observe an unusual sighting in an unexpected location? How about a unique behavior? Have you kept your own records about regular (or irregular) arrival or departure times? No writing experience? Not to worry, we will help you. If you are interested in writing a General Note, contact me via email at <rcarleton...> I currently need 2 General Notes for the next issue to be published in April.

Renee' Carleton, editor The Oriole
Bartow County

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Date: 12/26/17 11:56 am
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Cackling Geese - Lake Acworth, Cobb County - 12/26/2017
Hi All,

Aija Konrad just messaged to alert us that she found 5 CACKLING GEESE at Lake Acworth this morning in Cobb!

Aija's eBird checklist with photos and more details:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41323827

Congrats Aija and Good Birding All!

Mark

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

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Date: 12/26/17 9:05 am
From: Patty2018 <pschwar...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Brown Creeper--DeKalb County
I havent seen any posts recently about this bird, so thought Id post it.
Its been working our pine trees for several days now.
Patty Jenkins
Toco Hill, north of Emory University



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Date: 12/25/17 10:57 am
From: Lillie Kline <lilliegkline...>
Subject: [GABO-L] RUSTIES - Deepdene Park, Atlanta
Good morning and Merry Christmas to those celebrating!

During my monthly survey at Deepdene Park for Atlanta Audubon this morning,
I spotted six RUSTY BLACKBIRDS just as I was about to submit my checklist.
They flew in with a large group of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and I was able to
watch them forage for a while in the grassy, open area at the east end of
the park. Females were present with obvious pale eyes.

These were the first recorded Rusties at Deepdene--an exciting find for a
chilly morning!

Happy Holidays,

Lillie Kline
Virginia Highlands
Fulton County

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Date: 12/25/17 8:30 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 24 Dec 17
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: December 24, 2017 at 11:50:39 PM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Stewart)
> Snow Goose (1 Early, 1 Gwinnett, 1 Seminole)
> Ross's Goose (1 Early)
> Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Seminole)
> American Black Duck (1 Stewart)
> Greater Scaup (1 Gwinnett)
> Surf Scoter (2 Muscogee)
> American White Pelican (2 Muscogee)
> Snowy Egret (1 Worth)
> King Rail (1 Stewart)
> Virginia Rail (1 Stewart)
> Sora (6 Coweta)
> Black-legged Kittiwake (1 Worth)
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird (2 Columbia)
> Say's Phoebe (1 Early)
> Vermilion Flycatcher (1 Decatur, 1 Miller, 2 Seminole)
> LeConte's Sparrow (6 Coweta, 2 Stewart)
> Brewer's Blackbird (1 Early)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the <daily> Georgia Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia. View or unsubscribe to this alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569
> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Robert Emond
Lowndes
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Date: 12/25/17 7:47 am
From: Richard Candler <candler86...>
Subject: [GABO-L] 2017 Christmas Eve LeCONTES SPARROW and SORA, Coweta County
Patrick Maurice, Angus Pritchard, Kris Bisgard, and Dan Vickers came out to
the farm yesterday for a shot at a LeContes Sparrow. I have been looking
for them by myself since November with no luck and was afraid that they had
not showed up this year. I was unable to locate any last winter.
But within a couple minutes of starting our walk into the tall grass we
flushed one that landed in full view briefly before disappearing back into
the grass. We then chased it around for a while hoping for another photo
friendly perch. Finally it cooperated and Dan, Angus and Patrick were able
to take some excellent shots of it.
This is the 3rd winter I have observed LCSP in our pasture since first
spotting them in winter 2013/2014. I suspect they have been regular here
every year but have just lacked the necessary number of folks to help flush
it.

Another exciting find was a SORA in the marshy area at the back end of Lake
McIntosh. I had been hearing a 'keep' call for a couple weeks but was not
confident enough to call it a Sora and whenever I tried to record audio or
use playback it never responded. Yesterday Angus Pritchard was able to get
it to respond to his flawless Sora song and calls.

We saw a mating pair of BALD EAGLES on the lake. They have a nest in some
pine trees where they have successfully raised young in past years and I
have observed them on it once so far this year.

Present the day before but not yesterday were 5 immature eagles and a
ROSS'S GOOSE. I presume that these young eagles may be the ones that were
born here. I'm not sure if they come back to their birthplace or not?

As far as birds go it has been a very exciting couple of days for the
property which I have to constantly remind myself is in the Atlanta Metro
Area!

Merry Christmas!

Richard Candler
Rolling Meadows Farm
Coweta Co.

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Date: 12/25/17 7:45 am
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Merry Christmas !!!
Hi All,

Merry Christmas to All from Georgia Birders Online!

Please let us know if you experience a Georgia bird very special to you during this holiday season!

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Owner, Georgia Birders Online
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Date: 12/23/17 4:14 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 22 Dec 17
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: December 22, 2017 at 11:31:45 PM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Snow Goose (1 Gwinnett)
> American Black Duck (1 Gwinnett)
> Greater Scaup (2 Gwinnett)
> Glossy Ibis (1 Richmond)
> Virginia Rail (1 Richmond)
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1 Chatham)
> Vermilion Flycatcher (2 Lee)
> Sedge Wren (2 Fulton)
> LeConte's Sparrow (1 Stewart)
> Eastern Towhee (Red-eyed) (1 Coweta)
> Brewer's Blackbird (1 Seminole)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the <daily> Georgia Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia. View or unsubscribe to this alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569
> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Robert Emond
Lowndes
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Date: 12/22/17 7:27 am
From: plm108 <plm108...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Cumberland Island Snowy Plover and Other CBC Highlights
Hi everyone and hope you're getting ready for a grand holiday season. 
Most of you likely heard about the SNOWY PLOVER that was initially found on Cumberland Island by Patrick Leary on Nov 25 during an International Shorebird Survey. Fortunately it was still present in the same area during our Dec 16 CBC and relocated by Rebecca Byrd and Henning von Schmeling that morning, making it the first record for a Cumberland Island CBC. By the next day, all CBC participants (and Carol Ruckdeschal) were able to see it, which was a life bird for about half of us. The eBird report below marks the general location where we saw it, which is about halfway down the beach between the Dungeness Beach Access Point and the South End Jetty. It was hanging out with several PIPING PLOVERs and feeding/resting between the rack line and the day's high tide mark. So cute, even with its squinty little eyes.http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41131768
It was a very windy and chilly day for our CBC but six intrepid teams were preared. We covered both sides and across the island from south of Burbank Point to the South end of the island. Habitats included ocean, beach and dunes, St Marys River, spoils area and flats, marsh, Maritime forest, open fields, ponds, creeks and historical homes/ruins. 
Highlights:  Both scaup and all scoters.  Hundreds of Red-breasted Mergansers.  Wood storks.  Snowy, Piping and Wilson's Plovers (all on South end).  Black-crowned Night-herons.  Northern Gannett.  Bald Eagle.  American Oystercatcher. Red Knot (a few).  Bonaparte's Gull. Common Ground-dove. Merlin (but no Peregrin this year).  All three Salty Sparrows (Seaside, Nelsons and Saltmarsh).  
The biggest miss was not having SHEILA WILLIS with us this year. Her patience and guidance would have carried us through the difficult task of completing our forms and making sure we knew how to approach our areas. But the teams perservered and completed their sections under the guidance of Malcolm Hodges who filled in for Sheila at the last minute. 
A big THANK YOU to Doug Hoffman and the National Park Service folks who made access to the areas possible. 
On another note, the island was heavily damaged by Hurricane Irma. Dungeness dock was knocked out again, so ferry access was limited to Sea Camp. Trees on the roadways have been removed but those along trails etc still remain down. Most buildings seemed to have held up well but the old Dungeness mansion may have lost a few more historic pieces. Horses continue to roam the island as do wild hogs, deer, bobcat and other small critters. For odonate fans, a TWILIGHT DARNER was located near Burbank Point on Fri, Dec 15. 
That's it in a nutshell. Stay safe and have a joyous holiday season with your friends and family.
Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

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Date: 12/22/17 5:31 am
From: James HANNA JR <gabirder300...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Congrats to Patty McLean on ebirding all the GA counties!!
Mark McShane did the same thing!

Jim Hanna
Athens, GA

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> On Dec 21, 2017, at 9:10 PM, Sheila Willis <swjxw1...> wrote:
>
> Hey folks,
>
> Hope you are fine.
>
> Wanted to send a "Congrats"!! to Patty McLean who recently posted that she
> had just finished checking all the counties in GA & submitting ebird
> checklists for them all. I am sure at times she must have wished that GA
> was closer to one of the smaller states in size. What perseverance!!
>
> Thanks for setting things up so others could reap the benefits of your hard
> work by seeing your checklists & pictures. And for oftentimes including a
> bit more info & the flavor of the day via also doing GABO posts. Most
> enjoyable.
>
> Happy Holidays & more fun birding as we close out 2017!! Take care.
>
> Sincerely,
> Sheila Willis
> Native American-Naturalist Talks & Tours
> Okefenokee Bird Club
> Waycross, WARE, GA
>
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Date: 12/22/17 5:27 am
From: Milton Hobbs <thegahobbs6...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Richmond County Hybrid--Gadwall x Northern Shoveler
Hi, Georgia Birders.
Seen 12/18/17--An interesting duck at Phinizy Swamp. I did not look that
closely at my photos until yesterday. With the help of the Whatbird forum,
it looks good for a Gadwall x Northern Shoveler.
Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41242504
Larger photos: https://mhbbs.smugmug.com/For-ID/n-BwGhcN/i-Q8zcwFg/A
A helpful website on this hybrid:
http://birdhybrids.blogspot.com/2014/03/gadwall-x-northern-shoveler.html

Milton Hobbs
Burke County

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