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2/20/19 3:46 pm robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 19 Feb 19
2/20/19 5:58 am Jeff Click <clickbirder...> [GABO-L] Blue Wall Birding Festival, Upstate SC, May 2-5
2/19/19 5:35 pm Ashley Kristen Lohr <ashley.lohr25...> Re: [GABO-L] Flock of robins?
2/19/19 3:05 pm Jack Wissner <jdwissner...> [GABO-L] Flock of robins?
2/19/19 11:48 am Teresa Lyle <teresalyle...> [GABO-L] Vaughters Farm Audubon field trip
2/19/19 7:11 am Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954...> [GABO-L] Cancelled: AAS Field Trip to Vaughters’ Farm
2/19/19 6:57 am Sherry Rosen <sherryarosen...> [GABO-L] Sandhills Cranes
2/19/19 5:31 am Malcolm Hodges <mhodges1957...> [GABO-L] Bird photos needed
2/18/19 6:19 pm robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 17 Feb 19
2/18/19 4:57 pm Joshua Spence <spencejoshua...> [GABO-L] Greater White-fronted Goose, Lesser Yellowlegs - Fannin County
2/18/19 7:52 am Melanie Vickers <melanievickers11...> [GABO-L] American White Pelicans leave GB's Lake
2/17/19 8:30 am Moss, JohnPatten <JohnPatten.Moss...> [GABO-L] Rome Birding 2/16/19
2/17/19 5:59 am Richard Candler <candler86...> [GABO-L] Fayette birds 2/16/19
2/16/19 9:25 pm Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [GABO-L] American White Pelicans, Pouch Inversion Documented - Cobb County - 2/16/2019
2/16/19 6:20 am Melanie Vickers <melanievickers11...> [GABO-L] American White Pelicans
2/16/19 3:58 am Richard Ricardo Waldrop <rewaldrop...> [GABO-L] Access to see Long-billed Curlew on Little St. Simon's Is.
2/15/19 2:22 pm Melanie Vickers <melanievickers11...> [GABO-L] White Pelicans
2/15/19 11:24 am A Betuel <ykcul88...> Re: [GABO-L] Dead American Woodcock - downtown ATL
2/15/19 9:37 am Ashley Kristen Lohr <ashley.lohr25...> Re: [GABO-L] Dead American Woodcock - downtown ATL
2/15/19 9:20 am Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1...> [GABO-L] Dead American Woodcock - downtown ATL
2/15/19 2:35 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 14 Feb 19
2/14/19 12:11 pm Vicki Williams <000002847ef88933-dmarc-request...> [GABO-L] Huge River of Sandhill Cranes in West Cobb
2/13/19 5:18 pm robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 12 Feb 19
2/12/19 4:46 pm robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 10 Feb 19
2/12/19 11:56 am A Betuel <ykcul88...> [GABO-L] Sandhill Cranes - Westview Cemetery (Fulton)
2/11/19 1:14 pm world oceans <world.oceans7...> [GABO-L] Lark sparrow Clayton County
2/11/19 7:01 am Sean Beeching <0000063eb2f06bb4-dmarc-request...> [GABO-L] BAWW
2/10/19 1:42 am lawrence rhines <lrhines1...> [GABO-L] cranes
2/9/19 2:37 pm world oceans <world.oceans7...> [GABO-L] More bald eagles near Atlanta
2/9/19 11:34 am Giff Beaton <giffbeaton...> [GABO-L] Sandhill Cranes in south Fulton County
2/9/19 8:00 am Michelle Hamner <michelle...> [GABO-L] Brewer's Blackbirds continuing in Senoia, Coweta County
2/9/19 6:33 am ldtp <ldtp...> [GABO-L] Bald Eagle in Peachtree City, Fayette County
2/9/19 5:57 am Sherry Rosen <sherryarosen...> [GABO-L] Juvenile bald eagle
2/8/19 2:53 pm Joshua Spence <spencejoshua...> [GABO-L] Northwest GA highlights(2/2/19 - 2/8/19)
2/8/19 1:40 pm Vicki Williams <000002847ef88933-dmarc-request...> [GABO-L] Sandhill Crane lift offs in West Cobb This morning.
2/8/19 9:13 am Terry Moore <stkite...> [GABO-L] Sandhill Cranes over Roswell
2/8/19 7:43 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 7 Feb 19
2/7/19 7:33 pm Vicki Williams <000002847ef88933-dmarc-request...> [GABO-L] Sandhill Cranes in Due West/West Cobb County
2/7/19 3:55 pm Sandra Eileen Garber <sgarber...> [GABO-L] SANDHILL CRANES, CHEROKEE COUNTY, FIELDS LANDING
2/7/19 2:30 pm Sandra Eileen Garber <sgarber...> [GABO-L] Sandhill Cranes, Cherokee County
2/7/19 2:08 pm Chris O'Neal <chrisoneal2718...> Re: [GABO-L] Sandhill Cranes - Dekalb County
2/7/19 12:38 pm Sandra Eileen Garber <sgarber...> [GABO-L] Sandhill Cranes, Cherokee County
2/7/19 12:27 pm Tim Henderson <timhendersonlive...> [GABO-L] Sandhill Cranes
2/7/19 12:25 pm Jason Ward <0000007673135945-dmarc-request...> [GABO-L] Sandhills over Johns Creek
2/7/19 11:25 am vldeloach <vldeloach...> [GABO-L] Sandhill cranes - Cherokee Co.
2/7/19 10:49 am Richard Patterson <rpattersin...> [GABO-L] Sandhill Cranes over Chamblee
2/7/19 10:44 am Chris O'Neal <chrisoneal2718...> [GABO-L] Sandhill Cranes - Dekalb County
2/6/19 3:57 pm Ginny <ginnywood...> [GABO-L] Tim Rose
2/6/19 4:22 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 5 Jan 19
2/5/19 3:29 pm charles saleeby <charlessaleeby...> [GABO-L] American Redstart S. Fulton
2/5/19 10:29 am Angie Jenkins <angeliabeth...> [GABO-L] Noonday Creek Trail AAS Trip Report / Cobb Co
2/3/19 8:00 am Daniel Vickers <dvickers...> [GABO-L] No luck on WW Scoter @ Stone Mth
2/2/19 8:48 am Jamie Vidich <bearislandfarm...> [GABO-L] Black-Crowned Night Heron Lullwater Dekalb County
2/1/19 12:10 pm Joshua Spence <spencejoshua...> [GABO-L] Northwest Georgia highlights(1/23/19 - 2/1/19)
2/1/19 2:54 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 31 Jan 19
1/31/19 7:13 pm Annette <bittaker...> [GABO-L] Continuing hummingbird Coffee County
1/31/19 8:06 am Joshua Spence <spencejoshua...> [GABO-L] Carters Lake Christmas Bird Count Summary
1/30/19 8:21 pm Sheila Willis <swjxw1...> [GABO-L] BURROWING OWL (not) in CAMDEN (see ebird location error)
1/30/19 5:55 pm robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 29 Jan 19
1/29/19 2:52 pm Janell Cleveland <poseygrace...> [GABO-L] Vermilion Flycatcher wintering in Thomas County Georgia
1/28/19 5:32 am Sherry Rosen <sherryarosen...> [GABO-L] Barred Owl
1/28/19 5:06 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 27 Jan 19
1/27/19 6:47 pm Nedra Sekera <njs1500...> [GABO-L] TEST
1/27/19 6:28 pm Nedra Sekera <njs1500...> [GABO-L]
1/27/19 6:19 pm Nedra Sekera <njs1500...> [GABO-L]
1/25/19 8:39 am Annette <bittaker...> [GABO-L] Hummingbird in Coffee County
1/25/19 2:53 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 24 Jan 19
1/24/19 9:21 am Pam Potter <ppotter...> [GABO-L] Yellow-shafted Flicker gang & mixed black bird hoard - Bartow Co
1/23/19 9:35 am Chris O'Neal <chrisoneal2718...> [GABO-L] Rusty Blackbirds - Fulton County
1/23/19 5:30 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 22 Jan 19
1/22/19 2:53 pm Joshua Spence <spencejoshua...> [GABO-L] Ross's Goose - Gordon County
 
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Date: 2/20/19 3:46 pm
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 19 Feb 19
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Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: February 20, 2019 at 3:18:26 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Mute Swan (1 Clayton)
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1 Chatham)
> Long-billed Dowitcher (1 Glynn)
> American White Pelican (2 Quitman)
> Barn Owl (2 Stewart)
> Eastern Screech-Owl (1 DeKalb)
> Burrowing Owl (Florida) (1 Miller)
> Purple Martin (1 Carroll)
> Purple Finch (1 Glynn)
> Purple Finch (Eastern) (1 Dade)
> Pine Siskin (1 Glynn)
> Baltimore Oriole (1 DeKalb, 1 Oconee)
> Boat-tailed Grackle (major) (1 Ware)
> American Redstart (1 Glynn)
> Yellow-throated Warbler (1 Lee)
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak (2 Cobb)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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 https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN35569
> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Robert Emond
Lowndes
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Date: 2/20/19 5:58 am
From: Jeff Click <clickbirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Blue Wall Birding Festival, Upstate SC, May 2-5
Georgia Birders,

Greetings from just across the SC border.  I hope you'll again forgive a
posting about birding outside your state, but I thought some of you may
be interested in this, as I know we have had a few registrants from GA
at each of the first four festivals.  South Carolina State Parks is once
again hosting a small festival this spring, to be based at Table Rock
State Park, on the edge of the Blue Ridge Escarpment in Upstate SC. 
This fifth annual festival, scheduled for May 2-5, is meant to showcase
the great spring birding that the area has to offer, as well as the
area's fantastic state parks.  Birders who attended any of the previous
festivals can attest to the great birding that Upstate SC has to offer
in the spring.  We'll hit several of the hotspots in the area, covering
a wide variety of habitats.  We will again this year have a workshop on
bird identification by call, as well as a butterfly-focused field trip. 
Participation will be capped at 50 birders.  For more information, click
the link below or drop me a line.

http://www.gcbirdclub.org/BlueWall.html

Happy birding!

Jeff Click
Williamston, SC
864-508-2351

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Date: 2/19/19 5:35 pm
From: Ashley Kristen Lohr <ashley.lohr25...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Flock of robins?
Hi Jack,


Yes, I've noticed high numbers of robins recently on UGA's campus in Athens, eating berries and doing what robins do. Today I also noticed a flock of 100+ cedar waxwings.


Ashley Lohr

Athens, GA


Ashley Lohr

Graduate Research Assistant

Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

University of Georgia

Office: 4-227

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(571)-271-8305

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From: Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L...> on behalf of Jack Wissner <jdwissner...>
Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 6:03:32 PM
To: <GABO-L...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Flock of robins?

Our yard is covered with robins (6pm). Seeing a few at a time... eating and
bathing in birdbaths is not unusual. But it looks more like the throngs of
redwing blackbirds... only it's robins!! About 50. Anybody else seeing
this.

Jack

Jack Wissner
<jdwissner...>
(678) 576-1971

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Date: 2/19/19 3:05 pm
From: Jack Wissner <jdwissner...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Flock of robins?
Our yard is covered with robins (6pm). Seeing a few at a time... eating and
bathing in birdbaths is not unusual. But it looks more like the throngs of
redwing blackbirds... only it's robins!! About 50. Anybody else seeing
this.

Jack

Jack Wissner
<jdwissner...>
(678) 576-1971

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Date: 2/19/19 11:48 am
From: Teresa Lyle <teresalyle...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Vaughters Farm Audubon field trip
This field trip scheduled for tomorrow has been canceled due to inclement weather.

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Date: 2/19/19 7:11 am
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Cancelled: AAS Field Trip to Vaughters’ Farm
The weather tomorrow looks bleak, so Erica Bettross and I have decided to cancel our bird walk at Vaughters’ Farm in DeKalb County scheduled for Wednesday, February 20.

Mary Kimberly
DeKalb County

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Date: 2/19/19 6:57 am
From: Sherry Rosen <sherryarosen...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Sandhills Cranes
Heard over my house in Kennesaw on 2/18 but I wasn’t able to see them
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Date: 2/19/19 5:31 am
From: Malcolm Hodges <mhodges1957...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Bird photos needed
Dear Bird Photographers,

I would like some photos to embellish the Winter 2016-2017 "From the Field"
report for *The Oriole*. Please check your files to see if you have any
nice shots of rarities for that season from Georgia, such as the
Broad-billed Hummingbird, Western Grebe, Snowy Plover, Ash-throated
Flycatcher, Manx Shearwater, etc. Also, any interesting out-of-season birds
would be nice, such as that male Northern Parula you photographed at AWMA,
Nathan. Thanks for your help!

Yours,
Malcolm Hodges
Riverdale, GA

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Date: 2/18/19 6:19 pm
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 17 Feb 19
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: February 18, 2019 at 3:19:08 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Snow Goose (2 Upson)
> Canvasback (1 Cherokee, 1 DeKalb, 1 Floyd, 1 Troup)
> Greater Scaup (1 Floyd)
> Helmeted Guineafowl (1 Bulloch)
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird (2 Chatham, 7 Columbia)
> Rufous Hummingbird (3 Bibb)
> Red-throated Loon (1 Fannin, 1 Hall)
> Wood Stork (1 Brooks, 9 Charlton, 1 Cook, 2 Miller, 1 Richmond)
> American White Pelican (1 Cobb)
> Burrowing Owl (2 Miller)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (4 Charlton, 1 Clinch, 1 Rockdale)
> Say's Phoebe (1 Mitchell)
> Vermilion Flycatcher (4 Mitchell)
> Tree Swallow (1 Bartow)
> Red-breasted Nuthatch (1 Muscogee)
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1 Gwinnett)
> Wood Thrush (1 Cobb)
> Purple Finch (Eastern) (2 DeKalb, 1 Oglethorpe)
> Purple Finch (4 Chatham, 1 Fulton, 1 Glynn)
> Pine Siskin (2 Chatham, 1 Glynn)
> Bachman's Sparrow (2 Camden)
> Spotted Towhee (1 Carroll)
> Eastern Towhee (Red-eyed) (1 Coweta)
> Eastern Towhee (White-eyed) (1 Coweta)
> Baltimore Oriole (1 Oconee)
> Rusty Blackbird (4 Chatham)
> Brewer's Blackbird (1 Jones)
> Northern Waterthrush (2 Chatham)
> American Redstart (1 Glynn)
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) (1 Forsyth)
> Yellow-throated Warbler (1 Charlton, 1 Clinch)
> Northern Cardinal (Common) (1 Oglethorpe)
> Painted Bunting (3 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 https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN35569
> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Robert Emond
Lowndes
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Date: 2/18/19 4:57 pm
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Greater White-fronted Goose, Lesser Yellowlegs - Fannin County
Theresa and I birded a few spots in Fannin County today. Best bird was an adult GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE on Davenport Farm Rd. The bird was on the west side of the road and about 1000' from the road. It was on the more northerly section, probably about 100' south of Hemptown Creek. It was associating with a gaggle of Canadas...and one CANADA x SWAN GOOSE. GWFG hasn't been reported much in GA this winter, so it was a nice surprise. I don't know if there's been sightings of any in north GA this season. This also may be the first one seen in Fannin County in eight years. There were three seen at this same site in February, 2011(Flynn, Dobbs).

There was a lot of activity in the wet fields, at least 266 Ring-billed Gulls were foraging. All took to the air a few times and resettled. Three White-tailed Deer ran through and scattered them once.....I was thinking "That's something you don't see everyday!" Along with these were at least 85 Killdeer and a single LESSER YELLOWLEGS, which is a great county bird for Fannin. This most likely is an early date for the Blue Ridge ecoregion. Mountain region-wise, it ties with Steve Barlow's 2/18/18 sighting of one on Hardin Bridge Road(Bartow).

We checked Lake Blue Ridge from a few different points and turned up:

Bufflehead - 2
Horned Grebe - at least six
Common Loon - at least seven

We sighted a Common Raven on our way south on Hwy 515. This was in Gilmer County, just south of White Path.


Joshua Spence,
Murray County, GA

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Date: 2/18/19 7:52 am
From: Melanie Vickers <melanievickers11...>
Subject: [GABO-L] American White Pelicans leave GB's Lake
Hi all,
I just watched the six American White Pelicans leave at 9:30 this morning.
I feel lucky to have witnessed both their arrival and their departure at
GB's Lake. A not-very-good iPhone photo of their departure is in my
checklist.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52870521

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Date: 2/17/19 8:30 am
From: Moss, JohnPatten <JohnPatten.Moss...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Rome Birding 2/16/19
Like Richard and Michelle south of us, Nicholas Lorch and I hit the Floyd County hotspots for a little GBBC birding yesterday.


We began our day at Morton Bend Road, where hundreds of Sandhill Cranes and gull sp. occupied the fallow fields. They were joined by a Northern Harrier and a Loggerhead Shrike, two difficult birds to get in the county. An impressive total of 35 peep sp. evaded identification as they landed in a dip. Several Vesper Sparrows sweetened the pot.


We encountered another? Harrier in route to Bushy Branch Park. On this ramp at the Coosa River, we picked up a few Ruddy Ducks.


On the way to Georgia Highlands College, we stopped at the bordering industrial pond that hosted a Tundr@ Sw@n a few years ago. Pickups there included a drake Canvasback and a hen Redhead.


GHC was fair compared to usual. Notables include the regular Orange-Crowned Warblers, a FOTY pair of Tree Swallows, and the local Bald Eagle pair.


Our next stop was Possum Trot road on Berry's campus. It was a productive stop, providing another smattering of Tree Swallows, another Canvasback, 130 Redheads, and a lone male Greater Scaup. Marion Dobbs joined us in a Snipe flushing expedition.


We ended the day on a low note at Garden Lakes, which just ain't too productive at the moment.


Thanks,

John Patten Moss

Berry College, Floyd County



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Date: 2/17/19 5:59 am
From: Richard Candler <candler86...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fayette birds 2/16/19
Yesterday Michelle Hamner and I decided to do some GBBC birding. We hit up a few of the hotspots around Peachtree City and briefly ventured into Spalding county and Coweta. Highlights included:
BLUE HEADED VIREO at Flat Creek Nature Area
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER at Nesmith Preserve
The winner went to a singing male BROWN CREEPER in the flat woods of Flat Creek near the MOBA soccer fields/industrial park. At first we thought BAWW but it didn’t sound right. Eventually we figured it out. It’s a sound that we had only previously heard on the mobile birding apps and never in real life.

Continuing onto the Brooks, GA area we got EASTERN MEADOWLARK
AMERICAN KESTREL
And just over the county line into Spalding County, at Ruck’s Dairy, we had a pair of LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES and more meadowlarks.
Later in the afternoon we were put to shame when Marlene Koslowsky photographed a MERLIN that we had somehow missed from that exact spot.

We continued onto Senoia in Coweta County to try and relocate the Brew3r’s Bl4ckbirds but only ended up finding a flock of about a dozen RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. We could hear some COMMON GRACKLES (the Brew3rs have been associating with them) but didn’t find the flock.

All in all a good day on the metro southside!

Richard Candler
Sharpsburg
Coweta County
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Date: 2/16/19 9:25 pm
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] American White Pelicans, Pouch Inversion Documented - Cobb County - 2/16/2019
Hi All,

Thanks so much to Melanie Vickers for sharing her 6 Cobb County AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS with the birding community today!

Jim Hanna and I decided to meet and car-pool over to visit the birds, which we saw just after 11am this morning. They were at the southwest end of the lake and could not be seen from Hurt Road by the pay-to-fish area when we arrived.

We witnessed some pelican behavior that I think neither Jim nor I had ever seen before (maybe we just don't get out much)!

I videoed 3 of the birds inverting and stretching their pouches by opening their bills and pulling their lower mandibles down over the front of their necks! Reportedly, from what I could quickly research, the function of this is uncertain, but it must feel good and/or maybe contribute to pelican pouch elasticity!

Our eBird checklist shows handheld phonescoped video frames of this behavior for all to see at:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52803277

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Date: 2/16/19 6:20 am
From: Melanie Vickers <melanievickers11...>
Subject: [GABO-L] American White Pelicans
White Pelicans continue at GB’s Lake in Smyrna. Here is link to yesterday’s
eBird posting with photo

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52737802

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Date: 2/16/19 3:58 am
From: Richard Ricardo Waldrop <rewaldrop...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Access to see Long-billed Curlew on Little St. Simon's Is.
This info may been covered earlier but since I'm new to GABO I need to know
the best approach to getting over to Little St. Simon and to the portion of
beach where the curlew has been seen.

Thanks.

Rick Waldrop
Cleveland, TN

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Date: 2/15/19 2:22 pm
From: Melanie Vickers <melanievickers11...>
Subject: [GABO-L] White Pelicans
I just watched six white pelicans land in the lake behind my daughters
house in Smyrna, GA (Cobb County). They are just hanging out near shore
now. I posted on eBird. I have photos but it would not allow me to attach
here.

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Date: 2/15/19 11:24 am
From: A Betuel <ykcul88...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Dead American Woodcock - downtown ATL
Hey everyone,
Some of you may be aware that I (and Atlanta Audubon as a whole) are
working on the issue of bird-building collisions across the metro area.
Unfortunately, we find at least a few woodcocks each fall and spring.
Typically we encounter them in late Oct into Nov and again in Feb or Mar.
Always a sad sight. If you encounter a dead bird of any kind, I encourage
you to either contact me (<adam...>) or submit your finding
to our incidental reporting website, https://d-bird.org/atl/. eBird
actually does not want you to report dead birds to their database so this
is a much more appropriate repository for your sighting. If you have any
questions or issues with reporting to d-bird, please do not hesitate to
reach out.
If you want to learn more about this issue or help us monitor the
Atlanta area (I am ALWAYS in need of volunteers) please visit our Project
Safe Flight Atlanta
<https://www.atlantaaudubon.org/project-safe-flight-atlanta.html> website.

Have a great weekend.

Adam Betuel
Conservation Director - Atlanta Audubon

On Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 12:37 PM Ashley Kristen Lohr <ashley.lohr25...>
wrote:

> This is recent? A couple+ months ago (if memory serves correctly) I heard
> about another dead woodcock in ATL. I think someone photographed it and
> shared it on Facebook for ID purposes. Both are likely window strikes,
> especially since woodcock should be migrating about now.
>
>
> Ashley Lohr
>
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> Ashley Lohr
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> A friend if mine at CNN sent me a sad picture of a dead American Woodcock
> (I assume) on Marietta Street.
> I tried attaching it but it wouldn't let me.
> I'll document it on ebird (Fulton) as this is an elusive species.
> Cheers
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> DeKalb Co.
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Date: 2/15/19 9:37 am
From: Ashley Kristen Lohr <ashley.lohr25...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Dead American Woodcock - downtown ATL
This is recent? A couple+ months ago (if memory serves correctly) I heard about another dead woodcock in ATL. I think someone photographed it and shared it on Facebook for ID purposes. Both are likely window strikes, especially since woodcock should be migrating about now.


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Subject: [GABO-L] Dead American Woodcock - downtown ATL

Hi all,
A friend if mine at CNN sent me a sad picture of a dead American Woodcock
(I assume) on Marietta Street.
I tried attaching it but it wouldn't let me.
I'll document it on ebird (Fulton) as this is an elusive species.
Cheers
Drew Whitelegg
DeKalb Co.

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Date: 2/15/19 9:20 am
From: Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Dead American Woodcock - downtown ATL
Hi all,
A friend if mine at CNN sent me a sad picture of a dead American Woodcock
(I assume) on Marietta Street.
I tried attaching it but it wouldn't let me.
I'll document it on ebird (Fulton) as this is an elusive species.
Cheers
Drew Whitelegg
DeKalb Co.

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Date: 2/15/19 2:35 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 14 Feb 19
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: February 15, 2019 at 3:23:06 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Dooly, 1 Morgan)
> Greater Scaup (1 Clay)
> Parasitic Jaeger (1 Glynn)
> American White Pelican (1 Clay)
> Burrowing Owl (2 Miller)
> Say's Phoebe (2 Miller)
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (4 DeKalb)
> Eastern Towhee (White-eyed) (1 Gwinnett)
> Ovenbird (2 Glynn)
> Painted Bunting (1 Richmond)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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 https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN35569
> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Robert Emond
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Date: 2/14/19 12:11 pm
From: Vicki Williams <000002847ef88933-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Huge River of Sandhill Cranes in West Cobb
Hello...
  There is a huge River of sandhill cranes moving through West Cobb County right now.  I'm hearing tons more than I can find in the sky. I'm also seriously undercounting what I'm seeing because they are flying in huge groups. Usually the V's and groups are small enough I can count by grouping. Not this time.

  I've gotten around 1500 so far.

 My sandhill friends just north of me in West Cobb are reporting they are seeing large numbers as well right now. They don't live directly north so that is why I think it is a river of movement.

    Vicki Williams, West Cobb
   Due West (Marietta)

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Date: 2/13/19 5:18 pm
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 12 Feb 19
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> Date: February 13, 2019 at 3:25:44 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Snow Goose (2 Mitchell)
> Greater Scaup (1 Schley)
> Dunlin (1 Miller)
> Long-billed Dowitcher (1 Miller)
> Wood Stork (2 Berrien, 1 Burke, 1 Miller)
> Burrowing Owl (4 Miller)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (2 Charlton)
> Merlin (1 Macon)
> Say's Phoebe (2 Miller)
> Vermilion Flycatcher (2 Mitchell, 1 Thomas)
> Ash-throated Flycatcher (3 Mitchell)
> Pine Siskin (1 Chatham)
> Baltimore Oriole (1 Clarke, 1 Oconee)
> Painted Bunting (1 Charlton, 1 Tattnall)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
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> Robert Emond
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Date: 2/12/19 4:46 pm
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 10 Feb 19
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> Date: February 11, 2019 at 3:28:24 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Snow Goose (1 DeKalb)
> Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Dooly, 2 Morgan)
> Canvasback (6 DeKalb)
> Greater Scaup (2 Whitfield)
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1 Chatham)
> Rufous Hummingbird (1 Bibb)
> Limpkin (2 Dougherty)
> Barn Owl (1 Miller, 1 Stewart)
> Burrowing Owl (1 Miller)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Jones)
> Merlin (1 Stewart)
> Peregrine Falcon (1 Morgan)
> Say's Phoebe (1 Miller)
> Vermilion Flycatcher (1 Lee, 2 Miller, 1 Mitchell, 2 Seminole)
> Ash-throated Flycatcher (2 Mitchell)
> Tree Swallow (1 Fulton)
> Sedge Wren (1 Fulton)
> Purple Finch (1 Chatham)
> Vesper Sparrow (1 Fulton)
> Baltimore Oriole (1 Oconee)
> Brewer's Blackbird (1 Burke)
> Nashville Warbler (1 Stewart)
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) (1 Forsyth)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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 https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN35569
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> Robert Emond
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Date: 2/12/19 11:56 am
From: A Betuel <ykcul88...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Sandhill Cranes - Westview Cemetery (Fulton)
A buddy of mine just called to say there are 100+ cranes on the ground at
Westview Cemetery in SW Atlanta. Thought some of you may be willing to deal
with the rain to see these birds a little closer than we normally get to
here in Atlanta. The birds are in the open field at the back of the
cemetery. This is also a good location to find Wild Turkey in the city so
keep your eyes open.

Best

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Date: 2/11/19 1:14 pm
From: world oceans <world.oceans7...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Lark sparrow Clayton County
Hi all,
This afternoon shortly after 3 pm I observed a Lark sparrow in Morrow,
Clayton County along Clayton State Boulevard, just west of Station Rd. and
directly across the street from the Georgia Archives building. The bird was
in an open area of tall weeds and brush which is separated from Jonesboro
Rd. by trees and houses. The bird appeared to be an adult or near-adult, as
it had bold facial pattern of white eyestripe and very bright white crown
stripe. It also displayed (in low flight) the wide, conspicuous white tail
edges which are diagnostic of this species. I was able to watch it for
several minutes as it dropped into the weeds and then rose up again to
perch. It was a bit too far and moving too fast for me to get any photos. I
did not hear it vocalize.

According to ebird, the last sighting of the species in Georgia was January
1 in Burke County; the last Clayton County report was in August 2005. Lark
sparrows do range into parts of Tennessee and South Carolina, although they
are generally rare throughout the eastern U.S. I believe I had one previous
sighting several years ago between Hapeville and Mountain View, not too far
from today's site. I am not sure if I even reported that previous
observation to ebird because it was very brief and I did not feel certain
of the identification. Today's bird was clearly a Lark sparrow, with which
I have a lot of familiarity in other parts of the country.

A detailed report will be filed with ebird in just a bit. I hope others
will look for the bird, and please post here immediately or let me know
offline if you think you see it. The open weedy area where I watched it was
fairly alive with other birds, a nice spot to discover on a day which
previously had been very quiet and foggy.

Good birding,
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Date: 2/11/19 7:01 am
From: Sean Beeching <0000063eb2f06bb4-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [GABO-L] BAWW
I saw a Black and White Warbler on Connecticut Avenue in Atlanta (my front yard) on Feb. 5, foraging in a dying Robinia.

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Date: 2/10/19 1:42 am
From: lawrence rhines <lrhines1...>
Subject: [GABO-L] cranes
17 cranes overhead today around 3p.m. headed North. Seen in Acworth SR92 & SR41


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Date: 2/9/19 2:37 pm
From: world oceans <world.oceans7...>
Subject: [GABO-L] More bald eagles near Atlanta
In addition to the previous reports from Kennesaw and Peachtree City, there
were immature bald eagles this afternoon at the Palisades Unit of the
Chattahoochee between northwest Atlanta and Cumberland, and just a short
while ago a bit northwest of the airport at the Clayton-Fulton county line.

James Gibson
Clayton County

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Date: 2/9/19 11:34 am
From: Giff Beaton <giffbeaton...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Sandhill Cranes in south Fulton County
Two flocks totaling 48 birds just flew N-NW over Grange Lake in Serenbe, south Fulton County...

Giff Beaton
south Fulton Co GA

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Date: 2/9/19 8:00 am
From: Michelle Hamner <michelle...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Brewer's Blackbirds continuing in Senoia, Coweta County
The Brewer's Blackbird(s) originally reported by Chuck Saleeby last month
and reported yesterday by Richard Candler continue on Feb 9 2019 just
outside of downtown Senoia. This morning there were at least 3 congregating
with a flock of Common Grackles in the yards/trees just past Seavy St Park.
There may be more than 3 (and I believe Richard had 4 yesterday), but
that's the most I counted at one time, as they kept flushing into the trees
as cars drove past.

Michelle
Peachtree City, Fayette Co

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Date: 2/9/19 6:33 am
From: ldtp <ldtp...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Bald Eagle in Peachtree City, Fayette County
Sorry for the late post. An adult Bald Eagle in flight over Lake Peachtree (Peachtree City, Fayette County) about 6 PM on Thursday, Feb 7. Headed roughly SE and disappeared below the treeline.

Also three bats nearby a little later, enjoying the warm spell.
Liz HornsbyPeachtree City, Fayette County

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Date: 2/9/19 5:57 am
From: Sherry Rosen <sherryarosen...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Juvenile bald eagle
Kennesaw, GA - While out photographing the cardinals and blue jays and
robins in front of my house, something in the sky caught my eye and I was
stunned to see a juvenile bald eagle. What an incredible sight!
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Date: 2/8/19 2:53 pm
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Northwest GA highlights(2/2/19 - 2/8/19)
This is a report for a few highlights found over the last SEVEN days in a few northwest GA counties.


GORDON COUNTY

HWY 136(just east of the Coosawattee River)

2/2/19 -  We watched a large flock of Common Grackles numbering at least 10,000 in the crop fields. Also, hunting the fields were at least seven Red-tailed Hawks, Northern Harrier and two American Kestrels. We also had a Wilson Snipe flyover.

HWY 53(just east of Fairmount)

2/4/19 - 36 Wild Turkeys were observed along the road in a field.

SLATE MINE RD. 

2/4/19 - At the corner of this road and HWY 53, there are some lakes/wetlands that can be somewhat viewed along the road. There was a lone HORNED GREBE in the lake. Not an easy county bird for Gordon.



MURRAY COUNTY

CARTERS LAKE

2/2/19 - Not much to mention but there were at least 325 Ring-billed Gulls on the reregulation lake. 

2/4/19 - Again not much to mention except two PEREGRINE FALCONS along Powerhouse Rd. These two birds were soaring low in the early morning and turned southwest and disappeared. Not sure if they're hanging around, but there was one in the vicinity in early January on the CBC(Lotz & Henderson). Also in the area were two American Kestrels acting very flirtatious and checking out a possible nest site.

MT CARMEL RD.

2/2/19 -  In a flooded field on the northside of this road and across from the North Murray County High School there were at least 91 REDHEADS that were dabbling like marsh ducks. If anyone stops to check this, be aware that it is a public school area and it might be better to wait until the weekend. I also had a few small groups of blackbirds here, one yielding a singing RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

LAKESHORE DRIVE (in Chatsworth)

2/8/19 - 43 REDHEAD & 2 Ring-necked Duck 

BAGLEY & BALLGROUND RDS.

2/4/19 - four American Woodcocks and one Great Horned Owl



If anyone needs any further details, let me know.

Joshua Spence,
Murray County

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Date: 2/8/19 1:40 pm
From: Vicki Williams <000002847ef88933-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Sandhill Crane lift offs in West Cobb This morning.
Hello,
   I'm usually never at Green Meadows on a sandhill crane lift off morning but I was over there doing a bird walk today. It was interesting because this is what I saw - for a total of 5 cranes. I heard every crane making sounds. 

10:40  2 flying - not too high
11:11  1 flying rather high
11:27  1 flying- Low enough saw beak and feet with binocs
12:03  1 flying mid high

Most of them looked like they had taken off somewhere nearby and were working their way up to catch a thermal.  They were coming from different directions so who knows where they spent the night. I thought I heard one other brief sound but I was in the trees at that point and there wasn't a clear view of the sky to find the 1 dot that was probably up there.

  Hope other people got to see sandhill cranes today.  

  On a side note managed the nuthatch trifecta at Green Meadows as well as at home today.  The one at Green Meadows is much harder to achieve since the birds aren't all feeder trained.

               Vicki Williams, West Cobb County
               Due West (Marietta)

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Date: 2/8/19 9:13 am
From: Terry Moore <stkite...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Sandhill Cranes over Roswell
Currently have approximately 100 sandhill cranes circling at high altitude and generally drifting north over Martins Landing area in Roswell!

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Date: 2/8/19 7:43 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 7 Feb 19
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: February 8, 2019 at 3:32:24 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Greater White-fronted Goose (2 Dooly)
> Canvasback (1 Cherokee, 1 Newton)
> Greater Scaup (1 Putnam)
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird (2 Chatham)
> American Bittern (1 Oconee)
> Snowy Egret (1 Lowndes)
> Tricolored Heron (1 Lowndes)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Jones)
> Vermilion Flycatcher (1 Thomas)
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow (1 Dooly)
> Red-breasted Nuthatch (1 Muscogee)
> Baltimore Oriole (1 DeKalb, 1 Oconee)
> American Redstart (1 Glynn)
> Yellow-throated Warbler (1 Effingham)
> Painted Bunting (1 Bulloch)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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 https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN35569
> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Robert Emond
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Date: 2/7/19 7:33 pm
From: Vicki Williams <000002847ef88933-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Sandhill Cranes in Due West/West Cobb County
Hello...
    I've had several small groups of sandhill cranes go over the last few days, usually just once each day at my house. I was also lucky enough to see some today while I was at Green Meadows Preserve (West Cobb County).  Most of the groups have been VERY high and not very vocal.

    Looking at the Sandhill Crane map it appears there was a major movement of sandhill cranes today - mostly to the east of I-75.

Funny story about the sandhill cranes I saw yesterday at home. That group was flying pretty low and very fast...jet fighter fast I must say I've seldom seen a group blast through that fast before. Blink your eyes and they were gone. 

The termite guy was here when I ran outside to stand in the front yard looking up. He came up to me with the paperwork to sign and said "Were those pigeons?" I managed to keep a straight face when I said, "No, they were sandhill cranes."

He did qualify his comment by saying "I don't know anything about birds." I didn't say, you got that right!!!! 

I've been chuckling about that off and on ever since.

Also, as an FYI, at 10:00 tonight a small group blasted over quite low and were very vocal. I heard them inside the house and Victor heard them as well because he was outside.

Vicki Williams, West Cobb County
Due West (Marietta)

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Date: 2/7/19 3:55 pm
From: Sandra Eileen Garber <sgarber...>
Subject: [GABO-L] SANDHILL CRANES, CHEROKEE COUNTY, FIELDS LANDING
About 60 Sandhill Cranes are down on the very far sandbar (eastern end) out from Field's Landing on Lake Allatoona.


Sandra Garber

Cherokee County

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Date: 2/7/19 2:30 pm
From: Sandra Eileen Garber <sgarber...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Sandhill Cranes, Cherokee County
Group of calling Sandhill Cranes just came up Lake Allatoona, turned at Fields Landong, and proceded up the river (Etowah). Once again heard, not seen.
Sandra Garber
Fields Landing
Cherokee County


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Date: 2/7/19 2:08 pm
From: Chris O'Neal <chrisoneal2718...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Sandhill Cranes - Dekalb County
More Sandhills flying over Murphey Candler Park a few minutes ago, at least
170.

Eyes to the Skies!

Chris O’Neal
Brookhaven

On Thu, Feb 7, 2019 at 1:44 PM, Chris O'Neal <chrisoneal2718...>
wrote:

> There’s a group of SANDHILL CRANES flying somewhere over Dresden Drive in
> Brookhaven right now. I can’t see them but can hear them calling loudly.
> Does anyone else see them and have a count estimate?
>
> The train of cranes stays mainly in the plain!
>
> Chris O’Neal
> Brookhaven
>

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Date: 2/7/19 12:38 pm
From: Sandra Eileen Garber <sgarber...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Sandhill Cranes, Cherokee County
My 2 cents worth - Sandhill Cranes heard flying over house in south Canton @ 3:30. Could not see.

Sandra Garber
Canton, GA



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Date: 2/7/19 12:27 pm
From: Tim Henderson <timhendersonlive...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Sandhill Cranes
Sandhill Cranes
More sandhill cranes then I can count right now, right over downtown
Atlanta spring
in Marietta Street.

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Date: 2/7/19 12:25 pm
From: Jason Ward <0000007673135945-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Sandhills over Johns Creek
I watched as 28 Sandhill Cranes flew over Rogers Bridge trail, heading north. 
 


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Date: 2/7/19 11:25 am
From: vldeloach <vldeloach...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Sandhill cranes - Cherokee Co.

10 mins ago over Biello Park heading north.  Big Rat snake 7 ft up tree and foty butterflies. 75° +
Vicki & Harry DeLoachWoodstock


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Date: 2/7/19 10:49 am
From: Richard Patterson <rpattersin...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Sandhill Cranes over Chamblee
A loud flock of Sandhill Cranes flew over about 1:45pm, so high I couldn't
see them without binoculars.
Dick Patterson, DeKalb County

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Date: 2/7/19 10:44 am
From: Chris O'Neal <chrisoneal2718...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Sandhill Cranes - Dekalb County
There’s a group of SANDHILL CRANES flying somewhere over Dresden Drive in
Brookhaven right now. I can’t see them but can hear them calling loudly.
Does anyone else see them and have a count estimate?

The train of cranes stays mainly in the plain!

Chris O’Neal
Brookhaven

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Date: 2/6/19 3:57 pm
From: Ginny <ginnywood...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Tim Rose
Tim Rose has died, y'all.

He hasn't been able to bird or even post to the listserv in a long time, but some of you may recall his epic Christmas Count dispatches from the coast or remember that barefoot guy from the field.

Ginny WoodCobb County

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Date: 2/6/19 4:22 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 5 Jan 19
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Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: February 6, 2019 at 3:34:17 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Canvasback (1 Bartow, 1 DeKalb)
> Greater Scaup (1 Gwinnett)
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1 Chatham, 2 Columbia)
> Spotted Sandpiper (1 Troup)
> Red-throated Loon (1 Fannin)
> American Bittern (2 Oconee)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Jasper)
> Vermilion Flycatcher (1 Thomas)
> Purple Finch (1 Camden)
> Eastern Towhee (Red-eyed) (1 Floyd)
> Baltimore Oriole (1 Oconee)
> Ovenbird (1 Glynn)
> Orange-crowned Warbler (1 Floyd)
> Painted Bunting (1 Charlton, 1 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 https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN35569
> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Robert Emond
Lowndes
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Date: 2/5/19 3:29 pm
From: charles saleeby <charlessaleeby...>
Subject: [GABO-L] American Redstart S. Fulton
There has been an American Redstart singing in Serenbe subdivision in south Fulton Co. the last 2 days. Thought I heard it several times while working from inside a house yesterday. I definitely heard it this morning a dozen times or so. It was in the Grange section not too far from the General Store. I do see there have been a few reports this winter. I can't wait until Spring.
Chuck SaleebyKennesaw GACobb County

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Date: 2/5/19 10:29 am
From: Angie Jenkins <angeliabeth...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Noonday Creek Trail AAS Trip Report / Cobb Co
Hi Birders,



Reporting ( a few days late) on the Sunday walk along the Noonday Creek
Trail. The 5 of us had a pretty good morning. With the overcast morning
right after the rains we missed out on a few regulars. The bird of the day
was a nice low flyby of a Bald Eagle in a 4 way intersection of all places.
The sparrows were not a prevalent as normal, so that was a disappointment
but overall we had 39 species.

Also had the Gray Catbird, maybe the same bird we had during the Christmas
Bird Count on Dec. 15th as it was located in the exact location.



Thank you and Good Birding,

Angie Jenkins





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Date: 2/3/19 8:00 am
From: Daniel Vickers <dvickers...>
Subject: [GABO-L] No luck on WW Scoter @ Stone Mth
Searched entire lake but no luck.

Dan Vickers
Kris Bisgard
Bill Lotz
Atlanta

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Date: 2/2/19 8:48 am
From: Jamie Vidich <bearislandfarm...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Black-Crowned Night Heron Lullwater Dekalb County
Seen on Atlanta Audubon trip this morning. Visible hunkering down on an
alder hanging over the lake at the Lullwater Preserve at Emory in Dekalb
County. On the north side of the lake. Best seen from the trail on the
south side of the lake.

Gus Kaufman spotted it and 16 of us got good, though a bit distant looks.

I will submit photos to the eBird checklist later today.

Best,

Jamie Vidich
Atlanta, Fulton County
(843) 605-2959


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Bluffton, SC 29910
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Date: 2/1/19 12:10 pm
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Northwest Georgia highlights(1/23/19 - 2/1/19)
This is a report for birds found over the last ten days in a few northwest GA counties, as well as a follow up on some my sightings from last week.


GORDON COUNTY

Mashburn Rd. Pond
I have checked back at the pond on Mashburn Rd. several times this week and have not seen the R0SS'5 G005E. Today, I did have three CANVASBACKS there with at least 31 Ring-necked Ducks.


Fite Bend
The floodwaters at Fite Bend have receded and there's only a few pools left. I've checked it three times over the last ten days and there had been a nice assortment of ducks. Unfortunately, there were duck hunters present on one of my visits.....so even with the decreasing field pools, the ducks have another reason for leaving. On Wednesday(1/30/19) the only ducks left were two NORTHERN PINTAIL drakes foraging in the field pools. On the settling pond on the westside of the road there were six REDHEADS. Their numbers had been growing before the hunting began and on 1/23/19 I counted at least 73. Other non-duck highlights that have been observed here over the last week: HERRING GULL, 8 HORNED LARKS, VESPER SPARROW, at least a dozen WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS.

Pleasant Hill & Terry Johnson Rds.
At least ten AMERICAN WOODCOCKS were located on this stretch on 1/24/19. Most were heard but a few were observed doing the courtship flight.

Hook Rd.
2 BARN OWLS were observed at dusk hunting over brushy crop fields on 1/24/19.



MURRAY COUNTY

Lakeshore Drive in Chatsworth - 1/25/19
REDHEAD - 37
Ring-necked Duck - 27



WALKER COUNTY

I checked Queen City Lake near LaFayete on 1/26/19. The only bird present was a COMMON LOON, which is not an easy county bird to find in this county.



WHITFIELD COUNTY

On 1/28/19 I checked 25-30 ponds, lakes, wetlands for waterfowl in northeast Whitfield County. Only abouty ten of these had any ducks. Totals were:
Wood Duck - 3
Mallard - 3
Northern Shoveler - 3
Ring-necked Duck - 21
GREATER SCAUP - 2
Bufflehead - 17
Hooded Merganser - 5
Ruddy Duck - 8

Spring Creek Preserve - 3 WOOD DUCKS, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, a singing PURPLE FINCH and two FOX SPARROWS.

Lake Kathy - This site has been labeled a "hot spot", but it has not hosted good numbers of wintering waterfowl over the last couple of years. It's been a while since it has had "hot spot" type diversity. I've checked it several times this winter and other than large gaggles of Canada Geese, it has been slim. It used to host hundreds of American Coots, but upon this last trip I only observed TWO! Other birds on the water were three wild-looking Mallards, eight Ring-necked Ducks, 2 Ruddy Ducks and one Pied-billed Grebe. It is possible that the lake does not have the amount of food as it once did, but there has also been a pair of Ba1d Eag1es frequenting this site. If the harrassment from the eag1es is too much, they could disperse to other bodies of water in the county.

East Broadacre Rd. - Two female GREATER SCAUPS were observed. Not an easy county bird here.








If anyone needs any further details, let me know.

Joshua Spence,
Murray County

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Date: 2/1/19 2:54 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 31 Jan 19
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Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: February 1, 2019 at 3:40:08 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Snow Goose (3 Morgan)
> Greater White-fronted Goose (2 Morgan)
> Greater White-fronted Goose (Western) (1 Morgan)
> Canvasback (3 DeKalb)
> Dunlin (1 Miller)
> Least Tern (1 Glynn)
> Common Tern (1 Chatham)
> Snowy Egret (1 Lowndes)
> Burrowing Owl (1 Miller)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Jasper)
> Merlin (1 Jenkins)
> Peregrine Falcon (2 Madison)
> Say's Phoebe (1 Mitchell)
> Vermilion Flycatcher (1 Thomas)
> Eastern Kingbird (2 Irwin)
> Loggerhead Shrike (1 Clayton)
> White-eyed Vireo (1 Gwinnett)
> Tree Swallow (2 Lowndes, 1 Richmond)
> Fox Sparrow (1 Glynn)
> Fox Sparrow (Red) (1 Glynn)
> Ovenbird (1 Glynn)
> Black-and-white Warbler (1 Morgan)
> Northern Parula (1 Glynn)
> Palm Warbler (Yellow) (1 Murray)
> Painted Bunting (1 Bulloch, 1 Camden, 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 https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN35569
> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Robert Emond
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Date: 1/31/19 7:13 pm
From: Annette <bittaker...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Continuing hummingbird Coffee County
The hummingbird continues in my yard. I now feel there is a possibility it is a young male as I believe there is. Spot of color on the throat. It is shy so good looks are difficult


Birds and Blessings
Annette Bittaker
Douglas Coffee County
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Date: 1/31/19 8:06 am
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Carters Lake Christmas Bird Count Summary
The twelfth annual Carters Lake CBC was conducted on January 3rd, 2019. Congratulations to the twenty-five birders who participated and turned out some excellent results making this count our 2nd best yet! We tallied a total of 106 species! We had some light rain in the morning, but we powered through and still registered a total of 83.5 party hours. I have posted the preliminary summary on the blog, follow the link below for a full write up with some photos:

https://northgeorgianaturalist.blogspot.com/2019/01/carters-lake-christmas-bird-count.html


At a quick glance, these were our highlights:

Nice year for diversity in the duck department, 12 spp. but numbers were below average.

Wood Duck - 16
Gadwall - 105
American Wigeon
Mallard - 45
Northern Shoveler - 2
Northern Pintail - 4
Green-winged Teal - 11
Ring-necked Duck - 20
Greater Scaup - 3
Lesser Scaup - 2
Bufflehead - 3
Hooded Merganser - 3

Northern Harrier - 10
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 6
Bald Eagle - 6
Virginia Rail - 2
Sora - 3
AMERICAN WOODCOCK - 69
Barn Owl
Barred Owl - 9
Red-headed Woodpecker - 42
American Kestrel - 30
PEREGRINE FALCON
Loggerhead Shrike - 3
WHITE-EYED VIREO
Horned Lark - 2
Winter Wren - 30
Sedge Wren - 3
American Robin - 2490
Gray Catbird
Orange-crowned Warbler - 3
AMERICAN REDSTART - 1st winter record for GA mountain region
Palm Warbler - 17
White-crowned Sparrow - 37
Vesper Sparrow - 13
Rusty Blackbird - 62
Brewer's Blackbird - 2
RED CROSSBILL - 3 - 1st appearance on this count

Joshua Spence,
Murray County

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Date: 1/30/19 8:21 pm
From: Sheila Willis <swjxw1...>
Subject: [GABO-L] BURROWING OWL (not) in CAMDEN (see ebird location error)
Hey folks,

Hope you are fine.

The Rare Bird Alert w/ ebird reports lists a BURROWING OWL for CAMDEN Co.,
GA on 1/26/2019 by Patti Liming. However, when you go to the ebird marker &
checklist, it shows that something is off as to its location as shown on
the map vs the site address as in the checklist.

Apparently the marker was erroneously placed at the GA State Visitor Center
in s. CAMDEN CO. & "Camden County, Georgia" also shows up written after the
site address, another error. Unknown if this was due to ebird or the
poster. Note that it is not unknown for ebird to have differing marker
locations & checklist listings for where species were actually found (as
indicated/described in the checklist & deduced from knowledge of the site
listed).

The specific location address shown in the checklist is for an area where
the birds are known to be resident ("4919 SW 3rd Avenue Cape Coral, FL"),
according to a knowledgeable coastal GA birder. It was stated as being at
its burrow. Last I knew, there weren't any resident BURROWING OWLs in
CAMDEN Co., GA.

BTW, during the 1980's & a little after our Okefenokee Bird Club used to go
visit a small BURROWING OWL colony at the Sears Warehouse off Imeson Blvd
in n. Jacksonville, DUVAL Co., FL. They were w. of Mayport and in the large
grassy front yard of the warehouse. This is east of the Jacksonville Zoo.
Young were seen & there were multiple burrows.

Then, on a future visit, we discovered that the burrows were covered over &
the birds were gone. The local Duval Audubon Society contact person did not
know what happened or where they went. Others suggested documented human
disturbance (w/ dogs) & development as factors.

The colony apparently first started in 1973 or 1974 w/ first record of
nesting in 1975 and by 1995 it was gone. See the following link to more
info on this Jacksonville colony: http://birdingjacksonville.com/?p=249

In 1980 one found its way to Jekyll Is., GLYNN CO., but this was
accidental. The Jacksonville colony was said to be the northernmost
breeding site for the species in FL & was maybe the source of that stray
coastal wanderer.

Take care.

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

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Date: 1/30/19 5:55 pm
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 29 Jan 19
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> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: January 30, 2019 at 3:28:19 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Canvasback (6 DeKalb)
> Rufous Hummingbird (1 Bibb)
> Long-billed Curlew (2 Glynn)
> Spotted Sandpiper (1 Henry)
> Red-throated Loon (1 Fannin)
> Burrowing Owl (1 Camden)
> Short-eared Owl (1 Glynn)
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow (1 Clayton)
> Tree Swallow (1 Clayton)
> Red-breasted Nuthatch (1 Clayton)
> Purple Finch (1 Chatham)
> Pine Siskin (1 Chatham)
> Fox Sparrow (1 Glynn)
> Rusty Blackbird (1 McIntosh)
> Northern Parula (1 Glynn)
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) (1 Forsyth)
> Painted Bunting (1 Bulloch, 1 Charlton, 1 Tattnall)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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 https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN35569
> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Robert Emond
Lowndes
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Date: 1/29/19 2:52 pm
From: Janell Cleveland <poseygrace...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Vermilion Flycatcher wintering in Thomas County Georgia
Hi All- we have a Vermilion Flycatcher wintering on our farm in Boston, GA
(between Thomasville and Valdosta). He's been here at least 3 weeks. He
hangs out in the same spots and I've learned his daily schedule. He's super
easy to find- usually takes me less than 5 minutes.

We welcome anyone who wants to add this gorgeous bird to your list. Call
first and I'll give you directions and make sure he's still hanging around.

Janell Cleveland
Root Down Farms
Boston, GA
229-726-9056

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Date: 1/28/19 5:32 am
From: Sherry Rosen <sherryarosen...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Barred Owl
Seen in the woods late morning, Kennesaw 1/27/19
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Date: 1/28/19 5:06 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 27 Jan 19
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> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: January 28, 2019 at 3:05:15 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Eurasian Collared-Dove (1 Cobb)
> White-winged Dove (1 Turner)
> Eastern Whip-poor-will (1 Laurens)
> Rufous Hummingbird (1 Bibb)
> Dunlin (2 Miller)
> American White Pelican (1 Decatur, 1 Lowndes)
> Snowy Egret (1 Lowndes)
> Reddish Egret (1 Chatham)
> Green Heron (1 Decatur)
> Barn Owl (2 Miller)
> Burrowing Owl (2 Miller)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Richmond)
> Merlin (1 Macon)
> Say's Phoebe (1 Mitchell)
> Vermilion Flycatcher (3 Mitchell)
> Ash-throated Flycatcher (1 Mitchell)
> Western Kingbird (1 Glynn)
> Tree Swallow (1 Dooly, 1 Laurens, 1 Lowndes)
> Purple Finch (1 Chatham)
> Purple Finch (Eastern) (1 Glynn)
> Vesper Sparrow (2 Fulton)
> Baltimore Oriole (2 Clarke)
> Rusty Blackbird (2 Chatham)
> Black-and-white Warbler (1 Gwinnett)
> Western Tanager (1 Columbia)
> Painted Bunting (1 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 https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN35569
> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Robert Emond
Lowndes
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Date: 1/27/19 6:47 pm
From: Nedra Sekera <njs1500...>
Subject: [GABO-L] TEST
TEST ONLY

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Date: 1/27/19 6:28 pm
From: Nedra Sekera <njs1500...>
Subject: [GABO-L]
PW ADD GAmember@2019

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Date: 1/27/19 6:19 pm
From: Nedra Sekera <njs1500...>
Subject: [GABO-L]
PW RESET

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Date: 1/25/19 8:39 am
From: Annette <bittaker...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Hummingbird in Coffee County
I have had a female hummingbird feeding regularly in my yard yesterday and
today. I think there is enough brown on the flanks to think Rufus. By
looks and sound I believe her to be other than Ruby-throated. She is a
feisty little gal. A cardinal landed on a branch close to her feeder and
she chased him off vigorously. I hope to get some pictures this afternoon
but her favorite perch is blocked from view from inside and she leaves when
I go outside!!

Birds and Blessings

Annette Bittaker

Douglas, Coffee County


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Date: 1/25/19 2:53 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 24 Jan 19
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> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: January 25, 2019 at 2:20:40 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Snow Goose (1 Dooly, 1 Upson)
> Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Dooly, 1 Upson)
> Trumpeter Swan (3 Jones)
> Horned Grebe (1 Murray)
> White-winged Dove (3 Chatham)
> Long-billed Curlew (2 Glynn)
> Barn Owl (1 Gordon, 2 Stewart)
> Short-eared Owl (2 Glynn)
> Western Kingbird (1 Chatham, 2 Glynn)
> Tree Swallow (1 Dooly, 2 Stewart)
> Purple Finch (1 Camden)
> Baltimore Oriole (2 Clarke)
> Rusty Blackbird (1 Chatham)
> Painted Bunting (1 Charlton, 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 https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN35569
> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Robert Emond
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Date: 1/24/19 9:21 am
From: Pam Potter <ppotter...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Yellow-shafted Flicker gang & mixed black bird hoard - Bartow Co
I am happily reporting there's been a gang of 7 (a record for me)Yellow-shafted Flickers hanging out along my driveway in the grass or up in the trees Jan 21 & 23. This morning it was 12!!!

And just a half hour ago, as I was leaving Publix in Cartersville, a HUGE flock of "black birds" flew out from behind the Belk's area and streamed across Main St to & over Kroger's. My jaw dropped. I'm thinking Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds". There were probably well over 1000! They flew on in the direction of Red Top Mountain.


Pam Potter
White
Bartow Co

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Date: 1/23/19 9:35 am
From: Chris O'Neal <chrisoneal2718...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Rusty Blackbirds - Fulton County
Hello everyone! I just found a huge flock of no less than 120 RUSTY
BLACKBIRDS at Rock Mill Park in Alpharetta. They are moving through the
trees near the two pavilions.

Good luck to anyone who wants to find them!

Chris O’Neal
Brookhaven

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Date: 1/23/19 5:30 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 22 Jan 19
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> Date: January 23, 2019 at 1:55:32 AM EST
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Snow Goose (1 Burke, 2 Dooly, 1 Upson)
> Ross's Goose (1 Gordon)
> Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Upson)
> Canvasback (1 Gordon)
> Common Goldeneye (1 Stewart)
> Horned Grebe (1 Floyd)
> Forster's Tern (1 Stewart)
> Reddish Egret (1 Chatham)
> Burrowing Owl (3 Miller)
> Say's Phoebe (2 Mitchell)
> Vermilion Flycatcher (1 Lee, 2 Mitchell)
> Ash-throated Flycatcher (2 Mitchell)
> Western Kingbird (1 Glynn)
> Tree Swallow (1 Burke, 2 Dooly, 1 Stewart)
> Sedge Wren (2 Cobb)
> Marsh Wren (1 Terrell)
> Purple Finch (1 Camden)
> Fox Sparrow (1 Bryan)
> Baltimore Oriole (2 Clarke, 1 Fulton)
> Rusty Blackbird (8 Chatham)
> Brewer's Blackbird (2 Stewart)
> Northern Waterthrush (5 Chatham)
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) (1 Forsyth)
> Western Tanager (1 Columbia)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
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> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Robert Emond
Lowndes
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Date: 1/22/19 2:53 pm
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Ross's Goose - Gordon County
I spent the morning birding several locations in Gordon County. The best bird was an adult ROSS'S GOOSE at Mashburn Rd., just east of Nickelsville(junction of HWYS 225 & 136). The bird was foraging with Canadas in the field near the pond. There's not been too many of these in GA this year, so maybe it will hang around for anyone wanting to chase it. I was hoping to locate other waterfowl that had possibly been frozen out into open water. The only concentration of several duck species was at Fite Bend Rd. where the fields were partially flooded.....as usual the wind was brutal.

Highlights:

FITE BEND

Northern Shoveler - one drake
Gadwall - at least 49
American Wigeon - 7
Mallard - 48
Northern Pintail - 15(8 drakes)
Canvasback - 3 drakes
Redhead - 38(28 drakes)
Ring-necked Duck - 4
Vesper Sparrow

MASHBURN RD.

ROSS'S GOOSE
Gadwall - 2
Ring-necked Duck - 4
Hooded Merganser - 1

PINE CHAPEL RD. - This site has not been very productive lately.....I had CAGO & MALL, best bird was one of the resident Loggerhead Shrikes.

DEWS POND/LAKE - This site was birdy but nothing too great. Best sightings were three Wood Ducks and at least 35 Rusty Blackbirds.

I had a few other Hooded Merganser sightings today: 44 at a lake on Owens Chapel Rd.; 2 at pond on Bracket Rd.; 2 at a pond on Wrights Hollow Rd.

I also had a very nice flock of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS along Old Rome/Dalton Rd. in the northwest corner of the county. I counted and finally estimated at least 300-350 that were foraging in a yard across the road from the Sugar Valley United Methodist Church. Not far from here I also observed Eurasian Collared Dove, Red-headed Woodpecker, Blue-headed Vireo and Fox Sparrow.

59 species today.

Joshua Spence,
Murray County

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