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7/22/17 5:29 pm robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 21 Jul 2017
7/21/17 9:15 am Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [GABO-L] Stunning White Hummingbird - Tucker, Dekalb County - 7/21/2017
7/20/17 10:00 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 19 Jul 2017
7/19/17 6:00 pm Sheila Willis <swjxw1...> [GABO-L] New taxonomy changes for GA birds (longish)
7/19/17 1:36 pm Andrew Baxter <a.d.baxter25...> [GABO-L] Bartow County Report
7/19/17 10:03 am Moss, John Patten <JohnPatten.Moss...> [GABO-L] American White Pelicans-Floyd County
7/18/17 3:54 pm Carol Lambert and/or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...> [GABO-L] Scarlet Tanager, Little Mulberry Park, Gwinnett County, 7/18/17
7/18/17 1:38 pm Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> Re: [GABO-L] Continued Scissor-tailed Flycatchers on Lucas Rd, Bartow County
7/18/17 1:03 pm Richard Bowman <rfbowman...> [GABO-L] Continued Scissor-tailed Flycatchers on Lucas Rd, Bartow County
7/18/17 10:33 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 17 Jul 2017
7/18/17 4:38 am Dottie Head <dottie...> [GABO-L] Woodstork Continues at Gantt Swamp
7/17/17 9:36 am Pam Potter <ppotter...> [GABO-L] great egrets, GBH's & Osprey at Pine Chapel Rd, Gordon Co
7/16/17 10:57 pm Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [GABO-L] A little North Central Georgia - 7/16/2017
7/16/17 1:39 pm James Ferrari <0000062c983a8e5d-dmarc-request...> [GABO-L] Roseate Spoonbills, Wilkinson Co
7/16/17 9:11 am Vanessa Lane <snowgyre...> [GABO-L] Please temporarily ignore rare bird alerts from Tift and surrounding counties
7/15/17 3:46 pm Wes Hatch <whatch11...> [GABO-L] Wood Stork Cherokee Co.
7/15/17 6:43 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 14 Jul 2017
7/13/17 7:48 pm Jody H. <jody1310...> [GABO-L] Visiting birder
7/13/17 2:47 pm Carol Lambert and/or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...> [GABO-L] Atlanta Audubon field trip in the morning to Panola Mountain State Park, Rockdale County, 7/14/17
7/13/17 2:14 pm James McDermott <jimmcdbirder...> [GABO-L] Wood Stork at Gant rd. Cherokee Co.
7/13/17 10:51 am Rich Hull <haharich15...> [GABO-L] Wood Stork still in Cherokee Co., GA
7/13/17 10:15 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 12 Jul 2017
7/12/17 3:47 pm Rich Hull <haharich15...> Re: [GABO-L] Wood Storks in Cherokee #fail
7/12/17 2:35 pm Pete Sumner <peter...> [GABO-L] Visiting birder.
7/12/17 12:46 pm Jason Baumgardner <jlbaumga...> [GABO-L] Eurasian collared doves
7/12/17 6:48 am Ann Stewart <annhstewart...> [GABO-L] Floyd County-Little Blue Heron:White Ibis: Wood Duck
7/11/17 1:31 pm Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu...> Re: [GABO-L] Broad-winged hawk pair, Coweta County
7/11/17 12:37 pm Richard Candler <candler86...> [GABO-L] Broad-winged hawk pair, Coweta County
7/11/17 10:26 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 10 Jul 2017
7/11/17 6:35 am Nikki Belmonte <scullybug...> [GABO-L] Wood Storks in Cherokee #fail
7/10/17 5:49 pm Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [GABO-L] Least Bitterns and King Rails - Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, Richmond County - 7/1 and 7/9 2017
7/10/17 2:48 pm Renee' Carleton <renee...> [GABO-L] No Anhinga or NightHerons - Floyd Co.
7/10/17 6:33 am Rich Hull <haharich15...> Re: [GABO-L] Wood Stork in Cherokee Co., GA
7/9/17 7:40 pm Rich Hull <haharich15...> [GABO-L] Wood Stork in Cherokee Co., GA
7/9/17 12:50 pm Bill & Condit <blotz...> [GABO-L] Swallow-tailed Kites in Burke County
7/8/17 5:50 pm Milton Hobbs <thegahobbs6...> [GABO-L] King Rail family--Phinizy Swamp and Nature Park- Richmond County, Augusta
7/8/17 9:50 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 7 Jul 2017
7/6/17 4:31 pm robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 5 Jul 2017
7/5/17 8:58 pm Rebecca E. Byrd <rebyrd2012...> [GABO-L] LARK SPARROW (FAMILY?) continues, Taylor County, 2July2017
7/5/17 4:19 pm robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Continuing Mute Swan (Baker County)
7/4/17 7:51 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 3 Jul 2017
7/2/17 7:28 am Beth Roth <bethheron...> [GABO-L] Roseate Spoonbills
7/1/17 12:48 pm Patrick Addy <patrickaddy...> Re: [GABO-L] White Ibis- Cur1ew type BIrds Chastain Park Atlanta
7/1/17 10:52 am LINDA SHIPLEY <sharja...> [GABO-L] Curlew type BIrds Chastain Park Atlanta
7/1/17 7:46 am Patrick Maurice <patrickmaurice1...> [GABO-L] Four Scissor-tailed Flycatchers now at Lucas Rd in Bartow Co. 7/1/17
7/1/17 7:12 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 30 Jun 2017
6/29/17 6:24 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 28 Jun 2017
6/28/17 11:39 am Sargent, Bob <bob.sargent...> [GABO-L] Teen Birder Scholarship to Costa Rica!
6/28/17 9:52 am Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954...> [GABO-L] Atlanta Audubon Field Trip this week
6/27/17 6:21 pm robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert
6/26/17 9:31 pm Stan Chapman <stanchap49...> [GABO-L] Roseate Spoonbill, Dickcissel and Scissor-tailed Flycatcher still in Bartow County
6/26/17 11:45 am plm108 <plm108...> Re: [GABO-L] Roseate Spoonbills in DeKalb County
6/26/17 9:27 am Joy Carter <joy.carter52...> [GABO-L] Roseate Spoonbills in DeKalb County
6/25/17 7:41 pm Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [GABO-L] Late Spring/Summer Birding Doldrums Not - North Georgia - 6/24-25/2017
6/25/17 3:14 pm Amit Kamma <flyingweasel3305...> [GABO-L] Bartow County Birding
6/25/17 11:32 am Rebecca E. Byrd <rebyrd2012...> [GABO-L] LARK SPARROWS count increased Taylor County 24June2017
6/24/17 5:54 pm robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 23 Jun 2017
6/24/17 5:00 pm Pam Potter <ppotter...> [GABO-L] roseate spoonbill & great herons- Taff Rd, Bartow co
6/22/17 1:42 pm Ann Stewart <annhstewart...> [GABO-L] Bartow Birds
6/22/17 11:52 am Linda Edwards <lindaedwards81...> [GABO-L] Anhingas
6/22/17 11:10 am Michelle Hamner <michelle...> [GABO-L] Fwd: Snowy Egrets at Lake Horton, Fayette Co
6/22/17 10:52 am Michelle Hamner <michelle...> [GABO-L] Snowy Egrets at Lake Horton, Fayette Co
6/22/17 9:07 am Vanessa Lane <snowgyre...> [GABO-L] Broad-winged Hawk, Alapaha WMA, Irwin County 22 June 2017
6/22/17 5:34 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 21 Jun 2017
6/22/17 4:48 am world oceans <world.oceans7...> [GABO-L] Extralimital but Relevant
6/22/17 3:56 am carolelud <000002d039a22c27-dmarc-request...> [GABO-L] C arolina Wren nest building
 
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Date: 7/22/17 5:29 pm
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 21 Jul 2017
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: July 22, 2017 at 1:08:32 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (2 Baker, 1 Dooly, 2 Lee)
> American White Pelican (1 Glynn)
> Sharp-shinned Hawk (2 Stephens)
> Limpkin (1 Dougherty)
> American Avocet (2 Glynn)
> Long-billed Curlew (1 Glynn)
> Stilt Sandpiper (1 Baker)
> Dunlin (1 Glynn)
> Buff-breasted Sandpiper (1 Baker)
> Lesser Yellowlegs (1 Glynn)
> White-winged Dove (1 Lee)
> American Kestrel (2 Franklin)
> Blue-headed Vireo (1 Morgan)
> Bank Swallow (1 Lee)
> Blackburnian Warbler (1 Cobb)
> Black-throated Green Warbler (1 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 http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569
> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Robert Emond
Lowndes
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Date: 7/21/17 9:15 am
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Stunning White Hummingbird - Tucker, Dekalb County - 7/21/2017
Hi All,

Mary Lynch of Tucker wrote yesterday wanting help with the ID of a white hummingbird she has had coming to her front yard feeder since about 4 July. I was able to go by and phonescope-video the bird this morning and put some frames up into an eBird report, along with the exact location:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38246952

I haven't had time to completely analyze the footage but I believe this bird is a Ruby-throated. There are 3-5 regular Ruby-throateds around the property as well. If anyone has any comments regarding the bird please post.

Mary and family welcome birders to come by and see the bird. The hummingbird is guarding a feeder under a tree in the center of the front yard and was pretty much constantly viewable for the time that I was there. This bird is very easy to photograph at close range (I kind of cheated and used a scope though). Please park on the street at the curb and observe from the street, the driveway, or in the front yard on the grass only. Please stay out of the flowers and beds! There is no need to call or contact Mary before coming over. The bird will also roost on the street side of the tree and the wires sometimes, and chases all of the other hummers a bunch.

Thanks so much to Mary and family for sharing their gorgeous hummingbird, beautiful hummingbird front yard, and for being such gracious hosts!

The address is:
3056 Rockaway Road
Tucker, GA 30341

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Good Birding All,

Mark

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

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Date: 7/20/17 10:00 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 19 Jul 2017
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: July 20, 2017 at 12:44:12 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Brooks)
> Mute Swan (1 Spalding)
> Anhinga (1 Baldwin, 1 Oglethorpe)
> American White Pelican (1 Floyd)
> White-faced Ibis (2 Decatur)
> Purple Gallinule (1 Brooks)
> American Golden-Plover (2 Glynn)
> Marbled Godwit (2 Glynn)
> Stilt Sandpiper (1 Chatham)
> Pectoral Sandpiper (1 Chatham, 2 Glynn)
> Wilson's Phalarope (1 Chatham)
> Spotted Sandpiper (1 Forsyth)
> Greater Yellowlegs (1 Chatham)
> Lesser Yellowlegs (1 Chatham)
> Least Tern (1 Long)
> American Kestrel (1 Richmond)
> Cliff Swallow (1 Chatham, 2 Glynn)
> Black-and-white Warbler (2 Decatur, 1 Stewart)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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
Lowdes
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Date: 7/19/17 6:00 pm
From: Sheila Willis <swjxw1...>
Subject: [GABO-L] New taxonomy changes for GA birds (longish)
Hey folks,

Hope you are fine and surviving the heat.

As some of you might know, this month is the time that the new taxonomic
changes for the birds are announced by the American Ornithological Society.
This comes in the form of a Supplement to the last published full Edition
of Nomenclature (7th Ed. in 1998).

The supplement for 2017 is the 58th and there are many changes for birds in
North America. You can read it online at this address:

http://www.americanornithologypubs.org/doi/pdf/10.1642/AUK-17-72.1?code=coop-site

Since I have lately been working on updating a South GA bird list, I
thought I would post here a summary of those changes which affect the birds
on our GA list. There are 14 major sections. I will present the info in the
order of the checklist as a short statement & then the details.

Again, I will list just the species relevant to GA, so see the full online
account for species not from our state affected by these & other changes. I
will include all levels of rank here: Regular, Provisional, Hypothetical
(that I am aware of).

1. *Chen* genus lumped into *Anser* genus for Geese

Delete the "white goose" genus *Chen* & lump its species into the "gray
goose" genus *Anser*. Change the genus name for Snow Goose & Ross's Goose
from *Chen* to *Anser*.

Create a new species sequence for the genus *Anser* as follows: Snow Goose,
Ross's Goose, Graylag Goose, & Greater White-fronted Goose.

2. Split of *Anas* genus & a new sequence for Dabbling Ducks

Split the genus *Anas* into 4 genera & a new sequence as *Sibirionetta*
(not GA), *Spatula*, *Mareca*, & *Anas*. Change the genus name *Anas* to
*Spatula* for Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal & Northern Shoveler. Change
the genus name *Anas* to *Mareca* for Gadwall, Eurasian Wigeon, & American
Wigeon.

Create a new sequence for the Dabbling Ducks in GA as follows: Blue-winged
Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Eurasian Wigeon, Mallard,
American Black Duck, Mottled Duck, Northern Pintail, & Green-winged Teal.

3. Split of Magnificent Hummingbird & new English name

Split Magnificent Hummingbird (*Eugenes fulgens*) into 2 species as
Rivoli's Hummingbird (*Eugenes fulgens*) and Talamanca Hummingbird (*Eugenes
spectabilis*). Rivoli's Hummingbird is the species that has been found the
U.S. (including GA).

4. New sequence for Sandpipers

For the Sandpipers (in GA), the following birds switch places in the
species sequence: Eskimo Curlew with Whimbrel, Wilson's Snipe with American
Woodcock, and Greater Yellowlegs with Lesser Yellowlegs. New current list
example: ...Lesser Yellowlegs, Willet, Greater Yellowlegs...

5. Thayer's Gull downgraded to a subspecies of Iceland Gull

Eliminate Thayer's Gull (*Larus thayeri*) as a species. Treat it as a
subspecies of Iceland Gull (*Larus glaucoides*) as (*Larus glaucoides
thayeri*).

6. Split of Northern Harrier w/ new scientific name

Split Northern Harrier into 2 species as *Circus hudsonius *(Northern
Harrier) and *Circus cyaneus *(Hen Harrier). The scientific name of the New
World's Northern Harrier changes from *Circus cyaneus *to *Circus hudsonius*.
Hen Harrier has not yet been accepted for the ABA Area.

7. New sequence for Finch genera

Rearrange the True Finches genera in a new sequence as follows:
*Coccothraustes* (Evening Grosbeak), *Pinicola* (Pine Grosbeak),
*Haemorhous* (House Finch, Purple Finch), *Acanthis* (Common Redpoll),
*Loxia* (Red Crossbill, White-winged Crossbill), and *Spinus* (Pine Siskin,
American Goldfinch).

8. Yellow-breasted Chat gets its own family & a new position in the
Perching Birds

Separate Yellow-breasted Chat (*Icteria virens*) from New World Warblers &
put it in a new family of Icteriidae (Yellow-breasted Chat). Place
Yellow-breasted Chat between New World Sparrows & Towhees and New World
Blackbirds.

[NOTE the "ii" in its name vs. the "i" for that in Icteridae (New World
Blackbirds)] [It is NOT a warbler anymore]

9. Sparrows, Towhees, & Juncos get their own new family & a new position in
the Perching Birds

Separate Towhees, Sparrows, & Juncos from the Embezirids and put them in
their own family Passerellidae (New World Sparrows & Towhees). Place New
World Sparrows & Towhees between Longspurs & Snow Buntings and
Yellow-breasted Chat.

10. Le Conte's is changed to one word: LeConte's

Rename Le Conte's Sparrow as LeConte's Sparrow (*Ammodramous leconteii*).

11. Changes to subfamily classification & species sequence within the
Icteridae (New World Blackbirds) plus a new position in the Perching Birds.

Create new Subfamilies for New World Blackbirds & rearrange the sequence
for its species. Place the New World Blackbirds between Yellow-breasted
Chat and New World Warblers.

The new subfamily & species sequence (for GA) is: Xanthocephalinae
(Yellow-headed Blackbird); Dolichonychinae (Bobolink); Sturnellinae
(Meadowlarks: Eastern Meadowlark, Western Meadowlark); Icterinae (New World
Orioles: Orchard Oriole, Bullock's Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, Scott's
Oriole); Agelaiinae (New World Blackbirds: Red-winged Blackbird; Shiny
Cowbird, Bronzed Cowbird, Brown-headed Cowbird; Rusty Blackbird, Brewer's
Blackbird; Common Grackle, Boat-tailed Grackle).

12. New World Warblers species reduced & in a new position in the Perching
Birds

Remove Yellow-breasted Chat (*Icteria virens*) from Parulidae (New World
Warblers). Move New World Warblers to between New World Blackbirds and
Cardinals & Allies.

13. Cardinals & Allies in a new position in the Perching Birds.

Move Cardinals & Allies to after New World Warblers & at the end of the
Passeriformes (Perching Birds) family list for GA species.

14. A new sequence within Songbirds (nine-primaried oscines)

Create a new sequence within Songbirds starting after Calcariidae
(Longspurs & Snow Buntings). The new line-up is as follows: Passerellidae
(New World Sparrows & Towhees), Icteriidae (Yellow-breasted Chat),
Icteridae (New World Blackbirds), Parulidae (New World Warblers), &
Cardinalidae (Cardinals & Allies).

*Spiza americana *(Dickcissel) is now the last species shown for the
Passeriformes (Perching Birds) on the GA species list.

CHANGES not directly affecting GA birds but w/ "our" species:

1. Black Scoter separated from Common Scoter

Separate Black Scoter into 2 species as *Melanitta nigra *(Common
Scoter) & *Melanitta
americana *(Black Scoter). The species found in GA is *Melanitta
americana *(Black
Scoter).

2. Northern Wheatear switches positions with Stonechat

Switch the positions of *Oenanthe oenanthe *(Northern Wheatear) with *Saxicola
torquatus *(Stonechat). Northern Wheatear is the one that has been in GA.

3. Cassia Crossbill split from Red Crossbill

Split Cassia Crossbill off from Red Crossbill. Cassia Crossbill (*Loxia*
*sinesciuris*) is in a limited range in Idaho. Red Crossbill (*Loxia
curvirostra*) is the species in GA.

With these species splits, some of you may gain a new life bird very
easily!! Or, conversely, lose one w/ the Thayer's Gull situation.

And once more, our checklists (& books, etc.) will have to be updated due
to this current round of shuffling species, genera, & families. This is
true for Geese, Ducks, Shorebirds, Finches, Sparrows, Yellow-breasted Chat,
Blackbirds, Warblers, & Cardinals/Allies. After the GOS website shows these
changes w/in our list for 2017 you can see how all this fits together much
better when you scan down the complete list at a glance.

Good luck w/ your birding!! Take care.

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

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Date: 7/19/17 1:36 pm
From: Andrew Baxter <a.d.baxter25...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Bartow County Report
Hello All,

Today, I went to check out the Bartow County area for the recently reported
Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, and I was pleased to report that I did see one
fly into the pine tree visible from Lucas Rd. I only saw the one, and it
perched in the tree and did not move before I left. I also heard a number
of Grasshopper Sparrows in the area and saw one or two.

I decided to stop by the pond on Taff Rd, and there was little action there
other than a Wood Duck hen with ducklings and a small sandpiper species. I
have added photos of the sandpiper to the ebird list, and I would greatly
appreciate any help in identifying the bird. I think it might be a Least
Sandpiper, but I was not sure enough to make the call.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38221667

Sincerely,

Andrew Baxter

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Date: 7/19/17 10:03 am
From: Moss, John Patten <JohnPatten.Moss...>
Subject: [GABO-L] American White Pelicans-Floyd County
Hey everyone,

At 9:15 this morning, while standing outside of the science building on the Berry College campus, Natalie Bailey and I saw 7 American White Pelicans. She spotted them as they came from the south. The birds circled and regrouped right above us. They stayed low and headed west. Our guess is that they were heading to Garden Lakes. I'll upload photos tonight. Keep your eyes peeled!

Thanks,
John Patten Moss
Berry College, Floyd County, GA

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Date: 7/18/17 3:54 pm
From: Carol Lambert and/or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Scarlet Tanager, Little Mulberry Park, Gwinnett County, 7/18/17
 I first heard this bird, finally saw it, then got a photo. It was a male, maybe a young male as a few chartreuse patches were seen on the chest, otherwise scarlet with black wings. My guess is that it is a young, unmated male looking, out of the species usual range, for a female. The two singing males I heard last month at Stone Mountain Park, DeKalb County, and the one male I saw at the Yellow River Park in Gwinnett County have apparently departed.
This species is not flagged in eBird, but I remember a time, years ago, when the sighting of this species was a rare event in the Atlanta area.
The Little Mulberry bird was on the main trail around the Miller Lake, the big lake there. Go to the right as you go down from the parking lot. It was first heard and seen just before you get to the first bridge, but it was moving around the area.
Out on the lake: a Little Blue Heron, adult, a Great Egret, a Great Blue Heron and 3, maybe 4, Green Herons.
Jeff
Jeff Sewell & Carol LambertTucker, GA / DeKalb <Countylambertsewell...>

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Date: 7/18/17 1:38 pm
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Continued Scissor-tailed Flycatchers on Lucas Rd, Bartow County
Hi All,

In case anyone missed it please note the last sentence in Ricky's post! SWALLOW-TAILED KITE in Bartow County!!!

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Date: 7/18/17 1:03 pm
From: Richard Bowman <rfbowman...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Continued Scissor-tailed Flycatchers on Lucas Rd, Bartow County
High all,

We have continued sightings/stalking, of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers - 3,
one male (long tail), two (shorter tails), perching in nest tree (single
pine tree), approximately 300 yards West of Lucas Rd., 0.4 miles South of
GA-113.

Sunday, my wife Rachel Bowman and brother Scott Bowman, joined me, to look
for shorebirds, at the Taff Rd/Brandon Farm Rd ponds and stalk the STFC
family, on Lucas Rd. We first stopped at the pond at the North end of Taff
Rd, amid low hanging clouds, almost a fog, where there were no shorebirds,
but there were about a gazillion swallows, on the east side of the road,
across from the pond. Sorry for the exaggerated count, but four of the
power lines, were filled with swallows, shoulder to shoulder, from pole to
pole and they were also swarming the top of the tree adjacent, to the
lines, just to the North, as well as the ones circling the pond. A quick
count of 20 swallows, in a short distance of line, I figured there were,
very conservatively, 100 swallows, per line and closer too double that.
Most of the ones, I looked at, had the white patch, on forehead and
chestnut throat, so I figured most were Cliff Swallows.

Shortly, we moved to Lucas Rd, by way of Brandon Farm Rd and counted 5
Great White Egrets, at the pond, on Brandon Farm Rd, north of the
intersection of Taff Rd/Brandon Farm Rd, mingling with the cattle.
After we turned on Lucas Rd, we saw a group of 5 House Finches, on the
fence to the west and a couple of Meadowlarks, sitting on the power lines,
to the east side of the road. We then set up watch, on the lone pine tree,
adjacent fields and fence lines, to the West of Lucas Rd, for any signs of
the STFC family. While waiting, we noticed a group of swallows, 8 or so,
sitting on the power lines further to the South. After about a half hour,
we saw the male come toward the pine tree, from the North and perched atop
the larger deciduous tree, between the pine tree and the brick/metal
building, to the North. After perching at the top of the tree, for a while,
the male moved into the nest pine tree. The male then move directly, to the
ground, at the top of the rise, near the tree. I was hoping the male was
gathering nesting material, and returning back to the tree, like we`d seen
earlier this year. The male didn`t return. Probably moving out to the West
of the rise, so maybe no making of a second nest, just yet. As the clouds
gave way to clearer skies, two more, shorter tailed STFCs, came into the
nest tree, directly from the North. Probably the female and one juvenile,
but who knows.

Satisfied in our STFC stalking, we got ready to leave. Get over it, western
birders, these ST Flycatchers are NEAR and dear to their Georgia admirers.
Before we left, we saw a large bird, moving in from the South, being chased
by a couple of smaller birds and eventually the small group of swallows,
from the power lines, on Lucas. It turned out to be an American
Swallow-tailed Kite, so a nice end to our stalking.


Happy Birding,

Ricky

Ricky and Rachel Bowman, Fulton County, Georgia

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Date: 7/18/17 10:33 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 17 Jul 2017
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: July 18, 2017 at 12:31:10 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Decatur, 1 Macon, 1 Sumter)
> Mute Swan (1 Spalding)
> Northern Bobwhite (1 Meriwether)
> Wood Stork (1 Cherokee)
> Glossy Ibis (1 Sumter)
> Broad-winged Hawk (3 Dougherty)
> Wilson's Snipe (1 Rockdale)
> Spotted Sandpiper (2 Jackson)
> American Kestrel (2 DeKalb)
> Tree Swallow (1 Coweta)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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: 7/18/17 4:38 am
From: Dottie Head <dottie...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Woodstork Continues at Gantt Swamp
I made a trip over to Gantt Swamp in Cherokee County around sunset
yesterday. While I was standing there observing a Great Egret, the
Woodstork flew in. He fed in the swamp for over an hour, and the Egret
followed him around the entire time. I also met the landowners, Ben and
Linda Statham, and they were very curious about the birds there and how
everyone knew about them. I told them about eBird and GABO and let them
have a look through my binoculars. They seemed very happy to have a rare
bird in their little slice of paradise.


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Date: 7/17/17 9:36 am
From: Pam Potter <ppotter...>
Subject: [GABO-L] great egrets, GBH's & Osprey at Pine Chapel Rd, Gordon Co
Pam PotterYesterday morning Anne Rapp and I went birding at the Surya Co's new facility at 1 Surya Drive White, GA. Bartow Co. They have several ponds for water control that have been colonized by cattails & birds that like water. I'd been by late last year & they'd all been dry. I found an American bittern there on the 13th. However, we only got to see a green heron or two, lots of swallows (mostly tree, a multitude of red-winged blackbirds & a few Canada geese.

We went to Pine Chapel Rd, Calhoun, Gordon Co. next: most of these sightings were at Moss Lk near the silos.

2 great egrets
lots of tree & barn swallows
6 GBH
And the big surprise and Osprey! We both got photos.

It came around too close to a GBH that had landed in the very top of a tree. The GBH squawked at it so loud I nearly jumped and we weren't very close.

We also observed a GBH imitating a vulture (which I thought it was at first) cruising at a high altitude. I can say I've never seen a GBH fly that high much less just cruising in circles.

A good day!


Pam Potter
White
Bartow Co

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Date: 7/16/17 10:57 pm
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] A little North Central Georgia - 7/16/2017
Hi All,

I birded in five north central Georgia counties this afternoon: Clayton, Henry, Fayette, Spalding, and Butts.  Starting out checking for shorebirds at the E.L. Huie ponds in Clayton after all of the increasingly good shorebird reports lately in the southeast and in Georgia. The shorebird highlights there were:

19 Killdeer
18 Least Sandpiper
 2 Spotted Sandpiper
 2 Solitary Sandpiper

At Lake Blalock in Henry County there were two more Spotted Sandpipers but no Limpkins.

---

Things got a little more interesting in Spalding County at the Cheatam Road bridge at the Heads Creek Reservoir PFA where a MUTE SWAN was feeding in the shallows to the east of the bridge.

I met a local fisherman there who thinks there is a nesting pair, he said he hasn't seen both birds together in a couple of weeks but believes a nest is somewhere east of bridge, past where I saw the single bird. The eBird checklist with photos:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38174558

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For the last stop of the day I was trying to make it into Butts County from the Heads Creek Reservoir PFA in Spalding but I knew I would be very late making it to the Bucksnort Road area.  I got onto Bucksnort Road and into Butts County and the habitat starting looking good for a stop just before the intersection of Foster Road and Bucksnort Road and so I proceeded to pull in there at dusk. Just as I was approaching Foster Road on the left I had a quick glimpse, while driving, of what I thought could have been a Barn Owl circling over the field on the northwest side of the intersection there but the bird disappeared very quickly behind the roadside bank. I saw it again very briefly as I pulled in to park but couldn't be sure it wasn't a smallish white wader circling around with its neck not stretched out (maybe there was water in there), but it looked way too buffy (Cattle Egret maybe?). I finally got parked without getting stopped for BWD (Birding While Driving... it all happened so fast but without incident) and looked and listened for a while hearing only a Field Sparrow or two in the deepening and lowering night, and didn't see the potential owl again.

Before I headed for home though I thought I would walk up to the stop sign at Bucksnort Road, to the highest ground, and try to scan around all of the distant tree-lines and large fields there for owls in the very last light of the evening. There were lots of largish bats flitting everywhere near and far but nothing else. I eventually scanned all the way around to my left and was amazed and delighted to see a/the BARN OWL perched on a wire next to the road, over-watching the fields! Great views in the scope at not much more than 100 feet!  I think it's the first time I've seen one perched on a wire.  I was getting ready to phone-scope the bird when a car came by quickly flushing it and I watched it drop low out over the fields on the other side of the road, and then it floated off over a rise, not to return! I'll have to check but I think that may be the first time I've seen a non-previously reported or non-known to be roosting Barn Owl in Georgia! Pretty Nice!

---

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Date: 7/16/17 1:39 pm
From: James Ferrari <0000062c983a8e5d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Roseate Spoonbills, Wilkinson Co
Hi, folks,

I observed a pair of Roseate Spoonbills in a pond in Wilkinson County this
morning. The location is an old kaolin pit along Gordon-McIntyre Rd east
of Gordon.

Here is my eBird checklist with some photos:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38162233

Jim Ferrari

Macon, GA
Bibb County

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Date: 7/16/17 9:11 am
From: Vanessa Lane <snowgyre...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Please temporarily ignore rare bird alerts from Tift and surrounding counties
Students currently enrolled in my nongame wildlife management class are
required to submit Ebird lists as part of their citizen science class
projects. Inevitably, all of them waited until the last moment to submit
their lists (the assignment is due on Wednesday). Please temporarily ignore
rare bird alerts coming from Tift and surrounding counties. I will be
working with the students this week to correct errors. For now, I am
allowing the errors to stand because they are being graded on list quality
and their ability to document species Ebird flags as rare.

If you receive rare bird alerts from Tift and surrounding counties, I
encourage you to contact the students submitting the reports. If they
receive feedback from someone other than the person grading them (me), they
would benefit greatly from it.

Thank you for your patience,
~Vanessa Lane
Tifton, GA

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Date: 7/15/17 3:46 pm
From: Wes Hatch <whatch11...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Wood Stork Cherokee Co.
The Wood Stork is currently being viewed in the marsh along Gantt Rd. Remember to pull off and respect the neighbors.

Wes Hatch
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Date: 7/15/17 6:43 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 14 Jul 2017
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: July 14, 2017 at 11:47:51 AM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Northern Bobwhite (1 Harris, 1 Jones)
> Wood Stork (1 Cherokee)
> Spotted Sandpiper (1 Clayton)
> Greater Yellowlegs (1 Glynn)
> Lesser Yellowlegs (1 Glynn)
> Black Tern (1 Glynn)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Jasper)
> American Kestrel (1 Rockdale)
> Common Raven (1 Murray)
> Tree Swallow (1 Coweta)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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
Lowdes
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Date: 7/13/17 7:48 pm
From: Jody H. <jody1310...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Visiting birder
Hello fellow birders.  I'm visiting Atlanta from Washington State the end of September and will enjoy birding an area new to me. 
I would appreciate local knowledge or someone to bird with.
Thanks for your reply off line.  Jody
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Date: 7/13/17 2:47 pm
From: Carol Lambert and/or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Atlanta Audubon field trip in the morning to Panola Mountain State Park, Rockdale County, 7/14/17
Meet at 8:30am at the parking lot at Alexander's Lakes. See the Atlanta Audubon website for details.There is a $5 parking fee. We will go to the Power of Flight area which is not usually open to the public. Maybe, we will see the Swallow-tailed Kite seen two days ago just across the South River at Lyons Farm Park, DeKalb County. It is a bit of a long walk (about 2 miles) and no bathroom after one leaves the parking lot.
The phone number for me on the website is that of Carol's. Mine is 678-458-6707.
Jeff
Jeff Sewell & Carol LambertTucker, GA / DeKalb <Countylambertsewell...>

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Date: 7/13/17 2:14 pm
From: James McDermott <jimmcdbirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Wood Stork at Gant rd. Cherokee Co.
Juvenile WOST back at the marsh on Gant rd.
Jim McDermott Cherokee Co.

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Date: 7/13/17 10:51 am
From: Rich Hull <haharich15...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Wood Stork still in Cherokee Co., GA
Hi All,
I received an email with picture confirmation of the continuing Wood Stork in Cherokee Co. Apparently when it is not at the swamp immediately off of Gantt Road, it is at a nearby lake that is encased by private properties. Although there is no access for birders at the lake, a private landowner has confirmed that the bird regularly fishes there, even as recently as last night. If anyone tries for the bird I'd suggest going to the Gantt Road swamp in the morning since the landowner says it often frequents the lake in the evening.
Also, please don't trespass to get the bird! The local landowners have been very welcoming to birders and we should return the favor. Birders should only look for the bird at the swamp (or any local lakes or wetlands where we can do so legally).

Good Birding!
Rich Hull
Cherokee Co., GA

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Date: 7/13/17 10:15 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 12 Jul 2017
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: July 13, 2017 at 11:39:09 AM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Lee)
> Northern Bobwhite (1 Jones)
> American White Pelican (1 Muscogee)
> Glossy Ibis (1 Sumter)
> Limpkin (1 Crisp)
> American Golden-Plover (1 Glynn)
> Least Sandpiper (2 Lee)
> Spotted Sandpiper (1 Henry, 1 Troup)
> Solitary Sandpiper (1 Lee)
> Greater Yellowlegs (2 Lee)
> Lesser Yellowlegs (1 Lee)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Jones)
> Tree Swallow (1 Jasper)
> Bachman's Sparrow (1 Jones)
> Dickcissel (1 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
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Date: 7/12/17 3:47 pm
From: Rich Hull <haharich15...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Wood Storks in Cherokee #fail
Hi All,
It appears as if the Wood Stork has moved on. After several birders over the last day and a half were unable to locate the bird, I gave it one last shot this late afternoon to no avail. Although its too bad it moved on so soon after its location was made available to birders at large (including myself), it is still a great county bird!
Bartow, Cobb, Forsyth, Fulton, the list goes on...keep your eyes out! You never know when it might fly through.

Good Birding!
Rich Hull
Cherokee Co., GA

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Date: 7/12/17 2:35 pm
From: Pete Sumner <peter...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Visiting birder.
Greetings from Cape Town, South Africa.

I will be visiting the Atlanta area in October, and Lilburn in particular, on semi business.

I hope to have a day or 2 off and was hoping to joins a birder or 2 who might be enjoying a day's birding.

My Georgia list stands at 10, and my US list at 170. I am not fussy where I bird, except that I am not very fit and would like to see some water birds too.

Kind regards,
Pete Sumner.

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Date: 7/12/17 12:46 pm
From: Jason Baumgardner <jlbaumga...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Eurasian collared doves
Yesterday I observed two Eurasian collared doves in Marietta, in the city
area.

Jason Baumgardner

Smyrna, GA

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Date: 7/12/17 6:48 am
From: Ann Stewart <annhstewart...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Floyd County-Little Blue Heron:White Ibis: Wood Duck
I just had a immature WHITE IBIS and white phase of LITTLE BLUE HERON at my pond!
So exciting! Too bad that there is no fish since pond went dry this summer and we lost all fish! They left
Going to greener pastures!

Also I have to report that my second WOOD DUCK nesting this season was destroyed by predators . It only had 4 eggs but something got them!
Very bad season!

Ann Stewart
Rome
Floyd County


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Date: 7/11/17 1:31 pm
From: Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Broad-winged hawk pair, Coweta County
I don't often see them, but I didn't think this was out of breeding range
for Broad-winged hawks. We found a family of Broad-winged hawks in some
pines right by Pine Lake a few weeks ago, with a juvenile out of nest.

Vinod Babu
Atlanta, GA

On 11 July 2017 at 15:36, Richard Candler <candler86...> wrote:

> My parents have had a pair broad-winged hawks hanging out by their house
> in the wood for several weeks.
> It seems to me that this is a little bit outside of their breeding range.
> I have not located a nest but they seem to be in the same general area of
> pine trees every day. They are constantly calling from their perches. I
> have pictures of one and it appears to be a juvenile.
> They are there every single time I go over there without fail.
> Are they just very territorial? What would explain this behavior?
>
> Richard Candler
> Sharpsburg
> Coweta County
>
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Date: 7/11/17 12:37 pm
From: Richard Candler <candler86...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Broad-winged hawk pair, Coweta County
My parents have had a pair broad-winged hawks hanging out by their house in the wood for several weeks.
It seems to me that this is a little bit outside of their breeding range. I have not located a nest but they seem to be in the same general area of pine trees every day. They are constantly calling from their perches. I have pictures of one and it appears to be a juvenile.
They are there every single time I go over there without fail.
Are they just very territorial? What would explain this behavior?

Richard Candler
Sharpsburg
Coweta County





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Date: 7/11/17 10:26 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 10 Jul 2017
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> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: July 11, 2017 at 11:12:38 AM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Richmond)
> Wood Stork (1 Cherokee)
> Anhinga (1 Lamar)
> American White Pelican (1 Glynn)
> Little Blue Heron (1 Floyd)
> White Ibis (2 Dawson)
> Broad-winged Hawk (1 Bibb)
> American Avocet (1 Glynn)
> Greater Yellowlegs (2 Glynn)
> Lesser Yellowlegs (1 Glynn)
> Black Tern (1 Glynn)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Long)
> American Kestrel (1 Long)
> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (1 Bartow)
> Tree Swallow (1 Coweta)
> Bank Swallow (2 Dawson)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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: 7/11/17 6:35 am
From: Nikki Belmonte <scullybug...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Wood Storks in Cherokee #fail
Good morning everyone,

I've tried for the Wood Stork in Cherokee County twice with no luck, once
yesterday around 4:30 PM and this morning at 8:30 AM. Would appreciate a
post if anyone tries for the bird today or tomorrow. It's a beautiful
little spot with active Red-headed Woodpeckers and other waders/waterfowl.

Nikki Belmonte
Roswell, Fulton County

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Date: 7/10/17 5:49 pm
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Least Bitterns and King Rails - Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, Richmond County - 7/1 and 7/9 2017
Hi All,

Jim Hanna and I ventured over to Phinizy Swamp Nature Park in Richmond County primarily to look for Least Bitterns and King Rails on Saturday July 1, and we were very successful! We had several Least Bitterns in flight, and also saw a group of at least 3 together in the reeds. We also saw at least 3 King Rails. We didn't see or hear any bitterns or rails anywhere else on our walk there.

The eBird checklist for the hotspot:
https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37903225
(still need to add some rail photos, didn't get the bitterns as waited too long for the perfect video opportunity ...arrgghhh)

---

The reason I bring this up is that Milton Hobbs contacted me at about 1pm yesterday to ask where we had the bitterns as he really wanted to see his first Least Bitterns. While I was on the phone with him we were both looking at the aerial/satellite photography together on my phone and his computer as I walked him through exactly where they were seen: The edge of the water in the southwest corner of the first pond on the left when walking out from the main park buildings on Phinizy Swamp Constructed Wetlands Trail 1 in Google Maps, literally the first big water we came to, and there was a whole group of them immediately on the left!

Milton replied back at about 8pm last evening, sending Least Bittern photos as well, and was pretty happy that he had found several exactly where I told him we had seen them on the 1st! He also said that his entire family was doing a Big Year contest among themselves starting this July, for 12 months! That is pretty cool, and very cool that the bitterns were in the same spot a week later! So if anyone else would like to see them they may still be there.

For those who have never seen them before, always listen for them, and then one good strategy is to scan all of the edges of any pond there, hopefully with a scope, looking for the bitterns. They may be right on the edge or even a foot or three back off of the water usually clinging to the bottom halves of the vegetation surrounding the water. Also, they can flush as you walk by, fly a very short distance, and then drop down out of sight quickly, so you have to be familiar with their color scheme and size and shape and be quick then to see them.

We turned left on the next dike road after the bitterns we immediately had a group of King Rails around the little open water immediately on your right after you turn left there. We even saw two of them standing side-by-side in the scope which was pretty nice. I have seen them at this spot a few times over the years.

---

Least Bitterns exact location:
Coordinates: 33.385602, -81.960670
GPS: N 33 23.136 W 81 57.640

King Rails exact location:
Coordinates: 33.383158, -81.957972
GPS: N 33 22.989 W 81 57.478

---

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Date: 7/10/17 2:48 pm
From: Renee' Carleton <renee...>
Subject: [GABO-L] No Anhinga or NightHerons - Floyd Co.
I walked around Victory Lake this afternoon in hopes of getting the Anhinga, LBH, and NightHerons reported by JohnPatten Moss this week. No luck on the Anhinga or NightHerons but it was mid-afternoon and pretty hot. I did see FOUR Little Blue Herons, one of which was an adult blue phase. So I did get one year and Floyd Co bird. I was also conducting my survey research out at the Possum Trot tract this morning and got a nice Worm Eating Warbler (another year and Floyd Co. bird), so not a bad day.

Renee' Carleton
Taylorsville (Bartow Co)

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Date: 7/10/17 6:33 am
From: Rich Hull <haharich15...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Wood Stork in Cherokee Co., GA
Hi All,
The Wood Stork returned to the same location it was found yesterday.
I talked to the landowner for about 15 minutes and he was very nice and
welcoming to birders, so if anyone does go chase the bird, please be
respectful and stay on the road while viewing the bird. The road itself is
a glorified one lane road where the Stork is, but there is plenty of room
to pull over safely and view the bird. Traffic is not bad but just be
cautious. Lastly, as always, just be courteous to local traffic and
landowners!

Good Birding,
Rich Hull
<haharich15...>
Cherokee Co., GA

On Jul 9, 2017 10:40 PM, "Rich Hull" <haharich15...> wrote:

> Hi All,
> The influx of coastal wading birds continues to advance into northern
> Georgia! A neighbor of JoAnn King's found an immature Wood Stork in a
> small swamp off of Gantt Road, in Cherokee Co., GA. This afternoon JoAnn
> and I followed up on the lead from this morning and found that there was
> indeed an immature Wood Stork at the swamp. Here's a link to JoAnn's eBird
> checklist with pictures: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38052716.
> Unfortunately, JoAnn later saw it take off, not to return. However, a
> local landowner said the bird had been there several days, so there's
> reason to hope that it stayed in the general area and may return. As of
> approximately 5 this afternoon, however, Vicki DeLoach was unable to find
> the bird. Also to note, JoAnn's neighbor also reported an immature Little
> Blue Heron or Snowy Egret at the same location, but that leaved before
> JoAnn and I arrived that afternoon.
> I'll check out the location sometime around 8:15-8:30 tomorrow
> morning. Here's its coordinates for those that may be interested in
> chasing the bird: 34.184459, -84.358641. I'll let y'all know if I find it
> tomorrow!
>
> Good Birding!
> Rich Hull
> <haharich15...>
> Cherokee Co., GA
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Date: 7/9/17 7:40 pm
From: Rich Hull <haharich15...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Wood Stork in Cherokee Co., GA
Hi All,
The influx of coastal wading birds continues to advance into northern Georgia! A neighbor of JoAnn King's found an immature Wood Stork in a small swamp off of Gantt Road, in Cherokee Co., GA. This afternoon JoAnn and I followed up on the lead from this morning and found that there was indeed an immature Wood Stork at the swamp. Here's a link to JoAnn's eBird checklist with pictures: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38052716. Unfortunately, JoAnn later saw it take off, not to return. However, a local landowner said the bird had been there several days, so there's reason to hope that it stayed in the general area and may return. As of approximately 5 this afternoon, however, Vicki DeLoach was unable to find the bird. Also to note, JoAnn's neighbor also reported an immature Little Blue Heron or Snowy Egret at the same location, but that leaved before JoAnn and I arrived that afternoon.
I'll check out the location sometime around 8:15-8:30 tomorrow morning. Here's its coordinates for those that may be interested in chasing the bird: 34.184459, -84.358641. I'll let y'all know if I find it tomorrow!

Good Birding!
Rich Hull
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Cherokee Co., GA

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Date: 7/9/17 12:50 pm
From: Bill & Condit <blotz...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Swallow-tailed Kites in Burke County
GABOers,



I received an eBird needs alert that Helen Aikman had reported 16
Swallow-tailed Kites feeding over a farm field in Burke County on July 4. I
drove over this morning and birded nearby River Road until around 10:30 AM.
I then drove back to Brigham Landing Road and observed 20 STKI feeding over
the fields on both sides of the road. At one point I had 11 kites perched
in a large pine I was standing under, calling to each other. I did not
observe any MIKI this morning. I believe this location is slightly closer
to Atlanta than the usual spots in Long County where large numbers of STKI
congregate post-breeding. (It took me a little over three hours from
Buckhead.) Here are the coordinates for the site on Brigham Landing Rd.
just west of the intersection with River Rd.:



33.08424, -81.67654



Both roads are sandy dirt at this point, but AWD or four-wheel drive is not
necessary unless heavy rain has been in the area.



Bill Lotz

Atlanta

Fulton County


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Date: 7/8/17 5:50 pm
From: Milton Hobbs <thegahobbs6...>
Subject: [GABO-L] King Rail family--Phinizy Swamp and Nature Park- Richmond County, Augusta
Hi to my fellow Georgia Birders.
This morning at Phinizy Swamp and Nature Park I found a family of King
Rails. There were at least three fuzzy black babies.
Below are links to photos and also a park map with a blue "X" marking the
approximate location. They crossed from one brushy side of the trail to the
other, between cells 2 and 3.
Milton Hobbs
Burke County

King Rail
https://mhbbs.smugmug.com/For-ID/n-BwGhcN/i-LCxpqJ4/A
Two adults and three babies
https://mhbbs.smugmug.com/For-ID/n-BwGhcN/i-wDjBXJF/A
Fuzzy chick
https://mhbbs.smugmug.com/For-ID/n-BwGhcN/i-brPMb4m/A
King Rail
https://mhbbs.smugmug.com/For-ID/n-BwGhcN/i-SDRSBnC/A
King Rail
https://mhbbs.smugmug.com/For-ID/n-BwGhcN/i-p3Df8Jn/A
King Rail
https://mhbbs.smugmug.com/For-ID/n-BwGhcN/i-KCs6ZjV/A
Park Map:
https://mhbbs.smugmug.com/Misc/i-ZcZtvp4/A

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Date: 7/8/17 9:50 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 7 Jul 2017
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Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: July 8, 2017 at 10:39:28 AM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Anhinga (1 Floyd)
> American White Pelican (2 Muscogee)
> Little Blue Heron (1 Floyd)
> Limpkin (1 Dougherty)
> American Kestrel (1 Floyd)
> Blue-headed Vireo (1 Pickens)
> Tree Swallow (2 Heard)
> Song Sparrow (1 Muscogee)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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
Lowdes
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Date: 7/6/17 4:31 pm
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 5 Jul 2017
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> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: July 6, 2017 at 10:23:20 AM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Sumter)
> Mute Swan (2 Baker)
> Ruddy Duck (1 Chatham)
> Anhinga (1 Floyd)
> American White Pelican (1 Chatham)
> Little Blue Heron (1 Floyd)
> Roseate Spoonbill (2 Baker)
> Northern Harrier (1 Effingham)
> Limpkin (Speckled) (2 Dougherty)
> Limpkin (1 Decatur)
> Least Sandpiper (1 Chatham)
> Long-billed Dowitcher (1 Chatham)
> Greater Yellowlegs (1 Chatham)
> Lesser Yellowlegs (1 Chatham)
> Bank Swallow (1 Chatham)
> Cliff Swallow (1 Chatham)
> Yellow Warbler (1 Murray)
> Song Sparrow (1 Bibb)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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: 7/5/17 8:58 pm
From: Rebecca E. Byrd <rebyrd2012...>
Subject: [GABO-L] LARK SPARROW (FAMILY?) continues, Taylor County, 2July2017
This past Sunday, July 2, while working for ABG in cooperation with DNR,
Henning von Schmeling and I were able to locate a minimum of seven lark
sparrows, some of which appeared to be what I think are hatching year
birds. We got good looks at these 7 feeding simultaneously on a weedy
two-track dirt road in the same vicinity as the ones I'd seen previously on
June 21 and 24. They were trying to catch insects on and near the ground.
As usual, they were almost constantly moving, flitting, scurrying, and
generally making it very hard to get an accurate total count, as they were
wandering in and out of tall weeds growing into the road. Bright sun behind
us made it nearly impossible to see the phone screen while trying to get a
shot of these 7 at the same time through my scope, so that failed. But we
did definitely see seven with certainty for one brief moment; unfortunately
the moment was not captured. I did manage a video of 2 or 3 of the birds
later and just posted that Dropbox link to our eBird list plus a photo of
what I think is a juvenile. I'd love opinions from folks who've actually
seen juvenile lark sparrows, as I haven't. Life is busy and I haven't taken
the time to do much research on the details of juvenile plumage, but will
look at Birds of North America Online. Still, any feedback from those
who're familiar with recently fledged lark sparrows is very much welcomed.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37932838

This west tract of Fall Line Sandhills is brand new, and safely passable
roads are still being worked on by DNR. Certain areas are gated, including
where these sparrows are. Work is in progress and expected to be completed
within the year. For now, though, it is best to explore the EAST tract of
Fall Line Sandhills WMA, which is accessible by foot travel only. The east
tract is small enough so that the interior can be reached within about 10
minutes of walking, and birders are encouraged to explore this east tract
for common breeders and rarities, not to mention rare reptiles, mammals,
plants, and insects! Please be aware that kestrels are breeding here and
are being protected from disturbance by vehicle traffic with gates, hence
the walking-only rules, and a wide berth should be given to any nest boxes
for this reason. Winter birding here is especially good, and this
relatively remote, rural, and uncommon sandhill habitat has the potential
to host rarities and surprises into the future with management aimed at
restoration.

Fall Line Sandhills WMA East Tract is 2.5 miles NW of Butler, GA, off SR96.
I would include the link but it looks like the WMA websites are down right
now. You can see where it is on georgiaoutdoormap.com, which is up and
running.


Rebecca Byrd
Atlanta, Dekalb Co., GA
770-369-5710
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Date: 7/5/17 4:19 pm
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Continuing Mute Swan (Baker County)
Birders,

Continuing Mute Swan at Owen & Williams Catfish Farm, Baker County. Its
right off of Rt 91, just south of Albany, GA. The owner doesn't mind
birding, as long as it is done from the road (Rt 91). I'm just so excited
because this is a lifer and the Swan is so beautiful and graceful. It came
close to our side of the pond and we got good pictures.

Robert Emond
Lowndes

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Date: 7/4/17 7:51 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 3 Jul 2017
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> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: July 4, 2017 at 10:05:01 AM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Decatur)
> Northern Bobwhite (Eastern) (1 McDuffie)
> Northern Bobwhite (1 Heard)
> Anhinga (1 Columbia)
> Roseate Spoonbill (1 Decatur)
> American Coot (White-shielded) (1 Columbia)
> American Avocet (2 Glynn)
> American Golden-Plover (2 Glynn)
> Piping Plover (2 Glynn)
> Long-billed Curlew (2 Glynn)
> Marbled Godwit (2 Glynn)
> Dunlin (2 Glynn)
> Black Tern (2 Glynn)
> Barn Owl (2 Emanuel)
> American Kestrel (4 DeKalb, 1 Richmond)
> Willow Flycatcher (Eastern) (1 Rabun)
> Tree Swallow (1 Fulton)
> Cedar Waxwing (1 Columbia)
> Northern Waterthrush (1 Newton)
> Eastern Towhee (White-eyed) (1 Carroll)
>
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> Robert Emond
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Date: 7/2/17 7:28 am
From: Beth Roth <bethheron...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Roseate Spoonbills
There have been 5 Spoonbills hanging out in the southern end of Landings Way in The Landings , a gated community on Skidaway Island., Savannah

We usually have a few summer Spoonbill visitors and a few are spotted now and then thru the rest of the year

These have been seen over the past two weeks along lagoons or in trees near the lagoons

Good Birding Y’all

Beth Roth
Skidaway Island, Savannah

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Date: 7/1/17 12:48 pm
From: Patrick Addy <patrickaddy...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] White Ibis- Cur1ew type BIrds Chastain Park Atlanta
There are about 30 Juvenile White Ibis, on the golf course viewed from Powers Ferry Rd and Nancy Creek.

https://patrickaddy.smugmug.com/Animals/2017-Wildlife/n-CMBXrQ/i-grR584M/A

Patrick Addy
Gwinnett County




> On Jul 1, 2017, at 1:47 PM, LINDA SHIPLEY <sharja...> wrote:
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> There are several flocks (I counted 33 birds in one flock) of a brown (didn't appear mottled) cur1ew type bird with a white back. They are feeding in the flooded grass of the Chastain Golf Course. I took some poor quality photos if anyone wants to see them. Can anyone help with an ID?Linda Shipley
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Date: 7/1/17 10:52 am
From: LINDA SHIPLEY <sharja...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Curlew type BIrds Chastain Park Atlanta
There are several flocks (I counted 33 birds in one flock) of a brown (didn't appear mottled) curlew type bird with a white back. They are feeding in the flooded grass of the Chastain Golf Course. I took some poor quality photos if anyone wants to see them. Can anyone help with an ID?Linda Shipley



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Date: 7/1/17 7:46 am
From: Patrick Maurice <patrickmaurice1...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Four Scissor-tailed Flycatchers now at Lucas Rd in Bartow Co. 7/1/17
Hey all,

I'm out birding the Bartow Loop with Patty McLean today. We're currently looking at four SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHERS, the male, female, and two begging fledglings. We are watching from these coordinates:
N 34°06.680
W 084°52.527

The birds are working the fenceline near the hay bales to the West of Lucas Rd, but the male has flown right over us on the road several times.

We are also distracted by the entertaining and displaying Grasshopper Sparrows probably preparing for a second brood. There is also a Northern Bobwhite calling in the distance.

A great day for Bartow birding!

Patrick Maurice
DeKalb County
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Date: 7/1/17 7:12 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 30 Jun 2017
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: July 1, 2017 at 9:29:19 AM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Swallow-tailed Kite (1 Clarke)
> Purple Gallinule (1 Brooks)
> Greater Yellowlegs (1 Clayton)
> Blue-headed Vireo (1 Columbia)
> Tree Swallow (1 Forsyth)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
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> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Robert Emond
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Date: 6/29/17 6:24 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 28 Jun 2017
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Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: June 29, 2017 at 9:06:44 AM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Brooks)
> Gadwall (1 Clayton)
> Northern Shoveler (1 Glynn)
> Northern Bobwhite (2 Spalding)
> American White Pelican (1 Glynn)
> Common Gallinule (1 Clayton)
> American Coot (1 Clayton)
> Limpkin (1 Dougherty)
> American Avocet (1 Glynn)
> Lesser Yellowlegs (1 Glynn)
> Tree Swallow (3 Clayton, 1 DeKalb, 1 Henry)
> Ovenbird (1 Coffee)
> Chipping Sparrow (1 Glynn)
> Common Grackle (Purple) (1 Glynn)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
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>
> Robert Emond
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Date: 6/28/17 11:39 am
From: Sargent, Bob <bob.sargent...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Teen Birder Scholarship to Costa Rica!
Just a reminder: The application deadline is a bit over two weeks away!

Hi Birders,

The Georgia Ornithological Society is providing a scholarship for one lucky teenager (ages 15-18) to attend the Hog Island Audubon Camp in Costa Rica, December 26-31, 2017. The scholarship will cover the full cost of the camp plus the round-trip airfare from Miami to Costa Rica. The recipient will be expected to pay for travel costs to and from the Miami airport and will, of course, be required to acquire a passport. The deadline for applications is July 15, 2017.

To learn more about this camp go to http://hogisland.audubon.org/programs/teen-week-costa-rica

To apply for a GOS Parks Scholarship (Birding Camps), look for the application form at http://www.gos.org/YoungBirderScholarship


Good birding!
Bob Sargent
Macon, GA
Bibb County



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Date: 6/28/17 9:52 am
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Atlanta Audubon Field Trip this week
Jason Ward will lead his monthly walk at Piedmont Park (Fulton County) on
Saturday, July 1 at 8:00 AM.

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

Bird on!
--
Mary Kimberly
Field Trip Coordinator
Atlanta Audubon

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Date: 6/27/17 6:21 pm
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <ebird-alert...>
Date: Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 8:47 AM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily> 26 Jun 2017
To:


*** Species Summary:

Roseate Spoonbill (4 Bartow)
Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Decatur)
American Kestrel (1 Richmond)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (4 Bartow)
Blue-headed Vireo (1 Oglethorpe)
Tree Swallow (1 Muscogee)
House Wren (1 Bibb)
Ovenbird (1 Oglethorpe)
Song Sparrow (2 Bibb, 1 Muscogee)

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Date: 6/26/17 9:31 pm
From: Stan Chapman <stanchap49...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Roseate Spoonbill, Dickcissel and Scissor-tailed Flycatcher still in Bartow County
With the help of Drew Whitelegg, I spotted the Roseate Spoonbill along Taff
Road Monday afternoon, June 26. With 4 Great Egrets, it was visible from
only one vantage point in a pond about 100 yards west of Taff Road and just
south of Brandon Farm Road. We also found a Dickcissel on a telephone
wire, just across the road from the large pond on the west side of Taff
Road north of Brandon Farm Road. (It is the pond by the sign warning that
Taff Road can be flooded.) We also located the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
in the same area in which it has been reported recently, along Lucas Road.
It was about 150 yards from Highway 113 flying to and from a fencepost on
the west side of Lucas Road.

A distant photo of the spoonbill and a photo of the Dickcissel can be found
on https://www.flickr.com/photos/stanchap

Stan Chapman
DeKalb County

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Date: 6/26/17 11:45 am
From: plm108 <plm108...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Roseate Spoonbills in DeKalb County
I made a trip to Constitution Lakes to see about the Spoonbills. They weren't there but the fella who saw them and notified Joy had photos and said that after they circled (about 9a), they flew NORTH. He didn't know if they had been on the water when he arrived since they were already about 1000 ft in the air when he first saw them. 

Patty McLean,  Tucker GA
-------- Original message --------From: Joy Carter <joy.carter52...> Date: 6/26/17 12:27 PM (GMT-05:00) To: <GABO-L...> Subject: [GABO-L] Roseate Spoonbills in DeKalb County
This morning there was a flyover by three Roseate Spoonbills at
Constitution Lakes in DeKalb County.  This is a first for that spot.  I had
limited time and wasn't able to find them- if they landed at all.  But
maybe they are there....
Joy Carter
Atlanta

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Date: 6/26/17 9:27 am
From: Joy Carter <joy.carter52...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Roseate Spoonbills in DeKalb County
This morning there was a flyover by three Roseate Spoonbills at
Constitution Lakes in DeKalb County. This is a first for that spot. I had
limited time and wasn't able to find them- if they landed at all. But
maybe they are there....
Joy Carter
Atlanta

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Date: 6/25/17 7:41 pm
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Late Spring/Summer Birding Doldrums Not - North Georgia - 6/24-25/2017
Hi All,

Jim Hanna and I had planned to do some birding yesterday morning and met in Lawrenceville at 6:00am to get started. However, it was raining a good bit and the weather radar looked pretty iffy for the day and we were a little perplexed about how to proceed after breakfast (I don't know why we weren't perplexed the night before). We decided to persevere and continue with our made plans to bird Monument Road (almost completely, except for a couple of curves in the road, in Pickens County), and Eagle's Rest Park (at the end of Monument Road) in Pickens County, and then continue on afterwards to the Bartow County Loop.

It seems like every time we have birded Monument Road in June or July lately Jim and I have been birding in windy and wet clouds there and it was no different Saturday morning but we did enjoy seeing a target gorgeous adult male BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER at close range and two young birds as well, all within a 25-yard area, between the eastern viewing deck and the southern viewing deck on the great trail system of the Mt. Oglethorpe Foundation's Eagle's Rest Park, and thoroughly enjoyed our time birding Georgia's southernmost 3000 feet in elevation area, despite the damp (well, wet) and breezy conditions!

The Monument Road, including Eagle's Rest Park, eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37772054

The Mt. Oglethorpe Foundation's great Eagle's Rest Park website with full information concerning the park:
http://www.mtoglethorpe.org/
Monument Road is now paved all the way to the park property entrance.

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Then it was on to the Bartow County Loop where we enjoyed seeing all of the cool birds being reported from the Taff/Brandon Farm/Lucas Road areas! We were really surprised to find and phonescope a BANK SWALLOW which Jim found while I was trying to phonescope the spoonbill! The eBird checklists with some photos of the birds:

Taff Road/Brandon farm Road eBird checklist
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37775569

Lucas Road eBird checklist
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37781874

Thanks to everyone who has been reporting all of the great birds in Bartow this month!

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Today we had some excitement in Gwinnett County thanks to John Deitsch finding I am pretty sure a county high count of LITTLE BLUE HERONS (4), and in June, at the main George Pierce Park wetland in Suwanee!

My eBird checklist with some phonescoped shots of the birds:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37803474

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Just what June and July birding doldrums are they talking about?!

Good Birding All!

Mark

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

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Date: 6/25/17 3:14 pm
From: Amit Kamma <flyingweasel3305...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Bartow County Birding
Hi All,

I visited the Brandon Taff Farm and surrounding stakeouts this morning
(June 25). The spoonbill is still there at the pond on Taff Rd, about a
half mile north of the intersection with Brandon Farm Rd; as well as the
STFC at the Lucas Rd stakeout. It seems that the Cattle Egrets are gone
from the area. I went to the Senior Aquatic Center at Sam Smith Park, where
the Northern Bobwhites were reported, but I could only hear them calling in
the distance. I had to drive around to the soccer complex on the other
side, where, after 30 min of searching, I located them in a small field
next to a house behind the soccer area.


Happy Birding,

Amit Kamma, Tucker GA

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Date: 6/25/17 11:32 am
From: Rebecca E. Byrd <rebyrd2012...>
Subject: [GABO-L] LARK SPARROWS count increased Taylor County 24June2017
Yesterday I saw 3 Lark Sparrows at once at the same location as on the 21st when I'd only noticed two. There could possibly be a fourth with at least two of them singing males but couldn't be sure. They are skittish and restless and rarely perch in the open for long periods when not singing. They have a very quiet flight call that's easy to miss and are a drab brown in flight. They drop from low flight into tall scrub and disappear quickly, but their white tail corners flash when they visibly land. The 3, possibly 4 birds I saw had no noticeable differences in plumage, but the distance was far. Parents with grown young? Non-breeders? Non-successful breeders? Just passing through at a weird time? I posted a bad but diagnostic photo on eBird. Have video but haven't uploaded.

They're in Army Compatible Use Buffer land that's been possibly managed by TNC but I was told was recently purchased by DNR. It was planted sand pine (not pond pine, I misspoke) and was clear-cut and mostly unharvested and planted over with longleaf, for the past 7 or 8 years. This is from a couple of different people and could be inaccurate but it's what I've heard. It's not open to the public yet, so just wanted to paint you a picture. It's been fun hearing them sing in company with bobwhites, nighthawks, grosbeaks, buntings, a shrike, a kestrel, a cuckoo, kingbirds, and field sparrows.

Rebecca Byrd
Atlanta, Dekalb, GA

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Date: 6/24/17 5:54 pm
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 23 Jun 2017
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Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: June 24, 2017 at 8:18:05 AM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Dougherty)
> Hooded Merganser (2 McIntosh)
> Double-crested Cormorant (1 Floyd)
> Anhinga (2 Columbia)
> Brown Pelican (2 Columbia)
> Tricolored Heron (1 Dougherty)
> Cattle Egret (1 Bartow)
> Roseate Spoonbill (3 Bartow, 1 Dougherty)
> Limpkin (1 Henry)
> Least Tern (2 Richmond)
> Hairy Woodpecker (1 Bryan, 1 Glynn)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (2 Bryan)
> American Kestrel (3 Richmond)
> Willow Flycatcher (1 Rabun)
> Least Flycatcher (1 Rabun)
> Tree Swallow (1 DeKalb)
> Winter Wren (1 Union)
> Yellow Warbler (2 Rabun)
> Bachman's Sparrow (2 Bryan)
> Painted Bunting (2 Columbia)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
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>
> Robert Emond
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Date: 6/24/17 5:00 pm
From: Pam Potter <ppotter...>
Subject: [GABO-L] roseate spoonbill & great herons- Taff Rd, Bartow co
This afternoon I finally got a chance to go look for the spoonbill. It wasn't at the pond off Brandon Farm Rd but there were 7 great egrets among the cattle. I did find the spoonbill at the big pond on Taff Rd on the far side. I almost missed it but one of the two great herons there caught my eye. The spoonbill was visible but its back was turned, however, definitely pink. :)


Pam Potter
White
Bartow Co

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Date: 6/22/17 1:42 pm
From: Ann Stewart <annhstewart...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Bartow Birds
4:00pm
Saw the SPOONBILL along with two EGRETS at farm pond to left of house at intersection of TAFF and Brandon FarmRds. Also had GRASSHOPPER SPARROW on fence at this location.
On TAFF Road at the turtle pond across from cattle sheds located about 7 mallards and one mixed duck with big eye ring,orange on top of bill and mixed colored feathers- looked like it was part Muscovy.???ducks were huddled on far bank - no sign of a black bellied whistling duck as reported earlier??A lot of swallows flying around and sitting on fences!
At the swamp area on Taff Rd couple EGRETS and GREAT BLUE HERON.
Lucas Road no sighting of Scissortail Flycatcher!

AnnStewart
Rome Ga
Floyd Co



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Date: 6/22/17 11:52 am
From: Linda Edwards <lindaedwards81...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Anhingas
There are 8 Anhingas hanging out at Dyar Pasture in Greene County.
Ebird report filed. Phoneskoped photos available. Will post them to ebird.
Linda

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Date: 6/22/17 11:10 am
From: Michelle Hamner <michelle...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: Snowy Egrets at Lake Horton, Fayette Co
Correction: pic of the second bird shows one is actually an inside immature
Little Blue Heron. First pic shows one Snowy Egret. Great Egret, Green
Heron, and Great Blue Herons also present :)
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From: "Michelle Hamner" <michelle...>
Date: Jun 22, 2017 1:52 PM
Subject: Snowy Egrets at Lake Horton, Fayette Co
To: <GABO-L...>
Cc:

A friend just sent me pics of 2 Snowy Egrets at Lake Horton in Fayette
> County. They were located around 1pm at the first boat ramp/parking area to
> your left as you enter the lake and park area.
>
> Michelle Hamner
> Currently in Atlanta but hoping to get to Lake Horton in time to see them
>

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Date: 6/22/17 10:52 am
From: Michelle Hamner <michelle...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Snowy Egrets at Lake Horton, Fayette Co
A friend just sent me pics of 2 Snowy Egrets at Lake Horton in Fayette
County. They were located around 1pm at the first boat ramp/parking area to
your left as you enter the lake and park area.

Michelle Hamner
Currently in Atlanta but hoping to get to Lake Horton in time to see them

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Date: 6/22/17 9:07 am
From: Vanessa Lane <snowgyre...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Broad-winged Hawk, Alapaha WMA, Irwin County 22 June 2017
I heard a broad-winged hawk calling at Alapaha WMA this morning in Irwin
County. I heard it four times and managed to record the last time it
called. This may be the same hawk I saw almost a month ago, I'm only about
2 miles from that previous location. I uploaded the video file to the GOS
Facebook page and the mp3 audio file to ebird. The audio is poor (you will
have to turn the volume on your speakers way up), but the bird calls at
around the 9 second mark. I moved the camera to face the bird when I heard
it. It's in the background behind the eastern towhee.

~Vanessa Lane
Tifton, GA

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Date: 6/22/17 5:34 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 21 Jun 2017
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> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: June 22, 2017 at 8:01:10 AM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (2 Bibb, 1 Richmond)
> Northern Bobwhite (1 Polk)
> American White Pelican (1 Troup)
> Roseate Spoonbill (4 Bartow)
> King Rail (1 Richmond)
> Pectoral Sandpiper (1 Chatham)
> Semipalmated Sandpiper (1 Chatham)
> Greater Yellowlegs (1 Chatham)
> Least Tern (1 Richmond)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Charlton)
> American Kestrel (2 Richmond)
> Willow Flycatcher (1 Bibb)
> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (1 Bartow)
> Tree Swallow (1 DeKalb, 1 Muscogee)
> Cliff Swallow (2 Chatham)
> Ovenbird (1 Columbia)
> Yellow Warbler (1 Rabun)
> Lark Sparrow (1 Taylor)
> Song Sparrow (1 Bibb, 1 Muscogee)
> Baltimore Oriole (1 Bibb)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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: 6/22/17 4:48 am
From: world oceans <world.oceans7...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Extralimital but Relevant
Hi folks,

Please forgive me for posting a trio of developments which could impact
your summer birding and our fall migration in Georgia. One is a
near-explosion of Dickcissels in the mid-Atlantic states over the past few
weeks. They've been popping up all over in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New
Jersey.It will be interesting to see what people can figure out about what
this means, and equally interesting to see how many dickcissels we find as
fall migration ramps up.

Second, I've noticed what seems to be an unusual parade of pelagic birds up
and down the Atlantic coast, with highlights including pelicans and a
yellow-nosed albatross in Maine, and an abundance of shearwaters (numerous
species) close to shore off New Jersey and Delaware.

Third, you probably know that Tropical Storm Cindy hit Louisiana very hard,
and there is a substantial band of resultant rain which is headed for north
Georgia. Be careful driving in the mountains as you search for all those
rarities that may be carried up there!

...and a reminder that the very unofficial start of fall migration is July
1st (shorebirds!!). So if you think late June and July are
'dead' months for birding because of superhot weather and the lack of
migrants, you might want to re-think that.

Good birding!

James Gibson
Clayton Co.

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Date: 6/22/17 3:56 am
From: carolelud <000002d039a22c27-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [GABO-L] C arolina Wren nest building
In a flower pot outside my kitchen window I've watched a pair of Carolina wrens building a nest, then one day another wren showed up and started bringing material to the nest as well. Would this be an offspring from a previous clutch, or just a random good neighbor wren? Has this behavior been observed before? Carole Ludwig, Oconee County

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