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9/25/17 7:19 pm robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 24 Sep 17
9/25/17 10:51 am Joshua Spence <spencejoshua...> [GABO-L] Lincoln's Sparrow - Gordon County
9/24/17 8:20 am Lissie Stahlman <elstahlman...> [GABO-L] Update on GBH at Murphy Candler
9/24/17 4:22 am Lissie Stahlman <elstahlman...> [GABO-L] Great Blue at Murphy Candler
9/22/17 7:13 pm robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 21 Sep 17
9/21/17 8:10 pm Joshua Spence <spencejoshua...> [GABO-L] Black-crowned Night Heron - Gordon County
9/21/17 5:19 pm peter fancher <pfanch...> [GABO-L] Nighthawks in Athens Clarke
9/21/17 2:56 pm plm108 <plm108...> Re: [GABO-L] Possible Adult BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE - West Point Lake Dam Area, Troup County - 9/21/2017
9/21/17 8:44 am Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [GABO-L] Possible Adult BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE - West Point Lake Dam Area, Troup County - 9/21/2017
9/20/17 5:54 pm robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 19 Sep 17
9/20/17 5:13 pm Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [GABO-L] BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE Alert - West Point Dam, Troup County - 9/20/2017
9/20/17 3:24 pm Patty Jenkins <pschwar...> [GABO-L] FOS Scarlet tanager
9/20/17 12:12 pm Ed Maioriello <edm...> [GABO-L] Two ORAS Bird Walks This Weekend - Athens-Clarke County
9/20/17 10:31 am Robert D. Sattelmeyer <rsattelm...> [GABO-L] Gould's Inlet/East Beach St Simons Island
9/19/17 1:35 pm Jeff Madsen <bluewingjeff...> [GABO-L] Swainson's Warbler Clyde Shepherd this morning
9/19/17 9:20 am Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> Re: [GABO-L] Possible Probable Yellow-billed Loon - 3 Sisters Area, Lake Lanier - 9/17/2017
9/19/17 8:16 am Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [GABO-L] Possible Probable Yellow-billed Loon - 3 Sisters Area, Lake Lanier - 9/17/2017
9/18/17 5:41 pm robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 17 Sep 17
9/18/17 3:24 pm Sargent, Bob <bob.sargent...> [GABO-L] Poster Session at the October GOS Meeting
9/17/17 6:31 pm Angelia Jenkins <angeliabeth...> [GABO-L] Noonday Creek Trail Walk report
9/17/17 6:18 pm Bob ZAREMBA <bobzarem...> [GABO-L] Taylorsville Sod Farm
9/17/17 6:10 pm Nathan Farnau <natwan...> [GABO-L] Prothonotary Warblers - Centennial Olympic Park (Fulton County)
9/17/17 9:57 am bob zaremba <bobzarem...> [GABO-L] Kennesaw Mountain Sunday AM
9/16/17 9:10 pm Milton Hobbs <thegahobbs6...> [GABO-L] Common Nighthawks in Burke County
9/16/17 7:30 pm robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 15 Sep 17
9/16/17 6:37 pm mocking bird <mockingbird...> [GABO-L] Hurricane Irma pelagic victim - Columbia Co.
9/16/17 11:37 am Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu...> [GABO-L] Piedmont Park, Fulton Co.: 6 warblers including Wilson's Warbler
9/16/17 9:12 am Jeff Madsen <bluewingjeff...> [GABO-L] Magnificent Frigatebird Thursday 14 September, Chimney Swift Roost PDK Airport
9/16/17 3:53 am charles saleeby <charlessaleeby...> [GABO-L] Thrush Migration
9/15/17 5:01 pm Leslie <leszulia...> [GABO-L] Migrating Common Nighthawks this evening in sandy Springs
9/15/17 5:01 pm Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [GABO-L] ABA Irma Bird Roundup
9/15/17 1:35 pm Joy Carter <joy.carter52...> [GABO-L] Female Rufous Hummingbird- Atlanta
9/15/17 9:10 am bob zaremba <bobzarem...> [GABO-L] Kennesaw Mountain migrants
9/14/17 6:47 pm <epkeferl...> [GABO-L] Irma and my yard birds.
9/14/17 5:58 pm Paul Raney <paul.raney...> [GABO-L] Limpkin Seminole County Ray's Lake
9/14/17 1:53 pm Vince Howard <000006469bc9e602-dmarc-request...> [GABO-L] BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER - Again !
9/14/17 12:47 pm robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 13 Sep 17
9/14/17 12:46 pm Ed Maioriello <edm...> [GABO-L] ORAS Bird Walk at the State Botanical Garden - Athens-Clarke County
9/14/17 12:09 pm Wes Hatch <whatch11...> [GABO-L] Birding Canoe Trip @ Chattahoochee Nature Center 9/23/17
9/14/17 10:50 am Chuck Saleeby <charlessaleeby...> [GABO-L] Lake Allatoona correction. No Shearwater yesterday
9/14/17 7:42 am Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [GABO-L] IRMA BIRDS Aftermath - 9/13/2017
9/14/17 7:02 am Chuck Saleeby <charlessaleeby...> [GABO-L] Lake Allatoona Thursday
9/14/17 6:57 am Melanie mefurr <mefurr...> [GABO-L] Wilson's Warbler in Tucker
9/14/17 6:33 am Joel McNeal <joelmcneal...> Re: [GABO-L] Bell's Vireo at Cooper Furnace, Bartow co.
9/14/17 6:31 am Joel McNeal <joelmcneal...> [GABO-L] Bell's Vireo at Cooper Furnace, Bartow co.
9/13/17 6:12 pm Pam Potter <ppotter...> [GABO-L] FOTS yellow-throated warbler & night hawk - Bartow Co
9/13/17 3:03 pm Andrew Theus <andrewtheus93...> [GABO-L] White-tailed Tropicbird-Marion co. Update
9/13/17 2:18 pm Tom Striker <tastriker...> [GABO-L] Common Terns - Lake Blue Ridge, Fannin County, GA
9/13/17 11:00 am William Pixler <pillwixler...> [GABO-L] In Search of Storm Birds Day 2 - No Luck...Yet
9/13/17 7:57 am plm108 <plm108...> [GABO-L] Georgia Rare Birds Link
9/13/17 4:30 am Richard Candler <candler86...> Re: [GABO-L] Storm Birds from Hurricane Irma, Sept 12 List
9/13/17 4:08 am plm108 <plm108...> [GABO-L] Storm Birds from Hurricane Irma, Sept 12 List
9/12/17 8:19 pm charles saleeby <charlessaleeby...> [GABO-L] Lake Allatoona summary including Great Shearwater
9/12/17 8:15 pm plm108 <plm108...> Re: [GABO-L] Storm Bird - Exhausted Great Shearwater
9/12/17 7:37 pm Teresa Lyle <teresalyle...> Re: [GABO-L] Atlanta Audubon Society Field Trip - Wednesday, September 13 at W.H. Reynolds Nature Preserve
9/12/17 7:34 pm Joshua Spence <spencejoshua...> [GABO-L] Storm Birds - Carters Lake
9/12/17 6:00 pm Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [GABO-L] IRMA BIRDS - Lake Hartwell - 9/12/2017
9/12/17 5:31 pm Bill & Condit <blotz...> [GABO-L] Great Shearwater and pelagic terns seen this evening on Lake Allatoona (Bartow & Cherokee Counties)
9/12/17 4:27 pm Moss, John Patten <JohnPatten.Moss...> [GABO-L] Common Terns- Floyd County
9/12/17 4:21 pm Marshall Weber <mjweber478...> [GABO-L] West Point Dam - AMOY, REKN Among Continuing Rarities
9/12/17 3:35 pm Marvin T Smith <mtsmith...> Re: [GABO-L] Storm Bird -
9/12/17 3:32 pm plm108 <plm108...> Re: [GABO-L] Storm Bird - Exhausted Great Shearwater
9/12/17 1:33 pm Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1...> [GABO-L] DeKalb Farmers Market
9/12/17 1:02 pm Teresa Lyle <teresalyle...> [GABO-L] Atlanta Audubon Society Field Trip - Wednesday, September 13 at W.H. Reynolds Nature Preserve
9/12/17 1:01 pm plm108 <plm108...> [GABO-L] Storm Birds at Lake Allatoona
9/12/17 12:32 pm Brian <brian0918...> [GABO-L] White-tailed Tropicbird - Marion County (southwest GA)
9/12/17 12:32 pm Joel McNeal <joelmcneal...> [GABO-L] Red-necked AND Red Phalaropes at Etowah Indian Mounds Sod Farm, Bartow Co.
9/12/17 12:25 pm plm108 <plm108...> [GABO-L] Storm Birds at Walter F George
9/12/17 12:06 pm Chuck Saleeby <charlessaleeby...> [GABO-L] Lake Allatoona
9/12/17 12:06 pm plm108 <plm108...> [GABO-L] Torn Birds -_- Red-necked Phalaropes in Bartow County
9/12/17 11:55 am plm108 <plm108...> [GABO-L] Storm Birds at Clark Hill/Strom Thurmond Lake
9/12/17 11:12 am jerry amerson <jerry.amerson...> Re: [GABO-L] IRMA BIRDS - Lake Tobesofkee, Bibb County - 9/12/2017
9/12/17 10:59 am Jeff Madsen <bluewingjeff...> [GABO-L] Murphey Candler this morning, no pelagic birds but Bank Swallow
9/12/17 10:35 am Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [GABO-L] IRMA BIRDS - Lake Tobesofkee, Bibb County - 9/12/2017
9/12/17 10:34 am Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [GABO-L] IRMA BIRDS - Magnificent Frigatebird, Sabine's Gull, jaeger and tropical terns - West Point Lake - 9/12/2017
9/12/17 9:38 am James F. Flynn Jr. <jim.flynn...> [GABO-L] Sooty Tern @ West Bank, Forsyth Co.
9/12/17 9:07 am Sandy Pangle <SPANGLE...> [GABO-L] Storm birds Lake Acworth.
9/12/17 8:23 am Terry Valentine <terryval...> Re: [GABO-L] wind speed and bird feeders (Gwinnett County)
9/12/17 8:13 am plm108 <plm108...> [GABO-L] Storm Birds - Impact of Irma
9/12/17 6:44 am Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [GABO-L] IRMA BIRDS - Lake Blackshear - 9/12/2017
9/12/17 5:18 am Malcolm Hodges <mhodges1957...> [GABO-L] Jaeger at West Point Dam
9/11/17 4:10 pm robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 10 Sep 17
9/11/17 3:48 pm Susan Neugent <Susan.Neugent...> Re: [GABO-L] wind speed and bird feeders (Gwinnett County)
9/11/17 3:47 pm Linda Karr <linda.karr...> Re: [GABO-L] wind speed and bird feeders (Gwinnett County)
9/11/17 3:21 pm Richard Candler <candler86...> [GABO-L] Hurricane Irma bird activity 9/11/17
9/11/17 2:27 pm Sandra Eileen Garber <sgarber...> [GABO-L] FEEDER ACTIVITY TODAY - CHEROKEE COUNTY
9/11/17 1:24 pm Susan Bagwel <bagwelb...> [GABO-L] Feeders
9/11/17 12:57 pm Melinda Allen <melindaallen...> Re: [GABO-L] wind speed and bird feeders (Gwinnett County)
9/11/17 12:06 pm Terry Valentine <terryval...> [GABO-L] wind speed and bird feeders (Gwinnett County)
9/11/17 9:26 am Dottie Head <dottie...> [GABO-L] Sept. 12 Atlanta Audubon/CNC Trip Cancelled
9/11/17 6:08 am Carol Lambert and/or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...> [GABO-L] Chimney Swifts, East Point, Fulton County, 9/9/17
9/10/17 6:33 pm Vince Howard <000006469bc9e602-dmarc-request...> [GABO-L] BUFF BREASTED SANDPIPERS
9/10/17 10:39 am Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...> [GABO-L] Limpkins, Lake Blalock, Henry County, 9/9/17
9/10/17 6:58 am Malcolm Hodges <mhodges1957...> [GABO-L] AMGO still at Huie
9/9/17 6:22 pm Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu...> [GABO-L] Kennesaw Mountain, Cobb Co., 9th Sep.- 9 warbler species, Rose-breasted Grosbeak
9/9/17 3:08 pm Patrick Maurice <patrickmaurice1...> Re: [GABO-L] Fall is here! CERULEAN WARBLER and 11 other warbler species at the State Botanical Garden, Clarke County, 9/09/17
9/9/17 2:39 pm Patrick Maurice <patrickmaurice1...> [GABO-L] Fall is here! CERULEAN WARBLER and 11 other warbler species at the State Botanical Garden, Clarke County, 9/09/17
9/9/17 10:50 am world oceans <world.oceans7...> [GABO-L] Huie Ponds, Clayton Co.
9/9/17 6:10 am plm108 <plm108...> Re: [GABO-L] Storm Birds and Birding
9/9/17 5:35 am world oceans <world.oceans7...> Re: [GABO-L] Storm Birds and Birding
9/9/17 5:34 am Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...> [GABO-L] American Golden Plover, Huie Ponds, Clayton County, 9/9/17
9/9/17 5:10 am plm108 <plm108...> [GABO-L] Storm Birds and Birding
9/9/17 4:36 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 7 Sep17
9/8/17 6:03 pm Sheila Willis <swjxw1...> [GABO-L] Swift Night Out results for 9/8, Waycross, WARE; poss. changes
9/8/17 7:16 am Sheila Willis <swjxw1...> [GABO-L] Hurricane Irma S. GA news; Swift Night Out
9/7/17 3:59 pm Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [GABO-L] HURRICANE IRMA
9/6/17 9:14 pm Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [GABO-L] Limpkins Continue - Lake Blalock, Clayton County Water Authority, Henry County - 9/4/2017
9/6/17 4:51 pm robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 5 Sep 17
9/6/17 10:44 am Ed Maioriello <edm...> [GABO-L] ORAS Bird Walk at Sandy Creek Nature Center - Athens-Clarke County
9/5/17 5:31 am Jodie Davis <jodie...> [GABO-L] Bald Eagle on Alatoona
9/4/17 11:49 pm peter fancher <pfanch...> [GABO-L] Nighthawks in Normaltown
9/4/17 4:47 pm Chris O'Neal <chrisoneal2718...> [GABO-L] Nighthawks in Dekalb County
9/4/17 4:23 pm robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 3 Sep 17
9/3/17 8:25 am Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [GABO-L] White-winged Dove - Upper River Road/Magnolia Road, Bleckley County - 9/2/2017
9/3/17 7:22 am Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...> [GABO-L] Limpkins @ Lake Blalock, CCWA,, Henry County, 9/2/17
9/2/17 7:19 pm Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1...> [GABO-L] Nighthawks in DeKalb
9/2/17 4:55 pm Carol Lambert and/or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...> [GABO-L] Limpkins, Lake Blalock, Clayton County Water Authority, Henry County, 9/2/17
9/1/17 8:12 pm Marshall Weber <mjweber478...> [GABO-L] Brandon Farm and Taff Rds 9/1/17 - Black-necked Stilt
9/1/17 5:10 pm robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 31 Aug 17
9/1/17 3:25 pm Mary Lynch <mary.libmcl...> [GABO-L] Update on Casper (white hummingbird)
9/1/17 12:04 pm Walt Chambers <chambersw...> [GABO-L] Marshallville & Doles Rd shorebirds - 9/1
8/31/17 8:57 pm Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [GABO-L] LONG-TAILED JAEGER, Caspian and Black Terns - Long Point Park, Lake Hartwell - 8/31/2017
8/31/17 2:19 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 29 Aug 17
8/29/17 8:40 am world oceans <world.oceans7...> [GABO-L] Merlin in northern Clayton County
8/28/17 6:50 pm Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...> [GABO-L] AAS- CCWA Field Trip 8/27/17
8/28/17 6:35 pm robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 27 Aug 17
8/28/17 5:42 pm Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...> [GABO-L] Com. Nighthawks over Tucker, DeKalb, 8/28/17
8/27/17 7:46 am Angus Pritchard <anguspritchard...> [GABO-L] Decatur Cemetery Wilson's Warbler
8/26/17 1:55 pm Melanie mefurr <mefurr...> [GABO-L] Nighthawks in DeKalb Co.
8/26/17 9:13 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 25 Aug 17
 
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Date: 9/25/17 7:19 pm
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 24 Sep 17
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: September 25, 2017 at 9:48:19 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Lee)
> Snowy Egret (1 Morgan)
> Limpkin (Speckled) (1 Dougherty)
> Baird's Sandpiper (2 Bartow)
> Semipalmated Sandpiper (1 Bartow)
> Lesser Yellowlegs (1 Bartow)
> Caspian Tern (1 Troup)
> Black-billed Cuckoo (1 Lee)
> Olive-sided Flycatcher (1 Schley)
> Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (2 DeKalb)
> Least Flycatcher (1 Towns)
> Philadelphia Vireo (1 Fulton)
> Cape May Warbler (1 Murray)
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (1 Glynn)
> Lincoln's Sparrow (1 Gordon)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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: 9/25/17 10:51 am
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Lincoln's Sparrow - Gordon County
I spent about an hour at the Pine Chapel Rd. location in northeast Gordon County this morning. Best bird was an adult LINCOLN'S SPARROW along the roadside. This isn't the earliest fall bird that I've ever had in north GA, but it's still early. In fact, based on eBird records this is the first one that has been reported in nine southern states this season, besides a few in North Carolina. It was the most cooperative LISP that I've observed. I watched it for a few minutes, then left it alone. Maybe it will hang around. Below are my eBird notes:

"I observed this sparrow at a distances between 10-20' for about three minutes. The bird was perched on an open branch. The morning sun was at my back. Bird was almost at eye level. Small Melospiza frantically chipping and alert. Distinct sharp chip was given a few dozen times at least. Bird's crown was peaked. Rusty cap with median line, buffy eyering, broad gray supercilium, dark eyeline, buffy malars contrasting with white throat, and small sharp bill. Finely streaked buffy breast and sides contrasting sharply with clean white belly. Light legs. Typical adult..........great looks!!! This bird was observed south of the pond that is dissected by the road. Approximately 50' south on the west side of the road in a privet."


29 species in all, other highlights for this location:

Double-crested Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Tree Swallow - at least 100
Barn Swallow - 4
Grasshopper Sparrow - 2 juveniles


Joshua Spence,
Murray County

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Date: 9/24/17 8:20 am
From: Lissie Stahlman <elstahlman...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Update on GBH at Murphy Candler
Sharon and I saw the GBH at close range. It's currently in the brush
across the trail from where the goats are past the big bridge if you're
entering the trail on the right side.

It doesn't appear to be fishing filament unless some is caught on the lower
mandible. It looks like faded orange or red nylon, the type used in making
dog collars, and if that's what it is, it's for a large dog. Perhaps a dog
lost it in the lake or marsh, and the heron grabbed it.

The upper mandible has nothing over its top, but the bill is stuffed, and
were I the bird, I would be gagging continuously.

I tried to cross the small pond, but with sinking in the mud, it went too
deep into the brush for me to keep up with. Webbed feet would have been
helpful.

This is tragic, and something needs to be done. I plan to go out again
tomorrow morning, and if anyone wants to join me, I would welcome the
company.

And expert and long time worker for AWARE indicates that although you must
protect head and eyes from the beak, if you can get close enough to throw a
towel over the bird's head, it will become well subdued.

And if anyone knows where we can get a net gun or dart gun with sedative,
that would be very helpful.

I will be at the Atlanta Audubon meeting tonight. So if anyone wants to
chat, please get with me.

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Date: 9/24/17 4:22 am
From: Lissie Stahlman <elstahlman...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Great Blue at Murphy Candler
Does anyone know if the great blue heron at Murphy Candler Lake in DeKalb
County has been rescued?

I saw a report last night that it had fishing lure wrapped around it's
bill, and as of Friday afternoon, nobody had been successful in freeing it.

I plan on going out this morning if I don't hear any positive report.

If anyone would like to help, please text me at 678-234-6306.

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Date: 9/22/17 7:13 pm
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 21 Sep 17
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: September 22, 2017 at 9:05:50 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> American Bittern (1 McIntosh)
> Snowy Egret (1 Morgan)
> Tricolored Heron (1 Richmond)
> Golden Eagle (1 Troup)
> Baird's Sandpiper (1 Bartow)
> Black-legged Kittiwake (1 Troup)
> Forster's Tern (1 Troup)
> Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (1 Cobb, 1 Greene)
> Philadelphia Vireo (1 Fulton, 1 Muscogee)
> Nashville Warbler (1 DeKalb)
> Cape May Warbler (1 Murray)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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: 9/21/17 8:10 pm
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Black-crowned Night Heron - Gordon County
We observed a juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON in Gordon County this evening. It was found at the ponds along Pine Chapel Rd. It was perched in a tall snag about 500' from the road. After we left this site, we went over to Fite Bend Rd. and enjoyed at least 25 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS catching insects over the farm fields with a setting sun creating a lovely backdrop.

Joshua Spence,
Murray County

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Date: 9/21/17 5:19 pm
From: peter fancher <pfanch...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Nighthawks in Athens Clarke
The nighthawks continue at sunset everyday at the intersection of Prince
avenue and Loop 10.

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Date: 9/21/17 2:56 pm
From: plm108 <plm108...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Possible Adult BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE - West Point Lake Dam Area, Troup County - 9/21/2017
An update on the West Point Lake Black-legged Kittiwake (thanks, Mark).

Several of us arrived this morning and started scanning the lake from the dam overlook. Nothing. Michael Linz and I then went to Hadley Park Recreation Area (the first pull-in park on the right after crossing the dam from the Georgia side) and started scanning across the lake in an area where we think we saw this bird late yesterday afternoon. Eventually we spotted a candidate gull and called Dan Vickers and Bill Lotz who were exploring other nearby areas of the lake. Dan and Michael tried getting some documentary photos with Dan having the closer encounter from West Bank Park.

This gull appears to be a second cycle/second winter Black-legged Kittiwake showing a large black eye, steep forehead and rounded crown, short dark legs (seen in one of Michael's photos), dark wing tips fading to pale and then turning to gray across the back, and a short white tail. The body appeared short compared to the wing length. The bird fed similar to a tern or a bonaparte's, flying above its prey and then pouncing on it. We watched it eat several small silvery fish. Because of the age of this bird, there was no dark neck band nor a strong black M pattern across the top of the wings. We therefore assume this is a different individual than the one found by James White yesterday. Dan and Bill also saw a second bird today that more resembled the darker juvenile seen by James.

If you go to look for it/them, take a quick look from the dam area and then try Hadley Park Rec Area and West Bank Park and be prepared to look entirely across the lake. It occasionally circled the fishermen in the middle of the lake and we watched it fly to one of the coves on the Alabama side at least twice. Be prepared for 15-20 minutes of flight followed by 20 minutes of it resting on the water and possibly out of sight. Afternoons will give you better light conditions.

The only other mostly white bird on the lake was a single Forster's Tern which showed up around noon. 

Patty McLean, Tucker GA 


-------- Original message --------From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> Date: 9/21/17 11:36 AM (GMT-05:00) To: <GABO-L...> Subject: [GABO-L] Possible Adult BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE - West Point Lake Dam Area, Troup County - 9/21/2017
Hi All,

Patty McLean just called to request a post that she and Michael Linz, and Bill Lotz and Dan Vickers think they have an
adult BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE in the West Point Lake Dam Area in Troup County.  They are working on getting definitive photos but the bird is pretty far out and not moving around.

Patty says that the bird is also being seen further west from the little day use park about .6 miles along the shore west of the superstructure of the dam.

They haven't yet seen the young bird that James White photographed and reported yesterday.

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Date: 9/21/17 8:44 am
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Possible Adult BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE - West Point Lake Dam Area, Troup County - 9/21/2017
Hi All,

Patty McLean just called to request a post that she and Michael Linz, and Bill Lotz and Dan Vickers think they have an
adult BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE in the West Point Lake Dam Area in Troup County. They are working on getting definitive photos but the bird is pretty far out and not moving around.

Patty says that the bird is also being seen further west from the little day use park about .6 miles along the shore west of the superstructure of the dam.

They haven't yet seen the young bird that James White photographed and reported yesterday.

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Date: 9/20/17 5:54 pm
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 19 Sep 17
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: September 20, 2017 at 8:39:03 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (2 Stewart)
> Snowy Egret (1 Morgan)
> Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 Cobb, 1 Morgan)
> Black-legged Kittiwake (1 Troup)
> Bonaparte's Gull (1 Troup)
> Caspian Tern (1 Troup)
> Forster's Tern (1 Troup)
> Royal Tern (1 Troup)
> Rufous Hummingbird (1 Quitman)
> Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (2 DeKalb, 1 Gwinnett)
> Willow Flycatcher (2 DeKalb, 2 Stewart)
> Sedge Wren (1 Clarke)
> Kentucky Warbler (1 Murray)
> Wilson's 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: 9/20/17 5:13 pm
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE Alert - West Point Dam, Troup County - 9/20/2017
Hi All,

James White posted a really nice BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE to eBird from West Point Lake today, nice find James!!!

Here is the eBird checklist with photo:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39301360

Good Birding All!

Mark

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Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Date: 9/20/17 3:24 pm
From: Patty Jenkins <pschwar...>
Subject: [GABO-L] FOS Scarlet tanager
Adult female at my birdbath this morning. Yay!
Patty Jenkins
DeKalb County at Emory University





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Date: 9/20/17 12:12 pm
From: Ed Maioriello <edm...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Two ORAS Bird Walks This Weekend - Athens-Clarke County
All,

We have two walks scheduled for this weekend. The first on Saturday had
been scheduled for Cook's Trail, but the trail is closed due to damage from
Irma. Therefore we are going to return to the State Botanical Garden
Saturday. Details of the weekends walks are below.

Ed Maioriello
Athens-Clarke County

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 8:00am



All, this trip had been scheduled for Cook's Trail at the Sandy Creek
Nature Center. However, Cook's Trail is closed due to damage from Irma.
Therefore, we are going to go back to the State Botanical Garden for a
second trip.

The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will be hosting a bird walk at the State
Botanical Garden. We will be meeting in the Day Chapel parking lot. From
the main entrance just keep bearing left to find the Day Chapel lot.

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



If you have any questions please contact Ed Maioriello at
<fieldtrip...> or 706-296-5275.

For information about the State Botanical Garden click here.
<http://botgarden.uga.edu/>


===================================================
Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 8:00am



Note this is a Sunday Walk!

The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will be hosting a birdwalk at Lake
Herrick and Oconee Forest Park. Birders of all levels are invited to
attend. We will be meeting at the entrance to Oconee Forest Park located
behind the tennis courts toward the rear of the Intramural Fields. Please
note that this is a popular park for dog walkers.

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

If you have any questions please contact Ed Maioriello at
<fieldtrip...> or 706-296-5275.

For information about and directions to Oconee Forest Park click here.
<http://warnell.forestry.uga.edu/ofp/maps.html>



IMPORTANT NOTE: On occasion, field trips may have to be cancelled (bad
weather, etc.) or important details may change (for example, the original
meeting spot for a site may have to be changed if there is a trail closure
or parking problem). If you plan to attend a birdwalk, ALWAYS check
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Date: 9/20/17 10:31 am
From: Robert D. Sattelmeyer <rsattelm...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Gould's Inlet/East Beach St Simons Island
Hi folks,

I did an ISS shorebird survey on East Beach and Gould's Inlet this morning. Here's a quick eyeball update on the effects of Irma on the habitat there, since I know I lot of people bird this area. Surprisingly, the overall contour and habitat of the area do not appear radically altered by the storm: as you walk from the old Coast Guard station towards Gould's Inlet, probably 75-100 yards of the first row of dunes was washed away, but the beach is still wide enough for walking, even with an 8' tide, as there was this morning. Much of this area has built up in the last few years, and it's a naturally active and shifting shoreline anyway. As you approach Gould's, the large sand bar that developed during the last couple years is still about the same size, although some of the larger dunes that built up over the last year have been eaten away. There was enough vegetation, apparently, to keep it from serious erosion, and the area that served as Least Tern and Wilson's Plover nesting habitat the last two years still looks about the same. And without further major storms the dunes may well rebuild. The wooden pier at Gould's Inlet was damaged and is closed, but you can still wade out to the sand bar at most tides. I haven't been over to Sea Island yet, but it looks from Gould's Inlet as though the spit may have receded further.


Highlights of the survey were a group of 10 Piping Plovers and 45 Wilson's Plovers mixed in with about 600 Semi-palmated Plovers, 183 Sanderlings, and smaller numbers of Westerns and Leasts. That's the highest count of Wilson's I've had there.


Good birding,


Bob Sattelmeyer

St Simons Island



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Date: 9/19/17 1:35 pm
From: Jeff Madsen <bluewingjeff...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Swainson's Warbler Clyde Shepherd this morning
Had an hour to kill and spent it on the observation deck from 900-1000 am this morning. I kept seeing movement off to the left near the now defunct wood duck box and finally got a great 10 second view of a quietly foraging Swainson's Warbler. The bird never vocalized, and after my view, it worked deeper into the underbrush there away from the deck until I couldn't see movement anymore. The bird was seen approximately 10' to the left of the wood duck box nearest to the main observation deck near the front of the preserve. It was working low in some very thick foliage a few feet in from the edge, about 2 to 5' off the ground. There were some other migrants around including Scarlet Tanager female (1), Chestnut-sided Warbler (1), American Redstart (1), Magnolia Warbler (1), Common Yellowthroat (1), Northern Waterthrush (2 individuals, saw them right before the Swainson's, they were calling loudly), Hooded Warbler (1), Gray Catbird (2) and many Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. I know this species has been recorded at CSNP before, but I have never seen one there myself. Neat bird!

Jeff Madsen
Brookhaven DeKalb Co

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Date: 9/19/17 9:20 am
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Possible Probable Yellow-billed Loon - 3 Sisters Area, Lake Lanier - 9/17/2017
Hi All,

Giff Beaton just let me know that he has already reviewed the video and still shots of the bird. In the video reviewed the loon can be heard vocalizing and it is a Common Loon, albeit with a large pale bill. Thanks Giff!

So to everyone who did not see the famous, and so far probably the most southeastern ever recorded for North America, Georgia Yellow-billed Loon at Lake Horton in Fayette County Georgia back in 2003/2004, please stand down the flotilla!

Good Birding All!

Mark

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Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Date: 9/19/17 8:16 am
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Possible Probable Yellow-billed Loon - 3 Sisters Area, Lake Lanier - 9/17/2017
Hi All,

There is a post on the Facebook Public Group of the Georgia Ornithological Society (GOS) that a probable Yellow-billed Loon was seen and photographed, distant photo included, on Sunday 9/17 at the south end of the 3 Sisters area at Lake Lanier! Hopefully this bird can be relocated, maybe a lakelagic trip should be organized!

Good Birding All!

Mark

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Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Date: 9/18/17 5:41 pm
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 17 Sep 17
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: September 18, 2017 at 8:26:16 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Northern Pintail (1 Bartow)
> Common Loon (1 Clarke)
> American White Pelican (1 Glynn)
> Snowy Egret (2 Morgan)
> Black-crowned Night-Heron (2 Morgan)
> Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 Cobb)
> White Ibis (1 Greene, 2 Morgan)
> King Rail (1 Richmond)
> Stilt Sandpiper (1 Bartow)
> Buff-breasted Sandpiper (1 Bartow)
> Wilson's Phalarope (1 Glynn)
> Calliope Hummingbird (2 Turner)
> Merlin (1 Gordon)
> Olive-sided Flycatcher (1 Cobb, 1 Coweta, 2 DeKalb)
> Least Flycatcher (4 DeKalb)
> Warbling Vireo (Eastern) (1 Greene)
> Sedge Wren (1 Clarke)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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: 9/18/17 3:24 pm
From: Sargent, Bob <bob.sargent...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Poster Session at the October GOS Meeting
Hi Birders,

The Georgia Ornithological Society (GOS) will be hosting a scientific poster presentation during its fall meeting (6-9 October) on Jekyll Island. Posters will be presented in the meeting hotel's (Villas by the Sea) conference building on Saturday night the 7th, from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. We will provide tripods, three-fold boards (3 x 3'), and spring-loaded clips to presenters for their use. If you would like to participate, please contact me no later than 2 October. Poster abstracts, if appropriate and authorized by the author(s), may be published in GOS' journal, The Oriole.

Thank you,
Bob Sargent
Macon, GA
Bibb County

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Date: 9/17/17 6:31 pm
From: Angelia Jenkins <angeliabeth...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Noonday Creek Trail Walk report
Hi Birders,

This morning Mark Pope co led the walk with me and we were busy with lots of
activity in several areas of the trail. We started at the Bells Ferry Rd
trail head and spent a lot of time in the parking lot area. Fortunately,
Cobb County had not cut the tall grasses and thick vegetation next to the
creek where the sidewalk begins as I found a Marsh Wren. There are large
patches of kudzu mixed with all sorts of vegetation and this bird was
working its way through the kudzu on the creek bank near the small bridge.

We had a handful of warblers but our warbler of the day was the Blue Winged
Warbler.

The day warmed up and we didn't have time to continue looking, but if we
had, we probably would have had even more migrants.

One item of interest or concern was that I noticed the cinema pond had been
cleared of dead wood and some snags as well as the beaver lodge that has
been there for years. There are a few dead snags left but not near the
number as in the past.

For those interested, here is our list:



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39228185



Thank you,



Angie Jenkins

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

678-224-1595

<angie...> <mailto:<angie...>








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Date: 9/17/17 6:18 pm
From: Bob ZAREMBA <bobzarem...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Taylorsville Sod Farm
I had some time to kill this afternoon so I made a run through the bartow sod farm areas and Taft road. The most interesting birds were two American Golden Plovers and one Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Taylorsville. Nothing of note at the Indian mounds or riverside. Brandon farm and Taft had a few Great Egrets and Blue-winged Teal.

Bob zaremba
Marietta, GA

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Date: 9/17/17 6:10 pm
From: Nathan Farnau <natwan...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Prothonotary Warblers - Centennial Olympic Park (Fulton County)
There are currently two PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS in Centennial Olympic Park. They're showing slightly different plumages: one with clean, bright, saturated yellow across the entire head, the other showing a duller, dusky shadow across the crown. PROWs are scarce as southbound migrants, so it's a treat to see two together in COP.

Also present in the park are AMERICAN REDSTARTS (6) including an adult male, one female HOODED WARBLER, one NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, and one female SUMMER TANAGER.

Full eBird checklist with pics here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39230018

Nathan Farnau
Alpharetta, GA (Fulton County)

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Date: 9/17/17 9:57 am
From: bob zaremba <bobzarem...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Kennesaw Mountain Sunday AM
Bill Lotz and I birded Kennesaw Mountain this morning. It was a pretty good
day with 11 species of warblers, a couple of CERULEAN, five BLACKBURNIAN
WARBLER and good number of TENNESSEE and AMERICAN REDSTARTS. By far the
most prolific species were the SCARLET TANAGERS. The bottom part of the
mountain was the most active today. Here is the eBird checklist if you are
interested.

https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39227324



Bob Zaremba

Marietta, GA


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Date: 9/16/17 9:10 pm
From: Milton Hobbs <thegahobbs6...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Common Nighthawks in Burke County
Fellow Birders,
We found roughly 15 Common Nighthawks this evening circling over the large
hayfield on Greiner Circle in north Burke County.
Milton Hobbs
Burke County, GA

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Date: 9/16/17 7:30 pm
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 15 Sep 17
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Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: September 16, 2017 at 8:08:22 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Baker, 2 Decatur, 2 Mitchell)
> Magnificent Frigatebird (1 Troup)
> Limpkin (Speckled) (1 Dougherty)
> American Oystercatcher (1 Troup)
> American Golden-Plover (2 Bartow)
> Red Knot (1 Troup)
> Sanderling (1 Troup)
> Buff-breasted Sandpiper (2 Bartow)
> Sabine's Gull (1 Troup)
> Laughing Gull (1 Troup)
> Sooty Tern (1 Troup)
> Bridled Tern (1 Troup)
> Black Tern (1 Troup)
> Common Tern (1 Troup)
> Sandwich Tern (1 Troup)
> Calliope Hummingbird (1 Turner)
> Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (7 Baldwin, 1 Cobb)
> Alder Flycatcher (1 Putnam)
> Blue-headed Vireo (1 Coweta)
> Philadelphia Vireo (1 Putnam)
> Cave Swallow (1 Chatham)
> Red-breasted Nuthatch (1 Putnam)
> Sedge Wren (3 Clarke)
> Nashville Warbler (1 Fulton)
> Cape May Warbler (1 Catoosa)
> Wilson's Warbler (pileolata) (1 Fulton)
> Wilson's Warbler (1 Fulton)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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: 9/16/17 6:37 pm
From: mocking bird <mockingbird...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Hurricane Irma pelagic victim - Columbia Co.
Last night I was brought a Black-Capped Petrel by a couple from near Mistletoe State Park in Columbia County, Georgia. (I am a State and Federally licensed wildlife rehabilitator). I was told that they found it grounded in their yard on Tuesday, the day after Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irma hit Middle Georgia. It was thin, light, and depressed. It was unable to fly. Some feathers were in disarray. So it was 4 days until I received the bird, and along with getting "beat up" by the storm, it had no nourishment. Early this morning I found it dead. This was so sad on many levels for me. A beautiful bird....... Makes me wonder how many other birds fell victim to Irma.
However, the Petrel will be given to UGA for perpetuity.
Lynn Schlup
Mockingbird Hill Wildlife Rehabilitation and Sanctuary
Oconee, Ga.
Washington County

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Date: 9/16/17 11:37 am
From: Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Piedmont Park, Fulton Co.: 6 warblers including Wilson's Warbler
Hello all,

I walked Piedmont Park today (Gus Kaufman joined part-way) and got quite a
few warbler species, including good looks at a WILSON'S WARBLER. The black
cap and green upperparts were clearly visible. I have attached a very bad
picture in the checklist; nevertheless the cap is visible. Other warblers
included an American redstart, prairie warbler, and a few palm warblers
feeding on the ground. We got good looks at another warbler with a clear
eye-ring, unmarked wings, yellow underparts including undertail and a habit
of shrugging its wings and twitching its tail. I have put it down as a
N@shville warbler, but feel free to let me know if it could be something
else.

There is a lone (or possibly a few) Northern rough-winged swallows flying
over the swampy area. I haven't seen swallows in Atlanta for a few weeks,
otherwise.

3-4 red-tailed hawks were visible, often circling in a group. We had a song
sparrow singing a sub-song/whisper song as it foraged, which was
interesting to observe. The song was quite different from its usual song,
and the bird had its beak closed.

Overall, the birding is great, in spite of Music Midtown this weekend.
Probably a good idea to enter through the north end of the park and stay in
that area.


Here is the checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39211830


Thanks,

Vinod Babu
Atlanta, GA.

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Date: 9/16/17 9:12 am
From: Jeff Madsen <bluewingjeff...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Magnificent Frigatebird Thursday 14 September, Chimney Swift Roost PDK Airport
A pilot friend of mine flew to Dafuskie Island Thursday to do some recon of a friend's house on the island after the storm. I do a lot of offshore fishing with this guy, so although not a birder, he is very good at identifying seabirds that associate with offshore fishing like Frigates. He was flying back from HHI and was about 20-30 miles north of Statesboro (1959 Cessna Skylane, they were going about 130 knts heading back to PDK) near Sylvania and had just crossed the Savannah River when he saw a Magificent Frigatebird pretty much level with him at 2500'. He was able to observe the bird for a minute or so and showed it to the others in the plane.

The same night I was at Peachtree DeKalb airport at dusk and observed a large number of Chimney Swifts swirl into the brick smokestack looking thing near the Epps building. I watched from the playground area near the Downwind restaurant. I'm going to try and go tonight to see if they're still there, but it had to be 1000's of birds - pretty neat!

Jeff Madsen
Brookhaven, GA DeKalb Co

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Date: 9/16/17 3:53 am
From: charles saleeby <charlessaleeby...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Thrush Migration
For the second morning in a row there has been a huge push of thrushes migrating over my house in NW Cobb. I have already had all 4 species this morning in just a few minutes giving their night migration calls (no Hermit's yet). There should be good numbers on the ground throughout the area.
Chuck SaleebyKennesaw GACobb Co.

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Date: 9/15/17 5:01 pm
From: Leslie <leszulia...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Migrating Common Nighthawks this evening in sandy Springs
I was in my backyard watching for nighthawks and got lucky at about 7:45 pm this evening. I watched 13 fly over then pause briefly to feed then continue flying Southwest.
Leslie Curran
Fulton county

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Date: 9/15/17 5:01 pm
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] ABA Irma Bird Roundup
Hi All,

The ABA has a good Irma Bird roundup at:

http://blog.aba.org/2017/09/abarare-hurricane-irma-bird-round-up.html

Good Birding All!

Mark

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

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Date: 9/15/17 1:35 pm
From: Joy Carter <joy.carter52...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Female Rufous Hummingbird- Atlanta
I just spotted my banded female Rufous Hummingbird- this makes five years
that she's been coming to my yard. I think she's a couple of weeks early,
although maybe I haven't been looking at my hummers closely enough in past
Septembers. If this follows the same pattern as other years, she'll be
here until late winter.
Joy Carter
Ormewood Park, Atlanta

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Date: 9/15/17 9:10 am
From: bob zaremba <bobzarem...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Kennesaw Mountain migrants
I birded Kennesaw this morning before work hoping the passage of TS Irma and
a weak front would deliver some migrants. It was not as "birdy" as I hoped
but I did manage to find 8 species of warblers and a good number of thrushes
and vireos.

The warblers included a first fall CERULEAN, BLACKBURNIAN (2), TENNESSEE,
MAGNOLA, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, HOODED, and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. There were
a nice number of SWAINSON THRUSH calling the nocturnal call notes early this
morning along with several WOOD THRUSH. There apparently was a nice flight
of flycatchers as well, I had at least 11 EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE and 5 Empids
that were most likely trails type. The best bird of the morning I can only
mark as probable, I heard a BELL' S VIREO singing about 1/3rd the way up,
near the pit area. The birds sang several times but I could not locate it,
as it was singing from up the hill and never moved. Unfortunately, my
phone battery had run out and I could not try to record it.
Interestingly, I had a similar experience almost six years to the day,
9/13/2011 at the top of KMT. I heard and partially saw a Bell's Vireo,
but did not have any way of documenting that bird either. I'm hopeful that
this bird may stick around and possibly be seen by others. I just wanted to
get the word out for folks this weekend to be aware to the possibility while
they are at the mountain.



Bob Zaremba

Marietta, GA


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Date: 9/14/17 6:47 pm
From: <epkeferl...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Irma and my yard birds.
Dear Gabbers,

Monday, the day of Irma impact at Soggy Meadows Farm in Brunswick. I got out of bed at 8 am and looked out the window towards the bird feeders. The wind was howling and gusting well over 60 mph. What did I see: 17 Brown-headed Cowbirds, several Northern Cardinals, Mourning Doves, 4 Common Ground-Doves, 3 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, and 2 Painted Buntings. They were all feeding as if there was little or no wind and horizontal rain I had 7.5 inches on Monday). I'll bet you thought I would see some rare bird from Florida. Nope. When I went out to see the horses, they were in a pasture with their butts to the wind eating grass. What storm? In the pastures were 9 Cattle Egrets, and 25 White Ibis and Killdeer. Overhead there were Turkey Vultures, Black Vultures, two Mississippi Kites, a Red-shouldered Hawk, three gulls and I think an Osprey. The gulls were new to the farm. Nothing really unusual, I watch much of the day, nothing unusual. I guess we have to remember that these species have been putting up with hurricanes for thousands of years.

I was unable to get to the islands or Andrews Island to look for unusual species.

Gene

Eugene P. Keferl
5280 East Glynn Ave.
Brunswick, Georgia 31523

Glynn Co.

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Date: 9/14/17 5:58 pm
From: Paul Raney <paul.raney...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Limpkin Seminole County Ray's Lake
Ray's Lake is located east side of SR374 just north of SR253 (Spring Ck Rd). Bird was perched left of wooden pier. Photo in ebird. First Limpkin I have seen in Seminole or Decatur Counties.
Paul Raney Stockbridge

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Date: 9/14/17 1:53 pm
From: Vince Howard <000006469bc9e602-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [GABO-L] BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER - Again !
At least one BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER still at Bostwick Sod Farm on north west side of Gilbert Rd in Sod field near planted cotton towards Nunn Rd. Seen at 4:15pm. Still hanging with Starlings and Killdeer.

Vince Howard
706.612.5253

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Date: 9/14/17 12:47 pm
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 13 Sep 17
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Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: September 13, 2017 at 7:33:58 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Ruddy Duck (2 Dooly)
> Common Loon (1 Hart)
> Great Shearwater (1 Bartow)
> White-tailed Tropicbird (1 Marion)
> Magnificent Frigatebird (2 Troup)
> Brown Pelican (1 Troup)
> Black-crowned Night-Heron (1 Floyd, 1 Fulton)
> Roseate Spoonbill (2 Dooly)
> King Rail (1 Richmond)
> Limpkin (1 Henry)
> American Oystercatcher (2 Troup)
> Black-bellied Plover (1 Troup)
> American Golden-Plover (1 Clayton, 2 Macon, 2 Peach)
> Red Knot (1 Troup)
> Stilt Sandpiper (3 Bartow, 1 Forsyth, 1 Morgan)
> Sanderling (2 Troup)
> White-rumped Sandpiper (2 Dooly, 2 Macon)
> Short-billed Dowitcher (2 Dooly, 1 Macon)
> Wilson's Phalarope (1 Chatham)
> Red-necked Phalarope (6 Bartow, 3 Macon)
> Red Phalarope (7 Bartow)
> Parasitic Jaeger (2 Crisp)
> Long-tailed Jaeger (2 Bibb, 2 Crisp, 1 Troup)
> Sabine's Gull (2 Troup)
> Laughing Gull (2 Crisp, 1 Gwinnett, 1 Hart, 2 Macon, 2 Troup)
> Herring Gull (American) (1 Muscogee)
> Great Black-backed Gull (2 Crisp)
> Sooty Tern (1 Butts, 1 Cherokee, 1 Columbia, 4 Crisp, 2 Forsyth, 1 Gwinnett, 1 Hart, 1 Jasper, 1 Newton, 3 Troup)
> Bridled Tern (1 Bartow, 2 Troup)
> Least Tern (1 Chatham)
> Caspian Tern (1 Bibb, 2 Crisp, 1 Forsyth, 1 Hall, 2 Muscogee, 1 Troup)
> Black Tern (5 Bartow, 1 Bibb, 1 Butts, 1 Cherokee, 2 Cobb, 1 Columbia, 2 Crisp, 2 Dooly, 2 Forsyth, 1 Hart, 1 Jasper, 1 Lowndes, 1 Newton, 2 Peach, 6 Troup)
> Common Tern (4 Bartow, 2 Bibb, 1 Cherokee, 1 Cobb, 2 Crisp, 1 Floyd, 1 Gwinnett, 1 Hart, 1 Muscogee, 5 Troup)
> Forster's Tern (3 Bartow, 1 Bibb, 1 Butts, 1 Cherokee, 1 Jasper, 1 Lowndes, 1 Muscogee, 1 Newton, 1 Troup)
> Royal Tern (1 Cobb, 4 Crisp)
> Sandwich Tern (2 Bartow, 1 Cobb, 1 Lowndes, 2 Troup)
> Barn Owl (American) (1 Muscogee)
> Merlin (1 Cherokee)
> Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (2 Murray)
> Alder Flycatcher (1 Muscogee)
> Least Flycatcher (1 Bartow, 1 Fulton)
> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (1 Bartow)
> Cliff Swallow (1 Muscogee)
> Nashville Warbler (1 Cobb)
> Palm Warbler (Western) (1 Muscogee)
>
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> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Robert Emond
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Date: 9/14/17 12:46 pm
From: Ed Maioriello <edm...>
Subject: [GABO-L] ORAS Bird Walk at the State Botanical Garden - Athens-Clarke County
Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 8:00am



The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will be hosting a bird walk at the State
Botanical Garden. We will be meeting in the Day Chapel parking lot. From
the main entrance just keep bearing left to find the Day Chapel lot.

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

If you have any questions please contact Ed Maioriello at
<fieldtrip...> or 706-296-5275.

For information about the State Botanical Garden click here.
<http://botgarden.uga.edu/>


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

Ed Maioriello
Athens-Clarke County

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Date: 9/14/17 12:09 pm
From: Wes Hatch <whatch11...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Birding Canoe Trip @ Chattahoochee Nature Center 9/23/17
Hey all,

I will be leading a birding canoe trip on Saturday September 23 from 7 am
to 11 am. The trip will focus on birds seen on the water and in some of the
back channels. This is a rare treat for many birders as this area is only
accessible by boat. Possible birds include Barred Owls, Great Egrets,
migrating waterfowl, shorebirds, and migrating passerines (vireos,
warblers, thrushes). If we are lucky there may even be some of the birds
displaced by Hurricane Irma heading south!

Ages 14+; $40 General Public / $30 CNC Members; Registration required by
September 21st.

Register Here
<https://ecommerce.chattnaturecenter.org/ItemShow.aspx?Dep=8D388PTSkXM=&Cat=7Lt++rZ7CYfdBU2sm0xIRg==&It=A0ME4Dn/pnWS2w38FSdRkg==>

In the last week there has been some great movement through the boardwalk
area of the nature center. I have seen multiple Magnolia Warblers, American
Redstarts, Chestnut-sided Warblers, Common Yellowthroats, Black-and-white
Warblers, and a Northern Waterthrush. Flycatchers have also made their
presence know with a Phoebes, Pewees, Least, and Great Crested and Eastern
Kingbirds. There are plenty of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds dipping in and
out of the Jewelweed Patches along the marsh banks.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me off of GABO.

Thank you,
--
Wes Hatch
Camp Coordinator
Chattahoochee Nature Center
(440) 241-3812
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Date: 9/14/17 10:50 am
From: Chuck Saleeby <charlessaleeby...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Lake Allatoona correction. No Shearwater yesterday
We did not get the Great Shearwater yesterday evening. Stupid voice recognition. It doesn't like Shearwaters,  terns, or other common names.

Chuck Saleeby
Kennesaw GA
Cobb County

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Date: 9/14/17 7:42 am
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] IRMA BIRDS Aftermath - 9/13/2017
Hi All,

I tried Lake Lanier in the area of the dam yesterday evening hoping for some Gwinnett County Irma Birds to no avail. The lake was almost glass smooth and there wasn't a hint of an Irma Bird anywhere.

I was rewarded for my efforts by having a GREAT HORNED OWL in the late daylight perched directly overhead at West Bank Park, accompanied by a very irate and unrelenting RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and others. Also saw a Gwinnett adult BALD EAGLE soaring southeast of and behind Lake Lanier Park from West Bank in the scope!

The eBird checklist with photos:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39165437

After just a cursory look at the eBird RBA reports for the 7 southeastern-most states this week, and at the listservs and email groups at the ABA Birding News site for those states, the impression is that it looks as if Georgia birders may have found the most species and the most numbers of Irma Birds!

There could still be straggling pelagic species passing through Georgia on their way home for some time to come as well.

Good Birding All!

Mark

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

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Date: 9/14/17 7:02 am
From: Chuck Saleeby <charlessaleeby...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Lake Allatoona Thursday
Bob Z and I took another run down the lake late yesterday evening just before dark. He did have a few Black Terns and Common Terns from the Old Highway 41 day use area looking down through Bartow County towards Cobb. We had nothing all the way down past the dam and up the Etowah until we got past Galt's Ferry. At that point we found one Sooty Tern sitting on a marker just off the small island between Galt's and Victoria. There are also six Black Terns, one Common Tern and one Common/ Forster's Tern in the area. We did find the Shearwater.

Chuck Saleeby
Kennesaw GA
Cobb County

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Date: 9/14/17 6:57 am
From: Melanie mefurr <mefurr...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Wilson's Warbler in Tucker
I have a nice assortment of warblers in my yard in Tucker (near Henderson Park) this morning, including a Wilson's Warbler, as well as a Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, and Redstart. I'm not sure if the Wilson's will hang around and cooperate for others, but if you want to have a look, you can call/text me at 404.625.1823.

Cheers,
Melanie







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Date: 9/14/17 6:33 am
From: Joel McNeal <joelmcneal...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Bell's Vireo at Cooper Furnace, Bartow co.
Beware multiple juvenile white-eyeds also present. They have much bolder wingbars, at least some evidence of yellow spectacles coming in, etc.

> On Sep 14, 2017, at 9:28 AM, Joel McNeal <joelmcneal...> wrote:
>
> Bell's Vireo singing softly, sound recorded and photographed at Cooper Furnace day use area at the end of Old River Rd., Cartersville. Last seen along river between playground equipment and left hand picnic shelter if you're facing the river directly out from the furnace itself.
>
>> Joel McNeal
>> Cartersville, Bartow Co., GA
>> http://www.pbase.com/joelmcneal/newest
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Date: 9/14/17 6:31 am
From: Joel McNeal <joelmcneal...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Bell's Vireo at Cooper Furnace, Bartow co.
Bell's Vireo singing softly, sound recorded and photographed at Cooper Furnace day use area at the end of Old River Rd., Cartersville. Last seen along river between playground equipment and left hand picnic shelter if you're facing the river directly out from the furnace itself.

> Joel McNeal
> Cartersville, Bartow Co., GA
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Date: 9/13/17 6:12 pm
From: Pam Potter <ppotter...>
Subject: [GABO-L] FOTS yellow-throated warbler & night hawk - Bartow Co
Yesterday morning I got to ID a yellow-throated warbler & this evening, at 8pm I observed a night hawk fly over my back yard.

I stopped by Taff Rd in Taylorsville and found a great egret & TOTY 2 cormorants. I could not tell which species due to the lighting.

I watched another great egret fly from the pasture towards the pond that's far beyond the small pond on Brandon Farm Rd. You can only see the pond from the road half way up the hill towards Taff. Most of the year you can't see it at all from whatever is growing in the field. I could tell there were some ducks. Also a Canada goose in this pond close to the road.


Pam Potter
White
Bartow Co

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Date: 9/13/17 3:03 pm
From: Andrew Theus <andrewtheus93...>
Subject: [GABO-L] White-tailed Tropicbird-Marion co. Update
For any not aware, yesterday--9/12/2017, a White-tailed Tropicbird was found exhausted on a dirt road adjacent to Pineville Rd in rural Marion county, GA. The bird was taken to a veterinarian in Columbus, GA with experience rehabbing birds.

The bird reportedly seemed to have much more energy this morning and appeared to be in good health after spending the night in a quiet, calm place but did not eat any of the live minnows in water given to it. This morning it defecated, a good sign that it likely had food still in its system. It was determined that the tropicbird needed to get to the coast for release ASAP today. My father Ted Theus, who retrieved the bird from the original finders and took it to the vet in Columbus released the bird on the gulf coast in Florida at St. Mark's NWR at approximately 3 PM Eastern today.

Here is the message from my dad: "Released at st mark's lighthouse with staff from the refuge--one of whom took photos which they will email to me. Went better than I even had hoped for. Bird took off immediately upon release with strong flight and observed with binocs until out of sight. It started vocalizing on the drive down. Became much more excited and acted as though it wanted out of cage for the first time as soon as car door was opened there by the gulf, as if it knew it was back where it belonged.”
Thanks to Brian Tinker for getting the word out about this bird and a big thanks to my dad Ted Theus. No doubt there are several birds like this that ended up in random places due to this storm that went undetected and didn't survive but thankful this was a success story! They are planning to write a story in the wildlife refuge newsletter about the release.
Good birding everyone!

-Andrew Theus of Savannah, GA
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Date: 9/13/17 2:18 pm
From: Tom Striker <tastriker...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Common Terns - Lake Blue Ridge, Fannin County, GA
We didn't get much wind from Irma in Fannin County, but I went out to the
Lake Blue Ridge Marina this afternoon to cure cabin fever. There were 6 or
7 Common Terns in the marina area, probably juveniles since the beaks were
black. Windier today than yesterday. Nothing from the Morganton Point side
of the lake and no activity on Davenport Farm Road.



Tom Striker

Blue Ridge, Ga - Fannin County


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Date: 9/13/17 11:00 am
From: William Pixler <pillwixler...>
Subject: [GABO-L] In Search of Storm Birds Day 2 - No Luck...Yet
Hey GABOers,

I wasn't able to get out of the office yesterday to search for storm
blown birds (I'm extremely jealous of the many great finds yesterday)
but I was able to get away for about an hour this afternoon to look
for any lingering birds. I headed to the largest, nearest body of water
which was Lake Varner in Newton County. I didn't have much time to
look around and was not able to locate any species of significant
interest, but I wanted to get the word out if anyone else had the idea
to check it out later.

I'll probably stop by the Alexander Lakes area of Panola Mountain SP
on my way home for a quick check - I'm not expecting anything, but if
I get lucky there, I will definitely send a follow-up to this message.

Good birding!

Will Pixler
Atlanta

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Date: 9/13/17 7:57 am
From: plm108 <plm108...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Georgia Rare Birds Link
For those interested, here's a link to the ebird Rare Birds Report for Georgia. It will continue to show the birds from Sept 12 through the 19th. Each report has a link to the location with a map feature.

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

Patty McLean, Tucker GA 
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Date: 9/13/17 4:30 am
From: Richard Candler <candler86...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Storm Birds from Hurricane Irma, Sept 12 List
> On Sep 13, 2017, at 7:07 AM, plm108 <plm108...> wrote:
>
> Thank you to everyone who went out looking for birds impacted by Hurricane Irma as it passed through Georgia on Sept 11. There were several interesting reports from home feeders about hummingbirds and other regular birds at their feeders on Monday, Sept 11. Some of the rarest birds to inland Georgia came on Tuesday, Sept 12, after Irma left many pelagic/seagoing birds behind and halted several rare birds from their regular path of migration. I cannot even begin to tell you how JEALOUS I am that you had the chance to see even one single rarity ... because I'm landlocked in Arkansas right now and still DAYS away from my return to Georgia!! So, I thought I'd make a minor contribution and take on the role of STORM BIRD CENTRAL and report the rarest and perhaps the most exciting birds reported during this incredible time. But first, I must say that my wish is that all STORM-IMPACTED BIRDS, whether rare or common, find their way safely back to wherever they need be at this time and that our Georgia birders remain safe. At this moment, here's what we know or can assume (and please add to this list if I missed something or as new information comes in):
>
>
> MONDAY, SEPT 11
>
> Ruby-throated Hummingbirds feeding more frequently and staying close to home-based feeders (and same with other more common birds)
>
> Multiple rare bird eports from Florida (see eBird for specific species and locations)
>
>
> TUESDAY, SEPT 12 (GA reports submitted - and mosty those considered 'storm birds' vs 'regular' inland migrants)
>
> Black-capped Petrel - Rome GA (in the TJ Maxx parking lot, initially identified as Great Shearwater); Barnesville (someone's yard)
>
> Cory's Shearwater - Walter F. George Dam (2)
>
> Great Shearwater - Lake Allatoona (*late afternoon by Chuck Saleeby)
>
> Magnificent Frigatebird - West Point Lake/Dam
>
> White-tailed Tropicbird - Marion County (found on a dirt road near Richland GA and taken to rehabber)
>
> American Oystercatcher - West Point Lake
>
> Red Phalarope - Etowah Sod Farm (Bartow County)
>
> Red-necked Phalarope - Ethowah Sod Farm (Bartow County)
>
> Long-tailed Jaeger - West Point Lake (2); Lake Tobesofkee
>
> Jaeger Species - DeKalb County Reservoir on Peeler Rd; Lake Blackshear
>
> Laughing Gull - Lake Hartwell
>
> Sabine's Gull - West Point Lake
>
> Royal Tern - DeKalb County Reservoir on Peeler Rd; Walter F. George Dam
>
> Royal/Caspian Tern - Carter's Rereg Dam; Lake Blackshear
>
> Sandwich Tern - Lake Allatoona; Long Pond (Lowndes County)
>
> Common Tern - Lake Hartwell; Lake Allatoona; Brushy Branch Park in Floyd County (7)
>
> Common/Forster's Tern - Lake Allatoona; Carter's Rereg Dam
>
> Black Tern - numerous locations (but also expected this time of year)
>
> Bridled Tern - West Point Dam; Lake Allatoona
>
> Sooty Tern - West Point Dam; Long Point at Lake Hartwell (11); Lake Allatoona; Lake Lanier from West Bank Park and Buford Dam; Lake Blackshear; Jackson Lake (3 different county reports); Strom Thurmond Lake
>
> Bridled/Sooty Tern - West Point Dam; Clark Hill Dam overlook at Strom Thurmond Lake
>
>
> What will WEDNESDAY, SEPT 13 bring???
>
>
> Patty McLean, Tucker GA (but still in Arkansas for the next few days)
>
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Date: 9/13/17 4:08 am
From: plm108 <plm108...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Storm Birds from Hurricane Irma, Sept 12 List
Thank you to everyone who went out looking for birds impacted by Hurricane Irma as it passed through Georgia on Sept 11. There were several interesting reports from home feeders about hummingbirds and other regular birds at their feeders on Monday, Sept 11. Some of the rarest birds to inland Georgia came on Tuesday, Sept 12, after Irma left many pelagic/seagoing birds behind and halted several rare birds from their regular path of migration. I cannot even begin to tell you how JEALOUS I am that you had the chance to see even one single rarity ... because I'm landlocked in Arkansas right now and still DAYS away from my return to Georgia!! So, I thought I'd make a minor contribution and take on the role of STORM BIRD CENTRAL and report the rarest and perhaps the most exciting birds reported during this incredible time. But first, I must say that my wish is that all STORM-IMPACTED BIRDS, whether rare or common, find their way safely back to wherever they need be at this time and that our Georgia birders remain safe. At this moment, here's what we know or can assume (and please add to this list if I missed something or as new information comes in):


MONDAY, SEPT 11

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds feeding more frequently and staying close to home-based feeders (and same with other more common birds)

Multiple rare bird eports from Florida (see eBird for specific species and locations)


TUESDAY, SEPT 12 (GA reports submitted  - and mosty those considered 'storm birds' vs 'regular' inland migrants) 

Black-capped Petrel - Rome GA (in the TJ Maxx parking lot, initially identified as Great Shearwater); Barnesville (someone's yard)

Cory's Shearwater - Walter F. George Dam  (2) 

Great Shearwater - Lake Allatoona (*late afternoon by Chuck Saleeby) 

Magnificent Frigatebird - West Point Lake/Dam 

White-tailed Tropicbird - Marion County (found on a dirt road near Richland GA and taken to rehabber) 

American Oystercatcher - West Point Lake 

Red Phalarope - Etowah Sod Farm (Bartow County) 

Red-necked Phalarope - Ethowah Sod Farm (Bartow County) 

Long-tailed Jaeger - West Point Lake (2); Lake Tobesofkee 

Jaeger Species - DeKalb County Reservoir on Peeler Rd; Lake Blackshear 

Laughing Gull - Lake Hartwell 

Sabine's Gull - West Point Lake 

Royal Tern - DeKalb County Reservoir on Peeler Rd; Walter F. George Dam 

Royal/Caspian Tern - Carter's Rereg Dam; Lake Blackshear 

Sandwich Tern - Lake Allatoona; Long Pond (Lowndes County)  

Common Tern - Lake Hartwell; Lake Allatoona; Brushy Branch Park in Floyd County  (7) 

Common/Forster's Tern - Lake Allatoona; Carter's Rereg Dam 

Black Tern - numerous locations (but also expected this time of year) 

Bridled Tern - West Point Dam; Lake Allatoona 

Sooty Tern - West Point Dam; Long Point at Lake Hartwell (11); Lake Allatoona; Lake Lanier from West Bank Park and Buford Dam; Lake Blackshear; Jackson Lake  (3 different county reports); Strom Thurmond Lake 

Bridled/Sooty Tern - West Point Dam; Clark Hill Dam overlook at Strom Thurmond Lake 


What will WEDNESDAY, SEPT 13 bring??? 


Patty McLean, Tucker GA (but still in Arkansas for the next few days)

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Date: 9/12/17 8:19 pm
From: charles saleeby <charlessaleeby...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Lake Allatoona summary including Great Shearwater
So I put in at the Blockhouse Ramp this afternoon just before 6 and had a few good terns near the ramp and in the Iron Hill area, all Bartow Co. There were Black Terns, Common Terns, Forster's Terns and a single Bridled Tern in Iron Hill.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39152933

The Dead Sea kicked in and there were no birds from there all the way past the damn and up the Etowah arm until I got almost to Victoria. There were a bunch circling, flying and feeding out in the large section between Gault's and Victoria. There were a bunch of Black Terns, some Common and Forster's Terns and 3 Sooty Terns. 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39153036

On the way back towards the ramp and in dimming light while also running low on fuel I passed a bird on the water. I came to a halt and realized it was a Great Shearwater. I slowly spun around, got closer, cut the engine and took pictures while drifting by. It was not at all bothered and preened and flapped once. This bird was off the Red Top Mountain State Park heavily wooded section. It was on the Etowah side of the main lake but around the corner from the damn. I'm not sure but I do think there may be some trails that could offer some viewing.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39153111

There are a few pictures in the above ebird checklists. It got dark before I could make the run back to the Cobb section of the lake.
Chuck SaleebyKennesaw, GACobb County

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Date: 9/12/17 8:15 pm
From: plm108 <plm108...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Storm Bird - Exhausted Great Shearwater
Heard from Tim Keyes that he agrees with the Black-capped Petrel diagnosis in the Rome GA area.  

Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

-------- Original message --------From: plm108 <plm108...> Date: 9/12/17 5:31 PM (GMT-06:00) To: GABO <gabo-l...> Subject: Re: Storm Bird - Exhausted Great Shearwater
Am hearing that this one was likely a BLACK-CAPPED PETREL. It flew off and has not been relocated. 

Patty McLean, Tucker GA 
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Date: 9/12/17 7:37 pm
From: Teresa Lyle <teresalyle...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Atlanta Audubon Society Field Trip - Wednesday, September 13 at W.H. Reynolds Nature Preserve
Ok


________________________________
From: Teresa Lyle <teresalyle...>
Sent: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 3:31 PM
To: <gabo-l...>
Subject: Atlanta Audubon Society Field Trip - Wednesday, September 13 at W.H. Reynolds Nature Preserve

Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve
Wednesday 9/13 8:00AM
W.H. Reynolds Nature Preserve (Clayton County)
Leader: Anne McCallum
Cell contact morning of walk: 678.642.7148

Birding Focus: We will look for resident birds such as woodpeckers (including Pileated Woodpeckers), warblers, thrushes, and Barred Owls. The trail is very wide, flat, and is less than 2 miles round trip. It passes through mature deciduous forest and along several ponds. Check out their website above for more details. Restrooms are available.

Directions and Parking: Just south of Atlanta, take Exit 233 from I-75. Take Hwy. 54 North (Jonesboro Rd.) about 0.9 mile to the light at Reynolds Rd. (Walmart will be ahead on your left). Turn left on Reynolds Rd. and go about another 1.1 mile to the parking lot, which will be on your left just after the road has turned a bit to the left. Google these coordinates or program your GPS:
33.601464, -84.346874

Public transportation: MARTA Routes 191 and 195 stop at Jonesboro Rd. at Huie Rd.: walk 0.5-mile west on Huie Rd., then right for a couple hundred feet to get to the preserve.


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Date: 9/12/17 7:34 pm
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Storm Birds - Carters Lake
Not much! Bad light. There were at least 23 terns seen flying around the reregulation pool. They were on the wing the entire time I was there and stayed a good ways out from the rereg dam. Most were Forster's/Common type. Two were larger, either Royal or Caspian.Hundreds of Tree Swallows, some Barn. Couple of Bald Eagles and Ospreys. I checked the mudbar near the HWY 136 bridge for shorebirds.......nothing. I checked the reservoir from the marina........nothing.


Joshua Spence,
Murray County

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Date: 9/12/17 6:00 pm
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] IRMA BIRDS - Lake Hartwell - 9/12/2017
Hi All,

Felt that Lake Hartwell was being neglected today so ventured up to Long Point this evening after work in Athens. The conditions weren't very good with a good breeze and a mild chop on the water, and gray overcast evening light, but was able to get a few Irma Birds at the end of the day.

The eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39150675

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Currently on the road back to
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Date: 9/12/17 5:31 pm
From: Bill & Condit <blotz...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Great Shearwater and pelagic terns seen this evening on Lake Allatoona (Bartow & Cherokee Counties)
GABOers,



Chuck Saleeby just called me to report several great birds he observed from
his boat on Lake Allatoona this evening. He will post more details later,
but the GRSH was seen on the Etowah side of Red Top Mountain (Bartow). He
also reports Bridled and Sooty Terns as well as Common and Forster's Terns
from the lake. He did not see the Sandwich Tern at the Blockhouse Ramp
reported earlier by Andrew Theus even though he put his boat in at this
ramp.



Bill Lotz

Atlanta

Fulton County


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Date: 9/12/17 4:27 pm
From: Moss, John Patten <JohnPatten.Moss...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Common Terns- Floyd County
I observed 7 Common Terns foraging over the water at Brushy Branch Park in southwest Floyd Co. about one hour ago. They remained when I left.

Nothing to report from Garden Lakes or Georgia Highlands College. Got a little more daylight to keep looking.

John Patten Moss
Berry College
Floyd County

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Date: 9/12/17 4:21 pm
From: Marshall Weber <mjweber478...>
Subject: [GABO-L] West Point Dam - AMOY, REKN Among Continuing Rarities
Hi All,

Today I visited West Point Dam and the surrounding area with Patrick Maurice, Dan Vickers, and Kris Bisgard. We also met up with Malcolm Hodges and James White. In the afternoon, we were able to relocate what we were pretty sure were two LONG-TAILED JAEGERS (one of which was previously found by Malcolm). In addition to good looks at the SABINE’S GULL and MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD, and 10-12 SOOTY and BRIDLED TERNS that Mark McShane previously posted about on GABO, we had a number of interesting shorebirds. Of greatest interest was the first inland record in Georgia (according to eBird) of an AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER (juvenile). Also of note was a single RED KNOT associating with three SANDERLINGS, and a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER near some Killdeer. Our checklists are below for anyone who is interested (photos of most of the rarities will be uploaded to the lists shortly).

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39145480 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39145480>
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39145357 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39145357>
https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39146890 <https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39146890>

Good (Storm) Birding!
Marshall Weber
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Date: 9/12/17 3:35 pm
From: Marvin T Smith <mtsmith...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Storm Bird -
I checked Long Pond in southern Lowndes County with Robert Emond this afternoon. I had Sooty Terns and a Frigatebird last year after Hermine, but this year I only found Sandwich Tern, Forster's Tern, and two young Black Terns.

Marvin T. Smith

Valdosta


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Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Storm Bird - Exhausted Great Shearwater

Am hearing that this one was likely a BLACK-CAPPED PETREL. It flew off and has not been relocated.

Patty McLean, Tucker GA
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-------- Original message --------From: plm108 <plm108...> Date: 9/12/17 2:49 PM (GMT-06:00) To: GABO <gabo-l...> Subject: Storm Bird - Exhausted Great Shearwater

Great Shearwatwr reported from TJ Maxx parking lot near Rome. Report says bird confirmed by Tim Keyes and has flown off.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39144288

Patty McLean, Tucker GA


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Date: 9/12/17 3:32 pm
From: plm108 <plm108...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Storm Bird - Exhausted Great Shearwater
Am hearing that this one was likely a BLACK-CAPPED PETREL. It flew off and has not been relocated. 

Patty McLean, Tucker GA 
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-------- Original message --------From: plm108 <plm108...> Date: 9/12/17 2:49 PM (GMT-06:00) To: GABO <gabo-l...> Subject: Storm Bird - Exhausted Great Shearwater

Great Shearwatwr reported from TJ Maxx parking lot near Rome. Report says bird confirmed by Tim Keyes and has flown off. 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39144288

Patty McLean, Tucker GA 


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Date: 9/12/17 1:33 pm
From: Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1...>
Subject: [GABO-L] DeKalb Farmers Market
Hi all,
The leveled land that will be the new Farmers Market is full of puddles and
small ponds again. There were 5 Least Sandpipers there, along with
Killdeer, Canada Geese. They attracted a Coopers Hawk and crows.

Nothing spectacular, but may be worth keeping an eye on this unlikely spot
till it dries out again. There are not many places left for shorebirds in
DeKalb so it's a natural stopping site for them in this condition.

Cheers
Drew Whitelegg
DeKalb Co.

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Date: 9/12/17 1:02 pm
From: Teresa Lyle <teresalyle...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Atlanta Audubon Society Field Trip - Wednesday, September 13 at W.H. Reynolds Nature Preserve
Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve
Wednesday 9/13 8:00AM
W.H. Reynolds Nature Preserve (Clayton County)
Leader: Anne McCallum
Cell contact morning of walk: 678.642.7148

Birding Focus: We will look for resident birds such as woodpeckers (including Pileated Woodpeckers), warblers, thrushes, and Barred Owls. The trail is very wide, flat, and is less than 2 miles round trip. It passes through mature deciduous forest and along several ponds. Check out their website above for more details. Restrooms are available.

Directions and Parking: Just south of Atlanta, take Exit 233 from I-75. Take Hwy. 54 North (Jonesboro Rd.) about 0.9 mile to the light at Reynolds Rd. (Walmart will be ahead on your left). Turn left on Reynolds Rd. and go about another 1.1 mile to the parking lot, which will be on your left just after the road has turned a bit to the left. Google these coordinates or program your GPS:
33.601464, -84.346874

Public transportation: MARTA Routes 191 and 195 stop at Jonesboro Rd. at Huie Rd.: walk 0.5-mile west on Huie Rd., then right for a couple hundred feet to get to the preserve.


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Date: 9/12/17 1:01 pm
From: plm108 <plm108...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Storm Birds at Lake Allatoona
From Ted Theus...Currently have a Sandwich Tern and 3 Forster's/Common Terns visible from the fishing pier by blockhouse boat ramp, Lake Allatoona.

Patty McLean, Tucker GA 



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Date: 9/12/17 12:32 pm
From: Brian <brian0918...>
Subject: [GABO-L] White-tailed Tropicbird - Marion County (southwest GA)
A young White-tailed Tropicbird was photographed, appearing exhausted and
laying on a dirt road in Marion County today, probably in or near
Richland. They have the bird in their possession. They are non-birders, so
I gave them some local wildlife rehabbers to contact, but I haven't
received a response yet.

I could only find two other records on eBird of land sightings in Georgia -
one in Atlanta in 1940, and another in the southeast corner in 1995.

Brian Tinker
Akron, OH

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Date: 9/12/17 12:32 pm
From: Joel McNeal <joelmcneal...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Red-necked AND Red Phalaropes at Etowah Indian Mounds Sod Farm, Bartow Co.
The phalarope flock at the Indian Mounds Sod Farm in Bartow Co. currently
consists of 4 Red-necked and 2 Red Phalaropes. GPS coordinates of the
group are approximately 34.124293, -84.813491 .

Joel McNeal
Cartersville, Bartow Co., GA
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Date: 9/12/17 12:25 pm
From: plm108 <plm108...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Storm Birds at Walter F George
Looks like someone reported 2 Cory's Shearwaters today at Walter F George Dam.
Patty McLean, Tucker GA 


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Date: 9/12/17 12:06 pm
From: Chuck Saleeby <charlessaleeby...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Lake Allatoona
A couple of quick checks of Lake Allatoona from 92 all the way to the Blockhouse ramp on the Allatoona Creek Side has turned up only about 20 Black Terns. Keep you posted if I find anything else. I might put the boat in this evening and make a run towards the damn and the Etowah side to see what else may be out here. These birds are both in Cobb County and Bartow County. There are still three Black Terns out on Lake Acworth as well.

Chuck Saleeby
Kennesaw GA
Cobb County

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Date: 9/12/17 12:06 pm
From: plm108 <plm108...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Torn Birds -_- Red-necked Phalaropes in Bartow County

Aija Konrad texted that she had 5 red necked phalarope at the Etowah Sodfarm across from the office to the left. Confirmed by Joel McNeal.

Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

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Date: 9/12/17 11:55 am
From: plm108 <plm108...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Storm Birds at Clark Hill/Strom Thurmond Lake
Lois Stacey posted on GO'S Facebook page that she was getting texts from local Augusta birders - lots of migrants at Phinizy Park NP in Augusta and Bridled/Sooty Terns at Clark's Hill Dam overlook at Strom Thurmond Lake.
Patty McLean. Tucker GA 


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Date: 9/12/17 11:12 am
From: jerry amerson <jerry.amerson...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] IRMA BIRDS - Lake Tobesofkee, Bibb County - 9/12/2017
Sku8 turns out to be a juvenile jaeger - probable pomarine.

Jerry

> On Sep 12, 2017, at 1:32 PM, Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> wrote:
>
> Hi All,
>
> Jerry Amerson put out an eBird checklist from Lake Tobesofkee in Bibb County earlier which included:
>
> Long-tailed Jaeger
> Caspian Tern
> Black Tern
> Forster's Tern
>
> I have read a possible rumor that there might be a S0uth P0lar Skua involved as well, not sure yet about that one.
>
> The eBird checklist:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39142854
>
> Good Birding All!
>
> Mark
>
> Mark McShane
> Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
> www.neargareport.com
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Date: 9/12/17 10:59 am
From: Jeff Madsen <bluewingjeff...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Murphey Candler this morning, no pelagic birds but Bank Swallow
I checked out Murphey Candler lake this morning in hopes of something good on the water. There was a large mixed flock of chimney swifts, barn swallows and n rough-winged swallows foraging which I watched for some time. The birds were several hundred yards away from me, but I kept getting a glimpse through the bins of a slightly smaller, brighter white on bottom bird that showed some contrast/pattern in the frontal area. Finally managed to get a decent look and was able to see the chest band of a Bank Swallow. Seems like there was only one bird. I'm not sure of the status of this species in the Piedmont of Georgia, but I have never seen one here.

I also had a nice, active mixed foraging flock in the woodland edge that included 20+ American Redstarts, several Hooded Warblers (one singing), Chestnut-sided Warbler (4), Northern Parula (at least 2, one singing), Magnolia Warbler (5), E. wood Pewee (3), Pine Warbler (3), several Gray Catbirds. There was also a single Great Egret, Double-crested Cormorant and Pied-billed Grebe on the water.

Jeff Madsen
Brookhaven GA DeKalb Co

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Date: 9/12/17 10:35 am
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] IRMA BIRDS - Lake Tobesofkee, Bibb County - 9/12/2017
Hi All,

Jerry Amerson put out an eBird checklist from Lake Tobesofkee in Bibb County earlier which included:

Long-tailed Jaeger
Caspian Tern
Black Tern
Forster's Tern

I have read a possible rumor that there might be a S0uth P0lar Skua involved as well, not sure yet about that one.

The eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39142854

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Date: 9/12/17 10:34 am
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] IRMA BIRDS - Magnificent Frigatebird, Sabine's Gull, jaeger and tropical terns - West Point Lake - 9/12/2017
Hi All,

Patrick Maurice just messaged from the field at West Point Lake saying that they have SABINE'S GULL, MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD, a JAEGER, and 5 tropical terns, both SOOTY and BRIDLED. Hopefully more from the West Point crew later.

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Date: 9/12/17 9:38 am
From: James F. Flynn Jr. <jim.flynn...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Sooty Tern @ West Bank, Forsyth Co.
Hi folks there is a Sooty Tern flying just off of West Bank Park (Lake Lanier), Forsyth Co.

Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co
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Date: 9/12/17 9:07 am
From: Sandy Pangle <SPANGLE...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Storm birds Lake Acworth.
Nothing of note except 4 Ring Billed Gulls and 2 Black Terns.

Sandy Pangle
Cobb County

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Date: 9/12/17 8:23 am
From: Terry Valentine <terryval...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] wind speed and bird feeders (Gwinnett County)
Thank you to everyone who replied to my post. I did put two feeders back
out around mid-afternoon - the nectar feeder and my tube/seed feeder, the
latter of which I simply set out on our covered back porch as it has a catch
tray to sit on (although it does normally hang nearby so it would have been
easy to find). Neither blew away or was damaged, but feeding the birds may
have been a moot point by then as we had only a few hours of daylight left
and the main "arm" of wind and rain was passing through. I didn't see any
birds come by but we may have had a few nonetheless. We've had a family of
goldfinches - the father with 2-3 fledglings still twittering to be fed -
come by several times over the past few days, and I was surprised that a
clutch had been hatched this late in the season. I'm wondering how the
fledglings fared.

At least next time (maybe in another week or two from the look of things -
?) I'll have a better idea of what to expect.

Terry Valentine
Hoschton

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Subject: [GABO-L] wind speed and bird feeders (Gwinnett County)

In anticipation of the 30-50mph winds forecasted for today, my husband and I
(okay mainly my husband) brought in all of the loose articles on our back
deck, the patio underneath and the front step. This included all of our
bird feeders, as a) We didn't want them getting damaged in the high winds,
b) We didn't want them banging against/damaging our house, c) we didn't want
them flying loose and damaging our neighbors' property and d) we figured the
birds would be hunkering down for the duration anyway.



Well here in north Gwinnett we've presumably reached the peak wind speed of
around 30mph for the day, where it will remain for the rest of the
afternoon. But I've been seeing not only the larger songbirds (e.g., a
Red-bellied woodpecker) appear on our back porch looking for our sunflower
and suet feeders, but hummingbirds(!) appear at the bathroom window, looking
for the nectar feeder that was hanging there. The hummers were appearing
earlier this morning however, before it became extremely windy; but I'm
debating whether to put the feeders back out, especially given the birds'
prospects of finding food in weather like this.



I couldn't find a rule-of-thumb online about "safe" wind speeds for bird
feeders, so what do you other Gabo-ers suggest? Maybe those who live down
along the coast (although they've likely evacuated, but they may still be
checking emails) have a better sense of how/when to keep feeders out during
hurricane season. I suppose the "safe" thing would be to just keep my
feeders in for the day, but I feel bad that our "customers" are coming
around and aren't finding anything.



Thoughts?



Terry Valentine

Hoschton


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Date: 9/12/17 8:13 am
From: plm108 <plm108...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Storm Birds - Impact of Irma
I see some very good reports coming in across Georgia about storm-impacted birds. Keep up the good work and don't forget to report your sightings to ebird. They're tracking "real time" storm birds and this promises to provide excellent data on the impact of hurricanes on pelagic and other species. Citizen science at its best!!

BirdCast link
  http://birdcast.info/forecast/hurricane-irmas-impact-on-birds/

Stay safe!!

Patty McLean, Tucker GA 


-------- Original message --------From: plm108 <plm108...> Date: 9/9/17 7:04 AM (GMT-06:00) To: <GABO-L...> Subject: [GABO-L] Storm Birds and Birding
Hi All. Several of you may have already seen this eBird notification and making your plans to search for rarities. It's certainly worth a second read by those who are interested in checking Georgia's big lakes after Irma passes through (and before/after Jose hits if it follows Irma inland). 

Lake Hartwell, Lake Lanier, Carter's Lake, possibly Lake Juliette and other large water bodies could have some highly unusual pelagic/ocean-going birds such as the ones listed in the report below. And not only those birds brought in by the storm but also birds on their southward migration route that are blocked by the storm. If you see something unusual, please let us know via GABO and/or GOS Facebook even if you're unsure of the ID. It could be something that we don't often see. A photo or two will help. 

Also, you can safely track rare bird sightings using the eBird tool in the article below. Thanks and I hope you and your loved ones remain safe!

http://birdcast.info/forecast/hurricane-irmas-impact-on-birds/

Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

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Date: 9/12/17 6:44 am
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] IRMA BIRDS - Lake Blackshear - 9/12/2017
Hi All,

Trey McCuen just messaged from the field at Lake Blackshear saying that he had ROYAL and SOOTY TERNS and a JAEGER. Hopefully more details from Trey later.

Good Birding All!

Mark

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

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Date: 9/12/17 5:18 am
From: Malcolm Hodges <mhodges1957...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Jaeger at West Point Dam
Possible long-tailed jaeger, small, not much larger than black terns flying
nearby, all dark but for white primary bases.
Mal Hodges
Riverdale GA

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Date: 9/11/17 4:10 pm
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 10 Sep 17
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: September 11, 2017 at 7:05:06 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Snowy Egret (1 Morgan)
> Cattle Egret (1 Morgan)
> Stilt Sandpiper (1 Morgan)
> Buff-breasted Sandpiper (1 Morgan)
> Caspian Tern (1 Hart)
> Black Tern (1 Hart)
> Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (1 Gwinnett)
> Cliff Swallow (1 Muscogee)
> Palm Warbler (2 Stephens)
> Yellow-throated Warbler (albilora) (1 Floyd)
> Wilson's Warbler (1 DeKalb)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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: 9/11/17 3:48 pm
From: Susan Neugent <Susan.Neugent...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] wind speed and bird feeders (Gwinnett County)
Terry,

We left our feeders up and have noticed significant songbird traffic all day. We're having a good bit of wind but the feeders are not moving much.

Susan
Atlanta, DeKalb County

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From: Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L...> on behalf of Terry Valentine <terryval...>
Sent: Monday, September 11, 2017 1:38:38 PM
To: <GABO-L...>
Subject: [GABO-L] wind speed and bird feeders (Gwinnett County)

In anticipation of the 30-50mph winds forecasted for today, my husband and I
(okay mainly my husband) brought in all of the loose articles on our back
deck, the patio underneath and the front step. This included all of our
bird feeders, as a) We didn't want them getting damaged in the high winds,
b) We didn't want them banging against/damaging our house, c) we didn't want
them flying loose and damaging our neighbors' property and d) we figured the
birds would be hunkering down for the duration anyway.



Well here in north Gwinnett we've presumably reached the peak wind speed of
around 30mph for the day, where it will remain for the rest of the
afternoon. But I've been seeing not only the larger songbirds (e.g., a
Red-bellied woodpecker) appear on our back porch looking for our sunflower
and suet feeders, but hummingbirds(!) appear at the bathroom window, looking
for the nectar feeder that was hanging there. The hummers were appearing
earlier this morning however, before it became extremely windy; but I'm
debating whether to put the feeders back out, especially given the birds'
prospects of finding food in weather like this.



I couldn't find a rule-of-thumb online about "safe" wind speeds for bird
feeders, so what do you other Gabo-ers suggest? Maybe those who live down
along the coast (although they've likely evacuated, but they may still be
checking emails) have a better sense of how/when to keep feeders out during
hurricane season. I suppose the "safe" thing would be to just keep my
feeders in for the day, but I feel bad that our "customers" are coming
around and aren't finding anything.



Thoughts?



Terry Valentine

Hoschton


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Date: 9/11/17 3:47 pm
From: Linda Karr <linda.karr...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] wind speed and bird feeders (Gwinnett County)
Around 2:45PM saw a hummingbird at our feeder here in Stone Mountain
(Dekalb).

On Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 1:38 PM, Terry Valentine <terryval...>
wrote:

> In anticipation of the 30-50mph winds forecasted for today, my husband and
> I
> (okay mainly my husband) brought in all of the loose articles on our back
> deck, the patio underneath and the front step. This included all of our
> bird feeders, as a) We didn't want them getting damaged in the high winds,
> b) We didn't want them banging against/damaging our house, c) we didn't
> want
> them flying loose and damaging our neighbors' property and d) we figured
> the
> birds would be hunkering down for the duration anyway.
>
>
>
> Well here in north Gwinnett we've presumably reached the peak wind speed of
> around 30mph for the day, where it will remain for the rest of the
> afternoon. But I've been seeing not only the larger songbirds (e.g., a
> Red-bellied woodpecker) appear on our back porch looking for our sunflower
> and suet feeders, but hummingbirds(!) appear at the bathroom window,
> looking
> for the nectar feeder that was hanging there. The hummers were appearing
> earlier this morning however, before it became extremely windy; but I'm
> debating whether to put the feeders back out, especially given the birds'
> prospects of finding food in weather like this.
>
>
>
> I couldn't find a rule-of-thumb online about "safe" wind speeds for bird
> feeders, so what do you other Gabo-ers suggest? Maybe those who live down
> along the coast (although they've likely evacuated, but they may still be
> checking emails) have a better sense of how/when to keep feeders out during
> hurricane season. I suppose the "safe" thing would be to just keep my
> feeders in for the day, but I feel bad that our "customers" are coming
> around and aren't finding anything.
>
>
>
> Thoughts?
>
>
>
> Terry Valentine
>
> Hoschton
>
>
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--
Linda Karr
The Garden Enthusiast - Backyard Nature Station
2316 D Main Street Tucker, GA 30084
404-474-7072

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Date: 9/11/17 3:21 pm
From: Richard Candler <candler86...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Hurricane Irma bird activity 9/11/17
I guess I'll add my two cents in observations today. Stuck at home, I watched the feeders all day. As other people have reported there has been a lot of Hummingbird activity. They actually seem more likely to share feeders during this bad weather. I noticed some using the rain pouring off the roof as a shower. Other than that I had about a dozen Mourning Doves, some Goldfinches, Indigo Buntings and Blue Grosbeaks, Titmouse, and Chipping Sparrows. The usual suspects.
I did make one trip out to the peninsula on our property that sticks out into Lake McIntosh. Chainsaw required as the farm roads had some trees across it. Only saw a few Mallards and Canada Geese. Nothing exciting yet. I will be looking tomorrow morning first thing for any windblown vagrants.

Richard Candler
Sharpsburg
Coweta County
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Date: 9/11/17 2:27 pm
From: Sandra Eileen Garber <sgarber...>
Subject: [GABO-L] FEEDER ACTIVITY TODAY - CHEROKEE COUNTY
We've had an enormous number of hummingbirds feeding at our feeders continuously all day yesterday and today. Never seen anything like it. Also, a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak stopped by briefly at the seed feeder. First we've seen this season.


Sandra Garber

Canton, GA

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Date: 9/11/17 1:24 pm
From: Susan Bagwel <bagwelb...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Feeders
I left my feeders out, and even in the strongest gusts the hummingbirds keep coming to the feeders.  My songbirds and woodpeckers come out between the strong gusts.
Susan BagwellChestnut Mountain

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Date: 9/11/17 12:57 pm
From: Melinda Allen <melindaallen...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] wind speed and bird feeders (Gwinnett County)
My hummers have been drinking all day. A true hurricane party 🎉



Sent from my iPhone

> On Sep 11, 2017, at 1:38 PM, Terry Valentine <terryval...> wrote:
>
> In anticipation of the 30-50mph winds forecasted for today, my husband and I
> (okay mainly my husband) brought in all of the loose articles on our back
> deck, the patio underneath and the front step. This included all of our
> bird feeders, as a) We didn't want them getting damaged in the high winds,
> b) We didn't want them banging against/damaging our house, c) we didn't want
> them flying loose and damaging our neighbors' property and d) we figured the
> birds would be hunkering down for the duration anyway.
>
>
>
> Well here in north Gwinnett we've presumably reached the peak wind speed of
> around 30mph for the day, where it will remain for the rest of the
> afternoon. But I've been seeing not only the larger songbirds (e.g., a
> Red-bellied woodpecker) appear on our back porch looking for our sunflower
> and suet feeders, but hummingbirds(!) appear at the bathroom window, looking
> for the nectar feeder that was hanging there. The hummers were appearing
> earlier this morning however, before it became extremely windy; but I'm
> debating whether to put the feeders back out, especially given the birds'
> prospects of finding food in weather like this.
>
>
>
> I couldn't find a rule-of-thumb online about "safe" wind speeds for bird
> feeders, so what do you other Gabo-ers suggest? Maybe those who live down
> along the coast (although they've likely evacuated, but they may still be
> checking emails) have a better sense of how/when to keep feeders out during
> hurricane season. I suppose the "safe" thing would be to just keep my
> feeders in for the day, but I feel bad that our "customers" are coming
> around and aren't finding anything.
>
>
>
> Thoughts?
>
>
>
> Terry Valentine
>
> Hoschton
>
>
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Date: 9/11/17 12:06 pm
From: Terry Valentine <terryval...>
Subject: [GABO-L] wind speed and bird feeders (Gwinnett County)
In anticipation of the 30-50mph winds forecasted for today, my husband and I
(okay mainly my husband) brought in all of the loose articles on our back
deck, the patio underneath and the front step. This included all of our
bird feeders, as a) We didn't want them getting damaged in the high winds,
b) We didn't want them banging against/damaging our house, c) we didn't want
them flying loose and damaging our neighbors' property and d) we figured the
birds would be hunkering down for the duration anyway.



Well here in north Gwinnett we've presumably reached the peak wind speed of
around 30mph for the day, where it will remain for the rest of the
afternoon. But I've been seeing not only the larger songbirds (e.g., a
Red-bellied woodpecker) appear on our back porch looking for our sunflower
and suet feeders, but hummingbirds(!) appear at the bathroom window, looking
for the nectar feeder that was hanging there. The hummers were appearing
earlier this morning however, before it became extremely windy; but I'm
debating whether to put the feeders back out, especially given the birds'
prospects of finding food in weather like this.



I couldn't find a rule-of-thumb online about "safe" wind speeds for bird
feeders, so what do you other Gabo-ers suggest? Maybe those who live down
along the coast (although they've likely evacuated, but they may still be
checking emails) have a better sense of how/when to keep feeders out during
hurricane season. I suppose the "safe" thing would be to just keep my
feeders in for the day, but I feel bad that our "customers" are coming
around and aren't finding anything.



Thoughts?



Terry Valentine

Hoschton


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Date: 9/11/17 9:26 am
From: Dottie Head <dottie...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Sept. 12 Atlanta Audubon/CNC Trip Cancelled
Due to weather concerns, the field trip scheduled for Tuesday, September 12
at Chattahoochee Nature Center has been cancelled. Stay safe everyone!

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Date: 9/11/17 6:08 am
From: Carol Lambert and/or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Chimney Swifts, East Point, Fulton County, 9/9/17
 Richard and Rachel Bowman asked me to tell everyone about this swift roost in a chimney back of city hall in East Point at the corner of Church Street and Linville Avenue. They estimated nearly 1000 last night and invite folks to help them monitor the site in days to come. Birds were coming in as early as 5:30pm, but the highpoint is after sundown but before dark.
Jeff
Jeff Sewell & Carol LambertTucker, GA / DeKalb <Countylambertsewell...>

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Date: 9/10/17 6:33 pm
From: Vince Howard <000006469bc9e602-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [GABO-L] BUFF BREASTED SANDPIPERS
3 BUFF BREASTED SANDPIPERS at Bostwick Sod Farm at 6:15pm on NW side of center road (Gilbert Rd). Loosely hanging with Startlings and Killdeer.

Vince Howard
706.612.5253

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Date: 9/10/17 10:39 am
From: Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Limpkins, Lake Blalock, Henry County, 9/9/17
Still here. Just now.

Jeff Sewell and Carol Lambert
Tucker Ga.

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Date: 9/10/17 6:58 am
From: Malcolm Hodges <mhodges1957...>
Subject: [GABO-L] AMGO still at Huie
Between eight and nine this morning, the American Golden-Plover has been
on the north edge of the
northwest pond. Also 13 Lesser Yellowlegs, seven Least Sandpipers and one
Spotted Sandpiper present. Plenty ducks.
Malcolm Hodges
Riverdale, GA

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Date: 9/9/17 6:22 pm
From: Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Kennesaw Mountain, Cobb Co., 9th Sep.- 9 warbler species, Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Hi all,

Gus Kaufman, Malcolm Hodges, Susan Talburt and I birded Kennesaw this
morning and we were amazed to see nine warbler species, including:

Tennessee Warbler 1

Hooded Warbler 2

American Redstart 2

Magnolia Warbler 2

Blackburnian Warbler 3

Chestnut-sided Warbler 1

Pine Warbler 2

Prairie Warbler 1

Black-throated Green Warbler 1

There were two big mixed-species flocks we encountered, one at the pasture
near the parking lot, and another on the 'Big Mountain Hike' leading from
the very top of the mountain to the point where it intersects the paved
road going up the mountain. Often you don't see much on this trail except
vireos and tanagers but today we got a number of warblers. Other highlights
were rose-breasted grosbeak flyovers and a few red-tailed hawks kiting on
the updraft that goes up the mountain. There are still a lot of begging
juveniles of various species.

American Persimmon, Fox Grapes, Muscadines, Sugarberry, Virginia Creeper
are all approaching high season and always present good opportunities for
observing feeding birds. Chestnut Oak acorns are almost constantly falling
around you. I think fall is nearly here!

Here's the checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39082052

Thanks

Vinod Babu, Atlanta.

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Date: 9/9/17 3:08 pm
From: Patrick Maurice <patrickmaurice1...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Fall is here! CERULEAN WARBLER and 11 other warbler species at the State Botanical Garden, Clarke County, 9/09/17
I was told that the link to my eBird checklist isn't working, so I will
send it again:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39083544

The checklist can also be viewed by going onto my eBird profile and seeing
it from there, just click on the 50 species checklist:
https://ebird.org/ebird/profile/MjM4Mzg0


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On Sat, Sep 9, 2017 at 5:39 PM, Patrick Maurice <patrickmaurice1...>
wrote:

> Hey all,
>
> I had a good morning birding the State Botanical Garden with a few college
> birding friends from Warnell. It was my first real migration day and we
> were able to turn up some nice species.
>
> Most of the warblers were around the gravel parking lot near the powerline
> cut. We stuck around for over three hours and had a really nice fifty
> species morning.
>
> Here is our warbler list:
> Worm-eating Warbler 1
> Tennessee Warbler 2
> Common Yellowthroat 1
> Hooded Warbler 1
> American Redstart 1
> CERULEAN WARBLER 1
> Distant photos on eBird checklist. Beautiful male came into the berry
> vines near parking lot at powerline cut.
> Northern Parula 2
> Magnolia Warbler 1
> Chestnut-sided Warbler 4
> Pine Warbler 1
> Yellow-throated Warbler (dominica/stoddardi) 1
> Canada Warbler 1
>
> Good birding all!
> Complete eBird checklist is below, (click the link for photos).
> Patrick Maurice
> Clarke County
>
>
> Full eBird checklist:
> State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Clarke, Georgia, US
> Sep 9, 2017 8:00 AM - 11:15 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments: My first really good migration day of the season, hopefully
> many more to come!
> 50 species
>
> Black Vulture 1
> Turkey Vulture 3
> Red-shouldered Hawk (lineatus Group) 2
> Broad-winged Hawk 3
> Red-tailed Hawk (borealis) 1
> Mourning Dove 3
> Chimney Swift 2
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird 6
> Red-headed Woodpecker 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 5
> Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
> Pileated Woodpecker 2
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
> Acadian Flycatcher 1
> Eastern Phoebe 2
> White-eyed Vireo 2
> Red-eyed Vireo 6
> Blue Jay 2
> American Crow 5
> Carolina Chickadee 10
> Tufted Titmouse 10
> White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 1
> Brown-headed Nuthatch 2
> House Wren (Northern) 1
> Carolina Wren 8
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (caerulea) 3
> Eastern Bluebird 3
> Brown Thrasher 1
> Northern Mockingbird 1
> Worm-eating Warbler 1
> Tennessee Warbler 2
> Common Yellowthroat 1
> Hooded Warbler 1
> American Redstart 1
> Cerulean Warbler 1 Beautiful male came into the berry vines near
> parking lot at powerline cut.
> Northern Parula 2
> Magnolia Warbler 1
> Chestnut-sided Warbler 4
> Pine Warbler 1
> Yellow-throated Warbler (dominica/stoddardi) 1
> Canada Warbler 1
> Chipping Sparrow 12
> Eastern Towhee 1
> Summer Tanager 6
> Scarlet Tanager 1
> Northern Cardinal 12
> Indigo Bunting 5
> House Finch 2
> American Goldfinch 20
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/
> view/checklist/S39083544
>
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Date: 9/9/17 2:39 pm
From: Patrick Maurice <patrickmaurice1...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fall is here! CERULEAN WARBLER and 11 other warbler species at the State Botanical Garden, Clarke County, 9/09/17
Hey all,

I had a good morning birding the State Botanical Garden with a few college
birding friends from Warnell. It was my first real migration day and we
were able to turn up some nice species.

Most of the warblers were around the gravel parking lot near the powerline
cut. We stuck around for over three hours and had a really nice fifty
species morning.

Here is our warbler list:
Worm-eating Warbler 1
Tennessee Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
Hooded Warbler 1
American Redstart 1
CERULEAN WARBLER 1
Distant photos on eBird checklist. Beautiful male came into the berry vines
near parking lot at powerline cut.
Northern Parula 2
Magnolia Warbler 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 4
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-throated Warbler (dominica/stoddardi) 1
Canada Warbler 1

Good birding all!
Complete eBird checklist is below, (click the link for photos).
Patrick Maurice
Clarke County


Full eBird checklist:
State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Clarke, Georgia, US
Sep 9, 2017 8:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: My first really good migration day of the season, hopefully
many more to come!
50 species

Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 3
Red-shouldered Hawk (lineatus Group) 2
Broad-winged Hawk 3
Red-tailed Hawk (borealis) 1
Mourning Dove 3
Chimney Swift 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 6
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 5
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
White-eyed Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 6
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 5
Carolina Chickadee 10
Tufted Titmouse 10
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 1
Brown-headed Nuthatch 2
House Wren (Northern) 1
Carolina Wren 8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (caerulea) 3
Eastern Bluebird 3
Brown Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
Worm-eating Warbler 1
Tennessee Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
Hooded Warbler 1
American Redstart 1
Cerulean Warbler 1 Beautiful male came into the berry vines near
parking lot at powerline cut.
Northern Parula 2
Magnolia Warbler 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 4
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-throated Warbler (dominica/stoddardi) 1
Canada Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 12
Eastern Towhee 1
Summer Tanager 6
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 12
Indigo Bunting 5
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 20

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S39083544

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Date: 9/9/17 10:50 am
From: world oceans <world.oceans7...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Huie Ponds, Clayton Co.
At Huie today between 1117 and 1225:

76 Canada goose
6 Blue-winged teal
26 N.shoveler
62 Mallard
3 Great blue heron
5 Great egret
3 Black vulture
1 Red-Shouldered hawk
1 Am. Golden plover --previously reported, on northwest pond
7 Killdeer
8 Least sandpiper
5 Lesser yellowlegs
6 peep sp?
1 Mourning dove
1 Belted kingfisher
1 E. Phoebe
1 Blue Jay
12 Am. Crow
11 crow sp?
1 Tree swallow
17 E. Bluebird
1 Am. robin
1 N. Mockingbird
5 Chipping sparrow
1 Field sparrow
2 sparrow sp?

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Clayton Co.

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Date: 9/9/17 6:10 am
From: plm108 <plm108...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Storm Birds and Birding
For all, I've copied the last few paragraphs from the eBird notification as a reminder to note the time any pelagic bird is seen (vs the full report time unless these are one in the same).

From eBird:
With safety the absolute highest priority, birders that can see inland bodies of water in Georgia, western Alabama, and Tennessee may encounter significant numbers of hurricane-blown birds. Some areas of western South Carolina may also see storm birds. Areas east of the storm track are typically best. The storm could move birds well inland to the north, surely including north Georgia, Tennessee, and even Kentucky. Below are a few ideas, but almost any sizable reservoir or wide area on a river could be excellent. Note that birds often move along rivers in an attempt to return to the ocean, but that watching from a dam, natural wide area, or upstream side of a bridge can be ideal since birds may stall, circle, or stop when they reach obstructions.Georgia, Lake Lanier, Carter’s Lake, West Point Dam area(And don't forget the string of lakes along eastern edge of Georgia and South Carolina: Lake Hartwell, Lake Wheeler, Strom Thurmond)If you do survey a site for birds, please keep a detailed eBird list. And if you note storm birds, please take note of the time that you observe them, as this helps to understand how birds move with and within the storm.Farnsworth, Davies, Van Doren, and Iliff (ebird Team)
Patty McLean, Tucker GA 


-------- Original message --------From: world oceans <world.oceans7...> Date: 9/9/17 7:34 AM (GMT-06:00) To: plm108 <plm108...> Cc: <GABO-L...> Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Storm Birds and Birding
Thanks, Patty, for this excellent advice and reminders! This could be one
of the most important weeks of the year in terms of what we all
observe...the combination of typically very exciting mid-September
migration, and two of the most horrendous storms we have ever seen, offers
mind-boggling possibilities. In the interest of all, I would like to second
Patty's motion that we all try to get the word out quickly....particularly
to GABO, so folks can instantly join the race towards any potential
rarities, and Ebird so that whatever we observe goes quickly into the most
scientific and substantial data pool.

Indeed, any lake and pond should be checked -- and don't forget about the
Chattahoochee! My former home state of Maryland is currently enjoying a
Sabine's Gull well up the Potomac River (they also had a Sharp-tailed
Sandpiper this week near the coast!) Finally, of course, prayers and best
wishes to all the people in Texas, Florida, and the eastern Caribbean. They
are going to need lots of help in the days ahead.

Thanks again, Patty, and good birding to all --

James Gibson
Clayton Co.

On Sat, Sep 9, 2017 at 2:04 PM, plm108 <plm108...> wrote:

> Hi All. Several of you may have already seen this eBird notification and
> making your plans to search for rarities. It's certainly worth a second
> read by those who are interested in checking Georgia's big lakes after Irma
> passes through (and before/after Jose hits if it follows Irma inland).
>
> Lake Hartwell, Lake Lanier, Carter's Lake, possibly Lake Juliette and
> other large water bodies could have some highly unusual pelagic/ocean-going
> birds such as the ones listed in the report below. And not only those birds
> brought in by the storm but also birds on their southward migration route
> that are blocked by the storm. If you see something unusual, please let us
> know via GABO and/or GOS Facebook even if you're unsure of the ID. It could
> be something that we don't often see. A photo or two will help.
>
> Also, you can safely track rare bird sightings using the eBird tool in the
> article below. Thanks and I hope you and your loved ones remain safe!
>
> http://birdcast.info/forecast/hurricane-irmas-impact-on-birds/
>
> Patty McLean, Tucker GA
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Date: 9/9/17 5:35 am
From: world oceans <world.oceans7...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Storm Birds and Birding
Thanks, Patty, for this excellent advice and reminders! This could be one
of the most important weeks of the year in terms of what we all
observe...the combination of typically very exciting mid-September
migration, and two of the most horrendous storms we have ever seen, offers
mind-boggling possibilities. In the interest of all, I would like to second
Patty's motion that we all try to get the word out quickly....particularly
to GABO, so folks can instantly join the race towards any potential
rarities, and Ebird so that whatever we observe goes quickly into the most
scientific and substantial data pool.

Indeed, any lake and pond should be checked -- and don't forget about the
Chattahoochee! My former home state of Maryland is currently enjoying a
Sabine's Gull well up the Potomac River (they also had a Sharp-tailed
Sandpiper this week near the coast!) Finally, of course, prayers and best
wishes to all the people in Texas, Florida, and the eastern Caribbean. They
are going to need lots of help in the days ahead.

Thanks again, Patty, and good birding to all --

James Gibson
Clayton Co.

On Sat, Sep 9, 2017 at 2:04 PM, plm108 <plm108...> wrote:

> Hi All. Several of you may have already seen this eBird notification and
> making your plans to search for rarities. It's certainly worth a second
> read by those who are interested in checking Georgia's big lakes after Irma
> passes through (and before/after Jose hits if it follows Irma inland).
>
> Lake Hartwell, Lake Lanier, Carter's Lake, possibly Lake Juliette and
> other large water bodies could have some highly unusual pelagic/ocean-going
> birds such as the ones listed in the report below. And not only those birds
> brought in by the storm but also birds on their southward migration route
> that are blocked by the storm. If you see something unusual, please let us
> know via GABO and/or GOS Facebook even if you're unsure of the ID. It could
> be something that we don't often see. A photo or two will help.
>
> Also, you can safely track rare bird sightings using the eBird tool in the
> article below. Thanks and I hope you and your loved ones remain safe!
>
> http://birdcast.info/forecast/hurricane-irmas-impact-on-birds/
>
> Patty McLean, Tucker GA
>
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Date: 9/9/17 5:34 am
From: Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...>
Subject: [GABO-L] American Golden Plover, Huie Ponds, Clayton County, 9/9/17
In the northwest pond. Just now. First seen by Patrick Brisse, then Hugh Garrett and me.

Jeff Sewell
Tucker , GA

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Date: 9/9/17 5:10 am
From: plm108 <plm108...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Storm Birds and Birding
Hi All. Several of you may have already seen this eBird notification and making your plans to search for rarities. It's certainly worth a second read by those who are interested in checking Georgia's big lakes after Irma passes through (and before/after Jose hits if it follows Irma inland). 

Lake Hartwell, Lake Lanier, Carter's Lake, possibly Lake Juliette and other large water bodies could have some highly unusual pelagic/ocean-going birds such as the ones listed in the report below. And not only those birds brought in by the storm but also birds on their southward migration route that are blocked by the storm. If you see something unusual, please let us know via GABO and/or GOS Facebook even if you're unsure of the ID. It could be something that we don't often see. A photo or two will help. 

Also, you can safely track rare bird sightings using the eBird tool in the article below. Thanks and I hope you and your loved ones remain safe!

http://birdcast.info/forecast/hurricane-irmas-impact-on-birds/

Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

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Date: 9/9/17 4:36 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 7 Sep17
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: September 8, 2017 at 6:33:49 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Burke, 1 Macon, 2 Richmond)
> Mute Swan (1 Floyd)
> Ruddy Duck (1 Macon)
> Anhinga (1 Columbia)
> American White Pelican (1 Floyd)
> King Rail (1 Richmond)
> Limpkin (Speckled) (1 Dougherty)
> Ruddy Turnstone (1 Macon)
> Wilson's Phalarope (1 Chatham)
> Black Tern (1 Macon)
> Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (1 Forsyth, 1 Muscogee)
> Least Flycatcher (2 DeKalb, 1 Fulton)
> Blue-headed Vireo (1 Pickens)
> Purple Martin (1 Fulton)
> Palm Warbler (1 Fulton)
> Wilson's Warbler (3 DeKalb)
> Orchard Oriole (1 Pickens)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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: 9/8/17 6:03 pm
From: Sheila Willis <swjxw1...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Swift Night Out results for 9/8, Waycross, WARE; poss. changes
Hey folks,

Hope you are fine.

Here is an update on the 9/8 Swift Night Out count of CHIMNEY SWIFTs coming
to their roost in the Magnolia Apartments in Waycross, WARE. This location
is ne. of First Presbyterian Church (Ava St. at Hill) & e. of
USHwy#84/Plant Ave. The chimney is on the sw. side of the building. This
roost has been used since at least the 1950's & prob. earlier. I believe it
is the largest CHIMNEY SWIFT roost in GA.

Weather taken at the start was Clear sky; minimal breeze from the Southeast
(up to 5 mph by end); 78 degrees F; Humidity 55%.

There were a few birds flying around when I arrived at 7:22 p.m. and slowly
some groups began to form but fly in mixed formation. Not chattering & a
few flew low over the chimney.

At 7:41 p.m. the first bird dropped into the roost site. Individuals &
small groups of less than 10 would periodically drop in. At 7:50 p.m. a
large group flew in from the south & 20 birds went to roost. It was
starting to get duskish but more clusters of groups began dropping. They
made at least 1 counterclockwise large circle to the near southwest at 7:54
p.m.

At 7:58 p.m. they were coming in fast & I quickly counted up to 80
entering. From then on, they were very active in chattering & dropping fast
into the chimney. Between 8:03 & 8:05 p.m. a total of 725 had flooded the
site during that segment alone.

It began to be noticeably darker but the birds were still circling &
dropping. Slowly the number of birds decreased. The last bird went to bed
at 8:07 p.m. I watched until 8:10 p.m. but no more arrived.

The grand total was 1,934 birds!! This is down from previous years, but I
am glad that we are still getting a respectable amount. For us, we
typically get more during the next week. However, this active hurricane
season will surely make a difference. Let's wish them well & safe travels
south!! Life's cycles will continue.

Sat. & Sun. are the next & last days for the Swift Night Out survey and I
had originally planned to do them both as usual as long as the weather will
cooperate. However, late Fri. I learned that I will have unexpected company
over Sat. and am not sure of their time. Sunday might be raining. I will
give it a try if at all possible, but I may have to cancel myself. Others
are still welcome to try on those nights as well as later. I will probably
do a later one myself too.

Take care.

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

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Date: 9/8/17 7:16 am
From: Sheila Willis <swjxw1...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Hurricane Irma S. GA news; Swift Night Out
Hey folks,

Hope you are fine and are going to be safe in the coming days. Everyone, no
matter where, will be on our minds.

For those who are heading inland in S. GA which looks to be in the current
track of Hurricane Irma before too long, you might want to know that some
of the motels in Waycross (WARE) have already been filling up as of
yesterday. Most folks are from the coast, as happened last year with H.
Matthew. So, if you are wanting Waycross to be your destination, I'd
suggest getting here asap or be prepared to go further inland. Traffic is
getting much heavier coming into town too. Some stores here are running out
of water & food but some said they would get more by today. Last year they
did use Waycross as an evacuation center.

Besides the human aspects to these storms, I have also been thinking about
how many of our most important national wildlife area have or will be
affected in these recent weeks. Aransas NWR, the winter home of WHOOPING
CRANES where I once worked, is near Rockport, TX which took the landfall
for Harvey. For FL, the Everglades is due to be in the center for Irma and
there's a chance it will pass near/over the Okefenokee which had that huge
fire recently. Not to mention our coasts again, such as Cumberland Is.
which had much dune damage & destruction of public docks, etc.

Additionally, we all know migration for birds & butterflies is underway, so
I can't even imagine what our critter friends are or will be going through
as we still have more storm chances left. Doesn't help to know that
hurricanes have always been a part of the migration season. So, the birds,
etc. will be on our prayer list too.

In the middle of all this, can you believe that tonight through Sun. night
is Swift Night Out? That's the annual check for roosting, migrating CHIMNEY
SWIFTs across the continent made by volunteers who count at least on one of
those nights & report it to the Driftwood Wildlife Center. Folks count as
the birds drop into the chimneys or other structures for ~30 min. before
sunset. Here's the link to their site:
http://www.chimneyswifts.org/page247.html

I will make an attempt to check at least tonight & hopefully for the other
two nights here in Waycross (WARE) as our Okefenokee Bird Club has done for
many years. Our roost is at Magnolia Apts. just ne. of First Presbyterian
Church (Ava St. at Hill) & e. of USHwy#84 (Plant Ave.) in Waycross. There
is a big chimney on the w. side of the complex & we are allowed to sit
quietly on the grass & watch. Anyone is welcome to come (bring a chair or
blanket). Of course, rain will cancel & I do expect some to say the least
but hoping a shot at tonight & Sat.

They put on quite a show w/ chattering, swirling, making giant circles & a
figure-8 before dropping by singles or small groups into the chimney. We
have had them in the thousands, though recent years the number has varied &
dropped some, but it is still a fantastic show!! I will really be wishing
them safe journeys south. This will be at the height of their movement but
there are still a few more weeks to go as their numbers dwindle.

Again, everyone take care. We are all in this together.

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

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Date: 9/7/17 3:59 pm
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] HURRICANE IRMA
Hi All,

As Hurricane Irma approaches the U.S. coast our thoughts and prayers are with and for all of our Georgia birders, our family and friends, and everyone everywhere who may be or already has been impacted in any way by this very severe storm.

It's too early to tell if the hurricane will change course, weaken, or strengthen for sure by the time it gets to the north Florida/Georgia area Monday as currently projected.

According to the current track right now at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) it looks like there is great potential for Irma to track up through the Florida peninsula and Still Be A Hurricane over the Okefenokee Swamp area and on into Georgia Monday before diminishing by mid-day Tuesday to a tropical storm in north Georgia or eastern Tennessee! Wow!

---

Governor Nathan Deal has already issued, and will be issuing more, official press releases including state of emergency status at:

https://gov.georgia.gov/press-releases/2017

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NOAA's National Hurricane Center provides the best way to keep official tabs on Irma, or on any hurricane or tropical storm which may impact our area at:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Click on the red swirl for IRMA for the constantly updating but latest wind speed probabilities, warnings/cone static images, warnings and surface winds, storm surge inundation, and U.S. rainfall potential products and information, among others.

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There is storm birding, and there are storm birds and birders, but as we learn again with every hurricane, storm-birding the heart of the storm area during or immediately after a hurricane is not advisable for a lot of major reasons. Wednesday it may be safe to get out there in some areas and it looks like there certainly should be a lot of storm birds in Georgia next week, and maybe even the week after!

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Safety and Security to Everyone,

Mark

Mark McShane
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Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Date: 9/6/17 9:14 pm
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Limpkins Continue - Lake Blalock, Clayton County Water Authority, Henry County - 9/4/2017
Hi All,

I don't think there's been a Henry County Limpkin report since the birds were seen on the 2nd. I was able to see two out of three of the Limpkins on the 4th at about 1pm.

The eBird checklist with a few pics:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38996983

Following are the exact coordinates where I saw the Limpkins on the property. I have only seen the birds this one time this year after a couple of previously unsuccessful tries, but I think that this is one of their regular spots, or their main spot according to previous posts:

Decimal Degrees (WGS84): 33.479669, -84.292492
GPS: N 33 28.780 W 84 17.550

One or more Limpkins have been reported this year in the Clayton County Water Authority (CCWA) interior wetlands (no public access), or at Lake Blalock since May 3rd! Can't remember if they were reported from any other sites in the immediate area this year. Jeff Sewell posted on 5/3 that Limpkin was last seen in the area in June 2004 and in July 2006! We have become a little jaded maybe regarding seeing Limpkin in Georgia recently. The Annotated Checklist of Georgia Birds 2003 edition commented that they were formerly rare local residents, but that they had become accidental in the state. A far wailing krr-oww from the annual Georgia Limpkin experiences we enjoy lately.

Thanks to everyone who has posted these very cool Piedmont birds this season, and especially to Carol Lambert (CCWA Conservation retiree) and to Jeff Sewell, who have provided so much effort over many years to facilitate and coordinate access, field trips, and much more behind the scenes, so that many, many birders have been and continue to be able to enjoy the CCWA sites in the area!

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Date: 9/6/17 4:51 pm
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 5 Sep 17
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: September 6, 2017 at 6:12:48 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (4 Dooly)
> Ruddy Duck (4 Dooly)
> Snowy Egret (1 Morgan)
> Cattle Egret (Western) (1 Morgan)
> Mississippi Kite (1 Butts)
> Purple Gallinule (1 Chattahoochee)
> American Coot (1 Clayton)
> Limpkin (Speckled) (1 Dougherty)
> Black-necked Stilt (2 Dooly)
> American Golden-Plover (1 Dooly, 1 Peach)
> Long-billed Curlew (2 Glynn)
> Stilt Sandpiper (1 Bartow, 1 Morgan)
> Buff-breasted Sandpiper (3 Macon)
> Short-billed Dowitcher (1 Bartow, 4 Dooly)
> Wilson's Phalarope (4 Dooly)
> Black Tern (4 Dooly, 1 Floyd, 1 Troup)
> Forster's Tern (1 Houston)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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: 9/6/17 10:44 am
From: Ed Maioriello <edm...>
Subject: [GABO-L] ORAS Bird Walk at Sandy Creek Nature Center - Athens-Clarke County
Event Date:
Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 8:00am

The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will be hosting a bird walk at 8:00AM at
the Sandy Creek Nature Center.

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

If you have any questions please contact Ed Maioriello at
<fieldtrip...> or 706-296-5275.

Directions to the Sandy Creek Nature Center can be found here.
<http://athensclarkecounty.com/Facilities.aspx?page=detail&RID=16>

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

Ed Maioriello
Athens-Clarke County

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Date: 9/5/17 5:31 am
From: Jodie Davis <jodie...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Bald Eagle on Alatoona
Oh what a treat to see a BALD EAGLE so close to home!

Jodie Davis
Woodstock, Cherokee County

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Date: 9/4/17 11:49 pm
From: peter fancher <pfanch...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Nighthawks in Normaltown
Nighthawks in several locations Normaltown, Athens beautiful flight around
sunset

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Date: 9/4/17 4:47 pm
From: Chris O'Neal <chrisoneal2718...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Nighthawks in Dekalb County
Hello everyone! There are a few nighthawks currently flying above Dresden
Drive in Dekalb County at 7:43 PM. If you listen carefully, you can even
hear them peenting as they soar overhead. Lovely!

Eyes to the skies!

Chris O'Neal
Brookhaven

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Date: 9/4/17 4:23 pm
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 3 Sep 17
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: September 4, 2017 at 6:00:19 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Bibb, 1 Dooly)
> Ruddy Duck (3 Dooly)
> Roseate Spoonbill (1 Dougherty)
> Limpkin (Speckled) (1 Dougherty, 1 Henry)
> Whooping Crane (1 Bibb)
> Black-necked Stilt (3 Dooly)
> Black-bellied Plover (2 Peach)
> American Golden-Plover (2 Bartow, 1 Muscogee, 7 Peach)
> Upland Sandpiper (3 Macon)
> Stilt Sandpiper (3 Bartow)
> Sanderling (1 Bartow)
> Baird's Sandpiper (3 Bartow)
> White-rumped Sandpiper (2 Bartow)
> Buff-breasted Sandpiper (1 Catoosa, 4 Macon, 1 Muscogee, 3 Peach)
> Short-billed Dowitcher (4 Bartow, 1 Dooly)
> Wilson's Phalarope (3 Dooly)
> Black Tern (3 Dooly)
> Black-billed Cuckoo (1 Forsyth)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (2 Jasper)
> Least Flycatcher (1 DeKalb)
> Blue-winged Warbler (1 Glynn)
> Bachman's Sparrow (2 Jasper)
> Lark Sparrow (1 Muscogee)
> Pyrrhuloxia (1 DeKalb)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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: 9/3/17 8:25 am
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] White-winged Dove - Upper River Road/Magnolia Road, Bleckley County - 9/2/2017
Hi All,

Jim Hanna and I had a WHITE-WINGED DOVE in Bleckley County yesterday. We were parked at the entrance to the Ocmulgee PFA scanning around when we noticed the bird on a wire just north. Seen well in binoculars and scope. The bird dove well into the private property east of the road just as I was bringing the handheld phonescope camera to bear for some footage. We moved down the road to the spot but were unable to relocate it or any similar species there. We did have a shrike and a ground-dove right there though, nice!

The eBird checklist showing the exact location:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38962267

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Date: 9/3/17 7:22 am
From: Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Limpkins @ Lake Blalock, CCWA,, Henry County, 9/2/17
Turns out that the 3 LIMP returned to their usual spot at Blalock just as we left the parking lot yesterday, of course. The Bowmans saw them about 1:45.
Also, the $5 parking fee for Blalock/Shamrock is for Clayton Co. residents. For others, it’s $10. However, birders and photographers are welcome to be there for up to an hour without charge.
-Carol Lambert

<lambertsewell...>

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

From: Carol Lambert and/or Jeff Sewell
Sent: Saturday, September 2, 2017 7:55 PM
To: <GABO-L...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Limpkins, Lake Blalock, Clayton County Water Authority, Henry County, 9/2/17

The three are still there on the island in the fishing area. Richard and Rachel Bowman saw them this morning about 10am. They were not seen later, after noon, as far as I know. Lake Blalock is open tomorrow and, I think, Monday. There is a $5 parking fee if you intend to stay longer than 30 minutes.  Jeff Jeff Sewell & Carol LambertTucker, GA / DeKalb <Countylambertsewell...>

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Date: 9/2/17 7:19 pm
From: Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Nighthawks in DeKalb
Hi all,
20 Common Nighthawks this evening between 7.10 and 7.30 in the
Avondale/Decatur area. In three batches (8, 6, 6). All came in from the
north, circled, and then headed south.

Drew Whitelegg
DeKalb Co

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Date: 9/2/17 4:55 pm
From: Carol Lambert and/or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Limpkins, Lake Blalock, Clayton County Water Authority, Henry County, 9/2/17
The three are still there on the island in the fishing area. Richard and Rachel Bowman saw them this morning about 10am. They were not seen later, after noon, as far as I know. Lake Blalock is open tomorrow and, I think, Monday. There is a $5 parking fee if you intend to stay longer than 30 minutes.  Jeff Jeff Sewell & Carol LambertTucker, GA / DeKalb <Countylambertsewell...>

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Date: 9/1/17 8:12 pm
From: Marshall Weber <mjweber478...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Brandon Farm and Taff Rds 9/1/17 - Black-necked Stilt
Hi All,

I had a pretty good afternoon at Brandon Farm and Taff roads with 10 shorebird species total. Highlights included three STILT SANDPIPERS and close-up views of an AMERICAN KESTREL. After a quick visit to Taylorsville Sod Farm and a 20-minute spurt of rain, I returned to Brandon Farm for about 45 minutes. While the stilt sandpipers seemed to have moved to a different pond or left altogether, I did see (and hear) a BLACK-NECKED STILT fly by me and land out of sight behind the open-air structure opposite the road from the cattle troughs on Taff Rd. The bird may have gone down to roost for the night or could have taken off sometime after - it is tough to say. My checklists are below if anyone is interested.

First list:
https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38944530 <https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38944530>
video of STSA: https://www.flickr.com/photos/124368067@N05/36161962763/in/dateposted-public/ <https://www.flickr.com/photos/124368067@N05/36161962763/in/dateposted-public/>

Second list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38946048 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38946048>

Good Birding,
Marshall Weber
DeKalb Co
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Date: 9/1/17 5:10 pm
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 31 Aug 17
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: September 1, 2017 at 5:20:22 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Northern Shoveler (1 Clayton)
> Anhinga (2 Oglethorpe)
> Sharp-shinned Hawk (1 Floyd)
> Black-bellied Plover (1 Muscogee)
> Stilt Sandpiper (1 Forsyth)
> Wilson's Phalarope (1 Chatham)
> Long-tailed Jaeger (2 Hart)
> Caspian Tern (2 Hart, 1 Troup)
> Black Tern (2 Hart, 2 Oglethorpe, 1 Troup)
> Forster's Tern (1 Troup)
> Barn Owl (American) (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
Lowndes
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Date: 9/1/17 3:25 pm
From: Mary Lynch <mary.libmcl...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Update on Casper (white hummingbird)
Hi y'all,

Casper may have departed. We have not seen him since the morning of 8/29.
If he returns, I'll be sure to send an update. In the meantime, the other
hummingbirds are appreciating the additional feeder.

Mary Lynch
DeKalb County


8/23 update for Casper the white hummingbird:
>
> I'm pleased to say that Casper is still here. This past Sat. we saw him
> only briefly in the early morning, but he was back on Sunday and we've seen
> him frequently each day since.
>
> ---
>
> Previous update (8/6):
>
> Casper continues to feed and hang out in our front yard, but in the last
> few days, I think there have been longer periods when he's elsewhere, so
> sightings are more unpredictable. Other hummingbirds, on the other hand,
> have taken advantage of his less than constant watch of the front feeder!
> Also, I've looked for any changes in Casper's appearance, but haven't
> noticed anything. And, when I see him at a distance, in bright light,
> hovering next to dark green maple leaves or bright green pine needles, his
> whiteness is still startling!
>
> Previous update (7/31):
>
> We've seen Casper frequently each day. Mornings before 9 / 9:30 are
> especially good for sightings. The crape myrtle and dogwood tree in which
> the feeder hangs continue to be favorite places for him to hang out and
> keep watch. He also favors, especially in the morning, the 2 large "black
> and blue" salvia bushes in the garden area to the left of the feeder and
> towards the street and after feeding on their blossoms, will often perch on
> branch tips in the Japanese maple behind the salvia. Casper had several
> admirers this past week and a long video session on Sat., 7/29.
>
> ---
>
> PREVIOUS POSTS WITH FULL INFORMATION AND VIDEO (Videos 1, 2, and 3 are my
> favorites, if you can only watch 3!):
>
> Casper Continues - Tucker, Dekalb County - 7/22/2017
>
> Casper, as I've named the white, er leucistic, hummingbird that Mary Lynch
> and family of Tucker are currently hosting (or maybe it's Casperina, but
> probably a subadult male) continues as of today! Mary will keep me posted
> as to when the bird departs, or if the rare hummer's visiting pattern
> changes and I will let everyone know, so until then assume that Casper is
> still there! Mary advises that Casper has been seen daily so far since they
> first noticed the very unusual hummer at their feeder.
>
> Also, Julie Lindauer Jacobs wrote and provided the link to the WHITE
> HUMMINGBIRDS: ALBINO HUMMINGBIRDS & LEUCISTIC HUMMINGBIRDS page on the
> Operation Rubythroat site at:
>
> http://rubythroat.org/albinomain.html
>
> Pretty cool, thanks Julie!
>
> Previous post with eBird checklist, photos, exact location, and
> instructions:
>
> Stunning White Hummingbird - Tucker, Dekalb County - 7/21/2017
>
> 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
>
> ---
>
> Casper Videos - Tucker, Dekalb County - 7/21/2017
>
> Per previous posts concerning Casper I edited some of the video files and
> they are available for download from my Box site. I kind of ranked them
> 1-5, but they are all the best of the brief clips that I was able to get
> handholding the phone and trying to focus through the scope via the screen
> in the bright sunlight. I think that even this simple type of video
> capture can certainly reveal a lot about the birds we love!
>
> The videos of Casper can be found directly at:
>
> https://app.box.com/s/r8oq9pbzewcr3ll1pzu3bohnlyfkkuxl
>
> or in the
>
> 072117 Casper Tucker GA folder
>
> folder on my Box site at:
>
> https://app.box.com/shared/2yxtdkm3ta
>
> Available on Flickr at:
>
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/50282116@N04/
>
> A quick and easy view of some of the video still frames of Casper can be
> had via the eBird checklist as well:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38246952
>
> Handheld phonescoped video and still frames may be best viewed on a large
> screen at the biggest size possible.
>
> Information concerning how to use Apple MOV movie files can be read in my
> MOV Video File How-To.txt available at:
>
> http://www.box.com/s/ojj2lap6sayrj83n9zzx
>
> Some of the video files on the site can be a bit large and may take some
> minutes to download if you don't have high-speed internet access, but it
> may be best to download them to your desktop or somewhere on your computer
> before running them in QuickTime. That way they may run faster and you can
> keep them if you like them too. Being handheld and usually at a very high
> magnification they can sometimes get a little jittery, but they are still
> worth a look, especially since you can drag through frame by frame in
> QuickTime and pause the video on the best parts, playing at half speed in
> QuickTime can also be a good idea.
>
> ---
>
> Good Birding All!
>
> Mark
>
> Mark McShane
> Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
> www.neargareport.com
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Date: 9/1/17 12:04 pm
From: Walt Chambers <chambersw...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Marshallville & Doles Rd shorebirds - 9/1
Hit the 3 sod farms around Marshallville just now.. In the main farm SW of town I had 1 UPLAND SANDPIPER near the center pivot in the middle field and 3 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS in the field just to the west of the center pivot.. the standing water in the fields north of Felton Rd had Semipalmated Sandpipers, Leasts, Pectorals, and both Yellowlegs, but nothing I'd call a highlight. The other 2 M'ville farms had little to report.
I then hit the well-known farm on Doles Rd along the Peach and Macon county lines. Had 1 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, and 3 A. GOLDEN PLOVERS on the north side of Doles Rd.

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Columbus

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Date: 8/31/17 8:57 pm
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] LONG-TAILED JAEGER, Caspian and Black Terns - Long Point Park, Lake Hartwell - 8/31/2017
Hi All,

It's getting pretty late, and sorry for the late report (have been tied up with work this evening as well) but want to get the word out. This evening I really wanted to get to a North Georgia Inland Big Water site to check what might be found around a large lake with all of the stormy weather coming through recently. I couldn't make it to Gwinnett County at Lake Lanier in time since I was in Athens. So I called Jim Hanna to see if he wanted to run up to Lake Hartwell pretty quick. We didn't have a lot of time so thought it best to head straight out to the end of Long Point Park, formerly a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Recreation Area (RA) on the lake, but now a Hart County park.

Very quickly in the scope I found a CASPIAN TERN, a BLACK TERN, and a young very light LONG-TAILED JAEGER. The jaeger was on the water, in Georgia waters and not going anywhere the entire time, never even stretched its wings and we actually had to leave it there when the light got pretty dim. I estimate that it was maybe 400-800 yards out from the tip of Long Point Park at about this location:

Decimal Degrees (WGS84) coordinates 34.372166,-82.847883
GPS coordinates N 34 22.330 W 82 50.873

It was closer to the tip of Long Point than to the end of the Elrod Ferry RA peninsula. Scope required unless the bird comes much closer to your vantage point.

I feel that, while the bird may get up pretty early, if you can get out to the tip of Long Point while it's still dark in the morning (I think that's possible), and look out somewhere between the west end of the dam and the tip of the Elrod Ferry RA peninsula you just may see the bird still on the water there in the same area as it gets light, of course it may have been wind drifted around a bit through the night. Maybe it will hang around the main body of the lake there tomorrow or for some time to come!

I am not sure I can get the best footage that I have added to the eBird checklist tonight, but will add something shortly, here's the checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38929013

In the 75x by 82mm Nikon ED scope with the naked eye we enjoyed great looks. As always though, trying to capture a bird that distant just as the naked eye sees it through the optics is about impossible through the bit of magnified heat shimmer, and sometimes with a max digital phone zoom on top of that, all while aligning a moving smartphone in fading late evening light, but there'll be some better usable footage. Oh, the challenges.

More details on the bird and better footage later in the updated eBird checklist.

---

The entrance to Long Point Park is at:

Decimal Degrees (WGS84) coordinates
34.384678 -82.8562

GPS coordinates
N 34 23.081 W 82 51.372

---

Good Birding All,

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Date: 8/31/17 2:19 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 29 Aug 17
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> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: August 30, 2017 at 4:59:07 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Chattahoochee)
> Northern Shoveler (1 Bartow)
> Wood Stork (1 Coweta)
> Roseate Spoonbill (1 Dougherty)
> Purple Gallinule (1 Brooks, 1 Chattahoochee)
> American Coot (1 Floyd)
> Long-billed Curlew (3 Glynn)
> Dunlin (3 Glynn)
> White-rumped Sandpiper (1 Chatham)
> Long-billed Dowitcher (1 Chatham)
> Wilson's Phalarope (1 Chatham)
> Merlin (1 Clayton, 2 Glynn)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the <daily> Georgia Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia. View or unsubscribe to this alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569
> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Robert Emond
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Date: 8/29/17 8:40 am
From: world oceans <world.oceans7...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Merlin in northern Clayton County
Good morning,

At 1055 this morning I saw a juvenile (or possibly adult female) Merlin
harrassing robins and blue jays just above the trees along Jonesboro Road
in Lake City, across the street from the Lake City Commons/Kroger shopping
area. It was only in view for about two minutes and was moving quickly back
and forth, first soaring a little and then diving toward the smaller
birds. Identification was fairly straightforward; it was clearly a
falconid, based on the tapered wing-ends, broad wing base and fairly short
tail, which was prominently barred, and on the fast, acrobatic flight
style. The overall coloration was fairly pale, with no signs of reddish
color anywhere and no breast markings. I believe it was probably the
richardsonii race, based on the general color and on the width and pale
color of the tail bands.
I remained at the site for another 15 minutes or so but did not see it come
up again from behind the trees.

James Gibson
Clayton Co.

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Date: 8/28/17 6:50 pm
From: Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...>
Subject: [GABO-L] AAS- CCWA Field Trip 8/27/17


From: Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell
Sent: Monday, August 28, 2017 9:43 PM

Subject: AAS- CCWA Field Trip 8/27/17

It was a good birding day at the Clayton Co. Water Authority yesterday. 34 birders started at the Newman Wetlands Center, then to the Huie Ponds, then to the Blalock & Shamrock reservoirs. What a good feeling to be back on the Huie ponds! Remember that they are now open only on Sat-Sun 7am-1pm until November when the schedule changes and a fee permit is required.
We ended the morning with 59 species, including great looks at 3 Limpkin at Blalock (reminder that Blalock and Shamrock reservoirs are closed on Mon-Tue).
Following is the trip list for all three areas combined. I didn’t list individual bird numbers except for most of the migrants. There are several e-bird reports, broken out by area.

Huie: waterfowl, shorebirds, etc.
Wetlands Center: warblers, songbirds
Blalock: Limpkins, wading birds, raptors



CCWA-AAS FIELD TRIP 8/27/17     Canada Goose    Wood Duck-2    Mallard    Blue-winged Teal-7    Northern Shoveler-4    Double-crested Cormorant    Great Blue Heron    Great Egret    Green Heron    Black Vulture    Turkey Vulture    Osprey Cooper's Hawk    Red-tailed Hawk    Limpkin-3    Killdeer    Spotted Sandpiper-4 Solitary Sandpiper-2    Lesser Yellowlegs-1 Greater Yellowlegs-1    Least Sandpiper-18    Semipalmated Sandpiper-1    Rock Pigeon    Mourning Dove    Ruby-throated Hummingbird    Belted Kingfisher    Red-headed Woodpecker    Red-bellied Woodpecker N. Flicker    Downy Woodpecker Pileated Woodpecker    Eastern Wood-Pewee-3    Eastern Phoebe    Eastern Kingbird-1    Blue Jay    American Crow    Fish Crow    Carolina Chickadee    Tufted Titmouse    White-breasted Nuthatch    Brown-headed Nuthatch    Carolina Wren    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher-4    Eastern Bluebird    Gray Catbird    Northern Mockingbird    European Starling    Northern Parula-1    Chestnut-sided Warbler-1    American Redstart-1    Common Yellowthroat-2    Summer Tanager-1    Eastern Towhee    Chipping Sparrow    Song Sparrow    Northern Cardinal    Blue Grosbeak-1    Red-winged Blackbird    House Finch    American Goldfinch 59 species

Carol Lambert & Jeff Sewell
<lambertsewell...>
Tucker, DeKalb Co.

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Date: 8/28/17 6:35 pm
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 27 Aug 17
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> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: August 28, 2017 at 4:33:25 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Richmond)
> Egyptian Goose (1 Hancock)
> Northern Shoveler (3 Clayton)
> Northern Bobwhite (1 Hancock)
> Sharp-shinned Hawk (1 DeKalb)
> Limpkin (4 Henry)
> Stilt Sandpiper (1 Bartow, 1 Morgan)
> Wilson's Warbler (1 DeKalb)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
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>
> Robert Emond
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Date: 8/28/17 5:42 pm
From: Carol Lambert or Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Com. Nighthawks over Tucker, DeKalb, 8/28/17
Had a couple small (6-8 birds) groups over the Tucker house tonight about 7pm.
Carol Lambert



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Date: 8/27/17 7:46 am
From: Angus Pritchard <anguspritchard...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Decatur Cemetery Wilson's Warbler
Hi all,

This morning at Decatur Cemetery I had a female WILSON'S WARBLER in the
willowy creek bottom by the southernmost bridge. I'll be adding photos to
the eBird list.

Small, almost kinglet-sized Warbler that behaved like a Hooded. It was only
about 2/3 the size of the two Hooded Warblers it was loosely associating
with. Yellow face and underparts, olive cap, nape and back. No white in the
tail. Pale bill (all HOWA age-classes have dark bills)

Maybe it'll stick around for a couple of days. Either way, migration is
beginning: I had a Prairie Warbler in the same area of the Cemetery.

Good Birding,

Angus Pritchard
Dekalb Co

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Date: 8/26/17 1:55 pm
From: Melanie mefurr <mefurr...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Nighthawks in DeKalb Co.
Last night while picking up my teenage son from a football game at Adams Stadium off N. Druid Hills Rd at Clairmont Rd., I saw at least six nighthawks circling in the lights. I couldn't tell if there were more as I wasn't able to get out of the car. Migration is definitely revving up! I've had a redstart and a cuckoo in my yard this week as well. Keep your eyes peeled. :)

Happy birding!
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Date: 8/26/17 9:13 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 25 Aug 17
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> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: August 25, 2017 at 4:01:34 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (2 Mitchell)
> Egyptian Goose (1 Hancock)
> Anhinga (1 Henry)
> Tricolored Heron (1 Richmond, 1 Tift)
> Glossy Ibis (1 Mitchell)
> Purple Gallinule (1 Baker)
> Cedar Waxwing (1 Chattooga)
> Magnolia Warbler (1 DeKalb, 1 Glynn)
> Savannah Sparrow (1 Morgan)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
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> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Robert Emond
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