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5/26/17 6:08 am leslie DeMarcus <ldemarcus...> Re: [GABO-L] Question About Birding Brasstown Bald
5/26/17 5:44 am James Throckmorton <jamest43...> Re: [GABO-L] Question About Birding Brasstown Bald
5/26/17 3:38 am Eugenia R. Thompson <eroberthom...> Re: [GABO-L] Question About Birding Brasstown Bald
5/26/17 3:02 am leah loper <johanneloper...> [GABO-L] Bidding at cloudland canyon
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5/25/17 1:07 pm William Pixler <pillwixler...> [GABO-L] Question About Birding Brasstown Bald
5/25/17 8:25 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 24 May 2017
5/24/17 12:43 pm Sheila Willis <swjxw1...> [GABO-L] 5/21 Jekyll Is. Sanctuary, Harris Neck NWR, Altamaha WMA, Brunswick
5/24/17 12:03 pm Keyes, Tim <Tim.Keyes...> [GABO-L] MOTUS follow-up
5/24/17 6:14 am Sheila Willis <swjxw1...> [GABO-L] 4/29 coastal trip to Glynn Co. w/ a parula dance
5/23/17 4:19 pm Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1...> [GABO-L] Sandpipers at DeKalb Farmers Market!
5/23/17 9:47 am Shannon Fair <shannonmfair...> Re: [GABO-L] Ingles/Blairsville,Ga
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5/23/17 6:32 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 22 May 2017
5/22/17 4:47 pm Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> Re: [GABO-L] Very Near Georgia Report - FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER - Dobbins Farm, Townville, Anderson County South Carolina - 5/21/2017
5/22/17 7:52 am Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2...> [GABO-L] Final Week for 2016-2017 Duck Stamp Sales
5/22/17 6:02 am Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> Re: [GABO-L] Very Near Georgia Report - FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER - Dobbins Farm, Townville, Anderson County South Carolina - 5/21/2017
5/22/17 5:30 am Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> Re: [GABO-L] Very Near Georgia Report - FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER - Dobbins Farm, Townville, Anderson County South Carolina - 5/21/2017
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5/21/17 4:11 pm DeeAnne M <deeanne.mel...> [GABO-L] andalusia farm- not just for southern gothic geeks
5/20/17 6:46 pm Brock <brockhutchins...> [GABO-L] Little blue heron
5/20/17 6:36 am Jodie Davis <jodie...> [GABO-L] Bird Carver Needed
5/20/17 4:25 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 19 May 2017
5/19/17 8:10 pm Gus Kaufman <gkaufmanjr...> [GABO-L] Peregrine Falcon
5/19/17 3:50 pm MARY MEYER <cheshy...> [GABO-L] Thanks Rebecca
5/19/17 3:37 pm Ann Stewart <annhstewart...> [GABO-L] Fite Bend Gordon Co
5/19/17 10:57 am world oceans <world.oceans7...> [GABO-L] Correction: flycatcher song
5/19/17 10:39 am world oceans <world.oceans7...> [GABO-L] Flycatcher song at Huie
5/19/17 9:18 am world oceans <world.oceans7...> [GABO-L] Huie Ponds, Clayton Co.
5/19/17 6:53 am Keyes, Tim <Tim.Keyes...> [GABO-L] Tower picks up Kirtland's Warbler etc...
5/18/17 8:15 pm Rebecca E. Byrd <rebyrd2012...> [GABO-L] Dozens of DICKCISSEL on Fite Bend Rd Gordon County 18May2017
5/18/17 6:41 pm Jack Wissner <jdwissner...> Re: [GABO-L] Grosbeaks still here
5/18/17 6:01 pm Keyes, Tim <Tim.Keyes...> [GABO-L] Limpkin Summer
5/18/17 6:16 am Jeff Sewell & Carol Lambert <lambertsewell...> [GABO-L] Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Huie, Clayton Co. 5/18/17
5/18/17 3:34 am Harriet Langford <harriet46...> [GABO-L] Chuck-will's-widow
5/18/17 3:14 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 17 May 2017
5/17/17 10:01 am Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954...> [GABO-L] Atlanta Audubon Field Trip this week
5/16/17 1:42 pm Michelle Hamner <michelle...> [GABO-L] Willet at Lake Horton, Fayette Co 5/16/17
5/16/17 7:12 am Michelle Hamner <michelle...> [GABO-L] Least Bittern - Nesmith Preserve, Fayette County, 5/15-5/16
5/16/17 3:24 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 15 May 2017
5/15/17 4:35 pm DeeAnne M <deeanne.mel...> [GABO-L] Fwd: eBird Report - Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, May 15, 2017
5/15/17 11:58 am Jeff Sewell & Carol Lambert <lambertsewell...> [GABO-L] Willet, Mountain Lake, Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, DeKalb County, 5/15/17
5/15/17 10:56 am Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...> [GABO-L] Willet, Mountain Lake, Davidson-Arabia Mountain NP, DeKalb County, 5/15/17
5/15/17 8:35 am Bill & Condit <blotz...> [GABO-L] Nightjar Survey Report - NE Georgia
5/14/17 12:25 pm Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu...> [GABO-L] AAS Walk: Morningside Nature Preserve (Fulton Co.) and Zonolite Park (Dekalb Co.), Peregrine Falcon pictures added.
5/14/17 8:53 am Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu...> Re: [GABO-L] Peregine falcons at Zonilite Park, DeKalb Co., possibly nesting.
5/14/17 8:43 am Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu...> [GABO-L] Peregine falcons at Zonilite Park, DeKalb Co., possibly nesting.
5/14/17 6:55 am Richard Hall <dr.richard.hall...> [GABO-L] Oconee Co. Connecticut Warbler, 5/14
5/14/17 6:33 am Ann Stewart <annhstewart...> [GABO-L] Wood ducks +1/Floyd Co
5/13/17 5:07 pm robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 12 May 2017
5/13/17 12:36 pm Moss, John Patten <JohnPatten.Moss...> [GABO-L] Floyd County-Warblers and Shorebirds
5/13/17 11:18 am Patrick Maurice <patrickmaurice1...> Re: [GABO-L] MOURNING WARBLER-Henderson Park, DeKalb County-NOW
5/13/17 10:27 am Barlow, Stephen <stephen.barlow...> [GABO-L] DeKalb Co. Willet
5/13/17 5:08 am Patrick Maurice <patrickmaurice1...> [GABO-L] MOURNING WARBLER-Henderson Park, DeKalb County-NOW
5/12/17 4:05 pm DeeAnne M <deeanne.mel...> [GABO-L] Panther Creek Trail 5/12
5/12/17 8:23 am Sargent, Bob <bob.sargent...> [GABO-L] Teen Birder Scholarship to Costa Rica!
5/12/17 4:37 am Harriet Langford <harriet46...> [GABO-L] Female redstart
5/11/17 7:00 pm James F Flynn Jr <jim.flynn...> [GABO-L] Mississippi Kite, Rock Cr. Park, Dawson Co.
5/11/17 3:09 pm Cox Family <towhee7...> [GABO-L] Painted bunting courtship display
5/11/17 2:36 pm Susan Loeb <shloeb...> Re: [GABO-L] Grosbeak food
5/11/17 2:24 pm Linda DiSantis <lkdisantis...> Re: [GABO-L] Grosbeak food
5/11/17 2:05 pm Jack Wissner <jdwissner...> [GABO-L] Grosbeak food
5/11/17 12:51 pm R D Day <rdonday...> [GABO-L] Grey Catbird Hall County
5/11/17 12:11 pm world oceans <world.oceans7...> Re: [GABO-L] White-fronted Goose at Lullwater Park - Dekalb County
5/11/17 11:50 am Jeff Sewell & Carol Lambert <lambertsewell...> [GABO-L] Dickcissel, Huie Ponds, Clayton County, 5/10/17
5/11/17 11:47 am Jack Wissner <jdwissner...> [GABO-L] Grosbeaks still here
5/11/17 8:57 am world oceans <world.oceans7...> [GABO-L] Huie Ponds today
5/11/17 6:43 am R D Day <rdonday...> [GABO-L] Rose Breasted Grosbeak in Hall County
5/11/17 6:13 am world oceans <world.oceans7...> [GABO-L] Stilt in Clayton Co.
5/11/17 5:13 am Brown, Juliet <jeward...> [GABO-L] White-fronted Goose at Lullwater Park - Dekalb County
5/11/17 3:31 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 10 May 2017
5/10/17 2:26 pm Jack Wissner <jdwissner...> Re: [GABO-L] Mississippi Kite Cobb County
5/10/17 12:04 pm charles saleeby <charlessaleeby...> [GABO-L] Mississippi Kite Cobb County
5/10/17 5:37 am Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...> [GABO-L] Black-necked Stilt, Huie, Clayton County, 5/10/17
5/9/17 10:27 am Michelle Hamner <michelle...> [GABO-L] Dr. J. Drew Lanham at Atlanta Bird Fest Closing Celebration May 21
5/9/17 4:34 am Patty McLean <plm108...> [GABO-L] Nightjar Survey (Chucks, Whips and Nighthawks)
5/9/17 2:40 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 8 May 2017
5/8/17 6:40 pm Patty McLean <plm108...> [GABO-L] Warbler Weekend - AAS Field Trip to the North Georgia Mountains
5/8/17 4:28 pm Angus Pritchard <anguspritchard...> [GABO-L] Avondale Estates Lake Greater White-fronted Goose
5/8/17 11:58 am A Betuel <ykcul88...> [GABO-L] Climate Watch Volunteers Needed - Atlanta Audubon
5/8/17 7:36 am Steve Rushing <srushing...> [GABO-L] Bobolinks, Hardman Road, Habersham County
5/7/17 10:44 pm Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [GABO-L] Peregrines, ravens, warblers, and flycatchers, Northeast Georgia - 5/7/2017
5/7/17 5:49 pm Pam Potter <ppotter...> [GABO-L] White Pelicans & black-crowned heron Taff Rd, Bartow Co
5/7/17 4:47 pm Renee' Carleton <renee...> [GABO-L] large kettle of black vultures
5/7/17 4:06 pm Sharon Fisher <featheryfish...> [GABO-L] Heads up - possible rough-legged hawk Cumming GA
5/7/17 12:14 pm bob zaremba <bobzarem...> [GABO-L] Kennesaw Mountain Nat. Battlefield Park -- May 7, 2017
5/7/17 8:58 am Pam Potter <ppotter...> [GABO-L] White Pelicans & black-crowned heron Taff Rd, Bartow Co
5/7/17 3:57 am Philippe Bouvier <philippebou...> [GABO-L] White pelicans Taft road big pound
5/6/17 1:14 pm Jay Pitocchelli <jpitocch...> [GABO-L] Request for assistance - recordings of migrating Mourning Warbler songs
5/6/17 9:03 am Nancy Powella <NPOWELLA...> [GABO-L] Indigo Bunting!
5/6/17 8:26 am bob zaremba <bobzarem...> [GABO-L] Bartow County American White Pelicans still present
5/6/17 8:16 am Bob Braxton <rbraxton...> [GABO-L] Rose-breasted Grosbeak Free-for-all
5/6/17 2:35 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 5 May 2017
5/5/17 4:51 pm Renee' Carleton <renee...> [GABO-L] White Pelicans Bartow Taff Rd
5/5/17 1:05 pm Barbara Worster <cycledad271...> [GABO-L] white pelicans
5/5/17 9:38 am Russ Wigh <rdwigh...> [GABO-L] WSJ on Noise Pollution
5/5/17 5:34 am James F. Flynn Jr. <jim.flynn...> [GABO-L] American White Pelicans, Lake Lanier-West Bank Park
5/4/17 2:09 pm Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [GABO-L] Near Georgia Report - INSHORE RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD, Shoreline Park South, Gulf Breeze Florida - 4/7/2017-5/3/2017
5/4/17 12:58 pm Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> Re: [GABO-L] Where are the Chuck-Will's-Widows
5/4/17 9:58 am Debbie Canup <goffers...> Re: [GABO-L] Where are the Chuck-Will's-Widows
5/4/17 6:07 am Jodie Davis <jodie...> [GABO-L] Where are the Chuck-Will's-Widows
5/4/17 3:03 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 3 May 2017
5/3/17 7:11 pm bob zaremba <bobzarem...> [GABO-L] eBird -- Brandon Farm & Taff Rd. -- May 3, 2017
5/3/17 6:58 pm Jeff Sewell & Carol Lambert <lambertsewell...> [GABO-L] Limpkin in Clayton Co. 5/3/17
5/3/17 3:57 pm world oceans <worldoceansislands...> [GABO-L] Herring gull near Atlanta
5/3/17 3:18 pm Ed Maioriello <edm...> [GABO-L] ORAS Trips This Weekend
5/3/17 1:07 pm David DesRochers <davidw.desrochers...> [GABO-L] Veery & Blackburnian Warbler on Pinhoti Trail - Dug Gap area
5/3/17 6:11 am Wes Hatch <whatch11...> [GABO-L] Kennesaw Mountain Warblers
5/2/17 7:43 pm Jeff Sewell & Carol Lambert <lambertsewell...> [GABO-L] CCWA Spring Bird Survey Results
5/2/17 3:57 pm Pat Pepper <patriciapepper9...> [GABO-L] Connecticut?
5/2/17 3:00 pm Ted Theus <ted...> [GABO-L] Pine Mountain Ridge (Harris, Meriwether)--Cerulean Warblers
5/2/17 12:24 pm Patty McLean <plm108...> [GABO-L] Baird's Sandpiper at Taff Rd Pond (Bartow County)
5/2/17 12:07 pm robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 1 May 2017
5/2/17 8:33 am Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954...> [GABO-L] Atlanta Audubon field trips this week
5/2/17 5:17 am Linda <ll_finn...> [GABO-L] Cedar waxwings, Gainesville
4/30/17 7:40 pm Paul Raney <paul.raney...> [GABO-L] Bobolinks & Chats, Nash Farm Henry County
4/30/17 5:49 pm Shannon Fair <shannonmfair...> [GABO-L] AAS Atlanta Bird Fest - Field Trip Report - Pine Log WMA, Bartow County
4/30/17 10:21 am bob zaremba <bobzarem...> [GABO-L] AAS Atlanta Bird Fest Walk -- Kennesaw Mountain Nat. Battlefield Park -- Apr 30, 2017
4/29/17 6:54 pm Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu...> [GABO-L] ABF walk in Serenbe (Fulton Co.)- Mississippi Kite, Great Horned Owl, Broad-winged Hawk...
4/29/17 6:53 pm Bill & Condit <blotz...> [GABO-L] Atlanta Audubon Bird Fest Field Trip to North Georgia Mountains (Union & Towns Counties)
4/29/17 11:18 am mark seaman <hawksea...> [GABO-L] 1st Spring Little Blue Heron at Monastery
4/29/17 7:40 am Terry Valentine <terryval...> Re: [GABO-L] Snakes at Constitution Lakes, DeKalb
4/29/17 6:18 am Eran Tomer <erantomer...> Re: [GABO-L] Snakes at Constitution Lakes, DeKalb
4/29/17 4:04 am Bellsouth <mikelchap...> Re: [GABO-L] Snakes at Constitution Lakes, DeKalb
4/29/17 3:43 am Steve Holzman <steveholzman2...> Re: [GABO-L] Snakes at Constitution Lakes, DeKalb
4/29/17 2:47 am robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 28 Apr 2017
4/28/17 8:20 pm Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1...> [GABO-L] Snakes at Constitution Lakes, DeKalb
4/28/17 3:33 pm DeeAnne M <deeanne.mel...> [GABO-L] Tallulah Gorge State Park, 4/28/17
4/28/17 2:07 pm Stan Chapman <stanchap49...> [GABO-L] Results of Atlanta Audubon Society field trip along the South River Trail in DeKalb County
4/27/17 2:37 pm Ann Stewart <annhstewart...> [GABO-L] Bartow Co
4/27/17 9:24 am Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu...> [GABO-L] Piedmont Park (Fulton Co.) Warblers, Grosbeak and more; song ID needed.
4/27/17 6:05 am Jeff Madsen <bluewingjeff...> [GABO-L] Boreal Brookhaven this morning....
4/26/17 7:15 pm robert emond <robert.emond2015...> [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 26 Apr 2017
4/26/17 5:39 pm Jason Baumgardner <jlbaumga...> [GABO-L] bird bath question
4/26/17 4:16 pm Patty McLean <plm108...> Re: [GABO-L] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on Lucas Rd. (Bartow Co.)
4/26/17 3:32 pm Ed Maioriello <edm...> [GABO-L] ORAS Bird Walks this Weekend - Athens-Clarke County
4/26/17 2:22 pm Daniel Vickers <dvickers...> [GABO-L] Ivy Log Gap Road
4/26/17 10:35 am DeeAnne M <deeanne.mel...> [GABO-L] Kennesaw Mountain 4/26
4/26/17 7:50 am Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2...> [GABO-L] Kirtland's Warbler Blitz
4/26/17 7:21 am Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2...> [GABO-L] Birding related donations
4/26/17 5:16 am Milton Hobbs <thegahobbs6...> [GABO-L] Mississippi Kite, Burke County, 4/25
 
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Date: 5/26/17 7:02 pm
From: Ann Stewart <annhstewart...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Blue bird box/Floyd co
This afternoon my grandson came running in saying come outside quick. I new it had to be a "critter " of some kind!
Took me out to garden area and told me to open the bluebird box on the post! The box is one with the front opening that lifts up. He said " open and count the eggs"!
I gently lift the front and there IN ALL ITS GLORY WAS A 2 FOOT LONG RAT SNAKE- all curled up and comfortable! I put the front down QUICKLY and told Sawyer to get a stick and get him out of my bird box!
He did and carried him to the woods!
Fortunately there was no nest- they had nested twice and built a nest on top of a nest so I had cleaned them both out!
Beware when checking your nest boxes!!!

Ann Stewart
Rome Ga
Floyd Co


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Date: 5/26/17 6:08 am
From: leslie DeMarcus <ldemarcus...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Question About Birding Brasstown Bald
I also agree--plus, I usually hear a veery just up the trail/behind the
store/visitors center building. In addition, one year on my annual
pilgrimage up there I heard a singing winter wren. That was a great
walk--veerys, rose breasted grosbeaks, and winter wren--such beautiful
songs.
Enjoy your trip.
Saralynn DeMarcus
Pickens/Cherokee County GA

On Fri, May 26, 2017 at 8:17 AM, James Throckmorton <jamest43...>
wrote:

> I agree totally with Patty's great notes. The only thing I would add is
> that I regularly hear a Veery at the far end of the parking lot where she
> described the chance of seeing or hearing a Raven.
>
> When I was there last week, there was a Junco nesting very near the trail
> to the top about half-way there. Also close looks at Canada Warblers near
> the last bench before crossing the road.
>
> Hope you have a great time at a great birding spot.
>
> Jim Throckmorton
> Sandy Springs, GA
> Fulton County
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Georgia Birders Online [mailto:<GABO-L...>] On Behalf
> Of plm108
> Sent: Thursday, May 25, 2017 10:40 PM
> To: <GABO-L...>
> Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Question About Birding Brasstown Bald
>
> Hi Will. Its a great time to bird Brasstown Bald and, regardless of how
> you bird it, you'll have a fun adventure. I don't know if my trek is
> similar to what others do, but here's how I approach it.
> 1. Stop at the base of the mtn where Hwy 180 meets the Hwy 180 Spur. Make
> sure your GPS takes you this way or you might end up in Young Harris and
> way out of reach. I like to make a quick stop here to soak up the lovely
> sounds. 2. Drive slowly up the Spur and be prepared to pull over if you
> hear/see something interesting. Maybe even a grouse with chicks!
> 3. Pull into the fee station parking lot and drive slowly to the back
> area. Beautiful views plus you might see/hear raven, black-throated blues
> and Canada Warblers. 4. The BEST TRAIL for birding in my opinion is the
> Wagon Train. It starts just past the gift shop on the asphalt path but then
> turns to the right a short distance up the trail. Its a dirt and grabel
> trail from here. I usually hike it for about a mile, going past the metal
> gate and around the back of the mtn. Canadas, Black-throated Blues,
> Ovenbirds, Scarlet Tanagers, and maybe a Veery or Grouse or a Winter Wren.
> (This trail is a MUST.) 5. Either hike to the top or take the van ($2).
> Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Chestnut-sideds are more frequent along this
> trail. The view from here is nice too.
> Others may make additional stops but these areas can produce most of the
> birds you'd expect to see or hear. A caution: wild hogs are in the area,
> tearing up the soil. Bears are present too, so just be aware. There are
> likely to be numerous hikers (and bikers) this weekend, so it shouldn't
> present any problems. And let us know how your day goes. Patty McLean,
> Tucker GA Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
> -------- Original message --------From: William Pixler <
> <pillwixler...> Date: 5/25/17 4:06 PM (GMT-05:00) To:
> <GABO-L...> Subject: [GABO-L] Question About Birding
> Brasstown Bald Hey everyone,
>
> I finally have an opportunity to drive through the Georgia mountains this
> weekend as I head to Ohio. So naturally I've decided I need to make a
> detour to Brasstown Bald, but I don't actually know how people typically
> bird the location. Do you typically just park and walk to the top or do
> people also walk along the hiking trails that lead from the parking lot?
> Any info, tips, or tricks are appreciated. Thanks in advance!
>
> Will Pixler
> Atlanta
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Date: 5/26/17 5:44 am
From: James Throckmorton <jamest43...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Question About Birding Brasstown Bald
I agree totally with Patty's great notes. The only thing I would add is that I regularly hear a Veery at the far end of the parking lot where she described the chance of seeing or hearing a Raven.

When I was there last week, there was a Junco nesting very near the trail to the top about half-way there. Also close looks at Canada Warblers near the last bench before crossing the road.

Hope you have a great time at a great birding spot.

Jim Throckmorton
Sandy Springs, GA
Fulton County

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Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Question About Birding Brasstown Bald

Hi Will. Its a great time to bird Brasstown Bald and, regardless of how you bird it, you'll have a fun adventure. I don't know if my trek is similar to what others do, but here's how I approach it.
1. Stop at the base of the mtn where Hwy 180 meets the Hwy 180 Spur. Make sure your GPS takes you this way or you might end up in Young Harris and way out of reach. I like to make a quick stop here to soak up the lovely sounds. 2. Drive slowly up the Spur and be prepared to pull over if you hear/see something interesting. Maybe even a grouse with chicks!
3. Pull into the fee station parking lot and drive slowly to the back area. Beautiful views plus you might see/hear raven, black-throated blues and Canada Warblers. 4. The BEST TRAIL for birding in my opinion is the Wagon Train. It starts just past the gift shop on the asphalt path but then turns to the right a short distance up the trail. Its a dirt and grabel trail from here. I usually hike it for about a mile, going past the metal gate and around the back of the mtn. Canadas, Black-throated Blues, Ovenbirds, Scarlet Tanagers, and maybe a Veery or Grouse or a Winter Wren. (This trail is a MUST.) 5. Either hike to the top or take the van ($2). Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Chestnut-sideds are more frequent along this trail. The view from here is nice too.
Others may make additional stops but these areas can produce most of the birds you'd expect to see or hear. A caution: wild hogs are in the area, tearing up the soil. Bears are present too, so just be aware. There are likely to be numerous hikers (and bikers) this weekend, so it shouldn't present any problems. And let us know how your day goes. Patty McLean, Tucker GA Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: William Pixler <pillwixler...> Date: 5/25/17 4:06 PM (GMT-05:00) To: <GABO-L...> Subject: [GABO-L] Question About Birding Brasstown Bald Hey everyone,

I finally have an opportunity to drive through the Georgia mountains this weekend as I head to Ohio. So naturally I've decided I need to make a detour to Brasstown Bald, but I don't actually know how people typically bird the location. Do you typically just park and walk to the top or do people also walk along the hiking trails that lead from the parking lot? Any info, tips, or tricks are appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Will Pixler
Atlanta

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Date: 5/26/17 3:38 am
From: Eugenia R. Thompson <eroberthom...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Question About Birding Brasstown Bald
I have seen nesting Juncos on this trail and nesting Cedar Waxwings on the peak.

Eugenia Thompson
Athens GA

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> On May 25, 2017, at 10:40 PM, plm108 <plm108...> wrote:
>
> Hi Will. Its a great time to bird Brasstown Bald and, regardless of how you bird it, you'll have a fun adventure. I don't know if my trek is similar to what others do, but here's how I approach it.
> 1. Stop at the base of the mtn where Hwy 180 meets the Hwy 180 Spur. Make sure your GPS takes you this way or you might end up in Young Harris and way out of reach. I like to make a quick stop here to soak up the lovely sounds.
> 2. Drive slowly up the Spur and be prepared to pull over if you hear/see something interesting. Maybe even a grouse with chicks!
> 3. Pull into the fee station parking lot and drive slowly to the back area. Beautiful views plus you might see/hear raven, black-throated blues and Canada Warblers.
> 4. The BEST TRAIL for birding in my opinion is the Wagon Train. It starts just past the gift shop on the asphalt path but then turns to the right a short distance up the trail. Its a dirt and grabel trail from here. I usually hike it for about a mile, going past the metal gate and around the back of the mtn. Canadas, Black-throated Blues, Ovenbirds, Scarlet Tanagers, and maybe a Veery or Grouse or a Winter Wren. (This trail is a MUST.)
> 5. Either hike to the top or take the van ($2). Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Chestnut-sideds are more frequent along this trail. The view from here is nice too.
> Others may make additional stops but these areas can produce most of the birds you'd expect to see or hear. A caution: wild hogs are in the area, tearing up the soil. Bears are present too, so just be aware. There are likely to be numerous hikers (and bikers) this weekend, so it shouldn't present any problems. And let us know how your day goes.
> Patty McLean, Tucker GA
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
> -------- Original message --------From: William Pixler <pillwixler...> Date: 5/25/17 4:06 PM (GMT-05:00) To: <GABO-L...> Subject: [GABO-L] Question About Birding Brasstown Bald
> Hey everyone,
>
> I finally have an opportunity to drive through the Georgia mountains
> this weekend as I head to Ohio. So naturally I've decided I need to
> make a detour to Brasstown Bald, but I don't actually know how people
> typically bird the location. Do you typically just park and walk to
> the top or do people also walk along the hiking trails that lead from
> the parking lot? Any info, tips, or tricks are appreciated. Thanks in
> advance!
>
> Will Pixler
> Atlanta
>
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Date: 5/26/17 3:02 am
From: leah loper <johanneloper...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Bidding at cloudland canyon
Are there any bidding spots at cloudland canyon state park? Going up 2nd
week in June. Would like to know what I might see. Thanks

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Date: 5/25/17 7:41 pm
From: plm108 <plm108...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Question About Birding Brasstown Bald
Hi Will. Its a great time to bird Brasstown Bald and, regardless of how you bird it, you'll have a fun adventure. I don't know if my trek is similar to what others do, but here's how I approach it.
1. Stop at the base of the mtn where Hwy 180 meets the Hwy 180 Spur. Make sure your GPS takes you this way or you might end up in Young Harris and way out of reach. I like to make a quick stop here to soak up the lovely sounds. 
2. Drive slowly up the Spur and be prepared to pull over if you hear/see something interesting. Maybe even a grouse with chicks!
3. Pull into the fee station parking lot and drive slowly to the back area. Beautiful views plus you might see/hear raven, black-throated blues and Canada Warblers. 
4. The BEST TRAIL for birding in my opinion is the Wagon Train. It starts just past the gift shop on the asphalt path but then turns to the right a short distance up the trail. Its a dirt and grabel trail from here. I usually hike it for about a mile, going past the metal gate and around the back of the mtn. Canadas, Black-throated Blues, Ovenbirds, Scarlet Tanagers, and maybe a Veery or Grouse or a Winter Wren. (This trail is a MUST.)
5. Either hike to the top or take the van ($2). Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Chestnut-sideds are more frequent along this trail. The view from here is nice too.
Others may make additional stops but these areas can produce most of the birds you'd expect to see or hear. A caution: wild hogs are in the area, tearing up the soil. Bears are present too, so just be aware. There are likely to be numerous hikers (and bikers) this weekend, so it shouldn't present any problems. And let us know how your day goes. 
Patty McLean, Tucker GA
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-------- Original message --------From: William Pixler <pillwixler...> Date: 5/25/17 4:06 PM (GMT-05:00) To: <GABO-L...> Subject: [GABO-L] Question About Birding Brasstown Bald
Hey everyone,

I finally have an opportunity to drive through the Georgia mountains
this weekend as I head to Ohio. So naturally I've decided I need to
make a detour to Brasstown Bald, but I don't actually know how people
typically bird the location. Do you typically just park and walk to
the top or do people also walk along the hiking trails that lead from
the parking lot? Any info, tips, or tricks are appreciated. Thanks in
advance!

Will Pixler
Atlanta

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Date: 5/25/17 1:07 pm
From: William Pixler <pillwixler...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Question About Birding Brasstown Bald
Hey everyone,

I finally have an opportunity to drive through the Georgia mountains
this weekend as I head to Ohio. So naturally I've decided I need to
make a detour to Brasstown Bald, but I don't actually know how people
typically bird the location. Do you typically just park and walk to
the top or do people also walk along the hiking trails that lead from
the parking lot? Any info, tips, or tricks are appreciated. Thanks in
advance!

Will Pixler
Atlanta

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Date: 5/25/17 8:25 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 24 May 2017
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> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: May 25, 2017 at 2:57:42 AM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Northern Shoveler (1 Clayton)
> Bufflehead (1 Morgan)
> Limpkin (Speckled) (1 Dougherty)
> White-rumped Sandpiper (1 Clayton)
> Semipalmated Sandpiper (1 Morgan)
> American Kestrel (Southeastern) (1 Walton)
> American Kestrel (1 Walton)
> Peregrine Falcon (Tundra) (2 DeKalb)
> Willow Flycatcher (2 Rabun)
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1 DeKalb)
> American Redstart (1 Glynn)
> Magnolia Warbler (1 Clarke)
> Dickcissel (1 Muscogee, 1 Oconee)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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
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Date: 5/24/17 12:43 pm
From: Sheila Willis <swjxw1...>
Subject: [GABO-L] 5/21 Jekyll Is. Sanctuary, Harris Neck NWR, Altamaha WMA, Brunswick
Hey folks,

Hope you are fine. Here is a summary of a trip I took w/ some relatives to
GLYNN & MCINTOSH Counties on 5/21. For my birds en route, although I saw a
few more types, I will list only my highlights.

I drove from Waycross (WARE) and chanced to see a GREEN HERON on a perch in
Glynn Co. Then, as I approached the USHwy#17 junction w/ the Jekyll Is.
Causeway, I saw a group of GREAT EGRETs & SNOWY EGRETs feeding along with
~6 ROSEATE SPOONBILLs.

After hooking up on Jekyll Is., our only full stop was at the Campground
Sanctuary (J-9). A PAINTED BUNTING pair obliged us with good looks as they
fed. They were later joined by a pair of HOUSE FINCHes. There were 4 pairs
of NORTHERN CARDINALs. Of these, 2 females decided to fight briefly and a
juvenile drank out of a capped faucet that had a small pool of water
leaking from it. Also in pairs, there were 4 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDs.

A BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE chased a COMMON GRACKLE away from the bath. At least
3 CAROLINA CHICKADEEs kept going from feeder to feeder. A female
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD fed and 2 hummers fought. A NORTHERN PARULA was
heard singing & soon a female came for a dip in the bath. Our only migrant
was a female AMERICAN REDSTART who nicely flashed her yellowish tail
sections in order to startle bugs out of hiding. The other usual residents
went about their business.

We checked the flats at the Jekyll Is. Causeway Welcome Center tower, but
nothing was doing and the same was true for several more spots where
ROSEATE SPOONBILLs usually gather.

In MCINTOSH Co. we had lunch at the Old School Diner near Harris Neck NWR.
Quite an interesting place w/ a carpeted parking lot and walls covered
almost to the last inch w/ customers' pictures. We tried the wheelchair
platter (great seafood, hush puppies, & excellent BBQ ribs) to fortify us
for a day of birding and we had our pic added to the rest.

At Harris Neck NWR we stopped first at Woody Pond. It was not as full of
birds as I have seen it in the past, but there were several hundred wading
birds nesting with the majority being WOOD STORK & GREAT EGRET. I did not
try to count each one. The storks were constantly flying around overhead &
occasionally one would sail in w/ some vegetation for their nest. ANHINGA
were sunning and a few could be seen in their nests too. Some TRICOLORED
HERONs & SNOWY EGRETs were in the mix but I could only spot 1 adult each of
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON & LITTLE BLUE HERON. There were batches of WHITE
IBIS present & a few GLOSSY IBIS went over.

Other birds in that area included a loud PILEATED WOODPECKER & 2 calling
RED-SHOULDERED HAWKs. A single BARN SWALLOW was seen too besides a handful
of BOAT-TAILED GRACKLEs. An AMERICAN CROW identified itself. On the
non-bird side, Pig Frogs were grunting, and 2 Am. Alligators were floating.

At Teal Pond the water was down but a flock of WHITE IBIS w/ a few GLOSSY
IBIS were preening & a COMMON MOOREHEN was present. Around them was a very
lovely patch of purple Pickerelweed. A pair of BLACK-BELLIED
WHISTLING-DUCKs were floating sedately by themselves.

At Greenhead Pond opposite Teal Pond, the mix was of GREAT EGRET, SNOWY
EGRET & ANHINGA. WOOD STORKs continued to soar overhead. Barbour River
Landing had a single BARN SWALLOW.

We had been hearing lots of thunder all the time but it wasn't until we
started leaving the refuge that the bottom fell out. It was solid rain
which lasted for a while as we investigated a few other spots, but luckily
it then quit. A number of BLACK VULTUREs were seen on the ground in
multiple areas.

At Altamaha WMA s. of Darien, we first drove west on Champney Rd. There
were 2 OSPREY eating at the nest platform near where the fishermen like to
gather. The short canal a little ways west had a pretty GREAT EGRET that
was stalking its food, and it didn't mind some pictures being taken of it.

On our return east, we had one of the most exciting events of the day --
seeing a KING RAIL in the road just e. of the Osprey platform!! It was
standing there preening & preening, moving its feathers all around. One or
two times it started for the edges of the road but changed its mind & came
back to do more preening. Eventually it went into the vegetation. Super!

Our last stop was at the old tower e. of USHwy#17 s. of the Dairy Barn.
Dozens & dozens of BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKs were flying about in small
groups or as individuals sitting on top of duck nest boxes. Here & there in
the flooded cells were batches of GREAT EGRET, SNOWY EGRET, & WHITE IBIS.
The GLOSSY IBIS were very active in their flying & feeding. A few COMMON
GALLINULEs were feeding and some distant peeps were on the mud sections.
There were not many of those sections in this zone due to the water levels
being up in the impoundments.

The RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDs were in a courtship mood. We watched a male &
female being frisky below us while we were on the tower. On one of the
exposed, small muddy flats there were 5 BLACK-NECKED STILTs. Four of these
were engaged in vigorous fighting (2 by 2). They would do much flapping &
go up a little ways in the air & then drop down. This was repeated
continuously w/ much noise. I thought they were going to wear themselves
out! Eventually they settled down & walked off as pairs to feed. Other
stilts were scattered around the tower or flying so we got good looks at
their long red legs.

As we were leaving Brunswick, just n. of the Sidney Lanier Bridge, there
was a pool in the marsh which had our long-sought ROSEATE SPOONBILLs!!
There were 5 immatures & 1 bright pink adult standing w/ a mixed egret
flock. We enjoyed seeing their odd-shaped bills opening & closing & were
delighted when they took to flight just in front of our car.

The last stop was at the Earth Day Nature Trail located at the n. end of
the GA DNR building near the bridge. A few assorted waders were there
(GREAT EGRET, SNOWY EGRET, WHITE IBIS) but we did get to see a few GREEN
HERONs flying from the small hammocks. An OSPREY called from a nest
platform.

The trail goes through a cedar hammock & is very nicely built. It has a
small platform w/ a spotting scope for scanning the salt marsh & salt pans.
Some Fiddler Crabs came out before we left and we enjoyed seeing the Red
Cedars that were heavy-laden w/ pale, greenish-blue berries.

As I returned home through BRANTLEY Co., a PILEATED WOODPECKER flew across
the road & some more BLACK VULTUREs gathered on a carcass.

Plants blooming in McIntosh & Glynn Co. included Sea Oxeye, Coral Bean,
Prickly Pear, Moss Verbena, & Pickerelweed. Brantley Co. had White Bay, Red
Rattlebox, Lizard's Tail, Water Lily, & Pickerelweed. All the counties had
Magnolia, Mimosa, Elderberry, Trumpet Creeper, & Carolina Dandelion. Also,
Blackberries were ripe in Altamaha WMA.

GLYNN & MCINTOSH Co. trip 5/21
[JI: Jekyll Is.; Cg: campground; HN: Harris Neck NWR; AWMA: Atamaha WMA]

BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK: ~52+ (2 HN; ~50+ AWMA)
ROCK PIGEON: 2 AWMA
MOURNING DOVE: 2 JI
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD: 3 JICg
KING RAIL: 1 AWMA
COMMON GALLINULE: 3 (1 HN; 2 AWMA)
BLACK-NECKED STILT: 10 AWMA
peeps: ~6 AWMA
WOOD STORK: ~451 [~450+ (guestimate) HN; 1 AWMA]
ANHINGA: 5 HN
GREAT EGRET: ~152+ (~27 USHwy#17; ~112+ HN; ~8 AWMA; 5
Brunswick)
SNOWY EGRET: ~30+ (~13 USHwy#17; ~9+ HN; ~5+ AWMA, 3
Brunswick)
LITTLE BLUE HERON: 1 HN
TRICOLORED HERON: ~11 HN
GREEN HERON: 3 (1 USHwy#82; 2 Brunswick)
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON: 1 HN
WHITE IBIS: ~247+ (~237+ HN; ~8+ AWMA; 2 Brunswick)
GLOSSY IBIS: ~20+ (5 HN; ~15+ AWMA)
ROSEATE SPOONBILL: ~6 (see as same: USHwy#17 & Brunswick)
BLACK VULTURE: 7 [1 USHwy#82 (Brantley Co.); 6 McIntosh Co.]
OSPREY: 3 (2 AWMA; 1 Brunswick)
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK: 2 HN
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER: 1 JICg
PILEATED WOODPECKER: 2 [1 HN;1 USHwy#82 (Brantley Co.)]
GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER: 1 JI
BLUE JAY: 1 JI
AMERICAN CROW: 1 HN
BARN SWALLOW: 3 [1 HN; 1 McIntosh Co.; 1 Brunswick]
CAROLINA CHICKADEE: ~3 JICg
TUFTED TITMOUSE: 1 JICg
CAROLINA WREN: 1 JICg
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD: 1 Old School Diner (McIntosh)
HOUSE FINCH: 2 JICg
AMERICAN REDSTART: 1 JICg
NORTHERN PARULA: 1 JICg
NORTHERN CARDINAL: 10 [9 JICg; 1 JI]
PAINTED BUNTING: 2 JICg
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD: ~6 AWMA
COMMON GRACKLE: 1 JICg
BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE: 11 [3 HN; 5 JICg; 3 JI]
BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD: 4 JICg

The species total for our group & a few highlights of mine was 41.

Take care.

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

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Date: 5/24/17 12:03 pm
From: Keyes, Tim <Tim.Keyes...>
Subject: [GABO-L] MOTUS follow-up
I got data back from our Ossabaw tower. We didn't get as many hits as the Brunswick tower, but got several birds on both towers.


- On April 27 at 2100 a Swainsons warbler was picked up in Brunswick, and at 2200 the same night it was picked up on Ossabaw - a straight line of 54 miles apart.

- A second Swainson's wabler triggered Brunswick on April 27 and Ossabaw on April 28.

- We only got one Kirtland's Warbler at the Ossabaw tower on May5th that was picked up in Brunswick on May 3rd - suggesting it rested somewhere on the coast for a day....

- Perhaps the other Kirtland's warblers had already headed inland between Brunswick and Ossabaw?

- We picked up a Saltmarsh Sparrow at 2200 on April 30 in Brunswick and two hours later on Ossabaw.

- 2 Saltmarsh Sparrows were picked up on Ossabaw but not Brunswick.

Tim Keyes
Brunswick GA

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Date: 5/24/17 6:14 am
From: Sheila Willis <swjxw1...>
Subject: [GABO-L] 4/29 coastal trip to Glynn Co. w/ a parula dance
Hey folks,

Hope you are fine. Here is a summary of an Okefenokee Bird Club field trip
to the coastal areas in Glynn County on 4/29.

Sandy Keeler and I first drove from Waycross (WARE) to Jekyll Island & then
to Gould's Inlet on St. Simons Is. followed by Andrews Is. Causeway in
Brunswick. The detailed list will be after the area notes. We had 39
species.

At the Jekyll Is. Welcome Center on the Jekyll Is. Causeway Tower we saw a
few wading birds and a small assortment of shorebirds. The highlight here
was seeing 6 WHIMBREL on the flats & in flight. A group of 6 WILLET
(WESTERN) were preening & flying. BOAT-TAILED GRACKLEs were carrying grass
for nesting. RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDs were chasing a Crow.

At the Campground Sanctuary (J-9) on Jekyll Is., we enjoyed a wonderful
display of the variety of birds. Three pairs of PAINTED BUNTINGs were
feeding as was 1 pair of HOUSE FINCHes and 2 pairs of BROWN-HEADED
COWBIRDs. One feeder was so close that you didn't need binoculars to see
the red eye ring on the male bunting! A female RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD
fed at her feeder & later what was prob. 2 males got into a heavy fight.

A COMMON YELLOWTHROAT male continually picked bugs from the foliage. A
female NORTHERN PARULA came to bathe, one called from the distance, & both
an adult & immature male ventured closer. A striking-as-always male
BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER also came to the bath and was the only migrant
we recorded. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER & a DOWNY WOODPECKER joined the crowd
briefly as hungry males. There were the usual other resident species too
(see list).

One of the best things at the sanctuary was getting to see the female NO.
PARULA do a little strange "dance" at the bird bath. She would stand on the
rim w/in the humped, scalloped edges. First she would face the water, then
she'd jump around to face out. Then jump to face the water again, and then
hop to face back out once more. She did this several times. I have no idea
why she was doing that but it was really hilarious to watch!!

A non-bird part of the fun was looking at all the vintage travel trailers
in the campground as it was hosting an antique trailer rally. I've never
seen so many "flamingos" presented in so many different ways!!

Lunch was at the Clam Creek Picnic Area where a NORTHERN PARULA called &
BOAT-TAILED GRACKLEs fussed & flew about. As we drove on the marsh side of
the island, we spotted a stately GREAT BLUE HERON.

At Gould's Inlet (northeastern St. Simons Is.) we had just missed having
the mass of shorebirds, gulls, & terns be closer to the viewing area and
99% were now resting in the distance. Not having a working scope, we used
our binoculars to pick out a few BROWN PELICANs & BLACK SKIMMERs. LAUGHING
GULLs came by in their breeding plumage and a few BARN SWALLOWs sped along.
ROYAL TERNs were coming close to both fly & sit. With the "new" wider
beach, there were more people on it sunbathing or fishing.

A SNOWY EGRET was nearby at a small inlet at the groin and entertained us
w/ its attempts to catch a meal. It was successful a number of times & we
got many good looks at its vivid yellow feet. A pair of HOUSE SPARROWs kept
coming to rest on the sandy beach edge and seemed so out of place. I didn't
look at them closely, but I believe there were some Cabbage White
Butterflies flitting about the ground cover at the benches.

Our last stop was at Andrews Island Causeway in Brunswick. As we were
driving along the causeway, a CLAPPER RAIL ran across the road, going from
the channel to the shorter marsh side. Later we would hear it cackle but
did not get another look. Resting on a mud flat in the open channel area
were BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERs in their breeding plumage. There were many SNOWY
EGRETs stretched out along the canal at marsh's edge. We got good looks at
1 WILLET who proved to be the brown Eastern version. It preened for a while
& then joined its companions.

Heading for home, we drove through some of the historical section of
downtown Brunswick. It has lovely Victorian houses complete w/ decorative
trim, wrought iron, & hanging ferns on the porches. One even had a
yellow-orange cat snoozing on the steps. One small house was painted w/
rainbow colors & had odd signs & fixtures. Here's to preserving our unique
architecture!

A few of the blooming wildflowers noted during the trip included
Pickerelweed (ditches), Water Lily (ditches), Carolina Dandelion, Trumpet
Creeper, Coral Bean, Sea Oxeye, Sweet White Clover, Tall Vervain, and
others.

Coastal Glynn Co. trip; 4/29/2017
[JI: Jekyll Is.; JIC: Jekyll Is. Causeway; Cg: campground; CCPA: Clam Creek
Picnic Area; GI: Gould's Inlet; AIC: Andrews Is. Causeway]

MOURNING DOVE: 9 (JI Cg)
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD: 3 (JI Cg)
CLAPPER RAIL: 2 w/ 1 seen (AIC)
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER: 9 (AIC)
WHIMBREL: 8 (JIC)
SANDERLING: 3 (GI)
WILLET: 10 [6 Western (JIC); 4 Eastern (AIC)]
peeps/sandpipers: 50+ in distant groups on flats (AIC)
LAUGHING GULL: ~31 [~30 (CCPA); 1 (GI)] more in distant GI flock
RING-BILLED GULL: 1 (GI) prob. more in distant GI flock
ROYAL TERN: 6+ (GI) more in distant GI flock
BLACK SKIMMER: ~6+ (GI) prob. more in distant GI flock
WOOD STORK: 2 (JIC)
BROWN PELICAN: ~5 (GI)
GREAT BLUE HERON: 1 (JI)
GREAT EGRET: 7 (JIC)
SNOWY EGRET: ~12 [1 (JIC); 1 (GI); ~10 (AIC)]
BLACK VULTURE: 2 sit roadside USHwy#82 Hoboken (BRANTLEY)
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER: 1 (JICg)
DOWNY WOODPECKER: 1 (JICg)
PILEATED WOODPECKER: 1 USHwy82 (BRANTLEY)
BLUE JAY: 1 (JICg)
Crow sp.: 1 (JIC)
BARN SWALLOW: 2 (GI)
CAROLINA CHICKADEE: 2 (JICg)
TUFTED TITMOUSE: 1 (JICg)
CAROLINA WREN: 2 (JICg)
BROWN THRASHER: 1 (JICg)
HOUSE SPARROW: 2 as pair (GI)
HOUSE FINCH: 2 as pair (JICg)
COMMON YELLOWTHROAT: 1 (JICg)
NORTHERN PARULA: 4 (JICg)
BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER: 1 (JICg)
NORTHERN CARDINAL: 6 as pairs (JICg)
PAINTED BUNTING: 6 as pairs (JICg)
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD: 4 JIC at tower
BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE: ~40 [~12 JIC; 4 JICg; ~24 CCPA]
BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD: 4 as 2 pairs (JICg)

Take care.

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

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Date: 5/23/17 4:19 pm
From: Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Sandpipers at DeKalb Farmers Market!
Hi all,
There were about 12 sandpipers on the building site of the new Dekalb
Farmer's Market. With the rain, this is now a huge mud flat with pools of
standing water (which may be added to with further rain).

I noticed movement in one of the pools and parked the car. I think they
were probably Leasts, but it was into the sun and about 50 yards. That
said, they seemed to have a slightly upright posture and seemed slightly
large for Leasts....They were all the same species, so there were no
comparison birds. Unfortunately they all flew off into the middle of the
flat and were impossible to distinguish with binoculars (or even see).
When they flew, I saw the white "v" on grayish wings (no white rump). I
couldn't get any distinctive leg coloring. They were also both on the edge
and in the water.

Hope someone is able to take a further look. Not sure of the access here -
I was on the road, basically, by the parking lot.

(This is an interesting site - I saw Kildeers here the other week).

Cheers
Drew Whitelegg
Dekalb Co

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Date: 5/23/17 9:47 am
From: Shannon Fair <shannonmfair...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Ingles/Blairsville,Ga
Hi Ann - I checked Butternut Creek (i.e. Blairsville Ingles) this past Thursday and Saturday, and they were MIA.

However, multiple WIFLs have been seen/heard in Clayton on Kelly Creek Rd and on Hale Ridge Rd close to SC border.

Thanks,
Shannon Fair
Atlanta, Fulton County
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> On May 23, 2017, at 12:38 PM, Ann Stewart <annhstewart...> wrote:
>
> Has the Willow Flycatcher been located this season at the Ingles Shopping Center in Blairsville ?
>
> Ann Stewart
> Rome, Ga
> Floyd County
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Date: 5/23/17 9:40 am
From: Ann Stewart <annhstewart...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Ingles/Blairsville,Ga
Has the Willow Flycatcher been located this season at the Ingles Shopping Center in Blairsville ?

Ann Stewart
Rome, Ga
Floyd County

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Date: 5/23/17 6:32 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 22 May 2017
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> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: May 23, 2017 at 2:42:18 AM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Sumter)
> American Wigeon (1 Forsyth)
> Northern Bobwhite (1 Jones)
> Least Bittern (1 Fayette)
> Glossy Ibis (1 Dougherty)
> American Coot (1 Forsyth)
> Limpkin (1 Dougherty)
> White-rumped Sandpiper (1 Forsyth)
> Semipalmated Sandpiper (1 Clayton, 1 Forsyth)
> American Kestrel (1 Floyd)
> Peregrine Falcon (2 Rabun)
> Willow Flycatcher (4 Rabun)
> Least Flycatcher (2 Rabun)
> Brown Creeper (2 Rabun)
> Dickcissel (5 Rabun)
> Red Crossbill (2 Rabun, 2 Towns)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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
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Date: 5/22/17 4:47 pm
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Very Near Georgia Report - FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER - Dobbins Farm, Townville, Anderson County South Carolina - 5/21/2017
Hi All,

Despite many efforts by many birders the South Carolina FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER was NOT relocated today.

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If it is found later this week it should show up pretty quickly on the eBird South Carolina Rare Bird Alert (RBA) at:

http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35594

Also, if posted to CarolinaBirds the latest posts can be read easily on these sites:

The ABA's Birding News
http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NzC

Sialia - The Birding Lists Digest
http://digest.sialia.com/

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Maybe the bird headed down I-85 to Gwinnett County!

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Date: 5/22/17 7:52 am
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Final Week for 2016-2017 Duck Stamp Sales
This is the last week GOS will be selling duck stamps for the 2016-2017
year. New sales start July 1st. There are more details here:
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Please support land for our native wildlife and our National Wildlife
Refuge System!

Steve Holzman, Past President - GOS
North High Shoals, GA

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Date: 5/22/17 6:02 am
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Very Near Georgia Report - FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER - Dobbins Farm, Townville, Anderson County South Carolina - 5/21/2017
Hi All,

Jeff Click, of Easley SC, just sent some important information to us regarding the site.

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Mark and others,

The Dobbins Farm area of Townville may only be birded from the public roads, so you can be sure the bird was photographed from an accessible area.  The barbed wire fence in the photo looks like the one that's runs along the west side of McAdams Road.

If you chase, please be certain to stay on the public roads, and do not walk into any fields.  The farm owners also prefer that birders not park directly in front of the cattle feeding areas.  Several yards away is OK.

McAdams Road is here:
https://goo.gl/maps/rBdWF6jRzGR2

Good luck,

Jeff Click
Easley, SC

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Good Birding All!

Mark

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Date: 5/22/17 5:30 am
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Very Near Georgia Report - FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER - Dobbins Farm, Townville, Anderson County South Carolina - 5/21/2017
Hi All,

Just received word that the bird was seen from the public road between the two large feed troughs on the west side of the road.

The coordinates are for the northern feed trough and the southern one is about 300 yards to the south of there on the west side of the road as well.

South Carolina also reports that a front went through last night and that the bird has not yet been relocated this morning.

I'll put out any new information as it becomes available.

Good Birding All!

Mark

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Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Date: 5/22/17 5:18 am
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Very Near Georgia Report - FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER - Dobbins Farm, Townville, Anderson County South Carolina - 5/21/2017
Hi All,

This is a bird that many folks, me included, expect to be among the next 10 new birds to show up for Georgia. Looks like this one may have missed Georgia by just a few miles. We certainly need to keep our eyes open for this bird once it's no longer seen in South Carolina!

Good Chasing All!

Mark

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Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Date: 5/22/17 5:11 am
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Very Near Georgia Report - FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER - Dobbins Farm, Townville, Anderson County South Carolina - 5/21/2017
Hi All,

I just saw the latest eBird RBA for South Carolina and it has a 6:00-8:00PM FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER photographed from yesterday evening from Dobbins Farm near Townville in Anderson County, South Carolina.

Here is the report:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37056267

I haven't been able to find out anything more about the report or access yet, but have feelers out. I have birded this site before from the roads there and have seen some great reported birds there.

Based on looking at the eBird report map and my experience there I have to assume that the bird was found and photographed from the public access road as that is what everyone birds there to my knowledge, but not sure yet. If you need this bird I would say GO NOW IF YOU CAN.

Coordinates: 34.5450462,-82.8961895
GPS: N 34 32.703 W 82 53.771

This site is less than 10 miles from the Georgia border and is just north of Hartwell, Georgia.

Good Chasing All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Date: 5/21/17 4:11 pm
From: DeeAnne M <deeanne.mel...>
Subject: [GABO-L] andalusia farm- not just for southern gothic geeks
Today I went to Andalusia Farm in Milledgeville and despite my giddiness at
being at the home of the greatest author, noticed there were some pretty
great birds there too.

Little blue heron
Great-crested flycatcher
White-eyed vireo
Red-bellied woodpecker
Northern parula
Ovenbird
Wood thrush
Eastern bluebird
Blue-gray gnatcatcher
Northern cardinal
Ruby-throated hummingbird
Northern mockingbird
Turkey vulture

DeeAnne Meliopoulos
Atlanta GA

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Date: 5/20/17 6:46 pm
From: Brock <brockhutchins...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Little blue heron
I had 1 little blue heron in the NW pond at E. L. Huie water treatment pond this morning at about 10 am.

Brock

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Date: 5/20/17 6:36 am
From: Jodie Davis <jodie...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Bird Carver Needed
I hope this isn't off topic, but you all are certainly the best resource in this search. I understand if the moderator wishes to delete this.

My Backyard Birds Cuckoo Clock is suddenly birdless, so I need a new carver. The carvers in Germany simply couldn't "get" American birds. The carver I found here and was working with is fantastic, but he was carving the birds himself ( per clock at a couple hundred clocks a year!) and needed to do so in the beginning of the year so as to be free to do shows the second half. I simply can't predict demand that early in the year.

So I'm looking for someone to carve a set of birds which will be duplicated in Germany and go on the clocks there. This turns into a benefit as the clocks will ship complete all over the world. I will either pay up front for the birds, or a royalty based upon sales.

Any leads will be most appreciated!

Jodie Davis
Hickory Flat, GA
Cherokee County (where I STILL haven't heard a Chuck Will's Widow this year)

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Date: 5/20/17 4:25 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 19 May 2017
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Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: May 20, 2017 at 2:12:47 AM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Glossy Ibis (1 Stewart)
> Swallow-tailed Kite (1 Oconee)
> King Rail (1 Stewart)
> Purple Gallinule (1 Clayton, 1 Dougherty)
> Limpkin (1 Camden, 1 Clayton)
> Limpkin (Speckled) (1 Dougherty)
> Black-necked Stilt (1 Rabun)
> Pectoral Sandpiper (1 Clayton)
> Semipalmated Sandpiper (2 Clayton, 1 Morgan)
> Barn Owl (1 Muscogee)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (2 Thomas)
> Peregrine Falcon (1 DeKalb, 2 Rabun)
> Willow Flycatcher (3 Rabun)
> Least Flycatcher (1 Rabun)
> Brown Creeper (1 Rabun)
> Winter Wren (1 Union)
> Black-and-white Warbler (1 Candler)
> Dickcissel (1 Muscogee, 1 Oconee, 1 Rabun)
>
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Date: 5/19/17 8:10 pm
From: Gus Kaufman <gkaufmanjr...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Peregrine Falcon
Tearing up prey on TV tower Briarcliff Rd Fulton County Gus Kaufman


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Date: 5/19/17 3:50 pm
From: MARY MEYER <cheshy...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Thanks Rebecca
We saw the most beautiful Indigo bunting in addition to the Dickcissel's this afternoon.   Not as many as Rebecca but enough to satisfy the drive up.
Thanks Rebecca
Mary Meyer, Acworth 


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Date: 5/19/17 3:37 pm
From: Ann Stewart <annhstewart...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fite Bend Gordon Co
Thanks to Rebecca Byrd I located the large number of DICKCISSELS on Fite Bend Road this afternoon and wasn't disappointed !
Great opportunity for close up pictures!!

Ann Stewart
Rome
Floyd Co

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Date: 5/19/17 10:57 am
From: world oceans <world.oceans7...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Correction: flycatcher song
In the second paragraph, the tones were similar to those of Alder, not
Acadian.

JG

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Date: 5/19/17 10:39 am
From: world oceans <world.oceans7...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Flycatcher song at Huie
Hello,

Even a lifelong composer of music like me can get stumped by bird songs,
as I was at Huie Ponds in Clayton Co. this morning. At the northwest pond,
and fifteen minutes later, at the south pond, I heard a song which was
strikingly similar to what I normally hear from Alder flycatchers, though
with an added somewhat raspy note at the beginning, preceeding the familiar
'wee-bee-o". Knowing that this species is virtually unreported in any of
the counties surrounding Atlanta, especially in May, I hoped to find the
bird but only caught one glimpse of it, a dark flycatcher-like shadow
disappearing into the trees. I only heard the song once at northwest pond
and three times at south, so there was no time to get a recording of it.

I reviewed some recordings and searched my memory of having heard many,
many flycatchers of all species on their breeding grounds in the upper
Midwest, northeastern U.S. and eastern Canada. Though there was some
similarity between the song and that of an Olive-sided, I still thought the
quality of the tones was closer to Acadian. I know that both they and
Willows do sometimes add a fourth or fifth note to their song, and I also
knew that Willow would be the likelier bird in this wetland habitat and in
Georgia at this time.

If anyone else hears a song like this at Huie, or sees any empidonax
flycatcher there, please watch and listen carefully and get a sound
recording if you can. I welcome any comments on this observation. I
strongly suspect that what I heard was a willow, based on likelihood and
habitat, and on the actual sounds I heard, but I am going to leave it as
unidentified in my report to ebird.org.

Good listening and good birding!

James Gibson
Clayton Co.

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Date: 5/19/17 9:18 am
From: world oceans <world.oceans7...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Huie Ponds, Clayton Co.
Hi, There was no sign at Huie this morning of the bb whistlng ducks
reported yesterday. I heard an interesting flycatcher song which I will
post details of after I review a few more recordings. A small variety of
shorebirds remains in the northern Ponds, and numbers of swallows and
bluebirds were encouraging.
James Gibson
Clayton Co.

The list between 0830 and 1105:

17 adult,9 young Canada geese
9adult, 6 young Mallard
2 D-C Cormorant
6 Great blue heron
1 Green heron
1 Great egret
2 Black vulture
1 Osprey
1 Red-Shouldered hawk
12 adult, 11 young Killdeer
1 Semipalmated plover
1 Pectoral sandpiper
2 Semipalmated sandpiper
4 peep sp?
15 Rock pigeon
5 Mourning dove
1 Northern Flicker
1 Flycatcher sp?
22 Am. Crow
2 Fish crow
4 No. Roughwinged swallow
2 Purple martin
32 Tree swallow
12 Barn swallow
13 Cliff swallow
1 Tufted Titmouse
1 Carolina wren
24 Eastern bluebird
4 Am. Robin
2 Brown thrasher
8 No mockingbird
7 Eur. Starling
3 Song sparrow
1 EasternTowhee
1 Northern Cardinal
16 Redwinged blackbird
1 Common Grackle

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Date: 5/19/17 6:53 am
From: Keyes, Tim <Tim.Keyes...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Tower picks up Kirtland's Warbler etc...
Thanks to a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, I have been working with USFWS to install MOTUS receiving antenna on the GA coast (https://motus.org/ ). These pick up signals from nano-tagged birds passing within 10 or so miles of the stations (crossing a 20 mile line from mainland to offshore). Currently we have stations in Brunswick and on Ossabaw, with another planned for St Simons Island.

We just got data from the Brunswick tower and it is pretty amazing.

- 10 Kirtland's Warbler within the first few days of May
- 1 Piping Plover tagged in the Bahamas in late April
- 4 Swainson's Warbler tagged in Jamaica in the last 2 weeks of April
- 1 Black-crowned Night Heron tagged in Virginia
- 9 Saltmarsh Sparrow tagged on the coast of Georgia - departing between mid April and the first week of May

Tim Keyes
Brunswick GA

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Date: 5/18/17 8:15 pm
From: Rebecca E. Byrd <rebyrd2012...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Dozens of DICKCISSEL on Fite Bend Rd Gordon County 18May2017
It's been 3 years since DICKCISSELS have been reported on eBird.org on Fite
Bend Rd in Gordon County, but today they were so abundant that I was within
nearly constant earshot of at least one, usually a few, during the entire
drive south down the farmed part of the road, all the way to the southern
turn-around. I've never heard nor seen such a concentration. I suppose
they're on the tail-end of migration or the head-end of establishing
territories. Males were singing their heads off within meters of each
other, and supposedly their nesting territories are larger and more
exclusive than that, so they might be unpaired; I did not see any females,
but they could have all been hunkered down. I stopped counting when I got
to 20 just so I could simply enjoy the rest. It was a gross underestimate.

Imagine for a moment what may've been the sounds of the prairie grasslands
that used to dot the Cumberland Plateau and Ridge and Valley of NW Georgia
back in the days when bison, elk, and deer kept them open, along with both
man-made and lightning-caused fire. Imagine the sounds of what used to be
shortleaf pine and post oak savannahs that were interspersed among the
prairies. The air might have been full of the metallic chirps and buzzes of
dickcissel, blue grosbeaks, song sparrows, and red-winged blackbirds.
Bouncing, sibilant, short, sweet songs filled the air too, of indigo
bunting, grosbeak again, field sparrow, and american goldfinch. Multiple
swallow species darted and chattered between ridges, cliffs, and fields.

Imagine walking or driving through 1300 acres of this prairie grassland on
a late May evening as the sun set, with butterflies flying around you,
coyote tracks (or rather red wolf tracks) at your feet, even a (flagged)
kestrel flying about, a red-tailed hawk surveying the domain, wood ducks
flying overhead to a wetland roost, and a light afternoon shower falling
for only a few minutes, arousing treefrogs and darkening the pink and
orange clouds. That was Fite Bend Rd tonight, which is now covered as far
as the eye can see with a solid sea of 4-5 foot tall canola, bright yellow
and blooming. It's probably about as close to a remnant prairie of that
size as you'll see anywhere in NW Georgia right now, definitely not in
terms of composition (no diversity), but because of the structure,
immensity, and apparent attractiveness to grassland birds right now
relative to other, less reminiscent habitats. Many folks only visit Fite
Bend in the winter, but it's worth a pilgrimage right now while the canola
is high and you can almost reach out of your car window and touch the
dickcissels and buntings. It's a bird photographer's paradise right now.

Rebecca Byrd
Roswell, Fulton Co., GA
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Date: 5/18/17 6:41 pm
From: Jack Wissner <jdwissner...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Grosbeaks still here
Mike,

Rose breasted grosbeaks. I think they have continued their migration. I have not seen them for several days.

Jack

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> On May 18, 2017, at 9:00 PM, mike meadows <mike7260...> wrote:
>
> Please, which grosbeaks are you referring to?
>
>
> On Thursday, May 11, 2017 2:47 PM, Jack Wissner <jdwissner...> wrote:
>
>
> We first saw a Grosbeak at our feeder April 19. Today is May 11 and we have
> seen the same two male grosbeaks and one female every day since. Some days
> we do not see the female. I am surprised they are still here. I figured
> they would have moved along by now. I think they like the food in the
> feeder. Any ideas regarding how long they might hang around? I am delighted
> they are still around.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Jack
> Jack Wissner
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Date: 5/18/17 6:01 pm
From: Keyes, Tim <Tim.Keyes...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Limpkin Summer
GABO
Over the last three weeks, Andy Day - DNR Swallow-tailed Kite biologist has located 3+ Limpkin at various locations along the Satilla River. I had one (possibly two) calling this morning in St Mary's Georgia at the Wood Stork colony on the old Durango mill site.

The Satilla locations were 1.5 miles downriver from Atkinson (hwy 82) bridge. 2 miles upriver from Burnt Fort boat landing, and 1.5 miles downriver from 121/15, north of Hoboken.

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Date: 5/18/17 6:16 am
From: Jeff Sewell & Carol Lambert <lambertsewell...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Huie, Clayton Co. 5/18/17
There are 6 BBWD on the northeast pond at Huie, reported by Danielle Bunch. Jeff Sewell & Carol LambertTucker, GA (DeKalb Co.)<lambertsewell...>

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Date: 5/18/17 3:34 am
From: Harriet Langford <harriet46...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Chuck-will's-widow
Just heard the first one near my yard early this morning!

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Date: 5/18/17 3:14 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 17 May 2017
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> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: May 18, 2017 at 1:48:40 AM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> American White Pelican (2 Fayette)
> American Avocet (1 Glynn)
> Stilt Sandpiper (1 Glynn)
> Semipalmated Sandpiper (1 Clayton, 1 Morgan)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (2 Jones)
> American Kestrel (Southeastern) (1 Walton)
> Northern Waterthrush (1 McIntosh)
> Black-throated Blue Warbler (1 Glynn)
> Bachman's Sparrow (2 Jones)
> Boat-tailed Grackle (1 Tift)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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
>
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Date: 5/17/17 10:01 am
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Atlanta Audubon Field Trip this week
Greetings, Georgia Birders

Please join Clay Graham, Neighborhood Nestwatch technician, for a walk at
Fernbank Forest (DeKalb County) on Saturday, May 20 at 9:00 AM.
Registration is required.

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

Bird on!
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Mary Kimberly
Field Trip Coordinator
Atlanta Audubon

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Date: 5/16/17 1:42 pm
From: Michelle Hamner <michelle...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Willet at Lake Horton, Fayette Co 5/16/17
Marlene Koslowsky sent me a pic this afternoon of a bird she wanted
assistance IDing. Upon seeing the pic, I hopped in the car to confirm it is
a Willet. Currently hanging out on small grassy island to left of 1st boat
ramp on your left as you enter the lake gates.

Michelle Hamner, Peachtree City

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Date: 5/16/17 7:12 am
From: Michelle Hamner <michelle...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Least Bittern - Nesmith Preserve, Fayette County, 5/15-5/16
Yesterday afternoon (5/15/17) I heard what I believed to be a Least Bittern
giving its soft 3- to 4-part "chuckling" call from the back of the wetlands
area at Nesmith Preserve in Fayette County (south end of Peachtree City). I
was able to get some very poor recordings yesterday.

Richard Candler met up with me this morning for a 2nd set of ears/eyes and
to get better recordings. We never did sight the bird, but we clearly heard
both the chuckling call and, when we arrived, a lower one-part "caw" type
song/call.

While we were there, the bird moved from the upper left corner of the
wetlands pond (opposite bank of boardwalk) to the far and then mid left of
the bank that the boardwalk is located on.

Richard's audio recording from this morning is now uploaded to the eBird
checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36901680

Nesmith Preserve is a public nature area managed by the Southern
Conservation Trust. It is located behind Starrs Mill High School and
parking is available at the back of the high school, on the far end of the
football field.

Michelle
Peachtree City, GA (Fayette Co)

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Date: 5/16/17 3:24 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 15 May 2017
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> Date: May 16, 2017 at 1:31:11 AM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Mute Swan (1 Bryan)
> Pied-billed Grebe (1 Floyd)
> Little Blue Heron (1 Whitfield)
> Glossy Ibis (1 Stewart)
> King Rail (1 Fulton, 1 Stewart)
> Purple Gallinule (1 Laurens)
> American Avocet (7 Glynn)
> Stilt Sandpiper (7 Glynn)
> White-rumped Sandpiper (1 Bibb)
> Pectoral Sandpiper (1 Bartow)
> Willet (2 DeKalb)
> Barn Owl (1 Muscogee)
> Eastern Whip-poor-will (1 Muscogee)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Jasper)
> Merlin (3 Glynn)
> Peregrine Falcon (1 DeKalb)
> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (1 Bartow)
> Northern Waterthrush (4 McIntosh)
> Magnolia Warbler (1 Catoosa)
> Black-throated Blue Warbler (7 Glynn)
> Wilson's Warbler (2 Clarke, 1 Oconee)
> Bachman's Sparrow (1 Jasper)
> Savannah Sparrow (1 Union)
> Scarlet Tanager (1 Chatham)
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 Bibb)
> Dickcissel (1 Muscogee, 1 Oconee)
> Boat-tailed Grackle (1 Stewart)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the <daily> Georgia Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia. View or unsubscribe to this alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569
> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
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Date: 5/15/17 4:35 pm
From: DeeAnne M <deeanne.mel...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: eBird Report - Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, May 15, 2017
Highlight was definitely the bitterns!


Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, Richmond, Georgia, US
May 15, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.2 mile(s)
Comments: distance is approximate
38 species

Pied-billed Grebe 6
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Least Bittern 2 Flushed a pair
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Egret 2
Snowy Egret 6
Little Blue Heron 2
Cattle Egret 15
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Common Gallinule 18
American Coot 3
Mourning Dove 4
Chimney Swift X
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee X
Eastern Phoebe X
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Eastern Kingbird 2
White-eyed Vireo 2
Fish Crow X
Barn Swallow X
Tufted Titmouse X
Carolina Wren X
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Common Yellowthroat 10
Northern Parula 8
Yellow-throated Warbler 3
Eastern Towhee 1
Summer Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal X
Indigo Bunting 5
Red-winged Blackbird X
Common Grackle X
Brown-headed Cowbird X

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S36889532

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

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Date: 5/15/17 11:58 am
From: Jeff Sewell & Carol Lambert <lambertsewell...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Willet, Mountain Lake, Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, DeKalb County, 5/15/17
Here is the link to the checklist from this morning with a photo of the Willet found by Steve Barlow on 5/13/17. I do not know of any records for DeKalb County.
Jeff   http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36873644



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Date: 5/15/17 10:56 am
From: Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Willet, Mountain Lake, Davidson-Arabia Mountain NP, DeKalb County, 5/15/17
Willet still there this morning. Add to the directions below that the starting point is the parking lot at Aware on Klondike Road.

Jeff Sewell
Tucker GA

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> From: Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...>
> Date: May 15, 2017 at 12:52:47 PM EDT
> To: Sewell Jeff <lambertsewell...>
> Subject: eBird -- Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve -- May 15, 2017
>
> Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve
> May 15, 2017
> 9:02 AM
> Traveling
> 3.00 miles
> 112 Minutes
> All birds reported? Yes
> Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.3.2 Build 89
>
> 1 Great Blue Heron (Blue form)
> 3 Black Vulture
> 1 Turkey Vulture
> 1 Willet -- Found by Steve Barlow two days ago at Mountain Lake. Seen yesterday by Drew Whitelegg. It was in the northeastern arm/cove of the lake. I would recommend going around the eastern side of the lake to get there. From the parking lot, go up the approach to the mountain, turn right at the 11th cairn and follow the little blue trail guides. Check the dam as you go by. This is where Steve saw the bird Saturday. It is about a mile and one-half to the spot. This is a very rare event for DeKalb County. I will try to embed my photos later.
> 3 Mourning Dove
> 2 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
> 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
> 2 Downy Woodpecker
> 5 Great Crested Flycatcher
> 1 White-eyed Vireo
> 1 Yellow-throated Vireo
> 5 Red-eyed Vireo
> 4 Blue Jay
> 1 American Crow
> 4 Carolina Chickadee
> 4 Tufted Titmouse
> 1 White-breasted Nuthatch
> 3 Brown-headed Nuthatch
> 6 Carolina Wren
> 5 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
> 2 Eastern Bluebird
> 1 Brown Thrasher
> 4 Northern Mockingbird
> 2 American Redstart
> 1 Cape May Warbler
> 2 Pine Warbler
> 2 Chipping Sparrow
> 2 Song Sparrow
> 3 Eastern Towhee
> 4 Summer Tanager
> 6 Northern Cardinal
> 1 Blue Grosbeak
> 2 Indigo Bunting
> 1 Red-winged Blackbird
> 1 Brown-headed Cowbird
> 2 American Goldfinch
>
> Number of Taxa: 36
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 5/15/17 8:35 am
From: Bill & Condit <blotz...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Nightjar Survey Report - NE Georgia
GABOers,



For the eleventh year in a row, Dan Vickers & I ran our Nightjar Survey <
www.nightjarsurvey.org <http://www.nightjarsurvey.org> ) > route yesterday,
May 14. This study is conducted by The Center for Conservation Biology at
the College of William and Mary in Virginia, which is my alma mater. The
survey must be conducted within five days of a full moon in May or June; the
skies must be clear with the moon visible; and there must be little or no
wind. A Sunday morning is best, we have found, as it minimizes traffic
noise. It is always amazing to us how many other folks are up and about at
3 or 4 in the morning, even on a Sunday. The route is 9.0 miles long, with
10 stops approximately one mile apart. We listen for CWWI and EWPW and
write down how many we hear in six minutes at each point. Our route begins
in Baldwin (Habersham Co.) and proceeds northwest with our last two stops in
White Co. We arrived at point one at 0303 and finished at 0434, and had our
best night ever for our survey. We recorded 18 Chuck-will's-widows and 6
Eastern Whip-poor-wills. Also of interest, we heard 6 Yellow-billed
Cuckoos, one Yellow-breasted Chat as well as several Northern Mockingbirds.
No owls or Common Nighthawks were heard this year.



After the survey and breakfast at the Waffle House in Clayton, we found two
Least Flycatchers calling at the intersection of Bald Mountain and Hale
Ridge Rds. (Rabun Co.). Two Common Ravens flew over us as Dan tried to get
a photo of the LEFL. Then it was back to Dillard and the Kelly Creek hotspot
for three Willow Flycatchers and five Yellow Warblers, both of whom breed
here, as well as a Bay-breasted, one Western Palm and several Blackpoll
Warblers (all migrants). Also of note were a pair of Dickcissels on the
north side of the bridge in appropriate habitat and they may well breed
there. In the fields behind the DICK were about 30 Bobolinks. Back on the
other side of the bridge Dan got a beautiful shot of a red phase Eastern
Screech Owl being mobbed by waxwings, chickmice and robins.



We then drove to Tallulah Gorge State Park to see the Peregrine Falcons
chicks and perhaps the adults. Four chicks are still surviving and were
visited by one of the adults after about an hour of waiting with the scope
zeroed in on the nest from Overlooks Nine and Ten on the South Rim Trail.
Numerous curious hikers came by and we offered to let them try to see the
chicks in their well-camouflaged plumage against the rocks around the nest
and across the gorge. Included in the newby falcon observers were a man
from Germany and a young lady from "the French Alps" as she stated it.



Our checklists can be found in eBird by going to the "Explore Data" tab on
the home page and click on "Explore a Region" then the three counties we
were in (Habersham, White and Rabun), then click on recent visits.



Bill Lotz

Fulton Co.



Dan Vickers

DeKalb Co.


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Date: 5/14/17 12:25 pm
From: Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu...>
Subject: [GABO-L] AAS Walk: Morningside Nature Preserve (Fulton Co.) and Zonolite Park (Dekalb Co.), Peregrine Falcon pictures added.
Hello all,

One last email for the day. I have uploaded pictures of the falcon pair
seen from the Zonolite park parking lot (description in previous email) to
the Ebird checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36835928

The pictures are so-so but I think they clearly show the hood. It was a
great day for raptors, with all three expected Buteos seen at both
locations, including good looks at a perched Broad-winged Hawk at
Morningside and a trio of Red-shouldered Hawks, with two birds occasionally
skirmishing. Warblers were scarce, excepting an American Redstart at
Zonolite, but buntings and Blue Grosbeaks were seen well.

Checklist for Morningside: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36833504

Thanks,
Vinod

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Date: 5/14/17 8:53 am
From: Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Peregine falcons at Zonilite Park, DeKalb Co., possibly nesting.
The correct spelling is Zonolite Park.

On 14-May-2017 11:42 am, "Vinod Babu" <pavinodbabu...> wrote:

> There are a pair of PEREGINE FALCONS at a tall communications(?) tower
> visible from the Zonilite park parking lot. If you park in the lot (facing
> 'Motorcar Studio') there are two very tall towers. In the grey tower, look
> into a metal drum facing you, about a third of the way up. The drum has a
> white horizontal cross bar, and one falcon is in the drum, possibly on a
> nest. The other bird is more active and flying around the area. I have some
> pictures that I will post, but a scope would help immensely. AAS member
> Mark Seaman first spotted them.
>
> Here is the location on Google maps:
> near 1178 Zonolite Pl NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
>
> https://goo.gl/maps/e8AeMDyv3RS2
>
>

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Date: 5/14/17 8:43 am
From: Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Peregine falcons at Zonilite Park, DeKalb Co., possibly nesting.
There are a pair of PEREGINE FALCONS at a tall communications(?) tower
visible from the Zonilite park parking lot. If you park in the lot (facing
'Motorcar Studio') there are two very tall towers. In the grey tower, look
into a metal drum facing you, about a third of the way up. The drum has a
white horizontal cross bar, and one falcon is in the drum, possibly on a
nest. The other bird is more active and flying around the area. I have some
pictures that I will post, but a scope would help immensely. AAS member
Mark Seaman first spotted them.

Here is the location on Google maps:
near 1178 Zonolite Pl NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

https://goo.gl/maps/e8AeMDyv3RS2

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Date: 5/14/17 6:55 am
From: Richard Hall <dr.richard.hall...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Oconee Co. Connecticut Warbler, 5/14
This morning a CONNECTICUT WARBLER was singing across the river (i.e., in
Oconee Co.) from the power line cut at the State Botanical Garden, maybe
20ft in from the cut on the Orange Trail side. I suspect it won't be
visible unless it crosses the river.

Also present was a MAGNOLIA WARBLER singing neer the deer fence in the
powerline cute, 2 MISSISSIPPI KITES gathering nesting materials, a CANADA
WARBLER singing in the Dunson Native Flora Garden. Nearby at Lake Herrick
both BLACK-THROATED GREEN and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS were singing along the
railroad at the Little Lake.

After a very slow spring for migrants in the Athens area, this late push of
migrants is extremely welcome!

Richard Hall
Athens GA

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Date: 5/14/17 6:33 am
From: Ann Stewart <annhstewart...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Wood ducks +1/Floyd Co
I had a female wood Duck
setting on 13 eggs. She was due to hatch off the middle of the week. We were out of town and didn't get home til Friday.
Yesterday Sawyer(grandson) came in saying there were baby ducks on the pond.
There were 10 baby ducks swimming around and no adult anywhere around. I checked Duck box and found one baby Duck dead and one egg not hatched!
The dead baby was fully formed and feathered out and I believe he just didn't make it out of the box with the others. The babies in the water all appeared to be healthy and with one surprise!!One duckling was different from the others - I BELIEVE I HAVE A BABY MERGANSER!!
When I was checking egg count I had 12 eggs and she was already setting - later I checked and had 13 eggs and I believe this was the merganser egg that was laid!
The female is no where around and apparently something has happened
to her. I have had a red shouldered hawk visiting pond a lot lately and yesterday I had a smaller hawk fly in.
The ducklings seem to b
Doing well staying in the water lily leaves. There is now way to catch them and even if I did I doubt they would survive. We've tried several times to raise wood ducks but they always die.
As hard as it is to leave them to nature I think this is the best thing!
I haven't had any other ducks visiting the pond so doubt I will have any more nesting this season. Will have to see what nature has in store!

Ann Stewart
Rome
Floyd co


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Date: 5/13/17 5:07 pm
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 12 May 2017
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Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: May 13, 2017 at 12:52:44 AM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Northern Bobwhite (2 Jasper, 1 Jones)
> Snowy Egret (4 Clayton)
> Little Blue Heron (1 Baldwin)
> Black-necked Stilt (3 Clayton)
> Black-necked Stilt (Black-necked) (2 Clayton)
> Stilt Sandpiper (1 McIntosh)
> White-rumped Sandpiper (1 Lee)
> Semipalmated Sandpiper (1 Clayton)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Jasper, 1 Jones)
> American Kestrel (1 Rockdale)
> Bank Swallow (1 Clayton)
> Veery (1 McIntosh)
> Northern Waterthrush (1 McIntosh)
> Palm Warbler (Western) (1 Fulton)
> Bachman's Sparrow (1 Jasper)
> Dickcissel (1 Oconee)
> Boat-tailed Grackle (2 Seminole)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the <daily> Georgia Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in Georgia. View or unsubscribe to this alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35569
> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
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Date: 5/13/17 12:36 pm
From: Moss, John Patten <JohnPatten.Moss...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Floyd County-Warblers and Shorebirds
Hey Everyone,


I had a good morning in Floyd County. I finally saw some Warblers at Arrowhead. I had 12 species, including Prothonotary, Chestnut-sided, Blackpoll, and Yellow-rumped. YRWA's are much more fun when you don't expect them. I ended with 64 species.


From there, I went to the V1rgin1a Ra1l wetland at the intersection of Highways Georgia 140 and 53. Marion Dobbs reported some LESA's at the detention pond at the development area on Monday. This weather seems to have brought some shorebirds in! I had two WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, a Semipalmated Sandpiper, 33 Least Sandpipers, a Greater Yellowlegs, a Solitary Sandpiper, and a Killdeer. I also saw a flyover MERLIN that the WRSA alerted me to. When I left at about noon, all shorebirds remained.


It's tough to find good shorebird concentrations in Floyd, so it may be a good idea to keep an eye on this spot while it lasts! The GPS coordinates for the pond are 34.368223, -85.055371. It's best to park on Gaines Loop NE and then walk across HWY 140.


Checklists with photos for the two locations are below.


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36799324


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36799813


Thanks,

John Patten Moss

Berry College (Floyd County)

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Date: 5/13/17 11:18 am
From: Patrick Maurice <patrickmaurice1...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] MOURNING WARBLER-Henderson Park, DeKalb County-NOW
Hey all,

If you go to look for the Mourning Warbler here are some directions which
are also on the eBird checklist:

If you go from the dam to the swampy area cross the wooden bridge and then
take a left you will start going along the creek and there will be a creek
crossing on your left with two small logs going across, cross the creek and
the Mourning Warbler was singing farther up the creek.
If you cross the creek PLEASE try to disturb as little of the habitat as
possible! Use the trails that are already there, we saw the bird multiple
times by going on the small path that goes along the creek. Just try to
trample as little vegetation as possible, we want to protect this little
guy and his habitat.

Here is the checklist, he is quick and I only got one diagnostic shot, more
recordings and pictures from the morning will be added later.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36796245

Good birding!
Patrick Maurice
DeKalb County

On Sat, May 13, 2017 at 8:08 AM, Patrick Maurice <patrickmaurice1...>
wrote:

> Birding with Karen Seward, singing male Mourning Warbler.
>
> Go to swampy area, cross small wooden bridge, turn left and cross the
> creek where the two logs are crossing it. The bird was up the creek and
> moving around this swampy area.
>
> Patrick Maurice
> DeKalb County

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Date: 5/13/17 10:27 am
From: Barlow, Stephen <stephen.barlow...>
Subject: [GABO-L] DeKalb Co. Willet
Might be of interest to county listers at least - today (Sat 13 May) around 11 am had a (presumably ‘Western’) Willet on the lake at Arabia Mountain (the one labelled as “Mountain Lake” on google maps, on the E side of Klondike Rd). The bird was perched on floating detritus near the W end of the dam. There was also a Prairie Warbler singing nearby.

--
Stephen Barlow
Atlanta, GA

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Date: 5/13/17 5:08 am
From: Patrick Maurice <patrickmaurice1...>
Subject: [GABO-L] MOURNING WARBLER-Henderson Park, DeKalb County-NOW
Birding with Karen Seward, singing male Mourning Warbler.

Go to swampy area, cross small wooden bridge, turn left and cross the creek where the two logs are crossing it. The bird was up the creek and moving around this swampy area.

Patrick Maurice
DeKalb County
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Date: 5/12/17 4:05 pm
From: DeeAnne M <deeanne.mel...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Panther Creek Trail 5/12
Today I hiked Panther Creek Trail in Clarkesville from 9:45 am-2 pm and had
a very birdy day.

Swainson's thrush
Black and white warbler
Black-throated blue warbler
Hooded warbler
Worm-eating warbler
Louisiana waterthrush
Northern parula
Black-throated green warbler
Red-eyed vireo
Rose-breasted grosbeak
Northern cardinal
Acadian flycatcher
American crow
Tufted titmouse
Carolina chickadee
Eastern phoebe
Barn swallow
Red-bellied woodpecker

-DeeAnne Meliopoulos

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Date: 5/12/17 8:23 am
From: Sargent, Bob <bob.sargent...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Teen Birder Scholarship to Costa Rica!
Hi Birders,



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



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


To apply for a GOS Parks Scholarship (Birding Camps), look for the soon-to-be-posted application form at: http://www.gos.org/youthbirding



Bob Sargent

Macon, GA

Bibb County



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Date: 5/12/17 4:37 am
From: Harriet Langford <harriet46...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Female redstart
A female redstart has been hanging around our yard this week!

--
Harriet Langford
Black Island
Darien, GA
912 437-6752
cell: 912 230-6962

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Date: 5/11/17 7:00 pm
From: James F Flynn Jr <jim.flynn...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Mississippi Kite, Rock Cr. Park, Dawson Co.
Hi, folks, an adult Mississippi Kite flew over a portion of Rock Creek Park,
Dawson Co., earlier this evening. I happened to notice it flying in from the
north as I got out of my car near the admin building. It continued over the
northeast corner of the park before heading southeast toward the Etowah.
When I left the park shortly after sunset, two Chuck-wills-widows & an
Eastern Whip-poor-will were calling from just beyond the west side of the
park.

Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA
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Date: 5/11/17 3:09 pm
From: Cox Family <towhee7...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Painted bunting courtship display
This afternoon we watched a male painted bunting trying to seal the deal
with an onlooking female perched on our chain link fence. He was sitting in
our sandy driveway in the sun, fluttering rapidly. At first we thought it
might be a giant hummingbird with the rapidity of his wing and body
movements and his flashy colors in the sunlight. We thought it looked like
he was doing a hula dance on 16x fast forward speed. After the dance, he
flew up to the female, who then took flight and moved further up the fence
line. He followed. Then she flew off into a hedge of leyland cypress, where
he followed. We don't know whether she was taking him to more private
quarters or if she was trying to lose him. :-) We felt like we were
watching an episode of Nature!

Karen Cox
Burke County

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Date: 5/11/17 2:36 pm
From: Susan Loeb <shloeb...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Grosbeak food
We had one at our feeder too. Drank water as well as feeding on seed.

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> On May 11, 2017, at 5:23 PM, Linda DiSantis <lkdisantis...> wrote:
>
> I have had a Rose-Breasted Grosbeak this year for 3 days in a row. It was on the sunflower meats as well. Seems to be a big migration season for these birds this year.
>
> Linda K. DiSantis
> DeKalb County (City of Atlanta)
>
>
>> On May 11, 2017, at 5:05 PM, Jack Wissner <jdwissner...> wrote:
>>
>> The grosbeaks in our yard are eating sunflower hearts. They seem to love them. They are also going for the suet.
>>
>> Jack
>>
>> Jack Wissner
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Date: 5/11/17 2:24 pm
From: Linda DiSantis <lkdisantis...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Grosbeak food
I have had a Rose-Breasted Grosbeak this year for 3 days in a row. It was on the sunflower meats as well. Seems to be a big migration season for these birds this year.

Linda K. DiSantis
DeKalb County (City of Atlanta)


> On May 11, 2017, at 5:05 PM, Jack Wissner <jdwissner...> wrote:
>
> The grosbeaks in our yard are eating sunflower hearts. They seem to love them. They are also going for the suet.
>
> Jack
>
> Jack Wissner
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Date: 5/11/17 2:05 pm
From: Jack Wissner <jdwissner...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Grosbeak food
The grosbeaks in our yard are eating sunflower hearts. They seem to love them. They are also going for the suet.

Jack

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Date: 5/11/17 12:51 pm
From: R D Day <rdonday...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Grey Catbird Hall County
A grey catbird visited feeder situated near dense shrubbery this morning. Although common, this is my first sighting ever as they tend to be keep in brushes.

Don Day
Village at Deaton Creek
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Date: 5/11/17 12:11 pm
From: world oceans <world.oceans7...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] White-fronted Goose at Lullwater Park - Dekalb County
Hi Juliet,

They are scarce indeed, especially in the Atlanta area and especially
outside the fall-winter season! However, the bird at Lullwater has been
hanging around for quite some time now, although it is not always seen by
birders who go there.
How great that you saw it!

James Gibson
Clayton Co.

On Thu, May 11, 2017 at 2:01 PM, Brown, Juliet <jeward...> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
>
> There was a White-fronted Goose at the pond at Lullwater Park on the Emory
> Campus yesterday. He/she seemed to be hanging out with a Canada Goose.
>
>
> It seems that he/she is off course a bit. Are they seen often in Georgia?
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Juliet
>
>
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Date: 5/11/17 11:50 am
From: Jeff Sewell & Carol Lambert <lambertsewell...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Dickcissel, Huie Ponds, Clayton County, 5/10/17
 In my excitement over the Black-necked Stilt yesterday, I neglected to mention that I saw a Dickcissel in the northwest corner of the big pond in the shrubs at the bottom of the bank. I got a good look but flushed it as I was thrashing about trying to get a photo. This is only my third sighting of this species here since I started birding here in 1987. My dates on the other two are 5/2/99 and 5/6/06. Jim Ferrari arrived and we looked around the big pond but did not find it.
Jeff

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Date: 5/11/17 11:47 am
From: Jack Wissner <jdwissner...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Grosbeaks still here
We first saw a Grosbeak at our feeder April 19. Today is May 11 and we have
seen the same two male grosbeaks and one female every day since. Some days
we do not see the female. I am surprised they are still here. I figured
they would have moved along by now. I think they like the food in the
feeder. Any ideas regarding how long they might hang around? I am delighted
they are still around.

Thanks,

Jack
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Date: 5/11/17 8:57 am
From: world oceans <world.oceans7...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Huie Ponds today
Not huge numbers of birds but good species diversity at Huie in Clayton Co.
this morning (41 species) :

4 Double-crested cormorant
22 Canada geese incl. 6 goslings
14 Mallard incl. 9 ducklings
4 Blue-winged teal
1 Great blue heron
2 Black vulture
3 Turkey vulture
1 OSPREY
1 COMMON GALLINULE
1 BLACK-NECKED STILT
2 Semipalmated plover
2 Spotted sandpiper
13 Killdeer
1 Dunlin
16 Least sandpiper
1 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
2 Semipalmated sandpiper
1 Solitary sandpiper
1 Greater yellowlegs
1 Lesser yellowlegs
26 Rock pigeon
3 Mourning done
1 Redbellied woodpecker
5 Eastern kingbird
3 Blue Jay
10 American crow
9 Fish crow
10 N.roughwinged swallow
19 Tree swallow
4 Cliff swallow
2 Carolina wren
11 E. Bluebird
3 Am. robin
2 Brown thrasher
7 No. Mockingbird
8 Eur. Starling
7 Song sparrow
1 E. Towhee
4 N. Cardinal
11 Redwinged blackbird
2 Com. Grackle

James Gibson
Clayton Co.

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Date: 5/11/17 6:43 am
From: R D Day <rdonday...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Rose Breasted Grosbeak in Hall County
Had a RB Grosbeak at feeder this morning in Village at Deaton Creek. Late season transit headed north.

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Date: 5/11/17 6:13 am
From: world oceans <world.oceans7...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Stilt in Clayton Co.
The blacknecked stilt is still on northeast pond at Huie this morning
@0912h.

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Date: 5/11/17 5:13 am
From: Brown, Juliet <jeward...>
Subject: [GABO-L] White-fronted Goose at Lullwater Park - Dekalb County
Hi everyone,


There was a White-fronted Goose at the pond at Lullwater Park on the Emory Campus yesterday. He/she seemed to be hanging out with a Canada Goose.


It seems that he/she is off course a bit. Are they seen often in Georgia?


Thanks,

Juliet



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Date: 5/11/17 3:31 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 10 May 2017
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> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: May 11, 2017 at 12:32:26 AM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Richmond)
> Gadwall (1 Houston)
> American Wigeon (1 Richmond)
> Ring-necked Duck (1 Richmond)
> Northern Bobwhite (1 Carroll)
> American White Pelican (1 Muscogee)
> King Rail (1 Richmond)
> Sora (1 Muscogee)
> Black-necked Stilt (6 Clayton)
> Stilt Sandpiper (1 McIntosh)
> White-rumped Sandpiper (2 Clayton)
> Pectoral Sandpiper (3 Bartow)
> Wilson's Snipe (1 Fulton)
> Least Tern (1 Long)
> Barn Owl (1 Fulton, 1 McIntosh)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Bryan, 1 Decatur)
> Peregrine Falcon (1 Tift)
> Alder Flycatcher (1 Dawson)
> Willow Flycatcher (1 Fulton)
> Bank Swallow (1 Muscogee)
> Magnolia Warbler (1 Glynn)
> Bachman's Sparrow (1 Bryan)
> Swamp Sparrow (1 Carroll)
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak (2 Bibb, 1 Lowndes, 2 Richmond, 1 Tattnall)
> Dickcissel (1 Butts, 1 Clayton)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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
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Date: 5/10/17 2:26 pm
From: Jack Wissner <jdwissner...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Mississippi Kite Cobb County
Charles,

As group of us participating in the Atlanta Audubon Society's Birdfest walk
at Pole Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility in DeKalb County also saw a
Mississippi Kite flying overhead this weekend. Quite the sight.

Jack



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On Wed, May 10, 2017 at 3:04 PM, charles saleeby <
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> Just got home from the SW side of Atlanta to do some office work and while
> walking the dogs saw what I was sure was a Mississppi Kite circling high
> overhead coming from the south. I (gently) eased the dogs to the vehicle
> side door where I wrangled my bins out to confirm. It circled in view for
> about 45 seconds to maybe a minute from when I first saw it and drifted off
> to the NW. Those in N. Paulding and Bartow keep your eyes out.
> Chuck SaleebyKennesaw GACobb County
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Date: 5/10/17 12:04 pm
From: charles saleeby <charlessaleeby...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Mississippi Kite Cobb County
Just got home from the SW side of Atlanta to do some office work and while walking the dogs saw what I was sure was a Mississppi Kite circling high overhead coming from the south. I (gently) eased the dogs to the vehicle side door where I wrangled my bins out to confirm. It circled in view for about 45 seconds to maybe a minute from when I first saw it and drifted off to the NW. Those in N. Paulding and Bartow keep your eyes out.
Chuck SaleebyKennesaw GACobb County

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Date: 5/10/17 5:37 am
From: Jeff Sewell <lambertsewell...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Black-necked Stilt, Huie, Clayton County, 5/10/17
In the northeast pond now.

Jeff Sewell
Tucker GA

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Date: 5/9/17 10:27 am
From: Michelle Hamner <michelle...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Dr. J. Drew Lanham at Atlanta Bird Fest Closing Celebration May 21
Hi,

I hope you all will consider joining Atlanta Audubon for our Atlanta Bird
Fest Closing Celebration at Manuel's Tavern in Atlanta on Sunday, May 21,
from 3:30-5:30PM. We'll be welcoming Drew Lanham as our guest speaker, and
he'll be presenting his book, *The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's
Love Affair with Nature. *

An Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Master Teacher at
Clemson University, Dr. Lanham defines himself as a birder, a naturalist,
and a hunter-conservationist. “In me, there is the red of miry clay, the
brown of spring floods, the gold of ripening tobacco. I am, in the deepest
sense, colored.” From the fertile soils of Edgefield County, SC—of love,
land, identity, family, and race—emerges *The Home Place*, a big-hearted,
unforgettable memoir. *The Home Place* brings readers face-to-face with the
inhabitants of the small town of Edgefield, SC, including Drew himself, in
the 1970s and follows their footsteps as they fall in love with nature. As
this love grows, Drew finds himself debating the meaning of finding such
happiness and freedom in the same land his ancestors were enslaved and
exploited. By contrasting the feelings of belonging in nature to the
feelings of black identity in the rural South, Lanham spins a captivating
introspective narrative guided by a love for the natural world.


This event is open to the public and free to attend, but we do ask that you
pre-register to assist with our planning. Registration is now open at
https://atlaudubon.z2systems.com/np/clients/atlaudubon/event.jsp?event=236&

More info at: https://www.facebook.com/events/230651100749385/. Copies of *The
Home Place* will be available for purchase and signing by Dr. Lanham.

Michelle


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Date: 5/9/17 4:34 am
From: Patty McLean <plm108...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Nightjar Survey (Chucks, Whips and Nighthawks)


This Wed, May 10, is a FULL MOON, and our nightjars (Chuck-wills Widow, Whip-poor-will, and Common Nighthawk) should be more vocal. And if you're the adventurous type and would like to add data to a national survey monitoring nightjars, here's an opportunity. Sounds fun and I might do a "test run" tonight.
http://www.nightjars.org/

Patty McLean, Tucker GA 

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Date: 5/9/17 2:40 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 8 May 2017
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Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: May 9, 2017 at 12:15:20 AM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Greater White-fronted Goose (1 DeKalb)
> Gadwall (1 Clayton)
> American Wigeon (1 Richmond)
> Northern Shoveler (1 Richmond)
> Ring-necked Duck (1 Richmond)
> Hooded Merganser (1 Floyd)
> American White Pelican (1 Bartow)
> Glossy Ibis (2 Richmond)
> Swallow-tailed Kite (1 Clarke)
> Northern Harrier (2 Chatham)
> Sharp-shinned Hawk (1 Clayton)
> King Rail (1 Clayton)
> Sora (1 Clayton)
> Common Gallinule (1 Clayton)
> Limpkin (1 Clayton)
> Black-necked Stilt (1 Richmond)
> Stilt Sandpiper (3 Bartow)
> White-rumped Sandpiper (2 Bartow, 1 Clayton)
> Semipalmated Sandpiper (1 Clayton)
> Barn Owl (1 McIntosh)
> American Kestrel (2 DeKalb, 1 Rockdale)
> Merlin (1 Bibb)
> Peregrine Falcon (1 Rabun)
> Bank Swallow (1 Clayton, 1 Richmond)
> Marsh Wren (1 Clayton, 1 Richmond)
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1 Fulton)
> Tennessee Warbler (1 Glynn)
> Magnolia Warbler (1 Bibb)
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (1 Bibb)
> Dickcissel (1 Oconee)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
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Date: 5/8/17 6:40 pm
From: Patty McLean <plm108...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Warbler Weekend - AAS Field Trip to the North Georgia Mountains


Hi All. Good friend Theresa Hartz asked me to fill in for her this year to lead the field trip portion of the Atlanta Audubon Society's Warbler Weekend - and I quickly said yes! 

We had a preliminary trip on Friday, May 5, to see the PEREGRINE FALCONS from Overlook 9 at Tallulah Gorge State Park, and we not only saw the four chicks across the canyon but were also treated to one of the closest and most amazing looks at a gorgeous male CAPE MAY WARBLER. Wow. 

Several weather challenges including rain, wind, cold temps and very muddy roads, forced us to adjust our schedule to maximize the number of warblers we could find. We spent Saturday in Rabun County - birding the Dillard Reservoir, Burrell Cemetery, the Hwy 28 bridge over the Chattooga River and the Persimmon Rd Fire Station. 

On Sunday, following heavy rains Saturday evening, we were limited to Gumlog Rd in the morning, a few spots in the Blairsville area, Brasstown Bald, Wilks Road, and a quick and final stop at Smithgall Woods. 

A good time was had by all (including me) and 27 warbler species were seen and/or heard by all, leaving one participant to say "I'm very pleased. Before this weekend, the only yellow bird I'd ever seen was a goldfinch." 

WARBLERS SEEN/HEARDOvenbird Worm-eating WarblerLouisiana Warbler Northern Warbler Blue-winged Warbler Black-and-white Warbler Prothonotary Warbler Swainson's WarblerKentucky Warbler Common Yellowthroat Hooded WarblerAmerican Redstart Cape May Warbler Cerulean Warbler Northern Parula Blackburnian Warbler Yellow Warbler Chestnut-sided Warbler Blackpoll Warbler Black-throated Blue Warbler Palm Warbler Pine Warbler Yellow-rumped Warbler Yellow-throated Warbler Prairie Warbler Black-throated Warbler Canada Warbler 

SPECIAL NON-WARBLERS SEENNorthern Bobwhite Osprey Broad-winged Hawk Peregrine Falcon Acadian Flycatcher Willow Flycatcher Common Raven Red-breasted Nuthatch 

Happy Birding!Patty

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Date: 5/8/17 4:28 pm
From: Angus Pritchard <anguspritchard...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Avondale Estates Lake Greater White-fronted Goose
Hi all,

Following a report by a non-ebirding Avondale Estates resident, I went to
check out
whether it was actually a GWFG. It is definitely a real one. Very
cooperative.

Good birding,

Angus Pritchard
Dekalb Co.

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Date: 5/8/17 11:58 am
From: A Betuel <ykcul88...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Climate Watch Volunteers Needed - Atlanta Audubon
Afternoon,
I am looking for volunteers to help us expand our survey coverage for
the Climate Watch pilot study organized by the National Audubon Society.
Participation would involve you conducting 12, 5 minutes point counts in a
predetermined square. You would specifically be targeting either Eastern
Bluebird or one of the Nuthatch species. All of the counts need to be
conducted on the same day. Some locations have already been chosen so you
may need to travel a bit to conduct your surveys. The date range to conduct
these counts is from June 1 through June 15.
If you have any interest then please let me know and I can provide you
with more details. I hope you will consider helping us.

Best

--
*Adam M Betuel*

*Director of Conservation - Atlanta Audubon Society*

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Date: 5/8/17 7:36 am
From: Steve Rushing <srushing...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Bobolinks, Hardman Road, Habersham County
I saw a flock of Bobolinks in the grass field on the south side of Hardman Road about 200 yards west of the sod farm fields and about 150 yards east of the Soque River bridge. Blue Grosbeaks and Red-winged Blackbirds were in the field also.

eBird list contains picture: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36563703

Steve Rushing

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Date: 5/7/17 10:44 pm
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Peregrines, ravens, warblers, and flycatchers, Northeast Georgia - 5/7/2017
Hi All,

Jim Hanna and I visited Tallulah Gorge SP, South Rim Trail Overlook 9, this afternoon to check on the Peregrine Falcon family there very close to the Rabun/Habersham county line. Then we stopped by the pond area on Kelly's Creek Road in Dillard to check on Willow Flycatchers and gorgeous reddish-streaked male Yellow Warblers (the pond fenceline on Franklin Street there is where we were mostly).

It looks as if one of the four Peregrine chicks is a little less developed than the other three and does not get in on the feedings as readily as the others, see my checklist for photos, not sure if anyone else has already reported this.

Also, we had two ravens over and around and roosting at the gorge, we think they might possibly be nesting there as we observed them carrying either nesting material or food items out of sight into trees at the top of the gorge. Not sure if anyone else has already reported this. See my annotated photo map in the eBird checklist for more info and location (click or zoom photo for best results). Please report if anyone observes the same or similar behavior there. Always fascinated by these ravens at the southeastern tip of their range for North America in Georgia!

Tallulah Gorge checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36644954
Coordinates for entrance to the South Rim Trail, Overlooks 6-10: 34.738801, -83.394333
GPS: N 34 44.328 W 83 23.660

Kelly's Creek Road, Dillard checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36643716
Coordinates: 34.959187, -83.376588
GPS: N 34 57.551 W 83 22.595

Good Birding All!

Mark

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

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Date: 5/7/17 5:49 pm
From: Pam Potter <ppotter...>
Subject: [GABO-L] White Pelicans & black-crowned heron Taff Rd, Bartow Co
I finally got to go over to Taff Rd to find the white pelicans yesterday afternoon. I loved watching as they drifted back and forth on the far side of the big pond.

I also spotted a black-crowned heron perched on the dead tree laying in the water to the far right.

Unfortunately I couldn't really see the shore birds with the lighting and tall grasses. And only some mallards & 8 mallard ducklings (so cute!)in the other pond.

Also seen tons of swallows, 2 eastern kingbirds, great blue heron at the smallest pond. It was so windy I didn't see a single starling!

Pam Potter
White
Bartow Co

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Date: 5/7/17 4:47 pm
From: Renee' Carleton <renee...>
Subject: [GABO-L] large kettle of black vultures
Observed a very large kettle of at least 43 black vultures over Cedartown Airport (aka Cornelius Moore field) in Polk County this afternoon. After circling for several minutes, they caught a thermal and ascended to approx. 8000 ft (based on altitude of nearby jump plane) before I lost sight of them. This was the largest kettle of blacks that I've ever seen. Really cool.
Many, many moons ago, I once had the pleasure (?) of helping with a virus prevalence study on these guys at Disney World. When distressed, they bark like dogs. They also vomit when you catch them (not such a pleasure). I do actually like them in spite of what happened when I caught one.

Renee' Carleton
Bartow Co.

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Date: 5/7/17 4:06 pm
From: Sharon Fisher <featheryfish...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Heads up - possible rough-legged hawk Cumming GA
HI all - I can’t ID for sure because I was in the car crossing 400 heading east on SR-141 (Exit 13, Cumming/Norcross), about 1:00 today -- I saw a definite hawk on a power wire or branch to the right, i.e. south side of the overpass. He looked unlike like any large bird I’ve seen coloring or impression-wise; he was ghostly. Grayish head, a lot of brown, and some lighter areas. Perusing the list of possibilities, it seems rough-legged is rarity in this location for this time of year, but not impossible.

Looking at images online, I couldn’t discern the white — but maybe that’s what gave him the spooky glow he had. I don’t believe he would be in the dark morph category as the appearance was grayish and dark brown, but not completely dark. Weather was clear.

Perhaps better birders better than I that happen to be in the area can keep a watch out and let us know if he’s seen and positively identified.




Sharon Fisher
Sautee Nacoochee, GA
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Date: 5/7/17 12:14 pm
From: bob zaremba <bobzarem...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Kennesaw Mountain Nat. Battlefield Park -- May 7, 2017
Deb and I had a great morning at KMT today! FINALLY had some warblers
moving through. The bottom near the maintenance area was the most active
in the morning. We had nice counts of Blackburnian Warbler (11) and
Chestnut-sided and Black-throated Green Warblers. Also our fist
Yellow-billed Cuckoo of the year. It was really nice to hear so many
migrants singing! This may be one of the last pushes of migrants through
our area so glad we were able to see them!

Bob & Deb Zaremba
Marietta, GA

-----Original Message-----
From: Bob ZAREMBA [mailto:<bobzarem...>]
Sent: Sunday, May 7, 2017 1:28 PM
To: BOB ZAREMBA <bobzarem...>; <debzarem...>
Subject: eBird -- Kennesaw Mountain Nat. Battlefield Park -- May 7, 2017

Kennesaw Mountain Nat. Battlefield Park
May 7, 2017
7:10 AM
Traveling
4.50 miles
185 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

5 Turkey Vulture
1 Red-tailed Hawk
4 Mourning Dove
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
4 Red-bellied Woodpecker
5 Downy Woodpecker
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
2 Eastern Phoebe
4 Great Crested Flycatcher
1 White-eyed Vireo
3 Yellow-throated Vireo
23 Red-eyed Vireo
7 Blue Jay
3 American Crow
3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
6 Carolina Chickadee
6 Tufted Titmouse
8 White-breasted Nuthatch
5 Carolina Wren
2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
2 Wood Thrush
6 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
6 Brown Thrasher
1 Northern Mockingbird
5 Cedar Waxwing
3 Black-and-white Warbler
1 Tennessee Warbler
6 Hooded Warbler
2 American Redstart
7 Cape May Warbler
1 Magnolia Warbler
2 Bay-breasted Warbler
11 Blackburnian Warbler -- Counted individually most at the field near
parking lot in tulip popular trees.
7 Chestnut-sided Warbler
9 Blackpoll Warbler
2 Black-throated Blue Warbler
1 Palm Warbler
7 Pine Warbler
2 Yellow-rumped Warbler
8 Black-throated Green Warbler
7 Chipping Sparrow
5 Eastern Towhee
11 Summer Tanager
9 Scarlet Tanager
6 Northern Cardinal
7 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
3 Indigo Bunting
8 Brown-headed Cowbird
3 Baltimore Oriole
6 House Finch
1 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 52


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Date: 5/7/17 8:58 am
From: Pam Potter <ppotter...>
Subject: [GABO-L] White Pelicans & black-crowned heron Taff Rd, Bartow Co
I finally got to go over to Taff Rd to find the white pelicans yesterday afternoon. I loved watching as they drifted back and forth on the far side of the big pond.

I also spotted a black-crowned heron perched on the dead tree laying in the water to the far right.

Unfortunately I couldn't really see the shore birds with the lighting and tall grasses. And only some mallards & 8 mallard ducklings (so cute!)in the other pond.

Also seen tons of swallows, 2 eastern kingbirds, great blue heron at the smallest pond. It was so windy I didn't see a single starling!


Pam Potter
White
Bartow Co

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Date: 5/7/17 3:57 am
From: Philippe Bouvier <philippebou...>
Subject: [GABO-L] White pelicans Taft road big pound
White pelicans still here in the big pound
Waiting for the fog to clear to get pictures

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Date: 5/6/17 1:14 pm
From: Jay Pitocchelli <jpitocch...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Request for assistance - recordings of migrating Mourning Warbler songs
Request for assistance - recordings of migrating Mourning Warbler songs



I am writing once again to ask the birding community for recordings of
Mourning Warbler songs during spring migration. It is an opportunity to
participate in a Citizens Science Project with two specific goals. 1)
Evaluate the use of birdsong as a new tool for studying bird migration. 2)
Determine whether different song populations of Mourning Warblers (Western,
Eastern, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland) migrate together or separately to their
respective areas of the species’ breeding range. This posting is for year
three of this project. I am making substantial progress and want to thank
everyone who has contributed so far.



All you need to contribute is a smartphone with a voice recording app and
some luck. The web page link below describes the project and how to make
recordings on your Smartphone in more detail (note - I have also been able
to make recordings from videos that birders have sent me).



MOWA song mapper

http://www.anselm.edu/homepage/jpitocch/ornithology/MOWAmapper/MOWASongmapper.html



Here is a link to the recent national Audubon Society story on this
research.



Audubon Society reporting

http://www.audubon.org/magazine/spring-2017/this-guy-mapping-how-warblers-migrate-just



If you manage to get some recordings, please send them to the Mourning
Warbler Sound Lab (jpitocchATanselm.edu). I would really appreciate your
help and contributions to this Citizens Science Project.



Dr. Jay Pitocchelli

Biology Department

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, NH 03102

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Date: 5/6/17 9:03 am
From: Nancy Powella <NPOWELLA...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Indigo Bunting!
For the first time in many years I've had a male Indigo Bunting at my deck feeder yesterday and today!

Nancy Powella
Lilburn
Gwinnett

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Date: 5/6/17 8:26 am
From: bob zaremba <bobzarem...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Bartow County American White Pelicans still present
I made a quick trip up to Bartow this morning. The six American White
Pelicans were still in the area, moved to the large pond/marsh area. Also
still had a single Stilt Sandpiper and a single White-rumped Sandpiper,
along with a few Bobolink and Dickcissel. Very cool!



Bob Zaremba

Marietta, GA


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Date: 5/6/17 8:16 am
From: Bob Braxton <rbraxton...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Rose-breasted Grosbeak Free-for-all
For several years during spring migration, my backyard feeders have attracted rose-breasted grosbeaks. Last year I had five males at one time. Today is the ninth straight day I have had multiple grosbeaks at my feeders. Today I have a minimum of four female and four male grosbeaks, often all four males or all four females at the same time. I assume I now get return visitors from previous years. And the males’ songs presumably attract other grosbeaks to the feast.  Anybody else have similar numbers?



Bob Braxton

Hapeville

Fulton County


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Date: 5/6/17 2:35 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 5 May 2017
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Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: May 5, 2017 at 11:43:44 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Dougherty)
> Hooded Merganser (1 Rabun)
> Ruddy Duck (1 Forsyth)
> American White Pelican (3 Bartow, 3 Forsyth, 1 Tift)
> Brown Pelican (1 Toombs)
> Snowy Egret (4 Fulton)
> King Rail (4 Fulton, 1 Richmond)
> Purple Gallinule (1 Brooks)
> Limpkin (Speckled) (1 Dougherty)
> Stilt Sandpiper (3 Bartow)
> Baird's Sandpiper (1 Bartow)
> White-rumped Sandpiper (3 Bartow)
> Pectoral Sandpiper (2 Bartow)
> Semipalmated Sandpiper (1 Clayton, 1 Fulton)
> Long-billed Dowitcher (1 Bartow)
> Barn Owl (1 Clarke, 1 Muscogee)
> Peregrine Falcon (3 Rabun)
> Willow Flycatcher (1 Rabun)
> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (1 Bartow)
> Marsh Wren (1 Bartow)
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet (6 Rabun)
> Magnolia Warbler (1 Chatham)
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (1 Richmond)
> Bachman's Sparrow (1 Liberty)
> Dickcissel (1 Oconee)
> Bobolink (1 Habersham)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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
>

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Date: 5/5/17 4:51 pm
From: Renee' Carleton <renee...>
Subject: [GABO-L] White Pelicans Bartow Taff Rd
Thanks to Nathan Goldberg for submitting his sighting of 6 American White Pelicans on the Taff Rd pond (Bartow County). As soon as I got the eBird alert, I jumped in the old Blazer and boogied over. Lucky me, they were there. Six large, wonderful White Pelicans. None have the breeding knob on the bill. They were loafing on the back side of the pond and to the right. Fantastic to see them. Bonus load of shorebirds as well including 2 stilt sandpipers, 1 Baird's, a group of semi-palms and leasts, 2 solitary sandpipers, continuing white-rumped and Long-billed (I think) Dowitchers. Yellowlegs also present. Did not see Joel's Bobolinks from this morning. More swallows than you can shake a stick at. It was misty raining and cold- it's May, right?

Renee' Carleton
Bartow Co

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Date: 5/5/17 1:05 pm
From: Barbara Worster <cycledad271...>
Subject: [GABO-L] white pelicans
The White Pelicans are still at West Bank.We saw 13 at 12:30 today, May 5th.

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Date: 5/5/17 9:38 am
From: Russ Wigh <rdwigh...>
Subject: [GABO-L] WSJ on Noise Pollution
In today's USA section of the Wall Street Journal is a good
article on noise pollution and its negative impact on just
about everything that breathes. Try to find it online, or
go to my blog where there are two links. The one to my
Facebook page will get you there for sure.
http://recordingbirds.blogspot.com/



Russ Wigh

Skidaway Island, Georgia


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Date: 5/5/17 5:34 am
From: James F. Flynn Jr. <jim.flynn...>
Subject: [GABO-L] American White Pelicans, Lake Lanier-West Bank Park
Hi folks, there are currently 11 American White Pelicans resting on a spit off of an island in between West Bank Park & Sawnee Campground (visible from West Bank Park), Forsyth Co.

Take care,

Jim Flynn
Forsyth Co., GA
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Date: 5/4/17 2:09 pm
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Near Georgia Report - INSHORE RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD, Shoreline Park South, Gulf Breeze Florida - 4/7/2017-5/3/2017
Hi All,

This should be of interest to all Georgia seabird lovers and chasers, as it is a really, uh, rare opportunity to sea, er, see a really great seabird from shore! There has been a gorgeous adult RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD reliably coming to or flying right by a pier in Gulf Breeze Florida since at least 4/7! When I say coming to I mean it, one time the bird was seen fluttering over the water, below observers at the railings of the pier and less than 20 feet away!

I saw the bird on Monday, here's my eBird report with full details on the observing situation:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36465392

This tropicbird was eBirded on 4/7, 4/26, 4/27, 4/28, 5/1, 5/2, and 5/3 so far from the pier, and has been seen on other days as well. Some great eBird checklists with photo or video highlights (be sure to check out the embedded slow-motion video link in the report from 4/27):

4/7
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35767938

4/27 with great slow-motion video link embedded in the eBird report
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36325556

4/28
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36376037

5/2
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36491312

It may not be best to try for the bird when there are high winds forecast, at least out of the SE or SSE as on last Saturday and Sunday when I did not see the tropicbird. What an amazing situation!

Good SeaBirding All!

Mark

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

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Date: 5/4/17 12:58 pm
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Where are the Chuck-Will's-Widows
Hi All/Jodie,

I had probably the same two Chuck-will's-widows calling at Harbins Park in Gwinnett County two nights in a row, and very late, on 4/20 and 4/21. The eBird report:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36157783

The football complex there is still open until 11pm nightly as far as I know.

I haven't been out for nightjars since, but my question is: Where are the Gwinnett County Eastern Whip-poor-wills? I haven't been able to detect any yet this spring. Was going to try again in May.

Thanks All, and Good Birding!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Date: 5/4/17 9:58 am
From: Debbie Canup <goffers...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Where are the Chuck-Will's-Widows
We just heard one on our property last night. First one we have heard here in years!

Leon and Debbie Canup
Newnan, Ga

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> On May 3, 2017, at 8:57 AM, Jodie Davis <jodie...> wrote:
>
> So far this spring I haven't heard a single Chuck-Will's-Widow at my place
> here in Hickory Flat. The area is very wooded with pastures, along a chain
> of lakes, low density. The 26 acres across the lake from was bought and
> partially cleared last fall. (This is a good thing actually as it had been
> put up for a horrible rezoning two years ago. We fought and won. I was on
> channel 2 this week at another fight for our Land Use Plan this week. If
> anyone needs a leg up on what to do when the land flippers come, contact
> me.) Could this have affected the CWW that much or are they generally in
> reduced numbers this year?
>
> Jodie Davis
> Woodstock (Really Crabapple/Milton)
> Cherokee County
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Date: 5/4/17 6:07 am
From: Jodie Davis <jodie...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Where are the Chuck-Will's-Widows
So far this spring I haven't heard a single Chuck-Will's-Widow at my place
here in Hickory Flat. The area is very wooded with pastures, along a chain
of lakes, low density. The 26 acres across the lake from was bought and
partially cleared last fall. (This is a good thing actually as it had been
put up for a horrible rezoning two years ago. We fought and won. I was on
channel 2 this week at another fight for our Land Use Plan this week. If
anyone needs a leg up on what to do when the land flippers come, contact
me.) Could this have affected the CWW that much or are they generally in
reduced numbers this year?

Jodie Davis
Woodstock (Really Crabapple/Milton)
Cherokee County

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Date: 5/4/17 3:03 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 3 May 2017
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Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: May 3, 2017 at 11:20:44 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (fulgens) (1 Dougherty)
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Dougherty)
> Gadwall (6 Clayton)
> Ruddy Duck (3 Clayton)
> Northern Bobwhite (1 Talbot)
> Anhinga (1 Greene)
> American Bittern (3 Clayton, 1 Fulton)
> Black-crowned Night-Heron (6 Clayton)
> Sora (6 Clayton)
> Common Gallinule (6 Clayton)
> Limpkin (3 Clayton)
> Stilt Sandpiper (1 Bartow)
> Baird's Sandpiper (1 Bartow)
> White-rumped Sandpiper (2 Bartow)
> Semipalmated Sandpiper (1 Bartow, 3 Clayton)
> Short-billed Dowitcher (1 Bartow)
> Rock Pigeon (3 Clayton)
> Peregrine Falcon (1 Rabun)
> Least Flycatcher (1 Rabun)
> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (1 Bartow)
> Sedge Wren (3 Clayton)
> Marsh Wren (1 Cherokee, 6 Clayton)
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1 Union)
> Gray-cheeked Thrush (1 Catoosa)
> Connecticut Warbler (3 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
>

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Date: 5/3/17 7:11 pm
From: bob zaremba <bobzarem...>
Subject: [GABO-L] eBird -- Brandon Farm & Taff Rd. -- May 3, 2017
I took advantage of the nice night and made a pass thru Bartow tonight. I
had pretty good luck with shorebirds on the large pond on Taft and the
marshy area further down the road. Highlights were two White-rumped
Sandpipers, one Baird's Sandpiper and two Stilt Sandpipers along with six
Short-billed Dowitchers. I also visited Lucas Road but did not see any
Scissor-tailed Flycatchers or a CHSA. Maybe next time.

Bob Zaremba
Marietta, GA


-----Original Message-----
From: Bob ZAREMBA [mailto:<bobzarem...>]
Sent: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 9:37 PM
To: BOB ZAREMBA <bobzarem...>
Subject: eBird -- Brandon Farm & Taff Rd. -- May 3, 2017

Brandon Farm & Taff Rd.
May 3, 2017
7:19 PM
Traveling
4.50 miles
45 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

6 Canada Goose
4 Mallard
1 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Great Blue Heron
3 Turkey Vulture
1 Semipalmated Plover
6 Killdeer
2 Stilt Sandpiper -- Very large sandpiper in group of Least Sandpiper and
yellowlegs. Dark bill, long and slight curved down. Barring in belly,
chestnut patch on face. One bird was in large pond on east side of Taft
road, photographed. The second bird was in marshy area further down the
road on the west side of the road. Photos will be added
1 Baird's Sandpiper -- Larger Sandpiper in with group of Least Sandpiper and
semipalmated sandpipers and with long wings. Dark legs and dark longish
straight bill. Clean white belly with Buffy chest unlike streaking in
semipalamated Sandpiper. Back had dark spots different from semipalamated.
Poor photos taken and will be included for hopefully diagnostic purposes.
27 Least Sandpiper
2 White-rumped Sandpiper -- Larger sandpiper observed with group of Least
Sandpiper. Longer wings extended past tail, with streaking in breast and
sides, orange base to bill.
3 Pectoral Sandpiper
3 Semipalmated Sandpiper
1 Spotted Sandpiper
2 Solitary Sandpiper
2 Greater Yellowlegs
13 Lesser Yellowlegs -- Counted individually and in photos
1 Eurasian Collared-Dove
4 Mourning Dove
3 Eastern Kingbird
2 Blue Jay
2 American Crow
1 Fish Crow
2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
5 Tree Swallow
7 Barn Swallow
3 Cliff Swallow
3 Eastern Bluebird
5 American Robin
1 Brown Thrasher
3 Northern Mockingbird
10 European Starling
4 Grasshopper Sparrow
3 Chipping Sparrow
1 Eastern Towhee
5 Northern Cardinal
3 Blue Grosbeak
9 Dickcissel
8 Red-winged Blackbird
7 Eastern Meadowlark
5 Common Grackle
16 Brown-headed Cowbird
2 Orchard Oriole

Number of Taxa: 43


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Date: 5/3/17 6:58 pm
From: Jeff Sewell & Carol Lambert <lambertsewell...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Limpkin in Clayton Co. 5/3/17
A Limpkin was found today on the interior, treatment wetlands of the Clayton County Water Authority, which has been reported on e-bird. Although this area does not have public access, it is near the Blalock Reservoir, which does have recreation access this time of year. It is well worth a visit to Blalock to look for this bird (see access info below).  The only previous sightings of this species on the property was June 2004 and July 2006, when a single bird was found feeding on Asian clams in the creek section of Blalock (the right end of the parking lot when facing the lake).  Both times, the bird stayed in the area for about a week. I wouldn't be surprised at all if this bird found its way over there again. Remember to stay a good distance away from it if you see it, and do not interfere with the fishing activities in that area. There are also 2-3 active Osprey nests at the far back of the lake, visible with a scope. Last Spring some of us had 2 Mississippi Kites perched in the trees at the back of the parking lot.  
Blalock & Shamrock access March thru October only, Wed-Sun, 7am-8pmParking fees: $5/per vehicle/per day for Clayton Co. residents$10/per vehicle/per day for other county residents
If you just want to take a quick look and leave (30 minutes max.), you probably won't need to pay the fee.If you're there longer, pay the fee at the white mailbox/bulletin board, and write BIRDING on the fee envelope. Please do not haggle with any recreation staff about the fee.  The primary activity and income-producer in this area is fishing.For more info about CCWA Recreation, visit www.ccwa.us  
Carol LambertTucker, GA (DeKalb Co.)<lambertsewell...>

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Date: 5/3/17 3:57 pm
From: world oceans <worldoceansislands...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Herring gull near Atlanta
Hi, A short while ago I saw a Herring gull just northwest of the Atlanta
Airport, flying low toward the Chattahoochee. Very unusual to see this
species here in May.....Details will be sent to ebird.

James Gibson
Clayton Co.

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Date: 5/3/17 3:18 pm
From: Ed Maioriello <edm...>
Subject: [GABO-L] ORAS Trips This Weekend
*Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 7:00am*

The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will be taking a field trip to the
Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center south of Mansfield Georgia. We will
carpool from the Shops of South Athens Shopping Center on South Milledge
Avenue (behind the Waffle House) leaving at 7:00AM. We expect to arrive at
Charlie Elliott around 8:00AM and will likely bird until noon or 1:00
depending on how good the birding is. For anyone wanting to meet us there
we will not be going straight to the Visitor Center at the main entrance.
Rather we will meet at the Teal Pond on Shepard Road which is a couple of
miles south of Marben Farm Road (where the main entrance is) and just over
the Jasper County line.

As always, ORAS trips are open to the public. Please bring binoculars and
scopes, if desired, water, snacks etc. Please dress for the weather and
wear appropriate footwear. We will be mostly driving from point to point
with in the Center, but will venture from the cars on foot from time to
time.

Note: Each participant must purchase the GORP pass to access this Wildlife
Center. Passes can be purchased online for $3.50 for a three-day pass or
$19.00 for an annual pass. For more information or to purchase and print
the pass, go to www.georgiawildlife.com/Georgia-Outdoor-Recreational-Pass.
I have a GORP Group pass that will let me take up to 7 other people.
Contact me to save a slot - first come, first served.

Information about the Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center can be found here.
<http://www.georgiawildlife.org/CharlieElliott>


*Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 8:00am*



The Lotsanotty property was permanently protected with a conservation
easement by Walt Cook and the Oconee River Land Trust in 2001. Trails wind
through the property's hardwood forest, along the Middle Oconee River, next
to a stream, and by a neighboring Christmas tree farm. The property's
status as a conservation easement ensures that it will remain free of
development forever. This is good news for the warblers, owls, woodpeckers,
and other birds that have been observed at Lotsanotty. The new landowner,
Ken Cook (Walt's son), is happy to have birders and hikers out to enjoy
this 40-acre gem. We will be joined by ORLT member/volunteer John Workman
who will introduce us to the property and the ORLT.

As always, ORAS trips are open to the public, and typically run 3-4 hours.
Please bring binoculars and scopes, if desired, water, snacks etc. Please
dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.
Directions (from Oconee Rivers Land Trust newsletter):
Travel north from Athens on Prince Ave/US 129 into Jackson County.
Immediately past the intersection of GA 330 with US 129, turn LEFT onto
Lebanon Church Rd.

Then, turn LEFT onto Ford Rd. Proceed 935 feet to the property entrance on
the RIGHT.

Contact Ed Maioriello at fieldtrip AT oconeeriversaudubon.org or at
706-296-5275 for questions.

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
www.oconeeriversaudubon.org the night before for updates.

Ed Maioriello
Athens-Clarke County

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Date: 5/3/17 1:07 pm
From: David DesRochers <davidw.desrochers...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Veery & Blackburnian Warbler on Pinhoti Trail - Dug Gap area
A colleague and I birded the Pinhoti for two hours this morning and had a
very active migrant group. Highlights were the three singing/calling Veery,
multiple Blackburnians, both Tanagers in good light, and several Blackpolls.

--
David DesRochers, Assoc. Professor
Dept. of Natural Sciences
Dalton State College
650 College Dr.
Dalton, GA 30720
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Date: 5/3/17 6:11 am
From: Wes Hatch <whatch11...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Kennesaw Mountain Warblers
Hey all,

Kennesaw Mountain was loaded with warblers today.

Highlights:

Cape May Warbler - 12
Blackburnian Warbler - 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler - 2
Black-throated Green Warbler - 6
Northern Parulas - 2
Hooded Warbler - 1
American Redstart - 3
Blackpoll Warbler - 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler - 4

Wish I could of stayed longer, but work calls.

Wes Hatch
Marietta, GA

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Date: 5/2/17 7:43 pm
From: Jeff Sewell & Carol Lambert <lambertsewell...>
Subject: [GABO-L] CCWA Spring Bird Survey Results
Seven of us turned up 109 species of birds on the public access sites (Newman Wetlands Center, Huie Ponds, Shamrock & Blalock Reservoirs) and 4 of the interior, non-public access sites on April 29.  We had 16 warbler species which was okay. There were a lot of "best birds," but nothing really unexpected.  The Clayton County Water Authority is one of the Atlanta area's greatest birding resources and continues to provide an excellent diversity of habitats. A recreation master plan is in the works, which will provide additional areas to explore. Details of that will be announced some time in the future.  All of the species on Saturday's list are birds that have been found on the public access sites through the past decade or two.  I, personally, can think of more rarities on the reservoirs and Huie ponds during the 20 years that I worked there, than the interior wetlands will ever produce.
...Carol <Lambertlambertsewell...>


Clayton County Water Authority, Clayton, Georgia, USApr 29, 2017 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
 CCWA Spring Bird Survey (C. Lambert, J. Sewell, P. Brisse, H. Garrett, D. Hedeen,  M. Hedeen, T. Miller)
109 species

Canada Goose  79
Wood Duck  5
Gadwall  2     
Mallard  35
Blue-winged Teal  7
Ruddy Duck  1     
Wild Turkey  1
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  14
American Bittern  1    
Great Blue Heron  13
Great Egret  1
Green Heron  6
Black-crowned Night-Heron  3    1 adult, 2 juv.  
Black Vulture  17
Turkey Vulture  7
Osprey  6     
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  12
Sora  12     
Common Gallinule  3    
American Coot  8
Killdeer  9
Least Sandpiper  5
Pectoral Sandpiper  4
Semipalmated Sandpiper  3    
Spotted Sandpiper  6
Solitary Sandpiper  3
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Rock Pigeon  16     Mourning Dove  21
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Chimney Swift  3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  4
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-headed Woodpecker  7
Red-bellied Woodpecker  13
Downy Woodpecker  5
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Acadian Flycatcher  3
Eastern Phoebe  7
Great Crested Flycatcher  9
Eastern Kingbird  15
White-eyed Vireo  20
Red-eyed Vireo  14
Blue Jay  12
American Crow  15
Fish Crow  10
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  8
Purple Martin  4
Tree Swallow  43
Barn Swallow  7
Cliff Swallow  6    
Carolina Chickadee  17
Tufted Titmouse  18
White-breasted Nuthatch  12
Brown-headed Nuthatch  5
House Wren  1
Sedge Wren  1     
Marsh Wren  1   
Carolina Wren  34
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  17
Eastern Bluebird  13
Veery  1
Wood Thrush  7
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  2
Brown Thrasher  3
Northern Mockingbird  9
European Starling  17
Cedar Waxwing  76
Worm-eating Warbler  1
Louisiana Waterthrush  6
Northern Waterthrush  3
Common Yellowthroat  23
Hooded Warbler  4
American Redstart  6
Northern Parula  8
Blackpoll Warbler  6
Black-throated Blue Warbler  2
Palm Warbler  7
Pine Warbler  16
Yellow-rumped Warbler  5
Yellow-throated Warbler  1
Prairie Warbler  1
Yellow-breasted Chat  1
Chipping Sparrow  5
Field Sparrow  4
Savannah Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  8
Swamp Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  11
Summer Tanager  16
Scarlet Tanager  7
Northern Cardinal  32
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  2
Blue Grosbeak  5
Indigo Bunting  29
Bobolink  3
Red-winged Blackbird  60
Eastern Meadowlark  1
Common Grackle  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  10
Orchard Oriole  8
House Finch  6
American Goldfinch  18

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36499085
 


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Date: 5/2/17 3:57 pm
From: Pat Pepper <patriciapepper9...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Connecticut?
This morning around 10am at Kennesaw Mt., I saw what looked like a Connecticut Warbler. It had a blue-gray head with a solid white eye ring. It was foraging in a tree near the Visitor Center. I know this bird is rare for this area, so I was hoping some of you might have some other suggestions.
Thanks,
Pat Pepper

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Date: 5/2/17 3:00 pm
From: Ted Theus <ted...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Pine Mountain Ridge (Harris, Meriwether)--Cerulean Warblers
Ideal weather conditions made for good birding this a.m. along various stops
on Highway 190 which runs on top of Pine Mountain Ridge in Harris and
Meriwether Counties. Finished up with a 3 mile hike on the Pine Mountain
Trail starting at the tower near Warm Springs. Highlights included 2
cerulean warblers (male and female) at eye level about 50 feet away which
afforded superb views. The female didn't stick around long but the male
stayed in the same clump of trees softly serenading for about 15 minutes.
I had a signing male cerulean at this same general location (Dowdell's Knob)
on 4/24/11 but otherwise I've never had any luck finding ceruleans south of
Kennesaw Mountain.



Another highlight was the significant number of Black-throated Blue Warblers
(conservatively estimated 6 birds) located primarily in the thick blooming
mountain laurel which follows the creek along much of this trail. I also
observed a male and female Black & White Warbler that appeared to be
carrying food for nestlings but I backed away to ensure that I didn't
accidently damage the nest. I ended up with 13 warbler species.



Cerulean Warbler (m & f)

Black-Throated Blue Warbler (5 m, 1 f)

Black-Throated Green Warbler (3)

Warbler Black & White Warbler (4)

Kentucky Warbler

Worm-eating Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Hooded Warbler (5)

LA Waterthrush (3)

Pine Warbler (15)

Northern Parula (3)

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Palm Warbler (8)

Scarlet Tanager (4)

Summer Tanager (9)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak (3)

Thrush species (1, not identified)

Red-Eyed Vireo (20)

White-Eyed Vireo (6)

Yellow-Throated Vireo (2)

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Eastern Wood Pewee (6)



Ted Theus (Harris)




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Date: 5/2/17 12:24 pm
From: Patty McLean <plm108...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Baird's Sandpiper at Taff Rd Pond (Bartow County)


Hi folks. When I first pulled up at the largest pond on Taff Rd, a group of 20+ sandpipers were flitting around on the mud bank closest to the road. In addition to the continuing WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, there was another long-winged peep with a noticeably flat back, soft buffy tones on head and back with an obvious pale supercilium (and black legs and bill). My assessment was a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, and it appeared there were two. Due to the height of the vetch (??), it was very difficult to get clear enough views to digiscope without my cell camera focusing on the weeds rather than the birds, so I tried a few videos which I will review later. After I finished checking this hotspot, I came back by the pond and ALL but two Yellowlegs were GONE. Hopefully they'll all return and other folks will have a chance to see them. 

In addition, the DICKCISSELs were singing along the vine covered fence on Brandon Farm Rd which was acreal treat to hear and see.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36487712

Perhaps the rarest sighting for me this morning was that of CHUCK SALEEBY on Lucas Rd, where we also saw a SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER in the tall lone pine uphill from Lucas. Nesting tree is a likelihood. 

Patty McLean, Tucker  GA 

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Date: 5/2/17 12:07 pm
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 1 May 2017
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> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: May 1, 2017 at 11:06:48 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Burke, 1 Lee)
> Northern Bobwhite (1 Carroll, 2 Jones)
> American Bittern (1 DeKalb)
> Little Blue Heron (2 Monroe)
> Tricolored Heron (6 Bibb)
> Swallow-tailed Kite (1 Clarke)
> Mississippi Kite (1 Dawson)
> King Rail (1 Fulton)
> Sora (1 Clayton)
> Upland Sandpiper (1 Lee)
> White-rumped Sandpiper (1 Bartow, 1 Burke, 1 Lee)
> Pectoral Sandpiper (1 Burke)
> Semipalmated Sandpiper (1 Lee)
> Western Sandpiper (1 Burke)
> Long-billed Dowitcher (4 Glynn)
> Wilson's Snipe (1 Jefferson)
> Caspian Tern (1 Jackson)
> Hairy Woodpecker (1 Glynn)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (7 Jones)
> Merlin (1 Cobb)
> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (1 Bartow)
> Gray-cheeked Thrush (1 DeKalb)
> Hermit Thrush (1 Bartow)
> American Pipit (1 Habersham)
> Bachman's Sparrow (6 Jones)
> Lincoln's Sparrow (1 Chattooga)
> Dickcissel (1 Jasper)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> 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
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Date: 5/2/17 8:33 am
From: Mary Kimberly <mmkimberly1954...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Atlanta Audubon field trips this week
Please join us for any of these filed trips:

Joel McNeal is leading his last spring migration walk for the year at
Kennesaw Mountain (Cobb County) on Thursday, May 4 at 7:30 AM.

Jason Ward is leading his first of two May walks at Piedmont Park (Fulton
County) on Saturday, May 6 at 8:00 AM.

Chris Showalter will lead a walk at the Stone Mountain Songbird Habitat and
Trail (DeKalb County) on Saturday, May 6 at 8:00 AM.

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

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

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Date: 5/2/17 5:17 am
From: Linda <ll_finn...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Cedar waxwings, Gainesville
Flock of more than a dozen flitting between holly bush and small lily pond in my yard. Not many berries were left for them in big berry year because robins had cleaned most of them off a month ago. First time anything but squirrels have been interested in that bush. The bravest birds landing on a lily pad to drink, the others leaned over cautiously. None went to the birdbath in the backyard. My reward for getting up early.

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Date: 4/30/17 7:40 pm
From: Paul Raney <paul.raney...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Bobolinks & Chats, Nash Farm Henry County
Today around noon I found at least 14 Bobolinks south of barn and at least 38 Bobolinks near southwest corner of large gravel parking area. Yellow-breasted Chats were calling at four locations.
Paul Raney Henry County

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Date: 4/30/17 5:49 pm
From: Shannon Fair <shannonmfair...>
Subject: [GABO-L] AAS Atlanta Bird Fest - Field Trip Report - Pine Log WMA, Bartow County
Hello GA Birders -

Eleven brave, early risers met Iris Schumacher & me up at Pine Log WMA in Bartow County this Sunday morning (5:15AM!) for a special Atlanta Bird Fest nocturnal bird walk.

Highlights of the trip included visible, caterwauling BARRED OWLs, an EASTERN SCREECH-OWL, overhead fly-bys of extremely vocal CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOWs and EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLs, plus the dawn chorus (and great views) of breeders such as INDIGO BUNTINGs, YELLOW-BREASTED CHATs, and both PRAIRIE & KENTUCKY WARBLERs. We also had a NORTHERN PARULA flitting around on the ground and BROAD-WINGED HAWKs circling extremely low overhead.

Like the rest of the state, migrant activity was pretty weak, but we did have a cooperative CAPE MAY WARBLER and CEDAR WAXWINGs perched that everyone got lingering views of in the scope (my inner Mark McShane scoping skills were on fire today).

Complete eBird checklist can be found here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36433825

Fingers crossed we get a few more migrants before spring is over:)

Happy Birding!
Shannon Fair
Atlanta, GA
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Date: 4/30/17 10:21 am
From: bob zaremba <bobzarem...>
Subject: [GABO-L] AAS Atlanta Bird Fest Walk -- Kennesaw Mountain Nat. Battlefield Park -- Apr 30, 2017
The walk this morning at Kennesaw Mountain was well attended by birders, if
not be birds. The group enjoyed wonderful views of Summer Tanagers and
Red-eyed Vireos. The other migrants were pretty scarce but everyone seemed
to enjoy the morning. The full list is attached below. Thanks to everyone
who attended and stuck with us till the end!

Bob & Deb Zaremba
Marietta, ga

Kennesaw Mountain Nat. Battlefield Park
Apr 30, 2017
7:49 AM
Traveling
4.00 miles
214 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Atlanta Audubon birdfest walk with 65 participants.
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

1 Wild Turkey
3 Turkey Vulture
2 Red-tailed Hawk
7 Mourning Dove
4 Chimney Swift
3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
5 Downy Woodpecker
2 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Eastern Phoebe
5 Great Crested Flycatcher
1 Yellow-throated Vireo
25 Red-eyed Vireo
5 Blue Jay
3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
6 Carolina Chickadee
4 Tufted Titmouse
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
3 Brown-headed Nuthatch
5 Carolina Wren
6 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Wood Thrush
35 American Robin
3 Brown Thrasher
1 Northern Mockingbird
1 European Starling
2 Cedar Waxwing
1 Hooded Warbler
3 American Redstart
2 Cape May Warbler
1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
5 Blackpoll Warbler
2 Black-throated Blue Warbler
4 Pine Warbler
5 Yellow-rumped Warbler
4 Chipping Sparrow
4 Eastern Towhee
16 Summer Tanager
4 Scarlet Tanager
11 Northern Cardinal
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Indigo Bunting
3 House Finch

Number of Taxa: 43


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Date: 4/29/17 6:54 pm
From: Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu...>
Subject: [GABO-L] ABF walk in Serenbe (Fulton Co.)- Mississippi Kite, Great Horned Owl, Broad-winged Hawk...
Hello all,

16 birders enjoyed today's Atlanta Bird Fest walk in Serenbe, Fulton Co.
The walk was co-led by Gus Kaufman and me. The birds were initially slow to
show themselves, but things changed when Michelle Hamner spotted a GREAT
HORNED OWL being mobbed by a Blue Jay in the woods abutting a meadow (where
we had seen a few Indigo Buntings, Blue Grosbeaks and both tanagers). Soon
after, back in the open area, we were treated to a MISSISSIPPI KITE flying
over and giving good looks to all participants. The raptor bonanza
continued with simultaneous sightings of a Cooper's hawk, turkey vulture
and a BROAD-WINGED HAWK, which again obliged us by circling overhead
repeatedly.

Some birds which were not seen but heard well included a YELLOW-BILLED
CUCKOO, wood thrush, pileated woodpecker, prairie and hooded warbler, and
Louisiana waterthrush. Fortunately, along with the raptors, we were able to
get very good views of blue grosbeak, indigo bunting, KENTUCKY WARBLER,
tanagers, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS, Eastern Kingbird and Red-headed
Woodpeckers, among others.

We finished the morning with 69 species in spite of having missed some easy
species. The checklist is here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36392119

Thanks,
Vinod Babu
Atlanta, GA

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Date: 4/29/17 6:53 pm
From: Bill & Condit <blotz...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Atlanta Audubon Bird Fest Field Trip to North Georgia Mountains (Union & Towns Counties)
GABOers,



Dan Vickers & I co-led a field trip to Ivy Log Gap and Ravencliff FAA (also
known as Gum Log) Roads and Brasstown Bald today for the AAS Bird Fest. We
had a great day with 68 species and 350 individuals. Some of the highlights
were a Yellow Warbler at Butternut Creek at the Blairsville Ingles (but,
alas, no Willow Flycatchers yet); our FOTY Yellow-billed Cuckoo; three
different sightings of Wild Turkey; a perched Barred Owl along Ivy Log Gap
Rd., spotted by an alert field trip participant; four species of vireos;
Veery in two different locations; and 17 species of warblers.



Bill Lotz

Atlanta

Fulton Co.


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Date: 4/29/17 11:18 am
From: mark seaman <hawksea...>
Subject: [GABO-L] 1st Spring Little Blue Heron at Monastery
It's in the pond next to the church at the Conyers monastery.

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Date: 4/29/17 7:40 am
From: Terry Valentine <terryval...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Snakes at Constitution Lakes, DeKalb
Thanks for using the word "venomous". :)

Terry Valentine
Hoschton

-----Original Message-----
From: Georgia Birders Online [mailto:<GABO-L...>] On Behalf Of Eran Tomer
Sent: Saturday, April 29, 2017 9:17 AM
To: <GABO-L...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Snakes at Constitution Lakes, DeKalb

Just briefly, since the Cottonmouth issue has surfaced here before. Snake awareness is a safety issue for birding.

* Black snakes in the Atlanta region could be Black Racer, Black Rat Snake or Common Kingsnake. All non-venomous and entirely harmless. And fairly common (for snakes).

* Cottonmouths ("water moccasins") have been documented in the southern fringes of the Atlanta region but they are rare locally. Bulky snake, angular head striped black-white on the sides. The common, harmless Northern Watersnake is frequently confused with the Cottonmouth and called "moccasin". However, it looks different on numerous counts.

* 2 great brochures from DNR about venomous snakes in Georgia:

http://georgiawildlife.com/sites/default/files/uploads/wildlife/nongame/pdf/2016VenomousSnakesBrochure_SinglePages.pdf

http://georgiawildlife.com/sites/default/files/uploads/wildlife/nongame/pdf/Publications_and_Reports/WaterMoccasinBrochure_Web.pdf


Best regards,

- Eran Tomer
Atlanta, GA

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Date: 4/29/17 6:18 am
From: Eran Tomer <erantomer...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Snakes at Constitution Lakes, DeKalb
Just briefly, since the Cottonmouth issue has surfaced here before. Snake
awareness is a safety issue for birding.

* Black snakes in the Atlanta region could be Black Racer, Black Rat Snake
or Common Kingsnake. All non-venomous and entirely harmless. And fairly
common (for snakes).

* Cottonmouths ("water moccasins") have been documented in the southern
fringes of the Atlanta region but they are rare locally. Bulky snake,
angular head striped black-white on the sides. The common, harmless
Northern Watersnake is frequently confused with the Cottonmouth and called
"moccasin". However, it looks different on numerous counts.

* 2 great brochures from DNR about venomous snakes in Georgia:

http://georgiawildlife.com/sites/default/files/uploads/wildlife/nongame/pdf/2016VenomousSnakesBrochure_SinglePages.pdf

http://georgiawildlife.com/sites/default/files/uploads/wildlife/nongame/pdf/Publications_and_Reports/WaterMoccasinBrochure_Web.pdf


Best regards,

- Eran Tomer
Atlanta, GA

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Date: 4/29/17 4:04 am
From: Bellsouth <mikelchap...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Snakes at Constitution Lakes, DeKalb
Could be Black Rat snakes. They are a little stouter than Racers. Most poisonous snakes here have a broad triangular shaped head including cottonmouths.

Mike Chapman
Brunswick, GA

> On Apr 28, 2017, at 11:19 PM, Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1...> wrote:
>
> Hi all,
> Forgive the "non-bird" post.
> Twice recently I have seen black snakes at Constitution Lakes. Does anyone
> know what kind they would be? I have a long-held and irrational fear of
> snakes, which I am trying to overcome by learning more about them.
>
> I don't think they were Southern Racers. I have seen these in Florida and
> the ones at Constitution Lakes are not as long and slightly bulkier. I am
> assuming they are not Cottonmouths, which, from my reading, don't come this
> far north. I saw no markings on them.
>
> Thanks in advance
>
> Drew Whitelegg
> DeKalb Co.
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Date: 4/29/17 3:43 am
From: Steve Holzman <steveholzman2...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Snakes at Constitution Lakes, DeKalb
For those that may not know, there is another mailing list for non-bird natural history posts. Details are here:
http://home.earthlink.net/~erantomer/GOWFOR.html


Steve Holzman
North High Shoals, GA

> On Apr 28, 2017, at 11:19 PM, Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1...> wrote:
>
> Hi all,
> Forgive the "non-bird" post.
> Twice recently I have seen black snakes at Constitution Lakes. Does anyone
> know what kind they would be? I have a long-held and irrational fear of
> snakes, which I am trying to overcome by learning more about them.
>
> I don't think they were Southern Racers. I have seen these in Florida and
> the ones at Constitution Lakes are not as long and slightly bulkier. I am
> assuming they are not Cottonmouths, which, from my reading, don't come this
> far north. I saw no markings on them.
>
> Thanks in advance
>
> Drew Whitelegg
> DeKalb Co.
>
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Date: 4/29/17 2:47 am
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 28 Apr 2017
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> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: April 28, 2017 at 10:24:59 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Gadwall (1 Henry)
> Greater Scaup (1 Rabun)
> Hooded Merganser (1 Cobb)
> American Bittern (1 Fulton, 1 Henry)
> Sora (1 Henry)
> Common Gallinule (1 Henry)
> Upland Sandpiper (1 Lee)
> Stilt Sandpiper (1 Lee)
> White-rumped Sandpiper (3 Bartow, 1 Glynn, 1 Lee, 1 McIntosh)
> Semipalmated Sandpiper (3 Bartow, 1 Lee)
> Black Tern (1 Glynn)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Evans)
> Merlin (1 Cobb, 1 Union)
> Least Flycatcher (1 Rabun)
> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (2 Bartow)
> Veery (1 Bartow)
> Gray-cheeked Thrush (1 Bartow)
> Swainson's Thrush (3 Bartow)
> Nashville Warbler (1 DeKalb)
> Magnolia Warbler (1 Rabun)
> Canada Warbler (1 Union)
> Vesper Sparrow (1 Hall)
> Eastern Towhee (Red-eyed) (1 Cobb)
> Dickcissel (1 Morgan)
> Rusty Blackbird (1 Rabun)
> Boat-tailed Grackle (1 Tift)
>
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Date: 4/28/17 8:20 pm
From: Drew Whitelegg <drewwhitelegg1...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Snakes at Constitution Lakes, DeKalb
Hi all,
Forgive the "non-bird" post.
Twice recently I have seen black snakes at Constitution Lakes. Does anyone
know what kind they would be? I have a long-held and irrational fear of
snakes, which I am trying to overcome by learning more about them.

I don't think they were Southern Racers. I have seen these in Florida and
the ones at Constitution Lakes are not as long and slightly bulkier. I am
assuming they are not Cottonmouths, which, from my reading, don't come this
far north. I saw no markings on them.

Thanks in advance

Drew Whitelegg
DeKalb Co.

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Date: 4/28/17 3:33 pm
From: DeeAnne M <deeanne.mel...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Tallulah Gorge State Park, 4/28/17
It was way foggier than the forecast had indicated, but I managed to get
some unexpectedly great views of Cape May warbler, Magnolia warbler,
Lousiana waterthrush, Hooded warbler, and worm-eating warbler (and as usual
many views of yellow-rumpeds!)

*Rusty blackbird sighting has not yet been approved on eBird, but with the
tail shape, eye color and apparent sex, I don't think it could have been a
Brewer's.

Tallulah Gorge SP, Rabun, Georgia, US
Apr 28, 2017 8:50 AM - 12:35 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
30 species

Turkey Vulture 4
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 7
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Red-eyed Vireo 5
Blue Jay X
American Crow X
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 10
Barn Swallow 3
Carolina Chickadee X
Tufted Titmouse X
Brown-headed Nuthatch X
Carolina Wren X
Eastern Bluebird X
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin X
Cedar Waxwing X
Worm-eating Warbler 4
Louisiana Waterthrush 4
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Hooded Warbler 2
Cape May Warbler 4
Magnolia Warbler 2 I was not aware this species was rare or I would
have taken photos. I got very good looks at a singing male along the south
rim trail and between overlooks 1 and 2. I saw the gray head and back,
black mask, white greater coverts, totally yellow breast and belly, and
thick black "necklace" and streaks along side. I had almost eye-level views
of the bird along the South rim trail.
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Palm Warbler 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler X
Black-throated Green Warbler 3
Northern Cardinal X
Rusty Blackbird 1 Bird seen and heard at pond by dam. I was not able
to get any photos or recordings as the bird disappeared into a stand of
pines at the edge of the pond after about half a minute. The bird was brown
(female) and had a pale eye. I was able to distinctly see the club tail
when the bird flew.
American Goldfinch X

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Date: 4/28/17 2:07 pm
From: Stan Chapman <stanchap49...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Results of Atlanta Audubon Society field trip along the South River Trail in DeKalb County
Ten birders attended this morning’s AAS field trip, which consisted of a
two-mile hike along the paved South River trail in southernmost DeKalb
County, led by Stan Chapman and Ralph Smith. The trip had many highlights,
as the birds were plentiful, quite willing to be seen, and in full song.
The final tally was of 67 species, including 13 warblers, not including the
2 Yellow-breasted Chats. The area at the foot of Lyons Road, where the
South River and Arabia Mountain trails meet, was particularly productive,
with many of the field species not so common in many parts of the metro
area, such as the Blue Grosbeak, Orchard Oriole, Field Sparrow, and Prairie
Warbler. It was interesting to hear the downward song of the Field Sparrow
at the same time as the up-trending song of the Prairie Warbler. A lone
female Turkey also was spotted at this location. The group had “killer”
looks at these species, as well as such woodland species along the river as
Kentucky and Hooded Warblers, Northern Parula, Acadian and Great Crested
Flycatchers, and Scarlet Tanager. No fewer than 80 Black Vultures were
seen on the trip, many along the power cut adjacent to the field. This
area of South DeKalb County seems to be a magnet for Black Vultures, much
more numerous here than Turkey Vultures.

The complete ebird list can be accessed from this link:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36335826

Stan Chapman
DeKalb County

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Date: 4/27/17 2:37 pm
From: Ann Stewart <annhstewart...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Bartow Co
Just a quick note of birds in Bartow today around
4pm.
LUCAS ROAD:
SCISSOR TAILED FLYCATCHER on fence catching bugs!

BRANDON ROAD:
A lot of shore birds in large mud puddle and few around small pond!

TAFF ROAD:
Shore birds (think some were DUNLINS previously mentioned),YELLOWLEGS,
Etc. at pond across from cattle shed/feeding area!

On down TAFF ROAD in the field to the left of the big lake there was a large flock of BOBOLINKS! They were sitting on top of the tall grasses allowing for spectacular views! Love these birds!!

Ann Stewart
Floyd CountY
Rome Ga

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Date: 4/27/17 9:24 am
From: Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Piedmont Park (Fulton Co.) Warblers, Grosbeak and more; song ID needed.
Hello all,

Jamie Vidich and I birded Piedmont Park this morning and got some really
good species. Highlights included a WOOD THRUSH easily seen and heard from
the Six Springs trail, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK between the Beltline trail
and Peregrine Point, AMERICAN REDSTART, CAPE MAY WARBLER, BLACKPOLL WARBLER
(heard), and the continuing NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES and ORCHARD ORIOLE.
There appear to be two Northern Waterthrushes in that drainage swamp. The
yell0w w@rbler was not seen or heard today. The warblers and orioles seem
to show up somewhat late (8-9 am), whereas the wood thrush started singing
before dawn.

Ducklings and goslings are already out on the lake. A pair of Cooper's hawk
was seen in some sort of courtship flight. A couple of house finch
fledglings were following a parent, begging. Can anyone comment on the
Northern waterthrush song coming from the wetlands? It sounded somewhat
different from what's in the Cornell website/apps.

Additionally, I heard this song coming from the trees on the east side of
the lake. I can't decide if it is a Chipping Sparrow, or W0rm-e@ting
warbler, or something else. Any help is appreciated:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36304755

The entire checklist, with some pictures is here (50+ species!):

https://www.dropbox.com/s/qblcnw975l2shhb/PiedmontPark-27April.wav?dl=0

Thanks,

Vinod Babu
Atlanta

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Date: 4/27/17 6:05 am
From: Jeff Madsen <bluewingjeff...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Boreal Brookhaven this morning....
I'm currently being serenaded by singing Blackpoll, Palm, Cape May and Yellow-rumped Warblers here in the burbs of Brookhaven. We have a small yard with only a single line of mature hardwoods/pines in the back, but they are full of actively feeding, singing warblers. While watching the warblers, I had two large Cedar Waxwing flocks stream over, as well as what seemed to be a male Indigo Bunting "zeeet" right over my deck, just over the roof line.

Yesterday on a very brief stop at Drew Valley Water Mgmt area, I had a beautiful make Blue Grosbeak stop in for a few minutes, offering excellent looks in the sun.

Jeff Madsen
Brookhaven, GA

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Date: 4/26/17 7:15 pm
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert 26 Apr 2017
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Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: April 26, 2017 at 10:07:03 PM EDT
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Georgia Rare Bird Alert <daily>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 Richmond)
> Ross's Goose (4 Cherokee)
> Gadwall (1 Henry)
> Redhead (1 Chattahoochee)
> Lesser Scaup (1 Muscogee)
> American Bittern (1 Henry)
> King Rail (1 Richmond)
> Virginia Rail (Virginia) (1 Muscogee)
> Sora (1 Henry)
> Common Gallinule (1 Henry)
> Limpkin (Speckled) (1 Dougherty)
> Sandhill Crane (1 Muscogee)
> Upland Sandpiper (1 Lee, 2 Muscogee)
> Dunlin (3 Bartow)
> White-rumped Sandpiper (1 Lee, 1 McIntosh)
> Semipalmated Sandpiper (1 Lee)
> Long-billed Dowitcher (1 Glynn)
> Barn Owl (1 Muscogee)
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Chattahoochee, 1 Muscogee)
> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (2 Bartow)
> Winter Wren (1 Cobb)
> Veery (1 Bartow)
> Gray-cheeked Thrush (1 Bartow)
> Swainson's Thrush (1 Bartow)
> Bachman's Sparrow (1 Chatham, 2 Liberty)
> Song Sparrow (1 Muscogee)
> Dickcissel (1 Bulloch)
> Boat-tailed Grackle (1 Bulloch, 1 Tift)
> Red Crossbill (1 Dawson)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
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> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
>

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Date: 4/26/17 5:39 pm
From: Jason Baumgardner <jlbaumga...>
Subject: [GABO-L] bird bath question
Does anyone have advice on buying a bird bath? I would like to know where
I can find an inexpensive or second-hand one. We have leveled off a big
stump in the front yard and I want to put one there.

Thanks

Jason Baumgardner

Smyrna, GA

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Date: 4/26/17 4:16 pm
From: Patty McLean <plm108...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on Lucas Rd. (Bartow Co.)
Hi Everyone. Kathy Miller and I were excited to see Dan and Bill’s report of the SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER on Lucas Road in Bartow County, so this morning we drove to the spot and after some long searching, finally saw TWO of them flying in and about the lone tall pine tree at the top of the hill about ½ mile from Hwy 113. I believe this is the same tree they used or attempted to use last year. Woohoo!!

Patty McLean, Tucker GA

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From: Daniel Vickers
Sent: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 2:55 PM
To: <GABO-L...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on Lucas Rd. (Bartow Co.)

>
> GABOers,
>
> The bird was perched on the fence 0.2 mile from GA 113 at 2:29 pm.
>
> Dan Vickers & Bill Lotz
> Atlanta
>
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Date: 4/26/17 3:32 pm
From: Ed Maioriello <edm...>
Subject: [GABO-L] ORAS Bird Walks this Weekend - Athens-Clarke County
*Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 8:00am*



The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will be hosting a bird walk at the Sandy
Creek Park. This walk will also be our Cook's Trail clean up, so please
bring a bag to help haul away any litter we find. We will bird from the
Cook's Trail trailhead to the Oxbow lake, approximately 2.1 miles, then
recover any litter on the way back.

We will be meeting at the last parking lot on campsite drive across the dam
and bird the lake from the dam first then proceed down the north end of
Cook's Trail.

Folks showing up for the walk do not have to pay the entrance fee; however,
if people stay and enjoy the park after the walk, they are asked to pay.

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. Participants can turn
around an leave early if needed.

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

For information about Sandy Creek Park click here.
<http://athensclarkecounty.com/Facilities.aspx?page=detail&RID=17>


*Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 8:00am*



The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society, in conjunction with the Athens-Clarke
County Landfill, will be hosting a Sunday birdwalk at the landfill. The
landfill is a relatively new rotation in our schedule. We will be meeting
about a quarter mile inside the gate off of Lexington Road.

*Please make sure to arrive on time, as the folks at the landfill may need
to lock the gate behind us.*

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 more information about the Athens Landfill click here.
<http://athensclarkecounty.com/index.aspx?NID=1309>

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
www.oconeeriversaudubon.org the night before for updates.


Ed Maioriello

Athens-Clarke County

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Date: 4/26/17 2:22 pm
From: Daniel Vickers <dvickers...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Ivy Log Gap Road
Just an FYI that Ivy Log Gap Road is currently impassable. At the 4 mile mark from the start of Ivy Log (FS100) on the Union County end, there is a large oak tree across the road. No idea when the Forest Service will be able to remove it. Just before that point the road has some very large mud holes spanning the width of road road. They are expecting more rain on Thursday.
Also, turkey season is open until May 15th and this area is very popular. Probably can't count any WITU you hear up there until after that. The old timer today was doing a great hen call.

Besides that the birding was great.

Dan Vickers
Bill Lotz
Atlanta

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Date: 4/26/17 10:35 am
From: DeeAnne M <deeanne.mel...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Kennesaw Mountain 4/26
Location
Highlights were brief looks at Blackburnian and black-throated blue
warblers and a rose-breasted grosbeak, and many cooperative tanagers! I
thought I may have heard a cuckoo, but it was hard to discern.

Kennesaw Mountain, Cobb County, Georgia, US
Date and Effort
Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:10 AMProtocol:TravelingParty Size:1Duration:3 hour(s),
20 minute(s)Distance:3.0 mile(s)Observers:DeeAnne MeliopoulosComments:went
to top of mountain and back, not sure exactly what distance round-trip is
Species
26 species total
6
Turkey Vulture
1
Red-tailed Hawk
4
Red-bellied Woodpecker
1
Great Crested Flycatcher
23
Red-eyed Vireo
X
Blue Jay
X
Carolina Chickadee
X
Tufted Titmouse
1
White-breasted Nuthatch
5
Brown-headed Nuthatch
10
Carolina Wren
1
Wood Thrush

heard singing
X
American Robin
3
American Redstart
3
Blackburnian Warbler
15
Blackpoll Warbler
1
Black-throated Blue Warbler
20
Palm Warbler
5
Pine Warbler
X
Yellow-rumped Warbler
2
Summer Tanager
5
Scarlet Tanager
X
Northern Cardinal
4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
X
Brown-headed Cowbird
X
House Finch

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Date: 4/26/17 7:50 am
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Kirtland's Warbler Blitz
Forwarded emailed from Cornell follows:

Thanks so much for your willingness to help survey for migrant
Kirtland's Warblers this spring. The Kirtland's Warbler Migration
Blitz 2017 begins in Georgia on Friday, April 21st and continues for
about a month as most of the world's population passes through the
state.

Details on how to participate are on the blitz webpage here:
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/kirtlands/. This page has been revised
slightly over the past couple weeks, so might be worth reviewing.

The protocol details how to conduct the surveys, and it is
downloadable at the above link (and on the Google Drive link below).

The audio file is in the below Google Drive folder. It includes the
Kirtland's Warbler song and scold tape audio segments described in the
protocol. Please load this on your phone for conducting the survey.

Both the protocol and audio file can also be accessed via Google Drive
at this link:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8lAG4onXAfKMjRHbkpWQ0YtYzg

If you have any issues downloading the audio file, email us and we'll
send it directly as an email attachment.

We do recommend getting a speaker that can amplify the audio track,
for example: http://amzn.to/2opbBL2

That page has been revised with a link to the Google Map that shows
all the survey points. Here's that map link: http://bit.ly/2o7U6Od

Starting tomorrow, these points will appear as hotspots in eBird
(including eBird Mobile) which will allow you to navigate to the
points via eBird Mobile. Please do review this map to see where points
near you may be and to plan what points you might cover. If you have
friends who are taking part, we certainly want birders to cover
different points if possible, but duplication of effort at a given
point is not a problem. If only a few points are near you, surveying
them repeatedly over the survey period is fine. And remember, you can
always make your own points as well!

One final note is that these survey points were selected using GIS
information on habitat and public lands. While we believe this process
did a good job identifying the habitat that we want to survey, the
access depends upon the layer that defines the public lands being
correct. We CANNOT guarantee that some points are not falling on
private land, so please use common sense when visiting the points. If
there are "No Trespassing signs" or the land seems obviously private,
or if access is impossible, then please let us know by emailing
<kirtlands.survey...> and letting us know the name of the point
and the issue with access. If you can get reasonably close to the
point (within 200m or so), please conduct the point from the nearest
access that is possible and send us the coordinates (decimal lat-long
preferred) or a description of the site. You can either create an
alternate survey point (as described in the protocol) or just proceed
to the next point on your route.

We'll be watching this email <kirtlands.survey...> for
questions as well and we'll follow up with a few other messages over
the course of the survey.

Thanks again for participating. We'll be watching for your data and
very much hoping you succeed with a Kirtland’s.

Good luck!

Best,

Marshall Iliff and Viviana Ruiz-Guitierrez

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Date: 4/26/17 7:21 am
From: Stephen Holzman <steveholzman2...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Birding related donations
If you are going to the GOS Spring Meeting at Unicoi, bring your
unwanted books and birding gear. We will be collecting bird related
items like field guides, binoculars, scopes, tripods, backpacks and
other items. We will be dividing up the donation between the Friends
of the Savannah NWR, and Birder's Exchange (items delivered to the
tropics to encourage bird conservation and enjoyment). You can also
bring bird-related books that are not field guides but maybe
nonfiction books about birds and birding. If you are not going to
Unicoi but have donations let me know and I'll see about getting you
in touch with someone that can bring them for you.

Thanks.

Steve Holzman, President
Georgia Ornithological Society
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Date: 4/26/17 5:16 am
From: Milton Hobbs <thegahobbs6...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Mississippi Kite, Burke County, 4/25
Fellow GABO-L-ers,

In addition to warbler neck...Mississippi Kite neck. I saw my first of
season Mississippi Kite in Burke County, near Waynesboro.

Distant shot:
https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-NwwpdTW/0/27d9cdb1/L/i-NwwpdTW-L.jpg

Milton Hobbs

Burke County


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