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Listed below are the publications sponsored and produced by the Georgia Ornithological Society and its membership.  Some of the publications are historical in nature and, unfortunately, no longer in print.

In addition, cloth patches and hats may also be purchased from the GOS.

We also carry publications not directly sponsored by the GOS, but that were written by GOS members.

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periodicals published by the gos. . .

The Oriole  A Biannual Journal of Georgia Ornithology

The Oriole, a biannual journal of Georgia ornithology, is generally published in April and October. The 75th volume was printed in 2010. Society members in good standing automatically receive a subscription to The Oriole. Institutions such as libraries can subscribe by writing to:

GOS Membership
c/o Shannon Fair P.O.
Box 11926 Atlanta, GA 30355

First published in 1936, The Oriole includes original articles that advance the study of birds in the state of Georgia and adjoining regions. The Oriole welcomes submission of articles describing the occurrence, distribution, behavior, or identification of birds in Georgia, as well as scientific studies from all fields of ornithology. Also included are species accounts of birds observed within the state and From the Field, a regular feature highlighting interesting species observations from a particular season. Back issues of The Oriole may be obtained by writing to:

Mr. Ashley Harrington:
18385 Highway 74
Culloden , GA 31016.

Interested in submitting content to The Oriole?
Click here for manuscript guidelines.

The Oriole covers, past and present

January 1936
 Vol. 1, No. 1

April 1936
Vol. 1, No. 2

March 1986
Vol.51, No. 1

September 1998
Vol.63, No. 3, 4


GOSHAWK  Newsletter of the Georgia Ornithological Society

The GOShawk contains more timely information such as project updates, meeting announcements, notes and itineraries, and recent field observations. The GOShawk is also published quarterly and is delivered to all Georgia Ornithological Society Members in good standing.

The GOShawk Newsletter archive is available here.


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The Ecology of Fruit-eating Birds in Georgia
Occasional Publication No. 18

Fruits make up a significant part of the diet of many bird species. In this GOS publication, biologists Jim Ferrari and Jerry Payne document the use of fruit by Georgia birds and explore the ecological connections between birds and fruit-bearing plants. A major portion of the book lists the kinds of fruits eaten by Georgia birds (organized by bird species and also by plant species), based on a literature review as well as hundreds of original observations by the authors. The book also delves into the questions of invasive plants, the seasonality of fruit production and bird migration, recommendations for homeowners, and geographical patterns of fruit-eating birds across Georgia. With its wealth of new data and ideas, this publication will be appreciated by scientists and non-specialists alike and is relevant to readers far beyond the boundaries of the state. The book is 88 pages, 6 x 9 inches.

Authors: James B. Ferrari and Jerry A. Payne
Published 2009


The Breeding Birds of Haralson County
Occasional Publication No. 17

Birders take note: your sighting records for a single county can provide important information to ornithologists and other birders. It’s worth the effort to keep them, organize them, and put them between covers! Just ask Michael. His intensive surveys on behalf of Georgia’s Breeding Bird Atlas project in 1999 led to the writing of this fine book, which details breeding or probable breeding records for 94 species in Haralson County.

Author: Michael K. Bell
Published 2004



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Birds of Kennesaw Mountain
Occasional Publication No. 16

Kennesaw Mountain is one of the premiere magnets for birders during migration. Giff Beaton's latest book covers 12 years of almost daily migration birding at this highly important stopover site for migrants in Georgia. This reference, written by one of the state’s top birders, belongs on your shelf!

Birds of Kennesaw Mountain is 150 spiral bound pages, 8.5 x 5.5 inches in size.

Author: Giff Beaton
Published 2004


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Species Account

Seasonal Occurrence



Birds of Laurens County
Occasional Publication No. 15

Birds of Laurens County is authored by long time GOS member and former president, Tommy Patterson.  Tommy became an active birder somewhat later than many when he began to accompany his son Hunter over thirty years ago. After joining GOS in 1974 Tommy was encouraged and inspired by Dr. J. Fred Denton to keep records of his sightings in Dublin and nearby areas. What resulted is best described by the following quote from the book’s Foreword by Giff Beaton. “He sought out and identified some good areas of diverse habitat, created an interesting route to follow, and then proceeded to bird this area at least twice a week for almost 30 years! He not only ran the route but kept impeccable records.” His book conveys in a very readable manner data describing birdlife in this Middle Georgia area.

He was also generous with his time by serving GOS in a variety of Executive Committee posts including a two year term as president at the time of our 50th anniversary meeting in Macon.

Birds of Laurens County is 96 pages, 6x 9 inches in size.

Author: Thomas K. Patterson
Published April 2004

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Species Account

About the Author



Annotated Checklist of Georgia Birds
Occasional Publication No. 14

This fifth edition of the "ACOGB" was painstakingly and thoroughly researched by the Checklist and Records Committee incorporating information in the species accounts from many sources including the Breeding Bird Atlas project, Christmas Bird and Breeding Bird Census, The Oriole (67 years) and the records of the Checklist Committee itself. Virtually every species is now tied to a museum specimen, photo or other definitive record.

The manuscript was brought to completion by Giff Beaton with Paul Sykes and Dr. John Parrish. It provides comprehensive detail of range, status and dates of occurrence for 446 species of which 407 are now accepted on the Regular Species List.

The Annotated Checklist of Georgia Birds is 156 pp., 7x10 in. & spiral bound.

Authors: Giff Beaton, Paul Sykes, John Parrish
Published 2003


An Index to Georgia Bird Records in American Birds (Volumes 25-37, 1971-1983) and its Predecessor, Audubon Field Notes (Volumes 1-24, 1947-1970)
Occasional Publication No. 9

This index contains all references made to Georgia birdlife in Audubon Field Notes and American Birds from 1947 - 1983.  Each species is listed in taxonomic order (AOU 6th edition) and contains volume and page numbers for quick access to information in those publications.  The volume and page entries are characterized as "absent" if the reference indicated as such.  376 species are listed.  Even the "Changing Seasons" column was scrubbed for information concerning Georgia birds. Considering that Audubon Field Notes and American Birds were not (and still are not) available in electronic format, an enormous amount of effort must have gone into gathering this information.

Author: Robert W. Loftin
Published 1984


other publications (non-gos). . .

Annotated Checklist of Birds of Middle Georgia

This annotated checklist, current through 31 May 1998, covered the area of the state centered around the City of Macon and Bibb County, including the eight surrounding counties.  The Annotated Checklist of Birds of Middle Georgia was formerly available through the Ocmulgee Audubon Society (the publishers) but is currently out of print.

Paul Johnson


Birding Georgia

The most up-to-date guide available for birding in Georgia.  Birding Georgia is published by Falcon Publishing, and is available through the GOS.  The guide contains descriptions of over 100 locations, and includes maps and directions, what to look for, and how to bird each location. It also contains a section on where to find the more uncommon species in the state.  Bar graphs representing species distribution and seasonal occurrence in the four major areas of the state are included. This book is no longer available through the GOS.


Giff Beaton


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GOS Duck Stamp Holder & 2014-2015 Duck Stamp
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out of print occasional publications. . .

A Birder's Guide to Georgia
Fifth Edition
Kenneth Turner Blackshaw and Joel R. Hitt
Bar Charts by Giff Beaton
Occasional Publication No. 13


A Birder's Guide to Georgia
Fourth Edition

Kenneth Turner Blackshaw
Joel R. Hitt, Editors
Occasional Publication No. 12


A Birder's Guide to Georgia
Third Edition

Terry Chesser, Editor
Occasional Publication No. 11

Annotated Checklist of Georgia Birds
J. Christopher Haney, Patrick Brisse, Daniel D. Jacobsen, Mark Oberle, John Paget, and Milton N. Hopkins, Jr.
Occasional Publication No. 10


A Birder's Guide to Georgia
Second Edition

Joe Greenberg and
Carole Anderson
Occasional Publication No. 8

A Birder's Guide to Georgia
Daniel W. Hans
Occasional Publication No. 7

Annotated Checklist of Georgia Birds
J. Fred Denton, W. Wilson Baker, Leslie B. Davenport, Jr., Milton N. Hopkins, Jr., and Chandler S. Robbins
Occasional Publication No. 6

The Birdlife of Ben Hill County, Georgia and Adjacent Areas
Milton N. Hopkins
Occasional Publication No. 5

The Birdlife of the Savannah River Delta
Ivan R. Tomkins
Occasional Publication No. 4

Distribution and Population in
Summer Birds in
Southwestern Georgia

Robert Norris
Occasional Publication No.3

Birds of Georgia - A Preliminary Check-List and Bibliography
Earle R. Greene, William W. Griffin, Eugene P. Odum, Herbert L. Stoddard, and Ivan R. Tomkins
Occasional Publication No. 2

The Birds of Athens, Clarke County, Georgia
Thomas D. Burleigh
Occasional Publication No. 1



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