Georgia Ornithological Society

january 2008 georgia statewide rba summaries. . .
1 Jan 3 Jan 7 Jan 9 Jan 12 Jan 16 Jan
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Note: Giff Beaton’s book Birding Georgia and Ken Blankenship’s web site Wings Over Georgia contain directions to some of these sites and many other great birding locations in Georgia.


* Georgia statewide
* January 26, 2008
* GAGA01.26.08

- Birds Reported
SNOWY PLOVER
White-winged Dove
Common Goldeneye
Northern Pintail
Purple Sandpiper
Red-throated Loon
Ovenbird
Black-and-white Warbler
Redhead
GREEN-BREASTED MANGO
Baltimore Oriole
Rufous Hummingbird
Tundra Swan
SAY'S PHOEBE
CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIR
DRufous Hummingbird
BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD
Red-breasted Nuthatch

 -Transcript
hotline: Georgia Rare Bird Alertdate: January 28, 2008
number: 770-493-8862
to report: 770-493-8862 or lambertsewell AT mindspring.com
coverage: Statewide
compiled: January 26, 2008 (8:43pm)
compiler: Jeff Sewell
transcriber: Ken Blankenship [Transcriber note: A large number of Georgia birders are participating in a winter shorebird count today 01/28/08, so be sure to call the RBA and/or keep up with the GABO-L ListServ for potential rarities, high counts, etc. in the next day or so.]

A nice coastal report on on 27 January included 2 COMMON GOLDENEYE and 4 NORTHERN PINTAIL at Harris Neck NWR in McIntosh Co.; 2 PURPLE SANDPIPERS, 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, many NORTHERN GANNETS, and a RED-THROATED LOON from Tybee Island North Beach; 32 AMERICAN AVOCET from Hwy 17 near Brunswick; and a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, MOTTLED DUCKS, and 6 GLOSSY IBIS from Altamaha Waterfowl Management Areas.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R14804

A RED-THROATED LOON was found on 27 Jan on Lake Lanier; this is a good find inland.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R14455

On 27 Jan 7 REDHEAD were found on J. Strom Thurmond Lake in Columbia Co.http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R14772

On 27 Jan a wintering OVENBIRD was observed on private property outside Statesboro. This is a rare wintering species in the state, with most reports coming from the coast and lower coastal plain.

A TUNDRA SWAN was relocated at J.W. Smith Reservoir in Clayton County on 27 Jan From Hwy 41 (Tara Blvd), head west on McDonough Rd until the first light in about one mile, and turn left here onto Panhandle Rd. In 3.5 miles you will cross the lake on a dike; immediately after the bridge turn left into a fire station and park. Scan the upper end of the lake from vantage points behind the fire station; you may need to stay for a while because the groups of ducks on the lake (and the swan) may be hidden in coves or behind points of land and tend to move around. The bird has also been located in the portion of the lake on the other side of the road from the station; be extremely careful with traffic as you cross the road or scope from the shoulder. This bird is not seen on every visit, as this RBA transcriber learned on 26 Jan after spending 2 hours staking it out only to have it be out in the open for other observers the next day :)
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R14569

Two WHITE-WINGED DOVES are visiting feeders at a private residence in Savannah as of 26 Jan. Email the homeowner or call the RBA to arrange a visit.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R13915

The state's first GREEN-BREASTED MANGO continues in Dublin, GA (LaurensCounty) as of 25 Jan, at the home of Rose Rhodes. The best time to reliably see this bird at its preferred feeder in the carport at the Rhodes house is from 30 minutes before sunrise until around 8:00am. During other parts of the day it is very unpredictable. Across the street at the Jackson home feeders, BALTIMORE ORIOLES were reported, along with a continuing RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD.

A SAY'S PHOEBE, which had not been reported for several days previous, was successfully relocated by several observers on 21 Jan. This location is along Cobb Cheek Rd in Sumter County. The bird has been seen sporadically among a barbed-wire fence, some power lines, and farm equipment found at this road's intersection with Tim Tucker Rd (the stop sign where Cobb Cheek Rd turns to dirt/mud).

RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES continue to be reported on a regular basis from the mountains and piedmont to as far south as Dublin, in Laurens County; this winter's invasion of the species is the most significant in many years.

A male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD and a CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD are still visiting a feeder at a private residence in Lilburn in Gwinnett County. Email the homeowners or call the RBA to arrange a visit.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R10329

A BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD was relocated coming to a residence in Mableton, and a BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD was relocated coming to a residence in Locust Grove, both on 23 Jan. Email or call the RBA to arrange a visit.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R12865

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* Georgia statewide
* January 24, 2008
* GAGA01.24.08

- Birds Reported

White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Surf Scoter
GREEN-BREASTED MANGO
BULLOCK’S ORIOLE
Baltimore Oriole
Tundra Swan
SAY’S PHOEBE
Lesser Black-backed Gull
American Black Duck
CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD
Rufous Hummingbird
BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Short-eared Owl
White-crowned Sparrow
Scoter spp., Long-tailed Duck (not seen)

-Transcript

hotline: Georgia Rare Bird Alert
date: January 25, 2008
number: 770-493-8862
to report: 770-493-8862 or lambertsewell AT mindspring.com
coverage: Statewide
compiled: January 24, 2008 (5:36pm)
compiler: Jeff Sewell
transcriber: Ken Blankenship

A raft of sea ducks including 1 SURF SCOTER, 1 BLACK SCOTER, 3 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, and 4 unknown Scoter spp. was relocated on the Carter’s Lake Re-regulation Lake as recently as 24 Jan. It is noted that the birds are so far out on the lake at times that identification may not be possible.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R13426
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R13057
http://wingsoverga.com/MurrayCountyBirdingSites.html#CartersLake

The state’s first GREEN-BREASTED MANGO continues in Dublin, GA (Laurens County) as of 25 Jan, at the home of Rose Rhodes. Across the street at the Jackson home, BALTIMORE ORIOLES were reported earlier this week, along with a possible Bullock’s Oriole and a possible Western Tanager, both by out-of-town birders while staking out the Mango. However, a birder who spent a good bit of time at the location did not observe the latter two species on 25 Jan; incidentally, this observer did see the previously reported RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD at a feeder at the Jackson home.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R13730

A TUNDRA SWAN was relocated at J.W. Smith Reservoir in Clayton County on 24 Jan. From Hwy 41 (Tara Blvd), head west on McDonough Rd until the first light in about one mile, and turn left here onto Panhandle Rd. In 3.5 miles you will cross the lake on a dike; immediately after the bridge turn left into a fire station and park. Scan the upper end of the lake from vantage points behind the fire station; you may need to stay for a while because the groups of ducks on the lake (and the swan) may be hidden in coves or behind points of land and tend to move around. On 9 Jan the bird was located in the portion of the lake on the other side of the road from the station; be extremely careful with traffic as you cross the road or scope from the shoulder.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R13497

A SAY’S PHOEBE, which had not been reported for several days previous, was successfully relocated by several observers on 21 Jan. This location is along Cobb Cheek Rd in Sumter County. The bird has been seen sporadically among a barbed-wire fence, some power lines, and farm equipment found at this road’s intersection with Tim Tucker Rd (the stop sign where Cobb Cheek Rd turns to dirt/mud). Also seen was a nice count of 20+ WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS and at least one SHORT-EARED OWL.
http://www.wingsoverga.com/SumterCoBirdingSites.html#CobbOwlFields
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R12145

An unusual inland record of a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL came on 21 Jan from Clark’s Hill / J. Strom Thurmond Lake. There are perhaps fewer than 10 inland records of this species in the state.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R11816

A male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD and a CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD are still visiting a feeder at a private residence in Lilburn in Gwinnett County. Email the homeowners or call the RBA to arrange a visit.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R10329

A BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD was relocated coming to a residence in Mableton, and a BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD was relocated coming to a residence in Locust Grove, both on 23 Jan. Email or call the RBA to arrange a visit.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R12865

At least 16 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS and other waterfowl were reported from Chicopee Woods Lake on 21 Jan.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R11816
http://wingsoverga.com/HallCoBirdingSites.html#ChicopeeLake
A mixed raft of sea ducks, including a Long-tailed Duck, has note been relocated since 21 Jan at Ft. Yargo State Park despite searches by several observers over the week.

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* Georgia statewide
* January 21, 2008
* GAGA01.21.08

- Birds Reported

Long-tailed Duck
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Short-eared Owl
Vermilion Flycatcher
BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD
GREEN-BREASTED MANGO
CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD
Rufous Hummingbird

-Transcript

hotline: Georgia Rare Bird Alert
date: January 21, 2008
number: 770-493-8862
to report: 770-493-8862 or lambertsewell AT mindspring.com
coverage: Statewide
compiled: January 21, 2008 (7:40pm)
compiler: Jeff Sewell
transcriber: Ken Blankenship

On 21 Jan a remarkable group of sea ducks was discovered on the lake at Ft. Yargo State Park, near the town of Winder, in Barrow County. The group contained 4 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, one SURF SCOTER, one BLACK SCOTER, and one LONG-TAILED DUCK. It is an extremely rare phenomenon to have all three scoters in one place at one time inland (as opposed to on the ocean) – and especially with the addition of the duck, this may be the first Georgia record of all of these species together inland. The birds were seen throughout the day by various observers, and it is noted that you may need to use different vantage points depending on lighting conditions for the best views; patience will also provide better looks as the birds may have their heads tucked for long periods. The birds were last seen as late as 5:30pm. The most reliable spot was to park at Campground #2 at the end of the first road on your left as you enter the park (across from the office); hike and scan the lake from there a round to the dam.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R11642
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R11488

On 18 Jan, a nice report from Cumberland Island in Camden County included 12 SURF SCOTERS, 2 BLACK SCOTERS, and one WHITE-WINGED SCOTER along with a rare winter sighting of a REDDISH EGRET. Other birds of interest included NORTHERN GANNET, PIPING PLOVER, RED KNOT, and BALD EAGLE.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R11244
http://www.wingsoverga.com/CamdenCoBirdingSites.html#CumberlandIsland

On 20 Jan a report of a SHORT-EARED OWL at the Oxbow Meadows Environmental Park in Columbus, Muscogee County. This is the first record for the area.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R11200
http://www.wingsoverga.com/MuscogeeCoBirdingSites.html#OxbowMeadows

Also on 20 Jan, a report of at least 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS from the annually reliable spot on Cobb Cheek Rd in Sumter County. [This observer also reported that despite efforts by several birders, the previously reported Say’s Phoebe, and both Smith’s and Lapland Longspurs, were not relocated at their respective locations and – as mentioned on a previous RBA message that was not transcribed – these birds have likely moved on.]
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R11336
http://www.wingsoverga.com/SumterCoBirdingSites.html#CobbOwlFields

As of 20 Jan, a female BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD is visiting a feeder at a private residence in Mableton, Cobb County. Call the RBA or send an email for details on viewing this bird.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R11303

A CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD and a male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD continue to visit a residence in Lilburn, Gwinnett County. Call the RBA or send an email for details on viewing this bird.

On 21 Jan, a female VERMILION FLYCATCHER was relocated at the Bradley Unit of the Eufaula National Wildlife Reserve in Stewart County. This is the presumably the same individual that has wintered at this location for three consecutive years. Also reported from this location were GADWALL, SEDGE WREN, and GREATER YELLOWLEGS.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R11567
http://www.wingsoverga.com/StewartCoBirdingSites.html#EufaulaNWRBradleyUnit

The amazing, seemingly immune-to-the-elements, first Georgia record GREEN-BREASTED MANGO continues as of 21 Jan at the home of Rose Rhodes in Dublin, Laurens County. At feeders across the street at the Jackson home were BALTIMORE ORIOLES and COMMON GROUND DOVES. It was in early Feb 2007 that a Bulloch’s Oriole and a Western Tanager were seen at these feeders, so visitors should be on the look-out for these and other species while staking out the Mango.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R11567

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* Georgia statewide
* January 16, 2008
* GAGA01.16.08

- Birds Reported

Greater White-fronted Goose
Brewer’s Blackbird
Common Goldeneye
Sandhill Crane
Snow Goose
Red-cockaded Woodpecker
Clay-colored Sparrow
SMITH’S LONGSPUR
Northern Pintail
Western Kingbird (late report)
GREEN-BREASTED MANGO
CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD
Rufous Hummingbird
Tundra Swan (no reports)
Snowy Plover (no reports)

-Transcript

hotline: Georgia Rare Bird Alert
date: January 16, 2008
number: 770-493-8862
to report: 770-493-8862 or lambertsewell AT mindspring.com
coverage: Statewide
compiled: January 16, 2008 (9:17pm)
compiler: Jeff Sewell
transcriber: Ken Blankenship

A pair of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were re-located on 17 Jan on Floyd Creek Church Rd in Bartow County, along with at least 7 SANDHILL CRANES and a few BREWER’S BLACKBIRDS, and some other interesting waterfowl. It was mentioned by the observer that this road may also be signed as Hills Creek Rd in some places; it is signed properly as Floyd Creek Church Rd at its intersection with GA Hwy 113 just north of the pasture where the birds were seen.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R10540
http://www.wingsoverga.com/BartowCountyBirdingSites.html#BartowCountyLoop

A nice combo report on 15 Jan came from the Okefenokee Wilderness Area near Folkston in Charlton County, and several sites in the Brunswick area. This is a known area for observing wintering SANDHILL CRANES, and a SNOW GOOSE was observed along with 75-100 cranes. Also seen on this visit were RED-COCKADED WOODPECKER, WHITE IBIS, and assorted waterfowl. A female COMMON GOLDENEYE was reported from Andrew’s Island Causeway, and several interesting coastal species were seen in nearby locations as well, such as ROSEATE SPOONBILL and AMERICAN AVOCET.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R8877

On 13 Jan a first Georgia record SMITH’S LONGSPUR was relocated at the Marshallville Super Sod in Macon County.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R8382\
http://www.wingsoverga.com/MaconCoBirdingSites.html#MarshallvilleSuperSod

On 14 Jan a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was relocated on Cobb Cheek Rd in Sumter County. Not seen was a Say’s Phoebe that has been seen in the same area for several weeks, but this may be due to time of day.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R8834
http://www.wingsoverga.com/SumterCoBirdingSites.html#CobbOwlFields

On 13 Jan a good county of 10 NORTHERN PINTAIL from the Phinizy Swamp Nature Park in Richmond County.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R7861
http://www.wingsoverga.com/RichmondCoBirdingSites.html#PhinizySwamp

As of 17 Jan male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD and a CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD are still visiting a feeder at a private residence in Lilburn in Gwinnett County. Email the homeowners or call the RBA to arrange a visit.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R10329

A late report from 6 Jan of a WESTERN KINGBIRD at the Altamaha Waterfowl Management Area.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R7709

As of 18 Jan, a first Georgia record GREEN-BREASTED MANGO was still present at a private residence in Dublin.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R10880

There have been no recent reports of the Tundra Swan on J.W. Smith Reservoir in Clayton County or the Snow Plover on Jekyll Island South Beach in Glynn County.

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* Georgia statewide
* January 12, 2008
* GAGA01.07.08

- Birds Reported

White-winged Scoter
Greater White-fronted Goose
Canvasback
Horned Grebe
Bonaparte's Gull
Pectoral Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Painted Bunting
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Tundra Swan
SMITH'S LONGSPUR
Lapland Longspur
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
American Pipit
Horned Lark
GREEN-BREASTED MANGO
CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD
Rufous Hummingbird
SPRAGUE'S PIPIT (possible)

-Transcript

hotline: Georgia Rare Bird Alert
date: January 13, 2008
number: 770-493-8862
to report: 770-493-8862 or lambertsewell AT mindspring.com
coverage: Statewide
compiled: January 12, 2008 (8:53pm)
compiler: Jeff Sewell
transcriber: Ken Blankenship

On 12 Jan two male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS were located after much searching in a huge flock of blackbirds, cowbirds, and starlings relating to a large agricultural area centering on the fork of GA Hwy 127 and GA Hwy 224 in Houston County, where these two highways split (as you are heading west from I-75; DeLorme pg. 42, D-4). When birders are in the SW portion of the state in the winter they should scan any large flocks of blackbirds for this rare western species. It is important to note that the blackbird flock has been found en route to Marshallville and the extremely productive sod farm just west of the town on Felton Rd (detailed directions at link below). Also on 12 Jan a first Georgia record SMITH'S LONGSPUR was relocated at the Marshallville Super Sod Farm in Macon County along with at least 6 LAPLAND LONGSPURS. Also a good number of AMERICAN PIPITS and a few HORNED LARKS, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and LEAST SANDPIPERS are in the area; a possible Sprague's Pipit, reported on two occasions over the past two weeks, may have been identified by its call on 12 Jan. No additional details have been reported pertaining to the bird's behavior or field marks since 9 Jan.
http://www.wingsoverga.com/MaconCoBirdingSites.html#MarshallvilleSuperSod
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&F=&S=&P=14041

A first record for Whitfield County, 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen as late as the evening of 10 Jan.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&F=&S=&P=14680

A first-winter TUNDRA SWAN was relocated on 12 Jan at J.W. Smith Reservoir in Clayton County. From Hwy 41 (Tara Blvd), head west on McDonough Rd until the first light in about one mile, and turn left here onto Panhandle Rd. In 3.5 miles you will cross the lake on a dike; immediately after the bridge turn left into a fire station and park. Scan the upper end of the lake from vantage points behind the fire station; you may need to stay for a while because the groups of ducks on the lake (and the swan) may be hidden in coves or behind points of land and tend to move around. The swan has been seen on both sides of the lake, including near the dam on 12 Jan, so you may need to cross the road and scan the section that is opposite the station; be very careful with traffic.

Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were located in Bartow County on 12 Jan, at the pasture on Floyd Creek Church Rd (see details at link below). This is just south of this road's intersection with GA Hwy 113 west of Cartersville, GA. This species, along with Snow Goose and Sandhill Crane, has been seen here in past winters; the marsh formerly in this pasture has been destroyed by the owners who had to dig their cattle watering hole deeper. The geese are often wandering around in the pasture, but if they are not visible they may be way down in the hole. At the soccer fields and surrounding farm fields (but not on the sod) on Douthit Ferry Rd, at least 80-100 AMERICAN PIPIT and 30+ HORNED LARKS were seen on 12 Jan.
http://www.wingsoverga.com/BartowCountyBirdingSites.html#BartowCountyLoop

A rare wintering species in the coastal plain, a male PAINTED BUNTING was reported coming to feeders in Glennville, in Tattnall County. This species has been seen at the same location in past winters.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&F=&S=&P=15120

A rare inland winter record PECTORAL SANDPIPER was reported, along with LEAST SANDPIPER and WILSON'S SNIPE, on 11 Jan from the Columbus Waterworks North Application Fields.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R7253
http://www.wingsoverga.com/MuscogeeCoBirdingSites.html#OxbowMeadows

On 9 Jan, a CANVASBACK was seen on the Carter's Lake Re-reg Lake.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R6249
http://www.wingsoverga.com/MurrayCountyBirdingSites.html#CartersLake

CANVASBACKS, HORNED GREBES, and a BONAPARTE'S GULL were reported from Lake Horton in Fayette County on 11 Jan.

A female CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD and a male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD have been visiting a feeder at a residence in Lilburn, in Gwinnett County as of 11 Jan. For information on viewing the bird, leave a message on the RBA.

A first Georgia record GREEN-BREASTED MANGO was last seen 11 Jan. It is coming to feeders at the home of Ms. Rose Rhodes at 224 Brookdale Dr. in the city of Dublin, Laurens County.

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* Georgia statewide
* January 9, 2008
* GAGA01.09.08

- Birds Reported

SPRAGUE'S PIPIT
White-winged Dove
American Woodcock
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Tundra Swan
SMITH'S LONGSPUR
SNOWY PLOVER
GREEN-BREASTED MANGO
CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD
Rufous Hummingbird

-Transcript

hotline: Georgia Rare Bird Alert
date: January 10, 2008
number: 770-493-8862
to report: 770-493-8862 or lambertsewell AT mindspring.com
coverage: Statewide
compiled: January 9, 2008 (8:18pm)
compiler: Jeff Sewell
transcriber: Ken Blankenship

On 9 Jan a possible SPRAGUE'S PIPIT was located at the Marshallville Super Sod Farm in Macon County. This species was reported from the same location on 31 Dec. If anyone relocates this bird, and especially if any photographs are taken, please make a report to the RBA and/or the on-line ListServ GABO- L; there are fewer than 10 confirmed records of this species in the state.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R6277

On 9 Jan a WHITE-WINGED DOVE was reported from a feeder in Savannah, in Chatham County. This species has been observed at the same location two times in the past.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R6022

AMERICAN WOODCOCKS are beginning to display at dusk, and a few birds were reported from a subdivision nature preserve on 8 Jan. Click the link below for detailed directions to this area, which is in Forsyth County.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R6400

A first-winter TUNDRA SWAN was relocated as recently as 9 Jan at J.W. Smith Reservoir in Clayton County. From Hwy 41 (Tara Blvd), head west on McDonough Rd until the first light in about one mile, and turn left here onto Panhandle Rd. In 3.5 miles you will cross the lake on a dike; immediately after the bridge turn left into a fire station and park. Scan the upper end of the lake from vantage points behind the fire station; you may need to stay for a while because the groups of ducks on the lake (and the swan) may be hidden in coves or behind points of land and tend to move around. On 9 Jan the bird was located in the portion of the lake on the other side of the road from the station; be extremely careful with traffic as you cross the road or scope from the shoulder.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R6124

On 8 Jan a first Georgia record SMITH'S LONGSPUR was relocated at the Marshallville Super Sod Farm in Macon County. Also a good number of AMERICAN PIPITS and a few HORNED LARKS are in the area.

A female CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD and a male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD have been visiting a feeder at a residence in Lilburn, in Gwinnett County as of 9 Jan.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R6595

A first Georgia record GREEN-BREASTED MANGO was last seen 9 Jan. It is coming to feeders at the home of Ms. Rhodes at 224 Brookdale Dr. in the city of Dublin, Laurens County.

No reports of a second Georgia record SNOWY PLOVER since 6 Jan. If you go look for the plover on the South Beach of Jekyll Island, be aware that it is usually found keeping company with a few PIPING PLOVERS. If you do not see the plover(s) right away, it is a good idea to explore the entire tip of the island because the bird has been seen all along the beach between the ocean side and the marsh side near St. Andrew's picnic area.
http://www.wingsoverga.com/GlynnCoBirdingSites.html#JekyllIsland

A male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD located on 6 Jan on River Rd in Dooly County has not been relocated. This road can be seen in the DeLorme Atlas on pg. 50, grid A-2. This bird was in a large flock of blackbirds and starlings; it is suggested that when birders are in the southern half [especially the SW corner] of the state in the winter that they should scan any large flocks of blackbirds for this rare species.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R5029

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* Georgia statewide
* January 7, 2008
* GAGA01.07.08

- Birds Reported

Yellow-headed Blackbird
Tundra Swan
Common Goldeneye
SMITH'S LONGSPUR
Baltimore Oriole
SAY'S PHOEBE
SNOWY PLOVER
GREEN-BREASTED MANGO
CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD
Rufous Hummingbird

-Transcript

hotline: Georgia Rare Bird Alert
date: January 7, 2008
number: 770-493-8862
to report: 770-493-8862 or lambertsewell AT mindspring.com
coverage: Statewide
compiled: January 7, 2008 (12:06pm)
compiler: Jeff Sewell
transcriber: Ken Blankenship

On 6 Jan a male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was located on River Rd in Dooly County, which can be seen in the DeLorme Atlas on pg. 50, grid A-2. This bird was in a large flock of blackbirds and starlings; it is suggested that when birders are in the southern half (especially the SW corner) of the state in the winter that they should scan any large flocks of blackbirds for this rare species.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R5029

A first-winter TUNDRA SWAN first reported on 5 Jan was relocated on 6 Jan at J.W. Smith Reservoir in Clayton County. From Hwy 41 (Tara Blvd), head west on McDonough Rd until the first light in about one mile, and turn left here onto Panhandle Rd. In 3.5 miles you will cross the lake on a dike; immediately after the bridge turn left into a fire station and park. Scan the upper end of the lake from vantage points behind the fire station; you may need to stay for a while because the groups of ducks on the lake (and the swan) may be hidden in coves or behind points of land and tend to move around. Also seen here on 6 Jan was a first winter male COMMON GOLDENEYE and a REDHEAD.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R4304

On 6 Jan a SAY'S PHOEBE was relocated along Cobb Cheek Rd in Sumter County. The bird is usually seen sporadically among a barbed-wire fence, some power lines, and farm equipment found at this road's intersection with Tim Tucker Rd (the stop sign where Cobb Cheek Rd turns to dirt/mud).
http://www.wingsoverga.com/SumterCoBirdingSites.html#CobbOwlFields

A second Georgia record SNOWY PLOVER was relocated again on 6 Jan. If you go look for the plover on the South Beach of Jekyll Island, it is usually found keeping company with a few PIPING PLOVERS. If you do not see the
plover(s) right away, it is a good idea to explore the entire tip of the island because the bird has been seen all along the beach between the ocean side and the marsh side near St. Andrew's picnic area.
http://www.wingsoverga.com/GlynnCoBirdingSites.html#JekyllIsland

On 6 Jan a first Georgia record SMITH'S LONGSPUR was relocated at the Marshallville Super Sod Farm in Macon County. Also a good number of AMERICAN PIPITS and a few HORNED LARKS are in the area; a Sprague's Pipit was reported from this location last week but has not been relocated or documented.
http://www.wingsoverga.com/MaconCoBirdingSites.html#MarshallvilleSuperSod

A female CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD and a male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD have been visiting a feeder at a residence in Lilburn, in Gwinnett County as of 6 Jan.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&F=&S=&P=395

A first Georgia record GREEN-BREASTED MANGO was last seen 5 Jan. It is coming to feeders at the home of Ms. Rhodes at 224 Brookdale Dr. in the city of Dublin, Laurens County.

On 6 Jan a BALTIMORE ORIOLE, a species which is known to winter in the southern third of the state (especially relating to pecan orchards), showed up at a more northerly location in Culloden, in Monroe County.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&P=R4928

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* Georgia statewide
* January 3, 2008
* GAGA01.03.08

- Birds Reported

SNOWY PLOVER
Roseate Spoonbill
SMITH'S LONGSPUR
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
SAY'S PHOEBE
CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD
Rufous Hummingbird
Red Crossbill
Purple Finch
Northern Bobwhite
Limpkin
Clay-colored Sparrow
Common Goldeneye
American Avocet
Whimbrel
Redhead
Horned Grebe
Hooded Merganser
White-crowned Sparrow
Northern Pintail
Green-breasted Mango (not reported)
Cackling Goose (not relocated)

-Transcript

hotline: Georgia Rare Bird Alert
date: January 4, 2008
number: 770-493-8862
to report: 770-493-8862 or lambertsewell AT mindspring.com
coverage: Statewide
compiled: January 3, 2008 (8:33pm)
compiler: Jeff Sewell
transcriber: Ken Blankenship

A second Georgia record SNOWY PLOVER was relocated again on 3 Jan, but was missed on 2 Jan. If you go look for the plover on the South Beach of Jekyll Island, be aware that it is usually found keeping company with a few PIPING PLOVERS. If you do not see the plover(s) right away, it is a good idea to explore the entire tip of the island because the bird has been seen all along the beach between the ocean side and the marsh side near St. Andrew's picnic area. This observer also reported a few ROSEATE SPOONBILLS at the Jekyll Island Amphitheater pond.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&F=&S=&P=5053
http://www.wingsoverga.com/GlynnCoBirdingSites.html#JekyllIsland

A first Georgia record SMITH'S LONGSPUR was relocated at the Marshallville Super Sod Farm in Macon County, along with at least one LAPLAND LONGSPUR on 2 Jan. These birds can be difficult to separate in the field, which is compounded by their tendency to hunch down in the grass and not allow close approach; a scope and patience is necessary, and a camera with a good telephoto lens is helpful. After some discussion of field observations and photo analysis of the birds, here are a few ID tips. Lapland Longspur: look for a patch of rufous coloration on the nape, which is not always easy to distinguish; in the facial pattern, look for a dark, unbroken "auricular box" with an even buffy center to it; look for a white belly and lower breast (not buffy) if seen in flight. Smith's Longspur: the bird will have warmer, buffy tones overall; in the facial pattern, look for a slightly lighter "auricular box" with a white center that breaks the border of the box near the rear; look for a buffy belly and lower breast if seen in flight; white lesser coverts are sometimes visible when the bird is on the ground, but not always (as photos have revealed).  Using the tail pattern in flight is not a reliable way to separate these birds in the field; without the bird in the hand, it is too difficult for the human eye or a camera (from far away, anyway) to distinguish how many/how much of the outer tail feathers are white, especially when seen from below.
http://www.wingsoverga.com/MaconCoBirdingSites.html#MarshallvilleSuperSod

As of 3 Jan, a very good number of 50 PURPLE FINCHES are coming to a feeder at a residence in Oconee, in Washington County, along with good numbers of more common birds, with up to 12 NORTHERN BOBWHITE sometimes visiting on the ground under the feeders.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&F=&S=&P=3227

A male RED CROSSBILL was reported on 3 Jan from the Woodring Branch Campground in Gilmer County, coming to feeders that are filled by the caretakers of the campground (though it is closed for the season). It was suggested that if you go look for this bird you do so before 3:30pm, when the feeders are cast in the shade and bird activity slows down. This is also a good place to look for Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pine Siskin, and Purple Finch.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&F=&S=&P=4833
http://www.wingsoverga.com/MurrayCountyBirdingSites.html#CartersLake

A CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD and a male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD have been visiting a feeder at a residence in Lilburn, in Gwinnett County as of 1 Jan.
http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&F=&S=&P=395

On 2 Jan a SAY'S PHOEBE was relocated along Cobb Cheek Rd in Sumter County. The bird has been seen sporadically among a barbed-wire fence, some power lines, and farm equipment found at this road's intersection with Tim Tucker Rd (the stop sign where Cobb Cheek Rd turns to dirt/mud).
The bird seems to be most reliable in the last hour or so of daylight.
http://www.wingsoverga.com/SumterCoBirdingSites.html#CobbOwlFields

On 3 Jan a LIMPKIN was relocated at the Georgia Veteran's Memorial State Park in Crisp County, just west of the town of Cordele. This bird can be very difficult to locate due to its nature of skulking around in aquatic vegetation and cattails. When you enter the park, drive across a small bridge and note a shallow arm of the lake on your left with an aluminum fishing pier in it and a railroad bridge way in the back. Turn at the first available gravel drive after the bridge and continue to a small parking area with a trail sign and a tiny concrete boat ramp. First, scope the opposite shore from the boat ramp, then walk down the trail very quietly – the bird has also been found in an area of cypress right next to the trail on the left.

From the coast on 1 Jan, 2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS and a REDHEAD from Altamaha WMA; HORNED GREBE, HOODED MERGANSER, and COMMON GOLDENEYE from Andrew’s Island Causeway, and several AMERICAN AVOCET and 1 WHIBREL at the Jekyll Island Visitor's Center.
http://www.wingsoverga.com/McIntoshCoBirdingSites.html#AltamahaWMA
http://www.wingsoverga.com/GlynnCoBirdingSites.html#AndrewsIslandCauseway
http://www.wingsoverga.com/GlynnCoBirdingSites.html#JekyllIsland

No recent reports of the Green-breasted Mango in Dublin, perhaps because no one has gone to look for it.

The Cackling Goose in Gordon County was not relocated on 3 Jan, but this observer did find 15 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS on Fite Bend Rd, and 1 NORTHERN PINTAIL on Pine Chapel Rd.
http://www.wingsoverga.com/GordonCountyBirdingSites.html#FiteBendRd
http://www.wingsoverga.com/GordonCountyBirdingSites.html#PineChapelRd

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* Georgia statewide
* January 1, 2008
* GAGA0801.01

- Birds Reported

SNOWY PLOVER
Piping Plover
SMITH'S LONGSPUR
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD
Rufous Hummingbird
SAY'S PHOEBE
White-crowned Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Short-eared Owl
Red Crossbill
Limpkin (not seen)
Cackling Goose (not seen)
GREEN-BREASTED MANGO

-Transcript

hotline: Georgia Rare Bird Alert
date: January 2, 2008
number: 770-493-8862
to report: 770-493-8862 or lambertsewell AT mindspring.com
coverage: Statewide
compiled: January 1, 2008 (8:56 PM)
compiler: Jeff Sewell
transcriber: James F. Flynn, Jr.

The SNOWY PLOVER continues at Jekyll Island's south end in the company of three PIPING PLOVERS.
http://listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0712&L=gabo-l&O=D&P=33630

The SMITH'S LONGSPUR continues at the Marshallville Super Sod Farm, Macon Co., and has been joined by three LAPLAND LONGSPURS.

A female CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD has been visiting a feeder at the home of Rick and Sandy Krause in Lilburn, Gwinnett Co. A male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD has also been sporadically visiting the feeder.
http://listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&F=&S=&P=395

The SAY'S PHOEBE was seen again along Cobb Cheek Rd. near the intersection of Tim Tucker Rd. in Sumter Co. Mornings and late afternoon/early evenings may be the best times to look for the bird. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS and VESPERS SPARROWS can be seen in the cotton fields north of the intersection. At least one SHORT-EARED OWL was seen along Cobb Cheek Rd. just north of this site on 1/1.
http://listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0801&L=gabo-l&F=&S=&P=971

RED CROSSBILLS were not seen on 1/1 and last seen on 12/31 at Dawson Forest WMA near the entrance to the Amicalola Tract (NOT at the better-known City of Atlanta Tract).
http://listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0712&L=gabo-l&O=D&P=34091

A CACKLING GOOSE first discovered along Pine Chapel Rd., Gordon Co., and subsequently seen at Fite Bend Rd., Gordon Co., was not seen on 1/1.

The GREEN-BREASTED MANGO at Rose Rhodes' feeder in Dublin, Laurens Co.
continues.For directions see:
http://listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0711&L=gabo-l&O=D&P=34648

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