2018 Winter Meeting

GOS Winter Meeting Tybee Island, Georgia
January 12-15, 2018
Keynote Speaker – Dr. Peter Marra, director of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
Friday Speaker – Cody Cox, Costa Rica Forest Fragmentation
Bird List Compiled by Ellen Miller

This past January, over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, the GOS held its winter meeting on Tybee Island. Cody Cox, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Georgia, and a GOS Bill Terrell Graduate Research Grant recipient, spoke to us about his research in Costa Rica. Cody has been mist-netting, banding birds, and measuring habit variables across a range of geographic gradients, while considering the potential impact forest fragmentation might have on breeding and migratory birds in his study area. He hopes to understand how birds are responding to fragmentation in order to inform future conservation planning so that the Costa Rican government can create preserves with scarce conservation colones (Costa Rican currency) that will keep rare birds on the landscape and keep common birds common. We wish Cody the best of luck as he continues his research. Our keynote speaker was Dr. Peter Marra, director of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, who spoke to us about his latest book, Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer. A myriad of studies have documented the shocking number of birds and other native wildlife that feral cats kill every day, and Peter’s summary drove that point home.

Bird List:


Snow Goose

Canada Goose

Wood Duck


American Wigeon


Mottled Duck

Blue-winged Teal

Northern Shoveler

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal


Ring-necked Duck

Greater Scaup

Lesser Scaup

Black Scoter


Hooded Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Ruddy Duck

Wild Turkey

Red-throated Loon

Common Loon

Pied-billed Grebe

Horned Grebe

Wood Stork

Northern Gannett

Double-crested Cormorant


American White Pelican

Brown Pelican

American Bittern

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

White Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture


Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

Clapper Rail

King Rail

Virginia Rail


Common Gallinule

American Coot

American Avocet

American Oystercatcher

Black-bellied Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Piping Plover


Spotted Sandpiper

Greater Yellowlegs


Lesser Yellowlegs

Ruddy Turnstone

Stilt Sandpiper



Least Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

Short-billed Dowitcher

Long-billed Dowitcher

Wilson’s Snipe

Bonaparte’s Gull

Laughing Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Forster’s Tern

Royal Tern

Black Skimmer

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Mourning Dove

Eastern Whip-poor-will

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Red-cockaded Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

American Kestrel

Peregrine Falcon

Eastern Phoebe

Western Kingbird

Loggerhead Shrike

White-eyed Vireo

Blue-headed Vireo

Blue Jay

American Crow

Tree Swallow

Carolina Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

White-breasted Nuthatch

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

House Wren

Winter Wren

Sedge Wren

Marsh Wren

Carolina Wren

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Eastern Bluebird

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Brown Thrasher

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

American Pipit

Cedar Waxwing

Northern Waterthrush

Black-and-white Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Palm Warbler

Pine Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-throated Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Eastern Towhee

Bachman’s Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Henslow’s Sparrow

Seaside Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow