2019 Fall Meeting

GOS Fall Meeting
Jekyll Island, Georgia
October 11-13, 2019
Keynote Speaker – Kenn Kaufman, Spring Migration
Friday Speaker – Diana Churchill, Common Birds of the Low Country
Bird List Compiled by Ellen Miller - 180 species

The fall meeting on Jekyll Island over the Columbus Day holiday weekend was a great success. It was hot, muggy, and buggy, but conditions didn’t deter ~135 attendees from getting to the field for a great weekend of birding. We hosted trips all along the southern Georgia coast, and I want to thank Adam Betuel, Kris Bisgard, Diana Churchill, Nathan Farnau, Malcolm Hodges, Gene Keferl, Tim Keyes, Ed Maioriello, Evan Pittman, Bob Sattelmeyer, Dan Vickers, and Gene Wilkinson for serving as field trip leaders. Thanks also to 1st Vice President Ellen Miller for coordinating the field trips and recruiting speakers and to 2nd Vice President Ed Maioriello for securing our venue and coordinating the “Flockings” and banquet. A checklist of species seen/heard can be found on page 5 of this newsletter.

The Friday night presentation was delivered by Diana Churchill, a Low Country-birding celebrity. Diana has been publishing birding articles in the Savannah Morning News for years and subsequently published two books, Birder’s Eye View and Birder’s Eye View II, which are a compilation of her articles, organized by season. Diana’s talk focused on common habitats found in the Low Country and the birds associated with them. Her presentation included “Who am I?” quizzes with audio and images to help the audience associate the sounds with the species.

Kenn Kaufman was the Saturday keynote speaker. Kenn’s topic was the wondrous spectacle of spring migration, most of which goes undetected by humans unless geographical features concentrate migrants. Kenn used the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area in Ohio as an example of an area that concentrates migrants in great numbers. Northward-bound nocturnal migrants must make a decision in the near-dawn hours as they approach the southern shore of Lake Erie: do they continue across the lake on an empty belly and risk getting caught in inclement weather, or do they descend to rest and forage in preparation for the next leg of their journey, simultaneously making Magee Marsh the “Warbler Capital of the World”? Kenn also read some lovely passages from his latest book, A Season on the Wind; Inside the World of Spring Migration. Kenn’s passion for his subject, wry wit, and beautiful photographs of warblers, waterfowl, shorebirds, and flycatchers completely enthralled me and the rest of the audience.

Bird List:

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Canada Goose

Wood Duck


Mottled Duck

Blue-winged Teal

Northern Shoveler

Plain Chachalaca

Wild Turkey

Pied-billed Grebe

Wood Stork

Double-crested Cormorant


American White Pelican

Brown Pelican

American Bittern

Least Bittern

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron

Reddish Egret

Cattle Egret

Green Heron

Black-crowned Night-heron

Yellow-crowned Night-heron

White Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Roseate Spoonbill

Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture


Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Cooper’s Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Clapper Rail

King Rail

Virginia Rail


Common Gallinule

American Coot

Black-necked Stilt

American Avocet

Black-bellied Plover
Wilson’s Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Piping Plover

Snowy Plover


Spotted Sandpiper

Greater Yellowlegs


Lesser Yellowlegs


Long-billed Curlew

Marbled Godwit

Ruddy Turnstone

Red Knot



Least Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

Short-billed Dowitcher

Long-billed Dowitcher

Wilson’s Snipe

Bonaparte’s Gull

Laughing Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Caspian Tern

Forster’s Tern

Royal Tern

Sandwich Tern

Black Skimmer

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Mourning Dove

Common Ground-Dove

American Oystercatcher

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Great Horned Owl

Barred Owl

Nightjar sp.

Chimney Swift

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

American Kestrel


Peregrine Falcon

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Acadian Flycatcher

Eastern Phoebe

Great Crested Flycatcher

Loggerhead Shrike

White-eyed Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Blue Jay

American Crow

Fish Crow

Tree Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Barn Swallow

Carolina Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

Brown-head Nuthatch

House Wren

Sedge Wren

Marsh Wren

Carolina Wren

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Eastern Bluebird


Gray-cheeked Thrush

Swainson’s Thrush

Wood Thrush

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Brown Thrasher

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling


Northern Waterthrush

Black-and-white Warbler

Tennessee Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Hooded Warbler

American Redstart

Cape May Warbler

 Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Black-throated Warbler

Palm Warbler

Pine Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-throated Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Wilson’s Warbler

Yellow-breasted Chat

Eastern Towhee

Chipping Sparrow

Clay-colored Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Nelson’s Sparrow

Seaside Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Summer Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Northern Cardinal

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting

Painted Bunting


Red-winged Blackbird

Eastern Meadowlark

Common Grackle

Boat-tailed Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird


House Finch