2019 Winter Meeting

GOS Winter Meeting
Tybee Island, Georgia
January 18-20, 2019
Keynote Speaker – Dr. Kyle Horton, Cornell Lab of Ornithology 
GOS Friday Speaker – Malcolm Hodges - GOS Grants to TNC
Bird List Compiled by Ellen Miller - 161 species

This past January, GOS held its winter meeting on Tybee Island. The weather for the winter meeting was relatively mild, and all of the field trips commenced as planned except for one boat trip to Little Tybee Island that had to be cancelled due to very high winds. A compilation of species seen during the winter meeting can be found below. Thanks to Ed Maioriello for securing our venue and for making arrangements for the banquet after he learned at the last minute that the hotel kitchen was not in service! Ellen Miller did another fantastic job of planning field trips, recruiting field trip leaders, attracting two wonderful speakers, and compiling the species list. Malcolm Hodges spoke to us on Friday night and brought us up to date concerning several grants that The Nature Conservancy has received from GOS over that past few years. As a long-time firebug, I was particularly gratified to hear that Malcolm and his crews have been reintroducing fire into landscapes that have not been burned in a very long time. By the way, Malcolm is our new “From the Field” editor and is doing a fantastic job. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed out loud while reading a “From the Field” report, but with Malcolm at the helm, there is no shortage of belly laughs. Our keynote speaker was Dr. Kyle Horton from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Kyle studies bird migration using a combination of radar, acoustics, and citizen-science data to answer questions about avian migration strategies, population estimates, and how artificial light impacts bird migration. His presentation was fascinating and beautifully done. I’ve long been a fan of the Cornell Ornithology Lab’s BirdCast website, and Kyle’s work also informs these migration models. They are enthralling to follow on a daily basis during the spring and fall migrations.

Bird List:

Wood Duck

Blue-winged Teal

Northern Shoveler


Mottled Duck

Green-winged Teal


Ring-necked Duck

Greater Scaup

Lesser Scaup


Hooded Merganser

Ruddy Duck

Wild Turkey

Pied-billed Grebe

Horned Grebe

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-Dove

White-winged Dove

Mourning Dove

King Rail

Clapper Rail

Virginia Rail


Common Gallinule

American Coot

American Avocet

American Oystercatcher

Black-bellied Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Piping Plover



Ruddy Turnstone

Red Knot

Stilt Sandpiper



Purple Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

Short-billed Dowitcher

Long-billed Dowitcher

American Woodcock

Wilson’s Snipe

Spotted Sandpiper

Greater Yellowlegs


Lesser Yellowlegs

Bonaparte’s Gull

Laughing Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Forster’s Tern

Royal Tern

Black Skimmer

Red-throated Loon

Common Loon

Wood Stork

Northern Gannet


Double-crested Cormorant

Brown Pelican

American Bittern

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron

Reddish Egret

Green Heron

Black-crowned Night-heron

White Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Roseate Spoonbill

Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture


Northern Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

Bald Eagle

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Great Horned Owl

Belted Kingfisher

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Red-cockaded Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

American Kestrel


Eastern Phoebe

Western Kingbird

Loggerhead Shrike

White-eyed Vireo

Blue-headed Vireo

Blue Jay

American Crow

Fish Crow

Tree Swallow

Carolina Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Carolina Wren

House Wren

Marsh Wren

Sedge Wren

Winter Wren

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Eastern Bluebird

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Northern Mockingbird

Brown Thrasher

European Starling

American Pipit

Cedar Waxwing

House Finch

American Goldfinch

Grasshopper Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Saltmarsh Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Henslow’s Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Meadowlark

Baltimore Oriole

Red-winged Blackbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

Rusty Blackbird

Brewer’s Blackbird

Common Grackle

Boat-tailed Grackle

Northern Waterthrush

Black-and-white Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

American Redstart

Palm Warbler

Pine Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-throated Warbler

Northern Cardinal


House Sparrow