2022 Fall Meeting Summary

GOS Fall Meeting
Jekyll Island, GA
7-10 October 2022
Keynote Speaker: Kevin McGowan, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
Friday Night Speaker: Heather Gaya, University of Georgia

Approximately 85 attendees participated in our Fall Meeting activities which included interesting and entertaining presentations on Friday and Saturday, the banquet and field trips. For the weekend, participants found 177 species (see list below) on field trips to Altamaha Sound, Altamaha WMA, Altama Plantation WMA, Andrews Island Causeway and Disposal Site, Cannon’s Point, Clayhole Swamp WMA, Cumberland Island, Glennville Wastewater Treatment Facility, Harris Neck NWR, Jekyll Island (banding station, hot spots, welcome center), St. Catherines Island and Sapelo Island. As always, thanks to our field trip leaders (Adam Betuel, Kris Bisgard, Larry Carlile, Chris Depkin, Malcolm Hodges, Gene Keferl, Ed Maioriello, Pete Moore, Evan Pittman, Bob Sattelmeyer, Lydia Thompson, Dan Vickers, Steve Wagner and Gene Wilkinson).

Our Friday speaker, Heather Gaya, is a PhD student in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia and a recipient of a H. Branch Howe Graduate Student Research Grant from GOS. Her Friday evening presentation, “Trailing-Edge Community Dynamics in the Southern Appalachian Mountains”, examined the environmental factors that influence the distributions of species at the edges of the species’ ranges. 

Kevin McGowan, Senior Course Developer and Instructor for Bird Academy at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, gave the Saturday Keynote address. In his talk, “The Uncommon Crow: The Hidden Life of a Familiar Bird”, Dr. McGowan shared many interesting examples of crow behavior that he has observed in his over 30 years of studying American Crows. He emphasized the importance of social interactions of family groups and the intelligence of these “familiar birds”. In addition to providing an interesting and entertaining presentation on Saturday evening, Dr. McGowan was also the first to spot the Townsend’s Warbler during that morning’s Jekyll Island Hot Spots field trip. His photographs of the bird are also posted on eBird.

Bird List (177 species):

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Blue-winged Teal

Northern Shoveler

American Wigeon


Mottled Duck

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal

Pied-billed Grebe

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Common Ground Dove

Mourning Dove

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Chimney Swift

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Clapper Rail


Common Gallinule

Black-necked Stilt

American Avocet

American Oystercatcher

Black-bellied Plover


Semipalmated Plover

Piping Plover

Wilson's Plover


Long-billed Curlew

Hudsonian Godwit

Marbled Godwit

Ruddy Turnstone

Red Knot

Stilt Sandpiper



Least Sandpiper

White-rumped Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

Short-billed Dowitcher

Wilson's Snipe

Spotted Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

Lesser Yellowlegs


Greater Yellowlegs

Laughing Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Gull-billed Tern

Caspian Tern

Common Tern

Forster's Tern

Royal Tern

Sandwich Tern

Black Skimmer


Double-crested Cormorant

American White Pelican

Brown Pelican

Least Bittern

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron

Cattle Egret

Green Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

White Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Roseate Spoonbill

Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture


Northern Harrier

Cooper's Hawk

Bald Eagle

Red-shouldered Hawk

Broad-winged Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Eastern Screech-Owl

Barred Owl

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

Least Flycatcher

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Kingbird

White-eyed Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Loggerhead Shrike

Blue Jay

American Crow

Fish Crow

Carolina Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

Tree Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Barn Swallow

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

House Wren

Marsh Wren

Carolina Wren

Gray Catbird

Brown Thrasher

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

Eastern Bluebird


Swainson's Thrush

House Finch

American Goldfinch

Lark Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Seaside Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Eastern Towhee

Yellow-breasted Chat


Eastern Meadowlark

Baltimore Oriole

Red-winged Blackbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

Common Grackle

Boat-tailed Grackle


Worm-eating Warbler

Northern Waterthrush

Golden-winged Warbler

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

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Palm Warbler

Pine Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-throated Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Townsend's Warbler

Summer Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Northern Cardinal

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting

Painted Bunting