2022 Spring Meeting Summary

GOS Spring Meeting
Hiawassee, GA
20-22 May 2022
Keynote Speaker: Robert Meyer, Tall Timbers Research Station
Friday Night Speaker: Lily Martin, University of Georgia
Checklist Compiled by Steve Wagner

After having to cancel our scheduled 2020 Spring Meeting because of Covid, it was nice to finally get back to the mountains for this meeting. The ~30 attendees enjoyed cooperative weather, good birding and two very informative presentations. Field trip locations included Brasstown Bald, Ivy log Gap Road, Burrell’s Ford Road, Brawley Mountain and Tray Mountain. During the trips, 92 species were observed and/or heard (see complete list below). Thanks to our field trip leaders (Larry Carlile, Ed Maioriello, Patrick Maurice, J.P. Moss, Steve Wagner).

On Friday, Lily Martin, a graduate student at University of Georgia, presented her just-finished Master’s research on estimating owl population density using remote audio recording data. She conducted the work in Georgia’s Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, where she collected recordings of Eastern Screech-Owls, Barred Owls and Great Horned Owls. Lily focused on the latter species as she explained the details of estimating density using this promising new methodology.

Saturday’s speaker, Rob Meyer, discussed the Tall Timbers Research Station’s efforts to maintain and expand the population of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in the Red Hills region of South Georgia and North Florida. The fact that most of these RCWs that they work with are on private property creates a variety of complications as well as opportunities. Their primary goal is to make the Red Hills population resilient to the potential impacts of future hurricanes and/or wildfires by establishing new groups over a wider area and filling in gaps between groups. 

Both of our speakers had received funding for their work from GOS.

Bird List (92 species):

Canada Goose


Wild Turkey

Ruffed Grouse

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)

Mourning Dove

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Chimney Swift

Ruby-throated Hummingbird


Great Blue Heron

Green Heron

Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle

Red-shouldered Hawk

Broad-winged Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Barred Owl

Belted Kingfisher

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Acadian Flycatcher

Eastern Phoebe

Great Crested Flycatcher

Eastern Kingbird

White-eyed Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo 

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

American Crow

Fish Crow

Common Raven

Carolina Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Purple Martin

Tree Swallow

Barn Swallow

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

House Wren

Winter Wren

Carolina Wren

European Starling

Gray Catbird

Brown Thrasher

Northern Mockingbird

Eastern Bluebird


Wood Thrush

American Robin

Cedar Waxwing

House Sparrow

House Finch

Red Crossbill

American Goldfinch

Chipping Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Song Sparrow

Eastern Towhee

Yellow-breasted Chat

Eastern Meadowlark

Orchard Oriole

Red-winged Blackbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

Common Grackle


Worm-eating Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler

Swainson's Warbler

Hooded Warbler

American Redstart

Northern Parula

Blackburnian Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Pine Warbler

Yellow-throated Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Canada Warbler

Scarlet Tanager

Northern Cardinal

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting