2023 Fall Meeting Summary

GOS Fall Meeting
Jekyll Island, GA
6-9 October 2023
Keynote Speaker: Scott K. Robinson, University of Florida
Friday Night Speaker: Diane Klement, University of Georgia

Approximately 84 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 165 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, Malcolm Hodges, Gene Keferl, Tim Keyes, Ed Maioriello, Pete Moore, J.P. Moss, Evan Pittman, Bob Sattelmeyer, Eliot VanOtteren and Dan Vickers).

Our Friday speaker, Diane Klement, is a M.S. 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. In her Friday evening presentation, “Painting the Bunting: Linking Birds to Plant Communities Through Fine-Scale Space Use”, Diane shared experiences and observations from her field research with Painted Buntings on Little Saint Simons Island. 

Scott Robinson, Ordway Professor of Conservation Biology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, gave the Saturday Keynote address. His talk, “Mixing Birding and Science: A Personal Journey”, covered his lifelong interest in birding and ornithology. Dr. Robinson’s early research career began in the tropical forests of eastern Peru. While working there in 1982, he and Ted Parker set a World Big Day record of 331 species. Currently, he and his graduate students are working on a variety of research projects, primarily in the tropics.  He shared several interesting examples of this research examining the diversity, behavior and ecology of tropical birds.   

Bird List (165 species):

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Blue-winged Teal

Northern Shoveler

American Wigeon

Mottled Duck

Green-winged Teal

Ruddy Duck

Wild Turkey

Pied-billed Grebe

Eared 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

Wilson's Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Piping Plover



Long-billed Curlew

Marbled Godwit

Ruddy Turnstone

Red Knot



Least Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

Short-billed Dowitcher

Wilson's Snipe

Wilson's Phalarope

Spotted Sandpiper

Greater Yellowlegs


Lesser Yellowlegs

Laughing Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Caspian Tern

Common Tern

Forster's Tern

Royal Tern

Sandwich Tern

Black Skimmer

Wood Stork


Double-crested Cormorant

American White Pelican

Brown Pelican

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


Northern Harrier

Cooper's Hawk

Bald Eagle

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Eastern Screech-Owl

Great Horned Owl

Barred Owl

Belted Kingfisher

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

American Kestrel


Peregrine Falcon

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Acadian Flycatcher

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Kingbird

White-eyed Vireo

Blue-headed Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Loggerhead Shrike

Blue Jay

American Crow

Fish Crow

Carolina Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

Tree Swallow

Barn Swallow

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

White-breasted Nuthatch

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

House Wren

Marsh Wren

Carolina Wren

Gray Catbird

Brown Thrasher

Northern Mockingbird

Eastern Bluebird


House Finch

Seaside Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Eastern Towhee

Yellow-breasted Chat


Eastern Meadowlark

Orchard Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Brown-headed Cowbird

Common Grackle

Boat-tailed Grackle


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

Black-throated Green Warbler

Summer Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Northern Cardinal

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting

Painted Bunting