Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Historical Posts - 7/2009

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THE NEAR GEORGIA REPORT*
PRE-BLOG HISTORICAL POSTS
JULY 2009
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Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2009 18:56:31 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Possible Neotropic Cormorant Update - New Port Richey, Florida - 7/3/09

Hi All,

Ken Tracey has posted an update on the possible Neotropic Cormorant in New Port Richey (excerpted from his latest post):

"After much discussion and additional photos by Murray Gardler, all the experts agree on the discussed cormorant species as being Double-crested and not Neotropic. One final characteristic clincher was 12 tail feathers and not 14 that Neotropic have. I was by there this morning and the bird has recovered enough to fly away."

Latest post: http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/BRAN.html#1246648596

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2009 18:37:23 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Cave Swallow Roost Update - St. Marks NWR - 6/28/09

Hi All,

Today I received a request for more information concerning the June 14th Near Georgia Reported Cave Swallow Roost at St. Marks NWR. I emailed Jean Simpson of Tallahassee Florida, the original reporter, and she has provided the following update:

"The Cave Swallows were still at St. Marks NWR last Sunday. Last year they were still there in early July. Probably the best time to see them is early in the morning, although I've seen them later in the morning and in the afternoon. The Barn Swallows usually fly out from under the bridge first. Sometimes I have to wait a few minutes to see the Cave Swallows. The bridge is about 2 miles south of the Visitors' Center, on the right side of the Lighthouse Road (County Road 59), just past the East River Pool. The bridge is right by the road. There's a grassy area where you can park.

I've seen Purple Gallinules in this area and in the marshes around Stoney Bayou Pool 1. I've seen Gray Kingbirds around the Lighthouse since late April. They might be nesting in the tree by the Lighthouse. Reddish Egrets have been at the Tower Pond for a month or so. On the mudflats across from the Tower Pond, I've seen Wilson's Plovers, Clapper Rails, and last Sunday a Gull-billed Tern. Black Skimmers and American Oystercatchers have been seen resting at high tide on the mudflats behind the Lighthouse."

Original Near Georgia Report:
http://listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0906&L=gabo-l&F=&S=&P=11846

More information
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The refuge website: http://www.fws.gov/saintmarks/

Detailed maps are available: http://www.fws.gov/saintmarks/maps.html

Thanks Jean and Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2009 13:00:16 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Possible Neotropic Cormorant - New Port Richey, Florida - 7/2/09

Hi All,

Today a possible Neotropic Cormorant (only the 4th Florida record?) was found in New Port Richey, Florida! The photos on Birdbrains look very good for Neotropic, although you have to be a subscriber to see the photos.

After searching Chelsa Title in New Port Richey, and actually viewing the Chelsa Title office strip sign and strip in Google Maps Street View this should be the pond on the west side of Hwy 19 and a half block north of Gulf Drive in New Port Richey.

Birdbrains posts:
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/BRAN.html#1246548218
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/BRAN.html#1246548949

Birdbrains:
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/BRAN.html

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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