Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Historical Posts - 6/2009

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THE NEAR GEORGIA REPORT*
PRE-BLOG HISTORICAL POSTS
JUNE 2009
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Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2009 02:58:35 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Violet-crowned Hummingbird Continues - Craig County, Virginia - 6/25-28/09

Hi All,

While Virginia is a southeastern state I don't report Virginia birds in the Near Georgia Report, but an exception will have to be made for an exceptional bird! From the Carolina listserv today comes a forwarded post of an amazing report of a vagrant Violet-crowned Hummingbird in Virginia!

I am still trying to find out if one has ever been seen east of west Texas or Colorado!

From Birdingonthe.Net's Recent Postings from The Carolinas Birding List:
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html#1246231646

Follow the action at Birdingonthe.Net's Recent Postings from Virginia Birding:

http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/VABD.html

http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/VABD.html#1246136029
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/VABD.html#1246159280
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/VABD.html#1246194341
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/VABD.html#1246194493
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/VABD.html#1246249400

Photos of the hummer (what a beauty) can be seen at:
http://www.birdsofvirginia.com/GalleryPages/VioletCrownedHummingbird_Galler
y.html

Website for The Huffman House at Creekside Farm (the bed and breakfast), with GPS coordinates: http://www.thehuffmanhousebandb.com

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2009 10:35:18 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Lark Sparrow(s) - Carolina Sandhills NWR, McBee South Carolina #2 - 6/22/09

Hi All,

Yesterday the Carolina Sandhills NWR Lark Sparrow(s) previously Near Georgia Reported on the 18th were relocated in the same area!

Previous Near Georgia Report:
http://listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0906&L=gabo-l&O=A&P=15730

Yesterday's report from the Carolina listserv:
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html#1245705400

Hopefully this means that the birds are breeding in the area and may be found somewhat reliably for the near term!

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2009 10:18:16 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - La Sagra's Flycatcher - Key West, Florida - 6/15-?/09

Hi All,

Just reported, and a casual to almost annual Carribean vagrant, a La Sagra's Flycatcher has been seen for the last week in Key West!

See the Tropical Audubon Society (TAS) Miami Bird Board post at:
http://www.tropicalaudubon.org/tasboard/messages/29146.html

TAS Miami Bird Board:
http://www.tropicalaudubon.org/tasboard/index.html

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2009 13:59:54 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Possible Green Violetear - Fleetwood, North Carolina - 6/12-?/09

Hi All,

Thought I would try to get the jump on this one just in case!

A large blue-chested hummingbird, twice the size of a Ruby-throated (possible Green Violetear?), and seen on 6/12, was just posted today on the Carolina listserv. Carolina birders are commencing to relocate the bird, hopefully there will be a feeder involved!

Posts:
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html#1245685605
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html#1245688205

Stay tuned to GABO-L for an updated Near Georgia Report if the bird is refound, or to Birdingonthe.Net's Recent Postings from The Carolinas Birding List to follow the progress of the search at:

http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html

Green Violetear is not listed in the Annotated Checklist of Georgia Birds (ACOGB, 2003), and is not on the current Georgia Ornithological Society (GOS) Checklist of the Birds of Georgia 2008!

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2009 01:53:58 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - "Great White Heron" - Chickamauga Dam, Tennessee - 6/20/09

Hi All,

A white-morph Great Blue Heron ("Great White Heron") was reported from below Chickamauga Dam in Hamilton County, Tennessee Saturday afternoon!

Recent Postings from Tennessee Birding (Birdingonthe.Net):
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/TNBD.html#1245544450
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/TNBD.html#1245011182
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/TNBD.html

This bird was first reported being seen on the 13th, and is possibly the first record of a "Great White Heron" for Hamilton County TN! The metro-Chattanooga site is about 8 miles north of the Georgia border!

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2009 20:40:10 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Huge Purple Martin Roosts - Carolinas - 6/20/09

Hi All,

While Purple Martins are not rare in the southeast, roosts with reportedly 100,000 and up to several hundred thousand birds, or more, certainly are something to report on! Today a couple of posts from the Carolina listserv have come out concerning the 2009 summer boat cruise schedules for tours of such roosts!

NORTH CAROLINA
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Post for The Coastal Carolina Purple Martin Society (CCPMS) announcement of the 2009 Purple Martin Boat Tours schedule for the Manns Harbor Bridge roost in the Outer Banks:

http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html#1245516801

CCPMS website - http://www.purplemartinroost.com/

Very interesting and amazing reading there concerning the roost and the CCPMS efforts to protect it!

SOUTH CAROLINA (Lake Murray)
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Post for the Bomb Island, Lake Murray cruises:

http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html#1245520233

Claimed to be the largest Purple Martin sanctuary in North America!

Also The Lake Murray Tours site at: http://lakemurraytours.com
(look under general admission cruises)

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2009 10:50:26 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Shiny Cowbird - Oregon Inlet Fishing Center/Pea Island NWR, North Carolina Outer Banks - 6/13/09

Hi All,

Just posted is a report of a June 13th Shiny Cowbird at the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center on the Pea Island NWR!

Recent Postings from The Carolinas Birding List (Birdingonthe.Net):
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html#1245410723
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center:
http://www.oregon-inlet.com/

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2009 18:02:00 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Fulvous Whistling-Ducks - Ensley Bottoms Complex, Shelby County Tennessee - 6/17/09

Hi All,

Yesterday 6 Fulvous Whistling-Ducks (in the company of 5 Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks) were seen at the TVA Lake at the Ensley Bottoms Complex in Shelby County, Tennessee!

Fulvous Whistling-Ducks are listed as casual in Tennessee. I searched GABO-L for the last report of Georgia Fulvous Whistling-Ducks and the last I can find are birds from 2002 and 2001!

The post from Recent Postings from Tennessee Birding (Birdingonthe.Net):
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/TNBD.html#1245292395

Recent Postings from Tennessee Birding (Birdingonthe.Net):
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/TNBD.html

The Ensley Bottoms Complex page on The Tennessee Important Bird Areas Program (TIBAP) website:
http://www.tnbirds.org/IBA/SitePages/EnsleyBottoms.htm

The TIBAP website:
http://www.tnbirds.org/IBA/IBAindex.htm

Before birding the Ensley Bottoms area it might be advisable to email local birders for site info, or to research the area on the Mailing List Archive for tn-bird at:
http://www.freelists.org/archive/tn-bird

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2009 17:16:25 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Lark Sparrow - Carolina Sandhills NWR, McBee South Carolina - 6/18/09

Hi All,

From Chesterfield County in South Carolina today comes a report of a Lark Sparrow at the Carolina Sandhills NWR just north of McBee!

Since we are approaching the middle of Lark Sparrow non-migration this report could be of a late or early migrant or a casual or accidental breeder in the region!

Recent Postings from The Carolinas Birding List (Birdingonthe.Net):
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html#1245350906

Or see the carolinabirds Archive at:
https://lists.duke.edu/sympa/arc/carolinabirds

Or Carolina Birds on Surfbirds at:
http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/CarolinaBirds

The Official NWR website:
http://www.fws.gov/carolinasandhills/

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2009 00:13:51 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Brown Noddy - Holly Hill, Florida - 6/14/09

Hi All,

There was a great report Sunday of a rare Atlantic coast, northern Florida peninsula, Brown Noddy at Holly Hill!

The Birdbrains post:
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/BRAN.html#1245019530

Birdbrains on Birdingonthe.Net:
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/BRAN.html

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Sun, 14 Jun 2009 02:23:48 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Black-whiskered Vireo - Croatan National Forest, North Carolina - 6/13/09

Hi All,

Out of North Carolina Saturday comes an amazing report of a Black-whiskered Vireo in the Croatan National Forest! There ARE previous NC records from the region, and The Sibley Guide to Birds shows coastal region NC records on it's map as well!

Post:
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html#1244921053

The Carolina Birding List
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Sun, 14 Jun 2009 02:04:53 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Cave Swallows Nesting since Early April, St. Marks NWR, Florida Panhandle - 6/11/09

Hi All,

Great news of Very Near Georgia nesting Cave Swallows at St. Marks NWR in the Florida Panhandle! These birds are probably the subspecies which breeds in the southwestern United States instead of the Caribbean subspecies. It would be great to know for sure which!

Birdbrains post:
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/BRAN.html#1244755325

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

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2009 05:39:07 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Pelagic Sprague's Pipit - Tall Ship Kalmar Nyckel, North Carolina - 6/2/09

Hi All,

On the very interesting side (and hopefully a good sign for the Goergia pelagic trip going out this weekend!), a pelagic Sprague's Pipit is reported today from a sailing on 6/2! Amazing!

Post:
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html#1244690606

The Carolinas Birding List:
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2009 16:46:27 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Shiny Cowbird - Blountstown, Calhoun County, Florida - 6/8/09

Hi All,

From Blountstown in Calhoun County in the Florida panhandle today comes a report of a male Shiny Cowbird at a feeder! Shiny Cowbird is listed as casual in the panhandle, or much less than annual! Very unusual to have a Florida panhandle Shiny Cowbird.

The address is about 35 miles south of the dam at Lake Seminole, that's about as Near Georgia as you can get to a Florida Shiny Cowbird!

From Florida Birds:
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/FLAB.html#1244490625

Florida Birds:
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/FLAB.html

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2009 04:52:47 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - NEOTROPIC CORMORANT - Orange County,Lake Apopka, North Shore Restoration Area, Florida - 6/4-7/09

Hi All,

From the Florida RBA report:

Florida's 3rd NEOTROPIC CORMORANT, an adult, has been found in Orange County, at the Lake Apopka North Shore Restoration Area! The cormorant was 1st discovered on 6/4 and seen again on 6/5/09! The area in which the cormorant is being seen is "RESTRICTED". However due to the rarity of the cormorant special permission has been given to allow access to the area, via escort, on July 7 (Sunday) 2009. Meet at the Lust Rd gate by 9AM. There will be some walking and very little shade so please bring water and sunscreen. Scope needed. Birders must be out of the area by Noon.
Directions to Lust Rd.: From S.R. 441 (Orange Blossom Trail) between Apopka + Zellwood, turn south C.R. 437. Continue going South C.R. 437 after several miles look for Lust Road on the right. Turn down Lust and drive to gate.

You can watch the continuing drama unfold, and the progress of local birders be made as they attempt to find Florida's 3rd NEOTROPIC CORMORANT on the following Florida birding sites:

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

The Florida RBA
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/FLRB.html

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Fri, 5 Jun 2009 20:00:55 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Zenaida Dove - Monroe County, Key Largo, Florida - 6/5/09

Hi All,

One birder thought that they had relocated the Zenaida Dove today, but others missed it!

You can watch the continuing drama unfold, and the progress of local birders be made as they attempt to find the West-Indian vagrant dove (the last one accepted in Florida was almost 5 years ago!!!) on the following Florida birding sites:

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

The Tropical Audubon Society (TAS) Miami Bird Board http://www.tropicalaudubon.org/tasboard/index.html

The Florida RBA
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/FLRB.html

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2009 23:18:46 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Zenaida Dove - UPDATE, ADVICE, and PHOTO - Monroe County, Key Largo, Florida - 6/4/09

Hi All,

Larry Manfredi has posted an information update for the dove at:
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/BRAN.html#1244157666

And a gorgeous photo of the Zenaida on his gorgeous website at:
http://www.southfloridabirding.com/html/recent_rarities..htm

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2009 18:15:35 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Zenaida Dove - Monroe County, Key Largo, Florida - 6/4/09

Hi All,

Larry Manfredi, a well-known professional bird guide (you can view his website at: http://www.southfloridabirding.com/), found a Zenaida Dove today on Marseilles Blvd off of Card Sound Road (Florida DeLORME p.g 123) on Key Largo!

Zenaida Dove is a review species in Florida and a Caribbean, or West-Indian, vagrant to Florida! According to records I have found so far I believe that the last one accepted by the Florida Ornithological Society Records Committee was for one seen on 14 October 2004 at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on Key Biscayne!

Original posts:
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/FLBA.html#1244145349
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/BRAN.html#1244145506

Word of caution posts:
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/BRAN.html#1244148866
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/BRAN.html#1244150857

Florida RBA post:
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/FLRB.html#1244148267

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2009 00:38:19 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Lark Sparrows - Montgomery County, Alabama - 5/31/09

Hi All,

Sunday there was a report of possibly breeding Lark Sparrows in Montgomery County, Alabama! See the post at:

http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/ALBD.html#1243778795

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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