Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Historical Posts - 3/2009

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THE NEAR GEORGIA REPORT*
PRE-BLOG HISTORICAL POSTS
MARCH 2009
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Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 21:29:06 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Inland Black-legged Kittiwake - 3/28-30/09

Hi All,

From the AOS RBA Report: "A 1st winter BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was discovered 3/28 on the lake above Logan Martin Dam south of Pell City in St. Clair County."

While Black-legged Kittiwake is listed as regular on the GOS checklist it is nontheless a rare and irregular visitor offshore in Georgia, usually from the Middle Shelf seaward, and is accidental both on the Georgia coast and inland. It's a real treat to be able to see one anywhere reasonably close by inland! The bird was seen again this morning.

Posts:
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/ALBD.html#1238280409
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/ALBD.html#1238336403
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/ALBD.html#1238431102

AOS RBA Report:
http://www.bham.net/aos/rba/statewide/al032909.htm

Logan Martin Dam GPS coordinates:

N 33º 25.513'
W 86º 20.177'

(you can just type: n 33 25.513 w 86 20.177
into the Fly To box in Google Earth and
Google Earth will fly you there!)

Area information:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logan_Martin_Lake

The dam is about 60 miles due west of the Georgia border.

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 10:05:37 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - California Gull - Nickajack Dam - Tennessee 3/29/09

Hi All,

A third year California Gull, seen yesterday, has been reported from Nickajack Dam in Marion County Tennessee! This is basically a stone's throw from the extreme northwest corner Georgia border tip with Tennessee! California Gull is accidental and provisional in Tennessee.

Post: http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/TNBD.html#1238377094

Tennessee Birding listserv:
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/TNBD.html

Information on the reservoir can be found at:
http://www.tva.gov/sites/nickajack.htm

Too bad that this one wasn't discovered a little bit earlier as there were a lot of Georgia birders out in the area yesterday.

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2009 09:18:43 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - CALIFORNIA GULL, Iceland, and Glaucous Gulls -Daytona Beach Shores Florida (also last call for the Lake City Florida Ruff) 3/26/09

Hi All,

A 1st winter CALIFORNIA GULL, which is a review species in Georgia and Florida and casual in Florida with very few records, was seen yesterday at Daytona Beach Shores! Also present were 1st winter Iceland and Glaucous Gulls! This area has hosted a lot of great gulls for much of the winter. The birds are best seen when they come in to roost in the afternoon and evening.

Posts (the RBA post has very good directions):
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/FLAB.html#1238071500 (Florida Birds)
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/FLRB.html#1238091516 (Florida RBA)

This will be the last post concerning the very cooperative Lake City Alligator Lake male Ruff, which was seen again yesterday, hopefully the bird will give everyone at least one last weekend to see it:
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/FLRB.html#1238094350 (Florida RBA)
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/BRAN.html#1238092671 (Birdbrains)

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009 12:38:25 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Bill Flatau reports Ruff relocated today - Alligator Lake - Lake City Florida

Hi All,

Bill Flatau, a birder from Macon, just called to say he is looking at his life Ruff (incredible male) at Alligator Lake per yesterday's post! He'll be off soon to see if he can find White-faced Ibis, Limpkin, Short-tailed Hawk, and other good birds at the Recreation Area today! Bill said that the Ruff was in the same location as the latest posts and that a bunch of birders are there now enjoying the bird!

Previous posts:
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/FLAB.html#1237905448
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/GABO.html#1237431817

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009 11:14:24 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Evening Grosbeak Flock at Big Cypress Tree State Park 3/24/09

Hi All,

From the Tennessee listserv today:
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/TNBD.html#1237983448

A very exciting report, especially if the birds can be relocated!!!

The Tennessee Birding Listserv:
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/TNBD.html

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2009 14:03:43 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Ruff & White-faced Ibis Relocated - Alligator Lake - Lake City Florida 3/24/09

Hi All,

Hot off the press, the Splendid Male Ruff, as well as the White-faced Ibis, have been reported today at Alligator Lake in Lake City Florida! The Ruff is said to have been seen not nearly as far down the James H. Montgomery Trail as before and on the right. A light-morph Short-tailed Hawk was also observed in the area recently and may be present as well! Limpkin may be seen at the South Basin of the lake (see map). This is the same location which hosted the Masked Duck first located on January 15th!

Today's post:
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/FLAB.html#1237905448

Information, maps, GPS, etc.:
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/GABO.html#1237431817

Previous posts:
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/FLAB.html#1237332400
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/FLAB.html
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/BRAN.html

Alligator Lake in Lake City FL, is just about 30 miles, as the Ruff flies, from the Georgia border!

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Sat, 21 Mar 2009 11:49:20 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Ruff - Alligator Lake - Lake City Florida 3/20/09

Hi All,

The STUNNING Male Ruff (Stunning may be a subspecies of every species?!) was seen again yesterday at Alligator Lake in Lake City Florida, and they say even closer then before! I am sure folks will be looking for it today so hopefully there should be some good reports from today soon on the Florida Birds Listserv! From the rear the bird almost looks like a small Bald Eagle with it's almost pure white head! I would leave now if possible!

Latest post:
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/FLAB.html#1237606900

My previous posts with GPS, etc.:
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/GABO.html#1237431817
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/GABO.html#1237337999

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville (Gwinnett County), Georgia

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Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2009 23:03:37 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: A Diamond of a Ruff ...or... Near Georgia Report* - Ruff - Alligator Lake - Lake City Florida 3/18/09

Hi All,

After reading, and posting about, the Lake City Florida Alligator Lake Ruff reports of yesterday I quickly decided to remove one day of vacation from the bank and deposit it today into the infamous one-armed bandit commonly known as the bird-chasing day trip, and then I pulled the lever!

I left home about 3:40am this morning and by 9:00am, or so, was hiking north on the James H. Montgomery Trail at Alligator Lake in search of... The Vagrant RUFF!

The gamble worked! The bird was immediately and easily located according to the directions from the Florida listserv posts!

It appears to my untrained eye (hey it is my first Ruff after all) to be an adult male White-necked variant, and is currently very white, all white underneath, and is very white-headed too, it has a bicolored orange and black bill, and orange legs, and is a very gorgeous stunner! This bird almost constantly exhibited the loose floppy tertials, and the (quite a few) scapulars sticking up over the round back, that Sibley mentions!

Adult males molt partially into breeding plumage between February and March, and then undergo an additional supplemental molt between mid-March and mid-May which produces the famous head tufts and neck ruffs which this bird does not yet have! The bird was very active and chased off yellowlegs and other supposed interlopers on it's feeding areas many times.

Soon this Ruff (not a Reeve or female Ruff) should be headed for breeding grounds located somewhere between Britain and Scandanvia east to Siberia and to start lek procedures!

Further down the dike a White-faced Ibis was seen earlier in the morning, in the company of a flock of Glossy Ibis, in the area of the long fishing pier to the right, and I was able to relocate the bird, a nonbreeding adult!

Following a further tip I went over to the Alligator Lake South Basin Boat Ramp fishing pier and stated scanning the lake there for Limpkin (which is now listed in Georgia as accidental). I had just completed scoping all of the lakeshores I could see from the pier there when I heard the scream of a Limpkin, and then a single bird stepped out into the open at the edge of the shore opposite me. I was able to scope the bird while it foraged for snails for quite a while, twice the bird found a snail, quickly extricated it, and then devoured it!

What a great Near Georgia Day, 3 life birds, all of which are listed as accidental in Georgia in the GOS 2003 Annotated Checklist of Georgia Birds!

Ruff photos
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(so far, hopefully there will be some great ones very soon):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/32475696@N02/
GABO will replace the AT sign with AT, make sure to put an AT sign between
32475696 and N02/ when accessing this link in your browser.

GPS Coordinates
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Alligator Lake Recreation Area main entrance:
N 30 9.985
W 82 36.623

Alligator Lake Recreation Area boat ramp area parking for James H. Montgomery Trail (head north from the boat ramp area to hit the trail):
N 30 10.159
W 82 36.937

Ruff vantage point 1
James H. Montgomery Trail:
N 30 10.490
W 82 37.435

Ruff vantage point 2
James H. Montgomery Trail:
N 30 10.497
W 82 37.477

White-faced Ibis
James H. Montgomery Trail
N 30 10.447
W 82 37.807

Limpkin:
Alligator Lake South basin Boat Ramp fishing pier:
N 30 9.172
W 82 38.228

Area Map
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A great map of both basins of the lake can be found at the following web address:
http://myfwc.com/docs/brochures/AlligatorLake.pdf

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville (Gwinnett County), Georgia
BE THE... well you know.

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Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2009 20:59:59 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Ruff - Alligator Lake - Lake City Florida 3/17/09

Hi All,

There are posts on the Florida Listervs of a Ruff seen today at Alligator Lake in Lake City Florida! This is the same location which hosted the Masked Duck first located on January 15th! The bird has not yet been posted on the Florida RBA website.

The posts:

http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/FLAB.html#1237332400
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/FLAB.html
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/BRAN.html

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009 09:37:11 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Red-billed Tropicbird (onshore), Cape Point NC 3/10/09

Hi All,

Yesterday Brian Patteson posted a report of an Onshore North Carolina Red-billed Tropicbird from the Cape Point NC area:
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html#1236697924

He posted photos at:
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html#1236707342

The Carolinas listserv can be found at:
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html

While the bird may not prove to be relocatable the report is extremely interesting!

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2009 09:41:27 -0500
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - LESSER GOLDFINCH, Beaufort NC

Hi All,

A LESSER GOLDFINCH is showing up quite dependably at a feeder in since March 2nd! The bird was seen 7 different times yesterday at the feeder! Details can be found on the Carolina Listserv at:

http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html#1236002347
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html#1236127724

Lesser Goldfinch is not on the Georgia or the South Carolina Checklist, this bird may be only the 2nd record for North Carolina!

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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