Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Historical Posts - 5/2009

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THE NEAR GEORGIA REPORT*
PRE-BLOG HISTORICAL POSTS
MAY 2009
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Date: Sun, 31 May 2009 17:15:53 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Alder Flycatchers (and Red Crossbills) - Black Balsam, Pisgah National Forest - North Carolina - 5/30/09

Hi All,

As most know Alder Flycatchers are not casual or accidental in Georgia, but are rare fall and spring transients in the state. Usually at least one is reported every year, but they are usually very hard to find or chase!

According to my beginning research the southernmost tip, a very small and virtually detached remote area far south of their mostly much more northern main breeding range, ends in extreme NE Tennessee and extreme NW North Carolina just north of Georgia!

I am always intrigued (and some say easily intrigued), by species whose southernmost or southeasternmost ranges in North America end in north Georgia (such as the Common Raven), or very Near Georgia! We are very fortunate to have Alder Flycatchers breeding so close to Georgia!

Marilyn Westphal, of Asheville North Carolina, and co-author of the site 41 section (Devil’s Courthouse and Black Balsam) in the Falcon Guide - Birding North Carolina, posted a great Alder Flycatcher (7 found) report from Black Balsam, in the Pisgah National Forest, yesterday!

Marilyn’s post:
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html#1243711581

Birding North Carolina states that the Black Balsam site is consistently one of the best and most reliable mountain spots in NC for Alder Flycatchers, and that Devil’s Courthouse is also an excellent spot for Peregrine Falcons and for hearing Northern Saw-whet Owls in the summer!

The Carolina Birding Club has a great link to the site 41 section of Birding North Carolina on their website (need both lines in the address with no spaces) at:

http://books.google.com/books?id=oafGQlAxSkAC&pg=PA167&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=0_0

If you intend to visit the site it would be well to study the site 41 write-up for precautions, directions, and what to expect. The area really is a premium high-elevation Appalachian birding area!

Black Balsam Road is just east of the intersection of Hwy 215 and the Blue Ridge Parkway. GPS coordinates for Black Balsam Road (or Black Balsam Knob Road on some maps) and the Blue Ridge Parkway (go north on Black Balsam Road) are:

N 35.31599
W 82.86933

On the way back to Georgia from Black Balsam one can stop in the Rabun Bald (Hale Ridge Road/Bald Mountain Road is 60 miles from Black Balsam), Dillard, and/or the Blairsville areas for great looks at, and listens of, our Georgia Least and Willow Flycatchers as well, making for a near grand-slam of our regional, breeding, much-loved, little gray, But... tinged with olive, brown, or yellow, and wing-barred, and eye-ringed, Empidonax Flycatchers!!!

Acadian Flycatchers breed in the region as well in appropriate habitats, and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers possibly are breeding in NC too! The birds should be singing from mid-May into and maybe through June!!!

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Tue, 26 May 2009 11:28:29 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Carolinas - Many Pelagic Birds Seen From Shore - 5/23-25/09

Hi All,

As in northeast Florida (and probably from the same weather system that was making Greater Sand-Plover watching so difficult last week in Jacksonville), many fantastic pelagic species have been reported very near shore in the Carolinas this past holiday weekend!!! Species seen very close inshore (onshore, or almost onshore in some cases) include:

Greater Shearwater
Sooty Sheaterwater
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Leach's Storm-Petrel
Magnificent Frigatebird
Red-necked Phalarope
Pomarine Jaeger
Jaeger spp.

Reports from Carolina Birds:
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html#1243099022
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html#1243282527
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html#1243283851
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html#1243303693
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html#1243345073

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Tue, 26 May 2009 10:55:51 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Florida's 1st White-throated Swift Released after rehab - 5/26/09

Hi All,

Florida's first White-throated Swift, taken to rehab at the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida on 4/9/09, was released today near Perdido Key!!!

Read the Birdbrains post from today at:
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/BRAN.html#1243341015

Original NGR post:
Near Georgia Report* - White-throated Swift - Southern Escambia County,
FL - 4/9/09
http://listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0904&L=gabo-l&O=A&P=22242

Maybe the bird will wander into Georgia airspace!

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Sun, 24 May 2009 14:05:52 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Photos of Alabama's 4th Fork-tailed Flycatcher - 5/21/09

Hi All,

Good photos by David Dortch of Alabama's 4th Fork-tailed Flycatcher, an immature discovered on 5/21/09, can be seen at:

http://www.pbase.com/swmavocet/gallery/forktail

Steve McConnell's referencing post:
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/ALBD.html#1243135084

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Fri, 22 May 2009 19:03:51 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER - 5/22/09 - NO - Alabama Port Authority's Blakeley Island Mud Lakes Facility (Mobile County)

Hi All,

Despite Alabama Birders Heroically Scouring The Area today the 5/21/09 Blakeley Island Fork-tailed Flycatcher has not yet been relocated.

See the latest very interesting post at:
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/ALBD.html#1243029541

Also, per Steve McConnell's recent post Alabama's three previous records (last one 1994) only stayed a few minutes each. So, at least this bird has set a new Alabama record (2.5 hours+) as the one to spend the most time on site! So congratulations are in order, sort of!? :^)

I'll be offline most of tomorrow (gone birding in the north Georgia mountains), so if anyone hears of an Outstanding Near Georgia bird please post an NGR (Near Georgia Report)!!!

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Fri, 22 May 2009 14:50:16 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - GREATER SAND-PLOVER - 5/22/09 - YES - Huguenot Memorial Park, Duval County, Florida ! ! !

Hi All,

The Huguenot Memorial Park, Duval County, Florida - GREATER SAND-PLOVER - continues today!:

http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/FLAB.html#1243017492

For more information please see previous Near Georgia Reports or 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, 22 May 2009 10:11:50 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER - UPDATE - Alabama Port Authority's Blakeley Island Mud Lakes Facility (Mobile County) - 5/22/09

Hi All,

There are quite a few very good Alabama birders on the ground right now at the Blakely Island site looking for the bird. As of 9:50am this morning the flycatcher was not yet relocated. I am sure birders will be searching all day long for the Fork-tailed though. Also, I should be getting a real-time report if the bird is seen today, so stay tuned to GABO-L for updates.

ALSO, Also, there are some entry procedures and paperwork required for entering the site. It may be best to contact the site directly before the weekend, before you go, to make sure you have the procedures squared away. You must have a permit submitted, and phone calls have to be made, etc. Make sure to study the permit and entry procedures on the New Alabama Ornithological Society (AOS) website carefully and maybe confirm with the Port Authority so that you can enter the site.

The AOS website (http://www.aosbirds.org) has a Blakely Island page which has all of the procedures, contact numbers, and maps, etc., at:

http://www.aosbirds.org/blakeley.php

Stay Tuned and Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Fri, 22 May 2009 09:09:01 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER - Alabama Port Authority's Blakeley Island Mud Lakes Facility (Mobile County) - 5/21/09

Hi All,

A FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER was found late yesterday afternoon at the Alabama Port Authority's Blakeley Island Mud Lakes Facility (Mobile County)!!!

From Recent Postings from Alabama Birds (Birdingonthe.Net):
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/ALBD.html#1242941281
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/ALBD.html#1242948839
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/ALBD.html#1242952293
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/ALBD.html#1242952747
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/ALBD.html#1242961387

See Alabama Birds for ongoing information at:
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/ALBD.html

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Thu, 21 May 2009 16:51:14 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - GREATER SAND-PLOVER - Huguenot Memorial Park, Duval County, Florida - IMPORTANT WEEKEND INFORMATION

Hi All,

They are expecting HUGE CROWDS this weekend at Huguenot Memorial Park!

The following Florida Birds post advises special planning if you are going to see the sand-plover Friday and this weekend:

http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/FLAB.html#1242934500

3 White-rumped Sandpipers and around 800 Red Knots are present today!

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Thu, 21 May 2009 12:59:00 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - GREATER SAND-PLOVER - YES - Huguenot Memorial Park, Duval County, Florida - 5/21/09

Hi All,

The breeding plumage GREATER SAND-PLOVER, first seen at Huguenot Memorial Park in Duval County Florida on 5/14, and last seen on 5/19, has been relocated today after being missed yesterday!!!

The GPS coordinates listed below are accurate as the bird is being seen in the same location as previous. Also, a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER is present as well! This site has had some really great birds, besides the sand-plover, since the 14th!
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Today's news so far:
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/BRAN.html#1242923273
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/FLBA.html#1242922468
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The Florida RBA has very good status and information posts concerning current conditions and site entry, etc. at:
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/FLRB.html
Go all the way back to May 14th as needed.
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Take the following GPS coordinates to the end of the paved road, inside the park (weather and authorities permitting), at:
N 30 24.370
W 81 24.580

Then take the sandy beach road, along the lagoon behind the dunes, lagoon side of dunes, (again, weather and authorities permitting) to the spot where the sand-plover was being seen, or just stop where all of the gawking birders are lately congregated!:
N 30 24.672
W 81 24.468
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Official Park Website (phone number included, might be best to call to check for any current entry restrictions, etc.):

http://www.coj.net/Departments/Recreation+and+Community+Services/Recreation+and+Community+Programming/Recreation+Activities/Huguenot+Memorial+Park.htm
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Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Thu, 21 May 2009 11:22:41 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - GREATER SAND-PLOVER - Huguenot Memorial Park, Duval County, Florida - 5/20-21/09

Hi All,

The breeding plumage GREATER SAND-PLOVER, first seen at Huguenot Memorial Park in Duval County Florida on 5/14, and last seen on 5/19, was not relocated yesterday (5/20) despite some truly heroic attempts to do so (required due to the horrendous weather conditions at the site this week). The bird has not yet been reported today (5/21) as relocated.
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NEGATIVE REPORTS from 5/20 (containing important site information):
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/BRAN.html#1242873574
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/BRAN.html#1242875570
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/FLAB.html#1242913096

The Florida RBA has very good status and information posts concerning current conditions and site entry, etc. at:
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/FLRB.html

Huguenot Memorial Park is located off of Heckscher Dr. (Rt.105/A1A), just south of Little Talbot Island (DeLORME pg. 58). The Sand-Plover was being seen at Huguenot lagoon.
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Hopefully the bird will be relocated today and the quest by many to see the sand-plover can continue!!!

If so, (and weather and authorities permitting) take the following GPS coordinates to the end of the paved road, inside the park, at:
N 30 24.370
W 81 24.580

Then take the sandy beach road, along the lagoon behind the dunes, inland side of dunes, (again, weather and authorities permitting) to the spot where the sand-plover was being seen (may or may not be revised when new sighting information comes out), or just stop where all of the gawking birders are lately congregated!:
N 30 24.672
W 81 24.468

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Wed, 20 May 2009 16:33:19 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Western Spindalis, Palm Beach County, Boynton Beach, Florida - Greater Sand-Plover - Storm-Blown FL Birds - 5/19-20/09

Hi All,

A Male Western Spindalis, a West Indian vagrant, was reported today from the Seacrest Scrub Natural Area in Boynton Beach, FL!

Post from Recent Postings from Birdbrains (Birdingonthe.Net):
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/BRAN.html#1242834034

Post from the Tropical Audubon Society Birdboard:
http://www.tropicalaudubon.org/tasboard/messages/28655.html

RBA post from Recent Postings from Florida RBA (Birdingonthe.Net)
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/FLRB.html#1242833126

Folks, incredibly, have still been spotting the ABA Code 5, second ABA/western hemisphere record, Greater Sand-Plover even during some of the the worst conditions this week!!! ABA Codes explained: http://www.aba.org/checklist/codes.html

However, before taking off to see the sand-plover please heed the latest advisories and postings (also don't miss the reports of bad birder and/or photographer behavior at the site in the posts, hard to believe):

By Patrick Leary, Fernandina Beach, relayed to GABO-L by Janice Bessinger:
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/GABO.html#1242738693

BULLETIN Duval County, Huguenot Park EXTREME WEATHER (from the Florida RBA):
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/FLRB.html#1242740023

ALSO, the storm that has been complicating GREATER SAND-PLOVER Watching at Huguenot Memorial Park has been bringing some great pelagic species onshore!

Ponce Inlet, Volusia County - Sooty Shearwater and probable Arctic Terns:
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/BRAN.html#1242787463

Fort George Inlet Pelagics - 14 Bridled and 2 Sooty Terns:
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/FLAB.html#1242827985

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Mon, 18 May 2009 17:15:45 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Ensley Bottoms, Tennessee - Information

Hi All,

There is a nice IBA write-up on the Ensley Bottoms Complex (Mud Lake - Cocklebur Lake, Presidents Island - Robco Lake, T. O. Fuller State Park - T.V.A. Lake, and Environs) on the Tennessee Important Bird Areas Program website at:

http://www.tnbirds.org/IBA/SitePages/EnsleyBottoms.htm

The Hudsonian Godwit just reported was seen in the Earth Complex ("The Pits") in the big central pit.

Found the following on tn-birds (a 2006 post):

Highly recommend first time visitors to post a request try to link up with someone from Memphis to visit this area for the first time. It is very large and imposing area. Check in at office to tell them your there. Also the TVA area, plant, their ponds etc is off limits now due to homeland security purposes. Stay out of way of the trucks and tractors, stay in the dry areas of the paths. Don't fall in the water! (Supposedly that's what it is.) Enjoy the Treatment Plant, Earth Complex, Ensley Bottoms or "The Pits". Your olfactory senses will be pushed to the limits here, weak stomachs may not be able to take the smell, pray for a slight breeze. Bug spray a must and yes it is hot. There are no facilities.

There is much more information in the archives as well.

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Mon, 18 May 2009 13:38:00 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Hudsonian Godwit - Ensley Bottoms, Shelby County, Tennessee - 5/17/09

Hi All,

A particularly nice male Hudsonian Godwit was seen yesterday at the Ensley Bottoms ("The Pits") site in Shelby County, Tennessee!

Post:
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/TNBD.html#1242580515

Photo Link:
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/TNBD.html#1242609185

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

The Ensley Bottoms location can be researched at the tn-bird mailing list archive 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: Fri, 15 May 2009 09:20:22 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Greater Sand-Plover - Huguenot Memorial Park, Jacksonville Florida - 5/14-15/09

Hi All,

Sometimes things just work out! This is somewhat redundant, but I just wanted to say in print THANK YOU BILL LOTZ for putting me on the bird!

I was heading to south Florida yesterday on a birding trip, and Bill called me just as I was going through Lake City, FL (I-75 and I-10). So I stopped, got on the internet, found a report of the bird with a cell phone in it, made a call, got another cell phone number to a person with exact GPS coordinates. Put those in the GPS. Recalculated my trip and immediately set out for the bird which was an hour and a half away! Using the GPS I was able to drive directly up to a group of birders who were looking at the bird, and weeping with tears of joy (well maybe not
weeping, but Thanks to Everyone)!

Take the GPS coordinates to the end of the paved road, inside the park, at:
N 30 24.370
W 81 24.580

Then take the sandy beach road, along the lagoon behind the dunes, to the spot where we saw the plover, or just stop where all of the gawking birders are lately congregated)!:
N 30 24.672
W 81 24.468

Explore the rest of the area as well, I was able to see 5 life Gull-billed Terns in the same area as the plover, as well as many more species!

THANKS AGAIN BILL!

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 13:55:54 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - RUFF - Coastal South Carolina 5/9-10/09

Hi All,

Nate Dias found his 4TH SOUTH CAROLINA RUFF OF 2009 this past weekend (That may even be some kind of North American record)!!!!

Congratulations to Nate (talk about Being The Ruff, He really Is The Ruff)! Also in the post is a fantastic shorebird report (29 species, including AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER and BAIRD'S SANDPIPER)!

Post from The Carolinas Birding List (Birdingonthe.Net):
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html#1242137191

The Carolinas Birding List (Birdingonthe.Net):
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Fri, 8 May 2009 15:46:57 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Kirtland's Warbler - Cross Mountain, Campbell County, Tennessee 5/7/09

Hi All,

A Kirtland's Warbler was reported from Cross Mountain, Campbell County, Tennessee (east Tennessee, north of Knoxville) late yesterday!

Current post:
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/TNBD.html#1241744376

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

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Mon, 4 May 2009 14:40:41 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report * - Western Spindalis - Snyder Park, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 5/4/09

Hi All,

Really great that a Western Spindalis has been reported today from the southern peninsula, and not just from Key West!

Post from Recent Postings from Birdbrains (Birdingonthe.Net):
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/BRAN.html#1241457232

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Mon, 4 May 2009 11:35:25 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report* - Snail Kite (found deceased and emaciated) - Crusoe Island, North Carolina 4/10/09

Hi All,

A would-be 1st record North Carolina Snail Kite was found dead and emaciated south of Lake Waccamaw in the Crusoe Island area on or about 4/10/09. Interesting reading at:

http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html#1241447843

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Date: Sun, 3 May 2009 22:04:18 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane
Sender: Georgia Birders Online
From: Mark McShane
Subject: Near Georgia Report * - White-tipped Dove (and Western Spindalis) -Indigenous Park, Key West, Florida 5/3/09

Hi All,

A White-tipped Dove was reported today from Indigenous Park in Key West, Florida. A Western Spindalis recently reported from the same park continues as well! White-tipped Dove is accidental in Florida and a review species! I believe that this dove would only be Florida's 2nd or 3rd record and the first outside of the Dry Tortugas!

Florida RBA post:
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/FLRB.html#1241373586

Good Near Georgia Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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