5 - Georgia Birding on My Mind

Some Favorite Georgia and NGR Regional Posts and Birding Recollections
La Chachalaca! - 4/22/11
How To Find A King Eider In Georgia! - or - Why We Generally Trust To Luck !!! - 1/26/11
An American Tree Sparrow, in Georgia??!! - 1/15/11
Wait, What? Huh? Pinch . . . - 1/25/10
GA Rare Bird Chasing Mode 10 - 1/6/10
Golden!!! - 11/29/09
Greater Sand-Plover! - 5/14/09
A Diamond of a Ruff - 3/18/09
The Mountains - 10/8,11/2/08
Resident Ross's - 6/19/08
The Pirate of Bear Creek - 4/7/08
Mr. Snowy - 1/12/08
Fall Coastal - 10/12-15/07
First Kite Flock and Roseate Spoonbill - 7/22/07
Skuas "R" Us - 6/18/07
First Georgia Coast Trip - 5/08/07
First Post - 3/04/07

Eagleeyed GABO-L Locations

Mark McShane's Annotated Georgia Checklist (and State Birds)
Version: 10/20/2015 (current as of)
My Needed Georgia Birds
Version: 10/20/2015 (current as of)

Please post any really good Georgia birds found to Georgia Birders Online and/or eBird as soon as possible! If you would like to use any of these checklists as a basis for your own please do so! Just download and edit to change the titles, delete columns, clear (right-click) or add the 1s you need to, or otherwise modify. For editing any of these spreadsheets Microsoft Excel or equivalent is needed (See the Free Microsoft Excel Compatible Spreadsheet Applications section near the bottom of the Home Page).

My Georgia BIG YEAR Planning Checklist
Version: 4/27/2013 (current as of)


The number of countable species I've seen or heard only in Georgia

since starting birding in March 2007, including 3 species now pending checklist acceptance by the GOS Checklist and Records Committee (GCRC), as of 3/17/2018.

2018 - +4 = 390
2017 - +1 and -1 (Thayer's Gull lumped with Iceland Gull) = 386
2016 - +5 = 386
2015 - +4 = 381
2014 - +6 = 377
2013 - +7 = 371
2012 - +8 = 364
2011 - +12 = 356
2010 - +10 = 344
2009 - +13 = 334
2008 - +62 = 321
2007 - 259

Heard only = Black Rail
Also seen, but not counted = Mute Swan in wild setting, Muscovy Duck (domestic), and Monk Parakeet (pair nesting not to far from the Florida birder)

Review Species seen/heard in Georgia: 53 of possible 96 (with loss of Thayer's Gull)
Provisional Review Species seen/heard in Georgia: 0 of possible 7
In large part I have to attribute attaining this wonderful personal Georgia birding total to very quickly becoming very passionate about birding in Georgia and always desiring to encounter every bird species, which I haven't yet in Georgia, immediately, whenever they are discovered. In truth though, besides passion and action, and for the most part, encountering 350+ bird species in Georgia in less than 5 years is only possible because of our wonderful Georgia birding community! From the very prompt field reports made by finders of rare birds in Georgia, to the operations of the Georgia Ornithological Society's (GOS) Georgia Rare Bird Alert (RBA), on to all of the amazing Georgia birding information made available, both in print and on the web, by all of our expert birders and authors, our eBirders, our birding organizations, groups, government agencies, etc., and then to every birder who participates in birding in Georgia, making sightings and good information known via Georgia Birders Online, eBird, personal websites, or through other means, it's always the total community, every aspect and facet of it, that contributes so much to building and sharing the great pool of available archived, and constantly updating, Georgia birding wisdom and knowledge, that, when tapped and acted upon can enable one to accomplish such goals as to see a large number of species in Georgia very quickly! Thanks so much to Everyone in our birding community, both past and present, for helping me to reach this personal goal, I could not have done it without you!

New for GA 2018 (4): Burrowing Owl, Trumpeter Swan, Lark Bunting, Mountain Bluebird.

New for GA 2017 (1): Brant. Thayer's Gull lumped with Iceland Gull (-1).

New for GA 2016 (5): Varied Thrush, Cave Swallow, SHINY COWBIRD, Magnificent Frigatebird, Crested Caracara.

New for GA 2015 (4): RUFF, Hudsonian Godwit, Trumpeter Swan (life bird, escapee, not counted), LITTLE GULL, RED-FOOTED BOOBY.

New for GA 2014 (6): Sooty Shearwater, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Band-rumped Storm-Petrel, Limpkin, Monk Parakeet (not counted), MacGillivray's Warbler, Cinnamon Teal.

New for GA 2013 (7): NORTHERN LAPWING (1st), White-winged Crossbill (1st), McCown's Longspur (1st), Bullock's Oriole, Short-tailed Hawk (1st), Black-capped Petrel, White-faced Ibis (4th).

New for GA 2012 (8): BLACK-HEADED GULL, Pomarine Jaeger, Inca Dove (1st), Western Grebe, Snowy Owl, Western Kingbird, Manx Shearwater, Razorbill.

New for GA 2011 (12): Plain Chachalaca, Red-necked Grebe, Wilson's Storm-Petrel, CURLEW SANDPIPER, Red Phalarope, Black-legged Kittiwake, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Mourning Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee (2nd), American Tree Sparrow (possibly only the 5th), Lark Sparrow, Harris's Sparrow.

New for GA 2010 (10): Whooping Crane (WI-FL migratory population is ABA Countable), IVORY GULL (1st), Thayer's Gull (2nd), Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Allen's Hummingbird, Alder Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Sprague's Pipit, Virginia's Warbler (2nd), Evening Grosbeak.

New for GA 2009 (13): Common Eider, Common Merganser, Pacific Loon, Golden Eagle, Black Rail, Sabine's Gull, Iceland Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Connecticut Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Lincoln's Sparrow, Western Tanager.

New for GA 2008 Highlights (23): Mute Swan (not counted), Tundra Swan, Long-tailed Duck, MASKED BOOBY, BROWN BOOBY, Great Cormorant, "Great White Heron" (not counted), Northern Goshawk, Snowy Plover (2nd), Long-billed Dowitcher, Red-necked Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Glaucous Gull, Brown Noddy, Long-tailed Jaeger, White-winged Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird (3rd), Ash-throated Flycatcher (possibly 3rd), Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Clay-colored Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Red Crossbill.

New for GA 2007 Highlights (21): Ross's Goose, Cackling Goose, Eared Grebe, Peregrine Falcon, Baird's Sandpiper, Wilson's Phalarope, South Polar Skua (5th and first inland), Black-billed Cuckoo, Short-eared Owl, GREEN-BREASTED MANGO (1st), Black-chinned Hummingbird, Calliope Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Say's Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Lapland Longspur, Smith’s Longspur (1st), Snow Bunting, Golden-winged Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Swainson's Warbler.

These are a Few of My Favorite Things (In Georgia Birding)
*** Always Under Construction ***

Altamaha WMA
Andrews Island Causeway
Bald Eagles on the Nest
Bartow County Loop
Black Tern Migration
Brasstown Bald (highest point in GA)
Carters Lake and Carters Reregulation Lake
Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta, a Neotropical Migrant Trap
Chasing Very Rare, Casual, or Accidental Georgia Birds
Coastal and Ocean Beach Birding
Cumberland Island South Tip (GA's southernmost beach)
Dowdell's Knob, Pine Mountain
Fall Beach Merlins and Peregrine Falcons
Franklin's Gull Migration
Georgia's Barrier Islands
Georgia's 7 Largest Lakes
Georgia's Colonial Coast Birding and Nature Festival
Gould's Inlet - St. Simons Island
Hidden Pond Trail at Carters Rereg Lake during Fall Migration
Jekyll Island Causeway
Jekyll Island South Beach
Migration at Kennesaw Mountain
Mountain Trips for Breeding Warblers
Painted Buntings at their Northwesternmost in GA
Pelagic Trips
Piedmont NWR
Rabun Bald (2nd highest point in GA)
Ruffed Grouse, Common Ravens, and Red Crossbills
Searching the Archives of Georgia Birders Online for Nuggets of Hidden Georgia Birding Knowledge, Truth, and Wisdom!
Seeing All of Georgia's Hummingbirds, 9 of 12 so far :^)
Shorebird Migration
Sod Farms for Shorebirds
Summer Swallow-tailed Kites in the Piedmont
Swallow-tailed Kite Flocks in the Coastal Plain in August
Swan, Goose, and Duck Season
Thrush Migration
Tybee Island North Point (GA's northernmost beach)
Wilson's Phalarope Migration
Winter Sparrow Fields
Wintering Le Conte's (mouse) Sparrows at Eufaula NWR (Bradley Unit)
Wintering Long-billed Curlews at Sancho Panza Beach, Little St. Simons Island (north tip)
Wintering Sedge Wrens and Henslow's Sparrows at Paulk's Pasture WMA

The dam at West Point Lake
Location of the January 2010 Georgia IVORY GULL!!!