Date: Mon, 25 Dec 2000 09:46:46 -0800
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From: "James F. Flynn, Jr." <jflynn@AMERICA.NET>
Subject: GA RBA, 12/24/2000
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* Georgia statewide
* December 24, 2000
- Birds mentioned
American Black Duck
hotline: Georgia Rare Bird Alert
date: December 24, 2000
to report: 770-493-8862 or email@example.com
compiled: December 24, 2000
compiler: Jeff Sewell
transcriber: James F. Flynn, Jr.
This is the Georgia RBAs, from Sunday, December 24, 2000, a service of
the Georgia Ornithological Society. Jeff Sewell is the compiler and
"voice" of the RBA (770-493-8862).
Highlights of this report: A female COMMON MERGANSER and many other
species of ducks were reported this afternoon from Lake Acworth, Cobb
Co., GA; WHITE-WINGED SCOTER at Lake Walter F. George reported by Eric
Boehm yesterday; and a report via Georgia Birders Online by Eric Kellen
of a nice flock of AMERICAN AVOCETS at Andrews I.
A female COMMON MERGANSER, the first in a long time for Georgia, was
found at Lake Acworth by Tom Egan this morning and reported by several
birders this afternoon. Directions are as follows: Lake Acworth is
located just west of I-75 in north Cobb Co. From Atlanta, head north on
I-75 to exit 278 (you may also take exit 277, GA 92, and follow it to
the lake). Take a left off of exit 278 and head southwest on Cherokee
St. a short distance until you come to GA 92. Turn right on GA 92.
This will take you to Lake Acworth. As you are going down the hill,
notice the sign for West Lakeshore Dr. (remember this road). Continue
on GA 92 and just before the lake there will be a pull-off, a kind of
overlook park, on your left. This is one viewing point for the birds on
Lake Acworth. If you do not see the bird there, continue on GA 92
across Lake Acworth and look for Ragsdale Rd. Turn left on Ragsdale
Rd., and proceed for about 1 / 2 mile until you see two red squares
blocking off a berm, and blocking off a closed park. This is just
before you get to a little cove of Lake Acworth. Park on the side of
the road, and go back to the two red squares and walk out to the point.
This is probably the best viewing location for the COMMON MERGANSER,
as the point is kind of in the middle of the lake. If you still can not
find the bird, or if it is on the other side of the lake, return to West
Lakeshore Dr., which is just past Acworth Baptist Church. Turn left on
West Lakeshore Dr., and follow the signs to Acworth Beach, which is also
Cobble (?) Park. There were 13 species of ducks seen on Lake Acworth
today, including REDHEAD, CANVASBACK and AMERICAN BLACK DUCK.
Eric Boehm called in a report of a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER at Lake Walter F.
George on Saturday afternoon.
This concludes the current edition of the Georgia Rare Bird Alert. For
information about the Georgia Ornithological Society visit our website
at http://www.gos.org, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To join GOS, send a
check for $16 to GOS, P.O. Box 5825, Valdosta GA 31603-5825.