Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 22:22:54 EDT
Sender: Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From: "Mark N. Freeman" <Roam2bird@CS.COM>
Subject: GrWf Goose, Orchard Orioles in Greene County
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On Tuesday after work (4-10-01) I drove down to try to see the Greater
White-fronted Goose reported by Jim Flynn at Tom Thompson Farm east of
Eatonton on GA 44. The goose was still there among several Canada geese.
There was a large kettle of vultures swirling overhead, many were Black
Vultures, I didn't scan them all, maybe 50 total.
On the way back to Athens I stopped at the Hwy 278 bridge over Lake Oconee
west of Greensboro to see the Cliff Swallows there. I was more in the
"watching" mindset and didn't make much effort to count, but there had to be
at least 30-40 or so zooming around. Then I headed up Greshamville-Farmington
Rd towards Dyar Pasture. Just after turning right onto CM Copeland Rd I saw a
Eurasian Collared Dove (Greene county, DeLorme pg 28, grid D3). I believe
this is a new county for the ECDove, according to the distribution map on the
GOS website. (I've reported to the GOS webmaster)
At Dyar Pasture I saw an adult male Orchard Oriole, heard a Great Crested
Flycatcher, and saw four Coots. Numerous Swamp Sparrows and Common
Yellowthroats. No waders. I headed north from Dyar Pasture up Copelan (Colham
Ferry?) Rd and turned right on what I think was Wrayswood Rd. It's a rutted
dirt road that comes out onto Hwy 15 just north of the Oconee River. In the
wetlands on the left of this road I saw a second Orchard Oriole in what
daylight was remaining.
Mark N. Freeman