|Date: ||Wed, 13 Mar 2002 16:52:36 -0500|
|Reply-To: ||Nathan Klaus <naklaus@MINDSPRING.COM>|
|Sender: ||Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>|
|From: ||Nathan Klaus <naklaus@MINDSPRING.COM>|
|Subject: ||Piedmont birding|
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Had a few good bird sightings yesterday and today.
Yesterday in Jones county on some Weyerhaeuser land adjacent to Oconee
National Forest I had a pair of brown headed nuthatches squeaking so
loudly above us they interrupted our meeting. One bird, presumably the
male appeared to be trying to present a second bird, presumably the
female, with what appeared to be a bark chip. A LENGTHY discussion
ensued between the pair which had everyone cracking up by the time they
flew off. Minutes later two black and white warblers began singing from
nearby. A barred owl also called for awhile during the day on a nearby
tract on Cedar Creek.
Later that day on Oaky Woods WMA as thunderstorms approached two turkeys
put on a show, gobbling at every clap of thunder. As if they didn't
have enough to gobble at, a barred owl started calling and got them
really worked up.
Down in Bond Swamp today I witnessed several small flocks of purple
martins. They seemed to be concentrating their use around some
abandoned mining pits in the Cherokee Brickyards.
Finally, about a week ago while burning in Jones county I watched some
interesting behavior from a red-shoulded hawk. The burn went through
the territory of a pair of red-shouldered hawks. Unfortunately for them
the burn attracted many hawks from the neighborhood to take advantage of
bugs/mice that were being driven out of hiding by the fire. These
infringements were not taken lightly by the territorial birds. They
spent several hours that afternoon calling almost nonstop. One bird did
most of his/her calling while carrying around a stick (calling loudly
and carrying a big stick!). I've seen this behavior before when Osprey
were doing battle with neighbors. It seems to have a lot less to do
with nest building than with declaring breeding territory boundaries.
Pretty neat stuff.
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Non-game Endangered Wildlife Program
(478) 994-1438, (478) 994-3380 (home)