|Date: ||Fri, 28 Feb 2003 11:30:11 -0500|
|Reply-To: ||Joshua Spence <cojosh@YAHOO.COM>|
|Sender: ||Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>|
|From: ||Joshua Spence <cojosh@YAHOO.COM>|
|Subject: ||Good Birding Day in Murray 2/27/03|
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Max Medley(Ellijay GA) and I went birding around Murray County on the 27th.
The weather wasn’t great but it turned out to be one of the best days we’ve
had this year. The total for the day was 67 species in all. That’s good for
a rainy Winter’s day in North GA. We started at Carters in the morning. We
got some Buffleheads and an adult Bald Eagle. We moved up through
Chatsworth and to Eton and were surprised to see a large flock of Rusty
Blackbirds foraging with some Red-wings on the side of the road. We counted
as many as we could and then estimated that about 40-50 were Rusty. Largest
flock I’ve ever seen in North GA. The surprises didn’t end there. We got
seven White-crowned Sparrows on Lougheridge Rd. We looked for ducks on
every body of water we came across. All we found was a Northern Shoveler
feeding with some Gadwalls in a flooded field. The next surprise was
another flock of blackbirds out in a field on Caylor Rd. except these were
Brewer’s. We counted at least 26, we believe there were a few more than
this. First time we’ve ever gotton both Rusty & Brewer’s in one day.
Another surprise was at least four Vesper Sparrows foraging in a someone’s
yard. There were a lot more sparrows(possibly more Vespers), but we
couldn’t pursue them due to the large dogs barking and growling at us.
Needless to say, we stayed in the truck. Other birds of interest:
4 Shrikes, one we watched for a while about 20 feet away. It dived down
into the grass, mortally wounding a vole. Then grabbing it up, and barely
able to fly with it to a thorn bush. There he impaled it and chowed down. I
love these birds.
Great Blue Heron rookery, had at least 19 nests that we could see. 15 were
3 Cormorants on Carters Reregulation Resevoir in the evening.
1 Brown Creeper
We also spotted a strange buteo in the north end of the county. I’m going
to try to get some photos of it this weekend. Anyone interested in the
notes can email me. I’d like to discuss it further. It was atypical for a
Rough-legged Hawk or Red-tailed Hawk , bearing field marks that would
accompany both species.
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