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Date:         Fri, 28 Feb 2003 15:04:02 -0500
Reply-To:     Brad_Bergstrom <bergstrm@VALDOSTA.EDU>
Sender:       Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Brad_Bergstrom <bergstrm@VALDOSTA.EDU>
Subject:      FOS Cattle Egrets + Sparrow-rama
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Saw my first Cattle Egrets of the season today along US-84 W of Valdosta.

This morning the Grimes farm in Brooks Co. proved once again an exemplary sparrow habitat. Took the Ornithology class; although we missed our target sparrow (Fox, which had been seen a week or two ago) we still got 9 other species: Henslow's, Grasshopper, Vesper, Field, Savannah, Song, Swamp, White-throated, Chipping. White-crowneds have also been seen there this winter (so far no LeConte's, which were numerous a couple of winters ago, and would make 12 sparrows for the site).

We only covered a very small fraction of the habitat but flushed at least 6 Henslow's and 3 Grasshoppers. This was also a very high and dry site (contrary to some prior assessments for Henslow's habitat).

Back here on campus, the Cedar Waxwing flocks, if anything, are more dense and numerous than a couple of weeks ago. I wouldn't hazard a guess at numbers, but 1,000 would probably be substantially below the most conservative estimate. At one point, there were a couple hundred crammed into one relatively small live oak; the noise upon their simultaneous departure was impressive!

There are still at least 4 Baltimore Orioles and 3 Purple Finches (1 male) visiting my backyard feeders.

Brad ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Brad Bergstrom, Ph.D., Professor TEL 229-333-5770 /-5759 Department of Biology FAX 229-245-6585 Valdosta State University e-mail: Valdosta, GA 31698-0015 Home: 229-333-0743 Home Page-- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

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