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Date:         Mon, 3 Mar 2003 18:49:56 -0500
Reply-To:     Brad_Bergstrom <bergstrm@VALDOSTA.EDU>
Sender:       Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Brad_Bergstrom <bergstrm@VALDOSTA.EDU>
Subject:      Re: 02Mar03 Boat-tailed Grackles in Lowndes County
Comments: To: GABO-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU
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Earl,

Boat-tailed Grackles hang around "the lakes" region (Valdosta limesink region, which centers on the Lake Park area and straddles the state line) most of the year, and at least 90% of them are of the Gulf race. That large lake behind the welcome center is Ocean Pond, the largest natural lake in Georgia, which has a healthy breeding population of Osprey, BTW. We see BTGR pretty much every trip to Grassy Pond, a couple of miles to the NW of Ocean, except for mid-winter, and Kristi Avera has documented nesting there.

And in season BTGR can usually be found in the parking lots of the K-Mart and adjacent Lowndes High School just off Exit 22 (along with Ring-billed Gulls... in case anybody wants to do a Lowndes Co. Big Day or something!). But, the fact that the species favors vast parking lots makes me wonder if the inexorable growth of such ruderal habitats is aiding its northward expansion.

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

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