Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2003 08:09:04 -0400
Reply-To: "Brandon L. Noel" <lssinat@MINDSPRING.COM>
Sender: Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From: "Brandon L. Noel" <lssinat@MINDSPRING.COM>
Subject: Coastal Bird Festival from Little St. Simons
We at Little St. Simons, would like to thank everyone involved in the
inaugural Coastal Bird Festival held at Jekyll Island this past weekend.
Everyone considered it to be a huge success and it was a wonderful
experience for countless folks. Thank you so much to Lydia and everyone
involved with getting the festival up and running. Thank you to all the
folks that came over to Little St. Simons on Saturday and Sunday, which
those tours were led by Giff Beaton. Thank you to Giff as well for
leading those tours. If you didn't hear, we had some great days during
Each trip had different results, but on Saturday the highlights
included one Clay-colored Sparrow and one Western Kingbird. They also got
a chance to see some Northern Shovelers, Northern Pintails, and a lot of
Mottled Ducks. Correct me if I am wrong Giff, but I believe they got 91
species on Saturday. Then, on Sunday, while our species count wasn't as
high, we were treated to a long look at a Peregrine Falcon perched in a
tree. We saw a total of 4 Peregrines on Sunday and a couple of Merlins.
We also got to see three different Bald Eagles, with two adults and one
two year old. We got to see some Bobolinks flying overhead. The Long-
billed Curlews were seen both days as well as Great Black Backed Gulls.
The Lesser Black Backed Gull was seen on Saturday, but not Sunday. I
counted 82 as a count for us on Sunday.
Overall, it was a wonderful weekend on Little St. Simons and Jekyll
Island. Thank you again to all parties involved in making this happen.
While everyone on Little St. Simons were picked up and carried by
mosquitoes and rain, it didn't dampen anyones spirits. We all look
forward to next year already! Happy birding!
Brandon L. Noel
Naturalist on Little St. Simons Island, Glynn County, Southeast Georgia
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