Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2004 11:48:11 -0400
Reply-To: James R Brooks Jr <jrbamc@JUNO.COM>
Sender: Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From: James R Brooks Jr <jrbamc@JUNO.COM>
Subject: EL Huie visit... good birds still there
Went by EL Huie this morning around ten or so, same birds that have been
there recently; noted the Black-necked Stilt, the juv (lonesome) Black
Skimmer, 4 Stilt Sandpipers, several Northern Shovelers. Did not notice
any peeps. Did see a large accipiter make a couple of passes thru the
area, spooking the Killdeer for a bit. Several dozen swallows, hundreds
of Chimney Swifts, there is some sort of massive bug hatch occuring there.
A few Wood Ducks, one of which was a near fully-plumaged male. Nice. All
the good stuff is in the south pond, all of the other ponds are quite full.
Oh, two more, did see a Pied-billed Grebe in the pump house pond, and the
pair of Ring-necked Ducks are still in there, too.
Early last evening on the way through the McDonough square, noticed a huge
flock of Chimney Swifts circling all around the courthouse tower, likely
a roosting site.
Also later, as I went out on my deck, a shrieking Northern Mockingbird
tearing around the corner of the house, ducking between our vehicles and
away and under a neighbor's trees, pursued by an adult Sharp-shinned Hawk,
which broke off pursuit when it saw me there. It perched nearby for a
few moments and then flew off across the lake. I have seen little piles of
gray/white and blue/white feathers in my yard over the years... dinner?
One day I'll have to write up my story of how I almost got eaten by a
Sharp-shinned, and the clever Mockingbird that didn't.
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