Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2004 11:44:02 -0400
Reply-To: Malcolm Hodges <malhodges@WEBTV.NET>
Sender: Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From: Malcolm Hodges <malhodges@WEBTV.NET>
Subject: Huie ponds, Saturday a.m.
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It was crowded at the ponds this morning---two other groups besides the
small AAS group (3 of us). The shorebirds were nice, with 5 Dunlin, 3
Stilt Sandpipers, 3 Pectoral San., 15 Least San. and many Killdeer. We
had a Cliff Swallow buzzing around the pumphouse pond (I scoped him to
make sure he had a tan forehead), and still 6 Great Egrets. Good
numbers of Ruddy and Ring-necked ducks, Green-winged Teal and Shoveler.
There was a nice flock of Palm Warblers along the northern fence,
including a "Yellow" Palm among the "Westerns."
Not much of note at the Wetlands Center today. The Murdannia kiesak (an
invasive Asian plant that loves beaver ponds) continues to overtake the
marshes there, creating very bird-unfriendly mats of vegetation. It
appears to be displacing the clumps of sedges and rushes that dominated
the area 5 years ago.
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