Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2005 23:24:40 -0500
Reply-To: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn@MINDSPRING.COM>
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From: "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn@MINDSPRING.COM>
Subject: Southwest Georgia, 3/13/2005
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Hi, folks, Earl Horn and I once again headed to southwestern Georgia on
Sunday, mostly to look for early spring migrants. Another nice sunny day on
the south side of the state, although it was a bit windy at times.
We spent most of the morning in Thomas Co., stopping at several stream
crossing in the northern part of the county before heading to Lower Boston
and New Hope Rds. south of Thomasville. Next we headed to Cairo in Grady
Co., where a resident has had about 20 Baltimore Orioles visiting her
feeders near downtown. What a site that was; the variability between
individual Baltimore Orioles can be astonishing. We stayed for about an
hour and saw at least 15 different birds come into one of the feeders.
We then headed north to the Albany area where we checked several spots west
and south of the city, including the ponds along Eight Mile Rd., Albany
Nursery WMA and the pond near the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport along
GA 91/GA 62. We also made a quick trip through a subdivision called Hidden
Lakes off of GA 234 (Gillionville Rd.) west of Albany. We didn't expect
much, but were pleased to see an adult white morph Snow Goose in with a
flock of Canada Geese. The birds were visible from the covered bridge along
Hidden Lakes Dr.
Here are some of the highlights for the day:
Snow Goose: 1 adult white morph, Hidden Lakes Subdivision, Dougherty Co.
Blue-winged Teal: 7, Eight Mile Rd. ponds, Dougherty Co.
Osprey: 1, Lower Boston Rd., Thomas Co.; this bird was sitting in a dead
tree near the road devouring a fish.
Bald Eagle: 1 immature, lake along GA 93 south of Cairo, Grady Co.
Common Moorhen: just 2, lake along GA 93 south of Cairo
- Greater Yellowlegs: 10
- Lesser Yellowlegs: 7
- Least Sandpiper: 80, SW GA Reg. Airport
- Pectoral Sandpiper: 1, Lower Boston Rd., Thomas Co.
- Wilson's Snipe: 4
- Purple Martin: small numbers scattered all over
- Tree Swallow: 8, lake along GA 93 south of Cairo
- Northern Rough-winged Swallow: 7, all in Dougherty Co at 3 different
- Barn Swallow: just 1, Thomas Co.
Red-breasted Nuthatch: 1, Little Ochlocknee River/Big Creek@Palmer Rd.,
Thomas Co. (near a residence at 6095? Palmer Rd.)
White-breasted Nuthatch: 1, Mitchell Pond/Wards Creek@New Hope Rd., Thomas
Co. (allowed for a sweep of the Georgia nuthatches in Thomas Co. on Sunday)
Golden-crowned Kinglet: 3, Thomas Co.
American Pipit: 1, SW GA Reg. Airport
- Orange-crowned Warbler: 1, Rupp Rd., Thomas Co.; 1, Albany Nursery WMA,
- Northern Parula: 2, one in Thomas Co., one in Baker Co.
- Yellow-rumped Warbler: about
- Pine Warbler: 30+
- Palm Warbler: 4
- Black-and-white Warbler: 8
- Common Yellowthroat: 9
Bachman's Sparrow: 6, Thomas Co.
Vesper Sparrow: 9 total in Thomas, Grady and Dougherty Cos.
Grasshopper Sparrow: 1, Albany Nursery WMA
Boat-tailed Grackle: 4+, lake along GA 93 south of Cairo
Baltimore Oriole: about 15, Cairo, Grady Co.
Forsyth Co., GA
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