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Date:         Sat, 12 Mar 2005 21:19:39 -0500
Reply-To:     "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn@MINDSPRING.COM>
Sender:       Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn@MINDSPRING.COM>
Subject:      GA RBA, 3/12/2005
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* Georgia * Georgia statewide * March 12, 2005 * GAGA0503.12

- Birds Reported

Long-billed Curlew Marbled Godwit Whimbrel Greater White-fronted Goose HARRIS'S SPARROW Dowitcher sp. Upland Sandpiper


hotline: Georgia Rare Bird Alert date: March 12, 2005 number: 770-493-8862 to report: 770-493-8862 or lambertsewell AT coverage: Statewide compiled: March 12, 2005 (9:15pm) compiler: Jeff Sewell transcriber: James F. Flynn, Jr.

Highlights of this report include a report AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, LONG-BILLED CURLEW, MARBLED GODWIT and WHIMBREL along the Jekyll Is. Causeway; a nice sized flock of DOWITCHERS inland in Jackson Co.; 7 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE continue in northern Forsyth Co.; UPLAND SANDPIPERS on Cumberland Island; and although there are no updates on the HARRIS'S SPARROW in Athens, it is assumed that the bird is still visiting a courtyard of Lanier Gardens Retirement Community.

Jeff Sewell and Carol Lambert called in reports from Jekyll Island this evening and yesterday evening, with the highlights being 9 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS near the Jekyll Island Causeway entrance structure on Friday evening and a LONG-BILLED CURLEW, 5 MARBLED GODWITS and 5 WHIMBRELS in the flats behind the Jekyll Island Visitors Center on Saturday. They did not see the pelicans today, however. [DeLorme: p. 63, grid G-7; Birding Georgia: p. 203]

Mark Freeman reports that 7 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE continue at a pond near Coal Mountain in northern Forsyth Co. Directions: Take GA 400 north to GA 369 (first light on GA 400 north bound); turn left (west) on GA 369 to GA 9 (first light); right (north) on GA 9 a short distance to Coal Mountain Dr. The pond is on the northwest corner of GA 9 and Coal Mountain Dr. This is private property; you'll need to scope the lake from the road. [DeLorme: p. 21, grid C-6]

Mark also discovered a nice sized flock of 33 DOWITCHERS in southwest Jackson Co. near the Barrow Co. line. Mark believes that they were probably SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS but the distance and high winds prevented a positive identification. Directions: Take I-85 exit 129, GA 53; head south from I-85 on GA 53 and the pond and wetland is located on the right at a bend in the road just past mile marker 8. [Delorme p. 21, grid F-9]

Dot Freeman, Betty Belanger, and Susan Bagwell reported finding 12 UPLAND SANDPIPERS on Cumberland Island today in the dry grass beyond the wet marsh south of Dungeness. [DeLorme: p. 71, grid C-7; Birding Georgia: p. 207]

This concludes the current edition of the Georgia Rare Bird Alert. For information about the Georgia Ornithological Society, see, or email us at information AT To join GOS, send a check for $20 to GOS, P.O. Box 181, High Shoals, GA 30645.

-End transcript

Take care,

Jim Flynn Forsyth Co., GA ******************

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