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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
Comments: cc: BirdEast ListServe <birdeast@listserv.arizona.edu>
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- RBA

* 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

-Transcript

hotline: Georgia Rare Bird Alert date: March 12, 2005 number: 770-493-8862 to report: 770-493-8862 or lambertsewell AT mindspring.com 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 www.gos.org, or email us at information AT gos.org. 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 http://www.gos.org ******************

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