Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2006 13:28:27 -0500
Reply-To: Pete Followill <sebdan@EXCITE.COM>
Sender: Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From: Pete Followill <sebdan@EXCITE.COM>
Subject: L.Waterthrush @ CSNP; Winter Wren @ Fernbank (Dekalb); Huie
We hit Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve (Dekalb Co.) this morning at about
9:15. Both RUBY-CROWNED & GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS are still present in
good numbers (particularly G-Cs). Got our FOTS for CNSP BLUE-GRAY
GNATCATCHER. Also counted at least 3 N. ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS over the
pond. No sign of the bittern.
Our most exciting siting was a Waterthrush near the memorial bridge past
the pond. We surmised it was LOUISIANA: it had a wide eyestripe. It also
bobbed its tail vigorously and didn't show any buff on its underparts,
which I've read are Northern WT traits; plus, the water was fairly still.
Nonetheless, we know it was the same spot where La. WT have been observed
in previous springs, so we're going with Louisiana. I've posted some
photos on my blog, so feel free to weigh in on which WT you think it is:
Yesterday, we hit Fernbank Forest (Dekalb Co.) at 10:15 A.M. Sarah
immediately spotted a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER. We also found 3 YELLOW-
BELLIED SAPSUCKERS and both KINGLETS. Also got a WINTER WREN on some
brush on the part of the path near the forest entrance, on the side that
backs up to the houses.
We went to E.L. Huie yesterday around 5:30 P.M. We didn't see the
American Golden Plover. RING-NECKED DUCKS, SHOVELERS, & BUFFLEHEAD had
the largest number, along with a few RUDDY, LESSER SCAUP, GREEN-WINGED
TEAL & MALLARDS. Also: WILSON'S SNIPE (2), TREE & BARN SWALLOWS COOPER'S
& RED-TAILED HAWKS, & RUDDY SHELDUCK (3).
-Sarah Neal & Pete Followill
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