Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2007 11:00:02 -0400
Reply-To: James Brooks <jrbamc@JUNO.COM>
Sender: Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From: James Brooks <jrbamc@JUNO.COM>
Subject: 04/30/2007: Yellow-headed Blackbird at EL Huie
04/30/2007: Yellow-headed Blackbird at EL Huie
Drove over hoping for the Yellow-headed Blackbird at Huie, so I
drove slowly around the western pond eyeing the shrubs and trees
and tall weeds along the banks and the 'island' area. Nothing.
Was making another circuit when I located the bird in the grass
at the top of the bank in the north-east corner of the western
pond. The bird was up walking around close to the gravel road,
feeding on the numerous flying insects coating the ground. The
bird was unspookable, it at times was within 6 feet of my car,
window open, radio on, engine runnng, my head stuck out of the
window gawking at the bird, too close to focus on with binocs.
It is a male, just not the really bright yellow of full breeding
plumage. Amazing that it was so close, and I get another Lifer.
Driving back toward McDonough and crossing over I-75 on Jonesboro
Rd, I watched a Pileated Woodpecker fly a big circle over the
intersection and off into the woods behind the truck stop on the
east side of I-75.
Yard Birds from the last week or so...
04/11: About 25-30 Double-crested Cormorants in the big lake, we
usually only get 2 or 3 a few times a weeks. That was the cool
drizzly overcast day.
04/20: Migrants: Yellow-rumped Warblers, Red-eyed Vireo, Cape
May Warbler, Great Crested Flycatcher.
04/22: Migrants: Eastern Wood-Pewee, Green Heron. Great Blue
Heron roosting in a big pine along the lake shore. Spooked a
Mallard from a nest in my yard, well-hidden near the water.
04/29: A female Eastern Towhee fed in the grass in the backyard,
moving from right to left through the chopped up leaves and weeds
of a freshly-mowed area. A male showed up a few minutes later,
he stayed back in the shrubby edge along the little slough. A
Yellow-rumped Wabler was out there at the same time, also feeding
while walking right to left in the back yard, acting very sparrow
like. Late afternoon, 4:00pm, Richard Craig Park (baseball, etc)
south-east of McDonough on State 155, found two Vesper Sparrows
in back along the concrete fence around the city cemetary. Lastly,
about 11:30pm from the yard, a Whip-poor-will calling, which after
reviewing the Life List, turned out to be a Lifer as well. One of
those birds you hear all your life and somehow forget to mark down.
east of McDonough, GA (Henry Cty)
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