Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2008 23:11:00 -0400
Reply-To: Parrie Pinyan <pjnkodi@MINDSPRING.COM>
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From: Parrie Pinyan <pjnkodi@MINDSPRING.COM>
Subject: Raptor Migration In Georgia
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Has anyone considered Yonah Mountain? It has the most impressive clifs by
far of any of the Georgia Mountains.
Also, what about Pine Mountain--near the fall line?
What are the usual migration routes?
Years ago I saw hundreds of what must have been Broad-winged Hawks kettling
SE of the intersection of Hwy 140 and East Cherokee Drive.
I was not a birder then and assumed the birds to be vultures.
SE Cherokee County
Joel Volpi WROTE:
Over the years I have found the best viewing areas for the fall raptor
migration in Geogia are from west to east: Lookout mountain,
Burnt/Oglethorpe mountain, Brasstwon Bald, and Rabun Bald. Weather fronts
and ceiling are the main variables that make each area more or less
productive during the the fall migration. For instance a low ceiling is an
excellent time to go to Lookout in the first few weeks of October when
accipters and falcons are most abundant. The low ceiling forces the birds
down to just above the ridge line and offers excelltne viewing. Panoramic
views at any of these locations from mid September through mid Novemeber
offer many opportunities to view the full range of the raptor migration
through the mountain regions of Georgia.
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