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Date:         Tue, 25 Jul 2000 06:51:32 -0400
Reply-To:     Joel Hitt <joel@HITT.COM>
Sender:       Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Joel Hitt <joel@HITT.COM>
Subject:      GA RBA, 07/24/00
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* Georgia * Georgia statewide * July 24, 2000 * GAGA0007.24

- Birds mentioned

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hotline: Georgia Rare Bird Alert date: July 24, 2000 number: 770-493-8862 to report: 770-493-8862 or coverage: Statewide compiled: July 24, 2000 compiler: Jeff Sewell transcriber: Joel Hitt

This is the Georgia Rare Bird Alert for Monday evening, July 24, 2000, Jeff Sewell reporting.

Eric Beam saw a female SHINY COWBIRD on Friday, July 21, at the Altamaha State Waterfowl Management Area just south of Darien on Butler Island. This is the best place in the state to see this species to date. This particular bird was seen with a flock of Brown-headed Cowbirds right at US 17 at the check station, between the check station and the big white house on the right of the highway as you proceed south out of Darien. Eric also counted 44 GULL-BILLED TERNS, 2 LEAST BITTERNS and 2 PURPLE GALLINULES, on the road proceeding from this area west to I-16. At Crooked River State Park (St. Mary's) on the same day, he reports 1 ROSEATE SPOONBILL and 1 REDDISH EGRET. There were also 20 ROSEATE SPOONBILLS on US 17 at the usual roost spot south of the Jekyll Island Causeway in the hammock of trees on the right.

A most unusual sighting is that of 2 SANDHILL CRANES in southwest Douglas County (Delorme 25-D8) on Monday. This is just prior to Hannah Road on GA 166, in a field on the south side of the road. Some locals indicate the birds have just arrived. This report comes from Denny and Pam McClure.

From GABO-L comes the information that a small flock of immature AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS remain in the water between St. Mary's and Cumberland, seen from the Cumberland Island Ferry. Usual known as an overwintering population, a few specimens of White Pelicans have remained over the summer in the past several years. It will be interesting to watch this flock and see if it remains. Thanks to Scott Summershoe (sp?) for this report.

Repeating a report from the previous RBA, Marianna Wilson called Saturday from DeKalb County near Northlake Mall to report a SWALLOW-TAILED KITE flyover seen from her yard. The bird was at tree-top level. This was about 1:00 PM, with the bird headed south. Thus concludes this edition of the Georgia Rare Bird Alert. For information about GOS visit our website at, or email us at To join GOS, send a check for $16 to GOS, P.O. Box 5825, Valdosta GA 31603-5825.

-End transcript Lawrenceville GA 770-932-5513 (v/f)

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