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Date:         Mon, 10 Jul 2000 09:33:02 -0400
Reply-To:     Giff Beaton <giffbeaton@MINDSPRING.COM>
Sender:       Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Giff Beaton <giffbeaton@MINDSPRING.COM>
Subject:      J L Lester WMA
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GABbers: While I realize most of the birding attention in GA is currently on Little Tybee Island (appropriately, and thanks Deb B for finding the Curlew Sand!), I had a great time Saturday in Polk County at J L Lester WMA. This small WMA is southeast of the town of Cedartown, and has many large fields as well as a fairly large lake. The fields are riddled with Northern Bobwhite and Grasshopper Sparrows, and have plenty of other field/pasture/lake birds as well. I saw about 60 species in three hours there. To get to the WMA, take Cason Road to the south from the "Cedartown Loop", which is US 27 and GA 1 (DeLorme p18 G4). This road is labeled Antioch Road on the DeLorme, and is the road just immediately east of where the "loop" rejoins US 27 south. It turns into Antioch Road as you head south. Go about 4 or 5 miles until you see the WMA Check-In building on your right, and if you are lucky there may be maps in the mailbox there. Bird there, or continue along Antioch Road south a mile or so to the next dirt road on your left (Mullen Road, but no sign) and park in the little entrance on your right just where Mullen Road comes in. Walk out into the fields here for quail and Grasshopper Sparrows and continue up over the berm in front of you for the lake. There are loads of butterflies and dragonflies here also. One other spot to check is to continue south on Antioch Road to the next paved road on your right, called Hampton Road. Turn right, and follow this road around to the west and north until you see a large pond in some private fields on your right. Do not leave the road as this is all private and heavily posted, but on Sat there were two White Ibis and 11 Little Blue Herons here. Giff Beaton

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