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Date:         Sun, 23 Jul 2000 10:13:46 -0400
Sender:       Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Diana Churchill <dichurch@EARTHLINK.NET>
Subject:      Harris Neck NWR 7/22/00
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18 Members of Ogeechee & Coastal Audubon joined for an evening field trip to Harris Neck - midway between Savannah and Brunswick. Overcast skies, pleasant temperatures and few bugs were quite welcome!

Woody Pond was teeming with activity! Roseate Spoonbill (fly by) Wood Stork Black & Yellow Crowned Night Herons in same scope field Green Heron Little Blue Heron Great Blue Heron Great Egret Snowy Egret Tri Colored Heron Glossy Ibis White Ibis (2500 or so with some still feeding nestlings) Common Moorhen Purple Gallinule with juvenile Nesting Bluebirds

The most unique sighting was a PINK IBIS. John Stafford spied a pink bird atop a distant tree which we at first suspected of being another Roseate Spoonbill. Not so! It had ibis bill, black wing tips, but was decidedly pink and not scarlet. The note in the Nat'l Geographic Field Guide states that the Scarlet Ibis does hybridize with the White, resulting in various shades of scarlet and pink offspring. Any comments from the experts out there??

Elsewhere on the refuge we saw Common Nighthawk, Summer Tanager, Great Crested Flycatcher, Yellow Throated & Pine Warblers. Heard many Eastern Towhees and Painted Buntings calling. A total of 47 species were seen and/or heard.

Quite an enjoyable evening!

Diana Churchill Ogeechee Audubon Society

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