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Date:   Sun, 25 Mar 2001 08:18:39 -0500
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, 03/23/01
Comments:   To: birdeast@listserv.arizona.edu
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- RBA

* Georgia * Georgia statewide * March 23, 2001 * GAGA0103.23

- Birds Reported

Black-throated Green Warbler Black-and-White Warbler Blue-headed Vireo Ruby-crowned Kinglet Golden-crowned Kinglet Northern Harrier Brewer's Blackbird Northern Flicker (Red-shafted form) Sandhill Crane Scarlet Ibis White Ibis American Golden Plover

- Transcript

hotline: Georgia Rare Bird Alert date: March 23, 2001 number: 770-493-8862 to report: 770-493-8862 or lambertsewell@mindspring.com coverage: Statewide compiled: March 23, 2001 compiler: Jeff Sewell transcriber: Joel Hitt

The following is the transcription for the Friday and Saturday evening telephone reports, March 22-23, 2001, of the Georgia Rare Bird Alert (RBA). The RBA is a service of the Georgia Ornithological Society. Jeff Sewell is the compiler and voice of the telephone reports (770-493-8862).

A few passerine migrants have turned up in the Atlanta area. From Kennesaw Mountain on Saturday, Bob Zaremba reports that he and Deb saw 2 male BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS, the first of season there. They also had a report that a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER had been seen there as well. They noted large number of overwintering migrants passing through, notably BLUE-HEADED VIREOS and RUBY- and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS. Yesterday Bob said a female NORTHERN HARRIER was seen flying in the vicinity of Kennesaw Mountain, which ties an early date for this site.

From south Georgia, Michael Bell reports on GABO-L a large flock of about 500 BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS in Decatur County (DeLorme 57 H-6). The site is on Babcock Road 1/2 mile north of the intersection with Pine Hill Road. Look for a field on the right. Michael also reports that the director of Birdsong Plantation in Grady County has relocated the NORTHERN FLICKER, Red-shafted form, previously reported there over the winter. The bird was seen on March 23, Friday.

Larry Ross counted 38 SANDHILL CRANES moving through Houston County near Perry on Friday. This flock is a rather late flock, most of these birds already having moved through the state.

A couple of people have inquired as to a SCARLET IBIS reported March 13 in northern Coffee County by Milton Hopkins, Jr. This bird was not reported initially on the RBA as it was assumed to be an escaped bird and not a wild bird. It was seen in a large flock of WHITE IBIS. If you are interested in knowing more about this bird, you may call Frank Snow (912-384-1232 or his office 912-384-4361).

And finally, on Friday, Walt Chambers reported 5 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS in Stewart County 1.7 miles south of Florence Marina State Park on GA 139. This location is 3.25 miles north of the Bradley Unit, Eufaula NWR.

This concludes the current edition of the Georgia Rare Bird Alert. Please note that the dates for the spring meeting of GOS are April 27-29 in Macon. For information about this meeting or about the Georgia Ornithological Society in general, see www.gos.org, or email us at gos@hom.net. To join GOS, send a check for $16 to GOS, P.O. Box 5825, Valdosta GA 31603-5825.

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