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Date:         Sat, 31 May 2003 16:42:20 -0400
Reply-To:     Brad_Bergstrom <bergstrm@VALDOSTA.EDU>
Sender:       Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Brad_Bergstrom <bergstrm@VALDOSTA.EDU>
Subject:      Lowndes BBS
Comments: To: GABO-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU
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This morning on the Stockton-Grand Bay-Hahira BBS route, I had my first singing Field Sparrow since I've been doing the route (15 years). It's mostly absent as a breeder in extreme SE Georgia including Lowndes Co.; I guess after today I'd say it's an "irregular breeder" in Lowndes. Extreme south-central GA is also about the only place in the state where Yellow-breasted Chat is rare as a breeder, so it was good to hear 2 of them at a new area of the route.

But the strangest thing was that we heard 4 calling Great-horned Owls at stops 4,5 and 6 (up till 6:30 am), conservatively recorded as 3 due to one possible duplicate. I rarely ever get even one GHOW. 3 Wood Storks, 3 Bachman's Sparrows at 2 stops, 2 fledgling Barred Owls and a Mississippi Kite complete the highlights. Alas, no Wood Thrush, which has been the trend of late, and very few Red-eyed Vireos.

Brad ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Brad Bergstrom, Ph.D., Professor TEL 229-333-5770 /-5759 Department of Biology FAX 229-245-6585 Valdosta State University e-mail: bergstrm@valdosta.edu Valdosta, GA 31698-0015 Home: 229-333-0743 Home Page-- http://www.valdosta.edu/~bergstrm/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

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