|Date: ||Wed, 7 Jun 2006 11:52:05 -0400|
|Reply-To: ||Joshua Spence <cojosh@YAHOO.COM>|
|Sender: ||Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>|
|From: ||Joshua Spence <cojosh@YAHOO.COM>|
|Subject: ||Re: Where have all the Prairies gone?|
I've ran three routes over the last week in Murray County. These are
unregistered roadside surveys, but I use the same method that is used on
the BBS routes. The first route I conducted is in southwest portion of
Murray County near the Brackett Ridges. This route only had twenty
stopping points. I observed 54 species in all, but not one Prarie Warbler.
Highlights on this route were Wood Duck, Red-headed Woodpecker, Louisiana
Waterthrush, Grasshopper Sparrow, Dickcissel(Fagala Rd location).
The next roadside survey I conducted was in the southcentral portion of
Murray County in the Coosawattee WMA. It has fifty stopping points through
a variety of habitat including much early successional growth. I recorded
66 species here. This area yielded Prairie Warblers at 18 of the 50 stops.
Other highlights included a Black Vulture perched on a chimney of an
abandoned house and acting very agitated when I came too close, Northern
Bobwhite - 3/50, House Wren, Blue-winged Warbler - two new locations.
The other roadside survey was in west-central Murray County near
Springplace. This was also a small route with only 24 stopping points.
I had 55 species here, but no Prairie Warblers. Highlights were Northern
Bobwhite- 6/24, House Wren- 2/24, and best of all, two Barred Owls on the
23rd stop. When I got out of the vehicle I heard the
distinct "ksssssshhip" hiss that's made by begging juveniles. They were
perched in a grove of hardwoods adjacent to the road. They could fly but
it was clear that they were new at it.
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