Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2007 23:50:35 -0400
Reply-To: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua@BELLSOUTH.NET>
Sender: Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From: Joshua Spence <spencejoshua@BELLSOUTH.NET>
Subject: More North GA Swamp Birding
This morning I returned to some Murray County wetlands to look for nesting
behavior. I also was hoping to relocate American Redstarts that I had in a
young predominant maple forest in the Conasauga River floodplain.
Unfortunately I did not find any. I spent about five hours in several
different wetland habitat types. I observed 49 species in all. Few
Green Heron - 6
Wood Duck - 5, one duckling
Red-shouldered Hawk - one recently fledged young
Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 2, possibly 4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - carrying nest material
Red-headed Woodpecker - 2, one carrying something white away from possible
nest site. Could've been a fecal sack or egg shell.
Red-bellied Woodpecker - carrying food
Black-and-white Warbler - 3
Prothonotary Warbler - 6~10
Song Sparrow - one in buttonbush/willow swamp. I don't usually find them in
areas like this during the summer. They tend to like more urban yards with
manicured shrubs. In fact, the status of this species within most of the
county would be considered uncommon except in developed communities.
Blue Grosbeak - 2
Orchard Oriole - 3
There is an American Kesrtrel still present in Springplace near the Chief
Vann House Historic Site. It has been hanging around a nearby power station
for several weeks. This is the same type of station that the pair has
nested successfully at the Carter's Lake Powerhouse Road area. I was
informed by Max Medley that the young have fledged from that location.
Maybe this Springplace bird is part of a breeding pair.
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