Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2007 19:06:16 -0400
Reply-To: Mark McShane <eagleeyed@BELLSOUTH.NET>
Sender: Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From: Mark McShane <eagleeyed@BELLSOUTH.NET>
Subject: TRP Bartow County Loop 9/9/07
Birded the Bartow County Loop again this morning, loving those shorebirds,
and hoping for American Golden-Plover!
Had a flock of 20 WILD TURKEY just off of the road in the River Shoals
Subdivision being built at River Shoals Drive and Old Alabama Rd, was able
to get within 75 feet of them in the car as they foraged through the area.
Had a BROAD-WINGED HAWK on a wire over the Etowah River on Douthit Ferry
Rd when I turned off of Old Alabama towards the Indian Mounds. Nothing
but KILLDEER at the Indian Mounds Road sod fields.
At the Taff Road mud hole the group of shorebirds was essentially the same
as Ken Blankenship posted from our trip yesterday. However I did get a
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER as well today way in the back.
All of the Buff-breasted Sandpipers seem to have departed from the
Taylorsville sod unit, only Killdeer when I was there.
At the Cartersville Industrial sod farm area (in the sod at the field
nearest to Hwy 61/113), it seems that the sprinklers had inundated the
field with water so that none of the puddles/little waterways had any
little banks or mud for the shorebirds to forage in, and all of the birds
seen yesterday had moved on, nothing but a very few Killdeer way back.
The other fields behind this one were all bare as well, all of the Buff-
breasted Sandpipers and the Baird's gone.
If anyone gets an American Golden-Plover please post right away or email
Most Happy Birding!
Mark McShane, 1st Year Male Birder At Large
Lawrenceville (Gwinnett Co) GA
eagleeyed AT bellsouth.net
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