Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2008 19:02:36 -0400
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From: Walt Chambers <Walter.Frank.Chambers@STUDENT.MERCER.EDU>
Subject: West Georgia notes - 6/29
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I finally got out to bird for the first time since mid May yesterday.
Unfortunately we're in the traditional birding lull-time of late June and I
didn't expect too much.
I started at the Bradley Unit. As it was in the spring, the water levels in
the inlets south of the unit were high. The only thing noted was a single
PURPLE GALLINULE. I'm sure there were more as well as Least Bitterns, but I
didn't observe any. The big pond by the pumphouse is basically choked up
lilly pads and had very little. The ponds on the north side of the cross-dike
(near the silos) are dry and full of vegetation right now. Waders weren't
really numerous except for a large number of immature LITTLE BLUEs.
I then headed down to Walter F George Reservoir in Clay Co. I often has
interesting birds, even in June. The main bird of note was a BROWN PELICAN
seen from Sandy Creek Campground. This species has been there several times
in the past, but this was the first time (that I've seen) that the bird was
not a juvenile. It was also cool to watch it dive for food. The only other
birds noted were 10-12 OSPREY. The water was high and covers most of the
stumps, so I didn't get any early terns.
On the way back home, I checked Oxbow Meadows for a few minutes. Not much to
report this time.
Signs of post-breeding lately included a BLACK-&-WHITE WARBLER in my yard on
6/20 and Julie reported an imm. YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at Oxbow Meadows on
6/26 for only the second record of that species for the property.
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