Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 12:33:10 -0400
Reply-To: Steve Parrish <geauxtigers@ALLTEL.NET>
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From: Steve Parrish <geauxtigers@ALLTEL.NET>
Subject: Milledgeville Greenway report 9/16/08
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The Greenway runs along the Oconee River south of the bridge east of town. Birding for migrants was awful in the spring
but the park had just been finished with a lot of disruption to vegetation. It is much better birding this fall. This morning in
2.5 hours of birding I found:
Chestnut-sided Warbler - 5
Blue-winged Warbler - 2
Northern Parula - 2
Black and Wihte Warbler - 2
Blackburnian Warbler - 2
American Redstart - 4
Great Blue Heron
I take the Black-billed Cuckoo and Philadelphia Vireo ID's very seriously as they are life birds for me.
The black-billed Cuckoo was a juvenile that was fairly uniformly dark on the inside of the tail. I was worried that
the dark bill was just from the shading until a few minutes later when a yellow-billed cuckoo flew in nearby
with similar shading and the yellow bill was obvious as well as the much cleaner throat. The Philadelphia
Vireo gave 3 great looks (the last an hour after the first sighting so it may be more than one bird). It had
yellow in the center of the throat and a smaller bill than a Red-eyed as well as being smaller and more compact
than a Red-eyed. After seeing a lot of Red-eyed Vireos this summer it was pretty obviously a different species.
A great morning along the Oconee!
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