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Date:         Sun, 16 Nov 2008 21:11:08 -0500
Reply-To:     "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn@MINDSPRING.COM>
Sender:       Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         "James F. Flynn Jr." <jim.flynn@MINDSPRING.COM>
Subject:      Northwest GA, 11/16/2008
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Hi, folks, just a few notes from a rather quiet day of looking for waterfowl in northwest GA. I started the day along Goose Island Rd., Gilmer Co., then headed to Lake Blue Ridge Marina, then Carters Lake (where I birded some with Rachel Cass, Ken Blankenship & Nathan Farnau), then to some of the ponds and lakes in Murray and Whitfield Cos.

Snow Goose: 5 (3 Snows, 1 Blue, 1 Blue x Snow), Carters Lake Re-regulation Dam (flyovers)

Wood Duck: 1, Goose Island Lake, Gilmer Co. Ring-necked Duck: 17, Goose Island Lake Bufflehead: 1, Goose Island Lake; 20, Lake Blue Ridge Marina, Fannin Co.; 3, Lake Kathy, Whitfield Co. Hooded Merganser: 9, Goose Island Lake Ruddy Duck: 5, Lake Kathy

Common Loon: 3, Lake Blue Ridge Marina (no doubt they decided to show up the day after Tom Stryker called them out for their seasonal tardiness)

Double-crested Cormorant: 1, Carters Lake Re-regulation Dam

Horned Grebe: 1, Carters Lake Re-regulation Dam

Bald Eagle: 1 adult, Lake Blue Ridge Marina

American Coot: 125, Lake Blue Ridge Marina; also scattered singles at Carters Lake

Ring-billed Gull: 7, Lake Blue Ridge Marina; 25, Ellijay Wal-mart (flyovers)

Loggerhead Shrike: 1, Fagala Rd., Murray Co.

Pine Siskin: 2, Goose Island Lake; 2, Ellijay River@Goose Island Rd.; +/-5, Carters Lake Re-regulation Dam; 30, GA 136@railroad tracks near Gordon/Murray Co. line.

Goose Island Lake is located near Cherry Log, Delorme p14 D-3. Lake Kathy is located north of Dalton, DeLorme p13 C-7. Lake Blue Ridge Marina is the left boat ramp symbol in the DeLorme p14 C-4 grid.

It was a little on the brisk side today and the snow atop Grassy Mountain north east of Chatsworth provided a nice touch.

Take care,

Jim Flynn Forsyth Co., GA ******************************

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