Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2011 00:15:28 -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: Eastern GA, 1/30/2011
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Hi, folks, I spent some time birding lake access points from Strom Thurmond
Dam north to Hart State Park Sunday, mainly looking for waterfowl. The balmy
morning temperatures prior to sunrise prompted me to listen for displaying
woodcock in Wilkes Co. on my way to Clarks Hill Lake. Stops after dawn
included Cherokee Rec Area (Lincoln Co., GA 47 @ Clarks Hill Lake), Clarks
Hill Dam (above & below the dam), Bussey Pt. (Lincoln Co., off of GA 220
Spur), Elijah Clark SP, Richard B Russell Dam, Hartwell Dam & Hart SP. I
had originally intended to bird the Quail Demonstration Area adjacent to
Strom Thurmond Dam, but a prescribed burn made it difficult to see (and
Several Canvasbacks, a couple of Common Goldeneyes & a White-winged Scoter
headlined a modest number of ducks seen, but based on the constant distant
barrage of shotgun fire most of the morning, there were lots more somewhere.
Here are the highlights for the day:
Gadwall: 1, Hartwell Dam
American Wigeon: 3 (2 males, 1 female), Hartwell Dam
Mallard: 2, Clarks Hill Lake@GA 47, Columbia Co.; 8, Soap Creek@GA 220,
Canvasback: 3 (1 male, 2 females), Cherokee RA; 1 male, Elijah Clark SP
Ring-necked Duck: 1, Elijah Clark SP
Lesser Scaup: 1, Cherokee RA; 7, Clarks Hill Lake@GA 47, Columbia Co.; 34,
White-winged Scoter: 1 female/imm; Richard B. Russell Dam
Bufflehead: 8, Clarks Hill Dam; 10, Elijah Clark SP
Common Goldeneye: 1 male, Bussey Pt.; 1 female, Elijah Clark SP
Hooded Merganser: 1 male, Cherokee RA
Ruddy Duck: 7, Cherokee RA; 18, Bussey Pt.
Common Loon: small numbers at many locations; most=17 @ Cherokee RA
Horned Grebe: 24, Bussey Pt.; 7, Richard B. Russell Dam
American Coot: several small concentrations at different locations; largest
was 95 @ Bussey Pt.
American Woodcock: 3, Smyrna Church Rd., Wilkes Co.; 1, Rudeseal Rd.,
Habersham Co. (on the way home)
Bonaparte's Gull: 7, Elijah Clark SP; sadly, the only place I saw this
Ring-billed Gull: small numbers at many locations, but there was a flock of
about 800 swirling below S Thrumond Dam, SC/GA
Herring Gull: 3 imms, below S Thrumond Dam, SC/GA
Red-breasted Nuthatch: 1, West Bank Park (Clarks Hill Lake), Columbia Co.
Brown Creeper: 1, West Bank Park; 1, Bussey Pt.
Dark-eyed Junco: 12, West Bank Park
Purple Finch: 1, Clarks Hill Lake@GA 47; 4 females/imms, West Bank Park
Forsyth Co., GA
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