|Date: ||Mon, 28 Mar 2011 19:28:00 -0700|
|Reply-To: ||cssaleeby <cssaleeby@BELLSOUTH.NET>|
|Sender: ||Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>|
|From: ||cssaleeby <cssaleeby@BELLSOUTH.NET>|
|Subject: ||Owl Nests in Acworth|
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I found a second Great Horned Owl nest less than a mile from the first one reported last week. This one is much easier to see and probably impossible to spook short of cutting the tree down. There is an enormous amount of road work all around the site and the one chick in the nest does not seem to care. The nest can be seen by turning off west Mars Hill Rd. onto County Line rd. in NW Cobb Co. Immediately pull off to the right (unless there are road crews there) into the gravel area. The nest is almost straight in front of you in the next group of trees not too far from the road as you look down County Line. There was an adult hidden in trees about ten to the right the first time I was there. This was a Cooper's Hawk nest last year that I saw crows mobbing while sitting in traffic. When I saw a large owl cross the road last week just beyond this pre dawn I figured they must have taken it over and came back to investigate later in the day. It
is probably best viewed late in the day or this next weekend when the road crews are gone. The owlet is getting large and may fledge before too long, although it is still fairly downy.
I have seen an adult Bald Eagle in the area twice in about a week. Once while on a boat on Lake Allatoona just south of the I-75 crossing. This is near where Georgann found the Magnificent Frigatebird years ago(who is by the way one of the most knowledgeable, helpful and conscientious birders in the state I might add). Possibly the same bird or another adult flew over our church headed toward Lake Acworth on Wed. last week. Happy Spring Birding.
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