|Date: ||Sat, 15 Oct 2011 21:07:52 -0400|
|Reply-To: ||Steve Mitchell <mitc4110@BELLSOUTH.NET>|
|Sender: ||Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>|
|From: ||Steve Mitchell <mitc4110@BELLSOUTH.NET>|
|Subject: ||Pied-billed Grebes at Shamrock Lake,
Clayton Cty; misc. at Huie ponds. Dusk on 10/15/11.|
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Again tonight about 06:40pm there were 17 Pied-billed Grebes in a flock at
the narrowing of Lake Shamrock. All just sitting, a little preening, no
diving; I assume they are ready to move on?? We saw two similar flocks of
12 and 21 each a couple hundred yards west of this one on 09/29/11. Only
other items tonight were a coot and one Great Egret close to the road in the
east end of the lake. Gate was closed to Blalock.
At the Huie Ponds, CCWA, Freeman Road, there were thousands of starlings
moving all along the pond banks and roads and doing their incredible
bathing, preening routine with huge numbers sending up spray and flying in
and out. With the light from the setting sun, even starlings can be colorful
and interesting as the thick flocks wheel in the air and roll along the
ground. Their translucent under-wing feathers would reflect near white in
the sun as they wheel. (Probably more than you wanted to hear about
Small flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds were around the island in Pond C
17 Least Sandpipers were in the SW corner of B pond (NW). The 17 is a
coincidence with the above Grebe count. One Great Blue Heron was resting in
Quite a few Mallards, Northern Shovelers, Green-winged Teal, and Blue-winged
Teal, were moving back and forth from B and E ponds and there were American
Coots and Canada Geese in E pond.
Of course, Mockingbirds, Killdeers and Crows were ubiquitous as Mad Man
Maring says on WGST.
No raptors noted at either ponds or lake.
Enjoy this beautiful weather!
Steven and Mary Mitchell
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