Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2011 11:25:54 -0500
Reply-To: Joel McNeal <joelmcneal@GMAIL.COM>
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From: Joel McNeal <joelmcneal@GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Le Conte's Sparrows at Harris Neck NWR, 30Dec11
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I had 2 Le Conte's Sparrows at Snipe Pond during GOS fieldtrip
scouting yesterday at Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge (McIntosh
Co.). Snipe Pond is actually 3 ponds, one of which is currently
completely drained and extensive Le Conte's habitat. I walked into
the field only a few yards to try to glimpse a vocalizing Sedge Wren
when one of the sparrows flushed and teed up nicely in the weeds.
Less than 30 yards of further walking produced another cooperative
bird. That was the limit of my effort there, so I imagine there are
more where those came from as I barely touched the habitat. Hopefully
they'll be as cooperative for the GOS field trips there in two weeks.
The sign for the access path to Snipe Pond(s) is currently missing and
is marked only by a posthole flanked by 2 orange cones on the right
side of the road shortly before you reach the sign for Goose Pond on
the driving route. There are hundreds of easily-spooked teal there,
and there's plenty of great shorebird habitat as well, so it pays to
creep up to the ponds inconspicuously. My full eBird list from there
can be viewed at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S9451624
Cartersville, Bartow Co., GA
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