Date: Sat, 16 Jan 1999 12:03:43 -0800
Reply-To: Joel Hitt <joel@HITT.COM>
Sender: Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
From: Joel Hitt <joel@HITT.COM>
Subject: GA RBA, 01/15/99
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* Georgia statewide
* January 15, 1999
- Birds mentioned
hotline: Georgia Rare Bird Alert
date: January 15, 1999
to report: 770-493-8862, or firstname.lastname@example.org
compiled: January 15, 1999
transcriber: Joel Hitt
This is the Georgia Rare Bird Alert for Friday evening, January 15, 1999.
Some of the following information is updated as of Saturday morning,
however, "ahead" of the voice RBA for Friday night.
A immature TUNDRA SWAN has been visiting area lakes in southwest Gwinnett
County for a couple of weeks. The bird was first reported on the lake at
Briscoe Park, operated by the City of Snellville, this past Wednesday, by
Jim Cherapy. It was seen there most recently Friday afternoon, with a flock
of Canada Geese. On Saturday morning it was not at that location, but Jeff
Sewell and Carole Lambert located it on the lake of Country Club of
Gwinnett nearby. The golf pro there indicated he has noticed the bird for a
couple of weeks now.
To get to Briscoe Park, go to the intersection of US 78 and GA 124 (Main
Street and Scenic Highway, in Snellville). Proceed south on GA 124 and turn
left almost immediately on Henry Clower Boulevard, then right on Lenora
Church Road, and proceed about 1 mile to Briscoe Park on the left. To find
Country Club of Gwinnett, continue on down Lenora Church Road to Springdale
Road and turn right. Go to Golf Links Road on the left, at the entrance to
Country Club of Gwinnett, a new golf course/residential development. Turn
into the development and proceed to the clubhouse of the golf course, and
search the lake. The bird was initially foraging on the shore, but soon was
flushed out to the middle of the lake, requiring a scope for decent
viewing. Again, this most recent sighting was just an hour ago on Saturday
morning, January 16.
There has been no report this week on either the Western Tanager in
Bellville (west of Claxton) or the Eurasian Wigeon at the Merry Brothers
Fishing Ponds at the Doral Brick location in Augusta. We hope to gain
clarification on the status of these birds over the weekend.
To look for the tanager, turn south off I-16 at exit 25 toward Claxton.
This is US 25/301. In Claxton, turn west (right) on US 280/30 and proceed
to Bellville locate the intersection of GA 292 and GA 169. About 100 east
of that intersection on the left is a Claxton Bank. The bird has been seen
behind the bank in pecan trees, as well as in the sycamore trees directly
across the street from the bank, near the railroad tracks. A couple of
streets down at the corner of Henry Street and 292 there is a home with the
feeder at which the bird was first seen by this resident who is responsible
for calling it in to the RBA. If you visit there during banking hours,
please check in with the bank to let them know you are there for the
tanager, to allay any suspicion. It would also be helpful to do the same
with the local sheriff's office, whose number the bank can give you. The
sheriff has requested this check-in procedure himself, though he has been
good-natured about the visiting birders.
To search for the eurasian wigeon, look for the major intersection of I-20
and I-520 as you approach Augusta. Take I-520 south to exit 8, which is
Spur 56 North. Turn left and proceed 2.9 miles. Turn right on Inner Plant
Road, an unsigned road just prior to a highway sign on the right that reads
"junction US 1/78/25." AAA Cooper Transportation will be a landmark on the
left. Proceed past Mining Haul Road in less than a mile, to the
intersection of a wide dirt road. Turn to the right on the dirt road to get
to the fishing shack where you must check-in. The management is very
cooperative and understands about the presence of the wigeon, but requests
all birders to check-in with them upon arrival.
Return to Inner Plant Road and turn left. As you go back toward Mining Haul
Road but before you reach that intersection, there is a small dirt road on
the right. Turn onto that dirt road and park. Walk out along the dikes to
an area where a fairly large pond opens up on the left. This is the most
frequent siting location of the wigeon flock. If you do not see the bird at
this location, go back to Inner Plant Road, turn right, then turn left on
Mining Haul Road, and go 0.7 mile, and look on the left for a recently cut
out road. This road goes to a boat launch. There are several viewing places
along this road that allow visual access to the ponds in this area, where
the wigeon has been seen on a couple of occasions.
4 CANVASBACKS, including 3 males, continue at Lake Shamrock on the property
of the E. L. Huie Land Application Facility in Clayton County. Proceed
south out of Atlanta on I-75 and take exit 77, the Griffin/Jonesboro exit,
which bears right. This is also labeled US 19/41, and becomes signed as
Tara Blvd. From the first traffic signal, proceed another 8.2 miles to
Freeman Road; turn left and go past Dixon Industrial Blvd, which leads to
the settling ponds, to Shamrock Road, just prior to a sharp right bend
which crosses a creek. Proceed down Shamrock Road to the fishing entrance.
Check in and bird for 20 minutes at no charge, longer than that requiring
the $3.00 charge.
This concludes this edition of the Georgia Rare Bird Alert. If you need any
information about GOS, email us at email@example.com, or visit our Web Site at
http://www.gos.org. To join GOS, send a check for $16 to GOS, PO Box 1684,
Cartersville GA 30120.