Interestingly, I checked the current Annotated Checklist for Georgia Birds to get the status of the birds that we found
on 7/11/05. Here is what I found:
Magnificent Frigatebird - accidental inland, high count for GA is 3 on coast
Parasitic Jaeger - accidental inland and accidental in summer
Royal Tern - accidental inland, inland high count is 1 or 2, I believe
Sooty Tern - accidental inland (more reports lately though). Our 26 inland should be the new inland high count.
Least Tern - this is one day earlier than the extreme early date in the checklist.
Forster's Tern - listed as accidental at this time in the interior in summer.
Laughing Gull - listed as rare inland
Boat-tailed Grackle - has not been reported from this area before.
Here is what we found:
From Lake Seminole, Georgia side:
Magnificent Frigatebird (6)
Parasitic Jaeger (1)
Sooty Tern (26)
Least Tern (2)
Laughing Gull (5)
Forster's Tern (8)
Boat-tailed Grackle (3)
Lake Walter F. George, Georgia side:
Magnificent Frigatebird (2)
Sooty Tern (17)
Black Tern (8)
Forster's Tern (2)
Laughing Gull (10)