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Long-tailed Jaegers (Inland)

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This Long-tailed Jaeger was found by Michael Beohm at Walter F. George Reservoir on the Georgia and Alabama side on October 28, 2004.  The only documented record for this species for Georgia is one pelagic bird on August 28, 2000.  Thank you Michael for going to great lengths to document this bird.  (These cropped images are not as clear as Michael's original photos.)
Update: The bird has been studied by a number of knowledgeable birders who have experience with jaegers, and indeed has been confirmed to be a Long-tailed Jaeger.














Long-tailed Jaeger at Lake Hartwell  08/13/2015.  I first noticed the bird flying fairly close near Big Oaks and Elrod Ferry as it flew near a mixed group of terns.  Then it flew near Long Point and circled.  After that it flew higher and circled way over the lake.  I lost it as it disappeared east.  I attempted photos after it was a good ways north. 

Light juvenile.  Small jaeger.  Size was evident against the Forster's Terns and other terns.  The bird was slender with slender wings with a white mark on underside of the primaries.  Head appeared small and rounded.  Bill appeared shot and stubby.  Body appeared gray to gray-brown.  Head was whitish.  Belly was whitish.  Barring was noted on the tail coverts. 

Flight was graceful (much more so than the Pomarine I had last week).  The bird flew close by a group of terns but did not chase or harass them.  More photos were attempted, but it is doubtful they will show much detail.
- Eric Beohm