Georgia Birding and Nature

Lake Walter F. George

Recent Georgia Photos of Rare Birds
Lake Hartwell, Georgia
Lake Seminole
Lake Walter F. George
Lake Horton
West Point Lake
GI Horse Park
Yard List
GA Birding Year 2004-6
Yellow-billed Loons
Red-throated Loons (24 Inland)
Red-throated Loons (Inland)
Pacific Loons
Western Grebe
Red-necked Grebes
Eared Grebes
Horned Grebe (summer)
Great Cormorant
Magnificent Frigatebirds (Inland)
Sabine's Gulls
Thayer's Gull
Thayer's Gull - more photos
Franklin's Gulls
California Gull, Glaucous Gull, Iceland Gull, Thayer's Gull
Little Gull
Black-legged Kittiwake
Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Inland)
Sooty Terns, Royal Tern & Sandwich Tern (Inland)
Arctic Tern (Inland)
Pomarine Jaegers (Inland)
Long-tailed Jaegers (Inland)
Parasitic Jaeger (Inland)
Brown Pelicans (Inland)
American White Pelicans (76 in Piedmont)
American White Pelicans (100+ inland)
Common Mergansers
Mottled Duck (Inland)
Long-tailed Ducks
Rare Ducks
Rare Ducks for Summer
Greater White-fronted Geese
Barnacle Goose
Ross's Geese (7)
Ross's Geese in Upson Co
Ross's Geese Elsewhere
Snow Geese
Snow Geese in Summer
Mute Swans (appearing wild)
Black Swans (exotic)
Bell's Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Scott's Oriole
Cave Swallows
Rare Swallows
Black-billed Cuckoos
Clay-colored Sparrows
Lark Sparrows
Lincoln's Sparrow
Wilson's Warblers
Audubon's Warbler
Alder and Willow Flycatchers
Yellow-bellied Flycatchers
Least Flycatchers
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Brewer's Blackbirds
Yellow-headed Blackbirds
Common Ground-doves in Piedmont
Rare Shorebirds
Wilson's Phalarope
Long-billed Curlews
Willets (Inland)
American Avocets (Inland)
Baird's Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpipers
Upland Sandpipers 52 seen
American Golden Plover
Anhingas in Piedmont
Anhingas Nesting in Piedmont
Roseate Spoonbill in Piedmont
Wood Storks in Piedmont
Night-Herons in Piedmont
Herons, Egrets, Ibises
Plegadis Ibis (Inland)
White Ibis (Piedmont in Winter)
Swainson's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk (Western)
Golden Eagle
Swallow-tailed Kites in Piedmont
Pelagic Birds
Cedar Waxwings Nesting in Southern Piedmont
31 Species of Warbler in 1 Day
Birds Abroad - Dominican Republic
Birds Abroad - Jamaica
Birds Abroad - St. Lucia
Birds Abroad - Barbados
Birds Abroad - St. Martin
Birds Abroad - St. Croix
Birds Abroad - Antigua
Birds Abroad - Guatemala
Birds Abroad - Central America & Caribbean
Birds Abroad - West Coast
Texas Birds

I like this lake but haven't birded it much lately.  I was blessed to discover many rare birds when I did get a chance to make it down.  Some of my fun favorites were:
Great Cormorant (a favorite of mine since it continues to bring joy to so many birders each year since I discovered it in Nov 2008)
Western Grebe (also enjoyed by many)
Magnificent Frigatebirds (finding multiple birds was just plain fun)
A few other highlights:
Red-necked Grebe, Red-throated Loon (many), Pacific Loon, Ross's Goose, Barnacle Goose, Long-tailed Jaeger (Michael), Brown and White Pelicans, as well as many others make it even sweeter.
I have found gulls to be difficult to observe up close though.
Below is one of the last reports I had from the lake:
I had a day off Thursday, so I did something I hadn't done in a long time...actually go birding.  So for old time's sake, Michael Beohm and I headed to Lake Walter F. George.  We didn't think we'd see much though because there was no change in weather and the area head already been covered by birders we joked about not even needing a camera.  It turned out to be worth the long drive.
Great Cormorant  (1 adult, below dam:  swam, flew, and rested.  It's the same place I discovered one two years ago.)
Red-throated Loon (1 floating out on lake)
Black Scoter  (5 flying around lake at one point)
Surf Scoter  (2 at rest out on lake)
Redhead (8)
Red-breasted Merganser (7)
Wood Stork (2 beside the lake at Bagby State Park)
Black-n-white Warbler (1)
Other birds of note:  Horned Grebe (90+), Common Loon (30+), Forster's Tern (6)
Also, cooperative Red Fox and Dainty Sulphur.
I doubt I will go back there or even go birding again anytime soon, but it was fun to revisit the old stomping ground on such a beautiful day. 
Good Birding!
Eric Beohm
Atlanta, GA



My little digital camera didn't perform as well as I had hoped considering how close a few of the birds were, but that's okay.  Even the Red Fox which was very close looks a little pixelated.  I included a photo of the Red-throated Loon below.  I took about ten photos of it with all of them being about the same in appearance.  I realized later that the resolution on the camera had been reset to only average quality.  Oh well, live and learn.

Wood Storks

Red-throated Loon


I was visiting relatives near Columbus yesterday and had a free moment in the afternoon, so Michael Beohm and I drove over to Lake Walter F. George (GA side) and discovered the following birds on 08/25/07:
Brown Pelican (1 in 3 separate locations, so maybe 3 birds total)
Willet (3 or 4)
Short-billed Dowitcher (4)
Stilt Sandpiper (2)
Common Tern (1)
Forster's Tern (4)
Common/Forster's Tern (30+)
Black Tern (50+)
Other things like:
Wood Stork (2), White Ibis (many), Snowy Egrets, Sandpipers, Warblers, Bald Eagle, Ospreys...
Eric Beohm

Black Terns

Short-billed Dowitchers (confirmed by call) and Stilt Sandpipers


Brown Pelican out on the water

Brown Pelican flying over the dam