Georgia Birding and Nature


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

Clarke's Hill Reservoir, Phinizy Swamp, and Boral Brickyards offer pretty much all you need.  However, it is a serious drive east to get there, so I seldom make it that way.  Clarke's is a little too big for my liking.  Most birds are just too far out even on a good day.  I've had the usual stuff in this area.  Some good birds like Cave Swallow, and late/wintering birds like swallows, warblers, Baltimore Orioles, and White Ibis at the Brickyards.  Interestingly, I've found all the rails (except Yellow) in the area. 
Eric Beohm
Look below for an example of a good day we had there (with photos):

Michael Beohm and I birded in the Augusta area Saturday 11/27/10.  This is just a quick type of the highlights we had. 
From Clark's Hill Reservoir (all in GA).
Ross's Goose (6)
Snow Goose (1 white)
Black Scoter (2)
White-winged Scoter (1)
Canvasback (20+)
Redhead (20+)
Greater Scaup (20+)
Red-breasted Merganser (2)
Northern Pintaill (5)
A check of Boral Brick:
Snow Goose (1 blue)
White Ibis (1)
Canvasback (4)
Redhead (5)
Greater Scaup (2+)
Red-breasted Merganser (1)
BTW, we didn't stop at Phinizy Swamp.
Eric Beohm
Atlanta, GA

Hey folks,
Since my last posting was rather brief, I thought I would elaborate on the day I had birding along with Michael Beohm on Saturday, 11/27/10.  First, I must say that I rarely go birding now, so heading out twice in one month felt like overindulgence.  I guess I still had a little taste in my mouth from Lake WFG a few weeks ago, in addition to feeling energized from the nice reports coming in from around the state.  So, Michael and I headed to a place that has served us well in the past, Clark's Hill Reservoir, checking the GA side at Sparrow Lane and Fort Gordon Recreational Area.  Wow, I had forgotten how chilly it can get at these reservoirs, but our numb knuckles were rewarded with some hot birds.  It was actually fairly comparable to our last outing at WFG a few weeks ago (except sans the Great Cormorant, Red-throated Loon, and Surf Scoter.  Though, I thought we might get the latter two again, but alas not.)
One of the highlights was six ROSS'S GEESE.  They were in a tight pack for most of the time, but they did move around and eventually flew towards the middle of the lake; thanks to a pesky, canoeing hunter blasting his way around the coves.  The geese were classic Ross's:  Stubby triangular bills which had straight, dark bases.  The heads were round with "cute" eyes.  Thick, short necks, clean white feathers, black wingtips, and small overall size.  One was a juvenile since it had some gray dinginess to its back feathers and a dark eye line.  BTW, I have a particular fondness for Ross's, and I'm beginning to think they seek me out.  
Not too far from there was also a single white morph SNOW GOOSE in clear violation of the lone goose axiom.  It was pretty classic too:  not as bright white as the Ross's with a dirty wash around the head and it's bill just a grinning.  Also, at one point, was a small group of birds on one of the islands which appeared to be white geese but the lake haze made identification impossible.
I'm not a stat junkie, but for the numbers folks out there, we had 18 species of duck.  I think we also had Blue-winged Teal which would make 19.  I assume we could have gotten 21 if we had stopped at Phinizy Swamp but that wasn't a priority.  Best ducks were two BLACK SCOTER (immature/female type) and a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER.  It must be a stellar season for them since I seldom see Black inland, though we did have five on our last trip to WFG along with two Surf.  (In addition, there have been several good reports of scoters from around GA.)  We also had lots of loons with of course one or two distant ones looking pacificky. 
Determined to get my car as dirty as possible, we stopped at Boral Brick (a.k.a. Merry Brothers Brickyard Ponds).  I was spurred on by the memory of the cave swallow I found there last time.  However, it was pretty quiet this time.  We did find one camera shy SNOW GOOSE (blue) which bolted upon approach and a somewhat out of season WHITE IBIS.  Not too surprising for the location was a good showing of waterfowl including Canvasback, Redhead, Greater Scaup, Red-breasted Merganser and from the road we enjoyed Black-n-white Warbler, Orange crowned Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Woodcock (flyby), and a perched Great Horned Owl. 
Overall it was a fun and rewarding trip.  Augusta is a long haul for a place that can be feast or famine, but we were blessed with some top-shelf birding in a pretty neat area of the state.
BTW, I had my pocket digital camera with me but digi-scoping is not its forte.  I did get some photos; but needless to say, you can't change the laws of physics, and there is only so much clarity you can pull out of a cheap lens.  That being said, I hope you enjoy some shots I posted to my website.
Good birding to all!
Eric Beohm
Atlanta, GA

White-winged Scoter




Below are six Ross's Geese that we found at Clark's Hill Reservoir.  We could see the birds well through the scope, but the photos didn't turn out well.  For example we could see the eyes and details of the bill through the scope which are hard to see in most of the photos.  However, I took over 50 photos and all field marks are addressed when looking at all the photos.  Of course, I'm not going to put all the photos on this site.  The basic field marks can be seen in these photos.

Six Ross's Geese

Note the structure. The round head. Absence of a pronounced bill. Short-thick neck, etc.

The birds have clean white feathers, etc for the juvenile on the right.


Not one of the best photos but note the dark wingtips.

Snow Goose (blue) flying.

White Ibis (rare in late Nov this far north)

Black-n-white Warbler