Georgia Birding and Nature

Rare Shorebirds

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

Below are shorebirds that are considered rare or somewhat rare for GA or for their occurence away from the coast.

I found eight Stilt Sandpipers @ E. L. Huie 09/05/06.


Above are two inland Sanderlings at Lake WFG on 09/28/05 that Michael and I found.


Above are two Ruddy Turnstones I found in the Piedmont (Spalding/Lamar County Line) on 09/09/2011.

Stilt Sandpiper, Spalding Co, 04/15/04, near my house.

Here are some photos from 07/29/06 and 07/30/06.  Michael Beohm and I went to Lake Seminole.  The next day we went to a sod farm in Macon County.
Eric Beohm

A record early Long-billed Dowitcher at Lake Seminole (confirmed by call). 07/29/2006.

Two Upland Sandpipers flying at Marshallville.

We found many Upland Sandpipers, July 30, 2006.

After work today, 05/26/06, I stopped by Sweetwater Creek State Park (Douglas County, Piedmont region of GA, DeLorme 25A10).  The lake is somewhat drained, so there are some exposed mudflats.
White-rumped Sandpiper (11)
Baird's Sandpiper (1)
Semi-palmated Plover (8)
Semi-palmated Sandpiper (40+)
Western Sandpiper (3)
Least Sandpiper (10+)
Pectoral Sandpiper (1)
Black Swan (2, escaped or released)
Eric Beohm

White-rumped Sandpiper (top left corner), Semi-palmated Sandpipers

White-rumped Sandpiper
Fieldmarks noted:
Note the slightly decurved bill.
You can see the size difference.
They also appeared chunky.
They appeared fairly light colored, which was probably why
the camera had problems focusing on them.
I could see their white rumps when they flew and preened.

Same White-rumped Sandpiper; note the crossed wingtips.


Below are two White-rumped Sandpipers that I found at E. L. Huie LAF on June 9, 2006.

White-rumped Sanpipers at E. L. Huie 6/09/06


I also found three White-rumpeds at Huie on 6/13/06.


Short-billed Dowitcher (confirmed by call note and tail, etc)

I found it near my house on Spalding/Lamar County line.


I found this Short-billed Dowitcher at Lake Hartwell, GA  09/20/2015.  Barred tertials were noted.


Last time I was here (two weeks ago) I found and took some decent photos of two Buff-breasted Sandpipers.  This time I saw two Buffies way in the distance.  Here is a photo of one in-between two Pectorals.  Note the color, the round head, the dark eye, and the short bill.  09/20/2015  Lake Hartwell GA.


I found seven Sanderlings at Lake Hartwell GA  09/20/2015.  They were seen running, feeding, and flying across the lake.  Large peep, very pale gray upper body, white underneath, short bill.  Wings striking in flight.  Black wings with white stripe down the middle of upper wing.