Georgia Birding and Nature

Herons, Egrets, Ibises

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

Here are some recent photos of some waders.  It's a nice change being able to get close enough for some decent photos. 
All the birds at Lake Horton were reminiscent of a Hitchcock movie.
- Eric Beohm

Found two Tricolored Herons at Lake Horton 08/14/06.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron at Lake Horton 08/14/06.


Above is a Tricolored Heron that I found at Lake Horton, Fayette County, on July 27, 2006.
White Ibis and Snowy Egrets are considered rare in our area (the Piedmont which is the area above the fall line which runs roughly from Columbus to Macon to Augusta.)
Eric Beohm


Above are 33 White Ibis that I found at Lake Horton in Fayette County (Piedmont) on July 27, 2006.  Also there were two Snowy Egrets.  Below is a Snowy, Little Blue, and White Ibis.


Snowy Egrets made quite a showing in the piedmont this summer at least for me.  I probably found around 15 different ones within about a month.  Oddly, though there were almost no more reports from other birders.


Reddish Egret on Jekyll Island, Oct 2005.

Also, I have had a couple inland sightings of Reddish Egret which is considered very rare inland.


Here is a Great White Heron I found at Lake Lanier.  Though I independently found this bird and was unaware of any other sightings, there may have been other reports of this bird before or after since the area is frequently birded.
I have found GWH a few times in GA.


Above is a Green Heron in WINTER (Jan 2005) I found at Lake Tobesofkee, Macon (Just North of the fall line I believe).  Listed as Accidental for GA in winter.
Eric Beohm

American Bittern




White Ibis at Lake Hartwell,  08/13/2015.  Rare this far north.


Snowy Egret at Lake Hartwell, GA  09/20/2015.  I have found them in different spots here at the lake.  They are typically considered rare this far north.


Cattle Egret at Lake Hartwell, GA  08/24/2015.


White Ibis (3) at Lake Hartwell  08/20/2015.


Snowy Egret (6) at Lake Hartwell.  Some seen just flying over the lake.  They may have been disturbed by all the activity on the lake.  Considered rare for Northeast GA.