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Richard Hall
10:24 AM ET (US)
Blue morph Snow Goose on Lake Chapman beach
John Mark Simmons
06:52 PM ET (US)
Very vocal and easily visible Great-horned Owl at the botanical gardens this evening. Singing from pine tree about 50 yards up from gravel lot. There is also a large nest below it in the same tree.
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Chris Canalos
01:13 PM ET (US)
Charles Ratliff may confirm this after I send him some grainy photos, but a gray-cheeked thrush has been hanging out on the other side of the driveway here (Rivercliff subdivision, Tallassee Forest area)for a few days, right where hermit thrushes and even recently an ovenbird were seen. No hermits this year, but pretty sure this is a gray-cheeked and not a Swainson's. Charles says it's a pretty good bird.
Richard Hall
10:49 AM ET (US)
While conducting bird surveys in the botgarden this morning I found a Lincoln's Sparrow along teh Orange Trail (river section) about 200m in from powerline; it flew across river into Oconee Co but is likely in the area still. Other wintry arrivals included both kinglets, Winter Wren, White-throated and Swamp Sparrows, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Orange-crowned Warbler. Late migrants included 2 Black-throated Blue Warblers n female-type plumage.
John Mark Simmons
04:40 PM ET (US)
Hey everyone! So this Saturday I will be leading a bird walk with Wild Birds Unlimited at the Hardigree Wildlife Sanctuary in Watkinsville. I scouted it some today and even in the hot afternoon had some good migrant activity. If you're interested in coming you can sign up by emailing this address: Susan@GeorgiaBirders.com or come into the store and sign up. Limit is 15 people. More details below.

Saturday October 14th Bird Walk: Hardigree Wildlife Sanctuary

Wild Birds Unlimited will be hosting a bird walk at the Hardigree Wildlife Sanctuary in Watkinsville. This location is not normally open to the public so this is a unique opportunity to bird the sanctuary.

DIRECTIONS: The entrance is well signed and is located very close to GA 15. Coming from Watkinsville (heading south) you will take a left onto Old Greensboro Hwy and then take a right to continue on Old Greensboro Hwy/Rd. The gate will be open so drive down the dirt road (follow signs for parking) and meet in the parking lot next to the pond.

We will begin at 8:00 A.M. and run until approximately 10:00 A.M. The terrain is fairly easy as we will have trails to use. Fire ants are present so keep an eye out for those. Bring bug repellent, sunscreen, binoculars, snacks, and water as needed.

Many birds are still moving through for fall migration so it should be a great trip with lots of birds!

WEATHER: The weather looks fine for Saturday but should it become inclement we will notify you if the walk has been cancelled.

Hope you can make it,
John Mark Simmons
John Whigham
01:49 PM ET (US)
15 warbler morning at the Bot Garden. GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was the best, along with CAPE MAY & BLACKBURNIAN. We also had decent looks at a PHILADELPHIA VIREO in the upper power cut. Lots of thrushes in the Virginia Creeper. We had SWAINSON'S, GRAY-CHEEKED, a VEERY and many unidentified glimpses. Seems like the cold front did the trick!
07:49 AM ET (US)
Greetings from Cornwall, UK. I am truly missing Cook's Trail, although there has been several sightings of a Red-Eyed Vireo here, close to Land's End. Cheerio!
Edited 09-26-2017 07:49 AM
Katy Manley
01:16 PM ET (US)
Not specifically bird related, but this might be of interest to many of you...

Renowned Georgia author Janisse Ray will speak at the Winterville Center for Community and Culture Monday, Oct. 2 starting at 7.

Writer, naturalist, and activist Janisse Ray is the author of five books of literary nonfiction and a collection of eco-poetry. Most of her work focuses on nature and social issues. She is a 2015 inductee into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame.

The reading will be followed by a book-signing, light refreshments, and a chance to mingle with book-lovers from the area.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Friends of the Winterville Library and Winterville Public Library.
James Neves
01:29 PM ET (US)
I just saw an adult BALD EAGLE feeding on road kill at the corner of Barnett Shoals and Mcree's Mill in Oconee County. Strange spot to see one. The bird could fly and appeared uninjured.
Richard Hall
10:13 AM ET (US)
Some interesting birds at the State Botanical Garden today:
Traill's Flycatcher - in the vines overhanging the river at the powerline cut
many thrushes, including my first of season Gray-cheeked and Veery

Chris Kozlosky found a Least Flycatcher in the main garden around the gazebo - I couldn't re-find, but had wonderful close up views of Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Yellow-billed Cuckoo.
Vince Howard
04:33 PM ET (US)
At least one BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER still at Bostwick Sod Farm on north west side of Gilbert Rd in Sod field near planted cotton towards Nunn Rd. Seen at 4:15pm. Still hanging with Starlings and Killdeer.
Vince Howard
06:16 PM ET (US)
3 BUFF BREASTED SANDPIPERS at Bostwick Sod Farm right now on NW side of center road (Gilbert Rd). Loosely hanging with Startlings and Killdeer.
Robert J Cooper
10:11 AM ET (US)
Hi everybody,

There is going to be a Wild Birds Unlimited opening in Athens! And the store owner, Susan van Houten, is looking for employees! See below for more information.


Hi Bob,
I wanted to pass on that I am looking for PT sales associates. If you know anyone that may be interested, they can go to our website and print, fill out, and email me the application. I am hoping to find some one to start around Sept 5th.
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At Wild Birds Unlimited®, our Certified Birdfeeding Specialists™ are trained to show you how to turn your yard into a bird feeding habitat that not only brings song, color and life to your home, but also benefits the wild birds and the environment in your area. WBU isn’t just about selling bird feeders and bird seed. We pride ourselves on being able to give you the most accurate information and knowledge about your local birds.

Thanks for your assistance.

Vince Howard
09:49 AM ET (US)
Immature White Ibis at Parker Ck Rd pond near Hog Mt Rd in Oconee Co, in addition to herons, egrets and geese.
Katy Manley
04:21 PM ET (US)
The STKI showed up on cue at about 4:10 And were viewable from the entrance of JPC/OCONEE COOPERATIVE EXT. yay!
Vince Howard
02:39 PM ET (US)
Approx 8 immature while ibis at Appalachee Farm pond currently
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