Southwest Georgia 7/27/14

The other day I went birding all day with a friend – I was up at 4:30am and got home at 9:30pm – at various spots around Southwest Georgia. We saw many awesome birds like the rare Limpkin and Monk Parakeets that have been seen recently as well as Upland, Pectoral, Solitary and possible Baird’s and White-rumped Sandpipers, a possible Sanderling and Bachman’s Sparrows. Below are lists and photos.

My House (1 species, 0 lifers):

Great-horned Owl 2 – calling back and forth

Georgia Veteran’s State Park:

Birds (35 species, 1 lifer):

Canada Goose  35
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  1
Little Blue Heron  1
Cattle Egret  1
Green Heron  2
Osprey  1
*Limpkin  2     Continuing. The birds seem to have much feeding success as evidenced by two spots near the shore with opened mussels. One individual was seen feeding at one of these spots.
Mourning Dove  1
Belted Kingfisher  3
Red-headed Woodpecker  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  1
White-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  1
Brown-headed Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Eastern Bluebird  2
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  4
Northern Parula  1
Eastern Towhee  3
Bachman’s Sparrow  2
Field Sparrow  1
Summer Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Common Grackle  1

Chokee Road:

Birds (12 species, 0 lifers):

Northern Bobwhite  2
Great Egret  X
Cattle Egret  X
Mourning Dove  X
Red-headed Woodpecker  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  X
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  X
Eastern Bluebird  X
Northern Mockingbird  4
Bachman’s Sparrow  2
Indigo Bunting  X

Albany:

Birds (5 species, 1 lifer):

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  2
*Monk Parakeet  2     Continuing.
Northern Mockingbird  3
House Sparrow  10

Southwest Georgia Regional Airport Pond:

Birds (18 species, 1 lifer):

Canada Goose  40
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  15
Little Blue Heron  3     2 juv
Cattle Egret  30
White Ibis  3
Killdeer  30
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Least Sandpiper  70     Large flock on a large pond.
*Pectoral Sandpiper  40
Semipalmated Sandpiper  1     Lighter gray than and larger than Leasts.
Eastern Kingbird  3
Fish Crow  X
Eastern Meadowlark  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  5

Philema Road:

Birds (11 species, 0 lifers):

Red-tailed Hawk  1
Brown-headed Nuthatch  5
Gray Catbird  2
Common Yellowthroat  1
Prairie Warbler  2
Eastern Towhee  1
Bachman’s Sparrow  1
Chipping Sparrow  1
Field Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Blue Grosbeak  1

Laramore Road:

Birds (15 species, 0 lifers):

Pied-billed Grebe  3
Great Egret  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  2
Common Ground-Dove  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Field Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  25

Marshallville Super Sod Farm:

Birds (8 species, 1 lifer):

Killdeer  40
*Upland Sandpiper  5
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
American Crow  6
Horned Lark  1
Barn Swallow  25
Blue Grosbeak  1
Orchard Oriole  1

Marshallville:

Birds (13 species, 0 lifers):

Mallard  10
Great Egret  5
Little Blue Heron  4
White Ibis  6
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Solitary Sandpiper  4
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Least Sandpiper  6
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  25
Carolina Wren  1
Field Sparrow  1
Indigo Bunting  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  50

N.G. Turf Farm:

Birds (11 species, 0 lifers):

Northern Bobwhite  1
Semipalmated Plover  1     One black breast-band, short, stubby, bicolored bill, smaller than Killdeer.
Killdeer  50
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Least Sandpiper  10
Pectoral Sandpiper  40
Semipalmated Sandpiper  1     Definitely one, possibly two more. Defined supercilium, black legs, primary projection shorter than tail, brownish with complete breast-band, shortish and stubby bill, larger than Leasts.
Calidris sp.  2     Possibly Sanderlings and/or Semipalms and/or Baird’s/White-rumped. Difficult to tell from distance and bad light. One looked large and grayish like Sanderling.
Eastern Kingbird  1
Horned Lark  5
Barn Swallow  X
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Limpkin Midden

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Limpkin

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Limpkin

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Limpkin

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Monk Parakeets

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Killdeer

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Solitary Sandpiper

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Killdeer

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Upland Sandpiper

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Upland Sandpiper

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Upland Sandpiper

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