June - July
Originally Compiled and Edited by Michael Bell
(First published in The Oriole, Vol. 66, Nos. 3/4, Pp 66-70)
A number of interesting observations were reported this summer pertaining to the breeding status of several species in the state. Both Black-throated Green Warbler and Red Crossbill were confirmed breeding at Pine Log WMA in Bartow Co. A pair of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers nested successfully near McDonough in Henry Co. for the second straight year, and both Willow and Least Flycatcher once again summered in Union Co. Two species of special concern, Golden-winged Warbler and Cerulean Warbler, were observed in north Georgia during June. In Georgia Birds, Burleigh notes that the Golden-winged Warbler was a fairly common summer resident in the extreme northern part of the state. However, in recent decades the species' population has declined sharply, especially in the southern part of its range. The Cerulean Warbler has long been suspected of breeding in Georgia, though nesting has not been confirmed to date.
Abbreviations used include:
Note: Species that appear in a bold-faced font represents those that were considered "review" species by the GOS Checklist and Records Committee during the year of the sighting. This list changes from year to year. The current review list may be view at the following link:
Changes and updated information from the original published compilation are noted in a red font.
AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER - An adult, unable to fly, was found on the beach at Blackbeard Island NWR on 17 July (Matt Ryan). Unfortunately the bird died at a rehabilitator the next day.
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN - A flock of six was seen overhead in Bartow Co. on 9 June (Bruce Dralle, Jeff Sewell).
BROWN PELICAN - One was seen circling over Francis Lake in Lowndes Co. on 3 June for a rare inland sighting (Kristi Avera). One was reported from Walter F. George Dam in Clay Co. on 7 July (fide Steve McConnell).
LEAST BITTERN - Singles were reported from northern Greene Co. on 24 June (Paul Sykes), and at Grand Bay WMA in Lowndes Co. also on 24 June (Marion Dobbs). Three were found at ENWR on 26 June (Julie Ballenger, Walt Chambers).
LITTLE BLUE HERON - Twenty-one was a good count for the piedmont in Bartow Co. on 28 July (Bruce Dralle, Jeff Sewell).
REDDISH EGRET - The best counts were three at Little Tybee Island on 8 July (Deb Barriero), and also three at Blackbeard NWR on 27 July (Matt Ryan).
CATTLE EGRET - Reports from north Georgia were of 14 in Floyd Co. on 7 June (Marion Dobbs), nine in Clayton Co. on 11 July (Carol Lambert), and two at Sod Atlanta in Bartow Co. on 29 July (Theresa Hartz, Art Hurt, Lisa Hurt, Georgann Schmalz).
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON - Three were seen at ENWR on 26 June (Julie Ballenger, Walt Chambers).
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON - Singles were seen at McIntosh Reserve in Carroll Co. on 9 June (Chris Loudermilk, Aubrey Scott), at AWEC on 12 June (Stephen Stewart), and in Henry Co. on 24 July (Jim Flynn).
WHITE IBIS - Two immatures were seen at the ELHLAF beginning on 21 July (Jeff Sewell).
ROSEATE SPOONBILL - The best count from the Brunswick area in Glynn Co. was 26 on 15 June (Lydia Thompson). Singles were seen at Skidaway Island on both 14 and 19 July (Beth Roth).
WOOD STORK - A single seen soaring was a rare find in Fannin Co. on 26 July (Giff Beaton, Dot Freeman).
SNOW GOOSE - A bird seen in Morgan Co. on 3 June had apparently been present in the area since last year (Jim Flynn, Earl Horn).
AMERICAN WIGEON - A male found at the Lullwater Estate in Atlanta on 14 July (Jerry Brunner) remained in the area through the end of the period (v.ob.).
BLUE-WINGED TEAL - A female was reported from Bartow Co. on 9 June (fide Jeff Sewell).
RING-NECKED DUCK - Two summered at the ELHLAF (m.ob.).
HOODED MERGANSER - A female was noted in Floyd Co. on 2 June (Ann Stewart).
OSPREY - A pair were reported nesting at the ELHLAF during June (Carol Lambert).
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE - One seen along the Ochlocknee River in Grady Co. on 24 June may have been a local breeder (Michael Bell). As many as 20 were congregating in Tattnall Co. by 28 July (E.J. Williams).
MISSISSIPPI KITE - One was a good find in Pike Co. on 27 June (Paul Raney). The best count from the coastal plain was 19 along the Ocmulgee River in Telfair/Coffee Cos. on 27 July (Annette Bittaker, Joe Bittaker).
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK - One was noted at the ELHLAF on 28 July (Carol Lambert).
AMERICAN KESTREL - A single was found in Bartow Co. on 9 June (Bruce Dralle, Jeff Sewell), and two were observed in Floyd Co. on 28 July (Bruce Dralle, Jeff Sewell).
PEREGRINE FALCON - A bird seen near Turner Field in Atlanta on 21 July was in all likelihood one of the downtown birds (Jeff Sewell).
BLACK RAIL - One was heard calling on territory in Greene Co., at the same spot where one was reported during May, on 24 June (Paul Sykes).
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER - Two were observed at Turfgrass America (formerly known as Thomas Bros. Grass) in Floyd Co. on 28 July (Bruce Dralle, Jeff Sewell).
WILSON'S PLOVER - Forty-seven was a good count at Little Tybee Island on 8 July (Deb Barriero).
AMERICAN AVOCET - At least twelve were reported at Andrews Island on 15 July (Gene Keferl).
WILLET - Two were a good find at a sod farm in Mitchell Co. on 13 July (Oscar Dewberry).
MARBLED GODWIT - One was reported from Little Tybee Island on 8 July (Deb Barriero), and 20+ were seen at Andrews Island on 15 July (Gene Keferl).
RED KNOT - At Sapelo Island Doris Cohrs had counts of 311 on 24 July and 375 on 31 July.
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER - Six were still in Laurens Co. on 5 June (Giff Beaton, Tommy Patterson).
STILT SANDPIPER - The best count from the ELHLAF was 29 on 25 July (Carol Lambert). Other reports included eight at J.L. Lester WMA in Polk Co. on 25 July (Marion Dobbs), and seven in Bartow Co. on 28 July (Bruce Dralle, Jeff Sewell).
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER - Inland reports included four at the ELHLAF on 28 July (Carol Lambert, Bob Zaremba, Deb Zaremba), two at ENWR on 29 July (Bill Birkhead, Walt Chambers), and one at Turfgrass America in Floyd Co. on 31 July (Marion Dobbs).
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL - Two were seen at Gould's Inlet on 6 July (David Davis, Gene Keferl), and a single was reported on Sapelo Island on 24 July (Doris Cohrs).
GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL - One was seen at Jekyll Island on 22 June (Lydia Thompson), and the same observer saw one at Gould's Inlet on 24 June.
COMMON TERN - Five were seen at Wolf Island Bar on 14 June (Brian Smithers, Brad Winn), and thirteen were counted at Little Tybee Island on 8 July (Deb Barriero).
LEAST TERN - One was a very rare find at the ELHLAF on 16 June (Jeff Sewell et al.). Deb Barriero had a nice count of 180 at Little Tybee Island on 8 July.
SOOTY TERN - A recently dead bird was found washed up on St. Simons Island on 2 July (David Davis).
BLACK TERN - An excellent count for early summer was 250-300 at Wolf Island Bar on 14 June (Brian Smithers, Brad Winn). Four to five were seen at Tybee Island on 26 June (Diana Churchill), and 87 were counted at Little Tybee Island on 8 July (Deb Barriero). The only inland report was of a single at the J.L. Lester WMA in Polk Co. on 29 July (Giff Beaton, Jim Flynn).
WHITE-WINGED DOVE - A single was reported from Coffee Co. on 5 July (Annette Bittaker).
COMMON GROUND-DOVE - One was an unusual find in Pike Co. on 10 June (Jim Flynn).
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER - One seen along Ivy Log Rd. in Union Co. on 9 June was late (Marion Dobbs), while the one seen at Pine Log WMA in Bartow Co. on 29 July was very early (Theresa Hartz, Art Hurt, Lisa Hurt, Georgann Schmalz).
WILLOW FLYCATCHER - A bird continued at Ft. Oglethorpe in Catoosa Co. through 2 June (Johnny Parks), three were found at the Ingles parking lot in Blairsville in Union Co. on 6 June (Giff Beaton, Tom Egan, Pierre Howard), and one was reported from Forsyth Co. on 15 June (Jim Flynn).
LEAST FLYCATCHER - The high count from Union Co. was four, from three sites along GA 180 between Suches and Vogel State Park, on 9 June (Marion Dobbs).
SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER - The pair that returned in the spring to the nesting site near McDonough in Henry Co. fledged at least three young (m.ob.).
BLUE-HEADED VIREO - Singles found in southern Elbert Co. on 3 June (Jim Flynn, Earl Horn) and in Paulding Co. on 8 July (Chris Loudermilk) may have been local breeders. Breeding was confirmed at Lula Lake Land Trust on Lookout Mountain during July (David Aborn).
COMMON RAVEN - Four was a good count from along Warwoman Rd. in Rabun Co. on 4 June (Bill Elrick, Jim Flynn).
HORNED LARK - Small numbers were reported from several sites, mostly sod farms, around the piedmont and upper coastal plain (v.ob.).
TREE SWALLOW - Nesting was again confirmed at AWEC during June (Bruce Dralle, Jeff Sewell, Stephen Stewart). A bird seen in Bartow Co. on 2 June may have been a local breeder (Georgann Schmalz).
BANK SWALLOW - Two seen at ENWR on 14 July were fairly early (Walt Chambers).
CLIFF SWALLOW - This species is continuing to do well, as evidenced by a total of 350+ counted at seven colonies in Wilkes, Elbert and Lincoln Cos. on 3 June (Jim Flynn, Earl Horn), and 90+ nests found over the Etowah River in Bartow Co. on 20 June (Giff Beaton).
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH - Jim Flynn and Bill Elrick were able to find six at five separate sites in northeast Rabun Co. on 4 June.
WINTER WREN - Two to three were reported from Brasstown Bald, the only reliable breeding site in the state, on 21 July (John Jenchard).
AMERICAN ROBIN - One seen at Blackbeard NWR in McIntosh Co. on 5 June was unusual (Paul Sykes). One was found in Bainbridge in Decatur Co. beginning on 21 July (Oscar Dewberry). This species is rare in the southwest corner of the state in summer.
CEDAR WAXWING - An adult and a juvenile were seen in the Suches area on 6 June (Chris Loudermilk). Two birds seen in Dade Co. on 30 June may have been local breeders (Bruce Dralle, Jeff Sewell).
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER - A singing male found in Union Co. on 6 June is noteworthy, as this species is now difficult to find in the state during the breeding season (Giff Beaton, Tom Egan, Pierre Howard).
BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER - Breeding was confirmed at Pine Log WMA in Bartow Co. on 20 June, when at least 12 adults and two fledglings were observed (Giff Beaton). Two were seen at John's Mountain WMA in Gordon Co. on 30 June (Marion Dobbs), and one was an interesting find in northwest Atlanta on 7 July (Liz Horsey).
CERULEAN WARBLER - One to two were found near Woody Gap in Lumpkin Co. on 6 June (Giff Beaton, Tom Egan, Pierre Howard).
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER - Early migrants were singles seen at Howfyll Plantation on 6 July (David Davis), in Baker Co. on 7 July (Kathy Aleric, Michael Bell, Margaret Kearns), and in the Darien area on 15 July (Doris Cohrs).
AMERICAN REDSTART - A female seen at Sweat Mountain in Cobb Co. on 17 July was an unusual find (Harry DeLoach, Vicki DeLoach).
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER - Five was a good count at McIntosh Reserve in Carroll Co. on 4 June (Chris Loudermilk).
WORM-EATING WARBLER - One was found in Pike Co. on 10 June (Jim Flynn), and two were banded at Buford Fish Hatchery on 27 June (Bill Elrick).
SWAINSON'S WARBLER - Seven was a good count for the mountains in Rabun Co. on 4 June (Bill Elrick, Jim Flynn). Singles were also noted in Pike Co. on 10 June (Jim Flynn), Carroll Co. on 16 June (Chris Loudermilk), Grady Co. on 24 June (Michael Bell), and Coweta Co. on 15 July (Jim Flynn, Earl Horn).
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH - One seen on St. Simons Island on 13 July was probably an early migrant, as this species does not breed along the coast (Tom Beal).
BACHMAN'S SPARROW - Three birds were found in Elbert Co. on 3 June (Jim Flynn, Earl Horn).
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK - A singing male was an interesting find in Bartow Co. on 23 June (Bill Lotz et al.).
DICKCISSEL - Two were seen in Bartow Co. on 9 June (Bruce Dralle, Jeff Sewell).
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD - One seen on St. Simons Island from 7 through 9 July was a most unexpected find in summer (Chris Lambrecht, Elaine Young). There is only one summer record listed in the ACOGB.
RED CROSSBILL - One continued visiting a feeder in Blue Ridge through at least 17 June (Jan Douglas). Seven were found in Pine Log WMA in Bartow Co. on 20 June (Giff Beaton). Breeding was confirmed at this site, where the species was first discovered during May 1999, as one of the birds seen was a recently fledged juvenile.
Created 7 Feb 2002