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Posts posted by meghann

  1. Yes, they were most likely migrating, although you are far enough north, the spotted might stay.

    Notice how the last bird has dark spots on his underside, and the bird in the first two photos does not. The first bird has white spots on the back. Another difference: the first bird had a white ring around the eye, while the last one has a dark eyeline, with a light eyebrow.

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  2. My Stokes says Greater bill is about 1.5 times the length of the head, which if you look, is not the case with your bird.

    Yellowlegs can give me trouble in the field at times, it is not until I get home out of the sun and look at my photos that I can differentiate them well. (Except the time they had the courtesy to stand next to each other.)

  3. Go bluebirds, go!

    We had Towhees nesting in our yard (again), and they were unsuccessful (again). Sigh. I do have a hummingbird that has built a nest! It's way up in a tree, so I won't be able to check on it at all, but it is there! 

    New migrants on my hike this week: Black-throated blue Warbler, Acadian Flycatcher, Eastern Wood-pewee, Swainson's Thrush, and one of the Waterthrushes. Could not get a good enough look to tell which one.

  4. As of tonight, my yard list is at 85. Added Belted Kingfisher in a flyover.


    Our yard isn't nearly as birdy as it used to be. They cut down a ton of trees behind our house and put in an apartment complex. Sigh.

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  5. On 4/26/2020 at 2:17 PM, Charlie Spencer said:

    I hit Phinizy Swamp in Augusta GA yesterday.  1,100 acres, I covered 3.5 miles in 4 hours, and I estimate I saw under 100 people.  That doesn't sound like many but in nine trips over three years, that the most people I recall ever seeing there.  HamRHead says he saw several checklists.  Obviously it was no problem maintaining distancing, even when working with one or two other birders.  About half the people had cameras or binos or both, the  rest were just getting out on a perfect day. 

    33 species, and I know at least two of my directional decisions cost me three species reported by people coming down other trails.

    I was at Phinizy on Saturday, too! I just wish they weren't closing it so early each day. To me, the rationale on that is a little. . .off. I had a good day there. So many Bobolinks!

    The main thing the closures has me bummed about is Kennesaw Mountain being closed. I went for the first time last April, and the birding was phenomenal for spring migration.

  6. 13 minutes ago, AlexHenry said:


    I think we can say it’s a Geothlypis, at least. Could even be a dull female Mourning Warbler


    Man, that would make those of us who bird Phinizy crazy excited.

    I also think Yellowthroat is reasonable. I wouldn't bet money on it, but it's a good guess.

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  7. Migration is really kicking now in and around Augusta. In the past week I've seen: Rose-breasted Grosbeak*, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Painted Bunting, Great Crested Flycatcher*, Wood Thrush*, Scarlet Tanager*, Summer Tanager*, Yellow Warbler, Cape May Warbler*, Swainson's Warbler, American Redstart*, Northern Parula*, Red-eyed Vireo*, Bobolink, Ovenbird, Prothonotary Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Prairie Warbler*, Mississippi Kite*, and Yellow-billed Cuckoo.

    *-yard birds

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