Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fall 2012 Migration Hike on Dobbins Mountain~Cartersville, Georgia

The weather was stellar. Temps in the 70's  and lower 80's. A small group of birders but a very seasoned group of birders....

Not a bird but a very cool sighting of a Buck swimming across the lake:
Great-Blue Herons...
A closer look:
Sadly, The birds were not very cooperative as they hid in the foliage. 


 Great-created Flycatcher

Cool mushrooms

A very, very cool moth....

Update from Joshua Spence (our knowledgeable guide):

Twelve birders participated in saturday's trip to the Cartersville Ranch in Bartow County. This is a beautiful private property that includes Dobbin's Mountain. The group hiked to the conservation easement that lies between the two ridges of the Dobbin's Mountain complex. The hike was approximately four miles, there and back. The weather was fantastic. We had some nice birds with the highlight of the day being three adult BALD EAGLES having a dispute over a fish. We observed one take a fish from the lake approximately 200-300' from us. Then out of no where, another came to chase the successful fisher around. Then, one more eagle got involved in the chase. Fantastic event and one that is not too common in north GA. We also got a nice surprise when a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK shot over our heads in the forest while in hot pursuit of one of the Picoides woodpecker species(Downy or Hairy). We got good looks at two PHILADELPHIA VIREOS early in our hike. Many of our passerine flocks did not cooperate with us. We only observed seven species of warbler, the best being a BLUE-WINGED & an adult male CERULEAN. Unfortunately, the Cerulean was only observed by three in our party and it was a very unsatisfactory look from beneath. The bird's dark solid breastband with white underparts was a dead giveaway. From this angle a female or juvenile would have went unidentified.  Overall, it was an excellent day to be in the field with such fine people. I hope everyone had a great time and I thank the property owners and representatives for the opportunity to enjoy this site. I also want to thank Rebecca for getting the word out. Here is the complete list below:
> Cartersville Ranch, Bartow, US-GA
> Sep 22, 2012 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> 53 species
> Canada Goose  50
> Mallard  2
> Blue-winged Teal  10
> Pied-billed Grebe  4
> Great Blue Heron  2
> Great Egret  2
> Turkey Vulture  1
> Osprey  1
> Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
> Bald Eagle  3
> Red-shouldered Hawk  3
> Broad-winged Hawk  1
> Red-tailed Hawk  2
> Killdeer  3
> Mourning Dove  2
> Chimney Swift  1
> Belted Kingfisher  1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  8
> Downy Woodpecker  4
> Hairy Woodpecker  5
> Northern Flicker  2
> Pileated Woodpecker  3
> Eastern Wood-Pewee  3
> Eastern Phoebe  2
> Great Crested Flycatcher  2
> White-eyed Vireo  1
> Philadelphia Vireo  2
> Red-eyed Vireo  4
> Blue Jay  25
> American Crow  6
> Carolina Chickadee  8
> Tufted Titmouse  1
> White-breasted Nuthatch  5
> Brown-headed Nuthatch  1
> Carolina Wren  9
> Swainson's Thrush  2
> Wood Thrush  3
> American Robin  3
> Gray Catbird  1
> Brown Thrasher  3
> Blue-winged Warbler  1
> Black-and-white Warbler  1
> Hooded Warbler  3
> American Redstart  7
> Cerulean Warbler  1
> Magnolia Warbler  1
> Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
> Pine Warbler  6
> Summer Tanager  3
> Scarlet Tanager  7
> Northern Cardinal  5
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak  4
> Indigo Bunting  2

Joshua Spence,
Murray County

I regret missing the 3 Bald Eagles...but I had to visit the Johnnie-on-the-Spot.:) 

Wishing Peace, Love, Health, and Wealth to ALL!



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