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Photography by Curtis and Norma Beaird
Article, Research and eBird reporting by Curtis and Norma Beaird
The year 2014 was a big birding year for us! We have been blessed to learn so much about the habits and behaviors of the birds of Georgia's Lower Coastal Plain. Our bird feeding program was full speed ahead this year in Montgomery County, Georgia.
Georgia Bird Species End of Year 2014 Update:
The following two lists of Nonpasserines and Passerines include 87 species of Georgia's birds that we have photographed, identified and documented since December 2009. We began to photograph, identify and document birds on a more full-time basis in February 2012.
Also included is a Snowy Egret and Black-Bellied Plover photographed in Florida, for a total of 89 species of birds. However, our total eBird Life List of bird species, including a few that we have seen and heard, but haven't photographed, is 101 species.
The following lists of birds that we have photographed include the Taxonomic Order, followed by the species.
Nonpasserines: (40 Georgia + 2 Florida)
Woodpeckers & Allies - Red-Headed Woodpecker, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker
Hummingbirds - Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
Kingfishers - Belted Kingfisher
Pigeons & Doves - Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Rock Pigeon
Gulls, Terns & Skimmers - Black Skimmer, Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern, Ring-Billed Gull, Herring Gull, Laughing Gull
Sandpipers, Phalaropes & Allies - Sanderling
Plovers & Lapwings - Killdeer, Black-Bellied Plover (Florida)
Rails, Gallinules & Coots - American Coot (photographed in the Piedmont region)
Kites, Hawks, Eagle & Allies - Red-Shouldered Hawk, Red-Tailed Hawk
Bitterns, Herons & Allies - Yellow-Crowned Night Heron, Little Blue Heron, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Cattle Egret, Snowy Egret (Florida)
Partridges, Grouse, Turkeys and Old World Quail - Wild Turkey
Pelicans - Brown Pelican
Storks - Wood Stork
Cormorants - Double-Crested Cormorant
Grebes - Pied-Billed Grebe
Ducks, Geese & Swans - Mallard, Canada Goose, Hooded Merganser, Black-Bellied Whistling-Duck, Ross’s Goose
New World Vultures - Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture
Caracaras and Falcons - American Kestrel
Passerines: (47 Georgia)
Tyrant Flycatchers - Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Phoebe
Shrikes - Loggerhead Shrike
Jays, Magpies and Crows - Blue Jay, American Crow, Fish Crow
Swallows - Barn Swallow, Purple Martin, Northern Rough-Winged Swallow
Chickadees and Titmice - Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse
Nuthatches - Brown-Headed Nuthatch
Wrens - Carolina Wren
Thrushes - Eastern Bluebird, American Robin
Mockingbirds, Thrashers & Allies - Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher
Starlings & Allies - European Starling
Waxwings - Cedar Waxwing
Kinglets - Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
Wood-Warblers - Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Palm Warbler, Pine Warbler
New World Sparrows and Allies - Chipping Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Dark-Eyed Junco, Eastern Towhee
Old World Sparrows - House Sparrow
Cardinals, Grosbeaks & Allies - Northern Cardinal, Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Painted Bunting, Summer Tanager
Blackbirds & Allies - Red-Winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Boat-Tailed Grackle, Brown-Headed Cowbird, Orchard Oriole
Finches & Allies - House Finch, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch, Purple Finch
Wagtails & Pipits - American Pipit
We had the golden opportunity this year to photograph two rare birds, a Black-Bellied Whistling Duck and Ross's Goose. These two rare birds were confirmed by eBird.
Vidalia, Georgia (Toombs County)
This year, we were excited to make it to 27th on the list of Georgia's Top 100 eBirders for checklists. During 2014, we turned in 419 checklists and documented 87 bird species this year during our birdwatching adventures and backyard feeding.
Excitement builds as we look forward to 2015 and continue to document the bird population of Georgia's Lower Coastal Plain. It is a blessing to learn about and explore the miracles of the avian world and contribute to the conservation of the Georgia bird species. May you find joy in this fascination called birdwatching, one of the many wonders of the universe.
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