Tag Archives: South Georgia Birds

Wild Turkey Mount, Edison

This was located in an antique store window in downtown Edison.

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Wilson’s Snipe, Ben Hill County

Folklore suggests that a snipe hunt is a fool’s errand. But snipe are real birds, if rarely encountered.  The term sniper comes from the difficulty hunters of this bird face. It’s well-camouflaged and flies in such an irregular pattern that a clean shot is nearly impossible. I was very lucky to see this Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata) on Thanksgiving morning.

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And in a flash, he was gone.

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Sandhill Crane, Crisp County

Sandhill Crane Grus candensis During Migration in Crisp County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Among North America’s largest birds, Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) are quite familiar during their annual migrations from the northern reaches of the continent to the southern United States and Mexico. They’re known for their loud calls and their habit of gathering in large numbers. I encountered around a thousand individuals yesterday feeding in freshly plowed fields saturated with recent rains.

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Swallow-tailed Kites, Long County

Swallow tailed Kite in flight Long County Ga nesting grounds photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2014

One of the most beautiful raptors in North America, Swall0w-tailed Kites (Elanoides forficatus) are a South American species which breeds in scattered locations around the South in spring. By late August they begin their long migration to South America and it’s during this time that large numbers of them, along with Mississippi Kites (Ictinia mississippiensis), can be observed in large numbers in Long County. Bird watchers descend at a remote farm near the Altamaha River in growing numbers each year to see this phenomenon.

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Purple Martins, Irwin County

Puple Martins Progne subis at Gourd Tree In Flight Irwin County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Purple Martins (Progne subis) are a well loved migrant in South Georgia. The largest swallows in North America, they have long been welcome on farms for their ability to consume thousands of insects. Gourd trees are often erected on farms and in open backyards as a means of attracting the gregarious birds, who live and nest in cavities. I found these as I was photographing the Willcox house.

Puple Martins Progne subis at Gourd Tree rwin County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The Purple Martin Conservation Association is dedicated to promoting and protecting these wonderful birds.

Gourd Tree and Purple Martins Irwin County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Pine Warbler, Ben Hill County

Pine Warbler Dendroica pinus in Pecan Tree Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

A year-round resident here in the South, the Pine Warbler (Dendroica pinus) is much more noticeable in winter when their beautiful yellow feathers really stand out. Though associated with pine trees, they can be found in nearly every back yard and pecan orchard, as well.

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Wild Turkeys Foraging, Ben Hill County

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Once threatened with extinction, the Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) has made a huge comeback and is a common sight on dirt roads and in back woods all over South Georgia. It sustained our ancestors as a game bird and remains an integral symbol of the Southern forest.

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Gourd Tree, Irwin County

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These are generally put up to attract Purple Martins (Progne subis), which are thought to be a mosquito deterrent. Many companies now sell plastic martin gourds, but I prefer the natural versions.

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