Birding Factoids

397 species
in 51 families

22 of the 246 species 
endemic to 
North America are 
represented here. 
No state endemics
1 USA endemic

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Georgia Specialities
(Pause your cursor on the photo to see the species name. Click on the birds for more info... )
Brown Thrasher - Georgia's State Bird - Photo by Marcus Martin
Photo by Marcus Martin

Eastern Towhee - Photo copyright Steve Nanz

Photo copyright Steve Nanz

Brown-headed Nuthatch - Photo copyright David Blevins

Photo by David Blevins

Great Crested Flycatcher - Photo copyright Peter May

Photo copyright Peter May

Semipalmated Plover   - Photo copyright Paul Gale

Photo copyright Paul Gale

Chuck-will's-widow - Photo copyright Monte Taylor
Photo copyright Monte Taylor

    Key to Icons....Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, at nearly Key to Icons....Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge - another site about
      this outstanding birding habitat.
    ....Important Bird Areas in Georgia - Nominated Sites
    ....Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area -
      The Recreation Area lies within four counties, north and northeast of downtown Atlanta, Georgia. It consists of 16 land units along a 48-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River. In addition to providing recreational activities such as fishing, hiking, picnicking, and boating, the park contains a wide variety of natural habitats, flora and fauna, nineteenth century historic sites, and Native American archeological sites.
    ....Local Atlanta Birding Sites - from the Atlanta Audubon Society. The 
      Atlanta metro area offers several excellent and diverse birding sites, the most prominent of which are highlighted on this website. Atlanta Audubon leads birding field trips at many of these locations each year during spring and fall migrations. Each of the locations represents a somewhat different habitat that attracts a variety of both local and migratory species. Includes site descriptions and locations for:
      • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Cochran Shoals Unit
      • Fernbank Science Center
      • Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
      • E. L. Huie Land Application Facility
      • Sweetwater Creek State Park
    ....Where to bird in Coastal Georgia - North or South ? From the
      Coastal Georgia Audubon Society.
    ....Birding on Little St. Simons Island - this is regarded as one of 
      the best locations for birding, particularly shorebirding, on the Georgia Coast. The Island's constant growth results in large areas of intertidal flats and sandbars that are attractive as feeding areas for shorebirds. Little St. Simons Island is part of the Altamaha River Delta WHSRN Site and Important Bird Area. Be sure to attend the Spring Birding Week, April 4-12, 2003!
    ....Birding Sites in Middle Georgia: from the Ocmulgee Audubon Society
      (Macon, Georgia). The state of Georgia has 370 regularly occurring species of birds. Middle Georgia has such high bird diversity because there is a tremendous diversity of habitats, from coastal plain vegetation to forests of the piedmont, to flood plains and backwaters of the Ocmulgee River. See also the checklist of Middle Georgia Birds.
    ....Where to Bird in the Savannah Area - from the Ogeechee Audubon
      Society. The coast of Georgia offers many fascinating places to bird. With many types of habitat, such as marshlands, live-oak maritime forests, and Longleaf pine flatwoods, our area of the state is rich in diversity of not only bird life, but also other kinds of wildlife, and history. Come on down to the coast and explore! 
    ....National Wildlife Refuges Index - Georgia. Includes links
      to information on: 
      Key to Icons    Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
      • Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge
      • Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge
      • Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
      • Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge
      • Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
      • Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge
    ....The Nature Conservancy of Georgia - preserve profiles
      • Banks Lake Preserve
      • Big Duke's Pond Preserve
      • Black's Bluff Preserve
      • Broxton Rocks Preserve
      • Camp Meeting Rock Preserve
      • Cathead Creek Preserve
      • Charles Harrold Preserve
      • Dry Creek Swamp Preserve
      • Heggie's Rock Preserve
      • Marshall Forest Preserve
      • Oakbin Pond Preserve
      • Ohoopee Dunes Preserve
    ....Georgia Trip Reports - from members of the Georgia Ornithological
      Society. These illustrated trip reports detail a number of Goergia birding locations.
    ....Georgia Trip Reports - a number of Georgia trip reports are available
      from Blake Maybank's "Birding the Americas - Trip Report and Trip Planning Repository".

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Tours and Guides

>>>>>> A Birding Pal is not a paid guide, but someone who likes to help out of town visitors. You can become a Birding Pal today! Help someone to enjoy your local birding spots and find a pal to help you when you travel. Click here for Georgia Birding Pals, or join to be a Birding Pal!
         No information available on WWW 

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Local Birding Events

    ....Atlanta Audubon Society - Field Trips
    ....Coastal Georgia Audubon Society - Field Trips
    ....Ocmulgee Audubon Society - Macon - Field Trips 

    ....Spring Birding Week at Little St. Simon's Island - April 4 - 12, 2003.

      Recognized by the Audubon Society and the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN) for its vital diverse bird habitats, Little St. Simons Island is one of the best destinations, as well as one of the few areas accessible to overnight guests, to observe the wonders of spring migration on the eastern seaboard.  Flocks of Red Knots numbering in the thousands rise and whirl in unison above a deserted beach. Groups of up to 350 American Oystercatchers search for a meal along seven miles of pristine shoreline.  A glimpse of the endangered Piping Plover strutting along the water¹s edge ­ these are just some of the spectacular sights awaiting birders during Spring Birding Week April 4-12, 2003, on Little St. Simons Island. In addition, local bird experts and noted ornithology authors will conduct after dinner talks and presentations. 
    ....Georgia's Weekend for Wildlife - February 11-13, 2000 - Sea Island, GA
      Phone: 912-994-1438

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Rare Bird Alert

         Georgia (Statewide) Hotline: (770) 493-8862 or (912) 244-9190 
         S. Georgia / N. Florida Hotline: (912) 244-9190 
         Georgia Ornithological Society's RBA Page
         Check also Georgia RBA Archive

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North American Specialities in Georgia

Information derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.5.
These counts will differ in minor ways from counts based on the ABA classification,
but an international checklist system was required to enable world-wide
country to country comparisons.These speciality birds may be uncommon, or extremely rare
at this location, or may only be present in migration. However, documented sightings of
each species noted below have been made in Georgia. Consult the Breeding Bird Survey or
Christmas Bird Count data on the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center website
to determine the "best" place to see each bird. Species printed in blue are endangered.

USA Endemics in Georgia

___ Red-cockaded Woodpecker
North American Endemic Specialities in Georgia

___ Allen's Hummingbird
___ Anna's Hummingbird
___ Bachman's Sparrow
___ Bewick's Wren
___ Black-chinned Hummingbird
___ Black-headed Grosbeak
___ Bullock's Oriole
___ Carolina Chickadee
___ Fish Crow
___ Harris's Sparrow
___ House Finch
___ Mottled Duck
___ Mountain Plover
___ Nelson's Sharp Tailed Sparrow
___ Pileated Woodpecker
___ Red-bellied Woodpecker
___ Red-Shouldered Hawk
___ Ruffed Grouse
___ Say's Phoebe
___ Seaside Sparrow
___ Tufted Titmouse
___ Whooping Crane

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Links checked November 28, 2000