When a Little Gull (LIGU) showed up on Lake Lanier, I couldn't help myself and I when to chase the bird. Not that this was a life bird for me, it would've been a great state bird. While Georgia has no natural lakes, there are great number of man-made lakes from a number of dams across the state. Recently, due to the work and observation of a many birders across the states, there have been many birds found that probably would be expected at the shore but not an inland lake. But these lakes are huge and some call it "inland sea effect" like what occurs on the Great Lakes.
The birds see these large lakes and find some similarity with their traditional habitats. Since we are fairly far the coast, some birds might appreciate the benefits of the large inland lake. The Bonaparte's Gulls, Horned Grebes, and even some Common Loons, are great evidence of this.
What are some unexpected places you like to find birds?
...with a fish!
Bonaparte's Gull - Link here
Horned Grebe - Link here
Wild Bird Wednesday - Link here