Tuesday, April 7, 2015

LIL Birding

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?

Horned Grebe

Bonaparte's Gull

...with a fish!

Bonaparte's Gull - Link here

Horned Grebe - Link here

Wild Bird Wednesday - Link here


  1. Great collection of birds and sightings.. Have a happy day!

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    1. Thank you! I do enjoy waterfowl and gulls!

  3. Great sightings! Love the one with the fish.

    1. me too! I had to do a double take when i first saw it. the gull really struggled to eat it and then none of the other gulls were interested in stealing it which surprised me

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    1. All their plummages are awesome to see and photograph. great colors

  5. Pretty awesome stuff! The same here in AZ. Man made lakes really bring in some pretty incredible things like recently a Heerman's Gull this past week in Tucson. Epic! Thanks for sharing and hope you have a great week