First-day Birding

A day of birding on the first day of the new year, January 1, 2022...
American White Pelican
© Photographer: William Wise | iNat Observation: 104144665 - American White Pelican; Phinizy Swamp; Richmond County, Georgia. January 1, 2022.

Although a bit later because of the midnight celebration, as is my custom, I rose long before daybreak on New Year’s Day morning. When the sun finally decided to get out of bed and climb the eastern sky, the warm morning prompted me to a bit of backyard birding. A surprise appearance of a seclusive Hermit Thrush was a bit fulfilling, but only whet my appetite for more. I threw a few snacks and water bottles into the car and headed toward Augusta, Georgia.

American White Pelican
© Photographer: William Wise | iNat Observation: 104344797 - Ruby-crowned Kinglet; Phinizy Swamp; Richmond County, Georgia. January 1, 2022.

On this first day of the year, I was hoping to increase my Richmond County, Georgia species count a bit by a winter visit to the Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. The oddest sighting of the day was an American White Pelican. When I first spotted the white bird with black on the wings, I thought it was a Wood Stork. But raising the glass I was caught by surprise. I’ve photographed white pelicans before, but not so far inland in Georgia. When I asked another birder around the corner, he stated he had been going to Phinizy for many years and not spotted one before. He was quite excited as well.


Phinizy Swamp Nature Park; Richmond County, Georgia.

  • Clouds and sun, high near 81. Southwest wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.
  • Sunrise 7:32 am; Sunset 5:31 pm
  • Daylight Hours: 9 hours, 59 minutes (+31s)
  • Moon: 1.8% Waning Crescent
Posted by williamwisephoto williamwisephoto, January 25, 2022 09:18 PM

Observations

Photos / Sounds

What

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Observer

williamwisephoto

Date

January 1, 2022 02:57 PM EST

Description

This was a totally unexpected sight at Phinizy Swamp today. ©www.williamwisephoto.com

  • Clouds and sun, high near 81. Southwest wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.
  • Sunrise 7:32 am; Sunset 5:31 pm
  • Daylight Hours: 9 hours, 59 minutes (+31s)
  • Moon: 1.8% Waning Crescent

Photos / Sounds

What

Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)

Observer

williamwisephoto

Date

January 1, 2022 11:39 AM EST

Description

Phinizy Swamp Nature Park; Richmond County, Georgia.

Photos / Sounds

What

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Observer

williamwisephoto

Date

January 1, 2022 12:23 PM EST

Description

Phinizy Swamp Nature Park; Richmond County, Georgia.

Photos / Sounds

What

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)

Observer

williamwisephoto

Date

January 1, 2022 01:12 PM EST

Description

Phinizy Swamp Nature Park; Richmond County, Georgia.

Photos / Sounds

What

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)

Observer

williamwisephoto

Date

January 1, 2022 01:36 PM EST

Description

Phinizy Swamp Nature Park; Richmond County, Georgia.

Photos / Sounds

What

Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)

Observer

williamwisephoto

Date

January 1, 2022 02:20 PM EST

Description

Phinizy Swamp Nature Park; Richmond County, Georgia.

Photos / Sounds

What

Orange-crowned Warbler (Leiothlypis celata)

Observer

williamwisephoto

Date

January 1, 2022 02:21 PM EST

Description

Phinizy Swamp Nature Park; Richmond County, Georgia.

Photos / Sounds

What

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

Observer

williamwisephoto

Date

January 1, 2022 02:40 PM EST

Description

Phinizy Swamp Nature Park; Richmond County, Georgia.

Photos / Sounds

What

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

Observer

williamwisephoto

Date

January 1, 2022 02:46 PM EST

Description

Phinizy Swamp Nature Park; Richmond County, Georgia.

Photos / Sounds

What

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Observer

williamwisephoto

Date

January 1, 2022 12:08 PM EST

Description

Phinizy Swamp Nature Park; Richmond County, Georgia. January 1, 2022.

Photos / Sounds

What

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)

Observer

williamwisephoto

Date

January 1, 2022 12:28 PM EST

Description

Phinizy Swamp Nature Park; Richmond County, Georgia. January 1, 2022.

Photos / Sounds

What

Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)

Observer

williamwisephoto

Date

January 1, 2022 12:50 PM EST

Description

Phinizy Swamp Nature Park; Richmond County, Georgia. January 1, 2022

Photos / Sounds

What

Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)

Observer

williamwisephoto

Date

January 1, 2022 12:51 PM EST

Description

Phinizy Swamp Nature Park; Richmond County, Georgia. January 1, 2022

Photos / Sounds

What

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)

Observer

williamwisephoto

Date

January 1, 2022 01:21 PM EST

Description

Phinizy Swamp Nature Park; Richmond County, Georgia. January 1, 2022.

  • Clouds and sun, high near 81. Southwest wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.
  • Sunrise 7:32 am; Sunset 5:31 pm
  • Daylight Hours: 9 hours, 59 minutes (+31s)
  • Moon: 1.8% Waning Crescent

Photos / Sounds

What

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)

Observer

williamwisephoto

Date

January 1, 2022 01:36 PM EST

Description

Phinizy Swamp Nature Park; Richmond County, Georgia. January 1, 2022.

  • Clouds and sun, high near 81. Southwest wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.
  • Sunrise 7:32 am; Sunset 5:31 pm
  • Daylight Hours: 9 hours, 59 minutes (+31s)
  • Moon: 1.8% Waning Crescent

Comments

William do you report your birdwatching hours to the IRS as I do? I just did it for the first time, I can share what little I know so far.

Posted by lenrely 6 months ago (Flag)

Never even heard of that.

Posted by williamwisephoto 6 months ago (Flag)

Neither had I. NC Bird Atlas, a chapter of Ebird.org sent me a single link to click to donate my hours to them. Going to figure out how to give them to a project of my choosing next time, since I work in a tax office.

Posted by lenrely 6 months ago (Flag)

@lenrely Since I have to add my stock photography royalties when I do my taxes (which isn't much, and I donate half of it to the animal shelter), I list photography expenses (new equipment, website fees, etc). But haven't heard of what you're talking about. So message me some details. Thanks!

Posted by williamwisephoto 6 months ago (Flag)

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