Lloyd Davis visited the north shore of Newnans Lake via Gum Root Swamp on the 29th, the first person in a while to do so. What he found sounds similar to the mix of birds that spent last winter: American White Pelican ~100 Great Blue Heron 107 Great Egret ~85 Wood Stork 40 Mottled Duck 18 Green-winged Teal 23 Black-bellied Plover 2 American Avocet 1 Greater Yellowlegs 51 Lesser Yellowlegs 3 Dunlin 16 Stilt Sandpiper 13 dowitcher sp. 81 Common Snipe 19 This morning I puttered around Orange Lake's McIntosh Bay with Ron Matus and John Moran of the Gainesville Sun. The water here is very low, and there are two huge mud flats a couple hundred yards off the boat ramp. Plenty of shorebirds on the flats - dowitchers, yellowlegs, Killdeer, and peeps - plus dozens of Glossy Ibis, a Limpkin, large numbers of Great Egrets and White Ibis, and all the usual stuff. There were hundreds of Blue-winged Teal, with a scattering of Green-winged Teal, and a handful of Ruddy Ducks. I saw my first gull (Herring?) and Forster's Terns of the fall. And we didn't even get to explore the bonnets, where I saw other shorebirds popping up from hidden mud flats. Someone with a canoe or (Dr. Kratter) a kayak might find something unusual out there.... Rex Rowan 2041 NE 15th Terrace Gainesville, FL 32609 (352) 371-9296 [log in to unmask] Everyone should have a hobby; I however prefer an obsession.