May’s journal focuses on activity in and around backyard feeders one afternoon on the north end of the neighborhood. We were invited over to see Rose-breasted Grosbeaks who had been showing up to recharge on good food in a wonderful wooded setting before continuing on their migration. For one hour we sat quietly with our friends and watched. This is some of what we saw.
It’s been a warm, dry fall so far. With the drought, birds and critters have appreciated the water in birdbaths and the pond. But the drought was broken as reported in our previous post, and we have started hearing toads again at night.
A flock of several hundred grackles passed through a few days ago and we have started seeing Ruby-crowned Kinglets. Surely colder weather is not far off.
Again our monthly journal is mostly about birds. In addition to these colorful visitors, we saw many Blue Jays, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Red-tailed Hawks in January. The weather continues to be unseasonably warm, and we are seeing territorial disputes already beginning; particularly Eastern Bluebirds, Brown-headed Nuthatches and American Robins. And we are on the lookout for early hummingbird arrivals.
White-throated Sparrow – Zonotrichia albicollis Peachtree Park, Atlanta, GA – January 3, 2016
White-breasted Nuthatch – Sitta carolinensis Peachtree Park, Atlanta GA – January 30, 2016
Song Sparrow – Melospiza melodia Peachtree Park, Atlanta, GA – January, 2016
Ruby-crowned Kinglet – Regulus calendula Peachtree Park, Atlanta, GA – January, 2016
Pine Warbler – Setophaga pinus Peachtree Park, Atlanta, GA – January, 2016
Eastern Towhee – Pipilo erythrophthalmus Peachtree Park, Atlanta GA – January 30, 2016
Eastern Phoebe – Sayornis phoebe Peachtree Park, Atlanta GA – January 30, 2016
Eastern Bluebird – Sialia sialis Peachtree Park, Atlanta GA – January 16, 2016
Downy Woodpecker – Picoides pubescens Peachtree Park, Atlanta GA – January 30, 2016
Dark-eyed Junco – Junco hyemalis Peachtree Park, Atlanta, GA – January 3, 2016
Cedar Waxwing – Bombycilla cedrorum Peachtree Park, Atlanta GA – January 16, 2016
Brown-headed Nuthatch – Sitta pusilla Peachtree Park, Atlanta GA – January 30, 2016
Our wildlife photos for December are mostly of birds. Of the 22 species shown below, some are migrants, some are winter residents and some are here year-round. With all the unseasonably warm weather there have been lots of ladybugs. We were unable to get a photo of our pal the opossum, but take it from us, he’s a handsome guy.
Happens every year about this time. Snows one day and two days later it’s 70 degrees. Today was glorious and things continue to wake up. Budding, buzzing and if not foolin’ around, then certainly thinking about it. The bluebirds are out in abundance. (male and female Eastern Bluebird, male eastern Bluebird and Yellow-rumped Warbler and male Eastern Bluebird and Downy Woodpecker).
Plants are starting to come alive too. There are buds on the native azaleas and the woods poppies are beginning to leaf out.
Some plants overwintered in the basement with grow lights. The Limequat is having its leaves cleaned since in the artificial environment the plant, because of the presence of aphids, gets sooty mold. Outside, aphids have natural predators. Ridding the plant of the sooty mold allows the leaves to do their job of photosynthesis and respiration and makes the plant much healthier.