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Monthly Journal – August, 2016

August has passed, and birds are beginning to head south.  Groups of migrating American Robins are beginning to appear on lawns.  There was another report of the groundhog from the north end of the neighborhood and twice we’ve caught a glimpse of a groundhog-size critter disappearing into the grass on the Nature Trail.   Also, we were lucky a few days ago to have a rare daylight visit from one of our resident possums.

A newsletter from the South Fork Conservancy reports that Atlanta Audubon has documented over 75 species of birds on the South Fork of Peachtree Creek!  It’s just off Lindbergh, very close to us, and you can go on a guided bird tour of the trail this Saturday, September 3.  Atlanta Audubon has more information on their Field Trips page.  You’ll need to scroll down to the calendar and click on the “The Confluence” under September 3rd.  If you want to join them, they ask that you RSVP.

Monthly Journal – March, 2016

Mild weather continued in March.  It actually felt like Spring as we passed the first official day of the season.  Last month we told you we heard frogs.  This month we’ve been hearing them more and seeing them, as well as lots of tadpoles.

March’s photos include nesting birds, native bees and two butterfly species: Sulfur and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.  Also both of our native honeysuckle vines are blooming coinciding with the arrival of hummingbirds.  So be on the lookout.

As you can see below, the Cooper’s Hawks are still here.  This one had just caught a Mourning Dove.

Tigers in the Weeds

PickerelweedIn this case the Pickerelweed which is in our pond.  Pickerelweed has beautiful blue flowers on stems that rise 3 feet above the water and it blooms most of the summer.

It attracts bees, dragonflies, wasps, hummingbirds and the beautiful Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly.  In our last post we talked about the Pipevine Swallowtail. The Eastern Tiger is another of the swallowtail butterflies that we find here in Georgia.

You’ve probably seen them in your yard.  The host plants for the caterpillars are wild cherry, magnolia, apple and tulip trees, among others