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Monthly Journal – January, 2017

January was an unseasonably warm month.  Lots of bird activity with many of the usual suspects and one unexpected rare appearance by a Wilson’s Warbler (see our recent January 14 post).  In addition to the photos below we had visits from a Great Blue Heron and a Red-tailed Hawk.  The Northern Flickers in the photo below were engaged in a territorial fencing display, which we have seen one other time.

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.

Tiny Winter Visitors

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet – Regulus calendula      Peachtree Park, Atlanta, GA – December, 2015

Each year starting in mid to late November, we notice small birds flitting about in the branches of trees.  These are Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets.  Small means really small. Ruby-crowned Kinglets are 3.5 to 4.3 inches long and weigh .2 to .4 ounces and the Golden-crowned Kinglets are similar in size.  By comparison, a Ruby-throated Hummingbird is similar in size, 2.8 to 3.5 inches long, but weighs only about half as much.

The Kinglets we are seeing may be here for the winter, or they may be migrants on their way further south.  Since  we see them in January and February, we think ours may be residents.

The adult male Ruby-crowned only shows his red patch when he’s excited.  The Ruby-crowned has a solid face with a white eye ring.

The adult Golden-crowned’s bright yellow marking is always visible and he looks like he is wearing a mask.

Both birds are high energy and move constantly.  Their flight has been described as ‘swift, jerky and erratic’.  They don’t seem to be much intimidated by your presence and will go about their routine of collecting insects, spiders and beetles when you are close by.