April was a busy month with much nesting activity all over the neighborhood. Three of the four bird houses on the Nature Trail have occupants. Two neighbors on Darlington Commons had nests in shrubbery right outside their front door, and we counted at least four nests in our yard, including a Brown Thrasher pair who nested in the Carolina Jessamine vine on the side of the house.
Most trees have leafed out now. American Basswood, Pignut Hickory, Georgia Hackberry and Southern Sugar Maple along with eight other species were identified on the Nature Trail and will be marked. Hummers are here for sure, and flowering plants like Crossvine and Native Honeysuckle are in bloom for them.
And it looks like the Wild Turkey hen has moved on. We hope she’s safe and well.
Hope not, because we had a chance to see the turkey hen up close; probably the same one reported in last week’s post: Pretty Wild. Perhaps you might like a follow up.
Wild Turkey – Meleagris gallopavo in Peachtree Park – April 7, 2017
This beautiful bird was roosting on a limb only a few feet from the back door. She was not at all bothered by us standing only 25 feet away and stayed on her perch for several hours. There are a few wooded acres in back of the houses which probably makes good habitat. And the next door neighbor reported seeing her on their driveway and front walk.
“Just this morning there was another post on GABO (Georgia Birders Online) titled Turkey Hen stops traffic in East Cobb County: “I was traveling East on Shallowford Road near Sandy Plains about 8:30am. Suddenly – lots of unexpected brake lights. Something big and dark sauntered across to the other side of 5 lanes. First thought it was a goose… but no ! A turkey hen !”
Plants are waking up and everybody’s nesting. The dawn chorus is especially loud and full of courtship and the claiming of territory. Frogs are beginning to call at night. Native bees are busy and there’s plenty in bloom to provide nectar and pollen. On warmer days the honey bees in the hive on the Nature Trail are active. No hummingbirds have been seen here yet, although there are reports of sightings close by, and butterflies are still scarce. This will change soon.
Wild Turkey that is. Almost exactly this time last year someone from the north side of the neighborhood sent us an email report of a wild turkey in their back yard. We set up a camera, but never got a picture.
But today, a neighbor on the south side did get pictures of a wild turkey hen right in someone’s front yard. She was seen early this morning. We couldn’t find the bird ourselves, but we did talk to the neighbor who kindly sent us the pictures to share.
And ironically, as we were writing this post the following message came across on the Georgia Birders Online (GABO) list server:
“A friend just reported seeing a Wild Turkey near the corner of Lindbergh, Cheshire Bridge and LaVista Rds. He said the bird was on the sidewalk in front of the old Varsity Jr. ( which is now a storage place) watching the cars go by.”
Every now and then something really cool like this reminds you that there’s more wildlife in small intown neighborhoods than you think.