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 !”