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.