Piedmont NWR, Middle Georgia

May 9, 2014 at 6:21 am (Bird photography, Birds - Georgia, Dragonflies and Bugs, Georgia, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Nature photography, Wildlife) ()

Eastern Bluebird male

Eastern Bluebird male

Enroute to Colorado, I stopped at the Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge north of Macon, Georgia.  I met two other ladies who wanted to watch birds, and we helped each other find some good ones.

Prairie Warbler

Prairie Warbler

It took all of us to ferret out the little Prairie Warbler that was making the buzzing songs.

Prairie Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Most of my birds this day were either too far away or in poor lighting, or both.  So I can’t say I’m really happy with any of them.

Eastern Wood Peewee

Eastern Wood Peewee

The Eastern Wood Peewee is one bird I’ve often heard, but never seen until now.  At one point he flew right among us snapping his bill at some good bugs we scared up.

Chipping Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Chipping sparrows nest in this region.

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

The Eastern Kingbird managed to provide some good poses for me.

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

Male Bluebird perches behind the nesting box

Male Bluebird perched behind the nesting box

Several bluebird fledglings were being fed by the parents.

Bluebird Fledgling

Bluebird Fledgling

Some other beauties seen:

White-Eyed Vireo

White-Eyed Vireo

Yellow-throated Warbler

Yellow-throated Warbler

Here are some cool insects:

Funny butterfly

American Snout Butterfly

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Calico pennant dragonfly male

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Variable dancer damselfly male

 

The Piedmont NWR also has several colonies of the endangered Red-Cockaded Woodpecker, which I did hear and caught distant glimpses of.  They also have a very nice visitor center with exhibits to be proud of, and a very knowledgeable ranger who pointed out many great birding places nearby as well.

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4 Comments

  1. Jet Eliot said,

    Thank you Cindy for this vicarious GA birding. I felt especially lucky to see the prairie warbler. 🙂

  2. mbkircus said,

    A few good things are born from bad ones. Glad you got to see a life bird.

  3. James K. Cutler said,

    The butterfly is an American Snout, the dragonfly is probably a Red Saddlebags, and the damselfly is most likely a male Variable Dancer 🙂

    • Cindy McIntyre said,

      Hi James – thanks for the IDs. I remembered the snouts in Big Bend as being bigger (isn’t everything in Texas?) but you are right about that plus the variable dancer. The dragonfly is a calico pennant. I thought Carolina saddlebags at first but the wing movement was different, and now that I can reference my field guides I see it’s a new dragonfly for me!

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