Cochran Shoals Birds

April 18, 2012 at 5:57 pm (Atlanta, Birds - Georgia, National Parks, Nature, Photography, Wildlife) (, , , , , , , , )

Yellow-crowned Night Heron munching a crawdad

It was a perfect birding day.  Warm, overcast, no wind, and — once away from the traffic — quiet.  Cochran Shoals is a unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, and its wide dirt trail is popular with joggers, fitness buffs, and dog walkers.  Aside from one other birder, I was the only one carrying binoculars.  How can somebody simply cruise by with music plugs in their ears and not enjoy the bird song or the flowers?   Read the rest of this entry »

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Chattahoochee River Birds

February 27, 2012 at 7:27 pm (Atlanta, Birds - Georgia, National Parks, Photography, Wildlife) (, )

Carolina chickadee singing

Living in the city, I get cabin fever sometimes and need a “nature fix.”  In a half hour I can be in a lovely forest setting along the Chattahoochee River, a National Park recreation area. Yesterday morning I visited the Island Ford portion and saw a cluster of bird activity before I’d even walked away from the car – a brown-headed nuthatch chipping out a nesting hole, a white-breasted nuthatch exploring a hole in the street light, a male ruby-crowned kinglet singing and flashing his very red crown, and a red-headed woodpecker alighting on a tall trunk.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Brown-Headed Nuthatch and the Atlanta scene

January 16, 2012 at 5:02 pm (Atlanta, Birds - Georgia, Photography) (, , , )

Brown-headed Nuthatch, Atlanta

I haven’t been birding since I arrived in Atlanta two months ago.  I’ve seen (and heard singing) Carolina wrens, American robins, song sparrows, and a fleeting hawk in my neighborhood, along with juncos, house sparrows and pigeons.  So I made a sightseeing trip north along Peachtree Street, aiming for the Chattahoochee River.

First stop, Starbucks to use a gift card, then Barnes and Noble to check out picture books on Atlanta (nothing very artsy – perhaps a future project?), and to familiarize myself with the area.  Finally I arrived at one of the riverside parks run by the city of Roswell, GA.   I had plans to visit the High Museum of Art during their “Pay as you wish” day in honor of MLK’s birthday.  I wanted to be there around noon, so I didn’t make it all the way to the Chattahoochee Nature Center.  But I did have a nice flurry of birds once a Carolina wren took exception to my proximity to its foraging place under an upturned canoe on shore, and created such a ruckus that other birds came to check it out. Read the rest of this entry »

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