Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Getting Ready for Winter Birds

There's a cold front coming through tomorrow so there'a good chance for a rare migrant in the Southeast.  But Before that, I gotta enjoy some fall birding.  I stopped by the Blue Heron Nature Preserve in Buckhead in North Atlanta to look their trails and their community gardens.  Community Gardens can be great places to see birds due to the well maintained plants and diversity of plants.  Blue Heron's are no exception.  There were a ton of sparrows and cardinals around and a couple of warblers in the bushes near the gardens.  As winter sparrows move in, this will be a great place to check for them.  Georgia has also been getting a lot of Rufous Hummingbirds wintering around and I suspect that the Gardens might be able to support one as well.

I managed to get a couple of shots of some butterflies and skippers and birds as well.  Swamp Sparrows, Bluebirds, there was even a young Red-Shouldered Hawk around, although they were getting harassed by some crows.  This is a great preserve that is currently also expanding and growing and protecting some great parts of North Atlanta.  Hopefully the last days of Fall Migration will be fun and exciting.  Until the next time, get outside and go birding!

Gulf Fritillary in the Blue Heron's Gardens

Eastern Bluebird

A Swamp Sparrow

I need some help with this one.  What do you see?

Quiz Bird: What do you see below? 

Wild Bird Wednesday -  Link here

This post's pictures came from the Blue Heron Nature Preserve - Link here a lovely park in Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia


  1. One of my favourite birds is the Eastern Bluebird. I love the colour of the butterfly!

  2. Te Bluebird is lovely however the butterfly shot is stunning

  3. The butterfly is beautiful and the bluebird is lovely.

  4. Good luck!!!! Love cold fronts or warm ones from the north or south......there is always something special hiding in them:) And the bluebird......:)

  5. Great photos! Love the orange of the Gulf Fr. and the blue of the bluebird!

  6. What a pretty butterfly, I would love to see a bluebird as well.

  7. The butterfly is lovely and the bluebird is a favorite of mine.. I hope to see some new birds in my yard..Is the last bird a Downy woodpecker.

  8. Is it a Downy Woodpecker? Beautiful shot of the butterfly.

  9. We are getting ready for Spring and Summer birds - although todays storms would suggest otherwise!

    I think its a woodpecker of some sort.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne