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Just Sittin’

May 9, 2013

Yesterday I decided to just sit on the back porch and record what I saw. I’m reading a book every Georgian who is interested in the ecology of our state could benefit from reading, “The Natural Communities of Georgia,” by Edwards, Ambrose and Kirkman, The University of Georgia Press, 2013. (It’s $45.16 from Amazon)  I’ve been looking for this compiled information for a long time. It’s not a field manual, bit heavy, not cheap, but really good. The photographs are excellent and actually informative.

So, I read and listened and looked around a lot but I never left the porch.

I’m using an app for the iPad to record bird sightings. It’s called “Birdwatcher’s Diary.” I tried it out some time ago, before the Christmas Bird Count, and it was OK. Now it seems to be improved and was quick and easy. I saw about 10 squirrels, 8 Chipmunks and one Cottontail, yeah a bunny. And the birds…

36 records of 30 species seen or heard at 712 Boulevard SE on 5/8/13.

1 Rock Pigeon 5/8/13 6:56 PM
1 Mourning Dove 5/8/13 1:51 PM
3 Chimney Swift 5/8/13 7:46 PM
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 5/8/13 1:52 PM
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 5/8/13 1:51 PM
1 Downy Woodpecker 5/8/13 1:51 PM
1 Downy Woodpecker 5/8/13 8:20 PM
1 Great Crested Flycatcher 5/8/13 5:10 PM
1 Red-eyed Vireo 5/8/13 7:37 PM
1 Blue Jay 5/8/13 2:08 PM
1 American Crow 5/8/13 2:58 PM
1 Tufted Titmouse 5/8/13 1:52 PM
1 White-breasted Nuthatch 5/8/13 1:48 PM
1 Carolina Wren 5/8/13 1:51 PM
1 Carolina Wren 5/8/13 6:57 PM
1 Carolina Wren 5/8/13 8:20 PM
1 House Wren 5/8/13 1:51 PM
1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5/8/13 7:37 PM
1 Veery 5/8/13 1:51 PM
1 American Robin 5/8/13 2:03 PM
1 Gray Catbird 5/8/13 1:53 PM
1 Gray Catbird 5/8/13 5:25 PM
1 Northern Mockingbird 5/8/13 7:46 PM
1 Brown Thrasher 5/8/13 3:09 PM
1 Brown Thrasher 5/8/13 6:54 PM
1 European Starling 5/8/13 1:51 PM
1 Magnolia Warbler 5/8/13 1:52 PM
1 Blackpoll Warbler 5/8/13 7:46 PM
1 Pine Warbler (H) 5/8/13 1:52 PM
1 Eastern Towhee 5/8/13 6:41 PM
1 White-throated Sparrow 5/8/13 1:50 PM
1 White-crowned Sparrow 5/8/13 1:50 PM
1 Northern Cardinal 5/8/13 1:51 PM
1 Northern Cardinal 5/8/13 4:27 PM
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak 5/8/13 1:53 PM
1 House Finch 5/8/13 1:51 PM

712 Boulevard SE (33.73274, -84.36591)

Nothing exotic, nice easy day. They don’t like millet, any of ’em. They choose black sunflower seeds over everything. They line up and take turns bathing and drinking, except the nuthatches that never acknowledge the other birds regardless of size or anything else.

That was my day, mundane maybe, lot of fun.

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