Bird of Fall: Blue-winged Teal
NestWatch Bird Tracking
On July 28 2014, Blue Heron Nature Preserve partnered with Atlanta Audubon to band birds as part of the NestWatch program sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution.
Very fine nets were strung in the Preserve at 6:30am to capture birds to be banded. In total, we caught 6 birds: 3 carolina wrens and 3 american robins. BH and AAS volunteers gathered to host Allie from the Smithsonian as we captured birds and recorded data. We hope these studies will provide information about urban birds such as: human impact, global warming, etc.
It was a wonderful, intimate experience with birds and we all it enjoyed it (except the birds)!
10 Avian Species Common to the Preserve:
Great Blue Heron
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Throughout the year a variety of birds either make BHNP their home or refresh themselves during migrations. We will be sharing sightings of species and/or photos sent in by neighbors and birders.
On Sunday (11/10/13), we had lots of aquatic visitors at Blue Heron including a beautiful family of geese and mallards.
Some of the birds were having a wonderful Sunday snooze on one of the pond's small islands in the sunshine.
"This Cooper's Hawk nearly landed on my 4th Floor balcony!" Photo by Gail Fore
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Hot news of the day at Blue Heron! We had 5 migratory blue wing teal ducks here today (3/29/13) on the Roswell Road pond. Barbara, who is an Audubon birder, identified them and said they have probably stopped off on their way north for the summer.
Blue Heron Resident
Here is a recent blue heron photo at our pond, curtsey of Libba Shortridge.
Blue Heron Feather??
This photo is (we think) a blue heron feather found floating in our pond on Saturday, 6/9/12. Jamie Hawk at Atlanta Audubon seemed to concur that it is most likely a primary flight feather from a Great Blue Heron.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology currently has a live feed of a blue heron nest at: www.allaboutbirds.org/cornellherons. Very cool!!
Documents and Links of Interest
Data About Birds
Kids Interested In Birding
Sightings of Uncommon Birds