Cochran Shoals 9/15/13

Yesterday, my father and I went on the Atlanta Audubon Society field trip at Cochran Shoals to see some warblers. We got about 10 species of warblers, and I got two lifers! I also saw a Green Treefrog very close in the daylight – quite a treat! There were also quite a few caterpillars, I guess because a large hatch just happened. The Spotted Jewelweed has its seed pods right now, so when you squeeze the big ones lightly, they burst open and spray their seeds in all directions! New York Ironwed, tickseed and Cardinal Flower are all in bloom right now as well and the Gulf Fritillaries, Carolina Satyrs and Pearl Crescents love it! You can find the species list below.

Birds (40 species, 2 lifers):

Canada Goose 32

Mallard 10

Green Heron 1

Red-shouldered Hawk 3

Chimney Swift 3

Red-headed Woodpecker 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 1

Downy Woodpecker 7

Hairy Woodpecker 2

Northern Flicker 4

Eastern Wood-Pewee 3

*Acadian Flycatcher 1

Eastern Phoebe 3

Eastern Kingbird 2

White-eyed Vireo 3

Yellow-throated Vireo 1

Red-eyed Vireo 3

Blue Jay 10

American Crow 6

Fish Crow 2

Carolina Chickadee 30

Tufted Titmouse 16

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

Carolina Wren 2

American Robin 1

Brown Thrasher 2

Worm-eating Warbler 1

Blue-winged Warbler 1

*Golden-winged Warbler 1

Common Yellowthroat 1

American Redstart 15

Blackburnian Warbler 1

Chestnut-sided Warbler 10

Black-throated Green Warbler 1

Hooded Warbler 1

Scarlet Tanager 1

Northern Cardinal 16

Red-winged Blackbird 1

Common Grackle 1

American Goldfinch 1

Amphibians (1 species, 0 lifers):

Green Treefrog

Butterflies (3 species, 0 lifers):

Gulf Fritillary

Pearl Crescent

Carolina Satyr

Wildflowers (5 species, 1 lifer):

Cardinal Flower

Tickseed sp.

Spotted Jewelweed

New York Ironweed

False Foxglove sp.

Caterpillars (1 species, 1 lifer):

*Banded Sphinx Moth Caterpillar


Green Treefrog on a cattail reed


Banded Sphinx Moth Caterpillar


False foxglove seems to be the perfect size for the hungry bee!