George Pierce Park 9/20/14

A couple of months ago, I went on an Atlanta Audubon Society walk led by Chris O’Neal at George Pierce Park in Suwanee, GA. The walk was fairly successful although I expected more migrant species for this time during fall migration (we only had 5 warbler species). However, some highlights of the trip included an immature Little Blue Heron (strange for this part of Georgia), a side-by-side comparison of Sharp-shinned and Cooper’s Hawks, multiple Ruby-throated Hummingbirds feeding at flowers, a secretive Northern Waterthrush creeping around in the marsh, a few Magnolia Warblers and a brilliant orange male American Redstart. Below is the list with pictures following:

Birds (38 species, 0 lifers):

Canada Goose  1

Wood Duck  3

Mallard  5

Great Blue Heron  1

Little Blue Heron  1     Immature. Dark legs and feet and no strong yellow in lores.

Black Vulture  2

Turkey Vulture  5

Sharp-shinned Hawk  1

Cooper’s Hawk  1

Red-shouldered Hawk  3

Red-tailed Hawk  1

Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3

Belted Kingfisher  1

Red-bellied Woodpecker  1

Downy Woodpecker  3

Northern Flicker  4

Pileated Woodpecker  3

Eastern Wood-Pewee  3

Eastern Phoebe  10

Red-eyed Vireo  1

Blue Jay  20

American Crow  20

Carolina Chickadee  1

Tufted Titmouse  3

White-breasted Nuthatch  1

Brown-headed Nuthatch  2

Carolina Wren  5

American Robin  5

Gray Catbird  3

Northern Waterthrush  1

Common Yellowthroat  4

American Redstart  1

Magnolia Warbler  3

Palm Warbler  10

Song Sparrow  1

Northern Cardinal  5

House Finch  10

American Goldfinch  10

Reptiles (1 species, 0 lifers):

Black Rat Snake


Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird


Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird


Male Wood Duck


Black Rat Snake