I was able to note 48 bird species today beginning on my property in Birchwood
(Hamilton County), traveling to the TWRA Yuchi Refuge in Rhea County, and
returning home. As I traveled, I checked other locations in Meigs and Rhea
County along the way.
Some highlights from my property included a Wild Turkey hen which was startled
when I appeared unexpectedly. She used a “killdeer-like” evasive tactic to lead
me away from two tiny young. I heard one Wood Thrush on my property today, but
I have heard at least 3 in recent days. Numbers of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
are increasing at home, and I have several Downy Woodpeckers, including young,
coming to suet feeders.
From various sites in Rhea County, 37 species were seen or heard. Highlight
species from Yuchi Refuge included a first-of-the-year bird for me – a male
Summer Tanager. Other Yuchi species of note included Prairie Warblers, Common
Yellowthroats, more than a half-dozen Yellow-breasted Chats, and a Barn Swallow
that I accidentally flushed from its nest under the gazebo roof. At the TWRA
Chickamauga (Cottonport) Management Area on Martin Springs Road, I observed one
Prothonotary Warbler and saw one Yellow-billed Cuckoo and heard another.