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Carolina Wren

The Carolina Wren.

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The Northern Mockingbird. They are best known for their habit of mimicking the songs of other birds and even the sounds of insects and amphibians, often loudly and in rapid succession.

The Northern Mockingbird in flight, making it’s distinctive wing markings clearly visible.

The movie “To Kill a Mockingbird” starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, was released in 1962. In 1995, the film was listed in the National Film Registry. It also ranks twenty-fifth on the American Film Institute’s 10th anniversary list of the greatest American movies of all time, and #1 on AFI’s list of best courtroom films. In 2003, AFI named the film’s lawyer character, Atticus Finch, the greatest movie hero of the 20th century. The wikipedia article is here – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Kill_a_Mockingbird_(film).

The book “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee published in 1960. The novel is classified as a Southern and a Bildungsromann. It was instantly successful and has become a classic of modern American literature. The plot and characters are loosely based on the author’s observations of her family and neighbors, as well as on an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old. See the wikipedia article here – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Kill_a_Mockingbird.

Canadian Goose

The venerable Canadian Goose. We have a pond in the neighborhood as well as a large lake nearby (Cardinal Lake), so these guys feel right at home. Plus, people from the neighborhood like to put out food at the pond, so our small flock of about 15-20 are habitual visitors. We also have a small flock at work, in the lake behind the campus. Just watch your step… (there’s a reason for the old saying  “loose as a goose“)

I wouldn’t have believed it, if I hadn’t seen it for myself. These pair of Canadian Geese actually built a nest in the middle of the Kroger parking lot (near Duluth Highway and Riverside Parkway).

Believe it or not, we actually have a Great Blue Heron that is a regular visitor to the neighborhood. There are several lakes and ponds in the area. It is quite a sight to see this enormous bird in flight.

The male Brown Thrasher. The Brown Thrasher is the official state bird of Georgia, and the inspiration for the name of Atlanta‘s National Hockey League team, the Atlanta Thrashers. This little guy hangs out on the ground a lot, scurrying around under bushes looking for food.

The male Tufted Titmouse. Cute little fella…

The male Pileated Woodpecker. This guy is huge. He likes the suet cakes too, just like the other woodpeckers. Especially with peanuts. He makes quite a racket when he starts hammering on a suet cake that’s hanging on the window sill. Probably the most famous of all Pileated Woodpeckers was the animated cartoon character “Woody the Woodpecker”. The word pileated is pronounced pill ee ate ed or pay lee ate ed according to the dictionary. It means crested. Lots of people seem to say pie leet ed though.

Here’s the big guy that visits our feeders. He loves the suet cakes and, as you can see, the safflower seeds too.