Fall is in the air...
While Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are the only species that breeds here, or for that matter, east of the Mississippi, we do get the occassional western species spending the winter. Every year Ruphous Hummingbirds are reported in the Atlanta metro area. They make use of nectar feeders left up in hopes of attracting Ruphous and other western species.
This photo was taken by Ryan Bushby(HighInBC) Wikipedia
I get information from this site: http://www.hummingbirds.net/migration.html and www.allaboutbirds.org
Eastern Screech Owls, Megascops asio, have been whinnying and using the tremolo call. Two were singing a duet last night. They have been calling from the same direction for a week or so. Since they are considered "solitary" except for the breeding season I am puzzled by their apparent pairing right now. Maybe it's two birds competing for the same territory.
More Mushrooms:These looks like the Golden Chanterelle on the UGA Natural History site: http://naturalhistory.uga.edu/~gmnh/mycoherb_site/gabasidios.htm#cancib
They popped up in the lawn. The website text says this is a choice mushroom for eating. I am not confident enough to try them. (Nor would I recommend that anyone eat a mushroom they are not certain about)
Golden Chanterelle, Cantharellus cibarius
Powdery Southern Bolete, Pulveroboletus ravenelii
False Yellow Bolete, Boletus pseudosulphureus
Southern Toad, Anaxyrus terrestris. I have been seeing far more of these this year than in any previous year.
I'm guessing that the very rainy and mild late Spring and Summer weather is responsible for a bumper crop of these little fellows. The woods across our little branch lies some forested wetland. (mesic forest). The almost daily showers kept the temporal (temporary) ponds full long enough for great breeding success. Southern Toads vary in hue from brick read to grey.
I recommend this site for GA, N.C. and S.C. herp identfication: http://srelherp.uga.edu/salamanders/