Sat, Mar 7 2020 - The Wilder side of Piedmont Park! Birdwatching Hike with Audubon Society experts (View Original Event Details)

Trip Leader(s): Charlie Cottingham
Participants:Charlie Cottingham, Chris V

Write Up:

On this blue-sky beautiful morning our Atlanta Audubon Society hosts led by master birder Jason Ward did a bang-up job of helping us enjoy splendid views of hundreds of wild birds.  There were 35 of us in the entourage - many from the general public - and we took our time exploring the meadows, forests, and wetlands of the historic 125-year-old park and its adjoining "beltline."  Along the way we observed more than 30 different bird species with our binoculars and used our cellphone birding apps to review online photos of the often subtle features that make it possible to tell one species from another similar species.  Our numerous highlights included:

- Huge Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks - some eyeing their prey from the tops of tall trees and others circling high in the sky above us.
- Downy Woodpeckers & Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers busily pecking up and down tree limbs for tasty insects,
- A wide variety of large water-loving birds - Ducks, Geese, Herons & Grebes, flying, swimming or & diving for their breakfast in the Park's "Clara Meer Lake."
- Lots of Robins, Bluebirds, Cardinals, and our GA state bird, the Brown Thrasher. -Charlie