Wheeler NWR Trip Report – Beginner Bird Walk 1-20-2014

On a warm, clear Monday in January, several experienced Birmingham Audubon birders led a group of beginning birders to Wheeler National Refuge to help the learn more about the waterfowl and cranes that visit the Refuge each winter. Participants visited the Refuge’s observation building where they had great views of thousands of sandhill cranes and approximately twenty endangered whooping cranes, including one immature. After a walk on the Visitor Center boardwalk, where a winter wren was spotted, the group enjoyed a picnic at the Visitor’s Center. Following lunch all headed to some of the areas behind the gates of the Refuge. At White Springs Dike they were treated with looks at a variety of ducks such as bufflehead, redhead, canvasback and ruddy duck. At Arrowhead Landing everyone had close views of the snow geese and white pelicans flying overhead.

Thanks to Helena Uber-Wamble, Education Manager, for organizing and leading this trip. The next Beginner Birdwalk will be at Limestone Park in Shelby County on March 30, 2014.

Beginner Birdwalk at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge
January 20, 2014
Total – 60 species

Greater White-fronted Goose
Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Greater/lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
American White Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
American Coot
Whooping Crane
Sandhill Crane
Killdeer
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Blackbirds
Common Grackle
House Finch
American Goldfinch