Beginner Bird Walks Schedule Announced

Five Field Trips!

Beginner Bird Walks Expanded

Join Birmingham Audubon this year for five great beginner bird walks.

8 a.m. October 12, 2015 at Avondale Park in Birmingham

Our first trip begins in Birmingham at Avondale Park and possible species to be seen include a resident red-tailed hawk pair, red-headed woodpeckers and herons at the lake. We will end our walk by the Avondale Rose & Habitat Garden, which is one of Birmingham Audubon’s Urban Bird Habitat Initiative (UBHI) Projects, to learn about this project that provides food sources and habitats to hopefully diversify birds that use the garden. This walk will start at 8 a.m.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

9 a.m. November 11, 2015 at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Our second bird walk is scheduled for the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11. Sadly the hummingbirds will be gone by this time, but other migrants will begin making their appearance including white-throated sparrows, northern mockingbirds, American robins and brown thrashers along with nuthatches hopefully will be some of the species seen during the day. This walk will begin at 9 a.m.

8 a.m. January 18, 2016 at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, near Decatur will be our destination for our third trip. This popular location is a great place for one to learn their waterfowl such as gadwall, northern pintail, ruddy ducks and many other species of ducks. Thousands of sandhill cranes will also have migrated to this watery oasis for the winter, and if we are lucky whooping cranes will also be on hand. We will meet at 8 a.m. to caravan to the Decatur area.

2 p.m. March 20, 2016 at Limestone Park 

Limestone Park. Photo courtesy Alabama Birding Trails.

Limestone Park. Photo courtesy Alabama Birding Trails.

March should bring us many surprises as we head to Limestone Park in Shelby County. We will seek out meadowlarks, sparrows, elusive snipes and hopefully any remaining migratory waterfowl. Here we will also learn about another Birmingham Audubon UBHI Project which is creating a half-acre of prairie habitat in the park. This is the habitat-type preferred by many grassland species. The walk will begin at 2 p.m. on March 20, 2016.

Yellow-crowned Night Heron by Greg Harber.

Yellow-crowned Night Heron by Greg Harber.

9 a.m.  June 11, 2016 at East Lake Park in Birmingham.

East Lake Park in Birmingham will be the location for the June 11, 2016 Beginner Bird Walk. Participants could find black- crowned and yellow-crowned night herons as well as other herons. A couple of species of woodpeckers, mockingbirds, rock doves, geese and ducks may also be on our lists for the day. We will meet at 9 a.m. for a relaxing stroll through the park.

Space is limited and reservations are required. Please contact Helena Uber-Wamble, teaching naturalist, at 205-719- 3678 or Reservations are accepted through the Thursday preceding each hike. Include in your mes- sage the number of adults and children in your group and how many will need to bor- row binoculars. Please include your phone number and email address. Once registered, you will receive an email confirmation including directions and meeting spot. Be sure to check our Facebook pages for updates to Beginner Bird Walks!