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Field trip: Coleman Lake, Talladega National Forest
February 2, 7:00 am–5:00 pm
UPDATE: Our second meeting location has moved as the Hardee’s in Heflin has closed. We will still meet at 7 a.m. at the Eastwood Chik-fil-A, then we will meet at the McDonald’s in Heflin, AL, at exit 199 off I-20 around 8:30.
Red-cockaded Woodpeckers and Red Crossbills are two of the most uncommon species in Alabama, but we will likely see both on our day-long field trip to Coleman Lake and the nearby Pinhoti Trail. Fox and Bachman’s Sparrows may also be found here with some regularity.
Following a picnic lunch in the field, we’ll search for Golden Eagles. If time allows and there is an interest, we can continue birding at scenic Pine Glen Campground, located south of Coleman Lake in the national forest. Shoal Creek flows through the campground, and we can expect to find typical winter woodland songbirds while walking the easy trails here.
The details: Meetup is at 7 a.m. at the Eastwood Village Chik-fil-A (1648 Montclair Road). From there, we’ll caravan and carpool east on I-20 to the Hardee’s in Heflin, AL, in Cleburne County, at exit 199. We expect to arrive here at approximately 8:30 a.m. if you wish to meet us here. To reach Coleman Lake and the Pinhoti Trailhead, follow US 78 E for 8.5 miles to Edwardsville. Turn left (NW) at the sign for Coleman Lake on County Road 61 in Edwardsville and follow Cleburne 61 for approximately 7.5 miles. Turn right at the sign for Coleman Lake on County Road 532, and right onto County Road 500 in approximately .7 mile. The entrance to Coleman Lake Recreation Area is about 1.5 miles ahead on the right.
As always, remember to bring plenty of water and snacks, a tank full of gas, insect repellent, rain gear, sunblock, and seasonally appropriate (in this case, warm) attire. You may want to bring a chair as well as we’ve received a tip on where to find Golden Eagles and may sit a bit in the afternoon to watch for them.
Accessibility: Not wheelchair accessible; easy hike with some uneven terrain
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The birds: We expect to see Red Crossbills and Red-cockaded Woodpeckers. We also hope to see Fox and Bachman’s Sparrows as well as Golden Eagles. You’ll find the Alabama Birding Trails information for the area here.
The food: Bring your own picnic lunch.
Trip leader: Greg Harber leads this trip; his cell is 205-807-8055 (day of field trip only).