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
American White Pelican
Great Blue Heron