78th Annual Birmingham Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 21, 2013
This year's Birmingham Audubon Christmas Bird Count will be our 78th and all Birmingham Audubon members and friends are invited to participate in this long-running count, to be held Saturday, December 21, 2013. Birmingham Audubon's Christmas Bird Count was begun in 1946 and thanks to the continued support of our dedicated members and friends this wonderful Christmas tradition continues to this day. Consider making the Christmas Bird Count a part of your holiday tradition and join the fun on count day.
I invite all of our members as well as non-members to consider participating this year by contacting me, Greg Harber, at 205-251-2133. If you are not able or do not wish to participate, but have some unusual winter birds visiting your feeders that we should record for the count, please call me in advance. We especially would love to hear from you if you have some owls in your neighborhood or wintering hummingbirds!
Get your holidays off to a merry start by joining in this historic count. David George will handle compiling duties and Maureen Shaffer will host our compilation at her home, located at 2216 Mountain Lake Terrace, Hoover AL 35226. Call Maureen if you need directions: 205-822-8728. The compilation will begin at 5:00 p.m. and light refreshments will be provided.
~for the Bird Counts Committee
Half-day Field Trip
January 4, 2014
Have you visited Birmingham new Railroad Park yet? Are you wondering what birds you might find there? Then plan to meet Birmingham Audubon at Railroad Park on 1st Avenue South, between 17th and 18th Streets, at 8:00 a.m., January 4th.
Park as close to the Railroad Park pavilion as possible. We will be on the look out for song sparrows, savanna sparrows, coopers hawk, kestrel and possibly a falcon. Dress accordingly.
Trip leader Susan Barrow 943-8667 (h) 253-8667 (c)
Lake Guntersville and environsAll-day Field TripJanuary 18, 20147 a.m.
Lake Guntersville, one of the premier birding areas in the state, has been chosen as the locale for Birmingham Audubon first all-day field trip for 2014. It is in the winter season that the Lake shines with rafts of ducks, grebes, coots and gulls floating and feeding on the water. The City of Guntersville has developed a walking trail paralleling the shore of the lake along with vantage points allowing up close and personal views of the thousands of birds that fill the lake. The lake is an impoundment body of water, created by the construction of Guntersville Dam.
This area has four designated sites on the North Alabama Birding Trail and Birmingham Audubon will visit at least two, maybe a third (time allowing) - one is Site 38 (Guntersville Peninsula), the other is Site 37 (Guntersville Dam, North). The third site is Lake Guntersville State Park, which is close by, and in January sponsors Eagle Awareness Weekends. As of this printing, there is no information about the weekends on the Park's website. If you are interested in visiting the Park, please visit their website for current details.
Meeting Place: Parking lot of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens (2612 Lane Park Road, Birmingham, AL 35233)
Departure and Logistics: We will leave at 7 a.m. sharp, so please arrive early for making carpooling arrangements. Have a full tank of gas, a picnic, hot drinks, binoculars, a spotting scope and perhaps consider bringing an extra layer of warm clothing. Weather conditions can be changeable and temperatures at Guntersville are colder than in Birmingham.
Destinations: The old Harbor House parking lot, stops along Lurleen Wallace Drive and Sunset Drive, Guntersville Dam North.
Plans: We will caravan up AL 79N to Guntersville (70 miles, 1 and a half hours) and reconvene at Burger King around 8:30 (1921 Gunter Av. Guntersville, AL 35967) for a short rest stop. If you wish, you may meet the group there. From the Burger King, our next stop will be the parking lot of the old Harbor House (south end of the U.S. 431 bridge) where we will scan the waters for grebes, coots and ducks. The remainder of the morning will be spent cruising along on Lurleen Wallace Drive and Sunset Drive, with stops at the various viewing areas. Depending on the weather, we will break for a picnic at midday. Afternoon will find us at the North side of Guntersville Dam, which site has had a nesting pair of Bald Eagles. Various species of gulls can be observed at the Dam site, along with wading birds. Time permitting, some additional areas may be visited.
Trip Leader: Susan Barrow 205-942-8667 (h) 205-253-8667 (m)
Birmingham Audubon Field Trips 2013-2014
All Field Trips are held on Saturdays. The Beginner Bird Walks are held another day; please note day.
September 2 Lake Purdy
September 21 Covered Bridges of Alabama and Palisades Park
October 5 Monte Santo State Park, Huntsville, AL
November 2 Tannehill State Park
November 11 Beginner Bird Walk – Birmingham Botanical Gardens (Monday)
November 23 Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, Decatur, AL
January 4 Railroad Park, Birmingham, AL
January 18 Guntersville Lake
January 20 Beginner Bird Walk – Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge (Monday)
February 1 Coleman Lake
February 15 Great Backyard Bird Count at Birmingham Zoo
March 1 Old Cahawba
March 30 Beginner Bird Walk - Limestone Park (new date) Sunday
March 22 The Pocket (NW Georgia)
April 5 Tuskegee
May 3 Turkey Creek
May 17 Living River Canoe Trip (tentative)