Monday, November 30, 2009

Birding Hot Spots in Georgia

As a birder, the first thing I learned was to know my own backyard birds. With 6 weeks intensive classes and field trips offered by the Master Birder Program from Atlanta Audubon Society, I was amazed to find out not only could I identify pretty much all the birds through out my own backyard, I was able to identify 76 birds by their songs and pictures at the end of program. This learning process really motivated me and made me want to "see" more birds.

I registered is a great site to keep tracking all the birds you see in States and through out the world. This site also keeps tracking the rare birds occurance through different parts of each region. The most important data I think is that eBird documents the arrival and departure dates of each bird and data is updated daily. It took me about half hour to get myself familiar with this site. After that, submiting and recording the birds I have identified became very easy. I would encourage every serious birder to get on and document all the birds they have seen.

However, one thing is still bothering me that I have hard time to find more species near where I live. To me, seeing a bird I have never seen before is exciting and exuberant. I have visited most birding locations near where I live, every now and then, I would pick up a few new birds. But I want to see more of them, more of song birds, waterfowl, Buteo, etc. I decided to look into different habitats, checked the Arrival and Departure Date and asked experienced birders to find more "Hot" birding spots.

With the data provided by and GABO-L archives, I organized a list of birding hot spots with all the possible birds we might see in each birding location with their names in alphabetical order:

Big Creek Greenway Park, Alpharetta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Buford Trout Hatchery, Forsyth County, Georgia
Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, Fulton County, Georgia
Chattahoochee River National Recreatjion Area - Cochran Shoals Unit
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area - Island Ford Unit
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area - Johnson Ferry Unit
Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, Decatur, Dekalb County, Georgia
Dawson Forest, Dawson County, Georgia
E.L. Huie and Newman Wetlands Center, Clayton County, Georgia
Elachee Nature Science Center
Fernbank Forest
Henderson Park, Dekalb County
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
Panola Moutain State Park, Rockdale County
Piedmont Part, Atlanta, Fulton County
Robinson Nature Preserve
Suwanee Creek Greenway
Sweetwater Creek State Park

As I bird at different sites, I will update with all birding locations I have visited and hopefully, I will become a better birder one day.  -- Linda

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