Saturday, December 12, 2009

Chattahoochee Nature Center - Birding Hot Spot

Location:Chattahoochee Nature Center, Cobb and Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Direction: From South, drive on GA 400 Northbound. Take Exit #6, then go west. Turn North (Right) on Highway 9. Turn left at Azalea Rd. Turn left onto Willeo Rd. Nature Center will be at your right; or From North, drive on GA400 Southbound. Take Exit #7, turn right ( or go west). Turn left at Dogwood Rd. Go straight and across Highway 9 (road becomes Aalea Rd). Follow the above direction. Free Parking.




Located on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, the Nature Center is home to a variety of woodland and wetland critters--waterfowl, birds of prey, reptiles. You might even spot a beaver or otter rippling through a pond. During my first trip to the Nature Center in December, we spotted a beaver sleeping on top of a tree near the river bank. Due to the overcast weather, I did not have photo taken.  Injured owls, hawks, eagles, raccoons and other animals are brought here for rehabilitation and return to the wild after recovering. Short hiking trails and a scenic river boardwalk let you spend as little as an hour or half day in the wilds of this natural habitat without really roughing it.

See story of each photo by pointing your curser to the bottom right corner then click there or see photos here.



 Please also check Arrival and Departure Dates of GA birds before you go there. Report all birds you have spotted on eBird.org and/or GABO-L site.


Birds you might see at this location in their alphabetical order are:
American Crow
American Goldfinch
American Robin
Barn Swallow
Belted Kingfisher
Blue Jay
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Brown Thrasher
Brown-headed Cowbird
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Canada Goose
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Cedar Waxwing
Chimney Swift
Chipping Sparrow
Common Grackle
Common Yellowthroat
Dark-eyed Junco
Double-crested Cormorant
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Towhee
European Starling
Field Sparrow
Fish Crow
FOX SPARROW
Gadwall
Golden-crowned Kinglet
GRAY CATBIRD
Great Blue Heron
Great Crested Flycatcher
Great Horned Owl
Green Heron
Hairy Woodpecker
House Finch
Mallard
Mourning Dove
Northern Cardinal
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Orchard Oriole
Pileated Woodpecker
Pine Warbler
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-winged Blackbird
Rock Pigeon
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
SANDHILL CRANE
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Song Sparrow
SPOTTED SANDPIPER
Swamp Sparrow
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
White-throated Sparrow
Winter Wren
Wood Duck
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
Yellow-throated Vireo
---- End of List ------


Data here is obtained from eBird.org , GABO-L and my own field trip. I will update the list as I spot more birds.  Also see
12-month species chart here.

-- Linda

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