Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 23:43:02 -0400
Reply-To: Rebecca Kerimbaev <rebecca.kerimbaev@GMAIL.COM>
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From: Rebecca Kerimbaev <rebecca.kerimbaev@GMAIL.COM>
Subject: AAS Field Trip to Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve DeKalb County
On Thursday, April 12 join Liz Hornsby as she leads a bird walk at Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve
in DeKalb County, an easy, leisurely, mostly shaded stroll through an urban oasis of birdy, herpy
goodness. CSNP regular Jerry Bruner corrected me that 174 bird species have been observed there
by Jerry and others over many years, but just 138 of them are recorded on eBird.org. Join Liz and
be the one to observe those 36 species that haven't been put into eBird and put 'em in eBird! A
worthy challenge, right?
For details of Liz's Thursday morning walk from 7:30 to 10:30 AM, everything you need is at:
Because she isn't on Gabo-L, I want to share with you her trip report from her April 5 walk at
Cochran Shoals in Cobb County since she still takes the time to write them up for AAS. See below.
April 5, 7:30 am to 1:00 pm.
Somewhat warmer than average.
Light overcast with occasional sunshine.
River moderately high and fast.
Route: from south parking lot up the main trail to the sparrow field and back, with side trips to the
boardwalk and marsh trail.
Highlights: A mixed group of Rusty and Red-winged Blackbirds in a tree along the main trail. Close
views of a Great Blue Heron and two Common Yellowthroats. Good views of Belted Kingfishers,
Red-headed Woodpeckers, a perched Northern Rough-winged Swallow, and many Cedar Waxwings
feeding. Saw a Double-crested Cormorant swimming with a fish in its beak, and a female mallard
with nine babies.
Other notes: Muskrat on a rock in the river. Heard Bullfrog and Upland Chorus Frog. Rat Snake in a
tree and young Black Racer on the ground. Red Admiral, Red-spotted Purple, and several Tiger
Swallowtail butterflies. Wild Phlox, Robin's Plantain, and Crossvine in bloom.
Canada Goose 20
American Coot 1
Hooded Merganser 6
probable Pied-billed Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 15
Great Blue Heron 10
Mourning Dove 3
Belted Kingfisher 3
Red-headed Woodpecker 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 6
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
White-eyed Vireo 3
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 7
Fish Crow 4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 15
Carolina Chickadee 10
Tufted Titmouse 15
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Brown-headed Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 3
American Robin 2
Northern Mockingbird 1
Brown Thrasher 1
Cedar Waxwing 150
possible Yellow Warbler 1 (heard only)
Yellow-rumped Warbler 5
Pine Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 4
Eastern Towhee 4
Song Sparrow 4
White-throated Sparrow 10
Northern Cardinal 15
Red-winged Blackbird 15
Rusty Blackbird 7
Common Grackle 2
American Goldfinch 5
Rebecca E. Byrd
Field Trip Director
Atlanta Audubon Society
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