Well, you are a bunch of nice readers because no one pointed out my "alma mater" mistake in the last post. If you saw it, thank you. ;) I found it too late to edit before it went out to email subscribers. TYPO! lol!
Okay, so I can't tell you exactly where I live, but you have definitely figured out by now that I do live in Georgia, but not on the coast. I will also state for the record that I DO NOT live in Atlanta.
WARNING: Run-on ahead. Proceed with caution!
When you are from Georgia and travel outside of Georgia and someone asks you where you are from, you can tell them the real name of your hometown, but after minutes of giving detailed directions to help them mentally locate said hometown, they always remain befuddled and give you a quizzical look. So, despite your best efforts, it always ends with, "yeah, I live in Atlanta."
But I don't live in Atlanta. :)
For those of you who are not familiar with the state of Georgia and do not know exactly where I live, I am about to further confuse you with the details of our drive home from the coast. If it helps, you can pretend I live in Atlanta. :)
For those of you who know exactly where I live, you are about to laugh your heads off or decide for sure that I AM a little off-in-the-head. Let's just say we did not exactly take the direct route home but instead drove in a weird zig-zag pattern to allow us to find as many birds as possible before returning to our humble abode in Whatevertown (a.k.a. Notatlanta), Georgia.
Our first zigzag was off I-16, about 30 minutes east of Savannah and near the town of Statesboro. We drove about 10 miles north of the interstate to a rural area listed in the Birding Georgia guide. The farming families in this area maintain numerous feeders and bird houses, and along with a series of ponds and rivers, the farmlands themselves attract a variety of species. We saw and heard several warblers and other song birds. We added the Common Ground Dove to our life list, and we heard Bald Eagles. Sadly, we heard the eagles in very wooded area and the tree tops were between us and them. However, their song is unmistakable, and we heard it repeatedly. The most fun happened when we reached the farms reserved for cattle.
|I guess that explains why these birds are one of my favorites.|
Seeing those little white heads popping up above the
tall grasses and bobbing around beside a large animal cracks me up!
They are even funnier looking when their orange tufts come in.
|They are beautiful, too.|
Watching them soar above the farmland
and perch in the surrounding trees is a treat for the eyes.
|There were so many cattle egret present that day!|
|When we pulled into the water treatment facility,|
we did not just see a European Starling.
We saw hundreds!
|Actually, we added 3 more species to the list,|
including the lesser yellowlegs
(very poorly) pictured above.
That total also does not include Bobby White. We are still seeking help on identifying him, and if we ever make a positive ID, I will be sure to share it with you all. I also have not had a chance to add the new life listers to the master list yet. When I get everything in order, I will update my blog to let you know what the new total is.
I hope you enjoyed our birding adventure! We sure did. I encourage you to have an adventure of your own. You don't have to travel far from home or drive most of your state like we did. You can even start at home with a feeder in your backyard or at a local park.
However, if you catch the bug like we have, get ready to travel! We are saving our pennies toward a birding trek to the southwestern US which we hope to take in the near future- at least before our older son graduates high school.
If you would like help teaching your children how to identify birds, please check out my Birding 101 series.
Thanks for joining us on our adventure. Come back soon!