This June field trip takes us to Hale County, where an exceptional remnant of Black Belt prairie land has been preserved within the Forever Wild State Cattle Ranch tract. Birders can expect to see Dickcissels in the fields, as well as Loggerhead Shrikes and American Kestrels perched on fence posts and wires. Bald Eagles, Northern Bobwhites, and various egrets and herons are also a good bet.
The details: Meetup is on the early side of 7 a.m. at the McDonald’s on US 31 in Hoover, located at 1731 Montgomery Highway, just across from the Galleria. From there, we’ll carpool and caravan down to Hale County. It’ll most likely be a long, hot day, so be sure to bring the usual supplies: rehydrating drinks, snacks, a full tank of gas, insect repellent, rain gear, summer attire, and a healthy dollop of sunscreen. Since we’ll be stopping for lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll want to bring along some money, too.
The food: No visit to Hale County is complete without lunch and a big slice of desert at Greensboro’s Pie Lab.
The birds: Check out the eBird checklist for the State Cattle Ranch tract, also known as the Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area, here.
Trip leader: Greg Harber leads this trip; his cell is 205-807-8055 (day of field trip only). For more information, email the Outreach Director.