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Swan Creek Wildlife Management Area (NABT #21)
December 8 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 amFree
This trip will give us a chance to visit one of the most productive segments of the Wheeler NWR Christmas Count circle. There is active duck hunting at Swan Creek and this drives away most of the waterfowl. However, the area has lots of other birds. One area of interest is the set of fields on the north edge of the management area (behind the old warehouse). This spot usually has a number of sparrows, often including White-Crowned and, occasionally, LeConte’s (which was found last year near the boat ramp within the management area). Unless it rains heavily, we can expect to have some exposed mud flats where we could pick up some shorebirds and Lapland Longspurs. Other species we might encounter include Marsh Wren, Orange-Crowned Warbler, Palm Warbler and Common Yellowthroat, all uncommon to rare species this time of year in our area. We will meet at the southernmost parking lot of Calhoun Community College (northeast corner of Highway 31 and Airport/Sandy road). Turn right at the first traffic light past the Subway, if headed north on Highway 31. – Milton Harris, Leader (256-679-7501; firstname.lastname@example.org)