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Wheeler NWR – Beaverdam Peninsula Tower/Limestone Bay/Arrowhead Landing/White Springs Dike (NABT #20, 23, 24)
December 1 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
Our second trip to the White Springs Dike area should be productive. Waterfowl variety and numbers will likely be impressive and most or all winter-resident songbird species will be around. We’ll head first to the goose tower observation platform, then bird nearby Beaverdam Peninsula, which is excellent for waterfowl, raptors, cranes, some open-country songbirds (pipits, horned larks, possibly longspurs), etc. Then we’ll head to Limestone Bay and White Springs Dike along our regular route, where we’ll be behind locked gates for 2-3 hours. We should encounter lots more waterfowl here, e.g., Canada, White-Fronted, Snow, perhaps Ross’ and Cackling Goose, a variety of dabbler and diving ducks, White Pelican, etc. There should be plenty of songbirds and raptors along the way too; Bald Eagles have been regularly sighted in this area the past several years, and we had a Merlin near the Decatur end last year. We should be done by lunch; Apple Lane Farms, anyone? Take the Mooresville exit off I-565, go south on Mooresville Road and meet at the parking area near where it intersects with old Highway 20 (34.627442 -86.880186). – Ken Ward, Leader (256-837-5646; firstname.lastname@example.org)