Wedowee Kiwanis Park offers several distinctly different habitats in a relatively compact site. The park is heavily wooded, predominately in hardwoods. The entrance road, lined in mid-sized hardwoods may produce a few songbirds, particularly in migration. Continue straight to a ball field and parking area. The most productive birding will likely be the woods beyond the parking area, which should produce a variety of songbirds in all seasons. Leave the ball field-area woods, turn back left (NW) from the entrance road and follow to a small stream spanned by a covered bridge.
The open field beyond the bridge may yield some birds of open fields, such as Eastern Meadowlarks, Eastern Kingbirds (warmer months), and Northern Bobwhites. A loop road begins here. There is considerable understory and midstory to the right. Explore this often wet habitat for Eastern Towhees, Carolina Wrens, and Chipping, Field, and Song Sparrows all year. These birds are joined by wintering songbirds such as Dark-eyed Juncos, Swamp Sparrows, Winter Wrens, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Hermit Thrushes, and others from autumn through spring.
The wooded areas here are excellent for seeing most of the state’s woodpeckers, and Pileated and Hairy Woodpeckers are present in good numbers here. Continue the loop to the top of the hill and you will see a display of antique farm equipment. This area is mostly open, and there are Eastern Bluebirds and Barn Swallows here. The surrounding woods are good for warblers, tanagers, and thrushes, as well as a variety of flycatchers.
Kiwanis Park is adjacent to a major highway, and should prove to be safe and pleasant in all seasons and times.
Directions: From the intersection of US 431 and AL 48 in Wedowee (Randolph County), travel south approximately .6 mile and turn left (west) into the park entrance at the metal arched gate. There are service stations, restaurants, and lodging in Wedowee.
GPS: 33.2976119 -85.481759