Bird watching – or “birding” as we prefer to call our hobby – gets a bum rap.
“They” think it’s boring and unworthy of the geeky effort to know the markings, silhouettes, flights, calls, migrations and habitats of birds.
“We” would rather enjoy the calls and sightings of one of nature’s most interesting species rather than watch people hit a ball around well-mown fields (aka “golf”) on television on bright afternoons or <gasp> waste endless hours playing video or computer games.
[Note: To express your outrage at these statements, please address your letters to: Complaints, 123 Anywhere Street, Your Town, USA 01234. Thank you.]
Lake Allatoona and its 25,000 acres of project land surrounding the lake is on the Etowah River (a tributary of the Coosa River). This wide range of habitats is home to many species of birds.
Hike any of the trails or stop at the observation areas on Allatoona Lake and you’ll hear or see songbirds aplenty, especially during the spring and fall migrations as “neotropical” migrants – birds that spend the spring and summer in the United States and migrate to warmer climates in the fall – stop for a visit.
You’ll view other birds as they pass through Georgia migrating to summer or winter ranges.
If you turn off your television (be brave!) and unplug yourself for a few hours, our little winged buddies will sing you a happy song to reward your effort.
The Lake Allatoona office of US Army Corps of Engineers also has a treat for you: a free birding checklist! This tremendous resource is free. To download a copy, simply click on the link below.
Then, go out and find that elusive ivory-billed woodpecker that we all know lives near Lake Allatoona.