Cochran Shoals 5/27/12

     My family and I went birding today at the Cochran Shoals Unit of the Chattahoochee River. We did not see a very wide range of species but we did see a Yellow-crowned Night Heron and a male and female pair of Indigo Buntings! The night heron was of the boardwalk and the Indigo Buntings were farther down the main path off to the left in the marshy area with the Red-winged Blackbirds. I am very excited because the Yellow-crowned Night Heron was a lifer! There was a man we saw who said there was another roosting Yellow-crowned Night Heron on a dead tree and a Prothonotary Warbler in the marshy area as well but we did not see either. Here is a list of the 13 species we saw in the 1 and a half hours we were there:

Blue Jay 3
Canada Goose 60
Mallard 20
Northern-rough Winged Swallow 10
Great Blue Heron 1
Yellow-crowned Night Heron 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Carolina Chickadee 1
Indigo Bunting 2
White-headed Nuthatch 1
Northern Cardinal 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Canada Goose
Mallard
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