Fernbank Forest 7/21/12

        Today I visited Fernbank Forest with my father on an Atlanta Audubon Society bird walk. We were looking for the Kentucky Warbler that was recently found there and the Barred Owl that has a favorite spot in the forest. We did not find either because it was a slow day as the weather was stormy last night, but we did get to see and hear a Pileated Woodpecker, we heard and briefly saw a Red-tailed
Hawk fly by us and we saw a quick glimpse of a Red-shouldered Hawk chasing some other unidentified songbird! We got 18 species of birds but the thing that was most impressive about the forest was the diversity of trees. There are 25 species of trees on the 65 acres that the forest covers including seven species of hickory. Here are the the plant and animal species seen:
Birds (18 species, 0 lifers):
Northern Cardinal 4
American Robin 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Chimney Swift 5
Eastern Bluebird 2
Chipping Sparrow 1
Carolina Wren 7
Tufted Titmouse 3
Eastern Towhee 2
Blue Jay 3
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Brown-headed Nuthatch 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Chickadee 1
Brown Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 4

Trees (18 species, 5 lifers):
Eastern Sycamore
Mimosa
Southern Magnolia
Sassafras
Northern Red Oak
Yellow Poplar
American Beech
Red Maple
*Red Mulberry
*Umbrella Magnolia
Eastern Redbud
*Musclewood
*White Ash
Flowering Dogwood
Loblolly Pine
Eastern Hemlock
Cryptomeria
*Pignut Hickory

Vines (3 species, 1 lifer):
English Ivy
Virginia Creeper
*Muscadine

Shrubs (2 species, 1 lifer):
*Common Spicebush
Pokeberry

Wildflowers (1 species, 1 lifer):
*Asiatic Dayflower

Eastern Redbud

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