Rollins Ranch, Cartersville 4/20/13

This morning, my father and I visited private property in Cartersville, GA called Rollins Ranch, and joined a group of 19 other birders from various places on an Atlanta Audubon Society field trip. Part of this property is a 107 acre wildlife refuge on which we birded. The birds and trees alike were great. I got some lifer birds, wildflowers and trees. We had great looks at an Osprey as well as a Great-crested Flycatcher and a Summer Tanager. I feel bad for the Summer Tanager because it had a tick living under its bill, but I guess that’s just life and I have to accept it. We heard many Black-and-white Warblers, an Ovenbird, a Prairie Warbler and Great-crested Flycatchers. A few people (including me) were lucky enough to have a quick but out-in-the open look at a female Cape May Warbler sitting on a log in the middle of the path. Joshua Spence, our leader who had surveyed the land for a full  year, said he hardly ever sees the female of the species and that he sees the males much more often. This, along with a Solitary Sandpiper on the edge of the small pond were my to lifers for the trip. We also saw Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Scarlet Tanagers, all four (common) species of vireos, Chimney Swifts, Barn, Tree and Northern Rough-winged Swallows and a pair of Wild Turkeys. I finally saw a species of Hawthorn (obviously I am not sure what species) as well as I was able to identify a Pignut Hickory. One of my favorite trees, a Weeping Willow, grew along the bank of one of the ponds. This was a special field trip that the AAS will do twice a year and I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit this normally-restricted property!

Birds (38 species, 2 lifers):
Canada Goose 27
Mallard 3
Wild Turkey 2
Great Blue Heron 3
Osprey 1
*Solitary Sandpiper 1
Mourning Dove 1
Barn Swallow X
Tree Swallow 20
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 20
Chimney Swift X
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Great-crested Flycatcher 4
White-eyed Vireo 1
Blue-headed Vireo 2
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 5
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 3
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 7
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
Wood Thrush 2
Brown Thrasher 1
Ovenbird 1
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Cape May Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler 15
Prairie Warbler 1
Summer Tanager 3
Scarlet Tanager 3
Northern Cardinal 6
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3
Brown-headed Cowbird 1

Trees (11 species, 3 lifers):
Chestnut Oak
*Pignut Hickory
Yellow Poplar
Shortleaf Pine
Loblolly Pine
Weeping Willow
*Piedmont Azalea
Flowering Dogwood
American Beech

Vines (3 species, 0 lifers):
Virginia Creeper
Poison Ivy

Ferns (2 species, 0 lifers):
Autumn Fern
Christmas Fern

Wildflowers (1 species, 1 lifer):
*Bird-footed Violet

Fungus (2 species, 1 lifer):
*Witches’ Butter
Silky Parchment

Summer Tanager with tick under bill 😦
Flowering Dogwood
Flowering Dogwood