Noonday Creek Trail 3/8/14

Saturday morning, I visited Noonday Creek Trail for an Atlanta Audubon Society walk. While I have seen the start of the creek from the bottom of Kennesaw Mountain, I have never walked along this trail before and was pleasantly surprised by the number of species the group of 5 saw in what I would have thought would be an unproductive spot. The trail is small and concrete and runs through forest, along the stream and along a road. The habitat is mainly small wetlands bordered by forest. Much of the area is, to my dislike and disapproval, coated in a thick layer of Chinese Privet, obscuring some parts of the wetlands and forcing the birds into the canopy or farther away from the trail. An unusual sight was a White-breasted Nuthatch seen on the ground for about a minute. It appeared to be looking for food and was soon joined by what was most likely its mate. Shortly after both flew. An eastern cottontail was also seen along the trailside. However, the highlight for the day was seeing a male Wood Duck in full alternate plumage side by side with a male Mallard.

Birds (33 species, 0 lifers):

Canada Goose 4

Wood Duck 1

Mallard 4

Great Blue Heron 1

Turkey Vulture 1

Red-shouldered Hawk 3

Red-tailed Hawk 1

American Coot 2

Mourning Dove 4

Red-bellied Woodpecker 6

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1

Downy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 6

Eastern Phoebe 2

Blue Jay 17

American Crow 6

Fish Crow 2

Carolina Chickadee 6

Tufted Titmouse 3

White-breasted Nuthatch 4

Brown-headed Nuthatch 2

Golden-crowned Kinglet 1

Carolina Wren 8

American Robin 20

Brown Thrasher 3

European Starling 4

Pine Warbler 2

Eastern Towhee 15

Song Sparrow 11

White-throated Sparrow 5

Northern Cardinal 15

Red-winged Blackbird 10

Common Grackle 2


Song Sparrow