Su = summer
F = fall
W = winter
Sp = spring
YR = year-round
Continue 2.4 miles and turn left. = Most driving and walking directions are highligted in BLUE.
NOTE: Area closed in May for turkey hunting. = Most important notices are highlighted in ORANGE.
= Location is within +/- 10 miles of the indicated interstate highway. This is especially helpful for out-of-town birders who may be passing through Georgia while travelling and would like to get out in the field.
= Location is a "Georgia Birding Hotspot." Though this designation is subjective, it generally means that the area should be given high priority whenplanning a birding trip to a region. Some Hotspots offer productive birding virtually year-round (Jekyll Island, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park), while the best birding of the year may be seasonal at others (Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park).
= Habitat and/or access at location is subject to change according to mixed land use or changes in ownership, such as cattle operations, agricultural fields, pine plantations (logging), and so on. Always adhere to good birding ethics concerning private property, and if the habitat at a location has experienced major changes or is no longer accessible, please email the webmaster.
SBM = Shorebird Migration; this very generally refers to mid-March thru May in spring and mid-July thru mid-October in fall. Fall is the prime shorebird season. Baird's and Buff-breasted Sandpipers likely only in fall. Peak passage of specific species is quite variable.
PM = Passerine Migration; this very generally refers to April and May in spring and August thru mid-October in fall. This includes all songbirds - wood warblers, vireos, tanagers, thrushes, flycatchers, etc. Peak passage of specific species is quite variable. Spring migration is much more concentrated and birds are often in colorful breeding plumage and singing. Fall migration is more spread out; fall wood warblers can be notoriously difficult to identify (or impossible to determine sex), with numerous juveniles which do not exhibit the same obvious field marks as adults.
IBA = Important Bird Area; the aim of the IBA Program is to identify and conserve key breeding and feeding sites for birds. An Important Bird Area is a place that provides essential habitat for one or more species of bird, whether in breeding season, winter, or during migration. These sites are considered to be exceptionally important for bird conservation; see Georgia's IBA Webpage.
1) The Bartow County Loop
GPS via Google Maps (Douthit Ferry Rd at Indian Mounds sod farm)
[DeLorme pg. 19, E-7,8]
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Please read about Birding Georgia's Sod Farms
This itinerary can take as little as 1-2 hours or as long as four, depending on your schedule and the birds that are present - obviously you can customize it by cutting out certain sections or spending more time at others. A spotting scope is a must on this birding route; proceeding with only binoculars may result in frustration! It is infamous for migrating shorebirds, grassland migrants and breeding birds, and wintering waterfowl. Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Baird's Sandpiper, Upland Sandpiper, American Golden-Plover, Stilt Sandpiper, Greater White-fronted Goose, Snow Goose, Gadwall, Green-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, Bank Swallow, White-rumped Sandpiper, Short- and Long-billed Dowitcher, Dickcissel, Bobolink, Grasshopper Sparrow, Brewer's Blackbird, Black-necked Stilt, Wilson's and Red-necked Phalarope, Merlin, Bald Eagle, Horned Lark, Lapland Longspur, and Black Tern are all interesting species seen along the route in recent years. Most birding is done from roadsides; but even so, if you are cautious, polite, and wary of local traffic this rural route offers some of the state's best opportunities to study migrating shorebirds of various ages in various plumages: along with the possible aforementioned rarities, you may find numbers of Pectoral Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs, plenty of "peeps" (Least, Semipalmated, and Western Sandpiper), and Semipalmated Plover.
Begin at Exit 283 on I-75. Go west for 0.9 miles coming from points south, 0.7 miles from points north and turn left onto Old Alabama Rd (you'll first pass under the overpass of Hwy 41, and the first left after going under the overpass is Old Alabama Rd; a large brown sign for the Etowah Indian Mounds points to this road, and there is usually a "No Thru Trucks" sign on the street sign). In 1.0 miles, turn left at a light at a "T" intersection to continue west on Old Alabama Rd. After 3.1 miles, turn right at a light onto Douthit Ferry Rd. [DeLorme: p. 19, grid E-8,9] In 0.3 miles, just after crossing over a concrete bridge over the Etowah River, carefully park on the right in a gravel area (see GPS point above); keep back from the gate onto the sod area and do not block access to it, either. From just behind the gate, you can set up your scope and check the largest part of what is called the Legacy Sod Farm; this farm has not been as productive in recent years but should always be briefly checked, particularly after heavy rain when large pools of water form on the sod. You may encounter passerine migrants in the wooded edge on the Etowah River here - in spring and summer it is worth picking your way down to a view of the side of the bridge, where a colony of Cliff Swallows has built their "clay pot" nests for many years.
Turn right out of the gravel area, and just 0.2 miles down the road, turn left and park in a large gravel parking area for a soccer park and walking trail. Horned Lark, Eastern Meadowlark, and American Pipit are often found in the surrounding cotton stubble or even out on the fields in colder months. You can walk the trail to the river to cover more scrubby riparian woods for passerines during migration if you like. During shorebird migration, you can get another angle on the sod farm from the paved trail, but don't go near the sod and it may be best not to cross this fast-moving road to try to scope from the opposite shoulder! Interestingly, though this sod farm is generally slower on average than others on this route, the pools of water that form on it after storms and heavy rains have produced some amazing birds; in such conditions you should actually give it top priority - the pool directly across from the soccer fields is infamous for fallouts. Turn left out of the soccer fields, and in just 0.1 miles turn right onto Indian Mounds Rd. Scan the sod to your right out your window as you drive slowly, then on your left after you pass the maintenance buildings. You may stop very briefly on the shoulder in a gravel area on the right across from the maintenance building to scan the sod and a sometimes muddy, marshy area near the pivot of a watering boom if you notice that birds are present while cruising through.
Do ALL birding along this road from inside or next to your car unless you decide to walk over there from the soccer fields. Look for shorebirds like Pectoral Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, American Golden Plover, Pectoral Sandpiper, Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, etc... but most will usually be Killdeer. Do not block traffic, slam on brakes, pull off on a blind curve or otherwise be a nuisance or danger to locals and yourself, no matter what bird you thought you caught a glimpse of! Be aware that the farm owners here have not been birder-friendly in the past, so be ready to leave if any farm vehicle approaches you. Do not even try to discuss the matter with farm employees, be polite if they engage you, even if rudely. At 0.8 miles from Douthit Ferry Rd, you'll arrive at the gate to the visitor's center of the Etowah Indian Mounds. Directly across from this interesting historic site is a low, marshy area which - if mowed and/or flooded by recent rains - can hold shorebirds, waterfowl, or even the odd wader; but again, it's kind of hard to safely scan the area unless the visitor's center parking lot is open and you can walk over for a quick scan from there.
When done, return to Douthit Ferry Rd; you'll notice that it is from this point forward that the "loop" begins, as you will end here later. In late fall and winter, turn right onto Douthit Ferry Rd and just 0.2 miles turn left and park at Sam Smith Park and Senior Aquatic Center. In the surrounding fields, which are either sod or rutted and planted with winter wheat, you should find more Horned Larks, American Pipits, and Savannah Sparrows; however, Lapland Longspurs have shown up so be vigilant! Park on the gravel road beyond the aquatic center, and bird the weedy hedgerows for sparrows as well - most will be Savannah and Song, but you never know what may pop up, including White-crowned, Field, Chipping, and even a migrating Nelson's Sparrow in winter 2011! More great sparrowing can be had by working the weedy thickets around several mounds of dirt and clay farther down the road where it dead-ends in a small loop. Beyond these mounds, you can view more sod for open grassland birds from a paved walking trail. Down the walking trail to your left you can view another low area of sod around the pivot of a watering boom which may flood in wet weather for good shorebirds during migration. When done, head back west to Old Alabama Rd the way you came (using Douthit Ferry Rd) and turn right to continue west for 1.8 miles, where it dead-ends into GA Hwy 61 just after you pass the end of a local airport's runway on your right. Turn right onto Hwy 61, continue 1.1 miles, and turn left at a light onto GA Hwy 113.
In 1.6 miles, make a note of Lucas Rd on your left in an area of open fields; if you want to do an "extended version" of this itinerary you may wish to slowly tour a loop through open habitat by using this road, and turning right when it hits Kincannon Rd, which will eventually bring you back to GA Hwy 113 - this tends to be more interesting in winter when you may come across American Kestrel and various flocks of sparrows including Chipping, Savannah, Field, Song, and Vesper.
Back on Hwy 113, at 3.2 miles from your turn off Hwy 61, turn left onto Brandon Farm Rd [DeLorme: p. 19, grid E-8]. Drive slowly (but politely, don't get in the way) with windows down, listening and looking on wires and hedgerows for Eastern Kingbird, Blue Grosbeak, Field Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark, etc. At 0.5 miles from Hwy 113, carefully pull off and park near the base of a huge set of powerline towers on the right. In this area in migration, nice flocks of Bobolinks can be found out in the fields behind the fence, Orchard Orioles may be heard or spotted, and special breeding birds best found in May and June include Blue Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Dickcissel. Just down the road, you will come to a cattle watering hole on the left and a sometimes wet (sometimes just muddy) area on the right. Park very carefully and safely on the shoulder here, and scan the muddy edges of the mud hole on your left for shorebirds - do this from your car using binoculars at first in case they are close to the road and/or spooky. Then, get out and walk around a little, scoping any shorebirds carefully while also listening and looking for Dickcissel, Blue Grosbeak, Eastern Meadowlark, Grasshopper Sparrow, Eastern Kingbird, American Kestrel, swallows, and other open habitat birds. In all seasons you will likely encounter large flocks of Rock Pigeon, European Starling, Brown-headed Cowbird, and a few Eurasian Collared-Doves.
After sorting through the shorebirds here, continue up the hill until the road dead-ends into Taff Rd (1.1 miles from Hwy 113) and turn right, pass the Gaines Cattle buildings on your left, and soon you'll park on the right shoulder when you see a small cattle watering pond on that side of the road. The cattle owners have been very birder friendly, and I always wave and smile and they seem fine with birders being present. Scope the edges of this muddy pond thoroughly for shorebirds like Pectoral Sandpiper, "peeps," Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Yellowlegs, etc. in spring and especially in fall; waterfowl may be present in colder months. Rarities encountered here and on Brandon Farm Rd in recent years include American Golden Plover, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Baird's Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, both Red-necked Phalarope (accidental) and Wilson's Phalarope (mid-late April is best), inland Willet, Ruddy Turnstone, American Avocet, Sanderling, and even a Black-necked Stilt made an appearance - so these two cattle watering holes are always worth checking in almost any season! In winter, take your time to scan the stubbly ground directly across Taff Rd from the pond and in the pastures around the smaller pond back on Brandon Farm Rd; flocks of Horned Larks and American Pipits congregate here, and (rarely) Lapland Longspurs may mix in - particularly in the days following significant weather systems with sustained NW winds. Loggerhead Shrikes have been seen in this area in the past, but the species is no longer reliable and should be reported if found.
Continue down Taff Rd, and carefully stop again well off the shoulder next to a large pond. In cold months this pond often hosts a variety of waterfowl like Gadwall, Green or Blue-winged Teal, American Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, Ruddy Duck, and both Snow Geese and Greater White-fronted Geese have been found here as well. Waders should be present as well, and if the water is down you may find a more shorebirds on the edges. Various swallows congregate all along Taff Rd during migration: most will be Cliff Swallows, Barn Swallows, or Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Purple Martins and Tree Swallows may join in, and Bank Swallow is somewhat reliable in early fall (late July-early Sept) so sift through them carefully. In winter, along with waterfowl the whole area can be good for Brewer's Blackbirds, mixed in with massive flocks of cowbirds, starlings, Common Grackles, and Red-winged Blackbirds; there are plenty of Savannah Sparrows as well.
Continue down Taff Rd, and at approximately 0.9 miles from your turn off Brandon Farm Rd (before you reach Hwy 113), turn left at an unmarked black asphalt drive up a slope, and you'll find yourself at a historic marker and a preserved old white schoolhouse. Park around back under a large oak, and you'll notice an outbuilding with a tiny pond behind it. The owner is friendly and may come out to greet you - a large flock of Eurasian Collared-Doves and House Sparrows is resident, and are joined in winter by White-crowned Sparrows in the brush along the turn-off and behind the first homes you passed on your left. But the real attraction to making this quick stop is beyond the close pond in the distance - far down in the fields you can scope another cattle watering hole which has hosted lots of interesting waterfowl in winter over the years (though quite far away!)... the list includes Northern Pintail, Greater White-fronted Goose, Ross's Goose, Snow Goose, Green-winged Teal, Gadwall, American Wigeon, and sometimes Sandhill Cranes congregate here in numbers as they are moving through or perhaps decide to spend the winter.
Turn left back onto Taff Rd and almost immediately you'll reach Hwy 113 and take a left to continue west. At 0.6 miles down the road you'll reach a traffic light with a BP gas station with a convenience store (and sporadically-open deli) that makes a nice mid-way stop for restrooms and snacks. From this intersection, you may wish to visit a nice wetlands and open fields outside the town of Euharlee, but you may skip this if you are just in "shorebird mode." To reach it, head north from the light on Covered Bridge Rd, which will take a sharp left curve as Plant Bowen comes into view, you will follow this loop around around the power plant property and end up in the hamlet of Euharlee. At the one stop sign in the town, take a left onto Euharlee-Five Forks Rd (just past the small Euharlee General Store). Go through one stop sign, and in 1.0 mile at a second stop sign, turn left onto Hardin Bridge Rd. In 1.0 mile from this turn you will see a pretty wetlands open up on the right. You can park here carefully on the shoulder and look for waders and waterfowl (Wood Duck and Least Bittern breed here), and the surrounding riparian scrub and woods may hold good passerines in migration. Continue past the wetlands when you are done, until you come into extensive weedy fields on the left side of the road with a view of the power plant beyond. Here Eastern Kingbirds, Grasshopper Sparrows, and Orchard Orioles nest; Northern Bobwhites call fairly reliably in spring and summer; and groups of migrant swallows should always be checked carefully for something interesting.
When done, retrace your route all the way back to the BP, turn right to go west on Hwy 113 and go 2.1 miles to a sign reading "S.R. 113 Conn North" and turn right onto this road, which is actually the Old Hwy 113 roadbed. At 1.2 miles from this turn, turn right onto Main St at a small Pure gas station. Go around a sharp left curve, and at the next stop sign (0.6 miles from your last turn) in the center of the small town of Taylorsville, turn right, and you'll cross over RR tracks. You will then go through another stop sign after only 0.2 miles, taking a slight right and putting you onto Euharlee St. You will see a sod farm open up on the right at 0.2 miles. Turn right at a small circular sign reading "Sod Atlanta" onto a gravel sod farm access road. Park off on the left side of the gravel road only about 20 yards farther, and you will scope the farm from here, which is conveniently the highest vantage point in the area. This is private property, and the farm owners have not approached birders as long as they stay up on this knoll just inside the farm; do not walk down the hill towards (or past!) an obvious stop sign and a gate. This farm has been good for "grass-pipers" in recent years including Buff-breasted Sandpiper, American Golden-Plover, Upland Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, even more diversity when there is standing water, and lots of swallows are known to frequent this spot as well from spring through fall.
As you return to Old Hwy 113 the way you came, continue straight at the sharp curve instead of following it to the Pure gas station, which is Bartow St and will take you 0.8 miles through some open cattle grazing fields which may have Blue Grosbeak, Grasshopper Sparrow, or other open habitat birds in spring and summer. When you deadend into Old Hwy 113, turn left. When you hit the new Hwy 113, turn left to head back east and backtrack all the way back, passing the BP light at Covered Bridge Rd, passing Brandon Farm Rd, and coming to the light were you first turned from Hwy 61; reset your odometer at the light (past the light you'll be on Hwy 113/61 (combined). At 0.7 miles past the light, turn left onto Riverside Dr; you will no doubt have noticed that you passed a sod farm just off the highway on the left before this turn [DeLorme: p. 19, grid E-8]. Carefully pull off on the left shoulder on Riverside Dr in a dirt area, and you can scope a lot of sod from the shoulder of this industrial area road; do not walk past a line of landscaping trees along the perimeter of the farm. This farm has hosted numbers of Buff-breasted Sandpipers and other good stuff like American Golden-Plover, Baird's Sandpiper, and Upland Sandpiper along with common birds already mentioned including Horned Lark and other shorebirds. It may be possible to get better views by birding from the actual shoulder of GA Hwy 113/61, but this is not advised as it is a very busy, fast-moving road with large trucks. When finished, turn left back onto Hwy113/61, and in 1.5 miles you will turn right at a McDonald's onto Douthit Ferry Rd. This is the same Douthit Ferry Rd mentioned earlier, and in 2.4 miles you'll rejoin Old Alabama Rd, completing your tour of the Bartow County Loop; turning left will retrace your way back to I-75.
2) Pine Log WMA
PM (vehicle access in spring; foot travel in fall)
GPS via Google Maps (Stamp Creek Rd main entrance)
[DeLorme: p. 19, grid C-10; Birding Georgia: p. 38]
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This property is a wonderful place to bird from early spring to early summer for neotropical migrants, breeding residents, and nocturnal species like Eastern Whip-poor-will, Chuck-will's-widow, and owls. The key reason that most of the data in the bar charts above is from spring is no coincidence: March through May (check the DNR website for specific dates) are the most reliable and longest time of year that the gated roads are open to vehicles, for turkey hunting season. You can call the local office to find out if the gates are open for special hunts at 706-295-6041. During other seasons, you can usually enjoy a nice hike along the main road to enjoy the birds of Pine Log WMA but you will not be able to cover as much habitat because the gates are locked.
From I-75 heading north, get off at Exit 293, and turn right at the bottom of the exit to go north on US Hwy 411 for 2.7 miles, where you will turn right onto Stamp Creek Rd. In 3.7 miles, turn left into the main gravel parking lot just after going over the bridge on Stamp Creek; on weekends there are often horse trailers here (watch your step along the roads!). Once you have found your way here, it is a good idea to backtrack just over the bridge again and read any notices at the game check station on the north side of the road; sometimes dates and/or access are adjusted for special hunts.
Great birding can be had immediately, in the area of the parking lot. The large pines will host singing Yellow-throated and Pine Warblers, a pair of Eastern Phoebes usually nest under the bridge, and skittish Wood Ducks often flush from the creek. The marshy brush around the bridge may produce Song and Swamp Sparrows in colder months, along with White-throated Sparrows in the wooded edge. Investigate the edges of the woods around the parking lot and across the road, where you may find flocks containing migrants and breeding birds such as Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglet, Gray Catbird, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Black-and-white Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, or (less often) Blackburnian Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, and more. On the north side of the bridge, a fisherman's trail follows the creek upstream (you will enter the woods near the stream to find it - this area can be muddy). This is a very enjoyable walk through shaded deciduous forest with patches of pines, the babbling creek keeping you company. Louisiana Waterthrushes breed here, though they are not detected on every visit; they are most vocal from mid-March through April. The same is true of Acadian Flycatchers, who also breed along creeks throughout the property. The forest and its canopy will hold Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Wood Thrush, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, along with birds already mentioned, but it can be difficult to get good views. However, looking down to take a break from "warbler neck" is often rewarded by an array of blooming wildflowers in spring.
Return to the parking lot and head into the property up the gravel road past a sign on your left and through the gate (PHOTO 1). Take time to stop, listen, and explore a bit at a small field on your left at a sharp right curve in the road up a hill. Next, continue until you reach a very large field on your left and park on the shoulder (PHOTO 2 - taken from the field looking back at the road); you'll be doing a bit of hiking now so take some water or snacks. Bird along the edges of this field, listening for flocks of migrants and local birds already mentioned. Interesting neotropical breeding birds may be heard singing, such as Black-and-white Warbler, Blue-headed and Yellow-throated Vireo, Ovenbird, and Prairie Warbler. The latter species is particularly common in areas of young, regenerating pines. Where you find patches of mature pines, you may also hear Black-throated Green Warblers singing; a disjunct population of this species nests here, away from the core population in the Blue Ridge. Hike north on the road, and you will descend to a creek crossing. In this area you may hear Louisiana Waterthrush chipping or singing on the creek, Acadian Flycatchers calling, or Kentucky Warblers singing from dense brush. As you continue hiking uphill, you'll encounter lots of low, brushy habitat and successional forest on the right side of the road that can be loaded with migrants and breeding birds, with breeding Yellow-breasted Chat, White-eyed Vireo, Indigo Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, Prairie Warbler, and Field Sparrow dominating the airwaves.
Soon you will reach an open spot on your left that provides access to another grassy field dotted with a few trees; alternatively, you can drive to the creek and bird, and then drive to this spot if you are not up for as much walking. This field provides more opportunities for similar birding, and by picking your way up a rough dirt "road" (overgrown and steep) directly across from the entrance to the field, you will reach a very pretty wildlife opening atop a hill that provides a gorgeous 360-degree view of this rugged WMA.
Back on the road, continue north and you will descend once again after a sharp left curve. At the bottom you'll no doubt notice Stamp Creek in front of you as you curve to the right to parallel the rocky streambed. Park near a concrete bridge over the creek, and enjoy similar birds as in previous areas, including Louisiana Waterthrush and Acadian Flycatchers; this is also one of the most reliable spots to see Great Blue Heron and Belted Kingfisher on this route.
At dusk and pre-dawn, the property is well known for good numbers of migrating nightjars, some of which stay to breed. In early-mid May it is not unusual to tally double digits of Eastern Whip-poor-will and Chuck-wills-widow if you survey the main road up to this bridge, and perhaps even beyond. Barred Owl is uncommon but quite vocal in early spring, and you may detect the odd Great Horned Owl in open areas or an Eastern Screech-Owl in wooded edges. Be careful if you continue past the concrete bridge to explore the property further. There is a lot of great habitat awaiting you for passerines, but the road gets rougher and steeper than it is before this point. If you were to follow the road past the bridge (continuing straight instead of turning left to cross it), you will wind for many miles through similar habitat, until you finally come out back on Stamp Creek Rd just east of where you entered at another gate (at Stamp Creek Church). Be very careful not to stray onto sideroads, as they are tricky and are generally not mapped on GPS programs. If you were to continue on the road beyond the bridge after crossing it, you will also wind for many miles through similar habitat, ascending to the highest ridges of the property before zig-zagging back down on the north end; a lake on the right just before you exit onto paved streets again may host waterfowl, but I usually bird into the property until passerine activity dies down and exit the way I came in - to the main parking lot.
In the early 2000's, an apparently resident population of Red Crossbills was observed on several occasions; sometimes in high numbers. They became more scarce by 2004, and despite many efforts they were not seen at all between 2006 and 30 May 2011, when a pair was observed and photographed (Jim & Allison Healy). Logging of mature cone-bearing pines is suspected in the decline of this nomadic species in the area, but you should familiarize yourself with their "jip, jip!" flight calls before heading into the field, and turn on your crossbill radar just in case.
PHOTO 1 PHOTO 2
3) Stamp Creek & Lake Allatoona at GA Hwy 20
GPS via Google Maps
[DeLorme pg. 19, grid D-10]
This is a small area that was once a boat launch on the Stamp Creek arm of Lake Allatoona. It is worth a stop during migration if you are passing through or birding other sites in the area such as Pine Log WMA. There is a large gravel parking area on the south shoulder of GA Hwy 20; do not block the gate. Bird your way down the gated road, and turn left when you reach the bottom (more of a trail than a road, now that years of forest growth have filled in around it). Investigate noisy flocks for various migrants.
Interestingly, this trail is one of very few somewhat reliable spots where rare Golden-banded Skippers may be found in Georgia (July and August are best). Eventually you will come into a nice weedy open area on the creek channel where it meets the lake (PHOTO). There are young pines and thickets, along with alders and willows in this area... maybe a good place to try for Philadelphia Vireo in Bartow County on public land in fall (this land is part of the Allatoona WMA). You can bird around this upper end of the lake as long as you like and then return to your vehicle. Waterfowl and raptors are possible out on the lake and in the skies overhead.
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