CUMMING — Springtime is a great time to observe many species of colorful birds known as neotropical migrants. Just north of Atlanta, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division’s Buford Trout Hatchery offers a combination habitat that is attractive to neotropical migrants, making it the perfect location to spot a beautiful summer tanager or orchard oriole.
Local bird expert Rusty Trump will lead a bird walk along the hatchery’s Lincoln Sparrow Trail at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 7.
The Lincoln Sparrow Trail is a short, half-mile loop that is easy to walk and features two wildlife-viewing blinds and an observation deck which overlooks a wetland. Bird checklists and a limited number of binoculars are available for participants.
The walk is intended for individuals and families and is not designed to accommodate large organized groups. The walk will begin promptly at 8 a.m. and should last until 9:30 a.m.
Birding participants can expect to see or hear a variety of neotropical species, including indigo buntings, summer tanagers, orchard orioles and numerous warblers. These neotropical migrants now are winging their way north on an annual migration from the Caribbean and Central and South America.
Buford Trout Hatchery is between Cumming and Buford off Ga. Highway 20. Take Highway 400 north to exit 14. Exit right on Highway 20 and travel east 4 miles. Turn left on River Club Drive in the Chattahoochee River Club subdivision. Travel approximately a half mile and turn right at the second stop sign onto Trout Place Road. Trout Place Road dead-ends into Buford Trout Hatchery.
For additional information about the bird walk, call 770-781-6888.