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Field trip: City of Guntersville Waterfront Parks

January 18, 2020 , 7:00 am 5:00 pm

Horned Grebe by Greg Harber. Guntersville, AL.

With thousands of ducks and a good number of loons, the deep waters of Lake Guntersville deliver excellent waterfowl birding throughout the winter months.

The details: Meetup is at 7 a.m. at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens parking lot (2612 Lane Park Road, Birmingham). From there, we’ll caravan and carpool to the City of Guntersville waterfront parks.

If you need to meet us in Guntersville, we plan to arrive at the McDonald’s there around 8:30 a.m. (1745 Gunter Ave.). Our first stop will be at the Guntersville City Harbor, which is located south of the US 431 bridge over the Tennessee River/Lake Guntersville. There is a parking area on the right just before the bridge.

As always, remember to bring plenty of water and snacks, a tank full of gas, insect repellent, rain gear, sunblock, and seasonally appropriate (in this case, warm) attire.

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

(Questions about accessibility? Email us for more information about how we can meet your needs.)

The birds: We expect to see lots of waterfowl, diving ducks, loons, bald eagles, and even some gulls. You’ll find the latest eBird records for the lake here. Share your eBird list with us (ALAudubon) and contribute to community science data!

The food: Bring your own picnic lunch, and we will eat together at the Senior Center.

Trip leader: Greg Harber leads this trip along with Anne Miller and Matt Hunter. Greg’s cell is 205-807-8055, Anne’s is 205-902-1389, and Matt’s is 205-915-8186 (day of field trip only). In the event of inclement weather, you may contact the trip leaders the morning of the field trip.