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February Field Trip: Coleman Lake, Shoal Creek District, Talladega National Forest

February 20, 2016, 7:00 am5:00 pm

Red-cockaded woodpeckers and red crossbills are among the two most uncommon species in Alabama, but which we will likely see on our day-long field trip to Coleman Lake and the nearby Pinhoti Trail. Fox and Bachman’s sparrows may also be found here with some regularity, and golden eagles have been seen on this trip in past years.

Fox sparrow by Matt Hunter.
Fox sparrow by Matt Hunter.

Following a picnic lunch in the field we can continue birding at scenic Pine Glen Campground, located south of Coleman Lake in the national forest. Shoal Creek flows through the campground and we can expect to find typical winter woodland songbirds while walking the easy trails here.

Travel plans are to depart at 7:00 a.m. from the Eastwood McDonald’s, located at 1569 Montclair Road, 35210, and caravan east on I-20 to the Hardee’s in Heflin, AL, in Cleburne County, at exit 199. We expect to arrive here at approximately 8:30 a.m. if you wish to meet us here. To reach Coleman Lake and the Pinhoti Trailhead, follow US 78 E for 8.5 miles to Edwardsville. Turn left (NW) at the sign for Coleman Lake on County Rd 61 in Edwardsville and follow Cleburne 61 for approximately 7.5 miles. Turn right at the sign for Coleman Lake on County Road 532, and right onto County Road 500 in approximately .7 mile. The entrance to Coleman Lake Recreation Area is about 1.5 miles ahead on the right.

Remember to bring your picnic lunch and plenty of fluids for a day in the field, and be sure to dress in layers to stay warm.

Trip leader: Greg Harber, 205-251-2133 (home), or 205-807-8055 (cell; day of trip only, please) or gharber@mindspring.com.

GPS: 33.7817328 -85.557492


February 20, 2016
7:00 am–5:00 pm