An easy day birding along roadsides and lake overlooks looking for a selection of Land and water birds. Weather is probably going to be hot and sunny, so please remember to bring sunscreen, hat and insect repellent.
With over 8,400 acres of agricultural fields, pine, hardwood and bottomland forests, the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge provides a variety of habitats for both resident and migratory birds. Located along the floodplain of the Pee Dee River, the Refuge provides both a stop-over and breeding habitat for Neotropical migrants and is a winter home to thousands of waterfowl.
After meeting the group at the NWR Headquarters on US 52 we will head out into the reserve to see what summer breeding birds are around. We will look for Northern Bobwhite, Blue Grosbeak and other birds in the early successional habitat, before moving to enjoy and bird some of the other habitats. We will stop at several wetlands looking for Wood Duck, Acadian Flycatcher and Eastern wood-Pewee. The largest contiguous bottomland hardwood forest in Central North Carolina is here in the Pee Dee and woodpeckers are especially common within these mature forests. With a checklist of over 200 species, including over 100 breeding birds, a visit to the Pee Dee NWR is a great birding experience at any time of the year.