While everyone is just now dusting off their winter jackets
and sweaters, our feathered friends have been preparing to head for warmer
climates for quite some time now.
The fall and winter migratory seasons often overlap with
some species of birds. According to allaboutbirds.org, there are different
types of migration, usually categorized as short-, medium- and long-distance
Magnolia Branch is the perfect spot for bird watching
because it falls within the Mississippi Flyway, which is one of the main
migration routes stretching from the Arctic Circle to Mexico and South America.
Lots of waterfowl stop over at MBWR; if you are lucky, you can also spot the
ruby-throated hummingbird. Recently, the olive-sided flycatcher, northern
shoveler and a few warblers were among the species sighted by an online site.
But why do birds migrate in the first place? It’s not only
to escape the harsh weather conditions of the north. Birds migrate to find
better food sources and habitats as well. When winter sets in, many resources
are frozen or killed by the cold weather, so birds must migrate elsewhere in
order to survive.
Southwest Alabama is a safe haven for many fowl because of
the relatively mild winters and natural habitats that exist here, such as
Magnolia Branch, which even has bird feeders installed on the property.
So next time you are on a hike on our trails or
sitting lakeside near a campfire, pause for a second and look up. See if you
can identify the next bird you see.