Field trip to observe birds Sept. 10

Birdwatchers of all experience levels are invited to spot, and identify, a variety of species of songbirds and water fowl at the Clayton County Water Authority's wetlands center.

The Newman Wetlands Center will host the Atlanta Audubon Society Birdwatching field trip, from 8 a.m., to 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 10.

Authority spokeswoman Suzanne Brown said the county's forests, wetlands, reservoirs and wastewater-holding ponds provide the habitat known throughout the country as the best birding site in metro Atlanta.

Birdwatchers can expect to see a combination of songbirds, raptors, shorebirds and waterfowl.

The September field trip will focus on fall migratory species of songbirds and water fowl. Malcolm Hodges will lead the group through the wetlands center and the Huie holding ponds.

Birders of all experience levels, age 9 and older, are invited, and binoculars are required. Participants should meet at the center at 2755 Freeman Road in Hampton.

For more information, or directions,, call (770) 603-5606, or visit online at: www.ccwa.us.

-- Kathy Jefcoats