Swan dive into birdwatching

MORROW — Look, up in the sky, it’s a bird, yep, it’s a bird all right.

It’s beak news that Clayton County Water Authority is hosting birdwatching field trips in April and May. Spokeswoman Suzanne Brown said the Authority’s forests, wetlands, reservoirs and wastewater holding ponds provide nesting opportunities for a variety of birds.

“The habitat is known by birders throughout the United States as the best birding site in the metro Atlanta area for a combination of songbirds, raptors, shorebirds and waterfowl,” said Brown.

So if it’s time to get off Twitter and get to real tweeting, join the Atlanta Audubon Society on field trips April 12, and May 10 and 24. The three-hour tours start at 8 a.m. at Newman Wetlands Center at 2755 Freeman Road in Hampton. Toucan take the tour or bring the whole flock.

Fowl-weather friends can learn to identify local and migratory songbirds, raptors and arriving waterfowl of this area, said Brown. Participants of all birding experience levels are welcome and novices are encouraged to wing it. Bin-owl-culars are recommended. Children 9 and older may participate under the supervision of a mother hen, father goose or a parrot substitute.

Details about this walk and other Atlanta Audubon activities may be found at www.atlantaaudubon.org. For more information on the Newman Wetlands Center or directions, visit www.ccwa.us.