Saturday, April 8 – 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM $33
- Easy walk.
New this year, we will crawl three of the best birding locations in the New Orleans area for a full-day of birding! Don’t worry, we will stop along the way to grab a bite to eat at a local eatery.
Audubon Park (Uptown New Orleans) Named in honor of artist and naturalist John James Audubon, who began living in New Orleans in 1821, it is approximately 350 acres and includes Ochsner Island (often called Bird Island by locals) on the east side of the park is one of the prime birding spots in Greater New Orleans. The natural phenomenon of numerous species of wading birds can be seen up close and many migrants have begun using the park’s lagoons as a stopover on their migrations.
Resident and Breeding Birds: Great Egrets, Cattle Egrets, Snowy Egrets, White Ibis, Little Blue Herons, Green Herons, Black-crowned and Yellow-crowned Night Herons, Black-bellied Whistling ducks and other species of ducks
Migrants: Double-crested Cormorants, Anhingas, neotropical songbirds
New Orleans City Park. The park's 1300 acres of green space are filled with lagoons, flora, and groves of Live Oak trees that support a great variety of birds, from brown pelicans to red-bellied woodpeckers. Withing this park is the 60-acre thick undergrowth of Couturie Forest, named New Orlean's top bird watching destination, is made up of eight distinct ecosystems and is home to New Orleans' highest point of elevation: Laborde "Mountain". It is not uncommon for birders to see 40 species or more in a single outing. Whether you are a devoted local birder or a casual observer City Park is a great destination for bird watching. You might also find rare and native birds as it is home to 280 species.
Resident and Breeding Birds: Green Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Mississippi Kite, Red-shouldered Hawk, Kildeer, Laughing Gull, Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Eastern Screech-Owl, Chimney Swift, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Great-crested Flycatcher, Purple Martin, Barn Swallow, American Crow, Carolina Wren, European Starling, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Boat-tailed Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole
Migrants: Swallow-tailed Kite, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Acadian Flycatcher, White-eyed Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Swainson’s Thrush, Wood Thrush, Gray Catbird, Tennessee Warbler, Northern Parula, Yellow Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Prothonotary Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Kentucky Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Blue Grosbeak, Painted Bunting
Lunch at The Blue Crab Restaurant & Oyster Bar (Lakefront)– where the locals eat, enjoy with a BF17 discounted rate! (www.thebluecrabnola.com)
Lafreniere Park. (Metairie La). The park is a 155 acre site opened in 1982 including Marsh Island, a man-made ecological marsh environment with endemic flora and fauna of Louisiana and is a dedicated bird sanctuary as is the entire park. The park includes canals, shallow pools and island that is perfect habitat for spring visitors.
Resident and Breeding Birds: White Ibis, American Coots, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Mallards, Laughing and Ring-billed Gulls and Wood Ducks