A few friends and I made our annual spring trip today to the Shirley Miller Wildflower Trail at Pigeon Mountain in NW Georgia. The place is better-known for wildflowers and invertebrates than birds, but today we were greeted at the entrance by two Broad-winged Hawks circling over the mountain, calling repeatedly. They stayed around for most of our walk, and at one point we think the male attempted to copulate with the perched female. We also heard three vireo species (red-eyed, yellow-throated and white-eyed), Louisiana Waterthrush and a single Black-Throated Green Warbler. Yellow-rumped Warblers and Ruby-Crowned Kinglets are singing now. In the cultivated/fallow areas around the mountain we saw Eastern Meadowlarks, Barn Swallows and a possible Purple Martin. Field Sparrows were heard as well.
The wildflowers at this location were spectacular, as always. Interesting sights elsewhere on this mountain include Ellison's Blue Hole, the flooded entrance to a cave system; Rock Town, an assortment of fantastical rock formations on top of the mountain; and an endemic salamander species.