• Three kayakers enjoying the river.

    Chattahoochee River

    National Recreation Area Georgia

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  • Johnson Ferry Intermittent Trail Closures

    Representatives of Colonial Pipeline Company will be working on the gas pipeline in the Johnson Ferry North unit. The work will require intermittent trail closures. For your safety please stay on designated trails and obey all trail closures.

Red-Eyed Vireo

Red Eyed Vireo

Red Eyed Vireo

John Benson

The Red-Eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) is a common bird found in wooded habitats, generally near the middle to upper levels of trees within the foliage. It grows to about 6 inches long, with a wingspan of approximately 10 inches. They typically are solitary birds, and can be seen feeding on insects, larvae, and berries gleaned from trees. They can be distinguished by their "two eyebrows": a white one and a black one above it, with a dark eyeline and a gray cap. It builds its nest of fine grasses, rootlets, paper, grapevine bark, spiderweb, and decorated with lichens. Nests can be found in a horzontal tree or shrub branch 2-60 feet off the ground. Their song consists of short, medium-pitched, whistled phrases with space in between, like "eeyay, oolee, eeyup".

Did You Know?

Great Blue Heron hunting for food - Photo by Tom Wilson

Great Blue Herons stand up to four feet tall and have special feathers that dissolve into powder. They use a serrated middle claw to distribute the powder which they use for preening or cleaning themselves.