south of thomasville, georgia, off highway 319 south, you take a right on meridian road. it winds past fields, plantation gateways, and old houses. An inconspicuous sign under a tree says "birdsong". park your car, grab a map, and take your pick from twelve miles of paths mowed through various south georgia landscapes: woods, open fields, pine forests and a black water swamp.
the soft earth,covered in pine needles and fall leaves, softens your step so you can tread quietly, the better to listen for the birds in each area. i heard a lot of hawks and crows when i was there, and the fall breezes rustling the golden leaves on the hickory tree.