Russell County is a virtual paradise for bird watching, from the mountains to the valley farmland and forests. One hundred eighty-two bird species have been recorded from Breeding Bird Surveys, Christmas Bird Counts, and field reports. Top birding spots include Laurel Bed Lake, Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve, Clifton Farm Road, and The Loop. Majestic Golden Eagles winter here. The rare Loggerhead Shrike (aka butcher bird) is a year-round resident. Thousands of Broad-winged Hawks migrate in September from the north to their wintering homes in Central and South America. The numbers are counted at the Mendota Fire Tower. Bald Eagles can also be seen in the county. Over 300 different species of birds have been identified in Russell County.