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Nesting Season Underway
by Curtis Smalling

Latest Update: May 6, 2015


Good numbers of Solitary and Spotted Sandpipers are around right now. Photo by Don Mullaney
We will have our regular Wednesday walk this week (May 6th). The walk is at Valle Crucis Park and begins at 8:30. Bring binoculars and a field guide.

Most of our resident birds are back with a few exceptions (some flycatchers, cedar waxwings are still scarce) and are settling in to nesting. We already have active robin nests at VCCP and our first nest for Golden-winged warblers was found last week.

A few migrants we can expect right now include good numbers of Spotted and Solitary Sandpipers, Blackpoll Warblers, and some other late migrant warblers like Cape May, Prairie, Palm, Yellow-rumped, and a few others. Pine Siskins are still quite common everywhere and American Goldfinches have molted into summer colors. Folks are reporting Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Indigo Buntings at feeders as well. I had a single Common Loon at Price Lake on Friday and Sunday as well.

Call the Audubon office for updates on the walk schedule at 828-265-0198. Also visit www.ncaudubon.org, www.carolinabirdclub.org and visit the Audubon North Carolina blog at http://ncaudubonblog.org/blog/ and the High Country Audubon website at www.highcountryaudubon.org for lists of field trips and other programs.


Indigo Buntings are back. Photo by Don Mullaney


Look and listen for migrant Blackpoll Warblers for the next couple of weeks. Photo by Steven Bullock


Scarlet Tanagers are back. Photo by Harrol Blevins