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Summer slow down
by Curtis Smalling

Latest Update: July 16, 2015


American Goldfinches are adding some color to the world. Photo by Don Mullaney
No Wednesday walk at Valle Crucis Park on the 22nd but walks to resume on the 29th.

Nesting for many birds is winding down now with parents still feeding chicks out of the nest and a few late re-nests and permanent residents working on second or third batches. After nesting we start to get a lot of post breeding movement and this has already begun with reports of more Great Blue Herons on area lakes and rivers, the first Great Egrets of the season showing up, as well as our first migrant Blue-winged Teal.

Some of the earliest departing migrants have already left with few Tree Swallows left, Least Flycatchers gone for the most part, and Louisiana Waterthrush and Cerulean Warblers already headed out to the wintering grounds in central America. 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.


Killdeer at the park by Don Mullaney


Scarlet Tanager has been easy to see at the park the past two weeks. Photo by Kim Barley


Eastern Kingbird young are still being helped by their parents. Photo by Don Mullaney