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Interesting late summer birds
by Curtis Smalling

Latest Update: August 25, 2015

A Limpkin at the upper reaches of Lake Norman had lots of birders out paddling. Photo by Jeff Lemons
We will have our regular Wednesday walks on the 26th of August, and September 2nd. Meet at the Valle Crucis Park at 8:30 and bring binos and a field guide. There should be some interesting early migrants and others around.

This is the time of year when anything can show up and this year it seems like that is especially true. On August 13th, I spotted a rare bird at Grandfather Mountain near the swinging bridge. It was quickly determined to be a a first state record Townsend's Solitaire, a rare vagrant from the Rockies up into Alaska. Jesse Pope got the first good pictures after I raced to call him. For about a week after that, birder's from all over came up to see the cooperative bird.

Also here in August we have had a Limpkin on the Catawba River, Swallow-tailed Kite near Dillsboro, and Mississippi Kites near Old Fort. And just today and early and uncommon Mourning Warbler was stunned at a window on the campus of ASU. So while it seems quiet there are lots of interesting things out there to see for the patient and exploring birder.

Call the Audubon office for updates on the walk schedule at 828-265-0198. Also visit, and visit the Audubon North Carolina blog at and the High Country Audubon website at for lists of field trips and other programs.

First State Record Townsend's Solitaire at Grandfather Mountain. Photo by Jesse Pope.

Swallow-tailed Kite near Dillsboro by Todd Arcos

I had a Black-billed Cuckoo at Meat Camp last week for several days and possibly all summer.