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Great overstuffed sandwiches,

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homemade soups, vegetarian

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black angus burgers.

Open for dinner Tues, Thurs,

Friday, Sat from 5 til 9.

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NWS Winter Weather Advisory (Buncombe County)

Last walk of the Year
by Curtis Smalling

Latest Update: October 28, 2014

White-crowned Sparrows are back and in good numbers right now.
We will have our last walk of the year this Wednesday at 8:30 at Valle Crucis Park. Hope to see as many of you as can make it. It has been a good year for Wednesday walks. One of the highlights occurred just a couple of weeks ago when a very cooperative Merlin put on quite the show for Don Mullaney and he got some great shots of the bird.

It is definitely sparrow time with White-throated, White-crowned, Field, Savannah, Chipping, Song, Swamp, and Lincoln's all reported in the past couple of weeks. Also winter finches are returning with first of the year Purple Finches and Pine Siskins all showing up just this week. Waterfowl numbers are picking up as well with good numbers of Pied-billed Grebes around and a couple of Double-crested Cormorants making their annual appearance as well.

For more information on birds in the High Country call the Watauga Birding Hotline 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

Merlin at Valle Crucis by Don Mullaney

Lincoln's Sparrows have been regular this fall at Brookshire Park, Boone Greenway wetlands, and Meat Camp.

Look for migrant waterfowl to increase including species like Double-crested Cormorant. Photo by Don Mullaney.