After meeting at the Folk Art Center we slowly worked our way north towards Mt Mitchell, stopping at good spots for wildflowers and yes, a few birds as well.
I think the cool weather had encouraged a few to resume singing and we heard Scarlet Tanager, Wood Thrush and even a Cerulean Warbler. The butterflies were almost a “no-show”, which was surprising, but we did manage to see a couple of very nice Pipevine Swallowtails.
Without a doubt one of the highlights had to be the roadside verge at MP 360 which was ablaze with Green Coneflower and Turk’s Cap Lily – wow!
After a picnic at one of my favorite spots, we ended the day with a hike along the Commissary Trail at Mt Mitchell. Again there were no butterflies- odd, but the Michaux’s Saxifrage was worth the hike.
Birds seen on our Venture
Wildflowers and Butterflies
North along the Blue Ridge Parkway to Mt Mitchell
July 17, 2014
Eastern Wood-Pewee (heard)
Blue-headed Vireo (heard)
Carolina Wren (heard)
Winter Wren (heard)
Wood Thrush (heard)
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail