Trip Report


Morganton Greenway

September 5, 2015


Baltimore Oriole (m) by Simon Thompson



A cloudy, mild day began on the banks of the Catawba River.  We walked quietly along the Morganton Greenway.  Activity was low to start the day but we still ran into a few chickadee-titmouse flocks.  As the day warmed up we came upon a couple migrating Eastern Wood-Pewees who delighted us with swooping sallying.  We reached Catawba Meadows about mid-morning and chased a singing White-eyed Vireo into a pine grove.  A Red-shouldered Hawk landed on a telephone poll providing us with an excellent look at the raptor.  Soon after, a Northern Parula jumped out of some thick vines showing off his gaudy plumage.


As noon approached we hopped in the car and drove to another access point of the greenway where we were immediately greeted by Canada Geese and Mallards.  The sun began to shine brightly over the river and we spotted a pair of beautiful Baltimore Orioles.  Bluebirds, Robins, Cardinals, and Brown-headed Nuthatches joined in the fun along the river as we enjoyed a late morning burst of activity.  We then broke for lunch and had a tasty picnic spread along the edge of the Catawba River.  As we ate we watched Cedar Waxings, Belted Kingfishers, and Canada Geese feed in and along the banks of the river.


In the afternoon we drove over to Western Piedmont Community College to see if any migrating warblers were poking around in the warm, midday sun.  We were rewarded for our persistence with a nice flock of Northern Parula, American Redstart, and Chestnut-sided Warblers.  It turned out to be a lovely day of birding in the foothills of western North Carolina.



Birds seen or heard on our Venture to

Morganton Greenway September 5, 2015



30 Canada Goose

10 Mallard

2 Turkey Vulture

8 Mourning Dove

1 Red-shouldered Hawk

4 Chimney Swift

3 Ruby-throated Hummingbird

1 Belted Kingfisher

1 Downy Woodpecker

1 Hairy Woodpecker

1 Northern Flicker

1 Pileated Woodpecker

8 Eastern Wood-Pewee

3 Empidonax Spp.

1 Eastern Phoebe

1 White-eyed Vireo

15 Blue Jay

5 American Crow

1 Fish Crow

5 Carolina Chickadee

5 Tufted Titmouse

5 Brown-headed Nuthatch

17 Carolina Wren

15 Eastern Bluebird

2 Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

2 European Starling

6 Cedar Waxwing

4 American Redstart

2 Northern Parula

4 Chestnut-sided Warbler

8 Chipping Sparrow

11 Northern Cardinal

2 Baltimore Oriole

5 American Goldfinch