The weather forecast was not great, calling for rain coming in this morning, but that’s never reliable here in the Mountains, where every valley can seem to have its own weather patterns.
We met at Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary in North Asheville where some blue sky was just appearing among the heavy gray clouds. A few birds were singing as we made a slow circuit of the boardwalk. The most obvious singers were Eastern Towhee and Carolina Wren and sometimes they seemed to overshadow every other species, which included Red-eyed Vireo, Yellow-throated Warbler, Orchard Oriole and a very accomplished Northern Mockingbird. The latter had quite the repertoire including Carolina Wren, Eastern Kingbird and even Red-shouldered Hawk!
A walk along the Mountains-to-the-Sea Trail demonstrated why a knowledge of bird songs does help in the deep, leafy woods. Hooded Warblers sang from the dense undergrowth and an Ovenbird showed itself briefly and sang its loud “Chee-chee-chee” song. We never saw the male Scarlet Tanager who was singing from the forest canopy, or the Worm-eating Warbler singing distantly up the slope. Unfortunately the Parkway was being re-surfaced resulting in a constant stream of trucks driving by, making for a little difficulty in hearing the singing birds. Despite that fact we managed to see a family of Black-and-white Warblers and a pair of Indigo Buntings who were probably nesting nearby.
Great Blue Heron
Pileated Woodpecker (Heard)
Blue Jay (Heard) Tufted Titmouse
Gray Catbird (Heard)
Wood Thrush (Heard)
Worm-eating Warbler (Heard)
Black-throated Green Warbler (Heard)
Scarlet Tanager (Heard)