The birding and pace will be easy, but there will be a fair bit of walking, so wear comfortable footwear and bring suitable clothing and your lunch.
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Jackson County is quite mountainous with small communities set far apart in the forested landscape of Western North Carolina. The county is predominantly forest at middle to high elevations, so the diversity of birds is not as rich as in counties in the lower elevations. Regardless of this fact, the forested mountains are spectacular and we are bound to enjoy a great variety of birds.
The newly constructed Little Tennessee River Greenway in Franklin, NC goes for several miles along the Little Tennessee River and offers a pleasant stroll through riparian habitat, as well as several marshy areas. Over 140 species have been seen along the river, including: Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Yellow-breasted Chat and Orchard Oriole. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers nest in the trees and Wood Duck, Spotted Sandpiper and Belted Kingfisher are all readily seen along the river. Hopefully we will get the chance to look at the differences between Tree, Barn, Cliff and Northern Rough-winged Swallows as they feed over the river.
Join us for an easy walk along several miles of this beautiful greenway.