We will start our day at Morse Park in Lake Lure, which has a good network of easy paved trails with small swampy wetlands along the lake shore. Swamp and White-throated Sparrows should be in the deep thickets along with a few over-wintering Brown Thrasher and maybe a lingering Gray Catbird. Bald Eagles nest and winter around Lake Lure and small numbers of ducks appear from time to time. These could include Wood Duck, Bufflehead, Ring-necked Duck and Hooded Merganser.
We will continue driving around Lake Lure checking the lake for waterfowl, before heading into the more rural parts of the county. This will be a voyage of discovery as we drive down the quiet country roads looking for Pine Warbler, Brown-headed Nuthatch and maybe a wintering Blue-headed Vireo in some of the larger pine stands.