As the colder north winds pick up and the last of the warblers depart, many local birders tend to start planning fewer outings - understandable of course, as once migration winds down, there are fewer birds to be seen. Though most of the warblers and other summer residents will have departed, early November has offered much in the way of surprises, and the birding can, at times, be spectacular. Late fall has produced some incredible sightings for our area, and over the last few years alone local birders have stumbled upon such rarities as Dunlin, Franklin’s Gull, Long-billed Dowitcher, and Rufous Hummingbird.
This trip will focus on finding any and all birds of interest that might be around, and a longer run-time will allow us to cover a lot of ground (if necessary). Our exact itinerary will depend on what’s being seen and where, but we will likely be visiting sites in Transylvania and Haywood Counties, focusing our efforts on those hotspots where many of the goodies have shown up in recent years.
Even if luck is not on our side with the rarities, we should be able to find a good enough selection of sparrows, raptors, and ducks during the day to keep us entertained.
Our itinerary is unknown, as are the birds that will be around – but that’s just part of the fun!