Spring in Sandy Mush 2

Indigo Bunting by Keith Watson

Buncombe Co., NC

May 7, 2021

Blue-winged Warbler by Alan Lenk 

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Meeting place: We will meet at the Ingles at the corner of Beaverdam Road and Merrimon Avenue in North Asheville. Address is 915 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804 Time: 7:00 AM; end around 1:30 PM Price: $55 – picnic lunch not currently included

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Another spring trip to Sandy Mush but scheduled a month later than the first, which will allow us greater chances to see some of the later spring migrants. Expect an easy walk along the trails and paths in the game lands, although some of the paths may be a little steep and overgrown. Wear long pants and good boots. It could also be a bit muddy if it has rained recently.

The Sandy Mush Game Lands in the northern part of Buncombe County have only recently begun to be explored for birds and butterflies. The mosaic of habitats here vary from open, managed cut-over areas to cove and riverine forests down along Sandy Mush & Turkey Creeks, and the French Broad River. Over the past few years, we’ve found them to be excellent for Prairie Warbler, Field Sparrow, Indigo Bunting and Yellow-breasted Chat, all of which are abundant. This is also the best spot in the county for Northern Bobwhite, which can often be heard calling from the fields and occasionally we get to see them. Other summer residents we’ll also be looking for include Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Acadian Flycatchers, Blue-headed, White-eyed & Red-eyed Vireos, Northern Parula, Yellow-throated & Hooded Warblers, Louisiana Waterthrush, Orchard Oriole, and Blue Grosbeak, and many others. Wild Turkeys are common year-round and Red-tailed, Broad-winged and Red-shouldered Hawks plus numerous American Kestrels, all nest here as well.

The Sandy Mush Game Lands in the northern part of Buncombe County have only recently begun to be explored for birds and butterflies. The mosaic of habitats here vary from open, managed cut-over areas to cove and riverine forests down along Sandy Mush & Turkey Creeks, and the French Broad River. Over the past few years, we’ve found them to be excellent for Prairie Warbler, Field Sparrow, Indigo Bunting and Yellow-breasted Chat, all of which are abundant. This is also the best spot in the county for Northern Bobwhite, which can often be heard calling from the fields and occasionally we get to see them. Other summer residents we’ll also be looking for include Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Acadian Flycatchers, Blue-headed, White-eyed & Red-eyed Vireos, Northern Parula, Yellow-throated & Hooded Warblers, Louisiana Waterthrush, Orchard Oriole, and Blue Grosbeak, and many others. Wild Turkeys are common year-round and Red-tailed, Broad-winged and Red-shouldered Hawks plus numerous American Kestrels, all nest here as well.

Join Aaron for what should be a fantastic day in the productive Sandy Mush Game Lands.