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The Franklin Bird Club’s Greenway  Bird walks are now in full swing.  No special skills required.  Open to one and all.  An amazing opportunity to get up close and personal with both resident and migrating birds.  Hope you’ll join us!

APRIL, 2017

April 5–26 species/11 birders–Library

April 12–36 species/8 birders–Big Bear

April 19–23 species/3 birders–Salali Lane

April 26–35 species/15 birders–Library

 

MAY, 2017

May 3–46 species/15 birders–BIG BEAR

May 10–45 species/12 birders–SALALI LANE

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May 17–40 species/14 birders–LIBRARY

 

 

May 24–Cancelled due to weather

May 31–45 species/14 birders–SALALI LANE

 

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Great Crested Flycatcher

Red-shouldered Hawk Greenway 053117 (1)

Red-Shouldered Hawk

Fish Crow Greenway 053117 (7)

Fish Crow

Many thanks to Tim for the fabulous photos.

JUNE, 2017

June 7–42 species/17 birders–LIBRARY

June 14–42 species/26 birders–BIG BEAR

Carolina Wren Greenway 061417 (6)Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Greenway 061417 (14)Belted Kingfisher Greenway 061417 (11)

June 21–28 species/8 hardy birders in the rain–SALALI LANE

June 28–46 species/27 birders–LIBRARY

JULY, 2017

July 5–48 species/21 birders–BIG BEAR

Tim’s Spotted Sandpiper and Northern Cardinal.

July 12–52 species/20 birders–SALALI LANE

July 19–35 species/17 birders–LIBRARY

July 26–45 species/18 birders–BIG BEAR

AUGUST, 2017

August 2–50 species/15 birders–Salali Lane

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Great Blue Heron

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Eurasian Collard Dove

August 9–39 species/19 birders–Library

August 16–41/21 birders–Big Bear

August 23

Bird walk along the Greenway. Meet at Salali Lane at 8:00 am.

Parking is off Fox Ridge Road which is just south of Franklin Flea Market on Highlands Rd.  Check below in Comments for walk report.

August 30

Bird walk along the Greenway. Meet at the Macon County Public Library parking area at 8:00 am.  Check below in Comments for walk report.

SPECIAL GREENWAY FINDS BY BARBARA MCRAE

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American Coot

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21 thoughts on “8/16–21 birders/41 species

  1. 21 birders walked the Big Bear section of the Greenway today. Jean, Jim, Ellen, Chris, Sally, Patty, Rita, Merlyn, Joe, Marion, Michael, Renee, Marcia, Sharon, Heather, BJ, Connie, Dianna, Tom and Lynn joined me on the walk. Bird activity was light for much of the walk but we did get one mixed feeding flock that produced a female Redstart, a Northern Parula and a Black-throated Blue Warbler. The group once again had good looks at the female Wood Duck and the Green Heron. At the beginning of the walk a falcon flew over the group. Jim, Ellen and Michael are looking at a poor photograph I took of it to see if they can come up with a more definitive decision about what species of falcon it was. Here is a list of the species that were seen:

    Little Tennessee River Greenway, Macon, North Carolina, US
    Aug 16, 2017 8:00 AM – 10:45 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments:     Big Bear Section of Greenway.  Nice weather.
    41 species (+1 other taxa)

    Wood Duck  5
    Green Heron  3
    Black Vulture  2
    Turkey Vulture  15
    Osprey  1
    Mourning Dove  13
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
    Chimney Swift  3
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird  10
    Belted Kingfisher  2
    Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
    Pileated Woodpecker  2
    Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
    Empidonax sp.  1
    Eastern Phoebe  1
    White-eyed Vireo  1
    Blue Jay  9
    American Crow  6
    Cliff Swallow  1
    Carolina Chickadee  7
    Tufted Titmouse  7
    White-breasted Nuthatch  3
    Carolina Wren  5
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  5
    Eastern Bluebird  3
    American Robin  18
    Gray Catbird  5
    Brown Thrasher  3
    Northern Mockingbird  2
    European Starling  25
    Cedar Waxwing  20
    American Redstart  1
    Northern Parula  1
    Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
    Field Sparrow  1
    Song Sparrow  5
    Eastern Towhee  8
    Northern Cardinal  4
    Indigo Bunting  4
    Orchard Oriole  1
    Common Grackle  3
    American Goldfinch  12

  2. Nineteen of us met at the library today, 8/9, for a morning bird walk under clear skies. Jim and I were joined by Amy, Tim, Mary, Merle, Joe, Rita, Diane, Jean H, Marsha, Renee, Michael, George, Marion, Sally, Ginger, Mike, and Tom. Nice to see everyone! And many thanks to Amy for providing the eBird report today.
    We identified a total of 39 species today, including five red-shouldered hawks that were flying above the parking lot area after most of the group had left. We identified five warbler species, and had at least one “confusing fall warbler” that we were not able to identify.

    The birds seen and heard today are listed below:
    Little Tennessee River Greenway–Macon County Library
    Aug 9, 2017
    7:45 AM
    Traveling
    1.00 miles
    159 Minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.5.2 Build 140

    2 Turkey Vulture
    5 Red-shouldered Hawk
    1 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
    5 Mourning Dove
    14 Chimney Swift
    3 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    3 Downy Woodpecker
    2 Pileated Woodpecker
    1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
    1 Blue-headed Vireo
    1 Red-eyed Vireo
    5 Blue Jay
    6 American Crow
    3 Barn Swallow
    5 Carolina Chickadee
    8 Tufted Titmouse
    4 White-breasted Nuthatch
    2 Carolina Wren
    4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    13 Eastern Bluebird
    2 American Robin
    1 Brown Thrasher
    2 Northern Mockingbird
    4 Cedar Waxwing
    1 Black-and-white Warbler
    1 American Redstart
    1 Northern Parula
    1 Yellow-throated Warbler
    3 Black-throated Green Warbler
    5 Field Sparrow
    1 Song Sparrow
    5 Eastern Towhee
    1 Scarlet Tanager
    3 Northern Cardinal
    1 Blue Grosbeak
    4 Indigo Bunting
    3 House Finch
    6 American Goldfinch

    Join us next week at Big Bear for another good bird walk.

  3. Fifteen of us enjoyed a nice morning at Salali Lane today and together we identified a total of 50 species. Jim and I were joined by Tim, Marion, Jo and Merle Hubbard, Karen, Connie, Marsha, Jean H, Heather, Sharon, Renee, Michael, and Linda Mathias from the Franklin Press. The highlight of the morning was towards the end of the walk when we watched seven different species flitting around at the same time on a snag (a dead tree). These were Carolina and House Wrens, N Cardinal, Black-throated Green Warbler, Song Sparrow, White-eyed Vireo, and Ruby-throated Hummingbird. We also had a good but quick look at a Cooper’s Hawk that swooped fairly low overhead early-on during the walk.

    Renee has provided the e-Bird list of what we identified today- thanks for keeping track today.

    US-North Carolina-Franklin-36 Fox Ridge Road – 35.175x-83.368
    Aug 02, 2017
    8:20 AM
    Traveling
    2.00 miles
    151 minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments:

    1 Great Blue Heron
    2 Green Heron
    1 Turkey Vulture
    1 Cooper’s Hawk
    1 Red-shouldered Hawk
    26 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
    1 Eurasian Collared-Dove
    8 Mourning Dove
    11 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    1 Belted Kingfisher
    2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    2 Downy Woodpecker
    1 Northern Flicker
    3 Eastern Phoebe
    1 Eastern Kingbird
    1 White-eyed Vireo
    1 Red-eyed Vireo
    7 Blue Jay
    3 American Crow
    5 Fish Crow
    1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    12 Barn Swallow
    3 Cliff Swallow
    7 Carolina Chickadee
    7 Tufted Titmouse
    2 White-breasted Nuthatch
    3 House Wren
    7 Carolina Wren
    6 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    5 Eastern Bluebird
    3 American Robin
    4 Gray Catbird
    1 Brown Thrasher
    5 Northern Mockingbird
    1 European Starling
    2 Black-and-white Warbler
    1 American Redstart
    2 Northern Parula
    2 Yellow Warbler
    2 Black-throated Green Warbler
    1 Field Sparrow
    5 Song Sparrow
    6 Eastern Towhee
    6 Northern Cardinal
    1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    8 Indigo Bunting
    3 Red-winged Blackbird
    1 Common Grackle
    1 House Finch
    9 American Goldfinch

    Number of Taxa: 50

    Come join us next week, August 9, for the bird walk at the library.

  4. Rita, Ned, Toni Sutton, Sarah, Jim and Carol McDonald, Michael, Renee, Jean Brewer, Marsha, Amy, Sally, Sharon, Marion, Lynn, Diane and Tim birded the Big Bear section of the Greenway today. Highlights of the trip included a very tame juvenile Wood Duck who came right to the front of the wetlands. Other species of interest were: Orchard Orioles, a female scarlet Tanager, brief but close views of a Northern Parula, 5 Ruby-throated humming birds and a Wood thrush singing across the river. 45 species were seen.

    Little Tennessee River Greenway
    Jul 26, 2017
    7:57 AM
    Traveling
    1.00 miles
    137 Minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.5.2 Build 140

    2 Wood Duck
    1 Mallard
    1 Green Heron
    26 Turkey Vulture
    1 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
    30 Mourning Dove
    1 Chimney Swift
    5 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    2 Belted Kingfisher
    4 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    2 Downy Woodpecker
    3 Northern Flicker
    6 Eastern Phoebe
    3 Eastern Kingbird
    3 White-eyed Vireo
    7 Blue Jay
    7 American Crow
    4 Fish Crow
    2 Tree Swallow
    3 Carolina Chickadee
    1 Tufted Titmouse
    3 House Wren
    3 Carolina Wren
    1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    3 Eastern Bluebird
    1 Wood Thrush
    40 American Robin
    9 Gray Catbird
    1 Brown Thrasher
    3 Northern Mockingbird
    20 European Starling
    11 Cedar Waxwing
    1 Common Yellowthroat
    3 Northern Parula
    1 Field Sparrow
    7 Song Sparrow
    5 Eastern Towhee
    1 Scarlet Tanager
    9 Northern Cardinal
    2 Indigo Bunting
    7 Red-winged Blackbird
    11 Common Grackle
    3 Orchard Oriole
    2 House Finch
    6 American Goldfinch

    Number of Taxa: 45
    (thanks to Amy for keeping the eBird list and to Sarah, Toni, and Michael for also helping keep track of number of species seen)

  5. In addition to the regular FBC greenway walk this morning that took place at the library, eight participants from the SUUSI group that is staying in Cullowhee this week joined Jim and me at Salali Lane for a bird walk. We identified 36 species, and had a very nice morning.

    The birds that we say/heard were:
    Mourning Dove
    Rock Pigeon
    Chimney Swift
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Northern Flicker
    Eastern Phoebe
    Red-eyed Vireo
    White-eyed Vireo
    Blue Jay
    American Crow
    Fish Crow
    Tree Swallow
    Barn Swallow
    Cliff Swallow
    Tufted Titmouse
    Carolina Chickadee
    Carolina Wren
    House Wren
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    American Robin
    Wood Thrush
    Gray Catbird
    Northern Mockingbird
    European Starling
    Northern Parula
    Black and White Warbler
    Yellow-breasted Chat
    Northern Cardinal
    Indigo Bunting
    Eastern Towhee
    Song Sparrow
    Common Grackle
    House Finch
    American Goldfinch

    We enjoyed birding with this enthusiastic group, and look forward to seeing them again next year.

    The regular greenway walk will meet at Big Bear next Wed. at 8 am. Come join us!

  6. July 19, 2017 at the library:
    We started in heavy fog hearing the Field Sparrow and seeing no birds. Michael led us today and was joined by Amy, Chris, Tim, Rita, Sharon, Heather, Ned, Connie, Barbara, Renee, Marion, Tom, Sally, Jeannie, Diane, and Karen. The fog lifted slowly and eventually we found 35 different species. The highlight was actually seeing 4 different Yellow-billed Cuckoos and Tim and Amy were able to get some photos. Thanks to Amy for supplying her ibird list.
    Come join us next Wednesday at Big Bear. Who knows what we’ll see or hear???

    1 Green Heron
    3 Turkey Vulture
    10 Mourning Dove
    1 Rock Pigeon
    4 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
    2 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    5 Downy Woodpecker
    1 Northern Flicker
    1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
    3 White-eyed Vireo
    1 Red-eyed Vireo
    3 Blue Jay
    7 American Crow
    1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    5 Purple Martin
    3 Cliff Swallow
    4 Carolina Chickadee
    6 Tufted Titmouse
    2 White-breasted Nuthatch
    3 Carolina Wren
    2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    20 Eastern Bluebird
    7 American Robin
    1 Brown Thrasher
    6 Northern Mockingbird
    1 Cedar Waxwing
    1 Yellow-breasted Chat
    6 Field Sparrow
    5 Song Sparrow
    8 Eastern Towhee
    6 Northern Cardinal
    7 Indigo Bunting
    14 House Finch
    5 American Goldfinch

    Number of Taxa: 35

  7. Just when I thought we were getting into the summer doldrums, it seems that we are at the beginning of fall migration! We had 7 species of warblers, which is a big change from the last several weeks. The morning started off with a worm-eating warbler that flew up and sat on a power line, giving good looks for the few of us that were at Salali Lane before 8:00. We also found two house wrens using one of the house wren boxes that Jim had installed last winter, and had quick but clear looks at a Northern Waterthrush. I know that Northern Waterthrush is unusual this time of year, but I am fairly certain that this id is correct, rather than it being a Louisiana Waterthrush.

    It was a good day for the 20 happy birders today- Tim, Karen, Barbara, Peter, Jean B, her friend Mary, Heather Sharon, Sally, Connie, Ginger, Mike, Jeannie, Rita, Jean H, Renee, Michael, and Diane, Jim, and Ellen.

    All together we identified 52 species today. Thanks go out to Renee Rubin for keeping and sharing the eBird list:

    US-North Carolina-Franklin-Little Tennessee River Greenway – 35.176x-83.37 – Jul 12, 2017 8:15 AM
    Jul 12, 2017
    8:16 AM
    Traveling
    3.00 miles
    156 minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments:

    1 Great Blue Heron
    1 Green Heron
    2 Black Vulture
    5 Turkey Vulture
    44 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
    1 Eurasian Collared-Dove
    11 Mourning Dove
    1 Chimney Swift
    4 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    1 Belted Kingfisher
    2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    2 Downy Woodpecker
    3 Northern Flicker
    3 Pileated Woodpecker
    3 Eastern Phoebe
    1 Great Crested Flycatcher
    3 White-eyed Vireo
    7 Blue Jay
    15 American Crow
    5 Fish Crow
    2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    12 Barn Swallow
    18 Cliff Swallow
    12 Carolina Chickadee
    9 Tufted Titmouse
    2 White-breasted Nuthatch
    4 House Wren
    8 Carolina Wren
    1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    1 Eastern Bluebird
    1 Wood Thrush
    7 American Robin
    3 Gray Catbird
    3 Northern Mockingbird
    9 European Starling
    1 Cedar Waxwing
    2 Worm-eating Warbler
    1 Northern Waterthrush — Male with yellow wash on breast.
    3 Black-and-white Warbler
    2 Northern Parula
    3 Chestnut-sided Warbler
    1 Palm Warbler — Male with chestnut-brown cap.
    3 Yellow-breasted Chat
    8 Song Sparrow
    5 Eastern Towhee
    11 Northern Cardinal
    3 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    9 Indigo Bunting
    1 Common Grackle
    4 Brown-headed Cowbird
    2 House Finch
    8 American Goldfinch

    Number of Taxa: 52

    Join us next week, July 19, at the library for more great birding!

  8. A few drops of rain fell on the 21 birders who walked the Big Bear section of the Greenway today but mostly we enjoyed beautiful weather. Participants were: Sally, Jean, Karen, Chris, Renee, Michael, Heather, Sharon, Ned, Ellen, Jim, Barbara, Rita, Rose, Connie, Jeannie, Sarah, Tori, Marion, Amy and Tim. Highlights of the trip included looks at juvenile and female Orchard Orioles, some good looks at Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and a Northern Parula and a great look at a Spotted Sandpiper across the river. 48 species of birds were seen. Thanks to Amy Boggan for creating the eBird checklist.
    Little Tennessee River Greenway
    Jul 5, 2017
    2 Great Blue Heron
    1 Green Heron
    1 Black Vulture
    9 Turkey Vulture
    2 Red-shouldered Hawk
    1 Spotted Sandpiper
    8 Mourning Dove
    7 Chimney Swift
    1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    2 Belted Kingfisher
    1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1 Downy Woodpecker
    3 Northern Flicker
    1 Pileated Woodpecker
    1 Eastern Phoebe
    4 Eastern Kingbird
    3 White-eyed Vireo — heard
    7 Blue Jay
    4 American Crow
    2 Fish Crow
    3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    2 Tree Swallow
    1 Barn Swallow
    7 Carolina Chickadee
    1 Tufted Titmouse
    5 Carolina Wren
    2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    1 Eastern Bluebird
    1 Wood Thrush
    2 American Robin
    4 Gray Catbird
    2 Brown Thrasher
    4 Northern Mockingbird
    26 European Starling
    3 Cedar Waxwing
    1 Northern Parula
    2 Field Sparrow
    9 Song Sparrow
    8 Eastern Towhee
    18 Northern Cardinal
    2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    4 Indigo Bunting
    12 Red-winged Blackbird
    11 Common Grackle
    7 Brown-headed Cowbird
    4 Orchard Oriole
    12 House Finch
    11 American Goldfinch

    Number of Taxa: 48

  9. Under clear skies today we had a total of 27 birders, and 46 species of birds on the walk from the library. Jim and I were joined by Karen, Chris, Amy, Ned, John W, John S, Rita, Tim, Jean B, Michael, Renee, Jean H, George, Lynn, Sam, Tom, Ginger, Mike, Diane, Connie, Sarah, Heather, Sharon, Sally, and BJ. Everyone contributed to spotting the birds. The highlight of the morning was watching so many swallows, swifts, and martins towards the end of the walk past the community garden. All eyes looked diligently for a Bank Swallow, but to no avail today.

    The birds that we did find include the following:

    Little Tennessee River Greenway–Macon County Library
    Jun 28, 2017
    7:29 AM
    Traveling
    1.20 miles
    201 Minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments: Franklin Bird Club
    Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.5.2 Build 140

    1 Green Heron
    3 Turkey Vulture
    1 Cooper’s Hawk
    2 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
    5 Mourning Dove
    2 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
    1 Chimney Swift
    1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1 Downy Woodpecker
    1 Pileated Woodpecker
    1 Eastern Phoebe
    1 Eastern Kingbird
    1 White-eyed Vireo — heard
    1 Red-eyed Vireo
    2 Blue Jay
    4 American Crow
    1 Fish Crow — heard
    1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    10 Purple Martin
    8 Tree Swallow
    12 Barn Swallow
    X Cliff Swallow
    1 Carolina Chickadee
    6 Tufted Titmouse
    1 White-breasted Nuthatch
    2 Carolina Wren — heard
    2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    2 Eastern Bluebird
    1 American Robin
    3 Brown Thrasher
    4 Northern Mockingbird
    2 European Starling
    5 Cedar Waxwing
    3 Northern Parula
    4 Yellow-breasted Chat
    2 Field Sparrow
    2 Song Sparrow
    4 Eastern Towhee
    1 Scarlet Tanager
    5 Northern Cardinal
    2 Indigo Bunting
    4 Brown-headed Cowbird
    1 Orchard Oriole
    4 House Finch
    5 American Goldfinch

    Number of Taxa: 46

    Thanks go to Amy for reporting the findings to eBird and sending her report to me, and to Renee for helping with the totals.

    Join us next week on July 5 at Big Bear Shelter area, 8 am, for another fun morning of birding.

  10. I think the term “hardy birder” was redefined today, as eight of us spent an hour and a half in a steady rain trying to find birds along Salali Lane. Thanks for sticking with us, friends! Jim and I were joined by Jean H, Jean B, Tim, Connie, and two good friends from Tallahassee, Sally and Dean Jue. Under umbrellas and raincoats we found that it was still hard to keep the optics dry, and hard to look for movement from birds when every leaf was moving from the rain drops!
    Despite the weather, we were able to find 28 species before we called it quits. The highlight of the morning was watching a young Indigo Bunting struggle with a thumb-sized green moth caterpillar for several minutes, and then finally lose it to a Cardinal that swooped in and quickly ate it in one bite. Nature can be tough!

    The species that we identified today were:
    Green Heron
    Mourning Dove
    Chimney Swift
    E Phoebe
    White-eyed Vireo
    Blue Jay
    Am Crow
    N Rough-winged Swallow
    Tree Swallow
    Barn Swallow
    Cliff Swallow
    Tufted Titmouse
    Carolina Chickadee
    Carolina Wren
    House Wren
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    E Bluebird
    Am Robin
    Gray Catbird
    N Mockingbird
    Eu Starling
    Yellow-breasted Chat
    N Cardinal
    Indigo Bunting
    E Towhee
    Song Sparrow
    House Finch
    Am Goldfinch

    Join us next week, June 28, for our next bird walk. We will meet at the library at 8 am, and hope for clearer skies!

  11. 26 people came to the bird walk at Big Bear, including some birders who were going on their first Greenway walk. Highlights of the trip included looks at a mother Wood Duck and her duckling and excellent views of a Belted Kingfisher in the pond. Two Green Heron flew overhead. There were also looks at a perched Red-tail Hawk and an Orchard Oriole in trees across the river as well some good looks at the Brown Thrasher, the Blue-Gray Gnat Catcher, and what appeared to be a first spring Indigo Bunting.

    Thanks to Amy Bogan for sharing her eBird list and to Renee Rubin for also keeping her own list and harmonizing it with Amy’s.

    Little Tennessee River Greenway
    Jun 14, 2017
    7:33 AM
    Traveling
    2.20 miles
    194 Minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.5.0 Build 136

    5 Wood Duck — 2 ducklings
    6 Mallard
    2 Green Heron
    10 Turkey Vulture
    2 Red-shouldered Hawk
    9 Mourning Dove
    1 Chimney Swift
    1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    1 Belted Kingfisher
    1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1 Downy Woodpecker
    1 Pileated Woodpecker
    1 Eastern Kingbird
    2 White-eyed Vireo — heard
    3 Blue Jay
    15 American Crow
    1 Fish Crow — heard
    15 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    10 Tree Swallow
    1 Barn Swallow
    6 Carolina Chickadee
    9 Tufted Titmouse
    3 Carolina Wren
    2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    3 Eastern Bluebird
    2 American Robin
    2 Gray Catbird
    3 Brown Thrasher
    4 Northern Mockingbird
    4 Cedar Waxwing
    2 Common Yellowthroat
    1 Field Sparrow
    9 Song Sparrow
    5 Eastern Towhee
    6 Northern Cardinal
    5 Indigo Bunting
    12 Red-winged Blackbird
    5 Common Grackle
    3 Brown-headed Cowbird
    1 Orchard Oriole
    7 House Finch
    9 American Goldfinch

    Number of Taxa: 42

  12. Seventeen of us enjoyed a nice bird walk at the library area today under blue skies. Jim and I were joined by Tim, Mike, Ginger, Jean, Ned, Renee, Michael, Rita, Peter, Heather, Sharon, Marsha, Tom, Linda, and Renee. Everyone helped to identify the birds today, with good explanations and field id tips provided by Jim and Michael. We had opportunities to compare the various swallows as several species shared the skies together, and there were several Purple Martins using the nest box near the community garden.

    All together we identified 42 species. This list is-
    Great Blue Heron
    Turkey Vulture
    Red-tailed Hawk
    Mourning Dove
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo
    Chimney Swift
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Pileated Woodpecker
    E Phoebe
    Red-eyed Vireo
    Blue Jay
    Am Crow
    Purple Martin
    N Rough-winged Swallow
    Tree Swallow
    Barn Swallow
    Cliff Swallow
    Tufted Titmouse
    Carolina Chickadee
    White-breasted Nuthatch
    Carolina Wren
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    E Bluebird
    Am Robin
    N Mockingbird
    Brown Thrasher
    European Starling
    N Parula
    Yellow-breasted Chat
    Scarlet Tanager
    N Cardinal
    Indigo Bunting
    Blue Grosbeak
    E Towhee
    Field Sparrow
    Song Sparrow
    Brown-headed Cowbird
    Orchard Oriole
    House Finch
    Am Goldfinch

    Join us next week at Big Bear, 8:00. We had to cancel the last Big Bear walk due to rain, so it will be interesting to see what has happened there over the last several weeks!

  13. A beautiful day at Salalie today with Jim, Ellen, Michael, Rene, Jenny, Pat, Tim, Jean, Tom, Rita, Sally, Marsha and friend Veatrice, and BJ. The parking lot was quieter than usual but we found some common species then happened to look up in time to see a Green Heron Flying down the river. We started hearing the Great Crested Flycatcher early and ended up hearing them all morning with 4 different ones calling. Our only warbler was the Yellow-breasted Chat and there were 5 of those. We enjoyed watching the various Swallows and learning about the id marks for the Red-shouldered vs Red-tailed Hawks.

    Here is the list of the 45 species we found:

    US-North Carolina-Franklin-Little Tennessee River Greenway – 35.176x-83.37
    May 31, 2017
    7:58 AM
    Traveling
    2.50 miles
    180 minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments:

    23 Canada Goose
    2 Green Heron
    1 Black Vulture
    4 Turkey Vulture
    1 Cooper’s Hawk
    2 Red-shouldered Hawk
    1 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
    1 Eurasian Collared-Dove
    7 Mourning Dove
    4 Chimney Swift
    1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    4 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    5 Downy Woodpecker
    3 Eastern Phoebe
    3 Great Crested Flycatcher
    1 Eastern Kingbird
    2 White-eyed Vireo
    5 Blue Jay
    6 American Crow
    1 Fish Crow
    7 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    12 Tree Swallow
    5 Barn Swallow
    10 Cliff Swallow
    6 Carolina Chickadee
    9 Tufted Titmouse
    2 White-breasted Nuthatch
    3 House Wren
    4 Carolina Wren
    5 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    4 Eastern Bluebird
    3 Wood Thrush
    7 American Robin
    5 Gray Catbird
    5 Northern Mockingbird
    1 European Starling
    5 Yellow-breasted Chat
    6 Song Sparrow
    9 Eastern Towhee
    13 Northern Cardinal
    3 Indigo Bunting
    8 Common Grackle
    3 Brown-headed Cowbird
    6 House Finch
    6 American Goldfinch

    Number of Taxa: 45

    Come join us at the Library next Wednesday!

  14. We had a beautiful morning for our library walk today. Jim and I were joined by Karen, Chris, Renee, Michael, Diane, Rita, Tom, Heather, Sharon, Tim, Jim C, and Rich. Early on in the walk, the highlight of the morning was a Yellow-billed Cuckoo that gave us good looks from a tree off the side of the library building. Another highlight was very good views of a male Blue Grosbeak on the ground and in a bush, showing off the red in the wings. However, before too long the real highlight of the day presented itself- a female Bobolink, perched very nicely on top of a small bush not very far in front of us. We all had good looks, and time to look in the field guides on hand to make a positive identification. (Check above for great walk photos from Tim C.)

    Here is the list of the 40 birds that we identified this morning:

    Little Tennessee River Greenway–Macon County Library, Macon, North Carolina, US
    May 17, 2017 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.25 mile(s)
    Comments: Franklin Bird Club Wednesday walk. Beautiful warm morning
    40 species

    Canada Goose 2
    Turkey Vulture 1
    Mourning Dove 2
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
    Chimney Swift 8
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Pileated Woodpecker 1
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    White-eyed Vireo 2
    Red-eyed Vireo 4
    Blue Jay 2
    American Crow 10
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow 5
    Tree Swallow 5
    Barn Swallow 1
    Cliff Swallow 3
    Tufted Titmouse 5
    White-breasted Nuthatch 2
    Carolina Wren 5
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
    Eastern Bluebird 6
    American Robin 1
    Northern Mockingbird 3
    European Starling 1
    Cedar Waxwing 7
    Common Yellowthroat 1
    Northern Parula 1
    Yellow-breasted Chat 5
    Field Sparrow 3
    Song Sparrow 3
    Eastern Towhee 11
    Northern Cardinal 6
    Blue Grosbeak 3
    Indigo Bunting 7
    Bobolink 1
    Brown-headed Cowbird 7
    House Finch 5
    American Goldfinch 9

    Thanks, Tim, for posting and sharing your eBird list.

    Join us next week at Big Bear, 8 am, for another good morning of birding with the FBC!

  15. May 10, 2017 at Salalie
    Jim, Ellen, Karen, Ginger, Mike, Rita, Marsha, Sharon, Heather, Peter, and Tom saw or heard 45 species on this fine day. The highlights were two Red-shouldered Hawks sitting together on a limb , several sightings of Yellow Warblers, a Green Heron, a Great Crested Flycatcher, and all the different Swallows; Rough-winged, Tree, Cliff, and Barn.

    Here’s the list:

    Green Heron
    Canada Goose
    Turkey Vulture
    Black vulture
    Red-shouldered Hawk
    Broad-winged Hawk
    Spotted Sandpiper
    Mourning Dove
    Rock Pigeon
    Chimney Swift
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    Red-bellied WP
    N. Flicker
    Eastern Phoebe
    Great Crested Flycatcher
    White-eyed Vireo
    Blue Jay
    A. Crow
    N. Rough-winged Swallow
    Tree Swallow
    Barn Swallow
    Cliff Swallow
    Tufted Titmouse
    Carolina Chickadee
    White-breasted Nuthatch
    Carolina Wren
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    Am Robin
    Gray Catbird
    N. Mockingbird
    Brown Thrasher
    E. Starling
    Cedar Waxwing
    N. Parula
    Yellow Warbler
    Yellow-throated Warbler
    Hooded Warbler
    N. Cardinal
    Indigo Bunting
    E. Towhee
    Song Sparrow
    Brown-headed Cowbird
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Common Grackle
    American Goldfinch

  16. What a glorious day! Welcome to new members Heather and Sharon.
    Sally, Diane, Ned, Peter, Mike and Ginger, Ellen and Jim, Linda, Rita, Heather and Sharon, and Karen showed up at Big Bear to look for birds. We had several highlights: The first Eastern Kingbird for the year, the first Orchard Oriole for the year, Great looks at the White-eyed Vireo singing, 3 Green Herons, Wood Ducks with chicks, The Coot, and Red-shouldered and Broad-winged Hawks soaring and one Red-shouldered Perched close and Yellow and Palm Warblers!!!

    Here’s the list of 46 species:

    Green Heron
    Canada Goose
    Wood Duck
    Mallard
    Turkey Vulture
    Red-shouldered Hawk
    Broad-winged Hawk
    American Coot
    Mourning Dove
    Chimney Swift
    Belted Kingfisher
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Downy WP
    Northern Flicker
    Pileated WP
    Eastern Kingbird
    White-eyed Vireo
    Blue Jay
    American Crow
    Tree Swallow
    Tufted Titmouse
    Carolina Chickadee
    Carolina Wren
    House Wren
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    American Robin
    Gray Catbird
    N. Mockingbird
    Brown Thrasher
    E. Starling
    Cedar Waxwing
    Northern Parula
    Yellow Warbler
    Yellow-rumped Warbler
    Palm Warbler
    Common Yellowthroat
    N. Cardinal
    E. Towhee
    Field Sparrow
    White-throated Sparrow
    Song Sparrow
    Brown-headed Cowbird
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Common Grackle
    Orchard Oriole
    American Goldfinch

    Next week at Salalie- Come join us!

  17. It is great to be back in Franklin, birding with our buddies on the Greenway!

    Jim and I were joined this morning by 13 birding friends- Karen, Chris, Rita, Mike, Ginger, Jean H, George K, Tim, Linda, Diane, Tom, Sally, and Sue. The fog was quite thick for the first half of the walk, and despite a forecast of 80 degrees for the day, it was actually fairly chilly to start with. As Jim said, the fog gave us all a chance to practice our birding-by-ear skills. This paid off, and over the course of the morning our group saw, heard, identified a total of 34 species. Interestingly, we did not encounter a single warbler!

    The birds we did find were- Canada Goose, Turkey Vulture, Wild Turkey, Mourning Dove, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Red-bellied, Downy, and Pileated Woodpecker, E Phoebe, White-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, Am Crow, N Rough-winged, Tree, and Barn Swallow, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, Carolina Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, E Bluebird, Am Robin, Gray Catbird, N Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, Eur Starling, Cedar Waxwing, N Cardinal, Indigo Bunting, E Towhee, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, and Am Goldfinch.

    Jim, George, and Jean checked the nesting boxes along the route and found Bluebirds and Chickadees eggs in several of the boxes.

    Join us next week, May 3 at Big Bear at 8:00 for another great bird walk along that section of the Greenway!

  18. Our April 19, 2017 bird walk was rain, rain, and more rain. Tim Carstens and Sally Sager joined me on this very wet morning. We birded the parking lot until the rain got heavier. I then called the walk off, but I wanted to wait for a break to photograph some pink Silver Bells that were blooming. I got those photos and it began to clear so I checked the bird boxes for Jean. A Carolina Chickadee flew into my face from one. I decided to stick around and look for more birds and ended up with a decent list.
    23 Species

    Great Blue Heron 1
    Green Heron 2
    Canada Goose 20 and 6 goslings
    Mourning Dove 3
    Rock Pigeon 8
    Belted Kingfisher 2
    Red-bellied WP 2
    Blue Jay 4
    American Crow 2
    Tree Swallow 2
    Tufted Titmouse 14
    Carolina Chickadee 6
    Carolina Wren 5
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
    American Robin 10
    Brown Thrasher 3
    Northern Parula 2
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
    N. Cardinal 10
    Eastern Towhee 8
    Field Sparrow 1
    White-throated Sparrow 1
    Song Sparrow 2

  19. Thanks to Karen and Tim for the Greenway walks’ bird lists. For those unable to make it to the walks, these lists will continue to be posted throughout the season.

  20. On April 12th eight birders enjoyed excellent bird activity and very active birds. The birders present were Tim Carstens, Barbara Georgen, Tom Flagg, Ned Kraft, Alan Roberts, Jean Hunnicutt, Don Fisher and Marsha Luckzak Highlights of the trip included very large flocks of cedar waxwings, good views of Blue-winged Teal and Red-winged Blackbirds in the wetlands, and a brief but good in-the-open look at the White-eyed Vireo. We had excellent views of in-breeding plumage Palm Warblers in the wetlands and also had looks at Yellow-rumped Warblers and Common Yellow Throats. We heard but did not see Yellow and Yellow throated warblers.
    Little Tennessee River Greenway, Macon, North Carolina, US

    Apr 12, 2017 8:00 AM – 10:45 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Franklin Bird Club trip. Big Bear section of Greenway. Excellent weather and much bird activity.
    36 species

    Canada Goose X
    Mallard X
    Blue-winged Teal X
    Great Blue Heron X
    Turkey Vulture X
    Mourning Dove X
    Belted Kingfisher X
    Red-bellied Woodpecker X
    Eastern Phoebe X
    White-eyed Vireo X
    Blue Jay X
    American Crow X
    Tree Swallow X
    Carolina Chickadee X
    Tufted Titmouse X
    Carolina Wren X
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher X
    Eastern Bluebird X
    American Robin X
    Gray Catbird X
    Brown Thrasher X
    Northern Mockingbird X
    Cedar Waxwing X
    Common Yellowthroat X
    Yellow Warbler X
    Palm Warbler X
    Yellow-rumped Warbler X
    Yellow-throated Warbler X
    Field Sparrow X
    White-throated Sparrow X
    Song Sparrow X
    Eastern Towhee X
    Northern Cardinal X
    Red-winged Blackbird X
    Brown-headed Cowbird X
    American Goldfinch X

  21. Our first bird walk for 2017! Here we go…
    On April 5, 2017 eleven enthusiastic birders met at the Library and walked along this stretch of the greenway to find birds present in this area. Tim, Don, Jean, Alan, Tom, Chris and Susan, Marsha, Ginger and Mike joined me. It was cloudy and quite windy, ominous looking, and storms were predicted sometime this morning. However, the birds were singing and active. In the parking lot we got good views of the Tree Swallows and the Rough-winged Swallows, which allowed great opportunities to examine the field marks and learn more about swallows. Heading down the trail, we were using our ears to cue us into what birds were about. Even though the rain did catch up with us and we had to head to the cars cutting across wet fields we found 26 different species. The list for the day was:

    Canada Goose 2
    Wild Turkey 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
    Northern Flicker 2
    Pileated Woodpecker 2
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Blue Jay 5
    American Crow 6
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
    Tree Swallow 4
    Carolina Chickadee 6
    Tufted Titmouse 3
    Carolina Wren 3
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
    Eastern Bluebird 2
    American Robin 1
    Northern Mockingbird 1
    Chipping Sparrow 1
    Field Sparrow 4
    White-throated Sparrow 2
    Song Sparrow 4
    Eastern Towhee 6
    Northern Cardinal 3
    Brown-headed Cowbird 5
    House Finch 5
    American Goldfinch 1

    Thanks to Tim Carstens for his ebird recording.

    Let’s join Tim next Wednesday at Big Bear for our second bird walk this year!

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