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Crabtree Meadow Birds

Dwayne and I camped at Crabtree Meadows campground (on the Blue Ridge
Parkway) about 20 miles north of Mt. Mitchell this weekend and were
surprised by some of the birds we encountered in and around the area.  On
Friday evening, we came across two flocks of migrants (and residents)
feeding on the more than plentiful gnats and other flying pests.

Flock 1:  4 Blue-headed Vireos, 2 Red-eyed Vireos, 1 Summer Tanager, 1
Black-and-white Warbler, 1 Blackburnian Warbler, 1 Black-throated Green
Warbler, 1 Black-throated Blue Warbler, 4 American Robins, and 1 Cedar

Flock 2:  5 Tufted Titmice, 4 Carolina Chickadees, 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher,
3 White-breasted Nuthatches, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 2 Eastern Phoebes, 1
American Crow, 1 Black-and-white Warbler, 1 BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, 2
Blackburnian Warblers, 1 Tennessee Warbler, 5 Black-throated Green Warblers,
3 Black-throated Blue Warblers, 2 Chestnut-sided Warblers, 1 WILLOW
FLYCATCHER (calling!), 2 Eastern Wood-Pewees, and 2 American Goldfinches.

On Saturday, we had a small flock of migrants feeding above our camper
including, 2 Blackburnian Warblers, 1 Chestnut-sided Warblers, 1 Tennessee
Warbler, 2 Scarlet Tanagers, 1 Black-and-white Warbler, 2 Eastern
Wood-Pewees, and 1 Red-eyed Vireo.

Also yesterday evening, we had two Red Crossbills flyover at 5:45pm (calling
very loudly!), 20+ Wild Turkeys foraging in the unoccupied grassy area of
the campground, and just about dark we had 15+ Common Nighthawks milling
around above the trees.  We heard the Barred Owl both nights and even found
one of it's wing feathers near the bath house. This is one more "birdy"
place, and even if you aren't into camping, you should definitely stop in
and walk around!

Dwayne & Lori Martin
Foothills Bird Club
Claremont, NC