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Ridge Junction Rookies
- To: "Carolina Birds" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Subject: Ridge Junction Rookies
- From: Buren Blankenship <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 13 Sep 99 21:13:09 -0400
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Two birders who don't get out nearly enough (us) got to sample the flow
of migrants and special residents along the Blue Ridge Parkway this
weekend. We worked the birding in around a continuing education event in
Friday, 9/10, at Ridge Junction, included:
a steady stream of 38 hummers in 1 and 3/4 hours, most following the same
1 Tennessee warbler
several possible magnolias
1 red-breasted nuthatch
a pair of crossbills flying over
1 pine siskin
At the Mt. Mitchell restaurant, good looks at crossbills excited us. The
view from the top was spectacular, after the passage of the front.
Just off the road to the Craggy Gardens picnic area, we saw a male Cape
On Sunday afternoon, 9/12, we saw 1 broad wing hawk tussling with 2
ravens in flight, about 2 miles north of the Mt. Pisgah watch site. It
appeared to head off in a northerly direction.
Near the turn to the Mt. Pisgah fire tower, we saw 2 sharp-shinned hawks
swooping out from the trees and back in.
Back at home, hummers are swarming our feeders like bees. We had our
second sighting of a black-and-white warbler in a week.
Buren and Luanne Blankenship
Pendleton, SC (between Clemson and Anderson)