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Watauga County update

Hello all!

Spring is trying to come here in Boone as well.  Good numbers of Wood Ducks,
Grackles, Red-winged Blackbirds, and a few Rusties have returned.  Still
good numbers of Goldfinches and Siskins being reported to the Watauga
Hotline and also two more reports of Common Redpoll for the season.
Unfortunately all four reports this winter have been after the fact and the
1 or 2 birds have not lingered at feeders.  The last two reports were in the
Blowing Rock area off of Hwy 221 S toward Linville.  Ravens are widespread
at lower elevations and upper with some courtship flights at Grandfather and
Snake Mtn.  A trip to Banner Elk today turned up the usual Mallards and
Canada Geese at the Lees McCrae pond as well as a pair of Bufflehead and an
injured Ring-billed Gull.  Other reports have included Woodcock and Snipe
around the county in the usual spots and Hooded Merganser on Price Lake.
Can Tree Swallows be far behind?!

Come see us in the spring at the CBC meeting in Blowing Rock and at the
Grandfather Mountain Birding weekend that same weekend (May 5-7)!!

Curtis Smalling
Ecos of the Blue Ridge   828-265-0198