[Bristol-Birds] Birders and vehicles flocking to 4-wheel drive sapsucker field trip

  • From: "BBC Net" <jwcoffey@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "'Bristol Birds'" <bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2015 12:08:34 -0400





The Saturday, June 13, off road 4-wheeling sapsucker nesting

habitat trip to Pine Mountain in the Mount Rogers National

Recreation Area, is drawing birders with excitement. Both

Bristol Bird Club birders and others have already indicated

they will be on this trip.



Cathy Spencer, from Rugby in Grayson County, is among those

who are looking forward to going up with us. She has been birding

the scales area and adjacent Appalachian Trail routes for

many years and keeping records in the Mount Rogers area for

nearly 30 years. West of the scales on the AT she frequently

finds Hermit Thrush.



We how have four 4-wheel drive SUVs indicating they will take

birders up the beautiful jeep trail. Those indicating they will

be on the trip are filling up fast. We can probably use a

coupe of more 4-wheel SUVs before it is over.



Dick and Judy Moose, BBC members from Wytheville, will

provide great leadership.



Cathy says the "scales" are her stomping ground for birding

and wilderness! She says the flame azaleas and witch hobble

are really beautiful there. She is looking forward to meeting

more of our birders.



Friday, 29 May, she had a Cerulean Warbler on the Blue Ridge

Parkway at the Lewis Fork Overlook in Ashe County, NC.



The overlook provides beautiful panoramic views from the

Blue Ridge Parkway and Cerulean Warblers are a highlight

for this site and are usually found at Milepost 270.5, a short

0.3 mile walk south on the Parkway from the overlook.

Cathy, Robin Diaz, Dere Hudgins, Sherry Lane and others

have been getting up there this spring.



The overlook is about seven mile northeast of Boone

NC and members of the High Country Audubon group

from Boone get up there to bird. Jim and Doris Ratchford,

from that group, are frequent birders in eastern Sullivan

County at Musick's Campground in winter and know

the waterfowl and birding sites better than most

birders in Sullivan County. They have been with us a

few times on our Burke's Garden trips.



Hope to hear from you if you want to join us and

nesting sapsuckers along the face of Pine Mountain.



Wallace Coffey

Bristol, TN

jwcoffey@xxxxxxxxxx

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