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.