[Bristol-Birds] Birding at the SAHC Roan Mountain Weekend

  • From: Robert Biller <earedgrebe@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tn-bird <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Bristol-birds <bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Roanwoman@xxxxxxx, Nora Schubert <nora_schubert1@xxxxxxxxxxx>, cheryl@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2009 15:35:55 -0400

This past weekend, the Southern Appalachian Highland Conservancy had its
annual "Roan Romp" weekend with hikes on Roan Mountain and the meeting in
Crossnore, NC. I participated on the Overmountain Victory Trail hike on
Saturday and the walk through the Rhododendron Gardens at the top of the
mountain on Sunday.

The Hike Saturday (June 13)  started in North Carolina (@ Roaring Creek) and
quickly came in to Tennessee crossing the Appalachian Trail and followed the
Overmountain Victory Trail to Hampton Creek Cove (Carter County - near Roan

Birds seen or heard were:

Turkey Vulture
Broad-winged Hawk
Rock Pigeon (drive to Roaring Creek)
Mourning Dove
Barred Owl (calling during the day on the Tennessee Side)
Chimney Swift
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Alder Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Tufted Titmouse
House Wren
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Golden-winged Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Scarlet Tanager
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch

Sunday (June 14 - Rhodendron Gardens, Roan High Bluff Trail Overlook,
Appalachian Trail from Carver's Gap to Engine Gap) - Flame Azalea almost at
peak bloom. Probably will be Tues/Wed/Thurs this week).

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Carver's Gap - TN)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Engine Gap - NC)
Alder Flycatcher (Carver's Gap - TN)
Blue-headed Vireo (Rhodedron Gardens - NC)
Blue-Jay (TN)
American Crow (TN)
Common Raven (Roan High Bluff - NC)
Tree Swallow (Round Bald - TN)
Barn Swallow (Round Bald - NC)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Roan High Bluff - NC, Carver's Gap - TN)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Rhodendron Gardens - NC, Carver's Gap - TN)
Veery (Rhodendron Gardens - NC)
Hermit Thrush (Round Bald - TN) singing - in the Spruce/Fir along App.
Gray Catbird (Carver's Gap - TN)
Brown Thrasher (Round Bald - TN)
Cedar Waxwing (Round Bald - from TN to NC)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Carver's Gap - TN)
Eastern Towhee (Round Bald - TN)
Vesper Sparrow (Round Bald - TN) - at least 2, watched one singing
Dark-eyed Junco (TN,NC)
Pine Siskin (Carver's Gap - TN)

Rob Biller
Elizabethton, TN

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