I enjoyed a great morning at the Biltmore Estate today, logging 86 total
species in about 3 hrs and 40 min of birding time. I don't think I've ever
managed that in one eBird checklist away from the tropics before...
Best bird was an Olive-sided Flycatcher, doing what they do best, perching
on conspicuous dead/bare limbs in the treetops. First spotted it just NW of
the lagoon on the Deer Park River trail and enjoyed watching it for a few
minutes before I got distracted by some warblers dropping in nearby.
Also had singing Bobolinks, Grasshopper Sparrow, Black-billed Cuckoo, 6
Semipalmated Plovers (in the big dirt field at Antler Hill), 12 species of
warbler (lots of Cape Mays and Blackpolls around right now), and American
Pipit (getting a bit late for them).
Here's the full list with some poor but diagnostic photos of the
One last note - the Biltmore Estate is currently only open for passholders
and you have to schedule a visit beforehand via their website.
Ventures Birding Tours