Notes From The Field

Since starting this vacation, this has been the first day I”ve been able to get the internet and update my blog. You see the house we were renting didn’t have wifi so I was left without any means to write a blog post. Now I could have driven down into Gatlinburg to find a hot spot, but if you”ve ever been to Gatlinburg you know that traffic can be bumper to bumper and the people are everywhere. So I opted to wait till I got to Hilton Head to write a quick post.
The drive up to our weekend house was quite unbelievable. A series of multiple hair pin curves and switch backs took us up the side of this mountain right on the edge of town. Since there aren’t that many houses as you climb up, and traffic was just the people who lived or rented, I mostly birdied right outside of the house on the street in the morning. And believe it or not I had some pretty decent varieties of birds. I normally was the first one up in the morning, and I would get in an hour or so of birding before everyone else got up and started to move about.
These are the notable birds for that aspect of the trip.
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Northern Mockingbird
American Robin
Northern Cardinal
Yellow-throated Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Swanson’s Thrush
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Pileated Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Scarlet Tanager
Blue Jay
Common Crow

And now that I’m at Hilton Head I am meeting up with my buddy Rich tomorrow morning to do some serious birding at Fish Haul Creek. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a Painted Bunting, and from what Rich told me they are still around.


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