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Spring Birding at Sandy Mush Game Lands

May 3 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

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May 3


8:00 am - 11:00 am

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FIELD | Friday, May 3, 8 – 11 a.m.

Enjoy an easy to moderate hike along the trails and paths at Sandy Mush Game Land. The mosaic of habitats here vary from open, managed cut-over areas to cove and riverine forests down along Sandy Mush & Turkey Creeks, and the French Broad River. Over the past few years, we’ve found them to be excellent for Prairie Warbler, Field Sparrow, Indigo Bunting and Yellow-breasted Chat, all of which are abundant. This is also the best spot in the county for Northern Bobwhite, which can often be heard calling from the fields and occasionally we get to see them. Other summer residents we’ll also be looking for include Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Acadian Flycatcher, White-eyed Vireo, Northern Parula, Hooded Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Orchard Oriole, and Blue Grosbeak, and many others. Wild Turkeys are common year-round and several raptor species nest here as well. The woodlands and fields will be full of bird song and who knows what surprises we may find in this under-birded part of the county. Participants will be sent meeting instructions in advance.

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