Date: 4/17/17 4:59 am
From: Simon Thompson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Great Smokies
Just back from the Smokies where several of us helped out with the
Wildflower (and bird) Pilgrimage - early up there for a big push of spring
migrants, but the wildfloweres were spectacular.

Highlights included:
Scarlet Tanager, Wood Thrush (just singles)
Blackburnian and Hooded Warbler, Ovenbird, Eastern Kingbird, Broad-winged
Hawk (small numbers just arriving)
Black-throated Green, Northern Parula, Black-and-white, Louisiana
Waterthrush (lots!)
Vesper and Grasshopper Sparrows, Osprey, Palm Warbler - migrants moving
Also a couple of unexpected species: Cattle Egret and Common Merganser

This is a great festival for exploring many parts of the Smokies and has
lots of bird and wildflower programs. Next year will be April 24-28, 2018

There are still a few spaces on several of our spring Ventures day-trips;
links are below.

Simon RB Thompson
Ventures Birding Tours
Asheville, North Carolina

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