Birders, another enjoyable morning birding my property in northern Watauga Co. The highlight was an empid that I think is a probable yellow-bellied flycatcher. I had excellent looks as it foraged with a nice flock of wood warblers (13 spp, 50+ individuals) in a brushy clearing next to a small stream just a short distance from my house. Details are in the eBird report--link below.
I've learned the best way to get good looks at migrants is to find a place where they descend from the trees to drink and bathe. I am fortunate to have just the place very near my house--it is a customary spot for the resident birds and the migrants seem to follow their lead.