Date: 9/22/19 7:53 am From: william haddad (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Hefner Gap the last few days
Didn't go out today but birded Hefner the last three days - two of which were with two good birders from the Raleigh area -Nan and Fleeta, sometimes joined by local birder Gordon. Except for an inclement day (where we still saw a few good birds) we had very good birding at Hefner and would add a few species at the nearby Orchard at Altapass road. As is typical with Hefner the action starts early. We averaged 11 Warbler species (good looks). As is typical with Hefner, you may get that approximate number the next day but with a few different Warbler species..We also saw Summer as well as Scarlet Tanagers, a Baltimore Oriole, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Blue-headed, Yellow-throated and White-eyed Vireos (I had Red-eyed and Philadelphia a few days before), Red-tailed Hawk, Ravens, etc The virtue of Hefner is consistency and close looks rather than a huge Warbler species count on any one day. As to many species, a good number of individual birds.
We also enjoyed late summer wildflowers including Evening Primrose, Bladder Campion, several types of Astor, Spiderwort and the related Day Flower, Wild Sunflower, Green-headed Coneflower, etc. The Bull Thistle and Snakeroot Flowers attracted several species of Butterflies, including Monarchs, Tiger Swallowtails, a Buckeye, Spicebush Swallowtails, a Pipevine Swallowtail and Great Spangled Fritillaries. Ah, the Southern Appalachians!