Date: 5/16/20 3:28 pm
From: Ryan Justice (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Western NC- BRP birding
Got on the parkway at Ben Miller/421 with the intention of heading S all the way down to the area N of Asheville for Cerulean Warbler, only to find it closed just S of Mt Mitchell due to a rock slide. We took Curtis Creek down the mountain as an alternate. Frustrating, but still good birding along the way.

Highlights:

- Black-billed Cuckoo seen and heard at Boone’s Trace Overlook
- classic mountain birds like raven, RB Nuthatch, Winter Wren, BW Hawk, GC Kinglet, and a couple of singing Hermit Thrushes
- Hairy WP nest in the parking lot at Trout Lake
- 14 warbler sp. including: Ovenbird (21), Black-and-white (11), Swainson’s (1), Kentucky (1), Yellowthroat (4), Hooded (10), Redstart (5), Parula (5), Bay-breasted (1), Blackburnian (2), Chestnut-sided (10), BTB (16), BTG (29), Canada (1)

Happy birding,
Ryan Justice

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