Even bad days can be good
May15

Even bad days can be good

This past weekend, May 6-7, was the 34th annual installment of the Great Smoky Mountains Birding Expedition (GSMBE.) The expedition began in 1984 as the brainchild of author, naturalist George Ellison of Bryson City, master birder Rick Pyeritz of Asheville and East Tennessee State University ornithologist and field guide author Fred Alsop. Regular readers of “The Naturalist’s Corner” likely know this is one of my favorite weekends....

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Avian adventures
May14

Avian adventures

What better way to spring into the season than chasing migrants across Western North Carolina? I was with the Franklin Bird Club at Kituwah on April 27 and we had beautiful weather and good birding. I had teased that trip by noting that Kituwah is one of the most reliable places I know of for finding bobolinks in migration. Well, you guessed it, after tromping all the fields we wound up bobolink-less. But the pain was eased by killer...

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