Curtis Smalling, Important Bird Area Coordinator for Audubon NC, appears in a video about the Amphibolite Mountains. The "amphibolites" refers to a chain of mountains in Watauga and Ashe Counties and includes Snake Mountain, Elk Knob, and others. If you haven't visited this area try to add it to your list for next year. It's one of the best places for Golden-winged Warblers in this area.
The Golden-winged Warbler is a small but beautiful songbird of eastern successional forests. Successional forests are very young forests characterized by a dense growth of shrubs and saplings. The Golden-winged Warbler eats mostly insects and spiders, foragjng mostly in the upper half of trees and shrubs. It will probe dead leaf clusters in winter, spreading it's bill to open curled leaves and often hangs upside down.
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WILSON CREEK IMPORTANT BIRD AREA
The High County Audubon Society received a grant from Audubon NC to help with the establishment and support of this IBA. Volunteers contribute hours doing surveys, cleanups, and whatever else needs to be done. If you are interested in helping please contact HIGH COUNTRY AUDUBON
GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN IMPORTANT BIRD AREA
HCAS has been asked we would also be interested in helping them with bird research at the Grandfather Mountain Important Bird Area. If you are interested in helping on the Mountain please contact HIGH COUNTRY AUDUBON.
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Banner photo of Saw-whet Owl courtesy of Jesse Pope.