For your reading pleasure......
George Wheaton's article Guilford County Best Birds of 2015 offers 22 candidates for 2015 Bird of the Year. Do you agree with his choice? If not, tell us which bird would get your vote.
A compilation of Rare Bird Sightings in Guilford County has been updated by George Wheaton through 2015 and is now posted on the website in the Resources section. It is a remarkable record covering more than 100 years of observation and documentation.
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May 2016 -The Veep's Peep
Spring Migration is in full swing and excitement is in the air with all the recent migratory sightings.
As we trek through fields and forests enjoying the migration, don't forget to enhance the habitat in your own yard by planting bird-friendly native plants. Native trees, shrubs and flowers support healthy insect populations which are key to sustaining nestlings and bird populations. Click here for a list of bird-friendly native plants.
** Please contact the field trip leader for details and confirm your attendance in advance. In cases of inclement weather, an outing could be cancelled.
Saturday, May 7: Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area
Occoneechee Mountain is the highest point from Hillsborough to the coast, and is home to a variety of plants and animals more often found in the mountains. In May, a spectacular show of Mountain Laurel is a highlight and bird life includes many neotropical migrants, Pileated Woodpeckers, and other residents. Occoneechee Mountain is a beautiful walk and one of the most important natural areas of the Triangle. This is a joint activity with the T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society. Carpooling is important, so it is advisable to meet at Sam's Mart, 2906 South Elm Eugene Street no later than 8:30.
Location: Occoneechee Mountain, 625 Virginia Cates Road, Hillsborough NC
Time: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Leader:Lynn and Phil Moseley
Sunday, May 8: Birding by Sound (Bird Songs and Calls)
Intended as an educational experience, this trip includes sites that are oases for a wide variety of spring migrants as well as many resident birds. Experts will be available for teaching. Maintaining quiet is very important. Cancels with inclement weather.
Location: Meet at the intersection of Starmount Drive and Nut Bush Drive, Greensboro, NC
Time: 8:30 AM- 11:00 AM
Leader: Jane Lawrence
Saturday, May 14: Spring Picnic
Come celebrate a great PBC year and share plans for the summer with your fellow birders. Bring a covered dish to this potluck picnic. Beverages, utensils, and paper products will be provided. There will be a short bird walk before dinner. Guests welcome.
Location: Country Park, Shelter #1-convenient parking at the end of the Greensboro Science Center Parking Lot, 4301 Lawndale Drive
Time: Nature walk at 5:30 PM; Dinner at 6:00 PM
Contact: Janet Goins
Sunday, May 15: Beginning Birder Workshop #3 – Attracting Birds in Your Backyard
This will be a workshop about bird feeders and bird food followed by observation of the feeding stations around the library. Supervised older children are welcome. This is a joint activity with the T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society. Instruction in the classroom will be followed by a walk on open lawn, at the edge of mixed forest, and around a pond if the weather permits. Bring field guides and binoculars if you have them, but some loaners will be available. Special considerations: The topics of each of the three Beginning Birder Workshops will be different. Each will stand alone, meaning that a parti-cipant may attend one, two, or all three and receive different material each time. Seating is limited, so advance registration is requested. Cancellation: The indoor portion of the workshop will not be cancelled unless the library facilities have to be closed. The outdoor portion will depend upon the weather.
Location:Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Dr, Greensboro, NC
Time: 2:30 PM - 4:30PM
Leader: Dennis Burnette
Saturday, May 21:The Summit at Haw River State Park
We will walk the wooded trails down to the lake and along the boardwalk to the Haw River. This is a good place to see or hear a variety of breeding birds including Prothonotary Warbler, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, and Great Blue Heron. We will visit a nearby cutover area to look for Yellow-breasted Chats, Blue Grosbeaks, Indigo Buntings, Prairie Warblers, and more. This outing is mostly easy walking on trails and boardwalk with a couple of moderate hills. It may be wet and slippery in spots, so wear shoes with traction. Cancels with inclement weather.
Location: Haw River State Park, 339 Conference Center Dr, Browns Summit, NC
Time: To be determined, contact the leader
Leader: Emily Tyler
Saturday, May 28: Birding from Kayaks/Canoes on Lake Randleman
We will launch our kayaks and canoes into Randleman Reservoir and paddle the banks in search of birds and other wildlife. Bring your own craft, or rentals are available – call the marina 641-2050 to inquire about rentals. Arrive early to allow time for paperwork and payment.
Location:Marina at Southwest Park, Joyce Road, Greensboro, NC
Time: 9 AM - 12:00 PM
Leader: Julien McCarthy
Saturday, June 4: Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail
The Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail is part of the NC Birding Trail, with over 150 species identified. We will see late migrants and summer residents – most of the woodpeckers, Eastern Meadowlark, Blue Grosbeak, Summer Tanager, Acadian Flycatcher, and more. Provisions needed: Drinks and snacks Cancels with inclement weather.
Location:Chinqua-Penn, 2138 Wentworth St, Reidsville, NC
Time: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Leader: Becky Loyocano
For full field trip details, refer to the PBC Calendar of Events.
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