A visiting journalist and bird-watcher, after having his breakfast on our front patio, presented us with a "quick list" of the birds he saw while sipping his coffee: Veery, Cardinal, Tufted Titmous, Chicadee, Wild Turkey, Downy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Crow, Ovenbird, Sparrow, Black-and-White Warbler, American Redstart, Hooded Warbler, Mallard, Wood Thrush, Robin, Mourning Dove, Blue Jay, Scarlet Tanager, Phoebe, Red-Eyed Vireo, Indigo Bunting, Barn Swallow, Parula Warbler, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Worm-Eating Warbler, Cowbird, Carolina Wren, and Goldfinch! He explained that the "best" bird he saw was the Veery, that prime spring birding season here is from late April to early June, as well as in the fall, and that "one could probably hear and see 50 to 60 birds over a weekend"! This was REALLY exciting to hear, as for 11 years we've woken up and gone to sleep to 100s of different bird calls and song, and enjoy the birds at our feeders year round, but neither of us have any real knowledge of birds, nor any fabulous camera equipment, and so besides the really obvious ones like cardinals and finches and swallows, we truly had no clue what they all were! Every once in a while we'll hear someone say "there are no birds in McDowell County- coal mining chased 'em all away!", and while that is laughable as it's so obviously not true, without some documentation from a "real birder" it was hard to refute- and now we have it! We would LOVE for a bird-watching publication to come down and do an in-depth article on the great birding in McDowell County!
So, all you birders, come on down to the Elkhorn Inn & Theatre, and bring your binoculars & cameras! :-) We've finally started taking pix of the many birds that flock around the Elkhorn Inn & dine at our feeders, and the 100s of butterflies that enjoy our Butterfly Bushes and other flowers! We have cardinals nesting in the trees next to the Inn, hummingbirds, bluebirds, bluejays, veerys, finches, woodpeckers, chickadees, doves, the Swallow Family who nest on our patio each year to raise their family, and the Duck Family on Elkhorn Creek, too! Stay tuned for more pix- and feel free to send us photos of birding in McDowell County- we'll post them on our Facebook page, and here on the website, & we'll give you credit! We'd also love ideas for bringing in more birds!