Elkhorn Inn & Theater - Eckman, West Virginia, 24829, United States





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The Elkhorn Inn's Birdwatching Journal

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The Finch Famiy Five @ the
Elkhorn Inn

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Cardinals in the snow...

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Elkhorn Creek's "Duck Couple"

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!

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Wild Turkey!

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Baby swallows in their nest...

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Hummingbird at one of our feeders...

Elkhorn Inn & Theater
30767 Coal Heritage Road, Landgraff
Eckman, West Virginia, 24829, United States
Call: (800) 708-2040 | (304) 862-2031
(304) 862-2031


Elkhorn Inn & Theatre

Featured on HGTV, CNN Travel, and Bon Appetit Appalachia!, and a 2017 SCORE Business Champion, the historic, 1922 "Coal Heritage Trail" Elkhorn Inn is on US Route 52 ("Coal Heritage Road") in Landgraff, WV, between Eckman & Kimball, just 18 miles (30 minutes) from Bluefield, WV/VA. The Elkhorn Inn provides bed-and-breakfast accommodation in 14 air-conditioned & heated guest rooms, and fine dining by reservation for up to 25 people. The pet and family-friendly Inn offers FREE WiFi, phone calls, satellite TV, & parking, a balcony & covered rail-view patio, fireplace, and a Gift Shop/Gallery and Museum Room. We have world-class railfanning, trout fishing on Elkhorn Creek, and excellent bird-watching right at the Inn, fab "leaf-peeping", & THE best ATV trails in the eastern USA! And it's LEGAL to ride ATVs on the roads here, so you can ride your ATV right from the Inn to the Hatfield-McCoy Trails or hundreds of miles of FREE trails in McDowell County!