Southern Specialties

Brown-headed Nuthatch: Common in pine forests, especially around Jordan Lake. Common visitor to bird feeders. These cuties are always seen in or near pine trees. The best way to find them is to go to some pine woods and listen for the rubber-ducky call notes. They often respond to screech-owl imitations. Some of the best locations to look are Old Hope Valley Farm Road, Poplar Point, Vista Point. Just about any place at Jordan Lake is good.

Blue Grosbeak: Fairly common in brushy areas, along with Indigo Buntings.

Blue-headed Vireo (Mountain race, Vireo solitarius alticola): This little-known subspecies is a rare breeder locally, much more common in the mountains. Their habitat here is different from the mountain Mountain Vireos - mature stands of Loblolly Pine. The best place to look for nesting Blue-headed Vireos are Duke Forest and a spot on Seaforth Road near Jordan Lake.

Bachman's Sparrow: Formerly present in a big field on Christian Chapel Road near Harris Lake, this population appears to be gone. The best bet is to head south to the sandhills region. There they are usually found in the same mature, open pine forests where Red-cockaded Woodpeckers are found.

> Please let me know if there are any other species you would like to see listed here.

 

Not currently known in the Triangle area

Red-cockaded Woodpecker: Head to the sandhills or to the coast for them. See John Fussell's book A Birder's Guide to Coastal North Carolina for specific directions.

Swainson's Warbler: Head to the coast or the mountains. See John Fussell's book A Birder's Guide to Coastal North Carolina or Marcus Simpson's Birds of the Blue Ridge Mountains for specific directions.

 

Revised 1/24/2008 cwcook@duke.edu


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