2012 Annual Meeting at Johnson City
All field trips will depart from the Holiday Inn parking lot, 101 West Springbrook Drive, Johnson City. Eat breakfast ahead of time and bring snacks and water. Be prepared for cool weather at high elevations.
Friday, 18 May: Trips depart at 7:00 am and return in mid-afternoon, with a lunch stop at a local
diner. You may wish to pack a lunch instead.
1. Roan Mountain area. Stops include Hampton Creek Cove and along hwy 143 heading toward
Carver's Gap. Moderate walking at Hampton Creek Cove, 1-2 miles slightly uphill, but at birding pace. Targets include Golden-winged, Black-throated Blue, Canada, and other warblers; Alder &
Least Flycatcher, Raven, Veery, Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Possible is Black-billed Cuckoo.
2. Roan Mountain area. Same as Trip 1, but birding along hwy 143 toward Carver's Gap first, then going to Hampton Creek Cove. Same birds as listed above for Trip1.
3. Shady Valley. Birding along lower Beaverdam Creek, then at Quarry or Orchard Bogs. Easy
walking for short distances. Targets include Black-throated Blue, Swainson's, and other warblers;
Friday evening, 18 May: Trips depart at 7:00 pm, weather permitting (if raining, the trips will be cancelled). A flashlight and jacket are recommended. Target bird is Northern Saw-whet Owl. NOTE: it is more likely that one will be heard rather than seen, but even hearing one is not guaranteed.
1. Big Bald Mountain. Limit 20 persons. Maximum car pooling essential, as there is little parking. This trip also has a round-trip walk of about 1.5 miles on trail.
2. Roan Mountain (Carver's Gap). May involve walking up road.
Saturday & Sunday, 19 - 20 May: Trips depart at staggered times (7:00 to 7:30 am) and return
by noon. Sign-up on Friday and Saturday night; check individual trip departure times.
Roan Mountain area:
1. Hampton Creek Cove. Moderate walking, about 2 miles, slightly uphill, but at birding pace. Target birds include Golden-winged, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Blue and other warblers; Least Flycatcher, Veery. Also possible are Alder & Willow Flycatcher, Black-billed Cuckoo.
2. Hwy 143, mid elevations to Carver's Gap. Relatively easy walking for short distances. Targets include Black-throated Blue, Canada, and other warblers; Least & Alder Flycatcher; Raven, Veery, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Pine Siskin. Red Crossbill is Possible at Carver's Gap .
3. Carver's Gap and spruce-fir forest, with a few stops along Hwy 143 as descending mountain. Relatively easy walking for short distances. Target birds same as Trip 3.
4. Unaka Mountain. Driving along paved / gravel Forest Service road, with frequent stops, rather easy walking. Targets include Black-throated Blue, Canada and other warblers; Raven, Veery, Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Possible are Ruffed Grouse and Red Crossbill.
5. Shady Valley. Roadside stops along lower Beaverdam Creek, then at one of the Nature Conservancy bogs. Easy walking for short distances. Targets include Black-throated Blue, Swainson's, and other warblers; Willow Flycatcher.
6. Western Washington County. Driving along paved rural roads, with stops at selected sites. Little or no walking. Targets include Bobolink, Dickcissel, Grasshopper Sparrow, Warbling Vireo, and possibly some shorebirds at farm ponds. A spotting scope may be useful on this trip.
For on-your-own birding near Johnson City:
Winged Deer Park: From the Holiday Inn, turn right on Springbrook; at the light turn left onto N. Roan St. & in 0.4 mile (at the Honda dealership) angle to the right onto Hwy 11-E toward Bristol; proceed 2.8 miles & turn left onto Carroll Creek Rd. (just before crossing bridge over lake); in 0.4 mile turn either right or left. Right will take you to the boat ramp, picnic shelter, & restroom. Left will provide access to trails & disc golf course. Orioles nest near the lakeside picnic shelter, while the trails provide good woodland and edge birding.
For more information on the field trips, contact Rick Knight at 423-483-4204, email: email@example.com.