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Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

Updates for birders

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Birders chase migration on the Parkway

 Highlands birders will get a change to see avian fall migration in action on the Highland Plateau Audubon Society’s outing to the Blue Ridge Parkway at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20.

Most years at this time in autumn, the trees and skies are full of broad-winged hawks, Tennessee warblers and scarlet tanagers as they head south to Central and South America, with the Blue Ridge Escarpment used as a flyway. As many of the species will have molted into their fall and winter plumages, identification can be a challenge, but Audubon’s leaders will do their best to help participants see and understand such birds as “confusing Fall Warblers,” a phrase aptly coined by famed ornithologist Roger Tory Peterson many years ago.  

A carpool will leave from Highlands Town Hall at 7 a.m. sharp, returning between 2 and 3 p.m. Loaner binoculars and field guides available. Most bird watching will be on the roadside, though one or two short hikes will be an option. RSVP to Romney Bathurst, 828.526.1939 or Brock Hutchins, 828.787.1387. 

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