Birding in the Winter | Ornithology | transylvaniatimes.com – The Transylvania Times


A steady rain early…then remaining cloudy with a few showers. High 52F. Winds SW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall around a half an inch. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph..
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Updated: January 25, 2023 @ 7:33 am
A tufted titmouse looking for food in Pisgah Forest.
This dark-eyed junco is just one of the many birds that visit Transylvania County each winter.

A tufted titmouse looking for food in Pisgah Forest.
This dark-eyed junco is just one of the many birds that visit Transylvania County each winter.
It was a brisk 17 degrees Fahrenheit. Members of the Transylvania County Bird Club and many other dedicated birders bundled up, grabbed the binoculars and headed out for the 2022 Christmas Bird Count.
The annual bird count sponsored by the National Audubon Society is the nation’s longest-running community science bird project.
Results are recorded by observers in eBird – a database developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology accessed by smart phones and used by scientists to fuel bird studies throughout the year.
One might ask if there are there any birds here in Transylvania County in December when it’s 17 degrees?
You might not see some of the more colorful warblers and hummingbirds normally spotted during the warmer months, but rest assured there are plenty of birds to be seen.
Members of the Transylvania County Bird Club recorded more than 80 different species during this year’s bird count including the great blue heron, hooded mergansers, belted kingfisher, pileated woodpecker and yes, even the bald eagle.
But where are the birds? Again, it might seem like winter would not be a good time to go out and see birds, however it can actually be a pretty amazing opportunity to see birds more easily (fewer leaves on the trees) and see birds visiting for the winter (the dark-eyed junco is one).
Before grabbing your binoculars and running out the door, you should plan accordingly.
The free eBird mobile phone app can provide a listing of recent sightings based on location and date.
For Transylvania County, some of the top hot spots for birding are Ecusta Pond (private), the Brevard Bike Path, Rosman Community Park, Pink Beds in Pisgah Forest and Davidson River campground.
Another great way to see birds in the dead of winter is to set out a bird feeder.
During winter birds do not have the opportunity to feed off the insects and plant buds afforded to them during the spring.
A well placed, stocked and frequently cleaned bird feeder is a welcome site for many birds.
Finally, if you are still not sure about seeing birds in the winter but want to give it a try, consider contacting members of the Transylvania County Bird Club.
Club members routinely lead scheduled bird walks throughout the county and there is usually a club member birding nearly every day.
The Transylvania Bird Club is always seeking new members.
If interested in becoming a member or just participating in one of many coordinated bird walks, contact us on Facebook or email Steve Matadobra @robinsoncrusoe30@me.com.
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