North Carolina Mountain Birds: Eastern Screech Owl

Eastern Screech Owl by Albert Herring https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WR_-_Eastern_Screech_Owl_4_(5761936594).jpg

We’re big fans of the Eastern Screech Owl, a small raptor with a distinctive set of songs, none of which sounds like a screeching owl to us, but more like a bubbly, warbly, trilly, whinnying owl. So let’s meet our November 2016 selection in our 12 Months of Birding at the Inn blog series.

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2016 Fall Color Report for the NC Mountains: Week 7

Fall leaves on mossy ground

Finally(!), oak trees are changing en masse, with bold orange and rust-colored tones dominate the landscape at our elevation of 2,300 feet in the North Carolina mountains. This will be our final fall color report for 2016, and it’s been a beautiful fall season.

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2016 Fall Color Report for the NC Mountains: Week 6

Fall Color at the Inn on Mill Creek Oct 28 2016

While peak color has ended in several areas above 3,500 feet, color remains at elevations below that, including the immediate Asheville area. We still have green leaves on our oak trees, in fact. Fall is going to linger on into November, yay!

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2016 Fall Color Report for the NC Mountains: Week 5

Fall color variation

Fall color has quickly worked its way down the mountainsides near Asheville, NC, adding some nice hues to the landscape at elevations between 2,000 and 3,000 feet heading into the last part of October. Some oranges and reds are lingering at higher elevations as well, but those areas above 3, 500 feet will be slipping past peak soon.

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North Carolina Mountain Birds: Cooper’s Hawk

Cooper's Hawk [photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wildreturn/8474601987/}

For our October 2016 pick in our 12 Months of Birding at the Inn blog series, we’ve selected a bird that, like us, loves to be in the woods. Since the Inn on Mill Creek B&B is situated inside Pisgah National Forest, keep an eye out for one of its year-round residents, the Cooper’s Hawk.

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2016 Fall Color Report for the NC Mountains: Week 4

labyrinth-fall-color-2016

Oh la la, fall color is making a real splash at elevations above 3,500 feet in the mountains around Asheville, NC, this week, with peak color set to arrive at those elevations over the next few days. Meanwhile, here inside Pisgah National Forest at 2,300 feet, the fall foliage is starting to quickly dominate the landscape in some parts of the forest (as you can see from our cover photo of our labyrinth taken on Oct. 16).

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2016 Fall Color Report for the NC Mountains: Week 3

fall-colors-pisgah-national-forest-mid-october-2015

As we enter mid-October, color is slowly but surely progressing at our elevation of 2,300 feet above sea level, inside Pisgah National Forest east of Asheville, NC. Mother Nature is using a mostly-yellow color palette at the moment.

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2016 Fall Color Report for the NC Mountains: Week 2

Mountain view in early fall

Early October is when we start to see colorful “pops” peeking through all the green in Pisgah National Forest and the area around Asheville, NC. Ready to find out where to hunt for bright fall foliage? It’s time for our second week of fall color reports for the NC mountains near Asheville and Black Mountain!

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