Wintertime is a great time to do birdwatching – it’s one of the activities you can do year-round here in Pisgah National Forest east of Asheville, North Carolina.
Whether you’re outside on a sunny warm-ish day or looking at the outdoors through the windows of the solarium or Great Room, or your guest room, our bird neighbors do not disappoint. In fact, the winter birds seem to be more laid back for some reason and stick around for good photo ops.
One event that puts a spotlight on birding in the winter (at least in our neck of the woods) is the Great Backyard Bird Count, or GBBC, held over a four-day period in February each year. The GBBC was launched by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society in 1998. Now in its 25th year, the citizen-science project offers a chance for you to watch and count the birds, then submit your observations online for use by bird researchers and scientists who track and analyze bird populations and migrating trends.
For details on how to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, visit https://www.birdcount.org/participate/.
We welcome bird lovers to come to the Inn on Mill Creek any time, and the Great Backyard Bird Count is no different. We’re a designated birding hotspot on eBird, the website used to submit observations. If you’d like to do birdwatching in our backyard of Pisgah National Forest during the GBBC, or any day of the year, simply send us an note or call us at 828-668-1115 to let us know what day and time you’d like to come do birding on the property.
Here are the birds you might see at the Inn on Mill Creek Bed & Breakfast during the 2022 Great Backyard Bird Count, taking place February 18-22 this year – all photos taken at the Inn on Mill Creek B&B in Pisgah National Forest:
Other birds to keep an eye out for in our neck of the woods in February include the following – click the name of the bird for details: