Venture to Morganton Greenway
September 7, 2019
A small group of us met on a warm Saturday morning at the Morganton Greenway. We began walking along the banks of the Catawba River. The hum of cicadas and sound of the river lulled us into the moment as we walked under large River Birches and Sycamores, peering high into the canopy for bird activity. A large flock of Cedar Waxwings were foraging in the trees along the far side of the river. An Eastern Wood-Pewee was also sallying for insects along the riverside. We drove a short distance up river and hopped back out on the Greenway. White-eyed Vireos sang in the thick understory of rivercane. What initially appeared to be a falling leaf turned out to be a hungry American Redstart foraging along the edge of a field. Every patch of Jewelweed was thoroughly inspected for Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and our attentiveness was eventually rewarded with a beautiful male. By late morning it was scorching hot and bird activity had died down. We broke for lunch under a shelter with some picnic tables and spread out a wonderful meal. Brown-headed Nuthatches called over our heads as we ate and discussed the morning. What a peaceful day in Morganton with lovely company and yes, a few birds too!