This past weekend, I tried to enjoy what may be the last peak weekend of the spring bird migration through North Carolina. On Saturday morning, I visited the 367-acre Mason Farm Biological Farm in Chapel Hill, NC with the Duke Natural History Society.
The Reserve contains a number of great birding habitats, including hardwood bottomlands and old fields. It also houses more species of animals than any other comparably sized site in the Piedmont -- including 216 bird species.
Walking the two mile Reserve loop, we identified over 33 bird species with the help of expert birder Will Cook (please visit his excellent website: http://www.carolinanature.com/). Species included tanagers, vireos, redstarts, black-and-white warblers, yellow breasted chats, and common yellowthroats.
If you're interested in visiting Mason Farm Biological Reserve, stop by the Totten Center of the North Carolina Botanic Garden up the road and pick up a pass.