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) A Red-cockaded Woodpecker cluster is located adjacent to the entrance road. The best opportunities to view these birds are at daybreak and early evenings, but please remember to minimize your disturbance. Resident pine forest species include Red-bellied, Red-cockaded, and Pileated Woodpeckers, Blue Jay, Carolina Chickadee, American Kestrel, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Pine Warbler, and Eastern Bluebird. During the summer Woodthrush, White-eyed Vireo, Blue Grosbeak, Summer Tanager, Hooded Warbler, American Redstart, Indigo and Painted Buntings, and Eastern Towhee occur quite regularly. Resident woodland species include Blue Jay, Red-eyed Vireo, Northern Parula, Arcadian Flycatcher, Gray Catbird, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Eastern Kingbird, Summer Tanager, Orchard Oriole, Yellow-throated Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, and Hooded Warbler. Brightly colored neo-tropical songbirds also migrate through this area during the spring and fall months.
Did you ever go out and notice there seems to be no birds? You don’t see one; you can’t hear one. Where are they? Well, from my visits here, I’d guess when you can’t find a bird, it’s because they came here! I’ve never seen and heard so many in a single spot at once… well, not counting seagulls and pigeons.