This is a beautiful area and the estate has great views of the mountains and of open pastures. Our time in the area was very limited and I was not really planning to do much birding, but decided to walk around the grounds of the estate for a while before it opened for a formal tour. Unfortunately the morning was cloudy and foggy, not really good for photography. But I was curious to see if I might see some of the local species in the area which we do not have in eastern North Carolina during the summer, including Black & White, Worm-Eating, Hooded, and Palm warblers as well as the American Redstart. I was able to spend about an hour and a half wondering around the field edges and even though it was a terrible photo day, was able to get a few fair bird shots. One of the interesting sights was the amount of wild blooming chicory in the fields.I was able to get several species in the short time I was there, and I suggest if you visit here, take a stroll--the birding is great!!
See pics below with some shots of the house and grounds---- Please excuse the poorer picture quality---
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