The Hendersonville Greenway has a multitude of habitats that make for a great day of birding. The city has gone through great lengths to make a useable green space for both humans and wildlife. On one end is Jackson Park, arguably the best migrant trap in WNC, but birding can be quite good in the late fall as well. On the other end is Berkeley Park, with one of the largest and most accessible wetlands in the mountains. Nestled in the middle of the Greenway are several pollinator gardens that have recently had big numbers of both finches and sparrows.
We will start the morning at Jackson Park looking for an assortment of sparrows and woodpeckers, plus Winter Wren, Hermit Thrush, and anything else that happens to be there. Then we will move on to the pollinator fields in search of finches, more sparrows, Cedar Waxwings, and raptors. We will end at a large wetland looking for more woodpeckers, ducks, Belted Kingfisher, and herons. This wetland has only recently been discovered for birding so there’s no telling what sort of goodies may show up here.
Some of the birds we hope to see are: Wood Duck, 6 species of woodpecker, 8-10 species of sparrows, Cedar Waxwing, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Hermit Thrush, Winter Wren, and of course anything else we can find.