Monday, April 2, 2012

Asheville

 My family and I spent this past week visiting the town of Asheville, North Carolina where there is an eclectic mix of things to do. I was able to find ample activities to tire myself out. Most of the birding I did on my trip was incidental during other activities.

I did enjoy the nice mix of birds that were frequently out and about around where I was staying. The regulars were usually Song Sparrows, Tufted Titmice, Northern Cardinals, Eastern Towhees, and Carolina Chickadees.

Song Sparrow
Asheville, North Carolina

Song Sparrow
Asheville, NC

Tufted Titmouse
Asheville, NC

Tufted Titmouse
Asheville, NC

Carolina Chickadee
Asheville, NC

Northern Cardinal
Asheville, NC

One of my most favorite activities was hiking the trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway where the views were beautiful. There were numerous birds to be seen as well. The Wild Turkeys were quite amusing!

Blue Ridge Parkway

Due to the warmer than usual weather this year, the flowers at the Biltmore gardens bloomed a few weeks before the annual Festival of Flowers.That was very kind of them!




I did visit one great birding location which I'll share in my next post!

36 comments:

  1. Great bird and flower pictures.... with nice colors,
    very good work Tammy.

    greetings, Joop

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  2. Beautiful portraits of the Song Sparrow! And I love the tulips. Looking forward to seeing more from your trip! I've heard Asheville is a great place to go.

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  3. You captured the beauty of Asheville perfectly, Tammy.
    Thank you for sharing the lovely flowers, birds and mountain views.
    Have a happy day,
    cheers :)

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  4. Beautiful spring time images Tammy!

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  5. WOW, that first bird photo is totally stunning. you captured that little guy well. Keep you eye on the A to Z challenge I think there will be some "feathery friend" photos that you might be interested in.
    Shaun
    Valleys ShutterBug

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  6. Preciosas aves las que nos muestras (como siempre). Las de las flores son geniales, en especial los tulipanes.
    Saludos!!

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  7. love the sweet sparrow shots. :) the biltmore blooms are spectacular, too.

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  8. Great coloration on that Song Sparrow. It looks much more beautiful than their western counterparts--biut maybe it's just your super good photography.

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  9. Hallo Tammy,
    einen Northern Cardinal habe ich noch nie gesehen.. ein absolut schöner Vogel, ausserdem sind es
    sehr schöne Aufnahmen..und das die Vögel so ruhig halten.. als wenn sie Fotografiert werden wollten ;-)
    Grüsse Frank


    Hi Tammy,
    a Northern Cardinal, I have never seen .. an absolutely beautiful bird, it is also
    very nice shots .. and the birds kept so quiet .. as if she wanted to be photographed;-)
    regards Frank

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  10. Hi Tammy
    Nice birds in a bit more spring than I have in the nordic mountains this easter. Looking foreward to meet the summer now when I see your pics :-)

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  11. Lovely colours on that Cardinal, a great variety of birds you have out there.

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  12. Love the Northern Cardinal! An amazing array of birds that I can only dream of!
    J
    Follow me at HEDGELAND TALES

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  13. Lovely photos Tammy, the Tulips are beautiful :-)

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  14. Enchanting birds in NC. I can only recognize the chickadee. You did a great serie and had a wonderful weekend in a charming place..

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  15. It's just my luck to be fortunate enough to live about 1/2 hour from the NC mountains. It is a beautiful area as your pictures show. I can't wait for your next post!! Love your blog Tammy, & I have it linked on my blog.
    Brian
    @nc_birdwatch

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  16. It's just my luck to be fortunate enough to live about 1/2 hour from the NC mountains. It is a beautiful area as your pictures show. I can't wait for your next post!! Love your blog Tammy, & I have it linked on my blog.
    Brian
    @nc_birdwatch

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  17. It's just my luck to be fortunate enough to live about 1/2 hour from the NC mountains. It is a beautiful area as your pictures show. I can't wait for your next post!! Love your blog Tammy, & I have it linked on my blog.
    Brian
    @nc_birdwatch

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  18. Beautiful images and I can't wait for your next installment.

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  19. Beautiful and varied photos Tammy... I love the cardinal and very nice flowers.. Felicidades!!!...

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  20. Bonitas fotos nos traes hoy, con preciosas aves y un bello colorido primaveral en las ultimas fotos.

    Saludos.

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  21. Stunning light and tones in the Song Sparrow shots Tammy. Very beautiful.

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  22. Nice photo Tammy
    I like Northern Cardinal and the view over Blue Ridge Parkway.
    Greetings / Kenny

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  23. Lovely photographs of birds I often see in my area! Biltmore Gardens looks like a wonderful place to visit. Your floral images are simply beautiful!

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  24. Muy buenas fotos Tammy, las aves con el nivel de siempre, y el paisaje colorido del jardín es para hacer un poster, saludos

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  25. Hermosas fotos,
    Saludos desde España

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  26. Fabulous selection of species and such colourful tulips. I'll definitely be dropping by again. FAB.

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  27. Gorgeous shots, Tammy! Love that sparrow! The cardinal almost has a parrot profile to him. Your flower shots are beautiful! I'm headed to a resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains before too long. Can't wait!

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  28. Beautiful images, Tammy. Sounds like you had a wonderful time :)

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  29. Muy bello blog cada dia es mejor que el otro,buenas fotos y mejores comentarios enhorabuena y perdón por el ingles.
    un abrazo desde España

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  30. Hello Tammy,
    Everytime your shots are to enjoy. These are really wonderful!!
    Lovely to see that little sparrow and the Northern Cardinal. The last two pictures of the flowers are amazing. Wonderful images with beautiful colors, these can be nice on the wall. Fantastic!!

    Much greetings,
    Marco

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  31. wow the Biltmore Gardens look great...I see you also can just as easily shoot flowers that stand still and pose as you do the little titmouse and the mountains look wonderful...can't wait to see what other birds you are talking about.

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