Fulfilling Your Dream of Iconic Rural Living

Louisburg NC Farm for Sale on Old Express RoadFulfilling Your Dream of Iconic Rural Living

Historic Franklin County, North Carolina, whose namesake, Benjamin Franklin, was playing such a significant role in our nation’s fight for independence when the county was established in April of 1778, is a standout in the state’s diverse Piedmont region. With a mild climate, prime location and thriving economy, the area is also blessed with an unspoiled natural beauty that makes it one of the most rewarding and sought-after places to live in our fair state.

Franklin County’s “Sweet Spot”: Louisburg, NC

The lovely rural setting of Louisburg makes this town one of the most spectacular jewels in the crown of charming North Carolina communities. In an area of abundant streams and lakes, wooded areas, wide open fields and rolling hills, Louisburg holds a universal appeal for just about any home buyer seeking that rare combination of convenience and peaceful rural living within the greater Triangle area. Situated just 30 miles north of the Raleigh-Durham area and RTP (Research Triangle Park) and a mere 45-minute drive to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, the town is only 2-1/2 hours to the Carolina coast, 3 hours to Charlotte, and just over 3 hours to the state’s stunning mountain region. Falls Lake Recreation Area is located just 40 minutes to the west of Louisburg, while a 40-minute drive to the north takes residents to the boating and fishing facilities of the John H. Kerr Reservoir.

The town of Louisburg, known for its tree-lined streets and pedestrian-friendly downtown region, is full of the old-fashioned charm of a quaint southern community. Residents enjoy biking along the Louisburg Bike Trail, hunting and fishing, hiking and utilizing the sports facilities at Louisburg’s Riverbend and Joyner parks, and various annual activities including the Tar River Festival, Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration, and Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade.

Louisburg Cattle Farm With Prime Hunting Lands FOR SALE

Louisburg is also home to a number of ranches and farms, including the outstanding, easy-access cattle farm for sale at 190 Old Express Road. This 290-acre Louisburg NC Farm for Sale on Old Express Roadpiece of property, located just minutes from downtown Louisburg, features amazing views, a number of barns and out-buildings, a diverse terrain – 180 acres of open land suitable for farming and/or grazing as well as 110 wooded acres offering superb hunting or hiking – and two entirely separate homes.


Louisburg NC Farm for Sale on Old Express RoadThe property includes three barns – a 50’ x 80’ equipment barn, 80’ x 130’ barn with walk-in freezer, and 20’ x 50’ hoop barn – as well as durable, high-tensile fencing, pasture piping and waterers for livestock grazing.

The first of the homes on this beautiful site – a magnificently-situated, 5,000 sq. ft. house and in-ground swimming pool – offers the perfect opportunity to renovate as to the buyers’ own unique specifications. The second house, a recently-built log home with its own remarkable property views, includes a large great room, open dining and kitchen area, and master and bath on the first floor; while downstairs, a second bedroom and bath, large den or  Louisburg NC Farm for Sale on Old Express Roadgame room and a spacious storage area offer additional valuable living space. Cozy and warm, this classic log home has an open and sunny feel that is perfect for buyers interested in a lifestyle combining indoor comfort with outdoor activities.

Due to a recent price reduction, this farm at 190 Old Express Road in Louisburg is listed at $899,000. If interested, 192 acres of land only are also available for the price of $495,000. Call for details.

Bringing the Outdoors In: Adding a Screened-in Porch or Sunroom to Your North Carolina Home

Sunrooms in NCAdding on a screen-enclosed porch or sunroom might sound like a project that involves more permits and plans and financial investment than some of us are willing to take on, but the process can be surprisingly straightforward and worry-free when you work with a qualified and experienced contractor.

Sunroom or screen enclosure – what’s the difference?

A sunroom – also known as a solarium, garden room, sun porch or Florida room in some regions – is a space added on to a house to let in additional daylight and provide views of the outdoors while NOT letting in rain, snow or other outdoor elements. Typically built with with walls of glass, a sunroom provides months of supplemental living space and light at a substantially lower cost than building an entire whole-room addition would be. A sunroom provides a transition between the inside and out, and while some are wired for electricity, some are not. It can either be custom-built – designed to your exact specifications – or “pre-fab,” which means all supplies and instructions come in a kit. No matter which route you go – kit or custom-built – a building permit will be required in most areas.

A screen-enclosed porch is similar in that it provides an additional close-to-outdoor living space, which can be especially valuable if a home’s backyard area is utilized and enjoyed. The big difference, of course, is the fact that the “walls” aren’t solid at all; they are a mesh screening material that serves to keep out insects, leaves, etc. while allowing the outdoor air to flow easily in and out. A fireplace is sometimes incorporated into the design, or portable heaters or fans added to help make the space more comfortable in very warm or cold times of the year.

When to take this project on.

Although the risk of bad weather is always something to consider when taking on any building project in the cooler, more inclement fall and winter months, this is also the time of year when building contractors are at their most idle, and their rates, perhaps, a bit more reasonable than they would be over the busy spring and summer seasons. Building supplies, too, in the “off” season, will likely be more affordable when there is not such a heavy demand. Sunrooms in NC

How to furnish your new indoor/outdoor space.

A sunroom, typically glass-enclosed, is able to be completely closed off and therefore traditional furnishings can be used – rugs, tables, lighting, chairs and drapes, even – that are not practical with a screened-in enclosure. There are many, many lines of durable furniture, however, that are designed specifically to weather the elements – excessive heat, light and humidity – and are appropriate for a screened-in porch that is much more exposed to the great outdoors.

Is a sunroom or screened-in porch worth the investment?

The cost of building a sunroom varies tremendously based on whether or not you use a kit – with a price tag of anywhere between $15,000 and $35,000 – or you have your sunroom custom-built, which can substantially increase the price. Whether or not the space is wired for electricity or heating – often baseboard heating is used in a sunroom, or fan-driven heaters – also greatly affects the final cost.

A screened-in porch is often more economical because building supplies – mesh screening material rather than glass and no heating or electricity – are less costly all around. The extra space provides an additional seating or dining area that most people value and appreciate, and the investment, in this instance, is almost always worth it.  


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Coyotes in NC

Coyotes in NCCoyotes – Unappreciated and Underestimated

Not many animals have reputations as menacing as that of the coyote. For the most part, our interactions with this cunning, resourceful animal have to do with its predatory nature in vicinities where we keep pets or livestock, or in the wild. But as they say, each and every creature has its place in our world. What is the coyote’s place? How does this animal with such a bad guy image fit into our whole “circle of life,” divine understanding of nature?

The Relationship Between Coyotes, Wolves and Dogs

The coyote is a canine, very closely related to both the wolf and dog. Dogs and wolves share the same DNA, but a coyote, interestingly, has an entirely different set of DNA. The coyote can inter-breed with either a wolf or dog to produce a rare “coywolf” (the red wolf is actually a coyote-wolf hybrid) or “coydog,” but this is extremely rare, as each has its own habitat and habits. The coyote is smaller than its cousin the wolf, with a territory ranging throughout North America.

The body of a coyote differs from that of a wolf or a dog in that its fur is generally longer and coarser, with coloring that ranges from darker fur on top to lighter on the belly, reddish legs and a bushy, black-tipped tail. Coyotes are nocturnal animals with an extremely good sense of smell to locate prey – hare, deer, snakes, birds, squirrels and small rodents – and sniff out wild berries, fruit and insects when prey is not available. Natural predators of the coyote are bears, cougars, mountain lions and wolves.

A Skilled Hunter

The coyote’s reputation has grown as a hunter of both domestic and game animals: an intelligent and dangerous killing machine. Many states, until the mid-20th century, paid bounties to have these aggressive creatures culled from certain regions. Generally speaking, coyotes fear and avoid humans if at all possible, but in some urban areas they’ve become accustomed to a human presence and therefore more daring in their nocturnal activities and attacks on small domestic animals as well as, occasionally, humans. Coyotes travel alone or in pairs or small packs and are especially effective at hunting when they travel in groups.

Coyotes in the Carolinas

Although most people never spot or otherwise note the presence of coyotes in their areas, coyotes are found in all 100 counties of North Carolina; their population, in fact, is thriving. Because their natural predators – wolves and cougars, primarily – have each been heavily hunted in the past, and since the coyote adapts so easily to different types of environment, including urban, they thrive and reproduce almost anywhere. Urban areas are seeing the heaviest growth in numbers of coyotes. Often they gravitate toward areas where garbage is left outside – which also means that interactions with humans are likely to grow as well, although coyotes seem to continue to maintain a healthy fear of humans.


Coyotes in Raleigh

Coyotes’ Place in the Web of Life

Coyotes are sometimes classified as a “keystone species,” or an animal whose presence has a significant effect on the biology of a community. As an example, coyotes often prey upon small animals such as foxes, opossums, and raccoons – themselves predators of birds and their eggs. More coyotes, in this case, might mean fewer small animals and an increase in the bird population of a region. In one interesting study, it was found that the number of sage grouse in a certain area was greatly tied to the coyote population; more coyotes meant fewer jackrabbits and fewer jackrabbit-hunting eagles… eagles being a major threat to a sage grouse’s eggs and her young. The presence of coyotes also limited the number of other small animals in the area, which in turn allowed for more plant growth, which makes up the bulk of the sage grouse’s diet.

As in any natural community, the coyote’s hunting and eating habits maintain a certain balance in the food chain around them. Although many humans refer to coyotes as “nuisance animals” because of their hunting habits for domesticated or herd animals, the fact that coyotes are sometimes hunted themselves by humans carries the very real threat of throwing the delicate balance of life in a certain region off.

The Distinctive Coyote Howl

Anyone who has heard the howl of a coyote in the evening or middle of the night might admit to the slightest feeling of apprehension, because the sound is so very haunting and distinctive. A howl, whether from a lone animal or a pack of animals, can mean one of several things. A single coyote howling is probably letting its pack know where he is, and that howl is able to be heard up to three miles away. A group of coyotes calling out most likely are in a gathering together after having been separated, or they are communicating with another pack in the area and are marking their territory with their calls. Rapid “barks” can mean the coyote has been startled or is feeling threatened, and a high-pitched yelp often comes from a group of coyotes that are hunting together.

Can Coyotes Hurt Humans?

It’s important to keep in mind that, just as is the case for any wild animal, it is possible to run into trouble with a coyote. When they are afraid or when their food source is threatened, they will become more defensive. Hunters sometimes run into more aggressive coyotes, because they are competing with the hunter for whatever game is in the area. Generally speaking, coyote attacks on humans are extremely rare.

How to Keep Coyotes at Bay

If you live in an area where coyotes have been spotted, take care to keep small pets indoors at night, larger animals in a barn or secure kennel, and any pet food or garbage out of sight and stored. Make sure any fruit that has fallen is regularly picked up, and consider fencing your property, especially in areas where coyotes are more prevalent.

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Crazy, Quirky North Carolina Laws

Crazy, Quirky North Carolina LawsLike any state in the nation, North Carolina certainly has its share of unusual, hard-to-believe laws and regulations that sometimes make you wonder, well where did THAT law come from?? Some have been on the books for decades; their logic can somehow be attributed to situations at the time that those laws were created. Others, however… well, let’s just say it’s hard to know just WHAT legislators intended when those laws were enacted.

Generally Odd Statewide Legislation

Did you know it’s illegal in our state to hold a meeting in any location while in costume or while disguising your voice without obtaining written permission to do so from the property owner beforehand? And don’t forget to record that written permission at the Register of Deeds office beforehand, or – you guessed it – you’ll be breaking the law.

If you choose to go down the dark path of drug dealing in North Carolina, it’s illegal NOT to pay taxes on any such drugs – marijuana, cocaine and the like – that you sell.

Bingo games, oddly, are not allowed to last any more than 5 hours in North Carolina, unless the game is being held at a state fair. It’s also strictly prohibited to serve alcohol or drink it at any Bingo game.

In NC, it is also unlawful to sell either cottonseed or cotton lint at nighttime.

Back in the 1800s a man was fined for singing loudly and poorly…. disturbing the peace, in other words. A law was enacted strictly prohibiting singing off key, and it STILL exists!


Unusual Animal-Related Laws

Fights between dogs and cats are prohibited in Barber, NC. Period. No fights.

Even more interesting is the fact that it’s Illegal in our state to have an elephant plow a cotton field. Who wouldn’t love to hear the history of this random law?…

Rocky Mount residents, according to legislation, are required to pay a property tax on their own dogs.

Individuals may not keep “fowl that shall cackle” or play the piccolo between 11 pm at night and 7:30 am.

Weird Regional Rules & Regulations

It’s illegal to sneeze on city streets in Asheville.

In Charlotte, women must have their bodies covered by at least 16 yards of cloth at all time. No less!

In Kill Devil Hills, you may not ride a bicycle without having both your hands on the handle bars. Safety first?

Forest City has a law that might be considered an “oldie but goodie” …. Don’t forget to stop and call City Hall before entering that town – or, yes, you’re breaking the law!

In Zebulon, should the impulse come over you to stroll along the top of a water tank, try to resist….it’s Illegal!

In Winston-Salem don’t let your under-7-year-old try to apply to college… they’ll be breaking the law. Children 7 and older, however…well, that’s another story.

Dun, NC has some very unique laws –

  • It is illegal to play – no dominoes, no hopscotch, no Chutes & Ladders – while in traffic in Dunn.
  • It is also illegal to drive a car through a cemetery in Dunn for pleasure; if driving through a graveyard, you must be there either to dig a grave or for a burial service. Only in North Carolina!
  • In Dunn, don’t drive on the sidewalk, whatever you do… it’s also against the law.

Love & Marriage

Interestingly, it is still illegal for a couple – any couple – to stay overnight in a hotel room unless there are two double beds that are at least two feet apart. Now you know!

Also, word to the wise… according to state law, if a man and woman register as a married couple at a hotel, then they ARE LEGALLY MARRIED.

Another marriage-related, strangely obscure law is the following: Before a man proposes to a woman, he must be “inspected by all the barnyard animals on the young woman’s family property, to ensure a harmonious farm life.” Not the most common scenario, but there you go!

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Pond and Timber Properties for Sale Henderson on 0 Epson Rocky Ford Road

Gorgeous 247 Acres with Ponds, Open Fields and Timber in Franklin County

Epson Rocky Ford Road! Gorgeous 247+/- Acre Franklin County Farm Loaded with Diverse Timber, Open Agricultural Fields, Large Fishing Pond and More! LOTS of Road Frontage on both Epson Rocky Ford Road and Gooch Roads. Enjoy Miles of Existing Forest Paths Through Stands of Mature Pines & Hardwoods. An Ultimate Family Farm and Getaway! Abundant Recreational Opportunities Such as Hiking, Fishing, Hunting, Equestrian Options and ATV Trails. Great Long Term Timber and Land Investment Potential. $849,000!

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190 Old Express Road in Louisburg


Only 15 minutes from Downtown Louisburg, this Scenic Farm has IT ALL With 2 Homes, Equipment Barn 50’x80′, 2nd Barn 80’x130′ with Walk In Freezer, Hoop Barn 20’x50′, Pasture Piping and Waterers, High Tensile Fencing, All ready for Animals! Classic Log Home Built in 2015, Large Second Home with Pool (Built in 1975 and Needs Major Renovations)! Property Groomed for Years for Cattle! Perfect Family Compound! Approx 180 Acres Open, 110 in Woods and Buffers.  Call for details! $899,000 190 Old Express Road Louisburg NC 27549 ***192 acres land only for a price of $495,000.

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Thanksgiving 2019

Thanksgiving 2019

Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving: Six Magical Places to Celebrate 

Thanksgiving Lunch or Dinner at Timberlake’s Restaurant, Chetola Resort / Blowing Rock

Thanksgiving at Blowing Rock’s Chetola Resort is special indeed, served either buffet-style or as a four-course plated meal and featuring such specialty items as grilled salmon with roasted red pepper beurre blanc, roasted pork tenderloin with apple chutney, and – of course – roast turkey breast. After dinner, take a stroll around the resort’s picturesque 87-acre grounds; quaint Blowing Rock is also within walking distance. Over the holiday weekend, Santa visits the famed hotel and festive horse and carriage rides are offered around the scenic lake.


Thanksgiving Brunch at Carolina Inn / Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill’s historic Carolina Inn offers a family-oriented Thanksgiving brunch featuring locally sourced ingredients and a menu highlighted by progressive American dishes. Guests will enjoy smoked salmon and crab claws, couscous and kale salads, prime rib and roast turkey breast, and a full selection of sweets (butterscotch panna cotta, pumpkin cheesecake, sweet potato casserole bread pudding), “minis” (apple cider macarons, caramel truffles, tiramisu cannoli) and traditional “holiday bounty” (green bean casserole, cornbread stuffing, spiced carrot soup).


The Pine Crest Inn’s Thanksgiving Dinner, Pinehurst

Pinecrest’s homey Pine Crest Inn welcomes Thanksgiving guests into a world of understated charm, southern elegance and holiday warmth. Built over a century ago, the Inn has always been a favorite of golfers and visitors alike to North Carolina’s famous “home of golf.” Thanksgiving Dinner features glazed ham, prime rib, roast turkey and Atlantic salmon followed by all our favorite sides (cornbread dressing, roasted brussels sprouts and green bean casserole) as well as white chocolate cheesecake and a smorgasbord of pies. A special “Pilgrim Express” takeout menu is also available!


Thanksgiving at The Fearrington House Restaurant, Fearrington Village / Pittsboro

The Fearrington House Restaurant at the English-inspired Fearrington Village offers a gourmet Thanksgiving meal that is fitting for one of the Triangle’s most elegant dining venues – four full courses featuring crispy smoked ricotta with medjool dates; seared beef strip loin with parsnip or smoked ocean trout; roasted turkey with cranberry and orange sauce and brussels sprouts with bacon jam; and chocolate souffle or maple & chestnut tart. Thanksgiving bounty, indeed.


Thanksgiving at Old Edwards Inn & Spa / Highlands

Highlands’ Relais & Chateaux-affiliated Old Edwards Inn & Spa offers a variety of packages and activities for the holiday weekend, including local Christmas tree cutting and a very special Thanksgiving Dinner at Madison’s Restaurant. There’s something for everyone on this menu featuring a first course of truffle-stuffed, bacon-wrapped quail or roasted pear and butternut tart; second course of beef short ribs, seared scallops, and oven-roasted turkey breast; and desserts including spiced pavlova, chai crème brûlée or dark chocolate torte. After the meal, enjoy bocce ball on the front lawn, Christmas movies by the fire, and complimentary elf tuck-ins for your smallest children, for those lucky enough to be spending the night or holiday weekend at this beautiful mountain inn.


Thanksgiving at Sanderling Resort, Duck, Outer Banks

The Outer Banks’ luxurious, recently renovated Sanderling Resort offers a holiday menu at the Lifesaving Station Restaurant complete with baked Carolina crab seafood dip, filet of beef, fried oysters, slow roasted free-range turkey, and a variety of desserts including chocolate crème brûlée, pumpkin spiced Swiss roll, and chocolate torte with berry compote. The afternoon meal might be followed up by a stroll along one of the prettiest stretches of beachfront along the Carolina coast.


Helping Others Give Thanks

Should you prefer offering your energies this Thanksgiving to those whose circumstances or pocketbooks might not allow them to enjoy gourmet feasts surrounded by loved ones, you can help make their holiday special by volunteering at various charitable organizations throughout the area, including the following.

  • Raleigh/Durham
    • Raleigh Rescue Mission
    • Durham Rescue Mission
    • Helping Hand Mission
    • Durham Social Services
  • Wilmington
    • Wilmington Hope Center
    • First Fruit Ministries
    • Good Shepherd Center
  • Charlotte
    • Charlotte Rescue Mission
    • Men’s Shelter of Charlotte
  • Winston-Salem
    • Samaritan Ministries



NC Deer Hunting Tips & Tactics

NC Deer Hunting Tips & Tactics

October 12, a day many hunters have been anxiously awaiting since the LAST rifle hunting season ended, in mid-December of last year, marked day 1 of 2019 whitetail deer rifle hunting season in Wake, Harnett and Franklin Counties. Whether you’re a novice or pro, it’s exciting to think about getting out into the wild, tracking, targeting and bringing down your first buck of the new season. We could all stand to brush up on our techniques, however, and learn what tips we can in order to get the most out of our hunting experiences and have the best possible chances at success.

Top Tips to Make you a Better Hunter

When to Hunt

Deer often feel more secure about coming out into the open to feed when the sun is about to rise, or when it’s becoming dark out. During breeding season, in particular, bucks are so interested in chasing does that they don’t always retreat at dawn to the bush to sleep as promptly as they normally do. At dusk, on the other hand, deer are focused on foraging for food and may not be as alert as they are at other times of the day or night.

It’s a good idea to arrive at a hunting location before the deer become active. Give yourself plenty of time to set up your position and be able to scout the area. Using a pair of binoculars will allow you to check out much more of the territory than you could by mere eyesight alone.

It’s also worthwhile to study up on the phases of the moon, interestingly, before you start your hunt. Although dawn and dusk are traditionally their most active times, deer are more likely to be out in the middle of the day if there is a full moon; their active and inactive periods often follow the waxing and waning of the moon.

Where to Hunt

Try to hunt in a location in which the wind, if there is one, is in your face. A deer’s ability to catch scents far surpasses our own, and if you have any hopes of being able to approach a deer without being detected, you need to ensure he does not sense your presence.

In order to give yourself the best chance of learning about and understanding an area in which you are hunting as well as the habits of the deer that live there, it’s smart to stick to a fairly small hunting area. Especially in the winter, deer don’t travel great distances in order to conserve their energy and have access to feeding sources they know and can rely on.

What to Wear

Clothing that blends into the environment in which you’re hunting helps give you an advantage in that you will more likely remain undetected. NC Deer Hunting Tips & Tactics

Because the nightmare of one hunter shooting another by accident occurs all too often, hunters sometimes – by choice or by law – wear a red or orange hat or some item of clothing that other hunters can spot, but deer cannot. Since they are red-green color blind, deer are unable to distinguish between true green-colored items and something that is red or orange.

Make sure you wear enough layers that you won’t get too cold on the hunt. Conversely, if hunting in a warmer area, don’t over-layer yourself with clothing that can make you hot and sweaty, and may encumber you as you try to maneuver around.

How NOT to Smell Like a Threat

Avoid using any products that are scented for a full day prior to your hunt. Don’t smoke, avoid eating any spicy foods, don’t drink alcohol… don’t even use soap when you shower, unless you’re absolutely sure it leaves absolutely no odor on your skin or in your hair.

Up to two days before your hunt, wash your clothes with an enzyme-based laundry detergent and hang them OUTSIDE to dry in order to rid them of any sort of scent as much as possible. Some clothing is actually manufactured as “scent eliminating,” with carbon fibers that naturally absorb odors. Store this clothing in a special carbon-lined bag to keep it as absolutely odor-free as possible.

Make sure that any personal products you use prior to a hunt – shampoo, soap, toothpaste – are scent-free specialty products. Keep your hair and any facial hair cut as short as possible as well, as your hair, not surprisingly, gives off additional smells.

“Don’t Leave Home Without It” Items

Insect repellent is your friend in certain parts of the country. Bugs in the wild are not only annoying but can give you away if you find yourself repeatedly brushing them off.

To light your way and cut down on the chances you’ll lose your way in the semi-dark, a headlight or head lantern is a must if you intend to hunt at dawn or dusk.

Safety gear such as a whistle, first aid kit, fire starting tools and an emergency blanket are critical for a successful and safe hunting trip.

Also, besides your firearm or bow and arrow, a skinning knife, rope, game bag and cooler for meat, too, are also “must haves” – not just helpful, but critical to the overall success of the hunt.

FOOD. A hungry hunter is more likely to jump the gun, literally, in going after a deer than one who isn’t hungry and pondering the next meal. Bring snacks and water, and plenty of each. 

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North Carolina Birding

North Carolina BirdingOne of the true signs of fall in our beautiful state are the sights and sounds of a group of hawks, ducks or warblers soaring overhead on their way south to warmer climates, longer days, and more plentiful nesting and feeding areas. It’s the perfect time of year to get out the binoculars, get outdoors and get birding!

Why We Enjoy Birding

What is it about birding that is so appealing to some people? If you’re outdoorsy and adventurous, birding is a great reason to go out and spend some quality time in nature. And if you’re with a group, you’re learning from one another, socializing and sharing a common passion – all of which will likely benefit your health, your spirit and your overall enjoyment of life. Birding is a great way to explore areas you may not be as familiar with, and to grow your knowledge in such a way that lets you appreciate the beauty of nature even more than you already do.

How to Identify Birds, and the Fun of Keeping a Birding Diary

Learning to identify birds seems like a daunting task, but purchasing a good field guide and keeping a diary or journal is a good start. Start by taking notes of the birds in your area by using these standard birding characteristics –

Color Pattern – Colors, even among the same species of bird, vary tremendously, but color patterns are highly indicative of certain species of birds. Look for the boldness of a bird’s markings (how colorful it is), or the shade of its feathers (light vs. dark), or how finely patterned its feathers are.

Size and Shape – Most birding guides will tell you to make this first observation of a bird – how large is it, and what sort of a silhouette does it have? You’ll soon start to compare the bird you’re viewing to others you’ve identified, and others within the same birding area. A critical part of this step is looking at the size and shape of individual parts of the bird – its bill, body, tail and wings, for instance.

Behavior – Each bird has its own individual way of moving, flying, chirping and sitting. Most people will only start picking up on some of these aspects of a species by carefully observing them over a period of time. What is the bird’s posture? How does it feed? Does it seem to be an “independent” sort of bird, or one that moves in a flock?

Habitat – The environment in which you are observing a bird is one of the biggest indicators of what sort of species your bird MIGHT be. Think about the geography of the area, and the time of year in which you’re making your observations. You might see a bird that looks an awful lot like a certain species, yet if it isn’t common for the area, especially during a certain season, chances are it is a different species entirely.  

Birding Hotspots

Habitats from the mountains to the sea in our state offer some of the best birding opportunities in the country.

  • Wonderful birding opportunities exist year-round at the 215-acre Lake Crabtree County Park, in Raleigh-Durham. Shorebirds and waterfowl are attracted by the 520-acre lake, and miles of hiking trails around the lake offer lots of great viewing. North Carolina Birding
  • A 915-acre tract of land known as Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, between Pinehurst and Fort Bragg, features an area of longleaf pine forest that offers a beautiful habitat for nesting birds such as hawks, woodpeckers, warblers and wood ducks. Four miles of walking paths wind their way through this outstanding preserve.
  • The Blue Ridge Parkway, operated by the National Park Service, is a scenic route winding its way through almost 500 miles of prime birding land form North Carolina to Virginia. Overlooks and recreation sites make it easy to stop and view owls, sapsuckers, peregrine falcons, ravens, nuthatches and thrush – many species of which are rarely found elsewhere in the state.

Red-Tailed Hawk, Mallard, Pine Warbler, Northern Gannet

Birding Events

Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival – Each October, NC’s non-profit Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society (CWRS) hosts a festival featuring birding activities, paddling, photography and art, and natural history-focused events in multiple wildlife refuges throughout 6 northeast North Carolina counties. In December, a follow-up session called Wings Over Water (WOW) is held just for birding, which offers additional opportunities to spot large flocks of migrating birds and waterfowl. https://www.wingsoverwater.org/

Swift Night Out – Statewide, various “Swift Night Out” events celebrate the seasonal fall migration of chimney swifts. The unique phenomenon of thousands of the small birds swirling around and then dropping down inside large chimneys to roost for the night on their way south is becoming more and more rare as the number of very large chimneys or smokestacks in existence is continually diminishing. https://nc.audubon.org/news/find-swift-night-out-event-near-you

World Migratory Bird Day – As part of this national day to raise awareness of issues surrounding migratory bird populations, each May North Carolina’s Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores offers programs to teach visitors all about the migratory birds found within the area – primarily, those in the Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area along the shores of Bogue Sound. https://reservations.ncaquariums.com/pineknollshores/Info.aspx?EventID=1024

North Carolina Birding Clubs and Other Informational Groups and Sites

The largest birding club, focused on birding activities in both North and South Carolina, is the non-profit Carolina Bird Club. This organization supports research on birds and their habitats as well as the protection and conservation of birds, and the group provides plenty of opportunities for birding enthusiasts to enjoy and share information on birding in the Carolinas. https://www.carolinabirdclub.org/

The Piedmont Bird Club, with activities involving birding trips, meetings, and informational talks in the Piedmont area, also hosts outreach events to educate the public about birding and conservation. http://www.piedmontbirdclub.org/

The NC Birding Trail website displays an interactive map of parks, refuges, gardens and other sites with that are ideal for birding, including a description of the habitats and birds you’re likely to spot in each location. https://www.ncbirdingtrail.org/

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Lillington Estate home for sale

Gorgeous Estate Home with Pond and Land

Immaculate Estate Home and 47+/- acres in Lillington on Hwy 421! This estate property is one-of-a kind and the quality of construction and detail is incredible. The grand entry welcomes you and the well maintained landscaping and drive-in will dazzle guests! 5156 square feet with too many custom features to list! First floor master, 2nd floor master with fireplace, 10ft ceilings, grand foyer, coffered ceilings, office, theater room, game room, sun-room, screened in porch, covered front porch and more.

Grounds include a large private pond, fencing, detached garage, irrigation, open fields and very private!

Look for video coming soon! $995,000

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