Back Yard Bird Watching

The Great Backyard Bird Count: Counting Birds for Science… and for Fun!

Back Yard Bird Watching

Back Yard Bird Watching

North Carolina is not only blessed by a range of spectacular geographical regions, but by a broad array of plants, animals and birdlife, too. We are fortunate to be living in one of the most naturally diverse states in the country, where often we take for granted the closeness of nature and the incredible natural bounty of our beautiful state. 

During the worldwide, annual Great Backyard Bird Count, avid and beginner birdwatchers alike count the birds they see in their yards or neighborhoods and record those observations by submitting detailed checklists online. Volunteers are invited to count birds in their vicinities for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the 4-day count, taking place this year between Friday, February 15th, 2019 and Monday, the 18th. Information collected provides valuable data on species and their numbers in any given region, helping researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society to better understand variations in bird populations year to year and decade to decade.


In 2018, volunteers from over 100 countries submitted checklists reporting an astounding 6,456 species of birds. In North Carolina, reports were submitted from 97 out of 100 counties, ranking our state number 9, nationwide, in terms of total checklists provided, with the majority of these – 528 checklists – coming from Wake County alone. 2019 promises to be another momentous year, per Marshall Iliff of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, due to especially high numbers of three particular East Coast species: the colorful Evening Grosbeak; the Winter Finch; and the Red-Breasted Nuthatch, one of several North Carolina bird species whose numbers have been expected to diminish due to climate change.

Check out these – and so many more – fun and family-oriented bird count activities taking place in our very own Wake County parks next weekend!


Bird Walk Along the American Tobacco Trail

Friday, February 15, 8-10am, Ages 6 & Up

Count the birds on an informative group walk along Wake County’s legendary Tobacco Trail.

Historic Yates Mill County Park: Breakfast with the Birds!

Saturday, February 16, 9-10:30am, All Ages

Enjoy donuts and hot chocolate or coffee with the kids before walking the trails, identifying and counting the birds in one of the county’s most scenic wildlife refuges.


The Eagles Have Landed! – at Lake Crabtree County Park

Sunday, February 17, 1-3pm, All Ages

Between 2003 and 2011, eagles often nested in the park, but since then, sadly, no nests have been spotted. This year, a brand new nest has been discovered! Learn more about this mother eagle and her nest and join park staff looking for eagles and other birds that inhabit the lake’s mudflat area.

Harris Lake: Wacky Woodpeckers

Monday, February 18, 10:30am-12pm, All Ages

Learn all about the distinctive woodpecker, one of the most easily identified birds in our region. Hear some common calls, listen for the telltale sound of these colorful birds as they peck for food on the side of a tree, and make a suet log to hang up in your own back yard. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

To find out more about the worldwide Great Backyard Bird Count program, including registration, photo contest rules, and tips in identifying local species, go to For a complete list of Wake County bird count-related events, please visit









Duck Season NC

Duck Hunting? Keep Abreast of Seasons and New Regulations

Although there has been talk about 2018 being less than a banner year for duck hunters in North Carolina, there is still opportunity to take advantage of the next few weeks in 2019 season in order to bag certain limits and enjoy the sport.

Depending on what variety of duck or migratory bird you want in your sights, the season for several varieties of fowl extends until the latter part of January and on into February for some geese, swans, dove, woodcock and the common snipe. For avid hunters, that translates into additional opportunity to plan a trip to the areas of the state that comprise flyover zones for specific migratory fowl, including the timberland, farms and ranching tracts throughout North Central North Carolina.

Seasons and Stamps

Federal law requires that every hunter aged 16 or over must have carry a federal duck stamp. Younger hunters may voluntarily purchase the stamp, and are encouraged to do so for conservation purposes. The state stamp, while no longer required, is still available for collectors. Detailed information about the stamps, licensing requirements, seasons and other regulations is available from the state of North Carolina. 

Sporting Regulations

Our state’s Wildlife Resources Commission, in conjunction with federal regulators, sets the seasons and has jurisdiction over required licenses and limits, including the specific areas and hours of legal hunts. For detailed information regarding the regulations and requirements, visit the online site, and search out detailed information for the type of game bird hunting you have in mind.

Youth Waterfowl Days 

The state has also set aside two days — February 2 and 9 — as Youth Waterfowl Days, allowing young people under the age of 18 to hunt legally. In general, the youth must be accompanied by an adult aged at least 18. Typically 16 or 17-year-olds must have a federal duck stamp and a valid state license; specific requirements are detailed here, and accompanying adults also must follow certain guidelines.

Scouting Hunting Grounds

Because migratory fowl traditionally follow the same flyways year after year, avid hunters typically return to the same areas each year. The weather patterns in 2018 may have played a part in altering some of the traditional flyways of migratory wildlife. In addition, flooding and enlarged marshy areas offered larger landing areas for fowl, helping to disperse populations. Locations that have traditionally been prime hunting grounds were perhaps sparsely populated by fowl this past fall.

Even though public land is available for hunters, many prefer to hunt on private tracts. Hunters are now required to obtain written permission from a landowner, dated within the past 12 months, to hunt on private land. A desirable bonus of owning property in this part of the state can be additional income generated by hunting leases during season. 

If you’re interested in learning more about parcels of land available for recreational use in North Central North Carolina, why not contact us for more information? We’ll be happy to assist you in your search for hunting property, forested land, or scenic acreage on which to build a home or vacation retreat. 



Migratory Game Bird Seasons–swans

Take Advantage of Pleasant Late Fall and Early Winter Weather

Even though our part of North Carolina is no stranger to some wild weather swings, late fall and early winter are typically pleasant enough to spend time outdoors enjoying the scenery and taking part in the state’s unique festivals and seasonal events.

That may not be the case this year, if we’re to believe the winter outlook published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in late October. We’ve already had a first taste of winter, and it won’t officially arrive for at least a couple of weeks.

Because prognostications invariably differ dramatically, we don’t hold too much store in the dire forecasts. In addition, there’s no doubt that snow on the ground can be pretty, particularly on the open fields and rolling hills of our area. But, although some sources say that much of the country will experience a warmer than average season, there are enough warnings about snow and colder temperatures coming to North Carolina to make us wonder if it’s time to lay in stores of firewood and stock up on essentials for getting through those “snow days.”

Even NOAA isn’t predicting a repeat of the “Snowzilla” of 2015-16, but weather forecasters confirm that a less forceful El Nino condition exists, so some snowfall than normal is not out of the question. In addition, the Farmer’s Almanac, which has a pretty good record when it comes to predicting weather, warns that “frigid” days will arrive in mid-February and that winter this year will last beyond the calendar arrival of spring.

There’s not much to do about it — other than resolve to dress warmly, stay inside if necessary, and enjoy good food, family, friendships and seasonal plans as much as possible.

Of course, there are plenty of things to do in North Carolina no matter what the weather. And the holiday season is filled with opportunities, whether you’re drawn to the mountains or the beach, lured by city life or drawn to small town celebrations.

Asheville, of course, is a prime destination for anyone who loves Christmas lights, spectacular gingerbread houses and all the finery and festivities that the 8,000-acre estate and 250-room Biltmore house can muster. It’s a feast for the spirit as well as the eyes, and it’s definitely worth a trip to take in its splendor, perhaps especially if there’s a dusting of snow on the ground!

Wintry, deserted beaches and windblown dunes may hold a similar appeal if you love seeing nature without the crowds. And there are some additional reasons to head to the shore if you want to experience Christmas in a different context. The Cape Fear Festival of Trees, from November 17 through January 3, 2019, will enchant adults and children alike! 

Winter can also be the perfect time to shop for land if you’re in the market for a building site, forested acreage, a tract with hunting rights, or a rural location for a family compound. No matter what kind of weather this winter brings us, we at Legacy Farms are committed to serving discerning sellers and buyers of distinctive homes and property. We are your go-to resource for beautiful land and homes, as well as unique business opportunities, in the central North Carolina region.

We hope your holidays are the best ever!


2019 Winter Forecast

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North Carolina’s Fall Festivals Beckon Families

From ghost trains to pumpkin festivals, from the state fair to fall foliage tours, the time between summer and winter is a great season to spend time outdoors in North Carolina. With just a hint of chill in the air, the promise of outdoor color, juicy apples and ripe pumpkins, tasty barbecue or handmade crafts brings throngs of visitors to sample the delights at local fairs, festivals and markets.

Many of the state’s better-known events are planned in September and early October, but it’s not all about Halloween. If you missed out on them this year, it’s not too early to start planning for next year:

  • Held annually in Raleigh, the North Carolina State Fair — held this year from October 10-21 — broke attendance records despite Hurricane Michael. You might want to mark your calendar for 2019! It’s geared toward fun as well as agriculture. 
  • Autumn Festival at the World of Oz: The former theme park at Beech Mountain opens once or twice a year to thrill even adults with childlike wonder. It’s not Kansas, but the Yellow Brick Road transports visitors into another dimension; the bonus is the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • Sample Polish sausages and funnel cakes along with all things pumpkin at the Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival in small-town Elkin. Traditionally held the fourth Saturday of September, the Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off is the main attraction each year. Can you even imagine a 1,000-pound pumpkin? 
  • The Autumn Leaves Festival at Mount Airy has been held for more than 50 years and features music as well as autumn color and “food for the soul.” No matter what your musical favorites — Gospel, Blue Grass or Old Time Traditional — performers on the downtown stage will have you foot tapping and singing along!

There’s still a lot happening in the state, however:

The Barbecue Festival in Lexington is scheduled Saturday, October 27, 2018. An annual event since 1984, this foodie extravaganza extends along 10 blocks of uptown Lexington and attracts upwards of 200,000 people. There’s plenty of barbecue to sample, and a whole lot more!

The 2018 Statesville Pumpkin Festival is scheduled November 3; it includes a 5K walk/run as well as 60 arts and crafts exhibitors and a wealth of food booths. It’s held in downtown Statesville.

Get lost in the Maize Maze at Rural Hill: A seven acre corn maze with more than two miles of paths is sure to tax your problem-solving abilities and provide a lot of family fun. It’s open this year from late September through November 4. Visitors can also explore the historic site, enjoy a picnic or sample local cider, beer and wine.

Carolina Renaissance Festival continues on weekends through November 18 in Huntersville, and the free, family-friendly Wilmington Riverfest, postponed this year because of hurricane recovery, will be held the weekend of November 17-18.

If you miss the big-name festivals, though, you’ll still find pumpkin fields, falling leaves and family fun at a host of local celebrations, flea markets and crafts fairs. Mamy of these pop-up food festivals and fairs continue through early December. They all offer good fun; most also boast great regional food specialties, and enough fun to keep even the most active children occupied. 

From the mountains to the seashore, this is a great state in the fall — or, for that matter, any time of year!







Festivals in NC

Historic 1800’s Southern Plantation Home for Sale

This Historic 1800’s Southern Plantation Home on 12+ acres has been Respectfully and Lovingly Restored with Modern Amenities. It is located in a Country Farm setting just minutes from Historic Warrenton, and Convenient to Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Rocky Mount, and Roanoke Rapids. Currently a successful Income Producing Wedding Venue & B&B, this 7000 sq. ft. Manor House with 7+ bedrooms would also make an impressive private residence. Horses Welcome! Limited Owner Financing available. Call for Details!

Magnolia Manor Plantation For Sale

It doesn’t happen often that a unique property with a sterling reputation and proven business income becomes available in our area. When that property includes 13 acres, a restored and updated plantation house that dates originally to the early 1800s, several original outbuildings, a pecan orchard with 21 mature trees along with a variety of other trees, and a magnificent showcase Magnolia tree, it is truly a one-of-a-kind offering. The Magnolia Manor  could be your primary residence if the business wasn’t part of your dream.

Magnolia Manor Plantation is a rare gem. Known as a charming Bed and Breakfast, and operated since 2003 by the current owners, the distinctive property is also a premier wedding and event venue in the

Piedmont area, consistently winning awards for its “barn weddings.” However, the sophisticated charm and stunningly beautiful setting of this Warrenton property belie that description. No matter. If you are interested in further exploring the possibilities of Magnolia Manor Plantation, please contact us at your earliest convenience. 

Contemporary Wedding Trends

Outdoor weddings, particularly those that combine rustic elements with traditional romantic trappings, are all the rage. A recent article in The Atlantic notes that in 2017, 15 percent of couples planning to “get hitched” chose a farm or ranch for the event, and flocked to local barns throughout the nation for receptions that combine both rustic and upscale elements. 

It’s a trend that continues to grow in popularity, according to online wedding authority. The Knot, a popular digital magazine and wedding planner, insists that traditional venues are losing their appeal. In the search for personal expression, meaningful individuality and trendy themes, what has become known as “rustic chic” is at the top of the list. Part of the appeal is the juxtaposition of natural beauty and timeless tradition as exemplified by worn woods, soaring spaces, weathered beams and earthy accessories that can be brought together in a barn setting.

One explanation is the immense popularity of outdoor ceremonies; retreating to a barn for dinner and dancing eliminates the need for a ballroom and, essentially, tosses old “rules” out the window. While beautiful gowns and formal wear are still the choice of most couples, a barn wedding is as likely to feature bare tables and wildflowers as formal table setting with candles and exotic centerpieces. There is a more relaxed vibe. Crystal, engraved menus, white tablecloths and tiered wedding cakes can give way to Mason jars, chalkboards, homespun and pottery, and cupcakes with ice cream.

A barn wedding doesn’t necessarily spell boots and denim or polkas and square dancing, but it does tend to put all ages at ease, and prompts wide smiles on the faces of all guests! Millennials, in particular, gravitate to the inherent informality of a natural, sometimes folksy setting, even though rustic does not equate to cheap!

North Carolina Barn Weddings

Our state, with its varied terrain and unique historical sites, offers great options for outdoor weddings, from the beach to the mountains. There are also many choices available for a rustic-themed celebrations.  

The barn at Magnolia House Plantation, however, is not your typical red barn with an overflowing hayloft. In fact, you won’t find hay bales anywhere on the property, and there are no farm animals in residence.

What there is, instead, is a choice of distinctive ceremony sites scattered throughout the acreage.

Couples can choose to exchange vows on the front porch of the manor house, in the orchard, under the spreading boughs of the Magnolia tree, or elsewhere — on a secluded rise with only lawn and sky for a backdrop. Receptions are most often held in the Carriage House Pavilion, known as “The Barn,” complete with a wooden dance floor and a bar setup contained within an adjacent silo. But, again, there are options.

That’s just part of what makes Magnolia Manor Plantation appealing.

Wedding packages at this historic venue traditionally allow use of the home’s interior spaces for changing rooms or for overnight guests, and the grounds are available for wedding and engagement photographs. 

Looking Ahead

The reputation and future potential of this year-round business are intertwined with the property’s appeal as a wedding venue, but it is equally suitable for other types of celebrations and corporate events or just call it home. A cadre of trusted and cooperative vendors is available to transition to new ownership and to building ongoing relationships. 

If you are interested in further exploring the possibilities of Magnolia Manor Plantation, please contact us at your earliest convenience. Opportunities like this never linger long on the market. $985,000!

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Mortgage Rates Hit Highest Level In Eight Years

Rates Hit Highest Level In Eight Years

Overview: Over the past week, the major economic data came in very close to the expected levels, which should have been neutral for mortgage rates, and there was little other significant economic news. Despite this, rates continued their recent upward trend, rising above 5.0% for the first time in eight years, up from levels close to 4.0% a year ago.

The key monthly Employment Report released on Friday showed continued strength in the labor market. While the consensus forecast was 180,000, the economy gained just 134,000 jobs in September. However, upward revisions added 87,000 jobs to the results for prior months, meaning the total gains for the month were slightly above the expected levels. The economy has added an average of 211,000 workers per month so far in 2018, above even the strong pace of 182,000 seen over the same period last year.

In addition, the unemployment rate unexpectedly declined from 3.9% to 3.7%, the lowest level since 1969. Part of the reason for the historically low rate is that a relatively smaller percentage of working-age Americans have chosen to enter the labor force. Average hourly earnings, which are an indicator of wage growth, were 2.8% higher than a year ago, the same annual rate of increase as last month.

Week Ahead
Looking ahead, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) will come out on Thursday. CPI is a widely followed monthly inflation report that looks at the price change for goods and services. The Retail Sales report will be released on October 15. Since consumer spending accounts for about 70% of all economic activity in the U.S., the retail sales data is a key indicator of growth. The Industrial Production Index, another important indicator of economic growth, will come out on October 16. The minutes from the September 26 Federal Reserve meeting will come out on October 17. These detailed minutes provide additional insight into the debate between Fed officials about future monetary policy and have the potential to move markets.

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. DUCK SWAMP AND GREAT HUNTING! $1,295,000
190 Old Express Road Louisburg NC 27549

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Castle Rock Farm Road Timber Farm in Pittsboro


Very Nice 66+/- Acre HEAVILY Wooded Tract On Castle Rock Farm Road. This Timber Tract Is Ready to be Thinned or Harvested. LOTS of Paved Road Frontage. Great Family Tract to Hike, Hunt or Build a Family Home or Cabin! Good Investment Potential In Popular Chatham County. Just miles from Hwy 64! Photos of open field is not included in the sale, the timber parcel behind the field is. Call for details, maps and a showing!

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Apex NC Horse Farms for Sale


Popular Split Ranch Plan Has a Family Room w/ Masonry Fireplace, Formal Dining Room, Kitchen w/Updates & Breakfast Area. Master Suite w/ Walk In Closet and Master Bath w/ Garden Tub & Shower. 2 Additional 1st Floor Bedrooms, Laundry Room & 2 Car Garage. Property Has Top Board Fenced Pastures in Front and Back, 3 Stall Barn, Tack & Storage. Pond Views, Easy Access to Shopping & the American Tobacco Trail!

This property has been immaculately maintained and conveniently located to shopping, schools and more! Call for a showing as it won’t last long! $695,000

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