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Aug012012

Shady Grove Gardens at the Peak

Description

Shady Grove Farms is a nice mix of open grassy areas, early successional shrubby areas, and young forest. These habitats support a variety of high-elevation shrubland species like Golden-winged Warbler, which are easily seen and heard here in May and most of June. In some years, Brewster's Warbler hold territories here. A pair or two of Black-billed Cuckoo are usually present in summer and fall migration (August). Yellow-breasted Chat and Alder Flycatcher are also present in most years. Gray Catbird, Field Sparrow, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Indigo Bunting and Eastern Towhee are all common breeders. The farm is nestled under the shadow of the Peak, one of the high Amphibolite Mountains in northwest North Carolina. Common Raven nest here and are regularly seen and heard from the farm, as are resident Broad-winged, Red-tailed and Cooper's Hawks. Migrant songbird numbers can be good in fall and spring, especially in the denser, wetter portions of the farm.

Species of Interest (Full Bird List)

Black-billed Cuckoo, Alder Flycatcher, Common Raven, Golden-winged Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat

Habitat

northern hardwood/cove forest, early successional, river/stream/wetlands

Access and Parking

The site is open to visitation on Sunday and Monday; visitors must call ahead to arrange a visit and schedule a guided walk (fee). Check the Website for details.

Directions

From Boone, travel north on US 421 for 14 miles. Turn right on NC 67/88 in Trade, TN. Travel for 7.5 miles to West Peak Road, on the right. Follow West Peak Road for 2.5 miles until the pavement ends. The farm is the first property on the left after the pavement ends. Signs for Shady Grove are on the bar along the road.

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Reader Comments (1)

On July 2, 2014, at about 10 AM, I went to this site and could not gain access. No one was there and multiple electric fences were set up to keep people out. Don't know why or how often this occurs, first time I've tried to go there.

July 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGuy McGrane

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