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Aug012012

Spruce Pine Riverside Park

Description

The paved Riverside Walk follows along the Toe River for approximately 0.5 miles. The path affords good viewing opportunities for Spotted and Solitary Sandpipers, Great Blue and Green Herons, Belted Kingfisher, Baltimore Oriole, Eastern Kingbird, Chipping and Song Sparrows, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, and Rough-winged and Barn Swallows. Red-eyed, Blue-headed and Yellow-throated Vireos are also present during the breeding season. In spring and fall, the river corridor provides good habitat for migrating songbirds, including Black-throated Green, Hooded and Tennessee Warblers. Resident woodpeckers include Downy, Pileated and Red-bellied Woodpeckers and Northern Flicker. Chimney Swifts are common overhead. At the downstream end of the park, look in the shrubby area for American Goldfinch, Indigo Bunting and Song Sparrow.

Species of Interest (Full Bird List)

Spotted Sandpiper, Eastern Kingbird, Rough-winged Swallow, Cedar Waxwing, Northern Parula, Baltimore Oriole

Habitat

dry coniferous woodlands, river/stream

Access and Parking

The site can be accessed daily during daylight hours.

Directions

From US 19, turn on NC 226 North for about 0.3 miles, to Town Hall on the left. Turn right on Summit Avenue. After 0.1 miles, turn left on Tappan Street and follow it to the park.

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