Stuff you should know about Big Bald and the lands surrounding it:
– Elevation: 5,510 ft.
– It’s really close to the TN border.
– It’s a mountain bald. Meaning it lacks vegetation (except it has grasses and other laterally spreading, low vegetation, like most balds).
– There’s a nice 360-degree view from the top. You can see Erwin, Johnson City, I-26, Mt. Mitchell, Table Rock, Roan Mtn., Unaca Mtn., Mt. Pisgah and sometimes Max Patch (another mountain bald!), or maybe you can always see it, but I couldn’t point it out to you. We do the hawkwatch from Big Bald because it affords such a great view (on days it’s not totally fogged in).
– The banding station is right off the AT on Little Bald. And when I say “station” I mean an old wooden table w/ banding supplies and an assortment of 18 mist nets. It’s what we use to catch songbirds (and sometimes Sharp-shinned Hawks). They are called mist nets because they are hard to see unless they are in direct sunlight. Everything we do is with the utmost safety for each bird.
– Access is via the Appalachian Trail, or through the gated ski community of Wolf Laurel. You have to be on a very elite list of visitors to be granted access to this illustrious, high class resort/community. Sarcasm? Yes. It’s an alright community, but let’s face it. Anyone should be able to enjoy the vista from Big Bald’s top.
For more info about the station itself, go to http://www.bigbaldbanding.org
And…now for a few bird pics.
Ok, well I hope the first entry was worth the wait. Botfly and I have to go chop firewood so we can prepare for the oncoming threat of snow (yes, SNOW) that could come in sometime this week. Fires, bourbon and memories of September shall keep us warm!
PS – Happy Birthday, Amy!