2015 Art of the Carolinas Workshops. While she spent the day in class I checked out local birding hotspots.
Lake Crabtree County Park. I was expecting to spend the day there, but arrived to find no waterfowl on the lake and all of the hiking trails closed due to high water. So, I stayed long enough to chase a North Carolina Wren and a pair of Tufted Titmice near the boat launch. It was clear and breezy, and leaves were falling like crazy so it was hard to follow moving birds through the trees. North Carolina Chickadees and White-breasted Nuthatches were active at the feeders as I drove out 20 min later.
William B. Unstead State Park was just a few minutes away, so I decided to give it a try. I stopped at the Visitor's Center for a map and the headed out Sal's Branch Trail toward Big Lake. A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker greeted me momentarily by posing in the early morning sunlight but was too far for photos.
I hiked back toward the car but took service trails. They brought me closer to Golden-crowned Kinglets, Carolina Wrens, and Tufted Titmice. Winds were now picking up so I decided that my birding opps were dwindling. I headed back to the Hotel.