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Go On A Bird Walk Adventure in Winston-Salem

Have you ever wanted to go on a bird walk? This Saturday, March 16th, bright and early at 8 a.m. there’s a bird walk at Tanglewood Park outside of Winston-Salem’s city limits. Tanglewood is a beautiful county park with nature trails, horseback riding and mountain biking trails. From the James Bond Cottage, it’s about a 25 minute drive. I’m admittedly not a morning person, but I’m so tempted because this bird walk is looking for Great-horned and Barred Owls. There have been sightings at the park lately so the friendly folks at Wright’s Birding Center are leading their monthly bird walk at Tanglewood. The owners, Sarah and Nathan lead a free bird walk usually on the last Saturday of every month (except December). Many of the monthly bird walks are at Reynolda Gardens, just 5 minutes from the cottage.

So what do you bring on a bird walk?
Binoculars
Birding Book
Spotting Scope
Pen and Paper
Smart Phone/camera
Adventurous Spirit

I’m fascinated by owls and at the guest cottages, we have a pair of owls in residence. I think I’ve figured what tree they nest in. And at night and in the early morning, we’ve heard their beautiful sounds. The guest in the Wimbledon Cottage, sent me a text, saying she could see the owl in the large oak tree behind the cottage. I jumped at the chance to see the owl and peered out the kitchen window trying to get a glimpse but it was too dark. I’ve listened to the calls of both on YouTube and based on the sounds, they’re definitely Barred Owls with the Hoo-hoo-to-hoo-oohoo-hoo to wha-aa; it sounds a lot like “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?” You can listen as Cornell Lab’s Laura Erickson sets the scene for the Barred Owl calls. She says the sound is magical, and I have to totally agree.

 

Favorite Photo Op in Winston-Salem – Spring Daffodils at Reynolda House

Winston-Salem Spring Daffodils

Spring has officially arrived when the daffodils pop up along on the grounds of Reynolda House. As you drive into the gated stone entrance, you’ll discover thousands of daffodils in the wooded grounds along the driveway. The cheerful yellow is a sweet reminder that warmer days are ahead and make the perfect photo op. Katharine Reynolds had these daffodils planted on the estate by Thomas Sears, a noted landscape architect and amateur photographer from Massachusetts. He started designing the grounds of the estate in 1915. The daffodils are pure magic and not to missed if you’re visiting Winston-Salem during the spring months. 

Rough Collie at Reynolda House

The driveway entrance leading to Reynolda House. You can see the signature green tile roof in the distance. Now, owned by Wake Forest University, the garden and grounds are free to the public. It reminds me of parks in Europe and Central Park, of course on a much smaller scale. With 1,003 acres to explore, it’s a favorite spot for locals to take strolls, picnic and sunbath in warmer months. Explore one of the trails that go though the forest and down to Lake Katharine. Or follow the paved footpath that connects to the University. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon in our city.

Reynolda House Entrance Gate

Spring Daffodils at Reynolda House Wisnton-Salem

Winston-Salem Spring Daffodils

So maybe Parker, the collie is not so impressed by the daffodils.

Reynolda House and Museum is just a 5 minute drive from the James Bond Cottage.