Blackberry Farm

Friends of the Farm

Winter Birding

One of the most amazing natural beauties that Blackberry Farm has to offer are creatures that we are surrounded by, yet may not even be aware of, until we slow down to notice. This area adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to over 200 species of birds. Winter is an exciting time to study them as we are hosting species that normally live in the higher elevations of the mountains. White-throated sparrows, Northern Juncos, and Yellow-rumped warblers join the flocks of Carolina Chickadees and Tufted Titmice. You may be blessed by the musical waterfall of a Winter Wren’s song as you walk on a woodland path, or hear the croak of a raven as it descends from a rocky cliff far above.
A notable recent sighting at Blackberry has been a family of bald eagles settling in the trees above Hesse Creek, ready to compete with the fly fishermen for the catch of the day!

Our Winter Birding Workshop will awaken your senses to the beauty of birding, and you may realize there is surprising excitement and adventure involved in this experience of nature.

Wrap it up with some hot cocoa by the fire in the Yallerhammer Pavilion as we tally up the numbers on our checklist, and count our blessings at Blackberry Farm!

Joy Hopkins, Adventure Manager