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Alamance Battleground State Historic Site

Dennis Burnette

County: Alamance

Habitats: Pine woods, open fields, and deciduous woodland edges.

Key birds: Summer: Eastern Kingbird, Gray Catbird, and Wood Thrush. Winter: Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets, Dark-eyed Junco, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Chipping and White-throated Sparrows. Year-round: Brown-headed Nuthatch, Red-bellied and Downy Woodpeckers, Northern Flicker, Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, Pine Warbler, American Goldfinch, Eastern Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Song Sparrow.

Best times to bird: Year-round.

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Description: Alamance Battleground is the site of a pre-Revolutionary War battle in 1771 between colonial militia troops under the command of Royal Governor Tryon and frontier farmers. A small visitor center provides the details. The area surrounding the center is open pine woodland, and across the street are open fields where the battle occurred.

Directions: Alamance Battleground State Historic Site is located at 5803 NC 62. From I-40 take Exit 143 and go south on NC Highway 62. Watch for signs on the right.

Birding Highlights: Alamance Battleground is one of the most reliable sites in the area for Brown-headed Nuthatch. The area around the visitor center is shaded by tall pine trees and bordered by hardwood forest. Red-bellied and Downy Woodpeckers and Northern Flicker make their living here all year, and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are possible in winter. Watch for Pine Warbler and Chipping Sparrow in late winter and early spring. Usually there is a flock of American Goldfinch flitting among the pines, and the brushy and densely wooded edges of the property provide shelter for Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets, Wood Thrush, Brown Thrasher, Eastern Towhee, Dark-eyed Junco, and White-throated Sparrow in the right season.

General Information: Restrooms and water are available at the visitor center, which also provides a warm shelter on a snowy winter day or an air-conditioned rest stop during the hot summer. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Additional Help

DeLorme map grid: Page 38, A2

North Carolina Travel Map grid: G2

For more information: Alamance Battleground State Historic Site, (336) 227-4785. http://www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/hs/alamance/alamanc.htm

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