Cedar Waxwing photo by Cheep Shot and Blue Jay photo by Ken Thomas - Winter Birds Near Meadowbrook Log Cabin

You can see a lot of birds in Hendersonville.  Here are some of the birds we see at the log cabin in the winter. We put out seed, mostly sunflower seeds. And there are birdhouses in the trees and on the porch.

Cardinal Photo by E. RaheemWinter Birds Near Meadowbrook Log Cabin
Cardinal
Photo by E. Raheem

The birds are not pets. They are wild animals. I cannot guarantee you will see a particular bird. The birds are not on a schedule. I cannot tell you when to expect the ducks.

If you get great photos of birds while you are at the cabin, please send them to me!

Dark-eyed Junco Photo by Ken Thomas - Dark-eyed Junco photo by Ken Thomas - Winter Birds Near Meadowbrook Log Cabin
Dark-eyed Junco
Photo by Ken Thomas

At the Bird Feeder

  • Blue Jays
  • Cardinals
  • Carolina Chickadees
  • Carolina Wrens
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Dark-eyed Juncos
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Eastern Towhee
  • Evening Grosbeak
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • Goldfinch
  • House Finch
  • House Sparrow
  • Mourning Doves (on the ground below the feeder)
  • Northern Mockingbirds (in the bushes near the brook)
    We’ve heard these more than seen them.
  • Pine Siskin
  • Purple Finch
  • Robins
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Song Sparrow
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
Carolina Chickadee Photo by Ken Thomas - Winter Birds Near Meadowbrook Log Cabin
Carolina Chickadee
Photo by Ken Thomas
Cedar Waxwing Photo by Cheep Shot - Winter Birds Near Meadowbrook Log Cabin
Cedar Waxwing
Photo by Cheep Shot
House Finch Photo by Ken Thomas - Winter Birds Near Meadowbrook Log Cabin
House Finch
Photo by Ken Thomas
Purple Finch Photo by Melissa McMasters - Winter Birds Near Meadowbrook Log Cabin
Purple Finch
Photo by Melissa McMasters

Goldfinches, House Finches and Purple Finches are my favorite birds we get at the feeder. They love sunflower seeds. And the seeds make their feathers brighter.

Tufted Titmouse Photo by Andy Reago and Chrissy McClarren - Winter Birds Near Meadowbrook Log Cabin
Tufted Titmouse
Photo by Andy Reago and Chrissy McClarren
Blue Bird - Winter Birds Near Meadowbrook Log Cabin
Blue Bird

The neighbor has bluebird boxes, so sometimes we see bluebirds. Not often.

  • Eastern Bluebird

In the Trees

These birds sometimes hang out in the hemlocks near the road. You can also sometimes see them if you look up when you walk around the neighborhood.

Hawks

  • Cooper’s Hawks
  • Red-shouldered Hawks
  • Red-tailed Hawks
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Photo by Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Photo by Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren

Woodpeckers

  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Northern Flickers
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    Woodpecker Holes in a Tree >
Little Green Heron by the little wetland near the log cabin - Somerset Swamp – Meadowbrook Log Cabin – Hendersonville NC
Little Green Heron at Somerset Swamp

At the Brook

For being such a small brook, it is surprising how many birds we see there. The brook is part of the native hatchery for Brook Trout. We’ve also seen little cray fish.

  • Great Blue Heron
  • Little Green Heron
  • Mallard Ducks

Some years the ducks make a nest near the brook. We get to see the tiny baby ducks. But not in the winter.

Mallard Ducks in a puddle in the front yard - Winter Birds Near Meadowbrook Log Cabin
Mallard Ducks in a puddle in the front yard

At the Ponds

We see a lot of birds at the little wetland we’ve named Somerset Swamp. There are always ducks at the pond in Patton Park.  Mallard Ducks are in the brook and at the ponds.

  • Canada Goose
  • Mallard Ducks
  • Wood Duck

Nearby Fields

  • Crows
  • Common Grackles
  • European Starlings
Eastern Wild Turkeys near Meadowbrook Log Cabin
Eastern Wild Turkeys near Meadowbrook Log Cabin

Other Birds

We see Wild Turkey just walking around. Eastern Wild Turkeys near Meadowbrook Log Cabin >
If you want to see Turkey Vulture, they are at the side of a road wherever some unfortunate animal has failed to cross successfully.
Common Grackles are the birds walking around in the parking lots. There are Rock Doves walking around in parking lots, too. Otherwise known as pigeons.

There are other birds that you are supposed to see around here in the winter, but these are the ones we have seen. There is a bird book at the cabin if you want help identifying them.

Baby Robins in a nest on the front porch - Winter Birds Near Meadowbrook Log Cabin
Baby Robins in a nest on the front porch

There are even more birds the rest of the year. Most years the robins build nests where the logs stick out at the corners of the cabin. They don’t seem to be afraid of us and we get to watch them raise their baby birds. They raise two families a year. Some years we have a nest at every corner of the cabin.

Mallard Ducks with her ducklings - Winter Birds Near Meadowbrook Log Cabin
Mallard Ducks with her ducklings

We have ducklings in the brook.