North Carolina county #73 Neuseway Nature Park
Lenoir County didn’t have a lot of public birding spots, but not far from my hotel was a place called the Neuseway Nature Park.
As you can see, they have a planetarium, along with several other small buildings with nature related museum type stuff in them, and other activities for children.
I didn’t go into the buildings, but there is also a bit of greenway around the buildings in which I looked for birds. Some of it was along the Neuse River, but due to the heat and time of day, I struggled to find anything interesting. I did get good looks at a Red-tailed Hawk circling above, and a lone Eastern Bluebird sitting in the shade of some trees.
There were also a large number of Common Grackles and some European Starlings down the road a bit. Outside one of the buildings, there were two cages – one holding a mature Red-tailed Hawk and the other a Barred Owl. It was nice to get good close-up looks at them, but honestly I don’t know how I feel about that. They didn’t seem happy and I felt somewhat bad for them.
I called it quits early due to the heat and headed to the hotel to rest up for the next day.