Devil's Courthouse and Black Balsam Professional Review and Guide
"This area offers superb high-elevation birding, with excellent opportunities for some of the more sought-after species in North Carolina, including Peregrine Falcon, Alder Flycatcher, and Northern Saw-whet Owl. There are easy to moderate high-elevation hiking trails at Black Balsam and a short, more strenuous hike to the top of the rocky outcrop at Devil’s Courthouse.
Habitats: At Black Balsam: high-elevation (above 5,000 feet) mountain bald, partly grassy, partly heath, partly shrubby and low growing spruce fir. At Devil’s Courthouse: high elevation rocky outcrop, 5,720 feet at the peak, spruce fir forest. Key birds: Summer: Peregrine Falcon; Northern Saw-whet Owl; Veery; Winter Wren; Brown Creeper; Rose-breasted Grosbeak; Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian, and Canada Warbler; Alder Flycatcher. Year-round: Ruffed Grouse; Red-breasted Nuthatch; Pine Siskin; Common Raven."