Blue Ridge Birding - May

Asheville, NC, USA

VB
183 reviews
May 9, 2022
Group size: 3 - 10
Blue Ridge Birding - May
Asheville, NC, USA

183 reviews

$NaN
May 9, 2022
Group size: 3 - 10

About this trip

This day trip features some of the best birding that the Blue Ridge Parkway has to offer. There will be minimal hiking – most of the birding will take place from overlooks, roadsides, and picnic areas. Higher elevations will be cooler if not cold and it could be very windy. Freezing conditions are still possible which could result in the closure of sections of the parkway. If so, we will spend more time in the lower elevations.


From the mixed hardwood, lower elevation forests, rich cove forest, to the high elevation spruce-fir forests around Mount Mitchell, the Blue Ridge Parkway traverses a variety of elevations and habitats. Spending time in each habitat will yield quite the variety of avian species, and as with most of our spring trips the focus will be on migrant warblers, vireos, tanagers and thrushes that breed along the parkway. 


We will begin down at the Folk Art Center where we can expect to see Pine Warbler, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Chickadee, Eastern Bluebird and other birds typical of lower elevations. Heading north along the parkway we will make a series of stops in mid-elevation hardwood forest and should see Cerulean, Black-throated Green, Black-and-White, Worm-eating, Chestnut-sided and Hooded Warblers, American Redstart, Red-eyed Vireo, Scarlet Tanager, Wood Thrush, and Broad-winged Hawk. We’ll wind our way through the Craggies and into the Blacks, the range that holds Mount Mitchell, the highest point in the United States east of the Mississippi River. In the spruce-fir forest around Mt. Mitchell we should expect to see a totally different selection of birds: Common Raven, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Dark-eyed Junco, and Hermit Thrush. We will probably make it as far as the Bald Knob Ridge trail, which in recent years has been an excellent place to find Red Crossbills, which breed in the area.


Join Kevin for a great day of Blue Ridge Birding!

What’s included

  • 1 birding guide
  • lunch
  • transportation

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Ventures Birding Tours
183 reviews
Small travel company based in Asheville, NC, specializing in birding & nature tours both locally & worldwide.

Reviews

Excellent trip! Kevin was flexible and persistent. He adjusted to the early fog so that we had good birding the entire day, and was very persistent in finding the bird that several of us were eager to see (Cerulean Warbler). He was patient with describing identification details and excellent at identifying songs and calls. It was a lovely day!
By Marcia M for Blue Ridge Birding - May on 19 May, 2022
We had an awesome time. Kevin was great and always helpful.
By Tom F for Dauphin Island, Alabama 2 2022 on 17 May, 2022
We came for the birds and the birds came for us! Really enjoyed our experience with Kevin Burke, who led us to multiple locations throughout the day in search of spring migrants. Kevin was attentive, informative, relaxed, and he made sure that we saw what he saw (or heard). And there were a lot of good ones, including Wilson's Warbler and Black-billed Cuckoo. We had such a great experience that we can't wait to sign up for our next trip!
By Stephen P for Spring Migration in Henderson County on 08 May, 2022
Trip had us walking along the Green River which provided opportunities to see various warblers but even more were heard by our small group. Kevin shared some of his favorite birding sites with us so that added to the success and enjoyment of the morning.
By Harry Y for Green River Cove on 05 May, 2022
We had a great time!! Kevin was an awesome guide and we saw many birds!!
By Foye C for Green River Cove on 05 May, 2022
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