Blue Ridge Birding - May

Asheville, NC, USA

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

189 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
189 reviews
Small travel company based in Asheville, NC, specializing in birding & nature tours both locally & worldwide.

Reviews

Ventures birding is the real deal. We scheduled a half-day local trip near Asheville while friends were visiting from New York. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable. His ability to identify nearly every bird by even a brief snippet of song made spotting them really quick. Besides that, he’s a nice guy, easy to talk to, and fun to spend time with. Ventures Birding has our enthusiastic recommendations, and we look forward to more time with them!
By Rick M for Private Half Day Tours (2021/2022) on 01 Jul, 2022
Fantastic! Great guides. Absolutely no complaints! Susan P.
By Susan P for Iceland 2022 on 09 Jun, 2022
This was a magnificent trip! Great leaders who were knowledgeable about the area as well as the birds. They were respectful of the country, people and environs of Iceland which made the trip especially enjoyable. At the end of the 8 days on Iceland, we felt we had seen highlights of the country having circumnavigated the whole island on Highway 1. It was lovely and perfect. Both guides were excellent drivers and I never felt insecure along the challenging roads. Had all 9 of us been in the 9 passenger van, it would have been uncomfortable and unpleasant. Since one of the group rented an additional vehicle, that major issue was alleviated. We were all grateful for that extra vehicle! Iceland was awesome. The food was great. Accommodations were excellent. Guides were the best.
By Judith W for Iceland 2022 on 07 Jun, 2022
Simon took six of us into a lovely ascent through multiple habitats and many bird species. It must have been challenging as our group ranged from rank beginner to expert, yet we all interacted comfortably with our guide. Nice job by ventures and a great day! One highlight was our best ever looks at a singing Swainsons Warbler on territory.
By Doug N for Private Half Day Tours (2021/2022) on 03 Jun, 2022
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It was a great day.Guide was very knowledgeable, pleasant, gave great tips. I learned a lot. Thanks
By sharon w for Beginning Birding Workshop Henderson on 31 May, 2022
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