Blue Ridge Birding

      Asheville, NC, USA

      VB
      Ventures Birding Tours
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      85 reviews
      Apr 25, 2022
      Group size: 3 - 10
      Blue Ridge Birding
      Asheville, NC, USA

      Ventures Birding Tours
      • Email address verified
      85 reviews

      Apr 25, 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 Aaron for a great day of Blue Ridge Birding!

      What’s included

      • 1 birding guide

      What’s not included

      • lunch
      • transportation

      Available Packages

      Trip Price
      $60

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

      Reviews

      MC
      Great trip. Vicky knows her ducks and other waterbirds and where to find them. We look forward to more trips with her as a guide
      By Mike C for Duck Day in Asheville on Feb 13, 2024
      The trip was very enjoyable, in spite of the cold weather. Michael Werndley is a great guide and fun to be with. The main attraction was the chance to see up to ten species of owls, many of which can often be seen after migrating down from more northern areas in Canada. The group saw a Snowy Owl, Hawk Owl, Barred Owl, and (the major attraction) two impressive Great Gray Owls! Other local species included Snow Buntings, Common and Hoary Redpolls, a Northern Shrike, Canada Jay, Pine Grosbeaks, Golden Eye, numerous Bald Eagles, and a Merlin (sitting atop our hotel in Minneapolis). In addition, the group saw many winter species common to our own area. An unexpected treat was the sight of three wolves totting along the frozen harbor shoreline in Duluth! A great time was had by all!
      By Peter H for Northern Minnesota 2024 - Owls & Winter Finches on Feb 05, 2024
      Weather was a lot better than I anticipated, but even if it had been exceptionally cold, this trip is definitely worth it. To see the snow-covered landscape scenes, the beauty of the Black Spruce trees, all the native habitat for the Great Gray Owl, was an exciting and enjoyable experience. The food choices were fantastic as were the views of Lake Superior. Dress warmly and go for it!
      By Shirley A for Northern Minnesota 2024 - Owls & Winter Finches on Feb 04, 2024
      This was our second trip with Keith Watson and it was very special - he is wonderful to bird with, and to just be with. Our group was small and it made the trip that much more meaningful. We saw beautiful places, beautiful birds, and had lots of good food and good company. We had difficult weather at times and Keith was able to keep our spirits up and make it feel adventurous rather than adverse. Very grateful.
      By RHONDA B for Cranes Galore at Hiwassee on Feb 03, 2024
      This was a uniquely wonderful birding trip. Great group and great birding, with fantastic local guide, Sean, and always wonderful, Simon Thompson. We had our own chefs, one of whom traveled with us, with wonderful food and some Suriname local food. The Surinamese people were warm and welcoming. Fantastic trip!1
      By Toni M for Suriname 2023 on Dec 15, 2023
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