We will examine the many aspects of bird migration at Jackson Park, one of the most remarkable ‘migrant traps’ in the Southeast. We’ll explore the system of easy trails in this excellent migration corridor, focusing on the identification of fall warblers.
Jackson Park in Hendersonville is easily one of the best fall birding spots in all of WNC. Nearly every migrating songbird in the east has been recorded here, with as many as 23 warblers recorded in a single day! Seldom seen on migration in this area, both Connecticut and Mourning Warblers, have been found in this park. More likely to be seen are Blackburnian, Cape May, Northern Parula, Black-throated Blue, Northern Waterthrush -- the list goes on and on! Early September is a great time to be looking for Blue-winged and Golden-winged Warblers as they pass through on their way south. Not only warblers are abundant in the fall; Philadelphia and Warbling Vireos are seen occasionally, along with Red-eyed, White-eyed, and Yellow-throated Vireos. Swainson's and Wood Thrushes can be seen feeding on the berries at the tops of the trees along the woodland walk, and both Yellow-billed & Black-billed Cuckoos have been spotted as they migrate through the park. We will of course spend a few minutes on the "Warbler Trail," and you’ll see firsthand how this trail got its name!
Small groups of mixed flocks of warblers and vireos, as well as thrushes and other songbirds will keep us alert as we sort through all the activity. Are you ready to tackle confusing fall warblers now? Join us for one of the most enjoyable birding experiences in Western North Carolina -- Jackson Park during fall migration.