Spring Warbler Workshop at Max Patch - 2

Hot Springs, NC 28743, USA

VB
181 reviews
Apr 28, 2022
Group size: 3 - 10
Spring Warbler Workshop at Max Patch - 2
Hot Springs, NC 28743, USA

181 reviews

$NaN
Apr 28, 2022
Group size: 3 - 10

About this trip

A day exploring the areas around Max Patch Mountain in Haywood and Madison Counties with a specific focus on warblers. Mostly roadside birding with some walking and short hikes. Bring good hiking boots and warm clothing as it will be cooler in the higher elevations. 


Max Patch (elev. 4,629’) is a bald mountain located in Western NC at the juncture of Haywood and Madison Counties of NC and Cocke County, TN. The Appalachian Trail traverses the bald, offering spectacular 360° views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains and Smokies. Max Patch attracts many outdoor enthusiasts with ample hiking and camping opportunities on offer, but it’s also a fantastic place for the naturalist and birder. Habitats ranging from northern cove and mixed forests to coniferous woodlands and early successional, grassy areas attract quite the variety of butterflies and birds in the spring, especially warblers. Golden-winged Warblers, a declining species, are found in this area and should be a highlight of our day.

This being a Spring Warbler Workshop, our focus will be on finding as many different warbler species as possible, listening for differences in each species’ song, and marveling at the diversity of colors and patterns on display. We should find 15-20 different species, such as: Ovenbird; Louisiana Waterthrush; Common Yellowthroat; Northern Parula; American Redstart; Golden-winged, Black-and-white, Hooded, Cape May, Blackburnian, Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Pine, Yellow-rumped & Yellow-throated Warblers. Of course, the rich habitats here hold many other birds of interest, and we won’t be so focused on warblers that we’ll ignore everything else! Northern Bobwhite, Ruffed Grouse, Barred Owl, and even Vesper Sparrow will be possible in addition to the more common spring lovelies such as Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Scarlet Tanager, Wood Thrush and Veery. By the end of the day we could very well have seen 60-70 species in total!


Join us for an excellent day full of warblers at one of our favorite birding hotspots in Western NC.  

What’s included

  • 1 birding guide
  • lunch
  • transportation

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

Reviews

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
Had a terrific time with Kevin in the Green River Gamelands! Managed to get in a fabulous assortment before the projected rain deluge began in the early afternoon. The company and leadership were first rate. I got a lifer, the Swainson’s warbler, and one of the participants got 4 lifers! Can’t wait for the next trip!
By Toni M for Green River Cove on 05 May, 2022
For North American birders seeking a nice way to learn about many of the warblers that pass through or nest here in the spring and summer, this tour is for you. The guide was expert and knew where to find various special in the Asheville NC area. We were transported in a clean safe van. Some trips required up to 30 minutes on unpaved but maintained roads (in case that matters to you). The evening meals at local restaurants organized by the tour guide were a highlight. I would go again.
By John B for Warbler Weekend Spring 2022 - 2 on 04 May, 2022
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