Warbler Weekend Fall 2023

Asheville, NC, USA

VB
203 reviews
Sep 14 - 17, 2023
Group size: 5 - 8
Warbler Weekend Fall 2023
Asheville, NC, USA

203 reviews

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Sep 14 - 17, 2023
Group size: 5 - 8

About this trip

The mountains of North Carolina are magical in the fall. September is a perfect month to visit to see migration in full swing. Warblers and other migrants gather in the mountains in mass to fuel up for their long trip south. Mid-September is peak time to witness this grand spectacle of migration. We hope to see 23-26 species of warblers and many other migrants, such as flycatchers, tanagers, Grosbeaks, and Shorebirds. We will arrive in Asheville on the 14th of September and plan to birds all day the 15th and 16th. 


We will visit a multitude of habitats this weekend. One morning we will head up to the Blue Ridge Parkway and bird the now famous Ridge Junction overlook. This overlook has been awesome in recent years for warblers, Tanagers, Grosbeaks, and many other migrating species. Once the morning slows down, we will head to the Mills River Overlook to join the Pisgah Hawk watch for the afternoon. The spectacle of Raptor migration is best viewed from this vantage point with 360-degree views. The evening will be spent at a nice local brewery for dinner and a beer.

The next morning, we will head to Jackson Park in Henderson County. This large municipal park is arguably one of the best spots for migrating fall warblers in the state. It has boasted one day totals of warblers in the mid 20’s., with Connecticut, Wilson’s, Nashville, and many others being possible. Walking around this 220-acre park always turns up something special. In the afternoon we will visit the Mills River area to see if there are any shorebirds passing through. The Sod farms in the area have been very productive, especially after rainfall. Dinner this evening will be at another local restaurant in Asheville. 


The morning of the 17th we will bird at the local Audubon Sanctuary for a couple hours after breakfast. We will part ways before lunch around 11. This weekend is sure to have many great encounters with migrating birds of many families. We expect to see around 100-110 species for the weekend. Please join us for our regular Fall warbler weekend.

What’s included

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Ground transportation
  • Guide services
  • Airfare
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Laundry
  • Gratuities
  • Items of personal nature

Available Packages

Double Occupancy
Available until August 14, 20236 left

Room-sharing

$1,510
Deposit: $300
Single Traveler
Available until August 14, 20236 left

For those wanting their own room

$1,885
Deposit: $300
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Ventures Birding Tours
203 reviews
Small travel company based in Asheville, NC, specializing in birding & nature tours both locally & worldwide.

Reviews

LR
I'm so glad that we looked into booking Ventures when we were visiting their area. Usually we bird on our own, but having someone so experienced who could almost instantly identify everything for us was such a help. We added several lifers to our list that I'm not sure we'd have been able to find or identify on our own, and the guide (Aaron Steed) showed us a new place that we can bird on our own when we're in the area (which we are a handful of times a year.) We're definitely going to check in with them to see if someone is available for a half day each time we come to town from now on (only half days because we bring dogs, but did find a local kennel with 'day care' to leave them for a few hours since we cannot leave them in the campground).
By Lynn R for Private Half Day Tours (2021/2022) on 30 Sep, 2022
We had a wonderful weekend. Kevin Burke is a fantastic guide - enthusiastic, knowledgeable, aware of the skill levels of the birders so that everyone learns something. In a 4 day weekend (one afternoon, one morning, two full days) we saw 83 species, 20 different warblers. We went to a variety of environments (lakes, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Jackson Park in Hendersonville), each with different migrant bird populations. The Holiday Inn was fine (as expected), and we all went out for meals together that were quite good, especially the Corner Kitchen. Very highly recommended! We’ve done both Spring and Fall Ventures Birding Warbler Weekends. Spring has more colorful birds that are easier to see (fewer leaves), while Fall has more birds all together. Both are fun.
By Ross M for Warbler Weekend Fall 2022 on 21 Sep, 2022
This trip was wonderful. It covered a large number of bird habitats throughout the entire state of Oregon. Our guides were very well organized and everything went very smoothly although there was always room to be flexible. Our accommodations were very good. Both guides were very very knowledge and friendly, helpful, and considerate. In all, a memorable birding trip with over 200 species viewed.
By Kim H for Oregon - Mountains, Coasts and Deserts 2022 on 19 Sep, 2022
This was a delightful experience. The views from the peak of the parkway were outstanding, the warblers were darting through on the fall migration, and the forested lovely trails from the Pisgah Inn to the overlook parking lot made for a perfect morning.
By Kathleen W for Buck Spring Gap on 16 Sep, 2022
Having two excellent and experienced guides and traveling in two vehicles was quite special for our small group. Kevin and Michael complemented each other and worked as an elite team identifying potential birding locations and at the same time avoiding areas where forest fires prevailed. Their efforts to locate special birds was extraordinary as all of us were able to see and appreciate new birds to add to life lists for some. Truly a fun, engaging experience enhanced by astute selections of evening dining opportunities and quite complete tail gate lunches on the go.
By Harry Y for Oregon - Mountains, Coasts and Deserts 2022 on 15 Sep, 2022
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