Warbler Weekend - Spring 2023

Asheville, NC, USA

203 reviews
Apr 27 - 30, 2023
Group size: 5 - 10
Warbler Weekend - Spring 2023
Asheville, NC, USA

203 reviews

Apr 27 - 30, 2023
Group size: 5 - 10

About this trip


The North Carolina Mountains are home to around 25 species of breeding wood warblers and several more that migrate through. Early to mid-May is the best time to view peak diversity of warblers in the habitat rich region of Western North Carolina. Please join us as we celebrate this wonderful family of birds with our  Warbler Weekend.   We will arrive in Asheville on Friday, April 29th and plan to bird all day the Saturday and Sunday. 

During our two full day warbler weekend we will explore a multitude of habitats including marshes, hardwood forest, and the high elevation spruce fir forest. The lower elevations on the edge of the Blue Ridge Escarpments have been good for Swainson’s, Kentucky, and Prothonotary Warblers. Moving up the escarpment into the hard wood forest we will search or numerous more species including Black-throated Green, American Redstart, and Hooded Warblers. Ascending into the highest elevations in the East we will search out Canada, Black-throated Blue, and Chestnut-sided Warblers. 

Western North Carolina is also extremely fortunate to have a small population of Cerulean and Golden-winged Warblers in the area. These two species will be main targets for the weekend. We will encounter more than just warblers on our weekend. It is prime time for shorebird migration, and we will check out the local sod fields to see if anything has turned up. The high elevations are home to several species of flycatchers such as Alder and Least. 

We will likely see and hear over 120 species for the weekend. This is a great way to study this beautiful family of birds in a gorgeous mountain setting. We hope to see you here in the mountains for an awesome warbler packed 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 March 27, 20234 left


Deposit: $300
Single Traveler
Available until March 27, 20236 left

For those wanting their own room

Deposit: $300

Your Organizer

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


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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