Overview

This tour is offered in partnership with Ventures Birding Tours. 

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.

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!

Available spaces may be different to those advertised on our website.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Yellow-throated, Prothonotary, Kentucky, Black-throated Green, Black-throated Blue, Black-and-white, Chestnut-sided, Canada, Blackburnian, Cerulean, Golden-winged, Pine & Prairie Warblers; Northern Parula; American Redstart; Ovenbird; Louisiana Waterthrush; and more, plus many more spring birds of the North Carolina Mountains.
Habitats Covered
marshes, hardwood forest, and the high elevation spruce fir forest
Expected Climate
typically mild year-round, expect temperatures between 59°F (15°C) and 71°F (22C°)
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Ventures Leader
Tour Pace & Walking
relaxed
Accommodation
comfortable
Ease of Birding
mostly easy
Number of Species Expected
120
Other Attractions
Blue Ridge Mountains
Photographic Opportunities
good
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

It is great to be traveling again, even if it is a short domestic trip. But I don’t want to sell the tour short. It really was an excellent short tour. We saw a great number of migrating warblers and shorebirds. Stephan Lorenz has an uncanny ability to find the one special shorebird or a rare migrating warbler buried in the bushes. He is also kind, informative and always helpful. And a special thanks to Claudia for her help with the driving and coordination.

By selecting the northern part of the NP, we avoided most of the huge traffic jams and could focus on the wildlife; also well-planned were the days outside of the NP. Forrest Rowland is extraordinary: total mastery of the area from the daily routes to the trails and what is where when, to substantive knowledge about the ecology, public policies governing land and water use, all of which is seamlessly integrated throughout the course of the day and week. He's able to handle difficult situations, such as the approach of a bear, to tour members who could be distracting. Days were planned, integrating sufficient down time, and flexible to utilize unique opportunities that arose with the appearance of target species. Each day proved enjoyable, filled with cumulative knowledge gained through good views of species and time to absorb the environmental context.

Stephan was an excellent guide and made sure everyone was able to see the birds and many times obtain photos. He was patient with the requests of the group members and facilitated an enjoyable experience for all. Claudia was a great addition to the team and we really appreciated her help finding birds in the scopes, identifying birds in the van, and working with Stephan to make sure our trip was as seamless as possible.

It really was a great trip with some difficult developments handled well. Flights out of Barrow were cancelled due to fog and Leader Stephan Lorenz and Claudia worked hours to get booked on a replacement charter flight by Alaska air. While doing so Stephan also added birding drives which were productive. As usual on tours led by Stephan he persisted to track down every possible bird. I have done two tours with Stephan and Claudia and have been extremely pleased with there professionalism and dedication to providing a satisfying experience.

Luke & Adam did a great job. This tour was the perfect US specialty tour (will be interested to see more of these)... We covered tons of environments in a fairly small territory. Luke is a LA-area expert and aimed us exactly where we needed to be.

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