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

Forrest Rowland is a great guide with thorough knowledge of the area and avifauna. He got all members of the group to see all the species encountered, and we found many great birds. He is very professional, dedicated and with good humour. The area is beautiful and the fauna fantastic.

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.

Overall it was a great trip. Stephan made sure everyone got good looks at all the found birds. Highly recommend it.

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.

This tour exceeded our expectations. Forrest Rowland is an exceptional guide. His intimate knowledge of Yellowstone Park and the general area and the species of animals and birds that inhabit the area are invaluable to the experience, but more than that his unbridled enthusiasm, superior patience, and ability to adjust to circumstances ensured the success of this trip. The area was hit with a very unusual early snowstorm that closed large parts of the park and many roads, but Forrest was able to pivot and ensure that we got to see animals, birds, and geothermal sites despite the difficult conditions. He organized excellent field lunches and great dinners in town and always had several backup plans in mind in case the weather turned either worse or better. The accommodation was located perfectly for easy and quick access to the park, and we found the hotel very comfortable with friendly staff. Forrest also organized a talk for our group with a wolf and bird expert from the Yellowstone Park staff, and this was certainly a highlight of the trip as it provided even more context and background for what we saw every day. I would travel with Forrest again regardless of the destination because he is a guide who will make sure that no matter where we travel the experience will be superior.

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