Trip Report

 

Venture to Ridge Junction Overlook,
Mt. Mitchell, NC
September 26, 2012

 

 

 

Rose-breasted Grosbeak by Todd Arcos

 

 

 

Ten of us met at Ridge Junction Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway for a great Ventures Tour. We had a beautiful sunrise to start things off.

A few minutes after sunrise we started seeing birds fly over. Many did not stop at first, but soon they started stopping for short rest. We noticed the best action was just around the corner along Hwy 128, so we all gathered there and watch a show for about an hour and half.

Wave after wave of migrants poured over the gap.

Some stopping and others just fly on by. Best birds of the morning included Philadelphia Vireo, Blue-winged Warbler, Peregrine Falcon, and more Rose-breasted Grosbeaks than you could shake a stick at. After the action slowed down at the overlook, we decided to head up to Stepps Gap and walk a little ways down the Commissary Trail. We were rewarded with a Ruffed Grouse which was a life bird for several folks in the group. After a great lunch near the top of Mt Mitchell, we decided to walk up to the very top of the mountain where we got great looks at a Merlin chasing butterflies around the trees. We were rewarded with a Ruffed Grouse which was a life bird for several folks in the group.

 

After a great lunch near the top of Mt Mitchell, we decided to walk up to the very top of the mountain where we got great looks at a Merlin chasing butterflies around the trees.

 

That ended a great day of birding!

Dwayne Martin

 

 

 

Birds

 

Ruffed Grouse  
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk  
Broad-winged Hawk  
Barred Owl  
Chimney Swift  
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  
Downy Woodpecker  
Hairy Woodpecker  
Merlin  
Peregrine Falcon  
Eastern Phoebe  
Blue-headed Vireo  
Philadelphia Vireo  
Red-eyed Vireo  
Blue Jay  
American Crow  
Common Raven  
swallow sp.  
Tufted Titmouse  
Red-breasted Nuthatch  
White-breasted Nuthatch  
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  
Swainson's Thrush  
Hermit Thrush  
Catharus sp.  
American Robin  
Brown Thrasher  
Cedar Waxwing  
Blue-winged Warbler  
Black-and-white Warbler
Tennessee Warbler  
American Redstart  
Cape May Warbler  
Magnolia Warbler  
Bay-breasted Warbler  
Blackburnian Warbler  
Chestnut-sided Warbler  
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler  
Eastern Towhee  
Dark-eyed Junco  
Summer Tanager  
Scarlet Tanager  
Rose-breasted Grosbeak

American Goldfinch