Trip Report





Indigo Bunting by Todd Arcos


Spring Venture
to the Blue Ridge - South
Saturday, April 20, 2013



A chilly morning started out unexpectedly when a vocal flock of Red Crossbills flew over the Folk Art Center where the group was gathered about 7:30. From there, we headed south along the parkway where low elevation stops produced a variety of warblers such as Black-throated Green, Black-and-white, and Hooded Warblers. A couple bright male Indigo Buntings at one stop provided a stark contrast to the two male Hooded Warblers that were foraging only a few feet away! Several Ovenbirds teased us with their chanting song, but remained elusive. A surprise early on was a Common Loon that was spotted flying high over the parkway, heading north!


Prairie-Warbler by Todd-Arcos

Birdlife thinned out as we headed farther South along the parkway and rose in elevation, and the wind became quite blustery. Higher elevation stops seldom contained more than Blue-headed Vireos and Black-throated Green and Black-and-white Warblers. A restroom stop at the Pisgah Inn however provided an unexpected surprise in the form of a Prairie Warbler, a species not usually seen at high elevations, foraging in the front garden.


Blackburnian-warbler, by Todd Arcos


After a delicious picnic lunch at Devil's Courthouse, which we ate in the vehicles to avoid getting blown away by the wind, afternoon birding was highlighted by incredible eye level views of a couple of Broad-winged Hawks that had apparently just came off their roost in the valley below. Thanks to all the participants for helping to make this a productive and enjoyable day of birding!


Michael McCloy



Birds seen or heard on
Blue Ridge - South Birding Trip
April 20, 2013





Common Loon (1)
Turkey Vulture (4)
Red-tailed Hawk (3)
Broad-winged Hawk (6)
Mourning Dove (2)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (3)
Downy Woodpecker (3)
Hairy Woodpecker (2)
Northern Flicker (2)
Blue Jay (2)
American Crow (5)
Blue-headed Vireo (13)

White-breasted Nuthatch (4)
Carolina Chickadee (8)

Tufted Titmouse (9)
Brown Creeper (1)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (4)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (4)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1)
Carolina Wren (4)
American Robin (8)
Cedar Waxwing (2)
Ovenbird (3)
Black-and-white Warbler (6)
Prairie Warbler (1)

Black-throated Green Warbler (15)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (1)

Yellow-rumped Warbler (6)

Hooded Warbler (3)
Scarlet Tanager (3)
Eastern Towhee (11)
Chipping Sparrow (7)
Song Sparrow (3)
Swamp Sparrow (1)
White-throated Sparrow (1)
Dark-eyed Junco (16)
Northern Cardinal (12)
Indigo Bunting (3)
American Goldfinch (7)
Red Crossbill (9)