Venture Tour to
Ridge Junction Overlook
September 18, 2013
On Wednesday September 18, 2013 we gathered at the Ridge Junction Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway for our annual fall Venture to this local hotspot. The weather started out really nice, though a bit chilly (Simon brought nice warm drinks for everyone), but soon turned foggy. This made seeing the birds a little tricky, but the birds still came.
We actually walked around the corner to Hwy. 128 and had more birds there and could see them better (less fog). Rose-breasted Grosbeaks were everywhere and we had several large flocks of them. Flocks of warblers came too, though not in numbers that we are used to (weather likely had lots to do with that). Most everyone got good looks at Tennessee, Magnolia, Black-throated Blue, and Black-throated Green Warblers. The highlight of the morning was a Philadelphia Vireo that was at eye level for everyone to see. After a few hours we headed up to Stepp's Gap at the entrance to Mt. Mitchell State Park, where we had loads of Palm Warblers (everyone got to see them!) as well as Common Yellowthroat, Chestnut-sided, and more Tennessee Warblers. We next headed up to the top of Mt Mitchell for a wonderful lunch and saw a few more warblers around the picnic area including American Redstart and Black-throated Blue Warblers. We ended the day with 30 species.
- Birders by James Poling
- Black-throated Blue Warbler by Todd Arcos