Trip Report

Point Lookout Trail
Old Fort, NC
October 6, 2020
Guide: Simon Thompson

It was foggy around Asheville on our way to Ridgecrest and the Point Lookout Trail, but thankfully this soon burned off leaving clear blue skies and trees starting to slowly turn to autumnal colors. The Giant Ragweeds along the start of the trail were all fruiting and very attractive to the migrant Rose-breasted Grosbeaks – several were feeding relatively close to us and more interested in food than a few stray birders enjoying their presence. It’s an easy walk down the old road and usually we run into small flocks of chickadees and titmice along the way, but today they were practically absent, as were the attendant flocks of vireos and warblers. It was a surprisingly quiet morning as we walked the gentle grade of the trail, our ears and eyes alert for anything calling or moving in the fall woodlands. A scattering of warblers were moving through, but no big flocks like we often have down this trail. Most were Tennessee or Bay-breasted Warblers, with smaller numbers of Chestnut-sided and Black-throated Blues, but by the end of the day we had only recorded 6 species. A Common Raven flew over uttering its distinctive harsh call and a Red-breasted Nuthatch was calling high in the tall pines – the first of many we were going to see this winter as they irrupted south.

Regardless of the somewhat lack of birds today, it’s always a nice walk down this easy trail and I certainly plan to do it again.

Point Lookout Trail
October 6, 2020

Species encountered: 33 species

Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Turkey Vulture
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker (Heard)
Hairy Woodpecker (Heard)
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker (Heard)
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay

    American Crow
    Common Raven (Heard)
    Carolina Chickadee
    Tufted Titmouse
    Red-breasted Nuthatch (Heard)
    White-breasted Nuthatch
    Carolina Wren
    Gray Catbird
    Wood Thrush (Heard)
    American Robin

    Tennessee Warbler
    Hooded Warbler
    Northern Parula
    Bay-breasted Warbler
    Chestnut-sided Warbler
    Black-throated Blue Warbler
    Scarlet Tanager
    Summer Tanager
    Northern Cardinal
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    Indigo Bunting