Spring Warbler Workshop

Black and White Warbler by Alan Lenk

Harmon Den

Haywood & Madison Counties, NC

May 3, 2023

American Redstart by Alan Lenk

Register by clicking the ‘book now’ button above, or by contacting the Ventures office. We accept credit cards for an additional fee (2.9% for MC, Visa, Discover; 3.9% for AmEx), but you may also pay by bank transfer, cash, check, or money order. This Venture is limited to 10 participants

MEET: We will meet at the Home Depot at 127 Acton Cir, Asheville, NC 28806. TIME: 6:30 AM – 3:30 PM (weather depending) COST: $60


A day exploring the Harmon Den area near Max Patch Mountain in Haywood and Madison Counties with a specific focus on warblers. Mostly roadside birding with some walking and short hikes. Bring good hiking boots and warm clothing as it will be cooler in the higher elevations.

Between the Gorge on I-40 and the well-known Max Patch is a lesser-used area known as Harmon Den. It contains quite a few hiking trails and is an excellent place to find spring warblers! Habitats ranging from northern cove and mixed forests to coniferous woodlands and early successional, grassy areas attract quite the variety of butterflies and birds in the spring, especially warblers. Golden-winged Warblers, a declining species, are found in this area and should be a highlight of our day.

This being a Spring Warbler Workshop, our focus will be on finding as many different warbler species as possible, listening for differences in each species’ song, and marveling at the diversity of colors and patterns on display. We should find 15-20 different species, such as: Ovenbird; Louisiana Waterthrush; Common Yellowthroat; Northern Parula; American Redstart; Golden-winged, Black-and-white, Hooded, Cape May, Blackburnian, Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Pine, Yellow-rumped & Yellow-throated Warblers. Of course, the rich habitats here hold many other birds of interest, and we won’t be so focused on warblers that we’ll ignore everything else! Northern Bobwhite, Ruffed Grouse, Barred Owl, and even Vesper Sparrow will be possible in addition to the more common spring lovelies such as Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Scarlet Tanager, Wood Thrush and Veery. By the end of the day we could very well have seen 60-70 species in total!

Join us for an excellent day full of warblers at one of our favorite birding hotspots in Western NC.