Whip-poor-wills and Woodcocks

Whip-poor-will by Jon Smith

Henderson County, NC

April 10, 2023

Northern Harrier by Simon Thompson

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.

Departure: Picnic Pavilion in Mills River Park; 124 Town Center Drive, Mills River, NC 28759 Time: 2:00 PM Price: $60 per person


This will be an afternoon/evening of easy walking of about 3 miles or so. Grass may be wet so waterproof shoes will be helpful. You will also need to bring your meal and a portable chair (if necessary)

Please join us for an evening of great birding. This day/evening trip will focus on hearing and potentially seeing the declining Eastern Whip-poor-will and the always entertaining American Woodcock. Habitat changes in recent years have created great habitat in local areas for these two iconic species. We will start the afternoon in Mills River hitting a few of the areas most popular locations. We will be looking for early migrants such as Blue-headed Vireo, Louisiana Waterthrush, and Black-throated Green Warbler as well as any remaining winter birds. We hope that there will still be a few ducks on the Mills River Water Treatment Plant, or a Northern Harrier on Hooper Lane. We will have a picnic dinner in Mills River and then head in the forest to await the show. Eastern Whip-poor-wills and American Woodcocks are most active right at dusk. We will drive to the spot and wait for them to become active. You may want to bring a chair along as we wait. In recent years we have heard a Barred Owl in the same general area so we will be on alert for that as well. This will be a fun afternoon/evening of birding, and a great chance to view/hear these two wonderful species.