A long-weekend celebration of the wood warblers, one of North America's most diverse and colorful bird families.
The Southern Appalachians of Western North Carolina are home to 25 species of breeding wood warblers.
During our two full day warbler weekend we will explore a multitude of habitats including marshes, hardwood forest, and the high elevation spruce fir forest. The lower elevations on the edge of the Blue Ridge Escarpment are excellent for Swainson’s, Kentucky, and Prothonotary Warblers. Moving up the escarpment into the hard wood forest we will search for numerous more species including Black-throated Green, American Redstart, and Hooded Warblers. Ascending into the highest elevations in the East we will search out Canada, Black-throated Blue, and Chestnut-sided Warblers.
Western North Carolina is also extremely fortunate to have a small population of Cerulean and Golden-winged Warblers in the area. These two species will be main targets for the weekend. We will encounter more than just warblers on our weekend. It is prime time for shorebird migration, and we will check out the local sod fields to see if anything has turned up. The high elevations are home to several species of flycatchers such as Alder and Least.
We will likely see and hear over 120 species for the weekend. This is a great way to study this beautiful family of birds in a gorgeous mountain setting. We hope to see you here in the mountains for an awesome warbler packed weekend.
What Warblers can we Hope to See?
Yellow-throated, Prothonotary, Kentucky, Black-throated Green, Black-throated Blue, Chestnut-sided, Canada, Blackburnian, Cerulean, Golden-winged, Northern Parula, Pine, Prairie, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Louisiana Waterthrush, and Black-and-white Warblers, and more, plus many more spring birds of the North Carolina Mountains.