Road Trip Birding

Warbler Road, Virginia

Chestnut-sided Warbler by Alan Lenk

May 5-7, 2023

Black-throated Blue Warbler 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 8 participants.

Cost of the Virginia Warbler Road Venture $1250 per person, based on double occupancy; ($225 single supplement) Price includes: Accommodations, breakfasts, lunches and dinners, entry fees, taxes, trip information packets, bird list & guide/leader service. Not included: Transportation, Alcoholic beverages, gratuities, laundry and other items of a personal nature

This driving trip to Virginia has been designed as part of our “Road Trip America” series – where we independently drive to our destination, birding along the way.

Springtime in the Blue Ridge is something we all look forward to and enjoy, not the least because it signifies the return of the Neotropical migratory birds that breed in the southern Appalachians. An outstanding place to see and hear them is so-called "Warbler Road", a 13-mile-long interconnected series of US Forest Service and county roads that descends 2,600 feet from the Blue Ridge Parkway to the James River Valley. In May, when both breeding birds and migrants heading further north are present, as many as 25 species of warbler can be found in one day. Because of the diversity of habitat and differences in elevation along this route, Warbler Road offers a great variety of birds (in addition to warblers), including woodland and field species, ducks and waders. We will be staying at the Peaks of Otter Lodge, in glorious surroundings right on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Some of the Birds We Hope to See

Ruffed Grouse, Wild Turkey, Green Heron, Common Raven, Pileated, Hairy & Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Black-billed & Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Wood Thrush, Veery, Rose-breasted & Blue Grosbeaks, Red-eyed, Blue-headed, Warbling & Yellow-throated Vireos, Orchard & Baltimore Orioles, & all of the warblers that breed in the Appalachian Mountains