Blue Ridge Parkway/Blowing Rock Bonus Trip: April 27–28, 2019
By Steve Shultz
Join us as we seek out and enjoy early spring migrants on the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway and in the mountains and valleys near Blowing Rock, North Carolina!
Are you a fan of warblers? Then this trip is for you. Late April finds most of the breeding warblers on territory and singing up a storm. After the long winter months of sporadic sparrow songs and occasional owl hoots, the riot of sound in the mountains during spring is just what the birders' doctor ordered. We will venture north and south along the Blue Ridge Parkway from Blowing Rock in search of warblers, vireos, tanagers, grosbeaks and more, taking advantage of the sightlines provided by a not-yet-fully-leafed-out canopy. In addition to birding along the Parkway, we'll visit Bass Lake for an enjoyable walk through rhododendron thickets favored by Canada and Hooded Warblers, and take a turn on the trail around Price Lake, a favored spot for Blackburnian Warblers.
Sound like fun? Act quickly as space on this Bonus Trip is limited to 10 participants. A smaller group makes individualized interaction with the trip leaders easier and allows us to help you with identifying any of those "confusing warbler songs."
Logistics: This trip visits the Blue Ridge Parkway in northern North Carolina April 27th and 28th. We will depart from the Holiday Inn Express in Blowing Rock at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday with a full day of birding on Saturday and a half day on Sunday. Registration cost is $50. You must be a member of the Carolina Bird Club to attend, but you may join at the same time as you register if you are currently not a member. Participants are responsible for lodging, meals, and transportation. All levels of birding experience are welcome.
Parking alongside the Parkway can be limited, so we will endeavor to combine into as few vehicles as possible.
Environmental hazards are few, and annoying insects are not usually problematic, but bring a rain jacket and sweater in case of showers or cool weather.
Contact Steve Shultz for a reserved slot and a registration form. If your plans should change after registration, refunds are available through April 5th. After April 5th refunds are available if we can fill your slot.
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