CBC Bonus Trip—Blue Ridge Parkway, 16–17 September 2017

(This trip is full.)

Join us as we seek out and enjoy roving flocks of fall migrants on the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway!

Are you a fan of warblers? Then this trip is for you. Mid to late September is the peak of fall migration for warblers in the Carolinas. This is the time when a variety of warblers abandon their breeding season stratification and join together with vireos, tanagers, cuckoos, grosbeaks and more to feast on the little buggy things that power their southward migration. These flocks frequently follow the crests of the Appalachian ranges, and we hope to encounter a variety of species as we travel the scenic Parkway. While not as common in the lowlands, up here on the Blue Ridge, Tennessee, Cape May, and Bay-breasted Warblers often take center stage, with many others playing supporting roles. In addition, this is the prime time for passage of southbound Broad-winged Hawks, and we will spend some time at the Mahogany Rock Hawk Watch waiting for raptors to drift overhead.

Sound like fun? Act quickly as space on this Bonus Trip is limited to 10 participants. This smaller group makes individualized interaction with the trip leaders easier and allows us to help you with identifying any of those "confusing fall warblers".


This trip visits the Blue Ridge Parkway in northern North Carolina and southern Virginia on September 16 and 17nd. We will depart from Sparta, NC at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday with a full day of birding on Saturday and a half day on Sunday. Registration cost is $25. *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.

To Register:

Contact Steve Shultz for a reserved slot and a registration form. If your plans should change after registration, refunds are available through September 6th. After September 6th refunds are available if we can fill your slot. Additional information will be provided upon registration that address most commonly asked questions.

Bonus Field Trips are open only to CBC members in good standing (i.e., your dues must be paid up). Would you like to go on a field trip but aren't a CBC member? It is perfectly OK to join the CBC at the same time you register for a field trip. Information on joining the CBC can be found on our membership page.