Trip Report





Birders by James Poling


Venture Tour to
Ridge Junction Overlook

September 18, 2013



On Wednesday September 18, 2013 we gathered at the Ridge Junction Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway for our annual fall Venture to this local hotspot. The weather started out really nice, though a bit chilly (Simon brought nice warm drinks for everyone), but soon turned foggy. This made seeing the birds a little tricky, but the birds still came.



Black-throated Blue Warbler by Todd Arcos

We actually walked around the corner to Hwy. 128 and had more birds there and could see them better (less fog). Rose-breasted Grosbeaks were everywhere and we had several large flocks of them. Flocks of warblers came too, though not in numbers that we are used to (weather likely had lots to do with that). Most everyone got good looks at Tennessee, Magnolia, Black-throated Blue, and Black-throated Green Warblers. The highlight of the morning was a Philadelphia Vireo that was at eye level for everyone to see. After a few hours we headed up to Stepp's Gap at the entrance to Mt. Mitchell State Park, where we had loads of Palm Warblers (everyone got to see them!) as well as Common Yellowthroat, Chestnut-sided, and more Tennessee Warblers. We next headed up to the top of Mt Mitchell for a wonderful lunch and saw a few more warblers around the picnic area including American Redstart and Black-throated Blue Warblers. We ended the day with 30 species.


Dwayne Martin


Photo Credits:
- Birders by James Poling

- Black-throated Blue Warbler by Todd Arcos




Birds seen or heard on
Venture Tour to Ridge Junction Overlook
September 18, 2013





Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Peregrine Falcon
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-headed Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
American Crow
Common Raven
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing
Tennessee Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
Magnolia Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Palm Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Scarlet Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
American Goldfinch