Trip Report


Trip Report for Wildflowers and Butterflies Venture

North along the Blue Ridge Parkway to Mt Mitchell

July 17, 2014

  • Bee Balm & Turk's Cap Lily Bee Balm & Turk's Cap Lily
  • Cedar Waxwing Cedar Waxwing
  • Enjoying the Flowers Enjoying the Flowers
  • Pearl Crescent Pearl Crescent
  • St. John's Wort St. John's Wort


After meeting at the Folk Art Center we slowly worked our way north towards Mt Mitchell, stopping at good spots for wildflowers and yes, a few birds as well.
I think the cool weather had encouraged a few to resume singing and we heard Scarlet Tanager, Wood Thrush and even a Cerulean Warbler. The butterflies were almost a “no-show”, which was surprising, but we did manage to see a couple of very nice Pipevine Swallowtails.
Without a doubt one of the highlights had to be the roadside verge at MP 360 which was ablaze with Green Coneflower and Turk’s Cap Lily – wow!
After a picnic at one of my favorite spots, we ended the day with a hike along the Commissary Trail at Mt Mitchell. Again there were no butterflies- odd, but the Michaux’s Saxifrage was worth the hike.

Simon Thompson



Birds seen on our Venture

Wildflowers and Butterflies

North along the Blue Ridge Parkway to Mt Mitchell

July 17, 2014


Turkey Vulture
Broad-winged Hawk
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Eastern Wood-Pewee (heard)
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo (heard)
American Crow
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Bank Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren (heard)
Winter Wren (heard)
Wood Thrush (heard)

American Robin
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird

American Goldfinch


Pipevine Swallowtail
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Pearl Crescent

Cabbage White