Burke County Birding

Downy Woodpecker by Ventures Birding

Morganton, NC

June 14, 2024

Tufted Titmouse by Ventures Birding

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 10 participants.

Meeting place: We will meet in the parking lot of Walmart in Morgantown, 1001 N Green St, Morganton Time: 5:00 AM – 2:00 PM (There are several nearby hotels off I-40 (exit 105) should anyone want to be closer by for the early start time. A later start is possible if you want to skip the early morning nightjar search) Price: $60


This early summer trip will be spent winding our way up towards the Blue Ridge Parkway as we stop along a forested road well known for its Nightjars and Warblers. Early morning temperatures could be chilly, as can higher elevation. Dressing in layers is recommended. Walking will be easy, but it’s always best to bring comfortable footwear. Be sure to bring snacks, water, and lunch.

Burke County, NC, lies along the escarpment of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. This area spans a section of the Pisgah National Forest – containing mile-high peaks, cascading waterfalls, and heavily forested slopes. Over time, 234 species of birds have been recorded in this County.

We will plan to be “in place” before the June 14 5:51AM sunrise, to take advantage of the precious moments when the Chuck-will’s-widows and Whip-poor-wills call out their beautiful rhythmic songs. In past years, up to half a dozen each have been recorded at the start of our route. As we continue up the windy road, we’ll stop periodically and pick up several species of locally breeding warblers such as Black-throated Green, Worm-eating, Prairie, Black-and-white, Hooded, Northern Parula, Louisiana Waterthrush and more. Several vireo species, Scarlet Tanager and Wood Thrush are also some of our expected birds, as well as the possibility of Red Crossbill, Broad-winged Hawk, Acadian Flycatcher and Eastern Wood-Pewee. From there, we’ll slowly wind our way up to route 181 and head to our next stop, Camp Creek, which consists of a beautiful stream along the Blue Ridge Parkway and is a great location for Alder and Willow Flycatcher, Common Raven, Barred Owl, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Wood Duck, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, and many other species of birds.

We will finish up just a few miles down the road at the Linville Falls Visitor Center, where we can enjoy the cascading waterfall as we wrap up our tour.