The Best of Foothills Birding

Scarlet Tanager by Simon Thompson

Morganton Greenway, NC

October 2, 2021

Nashville Warbler by Alan Lenk

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Guide/Leader: Clifton Avery

Meeting Place: We will meet at 7:30 AM at Home Depot near I-40, 795 Fairview Road, Asheville NC, 28803. Price: $55 Our picnic lunches are not currently included in our day trips (until further notice)


An easy and relaxing late summer’s day birding from paved walkways along the Catawba River in Morganton, looking for fall migrants. Be sure to wear comfortable footwear!

Join Clifton and explore the birds of the NC foothills along the beautiful Catawba River. Southbound birds tend to follow rivers and streams during migration, and the Morganton Greenway provides access to these ‘hotspots.’ This is the very beginning of fall migration so there should be a good amount of birds on the move! We will be on the lookout for various warblers, vireos, tanagers, and many other neotropical species.

Greenways in general provide excellent and important foraging habitat for many songbirds during their migration and can be hubs of activity in the spring and fall. We will hope to see: Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Red-shouldered Hawk, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, White-eyed, Red-eyed, and Yellow-throated Vireo, Fish Crow, Northern Waterthrush, Black-and-White Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Cape May Warbler, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Pine Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer and Scarlet Tanagers, Baltimore Oriole and more.