On this Mills River Migration day trip, we will search the area for migrating birds of all kinds. Some songbirds should be on their way to wintering grounds, so we will check the North Mills River recreation area for warblers, tanagers, thrushes, and more. We will also check out Hooper Lane for migrating shorebirds. Shorebirds leave their wintering grounds in the arctic as early as July and forage their way down their wintering grounds. Hooper Lane can be a fabulous arena for shorebirds at this time of year. On some years we have seen Red-necked Phalarope, Pectoral Sandpiper, both Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Several Plover species, and many more.
We will meet at the Ingles in Mills River and begin our migratory search combing the trees of the North Mills River Recreation area. We will look for all kinds of migrating passerines such as Canada, Chestnut-sided, and Magnolia warblers. We will next go into Mills River Park looking for birds in the fields and riparian area. We will check a few more spots then finish up scouring Hooper Lane for shorebirds. This daytrip should be an awesome kick-off of the fall migration. Please join us for a fun filled day of migratory birds!