This driving trip to Virginia has been designed as part of our “Road Trip America” series – where we independently drive to our destination, birding along the way.
Springtime in the Blue Ridge is something we all look forward to and enjoy, not the least because it signifies the return of the Neotropical migratory birds that breed in the southern Appalachians. An outstanding place to see and hear them is so-called "Warbler Road", a 13-mile-long interconnected series of US Forest Service and county roads that descends 2,600 feet from the Blue Ridge Parkway to the James River Valley. In May, when both breeding birds and migrants heading further north are present, as many as 25 species of warbler can be found in one day. Because of the diversity of habitat and differences in elevation along this route, Warbler Road offers a great variety of birds (in addition to warblers), including woodland and field species, ducks and waders. We will be staying at the Peaks of Otter Lodge, in glorious surroundings right on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Some of the Birds We Hope to See
Ruffed Grouse, Wild Turkey, Green Heron, Common Raven, Pileated, Hairy & Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Black-billed & Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Wood Thrush, Veery, Rose-breasted & Blue Grosbeaks, Red-eyed, Blue-headed, Warbling & Yellow-throated Vireos, Orchard & Baltimore Orioles, & all of the warblers that breed in the Appalachian Mountains