The allure of the mountains’ changing leaves keep Asheville area Bed & Breakfasts popular throughout the autumn months. Another form of natural sightseeing just as spectacular yet not as well known is the local birdwatching scene.
On Sept. 21-22, binoculars will be out at nearby Chimney Rock State Park for the 5th annual Flock to the Rock, the region’s premier fall migration birding event. An official site on the North Carolina Birding Trail and widely regarded as a birder’s paradise, Chimney Rock is home to over 130 species of birds throughout the year, including warblers, vireos, tanagers, woodpeckers, thrushes, owls, and Peregrine Falcons.
The weekend event features bird walks guided by local experts, workshops on a variety of topics (hummingbirds and photography are just two examples), and live Birds of Prey programs with a Great Horned Owl and Red-tailed Hawk. In addition, Sunday offers an “Early Bird” Migration Watch, a 2+ hour walk beginning at 7:30 a.m. that’s prime viewing for the plentiful hawks flying south for the winter.
The Flock to the Rock lasts 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The programs come at no additional cost with paid Park admission, with the exception of the “Early Bird” Watch.
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