Birding the Balsams May 2022

Brevard, NC, USA

VB
189 reviews
May 18, 2022
Group size: 3 - 10
Birding the Balsams May 2022
Brevard, NC, USA

189 reviews

$NaN
May 18, 2022
Group size: 3 - 10

About this trip

A relaxed day of birding from roadsides, gravel roads and overlooks with a minimal amount of walking. Weather at the higher elevations can be unpredictable – rain gear and a light jacket are recommended.


The Blue Ridge Parkway winds through the Appalachian Mountains from Virginia into North Carolina, skirts the southern end of the Black Mountains, then weaves through the Craggies, the Pisgahs and the Balsams before ending in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We will head south and visit various locations in the Blue Ridge, looking for some of the area’s most exciting birds such as many species of warblers, vireos and several hard-to-identify Empidonax flycatchers. We will probably head as far as Heintooga Overlook, one of the most reliable areas for Red Crossbills in the last few years. Least Flycatchers can be common near the Masonic Monument where their “che-bek” calls can be a clue to their whereabouts. At the higher elevations the mountains are cloaked with spruce-fir and northern hardwood forests mixed with heath balds of Catawba rhododendron and mountain laurel. 


Typical breeding birds of the higher elevations include Common Raven, Brown Creeper, Dark-eyed Junco, Winter Wren, and Red-breasted Nuthatch. Hermit Thrush and Red Crossbill can be found as well. The Appalachian race of the hardy Northern Flying Squirrel, closely related to the more familiar Southern Flying Squirrel of lower elevation broad-leaved woodlands, also occurs at this elevation. 

What’s included

  • 1 birding guide
  • lunch
  • transportation

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Ventures Birding Tours
189 reviews
Small travel company based in Asheville, NC, specializing in birding & nature tours both locally & worldwide.

Reviews

Ventures birding is the real deal. We scheduled a half-day local trip near Asheville while friends were visiting from New York. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable. His ability to identify nearly every bird by even a brief snippet of song made spotting them really quick. Besides that, he’s a nice guy, easy to talk to, and fun to spend time with. Ventures Birding has our enthusiastic recommendations, and we look forward to more time with them!
By Rick M for Private Half Day Tours (2021/2022) on 01 Jul, 2022
Fantastic! Great guides. Absolutely no complaints! Susan P.
By Susan P for Iceland 2022 on 09 Jun, 2022
This was a magnificent trip! Great leaders who were knowledgeable about the area as well as the birds. They were respectful of the country, people and environs of Iceland which made the trip especially enjoyable. At the end of the 8 days on Iceland, we felt we had seen highlights of the country having circumnavigated the whole island on Highway 1. It was lovely and perfect. Both guides were excellent drivers and I never felt insecure along the challenging roads. Had all 9 of us been in the 9 passenger van, it would have been uncomfortable and unpleasant. Since one of the group rented an additional vehicle, that major issue was alleviated. We were all grateful for that extra vehicle! Iceland was awesome. The food was great. Accommodations were excellent. Guides were the best.
By Judith W for Iceland 2022 on 07 Jun, 2022
Simon took six of us into a lovely ascent through multiple habitats and many bird species. It must have been challenging as our group ranged from rank beginner to expert, yet we all interacted comfortably with our guide. Nice job by ventures and a great day! One highlight was our best ever looks at a singing Swainsons Warbler on territory.
By Doug N for Private Half Day Tours (2021/2022) on 03 Jun, 2022
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It was a great day.Guide was very knowledgeable, pleasant, gave great tips. I learned a lot. Thanks
By sharon w for Beginning Birding Workshop Henderson on 31 May, 2022
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