Cleveland County - Spring 2023

      Shelby, NC, USA

      VB
      82 reviews
      Mar 18, 2023
      Group size: 3 - 10
      Cleveland County - Spring 2023
      Shelby, NC, USA

      82 reviews

      $NaN
      Mar 18, 2023
      Group size: 3 - 10

      About this trip

      An easy walk through country fields and along roadsides The weather may be cold and chilly for starters but could warm up to more mild temperatures. Warm layers of clothing and good boots recommended, along with snacks, water and a bagged lunch.


      Cleveland County, in the North Carolina piedmont, is largely agricultural and provides suitable habitat for a variety of late winter birds of the open country. While traveling around the county, we will have the chance to search for open-country species such as Horned Lark, American Pipit, Eastern Meadowlark, and Loggerhead Shrike. Wintering sparrows will be among our target birds, and we could see Song, Savannah, Swamp, White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows. We also hope to find wintering waterfowl on the farm ponds in the county. 

      A bonus may be the opportunity to see Barn Owls, if we can find one or more in any of the abandoned cotton gins or farm buildings in the area which have been known to harbor them in the past. 


      Our final destination will be a hot-spot Farm where we will have our lunch on a lovely porch which affords a beautiful view. From here we will scope waterfowl at the ponds below, and possibly spot a Loggerhead Shrike on the surrounding barbed wire fence. A walk around the farm can yield up to 40 species of birds such as American Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Ruby-crowned and Golden Crowned Kinglets, and many other Passerine species.


      If time affords, we may head to nearby area Moss Lake as well, in search of Common Loon, Red-breasted Mergansers, and Bonaparte’s Gull.



      What’s included

      • 1 birding guide
      • lunch
      • transportation

      Who’s Going

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

      Reviews

      Terrific birding trip. We had a beautiful chilly morning at Kituwah Farm for birding and even elk viewing. The afternoon at Lake Junaluska was really nice with many water fowl and bald eagles! Loved it. Our guide, Vicky, was very knowledgeable, thoughtful, and fun.
      By Holly J for Kituwah Farm and Lake Junaluska on 30 Jan, 2023
      Vickie was great! Patient, knowledgeable and passionate- great day trip
      By Peter K for Kituwah Farm and Lake Junaluska on 30 Jan, 2023
      Great Trip.! Vicky was amazing at finding us birds. She is knowledgeable, friendly and helpful, making sure that everyone in the group saw the bird. Kituwah Farm is an interesting place with the Native American history and the elk! Lake Junaluska is a charming community nestled in a valley surrounded by the mountains. There were many ducks there, and Vicky made sure we got to see them all! I would do this trip again.
      By Liz H for Kituwah Farm and Lake Junaluska on 24 Jan, 2023
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      We did have a great time! The weather was great, a little cool to start with but it warmed up nicely. We saw a variety of birds during the day, including a vesper sparrow, and TWO BALD EAGLES at their nest!!!!! All with the help of our guide, Vickie. I have nothing but good things to say. I recommend birding day trips to beginners, as well as more experienced birders. Thank you
      By sharon w for Kituwah Farm and Lake Junaluska on 23 Jan, 2023
      I loved this trip! Mostly have traveled the Gulf Coast of Florida, so this was a pleasant surprise. We got all our trip birds. I got 7 lifers! This was a beautiful, marshy area, with plenty of birds. Aaron was our guide. He knows his birds! He is professional and accommodating, and he took us to amazing places. He always found us great food to eat! I would do this trip again! Liz H.
      By Liz H for Florida's Space Coast: Scrub-Jays, Snail Kites, & More on 01 Jan, 2023
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