Cleveland County

Shelby, NC, USA

VB
76 reviews
Dec 4, 2022
Group size: 3 - 10
Cleveland County
Shelby, NC, USA

76 reviews

$NaN
Dec 4, 2022
Group size: 3 - 10

About this trip

  

We will explore as much of Cleveland County as we can during our day and try to hit some of the best hotspots. The birding and pace will be easy, but there will be a fair bit of walking, so wear comfortable footwear and bring suitable clothing and your lunch.

Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Cleveland County has a nice mix of habitats from moist forests along the Blue Ridge Escarpment to cotton fields and pine forests in the lower elevations, plus a large man-made lake which can be good for winter waterfowl.

After we meet in the morning, we will start our day birding around the New Age Dawning Dirt Farm in Lattimore. This experimental farm can be good for wintering sparrows, such as White-crowned, Savannah and maybe even Grasshopper. Horned Larks and American Pipits can be obvious and several wintering raptors spend the colder months of the year in this open agricultural area. Loggerhead Shrike, Lapland Longspur and Barn Owl are also locally distributed in the county and we hope to run into one or more of these birds as we crisscross the vast tracts of cotton fields. More expected species would be Brown-headed Nuthatch, Pine Warbler and Wild Turkey and we will look for Rusty Blackbird in the large flocks of wintering blackbirds. 

Moss Lake has a pair of Bald Eagles which nest in the tall pines and the lake can be good for gulls and ducks and other waterfowl during the winter. These could include Horned Grebe, Common Loon, Wood Duck, Bufflehead, Ring-necked Duck and Hooded Merganser. 

Join us for an enjoyable day exploring some of the varied habitats that make up Cleveland County; a very under-birded county with a total eBird list of just over 230 species. Let’s see if we can add a couple to the list on our day today as we explore the county.

What’s included

  • 1 birding guide
  • lunch
  • transportation

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

Reviews

Kevin was a super guide!
By Sandy T for Fall Warbler Workshop 2 - 2022 on 08 Oct, 2022
Aaron was a great guide! Due to weather (wind), he switched our location to Warren-Wilson Owen Park which was a fabulous hotspot for Warblers. We ended up with 67 species, two FOS for me. Look forward to more trips.
By Donna W for Ridge Junction 4 on 02 Oct, 2022
We had a wonderful weekend. Kevin Burke is a fantastic guide - enthusiastic, knowledgeable, aware of the skill levels of the birders so that everyone learns something. In a 4 day weekend (one afternoon, one morning, two full days) we saw 83 species, 20 different warblers. We went to a variety of environments (lakes, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Jackson Park in Hendersonville), each with different migrant bird populations. The Holiday Inn was fine (as expected), and we all went out for meals together that were quite good, especially the Corner Kitchen. Very highly recommended! We’ve done both Spring and Fall Ventures Birding Warbler Weekends. Spring has more colorful birds that are easier to see (fewer leaves), while Fall has more birds all together. Both are fun.
By Ross M for Warbler Weekend Fall 2022 on 21 Sep, 2022
This trip was wonderful. It covered a large number of bird habitats throughout the entire state of Oregon. Our guides were very well organized and everything went very smoothly although there was always room to be flexible. Our accommodations were very good. Both guides were very very knowledge and friendly, helpful, and considerate. In all, a memorable birding trip with over 200 species viewed.
By Kim H for Oregon - Mountains, Coasts and Deserts 2022 on 19 Sep, 2022
This was a delightful experience. The views from the peak of the parkway were outstanding, the warblers were darting through on the fall migration, and the forested lovely trails from the Pisgah Inn to the overlook parking lot made for a perfect morning.
By Kathleen W for Buck Spring Gap on 16 Sep, 2022
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