Duck Day 2021

Buncombe County

VB
136 reviews
Dec 12, 2021
Group size: 3 - 10
Duck Day 2021
Buncombe County

136 reviews

Dec 12, 2021
Group size: 3 - 10

About this trip

Does duck identification leave you cold? If so, join us for a day out in western North Carolina as we visit several of the area’s lakes and ponds for ducks and other waterfowl. Winter is by far the best time of the year for waterfowl here in WNC and most of the birds should be in their full breeding colors in anticipation of the upcoming breeding season. Males are the most distinctively marked of the sexes and the easiest to identify, but we shall spend time deciphering the cryptic plumages of those look-alike females as well as the tricky domestic waterfowl species. We will also examine their structure, biology and improve our identification skills.

Should the weather be very cold and the lakes begin to freeze over, many of the ducks and geese will move to areas of permanently open water, such as Lake Julian in south Asheville. Some very impressive concentrations of our regularly wintering waterfowl have occurred under these conditions. Our exact itinerary will depend on weather conditions, but we will spend most of our efforts at hotspots in Henderson, Buncombe and Haywood Counties. Species seen varies with each trip, but we hope to see all or a selection of the following: Wood Duck, Mallard, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Canada Goose, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Ring-necked Duck, Redhead, Lesser Scaup, and Ruddy Duck. Local rarities have included: Common Goldeneye, Greater Scaup, and Snow, Ross’s and Greater White-fronted Geese. 

What’s included

  • 1 birding guide
  • lunch
  • transportation

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

Reviews

I had a great time. Michael Plauche is an excellent birder and guide, and is very pleasant to spend time with. Communication with him and with Ventures Birding was excellent.
By Marcia M for Private Half Day Tours (2021) on 16 Oct, 2021
Enjoyed two outings with Aaron Steed at Ridge Junction this Fall - one in early September and one in late September to catch different migrants coming through. Both were spectacular. It is really cool to see mass quantities of warblers and hummingbirds flying over the ridge, many graciously stopping for the viewing pleasure of our groups. Aaron has a fabulous ear for the different types of birds, and can pick one special species out of a large flock. They were exciting and beautiful mornings as the sun came up over the ridge. Was so thankful for Aaron’s help in spotting and identifying a large variety of birds.
By Kathleen W for Spectacular Fall Migration 4 on 11 Oct, 2021
Kevin goes above and beyond to make sure everyones needs are met. He is flexible and low keyed. He does advances for the each trip. We tried many local (non-chain) restaurants and the food was superb. Maneuvering between wildfires and unexpected covid closures there was no disappointments. Could not have asked for a better group of fellow passengers. There was plenty of room within the vehicle which is important especially when you are dealing with your various pieces of equipment. Thank You again for a great trip. CSSR
By Christine S for Washington - Pacific Northwest Birding 2021 on 09 Oct, 2021
This trip included 6+ days of birding from morning to late afternoon visiting many birding hotspots in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. The pace was comfortable and the terrain very manageable, even Hawk Mountain. Simon Thompson, owner and guide, has experience world-wide, can spot and hear the most obscure bird, can ID birds by sight and/or sound and makes sure everyone is "on the bird" even when it is not a "lifer"! He is quick with the scope and binocular. In addition, he methodically submits a checklist for each birding area - 25 in all for this trip! The van was very comfortable and with large windows. Chris Jaquette was an excellent driver and also a master at providing delicious picnic lunches. Restaurant dinners were outside in comfortable temperatures. Cuisine each night was delicious and varied. We can hardly wait for our next trip with Ventures!
By Julia J for Hawk Mountain and Cape May on 08 Oct, 2021
Lots of warblers, Kevin knew every one!
By barbara r for Fall Warbler Workshop 2 on 05 Oct, 2021
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