Duck Day at South Holston Lake and River

      Bristol, TN, USA

      VB
      Ventures Birding Tours
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      85 reviews
      Jan 28, 2023
      Group size: 3 - 10
      Duck Day at South Holston Lake and River
      Bristol, TN, USA

      Ventures Birding Tours
      • Email address verified
      85 reviews

      Jan 28, 2023
      Group size: 3 - 10

      About this trip

      An easy day birding the waterways around South Holston Lake and River. We will bird reliable hotspots as we search for waterfowl, wintering songbirds, and some uncommon winter visitors. The terrain is very mild, but there will be some walking involved. A few locations might be muddy, so bring comfortable shoes you don’t mind getting dirty.


      Just west of the Blue Ridge Mountains is Tennessee’s Ridge and Valley region, characterized by wide valleys and rolling hills interrupted by modest mountain ridges. These wider valleys are home to large Tennessee Valley Authority lakes, agricultural ponds, and rivers that provide great habitat for wintering waterfowl.


      We will begin our day at Osceola Island just below South Holston dam. We will see many of the expected dabbling and diving ducks that winter in the region like Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Green-winged Teal, Bufflehead, Redhead, and scaups. This spot is also good for winter songbirds like Hermit Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warbler, kinglets, and Brown Creeper. From there, we will bird various locations around South Holston Lake. We will likely find Ring-billed Gull, Bonaparte’s Gull, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-breasted Merganser, and more. Musick’s Campground, a gated camper community, specially welcomes birders to their lake shore. We will look for White-crowned Sparrows here and some uncommon species such as Long-tailed Duck, scoters, and Eared Grebe. We will then work our way to a small farm pond which often has close views of a good mix of waterfowl like Northern Shoveler and Northern Pintail. If time allows, we will also visit ponds in nearby neighborhoods and parks.

      What’s included

      • 1 birding guide

      What’s not included

      • lunch
      • transportation

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      Trip Price
      $60

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

      Reviews

      MC
      Great trip. Vicky knows her ducks and other waterbirds and where to find them. We look forward to more trips with her as a guide
      By Mike C for Duck Day in Asheville on Feb 13, 2024
      The trip was very enjoyable, in spite of the cold weather. Michael Werndley is a great guide and fun to be with. The main attraction was the chance to see up to ten species of owls, many of which can often be seen after migrating down from more northern areas in Canada. The group saw a Snowy Owl, Hawk Owl, Barred Owl, and (the major attraction) two impressive Great Gray Owls! Other local species included Snow Buntings, Common and Hoary Redpolls, a Northern Shrike, Canada Jay, Pine Grosbeaks, Golden Eye, numerous Bald Eagles, and a Merlin (sitting atop our hotel in Minneapolis). In addition, the group saw many winter species common to our own area. An unexpected treat was the sight of three wolves totting along the frozen harbor shoreline in Duluth! A great time was had by all!
      By Peter H for Northern Minnesota 2024 - Owls & Winter Finches on Feb 05, 2024
      Weather was a lot better than I anticipated, but even if it had been exceptionally cold, this trip is definitely worth it. To see the snow-covered landscape scenes, the beauty of the Black Spruce trees, all the native habitat for the Great Gray Owl, was an exciting and enjoyable experience. The food choices were fantastic as were the views of Lake Superior. Dress warmly and go for it!
      By Shirley A for Northern Minnesota 2024 - Owls & Winter Finches on Feb 04, 2024
      This was our second trip with Keith Watson and it was very special - he is wonderful to bird with, and to just be with. Our group was small and it made the trip that much more meaningful. We saw beautiful places, beautiful birds, and had lots of good food and good company. We had difficult weather at times and Keith was able to keep our spirits up and make it feel adventurous rather than adverse. Very grateful.
      By RHONDA B for Cranes Galore at Hiwassee on Feb 03, 2024
      This was a uniquely wonderful birding trip. Great group and great birding, with fantastic local guide, Sean, and always wonderful, Simon Thompson. We had our own chefs, one of whom traveled with us, with wonderful food and some Suriname local food. The Surinamese people were warm and welcoming. Fantastic trip!1
      By Toni M for Suriname 2023 on Dec 15, 2023
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