Duck Day at South Holston Lake and River

      Bristol, TN, USA

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

      83 reviews

      $NaN
      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
      • lunch
      • transportation

      Who’s Going

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

      Reviews

      We had a great time. Kevin is a great guide and ambassador for Ventures Birding. I would recommend Kevin and Ventures to anyone interested in a birding adventure. Ed Simpson
      By Ed S for Northern Minnesota 2023 Burke - Owls & Winter Finches on 02 Feb, 2023
      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
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