Duck Day Feb 2023

      Swannanoa, NC 28778, USA

      VB
      83 reviews
      Feb 19, 2023
      Group size: 3 - 10
      Duck Day Feb 2023
      Swannanoa, NC 28778, USA

      83 reviews

      $NaN
      Feb 19, 2023
      Group size: 3 - 10

      About this trip

      An easy day birding along roadsides and lake overlooks looking for a selection of waterfowl. Weather may be cold and windy - warm clothing and comfortable footwear are recommended. 


      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 Buncombe and Henderson 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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      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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