Duck Day

Arden, NC 28704, USA

VB
203 reviews
Dec 11, 2022
Group size: 3 - 10
Duck Day
Arden, NC 28704, USA

203 reviews

$NaN
Dec 11, 2022
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
203 reviews
Small travel company based in Asheville, NC, specializing in birding & nature tours both locally & worldwide.

Reviews

LR
I'm so glad that we looked into booking Ventures when we were visiting their area. Usually we bird on our own, but having someone so experienced who could almost instantly identify everything for us was such a help. We added several lifers to our list that I'm not sure we'd have been able to find or identify on our own, and the guide (Aaron Steed) showed us a new place that we can bird on our own when we're in the area (which we are a handful of times a year.) We're definitely going to check in with them to see if someone is available for a half day each time we come to town from now on (only half days because we bring dogs, but did find a local kennel with 'day care' to leave them for a few hours since we cannot leave them in the campground).
By Lynn R for Private Half Day Tours (2021/2022) on 30 Sep, 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
Having two excellent and experienced guides and traveling in two vehicles was quite special for our small group. Kevin and Michael complemented each other and worked as an elite team identifying potential birding locations and at the same time avoiding areas where forest fires prevailed. Their efforts to locate special birds was extraordinary as all of us were able to see and appreciate new birds to add to life lists for some. Truly a fun, engaging experience enhanced by astute selections of evening dining opportunities and quite complete tail gate lunches on the go.
By Harry Y for Oregon - Mountains, Coasts and Deserts 2022 on 15 Sep, 2022
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