Early Fall Migrants

Pittsboro, NC 27312, USA

VB
203 reviews
Sep 16, 2022
Group size: 3 - 10
Early Fall Migrants
Pittsboro, NC 27312, USA

203 reviews

$NaN
Sep 16, 2022
Group size: 3 - 10

About this trip

Come explore a variety of Piedmont habitats for southbound migrants of all kinds. This will be a morning geared toward less experienced birders, visiting Triangle hotspots that provide easy viewing conditions. We will be following roads and established trails. Walking will not be strenuous, but sturdy, waterproof footwear is suggested. Insect repellent may be necessary.


The day will include stops in or near wet areas where not only will insects still be abundant but fruits and seeds should be plentiful.  The group will start along the Haw River at Old Bynum Bridge. We will be checking the treetops as well as forest edges for Passerines. Also, we’ll need to keep an eye on the river itself for waders and waterbirds. Our day will end at Harris Lake, where after walking a couple short trails, we will scope the lake for shorebirds and waterfowl.


The group will be hunting for the first of the Fall migrants passing through to the Piedmont.  There is no doubt that we’ll come across both adult and young-of-the-year local species such as Red-headed Woodpecker, Carolina Chickadee, Eastern Bluebird and Brown-headed Nuthatch. We are hoping to spot an assortment of warblers including Black-and-white, Magnolia, Northern Waterthrush and American Redstart. Vireos such as Yellow-throated and Solitary could show up. And there may be a few thrushes like maybe a Veery or two or a Wood Thrush in the area as well. 

Depending on the weather leading up to our day in the field, we may find a few species expected a bit later in the season.  If enough weather has been tracking from the north, we will be prepared for the first Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, White-throated Sparrows and Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

Of course, we will keep an eye out for other wildlife such as lizards, turtles and butterflies as well as fall wildflowers.  There should be plenty of good photo opportunities so feel free to bring a camera to capture a few of our best finds. 

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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