Escape the Heat - Cool Birding!

Asheville, NC, USA

VB
189 reviews
Jul 31, 2022
Group size: 3 - 10
Escape the Heat - Cool Birding!
Asheville, NC, USA

189 reviews

$NaN
Jul 31, 2022
Group size: 3 - 10

About this trip

A relaxed day of birding from roadsides, gravel roads and overlooks with a minimal amount of walking.  Weather at the higher elevations can be unpredictable – rain gear and a light jacket are recommended as are good walking shoes. Bring plenty of snacks/water and be sure to pack a lunch.


Heading south on the Blue Ridge Parkway we’ll stop at various overlooks along the way as we wind up towards the higher elevations of approximately 5,000’. At these higher (and cooler!) elevations, we can expect birds commonly seen there such as Canada Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Veery, Hermit Thrush, Least Flycatcher and Alder Flycatcher. These birds are often seen at the Black Balsams where we’ll do a short walk down the Flat Laurel Creek trail to find them. Black-capped Chickadee is also a possibility in this area, along with the ever-nomadic Crossbills that surprise us from time to time.


We will wind up our trip at Devil’s Courthouse Overlook where Peregrine Falcon has nested in past times and continues to be seen occasionally roosting on the rock ledge. 

What’s included

  • 1 birding guide
  • lunch
  • transportation

Who’s Going

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

Reviews

Ventures birding is the real deal. We scheduled a half-day local trip near Asheville while friends were visiting from New York. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable. His ability to identify nearly every bird by even a brief snippet of song made spotting them really quick. Besides that, he’s a nice guy, easy to talk to, and fun to spend time with. Ventures Birding has our enthusiastic recommendations, and we look forward to more time with them!
By Rick M for Private Half Day Tours (2021/2022) on 01 Jul, 2022
Fantastic! Great guides. Absolutely no complaints! Susan P.
By Susan P for Iceland 2022 on 09 Jun, 2022
This was a magnificent trip! Great leaders who were knowledgeable about the area as well as the birds. They were respectful of the country, people and environs of Iceland which made the trip especially enjoyable. At the end of the 8 days on Iceland, we felt we had seen highlights of the country having circumnavigated the whole island on Highway 1. It was lovely and perfect. Both guides were excellent drivers and I never felt insecure along the challenging roads. Had all 9 of us been in the 9 passenger van, it would have been uncomfortable and unpleasant. Since one of the group rented an additional vehicle, that major issue was alleviated. We were all grateful for that extra vehicle! Iceland was awesome. The food was great. Accommodations were excellent. Guides were the best.
By Judith W for Iceland 2022 on 07 Jun, 2022
Simon took six of us into a lovely ascent through multiple habitats and many bird species. It must have been challenging as our group ranged from rank beginner to expert, yet we all interacted comfortably with our guide. Nice job by ventures and a great day! One highlight was our best ever looks at a singing Swainsons Warbler on territory.
By Doug N for Private Half Day Tours (2021/2022) on 03 Jun, 2022
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It was a great day.Guide was very knowledgeable, pleasant, gave great tips. I learned a lot. Thanks
By sharon w for Beginning Birding Workshop Henderson on 31 May, 2022
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