Fall at Sandy Mush

Alexander, NC 28701, USA

VB
124 reviews
Oct 22, 2021
Group size: 3 - 10
Fall at Sandy Mush
Alexander, NC 28701, USA

124 reviews

Oct 22, 2021
Group size: 3 - 10

About this trip

Sandy Mush Game Land sprawls across northern Buncombe County and into Madison, encompassing habitats which vary from open, managed cut-over areas to cove and riverine forests along Sandymush and Turkey Creeks, and the French Broad River. Its relative remoteness means that its 2,767 acres remain somewhat unexplored, but it is quickly becoming one of our favorite birding areas in WNC. With breeding Prairie Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, and Blue Grosbeak, it is primarily known as a spring hotspot, but fall can be excellent here as well, and we have had some memorable day trips over the last few years. 

On this relaxed fall day trip, we will expect to find a nice mix of resident birds and newly arrived winter species. Sparrows should be in good numbers with White-throated, White-crowned, Song, Swamp, Field and Chipping all likely, and this is a great time of year to be looking for Lincoln’s & Vesper Sparrows as well. Northern Bobwhite are resident in the fields and occasionally we get to see them. American Kestrels reside throughout the game land and we should see a few of these small, beautiful falcons perched on telephone poles and wires, or hovering over the grass looking for prey. Eastern Meadowlarks are findable here while Wild Turkeys are easy to see. Large birds of prey can be common at this time of the year and include Red-tailed, and Red-shouldered Hawks, Northern Harrier and perhaps Bald Eagle. We have also had quite a few days in which we have found all 3 nuthatch species – Brown-headed, Red-breasted, and White-breasted. In years of good cone crops, even Red Crossbills have been recorded here, either feeding in the short-leaf pines or as flyovers!

What’s included

  • 1 birding guide
  • lunch
  • transportation

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

Reviews

What a beautiful day we had birding with Keith! Always enjoy his outings. Was well organized with several pre-planned stops along the way to see several varieties of warblers migrating through. The lake was a bit high to see mass quantities of shorebirds, but Keith still made it fun pointing out several cool birds and taking us on a beautiful hike to the end of the road.
By Kathleen W for Shorebirds at Rankin Bottoms on 15 Sep, 2021
After a bit of a wait for the fog to lift we saw a lot of birds. Most common warbler was Tennessee, estimated at over 100. Great guide in Aaron and Simon.
By Alan's Email L for Spectacular Fall Migration 2 on 14 Sep, 2021
Very productive trip. Great guide, warblers are his passion. Kevin is considerate, pays attention to details, makes sure you see the bird , identifies calls and works to obtain your target birds. Well organized, considering dealing with Covid and restaurants etc. never in an uncomfortable situation. Have booked additional trips with Kevin
By Christine S for Warbler Weekend - Asheville, NC on 09 Sep, 2021
The birding and guide were outstanding. We would have appreciated more thought/planning on meals.
By June A for August Shorebirding on 09 Sep, 2021
Good birds and good people. A lovely trip all around. Thanks to Craig and Pam for an informative, relaxing trip.
By duffy k for August Shorebirding on 08 Sep, 2021
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