Fall at Sandy Mush

Alexander, NC 28701, USA

VB
194 reviews
Oct 20, 2022
Group size: 3 - 10
Fall at Sandy Mush
Alexander, NC 28701, USA

194 reviews

$NaN
Oct 20, 2022
Group size: 3 - 10

About this trip

A morning spent exploring the woodlands and fields of Sandy Mush Gamelands for a variety of sparrows and other early arriving winter species. Mostly easy walking along dirt roads and paths, with minimal steep hikes. Trails may be muddy. Bring good hiking boots and long pants.


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 Sandy Mush 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!

Join us for a day of fall birding at this unique location - who knows what surprises we may find in this under-birded part of the county!

What’s included

  • 1 birding guide
  • lunch
  • transportation

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

Reviews

Lovely scenery, great group of people. Not as many birds as I hoped for, couldhave used more time in the field and less shopping in towns, but I enjoyed seeing the old castle. Well planned itinerary in terms fo the loop we made. Guides very knowledgeable.
By barbara r for Scotland - Highlands & Islands 2022 on 13 Aug, 2022
CW
Wonderful trip. Guide did an excellent job
By Cameron W for Southeastern Arizona Specialties 2022 on 11 Aug, 2022
sw
It turned out to be a beautiful day, not too hot, and it was a small group. We saw or heard some great birds like the Canada warbler.The guide was so knowledgeable, as well as pleasant. Thanks for a great day
By sharon w for Escape the Heat - Cool Birding! on 02 Aug, 2022
Thanks so much to Kevin Burke, our guide for Southern Arizona in July. He did a fantastic job of curating a wonderful experience. His birding skills, infectious good humor, in-depth preparation and flawless execution made it a perfect trip. The birds are important, but the experience is much more than that. He has a real talent and mindset for understanding and delivering what the client wants. He put us on rare birds. We made the ABA Rare Bird Alert on 3 different days. He put me on 43 life birds bringing my total for 2022 to 446 and counting. I’ll see him again on a future trip.
By WILLIAM Y for Southeastern Arizona Specialties 2022 on 02 Aug, 2022
Great time birding with our small group. Clifton was great.
By Judith D for Birding the Craggies & Black Mountains 2022 on 01 Aug, 2022
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