Fall on the Outer Banks - 2023

      Nags Head, NC 27959, USA

      72 reviews
      Oct 7 - 10, 2023
      Group size: 4 - 10
      Fall on the Outer Banks - 2023
      Nags Head, NC 27959, USA

      72 reviews

      Oct 7 - 10, 2023
      Group size: 4 - 10

      About this trip

      The Outer Banks of North Carolina might just be the best place to bird in the Carolinas during the fall and winter. These long, thin barrier islands, jutting far out into the ocean, provide important foraging and stopover habitat for hundreds of species of birds throughout the year. Bordered on one side by the Atlantic and the Pamlico Sound on the other, the open expanse of sandy shoreline, ocean, bays, lakes and impoundments attract wintering waterfowl and gulls by the thousands. 

      Jonathan lives on the Outer Banks and will meet you out there and drive a passenger van to birding sites during this trip. We’ll watch for Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. Snow Geese winter in the tens of thousands at Pocosin Lakes and we’ll find an abundance of duck species on the impoundments on the Outer Banks at Pea Island NWR. Along the beaches and at places such as Cape Point we should see a selection of wintering gulls and shorebirds and towards the end of our trip we should find a few Bald Eagles kicking around Lake Mattamuskeet. Because of the sheer number of birds that winter here, quite a few rare species turn up every year, sometimes hidden in large flocks of common species (such as a Cackling Goose in a flock of Canadas, or a Ross’ in a flock of Snow). We will keep an ear on the ‘birding grapevine’ and chase any rarities that are in the area if time allows.

      What’s included

      • Food
      • Accommodation
      • Ground transportation
      • Guide services
      • Airfare
      • Alcoholic beverages
      • Laundry
      • Gratuities
      • Items of personal nature

      Available Packages

      Double Occupancy


      Deposit: $300
      Single Traveler

      For those wanting their own room

      Deposit: $300

      Your Organizer

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


      I enjoyed having Mike as a guide on my first venture with him. He is extremely knowledgeable and skilled in finding and identifying the many warblers passing through. Mike pointed out a lot of field identification tips that helped me expand my own skills. His depth of experience and his enthusiasm for sharing what he knows made it a great birding day.
      By Charlotte M for Fall Warbler Workshop #1 - '23 on Sep 15, 2023
      This was an awesome experience, my wife and I were the only ones that showed up. Mike Resch was our professional guide. Mike is a master birder, I have never seen anyone with his knowledge and skill. He could identify birds by call and in their fall plumage. We were about done when he received a text about a Limpkin that had been found in his hometown and he invited us to follow him. He treated us as friends, we spent about 8 hours with him and I added so many birds to my life list. What a bargain and great time.
      By Walter F for Spectacular Fall Migration @ Ridge Junction - 2 on Sep 11, 2023
      A slow-paced meandering birdwalk often distracted by conversations with unafilliated random birders in search of local birds.
      By Joseph C for Mills River Migration on Sep 06, 2023
      Washington is a beautiful state. Several considerations to be made: maybe not in August when it's soo hot to go into the arid section. Birds were not active. Also, not to visit a National Park on a weekend day. The lines getting in, difficulty parking, and crowds took away from the experience and we missed the Rosy Finch. :) It was no problem for us, but the tour needs to be given more than a "moderate" level of hiking and exercise. Some attendents were not able to keep up, and slowed us down here and there. The pelagic trip was awesome! We happened to see 59 orcas, along with many of the bird species expected. The town of Westport was a nice little fishing town. Not touristy - perfect. The Olympic National Park had a great trail to a waterfall that took us through gigantic trees and lush vegetation. Definitely what you'd expect in Washington state. Getting to the top of Hurricane Ridge, we had close views of Mt Olympus, but it was unfortunately, a smoky day due to wildfires. So....we were not able to have the view of Puget Sound and other mountains. Our lodgings were good, and majority of meals were fabulous. We were able to find most of the target birds except when it was crowded or too smoky. All in all, we enjoyed this trip. This review is for myself and Leo C.
      By Angela C for Washington - Pacific Northwest Birding 2023 on Sep 03, 2023
      We had a great time, and we learned a lot. Aaron is a superb birder!
      By Kristin M for Rarity Round-Up - Kite Watch 23 on Aug 23, 2023
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