Jackson County, NC - County Birding

Sylva, NC, USA

VB
136 reviews
Jun 14, 2021
Group size: 4 - 10
Jackson County, NC - County Birding
Sylva, NC, USA

136 reviews

Jun 14, 2021
Group size: 4 - 10

About this trip

 Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Jackson County is quite mountainous with small communities set far apart in the forested landscape of Western North Carolina. The county is predominantly forest at middle to high elevations, so the diversity of birds is not as rich as in counties in the lower elevations. Regardless of this fact, the forested mountains are spectacular and we are bound to enjoy a great variety of mountain-breeding birds.

We will meet at the parking area on the Balsam Gap Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Don’t start counting birds yet, as this spot in actually in Haywood County, so we will drive to Sylva to begin our birding in Jackson County. 


One of our first spots will be Jackson County’s Number 1 hotspot, Jackson County Marsh in Sylva. This is one of the few easily accessible wetlands in the county. We will then hit a couple of other lowland spots, such as Monteith Farmstead Park, before we begin to head higher into the Blue Ridge to enjoy the breeding birds like the great selection of warblers – Swainson’s, Black-throated Blue, Ovenbird, Black-and-White, Hooded, Black-throated Green and many more. We will spend the rest of the day exploring the higher elevations looking for Brown Creeper, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Golden-crowned Kinglet and other denizens of the spruce-fir zone. 


Join us for an enjoyable day exploring Jackson County, a very picturesque county with a total eBird list of only 211 species. Let’s see if we can add a couple to the list on our day today as we explore the county. 

What’s included

  • 1 birding guide
  • Lunch
  • Transportation

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

Reviews

I had a great time. Michael Plauche is an excellent birder and guide, and is very pleasant to spend time with. Communication with him and with Ventures Birding was excellent.
By Marcia M for Private Half Day Tours (2021) on 16 Oct, 2021
Enjoyed two outings with Aaron Steed at Ridge Junction this Fall - one in early September and one in late September to catch different migrants coming through. Both were spectacular. It is really cool to see mass quantities of warblers and hummingbirds flying over the ridge, many graciously stopping for the viewing pleasure of our groups. Aaron has a fabulous ear for the different types of birds, and can pick one special species out of a large flock. They were exciting and beautiful mornings as the sun came up over the ridge. Was so thankful for Aaron’s help in spotting and identifying a large variety of birds.
By Kathleen W for Spectacular Fall Migration 4 on 11 Oct, 2021
Kevin goes above and beyond to make sure everyones needs are met. He is flexible and low keyed. He does advances for the each trip. We tried many local (non-chain) restaurants and the food was superb. Maneuvering between wildfires and unexpected covid closures there was no disappointments. Could not have asked for a better group of fellow passengers. There was plenty of room within the vehicle which is important especially when you are dealing with your various pieces of equipment. Thank You again for a great trip. CSSR
By Christine S for Washington - Pacific Northwest Birding 2021 on 09 Oct, 2021
This trip included 6+ days of birding from morning to late afternoon visiting many birding hotspots in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. The pace was comfortable and the terrain very manageable, even Hawk Mountain. Simon Thompson, owner and guide, has experience world-wide, can spot and hear the most obscure bird, can ID birds by sight and/or sound and makes sure everyone is "on the bird" even when it is not a "lifer"! He is quick with the scope and binocular. In addition, he methodically submits a checklist for each birding area - 25 in all for this trip! The van was very comfortable and with large windows. Chris Jaquette was an excellent driver and also a master at providing delicious picnic lunches. Restaurant dinners were outside in comfortable temperatures. Cuisine each night was delicious and varied. We can hardly wait for our next trip with Ventures!
By Julia J for Hawk Mountain and Cape May on 08 Oct, 2021
Lots of warblers, Kevin knew every one!
By barbara r for Fall Warbler Workshop 2 on 05 Oct, 2021
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