Jackson County, NC - County Birding

Sylva, NC, USA

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

115 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
115 reviews
Small travel company based in Asheville, NC, specializing in birding & nature tours both locally & worldwide.

Reviews

This was a great day. Clifton navigated some unexpected logistics (unposted road closure) and made a full day with tons of stops he was familiar with. I am only a year into birding and added 13 species to my list. He was the most experienced person I have ever birded with, able to ID tons of birds by ear then spot them.
By Rebecca D for Avery County, NC - County Birding on 13 Jul, 2021
This was a great trip. Kevin Burke is a wonderful trip leader. He makes every effort for everyone to see the birds. He works hard to make sure everything runs smoothly.
By Bill W for Maine - Puffins, Boreal Birds, & Spectacular Scenery 2 on 11 Jul, 2021
The tour and tour guide were excellent in every way. Kevin our guide did everything in his power to to assist all participants throughout the trip to make the most enjoyable and fun trip possible.
By Alan's Email L for Maine - Puffins, Boreal Birds, & Spectacular Scenery 2 on 03 Jul, 2021
You should be aware that this trip was cancelled by Ventures Birding, and I have a credit with them for the full amount paid.
By Kathleen S for Michigan - Kirtland's Warblers & The Upper Peninsula on 26 Jun, 2021
The scenery alone made me want to go there, plus the unusual plants. And the birds1 Enjoyed the presentation.
By barbara r for Lions, Penguins and Proteas, A Virtual Tour of South Africa on 16 Jun, 2021
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