Jackson County, NC - County Birding

Sylva, NC, USA

VB
102 reviews
Jun 9 - 9, 2021
Group size: 4 - 10
Jackson County, NC - County Birding
Sylva, NC, USA

102 reviews

Jun 9 - 9, 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

Your Organizer


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

Reviews

Very nice trip, got 9 lifers. Aaron went out of his way to meet the needs of all participants. I was able to ride down and return with Aaron, in addition to the daily trips with him. Outstanding service. Alan
By Alan's Email L for Southeastern NC Hotspots - Spring on 05 May, 2021
This Green River Game Lands 2 offered a variety of habitats, elevations and therefore wonderful opportunities to see a variety of birds. Walks were short, yet very rewarding to hear and see birds in their natural settings. Highly recommend!
By Claudia A for Green River Game Lands 2 on 04 May, 2021
Great trip. Kevin Knows his stuff.
By Howard B for Henderson County, NC - County Birding on 03 May, 2021
We had a great time! Kevin knows his birds and always made sure that we saw them. His enthusiasm, knowledge and patience will bring us back!!
By Leigh F for Henderson County, NC - County Birding on 03 May, 2021
Nice trip, beautiful woods, good birds.
By Anne H for Green River Game Lands 2 on 02 May, 2021
Show More Reviews