Kituwah Farm and Lake Junaluska

Hendersonville, NC, USA

VB
76 reviews
Jan 21, 2023
Group size: 3 - 10
Kituwah Farm and Lake Junaluska
Hendersonville, NC, USA

76 reviews

$NaN
Jan 21, 2023
Group size: 3 - 10

About this trip

An easy morning exploring the fields at Kituwah Farm near Bryson City for a variety of sparrows, followed up by an afternoon of duck-watching at Lake Junaluska. The trails and roads we walk will be flat but they could be muddy, so we recommend good hiking boots. 


Kituwah Farm is a 309-acre property situated on the banks of the Tuckaseegee River in Swain County, a few miles east of Bryson City, NC. Also known as Ferguson Fields, this is one of the seven mother towns of the Cherokee tribe in the Southeast and is a site of great historical significance. The ancient, earthwork mound, which can be viewed on the property, is a remnant of the great council house that existed here 200 years ago. In past years, the site has been used for growing crops, grazing cattle, and even as a small airport, but in 1996 the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians reclaimed the land for the tribe. The habitats here are a mix of early successional grassy fields, floodplain forest and riparian corridor, all of which are quite attractive to a good variety of overwintering birds, especially sparrows. We’ll spend our morning walking the dirt roads and paths along the ditches and rows of vegetation, where we should see White-crowned, White-throated, Swamp, Song, Savannah, and Field Sparrows. These open fields are also great for raptors - Red-tailed, Red-shouldered, Cooper’s, and Sharp-shinned Hawks as well as Northern Harrier and American Kestrel are all possible. 


After lunch, we’ll switch gears and head to Lake Junaluska, a fantastic place for waterfowl in winter. In addition to the resident Mute Swans and expected Canada Geese and Mallards, we have the chance of seeing Bufflehead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Canvasback, Ruddy Duck, Hooded Merganser, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, and more. Such rarities as Greater Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser and Ross’s Goose are possible as well.

This tour features some of the best winter birding that WNC has to offer - join us for what should be an excellent day!

What’s included

  • 1 birding guide
  • lunch
  • transportation

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

Reviews

Kevin was a super guide!
By Sandy T for Fall Warbler Workshop 2 - 2022 on 08 Oct, 2022
Aaron was a great guide! Due to weather (wind), he switched our location to Warren-Wilson Owen Park which was a fabulous hotspot for Warblers. We ended up with 67 species, two FOS for me. Look forward to more trips.
By Donna W for Ridge Junction 4 on 02 Oct, 2022
We had a wonderful weekend. Kevin Burke is a fantastic guide - enthusiastic, knowledgeable, aware of the skill levels of the birders so that everyone learns something. In a 4 day weekend (one afternoon, one morning, two full days) we saw 83 species, 20 different warblers. We went to a variety of environments (lakes, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Jackson Park in Hendersonville), each with different migrant bird populations. The Holiday Inn was fine (as expected), and we all went out for meals together that were quite good, especially the Corner Kitchen. Very highly recommended! We’ve done both Spring and Fall Ventures Birding Warbler Weekends. Spring has more colorful birds that are easier to see (fewer leaves), while Fall has more birds all together. Both are fun.
By Ross M for Warbler Weekend Fall 2022 on 21 Sep, 2022
This trip was wonderful. It covered a large number of bird habitats throughout the entire state of Oregon. Our guides were very well organized and everything went very smoothly although there was always room to be flexible. Our accommodations were very good. Both guides were very very knowledge and friendly, helpful, and considerate. In all, a memorable birding trip with over 200 species viewed.
By Kim H for Oregon - Mountains, Coasts and Deserts 2022 on 19 Sep, 2022
This was a delightful experience. The views from the peak of the parkway were outstanding, the warblers were darting through on the fall migration, and the forested lovely trails from the Pisgah Inn to the overlook parking lot made for a perfect morning.
By Kathleen W for Buck Spring Gap on 16 Sep, 2022
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