Open Country Birding

Swannanoa, NC 28778, USA

VB
115 reviews
Oct 30, 2021
Group size: 3 - 10
Open Country Birding
Swannanoa, NC 28778, USA

115 reviews

Oct 30, 2021
Group size: 3 - 10

About this trip

Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa is characterized mostly by agricultural fields and riparian woodland along the Swannanoa River, and the excellent network of public trails accessible from adjacent Charles D. Owen Park offers great birding opportunities throughout much of the year. Many of the species we can expect at this time of year are year-round residents in this predominately open country, such as Eastern Meadowlark, Eastern Bluebird, Northern Mockingbird, and Red-tailed Hawk. This time of year is also great for finding a good mix of overwintering species such as White-crowned, White-throated, Swamp and Savannah Sparrows, while transient Vesper and Lincoln’s Sparrows might still be around. November is past the peak fall migration of songbirds but other late migrants could still be passing through, and we may find Orange-crowned, Cape May, Palm, or even a straggling Nashville Warbler. The ponds at Owen Park are always worth a check and could hold any number of ducks that have dropped in to join the Pied-billed Grebes. Gadwall, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Bufflehead are just a few possibilities.


To add to the excitement, Warren Wilson’s fields tend to be a magnet for notable local rarities. In just the last few years goodies such as Henslow’s, Lark, and American Tree Sparrows, plus Baird’s Sandpiper, and even Sage Thrasher and Bell’s Vireo have turned up. There’s no telling what else we may bump into – join us and find out!

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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