Open Country Birding

Swannanoa, NC 28778, USA

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

124 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
124 reviews
Small travel company based in Asheville, NC, specializing in birding & nature tours both locally & worldwide.

Reviews

What a beautiful day we had birding with Keith! Always enjoy his outings. Was well organized with several pre-planned stops along the way to see several varieties of warblers migrating through. The lake was a bit high to see mass quantities of shorebirds, but Keith still made it fun pointing out several cool birds and taking us on a beautiful hike to the end of the road.
By Kathleen W for Shorebirds at Rankin Bottoms on 15 Sep, 2021
After a bit of a wait for the fog to lift we saw a lot of birds. Most common warbler was Tennessee, estimated at over 100. Great guide in Aaron and Simon.
By Alan's Email L for Spectacular Fall Migration 2 on 14 Sep, 2021
Very productive trip. Great guide, warblers are his passion. Kevin is considerate, pays attention to details, makes sure you see the bird , identifies calls and works to obtain your target birds. Well organized, considering dealing with Covid and restaurants etc. never in an uncomfortable situation. Have booked additional trips with Kevin
By Christine S for Warbler Weekend - Asheville, NC on 09 Sep, 2021
The birding and guide were outstanding. We would have appreciated more thought/planning on meals.
By June A for August Shorebirding on 09 Sep, 2021
Good birds and good people. A lovely trip all around. Thanks to Craig and Pam for an informative, relaxing trip.
By duffy k for August Shorebirding on 08 Sep, 2021
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