Open Country Birding

Swannanoa, NC 28778, USA

VB
194 reviews
Oct 2, 2022
Group size: 3 - 10
Open Country Birding
Swannanoa, NC 28778, USA

194 reviews

$NaN
Oct 2, 2022
Group size: 3 - 10

About this trip

A nice fall day spent walking the trails and dirt roads of the Warren Wilson/Owen Park area. Some of the trails might be muddy. Please bring comfortable footwear and a light jacket or sweatshirt as it could be chilly and/or windy.


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

Reviews

Lovely scenery, great group of people. Not as many birds as I hoped for, couldhave used more time in the field and less shopping in towns, but I enjoyed seeing the old castle. Well planned itinerary in terms fo the loop we made. Guides very knowledgeable.
By Barbara R for Scotland - Highlands & Islands 2022 on 13 Aug, 2022
CW
Wonderful trip. Guide did an excellent job
By Cameron W for Southeastern Arizona Specialties 2022 on 11 Aug, 2022
sw
It turned out to be a beautiful day, not too hot, and it was a small group. We saw or heard some great birds like the Canada warbler.The guide was so knowledgeable, as well as pleasant. Thanks for a great day
By sharon w for Escape the Heat - Cool Birding! on 02 Aug, 2022
Thanks so much to Kevin Burke, our guide for Southern Arizona in July. He did a fantastic job of curating a wonderful experience. His birding skills, infectious good humor, in-depth preparation and flawless execution made it a perfect trip. The birds are important, but the experience is much more than that. He has a real talent and mindset for understanding and delivering what the client wants. He put us on rare birds. We made the ABA Rare Bird Alert on 3 different days. He put me on 43 life birds bringing my total for 2022 to 446 and counting. I’ll see him again on a future trip.
By WILLIAM Y for Southeastern Arizona Specialties 2022 on 02 Aug, 2022
Great time birding with our small group. Clifton was great.
By Judith D for Birding the Craggies & Black Mountains 2022 on 01 Aug, 2022
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