Pee Dee NWR

Pee Dee NWR

VB
96 reviews
May 15 - 15, 2021
Group size: 1 - 8
Pee Dee NWR
Pee Dee NWR

96 reviews

May 15 - 15, 2021
Group size: 1 - 8

About this trip

  

Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge is one of the best birding sites in the southern Piedmont, hosting a wide variety of habitats from mature deciduous lowland forest, loblolly pine savannah, wetlands, and the Pee Dee River. April is an excellent time to visit, as many of the breeding birds should be arriving and migrants will be making their way through.

  

We will start at Wildlife Drive, where we will check out the boardwalk (if open) to see what birds we can find in the marshes and pond. Wood Ducks and Red-headed Woodpeckers are abundant, and we should expect to find Solitary or Spotted Sandpipers, Prothonotary Warblers, or maybe even a Sora. We will then drive slowly down Wildlife Drive, stopping for any interesting birds we may see. Once we are done with Wildlife Drive, we will head over to the Gaddy Covered Bridge to see if the resident Swainson’s and Kentucky Warblers have arrived. Depending on road conditions, we may also opt to check the Lowgrounds for lingering ducks or shorebirds.

We will aim for a lunch break at the covered bridge, where we can take a break and enjoy the songs of Wood Thrushes, admire the abundant spring wildflowers such as Toadshade & Jack-in-the-Pulpit, and hope to catch a glimpse of a River Otter playing in the stream below. Afterwards, we will check out Big Oak Rd., Arrowhead Lake, and Ringneck Pond to find open country birds such as Northern Bobwhite, Prairie Warbler, Indigo Bunting, and any lingering waterfowl, such as Ring-necked Duck or Gadwall. And throughout the entire day, we will be keeping an eye out for Anhinga, which breed on the refuge.


Join Martina for what should be an excellent day at her favorite wildlife refuge!

What’s included

  • 1 birding guide
  • lunch
  • transportation

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

Reviews

Good trip. Good variety of birds, including 3 species not yet seen by me in NC. I like Kevin's laid back style and I always learn something new when I go out with him.
By Howard B for Whip-poor-wills and Woodcocks (2) on 14 Apr, 2021
Good refresher - especially the hints that can be used for some of the warbler songs.
By Howard B for Warbler Warm-up Online on 14 Apr, 2021
We went to a variety of habitats and saw a terrific variety of birds. The leader was flexible and even pulled the group over safely on the road when he noticed a good bird for the season and location. The trip was good for both novice birders and serious birders. The trip leader accommodated target birds while sticking with the agenda. The trip leader followed all Covid-19 recommended precautions. The trip leader had an excellent sense of humor and made it a fun day with lots of species of birds in pretty places. A very pleasant experience with Ventures Birding Tours, at a surprisingly low rate. Highly recommend this group for affordable fun birding - for all birding levels from beginner to experienced lister.
By Elsa A for Peregrines, Ducks, & Early Spring Birds on 13 Apr, 2021
The program provided a great timely review of warblers. I always learn something new and helpful from Ventures guides!
By Alan's Email L for Warbler Warm-up Online on 07 Apr, 2021
Kevin did a very nice job of packing in a review of 23 warbler species. There's a lot to recall! But it helps us get ready for the upcoming Warbler weekend and the Spring migration that's ongoing here in NC.
By Ross M for Warbler Warm-up Online on 07 Apr, 2021
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