Pond Mountain Winter 2021

Creston, NC 28615, USA

VB
143 reviews
Dec 9, 2021
Group size: 3 - 10
Pond Mountain Winter 2021
Creston, NC 28615, USA

143 reviews

$NaN
Dec 9, 2021
Group size: 3 - 10

About this trip

Join us for a rare winter venture in the northwestern corner of North Carolina as we plan to look for some of the more uncommon visitors to our mountains. Weather up on Pond Mountain this time of year can be quite cold and can change abruptly so bring warm, layered clothing and rain gear. Be prepared for a moderately strenuous 3 – 4 mile hike up steep hills along gravel roads. If you are planning to drive yourself it is recommended to drive a 4WD or AWD vehicle.


Our day will begin exploring the lower elevation of Pond Mountain for any wintering species among northern hardwoods and early successional habitat. We will then make our way up the ridge eventually topping out at nearly 5,000 feet, surrounded by a spectacular vista in open field and early successional habitat. If the weather remains nice around noon we will have our picnic lunches on top of the ridge. If the weather is poor we will seek shelter at a lower elevation for lunch. 

Pond Mountain Game Land is located in the northwestern corner of North Carolina and makes the state line border with Virginia and Tennessee. As well as the regular wintering birds, such as Ruffed Grouse, Dark-eyed Junco, Hermit Thrush, and Pine Siskin, we will be looking for wintering raptors, such as Northern Harrier, Rough-legged Hawk, Short-eared Owl and maybe, Golden Eagle. 

What’s included

  • 1 birding guide
  • lunch
  • transportation

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

Reviews

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By Marilyn K for A Virtual Tour of England on 02 Dec, 2021
Great trip! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and organized. He had a plan for each day and stuck to it. He kept us informed of where we were going, what to expect and what to look for. I certainly appreciated that he was a safe driver. Accommodations were very nice and very clean, big points there. Wonderful group of interesting travel mates and I hope to see them again on other trips!
By susan m for Kansas - Open Country Specialties on 20 Nov, 2021
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Another great trip with Ventures. Simon is so knowledgeable and friendly, he brings out the best in the guests and is a genius at finding the birds. Looking forward to my next trip.
By Peggy B for St. Augustine: Birds & History on 19 Nov, 2021
I would highly recommend to any beginning birder. Vicky did great job covering so many aspects of the hobby utilizing books and charts and printed materials. We had a great morning learning how to spot, identify and record birds. Vicky's knowledge and experience was extensive and extremely helpful. I tried to take good notes, but there was a lot of information. I came away very enthused, with concrete ideas of how to progress in the hobby.
By Cameron W for Beginning Birding Workshop 2021 on 17 Nov, 2021
So much fun to see how beautiful Kansas can be in the fall. We drove on secondary roads through small towns and spectacular scenery. We learned that Kansas is not flat. Nothing like seeing thousands of sandhill cranes circling around the water at sunset! Well planned trip; good food and great birds.
By barbara r for Kansas - Open Country Specialties on 14 Nov, 2021
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