Post Breeding Dispersal

Hendersonville, NC, USA

VB
189 reviews
Aug 14, 2022
Group size: 3 - 10
Post Breeding Dispersal
Hendersonville, NC, USA

189 reviews

$NaN
Aug 14, 2022
Group size: 3 - 10

About this trip

  

A fun day checking out local marshes and any fields that might be flooded from late summer rains. Be sure to wear shoes that can get muddy (or a change of shoes) and bring bug repellent, a sun hat, snacks, water and your lunch! 

Late Summer can be full of surprises in Henderson County, Western North Carolina! With a little effort, it’s not hard to get up to 200+ species in one year in the County!  Part of what makes that possible is a phenomenon known as Post Breeding Dispersal. Late July and through most of August brings wandering Mississippi Kites and the ever so beautiful Swallow-tailed Kite up towards the Mountains from their more Southern and Coastal breeding grounds. Here, they play, wander, grow-up and look for habitat and food. There are several areas that they tend to show up in the Mountains – so it’s possible that we too will wander to McDowell County, Transylvania County or Buncombe County to see these birds.

Not only do the Kites disperse, but so do the large wading birds. While we can never guarantee what we’ll see, Great Egret, Little Blue Heron and Great Blue Herons are fairly reliable this time of year. In past years, we’ve also seen Yellow-crowned Night Heron, White Ibis, and even Roseate Spoonbills! We’ll check out the local marshes for these birds – and any fields that might be flooded from late summer rains.

If we do get rains (and for some species, even if we don’t) it’s very likely we’ll also get to experience a nice Shorebird fallout. Shorebirds start their Southerly migration as early as July and continue through September and even beyond. Some of the best surprises have been Piping Plover, American Avocet, Baird’s Sandpiper, Upland Sandpiper, Willet, Buff-breasted Sandpiper to name a few. Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Least Sandpiper Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs are very reliable.


Along the way, we’ll also keep a lookout for early migrating warblers as they start to come down from the higher elevations and from North of us, to fatten up a bit and get ready for their long haul to Southerly territories. 

What’s included

  • 1 birding guide
  • lunch
  • transportation

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

Reviews

Ventures birding is the real deal. We scheduled a half-day local trip near Asheville while friends were visiting from New York. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable. His ability to identify nearly every bird by even a brief snippet of song made spotting them really quick. Besides that, he’s a nice guy, easy to talk to, and fun to spend time with. Ventures Birding has our enthusiastic recommendations, and we look forward to more time with them!
By Rick M for Private Half Day Tours (2021/2022) on 01 Jul, 2022
Fantastic! Great guides. Absolutely no complaints! Susan P.
By Susan P for Iceland 2022 on 09 Jun, 2022
This was a magnificent trip! Great leaders who were knowledgeable about the area as well as the birds. They were respectful of the country, people and environs of Iceland which made the trip especially enjoyable. At the end of the 8 days on Iceland, we felt we had seen highlights of the country having circumnavigated the whole island on Highway 1. It was lovely and perfect. Both guides were excellent drivers and I never felt insecure along the challenging roads. Had all 9 of us been in the 9 passenger van, it would have been uncomfortable and unpleasant. Since one of the group rented an additional vehicle, that major issue was alleviated. We were all grateful for that extra vehicle! Iceland was awesome. The food was great. Accommodations were excellent. Guides were the best.
By Judith W for Iceland 2022 on 07 Jun, 2022
Simon took six of us into a lovely ascent through multiple habitats and many bird species. It must have been challenging as our group ranged from rank beginner to expert, yet we all interacted comfortably with our guide. Nice job by ventures and a great day! One highlight was our best ever looks at a singing Swainsons Warbler on territory.
By Doug N for Private Half Day Tours (2021/2022) on 03 Jun, 2022
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It was a great day.Guide was very knowledgeable, pleasant, gave great tips. I learned a lot. Thanks
By sharon w for Beginning Birding Workshop Henderson on 31 May, 2022
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