Rarity Round-up

      Arden, NC 28704, USA

      VB
      80 reviews
      Mar 8, 2023
      Group size: 3 - 10
      Rarity Round-up
      Arden, NC 28704, USA

      80 reviews

      $NaN
      Mar 8, 2023
      Group size: 3 - 10

      About this trip

      This trip will focus on finding any and all birds of interest that might be around. Our exact itinerary will depend on what’s being seen and where, but we will likely be visiting sites in Buncombe, Henderson, and perhaps Transylvania or Haywood Counties, focusing our efforts on those hotspots where many of the goodies have shown up in recent years. 


      The month of March has long proved to be an excellent time to be out checking the local patches and hotspots for rarities occurring here in WNC. Many species of waterfowl begin their journeys back north at this time of year, so we will certainly spend some time scanning an assortment of lakes and ponds for anything we can find. Surf and White-winged Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Common Merganser, and even Red-necked, Eared Grebes and Red-throated Loons have shown up at this time of year. The open fields of the Mills River area will also be a must stop where in previous years we’ve had Lapland Longspur, Brewer’s Blackbird, Sandhill Crane, and Rough-legged Hawk. This is also a great time to be looking for the first batch of migratory shorebirds arriving. American Golden-Plovers are considered rare but annual here and are seen nearly every March along with the much more common Killdeer, Pectoral Sandpiper, and Wilson’s Snipe. We will ‘beat the bushes’ for a variety of sparrows, and as it is a good irruption year for finches, we’ll keep our ears and eyes trained for any Red Crossbill, Evening Grosbeak, or perhaps even Common Redpoll that may flyover.


      Even if we happen to strike out on the rarities, the areas we visit are sure to deliver plenty of other good birds for us to enjoy. Our itinerary is unknown, as are the birds that will be around – but that’s just part of the fun!

      What’s included

      • 1 birding guide
      • lunch
      • transportation

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

      Reviews

      Great Trip.! Vicky was amazing at finding us birds. She is knowledgeable, friendly and helpful, making sure that everyone in the group saw the bird. Kituwah Farm is an interesting place with the Native American history and the elk! Lake Junaluska is a charming community nestled in a valley surrounded by the mountains. There were many ducks there, and Vicky made sure we got to see them all! I would do this trip again.
      By Liz H for Kituwah Farm and Lake Junaluska on 24 Jan, 2023
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      We did have a great time! The weather was great, a little cool to start with but it warmed up nicely. We saw a variety of birds during the day, including a vesper sparrow, and TWO BALD EAGLES at their nest!!!!! All with the help of our guide, Vickie. I have nothing but good things to say. I recommend birding day trips to beginners, as well as more experienced birders. Thank you
      By sharon w for Kituwah Farm and Lake Junaluska on 23 Jan, 2023
      I loved this trip! Mostly have traveled the Gulf Coast of Florida, so this was a pleasant surprise. We got all our trip birds. I got 7 lifers! This was a beautiful, marshy area, with plenty of birds. Aaron was our guide. He knows his birds! He is professional and accommodating, and he took us to amazing places. He always found us great food to eat! I would do this trip again! Liz H.
      By Liz H for Florida's Space Coast: Scrub-Jays, Snail Kites, & More on 01 Jan, 2023
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      I enjoyed learning about Greenland and seeing the landscape, etc. That was very interesting. I was disappointed in the few actual photos of birds seen . We were told they saw many more and named them., but no photos. The guide admitted he did not have a good camera and only had a smart phone and binoculars. So naming the ones they saw did not help this viewer. I did learn I would never sign up for such a trip without waterproof gear! This zoom class was definitely worth the $5 just for the views of the land. Not the birds
      By sharon w for Birding the Far North: Greenland 2022 on 11 Dec, 2022
      Kevin was a super guide!
      By Sandy T for Fall Warbler Workshop 2 - 2022 on 08 Oct, 2022
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