Rarity Round Up

Buncombe County

VB
204 reviews
Nov 5, 2022
Group size: 3 - 10
Rarity Round Up
Buncombe County

204 reviews

$NaN
Nov 5, 2022
Group size: 3 - 10

About this trip

As the colder north winds pick up and the last of the warblers depart, many local birders tend to start planning fewer outings - understandable of course, as once migration winds down, there are fewer birds to be seen. Though most of the warblers and other summer residents will have departed, early November has offered much in the way of surprises, and the birding can, at times, be spectacular. Late fall has produced some incredible sightings for our area, and over the last few years alone local birders have stumbled upon such rarities as Sage Thrasher, Bell’s Vireo, and American Tree Sparrow, just to name a few – and all in Buncombe County.


This trip will focus on finding any and all birds of interest that might be around, and a longer run-time will allow us to cover a lot of ground (if necessary). Our exact itinerary will depend on what’s being seen and where, but we will mainly be visiting sites in Buncombe county and perhaps Henderson, Transylvania or Haywood Counties, focusing our efforts on those hotspots where many of the goodies have shown up in recent years. The fields of Warren Wilson College will be a must stop – in previous years we’ve had Baird’s Sandpiper, Dunlin, and Lark Sparrow show up at the same time, plus a Surf Scoter at nearby Owen Park! There may even still be Lincoln’s Sparrows around (an annual, uncommon migrant) and the more usual American Pipits should be present. Lake Julian may also be worth a check – Black Scoters showed up in 2018, and you never know when a Tundra Swan, Greater White-fronted Goose, or Herring Gull might drop in. Hooper Lane has of course contributed many excellent sightings over the years, and if we are lucky we may find a Lapland Longspur, Brewer’s Blackbird, or maybe even Short-eared Owl or Rough-legged Hawk. Even if luck is not on our side with the rarities, we should be able to find a good enough selection of sparrows, raptors, and ducks during the day to keep us entertained.

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

Who’s Going

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

Reviews

Aaron was a great guide! Due to weather (wind), he switched our location to Warren-Wilson Owen Park which was a fabulous hotspot for Warblers. We ended up with 67 species, two FOS for me. Look forward to more trips.
By Donna W for Ridge Junction 4 on 02 Oct, 2022
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I'm so glad that we looked into booking Ventures when we were visiting their area. Usually we bird on our own, but having someone so experienced who could almost instantly identify everything for us was such a help. We added several lifers to our list that I'm not sure we'd have been able to find or identify on our own, and the guide (Aaron Steed) showed us a new place that we can bird on our own when we're in the area (which we are a handful of times a year.) We're definitely going to check in with them to see if someone is available for a half day each time we come to town from now on (only half days because we bring dogs, but did find a local kennel with 'day care' to leave them for a few hours since we cannot leave them in the campground).
By Lynn R for Private Half Day Tours (2021/2022) on 30 Sep, 2022
We had a wonderful weekend. Kevin Burke is a fantastic guide - enthusiastic, knowledgeable, aware of the skill levels of the birders so that everyone learns something. In a 4 day weekend (one afternoon, one morning, two full days) we saw 83 species, 20 different warblers. We went to a variety of environments (lakes, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Jackson Park in Hendersonville), each with different migrant bird populations. The Holiday Inn was fine (as expected), and we all went out for meals together that were quite good, especially the Corner Kitchen. Very highly recommended! We’ve done both Spring and Fall Ventures Birding Warbler Weekends. Spring has more colorful birds that are easier to see (fewer leaves), while Fall has more birds all together. Both are fun.
By Ross M for Warbler Weekend Fall 2022 on 21 Sep, 2022
This trip was wonderful. It covered a large number of bird habitats throughout the entire state of Oregon. Our guides were very well organized and everything went very smoothly although there was always room to be flexible. Our accommodations were very good. Both guides were very very knowledge and friendly, helpful, and considerate. In all, a memorable birding trip with over 200 species viewed.
By Kim H for Oregon - Mountains, Coasts and Deserts 2022 on 19 Sep, 2022
This was a delightful experience. The views from the peak of the parkway were outstanding, the warblers were darting through on the fall migration, and the forested lovely trails from the Pisgah Inn to the overlook parking lot made for a perfect morning.
By Kathleen W for Buck Spring Gap on 16 Sep, 2022
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