Sparrow Shindig

Swannanoa, NC 28778, USA

VB
124 reviews
Oct 27, 2021
Group size: 3 - 10
Sparrow Shindig
Swannanoa, NC 28778, USA

124 reviews

Oct 27, 2021
Group size: 3 - 10

About this trip

Warren Wilson College and Charles D. Owen Park in Swannanoa are must-stops for any birder visiting the WNC region, especially in the fall. Collectively encompassing an area of over 300 acres of agricultural fields and riparian woodland along the Swannanoa River, the adjacent properties provide excellent habitat for a mix of transient and overwintering species. With over 212 species recorded here year-round, its surely one of the premier birding hotspots, not only in Buncombe County, but all of WNC!

While many of the warblers and other neotropical migrants will have already passed through at this time, late October is the perfect time to be on the lookout for sparrows. White-crowned, White-throated, Swamp, and Savannah will have just recently arrived for the winter while uncommon migrants like Vesper and Lincoln’s Sparrows will be passing through. Dark-eyed Junco plus Fox and Grasshopper Sparrows are occasionally seen, while others such as Song, Field, Chipping and Eastern Towee (our largest sparrow) are expected. As the name of this trip suggests, we will focus on scanning the brushy edges, overgrown ditches, and open fields for as many sparrows as possible and will try to get good looks at each one we find! There’s always the chance for a rare sparrow here as well, with Nelson’s, Henslow’s, Lark, and American Tree Sparrows all showing up in past years.

While sparrows will be our main quarry today, we won’t ignore any of the other birds we stumble upon. Bobolink, Wilson’s Snipe, American Pipit, plus straggling Indigo Bunting and Blue Grosbeak are all possibilities, and we should find a good number of raptors hunting the fields or migrating along the river. Ducks will also be starting to arrive, and we could find Gadwall, Northern Shoveler, or Green-winged Teal on the ponds at Owen Park. To add to the excitement, the area has been a magnet for rarities over the last few years such as Dickcissel, Sedge & Marsh Wrens, and Baird’s Sandpiper.

Join us for this Sparrow Shindig and celebrate the diversity of sparrows!

What’s included

  • 1 birding guide
  • lunch
  • transportation

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

Reviews

What a beautiful day we had birding with Keith! Always enjoy his outings. Was well organized with several pre-planned stops along the way to see several varieties of warblers migrating through. The lake was a bit high to see mass quantities of shorebirds, but Keith still made it fun pointing out several cool birds and taking us on a beautiful hike to the end of the road.
By Kathleen W for Shorebirds at Rankin Bottoms on 15 Sep, 2021
After a bit of a wait for the fog to lift we saw a lot of birds. Most common warbler was Tennessee, estimated at over 100. Great guide in Aaron and Simon.
By Alan's Email L for Spectacular Fall Migration 2 on 14 Sep, 2021
Very productive trip. Great guide, warblers are his passion. Kevin is considerate, pays attention to details, makes sure you see the bird , identifies calls and works to obtain your target birds. Well organized, considering dealing with Covid and restaurants etc. never in an uncomfortable situation. Have booked additional trips with Kevin
By Christine S for Warbler Weekend - Asheville, NC on 09 Sep, 2021
The birding and guide were outstanding. We would have appreciated more thought/planning on meals.
By June A for August Shorebirding on 09 Sep, 2021
Good birds and good people. A lovely trip all around. Thanks to Craig and Pam for an informative, relaxing trip.
By duffy k for August Shorebirding on 08 Sep, 2021
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