Sparrows & Ducks at Kituwah Farm and Lake Junaluska

Waynesville, NC 28786, USA

VB
136 reviews
Dec 5, 2021
Group size: 3 - 10
Sparrows & Ducks at Kituwah Farm and Lake Junaluska
Waynesville, NC 28786, USA

136 reviews

Dec 5, 2021
Group size: 3 - 10

About this trip

An easy morning exploring the fields at Kituwah Farm near Bryson City for a variety of sparrows, followed up by an afternoon of duck-watching at Lake Junaluska. The trails and roads we walk will be flat but they could be muddy, so we recommend good hiking boots. 


Kituwah Farm is a 309-acre property situated on the banks of the Tuckaseegee River in Swain County, a few miles east of Bryson City, NC. Also known as Ferguson Fields, this is one of the seven mother towns of the Cherokee tribe in the Southeast and is a site of great historical significance. The ancient, earthwork mound, which can be viewed on the property, is a remnant of the great council house that existed here 200 years ago. In past years, the site has been used for growing crops, grazing cattle, and even as a small airport, but in 1996 the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians reclaimed the land for the tribe. The habitats here are a mix of early successional grassy fields, floodplain forest and riparian corridor, all of which are quite attractive to a good variety of overwintering birds, especially sparrows. We’ll spend our morning walking the dirt roads and paths along the ditches and rows of vegetation, where we should see White-crowned, White-throated, Swamp, Song, Savannah, and Field Sparrows. These open fields are also great for raptors - Red-tailed, Red-shouldered, Cooper’s, and Sharp-shinned Hawks as well as Northern Harrier and American Kestrel are all possible. 


After lunch, we’ll switch gears and head to Lake Junaluska, a fantastic place for waterfowl in winter. In addition to the resident Mute Swans and expected Canada Geese and Mallards, we have the chance of seeing Bufflehead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Canvasback, Ruddy Duck, Hooded Merganser, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, and more. Such rarities as Greater Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser and Ross’s Goose are possible as well.

This tour features some of the best winter birding that WNC has to offer - join us for what should be an excellent day!

What’s included

  • 1 birding guide
  • lunch
  • transportation

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

Reviews

I had a great time. Michael Plauche is an excellent birder and guide, and is very pleasant to spend time with. Communication with him and with Ventures Birding was excellent.
By Marcia M for Private Half Day Tours (2021) on 16 Oct, 2021
Enjoyed two outings with Aaron Steed at Ridge Junction this Fall - one in early September and one in late September to catch different migrants coming through. Both were spectacular. It is really cool to see mass quantities of warblers and hummingbirds flying over the ridge, many graciously stopping for the viewing pleasure of our groups. Aaron has a fabulous ear for the different types of birds, and can pick one special species out of a large flock. They were exciting and beautiful mornings as the sun came up over the ridge. Was so thankful for Aaron’s help in spotting and identifying a large variety of birds.
By Kathleen W for Spectacular Fall Migration 4 on 11 Oct, 2021
Kevin goes above and beyond to make sure everyones needs are met. He is flexible and low keyed. He does advances for the each trip. We tried many local (non-chain) restaurants and the food was superb. Maneuvering between wildfires and unexpected covid closures there was no disappointments. Could not have asked for a better group of fellow passengers. There was plenty of room within the vehicle which is important especially when you are dealing with your various pieces of equipment. Thank You again for a great trip. CSSR
By Christine S for Washington - Pacific Northwest Birding 2021 on 09 Oct, 2021
This trip included 6+ days of birding from morning to late afternoon visiting many birding hotspots in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. The pace was comfortable and the terrain very manageable, even Hawk Mountain. Simon Thompson, owner and guide, has experience world-wide, can spot and hear the most obscure bird, can ID birds by sight and/or sound and makes sure everyone is "on the bird" even when it is not a "lifer"! He is quick with the scope and binocular. In addition, he methodically submits a checklist for each birding area - 25 in all for this trip! The van was very comfortable and with large windows. Chris Jaquette was an excellent driver and also a master at providing delicious picnic lunches. Restaurant dinners were outside in comfortable temperatures. Cuisine each night was delicious and varied. We can hardly wait for our next trip with Ventures!
By Julia J for Hawk Mountain and Cape May on 08 Oct, 2021
Lots of warblers, Kevin knew every one!
By barbara r for Fall Warbler Workshop 2 on 05 Oct, 2021
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