Sparrows & Ducks at Kituwah Farm and Lake Junaluska

Waynesville, NC 28786, USA

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

143 reviews

$NaN
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
143 reviews
Small travel company based in Asheville, NC, specializing in birding & nature tours both locally & worldwide.

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By Marilyn K for A Virtual Tour of England on 02 Dec, 2021
Great trip! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and organized. He had a plan for each day and stuck to it. He kept us informed of where we were going, what to expect and what to look for. I certainly appreciated that he was a safe driver. Accommodations were very nice and very clean, big points there. Wonderful group of interesting travel mates and I hope to see them again on other trips!
By susan m for Kansas - Open Country Specialties on 20 Nov, 2021
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Another great trip with Ventures. Simon is so knowledgeable and friendly, he brings out the best in the guests and is a genius at finding the birds. Looking forward to my next trip.
By Peggy B for St. Augustine: Birds & History on 19 Nov, 2021
I would highly recommend to any beginning birder. Vicky did great job covering so many aspects of the hobby utilizing books and charts and printed materials. We had a great morning learning how to spot, identify and record birds. Vicky's knowledge and experience was extensive and extremely helpful. I tried to take good notes, but there was a lot of information. I came away very enthused, with concrete ideas of how to progress in the hobby.
By Cameron W for Beginning Birding Workshop 2021 on 17 Nov, 2021
So much fun to see how beautiful Kansas can be in the fall. We drove on secondary roads through small towns and spectacular scenery. We learned that Kansas is not flat. Nothing like seeing thousands of sandhill cranes circling around the water at sunset! Well planned trip; good food and great birds.
By barbara r for Kansas - Open Country Specialties on 14 Nov, 2021
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