Spring at Sandy Mush

Alexander, NC 28701, USA

VB
183 reviews
May 3, 2022
Group size: 3 - 10
Spring at Sandy Mush
Alexander, NC 28701, USA

183 reviews

$NaN
May 3, 2022
Group size: 3 - 10

About this trip

Another spring trip to Sandy Mush but scheduled a month later than the first, which will allow us greater chances to see some of the later spring migrants. Expect an easy walk along the trails and paths in the game lands, although some of the paths may be a little steep and overgrown. Wear long pants and good boots. It could also be a bit muddy if it has rained recently. 


The Sandy Mush Game Lands in the northern part of Buncombe County have only recently begun to be explored for birds and butterflies. The mosaic of habitats here vary from open, managed cut-over areas to cove and riverine forests down along Sandy Mush & Turkey Creeks, and the French Broad River. Over the past few years, we’ve found them to be excellent for Prairie Warbler, Field Sparrow, Indigo Bunting and Yellow-breasted Chat, all of which are abundant. This is also the best spot in the county for Northern Bobwhite, which can often be heard calling from the fields and occasionally we get to see them. Other summer residents we’ll also be looking for include Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Acadian Flycatchers, Blue-headed, White-eyed & Red-eyed Vireos, Northern Parula, Yellow-throated & Hooded Warblers, Louisiana Waterthrush, Orchard Oriole, and Blue Grosbeak, and many others. Wild Turkeys are common year-round and Red-tailed, Broad-winged and Red-shouldered Hawks plus numerous American Kestrels, all nest here as well. 

The woodlands and fields will be full of bird song and who knows what surprises we may find in this under-birded part of the county. Small numbers of Blue-winged Warblers have lingered quite late in the spring here over the past few years suggesting they may have attempted nesting, and Black-billed Cuckoos have been seen passing through at this time of year as well. 


Join Aaron for what should be a fantastic day in the productive Sandy Mush Game Lands.  

What’s included

  • 1 birding guide
  • lunch
  • transportation

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

Reviews

Excellent trip! Kevin was flexible and persistent. He adjusted to the early fog so that we had good birding the entire day, and was very persistent in finding the bird that several of us were eager to see (Cerulean Warbler). He was patient with describing identification details and excellent at identifying songs and calls. It was a lovely day!
By Marcia M for Blue Ridge Birding - May on 19 May, 2022
We had an awesome time. Kevin was great and always helpful.
By Tom F for Dauphin Island, Alabama 2 2022 on 17 May, 2022
We came for the birds and the birds came for us! Really enjoyed our experience with Kevin Burke, who led us to multiple locations throughout the day in search of spring migrants. Kevin was attentive, informative, relaxed, and he made sure that we saw what he saw (or heard). And there were a lot of good ones, including Wilson's Warbler and Black-billed Cuckoo. We had such a great experience that we can't wait to sign up for our next trip!
By Stephen P for Spring Migration in Henderson County on 08 May, 2022
Trip had us walking along the Green River which provided opportunities to see various warblers but even more were heard by our small group. Kevin shared some of his favorite birding sites with us so that added to the success and enjoyment of the morning.
By Harry Y for Green River Cove on 05 May, 2022
We had a great time!! Kevin was an awesome guide and we saw many birds!!
By Foye C for Green River Cove on 05 May, 2022
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