Spring at Sandy Mush

Alexander, NC 28701, USA

VB
183 reviews
Apr 8, 2022
Group size: 3 - 10
Spring at Sandy Mush
Alexander, NC 28701, USA

183 reviews

$NaN
Apr 8, 2022
Group size: 3 - 10

About this trip

A morning spent exploring the woodlands and fields of Sandy Mush Gamelands for a variety of sparrows and other late-winter species, plus quite a few new spring arrivals. Mostly easy walking along dirt roads and paths, with minimal steep hikes. Trails may be muddy. Bring good hiking boots and long pants.


The Sandy Mush Gamelands in the northern part of Buncombe County have only recently begun to be thoroughly explored for birds and butterflies. The habitats here vary from open, managed cut-over areas to cove and riverine forests down along Sandy Mush and Turkey Creeks, as well as the French Broad River. Though it’ll be early spring, we can will expect to find a nice mix of overwintering species and newly arrived spring residents. Sparrows should still be in good numbers with White-throated, Song, Swamp, Field and Chipping all likely. A few coveys of Northern Bobwhite reside in the fields and occasionally we get to see them. There are numerous American Kestrel nest boxes throughout the Gamelands and we should see a few of these small, beautiful falcons perched on telephone poles and wires, or hovering over the grass looking for prey. Blue-headed Vireos nest here as well and we should hear their sweet songs in the woodlands, while Eastern Meadowlarks should be in full voice in the open areas. Wild Turkeys are common as are Red-tailed, Broad-winged and Red-shouldered Hawks. Many species of warbler will have returned by now with Prairie, Palm, Hooded, Black-and-white, Northern Parula, Louisiana Waterthrush, Yellow-throated, and Worm-eating all expected.


As it is spring, there should be a fair amount of singing going on and who knows what surprises we may find in this under-birded part of the county. Spring is an excellent season for butterfly-watching as well and we have recorded some interesting records here, including both Tawny and Hackberry Emperors. 

Join us for a spring day of birds and butterflies at this unique birding location!

What’s included

  • 1 birding guide
  • lunch
  • transportation

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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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