Spring BIG DAY

Asheville, NC, USA

VB
115 reviews
May 18, 2021
Group size: 3 - 8
Spring BIG DAY
Asheville, NC, USA

115 reviews

May 18, 2021
Group size: 3 - 8

About this trip

This Venture has been designed around the goal of seeing and hearing as many bird species as possible in one day in the WNC region. This is a perfect trip for birders looking to expand their NC state list or life list, or for those who are simply looking for a fun, bird-filled day (we should see over 100 species!). Since we will have limited daylight to find all our targets, we will be moving at a faster pace and we’ll be out for longer than our typical day trips. Be sure to bring a water bottle (we will have water), comfortable footwear, rain jacket or umbrella, hat and sunscreen, and a light jacket.


Our day will begin before sunrise with the hope of finding nocturnal species such as Great Horned, Eastern Screech and Northern Saw-whet Owl, as well as Eastern Whip-poor-will. Once the sun comes up, we plan on visiting as many different habitats as possible to maximize our species total. Between cruising the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Green River Gamelands, we will expect a whole host of warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers and more. We’ll check the broad Mills River Valley for open country species like Eastern Meadowlark, raptors, and any shorebirds that might still be passing through. We will also visit several city lakes for any straggling ducks or wading species, as well as any spots where there are rare, uncommon or otherwise unusual birds hanging out. We will bird until 6:00 PM or so, or until participants want to end! There is of course, no obligation to stay for longer than you wish – it will certainly be a long day! Our exact itinerary is to be determined – let us know of any specific targets you have beforehand and we will do our best to accommodate everyone’s wishes. 


In addition to all the typical backyard birds, we hope to see/hear: Northern Saw-whet, Barred, Great Horned, and Eastern Screech-Owls; 15-20 species of warbler (including Cerulean, Swainson’s and Kentucky); Hermit and Wood Thrushes, Veery; Blue-headed, Red-eyed and Yellow-throated Vireos; Red Crossbill; Winter Wren; Red-breasted, White-breasted and Brown-headed Nuthatches; Yellow-billed and Black-billed Cuckoos; 5 species of hawk; Indigo Bunting; Rose-breasted and Blue Grosbeaks; Summer and Scarlet Tanagers; Least, Alder and Willow Flycatchers, Eastern Wood-Pewee, and so much more.

What’s included

  • 1 birding guide
  • Lunch
  • Transportation

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

Reviews

This was a great day. Clifton navigated some unexpected logistics (unposted road closure) and made a full day with tons of stops he was familiar with. I am only a year into birding and added 13 species to my list. He was the most experienced person I have ever birded with, able to ID tons of birds by ear then spot them.
By Rebecca D for Avery County, NC - County Birding on 13 Jul, 2021
This was a great trip. Kevin Burke is a wonderful trip leader. He makes every effort for everyone to see the birds. He works hard to make sure everything runs smoothly.
By Bill W for Maine - Puffins, Boreal Birds, & Spectacular Scenery 2 on 11 Jul, 2021
The tour and tour guide were excellent in every way. Kevin our guide did everything in his power to to assist all participants throughout the trip to make the most enjoyable and fun trip possible.
By Alan's Email L for Maine - Puffins, Boreal Birds, & Spectacular Scenery 2 on 03 Jul, 2021
You should be aware that this trip was cancelled by Ventures Birding, and I have a credit with them for the full amount paid.
By Kathleen S for Michigan - Kirtland's Warblers & The Upper Peninsula on 26 Jun, 2021
The scenery alone made me want to go there, plus the unusual plants. And the birds1 Enjoyed the presentation.
By barbara r for Lions, Penguins and Proteas, A Virtual Tour of South Africa on 16 Jun, 2021
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