Spring BIG DAY

Asheville, NC, USA

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

103 reviews

May 18 - 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
103 reviews
Small travel company based in Asheville, NC, specializing in birding & nature tours both locally & worldwide.

Reviews

Despite threatening weather, we warbler lovers all decided to take the risk and proceed. We got in about two hours of biding, and had great views of our primary target, the golden winged warbler (one even posed on a bare snag for us!). Beside the usual suspects, there were several other sightings, including Orchard Orioles, red eyed and blue headed vireos, barn swallows, my first chimney swifts of the year, rose breasted grosbeaks, and an American redstart. We also heard hooded, black and white, and yellow warblers, yellow breasted chat and meadowlarks. We traveled on up Max Patch Road, but were done in by the steady stream of DOT gravel-filled dump trucks and a road grader disturbing the peace and eventually the arrival of heavy rain. However, our gung-ho crowd still enjoyed ourselves. The Max Patch Road area was so beautiful, with all the blooming spring flowers and rushing streams, it was great to just get out. Kevin Burke, our expert leader, also offered us another local day trip as recompense, and I chose the Mt. Mitchell trip with Simon Thompson in June, one of my very favorite trips. You can’t do better than bird with Ventures Birding!
By Toni M for Spring Warbler Workshop, Max Patch 21 on 13 May, 2021
Very nice trip, got 9 lifers. Aaron went out of his way to meet the needs of all participants. I was able to ride down and return with Aaron, in addition to the daily trips with him. Outstanding service. Alan
By Alan's Email L for Southeastern NC Hotspots - Spring on 05 May, 2021
This Green River Game Lands 2 offered a variety of habitats, elevations and therefore wonderful opportunities to see a variety of birds. Walks were short, yet very rewarding to hear and see birds in their natural settings. Highly recommend!
By Claudia A for Green River Game Lands 2 on 04 May, 2021
Great trip. Kevin Knows his stuff.
By Howard B for Henderson County, NC - County Birding on 03 May, 2021
We had a great time! Kevin knows his birds and always made sure that we saw them. His enthusiasm, knowledge and patience will bring us back!!
By Leigh F for Henderson County, NC - County Birding on 03 May, 2021
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