Spring BIG DAY

Asheville, NC, USA

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

125 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
125 reviews
Small travel company based in Asheville, NC, specializing in birding & nature tours both locally & worldwide.

Reviews

What a great trip. Two new life birds for me. We learned so much about birds from Kevin Burke, the trip leader. Jackson Park is a beautiful location, and Hendersonville is a great place to spend time when we aren't birding.
By Becky A for Fall Warbler Workshop on 27 Sep, 2021
What a beautiful day we had birding with Keith! Always enjoy his outings. Was well organized with several pre-planned stops along the way to see several varieties of warblers migrating through. The lake was a bit high to see mass quantities of shorebirds, but Keith still made it fun pointing out several cool birds and taking us on a beautiful hike to the end of the road.
By Kathleen W for Shorebirds at Rankin Bottoms on 15 Sep, 2021
After a bit of a wait for the fog to lift we saw a lot of birds. Most common warbler was Tennessee, estimated at over 100. Great guide in Aaron and Simon.
By Alan's Email L for Spectacular Fall Migration 2 on 14 Sep, 2021
Very productive trip. Great guide, warblers are his passion. Kevin is considerate, pays attention to details, makes sure you see the bird , identifies calls and works to obtain your target birds. Well organized, considering dealing with Covid and restaurants etc. never in an uncomfortable situation. Have booked additional trips with Kevin
By Christine S for Warbler Weekend - Asheville, NC on 09 Sep, 2021
The birding and guide were outstanding. We would have appreciated more thought/planning on meals.
By June A for August Shorebirding on 09 Sep, 2021
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