Spring BIG DAY

Asheville, NC, USA

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

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

Reviews

I really enjoy the virtual tours and Simon’s travelogue. I especially loved South Africa because I did a safari in Kenya and fell in love with Africa.
By Carole M for Lions, Penguins and Proteas, A Virtual Tour of South Africa on 09 Jun, 2021
Vermont is beautiful and I enjoyed my first trip there. We saw most of our target birds, plus some surprise species. The trip was well planed and we got to many different habitats. There are some great restaurants i Vermont; who knew?! Accomadations were comfortable and quiet.
By barbara r for Verdant Vermont - Bicknell's Thrushes, Boreal Forests, & More on 07 Jun, 2021
West Virginia was beautiful and the trip was fantastic. Simon is astounding with his skills locating and bringing out birds. The trip was well planned and executed, even with the obstacles of pandemic.
By Denise D for Wild and Wonderful West Virginia -2021 on 27 May, 2021
Great time. Simon and Chris are awesome hosts. Took us to many beautiful spots, found a lot of bird species. Equally accommodating to experienced birders and relative novices (us). Keep up the good work, chaps!
By Mike C for Wild and Wonderful West Virginia -2021 on 27 May, 2021
Great virtual tour - loved learning about the birds, history of the area and plants!
By Sandy S for Rails, Sparrows & Carnivorous Plants, A Virtual Tour of Southeast NC on 19 May, 2021
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