Spring Migration at Seven Islands State Birding Park

Kodak, TN 37764, USA

VB
183 reviews
May 1, 2022
Group size: 3 - 10
Spring Migration at Seven Islands State Birding Park
Kodak, TN 37764, USA

183 reviews

$NaN
May 1, 2022
Group size: 3 - 10

About this trip

A day exploring the areas around Seven Islands State Birding Park with a specific focus on spring migrants. This is a walking tour and we are likely to walk 3 miles on a variety of gravel, pavement, grass, and dirt paths. Some short up-and-down hill may be necessary. Bring good hiking boots and layered clothing; it’s likely to be cool in the morning and this park warms quickly if its sunny. Bring water and snacks/lunch too! 


Nestled on 416 acres in a bend of the French Broad River, Seven Islands State Birding Park offers a rich variety of habitats including forested hills and woodlots, an intermittent stream and marsh, several wooded islands, and many fields being restored to native warm-season grasses. Seven Islands features more than eight miles of natural trails, rolling hills and views of the Great Smoky Mountains. We will spend all morning and part of the afternoon exploring the birds along several miles of walking pathways through a rich mosaic of habitats and along the French Broad River. 

An abundance of early successional habitat harbors a wide variety of wintering species here. Over 165 species have been observed here in May, including 30 species of warblers! But Seven Islands is known for its unique mixture of fields and grasslands where harder to find early successional species are found with ease! It’s so fun to listen to Yellow-breasted Chat, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, and Common Yellowthroat singing while Purple Martins, Tree and Rough-winged Swallows forage over the fields. Ten (10) species of sparrows have been found here in May too! 


So, we will be out to find as many species as possible, especially summer migrant residents and passage migrants, and we won’t be in a hurry, but we’ll need to cover a lot of ground and different habitats! In addition to migrants we should also see most of our permanent resident species and perhaps a few lingering winter residents! 

Join us for an excellent day full of sparrows and other songbirds at the premier birding destination in east Tennessee.  

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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