Spring Migration at Seven Islands State Birding Park

Kodak, TN 37764, USA

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

189 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
189 reviews
Small travel company based in Asheville, NC, specializing in birding & nature tours both locally & worldwide.

Reviews

Ventures birding is the real deal. We scheduled a half-day local trip near Asheville while friends were visiting from New York. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable. His ability to identify nearly every bird by even a brief snippet of song made spotting them really quick. Besides that, he’s a nice guy, easy to talk to, and fun to spend time with. Ventures Birding has our enthusiastic recommendations, and we look forward to more time with them!
By Rick M for Private Half Day Tours (2021/2022) on 01 Jul, 2022
Fantastic! Great guides. Absolutely no complaints! Susan P.
By Susan P for Iceland 2022 on 09 Jun, 2022
This was a magnificent trip! Great leaders who were knowledgeable about the area as well as the birds. They were respectful of the country, people and environs of Iceland which made the trip especially enjoyable. At the end of the 8 days on Iceland, we felt we had seen highlights of the country having circumnavigated the whole island on Highway 1. It was lovely and perfect. Both guides were excellent drivers and I never felt insecure along the challenging roads. Had all 9 of us been in the 9 passenger van, it would have been uncomfortable and unpleasant. Since one of the group rented an additional vehicle, that major issue was alleviated. We were all grateful for that extra vehicle! Iceland was awesome. The food was great. Accommodations were excellent. Guides were the best.
By Judith W for Iceland 2022 on 07 Jun, 2022
Simon took six of us into a lovely ascent through multiple habitats and many bird species. It must have been challenging as our group ranged from rank beginner to expert, yet we all interacted comfortably with our guide. Nice job by ventures and a great day! One highlight was our best ever looks at a singing Swainsons Warbler on territory.
By Doug N for Private Half Day Tours (2021/2022) on 03 Jun, 2022
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It was a great day.Guide was very knowledgeable, pleasant, gave great tips. I learned a lot. Thanks
By sharon w for Beginning Birding Workshop Henderson on 31 May, 2022
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