Warbler Warm-up

Swannanoa, NC 28778, USA

VB
146 reviews
Sep 10, 2021
Group size: 3 - 10
Warbler Warm-up
Swannanoa, NC 28778, USA

146 reviews

$NaN
Sep 10, 2021
Group size: 3 - 10

About this trip

  

Warren Wilson College and Charles D. Owen Park in Swannanoa are must-stops for any birder visiting the WNC region, especially in the spring and fall. Collectively encompassing an area of over 300 acres of agricultural fields and riparian woodland along the Swannanoa River, the adjacent properties provide important habitat for transient species. Fall birding here can be amazing and with over 212 species (including nearly all 37 eastern wood warblers) reported, it is not hard to imagine why!


This ‘Warbler Warm-Up’ trip is set to take place a couple weeks prior to peak migration time. This will allow us to spend more time with each warbler we find and focus on their key characteristics without being overwhelmed by the large mixed flocks typical of late September. Even so, we will still expect a good mix of migrants coming through at this time, including American Redstart, Northern Parula, Tennessee, Chestnut-sided, Blackburnian, and Magnolia Warblers, just to name a few. With a bit of luck, we’ll cross paths with some of the more uncommon and highly-sought after birds as well, like Mourning, Wilson’s, Blue-winged, or Golden-winged Warblers. Even Lawrence’s Warbler – a Blue-winged x Golden-winged hybrid -has been seen here during the fall!


While this trip will have a warbler focus, we won’t ignore any of the other birds we stumble upon. Joining in with the warblers will be a nice mixture of vireos (Blue-headed, Red-eyed, and Yellow-throated are expected), flycatchers (Wood-Pewee, Eastern Phoebe, perhaps an Olive-sided), and we could see both Scarlet and Summer Tanagers as well. Indigo Buntings and Blue Grosbeaks which nest here should still be around in good numbers and we will hope for a nice assortment of raptors hunting the fields or migrating along the river. The tall sycamores along the river have in recent years held Red-headed Woodpeckers, an uncommon migrant and very local breeder here in the mountains, and we will look for them as well. 


To add to the excitement, this area has been a magnet for rarities over the last few years with Lark Sparrow, Dickcissel, and even Wood Stork turning up here in the fall. 

What’s included

  • 1 birding guide
  • lunch
  • transportation

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

Reviews

DB
Very helpful. I've always been terrible identifying sparrows. This presentation offered a logical way to think about the similarities and differences. Looking forward to trying it out on some live examples.
By Diane B for Sparrows of the Southern Appalachians on 13 Jan, 2022
DB
Very informative talk, also entertaining. I especially appreciated the comparisons between similar species.
By Diane B for Know your waterbirds: Ducks, Geese, Grebes & more on 23 Dec, 2021
DB
This was a fun way to become familiar with the guides, the participants, and the way Ventures domestic trips are run. Of course the photos of birds were especially appreciated. Certainly makes me want to join a trip - though not in the cold climates!
By Diane B for 2021 Trips - Ventures Holiday Celebration on 22 Dec, 2021
Interesting
By Marilyn K for A Virtual Tour of England on 02 Dec, 2021
Great trip! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and organized. He had a plan for each day and stuck to it. He kept us informed of where we were going, what to expect and what to look for. I certainly appreciated that he was a safe driver. Accommodations were very nice and very clean, big points there. Wonderful group of interesting travel mates and I hope to see them again on other trips!
By susan m for Kansas - Open Country Specialties on 20 Nov, 2021
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