Warbler Warm-up

Swannanoa, NC 28778, USA

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

124 reviews

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

Reviews

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
Good birds and good people. A lovely trip all around. Thanks to Craig and Pam for an informative, relaxing trip.
By duffy k for August Shorebirding on 08 Sep, 2021
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