Box 9021, Wilmington, DE 19809, USA
Phone: Toll-free in USA 1-888-721-3555
A Focus On Nature Tour
for Birds, Butterflies,
and Other Nature
May 5-9, 2016
(tour: FON/NC-1 '16)
Land-birding for "southern specialties":
Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Bachman's Sparrow,
Painted Bunting, Wilson's Plover, Mississippi Kite,
Plus: for those who
wish, an evening
excursion for Black
A Tour with some of the
Best Birding in the Eastern US,
and some good butterflies
and other nature too!
To be led by Armas Hill.
If you're from
somewhere else, you'll have a great time,
with "nothing finer than this birding in Carolina".
Tour begins & ends in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Red-cockaded Woodpecker (drawing by Sally Brady)
North Carolina Birds (with some photos)
with Other North Carolina Nature (each with some photos):
Mammals Butterflies Moths Dragonflies & Damselflies
Amphibians & Reptiles Wildflowers & Other Plants Marine Fish
Other Marine Life (including jellyfish, mollusks (shells)
& arthropods: crustaceans & echinoderms)
Some Highlights of Previous FONT North Carolina Tours
A Narrative about Carolina Birds (some interesting reading)
FONT Tour Registration Form
A male Painted Bunting
May 5 The tour begins at the airport in Raleigh,
North Carolina. Flights, for those on the tour, should be with an arrival about
mid-day (between 12 noon & 2pm).
In the afternoon, our birding will begin not too far east of Raleigh, in an area with interesting birding in the valley of the Neuse River, in Johnston County.
The area may be particularly good for Mississippi Kites in the afternoon.
And during mid-day it is also a very good area for dragonflies and butterflies, which we should observe this afternoon and the next morning.
Among the dragonflies and butterflies
that we should see during our Spring North Carolina Tour
are the Twelve-spotted Skimmer (above)
and the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (below).
The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail below
was photographed in North Carolina in May 2015.
After dinner, we'll do some evening and nocturnal birding, for those who wish, for owls and nightjars. And possibly a mammal or two. Overnight near the Neuse River valley.
May 6 Our morning
birding will again be in the Neuse River valley, in woodlands - that can be particularly
good at places that time of day for the
Swainson's Warbler and other "southern"
Later in the day, a visit to an area of fields where in the past we've seen Henslow's Sparrows. That species tends to move to different places from year to year, but we'll aim to see it, along with another assortment of fine birds. Later in the afternoon, we'll travel south to where we'll spend the night near the Croatan Forest.
May 7 Much of our birding this day, particularly in the morning,
will be in the Croatan
Forest for specialty birds of the Carolina
pinewoods such as the Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Bachman's Sparrow, Brown-headed Nuthatch,
and more. Red-headed and Pileated Woodpeckers, Summer Tanager, and
warblers and flycatchers will be among other birds seen.
In the afternoon, we'll do some coastal birding for Wilson's Plover, Painted Bunting, and other birds near the sea.
At dusk, both Whip-poor-wills and Chuck-will's-widows should be heard and seen.
After dark, there will be an excursion (for those who wish) to an area where Black Rails can be heard, and possibly seen. Overnight again near the Croatan Forest.
May 8 Birding,
again, this morning in the Croatan Forest (in
case any of our targets the previous
day were missed, we'll have another chance). If they were all seen, some will be
seen again, noting at the same time some other interesting nature of the forest,
notably plants indigenous to the area.
Travel, in the afternoon, north along the coast, with a ferry ride, toward yet another interesting area for birds and other nature, the Alligator River Wildlife Refuge.
In the early evening, for those who opt to do it, an excursion there for wildlife, including mammals such as: Black Bear, Bobcat, and Red Wolf, and owls of various kinds. We've seen Black Bears there numerous times and Bobcats on occasion. Red Wolves are in the area (a population of this animal brought from Texas has become established), and some luck and persistence is required in order to see them (but we have!).
Overnight near Alligator River, in Manteo.
Mon: May 9 Our birding this last morning will begin early back at the Alligator River Wildlife Refuge, where warblers abound, particularly Prothonotary, but others occur as well including the Swainson's, and the local nesting race of the Black-throated Green Warbler known as the "Wayne's Warbler". There are very few places anywhere with more breeding Prothonotary Warblers.
Later in the morning, we'll head west to airport at Raleigh for those departing for home. (Departures could be anytime after 2pm. We'll be at the airport by 1pm.)
Tour Price: US$ 695 per person, based upon double occupancy.
Single supplement: US $195.
Includes: Overnight accommodations, all outings for birds and other wildlife, and services of birding leaders.
And ground transportation (starting & ending in Raleigh).
Does not include:
Meals. Drinks & any items of a personal nature. Any air transportation
(to/from North Carolina).
Focus On Nature Tours can arrange
and would seek the best possible fare.
A deposit of $300, per person, is required to register for this tour.
The Wilson's Plover (above) and the Piping Plover (below)
both occur on North Carolina coastal beaches.
(photo above by Marie Gardner,
photo below by Kim Steininger)