Morse Park

Wood Duck Lake Lure, NC by Simon Thompson

Lake Lure, NC
January 30, 2021

Great Blue Heron by Ventures Birding

Register by clicking the ‘book now’ button above, or by contacting the Ventures office. We accept credit cards for an additional fee (2.9% for MC, Visa, Discover; 3.9% for AmEx), but you may also pay by bank transfer, cash, check, or money order. This Venture is limited to 8 participants.

We will meet at Morse Park in Lake Lure, NC. This is adjacent to the large parking lot on the left after you cross the Rocky Broad River after leaving Chimney Rock village. Time: 8:00 AM Price: $55 per person; Picnic lunch not included (until further notice) Description: This will be a day of easy walking of about 3 miles at the most through fields and along the shore of Lake Lure and other nearby spots. Fields may be wet so waterproof shoes will be helpful.


We will start our day at Morse Park in Lake Lure, which has a good network of easy paved trails with small swampy wetlands along the lake shore. Swamp and White-throated Sparrows should be in the deep thickets along with a few over-wintering Brown Thrasher and maybe a lingering Gray Catbird. Bald Eagles nest and winter around Lake Lure and small numbers of ducks appear from time to time. These could include Wood Duck, Bufflehead, Ring-necked Duck and Hooded Merganser.
We will continue driving around Lake Lure checking the lake for waterfowl, before heading into the more rural parts of the county. This will be a voyage of discovery as we drive down the quiet country roads looking for Pine Warbler, Brown-headed Nuthatch and maybe a wintering Blue-headed Vireo in some of the larger pine stands.