Greenville County Bird Club
Outings

Outings are typically held on a Saturday morning, and guests are always welcome.  In case of inclement weather, you may contact the trip leader (if one is listed) for last minute changes or cancellations.  We also list outings scheduled by other area bird clubs or organizations which are of special interest to our club.


GCBC Ongoing Outings:

When:  Third Saturday of each month
Where:  Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC
See details of time and place to meet in the list of outings below.
An updated Park bird list and monthly records can be found on our Projects page under “Lake Conestee Nature Park”. More information about the Park is available at http://www.conesteepark.com/

When:  Seasonal, September 1st through December 1st
Where:  Hawk Watch at Caesar's Head State Park
Contact:  If you are interested in helping out, contact Jeff Catlin: jcatlin@gcbirdclub.org
Comments:  Hawk watch is dependent on both the weather and available personnel. For more information about the Hawk Watch program, visit our hawk watch page.  Also have a look at this Caesar's Head Hawk Watch Video.


GCBC Currently Scheduled Outings:

NOTE:  IF PLANNING TO CARPOOL, please be prepared to contribute approximately 5 cents per mile to the driver.


When:  Saturday, January 31, 2015
Where:  Phinizy Swamp & Nature Park, Augusta, GA
Time:  6:00 AM until evening
Leaders:  Barry Phillips and Jeff Click
Comments:  Come out and enjoy one of the premier birding spots in Georgia, just across the SC border.  GCBC member Barry Phillips, who frequently birds at Phinizy, will lead us around the park.  For those interested in carpooling, meet at 6:00 AM at the Jeff Lynch furniture parking lot on Roper Mountain Road, near I-85.  Those who prefer to go directly to the park can meet us in the park's visitor parking at 8:30 AM.  For more information about Phinizy, click here.  Bring lunch, water, and snacks.  Note that there will also be an option for a guided "waterfowl tour" at the park that day, at a cost of $5 per person.  We can discuss options that morning as a group.



Long Weekend Coastal Trip, February 7 - 9, 2015 (joint trip with KCBC):

NOTE:  Please contact Jeff to let him know your plans for this weekend if attending.  Include the following: (1) Your preference for Saturday birding, if participating (Charleston or HBSP); (2) if you are booked for the boat on Sunday; (3) if you plan to continue to the Santee Coastal Reserve on Sunday.

HOTEL RECOMMENDATIONS:

Since itineraries may vary between participants, consider your specific plan for the weekend when booking hotels. 

For those birding in the Charleston area, Mount Pleasant offers several good hotels at various prices.  Several club members have stayed at the Red Roof Inn (301 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, Mount Pleasant 29464; phone 843-884-1411), which is cheaper than many other nearby alternatives, and nicely maintained for the price.  There are many other quality hotels in the area also.

Those spending time at Huntington Beach would be well positioned for a drive to McClellanville the following day by staying in Georgetown.  Club members have had good luck at the Quality Inn and Suites (210 Church Street, Georgetown, 29440; phone 843-546-5656).  Again, other hotels are available.

TRIP DETAILS:

When:  Saturday, February 7, 2015
Where:  Charleston Area and/or Huntington Beach State Park (see below)
Leaders:  Jeff Click and TBD
Comments:  We're still working out the details for this trip, but the general idea is to couple some Charleston or Huntington Beach birding on Saturday with the weekend's highlight, Sunday's boat trip into Cape Romain NWR.  For those birding in Charleston, we'll recommend some hotels in the Mount Pleasant area; for those at Huntington Beach, we'll recommend one in Georgetown.  See the entry below for information on the boat trip. 

When:  Sunday, February 8, 2015
Where:  Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge
Time:  8:00 AM until early afternoon
Leaders:  Coastal Expeditions naturalist and Jeff Click
Cost:  $45 per person
Comments:  We'll be fortunate enough on this day to take a boat out into Cape Romain's expansive coastal marshes with one of Coastal Expeditions' knowledgeable naturalists. There we will seek Nelson's, Salt Marsh, and Seaside Sparrows, White Pelicans, Clapper Rails, Oystercatchers, falcons, loons, grebes, ducks, and more.  If we are truly fortunate, we will be able to locate the Long-billed Curlews that winter in the refuge - a tough find this side of Texas.  Click here for more information on the Coastal Expeditions website, and for registration.  Participation will be limited to 42 passengers, so sign up quickly.

When:  Monday, February 9, 2015
Where:  Santee Coastal Reserve Wildlife Management Area
Leader:  Jeff Click
Comments:  For those who are able to continue birding on Monday, we'll head to the Santee Coastal Reserve on the first day that the impoundments in the back are open to the general public after hunting season.  This diverse Wildlife Management Area is one of the best birding spots in the state, offering very diverse habitats.  We'll hope to find Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, Bachman's Sparrows, ducks, raptors, rails, and wintering passerines.



When:  Saturday, February 21, 2015
Where:  Lake Conestee Nature Park
 
Two Separate Outings Planned:
 
Time:  8:00 AM until noon
Leader:  Paul Serridge
Comments:  Meet on the Mauldin Road side of the park near the baseball complex to bird a variety of paved and natural surface trails in the park.  The park entrance is at 840 Mauldin Road, Greenville (opposite a FedEx facility and the junction with Ridge Road).  On entering the park, drive ~ 200 yards and turn left into a parking area behind the Little League ball fields.  We meet at the trailhead at the upper corner of this parking area.
 
Time:  8:00 AM until 10:30 AM
Leader:  Denise DuPon
Comments:  We're offering this slower-paced walk for anyone not up for a full morning of birding.  Meet at the Spanco Drive parking area next to the old Conestee mill and dam at 8:00 AM to bird a section of the paved trail, planning to be done by around 10:30 AM.



 

Outings and Events Sponsored by Other Organizations:

Organization:  Carolina Bird Club
Event:  Winter Meeting, Nags Head, NC
Dates:  January 30-31, 2015
Details:  For detailed information and to register, visit the Carolina Bird Club website.

Organization:  Keowee-Clemson Bird Club
Comments:  This nearby club has a regular slate of great outings as well as occasional presentations and "Birds and Beer" gatherings.  See the KCBC website (http://keoweeclemsonbirdclub.org) or Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/KeoweeClemsonBirdClub) for information about their activities. 

Organization:  Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society
When:
  First Saturday of each month
Time:  October through May: 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and
June through September: 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
Where:  Beaver Lake Sanctuary (meet at gazebo)
Comments:  There is no charge for this walk and visitors are always welcome. All of the walks are led by knowledgeable volunteers, who are familiar with both the birds and the local area.

Organization:  Henderson County Bird Club
When:
  Second Saturday of each month
Time:  October through May: 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and
June through September: 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
Where:  Jackson Park (meet at Admin Bldg parking lot)
Comments:  There is no charge for this walk and visitors are always welcome. All of the walks are led by knowledgeable volunteers, who are familiar with both the birds and the local area.

Ventures, Incorporated has a regular schedule of outings in the Carolinas, throughout the United States, and internationally.  For details, visit their web site at www.birdventures.com.