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.
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, October 4, 2014
Where:  Cedar Falls Park, Gunter Road, and Holliday Circle, Greenville County, SC
Time:  8:00 AM until around 1:00 PM
Leader:  Brad Dalton
Comments:  Come out and enjoy some of the lesser-known and under-appreciated birding locations in southern Greenville County.  We'll first check out a location just off Cooley Bridge Road (Hwy 247) near the Saluda River.  Holliday Circle was fantastic in the spring, and with a nice variety of habitat, we'll hopefully find a nice mix of birds here in the fall.  Afterwards, we will drive a short distance over to Cedar Falls Park along the Reedy River and bird the paved and unpaved trails that course through the park where we can also see the beautiful shoals and remnants of the old mill.  To finish the day, we will check the fields of Gunter Rd, home of our Scissor-tailed Flycatchers (not here right now), in hopes of finding Grasshopper Sparrows and Loggerhead Shrike.

We will meet at the Food Lion at the corner of US Hwy 25 and SC Hwy 86 and depart from there at 8:00 AM.  (This is two miles south of where the toll road crosses US-25.)  Bring snacks, water, and a light jacket.


When:  Saturday, October 11, 2014
Where:  Cottonwood Trail and other Spartanburg birding spots, Spartanburg County, SC
Time:  8:00 AM until mid-afternoon
Leader:  Jeff Click
Comments:  We'll bird at the always productive Cottonwood Trail for the morning, then grab lunch at a local restaurant.  For anyone interested, we'll check out some other birding spots in the area in the afternoon.

Meet at the Cottonwood Trail parking area at 8:00 AM.  To reach Cottonwood from Greenville, take Exit 69 from I-85 to merge onto I-85-Business North towards Spartanburg.  After 4.6 miles, take Exit 5A for I-585 E / US-176 East.  Follow US-176 for 3.4 miles, then turn left at East St. John St. and left again at East Main St.  After 1.6 miles, turn right at Fernwood Drive, then after 0.5 miles turn left onto Beechwood Drive.  Follow Beechwood a short distance to a parking area on the right. 


When:  Saturday, October 18, 2014
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.



Trips and Events in the Works:

 - November 1 - Townville area
 - November 15 - Lake Conestee Nature Park
 - November / December TBD - Cape Romain NWR Curlew Trip with Coastal Expeditions

 

Outings and Events Sponsored by Other Organizations:

Organization:  Carolina Bird Club
Event:  Fall Meeting, Charleston, SC
Dates:  September 26-27, 2014
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.