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, July 18, 2015
Where:  Lake Conestee Nature Park
 
Two Separate Outings Planned:
 
Time:  7:00 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.



Weekend Trip to Allendale, Orangeburg, Bear Island, and Donnelley WMA, July 25-26, 2015

Each day may of course be attended separately.  Please contact Denise DuPon if you're thinking of coming out and would like to participate in carpooling.

Hotel recommendation for those birding both days:
     Microtel Inn & Suites
     Walterboro, SC
     843-539-5656

Day 1:  Saturday, July 25, 2015
Where:  Allendale and Orangeburg, SC
Time:  7:00 AM until late afternoon
Leader:  Denise DuPon
Comments:  We'll look for Swallow-tailed and Mississippi Kites in the Allendale area, then make a stop by the Super Sod Farm in Orangeburg to check for migrating shorebirds.  Bring lunch, water, and sunscreen. We'll depart promptly at 7:00 AM from the parking lot of the Jeff Lynch at Roper Mountain Road and I-385.  Note the optional extension to Bear Island and Donnelley for Sunday.

Day 2:  Sunday, July 26, 2015
Where:  Bear Island and Donnelley WMAs, SC
Time:  6:30 AM until mid-afternoon
Leader:  Denise DuPon
Comments:  This is a continuation of Saturday's trip, but can be attended separately if preferred.  We'll start early to beat the heat, and head to Bear Island to find wading birds, shorebirds, and terns.  We will work out details for the departure the evening before, but will leave from the hotel in Walterboro after breakfast.  Returning to Greenville Sunday evening.



When:  Saturday, August 15, 2015
Where:  Lake Conestee Nature Park
 
Two Separate Outings Planned:
 
Time:  7:00 AM until noon
Leader:  TBD
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:  TBD
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.



When:  Saturday, August 22, 2015
Where:  Hooper Lane, Henderson County, NC
Time:  7:00 AM until late afternoon
Leader:  TBD
Comments:  TENTATIVE TRIP.  We'll keep an eye on the weather and hope for some rain in the days leading up to the weekend in order to have a good variety of shorebirds at Hooper Lane, north of Hendersonville.  If it looks favorable, we'll publish details the week before.



When:  Saturday, September 19, 2015
Where:  Lake Conestee Nature Park
 
Two Separate Outings Planned:
 
Time:  7:00 AM until noon
Leader:  TBD
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:  TBD
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.



Note the new date for the migration count below:

When:  Saturday, September 26, 2015 (rain date Sunday, September 27)
Event:  Greenville County Annual Fall Migration Count
Coordinator:  Paul Serridge
Comments:  With the help of many individual leaders we will cover as much of Greenville County as possible.  Reports are also encouraged from back-yard birders.  Past Greenville County Migration Counts have resulted in well over 100 species.  Contact Paul to volunteer to help.

See our Migration Counts Page for more information, including historical data and a map of the county showing areas to be covered.

Migration Count details will be announced to club members via email.

 

Outings and Events Sponsored by Other Organizations:

Organization:  Carolina Bird Club
Event:  Fall Meeting, Hickory, NC
Dates:  September 18-19, 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.