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, March 19, 2016
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.



When:  Saturday, April 9, 2016
Where:  Rocky River Park, Anderson, SC
Time:  6:30 AM at Rocky River Park
Leader:  Jeff Click
Comments:  We will meet at the dirt parking lot on Williamston Road / Business US-29 next to the Rocky River, exactly here, at 6:30 AM.  We'll gather before dawn in hopes of hearing American Bittern calling.  This remarkable sound was heard reliably at the park throughout the spring of 2015, along with occasional Marsh Wrens.  After some light gathers, we'll explore more of the park in search of early migrants and other goodies.

Anyone interested in carpooling from the Greenville area can meet at the Cracker Barrel off Interstate 85 @ at Exit 40.  We'll try to park at the back of the lot as to not interfere with customers, and will plan to leave at 6:00 from the restaurant.



When:  Saturday, April 16, 2016
Where:  Lake Conestee Nature Park
 
Two Separate Outings Planned:
 
Time:  8:00 AM until noon
Leader:  Chris Peak
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.


 
When:  Saturday, April 30, 2016
Where:  Nine Times Preserve and the Eastatoe Valley, Pickens County
Time:  7:00 AM until mid-afternoon
Leader:  Jeff Click
Comments:  Bring a picnic lunch, and be prepared for some walking.  We'll bird some of the trails and edges at Nine Times, then make several stops along the Eastatoe Valley on our way up to Sassafras Mountain.  If time allows, we may continue birding elsewhere later in the afternoon.  Meet at 7:00 AM at the dirt parking lot at the intersection of Preston-McDaniel Road and Eastatoe Creek Road.  Those wishing to carpool can meet at 6:30 AM in the parking lot of the Easley Village Shopping Center at 5155 Calhoun Memorial Hwy (US-123) in Easley.



When:  Saturday, May 7, 2016
Event:  Second Annual Upstate Big Day
Comments:  We are again co-sponsoring this friendly birding competition with the Keowee-Clemson Bird Club.  Click here for more information.  Come on out and see how many birds you can find in the Upstate in a day of birding.



When:  Saturday, May 7, 2016  (rain date - Sunday, May 8)
Event:  Greenville County Spring 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.  Less experienced birders are welcome, and can be paired with more experienced area leaders.

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:  Spring Meeting, Blowing Rock, NC
Dates:  April 29-30, 2016
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 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.