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 16, 2016
Where:  Lake Conestee Nature Park
 
Two Separate Outings Planned:
 
Time:  8:00 AM until noon
Leader:  Jane Kramer
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, January 30, 2016
Where:  Lake Hartwell to Townville
Time:  8:00 AM until early afternoon
Leader:  Jeff Click
Comments:  We'll start at the Hartwell Dam at 8:00 AM, and make a few stops along the shore on both the Georgia and South Carolina sides, working our way north, to look for gulls, loons, grebes, and ducks.  If time allows, we'll then move on to the Townville area, with hopes of finding sparrows, ducks, Brewer's Blackbirds, and other open-country birds.



SC COASTAL TRIP CONFIRMED - NOTE THE CHANGED DATES

When:  Friday - Sunday, February 19 - 21, 2016
Where:  Coastal SC from Donnelley WMA to Huntington Beach State Park
Leaders:  JB Hines and Jerry Johnson
Comments:  JB Hines will email out details for this trip soon.  The general itinerary will include the following:

- Friday, February 19 - Donnelley and Bear Island WMA
- Saturday, February 20 - Santee Coastal Reserve and possibly Santee Delta WMA
- Sunday, February 21 - Huntington Beach State Park

If you plan to join us on Friday, we recommend booking a motel in Walterboro, SC Thur night since we will be meeting ~8:00 AM Friday morning at the entrance to Donnelly WMA.  For Friday and Saturday night, we recommend staying in Georgetown, since it is centrally located for our Saturday and Sunday locations.  We like the Quality Inn and Suites in Georgetown, although there are other good choices there.  Avoid the Harbor Inn and the Carolinian Inn, though.  Alternatively, you may want to stay closer to Huntington Beach SP near Pawley’s Island or Litchfield.



When:  Saturday, February 20, 2016
Where:  Lake Conestee Nature Park
 
Two Separate Outings Planned:
 
Time:  8:00 AM until noon
Leader:  Jane Kramer
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, March 5, 2016  --  DATE AND PRICE CONFIRMED
Where:  Lake Jocassee and Devil's Fork State Park
Time:  8:00 AM until early afternoon
Leaders:  Jeff Click and Brooks Wade
Comments:  If planning to attend this trip, please contact Jeff Click to sign up, as space on the boat(s) will be limited.  We will start at Devil's Fork State Park at 8:00 AM, and then board a boat with Jocassee Lake Tours at around 10:00 AM.   We will go out for close-up looks at Loons, Grebes, and Eagles, and plan to be out until early afternoon, so bring a lunch.  Cost for the boat portion will be $40 per person.  To carpool for the trip, please meet at the K-mart on US-123 in Easley at 7:00 AM.



When:  Saturday, March 19, 2016
Where:  Lake Conestee Nature Park
 
Two Separate Outings Planned:
 
Time:  8:00 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.



 

Outings and Events Sponsored by Other Organizations:

Organization:  Carolina Bird Club
Event:  Winter Meeting, Litchfield Beach, SC
Dates:  February 5-6, 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.