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 Recurring 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.lakeconesteenaturepark.com/


GCBC Currently Scheduled Outings:

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


When:  Saturday, August 20, 2016
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:  Joan Baker
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.



Hummingbird Banding Workshop:
When:  Sunday, August 21, 2016
Where:  Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History, SC
Time:  7:15 AM until late afternoon
Cost:  TBD - $300 for the group; minimum individual cost $15, maximum of $30
Leader:  Joan Baker
Comments:  We have an opportunity for a private hummingbird-banding workshop, held at the Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History in York, SC.  There is a flat cost of $300 for the group, with a maximum group size of 20 and a minimum (set by the GCBC) of 10, so the individual cost may range from $15 to $30, depending on the number of participants.  We will meet at the Jeff Lynch parking lot on Roper Mountain Road at I-385 at 7:15 AM to carpool, departing no later than 7:30 AM.  If you are interested, contact Jeff.




When:  Saturday, September 10, 2016
Where:  Wilson's Farm, Greenville County, SC
Time:  7:30 AM until late afternoon
Leaders:  Donnie Coody and Shelby Birch
Comments:  As fall migration starts picking up, come out and enjoy this diverse, privately owned piece of property north of Greenville.  Bring water and snacks, and be prepared for heavy dew in the grass.  Meet at the farm at 8:00 AM, or at the Hardee's in Traveler's Rest at 7:30 AM, if you'd prefer to carpool.



When:  Saturday, September 17, 2016
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.



When:  Saturday, September 17, 2016
Where:  Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC
Time:  8:00 AM
Leader:  Len Kopka
Comments:  Note that this month's Conestee outing will be part of the Fall Migration Count.  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.



When:  Saturday, September 24, 2016
Where:  South Carolina Botanical Garden and Clemson Aquaculture Facility, Clemson, SC
Time:  8:00 AM until late afternoon
Leader:  Jeff Click
Comments:  Meet at the parking lot of the Bob Campbell Geology Museum at 8:00 AM.  The South Carolina Botanical Garden has proven to be a very productive hotspot for migrant bird activity in both spring and fall.  We'll explore several of the trails here before moving over to the nearby Aquaculture Facility, which itself has a knack for producing a good variety of birds as well as the occasional rarity.  Bring lunch, water, and snacks.  We'll picnic in the Botanical Garden.



When:  Saturday, October 8, 2016   ---   TENTATIVE TRIP
Where:  Cottonwood Trail and other Spartanburg-area Birding Spots
Time:  8:00 AM until mid afternoon
Leader:  Jeff Click
Comments:  Meet at 8:00 AM at the parking area on Beechwood Drive in Spartanburg.  We will bird at Cottonwood, one of the Upstate's better birding spots for the morning.  Afterwards, we'll move on to one or more other Spartanburg-area birding spots.



When:  Saturday, October 15, 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.



When:  Saturday, November 12, 2016
Where:  Townville Area, Anderson County, SC
Time:  8:00 AM until mid afternoon
Leader:  Jeff Click
Comments:  Meet at 8:00 AM at the Shell station on Highway 24, at Exit 11 from I-85.  We'll carpool from there, birding at consistently productive spots such as Dobbins Farm, Beaverdam Creek WMA, and Prater Farm.  We'll have lunch at a local restaurant, after which some of us may opt to continue birding nearby.



When:  Saturday, November 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.



When:  Saturday, December 17, 2016
Event:  North Greenville Christmas Bird Count
Coordinator:  JB Hines
Comments:  SAVE THE DATE.  More information coming soon.

 

Outings and Events Sponsored by Other Organizations:

Organization:  Carolina Bird Club
Event:  Fall Meeting, Beaufort, SC
Dates:  September 30 - October 1, 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.  They have a recurring outing to the ever-productive Townville area on the fourth Saturday of every month.  See the KCBC Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/KeoweeClemsonBirdClub) for information about their activities. 

Organization:  Caesars Head State Park
When:  Seasonal, September 1st through December 1st
Where:  Hawk Watch at Caesars Head State Park
Contact:  If you are interested in helping out, contact Caesars Head State Park.
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.

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.