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.



Weekend Trip to Roan Mountain, June 13 - 14, 2015

Day 1:  Saturday, June 13, 2015
Where:  Hampton Creek State Natural Area and Roan Mountain, TN
Time:  7:00 AM until late afternoon
Leader:  Jeff Click
Comments:  Meet at 6:00 AM at Hampton Creek State Natural Area, in Tennessee.  Click here for a Google map showing the parking lot.  We’ll walk into the property to find Yellow Warblers, and hopefully some Golden-winged Warblers.  Last time we also had Least Flycatcher and some other good birds.  After that we’ll stop at Roan Mountain State Park and then work our way up towards Carver’s Gap, birding at several stops as we gain altitude  For directions or more information, contact Jeff.

Day 2:  Sunday, June 14, 2015
Where:  Blue Ridge Parkway north of Asheville, NC
Time:  6:30 AM until mid-afternoon
Leader:  Jeff Click
Comments:  Plan to depart the Skyline Village Inn at 6:30 AM for some birding along the Blue Ridge Parkway nearby.  We’ll return to the inn a little later in the morning for breakfast before heading out to bird again.  We’ll then head south on the Parkway and bird at several productive spots along the way as our elevation varies.  We’ll hope to find a great variety of breeding specialties.




When:  Saturday, June 20, 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.




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.




Trips in the Works

 - Last weekend in July or first weekend in August, 2015:  TENTATIVE weekend trip to the Allendale area for kites, combined with Orangeburg, Donnelley WMA, and Bear Island WMA



 

Outings and Events Sponsored by Other Organizations:

Organization:  South Carolina State Parks
Event:  Blue Wall Birding Festival, Upstate SC
Dates:  April 16-19, 2015
Details:  The GCBC is helping SC State Parks put on this new festival, meant to showcase the great birding and parks our area has to offer.  Detailed information and to register, visit the festival website.

Organization:  Carolina Bird Club
Event:  Spring Meeting, Clemson, C
Dates:  May 1-2, 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.