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 OF APRIL 11-12 - Two Options - See Below

LOCAL OPTION:

When:  Saturday, April 11, 2015
Where:  Cedar Falls, Gunter Road, and Holliday Circle, Greenville County
Time:  7:45 AM until mid-afternoon
Leader:  Brad Dalton
Comments:  Cedar Falls Park is quickly becoming one of the better-known birding spots in the Upstate.  We'll start in the Holliday Circle area, just off Cooley Bridge Road (Hwy 247), a spot with a nice variety of habitats providing a good diversity of birds in the spring.  After Holliday Circle, we'll head to Cedar Falls Park, along the Reedy River, and bird the paved and unpaved trails that course through the park, where we can also see the beautiful shoals and remnants of the old mill.  To finish the day, we will check the fields of Gunter Rd, to see if our perennial Scissor-tailed Flycatchers have returned.  We'll also look for Grasshopper Sparrows, Loggerhead Shrike, and other open-county species.  Bring lunch, snacks, and water.

COASTAL OPTION, Day 1:

When:  Saturday, April 11, 2015
Where:  Huntington Beach State Park, Georgetown County
Time:  7:45 AM
Leader:  Paul Serridge
Comments:  Meet at 7:45 AM in the north parking lot of the Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, a large hotel on Hwy 17. The parking lot is just south of the Hanser House restaurant.
We will carpool to Huntington Beach State Park (HBSP).

Bring a SC State Parks Pass if you have one, because a pass is good for entry by all persons in the vehicle. Otherwise, the entrance fee is $5 per person per day.  We will regroup in the parking lot at the end of the Causeway in HBSP.  We will cover most of the different areas in the park, including the jetty area at the north end. This requires a walk of about 3 miles (total) on flat ground.

Click here for a link to the HBSP checklist to see a list of species we may expect, keeping in mind that nothing is a slam-dunk.  Note that species are given for each month, for some reason starting with April, so look at the FIRST column.  We will schedule our birding our birding so as to be able to watch a demonstration of birds of prey at 1 PM, given by the folks at a Charleston-area raptor rehabilitation center.

COASTAL OPTION, Day 2:

When:  Sunday, April 12, 2015
Where:  Santee Coastal Reserve WMA, Charleston County
Time:  7:45 AM
Leader:  Paul Serridge
Comments:  Meet at 7:45 AM in the parking lot of the Quality Inn & Suites on Hwy 17, just north of Georgetown. (Address: 210 Church Street, Georgetown).  That is a convenient place to meet before driving to the Santee Coastal Reserve, where we will spend the morning.  Target birds include Red-cockaded Woodpecker and Bachmann's Sparrow.  We will finish birding early afternoon to allow a return to Greenville.

General notes for April 11-12 weekend coastal trip

Please arrange your own travel and hotels. There is no shortage of hotels in the area.  Club members have had good experiences at both of the hotels mentioned above, but there are many options.  HBSP has a large campground, but it is recommended to reserve in advance.  Bring snacks, lunch and water on both days.  There are restrooms available in both HBSP and Santee Coastal Reserve.  Please contact Paul if you plan to go on all or part of this trip so that he knows to look for you, and let him know if your plans change.



When:  Saturday, April 18, 2015
Where:  Lake Conestee Nature Park
Note - This Saturday, the Upstate chapter of the SC Native Plant Society will be holding their plant sale at LCNP.
 

Two Separate Outings Planned:
 
Time:  7:00 AM until noon
Leader:  Don Faulkner
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 25, 2015 (with Sunday, April 26 as rain date)
Event:  Greenville County Annual 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.



When:  Saturday, May 2, 2015
Where:  Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve, County
Time:  7:00 AM until early afternoon
Leader:  Chip Gilbert
Comments:  Meet at 7:00 AM in the parking lot behind the Fire Department at Lake Cunningham, off Highway 101 in Greer.  We'll carpool from here to Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve, in the foothills of northern Greenville County.  In early May, the preserve should be hopping with migrant warblers, thrushes, tanagers, and the like.  After birding at Chestnut Ridge, we'll return to Lake Cunningham and bird around the lake a bit.



Trips in the Works

 - May 9, 2015:  Inaugural Upstate Big Day (details coming soon)
 - May 16, 2015:  Lake Conestee Nature Park
 - May 30, 2015:  Brevard, NC and the Blue Ridge Parkway south of Asheville
 - June  13-14, 2015:  Weekend trip to Roan Mountain and the Blue Ridge Parkway north of Asheville
 - June 20, 2015:  Lake Conestee Nature Park


 

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.