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, April 8, 2017
Where:  Rocky River Park, Anderson
Time:  6:30 AM at Rocky River Park, until mid-morning
Leader:  Jeff Click
Comments:  We will meet at the dirt parking lot on Williamston Road / Business US-29 next to the Rocky River, at 6:30 AM.  (Click here for a Google Map showing our precise meeting location.)  We'll gather before dawn in hopes of hearing American Bittern calling.  This remarkable sound has been heard reliably at the park during the last two springs, along with occasional Marsh Wrens.  After some light gathers, we'll explore more of the park in search of early migrants and other goodies.



When:  Saturday, April 15, 2017
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 behind the baseball stadium 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 then follow the road around a curve to the right towards a parking area behind the main baseball stadium.
 
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 22, 2017
Where:  Spartanburg Birding Locations
Time:  7:00 AM until early afternoon
Leader:  Jeff Click
Comments:  Please pack lunch, water, and snacks.  The Spartanburg area offers numerous diverse birding locations, but our club has typically visited only Cottonwood Trail.  This trip will explore some of the area's other birding attractions.  We'll start at the Tyger-10 Nature Park and explore the trails along the river looking for migrant and resident songbirds.  From there, we'll proceed to Lake Johnson, on the northeast side of Croft State Park, and then on to the Glendale Shoals Preserve, a nice park situated on Lawson's Fork Creek downstream from Cottonwood Trail.  If time allows, we may explore various sections of the Palmetto Trail and some of the trails on the USC Upstate campus.  Restroom facilities will be limited on this trip, but we'll be driving between spots and can fit in a stop if needed.

Directions:  From Greenville, go north on I-85 to Spartanburg.  Where Business I-85 begins, follow the fork to the right and continue up Business I-85 to Exit 2A for I-26 East (towards Columbia).  Follow I-26 for about 16 miles to Exit 35, Walnut Grove Road.  At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn left and continue east on Walnut Grove Road until it crosses the Tyger River, in less than 2 miles.  Just after crossing the river, turn left into the gravel parking area for the Tyger-10 Nature Park.  We'll start our birding here at 7:00 AM.



When:  Saturday, May 6, 2017    (rain date - Sunday, May 7)
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.



When:  Saturday, May 20, 2017
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 behind the baseball stadium 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 then follow the road around a curve to the right towards a parking area behind the main baseball stadium.
 
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, June 3, 2017
Where:  Brevard, the Davidson River, and the Blue Ridge Parkway, NC
Time:  7:00 AM until late afternoon
Leader:  JB Hines
Comments:  Meet at 6:00 AM at the Hardee's on US Highway 25 in Traveler's Rest to carpool, or at 7:00 AM at Hospital Fields in Brevard, NC.  Bring lunch, water, and snacks.  We'll start at Hospital Fields and another nearby area, hoping for Willow Flycatcher.  We'll make several stops along US-276, including Sycamore Flats, Pink Beds, and the Buck Springs trailhead.  Then up the parkway to the Mt. Pisgah trail parking, and the nearby picnic area for lunch.  We'll then move south along the parkway, stopping at some overlooks to look for birds before heading to the Shining Rock trailhead, hopefully for the Alder and Least Flycatchers.  Finally Devil's Courthouse, before returning home.  For directions or more information, contact Jeff.
 

When:  Saturday, June 17, 2017
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 behind the baseball stadium 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 then follow the road around a curve to the right towards a parking area behind the main baseball stadium.
 
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.




 


Outings and Events Sponsored by Other Organizations:

Organization:  Carolina Bird Club
Event:  Spring Meeting, Winston-Salem, NC
Dates:  April 28-29, 2017
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
Where:  Beaver Lake Sanctuary, Asheville, NC
Comments:  Visit the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society's website for more information.

Organization:  Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society
When:
  Second Saturday of each month
Where:  Jackson Park, Hendersonville, NC
Comments:  Visit the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society's website for more information.

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.