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, January 14, 2017
Where:  Lakes of Northern Greenville County
Time:  8:00 AM until noon
Leader:  JB Hines
Comments:  Meet at 8:00 AM at the parking lot behind the Fire Department at Lake Cunningham, off Highway 101 in Greer for our annual trip to some of our favorite spots in the northern portion of Greenville County.  We will begin at Lake Cunningham where we’ll scope the lake for waterfowl and walk around some.  Next we’ll travel to the J. Verne Smith Park at Lake Robinson to look for gulls, loons, grebes and waterfowl.  The next stop will be Berry’s Millpond and the old SC fish hatchery.  We will do some walking here to look for waterfowl and other birds in the woods.  Our last stop will be a wetland area on the upper end of Lake Robinson.



When:  Saturday, January 21, 2017
Where:  Lake Conestee Nature Park
 

Two Separate Outings Planned:
 
Time:  8:00 AM until noon
Leader:  Michael Robertson
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.
 
 


Long Weekend Coastal SC Trip - February 10 - 13, 2017

Leaders:  Donnie Coody and Jeff Click
Comments:  See details for each day below.  Bring lunch, snacks, and water for each day.  If you are sensitive to insects, bring repellant.

Friday, February 10, 2017 - Bear Island and Donnelley WMAs
Meet at 7:15 AM at the Red Roof Inn in Walterboro, or at ~8:00 AM at the entrance to Bear Island WMA, which is located at the intersection of Bennetts Point Road and Ti Ti Road.  We will bird several hours there, then go to nearby Donnelley WMA.  Afterwards we will drive up to Georgetown to spend the next three nights.

Saturday, February 11, 2016 - Huntington Beach State Park
Meet at the Quality Inn at 7:30 AM and go to Huntington Beach SP, or meet at the parking area across the causeway inside HBSP at ~7:45 AM.  We will bird inside HBSP ($5 fee unless you have a State Parks pass) including the causeway, the beach, the jetty, the boardwalk at the visitor center, and the oyster shell recycling area.  If time allows, we may continue to the water treatment plant in Georgetown after finishing at Huntington Beach.

Sunday, February 12, 2016 - Santee Coastal Reserve and Santee Delta WMAs
Meet at the Quality Inn at 7:30 AM or the entrance to Santee Coastal Reserve at ~8:00 AM.  Birds of interest there are Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Bachman’s Sparrow, numerous waders, and waterfowl.  Plan to bring a light lunch or snacks since we will be there for 4-6 hours.  Those continuing for another day will stop at other locations on the return to Georgetown; others can return to the Upstate from SCR.

Monday, February 13, 2016 - Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center
NOTE - This part of the itinerary is reserved for those who signed up with Donnie Coody in the fall.  Contact Donnie or Jeff Click to get onto the waiting list.

Meet at the Quality Inn at 8:00 AM for a prompt departure to the ferry to the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center.  Our tour starts at 9:00 AM, so we'll bird at the landing until our tour begins.  After crossing into the center, we will be guided by DNR personnel in their vehicle on a tour focused on wintering waterfowl and shorebirds.  The tour will last approximately four hours, after which we will return to the Upstate.

Hotel Recommendations

Thursday Night
Choose a hotel in Walterboro.  Our suggestion for this trip is the Red Roof Inn at Exit 53 from I-95 (843-538-6266).

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Nights
Choose a hotel in Georgetown.  Club members have been satisfied at the Quality Inn & Suites (843-546-5656).
 


When:  Saturday, February 18, 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 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 11, 2017        --  NOTE DATE CHANGE TO MARCH 11  --
Where:  Lake Jocassee and Devils Fork State Park
Time:  8:00 AM until early afternoon
Cost:  $40 per person
Leaders:  Brooks Wade and Jeff Click
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 Hamrick's in the Easley Village Shopping Center on US-123 in Easley at 7:00 AM.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Please contact Jeff if you have reserved a spot on the previously scheduled date (March 4) and will still be able to make the March 11 trip.



When:  Saturday, March 18, 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.
 


 


Outings and Events Sponsored by Other Organizations:

Organization:  Carolina Bird Club
Event:  Winter Meeting, Nags Head, NC
Dates:  January 27-28, 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
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.