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.lakeconesteenaturepark.com/

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.


GCBC Currently Scheduled Outings:

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



When:  Saturday, July 16, 2016
Where:  Lake Conestee Nature Park
 
Two Separate Outings Planned:
 
Time:  7:00 AM until noon
Leader:  Jane Kramer
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.



Weekend Trip to Allendale, Orangeburg, Bear Island, and Donnelley WMA, July 30-31, 2016

Each day may of course be attended separately.  Please contact Denise DuPon if you're thinking of coming out and would like to participate in carpooling.

Hotel recommendation for those birding both days:
     Microtel Inn & Suites
     Walterboro, SC
     843-539-5656

Day 1:  Saturday, July 30, 2016
Where:  Allendale and Orangeburg, SC
Time:  7:00 AM until late afternoon
Leader:  Denise DuPon
Comments:  We'll look for Swallow-tailed and Mississippi Kites in the Allendale area, then make a stop by the Super Sod Farm in Orangeburg to check for migrating shorebirds.  Bring lunch, water, and sunscreen. We'll depart promptly at 7:00 AM from the parking lot of the Jeff Lynch at Roper Mountain Road and I-385.  Note the optional extension to Bear Island and Donnelley for Sunday.

Day 2:  Sunday, July 31, 2016
Where:  Bear Island and Donnelley WMAs, SC
Time:  6:30 AM until mid-afternoon
Leader:  Denise DuPon
Comments:  This is a continuation of Saturday's trip, but can be attended separately if preferred.  We'll start early to beat the heat, and head to Bear Island to find wading birds, shorebirds, and terns.  We will work out details for the departure the evening before, but will leave from the hotel in Walterboro after breakfast.  Returning to Greenville Sunday evening.



When:  Saturday, August 20, 2016
Where:  Lake Conestee Nature Park
 
Two Separate Outings Planned:
 
Time:  7:00 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.



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.


 

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.  See the KCBC 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.