Outings
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Outings are typically held on a Saturday morning, and guests are always welcome.  In case of inclement weather, you may call the walk 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.


Greenville County Bird Club 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.
Caesar's Head Hawk Watch Video.


Greenville County Bird Club Currently Scheduled Outings:

*** NOTE: IF PLANNING TO CARPOOL, PLEASE BE PREPARED TO CONTRIBUTE APPROXIMATELY 5 CENTS PER MILE TO THE DRIVER.


When:  Saturday, April 26, 2014
Rain Date:  Sunday, April 27
Event:  Annual Spring Migrating Bird Count
Coordinator:  Paul Serridge
Comments:  Although this particular count is organized by the Greenville County Bird Club, participation is open to all; i.e., you don't have to be a GCBC member to participate.

Please contact Paul and let him know the following:

  - If you plan to bird a specific area (or areas).  Please be as precise as possible in describing your preferred area.
  - If you are willing to lead other birders in that area
  - If you wish to participate and would like to be assigned to a group with a leader.
  - If you wish to participate by reporting birds on your private property or at your feeders.

The only geographic limitation is that the reports must be from inside the boundaries of Greenville County, including many prime birding areas such as Bunched Arrowhead, Wilson's Farm, Caesar's Head and Jones Gap State Parks, Lakes Cunningham and Robinson, Conestee, Furman University, etc.

We will need help in many areas, and birders of all skill levels are welcome and needed!


When:  Saturday, May 3, 2014
Where:  Townville Area
Time:  7:00 AM until mid-day
Leader:  Denise DuPon
Comments:  To carpool for this trip, meet at the Cracker Barrel at Exit 40 from I-85 at 6:30 AM, or at the Shell Station at Exit 11 at 7:00 AM.  We'll go from here to the various consistently productive spots such as Dobbins Farm, Beaverdam Creek WMA, and Prater Farm.  We'll have lunch at a local restaurant, after which some of us may opt to continue birding nearby.


When:  Saturday, May 10, 2014
Where:  Oconee County Hot Spots
Time:  6:00 AM until late afternoon
Leader:  Jeff Click
Comments:  Meet at 6:00 AM the K-mart on US123 in Easley to carpool, or at the parking lot for the Foothills Trailhead at the Bad Creek Project at 7:00 AM.  We'll bird at Bad Creek, the Walhalla Fish Hatchery, Burrell's Ford, and other nearby areas.  Bring lunch, snacks, and water.

To reach the Bad Creek parking area, go north on Highway 130 from Highway 11 for 10 miles, and then turn right onto Bad Creek Road.  After 2 miles, turn left and proceed downhill for a quarter mile to the parking area.


When:  THURSDAY, May 15, 2014
Where:  Hayden Conference Center at the SC Botanical Gardens (Clemson)
Time:  7:30 PM
Presenter:  Don Faulkner
Event:  Don will give a 45-minute presentation, Birding Ecuador- From the Andes to the Amazon.  He'll share photos of tropical birds such as hummingbirds, tanagers, caracaras, trogons, aracaris and more.  Hear stories about the lodges, crossing the Andes, birding at high elevations, and life in the upper Amazon.

Come out and enjoy this GCBC / Keowee-Clemson Bird Club get-together.  We'll likely gather a couple of hours earlier to do some birding in the Botanical Gardens and maybe enjoy some pizza together.  Stay tuned for more details.


When:  Saturday, May 17, 2014
Where:  Lake Conestee Nature Park
Time:  7:00 AM until noon
Leader:  Paul Serridge
Comments:  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.


When:  Saturday, May 24, 2014
Where:  Oconee County Hot Spots
Time:  7:00 AM until mid-afternoon
Leader:  Jeff Click
Comments:  Bring a picnic lunch, and be prepared for some walking.  We'll bird some of the trails and edges at Nine Times, then make several stops along the Eastatoe Valley on our way up to Sassafras Mountain.  If time allows, we may continue birding elsewhere later in the afternoon.  Meet at 7:00 AM at the dirt parking lot at the intersection of Preston-McDaniel Road and Eastatoe Creek Road.  Those wishing to carpool can meet at 6:30 AM in the K-mart parking lot on Highway 123 in Easley.


When:  Saturday, May 31, 2014
Where:  Brevard, the Davidson River, and the Blue Ridge Parkway
Time:  7:00 AM until late afternoon
Leader:  TBD
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 Flycatcher.  Finally Devil's Courthouse, before returning home.  For directions or more information, contact Jeff.



Trips and Events in the Works:

 - June 7 or 14 - Blue Ridge Parkway North of Asheville (possibly a weekend trip)
 - June 21 - Lake Conestee
 - July 12 - Hooper Lane and/or the Blue Ridge Parkway near Brevard
 - July 19 - Lake Conestee
 - July 26-27 - Allendale (kites!), Orangeburg, Donnelley and Bear Island weekend trip
 - August 16 - Lake Conestee

 

Outings and Events Sponsored by Other Organizations:

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.

When:  Friday - Sunday, April 25-27, 2014
Event:  Santee Birding and Wildlife Festival
Location:  Numerous field trips, presentations, and workshops throughout the coastal plain
Comments:  The Greenville County Bird Club helps to sponsor this great event.  For details and online registration, which is now open, see the festival website.

When:  Friday - Saturday, May 2-3, 2014
Organization:  Carolina Bird Club
Event:  Carolina Bird Club Spring Meeting, Hendersonville, NC
Details:  For more information, see the Carolina Bird Club website.  This is a good opportunity to get involved with a relatively nearby CBC meeting.

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.