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, October 21, 2017
Where:  Lake Conestee Nature Park

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




When:  Sunday, November 5, 2017     ---     NOTE SUNDAY OUTING
Where:  Appalachian Cove, Greenville County, SC
Time:  8:00 AM until mid day
Leader:  Gary Harbour
Comments:  Join us for a birding hike along the headwaters of Terry Creek between Panther and Pruit Mountains, in northern Greenville County.  We'll walk for a couple of miles down a trail that has some steep spots, so please wear good hiking boots and bring water and a snack.  We'll stage a car at the bottom so we don't have to hike back up.  Meet at the Cliffs Valley Clubhouse at 8 AM.  The community gate house is just off US Hwy 25, near the NC border, at 2 Knightsridge Rd, Travelers Rest, SC 29690.  Here's a Google Map marker.  The guard will be expecting GCBC members.


 

When:  Saturday, November 11, 2017
Where:  Townville Area, Anderson County, SC
Time:  8:00 AM until mid day
Leader:  Jeff Click
Comments:  The Townville area offers a great diversity of habitats, including open country and ponds and riparian woodlands.  Meet at 8:00 AM at the Shell station on Highway 24, at Exit 11 from I-85.  We'll carpool from there, birding at consistently productive spots such as Dobbins Farm, Beaverdam Creek WMA, and Prater Farm.


 

When:  Saturday, November 18, 2017
Where:  Lake Conestee Nature Park

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


 

When:  Saturday, December 2, 2017
Where:  Santee National Wildlife Refuge, Clarendon County, SC
Time:  6:00 AM until early evening
Leader:  Denise DuPon
Comments:  Meet at the Jeff Lynch Appliance store parking lot on Roper Mountain Road near I-385 at 6:00 AM to carpool down.  We'll bird at the Bluff Unit and the Cuddo Unit, looking for ducks, geese, swans, White Pelicans, sparrows, and other winter species.  Bring lunch, water, and snacks.


 

~~~   NOTE - Monthly Conestee outing one week earlier than normal this month!   ~~~

When:
 
 Saturday, December 9, 2017
Where:  Lake Conestee Nature Park

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


 

When:  Saturday, December 16, 2017
Event:  North Greenville Christmas Bird Count
Compiler:  JB Hines
Comments:  Birders of all skill levels are needed to help with the Christmas Count.  Less experienced folks will be coupled with more experienced leaders, so don't be shy.  J.B. will send out detailed instructions a couple of weeks before the count date.  See our Christmas Bird Count Page for a map, checklist, and results from years past.  If you're interested in helping, email JB.



When:  Saturday, January 13, 2018
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 20, 2018
Where:  Lake Conestee Nature Park

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


 


When:  Sunday, February 4, 2018     ---     NOTE SUNDAY OUTING
Where:  Lake Hartwell, Anderson County
Time:  8:00 AM until early afternoon
Leader:  Denise DuPon
Comments:  We'll start at the Hartwell Dam at 8:00 AM, and make a few stops along the shore on both the Georgia and South Carolina sides, working our way north, to look for gulls, loons, grebes, and ducks.  If time allows, we may then move on to the Townville area, with hopes of finding sparrows, ducks, Brewer's Blackbirds, and other open-country birds.  Bring lunch, water, and snacks.

 

Long Weekend Coastal SC Trip  -  February 10 - 12, 2018

Leader:  JB Hines
Comments:  See details for each day below.  Bring lunch, snacks, and water for each day.  If you are sensitive to insects, bring repellant.

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - Bear Island and Donnelley WMAs
Meet at 8:00 AM at Mary's House Pond, at the entrance to Bear Island WMA.  We'll bird several hours there before moving to nearby Donnelley WMA.

Sunday, February 11, 2018 - Santee Coastal Reserve and Santee Delta WMAs
Meet at the entrance to Santee Coastal Reserve at 8:00 AM.  Birds of interest here 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.  We will stop at the Santee Delta WMA en route to the hotel.

Monday, February 12, 2018 - Huntington Beach State Park
Meet at 7:30 AM at the parking area just across the causeway after entering HBSP.  We will bird inside HBSP (fee area) including the causeway, the beach, the jetty, and maybe the boardwalk at the visitor center.  If time allows, we may bird some other locations near HBSP before departing for home.



 

When:  Saturday, February 18, 2018
Where:  Lake Conestee Nature Park

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



Outings and Events Sponsored by Other Organizations:

Organization:  Carolina Bird Club
Event:  Winter Meeting, Wrightsville Beach, NC
Dates:  January 26-28, 2018
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.