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2016 Reports:

December 10, 2016: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

November 19, 2016: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

November 12, 2016: [Trip Report] Townville Area, Anderson County, SC

October 15, 2016: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

October 8, 2016: [Trip Report] Cottonwood Trail, Spartanburg, SC

September 24, 2016: [Trip Report] SC Botanical Garden and Aquaculture Facility, Clemson, SC

September 17, 2016: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

September 17, 2016: [Count Details] Fall Migration Count, Greenville County, SC

September 10, 2016: [Trip Report] Wilson's Farm, Greenville County, SC

August 20, 2016: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

July 30 - 31, 2016: [Trip Report] Allendale Area, Donnelley and Bear Island WMAs, Coastal SC

July 16, 2016: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

June 18, 2016: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

June 4, 2016: [Trip Report] Brevard and the Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

May 21, 2016: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

May 7, 2016: [Count Details] Spring Migration Count, Greenville County, SC

April 16, 2016: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

March 20, 2016: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

March 19, 2016: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

March 5, 2016: [Trip Report] Devils Fork State Park and Lake Jocassee, Oconee County, SC

February 20, 2016: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

February 19-21, 2016: [Trip Report] Coastal SC Long Weekend

January 16, 2016: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

2015 Reports:

December 12, 2015: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

November 21, 2015: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

November 14, 2015: [Trip Report] Townville Area, Anderson County, SC

October 17, 2015: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

October 10, 2015: [Trip Report] Cottonwood Trail, Spartanburg County, SC

September 26, 2015: [Count Report] [Count Details] Spring Migration Count, Greenville County, SC

September 19, 2015: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

August 15, 2015: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

July 25, 2015: [Trip Report] Allendale Area and Bear Island WMA

July 18, 2015: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

June 20, 2015: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

May 30, 2015: [Trip Report] Brevard and the Blue Ridge Parkway, Greenville County, SC

May 16, 2015: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

May 2, 2015: [Trip Report] Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve, Greenville County, SC

April 26, 2015: [Count Report] [Count Details] Greenville County Spring Migration Count

April 18, 2015: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

April 11, 2015: [Trip Report] Holliday Circle, Cedar Falls Park, and Gunter Road, Greenville County, SC

April 11-12, 2015: [Trip Report] Huntington Beach State Park and Santee Coastal Reserve, Coastal SC

April 4, 2015: [Trip Report] Holliday Circle, Cedar Falls Park, and Gunter Road, Greenville County, SC

March 21, 2015: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

February 21, 2015: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

January 17, 2015: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

January 10, 2015: [Trip Report] Lakes of Northern Greenville County, SC
 

2014:

December 13, 2014: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

November 15, 2014: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

October 18, 2014: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

September 27, 2014: [Trip Report] Table Rock State Park, Pickens County, SC

September 20, 2014: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

September 20, 2014: [Count Report] Greenville County Fall Migration Count

August 16, 2014: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

July 19, 2014: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville County, SC

June 21, 2014: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park and Gunter Road, Greenville County, SC

June 14, 2014: [Trip Report] Jackson Park, Hooper Lane, and Fletcher Park, Henderson County NC

June 7, 2014: [Trip Report] Blue Ridge Parkway north of Asheville, NC

May 31, 2014: [Trip Report] Blue Ridge Parkway and other areas near Brevard, NC

May 17, 2014: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

May 3, 2014: [Trip Report] Townville Area, Anderson County, SC

April 26, 2014: [Count Report] Greenville County Spring Migration Count

April 19, 2014: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

March 15, 2014: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

February 28 - March 2, 2014: [Trip Report] Coastal South Carolina

February 22, 2014: [Trip Report] Santee NWR and the Orangeburg Sod Farm, Clarendon County, SC

February 15, 2014: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

February 2, 2014: [Trip Report] Lake Hartwell and Townville, Anderson County, SC

January 18, 2014: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

January 4, 2014: [Trip Report] Lakes of Northern Greenville County, SC

2013:

December 21, 2013: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

December 7-8, 2013: [Trip Report] Santee NWR, Pitt Street Bridge, and Cape Romain NWR, coastal SC

November 16, 2013: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

November 9, 2013: [Trip Report] Townville Area, Anderson County, SC

October 19, 2013: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

October 12, 2013: [Trip Report] Green River Gorge, Columbus County, NC

October 5, 2013: [Trip Report] Table Rock and Caeasar's Head State Parks, Greenville County, SC

September 28, 2013: [Trip Report] Bunched Arrowhead Heritage Preserve, Greenville County, SC

September 21, 2013: [Count Report, Excel Format] North American Fall Migration Count, Greenville County, SC

The Greenville County 2013 Fall Migration Count was held on Saturday,
September 21st and included the monthly GCBC walk at Lake Conestee.
Weather conditions were unfavorable this year with light rain most of the
day. Seven parties/areas were covered by 28 participants. The
group species total was 90 with 3335 individuals.

Previous count results:
2012(9/15) 103sp
2011(9/17) 110sp
2010(9/18) 103sp
2009(9/19) 92sp
2008(9/27) 111sp
2007(9/15) 82sp
2006(9/16) 87sp

The high count honors go to the team of Jeff Click and Brad Dalton
with 54 species from Ashmore HP, Bunched Arrowhead HP and Caesar’s Head.
Second place honors go to the team of Shelby Birch, Donnie
Coody and Chip Gilbert with 49 species from Wilson’s Farm. The third
place honors go to the Lake Conestee group of 18 led by Paul Serridge
with 43 species. All group totals were much lower than normal as a
result of the inclement weather. As usual for these counts, almost every
group added one or more unique species to the total .

Notable species(rare/unusual, unusually high numbers, etc):

Green-winged Teal at Berry’s Mill Pond(6), Bald Eagle(1), Common
Raven(1), and D-e Junco(2) ,Great Egret(2) , Ruby-throated
Hummingbirds(647) An average count of 550(estimated based on nectar
consumed) were at Judy and Charles Webb’s feeders at Lake Lanier. They
also had an early Calliope Hummingbird again and an adult male Rufous
Hummingbird. The best bird of the count was the Connecticut Warbler at
Wilson’s Farm(Shelby, Donnie and Chip), a rare species in spring but even
more unusual in fall migration.

Species not seen: sandpipers, terns, gulls, nightjars

Many thanks to everyone who participated. Great job!!! The excel
attachment contains the species list which will be submitted to the state
migration count coordinator. Any questions, comments or
corrections are welcome. I was not able to list the names of all
participants, so let me know if your name was left out.

J.B. Hines, compiler


September 21, 2013: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

September 14, 2013: [Trip Report] Wilson's Farm, Greenville County, SC

September 7, 2013: [Trip Report] Jackson Park and Hooper Lane, Henderson County, NC

August 17, 2013: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

July 27-28, 2013: [Trip Report] Allendale Kite Fields, Orangeburg Sod Farm, Donnelley and Bear Island WMAs

July 20, 2013: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

June 30, 2013: [Trip Report] Blue Ridge Parkway north of Asheville, NC

June 15, 2013: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

June 15, 2013: [Photos] New Observation Tower at Lake Conestee Nature Park!

June 8, 2013: [Trip Report] Blue Ridge Parkway near Brevard, NC

May 18, 2013: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

May 11, 2013: [Trip Report] Nine Times Preserve, Eastatoe Valley and Sassafras Mountain, Pickens County, SC

May 4, 2013: [Trip Report] Wilson's Farm, Greenville County, SC

April 27, 2013: [Count Report] North American Spring Migration Count, Greenville County, SC [Details: Excel Format, PDF]

April 20, 2013: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

April 13, 2013: [Trip Report] Bunched Arrowhead Heritage Park, Greenville County, SC

March 30, 2013: [Trip Report] Cottonwood Trail at Edwin M. Griffin Nature Preserve, Spartanburg, SC

March 16, 2013: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

February 16, 2013: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

February 2-3, 2013: [Trip Report] Santee National Wildlife Refuge, Clarendon County, SC

January 19, 2013: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

January 12, 2013: [Trip Report] Lakes of Northern Greenville County, Greenville County, SC

2012:

December 29, 2012: [Count Report, Excel Format] North Greenville Christmas Bird Count, Greenville County, SC

The 2012 North Greenville Christmas Bird Count was held on December 29 under
clear skies and a high temp of 57 degrees. Overall the count day total
of 82 species was equal to our 8 year average of 82.3. We added 2 new
species, Common Loon and Bald Eagle.

This year’s team effort award goes to Team 1 (Jeff Catlin, Rhonda Dodson
and Brad Dalton) with 58 species. Second place goes to Team 6 (Jane
Kramer, Denise DuPon and the Enggasser family (Ruth, Ed, Rachel and
Adam) with 56 species. Third place goes to Team 2A (Shelby Birch and
Donnie Coody) with 52 species.

In addition to the Bald Eagle and Common Loon, other good finds were
Horned Grebe, Herring Gull, Bonaparte’s Gull, Rufous Hummingbird, American
Woodcock, Great-horned Owl, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren
and White-crowned Sparrow.

We set several new records, due I’m sure to the good weather and plenty
of skilled participants. Record high (current/previous) species counts
were: Black Vulture (87/20), Turkey Vulture (151/83), Song
Sparrow (965/843), Swamp Sparrow (236/71) and Savannah Sparrow (339/63).

No unusually low counts were noted this year.

Many thanks to the 19 participants who helped make this a very productive
Christmas Count. Corrections to my list are welcome. The current year
(Excel) file is attached

J.B. Hines, compiler

December 15, 2012: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

November 17, 2012: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

October 20, 2012: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

October 13, 2012: [Trip Report] Bunched Arrowhead Heritage Presereve, Greenville County, SC

October 6 - 7, 2012: [Trip Report] Southern Coastal areas, SC

September 22, 2012: [Trip Report] Wilson Farm, Greenville County, SC

September 15, 2012: [NAMC Report] Greenville County 2012 Fall Migration Count

September 15, 2012: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

September 8, 2012: [Trip Report] Table Rock and Caesar's Head State Parks, SC

September 1, 2012: [Trip Report] Jackson Park, Hendersonville, NC and Hooper Lane, Mills River, NC

August 18, 2012: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

August 4, 2012: [Trip Report] Allendale area and the Super Sod Farm near Orangeburg, SC

July 21, 2012: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

June 16, 2012: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

June 9-10, 2012: [Trip Report] Roan Mountain, NC/TN

June 2, 2012: [Trip Report] Hospital Fields, Brevard, NC and the Blue Ridge Parkway

May 19, 2012: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park and Gunter Road, Greenville County, SC

May 12, 2012: [Trip Report] Nine Times Preserve, Eastatoe Valley, and Sassafras Mountain, Pickens County, SC

April 29, 2012: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

April 28, 2012: [Official Count Report] 2012 Spring North American Migration Count, Greenville County, SC.

Greenville County’s 2012 Spring Migration Count was held on Saturday, April 28. Weather conditions were ideal with a low of 61F and high of 68F under mostly clear skies and light wind. Participation was good with 10 parties and 18 participants in the field. We did not have any stationary(hawk watch) or feeder watchers this year.

The club found 129 species(new record) and 4509 individuals. I think the record high count was due primarily to timing since the peak of spring migration in upstate SC occurs around the last five days in April through the first five days in May. Other factors can impact the count totals as well(ie weather, number of participants, etc.).

2011 (5/8) 122sp
2010 (4/17) 105sp
2009 (4/18) 115sp
2008 (4/26) 123sp
2007 (5/12) 109sp
2006 (5/13) 117sp
2005 (5/14) 101sp

Shelby Birch & Donnie Coody had the highest species count with 81. Second place goes to the team of Brad Dalton, Matt Johnson, Rhonda Dobson and Derek Aldrich with 79 species. Judy and Charles Webb had 77 species, so the first 3 places were very close.

The Scissor-tailed Flycatchers returned again this year in time for the spring count. Other notable birds were American Bittern(1), Wilson’s Snipe(1, new for count), Blue-winged Warbler(1), Orange-crowned Warbler(1, new for count & unusual in spring), Swainson’s Warbler(4, all on Blue Wall Trail), Blackburnian Warbler(2, new for count) and White-crowned Sparrow(5, somewhat late). Not reported this year: Ring-billed Gull, otherwise we pretty much “mopped-up”. I don’t see any conspicuous misses. Many thanks to everyone who participated. Great job!!! This excel attachment contains a complete listing by year from 2005 to present.

J.B. Hines

April 21, 2012: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

April 14, 2012: [Trip Report] Clemson Experimental Forest and Clemson Aquaculture Facility, Clemson, SC

April 7, 2012: [Trip Report] Bunched Arrowhead Heritage Preserve, Greenville County, SC

March 31, 2012: [Trip Report] Cottonwood Trail, Spartanburg County, SC

March 17, 2012: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

February 24 - 26, 2012 [Trip Report] SC Coastal Trip

February 18, 2012: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

February 4, 2012: [Trip Report] Santee, NWR, Clarendon County, SC

January 22, 2012: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

January 14, 2012: [Trip Report] Lakes of Greenville County, SC

2011:

December 31, 2011: [CBC Results] North Greenville Christmas Bird Count, Greenville County, SC

The 2011 N. Greenville Christmas Bird Count was held on Dec 31 with mild weather and clear skies, much better than the 2010 fog and rain or 2009 which was clear, windy and bitterly cold. Overall the count day total of 82 species was equal to our 7 year average of 82.3. We had no additional species added during count week.

This year’s team effort award goes to Team 3 (Jerry Johnson and Steve Patterson) with 60 species. A very close second (tie) goes to Team 2A (Shelby Birch, Merikay Pirrone, Jim Pirrone & Donnie Coody) and team 6 (Jane Kramer, Jennifer Bruce, Denise Dupon, Elizabeth Galloway, Hilda and Al Reese) each with 59 species. Third place goes to Team 2B Steve Compton and Richard Hayes) with 53 species. Best bird and new for our count was the Horned Grebe found by Jerry Johnson and Steve Patterson on Lake Robinson. Other good finds were Herring Gull , Bonaparte’s Gull, Am. Black Duck, Rufous Hummingbird, Am Woodcock, G-h Owl, Red-breasted Nuthatch (very few around this year), Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, House Wren and White-crowned Sparrow. We set a lot of new records, due I’m sure to the good weather and plenty of skilled participants.

Record high (current/previous) species counts were: Pied-billed Grebe(47/30), Turkey Vulture(83/50), R-t Hawk(51/29), Am. Woodcock(6/3), R-b Woodpecker(128/74), N. Flicker(69/55), Pileated Woodpecker(34/16), White-breasted Nuthatch(103/32), Carolina Wren(224/116), C. Chickadee(223/168), T. Titmouse(197/122), House Finch(216/78), Song Sparrow(843/473), Swamp Sparrow(71/48) and N. Cardinal(315/244). Unusually low counts: Ruby-crowned Kinglet(40/50) was the only species reported in lower numbers this year.

Many thanks to the 26 participants who helped make this a very productive Christmas Count. If anyone else has a feeder watch, field count or any count week reports, please send them to me. Corrections to my list are welcome. The current year (Excel ) file is attached. I will add this years data to our multi-year files on the GCBC website soon.

-- J.B. Hines, compiler

December 17, 2011: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

December 10, 2011: [Trip Report] Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge, McBee, SC

November 19, 2011: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

November 5, 2011: [Trip Report] Townville area, Anderson County, SC

October 15, 2011: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

September 17, 2011: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

September 17, 2011: [Fall Count] Fall NAMC results

The Greenville County 2011 Fall Migration Count was held on Saturday, September 17 and included the monthly GCBC walk at Lake Conestee . Weather conditions were decent this year with a low of 57F and high of 67F under mostly clear skies and moderate wind. Nine parties/areas were covered by 18 participants. The group total was 110 species and 5431 individuals. In general this year’s fall migration has been very good with excellent numbers of migrants showing up as early as late August and continuing through the end of September.

Previous count results:

  • 2010(9/18) 103sp
  • 2009(9/19) 92sp
  • 2008(9/27) 111sp
  • 2007(9/15) 82sp
  • 2006(9/16) 87sp

The high count honors go to the team of Shelby Birch and Donnie Coody with 65 species from Wilson’s Farm and other areas. The second place honors go to the Lake Conestee group of 8 led by Jane Kramer with 61 species. Third place goes to Jeff Click and Rhonda Dodson with 55 species found at Bunched Arrowhead HP, Ashmore HP and Persimmon Ridge Rd. Jeff and Rhonda had the most species(7) unique(not reported by others) to the count total. As usual for these counts, every group added one or more unique species to the total .

Notable species(rare/unusual, unusually high numbers, etc):

  • Blue-winged Teal(2) and Solitary Sandpiper(1) at Lake Conestee
  • Common Raven(1), Veery(1) and Ruffed Grouse(2) Jeff and Rhonda
  • Bald Eagle(1) and Great Egret(1) Denise Dupon at Lake Robinson
  • Philadelphia Vireo(1), Warbling Vireo(2) and Bobolink(55) at Wilson’s Farm, Shelby and Donnie
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbirds(788) An average count of 675 were at Judy and Charles Webb’s feeders on Lake Lanier. They had estimated 600-750 based on the 2.5 gallons of nectar being consumed daily. Jerry Johnson and I stopped by at noon and were amazed at the spectacle. They also had an early Calliope Hummingbird.
  • A very good total of 19 species of warblers were recorded for this count.
  • Broad-winged Hawk(18), Bald Eagle(3), Peregrine Falcon(1) and D-e Junco(9) Jeff Catlin at Caesar’s Head and vicinity
  • Rufous Hummingbird(1) Harry Davis’ feeders

Missing species: sandpipers, terns, gulls

Many thanks to everyone who participated. Great job!!! The excel attachment contains the species list which will be submitted to the state migration count coordinator. Any questions, comments or corrections are welcome. - J.B. Hines

August 20, 2011: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

July 16, 2011: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

June 18, 2011: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

May 28, 2011: [Trip Report] Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

May 21, 2011: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

May 14, 2011: [Trip Report] Blue Wall Heritage Preserve, Greenville County, SC

May 8, 2011: Spring NAMC Results

The Greenville County 2011 Spring Migration Count was held on Saturday, May 8 which was Mother’s Day . Weather conditions were ideal this year with a low of 58F and high of 80F under mostly clear skies and light wind. Ten parties/areas were covered by 13 participants. The club found 121 species (the excel report indicates 122 which includes empidonax sp) and 3691 individuals, our second best count since 2005 when I started keeping records.

  • 2010(4/17) 105sp
  • 2009(4/18) 115sp
  • 2008(4/26) 123sp
  • 2007(5/12) 109sp
  • 2006(5/13) 117sp
  • 2005(5/14) 101sp

The high species count was 77, a tie by the teams of Judy & Charles Webb and Jeff Click & David Kirk. The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Bank Swallow and Baird’s Sandpiper were new species(since 2005) to this years list. Thanks to Jane Kramer for driving down to Gunter Road for the S-t Flycatcher and Harold Carter for finding the Bank Swallow and Baird’s Sandpiper. Other notable birds were American Black Duck(2), Ruddy Duck(1), Osprey(1), Forster’s Tern(6), Black-billed Cuckoo(1, heard only), Philadelphia Vireo(1, heard only), Loggerhead Shrike(1), Bay-breasted Warbler(1), and Swainson’s Warbler(4).

Not reported this year: accipiters, Ring-billed Gull, Red-headed Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Cliff Swallow and Praire Warbler. Several somewhat late species were reported this year: Northern Waterthrush(3), White-throated Sparrow(4), White-crowned Sparrow(2) and Pine Siskin(1).

Many thanks to everyone who participated. Great job!!! - J.B. Hines

April 30, 2011: [Trip Report] Clemson Experimental Forest and Clemson Aquaculture Facility, Clemson SC

April 23, 2011: [Trip Report] Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve, Pickens County, SC

April 16, 2011: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

March 19, 2011: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

February 19, 2011: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

February 11 - 14, 2011: [Trip Report] SC Coastal birding weekend

February 5, 2011: [Trip Report] Dreher Island State Park, near Prosperity, SC

January 22, 2011: [Trip Report] Lakes of Northern Greenville County, Greenville County, SC

January 15, 2011: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

January 1, 2011: [CBC Results] North Greenville Christmas Bird Count, Greenville County, SC

The 2010 CBC will be remembered for the dense fog which prevented us from seeing soaring birds such as vultures(none reported on count day) or waterfowl, gulls, etc on the lakes. Overall the count day total of 79 species was only 1 species below the previous low of 80, so not bad considering the weather. For the first year ever we added 5 count week species (cw) for a total of 84 species.

This year's team effort award goes to Team 4A (JB Hines , Jeff Click, Tim Taylor, Cynthia Worthington, Bob Dellinger and Neal Pachuri) with 52 species. A close second goes to Team 2A (Shelby Birch, Merikay Pirrone & Donnie Coody) with 51 species. Third place goes to Team 6A (Hilda Reese, Jane Kramer and Denise Dupon) with 46 species.

We did not find any true rarities, but exceptional finds were the 4 Rufous Hummingbirds at Harry Davis' feeders. The only new species for the count circle was Ruddy Duck(3) found Jan. 2 on Lake Robinson by JB Hines. Other good finds were Herring Gull (cw), Bonaparte's Gull (cw), Am. Pipit, N Harrier, Am Woodcock, G-h Owl, Barred Owl, Brown Creeper, Pine Siskin, Winter Wren and White-crowned Sparrow.

Record high(current/previous) species counts were: Cedar Waxwing(469/297), Am. Robin(1022/644), Fox Sparrow(930/13), W-t Sparrow(436/355), Junco(661/433), and Field Sparrow(145/104).

Unusually low counts: Black Vulture(0), Phoebe(11/22), R-w Blackbird(4/29), Meadowlark(4/12), and Rusty Blackbird(2/41).

Many thanks to the 23 participants who helped make this a very productive Christmas Count. If anyone else has a feeder watch, field count or any count week reports, please send them to me. Corrections to my list are welcome.

---J.B. Hines, compiler

2010:

December 18, 2010: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

December 11, 2010: [Trip Report] Santee National Wildlife Refuge, Clarendon County, SC

December 15, 2010: Notice to Members

The GCBC board has unanimously voted in favor of the attached revised bylaws. In our opinion, these new bylaws are needed, in part, to reflect the current direction of the club. As a part of the bylaw changes, we plan to incorporate the club in order to protect each member's personal liability. Unfortunately, if someone is injured on one of our trips, because the club is not incorporated, each and every member of the club could potentially be sued. Incorporation removes that problem. To incorporate is a common decision taken by clubs and community organizations throughout the country.

Before the new bylaws go into effect they must be approved by a majority vote of the GCBC membership. Please read the attached bylaws and respond to me by Email (donrfaulkner@aol.com) by 3 January 2011, at the latest, stating whether or not you approve the new bylaws.Your vote is very important.

Thank you for your continued interest and participation in the GCBC.

Don Faulkner,
Greenville County Bird Club President

November 20, 2010: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

November 13, 2010: [Trip Report] Townville area, Anderson County, SC

October 16, 2010: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

October 2, 2010: [Trip Report] Bunched Arrowhead Heritage Preserve & Ashmore Heritage Preserve, Greenville County, SC

September 25, 2010: [Trip Report] Wilson's Farm, Greenville County, SC

September 18, 2010: [Fall NAMC Results (excel)]

The Greenville County 2010 Fall Migration Count was held on Saturday, September 18 and included the monthly GCBC walk at Lake Conestee . Weather conditions were ideal this year with a low of 70F and high of 85F under mostly clear skies and light wind. Eight parties/areas were covered by 17 participants. The group found 103 species(very close to the spring count of 105) and 3889 individuals. In general this year’s fall migration has been very good with excellent numbers of migrants showing up as early as late August and continuing into October.

Previous count results:

  • 2009(9/19) 92sp
  • 2008(9/27) 111sp
  • 2007(9/15) 82sp
  • 2006(9/16) 87sp

The high count honors go to the team of Shelby Birch, Donnie Coody and Donna Slyce with 66 species from Wilson’s Farm and other areas. The second place team of Jeff Click and David Kirk found 55 species at Bunched Arrowhead HP, Ashmore HP, Chandler HP and the Furman University Campus. Jeff Catlin had the third highest count of 51 species from the Caesar’s Head hawk watch and other nearby areas.

Notable species(rare/unusual, unusually high numbers, etc):

  • Osprey(6), Common Raven(3), Bald Eagle(1), Peregrine Falcon(1) all at Caesars Head by Jeff Catlin
  • Philadelphia Vireo(1), Nashville Warbler(1) at Wilson’s Farm Shelby Birch, Donnie Coody and Donna Slyce
  • Gray-cheeked Thrush(1), Jeff Click and David Kirk who also found all of the owls and nighthawks reported on this count.
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird(175), Blue-winged Warbler(1), Judy and Charles Webb
  • Rufous Hummingbird(2) at Paris Mountain, Harry Davis

A very good total of 17 species of warblers were recorded for this count. Missing species: sandpipers, terns, gulls (none of these were reported).

Many thanks to everyone who participated. Great job!!! The excel attachment contains the species list which will be submitted to the state migration count coordinator.

-- J.B. Hines, Count Coordinator

September 18, 2010: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

September 11, 2010: [Trip Report] Table Rock State Park, Pickens County, SC

September 4, 2010: [Trip Report] Walhalla Fish Hatchery, Oconee County, SC

August 28, 2010: [Trip Report] Cottonwood Trail, Spartanburg, SC

August 23, 2010: Audio clip (.mp3 file) from Clemson University's "Your Day" radio program interviewing Patrick McMillan about the Scissor-tailed flycatchers found in Piedmont this summer.

August 21, 2010: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

July 17, 2010: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC and Scissor-tailed flycatchers at Gunter Rd., Piedmont, SC

June 19, 2010: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

May 15, 2010: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

May 8, 2010: [Trip Report] Blue Wall Heritage Preserve & FENCE, Landrum, SC

April 24, 2010: [Trip Report] Landsford Canal State Park, Catawba, SC

April 17, 2010: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

April 17, 2010: [Spring NAMC Results (excel)] The Greenville County 2010 Spring Migration Count was held on Saturday, April 17 which coincided with the monthly GCBC walk at Lake Conestee . Weather conditions were ideal this year with a low of 59F and high of 82F under mostly clear skies and light wind. Nine parties/areas were covered by 30 participants. The club found 105 species and 3542 individuals. A lot of reports on the Carolina Birds listserve indicate that the migration is later than normal this year which may help account for our somewhat low species count. Also the mid April count date is really too early for most spring migrants. We may want to move our count day closer to the end of April next year.

  • 2009(4/18) 115sp
  • 2008(4/26) 123sp
  • 2007(5/12) 109sp
  • 2006(5/13) 117sp
  • 2005(5/14) 101sp

The high species count was 76 by Jeff Catlin. The team of Simon Harvey, Jerry Johnson and J.B. Hines were a close second with 73 species. New species(since 2005) added to this years list were Eurasian Collared-Dove (Chris & Noah Clack) and American Kestrel (John Grego). Other notable birds were Osprey(3), Common Raven(4), Swainson's Warbler(1), and Loggerhead Shrike(1). Some misses were Northern Bobwhite, Eastern Screech-Owl and shorebirds in general. Many thanks to everyone who participated. Great job!!! The excel attachment contains the species list.

J.B. Hines

February 20, 2010: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

February 7, 2010: [Trip Report] Lakes of Northern Greenville County, SC

January 16, 2010: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

January 2, 2010: [CBC Results] North Greenville Christmas Bird Count:

Wow!!! I am really impressed with this years CBC results. We set a new record high for species with 85 which beats the previous high of 83 on the 2004 count. This year's count has to be one of the worst as far as weather conditions with the temp. hanging around 26 and very windy conditions. We have now completed 6 counts in our N. Gnvl. circle area and the experience of our count teams is really paying off. I expect this count circle will break 90 species in the near future.

For the second year the team effort award goes to section 2A (Shelby Birch, Merikay Pirrone & Donnie Coody with 56 species. Four teams had very similar species counts ranging from 47-50 so I guess second place should be mutually shared.

We did not find any true rarities, but exceptional finds were the 2 Rufous Hummingbirds and the only Purple Finches at Harry Davis' feeders. New species for the count circle were N Pintail and L. Scaup(Jerry Johnson, Steve Patterson and Debra Deschamps), Loggerhead Shrike(Simon Harvey, Linda Sharp, David Kirk and JB Hines), Fish Crow( Merikay, Shelby & Donnie), and Common Raven(Jeff Catlin and Alan Whitaker). Other species seen singly(only 1 each for the count) were Am. Pipit, N Harrier, Am Woodcock, G-h Owl, Barred Owl, R-b Nuthatch and Winter Wren. If anyone else has a feeder watch, field count or any count week reports, please send them to me. Corrections to my list are welcome. Many thanks to everyone who braved the adverse conditions to participate in this years count and a special thank you to Donnie Coody for his help with organizing our cbc's.

-- J.B. Hines, compiler


2009:

December 19, 2009: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

December 11 - 13, 2009: [Trip Report] Piers near Myrtle Beach, Huntington Beach State Park, Santee Coastal Reserve WMA, Georgetown waste water Treatment Plant, SC. Species Report (Excel file).

November 21, 2009: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

November 14, 2009: [Trip Report] Cowan's Ford Wildlife Refuge and Carolina Raptor Center, Huntersville, Mecklenburg County, NC

November 7, 2009: [Trip Report] Townville, Anderson County, SC

October 17, 2009: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

October 10, 2009: [Trip Report] Cottonwood Trail, Spartanburg, SC

September 26, 2009: [Trip Report] Lake Issaqueena and the Nine Times Tract, Pickens County, SC

September 19, 2009: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

September 19, 2009: [NAMC Official Report Excel File] Greenville County Fall Migration Count, Greenville County, SC

Thanks to everyone who participated in this years fall migration count on September 19, 2009. Count totals were considerably reduced due to the rainy weather. Six field parties(14 participants) managed a very respectable count of 92 species and 3858 individuals.

The best bird of the day award goes to Jane Kramer for finding an adult Bald Eagle near Moonville, a first for recent spring or fall counts. High species count goes to the Lake Conestee team of Paul & Barbara Serridge and Sarah & Chip Gilbert with 54sp , Donnie Coody & Shelby Birch with 48sp and Judy & Charles Webb with 45sp. The Webb’s had an amazing 375 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at their feeders.

Some of our best birds were Blue-winged Teal, Osprey, Great Egrets (3), Veery, and Swainson’s Thrush. Somewhat early were Golden-crowned Kinglet and White-throated Sparrow. The Caesar’s Head Hawkwatch was rained out, so we likely missed 4-5 species normally seen there.

The attached excel file contains the combined data for all of the field parties. If anyone has not submitted data, please do so soon as I need to send the final report to our SC compiler. Let me know if you find any errors in the report or have comments.

Thanks and good birding,
JB Hines

September 12, 2009: [Trip Report] Table Rock State Park, Pickens County, SC

August 29, 2009: [Trip Report] Wilson's Farm, Marietta, SC

August 15, 2009: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

July 18, 2009: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

June 20, 2009: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

May 16, 2009: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

May 9, 2009: [Trip Report] Blue Wall Preserve, Lake Lanier, SC and Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE), Tryon, NC

April 25, 2009: [Trip Report] Wilson's Farm, Marietta, SC

April 18, 2009: [NAMC Official Report Excel File] Greenville County Spring Migration Count, Greenville County, SC

The Greenville County 2009 Spring Migration Count was held on Saturday, April 18 which coincided with the monthly GCBC walk at Lake Conestee. Fifteen parties/areas were covered by 30 participants. The club found 115 species and 4184 individuals. For comparison, the Spartanburg Co. count on May 9 produced 116 species.

2008_123sp
2007_109sp
2006_117sp
2005_101sp

The high species count was 73, a tie between Jeff Catlin and Paul Serridge's team at Lake Conestee NP.

New species added to this years list were American White Pelican (JB Hines), Philadelphia Vireo (Jerry Johnson & Steve Compton) and Blue-winged Warbler (Paul Serridge and group at Conestee).

Other notable birds were Osprey(2), Peregrin Falcon, Common Raven, Prothonotary Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow and Pine Siskins(99). The misses were E. Collared Dove, Great Horned Owl and Eastern Screech-Owl.

Many thanks to everyone who participated. Great job!!! The excel
attachment contains the species list
.

J.B. Hines

April 18, 2009: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

April 11, 2009: [Trip Report] Landsford Canal State Park, Rock Hill, SC

April 4, 2009: [Trip Report] Cottonwood Trail, Spartanburg, SC

March 21, 2009: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

February 21, 2009: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

January 24, 2009: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

January 10, 2009: [Trip Report] Lakes of Northern Greenville County, SC


2008:

December 27, 2008: [CBC Results] North Greenville Christmas Bird Count:

The North Greenville Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 27, 2008 produced 81 species, which is the same number as the previous two years. Our highest was 83 species with a low of 80. We have now completed 5 counts in our N. Gnvl. circle area, so some statistical generalizations are becoming apparent. Count day was unusually foggy early and overcast for most of the day which likely reduced our species and totals count. The team effort awards go to section 2A (Shelby Birch, Merikay Pirrone & Donnie Coody with 59 species, second place to section 4A(Cindy & Louis Womble, Simon Harvey and JB Hines) with 58 species and third place to section 6(Hilda & Al Reese, Jane Kramer and Elizabeth Galloway) with 56 species.

We did not find any true rarities, but exceptional finds were the male Rufous Hummingbird at Harry Davis' feeders, White-crowned Sparrow (12) found by Doug Allen and the Vesper Sparrow found by Elizabeth Galloway. Other species seen singly(only 1 each for the count) were Am. Black Duck, N Harrier, Cooper's Hawk, E Screech-Owl, , R-b Nuthatch and House Wren. Record high species counts were: C Waxwing 297(193), Mockingbird 115(86), Catbird 4(1), House Sparrow 70(33), Pine Siskin 88(5), Purple Finch 15(13), Fox Sparrow 13(10), White-crowned Sparrow 12(2), Savannah Sparrow 63(12) and E Towhee 121(85).

Many thanks to the 19 participants who helped make this a very productive Christmas Count. The complete list is available in excel, acrobat and word format on our CBC project page.

--- J.B. Hines, compiler

December 20, 2008: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

November 22, 2008: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

November 8, 2008: [Trip Report] Townville area and Beaverdam WMA, Anderson County, SC

October 24 - 26, 2008: [Trip Report] Coastal Birding trip to: Donnelley WMA, Botany Bay Plantation WMA, Dungannon Plantation Heritage Preserve. Species list is available as an Excel file.

October 18, 2008: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

October 11, 2008: [Trip Report] Cottonwood Trail Preserve, Spartanburg, SC

September 27, 2008: [Fall Migration Bird Count - Excel file] Northern Greenville County, SC.: Thanks to everyone who participated in this years fall migration count on September 27, 2008. We had another exceptional count with 107 species(fall record) and 5979 individuals reported. The exceptional day award goes to Jeff Click with Golden-winged, Nashville, and Wilson’s Warbler and Ruffed Grouse. I believe all were seen at Ashmore HP. High species count went to Shelby Birch & Donnie Coody (66sp), J.B. Hines (55sp) and Hilda & Al Reese (53sp).

Some species were found in unusually high numbers this fall, i.e. 204 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, 1234 Chimney Swifts and 107 Gray Catbirds. Some late finds were Green Heron, Great-crested Flycatcher and Eastern Kingbird. Other good finds were Great Egrets (6), American Kestrel, Veery, Swainson’s Thrush and Philadelphia Vireo. The Caesar’s Head Hawkwatch was rained out, so we likely missed 4-5 species normally seen there.

The attached excel file contains the combined data for all of the field parties. If anyone has not submitted data, please do so soon as I need to send the final report to our SC compiler. Let me know if you find any errors in the report or have comments. Thanks and good birding, JB Hines.

September 20, 2008: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

September 13, 2008: [Trip Report] Table Rock State Park, Pickens County, SC

September 6, 2008: [Trip Report] Wilson's Farm, Greenville County, SC

August 23, 2008: [Trip Report] Jackson Park, Hendersonville, NC

August 16, 2008: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

July 19, 2008: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

June 21, 2008: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

June 7, 2008: [Trip Report] Hospital Fields, Brevard, NC and Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

May 24, 2008: [Trip Report] Cottonwood Trail Preserve, Spartanburg, SC

May 17, 2008: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

May 12, 2008: North American Migratory Bird Count.

Summary by J.B. Hines: The Greenville County 2008 Spring Migration Count was held on Saturday, April 26. Eleven different areas were covered by 27 participants. This was easily the best count since 2005 when I became the compiler. The club found 123 species and 5899 individuals.

2007_109sp
2006_117sp
2005_101sp

The high species count was 82 by Jeff Catlin, followed closely with 81 from Shelby Birch and Donnie Coody. Judy and Charles Webb had an exceptional day with 75 species. As is usually the case, every count section had at least one exclusive species.

New species added to this years list were Anhinga and A. Bittern (Paul Serridge and group at Conestee), Blue-winged Teal (Jeff Click), Lesser Scaup (Judy & Charles Webb), a late N. Harrier (Shelby & Donnie), and N. Waterthrush (Jeff Click).

Warblers were in abundance this year with 21 species reported. I believe moving the count date 2 weeks earlier may have helped with count totals. Beginning with last fall’s migration counts, our SC compiler agreed to let each county choose the date, rather than use the traditional 2nd Saturday in May and 3rd Saturday in September.

Of special note were the 3 Prothonotary Warblers found at Lake Conestee NP, Lake Cunningham and Paris Mtn. The misses were E. Collared Dove, C. Nighthawk and Hairy Woodpecker. Not much to complain about, in fact it may take some time to beat this count.

Many thanks to everyone who participated. Great job!!! The attachment lists each section’s effort. As usual, I expect to make some corrections, so let me know. --J.B. Hines

April 19, 2008: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

March 22, 2008: [Trip Report] Cottonwood Trail, Edwin M. Griffin Nature Preserve, Spartanburg, SC

March 15, 2008: Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC - cancelled due to inclement weather

February 29 - March 2, 2008: [Trip Report] SC Coastal Birding Trip

February 16, 2008: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

January 26, 2008: [Trip Report] Lakes of Northern Greenville County, SC

January 19, 2008: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

January 12, 2008: [Trip Report] Dreher Island State Park near Prosperity, SC


2007:

December 15, 2007: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

December 7, 2007: [CBC Instructions] December 29th chosen for GCBC's North Greenville Christmas Bird Count. Everyone is encouraged to participate regardless of skill level! Please see the CBC Instructions for details and be sure to contact JB Hines or Donnie Coody to sign up. Please also visit the CBC project page for more information about the history of the Christmas Bird Count.

November 30 - December 2, 2007: [Trip Report] Huntington Beach State Park and surrounding coastal areas, SC

November 17, 2007: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

November 10, 2007: [Trip Report] Dobbins Farm area, Townville, SC

October 26 - 28, 2007: [Trip Report] Lowcountry SC / Savannah GA

October 20, 2007: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

October 6, 2007: [Trip Report] Cottonwood Trail, Spartanburg County, SC

September 29, 2007: [Trip Report] Table Rock State Park, Pickens County, SC

September 15, 2007: [Fall Migration Bird Count] Northern Greenville County, SC

September 15, 2007: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

September 9, 2007: [Trip Report] Wilson's Farm, Greenville County, SC

August 18, 2007: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

July 21, 2007: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

June 9, 2007: [Trip Report] Stumphouse Mountain, Walhalla, SC

June 2, 2007: [Trip Report] Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

May 19, 2007: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

May 12, 2007: [Trip Report] North American Migratory Bird Count (.pdf file)

April 28 - 29, 2007: [Trip Report] Western North Carolina - Stecoah Gap

March 17, 2007: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

February 17, 2007: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

February 8 - 11, 2007: [Trip Report] Coastal Birding Trip including Huntington Beach State Park, Santee National Wildlife Refuge & ACE Basin.

January 20, 2007: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

January 12, 2007: [Trip Report] Lakes of Northern Greenville County, SC


2006:

December 2, 2006: [Trip Report] Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC

November 11, 2006: [Trip Report] Townville area, Anderson County, SC

October 27, 2006: [Trip Report] Savannah River Spoil Site, Savannah NWR, Donnelly WMA, Bear Island WMA, Port Royal Boardwalk Park and Bluff Unit of Santee NWR, Lowcountry SC & Savannah, GA

October 7, 2006: [Trip Report] Table Rock State Park, Pickens County, SC

September 16, 2006: Fall Migration Bird Count (.pdf), Greenville County, SC.

September 10, 2006: [Trip Report] Wilson's Farm, Travelers Rest SC

August 26, 2006: [Trip Report] Jackson Park and Hooper's Lane, Hendersonville NC

June 3, 2006: [Trip Report] Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

May 6, 2006: [Trip Report] Blue Wall Preserve, Tryon, NC

April 22, 2006: [Trip Report] Congaree National Park, Lynchburg Savannah Heritage Preserve, SC

February25, 2006: [Trip Report] Roper Mountain Science Center, Greenville, SC

February 10 - 12, 2006: [Trip Report] Huntington Beach State Park, Santee NWR, Donnelly WMA & Bear Island WMA, SC

January 14, 2006: [Trip Report] Lakes of Northern Greenville County, SC