Augusta-Aiken Audubon January, 2019<u> Newsletter


	January, 2019                        Gene Howard, Editor,
	Volume 48, No1                      genehoward38@gmail.com
     

JANUARY MEETING: The Augusta-Aiken Audubon Society will meet on Thursday, JANUARY 10, 2019 at 7:00 PM.

Program: "As usual our January meeting with be 'Show and Tell' where you can show off your nature photography skills. You do not have to be an Augusta-Aiken Audubon member to participate, however I am encouraging you to become a member (we have chapter memberships for those who do not want to join National Audubon).

You must be present to tell us about your pictures at the meeting on January, 10. Please submit up to 12 photos or a PowerPoint presentation with no more than 12 slides (no videos) to John Demko at leveljohn7@gmail.com or via Dropbox BY JANUARY 3rd along with your name as you would like it to be displayed. Number your photos so that they will be in the order you would like to present them, if they are not numbered John will put them in random order. If you use Dropbox, use your name in the file name to prevent confusion (I do not want 5 files all named "2019 Show and Tell"). John will send a confirming e-mail within a day or so back to you when he receives your photos. If you do not get a confirming e-mail after two days, send him an e-mail requesting confirmation.

This is our most heavily attended meeting so we ask that everyone coming bring a finger food (whether presenting or not). Drinks are provided."

John Demko

FIELD TRIPS

Augusta-Aiken Audubon's field trips are open at no charge to all chapter members and the public. We encourage everyone to come out and join us! Some tips to make the trips more comfortable: bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and drinking water. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended as is having raingear nearby. Morning trips during the winter usually begin at 9 a.m. and end around noon; warmer weather trips generally begin at 8 a.m. and end around 11 a.m. If you have questions about a field trip, please contact the listed field trip leader.

December 22, SaturdayAugusta CBC. Contact Lois Stacey at birdercroakie@gmail.com (or 803-215-1594) if you plan to participate.

December 24, TUESDAYAiken CBC – Contact Calvin Zippler at zipplerc@bellsouth.net about this count

January 19, Saturday-Phinizy Waterfowl Drive – meet at Phinizy at 9am. Our annual drive around Phinizy Swamp Nature Park looking for waterfowl. We will carpool and drive to the back of the park and around the Equalization Pond to see what waterfowl has arrived. Trip will end around 11.

February 2, SaturdayMerry Ponds – Meet at the Popeye’s on Walton Way and Gordon Hwy to carpool at 8am. There is a $4 charge to enter the property. If the road conditions permit we will drive around the ponds looking for ducks and other waterfowl. If not drivable, we will walk in Haul Rd and check the first ponds for birds. Trip will last until about noon.

February 9, SaturdayHarris Neck NWR – Meet in the parking lot at the Harris Neck NWR just south of Savannah at 9am. We will drive the wildlife drive around the property and walk in to the various ponds looking for wintering birds. This is a great place for waterfowl as well as wintering woodland birds. You can find more information on Harris Neck NWR at https://www.fws.gov/refuge/harris_neck/

February 16, SaturdaySilver Bluff Kathwood Ponds – Meet at the Kathwood Ponds at Silver Bluff Audubon Center at 8am for our annual Great Backyard Bird Count walk. We will turn our count numbers in as part of the GBBC. We will walk around the ponds looking for ducks and small birds. Trip should last until about 11.

March 2, Saturday Lover’s Lane – Meet at Popeye’s at Walton Way and Gordon Hwy at 8am to carpool. We will drive Lover’s Lane looking for sparrows (White-crowned will hopefully be found) and other wintering birds. Trip should end by noon.

FIELD TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Phinizy Swamp Naature Park-December 8, 2018

Three people, 90 min, rain and 41 species today. There was only light rain when we started and then we got a break for a while.

The first bird we saw was a Sharp-shinned Hawk. We added a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks in the swamp. Song and Swamp sparrows were in the grasses and while looking at them we found a couple of Kinglets and an Orange-crowned Warbler down in the vegetation in the swamp too. A little further along we found a female Painted Bunting!

There were 21 Canvasback in the Rain Garden and an Eagle sitting in a tree. We had 3 Eagles before we were done. We walked around and back to the rain garden and got Snipe and Least Sandpipers along the way. The rain picked up again so two of us headed back to the car. Not a bad although short field trip.

Jackson Landing Road-Decmeber 15, 2018

Four of us came out for the field trip to Jackson Landing Rd. It looked like skies were going to clear but then it clouded up and we eventually had one short shower. As we went out Bluff Landing Rd so we birded that road finding a number of sparrows. We drove down Jackson Rd but it was dead quiet. We had a total of 17 species by the time we got to the swamp which was way over the road which was closed. We turned around and drove back but went out a different road. As we drove the sky opened up and we got sunlight.

We decided to go bird the sparrows on Bluff Landing again and that was our last stop. By the time we got done we had 47 species for the day.

This was our last field trip for the year. Join us next year!

Lois Stacey North Augusta, SC

Augusta-Aiken Audubon Society
4542 Silver Bluff Rd.
Jackson, SC 29831
Phone: 803-471-0291
Email: augustaaikenaudubon@gmail.com

President: Brandon Heitkamp
Vice President: Lois Stacey
Secretary: Mary Pallon
Treasurer: Gerald May

AAAS Web Site: www.augustaaikenaudubon.org/

Webmaster: Gene Howard, genehoward38@gmail.com

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(Gene Howard)