Augusta-Aiken Audubon September, 2018<u> Newsletter

	September, 2018                          Gene Howard, Editor,
	Volume 47, No.5               

SEPTEMBER MEETING: The Augusta-Aiken Audubon Society will meet on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM. The meeting location is the North Augusta Community Center, located at 495 Brookside Ave. in North Augusta, SC. The public is invited to all meetings, programs, and field trips sponsored by Augusta-Aiken Audubon.

PROGRAM: Linda Lee of SREL will lead a program called "Stump the Botanist". In anticipation of next month's SC Native Plant Week (third week in October), Linda will offer an identification session for those late-summer wildflowers (or trees, or shrubs, or weeds) that you've been wondering about. This interactive discussion will be primarily audience-driven, so PLEASE BRING SPECIMENS FOR HER TO IDENTIFY!

Linda Lee is a research professional at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. Her interests include botany, natural resource management, and outreach.


(Atlanta, Ga.) July 17, 2018 – Governor Nathan Deal recently signed a proclamation designating the month of September as the inaugural Georgia Grows Native for Birds Month. A collaborative effort between Atlanta Audubon Society, other Georgia Audubon chapters, and the Georgia Native Plant Society, Georgia Grows Native for Birds month celebrates Georgia’s native plants and raises awareness about the key role they play for birds and other wildlife.

In partnership with Augusta-Aiken Audubon Society, Coastal Georgia Audubon Society, Columbus Audubon Society, Ocmulgee Audubon Society, Oconee Rivers Audubon Society, Ogeechee Audubon Society, and the Georgia Native Plant Society, Atlanta Audubon Society is working to create a network of habitats filled with native plants across Georgia.

“The biggest threat to birds in Georgia is habitat loss,” says Nikki Belmonte, Atlanta Audubon Executive Director. “As urbanization increases and natural habitats disappear, native plants can go a long way to restoring the habitat birds need. Fortunately, we can provide birds with high quality resources simply through thoughtful landscaping utilizing native plants. It’s something that everyone can contribute to conservation.”

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.

September 15, SaturdayCrackerneck Wings and Things. Meet at the sign-in booth at 9:30. We will be joined for this trip by members of the Carolina Butterfly Society and our primary focus will be butterflies although we will look at other things as well. Trip may go into the afternoon, bring water and snacks.

September 22, SaturdayPhinizy Migration Walk. There is a $5 charge. Meet in parking lot at 8am. We will check wooded areas for migrants.

September 29, Saturday - Paddle Meet at Riverside Park in Evans to paddle Betty’s Branch. If you do not have a boat you can rent them from Outdoors Augusta on site. They know we are coming so you can call ahead and reserve a boat, tell them you are with the Audubon group. The phone number for Outdoor Augusta is 706-399-4037. They open at 8am, please try to be there at that time to get paperwork done. If you have a boat, please arrive so that you can unload and be ready to launch at 8:30. Life jackets are mandatory, bring water and binoculars. This is a great area for nature. We will see how this goes and if it is a success we may do it again. We will paddle up to 6 miles on flat water with little current. Please confirm on Facebook or email me at so that we know you are coming. Lois Stacey.

October 6, Saturday - Migration Count. Contact Paul Koehler at Silver Bluff if you have a regular territory and will be doing that. We will meet at the Kathwood Ponds at 7:30 am to form teams to bird the property. We count all birds we see or hear in Aiken County. If you live in Aiken County and would like to count the birds at your feeders please let Paul know that you are doing that. You can contact him at We will meet at the Silver Bluff Education building at 1pm for bring-your-own-lunch and countdown and then some people will continue into the afternoon.

October 20, Saturday - Lover’s Lane. Meet at the Popeye’s at Walton Way and Gordon Highway at 8am to carpool. We will look for migrants and arriving winter birds. Trip should end around noon.

November 3, Saturday - Phinizy Swamp. Meet in the parking lot at Phinizy at 8am. We will walk the 2.5 mile loop looking for winter arrivals. Sparrows and ducks may have started to arrive. Trip will end around noon.


Silver Bluff - August 11, 2018.

This was our annual visit to the lowered Silver Bluff Audubon Kathwood Ponds.. Unfortunately, the lowered pond was fished out and the next pond hadn’t been lowered yet so we had no Wood Storks in the ponds, but we did have good comparative looks at some other birds.

We were able to compare immature Little Blue Herons and Snowy Egrets. We also had one Tricolored Heron that just sat on the pipe. There were a few shorebirds around so we looked at Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers.

We walked around between ponds 2 and 3 and then got into the cars and drove around to the cabin. As we were driving down the pond 1 road there were Wood Storks in the swampy pasture! We had three very close to the road for really nice looks. At the corner we had a few small birds in the bushes and three fly-by Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.

Some of us stopped on Silver Bluff Road by the fields because Kites had been seen there and there were two Swallow-tailed Kites and 8 Mississippi Kites hawking insects near the tree line. We also had a Loggerhead Shrike singing along the wood fence. All-in-all a very nice day. Lois Stacey.

Augusta-Aiken Audubon Society
4542 Silver Bluff Rd.
Jackson, SC 29831
Phone: 803-471-0291

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

AAAS Web Site:

Webmaster: Gene Howard,

Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Storks

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill, Juvenile White Ibis, Little Blue Heron


(Gene Howard)