| 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 in fall and in spring usually begin at 8 a.m. and end around noon. Winter trips usually begin at 9:00 am and end around noon. Summer filed trips during the hot weather usually begin at 8 am and end around 11 am. Check this webpage and the newsletter for field trips that begin at different times.
For many of our fieldtrips we meet at Popeye's Resturant at the corner of Walton Way and the Gordon Highway (Hwy 1) in downtown Augusta.
Another site for field trips is the Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. Directions to the park can be found on the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy website at www.phinizyswamp.org .
The Brick Pond Park in North Augusta is another favorite fieldtrip venue.
From Augusta take the 13th street bridge to North Augusta. 13th Street becomes Georgia Avenue. Turn left at the light just beond the City of North Augusta Municipal Buildiing. Immediately turn left on Center Drive. Center Drive ends at Railroad Avenue. Turn left. Just before the Bridge, turn left on Brick Pond Park Road which leads to the parking lot.
From I-20 take the Matintown Road Exit. Drive South East on Martintown Road and turn right on Georgia Avenue. At the Cty of North Augusta Municipal Building turn right and turn left on Center Drive. From Center Drive follow the directions above.
Directions to other field trip venues can be
found on the Local Birding Sites
If you have questions concerning a field trip, please contact the listed field trip leader.
Anne Waters can be contacted at: 706 793 2788.
Lois Stacey can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org; 803-215-1594
December 5, Saturday - Lover's Lane - Meet at Popeye's at the corner of Walton Way and Gordon Highway at 9am to carpool. We will look for waterfowl and winter woodland birds. Trip should last until around noon. Anne and Lois lead.
December 12, Saturday - Merry Brickyard Pond - Meet at the Popeye's at the corner of Walton Way and Gordon Highway at 9am to carpool. We will drive the dirt roads (weather permitting) looking for waterfowl. Trip should last until around noon. Anne and Lois lead.
December 19, Saturday - Augusta Christmas Bird Count - Please contact Anne Waters at 706-793-2788 if you would like to help.
December 24, Thursday - Aiken Christmas Bird Count - Please contact Calvin Zippler at 803-295-6838 if you would like to help.
January 16, Saturday 2016 - Merry Brickyard Ponds. Meet at the Popeye's at the corner of Walton Way and Gordon Highway at 9am to carpool. We will drive the dirt roads (weather permitting) looking for waterfowl. Trip should last until around noon. Anne and Lois lead.
January 23, Saturday - Phinizy Swamp Waterfowl Drive - This trip is a Phinizy Swamp Nature Park trip, there is a $5 cost for non-members of Phinizy. Meet in the parking lot at Phinizy at 9am to drive around the park looking for Waterfowl. This is a great way to see the whole park. Trip will last until possibly 1pm depending on activity. Anne and Lois lead.
January 30, Saturday - Savannah NWR and Typee Island - Meet at the Savannah NWR - Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive parking area at 9am. We will drive the loop until around noon. We will then eat lunch at a local restaurant and go to Tybee Island to look for shorebirds and gulls. This is an all-day trip. Anne and Lois lead.
The 2015 North American Migration Count was held on Friday October 9th this year. It had to be delayed due to the flooding in South Carolina the prior week.
We had a total of 114 species, the second highest number which we also had in 2007 and 2009. Our highest fall count ever was 125 species in 2011. We had 14 counters in 9 teams, weather was good.
There were 22 species of warblers including Blue-winged Warbler seen by 2 teams, Ovenbird, Chestnut-sided, Cape May, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian, Bay-breasted and Blackpoll. This is the most warblers seen on a fall count ever.
Other migrants included Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Painted Bunting and Swainsonís Thrush. A Dunlin and Black-bellied Whistling Duck were found at Horse Creek WWTP. Hairy Woodpeckers were seen and Red-cockaded Woodpeckers were in their colony on SRS. And some wintering birds had arrived making it a good count.
We counted 2,783 birds. This count is published in the Chat as well as the four other counts done in South Carolina. Lois Stacey,
Six people attended our field trip to Loverís Lane and the Augusta Levee. Rain was forecast but held off until we were through, and we even saw the sun for a few precious minutes!!
Most of our winter residents are here and we saw quite a few of them. We had one little flock of at least 6 Ruby-crowned Kinglets all by themselves. Grackles and Red-winged Blackbirds are starting to form large flocks and we had several groups of them.
The Loverís Lane Shrikes appear to have moved up Laney Walker Blvd. a bit but we saw two birds so they havenít completely left the area. Lots of doves and pigeons as well as two Red-tailed Hawks were over Farmer Thompson's field in the power line cut and there was a Belted Kingfisher sitting way up on the high tension power lines! Not a place you normally see them.
Also near that field we had several species of sparrows. We ended up with 5 species for the day; Swamp, Song, Savannah, White-throated and Chipping. Total for the day we had 43 species. Come out and join us on or next trip and weíll see what we can find. Lois Stacey.
We started our winter schedule on Saturday, starting at 9am instead of 8, and woke to beautiful weather! We had 9 people show up at the meet and when we got to Merry the manager and her daughter decided to join us.
The 11 of us set off with the intent of getting to the ponds so we tried not to stop too much on the paved road but there were some good birds there!
We had a large flock of Robins, Cedar Waxwings and European Starlings in the pear trees along the road. In among them some people had an Orange-crowned Warbler and a pair of Purple Finches.
While driving down the road we had a Sharp-shinned Hawk flying along the tree line, apparently chasing birds.
The first pond (Members Pond) was more or less empty, but we did have ducks in Swan Pond. There was a pair of Hooded Mergansers and about 20 or so Gadwall. They have arrived!!
Further down Haul Road in Ditch Pond we had a Bald Eagle in the top of a tree far off and a few more ducks including a pair of American Wigeon. The Cormorants are starting to arrive in droves and we had several hundred over the course of the day. There were also quite a few Anhingas in the pond.
We kept driving and just before the Expressway the road started getting slippery so we decided that the boat ramp at Garden Pond would be our last stop. When we got out of the car and started to scan the pond three white geese were one of the first things we saw. They turned out to be Rossís Geese!! These are rare for Georgia and a very rare sighting for the Augusta area. Everyone got good looks through the scope and lots of pictures.
You just never know what you will find when you come on a field trip! We ended a beautiful day with 52 species. Lois Stacey.
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