FIELD TRIP SCHEDULE

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 I20 take Martintown Rd. to West Ave. Turn right on West and go to Buena Vista. Turn left on Buena Vista.
From Augusta take the 13th street bridge to North Augusta and turn right onto Buena Vista.
On Buena Vista turn right just past the old municipal building (there is an emergency light at the building) onto Shoreline Dr. Stay on this road until you see a traffic circle almost below the 13th street bridge. Turn right onto the road under the bridge and there is a small parking area marked for the Brick Pond Park.

Directions to other field trip venues can be found on the Local Birding Sites
page on this website.

If you have questions concerning a field trip, please contact the listed field trip leader.

Anne Waters can be contacted at: birdannelady@earthlink.net; 706-793-2788.

Lois Stacey can be contacted at: croakie@comcast.net; 803-215-1594

May 3, Saturday..Pendleton King Park on Kissenbower Rd, Augusta. Meet at the parking area at 8am. This is the first time we have birded this area but 2 members of our group have found some nice birds here so we are going to explore this area with them. Trip will end at approximately 12-12:30.

May 10, Saturday. North American Migration Count for Aiken County. We go out in teams all day to count birds in Aiken County. Those who would like to help and do not have a pre-assigned area, are to meet at Silver Bluff at the ponds at 7:30 am. We will divide into teams to count. We will all meet at 1 pm at the nature center in the sanctuary for lunch (bring your own) and count down of birds seen so far. Then some teams go back out until dark. You may count part of the day if you would like to do that. People living in Aiken County may submit birds counted in their neighborhoods or at their feeders for the count. Submit birds to Paul Koehler or Anne Waters.

May 17, Saturday. Meet at Popeye’s at 8 am to carpool. Cost $5 to enter the area. We will bird the paved road looking for nesting and migrating birds. Trip will end about 12:30 – 1:00.

May 24, Saturday Di Lane Plantation WMA, Burke County. Meet at 8am at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park to carpool. It takes about an hour to get to the birding area. Bring a lunch. We will look for nesting birds. Trip will conclude about 4 pm.

May 31, Saturday. Lover’s Lane. Meet at Popeye’s at 8am. We will search for nesting birds and will look at the rookery where egrets and herons nest. They should be building their nests by this time. We can see them across the ponds and will have scopes for closer looks. Trip will be over about 12:30-1:00.

Anne Waters and Lois Stacey will lead most trips. You may contact them for more information on the trips.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM FIELD TRIPS

Yuchi WMA, March 22, 2014

Five people came along for our field trip to Yuchi WMA in Burke County. We had another wonderful weather day! Migration is beginning and we were hoping to find some of the migrants coming in.

The first bird we heard when we got to the boatramp to start our trip was a Northern Parula and we heard many more during the day. They have definitely arrived! Yellow-throated Warblers were also singing and the Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were flitting around as well. We had several Black and White Warblers singing and one of them sat out in the open to give us great looks at him in his beautiful breeding plumage.

This was the first day of Turkey hunting season so I wasn't expecting to see any but we had one walking across the road. Purple Martins were flying back and forth at the brick house on River Road.

We saw a few butterflies around and got very nice looks at a Great Purple Hairstreak which was a nice treat. We had a total of 45 species for the day. Come and join us next time!

Lois Stacey

Merry Ponds, March 29, 2014

What a wonderful day! The weather called for a high probability of rain and thunderstorms but none of that showed up and we ended up with sunshine.

Our very first stop was the best of the day, possibly the best of the season! 30 Common Loons all in breeding plumage and a Red-necked Grebe were in the first pond!! We got to see the beautiful loons on the water and even flying over us.

The Red-necked Grebe is a first Richmond County record. We get this bird occasionally at Clark's Hill but never down here.

We birded along the paved road in the morning and then went to lunch and some of us continued into the afternoon. The dirt roads are in bad shape so we went onto the interstate to look into the ponds there. Including the birds we saw at the meet-up we had a total of 65 species for the day.

Lois Stacey

Aiken State Park, April 12, 2014

Six people met for the field trip. Migration is in progress and we hoped to find migrants in this wonderful wild area. Just before arriving at the park some of us had an Ovenbird. Once we started the loop we had Black and White Warblers and Great Crested Flycatchers.

At the second stop we had two Worm-eating Warblers which are a great bird for the area. We had more Black and White Warblers, some Prothonotary Warblers and great looks at a Hooded Warbler.

While going back to the cars we had a butterfly, Juniper Hairstreak, on the ground which is a place you rarely see them. Overall for the day we had 47 species of birds. Come out and bird with us on our next trip!

Lois Stacey

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