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 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
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: 706 793 2788.

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

March 14, SaturdayMerry Brother’s Ponds. Meet at the Popeye’s at Gordon Highway and Walton Way to carpool at 9am. We will carpool to the ponds and look for waterfowl. Lois Stacey and Anne Waters lead.

March 21, SaturdayCrackerneck WMA. This is a wonderful area that is only open to non-hunters twice a year. Meet at the sign-in area at Crackerneck at 9am. From the Old Jackson Highway in Jackson go past the post office and then at the ball field, turn right and drive until you see a sign pointing to the left where the road turns dirt. Turn here to reach the area. We will drive the WMA roads looking to see what we can find in the dove fields and woods and along the creeks and river. Lois Stacey and Anne Waters lead.

April 4, SaturdaySilver Bluff Audubon Center. Meet at the Kathwood Ponds on Silver Bluff Road (where the pavement ends) at 8am. We will either bird the area around the ponds or drive down Silver Bluff Road and bird beyond the gate. Route will be determined by weather and water levels in the ponds. Lois Stacey and Anne Waters lead.

April 11, SaturdayYuchi WMA Wings and Things. Meet at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park at 8am to carpool to Yuchi. This is a naturalists field trip and we will look for birds, butterflies and dragonflies as well as anything else we find. Bachman’s Sparrows, Common Ground Doves and warblers can usually be found here easily this time of year. Bring a lunch as we will go into the afternoon. Lois Stacey and Anne Waters lead. NOTE: This is an active hunting area so please dress appropriately in bright colors, especially orange.

April 18, SaturdayLover’s Lane. Meet at the Popeye’s at Walton Way and Gordon Highway at 8am to carpool. Migrants should be moving through and we will look for them. Lois Stacey and Anne Waters lead.

May 2, SaturdayAiken County Migration Count. Meet at 7:30 at Silver Bluff Kathwood Ponds unless you already have a territory. We will count every bird we see and report them to the Carolina Bird Club to be compiled with others around the state. Bring a lunch, we meet at 1pm to count down.

May 9 , SaturdayDilane Plantation WMA Wings and Things. This is a wonderful area in Burke County that is managed for Bobwhite Quail and Turkey. Meet at the Phinizy Swamp Nature Park parking area at 8am to carpool. We will look for these and other nesting birds. It is also a great place for butterflies and we will look for dragonflies as well. Lois Stacey and Anne Waters lead. NOTE: This is an active hunting area so please dress appropriately in bright colors, especially orange.

May 16, Saturday – Phinizy Swamp Beaver Dam Trail. – Meet at Phinizy at 8am. We will walk the Beaverdam Trail along the bluff and over the creek looking for nesting birds and late migrants. We will loop over the green and blue trails and back to the parking lot through the woods. Lois Stacey and Anne Waters lead.

May 30, SaturdayCarolina Sandhills NWR. – This is a huge National Wildlife Refuge near McBee, SC. We will meet at the gas station at exit 1 from I-20 in North Augusta at 7am to carpool. It takes approximately 2 hours to reach the refuge. This area is home to a number of Red-cockaded Woodpecker colonies and we will check at least one for the birds. There are also extensive woods, a wildlife drive, ponds and a beautiful seep area that contains several different Pitcher Plants, Sundews, Orchids and Lilies. We will explore as much of the area as we can looking for birds, butterflies, dragonflies and wildflowers. Bring a lunch and water. We will head back in the afternoon and may not be back until late. Lois Stacey and Anne Waters lead.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM FIELD TRIPS

North Augusta Brick Pond Park,February 14. 2015

A good group of birders came out on this cool morning to visit this little park in North Augusta. We started to day with an Anhinga cooperatively sitting on the rail of the observation deck at the first pond.

As we walked along the trail we had a number of small birds including very close looks at Ruby-crowned Kinglets with their bright red crowns up.

At the large pond in the back we encountered Ring-necked Ducks and several more Anhingas. Red-shouldered Hawks were seen flying around and calling, they nest here regularly. Wood Ducks were in abundance and we got very good looks and pictures of them.

It was a quiet day overall, but along Railway Ave we found one mixed flock including Golden-crowned Kinglets and a very close Orange-crowned Warbler just above eye level who gave us great looks.

The group then left to check out the golf course ponds and over to River North Subdivision to check out the retention pond at the back of the property and we found both Yellowlegs there along with Least Sandpipers. It was a wonderful day to be out! Lolis Stacey.

Lover's Lane, February 28. 2015

We had a somewhat smaller group for this field trip but we had lovely weather again.

It overall was a quiet day with little bird activity and none of the early migrants we hoped for. However in the farmer’s fields along the paved road we had American Pipits close up as well as several sparrow species including multiple White-crowned and Field Sparrows.

In a field after the crossroads we found Snipe. We had some time so we went partway up Foster’s Lane and at the back of the Merry Ponds we found an Eagle. It wasn’t our birdiest field trip but we did have fun and got to enjoy the sun! Lois Stacey.

Clark's Hill, March 7. 2015

We had a great group for our annual winter trip to Clark’s Hill. We met at the parking lot below the visitor’s center on the SC side of the river and scanned the lake. The Brown Thrashers were singing and there was one Common Loon and some Bonaparte’s Gulls but not much else.

We went around to the below dam overlook and what a sight! There was a flock of over 150 Bonaparte’s Gulls sitting on the river!! We also found several Herring Gulls sitting on the cement with a bunch of Ring-billed Gulls.

Osprey and Turkey Vultures were on the power pylons and we had Juncos in the trees at the parking lot. We drove around to the Cherokee Recreation area at Little River and there we had a large flock of Common Loons as well as a few Scaup and Ruddy Ducks.

Back around to West Dam and on to Parksville where we found the best birds of the day, a small raft of Red-breasted Mergansers. The males are so gorgeous! There were also 19 Horned Grebes, some of which were starting to get their breeding plumage and already had their ‘horns’. It was a wonderful trip. Lois Stacey.

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