Field Trip Schedule

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.

Lois Stacey can be contacted at: birdercroakie@gmail.com; 803-215-1594

December 15, SaturdayJackson Landing Road – Meet at the Kathwood Ponds at Silver Bluff to carpool. We will drive Jackson Landing Road looking for wintering passerines. We have had Winter Wren and Brown Creeper along here in the past. Trip should last until about noon.

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.

March 9, SaturdayClark’s Hill Lake – Meet at the lower parking lot at the SC Visitor’s Center just beside the dam at 9am. We will drive to various locations around the lake looking for wintering waterfowl, gulls and others. Trip should end by noon.

March 16, SaturdayPhinizy – Meet in the parking lot at Phinizy Swamp NP at 8am. We will walk around the wetland cells and the Equalization Pond looking for wintering ducks, bitterns and rails. This will be a 2-3 mile walk. Trip should end by noon.

April 6, SaturdaySilver Bluff Wings and Things – Meet at the Kathwood Ponds to carpool. We will walk and drive the property looking for all things nature. Our focus will be on early butterflies and dragonflies but birds will be here too as will other interesting things. We will look at whatever interests us. Bring a lunch and we will continue into the afternoon, possibly in a different area of the property. Trip will end by 3pm.

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.

Lois Stacey North Augusta, SC

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