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 .

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:; 803-215-1594

October 29, SaturdayLover’s Lane – Meet at Popeye’s at the corner of Walton Way and Gordon Hwy at 8am to carpool. We will look for migrants and arriving winter residents. Trip should end by noon. Lois leads.

November 5, SaturdayAugusta Canal Authority Event – don’t know details at this point. This is not an Augusta-Aiken Audubon event but I will be leading trips along the canal. I’ll update you when I get more info. Lois.

November 19, SaturdayMerry Ponds – Meet at Popeye’s at Gordon Highway and Walton Way at 9am (NOTE TIME CHANGE). We will carpool and see what ducks have started to arrive (weather and roads willing). If roads are impassable we make go to an alternate location. There is a $4 charge to enter the property. Trip should end by noon. Lois leads.

December 3, SaturdayPhinizy Swamp Nature Park. Meet at the parking lot at Phinizy at 9am. We will walk the 2.5 mile loop along the constructed wetlands and back through the woods along the creek looking for wintering birds. Trip should end by 1pm. Lois leads.

December 10, SaturdayMerry Brickyard Ponds. Meet at 9am at Popeye’s at the corner of Gordon Highway and Walton Way to carpool. There is a $4 fee to get into the ponds. We will travel as far as we can based on road conditions looking for wintering waterfowl and other winter birds. Trip should end by 1pm.

December 17, SaturdayAugusta Christmas Bird Count. Please note that there will not be a morning meet up this year! If you would like to participate please contact Lois (email preferred) by December 10 to let her know. If you have a particular area you would like to bird she will do everything she can to put you on the team doing that area. Maps, instructions and count forms will be emailed to the team leaders before count day.

Contact Lois Stacey at 803-215-1594 or

December 24, SaturdayAiken CBC – Contact Calvin Zippler about participation.

January 7, Saturday, 2017 - Merry Brickyard Ponds. Meet at 9am at Popeye’s at the corner of Gordon Highway and Walton Way to carpool. There is a $4 fee to get into the ponds. We will travel as far as we can based on road conditions looking for wintering waterfowl and other winter birds. Trip should end by 1pm.

January 14, Saturday - Savannah NWR/Tybee Island. – We will meet in the beach access parking lot behind the lighthouse on Tybee Island at 8:30 am. We will bird Tybee north beach for a few hours and then we will stop at The Flying Fish for lunch. After lunch we will bird the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive at the Savannah NWR. We will probably be here until close to sunset. Our target birds at Tybee will be Purple Sandpiper and gulls, we will look for waterfowl and other birds at Savannah. A few years ago we had Eurasian Wigeon at Savannah, you never know what we will find there. Lois leads.

January 21, SaturdayPhinizy Waterfowl Trip. – This is a Phinizy Center trip and they may charge a small fee. Meet at the Phinizy parking lot at 9am to carpool. We will drive around the ponds looking for wintering waterfowl, bitterns and rails, and raptors. This is a great way to get into the back of the park to see what birds might be in the farthest ponds. Trip should end around noon. Lois leads.


September 24, 2016. Aiken State Park

Again there were only 3 of us for our field trip to Aiken State Park and the day was a bit muggy but it was nice to explore an area that we haven’t visited before. Instead of our usual trip around the loop this was an all walking trip along the ‘Jungle Trail’ at the park. This two mile trail cuts through woods and swampy areas.

There were Brown-headed Nuthatches, White-breasted Nuthatches and White-eyed Vireos all along the trail. We had lots of woodpeckers as well including Red-bellied, Red-headed, Downy, Pileated and one Hairy Woodpecker! At one point we found a small flock of migrating warblers. There were 4 American Redstarts, 3 of them male, in binocular view at one point!

As we were getting ready to move on, a Magnolia Warbler came into view and we followed it trying to get everyone good looks but it was moving fast and hiding behind leaves. I think everyone got a glimpse if not a good look. Along the way we also saw a few good butterflies. We saw both Southern and Creole Pearly-eyes which are nice finds but this trail is perfect habitat for them. Near the end of the trail we had a Wood Thrush sitting in plain view on a limb, and a little further along we had two more although they were being shyer.

It was a nice morning. You should come with us next time.

October 15, 2016. Phinizy Swamp Nature Park Fall Migration Walk

Today's field trip was a Phinizy Center sponsored trip and it was a great one. There were about 15 people on the trip and we started the day with an American Redstart and a little further along we had a late Yellow-breasted Chat skulking in the bushes.

As we walked around we had a Red-shouldered Hawk sitting in a tree and swallows overhead. When we got into the Constructed Wetlands we hit the jackpot! In one cell we had two Black-crowned Night Herons sitting right out in the open not too far out. Beyond them we had a flock of White Ibis in various plumages as well as a Glossy Ibis with them!

There was a huge flock of 700 Tree Swallows in the next cell over. As we were standing there 4 Wilson's Snipe flew over and when they landed some Least Sandpipers flew over a bit. The shorebirds and the swallows kept flying up like they were being scared by something but we never saw anything fly through. We walked around the cells to try and get a better look at the swallow flock when they all took off and disappeared again and there it was! A small, dark falcon came flying through the flock and over head. Merlin!

Walking the rest of the wetlands and down into the woods was fairly uneventful but along Butler Creek we hit a small flock of migrants that included a Magnolia Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and several Yellow-billed Cuckoos plus lots of other little birds moving through the trees that were not identified.

It was a wonderful day with 52 species, our largest species count in several months. Come out with us next weekend and see what we find then.

Lois Stacey

October 22, Saturday –Augusta Canal

There were 6 of us out to greet the first really chilly morning of the fall. We met in the parking lot behind Eisenhower Park and the very first bird we saw was a Loggerhead Shrike who nicely sat in a small tree just feet from the lot. He flew to some posts and then across the road to another tree and back and forth all the while posing for us.

As we headed toward the canal we had some Palm Warblers and the first Song Sparrow of the fall in the field. Most of the walk along the canal was quiet but we did have a few small flocks. Along the tow path itself we had woodpeckers, Carolina Chickadees, Titmice and Ruby-crowned Kinglets. There were Canada Geese out on the river as well as several Mallards. While we were looking at the river a large flock of Double-crested Cormorants flew over and with them was a flock of Northern Pintails! Another small flock of pintails flew by a minute or two later. Start checking the regular spots, they're HERE!

We walked to the Clearing and here in the pines and other trees there were lots of birds. We had the first Yellow-rumped Warblers for the fall (migration is over!) as well as a number of immature Cedar Waxwings. Brown-headed Nuthatches and Pine Warblers were there as well. We walked the small nature trail from the Clearing and right near the beginning we had 'sparrow workshop' as some of the group worked through the sparrows that they were seeing and hearing. The bushes were hiding White-throated Sparrows and as we were working on them a small flock of other birds came through. A Golden-crowned Kinglet, another fall first, showed himself well and while we were picking through the chickadees and titmice a Cape May Warbler popped up briefly. He's a little late!

A little further along the trail was blocked so we came back and as we went through the clearing we took another look at the birds filling the trees. Still a lot of Pine Warblers and Eastern Bluebirds, but suddenly Dale asked 'is that a Brown Creeper'? Why YES! She and I saw the bird but several birds flew from the general area before the others got on it and we never were able to refind the bird. We did play the call a few times and thought we heard an answer but the bird didn't show again.

The day turned out beautiful yet again and we had 44 species including some really good one. Come join us on our next trip to see what we can find!

By the way, we did have one uncountable species...Mark found a Mallard decoy tangled up in a tree about 20' above the ground. I guess the water got pretty high down there at some point!

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