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

July 30, SaturdayStorks and Kites. We will meet at the Kathwood Ponds at Silver Bluff at 8am and will take a look at the Wood Storks. Last year there were also Roseate Spoonbills here. About 9am we will leave and carpool over to the Allendale area and look for Swallowtail Kites. We may check several places. Trip is usually done by 2. Lois leads.

August 13, SaturdayPhinizy Wanderers trip. We will meet at the parking lot at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park at 8am. We will pile into trucks and cars and drive around the property looking for post-breeding dispersal birds. After breeding many young birds spread out of their normal ranges. We often get Tri-colored Herons at this time of year and there should be lots of other birds to see as well. This is a great way to get to the back of the park during the hottest part of the year. Trip should be over by noon. Lois leads.

August 27, SaturdayLover’s Lane. Meet at Popeye’s at Gordon Highway and Walton Way at 8am and we will carpool to look for post breeding birds and early migrants. Lois leads.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM FIELD TRIPS

Five people arrived this (hot, muggy) morning for the Storks portion of the Storks and Kites field trip. We walked out to pond 2 which is where the birds were hanging out. There were 5 Wood Storks in the pond and we saw one more later when they all flew to the trees to roost. There were also a good number of White Ibis and Little Blue Herons and Killdeer in the ponds.

A Snowy Egret and an unknown peep (sandpiper) were also out there. One of the Little Blues had what we all thought initially was a large-for-it fish but when he turned around what he had was a very large Bullfrog tadpole! It hadn't grown legs yet but looked like it was close to ready.

We walked a little farther and the next time we looked the tad was gone so we don't know if he ate it or lost it. On our way around by the trees we had a small flock of birds that included a female Scarlet Tanager! Fall migration is starting.

Two of us continued on to Allendale to look for Swallow-tailed Kites. Our first stop was at the Millet Rd fields. There were several dozen Mississippi (MIKI) and 10 Swallow-tailed Kites (STKI) there but they were far out in the field. We decided to check out the Barton Rd field and then come back. After a short session of 'where are we' we managed to find the fields.

The kites were much closer although there weren't as many. We had fantastic looks at both MIKI and 3 STKI including low flights right over our heads. We went back to Millet but things were fairly quiet and the kites were still mostly in the middle of the field. Our STKI total for the day was 13 birds. Lois Stacey

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