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.

Lois Stacey can be contacted at:; 803-215-1594

March 17, Saturday- Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. Meet at the Phinizy Swamp parking area at 8am to walk the property looking for wintering birds and early spring arrivals. Trip will last until about 11.

March 24, Saturday - Dilane WMA. Meet at the Phinizy Parking lot at 8am to carpool, bring lunch. Woodland birds of many habitats will be our targets. Trip will run into the afternoon.

April 7, Saturday - Phinizy Swamp NP. Meet at 8am in the Phinizy parking lot. Early migrants should be here and we will look, and listen, for them as well as lingering winter birds. We will walk the loop (approx.. 2.5 miles). Trip ends about noon.

April 14, Saturday - Jackson Landing. Meet at the Kathwood Ponds at Silver Bluff at 8am to carpool. Jackson Landing Rd can be one of the best places in the area for migration which should be well underway at this time. We will drive and walk checking the woods and swamps for migrants. Trip ends by noon.

April 21, SaturdayBirdathon. Details are posted on Home Page.

April 28, SaturdayAudubon’s Beidler Swamp boardwalk. Beidler charges $8 per person. We will meet at exit 1 in North Augusta to carpool at 7am. It takes approximately 2.5 hours to get to the center (or you can meet us at Beidler at 9:30am). We will check out their visitor center and walk the boardwalk (1.75 miles) looking for migrants. This is also the location of Operation Protho and we will look for banded Prothonotary Warblers singing along the boardwalk. Bring a lunch and we will eat at the center.

May 5, SaturdayAiken County Migration Count. Come and help count all of the birds we can find in Aiken County! You can meet Paul at the Silver Bluff Kathwood Ponds at 7:30 to team up, or if you live in Aiken County you can count your feeders. If you have an area you would like to count please contact Paul Koehler at Silver Bluff to arrange it. Lunch (bring your own) is at 1pm at the Education building.

May 12, Saturday Wings and Things at Aiken State Park. Meet at the park at 9am to look for birds, butterflies and dragonflies around the area. We will drive and walk checking the ponds for dragonflies. This is one of the best places in the area to see dragonflies, especially the spring sandhills specials. We expect to see Clearlake and Diminutive Clubtails and hope for Elfin Skimmer. Bring a lunch, we may go into the early afternoon.

May 26, Saturday Crackerneck WMA. This wonderful area is only open to non-hunters on Saturday’s during 3 months a year. We will wander the property looking for summer breeders. Meet at the parking area at the main gate at 8am. We should finish by noon.


February 17, 2018 Silver Bluff Great Backyard Bird Count

There were 9 of us for our annual Great Backyard Bird Count field trip at Silver Bluff’s Kathwood Ponds. We walked around the ponds and along the way we took a look into the Bald Eagle nest with a scope and saw one eagle sitting down in there.

There were Red-shouldered Hawks flying and calling around the pond and a few Wood Ducks took off and flew away. The big event of the day was 379 Ring-billed Gulls flying overhead in small and large groups over the course of an hour or so. They were all headed the same way, possible migrating back to the coast.

When we were through at the ponds we drove down to the office and walked the Nuthatch Trail. It was fairly quiet but we did have a lot of Eastern Towhees and Eastern Bluebirds. Several Pine Warblers, a few Brown-headed Nuthatches and woodpeckers were also about. All of our lists were submitted for the Great Backyard Bird Count. Lois Stacey.

Februrary 24, 2018 Merry Ponds.

What a beautiful day! We scooted down the paved road so that we could spend more time checking out the ponds. It was fairly quie t overall. One of the early thrills was a fly-by by an adult Bald Eagle. There weren’t many ducks around but we did find 4 Canvasback on the Expressway Pond and at least 17 Bufflehead. There were 2 Horned Grebes in the same pond, we hadn’t seen them in a while.

Because birding was so slow we had time to drive all the way into the back of the property. The road there ends almost at Lover’s Lane. It was nice to explore a little further than we normally go. We had 35 species for the day. Lois Stacey.

March 3, 2018. Clark’s Hill.

Our annual jaunt to Clark’s Hill Lake had 4 attendees so we all went in one car. As usual we started at the overlook parking lot but there was little on the water. There were a lot of gulls but they were way beyond identification range even with a scope.

We drove below dam, no gulls there either, and they had cut the brush so you could see into the hardwood swamp below the hill. We went to the boat ramp parking lot and found a marked trail through the woods so we went that way. Still not many birds but it is a pretty trail part of which follows the edge of the swamp. What a pretty place!

We drove up to Cherokee in Lincoln County and as we crossed the new bridge there were 5 Osprey chasing around and fighting over the nest platform! We saw a total of 7 Osprey in that one spot which has at least 3 nests. There were also a lot of Common Loons in Little River. We had a total of 9! And again, no gulls close enough to identify.

We took the long drive around to Parksville, which had more water than it did last year, but almost no birds. There were a couple of loons but no Horned Grebes, no ducks and few small birds. Lois Stacey.

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