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

August 11, SaturdaySilver Bluff Storks and More – meet at the Kathwood Ponds at 8am. We will walk the ponds looking for Wood Storks and shorebirds, and anything else that might have come in. Post-breeding dispersal birds should be around and we never know what we might find. Trip will end by noon.

September 15Crackerneck Wings and Things. Meet at the sign-in booth at 9:30. We will be joined for this trip by members of the Carolina Butterfly Society and our primary focus will be butterflies although we will look at other things as well. Trip may go into the afternoon, bring water and snacks.

September 22Phinizy Migration Walk. This is a Phinizy Swamp event and there may be a $5 cost. Details upcoming.

September 29, SaturdayWings over Water – Meet at Riverside Park boat ramp in Columbia County (4431 Hardy McManus Rd, Evans, GA) at 8:30 to paddle (canoe and kayak only) Betty’s Branch looking for birds and the other creatures that call this area home. Bring binoculars. If you do not own a canoe or kayak they can be rented on-site from Outdoor Augusta Riverside (706-399-4037 to reserve), if you are going to rent please arrive early enough to get the paperwork done so that you are on the water with us. OA opens at 8am. Everyone please assemble between 8 and 8:15 so that we can unload and get on the water by 8:30. We will paddle 3-4 miles (out and back) at least. Lifejacket required; bring water. Please confirm on Facebook or email me at croakie@comcast.net so that we know you are coming.

FIELD TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Merry Ponds- July 21, 2018

You should have been there! Four people came along on our Merry exploration on a very nice July morning. The weather was actually pleasant when we started. Merry is rarely birded in summer so we weren’t sure what we’d find and I had forgotten about the rookery we found in April. That was where we ended up spending most of our time although we saw Pied-billed Grebe babies in another pond.

The rookery was full of Anhingas including nestlings. They are gangly little things! Most of the birds were Cattle Egrets and most were off the nest. There were a few Little Blue and Green Herons and Snowy Egrets as well. The best was White Ibis! This may be the first time White Ibis have been documented to be breeding in Richmond County. Most of them were fledged but we did see one little bird who was not old enough to fly yet. They have short, multi-colored bills when young! I’d never seen a White Ibis that young before.

Thunder was moving in while we watched the rookery and then rain started so we called it a day. You should come with us next time! Lois Stacey.

Phinizy Waders Trip- August 4, 2018

Thirteen people came out for the Phinizy Waders trip. We had a great time! We drove around the cells looking for post-breeding dispersal waders and found plenty. We had nice comparative looks at Snowy, Little Blue and Cattle Egrets as well as an immature Tricolored Heron. We had a flyby adult Yellow-crowned Heron and an immature perched on the fence.

There were Solitary and Least Sandpipers, Killdeer and Lesser Yellowlegs in one of the ponds and a Spotted Sandpiper on the Equalization Pond. We got great looks at young Common Gallinules too. Wood Ducks flushed out of one pond and a few people got quick looks at a King Rail. The total for the day was 41 species, not bad at all for the middle of summer. Lois Stacey.

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