Birding is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the nation, and we are lucky enough to have an entire 2,100 acres at our disposal. The Greenway Birding Club will use the Greenway as its home base, exploring the wide variety of bird life found here, while also venturing into North and South Carolina. We welcome all levels of birders, so whether this is your first time picking up a pair of binoculars or you can name every bird in North America, join us on one of our outings to help us identify some birds!
Birding Club Christmas Bird Count | December 21 @ 6:15am
Meet at Burger King at SC Hwy 5 & Rawlinson Road, Rock Hill
The Greenway Birding Club’s December outing will be in conjunction with the annual York/Rock Hill SC ‘Christmas Bird Count’ led by Dr. Bill Hilton of Hilton Pond Center. We will bird for half a day, break for lunch, then bird in the afternoon to try and get the highest counts possible. Please join us for as long as you can. Dress accordingly and bring water. Binoculars are suggested.
Breeding Bird Monitoring:
There are 45 bluebird nestboxes strategically placed throughout the Anne Springs Close Greenway at three locations: the Nature Center, the Field Trial Barn and the Dairy Barn. Each nestbox is monitored, with minimal disturbance to the birds, on a bi-weekly basis over a span of 22 weeks (March 15-August 21). Volunteers record observations and send their documentation for data entry into NestWatch website via Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Current Bird Breeding Annual Report:
As has been done for the past 9 years, our data was reported to the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology via the NestWatch website so the Greenway data can be used as part of a continent-wide base of birding data.
Due to heavy predation, the number of successful fledgings dropped 33% from past years from an average of 45% to 30%. We have begun a program to install predator guards on the nest boxes which will help with this problem for future years.
We have a dedicated group of volunteers who conduct this survey each spring and summer.
Meets September through May
Scheduled monthly bird walks at the Greenway and surrounding areas
Spur-of-the-moment walks posted through our Facebook group
Report bird species sightings to Cornell University's Lab of Ornithology
Thank you to this year’s volunteers:
Tom Anderson, Annie Baker, Lance Brockmeier, Jim Johnston, Bob Olson , Lyle Sandlin, Mitch Truesdale, and Iona Yanutola