Birding Club

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!

May 15 @ 8am: Piedmont Medical Center Trail (100 Celriver Road, Rock Hill, SC)

Come join the Greenway Birding Club as we take an (approximate) two-hour walk looking for birds. We have scheduled a number of different dates and locations this Spring, both on the Greenway and at nearby locations to keep things interesting! Spring migration is probably the best time of year to go birding because our area gets lots of warblers and thrushes traveling through, plus the summer residents start to show up. Our club is open to anyone interested in birds, regardless of experience. Binoculars are recommended. In an effort to ensure social distancing and a manageable group size, we are limiting attendance at each walk to 10 participants, plus the group leaders. Registration is required. Cost is free.

Register Here

May 23 @ 8am: Lake Haigler Parking Lot

A reminder that the Greenway is open to members only Friday-Sunday.

Come join the Greenway Birding Club as we take an (approximate) two-hour walk looking for birds. We have scheduled a number of different dates and locations this Spring, both on the Greenway and at nearby locations to keep things interesting! Spring migration is probably the best time of year to go birding because our area gets lots of warblers and thrushes traveling through, plus the summer residents start to show up.

Our club is open to anyone interested in birds, regardless of experience. Binoculars are recommended.

In an effort to ensure social distancing and a manageable group size, we are limiting attendance at each walk to 10 participants, plus the group leaders. Registration is required. Cost is free.

Register Here

June 5 @ 8am: Landsford Canal

Join the Greenway Birding Club as we take a 2-3 hour walk looking for birds! We have scheduled a number of different dates and locations both on the Greenway and at nearby locations to keep things interesting. Our club is open to anyone interested in birds, regardless of experience. Binoculars are recommended. In an effort to ensure social distancing and a manageable group size, we are limiting attendance at each walk to 12 participants, plus the group leaders.

We are asking people to register in advance with the Greenway.  All walks start at 8 am. For this hike we will plan on walking the Canal Trail, which is 2.5 miles round trip. We should see a variety of warblers, including lots of Prothonotary Warblers. We will meet at the parking lot.

 

Register Here

June 13 @8am: Adventure Road parking area

Come join the Greenway Birding Club as we take a 2-3 hour walk looking for birds. We have scheduled a number of different dates and locations both on the Greenway and at nearby locations to keep things interesting!

Our club is open to anyone interested in birds, regardless of experience. Binoculars are recommended. In an effort to ensure social distancing and a manageable group size, we are limiting attendance at each walk to 12 participants, plus the group leaders. We are asking people to register in advance with the Greenway.

We will meet at the Adventure Road parking area. For this hike we will likely see Indigo Buntings, Blue Grosbeaks and Summer Tanagers. If we get lucky, we may find a Wood Thrush down by the railroad trestle.

Please note: The Greenway is open to members only Friday-Sunday

Register Here

July 17 @ 8am: Dairy Barn parking lot

Come join the Greenway Birding Club as we take a 2-3 hour walk looking for birds. We have scheduled a number of different dates and locations both on the Greenway and at nearby locations to keep things interesting! Our club is open to anyone interested in birds, regardless of experience. Binoculars are recommended.

In an effort to ensure social distancing and a manageable group size, we are limiting attendance at each walk to 12 participants, plus the group leaders. We are asking people to register in advance with the Greenway. All walks start at 8 am. For this hike we will walk down to Lake Katherine where we may see herons or a Kingfisher. Then we will try to find warblers near the gardens and along the trail to the swinging bridge.

We will meet at the Dairy Barn parking lot.

Please note: the Greenway is open to members only Friday-Sunday

Register Here

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.

Details

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