Farmland Birding

Townville, SC 29689, USA

VB
182 reviews
May 11, 2022
Group size: 3 - 10
Farmland Birding
Townville, SC 29689, USA

182 reviews

$NaN
May 11, 2022
Group size: 3 - 10

About this trip

Easy walking through fields and along roadsides looking for a selection of open country species. Sun protection is highly recommended, as well as good walking footwear!


Located in Anderson County, in the northwestern South Carolina Piedmont, Townville and its surrounding countryside chocked full of farmland provides excellent opportunities for finding an array of typical open country birds. While the area is known primarily as a winter birding hotspot, a spring visit can be every bit as enticing with Eastern Meadowlark, Blue Grosbeak, Grasshopper Sparrow, Eastern Kingbird, and Bobolink all  being part of the regular cast of characters. Of particular interest are the numerous Dickcissels that have nested here over the years, and we’ll pay special attention to getting good looks and photographs of them. We will scan barbed-wire fences for Loggerhead Shrike, the ‘Butcher Bird,’ and we should find Horned Lark as well singing from the open fields. To add to the excitement, the area has also hosted small numbers of Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, a rare but fairly regular nester in the agricultural areas of the Carolina Piedmont in recent years. We will follow up on any recent reports and will do our best to find them!


While most of our tour will be spent birding the farmland, we will certainly have time to explore some other habitats in the area as well. The wetlands and woodland of Beaverdam Creek WMA are great for everything from Summer Tanager & Yellow-billed Cuckoo to Brown-headed Nuthatch, Wood Duck, and Red-headed Woodpecker. The ponds in the area are excellent throughout the month of May for finding any number of migratory shorebirds, with everything from White-rumped Sandpiper to Red-necked Phalarope having shown up previously. Lake Hartwell is always worth a stop and could have nesting Bald Eagles, Osprey, gulls and terns, or perhaps even a late duck or loon.


Join Aaron for a pleasant spring day of birding in the farm country of the South Carolina Piedmont.

What’s included

  • 1 birding guide
  • lunch
  • transportation

Who’s Going

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VB
Ventures Birding Tours
182 reviews
Small travel company based in Asheville, NC, specializing in birding & nature tours both locally & worldwide.

Reviews

We had an awesome time. Kevin was great and always helpful.
By Tom F for Dauphin Island, Alabama 2 2022 on 17 May, 2022
We came for the birds and the birds came for us! Really enjoyed our experience with Kevin Burke, who led us to multiple locations throughout the day in search of spring migrants. Kevin was attentive, informative, relaxed, and he made sure that we saw what he saw (or heard). And there were a lot of good ones, including Wilson's Warbler and Black-billed Cuckoo. We had such a great experience that we can't wait to sign up for our next trip!
By Stephen P for Spring Migration in Henderson County on 08 May, 2022
Trip had us walking along the Green River which provided opportunities to see various warblers but even more were heard by our small group. Kevin shared some of his favorite birding sites with us so that added to the success and enjoyment of the morning.
By Harry Y for Green River Cove on 05 May, 2022
We had a great time!! Kevin was an awesome guide and we saw many birds!!
By Foye C for Green River Cove on 05 May, 2022
Had a terrific time with Kevin in the Green River Gamelands! Managed to get in a fabulous assortment before the projected rain deluge began in the early afternoon. The company and leadership were first rate. I got a lifer, the Swainson’s warbler, and one of the participants got 4 lifers! Can’t wait for the next trip!
By Toni M for Green River Cove on 05 May, 2022
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