Date: 10/24/18 7:59 am From: Steve Patterson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: birding the Anderson Regional Airport, SC
The Anderson Airport became an eBird hotspot in July, and it has shown good potential for bird diversity over those few months. Two or three people have requested information about where to go on the airport property to look for birds, so here is a basic guide to navigating the place.
These are the areas being utilized to find birds so far:
Entrance Road and Parking Lot - From Anderson, take Whitner Street (SC 24) west of town and look for the airport entrance on the left. You can start birding as soon as you enter the entrance road, pulling over to scan fields and study fence birds. There is a curb, but a margin lane is enough to get out of the slight traffic you might encounter. Once you reach the parking area, pick a space in long-term parking or park closer to the building. There is no fee for parking. Check power lines and palmetto trees for birds.
Runways - You can scope the runways from outside the fence or walk through the terminal building to a patio area. This is where Horned Larks and Killdeer are usually found. Airport personnel have become accustomed to the presence of birders and are very friendly.
Upper Field and Wood Edges - If you choose to park in the small long-term parking section, directly in front of you will be a grassy field that rolls down to a hardwood strip surrounding a small creek. Walk the fields and along the woods. There is also a utility cut that takes you to (and over) the creek.
Lower Field and Wood Edges - Again from the long-term parking spots, you will notice a small gravel and dirt road to your left. Walk this road to a gap in the tree line. Follow the road through the gap and you are in the Lower Field. This field contains the radio-controlled airplane club runway and staging shelter. It is a large area with hardwood margins on all all sides except the upper edge where a long fence provides bird perches and birder views into otherwise inaccessible parts of the airport property.
Sewer Line - At the same place the aforementioned gap enters the Lower Field, there is a recently-cleared rough path to your right. It goes through vegetation that follows the sewer line. The path takes you all the way down to the Lower Sewer Line. (When cleared, I thought this would become a fantastic spot for migrating birds, but it has not lived up to expectation, yet.)
Brushy Transition to Lower Sewer Line - If you keep to the right on the road that takes you into the Lower Field, you will eventually come to a brushy transition zone. Bird this road to the bottom, which will deposit you into a larger clearing that is the Lower Sewer Line.
Lower Sewer Line and Power Line Cut - When you enter the Lower Sewer Line, you can walk right or left, and both have been productive for birds. To the right is the creek. To the left is a long avenue that comes parallel with a power line clearing.
If you have questions about any of this, please be in touch. I hope many people will be able to enjoy the birding there and add to the knowledge of how bird species are using the property.