Date: 10/24/18 9:18 am
From: Hilda Flamholtz (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: birding the Anderson Regional Airport, SC
I was thinking that Steve's great write up should go on the Carolina Bird
Club website where we have write-ups for birding sites in each state.
(Birding Resources/South Carolina)

Hilda Flamholtz
Columbia, SC

On Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 11:36 AM Birding Poet <carolinabirds...>
wrote:

> That’s great for anyone in that area!
>
> I very much wish a detailed report like this one was available for all of
> our SC hotspots; I often check e-Bird to figure out where to go for what I
> want to see, but then end up entirely unsure of exactly where in the area
> to go. Some are obvious, others not so much. Maybe something like an
> updated edition of Robin Carter’s ‘Finding Birds in SC’?
>
> If anyone has grant $$ to give me so I can quit my job and get this done
> for us, I’m all in!!
>
> On Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 10:59 AM Steve Patterson <carolinabirds...>
> wrote:
>
>> 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.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Steve Patterson
>> Anderson, SC
>>
> --
> ~Tracee 843/425-7630
>

 
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