Farmland Birding

American Kestrel by Alan Lenk

Townville, SC

December 2, 2023

Field Sparrow by Alan Lenk

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Meeting place: TBA Time: 8:00 AM – 2 PM Price: $60


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 farmlands provide excellent opportunities for finding an array of typical open country birds. This area is known primarily as a winter birding hotspot, with several small ponds that can yield a good variety of waterfowl such as Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, and Bufflehead. Open farmlands afford great hunting opportunities for Raptors. One can expect Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, and if we get lucky, a Short-eared Owl. The smaller Passerines can also be expected: White-crowned, Vesper, & Fox Sparrows, American Pipit, Red-headed Woodpecker, and Horned Lark.

While most of our tour will be spent birding the farmland, we will also plan to stop by Lake Hartwell on our return trip to check for Common Loon, Bald Eagle and other various waterfowl and gulls.

Join Vicky for an late fall day of birding in the farm country of the South Carolina Piedmont.