Guided Birding Hikes

Summer & Fall Migration 2021

 

          Bird populations explode over summer as fledgling birds leave their nests. They typically look very different from the adults and are often still begging to be fed so the energy can be intense as migratory birds rush to complete the nesting process by preparing their offspring.

          Birds are already on the move in August and by September migration is in full swing. Migration in the fall is more spread out than spring migration, with surprises possible around every corner. To add to the fun, molting adults and juveniles with funky plumages make identification an extra challenge.  As we always say, “Any bird is possible during migration!”

          Highlights will include tips on identifying different species and learning about behavior and habitat needs.  Cross Creek continues to document new bird species at the park and the park list is now at 170, while Venetucci Farm's bird list is currently at 161.


Pre-registration is required for all events as group size will be limited to 12.

Covid-19 Protocols

  • To keep everyone safe we will be limiting the number of participants to 12. This also creates a better birding experience.

  • I will continue to offer a couple of pair of loaner binoculars to those needing to borrow a pair for the outing.

  • Physical distancing of 6 feet and wearing of masks continues to be optional.

Summer/ Fall Migration Outings 2021

  • Saturday, Aug 21, 7:00am-9:30am, Fledgling Guided Birding Hike@ Venetucci Farm. This time of year is a grab bag of early migrants and fledgling birds getting ready for winter and, for some, migration.

  • Saturday, Aug 28, 7:00am-9:30am, Manitou Lake. This mountain gem should have migrants as well as the year round residents.

  • Saturday, Sept 11, 7:00 am- 9:30 am, Guided Birding Hike @ Venetucci Farm.  Migration is well under way by now and so there’s the potential for a surprise around every corner.

  • Saturday, Sept 18, 8:00 am-10:30 am, Guided Birding Hike @ Manitou Lake. Getting cooler in the high country which means birds are on the move. Time to move the birding start time an hour later. This park will be closing for the season shortly after this outing.

  • Sunday, Sept 19, 7:00 am-8:30 am, Guided Birding Hike @ Cross Creek Park, Free: Sponsored by the park. This little park punches above its weight class with a whopping 170 bird species to date. One of my favorite places to see ducks and other water birds!

  • (RESCHEDULED FOR OCT 3) Saturday Sept 25, 8:00am-10:30am, Guided Birding Hike, Venetucci Farm. The last Venetucci outing for 2021!

  • WAITLIST: Saturday Oct 2, 8:00am-10:30am, Fountain Creek Regional Park, Free: Outing for Aiken Audubon. Fountain Creek has a nice mix of scrub, riparian forest, ponds and stream habitats.

  • Sunday Oct 3, 8:00am-10:30am, Venetucci Farm, the last outing to Venetucci Farm for 2021.

  • Saturday Oct 9, 8:00am-9:30am, Cross Creek Park, Free: Sponsored by the park. See Sept 19th description for more info.

  • Saturday Oct 23, 8:00am-9:30am, Cross Creek Park, Free: Sponsored by the park. See Sept 19th description for more info.

  • Saturday Nov 13, 8:00am-9:30am, Cross Creek Park, Free: Sponsored by the park. See Sept 19th description for more info.

  • Saturday Nov 20, 8:00am-9:30am, Cross Creek Park, Free: Sponsored by the Park. See Sept 19th description for more info.

  • Saturday Dec 4, 8:00am-10:00, Prospect Lake. My last guided birding hike for 2021!

To Register: Please email David Rudin: dbrudin@yahoo.com, and provide date, number of participants and names. Payment will be due the morning of the event payable by check made out to David Rudin or Cash (Exact Change please).  Hikes will go rain or shine.

Note: I will send out outing details and directions the week before each outing.

 

Cost: $12/adult, $10/college student, $7/children (children 5 and under are free), unless noted otherwise

For Questions: Email: David Rudin, dbrudin@yahoo.com,  or call 719-648-9324. 

 

Special Notes: Please bring binoculars and bird identification books. The walking will be moderate, unless otherwise noted, but please plan on trail hiking. Wearing long sleeve shirts, long pants and using bug spray is recommended to keep biting flies at bay during warm weather.