Pacolet Valley

Loggerhead Shrike by Simon Thompson

Spartanburg County, SC
January 12, 2021

Vesper Sparrow by Ventures Birding

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Departure: We will meet at the Ingle’s grocery store at Exit 1 (Highway 14) on the Landrum town side of I-26 in Landrum, SC. Drivers will be given directions to Caroland Farms. You can alternatively just meet us near the old bridge on Jackson Grove Road just over the state line. Time: 8:00 AM Price: $55 per person; Picnic lunch not included (until further notice) Leader: Simon Thompson Description: This will be an easy walk of about 3 miles at the most through fields and along the banks of the Pacolet River. Fields may be wet so waterproof shoes may be helpful.


The Pacolet River runs through woodland and agricultural fields in a very picturesque valley near Landrum in the South Carolina Upstate. Rolling fields, scattered woodlots and riverine brush hold good numbers of both resident and wintering species and the open country habitat dictates the varied bird population of the area. We will be looking for several sparrows, such as White-crowned, Lincoln’s, Swamp and Vesper. A pair of Loggerhead Shrikes used to be resident in the farmlands, and may still be in the area. We should also see a good number of raptors, including American Kestrel, Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks and Northern Harrier. Both American Pipit and Lapland Longspur have been recorded in the fields, as have Common Snipe, Killdeer and other transient shorebirds.