Central Savannah River Area

Central Savannah River Area

Overview

Area name

Central Savannah River Area

Area Location

Directions to Silver Bluff Audubon Sanctuary: from Beech Island head south on Highway 125 for 4.5 miles, then turn right onto Silver Bluff Road. Follow the road for approximately 4.5 miles to the visitor center on your right.

Area Map

Access

Hours of Operation: SIlver Bluff Audubon Sanctuary is open from 9:00 – 5:00, Monday through Saturday. Calling ahead in late summer for Wood Stork viewing is recommended, (803) 471-0291.

Aiken State Natural Area opens daily from 9:00 – 6:00.

Facilities

Background

Best birding months are April through October.

Central Savannah River Area, aka CSRA, covers five counties in South Carolina and Georgia. Arguably the best birding is found in Silver Bluff Audubon Sanctuary, where Wood storks arrive from the middle of July through the middle of September.

Another excellent birding area with the CSRA is Aiken State Natural Area, which contains a 3-mile jungle trail.

Key Birds

Resident

Red-shouldered Hawk, Wild Turkey, Northern Bobwhite, Red-headed Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown-headed Nuthatch.

Summer

Wood Stork, Mississippi Kite, Chuck-will’s-widow, Whip-poor-will, Yellow-throated Vireo, Northern Parula, Prairie Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Swainson’s Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Yellow-breasted Chat, Bachman’s Sparrow, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting.

Winter

Hooded Merganser, Bald Eagle, American Woodcock, Wilson’s Snipe, Winter Wren, American Pipit, Orange-crowned Warbler, Palm Warbler, Fox Sparrow.