This is a magnificent spectacle: 100,000 Purple Martins converge on Doolittle Island in the middle of Lake Murray in the 30+ minutes before Sunset. Phenomenal gathering of thousands of birds roosting in their summer grounds on historic "bomb island". We will learn more about this place while on sail to the island on this beautiful, clear, cool water lake.
We will start with a leisurely sail to the island from a sailing club near the dam aboard the "Poco Loco", 24 foot sailboat. (Creature comforts are minimal since the boat is primarily used for racing. A Porta Potti behind a curtain in the cabin is available.) Parking space is plentiful. Allow at least 80 minutes to drive from Aiken to a meeting point in Irmo, SC. We will leave the meeting point at 5:30 PM. Birds will not wait for us so we cannot wait for late arrivals. We will be brown bagging supper while sailing. No large coolers please. Swimsuits welcome, but bring a sweatshirt or windbreaker for the cool return trip after dark. Don't forget a towel. Mosquitos will not be a problem with thousands of Martins around. Be prepared for long afternoon and evening. We will get back to the dock between 10 - 11 PM.
The first 7 people to sign up will get to enjoy this magnificent spectacle thanks to the generous hospitality of one of our members!