SIB will publish this regular blog post to report interesting or unusual bird sightings on Seabrook Island.
Name: Nancy Brown & Flo Foley
Date & Time of Sighting: 3/26/16 8:30am
Name of Bird Species: Wood Stork
Number of Birds Sighted: 1
Location of Sighting: Observed a single Wood Stork flying over the Lake House
Additional Sightings (see pictures below)
SIB held its second “Learning Together” bird walk Thursday March 24th on North Beach led by three SIB committee members (Marcia Hider, Flo Foley & Nancy Brown). Twenty SIB members, many new to birding, participated on the beautiful morning and birded from the parking lot, along the boardwalk and on the beach.
As we left the parking lot, we could hear the high-pitched, trilled bzeee of a flock of Cedar Waxwings perched in a tree. After a loud construction sound, the flock lifted into the air and we saw two other large flocks in the distance take off with a total of more than 50 birds!
On the beach, we saw several large clusters of shorebirds. Using the scopes, we observed a Greater Yellowlegs dancing in a small pond of water as it fed on small minnows. And further down the beach we watched three American Oystercatchers fly in and hang at the shoreline. The team thought they had a large flock of Red Knots on the beach, but after further investigation determined it was a mixed flock of Dunlins, Sanderlings and Plovers. Thanks to Judy Morr for helping to identify various birds.
In total the group saw more than 20 species, including:
Please enjoy these photos taken by Dean Morr!
(click on a photo to view as a slide show)
Sanderlings on North Beach – Dean Morr
SIB Members on North Beach – Dean Morr
American Oystercatcher on North Beach – Dean Morr