SIB Members go Cuckoo for Cuckoo’s

SIB members during "Birding with David Gardner" at St. Christopher's on April 21, 2016. Ed Konrad
SIB members during “Birding with David Gardner” at St. Christopher’s on April 21, 2016. Ed Konrad

Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) sponsored our first “Birding with David Gardner” this past Thursday, April 21, 2016.  Although we didn’t get a chance to see all the birds we heard, in total we counted 35 different bird species for the three hours we spent at St Christopher’s.  We were most excited to hear the three Yellow-billed Cuckoos and hope that we’ll see these very elusive birds on a future walk.  The full list of birds is listed below along with the two snakes found on our walk.  Please enjoy the pictures we’ve included in the photo gallery at the end of the article taken by SIB members & photographers: Patricia Schaefer and Ed Konrad.

We’d also like to thank David Gardner, Director of Environmental Education at St. Christopher Camp & Conference Center, for taking time out of his schedule to educate us on the birds, snakes and natural history of Seabrook Island!  If you are interested to visit the grounds of St. Christopher, please follow the instructions found in the Tidelines article:  how-to-visit-camp-st-christopher.
We hope you will join SIB for our evening event featuring The Center for Birds of Prey this Wednesday April 27th at 7:00 pm in the Live Oak Room at the Lake House.  You can find a description and registration (if required) for all our future activities on our website under the new “Activities” menu drop-down. (
eBird Submission of Sightings
St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center, Charleston, South Carolina, US
Apr 21, 2016 8:40 AM – 11:30 AM
35 bird species
Wild Turkey  1
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Anhinga  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  2
Green Heron  4
Black-crowned Night-Heron  5
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Laughing Gull  10
Royal Tern  2
Mourning Dove  2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
White-eyed Vireo  1
American Crow  5
Fish Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  8
Carolina Wren  6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  12
Northern Mockingbird  1
Hooded Warbler  1
Northern Parula  12
Pine Warbler  10
Yellow-throated Warbler  4
Summer Tanager  4
Northern Cardinal  18
Blue Grosbeak  1
Painted Bunting  3
Red-winged Blackbird  23
Common Grackle  3
2 snake species
Greenish Rat Snake
Eastern Garter Snake

Author: sibirders

SEABROOK ISLAND BIRDERS / “watching, learning, protecting” Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) are residents, renters and guests of Seabrook Island, SC who have an interest in learning, protecting and providing for the well-being of the incredible variety of birds that inhabit Seabrook Island throughout the year.

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