SIB Members Volunteer at the Hawk Watch in Awendaw

Eight SIB members traveled to the Center for Birds of Prey on Friday September 23rd, to volunteer as observers during the annual South Carolina Coastal Raptor Migration Survey.  They joined shift leader Stephen Schabel to count migrating hawks from the observation platform on site.  During the three hour observation period, the group documented the following migrating raptors:

Osprey  3
Bald Eagle  3
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Merlin  1
Unidentified 1

Although we didn’t see the volume of raptors as can be seen at places like Hawk Mountain in PA, the group was thrilled to spend time assisting Stephen and learning from his extensive knowledge of  Accipiters, Buteos, Falcons and Ospreys.  And of course we enjoyed the resident Vultures – both Black and Turkey.

Turkey & Black Vultures - N Brown
Turkey & Black Vultures – N Brown

The annual survey runs September 1st through November 30th and SIB has arranged for its members to volunteer on two additional dates.  Please sign up and see additional details using the links below:

Additional Bird Sightings during our morning Hawk Watch:

Wild Turkey  4
Wood Stork  2
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Anhinga  6
Great Egret  2
Cattle Egret  5
White Ibis  1
Black Vulture  11
Turkey Vulture  37
Forster’s Tern  1
Mourning Dove  3
Belted Kingfisher  2
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Painted Bunting  4

Turkey Vultures - N Brown
Turkey Vultures – N Brown
Immature Turkey Vulture - N Brown
Immature Turkey Vulture – N Brown
Turkey Vultures - N Brown
Turkey Vulture – N Brown

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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