SIB’s Backyard Birding was a Fun Break from Clean-up Duties!

The back deck of Carole King's home was the perfect place to bird - Judy Morr
The back deck of Carole King’s home was the perfect place to bird – Judy Morr
A big thank you to Carole King for hosting our monthly SIB Backyard Birding on her back deck Saturday October 15.  We had 13 SIB members who took a break from their clean-up work following Hurricane Matthew.   What a beautiful location to watch for traditional backyard birds, shorebirds and seabirds with views of marsh, river, beach and ocean!  Carole provided coffee, tea and snacks and Donna Lawrence brought muffins.
Brown Pelicans at the end of the dock - Marnie Ellis
Brown Pelicans at the end of the dock – Marnie Ellis
When we arrived, the Brown Pelicans were the most noticeable sitting at the end of two of the docks.  Near the home we saw the typical passerines like Northern Cardinals and Northern Mockingbird, but many of us were excited to see the Brown Thrasher and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.  We determined the small bird that would hop along Carole’s dock and then fly up into the Live Oak was a Palm Warbler.
Using the scope we could see the 22 American Oystercatchers across on North Beach - Marnie Ellis
Using the scope we could see the 22 American Oystercatchers across on North Beach – Marnie Ellis
In the distance, using the scope, we were able to identify a large group of American Oystercatchers, Willets, more than 100 White Ibis and even two Marbled Godwits.  Using our binoculars, we could see hundreds of Tree Swallows flying over the end of Kiawah Island as well as over the river and beach on the Seabrook side.
SIB members enjoying the diversity of birds - Judy Morr
SIB members enjoying the diversity of birds – Judy Morr
Overall, we had a spectacular morning and I think we would all agree we are jealous of Carole for her backyard birding paradise.  Below is the full list of birds we saw during the morning along with photos taken by Marnie and Judy.

If you are interested to join Judy Morr next Saturday, she’ll be taking a SIB group to the Center for Birds of Prey to volunteer as they count migrating Hawks.  For more information and to sign up click here.

Double-crested Cormorant  12
Brown Pelican  37
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  6
Snowy Egret  5
Little Blue Heron  1
Tricolored Heron  1
White Ibis  103
Osprey  4
Clapper Rail  1
American Oystercatcher  22     
Marbled Godwit  2
Willet  12
Laughing Gull  3
Royal Tern  3
Black Skimmer  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
American Crow  13
Fish Crow  1
Tree Swallow  122
Carolina Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  3
Carolina Wren  1
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Palm Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  5
Boat-tailed Grackle  1
A gorgeous day to bird on Seabrook Island - Marnie Ellis
A gorgeous day to bird on Seabrook Island – Marnie Ellis
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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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