Seabrook Island Results of the Annual Christmas Bird Count

Birders of all ages participated in our event – Patricia & Page Schaefer’s grandchildren, Dallas & Page

On behalf of SIB, we would like to thank our 30 volunteers for taking time on Friday January 4, 2019, to contribute to the 2018-2019 Sea Island Christmas Bird Count (CBC)!  In total we had ten homes who submitted Backyard Birding forms and we had another ten groups who submitted the forms for all across Seabrook Island, including Camp St. Christopher, the beach, ponds, horse pastures and marshes.

Although the official counts for the CBC have not been finalized, our teams identified 99 species on our island.  This is less than the previous two years (112 & 116 respectively), I personally found it challenging due to the extremely foggy then rainy weather resulting in low number of birds seen. On that day, no one on Seabrook Island even saw a Wood Stork, Turkey or Black Vulture! I’m impressed that of the 20 locations, at least 14 of these reported a unique species!  Other interesting facts are we had 3 locations with a Baltimore Oriole and 6 locations with a Ruby-throated Hummingbird – all of which were seen in backyards, demonstrating the importance of our members participating from their home locations!

Several of our members captured great photos during the day including birds at the backyard feeders, birds through the fog at North Beach and some candids of our birders doing what they love!  Please enjoy the photos and we hope even more of our members will join us the first week of 2020 when we will again be counting birds on Seabrook Island for our annual Christmas Bird Count.

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Sign up for SIB’s Seminar: How to use eBird

eBird ( is the world’s largest biodiversity-related citizen science project, with more than 100 million bird sightings contributed each year by eBirders around the world. A collaborative enterprise with hundreds of partner organizations, thousands of regional experts, and hundreds of thousands of users, eBird is managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. eBirdcontributes to the understanding and conservation of birds, how to explore the hundreds of millions of eBird observations, and how you can share your sightings with friends and researchers from every country in the world. Members of Seabrook Island Birders use eBird to track birds they see around the world and during our various activities.If you would like to learn more about eBird and how you can use this fabulous tool, we hope you will join us for a hands-on seminar.

Learn how to:

  • Load the app on your device or find the website on your computer (please bring your phone/tablet and/or your laptop computer)
  • Create a login for eBird
  • How to select a location
  • Input sightings both on the app and on the website
  • Share your sightings with others who have birded with you

If there is time, we will also show you how to:

  • Review your eBird statistics
  • How to create a Seabrook Island “Patch”
  • Search eBird to find the location of a specific bird species
  • Search eBird to learn which species are found at specific locations

Please sign up to join us for this seminar!

Date: Thursday January 17, 2019 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Osprey 1, Lake House, Seabrook Island, SC
Max: 12
Cost: None for members; $5 donation for guests


“Tales of a Big Year” – SIB Evening Program January 30, 2019


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We know most Seabrook Island Birder members enjoy watching the many birds around Seabrook Island. On one of SIB’s bird walks we may be lucky to see 25 different species. SIB members Aija and Ed Konrad decided to make 2018 a “Big Year” and set a goal to find 500 species in 365 days within the United States.

Join us at the Lake House for another fun and informative evening with Aija and Ed’s “Tales of a Big Year – the journey to 570”, highlighting their adventures as they crisscrossed the country from coast to coast.

Many of you have met Aija and Ed as they have led bird walks on the island. Aija became an avid birder after deer invaded her award-winning gardens in Atlanta. Ed soon followed as a photographer extraordinaire of the birds they see. Their home is in Atlanta but also enjoy their condo on Seabrook Island where you can often see them on North Beach with binoculars, spotting scope and long lens camera, enjoying the various sea and shore birds.

SIB will provide beverages including wine and coffee.  We ask everyone to RSVP no later than January 27, 2019 so we will know how much wine to purchase and how many chairs to set up.

For only $10, you may join or renew your 2019 SIB membership the night of the event. Non-members will pay $5 to attend.

Don’t miss this chance to have another fun filled evening with our flock of Seabrook Island Birders!

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