Bluebird Statistics YTD

Hello fellow Bluebirders,

Our Eastern Bluebird season is not over yet. We have until Aug 9th, but I thought I would send y’all some stats so far. I will report full stats at the end of the year. I also give these stats to the Environmental committee, the Seabrook Island Club, SIB  and South Carolina Bluebird Society.

This is just the Bluebirds, but as you know we have had many Carolina Chickadee nests as well. So far:

  • 62 Nest attempts
  • 273 eggs
  • 207 hatched
  • 135 fledged

We have had some nest attempts that no eggs were laid. We have had some eggs not hatch and unfortunately some predation .We have had 6 nests/babies attacked by predators, three of them were snakes for sure. (Poor Jo and Jim Eisenhauer got all three) But this is much better from last year, when 16 boxes had predators. I do believe our baffles are working for the most part. 

Thanks everyone, again for all your help!!!

Melanie Jerome
Seabrook Island Bluebird Society
SeabrookBluebirds@gmail.com

Join SIB for Backyard Birding at Boat Ramp

Birders on Jerome’s deck 08/06/16 – Dean Morr

Join SIB members near the home of Melanie and Robert Jerome at the boat ramp on Creek Watch Trace on Seabrook Island on Sunday, June 30th at 7:00-9:00am. Yes, we are starting that early. You will have views of the marsh and river, with many shore birds. Spotted Sandpipers, Egrets, Herons, marsh wrens, and many songbirds. There is a lot to see at the SIPOA boat ramp and crab dock. High Tide will be in the morning. . The marsh by the fire station may have some additional birds. There will be seats available to sit and bird or a group can go walking.

Bring binoculars and bug spray. Limit 12-15 people.

This event is free for SIB members. If you are not yet a 2019 SIB member, you must first become a member by following the instructions on our website: https://seabrookislandbirders.org/contact/join-sib/.

Register no later than Thursday, June 27th. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Friday, June 28th.

To Rescue or Not To Rescue Baby Birds

Have you ever wondered whether to intervene with nature? Since we, as human beings, have moved into “nature’s” neighborhood it might be appropriate to occasionally give “nature” a helping hand. 

Rosemary Mosco is a science writer and naturalist who is a popular guest lecturer at not only birding festivals, but also writing and art workshops for all ages. Her popularity is in part because she delivers her thought provoking talks with a sense of humor. Additionally, Ms. Mosco is a graphic artist whose comics share the funny side of nature while highlighting environmental issues. You can see some of her comics on Bird and Moon and below is a clever graphic created by Rosemary Mosco to help you determine when, whether, and how you should rescue baby birds.

If you need to contact the wildlife care center in our area, please contact the Avian Medical Clinic at 843.971.7474 and press option #1 for the Injured Bird Line. You can also send an email to info@thecenterforbirdsofprey.org

How to Watch our June Movie Matinee Features

The Egg: Life’s Perfect Invention, Nature

Thirteen (13) Seabrook Island Birders “beat the heat” to join us for SIB’s fourth movie matinee this past Tuesday. If you were not able to attend, you may still be able to watch these documentaries.

The Egg: Life’s Perfect Invention, is a 53-minute episode from PBS Nature (Season 37 Episode 12). How is an egg made? Why are they the shape they are? And perhaps most importantly, why lay an egg at all? Step by step as the egg hatches, host David Attenborough reveals the wonder behind these incredible miracles of nature. To watch, you can stream it through PBS.

Our second movie was Remarkable Birds, a 28-minute film by Coastal Kingdom. What is it about birds that makes them so appealing? Join Tony for a closer look at some of the avian fauna living in the LowCountry – butcher birds, Spoonbills, Clapper Rails and more! To watch, click here.

We hope you enjoy these two programs and share with your family and friends.

Check out that Snag!

Red-headed Woodpecker outside his home on a snag along the golf course – Glen Cox

Many people may not use the term “snag” often until they become birders. According to Miriam-Webster, the term snag as a noun is defined as:

1.) a tree or branch embedded in a lake or stream bed and constituting a hazard to navigation 
2.) a standing dead tree

Snags make wonderful habitat for birds and I often look towards snags if I’m in search of birds. They make great perches for birds who want a view. They make excellent home both for nests on and inside of the snag for cavity dwellers.

This article written by SC DNR explains the importance of snags in our natural habitat. We want to make all residents and guests aware that the snags are not an eyesore, but something that is beneficial for birds and other wildlife.

Mercer’s Musings

Many of our SIB members have met Bob Mercer and know what a wonderful person and birder he is! But many of you might not know he has a personal blog and in the past year has been refining his photography skills.

Today, Father’s Day, we’d like to honor Bob by sharing his latest blog. In it he shares why he hasn’t had time to write a blog in nearly a year (birding, working on his photography and submitting tagged birds … much of this on Seabrook Island)!

Please enjoy Bob’s latest blog, Mercer’s Musings: I’m Back!

Birds, Fish, Frogs and Rain … OH MY!

In the past week, SIB held two fun and exciting birding events! Although we needed the rain, we hoped we would have a window of no precipitation when we took both walks. Fortunately, we did!

Roman Crumpton, from U.S. Fish & Wildlife, explaining the project to increase the native Carolina Gopher Frog.

On Friday, June 7, six SIB member met at the Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery on Wadmalaw Island. The first two hours were spent walking the property, identifying 32 bird species. One highlight were the great looks at the Red-headed Woodpeckers as they entered their cavity nest in a tall snag. The group also heard the Marsh Wren and was even able to sight the birds as they perched high on the marsh grass to sing. Finally, the group enjoyed watching multiple Green Herons, including young and a nest!

Following the birding, Roman Crumpton, one of the employees of the facility, provided a tour. He educated us on the Carolina Gopher FrogGulf Coast Swallow-wort, and the Atlantic Sturgeon. It was a full morning that ended with lunch at the picnic table finishing just before the downpour started! To view the complete list for Bear Bluff event, click here.

Members of SIB as they bird Ocean Winds golf course.

On Monday, June 10, twenty-one SIB members and one guest met at the Seabrook Island Club to bird Ocean Winds Golf course using golf carts. It looked like a parade as ten carts traveled holes 1 – 12, returning just as the sprinkles started and then taking cover under the bag drop to finish the review of birds seen. A total of 37 species. Everyone contributed in this “learning together” event by pointing out birds, identifying them and counting, although in some cases the count was a S.W.A.G (Scientific Wild A$$ Guess).

There were several highlights during the morning. One was watching the Osprey on the nest on hole 3 with some participants able to see one chick. Then spending time observing the rookery from hole 4 with views of nesting Egrets (Great, Snowy & Cattle), nesting Wood Storks and chicks, and a Black-crowned Night-Heron. Finding the young Green Heron who carefully hopped along bare branches just above the water on hole 11 was pretty special as well. To view the complete list for Ocean Winds event, click here.

Please be sure to watch for additional upcoming Activities and sign up! And to view more photos from the two events, “Read More” below:

Photographs by Jackie Brooks & Charley Moore

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