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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