Birding on Ocean Winds Golf Course

Pied-billed Grebe swimming in the pond along the 6th hole – Dean Morr

Twenty-two SIB members joined us to bird Ocean Winds Golf Course while it was closed on Monday, November 4, 2019. What a beautiful day with temperatures in the 60’s and a brisk wind. We split the group with five golf carts working the course starting on the 18th hole and the second group of six golf carts starting from the 1st hole. Interestingly, we might have done slightly better had we started earlier since DST ended just the day prior, but we still saw or heard a total of 33 species! And of course we saw alligators, turtles and butterflies! A day full of the natural beauty that brought so many of us to Seabrook Island!

Birding on the golf course is a great way to bird, especially if you find it difficult to walk far, as we ride the course in golf carts. Be sure to sign up for our next birding on the golf course on Monday December 2 from 9:00 – 11:30 am when we bird on Crooked Oaks.

Sadly, one of the golf rangers stopped us to show a bird recently deceased. It had flown up just in front of his golf cart. Turns out it was an immature Pine Warbler. Just another example of how birds are threatened.

Be sure to see the full list of birds seen and photos taken by Dean Morr and Marie Wardell! (click below)

Group A: 27 SpeciesGroup B: 29 Species
1 Pied-billed GrebePied-billed Grebe 1
tern sp. 6
1 Clapper Rail
1 Wood StorkWood Stork 1
2 AnhingaAnhinga 4
32 Double-crested CormorantDouble-crested Cormorant 38
Brown Pelican 4
3 Great Blue HeronGreat Blue Heron 3
6 Great EgretGreat Egret 6
Snowy Egret 1
1 Little Blue HeronLittle Blue Heron 2
1 Tricolored Heron
2 Turkey VultureTurkey Vulture 2
2 OspreyOsprey 1
1 Red-tailed HawkRed-tailed Hawk 2
7 Belted KingfisherBelted Kingfisher 5
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
1 Red-bellied WoodpeckerRed-bellied Woodpecker 2
2 Downy WoodpeckerDowny Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 3
1 Pileated Woodpecker
1 Eastern Phoebe
11 American CrowAmerican Crow 9
5 Carolina ChickadeeCarolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
2 Carolina WrenCarolina Wren 1
5 Northern MockingbirdNorthern Mockingbird 6
25 Eastern BluebirdEastern Bluebird 20
2 House FinchHouse Finch 3
1 Red-winged BlackbirdRed-winged Blackbird 2
1 Pine WarblerPalm Warbler 8
2 Yellow-rumped WarblerYellow-rumped Warbler 1
2 Northern CardinalNorthern Cardinal 1

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.

2 thoughts on “Birding on Ocean Winds Golf Course”

  1. I am so envious of all the birds you have been seeing Bear Island; golf course etc….

    Here in Maine we have had 2 chickadees in the past two months at our feeder!!!! Everyone is asking where are the birds??? I think they have an over abundant supply of food this Fall…. good for them😊KOB🍀


    1. Sorry you are not seeing the birds back in Maine! I heard there were sightings of Saw Whet Owls recently-did you get to see them?We hope to see you back on Seabrook Island very soon!


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