For the fifth year, Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) participated in the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Friday January 3rd, as part of the Sea Islands CBC. This was the 120th Christmas Bird Count since its creation in 1900.
The day started considerably mild with temperatures in the high 60’s, but strong winds and rain, fog and dropping temperatures later in the day slowed our birding. Eleven volunteers birded in “the field” at seven major “hot spots” on Seabrook Island:
- North Beach
- Camp St. Christopher
- Palmetto Lake
- Jenkins Point
- SIPOA Maintenance Center
- Equestrian Center
- Bohicket Marina
Aija and Ed Konrad win the prize for the “Most Steps” in the day!
Eight additional volunteers birded their backyard feeders and/or in their neighborhood. Highlights included the Ruby-throated Hummingbird and an Orange-crowned Warbler!
A total of 98 different bird species accounting for more than 3,000 birds were sighted by our volunteers during more than 80 equivalent hours.
Three of our members were able to join Aaron Given at the Kiawah Town Office for the annual Sea Islands CBC Countdown. More than 150 species were documented in the 15 mile diameter circle which includes Seabrook Island.
We appreciate all the time and effort made by our 19 volunteers and hope even more will join us next year for this annual bird count!
Photos by: Ed Konrad, Dean Morr, Patricia Schaeffer & Nancy Brown