Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) hosted its second virtual Zoom Evening Program on Wednesday August 19, 2020, featuring naturalist Bob Mercer speaking on the Shorebirds of Seabrook Island.
More than 80 people registered for the event from ten states and one Canadian Province. Bob first explained which birds are NOT shorebirds … waterfowl, gulls, terns, herons, and more!
What characteristics do shorebirds have?
- Generally thin billed and long-legged
- Frequently found foraging along shoreline
- Foraging by picking and probing
In learning to identify shorebirds, Bob recommends you focus on size and shape and NOT color, as the color changes through the year and can make it more confusing! Look at size and shape of the body, length of the legs, and size and shape of the bill, especially in relationship to the head!
After reviewing all of the common Seabrook Island Shorebirds and listing others not found on Seabrook, Bob gave a quiz so the participants could put their new found knowledge to use. Watch the replay to learn more, or refresh your memory!
The participants were asked if they liked this format and what other bird topics they would like SIB to present. The response was an overwhelming “YES” and below are the results of the topics people indicated they would enjoy.
SIB plans to continue holding evening programs virtually using Zoom each month. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for evening speakers or topics by sending us an email to SeabrookIslandBirders@gmail.com. Watch for announcements for future virtual events!