Birds & More … Photos from recent Birding Beyond Seabrook Island

Members of Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) were recently treated when they traveled off island during spring migration and were lead by expert birders at local birding “hot spots.”

On Sunday, April 25th, Cathy & Carl Miller lead six additional SIB members on a 3 hour adventure searching for spring migrants at Edisto Nature Trail, just an hour south on Rt 17. There were lots of Prothonotary Warblers who nest in cavities low to the swamp. We also heard and/or saw many other migrating warblers such as the Worm-eating, Black-and-white, Swainson’s, Kentucky, Hooded, Black-throated Blue, Yellow-throated & Northern Parula. Besides the plethora of warblers, we also saw lots of interesting insects. In total, 40 bird species were heard or seen.

Two weeks later, on Tuesday, May 11th, Matt Johnson, Center Director of Audubon South Carolina, lead a group of nine SIB members through Audubon’s Francis Beidler Forest. The group saw/heard 34 bird species, at least three species of snakes, frogs, dragonflies, damselflies, alligators and white-tailed deer. It was another great day to be enjoying the beauty of the world around us!

Edisto Nature Trail–SC, Colleton, South Carolina, US
Apr 25, 2021 7:50 AM – 12:13 PM

Protocol: Traveling
2.66 mile(s)
40 species

Wood Duck  2
Mourning Dove  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Laughing Gull  3
Wood Stork  6
Great Egret  2
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  3
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  12
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  1     Sweeter call than downy woodpecker.
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Acadian Flycatcher  6
Great Crested Flycatcher  12
White-eyed Vireo  18
Yellow-throated Vireo  4
Red-eyed Vireo  8
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  28
Carolina Wren  5
Gray Catbird  7
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Worm-eating Warbler  2
Black-and-white Warbler  6
Prothonotary Warbler  7
Swainson’s Warbler  5
Kentucky Warbler  1
Hooded Warbler  12
Northern Parula  24
Black-throated Blue Warbler  3
Yellow-throated Warbler  18
Summer Tanager  6
Northern Cardinal  6

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Francis Beidler Forest Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Dorchester, South Carolina, US
May 11, 2021 9:25 AM – 12:33 PM

Protocol: Traveling
1.75 mile(s)
Checklist Comments:     Private group. Boardwalk open to public Thursday-Saturday.
34 species

Yellow-billed Cuckoo  5
Chimney Swift  7
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Great Egret  2
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Swallow-tailed Kite  1
Mississippi Kite  3
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Barred Owl  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Acadian Flycatcher  7
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
White-eyed Vireo  1
Yellow-throated Vireo  3
Red-eyed Vireo  14
Blue Jay  1
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  7
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  14
Carolina Wren  7
Prothonotary Warbler  13
Hooded Warbler  1
American Redstart  1
Northern Parula  17
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-throated Warbler  7
Summer Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  5

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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.

3 thoughts on “Birds & More … Photos from recent Birding Beyond Seabrook Island”

  1. The moth is a Giant Leopard Moth, not a cicada. Looks like some fun trips!

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