Each year, Cornell Lab designates a Saturday in October as October Bird Day . The purpose is to celebrate birds near and far. Canada and South America also have named October 9 as World Migratory Day to educate people on birds and their migratory patterns. Seabrook Island Birders will recognize the day with a series of birding activities around the island. You can participate in the “Bird my Backyard” to record your observations even if you are not on Seabrook Island.
Saturday October 09, 2021 9:00am – 6:30 pm
October Big Day on Seabrook Island
Location: Various locations around Seabrook Island
Max: 10 Cost: No cost to members, $5 to non-members
Join us in participating in eBird’s October Big Day. The event will involve walks at various locations throughout the day. The schedule below allows for individuals to sign up for a portion of the day if the whole day is not of interest. We request you register for all sections you will be attending so we know if we should wait for you at any individual location.
We will limit attendance for each activity to 10 people in recognition of COVID recommendations. We will also ask masks be worn if social distancing cannot be maintained. Unfortunately, use of scopes will also be limited if at all.
We have added a “virtual” activity this year when people can bird in the comfort of their own homes and share their findings with the group.
- Bird my backyard – Bird your own property for as long as you want, as many times as you want through-out the day. Keep a list and share your findings with SIB. “Your own property” can be a golf course, a camp ground or an interstate highway….wherever you happen to see birds, share your observations.
- Equestrian Center / Maintenance Area – 9:00 – 10:30 PM
Starlings and Cowbirds plus numerous other birds can be expected. A large number of birds will likely be seen near the parking area but then a walk along the horse trail to the maintenance and garden area may be added to see a different variety of birds.
- North Beach – (High Tide 11:05 am) – 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
The group will walk the 2 miles to Captain Sam’s Inlet. (Tides permitting). Those unable to walk the entire distance may turn around at any time. The group will work together to identify those hard to distinguish plovers and sandpipers. The walk is scheduled around the falling tide when the birds will be consolidated on a narrower beach while avoiding the worst of the tides. Meet at the Owners Beach Access Parking Lot at Boardwalk 1.
- Jenkin’s Point – 2:30 – 4:30 PM
We will be exploring the birds seen along Jenkins Point lagoons and streets, including ducks, wading birds and shorebirds. We will go from location to location via car or bike. Since this event can be primarily by car, it is appropriate for members with mobility issues. Meet at Jenkins Point Ct, the street after the first pond on the left.
- Palmetto Lake – 5:00 – 6:30 PM (Sunset 6:54 pm)
Join us to explore the birds around the Lake House and the walks of Palmetto Lake. This is less than one mile of flat, paved walk around the lake. Recently, White Ibis, Cattle Egret, Little Blue Herons and Snowy Egrets have come in to roost at dusk so we hope they continue to provide a show. Meet at the Lake House parking lot.
For all events, bring masks, sun block, bug spray, a hat, water, snacks and binoculars.
If you are not yet a SIB member, you must first become a member for $10 by following the instructions on our website: https://seabrookislandbirders.org/contact/join-sib/, or you may join each session for a Guest Fee of $5.