“Who-o-o” Missed the SIB Meeting Featuring the Center for Birds of Prey?

Eurasian Eagle -owl - Glen Cox
Eurasian Eagle -owl – Glen Cox

The second quarterly Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) evening program was held on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at The Lake House.  The social hour began at 7:00 PM with wine, cheese, and cookies under the guidance of Donna Lawrence.  There were 81 present (62 members including 14 new members and 19 guests).  Fees of $5/member and $10/guest were charged to cover program cost.

The program presenters, Stephen Schabel and Audrey Popolin from the Center for Birds of Prey, were introduced by Lyn Magee.  Stephen provided the information about the three adult birds which they had brought with them as Audrey paraded them around the room.  The Harris Hawk and Eurasian Eagle-owl were also allowed to fly around the room, often sweeping just above attendees’ heads, in response to treats (see the video taken by Tara Penny).  The Osprey, the only bird of the three seen locally, was just paraded.  The birds were magnificent and it was an awesome display.

The conclusion of the program was the viewing of three pairs of young bird chicks:  a pair of Eurasian Eagle-owls, a pair of Spectacle Owls and a pair of Kestrels who were only six and nine-days old.

Mark your calendars for the upcoming SIB events.

  • The next SIB quarterly program on June 22, will feature Felicia Saunders, DNR, and Melissa Bimbi, US Fish and Wildlife.
  • Sign-up for our “Learning Together” birding at Jenkins Point on Saturday May 14
  • Sign-up for Birding with David Gardner on Thursday May 19

Please enjoy the photographs below.

Article submitted by George Haskins & Photographs submitted by Glen Cox & Nancy Brown

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SIB First Quarterly Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the First Quarterly Meeting of the Seabrook Island Birders
January 20, 2016 at the Lake House

This was the first meeting of those who had expressed an interest in birding on Seabrook Island.  Originally 78 persons had signed up and nine (Charley Moore, Nancy Brown, Flo Foley, Marcia Hider, George Haskins, Donna Lawrence, Lyn Magee, Dean Morr, and Judy Morr) had volunteered to initiate the organization.  Those organizational meetings were in November, December, and January and culminated in this initial gathering of the interested parties.

Registration of attendees started at 6:45 PM.  It took 45 minutes to process those who opted to pay the $10 annual membership fee and receive their membership cards.  According to Marcia, the paid up membership now stands at 99 — many of whom were not on the original list.  Attendees filled the Live Oak Room at the Lake House — attendance was counted as 102.  The turnout exceeded expectations of most of the organizers.   Refreshments were provided under the guidance of Donna Lawrence.

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More than 100 people attended the first SIB meeting!

The guest speakers, Christina Fifer Owner of Wild Birds Unlimited, along with one of her employees Adam Sherrill, described several birds who are likely to visit feeders in our backyards, with the appropriate food for each, and demonstrated a variety of feeders for the distribution of these foods.  She also answered several birder questions and offered some bird seed freebies.  SIB members will receive a 10 percent discount on food items purchased at her WBU store on Savannah Highway in West Ashley. (see earlier blog post for details on discount)

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Christina Fifer, Owner of Wild Birds Unlimited, West Ashely, SC presenting

Nancy Brown demonstrated the SIB communications options which she has already established for the benefit of our members as well as some indication of additional enhancements.  There are user friendly ways for members to know what activities in bird watching are scheduled, how to arrange other birding expeditions, what birds are being seen on the Island and in the vicinity,  and what links are available to enhance each member’s birding experience.

Flo Foley provided a brief summary of projected activities for the membership and particularly focused on the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) taking place February 12-15, 2016.  SIB members are invited to meet on February 14th at 8:30 AM, at the Lake House, for a guided walk around Palmetto Lake to participate in the Count.  More information about the GBBC may be found on our website.

Dean Morr reported on 2015 bluebird monitoring.  There are 75 bird nesting boxes on four trails around the golf douses and the Lake House which are monitored as to occupancy by a group of volunteers.  While the emphasis is on observing Eastern Bluebirds, they found Carolina Chickadees were the early occupants in 39 boxes and 102 young ones were fledged.  During the season, 76 bluebird nests were noted (numbers do not add because some boxes were used more than once) and 259 birds were fledged.  They are nice additions to our local wildlife.

Three persons in the audience were recognized as representatives of other related organizations.  Valerie Doane, of the SI Photography Club, offered our membership the opportunity to participate with them in learning about photographing birds. Lori Porwoll is a volunteer with the Birds of Prey facility as a transporter of injured birds to their clinic and she invited persons to join her in that effort.  David Gardner, Program Director at St. Christopher and an ardent birder, invited members to visit their office for guidance in the use of their property for birding while not interfering with their programs.

In an effort to define interest, Charley Moore asked for a show of member interest in a proposed SIB program by the Birds of Prey personnel, with a live bird demonstration, which would likely require a participation fee of $5-10 to cover the cost. There was a favorable response.  This will be pursued as the subject of the April program.

Charley Moore then presented a proposed slate of SIB officers for 2016.  The slate:

  • Chair — Charley Moore
  • Program Co-Chairs — Judy Morr and Lyn Magee
  • Treasurer and Membership — Marcia Hider
  • Secretary — George Haskins
  • Communications and Web Master — Nancy Brown
  • Bluebird Trails Chair – Dean Morr
  • Activities Chair — Flo Foley
  • Social Chair — Donna Lawrence

It was moved, seconded, and approved that the slate be elected.

Six door prizes (three bags from WBU, two framed bird prints, and a bird book) were awarded in a random drawing.

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Dean Morr of SIB presenting a Charley Moore photograph of an owlet on canvas, one of six door prizes, to Inga Fyfe

The program concluded about 9 PM.

Respectfully submitted for comment,

George Haskins, Secretary