Join SIB for Birds and Brew: Learning Together at the Maintenance Area

Hooded Mergansers – photo taken by Glen Cox

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Date: Sunday December 15, ,2019
Birding: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Brew: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Title: Birds and Brew: Learning Together at the Maintenance Area
Location: Birding: Meet at SIPOA Garden Plots parking lot
Brew: Salty Dog
Max: 30
Cost: Free members; $5 donation for guests (No guest fee required for Brew portion. Each person will pay for their own drink).

Description: We will bird as usual, then those who are interested will meet at Salty Dog for socializing and beverages of your choice. By now the wintering birds have found their way back to Seabrook Island. We will tour around the ponds at the Water Treatment area, the gardens and possibly the horse pastures in search of wintering waterfowl, birds of prey and passerines.

Dress in layers, wear study shoes and bring sun block, bug spray, a hat, water and binoculars.

Spouses / significant others / friends who are not interested in birds are welcome to join us for Brews

For Birding, if you are not yet a SIB member, you must first become a member by following the instructions on our website: https://seabrookislandbirders.org/contact/join-sib/. Alternatively, you may pay a $5 guest fee.

Once you are a member, please complete the information below to register no later than Friday, December 13, 2019. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Saturday, December 14, 2019.

Birders at Maintenance Area – Charley Moore

Join SIB for Birding on Crooked Oaks Golf Course

Register today to bird with SIB on Crooked Oaks

Monday, December 2, 2019 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Location: Meet at Island House (Golf Course Parking Lot next to Spinnaker Beach Houses) for ride along the golf course in golf carts.
Max: 30
Cost: None for members; $5 donation for guests

Each Monday one of the Golf Courses is closed, so join us for a morning of birding by RIDING in golf carts on Crooked Oaks golf course. We expect to see a large variety of birds including Double-crested Cormorants, Egrets, Herons, Bald Eagles and other birds of prey. We should also see and hear some of the smaller birds like Tufted Titmice, Eastern Bluebirds, Northern Cardinals and some of the many warbler species. Even some fall migrants might be seen and possibly our wintering residents.

As Learning Together on the Golf Course always, be sure to bring your binoculars, hats and sunscreen. Water will be provided.

If you are not yet a 2019 SIB member, you must first become a member for only $10 by following the instructions on our website: https://seabrookislandbirders.org/contact/join-sib/. Or you may pay the Guest Fee of $5.

Register no later than Friday, November 29, 2019. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Saturday, November 30.

Join SIB for Learning Together at Kiawah River Development

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Another chance to meet with Jeff Snyder, biologist at the Kiawah River development property, and check out birds that can be found on this varied habitat property. We expect to see a large variety of birds including Double-crested Cormorants, Egrets, Herons, Osprey and other birds of prey. If we are lucky, we will see an eagle and osprey duel over a fish. We should also see and hear some of the smaller birds like Tufted Titmice, Eastern Bluebirds, Northern Cardinals. Hopefully, we will be have a few remaining Warblers in midst migration and some water fowl that have arrived for the winter. We will drive to various locations on the property and then walk for better birding observations. Of course ,this also gives us a chance to see this neighboring development.

As always, be sure to bring your binoculars, hats, water and sunscreen.

If you are not yet a 2019 SIB member, you must first become a member by following the instructions on our website: https://seabrookislandbirders.org/contact/join-sib/. Alternatively, you could pay a $5 guest fee.

Please complete the information below to register no later than Wednesday November 20, 2019. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on the day prior the event.

Fun & Food at SIB’s Annual Bird BINGO & Game Night

All the attendees received this bird seed packet hand-made by Melanie Jerome

Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) celebrated our 4th anniversary with our annual Bird BINGO & Game Night on Friday, November 8, 2019. Thanks to the 54 members and 2 guests, we had plenty of appetizers and desserts to feed us all. In addition, SIB contributed the beef tenderloin, pulled pork and a variety of salads so both the vegetarians and the carnivores were satisfied!

The SIB Chair, Nancy Brown, presented “2019 Year in Review,” highlighting the programs and activities from the past year. New in 2019 is the addition of the SIB Movie Matinees along with birding activities ending with drinks.

In addition to playing BINGO, where players had to identify the photo of the bird on the screen (with help if needed), the attendees identified birds by sound and played several games and answered trivia questions placed on the tables. Watch for an upcoming blog so you can play those games with family and friends!

Thanks to everyone who made our evening of fun and food possible! And click below to view some of the great photos, compliments of Jackie Brooks.

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Join SIB for Beyond our Backyard – Biking & Birding the Greenway

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Grab your bike and join us as we bike the West Ashley Greenway! This trail stretches about 8 miles from Johns Island to the South Windermere Shopping Center on Folly Road (parking available at either end). The trail is open from dawn to dusk. It’s 100 feet wide and mostly hard-parked dirt and some asphalt. Plus, the trail is flat so it’s great for beginning bikers and kids. For the most part, the trail runs parallel to U.S. Highway 17 past neighborhoods, parks and marshes so there’s plenty to see.

On Johns Island, the dirt gives way to rough gravel and narrow bridge crossings (beach/mountain bikes are better than road bikes on this section). Here the broad wetlands flank the trail, presenting magnificent views and rewarding bird sightings. If your timing is right, you may catch sight of the tidal flow that carved these lacework channels. The agricultural heart of the region, Johns Island is the nation’s largest producer of tomatoes. In fact, much of the fresh produce served in local restaurants hails from this rural community.

The map of this Rails-to-Trails site can be found here: https://www.traillink.com/viewtrailmap/?tr=west-ashley-greenway

Join some of the SIB Executive Committee Members for this biking & birding trip at the West Ashley Greenway. We plan to start at the Main Road end of the Greenway and bike (with many stops to bird) to Three Little Birds Cafe for where we will each treat ourselves to brunch. Our return trip will likely be quicker but birding will still occur. We hope to see shorebirds like egrets, herons and Roseate Spoonbills in the tidal marsh areas. We will listen for passerines hoping to catch a glimpse of those heading south for the winter. And birds of prey are common to see flying overhead. Be sure to bring binoculars, camera, hats, sunscreen, bug repellant, snacks and water.

SIB Birders biking Greenway – Melanie Jerome

Saturday, November 16, 2019 7:30 am – 2:00 pm
Beyond our Backyard – Biking & Birding the Greenway
Location: Meet at Parking area for West Ashley Greenway (McLeod Mill Rd. nr. Main Rd./SR S 10-20)
Max: 12
Cost None for members; $5 donation for guests

If you are not yet a 2019 SIB member, you must first become a member by following the instructions on our website or we request a $5 donation to SIB.

Once you are a member, please register no later than Thursday November 14 , 2019. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter the day prior the event.

If you have additional questions about the program, please contact us by sending an email to: SeabrookIslandBirders@gmail.com

Birding on Ocean Winds Golf Course

Pied-billed Grebe swimming in the pond along the 6th hole – Dean Morr

Twenty-two SIB members joined us to bird Ocean Winds Golf Course while it was closed on Monday, November 4, 2019. What a beautiful day with temperatures in the 60’s and a brisk wind. We split the group with five golf carts working the course starting on the 18th hole and the second group of six golf carts starting from the 1st hole. Interestingly, we might have done slightly better had we started earlier since DST ended just the day prior, but we still saw or heard a total of 33 species! And of course we saw alligators, turtles and butterflies! A day full of the natural beauty that brought so many of us to Seabrook Island!

Birding on the golf course is a great way to bird, especially if you find it difficult to walk far, as we ride the course in golf carts. Be sure to sign up for our next birding on the golf course on Monday December 2 from 9:00 – 11:30 am when we bird on Crooked Oaks.

Sadly, one of the golf rangers stopped us to show a bird recently deceased. It had flown up just in front of his golf cart. Turns out it was an immature Pine Warbler. Just another example of how birds are threatened.

Be sure to see the full list of birds seen and photos taken by Dean Morr and Marie Wardell! (click below)

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Join SIB for Wings and Wine

Wings & Wine

Join us for our 1st Annual Wings & Wine Backyard Birding. Joleen Ardaiolo and Lee Hurd have graciously volunteered to open up their beautiful backyards and let us come birding. We will start at Joleen’s house with a window view of her great bird feeding system. There is a large variety of different seeds that attract multiple species of birds.

We then will walk over to Lee Hurd’s garden. It is 2 houses down from Joleen, and we can bird along the way. If you have not had the pleasure of visiting Lee’s garden, you will love this peacefully large garden with benches to sit on by the lagoon. The birds love it.

We are planning on wine at the last stop! Crackers,cheese and mixed nuts provided also!

Date: Novemeber 10, 2019 , 2:00pm – 5:00pm–(estimated 3:30pm to the 2nd stop, if you want to meet us there)
Title: Wings & Wine
Location: Joleen (2182 Loblolly) and Lee (2116 Loblolly)
Max: 10
Cost: Free members; $5 donation for guests

As always, be sure to bring your binoculars, hats and sunscreen. Water will be provided.

If you are not yet a 2019 SIB member, you must first become a member for only $10 by following the instructions on our website: https://seabrookislandbirders.org/contact/join-sib/ or we request a $5 donation to SIB.

Once you are a member, please register no later than Friday November 8, 2019. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Saturday November 9th.

If you have additional questions about the program, please contact us by sending an email to: SeabrookIslandBirders@gmail.com