Join us Monday to Bird on Ocean Winds Golf Course

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Stopped along the 17th hole of Crooked Oaks to observe Eastern Bluebirds at a nesting box.

Date: Monday December 17, 2018 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Activity: Learning Together at Ocean Winds Golf Course
Location: Meet at Island House (Golf Course Parking Lot next to Spinnaker Beach Houses) for “walk” along Ocean Winds Golf Course in golf carts.
Max: 16
Cost: None for members; $5 donation for guest

This is a reschedule of our twice rained out events from November.  If you were registered for that event, you will automatically be registered for this rescheduled event.

Join us again for the popular Learning Together birding on our golf courses.  Ocean Winds will be closed to golfers, so join us for a morning of birding by riding in golf carts for at least 9-holes on Ocean Winds Golf Course. We expect to see a large variety of birds including Double-crested Cormorants, Egrets, Herons, Osprey 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. Maybe some of our winter residents may also have arrived.

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

Please register no later than Saturday December 15, 2018. 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

If you are not yet a 2018 SIB member, you must first become a member by following the instructions on our website: https://seabrookislandbirders.org/contact/join-sib/ or we request a $5 donation to SIB.

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Join us Sunday for Backyard Birding!

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Backyard Birding Photographers.

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Date: Sunday December 16, 8am-10am
Activity: Backyard Birding
Location:Creek Watch Trace, Seabrook Island
Max: 12-15
Cost: free for SIB Members, $5 fee for guests.

 

This is a reschedule of the rain delayed Backyard Birding originally scheduled for December 9.

Join SIB members near the home of Melanie and Robert Jerome at the boat dock on Creek Watch Trace on Seabrook Island on Sunday, December 16, 2018, 8:00 – 10:00 am. You will have great views of the marsh and river. The Jerome’s have hosted the group in September and again in November when an average of 23 species was seen each time. There is a lot to see at the SIPOA boat ramp and crab dock. Not only are there many shore birds, but the Clapper Rails are active at low tide. Melanie Jerome lives at Creek Watch Villas and sees them every morning. Many shorebirds and songbirds. In the marsh by the fire station, additional birds may be seen. There will be seats available to sit and bird or a group can go walking.

Bring a snack if you like along with binoculars and bug spray.

Once you are a member, please REGISTER no later than Friday December 14, 2018. 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

If you are not yet a 2018 SIB member, you must first become a member by following the instructions on our website or we request a $5 donation to SIB.

Join us Sunday for Backyard Birding!

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Backyard Birding Photographers.

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Date: Sunday December 9, 8am-10am
Activity: Backyard Birding
Location:Creek Watch Trace, Seabrook Island
Max: 12-15
Cost: free for SIB Members, $5 fee for guests.

 

Join SIB members near the home of Melanie and Robert Jerome at the boat dock on Creek Watch Trace on Seabrook Island on Sunday, December 9, 2018, 8:00 – 10:00 am. You will have great views of the marsh and river. The Jerome’s have hosted the group in September and again in November when an average of 23 species was seen each time. There is a lot to see at the SIPOA boat ramp and crab dock. Not only are there many shore birds, but the Clapper Rails are active at low tide. Melanie Jerome lives at Creek Watch Villas and sees them every morning. Many shorebirds and songbirds. In the marsh by the fire station, additional birds may be seen. There will be seats available to sit and bird or a group can go walking.

Bring a snack if you like along with binoculars and bug spray.

Once you are a member, please REGISTER no later than Friday December 7, 2018. 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

If you are not yet a 2018 SIB member, you must first become a member by following the instructions on our website or we request a $5 donation to SIB.

Enjoy a Morning Bird Walk with SIB this Thursday

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Birders at Maintenance Area – Charley Moore

Date: Thursday December 6, 2016 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Activity: Learning Together at the Water Treatment Plant, Maintenance & Equestrian Center
Location: Park at the Gardens near the Recycling area
Max: 15
Cost: None for members; $5 donation for guests

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 the horse pastures in search of wintering waterfowl, birds of prey and passerines. Bring sun block, bug spray, a hat, water and binoculars.

Please register no later than Tuesday December 4 , 2018. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter the day prior the event.

If you are not yet a 2018 SIB member, you must first become a member by following the instructions on our website: https://seabrookislandbirders.org/contact/join-sib/.

Join us Thursday to Bird at Kiawah River Development

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Thursday November 29, 2018 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Learning Together at Kiawah River Development
Location: Meet at Kiawah River Development Real Estate office to car pool and walk the Development
Max: 12
Cost None for members; $5 donation for guests

SIB member Shaun Sullivan has worked with Jeff Snyder, biologist at the Kiawah River Development property, to host a visit by Seabrook Island Birders. We expect to see a large variety of birds including the newly arrived ducks, Double-crested Cormorants, Egrets, Herons, Osprey 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. This is a first “walk” at this location so we may be surprised with what we see. Jeff has indicated 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.

Please register no later than Tuesday November 27, 2018. 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

If you are not yet a 2018 SIB member, you must first become a member by following the instructions on our website: https://seabrookislandbirders.org/contact/join-sib/ or we request a $5 donation to SIB.  A membership now will be good through December 2019.

Join us Monday to Bird on Crooked Oaks Golf Course

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Stopped along the 17th hole of Crooked Oaks to observe Eastern Bluebirds at a nesting box.

Date: Monday November 26, 2018 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Activity: Learning Together at Crooked Oaks Golf Course
Location: Meet at Island House (Golf Course Parking Lot next to Spinnaker Beach Houses) for “walk” along Crooked Oaks Golf Course in golf carts.
Max: 16
Cost: None for members; $5 donation for guest

Join us again for the popular Learning Together birding on our golf courses.  Crooked Oaks will be closed to golfers, so join us for a morning of birding by riding in golf carts for at least 9-holes on Crooked Oaks Golf Course. We expect to see a large variety of birds including Double-crested Cormorants, Egrets, Herons, Osprey 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. Maybe some of our winter residents may also have arrived.

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

Please register no later than Saturday November 24, 2018. 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

If you are not yet a 2018 SIB member, you must first become a member by following the instructions on our website: https://seabrookislandbirders.org/contact/join-sib/ or we request a $5 donation to SIB.

Seabrook Island Birders – ABCs – Activities, Bingo and Calls

Friday’s evening “Bird Bingo and Games” was not quite in alphabetical order.  We started with “D” for Drinks and of course “S” for Socialization then jumped on to “Y” for Year in Review.  Then we returned to the front of the alphabet with enjoyment of the Food provided by contributions from SIB and the various members.  Next was “C” for Calls.  This first “game” was a group session of call identification.  20 common birds were presented with their most familiar calls.  Since it was a group activity, all participated in trying to identify the various birds.  Some members expressed they were surprised they recognized many of the calls. Others commented they learned a few new calls without being intimidated by their inexperience prior to the evening.  The fun and learning experience continued with “B” for Bingo.  Instead of hearing B10 or whatever for placement of the chits, bird pictures were presented on the screen.  Again, the group helped in identifying the bird then found them on their unique Bingo card.  20 lucky people won a prize for their efforts.  Great job by all in providing food, friendship and fun!

“A” is for Activities with a number remaining for the rest of the year.  Use the links provided to register for those that interest you.

Learning Together at the Crooked Oaks – Originally scheduled for Ocean Winds on November 19, this has been changed to Crooked Oaks on November 26.  These golf course “walks” are always enjoyable as we search for birds while riding in golf carts on a closed golf course.

Learning Together on Kiawah River Development – On November 29, we will meet at 9am to explore this new birding location with the biologist from this new neighboring development.  The activity will be walking areas of the property while driving between them.  .

Learning Together at the Maintenance Area – The ducks have returned to the water treatment pond.  A good variety of birds have often been seen as Seabrook Island Utilities allows us behind their gates to see what we can find.

Backyard Birding at the Boat Ramp – Melanie and Rob Jerome once again share their Creek Watch deck to observe birds in the marsh, looking towards North Beach and the trees and grounds near their home.  A walk to the Marsh Tower and possibly the Fire Station marshes are also likely.

Christmas Bird Count – Annually Seabrook Island Birders in cooperation participates in the Sea Island Christmas Bird Count.  This year, we’ll count on January 4 hopefully without the snow we experienced last year.  Once again, we are looking for members who can help us with counts from the comfort of their homes.  All “feeder counts” are welcome but a special request has been made for people who see hummingbirds, Baltimore Orioles or Painted Buntings during the winter.  If you participated last year or register on this form, we will be contacting you at year end with more information.

Submitted by: Judy Morr

Photos by: Jackie Brooks