Learning Together-Crooked Oaks Golf Course

Learning Together on Golf Course-Crooked Oaks Golf CourseMonday, October 18, 2021 8:30am-10:30am
Birding on Crooked Oaks Golf Course
Location: Meet at Island House (Golf Course Parking Lot next to Spinnaker Beach Houses) for ride along the golf course in golf carts.
Max: 20
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 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, 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. Maybe Great Crested Flycatchers, Mississippi Kites, Eastern Kingbirds or some of our other summer residents may also have arrived.

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

If you are not yet a 2021 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.

Please complete the information below to register no later than Friday October 15, 2021. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Sunday, October 17th.

Heading back to the golf carts so we can travel to the next stopping point. (Jackie Brooks)

Join SIB for October Big Day / World Migration Day

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.

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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.

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Beyond Our Backyard-Fort Lamar Preserve

Monday, October 4,2021
Location: Meet at SI Real Estate Office to Car Pool: 6:30 am
Meet at Fort Lamar: 7:15am (Cathy Miller to meet everyone there)
Max: 12
Cost: free to members, $5 per guest

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Cathy Miller will lead the Seabrook Island birders to a James Island Birding hotspot, Fort Lamar Heritage Preserve, for a trip targeting fall migrants Monday, October 4. Fort Lamar is a small SC Department of Natural Resources preserve that was the location of one of the most significant battles of the Civil War, the Battle of Seccessionville. This site is highly favored by Fall migrants so be prepared for warbler neck. Some advance preparation in the form of neck stretches and review of Fall plumage of warblers is recommended as all eyes are needed when these birds bounce around the canopy above us. Some species that have been seen here during the months of September and October include: Red-eyed vireo, Yellow Warbler, American Redstart, Black-and-white warbler, Cape May Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Ovenbird, Blackburnian Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Veery, Warbling Vireo, Baltimore Oriole, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Swainson’s Thrush, Gray-cheeked Thrush. Nothing is guaranteed, of course. But this spot usually reveals its treasures to those who are patient and observant. The eBird list of previous sightings goes on and on.

For those wishing to carpool, we will meet at 6:30 am at Seabrook Island Real Estate. Cathy Miller will meet us at Fort Lamar at 7:15 am. Be sure to bring binoculars, camera, bird guide, hats, sunscreen, water, and snacks. We ask that all participants wear a mask when unable to social distance if they are not vaccinated. Please be aware that there are no facilities on site and you may want to plan a restroom stop at one of the Harris Teeters (Maybank & Folly Roads or Oak Point & Folly Roads) en route to the preserve.

If you are not yet a 2021 SIB member, you must first become a member for only $10 by following the instructions on our website: https://seabrookislandbirders.org/contact/join-sib/. You may bring the form and your dues to the event. Or you may pay the Guest Fee of $5.

Once you are a member, please register no later than Saturday, October 2,2021. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter the day prior the event. If you need to cancel, please let us know so we can invite people on the waitlist to attend.

Join SIB to bird at Ft. Moultrie

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Sunday, September 26, 2021 8:00am-11:00am
Birding Beyond your Backyard- Ft. Moultrie
Location: Meet at SI Real Estate Office to Car Pool (7:00a)or can meet us at the Fort (1214 Middle St, Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482- park at Poe Avenue in the sand parking lot between Battery Jasper and Battery McCorkle)
Max: 12
Cost: free to members, $5 per guest

Join us in a trip to Ft. Moultrie. This is a well known birding Hotspot among birders and fall migration will be in full swing. We may see many migrant birds passing through. It has many different habitats, including meadow/field, forest and shoreline. We are lucky enough to get Craig Watson to lead this activity. Craig is a Migratory Bird Biologist at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and lives in Mt. Pleasant. He knows Ft. Moultrie very well when it comes to birding.

Ft. Moultrie was the the first fort on Sullivan’s Island. It has been rebuilt 3 times since 1776 and played a significant role in the Civil War. Today Fort Moultrie has been restored to portray the major periods of its history. A visitor to the fort moves steadily backwards in time from the World War II Harbor Entrance Control Post to the site of the Palmetto-log fort of 1776. Tour of Ft. Moultrie will not be part of our birding activity, but if you drive there yourself, you are welcome to stay and also tour the fort. They are open 9a-5p and you will need to go to Visitor Center and purchase a $10 ticket. We will be birding the parameter of the Fort before opening hours.

As always, be sure to bring your binoculars, hats, water and sunscreen. We ask that all participants wear a mask when unable to social distance if they are not vaccinated.

If you are not yet a 2021 SIB member, you must first become a member for only $10 by following the instructions on our website: https://seabrookislandbirders.org/contact/join-sib/. You may bring the form and your dues to the event. Or you may pay the Guest Fee of $5.

Learning Together-Crooked Oaks Golf Course

Learning Together on Golf Course-Crooked Oaks Golf CourseMonday, September 27, 2021 8:30am-10:30am
Birding on Crooked Oaks Golf Course
Location: Meet at Island House (Golf Course Parking Lot next to Spinnaker Beach Houses) for ride along the golf course in golf carts.
Max: 20
Cost: None for members; $5 donation for guests

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

The Seabrook Island Club closes one course a day each week and allows Seabrook Island Birders to use golf carts to travel the course with our members to bird. 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 Egrets, Herons and birds of prey. We will also see and hear some of the smaller birds like Tufted Titmice, Eastern Bluebirds, Northern Cardinals, Carolina Wrens and some of the many warbler species. We can also expect to see Eastern Phoebes, Northern Flickers, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Belted Kingfishers, Double-crested Cormorants, Bald Eagles, and more!

If you are not yet a 2021 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

Please complete the information below to register no later than Friday September 24,2021. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Sunday, September 26th.

Birding the Ocean Winds Golf Course – Jackie Brooks

Backyard Birding at Palmetto Lake

Tuesday September 21, 2021 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Backyard Birding at Palmetto Lake
Location: Meet at the Gatehouse end of Lakehouse Parking Lot
Max: 16
Cost: Free for members; $5 donation for guests

Join SIB to officially say good-bye to Summer as Fall starts on September 22. The recent resurgence of COVID had made many uncomfortable meeting at someone’s home. Therefore we’ll bird in the Lakehouse’s backyard….Palmetto Lake. We plan to walk part way along the path towards the Equestrian Center then hopefully see the “white birds” come in to roost for the evening. The path around Palmetto Lake is wheelchair navigatable and for those walking it will be probably only a quarter of a mile. As we walk along Seabrook Island Road, we hope to see some of our fall warblers such as American Redstart, Yellow Warbler and my favorite Black and White Warbler. We also expect to see a large variety of birds including Northern Cardinals, Carolina Wrens, Herons and birds of prey. If the “white birds” get the invitation, we hope to see Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets and White Ibis roosting for the evening.

As always, be sure to bring your binoculars/cameras, hats and sunscreen. Bug repellent may also be appropriate. Bring your drink of choice to enjoy as the sun sets at 7:18. We ask that all participants wear a mask when unable to social distance if they are not vaccinated.

If you are not yet a 2021 SIB member, you must first become a member for only $10 by following the instructions on our website: https://seabrookislandbirders.org/contact/join-sib/. You may bring the form and your dues to the event. Or you may pay the Guest Fee of $5.

Please register no later than Sunday, September 19. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Monday September 20, the day prior to the trip.

Learning Together-Ocean Winds Golf Course

Learning Together on Golf Course-Ocean Winds
Monday, August 30,2021 8:30am-10:30am
Birding on Ocean Winds Golf Course
Location: Meet at Island House (Golf Course Parking Lot next to Spinnaker Beach Houses) for ride along the golf course in golf carts.
Max: 20
Cost: None for members; $5 donation for guests

The Seabrook Island Club closes one course a day each week and allows Seabrook Island Birders to use golf carts to travel the course with our members to bird. 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 Egrets, Herons and birds of prey. We will also see and hear some of the smaller birds like Tufted Titmice, Eastern Bluebirds, Northern Cardinals, Carolina Wrens and some of the many warbler species. We can also expect to see Eastern Kingbirds, Great-crested Flycatchers, Orchard Orioles, Summer Tanagers, Mississippi Kites and more!

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

If you are not yet a 2021 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.

Please complete the information below to register no later than Friday August 27, 2021. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Sunday, August 29th.

SIB birding from Golf Carts – Jackie Brooks

Join SIB to bird Kiawah River

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Sunday, August 15, 2021 8:00am-11:00am
Learning Together at Kiawah River
Location: Meet at the “bridge” entering the property from Betsy Kerrison
Cost: None for members; $5 donation for guests

Tricolored Heron and Roseate Spoonbill at Kiawah River – Mary Van Deusen

Another chance to 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. On previous visits we have observed Loggerhead Shrike, Common Gallinule and Red-headed Woodpeckers, all species we don’t often see on Seabrook Island. We will drive to various locations on the property and then walk for better birding observations. Although we will be getting out of our vehicles at times, we hope our vehicle air conditioners will make this an enjoyable August activity.

As always, be sure to bring your binoculars, hats, water and sunscreen. We ask that all participants wear a mask when unable to social distance if they are not vaccinated.

If you are not yet a 2021 SIB member, you must first become a member for only $10 by following the instructions on our website: https://seabrookislandbirders.org/contact/join-sib/. You may bring the form and your dues to the event. Or you may pay the Guest Fee of $5.

Please register no later than Friday, August 13, 2021. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Saturday, August 14th.

Join SIB to Bird Crooked Oaks Golf Course

Date: Sunday July 18, 2021 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Activity: Birding on Crooked Oaks Golf Course
Location: Meet at Island House (Golf Course Parking Lot next to Spinnaker Beach Houses) for ride along the golf course in golf carts
Max: 24 (If all seats in golf carts are used)
Cost: Free for members; $5 donation for guests

Seabrook Island Birders will host a birding on Crooked Oaks golf course event on Sunday, July 18, 2021 starting at 8:30 am and finishing around 10:30 am.

Crooked Oaks golf course will be closed for aerification maintenance that week and Seabrook Island Birders has obtained permission from Seabrook Island Club and the Golf Club Operations to take a group of members out on the course. We will RIDE in golf carts (1 4-person and 10 2-person carts) which can accommodate 13 – 24 people, based on the number of people who will share carts.

These are very popular events, so register TODAY if you would like to attend!

We expect to see a large variety of birds including Egrets, Herons, Mississippi Kites 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, including some of our summer residents like Eastern Kingbird and Summer Tanager!

To keep everyone safe, we will ask people to social distance and wear a face mask. When you register, if you are not joined by a family member, please let us know if you are open to riding with a non-family participant or if you prefer to be in a cart alone.

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

If you are not yet a 2021 SIB member, you must first become a member for only $10 by following the instructions on our website: https://seabrookislandbirders.org/contact/join-sib/. You may bring the form and your dues to the event. Or you may pay the Guest Fee of $5.

Please complete the information on the link below to register no later than Friday July 16, 2021. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Saturday July 17, 2021. If you need to cancel, please let us know so we can invite people on the waitlist to attend.

Learning Together-Camp St. Christopher Conference Center

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Thursday, July 1, 2021 8:00 am- 10:00 am
Birding at Camp St. Christopher
Meet at bus parking lot at St. Christopher
Max: 10
Cost: Voluntary donation to Camp St. Christopher

Explore the lakes, lagoons, paths and slough at St. Christopher. This event will have 1 – 2 miles of walking over uneven terrain. Summer should be in full swing, so we should see all the usual suspects, but will also hopefully get looks at some of our more elusive resident breeding songbirds…Yellow-throated Warbler, Pine Warbler, Northern Parula, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and Painted Bunting.

Bring sun block, bug spray, a hat, water and binoculars. Please remember to wear your masks if you are not fully vaccinated. We are asking our attendees to make a voluntary contribution to Camp St. Christopher to help support their efforts during the pandemic.

Please register no later than Tuesday, June 29, 2021. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. If you need to cancel, please let us know so we can invite people on the waitlist to attend.