Shorebird Migration Program Hosted by Kiawah Island Conservancy

Red Knots on North Beach – Ed Konrad

The Seabrook Island Birders would like to encourage anyone who is interested in shorebirds and shorebird migration to consider attending the program Shorebirds, the Worlds Greatest Travelers , hosted by the Kiawah Island Conservancy on February 27 at 3:00 PM. 

Nathan Senner will discuss shorebird migration along the South Carolina coast and how local conservation efforts can have big results. This timely program will be occurring just before our Red Knots will be making their way back to the Seabrook Island beaches. What a great way to gain some perspective on what their journey is like. 

The Kiawah Island Conservancy is graciously offering this free program at the Sandcastle on Kiawah Island. There are a limited number of tickets, however, so sign up soon to reserve your seat. You can link here to register – Kiawah Island Conservancy .

Also, consider signing up for the Conservancy’s newsletter, as their nonprofit organization offers many wonderful programs throughout the year.

Don't Miss the Center of Birds of Prey on January 22, 2020!

Register TODAY to Attend!

Back by popular demand, please join us for an exciting and informative evening with the Center of Birds of Prey! You will have the opportunity to see wild birds of prey up close and personal during this demonstration. Be sure to bring your cameras!

Date: Wednesday January 22, 2020
Registration & Social: 7:00 pm
Program Starts:  7:30 pm
Location:  Live Oak Hall at the Lake House on Seabrook Island
Fee:  Members $5 and Guests $10

SIB will provide beverages including wine and coffee.  We ask everyone to RSVP no later than January 20, 2020 so we will know how much wine to purchase and how many chairs to set up.

For only $10, you may join or renew your 2020 SIB membership the night of the event.

Don’t miss this chance to have another fun filled evening with our flock of Seabrook Island Birders!

Please mark these 2020 SIB Evening Programs on your calendar !

We don’t want you to miss out on any of the fun in 2020, so be sure to put these dates on your calendar! All events will be held in the Live Oak Hall at the Lake House with registration starting at 7:00 pm *.

  • Wednesday January 22 – Center for Birds of Prey
  • Wednesday March 25 – Benjamin Clock – Shorebirds
  • Wednesday May 27 – TBA
  • Wednesday September 23 – TBA
  • Friday November 13 – Annual Bird Bingo and Game Night (6:00 – 8:00 pm)

Join SIB Backyard Birding at Clear Marsh

Sunday January 5, 2020 2:00-4:00pm
Backyard Birding on Clear Marsh
Location: 2565 Clear Marsh Road
Max: 12
Cost: None for members; $5 donation for guests

Join SIB members at the home of Patricia and Paige Schaefer at 2565 Clear Marsh on Seabrook Island on Sunday, January 5,2020 2:00- 4:00pm. Their home is in a beautiful wooded lot that has frequent song bird visitors. Hopefully we will also be privileged to see the Red Headed Woodpeckers that make their nest nearby. Maybe the Baltimore Oriole will make another appearance.

This event is free for SIB members. 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/.

Once you are a member, please complete the information below to register no later than Friday January 3, 2020. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Saturday January 4, 2020.

SIB Christmas Backyard Birding at the Boat Ramp

Join SIB members near the home of Melanie and Robert Jerome at the boat ramp on Creek Watch Trace on Seabrook Island on Sunday, December 22nd at 7:00-9:00am. Yes, we are starting that early. You will have views of the marsh and river, with many shore birds. Spotted Sandpipers, Egrets, Herons, marsh wrens, and many songbirds. There is a lot to see at the SIPOA boat ramp and crab dock. It will be mid-tide in the morning, which is prime time for the dolphin sitings . The marsh by the fire station may have some additional birds. There will be seats available to sit and bird or a group can go walking.

Bring binoculars and bug spray.

This event is free for SIB members. 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/.

Once you are a member, please complete the information below to register no later than Dec 20th. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Saturday, Dec 21st.

Winter Birding on Crooked Oaks

Monday December 2, was a beautiful, yet chilly day out on Crooked Oaks Golf Course on Seabrook Island, SC. Fifteen members drove in golf carts for the 18 holes of the course for our “birding together”, including two new members! We had some great sightings!  Enjoy the photos taken by Jackie Brooks and you can see the counts for each of the 26 species below.

1 Hooded Merganser
3 Laughing Gull
1 Wood Stork
3 Anhinga
9 Double-crested Cormorant
4 Great Blue Heron
2 Great Egret
5 Black Vulture
3 Turkey Vulture
2 Osprey
1 Bald Eagle
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Pileated Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
3 Eastern Phoebe
6 American Crow
9 Carolina Chickadee
6 Tufted Titmouse
2 Tree Swallow
3 Northern Mockingbird
8 Eastern Bluebird
3 House Finch
2 Chipping Sparrow
1 White-throated Sparrow
2 Yellow-rumped Warbler

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

Hooded Mergansers – photo taken by Glen Cox

Register Now

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.