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.

Learning Together-Ocean Winds Golf Course

Sunday June 13, 2021 8:30 am – 10:30 am
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: 24 (If all seats in golf carts are used)
Cost: Free for members; $5 donation for guests – Priority will be given to prior waitlisted & members

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.

As always, be sure to bring your binoculars/cameras, hats and sunscreen. Water will be provided. We ask that all participants wear a mask when unable to social distance.

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 June 11, 2021. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Saturday June 12, 2021. If you need to cancel, please let us know so we can invite people on the waitlist to attend.

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Join SIB Backyard Birding at Clear Marsh

Wednesday June 9th, 2021 9:00-11:00 AM

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 Page Schaefer at 2565 Clear Marsh on Seabrook Island on Wednesday June 9th, 2021 9:00-11:00 AM . Their home is in a beautiful wooded lot that has frequent song bird visitors. The Schaefer’s have a certified Audubon Garden and many bird feeders that attract a large variety of songbirds.

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 Monday June 7th. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Tuesday June 8th.

Beyond Our BackYard-Birding at Kiawah River Development

Sunday, June 6, 2021 8:00am-11:00am
Learning Together at Kiawah River Development
Location: Meet at the “bridge” entering the property
Cost None for members; $5 donation for guests

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. 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 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 June 4, 2021. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Saturday June 5, 2021. If you need to cancel, please let us know so we can invite people on the waitlist to attend.

Birds & More … Photos from recent Birding Beyond Seabrook Island

Members of Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) were recently treated when they traveled off island during spring migration and were lead by expert birders at local birding “hot spots.”

On Sunday, April 25th, Cathy & Carl Miller lead six additional SIB members on a 3 hour adventure searching for spring migrants at Edisto Nature Trail, just an hour south on Rt 17. There were lots of Prothonotary Warblers who nest in cavities low to the swamp. We also heard and/or saw many other migrating warblers such as the Worm-eating, Black-and-white, Swainson’s, Kentucky, Hooded, Black-throated Blue, Yellow-throated & Northern Parula. Besides the plethora of warblers, we also saw lots of interesting insects. In total, 40 bird species were heard or seen.

Two weeks later, on Tuesday, May 11th, Matt Johnson, Center Director of Audubon South Carolina, lead a group of nine SIB members through Audubon’s Francis Beidler Forest. The group saw/heard 34 bird species, at least three species of snakes, frogs, dragonflies, damselflies, alligators and white-tailed deer. It was another great day to be enjoying the beauty of the world around us!

Continue reading “Birds & More … Photos from recent Birding Beyond Seabrook Island”

Birding with Children on Global Big Day

Alister Patterson & Reagan Passantino holding their certificates and stuffed birds.

Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) celebrated Global Big Day, on Saturday May 8th, with a walk for our youth at Palmetto Lake on Seabrook Island. We recruited 13-year old SIB member Reagan Passantino to assist leaders Judy Morr and Nancy Brown.

One child, 4-year old Alister Patterson joined the event along with his father and Nana. Alister was a keen birder, already recognizing most of the backyard species we found. He was especially intrigued when we opened one of the Eastern Bluebird boxes to reveal several week-old babies.

SIB created a Scavenger BINGO Card to use during the walk. If you have young children visiting Seabrook Island this summer (or even at other locations in the country), you may want to print it out and challenge them to try to identify as many options as possible. Another great resource for children is the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s BirdSleuth Explorer’s Guidebook.

At the end of the walk, both Reagan and Alister were awarded SIB’s Global Big Day Certificate of Participation and a singing bird, Reagan a Red-tailed Hawk and Alister a Northern Cardinal. What a fun way to spend an afternoon, helping children learn about the natural world around us!

Below is the list of 28 species seen during the walk:

Eurasian Collared-Dove  2
Mourning Dove  1
Laughing Gull  4
Anhinga  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Little Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  2
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  1
Mississippi Kite  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Tree Swallow  2
Carolina Wren  1
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  6
Eastern Bluebird  4     3 babies in box
House Finch  1
Red-winged Blackbird  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Boat-tailed Grackle  6
Prairie Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  3

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S87526836

Join SIB for Backyard Birding at The Haul Over

Backyard Birding at The Haul Over
Friday, May 14, 2021 from 6:00pm-7:30pm – The Haul Over
Location: 2445 The Haul Over
Max: 20
Cost: None for 2021 members; $5 donation for guests

Great Egret in Breeding Plumage – Dean Morr

Were going back to see more fledglings! Come join us in Annalee Regenburg’s backyard. Her house backs up to the Great Egret Rookery. The females sit on their nests all day and the males come into the nests in the evenings. We plan on observing this wonderful, sometimes noisy event. I’m sure we will see some Snowy Egrets and Green Herons, plus some night herons, all tucked in there too. As always, be sure to bring your water, binoculars, hats and sunscreen.

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.

Register no later than  Wednesday May 12. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter the evening of May 13th.

Reminder: International Shorebird Survey Walks-North Beach

Reminder: There are 3 opportunities remaining for you to participate in International Shorebird Survey Walks. Use the links below to register for dates you wish to attend. No need to register for a date for which you have already registered.

The schedule: Click on Date to register.

DateStart timeHigh tideEnd timeLeader
Tu 5/11/217:158:369:45MA
F 5/21/213:154:215:45MA
M 5/31/2111:451:052:15MA

Over the years, data submitted to ebird documented Seabrook Island’s importance as a stopover for migratory shorebirds. In an effort to make that data meet the rigors of scientific scrutiny, a series of surveys will be conducted by either Bob Mercer or Mark Andrews. These surveys will follow the protocols of the International Shorebird Survey (ISS). One feature of the ISS is the surveys need to be conducted every ten days and at the same or similar tide. The survey can involve numerous volunteers and provides a golden opportunity to build the shorebird identification skills of SIB members. Beginners and advanced birders will enjoy this walk.

Participants need to bring their own binoculars and, if they have one, a spotting scope. Due to Covid, we will not be able to share equipment. According to the CDC, people are encouraged to wear a mask when they are unable to maintain social distance. We ask people to put on their masks when they get close to each other.

The count will be conducted over a two hour period starting from the boardwalk #1 beach and continuing up to the point, a distance of 1.5 miles each way. The walks should be about 2.5 hours long. 

The schedule is tide driven. The official survey start on the beach one hour prior to high tide and end on the beach about one hour after high tide. The start time for the walk is set so participants can meet in the #1 parking lot and have 15 minutes to reach the beach and the start of the survey. The end times are, like any birding experience, approximates. People can leave whenever they wish. 

Come prepared for the weather and natural conditions (bugs, sun, wind, hunger, thirst, etc.).

The schedule: Click on Date to register.

DateStart timeHigh tideEnd timeLeader
Su 4/11/217:15 8:319:45RAM
W 4/21/212:453:515:15RAM
Sa 5/1/2111:1512:201:45MA
Tu 5/11/217:158:369:45MA
F 5/21/213:154:215:45MA
M 5/31/2111:451:052:15MA

Beyond Our Backyard-Francis Beidler Forest Audubon Center & Sanctuary

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 7:45 am – 2:00 pm (Tour starts at Beidler at 9:30a)
Location: Meet at SI Real Estate Office to Car Pool to Francis Beidler Forest Audubon Center & Sanctuary (Google maps says 1.5 hour drive)
Min: 7 Max: 12 Cost: $12 per person, $5 Additional Guest Fee

If you have never been to Francis Beidler Forest Audubon Center & Sanctuary (https://sc.audubon.org/visit/beidler), you won’t want to miss this opportunity – it’s well worth the 70-mile one-way trip! Matt Johnson, Center Director at the facility has offered to lead us on a guided tour while the Prothonotary Warblers are likely to be present. This private tour will be on a day the Center is normally closed. In prior years in this same week, Matt’s tours saw 30+ species including not only the Prothonotary Warbler but also Barred Owls, 5 species of Woodpeckers, 3 species of Vireos and 5 additional species of Warblers.

As the walk ends between 12:00 and 12:30, participants may want to bring a lunch, snacks and beverages to “picnic” at the Center prior to their return to Seabrook Island as Matt reports there are limited number of restaurants in the area. The visitor center is not open but there is a port-o-let available as a restroom option.

For those so inclined, they also have the option to continue their visit by walking the New Grassland-Woodlands Trails (https://sc.audubon.org/beidler-forest/new-grassland-woodland-trails-beidler-forest) recently opened.

Also be sure to bring sun block, bug spray, a hat, binoculars, camera and a scope if you have one. We will ask that people wear masks while riding together and to maintain social distance and wear masks while birding. Due to COVID concerns, shared use of scopes is discouraged.

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 Saturday May 8, 2021. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Monday, May 10, 2021. If you need to cancel, please let us know so we can invite people on the waitlist to attend.