Reminder: Winged Wonders – The Phenomenon of Bird Migration

Last chance to sign up for SIB’s April evening program!

Spring is one of the most exciting times of the year for birdwatching in SC, when many species of birds travel through on their journey north to breed. Ever wonder where the amazing birds we see at Seabrook and across SC have been all winter, and where they’re headed next? And how do our feathered friends make these amazingly long flights during migration?

Please join us, April 21st at 7 pm for our “Winged Wonders-The Phenomenon of Bird Migration. SIB’s good friend, Matt Johnson, Center Director at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary at Francis Beidler Forest, will be our speaker.

Matt has advised us that as you join us for his discussion, these birds will literally be on the move above our heads as they migrate north!

REGISTER TODAY

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. When: Apr 21, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwucOirrzgqEtd_LLLQm6YjSf0hl3xDMvc- 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

About our Speaker:

Matt Johnson is the Center Director at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary at the Francis Beidler Forest. A native of South Carolina, Matt grew up in Columbia and attended Clemson University from 2003-2009. He first started working for Audubon South Carolina in 2013 as the Education Manager at Beidler Forest. After spending a few years in a statewide position for Audubon, Matt has returned to the swamp at Beidler to be the Center Director. Matt particularly enjoys leading programs and conducting bird research, especially Audubon’s work with Prothonotary Warblers. When not working, Matt enjoys birding, hiking, and spending time with family.

To learn more about Audubon South Carolina, we encourage you to visit their FacebookTwitter, and Instagram as well as their website .

Reminder: International Shorebird Survey Walks-North Beach

Reminder: There are 5 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
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

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

Join SIB to Bird Crooked Oaks Golf Course

Date: Monday April 19, 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 Monday, April 19, 2021 starting at 8:30 am and finishing around 10:30 am.

Crooked Oaks golf course will be closed for normal maintenance next Monday 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 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 even some of our spring migrants!

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 Saturday April 17, 2021. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Sunday April 18, 2021. If you need to cancel, please let us know so we can invite people on the waitlist to attend.

Did you see who made the April “Centerfold?”

The Seabrooker, April 2021, Page 8

In case you don’t receive it, or haven’t had a chance to read it yet, we hope you will enjoy The Seabrooker’s April 2021 page 8. Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) contributed a full page on the left side of the centerfold! The stories this month feature:

  • Spring Migration – Birds on the Move!
  • SIB’s Upcoming Zoom presentation by Audubon SC’s Matt Johnson on Wednesday April 21, 2021 at 7:00 pm. Register for this event today!
  • SIB’s Shorebird Steward Program including a QR code (this Quick Response code is a bar code which will open a webpage when a phone camera is focused on it.)

Thanks to authors Bob Mercer & Aija Konrad along with photographer and graphic designer Ed Konrad for their contributions this month!

Photos from a Spring Bird Walk at Camp St. Christopher

Barred Owl – Michael Audette

It was a beautiful Tuesday morning when nine Seabrook Island Birder (SIB) members were joined by three Camp St. Christopher staff members for a bird walk throughout 2. 9 miles of the wooded property down to their crab dock and back through the slough. In total we identified 39 species on the walk. Although we didn’t see nearly as many as we heard, Bob Mercer’s expert ears heard many, so he was able to teach us the birds as they sang from high in the tree tops, including the “who cooks for you” sung by the Barred Owl. Not 15 minutes later, the group was mesmerized as a Barred Owl flew in to perch on a nearby Live Oak branch. We think he/she was out “people watching”.

Enjoy the photos taken by participant Michael Audette, an annual visitor from Connecticut.

Mourning Dove  1
Clapper Rail  2
Laughing Gull  10
Forster’s Tern  1
Anhinga  1
Double-crested Cormorant  18
Great Blue Heron  11
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  1
Tricolored Heron  3
Green Heron  3
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Black Vulture  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Barred Owl  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  12
Downy Woodpecker  4
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
White-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  5
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  10
Tree Swallow  26
Barn Swallow  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  5
Marsh Wren  2
Carolina Wren  7
Eastern Bluebird  2
Hermit Thrush  1
American Goldfinch  2
Red-winged Blackbird  3
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
Northern Parula  9
Pine Warbler  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Northern Cardinal  11

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S84923610

Join SIB for Backyard Birding at The Haul Over

Backyard Birding at The Haul Over
Monday , April 12, 6:00pm-7:30pm – The Haul Over
Location: 2445 The Haul Over
Max: 12
Cost: None for 2021 members; $5 donation for guests

Great Egret in Breeding Plumage – Dean Morr

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 Friday April 09. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Sunday April 11th.

International Shorebird Survey Walks-North Beach

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

Winged Wonders – The Phenomenon of Bird Migration

Spring is one of the most exciting times of the year for birdwatching in SC, when many species of birds travel through on their journey north to breed. Ever wonder where the amazing birds we see at Seabrook and across SC have been all winter, and where they’re headed next? And how do our feathered friends make these amazingly long flights during migration?

Please join us, April 21st at 7 pm for our “Winged Wonders-The Phenomenon of Bird Migration. SIB’s good friend, Matt Johnson, Center Director at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary at Francis Beidler Forest, will be our speaker.

Matt has advised us that as you join us for his discussion, these birds will literally be on the move above our heads as they migrate north!

REGISTER TODAY

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. When: Apr 21, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwucOirrzgqEtd_LLLQm6YjSf0hl3xDMvc- 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

About our Speaker:

Matt Johnson is the Center Director at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary at the Francis Beidler Forest. A native of South Carolina, Matt grew up in Columbia and attended Clemson University from 2003-2009. He first started working for Audubon South Carolina in 2013 as the Education Manager at Beidler Forest. After spending a few years in a statewide position for Audubon, Matt has returned to the swamp at Beidler to be the Center Director. Matt particularly enjoys leading programs and conducting bird research, especially Audubon’s work with Prothonotary Warblers. When not working, Matt enjoys birding, hiking, and spending time with family.

To learn more about Audubon South Carolina, we encourage you to visit their FacebookTwitter, and Instagram as well as their website .

Learning Together-Camp St. Christopher Conference Center

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:00 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. Spring should be in full swing, so we should see all the usual suspects, but will also hopefully get looks at our some of our more elusive resident breeding songbirds…Yellow-throated Warbler, Pine Warbler, Northern Parula, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and Painted Bunting.

Early April is also the start of migration for a number of species, so we may be lucky to see a few migrant warblers (Louisiana Waterthrush, Prothonotary Warbler, Common Yellowthroat), Scarlet Tanagers and Blue Grosbeaks.

Bring sun block, bug spray, a hat, water and binoculars. Please remember to wear your masks. We are asking our attendees to make a voluntary contribution to Camp St. Christopher to help support their efforts during the pandemic.

Please complete the information below to register no later than Sunday April 4, 2021. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Monday April 5, 2021. If you need to cancel, please let us know so we can invite people on the waitlist to attend.

REGISTER

Join SIB to Bike and Bird the West Ashley Greenway

REGISTER NOW!

SIB Birders biking Greenway – Melanie Jerome

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. The City of Charleston Department of Parks has confirmed motorized handicap scooters may utilize the Greenway for this activity so at least one member plans to “bike” the Greenway in his scooter.

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

Join several SIB Executive Committee Members for this biking & birding trip at the West Ashley Greenway. 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 north for the summer. And birds of prey are common to see flying overhead. When we did this ride mid-March 2019, 52 species were seen or heard. Be sure to bring binoculars, camera, hats, sunscreen, bug repellant, snacks and water. While unnecessary while riding our bicycles, we ask that all participants wear a mask when unable to social distance.

Monday, March 22, 2021 8:00 am – 12:00 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 2021 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.

Once you are a member, please complete register no later than Saturday March 20, 2021. 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