Birds, Fish, Frogs and Rain … OH MY!

In the past week, SIB held two fun and exciting birding events! Although we needed the rain, we hoped we would have a window of no precipitation when we took both walks. Fortunately, we did!

Roman Crumpton, from U.S. Fish & Wildlife, explaining the project to increase the native Carolina Gopher Frog.

On Friday, June 7, six SIB member met at the Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery on Wadmalaw Island. The first two hours were spent walking the property, identifying 32 bird species. One highlight were the great looks at the Red-headed Woodpeckers as they entered their cavity nest in a tall snag. The group also heard the Marsh Wren and was even able to sight the birds as they perched high on the marsh grass to sing. Finally, the group enjoyed watching multiple Green Herons, including young and a nest!

Following the birding, Roman Crumpton, one of the employees of the facility, provided a tour. He educated us on the Carolina Gopher FrogGulf Coast Swallow-wort, and the Atlantic Sturgeon. It was a full morning that ended with lunch at the picnic table finishing just before the downpour started! To view the complete list for Bear Bluff event, click here.

Members of SIB as they bird Ocean Winds golf course.

On Monday, June 10, twenty-one SIB members and one guest met at the Seabrook Island Club to bird Ocean Winds Golf course using golf carts. It looked like a parade as ten carts traveled holes 1 – 12, returning just as the sprinkles started and then taking cover under the bag drop to finish the review of birds seen. A total of 37 species. Everyone contributed in this “learning together” event by pointing out birds, identifying them and counting, although in some cases the count was a S.W.A.G (Scientific Wild A$$ Guess).

There were several highlights during the morning. One was watching the Osprey on the nest on hole 3 with some participants able to see one chick. Then spending time observing the rookery from hole 4 with views of nesting Egrets (Great, Snowy & Cattle), nesting Wood Storks and chicks, and a Black-crowned Night-Heron. Finding the young Green Heron who carefully hopped along bare branches just above the water on hole 11 was pretty special as well. To view the complete list for Ocean Winds event, click here.

Please be sure to watch for additional upcoming Activities and sign up! And to view more photos from the two events, “Read More” below:

Photographs by Jackie Brooks & Charley Moore

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REMINDER: Painted Buntings – SIB’s Evening Program on May 29, 2019

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SIB is pleased to announce our next evening program will feature Dr. James Rotenberg, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, at UNCW (University North Carolina at Wilmington), to speak on “The Conservation Status of the Atlantic Coast population of Painted Bunting”

Jamie is an environmental ecologist and ornithologist in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Jamie is known as the “bird guy” in his department. His main research interest focuses on using birds as environmental indicators of habitat change and condition. The Painted Bunting Observer Team Project, or “PBOT” is one of the main projects Jamie carries out here in North and South Carolina. He also works on research projects in the country of Belize in Central America. The project in Belize includes research on the bird community of southern Belize as well as Harpy Eagles, migratory Wood Thrush, and rainforest sustainability using cacao (chocolate) agroforestry.

Date: Wednesday May 29, 2019
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 May 27, 2019 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 2019 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!

Learn how to join SIB 

Contact us if you have questions:   SeabrookIslandBirders@gmail.com

Join SIB – Birding beyond our Backyard at Pitt Street Causeway

Pitt Street Causeway in Mount Pleasant is a small park with limited parking and no facilities, but it is worth a visit at any season.

Pitt-Street Causeway – Image from TripAdvisor

Almost any species of shorebird occurring along the South Carolina coast might be present on the mud flats here (especially at low tide). The marshes and salt creeks on the north side of the causeway are good for any salt marsh species, including all of the marsh-loving sparrows. You also have a good view of Charleston Harbor.

SIB member Carl Miller lives in Mount Pleasant and will share his experience at this site with the group. The causeway is accessible for those with mobility issues. Be sure to bring binoculars, camera, hats, sunscreen, bug repellant, snacks and water.

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 7:00am – 11:00 am (roundtrip from Seabrook Island)
Beyond our Backyard – Pitt Street Causeway
Location: Meet at Real Estate Parking lot at 7:00 am to carpool to Pitt St in Mount Pleasant with start there at 8:00am which is time of low tide.
Max: 12
Cost: None for members; $5 donation for guests

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.

Once you are a member, please register no later than Thursday May 9, 2019. 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

Painted Buntings – SIB’s Evening Program on May 29, 2019

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PowerPoint Presentation

SIB is pleased to announce our next evening program will feature Dr. James Rotenberg, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, at UNCW (University North Carolina at Wilmington), to speak on “The Conservation Status of the Atlantic Coast population of Painted Bunting”

Jamie is an environmental ecologist and ornithologist in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Jamie is known as the “bird guy” in his department. His main research interest focuses on using birds as environmental indicators of habitat change and condition. The Painted Bunting Observer Team Project, or “PBOT” is one of the main projects Jamie carries out here in North and South Carolina. He also works on research projects in the country of Belize in Central America. The project in Belize includes research on the bird community of southern Belize as well as Harpy Eagles, migratory Wood Thrush, and rainforest sustainability using cacao (chocolate) agroforestry.

Date: Wednesday May 29, 2019
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 May 27, 2019 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 2019 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!

Learn how to join SIB 

Contact us if you have questions:   SeabrookIslandBirders@gmail.com

Join SIB for Global Big Day – May 4

2019 Global Big DayOn May 4, Cornell Lab and eBird sponsor Global Big Day. Will you join more than 30,000 others and become a part of Global Big Day? You don’t have to commit to birding for 24 hours—an hour or even 10 minutes of watching birds makes you part of the team. Visit your favorite spot or search out someplace new; enjoy a solo walk or get some friends to join in the Global Big Day fun. As part of this day, Seabrook Island Birders will conduct two Learning Together plus offer you an opportunity to request someone to bird with you at your favorite location..

The morning will start at 7:00 am with a Learning Together at the newly renovated Bob Cat Trail with an extension to Six Ladies Trail. Along this trail we should see our local favorite Painted Bunting who likes to hang out at the end of Bob Cat Trail. Great Crested Flycatchers, Eastern Towhee and Gulls and Egrets should also be seen. I’m still hoping to see some migratory warblers.  Register for Learning Together on Bob Cat Trail here.

This form can also be used to suggest another location and time you would like to have a friend (old or new) to join you to bird. SIB will send an email to the Google Group of all these suggested times and places for people to gather.

Saturday, May 4 7:00 am – 8:30 am
Global Big Day – Learning Together at Bob Cat Trail
Location: Meet at Owners Parking Lot near entrance to Boardwalk 1
Max: 18
Cost None for members; $5 donation for guests

Also, on this day, SIB member Arch McCullum will lead a SIB Learning Together bird walk at North Beach. Arch was a professor of Ornithology at College of Charleston and also leads bird walks for Audubon of South Carolina. He’s never birded Seabrook’s beaches so it will be a learning experience for all. We’ll again be looking for the Red Knots that are our guests in April and May, stopping at Seabrook Island to rest and refuel on their long migration from South America to the Arctic to breed. Flocks of 1000 knots have been seen to date, growing to 5000 or more as in past years. Wilson’s Plovers are being seen in the critical habitat getting ready to mate and nest. Overall, we hope to spot a nice variety of shorebirds as we work our way to the North Beach inlet. We’ll meet in the Property Owners’ beach parking lot at 10:00am. This will get us to the beach a couple of hours before the rising tide which brings the Red Knots and other shorebirds closer to the shore. Be sure to bring binoculars, camera, hats, sunscreen, water, snacks, and maybe lunch if you plan to go the entire way to the inlet. Of course, you can head back at any time.  Register for Learning Together at North Beach here

Saturday, May 4 8:30 am – 11:00 am (shorter or longer as you wish!)
Global Big Day – Learning Together at North Beach
Location: Meet at Owners Parking Lot near entrance to Boardwalk 1
Max: 18
Cost None for members; $5 donation for guests

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/ or we request a $5 donation to SIB.

Once you are a member, please complete registration(s) no later than Thursday May 2 , 2019. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Friday May 3.

If you have additional questions about the program, please contact us by sending an email to: SeabrookIslandBirders@gmail.com

Join SIB for Backyard Birding at The Haul Over

Backyard Birding at The Haul Over
Wednesday May 1st at 6:30pm-8:30pm – The Haul Over
Location: 2445 The Haul Over
Max: 12
Cost: None for 2019 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 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/. If you were a 2018 member but have yet to renew for 2019, you may renew following the instructions above or renew the day of the walk. Or you may pay the Guest Fee of $5.

Register no later than Wednesday April 29, at 10am. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Tuesday April 30th.

Sign up to Learn Together at North Beach

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On Wednesday, April 24, Aija and Ed Konrad will lead a SIB Learning Together bird walk at North Beach. We’ll be looking for the Red Knots that are our guests in April, stopping at Seabrook Island to rest and refuel on their long migration from South America to the Arctic to breed. Flocks of 1000 knots have been seen to date, growing to 5000 or more as in past years. Wilson’s Plovers are being seen in the critical habitat getting ready to mate and nest. Overall, we hope to spot a nice variety of shorebirds as we work our way to the North Beach inlet.

We’ll meet in the Property Owners’ beach parking lot at 10:00am. This will get us to the beach a couple of hours before the rising tide which brings the Red Knots and other shorebirds closer to the shore. Be sure to bring binoculars, camera, hats, sunscreen, water, snacks, and maybe lunch if you plan to go the entire way to the inlet. Of course, you can head back at any time.

Wednesday, April 24 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (shorter or longer as you wish!)
Learning Together at North Beach
Location: Meet at Owners Parking Lot near entrance to Boardwalk 1
Max: 18
Cost None for members; $5 donation for guests

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