Fall Bird Migration with David Gardner at St. Christopher

SIB members Flo Foley, Aija Konrad, Lydia McDonald and Marnie Ellis joined David Gardner in searching for migrating warblers on Thursday 9/29. - N. Brown
SIB members Flo Foley, Aija Konrad, Lydia McDonald and Marnie Ellis joined David Gardner in searching for migrating warblers on Thursday 9/29. – N. Brown

Six SIB members gathered on each of the mornings of Thursday September 29th and Friday September 30th for three-hour birding sessions with David Gardner at St. Christopher.  Although we were hoping for a few more migrating warblers each day, we were pleased to have seen (or heard) 34 species of birds on Thursday and 38 on Friday (see complete list below.)

Of most interest on the first day were the great views we got of the many American Redstart, Red-eyed Vireo’s and White-eyed Vireo’s.  On the second day we enjoyed seeing two migrating birds of prey, the Merlin and a Peregrine Falcon.  We even caught a glimpse as we heard a Bobolink pass overhead as it was heading south for winter.

If you are interested to join SIB on a future birding activity, check out the events on our website:  https://seabrookislandbirders.org/bird-walks/

Birds Thursday 9/29 Friday 9/30
Wild Turkey X
Anhinga X X
Brown Pelican X X
Great Blue Heron X
Great Egret (American) X X
Little Blue Heron X
Green Heron X X
Black-crowned Night-Heron X
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron X X
Osprey X X
Red-shouldered Hawk X X
Laughing Gull X X
Caspian Tern X
Sandwich Tern X
Mourning Dove X
Chimney Swift X
Ruby-throated Hummingbird X X
Belted Kingfisher X X
Red-bellied Woodpecker X X
Downy Woodpecker X X
Pileated Woodpecker X
Merlin X
Peregrine Falcon X
Empidonax sp. X
White-eyed Vireo X X
Red-eyed Vireo X X
Blue Jay X
American Crow X X
Carolina Chickadee X X
Tufted Titmouse X X
Carolina Wren X X
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher X
Swainson’s Thrush X
Gray Catbird X X
Northern Mockingbird X X
Common Yellowthroat X X
American Redstart X X
Northern Parula X
Palm Warbler X X
Pine Warbler X
Northern Cardinal X X
Painted Bunting X X
Bobolink X
Common Grackle X
House Finch X X
TOTAL 34 38

SIB Members Volunteer at the Hawk Watch in Awendaw

Eight SIB members traveled to the Center for Birds of Prey on Friday September 23rd, to volunteer as observers during the annual South Carolina Coastal Raptor Migration Survey.  They joined shift leader Stephen Schabel to count migrating hawks from the observation platform on site.  During the three hour observation period, the group documented the following migrating raptors:

Osprey  3
Bald Eagle  3
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Merlin  1
Unidentified 1

Although we didn’t see the volume of raptors as can be seen at places like Hawk Mountain in PA, the group was thrilled to spend time assisting Stephen and learning from his extensive knowledge of  Accipiters, Buteos, Falcons and Ospreys.  And of course we enjoyed the resident Vultures – both Black and Turkey.

Turkey & Black Vultures - N Brown
Turkey & Black Vultures – N Brown

The annual survey runs September 1st through November 30th and SIB has arranged for its members to volunteer on two additional dates.  Please sign up and see additional details using the links below:

Additional Bird Sightings during our morning Hawk Watch:

Wild Turkey  4
Wood Stork  2
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Anhinga  6
Great Egret  2
Cattle Egret  5
White Ibis  1
Black Vulture  11
Turkey Vulture  37
Forster’s Tern  1
Mourning Dove  3
Belted Kingfisher  2
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Painted Bunting  4

Turkey Vultures - N Brown
Turkey Vultures – N Brown
Immature Turkey Vulture - N Brown
Immature Turkey Vulture – N Brown
Turkey Vultures - N Brown
Turkey Vulture – N Brown

Learning Together at the Equestrian Center

Birders watching European Starlings - 09/11/16
Birders watching European Starlings – 09/11/16

Eight SIB members gathered the morning of Sunday, September 11, for a two-hour birding session at the Equestrian Center.   Many of the group are new to birding and were hoping to simply see and identify some new birds.  A few had specific species in mind.  Unfortunately, the latter group did not see a cattle egret nor a brown headed cowbird which were likely candidates for the date and location.  The sightings, however, exceeded expectations.  Below is the complete list of the 24 bird species either seen or heard during the outing.  Unfortunately, all images of these creatures are in the birders’ memories.

3 Turkey Vulture
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
1 Red-tailed Hawk
6 Eurasian Collared-Dove
1 Mourning Dove
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Downy Woodpecker
1 Red-eyed Vireo
4 Blue Jay
5 American Crow
4 Carolina Chickadee
3 Tufted Titmouse
3 Carolina Wren
2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
23 Eastern Bluebird
10 Northern Mockingbird
50 European Starling
1 American Redstart
1 Pine Warbler
1 Yellow-throated Warbler
2 Prairie Warbler
1 Baltimore Oriole
4 House Finch

Aija Konrad continued birding after the group left and also saw a rare Lark Sparrow, two Eastern Kingbirds and a Barn Swallow.

Aija focusing scope on Red Shouldered Hawk - 09/11/16
Aija focusing scope on Red Shouldered Hawk – 09/11/16

You’re invited to Zugunruhefest!



The Center for Birds of Prey has an exciting program scheduled for Thursday – Saturday September 15 – 17 at their location at 4719 North Highway 17, Awendaw, SC 29429.  Zugunruhefest is the Southeast’s most comprehensive migration-focused birding festival.  Events during this three day festival include:
  • Bird Walks
  • Boat Excursions
  • Bird of Prey Tour & Flight Demonstration
  • Photography Sessions
  • Behind-the-Scenes Clinic Tours
  • Hawk Watch
  • Educational Sessions
Please click here to see the complete schedule of activities for this exciting opportunity and sign up!  Space is limited.
(** Note:  Members of The Center for Birds of Prey will receive a 20% discount – see details below)

SIB Announces Fall Birding Activities – Sign-up Today!

Learning together birders trying to identify bird in marsh - Dean Morr
Learning together birders trying to identify bird in marsh – Dean Morr

Meet new and “old” friends while learning about the birds of our island and South Carolina by joining us on a bird walk, volunteering for the Hawk Watch or taking a field trip to a SC birding “hotspot”.  To learn more about each activity and to register, click on the links below.  Space is limited – sign-up today!

Fall 2016

Keep watch on the Birding Activities page and our Calendar as we continue to add events for our members!

If you are not yet a SIB member, you must first become a member by following the instructions here.


Website: SeabrookIslandBirders.org
E-Mail: SeabrookIslandBirders@gmail.com
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Learning Together at the Crab Dock

Birders on Jerome's deck 08/06/16
Birders on Jerome’s deck 08/06/16
Learning together birders trying to identify bird in marsh
Learning together birders trying to identify bird in marsh

Fourteen SIB members gathered the morning of Saturday, August 6, for a two-hour birding session at the Crab Dock.   Many of the group are new to birding and were hoping to catch their first glimpse of a clapper rail.  The morning exceeded expectations when a mother clapper rail was seen herding her baby from the boat ramp back in to the marsh grasses.  Below is the complete list of the 22 bird species either seen or heard from Rob and Melanie Jerome’s deck or from the nearby marsh tower and the lagoon across from the fire station.


1 Great Blue Heron
1 Great Egret
2 Snowy Egret
1 Little Blue Heron
2 Tricolored Heron
2 Green Heron
1 Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
3 White Ibis
6 Glossy Ibis
1 Mississippi Kite
3 Clapper Rail
6 Laughing Gull
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
2 Belted Kingfisher
1 Downy Woodpecker
6 American Crow
3 Carolina Chickadee
4 Tufted Titmouse
2 Carolina Wren
3 Eastern Bluebird
2 Northern Mockingbird
2 Northern Cardinal

SINHG Announces Fall 2016 Trips

SIB Members:

If you are a member of SINHG (Seabrook Island Natural History Group), you may have already seen and signed up for trips for this fall.  If you are not a member, you may want to join and register for some of the trips.  There are several trips that may be of interest to the bird lovers on our island:

Deveaux Bank:  Monday, September 26  9:30 – 1:00 Leader: Nancy  Min: 36              Max: 48                          Cost: $57.00            Leave from Bohicket Marina

Survivor, comes to Johns Island! Extreme Bird Banding with Aaron Givens of the Kiawah Conservancy:
Thursday, October 6  6:45am – 9:15am   Leader: Carol
Min: 6  Max: 12  Cost: $20.00  Carpool to Beach Walker Park

For more details, please see the information below.


Attached for your perusal is the listing of SINHG’s 2016 Fall Trips, our Procedure and Cancellation policies, our Sign-up Directions and Form and last but not least, our Membership Form for our June 2016 to May 2017 fiscal year for those who have not yet renewed their membership.

Please note that your trips sign-up Form should be sent to Julia Thogmartin no later than July 29th, 2016.

If you have trouble downloading or accessing any of these five attachments, please let me know.


Fall 2016 Final copy

Sign Up Directions



Membership Form 2016-2017