Learning Together on North Beach

SIB members on the Learning Together walk.
SIB members on the Learning Together walk.

Fourteen SIB members gathered the afternoon of Sunday, June 5th, for a two-hour birding adventure on North Beach.  It was 80 degrees, overcast and a very windy afternoon with a rising tide.  Many of the group are new to birding and were excited to learn how to identify the Laughing Gull, learn the difference between the Fish and American Crow and see their first Wilson’s Plover.   Below is the complete list of the 21 bird species we either saw or heard along the two-mile walk from the parking lot of Boardwalk #1 out to the backside of the lagoon.  Not included in the list was the one “exotic” bird sighted at the Oystercatcher parking lot – a Conure headed out to enjoy the beach with it’s family!  It just goes to show that you never know what you will see when you come on a bird watching outing with SIB!

Please be sure to visit our website and sign-up for our blog postings.  We have six (6) spaces available on another walk scheduled for Thursday June 23rd at Camp St. Christopher with the Director of Education, David Gardner.  This event will focus on “Beginning Birding” – you can register for that event here.

Seabrook Island–North Beach

25 Brown Pelican
2 Great Egret
1 Snowy Egret
1 Green Heron
1 Osprey
1 Clapper Rail
1 American Oystercatcher
1 Wilson’s Plover
7 Willet
20 Laughing Gull
4 Least Tern
2 Royal Tern
15 Black Skimmer
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
5 American Crow
6 Barn Swallow
1 Marsh Wren
1 Brown Thrasher
1 Eastern Towhee
3 Northern Cardinal
1 Boat-tailed Grackle

SIB Members Flock to Jenkins Point

Eighteen people joined Flo Foley and Nancy Brown on a two-hour birding adventure along Jenkins Point on Saturday May 14th.  This included three new members along with their parents from NYC.  Five of the participants met us on bikes and the rest car-pooled to the street.

It was a beautiful day to view the many birds (and a few alligators) found at the side of the road, along the ponds and in the marsh.  Below is the complete list of the 31 bird species we either saw or heard along the one-mile stretch of the Jenkins Point neighborhood.  Thanks to Adam Holtzschue for taking the photos of this flock of SIB members!

Please be sure to visit our website and sign-up for our blog postings.  We have nine spaces available on another walk scheduled for this Thursday May 19th at Camp St. Christopher with the Director of Education, David Gardner – you can register for that event here.

Double-crested Cormorant  1
Brown Pelican  3
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  27
Snowy Egret  1
Green Heron  7
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  2
Black-bellied Plover  1
Semipalmated Plover  2
Willet  1
Whimbrel  2
Laughing Gull  4
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  5
Fish Crow  1
Barn Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Eastern Bluebird  3
Pine Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  4
Painted Bunting  1     heard
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Boat-tailed Grackle  6

SIB Members go Cuckoo for Cuckoo’s

SIB members during "Birding with David Gardner" at St. Christopher's on April 21, 2016. Ed Konrad
SIB members during “Birding with David Gardner” at St. Christopher’s on April 21, 2016. Ed Konrad

Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) sponsored our first “Birding with David Gardner” this past Thursday, April 21, 2016.  Although we didn’t get a chance to see all the birds we heard, in total we counted 35 different bird species for the three hours we spent at St Christopher’s.  We were most excited to hear the three Yellow-billed Cuckoos and hope that we’ll see these very elusive birds on a future walk.  The full list of birds is listed below along with the two snakes found on our walk.  Please enjoy the pictures we’ve included in the photo gallery at the end of the article taken by SIB members & photographers: Patricia Schaefer and Ed Konrad.

We’d also like to thank David Gardner, Director of Environmental Education at St. Christopher Camp & Conference Center, for taking time out of his schedule to educate us on the birds, snakes and natural history of Seabrook Island!  If you are interested to visit the grounds of St. Christopher, please follow the instructions found in the Tidelines article:  how-to-visit-camp-st-christopher.
 
We hope you will join SIB for our evening event featuring The Center for Birds of Prey this Wednesday April 27th at 7:00 pm in the Live Oak Room at the Lake House.  You can find a description and registration (if required) for all our future activities on our website under the new “Activities” menu drop-down. (www.seabrookislandbirders.org)
eBird Submission of Sightings
St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center, Charleston, South Carolina, US
Apr 21, 2016 8:40 AM – 11:30 AM
35 bird species
Wild Turkey  1
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Anhinga  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  2
Green Heron  4
Black-crowned Night-Heron  5
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Laughing Gull  10
Royal Tern  2
Mourning Dove  2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
White-eyed Vireo  1
American Crow  5
Fish Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  8
Carolina Wren  6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  12
Northern Mockingbird  1
Hooded Warbler  1
Northern Parula  12
Pine Warbler  10
Yellow-throated Warbler  4
Summer Tanager  4
Northern Cardinal  18
Blue Grosbeak  1
Painted Bunting  3
Red-winged Blackbird  23
Common Grackle  3
2 snake species
Greenish Rat Snake
Eastern Garter Snake

Register for “Learning Together – Birding on the Beach”

On Thursday, March 24, 2016, SIB is sponsoring our second member activity by hosting a “Learning Together – Birding on the Beach,” a casual walk on North Beach of two miles (or more) for approximately 1 1/2 hours to view birds common to the beaches on Seabrook Island.  The walk will leave the parking lot of North Beach Boardwalk #1 promptly at 8:30 am.  Please bring water, sunscreen, bug repellent, hat and if you have them binoculars and/or a camera.  Limit 20 people.

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

Once you are a member, please click here to register no later than Tuesday March 22, 2016.  All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Wednesday March 23, 2016.

Thanks!

Website: SeabrookIslandBirders.org
E-Mail:  SeabrookIslandBirders@gmail.com

Shore birds of Seabrook Island - Charles J Moore
Shore birds of Seabrook Island – Charles J Moore

2016 Great Backyard Bird Count

Many thanks to the crazy birders who braved the cold temperatures (31 degrees and wind chill of 17) on Sunday, February 14,  for our Great Backyard Bird Count.  And thanks to several of you who were with us in spirit and those who birded from their homes.  The fifteen of us split off into two groups and birded around the Lakehouse and Jenkins Point area.  As cold as it was, we were fortunate to see 30 various types of birds.  Below is our  species count along with a couple of pictures from our excursion for you to view.

 eBird Checklist Summary for: Feb 14, 2016

(1): Seabrook Island — Palmetto Lake
(2):  Seabrook Island — Jenkins Point Rd

2 Bufflehead — (1)
55 Hooded Merganser — (1),(2)
4 Double-crested Cormorant — (1)
1 Anhinga — (1)
4 Brown Pelican — (1)
1 Great Blue Heron — (2)
19 Great Egret — (1),(2)
1 Snowy Egret — (1), (2)
4 Little Blue Heron — (1),(2)
3 Tricolored Heron — (2)
2 Black-crowned Night-Heron — (2)
3 Turkey Vulture — (1),(2)
1 Osprey — (1)
2 Bald Eagle — (1)
1 Belted Kingfisher — (2)
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker — (2)
2 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker — (2)
3 Blue Jay — (1)
12 American Crow — (1), (2)
1 Tufted Titmouse — (2)
7 Carolina Chickadee — (2)
1 Carolina Wren — (2)
18 Eastern Bluebird — (1), (2)
2 Gray Catbird — (2)
4 Northern Mockingbird — (1), (2)
34 Yellow-rumped Warbler — (1),(2)
3 Red-winged Blackbirds — (2)
6 Northern Cardinal — (1), (2)
1 White-throated Sparrow — (2)
2 House Finch — (1)

This was our first “Learning Together” bird walk and we plan to do more of these each month.  The intent is to identify some birds, learn about behavior and/or habitat, meet others in our community who enjoy birds and have FUN!
Submitted by Flo Foley, Activities Chair

Join SIB for our First “Learning Together Bird Walk” this Sunday

There is still time to sign up for the SIB’s first “Learning Together Bird Walks” by registering here .  Read details below.

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We encourage everyone to take time during the weekend of February 12 – 15, 2016 to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC).  Spend 15 minutes or longer documenting the number of each species and input this information along with the date, time, length of time and location into www.eBird.org  (if you are a first time user, you will need to create a login).  Learn more about the GBBC here.

On Sunday February 14, SIB is sponsoring our fist member activity by hosting two “Learning Together Bird Walks.”  If you are not yet a SIB member, you must first become a member by following the instructions here.

Once you are a member, please register for one of the “Learning Together Bird Walks” by completing the form below and selecting one of the two trips:

Trip 1 – Palmetto Lake:  Casual flat surface walk of less than a mile for approximately 1 1/2 hours around Palmetto Lake to view birds common to Seabrook Island backyards and ponds.  Walk will leave the Lake House front steps promptly at 8:30 am.  Limit 20 people.

Trip 2 – North Beach:  Casual walk on North Beach of two miles (or more) for approximately 1 1/2 hours to view birds common to the beaches on Seabrook Island.  Walk will leave the parking lot of North Beach Boardwalk #1 promptly at 8:30 am.  Limit 12 people.

Please bring water, sunscreen, bug repellent, hat and if you have them binoculars and/or a camera.

Please click here to register no later than Friday February 12, 2016.

Thanks!