On Sunday we will profile a bird common to many Seabrook Island residents. However, you may not be as familiar with its call. In TV and movies, it sounds like this. However, its real call sounds like this. Can you tell us what bird we will profile as well as the name of it’s “imposter?”
Leave us a comment if you want to make a guess – and watch for the full article on Sunday morning!
It was a beautiful January day to search for as many wintering sparrows on Seabrook Island as could be located. The group met at St. Christopher with a goal to tour several spots at the Camp then procede to the maintenance area and others as time permitted. Flo Foley provided each participant with a sheet of pictures detailing the distinguishing characteristics of the 12 sparrow species most likely to be found. The group started at the Camp’s feeders where Chipping and Song Sparrows were seen. Next the group proceded out to the beach where in the dunes a Savannah Sparrow was seen. Around the bend in the marshes along Bohicket Creek, the three marsh sparrows (Nelson’s, Saltmarsh and Seaside) were seen. On the return trip, the “islands” of brush were searched in hopes of finding a Field Sparrow. Alas, that species remained hidden but the group was lucky enough to flush out three elusive Common Ground Doves. The group then traveled to the maintenance area where Chipping, Song and White Throated Sparrows as well as an Eastern Towhee were seen. Finally, the group proceeded to the Equestrian Center in hopes of finding a Swamp Sparrow, a Junco and / or a Vesper. No luck in any of these species but for the day,8 sparrow species were seen with 64 species seen in total. (See entire list below)
There are two good ways to identify the Ruby-crowned Kinglet. First, you might see it out of the corner of your eye. That’s because it flicks its wings and hops fairly continuously. You also might recognize it from its very distinctive call. The song sounds like an electric typewriter. Listen.
In pictures, he is often shown flaunting his bright red crown but that is much more the exception than the rule and only the male has the crest. Both the male and the female are greenish gray in color with a white eye ring and wing bars that resemble those of a non-breeding Goldfinch. We have those now on Seabrook but they are considerably bigger. It is the kinglet’s small size and jumpy nature that are the most likely to catch your attention.
The Ruby-crowned is a winter bird for us. It migrates primarily to Canada and Alaska to breed but is seen year-round in a few western states.
Cornell Labs lists this bird as one that comes to a feeder but the feeder should probably be in a woodsy or shrubby area. Here is what they recommend to attract them:
If you would like to learn more about this bird visit:
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Range Map – Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Article submitted by: Marcia Hider
Photographs provided by: Ed Konrad & file photos
This blog post is part of a series SIB will publish on a regular basis to feature birds seen in the area, both migratory and permanent residents. When possible we will use photographs taken by our members. Please let us know if you have any special requests of birds you would like to learn more about.
How did you do? Could you match all the pictures and songs for the six woodpeckers found on Seabrook Island, SC? The sounds can be tricky! Use the links on the bird names to re-read our blogs for each.
We know many of our friends on Seabrook Island have been concerned about the loss of our home last summer that was in the dead tree between Ocean Winds Green #3 and Crooked Oaks Tee Box #4. We’d like to inform you all that we have found a “fixer-upper” and moved in a few weeks ago. It was a home previously occupied by an Osprey family located on Crooked Oaks on Hole #3 near the Yellow Tee Box on the left side in a very large pine tree. We have been busy renovating by adding additional hard and soft wood to the existing structure and considering other cosmetic changes to make it more comfortable for our soon-to-be growing family. You may see us at our new home or flying overhead over the marshes, golf courses and beaches of our beautiful Seabrook Island.
We hope in another month we’ll be able to make more announcements about our family. Please stay tuned! And if you have any information about us you want to share, please be sure to send it to our friends the Seabrook Island Birders (SIB).
Location of our new nest in the tall pine left side of Crooked Oaks Yellow Tee Box #3.
Bald Eagle nest – C Moore
Bald Eagle on nest – C Moore
Bald Eagle – C Moore
Article submitted by: Nancy Brown
Photos taken by: Charles Moore
Graphics submitted by Marcia Hider