Bird Sighting – More Northern Gannets

Helen Reinhart reports she saw seven (7) Northern Gannets on Tuesday 2/9/16 at 11:45 a.m. off Pelican Beach near Boardwalk #9.  Helen said they were “in flight up and down the beach, feeding and close enough to easily identify.”

As we reported on the sighting last week, the Northern Gannet is a large bird (Length: 37″ and Wingspan: 72″) who spends most of its life at sea.  Similar to the Brown Pelican, to feed it plunge dives into the ocean from as high as 130 feet.

Northern Gannet - © Ganesh Jayaraman
Northern Gannet – © Ganesh Jayaraman
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Save-the-Date for SIB Meetings

Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) had our kick-off meeting on January 20th with over 100 participants.  Since then the SIB officers have been busy planning additional programs and events for our members.
Please mark your calendar now for our next SIB meeting which will be held on April 27th and feature a program by the Center for Birds of Prey.  In fact, mark your calendar for June 22nd and for September 28th for the other two SIB meetings for 2016.  All programs are planned to begin with a social at 7:00 pm and the program starting at 7:30 pm and will be held in the Live Oak Room at the Lake House on Seabrook Island, SC.
We would love to hear of any ideas you have for program topics – just send us an email:  SeabrookIslandBirders@gmail.com
Don’t forget to check out our website SeabrookIslandBirders.org and Like us on Facebook.
Thanks!
Lyn Magee and Judy Morr
SIB Program Chairs

Photograph Compliment of Robert Korksi

Brown Pelicans sunning on a blue sky day with zero wind - Robert Korski
Brown Pelicans sunning on a blue sky day with zero wind – Robert Korski

Robert Korski submitted this photograph of two Brown Pelicans taken at the bridge that crosses Seabrook Island Road between Oyster Catcher Court and High Hammock Road.

Robert said, “It was a clear blue sky and no wind in January 2015 when this picture was taken. I used a  Canon 7D with Tamron lens. Focal length of shot was 270 mm (maximum for this lens) with aperture setting at 6.3 with a speed of 1/500. No post-processing (such as Photoshop).”

Thanks Robert for sharing this beautiful photograph!

Win a pair of Zeiss Binoculars from eBird!

Do you have a smartphone?  Do you like birds?  If so, you could have a chance to win a free pair of Zeiss binoculars from eBird!

Just download the FREE eBird Mobile app onto your IOS or Android device and start recording the birds you see!  The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit at least 15 complete (must have estimated number of each bird species with no “X”) checklists using eBird Mobile in February.  Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.  Read more about the contest here.

We (Flo & Nancy) can personally say this is a fabulous app!  It provides improved accuracy in counting, precise location selection, and overall birding information.  And no more paper tracking when we get home, sometimes days later.  Never used eBird?  Learn all about it on the eBird help site.

Not quite sure the name of the birds you see?  Another great and FREE app we recommend you load on your device is Merlin ID, found here.

Just in time for the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) next weekend, load both apps on your device and start identifying and counting birds today!

Submitted by Nancy Brown & Flo Foley

Want Your Seabrook Island Bird Photos Featured on our Gallery?

The Seabrook Island Birders would like to solicit from our members and friends photos to add to our website gallery
 

If you have taken photos of birds in the Seabrook Island area that you would like to share with our members on our website Gallery, our Blog and Facebook page, please complete this two step process.

Step 1 – Submit this form to provide information about the photographer and details of the photo  
Step 2 – Email the photos to SeabrookIslandBirders@gmail.com 
Please be sure to read Blog Submittal Guidelines before submitting your photos.  
Thanks!
Osprey Takes Flight by Charles Moore
Osprey Takes Flight by Charles Moore

Bird Sighting – Northern Gannet

Thanks to Paul Giardino for reporting a bird sighting!  He and three others observed a Northern Gannet about 150 yards from shore as it floated by on the out going tide.  The location was at Boardwalk #8 (“Dolphin Point”) on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 5:15 pm.

The Northern Gannet is a large bird (Length: 37″ and Wingspan: 72″) who spends most of its life at sea.  Similar to the Brown Pelican, to feed it plunge dives into the ocean from as high as 130 feet.

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