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!

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2016 Bluebird Society Kick-off Meeting

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The kick-off meeting for the 2016 monitoring season of bluebird boxes will be February 24th at 4:00pm in Osprey 2 at the Lake House.

We will again be monitoring the 3 trails on the golf courses plus the Lake House trail. Monitoring will be divided into 3 sessions of about 8 weeks starting March 20th and concluding August 31st. A sign-up sheet will be available at this meeting if you are interested in a monitoring session of one of the trails this year.

Last year we monitored 75 boxes that produced 259 bluebird and 102 chickadee hatchlings.

We look forward to seeing you on the 24th.

Dean Morr, Seabrook Island Bluebird Society

Photograph Compliment of Marie Wardell

Angry Eyes - Osprey - Marie Wardell

Marie Wardell submitted this photo she took of an Osprey at the tip at Privateer Creek back on July 7, 2014.

Marie said, “It felt like 100 degrees that day in July 2014.  I had biked to the tip of Privateer Creek along Pelicans Watch beach. When I arrived I sat under the shade provided by a massive live oak.  As I gulped my water, I looked up and noticed an osprey staring down at me.  I kid you not, he was panting!  At one point he looked as though he was damning me with his eyes!  I imagined him saying, ‘If you don’t share that water, there is no telling what I might do!’  I fired off a few shots and sat back watching him in amazement.

“Taken with my trusty Nikon D40 mounted with Sigma 120-400 mm lens. Focal length 150mm F/6.3 1/640/second.”

Thanks Marie for sharing your photo!

 

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

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