SIB’s Backyard Birding was a Fun Break from Clean-up Duties

sibirdersA big thank you to Carole King for hosting our monthly SIB Backyard Birding on her back deck Saturday, October 15. We had 13 SIB members who took a break from their clean-up work following Hurricane Matthew. What a beautiful location to watch for traditional backyard birds, shorebirds and seabirds with views of marsh, river, beach and ocean! Carole provided coffee, tea and snacks and Donna Lawrence brought muffins.

When we arrived, the Brown Pelicans were the most noticeable sitting at the end of two of the docks. Near the home we saw the typical passerines like Northern Cardinals and Northern Mockingbird, but many of us were excited to see the Brown Thrasher and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. We determined the small bird that would hop along Carole’s dock and then fly up into the Live Oak was a Palm Warbler.

In the distance, using the scope, we were able to identify a large group of American Oystercatchers, Willets, more than 100 White Ibis and even two Marbled Godwits. Using our binoculars, we could see hundreds of Tree Swallows flying over the end of Kiawah Island as well as over the river and beach on the Seabrook side.

Overall, we had a spectacular morning and I think we would all agree we are jealous of Carole for her backyard birding paradise. Below is the full list of birds we saw during the morning along with photos taken by Marnie and Judy.

If you are interested to join Judy Morr next Saturday, she’ll be taking a SIB group to the Center for Birds of Prey to volunteer as they count migrating Hawks. For more information and to sign up click here:  https://goo.gl/forms/eLldHCeBUatrNYXe2

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Double-crested Cormorant 12
Brown Pelican 37
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Egret 6
Snowy Egret 5
Little Blue Heron 1
Tricolored Heron 1
White Ibis 103
Osprey 4
Clapper Rail 1
American Oystercatcher 22
Marbled Godwit 2
Willet 12
Laughing Gull 3
Royal Tern 3
Black Skimmer 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
American Crow 13
Fish Crow 1
Tree Swallow 122
Carolina Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 3
Carolina Wren 1
Brown Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
Palm Warbler 1
Northern Cardinal 5
Boat-tailed Grackle 1

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-Submitted by Nancy Brown

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