Winter Birding on North Beach

A group of seventeen hearty Seabrookers joined us last Friday morning, February 1, for a bird walk on North Beach. Our part-time bird experts, Aija Konrad, and Bob Mercer, led the group on a mile and a half walk from the owners parking lot at Boardwalk #1 to the Kiawah River inlet on the ’40-’50s partly sunny day. In total, we saw 38 species of birds (see below), including the infamous American Oystercatcher U5 and mate who have made Seabrook Island their home for nearly five years, two Piping Plovers, four species of gulls which we were able to compare and contrast, and many others!

Thanks to all our members who came out for a fun and informative walk on the beach! We hope you will consider joining one of our upcoming events by viewing and signing up on our website .

1 Lesser Scaup

9 Bufflehead

6 Red-breasted Merganser

2 American Oystercatcher

3 Black-bellied Plover

22 Semipalmated Plover

2 Piping Plover

6 Ruddy Turnstone

25 Sanderling

40 Dunlin

1    Greater Yellowlegs

4   Willet

5   Bonaparte’s Gull

18 Ring-billed Gull

3   Herring Gull

1   Great Black-backed Gull

2   Caspian Tern

75 Forster’s Tern

65 Black Skimmer

8   Double-crested Cormorant

55 Brown Pelican

1   Great Blue Heron

2   Great Egret

1   Black Vulture

1   Turkey Vulture

1   Osprey

2   Red-shouldered Hawk

1   Belted Kingfisher

1   Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

4   Blue Jay

11  American Crow

1   Carolina Wren

1   Northern Mockingbird

2   Savannah Sparrow

1   Song Sparrow

1   Pine Warbler

12 Yellow-rumped Warbler

3   Northern Cardinal

-Submitted by Seabrook Island Birders

(Photo credit: Ed Konrad)