Birding at the Water Treatment Plant

Twenty SIB members met January 28 for a special treat of birding behind the gates of the Seabrook Island Water Treatment Plant. On the large pond, we saw warblers, shorebirds, wading birds and birds of prey!  In total, we documented 44 species, with highlights of three Lesser Scaups and a single Ruddy Duck.  (see the full list below)


  • Lesser Scaup at the Water Treatment Plant – Bob Mercer


  • Ruddy Duck at the Water Treatment Pond – Bob Mercer

After two and half hours of birding, about half the group traveled to the SI Conservancy lot on Cat Tail Pond Road in search of the Great Horned Owl. Thanks to Ed Konrad’s diligence, we got to see one after hearing two owls calling to each other.

Great Horned Owl – Ed Konrad

We hope to see you out soon with us watching, learning and protecting the beautiful birds of Seabrook Island and beyond! Visit our Birding Activities page on our website to see our schedule of upcoming activities, including walks, movies & more!

Enjoy the photos taken by members Jackie Brooks, Ed Konrad & Bob Mercer.


  • Birders of all ages enjoying the walk – Jackie Brooks
  • Wood Storks, White Ibis Hooded Mergansers & Bufflehead at the Water Treatment Plant – Jackie Brooks
  • Double-crested Cormorant – Jackie Brooks
  • Double-crested Cormorant at the Water Treatment Plant – Bob Mercer


  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – Bob Mercer

3 Lesser Scaup
24 Bufflehead
6 Hooded Merganser
1 Ruddy Duck
11 Wild Turkey
2 Mourning Dove
3 Killdeer
4 Dunlin
2 Spotted Sandpiper
2 Ring-billed Gull
1 Forster’s Tern
8 Wood Stork
2 Double-crested Cormorant
2 Snowy Egret
1 Little Blue Heron
13 White Ibis
1 Osprey
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
1 Belted Kingfisher
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Downy Woodpecker
1 Pileated Woodpecker
2 Northern Flicker
4 Eastern Phoebe
5 Blue Jay
32 American Crow
3 Carolina Chickadee
5 Tufted Titmouse
3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
1 House Wren
4 Carolina Wren
2 Northern Mockingbird
8 Eastern Bluebird
11 Cedar Waxwing
5 House Finch
1 Chipping Sparrow
2 White-throated Sparrow
2 Song Sparrow
2 Boat-tailed Grackle
3 Palm Warbler
18 Yellow-rumped Warbler
3 Northern Cardinal

Number of Taxa: 44

-Submitted by SIB

(Image credit: Bob Mercer, Jackie Brooks, Ed Konrad)