SIB December Activities

   Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season, get outside, relax with one or more of SIB’s December activities. 

Backyard Birding at Cat Tail Pond

When: Thursday , December 1 at 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: 2500 Cat Tail Pond
Max:  12
Cost: None for 2022 members; $10 donation for guests

Come join us in Paula and Bob’s Adamson’s backyard. They live right on the golf course and have six feeders plus a birdbath and two bluebird boxes. They also have two owl boxes. Many birds can be seen from the deck or the yard.  In addition to birds, they also have many turkeys, squirrels, bunnies, raccoons and possums.

As always, be sure to bring your water, binoculars, hats and sunscreen.  

Please register no later than Monday, November 29 by 10:00 am.  All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Wednesday, November 30. 

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Beyond Our Backyard at Kiawah River

When: Sunday, December 4, 2022, 8:00 am-11:00 am
Location:  Meet at the “bridge” entering the property
Cost: None for members; $10 donation for guests

Another chance to check out birds that can be found on this varied habitat  property.  We expect to see a large variety of birds including Double-crested Cormorants, Egrets, Herons, Osprey and other birds of prey. If we are lucky, we will see an eagle and osprey duel over a fish. As we enter the property, we hope to catch a glimpse of the resident American Coots and Loggerhead Shrikes.  We should also see and hear some of the smaller birds like Tufted Titmice, Eastern Bluebirds, Northern Cardinals.  We will drive to various locations on the property and then walk for better birding observations.  Of course, this also gives us a chance to see this neighboring development.

As always, be sure to bring your binoculars, hats, water and sunscreen.  

Please register no later than Friday, December 2, 2022.  All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on the day prior to the event.

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Roseate Spoonbills, Wood Storks, and Limpkins are SC residents!

When: Wednesday, December 7, 2022. Registration starts at 7:00 pm. Program starts at 7:30 pm

Where: Live Oak Hall, The Lake House

Cost: Free for members, $10 for guests

Max: Limited to 100 members

Roseate Spoonbill, flamboyant with bright pink feathers, red eye staring from a partly bald head, giant spoon-shaped bill! Wood Stork, soaring on thermals with outstretched neck and legs, at three feet tall towering above other wetland birds! Limpkin, its long bill adapted for removing snails from shells, and unforgettable haunting cry! These fascinating birds, two that we enjoy seeing frequently on Seabrook, were once restricted to Florida. Now they all reside and nest in SC!

Craig Watson, bird guide and recent retiree from U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service after 33 years of dedicated bird and habitat conservation, will be our guest. Craig will discuss these fascinating species’ decline and now subsequent increase in population, along with the reasons and implications of their range expansion to SC. Join us to hear Craig’s informative program, along with some enjoyable social time with Seabrook Island Birders’ members and guests!

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December Movie – Hummingbirds

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 from 4:00 pm -5:00 pm
Location: Zoom & Oystercatcher Community Center

David Attenborough takes us into the remarkable lives of hummingbirds via stunning slow motion photography. Everything about these tiny birds is superb and extreme. They have the highest metabolism, fastest heart beat and most rapid wing beat in the avian world. They evolved to feed on flowering plants but are now a crucial part of wider ecosystems. How do they mate, raise their young, and live?

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Learning Together on Crooked Oaks Golf Course

When: Monday, December 19, 2022  8:30 am – 10:30 am (original date was December 12)
Location:  Meet at The Island House (Golf Course Parking Lot next to Spinnaker Beach Houses) for ride along the golf course in golf carts
Max:  24 (If all seats in golf carts are used)
Cost: Free for members; $10 donation for guests – Priority will be given to prior waitlisted & members

The Seabrook Island Club closes one course a day each week and allows Seabrook Island Birders to use golf carts to travel the course with our members to bird. Join us for a morning of birding by riding in golf carts for at least 9-holes on Crooked Oaks golf course. We expect to see a large variety of birds including Egrets, Herons and birds of prey. We will also see and hear some of the smaller birds like Tufted Titmice, Eastern Bluebirds, Northern Cardinals, Carolina Wrens and some of the many warbler species.

Since it is fall/winter, we can also expect to see Eastern Phoebes, Northern Flickers, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Belted Kingfishers, Double-crested Cormorants, Bald Eagles, and more!

As always, be sure to bring your binoculars/cameras, hats and sunscreen.  Water will be provided.  We ask that all participants wear a mask when unable to social distance if they are not vaccinated.

Please register no later than Friday prior to the trip.  All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Sunday, the day prior to the trip.  If you need to cancel, please let us know so we can invite people on the waitlist to attend.

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-Submitted by SIB

(Image credit: SIB)