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Off-Site Birding


Led by Perry Nugent

 

November 6, 2010
Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet, SC
68 species were seen on a cold, light breezy turn warm day. The most interesting were: 1 American Wigeon, 20 Lesser Scaup, 2 Buffleheads, 100 Ruddy Ducks, 3 Common Loons, 20 Northern Gannets, 1 Reddish Egret, 8 Wood Storks, 4 Ospreys, 1 fourth year Bald Eagle, 1 Northern Harrier, 1 Sharp-shinned hawk, 1 American Kestrel, 4 Purple Sandpipers, 2 Bonaparte's Gulls, 1 Greater Black-backed Gull, 10 Sandwitch Terns, 10 Caspian Terns, 100 Black Skimmers, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Palm Warbler, and 1 Chipping Sparrow.

May 13, 2010
Savannah NWR, Hardeevile, SC
63 species were seen and/or heard on a nice day. The most interesting were 4 Ospreys, 2 Swallow-tailed Kites, 30 Mississippi Kites, 30 Purple Gallinules, 10 Least Terns, 5 Yellow-billed Cuckoo's, 5 Common Nighthawks, 2 Ruby-throated hummingbirds, 10 Great Crested Flycatchers, 5 Eastern Kingbirds, 2 Red-eyed Vireos, 8 Purple Martins, 30 Barn Swallows, 30 Cedar Waxwings, 1 Northern Parula Warbler, 1 Pine warbler, 5 Summer Tanagers, 1 Savannah Sparrow, 1 Blue-grosbeak, 1 Indigo Bunting, 1 Painted Bunting, 40 Bobolinks, and 20 Orchard Orioles.
 
May 1, 2010
Moore's Landing of the Cape Romaine NWR and I'on Swamp of the Francis Marion National Forest
73 species were seen and or/heard on a nice day. The most interesting were 7 Glossy Ibis, 1 Osprey, 4 Swallow-tailed Kites, 1 Mississippi Kite, 1 Black-bellied Plover, 15 Semipalmated Plovers, 6 Greater Yellowlegs, 1 Solitary Sandpiper, 3 Spotted Sandpipers, 15 Whimbrels, 5 Ruddy Turnstones, 10 Dunlin, 3 Short-billed Dowitchers, 2 Gull-billed Terns, 2 Royal Terns, 5 Common Terns, 10 Forster's Terns, 1 Least Tern, 2 Chuck-will's-widow, 100 Chimney Swifts, 2 Red-headed Woodpeckers, 10 Great Crested Flycatchers, 10 White-eyed Vireos, 30 Red-eyed Vireos, 5 Brown-headed Nuthatches, 5 Cedar Waxwings, 40 Northern Parula Warblers, 35 Pine Warblers, 6 Prairie Warblers, 10 Prothonotary Warblers, 8 Hooded Warblers, 1 Summer Tanager, 20 Eastern Towhees, 2 Blue Grosbeaks, 4 Indigo Buntings, 3 Painted Buntings, and 150 Bobolinks. 
 
February 6, 2010
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
77 species were seen and/or heard in a cold, windy turning ok day. The most interesting were; 4 Gadwalls, 4 American Widgeons', 2 American Black Ducks, 1 Mottled duck, 40 Blue-winged Teal, 2 Redhead ducks, 400 Ring-necked Ducks, 1 Greater Scaup, 21 Lesser Scaup, 1 Bufflehead, 1 Hooded Merganser, 12 Ruddy Ducks, 1 Osprey, 1 adult Bald Eagle, 6 Northern Harriers, 2 American Kestrels, 1 Virginia Rail, 2 Great Horned Owls on nest, 1 Loggerhead Shrike, 1 White-eyed Vireo, 3 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 2 Orange-crowned Warblers, 1 Yellow-throated Warbler, 1 Pine Warbler, 4 Black-and-white Warblers, and 20 American Goldfinches.
 
January 9, 2010
Huntington Beach State Park 
57 species were seen and/or heard in a cold day. The most interesting were 1 Canvasback Duck, 4 Redhead Ducks, 1 Lesser Scaup, 100 Black Scoters, 25 Buffleheads, 150 Hooded Mergansers, 10 Red-breasted Mergansers, 200 Ruddy Ducks, 2 Red-throated Loons, 20 Common Loons, 3 Horned Grebes, 3 Northern Gannets, 1 Northern Harrier, 1 American Kestrel, 1 Piping Plover, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 20 Bonaparte's Gulls 20 Savannah Sparrows, and 2 Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrows.
 
November 7, 2009
Huntington Beach State Park
75 species were seen and,or heard on a cold, breezy turning sunny and warm nice day. The most interesting: 7 Green-winged Teal, 10 Surf Scoters, 1 Black Scoter, 10 White-winged Scoters, 15 Buffleheads, 30 Hooded Mergansers, 1 Common Loon, 15 Pied-billed Grebes, 2 Horned Grebes, 8 Northern Gannets, 400 Double-crested Cormorants, 5 Roseate Spoonbills, 66 Wood Storks, 1 Bald Eagle, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1 Northern Harrier, 1 Merlin, 4 Semipalmated Plovers, 8 American Oystercatchers, 1 American Avocet, 25 Ruddy Turnstones, 2 Least Sandpipers, 2 Greater Black-backed Gulls, 30 Sandwich Terns, 60 Forster's Terns, 500 Black Skimmers, 20 American Robins, 2 Eastern Towhees, 10 Savannah Sparrows, 6 Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrows, 1 Seaside Sparrow, 15 White-throated Sparrows, and 4 Eastern Meadow Larks.
 
May 23
Webb Wildlife Center near Garnet,SC
77 species were seen and/or heard on a rainy (am-noon, scattered showers
after 1 pm) day. The most interesting were 100 Little Blue Herons (rookery), 150 Cattle Egrets (rookery), 500 White Ibis (7am Caw Caw ), 1 Wood Stork, 1 Mississippi Kite, 6 Wild Turkeys, 6 Bob Whites, 1 Purple Gallinule,
6 Red-headed Woodpeckers, 2 Red-cockaded Woodpeckers ( feeding babies in nest ), 5 Eastern Kingbirds, 4 White-eyed Vireos, 3 Yellow-throated Vireos, 10 Red-eyed Vireos. 20 Eastern Bluebirds, 1 Wood Thrush, 20 Northern Parula Warblers, 10 Yellow-throated Warblers, 25 Pine Warblers, 2 American Redstarts, 10 Prothonotary Warblers, 1 Hooded Warbler, 10 Yellow-breasted Chats, 25 Summer Tanagers, 3 Bachman's Sparrows, 15 Blue Grosbeaks, 40 Indigo Buntings, 10 Painted Buntings, and 30 Orchard Orioles. 
 
April 24, 2009
Francis Marion National Forest Waterhorn Area
63 species were seen and/or heard on a sunny, cool, turning warm, nice day.  The most interesting were: 4 Ospreys, 2 Swallow-tailed Kites, 2 Mississippi Kites, 2 American Kestrels, 4 Wild Turkeys, 2 Eurasian Collared Doves, 1 Common Nighthawk, 75 Chimney Swifts, 5 Red-headed Woodpeckers, 2 Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, 1 Northern Flicker, 8 Eastern Wood-pewees, 30 White-eyed Vireos, 25 Red-eyed Vireos, 10 White-breasted Nuthatches, 1 House Wren, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 20 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers (nest), 10 American Robins, 30 Northern Parula Warblers, 20 Yellow-throated Warblers, 30 Pine Warblers (nest), 10 Prairie Warblers, 2 Hooded Warblers, 15 Summer Tanagers, 40 Towhees, 2 Bachman's, 5 Indigo Buntings, and 10 Orchard Orioles.
 
March 14, 2009

Santee Coastal Reserve

77 species were seen and/or heard on a cold windy day  The most interesting were; 20 Pied-billed Grebe, 1 Cattle Egret, 8 Wood Storks, 1 Gadwall, 20 Blue-winged Teal, 1 Northern Shoveler, 10 Green-winged Teal, 4 Buffleheads, 4 Hooded Mergansers, 4 Bald Eagles, 3 Black-necked Stilts, 2 Lesser Yellow-legs, 1 Caspian Tern, 10 Forster's Terns, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 4 Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, 6 White-eyed vireos, 1 Blue-headed Vireo, 30 Brown-headed Nuthatches, 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 1 Hermit Thrush, 15 Yellow-throated Warblers, and 30 Pine Warblers.

 

February 14

Bear Island and Donnely State Wildlife Refuges

84 species were seen and/or heard on a cold, wet, rainy day. The most interesting were 8 American White Pelicans, 2 Anhingas, 10 Glossy Ibis, 1 Wood Stork, 150 Tundra Swans, 70 Wood Ducks, 300 Green-winged Teal, 40 Mottled Ducks, 20 Northern Pintails, 400 Blue-winged Teal, 20 northern Shovelers, 6 Gadwalls, 10 Ring-necked Ducks, 40 Hooded Mergansers, 2 Bald Eagles, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 2 American Kestrels, 25 Wild Turkeys, 1 Bonaparte's Gull, 1000 Tree Swallows, 1 White-breasted Nuthatch, 1 Brown-headed Nuthatch, 1 Marsh Wren, 1 Hermit Thrush, 40 Eastern Bluebirds, 1 Loggerhead Shrike, 20 Pine Warblers, 10 Palm Warblers, 2000 Chipping Sparrows, and 60 Savannah Sparrows.

 

January 17

Huntington Beach State Park

56 species were seen and/or heard on a cold, windy, partly cloudy day.  The most interesting were 12 Wood ducks, 2 Gadwalls, 2 American Wigeon, 2 Northern Shovelers, 5 Redhead Ducks (at James Island County Park at end of trip), 2 Lesser Scaup, 15 Buffleheads, 30 Hooded Mergansers, 10 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Ruddy Duck, 1 Red-throated Loon, 5 Common loons, 10 Horned Grebes, 8 Northern Gannets, 10 Black-bellied Plovers, 4 Semipalmated Plovers, 15 Willets, 6 Rudy Turnstones, 9 Red Knots, 9 (2 had Light green bands with codes H3Y and C9A), 2 Least Sandpipers, 4 Laughing Gulls, 2 Bonaparte's Gulls, 1 Blue-headed Vireo, 6 Golden-crowned kinglets, 3 Palm Warblers and 11 Savannah Sparrows including 1 Ipswich.

 

November 15, 2008

Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet, SC

58 species were seen and/or heard on a cool, very windy, cloudy, with a threat of rain, turning warm and nice day.  The most interesting were 5 Hooded Mergansers, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Common Loon, 3 Great Cormorants, 100 Northern Gannets, 1 Reddish Egret, 25 Wood Storks, 1 Piping Plover, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 20 Royal Terns, 5 Sandwich Terns, 30 Forsters Terns, 100 Black Skimmers, 20 Savannah Sparrows, and 2 Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrows.

 

October 11, 2008

Bear Island and Donnelley state wildlife refuges on Bennett's Pt. Rd., Colleton County, SC.

65 Species were seen and/or heard on a cloudy day with extended periods of rain.  The most interesting were 3 Glossy Ibis, 2 Wood Storks, 15 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks including 13 babies near fledgling size, 15 Mottled Ducks, 2 Blue-winged Teal, 3 Northern Pintails,  5 Ospreys, 1 adult Bald Eagle, 3 Northern Harriers, 1 American Kestrel, 12 Wild Turkeys, 1 Purple Gallinule, 6 American Coots, 20 Belted Kingfishers, 4 Pileated Woodpeckers, 1 Loggerhead Shrike, 5 Brown-headed Nuthatches, 4 Sedge Wrens, 3 Marsh Wrens, 6 Pine Warblers, 15 Palm Warblers, 1 American Redstart, and 10 Blue Grosbeaks.

 


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