RECENT AREA BIRD SIGHTINGS (September, 2017)
by Jack Colcolough
It has been a long, interesting and successful Spring/Summer for bird sightings in our area since last writing in May. In the Spring a total of 26 species of warblers and 17 other migrant species were sighted as well the arrival of our Summer species that some are beginning to leave as our early Fall species begin to arrive. Recent unusual finds included: Wilson's Phalarope, Black Tern, Cliff Swallow at Onslow Island of Savannah NWR and Common Ground Dove at Harbor Island.
Other Rare species sighted and reported since mid-May were: Gray-cheeked Thrush, Yellow-breasted Chat, Scarlet Tanager, Common Tern, Roseate Spoonbill, King Rail, Hooded Warbler, Gray Kingbird, Brown Creeper, and Broad-winged Hawk.
Out-Of-Season birds reported were: American Restart, Black Scoter, Northern Waterthrush, Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck and Ruddy Turnstone.
Uncommon species were many and included: Piping and Wilson's Plovers, Wood Thrush, Reddish Egret, Yellow-throated and Blue-headed Vireos, Whimbrel, Yellow and Prairie Warblers, Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Great Black-backed Gull, Indigo Bunting, Rose-breasted and Blue Grosbeaks, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Eurasian-collared and Common Grounds Dove, Loggerhead Shrike, White-rumped, Stilt and Pectoral Sandpipers, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Bank Swallow, Northern Bobwhite, Swallow-tailed and Mississippi Kites, Peregrine Falcon, White-breasted Nuthatch, Glossy Ibis and Bank Swallow.
Other 'Good Finds' included: Red Knot, Orchard Oriole, Gull-billed Tern, Marbled Godwit, Cattle Egret, Black & White Warbler, Northern Parula and always, the Painted Bunting among others.
Many thanks to all reporting your bird sightings: Cindy/Ken Groff, Susan Murphy, Jane/Abe Hester, Dottie Bass, Carol Clemens, Fran/Denny Baer, Joanne McMenamin, Shelia/Roger Johnson, Dorothy Mosior, Kathy/Grant Greiger, Doreen Cubie, ,Miho Kinnas, Diana Churchill, Steve Calver, Russ Wigh, Buddy Campbell, Mary Alice Tartler, Nancy Male, Dick Phillips, Kay Grinnell, Bob Speare, Bob White, Debby Boots, Cherry Underwood and many visitors.
To report a bird sighting that is Accidental, Rare, Out-Of-Season, Uncommon, First-Of-The-Year (FOTY) or First-Of-The-Season(FOTS) or a species that you consider to be a "Good Find" e-mail: B or call 843-432-2661. Please state your full name, the bird species sighted, date and location of your sighting and other pertinent information. Keep up the good work of reporting your 'good bird finds' on Birding Friends!
Now is a best time of the year to go birding since our Fall migration is on ... and the transient migrants are moving through our area, the Winter birds are beginning to arrive and some of the Summer birds are still here but will be leaving soon!