By Jack Colcolough

A 'super' birding month has been experienced in our area that includes Christmas Bird Count birds, four 'Accidental' species reported and many others! Our normal Winter ducks and songbirds are all here. We also continue to sight an unusual number of 'Out-Of-Season' species including very late Fall migrants and Summer birds.   

'Accidental' (or unexpected) sightings reported during the last month in our area were:
Golden Eagle on HHI, Northern Saw Whet Owl on Skidaway Island, Spotted Towhee in Beaufort, SC and Black Swan on HHI.

'Rare' species sighted were:
Rufous and Black-chinned Hummingbirds, Sandhill Crane, Eared and Red-necked Grebes, Brown Creeper, Ash-throated Flycatcher, 
Virginia and King Rails, LeConte's, Lincoln's and White-crowned Sparrows, Western Kingbird, Common Ground Dove and Roseate Spoonbill.

'Out-Of-Season' (OOS) species found: Summer Tanager, Chuck-will's-widow, Ovenbird, Northern Parula, Magnolia and Prairie Warblers, Northern Waterthrush, Least Bittern, Bobolink, Cattle Egret, Painted Bunting  and many Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.

'Uncommon' species reported were many and included:
American Bittern, American Woodcock, Baltimore Oriole, Dark-eyed Junco, Redhead (duck), Canvasback (duck), Long-tailed Duck, Goldeneye (duck), American Black Duck, Mottled Duck, Pintail (duck), Ruddy Duck, American White Pelican, Rusty Blackbird, Blue-headed Vireo, Orange-crowned Warbler, Red-cockaded Woodpecker,  American Avocet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Sharp-shinned Hawk, endangered Piping Plover, American Pipit, Glossy Ibis, Stilt Sandpiper, Eurasian Collared Dove, Winter, Sedge and House Wrens, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Greater and Lesser Scaups, Loggerhead Shrike, Vesper Sparrow, Caspian Tern, Orange-crowned Warbler and Long-bllled Dowitcher.

Other notables - 'Good Finds' or 'First-Of-The-Season' species reported included:
Eastern Screech Owl, American Goldfinch, Wilson's Snipe, American Wigeon, Green Heron, Black Scotter, Spotted Sandpiper, Krider's Red-tailed Hawk, Cedar Waxwing, American Oystercatcher, Marbled Godwit, Red Knot, Red-headed Woodpecker, Eastern Meadowlark, Green-winged Teal, many Bald Eagles and many other species/
Many thanks to all reporting your bird sightings:  Jane/Abe Hester, Pauline Jones, Dottie Bass, Carol Clemens, Fran/Denny Baer, Alan Biggs, Roger/ Shelia Johnson, Dottie Bass, Kathy/Grant Greider, Cindy/Ken Groff, Julia/Sean Dennis, Carol Tunnicliffe, Annette Hausman, Susan Murphy, Peter Cram, Diana Churchill, Steve Calver, Russ Wigh, Dorothy Mosier, Mary Alice Tartler, Dick Phillips, Bob Speare, Rita Kernan and many visitors. 

To report a bird sighting that is Accidental, Rare, Out-Of-Season (OOS), Uncommon, First-Of-The-Year (FOTY), First-Of-The-Season(FOTS) or a species that you consider to be a "Good Find" e-mail: 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 bird finds on Birding Friends.

 It's a great time of year to go into the 'great outdoors' and bird!