-- South Carolina and Georgia Birding --

Marriott Ocean Watch, Myrtle Beach, SC

Ring-billed Gull     (Marriott Ocean Watch, Myrtle Beach, SC)

Northern Cardinal     (Marriott Ocean Watch, Myrtle Beach, SC)

Edisto Beach State Park, Edisto Island, SC

Black Vulture     (Edisto Beach State Park, SC)

Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet, SC


Virgina Rail

Cattle Egret     (Huntington Beach State Park, SC)

Pine Warbler     (Huntington Beach State Park, SC)

Tricolored Heron     (Huntington Beach State Park, SC)

Greater Yellowlegs     (Huntington Beach State Park, SC)

Willet     (Huntington Beach State Park, SC)

Sanderling     (Huntington Beach State Park, SC)

Red-winged Blackbird     (Huntington Beach State Park, SC)

Anhinga     (Huntington Beach State Park, SC)

Hunting Island State Park, Hunting Island, SC

Red-bellied Woodpecker     (Hunting Island State Park, SC)

Great Crested Flycatcher     (Hunting Island State Park, SC)

Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, Beaufort County, SC

Wood Duck     (Pinckney Is., Hilton Head Is., SC)

Northern Cardinal     (Pinckney Is., Hilton Head Is., SC)

Snowy Egret

Great Egret

These two Great Egrets seemed to be interacting, but over what we could not discern.

We couldn't believe our eyes when we first saw this Tricolored Heron.

A Tricolored Heron in non-breeding plumage.   He was by himself, apparently looking for food.

The Great Egret is much larger than the Tricolored Heron seen here.   It was odd to see these two birds sharing the same branch.

We saw lots of Little Blue Herons in the marshlands, usually feeding alone.   This one was part of a flock that landed in the trees near a pond.

These Willets were busy feeding in this small pond.

Pied-billed Grebe

Hilton Head Island, SC

Cattle Egret     (Sea Pines, Hilton Head Island, SC)

Double-crested Cormorant     (Marriott Surf Watch, Hilton Head Island, SC)

Shelter Cove Marriott on Broad Creek, SC

Near our condo at the Shelter Cove Marriott on Broad Creek.   Several Great Egrets frequented the salt marsh below our balcony.

An Osprey was seen flying overhead quite often and over the water near our condo.   We saw him dive for surface fish on several occasions.

A Brown Pelican or two always seemed to be present along the water by our condo.   We would also see him on a piling or fishing while swimming in the water.   Once we saw him drying his wings, just like a cormorant.

On a foggy morning at the ocean beach we found a dozen or two Sanderlings scurrying through the surf as it receded, picking little creatures from the sand.   They run very fast and it was difficult to find one standing upright long enough for a photo.

A small group of Willets were feeding in the ocean surf on a foggy morning.

A Double-crested Cormorant or two were almost always visible from our balcony.   There were not enough pilings for them to go around, especially when the pelicans decided to use them.   So, this guy was drying his wings while standing on a sand bar.   The kayakers seemed to have stopped to look at him.

Grackles appeared in several places, always in groups with lots of noise and interaction between the group.   They reminded me of crows in their behavior but they certainly look and sound differently.   This is a Common Grackles which is much smaller than Boat-tailed or Great Grackles.

This Northern Mockingbird could certainly not be mistaken for any other bird.   We saw several on our visit.

It would not be possible to mistake this Northern Cardinal for any other bird.

We discovered this female Northern Cardinal outside the museum on our first day.

I think we were too close to this Mourning Dove for his or her comfort level.

We spotted a small group of these House Sparrows, apparently hunting for food at South Beach.

Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, GA

Glossy Ibis   Annamarie spotted it or we would have missed it.)

Wood Stork

Wood Stork in flight

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron     (Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, GA)

Yellow-rumped Warbler     (Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, GA)

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, GA

Prothonotary Warbler     (Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, GA)

Barred Owl     (Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, GA This is the only photo in the log shot with Al's iPod.
He forgot to bring the spare battery on the swamp tour.   Annamarie was the only one to spot the owl.)

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