Lowcountryoutdoors.com seeks to educate others about the simple satisfaction derived from the watching and identifying of birds. Six years of birding journal entries have helped me graduate from being a novice birdwatcher and mature into a more seasoned category of birder, and with several years on the board of the local Audubon chapter in the 1990's, I am well-rounded on all things avian. (Not to mention I now have a bird dog - who at seven months old is already 'birdy.') The spring of 2008 saw me witness a concentration of neotropical migratory songbirds that made for some great birding, and a neat article for The Charleston Mercury too. Sharing my sightings with readers in 2009 starts right here, with a recap of January and February. Hopefully, a monthly report will be a suitable format for this information, but tinkering with the format is a possibility - and comments or observations from my fellow birders are encouraged on this blog. Observations are mostly from rural Colleton County with dates (and comments) provided when pertinent.
1/10/2009 FIRST Two goldfinches (very early arrivals), also - first bluebirds checking out a nest box
1/27/09 FIRST Cedar waxwings
2/20/09 FIRST pine siskins
Jan./Feb. sightings - cardinal, mockingbird, tufted titmouse, chipping sparrow, dove, downy woodpecker, towhee, red-bellied woodpecker, white-throated sparrow, brown thrasher, hairy woodpecker, pileated woodpecker, carolina chickadee, blue jay, cooper's hawk
My photos show baby mockingbirds from spring 2008, a very large version of a painted bunting ha, ha (actually, its a lorikeet from my trip to Australia in 2006 to visit friend Carly Nichols), and Chester the English Setter acting birdy in a field edge.