Tuesday, July 21, 2009

May / June Birding Journal Observations

Lowcountryoutdoors.com remains committed to bringing readers periodical birding reports from Snipe Hill about every two months (even though this entry was about three weeks late). Some bird observations are more exciting - today I saw a loggerhead shrike; and some are more mundane, like the mockingbird that nearly bombed me under the live oak. The month of May did not have the excitement of the first neotropical arrivals like April, but we did note some other migratory birds. A swallow-tailed kite was swooping low over a field of winter oats one morning and was witnessed by myself and two employees of the S.C. Forestry Commission - very cool. Other observations include blue jay, blue grosbeak, blue bird, cardinal, brown-headed cowbird, pileated woodpecker, dove, kingbird, red-headed woodpecker, wood ducks, summer tanager, canadian geese, cattle egret, wood stork, mockingbird, ruby-throated hummingbird, brown thrasher, indigo bunting, hairy woodpecker, tufted titmouse, carolina chickadee, chuck will's widow, mississippi kite, yellow-billed cuckoo and wild turkey.

To view the March-April '09 birding blog entry click here.

Photo By Jeff Dennis: A wood stork is a common visitor in the ACE Basin

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