January was quite cold for the entire month, having already seen snow flurries in December and overnight temps in the 20's a real taste of winter came to the Lowcountry outdoors. The FIRST goldfinches to show up this year arrived on January 19, 2011. The FIRST cedar waxwings arrived on January 29, 2011. Bird sightings at Snipe Hill included a great blue heron, northern flicker, mockingbird, cardinal, towhee, chipping sparrow, tufted titmouse, carolina chickadee, yellow-bellied sapsucker, white-breasted nuthatch, red-bellied woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, white-throated sparrow, Canada geese, carolina wren, bluebird, dove, blue jay, wood thrush and the ubiquitous turkey vulture.
For my Nov./Dec. birding blog entry click here.
PhotosBy Dr. Patrick Dennis Sr. : Egret, cardinal, red-bellied woodpecker with red-winged blackbird