Sunday, May 31, 2015

Costa brings Blue Mirror to lightweight 580P lenses

Costa 580P blue mirrors on the water
580P on lense
For those bluewater saltwater fisherman who preferred the blue mirror lenses on Costa sunglasses, the only option was to get those lenses made of glass. Glass was a bit more expensive, but the blue tint seemed to be the best fit for long days spent on the water. Coming into 2015 Costa was able to bring the blue mirror tint to its heralded 580P (plastic) lenses that bring the advantage of being lightweight. Less weight on the bridge of one's nose means less time putting the glasses back into place after they slide wither due to sweat and sunscreen.

Costa lifestyle fits this angler very well
Profile shot of Fantails
I tried the 580P blue mirror lenses on tortoise Fantail frames and found this new combo from Costa to  bring a good fit for my average or medium face size. This style is akin to the Blacken frames and it comes with heavy duty TR-90 nylon frames, and it also includes a classic Costa hard case with zipper. The plastic lenses are also more impact resistant than glass lenses, and the switch to plastic is just as rewarding as when the first 580P lenses came out a few years ago in basic tints only. This is just another example where the Costa company, founded by fishermen, is staying at the vanguard of the saltwater sunglasses market.

I can also relate that the Fantail frames form a nearly air-tight fit on one's face, and when recently riding through Winyah Bay near Georgetown with Capt. Mike McDonald these glasses performed well. The 580 lenses block yellow light, and the 580 mirror lenses block light at a slightly higher transmission rate than non-mirror lenses, providing the best protection from the sun's damaging glare from above and from off the water reflections.

To view the 2015 blue marlin fishing tournament calendar click here.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Bulls Bay Boats and Gul-R-Boy Charters

Capt. Mike McDonald with a Winyah Bay trout
Fisherman want more features than ever on their boats, but the folks making Bulls Bay boats decided to keep their design simple and functional. Their main focus is to keep the price reasonable so that the hard working folks of the Lowcountry can afford to have an all-purpose 17-foot watercraft. These boats are made in Walterboro right at the Pioneer Boats warehouse near I-95 and Henry Sikes is their point man on promoting this new line of Bulls Bay boats.

Captain Mike McDonald, (843)520-6339, was born and raised in Georgetown and he has been a fishing guide there for 21 years. His Gul-R-Boy Charter Service is known far and wide and when I asked him about the best time to fish he replied to just come on and let him  worry about that. Meaning that whether the tide was rising or falling, he knows which fishing spots to visit near the Belle Island public boat ramp where most of his charters depart from. He has a 115-horsepower Mercury Opti-Max motor, which is the maximum recommended for the 17-foot bay boat.
Made in Walterboro, S.C.

“When Henry called me about the Bulls Bay boats being built, I drove right up to Pioneer in Walterboro to come take a look at one,” said McDonald. “It looked like a perfect fit for me and he was willing to customize the center console to accommodate some extra fishing rods, so I just about drove it home that day. That was May of 2014 so I have had it for a year now, and find it to be a good fishing platform.” 

To read this entire feature article in the newspaper click on Colletonian.

To view past blog entries with Gul-R-Boy Charters click here.
Stark Naked was the color the trout liked

To view past blog entries about the 2015 Georgetown Governor's Cup click here.

Another view of the Bulls Bay boat

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

2015 Toyota Camry XSE at Folly Beach for Memorial Day

Folly Beach surfers at the Washout and Camry XSE
Gorgeous weather on Memorial Day set flags flapping
A cool Northeast wind began to blow on Friday morning May 22, and it didn't stall out until after the Memorial Day holiday. We are always thankful for those who served our country, and mindful of those in the armed services now! While choppy seas might not have been the best for boating weather, it was spectacular beach weather at Folly Beach, cordially known as the Edge of America. Driving the 2015 Toyota Camry XSE Sport sedan with moonroof along East Arctic Avenue in the cooler weather felt great, riding to the washout to watch the surfers.

The sport Camry XSE with a 3.5-liter V6 motor comes in a special color called Ruby Flare, which is not the same as candy apple red. When fully loaded with options, this auto costs $35,768 and comes with remote start, Illuminated door enhancements, Pre-collision system, dynamic radar cruise control, paddle shifters and of course the EnTune Premium JBL sound system. The navigation and app suite is easily accessed with fingertips, and the black leather trim and ultra suede interior with red stitching sets this model apart.

It's only a short walk to view The Morris Island Lighthouse 
The American flags display on the Folly Beach fishing pier for Memorial Day reminds all beachgoers of the patriotic message behind the holiday. The lifeguards were on high alert for swimmers during the weekend since NE winds also means increased chance of rip currents. To say that Folly Beach was jam packed would be an understatement as beach volleyball courts were a active, frisbee and football tosses were ongoing, and of course suntanning until lobster red was in full effect as well.

Need a place to stay - try TIDES hotel
At 25 miles per gallon the XSE drives with some zip while being frugal on gas. When switching into sport drive I could use the paddle shifters located on the steering wheel to use all 6 gears to rev up the feel of driving performance. The trunk space was ample, but by using two quick release buttons I could lay down the backseats and easily load up my surfboard or fishing rod. The XSE is a a cool ride in summer for cruising the East coast, just make sure that the windows are rolled down and that the satellite radio is turned up.

To read past blog entries about my trusty Tacoma pick up truck click here.

To read past blog entries about Tundra click here.

Monday, May 25, 2015

2015 G'town Gov. Cup - Day Three and Final Results

Miss Wy celebrates three blue marlin releases
A large fleet of 41 sportfishers assembled at the Georgetown Landing Marina for the Governor's Cup Billfishing Series. A large number of boats went fishing on Day One, with all except two boats choosing to use Day Two as a lay day due to rough seas offshore. That set the stage for another large number of boats to go fishing on Day Three to decide who would claim the title of Outstanding Billfish Boat at the Georgetown leg of the Billfishing Series.

Youth angler Bennett Wyatt and release flag
Heaviest Tuna winner from Christy II
By the 10 a.m. update on May 23 the fleet had released 6 blue marlin and one white marlin, which a surefire indication that a good bite was underway offshore. At the noon update four more blue marlin and two more white marlin were released. During the final update six more blue marlin and a sailfish were released. A common thread in each of those reports was longtime Governor's Cup participant Miss Wy, releasing three blue marlin over the course of the day. This afforded them a dramatic come-from-behind win based on release points - 600 per blue marlin, for a total of 1800-points. Finishing in second place is Petrel with two blue marlin released and one sailfish released, good for 1400-points. Third place goes to Caramaba based on their two blue marlin released, with a points total of 1200.

Heaviest Wahoo from Houdini
In the heaviest meatfish categories, the heaviest dolphin was brought in on Thursday May 21 by angler Kaleigh Leasure fishing aboard the Summer Girl, and it weighed 50.4-pounds. The heaviest wahoo was weighed in on Saturday by Rich Bermudez fishing from Houdini, weighing in at 55.2-pounds. The heaviest tuna also came in on Saturday for angler Brad Liles fishing aboard Christy II, with his 13.2-pound blackfin tuna.

Other awards include Top Lady Angler which goes to Kelli Ann Roof for releasing a blue marlin while fishing from Game On, and Top Youth Angler Bennett Wyatt for releasing a blue marlin while fishing from Sportsmann.

To view reports from past years at the Georgetown Governor's Cup click 2013- 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

2015 G'town Gov. Cup - Day One Results

Paul Holder with his HOO on 5/21 
Day One of the 2015 Georgetown Landing Marina Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament saw 38 of the 41 registered boats go offshore fishing. With several days of hot weather and flat calm conditions, the fleet may have been somewhat surprised to experience a sloppy sea and bumpy conditions in the a.m. The bite was off and some say that a falling barometer may have contributed to the slow start that saw only the Caramaba release a blue marlin before the 10 a.m. update to the S.C. Governor's Cup Billfishing Series Facebook page. Owner Bob Faith was the angler on that release.

Angler Kaleigh Leasure and her 50.4-pd. mahi mahi
Things picked up after that with Sportin' Life releasing a white marlin at 10:53, with Graham Eubanks the angler. Sportsman released a blue marlin at 11:17 and youth angler Bennett Wyatt was on the rod. My Three Sons released a blue marlin at 11:39 with owner Hunter Edwards handing the release. Reel Passion doubled up on white marlin at 12:10 and 12:14. Summer Girl had a blue marlin release by youth angler Fisher Jackson at 12:54. Micabe had a blue marlin release at 1:26 for owner Mike Larrow. Full Pull released a blue marlin at 1:27. Chasin' found a sailfish at 1:58 and had a release. Blue Sky released a blue marlin at 2:17 p.m.

Blackfin Tuna 
In the meatfish categories it was angler Paul Holder aboard the Miss Wy that boated a 45-pound wahoo. The only wahoo weighed in. The Critter Gitter II weighed in the only tuna., weighing 9.4-pounds. Summer Girl became the mani mani leader when Kaleigh Leasure brought a stud 50.4-pound dolphin to the scales, with Captain Stevie Leasure looking on.

Outstanding Billfish Boats: (After Day One)
First Place Boat - Caramba
Second Place Boat - Sportsmann
Third Place Boat - My Three Sons
Heaviest Meatfish:
Tuna (blackfin) - Critter Gitter, 9.4-pounds
Wahoo - Miss Wy, 45-pounds
Dolphin - Summer Girl, 50.4-pounds
First Place Youth Angler - Bennett Wyatt

To view reports from past years at the Georgetown Governor's Cup click 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

2015 BMW Charity Pro-Am on Tour

Ryan Floyd hits an approach shot to 18th green at Thornblade    
Lucas Black from NCIS: New Orleans

The PGA Tour runs the Tour, which held their annual BMW Charity golf tournament over the weekend in Greenville. The Tour is often thought of as the proving ground for younger players with aspirations for making it to the lucrative PGA Tour. Yet the winner of the 2015 BMW event is 45-year old golf veteran Rod Pampling, further defining the Tour as the place where professional players of any age can tee up their dreams.

Of course the BMW Charity tourney isn’t all about pro golf, they also have a celebrity division that brings stars from television and sports to play golf on Thursday through Saturday. The lion share of the acting stars came from the realm of television and included Frankie Muniz, child star of Malcom in the Middle, and Terry O’Quinn of LOST fame. NCIS New Orleans sent Lucas Black to Greenville. But maybe the top two fan favorites came from Seinfeld, John O’Hurley better known as Mr. Peterman and Patrick Warburton, or 'Putty.'
 A part of the duties for any celebrity, besides playing three consecutive rounds of golf, is to stop and sign a few autographs and also to make a few photos. In most cases the stars are gracious, but Lucas Black and Patrick Warburton seemed genuinely pleased to sign the most trivial of mementos, and of course to take plenty of selfies with fans. Their star power held up just fine while stepping out of TV land and into their golf game.

To view this feature article in the newspaper click on Colletonian.

To view past blog entries from the BMW Charity Pro-Am on the Tour click 2014.

To view past blog entries for the RBC Heritage click on 2015 - 2014 - 2013

To view past blog entries from The Masters click on 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2009

To view past blog entries from the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island click on 2012

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Manomet Monitors Shorebird Migration at Yawkey Preserve

Just a few of the shorebirds from May 4 at Yawkey Preserve

The month of May marks the peak of shorebird migration in South Carolina. Much of the coastal habitat here is perfectly positioned for them to pause at and seek the nourishment that will allow them to complete some of the longest bird migrations known to man. Like many avian species, shorebirds are suffering a decline in numbers, and the Manomet Conservation group is taking the initiative by leading a shorebird recovery project.

SCDNR's Dean Harrigal explains the shorebird sightings
Manomet’s goal is to restore and maintain shorebird populations in the Western Hemisphere by building a scientific foundation and implementing site-based conservation efforts. Another goal they have is to restore, upgrade and protect a half million acres of shorebird habitat. They want to cultivate a culture of conservation similar to the one that surrounds migratory waterfowl. Because just like ducks, shorebirds require food, rest and safety along their coastal migration routes.

This graphic gives a good indication of shorebird SIZE variance
Manomet's shorebird conservation culture
On Monday May 4 at the SCDNR's Yawkey Preserve with 4000-acres of managed wetlands. Manomet scientist Brad Winn spent 20 years with the Georgia DNR and knows prime coastal habitat from first-hand experience. “The spectacular wetlands here at the Yawkey Preserve are important at the landscape scale,” said Winn. “The degradation of wetlands and fragmentation of ecosystems is a mounting threat to shorebirds. The area here known as the goose pond is one of the richest and most abundantly used impoundments I have ever seen.”

The ACE Basin and Santee Delta are strongholds for large tracts of protected lands that provide prime habitat for shorebirds, but all the sea islands of the Lowcountry offer the potential to host these migrants. Which is just another reason why South Carolina continues to draw the attention of national wildlife experts in the name of quality habitat conservation.

To read this entire feature article in the newspaper click Colletonian

 To view past Lowcountry Birding Journal Observations click here.

For past blog entries on Red Knot shorebirds click Moonbird book review - Endangered Species Act

For past blog entries on World Shorebird Day click 2014

To view past blog on avian conservation click on Cornell Lab of Ornithology - International Crane Foundation


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

2015 Blue Marlin Tournament Calendar

2010 and Inaugural CBC - Abe Kuhn with nice mahi mahi

Summer gets off to a fast start where it concerns offshore fishing season. Pelagic species begin their spring migrations with the arrival of warmer temperatures and ocean currents. The offshore angler scene is anchored by a love for saltwater fishing, but the intangibles derived from the quality of fellowship during competitions are just as important as the scream of the reel and the bedlam that ensues in the cockpit after shouting two words – FISH ON!

Newbie anglers are often shaped and molded at the billfish tournaments of the Southeast since the size of the sportfisher boats allow for multiple anglers and observer passengers as well. Youth are exposed to the brine, the sun, the anticipation of trolling six lines across a temperature break and a color change in the water that just reeks of textbook fishing grounds. Designated lady anglers are now a regular part of the modern tournament format, with special prizes for most releases by a female.
May issue cover

The South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfish Series will consist of four tournaments in 2015, due to the cancellation of the Edisto Marina tournament. Which means that the 2015 Series will now be decided at the MegaDock tourney in Charleston since they are now the final event. Another development from the S.C. Series is that the Carolina Billfish Classic (CBC) will shorten their schedule from three days of fishing to just two fishing days. The CBC will also reward a new S.C. state-record dolphin with a 2015 Ford F150 pick-up to further fuel the offshore frenzy.

The Bahamas Billfish Championship (BBC) began 2015 with a change in ownership, when longtime steward Al Behrendt retired. The BBC retains Jennifer Dudas as the tournament director, to build on the 40-years of history at the Championship. Meanwhile, the Texas Billfish Championship (TBC) announced in February of 2015 that they will be taking a couple of years off, but are hopeful to return bigger and better one day. They also cite thanks for the lifelong friendships and memories made at the TBC, which is the purpose of all blue marlin tournaments. Good Luck Fishing!

To view this magazine feature article click on All At Sea and 2015 Tournament Calendar.

To view past blog entries for the Blue Marlin Tournament Calendar click 2014.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Hampton Wildlife Fund - 30th Anniversary Spartanburg Banquet

Larry Cook received special recognition for 30 years of service;
HWF Chair Dr. Juke Leary, honoree Larry Cook, 
presenter DNR Major Jamie Landrum, 
HWF Director Jim Goller and HWF Secretary Mary Pugh
To say that the Spartanburg Memorial Coliseum was packed with wildlife enthusiasts would be an understatement. Big numbers of people began showing up before the 6 p.m. start time in order to get admitted into what may be the largest conservation event in the state of South Carolina. The Hampton Wildlife Fund (HWF) continues to enjoy widespread support in this section of the foothills, and a special recognition went out to some of the key folks, including Larry Cook - HWF treasurer, that have been in place as volunteers from the beginning.

Raffles, silent auction and live auction over the past 30 years have added up to be more than 1.3 million dollars raised for S.C. wildlife via the Sparkle City Hampton Fund - that's quite an achievement!! The huge crowd wasn't kept hungry for long as a big barbecue supper and a large Beaufort stew was served up prior to the auctions. Hampton Fund's Jim Goller was on hand to greet dignitaries like SCDNR Chief Alvin Taylor and a number of S.C. game wardens. Hampton Fund board members and SCDNR board members sat at the head table and discussed those who had come before them, and the night's program lists more than 50 names 'In Memoriam' - a real testament to just how long this event has been going on.

Raffle girls were on hand to help sell tickets!
Liva auction highlights included a wooden bench with Hampton Wildlife Fund branded on it, several bird carvings, wildlife prints, a coon dog puppy, custom knives, a 1989 Ram Charger Truck, gun safe, gas grill, 4-wheeler, and trips to hunt wild boar, deer and quail. Nearly 50 items in all went home with the bidders that were happy to raise money for the cause of the outdoors. For more information about upcoming banquets in your area visit the Internet at Hampton Wildlife Fund.

To view past blog entries about the Hampton Wildlife Fund click here.

For the latest Lowcountry saltwater fishing report click here.
Game Wardens chipped in at the Wingspan raffle for a YETI

Raffle items were wildlife-oriented

Packed House - well done!!
For the latest birding journal observations click here.
Good looking coon dog puppy for the auction

Rob Donlin family and friends

Thursday, May 7, 2015

May is for Mahi Mahi and Marlin

Kathy Baxley and Carolo Reynolds Cannon  in 2013

In May, pelagic fish species are embarking on a spring migration from South to North and anglers can almost set their watches by Mother Nature’s annual timetable. May offers just the right mix of mahi mahi, renowned for their appealing table fare, plus the splash of a big game chase for a mighty marlin.

James Island native Todd Baxley has been offshore fishing for 30 years, and he runs the Fly Buoy IV out of Ripley Light Marina. Owner Gary Davis just acquired the 55-foot Hatteras sportfisher so it is now up to Baxley to fine tune how the boat will perform while fishing. These two combined their luck to win at Big Rock in 2012, with Baxley reeling in the winning marlin. The bill from that blue marlin is in the Baxley home today, after a presentation during the SCDNR Gov. Cup tourney in Georgetown in 2013.

“A typical fish day for us begins with leaving the dock at 5 a.m.,” said Baxley. “After an almost three-hour run offshore, we will stop at the ledge in 180-feet of water and troll for a wahoo. We stop to break up the monotony of the ride, and to see if we can get a mixed bag for our fishbox. With the dolphin out a little deeper, it won’t be long until we will push into 300 to 500-feet of water and look for a weedline.”

Depending on the morning’s action the decision to switch over to billfishing might come by 11 a.m. or around noon. The boat will move offshore of any weedlines and begin trolling in deeper waters at 8.5-knots. “You just never know what size marlin you might encounter, but each one of them can challenge the entire crew to clear the lines as quickly as possible so that the Captain can back down on the fish before too much fishing line goes out creating unwanted drag and friction. Keeping close to any hooked marlin is always a good idea,” said Baxley.

Todd Baxley leaders a blue marlin

Since then Baxley has competed in the Hawaiin Invitational Billfish Tourney in Kona, fishing on the Marlin Magic II run by Capt. Marlin Parker. Baxley served as gaff man during that tourney, and is pro staff for an offshore apparel company from California called Pelagic Gear.
“To catch both mahi and marlin you’ve got to the right water at the right time,” said Baxley. “We identify the right spot by watching for temperature breaks using electronics, this is where warm waters from the Gulf Stream break off and form eddies. Also, simple water color variations like a change from deep blue to cobalt blue can signal anglers that it’s time to fish.” 

Those fun fishing days of May create memories that can be long lasting because there are just too few opportunities to hear a fishing reel scream into overdrive while the mate yells FISH ON!

To view this entire feature article in the newspaper click on Charleston Mercury.

To view the latest Lowcountry Saltwater Fishing Report click here.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

2015 Colleton Soil and Water Conservation District Awards

2015 poster and essay contest theme 

Guest speaker and NRCS wildlife biologist Sudie Daves Thomas came from St. Matthews on April 28 in order to give a fascinating lecture on the current initiatives to promote and protect pollinators. “The 2006 status of the pollinators report in North America called attention to the decline of pollinators,” said Thomas. “Then the 2008 Farm Bill addressed the Colony Collapse Disorder with conservation programs that are still in effect.”
Felisha Hodge won the 8th grade essay contest
“Insects drive the ecosystem to pollinate flowers, fruits, etc,” said Thomas. “Insects are also a food source for many birds, and bobwhite quail chics eat a diet of nearly 90-percent bugs. The NRCS is also aware that the monarch butterfly population is also in steep decline, and is raising awareness about factors like habitat loss, land fragmentation and pesticide use.”
I.M. Benton with Conservationist of the Year
Correy Fore; black angus cattle producer
This year’s poster and essay contest theme is “Local Heroes – Your Hardworking Pollinators.” The poster contest is for students in K-5 and the essay contest is for students in grades 6, 7 and 8. Students attending public, private and home schools in Colleton County were invited to participate. The handmade posters depicted bees on flowers and plus other pollinators like butterflies and moths, while the stack of submitted essays talked about the environment as the students view it.

To view this entire article in the newspaper click on Colletonian.

To view past blog entries from the Soil and Water Awards click 20142013 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009

2015 Program cover

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Lowcountry Saltwater Fishing Report - 5/5/2015

Fishing Report for the Coastal Lowcountry of South Carolina:
May 3 mahi harvest at Ripley Light Yacht Harbor
Inshore Report: Scott Hammond at Haddrell's Point West shares that Charleston Harbor is Full of Bull, meaning that large 'bull' redfish have shown up in great numbers around our jetties and grillage areas. Large chunks of mullet, live menhaden and blue crab are all cannot fail bait options for these bronze bruisers. Flounder have also shown up in good numbers around our inlets and rock piles. Live minnows, Zman jerk shadz and the J-n-T spinner jigs have all been deadly options for anglers. Trout are still inhaling live shrimp along shell rakes, and a hot new option is Savage Gear shrimp, with the old standby being a D.O.A. shrimp. Many fishing guide photos are showing a good mix of Gator trout in with the regular smaller size specks. For the latest seminar information visit the Internet at Haddrell's Point.

Offshore Report: Scott heralds the news that offshore anglers wait for all year - the May bite for dolphin has hit full stride! Sunday May 3 saw flat oceanic conditions and many sportfishers launched from Georgetown, Charleston and Edisto in order to fish for mahi mahi, and most of them found great success with dolphin and blackfin tuna mixed in. The best dolphin bite seemed to be fishing south in 250 to 450-feet of water. Blackfin fishing was best at the Georgetown Hole and the Southwest Banks. Wahoo are still hanging around in the 150 to 250-feet of water range near the ledge. And don't forget that grouper season opened back up on May 1 with solid reports coming in from bottom bumpers in 80 to 130-feet of water using cigar minnows and butterfly style jigs.  Weather Note: The South Carolina coast is forecast to experience the first tropical low system of the hurricane season, so offshore anglers need to keep a weather eye concerning the offshore forecast for the next several days. To view the latest Governor's Cup Billfish Series newsletter click here.

To read about why May is for Mahi Mahi and for Marlin click here.

To view past Lowcountry Saltwater Fishing Reports click here.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Birding Journal Observations - March / April 2015

Rose-breasted grosbeak from April 28 - First Ever Sighting!!
A second wet winter in a row gave way to an early warm up, and a thick green-up of spring growth by early April. However the precipitation did not diminish and I recorded nearly 5-inches of rain during the final three weeks of April. With many plants blooming early and often under these conditions, the cavalcade of neotropical migratory songbirds began coming through the Lowcountry right on time!

A bird watcher's 'Life List' is a complete catalog of any bird witnessed during regular birding observations both at home or while traveling. It is with great joy I can report a notable bird sighting on April 28 when a male rose-bresated grosbeak made a first-ever appearance at my feeders, giving me a new entry for my Life List! Since this observation occurred in the Lowcountry, where I have lived all of my life, this is surely a grand example of avian migration since the rose-breasted grosbeak is simply passing through now and going to its summer range in the northern U.S. and Canada.

Some of the first sightings for other migratory species for 2015 include :
March 7 - two Northern flickers
March 9 - Brown-headed nuthatch
March 18 - Yellow-throated warbler
March 31 - two ruby-throated hummingbirds
April 1 - Swallow-tailed kite
April 15 - Two Indigo buntings, Whippoorwill
April 21 - Painted bunting, Blue grosbeak, Summer tanager, Mississippi kite
April 28 - Yellow-billed cuckoo, Rose-breasted grosbeak!!
May 1 - Black-throated blue warbler

Other birding observations from March and April include pileated woodpecker, downy woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, dove, yellow-bellied sapsucker, brown-headed cowbird, tufted titmouse, white-breasted nuthatch, chipping sparrow, white-throated sparow, brown thrasher, mockingbird, cardinal, towhee, blue jay, bluebird, bat, cooper's hawk, red-tailed hawk, red-shouldered hawk, great egret, Canada goose, blue-grey gnatcatcher, wood ducks, Carolina chickadee, pine siskin, goldfinch, Carolina wren, pine warbler, cedar waxwings, crow, red-headed woodpecker, grey catbird, wood stork, cattle egret and great blue heron.

To view the most recent Birding Journal Observations click Jan. / Feb. 2015

To view past Birding Journal Observations from March / April click 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009