by Jack Colcolough


Reported bird sightings in our area have been many and excellent during the last month. We are in the final weeks of a very good Spring migration with reports of 17 warbler species and 12 other transient migrant species so far moving through our area while our Summer birds continue to arrive. Most of our Winter ducks, songbirds and other species have move northward for the Summer.    


'Rare' species reported the past month were: 

Very rare Western Tanager at Savannah NWR, late Red-breasted Nuthatch on HHI, Wilson's Phalarope at Nemours Plantation, Virginia and King Rails, Solitary Sandpipers and late Snow Goose and Hooded Warbler at Savannah NWR, Kentucky and Worm-eating Warblers and Bachman's Sparrow at Webb WMA, Cinnamon Teal, Eared Grebe and Ash-throated Flycatcher at  Savannah Spoils Site and Common Tern on Tybee Island.


 'Uncommon' species reported included:

American Golden Plover, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Swallow-tailed Kite, Yellow and Prairie  Warblers, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Indigo Bunting, Loggerhead Shrike, Yellow-throated and Blue-headed Vireos, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, American and Least Bitterns, Greater and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Pectoral Sandpiper, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Peregrine Falcon, Baltimore Oriole, House Wren, Long-billed Dowitcher, endangered Piping and Wilson's  Plovers, Caspian Tern, Red-throated Loon, Saltmarsh, Seaside and Field Sparrows, Sedge Wren, Merlin, American Kestrel, Whimbrel, American White Pelican, Rusty Blackbird, late Purple Finch and others.


Other significant and "Good Find" species reported included:

Arriving Painted Bunting, Prothonotary Warbler, Northern Parula, Yellow-throated and Black & White Warblers, migrant American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, Summer Tanager, late Hermit Thrush, arriving Chuck's-wills-widow, late Northern Gannet, Red Knot, Barn and Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Great-crested Flycatcher, arriving Red-eyed Vireo, many Bald Eagles and Osprey (some nesting), Marbled Godwit, Red-headed Woodpecker, many late American Goldfinch, Ruby-throated Hummers, many Cedar Waxwings and Robins and others.


Many thanks to all reporting your bird sightings: Cindy/Ken Groff, Susan Murphy, Jane/Abe Hester, Dottie Bass, Carol Clemens, Fran/Denny Baer, Pauline Johnson, Joanne McMenamin, Shelia/Roger Johnson, Dorothy Mosior, Kathy/Grant Greiger, Dianne Faucette, Doreen Cubie, Cherry Underwood, Peter Cram, Diana Churchill, Steve Calver, Russ Wigh, Buddy Campbell, Mary Alice Tartler, Nancy Male, Dick Phillips, Kay Grinnell, Ally McNair, Bob Speare, Mary Monahan, Mike Loftus and visitors. 


To report a bird sighting that is Accidental, Rare, Out-Of-Season, Uncommon, First-Of-The-Year (FOTY) or First-Of-The-Season  (FOTS) or a species that you consider to be a "Good Find" e-mail: or call 843-432-2661. Please state your full name, the bird species sighted, date and location of your sighting and other pertinent information. Please continue to report your 'good birds' sighted on Birding Friends!


Our Spring migration will be ending in a few weeks. It's a great time to get in the great outdoors in this pleasant weather and find some of these transient and arriving species at your favorite birding spots!