by Jack Colcolough


Reported bird sightings continue to be excellent for many Rare, Uncommon and 'Good Find' species in our area. We are in the middle of our active Spring migration with warbler and other migrant species moving through our area while our Summer birds are arriving. Many of our ducks and other Winter species are thinning out and moving northward for the Summer.    


'Rare' species reported the past month included:  Migrant Scarlet Tanager in Sea Pines, Brown Creeper in Palmetto Dunes, Black-chinned Hummingbird in Savannah, early migrant Blackpoll Warbler and Snow Goose at Savannah NWR, migrant Blue-winged Warbler and Lincoln Sparrow in Chatham County, GA, Bachman's Sparrow at Webb WMA, Pectoral and Solitary Sandpipers and King Rail at Onslow Island - SNWR and Common Ground Dove on Tybee Island.


'Out-Of-Season' species reported were: Painted Bunting, over-wintering Summer Tanager and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.


Many 'Uncommon' species reported included: Irruptive Purple Finch and Pine Siskin, American Woodchuck, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Prairie and Orange-crowned Warblers, Blue Grosbeak, Mississippi Kite, Common Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, endangered Piping and Wilson's Plovers, American Bittern, Rusty Blackbird, migrant Baltimore Orioles, Dark-eyed Junco, American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Long-billed Dowitcher, American White Pelican, Caspian Tern, Peregrine Falcon, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Vesper Sparrow, Loggerhead Shrike, American Kestrel, Merlin, Stilt Sandpiper, American Pipit, Glossy Ibis, Red-throated Loon, Greater Black-backed Gulls, Eurasian-collared Dove, House Wren, Blue-headed Vireo, Wild Turkey, White-breasted Nuthatch and Golden-crowned Kinglet.


Other significant and "Good Find" birds reported this month include:  Early migrant American Restart, early Prothonotary Warbler, arriving Northern Parula, Yellow-throated and Black & White Warblers, Hermit Thrush, early Purple Martin, early Barn and Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Wilson's Snipe, Common Loon, Sora, many Bald Eagles (some nesting), Red-headed Woodpecker, many very late American Goldfinch, Eastern Screech Owl, Marbled Godwit, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, American Wigeon, Surf Scoter and many Cedar Waxwings and American 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, Doreen Cubie, Miho Kinnas, Diana Churchill, Steve Calver, Russ Wigh, Buddy Campbell, Mary Alice Tartler, Nancy Male, Dick Phillips, Kay Grinnell, Bob Speare, Bob White and many 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!


It's a great time to go birding since our Spring migration is ON and our beautiful warmer Spring days are here!