Sightings

RECENT AREA BIRD SIGHTINGS  (December 2017)
 
By Jack Colcolough

Our area is continuing to experience a very late Fall migration even into December and our latest in years due to our warm weather. Most of our Winter songbirds have arrived as well as our Winter ducks but not yet in large numbers.
 
'Rare' sightings reported this past month in our area were:
Snow Goose and Black-chinned Hummingbird in Savannah, Common Elder in Fort Pulaski,
 Virginia and King Rails and Lincoln, Fox and White-crowned Sparrows all at the Savannah NWR.

'Out-Of-Season' (OOS) species found: Summer Tanager, Wilson's, Black-throated Blue and Prairie Warblers, American Redstart, Northern Waterthrush, Least Bittern, Barn Swallow, Painted Bunting, Least Bittern and many Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.

 
'Uncommon' species reported were many and included:
 American Bittern, Baltimore Oriole, Dark-eyed Junco, Redhead (duck), Red-throated Loon, American White Pelican, Rusty Blackbird, Blue-headed Vireo, Orange-crowned Warbler, Red-cockaded and Hairy Woodpeckers, arriving Ruddy Duck, American Avocet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Kestrel, endangered Piping Plover, American Pipit, Wild Turkey,  Glossy Ibis, Stilt Sandpiper, Sedge and House Wrens, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Wild Turkey, Greater and Lesser Scaups, Loggerhead Shrike, Nelson's, Seaside, Vesper and Field Sparrows, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Long-bllled Dowitcher.
Other notables, 'Good Finds' or 'First-Of-The-Season' species reported included:
American Goldfinch, Wilson's Snipe, Cedar Waxwing, Eastern Phoebe, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, White-throated, Song and Swamp Sparrows, Northern Flicker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Hooded Merganser, Bufflehead, Sora, Bonaparte's Gull, Common Loon, Marbled Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot and nesting Bald Eagles.
Many thanks to all reporting your bird sightings:  Jane/Abe Hester, Pauline Jones, Dottie Bass, Carol Clemens, Fran/Denny Baer, Alan Biggs, Roger/ Shelia Johnson, Dottie Bass, Carlos Chacon, Kathy/Grant Greiger,  Cindy/Ken Groff,  Carol Tunnicliffe, Annette Hausman, Susan Murphy, Diana Churchill, Steve Calver, Russ Wigh, Chris Marsh, Dorothy Mosier, Buddy Campbell, Mary Alice Tartler, Dick Phillips, Bob Speare 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: BirdingFriends@yahoogroups.com or call 843-432-2661. Please state your full name, the bird species sighted, date and location of your sighting and other pertinent information. Keep up the good work of reporting your bird finds on Birding Friends.

Our Winter birds are here and it's a great time to bird and find them!