by Jack Colcolough

Our area continues to have a very good Winter for bird sightings! Most of Winter duck species have been found and reported. We continue to find an unusual number of 'Out-Of-Season' species this Winter.

'Rare' species sighted were:
Black-chinned Hummingbird,
 migrant Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, migrant Western Kingbird, LeConte's, Bachman's, Fox, White-crowned, Lincoln's and  Clay-colored Sparrows, Virginia and King Rails, Roseate Spoonbill and Brown Creeper.

'Out-Of-Season' (OOS) species found: Summer Tanager, Yellow-breasted Chat (also 'rare'), Northern Parula, Northern Waterthrush, Painted Bunting, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird and many Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.

'Uncommon' species reported included:
American Bittern, Baltimore Oriole, Dark-eyed Junco, Redhead (duck), Canvasback (duck), Mottled Duck, Pintail (duck), Ruddy Duck, American White Pelican, Brewer's and Rusty Blackbirds, Blue-headed Vireo, Orange-crowned Warbler,  American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Plover, Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, endangered Piping Plover, American Pipit, Glossy Ibis, Stilt Sandpiper, Eurasian Collared Dove, Winter and House Wrens, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Loggerhead Shrike, Nelson's, Saltmarsh and Seaside Sparrows, Great Black-backed Gull, Hairy Woodpecker, Red-throated Loon and Wild Turkey. 

Notable 'Good Finds' included: Screech Owl, Black & White and Yellow-throated Warblers, American Robin, American Wigeon, Red-headed Woodpecker, Wilson's Snipe, American Goldfinch, Common Loon, Red Knot, Northern Gannet, many Bald Eagles and many other species. 

Many thanks to all reporting their bird sightings:  Jane/Abe Hester, Pauline Jones, Dottie Bass, Carol Clemens, Fran/Denny Baer, Alan Biggs, Roger/Shelia Johnson, Kathy/Grant Greider, Cindy/Ken Groff, Carol Tunnicliffe, Gini Holihan, Annette Hausman, Susan Murphy, Aaron Palmieri, Diana Churchill, Steve Calver, Russ Wigh, Buddy Campbell, Dorothy Mosier, Mary Alice Tartler, Dick Phillips, Bob Speare, Rita Kernan, Natalie Hefter, Paul Heitman, John Young, Marilyn Ohler, Karen Rush and many visitors. 

To report a bird sighting that is Accidental, Rare, Out-Of-Season (OOS), Uncommon, First-Of-The-Year (FOTY), First-Of-The-Season(FOTS) or a species that you consider to be a "Good Find" e-mail: or call 1-843-432-2661. 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 Spring migration has began and it's a great time to find our early arriving Summer birds as well as our departing Winter birds ... and to start looking for our transient migrants!