by Jack Colcolough


Winter birding and reporting has been very active during the last month in our area. Most of our Winter ducks, shorebirds and songbirds have arrived but not yet here in larger numbers as usual. We also had another successful Christmas Bird Count and include some of those birds here.



Rare species reported this past month include: Bullock's Oriole in Hilton Head Plantation, Sandhill Crane at Savannah Coastal Refuge, Ross's and Snow Geese, Short-eared Owl, White-crowned Sparrow and Virginia and King Rails all at Savannah NWR and Roseate Spoonbill on Tybee Island.


Out-of-season species reported were: Painted Bunting, Summer Tanager, migrant Northern Waterthrush, Cattle Egret and a good number of 'over-wintering' Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.


Many Uncommon species reported this last month include: Common Goldeneye, Redhead (duck), Northern Pintail, Ruddy Duck, endangered Piping Plover, American Bittern, Reddish Egret, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, American Avocet, Rusty Blackbird, migrant Baltimore Oriole, Pine Siskin, Dark-eyed Junco, Long-billed Dowitcher, Greater Scaup, American White Pelican, White-winged Scoter, Peregrine Falcon, Nelson's, Saltmarsh and Seaside Sparrows, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Loggerhead Shrike, American Kestrel, Merlin, Stilt Sandpiper, American Pipit, Mottled and American Black Ducks, Glossy Ibis, Red-throated Loon, Greater and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Eurasian-collared and Common Ground Doves, Sedge and House Wrens, Orange-crowned Warbler, migrant Yellow-throated and Blue-headed Vireos, Hairy Woodpecker, Field and Vesper Sparrows, White-breasted Nuthatch and Golden-crowned Kinglet.


Arriving Winter birds and "Good Finds" reported this month include: Red Knot, Wilson's Snipe, Northern Gannet, Bonaparte's Gull, Sora, many Bald Eagles, Red-headed Woodpecker, American Goldfinch, Red-breasted Merganser, Americam Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, both Teals, Northern Shoveller, both Scaups, Bufflehead, Gadwall, many Hooded Mergansers, American Coot, Horned Grebe and others.


Many thanks to all reporting your bird sightings: Jane/Abe Hester, Dottie Bass, Carol Clemens, Fran/Denny Baer, Joanne McMenamin, Cindy/Ken Groff, Shelia/Roger Johnson, Dorothy Mosior, Kathy/Grant Greiger, Mark Hyner, Doreen Cubie, Miho Kinnas, Diana Churchill, Steve Calver, Buddy Campbell, Mary Alice Tartler, Dick Phillips, Kay Grinnell, Ellen/Tom Lebeouf, Bob Speare, all our CBC birders 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. Keep up the good work of reporting your 'good bird' finds!


It's a great time to go birding ... and find some of our interesting and unusual Winter ducks, shorebirds and songbirds!