By Jack Colcolough
It has been an interesting and successful Spring/Summer for bird sightings in our area since our last writing in May. In the Spring a total of 21 species of warblers and 21 other migrant species were sighted. We saw the arrival of our Summer species that are now beginning to leave as our early Fall species begin to arrive. We experienced a late migration this Spring and a higher number of 'Out-of-Season' sightings this Summer. Recent Rare finds included: Magnificent Frigatebird and Burrowing Owl at Harbor Island and Tennessee and Worm-eating Warblers on HHI.
Other Rare species than above sighted and reported since mid-May were: Yellow-breasted Chat, White-rumped Sandpiper, Cliff Swallow, Black Tern, Scarlet Tanager, Black and Common Terns, Roseate Spoonbill, Kentucky and Hooded Warblers, Yellow-breasted Chat and Bachman's Sparrow.
Uncommon species were many and included: Piping and Wilson's Plovers, Least Bittern, Mottled Duck, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Purple Gallinule, American White Pelican, Reddish Egret, Yellow-throated Vireo, Whimbrel, Yellow and Prairie Warblers, American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Indigo Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Louisiana and Northern Waterthrushes, Stilt and Pectoral Sandpipers, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Bank Swallow, Swallow-tailed and Mississippi Kites, Peregrine Falcon, White-breasted Nuthatch, Glossy Ibis and Bank Swallow.
Other 'Good Finds' included: Red Knot, Orchard Oriole, Summer Tanager, Gull-billed Tern, Marbled Godwit, Cattle Egret, Black & White Warbler, Northern Parula and always, the beautiful Painted Bunting among many others.
Many thanks to all reporting your bird sightings: Jane/Abe Hester, Bob Speare, Martha Worth, Robert Rommel, Cindy/Ken Groff, Susan Murphy, Dottie Bass, Mary Alice Tatler, Carol Clemens, Fran/Denny Baer, Aaron Palmieri, Lynn Hodgson, Shelia/Roger Johnson, Dorothy Mosior, Kathy/Grant Greider, Doreen Cubie, Alan Biggs, Annette Hausman, Miho Kinnas, Don Colcolough, Diana Churchill, Steve Calver, Chris Marsh, Russ Wigh, Buddy Campbell, Dick Phillips, Kay Grinnell 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 me at: 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 'good bird finds' on Birding Friends!
Now is the best time of the year to go birding since our Fall migration is upon us ... and the transient migrants are moving through our area, the Winter birds are beginning to arrive and some of the Summer birds are still here but will be leaving soon!