Recent Area Bird Sightings
by Jack Colcolough

Spring is here and with it comes great birding!  Our Summer species are starting to arrive and many of our Winter species are still here but will be leaving soon … and start looking for those transient Spring migrants like warblers and others that are just passing through our area.

Accidental species reported during the last month: Limpkin (nomally a Florida bird only) at Savannah NWR and Ruff (shorebird) at the Savannah Spoils Site

Rare species found were: Snowy Owl in Bluffton, Virginia Rail on Pinckney Island, Bachman’s Sparrow at Webb WMA, Black-chinned Hummingbird at Skidaway Island, Black-legged Kittiwake in Savannah, King Rail at Onslow Island and Purple Sandpiper at Tybee Island.

Out -Of-Season species: Northern Waterthrush, Painted Bunting and many Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

Uncommon species were may and include: Hairy and Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, American Woodcock, Peregrine Falcon, endangered Piping Plover, American Bittern, Caspian Tern, Whimbrel, Red-throated Loon, Swallow-tailed and Mississippi Kites, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Wilson’s Plover, Pine Siskin, Brown Creeper, Dark-eyed Junco, American Kestrel, Baltimore Oriole, Pectoral and Stilt Sandpipers, American Avocet, Ruddy Duck, Northern Pintail (duck), Black-bellied Whistling Duck, American Black Duck, Redhead (duck), Loggerhead Shrike, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Eurasian Collared and Common Ground Doves, Sedge and House Wrens, Orange-crowned Warbler, Blue-headed Vireo, American Pipit, Vesper Sparrow, Wild Turkey and Rusty Blackbird

Other recent ‘First-Of-The-Season’ birds and ‘Good Finds’ reported include: Northern Parula, Chuck-wills-widow, Purple Martin, Sandwich Tern, American Goldfinch, Red-Headed Woodpecker, Red Knot, Spotted Sandpiper, Sora, Northern Rough-winged Swallow and nesting Bald Eagles and Ospreys

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, Kathy/Grant Greider, Cindy/Ken Groff, Julia/Sean Dennis, Carol Tunnicliffe, Susan Murphy, Lee Polhill, John Crawford, Annette Hausman, Peter Cram, Gini Holihan, Diana Churchill, Steve Calver, Russ Wigh, Buddy Campbell, Dorothy Mosier, Mary Alice Tartler, Dick Phillips, Bob Speare, Lynn Hodson, Rita Kernan, Tina Rosen, 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.

 Spring is a great time of year to go into the ‘great outdoors’ in our mild weather and bird!