Thursday, March 21, 2013

Birds, Groins and Sharks teeth…

Howdee all,

After our delicious dreamlike morning on Tuesday..

Jeff and I decided to take and afternoon walk around the island..an eight mile round trip hike to the north of the island and back to the campground…

We started at Magnolia trail

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We took the trail from the road that leads into the campground..

hunting_012 (1)After a few miles, we reach the lagoon.

hunting_013 (1)We follow the lagoon..

hunting_014 (1)until the outlet into the bay..

We walk over the bridge and proceed to walk the furthest week can go south east on the island..

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The island has experienced a lot of erosion within the last few years.

The park has lost several cabins.

hunting_017 (1)The one in the distance is left standing as an island..

more photos of this later..

hunting_018We walk through a boneyard..

hunting_019Past another home damaged by storms..

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We walk to the end of the island..

The bridge to the private Fripp island..

the pier from the visitor center in front of that..

Birds at the shoreline..

hunting_031 (1)While looking at this group of terns and gulls

I notice two tern with yellow tips to their bills..

I didn’t realize it at the time that this is a rare sighting here this time of year.

Sandwich Tern

hunting_032The birds were not cooperative and I did not get any photos of the yellow tipped bill..

hunting_039 (1)We leave the birds and head back to walk the beach north..

a three or so mile hike back to the campground..

hunting_047 (1)This poor little cabin is left without land..

I wonder if they will tear it down or just let it be..

hunting_049 (1)Most of the other cabins are completely gone..

hunting_053 (1)Just some brick, debris..and piles of sandbags covered in sand..

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Needless to say..

most of the south eastern part of Hunting Island is now a

boneyard..

hunting_055 (1)We walk thru and over the boneyard..skirting the incoming tide..

hunting_056 (1)The letter H in tree bones..

hunting_059 (1)Oops..Groins

Submerged.. Winking smile

Watch out for those submerged groins!!!

Hunting_010In an effort to prevent more beach erosion..

Groins have been put on the beach in the past few years..

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You can see a series of the metal groins in this photo below..

hunting_063 (1)Along with many Willet…

hunting_068 (1)There were at least one hundred..

hunting_078 (1)A Groin..

hunting_082 (1)The beach through a groin hole..

IMG_3884Rusty crusty groin..

hunting_088 (1)The lighthouse

hunting_087 (1)Oh..what do we have here?

Look closely..

not just one species here..

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Oh how I love these birds…

hunting_112American Oystercatcher..

hunting_117hopping the rocks..

hunting_118In the surf..

hunting_122Eating Oysters…

hunting_135We are just about done with our eight mile walk..

Jeff's back is killing him from carrying his heavy backpack..

My neck is bothering me from the hike..I am due for a Chiropractic adjustment..

Jeff goes to rest while I search for

Shark teeth..

My new obsession..

See the tooth in the sand below?

Look for the Y shape..

Hunting wednesday_028This is it…

Hunting wednesday_031My first afternoons collection..

IMG_3886My collection day 2

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Enough blogging for now..

I must get out to find more Teeth!

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Birds of the day

Hunting Island SP, Beaufort, US-SC
Mar 19, 2013 Protocol: Traveling
10.0 mile(s)
Comments: <br />Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.5.2
68 species

Green-winged Teal
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Northern Gannet
Double-crested Cormorant
Brown Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Tricolored Heron
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
American Oystercatcher
Spotted Sandpiper
Willet
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Sanderling
Dunlin
Bonaparte's Gull
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Forster's Tern
Royal Tern
Sandwich Tern Two Sandwich tern at southern tip of island ..inlet facing visitor center pier and bridge
Black Skimmer
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Cedar Waxwing
Black-and-white Warbler
Northern Parula
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Eastern Towhee
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Boat-tailed Grackle
House Finch

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