Monday, March 18, 2013

Here we are~Morning walk Hunting Island

Howdee all,

Here we are

Hunting Island State Park, SC

We have a great campsite…

See the swampy area behind us? Good birding there.

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The campground is in the trees beyond the beach..

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Monday was our first morning at the campground..

We took an early morning walk..just missing sunrise.

Hunting Island SP_015Looking south toward the campground..

Hunting Island SP_019We walk north toward the inlet..

I see this silhouette of a bird on the edge of a shallow pool of water.

I thought by the way it was standing it might be a Starling…

Hunting Island SP_027Wrong!

Ha, perspective on size was way off..

Green Heron

Hunting Island SP_031The sun rises higher..

Hunting Island SP_043lighting up the waters..

Hunting Island SP_049We are check out the area to see what birds are around.

Hunting Island SP_052Here we go..

We saw Dunlin, Semipalmated Plover, Black-bellied Plover..Sanderling and more..

Check out the Bird list below for all the birds we saw this morning.

Hunting Island SP_057Lesser Scaup

Hunting Island SP_068It is the top of low tide…

the tide begins to slowing come in..

Hunting Island SP_071More birds in the distance..

Hunting Island SP_093Red Knot..

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Snowy Egret on the edge of a saltwater pool.

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A lone Willet feeds

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prances around..

Hunting Island SP_133looking south..in the distance is our campground..

Hunting Island SP_152Beyond that the lighthouse..

Hunting Island SP_159Who's this>

Hunting Island SP_180Our first Marbled Godwit of the year, with a Semipalmated Plover

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I kept walking out further and further, Jeff was concerned about the tide.. good thing he was vigilant.. ..

we looked behind us and noticed the tide was coming in rapidly..

I took no photos until we were safely on the other side of the small inlet..

Wet shoes and wet pants.. Next time we will be more careful

Hunting Island SP_099Safely on the campground side of the water I look up and notice..

A heart cloud!

Hunting Island SP_207We walked south of the campground..

Hunting Island SP_212The beach has changed dramatically in the past 6 years since we were here..

We used to bike the beach south past the campground…

now that part of the beach is gone..

Hunting Island SP_213its now a bone yard..

Hunting Island SP_220We were told within the past two years most of the beach in this area was carried away..

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The water took over what was woodland..

Hunting Island SP_224We walk thru the bone yard..

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To the lighthouse..

Hunting Island SP_218Then back thru the boneyard

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Looking for birds..

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Hunting Island SP_236Checking out the bones..

Hunting Island SP_234We have been out for a little over three hours..

Its time for breakfast..

I am starved…

see you later!

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Birds of the Day

Hunting Island SP, Beaufort, US-SC
Mar 18, 2013 7:50 AM - 10:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: <br />Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.5.2
53 species

Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Red-breasted Merganser
Northern Gannet
Double-crested Cormorant
Brown Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Tricolored Heron
Green Heron
Osprey
Semipalmated Plover
American Oystercatcher
Willet
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Sanderling
Dunlin
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Forster's Tern
Royal Tern
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
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
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Boat-tailed Grackle

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