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.


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

Hunting Island SP_125And

prances around..

Hunting Island SP_133looking 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
Red-breasted Merganser
Northern Gannet
Double-crested Cormorant
Brown Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Tricolored Heron
Green Heron
Semipalmated Plover
American Oystercatcher
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
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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