birds

Owl Pellets

Jul 5, 2018
An owl pellet.
gailhampshire [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

Owl pellets, like the one a listener found, contain the remains of the animals the owl "recycles."

Cliff swallows nesting under a bridge.
Marlin Harms, via Wikimedia Commons

The colonial nesting birds are often found on cliff faces in the western U.S. In South Carolina, you will often find them under bridges.

Northern Parula Warbler

Jun 26, 2018
A Northern Parula Warbler.
Dan Pancamo [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

The neo-tropical migrant breeds in South Carolina, then flies south to tropical climes.

A Killdeer with its nest and eggs.
Mykola Swarnyk via Wikimedia Commons

Wilson's Plover is a coastal bird. Killdeer is an Upland Plover that is common all over South Carolina.

An Anhinga.
Wknight94 [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons

A listener spots some "crazy" birds at Hunting Beach State Park...

NatureNotes
SC Public Radio

Woodpeckers will sometimes compete for already-existing holes.

A Summer Tanager.
Julian Londono, Flickr

Whether passing through or nesting here for the summer, there are lots of species returning to South Carolina right now.

The Sora

May 3, 2018
The Sora (Porzana carolina) is a small waterbird, of the family Rallidae, sometimes also referred to as the Sora Rail or Sora Crake.
Mike Baird [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

This species is found around fresh water marshes and flooded fields.

A female Red Bellied Woodpecker.
Mike's Birds [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

The Red Bellied Woodpecker was first described by naturalists in the colony of Carolina. Its scientific name is Melanerpes carolinus.

Eastern Pheobe

Feb 28, 2018
An Eastern Phoebe.
Katja Schulz [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

A listener spots an Eastern Phoebe in her yard.

Cedar Waxwings

Feb 21, 2018
Cedar Waxwing
Terry Spivey, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org [CC BY 3.0 US]

A listener finds a flock of Cedar Waxwings drinking in his backyard.

Count the Birds

Feb 19, 2018
logo for the Great Backyard Bird Count
Audubon Society

This is the last day of the Great Backyard Bird Count. Rudy shares his list, so far.

Bird Bones

Feb 16, 2018
A wild turkey.
Alfred Viola, Northeastern University, Bugwood.org

A listener finds large bones in the woods that look like they belonged to a bird. But, what kind?

logo for the Great Backyard Bird Count
Audubon Society

Go to birdcount.org to report birds you see in your backyard, February 16 - 19.

American Woodcock

Jan 31, 2018
An American Woodcock
Ricky Layson, Ricky Layson Photography, Bugwood.org

The American Woodcock is a permanent resident of South Carolina.

Winter Birds

Jan 23, 2018
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker
dfaulder, via Wikimedia Commons

There are plenty of birds that come to South Carolina in the Winter. Rudy mentions two of his favorites.

Spotted at the Feeder

Jan 12, 2018
NatureNotes
SC Public Radio

Rudy reports on the sightings at his backyard bird feeder.

A Western Visitor

Jan 9, 2018
A Rufous-Tailed Hummingbird.
Alfred Viola, Northeastern University, Bugwood.org

Western hummingbirds have been increasingly sited in the eastern U.S.

Cooper's Hawk

Dec 28, 2017
A Cooper's Hawk
TexasEagle [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

This splendid bird of prey can be identified by its long tail and relatively short wings.

The Wood Stork

Dec 11, 2017
Wood Stork
Irene Atkinson, Bugwood.org

A listener in Awendaw, SC, spots a large bird with an "odd bill."

Bluejay Feathers

Nov 17, 2017
Blue Jay feathers.
Pixabay/30754

A listener finds some distinctive feathers...

Sooty Tern

Oct 26, 2017
An adult sooty tern.
Duncan Wright, USFWS [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons

A lowcountry vet finds a juvenile sooty turn, likely blown in by a storm.

Red-Eyed Vireo

Oct 19, 2017
Red-eyed Vireo
Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarre [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

A listener spots a red-eyed bird he cannot identify.

A female common yellowthroat.
Tnolley [public domain] via Wikimedia Commons

The female common yellowthroat songbird is harder to identify than the male, especially in its first year.

American Goldfinches, male (left) and female
Ken Thomas [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Most American Goldfinch usually pass through South Carolina and nest farther north. But, there has been an increase in the number who are nesting here instead.

"Water Turkeys"

Sep 4, 2017
An Anhinga.
Wknight94 [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Then Anhinga is sometimes called a Snake Bird, or a Water Turkey because of its long neck.

Immature White Ibis

Aug 25, 2017
At sunrise, an adult white ibis teaches her child the fine art of synchronized foraging along a mud flat. These two were part of large flock that spent the night on Munyon Island at John D MacArthur Beach State Park in Florida.
Bob Peterson [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr

The immature White Ibis will eventually molt into white plummage.

A Killdeer Takes a Dip

Aug 1, 2017
A Killdeer with its nest and eggs.
Mykola Swarnyk, via Wikimedia Commons

Report of a bird behaving...strangely.

Eastern carpenter bee
ysmad.com (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

The Carpenter bee leaves sawdust behind as it digs its hole into wood. Woodpeckers often pick their way into these holes looking for the bees.

Greater Shearwaters

Jul 25, 2017
Greater Shearwater, or Great Shearwater (Puffinus gravis)
Artie Kopelman via Flickr

Rudy spots a bird that isn't usually seen along the South Carolina coast.

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