The overall count total for the 2011 Charleston Spring Count was 141 species, also down approximately 5 species from the 5-year average, according to the Count compiler, Andy Harrison.
Our best birds (personal opinion): In retrospect (and I say that because I just finished editing the photos and noticed the cracking shell), my personal best is the hatching Willet! Aaron and I inadvertently flushed the Mama off her nest and found the egg. Surprisingly, this was a very calm mother Willet, unlike many other ferocious Willets who have been willing to dive-bomb intruders. My second best bird is the common nighthawk -- she was a beauty! Isabel Reddy, of Raleigh, NC was thrilled to get her new life bird -- a Painted Bunting! And many of us enjoyed watching a Glossy Ibis and some Black-necked Stilts fishing in the impoundment. Other great finds included a nest of Carolina Wrens in Reggie and Judy's back-up battery box under their house and an out-of-season Eastern Phoebe (identified by Judy!)
I want to thank again everyone on the team for helping to make it a strong count. A very special thank you to the fabulous hosting team members: Judy (who served us a yummy brunch, AGAIN -- we are so spoiled), Reggie, and Lori! And thanks also to the ferry boat crew who always transport us safely and graciously to and from the island!
|Willet egg hatching|
|Wilson's Plover - male|
|Baby Carolina Wrens|
|Young white ibises|
|The large bird is a Glossy Ibis -- But what is that small bird on a nest in the lower left hand corner?|