Winter Birding in Cape Romain NWR

Every winter, Chris Crolley and our best birding guides set out on a series of trips to the north end of Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge to see what they can find. For years, we called this trip the Long-billed Curlew Charter, making this intriguing species our object bird.  Sadly, the number of curlews that returned to Cape Romain dwindled and we aren’t seeing this species here anymore.

We set out last weekend (January 19, 2020) with a group of adventurers that ranged from novice birdwatchers to seasoned birders and had a great day on the water.  The mate, Scott Depung, kept a running list from the day and it was entered into Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird databaseHere are the 37 species (825 individual birds!) that were observed during the 4-hour expedition:

20 Lesser Scaup

87 Bufflehead

6   Hooded Merganser

4  Red-Breasted Merganser

4  Horned Grebe

58 American Oystercatcher

22 Black-bellied Plover

2  Whimbrel

3  Ruddy Turnstone

3  Dunlin

13 Semipalmated/Western Sandpiper

47 Short-billed Dowitcher

2  Greater Yellowlegs

43 Willet

4  Lesser Yellowlegs

68 Ring-billed Gulls

7 Herring Gull

18 Forster’s Tern

6 Common Loon

26 Wood Stork

1 Anhinga

84 Double-crested Cormorant

119 American White Pelican

87 Brown Pelican

13 Great Blue Heron

8 Great Egret

2 Snowy Egret

2 Little Blue Heron

1 Tricolored Heron

3 Black Vulture

22 Turkey Vulture

3 Osprey

11 Northern Harrier

6 Bald Eagle

2 Belted Kingfisher

2 Tree Swallow

5 Red-winged Blackbird

11 Boat-tailed Grackle


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