The bird activity continues to be very active, with adults, fledglings and some
young adults who are still working on their adult feather and beak colors.
Many of our backyard birds are molting – the biggest transformation of the
year where they lose and replace their feathers. Some birds will lose patches
and appear to be balding, but most birds’ feather loss and replacement are far
less noticeable. Feathers are more than 90% protein, so every molting birds
needs extra proteins to grow strong feathers for proper flight and effective
insulation until next year’s molt.
Our seminar will be held on September 8 at 11:00 a.m. at the shop. Hal Vivian
will share information about the Waccamaw Audubon Society. A chapter of the
National Audubon Society and the South Carolina Audubon Society, the
Waccamaw chapter offers programs and field trips to members. Local meetings
provide the opportunity network, learn from expert speakers and get involved
with others in our community who are interested in birds and nature. Please
join us at the shop for his presentation! Call to reserve your seat at
Building a better world for birds.
Attract a wider variety of birds to your backyard by introducing Bark Butter!
Over 145 species of birds across the United States and Canada have been
documented that eat Bark Butter products. All Bark Butter products will be
15% off of regular prices between 9/1/18 – 9/15/18.
The August Sea Turtle Seminar was followed later that day with a “Nest Dig”.
Hatchlings from one of the Sea Turtle nests at Huntington Beach State Park left the nest earlier in the week
and moved into the ocean. The purpose of a Nest Dig is to analyze the number
of eggs that were laid, the hatch rate and to find any stragglers left in the nest.
Mike Walker (HBSP Ranger) reported that 108 eggs were laid, 70 hatched, 37
did not hatch, but 1 live hatchling straggler was discovered and released. His
or her photo is below, just prior to release:
Our monthly bird walks with resume on 9/22/18 at Huntington Beach State Park.
We will meet in the Causeway Parking Lot at 9:30 a.m. Don’t forget your binoculars,
bug spray and water!!
The Bluebird Trail at Huntington Beach State Park has not yielded any residents since
installation. We are hopeful that the boxes will be used for winter roosts until the
nesting season begins in February/March.
Songbird (and birds of prey) sightings in the area over the past couple of months
Acadian Flycatcher, American Crow, American Goldfinch, American Redstart, American Robin,
Bald Eagle, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Barred Owl, Black-and-white Warbler, Bluebirds,
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Blue Grosbeak, Blue Jay, Brown-headed Cowbird, Brown-headed Nuthatch,
Brown Thrasher, Carolina Chickadee, Carolina Wren, Cedar Waxwing, Chipping Sparrow,
Chuck-will’s-widow, Cliff Swallow, Common Yellowthroat, Cooper’s Hawk, Downy Woodpecker,
Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Towhee, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Grackle, Gray Catbird,
Great Crested Flycatcher, Great Horned Owl, Hairy Woodpecker, House Finch, House Sparrow,
Indigo Bunting, Kentucky Warbler, Marsh Wren, Mississippi Kite, Mourning Dove, Northern Cardinal,
Northern Flicker, Northern Mockingbird, Northern Parula, Northern Rough-winged Swallow,
Orchard Oriole, Painted Bunting, Palm Warbler, Pileated Woodpecker, Pine Warbler, Prairie Warbler,
Prothonotary Warbler, Purple Finch, Purple Martin, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-eyed Vireo,
Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-winged Blackbird,
Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Seaside Sparrow,
Starlings, Summer Tanager, Swallow-tailed Kite, Tree Swallow, Tufted Titmouse,
White-breasted Nuthatch, White-eyed Vireo, Wood Thrush, Yellow-billed Cuckoo,
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Yellow-throated Vireo,
Yellow-throated Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler
We love it when our customers come in to the shop and share stories about recent
bird sightings, issues that were resolved and what is going on in your lives. We have
heard a wide range of challenges about getting to the shop when you wanted to.
We’re curious what your interest would be if we offered product delivery within Horry
and Georgetown counties. Please let us know your thoughts.
Keep feeding the birds!
Diane and Rich DuLoft
Wild Birds Unlimited
8703 U.S. Highway 17 Bypass - Suite E
Surfside Beach, SC 29575