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

843/748-0989.

 

                   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

have been:

 

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

843/748-0989