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My list from last week's Georgia trip, as I can best recall.The experts identified quite a few more than I could and went home with longer lists.
The mix of habitats is the key. The 7 mile-long island's habitats include ocean beach and dunes, salt marsh, a 30-acre fresh water marsh impoundment, Wax Myrtle scrub, and maritime forest.
A few comments for you bird people: There is no big warbler migration down there. I don't know why. It must be fly-over country for them. Also, there are no ducks now - they headed north a couple of months ago. There are no Bob White Quail and essentially no Wild Turkey. Seems perfect for them, but they are not there. Snakes are tough on ground-nesting birds.
What divides the expert birders from the amateur? Is it being able to parse out all those shorebirds & their various moltings? A lot of them seem indistinguishable to me unless they wave a flag, like the Oystercatcher.
"Oystercatcher" - I always thought that was a funny name. How fast you gotta be to catch an oyster?
The Bobwhite Quail population has declined throughout S.C. / Georgia / Alabama. There are a lot of theories why, ranging from disease to increased predation by Coyotes & Armadillos eating eggs.
It may also simply be that past agricultural practices tended to create a perfect environment for them; pockets of woods with fences crossing fields. Brush & juniper often grew up along the fencelines, providing cover; the birds could run along the fencelines into the fields to feed & back to the woods to roost. Less land is farmed now and what is farmed is often laid out in larger plots.