Bear Island, SC

Wildlife Management Area

Osprey with Fish by Alan Lenk

October 23, 2020

Laughing Gull by Ventures Birding Tours

Register by clicking the ‘book now’ button above, or by contacting the Ventures office. We accept credit cards for an additional fee (2.9% for MC, Visa, Discover; 3.9% for AmEx), but you may also pay by bank transfer, cash, check, or money order. This Venture is limited to 8 participants

Time: We will meet at 6:30 AM at the Enmarket Convenience Store on Palmetto Drive across from Coot’s Bar and Grill and drive to Bear Island Wildlife Management Area with a brief stop at the Dawhoo Bridge over North Creek. Cost: $65 Unfortunately, our picnic lunches are not currently included in our day trips (until further notice)

An easy morning exploring the shore and marshes along the South Carolina Coast for a variety of waterbirds, sparrows and late migrants. The trails and roads we walk will be flat but they could be muddy, so we recommend good hiking boots.

Again we will meet at the Enmarket for car pool departure to Bear Island Wildlife Management Area with a brief stop at the Dawhoo Bridge over North Creek to search for lingering warblers and waders using the area. We’ll arrive at the Bear Island and scope the ponds for shorebirds, waterfowl and bird the immediate area for woodland birds. Then we will proceed on the Wildlife Drive stopping periodically to search for woodland birds, waders, raptors, waterfowl. There have been 187 species recorded here in October! There should be plenty of waterfowl and shorebirds including American Avocet and Black-necked Stilt and 15 others species of shorebirds! Twelve sparrow and 19 warblers have been seen here in October. We’ll keep an eye out for Vermillion Flycatcher, Loggerhead Shrike, Clay-colored Sparrow, Saltmarsh Sparrow, Orange-crowned Warbler and Painted Bunting! And of course, the area abounds with Raptors! And Great Kiskadee was reported here 3 years ago. You just never know what may show up. Please bring your own lunch and snacks. We plan to arrive back at Edisto late afternoon.

Join us for a day of fall birding at this great birding location - who knows what surprises we may find.