This driving trip along the South Carolina coast has been designed as part of our new “Road Trip” series – where we independently drive to our destination, birding along the way. Some of us will leave from Asheville, NC and drive to Surfside Beach where we will officially start the tour.
The list of birding places includes some of the best along the coast. Myrtle Beach and Huntington Beach State Parks, where it’s easy to see 75+ species in a day. We will drive both the loops at Savannah National Wildlife Refuge and around the rice fields at Donnelly Wildlife Management Area. Webb WMA is excellent for Red-cockaded Woodpeckers and Bachman’s Sparrows, and we will enjoy coastal marshes in various locations for a multitude of herons and egrets, Northern Harrier and a host of waterfowl. The daily itinerary will depend on the weather, but we will be sure of a bird-filled few days on this winter trip.
Some of the Birds We Hope to See
An excellent selection of ducks, including Wood, Ring-necked, Green and Blue-winged Teal, most of the herons and egrets, American White Pelican, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, American Avocet, Willet and other shorebirds, over-wintering warblers such as Northern Parula, Orange-crowned, Black-and-white, and Yellow-throated, many wintering sparrows and a lot more.