Date: 10/11/17 10:51 am From: Lex Glover <GloverL...> Subject: Correction on SC Inland Gray Kingbird Sightings RE: Fall bird and butterfly walks at Santee NWR -
Nathan Dias wrote: " Last year on one of the walks we even had the most inland occurrence ever of Gray Kingbird in South Carolina."
Though the above sighting is notable, there are, at least, three inland occurrences of Gray Kingbird in SC, prior to Nathan's sighting in 2016, that I am aware of.
The most inland record in SC was a bird photographed by Mike Turner in Columbia, Richland County, in September 2004.
Other inland occurrences of Gray Kingbird include a bird in October 1980 from the Bluff Unit of Santee NWR, (Status and Distribution of SC Birds, Post & Gauthreaux, 1989) and a bird in October 1989, in Greeleyville, Williamsburg County, SC, (Supplement to Status and Distribution of SC Birds, McNair & Post, 1993).
From: <carolinabirds-request...> [mailto:<carolinabirds-request...>] On Behalf Of Nathan Dias
Sent: Thursday, August 17, 2017 5:45 PM
Subject: Fall bird and butterfly walks at Santee NWR
Once again this year, Dennis Forsythe and I will be leading bird + butterfly walks at Santee National Wildlife Refuge. These walks are free of charge and are known for producing rare warblers, flycatchers, and other birds. Last year on one of the walks we even had the most inland occurrence ever of Gray Kingbird in South Carolina.
The Santee NWR units are very strategically located on the north shore of Lake Marion. Migrating birds often "fall out" in the great habitat, rather than crossing the expanse of open water after sunrise. And the Bluff Unit lies at the narrowest point of Lake Marion, where birds are drawn to cross.
* We also have a special treat this year - the final bird walk will take place on November 4, and we have permission to visit some of the seasonally closed areas that are not open to the public that time of year.
This will give us enhanced odds of finding rare sparrows and will also be in 'November rarity season' when rare vagrants often appear in SC.
The walks will be on the following Saturdays: September 16, September 30, October 14, and November 4.
We will meet at the Santee NWR Visitor's Center at 7:30am for each of the walks. From there, we will bird either the Bluff Unit, the Pine Island unit or probably a combination of the two. It will all be easy walking on level roads and easy trails.
Dennis and I have each been birding Santee NWR for decades - these walks are good opportunities to learn tips and strategies for enjoying great birding on the refuge.
There is no need to register - just show up the morning of the walk.