Date: 9/3/19 10:04 am From: <scompton1251...> Subject: Space available Santee Coastal field trip
Craig Watson tells me there is space available on the September 27 field trip to the Santee Coastal Reserve and Delta. I am leading the Saturday, September 28 trip, one of the trips organized by the Carolina Bird Club. The meeting is headquartered in Summerville this years and has a great variety of trips planed to birding hotspots along the coast and coastal plain.
Richard Hayes and I scouted the area recently, and Richard has been back since. The reserve is one of SC's best birding locations, an extensive area of pinelands and old rice fields maintained for waterfowl and other species. By September 27 many fall migrants can be expected, as the SC coast is a funnel of birds following the coast on their way to the tropics. Red-cockaded Woodpeckers have been very reliable along the wooded entrance road, and there are about 20,000 acres of wetlands.
Insects should be only moderately bothersome, but could be a problem, so insect repellant and long pants and shirtsleeves are highly recommended. Orange clothing IS REQUIRED as there is a bow hunt scheduled.
Craig Watson, our local expert who is organizing all the trips, is checking with the refuge manager about water levels. If right, we could have a bonanza of shorebirds. Charleston harbor high tide will be 7:12 AM, so we will look for rails in the impoundments in the morning.
See the Carolina Bird Club website for registration details. Hope we see you there!
Questions about this trip? Glad to answer. Also you should check eBird lists for birds seen in the reserve and delta around this date in recent years.