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Wrapping up our South Carolina birding

It was our last full day in South Carolina so of course we spent it birding! Even just driving down the road can lead to a great birding experience here, such as witnessing this Osprey delivering a fish to the nest right beside the road.

Osprey with fish

This Osprey wasn't at all fazed at us watching from the roadside

Still looking up we caught sight of another raptor soaring overhead.

Red tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk directly overhead

We saw Purple Martin houses in many people's gardens. These birds are now totally dependant on people to provide their nest sites.

Purple Martin at home

This one seems to meet with approval

We called in at CawCaw Interpretation Centre not far from Charleston. This beauty greeted us in the car park.

Painted Bunting 2

At last, a frame-filling photo of a Painted Bunting!

Yellow throated Warbler

Yellow-throated Warbler popped up to take a look

Blue gray Gnatcatcher

Less colourful perhaps, but no less endearing: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Out on the saltmarshes we met some interesting characters:


Plenty of these crabs sidled across the exposed mud

This was a first for us, the historical site of an oystershell midden where discarded shells had accumulated over thousands of years. Who had eaten so many oysters? Why were the shells discarded here? The site was being excavated to try to find some answers.

Oystershell midden

Excavating an oystershell midden

Birding southern style

How civilised! This rocking chair was ideally placed for some wildlife-watching at Cawcaw Interpretation Centre

This gives you an idea of birding the South Carolina way! Sure we'll be back for more...

We're off to Scotland for more birding so our next blog may look very different. Do check back for more news and photos of our birding adventures.


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