Posted by JEFF KIDD on December 20, 2014
Despite a steady drizzle, the Christmas Bird Count on Dataw Island went off as planned Saturday — and bald eagles nearly outnumbered the counters.
Bird clubs around the country are participating in the 115th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count — billed as the wold's longest-running citizen-science survey — between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5. The Fripp Island Audubon Club conducted its count in various locations in northern Beaufort County over several days, with the Dataw event on a rainy day that made photography difficult, as will be evident by the accompanying gallery.
Six of us started the count at about 6:45 a.m., and though our number was down to four by the time we concluded at about 11:30 a.m. — the cold drove two indoors after a walk around the Dataw Island Marina — we managed to spot 40 species. Reports from others on Dataw, counting independently Saturday, pushed the unofficial tally to 49, with a few more reports expected to follow. That's about the same number as the larger group covering the same area counted last year. (On Wednesday, another Fripp Audubon Club group counted birds on the northern half of Fripp Island and tallied 1,708 birds representing 71 species, according to the Fripp Island Activity Center Facebook page.)
Posted on December 18, 2014
This week's gallery includes deer, up close and personal, along with a bounty of shorebirds. If you have photos you'd like to submit to a future Untamed Lowcountry gallery, email your jpeg images to Managing Editor Jeff Kidd at firstname.lastname@example.org. You must own rights to the photos you submit and agree to allow us to publish them.
Posted by ERIN MOODY on December 12, 2014
A Beaufort woman and a Port Royal police officer headed to work teamed up to save a common loon that had gotten stranded on the Lemon Island Bridge this week. The bird was treated at the Port Royal Veterinary Hospital and released.
Posted by SARAH BOWMAN on December 10, 2014
An increasingly rare shorebird that migrates through South Carolina received federal protection Tuesday after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed it as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
Posted on December 10, 2014
Lots of gators and birds in this week's gallery of reader-submitted photos to Untamed Lowcountry. If you would like to submit a picture for publication in a future gallery, email your jpeg image to Managing Editor Jeff Kidd at email@example.com. You must own rights to the photos you submit and agree to allow us to publish them.