Wilmington/Tybee Islands 6/14/13-6/16/13

This past weekend, I visited Wilmington Island and Tybee Island for Father’s Day. We stayed at a dock house on the Wilmington River. I saw quite a few interesting species of coastal plants and animals. It was nice to see the green marshes and purple martins once again! Here is a list with pictures and descriptions.

Birds (36 species, 0 lifers):

Brown Thrasher

Double-crested Cormorant

Brown Pelican

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Green Heron

Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Herring Gull

Laughing Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Sandwich Tern

Royal Tern

Black Skimmer

Mourning Dove

Chimney Swift

Barn Swallow

Purple Martin

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Blue Jay

Fish Crow

Boat-tailed Grackle

Carolina Chickadee

Carolina Wren

American Robin

Eastern Bluebird

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

Eastern Towhee

Northern Cardinal

Red-headed Blackbird

Trees (4 species, 0 lifers):

Sand Live Oak

Flowering Dogwood

Loblolly Pine

Wax Myrtle

Wildflowers (1 species, 1 lifer):

*Sea-Oxeye

Grasses (3 species, 1 lifer):

*Dune Panic Grass

River Cane

Marsh Cordgrass

Succulents (1 species, 1 lifer):

*Glasswort

Crustaceans (2 species, 1 lifer):

*Sand Fiddler Crab

Blue Crab

Mollusks (1 species, 0 lifers):

Marsh Periwinkle

Fishes (1 species, 0 lifers):

Atlantic Stingray

Epiphytes (1 species, 0 lifers):

Spanish Moss

Mammals (1 species, 0 lifers):

Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin

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This Crescent Moon brightens up the night

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Sand Fiddler Crabs scurry in and out of their holes at low tide

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Sea-Oxeye Flower

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Sea-Oxeye Leaves

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Glasswort pokes up through the marsh

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Spanish Moss can hang low from tree limbs

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Spanish Moss close-up showing detail and flowers

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Spanish Moss grows all over Sand Live Oaks

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Marsh Cordgrass coats the banks of salt water creeks and rivers

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Individual stalk of Marsh Cordgrass to show detail

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Look for Marsh Periwinkles grasping Marsh Cordgrass stalks

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You can find River Cane throughout the state

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River Cane close-up showing individual leaves

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