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):


Grasses (3 species, 1 lifer):

*Dune Panic Grass

River Cane

Marsh Cordgrass

Succulents (1 species, 1 lifer):


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


This Crescent Moon brightens up the night


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


Sea-Oxeye Flower


Sea-Oxeye Leaves


Glasswort pokes up through the marsh


Spanish Moss can hang low from tree limbs


Spanish Moss close-up showing detail and flowers


Spanish Moss grows all over Sand Live Oaks


Marsh Cordgrass coats the banks of salt water creeks and rivers


Individual stalk of Marsh Cordgrass to show detail


Look for Marsh Periwinkles grasping Marsh Cordgrass stalks


You can find River Cane throughout the state


River Cane close-up showing individual leaves