Fort Pulaski/North Tybee Beach 12/28/14

Last Sunday I went birding with Diana Churchill at Fort Pulaski and the beach at the north end of Tybee Island. At Fort Pulaski, we heard and saw one Sedge Wren and heard another in the thin strips of short marsh behind the fort. We also saw two Great Black-backed Gulls, over a dozen Eastern Meadowlarks and three Savannah Sparrows. Later that morning at North Tybee Beach, we heard and saw a Blue-headed Vireo on Polk Street near the water treatment plant. We also had three Bufflehead and 43 American Oystercatchers – two with bands. Finally, we saw a Red-breasted Merganser off of Diana’s dock at her house and a few Northern Gannets flying over the ocean off of the beach near the lighthouse. Full lists and pictures are below.

Fort Pulaski:

Birds (44 species, 0 lifers):

Double-crested Cormorant  285

Brown Pelican  75

Great Blue Heron  1

Great Egret  4

Turkey Vulture  3

Osprey  3

Killdeer  1     Heard from behind the fort.

Willet  1

Ruddy Turnstone  8

Sanderling  8

Laughing Gull  12

Ring-billed Gull  15

Herring Gull  20

Great Black-backed Gull  2     On posts on the old cement pinnacles off the shore.

Forster’s Tern  4

Royal Tern  1

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  30

Mourning Dove  3

Belted Kingfisher  1

Red-bellied Woodpecker  5

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1     In the pine trees at the campground.

Downy Woodpecker  3

Northern Flicker  1

Eastern Phoebe  4

Loggerhead Shrike  1

American Crow  15

Carolina Chickadee  1

Brown-headed Nuthatch  2     In the pines at the campground. Seen and heard.

House Wren  1

Sedge Wren  2     One heard, the other heard and seen. In the marsh behind the fort near the entrance to the trail that leads to the mini lighthouse.

Carolina Wren  5

Ruby-crowned Kinglet  5

Eastern Bluebird  1

Gray Catbird  1

Northern Mockingbird  2

European Starling  30

Cedar Waxwing  3     High-pitched calls heard at the campground.

Yellow-rumped Warbler  15

Savannah Sparrow  3

Northern Cardinal  1

Red-winged Blackbird  6

Eastern Meadowlark  15     In the grass behind the fort.

Boat-tailed Grackle  85

House Finch  2

North Tybee Beach:

Birds (22 species, 0 lifers):

Bufflehead  3

Double-crested Cormorant  15

Brown Pelican  10

Snowy Egret  3

White Ibis  4

Turkey Vulture  1

American Oystercatcher  43     Orange W (underlined) 2 and yellow N4 present.

Ruddy Turnstone  2

Sanderling  12

Laughing Gull  75

Ring-billed Gull  75

Herring Gull  15

Forster’s Tern  7

Royal Tern  14

Eastern Phoebe  2

Blue-headed Vireo  1     Calls heard and seen in plain view. Off of Polk St. near water treatment plant before walk to the beach.

Blue Jay  2

American Crow  2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2

Northern Mockingbird  3

Yellow-rumped Warbler  23

Boat-tailed Grackle  58


Savannah Sparrow


American Oystercatcher


Forster’s Tern


Immature White Ibis


Red-breasted Merganser