Charleston, SC 12/31/14 - 1/4/15

All photos are Marshall Faintich

Alice and I spent several days in Charleston, South Carolina, where she played in a bridge tournament and I did some birding. The weather was pleasant, with sunshine the first two days, and some rain the last three days. I wanted to see what coastal birds I might find there, and also did some inland birding.

I visited the coastal areas each day from December 31 through January 3, and spent most of the time on the Pitt Street Causeway, with short visits to the north end of Folly Beach, Sullivan's Island, and Isle of Palms. I logged 41 avian species on the coast. I visited Magnolia Gardens on the first three days of January, and spent most of my time there hiking the miles of trails through the swamp gardens and lake area. Access to Magnolia Gardens was a bit expensive ($23), but the fee was good for a week's access, and I saw 44 avian species there that included some species that I saw on the coast.

We toured historic Charleston on January 4, and I added House Sparrows to my trip list, ending up with 73 avian species for the trip.

Charleston area map

Click here for my Coastal Wildlife trip report and photos

Click here for my Magnolia Gardens Wildlife trip report and photos

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