As advertised, it was raining all morning and into the early afternoon. I thought that my birding on this trip was over, and spent that time working on my photos. But around 2 p.m., the rain stopped and the sun came out. I decided to walk along the beach and sand dunes near the hotel.
I got to a beach access boardwalk over the dunes and decided to take a look from there. At first, I saw a few sparrows.
And then it got really interesting. An Orange-crowned Warbler showed up. There were a few Yellow-rumped Warblers and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and then a Hermit Thrush wanted to see what was going on.
And then, my last and 77th avian species of the trip popped up. It was a Prairie Warbler! My fifth warbler species of the new year is rare in South Carolina during the winter months.
I ended up with 77 confirmed avian species, and 5 unconfirmed avian species. Here's my confirmed species list:
Great Blue Heron
Great Black-backed Gull