Day 9 – Jekyll – no hide

Hundreds of Black Skimmer roosting on South Beach, Jekyll Island

After a slight adjustment to our draft itinerary, based on recent sightings on eBird, we spent the day on the delightful island of Jekyll – located off the coast of Georgia (our new favourite State:)). We started off at the south end, where the high tide had brought in hundreds of waders, terns and gulls to roost on the pristine white sandy beach. Amongst the hundreds of Royal Tern we found a few Sandwich and Forster’s. Most of the gulls were Herring but we did find half a dozen Lesser Black-backed, two Ring-billed and a lone Bonaparte’s. Waders were limited to Semipalmated, Wilson’s and a single Piping Plover, Sanderling, Dunlin and Willet. Probably the highlight though was the hundreds of Black Skimmer. We then spent a few hours birding the ‘interior’ with more warblers, woodpeckers – four sorts: Pileated, Red-bellied, Downy and Hairy, White-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay and Eastern Bluebird. Other attractions included House Finch, Clapper Rail, Carolina Wren, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Painted Bunting, Brown Thrasher and Savannah Sparrow. A few more waders from the observation tower at the Visitors Centre on the way home, including Whimbrel and Black-bellied Plover rounded off a perfect day. Jekyll Island – great for birding though not a hide in sight!

A new tern for the trip – this is Forster’s
‘Bush birds’ included this rather showy Carolina Wren
White-eyed Vireo – very vocal but difficult to actually see
Rails don’t usually give themselves up like this Clapper did this afternoon
But prize for ‘most colourful’ goes to this male Painted Bunting – seen at one of the feeders at the Driftwood Beach camp ground
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