Spring Bird Watching on Kiawah

Spring Bird Watching 

As winter wanes, birds around the globe begin to undertake one of the most spectacular feats in the natural world: the annual spring migration. This is the time to experience stunning spring bird watching here on Kiawah. Whether you choose to explore the island by bike, kayak, motorboat, or even on foot, our nature tours will get you an up-close encounter with Kiawah’s diverse and astounding bird life

On Kiawah, our early spring birding highlights include a wonderful array of resident songbirds singing to establish nesting territories.  Some early nesters, like the Carolina Chickadee, have already begun nest construction, while Osprey and hawks are incubating and Great Horned Owl chicks have already hatched. Most Laughing Gulls have completely molted to their breeding plumage by the end of the month while Royal Tern exhibit their thrilling mating displays on the beach. Talk about great spring bird watching!

It’s also time for the early spring arrivals; Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Chimney Swifts, Purple Martins, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Yellow-throated Warblers, Northern Parulas, and Black-necked Stilts  (photo) are all beginning to arrive here in March.  Meanwhile, on the beach, shorebird flocks continue to increase in size as Red Knots, Piping Plovers, and other shorebirds gather along the beach as they prepare for the final leg of their incredible migration. 

Photo by Pam Cohen

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