Recreation - By Interest - Wildlife As We See It

LeaRn more. Wildlife: As We See It...

Welcome to the Kiawah Island Nature Program’s wildlife sightings page. Here, you’ll find postings from our Naturalists and island biologists showing you what is currently in the field as well as an archive of observations from throughout the year. We hope this site will get you excited about the amazing and diverse wildlife found on Kiawah. Get outside and share your photos and stories with us at Kiawah_Recreation@KiawahResort.com.

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) photo by Pamela Cohen

January 21, 2015 ~ Saltmarsh Sparrow (Ammodramus caudacutus)
Bird BandingNaturalists helped Aaron Given, Kiawah Island Town Biologist, with his Winter Marsh Sparrow Banding. Three species of coastal marsh sparrows winter in Kiawah’s saltmarshes: Seaside Sparrow, Nelson’s Sparrow, and Saltmarsh Sparrow. This group is considered of high conservation due to their loss of habitat from development and sea-level rise. Birds are captured in mist nets and are identified, banded, and measured. Naturalists captured 49 birds, some new and others recaptures!

Interested in learning more about the birds of Kiawah? Join our Naturalists for a Back Island Birding or Birding for Beginners Tour! Call the Nature Center for availability and reservations: 843.768.6001

Photos by Jake Zadik
January 14, 2015 ~ Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)
sapsuckerA female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker ran into the window of the classroom at the Nature Center, causing her to be disoriented. We took advantage of this close-up opportunity with the bird before we placed her in a secluded spot to recover. As the name indicates, these birds eat mostly sap from trees and the insects that collect in the sap. They are wintertime visitors on Kiawah and can be seen throughout the maritime forest, drilling perfect lines of holes around a tree.

Interested in learning more about the birds of Kiawah? Join our Naturalists for a Back Island Birding or Birding for Beginners Tour! Call the Nature Center for availability and reservations: 843.768.6001