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South Carolina Bird Watching and Feeding Information

South Carolina is a great place to watch and feed birds. Birdbaths, misters and drippers are especially effective in attracting birds, including non seed-eating species. Species that might be expected at feeders include: American Goldfinch, Carolina Wren, Carolina Chickadee, Blue Jay, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Cardinal and Mourning Dove. Each of these species is shown in the Nifty Fifty mini-guide.

The Nifty Fifty

The Nifty Fifty is a mini-guide to the birds of South Carolina. It includes descriptions, images, video and songs of 50 of the most often observed birds of South Carolina. View the guide by clicking here or on the Nifty Fifty link on the left.

If the guide does not load, try downloading the free Flash player.

 

carolina wren

Carolina Wren - South Carolina State Bird

Bird feeding

Developing bird-friendly habitat in your yard is the best way to attract a greater variety of species and to support local and migrating species. Native plants provide food and cover, are more insect and disease resistant than non-native species, and may require less water. A list of bird-friendly native plants for South Carolina is available by following the link on the left.

Bluebirds

The Eastern Bluebird is the only one of the 3 bluebird species regularly found in South Carolina.

The Eastern Bluebird has a pleasant, musical song and a similar easy-to-identify flight call. They are most often found in open woodlands, parks, fields, along golf courses and cemeteries. The can be found in suburban areas with adequate open space.

 

eastern bluebird

Eastern Bluebirds

Bluebirds can be attracted to peanut butter mixes, suet and fruit. Raisins soaked in hot water to soften them are well received. The bluebird's special favorite is mealworms.

Nesting
The Eastern Bluebird begins nesting in South Carolina in early spring. One, two and sometimes three broods may be produced.

Visit the bluebird section for detailed information on feeding bluebirds or building your own bluebird house.

Hummingbirds

The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the only species that regularly visits South Carolina. It nests in the state each year, before migrating south. In a remarkable journey for such a tiny bird, it migrates across the Gulf of Mexico twice each year.

 

ruby-throated hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

 

Visit the hummingbird section for details on attracting hummingbirds as well as images of all regularly occurring North American hummingbirds.

Purple Martins

Purple Martins arrive in South Carolina early each year, returning from their wintering grounds in South America. Check the Purple Martin section for information on martins in South Carolina. Detailed Purple Martin information is available in the Purple Martin section.

 

purple martin

Purple Martin - male

Birding

South Carolina provides birders with a variety of exciting birding locations.

The birding section of this site has tips on birding locations and bird identification. The state-based birding information section provides additional birding related information.

South Carolina Resource Information

Augusta-Aiken Audubon Society
4542 Silver Bluff Road
Jackson, SC 29831

Charleston Natural History Society
P.O. Box 504
Charleston, SC 29402

Columbia Audubon Society
P.O. Box 5923
Columbia, SC 29250


Hilton Head Island Audubon Society
P.O. Box 6185
Hilton Head, SC 29938

Piedmont Audubon Society
200 East Saint John St.
Spartanburg, SC 29306

Waccamaw Audubon Society
P.O. Box 20
Myrtle Beach, SC 29578

Additional resources

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