Birding Huntington Beach State Park, South Carolina

One of my favorite birding sites is Huntington Beach State Park, just south of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. There is so much to see, over 300 bird species have been spotted here, that I can spend days walking and taking pictures. As a matter of fact, I do that just about every time I am there…sunrise to sunset if I can! I love starting my morning watching the sunrise over the marsh or walking along the beach watching for early birds. You never know what you’ll find and every season brings different birds. My favorite section of beach to bird is North Beach. I always head north since it is a bird sanctuary. A few of the birds I have found while walking along North Beach are: Sanderlings, Willets, a few different sandpipers, and possibly my favorite beach birds…American Oystercatchers and Piping Plovers. Many of these birds are endangered and thanks to preserves and state parks along the coast like HBSP they have a safe place to breed and raise their young. Remember if you come across any nesting birds to give them space and never cross the roped off area. Nesting birds are under enough stress, we don’t need to cause them more. If you watch in between the waves as you walk you might see Brown Pelicans, many different terns and gulls, and in winter you’ll more than likely see some Common and Red-throated Loons along with some […]

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