We have spoonbills that visit the island regularly, but this seems to be the time of year that we see them in larger numbers. One of the most accessible places on the island to watch them is at the corner of Old House Land and Dewees Inlet drive (aka “the corner.”) We have seen six at one time there, and Terry has seen a total of seven at once. If you take a few minutes to watch, they are absolutely fascinating. They are tactile feeders, sweeping their bills through the water in search of small prey. They make a weird grunting noise while they do this, which makes them really fun to watch. The record number of spoonbills seen on Dewees at one time is 12… keep us posted if you can beat that number!
- Post Author:Judy Drew Fairchild
- Post published:August 15, 2011
- Post Category:Birds and Birding
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