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36 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

I was there last February on a trip with SC Wildlife Federation.  Great spot.  SCWF has another trip scheduled in a couple of weeks but it's booked up.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S102491895

Thanks. I thought it had restricted acsess in the winter? Is it necessary to walk 7 miles to see a bunch of birds? I am going up there with my mother and sister, both non birder. My mother would be fine walking that far, but my sister would not, do you need to walk far to see a lot of species?

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1 hour ago, Charlie Spencer said:

My checklist above covers less than two walking miles, with some driving in between.  Depending on where you park, the group had 20+ birds within 300 feet of the first lot.  I'll mark up a map for you this weekend. 

Thank you. We are probably going to do a 9 mile loop.

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@Birds are cool, there's parking at Ti Ti Road, just off Bennett's Point Road (A).  There's a wetland adjacent to the parking, and a large pond across the road to the east, both with plenty of action.

You can keep driving north on Ti Ti.  The stretch from (B) to (C) is open or scrubby on either side.  Keep an eye on the owl boxes on the right (D); you might see something peeking out!

From C on, you'll have ponds and wetlands on either side.  Stop where you want.

Be aware there are no public bathrooms.  I recall the last ones were west of US 17.  There's no place to get food or drink either.

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I use to bird there fairly often. The shorebirding is mostly correlative with the water levels. If the impoundments are full, it can be difficult. If there’s a bunch of mud exposed, I’ve seen thousands of shorebirds, wading birds, terns, etc…working the impoundments. 
 

Of course, there’s still a ton to see that doesn’t depend on water levels. Southeastern specialities like spoonbills, kites, bobwhites, Mottled Ducks, gallinules, Wood Storks, Least Bitterns, Anhingas, etc…are all pretty easy. Barn Owls are also possible. Check the boxes. Additionally, it is one of the only semi-reliable places for Black Rail in SC, although I’ve never had them there. 
 

I’ve always found its adjacent sister refuge, Donnelley WMA, to be better for whistling ducks and Purple Gallinules. It’s only a few minutes away. 
 

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1 hour ago, blackburnian said:

I use to bird there fairly often. The shorebirding is mostly correlative with the water levels. If the impoundments are full, it can be difficult. If there’s a bunch of mud exposed, I’ve seen thousands of shorebirds, wading birds, terns, etc…working the impoundments. 
 

Of course, there’s still a ton to see that doesn’t depend on water levels. Southeastern specialities like spoonbills, kites, bobwhites, Mottled Ducks, gallinules, Wood Storks, Least Bitterns, Anhingas, etc…are all pretty easy. Barn Owls are also possible. Check the boxes. Additionally, it is one of the only semi-reliable places for Black Rail in SC, although I’ve never had them there. 
 

I’ve always found its adjacent sister refuge, Donnelley WMA, to be better for whistling ducks and Purple Gallinules. It’s only a few minutes away. 
 

Thank you! Is there any way or any place in the WMA where it is better for a Black Rail than other places? I have always wanted to see one of them, along with Barn Owls and Purple Gallinules.

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12 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

75 in the park itself, and 17 more on the beach.  Nice day!

I'm surprised at the number of duck species.  I thought they would all be gone by now.  Nice selection of shorbs and waders!

It was pretty awesome! The shovelers were far out with the other duck species, but I got some really nice views of the BWTE! I was not expecting to see the amount of American Avocets and Black-necked Stilts though!

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Finished my second day of the trip! My uncle, sister, and I walked a trail in Marion Forest (260,00 acre forest), went to the beach, and then at the end of the day my mother joined us and we went for a tour of the city. We stopped at a waterfront park and I took some photos I am really happy with! Great day for birding!

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