Birding in South Carolina

Autumn is just beginning here at Lake Greenwood, with the trees transforming into bold colors of yellow, orange, and red.  I’m waiting for the group of trees across the lake to fire up….fingers crossed.

I headed down to the lake’s edge in the last hour before sunset.  The House Finches were busy, dangling upside down in the Sweet Gum Tree, eating from the tree’s seed pods (popularly called monkey balls or gumballs).


Male House Finch



Male House Finch – “Peek-A-Boo!”



Female House Finch

However, a Red-winged Blackbird just pulled the seed pod up with his feet for his feast.  To heck with all that dangling!


Red-winged Blackbird

Sightings of other birds…….


Northern Mockingbird



Tufted Titmouse



Pine Warbler



Northern Flicker enjoying a few sips from the edge of the lake



Ruby-crowned Kinglet (a new lifer for me!)



Cormorant Fly-Over



Female Northern Cardinal


We’ve had a few nice sunsets since we’ve been here but none have been as gorgeous so far as this one taken from our site a week ago.


Sunset over Lake Greenwood

Enjoy your day, my friends!


40 thoughts on “Birding in South Carolina

  1. Happy you are feeling little better, Donna! The autumn colors are gorgeous and the bird shots are beautiful! I have been hoping to see the Ruby-crowned Kinglet too, but so far no luck. Thank you for that great picture!

    • Thanks so much, Helen! I was so bummed missing the fall colors in the mid-Atlantic due to my knee, I don’t think I even cared ๐Ÿ˜ฆ so this warmer weather down here is certainly a help and plus I’m getting somewhat a chance to enjoy the turning of the leaves. Although it rained today & was only 48 for the high, that wasn’t too pleasant, lol. OMG I almost keeled over trying to get that Kinglet! Such a FAST little thing! Good luck on your search for yours. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Beautiful images, and variety of birds you have seen there Donna! Congratulations on the new Lifer! I think you identified a new bird for me that I photographed this afternoon! The Ruby Crowned Kinglet!! Thank you! I’m going to look it up now to make sure it’s what I have too.

    That sunset is gorgeous. It must have stunning in person.

    • Thanks so much, Deborah! I got pretty excited with the Kinglet, such a flighty little bird, I just wished he had popped over to an area in the sun. But I’ll still take him! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you captured one too!

      • I know that feeling! I thought I had photographed a Warbler of some sort until I got home, then read your latest post and found the ID of the bird I photographed! I’m pretty sure it’s a Ruby-Crowned Kinglet. I only got 3 frames and off it went deep into the foliage.

        I’ll post the images and you let me know what you think if you have time. xx

  3. Glad you are recovering and impressed with your collection of fine-feathered friends.Congratulations on the lifer! Never thought of renting a golf cart to go birding. Hm-m-m, maybe next year.Keep on having fun and recovering!

    • Thanks so much, Jane! The golf cart is ours, we’re presently traveling in our motorhome & tow a truck with it in it. We’re located at an RV camp that’s about 13 acres on the lake. I’m just slowly riding around it, stopping here and there in the common areas. The birds don’t know what to make of me, haha! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. queste immagini sono cosรฌ straordinarie da togliere il fiato, tutti gli esemplari di uccelli sono magnifici, ma la cornice preziosa in cui li hai ritratti รจ fantascientifica! davvero ammirata!

  5. We have a Ruby-crowned Kinglet according to Eric, but I can’t catch a shot of it… not even a blurred one. They move so fast. I suspect that’s why I enjoy yours so much. I recognize the skill and difficulty involved! Said beating back just a touch of camera envy! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Thanks, Gunta, that little Kinglet is a fast little thing! I’m still looking for him/them here, I wanted to get one with the sun shining on him instead of in the shade. But I’ll take the one I got for my files right now! ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep trying, you just might be surprised on your luck!

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