Whether you’re a “wake up to the sound of birds” type, or a “please be quiet I’m trying to sleep” type, we’re all getting a new soundtrack to our South Carolina mornings.
Here’s the pitch: imagine getting out of bed in the morning, sitting out on the patio, or going for a stroll along the river walk. Instead of just a bunch of noise, you hear the songs of the Carolina Wren aka the “Mouth of the South” or the soft warble of the Eastern Bluebird. You could even learn their colors, habits, and favorite foods. The upshot: you should really get into birdwatching.
You could wing it, or…
A little bit of preparation goes a long way — i.e., you don’t need to drop your tax return on binocs (although it couldn’t hurt to look).
What might help:
- A field guide. Instead of trying to name them all on your own, bring a physical guide like Birds of the Central Carolinas or an app like Merlin. If you bring your favorite local newsletter too, we wouldn’t object.
- Bird food. A backyard or window feeder brings the birds to you. Try Wingard’s Market located at 1403 North Lake Dr.
- Your new best birdie. Local experts + hobbyists would love to show you the ropes. Link up with Columbia Audubon Society or join a bird walk at Congaree National Park so you don’t fly solo.
Meet the stars of the show
📍Woodlands, suburban backyards, and grasslands with shrubs | 🗓️ All year | Song
📍Woodlands, swamps, parks, and suburban + urban areas | 🗓️ All year | Song
📍 Brushy thickets, swamps, and ravines | 🗓️ All year | Song
📍Brushy forest edges, open woods, and farmland | 🗓️ Spring, summer, and early fall | Song
📍Woodland edges, thickets, and suburban gardens | 🗓️ All year | Song
📍Forest edges and open areas | 🗓️ Spring, summer, and early fall | Song
📍Lake Murray | June-August | Song
📍Forests near rivers and streams | 🗓️ All year | Song
📍Moist forests and thickets | 🗓️ Spring, summer, and early fall | Song
📍Large, undisturbed tracts of forest | 🗓️ Spring, summer, and early fall | Song
📍Common in orchards, parks, and suburban areas | 🗓️ All year | Song