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The Carolina Bird Club, Inc., is a non-profit educational and scientific association open to anyone interested in the study and conservation of wildlife, particularly birds.

The Club meets each winter, spring, and fall at different locations in the Carolinas. Meeting sites are selected to give participants an opportunity to see many different kinds of birds. Guided field trips and informative programs are combined for an exciting weekend of meeting with people who share an enthusiasm and concern for birds.

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Folly Beach County Park

Robin Carter


From US 17 west of the Ashley River in Charleston, or from the junction of SC 30 and SC 171, Folly Road, on James Island, go south on SC 171, Folly Road, until you reach Folly Beach. Once in Folly Beach turn right (west) onto West Ashley Avenue and follow it to its end at the entrance to the county park.

Birds to look for

scaup (w), scoters (w), Hooded Merganser(w), Red-throated Loon (w), Common Loon (w), Red-necked Grebe (w), Northern Gannet (w), Brown Pelican, Osprey, Peregrine Falcon (w), Merlin (w), Clapper Rail, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, American Oystercatcher, Willet, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, Sanderling, Dunlin, Gull-billed Tern (s), Caspian Tern, Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern (s), Least Tern (s), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Common Ground-Dove, Palm Warbler (w), Painted Bunting (s)


This beach park might be crowded during summer, but very quiet from fall through spring. It provides access to Stono Inlet and Stono River as well as the open ocean. You might be able to spy something rare on low islands in the inlet with a telescope. Note that the park does not usually open until 9 AM or even 10 AM.



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