Birding South Carolina

Although small, South Carolina contains a significant diversity of habitats and easy access to some great natural places. In one day a person can drive from the top of the highest peak, Sassafras Mountain, to the coastal barrier islands, thus sampling much of the diverse landscape and many of its representative species. More than 375 bird species have been recorded in the state, including many unique for the southeastern region. These birds range from the common Carolina wren, South Carolina’s state bird, to the rare and endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.

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  • South carolina Birding & Nature Festivals

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BWD Festival Finder

During the peak of bird migration, there's nothing more exciting than attending a birding festival. The birds are spectacular and the people are great. If you haven't tried a festival yet, this is a must-do for next season! Use BWD's Birding and Nature Festival Finder to help you select from the many available in special areas all over the country.
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  • South carolina Birding Hotspots

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Virginia rail photo by Mike L. Baird / Wikimedia

Ten Birding Hotspots in South Carolina

Every state has its top hotspots. Here are ten that we picked out for South Carolina. Your Top Ten list may vary, but it doesn’t matter as long as we all get to go birding, right?
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  • Birds of South Carolina

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Wood stork by Billie Dodd

10 Highlight Birds in South Carolina

Here are ten bird species that make birding in South Carolina exciting and special. Of course there are hundreds of other species to see, so don’t stop with just these ten!
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