WILDLIFE ON KIAWAH ISLAND

BREEDING BIRD POINT COUNTS
As part of the Kiawah Island Bird Monitoring Program, 218 point count surveys are conducted annually on Kiawah Island. The points are located across the island from Captain Samís Spit to Little Bear Island in all major upland cover types except for open dunes and beach.  For logistical convenience, a majority of the points are located on secondary and tertiary roads and trails, however in areas where roads or trails are not present points are located off-road.  The minimum distance between point-count stations is 250 meters in order to reduce the possibility of recording the same bird twice.  All individuals heard or seen within a 5 minute period are recorded.  Birds flying over the area are recorded separately from all other birds.  The point count survey is divided into 8 separate routes with each route consisting of 15-34 points.  One route is conducted per day during the count period with each route beginning at sunrise and ending no later than 11:00am.  Each route is conducted in the same order and during the same time period each year.      
RESULTS
 
 
 
 
3,036 individual birds
74 different species
218 points
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2009
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3,060 individual birds
74 different species
218 points
2010
3,273 individual birds
75 different species
238 points
2011
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3,413 individual birds
74 different species
238 points
2012
3,295 individual birds
87 different species
238 points
2013

Species

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Northern Cardinal

335

266

251

321

319

Tufted Titmouse

281

236

259

305

277

Carolina Wren

253

266

203

259

260

Laughing Gull

203

506

323

296

229

Carolina Chickadee

408

296

324

342

224

American Crow

121

114

111

146

155

Blue Jay

117

127

105

148

139

Red-winged Blackbird

132

105

206

207

133

Great-crested Flycatcher

91

92

107

114

123

Boat-tailed Grackle

50

57

81

79

100

Top 10 birds counted during 2013 survey including data from 2009-2012.  Values
represent the total number of each species recorded during the survey.