Bird walks at Legare Farms during Fall migration, 2007

Held each Saturday from September 15 until November 17, at 8:30am

Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children.

* Note - October 6 and November 3 are "Children's Days", in which all children over age 8 are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Here is an aerial image showing the relative location of Legare Farms on southeast Johns Island:

Click here for driving directions

As part of an effort to create additional revenue streams to save their land from development, Charleston-area Legare Farms will be having weekly bird walks this fall, from Mid-September until mid-November.  This land has been farmed by the Legare family since the mid-1700s. To support this endeavor, the Legare family is making management changes and habitat improvements to further increase the benefit of their traditional farm for wildlife.

Legare farms is an all-natural operation; they raise 100% natural Beef, as well as chemical-free vegetable crops, hay, and turf (sod).  Legare Farms also has a native plant nursery, which can attract some nice birds and butterflies during fall migration.

Legare Farms occupies a peninsula on southeast John Island.  This peninsula overlooks the Stono River, between Abbapoola Creek and Hut Creek.  The nearby portions of Johns Island are still undeveloped, with other farmers and the Johns Island executive airport occupying nearby lands.

Migrating birds often pass over the heavily developed Charleston metropolitan area before pausing to rest for the day on Johns Island or Wadmalaw Island.  This can make for exciting action at places like Legare Farms.

Below are some photos of birds that have been seen on past bird walks at Legare Farms.  Below the photos you can see a list of birds we expect to see and a list of possible rare bird sightings.

Photos by Simon Tan - click for larger image:

Some of the more exciting birds we expect to see:
Painted Buntings
Wood Storks
White Ibis
Egrets and Herons
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
American Kestrel
Multiple types of Hawks
Eastern Kingbird
Loggerhead Shrike
Multiple types of Warblers
Multiple types of Vireos
Summer Tanagers
Orchard Orioles
Baltimore Orioles
Field Sparrow

Rare or "shy" birds we should be able to find over the 2-month period (all seen last fall):
American White Pelican
Bobwhite Quail
Upland Sandpiper
Merlin (a type of Falcon)
Cave Swallow (2 last fall)
Common Ground-Dove
Sedge Wren
Wild Turkey
Various rare Warbler species
Swainson's Thrush
Scarlet Tanagers
Vesper Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow