Field trip to observe "Wayne's" Black-throated Green Warblers (the coastal subspecies)

Saturday, May 2, 2009.

An isolated coastal population of Black-throated Green Warblers, discovered by Arthur T. Wayne, breeds in mature cypress swamps and White Cedar wetlands near the coast in South Carolina, North Carolina and extreme southern Virginia.  Most ornithologists believe these southeastern coastal Black-throated Green Warblers are a distinct subspecies.  This bird's numbers have declined precipitously in the past decade for largely unknown reasons.  Several once-thriving colonies in South Carolina have disappeared in recent years.

CRBO is organizing a field trip on Saturday, May 2 to visit South Carolina's largest remaining breeding group of Wayne's Black-throated Green Warblers. This location is in southern Charleston County, very near the spot where Reverend John Bachman discovered 'Bachman's Warbler' (so named by his friend J.J. Audubon).

We should also enjoy sightings of Swallow-tailed Kites, Mississippi Kites, migrating and resident warblers + vireos + tanagers, and perhaps even rare breeding birds such as Swainson's Warbler and Kentucky Warbler.

We anticipate roughly 1 mile of easy walking (round-trip).

This outing is free of charge, but preregistration is required. To register or receive additional information, email: or telephone: 843-607-0105

Click on this image to see mpeg video (LARGE FILE, zoomed view at the end) of a Wayne's Warbler in coastal SC: