Huntington Beach State Park in South Carolina is a place that I have wanted to visit for quite some time. I belong to the Carolina Birders group on Facebook. It is a group that shares bird sightings in North and South Carolina. Seems like someone is always posting a bird that they saw in HBSP. After our stop at Murrells Inlet, it was just a few miles down the road. We stopped at the gate to pay the fee the $5.00 per adult fee. For the seniors amongst us, unless you are a South Carolina senior, you do not qualify for the senior discount.
It, of course, was rainy and dreary. The man at the gate told us that the best birding opportunities were on the causeway. We drove across the causeway and noted some ducks (too far away to tell what they were), a lot of egrets, great blue herons, and brown pelicans.
We did not visit the Nature Center but we did visit Atalaya, a South Carolina landmark located in the park. The website states: “The picturesque, Moorish-style winter home of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, philanthropist and sculptor, respectively, who left the park and adjacent Brookgreen Gardens as their legacy“. We decided to walk through the old buildings since I like old abandoned buildings. There was an additional fee of $2.00 each to walk through. It is made of a LOT of bricks – very damp and cold. It was interesting but very damp and cold. 🙂 I could not imagine living in a place like this. Did I mention it was damp and cold. *grin*
Well, by now, you have noticed that you haven’t seen many birds yet even though that is the reason that we stopped. As mentioned earlier, we saw egrets, great blue herons and brown pelicans on the way in. Since I take photos of those at home all the time, I didn’t stop to take any photos. However, on the way out of the park, I had Mr. B pull into the parking lot and he settled in with a magazine while I walked the causeway. By this time, there was a pretty constant drizzle. What did I see? Truthfully, not too much. Way, way out were some green-winged teal. I had no clue what they were until I cropped the photo.When I was almost to the other end of the causeway, I found a couple of groupings of what I think are Greater Scaup ducks. There were a few that came close enough to get a somewhat decent photo. Are they Greater Scaup’s? or are they Lesser Scaup’s? Let me know what you think! I called Mr. B (gotta love cell phones) and he came and picked me up so I didn’t have to walk all the way back. Then we were off to Georgetown where we were going to spend the night. Next post – Georgetown, SC.