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One of the nicest things about birding as a hobby is how willing people are to share their knowledge and resources. Years ago we were thrilled to discover Roy Slack's book Birds of the Brunswick County Islands: Oak Island, Holden Beach, Ocean Isle and Sunset Beach, North Carolina. But since it was published in 1994, it is no longer that easy to find. Our county library has a few copies to loan and it can sometimes still be ordered online.
The knowledgeable people at Wild Bird & Garden, who have brick and mortar stores in both Southport and Wilmington, were happy to suggest two other sources that have even more photos and maps, and include more recent data on habitat and migration routes.
One is the authoritative source Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America published in 2016. Don't let the serious title put you off! It's not that expensive and the huge number of images and maps make it easy for you to identify the birds you see on the beach.
Another great resource is Stan Tekiela's Birds of the Carolinas Field Guide, which also has a multitude of photos and a handy color-coded index in the front of the book that helps you quickly look up the bird according to the predominant color of its feathers.
The folks at Wild Bird & Garden can be found at 105 Brown Street East in Southport (just off Howe Street, at the foot of the water tower). Their website has a fantastic list of links that includes everything from local wildlife rescue groups to the most comprehensive national databases, user-friendly tools and even smartphone apps. You can find them online at wildbirdgardeninc.com
Their current hours in Southport are 10-2 Mon-Sat with curbside service, and we all look forward to the time when they can resume the tours, workshops, and other outings for which they are so well known!
Hope to see you then!