Along with a number of other beautiful spring migrants, the Painted Bunting has arrived back on Little St. Simons Island. The first sighting was reported on Saturday, April 10, with numerous other accounts added throughout the week. The birds have been seen near the pool area, and also at the bird feeders at the Cedar House, River Lodge, and the main Lodge.
The first sightings of the season have also been reported for Great Crested Flycatcher, Orchard Oriole, Gull-billed Tern, Whimbrel, and Least Bittern. Sora can be heard calling around Myrtle Pond. There was an emergence of Horseshoe Crabs on Sancho Panza beach during the last two evenings; many shorebirds including Marbled Godwit, Willet, Ruddy Turnstone, Dunlin, and Short-billed Dowitchers were feeding heavily on the deposited eggs each morning.