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Devaux Bank, S.C. | 20,000 Whimbrels

November 14, 2021

[Posted by Chuck Almdale]

Whimbrels return to roost on Deveaux at night. Photo by Andy Johnson.

On the South Carolina coast, at the mouth of the North Edisto River, lies tiny 250 acre Devaux Bank, a V-shaped wedge of sand with the open end facing west. During the spring, for about a month, it is the nightly roosting spot for approximately half of the eastern North American population of Whimbrels. There are also thousands of breeding Brown Pelicans, Black Skimmers, American Oystercatchers, Royal Terns, Sandwich Terns, Laughing Gulls, herons and egrets.

A Miracle of Abundance as 20,000 Whimbrel Take Refuge on a Tiny Island
All About Birds | Scott Weidensaul \ Andy Johnson, photos | 13 Oct 2021
Whimbrels. pelicans, and more take to the sky at Deveaux Bank, South Carolina.

North Edisto River and Devaux Bank – ScreenShot from the video

Make sure you watch the 9:26 video.

  1. Emily Roth permalink
    November 15, 2021 4:14 pm

    Thank you Chuck !

    Yes, that was very worth watching !



    • Chukar permalink*
      November 16, 2021 4:32 pm

      Glad you agree.


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