Coastal Birds in South Carolina - Research & Resources


American Oystercatcher

Collins, S.A. 2012. Reproductive ecology of American Oystercatchers in the Cape Romain region of South Carolina: Implications for Conservation. M.S. Thesis, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA.

Hand, C.E. 2008. Foraging ecology of American Oystercatchers in the Cape Romain region, South Carolina. M.S. Thesis. Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA.

Hand, C.E., F.J. Sanders, and P.G.R. Jodice. 2010. Foraging Proficiency During the Nonbreeding Season of a Specialized Forager: Are Juvenile American Oystercatchers "Bumble-Beaks" Compared to Adults? Condor 112: 670-675.

Jodice, P.G.R., J.M. Thibault, S.A. Collins, M.D. Spinks, and F.J. Sanders. 2014. Reproductive ecology of American Oystercatchers nesting on shell rakes. The Condor 116:588-598.

Sanders, F. J., T. M. Murphy, and M. D. Spinks. 2004. Winter abundance of the American Oystercatcher in South Carolina. Waterbirds 27:83-88.

Sanders, F. J., T. M. Murphy, M. D. Spinks, and J. W. Coker. 2008. Breeding season abundance and distribution of American Oystercatchers in South Carolina. Waterbirds 31:268-273.

Sanders, F., M. Spinks, and T. Magarian. 2013. American Oystercatcher winter roosting and foraging ecology at Cape Romain, South Carolina. Wader Study Group Bulletin. 120:128-133.

Thibault, J.M. 2008. Breeding and foraging ecology of American Oystercatchers in the Cape Romain region, South Carolina. M.S. Thesis. Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA.

Thibault, J.M., F.J. Sanders & P.G.R. Jodice. 2010. Parental attendance and brood success in American Oystercatchers in South Carolina. Waterbirds 33: 511–517.

Wilson's Plover

Dikun, K.A., 2008. Nest-site selection of Wilson's Plovers (Charadrius Wilsonia) in South Carolina. M.S. Thesis, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina, USA.

Sanders, F.J., Martin, M.C., Spinks, M.D., and N.J. Wallover. 2012. Abundance and distribution on Wilson's Plovers during the breeding season in South Carolina. The Chat 76:117-124.

Zissner, E. 2013. Nest success and habitat choice of Wilson's Plovers in Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center Heritage Preserve, South Carolina. M.S. Thesis. Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA.

Other Shorebirds

Boettcher, R., S.M. Haig and W.C. Bridges Jr. 1995. Habitat-related factors affecting the distribution of nonbreeding American Avocets in coastal South Carolina. The Condor 97:68-81.

Cubie, D., P. Nugent, and J. Cubie. 2012. A Three-Year Shorebird Survey of the Impoundments and Beaches on Bulls Island. The Chat 76 (2):41-48.

Dodd, S.L. and M. D. Spinks. 2001. Shorebird Assemblages of the Cape Romain Region, South Carolina. The Chat vol. 65 No. 2 p45-58.

Marsh, C. P. and P. M. Wilkinson. 1991. The significance of the central coast of South Carolina as critical shorebird habitat. The Chat 54:69-92.

Obernuefemann, K.P. 2007. Assessing the effects of scale and habitat management on the residency and movement rakes of migratory shorebirds at the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center, South Carolina. M.S. Thesis. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

Peters, K.A. and D.L. Otis. 2007. Shorebird roost-site selection at two temporal scales: is human disturbance a factor? Journal of Applied Ecology 44(1): 196-209.

Weber, L.M., and S.M. Haig. 1996. Shorebird use of South Carolina managed and natural coastal wetlands. The Journal of Wildlife Management 60: 73-82.

Weber, L.M. and S.M. Haig. 1997. Shorebird diet and size selection of nereid polychaetes in South Carolina coastal diked wetlands. Journal of Field Ornithology: 358-366.

Weber, L.M. and S.M. Haig. 1997. Shorebird-prey interactions in South Carolina coastal soft sediments. Canadian Journal of Zoology 75(2): 245-252.


Anderson D.W., Hickey J.J. Oological data on egg and breeding characteristics of brown pelicans. Wilson Bulletin, Vol 82, No.1 March 1970, pp. 14-28.

Blus, L.J., T.G. Lamont, and B.S. Neely Jr. 1979. Effects of organochlorine residues on eggshell thickness, reproduction, and population status of brown pelicans (Pelicanus occidentalis) in South Carolina and Florida, 1969-76. Pesticides Monitoring Journal 12 (4) 172-184.

Blus, L.J. 1982. Further interpretation of the relation of organochlorine residues in brown pelican eggs to reproductive success. Environmental Pollution Series A, Ecological and Biological 28 (1): 15-33.

Brooks, G.L., F.J. Sanders, P.D. Gerard, P.G.R. Jodice. 2013. Daily survival rate for nests and chicks of least terns at natural nest sites in South Carolina. Waterbirds 36:1-10.

Brooks, G.L. et al. 2014. Daily survival rate for nests of Black Skimmers from a core breeding area of the Southeastern USA. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 126 (3) 443-450.

Eggert, L.M.F., P.G.R. Jodice. 2008. Growth of Brown Pelican nestlings exposed to sublethal levels of soft tick infestation. Condor 110:134-142.

Eggert, L.M.F. , P.G.R. Jodice, K.M. O'Reilly. 2010. Stress response of Brown Pelican nestlings to ectoparasite infestation. General and Comparative Endocrinology 166: 33-38

Jodice, P.G.R., T. Murphy, F. Sanders, L.M. Ferguson. 2007. Longterm Trends in Nest Counts of Colonial Nesting Seabirds in South Carolina, USA. Waterbirds 30:40-51.

Jodice, P.G.R., L.C. Wickliffe, E.B. Sachs. 2011. Seabird use of discards from a nearshore shrimp fishery in the South Atlantic Bight, USA. Marine Biology 158:2289-2298.

Reeves, W. K., A.D. Loftis, F. Sanders, M.D. Spinks, W. Wills, A.M. Denison, and G.A. Dasch. 2006. Borrelia, Coxiella, and Rickettsia in Carios capensis (Acari: Argasidae) from a brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) rookery in South Carolina, USA. Experimental & Applied Acarology 39(3-4): 321-329.

Sachs, E.B., and P.G.R. Jodice. 2009. Behavior of parent and nestling Brown Pelicans during early brood-rearing. Waterbirds 32:276-281.

Snipes, K.C. and F.J. Sanders. 2011. Recoveries of Black Skimmers (Rynchops niger) banded in South Carolina. The Chat 75(3):81-87.

Snipes, K.C. and F.J. Sanders. 2012. Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) breeding trends in South Carolina. Southeastern Naturalist 11(3):437-446.

Vander Pol, S.S., D.W. Anderson, P.G.R. Jodice, and J.E. Stuckey. 2012. East versus West: organic contaminant differences in Brown Pelican eggs from South Carolina, USA and the Gulf of California, Mexico. Science and the Total Environment 438: 527-532.

Wilkinson, P.M. 1982. Status of the eastern brown pelican in South Carolina. Study completion report. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, 96pp.

Wilkinson, P.M. 1997. Survey and census of colonial nesting seabirds in South Carolina. The Chat 61(4): 233-259.


Ferguson , L.M., P.G.R. Jodice, W. Post, F.I. Sanders. 2005. Reddish Egret extends its breeding range on the North American Atlantic Coast. Waterbirds 28:525-526.

Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Use of Vehicles on Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches in South Carolina


Corbat, C.A., and P.W. Bergstrom. 2000. Wilson's Plover (Charadrius wilsonia) In The Birds of North America, No.516 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.) The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

Dey, A.D., et al. "Update to the status of the Red Knot Calidris canutus in the Western Hemisphere, April 2011. Draft update to Status of the Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa) in the Western Hemisphere." Studies in Avian Biology 36 (2011).

Montague, C.L., A.V. Zale, and H.F. Percival. 1987. Ecological effects of coastal marsh impoundments: a review. Environmental Management 11:743-756.

Niles, L.J., H.P. Sitters, A.D. Dey, P.W. Atkinson, A.J. Baker, K.A. Bennett, R. Carmona, K.E. Clark, N.A. Clark, C. Espoz, P.M. Gonzalez, B.A. Harrington, D. E. Hernandez, D.S. Kalasz, R.G. Lathrop, R.N. Matus, C.D.T. Minton, R.I.G. Morrison, M.K. Peck, W. Pitts, R.A. Robinson, and I.L. Serrano. 2008. Status of the Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa) in the Western Hemisphere. Studies in Avian Biology No. 36.