Honey Horn and the Coastal Discovery Museum

Honey Horn and the Coastal Discovery Museum

Overview

Area name

Honey Horn and the Coastal Discovery Museum

Area Location

North Island. Honey Horn is located at the intersection of Hwy 278 and Gumtree Road, off the Cross Island Parkway entrance ramp. Signs for the Coastal Discovery Museum are on the Cross Island Parkway and Hwy 278.

Area Map

Access

Honey Horn is open to the public free of charge (donations are welcome). Owned by the Town and managed by the Coastal Discovery Museum.

Hours of Operation: 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and 11am-3pm on Sunday

Facilities

  • Parking
  • The Museum’s Discovery House (open until 4:30pm Monday to Saturday and until 3pm Sunday) has historical and art exhibits, a gift shop, restrooms, water and maps with a self-guided tour of the property.
  • Picnic areas.
  • The Museum’s numerous programs include birding opportunities such as guided walks at Pinckney National Wildlife Refuge, a Saltmarsh program, beach walks, etc. Private bird watching visits may be accommodated upon request.
  • Walking trails.
  • Wheelchair accessible.
  • Native plantings.
  • Children’s programs.
  • Boardwalk with spotting scope.
  • Butterfly house.
  • Camelia garden.
  • For more information, call 843-689-6767 or visit the museum website at coastaldiscovery.org

Key Birds

Resident

White Ibis, Wood Stork, Osprey, Killdeer, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Clapper Rail, Belted Kingfisher, White-eyed Vireo, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Brown Thrasher, Eastern Bluebird, Yellow-throated Warbler, Pine Warbler, Eastern Bluebird, Chipping Sparrow.

Spring

Migrating Warblers.  Summer Tanager, Painted Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, Great-crested Flycatcher, Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

Summer

Summer Tanager, Painted Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, Great-crested Flycatcher, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Brown Thrasher.

Fall

Migrating Warblers

Winter

American Kestrel, Eastern Phoebe, Gray Catbird, Hermit Thrush, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-throated Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow (larger numbers in the winter).

Background

  • The 68-acre historic Honey Horn Plantation property offers a combination of saltmarsh, open grassy areas and maritime forest. Centuries-old live oaks, covered in Spanish moss, are located throughout the property.
  • Three boardwalks with stationary spotting scopes overlook the Jarvis Creek saltmarsh with its resident wading birds.
  • There are 2 Osprey platforms, one visible from the parking area and the other from the boardwalk.
  • Numerous live oaks provide a great habitat for migratory warblers, songbirds and other insect-eating birds.
  • Bird feeders located in front of the Discovery House offer sightings of the common feeder birds.
  • Grassy open areas offer the opportunity to see Swallows, Killdeer and American Kestrel. The many birdhouses increase the chances of seeing Eastern Bluebirds and other species.  Several gardens in the property also increase the chances of encountering insect-eating birds and the occasional Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

Birds To Watch