Date: 3/26/17 5:26 am From: Nate Dias (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: American Golden-Plover, White Pelicans, Avocets, etc - Yawkey Wildlife Center (restricted access)
During a shorebird survey at the Tom Yawkey Wildllife Center yesterday, I saw my first American Golden-Plover for the spring. It was in a vast mostly-drained ricefield impoundment on South Island where there were triple digit Red Knots the week before. No Red Knots this week, but the numbers of American Avocets, Long-billed Dowitchers and Dunlin all in one place were very good to see. There were around double the number of Long-billed Dowitchers versus Short-billed. There were also 155 Black-bellied Plovers present. And a Ruddy Turnstone walked around tasting dead and dying polychaete worms. It consumed a couple of them. And I had a few Semipalmated Sandpipers - kind of early but nothing about this spring would surprise me any more.
The next impoundment down had lots of shorebirds too. Among them was a male Wilson's Plover scampering around the mudflat.
Other nice bird sightings that Richard Wyndham and I enjoyed: American White Pelicans, Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, Bachman's Sparrows, scads of Seaside Sparrows, strutting Wild Turkey Toms, King Rail, Marbled Godwit, Wood Storks, Loggerhead Shrike, Sedge Wrens, nesting Great Egrets+ Anhingas + Night Herons, and Painted Bunting.
Driving back on North Santee River Road, we flushed a Bald Eagle and some Turkey Vultures off a roadkill deer carcass.