Date: 9/12/17 6:50 pm
From: Kyle Kittelberger (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: 11 Hudsonian Godwits, Lake Wheeler
Hey everyone,
Thought I'd follow up about Michael O'Brien's Hudsonian Godwit flock off the Outer Banks. As a friend of his, I let him know his sighting had been brought up while discussing Hudsonian high count records in the state. He shared that his observation was not 20 birds but an amazing sight of 50+ Hudsonian's flying in two separate flocks a few minutes apart from one another. He further added that this is the most number of Hudsonian's he has ever heard of reported on the east coast south of Massachusetts. 
Cheers,Kyle KittelbergerRaleigh, NC

On Tuesday, September 12, 2017 4:22 PM, Harry LeGrand <carolinabirds...> wrote:

Copied from my Birds of North Carolina website, for Hudsonian Godwit:

Coastal Plain .....
Peak counts: 16, Cape Hatteras, 29 Aug 1998; 15, resting on the ocean off Oregon Inlet, 25 Aug 1990; 15 at Rodanthe (Dare), 8 Sep 2009.

Piedmont Casual fall transient (only in the eastern portion), with three records: 1, Falls Lake, 21-23 Aug 1999; 2, Falls Lake, 11-15 Sep 1988; and 1 (photographed), Lake Wheeler (Wake), 27 Aug 2011*.

Mountains Accidental fall transient; one record -- 3 at Hooper Lane (Henderson), 8 Sep 2004* (after Tropical Storm Frances) [Chat 69:49 link].


Thus, Michael O'Brien's 20 or so from shore this season would be a state record, if it gets published in The Chat (I don't pull data off eBird, carolinabirds, etc. -- but wait until records get officially published in The Chat or North American Birds before I include them on the website.)

As you can see, the 11 Hudsonians today at Lake Wheeler destroy the previous inland high of 3 birds.

I agree with Brian that Hudsonian Godwits don't put down inland unless there is some (mostly nighttime?) storminess, etc. Certainly doesn't have to be a tropical system.  And, winds don't HAVE to be strong from the E or NE to force them inland.  They nest well inland in Canada and migrate SE over inland USA and continue their fall migration south over the ocean or along the immediate coast.  So, we can't assume these 11 birds blew inland from their migration over the ocean. Recall also that Willets, Marbled Godwits, and Long-billed Curlews also nest far inland and do not normally stop at inland lakes unless there is a nighttime storm that forces them down.  Thus, whether the godwits were migrating TOWARD the coast and were forced down, or were already migrating south over the ocean and were carried inland by strong NE winds and then forced down, I guess we may never know.  (Presumably they were not carried in the eye of Irma up FL and then dropped out in NC; that doesn't compute.)

Enjoy them while they are still here -- I did around 12:30 today.  Thanks for the quick word on c-birds.

Harry LeGrand

On Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 3:56 PM, Paul Glass <pag...> wrote:

Interestingly there was a group of 10 photographed near Harrisonburg, VA
back on 8/29.  No storms at the time. . com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ebird. org_ebird_view_checklist_ S38894671&d=DwIBAg&c= imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6Y HLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q- sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_ Ocvlal9U&m= IQ47uo8XV9imaqXFjQMv3ceNMk4qzq 8i0iCqAPB_7c8&s=83CfyMWcFg- IdfP- sH98VjQb0DFgsfBDysJVlS6IwA0&e=

Paul Glass
South Boston, VA

-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Patteson [mailto:patteson1@embarqmail. com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 3:32 PM
To: Jamie Adams
Cc: Steve Compton; <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: 11 Hudsonian Godwits, Lake Wheeler

Actually a major dude had the godwits: Michael O'Brien and his brother John
were watching the ocean from a beach house on vacation up at Nags Head in
mid August.

I've seen a big bunch offshore back in the 90s. It's probably in the Chat
somewhere in the seasonal roundup. I've also seen a dozen or more on the
flooded ground up in Rodanthe during a tropical storm some years back.

Brian Patteson

> On Sep 12, 2017, at 3:17 PM, Jamie Adams (via carolinabirds Mailing
> List) <carolinabirds...> wrote:
> Maybe for inland, but some dude just had like 20 something several
> weeks ago while ocean watching at OBX.
> I just had several Jaegers which I am in process of trying to ID and a
> Sooty Tern and another Red-necked Phalarope at North end of
> Wrightsville Beach, NC.
> Jamie Adams
> Wilmington NC
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <carolinabirds-request...>
> [mailto:carolinabirds-request@] On Behalf Of Steve Compton
> Sent: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 3:13 PM
> To: <carolinabirds...>
> Cc: <lucasrbobay...>
> Subject: Re: 11 Hudsonian Godwits, Lake Wheeler
> Birders,
> Got to be a record number of Hudsonians for the Carolinas. As you
> know, they migrate far offshore. Almost certainly a storm blown flock.
> Steve Compton
> Greenville, SC
> Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Droid
> On Sep 12, 2017 2:41 PM, Kyle Kittelberger <carolinabirds...>
> wrote:
>> Hey everyone,
>> As of 2:37, the Godwits are still present and showing very nicely
>> from the overlook at the end of the trail. Below is the list of
>> shorebirds I had. Large number of Pectoral Sandpipers on the back,
>> did not see anything else different among them.
>> Killdeer
>> Hudsonian Godwit- 11
>> Stilt Sandpiper- 4
>> Lesser Yellowlegs- 1
>> Pectoral Sandpiper- 34
>> Good birding! Thanks to Lucas for getting the word out about this
>> awesome sighting. Cheers,
>> Kyle Kittelberger
>> Raleigh, NC
>> ------------------------------ --------------
>> On Tue, 9/12/17, Lucas Bobay <carolinabirds...> wrote:
>> Subject: 11 Hudsonian Godwits, Lake Wheeler
>> To: "<carolinabirds...>" <carolinabirds...>
>> Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 11:54 AM
>> There are currently 11
>> Hudsonian Godwits at the Lake Wheeler mudflats visible from Penny Rd
>> (Wake Co NC). Birds are resting, feeding, and preening. Here with
>> Stacy and Natalie Barbour now. Great birds inland! Lucas BobayRaleigh
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