Date: 9/24/17 1:37 pm From: John Fussell <jofuss...> Subject: Bar-tailed Godwit, Ruff, and American Golden-Plover in Carteret County, NC
This morning, we (Marty Wall, Chandra Biggerstaff, John Runkle, Jim Runkle, and I) spotted a Bar-tailed Godwit at east Shackleford Banks, near Barden's Inlet. The bird is an adult, with some traces of breeding plumage (rufous color on the belly). I bet that it is the same bird that we found out there last fall.
The bird was on the ocean (=bight) side beach, with Black-bellied Plovers, Short-billed Dowitchers, and Red Knots. The tide was very high (the soundside flats were all submerged), and there was a brisk NE wind.
Also today, Clyde Atkins found an American Golden-Plover at the south end of the Beaufort Club golf course. And the Ruff is still there. Note that in one week, Clyde has found a Ruff, an American Golden-Plover, and a Buff-breasted Sandpiper in the same little area. We should call this area "Clyde's Corner).
Marty, Chandra, John, Jim, and I stopped by to see the American Golden-Plover and Ruff, so, in combination with the Bar-tailed Godwit, we had a pretty good shorebird day.
By the way, the ferry to Cape Lookout/east Shackleford will probably not run again until the end of the week, because of expected high winds in conjunction with Hurricane Maria.