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.

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC

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