Date: 9/30/17 5:45 pm
From: Tracee Clapper (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Santee NWR - Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Brown Creeper, Peregrine
Are these trips open to anyone? I can offer carpooling...

On Sat, Sep 30, 2017 at 3:15 PM Nate Dias <carolinabirds...> wrote:

> It was an comparatively slow morning at Santee NWR but we still
> enjoyed good birding.
> At the Bluff Unit, we had a flock of Swainson's Thrushes and warblers
> at the Visitor's Center. And an early Peregrine Falcon flying back
> in forth right in front of us at Fort Watson in pursuit of a Belted
> Kingfisher. We picked at the warblers at the big vine tangle and Ft.
> Watson and on the service road we had regular Scarlet Tanager
> sightings among scattered migrants. At one point we had a flock of 5
> Scarlet Tanagers in the same tree. Other highlights at the Bluff Unit
> included Painted Bunting, a Bald Eagle chasing an Osprey back and
> forth, a kettle of 20+ Anhinga, good looks at multiple Magnolia
> Warblers and Black-and-white Warblers and other common birds. We had
> multiple UFO empids.
> At Pine Island, we had great looks at a close Yellow-bellied
> Flycatcher in decent light that obligingly flipped back and forth on
> its perch to give us front and back views. It was a small
> green-backed empid with a large head (rounded not peaked), complete
> eye ring that seemed fairly uniform, pale yellow wingbars, moderate
> primary projection and very short tail The bill was large in
> proportion to the bird's size, uniformly orange below, with no dark
> tip, and rounded edges. The bird had a yellowish wash underneath
> from the vent to the bill, including throat and CHIN. There was a
> dirty grayish wash overlaid on the yellow breast.
> We judged it to be a fall juvenile from the fresh, not faded, plumage.
> We had a couple of more UFO empids - one was likely an Acadian
> Flycatcher.
> Steve Rhodes' friend Ben from New York was visiting, and we got him
> his target Brown-headed Nuthatches. We also had a Brown Creeper that
> only a few of us got on before it flew and we lost track of it. More
> common warblers like Prairie and Magnolia lined the edge of the field
> complex and we enjoyed non-bird sightings of Rough Green Snake, Ground
> Skink and Zebra Heliconian butterfly. When he parted with us before
> Pine Island, Dennis Forsythe said we would see good birds and leps and
> he was right.
> The next Santee NWR bird walk is on Saturday October 14 - meet at the
> Visitor's Center at 7:30am.
> Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC
~Tracee 843/425-7630

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