Date: 10/1/17 4:02 am
From: Dennis Forsythe (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Santee NWR - Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Brown Creeper, Peregrine
Hi Tracee,

Yes these trips are open to anyone. The next Santee NWR bird walk is
on Saturday
October 14 - meet at the
Visitor's Center at 7:30am. And the last one is on 4 November again meeting
at the Santee NWR Visitors center at 7:30 AM. Let Nate or I know if you
have any questions.

Here are my Ebird list from the previous walk



On Sat, Sep 30, 2017 at 8:44 PM, Tracee Clapper <carolinabirds...>

> 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 <(843)%20425-7630>

Dennis M. Forsythe PhD
South Carolina Christmas Bird Count Editor
South Carolina Ebutterfly Reviewer
Emeritus Professor of Biology
The Citadel
171 Moultrie St,
Charleston, SC 29409

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