Date: 12/24/17 7:53 am
From: Nate Dias (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: McClellanville CBC: 169+ species, Least Bitterns, Snow Geese, Eurasian Wigeon, Roseate Spoonbills, Long-billed Curlews, Painted Bunting, etc.
The recent McClellanville Christmas Bird Count turned up some decent
numbers and rarities in a good team effort. With the Cape Island
territory checklist still not in, the species total so far is 169.

Highlights included:

- 968 Snow Geese
- Eurasian Wigeon
- Canvasbacks and Redhead (2 parties reporting both, 3 reporting Redhead)
- Greater Scaup (2 field parties reporting)
- Roseate Spoonbills
- Least Bitterns
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
- Green Heron (2 parties reporting)
- American White Pelicans (6 field parties reporting!)
- Barn Owl
- Common Ground-Dove
- American Avocets (3 field parties reporting)
- Piping Plovers
- Long-billed Curlews
- Red Knots
- Red-cockaded Woodpeckers (3 parties reporting)
- Peregrine Falcon (3 field parties reporting)
- Merlin (2 field parties reporting)
- Seaside + Saltmarsh + Nelson's Sparrows (5 field parties reporting
marsh sparrows)
- Ipswich Sparrows
- Painted Bunting (possibly a first for the count).

Misses included: White-winged Scoter, Rock Pigeon, non-Ruby-throated
Hummingbirds, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Northern Bobwhite, Bachman's
Sparrow.

Special thanks go to our 4 boat captains - Felicia Sanders, John Cox,
Tommy Graham and John McWilliams (substituting for Craig Richard this
year). But for them, we would be unable to cover half the count
circle.

And this was Tommy Graham's 40th CBC on Murphy Island. Quite a milestone.

Another special mention: after three fall seasons in a row of
significant hurricane/tropical storm damage, SC DNR has done a
fantastic job repairing impoundment dikes and other infrastructure in
time for fall and winter waterfowl season. It is really surprising
what they have been able to pull off in the face of great adversity.

Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC
 
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