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.
- 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.