Date: 1/6/18 11:15 am
From: John Fussell <jofuss...>
Subject: Re: "OBX": MBTA, Woodcock, frozen hummer - 1/4/18
I wonder from what sized area the woodcock invasion into the South Carolina
coastal area in 1899 originated.

That invasion is described by Arthur Wayne in Bent's Life Histories.. It
occurred in February 1899, toward the end of the "Great Arctic Outbreak of
1899". .

"The woodcock arrived in countless thousands. Prior to their arrival I had
seen but two birds the entire winter. They were everywhere and were
completely bewildered. Tens of thousands were killed by would-be sportsmen,
and thousands were frozen to death....One man killed 200 pairs in a few

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC

----- Original Message -----
From: <badgerboy...>
To: <carolinabirds...>
Sent: Saturday, January 06, 2018 1:34 PM
Subject: Re: "OBX": MBTA, Woodcock, frozen hummer - 1/4/18

>I thought I read on this list a couple years ago about massive woodcock
>movements to the coast in cold snaps. My recollection is that people had
>reported large numbers of them and they thought the birds were NOT normal
>locally overwintering birds but rather that the sudden cold had pushed much
>higher numbers than normal into the coastal areas. Could have been a faulty
>memory though--anyone else remember this?
> Thanks, Guy McGrane, Deep Gap, NC
> On 1/4/2018 9:58 PM, Steve Ritt (via carolinabirds Mailing List) wrote:
>> First, a reminder that it's unethical, not to mention even illegal under
>> the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, to capture and/or harass any raptor or any
>> other native bird, regardless of the status of domestic livestock.
>> I also had an American Woodcock as a yard bird tonight in Harbinger, NC.
>> A Baltimore Oriole was just down the street. The Albermarle Sound was way
>> more active than usual today, although nothing was regionally unusual.
>> Most entertaining were Wilson's Snipe, Greater Yellowlegs, Dunlin,
>> Killdeer, American Pipit, and Song Sparrows all foraging together on ice
>> balls and a very tiny, sandy beach patch in the backyard.
>> Has anyone else had frozen hummingbird casualties this week? One (RTHU)
>> was hanging upside down on my feeder the morning of New Years Eve that I
>> thought was in torpor, but it fell off two days later and did not wake
>> up.
>> Steve Ritt
>> Harbinger, NC / San Diego, CA
>> (...hoping my next yard bird will be a Nazca Booby tomorrow.)
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