Date: 10/26/18 3:55 pm
From: David McLean (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Purple Swamphen, Bulls Island, Cape Romain NWR
Fri 26 Oct 2018


Cynthia Worthington and I today found a Purple Swamphen (PUSW) on Bulls
Island, Cape Romain NWR, Charleston County, SC. This individual had
"electric" blue plumage on head and neck gradually changing to a darker
blue plumage color on the body; it had a bright red to red-orange shield
and big bill; and it was pumping its tail.

We saw the PUSW on Alligator Alley at Pool 2 looking into Jack's Creek.
The bird was only 40 m to 50 m off of the dike in the green grasses on the
right looking into Jack's and was near the grass edge along the open water
of Jack's. It was in the immediate company of several Common Gallinules. We
were able to get a few diagnostic digiscope photographs of the bird through
the grasses but no really clear, unobstructed photos.

Beyond the Purple Swamphen the birding on Bulls today was pretty good.
Ducks have begun returning to the island, shorebirds were in high numbers
on both the North Beach and in the saltwater marsh oceanfront at Jack's
Creek, and the woodland birds were fairly abundant.

FYI, Coastal Expeditions (CEX) operates the Bulls Island ferry on
regular ferry service on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays with
departures from Garris Landing at 9:00 AM and 12:30 PM. CEX will accept
reservations for the ferry, maybe even prefer them; when you arrive at
Garris, walk to the end of the dock to board the ferry and pay the ferryman
on board. Tell them you're chasing the Purple Swamphen!

Good birding,

David McLean
Charleston, SC

David C. McLean, Jr.
DCMcLean AT gmail DOT com

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