Date: 2/8/19 4:58 pm From: David McLean (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Western Grebe and Tufted Duck on Bulls Island
Fri 8 Feb 2019
While conducting the waterfowl/shorebird survey on Bulls Island, Cape Romain NWR, Charleston Co., S.C., we located two species of particular interest. On Thursday about 11:00 AM we found a Western Grebe on the front main beach on Bulls (directly at the end of Beach Road). A brief description was posted earlier to this listserve about that sighting. We looked again today about 3:30 PM but did not relocate the Western Grebe today.
Today, Friday, we found a Tufted Duck in Jack's Creek. I'm willing to bet my standard wager, i.e., a nickel, that this is the very same individual Tufted Duck that was resident last winter in Jack's Creek. Today most of the ducks were closer to the ocean side of Jack's; we were on the oceanfront dike at Jack's right at the saltwater marsh shorebird roost looking back into Jack's when the Tufted Duck obligingly swam directly into scope view. As it did last year it was spending its time in close association with the other ducks. Description and photos will be posted with our eBird checklist.
Also participating in the survey were Scott Davis, Linda Montgomery, Matthew Danihel, and Ellie Jamieson.