Carolinabirds
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2/19/17 9:20 am GRIGGS, JERRY <griggs...> Yard Activity, Columbia, SC; Hummer continues
2/19/17 9:16 am GRIGGS, JERRY <griggs...> Great Kiskadee et al. at Bear Island Saturday
2/19/17 7:02 am James Watson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Cinnamon Teal Santee Coastal Reserve, SC
2/19/17 3:17 am Corey, Ed <ed.corey...> Yellow Rail, Carteret County -- 18Feb2017
2/19/17 2:55 am \Harry E. LeGrand Jr\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Vesper Sparrow at Fort Macon, NC
2/18/17 5:00 pm Jamie Adams (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Trumpeter Swan on French Broad River, Asheville
2/18/17 4:43 pm Corey, Ed <ed.corey...> RE: Vesper Sparrow at Fort Macon, NC
2/18/17 4:40 pm Simon Thompson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Fwd: Trumpeter Swan on French Broad River, Asheville
2/18/17 3:03 pm Mike Turner (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Wake Co., NC Orange-crowned Warbler, Lake Raleigh, 02/18/17
2/18/17 1:23 pm jcox3222 (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Bear Island Redux
2/18/17 1:15 pm Linda Ward (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Outer Banks, NC
2/18/17 11:28 am David Gardner (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> FOS? Yellow-throated Warbler, Seabrook Island, SC
2/18/17 11:25 am David Gardner (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Bear Island WMA, SC - Kiskadee & Leucistic Dunlin
2/18/17 10:57 am Matt Spangler (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Possibly not? Re: 5 red phalaropes Oregon inlet marina
2/18/17 10:24 am Eddie Owens (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Lark Sparrow @ Stanford Rd, Orange Co., NC
2/18/17 9:45 am jcox3222 (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Great Kiskadee
2/18/17 8:56 am Norman Budnitz (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Black-and-white at Sandy Creek
2/18/17 6:33 am Sam Cooper <dmcooper2...> RE: Fort Fisher Harlequin Ducks - directions
2/18/17 5:36 am Matt Spangler (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> 5 red phalaropes Oregon inlet marina
2/18/17 5:15 am Shelley Rutkin <shelleyr...> RE: Fort Fisher Harlequin Ducks?
2/18/17 3:37 am Sam Cooper <dmcooper2...> Re: Fort Fisher Harlequin Ducks?
2/17/17 7:41 pm David Hart <david.hart...> Fort Fisher Harlequin Ducks?
2/17/17 4:34 pm David Gardner (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Great Kiskadee - any sightings today? Friday?
2/17/17 4:22 pm John Fussell <jofuss...> Vesper Sparrow at Fort Macon, NC
2/17/17 2:27 pm Ryan Justice (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Burkes Garden VA
2/17/17 10:53 am Ann Brice (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> 2 greater white fronted and possibly 2 or more cackling geese at Lake Wilson, Wilson, NC
2/17/17 8:06 am Dwayne Martin (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> GBBC Weekend --- Tightened eBird Filters
2/17/17 7:19 am Robert Rybczynski (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Saturday Chapel Hill Bird Club field trip
2/17/17 6:26 am Ann Brice (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Greater white fronted geese at Lake Wilson, wilson NC
2/17/17 6:19 am David Gardner (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Birding advice for Southwest U.S.???
2/17/17 6:18 am Ross McGregor (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Wind turbines
2/17/17 4:36 am Jeff Lewis (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Dare County Lark Sparrow still present
2/16/17 4:02 pm Pam Diamond (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Wind turbines
2/16/17 7:03 am Steve Patterson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Great Kiskadee Bear Island
2/16/17 6:57 am Brian Pendergraft (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> GBBC This Weekend
2/16/17 5:04 am Buddy Campbell (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Great Kiskadee Bear Island
2/15/17 1:35 pm Harry D Sell <sellbirding...> Harlequin Ducks Fort Fisher, NC Photos
2/15/17 11:13 am Ron <waxwing...> Southern Piedmont Pine Siskins
2/15/17 9:24 am Lex Glover <GloverL...> SC's 2017 Baltimore Oriole Winter Survey & Great Backyard Bird Count
2/15/17 8:36 am Chris Wilson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Merlin in Hendersonville
2/15/17 6:48 am Roger Moyer (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Bear Island Great Kiskadee
2/14/17 6:55 pm David Weesner (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Harleqin Ducks finally !!
2/14/17 11:07 am Christopher Hill <Chill...> Re: Wood Thrush - Santee Coastal Reserve, SC AND KISKADEE
2/14/17 9:36 am Corey, Ed <ed.corey...> RE: Road Issues Traveling to Pungo
2/14/17 8:42 am Frank Hamilton <fhamil06...> Orchard Oriole, White-throat Sparrow & Goldfinches
2/14/17 8:03 am Harry LeGrand (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Wood Thrush - Santee Coastal Reserve, SC AND KISKADEE
2/14/17 7:36 am drblitch (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Wood Thrush - Santee Coastal Reserve, SC AND KISKADEE
2/14/17 7:34 am Clyde Sorenson <sorenson...> Pungo Sandhills
2/14/17 7:26 am Kent Fiala (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Wood Thrush - Santee Coastal Reserve, SC AND KISKADEE
2/14/17 7:24 am Josh Southern (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Wood Thrush - Santee Coastal Reserve, SC AND KISKADEE
2/14/17 7:05 am Kent Fiala (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Wood Thrush - Santee Coastal Reserve, SC AND KISKADEE
2/14/17 6:41 am Christopher Hill <Chill...> Re: Wood Thrush - Santee Coastal Reserve, SC AND KISKADEE
2/13/17 8:39 pm Wade & Kathy <awfuller...> Road Issues Traveling to Pungo
2/13/17 6:54 pm Pamela Ford (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Playback Great Kiskadee at Bear Island WMA SC
2/13/17 2:57 pm Buddy Campbell (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Camera battery cover
2/13/17 1:11 pm Tammy H (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Great Kiskadee Bear Island SC
2/13/17 1:04 pm Peter Perlman (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Friends are planning a pond on their land, asking who can help them make sure it's bird friendly.
2/13/17 11:04 am Jeff Click (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Wood Thrush - Santee Coastal Reserve, SC
2/13/17 10:10 am Shun Endo (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Harlequin duck
2/13/17 7:22 am James Watson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Lincoln's Sparrow and Odd plumaged Sparrow type at Bear Island
2/13/17 6:49 am Derb Carter <derbc...> Pungo geese
2/13/17 6:49 am Harry LeGrand (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Wood Thrush - Santee Coastal Reserve, SC
2/13/17 3:34 am Ron & ann <rashahid...> Kiskadee late Sunday +Cackling Goose
2/12/17 8:30 pm \Jeff Click\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Wood Thrush - Santee Coastal Reserve, SC
2/12/17 7:30 pm Wade & Kathy <awfuller...> Pungo!!
2/12/17 3:55 pm John Ennis (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Holly Shelter & Ft Fisher Today
2/12/17 1:38 pm Bruce Smithson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Ft. Fisher Harlequin Ducks
2/12/17 1:38 pm drblitch (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Kiskadee present now at Bear Island, SC
2/12/17 7:28 am Peter Perlman (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> FOY Fish Crow, Chapel Hill NC
2/12/17 6:51 am Nate Dias (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Kiskadee present this morning
2/12/17 6:46 am Jamie Adams (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Harlequins, Kure Beach Pier
2/11/17 6:48 pm <badgerboy...> Re: Pungo trumpeters--not
2/11/17 5:08 pm Kent Fiala (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Uploading Great Kiskadee photos
2/11/17 4:30 pm Bruce Smithson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Harlequin Ducks at Ft. Fisher, New Hanover County, NC
2/11/17 3:22 pm John Ennis (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Harlequin Ducks at Ft Fisher
2/11/17 1:32 pm Coopers <dmcooper2...> Harlequin ducks at Ft Fisher
2/11/17 12:53 pm Steve Patterson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Great Kiskadee
2/11/17 12:19 pm Lewis Burke (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Great Kiskadee
2/11/17 12:15 pm Lucas Bobay (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Iceland Gull, South Wake Landfill
2/11/17 11:56 am David Weesner (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> No luck with Harlequin Ducks
2/11/17 11:39 am <eric...> Common Goldeneyes at Woodfield ponds in Wilkesboro
2/11/17 4:40 am Cherrie Sneed (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Kiskadee present now at Bear Island, SC
2/11/17 4:37 am Nate Dias (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Kiskadee present now at Bear Island, SC
2/11/17 4:29 am Cherrie Sneed (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Dog- rabbit hunt at Kiskadee location
2/10/17 6:44 pm James Watson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Great Kiskadee Not Relocated After Morning Observation Today at Bear Island WMA
2/10/17 3:35 pm David Weesner (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Mark Jones had Halequin Ducks
2/10/17 3:22 pm Nate Dias (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Great Kiskadee Bear Island
2/10/17 2:31 pm Steve Patterson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> location of Great Kiskadee
2/10/17 2:24 pm Kent Fiala (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Great Kiskadee Bear Island
2/10/17 1:49 pm Jack Rogers <jack...> Re: Great Kiskadee Bear Island
2/10/17 1:43 pm Nate Dias (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Great Kiskadee Bear Island
2/10/17 1:36 pm Nate Dias (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Sustainable Murrell’s Inlet petition
2/10/17 12:38 pm John Fussell <jofuss...> Cape Lookout on Sunday, 5 February
2/10/17 11:40 am scbirder (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Great Kiskadee refound briefly
2/10/17 7:53 am Robert Rybczynski (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> CHBC Sat. bird trip
2/10/17 5:49 am Jeff Lewis (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Roanoke Island Lark Sparrow still present
2/10/17 4:17 am Jack Rogers <jack...> Re: Great Kiskadee Bear Island
2/10/17 4:16 am Kevin Metcalf (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Great Kiskadee Bear Island
2/9/17 7:16 pm <badgerboy...> Pungo recording: loon?
2/9/17 7:00 pm Jack Rogers <jack...> Re: Great Kiskadee Bear Island
2/9/17 6:53 pm Will Cook <cwcook...> Re: Great Kiskadee Bear Island
2/9/17 6:41 pm L Stacey (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Great Kiskadee Bear Island
2/9/17 9:09 am Simon Thompson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Jackson Park Birdwalk this Saturday 2/11
2/8/17 8:49 pm <badgerboy...> Stone Mountain CBC Results
2/8/17 5:22 pm Thomas Driscoll (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Birds in the Lake Mattamuskeet Area
2/8/17 1:33 pm \Shultz, Steven\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Extralimital Ancient Murrelet in VA
2/8/17 12:06 pm Marcus Simpson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Saw-whet Owl taping
2/8/17 11:07 am Mandy Cumming (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> RE: Saw-whet Owl taping
2/8/17 11:00 am Marcus Simpson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Saw-whet Owl taping
2/8/17 10:45 am \Shultz, Steven\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> RE: Saw-whet Owl taping
2/8/17 10:43 am Alan Gamache <bird...> Yellow-breasted Chat / New Bern, NC
2/8/17 9:56 am <badgerboy...> Pungo yesterday-awesome! (google directions wrong)
2/8/17 8:22 am \<megascops.2014...>\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Saw-whet Owl taping
2/8/17 7:25 am Steve Compton <scompton1251...> Re: Saw-whet Owl taping
2/8/17 6:15 am Marcus Simpson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Saw-whet Owl taping
2/8/17 5:59 am Kent Fiala (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Saw-whet Owl taping
2/7/17 9:21 am David McLean (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> New posting to Birding Bulls blog about overnight stay on the island
2/7/17 9:01 am \Shultz, Steven\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Book Review - ABA Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas
2/6/17 10:40 pm Randy Dunson <trdunson...> Winter Hummers
2/6/17 11:26 am John Fussell <jofuss...> Red Knots at Atlantic Beach, NC
2/6/17 7:27 am Corey, Ed <ed.corey...> Spectactular Waterfowl Flights - Pungo Unit (Pocosin Lakes NWR) - 5Feb2017
2/5/17 7:19 pm Steve Ritt (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Swannanoa, NC: presumed Lesser Canada Goose - 2/5/17
2/5/17 7:03 pm nicholas (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Tyrrell Co. NC birds, 2/2/17
2/5/17 1:11 pm Brian Bockhahn (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Kerr Lake CBC results
2/5/17 12:26 pm Brian Bockhahn (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Rockingham County, NC CBC results, 78 sp
2/5/17 8:56 am Clyde Sorenson <sorenson...> Mattamuskeet and Pungo yesterday...
2/5/17 5:59 am Jamie Adams (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Two Eiders Wrightsville, NC
2/4/17 4:49 pm \Elizabeth Wilkins/vanMontfrans\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Iceland Gull at Cape Point
2/4/17 11:43 am Andy Harrison (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Yellow-breasted Chat at Magnolia Gardens
2/4/17 9:34 am Jerzy Smykla (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Common Eider in Wrightsville Beach NC
2/4/17 5:34 am \kathy <khart123...>\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Orange crowned warbler
2/3/17 10:16 am Steve <sshultz...> Common Raven
2/3/17 7:48 am Roger Moyer (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Ravens in Concord
2/3/17 7:15 am Jeff Lewis (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Lark Sparrow at CSI still here
2/3/17 7:07 am Jay Wherley (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Mandarin Duck in Asheville
2/3/17 7:06 am Cutler/Blackford <cutford...> High Country Audubon Hoots
2/2/17 8:44 pm Roger Moyer (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Question for listers
2/2/17 7:15 pm RonC8 (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Mandarin Duck in Asheville
2/2/17 4:48 pm Stacy and Natalie Barbour (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Birding in the Savannah area
2/2/17 1:53 pm Alan Gamache <bird...> Rusty Blackbirds / New Bern, NC
2/2/17 1:46 pm <badgerboy...> Brookshire Park walk this Saturday
2/2/17 11:42 am bruce young (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Chapel Hill Bird Club saturday field trip
2/2/17 8:41 am Brian Patteson <patteson1...> Big Wave of Razorbills headed toward Outer Banks
2/2/17 7:38 am Cutler/Blackford <cutford...> Birding in the Savannah area
2/2/17 6:54 am Peter Quadarella (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> county birding
2/1/17 7:17 pm Corey, Ed <ed.corey...> RE: Jordan Lake Iceland Gull
2/1/17 4:28 pm Rich Boyd (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Barnacle Goose
2/1/17 3:36 pm Lee Adams (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Barnacle Goose
2/1/17 3:16 pm Rich Boyd (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Barnacle Goose
2/1/17 1:16 pm Brian Patteson <patteson1...> Re: Manx Shearwater flight off Nags Head
2/1/17 12:39 pm \Thomas A. Driscoll\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Jordan Lake Iceland Gull
2/1/17 11:26 am \Shultz, Steven\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> RE: Manx Shearwater flight off Nags Head
2/1/17 11:10 am Ricky Davis (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Manx Shearwater flight off Nags Head
2/1/17 9:57 am Josh Southern (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Iceland Gull at Jordan Lake, Chatham Co, NC
2/1/17 9:14 am Harry LeGrand (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Coastal Review Article on John Fussell
2/1/17 8:50 am Lena Gallitano <lbg...> Coastal Review Article on John Fussell
2/1/17 7:57 am Derb Carter <derbc...> John Fussell
2/1/17 6:04 am Pam Diamond (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> fox sparrow in my yard in Cary
2/1/17 5:17 am Tom Krakauer (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Comfortable to observe Eagle Nest at Jordan Lake, Chatham, CO, NC
1/31/17 8:52 pm \Mark McShane\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Anna's Hummingbird - Buxton - 1/21/2017 - Video Post
1/31/17 10:30 am \Jeff Click\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Blue Wall Birding Festival, Upstate SC, May 11-14
1/31/17 6:47 am Irvin Pitts <pittsjam...> A Pine Siskin, finally
1/31/17 4:11 am Lynn Erla Beegle (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Followup to "One-day visit to the NC Coast"
1/30/17 7:00 pm David Gardner (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Sea Bird ID question?
1/30/17 6:36 pm Steve Shultz <sshultz...> Re: Sea Bird ID question?
1/30/17 4:34 pm David Gardner (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Sea Bird ID question?
1/30/17 3:38 pm Jack Rogers <jack...> Re: Sea Bird ID question?
1/30/17 3:37 pm David Gardner (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Sea Bird ID question?
1/30/17 2:48 pm Rbakelaar (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Anna's/Hyde Co Brewer's BB
1/30/17 8:47 am Harry LeGrand (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Wood Stork at Pungo Lake, NC
1/30/17 8:41 am Harry LeGrand (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> One-day visit to the NC coast
1/29/17 4:28 pm Ron <waxwing...> Re: Post-OBX rarities
1/29/17 2:07 pm Matt Janson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Post-OBX rarities
1/29/17 1:28 pm Derb Carter <derbc...> White fronted and cackling geese
1/29/17 12:08 pm Edith Tatum (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Kittyhawk meeting
1/29/17 10:41 am Ron Clark <waxwing...> Re: Post-OBX rarities
1/29/17 9:47 am Jack Rogers <jack...> Post-OBX rarities
1/29/17 7:09 am Derb Carter <derbc...> Manx Sheatwater
1/29/17 6:10 am \Harry E. LeGrand Jr\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Beasley Road pond birds, NC
1/29/17 5:34 am Jamie Adams (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Common Eider, Wrightsville Beach. NC
1/28/17 1:02 pm Steve <sshultz...> Manx Shearwater
1/28/17 10:59 am ann maddock (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Anna's and an inquiry
1/28/17 10:57 am Mandy Cumming (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Snow Bunting continues at Cape Hatteras
1/28/17 10:03 am Betsy Kane (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Orange-crowned warbler (continuing)
1/28/17 9:26 am Steve <sshultz...> Common Goldeneye
1/28/17 9:01 am Steve <sshultz...> Long-tailed Duck
1/28/17 8:44 am Pamela Ford (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Snow Bunting continues at Cape Hatteras
1/28/17 8:38 am Derb Carter <derbc...> Jeanette's Pier
1/28/17 7:14 am Jamie Adams (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Pair of Loggerhead Shrike, ILM Wilmington, NC
1/28/17 7:01 am Jamie Adams (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Long-eared Owl?
1/28/17 6:34 am Jack Rogers <jack...> Re: Long-eared Owl?
1/28/17 6:05 am Jamie Adams (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Long-eared Owl?
1/28/17 5:26 am Christopher Reidy (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Red-cockaded Woodpecker
1/27/17 5:08 pm Rbakelaar (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Bodie Island Saw-Whet
1/27/17 2:56 pm Jack Rogers <jack...> Re: Short Eared Owls at ANWR
1/27/17 2:54 pm JILL MIDGETT (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Short Eared Owls at ANWR
1/27/17 11:52 am \Thomas A. Driscoll\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Golden Eagle-Alligator NWR
1/27/17 11:41 am Dwayne Martin (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Razorbills, Manx Shearwater
1/27/17 11:23 am Jim G (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Golden Eagle-Alligator NWR
1/27/17 10:54 am Jeff Lewis (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Lark Sparrow continues
1/27/17 8:58 am Gilbert Grant (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> American White Pelicans over Sneads Ferry, Onslow County, NC
1/27/17 7:00 am Derb Carter <derbc...> Razorbills, Manx Shearwater
1/27/17 6:09 am Jamie Adams (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Female Canvasback, Airlie Gardens Wilmington NC
1/27/17 5:50 am Jack Rogers <jack...> Golden Eagle-Alligator NWR
1/27/17 5:15 am Jeff Lewis (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Lark Sparrow continues
1/27/17 3:39 am Jamie Adams (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> RE: New book recommendation
1/26/17 9:46 pm Beth Garver (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> New book recommendation
1/26/17 6:48 pm Rick Payne (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> 28 January CHBC Field Trip
1/26/17 3:19 pm John Fussell <jofuss...> Wilson's Plover at Fort Macon, NC
1/26/17 1:34 pm Jack Rogers <jack...> Brant flocks-Ocracoke to Hatteras ferry
1/26/17 7:52 am Jim G (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Fwd: Lark Sparrow
1/26/17 7:45 am Kent Fiala (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Fwd: Lark Sparrow
1/26/17 6:58 am Kent Fiala (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Lark Sparrow
1/26/17 4:39 am Shelley Rutkin <shelleyr...> Anna's Hummingbird eBird hotspot
1/25/17 6:50 pm <susan...> Important: Anna's Hummingbird visits during the CBC meeting
1/25/17 5:43 pm nicholas (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> white-eyed vireos, Dare Co. NC, etc., 1/25/17
1/24/17 9:22 am \gilbert grant\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> 51 Red Knots (2 flagged) on North Topsail Beach, NC today
1/24/17 8:55 am Christopher Hill <Chill...> Recent Decisions, South Carolina Bird Records Committee
1/24/17 6:38 am Lester Coble (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Intergrade Fox Sparrow
1/24/17 2:25 am Paul Serridge (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Iceland Gull not found at landfill Jan 23, Horry County, SC
1/23/17 3:39 pm Jesse Pope (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Re: Nesting eagles Watauga County
1/23/17 8:24 am <hilton...> <hilton...> Hilton Pond 12/01/16 (2016 Bird Banding Summary; Hummingbirds)
1/23/17 8:17 am <badgerboy...> Nesting eagles Watauga County
1/23/17 5:28 am Dennis Forsythe (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> SC Ebird
1/22/17 5:18 pm Ricky Davis (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Washington County Birding Today
1/22/17 4:44 pm Roger Moyer (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Aberrant plumaged geese
1/22/17 4:11 pm Frank Hamilton <fhamil06...> Juncos, chipping sparrows and a yellow-throated warbler.
1/22/17 12:23 pm Brian Bockhahn (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Cumberland County NC CBC results
1/22/17 11:05 am Brian Bockhahn (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Rocky Mount CBC results
1/22/17 11:04 am Brian Bockhahn (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Falls Lake CBC results
1/22/17 10:38 am Steve Shultz <sshultz...> American White Pelicans - Jordan Lake, NC
1/22/17 10:33 am \kathy <khart123...>\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> White pelicans over cooper river
1/22/17 9:11 am Paul Serridge (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Common Eiders at Garden City Pier, Georgetown County, SC
1/21/17 10:24 am Jon Smith (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Good Birds at Jackson Park & Carl Sandburg's Place
1/21/17 9:37 am Jamie Adams (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Cape Point, Buxton, NC
1/21/17 8:44 am Andy Harrison (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Iceland Gull at Horry County Landfill
1/20/17 6:39 pm Loren Hintz <ldhintz...> Woodcocks Chapel Hil NC
1/20/17 12:38 pm David McLean (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> New posting to Birding Bulls blog: absent shorebirds return
1/20/17 5:00 am Jeff Lewis (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Lark Sparrow still present on Roanoke Island
 
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Date: 2/19/17 9:20 am
From: GRIGGS, JERRY <griggs...>
Subject: Yard Activity, Columbia, SC; Hummer continues
First noticed on November 26, our wintering Selasphorous Hummingbird has been coming to our feeder for nearly three months. We report it as Rufous/Allen's. It continues to look mostly greenish on the back and top of head with some orange (rufous). Its throat is whitish, while the flanks and breast are tinged orange. Recently it seems to be acquiring more dark (reflective) gorget feathers. So far it is not changing radically to look like an adult Rufous. More likely it is a female Rufous/Allen's, or an immature male Allen's? I report it regularly on eBird and post there the most interesting photos, such as during the ice and snow storm on Jan. 7th.

I once saw it splashing in the bird bath, and another time perched at the bath drinking. It likes to sit on a high branch of a Piedmont Azalea. I once saw it perched in a Ligustrum shrub that extends over the flowing Rawls Creek in back of our yard.

While it sometimes checks out the feeder poles and other birds, it seems to shy away from confrontation, not showing the aggressiveness that is common for Rufous Hummingbirds.

We are hoping it stays through the return of Ruby-throated Hummers around the beginning of April.

A year ago we had several Baltimore Orioles at our feeders. We put out more fruit and a feeder for them this winter, but haven't seen any, too bad.

Last winter, an E. Phoebe roosted each night on the circular metal disk, perhaps 5" in diameter, atop our porch wind chimes! No cover at all, though it is under the eaves. Come spring, there was a nest built on the disk by a Phoebe pair, and a brood of four babies resulted! Each evening we turn on the porch lights and go in and out, no problem. This past week, a Phoebe again appeared to roost each night, and we'll be interested to see if there will be a nest.

This year I finally spotted a Herring Gull, flying over with a group of Ring-billed Gulls heading to Lake Murray. It is a new species for the list at our suburban yard, which is up to a respectable 135.

Jerry Griggs
Columbia, SC

 

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Date: 2/19/17 9:16 am
From: GRIGGS, JERRY <griggs...>
Subject: Great Kiskadee et al. at Bear Island Saturday
Yesterday I made my second trip down to Bear Island WMA to try for the reported Great Kiskadee. Let me add some details to earlier reports to assist others, like me, who had trouble finding it. Following the advice posted by others, I got down to the site as early as I could from Columbia. One treat was a group of about six Wild Turkeys crossing Bennetts Point Rd. The males were glorious. More than 100 Tundra Swans were on Mary's Hill Pond.

Around 7:40am I got to the location on Pecan Tree Road, just past the road on the right (pointing south) marked "One Way Do Not Enter". There is a small sign near that corner that says "Chapman Island", though I cannot find this island on any maps. I hung around there and along the grassy road ahead on the left (north) where I believe the bird was first discovered in the trees and vegetation on the left. The helpful gentlemen who have reported here already had spotted the GK even earlier on a large tree in the fields on the left of Pecan Tree Road just beyond the grassy road, and they followed the bird to trees down on the right. Others headed down the One Way road and found the GK. They suggested going down the road perhaps 200 yards (walking, or by driving carefully), to an opening on the left (near a "tour" sign) into a mostly grassy field surrounded by trees. People reported the GK there around 8:40am in a Red Cedar to the right as one enters the field. However, there was no action there for a long time, and folks checked elsewhere.

When I returned to the grassy field, Aija Konrad encouraged us by sharing information about sightings over the past week. Patience is rewarded as around 10:40 we at last heard a series of very loud one-note calls. The GK seemed to be in Yaupon behind the Red Cedar. It flew to a large Live Oak (southwest corner of field), and then to another Live Oak on the southeast side. At each spot it would perch for several minutes deep inside the vegetation, perhaps 10-20 feet off the ground. Then it disappeared, until we heard it calling from north of the field, back towards Pecan Tree Rd., before going quiet again.

To locate the GK in foliage, the bright yellow breast is helpful. Its body size and call volume remind me of a Flicker, so one can ignore the abundant Yellow-rumped Warblers buzzing around like the many bugs. I managed to get some decent photos. No one harassed the bird or used recordings to attract it, thank goodness.

Heading out I missed the hundreds of Dunlins reported by others, but a bobbing sandpiper near the road caught my eye. Based on white spots on back, extended neck, eye ring (though not a bold one) I called it Solitary, which is evidently rare now.

Setting up the scope across Bennetts Point Rd. it was not difficult to pick out a striking male Eurasian Wigeon from among the surrounding Americans. Looking carefully, I could find no others, but then there were not as many Americans as have been reported. Most amazing to me was the view through one opening in the pond vegetation at a packed "white tie only" active group including many Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, and a few American White Pelicans.

Photos included with my eBird report.

Jerry Griggs
Columbia, SC

 

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Date: 2/19/17 7:02 am
From: James Watson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Cinnamon Teal Santee Coastal Reserve, SC
The Cinnamon Teal located on Saturday by Chris Davies has been relocated by
Pam Ford, myself, David McLean, and Carl and Cathy Miller in Peachtree
Impoundment, off Cape Trail, looking at it now.

Craig Watson
Mount Pleasant, SC
--

Happy Birding!

Craig Watson, Mount Pleasant, SC

 

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Date: 2/19/17 3:17 am
From: Corey, Ed <ed.corey...>
Subject: Yellow Rail, Carteret County -- 18Feb2017
As Harry alluded, almost 20 of us met to explore North River Marsh yesterday, in Carteret County. Beautiful weather and beautiful scenery were only further enhanced by the marshy birds, the highlight of which was a Yellow Rail which flushed from underfoot! This bird was a "lifer" for almost all in attendance! Surprisingly, this was the only rail seen, though most of the group did hear 2 Virginia Rails call later in the day.

Thanks to John Fussell for his guidance and expertise.

Ed Corey
Raleigh, NC

Ed Corey
Inventory Biologist
NC Division of Parks and Recreation
12700 Bayleaf Church Road
Raleigh, NC 27614
(919) 841 4037
(919) 208 7864 (cell)

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On Feb 19, 2017 5:55 AM, "Harry E. LeGrand Jr" <hlegrandjr...> wrote:
Those are nice, but what about the report of Yellow Rail you guys made on eBird?

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 18, 2017, at 7:43 PM, Corey, Ed <ed.corey...> wrote:
>
> Neil Skoog and I were able to get down to Fort Macon this afternoon, to look for the Vesper Sparrow. It was hanging out to the north of the bathhouse, in and around the septic field between the two parking lots. Today, it was associating with 2 Song Sparrows. (Thanks to Jamie Adams and Dave Weesner for the help in locating it, and to Marty and others for reporting it!)
>
> We also were able to see both female-type Painted Buntings, as well as a very close Razorbill (closest range was 30ft from shore) feeding with a flock of Bonaparte's Gulls and Red-breasted Mergansers.
>
> Interestingly, there was at least one Laughing Gull coming into full breeding plumage, with a full black head. Seems early, but Spring IS around the corner.
>
> Good birding!
>
> Ed Corey
> Raleigh, NC
> -----------------------------------------------------------
>
> Ed Corey
> Inventory Biologist
> NC Division of Parks and Recreation
> 12700 Bayleaf Church Road
> Raleigh, NC 27614
> (919) 841 4037
> (919) 208 7864 (cell)
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <carolinabirds-request...> [mailto:<carolinabirds-request...>] On Behalf Of John Fussell
> Sent: Friday, February 17, 2017 7:21 PM
> To: carolinabirds <carolinabirds...>
> Subject: Vesper Sparrow at Fort Macon, NC
>
> Yesterday, Marty Wall found a Vesper Sparrow at Fort Macon SP. It was in the grassy strips between the parking areas. It was still present today.
> Vesper Sparrows are rare nowadays in our area, except occasional on the barrier islands in the fall migration.
>
> Also at Fort Macon yesterday, Marty observed 2 Razorbills and 2 (green) Painted Buntings. The buntings were at feeders at the visitors center.
>
> John Fussell
> Morehead City, NC
>
>

 

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Date: 2/19/17 2:55 am
From: \Harry E. LeGrand Jr\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Vesper Sparrow at Fort Macon, NC
Those are nice, but what about the report of Yellow Rail you guys made on eBird?

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 18, 2017, at 7:43 PM, Corey, Ed <ed.corey...> wrote:
>
> Neil Skoog and I were able to get down to Fort Macon this afternoon, to look for the Vesper Sparrow. It was hanging out to the north of the bathhouse, in and around the septic field between the two parking lots. Today, it was associating with 2 Song Sparrows. (Thanks to Jamie Adams and Dave Weesner for the help in locating it, and to Marty and others for reporting it!)
>
> We also were able to see both female-type Painted Buntings, as well as a very close Razorbill (closest range was 30ft from shore) feeding with a flock of Bonaparte's Gulls and Red-breasted Mergansers.
>
> Interestingly, there was at least one Laughing Gull coming into full breeding plumage, with a full black head. Seems early, but Spring IS around the corner.
>
> Good birding!
>
> Ed Corey
> Raleigh, NC
> -----------------------------------------------------------
>
> Ed Corey
> Inventory Biologist
> NC Division of Parks and Recreation
> 12700 Bayleaf Church Road
> Raleigh, NC 27614
> (919) 841 4037
> (919) 208 7864 (cell)
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <carolinabirds-request...> [mailto:<carolinabirds-request...>] On Behalf Of John Fussell
> Sent: Friday, February 17, 2017 7:21 PM
> To: carolinabirds <carolinabirds...>
> Subject: Vesper Sparrow at Fort Macon, NC
>
> Yesterday, Marty Wall found a Vesper Sparrow at Fort Macon SP. It was in the grassy strips between the parking areas. It was still present today.
> Vesper Sparrows are rare nowadays in our area, except occasional on the barrier islands in the fall migration.
>
> Also at Fort Macon yesterday, Marty observed 2 Razorbills and 2 (green) Painted Buntings. The buntings were at feeders at the visitors center.
>
> John Fussell
> Morehead City, NC
>
>
 

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Date: 2/18/17 5:00 pm
From: Jamie Adams (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Trumpeter Swan on French Broad River, Asheville
Not refuting your bird but I am not sure the V on the forehead itself is conclusive. See my last blog entry for a Tundra with a very prominent V found at Pungo. That being said your bird has an all black bill so you have 2 for 2 of the field marks.

I would be interested to hear what folks think of another bird I posted which looked interesting for Trumpeter found at Mattamuskeet.

I managed a somewhat passable photo of a Short-eared Owl at Alligator and what I think is a Red Wolf, would love feedback on that too as I know the ID is subtle versus Coyote. Hopefully they are not interbreeding at Alligator.

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Jamie Adams
Wilmington, NC

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On Feb 18, 2017, at 7:40 PM, Simon Thompson <carolinabirds...><mailto:<carolinabirds...>> wrote:

Folks
We are pretty confident that the swan on the French Broad River just north of Asheville is indeed a sub-adult Trumpeter Swan. Photos have been uploaded to the Carolina Bird Club website:
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinabirdclub.org_gallery_Johnston_trus.html&d=DwIGaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=LWU6cIloyXpBAF9L5_iim8pE-aKimy354cBA-uoN8o8&s=1Kso01cT-EYEdM3vl9gmAaNOX9xdy3CP-hXJzr1wqC0&e= <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinabirdclub.org_gallery_Johnston_trus.html&d=DwMFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=LHuusX8cUFM8NW-cI8bCnLPkJmeAFVfQLkLeNKL9agc&s=RuphG-M16QbiCuAeQvo64VQQcjeGOnepcO1ey6DE764&e=>

Thanks to Doug Johnston, Clifton Avery, John Koon and Tom Bush for getting photos that clinched the ID. It's a tough call, but the "V" shape of the white above the bill is conclusive, Compare this to the U shaped or flat shape on the Tundra Swan.
See Sibley's information for more details:
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.sibleyguides.com_2006_02_distinguishing-2Dtrumpeter-2Dand-2Dtundra-2Dswans_&d=DwIGaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=LWU6cIloyXpBAF9L5_iim8pE-aKimy354cBA-uoN8o8&s=aAVMFQhTvWf_ho1eiqWgudVhf-X8_bRs1z5OuLbvw3M&e= <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.sibleyguides.com_2006_02_distinguishing-2Dtrumpeter-2Dand-2Dtundra-2Dswans_&d=DwMFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=LHuusX8cUFM8NW-cI8bCnLPkJmeAFVfQLkLeNKL9agc&s=D43QzZW6ijcAOsHXGJEKlj-6KwA-s3INpnaZVoe54No&e=>

A few photos are also attached

Directions: Go to Ledges Whitewater River Park on the French Broad River (Alexander)
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Continue downstream for half a mile and park in the large pull-off. The swan was in the river (far side) near this pull-off around 4:30 PM today. Hope it's in the same place tomorrow.
As far as I know, this may be a first record for Western North Carolina.
Simon

Simon RB Thompson
Ventures Birding Tours
Asheville, North Carolina

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Date: 2/18/17 4:43 pm
From: Corey, Ed <ed.corey...>
Subject: RE: Vesper Sparrow at Fort Macon, NC
Neil Skoog and I were able to get down to Fort Macon this afternoon, to look for the Vesper Sparrow. It was hanging out to the north of the bathhouse, in and around the septic field between the two parking lots. Today, it was associating with 2 Song Sparrows. (Thanks to Jamie Adams and Dave Weesner for the help in locating it, and to Marty and others for reporting it!)

We also were able to see both female-type Painted Buntings, as well as a very close Razorbill (closest range was 30ft from shore) feeding with a flock of Bonaparte's Gulls and Red-breasted Mergansers.

Interestingly, there was at least one Laughing Gull coming into full breeding plumage, with a full black head. Seems early, but Spring IS around the corner.

Good birding!

Ed Corey
Raleigh, NC
-----------------------------------------------------------

Ed Corey
Inventory Biologist
NC Division of Parks and Recreation
12700 Bayleaf Church Road
Raleigh, NC 27614
(919) 841 4037
(919) 208 7864 (cell)

-----Original Message-----
From: <carolinabirds-request...> [mailto:<carolinabirds-request...>] On Behalf Of John Fussell
Sent: Friday, February 17, 2017 7:21 PM
To: carolinabirds <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Vesper Sparrow at Fort Macon, NC

Yesterday, Marty Wall found a Vesper Sparrow at Fort Macon SP. It was in the grassy strips between the parking areas. It was still present today.
Vesper Sparrows are rare nowadays in our area, except occasional on the barrier islands in the fall migration.

Also at Fort Macon yesterday, Marty observed 2 Razorbills and 2 (green) Painted Buntings. The buntings were at feeders at the visitors center.

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC


 

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Date: 2/18/17 4:40 pm
From: Simon Thompson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Fwd: Trumpeter Swan on French Broad River, Asheville
Folks
We are pretty confident that the swan on the French Broad River just north
of Asheville is indeed a sub-adult Trumpeter Swan. Photos have been
uploaded to the Carolina Bird Club website:
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinabirdclub.org_gallery_Johnston_trus.html&d=DwIBaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=LHuusX8cUFM8NW-cI8bCnLPkJmeAFVfQLkLeNKL9agc&s=RuphG-M16QbiCuAeQvo64VQQcjeGOnepcO1ey6DE764&e=

Thanks to Doug Johnston, Clifton Avery, John Koon and Tom Bush for getting
photos that clinched the ID. It's a tough call, but the "V" shape of the
white above the bill is conclusive, Compare this to the U shaped or flat
shape on the Tundra Swan.
See Sibley's information for more details:
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trumpeter-and-tundra-swans/

A few photos are also attached

Directions: Go to Ledges Whitewater River Park on the French Broad River
(Alexander)
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Park/@35.6845176,-82.6196865,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:
0xc81f18538ccbcb6c!8m2!3d35.6845132!4d-82.617498?hl=en&authuser=0
Continue downstream for half a mile and park in the large pull-off. The
swan was in the river (far side) near this pull-off around 4:30 PM today.
Hope it's in the same place tomorrow.
As far as I know, this may be a first record for Western North Carolina.
Simon

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Date: 2/18/17 3:03 pm
From: Mike Turner (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Wake Co., NC Orange-crowned Warbler, Lake Raleigh, 02/18/17
Today I saw an Orange-crowned Warbler at Lake Raleigh. It was seen in the
dam Groundsel-tree shrub that one was seen here in January of 2015; ~100
yards north of the fishing pier.

--
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC

 

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Date: 2/18/17 1:23 pm
From: jcox3222 (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Bear Island Redux

I neglected to mention that Nathan, Chris and I also found the Eurasian wigeon across from Mary's House Pond that had been reported from last week.
 
John Cox
Mount Pleasant, SC

 

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Date: 2/18/17 1:15 pm
From: Linda Ward (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Outer Banks, NC
Just a few highlights from OBX:

Jeannette: Pier: 1 raxorbill; many red-breasted merganzers, diving feeding
frenzy of gannets and one distant whale

N. Pond, Pea Island:
1 Am Bittern seen in flight back and forth four times; in classic pose once
4 white pelicans
1 female common goldeneye
2 canvas backs (one male, one female)
1 redhead
approx. 400-500 snow geese
abundant swans (also in s. Pond)
variety of usual ducks, but reduced numbers from fall
1 N. harrier
1 little blue heron
several white ibis

Linda Ward
Skip Hancock
Coinjock, NC

 

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Date: 2/18/17 11:28 am
From: David Gardner (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: FOS? Yellow-throated Warbler, Seabrook Island, SC
Hi folks,
Forgot to mention on Thursday the 16th, that Darien and I saw a beautiful Yellow-throated Warbler. I haven't noticed any earlier this year, so I wonder if it is one of the early arrivals.
Here comes spring!
Happy Birding,
David

David Gardner
Director of Environmental Education
St. Christopher Camp & Conference Center
Seabrook Island, SC

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Date: 2/18/17 11:25 am
From: David Gardner (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Bear Island WMA, SC - Kiskadee & Leucistic Dunlin
Hi folks,
Firstly I want to say a great big thank you to all the helpful birders both yesterday for emailing more details of sightings from yesterday, and for all the birders that worked together to find the Great Kiskadee this morning.
I had four of my naturalists join me to try for it, and I was nervous that they might not be up for chasing one bird for multiple hours. Fortunately we got on it within an hour (I think).
We also found a pure white Dunlin with a group of 1200+ Dunlin in the drained impoundment near the back end of Bear Island WMA. It had a dark bill and black legs, so leucistic rather than albino, but absolutely no markings on plumage - an absolutely stunning bird that stood out like a sore thumb on the dark mud with all the other brown birds.
We got great views of one Eurasian Wigeon in the water on the other side of Bennetts Point Road from Mary's House Pond. In amongst a bunch of Am. Wigeon, N. Pintail, Gadwall, Blue-winged & Green-winged Teal.
No-See-Um's were horrendous, but we perfected the skill of sprinting the last 20ft to the car and jumping in, to lose them! It worked until one time we were too exuberant and slammed one of our hands in the door! Not pleasant, but the Kiskadee made up for it :)
Happy Birding
David

David Gardner
Director of Environmental Education
St. Christopher Camp & Conference Center
Seabrook Island, SC
843-737-2729

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Date: 2/18/17 10:57 am
From: Matt Spangler (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Possibly not? Re: 5 red phalaropes Oregon inlet marina
I have to admit the possibility that the 5 "phalaropes" this morning could have indeed been bonapartes, although they seemed much smaller and more erect and longer/thinner billed at the time and didn't appear to sit like gulls in the water (I studied them through scope for 15 minutes and also had decent looks at closer bonapartes at the time). However, the birds were pretty distant, my photos are unintelligible, and i am no longer as confident as I was this morning. My excitement may have overcome my competence and email judgment. To the extent that I was incorrect and my earlier email was premature (I'm still not sure whether that is the case), I am EXTREMELY sorry if my email induced anyone to chase potentially nonexistent birds.

Humbly,

Matt
Still OBX

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 18, 2017, at 8:36 AM, Matt Spangler <carolinabirds...> wrote:
>
> Right now. Sitting in water, even grey wings, black spot behind eye, longish thick neck, etc. not gulls or avocets or other shorebirds, definitely phalaropes.
>
> They are hanging out to the right of the closest duck blind when looking from the marina parking lot nearest the highway.
>
> Matt Spangler
> Obx currently
>
> Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 2/18/17 10:24 am
From: Eddie Owens (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Lark Sparrow @ Stanford Rd, Orange Co., NC
Keith Jensen & I had nice long looks at a Lark Sparrow at Stanford Rd in
Orange Co. this morning about 10am.

Bird was in the field right next to the road on the right side as you're
walking south, away from the parking spot at Stanford & Teer Rd
intersection, and just before the stream. Bird stayed in one spot for long
time, where the orange dirt is most exposed. Photos & eBird report to
follow.

Also had a kestrel & White-crowned Sparrows.

Eddie Owens
Cary NC

 

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Date: 2/18/17 9:45 am
From: jcox3222 (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Great Kiskadee
Present this morning at Bear Island. First seen by Chris Snook then several looks (including scope view) by Nathan Dias and myself. Thanks to Nathan for the scope view. Early seems to be the most reliable time to see it.
John Cox
Mount Pleasant, SC

 

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Date: 2/18/17 8:56 am
From: Norman Budnitz (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Black-and-white at Sandy Creek
On the New Hope Audubon bird walk this morning at Sandy Creek Park in
Durham, NC, we turned up an accommodating Black-and-white Warbler.

We also got to watch 3 river otters fishing in the upper reaches of
the main pond.

--
Norm Budnitz
Orange County
North Carolina
 

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Date: 2/18/17 6:33 am
From: Sam Cooper <dmcooper2...>
Subject: RE: Fort Fisher Harlequin Ducks - directions
Park at east end of Battle Acre Road, New Hanover County, NC and walk about 1,200 feet north along the ocean-side sidewalk. The gazebo is almost across the road from the Ft. Fisher Historic Site museum (1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, NC 28449); or for the gazebo paste 33.972400, -77.915114 into Google Maps.

Sam Cooper
Wilmington, NC

---------- Original Message ----------
From: "Shelley Rutkin" <shelleyr...>
To: "'Sam Cooper'" <dmcooper2...>, <carolinabirds...>
Subject: RE: Fort Fisher Harlequin Ducks?
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:15:10 -0500

For those of us who are not familiar with Fort Fisher, where is the gazebo?
I'm headed down there in a few days and I'm hoping the birds stay.

Shelley Rutkin
Winston-Salem



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Date: 2/18/17 5:36 am
From: Matt Spangler (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: 5 red phalaropes Oregon inlet marina
Right now. Sitting in water, even grey wings, black spot behind eye, longish thick neck, etc. not gulls or avocets or other shorebirds, definitely phalaropes.

They are hanging out to the right of the closest duck blind when looking from the marina parking lot nearest the highway.

Matt Spangler
Obx currently

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Date: 2/18/17 5:15 am
From: Shelley Rutkin <shelleyr...>
Subject: RE: Fort Fisher Harlequin Ducks?
For those of us who are not familiar with Fort Fisher, where is the gazebo?
I'm headed down there in a few days and I'm hoping the birds stay.

Shelley Rutkin
Winston-Salem

-----Original Message-----
From: <carolinabirds-request...> [mailto:<carolinabirds-request...>]
On Behalf Of Sam Cooper
Sent: Saturday, February 18, 2017 6:37 AM
To: <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Fort Fisher Harlequin Ducks?

They were seen by Mark Jones yesterday afternoon from the gazebo. When not
at the gazebo they have also been seen at the Kure Beach Pier.

Sam Cooper
Wilmington, NC


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From: David Hart <david.hart...>
To: "<carolinabirds...>" <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Fort Fisher Harlequin Ducks?
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 03:40:40 +0000


Finally have a chance to get down to Fort Fisher. Anybody know whether the
Harlequin Ducks have been seen in the last couple of days? The latest eBird
report I see is from three days ago.

Thanks,

Dave Hart
Chapel Hill, NC

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Date: 2/18/17 3:37 am
From: Sam Cooper <dmcooper2...>
Subject: Re: Fort Fisher Harlequin Ducks?
They were seen by Mark Jones yesterday afternoon from the gazebo. When not at the gazebo they have also been seen at the Kure Beach Pier.

Sam Cooper
Wilmington, NC


---------- Original Message ----------
From: David Hart <david.hart...>
To: "<carolinabirds...>" <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Fort Fisher Harlequin Ducks?
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 03:40:40 +0000


Finally have a chance to get down to Fort Fisher. Anybody know whether the Harlequin Ducks have been seen in the last couple of days? The latest eBird report I see is from three days ago.

Thanks,

Dave Hart
Chapel Hill, NC

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Date: 2/17/17 7:41 pm
From: David Hart <david.hart...>
Subject: Fort Fisher Harlequin Ducks?
Finally have a chance to get down to Fort Fisher. Anybody know whether the Harlequin Ducks have been seen in the last couple of days? The latest eBird report I see is from three days ago.


Thanks,


Dave Hart

Chapel Hill, NC

 

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Date: 2/17/17 4:34 pm
From: David Gardner (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Great Kiskadee - any sightings today? Friday?
I'm heading down there early morning and was wondering if anyone spotted it today (Friday)?
Thanks,
David
Seabrook Island, SC

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Date: 2/17/17 4:22 pm
From: John Fussell <jofuss...>
Subject: Vesper Sparrow at Fort Macon, NC
Yesterday, Marty Wall found a Vesper Sparrow at Fort Macon SP. It was in
the grassy strips between the parking areas. It was still present today.
Vesper Sparrows are rare nowadays in our area, except occasional on the
barrier islands in the fall migration.

Also at Fort Macon yesterday, Marty observed 2 Razorbills and 2 (green)
Painted Buntings. The buntings were at feeders at the visitors center.

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC


 

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Date: 2/17/17 2:27 pm
From: Ryan Justice (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Burkes Garden VA
I'm going to be up there this weekend looking for Golden Eagle and Rough-legs. Any advice from people who have been there?

Ryan

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Date: 2/17/17 10:53 am
From: Ann Brice (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: 2 greater white fronted and possibly 2 or more cackling geese at Lake Wilson, Wilson, NC
There was a total of about 75 geese on the north shore, middle of the lake
around 10:30 this morning. I have no experience with cackling geese but
there were at least two that were considerably smaller than the other
geese. The white-fronted had joined this flock by the time I left this
morning.

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Date: 2/17/17 8:06 am
From: Dwayne Martin (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: GBBC Weekend --- Tightened eBird Filters
Just a note to let everyone know that since this weekend Feb 17-20 is the
Great Backyard Bird Count, which is now compiled through eBird, we have
tightened a few of the filter for species that can be easily confused with
much more common species. This is due to there being a lot of new and
novice birders participating in the count. So if you report Purple
Finches, White-crowned Sparrows and a few other species this weekend, you
will be ask to put in a few details.


Dwayne
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Hickory, NC
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Date: 2/17/17 7:19 am
From: Robert Rybczynski (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Saturday Chapel Hill Bird Club field trip
Tomorrows (Sat., 18 Feb) Chapel Hill Bird Club outing will be to the Jordan Lake Gamelands off Old Hope Valley Farm Rd (aka Transis Camp Rd). As usual, this trip leaves the Glen Lennox parking lot (on the north side of 54 just east of the intersection with 15-501 in Chapel Hill) at 7:30 a.m.

Good birding!
Bob Rybczynski
Cary, NC

 

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Date: 2/17/17 6:26 am
From: Ann Brice (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Greater white fronted geese at Lake Wilson, wilson NC
There are two now with a couple of Canada in the small finger where the path turns. Easy to see.
Ann Brice
Wilson NC

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Date: 2/17/17 6:19 am
From: David Gardner (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Birding advice for Southwest U.S.???
Hi folks,
Understanding that a lot of you travel with the intent to bird, I was hoping some of you may be able to give me some pointers for where to go on my trip in late July.
I have two weeks where I fly in to San Diego and have intentionally scheduled time to go backpacking with the intent of not only getting some time alone in the wilderness, but specifically get some time birding at the same time.
I have a fair bit of experience in the Sierra's, so was wondering if people had suggestions for places to go in western Arizona that might produce birds that pop over from Mexico. I have heard that there are "cloud forests" in Arizona, but I haven't found any info on them.
If there are good places to stop off while driving, please suggest them. But I am also really looking for a wilderness trail where I can get a backpacking permit to get to more remote birding if there is any to be had.
I welcome any and all advice. With the understanding that there may be a lot of feedback, please respond directly to my email rather than the whole group.
Gratefully,
David

Director of Environmental Education
St. Christopher Camp & Conference Center
Seabrook Island, SC

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Date: 2/17/17 6:18 am
From: Ross McGregor (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Wind turbines
There are a large number of publication on the impacts of wind turbines on
wildlife, including birds. This is a good starting point though:

Loss, S.R., Will, T. and Marra, P.P., 2013. Estimates of bird collision
mortality at wind facilities in the contiguous United States. *Biological
Conservation*, *168*, pp.201-209.
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I hope this helps.

Cheers

Ross


On Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 12:01 AM, Pam Diamond <carolinabirds...>
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> Can anyone send me accurate information on birds dying from wind turbines?
>
> Pam in Cary
> --
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Date: 2/17/17 4:36 am
From: Jeff Lewis (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Dare County Lark Sparrow still present
Lark Sparrow at the Coastal Studies Institute near Wanchese is still present.

Jeff Lewis
Manteo, NC

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Date: 2/16/17 4:02 pm
From: Pam Diamond (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Wind turbines
Can anyone send me accurate information on birds dying from wind turbines?

Pam in Cary
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Date: 2/16/17 7:03 am
From: Steve Patterson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Great Kiskadee Bear Island
Congratulations, Buddy! And thanks again for leading the way for the rest of us.




Steve Patterson
Camden, SC



-----Original Message-----
From: \Buddy Campbell\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
To: carolinabirds <carolinabirds...>
Sent: Thu, Feb 16, 2017 8:04 am
Subject: Great Kiskadee Bear Island

Looking at the bird now.
At the original location.
Great views for over five minutes.
Could even see the gold stripe on its head.
Third trip here was the charm. 😊

Buddy Campbell
Ladys Island
Beaufort SC


 

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Date: 2/16/17 6:57 am
From: Brian Pendergraft (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: GBBC This Weekend
I hope many get the chance to get out and count this weekend. I look
forward to counting in my yard every year, and this year I will be counting
Saturday thru Monday.

If anyone would like to compare lists and share their experience with me,
then please feel free to do so off line. It would be fun to me to look at
some of my peep's lists!

It may be one of the warmest counts for me here in Wake County, with highs
getting to 70 or slightly above.

Have fun!

Brian Pendergraft

 

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Date: 2/16/17 5:04 am
From: Buddy Campbell (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Great Kiskadee Bear Island
Looking at the bird now.
At the original location.
Great views for over five minutes.
Could even see the gold stripe on its head.
Third trip here was the charm. 😊

Buddy Campbell
Ladys Island
Beaufort SC
 

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Date: 2/15/17 1:35 pm
From: Harry D Sell <sellbirding...>
Subject: Harlequin Ducks Fort Fisher, NC Photos
Hi All,

Finally posted some Harlequin photos, but they were farther out than I would have liked. Filled up my camera memory card and only had 15 or so worth saving.
Included on the end some of an immature male from Mercer’s pier Wrightsville Beach from back in 2006, which were much closer.
Working on putting my photos in alphabetic order rather than by date taken. Thought I would have lots of time to work on it when I retired, but didn’t realize how lazy I would get.
Have lots of photos not previously posted and several thousand I have never gotten around to editing. I find that I mostly like to punch the little button. Will post from time to time as I add new galleries.

Harry D Sell

Boiling Spring Lakes
Brunswick County, NC
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Date: 2/15/17 11:13 am
From: Ron <waxwing...>
Subject: Southern Piedmont Pine Siskins
We’re up to nine this morning. It started with four on Sunday. Before then, we had only a single bird three times this season. I assumed in this better winter finch year, they would be more numerous as I like having them around. I don’t need 150-200 which has happened. Those little guys can pack away some seed!

Ron Clark
Kings Mtn. NC
 

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Date: 2/15/17 9:24 am
From: Lex Glover <GloverL...>
Subject: SC's 2017 Baltimore Oriole Winter Survey & Great Backyard Bird Count
SC Birders,

SC DNR will be conducting our third annual Baltimore Oriole Winter Survey during the Great Backyard Bird Count event, 17-20 February.

If you have orioles visiting your feeders, we would love to have you participate. You can either use one of our survey forms or enter your results in ebird. To participate and receive materials for the survey or for more information, please contact me off list.

For those that are unable to participate during the survey dates or have had orioles in the past, but not this year, we would still like to capture your information. Again, please contact me off list and I will provide the form for that information.

If you know of anyone with wintering orioles, please forward this email to them.


Good birding,

Lex Glover
SC DNR
Bird Conservation Program
Columbia, SC
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Date: 2/15/17 8:36 am
From: Chris Wilson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Merlin in Hendersonville
Got some photographs of a Merlin at the crooked creek golf course this morning in Hendersonville

Chris Wilson
828 772 9007 - cell/text
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Date: 2/15/17 6:48 am
From: Roger Moyer (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Bear Island Great Kiskadee
The Kiskadee was still present at 9 am this morning near the original location. I saw it just past the grassy road on the right in a stand of trees. The weather is not very good so it was down in the brush. It called a number of times as I walked down the edge of the field. It flushed up and over the brush.

Roger Moyer
Concord, NC

 

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Date: 2/14/17 6:55 pm
From: David Weesner (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Harleqin Ducks finally !!
I guess the third time is the charm.  I saw the 2 Harlequin Ducks today about 4:15 at the Ft. Fisher area in front of the Gazebo.Dave WeesnerWilmington, NC

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Date: 2/14/17 11:07 am
From: Christopher Hill <Chill...>
Subject: Re: Wood Thrush - Santee Coastal Reserve, SC AND KISKADEE
Thanks, Ed!!

Chris

On Feb 14, 2017, at 10:35 AM, <drblitch...><mailto:<drblitch...> wrote:

As requested I have completed and filed a rare bird report and uploaded photo of the Great Kiskadee to the CBC website. Hope this helps.
Ed Blitch

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From: "Kent Fiala" <carolinabirds...><mailto:<carolinabirds...>>
To: "Christopher Hill" <Chill...><mailto:<Chill...>>, "Harry LeGrand" <hlegrandjr...><mailto:<hlegrandjr...>>, <carolinabirds...><mailto:<carolinabirds...>
Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 10:05:17 AM
Subject: Re: Wood Thrush - Santee Coastal Reserve, SC AND KISKADEE


A quick check of the CBC photo gallery at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinabirdclub.org_gallery_&d=DwIGaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=RbjYnEFrBJ03ETqDIEJ9yaTmgiaVmI0eHOKXMUsSlR8&s=NI901_NC4WG1Ewf_q0qNEyezPuZB3MkZKCx-GZTOyog&e= <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinabirdclub.org_gallery_&d=DwMFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=MtBWWqYW6qdA5JnMywHfQ03Gpp7-pIAHX8lD0zO03mI&s=7ZK8E19eYjY86jtT1u0J7wP3-hADCFZaRhsqs9j1LkE&e=> shows that photos of the Wood Thrush have been posted; also that the finder of the Great Kiskadee has posted her photos (although of course more would be welcome).

I might also note that a Veery has been eBirded in Raleigh. I'm dubious but if anyone is in the area it might be desirable to check it out.

Kent Fiala

On 2/14/2017 9:41 AM, Christopher Hill wrote:
As a member of the SC Bird Records Committee, I’ll just chime in with agreement with Harry about the desirability of having documentation for the Wood Thrush. Wintering spotted thrushes other than Hermit are so often mis-reported (that is, so many “Swainson’s” in winter are actually misidentified Hermits) that it is very difficult to know the true winter status of those birds. Irvin Pitts submitted a report, with photographs, of an actual wintering Swainson’s in South Carolina a couple years back (Thanks, Irvin!), and it is really valuable to have that solid documentation on the books.

BRC reporting form here if you want to go that route: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinabirdclub.org_brc_rare-5Fbird_&d=DwIGaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=RbjYnEFrBJ03ETqDIEJ9yaTmgiaVmI0eHOKXMUsSlR8&s=KMgSQ-Sv-Cx7bGKvyAIZvRweMMy1oxcVE9lJAJ20BOQ&e= <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinabirdclub.org_brc_rare-5Fbird_&d=DwMGaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=YfYmyK5jx_TLujevbAaZt04mjYYKPxUYbnodxyG0zW8&s=5JVktetS8IMMziyfkEtfXZMeW8xOXfqETG1pIxFgVcw&e=>

While I’m at it, the SC BRC has received one report on the Kiskadee (thank you Steve!) but NOT yet one that includes photographs, since that observer did not get any. The finder had some initial difficulty filing a report, and did not ever come back to do it. So if you have photographs and would file a report at that link above, the SCBRC would appreciate it. I’ve filed away some of the photos from the original observer, but we would rather have observer-submitted photos accompanying a report, with details laid down for posterity. (Note that if you put any photos on the CBC gallery it’s easy to just mention that in the report and we’ll go get them).

Thanks to Paul Serridge, who inquired about whether the committee desired a Wood Thrush report and prompted me to address this.

Chris Hill
Conway, SC

On Feb 13, 2017, at 9:47 AM, Harry LeGrand <carolinabirds...><mailto:<carolinabirds...>> wrote:

I don't yet see a photo on the CBC Photo Gallery or on the 3 eBird reports of Wood Thrush on the Sightings on the CBC web pages. Are photos online somewhere else? Editors would want or need photos of any "spotted" thrushes (other than Hermit) during the winter months for acceptance.

Jeff --can you or others upload one or more photos to the CBC Photo Gallery (or attach them to an eBird report) to document this highly unusual report?

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh; former Chat Briefs editor



On Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 11:30 PM, "Jeff Click" <carolinabirds...><mailto:<carolinabirds...>> wrote:

Several birders with the Greenville County Bird Club saw and photographed a very off-season Wood Thrush at Santee Coastal Reserve Wildlife Management Area in Charleston County, SC. The bird was behind the office, at the end of Santee Gun Club Road, before the gate that leads to the Cape Trail.

It’s no Kiskadee, but a very unexpected sighting for winter.

Jeff Click
Easley, SC






 

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Date: 2/14/17 9:36 am
From: Corey, Ed <ed.corey...>
Subject: RE: Road Issues Traveling to Pungo
If you have trouble getting to Pungo, but still wish to watch the show (for the next little bit), there should be good viewing from Canal C Road, roughly 2 miles south-southwest of Lake Road. This is west of the refuge, but both times I've had the opportunity to see the birds leave, they flew over this point. The Lat-Longs for this site are N35.690816, W-76.614100 (WGS84).

Good birding.

Ed Corey
Raleigh, NC

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NC Division of Parks and Recreation
12700 Bayleaf Church Road
Raleigh, NC 27614
(919) 841 4037
(919) 208 7864 (cell)

From: <carolinabirds-request...> [mailto:<carolinabirds-request...>] On Behalf Of Wade & Kathy
Sent: Monday, February 13, 2017 11:39 PM
To: <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Road Issues Traveling to Pungo

For anyone thinking of traveling to Pungo Refuge (NC): Be aware that NC DOT has a road blockage and rather lengthy detour on Hwy 264 just west of Pantego (bridge replacement) and today I found out that highway 45 that leads south off Hwy 32 out of Plymouth is completely blocked with no detour about 5 miles north of the turn that leads to Pungo Refuge.
So if you're heading east on Hwy 264 out of Little Washington, NC your best route would be to turn right (south) on Seed Tick Neck Road about 4 miles before Pantego (this is just beyond a fairly new Elementary School on the right), then go left on Hwy 92 about 3 miles to a stoplight, then go right onto Hwy 264 west at this stoplight in Belhaven. Follow 264 west for about 5 miles back to Pantego and Hwy 99 turns right (north) to Pungo just before the Road Closed barricade.
If you're traveling on Hwy 64 take the Roper exit and go south on East Millpond Rd, then left onto Railroad Bed Rd (just before a hairpin turn). Just before you get to the intersection with Hwy 45 at Wenona, you may need to turn left (east) and get on A Canal Rd to continue on to Hwy 45. This is where I got on Hwy 45 Sunday and the Road Closed barricade was just north of A Canal Rd at that time (but Sunday it had been pulled off the road--must just have been a weekend thing).
A little extra hassle to get there but worth the effort.
Good Birding,
Wade Fuller
New Bern, NC


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Date: 2/14/17 8:42 am
From: Frank Hamilton <fhamil06...>
Subject: Orchard Oriole, White-throat Sparrow & Goldfinches
I was visiting my daughter in Charlotte, NC 4-5 February.  While there I helped my son-in-law set up a pole and reset the feeder I'd given my 7-year old grandson for Christmas.  The original seed and suet cakes had been ravaged most likely by a raccoon. This was on Saturday.  Sunday morning we all had the pleasure of seeing a variety of songbirds and of a squirrel trying to climb the pole with limited success.
While watching the backyard I spotted an Orchard Oriole (confirmed by my bird app) flying into a hedge.  This was my first ever sighting.  Not too long afterwards I observed three White throats foraging in pine straw and leaf litter.  It has been two years since I'd seen this bird at my home.
I've been inundated with hungry Goldfinches of late.  This usually happens just before they return to their nesting habitats.  Males are already molting into their breeding colors.
The Charleston "Post and Courier" contained two birding related articles in last Sunday's Home and Real Estate section.  Below are links to these articles if you care to read them.
 Frank HamiltonCharleston, SC
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Date: 2/14/17 8:03 am
From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Wood Thrush - Santee Coastal Reserve, SC AND KISKADEE
Thanks to David Booth for getting photos of the Wood Thrush, and on the CBC
Photo Gallery! Great find, and excellent photos. In this case, a picture
really is worth a thousand words. I just read the details on the Veery, and
I agree with Kent on this one, especially as Kent learned that the folks
are from England and presumably would not be experienced with our spotted
thrushes. In that case, a photo or two would be worth 10,000 words.

Harry LeGrand

On Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 10:26 AM, Kent Fiala <kent.fiala...> wrote:

> Yes, I'm aware. I was the one who straightened them out on the
> "Yellow-throated Vireo". Their description of Veery sounds good, but I just
> don't believe it.
>
> Kent Fiala
>
> On 2/14/2017 10:23 AM, Josh Southern wrote:
>
> Kent et al.,
>
> The folks that reported the Veery are from England and surely
> misidentified a Hermit Thrush. They also reported a Yellow-throated Vireo
> at Prairie Ridge Ecostation a few days ago and have since retracted it.
>
> Josh
>
> On Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 10:05 AM, Kent Fiala <carolinabirds...>
> wrote:
>
>> A quick check of the CBC photo gallery at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinabirdclub.or&d=DwIFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=wzN5AqaOsWBhM4WIG4z81MkzdTmczcO0zNi4DCyiVGI&s=pFi1qi2h7eaTDm8H_E14VZ5yrYRqY39Kfwa0SOvu8hk&e=
>> g/gallery/
>> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinabirdclub.org_gallery_&d=DwMFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=MtBWWqYW6qdA5JnMywHfQ03Gpp7-pIAHX8lD0zO03mI&s=7ZK8E19eYjY86jtT1u0J7wP3-hADCFZaRhsqs9j1LkE&e=>
>> shows that photos of the Wood Thrush have been posted; also that the finder
>> of the Great Kiskadee has posted her photos (although of course more would
>> be welcome).
>>
>> I might also note that a Veery has been eBirded in Raleigh. I'm dubious
>> but if anyone is in the area it might be desirable to check it out.
>>
>> Kent Fiala
>>
>> On 2/14/2017 9:41 AM, Christopher Hill wrote:
>>
>> As a member of the SC Bird Records Committee, I’ll just chime in with
>> agreement with Harry about the desirability of having documentation for the
>> Wood Thrush. Wintering spotted thrushes other than Hermit are so often
>> mis-reported (that is, so many “Swainson’s” in winter are actually
>> misidentified Hermits) that it is very difficult to know the true winter
>> status of those birds. Irvin Pitts submitted a report, with photographs,
>> of an actual wintering Swainson’s in South Carolina a couple years back
>> (Thanks, Irvin!), and it is really valuable to have that solid
>> documentation on the books.
>>
>> BRC reporting form here if you want to go that route:
>> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinabirdclub.org_brc_rare-5Fbird_&d=DwIFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=wzN5AqaOsWBhM4WIG4z81MkzdTmczcO0zNi4DCyiVGI&s=0GKA84-uQ8KJ_rxLOsHY9DtNInlzRSbX8HNhNarex5g&e=
>> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinabirdclub.org_brc_rare-5Fbird_&d=DwMGaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=YfYmyK5jx_TLujevbAaZt04mjYYKPxUYbnodxyG0zW8&s=5JVktetS8IMMziyfkEtfXZMeW8xOXfqETG1pIxFgVcw&e=>
>>
>>
>> While I’m at it, the SC BRC has received one report on the Kiskadee
>> (thank you Steve!) but NOT yet one that includes photographs, since that
>> observer did not get any. The finder had some initial difficulty filing a
>> report, and did not ever come back to do it. So if you have photographs
>> and would file a report at that link above, the SCBRC would appreciate it.
>> I’ve filed away some of the photos from the original observer, but we would
>> rather have observer-submitted photos accompanying a report, with details
>> laid down for posterity. (Note that if you put any photos on the CBC
>> gallery it’s easy to just mention that in the report and we’ll go get them).
>>
>> Thanks to Paul Serridge, who inquired about whether the committee desired
>> a Wood Thrush report and prompted me to address this.
>>
>> Chris Hill
>> Conway, SC
>>
>> On Feb 13, 2017, at 9:47 AM, Harry LeGrand <carolinabirds...>
>> wrote:
>>
>> I don't yet see a photo on the CBC Photo Gallery or on the 3 eBird
>> reports of Wood Thrush on the Sightings on the CBC web pages. Are photos
>> online somewhere else? Editors would want or need photos of any
>> "spotted" thrushes (other than Hermit) during the winter months for
>> acceptance.
>>
>> Jeff --can you or others upload one or more photos to the CBC Photo
>> Gallery (or attach them to an eBird report) to document this highly unusual
>> report?
>>
>> Harry LeGrand
>> Raleigh; former Chat Briefs editor
>>
>>
>>
>> On Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 11:30 PM, "Jeff Click" <carolinabirds...>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Several birders with the Greenville County Bird Club saw and
>>> photographed a very off-season Wood Thrush at Santee Coastal Reserve
>>> Wildlife Management Area in Charleston County, SC. The bird was behind
>>> the office, at the end of Santee Gun Club Road, before the gate that leads
>>> to the Cape Trail.
>>>
>>> It’s no Kiskadee, but a very unexpected sighting for winter.
>>>
>>> Jeff Click
>>> Easley, SC
>>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
>

 

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Date: 2/14/17 7:36 am
From: drblitch (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Wood Thrush - Santee Coastal Reserve, SC AND KISKADEE
As requested I have completed and filed a rare bird report and uploaded photo of the Great Kiskadee to the CBC website. Hope this helps.
Ed Blitch

----- Original Message -----

From: "Kent Fiala" <carolinabirds...>
To: "Christopher Hill" <Chill...>, "Harry LeGrand" <hlegrandjr...>, <carolinabirds...>
Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 10:05:17 AM
Subject: Re: Wood Thrush - Santee Coastal Reserve, SC AND KISKADEE



A quick check of the CBC photo gallery at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinabirdclub.org_gallery_&d=DwIFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=QaaYuJvdxM9tEUWcY4mKmoEWzhjzuFQOvaoBIgDfVlI&s=tT4Xzixo12CBdQhxa8TgrfTZdxdptXfNxF-2RedOlm8&e= shows that photos of the Wood Thrush have been posted; also that the finder of the Great Kiskadee has posted her photos (although of course more would be welcome).

I might also note that a Veery has been eBirded in Raleigh. I'm dubious but if anyone is in the area it might be desirable to check it out.
Kent Fiala
On 2/14/2017 9:41 AM, Christopher Hill wrote:


As a member of the SC Bird Records Committee, I’ll just chime in with agreement with Harry about the desirability of having documentation for the Wood Thrush. Wintering spotted thrushes other than Hermit are so often mis-reported (that is, so many “Swainson’s” in winter are actually misidentified Hermits) that it is very difficult to know the true winter status of those birds. Irvin Pitts submitted a report, with photographs, of an actual wintering Swainson’s in South Carolina a couple years back (Thanks, Irvin!), and it is really valuable to have that solid documentation on the books.

BRC reporting form here if you want to go that route: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinabirdclub.org_brc_rare-5Fbird_&d=DwIFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=QaaYuJvdxM9tEUWcY4mKmoEWzhjzuFQOvaoBIgDfVlI&s=nYSdaZ60oVqRTLNKMu_yo73CTn53_4pf228RUIRyRLk&e=

While I’m at it, the SC BRC has received one report on the Kiskadee (thank you Steve!) but NOT yet one that includes photographs, since that observer did not get any. The finder had some initial difficulty filing a report, and did not ever come back to do it. So if you have photographs and would file a report at that link above, the SCBRC would appreciate it. I’ve filed away some of the photos from the original observer, but we would rather have observer-submitted photos accompanying a report, with details laid down for posterity. (Note that if you put any photos on the CBC gallery it’s easy to just mention that in the report and we’ll go get them).

Thanks to Paul Serridge, who inquired about whether the committee desired a Wood Thrush report and prompted me to address this.

Chris Hill
Conway, SC


<blockquote>

On Feb 13, 2017, at 9:47 AM, Harry LeGrand < <carolinabirds...> > wrote:

I don't yet see a photo on the CBC Photo Gallery or on the 3 eBird reports of Wood Thrush on the Sightings on the CBC web pages. Are photos online somewhere else? Editors would want or need photos of any "spotted" thrushes (other than Hermit) during the winter months for acceptance.

Jeff --can you or others upload one or more photos to the CBC Photo Gallery (or attach them to an eBird report) to document this highly unusual report?

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh; former Chat Briefs editor



On Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 11:30 PM, "Jeff Click" < <carolinabirds...> > wrote:

<blockquote>



Several birders with the Greenville County Bird Club saw and photographed a very off-season Wood Thrush at Santee Coastal Reserve Wildlife Management Area in Charleston County, SC . The bird was behind the office, at the end of Santee Gun Club Road, before the gate that leads to the Cape Trail.

It ’s no Kiskadee, but a very unexpected sighting for winter.

Jeff Click
Easley, SC





</blockquote>



</blockquote>



 

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Date: 2/14/17 7:34 am
From: Clyde Sorenson <sorenson...>
Subject: Pungo Sandhills
Phil Doerr, Brian Pendergraft, and I saw and photographed three sandhill
cranes at Pungo on D Canal Road Saturday evening, amongst the truly
spectacular waterfowl display. Also heard at least two trumpeters (or one
twice, although there was quite some time between the episodes and the
bird(s) we heard was (were) in flight).

Clyde Sorenson
Clayton and Raleigh, NC

 

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Date: 2/14/17 7:26 am
From: Kent Fiala (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Wood Thrush - Santee Coastal Reserve, SC AND KISKADEE
Yes, I'm aware. I was the one who straightened them out on the
"Yellow-throated Vireo". Their description of Veery sounds good, but I
just don't believe it.

Kent Fiala

On 2/14/2017 10:23 AM, Josh Southern wrote:
> Kent et al.,
>
> The folks that reported the Veery are from England and surely
> misidentified a Hermit Thrush. They also reported a Yellow-throated
> Vireo at Prairie Ridge Ecostation a few days ago and have since
> retracted it.
>
> Josh
>
> On Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 10:05 AM, Kent Fiala <carolinabirds...>
> <mailto:<carolinabirds...>> wrote:
>
> A quick check of the CBC photo gallery at
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinabirdclub.org_gallery_&d=DwIFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=9Htu8AFZRFdWqGYw33YF0CU3GFcOiZQd1GM0qFcA9Lc&s=UMFTiV-m8WCENW55nVwA44_uj3EltnRka3xcpEjX3qY&e=
> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinabirdclub.org_gallery_&d=DwMFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=MtBWWqYW6qdA5JnMywHfQ03Gpp7-pIAHX8lD0zO03mI&s=7ZK8E19eYjY86jtT1u0J7wP3-hADCFZaRhsqs9j1LkE&e=>
> shows that photos of the Wood Thrush have been posted; also that
> the finder of the Great Kiskadee has posted her photos (although
> of course more would be welcome).
>
> I might also note that a Veery has been eBirded in Raleigh. I'm
> dubious but if anyone is in the area it might be desirable to
> check it out.
>
> Kent Fiala
>
> On 2/14/2017 9:41 AM, Christopher Hill wrote:
>> As a member of the SC Bird Records Committee, I’ll just chime in
>> with agreement with Harry about the desirability of having
>> documentation for the Wood Thrush. Wintering spotted thrushes
>> other than Hermit are so often mis-reported (that is, so many
>> “Swainson’s” in winter are actually misidentified Hermits) that
>> it is very difficult to know the true winter status of those
>> birds. Irvin Pitts submitted a report, with photographs, of an
>> actual wintering Swainson’s in South Carolina a couple years back
>> (Thanks, Irvin!), and it is really valuable to have that solid
>> documentation on the books.
>>
>> BRC reporting form here if you want to go that route:
>> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinabirdclub.org_brc_rare-5Fbird_&d=DwIFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=9Htu8AFZRFdWqGYw33YF0CU3GFcOiZQd1GM0qFcA9Lc&s=5rdDNZANMMOoR2rzAWKeMwmeDyClhjc61UnbHVSfNgU&e=
>> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinabirdclub.org_brc_rare-5Fbird_&d=DwMGaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=YfYmyK5jx_TLujevbAaZt04mjYYKPxUYbnodxyG0zW8&s=5JVktetS8IMMziyfkEtfXZMeW8xOXfqETG1pIxFgVcw&e=>
>>
>>
>> While I’m at it, the SC BRC has received one report on the
>> Kiskadee (thank you Steve!) but NOT yet one that includes
>> photographs, since that observer did not get any. The finder had
>> some initial difficulty filing a report, and did not ever come
>> back to do it. So if you have photographs and would file a
>> report at that link above, the SCBRC would appreciate it. I’ve
>> filed away some of the photos from the original observer, but we
>> would rather have observer-submitted photos accompanying a
>> report, with details laid down for posterity. (Note that if you
>> put any photos on the CBC gallery it’s easy to just mention that
>> in the report and we’ll go get them).
>>
>> Thanks to Paul Serridge, who inquired about whether the committee
>> desired a Wood Thrush report and prompted me to address this.
>>
>> Chris Hill
>> Conway, SC
>>
>>> On Feb 13, 2017, at 9:47 AM, Harry LeGrand
>>> <carolinabirds...> <mailto:<carolinabirds...>> wrote:
>>>
>>> I don't yet see a photo on the CBC Photo Gallery or on the 3
>>> eBird reports of Wood Thrush on the Sightings on the CBC web
>>> pages. Are photos online somewhere else? Editors would want or
>>> need photos of any "spotted" thrushes (other than Hermit) during
>>> the winter months for acceptance.
>>>
>>> Jeff --can you or others upload one or more photos to the CBC
>>> Photo Gallery (or attach them to an eBird report) to document
>>> this highly unusual report?
>>>
>>> Harry LeGrand
>>> Raleigh; former Chat Briefs editor
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 11:30 PM, "Jeff Click"
>>> <carolinabirds...> <mailto:<carolinabirds...>> wrote:
>>>
>>> Several birders with the Greenville County Bird Club saw and
>>> photographed a very off-season Wood Thrush at Santee Coastal
>>> Reserve Wildlife Management Area in Charleston County, SC.
>>> The bird wasbehind the office, at the end of Santee Gun Club
>>> Road, before the gate that leads to the Cape Trail.
>>>
>>> It’s no Kiskadee, but a very unexpected sighting for winter.
>>>
>>> Jeff Click
>>> Easley, SC
>>>
>>>
>>
>
>


 

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Date: 2/14/17 7:24 am
From: Josh Southern (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Wood Thrush - Santee Coastal Reserve, SC AND KISKADEE
Kent et al.,

The folks that reported the Veery are from England and surely misidentified
a Hermit Thrush. They also reported a Yellow-throated Vireo at Prairie
Ridge Ecostation a few days ago and have since retracted it.

Josh

On Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 10:05 AM, Kent Fiala <carolinabirds...> wrote:

> A quick check of the CBC photo gallery at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinabirdclub&d=DwIFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=yKhUwdxuid0X70pCbTMxJhzTe8aahGup9uzyyhuJ9Mk&s=i7oBOsBruN3Iu8ZA2B4Pke9pTDLWUyBtx_Zl3ziFffM&e= .
> org/gallery/
> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinabirdclub.org_gallery_&d=DwMFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=MtBWWqYW6qdA5JnMywHfQ03Gpp7-pIAHX8lD0zO03mI&s=7ZK8E19eYjY86jtT1u0J7wP3-hADCFZaRhsqs9j1LkE&e=>
> shows that photos of the Wood Thrush have been posted; also that the finder
> of the Great Kiskadee has posted her photos (although of course more would
> be welcome).
>
> I might also note that a Veery has been eBirded in Raleigh. I'm dubious
> but if anyone is in the area it might be desirable to check it out.
>
> Kent Fiala
>
> On 2/14/2017 9:41 AM, Christopher Hill wrote:
>
> As a member of the SC Bird Records Committee, I’ll just chime in with
> agreement with Harry about the desirability of having documentation for the
> Wood Thrush. Wintering spotted thrushes other than Hermit are so often
> mis-reported (that is, so many “Swainson’s” in winter are actually
> misidentified Hermits) that it is very difficult to know the true winter
> status of those birds. Irvin Pitts submitted a report, with photographs,
> of an actual wintering Swainson’s in South Carolina a couple years back
> (Thanks, Irvin!), and it is really valuable to have that solid
> documentation on the books.
>
> BRC reporting form here if you want to go that route: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www&d=DwIFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=yKhUwdxuid0X70pCbTMxJhzTe8aahGup9uzyyhuJ9Mk&s=eKxuZButOnZ0z_rNACp4aY1HZlE6Nrqg2PYodILK5m8&e= .
> carolinabirdclub.org/brc/rare_bird/
> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinabirdclub.org_brc_rare-5Fbird_&d=DwMGaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=YfYmyK5jx_TLujevbAaZt04mjYYKPxUYbnodxyG0zW8&s=5JVktetS8IMMziyfkEtfXZMeW8xOXfqETG1pIxFgVcw&e=>
>
>
> While I’m at it, the SC BRC has received one report on the Kiskadee (thank
> you Steve!) but NOT yet one that includes photographs, since that observer
> did not get any. The finder had some initial difficulty filing a report,
> and did not ever come back to do it. So if you have photographs and would
> file a report at that link above, the SCBRC would appreciate it. I’ve filed
> away some of the photos from the original observer, but we would rather
> have observer-submitted photos accompanying a report, with details laid
> down for posterity. (Note that if you put any photos on the CBC gallery
> it’s easy to just mention that in the report and we’ll go get them).
>
> Thanks to Paul Serridge, who inquired about whether the committee desired
> a Wood Thrush report and prompted me to address this.
>
> Chris Hill
> Conway, SC
>
> On Feb 13, 2017, at 9:47 AM, Harry LeGrand <carolinabirds...> wrote:
>
> I don't yet see a photo on the CBC Photo Gallery or on the 3 eBird reports
> of Wood Thrush on the Sightings on the CBC web pages. Are photos online
> somewhere else? Editors would want or need photos of any
> "spotted" thrushes (other than Hermit) during the winter months for
> acceptance.
>
> Jeff --can you or others upload one or more photos to the CBC Photo
> Gallery (or attach them to an eBird report) to document this highly unusual
> report?
>
> Harry LeGrand
> Raleigh; former Chat Briefs editor
>
>
>
> On Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 11:30 PM, "Jeff Click" <carolinabirds...>
> wrote:
>
>> Several birders with the Greenville County Bird Club saw and photographed
>> a very off-season Wood Thrush at Santee Coastal Reserve Wildlife Management
>> Area in Charleston County, SC. The bird was behind the office, at the
>> end of Santee Gun Club Road, before the gate that leads to the Cape Trail.
>>
>> It’s no Kiskadee, but a very unexpected sighting for winter.
>>
>> Jeff Click
>> Easley, SC
>>
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 2/14/17 7:05 am
From: Kent Fiala (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Wood Thrush - Santee Coastal Reserve, SC AND KISKADEE
A quick check of the CBC photo gallery at
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinabirdclub.org_gallery_&d=DwIFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=MtBWWqYW6qdA5JnMywHfQ03Gpp7-pIAHX8lD0zO03mI&s=7ZK8E19eYjY86jtT1u0J7wP3-hADCFZaRhsqs9j1LkE&e= shows that photos of the Wood
Thrush have been posted; also that the finder of the Great Kiskadee has
posted her photos (although of course more would be welcome).

I might also note that a Veery has been eBirded in Raleigh. I'm dubious
but if anyone is in the area it might be desirable to check it out.

Kent Fiala

On 2/14/2017 9:41 AM, Christopher Hill wrote:
> As a member of the SC Bird Records Committee, I’ll just chime in with
> agreement with Harry about the desirability of having documentation
> for the Wood Thrush. Wintering spotted thrushes other than Hermit are
> so often mis-reported (that is, so many “Swainson’s” in winter are
> actually misidentified Hermits) that it is very difficult to know the
> true winter status of those birds. Irvin Pitts submitted a report,
> with photographs, of an actual wintering Swainson’s in South Carolina
> a couple years back (Thanks, Irvin!), and it is really valuable to
> have that solid documentation on the books.
>
> BRC reporting form here if you want to go that route:
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinabirdclub.org_brc_rare-5Fbird_&d=DwIFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=MtBWWqYW6qdA5JnMywHfQ03Gpp7-pIAHX8lD0zO03mI&s=uGvdnzGVkaQMhfMCtGi8zLbElvMj_SCY42PbM-YbvIM&e=
> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinabirdclub.org_brc_rare-5Fbird_&d=DwMGaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=YfYmyK5jx_TLujevbAaZt04mjYYKPxUYbnodxyG0zW8&s=5JVktetS8IMMziyfkEtfXZMeW8xOXfqETG1pIxFgVcw&e=>
>
>
> While I’m at it, the SC BRC has received one report on the Kiskadee
> (thank you Steve!) but NOT yet one that includes photographs, since
> that observer did not get any. The finder had some initial difficulty
> filing a report, and did not ever come back to do it. So if you have
> photographs and would file a report at that link above, the SCBRC
> would appreciate it. I’ve filed away some of the photos from the
> original observer, but we would rather have observer-submitted photos
> accompanying a report, with details laid down for posterity. (Note
> that if you put any photos on the CBC gallery it’s easy to just
> mention that in the report and we’ll go get them).
>
> Thanks to Paul Serridge, who inquired about whether the committee
> desired a Wood Thrush report and prompted me to address this.
>
> Chris Hill
> Conway, SC
>
>> On Feb 13, 2017, at 9:47 AM, Harry LeGrand <carolinabirds...>
>> <mailto:<carolinabirds...>> wrote:
>>
>> I don't yet see a photo on the CBC Photo Gallery or on the 3 eBird
>> reports of Wood Thrush on the Sightings on the CBC web pages. Are
>> photos online somewhere else? Editors would want or need photos of
>> any "spotted" thrushes (other than Hermit) during the winter months
>> for acceptance.
>>
>> Jeff --can you or others upload one or more photos to the CBC Photo
>> Gallery (or attach them to an eBird report) to document this highly
>> unusual report?
>>
>> Harry LeGrand
>> Raleigh; former Chat Briefs editor
>>
>>
>>
>> On Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 11:30 PM, "Jeff Click"
>> <carolinabirds...> <mailto:<carolinabirds...>> wrote:
>>
>> Several birders with the Greenville County Bird Club saw and
>> photographed a very off-season Wood Thrush at Santee Coastal
>> Reserve Wildlife Management Area in Charleston County, SC. The
>> bird wasbehind the office, at the end of Santee Gun Club Road,
>> before the gate that leads to the Cape Trail.
>>
>> It’s no Kiskadee, but a very unexpected sighting for winter.
>>
>> Jeff Click
>> Easley, SC
>>
>>
>


 

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Date: 2/14/17 6:41 am
From: Christopher Hill <Chill...>
Subject: Re: Wood Thrush - Santee Coastal Reserve, SC AND KISKADEE
As a member of the SC Bird Records Committee, I’ll just chime in with agreement with Harry about the desirability of having documentation for the Wood Thrush. Wintering spotted thrushes other than Hermit are so often mis-reported (that is, so many “Swainson’s” in winter are actually misidentified Hermits) that it is very difficult to know the true winter status of those birds. Irvin Pitts submitted a report, with photographs, of an actual wintering Swainson’s in South Carolina a couple years back (Thanks, Irvin!), and it is really valuable to have that solid documentation on the books.

BRC reporting form here if you want to go that route: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinabirdclub.org_brc_rare-5Fbird_&d=DwIGaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=YfYmyK5jx_TLujevbAaZt04mjYYKPxUYbnodxyG0zW8&s=5JVktetS8IMMziyfkEtfXZMeW8xOXfqETG1pIxFgVcw&e=

While I’m at it, the SC BRC has received one report on the Kiskadee (thank you Steve!) but NOT yet one that includes photographs, since that observer did not get any. The finder had some initial difficulty filing a report, and did not ever come back to do it. So if you have photographs and would file a report at that link above, the SCBRC would appreciate it. I’ve filed away some of the photos from the original observer, but we would rather have observer-submitted photos accompanying a report, with details laid down for posterity. (Note that if you put any photos on the CBC gallery it’s easy to just mention that in the report and we’ll go get them).

Thanks to Paul Serridge, who inquired about whether the committee desired a Wood Thrush report and prompted me to address this.

Chris Hill
Conway, SC

On Feb 13, 2017, at 9:47 AM, Harry LeGrand <carolinabirds...><mailto:<carolinabirds...>> wrote:

I don't yet see a photo on the CBC Photo Gallery or on the 3 eBird reports of Wood Thrush on the Sightings on the CBC web pages. Are photos online somewhere else? Editors would want or need photos of any "spotted" thrushes (other than Hermit) during the winter months for acceptance.

Jeff --can you or others upload one or more photos to the CBC Photo Gallery (or attach them to an eBird report) to document this highly unusual report?

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh; former Chat Briefs editor



On Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 11:30 PM, "Jeff Click" <carolinabirds...><mailto:<carolinabirds...>> wrote:

Several birders with the Greenville County Bird Club saw and photographed a very off-season Wood Thrush at Santee Coastal Reserve Wildlife Management Area in Charleston County, SC. The bird was behind the office, at the end of Santee Gun Club Road, before the gate that leads to the Cape Trail.

It’s no Kiskadee, but a very unexpected sighting for winter.

Jeff Click
Easley, SC



 

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Date: 2/13/17 8:39 pm
From: Wade & Kathy <awfuller...>
Subject: Road Issues Traveling to Pungo
For anyone thinking of traveling to Pungo Refuge (NC): Be aware that NC DOT has a road blockage and rather lengthy detour on Hwy 264 just west of Pantego (bridge replacement) and today I found out that highway 45 that leads south off Hwy 32 out of Plymouth is completely blocked with no detour about 5 miles north of the turn that leads to Pungo Refuge.
So if you're heading east on Hwy 264 out of Little Washington, NC your best route would be to turn right (south) on Seed Tick Neck Road about 4 miles before Pantego (this is just beyond a fairly new Elementary School on the right), then go left on Hwy 92 about 3 miles to a stoplight, then go right onto Hwy 264 west at this stoplight in Belhaven. Follow 264 west for about 5 miles back to Pantego and Hwy 99 turns right (north) to Pungo just before the Road Closed barricade.
If you're traveling on Hwy 64 take the Roper exit and go south on East Millpond Rd, then left onto Railroad Bed Rd (just before a hairpin turn). Just before you get to the intersection with Hwy 45 at Wenona, you may need to turn left (east) and get on A Canal Rd to continue on to Hwy 45. This is where I got on Hwy 45 Sunday and the Road Closed barricade was just north of A Canal Rd at that time (but Sunday it had been pulled off the road--must just have been a weekend thing).
A little extra hassle to get there but worth the effort.
Good Birding,
Wade Fuller
New Bern, NC


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Date: 2/13/17 6:54 pm
From: Pamela Ford (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Playback Great Kiskadee at Bear Island WMA SC
It's unnecessary and unethical to use playback for the sake of getting a better look or photo of this rare bird. I have read ebird reports from individuals who have made comments that the Kiskadee responded to playback. Any potential negative impacts of playback are more likely to occur in areas with a lot of birding pressure. Bird responsively!
Pam Ford
Charleston SC

Bird On!
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Date: 2/13/17 2:57 pm
From: Buddy Campbell (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Camera battery cover
I was at Bear Island today looking for the Great Kiskadee.
I did not see it, but I did find a battery cover for someone's camera.
Please email me and I will send it to you.

Buddy Campbell
Ladys Island
Beaufort SC
 

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Date: 2/13/17 1:11 pm
From: Tammy H (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Great Kiskadee Bear Island SC
Had Great Kiskadee just before 4pm in clearing where it was seen yesterday
around this time at tour sign intersection. Flew up into bare trees then
over into tree stand nearest water & vocalize several times. Amazing!

Good luck to all!
Tammy Hester
Beaufort SC

 

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Date: 2/13/17 1:04 pm
From: Peter Perlman (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Friends are planning a pond on their land, asking who can help them make sure it's bird friendly.
Any suggestions? Thanks!

Peter Perlman

Chapel Hill NC

 

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Date: 2/13/17 11:04 am
From: Jeff Click (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Wood Thrush - Santee Coastal Reserve, SC
Harry,

We're all still out traveling and birding, making a long weekend of it. We
should be able to get a photo or two online perhaps later this evening.

Thanks,

Jeff Click
Easley, SC



On February 13, 2017 9:49:22 AM "Harry LeGrand" (via carolinabirds Mailing
List) <carolinabirds...> wrote:

> I don't yet see a photo on the CBC Photo Gallery or on the 3 eBird reports
> of Wood Thrush on the Sightings on the CBC web pages. Are photos online
> somewhere else? Editors would want or need photos of any
> "spotted" thrushes (other than Hermit) during the winter months for
> acceptance.
>
> Jeff --can you or others upload one or more photos to the CBC Photo
> Gallery (or attach them to an eBird report) to document this highly unusual
> report?
>
> Harry LeGrand
> Raleigh; former Chat Briefs editor
>
>
>
> On Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 11:30 PM, "Jeff Click" <carolinabirds...>
> wrote:
>
>> Several birders with the Greenville County Bird Club saw and photographed
>> a very off-season Wood Thrush at Santee Coastal Reserve Wildlife Management
>> Area in Charleston County, SC. The bird was behind the office, at the
>> end of Santee Gun Club Road, before the gate that leads to the Cape Trail.
>>
>> It’s no Kiskadee, but a very unexpected sighting for winter.
>>
>> Jeff Click
>> Easley, SC
>>

 

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Date: 2/13/17 10:10 am
From: Shun Endo (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Harlequin duck
1:01 pm. Harlequin ducks (male and female) were still at Fort Fisher. They were among several pairs of Buffleheads and Black Scoters including one male.

Shun Endo.
Wilmington, NC.

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Date: 2/13/17 7:22 am
From: James Watson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Lincoln's Sparrow and Odd plumaged Sparrow type at Bear Island
While searching for the Great Kiskadee at Bear Island WMA in Colleton Co.,
SC yesterday, Pam Ford and I located a single Lincoln's Sparrow near the
site where the GKIS is hanging out. If you go past Chapman Island Rd. on
Pecan Tree Rd. (off Titi), toward the Edisto River you'll come to a field
on the right with a mowed path next to the tree line. Walk down the mowed
path to where the path begins to make the big turn toward the river, kind
of in the corner of the field. I have marked the spot with a broken stick
with grasses put on top to mark the spot. Two birds flushed from the
grassy field on our left and into the the edge of the tree line where it
became marshy. The birds flushed a few minutes apart. One was the
Lincoln's Sparrow which we had good long looks at, and the other was a
sparrow type with white wing patches. We had several glimpses of this bird
and to me it looked like a Savannah Sparrow with with primary feathers, but
Pam thought they were the coverts, which could possibly make it something
different, and the bird was heavily streaked. Lark Bunting is the only
species I know of that has white wing patches like that, so I suspect this
bird is an aberrantly plumaged Savannah Sparrow, but who knows, the bird
moved on the ground out of sight. So if you are in that area looking for
the Kiskadee, you may want to walk down this mowed path to the marker and
look around for these birds. I can send a map of exact location if you
wish, just send me a private email. Happy Hunting!

--

Happy Birding!

Craig Watson, Mount Pleasant, SC

 

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Date: 2/13/17 6:49 am
From: Derb Carter <derbc...>
Subject: Pungo geese
I do not know the location, but I have heard there is some farm land that was flooded by Hurricane Matthew to the point it qualified for disaster payments. To receive the payments the crops had to be left in the field and the geese have been feeding on these fields.

Derb Carter

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Date: 2/13/17 6:49 am
From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Wood Thrush - Santee Coastal Reserve, SC
I don't yet see a photo on the CBC Photo Gallery or on the 3 eBird reports
of Wood Thrush on the Sightings on the CBC web pages. Are photos online
somewhere else? Editors would want or need photos of any
"spotted" thrushes (other than Hermit) during the winter months for
acceptance.

Jeff --can you or others upload one or more photos to the CBC Photo
Gallery (or attach them to an eBird report) to document this highly unusual
report?

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh; former Chat Briefs editor



On Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 11:30 PM, "Jeff Click" <carolinabirds...>
wrote:

> Several birders with the Greenville County Bird Club saw and photographed
> a very off-season Wood Thrush at Santee Coastal Reserve Wildlife Management
> Area in Charleston County, SC. The bird was behind the office, at the
> end of Santee Gun Club Road, before the gate that leads to the Cape Trail.
>
> It’s no Kiskadee, but a very unexpected sighting for winter.
>
> Jeff Click
> Easley, SC
>

 

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Date: 2/13/17 3:34 am
From: Ron & ann <rashahid...>
Subject: Kiskadee late Sunday +Cackling Goose
Six birders spotted the Kiskadee around 4:45 on Sunday in the same
general area. We could hear
it giving a one and two note call, and chased it, getting it in flight a
few times and finally it perched for us.
Also, 2 of us had a Cackling Goose in Mary's Pond about halfway down
after turning in. This was
around 3:15. It was not relocated on our way out around 5.
Ann Shahid
Ridgeville

On 2/13/2017 6:00 AM, <carolinabirds-request...> wrote:
> carolinabirds Digest Mon, 13 Feb 2017
>
> Table of contents:
>
> 1. Harlequins, Kure Beach Pier - Jamie Adams <Jamie.Adams...>
> 2. Kiskadee present this morning - Nate Dias <offshorebirder...>
> 3. FOY Fish Crow, Chapel Hill NC - Peter Perlman <pperlman...>
> 4. Re: Kiskadee present now at Bear Island, SC - <drblitch...>
> 5. Ft. Fisher Harlequin Ducks - Bruce Smithson <ncbruce5...>
> 6. Holly Shelter & Ft Fisher Today - John Ennis <jxennis...>
> 7. Pungo!! - "Wade & Kathy" <awfuller...>
> 8. Wood Thrush - Santee Coastal Reserve, SC - "Jeff Click"
> <jeffreyclick...>
>
>
>
> End of carolinabirds Digest Mon, 13 Feb 2017


 

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Date: 2/12/17 8:30 pm
From: \Jeff Click\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Wood Thrush - Santee Coastal Reserve, SC
Several birders with the Greenville County Bird Club saw and photographed a
very off-season Wood Thrush at Santee Coastal Reserve Wildlife Management
Area in Charleston County, SC. The bird was behind the office, at the end
of Santee Gun Club Road, before the gate that leads to the Cape Trail.

It's no Kiskadee, but a very unexpected sighting for winter.

Jeff Click
Easley, SC

 

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Date: 2/12/17 7:30 pm
From: Wade & Kathy <awfuller...>
Subject: Pungo!!
I've just returned from witnessing the unbelievable sundown flight of swans and snows leaving Pungo Lake, NC this evening. I've been around a lot of waterfowl in my 65 years but nothing of this magnitude. I ran into Blake Scott who created the DVDs of all the refuges in eastern NC. He was videoing today's flight and has been for several days. He said this tops anything he's witnessed as a videographer in the 10 years he's been at it. We wondered where these birds are going. In the past couple of weeks there was some moon in the sky after sundown if they were leaving for the fields to feed, but we're a couple of days past full moon so there was not any moonlight for a couple of hours after dark tonight. It doesn't seem to make sense they would be field feeding in the dark. They all flew southwest--basically right into the setting sun. Blake said he's been trying to find out where they are going for several weeks now with no luck. Perhaps the fields west of Pantego? Maybe so
meone in this group can shed some light on this.

Pungo Road update: the road that leads west from the observation platform has been reopened as of a couple of days ago. The best place to be is at the far end of this road--just before the huge metal culvert that lies in the Tee at the end of this road. The continuing road that jags left and then back right beyond this intersection is still closed (which would allow for a quick connection with Canal Road D) so you will need to retrace your path back to the observation platform to exit.

If you want to witness this spectacle, you probably should go ASAP as the waterfowl will probably be leaving soon.

Wade Fuller
New Bern, NC


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Date: 2/12/17 3:55 pm
From: John Ennis (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Holly Shelter & Ft Fisher Today
It was a beautiful day weather-wise with some wonderfully strange experiences...i.e. observing Bachman's Sparrows, FOY butterflies, and Harlequin Ducks on the same day...

First, the Leps...FOY Red Admiral, Cloudless Sulphur, Sleepy Orange, and a Question Mark plus 20+ Polygonia sp...

Little woodpecker action until I reached an intersection on Lodge Road where I quickly counted 3 Red-cockaded Woodpeckers first vocalizing then visually locating each...the old man and two sub-adult males?

Once I got well back into the woods, I had 4+ Bachman's Sparrows each singing on its territory along Lodge Road...I gave them my best but all are recorded under the "heard by not seen" category...

At Ft Fisher, I only stopped at the gazebo behind the Rocks to try to get a photo of the Harlequins...I passed on a photo yesterday, thinking it might be better conditions today but mostly I did not want to lug the camera that distance without knowing the ducks were still there...this was a violation of Ennis' Law of Wildlife Photography #2: never postpone an op you have, foolishly believing it will be a better op later...no it won't!!!

Both ducks were still there at 320p...but the conditions were horrible due low tide and high winds...25 knots gusting to 134...maybe tomorrow...

8 hours of birding in two locations I have never linked together for a local day trip...

John Ennis
Leland, NC

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Date: 2/12/17 1:38 pm
From: Bruce Smithson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Ft. Fisher Harlequin Ducks
Here's a photo for the record of the ducks first reported by Mark
Jones Feb. 10 off the Ft. Fisher Gazebo and photographed today the
11th by Bruce Smithson. This is in New Hanover County, North
Carolina.


Harlequin Duck pair with Bufflehead, Ft. Fisher, NC P1210776.JPG

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Date: 2/12/17 1:38 pm
From: drblitch (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Kiskadee present now at Bear Island, SC
 

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Date: 2/12/17 7:28 am
From: Peter Perlman (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: FOY Fish Crow, Chapel Hill NC
Hi all.
Just heard my first fish crow of the year sitting in the backyard in Chapel Hill this morning. Feels like Spring today.

Happy Birding!

Peter Perlman
Chapel Hill NC
 

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Date: 2/12/17 6:51 am
From: Nate Dias (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Kiskadee present this morning
It has been running us around but 4-5 sightings so far.

Same general area but roaming widely in freshwater wooded wetlands around
Pecan Trees Road section of Bear Island WMA, SC.

Listen for the weird one-note call often given in succession. Bird has
been high and low often near thick flocks of foraging Myrtle Warblers.

Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC

 

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Date: 2/12/17 6:46 am
From: Jamie Adams (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Harlequins, Kure Beach Pier
The Harlequins are at Kure Beach Pier now.

Jamie Adams
Wilmington, NC

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Date: 2/11/17 6:48 pm
From: <badgerboy...>
Subject: Re: Pungo trumpeters--not
1. I've been informed by the ebird reviewer and by another helpful
cbirds correspondent that the swans in the picture were not trumpeter
swans. I hope I didn't lead anyone on a wild goose chase. Both these
species would be first sightings personally for me.

2. The recording was thought to be tundra swans too. Evidently single or
just a few birds can make a very different noise than those in large
flocks who are more excited.

3. Pungo is still an awesome place to go--its called an "inviolate"
waterfowl sanctuary, which means no hunting ever by anyone anywhere
within the unit. So access is more difficult for birders but there's
lots to see.

P.S. Regarding Nathan Dias' description of "jump shooting" activities:
on the only day I went to Kerr Scott Reservoir during active duck
hunting(inadvertently), I witnessed exactly this behavior, with the
result that several gulls and grebes were shot and injured in addition
to the targeted ducks. I have to assume it happens quite often, which
is pretty disgusting. Thanks to Nathan for helping expose this situation.

Guy McGrane, Deep Gap, NC

.


 

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Date: 2/11/17 5:08 pm
From: Kent Fiala (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Uploading Great Kiskadee photos
For anyone who may have photos of Great Kiskadee to upload at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinabirdclub.org_gallery_upload_&d=DwICaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=1YiAFPaCd4iexMdeXKKfAwJ35dZANQ_UCn_MxWRbmyw&s=KTDiEEFkvFvXFXDKhy-r7uSLaULxsPBLwMFVZhx8lxw&e= , I have added Great Kiskadee to the list of accepted species for the gallery. Please do NOT check the "This is a new species" checkbox, which is reserved for species not on the list. And makes more work for me.

Fun fact of the day: The four-letter code for Great Kiskadee is GKIS, not GRKI. Unless you have seen a Green Kingfisher or Gray Kingbird.

--
Kent Fiala

 

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Date: 2/11/17 4:30 pm
From: Bruce Smithson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Harlequin Ducks at Ft. Fisher, New Hanover County, NC

Here's a photo of the ducks found 10 Feb. 2017 by Mark Jones and photo'd this afternoon off the gazebo at the Ft. Fisher Museum by Bruce Smithson. Not a great photo, but does enable recognition of the species.

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Bruce Smithson
Wilmington, NC

 

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Date: 2/11/17 3:22 pm
From: John Ennis (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Harlequin Ducks at Ft Fisher
As of 530p, the two Harlequin Ducks as found yesterday by Mark Jones and reported by David Weesner were still there...floating in front of a boatload of Buffleheads...nearby several female and male Black Scoters...best view was looking over the side of the gazebo...

John Ennis
Leland, NC

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Date: 2/11/17 1:32 pm
From: Coopers <dmcooper2...>
Subject: Harlequin ducks at Ft Fisher
Bruce Smithson saw the male and female earlier this afternoon and I saw them from 3:25-3:45. From gazebo across from Ft Fisher historic site museum.

Sam Cooper
Wilmington, NC


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Date: 2/11/17 12:53 pm
From: Steve Patterson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Great Kiskadee
I'm very glad others are finding the bird today.


Big thanks to Kelley Luikey for originally finding and photographing the kiskadee on Thursday, to Buddy Campbell for guiding the way to the right location, and to Terry Mitchell for having quicker eyes than mine when the bird chose to do its cameo yesterday.


Thanks to all for being a helpful, supportive community of birders.






Steve Patterson
Camden, SC



-----Original Message-----
From: \Lewis Burke\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
To: carolinabirds <carolinabirds...>
Sent: Sat, Feb 11, 2017 3:19 pm
Subject: Great Kiskadee



Thanks to Carl Miller and Roger Smith and their ears I was fortunate enough to see the Bear Is, (SC) WMA Kiskadee this morning. It is hanging out in the vicinity of where Steve Patterson found the bird.


I know there has already been some suggestion that the bird is an escapee. If you check ebird you will find that Kiskadees wonder pretty widely. They have been seen as far north as South Dakota and as far east as Slidell, La. I bird in Louisiana every year and there have been increasing reports of Kiskadees across the state especially moving east. Slidell is very close to the Mississippi line so the bird has crossed the Miss. River.


Lewis Burke



 

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Date: 2/11/17 12:19 pm
From: Lewis Burke (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Great Kiskadee
Thanks to Carl Miller and Roger Smith and their ears I was fortunate enough
to see the Bear Is, (SC) WMA Kiskadee this morning. It is hanging out in
the vicinity of where Steve Patterson found the bird.

I know there has already been some suggestion that the bird is an escapee.
If you check ebird you will find that Kiskadees wonder pretty widely.
They have been seen as far north as South Dakota and as far east as
Slidell, La. I bird in Louisiana every year and there have been increasing
reports of Kiskadees across the state especially moving east. Slidell is
very close to the Mississippi line so the bird has crossed the Miss. River.


Lewis Burke

 

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Date: 2/11/17 12:15 pm
From: Lucas Bobay (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Iceland Gull, South Wake Landfill
A group of us went in to the South Wake Landfill (restricted access) in
Apex, NC today to scope through the several thousand gulls present. Best
bird was a first-cycle Iceland (Kumlien's) Gull, plus one Great
Black-backed and 9ish Lessers. It's possible this is the same Iceland that
was seen at Jordan a few weeks ago, since these birds move around.

Lucas Bobay
Raleigh

 

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Date: 2/11/17 11:56 am
From: David Weesner (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: No luck with Harlequin Ducks
I went to the Ft. Fisher area where Mark Jones had 2 Harlequin Ducks yesterday. I spent about 45 min. This morning had  Black Scoters, Red-b. Merganser, Buffleheads, Red-t. Loon, but no Harlequins.David WeesnerWilmington, NC

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Date: 2/11/17 11:39 am
From: <eric...>
Subject: Common Goldeneyes at Woodfield ponds in Wilkesboro
Went by Woodfield Ponds early this afternoon and a pleasant surprise
given the paucity of good ducks in the area otherwise, we found 3 Common
Goldeneyes, 2 drakes, 1 hen. They were on the innermost pond which
beyond the tennis court over the hill and down at the bottom.

This might be only the second time I've beaten Dwayne to posting good
birds from this location, haha...

Eric Harrold

Hays, NC
 

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Date: 2/11/17 4:40 am
From: Cherrie Sneed (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Kiskadee present now at Bear Island, SC
5 of us are looking at Kiskadee. At Chapman Island at end of loop

Cherrie Sneed
Meggett, SC
Charleston County

> On Feb 11, 2017, at 7:36 AM, "Nate Dias" (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> wrote:
>
> Roger Smith just called to say he has the bird in his scope at the same location described by Steve Patterson
 

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Date: 2/11/17 4:37 am
From: Nate Dias (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Kiskadee present now at Bear Island, SC
Roger Smith just called to say he has the bird in his scope at the same
location described by Steve Patterson

 

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Date: 2/11/17 4:29 am
From: Cherrie Sneed (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Dog- rabbit hunt at Kiskadee location
Hunter said they would work their way further away from the area as the dogs move. Bummer!

Cherrie Sneed
Meggett, SC
Charleston County
 

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Date: 2/10/17 6:44 pm
From: James Watson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Great Kiskadee Not Relocated After Morning Observation Today at Bear Island WMA
Everyone, apparently the Great Kiskadee was seen briefly this morning at
the same location as Thursday by two birders. However, many birders showed
up all throughout the day, some staying 7-8 hours, and many birders scoured
nearby areas for the bird without any luck. Pam Ford and I stayed til dark
when all birders had left and we were the last to leave. So no evidence of
the bird since 730ish am this morning.

Thanks to the photographer who first put the word out on her photography
page on Facebook, and the subsequent Facebook postings to Carolina Birders,
ABA Rare Bird Alert, and Carolina Rare Birds, some excellent photos, and
getting the word out to other birders.

Directions to the area were previously posted by Steve Patterson.

--

Happy Birding!

Craig Watson, Mount Pleasant, SC

 

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Date: 2/10/17 3:35 pm
From: David Weesner (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Mark Jones had Halequin Ducks
I just got off the phone with Mark.  He had 2 Harlequin Ducks (1 male and 1 female) at Ft. Fisher just off the rocks mixed in with some Buffleheads.  Just north of the Gazebo.

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Date: 2/10/17 3:22 pm
From: Nate Dias (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Great Kiskadee Bear Island
Kent - the statement "regular on the Bahamas" seemed to be an
assertion of regular vagrancy there. Or in Bermuda?

But both the Bahamas and Bermuda are well east of the Mississippi, for
which there is no known precedent for Great Kiskadee *naturally*
occurring.

Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC

On Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 5:24 PM, Kent Fiala <carolinabirds...> wrote:
> Nate's post about Jack's post is riddled with misinformation. Probably a
> result of reacting according to preconceptions.
>
> Although Jack misspoke about Bermuda vs the Bahamas, he said nothing about
> whether or not Great Kiskadee was introduced there, so Nate attacks a straw
> man there.
>
> The Texas Breeding Bird Atlas is hardly the authority about the distribution
> of birds outside of Texas, although of course they are as entitled to their
> opinions as you or I. They do in fact say that long-distance vagrancy is
> rare, but no one disputes that. They don't say that there is zero
> long-distance vagrancy. They do say "Sightings in New Jersey and Florida, if
> accurate, are probably of escapees." If they can't even take the trouble to
> research whether the reports are accurate or not, how can their opinion on
> provenance be given any credibility? Anyway, they don't even venture an
> opinion on the records that Jack mentioned.
>
> Kent Fiala
>
> On 2/10/2017 4:42 PM, Nate Dias (via carolinabirds Mailing List) wrote:
>
> Jack's post was riddled with misinformation. Probably just the result of a
> quick eBird / Internet search.
>
> A search of the literature would reveal that the Great Kiskadee sightings in
> BERMUDA (not the Bahamas) derived from introduced birds - not natural
> vagrants.
>
> And according to the Texas Breeding Bird Atlas: long-distance vagrancy among
> Great Kiskadees is rare and they deem sightings from New Jersey, Florida,
> California, etc. to be escaped birds - not wild vagrants.
>
> So questions of provenance would seem to hang over this Bear Island bird.
>
> Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC
>
> On Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 10:00 PM, Jack Rogers <jack...> wrote:
>> An amazing sighting indeed! Hope that this bird is refound. Of course,
>> found right before I have to go out of town...
>> However, it is not the most northerly sighting of this species. That
>> would
>> belong to a 2015 bird that showed up (overwintered, as I remember) in
>> Volga,
>> South Dakota. Other "Northerly" records include North-Central Kansas,
>> Southwestern Colorado, and Oklahoma. This would, however, be a first for
>> the Atlantic coast, as far as I know, and the easterly most record of the
>> species in the US (regular on the Bahamas). Currently, the most easterly
>> record is from the New Orleans area.
>> Amazing bird! Hope it sticks!!
>>
>> On Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 9:52 PM, Will Cook <cwcook...>
>> wrote:
>>>
>>> Note, that's Bear Island, South Carolina, not Bear Island, North Carolina
>>> - please remember to include state in sightings reports.
>>>
>>> This would be an amazing record to confirm - most northerly sighting
>>> ever?
>>>
>>> Here's a link to the Carolina Birders facebook group (you may need to
>>> sign
>>> in to see it):
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.facebook.com_groups_carolinabirders_&d=DwIC-g&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=Ta1D9xKOrw3OUbQRX27gxyemu2csrnnSgqn_mmKrX6s&s=JyklXkd6_yOeIRzwWfA1_-Z3O-_NgVoFs7tXoP4-jMo&e=
>>>
>>> On 2/9/2017 9:40 PM, L Stacey (via carolinabirds Mailing List) wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> A picture was posted on Facebook this evening of a Great Kiskadee from
>>>> Bear Island. I have shared the post to the Carolina Birders page. I have
>>>> no
>>>> location details but the bird was seen today according to the post.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Lois Stacey
>>>> North Augusta, SC
>>>>
>>>
>>> --
>>> Will Cook - Durham, NC
>>>
>>>
>>> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinanature.com&d=DwIC-g&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=Ta1D9xKOrw3OUbQRX27gxyemu2csrnnSgqn_mmKrX6s&s=r9z8lEgn2yhf-NcyzMElLlbdd0-5tf93TspmNO8uDNU&e=
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> --
>> Jack Rogers
>> Mt Pleasant, SC
>> My Flickr page
>
>
 

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Date: 2/10/17 2:31 pm
From: Steve Patterson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: location of Great Kiskadee

Several persons have asked me for directions to the kiskadee site.


When I arrived this morning, I was shown the location by someone who already had directions. It's not hard to find:


Take the main entrance road into Bear Island. Drive past the buildings and Mary's Pond on the right, all the way back to a set of directional signs (The Crossroads). Turn right, following the sign indicating "Pecan Trees". You will come to a gate which should be open. Walk or drive through the gate. Go past a one-way road on your right (which is the outflow of the current driving loop) and continue for another few hundred yards. There will be a grassy road on the left. Walk down this road and the bird was found both days in the trees and bushes on the left. (The right side of he grassy road is a field of tall grass and isolated trees.


I hope it returns and gives everyone looking a good view. Pleas feel free to contact further if you need more information or clarification.








Steve Patterson
Camden, SC

 

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Date: 2/10/17 2:24 pm
From: Kent Fiala (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Great Kiskadee Bear Island
Nate's post about Jack's post is riddled with misinformation. Probably a result of reacting according to preconceptions.

Although Jack misspoke about Bermuda vs the Bahamas, he said nothing about whether or not Great Kiskadee was introduced there, so Nate attacks a straw man there.

The Texas Breeding Bird Atlas is hardly the authority about the distribution of birds outside of Texas, although of course they are as entitled to their opinions as you or I. They do in fact say that long-distance vagrancy is rare, but no one disputes that. They don't say that there is zero long-distance vagrancy. They do say "Sightings in New Jersey and Florida, if accurate, are probably of escapees." If they can't even take the trouble to research whether the reports are accurate or not, how can their opinion on provenance be given any credibility? Anyway, they don't even venture an opinion on the records that Jack mentioned.

Kent Fiala

On 2/10/2017 4:42 PM, Nate Dias (via carolinabirds Mailing List) wrote:
> Jack's post was riddled with misinformation. Probably just the result of a quick eBird / Internet search.
>
> A search of the literature would reveal that the Great Kiskadee sightings in BERMUDA (not the Bahamas) derived from introduced birds - not natural vagrants.
>
> And according to the Texas Breeding Bird Atlas: long-distance vagrancy among Great Kiskadees is rare and they deem sightings from New Jersey, Florida, California, etc. to be escaped birds - not wild vagrants.
>
> So questions of provenance would seem to hang over this Bear Island bird.
>
> Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC
>
> On Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 10:00 PM, Jack Rogers <jack...> <javascript:;>> wrote:
> > An amazing sighting indeed! Hope that this bird is refound. Of course,
> > found right before I have to go out of town...
> > However, it is not the most northerly sighting of this species. That would
> > belong to a 2015 bird that showed up (overwintered, as I remember) in Volga,
> > South Dakota. Other "Northerly" records include North-Central Kansas,
> > Southwestern Colorado, and Oklahoma. This would, however, be a first for
> > the Atlantic coast, as far as I know, and the easterly most record of the
> > species in the US (regular on the Bahamas). Currently, the most easterly
> > record is from the New Orleans area.
> > Amazing bird! Hope it sticks!!
> >
> > On Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 9:52 PM, Will Cook <cwcook...> <javascript:;>> wrote:
> >>
> >> Note, that's Bear Island, South Carolina, not Bear Island, North Carolina
> >> - please remember to include state in sightings reports.
> >>
> >> This would be an amazing record to confirm - most northerly sighting ever?
> >>
> >> Here's a link to the Carolina Birders facebook group (you may need to sign
> >> in to see it):
> >>
> >>
> >> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.facebook.com_groups_carolinabirders_&d=DwIC-g&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=Ta1D9xKOrw3OUbQRX27gxyemu2csrnnSgqn_mmKrX6s&s=JyklXkd6_yOeIRzwWfA1_-Z3O-_NgVoFs7tXoP4-jMo&e= <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.facebook.com_groups_carolinabirders_&d=DwIC-g&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=Ta1D9xKOrw3OUbQRX27gxyemu2csrnnSgqn_mmKrX6s&s=JyklXkd6_yOeIRzwWfA1_-Z3O-_NgVoFs7tXoP4-jMo&e=>
> >>
> >> On 2/9/2017 9:40 PM, L Stacey (via carolinabirds Mailing List) wrote:
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> A picture was posted on Facebook this evening of a Great Kiskadee from
> >>> Bear Island. I have shared the post to the Carolina Birders page. I have no
> >>> location details but the bird was seen today according to the post.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> Lois Stacey
> >>> North Augusta, SC
> >>>
> >>
> >> --
> >> Will Cook - Durham, NC
> >>
> >> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinanature.com&d=DwIC-g&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=Ta1D9xKOrw3OUbQRX27gxyemu2csrnnSgqn_mmKrX6s&s=r9z8lEgn2yhf-NcyzMElLlbdd0-5tf93TspmNO8uDNU&e= <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinanature.com&d=DwIC-g&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=Ta1D9xKOrw3OUbQRX27gxyemu2csrnnSgqn_mmKrX6s&s=r9z8lEgn2yhf-NcyzMElLlbdd0-5tf93TspmNO8uDNU&e=>
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > --
> > Jack Rogers
> > Mt Pleasant, SC
> > My Flickr page


 

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Date: 2/10/17 1:49 pm
From: Jack Rogers <jack...>
Subject: Re: Great Kiskadee Bear Island
A bit of a stretch to say "riddled" considering I only said Bahamas when I
meant Bermuda...But whatever. Especially since that is the only
"misinformation"?

On Fri, Feb 10, 2017, 4:43 PM Nate Dias <carolinabirds...> wrote:

> Jack's post was riddled with misinformation. Probably just the result of
> a quick eBird / Internet search.
>
> A search of the literature would reveal that the Great Kiskadee sightings
> in BERMUDA (not the Bahamas) derived from introduced birds - not natural
> vagrants.
>
> And according to the Texas Breeding Bird Atlas: long-distance vagrancy
> among Great Kiskadees is rare and they deem sightings from New Jersey,
> Florida, California, etc. to be escaped birds - not wild vagrants.
>
> So questions of provenance would seem to hang over this Bear Island bird.
>
> Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC
>
> On Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 10:00 PM, Jack Rogers <jack...> wrote:
> > An amazing sighting indeed! Hope that this bird is refound. Of course,
> > found right before I have to go out of town...
> > However, it is not the most northerly sighting of this species. That
> would
> > belong to a 2015 bird that showed up (overwintered, as I remember) in
> Volga,
> > South Dakota. Other "Northerly" records include North-Central Kansas,
> > Southwestern Colorado, and Oklahoma. This would, however, be a first for
> > the Atlantic coast, as far as I know, and the easterly most record of the
> > species in the US (regular on the Bahamas). Currently, the most easterly
> > record is from the New Orleans area.
> > Amazing bird! Hope it sticks!!
> >
> > On Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 9:52 PM, Will Cook <cwcook...>
> wrote:
> >>
> >> Note, that's Bear Island, South Carolina, not Bear Island, North
> Carolina
> >> - please remember to include state in sightings reports.
> >>
> >> This would be an amazing record to confirm - most northerly sighting
> ever?
> >>
> >> Here's a link to the Carolina Birders facebook group (you may need to
> sign
> >> in to see it):
> >>
> >>
> >>
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.facebook.com_groups_carolinabirders_&d=DwIC-g&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=Ta1D9xKOrw3OUbQRX27gxyemu2csrnnSgqn_mmKrX6s&s=JyklXkd6_yOeIRzwWfA1_-Z3O-_NgVoFs7tXoP4-jMo&e=
> >>
> >> On 2/9/2017 9:40 PM, L Stacey (via carolinabirds Mailing List) wrote:
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> A picture was posted on Facebook this evening of a Great Kiskadee from
> >>> Bear Island. I have shared the post to the Carolina Birders page. I
> have no
> >>> location details but the bird was seen today according to the post.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> Lois Stacey
> >>> North Augusta, SC
> >>>
> >>
> >> --
> >> Will Cook - Durham, NC
> >>
> >>
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinanature.com&d=DwIC-g&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=Ta1D9xKOrw3OUbQRX27gxyemu2csrnnSgqn_mmKrX6s&s=r9z8lEgn2yhf-NcyzMElLlbdd0-5tf93TspmNO8uDNU&e=
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > --
> > Jack Rogers
> > Mt Pleasant, SC
> > My Flickr page
>
--

Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, SC

 

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Date: 2/10/17 1:43 pm
From: Nate Dias (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Great Kiskadee Bear Island
Jack's post was riddled with misinformation. Probably just the result of a
quick eBird / Internet search.

A search of the literature would reveal that the Great Kiskadee sightings
in BERMUDA (not the Bahamas) derived from introduced birds - not natural
vagrants.

And according to the Texas Breeding Bird Atlas: long-distance vagrancy
among Great Kiskadees is rare and they deem sightings from New Jersey,
Florida, California, etc. to be escaped birds - not wild vagrants.

So questions of provenance would seem to hang over this Bear Island bird.

Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC

On Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 10:00 PM, Jack Rogers <jack...>
<javascript:;>> wrote:
> An amazing sighting indeed! Hope that this bird is refound. Of course,
> found right before I have to go out of town...
> However, it is not the most northerly sighting of this species. That
would
> belong to a 2015 bird that showed up (overwintered, as I remember) in
Volga,
> South Dakota. Other "Northerly" records include North-Central Kansas,
> Southwestern Colorado, and Oklahoma. This would, however, be a first for
> the Atlantic coast, as far as I know, and the easterly most record of the
> species in the US (regular on the Bahamas). Currently, the most easterly
> record is from the New Orleans area.
> Amazing bird! Hope it sticks!!
>
> On Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 9:52 PM, Will Cook <cwcook...>
<javascript:;>> wrote:
>>
>> Note, that's Bear Island, South Carolina, not Bear Island, North Carolina
>> - please remember to include state in sightings reports.
>>
>> This would be an amazing record to confirm - most northerly sighting
ever?
>>
>> Here's a link to the Carolina Birders facebook group (you may need to
sign
>> in to see it):
>>
>>
>> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.
facebook.com_groups_carolinabirders_&d=DwIC-g&c=
imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-
sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=Ta1D9xKOrw3OUbQRX27gxyemu2csrn
nSgqn_mmKrX6s&s=JyklXkd6_yOeIRzwWfA1_-Z3O-_NgVoFs7tXoP4-jMo&e=
>>
>> On 2/9/2017 9:40 PM, L Stacey (via carolinabirds Mailing List) wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> A picture was posted on Facebook this evening of a Great Kiskadee from
>>> Bear Island. I have shared the post to the Carolina Birders page. I
have no
>>> location details but the bird was seen today according to the post.
>>>
>>>
>>> Lois Stacey
>>> North Augusta, SC
>>>
>>
>> --
>> Will Cook - Durham, NC
>>
>> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.
carolinanature.com&d=DwIC-g&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6Y
HLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=
Ta1D9xKOrw3OUbQRX27gxyemu2csrnnSgqn_mmKrX6s&s=r9z8lEgn2yhf-NcyzMElLlbdd0-
5tf93TspmNO8uDNU&e=
>
>
>
>
> --
> Jack Rogers
> Mt Pleasant, SC
> My Flickr page

 

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Date: 2/10/17 1:36 pm
From: Nate Dias (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Sustainable Murrell’s Inlet petition
I was not able to respond to this message back at the time, as I was on a
multi-week safari in Kenya that I organized. I will respond now, however.

I grew up duck hunting and normally I am very supportive of (responsible +
legal) duck hunting.

But the duck hunting situation in Murrells Inlet is completely out of
hand. Young fools who have no idea what they are doing (got trained by
watching "Duck Dynasty") are acting illegally and also violating all sorts
of gun safety principals. Pretty much on a daily basis during duck season.

If they had a clue, they would not be wasting their time hunting Murrells
Inlet - nothing but undesirable duck species to be had there.

In the past 4-5 years, Murrells Inlet has been flooded by these clueless
youngsters. Instead of using a "sneak box" and putting out a rig of decoys
to hunt sea ducks, they get in John boats and ride around the jetties and
just off the beach with loaded guns. This practice is ILLEGAL and is known
as "jump shooting.". It is unsafe and unlawful for duck hunters to be in
a motorized boat with the engine running and a loaded gun. Guns are
supposed to be in their case, stowed away and unloaded if your boat is
under power.

The young idiots also routinely shoot at nongame species like Grebes and
Cormorants - which is illegal. They also shoot inedible ducks like
Mergansers. All to have photos to post on social media and to try and look
cool in the halls of their high school or college.

This photo was taken in late January 2013, when I first began noticing the
problem getting out of hand. Any duck hunter will tell you these
youngsters have NO CLUE what they are doing. Every serious duck hunter or
manager I have showed such photos has burst out laughing. Note the shotgun
being held by one of the goofballs as they motor around.

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.flickr.com_photos_offshorebirder2_12312053345_&d=DwIFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=EynVEqkvYW8E12mRXneXNB0GHO5W-veD4Mwe7Q2V_3o&s=kEONIpErdzvCUycCsLHycjsI9NOgtLQAUjI40q3Bsqg&e=

I have called SC DNR multiple times about the rampant jump-shooting and
other illegalities regularly taking place at Murrells Inlet. It does not
seem to be a big priority to DNR...

And the young fools are not careful about where they shoot and what is
behind the target they are shooting at. I have seen them swing past
fishermen on the jetty - thankfully without pulling the trigger.

So I hope duck hunting is banned in and around Murrells Inlet - soon. Or
else it's only a matter of time before a fisherman or birder is shot on the
Murrells Inlet jetty. And a total ban seems to be the only way to get
control of the rampant illegal behavior, given the lack of enforcement
interest.

Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC

On Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 9:43 AM, Stephen Thomas <rubberhead...>
<javascript:;>> wrote:
> The petition to turn Murrell’s Inlet into a bird sanctuary and the whole
> “Sustainable Murrell’s Inlet” movement is very short sighted. Sportsmen
are
> well-organized and well-funded and good to have on our side in a political
> fight. Exclude them now and they won’t be there for us if the state
decides
> it needs to sell the front beach of HBSP to the highest bidder to pay off
> debt, defer taxes or build roads. Sportsmen and sportswomen in our
> legislature way outnumber birders so if they lose interest in Murrell’s
> Inlet because they were willfully excluded from enjoying it, then the
future
> of MI becomes more tenuous not more sustainable.
>
>
> I’ve been birding Murrell’s Inlet for almost 30 years (my first entry in
my
> bird journal was January 1988) and hunters and birders have been sharing
the
> place since long before that yet MI remains the premier birding hotspot
for
> SC with general public access. Evidently the current Shared Murrell’s
Inlet
> approach has proven itself very sustainable.
>
>
> As an alternative to excluding some very like-minded people, I suggest the
> following:
>
>
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.ipetitions.com_petition_shared-2Dmurrells-2Dinlet&d=DwIFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=EynVEqkvYW8E12mRXneXNB0GHO5W-veD4Mwe7Q2V_3o&s=42FOaILs0ZdK8vZldztra4SsXP_xbTMqOjfWQHPcSTQ&e=
>
>
> Stephen Thomas
>
> Fort Mill, SC

 

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Date: 2/10/17 12:38 pm
From: John Fussell <jofuss...>
Subject: Cape Lookout on Sunday, 5 February
Marty Wall, Lou Teer, and I made an expedition to Cape Lookout point last
Sunday, 5 February.

The ferry schedule is very limited this time of year. You don't get to the
Cape Lookout dock until about 1020, and the last ferry back leaves at 1430.
So, we spent most of our time walking. The tip of the point has built out
another 1/2 mile beyond where shown on the latest Google Earth imagery. So,
it was about a 4-mile walk, each way.

The island off the point has obviously expanded greatly since the last
Google Earth imagery, so most of the "point birds" were actually over on the
island, all rather distant and in the sun (and many probably out of sight on
the south side of the island).

So, our long walk was pretty much a waste of time. Our best birds at the
point were a Peregrine and 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. (The ocean was
fairly smooth and was white-dotted all over with resting adult gannets.)

(With the expansion of the point, there sure is a lot of beautiful habitat
for ground-nesting waterbirds. I assume that there is also nice nesting
habitat on the island as well.)

When we got back up to the lighthouse, we had about 20 minutes left to scan
the ocean. Sure enough, we saw our best birds of the day then--2
Razorbills. (We should have stayed at that location all day!)

On the ferry ride to the cape in the morning, we had seen an immense cloud
of Redheads--I have no idea how many there were. On the way back, the
captain ran a bit closer to Core Banks than usual and stopped at one point.
He then pointed over toward the banks, toward the edge of the marsh. There
was another large flock of Redheads on the water. In the afternoon light,
the combined heads of all the drakes created a light reddish line in front
of the green marsh grass.

(After all that walking, the shrimpburgers we got at Harkers Island were
extra good.)

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC




 

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Date: 2/10/17 11:40 am
From: scbirder (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Great Kiskadee refound briefly



The Bear Island (SC) Great Kiskadee was found this morning at 7:36 by Terry Mitchell and myself in rhe same location as yesterday.  It vocalizes a few times, helping us to find ot.  It remained visible for less than a minute.  Others nearby did not see it, and it had not been located further by the time I left around 11, even though a dozen or so other birders had arrived to search for it.

Steve PattersonCamden, SC

Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 2/10/17 7:53 am
From: Robert Rybczynski (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: CHBC Sat. bird trip
Tomorrows (Sat., 11 Feb) Chapel Hill Bird Club outing will be to various locations in Orange County, west of Chapel Hill. As usual, this trip leaves the Glen Lennox parking lot (on the north side of 54 just east of the intersection with 15-501 in Chapel Hill) [map] at 7:30 a.m.

Good birding!
Bob Rybczynski
Cary, NC

 

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Date: 2/10/17 5:49 am
From: Jeff Lewis (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Roanoke Island Lark Sparrow still present
As people are still visiting the UNC-Coastal Studies Institute near Wanchese to see the Lark Sparrow, I'll continue to post. It's still here today (day 74), primarily on the lawn at the NW corner of the main building, right beside the green generators. Don't use the steps at the NW corner or you'll flush the bird. It is sometimes seen off the SW corner of the smaller (first) building, just behind the pollinator garden, also on the lawn between the 2nd and 3rd driveway on the west side of the road near the boats. It prefers the short grass habitat.
Jeff Lewis
Manteo, NC

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 2/10/17 4:17 am
From: Jack Rogers <jack...>
Subject: Re: Great Kiskadee Bear Island
Yes sorry, I meant Bermuda.

On Fri, Feb 10, 2017, 7:15 AM Kevin Metcalf <carolinabirds...> wrote:

> Great Kiskadee is common in Bermuda (introduced), but not in the Bahamas
> or generally in the West Indies (maybe Jack, Bermuda is what you meant?).
> Anyway, would be great to confirm this sighting.
>
> Kevin Metcalf
> Huntersville, NC
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jack Rogers
> Sent: Feb 9, 2017 10:00 PM
> To: Will Cook
> Cc: Carolinabirds Listserve
> Subject: Re: Great Kiskadee Bear Island
>
> An amazing sighting indeed! Hope that this bird is refound. Of course,
> found right before I have to go out of town...
> However, it is not the most northerly sighting of this species. That
> would belong to a 2015 bird that showed up (overwintered, as I remember) in
> Volga, South Dakota. Other "Northerly" records include North-Central
> Kansas, Southwestern Colorado, and Oklahoma. This would, however, be a
> first for the Atlantic coast, as far as I know, and the easterly most
> record of the species in the US (regular on the Bahamas). Currently, the
> most easterly record is from the New Orleans area.
> Amazing bird! Hope it sticks!!
>
> On Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 9:52 PM, Will Cook <cwcook...>
> wrote:
>
> Note, that's Bear Island, South Carolina, not Bear Island, North Carolina
> - please remember to include state in sightings reports.
>
> This would be an amazing record to confirm - most northerly sighting ever?
>
> Here's a link to the Carolina Birders facebook group (you may need to sign
> in to see it):
>
>
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.facebook.com_groups_carolinabirders_&d=DwIC-g&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=Ta1D9xKOrw3OUbQRX27gxyemu2csrnnSgqn_mmKrX6s&s=JyklXkd6_yOeIRzwWfA1_-Z3O-_NgVoFs7tXoP4-jMo&e=
>
> On 2/9/2017 9:40 PM, L Stacey (via carolinabirds Mailing List) wrote:
>
>
> A picture was posted on Facebook this evening of a Great Kiskadee from
> Bear Island. I have shared the post to the Carolina Birders page. I have no
> location details but the bird was seen today according to the post.
>
>
> Lois Stacey
> North Augusta, SC
>
>
> --
> Will Cook - Durham, NC
>
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinanature.com&d=DwIC-g&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=Ta1D9xKOrw3OUbQRX27gxyemu2csrnnSgqn_mmKrX6s&s=r9z8lEgn2yhf-NcyzMElLlbdd0-5tf93TspmNO8uDNU&e=
>
>
>
>
> --
> Jack Rogers
> Mt Pleasant, SC
> My Flickr page
> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.flickr.com_photos_90726323-40N05_&d=D%0D%20wMFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=pSyuVNpWqNMQyYGRKnu860w76rTRUlj5iU5eMTDgdr0&s=t7zAQoW04m7x8Ou918O7XZw3O1X9lEv0d-B5457eslo&e=>
>
> --

Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, SC

 

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Date: 2/10/17 4:16 am
From: Kevin Metcalf (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Great Kiskadee Bear Island
Great Kiskadee is common in Bermuda (introduced), but not in the Bahamas
or generally in the West Indies (maybe Jack, Bermuda is what you
meant?). Anyway, would be great to confirm this sighting.
Kevin MetcalfHuntersville, NC

-----Original Message-----
From: Jack Rogers
Sent: Feb 9, 2017 10:00 PM
To: Will Cook
Cc: Carolinabirds Listserve
Subject: Re: Great Kiskadee Bear Island

An amazing sighting indeed! Hope that this bird is refound. Of
course, found right before I have to go out of town...However, it
is not the most northerly sighting of this species. That would
belong to a 2015 bird that showed up (overwintered, as I remember)
in Volga, South Dakota. Other "Northerly" records include
North-Central Kansas, Southwestern Colorado, and Oklahoma. This
would, however, be a first for the Atlantic coast, as far as I
know, and the easterly most record of the species in the US
(regular on the Bahamas). Currently, the most easterly record is
from the New Orleans area.Amazing bird! Hope it sticks!!
On Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 9:52 PM, Will Cook <cwcook...>
wrote:

Note, that's Bear Island, South Carolina, not Bear Island,
North Carolina - please remember to include state in sightings
reports.

This would be an amazing record to confirm - most northerly
sighting ever?

Here's a link to the Carolina Birders facebook group (you may
need to sign in to see it):

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.facebook.com_groups_carolinabirders_&d=DwIC-g&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=Ta1D9xKOrw3OUbQRX27gxyemu2csrnnSgqn_mmKrX6s&s=JyklXkd6_yOeIRzwWfA1_-Z3O-_NgVoFs7tXoP4-jMo&e=

On 2/9/2017 9:40 PM, L Stacey (via carolinabirds Mailing List)
wrote:


A picture was posted on Facebook this evening of a Great
Kiskadee from Bear Island. I have shared the post to the
Carolina Birders page. I have no location details but the
bird was seen today according to the post.


Lois Stacey
North Augusta, SC


--
Will Cook - Durham, NC
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinanature.com&d=DwIC-g&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=Ta1D9xKOrw3OUbQRX27gxyemu2csrnnSgqn_mmKrX6s&s=r9z8lEgn2yhf-NcyzMElLlbdd0-5tf93TspmNO8uDNU&e=




--
Jack RogersMt Pleasant, SCMy Flickr page
 

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Date: 2/9/17 7:16 pm
From: <badgerboy...>
Subject: Pungo recording: loon?
I've been listening to all the recordings of loons, ducks, and other
waterbirds I can find to try and match a recording I made at Pungo
observation deck the other evening at sunset, but I'm having trouble
convincing myself it is a Common Loon. If anyone wants to have a listen
I wouldn't mind some feedback. In the following recording the bird(or
whatever it might be) calls about 14 times in a minute and a half, kind
of a melancholy, usually 2 syllable call (WA-loo), made at 6, 17, 23, 32
seconds etc.

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.xeno-2Dcanto.org_355093&d=DwICaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=K2B3yLA6nigv-Rw7MtZdoykgptjqRJKaWwDj_3nLgkI&s=QruG0db4lK8Dsp-yQ1Dq1-QnC-f4PrZShjq0X7nAf6A&e=


Thanks, Guy McGrane, Deep Gap, NC



 

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Date: 2/9/17 7:00 pm
From: Jack Rogers <jack...>
Subject: Re: Great Kiskadee Bear Island
An amazing sighting indeed! Hope that this bird is refound. Of course,
found right before I have to go out of town...
However, it is not the most northerly sighting of this species. That would
belong to a 2015 bird that showed up (overwintered, as I remember) in
Volga, South Dakota. Other "Northerly" records include North-Central
Kansas, Southwestern Colorado, and Oklahoma. This would, however, be a
first for the Atlantic coast, as far as I know, and the easterly most
record of the species in the US (regular on the Bahamas). Currently, the
most easterly record is from the New Orleans area.
Amazing bird! Hope it sticks!!

On Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 9:52 PM, Will Cook <cwcook...> wrote:

> Note, that's Bear Island, South Carolina, not Bear Island, North Carolina
> - please remember to include state in sightings reports.
>
> This would be an amazing record to confirm - most northerly sighting ever?
>
> Here's a link to the Carolina Birders facebook group (you may need to sign
> in to see it):
>
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.fac
> ebook.com_groups_carolinabirders_&d=DwIC-g&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGm
> VOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_
> SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=Ta1D9xKOrw3OUbQRX27gxyemu2csrnnSgqn_
> mmKrX6s&s=JyklXkd6_yOeIRzwWfA1_-Z3O-_NgVoFs7tXoP4-jMo&e=
>
> On 2/9/2017 9:40 PM, L Stacey (via carolinabirds Mailing List) wrote:
>
>>
>> A picture was posted on Facebook this evening of a Great Kiskadee from
>> Bear Island. I have shared the post to the Carolina Birders page. I have no
>> location details but the bird was seen today according to the post.
>>
>>
>> Lois Stacey
>> North Augusta, SC
>>
>>
> --
> Will Cook - Durham, NC
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.caro
> linanature.com&d=DwIC-g&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0
> Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&
> m=Ta1D9xKOrw3OUbQRX27gxyemu2csrnnSgqn_mmKrX6s&s=
> r9z8lEgn2yhf-NcyzMElLlbdd0-5tf93TspmNO8uDNU&e=




--
Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, SC
My Flickr page <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.flickr.com_photos_90726323-40N05_&d=DwIBaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=pSyuVNpWqNMQyYGRKnu860w76rTRUlj5iU5eMTDgdr0&s=t7zAQoW04m7x8Ou918O7XZw3O1X9lEv0d-B5457eslo&e= >

 

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Date: 2/9/17 6:53 pm
From: Will Cook <cwcook...>
Subject: Re: Great Kiskadee Bear Island
Note, that's Bear Island, South Carolina, not Bear Island, North
Carolina - please remember to include state in sightings reports.

This would be an amazing record to confirm - most northerly sighting ever?

Here's a link to the Carolina Birders facebook group (you may need to
sign in to see it):

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.facebook.com_groups_carolinabirders_&d=DwIC-g&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=Ta1D9xKOrw3OUbQRX27gxyemu2csrnnSgqn_mmKrX6s&s=JyklXkd6_yOeIRzwWfA1_-Z3O-_NgVoFs7tXoP4-jMo&e=


On 2/9/2017 9:40 PM, L Stacey (via carolinabirds Mailing List) wrote:
>
> A picture was posted on Facebook this evening of a Great Kiskadee from Bear Island. I have shared the post to the Carolina Birders page. I have no location details but the bird was seen today according to the post.
>
>
> Lois Stacey
> North Augusta, SC
>

--
Will Cook - Durham, NC
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.carolinanature.com&d=DwIC-g&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=Ta1D9xKOrw3OUbQRX27gxyemu2csrnnSgqn_mmKrX6s&s=r9z8lEgn2yhf-NcyzMElLlbdd0-5tf93TspmNO8uDNU&e=
 

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Date: 2/9/17 6:41 pm
From: L Stacey (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Great Kiskadee Bear Island

A picture was posted on Facebook this evening of a Great Kiskadee from Bear Island. I have shared the post to the Carolina Birders page. I have no location details but the bird was seen today according to the post.


Lois Stacey
North Augusta, SC
 

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Date: 2/9/17 9:09 am
From: Simon Thompson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Jackson Park Birdwalk this Saturday 2/11
Hi folks
The regular second Saturday of the month Jackson Park birdwalk will be this
coming Saturday in JP, Hendersonville. The walk starts at 9 AM and lasts
around 2 hours. Meet us at the old admin building parking lot for an easy
walk. The walk is open to everyone- just bring binoculars.
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S

Simon RB Thompson
Ventures Birding Tours
Asheville, North Carolina

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Date: 2/8/17 8:49 pm
From: <badgerboy...>
Subject: Stone Mountain CBC Results
In the 24th Stone Mountain CBC(Jan 1, 2017), my dream of finally getting
all areas of the count circle covered was dashed at the last minute by
illness of one of our sector leaders (nothing serious), but we still had
a fun and productive count finding 8,196 birds, including a flock of
6000 grackles, with 58 species represented (59 with a count week Brown
Thrasher), compared to our average of 55.

Good finds were our first ever Greater White-fronted Goose, our 2nd
record Red-winged blackbirds, and our 4th Merlin.

Missed were House sparrow (5th miss), Hairy WP (7th), Creeper(8th) and
all of the fowl-like birds(Turkey, grouse, bobwhite), which have been
getting much scarcer. Low numbers of Robins (7, our 2nd lowest ever)
followed the trend for NW NC this winter.

New high numbers were posted for Chipping Sparrow, continuing a run of
increasing numbers in each of the last 5 years, at 117(average 12,
previous high 41); Swamp Sparrow with 7 (avg 1, prev high 5), and Winter
Wren with 7 (2,5). Winter wrens seem to be much more common in NW NC
this winter than in recent years past, as lots were also found in the
Grandfather Mtn. CBC.

Guy McGrane, Deep Gap, NC





 

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Date: 2/8/17 5:22 pm
From: Thomas Driscoll (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Birds in the Lake Mattamuskeet Area
Hi All,
Yesterday i had great luck finding some of the birds found during the CBC meeting.  Today, not so much.
i saw a large flock of black-colored birds between Engelhard and Airport Rd. (NE of Engelhard) in a big field off Hwy. 264.  i couldn't find a Yellow-headed or a Rusty Blackbird; only found Common Grackles, Red-winged Blackbirds, Eurasian Starling, and Brown-headed Cowbirds.i could not find a Brewer's Blackbird on Gum Swamp Rd. despite the large flock of black-colored birds there.  Eurasian Wigeons had been reported at several places along wild life drive, but i couldn't find any at Lake Mattamuskeet.  i was o fer today.  Lots of great birds though!
tom tom driscoll
chapel hill, nc usa
<spttdrdshnk...>
Do something nice for Earth today and every day!
 

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Date: 2/8/17 1:33 pm
From: \Shultz, Steven\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Extralimital Ancient Murrelet in VA
Noticed on the VA list that an Ancient Murrelet was identified in a large group of Razorbill off Back Bay NWR, which is just a few miles north of the NC border.

While the big influx of alcids along our coast has been nearly confined to Razorbill, it bears watching!

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__birding.aba.org_message.php-3Fmesid-3D1239333-26MLID-3DVA01-26MLNM-3DVirginia&d=DwIFAg&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=MYgEdFWfqjj-H5dm0mK0HxZsAaaCGVN0OnDF10JkoEw&s=iDYsz-gaw0uQbsCr3MSw61dTvUZzdxE0N-exD-f0ky4&e=

Steve Shultz
Apex, NC


 

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Date: 2/8/17 12:06 pm
From: Marcus Simpson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Saw-whet Owl taping
To all, my apology for accidently omitting the key word ("not") in my last
posting on this subject. Careless editing on my part. The sentence should
have read "... this particular reg is part of the Code of Federal
Regulations and *not* limited just to NPS properties". Sorry about that!
Mark

Marcus B. Simpson, Jr.
Hendersonville, NC

On Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 2:00 PM, Marcus Simpson <mbsmjw63...> wrote:

> As I recall, this particular reg is part of the Code of Federal
> Regulations and limited just to NPS properties. Somewhere I have archived a
> copy of the document and will try to dig it out for the group.
> Mark Simpson, Jr.
> Hendersonville, NC
>
> On Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 1:45 PM, "Shultz, Steven" <carolinabirds...>
> wrote:
>
>> I’m not sure that the taping question has approached the level of a dead
>> horse, but it’s certainly been beaten rather frequently. It’s wrapped up
>> fairly neatly here: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.nationalparkstravel&d=DwIFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=PEktr2nIAA0JgSjXWmjJpMFlsPmDTHac8ankgOM7pxo&s=CALf6lF1BaU_fp9rN-JosL0189MasQM88_xAHOTS3ug&e=
>> er.com/2012/07/birding-national-parks-attracting-
>> birds-recorded-bird-calls10313
>>
>>
>>
>> And really, whether or not it’s legal, illegal, or super-uncouth, in my
>> humble opinion, really does not matter (don’t freak out yet, read on).
>>
>>
>>
>> The speed limit on the road into Bodie Lighthouse is something like 15
>> mph (maybe it’s 20, but whatever, you’ll see the point). Driving faster
>> than that is illegal. How many folks maintain a full 15 mph the entire
>> way? How many folks have never (ever) exceeded 55 mph on HWY 12? So let’s
>> start from the perspective that 98% of birders already did something
>> illegal.
>>
>>
>>
>> The question might be better phrased, is it WISE to tape. If the bird
>> was really 10 feet on the other side of the NPS boundary would it really
>> change the dynamic?
>>
>>
>>
>> We should not need a NPS regulation to help our moral compass determine
>> if it is wise to announce to an unlimited population that a single, very
>> easily accessible bird, responds to a tape. So my concern is not so much
>> about whether or not they taped the bird, my concern would be posting to a
>> public site that the bird is present and responsive to a tape. Probably
>> not the best choice, but certainly possible that the observers did not know
>> the impacts of what they were doing, and hey, they were from a neighboring
>> state so we can look down on them condescendingly ;-)
>>
>>
>> I kind of see this more as an unintended consequence of eBird than a
>> taping issue. eBird allows folks to see that a Saw-what Owl was seen at
>> this specific spot on these specific dates, which makes it easy for folks
>> to chase that particular owl. For better or worse, every time we eBird a
>> rare bird, we are inviting others to join the fun and go see it.
>>
>>
>>
>> I guess I’ll end with a public service announcement to please consider
>> being somewhat circumspect in publicly reporting the locations of roosting
>> owls, nesting raptors, etc. Sadly there are some crazy folks out there and
>> once information is made public, we cannot control who gets it and how they
>> use it. The news today that a Bald Eagle was found shot in the head by a
>> pellet (Chatham County, NC) should remind folks that, for example, by
>> announcing the location of that nest, it may end up being fatal to the
>> occupants. Sadly.
>>
>>
>>
>> *Steve Shultz*
>>
>> *From:* <carolinabirds-request...> [mailto:carolinabirds-request@
>> duke.edu] *On Behalf Of *"<megascops.2014...>"
>> *Sent:* Wednesday, February 08, 2017 11:22 AM
>> *To:* Kent Fiala
>> *Subject:* Re: Saw-whet Owl taping
>>
>>
>>
>> Thanks for posting this to the list. Will look forward to any definitive
>> replies on this subject
>>
>>
>>
>> I wasn't able to find a definitive park service statement, but did find
>> this, about the effects of noise in national parks, and feel we probably
>> don't give enough thought to how our sounds affect wildlife's ability to
>> thrive.
>>
>>
>>
>> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.nps.gov_subjects_sound_effects.htm&d=DwIFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=PEktr2nIAA0JgSjXWmjJpMFlsPmDTHac8ankgOM7pxo&s=vO72FIH9r284MJnqXVEgkD9CpEiz14X_MABNz7JRQ_k&e=
>> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.nps.gov_subjects_sound_effects.htm&d=DwMDaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=MYClVmemIPSnzCBgfDoAigKlySTPDToGpxGKU3sLVn8&s=w34RzKKa96kB2iJSyYWER0FpTc2WGsRfvVYL7QQ78%20bg&e=>
>>
>>
>>
>> Mary K
>>
>>
>>
>> ------ Original message------
>>
>> *From: *Kent Fiala
>>
>> *Date: *Wed, Feb 8, 2017 8:59 AM
>>
>> *To: *carolinabirds;
>>
>> *Cc: *
>>
>> *Subject:*Saw-whet Owl taping
>>
>>
>>
>> Recently I've noticed some eBird checklists that comment on the Saw-whet
>> Owls at Bodie Island Lighthouse (in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
>> responding to playback. Does the National Park Service still prohibit use
>> of playback on NPS properties?
>>
>> Kent Fiala
>>
>>
>

 

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Date: 2/8/17 11:07 am
From: Mandy Cumming (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: RE: Saw-whet Owl taping
All,

In light of Steve Shultz's email concerning reporting nesting locations, I
feel compelled to apologize for publicizing the location of what I believed
to be a Barn Owl's nest last summer. Ignorance of an issue is no excuse. It
was definitely never my intent to endanger any wildlife.

I have always viewed eBird, and other methods of reporting bird-related
findings, as a tool for education and submitting data for scientific use. I
suppose my lack of knowledge of birding in general, and its community, is
showing.

Anyway, my apologies everyone.

Mandy Cumming
Greenville, NC (Pitt County)


On Feb 8, 2017 1:45 PM, Shultz, Steven <carolinabirds...> wrote:

I’m not sure that the taping question has approached the level of a dead
horse, but it’s certainly been beaten rather frequently. It’s wrapped up
fairly neatly here: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.nationalparkstraveler.com_&d=DwIFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=gWCNe5_CnN9fSwBv7bSxZZOHowC3IQjBk1ol-AkRcfY&s=q2n5oAdb62exhDE8obiQWQjWj6ffqbK8mmDvKNI9yi8&e=
2012/07/birding-national-parks-attracting-birds-recorded-bird-calls10313



And really, whether or not it’s legal, illegal, or super-uncouth, in my
humble opinion, really does not matter (don’t freak out yet, read on).



The speed limit on the road into Bodie Lighthouse is something like 15 mph
(maybe it’s 20, but whatever, you’ll see the point). Driving faster than
that is illegal. How many folks maintain a full 15 mph the entire way?
How many folks have never (ever) exceeded 55 mph on HWY 12? So let’s start
from the perspective that 98% of birders already did something illegal.



The question might be better phrased, is it WISE to tape. If the bird was
really 10 feet on the other side of the NPS boundary would it really change
the dynamic?



We should not need a NPS regulation to help our moral compass determine if
it is wise to announce to an unlimited population that a single, very
easily accessible bird, responds to a tape. So my concern is not so much
about whether or not they taped the bird, my concern would be posting to a
public site that the bird is present and responsive to a tape. Probably
not the best choice, but certainly possible that the observers did not know
the impacts of what they were doing, and hey, they were from a neighboring
state so we can look down on them condescendingly ;-)


I kind of see this more as an unintended consequence of eBird than a taping
issue. eBird allows folks to see that a Saw-what Owl was seen at this
specific spot on these specific dates, which makes it easy for folks to
chase that particular owl. For better or worse, every time we eBird a rare
bird, we are inviting others to join the fun and go see it.



I guess I’ll end with a public service announcement to please consider
being somewhat circumspect in publicly reporting the locations of roosting
owls, nesting raptors, etc. Sadly there are some crazy folks out there and
once information is made public, we cannot control who gets it and how they
use it. The news today that a Bald Eagle was found shot in the head by a
pellet (Chatham County, NC) should remind folks that, for example, by
announcing the location of that nest, it may end up being fatal to the
occupants. Sadly.



*Steve Shultz*

*From:* <carolinabirds-request...> [mailto:carolinabirds-request@
duke.edu] *On Behalf Of *"<megascops.2014...>"
*Sent:* Wednesday, February 08, 2017 11:22 AM
*To:* Kent Fiala
*Subject:* Re: Saw-whet Owl taping



Thanks for posting this to the list. Will look forward to any definitive
replies on this subject



I wasn't able to find a definitive park service statement, but did find
this, about the effects of noise in national parks, and feel we probably
don't give enough thought to how our sounds affect wildlife's ability to
thrive.



https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.nps.gov_subjects_sound_effects.htm&d=DwIFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=gWCNe5_CnN9fSwBv7bSxZZOHowC3IQjBk1ol-AkRcfY&s=RtUQgFWPa98MG0XUBIZX6xSBVXhcD-VIS3utgMUsCYo&e=
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.nps.gov_subjects_sound_effects.htm&d=DwMDaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=MYClVmemIPSnzCBgfDoAigKlySTPDToGpxGKU3sLVn8&s=w34RzKKa96kB2iJSyYWER0FpTc2WGsRfvVYL7QQ78%20bg&e=>



Mary K



------ Original message------

*From: *Kent Fiala

*Date: *Wed, Feb 8, 2017 8:59 AM

*To: *carolinabirds;

*Cc: *

*Subject:*Saw-whet Owl taping



Recently I've noticed some eBird checklists that comment on the Saw-whet
Owls at Bodie Island Lighthouse (in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
responding to playback. Does the National Park Service still prohibit use
of playback on NPS properties?

Kent Fiala

 

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Date: 2/8/17 11:00 am
From: Marcus Simpson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Saw-whet Owl taping
As I recall, this particular reg is part of the Code of Federal Regulations
and limited just to NPS properties. Somewhere I have archived a copy of the
document and will try to dig it out for the group.
Mark Simpson, Jr.
Hendersonville, NC

On Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 1:45 PM, "Shultz, Steven" <carolinabirds...>
wrote:

> I’m not sure that the taping question has approached the level of a dead
> horse, but it’s certainly been beaten rather frequently. It’s wrapped up
> fairly neatly here: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.nationalparkstraveler.com_&d=DwIFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=aFWCU6tdd7ofxipsqPkHv2fBXm2kei4nFv1dXwVCCd0&s=uMiVQmKYwLZRgNluyhW0O_zvc3VYRO0AUwomDey-B2o&e=
> 2012/07/birding-national-parks-attracting-birds-recorded-bird-calls10313
>
>
>
> And really, whether or not it’s legal, illegal, or super-uncouth, in my
> humble opinion, really does not matter (don’t freak out yet, read on).
>
>
>
> The speed limit on the road into Bodie Lighthouse is something like 15 mph
> (maybe it’s 20, but whatever, you’ll see the point). Driving faster than
> that is illegal. How many folks maintain a full 15 mph the entire way?
> How many folks have never (ever) exceeded 55 mph on HWY 12? So let’s start
> from the perspective that 98% of birders already did something illegal.
>
>
>
> The question might be better phrased, is it WISE to tape. If the bird was
> really 10 feet on the other side of the NPS boundary would it really change
> the dynamic?
>
>
>
> We should not need a NPS regulation to help our moral compass determine if
> it is wise to announce to an unlimited population that a single, very
> easily accessible bird, responds to a tape. So my concern is not so much
> about whether or not they taped the bird, my concern would be posting to a
> public site that the bird is present and responsive to a tape. Probably
> not the best choice, but certainly possible that the observers did not know
> the impacts of what they were doing, and hey, they were from a neighboring
> state so we can look down on them condescendingly ;-)
>
>
> I kind of see this more as an unintended consequence of eBird than a
> taping issue. eBird allows folks to see that a Saw-what Owl was seen at
> this specific spot on these specific dates, which makes it easy for folks
> to chase that particular owl. For better or worse, every time we eBird a
> rare bird, we are inviting others to join the fun and go see it.
>
>
>
> I guess I’ll end with a public service announcement to please consider
> being somewhat circumspect in publicly reporting the locations of roosting
> owls, nesting raptors, etc. Sadly there are some crazy folks out there and
> once information is made public, we cannot control who gets it and how they
> use it. The news today that a Bald Eagle was found shot in the head by a
> pellet (Chatham County, NC) should remind folks that, for example, by
> announcing the location of that nest, it may end up being fatal to the
> occupants. Sadly.
>
>
>
> *Steve Shultz*
>
> *From:* <carolinabirds-request...> [mailto:carolinabirds-request@
> duke.edu] *On Behalf Of *"<megascops.2014...>"
> *Sent:* Wednesday, February 08, 2017 11:22 AM
> *To:* Kent Fiala
> *Subject:* Re: Saw-whet Owl taping
>
>
>
> Thanks for posting this to the list. Will look forward to any definitive
> replies on this subject
>
>
>
> I wasn't able to find a definitive park service statement, but did find
> this, about the effects of noise in national parks, and feel we probably
> don't give enough thought to how our sounds affect wildlife's ability to
> thrive.
>
>
>
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.nps.gov_subjects_sound_effects.htm&d=DwIFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=aFWCU6tdd7ofxipsqPkHv2fBXm2kei4nFv1dXwVCCd0&s=3ESPlJnDi1MaDdRKgqTj8gcOcl2qEeOkEoNDXHyXvVc&e=
> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.nps.gov_subjects_sound_effects.htm&d=DwMDaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=MYClVmemIPSnzCBgfDoAigKlySTPDToGpxGKU3sLVn8&s=w34RzKKa96kB2iJSyYWER0FpTc2WGsRfvVYL7QQ78%20bg&e=>
>
>
>
> Mary K
>
>
>
> ------ Original message------
>
> *From: *Kent Fiala
>
> *Date: *Wed, Feb 8, 2017 8:59 AM
>
> *To: *carolinabirds;
>
> *Cc: *
>
> *Subject:*Saw-whet Owl taping
>
>
>
> Recently I've noticed some eBird checklists that comment on the Saw-whet
> Owls at Bodie Island Lighthouse (in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
> responding to playback. Does the National Park Service still prohibit use
> of playback on NPS properties?
>
> Kent Fiala
>
>

 

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Date: 2/8/17 10:45 am
From: \Shultz, Steven\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: RE: Saw-whet Owl taping
I'm not sure that the taping question has approached the level of a dead horse, but it's certainly been beaten rather frequently. It's wrapped up fairly neatly here: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.nationalparkstraveler.com_2012_07_birding-2Dnational-2Dparks-2Dattracting-2Dbirds-2Drecorded-2Dbird-2Dcalls10313&d=DwIFAg&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=Zc0Hifn1jdza5HZekOfTpd5iUP3gXJ5nyBkVeu5fJKo&s=xkOqrQkJE_JUAZQCsJ0tM62oTRtIhRiQy2Rg5OabexI&e=

And really, whether or not it's legal, illegal, or super-uncouth, in my humble opinion, really does not matter (don't freak out yet, read on).

The speed limit on the road into Bodie Lighthouse is something like 15 mph (maybe it's 20, but whatever, you'll see the point). Driving faster than that is illegal. How many folks maintain a full 15 mph the entire way? How many folks have never (ever) exceeded 55 mph on HWY 12? So let's start from the perspective that 98% of birders already did something illegal.

The question might be better phrased, is it WISE to tape. If the bird was really 10 feet on the other side of the NPS boundary would it really change the dynamic?

We should not need a NPS regulation to help our moral compass determine if it is wise to announce to an unlimited population that a single, very easily accessible bird, responds to a tape. So my concern is not so much about whether or not they taped the bird, my concern would be posting to a public site that the bird is present and responsive to a tape. Probably not the best choice, but certainly possible that the observers did not know the impacts of what they were doing, and hey, they were from a neighboring state so we can look down on them condescendingly ;-)

I kind of see this more as an unintended consequence of eBird than a taping issue. eBird allows folks to see that a Saw-what Owl was seen at this specific spot on these specific dates, which makes it easy for folks to chase that particular owl. For better or worse, every time we eBird a rare bird, we are inviting others to join the fun and go see it.

I guess I'll end with a public service announcement to please consider being somewhat circumspect in publicly reporting the locations of roosting owls, nesting raptors, etc. Sadly there are some crazy folks out there and once information is made public, we cannot control who gets it and how they use it. The news today that a Bald Eagle was found shot in the head by a pellet (Chatham County, NC) should remind folks that, for example, by announcing the location of that nest, it may end up being fatal to the occupants. Sadly.

Steve Shultz
From: <carolinabirds-request...> [mailto:<carolinabirds-request...>] On Behalf Of "<megascops.2014...>"
Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2017 11:22 AM
To: Kent Fiala
Subject: Re: Saw-whet Owl taping

Thanks for posting this to the list. Will look forward to any definitive replies on this subject

I wasn't able to find a definitive park service statement, but did find this, about the effects of noise in national parks, and feel we probably don't give enough thought to how our sounds affect wildlife's ability to thrive.

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.nps.gov_subjects_sound_effects.htm&d=DwIFAg&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=Zc0Hifn1jdza5HZekOfTpd5iUP3gXJ5nyBkVeu5fJKo&s=RuJ50sD98DPLvNLJ-ZAK4N62tUeTahA4EhUnsreRp0s&e= <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.nps.gov_subjects_sound_effects.htm&d=DwMDaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=MYClVmemIPSnzCBgfDoAigKlySTPDToGpxGKU3sLVn8&s=w34RzKKa96kB2iJSyYWER0FpTc2WGsRfvVYL7QQ78%20bg&e=>

Mary K

------ Original message------
From: Kent Fiala
Date: Wed, Feb 8, 2017 8:59 AM
To: carolinabirds;
Cc:
Subject:Saw-whet Owl taping

Recently I've noticed some eBird checklists that comment on the Saw-whet Owls at Bodie Island Lighthouse (in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore) responding to playback. Does the National Park Service still prohibit use of playback on NPS properties?

Kent Fiala

 

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Date: 2/8/17 10:43 am
From: Alan Gamache <bird...>
Subject: Yellow-breasted Chat / New Bern, NC
All,

Sorry for being so slow on the draw, but last Saturday (04 Feb.) I spotted a Yellow-breasted Chat out at the Glenburnie Quarry here in New Bern. It was my very first sighting of that species during the winter months. Yeah!

Al Gamache
New Bern, NC
 

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Date: 2/8/17 9:56 am
From: <badgerboy...>
Subject: Pungo yesterday-awesome! (google directions wrong)
For anyone considering a trip to Pungo, I would highly recommend it.
Yesterday afternoon the geese and swans at times darkened the skies with
huge numbers. The swans were very noisy, lots more waterfowl were
present, and a couple trumpeter swans (I'm pretty sure) were within easy
photographing range along Canal D road.

For those not too familiar with the area, google directions are
incorrect--they have you go down a private gated road. You actually
have to go down NC45 to the very southwest corner of the refuge and turn
left onto Pat's road. This is the same road as Canal D, but changes
names at some point.

And the wrong impression I had formed was that the swans and geese come
in to the lake to roost at night. They are actually leaving the lake in
the late afternoon, apparently to forage in agricultural fields to the
west at night.

Photos of the likely trumpeter swans and the general spectacle can be
seen at my ebird checklist at
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ebird.org_ebird_view_checklist_S34241165&d=DwICaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=XWRNeSwvx0L2ASASsdXFiiag8LzAWKUAHghKaF60qQI&s=_bCt4FUIv6zXrJiV_iNBR8_DG0_u1v8-U7t_BsJjB_A&e=

Also, at dusk on the lake overlook tower, a large number of sparrows
flew into the shrubs, and in the dim light appeared to have streaked
orange breasts, which could mean they were Nelson's sparrows. Anyone who
goes there might check out the shrubs to see if this is right. They are
listed as rare at this location on ebird.

Guy McGrane, Deep Gap, NC





 

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Date: 2/8/17 8:22 am
From: \<megascops.2014...>\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Saw-whet Owl taping
Thanks for posting this to the list. Will look forward to any definitive replies on this subject
I wasn't able to find a definitive park service statement, but did find this, about the effects of noise in national parks, and feel we probably don't give enough thought to how our sounds affect wildlife's ability to thrive. 
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.nps.gov_subjects_sound_effects.htm&d=DwIDaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=MYClVmemIPSnzCBgfDoAigKlySTPDToGpxGKU3sLVn8&s=w34RzKKa96kB2iJSyYWER0FpTc2WGsRfvVYL7QQ78bg&e=

Mary K
------ Original message------From: Kent Fiala Date: Wed, Feb 8, 2017 8:59 AMTo: carolinabirds;Cc: Subject:Saw-whet Owl taping
Recently I've noticed some eBird checklists that comment on the Saw-whet Owls at Bodie Island Lighthouse (in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore) responding to playback. Does the National Park Service still prohibit use of playback on NPS properties? Kent Fiala
 

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Date: 2/8/17 7:25 am
From: Steve Compton <scompton1251...>
Subject: Re: Saw-whet Owl taping
Folks,
It would be helpful if we could see a list of locations where playback
is prohibited. Of course, it should always be used with care.
Steve ComptonGreenville, SC
Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE DroidOn Feb 8, 2017 9:14 AM, Marcus
Simpson <carolinabirds...> wrote:

Yes. For example our NSWO research on the Blue Ridge Parkway
requires that our NPS permit must specifically authorize use of
"playback" aka "audio lure" if we intend to use it. M B Simpson,
Hendersonville NC

Sent from my iPhone
On Feb 8, 2017, at 8:58 AM, Kent Fiala (via carolinabirds Mailing
List) <carolinabirds...> wrote:

Recently I've noticed some eBird checklists that comment on the
Saw-whet Owls at Bodie Island Lighthouse (in the Cape Hatteras
National Seashore) responding to playback. Does the National Park
Service still prohibit use of playback on NPS properties?

Kent Fiala
 

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Date: 2/8/17 6:15 am
From: Marcus Simpson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Saw-whet Owl taping
Yes. For example our NSWO research on the Blue Ridge Parkway requires that our NPS permit must specifically authorize use of "playback" aka "audio lure" if we intend to use it.
M B Simpson, Hendersonville NC

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 8, 2017, at 8:58 AM, Kent Fiala (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> wrote:
>
> Recently I've noticed some eBird checklists that comment on the Saw-whet Owls at Bodie Island Lighthouse (in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore) responding to playback. Does the National Park Service still prohibit use of playback on NPS properties?
> Kent Fiala

 

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Date: 2/8/17 5:59 am
From: Kent Fiala (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Saw-whet Owl taping
Recently I've noticed some eBird checklists that comment on the Saw-whet Owls at Bodie Island Lighthouse (in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore) responding to playback. Does the National Park Service still prohibit use of playback on NPS properties?

Kent Fiala


 

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Date: 2/7/17 9:21 am
From: David McLean (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: New posting to Birding Bulls blog about overnight stay on the island
Tues 7 Feb 2017

All,

I had the great privilege of staying overnight on Bulls last week.
That allowed me to both do a more relaxed survey for waterfowl and
shorebirds plus explore parts of the island that I'd never seen. I've
posted a report on my Birding Bulls blog and invite you to read it at:

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__birdingbulls.blogspot.com&d=CwIBaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=x8t1ibcPMgdC0MGs5Nn6W0gJQg1jTmMUvWGhidB5GE0&s=Pc-5FDFS-g3BqR7XMdVbVVhHdkWYBdny4IfxcQNdhTA&e=

Additionally on the blog is an update, including a photo, on Old
Man Plover, aka BO:X,g, from Melissa Bimbi of the USF&WS. The news is
decidedly mixed as he has lost a foot but is still with us.

Regards,

David

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

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Date: 2/7/17 9:01 am
From: \Shultz, Steven\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Book Review - ABA Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas
Here's a review of the recently released guide to Carolinas birds written by our own Nate Swick for your sleepy Tuesday reading pleasure. Nate presented at the recent winter CBC meeting, where many folks had a chance to browse through his book.

American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas
Nate Swick ISBN 978-1-935622-63-5, 331 pages, Flexibound
2016, Scott & Nix, Inc., $24.95

As you walk by your bookshelf, likely sagging from the weight of collected field guides, you may ask: "Do I really need another book? After all, I have the Peterson Guide, the Sibley Guide, and an old copy of Potter and Company's Birds of the Carolinas... what more do I need?" I will try and convince you that making a space for Swick's recently released effort will be money well spent.

The American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas (hereafter referred to as "the book" for brevity) finds a niche and fills it nicely. 290 species regularly encountered in the Carolinas form the tome's backbone. The goal is to provide quick, correct identification of species encountered in the Carolinas while providing essential distribution and abundance information. Birds rarely seen, or not likely to occur in the Carolinas, are not treated, making this a very handy reference for beginning birders, visitors to the states, or someone wanting to know what that cute little black, white, and grey bird is at the feeder. Since Carolina Chickadee is right there on page 201, there's no mistaking the bird for a Black-capped Chickadee (though, for that one person who has a feeder at 5,000 feet in the Balsam Mountains of NC, Black-capped is covered in the text). And this is one of the book's strengths. By not treating all of the vagrants, occasionals, and rarities (though all are listed in the appendix), the book focuses on which birds are likely to been seen, and thus improves the usability of the guide for much of the target audience.

This approach necessarily requires some level of culling, so while Buff-breasted Sandpiper is included in the shorebird section (and is arguably the least common sandpiper covered) the equally abundant, in terms of actual number of birds, Red-necked Grebe is omitted. But in looking back over a typical birding year, I realize that I usually "get" a Buffie, and usually miss Red-necked Grebe, so the decision on what to include seems spot on.

And getting to the correct identification is much of the puzzle. Once one knows that the bird is an American Redstart or a Yellow-throated Warbler, a Sibley or Peterson can help identify age, specific plumage, and subspecies.

So why not carry the trusted Peterson and be done with it? Because a critical component of the book's value proposition is the focused distribution and abundance information, which is of great value to visiting birders, as well as those wanting to increase their knowledge of avifauna in the Carolinas. Knowing, for example, that a birder wanting to add American Avocet to their North Carolina list needs to plan a trip to Pea Island NWR, since the species is uncommon to rare anywhere else in the state, is the equivalent of a gold nugget.

And if even that is not enough, then just get the book for pearls scattered throughout such as the mnemonic: "Eew Eew I-stepped-in-Poo!" Which Carolina bird repeats this phrase from moist tangles starting in mid-April? You'll have to get a copy of the book and find out!



*I have no financial interest in the book, and all opinions stated are mine alone.


Steve Shultz
Apex, NC

 

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Date: 2/6/17 10:40 pm
From: Randy Dunson <trdunson...>
Subject: Winter Hummers
Wish I could be so lucky to have Winter Hummers the around, but so unfortunately we just didn't have any.
Hopefully next year will turn the tide. Only time will tell.
Thanks. Randy 

Best,Randy Dunson 
Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 2/6/17 11:26 am
From: John Fussell <jofuss...>
Subject: Red Knots at Atlantic Beach, NC
This morning I had a single flock of 104 Red Knots at Atlantic Beach, not
far from the Fort Macon SP boundary.

At least 7 of the birds had green flags. (I was able to read the
combinations on 5 of them.)

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC

 

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Date: 2/6/17 7:27 am
From: Corey, Ed <ed.corey...>
Subject: Spectactular Waterfowl Flights - Pungo Unit (Pocosin Lakes NWR) - 5Feb2017
Yesterday afternoon, while observing from the Washington County portion of Canal D Road, I was able to take in the truly impressive flight of large white waterfowl from Pungo Lake. Thousands of Tundra Swans and tens of thousands of Snow Geese poured out of the lake from 4:35 until 5:50, when I left. In the mix was an impressive assortment of other species, including a Greater White-fronted Goose; 5 Ross's Geese; 24(!!!) Cackling Geese (6 feeding in corn stubble with 2 Canada's, plus 18 mixed in the flyover Snow Goose flocks); and at least one Trumpeter Swan. Feeding in the fields with Atlantic and Lesser Canada Geese was a flock of American Wigeon, with at least one male Eurasian Wigeon in the mix (seemingly a new bird for Washington County, according to Harry's website). Other ducks included Gadwall, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, and Green-winged Teal. No sign of the Sandhill Cranes previously reported.

If you can spare an evening in the next few weeks, I HIGHLY recommend getting out for this spectacle.

Good birding!

Ed Corey
Raleigh, NC


 

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Date: 2/5/17 7:19 pm
From: Steve Ritt (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Swannanoa, NC: presumed Lesser Canada Goose - 2/5/17
> A quick drive through Owen Ponds in Swannanoa at 6 pm tonight revealed one Canada-ish Goose that was obviously smaller in all aspects than the 20-ish Canadas that were surrounding it. The overall size and the bill/head size and proportions were not small and stubby enough to pass for any Cackling Goose, and the colors of the bird were similar to the surrounding Canadas, lacking the gray upperparts and golden breast tones one would expect of a Richardson's/Hutchin's Cackling Goose (B. h. hutchinsii). Although a minimal, supporting characteristic, the breast does appear slightly darker than the surrounding Canadas in every photo I took. This, along with the general size, shape, and proportions, leave me confident that this bird shows no discerning characteristics of B. c. moffitti, and that the bird safely falls within the acceptable range for LESSER Canada Goose (B. c. parvipes).
>
> Although the status and distribution of the subspecies of Canada and Cackling Geese are now rapidly changing, I was still surprised tonight to find no information online regarding the S&D of these subspecies in the Carolinas. An eBird search shows only two records from Pea Island and Lake Matamuskeet, lacking any mountain or piedmont records. Thus, as far as I know, and if accepted, does this then make for the first (of many more to come) documented NC record of B. c. parvipes outside of the coastal plain? I'm sure the lack of data on this is due to birders overlooking these subspecies and the historical lack of information on subspecies identification.
>
> Photos are on the EMAS listserv.
>
> Steve Ritt
> San Diego, CA

 

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Date: 2/5/17 7:03 pm
From: nicholas (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Tyrrell Co. NC birds, 2/2/17
Sorry about the late report. Working at Buckridge Coastal Reserve on 2/2/17, Toni Dotterer and I detected 2 Red-cockaded Woodpeckers: 1 heard at Gum Neck Landing and 1 heard and then seen foraging in a cypress at a relatively inaccessible location about 1 mile to the west of the Landing accessed off the Alligator River shoreline. On the way to this latter location we had a couple other good birds in the wetlands off the Alligator River: 1 American Bittern, 2 Virginia Rails, and 1 Wilson's Snipe.


Nick Flanders

Portsmouth, VA

 

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Date: 2/5/17 1:11 pm
From: Brian Bockhahn (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Kerr Lake CBC results
The 14TH Kerr Lake CBC was held on Jan 5, 2017. 18 participants in 10
parties found 96 species (average 94) and 9,862 total birds, well below our
average of 12,827 mostly because of gull flock size. It was a cloudy and
cold day, with some mid morning wind and temps ranging from 29-39 degrees.



Higlights include our 3rd Common Merganser below the dam, the same lone
male that likely cannot fly but surviving for 1.5 years now; Henderson
Point had our 2nd Blue-headed vireo; Bullocksville area had our third ever
Palm Warbler and Dick Cross had our 2nd ever Common Yellowthroat.



OTHER GOODIES: lingering Red-necked Grebe above the dam; a single Greater
Scaup above the dam; Northern Bobwhite with new coverage at area 9; two
parties reporting possibly the same Merlin; Spotted Sandpiper below the dam
and Blue-headed Vireo at Henderson Point.



Misses include Ruddy Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, American Woodcock (1st
miss), Lesser or Greater Black-backed Gull, Purple Finch, Pine Siskin and
House Sparrow (1st miss).



For the record we put in 57 hours and 32 miles by foot, 14 hours and 128
miles by car, 4.75 hours and 3.2 miles owling and 0.75 feeder hours.



Thanks to all counters!!!



Mark your calendars for upcoming Kerr Lake counts

Spring count – April 27, 2017

Fall count – September 20, 2017

Christmas Count – January 4, 2018


--
Brian Bockhahn
<birdranger248...>

 

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Date: 2/5/17 12:26 pm
From: Brian Bockhahn (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Rockingham County, NC CBC results, 78 sp
Mark your calendars for 2017 Rockingham County counts:
Spring: May 2
Fall: Sep 14
Christmas: Dec 21

The 5th Rockingham Count Christmas Bird Count was held on Dec 22, 2016 with
temperatures ranging from 32-63 under clear skies with some afternoon winds.



9 observers in 6 parties tallied a record tying 78 species for the third
year in a row! We tallied 3,948 (average 3,492) total birds led by 544
European Starling, 405 American Crow, 305 Canada Goose and 300 Ring-billed
Gulls.



New count records reflect the warm temperatures throughout the past couple
months and some stray waterfowl: a Common Loon in a pond of Janet Road,
Palm Warbler from the Airport section and an Orange-crowned Warbler at Mayo
Mountain park ponds.



Other goodies include second records for Blue-headed Vireo, Gray Catbirds
and Rusty Blackbird.



Misses include Gadwall (2nd miss), Bufflehead (4th miss), Northern Harrier
(1st miss), Bald Eagle (2nd miss), Red-winged Blackbird (1st miss), Purple
Finch (2nd miss) and Pine Siskin (2nd miss). Oh and will we ever find a
Cormorant on this count...



Thank you all so much for your help! GREAT JOB!!! Our continuing goal is
to break 80 species…not bad for a foothills count!

--
Brian Bockhahn
<birdranger248...>

 

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Date: 2/5/17 8:56 am
From: Clyde Sorenson <sorenson...>
Subject: Mattamuskeet and Pungo yesterday...
I led a field trip to Mattamuskeet and Pungo for 12 intrepid members of the
Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at NCSU yesterday. Turned out
to be spectacular- 15 bald eagles, 3 bitterns, a bunch of nutria (yuck), a
gray fox, three turkey flocks, and lots of other cool stuff, including a
sedge wren. And it happened again- I was taking pictures of a large flock
of ducks rallied by an eagle at Lake Landing; when I got home and took a
closer look, one of the images appears to have captured a Eurasian wigeon!
Finished the sunlight watching thousands of swans at Pungo, and then had
thousands of snow geese streaming towards the lake as the very last rays
left the sky. (Also had a great view of Venus!) Four woodcock dusking
across the road as we left Pungo, as well.

Take care,

Clyde Sorenson
Clayton and Raleigh, NC

 

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Date: 2/5/17 5:59 am
From: Jamie Adams (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Two Eiders Wrightsville, NC
Male first year next to rock wall on South end.

Female in Banks Channel where the water tower is.

Also all three species of Scoter.

Jamie Adams
Wilmington, NC

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Date: 2/4/17 4:49 pm
From: \Elizabeth Wilkins/vanMontfrans\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Iceland Gull at Cape Point
Hi all,
We found an Iceland Gull out at Cape Point today, fortunately in a smaller
group of gulls that did not require hours of scoping through the
thousands...it would have been nearly impossible to do that in the frigid
and windy conditions.

We were also the 148th and 149th visitors to see the Anna's hummingbird!
Thanks so much to Ann for her hospitality and expert hummer hosting - the
yard was full of chattering Ruby-throateds and of course the spectacular
male Anna's - unforgettable.

Also FYI, if any of you need lodging on Hatteras island, Jacques and I have
a small 2br, 2ba soundfront cottage in Frisco that we rent privately, so
please check out our website if interested - we love renting to birders...:)



www.loonslanding.info

password: loonrise



Elizabeth Wilkins

Jacques van Montfrans

Yorktown, VA

 

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Date: 2/4/17 11:43 am
From: Andy Harrison (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Yellow-breasted Chat at Magnolia Gardens
All,
Margaret Harrison and I got good looks at a Yellow-breasted Chat this morning at Magnolia Gardens. We observed the bird in the vine-tangled trees along the entrance road just before the main parking area (near the turnoff for a small private residence).

Andy Harrison
Charleston, SC

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Date: 2/4/17 9:34 am
From: Jerzy Smykla (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Common Eider in Wrightsville Beach NC
One bird in immature/female plumage.

I have seen it in Wrightsville Beach NC, in the Banks Chanel, at a deck in a small "park" (Wynn Plaza) by the south side of the S Bank Chanel Bridge.

CheersJurek
 

 

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Date: 2/4/17 5:34 am
From: \kathy <khart123...>\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Orange crowned warbler
I was excited to see an orange crowned warbler for the first time at my feeder this morning. It was picking through leaves on the ground under a suet feeder.
Kathleen Hart
Moncks Corner,SC

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Date: 2/3/17 10:16 am
From: Steve <sshultz...>
Subject: Common Raven
Perched on Exit 289 sign, I40 Wake County, NC

Steve Shultz
Apex, NC
 

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Date: 2/3/17 7:48 am
From: Roger Moyer (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Ravens in Concord
While outside the front of our office building this morning I observed 5 COMMON RAVENS soaring. We have a gravel pit across the road from our office. The location is on MRN Drive just off Poplar Tent road in Concord, NC. It is just off exit 52 on I-85. These birds can be seen fairly consistently. Five is the most I have ever observed before. I have observed as many as 4.


Cheers


Roger Moyer

Concord, NC

 

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Date: 2/3/17 7:15 am
From: Jeff Lewis (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Lark Sparrow at CSI still here
Lark Sparrow feeding in the rain; can see it from a window of the main building, NW corner. At least a dozen people came to see it yesterday. I never thought that it would be such a big hit. Today is day 67.

Jeff Lewis
Manteo, NC

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Date: 2/3/17 7:07 am
From: Jay Wherley (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Mandarin Duck in Asheville
Hi Ron -

For what it's worth, the male Mandarin first appeared at Beaver Lake
Bird Sanctuary in March 2016.
At that time there was also a female present with him. She was only
seen for that first month, but the
male has been seen on and off since then.

(Speculation for origin also includes the ongoing group located at
Lake Susan in Montreat, which is
about 15 miles distant, as the duck flies.)

Jay Wherley
Asheville

On 2/2/17 10:14 PM, RonC8 (via carolinabirds Mailing List) wrote:
> Yesterday (Wednesday) I was amazed to find a male Mandarin Duck at the Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary in north Asheville, NC. The bird was in the small creek to the right of the
> parking lot, where it was keeping company with a pair of Mallards. I later saw the three birds out on the main body of the lake. Such a bird, a native of Asia, is likely an
> escapee from someone's collection.
 

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Date: 2/3/17 7:06 am
From: Cutler/Blackford <cutford...>
Subject: High Country Audubon Hoots
The latest edition of Hoots, the High Country Audubons newsletter can be
accessed at
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.highcountryaudubon.org_images_HCHoots-5FFeb-2DMar-2DApril-5F2017.pdf&d=CwIFAw&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=PvmCKOTGXiFoy5VtAD8GBDpPH8UI2D_pHj2Zp_GuwX8&s=fa_9PVh38fqA8SDXfshCGU1rrs4gS0tmOlqz6giQm4w&e=
Check it out!
Martha Cutler
High Country Audubon



 

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Date: 2/2/17 8:44 pm
From: Roger Moyer (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Question for listers
I have a question that splits some fine hairs on what is countable on what list. Here is the what if. Say there is a species that has been split. The world birding community accepts the change but the ABA doesn't. I would expect that the one recognizes by both organizations would be acceptable for both the ABA list and the world list. If the one that isn't recognized by the ABA is seen inside the US. Can it be counted on the world list but not the ANA list?

Thanks in advance for your input.

Roger Moyer
Concord NC

 

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Date: 2/2/17 7:15 pm
From: RonC8 (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Mandarin Duck in Asheville
Yesterday (Wednesday) I was amazed to find a male Mandarin Duck at the
Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary in north Asheville, NC. The bird was in the small
creek to the right of the parking lot, where it was keeping company with a
pair of Mallards. I later saw the three birds out on the main body of the
lake. Such a bird, a native of Asia, is likely an escapee from someone's
collection.

link to a short video on Flickr:

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.flickr.com_photos_ronc8_32616974146_in_datetaken-2Dpublic_&d=CwICAg&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=iZssjpg6OhUo66DSS8nkgUQjQYrn56wLUD-LkHhMqhw&s=M77RIplIhreWkaE6Ue8QYmltCPPYQpLE92Sn4Zx7gKU&e=


Ron Crissman
Mars Hill, NC
 

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Date: 2/2/17 4:48 pm
From: Stacy and Natalie Barbour (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Birding in the Savannah area
Skidaway SP, Savannah NWR (in SC), and the Savannah Botanical Garden.

Stacy Barbour
Raleigh NC

> On Feb 2, 2017, at 9:38 AM, Cutler/Blackford <cutford...> wrote:
>
> We are planning a trip to the Savannah area in early March. If anyone has suggestions for their favorite places to bird there I’d appreciate hearing from you off list. Thanks,
> Martha Cutler
> Todd NC
 

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Date: 2/2/17 1:53 pm
From: Alan Gamache <bird...>
Subject: Rusty Blackbirds / New Bern, NC
All,

This afternoon, eight Rusty Blackbirds seen at Glenburnie Quarry Area. The molt from rusty into breeding plumage is well on its way.

Al Gamache

 

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Date: 2/2/17 1:46 pm
From: <badgerboy...>
Subject: Brookshire Park walk this Saturday
High Country Audubon's monthly bird and nature walk will be this
Saturday at 8 AM. Please join us for this free walk open to the public.
Newcomers encouraged as we have extra binoculars. Be prepared for cold
but sunny conditions. Maybe we can re-locate the NW mountains first
winter record for common yellowthroat--a nice mature male. We meet at
the main parking lot near the restrooms and picnic shelter, and the park
is about a couple miles east of boone where 421 crosses the new river.

Guy McGrane

Deep gap, NC


 

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Date: 2/2/17 11:42 am
From: bruce young (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Chapel Hill Bird Club saturday field trip
This week's Chapel Hill Bird Club field trip will be on Saturday February 4th and will visit Lake Crabtree, with an optional extension to Mid-Pines road. There has been a Ross's Goose seen at Mid-Pines so it should be worth the extra drive. Meet at 7:30 at the Glen Lennox shopping center, or if you prefer, we should get to Lake Crabtree around 8. Meet us at the first parking lot (the playing fields). Hope to see you then.
Bruce <Youngbyoung715...>, NC
 

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Date: 2/2/17 8:41 am
From: Brian Patteson <patteson1...>
Subject: Big Wave of Razorbills headed toward Outer Banks
Heads up. Birders at Back Bay NWR, VA have just noted 4000 Razorbills headed south over the last two hours.

The water is warm north to Wimble Shoals, so these birds will probably pile up mostly to the north of Oregon Inlet.

Brian Patteson
Hatteras, NC
 

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Date: 2/2/17 7:38 am
From: Cutler/Blackford <cutford...>
Subject: Birding in the Savannah area
We are planning a trip to the Savannah area in early March. If anyone has
suggestions for their favorite places to bird there Id appreciate hearing
from you off list. Thanks,
Martha Cutler
Todd NC



 

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Date: 2/2/17 6:54 am
From: Peter Quadarella (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: county birding
Hi all - I mentioned to some of you that I am attempting to bird all the
counties in North Carolina this year. I also decided to log the trips so I
don't forget them and so I can keep track. Now that I'm all caught up and
back from the Outer Banks trip, in case anyone is interested they are at
MyBlarg.com. The entries from the meeting are Dare County, Hyde County,
and Tyrell County.

Cheers,
Peter Quadarella
Weddington, NC

P.S. if you do visit, don't expect much - this is my first try at this! :)

 

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Date: 2/1/17 7:17 pm
From: Corey, Ed <ed.corey...>
Subject: RE: Jordan Lake Iceland Gull
I got to the lake about 4:30, and all but 12 Ring-billed Gulls had left the beach. Most of the several thousand birds were well into the heat shimmer, so from Ebenezer Church I was only able to pick out the larger dark birds, including 6 Great Black-backed Gulls and several dozen immature Herring Gulls. There were also small numbers of Bonaparte's Gulls moving around the larger flock.

Around 5, I drove over to the Seaforth access, to have the sun behind me. I was still unable to find the immature Iceland, but did pick out a 1st-cycle and 4th-cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull in the flock. Counting in blocks, I estimated about 14,000 birds on the lake, most of which were Ring-billed. There were several thousand birds north of Hwy 64 as I left, so I'm not sure what the true estimate would be for the lake this time of year (full disclaimer: my numbers could have been way off).

I am considering going back after the Iceland Gull tomorrow, so if anyone tries for it (successfully or not), please let the group know.

Ed Corey
Raleigh, NC

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Ed Corey
Inventory Biologist
NC Division of Parks and Recreation
12700 Bayleaf Church Road
Raleigh, NC 27614
(919) 841 4037
(919) 208 7864 (cell)

-----Original Message-----
From: <carolinabirds-request...> [mailto:<carolinabirds-request...>] On Behalf Of "Thomas A. Driscoll"
Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2017 3:39 PM
To: <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Jordan Lake Iceland Gull

Hi All
After looking at many, many gulls, I found Josh's bird, 1st Year bird with no black on tail or wing tips and a shorter and smaller all black bill at Ebenezer Point at 3:30pm today. However, it is on the beach now with several hundred Ring-billed and a few Herring Gulls. Thanks Josh.

Have a great day,
Tom
 

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Date: 2/1/17 4:28 pm
From: Rich Boyd (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Barnacle Goose
I'm afraid Jamie is correct. The little time we were on the goose and its overall appearance led to the conclusion we reached. Wish it could have been.Rich and Susan Boyd

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 2/1/17 3:36 pm
From: Lee Adams (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Barnacle Goose
Peggy and Mike Eubank and I birded Vernon James on Saturday. I took
pictures of a white-headed goose, but I don't think it was a Barnacle
Goose. Here is the checklist with photos.
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ebird.org_ebird_view_checklist_S34042691&d=CwIBaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=EUZK149dkw_ePjH4iovQ_aRZ60u1clVZTgpTum1vjxk&s=Ntac1ZHFLxR-5mxhTKtZP7VxkWOij35ocE2ca5PwFlI&e=

Sure would like it to be a Barnacle Goose. ;>)

Lee

On Wed, Feb 1, 2017 at 6:15 PM, Rich Boyd <carolinabirds...> wrote:

> Birders: Susan and I saw a Barnacle Goose with twenty Canada Geese at
> Vernon James Tidewater Agricultural Station this afternoon. The flock was
> observed on the ground and in the air. They flew east from there. We
> checked the ponds along US 64 hoping to locate it again. No such luck. Also
> saw 55 Common Mergansers at Phelps Lake. Saw one Short-eared Owl at
> Alligator River NWR. Rich and Susan Boyd, Beaufort, NC.
>
> Sent from my iPhone




--
Lee Loudenslager Adams
Suggett's Point Warsaw, VA
Fredericksburg, VA

 

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Date: 2/1/17 3:16 pm
From: Rich Boyd (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Barnacle Goose
Birders: Susan and I saw a Barnacle Goose with twenty Canada Geese at Vernon James Tidewater Agricultural Station this afternoon. The flock was observed on the ground and in the air. They flew east from there. We checked the ponds along US 64 hoping to locate it again. No such luck. Also saw 55 Common Mergansers at Phelps Lake. Saw one Short-eared Owl at Alligator River NWR. Rich and Susan Boyd, Beaufort, NC.

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 2/1/17 1:16 pm
From: Brian Patteson <patteson1...>
Subject: Re: Manx Shearwater flight off Nags Head
There have been some good numbers seen from Cape Cod. I’m not sure what the peak count is up there.

Brian Patteson
Hatteras, NC

> On Feb 1, 2017, at 2:10 PM, Ricky Davis (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> wrote:
>
> Hi Folks
>
> Some may not have heard about this, but this past weekend - especially on Sunday, there was a massive movement of Manx Shearwaters, seen from shore!. During a 3 hour period (9am to Noon), a count of 217 birds was made. Practically all the birds were moving in a southerly direction, observed at distances as far as could be seen with a scope to as close as several hundred yards! Some were observed to stop and join feeding groups of Razorbills, gulls, and loons, but usually resumed their flight in a few minutes. Small numbers were observed in the days preceding and following the Sunday flight also.
>
> Needless to say, after searching for previous Atlantic Coast from-shore sightings, this was unprecedented. If anyone knows of anything remotely like this from States farther north of NC (VA, NJ, MA) please let us know. Also we would like to know if there was any unusual weather, currents, food sources, that might have been a causative agent for this movement so close to shore.
>
> Thanks, later, Ricky
>
> --
> Ricky Davis
> Rocky Mount, NC

 

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Date: 2/1/17 12:39 pm
From: \Thomas A. Driscoll\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Jordan Lake Iceland Gull
Hi All
After looking at many, many gulls, I found Josh's bird, 1st Year bird with no black on tail or wing tips and a shorter and smaller all black bill at Ebenezer Point at 3:30pm today. However, it is on the beach now with several hundred Ring-billed and a few Herring Gulls. Thanks Josh.

Have a great day,
Tom
 

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Date: 2/1/17 11:26 am
From: \Shultz, Steven\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: RE: Manx Shearwater flight off Nags Head
I’m guessing that the consistent, strong westerly winds blowing for several days created an upwelling situation along the immediate coast. Typically winds in this area blow commonly from the S, SW, N and NE. Consistent west winds are not as common, and set up in this case as a result of a pressure gradient between distant high and low pressure systems. In fact, west winds are one of the least common scenarios on the northern Banks. (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.meteoblue.com_en_weather_forecast_modelclimate_nags-2Dhead-5Funited-2Dstates-2Dof-2Damerica-5F4481427&d=CwIGaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=92ypSw7NQ-ybr6xdf_E4qREGzNhetKiyfVgX7wC0SMM&s=2Z9abaS3H_DHboN26T2qi4DKy8COOy3Xsc92aJwNcsI&e= )

West winds (i.e blowing offshore) tend to move the upper layer of water east, replacing it with water brought up (upwelled) from below. This often results in increased nutrient content, which attracts baitfish. Predators follow the bait.

Manx seemed to have stolen the show since shearwaters are not commonly seen from shore, but the influx of Razorbills was impressive, as was the concentration of Humpback Whales. Based on differences in dorsal fins (humpbacks generally don’t fluke up in the shallow waters nearshore) I saw at least 5 different whales between Jennette’s Pier and the Outer Banks Pier on the afternoon of the 28th.

So clearly large amounts of forage were in play over the weekend, with impressive numbers of loons, Razorbills, Manx, Bonaparte’s Gulls, and whales feeding on the bounty.

I noticed that about the time the large number (200+) of Manx came by Nags Head going south, the wind was about to change to NE from W. I’ve seen similar situations at sea from ships where seabirds “ride” the edge of a front. Granted, this backing of the wind to NE was not frontal, but the birds may very well have been riding the edge of those brisk west winds. Once the wind shifted to NE, the spigot seemed to turn off.

Steve Shultz
Apex, NC

From: <carolinabirds-request...> [mailto:<carolinabirds-request...>] On Behalf Of Ricky Davis
Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2017 2:10 PM
To: <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Manx Shearwater flight off Nags Head

Hi Folks

Some may not have heard about this, but this past weekend - especially on Sunday, there was a massive movement of Manx Shearwaters, seen from shore!. During a 3 hour period (9am to Noon), a count of 217 birds was made. Practically all the birds were moving in a southerly direction, observed at distances as far as could be seen with a scope to as close as several hundred yards! Some were observed to stop and join feeding groups of Razorbills, gulls, and loons, but usually resumed their flight in a few minutes. Small numbers were observed in the days preceding and following the Sunday flight also.

Needless to say, after searching for previous Atlantic Coast from-shore sightings, this was unprecedented. If anyone knows of anything remotely like this from States farther north of NC (VA, NJ, MA) please let us know. Also we would like to know if there was any unusual weather, currents, food sources, that might have been a causative agent for this movement so close to shore.

Thanks, later, Ricky

--
Ricky Davis
Rocky Mount, NC

 

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Date: 2/1/17 11:10 am
From: Ricky Davis (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Manx Shearwater flight off Nags Head
Hi Folks

Some may not have heard about this, but this past weekend - especially on
Sunday, there was a massive movement of Manx Shearwaters, seen from shore!.
During a 3 hour period (9am to Noon), a count of 217 birds was made.
Practically all the birds were moving in a southerly direction, observed at
distances as far as could be seen with a scope to as close as several
hundred yards! Some were observed to stop and join feeding groups of
Razorbills, gulls, and loons, but usually resumed their flight in a few
minutes. Small numbers were observed in the days preceding and following
the Sunday flight also.

Needless to say, after searching for previous Atlantic Coast from-shore
sightings, this was unprecedented. If anyone knows of anything remotely
like this from States farther north of NC (VA, NJ, MA) please let us know.
Also we would like to know if there was any unusual weather, currents, food
sources, that might have been a causative agent for this movement so close
to shore.

Thanks, later, Ricky

--
Ricky Davis
Rocky Mount, NC

 

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Date: 2/1/17 9:57 am
From: Josh Southern (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Iceland Gull at Jordan Lake, Chatham Co, NC
Carolinabirders,

There was a pale first-winter ICELAND GULL on Jordan Lake around noon
today. I saw it from Ebenezer Point, looking towards the US-64 causeway. It
was sitting on the water among a large raft of Herring Gulls, Ring-billed
Gulls, and Double-crested Cormorants. Low winds are allowing for good
viewing conditions right now - too bad there wasn't much else out there,
save for some Bonaparte's Gulls, three American Coots, and five very
distant Horned Grebes.

Good Birding,
Josh Southern
Holly Springs, NC

 

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Date: 2/1/17 9:14 am
From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Coastal Review Article on John Fussell
The article didn't mention his exploits in other aspects of natural
history. He has worked on several natural area inventories for the NC
Natural Heritage Program, and thus he has to know the plants and the
natural communities in the lower Coastal Plain. He knows where just about
every rare plant is located in Carteret County and in Croatan National
Forest, and he has discovered a lot of these locations and species himself.
He helps out on the Croatan butterfly count every year it is held and he
keeps track of rare butterfly locations in those regions, especially Dukes'
Skippers and Crystal Skippers.

"JF" as he is known to his friends, and I were classmates at NC State U.,
and when we were in classes together there he practically never wore socks.
He didn't use a spotting scope for many decades, even though he lived at
the coast. And, until about 8-10 years ago, JF was the birder all the rest
of us were chasing for the top spot on the NC Life List. He NEVER misses
Christmas Bird Counts due to tiredness, illness, work conflicts, etc. His
long string of participation on not only his own Morehead City count but on
Cape Hatteras, Bodie-Pea Island, Mattamuskeet NWR, etc., are as legendary
as the legendary Paul Sykes' CBC participation.

I agree with his assessment of Croatan NF being an ongoing environmental
concern. If the Havelock By-pass ever gets built, as least built where NC
DOT wants to build it (west of current US 70 and cutting through some
highly important savannas), I honestly believe it will kill JF -- either by
a heart attack, or by him standing in the way and being run over by a
bulldozer. He has found several dozen rare plants and animals within this
by-pass corridor. ( And, I think it will kill me also.) We need
environmental fighters like JF in every county, and he is truly both "Mr.
Carteret" and "Mr. Croatan".

Harry LeGrand

On Wed, Feb 1, 2017 at 11:49 AM, Lena Gallitano <lbg...> wrote:

> Good morning all,
>
> It is nice to see John Fussell featured in the Coastal Review Online
> newsletter.
>
> Thank you John for all you've done for birds and birders in North Carolina
> and beyond.
>
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.coas
> talreview.org_2017_02_19052_&d=CwICaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlc
> siEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_
> SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=3uMlVrTCoQ_8TboXbqlFUERmbwSLgeB8xIICDZgps
> D0&s=9f7F1sJxiyVQvYCV5lSgOri1g7cnMH8_h9q-0ddo5Ik&e=
> Lena
>
> --
> Lena Gallitano
> Raleigh, NC
>

 

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Date: 2/1/17 8:50 am
From: Lena Gallitano <lbg...>
Subject: Coastal Review Article on John Fussell
Good morning all,

It is nice to see John Fussell featured in the Coastal Review Online
newsletter.

Thank you John for all you've done for birds and birders in North
Carolina and beyond.

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.coastalreview.org_2017_02_19052_&d=CwICaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=3uMlVrTCoQ_8TboXbqlFUERmbwSLgeB8xIICDZgpsD0&s=9f7F1sJxiyVQvYCV5lSgOri1g7cnMH8_h9q-0ddo5Ik&e=

Lena

--
Lena Gallitano
Raleigh, NC
 

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Date: 2/1/17 7:57 am
From: Derb Carter <derbc...>
Subject: John Fussell
The Coastal Review Online (www dot coastalreview dot org) today has a great profile of John Fussell: Bird Watcher, Bird Defender. I know many of you know or have birded with John and will enjoy reading it. Glad he eventually chose birding over surfing, and hanging several new North Carolina bird records over hanging ten. Although I think he still sneaks out some with his board.

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.coastalreview.org_2017_02_19052_&d=CwIFAg&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=wVuM0mRL0iOY8XoXNFAzpRv5Qc58CbLsMc57E5EXQGU&s=tO7YNstKDvNJAjmgI6IOZzZ1x_jBS586gxWdVjruMr8&e=

Derb Carter

 

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Date: 2/1/17 6:04 am
From: Pam Diamond (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: fox sparrow in my yard in Cary
I don't know if it's uncommon but I was excited to see something other than
the usual suspects in my yard this morning. I noticed a much redder looking
sparrow with a gray sideways V on it's face - it was on the ground beneath
my feeders. Does that sound like a fox sparrow?

Pam Diamond, Cary, NC

 

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Date: 2/1/17 5:17 am
From: Tom Krakauer (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Comfortable to observe Eagle Nest at Jordan Lake, Chatham, CO, NC
There is an active Bald Eagle Nest easily observable from the boat docks (not the ramps) at the Ebenezer Point boat ramp site off of Rt 1008.

Stand (or sit) behind the right hand metal dock, look straight across Beaverdam Creek and you will see a large dead pine. Scan a short distance to the right and just below the top of a living pine you will see the nest. Fun to see the eagles in the nest, perched in the dead pine or cruising over Beaverdam Creek.

Best if you have a scope, but you can see them in binocs.

For me, with limited mobility, it is great to get out of the car, set up the scope on level blacktop and perch in a chair. A week day might be better to avoid all of boat launching.

There is also a fox sparrow that has been hanging out for the last month in the woods to the right of the rt boat dock. Close to the water's edge. Keep an eye out for Bonaparte's gulls on Beaverdam Creek.

Enjoy,

Tom

Tom Krakauer
Bahama, NC




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Date: 1/31/17 8:52 pm
From: \Mark McShane\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Anna's Hummingbird - Buxton - 1/21/2017 - Video Post
Hi All,

I was able to add some brief handheld phonescoped video to my eBird checklist
that some might enjoy! Instructions for downloading and playing the raw Apple
MOV video files are in the checklist, and the video clips are available on
Flickr as well.

eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33822335

Also, a brief amazing article from David Sibley concerning the basics of
iridescence in hummingbirds:
http://www.sibleyguides.com/2011/09/the-basics-of-iridescence-in-hummingbirds/

Thanks so much to Ann and her family for so graciously sharing such an
absolute gem of a North Carolina hummingbird with everyone!

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
www.neargareport.com
 

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Date: 1/31/17 10:30 am
From: \Jeff Click\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Blue Wall Birding Festival, Upstate SC, May 11-14
Birders,

Registration is open for the third annual Blue Wall Birding Festival, held
in Upstate South Carolina, from May 11-14, 2017. This small festival is
again being hosted by South Carolina State Parks, and is meant to showcase
the great spring birding that the area has to offer, as well as the area's
fantastic state parks. Birders who attended either of the first two
festivals or the Carolina Bird Club meeting at Clemson in 2015 can attest to
the great birding that Upstate SC has to offer in the spring.

Festival field trips will include The SC Botanical Garden at Clemson, the
Townville area, the Nine Times Preserve, Table Rock and Caesars Head State
Parks, Lake Jocassee, and Lake Conestee Nature Park. New this year is the
inclusion of some butterfly-focused field trips. Participation will be
capped at 50 birders. For more information , click the link below or drop
me a line.

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.gcbirdclub.org_BlueWall.html&d=CwICAg&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=sLFjKI9i5g7Agoln3cQByz76M5TQhbDB_4AY_rTB7RI&s=bzd3i3HxIM8TmuwPj6uhyKvAa7_0LBNW2KoVlsiBAl4&e=

Good birding,

Jeff Click
Easley, SC
864-508-2351

 

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Date: 1/31/17 6:47 am
From: Irvin Pitts <pittsjam...>
Subject: A Pine Siskin, finally
Hello birders,
I saw a Pine Siskin this morning in a flock of American Goldfinches at the Hope Ferry Landing in Lexington County, SC. This is the first one I've encountered in the SC midlands all winter and E-bird shows only a scattering of reports.

Irvin Pitts
Lexington, SC
 

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Date: 1/31/17 4:11 am
From: Lynn Erla Beegle (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Followup to "One-day visit to the NC Coast"
Followup to "one-day visit to the NC Coast"
Thank you to Harry LeGrand for that excellent description of our
16-hour trip from Raleigh to various places along the eastern Coastal
Plain of North Carolina on January 29. Three birders (Robin Myers,
Harry, and I ) detected ** 75 ** bird species and recorded nine
ebird.org checklists that day.
******Clarification: We missed the previously-reported GOLDEN EAGLE in
Alligator RIver NWR but we BELIEVE our friends who saw it! The quote
"Of course, the three of us will deny that later sighting, as we
covered each and every raptor along Saywer Lake Road, and no one else
saw it at that time either" is our "Aw-Shucks!" frustration of
searching for three hours and dipping. Our friends had a good long
look and they PHOTOGRAPHED the Golden Eagle at Sawyer Road in
Alligator River NWR. Congrats to Jeri Smart for getting the Golden
Eagle picture, taken just an hour or two after we left (we saw their
cars and talked to them while they were heading into Alligator River
NWR as we were leaving the refuge to head east to the pier). We were
SO CLOSE to seeing that Golden Eagle - we even saw the dead raccoon
that the eagle was perched on! But the eagle hid from us that morning,
and came out in the afternoon. As Harry said, "Hey, that's birding!"

Highlights include seeing PEREGRINE FALCON at THREE different
locations that day, including one eating a Rock Dove on the roof of
Jennette's Pier! That was almost as good as seeing the female COMMON
EIDER and the 37 lounging RAZORBILL !
Helpful Hint: Although we missed the Brewer's Blackbirds on Gum Swamp
Road near Lake Landing (Matamuskeet NWR area in NC), we DID see two
youth adding seed to birdfeeders near goats quite close to the
shoulder of that short road. I'd say look around those birdfeeders and
wait a half-hour or so if you want those blackbirds. We were running
out of light and time when we got there, and the Pungo observation
tower was a long drive away.
I will also put in another plug to use ebird.org for planning and
recording your birding trips. The hotspots let you study what's been
seen, and you can share your info with other birders.
Here are our nine ebird checklists (just change the last numbers in
the URL to get to each list, since the links tend to be very long when
listed in this listserv). We started driving in one car at 5:30 am and
we were home by 9:30 pm.
1-Beasley Road Pond, Washington Co, NC checklist:
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ebird.org_ebird_view_checklist_S34036291&d=CwIBaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=J95XITCbwgvuU8OLYQWws9eVC095PXeUDNT1AkY9Npw&s=P1uKXHfoZ1VlJMYtzwJyyMZ-4ii6otSf9CFsCacCYX4&e=
2-Creswell Catfish Ponds: S34036641 (Washington Co right along
Tyrrell Co border)
3-River Rd in Alligator River NWR, Dare Co: S34037233
4-Sawyer Lake Rd, same refuge: S34038280
5-Jennette's Pier, Dare Co: S34038486
6-Lake Landing, Matamuskeet NWR, Hyde Co: S34038607
7-Great Ditch/Gum Swamp Rd, next to same refuge (Brewer's Blackbird
area): S34038715
8-Canal Rd, same refuge: S34039133
9-Pungo Observation Tower in Pocosin Lakes NWR, Hyde Co: S34039226
Then home to Raleigh!
- Good birding to you all.
-- L Erla Beegle, Raleigh NC
 

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Date: 1/30/17 7:00 pm
From: David Gardner (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Sea Bird ID question?
Ah hah!
Thank you. I think you might be on to something with the Gannet. It was
definitely not on my radar because the plumage was not perfect. But, the
wing shape fits perfectly!
I was watching 3 Gannets further out about 500m out, diving. So it makes
sense.
Thank you Steve.
David

On Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 9:34 PM, Steve Shultz <sshultz...> wrote:

> So... jaegers. Think “gull”. The jaeger looks and feels much like a
> gull, albeit a gull on steroids. Flight and first impressions should be
> “that looks like a gull, but it’s not quite right”. So if it looked more
> or less like a gull, but wasn’t, then maybe a jaeger. Jaegers can be all
> dark. The most commonly seen from shore is Parasitic.
>
> On the other hand a frigatebird is huge. It will never be mistaken for a
> gull, but could conceivably be mistaken for, say, a Cessna. Frigatebirds
> soar, they generally don’t flap much, and when they do, they don’t really
> appear to be enjoying it. If the bird you saw was the size of a small
> plane, and soaring, or at least only swooping to the water in brief
> outings, consider a frigatebird. However frigates rarely fly in a straight
> line just above the water.
>
> A shearwater flies like little else. Think small jet fighter. All banks
> and turns with set wings (kinda stubby in Manx) It won’t flap much unless
> there is little to no wind, but when it does, it’s generally labored and
> quick. Think accipter... flap, flap, glide. The shearwater would be right
> above the water, banking and turning, likely not flying straight and
> level.
>
> If it flew like a bumblebee... small, buzzy, compact, in a whir of wings,
> maybe you saw a Razorbill. Black and white, waterbird, potentially stands
> out as unusual. Think football with wings. And not too graceful either.
>
> One option that makes sense is a gannet. The 1st year birds display all
> sorts of plumages from all dark to something like what you describe, the
> wings would be obviously long and pointed, and the bird may fly just above
> the water. It’s big and a strong flier. The range of plumages on young
> birds can be surprising, and even folks used to seeing gannets might stop
> and look at one of these birds twice.
>
> Otherwise, gulls are an obvious possibility, with young Herring Gulls a
> dark brown that could appear darker depending on the light. Similarly, a
> Laughing Gull in winter plumage might fit the bill.
>
> Steve Shultz
> Apex, NC
>
>
> *From:* David Gardner (via carolinabirds Mailing List)
> *Sent:* Monday, January 30, 2017 7:34 PM
> *To:* Jack Rogers
> *Cc:* <carolinabirds...>
> *Subject:* Re: Sea Bird ID question?
>
> I would love for it to be a Manx - that would be a lifer, but at least
> with Sibley, it appears that the Shearwater wings appear much straighter
> than the wings of the bird i observed, which is why i got a slight
> impression of a Frigate bird. I will say, the coloration does match
> perfectly, it's just the shape of the wings that seems contrary.
> David
>
> On Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 6:37 PM, Jack Rogers <jack...> wrote:
>
>> Not a Manx Shearwater, was it? Certainly matches your description.
>>
>> On Mon, Jan 30, 2017, 6:36 PM David Gardner <carolinabirds...>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Hi Folks,
>>> I'm staying on Jekyll Island, GA (I know not technically carolinabirds
>>> territory, but figured you could help with the ID).
>>> I was on the beach just before sunset (sun behind me - if that helps
>>> understand the lighting), and saw what appeared to be a black/very dark
>>> brown backed and winged bird with very pointed wings, white or pale belly
>>> and dark neck and head, flying very purposefully with powerful wing beats
>>> about 10ft off of the water.
>>> The first species that came to mind was a jaeger species - but I
>>> definitely did not see the white patches on the wings on the top or
>>> underside of the wings. Thinking that that rules out the jaegers (I may be
>>> wrong), the next thought was an odd looking Frigate bird. I say that just
>>> to give you an idea of the overall impression, because I'm pretty convinced
>>> it was not one. Key things that it didn't have was - it did not have an
>>> exceptionally long tail, and even though it had very aggressively angled
>>> wings, the wings did not appear long enough to be a frigatebird. Also, I
>>> did not notice a significant bill.
>>> So, my conclusion is a jaeger without the white patches, but I don't
>>> know if that is possible. If that's the case, then which jaeger
>>> (Pomarine?). Any thoughts, insights on this would be helpful.
>>> Thanks,
>>> David
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> --
>>
>> Jack Rogers
>> Mt Pleasant, SC
>>
>
>

 

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Date: 1/30/17 6:36 pm
From: Steve Shultz <sshultz...>
Subject: Re: Sea Bird ID question?
So... jaegers. Think “gull”. The jaeger looks and feels much like a gull, albeit a gull on steroids. Flight and first impressions should be “that looks like a gull, but it’s not quite right”. So if it looked more or less like a gull, but wasn’t, then maybe a jaeger. Jaegers can be all dark. The most commonly seen from shore is Parasitic.

On the other hand a frigatebird is huge. It will never be mistaken for a gull, but could conceivably be mistaken for, say, a Cessna. Frigatebirds soar, they generally don’t flap much, and when they do, they don’t really appear to be enjoying it. If the bird you saw was the size of a small plane, and soaring, or at least only swooping to the water in brief outings, consider a frigatebird. However frigates rarely fly in a straight line just above the water.

A shearwater flies like little else. Think small jet fighter. All banks and turns with set wings (kinda stubby in Manx) It won’t flap much unless there is little to no wind, but when it does, it’s generally labored and quick. Think accipter... flap, flap, glide. The shearwater would be right above the water, banking and turning, likely not flying straight and level.

If it flew like a bumblebee... small, buzzy, compact, in a whir of wings, maybe you saw a Razorbill. Black and white, waterbird, potentially stands out as unusual. Think football with wings. And not too graceful either.

One option that makes sense is a gannet. The 1st year birds display all sorts of plumages from all dark to something like what you describe, the wings would be obviously long and pointed, and the bird may fly just above the water. It’s big and a strong flier. The range of plumages on young birds can be surprising, and even folks used to seeing gannets might stop and look at one of these birds twice.

Otherwise, gulls are an obvious possibility, with young Herring Gulls a dark brown that could appear darker depending on the light. Similarly, a Laughing Gull in winter plumage might fit the bill.

Steve Shultz
Apex, NC


From: David Gardner (via carolinabirds Mailing List)
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2017 7:34 PM
To: Jack Rogers
Cc: <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Sea Bird ID question?

I would love for it to be a Manx - that would be a lifer, but at least with Sibley, it appears that the Shearwater wings appear much straighter than the wings of the bird i observed, which is why i got a slight impression of a Frigate bird. I will say, the coloration does match perfectly, it's just the shape of the wings that seems contrary.

David


On Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 6:37 PM, Jack Rogers <jack...> wrote:

Not a Manx Shearwater, was it? Certainly matches your description.


On Mon, Jan 30, 2017, 6:36 PM David Gardner <carolinabirds...> wrote:

Hi Folks,
I'm staying on Jekyll Island, GA (I know not technically carolinabirds territory, but figured you could help with the ID).
I was on the beach just before sunset (sun behind me - if that helps understand the lighting), and saw what appeared to be a black/very dark brown backed and winged bird with very pointed wings, white or pale belly and dark neck and head, flying very purposefully with powerful wing beats about 10ft off of the water.
The first species that came to mind was a jaeger species - but I definitely did not see the white patches on the wings on the top or underside of the wings. Thinking that that rules out the jaegers (I may be wrong), the next thought was an odd looking Frigate bird. I say that just to give you an idea of the overall impression, because I'm pretty convinced it was not one. Key things that it didn't have was - it did not have an exceptionally long tail, and even though it had very aggressively angled wings, the wings did not appear long enough to be a frigatebird. Also, I did not notice a significant bill.
So, my conclusion is a jaeger without the white patches, but I don't know if that is possible. If that's the case, then which jaeger (Pomarine?). Any thoughts, insights on this would be helpful.
Thanks,
David

Sent from my iPhone
--

Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, SC


 

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Date: 1/30/17 4:34 pm
From: David Gardner (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Sea Bird ID question?
I would love for it to be a Manx - that would be a lifer, but at least with
Sibley, it appears that the Shearwater wings appear much straighter than
the wings of the bird i observed, which is why i got a slight impression of
a Frigate bird. I will say, the coloration does match perfectly, it's just
the shape of the wings that seems contrary.
David

On Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 6:37 PM, Jack Rogers <jack...> wrote:

> Not a Manx Shearwater, was it? Certainly matches your description.
>
> On Mon, Jan 30, 2017, 6:36 PM David Gardner <carolinabirds...>
> wrote:
>
>> Hi Folks,
>> I'm staying on Jekyll Island, GA (I know not technically carolinabirds
>> territory, but figured you could help with the ID).
>> I was on the beach just before sunset (sun behind me - if that helps
>> understand the lighting), and saw what appeared to be a black/very dark
>> brown backed and winged bird with very pointed wings, white or pale belly
>> and dark neck and head, flying very purposefully with powerful wing beats
>> about 10ft off of the water.
>> The first species that came to mind was a jaeger species - but I
>> definitely did not see the white patches on the wings on the top or
>> underside of the wings. Thinking that that rules out the jaegers (I may be
>> wrong), the next thought was an odd looking Frigate bird. I say that just
>> to give you an idea of the overall impression, because I'm pretty convinced
>> it was not one. Key things that it didn't have was - it did not have an
>> exceptionally long tail, and even though it had very aggressively angled
>> wings, the wings did not appear long enough to be a frigatebird. Also, I
>> did not notice a significant bill.
>> So, my conclusion is a jaeger without the white patches, but I don't know
>> if that is possible. If that's the case, then which jaeger (Pomarine?). Any
>> thoughts, insights on this would be helpful.
>> Thanks,
>> David
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>
> --
>
> Jack Rogers
> Mt Pleasant, SC
>

 

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Date: 1/30/17 3:38 pm
From: Jack Rogers <jack...>
Subject: Re: Sea Bird ID question?
Not a Manx Shearwater, was it? Certainly matches your description.

On Mon, Jan 30, 2017, 6:36 PM David Gardner <carolinabirds...> wrote:

> Hi Folks,
> I'm staying on Jekyll Island, GA (I know not technically carolinabirds
> territory, but figured you could help with the ID).
> I was on the beach just before sunset (sun behind me - if that helps
> understand the lighting), and saw what appeared to be a black/very dark
> brown backed and winged bird with very pointed wings, white or pale belly
> and dark neck and head, flying very purposefully with powerful wing beats
> about 10ft off of the water.
> The first species that came to mind was a jaeger species - but I
> definitely did not see the white patches on the wings on the top or
> underside of the wings. Thinking that that rules out the jaegers (I may be
> wrong), the next thought was an odd looking Frigate bird. I say that just
> to give you an idea of the overall impression, because I'm pretty convinced
> it was not one. Key things that it didn't have was - it did not have an
> exceptionally long tail, and even though it had very aggressively angled
> wings, the wings did not appear long enough to be a frigatebird. Also, I
> did not notice a significant bill.
> So, my conclusion is a jaeger without the white patches, but I don't know
> if that is possible. If that's the case, then which jaeger (Pomarine?). Any
> thoughts, insights on this would be helpful.
> Thanks,
> David
>
> Sent from my iPhone

--

Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, SC

 

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Date: 1/30/17 3:37 pm
From: David Gardner (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Sea Bird ID question?
Hi Folks,
I'm staying on Jekyll Island, GA (I know not technically carolinabirds territory, but figured you could help with the ID).
I was on the beach just before sunset (sun behind me - if that helps understand the lighting), and saw what appeared to be a black/very dark brown backed and winged bird with very pointed wings, white or pale belly and dark neck and head, flying very purposefully with powerful wing beats about 10ft off of the water.
The first species that came to mind was a jaeger species - but I definitely did not see the white patches on the wings on the top or underside of the wings. Thinking that that rules out the jaegers (I may be wrong), the next thought was an odd looking Frigate bird. I say that just to give you an idea of the overall impression, because I'm pretty convinced it was not one. Key things that it didn't have was - it did not have an exceptionally long tail, and even though it had very aggressively angled wings, the wings did not appear long enough to be a frigatebird. Also, I did not notice a significant bill.
So, my conclusion is a jaeger without the white patches, but I don't know if that is possible. If that's the case, then which jaeger (Pomarine?). Any thoughts, insights on this would be helpful.
Thanks,
David

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Date: 1/30/17 2:48 pm
From: Rbakelaar (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Anna's/Hyde Co Brewer's BB
All,

After seeing the Anna's Hummingbird in Buxton, I made my way to Hyde County to try for the Brewer's Blackbirds on Gum Swamp Road. After about 30 minutes of searching through the mobile flock of Cowbirds with one Red-winged BB and one Common Grackle, I saw a lone bird on the fence of the first horse pen which posed for a while calling. It was a female Brewers; I did not see any others, but they could very well have been in the taller grass in that pen.

Ryan Bakelaar
Durham, NC.


saw one bird on the horse pen fence

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Date: 1/30/17 8:47 am
From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Wood Stork at Pungo Lake, NC
Looks like Erla Beegle, Robin Myers, and I missed still another good bird
yesterday! After I got home, I got an e-mail from Ric Carter, who did not
know whom to send a rare bird report or photo, so I forwarded it on to Josh
Southern. Yesterday (Jan. 29), he saw and photographed an immature WOOD
STORK at Pungo Lake! Quite rare that far north, especially in midwinter.
The photo is at close range and is clearly a Wood Storkk.

I don't know at what time of the day he had seen it, but it sure would have
been nice to know about the bird by the time the three of us stepped onto
the platform!

I think it best NOT to tally up the good birds we didn't see yesterday! At
least, for me none was a state bird, but a few would have been state birds
or lifers for my traveling partners. Hey -- that's birding!

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh

 

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Date: 1/30/17 8:41 am
From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: One-day visit to the NC coast
Yesterday, Erla Beegle, Robin Myers, and I made a long loop trip from
Raleigh to Nags Head via Alligator River, Mattamuskeet, and Pungo refuges.
Here is a summary of the better observations (and misses).

*Beasley Road pond*: At this borrow pond at the intersection of US 64 and
Beasley Road, we picked out a minimum of 2 CACKLING GEESE amid about 1200
Canada Geese (a lot more Canadas than I had seen there before). While
there, we saw 6 ducks fly over our heads; one was a tad smaller, so we
concentrated on the 5 birds with dark heads, white underparts, and white
secondary patches. These were 5 COMMON MERGANSERS -- several males and
several females. They were heading southward, maybe to Lake Phelps, where
the species winters routinely. I had never seen Common Mergansers from
directly below before! But, the green heads on some and rufous on a few
others were quite obvious.

*Creswell ponds*: There are now only two ponds on the south side of US 64
just east of Creswell; one or two were filled in for whatever reason. There
were large numbers of Canada Geese on them, but as always the light is poor
for observation as one looks to the south into the sun. The second pond,
just inside the Washington County line near the Tyrrell County sign, did
have 5 more mergansers. Four were RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, but one was
another COMMON MERGANSER. Because of the light, we could be sure if a male
or female, but the clean-cut head-neck separation and rather flattened head
with no crest was obvious. (Interestingly, late in the afternoon Derb
Carter and Ricky Davis had 5 Cackling Geese and one Greater White-fronted
Goose at this pond.) It is possible we overlooked them due to harsh light,
and we were concentrating on the mergansers.

*Alligator River NWR*: Though we saw lots of waterfowl and shorebirds here
-- River Road and Sawyer Lake Road -- we could not find the Golden Eagle
reported 2 days earlier, though the bird was supposedly seen later, after
we left. Of course, the three of us will deny that later sighting, as we
covered each and every raptor along Saywer Lake Road, and no one else saw
it at that time either.

*Jennette's Pier*: The report of over 100 Manx Shearwaters being seen in
the morning from the pier prompted us to head to the pier, and we got there
before 12:30 pm. Sadly the flight of them had faded by noon, and none were
seen during the hour we were there. For consolation, we did see 30 or more
RAZORBILLS on the water, plus a few dozen more flying by; the female COMMON
EIDER; and 2-3 Humpback Whales.

*Mattamuskeet NWR*: We hurried down to Lake Landing, but could not find the
Eurasian Wigeon due to hard light, though it was reported during the day.
We also failed to find the Brewer's Blackbirds at Gum Swamp Road horse pen
area. At the overlook north of the lodge, there were a lot of waterfowl,
including a few dozen CANVASBACKS, but no rarities there, nor in the
triangular impoundment.

*Pungo refuge*: We got to the refuge while the sun was still up, but no
swans or geese were in the fields. So, we made the drive to the observation
tower at Pungo Lake. In the fading light, Erla picked out 4 small geese
that we finally concluded were the 4 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE seen a few
days earlier by Matt Daw. We could not find a Trumpeter Swan on the lake
(nor at Mattamuskeet), though with thousands of swans on the lake, a few
distant Trumpeters could have been there.

So -- we missed a bunch of good birds reported the same day by others,
but we did come up with a few Cackling and Greater White-fronted Geese,
Common Mergansers at two new spots, lots of Razorbills, a Common Eider, and
a few Humpback Whales -- not bad for a one-day trip.

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh

 

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Date: 1/29/17 4:28 pm
From: Ron <waxwing...>
Subject: Re: Post-OBX rarities
I saw the same flock. I guessed at least 10,000, but I’m sure the number was higher. Quite a sight watching them work the field. I spent ten minutes and saw one Yellow-headed. Back to the Eurasian Wigeon...it took much scanning to find it, even though it isn’t a big lake. Two of us were looking for it. We saw the hybrid in just a few minutes, but had to work at finding the “good” one.

Ron Clark
Kings Mtn. NC








From: Matt Janson (via carolinabirds Mailing List)
Sent: Sunday, January 29, 2017 5:06 PM
To: Ron Clark
Cc: Jack Rogers ; Carolinabirds Listserve
Subject: Re: Post-OBX rarities

Clarification:
The Yellow-headed Blackbird[s] were located in a large flock of blackbirds off US-264 at the Hyde-Dare County line around the vicinity of Airport Road (north of Engelhard).

Good birding,
Matt Janson
Charlotte, NC

On Jan 29, 2017, at 1:40 PM, Ron Clark <waxwing...> wrote:


Eurasian wIgeon is still there. It took me about 15 minutes to find it. Hybrid also

Ron Clark
Kings Mtn. NC

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On Jan 29, 2017, at 12:46 PM, Jack Rogers <mailto:jack@ 4rogers.com> wrote:


All,
Martina, Matt, and I started heading home this morning. First birds of note was at least 1 (probably 2, likely more) Yellow-headed Blackbird mixed in with about 600,000 other blackbird species (mostly RW) in an agricultural field off 64 directly north of Airport road (I think Dare county, but we were very close to the county line). About 5,000 Rustys in there too.
Our second attempt was for the Eurasian Wigeon continuing at Mattamuskeet. We were unable to find it but did relocate the hybrid American x Eurasian found yesterday. We had about 30-50 thousand geese flyover. Mostly Snows from what I could see, but 1 Greater White-fronted and 2 Ross's, all heading south.
We were able to relocate the Clay-colored Sparrow on Newland road near Creswell in Washington county right next to the boarded up white house with the brush pile next to it. It was in the brush pile and foraging in the corn field.
We also looked for the Common Mergansers at Phelps Lake but were unable to find a single one. We had about 35 Canvasbacks however which was nice.
Great weekend everybody
Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, SC
--

Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, SC

 

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Date: 1/29/17 2:07 pm
From: Matt Janson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Post-OBX rarities
Clarification:
The Yellow-headed Blackbird[s] were located in a large flock of blackbirds off US-264 at the Hyde-Dare County line around the vicinity of Airport Road (north of Engelhard).

Good birding,
Matt Janson
Charlotte, NC

> On Jan 29, 2017, at 1:40 PM, Ron Clark <waxwing...> wrote:
>
> Eurasian wIgeon is still there. It took me about 15 minutes to find it. Hybrid also
>
> Ron Clark
> Kings Mtn. NC
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Jan 29, 2017, at 12:46 PM, Jack Rogers <jack...> wrote:
>>
>> All,
>> Martina, Matt, and I started heading home this morning. First birds of note was at least 1 (probably 2, likely more) Yellow-headed Blackbird mixed in with about 600,000 other blackbird species (mostly RW) in an agricultural field off 64 directly north of Airport road (I think Dare county, but we were very close to the county line). About 5,000 Rustys in there too.
>> Our second attempt was for the Eurasian Wigeon continuing at Mattamuskeet. We were unable to find it but did relocate the hybrid American x Eurasian found yesterday. We had about 30-50 thousand geese flyover. Mostly Snows from what I could see, but 1 Greater White-fronted and 2 Ross's, all heading south.
>> We were able to relocate the Clay-colored Sparrow on Newland road near Creswell in Washington county right next to the boarded up white house with the brush pile next to it. It was in the brush pile and foraging in the corn field.
>> We also looked for the Common Mergansers at Phelps Lake but were unable to find a single one. We had about 35 Canvasbacks however which was nice.
>> Great weekend everybody
>> Jack Rogers
>> Mt Pleasant, SC
>> --
>> Jack Rogers
>> Mt Pleasant, SC

 

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Date: 1/29/17 1:28 pm
From: Derb Carter <derbc...>
Subject: White fronted and cackling geese
One white fronted and five cackling geese on pond on south side of Highway 64 1 mile east of Creswll NC.

Derb Carter

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Date: 1/29/17 12:08 pm
From: Edith Tatum (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Kittyhawk meeting
Thank you to everyone who had a hand in putting together this great meeting. I for one appreciate you.
I especially liked birding with the young birders.
Edith Tatum
Durham, NC

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Date: 1/29/17 10:41 am
From: Ron Clark <waxwing...>
Subject: Re: Post-OBX rarities
Eurasian wIgeon is still there. It took me about 15 minutes to find it. Hybrid also

Ron Clark
Kings Mtn. NC

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 29, 2017, at 12:46 PM, Jack Rogers <jack...> wrote:
>
> All,
> Martina, Matt, and I started heading home this morning. First birds of note was at least 1 (probably 2, likely more) Yellow-headed Blackbird mixed in with about 600,000 other blackbird species (mostly RW) in an agricultural field off 64 directly north of Airport road (I think Dare county, but we were very close to the county line). About 5,000 Rustys in there too.
> Our second attempt was for the Eurasian Wigeon continuing at Mattamuskeet. We were unable to find it but did relocate the hybrid American x Eurasian found yesterday. We had about 30-50 thousand geese flyover. Mostly Snows from what I could see, but 1 Greater White-fronted and 2 Ross's, all heading south.
> We were able to relocate the Clay-colored Sparrow on Newland road near Creswell in Washington county right next to the boarded up white house with the brush pile next to it. It was in the brush pile and foraging in the corn field.
> We also looked for the Common Mergansers at Phelps Lake but were unable to find a single one. We had about 35 Canvasbacks however which was nice.
> Great weekend everybody
> Jack Rogers
> Mt Pleasant, SC
> --
> Jack Rogers
> Mt Pleasant, SC

 

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Date: 1/29/17 9:47 am
From: Jack Rogers <jack...>
Subject: Post-OBX rarities
All,
Martina, Matt, and I started heading home this morning. First birds of
note was at least 1 (probably 2, likely more) Yellow-headed Blackbird mixed
in with about 600,000 other blackbird species (mostly RW) in an
agricultural field off 64 directly north of Airport road (I think Dare
county, but we were very close to the county line). About 5,000 Rustys in
there too.
Our second attempt was for the Eurasian Wigeon continuing at Mattamuskeet.
We were unable to find it but did relocate the hybrid American x Eurasian
found yesterday. We had about 30-50 thousand geese flyover. Mostly Snows
from what I could see, but 1 Greater White-fronted and 2 Ross's, all
heading south.
We were able to relocate the Clay-colored Sparrow on Newland road near
Creswell in Washington county right next to the boarded up white house with
the brush pile next to it. It was in the brush pile and foraging in the
corn field.
We also looked for the Common Mergansers at Phelps Lake but were unable to
find a single one. We had about 35 Canvasbacks however which was nice.
Great weekend everybody
Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, SC
--

Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, SC

 

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Date: 1/29/17 7:09 am
From: Derb Carter <derbc...>
Subject: Manx Sheatwater
Unprecedented southern movement off Jeannettes pier Nags Head NC. Count at 114 so far some quite close. Humpback Whale passed within 100 feet of end of pier.

Derb Carter

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Date: 1/29/17 6:10 am
From: \Harry E. LeGrand Jr\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Beasley Road pond birds, NC
Amid the 1000 Canada Geese were 2 Cackling Geese at a minimum. Also a group of 5 Common Mergansers flew overhead but did not land -- headed to Lake Phelps?

Then at the eastern Creswell pond next to the Tyrrell County line were another Common Merganser with 4 Red- breasted Mergansers, and lots more Canada Geese. Tons of Canada's on many of the borrow ponds along US 64 this morning.

Harry LeGrand


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Date: 1/29/17 5:34 am
From: Jamie Adams (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Common Eider, Wrightsville Beach. NC
In banks channel now floating towards the south causeway. At current clip will float under in about 20 minutes.

Jamie Adams
Wilmington, NC

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Date: 1/28/17 1:02 pm
From: Steve <sshultz...>
Subject: Manx Shearwater
With feeding flocks of Bonies 2 miles north of Jeanette's Pier.

Steve Shultz
Nags Head NC
 

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Date: 1/28/17 10:59 am
From: ann maddock (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Anna's and an inquiry
Hi Folks

Many of the visitors to see the adult male Anna's in the yard have asked me
about my recommendations for where in Arizona to best see a variety of
hummingbirds, and I have mentioned Mary Jo Ballator's Ash Canyon Bed and
Breakfast in SE AZ. In two days in June of last year, I observed 7
different species of ADULT MALE Hummingbirds in her yard! Magnificent,
Broadbilled, Lucifer, Black chinned, Anna's, Violet Crowned, and Costas.
Also, she has very nice facilities for overnight guests- and her
hospitality is second to none. ( yes, this is the location of the woman
with a parrot on her shoulder!)

I also promised to share with you her new email address in case you want to
get in touch with her?
<mjballator...>

And, the male Anna's continues here - now treating many guests to his
unique dive display from about 60 feet up in the sky- aimed at the hermit
thrush 😊

Ann



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Date: 1/28/17 10:57 am
From: Mandy Cumming (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Snow Bunting continues at Cape Hatteras
Snow Bunting still present on the point. Phil and I are looking at it now.

On Jan 28, 2017 11:44 AM, "Pamela Ford" <carolinabirds...> wrote:

> Vicky Burke relocated the Snow Bunting on the point at Cape Hatteras. Very
> close looks were enjoyed by all in the CBC field trip led by Bruce Smithson.
> Pam Ford
> Charleston
> Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 1/28/17 10:03 am
From: Betsy Kane (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Orange-crowned warbler (continuing)
Another decent look at the orange-crowned warbler at the suet feeder this
morning in central Raleigh. Continuing.

Betsy Kane

 

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Date: 1/28/17 9:26 am
From: Steve <sshultz...>
Subject: Common Goldeneye
Hen along bulkhead, south dike North Pond PINWR.

Steve Shultz
Nags Head NC
 

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Date: 1/28/17 9:01 am
From: Steve <sshultz...>
Subject: Long-tailed Duck
Currently at Oregon Inlet marina. Best viewing from "old propeller"

Steve Shultz
Oregon Inlet - Dare NC
 

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Date: 1/28/17 8:44 am
From: Pamela Ford (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Snow Bunting continues at Cape Hatteras
Vicky Burke relocated the Snow Bunting on the point at Cape Hatteras. Very close looks were enjoyed by all in the CBC field trip led by Bruce Smithson.
Pam Ford
Charleston
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Date: 1/28/17 8:38 am
From: Derb Carter <derbc...>
Subject: Jeanette's Pier
Big alcid movement right now. A few thousand razorbills. Razorbills and Dovekies close on water. 5-6 Manx Shearwaters. Flyby Harlequin Duck.

Derb Carter

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Date: 1/28/17 7:14 am
From: Jamie Adams (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Pair of Loggerhead Shrike, ILM Wilmington, NC
A pair sitting on same branch, first time seeing that for me. By the Veterans Affairs building when first coming into main airport entrance.

Jamie Adams
Wilmington, NC



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Date: 1/28/17 7:01 am
From: Jamie Adams (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Long-eared Owl?
Looks like a case of phone app and fat fingers. I know I do it too.

Jamie

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On Jan 28, 2017, at 9:33 AM, Jack Rogers <jack...><mailto:<jack...>> wrote:


I was there last night; there were no Long-eareds.

On Sat, Jan 28, 2017, 9:05 AM Jamie Adams <carolinabirds...><mailto:<carolinabirds...>> wrote:
Is that Long-eared Owl report for real or a mistaken Great Horned in eBird?

Jamie Adams
Wilmington, NC

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Date: 1/28/17 6:34 am
From: Jack Rogers <jack...>
Subject: Re: Long-eared Owl?
I was there last night; there were no Long-eareds.

On Sat, Jan 28, 2017, 9:05 AM Jamie Adams <carolinabirds...> wrote:

> Is that Long-eared Owl report for real or a mistaken Great Horned in eBird?
>
> Jamie Adams
> Wilmington, NC
>
> Sent from my iPad
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Date: 1/28/17 6:05 am
From: Jamie Adams (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Long-eared Owl?
Is that Long-eared Owl report for real or a mistaken Great Horned in eBird?

Jamie Adams
Wilmington, NC

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Date: 1/28/17 5:26 am
From: Christopher Reidy (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Red-cockaded Woodpecker
I want to say thanks to all those folks who provided me with detailed information about where to look for Red-cockaded Woodpecker and Bachman’s Sparrow! As many of you suggested, Weymouth Woods did not disappoint. Within 15 minutes of arriving at the Nature Center I heard some rattle-like calls that I recognized from by bird song CDs and moments later a Red-cockaded Woodpecker appeared in some nearby pines giving me excellent looks at the bird. There were also several Brown-headed Nuthatches coming to the feeders, which was another treat! After Weymouth I headed to the coast with the intention of putting in some time for Bachman’s Sparrow, but on arriving I was so impressed with the vegetation I spent the entire next day botanizing and photographing plants, which I enjoyed a great deal.

Do let me know if anyone is planning a trip to Oregon in the future and I will be happy to provide you with anything I know about your target species.

Thanks again,

Christopher Reidy
Portland, OR





 

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Date: 1/27/17 5:08 pm
From: Rbakelaar (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Bodie Island Saw-Whet
All,

I met Alan Gamache at the Bodie Island lighthouse access road trying for Saw whets. After much patient listening, we finally heard a single individual briefly toot and then give two brief barking type calls. The bird was in the clump of tall pines behind the lighthouse proper parking lot. Not the most satisfying of Saw whet experiences, but beggars can't be choosers.

Good birding,

Ryan Bakelaar
Durham, NC



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Date: 1/27/17 2:56 pm
From: Jack Rogers <jack...>
Subject: Re: Short Eared Owls at ANWR
Also had a Woodcock flyover on the way out, 2 American Bitterns flying
around the field too.
Amazing day!

On Fri, Jan 27, 2017, 5:54 PM JILL MIDGETT <carolinabirds...> wrote:

> Saw three at 5:20 in usual cut cornfield on Milltail road. Nice long looks
> perched and in flight. Large crowd of CBC members were delighted!
>
> Jill Midgett
>
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Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, SC

 

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Date: 1/27/17 2:54 pm
From: JILL MIDGETT (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Short Eared Owls at ANWR
Saw three at 5:20 in usual cut cornfield on Milltail road. Nice long looks
perched and in flight. Large crowd of CBC members were delighted!

Jill Midgett

 

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Date: 1/27/17 11:52 am
From: \Thomas A. Driscoll\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Golden Eagle-Alligator NWR
Vern Bothwell and I saw it from Milltail Rd looking west behind the operations building at 12:30pm. Thanks for posting Jack.

Have a great day,
Tom

> On Jan 27, 2017, at 2:22 PM, Jim G (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> wrote:
>
> Hello Jack and Carolina Birders,
>
> Has anyone been able to relocate the Golden Eagle spotted this morning (somewhere ) along the long drive of Sawyer Road in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge? I'm going to look after work 4 pm and am curious to hear of the most recent reports. Or perhaps receive more detailed directions.
>
> Thanks for your help,
>
> Jim Gould
> Southern Shores, NC
>
>> On Jan 27, 2017 8:50 AM, "Jack Rogers" <jack...> wrote:
>> All,
>> Matt Janson and I's CBC trip to Alligator just found a near adult Golden Eagle on Sawyer Lake road off of Milltail road. Got great pics and all members of the group are looking at it. Hopefully will stick around for our afternoon trip.
>> Jack Rogers, Mt Pleasant, SC
>> --
>> Jack Rogers
>> Mt Pleasant, SC

 

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Date: 1/27/17 11:41 am
From: Dwayne Martin (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Razorbills, Manx Shearwater
Our group this afternoon had at least 4 Manx Shearwaters from Jeanette's
Pier.


On Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM Derb Carter <derbc...> wrote:

> Lots of razorbills and two flyby Manx shearwaters off Jeanettes pier in
> nags head
>
> Derb Carter
>
> Sent from my iPhone

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Dwayne
*************
Dwayne Martin
Hickory, NC
<redxbill...>

 

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Date: 1/27/17 11:23 am
From: Jim G (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Golden Eagle-Alligator NWR
Hello Jack and Carolina Birders,

Has anyone been able to relocate the Golden Eagle spotted this morning
(somewhere ) along the long drive of Sawyer Road in the Alligator River
National Wildlife Refuge? I'm going to look after work 4 pm and am curious
to hear of the most recent reports. Or perhaps receive more detailed
directions.

Thanks for your help,

Jim Gould
Southern Shores, NC

On Jan 27, 2017 8:50 AM, "Jack Rogers" <jack...> wrote:

> All,
> Matt Janson and I's CBC trip to Alligator just found a near adult Golden
> Eagle on Sawyer Lake road off of Milltail road. Got great pics and all
> members of the group are looking at it. Hopefully will stick around for
> our afternoon trip.
> Jack Rogers, Mt Pleasant, SC
> --
>
> Jack Rogers
> Mt Pleasant, SC
>

 

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Date: 1/27/17 10:54 am
From: Jeff Lewis (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Lark Sparrow continues
The Lark Sparrow was seen by many up against the main building; currently it is back on the lawn beside the smaller building, which is between the 2nd and 3rd driveway.
Jeff Lewis

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> On Jan 27, 2017, at 8:14 AM, Jeff Lewis <jlewisbirds...> wrote:
>
> Found it this morning on the short lawn beside the boat ramp at the UNC- Coastal Studies Institute. Day 60!
>
> Jeff Lewis
> Manteo
>
> Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/27/17 8:58 am
From: Gilbert Grant (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: American White Pelicans over Sneads Ferry, Onslow County, NC
This morning there were 6 American White Pelicans circling over Alligator Bay in the Sneads Ferry area. Circling with them were 7 Brown Pelicans. Last seen flying southward around 09:30.

Gilbert S. Grant
Sneads Ferry, NC

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Date: 1/27/17 7:00 am
From: Derb Carter <derbc...>
Subject: Razorbills, Manx Shearwater
Lots of razorbills and two flyby Manx shearwaters off Jeanettes pier in nags head

Derb Carter

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Date: 1/27/17 6:09 am
From: Jamie Adams (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Female Canvasback, Airlie Gardens Wilmington NC
At Airlie Gardens now.

Jamie Adams
Wilmington, NC

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Date: 1/27/17 5:50 am
From: Jack Rogers <jack...>
Subject: Golden Eagle-Alligator NWR
All,
Matt Janson and I's CBC trip to Alligator just found a near adult Golden
Eagle on Sawyer Lake road off of Milltail road. Got great pics and all
members of the group are looking at it. Hopefully will stick around for
our afternoon trip.
Jack Rogers, Mt Pleasant, SC
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Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, SC

 

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Date: 1/27/17 5:15 am
From: Jeff Lewis (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Lark Sparrow continues
Found it this morning on the short lawn beside the boat ramp at the UNC- Coastal Studies Institute. Day 60!

Jeff Lewis
Manteo

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Date: 1/27/17 3:39 am
From: Jamie Adams (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: RE: New book recommendation
Not to split hairs, but he is no longer the current record holder. 4 people smashed his record this year. https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__listing.aba.org_-23annual_area_all_1&d=CwIGaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=PJ8Mh_5RoAmS09F4UIpb5gActeXWQ51YgFbyf19X7AE&s=hhqIUP9RQ78pWFbYw0IHmozoEf_7J0Q-_oDQgczciJo&e=

For some reason one of them is not on the list yet.

Jamie Adams
Wilmington, NC

From: <carolinabirds-request...> [mailto:<carolinabirds-request...>] On Behalf Of Beth Garver
Sent: Friday, January 27, 2017 12:45 AM
To: CBC <Carolinabirds...>
Subject: New book recommendation

Just finished the new book Lost Among the birds by Neil Hayward. He is the current ABA record holder for The Big Year. It's a great book! He is a fantastic writer and he includes info on not just the birds but the people he meets on this quest. He mentions at least four of our own Carolina birders in most favorable description. The book is a must read!!

Beth Garver
Guilford County, NC
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The Heavens declare the Glory of God!
Beth Garver
Guilford County, NC
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Date: 1/26/17 9:46 pm
From: Beth Garver (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: New book recommendation
Just finished the new book Lost Among the birds by Neil Hayward. He is the
current ABA record holder for The Big Year. It's a great book! He is a
fantastic writer and he includes info on not just the birds but the people
he meets on this quest. He mentions at least four of our own Carolina
birders in most favorable description. The book is a must read!!

Beth Garver
Guilford County, NC
--
The Heavens declare the Glory of God!
Beth Garver
Guilford County, NC

 

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Date: 1/26/17 6:48 pm
From: Rick Payne (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: 28 January CHBC Field Trip
On Saturday, 28 January 2017 the Chapel Hill Bird Club field trip will
visit various sites around Jordan Lake. Last Saturday was so foggy that we
stayed closer to home and birded Mason Farm, this Saturday we're going to
try again for Jordan Lake.

As usual we will meet at 7:30am at the Glen Lennox shopping center in
Chapel Hill and then head south to Jordan Lake. Our first stop will
probably be Ebenezer Point.

Dress warmly and join us!

Rick Payne

 

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Date: 1/26/17 3:19 pm
From: John Fussell <jofuss...>
Subject: Wilson's Plover at Fort Macon, NC
Yesterday morning I saw a Wilson's Plover at Fort Macon. It was resting on
the upper beach (tide was still fairly high at the time) with a small flock
of Semipalmated Plovers, about 1/2 mile W of the inlet.

This is the first Wilson's I've seen at Fort Macon in winter in several
years.

About 10 years ago, after a period of accretion created some fairly
extensive above-tidal flats next to the inlet, I occasionally saw Wilson's
there at high tide, associated with resting flocks of other shorebirds,
especially Semipalmated Plovers. One winter I had as many as 6 Wilson's in
December, and 5 in January.

Unfortunately, the park ruined that nice shorebird loafing habitat by
putting out Christmas trees and creating dunes. (I realize that dunes would
have probably formed in the area eventually anyway, but the Christmas trees
certainly hastened the process.)

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC

 

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Date: 1/26/17 1:34 pm
From: Jack Rogers <jack...>
Subject: Brant flocks-Ocracoke to Hatteras ferry
Hi all,
Matt Janson, Martina Nordstand and I just observed and photographed about
600, maybe 700 Brant on the ferry ride from Ocracoke to Hatteras.
Foraging, swimming, flapping. Most importantly, clearly not decoys!! All
of the flocks were very close to Hatteras island.
A great start to the weekend!
Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, SC
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Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, SC

 

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Date: 1/26/17 7:52 am
From: Jim G (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Fwd: Lark Sparrow
All,

I just saw the Lark Sparrow near the northwest corner of the retaining wall
in front on the Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese, NC. It took me all
of 2 minutes to spot the bird which was sitting on the wall then flew down
to a little flower bed at the base of the wall.

Good Luck (weather stinks now)

-Jim Gould
Southern Shores, NC

On Jan 26, 2017 10:45 AM, "Kent Fiala" <carolinabirds...> wrote:

> Autocorrect caught me again. Wanchese not Winchester.
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
> From: Kent Fiala <kent.fiala...>
> Date: Thu, Jan 26, 2017, 9:57 AM
> Subject: Lark Sparrow
> To: carolinabirds <carolinabirds...>
>
>
> With the CBC meeting coming up, more people may be interested in looking
> for the Lark Sparrow at the Coastal Studies Institute in Winchester. It was
> just seen around the retaining walls in front of the main building.
>
> Kent Fiala
> --
>
> Kent Fiala
> --
>
> Kent Fiala
>

 

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Date: 1/26/17 7:45 am
From: Kent Fiala (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Fwd: Lark Sparrow
Autocorrect caught me again. Wanchese not Winchester.

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Kent Fiala <kent.fiala...>
Date: Thu, Jan 26, 2017, 9:57 AM
Subject: Lark Sparrow
To: carolinabirds <carolinabirds...>


With the CBC meeting coming up, more people may be interested in looking
for the Lark Sparrow at the Coastal Studies Institute in Winchester. It was
just seen around the retaining walls in front of the main building.

Kent Fiala
--

Kent Fiala
--

Kent Fiala

 

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Date: 1/26/17 6:58 am
From: Kent Fiala (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Lark Sparrow
With the CBC meeting coming up, more people may be interested in looking
for the Lark Sparrow at the Coastal Studies Institute in Winchester. It was
just seen around the retaining walls in front of the main building.

Kent Fiala
--

Kent Fiala

 

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Date: 1/26/17 4:39 am
From: Shelley Rutkin <shelleyr...>
Subject: Anna's Hummingbird eBird hotspot
I have created an eBird hotspot for the Anna's Hummingbird in Buxton.
Please use this hotspot instead of a personal location for your sightings of
this bird. The name of the hotspot is "stakeout Anna's Hummingbird, Buxton
(2017)."

If you have already reported the bird, please change your observation to use
the hotspot. You can either merge your personal location into the hotspot
by using "Manage My Locations" or simply edit the observation and change the
location. I'm sorry for not getting this done sooner. Suggestions or
reminders about hotspots for rare birds are always welcome. Let me know if
you have any questions.

Shelley Rutkin
NC eBird Hotspot Administrator


 

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Date: 1/25/17 6:50 pm
From: <susan...>
Subject: Important: Anna's Hummingbird visits during the CBC meeting
All,

Providing the Anna's is still around:

If you are heading to the winter meeting on the OBX this weekend and
want to see the Anna's Hummingbird, the plan is for groups to go in the
mornings. Individual visits will not be logistically possible. Dwayne
Martin will lead on Friday AM, Derb Carter on Saturday AM and Steve
Schultz on Sunday AM.

Please check at the registration table for details/sign up.

Thank you!
Susan Campbell
Southern Pines, NC

 

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Date: 1/25/17 5:43 pm
From: nicholas (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: white-eyed vireos, Dare Co. NC, etc., 1/25/17
Hey all, working at Alligator River NWR this morning I had 2 White-eyed Vireos, 1 very cooperative, off Whipping Creek Rd. Also a cooperative Orange-crowned Warbler and Rusty Blackbird off that road. Heard 1 Common Yellowthroat along Laurel Bay Rd.


On the way home stopped by Jennette's Pier and saw the continuing Common Eider off the end of the pier. Marshes off Waterlily Rd. in Currituck Co. were pretty quiet at mid-afternoon but a Virginia Rail and Marsh Wren were calling.


Nick Flanders

Portsmouth, VA

 

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Date: 1/24/17 9:22 am
From: \gilbert grant\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: 51 Red Knots (2 flagged) on North Topsail Beach, NC today
This morning there were 51 Red Knots feeding on Donax clams on North Topsail
Beach, Onslow County, NC about 0.9 miles east of the intersection of New River
Inlet Road with Hwy 210. Two of these were wearing dark green flags with
letters.Interestingly, both were reported from this location on 10 January
also (according to bandedbirds.org). One was originally tagged in NJ in May
2016. Tagging info was not given for the second bird.

Gilbert S. Grant
Sneads Ferry, NC

 

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Date: 1/24/17 8:55 am
From: Christopher Hill <Chill...>
Subject: Recent Decisions, South Carolina Bird Records Committee
All,

The South Carolina Bird Records committee finished a round of voting recently, and Kent Fiala has uploaded the results here: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.carolinabirdclub.org_brc_SC_reports.html&d=CwIFAg&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=5fPFTQKCBkLY6t_0PMo8qCy_sYXCOFGT8PhU65GTCtQ&s=XIjJQqUL_Pf9SWyaLOoSJRQ_oaBiShQtGqKogJXtcuo&e=

It was a very straightforward year, with all decisions unanimous in favor, except for one report, a Masked Duck report from long long ago, recently uncovered. That one garnered two votes for acceptance, but failed to get the necessary tally to pass.

Full details on each record, with context, will as always be published in the Chat in 2017 (and also details on the last couple 2016 reports that still need a vote).

Thanks to all of you who submit rare bird reports.

Now I've got to go submit an Iceland Gull report from last Saturday...

Chris Hill
SCBRC chair
 

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Date: 1/24/17 6:38 am
From: Lester Coble (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Intergrade Fox Sparrow
Last Monday (Jan 16th) I observed a Fox Sparrow in Stoney Creek Park in
Goldsboro with a grey mantle. I queried myself, observing details for
several minutes and elected to call it a Taiga ssp. Since then I have
returned twice, missing the bird Saturday but relocating it today. It is
not a distinct schistacea (slate-colored fox sparrow). The lighter bill,
reddish (not dark) breast and side spotting, and very light but present
ruddy streaks in the grey back now suggest a canadian rocky mountain
intermediate form. Is there any historical evidence of this intermediate
form in the east?

I have observed the bird on the wide frisbee trail on the east side of the
park at the area woodland first exists on both sides.

Two healthy trees were lost in the "park-like" southern portion in the
hurricane. Alas, Goldsboro is actively, aggressively, removing all trees
with any evidence whatsoever of weak sections. The Red-headed woodpecker
nest trees will be gone before spring.

Les Coble.

 

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Date: 1/24/17 2:25 am
From: Paul Serridge (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Iceland Gull not found at landfill Jan 23, Horry County, SC
Chris Hill, John Hutchens, Frank Lawkins, Steve & Barbara Thomas, and I
spent an hour at the Horry County Landfill (an ebird Hotspot) yesterday but
did not find the Iceland Gull so well documented 2 days earlier.
As ususal at that site there were thousands (tens of thousands?) of gulls,
mostly Ring-billed, Laughing, and Herring. We found a few Lesser and Great
Black-backed Gulls and about 15 Bald Eagles.

Paul Serridge
Greenville, SC

 

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Date: 1/23/17 3:39 pm
From: Jesse Pope (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Nesting eagles Watauga County
Was the Wilbur lake nest in Carter Co. Tn., or in Watauga? I can't remember off the top of my head.

Jesse Pope

Newland, NC
(C) 828-898-3012
(W) 828-733-3224
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> On Jan 23, 2017, at 10:37 AM, <badgerboy...> wrote:
>
> It appears a pair of Bald Eagles is building a nest along the Watauga River at Shulls Mill Road, about 5 miles SW of Boone in Watauga county, and this looks like the first documented nesting attempt for the county.
>
> Guy McGrane
>
> Deep Gap, NC
>
>
 

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Date: 1/23/17 8:24 am
From: <hilton...> <hilton...>
Subject: Hilton Pond 12/01/16 (2016 Bird Banding Summary; Hummingbirds)
Bird banding efforts in 2016 at Hilton Pond Center wasn’t nearly as productive as last year—except that I caught (and re-caught) what was for this location an amazingly highly number of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. To see images of some of the birds banded and to read about 2016 results, please visit my current “This Week at Hilton Pond” photo essay at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.hiltonpond.org_ThisWeek161218.html&d=CwIFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=miNML7ABje-j507qGPn_IKvABibL0DyoAmnAabMd8w4&s=R6hjhgDcX8QHmSrrO9hVnFBIhvgmpaVN1y7p6WqyJVU&e= <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.hiltonpond.org_ThisWeek161218.html&d=CwIFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=miNML7ABje-j507qGPn_IKvABibL0DyoAmnAabMd8w4&s=R6hjhgDcX8QHmSrrO9hVnFBIhvgmpaVN1y7p6WqyJVU&e= >

While there please scroll down for a list of birds banded specifically during the final half of December, and to view acknowledgements for some of our end-of-year supporters.

Happy (New Year) Nature Watching!

BILL

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Date: 1/23/17 8:17 am
From: <badgerboy...>
Subject: Nesting eagles Watauga County
It appears a pair of Bald Eagles is building a nest along the Watauga
River at Shulls Mill Road, about 5 miles SW of Boone in Watauga county,
and this looks like the first documented nesting attempt for the county.

Guy McGrane

Deep Gap, NC


 

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Date: 1/23/17 5:28 am
From: Dennis Forsythe (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: SC Ebird
All,

I resigned as SC Ebird reviewer about 10 days ago but agreed to review
records until this Wed., 25 January after which I will have not connection
with the administration of Ebird in South Carolina.

Regards,

Dennis

--
Dennis M. Forsythe PhD
South Carolina Christmas Bird Count Editor
South Carolina Ebutterfly Reviewer
Emeritus Professor of Biology
The Citadel
171 Moultrie St,
Charleston, SC 29409
843.795.3996-home
843.953.7264-fax
843.708.1605-cell
<dennis.forsythe...>

 

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Date: 1/22/17 5:18 pm
From: Ricky Davis (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Washington County Birding Today
Hi Folks

Spent the day checking for previously found birds in Washington County. At
Beasley Rd. pond, found one Cackling Goose among the Canadas, but the
White-fronteds were not to be found. Then went to look for the Clay-colored
Sparrow along Newland Road, and it was right where it has been, at the
brush pile on the south side of the road. I then headed to the L. Phelps
Sparrow field near the Cypress Point overlook. Found a Vesper Sparrow
perched in the lone tree at the ditch, all the way at the boundary corner.
It is always a thrill to find one of these very local sparrows in winter.
Then I checked a spot along Newland Road just east of the Canal B road
intersection and found a Lincoln's and a Fox Sparrow. I had 11 sparrow
species and Junco for the day! Then at a spot just north of the Pocosin
Lakes NWR unit on Canal B road, I found 6 Brewer's Blackbirds in the field
on the east side of the road. There were 5 males and 1 female. They were
with a small flock of Robins and Red-wings. Always neat to find this
species away from known locations. Then at a spot on Canal C road, had a
Ross's Goose with Snow Geese and Tundra Swans. Did not find the Trumpeter
Swans or Sandhill Cranes that have recently been in that general area of
the western Pungo fields. Also had a Merlin flyby there. Was a very
enjoyable day of birding, in part because it never rained and the fog
cleared by mid-morning!

Later, Ricky

--
Ricky Davis
Rocky Mount, NC

 

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Date: 1/22/17 4:44 pm
From: Roger Moyer (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Aberrant plumaged geese

While out birding today I came across a pair of geese that appear to be hybrid. They appear to be Part Greater White-fronted and Grayland. If Photos are permitted on this page I will upload some tomorrow.

Roger Moyer
Concord, NC

 

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Date: 1/22/17 4:11 pm
From: Frank Hamilton <fhamil06...>
Subject: Juncos, chipping sparrows and a yellow-throated warbler.
A day-long rain made today's FeederWatch counting very interesting.  Earlier this month I posted a message which included a statement that sightings of juncos had become rare and that I had just seen the first junco in over a year.  I was pleased to see another one this morning foraging for white millet with a flock of chipping sparrows.  Later this afternoon I was surprised to see SEVEN among a large flock of ground-foraging chippers.  This is unprecedented for my location!  It must have been the bad weather because  I'd counted 50-plus chippers at my millet feeders earlier and the area around one of these feeders where there is a lot of spillage.
The white millet may have also attracted another chipper companion--a yellow-throated warbler.  It was in a feed tray along with a group of chippers.  My last sighting for this bird was three years ago.  I included this sighting in the data posted to FeederWatch this afternoon which triggered a query box where I was asked to verify my sighting by furnishing a description.  The reason was that this bird is not considered a species both in my location and at this time of year.  This confused me because both my Sibley and Peterson Field Guide color codes clearly shows it as a year-round bird along the South Carolina coast.   Frank HamiltonCharleston, SC
 

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Date: 1/22/17 12:23 pm
From: Brian Bockhahn (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Cumberland County NC CBC results
The EIGTH “revived” Cumberland County CBC was held on December 15, 2016
under clear skies, mild temperatures from 30-48 degrees but an approaching
cold front and 15mph wind most of the day. 10 counters in seven parties
tallied 83 species despite the wind, and we were still above the 16 year
average of 80! 8,935 total birds were counted (average 8311) led by 4895
Red-winged Blackbird, 919 American Robin and 246 Chipping Sparrow.



One species were new to the CBC checklist and showing up all across the
state on other counts, a pair of Mute Swan at a quarry lake that has never
had anything on it before and is undeveloped.



Other highlights were all 8 species of woodpecker, three parties with 8
total Blue-headed Vireos, one party with a whopping 10 Red-breasted
Nuthatches and our third Pine Siskin, on a low irruption year no less!


Misses include Bufflehead (6th time missed), Northern Bobwhite (8th), Bald
Eagle (6th), American Coot, Belted Kingfisher (1st time!), Common
Yellowthroat, White-crowned Sparrow, Purple Finch and HOUSE SPARROW (2nd)

Mark your calendars for next years count December 14, 2016



Thanks to everyone who helped out!

--
Brian Bockhahn
<birdranger248...>

 

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Date: 1/22/17 11:05 am
From: Brian Bockhahn (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Rocky Mount CBC results
The 17th Rocky Mount CBC was held on December 16, 2016 under cloudy skies
and temperatures never above freezing, 20-32 degrees. 8 counters in the
field and 1 feeder counter tallied *92 species (*average 87). We tallied
our all second lowest with 6,591 birds (average 9,423) a third of those
were Red-winged Blackbird at 2,243, 531 Ring-necked Duck and 283
White-throated Sparrows.



Highlights include our second count record Sandhill Crane flying over Swift
Creek wetland, another second count record Bonaparte’s Gull with a pair
over Hwy 97 ponds. Those ponds also had some Bufflehead which was oddly
only our fifth record along with a good assortment of puddle ducks.



Misses include Green-winged Teal, Northern Bobwhite, Herring Gull, Fish
Crow (4th time), Red-breasted Nuthatch, Cedar Waxwing (4th time) and Common
Yellowthroat.



We tied our record low with 5 Yellow-rumped Warlbers!



Thanks to all my intrepid counters for a great count!


--
Brian Bockhahn
<birdranger248...>

 

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Date: 1/22/17 11:04 am
From: Brian Bockhahn (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Falls Lake CBC results
The 19th Falls Lake CBC was held on Wednesday Jan 4, 2017 under cloudy
skies, and warm temperatures ranging from 47-62. The mild weather caused
lingering birds and the potential for a record breaking year (like Durham),
but we just did not have the ducks. A record high 34 observers (average
24) in 16 parties tallied 90 species, below our average of 92. We recorded
17,219 birds, led by perennial leader 6,776 Ring-billed Gulls, 1575
Double-crested Cormorant and 853 Red-winged Blackbird.


New to the count checklist was a Black-and-White Warbler seen and
photographed along the Mountains to Sea Trail. Other goodies include
Greater Scaup in Ledge Creek hanging out with two Red-breasted Merganser,
Rufous Hummingbird, two parties with Blue-headed Vireo, several parties
with House Wren and for the first time in a great while we got every
blackbird!



Our biggest miss was Coopers Hawk for the first time in 19 years! Other
misses include Northern Harrier, American Coot, Great Black-backed Gull,
Loggerhead Shrike, Gray Catbird and Pine Siskin.



For the record we put in 84.25 hours and 64.15 miles by foot; 14.05 and
141.5 miles by car; 6 hours and 7.25 miles owling and 9.75 feeder hours.



Thanks to all the counters for helping out!!!



Mark your calendars for upcoming Falls Lake counts

Spring count – April 25, 2017

Fall count – September 18, 2017

Christmas – January 3, 2018


--
Brian Bockhahn
<birdranger248...>

 

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Date: 1/22/17 10:38 am
From: Steve Shultz <sshultz...>
Subject: American White Pelicans - Jordan Lake, NC
4 (the four) white pelicans are at Jordan Lake (Chatham Cty, NC) this afternoon. Easily seen from Ebenezer Point. The birds are off to the south in a mixed feeding frenzy of cormorants and gulls.

Steve Shultz
Apex, NC
 

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Date: 1/22/17 10:33 am
From: \kathy <khart123...>\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: White pelicans over cooper river
I saw a formation of 10-15 white pelicans flying south over the cooper river in Moncks Corner around noon. Anyone south of here please e mail if you see them!
Kathleen Hart
Moncks Corner, SC

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Date: 1/22/17 9:11 am
From: Paul Serridge (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Common Eiders at Garden City Pier, Georgetown County, SC
The 2 female Common Eiders reported on ebird on Jan 20 were still near the
pier this morning between 11 and 11.35.
They were on the water on the north side of the pier along with a small
flock of Black Scoters.

Paul Serridge
Greenville, SC

 

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Date: 1/21/17 10:24 am
From: Jon Smith (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Good Birds at Jackson Park & Carl Sandburg's Place
Decided to beat the rain and bird locally this morning. At Jackson Park we saw several Hermit Thrushes, a Brown Creeper, several Winter Wrens and an Orange-Crowned Warbler. The Orange-Crowned Warbler was at the beginning of the "Cut-Thru" Trail near the pond. It never made a peep and was very active but I got excellent looks at it. I saw one in the same vicinity last winter. We just returned from South Texas where we saw many Orange-Crowned Warblers!


At Carl Sandburg's Place we saw several Red-Breasted Nuthatches, at least 3 Pine Warblers, and more great looks at several Winter Wrens in addition to many other expected birds.


Good Birding,


Jon Smith

Hendersonville, NC

 

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Date: 1/21/17 9:37 am
From: Jamie Adams (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Cape Point, Buxton, NC
1 Glaucous Gull
Iceland x2
1 Snow Bunting

Anna's HB seen earlier this morning.

Pictures of all to come later.

To quote Audrey, life is good!!

Jamie Adams
Wilmington, NC

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Date: 1/21/17 8:44 am
From: Andy Harrison (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Iceland Gull at Horry County Landfill
All,
A group of birders from Charleston and Columbia observed a juvenile/first winter Iceland Gull at the Horry County Landfill this morning (first spotted by Pam Ford). We got great, close looks at it on the ground and will be posting an eBird list with photos later today. In addition to the Iceland, we also saw 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, about 30 Great Black-backed Gulls and thousands of the more common species.
Note that the HCL closes at 2:30 PM on Saturdays and is not open on Sundays. Before birding the landfill, birders should check in at the scale house. Chris Hill recently posted an update to his site description on the Carolina Bird Club website.

Andy Harrison
Charleston, SC

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Date: 1/20/17 6:39 pm
From: Loren Hintz <ldhintz...>
Subject: Woodcocks Chapel Hil NC
1/20/17 Today I visited Mason Farm Biological Reserve. I arrived at 4:30PM. At 5:00 I heard a Barred Owl. I sat at western bench on the second field at 5:30. Sky was cloudy with lots of light. By 5:40 sky was clearing some and some color to remaining clouds above and to the west. Sparrow chirps were very loud. At 5:50 I heard the first Woodcock buzz.. Sparrows were so loud I could barely hear it. Call was far from the bench near the tree line away from the path. Volume varied as if bird was turning around in circles. A second buzz was coming from the 3rd field. At 5:58 I heard the first flight noises of Woodcocks. I could never locate them visually. By 6:02 lots of noise in the air and sparrows were quiet. I stopped hearing Woodcocks at 6:10.

From Loren Hintz Chapel Hill, NC
 

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Date: 1/20/17 12:38 pm
From: David McLean (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: New posting to Birding Bulls blog: absent shorebirds return
Fri 20 Jan 2017

All,

Over two close surveys on Bulls Island the shorebirds that were
absent last Friday 13 Jan 2017 returned in force Monday 16 Jan 2017.
I've posted an update on Bulls Island birds on my blog and invite you
to read more at:

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__birdingbulls.blogspot.com&d=CwIBaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=YFyZW-m-lNCWd-aFbwoFmxIrKkjlW-FeLkAplSKcFLc&s=4i4Kbt3CUkTyjJo0R4EZvn7BU56PBVK9B0DXN2N40Oo&e=

Regards,

David McLean
Charleston, SC

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

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Date: 1/20/17 5:00 am
From: Jeff Lewis (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Lark Sparrow still present on Roanoke Island
The Lark Sparrow is still being seen daily at the UNC-Coastal Studies Institute on Roanoke Island. I'll only post this continuing bird on Fridays now.
Jeff Lewis
Manteo, NC

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